Monday, November 30, 2015

Stitch Fix #2

Hi Friends!

I decided it was time to try out Stitch Fix again, since I had a fun experience last time, and gained a cute new shirt out of it (which I get so many compliments on!).

If you missed my first post about Stitch Fix, you can find that here. I really detail the entire process in that post, to how the payment works, and all of the fine details. Check out that post first if you want more information about Stitch Fix as a company!

Here is what I received in my second Stitch Fix Box.

 1. Eden Society - Sonya Wool Boyfriend Blazer >>> $108.00
This was a complete bust for me. This fit like a mans blazer, and wasn't flattering at all. It was a true wool piece, so it was very heavy and great quality, just not my style. I do like wearing blazers often, but the blazers that I have a very lightweight and flattering for my body. This was a bust, I also would never spend more than $100 on a blazer.
Verdict: Sent Back!

2. Staccato - Ginia Layered Cowl Neck Sweater >>> $58.00
This was a love/hate item for me. It looked like something that I would never wear, but once I put it on, it was actually pretty flattering and I could see it looking cute with a hat, or a scarf. Unfortunately, the cowl neck was a bit uncomfortable for me. Overall, I would definitely wear this piece if I kept it, but wasn't enthused about spending extra money on this.
Verdict: Sent Back

3. Alice Blue - Becker V-Neck Blouse >>> $44.00
I love this shirt! When I pulled it out, it immediately looked like something my size. It looked a bit boxy/large when I first looked at it, but once you put it on, it immediately falls really nicely to your body frame and relaxes really great. I go line dancing with friends quite a bit, and this top was adorable with jeans and cowboy boots, but I can also see this working nicely with work pants or dressed up! I am glad I kept this! 
Verdict: Obviously Kept;) 

4. Papermoon - Taluca Striped Pencil Skirt >>> $58
This skirt was adorable. It fit so amazing, and I don't normally love skirts. It was a tighter skirt, but looked very flattering and wasn't too tight by any means. This was also the type of skirt that you could easily pull up further, or fold over to make it shorter or longer. The only reason I didn't keep this was the fact that it was navy blue. I couldn't find anything in my closet currently that would look cute with this, and also didn't have any cute shoes that matched this great. I do regret sending this back, I really should have kept this as I do have a hard time finding skirts! 
Verdict: Sent back, wish I kept it!! 

5. Bay to Baubles - Holloway Stone Fringe Necklace >>> $28.00
Not much to say on this one. I thought it was a decent necklace, but for $28, no way! I have a lot of jewelry, and I prefer to go the affordable route with my accessories. I would never spend $28 on a necklace, let alone one that I wasn't sure I'd wear multiple times!! 
Verdict: Sent back! 

Overall, it was a decent Stitch Fix. I kept the one blouse, but wish I would have kept the skirt as well! Here is how the payment worked for this box: 

- When I scheduled my fix, I got charged $20.
- The blouse was $44
- I've already paid $20 for styling, so I then just pay $24 at the time of my exit survey online.

So in the end, you still are paying the price of the item, but if I didn't keep anything, I would basically pay $20 for nothing. It is a weird concept, but makes total sense once you do it! If you have any questions, or if I left anything out let me know and I will try my best to answer, or find you an answer!

If you schedule a fix through my referral link (Click on "Stitch Fix" below) I will receive a small commission that will apply toward my next Stitch Fix (which will keep great blog posts like this coming!).

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Brazi Bites | Simple Gluten-Free Snack!

I had the fun opportunity to work with a brand called Brazi Bites. Now I've always been honest about working with companies on my blog, and that I don't accept offers/collaborations unless it is a product I'd truly use. I haven't worked with any food companies before, but when they reached out to me, I knew right away that this is something that I would actually buy in a store, and use. 

Brazi Bites is a Brazilian bread bite company, they are naturally gluten free, non-GMO, 100% natural, have no preservatives, no trans fat, no sugar, and no artificial ingredients! I had a hard time thinking of a yummy bread bite that was "healthier", so I figured I had to give this a try. I have a family member who can't eat gluten, so I also wanted to try this out as a future option for family parties. 

They currently have four flavors. Original, garlic asiago, bacon, and jalapeƱo pepper jack. As you can tell by the photos, I got to try all four flavors. My favorite from the four was the garlic asiago flavor!
My sister also tried these out and the garlic asiago was her favorite as well! Here are my overall thoughts on the four.

  • Original: These were pretty plain, I can see these being really good for appetizer bites. Small pulled pork bites, or stuffed with cheese, multiple different ways to incorporate these! You could also just bake them plain, they were good!
  • Garlic Asiago: Delicious! These had the perfect amount of flavor, they were so good! 
  • Bacon: These were my least favorite, and I REALLY love bacon. The flavor of bacon was really overwhelming, the entire bread bite tastes like bacon, instead of having pieces of bacon in it subtly. 
  • Jalapeno Pepper Jack: these were really good also! I don't love spicy foods, but this wasn't extremely spicy by any means. I think this would be a fun addition to any mexican dish you make. I liked these! 

Ingredients and Baking:
I took a photo of the back of the bag so you can get a good look at the nutrition facts, but I'd check out their website if you want any further information! Baking these were extremely easy. You don't have to thaw them at all, you just take them right out of the freezer and pop them onto a cookie sheet. I actually baked four of each flavor together on one sheet, which also worked out great. You heat the oven to 400, and bake for 20 minutes. For my oven, this was the perfect time, they came out perfectly. 

I know that a lot of people worry about texture when talking about gluten free foods, and I honestly couldn't tell these were gluten free. I even had my sister try one, and then told her after the fact that they were gluten free, and she couldn't tell. The only thing I could notice is that it just wasn't quite as much of a savory texture, I'm not sure the best way to explain that. They were still very fluffy, and felt exactly like bread, they just didn't feel as heavy.

Where to buy:
I honestly, would highly recommend these. They taste really good, which is obviously the top priority, but there are many other benefits. These are so easy to bake, they keep in the freezer in a nice resealable pouch, and you put them directly on the cookie sheet frozen, so they truly take exactly 20 minutes to make. These are also great for entertaining at parties where guests may prefer gluten free treats. Brazi Bites are going to be made available in Costco Stores in the PNW this week!! I know I will for sure be picking more up as these are so handy to keep in your freezer. 

Also, Brazi Bites is going to be on Shark Tank on Friday, November 20th!! I think this is so cool, as I love Shark Tank! They were such a nice company to work with. 

Please let me know if you have any questions! 
As always, thanks for reading.
xoxo, Jaimie

Saturday, November 7, 2015

My Month In Photos | October 2015

*Majority of these photos are from my iPhone, so I apologize for the random sizing of these photos, I usually like my blog posts to have the same size photos, but just impossible on these types of posts! 

I started my month off with my most favorite manicure I've ever had! If you know me personally, you would know that my favorite color is "army green" as about half of my closet is that color. I have never tried it on my nails, but I loved it! I got a lot of compliments on this color during the month and I already want to get it on my nails again! 

I celebrated the official mark of fall (when October rolls around) by lighting up some fall candles around the house! My favorite of the three below is the Sea Salt and Maple Popcorn candle from Bath and Body Works! I have already bought a few more that will be up next after these burn through. I have about one more day worth of burning on all of these, and then it's time to rotate through more yummy fall scents!

I had a lazy night at home this month, and decided to play around with some halloween makeup. This was my favorite one from the night. I did this look with just an eyeshadow pencil and eyeliner, so I know it would have been 10x better if I had actual face paint and halloween makeup products around. Next year I think I definitely want to utilize something like this on halloween, and make it super detailed!

About halfway through the month I received a super fun package from The Tasting Room. I received a tasting kit of six different kinds of wine. The idea is pretty interesting. You log into their website, and they guide you through a tasting session, telling you which bottles to take a sip of in which order. You then answer simple questions on the website, which allows the company to guide and curate personalized shipments of wine straight to your door. I still haven't done the actual tasting yet, but I'm excited to see the results of my tasting! 

I had such a fun Halloween weekend with my friend Lauren. On Friday night, we were a cat and a mouse. On Saturday night, I was a scarecrow! It was the easiest costume, but one of my favorites! I was planning on not wearing a hat, until Lauren spotted this hat in Icing on clearance, and it was the perfect scarecrow hat!

Then, I ended my month with getting a terrible cold, hence the shot of Nyquil below. I seem to always get sick around Halloween every year, and I am still fighting this cold right now! I have already had a lot of fun nights in November so far, and I can't wait to share them next month in another "My Month In Photos" blog post! 

As always, thanks for reading!
xoxo, Jaimie.