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Aileen’s First Stitch Fix

Time for another Stitch Fix reveal, but this time it’s not mine.

Today is all about Aileen’s First Stitch Fix! Aileen's First Stitch Fix

As you may or may not have already noticed, I am a little obsessed with Stitch Fix. I get one about once a month and have an absolute blast sharing what I get with you on the blog.

For a good time, check out my first 6 Fixes:

When my BFF Aileen told me she signed up to get her first Fix, I think I was even more excited for her than she was! I asked if she would want to share her first Fix on the blog and she was totally in – Yay!

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So for her first Fix, Aileen asked for lots of fun date night/going out pieces. She wanted some fun dresses for summer that could easily transition from work to cocktail hour and she may have also mentioned her deep love for stripes!

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Aileen got the same stylist I had in my 6th Fix! Love it!

Ok, without further ado, here’s what Aileen received in her first Fix:

Stitch Fix by Jocelyn

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C. Luce Lala Belted Printed Chiffon Dress {$68}

First up is this really fun printed dress. It’s sort of amazing how the bright purple pattern in the front of the dress is completely different than the back. I think it gives a really cool, slimming look. And the bow gives the dress a really great waistline too!
Lala Belted Printed Chiffon Dress

I think Aileen looked gorgeous in this dress – the purple print is definitely her color. This dress is really great for work or play – I love how the style card showed two different looks – a more casual vibe with flats and a jean jacket and a dressier appeal with a cardigan and heels.

C Luce Printed Chiffon Dress

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Velvet Heart Miena Mixed Striped Button-Up Tank {$78}

Next up is this striped sleeveless tank. I think the blue & white is a great look for summer, I envision this looking adorable with white jeans and some funky jewelry. Its also really cute with the teal skirt, shown in the style card – not something I would have paired with it, but it looks really nice together, especially with the cream shoes & handbag!

Miena Mixed Striped Button Up Tank

I thought this was a cute top for the season, but Aileen wasn’t crazy about the look & fit. Also, the price was a little on the expensive side too!

Velvet Heart Striped Button Up Tank

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Dylan & Rose Ruthie Cross-Front Side Ruched Top  {$48}

I loved everything about this top. It has a great shape & fit and its very flattering on. It seemed like an easy piece to dress up or down for literally any occasion – especially a date night!

Ruthie Cross Front Side Ruched Top

I really loved the length of this top for Aileen – she is 5’2″ {I am 5’7″} and this top hit her in a great spot on her torso. It would have been way to short for me, but it looked great on Aileen! This top is simple but I really think you can really do a lot with it!

Dylan and Rose Side Ruched Top

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C. Luce Luella Fit & Flare Belted Dress {$78}

When I think about Aileen & I think about stripes, I literally think about this dress. So adorable, I love the fit, I love the belt, I love the ombre stripes! It’s white, but not too white that you couldn’t wear it during other seasons. I think this would be great with boots & a cardigan and in the fall and maybe a red sweater & tights for a holiday party in the winter!

Luella Fit and Flare Belted Dress

Seriously, I love this dress on Aileen – I think its another dress you can easily dress up or down and wear to work or another fun event. Plus the neckline and the print makes this super easy to pair with a really fun & colorful statement necklace!

C Luce Fit and Flare

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41Hawthorn Mini Circle Bubble Necklace {$28}

And Aileen’s final item in her first Fix is this really cute mini bubble necklace. I love the teal and gold – such a great color you can wear with almost anything.

41Hawthown Mini Circle Bubble Necklace

So there you have it – Aileen’s First Stitch Fix experience. Help her decide what to keep –

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What’s your Favorite item from this Fix?

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Help Aileen Decide

And just incase you aren’t Stitch Fix obsessed {like I am, duh!} – here’s some information on how you can try Stitch Fix out for yourself – Feel free to let you know if you have any questions!

If you do sign up for Stitch Fix {which you totally should!} please use my referral link!

 

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Aileen Runs the Paris Marathon 2011

This weekend my amazing friend, bridesmaid-to-be and original running buddy – also known as Aileen – completed her third marathon in Paris, France!

When she first told me she was going to be running the Paris Marathon I thought to myself “My friend is a ROCKSTAR” followed by “I hope I can convince her to do a guest blog recap of the Paris Marathon for me on my blog!” It’s all about priorities people!

Aileen has run the New York Marathon the past two years – the first year I was her superfan and came up to cheer her on while also running 6.2 miles of the marathon with her. This past Fall we both ran the NYC Marathon together, which is where I hold my current Marathon Personal Record (PR).

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I could not be more proud of my dear friend Aileen – and I could also not be more excited to share her Paris Marathon Recap with you here today. Enjoy!

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As a young girl my family and I moved to London, England where I attended an all girls British School. My brother Sam and I were the only Americans in the school and we were expected to participate in the school’s entire curriculum, including learning French. We had never heard of “avoir” or “etre” but after a few months my love affair with the French language quickly developed. Continuing my studies throughout high school, college, studying abroad in Paris and now working at L’Oreal USA there is no denying my love for the language, the country and of Paris, and this weekend my love affair went to a whole new level when I finished the Paris Marathon on April 10, 2011.

It has only been a few hours since many of my fellow marathoners and I crossed the Champs De Elysee finish line while looking at the amazing Arc du Triomphe, yes the Arc Du Triomphe sat in between the finish line, bag check and the start. It is hard to think of words (in French or English) to describe this amazing race, but let me humor you with an attempt to recap (thanks to Leslie’s for letting my guest blog).

A few days ago Jessica Dudley, Lana Larusso, Matt Howe and I arrived in 70-degree weather to Paris. Jessica and Lana came with BIG roles to play -fans/coaches/ Gatorade holders/ M&M peanut givers/ photographers. Matt and I came to run the Paris Marathon, Matt’s fifth Marathon (Chicago x2, NYC, St. Louis), my third (NYC x 2).

I can’t remember Paris ever being so “magnifique”, all of the flowers are bloomed, the sun has been out everyday, it’s as if the city has been waiting for the arrival of all the marathoners and their friends and families. Here is a picture of Matt, Jess and I are bridge to Notre Dame.

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Along with visiting many of the Paris sights and an amazing nighttime bike tour

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Matt Howe my fellow friend, co-worker and Paris marathoner and I stopped by the Paris Marathon Expo on Friday. It was an interesting experience, which included named bib numbers, no tee-shirts (the official Marathon tee-shirt was distributed at the finish line to only the finishers), a mini wine tour where several other marathon hosts from other cities in France promoted their race and passed out wine, which we of course tried and the usual sale of running apparel and Paris Marathon customized items. It was no Javits center, but a good expo.

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This weekend was “incroyable”. It is hard to think of words that will do justice to describe this Marathon and the breathtaking course. Matt and I took the metro about an hour before the start time from our fabulous Renaissance hotel. We checked our bag at the bag check, conveniently located next to the Arc de Triomphe and were quickly on our way to 26.2 fun filled miles of amazing sights in the 70-degree weather.

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The course started on Champs De Elysee where we ran toward the Place de
la Concorde, Garden Tuilers, and Louvre. While the crowds were scarce at the
beginning of the race by the time we reached mile 14 heading towards the city
center, hundreds of people were outside blowing whistles and screaming “Allez,
Allez”.

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At mile 15, across the Seine from Notre Dame I ran into the fabulous Parisian duo, Jess and Lana dressed in trendy French inspired shirts.

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Check out this video of my rest stop; notice that Lana never stops ringing the cowbell cheering me on while filming, true dedication.

  

At mile 12 my Apple Shuffle died, thankfully my awesome friend/co-worker/coach/fan, Jess grabbed my backup Nano and after a quick handoff I was on my way down the Seine to the Eiffel Tower. While I missed them on the rest of the course, this stop gave me the motivation to keep on pace. They were fantastic! Merci Merci.

Moving on about 13 miles into the race the Eiffel Tower (which I first spotted
around mile 11-12) continued to get bigger and bigger, before I knew it, the amazing structure was on my left as I ran along. It was unbelievable and I couldn’t stop starring at it and smiling as the miles continued.

After entering a few more “arrondisments” the Arc du Triomphe was eventually in my view, a little beyond the finish line. With a huge smile and a few happy tears I completed my 3rd marathon at 4:15:41 on par with my first marathon of 4:15:16.

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Both Matt and I recommend this race to anyone and everyone! While I have a special place in my heart for NYC, it is amazing and Matt has claimed it as the best marathon he has done so far. Take note on a few learning’s we learned.

  • The race does not provide safety pins. After running around approx. 30 min asking anyone and everyone for safety pins (a word in French I didn’t know) to pin our bib on, we learned that races do not provide pins.
  • NYC is spoilt with port-a-potties, and there were NONE on the actual race course and about twenty before the race started, enough said on this observation.
  • Gatorade is not given out, and there are limited water spots BUT orange slices, raisins and wine and cheese (at mile 22, I missed this) are passed out.
  • The course gets very narrow in some areas; partially due to the lack of barricades from the fans and the 1 time start (unlike the 3 different start times in NYC)

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Thank you to Leslie for giving me the opportunity to blog about this amazing
race. Merci to Jess and Lana for their amazing support/cheering and
encouragement. Matt, you are a superstar, after 3 glasses of wine the night
before and barely training you finished this race cool calm and collected, you
are a superstar.

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While my parents were not in Paris for the race, they arrive
Tuesday to help me celebrate and bask in the marathon finish! Thank you for the beautiful flowers; it wasn’t the same without you guys on the course and without Dad at mile 19, until the fall- NYC 2011! Shout out to everyone at Matrix!! We have Spread the Love in Paris. Thanks for the great shirts and all of the well wishes, emails of encouragement and support. Thanks to all my friends and family for the encouragement and love.

A bientot!

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Bisou Bisou xo

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What do you think of Aileen’s Paris Marathon Recap? Is there a race or endurance event that you would love to compete in, in another country?

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Happy Birthday Aileen!

Last night I was out celebrating Aileen’s Birthday dinner!

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Some of Aileen’s family and friends headed out for a fabulous dinner together at Auspicious in Ardmore. It’s a cure little BYO Chinese Restaurant right off the Main Line.

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It was a celebration so lots of sparkling wine was poured! It might be my new favorite adult beverage – I love the bubbles and the light sweetness! Yum!

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We started off with a few appetizers for the table – Thai lettuce wraps (one chicken and one veggie) and some edamame (which I loooove!)

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For dinner everyone got a different dish to share with the table. I was leaning towards my usual favorite but then I decided to do something different – I got the Create Your Own Stir Fry which I added lots of veggies and a coconut curry sauce because I love a little kick of spice to my meals!

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Everyone got something different – we had 6 different entrees to choose from.

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I had a little bit of everything and then went back for more.

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Aileen’s brother, Sam ordered the whole Peking duck, which I had never seen before. It looked pretty cool, but I wasn’t feeling adventurous enough to try it out for myself.

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And obviously no Chinese dinner is complete without a fortune cookie.

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And some orange slices! Yum!

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It was a fabulous evening filled with lots of laughs.

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After dinner we headed back to the house for some birthday cake!

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Make a wish Aileen!

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It was a carrot cake birthday cake! Yummers!

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Not the best way to implement Operation: Hot Bride, but I did what I had to do for Aileen’s Birthday! 🙂

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When you go out to dinner for a birthday celebration feast – what is your cuisine of choice? I enjoy Thai food and sushi! Two of my favorites!

Aileen’s Running Journey

I wanted to share with the blog world some fabulous news about my NYC BFF. I have referred to her as Kate Monster (a reference from Avenue Q) on my blog in the past for privacy issues, but since her name is all over the Nike website, I figured it was ok to reveal her name and her story here.

Aileen and I go way back. Not really wayyyyy back, but we met in college at Villanova. She is older than me, but in the grade below me. (figure THAT one out) She is actually my Little Sister in our Greek family at Villanova – we were both rockin’ members of Tridelta.

I want to share some of the many fabulous times Aileen and I have had as friends before I share with you her story. We have done and seen so many great things together. Every time we hang out I know its going to be a great adventure!

Here we are at the beginning of our friendship at one of our many sorority functions (I feel like we look so young!)

We have done tons of sightseeing together, specifically lots of exploring in NYC. She is my little tour guide whenever I come into the city, always finding new and fabulous things for us to try!

We even have a yearly ritual of Christmas in NYC. We go see a show, do some shopping and have lots of Holiday Cheer together! I look forward to our Christmas weekend every year.

Don’t we look like a couple in love here?? haha. I love it!

Last year was our first Halloween together, but boy was it a good one. Check out Dorothy and Rainbow Brite:

Aileen and I have had many fabulous times in NYC, PA, DC, NJ, all over the place. Whether we are down the shore or in the city there is always something new and fun to do. I wanted to take the time right now to give credit to Aileen for introducing me to one important thing:

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RUNNING.

Aileen is the person who got me into running. She got me excited about running. She is the person who got me hooked on actually running races!

I remember visiting Aileen and she would always be signed up for some race, whether it be in Avalon or NYC. I started doing a race here and there with her and it all just clicked for me. I started to love it. I started planning trips to visit Aileen around certain races so we could run together.

She is my original running buddy.

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We always call each other to chat about upcoming runs, race fears or running issues. Whenever I have a new PR or PDR she is the person I call. She has been running a lot longer than I have, so I always turn to her for advice on form and time and other tricks. She always has something new to share up her sleeve.

Even though we rarely get to actually run together, because we live so far apart, I still think of Aileen as my running buddy.

Aileen is a part of the NIKE Running Club in Manhattan and she was recently featured on the NIKE website to talk about her upcoming Marathon. Aileen is running her first even Marathon in the NYC Marathon coming up in a few short weeks. I couldn’t be more proud of her and her accomplishment.

I can’t wait to come up to NYC and cheer her on for her big day!

Check out her story here. Love you Aileen!!

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Who is your reason for running? Did someone get you into running? Share your story.

Arrrgh! Another reminder to enter my Pirate’s Booty Treasure Chest Giveaway – You can find that here. Also, please help me pick a costume for Jackson for Halloween! Check that out here.

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