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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Rent With Infinitely Loft

Happy Thursday!  What are your plans for the long weekend?  I'm off on Saturday for a fun adventure, so be sure to follow along on Instagram.  You won't want to miss it!

How do you feel about renting clothes?  There are several subscription services available, like Rent The Runway, Le Tote and Armoire.  I've been using Le Tote off and on for a few years now, but recently I've had trouble getting seasonal, fun styles.  Everything they want to send me is wintery and boring.

When I saw that Loft was entering the rental game, I decided to give them a try.  I'm a fan of their clothes in general, since their styles are pretty and feminine and fit me well.


My first box had three items, and I loved them all.  This red floral maxi skirt was so comfy, and can be dressed up or down.

This navy floral dress is so pretty and surprisingly soft.  Infinitely Loft has tall, petite, plus, and maternity sections.  I'm glad I chose this dress in a tall, as it hit just above the knee.


The final item was a floral sweatshirt tee, with puffy sleeves and the prettiest print.


Why rent clothing?  For me, it's fun to check out different styles without having to buy them.  Yes, I have plenty of clothes in my closet, but I like to try pieces that I might not normally purchase.

The positives of Infinitely Loft? 

  • The different size options.  There's something for everybody.
  • Free shipping both ways.
  • The chance to buy an item you love, for 50% off.
  • Everything so far has been seasonal.  I'm only seeing spring/summer styles.
  • The ability to start selecting your next box online as soon as you notify Loft that you're sending a box back.
  • Prioritize your top picks, to get them first.
And the negatives?
  • The cost is a little more than Le Tote.  Loft is currently $64.95 a month.
  • Since they're brand new, there aren't a large amount of styles to choose from.  But they seem to be adding new arrivals several times a week.
Have you tried rental clothes?  What did you think?  Let me know if you have any questions...and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Weekend Vibes: Baking and Flying

Here's how I usually operate:  Happy to stay in my comfy home, don't want to try anything new because SCARY and what if I hate it?  I get over myself and do it, fall in love with the thing and the trying, and wonder why I don't just accept all the new things, all the time.  Anyone else with me?

Last weekend was a double header of newness, that started with baking.


Apparently, you're either a chef or a baker.  I'm neither, which makes it especially fortuitous that I married a man who can whip up a gourmet meal in five minutes.  He'd like to learn more about baking, since his grandfather was a baker in Norway, but didn't get a chance to pass on any of his tips and tricks to George.  I was just along for the ride, hoping there would be lots of sampling of baked goods.

King Arthur Flour just moved to our area, and they offer evening baking classes as well as multi day, intensive lessons.  I thought it would be a fun birthday gift for my hubby, and I chose "Hand Pies", even though I had no idea what they were.  But it sounded like there would be eating involved.


The instructor was amazing.  She'd been up baking since 4am, but was enthusiastic about her craft and walked us through everything step by step, with a sense of humor.  I would have been asleep in my pie dough.

Fillings prepped and ready to go.  I was even allowed to help with this part.
Pie dough made, rolled out and cut.  I did NOT get to help with the dough, but honestly, I was okay with that.  BTW, that's a French Rolling Pin and it's the bomb.
Now we wait...and take selfies, of course.
And voila...Hand Pies!!

So much fun, and so delicious.  I would definitely recommend this for a date night, even if you've never baked a thing in your life.  Next up, croissants!

On Saturday, it was time for my birthday gift, courtesy of my older son.  A few years ago we went "jump out of a plane" skydiving, so I've crossed that off the bucket list, and once was enough for me.  

We'd driven by ifly a thousand times, an indoor tunnel skydiving venue, so I was excited to see what it was all about.  Sort of.  


After checking in, we headed upstairs where you watch the action while waiting for your turn.  It looked intense, and nobody in the tunnel was smiling.  But there were little kids flying, so how hard could it be?

Soon we suited up and headed in for the training video, which informed us that shoulder dislocation was possible and quite common.  Earplugs, goggles, helmet, flight suit.  All jewelry, including rings, had to come off.  Yikes.

I almost backed out.  I need both of my shoulders to be located, thank you very much.  As I stepped up for my turn, and felt the crazy wind tunnel, I thought I might pass out.

But once I was inside, being guided by my instructor, it felt wonderful.  The wind is definitely intense, much more so than actual skydiving.  Which is why nobody was smiling - the wind tells your cheeks where to go.  As soon as I got the hang of it, the instructor let go, and I truly felt like I was flying.


It looks like a small space, but below that net it was a long way down.  And also a long way up.

My two minutes were over too soon, but all my body parts were intact.  My hair, however, was another story.  Don't bother with styling before iflying.  This is an adventure I'll definitely try again.  Maybe I'll even learn to flip and soar.  Nah, probably not.

So what did we learn last weekend?  Stop being so comfy, try the new things, and fall in love with excitement, uncertainty, learning, and adventure.  Take a chance and soar.  And eat all the baked goods.


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Copycat Camo

A few months ago, Deena and Abbie shared the cutest little camo skirt from their new shop, Salt and Light Lifestyle.  And I knew it needed to be mine.


Even before it arrived, I was dreaming of ways to style this fun maxi skirt.  But I kept going back to this look by Deena.  I changed things up with a black Paris tee and sneakers and I was so comfy all day.  The skirt has the perfect amount of stretch and can be pulled up or down depending on the length you want.


The queen of camo, Vanessa from Xtremely V, had a few more cute styling ideas.  My favorite was the camo skirt as strapless dress option.  It might be a little short on me, but I'm going to give it a try on the next date night.


If you also need one of these skirts in your life (and trust me, you do), head over to Salt and Light Lifestyle.  And then send me all your styling ideas!

Friday, May 10, 2019

She's My One

We all have a "one."  That person in your life who has experienced breast cancer or who you want to protect from breast cancer.

Twenty years ago, mom was my "one."  I remember the exact moment she called with the news, and how time stood still with disbelief and what ifs.  Although cancer is unfortunately common, it's surreal when it hits so close to home.  I was sure in that moment that I would lose my mother, and I wasn't ready.


We've always been very close.  I'm her first child, the one who made her a mother.  Even though she was young when she had me, she'd been waiting all her life for a daughter.  Life was challenging, but she kept the hardships from my siblings and me, making sure our childhood was joyful and stress free.  After all the times she had been there for us, with her diagnosis, it was now time to return the care.

Luckily, her cancer was caught very early, through a routine mammogram, and the plan was straightforward.  Surgery to remove the breast, and then radiation.  None of us were prepared for the physical and emotional toll treatment would take on her.  I did whatever I could to help, but true to mom's nature, while we were worrying about her, she was worrying about us.  She was strong and resilient, and in the end, very fortunate.

On the 20th anniversary of mom's diagnosis, she currently has no evidence of the disease.  As I approach the same age as mom was when she had cancer, I have a whole new perspective on what she went through.  She was so young, and  I can't imagine receiving that diagnosis today.


Breast cancer is the leading cause of death for women ages 20-59 in the United States.  Luckily, since its founding in 1982, Susan G. Komen has been on the front lines of the fight against breast cancer, and has been making bold, rigorous, and fearless efforts to save lives.  The non-profit organization is helping fight breast cancer along all stages.  From early screening, to support for patients coping with the disease, to working to find critical breakthroughs in breast cancer.  Their new goal is to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the US by 2026.

What a wonderful future that would be, and hopefully someday we'll live in a world without breast cancer.  On each and every Mother's Day, I appreciate my "one," and the blessing that she's still here with us.

Please visit The Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to learn how Susan G. Komen is on the front lines of the fight, and share the story of your "one."

I'm so happy to be a #susangkomen_partner.  Thank you to Susan G. Komen for kindly sponsoring this post.  All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Pink Lady

One of my favorite movies of all time is Grease, and I'll stop and watch if it's playing on TV.  Truthfully, I'm probably more of a Sandy than a Pink Lady, but I did love their satin bomber jackets and always wanted one for myself.  The actress who played Marty lives near me and does community theater, so I should look up the schedule and go see a show!


Even though the temperatures are warming up this time of year, I'm still cold, so I like an extra layer.  Bomber jackets are a great alternative to cardigans.  I purchased this one last fall and can't find it now, but here's something similar.



My favorite part is the embroidered flowers.  There are so many colors you could pair this with, although I decided to go all white in this outfit.  Next time I'll throw Sandy out the window and try it with my leather leggings.

Hope you all have a great weekend.  College boy is on his way home for the summer, so I'm a happy mama!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Strength and Throwing Away the Scale


I'm all about this quote from my friend Deb at Solful Life.  I've finally learned that what I want from my workouts is strength, flexibility, balance, and energy.  The older I get, the more I value the ability to keep doing the things I've always done.

Ultimately, I'd love to be in a place where I never stepped on a scale again.  As long as I'm eating mostly healthy, maintaining a varied fitness routine, and my clothes fit, weight shouldn't matter, right?  A year ago I was totally in that mindset.  Unfortunately, genetics and my doctor don't see it that way.

After being diagnosed with pre-diabetes last fall, the doc asked me to lose 10-15 pounds in an attempt to lower my glucose numbers naturally.  Damn - there went getting rid of the scale.  Just when I'd figured out that "dieting" wasn't the best way forward, I had to go on a diet.  I've had success with Weight Watchers and The Faster Way To Fat Loss in the past, but I didn't 100% adore them.  So I decided to take parts of each and come up with my own program.

The thing that's made the biggest difference in my life?  Intermittent Fasting.  For years we've been told never to skip breakfast, and eat small meals throughout the day to keep our metabolism up.  The problem is that we don't give our bodies a chance to burn the fat we've already stored.  We're just digesting the last meal we ate.  It makes so much sense to me.  

I've been following the 16/8 method.  Each day I eat during an 8 hour window, and then fast for 16 hours.  It takes a little getting used to, but now I can't imagine eating any other way.  And of course I'm flexible - if there's a late event, or an earlier breakfast out with my family, I just adjust my window.

Over the last six months, I've done what the doctor ordered, have lost almost 15 pounds, and now it's time to see if the genetics will be kind to me.  This week I'm having blood work done to see if I'm out of pre-diabetes range. 

And then I'm throwing away the scale.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

What I Wore - April


Last Saturday I spent the entire day purging my wardrobe. I got rid of eight large bags of clothes, including most of the archives.  I tried on everything to make sure it still fit, made some tough decisions, and now I'm left with a closet...that's still overflowing.

Sigh.  I seriously have too many clothes.  But like I told my husband, I love them all!  Still, I think it's time for another shopping hiatus.  I've done them before, with varying degrees of success.  This one won't be a complete ban, but I'm going to be much more selective, and if something comes in, something else has to go out to share its abundance elsewhere.

Which means wearing what's in my closet.  Here's a bit of April...


The month started out chilly, as per Seattle spring standards, so vests and moto boots were still in the rotation.  I love this floral vest from Loft because it's warm and spring-y.


This bodycon sweater dress was donated in the closet purge.  I just couldn't get comfortable in it - I was constantly pulling it down and fidgeting.  It went well with this cute brown leather jacket (similar) though.


Florals, jeans and booties have been my April jam.  This floral embroidered sweater would go with just about anything.


Another item that didn't survive the purge (similar).  It was a little tight on top, and I don't think peplums are right for me.  I did love the colors though.


What I wore on Easter Sunday.  I have a small-ish addiction to white blouses, and this one from Loft is so pretty.  Yellow is a perfect color for spring (similar pants), and floral flats finished off the outfit.


April is finishing off just like it started, chilly and rainy, so I've pulled the tall boots out again.  This striped pencil skirt from H&M goes with everything (I can't find it online, but I've seen it in stores recently) and my Paris top is just fun!

Happy Thursday, friends!  Hope you have a great weekend.

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