Happy New Year!

Happy New Year friends! I wanted to take a moment to thank you all for reading this little, often neglected, corner of the internet. One of my goals in 2016 is to take more time to write and connect with all of you.
Thanks to wordpress, I learned that my most viewed post was my first StitchFix review as it was shared on their facebook page, followed by my initial guest blogger Niki Cordell, who shared this blog on my facebook wall as well, opening up my readership beyond instagram. Other popular posts were about infertility and parenting so you may see more of that in the 2016. But most importantly, The Bachelor reviews will be back starting Tuesday! Don’t forget to tune in on Monday to watch the cutest man alive meet his women. Seeing as I am not a contestant this year, I’m rooting for Becca from last season. I think those two could be a winner. Also, her competition includes “twin” and “chicken enthusiast” so she should have it in the bag.

I hope your night is full of snacks, bubbly and paper crowns. I’ll be watching football. Ugh.

Stitch Fix Review: Box #3

To jump start No Spend November (which never actually happened), I canceled my November Stitch Fix. I then forgot completely about it until this one landed on my doorstep on Saturday afternoon. While I didn’t necessarily request anything special, I was hoping my stylist would have thrown in something a little festive for the season. I had a holiday party on Saturday night and nothing to wear. Stitch Fix to the rescue!
Or not. Dear readers, this box was terrible. Awful. I knew it was a miss as soon as I pulled the little outfit suggestion card out and took a quick glance. This box would not save Christmas. This box would in fact make me feel even fatter than I do right now (which is a lot…let’s just say indulgence has been high in the Winchester house these past two weeks months). This box would be shipped directly back to Stitch Fix headquarters. But because I owe it to all of you, and because the clothes were there and sometimes you need to try things on to get a real sense, I documented this horror show.
  1. Gorjana Tina Split Gold Hoop Earrings- $68 A#1, I specifically requested that all jewelry and accessories be priced $30 and under. These were $40 over budget. Tamika, did you even read my Style Profile? No, you did not. These earrings were fine, I guess, if you want to spend $70 on a pair of boring gold hoops that you can get for $10 at Claire’s, which I do not. Verdict: RETURN  
  2. Kensie Mally Ponte Jacket- $88 Ugh. This “jacket” was like wearing yoga pants on my upper half: comfortable and unflattering. The cotton was soft, but this was NOT a good look on me and a ridiculous price for something that I would wear to run errands. I do not need to spend $90 to look pulled together for my Target runs. Also, in the outfit suggestion card, they recommended you pair this with a red cocktail dress and nude open toed heels. In what world is that ok? Verdict: RETURN
         
  3. Market & Spruce Bernadette Lace Overlay Top- $58 When I pulled this out of the box, I thought it had potential. Lace is feminine and festive, right? Wrong….when you make it part of a gray baseball tee. Seriously, this was a gray cotton baseball tee with lace on the front. The material was SOO comfortable that I honestly considered it for a second, and then I smacked myself in the head for entertaining the thought of spending $60 on a baseball tee., especially when I can get one that is just as soft for $11 at American Apparel. Verdict: RETURN  
     
  4. Dahlya Bradley Pullover Sweater- $68 Alright, at least the price is more on point for this. I will consider spending $68 for a sweater, seeing as it is winter in Chicago like six months of the year. And then I tried it on. It was, to put it mildly, not figure flattering. It made me look like a rectangle with legs. While trying to take the sweet sweet photo of myself below, I realized the material seemed a little odd around my waist so I took a closer look. Oh, you can just see my bare stomach through the sweater in penny sized holes. Hideous. This promptly was taken off and shoved into the USPS bag. Verdict: RETURN   

  5. Kut from the Kloth Dayna Skinny Jean- $88. Friends, I saved the best for last. And by best, I mean worst. This company already has one strike due to their stupid, purposely misspelled name. Secondly, I had just received jeans in my last Stitch Fix so I was annoyed to get them again. Third of all, $90 for colored denim seems steep. Is colored denim still in? (Asking for a friend) And FINALLY…  
      I hope that gave you a laugh. I also hope no ex-boyfriends are reading this and thinking that they really dodged a bullet. Granted I don’t look like Heidi Klum right now, but whoa mama, those are some unflattering pants. They are too tight, too long, too crotchy (?) and too cranberry. Even Addie is dismayed. Verdict: RETURN AND DRINK A BOTTLE OF WINE
Overall, I was (obviously) disappointed with this Fix. This is my third stylist in three boxes and it was clear she didn’t take a look at my style profile or pinterest board. I’m not necessarily cheap when it comes to clothes, but these prices have been so high for the quality of the items I’ve been sent. Additionally, in three boxes, many of the clothes have been similar: cotton, loose, unstructured, which is not my style at all. I think I gave it a good run, but I’m going to cancel my Stitch Fix subscription. I’ve heard great thing about Trunk Club, but am nervous about the price range as I’m more of a JCrew and Banana Republic girl as opposed to Vince, Theory and Rag & Bone. Maybe I’ll just actually have to go to the mall? The horror.

 

Game. Changer.

I’m part of a few Working Moms groups on Facebook (sometimes a great resource, sometimes annoying) and one thing we all have in common is never having groceries in the house or the time and/or energy to actually go shopping. Enter Instacart. I am apparently late to the game on this, but it is AMAZING and I wish I thought of it myself. Basically, you order groceries on-line from local partnered stores, schedule a delivery to your house, and all the groceries are delivered to your doorstep within an hour or two. GENIUS!  In Chicago, Instacart partners with Mariano’s, Costco, Stanley’s, PetCo, Jewel, Plum Market, Tony’s and Whole Foods. For most of the stores, prices are the same as in store, for others, prices are a bit higher but I for one am willing to pay a premium for not having to set foot into a store and having someone deliver my groceries to my kitchen.
I used Instacart for the first time on Monday. I ordered groceries on their app during my lunch break, and scheduled delivery for 6pm when I would be home from work. There is an opportunity before check-out to state if you would like a substitution or a “refund” if an item you requested is not in stock, which is fantastic. Even better, I got a text from my shopper Maria while she was at Target sharing that the LaCroix flavor I requested was not in stock and she shared with me all the options. Fabulous. I got a text from Instacart with an estimated delivery time, and you can legitimately track your shopper’s car on its way to your house. Maria called when she was downstairs and then carried all my groceries upstairs into my kitchen. No cash was exchanged as both the cost of groceries and the tip are all through the Instacart website, as you register your credit card. For working moms and city dwellers, this is pure genius and I would be doing you all a disservice if I didn’t share.
If you want to use my referral code, you get $10 off your first purchase, PLUS you get free shipping on your first delivery. http://inst.cr/t/upnrfP DO IT.

Basically the size of the cart I need at Target. 

Blogger Block

Apparently I’m down to blogging once a month. There goes my New Year’s resolution of posting weekly! I have so much I want to blog about but not enough time or energy. The following are running through my head:
  • Emma’s 1st Birthday Party- Now that the babe is nearly 15 months, I should probably post about this. It’s probably the most “blog worthy” of anything I have to write about
  • Girl’s Weekend to Charleston and the importance of female friendships
  • Holiday Gift Guides–but honestly, do you need ANOTHER one of these?
  • How every single blogger and instagram poster is making me feel like a terrible mom, housekeeper, holiday elf. Bah humbug!
The vote is yours!