Stitch Fix Day #2 [Warehouse + Photo Shoot]

And then it dawned on me a whole month later that I still haven't posted about the rest of my time at Stitch Fix. Today I'm here to rectify [totally awkward word] the situation. On the second day in San Francisco, we were taken to the Stitch Fix warehouse, also commonly referred to The Hizzy. This place is both ginormous and amazing. It was like Heaven for clothes. Except these clothes weren't dead, they were fully alive and sparkly and plaid and striped and colorful and OMG I NEEDED THEM ALL. What I forgot to warn the ladies at Stitch Fix of is that I am that girl who walks into a store and can't keep my hands off of everything that I am not supposed to touch. My husband and friends who follow the rules adore this about me ;) Needless to say I tried my best to not get all touchy feely with what was surrounding me but it was hard. Here are some photos of our time at the warehouse, get ready to feast your eyes on the goodness that abounds.

While there we were given the opportunity to put together an entire fix from start to finish. This meant running [literally] up and down the aisles to find all of the five items, to folding all of the items, to wrapping them up all pretty with tissue paper and stickers. I have never felt more incapable of a job in my life. Whoever said folding clothes and then wrapping them up in tissue paper is easy is a liar and we all know where liars go.

After our adventures at The Hizzy, we were taken away for our afternoon activities which consisted of getting our hair and make-up done for a classic Stitch Fix photo shoot. It was a rough day let me tell ya ;) Have any of you experienced the greatness that is the The Dry Bar? We don't have these masterpieces in Indiana but genius I tell you. Walk in, wash your hair, and then they style it however you so desire. I could get used to that treatment.

And then it was time to act like I knew what I was doing.

jen // kilee // natalia // molly // jill // veronika 

That day at Stitch Fix is certainly one of the best days I have had in my 28 years of life. Thank you ladies of SF, ya'll made this girl get to live out her confetti emoticon dreams. 

ps. if you haven't tried out Stitch Fix but are wanting to give it a shot, you certainly should. you can start by filling out your style profile here, I promise you...you won't be sorry. 



What The World Needs

This weekend was full of celebrating a few of our friends accomplishments -- the people who had a dream + balls + passion and made it all happen. I think I have mentioned here before how inspiring it is to watch somebody live out their dreams and how it ignites all sorts of happy feelings on my insides [similar to what Jake Owen does to me] but truly, it's wonderful. One of my favorite quotes is "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." Thanks Howard Thurman for those wise words. Anyhow, that quote just kept ringing in my ears as we rocked out at our friend's album release party [download A Great Place To Start by Eric Lee Carpenter on iTunes or Spotify now] and as we drank another one of our friends homemade beer at his brand new brewery [south bend brew werks, check it]. 

It obviously all makes me question what in the heck I am doing with my own life [aside from watching Sex and the City] and makes me pay a little more attention to what I am doing today to get me to where I want to be in three months, three years, and thirty years from now. I guess there is only one problem with all of this...I don't really know where I want to be. Blogging? Perhaps. Working full-time? Maybe. Kids? Don't know. Living in the same house? Gosh I hope or my husband will murder me if we move. Eating macaroni and cheese, drinking vodka, and telling myself I need to be working out? Absolutely. 

So I guess I have a little bit of an idea of what I'll be doing. 

But really, it all has me kinda curious and more tuned into what my passions are. It has also made my stomach hurt because hello, figuring out life is a little bit ulcer inducing. As of right now here is what I have discovered that makes me come alive: 

+ searching the TV every morning for movies that I can record that day

+ moscow mules 

+ watching Eric Church in concert and trying to out-sing the drunk boys next to me [thank you Malibu Rum for scratching another #BestSummerEver item off my bucket list]

+ posing with lions. raaaaaaaaaawr.

+ my new keurig 2.0 brewer

+ bacon aioli sauce on top of a cheeseburger

+ really really really soft pajamas

+ popping champagne bottles

+ mocking people

+ reading every Emily Giffen book possible

+ ballin' outta control

And that pretty much covers it.

As you can see, I've got a bright future ahead of me. Stay tuned to see what I do with all of these passions. I foresee a lot of weight gain, good times, and late nights on the couch in my near future.




Wedding Anniversary "Costumes"

Is it just me or is anybody else totally unmotivated to do anything with your life this week? You're right, it's probably just me. I blame rainy days, margaritas, and 8 year wedding anniversaries. It should be noted that we ate at a Japanese steakhouse for our anniversary last night and my hair still smells like egg yolk. It should also be noted that I was asleep by 8:30 on our anniversary. Basically we are ridiculously romantic and sexy. I showed off my sexy wife skills by trying on Halloween costumes last evening too if you catch my drift. No but literally, I did. This dinosaur one was the hottest by far. 

Dang Shawn is lucky. Anyhow because it is almost my bedtime [nearly 8:15] I'm going to leave you with the one and only Jackie from Our Nashville Life. She is funny, she is new to the scene, and SHE IS GIVING YOU ALL A BRAND NEW CAR. Be sure to get to know her a little bit better below and then go pay her a visit

1. Food is my ultimate love. If you could eat three things for the rest of your life what would they be?

This is probably the easiest question in the world for me because I love food. I would pick fresh fish, a perfectly cooked medium-rare filet, and salads. Give me all the salads.

2. I am a total social media junkie. Which form of social media is your favorite and why? 

While I'm always on Twitter, I have been in love with Instagram since it first came out. You know what they say, "A picture is worth a thousand words".

3. What is one piece of advice you would give to a blogger just starting out?
Being a newer blogger myself, my advice is to reach out to other bloggers. Comment on other blogs, tweet to other bloggers, and don't be afraid to email bloggers to network

4. Hypothetically speaking, if you were to have a lavish giveaway in today's post where you buy all of my readers love and adoration, what would you give away?
I would want to go all Oprah on everyone and give everyone A BRAND NEW CAR! You get a car! You get a car!

5. Outside of blogging, how do you spend the majority of your time?

No matter what I'm doing, you can pretty much find me spending time with my dog, Marco! 

Goochie goo that dog is precious. Word on the street is that Jackie has a post full of little tid bits of information about her just waiting for you to read. See what I mean? If I read that post correctly, there is a $750 Amazon gift card waiting for you to win. Whoa baby. Now that's worth dressing up as a dinosaur for. 



Before And After: Half Bath

In staying on trend with this week's blog post topics, I figured I would present to you another before and after post from the house. It's the second room we have "completely finished" and albeit it's the smallest room in the house, it's a success none the less. I understand that a half bathroom renovation doesn't contain quite the same excitement that a kitchen remodel does, but when that half bathroom took three quarters of your life to remove the wallpaper it is definitely worth documenting. This little bath is right off the kitchen area and while I am not sure how much it will be used once our other bathrooms get a complete gutting and face lift, it's a nice little option for guests.

Here is what the bathroom started out as in her original state [a real beaut I know]...

And here she is as of thirty minutes ago.

Lets talk details for a minute and hash out everything that happened in this little bathroom. For starters, the wallpaper came down by yours truly. The tile was taken out, the walls were painted, the trim was painted, crown molding was hung, Shawn installed the bead board, I painted it all white, a new toilet was put in, a vanity [for less than $100 from Home Depot] was installed, new towel and toilet fixtures went up [from Menards], some new decor was hung, and wham bam thank you ma'm it's done. The wall color is Watery by Sherwin Williams, the mirror is from Wayfair, the light fixture is from Shades of Light, the rug and towels I just picked up at Target, and the wall decor was random stuff we had from the old house. I think that about covers it. Here are some additional photos of the place. Anybody is welcome to come use our facilities if you so desire ;)



Before And After: The Kitchen

It's finally time to present to you the first "official" before and after post for our new house [you can see the unofficial posts herehere, and here]. I have decided I am going to share one room at a time because 1) It's more fun that way 2) My blog post would be longer than the great wall of China if I did the whole house at the same time and 3) Not all of the rooms are done yet. And by not all rooms I really mean only this one room [the kitchen] is officially "done". And by "done" I mean "done enough". These days done enough is more than satisfactory in my book. As you will see below, we've come a long way. I'll try to reference every thing that I can, but if I forgot something, you have a question, or if you just want to send me a box of macaroni and cheese to cook in my new kitchen, feel free to do so. I'll gladly answer [and receive] any questions or presents you may throw my way. Let us begin.... 

When we took possession of our 1960's home, the kitchen left a lot to be desired. It was this really small, really strange space. For starters, you had this boxed in little area with cabinets hanging down from lovely soffits, a fake brick exterior, and then an extra wall of kitchen cabinets which was in what felt like the hallway. Basically it was a 2014 nightmare. 

I had absolutely no idea how we were going to maximize the space and make it feel like a normal, functional, beautiful kitchen. That's when I called in the help of a local kitchen design company, The Design Studio. Thank God for those people. They came out, told us exactly what we need to knock out, what we should add in [helllllllo center island], and then drew up something spectacular for us. 

Within one day of owning the home we had the entire kitchen gutted, the wall knocked down that was separating the kitchen and dining area, and was left with an empty canvas waiting to be filled up with all sorts of goodness. 

This is when things started getting fun again. After a few tweaks at The Design Studio [I obviously added in the beverage fridge, wine cubbies, and liquor cabinet..priorities] we had a space that I knew was going to be perfect for us. And well, I kinda think it is. #hearteyes

And there she is....our brand new favorite kitchen. Time to break down all the details...

Lets start with the paint color -- we went with Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue. Granted you don't see much of it due to the back splash, it is the perfect airy and fresh color. Speaking of the back splash, I am obsessed with how it turned out. For all of you locals, we purchased it from Troyer Carpets [the style is Miles Bliss Glass/Stone, Iceland color] and I couldn't be happier with it. 

succulents and salt/pepper shakers: target 

For the cabinetry I knew I wanted something slightly different. Not stained wood, not painted white, just something different. We decided on doing the perimeter cabinets in Homecrest Jordan style doors in the color Sand Dollar [which is similar to an off white or light grey depending on the light] with a smoke glaze. Again, we purchased these through The Design Studio

On the center island I wanted a slightly darker color so we went with Willow, which really just translates to grey. 
center island light: menards // bar stools: target

Here are two recommendations if you are either building a new home or remodeling -- make sure you get the soft close cabinets and choose plenty of deep drawers in your design. Who knew that a drawer could bring so much pleasure to your life but it absolutely does. Junk, junk, and more junk! There is plenty of room for it all! 

As far as the hardware goes on all of the cabinets. graphite it is. I felt like between the stainless steel appliances and the bronze light fixtures, this was a nice compliment to both. 

Lets talk counters shall we? Again, I wanted two different counters [variety is the spice of life people] so that's what we did. On the perimeter counters we went with a black honed granite. Basically that means it's not all shiny like you typical granite but rather it's matte and smooth as butter. Mama likes butter.

On the center island we decided on a white quartz with some gray marbling. I have never fallen more in love with a piece of stone. 

bowl and pumpkins: target 

As far as appliances go, we went with the Frigidaire Gallery line because guess who hates fingerprints all over things?

What's next? Oh yes, floors. Again for you local folk, we purchased ours at Troyer Carpets and I couldn't recommend them more. We went with the Montage birch distressed hardwood in the color coffee. Partially because I like coffee and partially because I like wood. 

Hands down one of my favorite things about our kitchen is the sink. I know, lame and boring thing to be so excited about but seriously. I insisted that we have a single bowl sink and it's been somewhat revolutionary. For those of you who don't hand wash your dishes, this is absolutely the way to go. It's huge. Do you know how many dirty dishes can pile up in a huge sink? Exactly. Amazing. 

Another favorite in the kitchen is the whole liquor/coffee area. We like to stay well hydrated in the Schrader house and this area ensures we do just that. Moscow mule anyone? 

And that completes the kitchen tour. I hope you all enjoyed your visit and will come back again soon ;) I'm off to go forget the fact that this blog post took more time to compose than this entire kitchen took to come together.

**It should be noted that all of the ceiling you see was installed by yours truly and my husband. 500 pine boards and 40 hours later, we are still married thankfully. It was touch and go there for a minute but we prevailed. There's a whole lotta love in that wood. And cuss words. Definitely a lot of cuss words.**