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August 31, 2015

Stitch Fix: August


Anyone who knows me can agree that I am an online shopper.
There is something about seeing a box on the front porch that makes any random day feel like Christmas morning.
I have joined direct sales companies, subscription boxes, researched personal grocery shopping…
Did you know that you can get groceries delivered?
I know, right?!

Ok, it’s not really all that bad. 
But I do prefer shopping online to going to the store, now that I have a toddler.
There is something about taking an independent, stubborn, 1 year old into a clothing store that just makes me want to go to bed and put the covers over my head.
Believe me when I say that I have tried everything to keep that kid entertained while shopping. Cool carts, wrap carriers, snap carriers, letting him ‘push’ the cart (our most successful).
But if we happen to pass the fish in the grocery store (thanks a lot Meijer) it’s game over, and I’m abandoning my cart and chasing a running toddler through the pet isles.

I’ll admit, every once in a blue moon I need some actual retail therapy with my sister(s), but when it comes to the daily?
Drop it at my door please.

Ever heard of Stitch Fix?

Stitch Fix is a subscription company that provides you with a personal shopper who can assesses your personal style profile and chooses you 5 items that you have 3 days to try on and decide if you are keeping it or sending it back. Then the $20 you pay for the subscription goes toward the item you choose to keep. If you choose to buy all 5 pieces, you get a 25% discount off of your entire purchase!

When you first sign up you fill out a Style Profile where you give your sizes and clothing taste/preferences. Then they give you a blank place to outline anything else you want your personal stylist to know about you and your wardrobe.
It was super easy and took maybe, 10 minutes.
Then you schedule your shipment.

I chose to not have automatic shipments, due to playing it by ear when it comes to my budget. You never know when you are going to have to pay for new brakes on your car.
You can choose every month, every other month, every three months.... Or choose, like I did, to have them come when you choose.

I was super excited to get my first fix in the mail. I had detailed that I was looking for a nice satchel purse and seasonally transitional pieces that would work for business and play clothes.

It came on the expected day, and I raced upstairs with Jaxon to try everything on.
I was super concerned about the 3 day window and I didn't want to accidentally forget about returning Anything I didn't want.

Your box comes with your items, a price list and styling cards that show you possibilities for how to wear each item. 
 
Tank and Jeans
Jeans:

Tank: was really cute, but not very flattering.

Tunic and Jeans
Tunic: Was really great. It was exactly my style. I could easily wear this to work or out carting Jaxon around.

Dress and Purse
Dress: The dress was really nice. It was more flattering on me than I expected, with nothing distracting the eye from my midsection other than the print. But it was all that was needed. I felt really great wearing it, but couldn't justify keeping it. I don't wear dresses all that often and it was a little bit more fancy than my normal work wear.

I'm super excited to see what my next box will bring!
Want to sign up for your own personal shopper, using Stitch Fix?
Just click HERE!!!

August 4, 2015

Cycle 2 of Medical School

This is it.
It’s that time of the year.
All of the white coat ceremonies and pictures of first days of medical school are flooding my stream.
I can only imagine how my husband feels about it.

 \We did not make it into a med school program this year.

Jake’s applications are about to be finished, as soon as the Army can get his transcripts to the application host. We were told 7-10 business days on Friday.
Then we will be starting application cycle 2. 

We have broadened our scope of Osteopathic schools for this cycle.

Currently, in no particular order, we are looking at:
            • UP-KYCOM – Pikeville, Kentucky
            • OU-HCOM – Athens, OH and Dublin, OH
            • NOVA – Fort Lauderdale, FL
            • KCUMB-COM – Kansas City, MO
            • ATSU-KCOM – Kirksville, MO
            • LECOM – Erie, PA
            • PCOM – Philadelphia, PA
            • MSUCOM – East Lansing, MI

Due to Jake having been on the wait list for LECOM for his first cycle, we are of the opinion that there is an even greater chance that he will be accepted to their program this year. Understandably Jake wants to apply to all of the schools that he is interested in and get to choose his favorite program from those that he is accepted into.

With only one of those options being in the Columbus area, you can imagine that I am gearing up, mentally, to leave the city, if not the state.
It’s a stressful time.
We are looking at having second applications turned in and starting interviews, if we receive any, starting September or October.
I am hoping that we will know where our future will take us by Christmas.

It’s been a long road with lots of prayers and planning and I’m sure that there will continue to be more as this cycle draws to a close.

It’s scary.
It’s exciting.
It’s happening.