WIAW #25: We Have a Visitor!

I’m so excited to have one of my best girlfriends from college, Dani, visiting this week. Dani is not new to Los Angeles. The two of us attended USC, and we had both stayed and lived in the Los Angeles area until Dani left LA for Boston last summer. Dani was one of my bridesmaids, and we always have a great time when we’re together. She’s what Andrew calls “good people”.

Dani came prepared with a list of LA restaurants that she’s missed since moving to Boston, so we have a busy week ahead of us. She’s also not bad in the kitchen, so I’m thinking maybe she can help me test out the cheese making kit Andrew gave me for Christmas.

Hopefully that’s a sufficient disclaimer for all of the cheese, bread, and wine you’re about to see in this week’s What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW). WIAW is an unedited look at a single day’s worth of my meals, snacks, and everything in between. Feel free to share something great (or not so great) that you ate today, in the comments!

What I Ate Wednesday 

8:15am – Bulletproof coffee. Standard procedure.

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9:00am – (Rainy) 3 mile run. I knew it would be cold, but I didn’t know it would be wet! (Is that what she said?)

Speaking of rain… our plants are exploding. Plants tend to do really well where we live, I think due to our close proximity to the ocean and all the moisture in the air. I was still surprised to see how much the rain affects them. We had what felt like 15 minutes of rain, and all of a sudden our plants had doubled in size.

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I realize you don’t have before pictures to compare for perspective… so just take my word for it. These plants have exploded.

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10:15am – Power greens smoothie: 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1/2 scoop macro greens, banana, chia seeds, honey, water, ice).

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1:00pm – Veggie panini from The Curious Palate… that I forgot to take a picture of. Dani and I wanted to grab something for lunch that was within walking distance, which unfortunately (and fortunately) didn’t narrow our choices too much. Mar Vista is full of little soup and salad lunch spots that I finally get to enjoy now that I’m working from home. And even moreso now that I have a visitor to play with during the day!

After a little SEO work, a lot catching up with Dani and planning out our game plan for the week, we started to think about dinner.

4 or 5ish – Wine to help get the dinner ideas flowing…

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7:15pm – It didn’t take much to convince me to walk to Pitfire Pizza. Andrew, Dani, and I met our friend Meg for dinner and we all shared a couple pizzas, soup, salad, and a bottle of wine.

Wine at Pitfire Pizza

Pitfire does brick oven mini pizzas, which are each divided into 4 slices, making them perfect to share. And that’s a good thing too, because in addition to a few really great standards (like pepperoni, white pie, and a burrata pie), they feature several seasonal pies at all times.

Pepperoni Pie at Pitfire Pizza

After dinner, we called it a reasonably early night knowing that we had a big day ahead of us with New Years Eve… today! It’s hard to believe 2014 is already coming to a close, but we’ll be ready to ring in the new year later this evening at a friend of a friend’s party down the street.

Have fun tonight, talk to you in 2015!

Amy

Question: How will you be celebrating the New Year tonight? Are you planning to stay in and do something low key, or will you go all out? 

 

As always, you can check out what others are eating at Peas & Crayons.

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stitch fix review december 2014

Stitch Fix #4 Review

I hope you’re ready for some selfies!

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Last week, I mentioned that I received an early Christmas surprise from Stitch Fix. Stitch Fix is an online styling service that sends you 5 hand-picked items to try on in the comfort of your home. When you sign up, you fill out a Style Profile to outline your likes, dislikes, needs, wants, and sizes. A stylist uses your Style Profile to choose 5 items she thinks you would love. You keep what you like and return what you don’t. There is a $20 styling fee that goes toward any items you decide to keep. And if you end up keeping all 5 items in the box, you get 25% off your entire order.

I’ve been using Stitch Fix for almost a year now, and this was my 4th “fix”. Here is my review.

 

1. Callie Denim Jacket (Kut From The Kloth)

Stitch Fix Jean Jacket

 

Stitch Fix Jean Jacket

PASS – I liked the fit and the cut of this jacket, I just… don’t really wear jean jackets. I think the 90’s ruined them for me.

 

2. Sylvan Mixed Material Top (Skies are Blue)

Stitch Fix Mixed Material Top

PASS – Not a huge fan of this one. I’m always drawn to flowy, flouncy (?) tops, but more often than not they turn out to be shapeless and unflattering. These pictures show a lot of wrinkles that I hadn’t even noticed. And at the price point ($48), I had to pass.

 

3. Chaplin Lined Hooded Anorak Jacket (Market and Spruce)

Stitch Fix Anorak Jacket

 

Stitch Fix Anorak Jacket

KEEP – I love this jacket. I love the lining. I love the cinched waist. I love the removable hood. I’ve already gotten a ton of use out of this jacket in the Bay Area over Christmas. A definite keeper.

 

4. Alan French Terry Asymmetrical Zip Cardigan (Market and Spruce)

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PASS – This was another miss for me. In theory, a sporty sweater would be a good fit for my current lifestyle. Unfortunately, nothing about this cardigan worked. I didn’t like the color and it wasn’t flattering from the front, side, or back (thank you, Andrew, for your honesty). Pass.

 

5. Amalia Pull-On Skinny Jean (Just Black)

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PASS – These pants are basically leggings that look and feel like jeans (maybe they are jeans?). They don’t have a zipper or button closure, so there’s no “bulk”, which I liked. I just couldn’t justify adding another pair of black pants to my existing collection of 5,000.

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Overall

I only kept one of the five items in this fix, but I’m really pleased with the one I kept. It’s not something I would have ever sought out myself or thought to try on in a store, so I’m really glad my Stitch Fix stylist included it.

 

Bonus item: Knit hat, designed and executed by Andrew’s mom, Margie. (Matching scarf not pictured.)

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DEFINITE KEEP – Margie has more talent in her knitting needles than anyone I’ve ever met. This hat is knit from the softest, smoothest yarn. I love it. I’ve been wearing it, and the scarf, around the house nonstop. Thank you, Margie. 🙂

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That’s enough of my face for one day. Have a great Tuesday, everyone.

Amy

Bye Felicia
Bye Felicia!