Oct 052014
 

So, not all fixes are home runs (which is good for my budget:) ). This one was not. I went out on a limb and asked for a skirt and a chunky sweater or cardigan and while Gillian tried – it was just not what I was looking for.

All was not lost, I did keep three of the 5 pieces and I appreciate that she tried to find what I was looking for – it was a long shot.

So, before we get on to the fashion show, a little about Stitch Fix. Stitch Fix is a personal styling service. You fill out a style profile online, schedule your fix and wait for the package of goodies!! Try everything on in the comfort of your own home and keep only what you want. Use the pre-paid envelop to mail back the rest (if anything!!) and that’s it.

A few details:

  • There’s a $20 styling fee, which is used towards your order
  • If you keep all 5 items you receive 25% off your order.
  • You choose your price range.
  • The more feedback you give to your stylist, the better your fixes get over time. So be sure to be very specific to your stylists so that they can send you things you’ll love. I highly suggest hooking up your Pinterest style board to your profile as well.

Lastly, if you want to sign up use this link. (Full disclosure, I get a referral bonus if you use that link. You can too once you’re signed up and share with your friends!)

Now, let’s go through what I kept:

Bay to Baubles Rowena Leaf Pendant Necklace
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I loved this one – simple, different and just the right length.

41Hawthorn Walt Striped Skirt
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This is one that I wouldn’t have normally purchased for myself and definitely not one for “fat days” but it’s nice to have something different in my closet. I have to find a nice navy cami and it would pair perfectly with my mustard colored cardi.

Pomelo Moni Stud Detailed 3/4 Sleeve Blouse
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I LOVED this one! I’ve already worn it a bunch – perfect with skinny jeans and my brown boots.

And the pieces I sent back:

41Hawthon Breyson Pleat Detail Sleeveless Knit Top
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This one just fit like a night shirt. I don’t know if it’s because I lost weight since I filled out my profile or what, it just didn’t

Under Skies Simran Solid French Terry Moto Jacket
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This was the one she tried in lieu of a chunky sweater and just not at all what I was looking for. That’s not always a bad thing because heck, that’s part of using this service. Unfortunately, this one was just not what I was looking for so it went back.

So there you have it. Not a dud but not the homerun I’ve had in the past. My next fix is November. I’m anxious to see what fall pieces they send along.

Jul 222014
 

I’m really glad I stretched these out because this box was a home run too just like the last one:) While this is affordable, I’m not sure my budget can handle a full box more often than every few months and if Gillian keeps hitting it out of the park that’s what we’re looking at.

So, before we get on to the fashion show, a little about Stitch Fix. Stitch Fix is a personal styling service. You fill out a style profile online, schedule your fix and wait for the package of goodies!! Try everything on in the comfort of your own home and keep only what you want. Use the pre-paid envelop to mail back the rest (if anything!!) and that’s it.

A few details:

  • There’s a $20 styling fee, which is used towards your order
  • If you keep all 5 items you receive 25% off your order.
  • You choose your price range.
  • The more feedback you give to your stylist, the better your fixes get over time. So be sure to be very specific to your stylists so that they can send you things you’ll love. I highly suggest hooking up your Pinterest style board to your profile as well.

Lastly, if you want to sign up use this link. (Full disclosure, I get a referral bonus if you use that link. You can too once you’re signed up and share with your friends!)

Now, on to the fashion show. I actually broke out the tripod and tried to do these myself. You’ll see my little helpers in there periodically because it seems that the only time I can get them to sit for a picture is the only time I would rather they occupy themselves otherwise.


#1 Level 99 Andrea Abstract Print Linen Shorts

I wasn’t real sure about these out of the box but once I found a shirt (which is horribly wrinkled) and the shoes I really started to dig it. Not something I would have bought for myself but that’s why I love Stitch Fix – they open you up to new ideas and styles.

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#2 and #3 Honey Punch Sifaya Chevron Print Dress and Street Level Juno Small Folded Clutch
I LOVE this dress. Stress L-O-V-E!! It fits perfectly and can be dressed up or down. I had flat sandals and my Lisa Leonard necklace on for dinner the other night and it was perfectly casual. In the pic I switched to heels, a dressier necklace and the hot coral clutch and it would be appropriate for a date night or a night out with the girls.

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#4 Sweet Rain Adriann Racerback Hi-Lo Floral Dress
This is a little more romantic than I normally wear but it fits well and was so pretty on that I just had to keep it. It’s got a cool short liner with the longer chiffon over top. Paired with a pair of gladiator sandals (which I don’t actually have…) it would be perfect for a Saturday afternoon out or add my normal platform sandals and it works for an evening out too.

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#5 Renee C Francisco Crochet Detail Tank
This was the only one that I did not love when I put it on. The cut was nice but the material is so light and skin colored that I struggled. However, my opinion has been changed. I put a pink tank under it and paired it with my Navy shorts and it actually worked really nicely. Not one of those shirts that goes with anything but with the right thing it’s cute.

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So that’s it! I asked Gillan for shorts this time around and she delivered. This next fix I’ve asked for a skirt instead of a dress (or along with a dress) so we’ll see what they come up with. My next fix isn’t until September so I’ll have a bit of a wait (but the skirt will be a fallish skirt I hope!)

One thing to think about, if you’re on the fence – Stitch Fix is great if you have an event coming up and need something to wear. Just tell them what the event is and what look you’re thinking about wearing (formal? casual? beach wedding? cocktail party?) and let them style you! I think I may do that for a Nov/Dec fix so I have something for the work Christmas party.

May 152014
 

I was walking through the mall this past weekend and thought to myself, “I’m so spoiled by Stich Fix”. This was in reference to the fact that I had to stop at 5 different stores and try on 10 different things to finally find the shorts I wanted. So much work…

Which is why when Stitch Fix #6 came the other day and I was so excited to see what they picked! I had one specific request for a gold bib like necklace to expand my collection. I had only one and needed some variety.

This time around I had Gillian to style me. I’m really happy with the pieces and I won’t leave you in suspense – I kept the whole box. With my referral credits, the styling credit and my birthday money it fit into the budget!

So, on to the clothes. I had DH snap the pics after dinner but the sun was still so high so I’m not looking at him because all I was doing was squinting. Ignore the odd poses (and the porta john in the background – I need to go photoshop those out!):)

First up: Collective Concepts Esten Button-Up Sleeveless Blouse

I love this top. I asked for things that were not tight around my middle since I’m still really self conscious there and they delivered. It’s a smidge boxy but it moves well so you don’t really notice. I actually went out and bought new white shorts to wear with it for my birthday/mothers day dinner date with hubs! Love it! Kept it!
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Second: Paper Moon Crissy Spacedye Cross-Back Knit Shirt

Loved this too. It’s casual enough for jeans and I can dress it up with a nice pair of linen shorts (as seen here). I love the criss cross detail on the back (which I totally forgot to get a pic of) and the neat chevron detail on the pocket. Plus? It’s sooo soft and flowy.
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Third: The Bay to Baubles Eaton Metal Shape Bib Necklace is in those pictures too. This they totally delivered on! I asked for another gold bib type necklace and this is what I got. I loved it so much and have already worn it a bunch!!! It’s a nice change up from my gold chevron one.

Fourth Up: THML Kahlo Racer Back Striped Maxi.

This is a nice casual maxi. I love maxis although this one is a little more form fitting than I usually go for. A nice sweater over top helps. But, DH did love it so I figured it was a keeper.

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Last up was the Renee C Jaimie Eyelet Striped Cardigan

It looks terrible with the maxi but it was the last one I had to photo and didn’t want to change again. I love this cardi. It’s light weight and so pretty. It’s a little more casual but works well for my office. I think with the right outfit it can be dressed up a bit.
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So there you have it – Fix #6. I kept it all and have actually worn most of the pieces already!! I just noticed that they now offer the option to schedule your fixes ever 2-3 weeks, every month or every other month. I would generally just skip a fix but now I can set it to be every other month.(I find that every other month is just about right. It spaces things out so I can budget better). So, my next fix will be July.

So, if you want to try this for yourself, Click here on my referral link to sign up. (In full disclosure, I do get a little kick back when you get your first fix but then you can share you link and get the same!!) I promise, you won’t regret it!!!

(I wasn’t compensated by Stitch Fix for this review, just sharing some things I love with the 10 people out there that actually read this:))

Mar 122014
 

I’m never good a taking pictures for these things but I made an effort this time. However, all the pics I took of myself in the clothes did not turn out (1. i look fat 2. they were all out of focus) so you’re stuck with just pics of them on the floor.

This is my 5th fix. My last one I kept everything so I was excited to see how things one would shape up. Turns out that the same stylist picked me up this time and again did a great job. I didn’t keep everything but I did keep a chunk.

First things first – Edie was my stylist again which was exciting because she knew what she sent last time and found pieces that would work with my previous fix. I love the style cards they include and actually have been keeping them on a shelf in my closet for when I need inspiration.

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The first piece was this pretty paisley keyhole top. I loved it. The fit was nice and flowy and went well with both jeans and my work slacks. It goes well with the blue cardi from my last fix so that’s a bonus.

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STATUS: Keep!

Next up was a dress that I loved when I pulled it out. I was so excited to try it on. Unfortunately, it was too small!:( My rib cage was just too big and I couldn’t zip it up all the way. It was too bad because I really loved the pattern on the top front.

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STATUS: Send Back:(

This shirt was nice and light which will be great for summer. The fit was nice and had some good movement to it. Plus since the colors are so neutral I can try a few different bottoms with it.

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STATUS: Keep!

This red stripped number I loved as well. There’s a small faux leather detail on the pockets and it’s this great stretchy knit that could be casual but also dressed up. I actually plan on wearing it tomorrow!!

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STATUS: Keep!

The last piece was this awesome collar necklace. I loved it on but really didn’t have anything to match it in my closet so I ended up sending it back. I just couldn’t justify the budget for something I don’t have a thing for. I think I may regret it later but we’ll see. Perhaps I just sent it back to make myself feel better for not keeping the entire fix.

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STATUS: Send back

So, I ended up with three more shirts from this fix which is funny since 3 of my top 5 favorite tops came from Stitch Fix. I foresee the rest of that top 5 being rounded out by this fix.

Now, having been through 5 of these I’ve found the following three tricks to yield better boxes:

1. Make sure you have a full style profile (and keep it up to date)
2. Provide them with a Pinterest board with your style likes on it.
3. Provide them timely and detailed feedback on past fixes so that they start to learn what you like and don’t like.

Lastly, I was not compensated by Stitch Fix for this write up. It’s just fun to share with everyone. That said, I have included my referral link below if you want to sign up which does give me a credit when you sign up and receive your first fix:)

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