Valentine’s Day Stitch Fix Giveaway!!

Well Stitch Fix lovers, it’s happening again. I’ve collaborated with a lovely group of bloggers for yet another giveaway. And this one is even BIGGER than the last one. Are you ready? We are giving away one $500 Stitch Fix Gift Card (FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS!!) This is huge. I’m so excited for whoever wins this!

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You enter below by following each of us on our various social media pages (for a total of 22 entries!) That’s it! Super easy. The giveaway ends at 11:59pm (Eastern time) on February 12th. The winner will be announced soon after. Good luck!

Be sure to check out all the beautiful bloggers who made this giveaway possible (you’ll see their faces at the bottom) 🙂

 

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Stitch Fix Maternity #1

Stitch Fix Maternity Review

When I first heard that Stitch Fix was launching Maternity, I was super excited! (Although a bit annoyed that it didn’t exist when I had my first 2 kids). I really disliked all my maternity clothes and found myself wearing my non-maternity stuff as long as possible, thereby stretching it out and basically ruining it.

We knew we wanted to have another baby so when I got pregnant again,  one of the first things I did, obviously, was update my “style profile” online to inform my stylist of my new “preggo” status 🙂

You might be wondering “if this is your last baby, why buy new maternity clothes now??” Well, because this has been a rough pregnancy and I’ve felt pretty miserable, so I deserve to at least look stylish & feel confident with my growing bump and go out in style with my last pregnancy 🙂 I’ve also made it clear to my stylist that I prefer tops/skirts/dresses that I can wear post-baby too so that I can get more use out of them. Soft, stretchy fabrics that flatter the curves I only get during pregnancy. That’s what I’m looking for. I’ll also start asking for more accessories too.

So let’s get to it! For my 1st maternity fix, Miranda (my usual stylist now it seems) included 2 maternity-specific items, and 3 non-maternity. Out of the 3 non-maternity, 2 of them would work just fine throughout most of my pregnancy, so I was pleased with that. It just so happens though that the only items I’m keeping from this fix are the maternity-specific things (spoiler!) I’ll start with those.

Oh… also, bump status: 13 weeks pregnant.

Note: This post contains affiliate links. If a purchase is made using one of my links, I may receive a small commission which helps support this blog. That said, all opinions are 100% my own! I love sharing my experience with services I love for all you lovely readers 🙂 

Item #1: Alondra Maternity Ruched Skirt (RENEE C) $48

Alondra Maternity Ruched Skirt Stitch Fix Alondra Maternity Ruched Skirt Stitch Fix Alondra Maternity Ruched Skirt Stitch Fix

I looooove this skirt. It’s everything I’m looking for in maternity-wear: soft and stretchy, form-fitting and super flattering to the bump! I emphasized to my stylist that just because I’m pregnant, doesn’t mean I want super loose and baggy clothing now. I like to flaunt the bump, not hide it 🙂 So she nailed it with this one. I wasn’t sure about the olive color at first, but it is a neutral and can pair well with other neutrals: white/ivory, black, navy, grey. I love it so much that I might ask for it again in another color though 🙂

Verdict: KEPT

Item #2: Elwick Printed Maternity Dress (EVERLY) $68

Elwick Printed Maternity Dress Stitch Fix Elwick Printed Maternity Dress Stitch Fix Elwick Printed Maternity Dress Stitch Fix

Now, this dress I said “no” to immediately when I saw the picture on my style card, and even when I first put it on. It doesn’t come with that belt (the belt is mine), and without it….it’s kind of shapeless. Shapeless is the opposite look I want. But as soon as I put that belt on, my mind changed completely and I fell in love with it! The belt gave it some natural pleats and made the bottom “skirt” a little more prominent. The fabric is soft and warm, the print is unlike anything I have in my wardrobe currently and… I just really like it. I felt good in it. And there’s definitely plenty of room to grow in there!

Verdict: KEPT

Item #3: Leiden Asymmetrical Jacket (MARKET & SPRUCE) $64

Leiden Asymmetrical Jacket Stitch Fix Leiden Asymmetrical Jacket Stitch Fix Leiden Asymmetrical Jacket Stitch Fix

This is a cute outer piece that I was considering keeping. It can be worn during and after pregnancy, no problem. I like how comfy the material is (it’s like a sweatshirt) but I wish the sleeves were full-length and that the shoulders weren’t padded. It gives it a more structured blazer-like shape which I don’t typically wear. Overall, just didn’t love it or need it enough to keep.

Verdict: RETURNED

Item #4: Roxella Crochet Detail Tunic (DANIEL RAINN) $78

Roxella Crochet Detail Tunic Stitch Fix Roxella Crochet Detail Tunic Stitch Fix Roxella Crochet Detail Tunic Stitch Fix

I’m not much of a tunic-wearer. I’m not 100% opposed to tunics (in fact, I do own one), but this one just didn’t sell me. It’s all blouse material- not a lot of “give” or stretch to it, so it definitely wouldn’t grow well with my belly. Should I wear more tunics in my future, I’d prefer more fitted and sweater-like I think. And for the price, this one didn’t do it for me. I also wasn’t crazy about the crochet detail on top.

Verdict: RETURNED

Item #5: Amici Printed Sleeve Knit Top (LE LIS) $54

Amici Printed Sleeve Knit Top Stitch Fix Amici Printed Sleeve Knit Top Stitch Fix Amici Printed Sleeve Knit Top Stitch Fix

I so wanted to love this top. And I do love almost everything about it. The fabric is SUPER soft and stretchy and long enough to grow with the bump. It’s casual enough that I’d likely wear it a lot. But I really disliked the “layered t-shirt” look. I wish the polka dot part of the sleeves extended all the way down. Then I would’ve kept it. The layered thing makes it look cheap I think. Anyway, almost but no cigar.

Verdict: RETURNED

So what did you think of my first maternity fix?! Are you pregnant and want to give it a try too?

Want to see more from other Stitch Fix bloggers? Maria, (from Crazy Together) is hosting a link-up. Check it out here! 

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Stitch Fix #18- Holiday Party Fix: Take 2

Last month, I received a “holiday party” themed fix (from Stitch Fix) that sadly didn’t work out for me. Great dresses, just didn’t fit me well or weren’t what I was looking for. So I decided to give them one more chance. Unfortunately, I STILL didn’t find what I was looking for in this one 🙁 However, I did get a statement necklace and I LOVE it! So it’s not a total bust 🙂 As with the previous fix, these are all really great dresses (and they actually fit well), but they just were not what I wanted to wear to the party.

Also, I have to apologize…this has been a very crazy, chaotic week and I threw these pictures together really fast, didn’t have time to actually take pictures of them ON me, and the lighting is terrible because it was dark and gloomy outside during the only time I had to take pics. I know that seeing a dress on the hanger is not the same as seeing it on an actual person. So, I’m sorry 🙁 But… this is still better than nothing!

I’ll start with my one keeper:

Item #1:  Jania Hammered Plate Necklace (BANCROFT)

Stitch Fix Review Jania Hammered Plate Necklace

This is definitely my kind of necklace. I love the “hammered” look. I love the gold. It goes with just about everything. Keeper!

Item #2: Talisa Dress (PIXLEY)

Pixley Talisa Dress Stitch Fix Jania Hammered Plate Necklace Pixley Talisa Dress Stitch Fix

This is the only solid colored dress I received. And the only one with lace detail. Both of which are a good thing. I had several solid-colored, lace detailed dresses pinned on my Pinterest board. But I didn’t like the shape of this one, particularly at the top. The top is very narrow which somehow gave it a less-feminine look in the shoulder area. Also, I don’t like this particular lace detail and how it fringes on the end….like it’s falling apart. Not really the look I wanted. The necklace paired really well with it though!

Item 3: Lynnette Dress (MAGGY LONDON)

Maggy London Lynnette Dress Stitch Fix Maggy London Lynnette Dress Stitch Fix

I want to start off by saying, I really loved this dress! But I was on a mission to find the perfect dress for a Christmas party, and this wasn’t it. If I was just looking for a cute dress to wear on other occasions, this probably would’ve been a keeper. It was a soft, heavier material that flattered my figure well (of course it was a petite size- they listened!), and the print is really cool. I’d wear this with tights and boots and a cardigan and it would be super cute to wear in cooler weather. Or in the summer with black strappy sandals. Now I’m regretting sending this back… Let’s move on! Highly recommend this dress though.

Item #4: Caela Dress (PAPERMOON) 

Papermoon Caela Dress Stitch Fix Papermoon Caela Dress Stitch Fix

This dress didn’t really do much for me. It fit really well, that wasn’t the issue. Just wasn’t crazy about the style. The color is a pink-peach-nude sort of color and the black is a fish-net material. Overall, a little unremarkable. Nothing special.

Item #5: Donie Dress (PIXLEY)

Pixley Donie Dress Stitch Fix Pixley Donie Dress Stitch Fix

This is another dress that I might keep if I was just looking for dresses in general. I love the print and the color. But it definitely BEGS for a belt to give it more shape once it’s on. And that’s exactly what I’d do if I kept it. Like the Lynnette Dress, I’d wear this with tights, boots and a cardigan (and a belt of some sort like I just mentioned). The material on this one is light and blousy and just sort of hangs there, instead of hugging your figure…so, needs help with the shape.

So what did you think? Some great dresses, right? You might be wondering….so what WERE you looking for exactly then? If 2 fixes worth of dresses didn’t make the cut?! Well…I went with a classic little black dress! The first store I walked into (Macy’s), on the first rack I saw…was this dress. I tried it on with a few other LBD options, but this was by far the best. I paired it with leopard print heels and sparkly earrings. I felt great in it! It was exactly what I was hoping for 🙂

Sorry for the bad pics, but this is the best I got:

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Also, don’t forget about the Stitch Fix Holiday Giveaway I’m participating in with some other bloggers. Click the image below to check it out if you haven’t already entered. There are 2 days left!

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Hi Friends! You all know by now how much I love Stitch Fix. They’ve taken my worn-out, juniors-style wardrobe and transformed it into an age-appropriate, trendy and sophisticated one. The best part, is that I didn’t need to shop for any of it myself! Personal stylists for the win, people! Okay, so let me get to the point of this post now (which you’ve probably already figured out by the title). I’m excited to announce that I have collaborated with other Stitch Fix bloggers to offer YOU (my readers) a chance to win a $300 Stitch Fix gift card! $300!! Woohoo!

Enter below by following all of us on our various social media sites (for a total of 14 entries!) and then be sure to check out the other wonderful bloggers in the Stitch Fix community who made this giveaway possible! You’ll see their beautiful faces at the bottom of the post, which will direct you to their blog.

Merry Christmas and good luck 🙂

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Stitch Fix #17- Holiday Party Fix

Stitch Fix Review Holiday Party

For the first time in 4 years, my husband’s work is having a holiday party that I’m actually invited to! Needless to say,  I’m pumped. Of course I need a new dress for the occasion! So I requested an entire fix filled with different dress options, and an accessory to go with it. Sadly, this fix did not work out for me. It’s my first “total bust” with Stitch Fix. I didn’t get the same stylist I had last time, which is surprising since I kept the whole box . And up until now that was never an issue, but I think it might’ve been this time around. Who knows. But it’s okay…after 16 really great fixes, a dud was bound to happen! I received 4 dresses and a coat. I was bummed they sent a coat when I asked for an accessory (a necklace or earrings was really what I had in mind, I should’ve been more specific I guess). The dresses either aren’t my style, or had some fit issues. But they’re still great dresses that would look fantastic on someone else I’m sure 🙂 So if you have a holiday party of some sort coming up, maybe you’ll see something here that catches your eye and you can request it! I’ll give you the pros and cons of each item.

Item #1: Poppie Dress (EVERLY) $64

Everly Poppie Dress Everly Poppie Dress

PROS: I love the bold red color, the texture of the dress and the scalloped neckline. It’s my favorite style-wise out of all the dresses I received. However…

CONS: Doesn’t fit well. The top is too loose, and I think the skirt is a tad too long. A smaller size might’ve looked much better. But I think it’s probably better for someone with more curves up top 😉 Beautiful dress though!

Everly Poppie Dress Everly Poppie Dress

Item #2: Marge Dress (COLLECTIVE CONCEPTS) $88

Collective Concepts Marge Dress Collective Concepts Marge Dress

PROS: Stretchy, comfy, POCKETS. A great LBD (for the right person)

CONS: Again with the fit. Way too baggy/loose up top and does nothing for my figure. Like the one above, I think this would look much better on someone with more curves. The gold zipper in the back is cool though.

Collective Concepts Marge Dress Collective Concepts Marge Dress

Item #3: Dessa Dress (IVY + BLU) $118

Ivy + Blu Dessa Dress Ivy + Blu Dessa Dress

PROS: Beautiful color (blue/green?), seemed high quality. I like the flutter sleeves. It’s lined.

CONS: A little plain jane- not quite the stunning look I’m going for. Also, the fabric is VERY unforgiving. There’s all sorts of sucking-in going on in that photo!

Ivy + Blu Dessa Dress Ivy + Blu Dessa Dress

Item #4: Euna Dress (COLLECTIVE CONCEPTS) $88

Collective Concepts Euna Dress Collective Concepts Euna Dress

PROS: Out of all the dresses, this one actually felt like it fit me properly. I like the black/metallic thing and the texture of the dress (makes it a little more forgiving, since it’s pretty form-fitting).

CONS: I don’t like the style of the dress with the “t-shirt” top (high neckline and short sleeves). The slit/wrap thing at the bottom is also weird to me..at least from the front. Side view isn’t terrible. But overall, just not what I’m looking for. Also, this was the dress my stylist recommended after seeing my Pinterest board…which greatly confuses me…since none of the dresses I pinned look anything like this.

 

Collective Concepts Euna Dress Collective Concepts Euna Dress

Item #5: Chelston Oversized Wool Coat (SEE U SOON) $168

See U Soon Chelston Oversized Wool Coat See U Soon Chelston Oversized Wool Coat

PROS: Gorgeous burgundy color. Super high quality. Very warm.

CONS: I didn’t ask for it, nor do I need it. And I really don’t like “oversized” anything on me. This coat swallowed me whole. I’m borderline petite with a small frame, so wearing oversized items makes me look like a 6-year old trying on my mom’s clothes.

So that’s everything! Did you see anything you like? I’m disappointed nothing worked out for me, but I’ll keep looking. I think we are probably going to suck it up and just venture to the mall and go in actual stores to find the perfect dress. I say “we” because I really value my husband’s opinion and I want his help picking it out (AND he volunteered) 🙂 I’ll be sure to share the final look with all of you! I’d give Trunk Club a try but I’m waiting for some referral credit to be applied first 😉

Want to see more Fix’s from other bloggers? Maria at Crazy Together is hosting another link-up- check it out! Then check out The Pleated Poppy for yet another link-up 🙂

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Trunk Club vs. Stitch Fix- An Updated Comparison

*I originally wrote my Trunk Club vs. Stitch Fix post in October of 2015 and since then, both services have made some changes, so I’ve updated it to give you the most accurate information!

I wanted to try Trunk Club (TC) for at least a few months before comparing/contrasting them to Stitch Fix (SF).  Before launching “women” in Fall 2015, TC was exclusive to men. Since my husband was a customer, I was given early access to try it out! For this review, I’m going to stick mostly to the facts, with a little bit of opinion.  I’ll give you an overview of how each service works (the basics) and then my personal opinion/experience with both. I’m not going to tell you which one is better or which one YOU should try. That’s up to you. I like both. I use both. As you’ll find out later in the post, they each serve a different purpose for me.

Note: This post contains affiliate links. If someone makes a purchase using one of my links, I receive a small commission which helps support this blog. That said, all opinions are my own. I love these services and enjoy sharing my experiences with you lovely readers! 

Trunk Club vs. Stitch Fix Review

THE BASICS 

I’ve put this into a table, for a quick side-by-side comparison:

 

Stitch Fix vs. Trunk Club Review Comparison

PRICE RANGE

For SF, I’ve selected “the cheaper the better” option for everything since day 1. For TC, there’s no place in your profile to indicate budget- you have do that directly with your stylist via email/phone call. I didn’t do that at first, so there were some items I received from TC that were WAY out of my budget. However, there were also plenty of items at the same price point as my SF items. As long as you clearly communicate your budget to your stylist, you shouldn’t be too shocked/surprised at the cost of items. With both services, it’s as expensive or inexpensive as you make it. You’re in control of how often you receive a shipment, and how many items you decide to keep. While it’s common to keep an entire “fix” (and you’re incentivised to do so with a discount), I don’t think that’s the goal of a “trunk”. I think you get so many items just to have a lot to choose from. I have yet to receive a trunk where I’ve loved EVERY piece. But there have always been 1-3 items that I absolutely did love. And for me, that’s a successful trunk. I personally can’t afford to keep a whole trunk. So I’m glad I haven’t loved everything lol. When factoring in cost, I think it’s also important to remember you’re not just paying for an article of clothing.  You’re paying for the service and the convenience of having a personal stylist pick stuff out for you and make it a really easy, stress-free way to shop. There’s a lot of value in that for me.

 

OVERALL STYLE

This is just my experience and what I’ve observed so far- but I’d say SF is more in the casual clothing market and TC is a bit higher-end. TC is owned by Nordstrom and everything comes from there (at least for now, who knows if that could change in the future). So you can browse the Nordstrom website to get a good idea of the style. However, SF knows I’m a “stay-at-home-mom” and I’ve specifically requested mostly casual clothes from them, so they may very well have fancier items too (and I’ve seen some on other blogs), but the overall style still seems to be very different from what TC offers. Personally, I kind of like that. Each service serves a different purpose for me. I used SF to completely replace my wardrobe- so mostly casual, every day clothes. And that’s been a complete success. With TC, while I initially signed up for the shoes (because SF didn’t offer shoes at the time), I can also get the occasional fancy/special wardrobe item (like a gorgeous suede leather jacket, for example), or fitness apparel, which is something that SF might not offer.

Here are some of my favorite pieces from Stitch Fix:

Stitch Fix Maternity Sina V-Neck Printed Maxi Dress Stitch Fix Maternity Blaire Maternity Dress Greenich Striped Knit Top Sumner Embroidered Pocket Top Shara Herringbone Vest Kieraly Dot Print Short Sleeve Blouse

Here are some of my favorite pieces from Trunk Club:

Trunk Club Womens   Three Quarter Sleeve Cardigan Halogen Trunk Club Faux Leather Jacket BLANKNYC Trunk Club Trunk Club Fitness Trunk Club Fitness Trunk Club Women's

 

OTHER

One other cool thing I want to be sure to mention about TC, is that they send you a preview of each trunk before it ships. You have 48 hours to review it (if you don’t, it will just ship as is). But it gives you a chance to tell them NOT to send a particular item if you don’t want it. In some cases, they’ve even changed the items. For example, when my stylist first put together my “mini-trunk of shoes”, I wasn’t crazy about any of them and asked her to look at my Pinterest board to see the style I’m looking for. So she removed the shoes I didn’t like and added new ones based on what she saw on my Pinterest board. I think that’s a really cool thing. While those riding boots were a complete miss, she totally nailed the bootie style 😉 So you can choose not to receive something based on the style (like I did), or even based on price. If you don’t even want to be tempted with an item that’s way out of your budget, just select “Don’t Send” during your preview (and of course let your stylist know not to send stuff in that price range in the future). I like having that kind of control.

Other similarities: they both offer style (outfit) suggestions for each item. SF sends a card, TC sends an email. They both have an app for your phone (but SF is only on iPhone right now, sadly). Both include a return label and an easy way to send back the items (SF uses a big envelope usually and for TC you just use the same box it comes in). You can upload a picture of yourself to your TC account, and you can do the same on the SF iPhone app (not online though).

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I’m satisfied with both services. I don’t think one is better than the other. They each have pros/cons. Ultimately, I think it comes down to your personal style and what your goal is. One service might be able nail your style better than the other, and I think that’s the biggest difference. I still continue to use both services today. SF really has replaced my entire “casual” wardrobe and TC is providing those “special” wardrobe items!

If there’s something I didn’t address in this post and you have more questions about how either service works, please ask in the comments below!

Also–thanks for reading these posts! I have a lot of fun trying on clothes, taking pictures and reviewing stuff for all of you. When I posted my first SF review, I had no idea how popular they would become or how many of my facebook friends are so into fashion 😉 It was never my goal to become one of those “fashion bloggers” (nor did I realize that was even a thing at first) and I’m certainly no style expert, but I’m thankful for the readership nonetheless. And of course, I’m thankful for those of you who have signed up based on my reviews/recommendation, thereby giving me credit towards purchases. Really appreciate that! 🙂

Sign up for TC here, and SF here!

 

Stitch Fix Sweet 16! And…THE BOOTS

Before I get into my “sweet 16” fix, I have to address the boot situation. If you’ve been following my posts on Trunk Club recently, you’ll know that I’ve been struggling to find the perfect pair of riding boots. I’ve never owned a good pair that I really love. Target usually carries a style I like, but only in a synthetic material that falls apart after wearing them for one season (in my experience anyway). So this year I’ve been on the hunt for a good quality pair of leather riding boots that will hopefully last me a long time. My requirements, other than real leather: 1). cognac in color 2). slim in the calf AND foot. 3). Mostly flat, not heeled (since I just bought heeled booties). After 2 failed attempts through Trunk Club (in my stylist’s defense, I am very picky and she only has so many options to choose from that meet all my requirements)…I finally found a pair that I’m happy with…and I found them on my own (mostly)! Trunk Club is owned by Nordstrom, or they at least have some sort of major deal with them since that’s where all the clothing/shoes come from. So I started browsing the Nordstrom website, looking through all the riding boots and found a pair that looked like winners (pretty much the only pair that seemed like a good fit for me). They came in cognac, in my size, and were available at a mall close to me. So I packed up the kids, pushed my double stroller into Nordstrom, asked for the boots, tried them on and…..they are now mine! Hallelujah! Oh, and I forgot to mention the 4th requirement…4. Preferably doesn’t cost a thousand dollars. I was about to drop a crap-ton of money on those Frye boots and I’m so glad I didn’t…because I like these more and they’re WAY cheaper. So, my bootie/boot collection is now complete! And for the record, I still very much prefer to have a stylist pick stuff out for me and send them to my door to try on at home, but since I knew exactly what I was going in for, the trip with the kids was quick and painless lol.

Here they are!

Dakotah Tall Boot (HINGE) from Nordstrom

Dakotah Tall Boot Hinge Dakotah Tall Boot Hinge Sumner Embroidered Pocket Top

{Also pictured above: one of my favorite wardrobe items- the chambray, from Fix #10 and my black skinnys from Fix #7}

Anyway, now that the boot saga has concluded, let’s move on to my 16th fix! This fix, more than any other I think, really proves why I love this service so much. I wasn’t crazy about a few of the items when I first “peeked” at them (once your fix ships you can go to check out online and see what you’re getting before it arrives). And even after it arrived and I tried it on, I was still on the fence with a few things. But I’ve learned over time not to always trust my first impression of something. So I didn’t make any impulse decisions. I slept on it…tried it on again, styled it, and ended up really liking them. In fact, I’ve worn every single piece out in the real world since then. So, spoiler alert: I kept it all!  “Sweet 16” indeed 🙂

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Item #1: Theroux Arrow Relief Cuff (ZAD) 

Theroux Arrow Relief Cuff Theroux Arrow Relief Cuff

This is the first time I’ve ever received a bracelet from Stitch Fix. I’ve had a few “arrow” bracelets pinned on Pinterest for awhile but always left a note/warning on each one: “if you ever send me bracelets, please keep in mind my teeny tiny baby wrists.” I always have a hard time with bracelets falling off…because of my baby wrists. So I was really impressed and thankful that my stylist remembered that and found this one for me. It’s adjustable! And definitely my style. I’ve worn it a few times already. Maybe now I’ll stop wearing 5 hair ties as my wrist accessory and wear this instead! Speaking of, I recently found this genius idea on Pinterest. You’re welcome.

Item #2: Faye Skinny Jean (JUST BLACK) 

Faye Skinny Jean

Grey skinnys were on my wardrobe wish-list and I specifically requested them for this fix. So, of course, I was pleased that I received them! They are a little too long for me (my stylist mentioned in her note that they were the only ones in stock at the moment, and apologized for the length), but since I love them so much, I kept them and just plan to get them hemmed. I really like this particular shade of grey (charcoal). And aside from the length, they’re a perfect fit. I think my jean collection is now complete (but I can’t make any promises…) 😉 In case you’re wondering, my full denim collection includes: 2 dark wash, 1 medium wash, 1 light wash, 1 black, 1 bright red, 1 burgundy, 1 grey. There COULD be room in there for some more colored denim…what do you think? 🙂

Item #3 Greenich Striped Knit Top (PIXLEY) 

Greenich Striped Knit Top Greenich Striped Knit Top Greenich Striped Knit Top

This was one of the items I was really unsure about. What I do love is stripes, and a casual knit top. It’s super soft and fitted. I also like that it has red in it because it’s a color that’s been missing from my wardrobe. So it has all those things going for it. But what I wasn’t really crazy about at first, is the elbow patch thing. It’s a trend that has been growing on me and I’ve seen several different tops with elbow patches that I DO like. But never in black faux leather. However…I kinda like it now. It gives it a bit of a “edgy” feel, which I played off of by styling it with my black skinnys and black booties. My stylist also suggested pairing it with the vest from my last fix, which made me like it even more and helped me see the potential that it has.

Greenich Striped Knit Top, Shara Herringbone Vest

And if I’m not feeling the elbow patch thing on a particular day, I’ll just throw a cardigan or something over it. Done.

Greenich Striped Knit Top, Huebert space dye open cardigan

{The cardigan is from Fix #14 and the necklace is from Fix #10}

Item #4 Colibri Plaid Printed Tab-Sleeve Shirt (MARKET & SPRUCE) 

Colibri Plaid Printed Tab-Sleeve Shirt Colibri Plaid Printed Tab-Sleeve Shirt

This is the other top I was iffy on. Surprisingly, because I do love me some plaid. But there was something about this particular combination of colors and the neckline that I wasn’t digging at first. What I did like, however, (and still like of course), is the soft material. It’s not an actual flannel, so it’s little more lightweight. It has the-tab sleeves which I like and the back is a little longer than the front. After trying it on with a few different jeans, boots, and accessories, I grew to like this top quite a bit. So I’m really happy I decided to keep it! I’m a big fan of this top with my new riding boots, but it can also work with the brown booties too.

{Also pictured above are the Adorra Skinny Jeans (JUST BLACK) from Fix #14.}

Colibri Plaid Printed Tab-Sleeve Shirt

Item #5 Evie Draw String Funnel Neck Sweatshirt (LOVEAPPELLA) and the Faye Skinny Jeans (JUST BLACK)

Faye Skinny Jean, Evie Draw String Funnel Neck Sweatshirt Faye Skinny Jean, Evie Draw String Funnel Neck Sweatshirt

I’ve had this one pinned for a long time. It’s a much different material than I was expecting. It’s definitely more “sweater” like than “sweatshirt” but I like that. I was also happy to get this in an olive green color- as that’s another color I’ve been wanting to add to my wardrobe.

Evie Draw String Funnel Neck Sweatshirt

It’s warm and cozy, perfect for the Fall season…(if California ever gets its crap together and stops being 80 DEGREES IN OCTOBER that is!) Anyway- it’s a keeper. It looks great with black jeans, dark wash denim and I’m wearing it in the pictures above with my grey skinnys (which you can see are rolled up twice in the second picture lol).

So that is that! Another perfect 5/5 fix (my 4th one!) What did you think of the items I received? And do you like my new boots?! 🙂

Remember, if you sign up for either Stitch Fix, or Trunk Club using my referral link, I’ll get credit when you make your first purchase. And then you’ll be given your own referral link that you can use to get credit too 🙂 Let me know if you do, and how everything goes!

Stitch Fix #15

Usually I jump right into the items I received, but just in case you’re new to my blog, or haven’t heard of Stitch Fix yet- I want to give a quick overview of what it is and how it works.

In a nutshell, Stitch Fix is an online personal styling service for women that mails a lovely box of clothes to your doorstep every month (or however often you’d like)

Here’s how it works:

  1. Create an account & fill out your “style profile”. This includes your sizes, style preferences, and a whole lot more.
  2. Choose the date you’d like to receive your fix. A personal stylist will hand-select 5 clothing/accessory items for you based on your style profile/requests/Pinterest Board (if you have one, and you should). You’ll be charged a $20 styling fee when your fix ships. But the fee will be credited towards your purchase if you buy anything from the fix.
  3. Try everything on at home. Use items already in your wardrobe to make outfits and determine whether or not your fix items will be a good addition to your closet.
  4. Buy what you like, return the rest (free shipping!) You have 3 days to make your decision. Once you know what you want to buy, checkout online and send the other items back in the pre-paid mailing bag included in your fix. If you keep all 5 items, you get a 25% discount!
  5. Leave detailed feedback. Let the stylist know what worked and what didn’t so you’ll get better fixes in the future (or continue to get awesome fixes if they nail it on the first try).

15 Fixes ago, I started the process of replacing my entire wardrobe through this service. Going from “juniors” clothing that didn’t fit well or were falling apart, to more age-appropriate, sophisticated clothes that do fit and aren’t falling apart. I’ve received a few duds here and there. But overall, “Operation: New Wardrobe” is a complete success! At some point I should probably stop, but today is not that day 🙂 There are still a few specific items I’m on the hunt for, and the whole process is just too much fun to give up!

So for fix #15, I requested a long pendant necklace and items to transition into the Fall season with. I even updated my Pinterest Board with fall colors, including scarves, vests, boots, sweaters, flannels, etc. etc. My stylist definitely nailed the “comfy cozy” theme for this fix! Unfortunately the actual weather in California hasn’t received the memo -_-

Stitch Fix Review

Item #1 and #2 Sawyer Space Dye Dolman Sleeve Knit Top (MARKET & SPRUCE) and  Cecily Chevron & Fringe Pendant Necklace (BAY TO BAUBLES)

Sawyer Space Dye Dolman Sleeve Knit Top Sawyer Space Dye Dolman Sleeve Knit Top

FYI- my husband took the photos so I just had to include the totally candid shot above (I have no idea what he said, but I clearly didn’t approve) Anyway! I’ll start with the top: I love everything about it, but I’m afraid I’ll ruin it. It’s a soft delicate knit top, which tends to snag easily (I have a history…) But I love the way it fits and looks. It’s thin, lightweight and a beautiful fall color- burgundy! If I save this top for occasions when I’m not with my kids, I might be able to keep it in good condition. But even then, there’s no guarantee! Are snags easily fixed? I don’t know. Not sure I want to take the risk. I could be convinced though.

As for the necklace: I love the length and the style a lot. But….the color of the gold makes it look really cheap. I’m a little disappointed. All the other jewelry items I’ve received seemed to be a much higher quality. Since it’s not a must-have item right now,  I think I’ll hold out for a better one in the future. But I do like it a lot, it’s really a beautiful piece (I need to stop looking at the picture before I change my mind….)

{Also pictured are the Sophia Skinny Jeans from Fix #5}

Item #3 Bralie French Terry Asymmetrical Cape (MYSTREE)

Bralie French Terry Asymmetrical Cape Bralie French Terry Asymmetrical Cape

First of all- who knew fashion capes were a thing? I didn’t. A cape! I love that this is a cape. But it has sleeves, so it’s basically a cardigan (especially when it’s open). I like this a lot, but would prefer it in a different color. I saw it in olive green on someone else and was hoping I would get the same one. It’s insanely comfortable and warm. The inside is soft and fuzzy . It’s like wearing a blanket (but WAY more fashionable than the Snuggie) If not for the color, this would be a definite keeper!

{Also pictured is the Leighton Metal Bauble Necklace from Fix #10 and  Connely Skinny Jean from Fix #7}

Item #4 Shara Herringbone Vest (41HAWTHORN) 

Shara Herringbone Vest Shara Herringbone Vest

I looooooove this vest! I’ve seen vests floating around on Pinterest and decided I needed one for myself, so I pinned a ton of them. I saw this particular vest on other Stitch Fix bloggers before (though in black/white, not grey), so I’m thrilled to have my own now. It’s the perfect “fall transition” item, adding a little extra core warmth on a chilly day. It pairs well with my chambray (pictured) and would also look good with a plaid shirt, or a long-sleeved striped top, etc. So many outfit possibilities with this one! Keeper for sure.

{Also pictured is the Leighton Metal Bauble Necklace and Sumner Embroidered Pocket Top, both from Fix #10 and Connely Skinny Jean from Fix #7}

Item #5 Sammie Plaid Infinity Scarf (LOOK BY M)

Sammie Plaid Infinity Scarf Sammie Plaid Infinity Scarf

This is the first time I’ve requested a scarf from Stitch Fix. I have plenty of scarves and used to wear them all the time. But the ones I have aren’t really my style anymore, so I’m trying to change it up a bit. I love plaid and I love infinity scarves, so this really should be a keeper. However, I peeked at what Trunk Club is sending me this week, and they’re sending me 2 scarves that I like a little better than this one :-/ So this is probably going back. If money weren’t an issue I’d just keep all of them.

{Also pictured is the Sumner Embroidered Pocket Top from Fix #10 and Connely Skinny Jean from Fix #7}

I’m at the point now where I’m starting to be more picky with what I keep, now that I have a pretty solid wardrobe I’m happy with. And the addition of Trunk Club forces me to be pickier too (lest I go broke!) So I’m okay with only keeping 1 or 2 items from this fix. What do you think? The vest is a 100% keeper. But I could be convinced on the others. Let me know what you think 🙂

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Stitch Fix #14 (and the keepers from #13)

If you haven’t heard, Ivor and I had a pretty rough month last month (his bike accident and our 2nd miscarriage). Right in the middle of all the crap that was going on, Stitch Fix #13 arrived (literally the day we got home from the hospital). It was the least exciting of all my fixes and not because of the clothes. It was just because of circumstances surrounding its arrival. Turns out, even a box of new clothes isn’t enough to cheer one up in the midst of suffering. I tried everything on for Ivor, he gave me his opinion and I quickly sent back all the items we didn’t like. I didn’t take pictures or write a review. I just wasn’t in the mood for such trivial things.  However, I’m in a better place mentally/emotionally now so here I am, back to writing clothing reviews. Before I jump into the most recent fix (#14), I did snap a few pics of what I kept from the last box (#13).

Tessa Lace Detail Dress (Le Lis)

Tessa Lace Detail Dress Tessa Lace Detail Dress

I pinned this exact dress (have I mentioned how much I love that the stylists actually look at my Pinterest board?) It was a winner as soon as I put it on. It’s a great fit. The fabric has some texture to it and a little stretch. I didn’t think I’d like the pleats on the front but I do. Classic black and white means it can be dressed up (with heels and fancy jewelry) or dressed down (with a denim jacket and flats). The lace detail on the back is the cherry on top. Love this dress!

Cheyanne Printed Maxi Skirt (Loveappella)

Cheyanne Printed Maxi Skirt Cheyanne Printed Maxi Skirt

I requested another maxi skirt this fix and as usual, when I ask, I receive (most of the time). I think the print is really cool and I don’t have anything like it. In typical maxi-style, it’s insanely comfortable. I do need to find more tops to wear with it though (besides a plain black tank).

The other items I received (that I returned): a baby blue cardigan with some lace detail on the shoulders (it reminded me of a nightgown so it had to go), a maxi-dress that I just didn’t love enough to keep for the price, and a sweatshirt-material top, again with lace detail on the shoulders (but the way the sleeves were cut made me look really broad on top).

Ok, moving on to fix #14!

Item #1 and #2: Jaye Cutout Shoulder Top (THML) and Elea Cuffed Short (Level 99)

Jaye Cutout Shoulder Top Elea Cuffed Short Jaye Cutout Shoulder Top

These are both getting returned. I’ll start with the shorts: loose and baggy (not my style). And the only thing I like about the top is the colors. The cut-out thing on the shoulders is just weird. And I’d have to wear a different bra with it…since the cut-outs are exactly where a normal bra strap sits on your shoulder. Boo. I don’t like switching bras to work with certain tops, unless I LOVE the top enough to put in the extra work lol.

Item #3 and #4: Sonoma Striped Sleeveless Top (FUN2FUN) and Adorra Skinny Jean (Just Black)

Sonoma Striped Sleeveless Top Sonoma Striped Sleeveless Top

I’m a little torn on the top. I like the style/fit/cut, not sure about the colors though (navy/orange). It’s blousy and lightweight. It has the high-low hemline, which I like a lot. But I’m not sure if I love it enough to keep it. The jeans, of course, fit like a dream. Hard to tell from the pictures, but they’re super dark blue/navy. Hard to say no to a good pair of jeans!

Item #5: Huebert Space Dye Open Cardigan (Renee C) 

Huebert Space Dye Open Cardigan Huebert Space Dye Open Cardigan Huebert Space Dye Open Cardigan

Another exact pin received! This cardigan is a keeper for sure. I dig the open-drape style and I like the neutral grey color. It’s something that’s been missing from my wardrobe and will definitely get a lot of use.

So that’s that! What do you think? I’m definitely returning the first 2 items (weird cut-out top and loose shorts). I’m definitely keeping the cardigan and the jeans. I’m a “maybe” on the sleeveless striped top.

Sidebar: While I love Stitch Fix and remain loyal to them, I recently signed up for another “clothing subscription”-type of service, Trunk Club! They just launched women’s clothing (up until now they’ve only been a style service for men). While I certainly don’t need to spend more money on clothing, I DO need some good, high-quality, comfortable shoes! And Trunk Club offers shoes!! I received my first trunk and will be writing a review soon, stay tuned 🙂

 

Stitch Fix #12

Happy Anniversary Stitch Fix! We’ve been together for 1 year and I couldn’t be happier. To celebrate, you sent me one of the best boxes yet! Yep, another 5/5 keeper. I’ve made plenty of requests over the months, pinned specific things that I wanted you to send, and you’ve always delivered. This month was no exception. I asked for light wash denim- got it. I asked for a very specific cardigan- got it. Last month I asked for a specific top that I had pinned- wasn’t available last month so I got it this month. There was a pair of shorts you sent several fixes ago that I loved but were too big, so you sent them to me in a smaller size. Seriously, you rock Stitch Fix. I think we should stay together.

Stitch Fix Review

Item #1 and #2 : Brook Dot Print Tie-Waist Top (Pixley) and Finnegan Roll Cuff Chino Short (Dear John) 

Brook Dot Print Tie-Waist Top  Brook Dot Print Tie-Waist Top  Finnegan Roll Cuff Chino Short

First, the top: I requested this after I saw someone post it on their instagram. I’ve been really into polka dots lately and thought this was kind of adorable, especially with the tie-waist. I knew I had to have it. So I basically begged my stylist to find it and send it to me immediately. It wasn’t available last month but I got it this month! It lived up to my expectations. It fits. It’s versatile- being black and white it can be dressed up or down, and worn with any color bottom you want! It’s sleeveless so great for summer, but can also be worn with a cardigan. Absolute keeper.

Next, the shorts: I received these a few fixes ago and they were too big. I let them know that this particular brand (Dear John) seems to run big on me so they made a note to send me a smaller size and here they are! A different color than last time but I don’t care. I really like these! Obviously the smaller size fits much better this time around, the color is very spring and summery and I certainly don’t have anything like it. In fact, besides athletic shorts, these are now the only pair of shorts I own that fit me. So I’ll be getting a lot use out of them! Keep.

Item #3: Martina Slub Knit Open Cardigan (Pixley)

Martina Slub Knit Open Cardigan  Martina Slub Knit Open Cardigan

I requested this specific cardigan because I haven’t been having very good luck with what they’ve sent me in the past. I saw this on another Stitch Fix reviewer, in hot pink, and it looked fantastic on her. Also, as my stylist pointed out in her note to me, I was sent this before in white (in my very first fix a year ago) but wasn’t crazy about it, pretty sure it was too big and I generally avoid a lot of white because of the kids. Anyway, it’s a bit wrinkly right out of the box so it’s not photographing well.  BUT it is a very soft, light-weight material and black color makes it pretty versatile. I don’t currently own a black cardigan, which is a closet staple in my opinion. It looks a little better with the outfit below. And it’s not too expensive so it’s definitely worth keeping. Also…POCKETS.

Item #4 and #5 (and #3 again):  Marlow Crochet Back Detail Top (19 Cooper) and Lillian Crop Skinny Jean (Level 99)

Marlow Crochet Back Detail Top  Lillian Crop Skinny Jean Lillian Crop Skinny Jean\

I’ll start with the top: LOVE the color and crochet detail you’ll see below. But when I first put it on I thought “ugh! not another floaty top!!” It is indeed floaty. I typically do NOT like that and always send them back. But for some reason..I was kind of digging this one. And the more I looked at it, and the pictures, the more I like it.

And finally, the jeans. I requested light-wash denim (because its the only wash I don’t have and I really like it for summer). These jeans are the most expensive item they’ve ever sent me. But dangit…they do jeans right. Seriously. The best fitting jeans I’ve ever owned are from Stitch Fix, and these are, once again, amazing. Just like the others I’ve kept. They’re ridiculously soft. High quality. Fit perfectly. And definitely worth keeping since I like everything else in the box and will get the “buy 5″ discount! I wear my Stitch Fix jeans all the time, so again…”price per wear!!” 🙂

Here’s another look:

Brook Dot Print Tie-Waist Top  Marlow Crochet Back Detail Top  Marlow Crochet Back Detail Top Lillian Crop Skinny Jean  Martina Slub Knit Open Cardigan Stitch Fix Review