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Do you ever suffer from that thing where you face is a little puffy for the first two hours after you wake up? Please don’t tell me that I’m the only one who suffers from this, because that’s totally what I’ve got going on in these pictures. This past weekend Joe and I woke up bright and early on Saturday to get to Mankato, Minnesota, for the first weekend of Vikings training camp. By now you’re well aware of our mutual obsession with football, so is it really any surprise that’s how we would choose to spend a Saturday in late July? I’m getting way too anxious for the season to start.

One of the biggest problems I’ve had in the past with football games is deciding what to wear. It’s really hard to find cute t-shirts that are made to fit girls instead of bulky shirts made for guys. So when the people over at t-shirts.com contacted me asking if I would like to sample some of their NFL apparel, I jumped on the opportunity! I received a t-shirt, shown in these photos, as well as a cute wide-neck sweatshirt, which can be seen here.

I was really impressed with how soft the shirt and sweatshirt were, making them totally comfortable for game day. And the fit was super feminine, no boxy fit in sight! Since I’m always curious about how different brands do sizing, here’s what you should know if you are interested in ordering one of their shirts: I usually fit comfortably into a small t-shirt. However, I really wish I would have ordered a medium in both the shirt and the sweatshirt. They ran a little smaller than other brands I’ve come in contact with, and I was really hoping for the sweatshirt to be a little roomier for that slouchy look. I’ve got my eye on this vintage shirt next, and I’ll definitely order a medium!

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Happy Monday, friends! I hope you had a great long weekend. Joe and I stayed close to home this weekend since Joe had to work on Friday and I didn’t. It was so relaxing not to have to travel and to enjoy a mini little stay-cation in our city. Major bonus? It was super quiet in the city! We ate at a restaurant that’s usually super busy and didn’t have to wait for a table, played a ton of tennis and watched Wimbledon. I also got my monthly Stitch Fix box on Saturday which I absolutely love.

My last box was a little off and didn’t fit my style very well (I only ended up keeping the necklace I was sent and nothing else. This time, I made sure to link my profile to my Pinterest “style” board so my stylist could see what types of clothing I liked. This box was much better! Here’s what I got and what I decided to keep vs. return. I also included prices for all the items in my fix so you could get a feel for how much things cost. I think I selected the middle price range when requesting my fix, so you could certainly ask for cheaper items or more expensive pieces.

1. Statement Necklace (pictured above): I really liked this necklace. It’s fairly delicate while still managing to make an impact to an outfit. Since I wear a lot of neutral colors, it’s great for adding interest to a basic outfit. I don’t usually keep the jewelry in my fix, but I decided to keep this necklace since it wasn’t very expensive and was super cute. Cost: $30

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2. Abstract Bird Print Shirt: I also loved this shirt! It’s a little bit of a stretch for me (lots of color) but I was really drawn to the fact that I can wear it with skinny jeans or leggings in the fall since the shirt is pretty long. You can’t see it in this photo, but there is some great detail along the sides of the shirt. I kept this shirt and already wore it to date night with Joe this weekend. Cost:$42

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3. Cross Zip Dress: I really wanted to love this dress. It zips across the dress instead of in the back or side of the dress, which is a super fun detail. And I could easily picture myself wearing this dress to work. Unfortunately, it was all around too big and I wasn’t even sure how I would like the fit if I had it altered. I decided to return it. Cost: $128

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4. Geometric Print Blouse: This top was a little crazy for my liking. I’m not a huge fan of the black/hot pink color combination so that was strike one. Additionally, I wasn’t crazy about the fit. It was really flowy and a bit too big all over. I decided to return it. Cost: $58

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5. Kenzie Skinny Jeans: I wasn’t really in the market for jeans, but I gave this pair the benefit of the doubt. They are super skinny in style but I was shocked at how comfortable they are! I didn’t really feel like I was wearing skinny jeans. Additionally, I could see myself tucking these jeans into a pair of boots in the winter, which is a major bonus when you live in a place like Minnesota where it’s cold a majority of the time. I kept them! Cost: $88

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Madison

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Happy Friday, friends! Do you have any big plans for the weekend? Joe and I had an absolutely crazy weeek! We started taking tennis lessions through our city’s adult summer recreation program and the classes are on Monday and Wednesday nights. On Tuesday I met a friend for a drink after work and got my hair colored (blonde, blonde, blonde!) and Joe played in a competitive yard game league (?!) on Thursday night.

Tonight? I’m ready to sit on my bottom after heading to yoga. I’m also speaking to a group of ladies from our church on Sunday afternoon, so I have a little prep work to do in order to get ready.

I thought that this week it might be fun to recap the week not in photos of food but in photos of outfits I’ve worn lately. Although I haven’t posted many outfit photos on the blog lately, I’ve been getting my fix by posting photos to Instagram (madisonmhofmeyer) instead. I just have to say, I absolutely love wearing summer clothing. Everything is so easy when you don’t need to put on five layers before heading out.

Have a great weekend, everyone!
Madison

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I got my second Stitchfix last week, and after posting a couple photos of the tops I decided to keep, a number of you asked if I would do a review of my second fix. And since I am falling more and more in love with Stitchfix by the month, I am happy to talk about what I got in my most recent box.

I was hoping, as I mentioned in my last post about Stitchfix, that my second fix would be more reflective of my personal style and be better suited for my lifestyle. After getting my first fix and returning the unwanted items I completed the review of my fix online. The review was really easy to access and I spent a lot of time explaining what I liked and didn’t like about my fix in an attempt to help my stylist do better the second time around.

When my fix arrived last week I was super excited to see what they had included. I specifically requested that they not include any jewelry, since I would rather pick out my own jewelry and was more interested in getting items of clothing. My box included:
-One 3/4 length sleeve square printed blouse with black cami (pictured above)
-One short-sleeve peplum top (tan with a abstract pattern)
-One printed wrap dress (pictured below)
-One sleeveless pink button-down blouse
-One navy/white striped blazer

I was super pleased with the items in my box. The only item that I thought was really off was the pink button-down blouse. It was sleeveless, bright magenta and had a cut-out pattern, meaning I would have had to wear a cami under the blouse. It was really, really not me.

On the positive side, the other four items in the box were really spot-on with the types of items I would normally gravitate toward. What I really like about the Stitchfix process is that it encourages me to try on items that I might not normally try on. That’s not to say that they don’t fit my style, it’s just that sometimes things look different on than they do on the hanger. That’s where Stitchfix comes into play. It’s especially good for someone like me who tends to gravitate to items that only fit within the “safe zone” as far as clothes go.

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I ended up keeping three items this time! The blouse above, the wrap dress (above, great for work and summer dinners out), and the peplum top, which I don’t have a great photo of. The photo below is the best I have, and it doesn’t really show the whole top. I would never have thought that peplum would work well with my figure, but I really like that it is a little different without being totally crazy. It was the cheapest item in the box (I think it was $30) so it’s a nice way to try out a trend without fully committing to something expensive.

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Overall, I’m so happy I decided to get a second box and gave the company time to understand my style and personality more before I decided whether or not I liked the entire process. The second box was so much more spot-on than the first. I can’t wait to see what my third box has in store. One final plus? I find that I’m less likely to shop in the time in between fixes. Knowing that I have a fix scheduled for the following month makes me hold of on any purchases and makes me less inclined to pick something up at Target throughout the month. And I think that makes Joe super happy.

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Have any of you had the same experience with your second (third, fourth) fixes being so much more spot-on than your first?

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Happy Wednesday, friends! As I write this, I’m getting ready to head to California for a mother-daughter weekend in wine country. I’m posting from my phone so I’ll keep this short. I’ll check in later this week with updates!

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a few photos of my favorite vest. If it wasn’t strange, I think I would wear it every day. And the best part? It was only $35 dollars at our local department store.

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