What I Wore Wednesday: Fearfully & Wonderfully Made

What I Wore Wednesday: Fearfully & Wonderfully Made

I am hoping to blog another update on Bryan soon, but for the moment, things are going okay, and we are happy for that! God has definitely been answering prayers! Each chemo cycle is 14 days, and we are on day eight today. This first cycle is kind of a ‘watch and wait’ cycle, as we see how Bryan reacts to things as we move forward. This will be our blueprint for the future cycles to come. Bryan is tired, but we are moving along and happy that treatment #1 is done and out of the way. We are ready to keep fighting this!

“Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil and let us see what we are made of.” Charles Spurgeon

If you missed my social media post about the final results of Nora’s fundraiser

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So, so awesome you guys! We exceeded our shirt sale goal, and we had so many super generous people who donated above and beyond the shirt sale! Thank you so much for being the hands and feet of Jesus to this family. They are so appreciative! Remember, you can stay updated on Nora and how you can be praying for her, by visiting her blog. I know they would definitely appreciate your continued prayers.

I received my super cute t-shirt from the fundraiser in the mail this week and felt that it was only appropriate to show it off for What I Wore Wednesday with The Pleated Poppy this week!

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I know the mirror makes the words impossible to read, but I love the simple reminder of this shirt that I am “fearfully and wonderfully made” — even when I don’t feel like it! And, every time I wear this shirt, I will be thinking about sweet Nora and sending love and prayers her way.

I looooove these jeans, too. I have only had them for a month but I have already worn them a lot (hint: size down if you order them!)! And the hoodie is also a favorite! I have a really long torso and so I like that I can buy it in a “tall” size so it has some extra length in both the torso and the sleeves. It also comes in a bunch of different colors (I may, or may not, own like five of these hoodies already…)!

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Shirt: Nora’s fundraiser

Jeans: Gap

Hoodie: Old Navy

Thank you for all your continued prayers and support for my husband, as well. I will update more when I get a chance!

xo,

Abby

 

Looking for more?

Nora — Little Light of Mine Fundraiser

Bryan’s Journey: Part One

What I Wore Wednesday & Stitch Fix Review

What I Wore Wednesday & Stitch Fix Review

I am linking up with The Pleated Poppy again this week for What I Wore Wednesday!

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I received my second Stitch Fix box last week and thought I’d give some feedback on my Stitch Fix styling thus far. Overall, I really do love the concept of Stitch Fix! If you haven’t heard of it, let me give you a brief summary on how the whole process works:

  • Go online to Stitch Fix and fill out a personal survey. The survey will give you example outfits to rate, and ask you lots of questions about what you like (colors, jewelry/no jewelry, patterns/prints) and about your body type (height, weight, pants size, long torso, long legs, etc.). You can even give a link to your style board on Pinterest (if you have one), and they can look at that to see what kinds of things you pin. The survey is pretty detailed, and while it won’t take a long time to fill out, I think it does a fairly good job of helping your stylist figure out what you generally like and dislike.
  • Sign up for a “fix”. You will receive five items delivered right to your doorstep. You can try on everything at home and figure out what fits, doesn’t fit, what you like and what you don’t like.
  • Figure out what to keep from your fix. There is a big advantage to keeping all five items in your box. If you do, you get 25% off of your total order. If I had kept everything in my last fix, that discount would have been like getting one of the five shirts I received, for free.
  • You go online and checkout (within three business days of receiving your items) — marking what you are keeping and what you are sending back. You rate each item based on fit and price and there is a place to leave comments on each item. All of these help your future stylist figure out what you did or didn’t like about something, and should ultimately help you receive items that you would like! You pack the things you are returning into a postage-paid bag that they provide, and just toss it in the mailbox.

So what is the cost? 

It costs $20 for a styling fee. However, this $20 is applied to any items that you keep, so as long as you like one of the things you receive, there really isn’t a “cost” for the service. Shipping and return shipping is free. Items are usually between $40-$60 each, on average. I don’t consider that to be an inexpensive price, however, the clothes seem to be of good quality, and I wanted to get outside of my normal “fashion box”, which this has done for me.

What I Like About Stitch Fix:

*Convenience: I am a mama to two little ones under the age of three, and my time is limited. I like that I can have items shipped right to me, and I can try them on in the comfort of my own home. Returning items is also so EASY.

*Change: I like that this gets me to try some new things that I wouldn’t have thought to try out myself.

*Styling Ideas: Each shipment comes with individual cards showing ideas for how to wear the items you are receiving. I like getting new ideas and it helps me decide if something will work for me, or not.

*On My Time: There isn’t a requirement to sign up for a schedule of shipments. You get to pick and choose how frequently, or infrequently, you want to receive a fix. I like that there isn’t pressure to sign up for recurring fixes!

*Customer Service: So far, they have been great with customer service. One of the sweaters I received was pilling after only a day of wear, and they speedily resolved the issue for me by offering a replacement. I was really pleased with the customer service in that particular situation.

What I Don’t Like About Stitch Fix:

*Pricing: I am a bargain shopper. I shop sales and hunt deals and so to me, $40 on a shirt is not inexpensive. However, I now do have a couple of shirts that are unique to my wardrobe that I wouldn’t have tried on elsewhere. I am somewhat unique in my pricing ideals, though — for many of you, the prices may not bother you. In both of my shipments, I had items that just did not fit. Because of this, I lost out on the 25% discount that I would have received by keeping everything. Had I received that discount, I would feel differently about the pricing.

*Trial and Error: I think it will take a few times for the stylists to get an idea of what fits you and what you like. Therefore, again, you might miss out on the 25% discount on everything. If you were face-to-face with the items, this wouldn’t be an issue. This is probably just an overall issue with online shopping! Just because you are a certain size pants, doesn’t mean the pants they send you in that size will fit — every brand is different. And by telling your stylist you have a long torso (like I did), doesn’t mean that her definition of a long-enough shirt, will be the same as yours.

Overall, I definitely think that Stitch Fix is worth checking out and giving a try. I don’t know that I would sign up for a box every month, but maybe several times a year. It can freshen up your wardrobe and give you some new ideas, and you really can’t beat the convenience. I think that the more fixes you get, the better they will be!

For my “What I Wore” post this week, my outfit features one of my Stitch Fix shirts:

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Shirt: Stitch Fix

Jeans: Gap (same style, different color)

Scarf: Old Navy (in white)

Shoes: Aldo

Happy Wednesday, friends!

xo,

Abby

 

***I was not paid for this post, and the opinions given here are solely mine.***

What I Wore Wednesday

What I Wore Wednesday

I am linking up with The Pleated Poppy again this week for What I Wore Wednesday! Well, actually she didn’t set up a link this week, but I’m going to go ahead and share my outfit anyway!

This week has been busy! And to fit the busyness of the week, the outfit that I am sharing this week is SUPER comfortable and simple.

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I love this new “Choose Joy” t-shirt from Love Blooms Here. Lindsay is a super sweet mom, who sells cute t-shirts and some really fun necklaces! She is currently working on changing vendors for the shirts, so there aren’t any listed on her site right now, but definitely check her out! I so needed the reminder to “choose joy” yesterday, and that’s why I decided to throw this shirt on! I think we can all use that daily reminder. 😉 I was also able to throw a light cardigan on over the shirt for warmth at night, so there are many ways to dress this idea up or down.

These are my second pair of Toms shoes, and I love them. The “ash” color goes with everything and I have already reached for them several times this week. They are a great shoe for a busy mom looking for something casual, yet not a regular tennis shoe. And — they give a pair of shoes to a child in need with every purchase (if you purchase from an authorized seller)! I love their mission.

Shirt: Love Blooms Here

Jeans: Gap (similar here)

White Camisole: Gap (here)

Shoes: Toms (here)

Watch: Fossil (similar here)

Happy Wednesday!

xo,

Abby

What I Wore Wednesday

What I Wore Wednesday

I am linking up with The Pleated Poppy again this week for What I Wore Wednesday!

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I have actually been really inspired by this particular linkup because it is motivating for me as a stay-at-home mom. I love my sweatpants and jammies more than I would like to admit, and I am enjoying trying out some new things and actually getting “dressed”! Oh, but don’t worry. We have plenty of PJ days still!

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This week’s outfit is again, super comfortable and the shoes really make it feel like spring for me! It is also budget friendly. These jeans are one of my favorite pairs from the Gap, and the skimmer length also makes them a really nice transition piece for spring. The shoes were a recent purchase and I love the endless options I will have with them since they are so colorful! They also make a simple outfit, like I have on here, and give it something extra (and they are only $30!!).

Cardigan: H&M (here) (This is 50% off right now!)

Jeans: Gap (similar here)

Tank: Gap (similar here)

Shoes: DSW (here)

Necklace: Banana Republic

What have you been wearing now that the weather is so beautiful? I would love new ideas!

xo,

Abby

What I Wore Wednesday

What I Wore Wednesday

I am linking up with The Pleated Poppy today to try out something new — What I Wore Wednesday!

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Okay, so let’s be honest — it’s more like what I wore at some point this week, because right now, I am probably still in my workout clothes. I am NOT a fashion blogger…or crazy into style and part of the reason is that I have a really hard time spending decent amounts of money on clothes! I am definitely a bargain hunter, and so my hope for sharing some of my outfits here is that you can find some inspiration for clothing items that don’t have to be designer! My favorite clothing stores are GAP, Old Navy and Target if that says anything about my spending limits 😉 My purpose in sharing this is to give all you fellow moms out their some closet inspiration! I feel so much better on the days I actually get dressed, and while I would rather stay in my pajamas and sweats all day (and admittedly, I often do), I am motivating myself at the same time to be productive.

I am branching out of my comfort zone a bit and trying out Stitch Fix this month — I can’t wait to see what they send me! If you haven’t heard of Stitch Fix you should go check it out. I am planning to hopefully review some of the stuff they send me this month and I will let you know what I think!

So here is my outfit of the week:

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Kimono: Target (here)

Black Tank: Gap (here)

Black Leggings: Gap (here)

Watch: Charming Charlie (here)

Shoes: H&M (similar ones here)

This outfit just screams spring to me! And to top it all off — it is all SO comfortable!

xo,

Abby