More clothing fun: Popbasic

Ebraceletver heard about Popbasic? It is an interesting clothing service that puts together micro collections of wardrobe essentials, a new one each month, which you can buy as a set. The owner of the company is a nice young gal named Madeline Veenstra. She contacted me recently and asked if I’d like to try one of her micro collections. Who can refuse free clothes? I said a happy yes. The collection she sent me was the Felicity collection which consisted of a lovely grey long sleeve knit dress, a long mixed metals necklace and a really cute bracelet.


The dress is possibly THE softest dress I’ve ever felt in my life.  It ended up being a little clingy in the bust for me.  It made me feel conspicuous, and those of us with less-than-perfect figures would definitely need quality undergarments.  But lo and behold,  the dress is absolutely LOVELY on my 12 year old daughter– she was completely thrilled to get it.  She wore it to church the next day with a denim jacket and looked completely adorable.

My 9 year old daughter wanted to commandeer the jewelry– she loves everything bling. But since I also adored the jewelry, she’s going to have to content herself with just borrowing the bracelet now and then.  I especially loved that the necklace combined silver and gold.  I love silver and wear it almost exclusively, but there are times when something I’m wearing has a gold accent  (like the buttons on a jeans jacket) and this necklace helps things tie together beautifully.

necklaceBrowsing through the other collections, it looked like some of the clothing might be most flattering to smaller gals.  But other collections were awesome and looked like they’d work great for a variety of figures.  (They offer sizes up to ladies extra-large.)

I’m not 100% certain I’ll order from Popbasic in the future, but I’m definitely going to keep my eye out for a collection that tickles my fancy.  If you would like to try  PopBasic, click here for a $15 discount on your first collection.


(I reviewed this service in exchange for this clothing collection.  The opinions expressed here are my own.)


Stitch Fix time again

I have another batch of Stitch Fix goodies to show you today! This batch was really fun. Since people sometimes ask me the exact name of the items I’ve gotten, I thought I’d begin with a shot of the cards that come with each item.

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It’s kind of neat because each card shows two ways to style each piece that they send.  (I laid the cards over top of each other, so you can’t see all the looks here).  When I decide to keep a piece, I tape the card inside a cupboard door in my bathroom.  That way I can look for ideas for accessories/outfits when I pull something out of my closet to wear.

Then here’s a shot of the note that comes with each fix.  My stylist visited both my blog and my Pinterest style board, and this time she selected items to coordinate with my latest thrift store find (shown here).  How fun is that?  Not every note is QUITE that personalized, but I love that she was thinking of what might work with things I already own.



So here’s the first item– the grey hi-lo t-shirt.  You’ll have to see the bottom edge on the card as my daughter didn’t quite get the whole shirt in this photo.  I wish it was a tad more flowy and loose.  And it is pretty plain without some jazzing up.  But still, I could see myself wearing it often as it is super comfy and very versatile.  However, at $44, I am tempted to look for a similar style elsewhere.


Sam Hi-Lo Tee

Sam Hi-Lo Tee



Next up is the Mark Lace Detail Blouse.  The shoulders are actually a lace insert, which is very pretty, and it doesn’t go so low as to feel bare.   Not completely sure about the style — I like it but wish it was just a little longer.  Another down side is that this top came with a tiny tear down near the hem.  They are offering a replacement to be sent to me, or a 15% off the cost if I keep this one. It’s $34 and I think I could easily fix it.  But like I said, I’m not 100% sure how flattering the style is on me.


Mark Lace Detail Blouse

Mark Lace Detail Blouse

Next up is this navy Kahlo knit top.  It has the same lace detail as a tank top that I got last summer.  I love the turquoise, and the length of the top.  It feels flattering and comfy.  But I am not sure how I feel about it when I see it in the photo. And I am puzzling as to what would be best on the bottom. My daughter said the olive skinnies in the picture are fine with it, but I feel like the bright clear turquoise makes the olive green look boring and muddy.  Blue jeans would be boring with all the blue in the top.  Not sure about black and blue together either. Turquoise skinnies would probably be adorable, but I’m not sure how versatile pants like that would be as a wardrobe piece.  What do you think would be good with the top?


Kahlo knit top


Finally we get to what I feel like are the clear winners– the  Callie Denim Jacket and the Denna Skinny jeans.  The jeans actually are the ones I wore in the last photo too, but I’m happier with the way they look with the grey tee and the denim jacket.  And as for the denim jacket– I do already have one, but this one is very light– almost shirt-weight denim, and has nice trim sleeves that I think is more flattering and better for warmer weather than my old denim jacket.  You can also see in this photo that the grey hi-lo is a good underneath piece.

Callie Denim/ Denna Colored Skinny

Callie Denim Jacket/ Denna Colored Skinnies

In the end, I’m definitely keeping the jacket and the skinny jeans, but I am waffling about all three of the other tops.  Help a girl out– what do you think?



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November Stitch Fix


Chevron skirt and black blouse

I thought I’d share my latest Stitch Fix goodies with you this morning. First up is this black chevron skirt and black short-sleeve blouse. The skirt is pretty, but it was a little short for a maxi on me– it almost felt like petite sizing– and is similar to another skirt that I already own.  The blouse is a nice light-weight under-layer.  As I was putting it on, I was thinking of all sorts of ways it could be useful in my wardrobe, and my daughters thought it was a nice flattering fit.


Dotty blouse

The dotty blouse is one that I would not have looked at twice on a rack.  But I ended up liking it a lot more than I expected.  Looking at the photo, I wish I had not paired it with that scarf.  What kind of jewelry would be good with it instead, do you think?  I have a hard time with accessorizing.



The ‘tablecloth’

 The plaid sweater is absolutely gargantuan.  It made me feel so wide putting it on, and I kept trying to arrange the big floppy collar in a way that didn’t show the inside of the knit.  But it really wouldn’t behave.  My son took one look at it and declared it to be a tablecloth. On the bright side, the bigness of the sweater makes my legs look skinny.

TurquoiseThis turquoise cardigan was one I knew I’d keep the second I pulled it out of the box.  I love the way the collar drapes down and creates pockets at the bottom of the sweater. Besides the turquoise cardigan, I also ended up keeping the black blouse since it was such a nice layering piece, and the dotty blouse because it was different from anything I already have. All in all, it was an interesting batch of clothes.

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Fall Stitch Fix


Fall Stitch Fix

Just a quick post about my Stitch Fix for this fall. I got two tops, a skirt, a dress and a necklace.  Overall I was kinda disappointed with this fix. Both the skirt and the dress were short and form-fitting– not the best look for me. I think I need to tell them in a note that short skirts are not really my thing.  I also felt like both were very business professional, while I tend to be more casual, flowy and less tailored in my style choices.

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The pretty porcupine necklace

The necklace was pretty, but every time I moved, the beads seem to want to disarrange themselves and stick out all over like porcupine quills. I could just imagine constantly having to fuss and fix it. Not the best look, and maybe even a bit prickly for unsuspecting babies.  :)

As for the pretty silky blouse that goes with the skirt and necklace, hubby said it looked nice on me and ALMOST convinced me to keep it. But in the end I passed for the sake of our budget.


This one’s the keeper

The one top that I did end up keeping is tie-dye— something I wouldn’t look twice at in the store. But it is definitely in my color palette, and it is soo comfy. The sleeves look nice either pushed up to the elbow or pulled down to the wrist, which makes it a nice versatile fall piece. And it looks good with a long skirt or a pair of jeans. This is something I’ll wear often this fall, I’m quite sure.

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Stitch Fix #10


I got my latest Stitch Fix in the mail yesterday and I was so thrilled with these items as I pulled them out of the box. There were so many pretty details and colors I love.  Just look at the details on these tops.  So much fun.




I approached this stitch fix with a bit of trepidation, however.  In the juggling act that is my life, I’ve dropped the ball lately in the fitness department. I have only been exercising 1-2 days a week for several months and am not at my trimmest– bah.  I just last week got back to counting calories and exercising more–and hope to be back to a better weight by winter.  I know all that I’ve been doing lately, and am trying to extend myself grace.  But still I’m not loving the way I look, even in these adorable clothes.

1. Kaleidoscope pattern top

This top is cotton and comfy, with a back edge that goes longer than the front, a feature I like.  It felt really nice on, and I thought it was a sure keeper, but looking at the photo I’m not sure.  Does it look old-lady-ish?  Or cute?  The style card suggested that you could wear it with a jeans jacket, which means it could wear it into fall, something that appeals to me.



2. Maxi dress

I LOVED the style of this straight out of the box, including the way it is made to be a little blousy under the bust.  It actually has an inner bodice layer that is shorter than the outer bodice so that the looseness stays.  I wasn’t sure how it would look on me, but I ended up liking it on me way better than I thought I would. My husband absolutely loved it and called it a keeper.  I could picture wearing it out on a date as-is, especially since he likes it so much.  But most of the time I’d probably feel more comfy wearing it with something over top, maybe a v-neck tee so that some of the dress’s stripes show still, or maybe even with a lacy t? A shrug?



3. Stripe tank

This top is one I am absolutely going to keep. It flows nicely, fits great, is bright and cheery, and is very cool for summer.  A sure winner.



4. Beige Cardigan

This soft knit cardigan appealed to me very least of all the items.  But at least one of my teen daughters loved it, so of course that made me doubt my instincts.  It is soft and comfy, but I’m not sure if the looseness is flattering, or just makes me look wider.   It feels like overall in need of a color boost– maybe a turquoise tank top underneath would be better than the peach one I chose to model it with.


Here I experimented with tying the front of it in a knot, to make it feel less wide and boxy.  Again, I’m not sure.


5. White Top

I love, love, love the details  and length of this sweet white top. My husband was less certain and said it made him think of a dutch girl.  It is soft and feminine and I think would be nice and cool to wear in the heat.  Plus the accents are turquoise, my favorite color in the universe.  But it is a little fluffy.  Maybe too young for me?


Overall, I think my Stitch Fix stylist did a great job choosing styles I love.  If I choose to keep all of the pieces, I will get a 25% discount, which basically breaks down to the same as choosing only 4 of the 5 items.  So if I like 4 of them enough to keep, I might as well just buy them all.  And I do have some Stitch Fix credits, which makes it doable.  But I’m still on the fence about 2 (3? 4?) of these items.  I’d love to get your feedback.

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Stitch Fix time again– help?

Thanks to those of you who have been trying Stitch Fix along with me, once again I built up some credits to spend. Yay-thank you!  :)

My latest fix had some things I adored, and some that seem almost right but have me still guessing.  This bracelet set is absolutely lovely, but at $36 for the set, I just can’t pull the trigger.  I am much more likely to hunt for jewelry at thrift stores, honestly.

Next up is the item is this chevron print maxi skirt.  I adored it the second I saw it. I have two maxi skirts already– one in navy, and one in a tiny brown pinstripe.  Both are so comfy and versatile that I’ve really been wanting another.  And this one is just fabulous.  The pattern is flattering, I think, and I have lots of brown and turquoise in my wardrobe already with which to pair it.  For sure I am keeping this.


The next item is this delicately patterned white sweater.  It is very lightweight and has a pretty nubby feel to it.


I like the way it looks from the front, but the back has some ups and downs and some flaring that I’m not really sure about.  I am pretty sure it makes me look wide in back– what gal wants that?  My husband said something about a peacock’s tail when he saw it.  I already have a similar sweater in cream, but it is slightly heavier weight and won’t be wearable in warmer weather, whereas this one is so light that it could easily be worn longer into warm weather. But, the back?  So not sure.


This next top is in a color that is very flattering to me, and  most of the top is a nice stretchy fabric.  But the panel in front is a woven and tugs across the chest in a less-than-great way.  I want to love it, but because of that odd panel, it’s not the best fit. Also, it’s super see-through.


This last top is nice considering it is a tank top.  It has good coverage in back, and with another tank worn underneath, I think it is fairly modest.  I like the looseness and length, and can picture wearing this at home tons in the summer.  My teen daughters and I both liked the top ‘in person’, but seeing the photo of myself in it, I’m wondering if the large crosswise stripes are widening?  Tempted because I think if I kept it I’d probably wear it often, but not quite sure.  Also, it is $48 which seems insanely spendy for a tank, even if I am buying it with credits.


I’m thinking that I will keep only one thing besides the maxi.

1. Is the tank cute enough to be the second ‘keeper’ despite the price?

2. Should I consider the lightweight white sweater instead?

3. Should I keep only the maxi?

Those are the three options I’m weighing.  Help?

Hairstyle ideas for curly hair

Hairstyle Ideas for Curly Girls

Hairstyle Ideas for Curly Girls

  I thought it might be fun to share some photos of hairstyles our girls have had over the years.  I’ve captioned each photo with a short description of the hairstyle.  It’s definitely been a learning experience over the years, and some of my early attempts were a little rough.  I was inexperienced, and my girls were wiggly, and had very thin hair.  But I’ve gotten better at it over the years, and my girls are lots more tolerant of sitting still these days too.

Some important tips:  Make sure your kiddo has something to do while you work.  We usually do movies and snacks.  Make sure the hair is wet and well conditioned.  Also, don’t be afraid to break up the work into sections.  We often wash, condition and pick out the hair one day, afterward braiding it quickly into two braids, then do a more elaborate hairdo later that evening or the next day.  You have to do what your child will tolerate.

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My baby, age 1, playing with the hair goodies

My baby, age 1, playing with the hair goodies

Puff ponytails

Loose twists with lots of conditioner — works well when hair is fairly short

Wedge parts fanning out from the top of the head. Clips on ends of straight braids

Wedge parts fanning out from the top of the head. Clips on ends of straight braids

Left- 4 braids. Right- cornrows

Lots of braids!

Lots of braids!






Yarn braids. Blue – straight braids. Red – cornrows.

Nubian knots

Nubian knots with lots of triangle parts

Two ponytails with twists

Julianna's wedding cornrows were done by Lidya

Julianna’s wedding cornrows were done by Lidya

Cornrows with an angled part

cornrows with an angled part

Straight braids to triangle parts

Straight braids to triangle parts

Cornrows with beads and an angled center part

Cornrows, half-braided, half-twisted

Cornrows, half-braided, half-twisted

Cornrows with an angled part

Cornrows with an angled part

My baby is getting big!



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My latest Stitch Fix

I got back very late last night from Created for Care in Atlanta.  And for anyone keeping track, yes, that is THREE weekends out of town during the last five weeks– way too many.  Each event was good and worth doing, but the cumulative effect of that much travel is pretty darned tiring.  This afternoon my teens are taking a chem test, my younger girls are outside enjoying the almost- spring air, and I’m sitting here trying to decide what to cook for dinner.  I think I’m feeling out of practice– certainly not in the mood anyway.  What to cook???

While I’m stalling on dinner, I thought I’d tell you about my latest Stitch Fix.  This time around I liked several of the items that they sent me. But I’ve spent a bit much on clothing lately, so I limited myself to only two. Here are the ones that I didn’t get.

The dress was a fun pattern, and a nice length, but the top was too fitted and the skirt flared out over the hips in a way that wasn’t flattering to my figure.  The black top had tight cuffs at the elbow, and was my least favorite look, style-wise. It looked a bit old-ladyish to me? The lavender top was lovely and soft, and VERY tempting.  I did wonder if the drapey neckline would feel like it needed constant adjustment– it had a funny little silver pendant sewn to the point of the drape to make it hang right, but I still found myself fiddling it around in the few minutes I wore it.  I might have kept it if it was in my budget though, because I really loved the color and the feel.












Then here are the two that I decided to get.  The green stripe was an easy choice– it is just really comfy and fun top, something that I could wear at home any day, but also looks nice dressed up with jewelry. A friend of mine who also tried Stitch Fix said she got a red striped version of the same top and really likes it.  The chevron top also is comfortable, is a nice spring piece and looks good with a lot of different things I already have, including the navy cardigan that I got with my last fix.    So there you have it!

And now here I am, still wondering what to make for dinner…..any ideas?




My hubby’s project

New bed!

Just had to share a link to my husband’s post about the new bed he made for us. Didn’t he do a great job?  He made the bed from walnut that he milled himself years ago.  Makes our bedroom look so upscale that I hardly recognize it.

Also, for any of you curious about what I picked out of my latest batch of Stitch Fix goodies, I ended up sending back the black pants and the grey sweatshirt. The pants were too spendy and the sweatshirt was just too ordinary for the price.

I’d been on the fence about the striped tank top since it is bare in back and I’d only wear it under a sweater. But then I realized it looks adorable with a t-shirt underneath it. (At least I think so?) Here are a couple tee’s I tried with it that I think look cute. The navy tee especially is good because the neckline matches perfectly.  It’d also be great with a plain white tee, I think.
tank with tee's underneath

In any case, being able to wear it over a tee makes it a much more versatile piece for me.   :)   I decided to keep it, along with both the navy cardigan and the green top. I’ve already worn all the items at least once, and I’m really happy with them.

What’s new with you this week?  Hope none of you are separated from family in the terrible storms in the South.

The hair, and Stitch Fix!

The hair

First, as promised– the hair. I had to wash it today, and then went through all sorts of round brush/ wet hair/ blow-dryer clutziness trying to make it look like my miracle-working hair salon lady does.  I was in despair for awhile.  But it ended up looking somewhat similar to her results, and so I gave up for the day.  I can only hope that I will eventually master the art of working a round brush and a blow dryer in tandem.

grey thermalMoving on to clothes.  My much-awaited Stitch Fix  package came in the mail today– hooray!  As usual I am somewhat torn.  The grey thermal shirt is the least interesting item in the box and at $48 is insanely overpriced.  But it is super comfy, and has sparkles of all things– I love sparkles– and honestly, I’d probably wear it twice as often as the other dressier items, esp in the winter curled up on the couch listening to my girls read to me.

My girlieAnd speaking of my girls, isn’t the little girl next to me adorable?  Yesterday she and I watched a documentary on Netflix called ‘Jig’  telling the story of a bunch of kids going to the world Irish step-dancing competition.  So now she has decided that she might like to learn to jig. Thus the white dance-style shoes and the bright outfit.

On the left here she is again, modeling another outfit she pulled together.  It is the longing of her heart to have real glasses, and so she has several pair with the lenses punched out of them to coordinate with various outfits. And yes, she does indeed really possess the level of sass that exudes from that photo.Green jersy top :)

Moving on to the other items.  The green dolman style top looked very shapeless out of the box– it is nothing that I would even try on in the store–  but it looks better on me than I expected.  It is super soft jersey and I think looks cute with the black pants, scarf and boots. I am wondering what else it would look nice with?  My jean jacket was ok…maybe a vest would be fun?

The black stretchy skinny jeans also came in this fix.  They are similar to another black pair I have but are bit less bulky.  At $78 they are the spendiest item in this fix, but they are very comfy for skinny jeans, are fairly flattering, and high enough in the waist that I wouldn’t be constantly pulling them up.  I’m tempted.

Navy cardigan and striped tank

Next is this navy cardigan. I have a black one that I wear a lot, and have been wishing for one of a different color.  Lots of my wardrobe blends with navy, so I think I’d wear this lots, and it is a nice lightweight comfy layer.

The final item is the tank that I am wearing underneath the navy cardigan.  It is racerback, which means I’d only use it as an under-layer.  But it is super cute with a neckline that is not too low. I love the design on the front and the way that the bottom hem is shorter in the front and longer in the back. Fun.

Except a question:  is the front of this top too busy for a big neckace? I have a blue-stone three strand necklace that fits in the neckline of the top, but when I had it on, I wondered if it was too busy with the busyness of the medallion on the front of the tank?

Anyway.  I really like a lot of this. The one I’d easily pass on is the grey thermal, except if you keep ALL five, there’s 25% discount, which adds up to just a dab more than the cost of the thermal.  Basically, if I decide to keep four, I might as well keep the thermal too. But I’m not sure if I can justify the black pants  (I have something similar) and I’m a bit on the fence about the green. It’s cute, I think.  But is it too shapeless?  I’d love your opinion.

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