- They still haven’t fixed the power at my work. There was some sort of underground fire (?) on Sunday afternoon that blew out some major power lines, so it’s about a six-block radius downtown of buildings with no power. So crazy. They are predicting it will be back on by this afternoon, so we were told not come to work today - day two!
- It is still under 30 degrees out, so I am mega-thankful to be cozy at home. However, I last left the house on Sunday afternoon, so I should probably go to the coffee shop or something before I get too crazy, right?
- I made this baked chicken parm the other day (with full-fat cheese, duh, and panko crumbs) = really good! Do it! I served it with angel hair pasta & sauce and as a side, I tossed brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt, grainy mustard & maple syrup - YUM, I could have eaten the whole pan.
- I saw The Punk Singer this weekend. It’s a documentary about Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill & Le Tigre & the 90s riot grrl movement. I loved it, as I grew up near Olympia & was into that music scene. She’s now married to Adam from the Beastie Boys which must be a pretty awesome life.
- I need to call Comcast, ugh, as they are the worst and I need to change my plan again. Why it is not possible to get a fixed price with them, instead of one that expires about six months??
- I miss Parks & Rec. NBC is also the worst.
- How are you? Did you leave the house today?
I posted earlier about a power outage at work - turns out it’s still not fixed so I’m off work all day. I feel like a kid with a surprise snow day!
Except I’m feeling so lazy and tired of the cold (it’s been barely 30 for the last three or four days) and house-bound. I’m trying to talk myself into doing a workout I found in Real Simple magazine, but hot cocoa sounds better.
Problems that aren’t problems, I know.
My work building and several others were part of some major power outage yesterday, and they don’t expect to have it fixed until noon today. Crazy!
So, we’ve been told not to come in till noon. Hurray! Especially thankful since it was 16 degrees out when I normally would have been heading to catch the bus.
My morning so far has included a little extra lounging in bed, no alarm, two cups of coffee, an apple-cinnamon dutch baby pancake, and now I’m trying to work on something till we get the ok to head in.
Best Monday ever!
Until tomorrow Tumblr friends!
This. The calzones scene was my favorite tonight. One of my favorite things about my neighborhood is the local pizza place’s calzones.
Hello lovely followers! :)
Holiday season is upon us. To bring the holiday spirit to tumblr I think we should join in on the gift of giving. A secret santa book exchange is a great way to do just that! If interested, please follow Secret Santa: Book Edition by December 1st.
More details on the gift exchange will follow shortly.
Have a wonderful day!
Didn’t do the Tumblr Secret Santa, so this sounds fun. Yay, books.
Does it run pretty true to size? I want it!!!
I *think* I got in a medium, as I wanted it to be not too tight for work. Sizing is so weird - I’m a 4-6 usually. I find Old Navy’s sizing to be all over the map (I bought skinny jeans there last year in both size 6 and size 10 - what?).
My tip: shipping is free if you spend over $50 (and free returns), so order two different sizes plus something else & you’re safe!
PSA: This Old Navy dress is my new favorite! I snagged this pink & gray version last month for $15. Super comfy, soft material that isn’t see through and it’s machine wash/tumble dry. I’ve worn it with tights or leggins and flats or boots. I usually add a belt and cardigan on top. I have to stop myself from wearing it every week!
Looks like it’s down to only XXL in this color combo, but they also have a navy/gray for $15, plus 3 other striped color options for $20-25. (I think there’s also a 20% off code on their site.)
I get no rewards from this - just wanted to share, as it’s always hard to know if Old Navy stuff will be as good as it looks online. I’m always psyched when I can find work clothes for cheap that also are cute (and stripes are always a winner in my book!).
My first Stitchfix
By now, most of you have heard of Stitchfix, I’m sure, but briefly, it is a web-based styling service where you receive five pieces of clothing or accessories that match your style preferences. You complete an online survey about likes/dislikes, sizing, etc. and include links to your blog or Pinterest boards. There is a $20 styling fee, but if you buy something, you have a $20 credit to use. You also get 25% off if you keep all five items.
After reading about Stitchfix for about a year on blogs, I decided to do one around my birthday, knowing I’d have a little extra cash to treat myself. I browsed blogs to see what people typically get and picked up some tips on how to help the stylist pick things out for you. I created a Pinterest board & gave a pretty lengthy list of things I don’t like or need (black skirts & leggings - have plenty, no maxi dresses (not my thing), etc).
I am NOT a style blogger, so here’s some lousy iphone selfies to share my box with you.
Here’s what my pile looked like after taking it out of the box:
There was a silver necklace, purple wrap/drapey cardigan, two blouses (black/polka dots and blue print), and a stripey dress. So far, so good - I said no gold jewelry and only necklaces for my accessories (I don’t wear earrings & bracelets are always too big). Colors were good, and I had asked for some prints and cardigans plus said I wear more dresses than pants.
This Moon Collection dress was the worst item, and it wasn’t that bad. Major problem: super short! I’m 30-something not sixteen, so it just wasn’t right. Plus, I’d prefer a dress I can wear to work, and this was not it! The bust was also not very flattering. I think it was $58-68 which I would pay for a dress I like. You can also see the necklace here ($32) - I wasn’t a fan of the length - too awkward with my cleavage! It was a little too brassy/shiny, too.
Purple drapey/open cardigan ($48). I asked for this style of cardigan, but I should have been more specific. I was hoping for a bulkier, warmer knit - maybe a black/white pattern. I might have kept this if it was in more of a neutral (gray or black) or a little heavier.
This Kensie Breccan Dot Mixed Material Blouse ($68) was almost a keeper. It felt really comfortable - I liked the soft, stretchy fabric on the arms. I didn’t like how super dark it was - I think I tend to wear brighter tops w/darker bottoms, so I wasn’t sure how often I’d wear this. I didn’t like the neckline/collar area much (hard to tell here, but easier to see in this photo on Nordstrom ). It didn’t really lay flat and was kind of 70s. Someone got it in red, and I think I’d like it better if I’d gotten one in a bright blue. If I didn’t like the next blouse, I might have kept this.
This was the winner of the box - 41Hawthorn Abstract Chevron Tab-Sleeve Blouse - $68 (better picture here). When I first read the package slip, I was dismayed, as I said “NO CHEVRON” in my request as I think it’s too trendy and will look dated fast (just my opinion!). However, this print was definitely abstract chevron, so I liked it.
I wanted them to send me prints, as 1)I avoid them in stores usually but then my closet is full of solids, boring! and 2)I’ve seen really cute prints from Stitchfix. This blouse looks good untucked over skinny pants or tucked into a black pencil skirt, so quite versatile. It just felt good when I put it on, which is the ultimate test! A little pricey, but only $48 after the $20 styling fee & I had birthday cash, yo treat yo-self!
Hopefully this was interesting to you - I really enjoyed seeing other people’s fixes on their blogs, so it seemed only right to share mine. It was fun to get this in the mail. I’ll likely do one again in a few months, as it’s certainly a convenient way to get some new clothes. It was great to try on the items with pants or shoes from my closet. Have any of you tried Stitchfix yet?
(disclaimer - I put in my referral link, so I do get a credit if you sign up via my link.)
I got tagged by Jenn with grilledcheese.tumblr.com (love her blog name). Needing a break, so here we go….
1. Where did you grow up?
I was born in New Zealand and lived there till I was five. I spent the rest of my childhood/teen years in Washington state in a teensy small town called Raymond. I had about 45 people in my graduating class, no joke!
2. Favorite part about the holidays? Least favorite?
I’m going to consider “the holidays” to include Thanksgiving. And that is just my favorite. The eating, the laziness, the being together, and spending hours in the kitchen the day before. We alternate between my sister hosting and my parents. The host does the turkey, potatoes, stuffing, and rolls. I usually do at least two sides (roasted green beans & a butternut/apple/cranberry dish), maybe a new recipe, cranberry-ginger sauce, and 2-3 desserts (usually 2 pumpkin pies & last year - a chocolate/almond flourless cake thing).
My least favorite thing is the commercialism of Christmas - how it now seems to start before Halloween and the junk that people spend $$ on and stress about.
3. Tell a story about a time when you were really embarrassed.
Whenever I am asked this, I instantly have amnesia and cannot remember anything. Ok, here’s one - as a high school cheerleader, I fell off while trying to do a stunt during a performance at the county fair (and the county fair is a BIG deal in a small town so basically the whole world saw it happen). The embarrassing thing now is to admit I was a cheerleader (and homecoming queen, so weird).
4. What’s one inanimate object that holds sentimental value for you?
I have a side table that has drawers for CDs. It was the first piece of “adult” furniture that I bought in college at Pier One. I should go all digital, but I am so attached to that piece of furniture & my CDs.
5. Fill in the blank: “Most days I can’t go without _______”
Coffee. Breakfast. Vegetables. Water. Fresh air. Hugs.
6. What natural weather phenomenon scares you the most?
Same as Jenn - earthquakes! I was visiting NZ when they had a big one in Christchurch. I was on the North Island, so was totally fine, but it was scary hearing the news stories and hearing friends of friends’ stories. I came back and made an emergency plan & bought a Red Cross backpack of supplies.
7. What’s one bad habit you have that you wish you could kick?
Procrastination. I’m procrastinating right now by doing this!
8. What’s your morning and/or nightly routine like?
(this is for weekdays) Morning: Alarm goes off just after 6am. Snooze a few times. Coffee & breakfast (usually toast w/PBJ). Shower. Debate on what to wear. Bus or bike to work. Nightly: I am lazy and rarely wash my face. Contacts out / dental stuff and I’m in bed hopefully before 11pm.
9. Describe your personal style.
Hmm. I’m getting my first Stitchfix this week, so I had to attempt to answer that. I seem to fit in their classic & casual buckets best. I’m not a labels person. I wear dresses A LOT - with cardigans & tights or leggings in the winter or wedges in summer. I hate dress pants. Skinny jeans/boots/cozy sweater is my weekend uniform. Never red or orange. Almost always gray/soft blues/greens or maybe a little purple/plum/pink. Black or gray is my neutral - rarely navy or tan. Rarely high heels. Yes to stripes.
10. Name one characteristic that is absolutely NECESSARY for your romantic partner to have.
Honesty. Being upfront and true to who you are.
11. Favorite Chinese food dish.
I rarely eat Chinese food, as it’s not really a “Portland” thing. It’s usually Thai instead. However, on the rare occasion, I’m a total sucker for crab rangoons.
I’m behind on the dash, so I don’t know if y’all have been tagged. But, hey, if you’re bored like me, I’d love to read your answers. Random questions are fun!