Friday faves 18

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November 4, 2016

Hey there. I’m dealing with two sick toddlers over here which has left me feeling pretty tired drained. I’m hoping that they ditch whatever virus they have so that we can all go on with our lives here.

 

Illnesses aside, I have a few fun things to share with you today. Lots of favorites for fall and some gift ideas, too. Of course, I’d love to hear what you are enjoying these days. Feel free to share yours below.

 

Friday faves 18

 

Pull up bar from ProSource – Christmas came a bit early this year when Matt arrived home on Wednesday with this pull up bar for us. I am pumped to have this in the house. It has nice padded handle bars so my hands don’t get tore up (such a girlie thing to say, right?).

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Fall running – I am so glad that I’ve been feeling well enough to run again. My shins and hips are behaving and I couldn’t be happier since fall is my very favorite time to run. No races planned at this point. I’m just enjoying being injury-free.

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Target decor – I can’t get enough of their home decor. I love how stylish and inexpensive their goods are.

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This nail polish from Sinful Colors. It’s called Sail La Vie.

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Lucky Brand bartalino booties – these are by far my favorite boots for fall. They’re super comfortable and I love the brindle color. And look–the dark brown ones are 40% off right now!

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Speaking of shoes. I’m dying over these kids sneakers by Onitsuka Tiger. Dying.

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Paleo pumpkin coffee cake by Jay’s Baking Me Crazy – Ohhhh yes! I will be making this in the next day or two. It looks delicious!

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Shameless – we’ve just started watching this series, but we’re really into it so far. Anyone watching it?

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From around the web:

I want to get all of my holiday shopping done on Etsy. Because this mermaid tail blanket.

 

This article that Matt sent me on how women can achieve their first chin up. It’s a helpful read.

 

How to motivate yourself when you feel lazy AF. I liked this article, especially the part that reads, “A hard truth in life is that nothing works until we do. Action is the only thing that can get you out of a slump in life.”

 

10-minute meals for crazy busy days

 

Catching up? Here are my posts from earlier this week:

Stitch Fix #26: November Finds

Last week’s workouts

Weekend highs and lows

Round up of reader questions

Stitch Fix #26: November Finds

afitmess
November 3, 2016

Good morning, friends! I hope your week is going well. I cannot believe it’s already November. I’m getting excited for the holidays and the cooler weather. It’s been in the 70s and 80s here which makes it feel like summer again!

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Today I’m sharing my Stitch Fix items for the month of November. I skipped last month so I was really excited to get my items this time around. I’ve been using Stitch Fix for over two years now and it’s still one of my favorite ways to shop. This month I asked my stylist Katie to send me some warm tops for fall. We’re headed to upstate New York later this month to spend Thanksgiving with my family and I know it’s gonna be cold. I was really happy with most of the items I received.

 

If you haven’t heard of Stitch Fix, it’s an online shopping service that pairs you with a personal stylist who selects 5 items that are sent to you each month. Your stylist chooses items based on a comprehensive style profile that you fill out, your social media accounts (if you share them), and special requests you provide. You keep what you want and return what you don’t. The cost is $20 per month and that gets credited toward any purchases you make. Oh, and Stitch Fix also offers accessories and shoes!

 

If you’d like to try Stitch Fix for yourself (psst…they now offer Men’s!) please consider using my referral link (TIA!).

 

Okay, here we go!

 

Melodee Cowl Neck Pullover ($64) / Stellana Puffer Vest ($68)

I love this gray cowl neck pullover by Emily Rose. It fits really well and it’s warm as heck! Plus it has pockets on the front and a slightly longer back. I’ve paired it over some black leggings and I really like the look.

This black puffer vest by Marc New York is a nice layer piece that can be paired with anything. I like that it’s thin so you can easily add it over a sweater or long-sleeve top and not feel overheated. It has a fun flare collar and the back has an adjustable belt to make it a bit more form fitting.

 

Delia Striped Square Scarf ($34)

I love everything about this scarf. It’s a great way to add some warmth without too much bulk. I’m digging the stripes and fringe, too. In case you’re unsure how to tie a blanket scarf, check out this article.

Fierro Elbow Patch Crew Neck Sweater ($58)

This crew neck sweater by BRIXON IVY was really soft and simple, but it was a bit too plain for me. Don’t you love my face? Ha. I wasn’t a big fan of the lace patches on the sleeves either. At $58, I just wasn’t prepared to spend that much money on this item since I didn’t see myself reaching for it all that often. However, it would be nice layered over a collared shirt or paired with a skirt.

 

 

What did you think of my items?

Are you using Stitch Fix? I’d love to hear what you think!

 

Stitch Fix #25: September finds

afitmess
September 15, 2016
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Hey all! I’m excited to share my September Stitch Fix items with you. My stylist Katie sent me some awesome items and I was really happy with most of her picks. I mentioned to her in this month’s styling note that I wasn’t really looking for anything in particular, but requested some casual, lifestyle pieces. And as usual, she delivered.

 

For those who are unfamiliar with Stitch Fix, it’s an online shopping service that matches you with a personal stylist who selects and sends you 5 items based on your style profile, Pinterest Style Board, and specific requests. You keep what you want and return what you don’t – all without ever paying shipping fees. Your $20 monthly fee gets credited toward any purchases you make. For tips on how to make the most out of your fixes, read this post.

 

What I appreciate most about Stitch Fix is the convenience. Items are sent directly to my doorstep and I can try everything on in the comfort of my own home. I decide what I want, check out using the Stitch Fix app on my phone, and place any items I want to return directly in my mail box. It’s that easy!

 

Another thing I appreciate about Stitch Fix is it’s customer focus. They love feedback – not only about the apparel, but the service itself. More than once I’ve received notice that the company is changing its process or offerings based on customer feedback. One example of this? They now offer exchanges on items! If you love an item, but it doesn’t quite fit you can request another size (if it’s available).

 

Psst – they now have a MEN’S service so check it out if the man in your life could use help new clothes.

 

Okay, let’s jump in to my review!

 

Teighlor Slim Fit Drawstring Jogger Pant  (by good hYOUman) $78

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These pants! I absolutely adore these jogger pants. Functional, comfortable, yet still make me feel put together.  I wouldn’t mind running errands or meeting a friend out for coffee in these pants. The material is high quality, too.

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Unfortunately, they were just a bit too long and loose. I tried rolling up the bottoms, but was still left with a lot of material throughout the legs. I was hoping to exchange them for an XS, but they only had M and L left. So sad and disappointing for me (#curseoftheshortlegs).

Teighlor Slim Fit Drawstring Jogger Pant (by good hYOUman)

Teighlor Slim Fit Drawstring Jogger Pant (by good hYOUman)

Shoes – FLOJOS

 

Argus Lace Detail Knit Top (by Papermoon) $44

And this top was also a love! Papermoon always impresses me both on the style and uniqueness of its products. I really loved the knit material of this top and the light cream color. It could easily transition into a fall piece if layered under a chunky cardigan or flannel shirt.

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Argus Lace Detail Knit Top (by Papermoon)

I really like the lace detail on the back and the cap sleeves.

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I wore this top recently to a play date and paired it with my distressed denim shorts from my May Fix (total love).

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Shorts – Kaiden distressed denim shorts (Stitch Fix #22)

Sandals Banana Republic (I think) – similar

 

Karlie Layered Lariat (by Jules Smith) $48

This layered lariat necklace by Jules Smith is really delicate and pretty. I like that it has a more casual look to it as well so you could totally wear it with a t-shirt and jeans.

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Matt T-Shirt Knit Dress (by RD Style) $54

You had me at t-shirt dress. This dress is all sorts of cozy. It has a small front pocket and a tiny slit on the bottom for added detail. It was slightly longer in the back and made for comfort.

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I cropped my head out because I had RBF in every single picture. Ha ha!

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Gustav One Pocket Chambray Top (by Skies are Blue) $58

I was excited to see this chambray top in my fix. It reminded me of a similar shirt I wore about a zillion times while in college (eek – a decade ago!). It’s a soft brushed denim with mid length sleeves that can be rolled up slightly. Super, cute and very soft.

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Shorts – Banana Republic Outlet

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I decided to send it back after trying it on and realizing it wasn’t doing much for me. Then I attempted to take it off and realized it was almost impossible to get out of it. Sheesh!

 

That’s it! I was very happy with this month’s fix. I skipped last month because I knew I’d be traveling and wasn’t looking to spend any money on clothing so I was especially excited to receive my September items.

 

If you received a good fix, I’d love to know! Please feel free to share your comments below or a link to your review!

 

Affiliate links have been included in this post. Thank you so much for your support!

 

 

Saying good bye to summer + recent Whole30 eats

afitmess
September 8, 2016

Yesterday felt like a true summer day, but there was no one around – which made me realize that the season is just about over and everyone is back to school and work. The girls and I soaked up the last bit of summer and had a great day together.

 

We ventured out after breakfast and swung by Whole Foods for a coffee (for mom) and then the playground (for them). These goofballs! Maddie kept saying, “Ash, you’re killing me!” Ha!

imageAfter about 30 minutes in the sun we realized it was waaaay too hot outside (seriously, why are playgrounds always in direct sun?) so we decided to head to the pool to cool off.

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We spent an hour or so splashing around. It was nice to get some swim time in before our pool closes for the season. Mango La Croix = awesome.

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The girls napped for around 2 hours and I worked for awhile. When Matt got home, I left for a long walk around the neighborhood. Oh my gosh – it was SO nice outside! I turned on Revolution Health Radio with Chris Kresser and zoned out for a good hour while walking. Seriously, I could listen to this guy talk all day!

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Thankfully, our walking trail is pretty shady, but I still got super sweaty during my walk.

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Funny side note: I was happy to see our neighborhood finally got the paved entrance fixed. Last year I totally bit it when I tripped over an exposed brick while running. #embarrassing

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The girls woke up after I got home and I worked upstairs for another hour or so while Matt made them dinner.

I also got a chance to try on my September Stitch Fix items! Love! Full review coming soon.

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We took one more trip outside to play with our chalk before heading in for a bath. The night ended with movies and popcorn for the girls. All in all a really nice day.

Recent Whole30 eats

I’m on day 4 of Whole30 and so far I’m feeling pretty good. The first two days I had a dull headache which really bothered me. And I feel a bit more tired than usual, but I’m hoping this will pass quickly. I remember feeling really good right out of the gate the first time around, but that was a year ago and I’m sure every experience will be different.

 

My meals have been really good lately and I’ve definitely managed to get in my greens and stick to the program. I will say that it is MUCH less stressful for me this time around since I know what I can eat and what to avoid.

 

Let’s start with breakfasts…

 

Chia pudding made with homemade almond milk, mashed with 1/2 cup of raspberries and topped with almond butter, cinnamon and banana slices.

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More chia pudding, but this time I mixed it with 1/2 of a sweet potato and topped with cinnamon. Note: you’re supposed to try and limit your nuts and seeds on the program, but I like having an option other than eggs and meat.

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Hard-boiled eggs, asparagus, and avocado slices.

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Lunches included a lot of salads and meats.

Packed lunch for work: spinach salad topped with carrots, green beans, sweet potato, and a sliced turkey burger.

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Another green salad, but this one has grilled chicken, olives, sunflower seeds, green beans, snap peas, and tomatoes on it.

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MORE salad! This one was topped with with eggs, sun dried tomatoes, and green beans. I also had an apple and some plantain chips.

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And this ranch dressing from Tessemae’s is so good! I’ve been enjoying it A LOT!

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Dinners consisted of a lot of crockpot meals.

Turkey chili topped with avocado.

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Tuna mixed with sun dried tomatoes in olive oil and 1/2 mashed avocado layered over greens, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and nuts. I also ate several handfuls of plantain chips.

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Leftover turkey chili mixed with roasted broccoli and sweet potatoes.

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Chicken thighs with veggies. Roasted broccoli on the side.

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Larabars for snacks and to have post workout. The lemon bar is a winner!

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I also made sure I had a bunch of non-alcoholic refreshments on hand to enjoy.

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I’m usually a fan of the buchi kombucha (far right) but the apple and lime flavor was horrible. I couldn’t even drink it!

 

Okay, I’m off to shower and get ready for work! Have a great day, everyone!

 

Anyone doing W30? Please share your meal ideas below! 

Is summer really over? I feel both happy and sad about it.