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This time my fix arrived on a Friday afternoon, so my favorite office fashionistas didn’t get to share their thoughts on the pieces.

First thoughts: I said again was specific and said solid colors, no tank tops and work appropriate. This box only had two shirts and while both were technically v-neck shirts, they weren’t at all what I was going for in an outfit. It’s like the stylist didn’t read my comments on the required Pinterest pages or the blog post I suggested she take a few minutes to read. I’m not sure what I actually expected, but this box was not it. Despite knowing that the pieces weren’t going to work for me, I tried everything on just to make sure.

I wore the Level 99 Glenda Straight Leg Jean in all of the looks. I did not expect the jeans to fit, but they we the right length, but unfortunately too low-rise to wear to the office and the whisking near the pockets make it look like the jeans are pulling, but they are not.
Jean verdict: Sent back.

Item: Market & Spruce Alan French Terry Asymmetrical Zip Cardigan
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Opinion: I actually already own a very similar cardigan as I indicated on the Pinterest board. Though this one was incredibly soft and VERY comfortable, I couldn’t justify spending $68 for a cardigan I already own.
Verdict: Sent back.

Item: Pixley Edmond Chevron Print Henley Shirt
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Opinion: I really liked the weight, cut and fit of this shirt, but the pattern is dizzying and I would never wear it.
Verdict: Sent back.

Item: Market & Spruce Forster Henley Top.
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Opinion: I hated this shirt from the moment I pulled it out of the box. I knew it wasn’t going to fit and was going to look terrible. It’s almost like my stylist didn’t even look at my body type or read the comments about what kind of life place I’m at when she sent me this shirt.
Verdict: Sent back as fast as I possibly could.

Item: Market & Spruce Kristah Ruffle Knit Blazer
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Opinion: I REALLY wanted to like this blazer, it was comfortable. It was black, it was different that all of my other blazers, but it was also a size too small and hit at odd places.
Verdict: Sent back.

Final thoughts: I really wanted to like something from this box, but every item was a miss. Some of them were near misses, but every item missed the mark. I’ll give Stitch Fix one more try and see what they send in September. I’m certain that if my stylist takes just about 5 minutes to read my comments on my board and read my review, I will end up with something I like. Keep your fingers crossed!

Want to try Stitch Fix for yourself? You can use my Referral Code and I’ll get $25 toward a future box and you’ll get my gratitude!


A lot has changed in just a few months. Baby A is now super mobile and thisclose to walking. With all those changes, our list of musts has changed too. The basics are still super important and we still use most of those every day. But in addition to the previous list, we have baby-proofed the house (and are working on house proofing the baby!), updated her wardrobe and learned a lot.

More Baby Proofing:


Teething necessities:


  • Fisher-Price Baby’s First Blocks and Rock Stack Bundle She loves these! The next toys we buy will be a set of wooden blocks!
  • Random ball she pulled into the cart at Babies R Us
  • Books we could swim in books. A has a bookshelf in her room that is nearly brimming with books. Board books for now and some chapter books for later. She is getting more and more interested in reading as she gets older.


  • We love the rash guard from Hanna Anderson for A’s swimming lessons. It’s great for the swim diapers and great for keeping ahold of a wiggly baby!
  • Munchkin Nursery Projector and Sound System, White This has replaced our on the go version except at school. We just needed something that wasn’t going to eat batteries every couple of days. This one plugs in. She is really ambivalent about the projector though.

Things A has outgrown or is quickly growing out of:
Swaddles – as soon as she could roll over we stopped using these. We tried the wearable blankets, but A wasn’t in to them. She now sleeps with a lovie and a very light blanket in her crib. Yes, she can roll over. yes, she can pull it away from her face. Yes, we check on her regularly throughout the night. Yes, she is still getting up a couple of times a night to nurse.

Nursing pillows – A just doesn’t like them anymore. Which means less work for me, so I’m all for it.

Play mat– pretty much as soon as A could roll over and crawl away, she became super uninterested in her playmat.

Jumper/Exersaucer –  She tolerates this still for short periods of time, but actually prefers her pack and play because she can pull up to standing and can move around.

Pacifiers – she can take them or leave them except at nap time and bed time. Sometimes she just doesn’t want them at all.


I know I said this was the best gazpacho recipe and I promise I still really like that one. This one is a teensy bit better and reminds me of a bowl of gazpacho from a restaurant in my hometown that doesn’t exist anymore. It’s the perfect HOT summer dinner. We found this gem hidden in a Mexican cookbook that we bought years ago:
Perfect Mexican
1 cucumber (the original recipe says small, we just got an average size one) peeled and chopped
2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
2 green bell peppers, seeded and chopped
2 garlic cloves (we really like garlic so we used about two tablespoons minced garlic)
1 fresh basil sprig (we have this growing in the kitchen and used about a quarter cup of leaves)
2 1/2 cups strained tomatoes (we had a heck of a time finding strained tomatoes in our Mid-Missouri town, so we used tomato puree)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (splurge and use the good stuff. We have some wonderful EVOO from C’s trip to Spain!)
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar (splurge and use the good stuff)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (splurge and use the good stuff)
1 and 1/4 cup vegetable stock
2 tablespoons lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

Now the serving suggestions include:
Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 3.00.04 PMBut truthfully, we don’t bother because the model didn’t include the garnishes and it’s just as good.

Put the cucumber, bell peppers, garlic and basil into your food processor (don’t try this with a regular blender, I promise it just makes a mess!). Process until the consistency of salsa. Add the strained or pureed tomatoes, olive oil and both kinds of vinegar and blend until smooth. (You might have to do this in two batches, we do!)
Pour in the vegetable stock and lemon juice and stir. (If you’d rather just pulse the food processor a few more times, we find it helps it to blend together a bit better.)
Transfer to a large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap (or a lid!) and refrigerate for at least two hours.

My opinion:
Some people keep this extra chilly by serving an ice cube at the bottom.
Best Gazpacho
We didn’t both. Instead of crusty bread (because I’m still limited in my wheat and gluten intake) we served it with corn quesadillas! Delicious!
Corn Quesadillas

I was so excited when I saw that my first Fix arrived this afternoon.

Referral Code: https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/5412038

Naturally, I got it and brought it back to the office where three of the most stylish (and honest!) ladies I know could give me their thoughts.

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Referral Code: https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/5412038

First thoughts: I said no blue and no crew necks. My closet overflows with blue. In general crew necks don’t flatter me. Two of the three shirts are crew necks and everything in the box was a shade of blue. I also said I was looking for office business casual and my stylist sent distressed jeans. Though the jeans fit like a dream, I really can’t justify $78 for distressed jeans that I can’t wear to the office. Three of the four shirts were super see-through, which is also not appropriate for the office.

Then, I tried everything on. I wore the Kut From the Kloth Kate Distressed Boyfriend Jean in all of the looks. I did not expect the jeans to fit, but they were some of the most comfortable and flattering jeans I’ve ever tried on, despite being a teensy bit too long.
Jean verdict: Debated, but ultimately sent back.

Look 1 - July Stitch FixItem: Market & Spruce Teal Green Same Hi-Lo Short Sleeve Tee
Look suggestions:
StitchFix Look Suggestions
Opinion: I actually already own a very similar shirt. Two in fact – one from my maternity wardrobe and one regular.
Veridict: Sent back.

IMG_7200Item: Market & Spruce Navy Corinna Striped Dolman Top
Look suggestions: Stitch Fix Look Suggestions Opinion: I own three or four versions of this shirt with a different hemline in lighter weights. While I really appreciate that the stylist was really inspired by my Pinterest board and specifically my pin of this shirt, she didn’t read the comments that said: “I actually already own this shirt.” = (
Verdict: Debated, but ultimately sent back, because again I actually already own this shirt.IMG_7198Item: Market & Spruce Austin Polka Dot & Striped Mixed Material Shirt
Look suggestions:
Stitch Fix Look Suggestions
Opinion: This shirt was practically see through, but with a tank ended up being a lot cuter than I expected. I have a general rule to never wear shirts with pockets on the chest because they tend to emphasize an area I would like to deemphasize. If it didn’t have the pocket, I would have probably kept the shirt. However, one of my stylish coworker did say this looks a lot like a top I could get off the rack at Old Navy, which is true. 
Verdict: Debated, but ultimately sent back.  IMG_7195Item: THML White Sanuk Lattice Detail Top
Look Suggestions:
Stitch Fix Look suggestions July
Opinion: I rarely wear tank tops alone. The piping on this just hit me at all the wrong places. I couldn’t take this off fast enough. The length was the only good thing about this shirt.
Verdict: Sent back.

Final thoughts: Part of why I went with StitchFix is because I don’t really have time to shop and because I wanted to get some new items in my wardrobe that people around town won’t also have. Turns out two of my five items arrived in a friend’s May box and she kept them. So at least one other person in my town would have the same items. Actually, one of my stylish coworkers commented that she thought I got her box because nearly all of the items looked better on her than they did on me!

I had high hopes for my first box, but they didn’t materialize. I’ll give Stitch Fix another try and see what they send next time. Want to try Stitch Fix for yourself? You can use my Referral Code and I’ll get $25 toward a future box and you’ll get my gratitude!

About Aurora

My father named me after Sleeping Beauty. The princess theme stuck. Unfortunately, the only castle I can claim is the one in Disney Land. These are the musings of a princess without minions, knights or fairy tales. I have to do my own bidding.

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