Monday, May 18, 2015

Stitch Fix #10

Wow! I can't believe I've had 10 Stitch Fixes already. Actually, I can believe it because Stitch Fix is amazing and slightly addictive. My tenth fix arrived the day before I left town for my sister's graduation from graduate school. Side note: I'm beyond proud of my sister for earning this degree. While the arrival date was good as I was home to receive it, it was a problem because I had to decide that night on what I wanted to keep and send back. I almost always take all three business days to decide. 

Yet again, I requested my previous stylist Kim. I only had one specific request for her -- I needed a top to wear with my amazing new pink heels. 

As I read the note Kim sent with the fix, it seemed like she had quite a bit of fun finding items to work with these shoes. I can't blame her. I have fun just staring at them. Seriously, they are currently displayed on my dresser instead of properly stored in the closet with the rest of my shoes. 

So what did Kim send? She sent three shirts, a blazer and a cardigan. With these items she provided great insight of how to style them together to create specific looks. Bonus points to her for using the word vivacious. 

Item 1: Torin French Terry Stripe Blazer by Pixley

It is a cute blazer although I wasn't overly thrilled with the stripes. However, I do love the terry cloth material. It is so soft. It fit pretty well and didn't look horrible on me but I just wasn't sold on it. I didn't fall in love with it. Verdict: Returned it

Item 2: Ivanka Sheer Detail Blouse by Fate

I tried this on with and without the blazer. Looking at it when I pulled it out of the box, I wasn't quite sure about it. After trying it on, I was sold. The sheerness (all the way around) on top gave it a fun edge to it as well as the detail on top. Although I didn't keep the blazer, I have a red blazer I'm anxious to pair it with. Verdict: Kept it 

Item 3: Charles Embroidered Trim Blouse by Fun2Fun

I was in love with this top before I even tried it on. How can you not love a bright, fun colored top? And it is nearly identical pink to my shoes. I appreciate it has some floral detailing on the bottom which gives it a different look from an everyday top but it isn't too girly. (Despite what you may assume about me I'm not the most girly girl). I tried this on with and without the cardigan (see item 4). Before I even tried it on I knew I would keep it. Verdict: Kept it 

Another side note: I wore this on my trip with my favorite pair of dark skinny jeans, black ballet flats (we were going to a ball game) and my black moto jacket. I felt amazing in the outfit. So, definitely a success. 

Item 4: Lalia Sheer Cardigan by Fate

I'm all for a cardigan, especially since I'm not a fan of bare arms in the workplace. But this  cardigan? Even when just looking at it on the hanger before trying it on, I knew was a no. It just is not my style. It isn't so much the sheerness of it but more so the details, such as the texture on the bottom and where it comes together in front. I just no. When I showed it to my Mom, even she immediately said no to it. Verdict: Sent it back

Item 5: Lisben Split Neck Blouse by Skies are Blue

I wasn't sure about this shirt. Looking at it as I placed it on the hanger to take a picture I didn't hate it but I also didn't love it. Wasn't quite sure about the two different patterns. It was the last item I tried on. Since it is sheer (this seems to be quite the trend lately -- sheer tops), I placed it over a white cami. As I looked at myself in the mirror wearing it, I wasn't thrilled. It was not flattering shape wise at all. It made me look pretty boxy. Perhaps it was too big but I doubt it. It seems like this was how it is supposed to be. Verdict: Sent it back

So, that was my 10th fix. My next one isn't until July. July 3 to be exact. What a great way to celebrate the Fourth of July by indulging in another Stitch Fix. Like this time, I have no specific requests although I have a pair of shoes arriving this week in a fun color so I'll probably ask Kim to find something to work with them as well. 

As always, if you haven't signed up for Stitch Fix, please consider using my referral code. It costs nothing to sign up and complete the profile. Once you decide to order a fix, I'll be given a credit of $25 and we all know I never every penny to help feed this addiction. Make sure to let me know too what you think of your first fix! I'm always curious to hear what others think of it. 

OH! One parting thought. In my previous fix (number 9), I received a purse which I ultimately sent back. A few weeks ago I went to dinner with someone at the food truck part and as I people watched, I saw a girl with that purse. My mind was blown! I've never, ever seen someone with something I received I in a fix. I'm not complying at all. It was just humorous because although I know lots and lots of people subscribe to Stitch Fix, I like to pretend it is my little secret and no one in my area knows of it. But I also applaud this girl for being smart enough to keep the purse. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Diabetes blog week -- day three

It is already day three of diabetes blog week. It has been quite interesting (and thought provoking) so far. What is on tap for day three? Cleaning it out. 
"Yesterday we kept stuff in, so today let's clear stuff out. What is in your diabetic closet that needs to be cleaned out? This can be an actual physical belonging, or it can be something you're mentally or emotionally hanging on to. Why are you keeping it and why do you need to get rid of it?"
I'm going to admit. The topics of diabetes blog week have not been the easiest for me to blog about. I just haven't had a great connection to the topics whereas I'm confident many others have been able to nearly immediately know what they would write about. This one has me stumped. 

What do I need to clean out? If I'm honest I have a storage bin in my linen closet with, I believe five or six, old glucose meters. We're talking about some old school ones. True story. I need to get rid of them. I want to get rid of them but I refuse to throw them away because I know they work. I've tried contacting both JDRF and American Diabetes Association but have been unable to receive an answer on if there is somewhere I can donate them. I considered contacting my friend who has done several mission trips to Haiti to see if they could use them but time got the best of me and I forgot. Surely, there has to be somewhere I can donate them. Seriously. There are drives to collect used eyewear, why not useable glucose meters? 

I mentioned yesterday about how being a perfectionist doesn't quite work well with diabetes. Ever so slowly I'm working on letting go of my need to be perfect in every way. So I suppose that works as an answer to the topic. 

As I said, struggling to connect to the topic. Fingers crossed tomorrow is a topic I connect with because these past few posts have been pretty pitiful. I encourage you to read many of the far more delightful posts though with today's topic. You can find links to those posts here

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Diabetes blog week -- day two

This week is flying by. Tuesday is nearly over and I'm just getting around to writing my day two post for diabetes blog week. I'll have to write another post next week just to catch you all up on the chaos (good chaos) I've been experiencing this week. 

So, the topic for day two of diabetes blog week is "Keep it to yourself": 
Many of us share lots of aspects of our diabetes lives online for the world to see. What are some of the aspects of diabetes that you choose to keep private from the internet? Or from your family and friends? Why is it important to keep it to yourself? (This is not an attempt to get you out of your comfort zone. There is no need to elaborate or tell personal stories related to these aspects. Simply let us know what kinds of stories we will never hear you tell and why you won't tell them.)
Just like Monday, this is a tough topic because I'm not quite sure what to write considering I'm quite open about my diabetes. I realize I'm not nearly as open as quite a few bloggers but mainly because I don't blog nearly as much. I tend not to blog as much as I would like to because life gets busy (see this week), my life is diabetes is pretty dull and as I've said over and over, I'm trying to make my blog a positive place and not a place consistently filled with ranting and whining. 

I'm far more open about my diabetes with the internets than I am with my family. Is that a little strange? Probably. Sure, my parents often ask how my diabetes is acting, if I've had highs or lows lately and how my check ups have been. My sisters and I rarely, if ever, discuss my diabetes (or my sister's diabetes). I'm not sure why -- we just don't. It is always there in the back of our minds but it just isn't discussed until something major happens. My parents are beyond amazing and incredibly loving and supportive but my father is the definition of worrywart. 

It is because of his immense worrying I tend to just give a brief overview of my diabetes when they ask about it. I'll gloss over any concerns or issues. My oldest sister was diagnosed in the 70s with type 1 diabetes. I was diagnosed in 1990. A few years ago my father admitted since the 70s he has never been able to completely sleep through the night out of fear something might happen to one of us. Even though we no longer live at home and are grown adults, he is still not able to sleep through the night. If I could give him anything, I'd give him the ability to sleep through the night. His worrying keeps me from sharing with him the details of the terrifying lows I've had (remember when I physically couldn't get out of bed and thought I would die?). I often feel like I cause him (and lets be honest, mom too) to worry so much I'm more of a burden than a blessing to him.

As I said, with the online community I share pretty much anything and yet I probably share very little. This isn't intentionally but rather I just have the thinking of not having much to share. Especially since so many other bloggers (who are amazing) have already covered anything and everything. I tend to share more via Twitter than through my blog. This is most likely because it is easier to say something in 140 characters such as "Man, my infusion site fell out right before my massage. Frustrating!" than to write an entire blog people will be interested in reading about how my infusion site fell out right before having an hour massage. If someone told me specific topics related to diabetes they wanted me to blog about, I'd share far more because I would know it would be interesting to at least one person. Make sense? Probably not but such is life. 

I think subconsciously I don't share as much as I could because I'm a perfectionist and don't want to be judged by everyone for not being a perfect diabetic. I'm working with my doctor on this thinking because no one can be perfect with diabetes all the time. Diabetes is its own wild beast and will randomly act up for no reason no matter how hard I try to manage it.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Diabetes blog week -- day one

Today is the first day of diabetes blog week. From Monday through Sunday, there will be a different topic for bloggers connected to diabetes to write about. I attempted to participate last year but couldn't relate extremely well to the topics chosen and there was quite a bit going on. Here we are in 2015 and I will attempt again. So what is the topic for Monday? 
In the UK, there was a diabetes blog theme of "I can..." that participants found wonderfully empowering. So lets kick things off this year by looking at the positive side of our lives with diabetes. What have you or your loved one accomplished, despite having diabetes, that you weren't sure you could? Or what have you done that you've been particularly proud of? Or what good things has diabetes brought into your life? 
This is a tricky topic for me because I honestly believe diabetes hasn't kept me from accomplishing anything. Sure, it has caused some bumps in the road, such as when I was earning my APR. There were many times when I would have study sessions and my blood sugar would drop. When I went for my readiness review panel as well as the computerized exam, I worried quite a bit my blood sugars would plummet and interrupt these important events. But the diabetes didn't prevent me from earning my APR. 

I've only been told once in the 25 years with diabetes I couldn't do something because of my diabetes. In high school I was informed I wouldn't be successful playing volleyball because of my diabetes. Perhaps the assistant coach should have used my lack of height (I'm only five feet tall) as a reason I wouldn't be successful playing volleyball. But alas he used my illness. He and I never quite got along but such is life. And when he said that to me I knew it was complete rubbish so it didn't bother me one bit.

In my life, what have I been particularly proud of? With no connection to diabetes, I think it would be earning my APR, earning my masters degree and taking risks by chasing my dreams not being afraid to just pack up and move when needed. 

One wouldn't think diabetes could bring something good into my life but you would be wrong. One of the most amazing things I've gained by having diabetes has been the relationships I've created with people I've attended diabetes camp with. It has been years and years since I attended and yet these people still mean the absolute world to me. Diabetes also taught me how to be incredibly responsible. Most 8-year olds don't have to pay such close attention to what they are eating, how they are feeling and the details of medicating. 

I think another great thing that has come from having diabetes is I've truly learned to not "sweat the small stuff." Oh how I hate that cliche but it is true. It is no secret that basically everything impacts diabetes. The weather (Oh how the sun causes my sugars to drop), food, exercise, stress, excitement, etc. Over the past decade I've learned there is no need to stress over people not promptly returning a phone call (or email) or not being able to get things you need (or want) or bad traffic making it difficult to get somewhere or even not being able to find the car keys. There are so many other things we all tend to stress out about but these are just random examples I was able to think of as I write this post. Seriously though, I just tend to go with these things. To me, it isn't worth causing my blood sugars to go high (or sometimes low) because someone isn't returning a phone call as quickly as I would like. Honestly, I don't even get that stressed about when an infusion site is bad. No need to make my numbers go higher. :) Instead, I allow myself to get stressed about the huge things such as parting ways with my job or Rocky eating rat poison or a family member getting really sick. 

This ends day one of diets blog week. Fingers crossed my future entries are far better.