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It’s been ages since I’ve written a proper Mail Day post! Truth be told, I’ve been feeling a little jaded since the Amazon iron pills debacle. Today’s mail changed my tune! I spent a leisurely twenty minutes or so at the kitchen table with my coffee, sorting through and photographing my prizes while the tortoise scaled mountains in the background.

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Hello! No mail for you, unfortunately. [*]

Today I not only received my monthly Julep Maven box, but I also got my Sketchbook Project 2014 kit and my gift from my Snail Mail Collective partner. It’s been a great way to start my day off, and a perfect way to reboot the Mail Day feature!

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I’m too impatient to wait for the official Snail Mail link up, so let’s start with my package from Ally (of Moon or Quit)! It was a joy exchanging e-mails with Ally during the month, and I can’t wait to see her new blog grow! She sent me a lovely postcard from Metz along with some snacking chocolate and a Euro.

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Snail Mail Collective insta-collage

I had so much fun with this project. The sign up for August is now active! Go check it out.

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My Julep Maven box for the month included two new polishes: Francis and Lois, and Julep’s Doublestep foot treatment stick. The “Boho Glam” selections have been mostly spot-on for me, but I love that I have the option every month to choose a different theme or even opt out completely. These monthly boxes are beautifully packaged and a joy to unwrap. If you love nail polish and treats in the mail, I highly recommend signing up!

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Feel free to use my referral link to become a Julep Maven! You’ll receive a special intro box in your color theme, and then have the option to sign up monthly.

I’ll talk more on my Sketchbook Project book when I actually settle down and figure out what I plan to do with it, this year. For future reference, you’ll be able to browse the #SBP2014 tag on the blog. I will probably post peeks (here and with instagram) at a few pages here and there. I decided to sign up for the Northeast tour, this year. I like the idea of the book being seen [semi] locally. You can check out the digitized copy of last year’s book here!

Welcome back, Mail Day!

[*] I think the tortoise could really use a pen pal, honestly.

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This may have been my best Fix, yet. Just about everything I received this time around was genuinely me, even though the colors were bright. I almost-almost kept two items (I loved four of them to bits) but once again I remembered that I would probably need to eat and drink coffee and buy shampoo this month.

Providing detailed feedback after each Fix, as well as linking the stylists to some kind of personal style inspiration pin board makes a huge difference. Thank you, Sarah, whoever you are.

Honestly, my only qualm with the Stitch Fix program in general is the lack of information about the brand names. A good portion of the items I’ve received have been made in the US, but I only have solid information on the labor practices of a scant few of the brands who outsource their labor. Green America has been a helpful general resource for me, but they don’t list much information on smaller labels. I usually have to  google search a label and hope that their own website clearly mentions standards and practices. With this in mind, I’m going to take a bit of a Stitch Fix break for a while to save money for clothes I can get behind.

Not Pictured: 41 Hawthorn Double Tear Drop Earrings // Sweet Rain Halsey Graphic Print Skirt

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Aryn K. Layla Crochet Detail Collared Tank

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Angie Delcan Crochet Insert Floral Print Top

The Stitch Fix stylists have learned that I love crochet.

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Angie Aviary Floral Print Belted Shirtdress

The earrings looked really pretty (peachy-coral and gold double tear drops), but they were surprisingly low-quality and definitely not worth the price. They were also far too heavy for my ears. I haven’t seemed to have very good luck with accessories in these Fixes.

The skirt, even though it was swingy and the perfect length, wasn’t something I could wear with anything I already own. I’ve also come to realize I am not super into geometric prints on my own clothing. There are a few exceptions to the rule, but I am primarily a floral, stripes, and solids kind of girl.

I loved both shirts, but they both had some issues with fit. The floral top was too long for my torso and boxed my shoulders out, and the tank top just had a general not-quite-rightness to it. I desperately wanted to make one or both of them work, but eventually forced myself to understand that it wasn’t worth it. I probably would have kept the tank top despite the fit issues, given the funds, or if it had been maybe half the price.

In the end, the dress was the clear winner. I think my Fix stylists know who they’re dealing with now, though, so I am sure to receive more crochet and floral in the future!

If you’d like to schedule your own Stitch Fix, please feel free to sign up using my referral link! Thanks! You can read about my previous Fixes here.

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I have been looking forward to my third Stitch Fix for about a month. Of course I did the dumb thing, and scheduled it to arrive on a week that my rent is due. Sigh. Once again, I didn’t quite get to reap the full benefits of this program. However, I did actually get to take some relatively decent photos of the tops my Fix stylist chose for me. In the end, there were three of the five items I really wanted to keep. The fifth item (not pictured) was a zebra print scarf I was not even remotely interested in. I currently have my options narrowed it down to two. I think. I have until Wednesday to decide. Thoughts? Guesses?

I do realize I am not looking at the camera in any of these photos. I’m not trying to be cool. It honestly makes me uncomfortable. I’m working on it.

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Daniel Rainn Lindsay Silk Sleeveless Blouse

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THML Kahlo Embroidered Racerback

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Mystree Verina Crochet Detail 3/4 Sleeve Top

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Honey Punch Payge Striped Cross-Back Sweater

I was easily able to narrow my choices down to three. I don’t know how much you can tell in the first photo, but the fit of the silk tank is totally not right for my body. Narrowing down to two was a bit more difficult, and I am still torn. I’m asking Timothy to help me make my final decision. There really can only be one.

You can get your own Stitch Fix scheduled here! If you sign up through my referral link, I get a few credits towards another Fix. And feel free to check out my previous Fixes (my second shipment was the best, so far)!

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If you’re my dad (you’re not) and you happen to be reading this (you aren’t), spoiler alert!

I had a really difficult time coming up with a gift for Father’s Day, this year. Gifts for my father are always something of a puzzle for me; he is a man full of surprises. I once picked up this book for him as a last minute extra, and he was literally in tears laughing and would not put it down. He pretty much ignored the rest of the gifts I got him, so I call it a win. I don’t think I’ll ever top that, but just remembering his laughter makes me smile. Also a win.

My father is a geologist. Well, not actively, these days, but he was before I came into his world (he did science work for the Air Force, and later for the state of Vermont). When I was growing up, he was many other things. He built houses and stonewalls. He wrote poems. He delivered newspapers. He solved math problems in his spare time. He still does most of those things, not the newspapers. But, I think, the earth is what is truly in that man’s blood. Geology was a study of joy in my house; rocks and minerals were treasures. If I brought my father a rock from our driveway, he would show me all the little things that made that particular piece of stone special. Names of gemstones were common knowledge to me at a fairly young age.

I thought perhaps I’d channel my inner child this year, and deliver my father a handful of stones. I know from past experience (a family friend once dragged the two of us to some sort of crystal healing/dowsing “gathering,” a story for another time) that my dad is not that interested in the metaphysical qualities of gemstones. As someone who is interested in anthropology/religious studies/art history, I find the commonly believed metaphysical traits fascinating, but I touched base a bit on that, here. My dad, on the other hand, appreciates aesthetic and the physical history and make up of individual pieces, so putting together this little kit for him was a fun challenge. I looked mostly for a color combination here, and picked out a couple unique specimens I don’t think he owns, and I’m pretty happy with the results. When I received the stone selection, I went through and chose the stones that resonated with me.  Resonate? Not necessarily the right word, because I think that makes me sound a little bit silly. Sometimes things just feel or look right. I trusted instinct.

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  1. Hematite
  2. Turritella Agate
  3. Citrine (*by the time I finally checked out and finished writing this post, the citrine in my “cart” had been sold, so I did without)
  4. Copper Nuggets
  5. Petrified Wood
  6. Onyx 
  7. Labradorite
  8. Tree Agate

Turitella Agate is made of the fossilized remains of Turritella snails, so I thought it would be an interesting addition! A few of these stones are pretty common, and I imagine my dad has tumbled pieces kicking around from one of our many museum adventures, but I don’t think he has any Labradorite, copper nuggets, or petrified wood. Labradorite reminds me of insect wings! In retrospect, Citrine and Blue Lace Agate would have both been nice additions, as well, just for the lightness (and agates are really lovely). This is a pretty dark/heavy mix.

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Labradorite and Turritella Agate up close

I was a little disappointed that I was not able to get this quite in time for Father’s Day, but I was at least able to get a card in the mail and talk to Dad on the phone on Sunday evening. I hope he likes the surprise!

Once again, I ordered these from Green Earth Stones on etsy (whose images I used for the collage above). I really can’t recommend this little shop enough.

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My second Stitch Fix arrived in the mail, earlier this week! You can read all about my first Fix, here. Both experiences have been entirely enjoyable, and I highly recommend signing up if you’re interested in style! The price range absolutely reflects the quality of the items you receive. I paid around $40 for each of the shirts I’ve so far, and I am so pleased with both.

So. Let’s see what they sent me, this time!

  • 41Hawthorn Hook Detail and Toggle Bracelet Set

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I received bracelets in both of my fixes. While I originally signed up to receive jewelry items, I think I may change my settings. I am making a huge effort to choose quality handmade, ethically produced, or vintage jewelry that I absolutely love. The bracelets I’ve received from Stitch Fix have been nice, but they totally don’t fit my current standards. Besides, I would much rather have more clothes to try on!

  • Collective Concepts Poplar Pintuck Bishop Blouse
  • Mystree Tay Colorblock Crochet Knit Cardi
  • Peppermint Summer Ruffle Detail Sheer Tank
  • Awake Couture Linda Chevron Stripe Jersey Dress

Let me just tell you, before I show you photos, this Fix was SPOT ON. I had such a hard time choosing just one item. I honestly would have kept all four pieces if I had the money, this month. Sadly, I could really only afford the one item.

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In the end, it came down between the navy blouse and the sheer tank top. The dress, even though I did like it a lot, was a bit too expensive for something I knew I wouldn’t wear often. The cardigan was absolutely 100% perfect, but I couldn’t quite make the price work for me, this time around. I am really, really sad to see that go.

I ended up choosing the tank top. It is summer, after all! The diamond print is great, and I fell in love with the buttons.

This top will be making its summer debut during my trip to DC in a week and a half!

++ PS. You can still enter my little gemstone giveaway! Pop on over to this entry and leave a comment if you’d like to win!

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