Get your Fix

I felt it appropriate to jump back in with something EVERYONE is blogging about: StitchFix. If you follow me on Twitter (which you should because I’m Twitter Famous) and/or Instagram you’ll probably recognize these photos/stories. This is why I haven’t been blogging. Because Twitter and Instagram are enough.

I’m sure I’m very late to this and you already know about/do it/are tired of hearing about it. But you know what you aren’t? Tired of seeing photos like this:

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Skirt over pants, it’s very fancy

In case you wondered during my absence, J, J, & TDub have still been getting together every month. It’s the highlight of my month. Always. A few months ago Jana convinced Jamie and I to sign up for StichFix. Since then we’ve been scheduling our get togethers around our fixes. And having even more fun.

I feel I should say the following: I am very comfortable in my current wardrobe. It is boring. I do not get outside my comfort zone very often. I felt like this was a good way to do that. I don’t follow fashion blogs or other fashion media so I’m always behind the trends and very uncool. Jamie and Jana though? They are very fashionable and I listen to everything they have to say on the subject. Except shoes. I have a post in the works on that too. Just wait. (Hopefully not 9 months)

Our first fix came and we could barely contain ourselves:

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What’s in the box?

In case you don’t know, Stitchfix is kind of like ShoeDazzle (don’t even get me started on what crap ShoeDazzle has become) in that a stylist chooses 5 items for you each month. You can choose how many (if any) you want to buy. They ask you a lot of specific and good questions on your profile as well as sizes to try to come up with things you’ll enjoy. Each month your fix is supposed to get better based on the feedback you give.

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You don’t know me!

Jana was on her second box and everything was awesome. Read everything she has to say and see how hot she is here.

Jamie’s stitch was SO good that she already owned a few of the items! Jamie hasn’t blogged about StitchFix so you’ll just have to take my and Jana’s photos as evidence of how hot she is.

My first item was a purse. No Bueno.

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The next few items though were really good and I kept this blue shirt:

I’ve already had my eyes open to one thing. I know that not all fashion works on everyone. One of the cute things the rest of you are wearing that I have decided won’t work on my short thick legs, without ever trying any on, are skinny jeans. I hate jeans. And I’m not skinny. StitchFix sent me a pair and although they were way too long (because my profile wasn’t accurately filled out) I didn’t hate them and vow that I will try on a pair of skinny jeans sometime.
 
The other item I bought that I don’t have a photo of is the cute blue and white dress you can see laying over the chair in the photo above. It is adorable (if not a little tight in the boobs – such is my life).
 
The next time we got together we were all hoping for even better results than the first time. And StitchFix definitely delivered. Jana should have bought her whole box (they give you a discount if you buy all 5 things) but she didn’t.
 
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Do you like this necklace?

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What about this shirt?

 
 
I again walked away with 2 things. A pretty plain white shirt (not outside my comfort zone) and this skirt that J&J oohed and ahhed over so much I felt compelled to purchase it. 
 
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If you want to have some fun of your own, use this link cause I get some credit if you sign up! 
 
 

American Royal

So I’ve heard blogs are dead. Couldn’t agree less. Ahem.

A few weeks months ago Kansas City played host to one of the things that makes it famous: Barbecue. While there may be differing opinions about where the best BBQ in KC is, the best of the best come out once a year to find out for sure. The American Royal BBQ Competition is the largest BBQ competition in the Nation. Until last year I knew very little about it. The past 2 years the hotel I work for has hosted a client event on the Friday of the American Royal weekend. This year our Chefs entered the competition. And I was on the team. Kind of.

I made it out too late to help set up but early enough to enjoy some food before things got too crazy.

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That’s a dish covered in Bacon Jam. Yes. Don’t mess around with bacon jam. It’s Smoked Bacon Stuffed with Bacon Sausage and topped with a Roasted Onion Bacon Jam.

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And those are smoked sweetbreads. Or rather: Smoked Sweetbread Schnitzels with Gouda Mashed Potatoes. So so so good. This vegan could not stop eating the throat of a cow. Amazing.

And dessert? Well it was off the carts as well:

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Cupcake. With Bacon. A Bacon Cupcake. Actually: a Vanilla Bourbon Cupcake with Maple Cream Cheese Icing and Candied Bacon.

One of the Chefs being inducted into the hall of fame that weekend was Guy Fieri. One of our Chefs looks an awful lot like him.

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We had WAY too much fun watching passerby yell “Hey Guy!! Over here!” He was gracious enough to spend some time talking to his fans. If you’d like to hear more about the food as well as how the team did at competition the following day, check out Chef’s blog here. You should really be reading his blog anyway, lots of good recipes and ideas there; he’s very creative and quite accommodating of every crazy idea the Event Management team comes up with. (see: pop tarts, cronuts, bacon salad on his blog)

We had the BEST time! And our party won 3rd place for best party! I think that means my friends and I know how to throw a bad ass party!

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Pantry Livin’

You guys! You know how I like to come up with these crazy challenges for myself? If my old blog hadn’t come to a tragic end I would now link to that time I gave up drinking* and that time I did a cleanse**. Well I’ve come up with a new one. I was excited to tell you all about it and about the subsequent blog posts as the month goes along. Except…well…I’ve already failed! Stay with me. And let me back up. 

I’ve decided to spend October eating out of our pantry/freezer. I know, it’s not that exciting. But it is hard and worthwhile. My motivation was two-fold. First, I thought I had a lot of stuff in my pantry/freezer that needed to be cleared out. Don’t we all? Second, I’m trying to save money. I know, it’s not a very Trophy Wife thing to do! But remember, I’m a fake trophy wife. No real riches here. Just blessings. Sorry, that was super cheesy. The reason I’m trying to save money is because Cute Boy and I have a very expensive bill coming up. I’ve been coy about this and partially mentioned something about it on the blog before. If you know me in real life I’m sure I’ve already given you the whole story. I’m not good at keeping things to myself. Our home needs some extensive foundation work. Blame these last 2 very dry KS years. Blame the people before us who prob knew there were bigger issues and got the hell out of Dodge. Blame us. We’ve done all of those things. But me? I’m a fix it and move on kind of girl. It’s just money. Right? RIGHT!??!! Anyway, it’s expensive, the repairs start this month, and, uh, they don’t have any kind of payment plan so although this is going to cost more than my car, which I spent 6 years paying off, we’ll be paying for it straight cash homey!*** 

My first step was to take inventory of what I had. This is when I realized, I didn’t have that much! I’m not sure how that happened but I blame it on my occasional need to de-clutter. I decided I would be allowed to buy fresh vegetables because vegetables are good for you. And if I had everything to cook a meal except for (2) or less ingredients I would buy those. So the planning began and while some of the menus for the next few weeks are a little interesting, I’m excited. 

Then I went to Whole Foods this week to buy 3 items to complete my meals and a few things for Cute Boy for lunches. I was hungry. Rookie mistake. I left with over $120 worth of food. I DO NOT KNOW WHAT I BOUGHT. Apples. A few snacks for Cute Boy. Lunch for me. I kind of screwed up the whole plan. But what did you expect from your favorite Trophy Wife? 

I’ll be blogging any creative dishes. And I’ll be sure to tweet/blog this house project. Just so you know, we’ll be living here FOREVER. 

*Worst decision ever. 

**2nd worst decision ever.

***I’d forgotten the details of that quote even though Cute Boy and I quote it often. For the record, we’ll be paying more than twice what Randy was fined. 

Don’t doubt Martha

In keeping up with our tradition, Jamie, Jana and I go together a couple weeks ago. You may have seen on Jana’s blog that Cade helped us make dinner. At first we were going to get Chipotle* but I wanted to try a new recipe; I’d been seeing these recipes all over the blogs I read and I just couldn’t believe it would work. 

Have you seen these “One Pan Pastas”? I guess the original recipe came from Martha Stewart. This recipe really was so easy a kid could do it! You put everything into a pot, bring it to a boil, and then stir occasionally until the water evaporates. The pasta makes it’s own sauce! It just didn’t make sense. I mean, wouldn’t it be watered down or bland?

Well we did as instructed:

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Jana also made this great peach crisp with sriracha sauce. Seriously.

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Then Jana and I stayed up until 1am talking. I’m not even sure how that’s possible but I could have stayed longer! It felt like we were back in college. The next day did not. 

Love those girls. And Jana’s family. And Martha, is always right.

 

 

*Did you hear that Chipotle (at least the ones around here) has started making their pinto beans vegetarian? 

 

Urban Winery

I had no idea that not far from where I sit* every day at work is an urban winery, right here in Kansas City. Luckily I know cool people who know these things. And who take me to experience them.

Amigoni is a winery and event space in the West Bottoms near downtown KC. The space is very “West Bottoms” and their concept is very local and sustainable. Ya know, my thing. We tasted 5 wines last night and I thought they were very good overall.

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Wine and Cheese; I couldn’t be happier

They also have local Green Dirt Farm cheeses and local Farm to Market Bread. Seriously, I told you, my thing.

Recently they’ve added Boulevard Beers. Alright, I’m overwhelmed. It’s too much! We tasted 4 Boulevard Beers as well and I was so excited to learn that I love love love the KC Pilsner.

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L to R: 80 Acre Hoppy Wheat, KC Pilsner, I DON”T REMEMBER -UGH, and the Single-Wide IPA

We ate, we drank, we were merry. You should definitely check this place out.

*Sitting is the new smoking. Have I said this to you already? It’s my new thing. If you sit all day long no matter what else you do (marathons, yoga, eat super clean) your chances of having heart disease are substantially higher than if you didn’t sit all day. Guess who sits (almost) all day? Yep. This guy.

Soccer fan after all?

I think we all remember how I feel about soccer, right? If not, my feelings for soccer can be summed up as such: I don’t get it. KC has caught the bug. KC loves soccer and Sporting is having another great season. This past month Kansas City hosted its second Major League All Star game. Last year’s MLB All Star game was great for KC and so was this year’s MLS game.

Here’s 6 things I don’t get about soccer.

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All about the gear, right?

1. Scarves.

Trophy Wife: “Do they play in the winter in Europe or something?”

Cute Boy: “Why?”

Trophy Wife: “Because why else is everyone wearing scarves?!”

Cute Boy: shakes head

We had a little pre game fun before the all star game. This is my kind of soccer outing.

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Salad, polenta, and crustini with mozzarella

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Corn salad and brisket sandwiches (Cute Boy’s, duh)  Marg (mine, duh)

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I am wearing a Sporting shirt and I’ll say this about soccer apparel: They’ve got the market on comfortable shirts! Adidas shirts are SO soft!

The pregame show was cool:

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There were even special vendors for this special game:

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This guy was selling Beef Carpaccio…in a tux

2. Chants. Soccer fans are all about chants which, as a former cheerleader I do enjoy. However, I have an issue with some of the chants the KC Sporting fans do. One in particular. It goes like this: K-C Wiz, K-C Wiz, K-C Wiiiiiiiz. It’s about the Wizards. The old name for KC’s soccer team. They aren’t the Wizards anymore. WHAT ARE YOU CHANTING ABOUT?! Also, there are some people in the “Cauldron” (the section where the craziest soccer fans sit, they start all the chants – one of them plays a drum) that seem to be chant leaders. One girl spent the whole game jumping up and down, waving her hands to encourage chanting. I never once saw her look at the field. I don’t think she even likes soccer.

3. Time counts up in soccer. What? That is backwards. At one point in the first half:

Trophy Wife: “How long is a half?

Cute Boy: “Forty-five minutes”.

It was 21 minutes in. That’s when I knew it was going to be a long night.

The halftime show was a really cool mix of pyrotechnics and fireworks. But upon completion the stadium was full of smoke and the field littered with debris. I wondered if the whole thing had been thought through or not.

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Random Trophy Wife musing: “Do you think it’s an American thing that we are into sports with our hands and the rest of the world was like “Fuck it, I’ll use my feet!”

Cute Boy: shakes head

4. Guys constantly warming up on the side line. I mean, I guess I do get that, you gotta stay warm and loose it’s just a strange sight to see when you are used to baseball players sitting in a dugout or football players sitting on benches. I kept getting distracted by them and watching them run sprints on the sideline.

5. Injuries. The first time I saw a game, one of the players fell down, I assumed from an injury and play just continued. I was appalled! How rude of everyone to keep playing while this poor guy was hurt! Cute Boy clued me in that play doesn’t stop because so many injuries in soccer are faked. What? Seriously? There are things in life you fake. Injuries is not one of them!

6. Fans cheering. This is it. The number 1 thing I don’t get about soccer. If Cute Boy is still reading this post he’ll stop right now because he thinks I’m completely stupid for this one. He thinks I just don’t get it. I DON’T!!!

The fans, they cheer…for nothing. That’s not true. They cheer because the ball is close to the goal. Close. Close only counts in hand grenades and horse shoes. It does not count in soccer. But I’ve realized soccer isn’t like football where you can cheer for a great pass, a long run, a huge hit or a great stop on 3rd down. Soccer isn’t like basketball where you can constantly cheer for a basket, a great shot, a big block, or a quick steal. Soccer isn’t like baseball where you can cheer for a home run, a great hit, a stolen base, or a needed strike out. The only thing to cheer for is a goal. And sometimes it doesn’t happen the entire game. Or it only happens a few times per game. So you have to cheer for…nothing.

What’s that? You want to hear about the actual game? Well, AS Roma beat the US All Stars 3-0.

Sock buns

You’ve heard of sock buns right? I know I’m late to this party but the last couple weeks people have asked me about it so I wondered if perhaps it hasn’t swept the nation as much as I’d thought. I’m in no way good at doing my hair although I have recently bought a curling wand so I pretend I know what I’m doing.  You should youtube search for a tutorial on how to do it. Jamie is a fan of the sock bun. It’s not hard but it’s not exactly easy either. Just takes a little practice. I’ve found a trick to check to see what my bun looks like.

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Take a cell phone photo! Needless to say, there are a lot of photos on my phone of the back of my head.

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Not sure if you could tell but I was on the phone in this photo too. Multi talented.

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Cousins and friends

A few weeks ago I took a short trip to Emporia to visit my cousins. My friends. We had a great time, as always.

We had some late night sing-alongs.

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We hung out with this sweetheart all weekend:

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We had a bonfire and played beer pong on a table I can definitely get behind:

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And we even hung out at the pool, taking Baby Delta on her first pool adventure.

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I think she’s wondering why they are blowing up another toy when there’s already a boat behind her.

 

Dacey, Lolo, Baby Delta, Trophy Wife (in the back), Chelsea, and Amy

There may have been a few beverages consumed along the way.

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#badbitches

A great time was had by all. Can’t wait to do it again.

 

#SYTYCD

Anyone out there watching SYTYCD this year? I have been, of course, but it just isn’t the same anymore and I can’t quite tell you why. Maybe I’m just over it after so many seasons of watching. Overall I feel like each season either has good guys or good girls but not both. This season? Definitely the girls. The guys are all way too skinny for my liking. You know I like some shirtless hot guys dancing when I watch SYTYCD.

Current favorite: Jenna;

She’s been in the bottom quite a bit lately although last week I actually voted (thank you text voting) and this week she wasn’t in the bottom. Clearly it was my one vote.

Of course I also like Hayley. She’s from Topeka, KS, gotta support the hometown girl. Plus those abs…

Cat mentioned something this past week that called for further investigation. Twitch. My Twitch.This one:

He’s engaged. I guess I’m about 7 months late to this party because he got engaged in January. TO ALISON HOLKER! She’s from Season 2. Season 2 was the first season I started watching. Benji won. Travis Wall got 2nd. Never mind, back to Twitch. He met Alison on the All Star Season and now they are getting married. WHA?! I mean good for them.

Here’s a fun video about the proposal.

Guess I’ll just have to youtube some old episodes to get my fix of hot dancers with no shirts on. Pre engagement.

Do they get to keep the honey?

Before I share the following text convo a little back story is required. Cute Boy and I have to have some work done on our home. I haven’t mentioned it because I haven’t been blogging I know Cute Boy will be pissed that I’m even mentioning it now I don’t really know why not…

Cute Boy: My worst nightmare was realized today.

Trophy Wife: (Scanning the recesses of her mind TDub could only come up with things that were HER worst nightmare: Running out of wine, rolling an ankle in 5 inch heels – not because of the pain but because of the embarrassment, or perhaps still weighing the most she’s ever weighed in her whole life – oh wait, that’s real life.) What happened?

Cute Boy: The house next to the one I’m working at has some kind of massive bee hive and these guys in bee suits are removing them all. There are Bees EVERYWHERE. 20-30 THOUSAND of them.

Trophy Wife: Ew. Actually, wouldn’t your worst nightmare be a hive of wasps? (Finally remembering the ONLY thing he actually hates)

Cute Boy: This is pretty bad.

Then he sent me a photo of some guy all suited up climbing out of the house with the caption, “We could have this problem instead.”

Trophy Wife: Which is more expensive? And…do they get to keep the honey?

I mean, I’m just saying! I hear Honey Laundering is a serious issue right now!