Warby Parker | Home Try-On

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I first discovered Warby Parker when walking along Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice last year. I noticed their shop, which is a hip blue building that’s pretty hard to miss, and thought to take a little peek considering I was in need of new frames. I loved how open their shop was and how friendly and knowledgable their staff was about the different frames. I tried a few on and ultimately found my favorite frame. After a quick eye exam I sent off my prescription and received my new glasses within a matter of a week. I wear my new frames all the time and couldn’t wait to return when deciding on prescription sunglasses.

Pictured: Oliver in Whiskey Tortoise

I didn’t have a chance to make it back to their store, considering it’s about an hour or so out of the way from my home in Ventura, but luckily Warby Parker has a home try-on program where you can pick up to five frames (glasses or sunglasses) that will be shipped to you completely for free. This way you can try them on in the comfort of your own home and send them back after 5 days with their prepaid shipping label. If you find a pair you love, you just simply order them online!

I decided to try this program myself and chose five different frames ranging from my go-to styles to a few that I wouldn’t normally pick out for myself. I wanted to play around with the fun and different styles Warby Parker is known for.

I do need your help in deciding which frames look the best, though, so let’s take a peek.

Durand | Whiskey Tortoise

These Durand frames in the Whiskey Tortoise were my absolute favorite the moment I put them on (although I’m not the best model, haha). They sit comfortably on my nose, offer polarized lenses, and come in the same color as my regular glasses. I do love that these frames also come in Woodland Tortoise and Deep Sea Blue if I were looking for the same great frame, but in unique colors.

Definitely one I have my eye on, but what do you think?

Upshaw | Polished Gold

The Upshaw frames are my husband’s favorites on me. They resemble his Oliver Peoples sunglasses I bought him a couple of years ago and are perfect little aviators. They come in this Polished Gold or Jet Silver with blue lenses. I really enjoyed wearing these frames too, but I have a little conundrum about whether or not I should invest in another pair since I have aviators already. However, these would be prescription and a pair I would probably wear most frequently.

What do you think I should do?

Beckett | Jet Black Matte

You can probably tell from my face in this photo that the Beckett frames are my least favorite. Although they have the rectangular frame I like best, they just didn’t ‘wow’ me when I put them on. They’re sturdy like a pair of Ray Bans but I’m not terribly sad to be sending these back.

What do you think? Am I being too hard on Beckett?

Raglan | Pearled Tortoise

I chose the Raglan frame because it was a ‘staff pick’ on their website as well as I loved the pearl tortoise color. The frame itself is different from what I would normally pick out for myself but I found them fun to wear. This frame comes in a fun rose color called Himalayan Salt, which might  be another fun color to try next time.

Thoughts?

Downing | Jet Black

These Downing frames are another ‘staff pick’ and I was surprised to see how much I liked them. I didn’t think I was going to because of the rounded frames (I typically look best in rectangular). I did like that these are very different from any other frame I’ve owned and liked the black color. This frame also comes in a Matte Black with gradient lenses and Walnut Tortoise, which are both pretty sharp colors.

How do you feel about these unexpected frames?

 

I am excited to pick out a new pair of sunglasses and I love how affordable Warby Parker makes it for me. They also make it insanely convenient to shop as well, which is a huge plus! This home try-on was a lot of fun and I’m curious to see which frames you all like best! Also, don’t take my word for it! Select your five frames for free today!

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Styling With Stitch Fix | February + Gift

Styling With Stitch Fix | February | theprimarilyinspired.com |

Referral links are used within this post, but all opinions are 100% my own.

This month was a fun fix because my amazing stylist, Whitney, was able to find a number of pieces that I have had my eye on for a while. Due to the weather beginning to feel a lot like spring during the day I am in need of new knitwear both in the form of dresses and tops. My capsule wardrobe already has jeans accounted for, so finding new tops that fit well and are lightweight is the name of my game. I told Whitney that I wanted to begin to look ahead to spring with this fix and she found me the cutest pieces.

Let’s take a peek!

Oh! But before we do Stitch Fix has a gift for you!

Stitch Fix is providing all of my friends (guys and gals!) who use my special link here to $25 off their first fix. This means your first fix is on them! So, if you were ever looking for a time to try it out FREE of cost to you, take advantage of this opportunity today! Just sign up and schedule your fix before 2/21/17 to receive your $25 off!

 

Loveappella – Madras Embroidery Detail Knit Top | ??

Loveappella - Madras Embroidery Detail Knit Top | theprimarilyinspired.com |

I was very excited to see this item in this months fix considering I had pinned a top very similar! It’s sleeveless, which I love because it makes layering easy without a fear of getting too hot. The material is super soft, another quality I really enjoy. My wardrobe palette tends to stay pretty neutral so I like the prospect of adding something with a pop of color. The embroidery detailing adds a fun touch to the top and makes it unlike anything else I own. I do wish the top was a bit more flowy or lightweight since it’s slightly more snug than I was expecting. Nonetheless I enjoyed the top – just not sure whether or not I want to keep it. What do you think?

Loveappella - Madras Embroidery Detail Knit Top | theprimarilyinspired.com |

Loveappella - Madras Embroidery Detail Knit Top | theprimarilyinspired.com |

Paired my top with items from previous fixes for the complete SF outfit! This Pixley open cardigan was from one of my maternity fixes (and received it in burgundy in November), these jeans from my very first fix, and the shoes were included in this month’s fix!

Staccato – Alun Woven Hem Knit Top | KEEP

This is by far my F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E top because it takes the peplum and opens it up just a bit, which makes me feel 100% comfortable and confident when wearing it. The shirt overall is billowy but fitted in the arms and bust, which is a perfect fit for me since I’m looking for pieces to hide my trouble areas, but are still cute for spring. I also love this top because it covers my tattoos, so it would be a fun top to wear when heading back to work in the future.

Staccato - Alun Woven Hem Knit Top | theprimarilyinspired.com |

Staccato - Alun Woven Hem Knit Top | theprimarilyinspired.com |

Apologies for the wrinkles as it’s straight from the box!

The back is just as flowy and the lightweight material makes it the perfect top for this transitional spring weather we’re having.

Le Lis – Kano Textured Knit Dress | KEEP

Whitney did a fantastic job finding me this textured knit dress as it was one of my favorite pins from my style board. I’m loving the deep blue color and the fit is exactly what I requested. I paired this dress with my favorite knit cardigan from my December fix. The length is modest, the fabric is comfortable and the fit is flattering. What more could you really ask for in a dress? I like that this dress can also be worn more casually or dressed up for more special occasions!

Le Lis - Kano Textured Knit Dress | theprimarilyinspired.com |

Le Lis - Kano Textured Knit Dress | theprimarilyinspired.com |

Le Lis - Kano Textured Knit Dress | theprimarilyinspired.com |

Le Lis - Kano Textured Knit Dress | theprimarilyinspired.com |

Market & Spruce – Nic Knit Dress | RETURN

When I pulled this dress out of the box in this months fix I was excited about the pattern, but noticed the fabric (although very soft and comfortable) appeared to be more fitted than a fit and flare. I asked for fit and flare knit dresses because I needed a lightweight fabric that hugged me in all the right places and hid my tummy without looking drabby. Unfortunately when I tried it on it wasn’t a flattering fit at all. I’m still carrying a bit of baby weight and self-conscious about my midsection and this dress, although cute, didn’t work for me. However, I still wanted to share a few photos to show you all how cute it is!

Market & Spruce - Nic Knit Dress | theprimarilyinspired.com |

The criss-cross of the horizontal lines is flattering, but perhaps on a slimmer frame. I also wished the dress itself was cut more modestly to fall about knee length. When it comes to dresses, especially ones I’d like to wear when going back to work as a teacher, I need them to be longer and not as fitted. However, if you have legs for days and have a smaller frame this dress may be perfect for you!

Market & Spruce - Nic Knit Dress | theprimarilyinspired.com |

Franco Sarto – Alora Strappy Sandal | KEEP

Yes! I was patiently waiting for my stylist to include a shoe in my fix and these Alora strappy sandals were exactly what I wanted to add to my closet. I’m in desperate need for new sandals and Whitney found me a perfect pair. I wore them out the first night of having them and I swear they’re the first pair of new shoes that I didn’t feel like I had to break in or risk blisters all over! A huge plus!

Franco Sarto - Alora Strappy Sandal | theprimarilyinspired.com |

Franco Sarto - Alora Strappy Sandal | theprimarilyinspired.com |

And apologies for the much needed pedicure! #momproblems

Franco Sarto - Alora Strappy Sandal | theprimarilyinspired.com |

Pinspiration!

One of the ways I love communicating my style needs with my stylist is through my Stitch Fix Pinterest board. It gives her a chance to see what styles or particular pieces I’m looking for and writing a quick note tells her what exactly about the photo I love and would like to see in a future fix. Here are a few of the pins I’ve added before scheduling my February fix: embroidered loose tops, knit peplum tops, fit and flare knit dresses, and strappy sandals. As you’ve seen, my stylist picked up exactly what I wanted and came through with some fun pieces to try on!

So if you’re questioning how much your stylist uses Pinterest or whether or not it’s worth having a board dedicated to your style inspirations, question no more!

Styling With Stitch Fix | See how using Pinterest helps my stylist find the perfect pieces each month! | theprimarilyinspired.com |

So, what is so great about Stitch Fix?

Stitch Fix first began as a skeptical leap of style faith. I wasn’t quite sure that some stylist over the internet could really find 5 pieces that would not only fit me, but be looks I’d actually want to wear. For a $20 styling fee I received my first fix and was initially so impressed with how my stylist heard exactly what I was looking for and delivered on it. I still wear a number of those first purchases today (and that was over 2 years ago) and enjoy adding new and fun pieces along the way.

I’ve journeyed with Stitch Fix through the ups and downs of my weight and even through my pregnancy with their maternity styles. Since it’s been a couple of months since my last fix, I was so excited to see that they offer shoes now in addition to a new mens line. This just proves to me that Stitch Fix has a finger on the latest trends, but also keeps the needs of their customers in mind. I can only imaging how they’ll grow and expand into the future!

What about those referral links?

Because I created a free style profile I now have the ability to share my love of Stitch Fix with others. A referral simply allows me to earn a credit of $25, which essentially covers my styling fee for the next time I schedule a fix. Once you create a style profile you are given a special referral link and begin earning your own credits. Why not get a credit for something you use anyways? I am so appreciative to those who use my link because it helps me as a SAHM enjoy the little things. So, thank you.

Don’t forget to you grab your first fix for free during this special promotion!

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Styling With Stitch Fix | January

Styling With Stitch Fix | January | theprimarilyinspired.com |

Referral links are used within this post, but all opinions are 100% my own.

There’s no better day than when ones Stitch Fix arrives in the mail! I was so excited to receive my box and I couldn’t wait to see what my amazing stylist, Whitney, sent me this go around.

I am going to preface this post with the fact that I returned everything. You read that right: everything.

I didn’t receive anything that I felt as though I could keep, or even exchange for a different size, but that’s also the fun of subscribing to this service. I really do enjoy trying on the different styles my stylist sends me – even in the off chance I don’t purchase a thing. At the very least it lets my stylist know what doesn’t work for me and keeps me realistic about all those Pinterest fashions I pin to my style board.

I learned this go around that although I love certain trends, my body type doesn’t lend itself to fit everything the way it’s projected through others’ fixes or pins. Nonetheless, I appreciate Whitney trying to send me some pretty great clothes options and although I didn’t keep anything from this fix, I had fun trying them on.

So, here is my January fix! Again, because nothing (other than the scarf) fit me well I opted to highlight each piece and how I would have styled it. I think it’s important to always highlight the piece regardless of whether or not I kept it. Style is so subjective and if you find a piece you like here today I hope you request it in your next fix! Which fashions do you like best?

Mystree Adelene Scoop Neck Cable Knit Sweater – RETURN

Mystree Adelene Scoop Neck Cable Knit Sweater | Stitch Fix Review | theprimarilyinspired.com |

I really liked this sweater because of how lightweight it was and the cable knit feature along the front. The fabric was super soft and it’s a piece I really enjoyed. I decided to send it back only because the weather is beginning to warm up here in central California and I am no longer in need of sweaters. Perhaps I’ll request this next fall!

Mystree Adelene Scoop Neck Cable Knit Sweater | Stitch Fix Review | theprimarilyinspired.com |

Threads 4 Thought Nessa V-Neck Knit Tee – RETURN

Unfortunately I wasn’t interested in basic t-shirts from Stitch Fix. I already own a few basic t-shirts and therefore I couldn’t justify the purchase. The color was a nice faded blue and the overall feel of the top was very comfortable and soft. My stylist sent it along to be paired with the joggers for a nice comfy outfit, but in the end I just didn’t need another t-shirt.

Threads 4 Thought Nessa V-Neck Knit Tee | Stitch Fix Review | theprimarilyinspired.com |

Hailey 23 Joel Popover Knit Dress – RETURN

This was the dress I had specifically asked for by name and I was so disappointed that this didn’t fit me right AT.ALL. It looks so cute on practically everyone else but at my current weight and curvyness it just didn’t look very flattering on me. I felt like it ran a touch too small, so my recommendation is to request this in a size larger. At the very least if it’s too big when you try it on, but you love it, you can always exchange it for a size smaller and know it’ll fit well.

Hailey 23 Joel Popover Knit Dress | Stitch Fix Review | theprimarilyinspired.com |

I loved the Aztec design of the dress itself and the popover blouse effect is very flattering. I love this feature and hope I can find another dress or knit tops in the future.
Hailey 23 Joel Popover Knit Dress | Stitch Fix Review | theprimarilyinspired.com |

21 Main Emilia Drawstring Jogger Pant – RETURN

I loved the color of these joggers and were exited to try them on. I love my CottonOn pair that I found on Black Friday, so I was curious to see how these would fit. Again, unfortunately these were too small. This was another piece I wanted to like considering I loved the color and the overall fit, but it was just too small. Perhaps I still need to lose a little bit of the lbs or it’s just not a fit for me at the moment. Nonetheless, if you’re slim and are looking for comfy joggers these are for you!

21 Main Emilia Drawstring Jogger Pant | Stitch Fix Review | theprimarilyinspired.com

Octavia Mallory Stripe Infinity Scarf – RETURN

This was a hard item to return because I so badly wanted to buy it! I have a love for scarves and I absolutely love the colors and lightweight-ness of this particular scarf. I had to return it simply because the weather is beginning to shift to spring here in Ventura and I know that I wouldn’t have many opportunities to wear it. So, this will be another item I’ll have to specifically request next fall/winter.

Octavia Mallory Stripe Infinity Scarf | Stitch Fix Review | theprimarilyinspired.com |

Octavia Mallory Stripe Infinity Scarf | Stitch Fix Review | theprimarilyinspired.com |

Octavia Mallory Stripe Infinity Scarf | Stitch Fix Review | theprimarilyinspired.com |

Do Good #GiveBackBox

You may have seen this campaign around, especially with Amazon and other retailers. Stitch Fix is joining the movement to reuse their boxes for good by donating gently used clothing and housewares to Goodwill. Simply take your old Stitch Fix box and fill it with any items you’d like to donate and what makes it extra convenient is that shipping is already paid for.

**another option is to take your items to a nearby Goodwill storefront so you can get the tax deduction slip for every donation you give.

So, what is so great about Stitch Fix?

Stitch Fix first began as a skeptical leap of style faith. I wasn’t quite sure that some stylist over the internet could really find 5 pieces that would not only fit me, but be looks I’d actually want to wear. For a $20 styling fee I received my first fix and was initially so impressed with how my stylist heard exactly what I was looking for and delivered on it. I still wear a number of those first purchases today (and that was over 2 years ago) and enjoy adding new and fun pieces along the way.

I’ve journeyed with Stitch Fix through the ups and downs of my weight and even through my pregnancy with their maternity styles. Since it’s been a couple of months since my last fix, I was so excited to see that they offer shoes now in addition to a new mens line. This just proves to me that Stitch Fix has a finger on the latest trends, but also keeps the needs of their customers in mind. I can only imaging how they’ll grow and expand into the future!

What about those referral links?

Because I created a free style profile I now have the ability to share my love of Stitch Fix with others. A referral simply allows me to earn a credit of $25, which essentially covers my styling fee for the next time I schedule a fix. Once you create a style profile you are given a special referral link and begin earning your own credits. Why not get a credit for something you use anyways? I am so appreciative to those who use my link because it helps me as a SAHM enjoy the little things. So, thank you.

Which items in this fix are you loving the most? What styles do you gravitate towards?

Linking up with Maria.

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The Minimalist Traveler + A Dog & Baby

A Story Of Traveling Minimally + A Dog & Baby | theprimarilyinspired.com |

Making the transition to living minimally has proven to have many benefits. Everything in our home has purpose; our closets are cultivated specifically for multiple outfits with a basic number of pieces, we utilize the space in our small one bedroom apartment, and we never bring anything in without donating, selling, or ditching the things we no longer use.

By living this way it’s helped me reevaluate the way I travel too and this week we’re flying for the first time with not only our baby, but our Murphy in tow as well.

How To Be The Minimalist Traveler

Traveling, even without a baby or a dog, is stressful. There’s getting to the airport in enough time, getting through security, finding your terminal, meanwhile navigating around every other person who is trying to accomplish the very same thing you are. Not to mention bearing those ridiculously long lines to get that essential cup of coffee or to get that last pee in before your flight (thanks to said coffee). Furthermore, the holidays make this an especially stressful task due to the number of people flying the same day you are.

However, traveling with a minimalistic attitude helps cut down on those unnecessary stressors such as fumbling with your (often too many) bags or not having things like your wallet, boarding pass, or keys easily accessible. Simply reevaluating the way you pack can easily eliminate those stressful aspects to traveling.

Here’s how we are flying with two adults, a baby, and a dog all in a duffle bag and a backpack.

Be Prepared

I’m starting with the obvious task here and that’s simply being prepared both with your time and with how you pack. When catching a flight with a baby and dog in tow, timing is of the upmost importance for us. Packing ahead of time and having those key items within reach such as our wallets, I.Ds., and boarding passes will save us so much time in the long run.

Tip For Family/Pregnant Travelers: once you find your terminal, speak to one of the people at the desk to see if you can board first before they call the groups so that you have time to get settled. We do this all the time when we travel with our dog, when I was pregnant, and now even moreso with Greyson. It’s rare that they will ever turn you down.

The Golden Rule of Packing

Whether your packing for a quick weekend or a weeklong trip (like us) it’s important this golden rule of packing: only take the essentials. Leave everything else behind or purchase them when you arrive to your destination. There’s no reason anyone should have to check luggage the size of their body regardless of how long you’ll be traveling for. I used to be one of those people and have since learned how much easier it is getting in and out of the airport when I only travel with my essentials. So, what are these?

Essentials: toiletries, makeup, wallet (even invest in a special wallet case for your phone), phone, devices & their chargers (iPad, Laptop, etc.), clothes, socks, shoes, and anything absolutely needed for the trip or while on the plane.

Even though checking a bag takes it off your hands while navigating the airport, in the end you risk losing it or at the very least standing in the myriad of people attempting to pick it up after your flight. For me, it’s never worth the hassle. By cutting out checking a bag we’re able to quickly move throughout the terminals, board and deplane quickly, and get on the road once we arrive at our destination. It’s all in how we pack that makes this simple even with a baby and dog.

The Backpack Diaper Bag

Traveling with a backpack is almost as great as rolling carry-on luggage – but better. It only requires super packing skills and a determination to bring just enough to fit in the bag. For our trip, we decided that Greyson’s diaper bag will be this backpack. I should mention that we are very fortunate enough to have much of what Greyson will need already stocked at my husband’s family’s house. This really helped us cut down on the number of things that we would have had to take with us on our flight. Anything Greyson would need in addition to what we bring will just be purchased once we arrive in San Antonio.

A Story Of Traveling Minimally + A Dog & Baby | theprimarilyinspired.com |

A Story Of Traveling Minimally + A Dog & Baby | theprimarilyinspired.com |

I am using Ziploc bags to keep his packed items clean and easily accessible in his backpack. I also made sure to pack new toys for the plane so that it’ll keep his interest during the flight.

Nonetheless, packing for baby follows the essentials rule too! We are only packing him items for:

  1. diaper changing
  2. one bottle with enough prepared formula for two bottles and snacks like Puffs
  3. a couple of his favorite toys and books to keep him busy
  4. his infant Tylenol, his favorite Wubbanub pacifier, and lovey

This is in addition to the few outfits and socks we packed for the week and spare clothes for any blowouts that may occur.

We are utilizing our Baby Tula carrier instead of bringing our stroller so that it keeps our hands free and is less to manage once we’re at the airport. My husband will carry Greyson like a backpack, I’ll have his diaper bag backpack on me, then it’s just our shared duffle bag and Murphy in his dog travel carrier. Backpacks are the way to go for anyone who needs to move quickly and at the airport it’s essential to have mobility!

Two Adults In One Bag

A Story Of Traveling Minimally + A Dog & Baby | theprimarilyinspired.com |

Because I’m wearing one of my outfits on the plane, I’m saving so much room in our carry on!

This is when minimalism combined with a capsule wardrobe comes into play and becomes a huge benefit when traveling. Having a capsule wardrobe already in use helps me narrow down just a few items to pack, which includes:

  1. 1 pair of jeans/pants
  2. 3-4 tops including sweaters
  3. my new outerwear jacket
  4. 1-2 accessories including a scarf
  5. 1 pair of shoes (which I’ll wear to the airport)
  6. 1 sleep/loungewear outfit

This also take into consideration what I plan to wear for our flights, which should be comfortable but with practical use too. I also plan to pack any camis, bra, and underwear for the week. We share a toiletries bag, but I do have makeup of which I’ll need to make room for. It really helps when my husband can get away with packing one pair of jeans and multiple shirts and be good for the week – helps save more room for me 😉

A Story Of Traveling Minimally + A Dog & Baby | theprimarilyinspired.com |

Shop this travel look below! My cargo vest and black skinnies are from my recent Stitch Fixes but I have included similar items.

I hope you all have a joyous Christmas weekend and enjoy the company of family and friends! Be sure to follow along with me and my little family on social media!

The Minimalist Traveler: See what tips & tricks I have found to be the best way to fly in one carry on and a backpack with dog and baby in tow. | theprimarilyinspired.com |

What are your favorite flying essentials? What tips & tricks do you have flying with a baby?

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