Sunday, March 30, 2014

Recipe Reblog: Mini Coffee Cake Muffins

Hellllooooo! Only one more day in this month. I will be happy to start anew in April. But, I forgot to share this recipe with you so here it is today.

Mini Coffee Cake Muffins: A few weeks ago, my family gathered for a brunch birthday party. The celebrant? My grandma. The age? 95. NINETY-FIVE! She is one special lady. We had a brunch party because 95 year olds don't party late into the night, you know? She didn't want to give up her champagne glass though. I wonder where I get that from?

My contributions were Coconut Banana Bread (delicious) and these muffins. I wanted mini ones because I thought that would be easier to pop in your mouth among the other offerings on the buffet table. This recipe comes from Martha Stewart. It mixed up relatively quickly with ingredients I already had on hand. The one thing I'd change is that the batter didn't have any cinnamon in it. The crumble on top was the most coffee cake-y part of the muffing which was tasty. I would have liked to have tasted that crumble throughout the muffin as well. Next time, I'll mix a little something extra into the batter.

ENJOY your Sunday!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Beer Me: Southern Pecan

It may still be March, but the summer beers are tipping their toes onto shelves and taps all over the place. The spring beers have been out for awhile but I have yet to really try any of those either. Instead, today for you I have a warming brew since it's still quite cold here in Ohio.

This is Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale from Lazy Magnolia Brewing out of Mississippi. I'm not sure I've ever had a Mississippi beer before so here we are.

From their site: "Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale is the first beer in the world, to our knowledge, made with whole roasted pecans. The pecans are used just like grain and provide a nutty characteristic and a delightful depth to the flavor profile. This beer is very lightly hopped to allow the malty, caramel, and nutty flavors shine through. The color is dark mahogany. Southern Pecan won a Bronze Medal in the 2006 World Beer Cup in the Specialty Beer category."

This was very nutty and toasty with a little sweetness to it as well, heavy on the pecan flavor. I find I like nut browns more and more lately. Lighter than a porter or stout but just as warming. At only 19 IBU's there was no bitterness to it at all, which I appreciated. At $8.99 for the 6-pack, this was a good buy as well. If you like brown ales, you won't be disappointed with this one.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Blouse It Out

Well, well, well. It’s nice to see you again, sewing machine. Been awhile. I hope you’re not mad at me for being absent. I just haven’t been feeling all that creative lately. I’ve also been in a slump where my projects always seem home sewn to me. I see them hanging in my closet and think, “People will definitely know this is not store bought, and not in a good way.” That has deterred me from sewing for the past few months.
Since I was recently gifted lots of fabric, I decided it was just the kick in the pants I needed. I scoured my stash of patterns, most of which I’ve not sewn yet. Looking for a blouse of sorts, I settled on Simplicity 2725 from the Project Runway series.

 I have made the dress in  before which you can read about here.
A week or so before I wanted to wear it, I set to work cutting out my pattern pieces. Even though I’m typically a medium, or size 10 in a top, I cut this in a generous 12. Nothing worse than thinking you’ve measured properly, cutting and sewing an entire garment just to find out it doesn’t fit. Perhaps I’ve learned my lesson one too many times on that? Time will tell.

This is a fabric type I’ve never used before. It was a bit troublesome but by the end of the project we were smooth sailing. I had grand plans for embellishment around the collar but ran out of time. I wanted to debut my top at a family dinner. The embellishment involved hand sewing. Ain’t nobody got time fo’ dat, at all! In the end, I decided to keep it simple. The pattern gives other options at the neckline for pleats or a jabot. No time for that either!

The sleeves are my favorite part. Admittedly, I did take them in a bit so they weren’t too flouncy but the body of the blouse I left pretty much the same. You are supposed to install a 20 inch zipper down the back. Who wants a blouse with a super long zipper? And more importantly, who has time to put in a 20 inch zipper when you’re staring down a deadline? Concerned that the zipper might pucker the fabric, I settled on a simple hook and eye closure. Worked like a charm!

The main thing that slowed me down on the project was that I used French seams. With French seams, you sew wrong sides together first on each seam and then you fold it back, right sides together, and stitch again. This hides the seam allowance and makes it look a lot more professional for those of us who don’t have sergers. I LOVE the look of French seams but they are a pain in the rear. You are essentially sewing your entire garment twice. The seams were especially painful when I sewed both sleeves to the bodice incorrectly. Twice. Making a different mistake each time. That was super fun.
Oh, also the time that my darts were totally uneven making one boob look like it was 3 inches higher than the other one and both were pointy. WHEEEE!!! Nothing like a lopsided lady to impress. Darts are my least favorite feature of any project. I have never sewed one and met a pleasant outcome. I saved myself a lot of heartache and just unpicked those stitches very carefully. It didn’t need them anyway. Thankfully.
What do you think? It’s sheer enough that I wear a tank top underneath but you can’t even really tell it’s there.
I’ve decided it’s better to wear this tucked in, even though it’s tunic length. Even belted, it adds a bit of unflattering width in the hips.  Luckily, I like it tucked and bloused. Oh man. The use of the word bloused there just took me screaming back to every dressing room I ever visited with my mom and her saying, “Just blouse it out a bit.” What a look!
I’m so glad I pulled this pattern out once again. It came together relatively well, especially if I hadn’t made those mistakes. I probably could have finished this in about two sessions if I skipped the French seams too. However, because of those seams, that no one will ever see but me, people will think I bought it at a high end boutique, right?

Maybe my sewing mojo has returned? Quick to find another project before it leaves me again!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sugar, Sugar

I used to think I had a sweet tooth. I love sweets. Most especially cake. Lately, I’ve realized I have more of a salty tooth (is that a thing?) While I love sweets, I usually crave savory. For this reason, I didn’t think this sugar detox John and I have embarked upon would be that difficult. I was wrong.
Every night, without fail, we have some sort of dessert following dinner. It’s usually “healthy.” Meaning ice cream that I made with skim milk and lowered the sugar content. If it’s not healthy, it’s smaller. Meaning one or two of the girl scout cookies we just snapped up. But, there is dessert, nevertheless. This doesn’t seem detrimental but it’s a slippery slope.
A couple weeks ago, I was recanting a sugary binge we embarked upon to a friend and grew more and more ashamed with every Peep, jelly bean, cookie, frosted cookie and ice cream treat I listed. I couldn’t believe the amount of sugar I had consumed in 48 hours. Then, I went and did it again the next weekend. Cupcake, cake (twice), donuts, pastries. What is wrong with me!?
Couple that with the few weeks I wasn’t able to work out due to a health issue and we have a serious situation on our hands. Luckily, or unluckily, John is in the same boat. While he was still able to work out, he replaced all of those burned calories with just as much sugar consumption.
We decided to do something about it. SUGAR DETOX.
Two weeks. No added sugar. No regular foods with more than 10 grams of sugar already in them. It sounded simple enough for me. I don’t drink coffee anymore (3 months in!) and don’t sugar my tea. I don’t really eat sweets throughout the day whereas John’s office has candy, pastries, cookies, etc. around every corner. It seemed like I would just be giving up the nightly dessert. I could probably do that.
Let me tell you. This is tough! My effort has been easier than John’s who I think is having actual sugar withdrawal. Headaches, light-headedness and all. I guess that shows how much he was really eating.
It’s our hope that these two weeks will reset our brains when it comes to sugar. For John, no more snacking at work is the biggie. For me, there are plenty of nights where I am not even hungry for dessert but eat it anyway purely out of habit. I often don’t finish dinner until 8:00 pm. Because I go to bed at 10:00 pm, there is no need for me to continue eating in those remaining two hours of wake.
Fingers crossed that the weight I gained on our cruise in October, kept on through the holidays, and is still with me, will start to go away soon. I can now work out again but need to kick it into high gear. I suppose I’m only telling you all of this to keep myself accountable. Maybe I’ll inspire you to kick your sugar habit. Not a bad idea, right?
I’m sure you’ve seen the news stories and articles that sugar is so much worse for us than everyone thought and that we are all eating way more than is normal for humans. I don’t drink pop at all but was shocked to find my skim milk even has 11 grams. I’m still drinking that even though the threshold is supposed to be 10 g. It’s everywhere! You  know what has zero sugar? Pickles! I love pickles which I guess should prove my salty tooth theory.

Anyway….this has become quite rambly. I encourage you to see how much sugar you’re eating throughout the day. The answer might shock you into your own detox.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Something We All Should Do

This weekend I did something I haven't done in at least 15 years. I went to a birthday party at a roller rink. It was just as amazing as I remember, complete with the same smells and sticky furniture that the roller rink of my childhood (Starlight Triple-T) brought me so many Sunday afternoons.

blurry iphone pic

I will say this rink has not seen any upgrades since it was first built probably 30+ years ago. All the paint was chipping. The rink wood hadn't been refinished in quite awhile. I'm 100% sure the skates weren't even sprayed out with disinfectant when we returned them. The bathroom stalls were made of shower curtains that were so close to the toilets your knees pushed them out while you went. And there was just a sliver of bar soap on the sink. No matter. We made the best of it.

John was mildly impressed with my skating skills. More so than he was the first summer we were dating and I bit it in the driveway on roller blades and had to go to the hospital. Don't worry. It was just a sprained wrist. He should have known then that he was signing up for a lifetime of clumsiness. This time, all these years later, I didn't fall at all and was super proud of myself. If only the DJ had played Heaven is a Place on Earth or anything from 80's Madonna, I would have been totally transported back to the days of yore.

The activity started a good conversation among my friends. We may all be in our 30's (heck - the birthday girl was turning 34, lest you think this was a child's party) but we're going to seek out good old-fashioned fun times like roller skating more often from now on. Having fun doesn't have to be extravagant or cost much money at all. I had the biggest grin on my face lap after lap around the rink. I was also belting out all the songs, even though they were pretty bad. Luckily, my friend had rented the rink for her birthday so technically, there were no strangers around. I don't embarrass easily when REO Speedwagon is involved anyway.

I challenge you to find something you loved doing as a kid and do it again. If it's an activity that gets you up and moving, all the better. Those two hours were completely carefree. Something I really need lately. They didn't revolve around food or drinking, a trap that's easy to fall into. It was just good, clean fun. Doesn't that sound awesome? 

So, please go. 


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Beer Me: Noble Rot

At a tasting a couple weeks ago, John and I were presented with an interesting offering from Dogfish Head.

From their site: "The first addition is unfermented juice, known as must, from viognier grapes that have been infected with a benevolent fungus called botrytis. This noble rot reduces the water content in the grapes while magnifying their sweetness and complexity. The second is pinot gris must intensified by a process called dropping fruit, where large clusters of grapes are clipped to amplify the quality of those left behind.

"This is the absolute closest to equal meshing of the wine world and the beer world thats ever been done commercially," says Dogfish's Sam Calagione.

Noble Rot is brewed with pils and wheat malts and fermented with a distinct Belgian yeast strain. It has a spicy white wine body and a dry, tart finish."

This was one of the strangest beers I've ever tried. In a good way. I like wine and beer so why not put them together? I wasn't expecting the effervescence but it was welcome. There was a nice sweetness to it with the grape flavor as well.

I know it was pricey but I can't remember the exact amount for the life of me. Definitely try it if you can find it in a tasting somewhere. It only comes in 750 mL bottles though.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

This was another one of those choices on my Kindle when I couldn't come up with anything else. Having never read anything by Neal Gaiman, I checked out The Ocean at the End of the Lane with no idea what to expect.


Good Reads' Synopsis: "Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Laneis told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly's wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.?"

What I Thought: This was kind of a weird story. I'm still not really sure what I think about it. Having said that, the writing was captivating. The characters were deep. It was just a bit out there for my imagination right now, I guess. Maybe fantasy isn't my thing.

Rating: * * 1/2

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Recipe Reblog: Bailey's Puppy Chow

I have to tell you something you may not like.

I am not Irish and therefore I do not celebrate St. Patrick's Day. To me, it's a non-holiday. This is an unpopular opinion, I am aware. Certainly if the amount of parades that happen across the country are any indication, I am in the minority. But, I have a strict rule. If I don't decorate for it, it doesn't count. My husband and in-laws (along with millions of others), however, really happen to enjoy this day. Because I love them all (my family - not the millions of others), I made this recipe to contribute.

Bailey's Irish Cream Puppy Chow: Can you believe I've never made puppy chow? Truth. I also didn't feel like buying Bailey's just for this recipe so I bought the knock-off, Carolan's. Let me tell you. The Carolan's was delightful! I also bought the knock-off Rice Chex. They were called Rice Bitz, with a Z. I bought the brand of the candy melts though, only because they don't make a knock-off of those. OK, now that we're all caught up. A word of warning, if you're going to double the recipe, as I did, be sure to double the amount of Bailey's or your melted chocolate will not reach the desired consistency. Mine did not turn out as pretty as the picture (shocker), but it was still darn tasty. Use a spatula for mixing instead of a wooden spoon. The wooden spoon was much too harsh and broke a lot of my Bitz. No matter. It was downright tasty, all the same. Just a hint of Bailey's flavor and a festive green color!

You still have time to make this for tomorrow. You know, if you're celebrating and whatnot.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Beer Me: Rhinegeist Brewery

Although they've been open less than a year. Rhinegeist Brewery is quickly reaching cult status. I know this because I had never heard of it and then three people mentioned it to me in less than a week. That kind of buzz makes us drive the hour south to Cincinnati and check it out.

Housed in the old Moerlein bottling plant in Over-the-Rhine, Rhinegeist makes you feel like you're entering a secret club. After spending the morning at Findlay Market, we headed down Elm St. and then up several flights of stairs towards the noises of what could only have been a raucous party. John likened it to the time we followed a woman in Chinatown in NYC in order to buy purses. He was certain we'd be shot or kidnapped. Just like then, I knew better and led the way.

A vast warehouse is filled with long tables, ping pong, cornhole and a bar with a line 30 deep. It may have been 2:00 pm on a Saturday but the music was pumping and the place was packed. You might as well order two pints when it's your turn at the bar, or get back in line as soon as you get your first glass. It doubled in length in the time we were there.

But what about the beer? They had 6 varieties on tap that day. I tried their Panther Porter. It was smooth, not smoky. Just the way I like it. $6.00/pint. They also fill growlers.

John tried the sampler as they're strong on the pale ales and IPA's. He started with a golden ale, Cougar. I liked that one too. Easy drinking and a good workhorse of a beer. Truth, an IPA -- so I hated it but John LOVED it. I cannot for the life of me remember his third selection. The Saber Tooth Tiger is a super popular Imperial IPA but he didn't go for that. I'm sorry! And specially on tap that day, Mastodon, a stormy dark Belgian ale. Holy cats was that good. High on ABV though. Watch out!

Ghosties on Tap

They don't serve food but we brought snacks. You can also have pizza delivered right to your table. The prices were about what we've come to expect with local craft breweries. The sample was $8.00 for 4 pours. We might have stayed for a second round but didn't want to wait in the line.

On Sundays, they have yoga in the morning! Now, I just need to convince John to try yoga.

Why You Should Go: It's an awesome space. The vibe is electric. The beer is delicious. If you're in the area and looking for a new adventure, definitely check them out. There is a parking lot across the street but also street parking all around. They open at noon on weekends....maybe go then to beat the line.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Olive Kitteridge

Perusing the Kindle Lending Library last week led me to this Pulitzer Prize winner by Elizabeth Strout. Critically acclaimed and actually available to borrow? Count me in!


Good Reads' Synopsis: "In a voice more powerful and compassionate than ever before, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Strout binds together thirteen rich, luminous narratives into a book with the heft of a novel, through the presence of one larger-than-life, unforgettable character: Olive Kitteridge.

At the edge of the continent, Crosby, Maine, may seem like nowhere, but seen through this brilliant writer’s eyes, it’s in essence the whole world, and the lives that are lived there are filled with all of the grand human drama–desire, despair, jealousy, hope, and love. 

At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn’t always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance: a former student who has lost the will to live: Olive’s own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse. 

As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life–sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition–its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires."

What I Thought: At first, I wasn't sure what to make of this. The star player, Olive, comes in a bit slow and unassuming in the beginning. As the story unfolds, we learn she is a force to be reckoned with. All of Strout's characters are so well-developed that it feels each could be their own whole story and left me wanting more of them after their little vignette had ended. Although Olive does and says plenty of things that make her wholly unlikable, I think you'll feel differently about her by the end. If you are into beautifully woven, character-driven novels, you'll like this one a lot.

Rating; * * * 1/2

Monday, March 10, 2014

OK, for a Monday

How are we doing today? Did you have a nice weekend? Anyone go shopping and get some good stuff?


-The doctor gave me the go ahead to exercise even though I still have this hole in my back. On Saturday, I ran for the first time in 16 days. It was only 3 miles but it was amazing. I haven't taken that many days off since I starting running 7ish years ago. I didn't really think I would miss it so much. I was wrong. Even though I know it's not true, I feel like I've gained 20 pounds since I was barred from physical activity. Absolutely cannot wait to feel the burn in my muscles again.

-Sadly, the treadmill is sick. The belt is cracking and folding in on itself. The computer goes all wacky with the speed even though you haven't changed anything. My baby is unrunnable! We need a fix-it man, stat.

-John and I had a fun adventure day on Saturday. It could not have been more fabulous. The weather was superb. The company was incredible. More on that later on this week.

-Just recently, I was gifted mass amounts of fabric. We're talking more than 30 yards of about 5 different kinds. There is a blouse going through my machine as we speak. Sewing hasn't happened here for more than a few months. This feels amazing too. Time to start getting back to normal around here. I haven't been feeling like myself lately so I need to work on getting back to me. 

-We are barreling towards the official start of spring and I am thrilled. Today, it will be in the 60's. Sixties!!! It's Ohio so that means we'll have snow at the end of the week but we take these small victories where we can get them.
-If I can just make it through the next 5 days, another super fun weekend will be upon us. A trip north. A 95th (!) birthday party. Family time. Let's do this!

-This cover of To Make You Feel My Love is everything. Listen. NOW. And you're welcome.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Beer Me: Star City Brewing

Believe it or not, the Dayton region is a hot spot for new pop-up breweries. Why so many are coming here is beyond me but we are not complaining! Last weekend, John and I ventured about 15 minutes down the road to Miamisburg and decided to check out Star City Brewing Co.

The owners have taken over a historical location, the Peerless Mill Inn, and given it new life. The exposed beams and what seem to be original stone floor added to the ambiance of an old pub. Actually, I'm quite certain a lot of the fixtures were original. It was a bit dark in there but that's okay. Do you need to see what you're drinking? They have a nice large space and other rooms to accommodate over spill on busy nights.

There are a couple TV's at the bar and what John deemed to be "good music" playing unobtrusively in the background. At 3:00 pm on a Saturday, we were served right away but in the hour plus that we were there, a rotation of about 20 patrons passed through.

Since it was our first time, we wanted to try everything. The barkeep (owner? brewer? either way - he was very knowledgeable and friendly) went over all their offerings and poured us two flights. They currently have seven varieties on tap to enjoy in the taproom or take in growlers to go.

Not in the order of the photo above, we tried: Blonde, Hefeweizen, Irish Red, IPA, Winter Warmer, Oatmeal Stout and Milk Stout.

All the beers were clean and drinkable but there were some definite standouts. The Blonde was a good, lighter beer with crisp flavors. The Hefeweizen was a favorite of John's (I liked it too) and would be very nice in the spring and heading into summer. I was really impressed by the Irish Red. I like Irish style brews all right but often forget about them. This Red had a little something extra going on that I really dug. John liked it better than Great Lakes' Irish (but you did not hear that from me).

The IPA, of course, was my least favorite but John declared it decent. The Winter Warmer was a bit of a disappointment for me. Too hoppy and not wintry enough. It reminded us of Revolution's Fistmas which I hated. I'm sure hop lovers think this one is just fine. Although, we were told that one was on its way out and nearly tapped.

Not surprisingly, the Oatmeal and Milk Stouts were the winners for me. The Oatmeal had a smooth richness to it and was everything I hope for in an oatmeal stout. The Milk Stout offered up a creamy sweetness that I always love. In fact, I had a pint of that after the tasting. What? I wasn't the driver.

Tastings were $1.50/each and the pints were between $4-$5 each. Not bad at all. They don't serve food but we were given pretzels, which I appreciated. You can order from any number of local restaurants and they'll deliver as well, or you're free to bring in your own snacks too.

We are so glad we ventured out to this joint and will definitely return. We can't wait to bring fellow beer lovers who might visit us to try it out for themselves. It's also one of the closest breweries to our house. We like proximity. If you're in the area, or even if you're not, check this place out. It's worth a pint of your time.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Stitch Fix #4

It's Stitch Fix time again, everyone!

I got my fourth Fix last week. It was two days late which made me sad.

But, I also got a hair cut. See what you think in the pictures below! The hair cut is unrelated to the clothing. I just hadn't told you about it yet. :)

Georgiana Cap Sleeve Belted Polka Dot Dress, $98

This navy printed dress is a jersey knit of sorts. I liked the print and the style. I loved that the neckline came up high enough so you wouldn't have to wear a tank top under it.

Unfortunately, they sent it in a 6/8. Never have I ever been a size 6/8. It was also marked as a Medium, which I am. I'm guessing they didn't take the number size into consideration. The top fit fine.

The bottom was much snugger and a less flattering than I would have liked. It was also the most expensive piece.

Verdict: Send back

Ritz Mixed Pattern Front Pocket Knit Shirt, $44

I absolutely adore this t-shirt! Mixing prints is all the rage these days and this one top has three prints all on its own. While I am a bit concerned it might be slightly youthful for this 30-year old, it's too cute to pass up. We'll just pretend I'm a few years younger than my driver's license lets on.

 I think I'll get a lot of use out of it in the coming (hopefully) warmer months. I think it'll look great with jeans, cords, crops, shorts, skirts. Everything!

Feelin' Sassy!
Verdict: KEEP!

Malcolm Heathered Dolman Sleeve Knit Shirt, $48

Last month, I kept a deep emerald green dolman sleeve top in the exact same style as this. I haven't worn it yet because it's been too frigid but I love it. I love this top too but I am in a quandary. I have another one in the exact same style and, I have a different style long sleeve shirt in this exact "print". No joke.

So, while I really like it, I'm having a hard time justifying the cost to fill a hole in my wardrobe that doesn't really need filling.

Verdict: Send Back

Abrianna Long Sleeve Knit Cardigan, $48

 Next up is this green, draped cardigan. I think it's cute but it was already snagging in some spots and the finishing on the seams was a bit wonky.

It just didn't seem like great quality, especially for the cost. Some of these designers Stitch Fix uses could stand to go through a bit more vetting.

The sleeves were rightthere on length and there's nothing worse than sleeves that are too short. Nice length in the back but, meh.

Verdict: Send Back

Esten Button-Up Sleeveless Blouse, $54

Lastly, this bright coral, pink sleeveless top. The quality on this was much better and it wasn't sheer at all, which I was worried about. The arm holes weren't gappy and the length was perfect. I think this could transition really well from spring with cardigans and blazers right into summer on it's own.

The blazer is mine but I look really fat in this picture for some reason. It didn't look like that in the mirror.

Cute with shorts and sandals or skinnies and flats. I don't have anything like this in my closet and the color pop is great.

Verdict: Keep!

Creeper Sadie

Overall, a pretty good fix this time. I'm debating when to schedule my next one. I have a birthday coming up which means other presents certificates to Stitch Fix! Hint, hint. I haven't loved much of anyone's spring lines at the mall these days so we'll see.

Want to see what was included in my other fixes?

First Fix
Second Fix
Third Fix

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