2014 Closet Remix Challenge {Part 2}

You can read about the 2014 Closet Remix Challenge I’m doing here.

Days 11-20 were definitely tougher than 1-10 because I feel like I am picking the same thing to wear over and over. One thing that’s for sure… I like polka dots, gingham, stripes and color! Days 21-31 will most likely be the toughest.

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Email or comment below if you’d like to know where to get something 🙂

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2014 Closet Remix Challenge

Hi, my name is Alyssa and I’m a Shopaholic.

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As I mentioned yesterday, I am doing a Closet Remix Challenge on Instagram.  The idea of the Closet Remix Challenge is to encourage you to bust out the items in your drawers with tags still on them, dust off things you have forgotten in the back of the closet, and pair unexpected pieces to create fun new outfits, giving a twist on your trusted favorites. You cannot shop for clothes, shoes or accessories for the entire month of January. If you have a date night, no shopping. Wedding? No shopping. Vacation? No shopping!

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I’m sure you’re thinking, one month isn’t that hard.. But, it actually is {for me}. I don’t think I’ve realized how often I was just searching for something when bored and pressed the “buy now” button or how often I indulge in retail therapy when I’m having a bad day. But, I’ll make it through these 31 days and maybe even some of February. Below are my outfits for the first 10 days… If you want to know where anything is from just shoot me an email or leave a comment below.

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I do enjoy this challenge because it is in line with my goal to spend less on shopping If you want to join in on Instagram just hashtag #2014closetremixchallenge or #30dayclosetremix.

Pack like a Pro!

 

Happy Friday! When the weather gets cold, we want OUT of NYC. I am headed for a weekend getaway in less than 12 hours and plan on packing extremely light. Lugging an over-packed bag is not fun – Plus, they charge for everything these days and I rather save my money to shop! Some questions to ask yourself:

  • What’s the weather going to be like?
  • Can I wear a piece more than once?
  • Will I need shampoo/toothpaste/blow-dryer or will the place I’m staying provide this at no charge? (<— big space saver!)

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Once you have these 3 questions answered it’s time to start packing.

 

  • Make a list. This seems so simple but it’s extremely important in helping you stay on task. I write down the number of days I will be there, then pick a day & night outfit for each day.
  • Take pictures of your outfits. This helps me remember what I originally planned on wearing instead of looking at my clothes and thinking nothing goes together all of a sudden.

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  • Be reasonable. Override that voice in your head trying to convince you that you absolutely need six pairs of heels for a three-day trip. You don’t…and the practical you knows that.
  • Don’t skimp too much. If you know that you’re going to a wedding with formal dinners planned every night, then yes pack a few extra dresses. The trade-off? Include a neutral-toned pair of ankle-strap sandals that go with each outfit, so you don’t have to overload on the shoe front.
  • Roll your clothes. First of all, it minimizes wrinkles and therefore you don’t have to worry about the quality of your hotel iron. Second of all, it frees up a lot of space for other traveling necessities.

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  • Don’t forget accessories. Pack a great belt, a pair of statement earrings, and a classic pair of flat sandals. When in doubt, these things will come in handy.
  • Adopt Kate Middleton’s recycled-outfit policy. Unless you’ve been out hiking all day, or rolling around in the sand, there’s a very good chance you can wear certain wardrobe pieces more than once in a single trip. If you first wore your sundress with a jean jacket and wedges, use it as a beach cover-up for the next 2 days.
  • Use bright, colorful tags to easily pick out your suitcase at the Airport. This tip will get you quicker to the warm beach and a cold drink.

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November Stitch Fix Review

I received my third Stitch Fix this month! (See review #1 — I never did one on box #2). Scroll down to the clothes if you already know what Stitch Fix is. If this is your first time hearing of it, below is the scoop.

So, what is Stitch Fix? Stitch Fix is a personal styling service. They get your style and size preferences, then send you a package of stylish goodies to try on at home. No two Fix™ shipments are alike. Each one is hand–picked just for you.

How does it work?

  1. Sign Up and Complete Your Style Profile After signing up you can start immediately on your Style Profile. They will need to know your size, shape, style, price preferences, and lifestyle to get your Fix right. It’ll take about 10 minutes.
  2. Schedule a Stitch Fix Pick a date, and they will send you a box of 5 clothing and accessory items they have hand-picked just for you. Schedule monthly, or as often as you like—it’s your call. You pay a $20 styling fee up front, which serves as credit toward anything in your Stitch Fix shipment.
  3. Try it all on Try on everything they send you—you never know what you’ll like until you see it on. Pair it with items already in your closet. Each item includes style cards with ideas and inspiration on how to wear it.
  4. Decide Take 3 days to decide what you’ll keep. Pay for just what you want to keep, return the rest in our pre-paid mailing bag at any USPS mailbox. Keep all 5 items and you save 25% off the entire shipment. Don’t forget you get to use the initial $20 you paid towards the items.
  5. Check Out Give Stitch Fix feedback on your shipment—their secret (styling) sauce gets better over time if we know what did and didn’t work for you

My box:

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A little different from box number 1 (which was all colors) but, it’s Fall so I’ll accept the dark clothes. From first glance I thought I would love 3 things (blazer, dress & oversized sweater) but after trying on with my current clothes, I might be choosing less… We’ll see.

Item 1: Black and White Dress

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I wanted to like this dress but it was a bit too big in the waist area. I liked the print, the semi-sheer black on the sides and the fit and flare style but this isn’t a dress that could be worn alone.

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I tried on a blazer and tightened up the waist with a skinny black belt. But I feel like you don’t see much of the dress with these items on… Hmmm…

Item 2: Chambray Shirt

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This chambray top was a little too baggy for my liking. The style of the shirt (since it was bigger) made it difficult to tuck in but I think maybe it could be cute with leggings, an infinity scarf and a pair of riding boots? I already own 3 chambray shirts so I’m almost positive I don’t need another one.

Item 3: Blazer (excuse my hair in these photos…it was 6am)

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It’s hard to tell but the blazer is grey and tan checkered. I don’t own many blazers but I think I would like this one if it had elbow patches. Maybe I could sew them myself?

Item 4: Boyfriend Fit Polka Dot Sweater

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I love me some polka dots! I thought this was the most versatile piece so I also paired it with a skirt.

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My favorite thing about this was it was long enough to cover my big booty

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Item 5: Black Sequin Tank

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I knew immediately when i pulled this out that I wouldn’t be a fan. I don’t really wear tank tops in the winter (even with a sweater/blazer over) and it looked baggy. 

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I was right.

I haven’t purchased anything yet (I’m supposed to be doing a No Shop November) but I told Adam to help me make a decision after he sees this post. I felt like my personal stylist did an OK job this time but, my first box was still my favorite!

I’ll definitely try StitchFix a few more times and I recommend this fun way to “shop” to anyone who wants to try out some new things. The process was extremely easy and who doesn’t like getting presents in the mail!?

Sign up here if you’re interested!

Getting My Fix (Stitch Fix Review)

I’ve been reading reviews about Stitchfix for a while now and figured it was finally time for me to check it out. I have never been great with Fall fashion and I’ve been loving my monthly subscription to Birchbox so why not?

So, what is Stitch Fix? Stitch Fix is a personal styling service. They get your style and size preferences, then send you a package of stylish goodies to try on at home. No two Fix™ shipments are alike. Each one is hand–picked just for you.

How does it work?

  1. Sign Up and Complete Your Style Profile After signing up you can start immediately on your Style Profile. They will need to know your size, shape, style, price preferences, and lifestyle to get your Fix right. It’ll take about 10 minutes.
  2. Schedule a Stitch Fix Pick a date, and they will send you a box of 5 clothing and accessory items they have hand-picked just for you. Schedule monthly, or as often as you like—it’s your call. You pay a $20 styling fee up front, which serves as credit toward anything in your Stitch Fix shipment.
  3. Try it all on Try on everything they send you—you never know what you’ll like until you see it on. Pair it with items already in your closet. Each item includes style cards with ideas and inspiration on how to wear it.
  4. Decide Take 3 days to decide what you’ll keep. Pay for just what you want to keep, return the rest in our pre-paid mailing bag at any USPS mailbox. Keep all 5 items and you save 25% off the entire shipment. Don’t forget you get to use the initial $20 you paid towards the items.
  5. Check Out Give Stitch Fix feedback on your shipment—their secret (styling) sauce gets better over time if we know what did and didn’t work for you

I opened my box and immediately saw something I love in clothes.

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COLOR. I did write in my profile that I love that, so I’m glad they were paying attention. My personal stylist also sent me a note which made me feel like she was listening to my needs (wants).

The first item I tried on was the red ponte dress.

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Love. Love. Love. This was my favorite item by far in the entire fix. The fit was perfect, the material is thick and this is an easy piece to transform from Summer to Fall.

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Each item comes with 2 pictures on tips for styling. Which could be a bad thing? Now I want the clutch on the right and the sandals on the left… Yikes.

Item number 2 is a blue flower crystal necklace that I paired with the dress above.

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I did like this necklace a lot…However, I have almost an identical one from J. Crew so it doesn’t make sense to have two.

Item Number 3 was the black and white design tank. The back was very soft, almost mesh-like material. But way nicer than mesh. Does that make sense?

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I wanted to love this tank but I wasn’t digging the fit.. Too frumpy for me. Adam however, did like it a lot. So i tried it on with a blazer too.

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It was OK. But I didn’t want to talk myself into liking something.

Item Number 4 was a green drawstring skirt.

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Love the color and the fit but it was a little too long. Also, I didn’t feel like the material could transfer over to fall so I had to say no to this one.

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My last item was an orange top with lace crochet detail. I love lace and I love the color orange!

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I adored this top. The only problem is it was a bit baggy on the sides so my bra was hanging out. When I was 18 I wouldn’t have cared…But, now that I am nearing 30 (WHAT?), I decided against it.

I only ended up buying the red dress in this order but I felt like my personal stylist did an amazing job of finding “my style”. These looks are definitely something I could picture myself in day-to-day.

I’m definitely planning on doing StitchFix again (sorry, Adam) and recommend to anyone who wants to try out some new things. The process was extremely easy and I’m happy with the outcome.

Sign up here if you’re interested!

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone! Right now Adam and I are on our way to the beach… Hope this weather clears up! Here are some of my favorite finds from around the blogosphere.

Favorite Gift to Send: Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed Triple Chocolate Cookies

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Favorite Fun Item: Neon Matches

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Favorite Grilled Item: Romaine Lettuce for a fresh caesar salad

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Favorite DIY: Turning drab folding chairs into fab

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Favorite Summer Hair Style: Double Braid

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Favorite Healthy Dinner: Creamy Corn Soup

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Favorite Living Room Inspiration: Crisp & Clean

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Favorite Melt Your Heart: Baby Mermaid (I love the Little Mermaid!)

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Favorite Dream House: Opening Your Kitchen up into the Patio

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Favorite Summer Outfit: Seahorse Shorts

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Favorite Sunday baking idea: Marshmallow Stuffed S’mores Cookies

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Have a good weekend!

3 Day Weekend Stuff

This is how I started my Memorial Day. With over 20 test tubes of blood taken and 11 holes in my elbows, wrists and hand. Not cool.

This is how I started my Memorial Day Weekend. With over 20 test tubes of blood taken and 11 holes in my elbows, wrists and hand. Not cool. (NOT pregnant 🙂 – already had 3 people ask, whoops.)

Double Date night with the in-laws. Yes, it was FREEZING on Saturday.

Double Date night with the in-laws. Yes, it was FREEZING on Saturday.

Park Ave.

Park Ave.

Standard Weekend Breakfast - Whole Wheat Pancakes with Peanut Flour Sauce & Thawed Frozen Blueberries (200 calories total !!)

Standard Weekend Breakfast – Whole Wheat Pancakes with Peanut Flour Sauce & Thawed Frozen Blueberries (200 calories total !!)

Organizing closet

Organizing closet

and shoes

and shoes

Finally headed back to church (we've been gone every weekend!)

Finally headed back to church (we’ve been gone every weekend!)

Date Night in NYC - Vegan Restaurant

Date Night in NYC – Vegan Restaurant

Awoke to a Memorial Day Parade outside of our apartment

Awoke to a Memorial Day Parade outside of our apartment

Spirit Colors

Spirit Colors

Peonies from our garden

Peonies from our garden

Afternoon runs

Afternoon runs

and bike rides

and bike rides

#nycskyline

#nycskyline

Trying to eat healthy on a holiday weekend

Trying to eat healthy on a holiday weekend

How was your long weekend?

Weekend Stuff

Blueberry Banana Protein Muffins (Clean)

Blueberry Banana Protein Muffins (Clean)

Convinced the husband to take me to J. Crew :)

Convinced the husband to take me to J. Crew 🙂

Juice

Juice

and a salad for me

and a salad for me

Bobbys Burger Palace for him

Bobbys Burger Palace for him

Carwash

Carwash

#OOTD

#OOTD

Saturday Night dinner @ Matt & Meera

Saturday Night dinner @ Matt & Meera

I was healthy all day...

I was healthy all day…

Trying out my new polar ft4!

Trying out my new polar ft4!

Outside of our new place

Outside of our new place

Obsessed with these shorts -- I knew I wanted them before we went in the store and had the woman take them off of a mannequin.

Obsessed with these shorts — I knew I wanted them before we went in the store and had the woman take them off of a mannequin.

#jcrew

#jcrew

Cake Batter Blondies

Cake Batter Blondies

Asparagus Risotto

Asparagus Risotto

Crab cake salad <3

Crab cake salad ❤

Appetizers at a friends

Appetizers at a friends

Favorite Find from TJ's yesterday

Favorite Find from TJ’s yesterday

Saturday by Kate Spade

Kate Spade recently launched a more “affordable” line of clothes and accessories named Saturday. I say “affordable” because everything is under $200 and obviously this may be out of some people’s budget. The new line has a couple of different prints mixed into shorts, dresses, tops, rompers and bags. The prints are loud and the colors are bold which I love. They also have a DIY Collection. You start with the fabric markers and pick which clothing item or accessory you would like to custom make.

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0-GridAs a lover of DIY this is something I would be interested in testing. You can customize pants, skirts, bags etc. I might start small with the bag to see how it goes.

Here are the rest of the items I’m loving from Kate Spade’s new collection (click on the picture for links).

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Easter Pinspiration

So is it true that life just flies by once you get older? When I was 22, I don’t remember feeling like I could blink and it would already be a new month. Since Easter quickly crept up on us I am completely unprepared. No decorations, no dying of eggs, an Easter “ideas” menu quickly jotted down and no outfit chosen I’m feeling a tad frazzled.

Thank god for Pinterest… What did we do before you?

Outfit’s

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Decor

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Easter Egg Ideas 

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Food

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Dessert

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Are you ready for Easter??