Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Stitch Fix Outtakes

Every month when my Stitch Fix box arrives, I get so excited to share what's arrived on my doorstop. Sometimes in the process of taking photos to share with you there's a few that don't make the cut. Usually, my husband snaps the photo too early, or my hair is right in my eyes or our cat Tesco instantly feels the need for attention. I get tickled when I scroll through the photos and thought I'd share some with all of you. So without further ado these are a few of my Stitch Fix photo outtakes....

Fixing my hair and of course the walk off...

Then there's the adjusting....

Don't know what Stitch Fix is? Well let me tell you a little bit about it. Start by filling out your style profile. You will complete questions on sizing, pricing, preferences, colors, etc. You can also write notes about likes and dislikes. Make sure to link your fashion board on Pinterest so your stylist can see what you like. This really helps! The notes to your stylist can really help determine what you get in your box. Take the time to write your stylist a note! I feel that's one of the most important things to getting the items you really want to see in your fixes.
Next, order your first fix! You will be charged a $20.00 styling fee however, if you keep any item [one or more] you will be credited back the $20.00 towards that purchase. I always recommend keeping at least one item or you are essentially giving away $20.00 and getting nothing in return. You will receive 5 items (made up of clothing, jewelry, and handbags). I personally never want jewelry in my fix so I just always let my stylist know! If you refer a friend you get credit so your styling fee could potentially be free.

When your box arrives decide what you want to keep and what you want to send back (in the pre-paid postage envelope)! You have 3 business days  from receiving your fix to decide so use this time to try everything on and see what works best for you. Go out of your comfort zone! This is what makes Stitch Fix fun! It's like being a celebrity and getting clothing sent to you! I've chosen to receive monthly fixes but remember it is in no way a subscription service and you are able to decide when you want another fix, whether that be in 6 months or 2 years from your first fix! As always, if you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments section below. To save some cash on future fixes they offer an awesome referral package, if you use my referral link I'll get to bypass the styling fee at least once!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

How I Lost 28 Pounds

When I got engaged in 2014, I knew that I wanted to lose weight for our wedding. It was a day I had always dreamed about and I wanted to look my best. I also started a new job and in that new position I was sitting a lot at a desk which was unlike my previous job where I was on my feet the majority of the day. By the time I bought my dress in December of 2014, I weighed in at 148 pounds. For some people this number may not look too high but to me it was one of the highest weights I had ever weighed in at. Take into account the fact that I'm only 5'4'' in height.

The majority of my weight is usually in my lower half and especially my legs. They just love to hold on to that weight and it's been that way my entire life. The first place I'll lose weight is in my face and chest.

So in May of 2015, I really set out to lose the weight. I started eating portioned meals that consisted of broccoli, rice, chicken or fish. Well guess what... I hate broccoli and asparagus. Which was the alternative to the broccoli. I also went to the gym 5 times a week and worked with a trainer. The results in one week... 7 pounds. That was a crazy amount for me to lose in one week! It wasn't water weight either because I was drinking a gallon (literally) a day. So the next week, I was working out at the gym and on the way home all of my muscles seized up and I had no idea what was happening to me. Queue a ride to the Emergency Room in an ambulance and I was told I had literally no potassium in my body, my electrolytes were depleted and that I indeed was dehydrated.

I said screw this! This wasn't real life for me. I don't have time to go to the gym five times a week. I'm tired after work, I don't want to get up at the crack of dawn to go and I'm just NOT a 5 times a week to the gym type of person. Nor am I a broccoli kind of girl. I'm just not! So after I started eating my normal food again and drinking my water. I had been a huge fan of Diet 7Up and Sprite Zero. I started drinking nothing but Smart Water.

Then we had some crazy life moments and stress kicked in. Then the summer months rolled in and then the fall. I was having tons of anxiety for the first time in my life. By my wedding I had got down to 120 pounds. It was the smallest I had ever been in my life! I couldn't even remember a time in high school or college that I weighed 120 lbs. I was always around 125. But on my wedding day, I was down 28 pounds. Luckily, I knew I had lost a lot of weight and started my dress altering's in October. It had to be taken in multiple sizes.

Since our wedding I've been able to keep the weight off +- a few pounds. Right now I'm sitting at 128 lbs. but I don't sit around and think about it. I like where I'm at and I'm ok with that! I like how my clothing fits and I like what I see back in the mirror. Will I always want legs like Carrie Underwood and Arms like a bikini model? Sure! Do I want rock hard abs that would make those bikini models cry? Sure! But for right now I'm happy with where I'm at.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Dinosaurs & Moon Landings

Do you believe in Dinosaurs?
I do.

Do you believe we landed on the moon?
I do.

I didn't even know there was a debate about dinosaurs till recently. I'm sitting on the couch and one night my husband tells me he doesn't think dinosaurs really existed.

Excuse me, what?

That was my initial reaction. I think it was around the time the new Jurassic World movie was coming out. So we got into this huge debate about how I believe they really did exists and how he really thinks their just made up. You guys... I can't even make this debate up. I was literally like, "You've got to be kidding me!" At first I laughed it off because I thought he was joking. I thought he was just doing one of those little things where you pretend to disagree but really you agree. Just having fun with me. Um... it's been a year now and he isn't yelling out, "Just kidding!"

In fact, he's become even more serious when he tries to reason with anyone who will listen. When he learns of anyone else who agrees with him, they become his new favorite person. He's like, "Yeah! They know what's up!" Queue my eye roll.

Then there's the debate on if we really did land on the moon. I get that there's tons of conspiracy theorist out there. People I worked in the space industry. Give it up... we really did go to the moon. We really did walk on it. It wasn't a television sound stage that these men walked on. It was the actual moon that we all look up into the sky at. These brave, young men dared to go where no man had ever gone. They risked their lives to the unknown and some of them lost their lives in the process of trying to get to the moon. Don't tarnish their memory and their legacy by giving any ammunition to this debate.

My husband knows how passionate I am about the space program. He'll do this joke just to mess with me. If something space related comes on television or I'm watching The Martian for the 100th time he'll slip out of his mouth a joke about we didn't really go there. I know he actually believes we did. If he didn't we'd have to have a real chat.

So what do you think about this recent trend with people really believing that dinosaurs didn't exist? My husband thinks that the bones were planted and their fake. His biggest justification to his theory is.... what happened to the water dinosaurs? If they really did exists then what happened to them?!