Sunday, December 6, 2015

Stitch Fix Box #5 - December 2015

It's time for another Stitch Fix box! Per usual, if you aren't familiar with Stitch Fix, check out my Stitch Fix Primer post. If you have visited my bog in the past you might notice a change.  So, I'll just get this out of the way up front.

I love it.  It's very different from what I usually do with my hair. The color didn't do what I expected, but that is okay.  This way is a lot more subtle.  :)  Now that we have that out of the way, let us dive into why we are really here...  the Fix!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

My Promise to my Stylist...

My promise as a Stitch Fix customer:  (based on what I have seen elsewhere)

- The word "cozy" will never be used (or overused) on my blog, or in my notes to my stylist. It has been ruined for me by the Stitch Fix blogging army. No offense if you use(d) it. I'll pull out a thesaurus before I resort to such an overused, cliche word.  To me, it no longer has meaning. It has become the pumpkin latte of words to describe cool weather fashion. Just... No.

- I also will never say "I'm just not reaching for it" if I am trying to sell an item in one of the Facebook groups. Again, I prefer to use my own words instead of some trite, worn out phrase.

- I will not keep items I hate just for the sake of a discount.  I will not tell the algorithm that I like something that I do not because I understand that is a surefire way to get items exactly like it in the future.

- I WILL always be appreciative of the work my stylist puts into choosing pieces for me.  They will not always be spot on because she doesn't actually know me, my style or my personality and it is unrealistic to expect perfection.

- I will always be honest in my feedback both on my blog and privately to Stitch Fix. Being honest does not mean "be a bitch" about it though.  My feedback will always be polite, constructive and respectful.  This is likely the snottiest post I'll ever make regarding Stitch Fix. I've seen some really rude stuff from other bloggers with regards to stylists, clothing and the company in general.  If you don't like something, okay.  But to demean it and make public posts that might make another person that DOES like the item feel like shit for it, is immature and catty.  meow.  #keepitclassy

Now, hurry up and send my box!  :)

Monday, November 9, 2015

Fantasy Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015!

I have been chosen as one of ten national finalists for the Toyota Fantasy Football Hall of Fame, Class of 2015. The top 5 vote getters between now and December 1 will win a trip for two to San Francisco for a game and a visit to the Hall of Fame exhibit at Levi Stadium.  It's sort of a big deal!  And I am the only female - so I am representing!!

 If you have a minute, please click the link and vote.  I'd be very appreciative. Also, feel free to share on social media if you are so inclined. Every vote counts.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Stitch Fix Box #4 - November 2015

I can't believe it's been a month already but it has and that means it's time for another Stitch Fix box! Per usual, if you aren't familiar with Stitch Fix, check out my Stitch Fix Primer post. This month I won't make you wait thru a big long dissertation (that you likely won't read anyway) and we will just get straight to the fun!  As you can see from the teaser photo below my stylist, Jen,  sent lots of fall colors and textures.  I am uncertain about the poncho, so please, leave a comment and help me figure out if I need to request another size from customer service...

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Beef and Cabbage Soup in a Tomatillo Broth

I found this recipe on Pinterest.  It is from a website called Hispanic Kitchen.  I made it last night and it was really good; perfect for a cool fall evening or a cold winter night.  You can make as spicy or as mild as you want based upon the use of the jalapeno. (the canned chiles usually aren't that spicy)

1 pound fresh tomatillos, peeled and washed
1 pound lean ground beef, pork or chicken  (I used pork)
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon oregano, crushed
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
Olive oil
1 small white onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeño pepper, minced
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
10 ounce can of whole Anahiem peppers or 2 small cans (7 oz. each) of diced green chiles
8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
4 cups green cabbage diced
1 medium zucchini, diced (about 2 cups)
1/2 cup long-grain rice

Peel and rinse the tomatillos. Add them to a saucepan of boiling water, reduce heat and cook for 10 minutes. Drain and transfer to the blender. Blend until smooth and set aside.

Preheat a large dutch oven pot to medium/high heat for a few minutes. Add the ground meat and season with salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder, oregano and smoked paprika. Cook, stirring often until meat is seared and browned. Reduce heat to medium.

Add the onion, garlic, jalapeño, and bell pepper. Cook for a few minutes. Add the tomatillos from blender and all of the remaining ingredients except the zucchini and rice. Bring to a boil and reseason with spices as desired.

After about 20 minutes, add in the zucchini and the rice. Continue cooking until rice has cooked, about 15 minutes. Stirring occasionally. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Stitch Fix Box #3 - October 2015

It's Stitch Fix time again!  I really am having a ton of fun with this service.  It's making me take a long hard look at clothes.  My closet has shrunk dramatically despite having a bunch of new clothes.  When I decide if I want (or want to keep) an article of clothing, I ask myself a couple of questions:

1. Does it fit PROPERLY?   Items that are too snug, too big or otherwise ill fitting have no home in my closet.
2. Does it serve a purpose?  Any item that can't be worn with multiple other pieces is taking up too much room.  I no longer keep that blouse that looks good with that one single skirt.
3. Does it make me feel fabulous?  No?  Bye-bye!
4. Is it trendy or classic?  An ultra trendy piece that will go out of style before I can wear it more than twice is not something I want around.  I am building a collection of classic styles that can stick around for multiple seasons.

If you are curious about Stitch Fix check out this link right here and feel free to post comments below.  I am always happy to share my SF experiences.   

I know, I know, you are here for the pictures...

Monday, September 7, 2015

Labor Day means the start of....

Labor Day weekend...

For most people it has the normal meaning, but around these parts, Labor Day weekend marks the beginning of one of the best seasons of the year.   You see for the last upteen years, this weekend has been our official Fantasy Football Draft weekend which can only mean ONE thing...

Friday, September 4, 2015

Stitch Fix Box #2 - September 2015

Do you know what Snoopy dancing signifies?  My second try at getting some phat lewts from a Stitch Fix box is here!  YAY! The day the box shipped, I peeked.  I couldn't help it.  I was so excited; I wanted to know what was coming.  I have been bouncing off the walls since. Based solely on what I could tell from just the names of the pieces included in the box, I had very high hopes!  Firstly, there was one garment that I couldn't find a whole lot of info on - which is sort of exciting.  That means that it hasn't been sent out all over the blogosphere yet. Secondly, two pieces could come in several different colors so even though I knew what kind of clothing was coming, there was still an element of surprise in that I had no idea what color I would get!  The other two pieces were items that I had pinned on my SF Pinterest board.  All 5 items fit exactly what I had asked for!!  That, in and of itself, is pretty significant being that this is only my second Fix!  The potential for a 5 out of 5 box was real!!  Was it a home run?!  Find out after the jump!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Love Letter to NOLA

New Orleanians are made of different stuff than other people. Fierce loyalty - to our families, to our home and to our culture. Unyielding support - to our friends, to our neighbors and to complete strangers. Reverential love - to our history, to our diversity, to our uniqueness. But the single most defining quality of a New Orleanian is their stubborn ability to truly LIVE regardless of circumstance.

Steve Gleason is battling ALS.  His motto through his fight has been "No White Flags."  NOLA has completely embraced Steve not just because of one blocked punt.  Nope.  It is because Steve, in his fight for his life, embodies the spirit of this community. We are proud that Steve calls himself a New Orleanian and I can promise you that we love him more than he loves us.

As the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, please consider making a donation to  Steve has set up a fund to help light up the Evacuspot in Armstrong Park so that it is visible at night. This program will help many, many people escape the dangers of future hurricanes by providing a safe, well lit area to access evacuation services.

Peace, Love, NOLA

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Stitch Fix Box #1 - August 2015

Oyster just wanted the box

I received my first Stitch Fix box! yay!  If you don't know what Stitch Fix is, I gave a quick run down in this Stitch Fix - A Primer post. Check it out, and if you have any questions that I didn't answer there, just drop a comment below and I'll do my best to answer. Basically, in each box, there is a note from your stylist, 5 pieces of clothing, a style card for each piece to give you ideas on how to wear it and a pre-paid return envelope for you to return any of the pieces that you do not want to purchase. Everything comes neatly wrapped in tissue paper inside of a sturdy box that has the Stitch Fix logo printed on the inside. It's a small detail, but details matter.  It's just another added level of customer service - by making a pretty presentation.  Or is it just me?  Could be, but I do pay attention to those types of things.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Thai Chicken Soup

I start a new job Monday. Of course, the way the universe works with me is "new job Monday?  Yeah, here is a sinus infection on Saturday.  You're welcome."   Anytime I get sick, this soup is my very first thought.  It's super easy, so el sicko could even make it for herself. I won't, but I could!  I'd add photos, but that would entail me making it.  Not going to happen today.

Stitch Fix - a Primer

I have had a couple of people ask me, "What exactly IS Stitch Fix?"  In case you are one of the people that haven't heard of this fan-tab-u-lous service, I am here to provide you with an education. If you have heard of it, move along, nothing to see here!  ;)

Stitch Fix is a women's style subscription service. In essence, you fill out a fairly detailed style profile about your sizes, likes, dislikes, and a ballpark amount you would be comfortable spending on each type of item. You then set up the frequency of shipments from several options (or you can even set it up to come only when you physically go in and request a box!)  You are charged a $20 styling fee per box (5 items per box) which you can apply to any items you purchase. The downside is that if you don't like anything, you do not get your $20 back.   If you actually keep all 5 pieces, you get a 25% discount!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

I have to begin somewhere...

Hooray for first blog posts!

My name is Kari and I have been in a 42 year love/hate relationship with myself. Most days, I love myself, but there are just some days when I wonder how I make it through the day without someone tying my shoes for me. Or making sure I don't electrocute myself... Or something.  It sounds pretty harsh, but it's not - really. Just keep reading along and you just may agree with me at some point. Maybe not today, but eventually, you will.  I am doofus, trust me.

The catalyst for my starting this blog came about the other day when I decided to try out Stitch Fix. I needed a place to store all the photos and thoughts on the pieces being sent to me so that my stylist could find them.  This way, as a team, my stylist and I might actually get my shoes tied.   What better place than my very own blog, right? Blogs are fun!  At least that is what I've convinced myself into believing.   We shall see...  Anyway, I digress.