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Friday, March 21, 2014

my first stitch fix

Have you heard of Stitch Fix?! It's an amazing subscription box for clothing and accessories!
Here's how it works:

1. Go to Stitchfix.com and complete your style profile.  I would love if you could use this referral link to register.  After that, send your friends your own referral link (available on your account page) after you sign up.  For each person that orders their first fix using your link, you get a $25 credit! Let's all help each other out, friends!

2. Schedule your first "fix" for $20.  A personal stylist will take a look at your style profile as well as your clothing Pinterest board if you have one (mine is here), and pick 5 items they think you would love.

3. When your items are shipped to you, try them all on and send back what you don't want to keep within 3 business days (no additional fee for shipping).  The $20 styling fee is applied to anything you keep, and if you keep all 5 items, you get 25% all of them!

The day came yesterday for my first fix and here's what arrived at my door:  I was waiting for it all day and WAS. SO. EXCITED.
Included with your items is a note from your stylist, and style cards to give you some ideas of how to wear these items.
 Here's what was in my first fix.  Trying on clothes with your own wardrobe is so awesome because you really get to see what would work well with the pieces you already have.

Item #1 - Bay to Baubles - Breyson Open Circle Necklace - $32
As soon as I opened my box I knew this was a keeper.  I love that's it's simple enough, but has enough interest and glitz to really add a lot to an outfit.  This is definitely a Keeper.
sweater: Loft

Item #2 - Papermoon - Charlotte Airy Knit Drape Front Cardigan - $48
This cardigan was actually really cute, but I didn't see myself wearing it a whole ton, so back it went!
tank: Target  | jeans: aeropostale  | earrings: Target

 Item #3 - Collective Concepts - Cathleen Abstract Print Tulip-Sleeve Blouse - $68
 When I saw this awesome print, I was in love right away; and I can't handle how much I love this outfit.
 But sadly the blouse itself just fit me weird without a jacket, and I just don't wear jackets that much.  The sleeve was awkward on me, and the color washed me out a bit without the blue of the jacket.  At $68, I would have to love all aspects of this blouse to purchase.
jacket: Banana Republic Factory  | capris: Loft 

 Item #4 - Pomelo - Florence Colorblocked Dress - $68
I was really excited about this dress when I saw it on the style cards, but if you hadn't noticed, I'm not the most tan person in the world, and the grey at the bottom really washes my legs out even more.  I wish the dress had been all the green color, because it's a really cute/comfortable fit.
necklace: local consignment shop  | sandals: Target

Item #5 - 41Hawthorn - Farah Fit & Flare Striped Dress
This dress is not a keeper for me because although I love the color, it honestly just made me look slightly pregnant (which I'm not, so don't ask!).  It was also really really clingy and that bugs me so much in a dress.
necklace: Old Navy  | clutch: Kohl's  | shoes: Payless

Out of all five items, I just kept the necklace and paid $12 (with my $20 styling fee already applied).  My hope was that there would be at least one item to keep so I wouldn't lose the styling fee.

And even though I didn't have so much success this time around, I would definitely do this again! I loved the anticipation and excitement when my fix arrived, and trying on things that someone else picked out for me was a lot of fun.  

So what do you think?  Have you tried Stitch Fix already?  Want to give it a shot? 

Friday, March 14, 2014

our office + music room

The office in our house has definitely gone through the most change since we moved in.  When we first got here, I painted the stripes, built a desk, and my office was sitting pretty for quite awhile.
But, after awhile the space didn't work for me. Well, it technically "worked", but it wasn't quite right.  And I spend 40+ hours in this room every week, so it needed to be right.  Getting it to where it is now took me an incredibly long time, and the office sat in a few different stages like this along the way, because I just couldn't figure it out.
I've mentioned in the past that Matt plays the guitar and we used to keep his equipment up in the spare room.  But, he really wants to be able to record some things, so it would be much easier for him to do that if it was all downstairs with the computer.  
So, back in November we started transforming the office into a multitasking space. I shared this picture on Instagram (@erinacolburn) when I started updating the paint with a lighter color.  We used Behr Elephant Skin, which is the same color that we used in our master bath.
Then, when this year began I made the following To-Do list for this space:
  • Lighten the paint color
  • Reconfigure Furniture
  • Refurbish Console Table and add into room
  • Make a cork/memo board
  • Make Collage on Small Wall

Since I made the list, a few plans changed, and this became my new to-do list:
  • Lighten the paint color
  • Reconfigure Furniture
  • Bring the bookshelves into this space and organize office/guitar supplies
  • Make a cork/memo board
  • Hang Music Memorabilia on the wall above bookshelves

I finally got everything done in this space, and here it is all completed! This room is definitely not magazine worthy or anything, but it's cozy and it works for us.  The space feels good to work in, which is key.

The decor in the space ranges everywhere from music memorabilia that we've gotten at concerts, to sentimental items and photos.
We've created storage areas for our office supplies, as well as Matthew's guitar equipment.
I made this fabric covered cork board with half of this Target tablecloth (post on the other half, to come!), following Chelsea's tutorial at Two Twenty One.  Be sure to check out the rest of her blog - she is fabulous!
I'm so happy to call this room done and check off all the items on my list!!!

  • Lighten the paint color
  • Reconfigure Furniture
  • Bring the bookshelves into this space and organize office/guitar supplies
  • Make a cork/memo board
  • Hang Music Memorabilia on the wall above bookshelves

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

diy floral infinity scarf {national craft month}

Note: The following review is part of the Jo-Ann Fabric and CraftStores® National Craft Month campaign.  I received compensation for this review, however, this is my personal, honest opinion based on my experience.
Jo-Ann makes spring crafting easy during National Craft Month with a $5 off $25 or more purchase coupon for my readers. They also have this Spring Crafting Inspiration Website to check out. 
This spring's trends in crafting are Radiant Orchid (the color), Nautical, Florals and Geometric.  I love all of these trends, but I decided to create something from the Florals trend.  Right away I knew that I was going to make a sweet little floral infinity scarf.  

Over the weekend, I went to the closest Jo-Ann and started searching for the perfect floral fabric, and boy did I find it. This print is so gorgeous and just screams "spring" and "childhood Easter dresses" (in a good way) at me!
 I picked up a yard and folded it hot dog style (remember that from elementary school?!) with the inside out.  I actually decided to use the muted side as my outside print for this one.
 The only supplies I needed was a needle, coordinating thread, and pins.
 With my fabric folded, I pinned the two sides together, the full length of the fabric.
 Since I was using a slippery fabric, I decided to take the tedious route and hand stitch my sides together.  If you're doing this yourself - it doesn't have to be perfect! I don't do perfect, and my scarf turned out great!
 Then, to make this an infinity scarf, I took each opening and pinned the "right" sides together.  When you do this, it creates a tube.
 I stitched this up (by hand, again), leaving a couple inch hole to turn it right side out.  Once I turned it, I stitched up the hole and was done!
I am loving this new scarf and it easily dresses up my typical outfits of t-shirts and cardigans.
 Not to mention, when I'm not wearing it, it's hanging on the door of my office, and the print makes me smile every time I see it.
What print would you use to make your own infinity scarf? Let me know if you have any questions; I'm happy to help!
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