Always Aubrey

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Stitch Fix: 14th 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!

Even though I only kept one items from my last Fix, I enjoyed it so much that I moved my next box up to March!  This box was a tough one, because there was one item I didn't love, and at least one that I liked but was on the fence about keeping.  Here's how it played out.

Skies Are Blue Verne Tie Sleeve Top
First, my stylist hit me with my favorite color, mustard yellow, with the Skies Are Blue Verne Tie Sleeve Top.  The picture isn't fantastic, but I really liked the "peasant" look of it for an easy weekend shirt.  I could wear it for work too.  I liked this one a lot, not love, but strong like.

I had another "strong like" moment with the Pixley Lagio Mixed Material Top.  I thought the floral was a little abstract, but I realized it would be great under a lot of my cardigans and jackets.  I also loved the comfortable back panel, super soft!  It was a maybe for me...

The photo isn't the most flattering, but I needed a true red blazer and this Kensie Rebekah Mini Checkered Crepe jacket fit the bill.  Patriotic colors always work for me, considering all of the DAR and Veterans events that I attend.  Plus, perfect for office attire too!  I pegged this as a keeper early on.

The only item I didn't love in this Fix was this French Grey Rosanna Neck Tie Detail dress. It was too short for my preference, and very plain.  I decided I would only keep it if I kept the whole box.  Meh.

I was on the fence about collarless jackets.  But this color, again, patriotic and on trend, and I loved the feel and fit.  41Hawthorn Dorie Stretch Collarless Blazer, for the win.

 This is the point where you might be guessing that I kept the whole box.  Yep.  Basically, the entire box was $352, but if I kept the entire box, it came to $264.  I wanted to keep 4 of the 5 items, so keeping the whole box made sense, because it would "cost" me money to return a single item.  Even though I really liked the tops versus love, I know they'll be worn.  If not, I'll resell them on Poshmark.

I don't plan on having another fix until June, so if I buy more for my closet, I'll be shopping for myself!

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!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Modern Map Art Pillow

I received a free Modern Map Art pillow in exchange for my honest review.
The images, text, and opinions expressed are my own.

The folks at Modern Map Art e-mailed me to let me know that they had posters of the street grid and map of my hometown of Bloomington, Indiana.  Modern Map Art was created last year, inspired by world travel during the founders honeymoon.  They turn city street maps and trail maps into wall art and more.

While some of the bigger city maps would make fantastic wall art, I wasn't ready to dedicate that much wall space to a Btown poster yet.  So I opted for something that remind me of home, but adds a little pop to my living room: a pillow!

The pillow is soft, and of good quality.  It also has a zipper for washing.  It's probably not as firm of a pillow as I would expect for the $40 price tag, but you could also take the map cover off and place it over a better pillow if you want.  I don't mind paying more for something unique and special, individually printed and made in the USA.

It's not always easy being so far from family, but little things like this pillow can be subtle happy reminders of home.  I can pick out on the pillow where I worked in high school, where my business school is, where my mother works.  It's a nice little touch of Btown!

If you had a map pillow, what city would you feature?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday Lately: Progressing, Neglecting, Purging, Wondering, Craving

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 words.

It's been a minute since I caught up with the Blogger Tribe and our weekly Sunday Lately posts!  I was in Arizona the past two weekends, so blogging just wasn't happening.

PROGRESSING...  I finished up some of the DAR awards stuff that I had due this week, and now I'm progressing on some other projects.  Finally!  Procrastinating got the best of me, but things are starting to come along.

NEGLECTING...  Clean laundry, 2-3 loads clean and in baskets but not yet put away.  I can do laundry all day, but getting it into drawers and closets is just not something I enjoy at all.

PURGING...  Our old washer-dryer and our old spice containers!  Our old set were from 2005 or so, and they were both having issues.  So we decided to take advantage of President's Day sales and got new Samsung ones.  They have a HUGE capacity (we can wash our comforter now instead of taking it to the dry cleaner!) and so many different settings.  They're lovely.

They discontinued our old spice organization system, and the jars were falling apart.  So I ordered a new system via Amazon.  You can't fit a tablespoon into them like my old set, but I like them nonetheless.  They stack so nicely and work on our lazy susans.  Plus, I got to use my label maker.  Being organized makes me so happy!

WONDERING...  I'm wondering why I was so blue on Thursday and Friday.  No good reason to be at all.  Ever just get a case of the blues without understanding why you want to eat comfort food, cry, read magazines, do nothing else?  Sigh.  It happens to me from time to time.

CRAVING...  Y'all, I'm craving Spam musubi like crazy.  If you don't know what it is, it's basically slices of Spam fried up with teriyaki sauce, wrapped in a little bundle with sticky white rice and held together with some dried seaweed.  It's a popular menu item in Hawaii, where I got hooked on it.  My Mom would make them for me as a school lunch or a snack.  She still makes it for me sometimes when I'm road tripping home from visiting her.  I get mine locally at L&L Hawaiian Grill if I'm too lazy to make it myself.  It grosses Dan out to no end, but it's just something that I crave as comfort food!  I know it's super processed, but it's just a flavor I love.

Those are Korean ribs in the background.

  • On the Blog:  I did a roundup of places I've been eating in Nashville and Franklin the past few months.  Don't read while hungry!  :)
  • On Twitter:  RT because Ed Sheeran puts us through all the emotions, right?
  • On Pinterest:  This deep dish pizza recipe is one of the reasons I'm now obsessed with getting a Lodge carbon steel skillet.
  • On Instagram:  Dan made us cottage pie on St. Patrick's Day, and it was delicious!
  • Shopping:  On my birthday wishlist: carbon steel skillet in 12" and 15", magnetic Lodge trivet, and a butter crock!  The older I get, the more my birthday wish list looks like a wedding registry.

How was your week?

Sunday Lately with Blogger Tribe
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