Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Our New Wall Art...It Glows in the Dark

I originally bought this work of art for my classroom because it fits perfectly with my plans for A Midsummer Night's Dream, but it was smaller than I anticipated, so it sat in my dining room for a few days. 

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My husband and I talked it over and decided that nobody would get to see the awesomeness that is its glow-in-the-dark feature. We sat it up against the glass door for a day and then locked ourselves in the bathroom with this giant piece of art to check out the glow- it was AMAZING. 

We knew it needed to be where the glow feature would be appreciated and where it would get light to glow. We chose the stairway across from the window. It looks lovely, and I can't wait until it gets dark tonight to check the stairway out.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Time My Teenager and I Shared a Fix: Stitch Fix August and Giveaway

When my June fix arrived, my mother suggested that my daughter, 15, needed her own fix.  We had recently cleaned out her closet and removed the out-grown clothes; there wasn't much left.  As a trial, I asked my stylist to send her two or three pieces in addition to my two or three pieces.

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We sent my stylist a link to my daughter's Pinterest board as well as her sizes in my note.  We got a box with five pieces: two for me, two for her, and a bag for both of us to check out.


I adore my Stitch Fixes so much that I wanted to share the experience with my readers 

What is Stitch Fix?
It is a styling service that for $20 (which gets credited towards any items you keep) you get five items hand-selected for you by a stylist.  You fill out a style profile and link a Pinterest board, so your stylists know what you like.  If you are interested in trying out this service, please use my referral link as I can get credit for sending you their way.

My first piece was a shirt dress.  The royal blue and pink pattern is not like anything in my closet.  I loved that it was sleeveless and light for summer.  Also, the shirt detail around the neck was perfect.

I wore this dress this week to a concert for our anniversary, and it was perfect.  Oh, and did I mention that it has pockets?  YES!  Pockets!  I know this will get regular rotation during the school year too.

My new champagne Ballasox match perfectly, and I added my blue Cents of Style earrings.  

41Hawthorn Keziah Shirt Dress KEPT


My daughter's first piece was a sleeveless lace detail top.  The teal color was beautiful as was the cut and fit.  I wish it would have been in my size because I would have nabbed this up in no time.

She paired it with her black jeans and moccasins.

Sadly this top was too "itchy" for her.  She doesn't do lace, and if it bothers her

Papermoon Gunilla Lace Detail Top RETURNED


We got a mustard leather crossbody bag.  It had a shoulder strap and a crossbody strap.

Neither of us fell in love with this bag.  It was cute, but the color was all wrong- that we agreed on.  Besides, the handle didn't come off, so it made the crossbody wearing awkward.

Her second piece was also a sleeveless top.  The straps were wide enough so that it would work for school.  The blue color was perfect, and it fit.

It had a great key-hole detail in the back that was super cute.

However, she didn't dig the pink and camo dots, so it went back in the box.

She paired it with her white shorts and Cents of Style Sandals.

Urban Expressions Lizbeth Crossbody Bag RETURNED
Collective Concepts Pamela V-Neck Blouse RETURNED


I paired this top with my salmon jeans from a previous fix and with my gold sandals.  You can't get these anymore, but I found these similar sandals.  

I also paired this with two items from my Rocksbox: Perry Stree Crystal X-Ring and Sophie Harper Double Bar Drop Earrings.

My new Ballasox match perfectly!  If you have seen Teiks and loved the idea, but think they are too pricey, check out Ballasox because I now own three pairs and wear them all day at work without issues.

I loved this top just as much with my black pants, which dressed it up.

Daniel Rainn Kroes Eyelet Detail Top KEPT

I'm not sure that she will get a fix of her own, but it was a fun experience for us to share this box.  It didn't solve her closet or back-to-school shopping problems, but we had a blast trying it out.


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