Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Five things about Stitch Fix #6

Once every other month I am giddy with excitement over an email. That email says that my Stitch Fix has shipped! YIPPE! This month it was also a reminder that I never told you about the last fix. So here you go. Fix #6.

First things first. If you have no idea what Stitch Fix is, than you may be living under a rock or you have never read my blog. Both are OK but I am so glad you are now going to be in the loop. You should start by learning what Stitch Fix is. It's a personal Stylist Service that me and you can afford. Who would have thought? If you go here and read about my first "Fix," you'll find a much more detailed explanation of the program. You can also go to thier website and check it out for yourself. Stitch Fix 

Let's get to the box and the five items that were inside. Two tops, a blazer, a skirt and a necklace. 

First up this cute and flowy summer top. It is sheer so it requires a camisole underneath but thats okay. I often wear a lycra type tank under my sheer fabric tops.  I have them in basic and neutral colors for just this occasion. Paired with white pants for summer or denim any time, this top is a keeper. 

Next a navy blue blazer. Let me first say this picture does not do any justice for this great blazer. Frankly none of these pictures are very good. But hopefully you will get the idea. This is the result of me and my iPhone taking these pictures by myself.  

It has been quite warm here in Northern California so I have yet to need to wear this blazer but I know I will. It's a synthetic fabric with a collar and lapels. With a skirt or pants, this is going to be a great go-to daytime office and meeting piece. 

Also in this box was a comfy stretchy navy and white stripped skirt. While there is no picture of it, the zipper is exposed on the back for a fun a detail. Great with sandals or heels and did I mention it is comfy? And it matches the blazer too! My only complaint with this skirt? The fabric has a wierd texture and after a while of sitting at my desk I feel the skirt digging into my skin. Wierd I know but a good reminder that I need to get up more often and move around. 

Next up, this coral top. This is the second top of this color I have recieved from Stitch Fix  but this one is just a cute and fun. The cut outs on the neckline are really attractive way to make a simple top look exciting. This one too is a bit sheer but that's okay, I have the right top to wear underneath it. 

There is also a long silver chain with some small flower-like details that you can see in the first picture. I wear mostly silver so this piece easily mixes with my other jewelry.

So what did I keep? EVERYTHING! Everything was husband approved, not that his signoff is required but i appreciate his opinion. And don't forget the 25% discount you get when you keep all five pieces in your Stitch Fix! That is of course if everything fits. I will say I have been very pleased with the fit of most of my Stitch Fix items. 

That is it. But stay tuned. I'm getting box #7 this week and already can't wait to get the mail that day. Hopefully the PG&E and California Water bill won't be in the same delivery. Talk about a buzz kill. Between the heat requiring the A/C and the raging penalties we are being assessed for using more than half of the water that we used at this time last year - that is 2014 amount from the same month cut in half is our max usage before we are being charged a higher rate - getting my utlitiy bills is the mail is a great way to ruin a good day quick. 

That was more editorial that you had hoped for but hey, it's my blog. Again, Stitch Fix #7 is on its way and a blog will follow very soon. If you use one of the links in this post to sign up for Stitch Fix, then I will get a $25 credit. Thank you if you sign up. But you are welcome for introducing you to this fun and convenient way to go shopping without going shopping. 

Thanks for reading. ~mrs. c

Saturday, June 6, 2015

We have walnuts!

You're probably thinking it's been a while since you've read a post on this blog. And you are right. We've been busy. And something had to give. Family is always first and that's where we have focused. Not that anything was wrong, we have just been busy being a family. And we've been making memories and that's what's important.

We have also been farming. Truthfully Jake has been farming but the fact is our young walnut orchard is coming along just like we had hoped. In fact this blog post is to show you how well they are coming along. 

We have walnuts! Real young walnuts growing on our 3rd leaf walnut trees. 

You might recall reading this when we planted these trees back in February of 2013. They were so little. But today they look beautiful. 

During the winter we pruned the orchard, identifing the strongest limbs and removing the awkward and misplaced ones. The pruning also encourages new growth. Jake did most of the pruning himself although I'm proud report I put in a few quality weekends myself with the pruning shears. 

For the summer months we will focus on irrigation and trying to discourage broken limbs. 

The drought is top of our minds as we monitor our water usage and try and alter our irrigation schedule with that of our neighbors to be able to keep our underground aquifer at consistent levels. 

The other important on farm work is trying keep our tools protected as thieves make their way around rural properties looking for items that they can steal and sell for quick money. Extra lighting, locks, and cameras are important farm tools these days. 

I hope to get a blog post up about some of those memories I told you we have been making as a family.  The upside to a dry winter in California is the chance to get out and be active. 

Here's a peak at some of our outdoor fun. 

Thanks for reading! ~mrs. c


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