Stitch Fix #12


Alright folks, this post is getting real. I have not yet found a great spot in my home to take outfit pictures. Our rooms are smallish and multi-purpose, city living at its finest. Also, this is my first time experimenting with my camera remote for outfit pictures. But I persevered. I find that seeing how other people wear items from their stitch fix is incredibly helpful to me and also helped me decide to try the company in the first place, so I wanted to offer this option to you as well. Plus, I need your help deciding what to keep. So here we go...Stitch Fix #12 Give me your feedback.

These are the 5 pieces that came in my stitch fix this month. This was my first stitch fix after completing my "contentment challenge" which made it even more exciting, even if sometimes I am making a funny face in the pictures. A few things to note about stitch fix. My goal is to find 1-2 items per month to spruce up my wardrobe. Rarely do I even consider the whole box. With that mindset, this becomes a realistic shopping outlet for me. I try to vie stitch fix as the chance to get outside my comfort zone, so I can add a few pieces in my closet that aren't on everyone else I pass in DC. 



1. Sonam Cross Front Knit Top by Three Dots
-- I was skeptical of this top as soon as I saw it. Cross front and elastic waistlines are not a friend of the postpartum body (can I still claim that 16 months out?) Or really, they aren't great for women who are in their child bearing years, eager people jump to conclusions about any resemblance of a bump. But when I tried this on, it was such a flattering neckline, and for my shoulders, arms, it became an immediate contender.  What do you think? Does the positive neckline outweigh the not so great waistline? Or is it a pass?



2. Priya Graphic Chevron Print Top by Pomelo
-- This was a winner from the start. I loved it out of the box, I asked for something like this in my feedback to my stylist, and I love that it will take me throughout the year since it is easy to layer. Not to mention I love everything blue (and Behr's favorite colors are blue and orange). I love this top so much, I didn't even bother to get good pictures in it since I knew it was a keeper.


3. Cliff Abstract PRint Roll-Tab Henley by Tart
-- I love Tart, but this shirt wasn't doing it for me. My first thought when putting it on was, "this would be great for when I volunteer at Behr's school!" But then I realized, I have plenty of shirts that fit in that category. What I am really looking for are items I feel fantastic in for date nights, dinner with friends, wearing on days I have to stop by the office. I am not sure this top fits the bill. What do you think?


4. Lila Chevron Panel Knit Tank by Loveappella
 -- This was the surprise of the box. I was thrown off by the shape of this top, but the fabric was great, the colors work well for me (blue, of course) and the shape was more flattering than I had guessed. But the back keeps throwing me off. I'm not sure I like how the chevron panel widens in the back. Yay or nay?



5. Daniela Maxi Skirt by Tart
-- I love this maxi skirt. I love the tulip shape in the front, the front slit makes it easy to move in. But, I have two maxi skirts that I never wear. I feel to short for this trend. Also, I never know how to style a maxi skirt, which might be why I never wear mine... Give me your thoughts.



Okay, that is it, my 5 items. Which are your favorites? And do you have any other questions about stitch fix? I would love to hear what you have to say. Feel free to also give me all your tips on camera remotes and taking outfit pictures. Clearly I need some improvement here.


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Farm Share 101 - Tomatillos

Tomatillos may look like green tomatoes, but they are actually closer related to gooseberries (the itty bitty fruit in the very front of this photo). Tomatillos are a fruit, native of Mexico that are chock full of tiny seeds and covered by a dry husk. Have you ever picked up a jar of salsa verde and thought it was going to be way too spicy? Those seeds you see are actually from the tomatillos and don't necessarily indicate the spiciness. In fact, over the past seven years I have experimented with many tomatillo recipes but keep coming back to using them to make salsa verde.

When is a tomatillo ripe?
Picking a tomatillo is different than a tomato as well. Tomatillos should be bright green, if the color has started to darken or turn the are over ripe. Tomatillos should also be firm to the touch, like a green, under ripe tomato. But at this stage of the game the tomatillo is considered at its peak. As for the outer husk, it should be crispy, not soggy.


Roasted Salsa Verde Recipe:

7-8 medium tomatillos, husked and rinsed
2 green bell peppers
1-2 green chiles, jalapeno for kick or poblano for a milder flavor
2-3 Tbs olive oil
5-6 sprigs fresh cilantro, de-stemmed and roughly chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup of water
Salt to taste

Instructions:

  • Preheat a broiler to 500.
  • Place tomatillos and peppers on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. 
  • Roast 4 inches below broiler until beginning blackened in spots for roughly 5 minutes. 
  • Flip the peppers to roast the other side for an additional 4 to 5 minutes. 
  • Set peppers aside until the are cool to touch. 
  • In a vitamix or food processor, combine the tomatillos, cilantro, onion and water, 
  • Cut open the peppers to remove and discard the seeds and white ribs. 
  • Add the peppers to the vitamix and blend to a rough chop. 
  • Add salt and cilantro to taste. 


Try our favorite enchilada recipe, from Blue Apron.

See the rest of our Farm Share 101 posts.


Hudson Sixteen Months


Hudson has entered an entirely new stage this summer. So much of the baby is gone. He is a big kid now. At least he thinks so. The best part of this new stage is watching him discover new things. He no longer just observes cause and effect, but has begun to experiment with creating them. Exploring new boundaries and having lightbulb moments seem to be daily occurrences. Among the recent ones...
...realizing that money can buy things, he is constantly finding coins or raiding wallets and trying to trade us a coin for what he really wants.
...he grabs a cup and plate whenever someone appears to be cooking, as if lifting the plate means asking for food. Usually we do pick up on this not so subtle cue.
...buttons of all sorts, shapes and sizes are his favorites these days. He is especially fascinated with our building security fob, nearly demanding to swipe the fob each time are in the elevator. He also steals my calculator from my desk on the regular. And both boys carry keys and flashlights around.
...games, like his big brother he plays games to get results, but this also means we get to have fun playing games with him, peek-a-boo, knocking over towers, dropping or picking things up to see what the reactions will be, and building tracks or dominos to set in motion. These games often result in Hudson's best laughter.
...climbing has been his latest adventure, seeming to test new heights each day. If only he would quickly learn to climb back down safely.

Hudson can most often be found carrying a book, fork, spoon, or cup. He likes to perform activities with objects in each hand. He treasures small objects, hiding them in his fist when he happens to find them, likely because he knows he is not supposed to have them.

We officially quit the pacifier this month, although he sometimes seems to miss it, substituting other objects. Without it, we are hoping he will continue to get more verbal. He makes plenty of sounds and talks often, but very rarely uses proper word association. Hudson is fully aware when we want him to say something we know he can so instead he laughs at us and shakes his head no.

Hudson is entranced with big brother Behr. The two play very well together, but we have noticed that over the past few weeks, their play is sometimes like watching a shadow. Whatever Behr does, Hudson does a moment later. An activity which often results in the two of them bopping each other on the head until someone screams. It is definitely my favorite, but not really. Hudson also loves when he gets to ride Behr's scooter. Looks like I know what is going on his Christmas list.

He is a strong willed, very determined boy and I have taken to calling him "the destroyer," a term which has equal impact on food, objects, and ear drums.



August Goals

I have a tendency to jump ahead, or look behind, forgetting the present day I am standing in. Are we ready for the school year? What will I pack for lunch that is nut and sesame free? Did we enjoy summer? Go swimming enough? How about the interns moving in this fall? Are we ready for them? Oh wow, October is looking busy, I should make sure we have everything scheduled. I missed Hudson's sixteen month blog post (coming soon!) should I give up on them completely? Do you have similar tendencies? Are on a swivel between what is coming and what you have missed? I get a bit worked up about all that is to come, forgetting that today is here.

Our summer vacations are over and yesterday I almost packed away the swimsuits for the year. I actually thought about pulling out winter sweaters. A short trip outside reminded me it is still sweltering in DC. While we may not be ocean-front in the next few weeks, there is still plenty of summer for our family to enjoy before September.


For August, I want to stop and savor. My goal is simply to celebrate each day.


Here is how:

  • Re-start my morning workout/prayer time.
  • Limit of 3 to-do list items before we head out for the day's adventure, so we don't get stuck inside working.
  • Easy dinners, mostly from our farm share.
  • No TV on the weekends, for us or the kids.


How do you slow down and enjoy the present season? I want to look at August and say, "the days were good." I'm worried about working too much, not being ready, wasting summer.


I am linking up with The Tiny Twig
for Goals with Grace

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