Stitch Fix Review #2


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Happy Valentine’s Day to me!  I was excited to get my second Stitch Fix shipment yesterday and it did not disappoint! Conveniently, I was all showered and ready to play dress up when my box arrived.

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Colors & patterns galore!  There was only one piece I wasn’t immediately drawn to, but we’ll get to that in a sec. 🙂

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Let’s get started!

Tart Yusuf Embellished Shoulder Striped Top, $58

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Initial impression: Ooooh, navy stripes! Mama likey!

Thoughts: At first glance I was super excited about this shirt. It had some bling on the shoulders so it was different than any of my other striped shirts. I was a little leery about the thin shoulder pads that were under the bling, but after trying it on, I barely noticed the pads.

Ultimately: Sending back. Sadly, this shirt was a little snug and not quite long enough.

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41Hawthorn Moni Stud Detailed 3/4 Sleeve Blouse, $58

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Initial impressions: Oh no, gauzy material shirt again. Not sure about this one, but I’m willing to keep an open mind.

Thoughts: I liked the color and the interesting details. The sleeves are very unique and I thought the shirttail hemline was flattering on me. When I first slipped it over my head I was worried it was going to be a little tight, but once I got it on all the way, it was a perfect fit!

Ultimately: Keeping! I don’t have anything like this in my closet and the fit combined with unique details, make it a WINNER!

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Sanctuary Rizzo Skinny Ponte Pants, $88

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Initial impressions: Meh, black pants. With my luck they probably won’t fit.

Thoughts: Sorry for showing you my buttocks up there, but I wanted to show that the pants have fake pockets so they look like jeans (click photo to make bigger), but they are comfortable like leggings. The material is quite thick so there’s no sheerness to it at all. They’re a teensy bit long, but they can easily be hemmed or rolled up (please ignore my uneven roll job above. :P).

Ultimately: Keeping. The cost was a bit on the high side, but I could tell that they were good quality and they fit me like a glove! I foresee these being worn a LOT.

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Lily Josefina Knit Chevron Pencil Skirt, $68

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Initial impressions: This skirt was the one thing that I was not feeling at all, but I reserved complete judgement until I tried it on.

Thoughts: It’s made of a stretchy material so it’s very comfy to wear, but not only was I not digging the print or the color, it was a little longer than I like and maybe just a smidgen too big.

Ultimately: Sending back

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41Hawthorn Lara Bicycle Print Infinity Scarf, $36

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Initial impressions: The first thing to catch my eye. Great color & print!

Thoughts: It’s a light weight summer scarf and the bicycle print is to.die.for! I super duper duper love it, BUT…I’m not a summer scarf girl and I’m just not sure how often I’ll wear it.

Ultimately: Sending back. This one actually makes me really sad to send back. I haven’t packed it up yet so I may still decide to keep it. I don’t know that I can part with these adorable bicycles! Thoughts? Yay/Nay?  Am I crazy to love it so much?  Update: I begrudgingly sent it back. 😦

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SO, there you have it! The unboxing of my second Fix.  I thought it was amusing that the two items that I wasn’t sure about were the ones I ended up loving and keeping. Which is why I love Stitch Fix!  I get to try on pieces that I wouldn’t normally have tried on before.

Just to refresh your memory…

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  1. Sign up and fill out your online profile/questionnaire
  2. Schedule your Fix ($20)
  3. Wait (impatiently) for your personal style selections to arrive
  4. Play dress up in the privacy of your own home
  5. Decide what you want to keep/send back
  6. Check out! (your $20 Fix fee gets applied to anything you purchase)
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But other times…

…you have to buy because it just slaps you in the face and practically jumps in your buggy.

I went to Target last night after I wrote the previous post and kabam!

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Lookie what I found!  I briefly scanned the clothing section and was coming to the end when I saw this beauty on the back wall.  There were only 3 left…XS, L, XL.  Booo!  I’m normally a small, but I had to try on the XS just in case.  I snatched it up and skipped to the dressing room.  My lucky day….it fit!  Plus, at $27 with $23 still left on an old gift card in my wallet, I spent less than $5 on it.  Cha-ching!

I’m still on the hunt for that perfect green sweater though.  😉

Oh, and excuse the crappy pic.  I was lazy and kept my pants & shoes on so I was trying to position myself where you couldn’t see them and I hadn’t taken a shower yet so my hair & face were a mess!  😛

Sometimes…

…you just have to look and not buy

I never used to be a fan of window shopping.  I mean, what’s more depressing than looking at things you can’t buy?

But, I’ve come to see that it does have it’s place.  If you can’t (or shouldn’t) buy anything at the moment, for whatever reason, it’s kinda fun to fantasize about what you wish you had in your closet.

Just look at these pretties from Anthropologie.  I would like one, or all, of these please!  If I had to pick just one, it would be a tie between the dot blouse and the camo chinos.  Only because our cold weather won’t be around for long and I can wear both of those when the weather is warmer.  The dress would be gorgeous for a spring wedding, but sadly, I have no weddings coming up.

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And while I’m at Anthro, I’ll also take this layered lace tank, this top in yellow, this blue blouse,
these distressed boyfriend jeans and maybe these open toe booties too!

You know, since I’m already dreaming, I’ll just add all of this to my imaginary closet.  I’m not even sure it would all flatter me, but it’s just so pretty I can’t help myself.

Okay, moving on from Anthropologie…

I’ve seen this combo of black & white with green (technically the dress below is navy/white, but it looks black) a few times and I absolutely LOVE it.

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I desperately need a new green cardigan.  I love my dark green one, but it doesn’t quite fit all occasions and my other green one is off a shade or two so I rarely even wear it.  I need one like the color above!  I’ve been looking on and off for probably a year without any luck, but I guess I need to look harder since they are apparently out there somewhere!

I found these two online today.  The JC Penney one (on right) looks pretty good for the price.

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Then of course I had to go looking for a black & white dress too.

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other options…
If you have the funds, this gorgeous Stripmaze dress from Anthro would be amazing as well as this Colorblock Sheath dress from White House/Black Market
Not into stripes?  How about these two polka dot numbers from ModCloth? Hepcat Dress in Black Licorice & Everlasting Loveliness Dress

Winter Whites

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I met my mom for brunch at Metro Diner last week.  It was a frigid kinda day (apparently Florida has decided not to skip winter after all) and I’d thought it be a perfect time to try out a white winter outfit.

Wait, what?  White after Labor Day?

Yup!

Rulz schmulz, I say. Rules were made to be broken!  😉

I felt very crisp, cool and wintery. Even my husband commented that I looked wintery.  So, why again, was wearing white after Labor Day a no-no?  If you haven’t tried it, you should!

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My first Stitch Fix review!

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There are a ton of monthly subscriptions that have become popular in the last year or so…BirchBox, Ipsy, FitFabFun, Julep Maven, etc.  I’ve tried a few and ended up canceling my subscription.  They send great items, but I’ve figured out that I’m a creature of habit and ended up rarely trying anything that I was sent.  There were a few things I used, but for the most part, the items just ended up back in the box they came in and were added to my clutter piles.

Even though I’ve cancelled all of my subscriptions thus far, I was still intrigued when I heard about Stitch Fix (glutton for punishment maybe?).  In a nutshell, you spend $20 to schedule your “fix” and a personal stylist will send you 5 items of clothing/accessories straight to your door!  Once you receive your items, you have 3 days to try them out and decide if there are any you want to keep.  Whatever you don’t want to purchase, you send back in the enclosed bag.  Your initial $20 goes towards the purchase of any of the pieces you want to keep.  If you send it all back, you lose your $20, but if you keep all 5 pieces, you get 25% off the entire purchase price!

It’s a little bit of a gamble, but I like Stitch Fix for a couple of reasons.  First of all, I like that It isn’t a monthly subscription.  You say when you want to get your box, whether it’s monthly/every other month/quarterly, you decide!  Secondly, it’s only $20 to order your fix and while it’s scary to think you might not want anything and you’d lose 20 bucks, chances are that you’ll like at least one thing.  Thirdly, who wouldn’t want hand picked pieces of clothing delivered to their door?!  I don’t have to drive all over town and go from store to store? Sign me up!

When I signed up before Christmas, the first available date wasn’t until January 17th.  Seemed like forever at the time, but it was probably about a month out from when I signed up so I was okay with that date.  Of course I wanted it RIGHT NOW, but good things come to those who wait, right?

Well…the wait is over!!

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My package came yesterday afternoon, but since I hadn’t showered, still had to workout for the day and needed to take the dog to the vet, playing dress up with my new clothes wasn’t going to happen just yet.  I did open it up and check everything out though.

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It all looked pretty good.  Cute tops, good colors, polka dots!  I was immediately hesitant about the jeans, but decided to reserve final thoughts until I actually tried them on.

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I put it all back in the box and waited until after my shower that evening to try everything on.

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First up…Kensie Jeans, Johnny Skinny jeans {$88}

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Initial impressions: they don’t look like anything special, but I’ll see how they fit.

Thoughts: I am more than willing to spend $100k-$200 on jeans, but when I put them on, I want to love them.  These were just…okay.  I did like that they had a good amount of stretch to them.  They almost seemed like jeggings.  Plus, as I predicted, they were a little snug.

Ultimately: Sent them back. If they had fit though and weren’t $88, I would have likely kept them just because I don’t have any good jeggings.

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Next up…Honey Punch, Lanna Cross-Front Polka Dot dress {$68}

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Initial impressions: Super loved the polka dots and the colors were great (it’s hard to tell but the dress is dark green with mauve polka dots). Light weight enough so you could wear it in the summer despite the long sleeves, but also wearable in the winter if you layered it.

Thoughts:  The v-neck was great and the bottom front hem was adorable and I loved the overall style of it, but…it doesn’t fit.  I’m not tall (5’4″), but this dress was made for someone shorter than me.  The cinched waist is above my actual waist and it was overall just too short.

Ultimately: Sadly, sent it back

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Next…Daniel Rainn, Barcelona Striped Silk Short Sleeve Blouse {$78}

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Initial impressions: It’s not something I would have been drawn to, but I like the colors and I love the zipper at the back of the neck (not pictured, sorry).

Thoughts:  I like it!  It’s not something I would pick out and it’s not something I would usually wear, but that’s part of the reason I wanted to try this service.  I want to break out of my comfort zone and wear things I wouldn’t necessarily pick out.  My hubs was in the room when I was trying everything on and he gave this shirt a thumbs up.  The price tag gave me a bit of a pause.  Not sure I would pay that price if I were trying this on in the store.

Ultimately: I kept it. I liked it and so did the hubby.

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Next…41Hawthorn, Ivy Solid Tab Sleeve V-Neck Blouse {$68}

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Initial impression: “Eh”

Thoughts: Hate it.  It’s just “blah”.  The material is that see through thin material that hangs so nicely and is great in the summer time, but unfortunately drives me batty. I tried it on and said, “eh, it’s nothing special”.  It’s just a black flowy shirt.  When I asked my hubs his opinion he said he liked it better than most of the stuff I wear.  Gee thanks, hubs.  :o/  Unfortunately he isn’t the one wearing it and as I was explaining to him why I don’t like it, I was even more convinced that it wasn’t for me.  I have a few of these types of tops in my closet and I rarely wear them.  The roll up sleeves that button to 3/4 length, drive me bonkers.  They keep falling down, but I want to keep pulling them up!  I see a lot of people wear them and they look great, but they just annoy the crap out of me.  Plus, it was too big for me anyway.

Ultimately: Sent back

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Last, but not least…Bay to Baubles, Blair Pave Chain Link Bracelet {$32}

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Initial impression: My stylist got the memo that I like GREEN!  When I read, “pave link bracelet” on the invoice list I was worried it would be the same as a bracelet I already have, but I was pleasantly surprised that it was not.

Thoughts: It’s got an adjustable link closure so it fits a variety of sized wrists and the color is great, but I’m not sure how often I’ll wear it.

Ultimately:  Sent it back.  I don’t feel like the price reflects the quality and I noticed when I was taking photos that it’s missing a little jewel. 😦

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Okay, so there you have it.  The unboxing of my first Stitch Fix!

At first I was disappointed because there was nothing I really loved.  Well, I could have really loved the dress, but it didn’t love me back.

After sleeping on it though, I think it was a great start.  I do really like the striped shirt, even though I thought it was a little pricey, and the dress could have been awesome had it fit.

Next step is to give feedback on the items I’m returning, tweak my online style profile and try again next month!  I think once my stylist gets to know me better and I get better at vocalizing what I like/don’t like, the picks will be closer and closer to items that work for me.  Lest not forget either that I signed up so I could stretch my fashion wings and get out of my comfort zone, which this box certainly did for me.

What do you think?  Did you agree with my likes/dislikes?

Have you tried Stitch Fix? What do you think of the service?

If you haven’t tried it, click here to schedule your own personalized fix!

Disclaimer: *this totally makes me laugh to type this* but, this was NOT a sponsored post.  I signed up and paid for Stitch Fix all on my own.

When I get something new…

I wear it to death!

My 2nd rain boot outfit in a week.  In my defense, it was raining cats & dogs that day and they came in VERY handy.  I have never been so giddy about rain.  I came home, not exactly dry, and my husband thought I would be unhappy that I had to go out in the rain, but quickly realized I was like a kid who just got to jump in puddles when I exclaimed, “my boots are wet!!” and had a great big smile on my face.  😀

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DSC_0784-EditHunter Boots :: striped shirt (sold out) :: Lucky jeans (seen here & here)
necklace (Charming Charlie’s, but almost exact one here)

 

Golden Globes Fashion

Okay, I’ll be honest, I don’t usually watch the awards shows.  I wait until the next day to check out all the highlights online and drool over how pretty everyone looked.  Today I was quickly looking through all the pictures and I have to say, these are the three that stood out the most to me.

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My favorite color is green, so I’m not surprised that two of the dresses I liked were shades of green.  I thought Olivia Wilde looked STUNNING in that sequin number and it highlighted her baby bump gorgeously!

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I thought these two ladies looked fab as well, but what caught my eye was the all black with a pop of turquoise/tiffany blue.  A new trend maybe?

Who was on your best dressed list?!