Thank goodness for bright, patterned clothes to make drab, rainy days better, right?

Some people like to dress in the spirit of the weather – darker colors in the rain and cold, brighter colors for the sunshine and warmth! Well, I like to dress in happy, bright colors all the time. You need color the most in the drab times. At least that’s what I’m doing as we enter into what seems like endless rain. Geesh, I know we had a drought and all, but that’s a lot of rain.

Anyways, back to clothes. The bright spot of this rainy weekend was trying on my new box of Stitch Fix clothing. Yay, yay, yay! Bright colors and patterns!!

I requested my stylist Lauren again this month because I feel like she has gotten my style more than any other stylist I’ve had. She always delivers on unique pieces with interesting details, bedazzlements, and patterns.

My September Stitch Fix Review |

Just a quick recap, stitch fix is a personal stylist company that hand picks 5 items based on your style and size. You get assigned your own stylist, and she gets to know your style based on your pinterest fashion board, style profile, and feedback you leave on your previous fixes. In turn she hand picks out pieces she think will make you look – and feel – great and sends them to you along with styling advice and a personal note. Love that part so much!

For this box I requested more pants (they were out of longs so that was a no go), a fall jacket (included), and a nice skirt or dress for fall (included). Here’s what I thought of the five pieces sent my way.

41Hawthorn Gideon Polka Dot Sweater


There is a reason I began with this piece. Basically, it’s because I love it, and I don’t want to take it off. Cold, dreary weather really helped make this decision since it is exactly what I wanted to wear at that moment. It is the perfect softness, which is so important with a sweater. I’ve bought many an itchy sweater to never be worn because who has time to itch all day?


Another bright side of this sweater is that it is long in the arms and torso. I can almost never find sweaters that are long enough. I’m the classic push up the sleeves to the elbow because they look like I outgrew them in arms.

Plus, polka dots are always a good idea.


Brixon Ivy Donna Embellished Neckline Blouse


Oh pretty neckline, I love you. I also love the material, the navy, and oh the hourglass shape you give me.


Who knew a top could be that nice to your waist? That is, until you turn around. Yup, now look at that shape. That’s a no go. Who wants a back poof? No one, that’s who. Back poof, you saved my budget but I am still sad to return you.



Renee C Marcy Skirt


You darling pattern you. How interesting to be on a skirt. Plus, a pencil skirt, which I adore with all my heart.


Unfortunately I think this goes a little Kim K. (in the sense it is SO form fitting that it really shouldn’t be worn in public). This is a super stretchy skirt but I think it runs small. It is a medium but I would have gone up to a large if I wanted to keep it.


Fate Dalvik Printed Moto Jacket


Strike two on a fall jacket. But once again, so close. I almost kept this jacket, that is, if I could have gotten a medium.


At the end of the day, no matter how much I liked the asymmetrical zipper and subtle pattern, I didn’t think it was the perfect fall jacket for me. It is so thin and stretchy that it wouldn’t be great for going over heavier fall layers. Plus, it looks a little too cropped on my long torso. I like jackets a little longer. However, if you are looking for a light jacket, this is it! It is so comfy and stretchy. You may want to size up though.


Pixley Lenta Cut Out Detail Blouse


Oh hi blouse I would have never picked on my own. Which is why I love Stitch Fix. Keep sending stuff like this, even though I didn’t keep it.


First of all, the color, right?! It’s stupendous and now I think I should wear this color every day. The cut out details are so beautiful too. How unique is this piece too? The open sides? It’s fun but I didn’t love it enough to keep it.

First, it’s fall and I didn’t feel like spending money on something I couldn’t wear for a while. Also, it’s not very flattering either. So blousey! All I can picture is me getting attacked in the face by it while walking outside in the wind.


Bonus! Here’s the video of me trying everything on and talking about what I like/dislike about each item.

So that’s it for my September Stitch Fix! Let me know what you think.

Also, if you are interested in signing up for stitch fix, I would love if you would sign-up using my referral link.

Want to see more? Check out my other reviews!

my february 2015 stitch fix review

my march 2015 stitch fix review

my april 2015 stitch fix review

my may 2015 stitch fix review

my june 2015 stitch fix review

my july 2015 stitch fix review

  • Isn’t Stitch Fix day the best? I’ve been waiting for this post to see what you got for September! I love the sweater you kept and know that you’ll wear it a lot this fall and winter. The poof on the back of that top that looked so good from the front was quite odd. I can’t imagine that anyone would want to keep that after trying it on. Maybe next month you will finally get a jacket that fits correctly. This one is a cute style. I’ve heard that Stitch Fix will exchange sizes if you ask them.ReplyCancel

    • I love Stitch Fix…maybe a little too much! Wasn’t that top with the back poof weird? I do hope I get a good jacket soon!ReplyCancel

Sometimes it hard to not look around longingly at everyone’s else’s lives and happiness and wish that were you.

  • The happy couple who can’t keep their hands off each other.
  • The 25 year old who started a business that just made a million dollar profit.
  • The glowing newlyweds on their honeymoon in Europe.
  • The baby announcement that has a man jumping up eagerly and calling his mother to share the exciting news.
  • The couple with four kids running around who are still enamored with each other and actively working on their marriage.
  • The globetrotter friend who is in a different country each month, posing with incredibly beautiful backgrounds in pictures.
  • The older couple who still hold hands.
  • The friend you just got a huge promotion.

Yes, all these situations are seen by your eyes in a golden halo, without knowing the truth behind them and all the hardships that are there as well.

Sometimes you just want what you see so much.

That’s the time to tell yourself: my journey is not their journey.

My Journey is not Your Journey |

That’s right. You may want that life you see, but that’s not supposed to be your journey. Sure, you may want those things and you may get those things one day, but today that is not your day to live that journey.

Today is your day to live your journey. And who knows, someone else may be looking at your life all rosy-like wishing they were living your journey.

My Journey is not Your Journey |

So stop looking around and wishing you could live everyone else’s lives and take a good look at your own. This is your journey to take you on your own unique adventure. Don’t wish that away for living a life you think you should.

It’s time to take up our own journey and live the life we were meant to have, the one we are having right now.

  • Great advice, Megan!ReplyCancel

  • Candy Walsh

    Thank you Megan, I needed this today! Really, on more days than I care to admit. But it’s all true, my journey is a beautiful one led by God and grace.
    Have an awesome day!

    • Oh Candy, your journal is a beautiful one led by God! I just know it! It can be hard to see in the day-to-day but it is there! Sending you big hugs!ReplyCancel

  • Glenn Aubrey

    Ahhh……….and that is the Beauty of life is to be glad and celebrate the prosperity that comes to other good happening people. Then bounty comes your way and your happiness radiates! Be happy for others and it comes back to you a 100 fold. ( Like your old man getting $200 retail value of clothes at Kohls for $32! !!! So now I pass the next bargains unto you as they are awaiting! ) Love ya PopsReplyCancel

    • Oh Dad. I love you!! Always with the sage advice…and major shopping scores! You’re definitely my new personal shopper!ReplyCancel

A few weeks ago I decided I needed to get out of town and quite literally invited myself to one of my friend’s house in Virginia Beach for the weekend. Thankfully, I have the best friends ever, and we had a good laugh when I got there as we discussed how I had invited myself. Friends understand.:)

Although I went to the Virginia Beach area, my bathing suit stayed in my suitcase. Instead I saw the inside of a craft store for a while, watched a lot of movies, ate way too much dessert, and had an all around good time.

Being the crazy kids that we are, we thought a good time for Saturday meant going to the craft store and making wreaths. And it was quite the good time!:)

My Fall Jewel Toned Wreath |

I wanted to make a fall wreath, but don’t love the traditional fall colors for my decor. You don’t see much red or orange in this blue and green household. I decided to embrace that and make something that I love and is true to me. I decided to buy a few flowers in jewel tones as my nod towards fall.

My Fall Jewel Toned Wreath |

All-in-all I kept my wreath pretty simple – which is how I like them these days.

I positioned the three flowers (three is always a good idea) at around the 3 -5 position as the clock hands go.

Then after LOTS AND LOTS of playing around with the ribbon (oh my, over an hour of trial and error with a quick break of laying on the floor, because, well that’s just what I do) I decided to do a simple ribbon. [Remember my fight with ribbon on my Christmas glitter wreath?!]

My Fall Jewel Toned Wreath |

We both wanted to put our monogram on the wreath but couldn’t find any letters that we liked. Oh well, they still stand alone. The letters can always be added later.

Here we are with our finished products.

My Fall Jewel Toned Wreath |

My Fall Jewel Toned Wreath |

Here it is on my front door!

My Fall Jewel Toned Wreath |

My Fall Jewel Toned Wreath |

I love wreaths as an apartment dweller since there isn’t much I can  do to the exterior of my home. Boy, would I love to paint that door (what a nondescript color, right?) but alas, they all need to stay cohesively blah. So up goes a wreath all year round!

My Fall Jewel Toned Wreath |

PS – You can check out my wreath Pinterest board where I gathered a lot of wreath ideas to inspire me for this wreath making session.

  • I like the colors that you used for your fall wreath and I definitely don’t think that fall decor has to be all orange and brown tones. I’ll bet that your neighbors are enjoying your wreath, too!

    **Your Stitch Fix top looks great on you!**ReplyCancel

    • Thank you! And yes to fall decor that is not traditional colors! You’ve got a good eye with the Stitch Fix top! :) I wear that one alllll the time!!ReplyCancel

The summer of 2004 I had a black and white cover composition notebook. At the beginning of that summer it was perfectly crisp, with thousands of daunting blank lines inside it.

“Ugh,” I thought to myself in June. “Why did I sign up for College English with HOMEWORK for the summer? She is making me journal every day just so I write. Lame-o. I hate this. I’m just going to make stuff up.”

BAHAHA 17 year old Megan. If only you knew that was probably when the blogging bug hit you (but you didn’t even know what a blog was – or were they even invented yet?!).

I finally hit my sparkly gel pen to those crisp white pages and their college ruled lines (I hate wide ruled). The words just started spilling out of me. Pages and pages of words that turned into sentences that told the story of my 17 year old life that summer.

Why My Journal is My Best Fried | Rhapsody in Rooms

Stories of the drama of way too many hormonal girls at volleyball camp, of hanging out with my mom every night (loved it), of boy drama (that same boy drama became divorce drama 10 years later), of “keg parties” that consisted of my goofy friends and me eating way too much ice cream and watching rom-coms (no booze at all at our keg parties). It included the tales, the troubles, and the heartbreak that only a 17 year old knows.

That journal magically got me through it.

It became my best friend. I could tell it everything and anything and it would always listen. I could obsess to the millionth degree for the third time that page, and it would just keep accepting me. I could write as long as I wanted and it would eat it up over the pages.

As I continued to write, something magical happened. When I would put down my pen at the end of each writing session, it was like the angst and emotions of whatever I was writing about were captured and held on those pages. I felt lighter and freer.

I also figured things out. The words and thoughts would stream from my head through my pen to those pages and by the end of the pages my thoughts were clearer, my mind less heavy.

That journal was always there for me. It got me, it listened to me, it accepted me.

Even after that summer when two composition notebooks were filled up and turned in (ohhhh that poor teacher who had to read hundreds of 17 year old’s summer journals) I just couldn’t stop.

I did however go to the big leagues: I bought real journals. Journals that were even labeled “Journal”. Boom.

Why My Journal is My Best Fried | Rhapsody in Rooms

I just couldn’t stop writing. I wrote about a journal a year. I have one for every year of college, for every abroad I went on, and one for after college.

Then it kind of fizzled out. Life got a little less drama filled, I got married, and finally found a job I liked and everything was pretty darn good. I also started this blog where I was able to publicly babble about whatever I wanted.

Then the Hawaii Divorce Trip happened.

In the depths of my despair in Hawaii, weaving through retail stores alone, not wanting to go back to my room and my crumbling marriage to face more painful talks or even more painful silences or even the most painful: coming back to an empty room since my husband didn’t want to be my husband anymore – I bought a journal.

Why My Journal is My Best Fried | Rhapsody in Rooms

It was time to begin a new journal. A journal that listened to all my crumbling marriage woes, then heard about my new apartment, learned about my marriage counseling, and then got an overload of crazy boy stories as I tried out dating.

Journaling had stepped back into my life again. It was just as good as I had left it. It was healing, cathartic, and I could say whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, and be a stupid 16-year-old-boy-obsessed-teenager to it if I wanted to be.

I could be myself, even at my worst, with no judgement. I could put it down on paper, release my feelings though my pen, and then move on with life.

What started with what I thought was an asinine assignment turned into something that would help carry me through life 10 plus years later.

Why My Journal is My Best Fried | Rhapsody in Rooms

I had no idea it would be so life altering. It may be for you, it may not be, but if you’re looking for something to get you through, try writing it down and see where it takes you. It doesn’t have to be legible. That’s not the point. I write as crazy or a neat as I want to, depending on how I feel. It’s more about the moment then going back and rereading the moments.

However, when you do go back and reread, you will feel so proud of yourself of where you’ve gotten from that point. I also promise that there will be many chuckles at past emotional you. Then you get to pat yourself on the back too, thanking yourself you’re still not there.

I dare you – go find paper and a pen (so old school, I know) or even a blank Word document and get writing. I dare you to tell me it doesn’t feel good.

  • I love that you keep a journal! I was a faithful journal-writer for about seven years (ages 13-20), then gradually started writing less and less during my sophomore year of college. I haven’t read through them in quite a while, but I know they would take me through many an awkward encounter with a crush, friend nonsense, my first love, my first heartbreak… just might have to dig them out sometime!ReplyCancel

    • Journalling does seem to have times in our life when it is more important than others! I bet they would be a blast to read through again! I’ve done that every now and then and man, that gives me a boost! Haha. The ridiculousness that it seems now!ReplyCancel

The warm nights, the bright colored shorts, and the abundance of fresh fruits and veggies has kept me clinging to summer with voracity this year. I just did not want the hot and humid Virginia summer weather to subside in lieu of looming cold weather with all its layers and constrictions.

Yet…I may have turned the corner this past weekend with a visit to Silver Creek Orchard with one of my best friends from high school and her family. Her parents have been apple picking every year they have been married (35!!), and this year they invited me to their family tradition of apple picking followed by a picnic.

Apple Picking | Rhapsody in Rooms

Rain or shine, apple picking would happen. So on went the rain coat and we stomped around in the mud picking our Golden Delicious and Empire apples (and many, many other varieties).

Apple Picking | Rhapsody in Rooms

Apple Picking | Rhapsody in Rooms

After a yummy picnic (under cover) and a trip to the store to load up on apple baking essentials (pie crusts, sugar, butter…all the healthy stuff) I pushed up my sleeves and started peeling and dicing and baking those apples! I’m only three recipes in and 19 apples down with at least that many to go but I’ve now got apple crisp in the pan, loads of apple sauce in the refrigerator, and apple pecan pancakes in my belly. Next up is a pie!

With apples basically coming out of my ears, I thought it would be the perfect time to deck out my kitchen table in a little fall/apple tablescape. I had so much fun making this table literally dripping with apples and all things gold and fall.

Apple Picking and Decorating | Rhapsody in Rooms

Apple Picking and Decorating | Rhapsody in Rooms

Apple Picking and Decorating | Rhapsody in Rooms

I would also like to thank my mom and her husband for the GORGEOUS centerpiece of flowers that arrived at my doorstep on Wednesday. I am one lucky lady here.:)

Apple Picking and Decorating | Rhapsody in Rooms

Apple Picking and Decorating | Rhapsody in Rooms

I wanted the table to basically feel decadent in apples.

Apple Picking and Decorating | Rhapsody in Rooms

Apple Picking and Decorating | Rhapsody in Rooms

I think I have definitely turned the fall corner as I was able to throw open the windows and let a cool 68 degree fall breeze into my apartment as I happily decorated the table.

Apple Picking and Decorating | Rhapsody in Rooms

Now, I must go back to apple baking and cooking. Any apple recipes you want to recommend? I’d love to hear them as I am only one person and don’t want to waste a bite of freshly picked apple deliciousness! Freezer friendly recipes welcomed! As will pie be by my friends I’m sure.:)

  • What a fun day for you with your friend’s family! It’s amazing that your friend’s parents have been apple picking at Silver Creek for 35 years. Isn’t that area gorgeous? I spend a lot of time in that area when I was in high school.

    I can’t wait to pick some apples to enjoy. Last year I made a caramel apple pound cake that was delicious. (

    • Oo thank you so much for the recipe, Paula! That may be on my weekend baking list! That’s so neat you spent time in that area in high school. It really is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • i LOVE how the table looks with the florals and apples! i can’t wait to make a healthy fried apple recipe i found!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you so much!! I would also love to get that recipe from you!!ReplyCancel

  • When the first apples of the season hit the markets, I know that fall is really here! To celebrate, I like to bake plenty of apple pie and apple crisp and it’s also fun to use apples to decorate. I like to keep a bowl of apples on my kitchen table, which actually makes a nice centerpiece.ReplyCancel

    • Mmm sounds like your house smells delicious all fall! I love the idea of having fresh fruit as a centerpiece! It’s pretty and also reminds you to eat fruit instead of other stuff as a snack since it’s right in front of you!ReplyCancel