Dottiebox is a subscription box curated for women. Each month you subscribe, you’ll receive a box with handmade items from small businesses and indie brands. I’ve teamed up with Dottiebox this month to bring you a giveaway for a mini box of your own!
Dottiebox comes in two box sizes, the mini or the gift box. Mini Dottieboxes include about 2-3 items (plus coupons) and are $13. It’s a nice way to get a feel for their service without spending too much money. And there is also a bigger Gift Box which includes 5 items and costs $20.
Each month’s box is different with items from categories such as beauty, home, bath, candles, jewelry, eco-friendly, or edible items. In my box I received handmade glitter nail polish and some nautical coasters.
For a chance to win your own Dottiebox Mini, please follow Dottiebox via any of the ways below!
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This week was surprisingly mild. It felt like more like a California winter, which is something I certainly don’t mind. But I’m looking forward to sitting on my ass this weekend. It’s the first weekend in nearly a month that we don’t have to go anywhere. I plan on crocheting and watching Lost. I’m sure that sounds so not surprising if you know me.
Also, I gave my blog a tiny face lift. I changed the header and sidebar colors to something more simple if you wanted to pop over and check it out. Otherwise, have a super weekend!
Oh, and ps – Monday I’m hosting a giveaway for the cutest little subscription box. I’m also giving away a pair of boot cuffs in another blogger’s giveaway. Details to come!
I love this mug! Make things, not excuses.
I love this quote:
Can someone tell me what the fuck is going on here? haha!
This Star Wars ornament set is adorable. And it’s from Target!
I love this guy! Chris Lilley plays a teenage girl and does a pretty good job at it, like, really good lol!
This is the full first episode of Jaime: Private School Girl on HBO.
Each year we put up our Christmas tree on Thanksgiving weekend. And I love unwrapping the ornaments and remembering where we got them from. Some of them I made myself but most of them I try to get from each of the places we visit. Some of my favorite ornaments are from Disney, Cape May and Catalina Island. And some of my other tv/movie favorites include The Twilight Zone TV that plays the theme song, an Alice and Cheshire cat pair, and The Grinch. Perhaps, being the bitter smartass that I am, I’d like to make a felt house ornament with the year embroidered on it to remember the layoff and the house that we may have to sell next year! By the way, we still don’t have any solid answers on that and it’s succeeding in driving me nuts.
Anyways, as per blogging tradition, please enjoy this hilarious Christmas video that I watch every year and make you guys watch as well
My husband’s cousin’s wife had her baby shower last month and besides getting something off her registry, I made her this granny stripe baby blanket. When she was at our house for our Labor Day BBQ she saw a few of my blankets and said how much she’d like one so I got to work! I didn’t use a pattern, just improvised and alternated colors every two rows. The border was just a simple scallop.
We spent Thanksgiving in New York with our folks. The food was amazing, I especially love my mom’s twice baked potatoes and stuffing. Forget the turkey, it’s all about the starches with me. And Brian’s birthday was Friday so we went out to dinner with both families. Afterwards we hung out with some old high school friends which was really nice. I miss being around friends who know you that long. It was a good time.
So what did you make with your stars? I made a garland. For my crochet star tutorial, click here!
Leave your link in the comments and I’ll be sure to stop by
And Happy Thanksgiving!
Stitch Fix is an online personal styling service and a subscription box of sorts, where you can sign up for one month, or consistent months. Each box includes a few fashionable pieces of clothing or accessories tailored to your size and likes, and is sent to you by mail. Try everything on and then keep what you like, send back what you don’t! Before you receive your first box, you fill out a very detailed style profile which includes your height, weight, sizes, price range, likes, dislikes, and you can even submit a Pinterest board that you made so the stylist can get a feel for what you like. And I was so happy with my first box!
I admit I was a bit cynical signing up for my first Stitch Fix box because I am so hard to shop for, let alone the thought of buying clothing online without trying it on first is a big issue for me. But I kept hearing good reviews about Stitch Fix so I thought I’d give it a shot. If I didn’t like anything, I could return it all for free and I would only be out $20 went towards the styling fee (the stylist actually putting your box together, which is fair enough).
First of all, and most importantly, everything FIT. That never happens on the first try, but it did. I received 5 things in my box and I liked everything, but I decided to only keep 2. I’ll explain why as I go on.
For now, here’s what I got…
(Also, please forgive me for not actually modeling the clothes in action. I’m not a style/fashion blogger for a reason ha ha.)
A Shalina belted kit dress by Ark n Co. I am keeping this because it fits, the little belt is really cute, and it’s something I never would have picked out for myself but I really like it. It’s formal enough to wear to a wedding but really comfortable and versatile.
I’m also keeping this Kimberly striped pleated skirt by Ark n Co. Again, totally something I would have never thought to try on at the store but it fit and I really love the way it looks. I can wear it with some leggings and a bright colored top. The waist is really high, which is kind of weird for me, but it’s comfortable and the high waist makes good on preventing any back skin from showing when sitting down, you know?
Also in the box were this Ivy Lace printed blouse by 41Hawthorn. I didn’t end up keeping this because the sleeves were too wide for my taste, and it felt a little too hippy, but I like the idea of the see through top over a cami. Just not this one.
I also received one of my all time favorite pieces of clothing, a button down plaid shirt by Just A Cheap Shirt (ironic because it wasn’t cheap). I would have totally kept this but it was way too expensive for just a button down plaid shirt. I could have gotten this at Target for $15 but it was $48. So I sent it back which made me sad because I really did love it. Just not the price.
And finally, they included a long necklace by Bay to Baubles which was pretty, but not my style, I don’t like long necklaces.
They also include some photos of the items you were sent for ideas on how to wear it. I am such a dork, I didn’t know the belt went with the dress. I’m like, uh this belt wont fit my fat waist…but oh wait, look! lol
So there’s my first box! After you receive your box and decide on what you want to keep and/or send back, you go back to Stitch Fix and fill out a feedback form so the stylist can see what you did and didn’t like and make changes for your next box. I signed up again for a box in January because I was really thrilled with this one. Hopefully it will be even better next time.
I highly recommend trying this service, especially if you are a little uncomfortable when it comes to fashion and finding clothes that are a little bit more outside your everyday outfits. I am clueless when it comes to fashion. I’m a jeans and a tshirt kind of girl, and I have no clue what looks good or what’s in style, so I really appreciate this service in helping me expand my horizons with finding something new!
And I thought it’s worth mentioning that the $20 styling fee you pay up front is credited to anything you end up buying. You only lose it if you return the entire box and keep nothing. So you might as well keep something!
If you’d like to sign up for Stitch Fix, please use my personal referral link and you’ll be taken right to the style profile form!
This post was not sponsored. I bought my Stitch Fix box on my own and just wanted to share it with you. My affiliate link is included in this post.
Thank you guys for your supportive words about the layoff. I know shit like this happens all the time to people. You never think it will happen to you, and then boom, your life gets shaken up and you are forced to fit the pieces back together in any way you can. I’ll post more again once there’s more to know. But things are still up in the air. However, they’re not as scary as we thought just a week ago. Things are at least moving along in a positive direction…
Anyhow, enjoy this week’s dump!
How does a baby giraffe sleep? Like this!
Sad Etsy Boyfriends. I both enjoy and pity them.
70 things I’ve learned from writing 1000 blog posts.
There’s some pretty good words of advice and tips in here.
Another one for the ol crock pot: Crock pot corn chowder.
I’d like to try this pom pom border on my next crochet blanket.
I want these Star Wars cookie cutters!
I wish I actually liked baking more than chocolate chip cookies. This looks too hard lol.
This never fails to make me laugh my ass off. Remember this guy?
We received some devastating news last week and I’ve been waiting to know more before I share it but everything is still up in the air. My husband’s work facility is being shut down and he, among 900 other employees in the same facility, are being laid off in January. We are most likely going to have to sell our house, that we just bought and moved into not even 6 months ago, and move to a totally different state, wherever he can find work. There’s a chance we could be going to Denver since the company he worked for has a facility there, but who’s to say that won’t shut down in a year and we have to do this all over again. So we are trying to find something on the east coast: Maryland, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts. Anywhere that doesn’t require a plane ride to see our folks. But again, if Denver is all we have to go on, so be it. We have until January to decide. Not enough time.
There’s a small chance of him finding something local but it’s a very small chance and we aren’t counting on it. We JUST moved back to the east coast and now there’s a chance we have to leave again?! We are completely uspet over this. My forehead muscles hurt so bad from crying the night he broke the news. I didn’t even know that could happen. We are trying to start a family and now I don’t know what to do if we should totally stop trying and wait until things settle down. But I’m tired of living my life at someone else’s mercy. I can’t believe how easy it is to lose a job these days. The days of the past where people work at a company for 40 years are OVER. The days when jobs were secure and you didn’t have to worry every waking moment about it being ripped out from under you are OVER. No one is safe anywhere and life as you know it can change in a heartbeat. You better have a plan B, and C, and D.
I’m scared to death of living life by the seat of my pants. I am a planner, a controller, I want to have control of my destiny. I want to know all the options available to me and unless I’m a psychic, I can’t make those decisions as thoughtfully as I’d like to. Obviously we wouldn’t have bought a damn house had we known this would happen. All I want to do is settle down and start a family but it looks like that won’t be happening for us at this point in time and I’m NOT okay with that.
When life gives you lemons, right? Yea, well fuck the lemons.