Happy Monday all! Just a quick post today to remind everyone that the link up for our next 'What's New With You' with Gretch and I is this Thursday. We'd love for you to link up with us with what is new with you!
Also, the link up for book club is next Tuesday so if you read Exposure to a Billionaire by Ann Menke we'd love for you to join us in chatting about it.
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So another stitch fix. I wasn't planning on doing another one, but then Laura went and posted a dress that I just had to have. I scheduled my fix immediately, begging them for this dress. I was almost 100% sure they wouldn't send it to me because seriously, stitch fix never sends me things that I beg for. I was already getting upset about it and I hadn't even received the fix! Then I was browsing mod cloth for a different post, as you do, and what do you know...
The exact dress with a different name. I immediately sent a snap to Laura like omg look what I found and she told me to buy it, so I did and blame her. Unfortunately, it was too short... and I sent it back. Womp womp.
I think it was also a bit big on me, it didn't sit right. If I had gone down a size, it would have been even shorter. I know the length doesn't look that bad, but really, I just want a maxi to hit my feet at least, the ground preferably. I don't think that is too much to ask! I wanted to include it in this post even if I didn't get it from stitch fix, because Laura did.
Anyway. So that was a bit sad, but I was able to change my note to my stylist (I seriously was like GIVE ME THIS DRESS OR I WILL NEVER SPEAK TO YOU AGAIN) to something a little less crazy, but I was unable to cancel the fix as it was too late. I just changed my note to my stylist to ask for dresses - I could receive all dresses and be perfectly happy. I told them I like maxis and fit & flares, but nothing too short. I also updated my stitch fixstyle board on pinterest, it had dresses, tops and midi skirts on it.
I was honestly shocked when I got the notification and took a sneak peak and saw that they were all dresses. I always said that if stitch fix sent me all dresses, I'd likely keep them all because dresses are my favourite. I am much more likely to fall in love with a dress, or spend more on a dress, vs a top or whatever. So I was pleasantly surprised that they actually listened to me.
So let's have a look shall we..
Skies are Blue Laine Dress $68
Brixon Ivy Tommi Sweater Dress $98
This dress was super cute. It was not $100 cute. I loved the style, the fit, the pattern, that super cute skirt - but again, not enough to justify the cost. Also, the material was SUPER thick. It's a sweater dress, so duh. But still - the style screams summer to me, but the material was all winter. That plus the cost made this a no go for me, but if those things were different, I'd have kept it.
Gilli Adalea Dress $58
This dress looks remarkably similar to one I received in my Golden Tote, probably because they are the same brand. This one just didn't do it for me though. The top was weird (my friend asked if it was a nursing dress) and the bottom half was not as flowy or flattering as the one in my Golden Tote.
Maggy London Jovanie V-Neck Eyelet Dress $98
My stylist mentioned that she saw an eyelet dress on my pinterest board, and even though this was above my price range, she wanted to send it to me just in case. Even without it being almost $100, it's just not my jam. It stuck out weird at the side, maybe that's the way it was mailed, who knows. This seemed liked a good dress in theory - eyelet, fit and flare... but eh. The colour underneath was fun but it wasn't as obvious in real life as in photos. It also wasn't tight enough in the waist, and had too much flare at the bottom. It is a fine line between fit and flare vs loose and too full at the bottom, and if you're not careful you'll end up looking like an upside down toilet paper doll.
London Times Nicola Dress $58
This was the only dress I considered keeping. The print wasn't really my jam, the material was odd, it was too loose at the waist.. it was cute, and I liked the neck, but I didn't love it. I couldn't see myself actually wearing it, and I'd rather lose $20 than spend more on a dress I won't wear. I would have kept it if it were a bit tighter in the waist, a different material and pattern. I swear I'm not as picky as I am sure I am coming across...
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I don't always have the best luck with stitch fix on the stylist/items side, but I think their customer service is top notch. My first fix, there was a mark on my dress and they gave me 15% off or offered to send me a replacement. This fix, I realised I had (stupidly) scheduled it for the same day as KY Oaks, and I wouldn't be at work to receive it, and wouldn't get it until Monday - which is when I had to send it back. So I asked them to move it up, and they did! I was surprised, again. I was ready to be like well screw you I'm not even opening it, so I'm glad they were able to move it up for me, even if I didn't end up keeping anything.
I am a bit bummed that this is the first fix that I didn't like anything enough to keep. It's probably for the best for my wallet, though I am cranky I wasted $20. I don't know when my next fix will be.
My last books lately post was a little lacklustre, I just didn't feel like reading for a few weeks. It happens. I went in and out of the mood again this month, I think I read like 6 books in one weekend and then didn't read for 2 weeks. Life is weird.
Keep Me Posted - Lisa Beazley - 3 Stars I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book was enjoyable, it was very real which I appreciated. I do wish the book was faster paced. It took a long time for the conflict to even arise, which of course made the ending/resolution feel rushed, and too neatly wrapped up However, there were definitely things I liked! I loved Cassie's relationship with her kids and her husband. What really struck a chord with me was how she realised that Leo would let her retell a story a thousand times over, but she interrupted him when he did the same, and gosh I do that too. So rude! Going to try and be better. It really was a sweet book and I did enjoy reading it, and I really do wish there were half stars because I would totally give this 3.5 (or 3.75!).
Swear on This Life - Renee Carlino - 4 5 Stars I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I LOVED this book. When I saw it on netgalley, I knew it was by the same author who wrote Before We Were Strangers which I honestly didn't hate, I just didn't love love love it. I thought this would be another like that, but is so much better. The characters are likable, the story is so unique, I just freaking loved it. It's captivating, and I normally don't like stories within a story but it works. There were only two parts I didn't like (spoiler) I didn't like the Trevor guy and didn't think there was much point to his story, and I didn't like how Em forgave her shitty father so easily. Or maybe I'm just jealous that he changed. I'm glad her mom was a piece of shit still though, that is way more realistic. The ending was a wee bit rushed, but still good. Is this book amazing literature? No. Is it enjoyable? Yes. Highly recommend. More of a 4.5. Upped it to 5 because it was that damn good.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Maria Semple - 3 Stars
I have been hearing about this book for a couple of years, so I think maybe it was a bit too hyped or my expectations were too high. It was funny, it was different, but it wasn't my favourite book ever. That being said, I'd still recommend it and I'm not mad I read it.
The Wolves of Mercy Falls series - Maggie Stiefvater - 3 Stars I actually read the first book, Shiver, many years ago before I even knew what goodreads was or what YA even meant. It's been so long that I hardly remembered anything about it, so I thought I'd give it another go. I really don't know what to think of this series. I read it all in one weekend, but I wasn't blown away. First book: good Second book: meh Third book: blah are you freaking kidding me. One thing I really hate is a lazy ending. I don't want to use my imagination, I am using it enough to read. Sometimes a vague ending works, sometimes it doesn't.
The Fall Up - Aly Martinez - 4 Stars Okay, this book was all sorts of cheesy, adorable and kinda lame. But I enjoyed it. The only thing I didn't enjoy was the use of certain words.. Honestly, I swear I'm not a prude but I think books/scenes can be sexy without the use of some words that I am not gonna write out here. They really take me out of the book and make me dislike it. That being said, the story was super cute, a tear or two might have slipped down my cheek as I finished it, so obviously I enjoyed it despite the crass words.
Magical Beings' Rehabilitation Center series - KM Shea - 4 Stars I really like KM Shea's books. They are quite ridiculous and silly but I love them. They are all on kindle unlimited, and I am not sure if I'd pay for them but I would definitely borrow them from the library, if that gives you an idea of how much I like her books. They are all very short, quick, silly, make you smile books. This one was a little bit younger and sillier than I'm used to, and there were parts that bugged me, but overall I really enjoyed both of them. That being said, I think a certain kind of person would like her books, but most wouldn't.
Red Queen & Glass Sword- Victoria Aveyard - 4 Stars Red Queen has been on my list for ages. I was worried because of the negative reviews, but I think I am finally getting to the point where I can say screw reviews and read what I want. That being said, it didn't super blow me away, though I was intrigued and I did enjoy it. I picked up the second book almost immediately, but it took me a lot longer to get through. The 3rd book isn't coming out till next year and the 4th until 2018, like wtf. If you like YA dystopia type books, I recommend.
Cruel Beauty - Rosamund Hodge - 3 Stars I was so disappointed in this book. In case it isn't obvious, I love fairy tale retellings and Beauty & the Beast is my fave. This book had so much potential. I think that it was very predictable, I mean we all know the B&tB story, but still. I didn't like how there were so many stories within the story and they were used to explain other things and it all just got so convoluted, not to mention boring. The main character was so fickle, in an eye rolling kind of way. The story started out strong but completely did a 180 and then the ending was all kinds of stupid.
The Infinite Sea - Rick Yancey - 2 Stars This book was excruciatingly boring. Yancey treats his readers like idiots, constantly repeating things and over explaining others. It's infuriating. I didn't hate The 5th Wave but I was curious to see what happened but the answer to that is nothing much. The only character I liked dies. Someone else said it perfectly: I just finished this and forgot everything that happened because nothing happened.
I mentioned Oaks the other day and many people asked me what it was - basically, it is the same thing as the Kentucky Derby. It's just the day before, less people and it is cheaper. We've been to the Derby 3 times now (2012, 2014, 2015) and Oaks once before (2013) so we thought it was about time we attended Oaks again instead of the Derby.
Like I explained in my Guide to the Kentucky Derby post, the 'Derby' is a day but also a race during the day, if that makes sense. Oaks is the same - the day itself is called Oaks, but there is also a race called Oaks, and it is the big one. It's also all female horses and the winner is awarded a garland of lilies (as well as $1 million), so it's dubbed lilies for the fillies.
Another fun thing about Oaks is the pink out. Churchill Downs is decorated in pink, and they partner with Bright Pink (the only national non profit organisation for breast cancer) and guests are encouraged to include pink in their attire. Churchill Downs donates $50,000 and there is a survivors parade and a fashion contest.
All in all, Oaks really is a fun day, just as fun as the Derby. Lots of people come in from out of town and do the whole weekend, but we haven't done both (yet....). It's a bit much! Naturally, I took about 75 million photos... It was a gorgeous day, not a drop of rain (unfortunately can't say the same for the Derby goers!). We might already be planning next year..
But guys. There were SO many teenagers there that I thought I walked into a highschool dance. It was insane. And they were all so rude! One girl asked me to take a photo and when I gave her back her phone she looked at me, rolled her eyes and said to her friend 'it'll do for now' and I wanted to slap her and say bitch you weren't even alive when phones/instagram were invented so respect your elders. But I didn't.
Also, so many people without shoes. I could write a whole post about that, but I won't. Attention, if you ever want to go to the Derby and you don't read my guide, at least read this: Do NOT wear heels. DON'T DO IT. I love heels, I wear them all the time and can run in them if need be (a short distance, lets not get crazy) and I wore heels to the Derby once and it was enough for me. Seriously, trust me - don't do it.
Two more things to address: I unfortunately did not get a lily! I can't believe it. It's my favourite drink, but I guess the day got away from me and I just stuck with beer. Also, I misspelled the word obviously on snapchat. In all fairness it was very sunny and hard to see, I promise I wasn't so drunk that I forgot how to spell. Once I saw it, I was tempted to delete it I was that embarrassed but yolo, I guess?
Unless that's a capital I... but I don't think it is. So I apologise, obviously I know how to spell obviously. I do think I won a bit of money on that horse.. maybe not 1st place but something. Overall, we came out even I think. Which is better than losing money!
It was a super fun day, got just a little sunburn which is better than normal. Was home by 7pm I think? Woke up hangover free, cleaned my entire house and then did brunch on Sunday and watched North & South... twice.
KC was very sick on Thursday night & Friday, hence the need for bleach on Saturday. Hashtag marriage y'all. He hasn't been that sick since London in 2010 (and you all remember the hotel story...) so it was a bit odd and I hope it doesn't happen again for at least another 6 years.