Today Is a Good Day

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Yep, this is happening. Day off, y’all!

A few things from the week:

 

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Medal Preview via RunDisney

 

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  • Not that I have my eye on anything, but Nordstrom is having a Triple Points Event through September 25th. (Ok, I want this and these).

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Have a terrific weekend.

 

 

 

 

Retro A-Frame Dollhouse

I spent countless hours playing with this Fisher Price dollhouse as a kid:

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Not only did I imagine living a fancy life in an A-frame house, but I also really wanted to sleep in bunk beds.

And use a ladder.

Looking now, this play set channels Aspen in the ’70s. Minus the piles of cocaine.

Land of Nod just introduced this retro dollhouse that obviously gives a wink to the one above:

The furniture is killing me!

Can you see the macramé wall hanging?

The people who reside in this house are also totally awesome:

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Fruit hair! I love it.

I may need to make this set mine.

 

Stuff That Popped Up On My Facebook Feed

Oh, Facebook, you know me so well.

Algorithmically, I seem to fit the demographic of someone who likes to drink wine (check) and shop online (CHECK!).

And sometimes I do both at the same time.

Here are a few companies that popped into my Facebook feed that intrigued me:

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The Girlfriend Collective started showing up last spring. Much has been written about this startup that is giving away free (supposedly) high-quality, ethically-made leggings for the price of shipping and handling ($20). Ok, I bit, but my leggings don’t arrive until October so I will review them then.

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This Hammitt cross-body bag is on my holiday wish list. I love the red zipper. This style is called the VIP clutch and comes in twenty color combos. Want.

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The premise behind Sudara is one I can totally support: female employees are human-trafficking survivors who are given job training and employment. Read the story here. Sudara’s most popular products are lounge pants called Punjammies, although they have other cute leisure styles. I have a pair of capri Punjammies and an elephant tee that have both seen a lot of wear in the past six months.

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Speaking of elephants, Ivory Ella is a mostly-tees company (and they are cuuuute) where 100% of net profits reportedly go to support the Elephant Crisis Fund. Again, I can get behind that. I might order some for holiday gifts, although I haven’t purchased anything yet.

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Adorn Jewelry Designs is a local (Midwest) purveyor of handmade jewelry. My feed showed me a picture of this metallic stone arc necklace and I’ve been thinking about it a lot. It looks like it would go with everything and at $35, the price point is terrific. Adorn’s Etsy shop also features cute earrings, including an adorable horseshoe pair.

I am such an easy mark.

Fall Style – New Wardrobe Additions with Maximum Versatility

Earlier this week I posted about the Stitch Fix delivery that I received last weekend, which contained some pieces for fall.

I’m in a transition period right now (a lot more about this later), so I haven’t been expanding my wardrobe lately at the usual frenetic pace.

However, Chelsea boots were #1 on my Just Want Now list for Fall ’16.

After *a lot* of browsing, I ordered this Treasure and Bond pair from Nordstrom.

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At $119, these are extremely well-priced for boots. The quality is excellent and they are comfortable from the get-go. I wore them to work last week with tights and a striped dress. I love how Chelsea boots can be dressed up or down, look great with jeans or a tights/skirt combo, and are all-day walkable. Their versatility makes them standouts for travel, especially when packing space is tight and you want to limit shoes.

And of course I found a striped shirt from Splendid that I loved and had to make mine:

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How cute are those buttons up the back? This is also supremely versatile and perfect for a travel capsule wardrobe.

Splendid was having a sale when I ordered the striped top, and I added this witty spectacles tee to my order (It’s still available and on sale). The tiny eyeglasses print is adorable.

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Y-necklaces are not new and are probably even trending out, but I recently saw someone wearing one and still liked how it looked. Again, much looking, but I finally settled on this Kendra Scott number:

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These aren’t new to my wardrobe (I’ve had them for at least a year), but I also just put these M.M. LaFleur Foster pants into heightened rotation:

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One great perk for these pants: they have internal buttons inside the bottom so you can adjust the length from cropped to full. Seriously, how cool is that? This also makes them the perfect pair of pants for travel, because you can mix them up.

Did I mention that they also look great with striped tops, Y-necklaces and Chelsea boots? 

 

 

 

 

Wanderlust

Recently I made a Big Decision that is simultaneously causing more and less stress in my life, depending on which facet we’re talking about.

One end result is going to be that – at least for the foreseeable future – my travel is going to be sharply reduced.

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And while I love, love, love to go somewhere (anywhere!), what I probably love even more is dreaming about going to that somewhere.

Backstory/digression: when I was a resident, we were more or less assigned vacation weeks at random. Our schedules were set up in rotational blocks and we were only allowed time off in certain ones, so you would end up with, say, the never-popular second week of November for your precious vacay. I went to a lot of places in the off-off season over those four years.

I spent a lot of time fantasizing about trips I’d want to take, though, and it probably took me three years to realize that the more stressed I became at work, the more wanderlust I experienced. Figuratively, I wanted escape. Now.

Fast forward: I still get that itch. For the past several years, I’ve usually had several work-related trips lined up at any given time, so the itch was easy to scratch.

But now that’s mostly going away, and for once my frequent flier miles are stagnating.

I was lamenting this turn of events with Spouse over the weekend when I realized that I have two random-ish weeks off in the beginning of December, and with eight years of hoarded Starwood Points and Delta miles, we could go somewhere pretty spectacular. He’s game to go, so the planning commenced.

I can’t wait to take off.

Fall Stitch Fix

This was waiting for me when I got home from running errands on Saturday:

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Yay. 

Let’s dig in, shall we?

Ok, I’m starting with my favorite item, this striped Pixley shirt with faux leather elbow patches.

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This was probably a no-brainer pick for my stylist; it’s so up my alley that of course I love it. Mine.

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I’d pinned this Loveappella cowl neck sweater to my Stitch Fix Pinterest page, so this was something I was happy to discover in the box. The color is olive-ish. It doesn’t look like much in the picture, but it’s cute when on and the fit is perfect.

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I don’t have too much to say about these Mavi skinny jeans. They’re skinny jeans. They fit. They’re soft.

Ok, I’m on the fence about the last two items. At first glance, neither tripped my trigger.

The first is this big square scarf in a washed-out yellow and blue plaid. The colors photographed better than they look; I’d describe the yellow as maize. It reminds me of uncooked corn on the cob. The blues are also quite faded. It’s not really me.

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Yeah, I don’t iron. Even for photos.

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This jacket puzzled me:

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The cargo style is on trend, and the fabric is washed and quite soft. I already have a mossy brown J. Crew Downtown Field Jacket that I adore, but recently I’ve browsed several similar cargo-style jackets in charcoal gray that are seemingly ubiquitous right now. So, when I saw this in the box, I was excited. And I thought it was charcoal gray, when it’s actually a faded navy.

Here’s the strange part: when I tried the jacket on I saw that the lining under the zipper area was ripped and pilled. I found myself wondering if the jacket was used. The fabric clearly seems washed and faded, which I assumed was part of how it was made, but the shabby quality of the front placket took the concept of distressing to a new level. Maybe someone else wore, washed, re-tagged and returned this?

I’m wearing everything except the cowl neck sweater in this photo:

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Overall, this Fix was ok.

The striped shirt is cool (but I have a million); ditto the cowl neck sweater. The jeans fit (and I recently have been working out a lot and could use a new slimmer pair), the possibly-second-hand jacket is stylish and priced well ($88 full price but roughly $60 if I take the 20% buy-it-all discount), and the scarf is just meh but it’s definitely not something I already have in my closet.

What do you think?