Tips for a Successful Fix

I said I wasn’t going to write one of these posts. Because plenty of other “stitch fix bloggers” have written a post like this and they all basically say the same thing (at least the ones I’ve read). BUT, if mine is the only blog you read (about Stitch Fix), and you’ve signed up for it based on my recommendation, I want to make sure you have all the information you need to have the best chance of getting really great fixes.

So, here we go!

Stitch Fix Tips

 

How to get your best fix:

 

1. Thoughtfully fill out your style profile, and update it as often as necessary. The style profile is pretty comprehensive. It includes your sizes, style preferences, how often you dress for certain occasions, things you’d like to avoid, and so much more. But if you’re like me, your preferences might change after awhile. So go back and update it! I mentioned in one of my most recent reviews that I wanted to start receiving jewelry. Up until then, I noted in my style profile not to send any. So I changed it and started getting jewelry.

The style profile also has pictures like this:

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The top picture is very much my style. It’s said “love it” from the very beginning. The bottom picture is the “edgy” style. I used to have “hate it” instead of “like it”. But I’ve become a bit more daring after several fixes and I’m willing to try the occasional “edgy” piece now. So I’ve updated that. I like that you can customize your fixes in this way.

 

2. Create a Pinterest Board just for Stitch Fix. You can link directly to it from your style profile. I remember when Pinterest first came into existence a few years ago. I created a “style” board that was basically my dream wardrobe. I thought “man, I wish all these clothes would just magically appear in my closet!” Well, Stitch Fix has (basically) made that happen! This board gives the stylist a good visual of what I like to wear (or what I want to try). You can even pin Stitch Fix-specific items (which I recommend). For example, you can pin any of the pictures I’ve posted in my reviews if you like them. Read other Stitch Fix reviews and pin their pictures. A good place to find them is on Instagram or Twitter (search #stitchfix). Or follow Stitch Fix’s own Pinterest Board and pin from there. I’ve received exact items that I’ve pinned, or something very similar. A few fixes ago the stylist mentioned in her note to me (they send you a personalized note with every fix), “I noticed a lot of mustard-colored items on your Pinterest board…”…and so she sent me a sweater in that color. They do look at your Pinterest board and do their best to come close to what you’ve pinned. So take advantage of this! Here’s a sneak peek of my board:

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3. Give very specific feedback after every fix. When you go to “checkout” online, they will have each item from your fix listed there. And under each item, you can indicate what you thought about the size, price, style, and fit/cut. There will also be a “comments” box where you can type in exactly what you liked or didn’t like about it. DO THIS. Don’t just say “I didn’t like this sweater”. Say, “It’s too boxy. The fabric is itchy. It was too expensive. The color isn’t very flattering on me, etc.” If you like something, don’t just say “I liked this.” Tell them why. “I loved this color on me. The cut is flattering for my body type. The fabric is super soft. This is comfortable and easy to chase my kids in, etc.” This will help them pick out better items for you in the future. Don’t be afraid to offend a stylist. If they totally bomb a fix and you hate everything, tell them exactly why so they can make it better.

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4. When you schedule a fix you can leave a note for your stylist. This is another opportunity for you to mention what you like or don’t like. I’ve mentioned in mine, “please don’t send super loose-fitting tops anymore. I have a small frame and it just looks like I’m drowning in those shirts.” This is also where you can make requests, like “please send a box with lots of fun colors and prints”, or “I’m going to a wedding in a few months, can you send me a dress?”Or, “I really like the Corina Striped Dolman Top on my Pinterest board. If it’s available in my size I’d like to get that!” When you make super specific requests like that one, there’s no guarantee you’ll get it (might not be available that month in your size, etc.) But they do try, so it’s always worth asking!

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5. Be willing to take a risk! There were certain styles  I was dead set against in the beginning. But I’ve gradually developed more of an open mind. I’ve received several items now that I would’ve never picked out for myself in a store. I saw it in the box and immediately thought, “well, that one’s getting returned”. Until I tried it on. Always try it on! Ask for someone else’s opinion if you want. My Facebook friends and my husband have helped me decide on items that I was “on the fence” with. But don’t freak out if you see something in the box that’s not “your style”. Try it on. Look at yourself in the mirror. If you still don’t like it, that’s fine. But at least give it a fair chance. I like when my stylist takes a risk and sends me something that’s a little out of my comfort zone. It’s hit or miss. But when it hits, it usually becomes my favorite item in my whole wardrobe 🙂 For me, it’s these bright red skinny jeans (that I would’ve returned had it not been for others, especially my husband, telling me to keep them).

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6. Style your items. One of the perks of having clothes delivered to your house, and having 3 days to decide on what you want to keep, is that you can look at what you already have in your closet to see how it all fits together. They don’t send you a box with 5 items that make a complete outfit. There’s usually at least 2 items they’ll recommend pairing together, but for the most part you’re getting 5 separate items, usually a good mix of basics and statement pieces (unless you’ve made specific requests). Take your time to figure out how you’ll wear each item, what you’ll pair it with, etc. Will you get a lot of use out of it? Or is it just going to hang in your closet? Know it’s potential before you make the purchase. If you’re used to shopping for clothes at Target or Kohl’s (like me), the price tag on these items may come as a shock. So I’m always thinking about the “price per wear” (thank you, Stacy London of What Not to Wear). In my opinion (and Stacy’s), if you’re going to get a lot of use out of it and it’s high quality (therefore lasting longer), the price is worth it.

 

7. If all else fails, contact Customer Service! If you’ve done all of the above, repeatedly asked them to NOT send you polka dots, but they keep sending you polka dots anyway, write to them and let them know (hello@stitchfix.com). I’ve had a good experience with them so far when I had a problem with one of the items I received. They were responsive, understanding and did what they could to make it right. I contacted them just this morning actually to let them know that a particular brand seems to run big (at least on me). First, they looked to see if they had a specific item I liked in a smaller size (the shorts from my last fix). Sadly, they didn’t have it. But they made a note to send me a smaller size in that specific brand in the future. They value their customers (and want your business of course) so they’re going to do what they can to make you happy. So let them know how they can do that.

 

Well, that’s it! Those are my best tips. For those of you who have tried it, would you add anything else to the list?

For anyone not signed up yet, if you do give it a try, please let me know how it goes 🙂

*Again, I receive nothing from Stitch Fix for writing about them. These are all my opinions. All related posts do contain a referral link, however, that gives me a $25 credit if you sign up using the link. That is all.

 

 

Stitch Fix #9

I can’t believe this is my 9th box from Stitch Fix already! I think an update will be in order after this (of all the things I’ve kept and how I’m “styling” them, which I’m still learning as I go). My wardrobe is almost entirely Stitch Fix at this point. Every day I wear at least one item from them (usually more than one). So I’d say my mission to upgrade my wardrobe has been successful thus far!

One of the things I love about this service is that I can request specific things for special occasions too. This month I requested a dress for an upcoming wedding in Pennsylvania this May, and a necklace to go with it. And I received just that! Two dress options in fact. Unfortunately, I don’t think either of them worked out for me 🙁 But I have 1 more fix until the wedding, so maybe next month I’ll get a winner! I haven’t received a dress from them yet so I guess it’s understandable that it didn’t quite hit the mark on the first try.

The theme of this box was definitely “spring”. Pink and mint green colors, a floral print dress, shorts, etc. I’m excited to start getting warm weather clothes now. Bring on the shorts, tanks, and maxi skirts!

Stitch Fix Review April

Here’s what I got…

We’ll start with the dresses.

Item 1: Tammi Keyhole Dress (Pixley)

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What I like about it: the print. That’s about it. I’ve seen this same print on a top (from Stitch Fix). I think I’d prefer the top over this dress. This is a little too big on me. The style and cut isn’t very flattering for my body shape (really loose in the chest area…and since my breastfeeding boobs are gone, we’re not quite filling out this dress lol). It does, however, look great on the hanger for someone else to wear 🙂

Stitch Fix Tammi Keyhole Dress

 

Item 2: Gertrude Dress (Olive & Oak)

Stitch Fix Gertrude Dress

Again, I’ll start with what I like. It seems like a high-quality, well-made dress. The fabric is soft and heavy (in a good way) with some texture to it. It has pockets (I LOVE pocket dresses). But…not sure I’m loving that mint green color. Reminds me of an Easter Egg (which is timely I suppose). But it also didn’t fit right. It’s a bit too small and short (opposite of the other dress). Here’s a better picture of it on the hanger:

Stitch Fix Gertrude Dress

 

Item 3: Finnegan Roll Cuff Chino Short (Dear John) 

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These shorts are totally my style. I love the pinstripe and the roll cuff. But they’re too big! 🙁 Same size as all the other bottoms I’ve kept…but all sizes and brands are not created equal! I pulled these off without even unbuttoning them. The photo doesn’t capture how big they actually are because of the way I’m standing. Anyway…had they been a size smaller, I would’ve kept them. Bummer.

Item 4: Maribell Dolman Knit Top (Papermoon)

Maribell Dolman Knit Top

This top was another one of those “pleasant surprise” items. When I saw “dolman” in the description I was nervous again. Dolman-style shirts tend to be loose, with the webbed-armpits. While I’ve kept a few of them in the past, they’re still not REALLY in my comfort zone yet. So I get nervous. However, once I put it on, it won me over. I asked for something in a “blush” color and this was what I got. I do looooove this color. And the fabric. And the way it fits me. It’s so soft and delicate-looking. It’s a bit longer in the back, which I’m really starting to like (as long as it isn’t too short in the front). And what looks like a plain sweater from the front, has some really spectacular gold button detailing on the back! 

Maribell Dolman Knit Top

I’ve seen a few of these “backwards” tops before and didn’t really like it (for me). But I think it works here. I dig it.

 

Item 5: Austin Mini Spoon Drops Necklace (Romolo)

Austin Mini Spoon Drops Necklace

This is the necklace I requested to go with whatever dress they sent me. Fortunately, even though the dresses didn’t work out, the necklace still does! Pairs beautifully with the pink top, don’t you think? It’s “neutral” enough that it can go with almost anything. It “glams up” an otherwise very casual outfit.  I felt kind of classy wearing it. It’s not the kind of jewelry I used to wear! I like the direction we’re headed.

 So, here’s the recap and the verdict:

Item 1: Tammi Keyhole Dress: RETURN
Item 2: Gertrude Dress: RETURN
Item 3: Finnegan Roll Cuff Chino Short: RETURN
Item 4: Maribell Dolman Knit Top: KEEP
Item 5: Austin Mini Spoon Drops Necklace: KEEP

Not as many “keepers” as usual, but that’s fine, especially since I had some referral credit again. This was my cheapest purchase yet (less than $20)! And I’m very happy with it.

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It’s About The Bag

The Kelly Moore bag. I found this bag while searching for a purse that would be big enough to accommodate my camera and a lens. I really hate carrying multiple bags when I go out and about. When we take day trips or weekend trips somewhere I always want to bring my camera along, but don’t want to bring the whole camera bag (in addition to my purse, a diaper bag, etc.) So I’d end up shoving my camera in my purse (which was definitely not big enough for it, and provided no protection for my very expensive camera and lens). I didn’t realize they made camera bags that are so stylish they can double as regular purses like these do. It just so happened that I was also in need of a new purse, as the straps on my current one are very close to ripping (it was a cheapo). So I was pretty excited when I discovered Kelly Moore bags!

Kelly Moore Bag 2 Sues

I decided on “2 Sues” in Walnut. There were a few other styles I liked, but this one met all the requirements for me. 1. It’s  large 2. Has the “posey pocket” (which is now my wallet, so I don’t need to worry about fitting a separate item in the bag) 3. Comes with a longer shoulder strap (so I can sling it across my body while shooting). And while I was tempted to get a bright, bold color, this one is way more practical for me. It will go with everything I wear. I don’t want to have to worry about my outfit clashing with my bag (and I would worry about it).

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Here’s a view of the back with the “posey pocket” (aka: built-in wallet!) It has several little spots for memory cards too.

Kelly Moore Bag 2 Sues Kelly Moore Bag 2 Sues

There are so many other compartments (pockets with snaps and zippers). Everything that was in my old purse is now in here, hidden nicely and not spilling out everywhere (the keys hanging out is just to show you where they go…obviously). My essentials are in the front 2 pockets: Cell phone, hand sanitizer, and keys.

Kelly Moore Bag 2 Sues

And now for the inside….

Kelly Moore Bag 2 Sues

You can see that it’s pretty deep, so there’s room to put stuff on top if you need to (like a diaper and some wipes!) Those pads are removable though, so if I just want to use it as a purse and/or diaper bag I can do that easily.

Kelly Moore Bag 2 Sues

I’ll have to update everyone after it gets some use, but so far I’m thoroughly impressed with this bag. It’s super stylish and seems to suit my needs. The quality seems to be good too (it better be for the price I paid!) I don’t want to be replacing this for a while. It seems like it’s going to hold up, but only time will tell.

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Glad someone thinks so 🙂

 

It’s Not About The Clothes

I read and shared an article on facebook this morning written by a couple that we met at the Stitch Fix Party. It included something I haven’t heard yet before: a male perspective on Stitch Fix and it inspired me to write this post. He concluded with this, “…sometimes there’s a great deal more in a box than just a dress and charge on your credit card.” Yes. Yes. and Yes. I saw another quote somewhere that said, “Clothes aren’t going to change the world. The women who wear them will.” And that is exactly the point of this for me, personally. Since I’ve been posting a lot about Stitch Fix and clothes recently, I thought I’d take a moment to explain more about why I do it.

I’ve never been into fashion. Growing up, all I cared about was having the same name brand clothes all the cool kids had. To “keep up with the Joneses”. Then sometime after high school and during college, I just wore t-shirts, jeans and hoodies. And sneakers or flip flops. I didn’t really care much about what I wore. It wasn’t until last summer, after I had my 2nd kid, that I looked in my wardrobe and realized I needed a change.

1. Nothing fit.

2. Most of it was falling apart (holes in the armpits, buttons missing, etc.)

3. It was all from the juniors department and no longer reflected ME. A wife, a mom, an adult, a woman (no longer a junior!)

4. The idea of trying to figure out what my new “adult” wardrobe should look like, AND find the time to pick out, try on and purchase that new wardrobe (with 2 small kids), was extremely daunting.

Stitch Fix has solved all 4 of those problems for me! Which is why I love it so much and recommend it so often. It might not be for everyone, but it’s been great for me at this stage of my life.

For some women, maybe it is just about the clothes. The latest trends, the name brands, the price tag, etc. For me, it’s about what the clothes do for me. How they make me feel. The confidence they bring out in me. It’s not about being materialistic. It’s about being a sleep-deprived, exhausted mom who still wants to feel like woman sometimes. And there is NOTHING wrong with that. Clothes, make-up, jewelry, shoes, etc. can help us feel more like a woman and a little more “put together”. It’s not about hiding our true, raw, beautiful selves. It’s about enhancing and bringing out what’s already there. Sure, maybe some women take it too far and it becomes an obsession or the ONLY way they feel beautiful. But don’t assume it’s like that for every woman. I’d bet it has a lot more to do with confidence and just feeling good about themselves.

A typical “mom uniform” is yoga pants, a t-shirt “accessorized” with spit-up or goldfish cracker crumbs, and hair pulled back in a messy bun. When I’m home all day with my kids, that uniform is pretty practical and easy and I’m cool with that. But I’m not just a mom. I’m also a wife and a woman. I want my husband to know that I still care about being attractive to him like I did when we were dating. So I “clean up” nice for him on date nights. And I want the rest of the world to know, when I do make it out of the house, that I’m a confident woman and I haven’t just “let myself go” now that I’m a mom.

This whole idea was addressed at our last MOPS meeting. We had a really fun “fashion show” with volunteer moms strutting their stuff with cute outfits on, make-up tips and tricks and hair styling ideas. A few years ago I would’ve thought that was totally unnecessary and a little vain. Like, “shouldn’t we be talking about more important topics??” But now that I’m a mom my views have changed a bit. Of course there other things more important than clothes, make up and hair. But that’s not at all the point. Feeling brave and confident as a woman and a mom….that was the point. I get it now. And while it’s not the MOST important thing, it is still an important thing.

So, thank you again Stitch Fix, for helping me find my style and sending me clothes that I feel confident in. And aside from that, it is really fun getting a box of clothes in the mail every month. Nothing wrong with the fun factor either 🙂

 

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Stitch Fix Launch Party!

If you haven’t heard yet, let me be the first to tell you… Stitch Fix has officially launched Petites and Maternity! This is really exciting news. I love this service and all the clothes I’ve received, so I’m happy that more women of different sizes can experience it now too. Unfortunately, they don’t have Plus Size yet. I’m sure they’ve had a lot of requests for that (and probably even more so now with this launch). I don’t know the business or what it takes to make that happen but I hope they’re able to do it sometime in the near future. But this expansion is still a step in the right direction!

Maternity is especially exciting. It’s a time in a woman’s life where we can really struggle to look and feel our best. As the baby weight piles on, and our figures dramatically change shape, it can be hard to dress in a flattering way. Pregnancy is such a beautiful thing…growing another life inside our bodies. We shouldn’t have to sacrifice looking great, even for 9 months. We should be able to wear clothes that show off that bump, and enhance our new beautiful life-growing body! So, yay Stitch Fix Maternity!

Ok, about this launch party thing. I received an email about a month or so ago with the invitation to a secret launch party for Stitch Fix and Club MomMe. At first, I thought it might be a joke. I even forwarded the email to my husband so he could check to see if it was spam. I had no idea how or why I got invited, but I was pretty excited and RSVP’d “yes” immediately. We didn’t find out what the “secret” was until the morning of the event, when it was announced publicly. Once that happened, I was finally convinced that this party was legit and not a joke.

The whole family was invited so we got to the city early, walked around for a bit and got dinner. Here are the kids, just hanging out on a chilly afternoon in San Francisco.

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When we got to Stitch Fix headquarters, I checked in and found out for sure why I was there. They asked, “Are you with one of the organizations or a blog?” “Um, blog! klgmom.com.” Yay! Inside I was kind of giddy. Stitch Fix knows who I am…and they know my blog. What?! (Hi Stitch Fix!)

I felt so honored and humbled to be there surrounded by other mom bloggers and Stitch Fix employees…at Stitch Fix Headquarters! It was a little intimidating and so I mostly hid behind my camera the whole time. I did grab a drink and chat with some ladies for a bit though, don’t worry. I wasn’t a complete loner. They had a great play area for the kids where Gwen spent most of her time. And Ivor hung out with little Ivor.

We were there pretty early and for awhile my boys were the only guys in the room. I turned to Ivor and said “Well…looks like I’m the only one who brought a husband! Sorry babe.” But eventually another adorable family of 4 showed up and they were excited to see another “dad with a baby” in the room. The mom’s name was Allison and she brought her husband, daughter and teeny tiny baby boy. I didn’t realize who she was until after we left the party. Buzzfeed wrote an article about her. She has 15.5K followers on instagram (@lifeasallison). And I was in the same room as her, there for the same reason as her? Seriously Stitch Fix, did you mean to invite ME? Are you sure? Well, too late now. I was there and have the pictures to prove it 🙂

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Another cool moment was being welcomed by Katrina Lake, Founder and CEO of Stitch Fix. She was so sweet and so happy that we were to celebrate this launch with them. She talked about the humble beginnings of the company and how far they’ve come in such a short amount of time. I’m kicking myself for not introducing myself to her or getting a picture with her! But here she is.

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They had yummy appetizers, a bar with cocktails and mocktails (for the pregnant ladies in the room). A sampling from Fresh Baby Bites. Giveaway items from 4moms . And lots of new petite and maternity clothing on display for us to check out.

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Stitch Fix Petite Stitch Fix Maternity

Overall, it was a great evening. Lots of adorable outfits worn. I may or may not have been scanning the room thinking “I need to request that top in my next fix!” Speaking of, here’s what I wore:

Kieraly Dot Print Short Sleeve Blouse  Mavi Aiden Jeans Stitch Fix

That’s the Kieraly Dot Print Short Sleeve Blouse from my last fix, and the Mavi Aiden Jeans from fix #6. Mustard cardigan from Target. Lucky brand flats that I got with a gift card from somewhere. Owl necklace from Becky Hagerty (I think?) 🙂

Anyway, thank you Stitch Fix for a lovely evening and for accommodating my whole family, including my PJ wearing daughter who ran around like she owned the place. She did have an adorable outfit on that she ruined when we first arrived. Since the event was going to go past her bedtime, all I had were PJ’s to change the kids into for the car ride home.  And so…Gwen rocked her jammies at the Stitch Fix party. She received many compliments 🙂

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Check out all of my photos from the event here! 

If you’re petite or pregnant and want to give Stitch Fix a try, sign up now!!

 

 

Stitch Fix #8

Stitch Fix Review March 2015

Stitch Fix #8 is here! This month I requested more colors and prints to spice up my wardrobe a little and get ready for spring. I also decided to start adding jewelry to my fixes (just one per fix). I made a note not to send any up until this point because I had plenty. Then I looked at what I actually had and realized that my jewelry/accessory collection could use a bit of an upgrade too. I’ve avoided wearing jewelry since having kids, for obvious reasons. But sometimes a girl just needs an accessory to feel a little more put together. I’ll take my chances with the grabby baby and toddler hands (I may regret saying that). But if anything, I’ll save the dangling earrings for date nights 🙂

So let’s get on with the review, shall we? Since my husband is home on paternity leave, I had him take the pictures again. While I did manage to get some makeup on my face this time, my hair was quite unruly. Can’t have it all.

Let’s start with the bad.

Item #1: Kyleigh Straight Leg Jean

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I was happy to see a pair of straight leg jeans in this fix. Just to try something other than skinny jeans (which is all they’ve ever sent me). But these are definitely not the jeans for me. They’re too big, first of all (in the waist, and all over…like baggy 90’s jeans). And the back pockets reminded me of men’s jeans. They did absolutely nothing for my bottom half. I felt like a scrawny teenage boy wearing these (or a skater girl). Either way, NOT the look I’m going for. I’m not opposed to the straight leg or boyfriend style jean if they actually fit well and don’t have “man pockets” 🙂

Verdict: RETURNED

Item #2: Kimberly Mixed Material Abstract Print Top

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Gah, when I look at these pictures I regret my decision. Because it looks good in the pictures. The pros: really cool print. I like the color. It was inexpensive. I like the “mixed material” (jersey knit in the shoulders and part of the back, and “blousey” in the front). But what I didn’t like about it,  you can’t really see in the pictures. It’s another one of those “floaty” tops. Where the fabric just floats away from my body (in the front and the back). I don’t like that. It’s fitted nicely in the shoulders, but from my boobs down, the fabric just hangs there. I know it would drive me crazy every time I would wear it. And so…

Verdict: RETURNED

Item #3: Adela Embroidered Split Neck Top

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First, these 2 pictures are a great example of the difference lighting can make in a photo 😉 Outside in natural lighting, you can see the “true” color of this top, coral. Inside, it looks a bit more orange. Anyway, this top was a pleasant surprise. And another great example of why you should always try everything on, even if you don’t think you’ll like it. In my “stitch fix blog” browsing I saw that some people DON’T try everything on that they get in their box. I don’t really understand that. I strongly encourage you to try everything on. I’ve received a few things now that I would’ve never picked out for myself, but loved it once I tried it on. This top is one of them! In a store, I would’ve never given this top a second glance. But since I’m not in a store, I put it on and looked at myself in the mirror and I loved it. It is a beautiful color. The dot embroidery doesn’t look as weird as I thought it would. The fabric is surprisingly soft and has some stretch to it. It’s light and breathable. Perfect top for spring!

Verdict: KEPT

 Item #4: Layna Spade Earrings

Layna Spade Earrings

My first jewelry fix is a winner. These are so my style it’s not even funny.  I actually pinned these exact earrings (stylists do pay attention!) I love the vintage gold look they have. And I love that I can pair them with almost every casual outfit I wear. I especially loved them with the coral top above. You may notice I’m wearing them in all the other pictures too.

Verdict: KEPT

Item #5: Kieraly Dot Print Short Sleeve Blouse

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I’ve been really drawn to polka dots lately. I found myself pinning almost every polka dot top I saw on Pinterest. So I specifically requested one for this fix and got it! I love this one. It can be dressed up, or dressed down. It goes well with colored pants, which I want more of. I forgot to take a picture of it, but it has cute ruching on the back, between the shoulder blades. The fabric is nice. And I like that it’s a bit longer than most of the blouses I’ve been getting. And this top begs to be accessorized with pops of color. I think I want more polka dots in my life. Next, white with black dots.

Verdict: KEPT

Recap….

Kyleigh Straight Leg Jean: RETURNED
Kimberly Mixed Material Abstract Print Top: RETURNED
Adela Embroidered Split Neck Top: KEPT
Layna Spade Earrings: KEPT
Kieraly Dot Print Short Sleeve Blouse: KEPT

3 out of 5 ain’t bad! Here are the style cards for the tops I kept:

Kieraly Dot Print Short Sleeve BlouseAdela Embroidered Split Neck Top

Ready to take the plunge and give Stitch Fix a try? Sign up here and get started on that style profile 🙂 Reminder: I get nothing from Stitch Fix for writing these reviews. I just really enjoy it. The only credit I get is if you use my referral link to sign up and order a fix. And that credit came in handy for this particular fix. I saved $50 🙂 Thanks, friends!

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Stitch Fix #7

Before going into my review of this fix, I just wanted to mention something: I receive nothing from Stitch Fix for writing these reviews. All of the items I’ve kept, I’ve purchased with my own money. What you’re getting is my 100% honest opinion of the service and the specific items I receive. Why do I do it? Mostly because it’s fun! I’ve never really been into fashion, until I became a mom and realized that I needed a major wardrobe upgrade and didn’t want to go shopping with 2 kids. So an online personal styling service seemed like a worthwhile thing to try, and I enjoy blogging about it. And reading other blogs about it. Stitch Fix does have a pretty awesome referral program though, so you will see my referral link in all of my reviews. If you use the link to sign up and order your fix, I get a $25 credit to put toward a future purchase. Don’t feel obligated to use it of course, but if you do, I’d certainly appreciate it 🙂 And then you can use your own referral link to get your own credit, thus spreading the Stitch Fix goodness.

Ok, on with the show!

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For this fix I requested either Melody or Tracy to be my stylist. Melody styled my very first box, which I loved, but nothing fit (except for the one tank I kept). And Tracy styled my last fix (the one where I kept everything!) My request was granted and I got Melody! Apparently she’s working out of the Indianapolis location because that’s where my fix shipped from this time (instead of San Francisco). Overall, not a bad box. Not another 5/5 winner, but my wallet is okay with that 🙂

Let’s start with the bad, shall we?

Axelle Colorblock Jacket

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This jacket is just not my style. It’s REALLY warm (which isn’t necessary right now in CA). And I don’t need anymore jackets in my wardrobe (I’ve already purchased 2 from Stitch Fix). Also, it’s clearly too small. And I don’t like the neckline…I felt like I was suffocating. VERDICT: Returning

Tamar Lace Detail Sweater

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I like the idea of this one. “Let’s take the ultimate casual/comfy grey sweatshirt and add some lace detail to make it more fashionable.” But it doesn’t work for me. If this was indeed a *sweater* (like it’s named), I probably would’ve kept it. But this is not a sweater, it’s a sweatshirt. I just didn’t feel great in it. And it was slightly damaged (some threading on the inside of the sweater was loose). VERDICT: Returning

Okay, now for the good!

Saxby Scoop Neck Top

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This is simple and casual and very “me.” It’s thin, so perfect for spring and summer. I like the coral colored stripes. And it fits. VERDICT: No-brainer keeper.

Cathleen Split-Neck Tulip-Sleeve Blouse and Connely Skinny Jean

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First, the blouse. I LOVE the color. It’s bright and bold and will look fantastic with other pops of color (necklaces, scarves & other accessories). It has interesting ruching on the sleeves and I like the pleating on the shoulders. It’s a classic, versatile piece. I have to admit, when I looked it up (before actually receiving it), I thought it would be pretty boring and not at all flattering on me. This is one of the reasons I love Stitch Fix. I would’ve never picked this out for myself at a store. Actually seeing something on your body, instead of the hanger, can make a big difference! VERDICT: Keeping

Next, the black skinnys. I’ve been requesting these for awhile. I think they’re a staple wardrobe item. These fit and feel amazing. VERDICT: Keeping. 

Also, that outfit makes me feel like a grown-up. And I like it.

The End 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Stitch Fix #6

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a WINNER! Stitch Fix #6 is my favorite box yet. And I”m 99% sure I’m keeping all 5 items. Unless someone comments “Omg, that looks HORRIBLE on you!” Even so, I’ll probably ignore you and keep it anyway.

To review, here are all of my previous fixes:

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After the last box, I was a little discouraged that they were getting farther away from what I wanted/needed in my wardrobe. But with this box, they have totally redeemed themselves! I wrote in my note “ok, enough with the blousey fancy fabrics and weird things I don’t like. I want casual, comfy clothes that I can chase kids around in” (partially paraphrased). After sending that note, I was a little worried that might translate into “send me boring clothes”. But thankfully, my stylist read between the lines:

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“Just because you’re a mom doesn’t mean you need to look like one.” Yes. Thank you, Tracy.

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Just look at those super comfy, but still fashionable clothes! I was so excited to try these on. And Ivor happened to be home today so he took the pictures, which means my face is in them. Please excuse my out of control hair and eyeliner-free face (although this is the most put together I’ve looked all week).

Item #1 and #2: Dorina Crochet Back Dolman Top and Aiden Skinny Jean

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This is the top that my stylist said is more loose fitting (which I’ve mentioned that I don’t like). BUT, I’m making an exception for this one. It is loose, yes. But I wouldn’t call it “oversized”. And that crochet detail on the back? Gorgeous! I have to wear my hair up when I wear this so people can see it! The only con is that it’s a “dry clean only” top (which I’ve told them to stop sending me). But dangit I like it too much to send back. I’ll make it work. I’ll just never wash it 😉

And those jeans….I may never take off. In fact, I’m still wearing them now. With the tags on. They fit perfectly and are ridiculously comfortable. They are mine forever.

Item #3: Alan Cowl Neck Asymmetrical Cardigan

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I was really excited about this one! It’s been on my pinterest board for awhile now and I was hoping it would show up in a box eventually. Today was the day! I was not disappointed. The fabric is soft and warm. I love that it can be worn open, partially zipped, or fully zipped. I love the tan color (yay neutrals) and I love the cowl neck. Also, the asymmetrical thing is very cool and flattering I think. All-around winner, this one.

Item #4: Jemdy Striped Dolman Sleeve Jersey Top

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Obviously the dolman style shirt is slightly out of my comfort zone, with the looseness and webbed armpit thing. But the style has really grown on me over the past few months (as I’ve seen so many other people wear it). What I really like about this one though, is that it’s fitted at the bottom. So for me that makes it more flattering and more “me”. And even though I’m still getting used to how it feels on (I feel like I’m wearing it wrong for some reason), it always looks good in the mirror and in the pictures.

and finally, Item #5: Elvina Embroidery Detail Pocket Front Top:

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So if there’s one “plain jane” item in the whole box, this would be it. HOWEVER, what doesn’t translate into pictures is how soft this fabric is. It’s so comfortable and I love the way it fits me. It’s something I will wear often, wrangling my kids, running errands, etc. And it does have the embroidery detail to give it a little something extra. I have Native American roots and the embroidery reminds me a bit of that. This is another “dry clean only” top (what the crap Stitch Fix??) but again….I just like it too much to care.

There you have it! My first perfect 5/5 box. And I’m really pleased with the final price of everything with the “buy 5” discount. I ended up saving $90 total, which includes the $20 styling fee credit. AND this was one of the more affordable boxes I’ve received. So this was definitely the box to keep.

Well done, Tracy from Stitch Fix. Well done.

Again, if you want to try this out for yourself, please use my referral link so I can get credit towards a future purchase 🙂

Oh, and here are all the “style cards” for each item, in case you’re interested:

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Stitch Fix #5

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Stitch Fix #5 has arrived, and sadly…I am underwhelmed with this one. I’m not giving up on Stitch Fix- I’ve received some really great pieces that I’ve been wearing a lot, but I think I need to start getting even more specific with my requests. I want to get  closer to keeping an entire box, not farther away.

Anyway, here’s what I got this month and my thoughts. Let me know what you think! Other opinions might change my mind about some things, who knows 🙂

Items 1 & 2: Wynn Ikat Print Front Pocket Blouse/Sophia Skinny Jeans

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Starting off with the best of the box. This was my favorite top. I love ALMOST everything about it. It’s a flattering cut, great color and print. I love the roll-up button sleeves. But those chest pockets….I just don’t know about them. If they weren’t there, this would be a no-brainer keeper for me. What do you think? Am I being too picky about it? Is it that noticeable? Does it add some visual interest, or is it just weird? And I’m wearing the Sophia Skinny Jeans in that first picture. I’m probably keeping those because I really need jeans. They’re a medium-dark wash, even though they look black in this picture (thanks to horrible bathroom lighting). They don’t fit like a glove though. They’re just a TAD loose. But maybe after a few wash/dry cycles they will fit perfectly?

Item 3:  Kassidy Open Lattice Detail Tank

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Sigh. I’m not sure what in my style profile, pinterest board or note saying “Hey, mom of 2 here, looking for casual on-the-go pieces”  made my stylist think I’d like this. If I were in a rock band or something, maybe I’d wear this top on stage . But that’s a weird location for the “open lattice” thing. If it were at the top of the blouse, maybe. But mid-section? No. Fail. The only thing I liked about this top is the back (which is not pictured). It had a cool button closure at the top and a scoop back.

Item 4:  Lawley Cable Knit Open Cardigan

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I asked for a neutral cardigan, and this certainly is. Great quality, well-made. Super soft and warm. I like the cream color. But I’m not crazy about the overall style/cut. I don’t think it’s very flattering on me. When I did my sneak peek at what was coming, I saw a picture of it on another person and didn’t think it was flattering on her either. I think it’s the super straight across hemline. Meh. Bummer. I really need a good cardigan. We’ll try again next month.

Item 5: Walden Floral Print Zipper Detail Blouse

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I keep requesting casual tops to go with my red pants and so far we’re striking out. I keep getting blue, blousy tanks (which isn’t really what I had in mind). This is what I got this time. Not horrible. But the fabric feels really cheap (it is the cheapest item in the box). I don’t love it and I don’t want to keep it JUST because it goes with the pants. Also, it’s winter. Why do they keep sending me tanks? Yes, I know it’s California and it was like 72 degrees yesterday, but can I at least pretend I still live in PA and get some more sweaters? 🙂

What do you think? Right now all I’m thinking about keeping is the skinny jeans and the first “pocket” blouse.

 

 

 

 

A Stitch Fix Update

I’ve been getting fixes for a few months now and I have kept some really great items. So far, I’m pretty pleased with the service. I just wanted to take a moment to explain a bit more about how it works and what I’ve liked about it. You can read my very first review to hear how I came to my decision to give it a try (remember, I’ve been a loyal Target shopper, so paying more $$ for clothing was a big step!)

So, that brings me to what I like about it:

1. Quality clothing. Yes, the individual items are more expensive than what I’m used to paying. But since it’s a higher quality than what I usually buy, the price per wear (thank you What Not to Wear) is actually pretty low. I’d rather spend more money for items that will last and I’ll wear for a long time, than spend little money for items that will quickly wear out and not last. At least at this stage of my life (almost 30, mom, in need of a wardrobe upgrade). Of course, I did say in my style profile that I want the cheapest stuff they have:

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2. Being in complete control of how often I receive fixes. You have the option to sign up for automatic fixes (every 2-3 weeks, every month, or every other month), OR you can just schedule it each time for whenever the heck you feel like it. You can skip a fix at any time, or change your preferences at any time. If you know money is tight one month, or you want to wait until after you’ve received some birthday money (yes, I’m almost 30 and I still get birthday $$, #unashamed), you can schedule the fix for when you know you’ll have some extra cash. Or if you know a bunch of your friends just signed up and you’re going to get referral credit, you can wait until the credit shows up to schedule your fix, etc. It’s just really nice to be able to control that.

3. The convenience. I mentioned it in my first review, but it really is amazing to have someone else pick out clothes for me, send them to my door, allow me to try them on in my own home (then blog about it and get all my friends’ opinions), then return what I don’t keep in the pre-paid mailing bag they include in the box. With a toddler and a baby in my life, this process is way easier than taking them to a store, trying to pick stuff out for myself while keeping them under control, fitting myself and the double-stroller in the dressing room (the “family size” dressing rooms ALWAYS have a wait, and the family before me takes foreverrrrrrr…at least at Target).

My main goal with this service was to upgrade my wardrobe, and that goal is being met. I was in a wardrobe crisis. Seriously. The majority of my clothes were falling apart or no longer fit me. And my “style” was boring. Not very sophisticated. Kind of all over the place. It was time for a change! So far, so good.

Here’s a recap of all the items I’ve kept:

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3 Tanks (of various prints and colors), 1 cute Cardigan, 2 Jackets (green and black), 1 Pair of hot red pants!

In my next few fixes I’m hoping to add some sweaters, another cardigan, and more jeans (because I have exactly 2 pair that fit me right now…and one of the them is the red pair).

Now if only they sold shoes….! Can you imagine? I’d be in trouble.

Whenever you want to try Stitch Fix out for yourself, please use my referral code so I can get credit toward future purchases 😀