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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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    A Look Back.

Coffee Talk: Monday Edition.

Happy Monday, friends!  I’m a disorganized mess of thoughts this morning, so I figured I’d just dump it all right here.  And I haven’t done a weekly wrap-up for workouts in weeks, so how about that too?

I’m currently sitting in a coffee shop directly around the corner from our first condo here in Seattle.  It seems like a lifetime ago that we lived there, and yet the coffee shop feels exactly the same.  Weird to think we moved out of this neighborhood when Cullen was just six months old!  It felt like he was part of our time there for so much longer. 


I gloated and smugly told everyone I knew how Seattle was having an endless summer, and how even in mid-October we hadn’t seen a drop of rain yet.  And now it is November, and the rain has been relentless for what has felt like an eternity (but what has actually been like, a week).  And it hasn’t been the typical Seattle misty rain where we all pretend like we don’t even notice it and go about business as usual.  Nope, this has been pelting, big fat raindrops that make me want to drink tea and never leave my house again.  And it looks like there is no end in sight for a while.


Laaaaaaaaaame.  Because the weather has been so gross, I’ve been doing lots and lots of classes instead of running (because I’m a wimp and don’t want to run in the rain).  Although I WILL run in the rain this coming week, since I took a week off – I am committed!  Here’s what I was up to last week:

Monday – 6am barre3 class – I am not a morning person, so I have to reaaaaaally motivate myself to do an early class.  Thank goodness ClassPass has a 12-hour cancellation window, otherwise I’d cancel every single one of my morning classes at 5am.  I saw two friends in class and it was a great start to my week!

Tuesday – evening FlyBarre Sport with my friend Jen.  This is the hardest class I do, and I always approach class with a mixture of fear and excitement.  I was completely spent afterward, and fell asleep as soon as I hit the couch back at home. 

Wednesday – was signed up for Pilates at 7pm, and woke up at 630 am and promptly cancelled that before I missed the cancellation window.  I was so sore from two strength classes in a row, and decided a long walk with the dogs was a better option. 

Thursday – rest day because we had a date night planned in the evening.  Within one hour of our dinner out, we had to turn around and go home because Graham was screaming about ear pain.  Poor guy!

Friday – 6am power vinyasa at Shefayoga with my friend Lacey.  It was a great class and the perfect mix of strength and stretching.  And as much as I hate waking up early for classes, I’m always so much more refreshed and ready to start my day when I do.

Also, saw this amazing yoga tank at two different studios this weekend, and can’t stop thinking about wanting it.  Hoping for a Black Friday sale!


Especially since I already have the coffee version from Brandy Melville.  Which I am actually wearing as we speak. 


Speaking of fun shirts – did I show you the one I grabbed in San Francisco a few weeks ago?  I saw it on the shelf and it had to come home with me.  I needed a souvenir, right?


And just in case you were wondering, yes I am 34 years old and cannot resist buying silly pun tees that are meant for 22 year olds.  No shame. 

Okay where was I?

Saturday – morning yoga sculpt class at CorePower Yoga with my friend Christin.  This is one of my favorite classes, and it’s almost never on the schedule anymore, so I was really excited to find a weekend option.  I was dripping buckets of sweat and had totally exhausted my muscles by the end.  Christin and I went to Healeo for acai bowls afterward (while Casey took the boys to the Science Center), and it was such a fun weekend treat. 


Sunday – pouring rain all day long.  Extreme laziness.  Said I was going to run and then never did it.  I did, however, make us this incredible curried butternut squash and kale soup.  I know I’ve posted a million soup recipes here already, but I’m going to remake this one and share it too.  It was SO good. 


The other Sunday highlight was our first official family movie night – we pulled out the couch and all snuggled in to watch Inside Out.  Holy cow – what an incredible movie!  I did lots of crying and laughing, and both boys loved it.  Not sure Graham actually followed the plot, but he sat there for almost two hours and never made a peep other than occasionally bursting out laughing.  It was adorable and I can’t wait to do it again.  Great way to end the weekend. 


And that brings us to today!  Despite staying up too late last night and then waking up to torrential rain, I was out the door at 530am to make it to my Flybarre 45 class.  I tried a new teacher and really liked her, and now I feel great that my week is already off to a good start. 

I wrote recently about being at a higher weight than I am used to (and that I would necessarily prefer).  And I will say it again – your comments BLEW ME AWAY!  I’d encourage anyone else feeling the same way to read the many long, touching comments from other people in the same boat – it’s so nice to know you (we!) are not alone! 

To add to that just a little bit, I’ve been doing a mix of classes and running very consistently now for over a year, and my weight has not budged.  So for now, my focus has shifted to getting stronger. 

While the scale has perhaps not reflected my hard work, in many ways the mirror actually has – I am much stronger and more muscular than I’ve been in years.  I love growing stronger and being able to push myself harder and perform better in classes.  And so as this rainy season seems to be here to stay, my plan is to continue to work hard in classes and squeeze in a run or two each week too.  I’m hoping this will translate to faster running when I ramp it up again in the spring – we’ll see!  With the holidays ahead, I plan to celebrate and indulge and enjoy them – knowing I’m also staying active and finding a good balance. 

With that said, I can’t believe Thanksgiving is just two weeks away!  I’m still adjusting to the idea that is is November, but it seems like it’s happening whether I like it or not. We are going home to the Midwest for Thanksgiving this  year, and I’m really excited.  It feels like we haven’t been home in forever!  And the kids are finally at an age where I’m not totally freaked out about travel (although I do fear the airplane germs!).

Alright that’s it from me today – off to pick up Cullen at school and go see what Graham has been up to this morning (babysitter reports he peed in the potty – success!).  Happy Monday, guys!  I hope wherever you are it is much drier than it is in Seattle this morning.  :) 

Thursday Fix.

Well hey there, Thursday!  Sure snuck up on me.  This week has felt like pure chaos.  I’m trying to get ready for the boys’ birthdays – very simple this year, but still requires some planning and prep – we have friends headed into town for the weekend, my kids barely nap anymore, I can’t even LOOK at my inbox, and I have kind of felt like a headless chicken for way too long now.

WHEW.  That felt kind of good.  I’ve been trying to write this post for months now, and I finally pulled myself together and actually did it.  I have taken so many pictures of clothes and things that never made it to the blog (because too much time came and went), and gosh darn it and I going to make this one happen.  And the most ridiculous part is – it’s not even a serious post!  It’s a Stitchfix update – hurrah!  Here we go.

I started using Stitchfix almost two years ago now, and in all that time I have written about it exactly THREE times!  Here is my first post, with all the basic info on the service.  And then I did updates here and here, of my first few boxes, but nothing since!  And while I would never ever consider myself to be a fashion blogger, or let’s be honest – even fashionable, I have people ask me all the time if I’m still doing it.  And I’ve gotten many good friends hooked on the service too, so I thought it was high time for an update!

For those who are NOT using Stitchfix – the very brief rundown is that it’s a clothing service where you have five items that are hand-selected and shipped to you for a $20 styling fee.  If you buy anything, that $20 is applied toward the cost of the clothes – so as long as you buy something the service itself is free.  You can read more details on this first post if you are interested in trying it out!  (Also – they are now doing MATERNITY clothes too – so awesome!)

Like I said, I’ve used it pretty continuously for almost two years now, and while I’ve certainly had some things sent that weren’t the right fit or not quite my style, I’ve also received some pieces that have become wardrobe favorites.  Personally, I think the best season for Stitchfix is fall and winter – the jackets, coats, cozy sweaters, and button downs have almost always been keepers for me. 

As a stay at home mom, it’s not like I need to be super fashionable.  And I think my biggest hurdle with Stitchfix originally was making it clear that I didn’t need formal or business-wear.  But I don’t want to live in yoga pants every day (I mean I WANT TO, but…), so it’s nice to have some simple basics that keep me feeling good and looking good.  I always ask for soft fabrics, fun details, nothing fussy or WHITE (hello, stains), bright colors, and no accessories (I almost never wear jewelry and I don’t switch around bags either). 

One thing that I think has really helped me get more of what I’m looking for (and asking for in notes to my stylist) is updating my Pinterest board.  I’m able to tag and pin specific items, and she can send them if they are available when I request my next fix.  Wait until you see the amazing coat I got this time! 

Which brings me to…my latest box!  It was my 29th Stitchfix box, which sounds insane and probably is.  Here’s my style card with ideas for how to wear each piece…

Stitchfix October 2015 by Daily Garnish 

First up – the Marla Bootcut Jean by Mavi ($128). 

Stitchfix October 2015 by Daily Garnish

My stylist said I needed these because boot cut jeans are very “on trend” for fall.  Now I am very rarely “on trend” so I have no idea if this is true or not.  They are super soft and really stretchy and fit perfectly other than being way too long.  I can’t decide if they are worth keeping and hemming?  They are pricey too, but good denim generally is I guess.  Verdict – can’t decide. 

Katelyn Wool Coat by Eden Society ($108)

Stitchfix October 2015 by Daily Garnish

I had pinned this coat to my Pinterest board, and asked for it in my style notes too, so I was beyond excited when it actually arrived.  It is huge and made of really nice, thick wool, and the shape and cut are perfection.

It is big and roomy but the asymmetrical hem is unique and different.  Can you tell I love this??  Verdict – definite KEEP.  Now I just need Seattle to get cold enough for me to wear it…

Stitchfix October 2015 by Daily Garnish

Cassil Roll Tab Top by Skies are Blue ($58)

Stitchfix October 2015 by Daily Garnish

I keep going back and forth on this one – I think it is a teeny tiny bit too small, so I’m leaning toward returning it.  I love the plaid pattern (another thing I had asked for), but I sort of wish it was flannel instead of light cotton.  Verdict – can’t decide!

Oakridge Button Back Knit Top by Market & Spruce ($58)

Stitchfix October 2015 by Daily Garnish

I know that I am keeping this one because I wore it as soon as I pulled it out of the box!  I love the blue color and there is a very thin stripy pattern to the whole thing.  It’s a super soft, wool-like material – so also very warm.  But then there is the back…

Stitchfix October 2015 by Daily Garnish

It has this great open back with buttons, which is such a fun feature.  It requires wearing a tank or something under it, but I usually do anyway in the colder months.  Verdict – KEEP!

Rees V-Neck Blouse by 41Hawthorne ($54)

Stitchfix October 2015 by Daily Garnish

One of the other things I’d asked for was something mustard-colored – so quintessentially fall!  This is a nice thick, silky material and seems really well made.  I’m just not really sure when or how I would wear it.  It’s definitely not daytime wear with the kids, and on dressier nights I usually wear dresses.  But I don’t have anything like it, so could be worth keeping?  It’s more money than I’d usually consider spending on a sleeveless shirt too.

Stitchfix October 2015 by Daily Garnish

I added a scarf and cardigan to see how it looked styled for the current season, and I liked it a lot better!  Verdict – another can’t decide!

What do you think I should keep – any opinions??  For those of you who are using the service too – any great recent pieces I should request?  And is this something that’s actually interesting to read?  I always hesitate to share much of these, since I don’t want to annoy people, but I LOVE seeing other people post what they get each month. 

It’s a  always a good day when a Stitchfix package lands on my doorstep!

I am not affiliated with or paid by Stitchfix, and all opinions are my own.  The link included is my affiliate link, which gives me a small credit if you decide to sign up!

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