Thursday, April 23, 2015

Feedback on My Second Stitch Fix

I decided to do a second Stitch Fix this past week as a little treat to myself for my upcoming birthday. I'm also going on a girls' trip soon with my BFFS, and it seemed like a good time to freshen up my wardrobe.

It's really exciting when the box comes in the mail. I love opening it to see what surprises are in store. I was super excited this time about all 5 pieces! I couldn't wait to try them on. My stylist also wrote the nicest note and wished me a happy birthday. If you decide you want to check it out, I'd love it if you'd use my referral link to do so. :)

Let's start with the ones I didn't keep.

I REALLY loved this dress. It's very much my style, and I knew it'd be fun to accessorize with! Unfortunately, the top part of it was just too big. I know it's supposed to be loose, but I could've taken in the straps an inch or two, and the arm holes were so big you could see almost all of my bra. And this almost-32-year-old isn't trendy enough to wear some sort of cute bralette that's ok to show or something like that. Oh well.


This photo in this dress isn't as unflattering as the first one I took. Believe me when I say that when viewing me from the front, this dress made me look wide. It just wasn't flattering, and it felt too big in the top. I think I've decided that I like wrap dresses on other people, but they're just not for me.


Now on to the things I kept! When I did my first fix, I felt like they did a great job of sending things that were my style. It just turned out that some of it didn't quite fit or wasn't quite what I needed in my wardrobe. I'm sort of doing the Stitch Fix thing to try to find some fun, unique things I might not normally find or buy at the mall. (Plus I hate to shop... so this is convenient).

This time around, I was even more impressed with how well a stranger picked out clothes for me! In fact, before I tried anything on, I thought there was a chance I'd keep all five items.

This maxi dress made the cut. I feel like this isn't the best photo ever, but this is actually really flattering on me. I had given up hope of ever finding a maxi dress. I always think other gals look so cute in them, but when I try them on they're either too long or too big in the top (chest/shoulders) or BOTH. So for this one to fit so well? Awesome. Adam really liked it, too. It was a little more than all the ones you se at Gap and Old Navy, but it also was really nice fabric that felt soft to the touch.


This tank top. So stinkin' unique! In the second picture, you can see the back is split. I really love the pattern and colors, and it's just totally different from anything else I have. It also looked really cute with my skinny jeans and with my white skirt and white shorts. It was a no brainer to keep it. Plus, Adam really liked it!



I also kept this tunic. I really loved the colors, and it felt super comfortable. It's way more "flowy" than what I usually wear, but it looked awesome with my skinny jeans. I decided it was unique, and it was a fun item to add to my wardrobe since I don't have anything like it.


So there you have it. My second Stitch Fix. If you're thinking about trying it out, please use my referral link. I had two friends who did after my first one, and it was awesome to save a few dollars on this birthday present to myself. I'd much appreciate anyone who wants to use the link to try it out!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Join Me for the Beyond the Battlefield 5K/10K/Virtual Race

As some of you may know, I work for a non-profit program called Courage Beyond. We provide confidential, no-cost programs and services to service members, veterans, and their loved ones who are impacted by PTSD and other invisible wounds of war.

Our biggest event of the year is the 4th Annual Beyond the Battlefield 5K/10K, and it's coming up Saturday, May 23rd in Brentwood, TN or virtually from wherever you live! There is a way for everyone to get involved at this event during Memorial Day weekend to help us honor fallen soldiers and remember the rest who have returned from war. I'd love it if you'd consider joining us in some way!



Here are more details on the various ways to get involved:

NEW this Year – Virtual Race: We’ve added a virtual race to this year’s Beyond the Battlefield event!  Anyone can run with us virtually from wherever they are located if they can’t join us in person on race day. Learn more and register on the race website. Our goal is to have all 50 states represented! Virtual runners can sign up for free or pay $25 to receive the race t-shirt.

Register for the 5K or 10K: If you're in the area, join us for the physical race! We welcome every one of all ages to run, walk, skip, juggle, crawl or whatever it takes to get from the start to the finish of either race! Dogs on leashes and strollers are welcome if you don’t mind staying at the back of the pack.  Our course runs through the beautiful Maryland Farms and the early start will help ensure we avoid the heat of the day.  All registrants receive the event t-shirt, and age group awards are given three deep per bracket for both races. Register here today!

Volunteer on Race Day: We need at least 50-60 volunteers to make this event a success! If you're in the area, this is a great way to show your support. Volunteers pass out t-shirts, serve as course monitors/encouragers, work at a water station, oversee food and drinks, and more! Even if you’re already signed up for the race, please share this opportunity with anyone you know who may enjoy serving in this way.  Volunteers will receive the event t-shirt and have a lot of fun!

Fundraise or Make a Donation: In addition to race registrations and business sponsorships, Courage Beyond raises even more money through this event through additional donations and fundraisers. Consider making an additional one-time donation by clicking DONATE on the race website. Additionally, you can create your own personal fundraising page that can be shared with friends and family to ask them to consider making a donation to Courage Beyond. Just click on FUNDRAISE on the race website. The more donations we receive, the closer we come to reaching our fundraising goal for this event!

Promote the Race: Please help us spread the word to everyone you know about this event and encourage others to join us! 

All proceeds from this race will be used to directly provide confidential, no-cost programs and services to our nation’s military members and their loved ones. Learn more at www.CourageBeyond.org.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Friday, April 17, 2015

TR3 at City Winery

If you know me at all (whether in real life or online), you know Adam and I are big Dave Matthews Band fans. If you don't follow DMB, this post may not be as exciting to you.

Tim Reynolds is an amazing guitar player who tours with DMB. He definitely adds something to the music that is just incredible, and we always love seeing him out there with them.

When we caught wind that he was playing a show with his band TR3 at a local Nashville venue (and tickets were only $15) it was a no-brainer to make the last minute decision to go! We hadn't been to City Winery yet, so we were excited to check it.

We managed to get pretty awesome seats at a table right in front of the stage. We went early so we could eat dinner there. It ended up being the kind of meal that was fun to do once, but if we see other shows here we'll eat before we go. We ended up doing a cheese board and a couple of small plates. The food was good, but it was pricey and not THAT good. Nonetheless, it was fun to do it once.

By the time we finished eating, the band took the stage. I'm not kidding when I say we were close. I' not even zoomed in for this photo.


We didn't really know what to expect considering we've only ever seen Tim with DMB, but it turned out to be an incredible show! His bassist and drummer were also awesome, and we got a kick out of the facial expressions as they played.


After the show, we bought their recent album and hung around for a bit. We're glad we did because the band came out to mingle with the handful of us still there. We got to meet all three guys and chat with them a bit. It was awesome! We let Tim know we'd be seeing him again at a few DMB shows this summer.



I'm so glad to be living back in Nashville where we get to easily see these kinds of awesome shows!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A Second Nashville Snow

During the first week of March, Nashville saw snow. It's crazy because a) it's really late in the winter for getting snow here and b) we just don't get much snow here, and this was the second "winter event" we saw this year!

This time it was mostly snow instead of ice, and I have to admit it was really pretty! Nonetheless, the schools shut down and people stayed home. We enjoyed a few days cozied up in the house, but I did insist we do a little sledding. Adam and I discovered our backyard is pretty fun on a sled one afternoon, so when Connor got home we got up early one morning to take advantage before it started to melt.

The house and yard covered in snow.


I loved discovering some tracks in the snow on our deck. We have a wooded area behind our house and see tons of critters like deer, turkey, squirrels, and rabbits. We've also seen an owl one night and a bunch of bats. I think these are either rabbit or squirrel tracks.


The view from our front door the first morning after the snow.


Connor and me doing some sledding. You can see it was starting to melt by that point, but we still had a blast for a bit!



Adam snapped this of me when I didn't know he was taking one. I actually sort of like it!


My boys in the snow!


In true Tennessee fashion, it was sunny and 60 degrees a few days after it snowed. HA!