My First Fix

Being pregnant comes with all sorts of challenges.  In the grand picture of pregnancy, a minor problem that occurs daily is getting dressed.  It has been difficult to learn how to put together an outfit for my new body.  A body that I am proud of with every kick of my amazing baby girl.  So, how do I dress myself with that pride?  I can tell you that heading out to the mall and trying on clothes in a dressing room sounds horrible.  I felt defeated in an area I truly love, CLOTHES!

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Then I heard that Stitch Fix has maternity clothes!!  I can get a box  delivered to my front door and try clothes on in the privacy of my own home, all for $20.  I’ve signed up for once a month but you can choose how often you want to receive clothes and it’ll be $20 for each fix.

 

After I filled out a style profile to let the stylist know what I’m looking for I scheduled my first fix delivery.

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I loved opening up the package and getting a note from the stylist to explain everything.

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The inspiration that comes with the letter helps remind me what I already have in my closet and gets me excited about the potential outfits I can create! Something I haven’t felt in awhile.

Now it’s time to try the outfits on! I thought I should treat this like a dressing room and only show you the outfits I like? NO! I’m going to show you what looks good and not so great.

First I tried out the Liverpool maternity jeans with the Hattan knit top.

Let’s start with the jeans.  I NEVER WANT TO TAKE THEM OFF! Yes, I’m yelling at you because that is my exact reaction when I showed my husband. They feel like pajama bottoms and they don’t give you the maternity jean saggy booty. My first fix is off to a great start.  These are $78 which is the most I’ve ever spent on jeans but I knew they would be worth it.

Now for the top {$54}.  I always think I’m going to wear a shirt like this and then it sits in my closet. I liked it, a simple top that fit me well but I just didn’t love it. In the maybe pile it went.

 

Next top, the Aldrich knit top {$48}.  Look at that sassy back!  I like this one but wish there was more going on in the front.  The fit was great and it was comfortable! Off to the maybe pile.

Last top, Pennellas knit top {$48}. Wow, is this a comfy shirt!  I just fell in love with it when I put it on. With the most comfy jeans ever and this top I felt so so comfortable.  I like that this wasn’t a plain or a floral top which I feel like are the only options sometimes with maternity clothing. This is going in the yes pile!

I had to take off my new favorite outfit and try on the Tahj Maternity Jersey Maxi dress {$78}.  Being pregnant in the summer I’m sure you’ll see me in maxi dresses… a lot. Before I put the dress on I thought I would love it, just a reminder to always try things on. When I looked in the mirror I didn’t love it on me.  The top fit me a little strange and the pattern on the bottom wasn’t super flattering on me.  This is heading into the no pile.

 

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I’ve tried everything on and it’s time to go to my account and let them know what I’ll be keeping. I decided to take my maybe pile and transfer them into the no pile.  I didn’t have the budget to just buy for fun and I want to make sure I can buy everything I love each month.  What I’m not keeping goes into a pre-paid envelope and my yes pile heads straight into my closet. Grand total… $106!

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HAVE A HAPPY SHOE DAY!!

An Excuse for a Girls Night

Here in Minnesota the weather has been inconsistent to say the least. The one thing I do know is Spring is here and its going to stay; eventually it’ll be summer… right?!

My friend Mandy and I decided the perfect way to be prepared for the sunshine and rooftop happy hours was to throw a Spring Makeover Party.  This included clothes from Lularoe and makeup from Mary Kay.  It was the perfect excuse to hang out with friends and get pampered all at the same time.

First, let start with clothing!

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Lularoe is a direct sales company out of California and the rep I work with here in the Twin Cities is amazing.  I love that each piece of clothing is such a statement in your wardrobe.  The best part of this, Lularoe is more like a pop-up shop where there is not a big speech before you start.  This was a perfect combination with Mary Kay which has more of a presentation.  This allowed people to shop for clothing and eat before it was time for makeup.

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There are so many clothes to choose from and since it’s designed to be more like a pop-up shop there are plenty of different sizes of clothing you’ll want.  This isn’t just for adults; they have clothing for kids too.  The prices range from $26- $60 and that includes leggings, tunics, skirts and dresses.

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It was a blast to try on the clothes and get those honest opinions from your friends.  Kate, LulaRoe Rep, did a great job helping pick out sizes and what would look good on your body type.  This was the such a great way to get the party started.

Since I’ve already mentioned food… let’s talk about the menu!

Mandy and I split the food duties.  We made it easy on ourselves sticking to finger foods that are easy to make or quick to pick up.

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From the left, the tray of mini-brownies is from Costco.  If you’re looking for an easy dessert to feed a crowd, pick these up; they’re delicious!

Then for the main dish… chicken salad! One of my favorite places in Minnesota to get this dish, once again is Costco.  I loved that Mandy gave you options either a sandwich (we used croissants) or you could make a lettuce wrap.

Next up, my most requested dish I make and an old family recipe… Pepperoni Bread.  This is so easy to make and is loved by all. All you need is pizza dough, pepperoni and cheese!!  The recipe will be at the end of the post.

Then a go-to artichoke dip with homemade crustini.  You can make this the night before and pop it in the oven 20 minutes before people arrive.  (This recipe will be posted at the bottom).

Last but not least hummus and olive tapenade with veggies and pita bread.  Honestly, I haven’t found a hummus recipe that I love yet, there are a million out there for you to try.  The olive tapenade came from a friend as wedding gift (sorry, I’m simply not ready to share it yet).

This was the perfect amount of food for the party and just enough leftovers for me to bring to work the next day!

Now that we have great clothes and we’re fed (plus enjoying some cocktails) let’s play with makeup.

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This isn’t your mama’s Mary Kay. There are so many options and it’s all about skincare.  Erica (our Mary Kay Consultant) walked through what your beauty routine should be.

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It was great that you got to sample every product she talked about.  What a treat to be able to try before you buy.  After feeling pampered it was time to check out all the great options for lips, blushes and eye shadows.

It was a great night with fun fashion, great beauty and even better  friends!!  Leave me a message if you’re interested in having a party for LulaRoe or Mary Kay!

Here are the recipes:

Pepperoni Bread

Ingredients:

Pizza Dough (You can just use the pillsbury stuff or sometimes I get crazy and make my own)

Pepperoni

Mozzarella Cheese

Italian Seasoning

Olive OIl

Directions:

Preheat oven to 420 degrees.  Roll dough out… layer pepperoni and then cheese. Roll up (I put a little bit of water on the ends and where the end of the roll meets the rest of the dough just to “seal” it).  Then drizzle olive oil over the top and spring Italian seasoning over it.  Put in the oven for 20 minutes.  Just be careful to watch that the bottom doesn’t burn.  Every oven is different so if yours runs hot then just check at 15 minutes.  Then let cool for 5 minutes.

You can make it the night before then just reheat it and serve with marinara sauce.  Or you can prep it the night before and then just toss in the oven before you’re ready to serve.

Artichoke Dip

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Mayo

2 Cans of Artichokes

1/4 Cup of Mozzarella

1/4 Cup of Cheddar

1/4 Cup of Swiss

pinch of Onion Powder

Pinch of Garlic Powder

French’s Fried Onions

Instructions:

Combined all the ingredients except the fried onion in a large mixing bowl.  Add to an oven friendly dish than sprinkle the fried onions over top and put in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until the sides are bubbling.  I serve it with crustini but pita chip and veggies work too.

Have a happy shoe day!!!