11.20.2014

Gwynnie Bee - Round 2

  As I mentioned in my first post, I opted into Gwynnie Bee for a month to see if this would be something I would be interested in. I've been adding items to my closet and trying things on and sending things back. So far, I'd say I've kept about 50% of the items. Here are a few that I've had in the past week. My subscription will be ending at the end of November.


 
 First up - the Karen Kane Carousel Top.


 
Love Love Love this!
I wish I had gotten it in a smaller size. This was super comfy, very flattering and casual all at the same time. I wore this to Friendsgiving. I paired it with jeans, flats & a J. Crew Statement Necklace.


 
 
 
I really wanted to love this dress. It's fun, casual and perfect for date night. Sadly, it was just too big for me. I even tried to pair it with a belt to see if I could make it happen. I'd likely put this back in my closet at a smaller size.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I wanted to love this. I didn't even take a picture of me wearing it. Jeff said - woah, send that back ASAP. The pleats just hit so wrong and it was super big. I thought it would have been cute for the wedding. Sadly, a big miss.
 
 
 
This is not a flattering dress. I even sized down hoping that it would be more fitted and it still wasn't. I think it makes your chest look bigger than it is. I also didn't like that there was a good 3-4 inches on the bottom with no slip. Total strike out.
 
 
 
So, you're caught up on what I've been picking up from Gwynnie Bee. Overall, I'm finding the fits to be too large. I need a little snugger fit. I've adjusted and have been ordering down a size, but even with the last one, I could have gone down another size.
 
I'm still thinking I'll be canceling at the end of the month as I sit here in my yoga pants and big wrap sweater. It's just not practical for me staying home. If I was working - absolutely. I will say right now they have 50% off items to keep. All of these if they worked were super affordable to keep in my closet. I had one come yesterday that I bought - more on that in the next review!
 
I've been holding onto 1 dress since my first shipment that I'll be wearing next weekend to the wedding. I'll get 2 more items shipped likely before I cancel. Overall, the shipping has been fairly quick. I like that I can tell them I put something in the mail and they begin to package my new order.
 
That's all for now! I'll do 1 more post and an overall pro and con of the service.

11.14.2014

Friday Five

  Happy Friday, I'm linking up with a few of my favorite blogs to bring you my Friday Five!

1) Friendsgiving is Saturday! This has to be one of my favorite events of the year. Where else can you bring all your favorite people and your favorite foods together for fun?  My Bffie hosts every year and I'm sure this year will be equally superb.

2) Treat Yo Self - earlier this week I was on Ashley's blog about great Christmas gifts. I like her idea so much, I treated myself early! Can't wait for these Kate Spade Sparklers to be here! Bonus they are 25% off!

3) Oh Christmas Dress oh Christmas Dress...

Before H was born I got her the most adorable Beaufort Bonnet Cordy Jumper for Christmas. Then after many discussions with my mom and cousin, apparently H needed a Christmas Plaid dress. Well, I got 2.  I ended up with a killer deal at Kohls (hello 30% off, $10 off $25 and $10 off) for her Chaps Dress and another cutie Carters one. Luckily she has Christmas photos with Santa, so we have an excuse to wear both! Are fancy Christmas dresses still a thing?

4) 1st Birthday Shoot! - Eek this week we were contacted by Glory Photography to book H's 1st year photo shoot! I'm sure it's going to be pretty amazing. I cried like a baby the first time I saw her newborns. I'm sure this will be no different!  She looks like a baby doll! I die....

 

5)  SNOW?!?! - They are calling for up to 2 inches of snow on Saturday? I'm not ready for all of that! All I know is Hattie and I are not going to be cooped up at home all winter. We are ladies who like to be out and about!



11.12.2014

October Recap - A Photo Shoot with Snow White

We were so blessed out of the craziness of a local mom group on Facebook to have found Brooke & Will.  I'm not sure how it happened, I may have put an ISO out and I had a note from Brooke. We were supposed to meet the day my dad passed. And even though we hadn't met, I could tell we were going to be good friends.

Will was born early but was originally due the week before Hattie. It's uncanny sometimes how similar they are. Sometimes if Will is mastering a new skill or sleeping poorly, we wait a week and H is doing the same thing! It's pretty incredible. Having a mom friend with a kiddo the exact same age is the best thing in the world. When naps don't happen, we joke. When new foods are tried we share messy pictures. It's good.

It's amazing how people come into your life for a reason or a season and for me, it was exactly what we needed.  Super bonus - Brooke has a photography business and was so sweet to take Miss H's pictures for Halloween. Unfortunately, someone didn't take good naps that day, but she still was oh so adorable.   We had big plans with dwarfs and apples - but it just didn't pan out. They are still super cute though!

Here are a few of my favorites -






 
Halloween Costume is Disney Baby - from Costco. Even more bonus, it washed super well and we'll be able to share it with another Snow White next year!

If you're in the need of a fabulous photographer, definitely check out Brooke Boyer Photography. She does great work!

11.10.2014

A Month with Gywnnie Bee - Round 1

Hi everyone! Miss me? Well, I miss you too. Lately, I have been spending more time on Instagram than anything. I recently joined Gywnnie Bee for the month to see if it would be something I'm interested long term. - This is my honest review - no one asked me to try it out or give a review. I was just genuinely interested in what it was all about!

I came across GB because I have been looking for a dress for a wedding I'm going to at the end of the month. Something a little more fancier. Sadly with baby and still breastfeeding my weight isn't budging. I decided to rent a dress rather than buy something. I had looked at Rent the Runway, but with the wedding on the 29th, I couldn't chance not getting a last minute dress incase something didn't work out and I didn't want to pay for a longer rental. I had found a dress at Nordstrom that I loved, bought it, but it was way too big. I actually found it on GB and hoped that I could get the smaller size.

How does it work?

Basically, you take a look at all their option, add them to your Closet. Then, depending on your subscription, you'll get items shipped to your door. I opted for the 3 item option - it seemed to make the most sense. You can wear it as long as you want, send it back or you can even keep it if you love  it. The only downfall, is that you don't know what is coming from your closet based on inventory.

I thought I'd take a picture of each dress on the model, and then show what I got. Right now I'm wiggling between a 16 and 18 - and I was worried that some would be a hit or miss.

Option #1 - Summer Party Fit 'n Flare

 
Sadly, this dress did nothing for me. It's super cute too. I even attempted to "Jen" it up with a belt and cardigan. Overall, it was just too big and the sleeves were strange. I sent this one back
 
(oh, ignore the hair and no makeup)




Option #2 - Party Confetti Fit & Flare Dress

 

Now this one, I really liked! I ended up wearing for a bachelorette party on Saturday night. Loved the Fit & Flare. I paired it with black tights, black round toe BCBG Wedges and a black motorcycle leather jacket. This is a probably a little more of the edgy side of what I'd wear. I had a hard time finding shoes because 1) all I wear are flats now and 2) my feet did weird things post baby.

Of course, I didn't get a full shot of me all dolled up. This was pre makeup and tights.

 
Me with my BFFie - the bachelorette was her sister. We had such a fun time hopping all over downtown. I did learn I am way to old to be doing that all the time!
 
 

The nice thing is they give you a poly bag to ship back. Pop it in the mailbox, notify them on the website and they'll send another item out of your closet. So far, I'm on item #4 - it came today. I'll post pics soon. I notified them yesterday that I was sending this dress back, and I already have an item shipped! So far so good. I'm glad I picked November to try this - lots of events going on!
 
 
 


8.10.2014

1 Long Month...



So you may have recently noticed my absence from the blog. A month ago my dad passed away. It wasn't sudden, we knew after 18 years with ALS that we had been blessed with having him here so long.

Everyone told me that he felt complete when Hattie came and he was at peace. Oddly enough, I told my mom earlier in the year that I felt this was the year, and my dad said the same thing to others. We must have been on the same page on so many levels.

While I miss him a ton, I know he is not hurting. I miss our " Drive at 5 Calls" and FaceTime with Hattie.  I miss calling him when we realize my brother is telling another whopper again or I had a fun work story to tell him.

We went to Florida 2 weeks ago to help sort out all of his belongings. We brought a lot back. Lots of memories, lots of tears, but all good.

We had ticket to go down at the end of the month to visit, but we decided that our little family of 3 needs a vacation so we're still going. It will be the first time ever that I've gone to Florida to go on vacation and not see family. While we enjoy that, its a much needed break for us to make our own family memories.

So, I'll gradually get back into the swing of things. While it's been a sad month, it's also been a month of great opportunities for me. More to share on that.

Thank you to everyone to called, came to visit, and sent cards. They mean so much to me.