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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.

Looking to try Stitchfix? Sign up here!

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

Madison

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.

Sweater: Sort of Similar | Jeans: Banana Republic Outlet | Tank: Banana Republic Outlet

When Joe and I got engaged almost two years ago in NYC, I decided I needed to purchase something while I was there as an everyday reminder of the amazing weekend and our engagement. My sister-in-law, Amber, and I did some shopping and I came up with this cashmere sweater. At the time, I knew it was comfy, but wasn’t sure how much I would wear something so slouchy and unstructured, considering I love blazers and dresses so much. But I feel in love with this sweater, which I throw on top of pretty much everything in my closet, from skinny jeans and a white tank to slim-fitting dresses with brown leather boots.

And I can’t go without mentioning the thank, too. These photos doesn’t really do it justice, but I have this tank top in black and white. It can be worn either way, so you have the option of a v-neck or crew-neck and the material is just stretchy enough to fit well while being thick enough to flatter without showing too much. Finding a good white tank is hard, and this one fits the bill.

Madison

Espresso and Cream has never been, and will never be, predominantly a fashion blog. I have too many bad hair days and not enough items in my wardrobe. But I do enjoy posting fashion photos when I find an outfit or item of clothing that I think other readers might love, too. Last week, I got sucked into the clothing section of Target over my lunch break and bough this shirt on a whim. I was feeling frumpy, having a horrible hair day, and this shirt was calling my name. Do you know those days?

The problem is, when I got the shirt home I had no idea how to wear it. I’ve tried putting it into an outfit in a couple different ways, but when i see it in photos, I think it looks horrible, large and unflattering (hence the belt in these photos, though I don’t think that’s right either…)

So I’m putting it out there to you: How would you style this shirt?

I feel like it has potential, it just needs to be unlocked. And I don’t have the key.

Madison

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