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 lightdat.org.  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.