Monday, April 29, 2013

Adventures in Internet Clothes Shopping

So have you heard of this company called Stitch Fix? I’ve seen a few bloggers talk about it in the past few months and finally decided to try it last week.

The basic idea is that you fill out a style profile – what kind of clothes do you wear to work, how often do you dress up, are you casual or preppy, what sizes of clothes would fit you, etc. It takes about 20 minutes to fill everything out if you’re not paying a bunch of attention to every question like I was. I get distracted, even when talking about clothes!

They charge a styling fee of $20 to get your fix mailed. But if you like what you get in the fix, you apply the styling fee to your new clothes!

I asked for a mix of casual and work items, and for them to be towards the less expensive end of the spectrum. I got five items – four pieces of clothing and some earrings. Here’s what came in my first fix!


A gorgeous peach silk top with buttons that are sort of military inspired. I can see myself wearing this at work or even just hanging out on a beautiful spring night like tonight.


This is a sleeveless silk top which the styling tips said could be worn loose…


Or tucked in. I didn’t like either way.


Ick. Ok on the color but the buttons down the middle made weird bunching up.


Oh my. This cotton wrap dress is amazing! I loved it – AND it has pockets!

Hubs came in during my trying on sessions and saw the purple dress on me. He said, oh you need that! You can wear it to Disney and it will pack great for the summer. I told him I liked it and the peach silk top and he said I should keep both of them. The peach is unlike anything in my closet and I’ll wear the dress all the time during the summer. So for just over $100, I got two awesome items that were handpicked for me from my very own stylist!

I definitely think I’m going to be getting more Stitch Fixes in the future! What a fun site to get clothing delivered to my door especially for me!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Adventures in Passing the Bar!

I am on cloud nine today.

My husband passed the Missouri Bar.


I can’t even really put this into words. Since we started this whole journey back with his application for law school, the LSAT, all the classes and papers and late nights, the studying for the bar and the bar prep classes and then the AWFUL experience taking the exam. It’s all been for this day. When the exam results get posted. So he can be called esquire and sworn into the State Bar next Friday.

All day long, I’ve been obsessively checking the website. When all of Hubs’ friends took the bar a few months ago, the website posted the results earlier than the stated time. This go-around, it was scheduled to post AFTER 5 pm today. So naturally, I kept refreshing the site all day long. In between meetings and setting up for a few work events this week, I kept checking. During lunch, I kept refreshing and refreshing just in case they posted earlier! Nothing. Just nothing. GAH!

Then I had to attend a co-worker’s retirement happy hour at a local micro brewery. It started at 4:30 pm. I checked the site one more time before leaving the office and nothing had been updated. I loaded up the mobile site on my iPhone so I could refresh it from the road and again when I got to the party. We ordered a round of drinks and food for everyone, did the present thing for my co-worker and still, no updates. Thank goodness my colleagues distracted me.

At 5:00 pm on the dot, I checked the site. NOTHING. You have got to be kidding me! They said after 5 pm and nothing was posted. Back to my beer. At 5:08 pm, it occurred to me check the site again.

There was a new announcement posted.

“February 2013 Examination Results Released” – that’s it. It’s posted.

I just stared at my phone and said “ohmygoditposted" under my breath. My co-worker who has been on pins and needles with me all day waiting for the results looks over and says, “READ IT. Or gimme the phone and I will.”

A literal hush fell across the table – or maybe I just blocked everything else out as I clicked the link that shows all the names of those who passed the bar exam.

I scrolled and scrolled and scrolled, looking for our last name. I think I even forgot the alphabet at one moment because I could NOT find the first letter of our last name in the list.

But then…










Tears just came pouring out.




I started sobbing and looked around the table and said he passed the bar. My friends cheered and told me to go call him!

Unfortunately, he was still at the office! But of course, he found out when a friend texted him that the results were up and congratulations. I told him I was so so so so so proud of him. I don’t think I’ve been a prouder wife.

These journeys we go on are amazing. They make us change and force us to grow. We are not the same people, not the same couple, that we were when he applied to law school. We’ve learned to work together when things are getting kind of tough, we learned to make money stretch. We learned to deal with stress in more healthy ways and we learned to celebrate with the best of him.

I loved our law school journey but I am so very excited to see what our next journey might be.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Hats for Easter!

We celebrated Easter with brunch with our in-laws at a beautiful restaurant, the Historic Bevo Mill. What a fabulous place to brunch, even when not on a holiday! We ate until we were almost sick to our stomachs!

But what got me was the hat that my in-laws gave to my nephew for Easter. It matched his little golfers outfit with sweater and corduroys perfectly!



When we went back to our townhouse to open Easter baskets, our nephew found the Moroccan drum that a friend had given us a few years ago.

He was amazed. When he hit it, it made noise! We might have a regular musician on our hands. In addition to being an amazing football, baseball and soccer player, of course.



There had to be a picture with his Aunt Jessica, even though we could barely get him to sit still, after he switched into his pjs.


Isn’t he ADORABLE?! I can’t stand it.