I needed a quick fluffy book to read this week with all of the Christmas craziness going on and I had heard that Losing It, by Emma Rathbone, was amusing, so I thought I would give it a try. This one can definitely be skipped. The main character Julia is a twenty-six year-old virgin, which could be the setup of some hysterical plot points. Julia, however, is selfish and annoying. She goes to live her with aunt Viv for the summer and treats her horribly and attempts to hook up with various guys she doesn’t even know or even care about. I was not impressed with this one.
I finished Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth today, which came out earlier this year. It follows the story of two intertwined families through first and second marriages and the band of six children. The book jumps from the past to the present and in-between. The story primarily follows Franny, one of the children, from her christening party as a baby, which sets off the entire series of events, to her love affair with an older author, to her care of her ailing father.
I found myself thinking a lot about this family and ultimately, how thankful I am that my own family is relatively normal. There were many instances of pain in the family, through multiple divorces and most tragically, the death of one of the children. The book is an impressive character study of this family and I was glad to go on the journey with them.
My husband and I were in the mood for a comedy last night so we decided to watch Bad Moms, which came out earlier this year. I had heard good things about it from a few friends who had seen it, and considering I am in the exact demographic the movie is catering to, I figured it would be a good choice.
This movie is hysterical. Yes, it’s crude, but hysterical. I could completely relate to the feelings of trying to be a perfect mom and sometimes just wanting to leave the kids to their own devices. I really liked the three actresses, Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn and they each handled their roles well. This was a perfect movie for a weekday night on the couch.
I took advantage of Stitch Fix waiving my $25 stylist fee and ordered another box this month. If you are unfamiliar with how Stitch Fix works, you sign up here and fill out your style profile. Once you decide you want a box, you pay a $25 stylist fee, which is then applied to any items you decide to keep. Stitch Fix sends you five different items to try on. If you want to keep one or all, great! If not, you can send them back easily in a prepaid package.
Here is what I got in my box this month:
1. Skies Are Blue Renny Two Pocket Top – $58.00
I love this! I was kind of thinking about getting a plaid flannel for the winter and this one is super soft and fits well. The red is fun for the holidays and I will get a lot of use out of the shirt.
2. Le Lis Stanley Striped Raglan Top – $48.00
This is another very soft item. I like the pocket in the front and the relaxed fit will be comfortable running around during the week with the kids.
3. Pixley Greenich Striped Knit Top – $48.00
This is a cute navy and white top with awesome black leather elbow pads. It’s fitted and quite flattering. Another keeper.
4. Honey Punch Judee Ribbed Hooded Cardigan – $68.00
This cardigan is super cozy and has a fun hood! It’s navy, which is a little different from the multitude of black sweaters that I have. I’ll be able to throw this on instead of a jacket.
5. Liverpool Anita Skinny Pant – $78.00
These are skinny dress pants, not quite leggings and not jeans either. They are form fitting and flattering. Even though I have a pair of black skinny jeans that I love, I will keep these too if only because you get a 25% discount if you keep all five items, essentially making these free.
What a great box this month! I think there has only been one other time that I have kept all five items. I was given a different stylist this time, which maybe made a difference. If you want to try Stitch Fix for yourself, here is a link. Happy shopping!