March Stitch Fix: HOME RUN!

Marlena Abstract Print Tab Sleeve Blouse

Okay. Little League season just started this week, so the “Home Run” analogy comes from the overwhelming excitement about baseball. But yes, this was another Perfect Stitch Fix. I knew it would be even before I tried on the pieces as they all matched my style, my color loves, and things I’ve been pinning.

Batter up!

Fun2Fun Marlena Abstract Print Tab Sleeve Blouse

Marlena Abstract Print Tab Sleeve Blouse
Marlena Abstract Print Tab Sleeve Blouse, Old Navy Pixie Pants in Apple Guava (currently on sale for $19.97), Maurices Crinkle Cami in Calypso Coral, Old Navy Sueded Pointed-Toe Flats (Similar), Bird Pendant Necklace, Tidal Bangle Set, Heirloom Crystal Bracelet, Sculpted Feather Hinged Cuff, Sedona Stud Earrings

This. Shirt. I love the print; it’s like nothing I already own. I love the colors; green and coral make for a happy spring combination. I love how it pairs with my favorite new pants. Basically, I just love everything about this shirt. I predict I’ll wear this outfit quite frequently this spring.

Collective Concepts Boregard Wavy Chevron Front Pocket Blouse

Collective Concepts Boregard Wavy Chevron Front Pocket Blouse
Collective Concepts Boregard Wavy Chevron Front Pocket Blouse, Navy Crinkle Cami from Maurices, Aqua Jeggings (Similar), Old Navy Perforated Scrunch Ballet Flats, Sand + Sky Necklace and Studs, Tidal Bangle Set

I paired this blouse with my aqua jeggings, but I really could wear it with the coral pants, jeans, a skirt, or lots of other things. I wore my navy cami, but I could also wear it with a number of other colors to pull together various outfits.

41Hawthorn Flynn Colorblock Sleeveless Blouse

41Hawthorn Flynn Colorblock Sleeveless Blouse
41Hawthorn Flynn Colorblock Sleeveless Blouse, Old Navy Rockstar Skinnies in Green, Gray Sequined Flats (Similar), Meridian Convertible Pendant and Earrings, Meridian Leather Bracelet

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This sleeveless top is everything. I threw on a pair of green jeans, but I definitely could dress it up with my green and navy pencil skirt or even a pair of navy dress pants. Or capris. Or everything. Or anything. I’m in love. It’s dressy. It’s fun. It’s happy. It’s me.

TCEC Donelle V-Neck Button-Up Cardigan

TCEC Donelle V-Neck Button-Up Cardigan
TCEC Donelle V-Neck Button-Up Cardigan

I’ve wanted a versatile gray cardigan for quite some time. This is light enough for spring, but would be heavy enough for fall or winter. This seems like the perfect time to add it to my wardrobe.

Pixley Kathy Striped Fit & Flare Dress

Pixley Kathy Striped Fit & Flare Dress
Pixley Kathy Striped Fit & Flare Dress, Peep Toe Nude Heels (Similar), Palm Royale Convertible Pendant and Earrings, Bead + Chain Wrap Bracelet

So, this dress. I pinned a similar dress on my style pinboard awhile ago, so my stylist was really paying attention. I love the way it comes in at the waist. I love the neckline. I love the slight poof at the shoulder. I love the v-back, which I forgot to photograph. It’s just lovely. I wore turquoise with it to add a pop of color, but I could really wear any color or simply silver or gold pieces. The thing I love best is that I can wear it for all seasons. I’m thinking of pairing it with some springy cardigans this week. Or more turquoise.

So yes, I bought all five pieces. I love the spring style and the many different ways I can wear each piece. I’m looking forward to next month already. Home run, indeed!

 

 

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Collections

Collections

Collections

I am not overly sentimental when it comes to keeping things.

In my dating years, I did not hang on to movie stubs or concert tickets or mementos from first dates or anniversaries. I attempted to keep a rose now and again, hanging it upside down to dry. Eventually, I’d bump into it or move, and the dried petals would crumple and crack; I’d throw the remains away, not remembering the giving of the flower in the first place.

When it came to my own things—performances and accomplishments—I’d keep programs and awards for awhile. Eventually I’d toss them all; I don’t like clutter. I still have a few awards, though I only display one or two. When my Grandmother passed, I found old ticket stubs from my musicals, engagement and wedding announcements, little bits and pieces of me through the years.

I throw out cards after holidays and birthdays, though by some strange stroke of luck, I have both the last Christmas and birthday card my paternal Grandmother sent me. I don’t know why other than some strange stroke of luck or fate or God or something that kept me from throwing it away. Neither at Christmas in 2013 or my birthday in 2014 did we have any inkling she would die in early June.

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But, I collect still collect things. Just in a different way, I suppose.

As I sort through the boys’ epic amounts of paper that arrive home in their backpacks each and every day, I try to find the balance in what I keep, what I toss. I manage to keep some good stuff, and I’ve stopped wondering so much about whether it will end up being the stuff that matters or not.

Because I collect memories here. I write down things in paper journals. I photograph their first baseball practice of the year or the way they practice spelling words while their brother is on the field. I burn their “I love yous” in my heart, so I can recall them for all time.

I collect scars—physical and mental. I collect tears—my own and theirs—and allow them to wash away the sadness, to drown us in joy. I collect stories—so, so many of theirs; I want to repeat them back for years and years to come. I collect their laughter, their fears, their hopes and dreams, the joy in their eyes. I store it all up for later days, for harder days, for easier days, for forever.

I collect these little things of parenthood, the ones that can’t be put in a box, and I treasure them deeply.