One of my favorite things to do on sunny, warm weekends in Austin, TX is to explore the surrounding pockets of nature. It’s hard to feel as landlocked as we actually are here in Central Texas when there are swimming holes at every turn. The Barton Creek Greenbelt has tons of great options to park yourself for a day of sun n’ fun!
The Hill of Life Trail is arguably one of the best spots on the Greenbelt. It’s about a ten to fifteen minute rocky hike or two minute bike down the trail to a lush mini waterfall surrounded by juniper and oak trees. We always bring backpacks with snacks and towels and park it just across the creek on a little bank among the shade of the trees. I find it’s best to get there early because as the day wares on it can get pretty crowded and the sun can be mighty fierce. Dogs and children are welcome!
Also, it is important to note that the hike can be especially steep and rocky on the way up. Many bikers and runners use it as their outdoor workout of choice. It is smart to wear or bring shoes that you can hike up the hill in and if you are bringing a little one be advised you may want a sturdy backpack to carry them in.
The clothing struggle for new mom’s to be is so real! Most companies do not carry their maternity lines in their actual stores so almost all shopping has to be relegated to online. It’s impossible to know exactly what you will need for the coming months as your body is changing close to daily. Not to mention, who wants to invest a lot of money on clothes that you will only be wearing short term? That being said, it’s pretty difficult to feel comfortable and attractive as your body expands and changes in places and ways you’ve never imagined. It is important to get a few key pieces you will look good in without spending a fortune. That’s where Stitch Fix comes in!
I had heard of Stitch Fix through various friends that have tried it out and enjoyed it over the last few years. The basic premise is that you fill out a style profile online categorizing your likes, dislikes, wants, and needs for clothing and accessories as well as the amount you desire to spend. You pay twenty dollars and a box is then sent to you containing five items. If you keep all five of the items you get a discount of twenty percent. You head online to purchase what you would like and your twenty dollars then goes towards your purchase. If you don’t like anything you receive you are out the twenty bucks. It is a monthly subscription service, but you can change the frequency you would like your boxes or cancel at any time. I will admit I never had much interest in it before since I’m a bit of a mall rat myself, but once I found out they offered a maternity version I figured I didn’t have anything to lose. I filled out my profile and sent specific requests in the notes section to my soon to be stylist for a pair of denim cutoffs, a striped top, and a pair of black work pants.
A few weeks later my first Fix arrived.
I was beyond pleased to find that my stylist had listened to all of my specific requests from my notes! I received each of the items I asked for along with two other tops to try. I spent time trying on each item and seeing how everything fit and felt and decided to keep all of the items landing me the twenty percent discount. I’m so pleased with my first box that I will absolutely be signing up for at least one or two more rounds before my pregnancy is over. Next time I will request a party dress to wear out as I have a bachelorette party coming up in August.
The coolest part is I spent far less than I would have shopping for each of the items individually. I was actually so impressed with the quality and fit of the black work pants they sent me that I searched for them online. I was hoping I might be able to purchase another pair to get me through the next six months only to find that the maternity version of them is exclusive to Stitch Fix. I may have to request another pair from my stylist before it’s over!
I think the key to making sure you get the most out of your Stitch Fix is to be VERY specific with your likes and dislikes. I mentioned in my profile that crazy patterns, colored denim, and statement necklaces are all hard passes for me. I did enjoy wearing both of the tops that were sent to me despite the fact that they are not colors I normally gravitate towards. I was surprised to learn that I get a lot of compliments if I wear hot pink! I don’t think I would have known that if not for trying this out. In that regard, I think Stitch Fix is great for anyone looking to expand their wardrobe or try something new. Comment and let me know if any of you have tried Stitch Fix or any other subscription clothing boxes and what your experience was. I’m so curious. 🙂
A few years ago I thought it would be fun to start a beauty blog. I’ve long followed other beauty gurus blogs and youtube channels. I’m a professional hairstylist and avid makeup collector so I simply figured why not offer my expertise to the world?
And so, I set to work creating a site and correlating YouTube channel under the moniker hey pooker. I posted for a few months and made a couple of videos with the aid of my videographer husband, but truth be told I wasn’t having the best time doing it. I found myself suffering from imposter syndrome. When I would sit down to compile a list of topics I thought people could be interested in I felt both disinterested and overwhelmed. With a million beauty bloggers all attempting to review or share the same information what new content could I possibly even offer? I, by no means, consider myself an excellent photographer, and I’ve been known to make a grammatical error or ten. Who would even be perusing this blog of mine when there’s always a better one only a click away? I only wanted to post what I felt was perfect content and nothing felt good enough. I posted nothing.
For close to two years my site has gone unused. In those years my personal life has seen many changes. I’m currently enjoying my first year of marriage and I have a baby boy on the way this Fall. It’s really the latter of those two things that has me posting this today. There’s not much like bringing a new person into the world to make you reflect on the kind of person you are or the kind of person you would like to be. Aligning myself with that way of thinking, I want to be the kind of person that isn’t afraid to put myself out there or be vulnerable. I want to be the kind of person that doesn’t worry what other people think of my creative endeavors. I want to be a doer not just a thinker or a talker.
I’m here today with new goals in mind for hey pooker. I’m going to post about whatever I want whenever I want from here on out. It may be a post about beauty, food, events, my personal life, a random thought that crossed my mind. I could post about anything. I love to look back at years I spent on tumblr curating my page. While I didn’t have many followers, when I look at my archives I smile because I have a digital scrapbook of my life and interests during those years. Sure, some of it makes me cringe, but I’m happy that it exists either way. I’m beyond excited to see what the future has in store for me and to see what pieces of it I choose to share with you here.