Always Aubrey

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Stitch Fix: 13th Fix

Disclosure:  I paid for my own Stitch Fix; all opinions are my own.  If you're interested in trying Stitch Fix, I'd love for you to use my referral link so I can get $25 towards my next Fix!

So I was really tired when I was trying to take screenshots of all my Stitch Fix items while I was in checkout in the app (and possibly tipsy) so I didn't get screenshots of all the items in a pretty way.  Sorry!  But I did take photos of the styling card that hopefully will suffice.

I asked for jackets in my Fix, and my stylist totally delivered.  THREE!  And I loved or liked them all.  But did I keep them?

The Bande Knit Blazer was comfy, but when I buttoned it I didn't like how it fell in the back.  I decided I'd keep it if I kept the whole box, but (spoiler alert) I did not.  I wasn't sure about horizontal striping doing me any favors either.  RETURNED.

I loves the Karlstad Textured Moto Jacket.  It was soft comfortable, and cool.  It looked good both zipped and unzipped, even though I only showed unzipped photos.  Dan even liked how it looked.  But I wasn't sure how often I'd wear it, and with which other items in my closet given the pattern.  I wanted to keep it very much... but I have a white denim jacket that I pretty much wear rarely and didn't want to risk another piece I don't use much.RETURNED.

I loved everything about the Shelle Stretch Moto Jacket.  So soft and comfy, both zipped and unzipped.  I've worn it multiple times already, way more than an olive Army-style jacket I used to have from J. Crew.  Perfect.  KEPT.

Sigh.  This Strut & Bolt top was a fit fail on me.  It was like a tent, and too short for my torso.  Meh.  RETURNED.

This Blu Pepper top was definitely my style, but the fabric was too sheer. I loved the details, softness, and open back.  If it had been opaque, I would have been tempted to keep it!  RETURNED.

In the end, I wanted to keep all the jackets, but I didn't like the blouses enough to keep the whole Fix.  The white jacket was almost kept, but in the end on the frugal side of things I decided to only keep one jacket.  Womp womp.  But the good news is, I've already worn the olive moto jacket multiple times!  Winner winner.  I also moved up my next fix to early March, because I haven't been shopping online that much and like the convenience of the stylist.

Past Stitch Fix Reviews
(all reviews, in reverse order)

Disclosure:  I paid for my own Stitch Fix; all opinions are my own.  If you're interested in trying Stitch Fix, I'd love for you to use my referral link so I can get $25 towards my next Fix!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday Lately: Enjoying, Hoping, Forgiving, Delving, Relying

Sunday Lately is a weekly linkup hosted by the Blogger Tribe. We e-hangout every Sunday, sharing a small glimpse into the past week of life in our own worlds.

ENJOYING... my weekend away with Dan!  His birthday was Friday, so we took a little road trip to Chattanooga.  We got a great Airbnb on the Southside, walkable to lots of things, and today we took in the Tennessee Aquarium.  His birthday wishes were craft beer and aquarium, so it was a success!  I'll do a post recap soon with all of the details.  Chattanooga is an awesome, under-appreciated city, at least in the eyes of this Tennessee non-native.

Tennessee Aquarium

HOPING...  for warmer weather!  Please?  I am tired of the dance in between cold and warm.  Until there are more flowers outside, I'm enjoying flowers that I have inside, including some I got for Valentine's Day from my parents!

FORGIVING... my food trespasses.  I'll start tracking points again on Thursday.  It was a crazy week, and I just needed to let go.  Carbs, forgiven.  Sometimes we just need to take a step backwards and not make ourselves miserable with shame about it.

DELVING... into DAR awards and our taxes.  Yikes, so much paper!  Must. Start. Digging.  Blergh.  At least I've got it all sorted into folders?

RELYING... on the little things in life for a chuckle!  Like my silly cat trying to get me to pet him more.  The world is so bizarre and tense right now.  I need fur baby snuggles.

  • On the Blog:  I had some seriously delicious adventures in San Antonio early this week, and somehow I managed to blog about them pretty soon after I got home!
  • On Twitter:  These pictures of people making googly eyes at Justin Trudeau, and then these of Trudeau making googly eyes at President Obama are basically the cutest ever.
  • On Pinterest:  I enjoyed my most recent Stitch Fix so much that I requested to get another one sooner than scheduled.  I've been pinning lots of tops to my Pinterest board for my stylist!
  • On Instagram:  The most INSANE ceviche ever.  Must-see.
  • Shopping:  This magnetic air vent cell phone holder thingy from Wizgear is the bomb.  I used to have this holder that you clipped into, but it was a pain.  I saw my coworker had this one, and now we're ordering more so Dan can have one too.  It even works with his Otterbox case!  No clips, it just sticks up there, and you can change from horizontal to vertical in a snap.  Drive safe!

How was your week?

Sunday Lately with Blogger Tribe

Friday, February 17, 2017

San Antonio, Revisited

I jetted off to San Antonio for a quick overnight for work, and I loved it.  I was last there for work a year ago (read about it here), and once again it included some delicious adventures!  I've found that once your coworkers know that you have a thing for food, they put a lot of care into picking out places to go eat.  I'm fortunate that my boss, also on the trip, is a foodie too, so I had a very happy tummy.

Pretty tiles in San Antonio

The first place I ate is known more for their upscale dinners than lunches, but their lunch is probably the best deal in town!  Bohanan’s Prime Steaks & Seafood is classy to its core.  The restaurant, open for dinner, is upstairs, but the beautiful bar downstairs is open during lunch.  The prices for lunch are very reasonable, and we loved the smaller portion sizes.  I chose one of the house specialties, braised akaushi short ribs over pappardelle noodles.

The food was absolutely delicious.  I would go back and eat the same dish in a heartbeat!  The service was impeccable, both attentive and professional.  The bread they served was hot and wonderful too.  What a beautiful experience!

After our work was done, we headed to the Pearl brewery area as I had last trip, where I made a beeline to Bakery Lorraine for more macarons.  I had pistachio (x2), strawberry, Earl Grey, salted caramel, and raspberry.  LOVE LOVE LOVE!  My Instagram post caption got some chuckles from folks: "If loving macarons is basic, my pH level is like a 14."  If you get it, we can be friends.

For dinner, we had a reservation at Cured next door.  I LOVE MEAT.  (That's what she said.)  Y'all know that.  So to go to a restaurant centered around their meat was right up my alley.  And isn't the old building they chose just stunning?  I was excited to try it, given I'd briefly met the chef a year ago while eating at Bakery Lorraine.

The first thing you see upon entering the restaurant?  Meat curing.  Yep.  So it's no wonder that we started our meal with charcuterie!

We had Apple Jalapeno Pork Rillettes, Bresaola, Smoked Duck Ham, 90 Day Pork Belly, a lamb pick (I'm not a lamb person), and cheese.  I would venture to say you NEED to try charcuterie when you're here.  They can help you make your picks, and it's killer.  For dinner, I was hoping to try their pork chop, but they'd just run out.  I settled for grilled flat iron steak, which came with fries.  OMG.  It has been a long time since I enjoyed such a tender, well-seasoned steak.  Awesome place and concept!

Our last big meal was lunch at El Bucanero, a Mexican seafood restaurant.  I must admit, I was nervous about this one.  The menu has some pictures, but not much description outside of names in Spanish.  The decor is seafood-related and kind of cheesy.  It's casual, loud, and packed with people.  Not to mention, fish and seafood are not my favorite thing in the whole world.  I stayed quiet, wanting to play the part of "super cool foodie" as we ventured in.

We ordered an absolutely enormous Hawaiian-themed ceviche... it was a mix of fruit, seafood, all served up in half a pineapple.  I mean, it was a mountain.  And you know what? I liked it!  I have a personal policy that I'm always going to try something once, food-wise.  I may not love it, but at least I gave it a go.

For my lunch, I chose fried fish tacos.  They were delicious!  I almost detoured and ordered some traditional, non-seafood fare, but after the delight of the ceviche, I had a "when in Rome" moment and decided to get fish!  Definitely a happy surprise.

San Antonio, you're wonderful.  I loved staying on the Riverwalk again, and taking a morning walk along its edge.  I hope to come back again, visit the Missions, eat more food, and absorb the culture of this great city!

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