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Help a Momma Out?

August 24, 2015



I picked up a bunch of cheap little dresses toward the end of the summer to bridge me into fall and have been meaning to put together more of a formal fashion post. Alas, I’ve been spending most of my days working from home and when I’m not working, I’m either tending to a sometimes fussy baby (teething!) or covered in paint as we begin our home renovation project.

Ainsley, on the other hand, thinks she looks mighty fine in her Turbans for Tots head wrap and new outfit from Carter’s. Ha! I love the way she is checking herself out in the mirror.

All that to say, I feel like I’ve hit a bit of a style brick wall. Last fall the only clothing I purchased was maternity, meaning it’s been almost two years since I shopped for regular old cool weather clothing. And now that I’m fitting back into my old clothes, I just feel a little bit frumpy. I think this is probably why new moms frequently change up their hair after having a baby? But since I don’t really want to cut my hair, I need some style help!

Most of my clothes come from Banana Republic, J. Crew, Stitch Fix or some random finds here and there, like TJ Maxx or Nordstrom Rack. But now that I’m in a small town, I think online shopping is going to have to become a way of life. So tell me, where do you shop? Any favorite new dresses, jeans, tops or shoes you’ve found and loved? Brands that I should check out? I need your help before I go shopping for fall!



Stitch Fix July Review

July 7, 2015

Stitch Fix July 1Right after returning from vacation I had a new Stitch Fix box to welcome me back to real life. I’ll admit, it helped a bit in softening the post-vacation blues and was a fun surprise when it arrived at my door yesterday morning. Since I haven’t decided which items to keep and which to return, I was hoping you might be able to help me with this month’s box? I’m super torn on what items to keep! Let’s dive in…

PS: Interested in signing up for Stitch Fix? You can do so with my referral link HERE.

1. Brixon Ivy Azure Lace Overlay Blouse $54
I thought this top was sort of strange before I tried it on, but when I look back at photos that Joe took, I really like the top?! I’m not entirely sold either way, because in some respects it seems a bit casual for work and doesn’t really fit my style, but it’s fun and a little different, too.

Stitch Fix July 42. Pixley Carlyn Pleated Skirt $58
I wanted to love this skirt, but I’m not sure it’s really the most flattering thing? Overall, stretchy waist skirts don’t tend to be the best look for my body type, at least that’s what I’ve always thought. And I have a skirt that’s pretty similar in color and shape, so I’m not sure it meets a real “need” in my closet at this time.

Stitch Fix July 23. Pixley George Crochet Detail Knit Top $44
As you can probably tell from the photo, this top was a little bit too short for my long torso. That said, I’m not sure I would think about keeping it even if it was longer. It’s casual and cute, but at this point I’m not really looking to buy clothes that are super casual. They need to work for the office and at home!

4. Kut From The Kloth Kate Boyfriend Jean $78
I love this brand of jeans and have purchased a pair or two from Stitch Fix before. My complaint is that they are semi-boyfriend but not really? I have a few pairs that require you to roll the bottom up and this just seems like more of the same. I guess I would rather have a pair of skinny jeans that fit well. But I do love the way these fit and how comfortable they are!

Stitch Fix July 35. Pixley Joaquin Hooded Vest $74
I asked for a denim vest but was told in my comment card that they weren’t able to find a denim vest and included this vest instead. I’m not a huge fan of the loose fit and giant pockets at my hips. Although I appreciate the effort of including a vest, this one doesn’t really seem like a suitable alternative to a denim vest. I was hoping for something a little more cropped and fitted.

So what items would you keep? Which ones would you return? I desperately need your help deciding this time around!


Stitch Fix affiliate links used. Opinions are my own.


Stitch Fix June Review

June 14, 2015


It’s been so long since I’ve done a Stitch Fix review; I can hardly believe it! If you’re unfamiliar with Stitch Fix, it’s an online clothes delivery service. You fill out a style profile and get shipments of hand-picked clothes to try on in the comfort of your home with clothes and accessories in your own closet.

I’ve been getting Stitch Fix shipments monthly for the last couple years and have really enjoyed most of the things that my stylist picks out. Although I’ve had a bum box every now and again, the items I’ve been sent have generally been great. Now that I’m a mom and shopping trips are harder to come by, it’s fun to get a box delivered directly to my door so I can try the clothes on during nap time or after Ainsley goes to bed.

Okay, so let’s get to my box, shall we? I haven’t been super specific about the types of items I wanted to see in my box lately, although going forward I think I’m going to ask for pants, skirts and dresses rather than tops, since I’m pretty set in that department. Continue Reading…


Stitch Fix October Review

November 7, 2014

photo (41)It’s that time again! Another Stitch Fix review. I’ve been a bit delayed in getting this review up, but I’m excited to share what I received in last month’s box. I had a pretty off-base fix for the month of September, and I was happy to see that this month they matched me back up with the same stylist I’ve had for a while.

I was also super excited to hear that Stitch Fix now carries a limited amount of maternity clothing, and I got a few maternity items in my box. It’s nice to know that it’s an option, especially since dressing while pregnant can be a challenge. Sometimes it’s nice to have someone else pick out items for you.

Let’s look at what Stitch Fix sent me in my most recent fix:

Cream Sweater | Espresso and Cream
Item #1: RD Style Ridge Zipper Detail Cowl Neck Sweater 

Price: $74
Review: I LOVED this sweater from the moment I put it on. It isn’t a maternity sweater, but it was loose and long enough that it worked. I found it to be super flattering with black pants and leggings and the thinner material is a bonus for this pregnant woman who goes from being cold to hot in a matter of minutes. Verdict? I decided to keep it!

Update: After wearing this sweater only twice, I noticed a series of snags/small holes on one side under the arm. Since I had hardly worn the sweater, I was pretty bummed. I contacted Stitch Fix customer service and let them know about the issue. They were super helpful. Although they didn’t have any more of the sweater in stock in my size, they offered to refund me the cost, which was much appreciated. I love great customer service!

Pink Vest | Espresso and Cream
Item #2: Pomelo Wilco Solid Quilted Vest

Price: $68
Review: I have been searching for a vest like this for a while! I love the vests from J. Crew but haven’t purchased one yet. Although I really loved the style of this vest and the light-weight material, I just couldn’t see myself wearing something so bright and colorful regularly. In my mind, a vest like this should be a basic you can throw on with almost anything. Verdict? Return.

Henley | Espresso and Cream

Item #3: La Made Maternity Mavin Hooded Henley Maternity Thermal
Price: $84
Review: First, I thought the price of this thermal shirt was ridiculous. I really dislike when brands think that just because an item is maternity they can charge a ridiculous amount more than it’s worth. Aside from that, I really disliked almost everything about this shirt. It wasn’t super flattering when I put it on, and it was too casual for me to ever wear it at work. I wasn’t a huge fan of the purple color, either. Overall it felt like something I would have paid $15 for and worn in high school years ago. Verdict? Return!

Black and White Shirt | Espresso and Cream
Item #4: Eight Sixty Mariana Maternity Empire Waist Stripe Knit Top

Price: $84
Review: This was actually pretty cute when I tried it on. I liked the neutral colors and the fact that it was made for maternity wear. However, I couldn’t really see myself wearing this top much as we go into winter. I guess I could wear it with a blazer or another jacket, but for the most part I try to steer clear of tops that I have to wear with a cardigan or blazer because I find that it complicates getting dressed and makes the piece less versatile (hence it ends up not getting worn much!) Plus, it was a little pricey for a maternity top. Verdict? Return!

Item #5: Mavi Leia Maternity Tall Length Jean (Not pictured)
Price: $98
Review: I only have one pair of maternity jeans right now (a skinny jean from Gap that I love!) and was looking forward to trying on another pair. Unfortunately, these jeans weren’t a great fit on me. They were more “jegging” than jean and made of a super thin material that I didn’t find very flattering. Additionally, I didn’t really care for the full panel on the jeans. I know some people love the full panel, and perhaps when my belly gets larger I will, too, but for now I prefer the shorter, under-belly panel. Verdict? Return!

So overall, I would say I was pleased with my fix, despite the fact that I only kept one piece. The one piece that I did like and keep I really loved, and the other items weren’t super off-base in terms of my style, just not the right fit. I’m interested to see what my next fix is like and whether or not all the maternity pieces they  now stock are as pricey as the items I got in this fix. I hope they have a few items that are more affordable and reasonably priced for pregnancy.

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Work It Out

September 12, 2014

prAna clothing shoot | espresso and cream

You guys, let’s get honest for a minute. No one told me that when you get pregnant it’s not just your stomach that gets bigger; everything gets bigger! Honestly, I’m working every day at embracing those changes and loving my growing body, but putting on old clothing that doesn’t fit the same way anymore doesn’t do much for my self confidence.

This has been especially true when working out. I immediately went out a bought a size up in some of my favorite workout shorts and purchased a few looser tops for working out, because nothing zaps my motivation at the gym like feeling gross and uncomfortable. I’ve been trying to stick to a fairly consistent workout routine lately, mainly consisting of lots of long walks, my beloved Tracy Anderson Pregnancy Project videos and my friend Robin’s “Balanced Beginnings” Pilates videos in addition to light weight lifting.

So when prAna asked if I would like to partner together, I jumped at the chance. The prAna Minneapolis store is only minutes away from my house and I’ll admit that until this project rolled around I had never stepped foot into the store. It was so fun getting to shop at the store and pick out the pieces I thought would transition well with me throughout the fall.

I was really impressed with the quality of all of prAna’s clothing as well as the comfort of all the clothes I tried on. They’re so soft! In the photos above I’m wearing the Eliza Jacket in coal and the Gabi Legging in black. The leggings are some of the softest I’ve ever worn, perfect for my body right now when comfort is king. And I can easily see this jacket being worn much of the fall as temperatures get a little cooler.

prAna clothing | espresso and creamWhat are your favorite active wear brands? I’m always dying to find new favorites! 


*The clothing in this post was provided to me by prAna. Opinions are 100% my own and always geared toward the best interest of E&C readers. 

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