Monday, June 2, 2014

Eleven Questions

The lovely Jesabes tagged me in the latest internet meme going around! I have to admit, after reading several other bloggers' takes on this, I was all "Someone tag me! Tag me!" Thanks, lady!

Here we go:

1. What is your favorite type of cheese?
I am a big fan of cheese in general. My absolute favorites are goat cheese (served warm with bread), Havarti, Muenster, and Brie. The only cheese I really don't enjoy is Swiss. I once made the mistake of putting a remaining bit of Camembert in my new Anne Klein tote after a picnic in Paris and the bag was stinky for the rest of my trip.

2. What are you excited about?
Unless you have been living under a rock or don't follow me on Twitter (@glamomommy), you probably already know that I am excited that MY SAN ANTONIO SPURS MADE THE NBA FINALS FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW! 

I have been a serious Spurs fan since 1994. In 2012, my BFF convinced me to buy tickets to the playoffs and we've done it every year since. Loving a team this hard is alternately amazing and heartbreaking. Last year, we came up about 30 seconds short of winning the title. This year, we have been back on the emotional playoffs rollercoaster since Easter. I don't know what's going to happen in the Finals (I think we have a great shot to win it, but luck and health plays huge roles also, so you never know), but no matter what, I am so proud of my classy, underappreciated, beautiful Spurs. 

If you don't have an NBA team you already root for, you should love them too. :) Let Magic Johnson and others tell you why here.

3. How did you celebrate your last birthday?
My birthday was two weeks ago and it was fabulous. The day before I had a lovely lunch with my parents and dinner out with my girlfriends. On my actual birthday, I woke to a surprise birthday cake drawing from Sophie, then we went shopping and to lunch with J, and then I laid by the pool reading. It was relaxed and glorious.

4. What is on your bedside table?
A turquoise lamp, a small fan to combat my early-arriving hot flashes, a picture of J and me taken at South Padre when we were dating, an iPod dock/radio, a Spurs cup full of water, and a stack of books to be read.

5. What do you order from the movie theater concession stand?
Sometimes I smuggle in snacks from home; other times, I buy either Junior Mints or Sour Patch Kids at the theater. Or a hot dog if I'm seeing a movie at lunchtime. Or gelato (our palatial movie theater has a gelato stand and a bar). 

But I always, always buy a ginormous soda because they have my favorite thing in the world. I believe its real name is the Coke Freestyle Machine, but I just call it the Magical Coke Machine. Regular Coke is my one real vice, so I freaking love this thing. I'd buy one for my house if I could. I usually mix half regular Coke and half Cherry Vanilla Coke.

6. Do you have a garden? What's growing?
Kind of? When we moved into our house last year, the front featured a ton of cacti and some lantanas and other bushes. We didn't do much to it, just let it grow wild, but this year, one of the big bushes died. At first, J and Sophie (I AM NOT OUTDOORSY-BLACK THUMB RIGHT HERE) tried to replace it with some purple flowers. However, the horde of deer that live on our street (really-sometimes we come out at night to find about 12-14 deer sleeping in our front yard) thought they made a delightful snack. Hence all the cacti! 

So next J planted three new lantana bushes and the deer seem to be leaving those alone. We also let Sophie get a hibuscus in a pot on our front porch and it seems to bloom one single large bloom every other day. One blooms, the next day it's dead and gone. Then another blooms. It's weird.

7. Any summer plans?
Sophie has a wonderful slate of activities planned-theater camp, chef camp, Paris camp, oceanography camp, sports camp, adventure camp, and zoo camp, plus one week each month with my parents, aka Nana Camp. She also has swimming lessons once a week and we've signed her up for a basketball team, which should be interesting.

In terms of anything else, not much. This year was supposed to be a Canada year-we go there every other year to visit J's family, so we thought we'd be heading to Toronto this summer. 

However, in March, J's sister and her family came to stay with us for a week, followed by his dad and stepmom coming to stay for another week. 

And then I had a conference at Disney in April, so J and Sophie went with me and we turned it into a family trip and a visit to my homebound aunt. 

While I still have tons of vacation for the year, J does not, and his mom and best friend were here for a visit last year, so no Canada and no any other trip over the summer.

We'll do things locally-we have passes to the zoo and Six Flags. We may do a weekend in a cabin somewhere if we get ourselves together in time. Other than that, not much. Our 10th anniversary is in September. I'd love to go somewhere, but we'll have to see.

8. Which TV couple(s) are you rooting for?
Castle and Beckett (Castle) and Deeks and Kensi (NCIS LA) are probably my two favorites. I am extremely irritated that Castle and Beckett didn't make it down the aisle!

9. What's the last thing you bought?
Literally the last thing I bought (other than groceries) was a 2014 Spurs Western Conference Champions T-shirt!

C and I stood in line at Academy for two hours after the game ended Saturday night to buy them, then headed to the airport to welcome the Spurs home from Oklahoma. We didn't get home until 2 a.m. Apparently, we think we're still in our 20s LOL.

10. What's one thing you are passionate about?
I'm pretty passionate about women's rights. I'm supporting Wendy Davis and Leticia Van De Putte for Governor and Lt. Governor of Texas, because I believe they will do the right thing for the women and children of our great state.

11. What are you grateful for this week?
I am grateful that Sophie has had a great year in Kindergarten, which ends Thursday. I am grateful my parents live nearby and always help out in a pinch. I am grateful for a friend who is crazy enough to have late-night adventures with me. I am grateful for a husband who supports my interests, crazy and time-consuming though they may be for a few months each year. And I'm grateful that the Spurs made it back to the Finals. No team deserves it more!

Now I'm supposed to tag 11 bloggers...but most of the ones I know have already done this, so I'm going to tag a few who may have not: Mona and Nilsa

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Stitch Fix #3: Was the Third Time the Charm?

In March, I received my first Stitch Fix. I loved the idea of "Glam Delivered Right to Your Door." I only purchased one top from that Fix, but I was hooked!

In April, I received Stitch Fix #2 and it was terrific. I got three great items, including these fabulous Margaret M Emer black cropped pants that hide every flaw and make me look thinner than I really am. I wear them constantly. So I had high hopes for Stitch Fix #3, arriving a few days before my birthday in May. I was hoping this would be the Fix where everything was amazing and I bought it ALL.

Honestly, I was a little underwhelmed with the selections this month. At first, I wasn't sure I was going to keep anything. So I gave myself a day, tried on everything again, really thought about it, and ultimately decided to keep two pieces. And I'm really happy with my choices, although I'm hoping for something more "wow" next time.

What I Received

This month's Fix was styled by Danya. She definitely looked at the feedback from my last Fix, since she selected some more blue pieces and a short version of the white jeans from my last Fix and both the tops covered my upper arms nicely, since I'd pointed out I don't like sleeveless in my last Fix. She also noted how one of the tops would go nicely with the Margaret M pants from the last Fix, which was great.

First Item: 41Hawthorn Beatrice Dolman Sleeve Back Zipper Top, $58

My first thought was, "Oh, more blue." Don't get me wrong-I do love blue and navy, but I like other colors too! While this top is more turquoise, I'd love to see some other colors for variety in future Fixes.

My second thought was "Dolman sleeves never seem flattering on me." So I didn't have high hopes before I tried it on. However, once I put it on, I was intrigued. It is a great color, the material seems to fall nicely, it gathers at the waist in a way that might sort of camouflage the problematic mommy pooch, and I didn't hate the sleeves as I anticipated I might. The more I looked at it, the more I liked it. Plus, I have a tendency to buy a variety of t-shirts and just accessorize them to make them seem dressier, and I really need some great, non-t-shirt tops to wear to work and elsewhere. KEEPING.

These are my beloved Margaret M Emer cropped pants that you will have to wrest
from my cold dead hands. Praying Stitch Fix will send me them in some more colors.

Second Item: 41Hawthorn Moni Stud Detailed 3/4 Sleeve Blouse, $58

Not a blue item! I love this purple/fuchsia color and the shirt has a very fitted and flattering style. The only thing I wasn't sure about were the gold studs. I don't wear a lot of gold, so they were just kind of meh for me at first. But the more I looked at the shirt ON, the more I liked it. And I do have some jewelry in a similar gold tone that has stones this exact fuchsia color, so that works out nicely. And I need more non-t-shirt tops. KEEPING.

Third Item: 41Hawthorn Callafia Short-Sleeve Wrap Dress, $68

More blue. The color was lovely, but the dress was not. Sleeves were short. Tied multiple times around the waist. I DON'T TIE ANYTHING AROUND MY WAIST. I WANT PEOPLE TO LOOK ANYWHERE BUT MY WAIST. Too much material for lower half of dress, all bunched up and making me look larger on bottom-no, thanks. And finally, the dress was that just-below-the-knee length, which I personally think is the most unflattering length of all time. Give me a simple streamlined dress with no ties that hits just above the knee any day of the week. This? No. No. No. GOING BACK.

My fashion philosophy is distract everyone from my midsection by
focusing on my long legs. This dress does me no favors on both fronts.

If I'm going to wear a blue dress, I prefer something more like this:

Simple, three-quarter sleeve, just above the knee.

Fourth Item: Kut From the Kloth Mona Boyfriend Short, $68

These shorts are basically the white jeans from my last Fix in short form. Sounds good, right? Um, no. I love long denim jeans. I do not love denim shorts, in any color, but especially white. And when I do wear shorts, they are a little shorter and do not hug my midthigh and make it look like a sausage. Any shorts I wear are completely loose around the leg, so as to make my thigh look smaller coming out of the leg. And I think these were giving me a camel toe. Not good, people. GOING BACK.

Not great from the front, terribly unflattering from the back.
I could start working out, but I'd rather just dress my body differently LOL.

Fifth Item: Pixley Myah Crystal Palm Earrings, $38

I got a necklace in my first Stitch Fix. I didn't love it and I thought I indicated I didn't want to receive any more jewelry in future Fixes, because I'm really in this for the clothes. I already have a lot of jewelry.

I didn't dislike these earrings really, I just didn't love them. Plus, I already have some nicer jewelry in this same mint-green color. Hoping for all clothes in my next Fix. GOING BACK.

My Thoughts Overall

While I was initially underwhelmed, I'm really pleased with the two tops I decided to keep. With my $20 styling fee already applied, they cost me $102, which is probably what I would pay for two nice tops at Macy's. But I didn't have to go to Macy's! The convenience factor in Stitch Fix is the best. I look forward to getting the boxes, trying things on in my own mirror and lighting, and pairing the items with other stuff I already own.

I tried to give very specific, directive feedback about the items in this Fix, as well as other things I am looking for (MORE MARGARET M CROPPED PANTS, AHEM), so I'm excited to see what arrives in my next Fix on June 11th.

Also, I followed the suggestions on the style card and paired the fuchsia Moni Stud Detailed blouse with my favorite jeans and brown Franco Sarto boots (that have gold detailing, natch) for work today.

Disclaimer: If you use my Stitch Fix referral link to sign yourself up for Stitch Fix, I will receive a $25 credit toward my next Fix. (So please sign up OK? More clothes for me! LOL.) However, all the opinions here are my own and I am not being reimbursed in any way to review Stitch Fix. I'm doing this for fun and paying for everything out of my own pocket.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Stitch Fix #2

Last month, I received my first Stitch Fix (click HERE to check out my description of the Stitch Fix process, review, and pictures). Although I only kept one item from that first box (I wear it a lot!), I was really excited about the process and eagerly awaiting my next one.

Monday, I received the email that Stitch Fix #2 was on its way and would arrive Wednesday. I must have checked the FedEx tracking number so many times, but Wednesday evening, it arrived right on schedule, as expected. I had to wait until after I took Sophie to swimming lessons and got her bathed and to bed and then I dove right in.

What I Received

This month's Fix was styled by Samantha. What I loved about the note and style card explaining each selection was that in her explanation, she referenced the feedback I gave about the pieces in my last Fix! It was great to feel like they really heard my feedback and adjusted their ideas about what to send me accordingly.

Note: Sorry for the horrible'll note I took some in the morning and some in the evening!

First Item: Mia Melon Paloma Back Jersey Cutout Top, $54

This top was...strange. From the front, it looks normal, but the back has an odd racerback design featuring a line of brown buttons. When I put it on, the Y of the racerback would not lay flat against my back, instead jutting out from my spine like a teapot handle. Also, the jersey material unflatteringly highlighted my mommy pooch in the front and I'm not a big fan of round neck tops (I prefer V or boatneck tops). The color, a deep turquoise, was nice, but that was really the only thing I liked about it. Going back.


Wha?! Had to contort myself to take this shot.

Second Item: 41Hawthorn Natasha Front Pocket Sleeveless Blouse, $54

Stitch Fix is going to have to come to terms with the fact that I do not do sleeveless. The only time I'm sleeveless is when I'm in a swimsuit (one-piece, of course). I wear blazers over tank tops and cardis over sundresses. This shirt, a deep cobalt blue, highlighted my largish, flabby upper arms while simultaneously hanging so loosely everywhere else that I'm pretty sure people would ask me if I was expecting while wearing it. Going back.


NO. I don't need people wondering if I'm pregnant.

At this point, you're thinking...I thought you said they listened to your feedback?! And they did...

Third Item: Pomelo Arcade Dot Print Chambray Top, $68

As I pulled out the third blue top of my Fix, I realized that my feedback about being obsessed with navy and that I loved the polka dot trim on the too-small blazer I returned had been remembered. I loved this structured, navy, polka dot shirt on sight and prayed it would fit well. And it is perfect! It is rolled up to three-quarter sleeves (my favorite kind, covering all the flabby bits!) and fits nicely-not too small in the shoulders, not too large everywhere else. So preppy and adorable and perfect for summer! Love, love, love. Totally keeping it!

I got several compliments on this shirt at work today!

Fourth Item: Margaret M Emer High Waisted Cropped Trouser, $98

I had specifically requested cropped pants in my feedback last month for my summer work wardrobe, so I was excited to see these pants. Then, I started looking to put them on and realized they are just pull on-no buttons or zippers. While I thought that might be a challenge, turns out they are easy to pull on, fit fantastically, and are the perfect length! They are super comfortable as well and the high waist reins in the mommy pooch and the whole style of the pant seems flattering. Love! Keeping them.

I had to put my white throw over my dark nightstand so the silhouette of the pant would show. 

I am sucking in so hard because it's the end of the day and I've eaten pasta!

Fifth Item: Kut From the Kloth Denna Colored Skinny Jean, $78

Remember the cranberry corduroy pants that fit great in my last Fix, but were not practical for South Texas in springtime? Well, I mentioned that I loved the fit of the pant, but preferably in another material and Samantha came through-sending me a white denim version of the same pant! These look really cute with the navy polka dot top and pretty much anything else for summer. Sold! Keeping them.


My Thoughts Overall

So, first Fix-one out of five keepers, second Fix-three out of five keepers! Honestly, that was more than I expected in terms of improvement. If I had decided to keep all five items, with the $20 styling fee applied and the buy all 25 percent discount, all five would cost me $249. Since I know I would absolutely not wear the two items I'm returning, I'm comfortable with that and will only have to pay $224 for the three items I chose to keep (with the $20 styling fee applied).

While that might seem high to some, the uniqueness of the items I'm receiving, coupled with the fact that I didn't have to leave the house to search for them, makes this money well spent in my eyes.

My next Fix arrives in mid-May, three days before my 41st birthday, so I really hope I get some cute stuff!

Disclaimer: The Stitch Fix links I put throughout this post are referral links. If you use my referral link to sign up for Stitch Fix, I will receive a $25 credit to my account to put toward a future Stitch Fix. However, all the opinions here are my own and I am not being reimbursed in any way to review Stitch Fix. I'm doing this for fun and paying for everything out of my own pocket!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

My Baby Grownup Girl

Sophie, now five and a half, is growing up faster than I like.
It really struck me this week. Last week, on our way to Florida for vacation, she carried her own backpack and pulled her own suitcase. We had no stroller to deal with and no child to carry for the first time ever and we were THRILLED that she was pulling her own weight (as it were) as a traveler. So proud of our big girl. That didn't bother me at all.

Pulling her suitcase like a boss
Then, last night after her bath, Sophie told me her tooth hurt. I took a look and the tooth wiggled very loosely.
"Sophie, your baby tooth is loose," I told her.
"MOMMY! I HAVE A WIGGLY TOOTH! I HAVE A WIGGLY TOOTH!" she exclaimed. I called for J to come and he hugged her and was congratulating her on this milestone when I felt tears pricking my eyes.

Wiggly tooth, right there

My baby is losing her baby teeth, literally the last vestiges of her babyhood. MY BABY. I'm not ready for this, friends. It's really hitting me.
She's finishing Kindergarten. She'll turn six in August. She's losing her baby teeth. She's as tall as my boobs (yes, really). But she's just my little baby. How did this happen?

See? Boob high
Every day, she makes me laugh with her pronouncements on things, always starting with "Good news, Mommy!" or "Do you want to know something crazy?" She is reading everything in sight, whether she likes to admit it or not. She is becoming a good little swimmer and works hard at it every week. She is SO over princesses, showing no interest in them last week at all (except Elsa, because ICE POWER).
But in my heart, she's always going to be my baby, my little princess. So I'll just be over here drying my tears, watching her grow up.

Baby teeth firmly in place

My little princess

Update: Before I could post this, Sophie's baby tooth came out as she brushed her teeth before bed. The Tooth Fairy is glad she had time on her lunch break today to prepare for the occasion. Mommy is still in teary denial.

Gap on top and bottom

Going rate for a first tooth is $5

OK, and a little wand and some fairy dust

Friday, March 14, 2014

Glam Delivered Right to Your Door

Recently, several bloggers I follow, particularly Nilsa and Ari, started blogging about Stitch Fix. I've enjoyed reading about and seeing the pictures of the clothes they've received every month. 

Several fantastic ladies (I'm looking at you Ginger and Laura!) I know receive makeup boxes every month with samples to try, and while I've been interested in that concept, I'm not into makeup quite enough to actually sign up for any of those services. YET.

But new clothes delivered straight to my door every month? SIGN. ME. UP. I never feel like I have enough time to shop as it is and I definitely need to expand my fashion horizons a bit from my current uniforms of Summer (capri pants and a top) and Winter (jeans, boots, and a top). (Those are the only two seasons here in Texas.) I thought this might help me try.

How does it work? You simply sign up online, fill out a questionnaire about your fashion likes and wardrobe needs, and select a date for your first Fix to arrive. When your Fix ships, you are charged a $20 styling fee that will be put toward any items you decide to purchase. If you send everything back in an included envelope, the styling fee is all you are charged.

So, Stitch Fix #1!

My stylist Shuchi picked out four items of clothing and one jewelry item for my first Fix. I loved her note about the pieces she selected for me and I really loved the card that gave ideas for styling each piece.

Note: Forgive my terrible selfies, just wanted to give a visual to each item in the Fix.

First Item: Jonathan Corduroy Skinny Pant, $78

These pants fit me perfectly and were SO comfortable. I really liked them, but I chose not to keep them for one big reason: CORDUROY. If I had received this box in October, maybe. But it's mid-March in South Texas and there will be no corduroy wearing for me. I get hot just thinking about it! But if Shuchi could send me these exact pants in a denim or stretch cotton, I'd be sold! (Although I would like a more cranberry red than orange red too.)

Second Item: Dovette Draped Detail Dress, $58

I loved the beautiful color of this dress and the soft material and while it doesn't photograph well, I loved the draping, which camouflages the mommy pooch perfectly. I showed it to J and he really liked it too and he's a tough judge. The only problem was that while it fit my lower half well, the top half was too large and had huge armholes that showed my bra on each side. I considered tailoring, but realistically, I don't have the time or money to do so. The dress is going back.

Third Item: Toshi Contrast Detail Blazer, $88

I love a good blazer, so I was really excited to receive one in my box. Unfortunately, although I loved the cut of the blazer, it was too tight for me in the shoulders and arms, so I could barely move them. I was pretty bummed out as I really loved the polka dot contrast trim. Going back.

Fourth Item: Gwendolen V-Back Knit Shirt, $58

Business in the front
Party in the back LOL.

Finally a keeper! From the front, this navy knit shirt looks like a basic boatneck style, but from behind it has a little V that gives it a nice twist. I love the cut of the shirt and navy is kind of my fashion obsession these days, so I'm keeping the top and look forward to styling it with a few things already in my wardrobe. :)

Fifth Item: Oxford Layered Chains Necklace, $52

What Shuchi doesn't know is that I have a large neck and am not a fan of chokers. This necklace felt like it was strangling me. I like my necklaces a little longer and more sparkly, less heavy metal.

V-Back styled for dinner this evening with cropped jeans,
 heels, my favorite scarf, and sparkly jewelry

Thoughts Overall
One keeper and four returns (although two were almost keepers)...I don't consider this a failure by any means. I really love the navy V-back and I had a great time trying new things on. I went online to indicate what I was keeping and give feedback about the items I'm returning, so hopefully Shuchi will have more information to make my next Stitch Fix even better. I'm interested to see what I receive in my mid-April delivery! This is a really fun service!

Disclaimer: The Stitch Fix links I put throughout my post are referral links. If you use my referral link to sign up for Stitch Fix, I will receive a $25 credit to my account to put toward a future Stitch Fix. However, all the opinions here are my own and I am not being compensated in any way to review Stitch Fix. I paid my $20 styling fee, and with the one item I'm keeping from this box, I'm paying a total of $58 (including the original styling fee). I just thought it would be fun to share what I received and what I think of this service!