Stitch Fix No.3 Review

stitch fix review no.3 ^ brettandrachelplus
Spoiler Alert: I kept everything! Everything, I tell ya!!! I loved the stuffin’ out of every item I got this Fix. If you aren’t familiar with Stitch Fix, take a look-see at my earlier post about how it works. They even have maternity styles! (Say what??) Since it is fall and I’m not super thrilled with what the Gap has been dishing out clothing-wise for women recently, I went ahead and ordered myself another Fix. I’ve also been in a clothing rut in regards to work clothes. It hasn’t been terrible, but I needed a new blouse. That’s one of the handy things about Stitch Fix; you can mention what kinds of clothes you’re interested in or if there is an event you’re needing an outfit for. They’ll listen and accommodate! (Shameless plug: try it out and use my Referral Link! I’ll get $25 credit and you’ll get awesome clothes!)

Anyhoo, onto what I got!

Item No.1 ^ Pixley – Bixby Bird Tab Sleeve Blouse $48

Pixley - Bixby Bird Tab Sleeve Blouse ^ brettandrachelplus 

Pixley - Bixby Bird Tab Sleeve Blouse ^ brettandrachelplus

This blouse is so cute! I love the hummingbird print and how soft and lightweight it is without being sheer. I don’t have a blouse like this and I love how it adds some more variety into what I’ll be wearing to work. Plus, aren’t the sleeves adorable with the cuff and pearl button?

Keep!

Item No.2 ^ Look By M – Timber Vintage Plaid Infinity Scarf $34

Look By M - Timber Vintage Plaid Infinity Scarf ^ brettandrachelplus 

Look By M - Timber Vintage Plaid Infinity Scarf ^ brettandrachelplus

The texture, dahling! The TEXTURE!

I lurrrve this scarf! I love the vintage pattern and colors! It is so snuggly and soft. I am really looking forward to wearing it a ton this winter. As a matter of fact, I’ve already worn it once. It got to be over 80 outside and I ended up taking it off, but it was great inside!

Keep!

Item No.3 ^ Market & Spruce – Colibri Plaid Printed Tab-Sleeve Shirt $48

Market & Spruce - Colibri Plaid Printed Tab-Sleeve Shirt ^ brettandrachelplus 

Market & Spruce - Colibri Plaid Printed Tab-Sleeve Shirt ^ brettandrachelplus

I had mentioned in my Fix notes that I was interested in some flannel. This shirt isn’t made of flannel, but I love the print. it is very soft and will be great for layering.

Keep! 

Item No.4 ^ Just Black – Dean Skinny Jean $78

Just Black - Dean Skinny Jean ^ brettandrachelplus 

Just Black - Dean Skinny Jean ^ brettandrachelplus

These ankle length jeans are so soft and comfortable! I have a pair of red shorts, so I’m super excited to have a pair of red jeans for the fall. The zipper detail is super cute! Plus, there’s real pockets, which I appreciate.

Keep! 

Item No.5 ^ Market & Spruce – Denver Cable Knit Elbow Patch Cardigan $58

Market & Spruce Denver Cable Knit Elbow Patch Cardigan ^ brettandrachelplus 

Market & Spruce Denver Cable Knit Elbow Patch Cardigan ^ brettandrachelplus

Market & Spruce Denver Cable Knit Elbow Patch Cardigan ^ brettandrachelplus

This cardigan is the thing dreams are made of. It is so incredibly soft, the color is amazing, and the details are spot on for a snuggly fall sweater. It is structured enough to be flattering, but not so tight that it is uncomfortable. Love this cardigan!

Keep!

Overall, this Fix was very fun to get, try on, and write about! Definitely my favorite one so far.  Plus, originally it was all $266, but with some referral credit and the buy five discount of 25%, I ended up paying just under $150 for it all. Not too shabby.

So if you’re itching for some cute clothes and don’t want to go out shopping, sign up using my Referral Link! I’ll get credit, you’ll get clothes. Win win!

P.S. I’m not getting paid to write this.

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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Creamer ^ The Best Thing EVARR!

homemade pumpkin spice creamer ^ rachel cooks brettandrachelplus
So it is Pumpkin Spice everything right now. And you know you love it. Even those fussy, “I’m not going to eat anything pumpkin spice flavored because everyone is right now, and I want to make people think I’m so different and original, but I secretly love pumpkin spice and every day I don’t eat it to make a point, I get sadder and more bitter at life” kind of people. And so like anyone who is true and authentic to themselves, those who want to appear original with minimal effort (ho ho ho…), I went on Pinterest (last year) to find myself a homemade pumpkin spice creamer. Because, you know, that’s how you do.

PSL Pinterest ^ homemade pumpkin spice creamer brettandrachelplus

I like the suggestions given to refine your search. #nailedit

My story begins there. Last year. Oh, if only I could go back and warn myself. Of the deliciousness. Sweet, sweet, pumpkin spice deliciousness. Golly gee, it was so rich, creamy, sweet, pumpkin-y, spice-y. I did not want to share. So I didn’t.

The recipe made a bit more than a mason jar worth and I naively brought that whole mason jar to work. Because what could be better than a whole jar of homemade pumpkin spice creamer at work?! It was pumpkin spice heaven. For most of the morning. After about 3 cups of coffee and approximately one third to one half of the jar later, I was wired like none other. I’m guessing it was due to the fall spirit it puts you in. I really needed to go to a bonfire right then, but I was at work and I didn’t think accounting would have appreciated me burning papers to get my bonfire fix. Needless to say, I had a massive crash in the afternoon and decided I needed to stop drinking that sweet, sweet elixir.

pumpkin spice creamer ^ rachel cooks at brettandrachelplus

This year was different. Learning from past mistakes, I divided the creamer into four smaller mason jars and gave three of them away to those in my LTG. I also did not take it to work with me, but I did put some in my morning, going to work coffee.

If you’re interested in partaking in this deliciousness, please indulge your eyes and keep reading!

pumpkin spice creamer ^ rachel cooks at brettandrachelplus

I think there’s a rule that you’re obligated to stand next to a mum and a pumpkin or two while drinking your pumpkin spice coffee.


Pumpkin Spice Creamer

  • 1 1/2 cup half and half, divided
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup pure pumpkin
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk

In a medium saucepan, whisk together 1/2 cup half and half, the spices, and pumpkin puree. Simmer over a low heat 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely.

When cooled, whisk in the remaining half and half and sweetened condensed milk. Pour into mason jars.

Keeps up to a week in the refrigerator. SHAKE IT before using.

Try not to drink it all up at once.

(recipe adapted from shugarysweets.com)

Historical Breakthrough ^ Make Instant Pudding Taste Like Homemade!

You guys.

I made a discovery. About pudding. An amazing, wonderful, tasty discovery.

So you know how instant pudding just tastes different than homemade? Because you just can’t get that kind of delicious from a box. Right? Wrong!

My discovery was discovered like most discoveries, being resourceful when you don’t have enough milk to make instant vanilla pudding. What you do is instead of using just milk, you use milk and . . . half and half! (yeah, yeah. . . Half and half is fatty, high in calories, blah blah. Well, you’re eating pudding. It isn’t exactly a health food. Life is short. Eat full fat dairy.) I didn’t bother with it at the time, but I bet it would be even tastier if you added a bit of vanilla extract or if you were super fancy, a bit of vanilla bean scrapings. But I’m not that fancy. Nor do I keep vanilla beans hanging around. I don’t cook for the queen, sheesh. I just cook for Brett and Baby Boo and they don’t care if I have vanilla beans on hand or not.

make instant pudding taste like homemade ^ brettandrachelplus

Yes, we do buy half and half by the half gallon, thank-you-very-much.

What I did was grab a box of instant vanilla pudding and replace 1/3 of the milk with half and half. Make it just like how the package tells you to. Except you really don’t have to whisk it as long as they tell you. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

You get is much tastier, creamier, homemade-ier tasting pudding. All in 5 mins. I will say that even though it is way closer to homemade pudding, you still need to go the long route if you want that kind of delicious.

Also, I do plan to fill everyone in on Miss Boo’s birthday party, but I’ve been sick and pretty much everything was put on the back burner.