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Dressing and Educating: Days 161-170

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Day 161: April 24, 2017

I wore a Perfect T from Lula Roe and olive green jeggings.

 

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Day 162: April 25, 2017

I wore a purple tunic and cardigan from Primark in England. I also wore black Lula Roe leggings.

 

Day 163: April 26, 2017

I had to miss school today for an appointment ūüė¶

 

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Day 164: April 27, 2017

I wore an Irma from Lula Roe and khaki jeggings.

 

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Day 165: April 28, 2017

I missed my opportunity to do a classroom photograph today as I spent my morning proctoring tests. I wore an Irma from Lula Roe and OS leggings.

 

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Day 166: May 1, 2017

I wore a spring dress from Old Navy and paired it with a Lindsay Kimono by Lula Roe.

 

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Day 167-My daughter had a pre-school field trip to a children’s museum today. My husband and I were both able to come along. It was a wonderful day full of smiles and gratitude.

 

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Day 168: May 3, 2017

I wore a Carly dress from Lula Roe with OS leggings underneath.

 

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Day 169: May 4, 2017

This purple and gray tunic came from Stitch Fix. I paired it with black OS leggings from Lula Roe.

 

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Day 170: May 5, 2017

I wore a navy tunic and jeggings today.

Which look was your favorite?

 

The Ameri Brit Mom

Fashion · Uncategorized

Last Minute Gift Guide

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Six days and counting until the BIG morning. I envy each and every one of you who have finished all of your purchases (not to mention those over achievers out there who have already wrapped your gifts too!)

If your family is anything like mine the next six days will be full of fun gathered with the people you love. Christmas dinners. Church programs. Caroling. Holiday parties with friends. All of these precious moments are truly the reason for the season. One thing that shouldn’t get in the way of these celebrations is the daunting list of gifts that may still need to be purchased.

A quick way to take care of those fashion lovers in your life is to give them the gift of style. Ordering a Stitch Fix gift card takes only a few minutes and the digital gift card will appear in your email inbox.

You can give a gift card to someone who is currently enrolled in the Stitch Fix program or you can provide an opportunity for someone to try it for the very first time. With a Stitch Fix gift card you are allowing your loved ones to create their own style from the selection of informed stylists.

As we head into the final stretch of this Christmas season don’t let gift giving be a stressor. Use my link to the Stitch Fix website and select the gift card option in the upper right hand corner. Ever since I started with Stitch Fix I have been pleased with my shipments and now that I am a Stitch Fix Influencer I may receive compensation for your purchases and for spreading the love of fashion to those of you who cross paths with me in the blogosphere.

Whatever you decide to give this Holiday Season I hope you do so with love and that you remember that the reason for this season isn’t the decking of the halls, the expenses gifts, or the football games, but rather the celebration of the things most dear to our hearts.

Merry Christmas,

The Ameri Brit Mom 

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Dressing and Educating: Days 62-66

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Day 62: November 14, 2016

Saturday I received my ninth Stitch Fix and in my beautiful box was this dress. I absolutely love the wrap style and fall colors. It was a perfect addition to my Monday dress collection.

In classes today I started some new ideas. In English we read the short story “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant. We discussed characterization and motivation as we read the tale of Madame Loisel and her unfortunate hiccup with her friend’s necklace. My history classes began to uncover events of the Reign of Terror leading up to the executions of over 20,000 people by the guillotine.

It was a great Monday and I enjoyed wearing my new dress today!

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Day 63: November 15, 2016

Today I received that dreaded call from my daughter’s pre-school. I’m midway through my day. My energy level is high and my lesson plans are just really jiving withe the students. Then, I get a call from her school and everything in the classroom suddenly doesn’t matter to me anymore. My little four year old is sick and she wants her mommy, and you would be surprised how quickly I fling that teacher hat to the side to be Mommy. I quickly got my affairs in order and made my way to nurse my ill child back to health.

I love my job, don’t get me wrong. I enjoy my time in the classroom and my purposeful interaction with students. But one thing that will always come first in my mind will be my family. Even if it’s just a cold I’d rather play Mom than Teacher any day.

My colorful sweater above was purchased a few years ago at Liz Claiborne in New York City. I wore it with navy pants from Old Navy and a pair of Sperrys.

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Day 64: November 16, 2016

After an early night to reset all is back in order at home and I was ready to discuss the guillotine, Napoleon, and the end of the French Revolution today. It was fun because I had a student several years ago craft a guillotine and I demonstrated it today with use on pencils, candy bars, and other supplies that a dull piece of wood could sever. I had a lot of fun essentially smashing things all period in my Honors World History classes.

In English, my students took a reading assessment. They all did such a great job proving their comprehension skills and I was very pleased with their results.

Today I wore a royal blue peplum top, a sweater, and black pants from The Limited.

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Day 65: November 17, 2016

One of the best parts of working at my school is the annual Thanksgiving feast put on by the cooks. I’m not being dramatic. It truly is amazing. I woke up this morning and until lunch time turkey was on my brain. Lunch time could not come fast enough.

As always, the luncheon was above and beyond any other lunch service. The teacher’s lounge was converted into a festive dining room and the fixings were all up to their usual standard of perfection. It’s also a fun time to catch up with colleagues that otherwise become strangers in the sea of people in the high school building. It was a lunch period full of fun stories, catching up, and laughter. I’m thankful for my job and friendships that have come from that job.

Today I wore my long sleeve top from Maurices, my cargo vest from Stitch Fix and olive jeggings with boots.

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Day 66: November 18, 2016

This beautiful Friday was all about my daughter. Her pre-school hosted a Thanksgiving Extravaganza. I took the day off to support her. I’m so glad that I took the opportunity to go to this event. It was such a fun day and I would never trade days like these for anything. I’m so thankful for this beautiful smile and the sweet girl who makes me smile too!

Which outfit this week was your favorite?

The Ameri Brit Mom

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Dressing and Educating: Days 25-29

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Day 25: September 19, 2016

I woke up this morning ready to tackle another five day week. It is the beginning of the second half of the grading period. It’s time to strap on the teacher hat for real as my students approach their first tests and projects. The newness is beginning to wear off and many students are already showing signs of apathy. My goal is to put the quits on those bad habits from the start. I brought the energy and excitement to the classroom this Monday served with a side of lectures about staying on top of course work.

I wore a striped maxi dress from Old Navy, a white cardigan from New York and Company, and Sperry Topsider flip flops.

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Day 26: September 20, 2016

I’m excited to begin teaching a new novel. For the first time ever I will be teaching a unit on Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. In class today I set up the context of the setting with a brief American History lesson. The students engaged with ideas about the Dust Bowl, The Great Depression, and the migration to California in pursuit of the American Dream. Each student had a chance to describe their American dream and we discussed the dream that George and Lennie will be pursuing as we read Of Mice and Men. I used an interactive lesson to help students engage with the historical context of the novel.

In history we reviewed ideas about England and traced the monarchy from Queen Elizabeth I until the Glorious Revolution.

It was a fun day full of energy and positivity. I need more days like this throughout the year!

I was wearing my brand new Ilaria Crochet Trim Tunic by Alice Blue from Stitch Fix and leggings from Lula Roe with Sperry shoes. I loved this outfit today!

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Day 27: September 21, 2016

I’ve made it through another Hump Day!

I don’t have much to complain about today. The weather is beautiful. My students have been engaged in the classroom. And my year is still off to a great start.

We cracked open Of Mice and Men today for the first time and already the mice are flying and my students are excited to keep reading. We examined primary sources about the Protestant Reformation, Thirty Years War, and the War of Austrian Succession today in honors history. It was fascinating to observe some of the discussions about religion and theology that took place in my class as a result of these documents. Overall, I had an enjoyable day!

I was dressed up in one of my first Stitch Fix scores from fix #2. This top is a Queensland Dolman Jersey Top by 41 Hawthorne. I paired this with khaki pants and my black, lace overlay Toms.

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Day 28: September 22, 2016

It was a large coffee kind of morning. I woke up stiff and sore from a workout and tired as my body is combating the symptoms of allergies. So far I’ve been able to fend off an allergy flare up, but the true test lies ahead with dropping temperatures.

Luckily, I’ve been blessed with a great crop of students this year. They make rolling out of bed with aching joints and throbbing headaches worth all of the hassle. I look forward to my conversations with them about curriculum and their interests outside of the four walls of my classroom.

In English we learned a little bit about George and Lennie from Of Mice and Men. In history we compared and contrasted leaders from Austria and Prussia in the 1700s.

It was a great Thursday!

I wore a tunic from Primark in England, leggings from Old Navy, and a kimono from H&M.

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Day 29: September 23, 2016

TGIF!

It was a great end to a great week today. Each of my classes took a review and each class earned participation points due to scores on the reviews. I was very proud of the progress that my classes have been making and I’m continuing to be pleased with their efforts and participation.

This Friday I was dressed from head to toe in Stitch Fix gear.

My top was Iglesia Pleated Blouse by Paper Moon from my fourth Stitch Fix.

My pants were Adorra Skinny Jean by Just Black from my latest Stitch Fix

My red Toms were from my fifth fix.

Here’s a recap of my style this week. Which look is your favorite?

 

The Ameri Brit Mom

Fashion · Uncategorized

Introducing a New Fashion Series

Some of you have noticed that I’ve been rather mute in the social media world this week. School has started and my daughter began preschool. I’m currently working on finding a groove that works for me in order to keep up with my school work, family time, and writing. Thank you for your patience this week. I truly appreciate it.

To make up for my lack of content this week I want you to know that behind the scenes I’ve been orchestrating a new project. This is something I really wanted to do last spring, but waited to commit until recently challenged by my superintendent to document the good, bad, and ugly about teaching.

Starting this past Monday I will have 180 days in this school year and I plan to document a little bit from each of those days. Some days all I will do is snap a picture of my ensemble for the day. Other days you may get a little peak into my life as a teacher as well as my wardrobe. I will not overload your newsfeeds with these photos and blurbs. A daily dose of The Ameri Brit Mom (Teacher’s Edition) would be a bit much. Instead, I plan to wait until Wednesdays to publish my musings from the past week.

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As much as I love clothes I don’t have a huge budget. I like to make wise purchases and love a good bargain. A goal of this series is to empower women (and men) to stretch their wardrobes to get the most from affordable pieces.

In the photo above I am wearing an Irma Top from LulaRoe and coral jeggings from Walmart. The whole look was under $50.

I’ve been in love with fashion for many years. For me, it’s way more than looking presentable at work or social functions. It’s about confidence.When you put effort into the process of getting ready each day you set yourself up for a productive and positive day. Slopping a last minute outfit together ten minutes before leaving the house leads to a day of feeling rushed and slows down your momentum.

As a teacher I need every ounce of enthusiasm I can muster each day. As much as I love the job it had its tiring points. Teacher to-do lists are seemingly unending. Exhaustion comes with the territory, but is far outweighed by the meaningful connections made with students every day in the classroom. Instead of rolling out of bed and heading to school looking like a hot mess, I’m committing to starting my day with¬†positive vibes.

Next Wednesday you will see my first week of Dressing and Educating. I hope you are looking forward to it as much as I am.

The Ameri Brit Mom

 

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LulaRoe Review

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A few months ago I had never heard of the direct sales company, LulaRoe, but it seems like almost overnight the company has taken off. LulaRoe has become a household name. Chances are if you run into a fashion conscious woman and ask her about LulaRoe she will be familiar with their products. I had been browsing their inventory online for a few weeks, and after a discussion with a friend I decided to purchase a pair of their One-Size Leggings.

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Because of Facebook I was able to find a consultant. My distant cousin, Ashley, is a consultant and posts her inventory online which made it easy for me to find what I like and purchase straight from the comfort of my own home. Within a couple of days the package arrived at my door and I was so excited to slip into the buttery-soft leggings.

My love for LulaRoe began that day.

The One-Size leggings were a perfect fit (despite my skeptical curiosity before trying them on–how could one size leggings fit so many different sizes?–I still don’t know the answer, but it is true) The leggings were so comfortable and soft. They were almost like a second layer of skin. If I could, I would wear a pair every day of the week. I also loved how they could be worn both casually or as work attire depending how it was paired with a top or dress.

So as if I needed any encouragement to continue making purchases from LulaRoe my consultant gave me an instant opportunity to try multiple pieces on. Although she lives in Pennsylvania she was headed back to Ohio for her son’s birthday the following week. She asked if I would be willing to open my house for a Pop-Up Boutique Party. It was short notice, but I decided to go for it. Last Wednesday I got to experience my first LulaRoe Party in my own living room.

Ashley showed up with a full car an hour before the party. Then I just sat back and enjoyed the magic of watching her unload tote after tote of beautiful garments. From a hostess’ perspective it was one of the easiest direct sales parties. I prepared to offer a couple of finger foods, but the nature of a Pop Up Boutique Party doesn’t really require much other than a location from the hostess and space for people to try things on.

These types of parties are simply just an open house. There was no presentation. No games. No passing products around. No seating to prepare. And no awkward lag waiting for everyone to arrive. My house was open for two hours for friends to come and go as they pleased. Once they arrived they were free to shop without the pressure of shop employees.

For a party thrown together in less than a week I had a fantastic turnout. Several women from my church and family came and everyone left with at least one purchase.

LulaRoe is unique in that there are no catalogs for the company. Each consultant has their own inventory and they can only sell what they have on hand. Also, the company only makes a limited number of the same pattern/print so when you purchase a piece from their collection you know that you have just scored a unique item that very few people in the world will also own.

If you haven’t ever tried on their clothes I highly recommend attending a live party. You can do online parties, but I learned at the party that each style is sized a little differently. I wear a small in some shirts and a XS in others. I really enjoyed getting to try things on and playing around with different styles. Everything they make is so comfortable and appropriate. I learned from my consultant that the woman who began the company comes from a Mormon background. That explains why you won’t find any immodest slits or cuts on their products. Watch this video for more information about how this company started.

I’ll wrap things up today with a¬†look at what I snagged at my LulaRoe Pop Up Boutique party:

For hosting a live party I received one free pair of leggings so here is my second pair of One Size Leggings.

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Also, for hosting I got one free item since my consultant sold more than ten items throughout the party. I got the new Lindsay Kimono free.

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Then, I paid for the following items:

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Classic T $35

 

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Perfect T $36

 

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Randy $35

Do you have any questions about LulaRoe? Do you have a favorite piece or pattern? I’d love to hear what you think about this up and coming company!

The Ameri Brit Mom

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Stitch Fix #7

It’s always a great day when I arrive home to a cute teal box on my porch. I know that within that box five pieces of adorable fashion and jewelry are just waiting for me to try them on. And I know I say this each time, but this was definitely my best Stitch Fix yet. I’m really starting to feel like my stylist and I are both on the same wavelength. It helps that I give her access to my Pinterest board and that I have opportunities to dialogue with her before each fix is sent.

Lately, I’ve had several people ask for details about Stitch Fix so here’s a quick reminder about the company and how it works:

What is StitchFix?: StitchFix is an online personal stylist program. As the customer you begin by filling out a profile about yourself and your sizes on the StitchFix website. From this profile a team of stylists selects five unique pieces and sends them in the mail on a regular basis (the duration of which you can decide).

How does it work?: In order to receive your fix you must first complete a personal survey where you list details about your unique style and preferences and answer questions created to make your experience with StitchFix the best it can be. Next, you can schedule how often you’d like to receive your fix in the mail. I chose to not over commit to something I was unsure of so I chose the option of receiving my box once every other month.

How much does it cost?: There is a $20 stylist fee for each fix that ships to your home. That fee can be applied to any pieces that you decide to keep from that shipment. After that original $20 fee each time you only pay for what you want to purchase. If you choose to purchase all five pieces in the StitchFix box you receive a 25% off discount on your order.

What if I don’t like something?: The StitchFix company encourages you to try on every item. Anything that does not fit or that you don’t wish to purchase can be returned in a prepaid priority mail bag that is sent in each StitchFix at no cost to you. You have three days from the arrival of your box to complete the online checkout and resend any items you do not wish to keep. In order to checkout you must visit your account on their website and comment about each piece. If you choose not to keep something write why that piece was undesirable and that helps the stylists find better options in the future.

If you are interested in giving it a try yourself you can CLICK HERE to create your own account and begin filling out a profile. (Please use the hyperlink above as it helps me earn a little extra credit on my account as well. Thanks!)

Here is a look at my seventh StitchFix:

  1. Kebede Mixed Material Chambray Top (Skies are Blue)

    This top is so adorable. I love the back and the detail on the front. I also love that it will pair well with just about any pants or leggings. It is both fun and casual, but can easily be dressed up with the right accessories.

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    2. Jahana Cargo Vest  (Market & Spruce)

    I have been wanting a cargo vest for a really long time. I have struggled to find one that I love the way I love this one by Market & Spruce. Not only is this one beautiful, but it is longer than most I’ve tried on. I prefer for my vests to be longer than the tops I wear underneath to create a balanced layered look. Also, this vest has a hood which can be removed if desired. The pockets are deep. The waist is feminine. And I cannot wait until fall to wear the heck out of this vest. I love it!!

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3. Finnegan Cuffed Short (Dear John)

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These shorts were so comfortable. Made from a stretchy khaki fabric they were flexible and light. I loved the look, but unfortunately not the fit. These shorts didn’t get to join my wardrobe collection, but I did love them. It was a difficult choice, but they were a little too tight in some areas (mostly my backside).

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4. Katniss Crochet Yoke Top (Fun2Fun)

How fun is the print of this shirt? I absolutely love it. I also love that this shirt could be worn with leggings, shorts, dress pants, or a skirt. It has so many options and is light and comfortable. I chose to wear it yesterday on a date night with my hubby, and then to a meeting with some former students about college. I love how versatile it is and I’m a sucker for a fun print.

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5. Eloise Knit Maxi Dress (Gilli)

This Grecian styled Maxi dress was stunning. I loved the back of the dress and the fit at the waist. It was a bit long in length and a little over my budget. The style was so me, but I had to send this one back in order to keep a sound conscience. (I set a budget each time before even opening the box to be sure I don’t spend too much–its easy to do)

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Which pieces were your favorite? Are you thinking about giving StitchFix a try? If so, be sure to use my link to get yourself setup!

The Ameri Brit Mom

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Fashion · Uncategorized

English Wardrobe on a Budget

This summer during my stay in England I spent a fair amount of time in Primark shops in Winchester and Southampton. To give Americans a comparative to understand Primark it is most similarly like a giant shop full of Target clothing (Merona). The clothes are of decent quality, fashionable, and easy on the wallet.

Over the years, it’s become a tradition for our family to do a big Primark sweep before leaving England. I still wear things I purchased years ago. In my experience Primark clothes have lasted well and I get compliments all the time on my Primark scores. I went last Thursday and bought several things for myself and my daughter all for under¬†¬£40.

I love to look nice, but I hate to spend a fortune on my wardrobe so Primark is perfect for me!

Here’s a look at my new pieces from my English excursion 2016:

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Parka in a Pocket rain coat was £8.00

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Sweater £8.00

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Flannel top £6.00 and layering t-shirt £2.00

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I found the cardigan on clearance for £3.00 and the undershirt was £2.00

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Pants for £6.00 and t-shirt for £2.00

Which one is your favorite?

The Ameri Brit Mom

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English Rain Jacket

Inevitably it’s been a cool and rainy stay thus far in England. With only a few downpours we’ve been graced with more of the drizzle type of rain. Not enough to change our plans, but enough to be quite annoying. For a while I’ve been in need of some nice rain gear. I purchased Sperry rain boots this spring, but held off on a jacket for my trip to England. I really wanted to buy an English style rain jacket.

I ended up finding a lightweight olive colored rain jacket at Primark for nine pounds (or roughly $15.) Primark is a store unlike anything we have in America. The shop has fashionable and affordable clothes and home decor. It’s one of my favorite shopping spots when I visit each year. I was drawn to this jacket because it folds into its pocket for an easy pack in the suitcase for my journey home.

This jacket has a cinch waist, large hood, thin lining, and front pockets. It isn’t meant for a cold rain, but rather for the warmer rains of the English summer. It’s trendy and performs its function well. Another successful Primark purchase for me!

The Ameri Brit Mom

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Fashion · stitch fix · Uncategorized

Stitch Fix #6

It was a beautiful summery day when my newest Stitch Fix made its way to my doorstep. Eager to get packing for my summer vacation I anticipated the box’s arrival. I knew that my stylist would have some cute and trendy summer pieces picked out just for me and she was sure not to disappoint. Here’s a look at my sixth fix:

1. Rinald Front Pocket Blouse (Fun2Fun)

This sleeveless blouse was a perfect cut and style for my wardrobe. It is simple with its nautical anchor pattern and can easily be paired with countless accessories and bottoms. I think this shirt would pair well with last month’s TOMS to bring out a pop of color. Of course I kept this piece.

2. Elda Beaded Drop Earrings (Nakamol)

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These cute earrings were handmade by local Thai artists. Although adorable, I found it hard to pay $38.00 for a pair of simple earrings.

3. Becker V-Neck Blouse (Alice Blue)

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This floral top was super cute and the pattern was a lot of fun, however, this is another piece that I sent back to Stitch Fix. I did so because of the fit of the top. You can’t tell too much because of the angle of the picture, but this shirt was really tight in certain areas and after a little wiggle test it didn’t prove itself as a comfortable piece. As a busy mom-on-the-go comfort is even more important than fashion. So after a quick change this shirt found itself in the return envelope.

4. Pedrine Keyhole Back Top (Renee C)

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This fun navy and orange blouse was another great fit and adorable print. It paired well with the skirt which was also part of the fix. I could see myself wearing this top in many different ways so I kept it!

5. Devon Pleated Mini Skirt (Loveappella)

This skirt is pictured above under the Renee C top.You can’t tell too well from this picture, but the skirt was a bit too large for me. With very little effort it slid up and down my waist. Wearing this skirt in public would cause anxiety because I would constantly be afraid that it would fall down. I’m not sure if the skirt size just ran large or if I may have dropped a pants size because of recent workouts. I’m going to claim the latter even if that isn’t necessarily the case.

Overall, I got a couple of new pieces to add to my vacation suitcase. I look forward to creating fun outfits using my new tops from my sixth Stitch Fix.

If you are unfamiliar with Stitch Fix or are interested in learning more about the details, prices, and additional services check out My First Fix where I outlined the process in depth.

Also, if you are interested in giving Stitch Fix a shot use this link to give me credit for the referral.

Keep it stylish, readers!

The Ameri Brit Mom

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