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

 

 

Stitch Fix #11

Came home from our trip today to a wonderful little Stitch Fix box with my name on it 🙂 Of course, instead of unpacking and doing laundry I decided to immediately try on my clothes, take pictures and write this blog post.

If you’re keeping track (or, reading the title of this blog post) you know I’m on fix #11 already! If you’d like to see fixes 1-10, look here:

Fix 1
Fix 2
Fix 3
Fix 4
Fix 5
Fix 6
Fix 7
Fix 8
Fix 9
Fix 10

And that brings us to 11.

This month I requested “summer staples” (shorts, tanks, a maxi dress or skirt and a lightweight cardigan for cooler nights). My stylist delivered all of them! However, there are a few I’m not so sure of…so I’d love your input!

Stitch Fix Review

Item #1: Vernon Back Strap Detail Top (Papermoon)

Vernon Back Strap Detail Top Vernon Back Strap Detail Top

Papermoon and I get along well. I think I’ve kept almost every Papermoon top I’ve been sent. I really love this tank. The plaid look with the “denim” pocket is super cute and casual. It has a high-low hemline (pretty common with Stitch Fix tops I’ve noticed). I LOVE the back straps. And I like that I can wear a regular bra with it and you can’t see the straps (I requested no spaghetti straps and they listened!) I’ll wear this a lot. Keeper for sure!

Item #2: Kolla Mixed Material Cardigan (Olive & Oak)

Kolla Mixed Material Cardigan  Kolla Mixed Material Cardigan

I need opinions on this one. My initial impression is that I don’t like the style of it in the front. It has that “cable knit” thing going on that I’m not crazy about. Seems a bit “old” to me. However, the sheer back is definitely cool and NOT “old”. So I’m torn. I don’t really like the way the front fits. I prefer the “open” cardigan style that drapes and hangs lower in the front on the ends, if that makes sense. I’m not crazy about the cream color. It would, however, go with a lot of different outfits…but I’d kind of prefer a different color I think. Leaning towards returning….but I’ll keep an open mind about it.

Item #3:  Jesse Maxi Dress (Loveappella)

Jesse Maxi Dress

This dress is soooooo comfortable (crazy soft fabric). The print is cool and I like the color a lot. It’s a great casual summer dress. Not much else to say about it other than: keeper.

Item #4: Enna Short (Skies Are Blue)

Enna Short Enna Short

We’re striking out with shorts, Stitch Fix. Sigh. These ARE adorable. The stripes, the bow, the little cut-out detail thing on the front, etc. But I’m not a fan of the baggy, loose-fitting shorts. Not on me, at least. On another body type, these would probably look great. It has a nice elastic waist in the back (so it kind of reminds me of the shorts I put on my toddler lol). Returning.

Item #5: Favio Split Neck Top (Fun2Fun)

Favio Split Neck Top

I requested a specific white/black polka dot top and sadly they didn’t have it this month, so they sent me this instead (which is similar…sort of). I was unsure of this one when I first put it on. Something about the loose sleeves and split-neck ruffle thing….I wasn’t really into it at first. However, it is growing on me. It gives it a feminine feel. And speaking of “feel”, the fabric on this one is really soft too…so that’s a plus in the “pros” column. Since it’s black and white and “ruffle-y”, I could easily dress this up. Probably keeping this one. Since it’s also pretty inexpensive.

So that’s that. What do you think?? Should I return the shorts and cardigan? Those are the 2 I’m not really sold on. Here’s another look at all 5 items:

Enna Short Enna Short

 

Kolla Mixed Material CardiganKolla Mixed Material CardiganJesse Maxi Dress Vernon Back Strap Detail TopFavio Split Neck Top

Don’t forget, if  you’d like to give this is a try and you use my referral link to sign up, I’ll get $25 credit towards a future fix! To give you an idea of how beneficial the referral program is, I have $100 to put towards this one! Woot!

Stitch Fix #10

We’re into double-digit fixes now! Woohoo! Stitch Fix number 10.

No time for small talk today, sorry.  Let’s get right on into this fix.

Stitch Fix Review  DSC_4976 copy

 

Item 1:  Leighton Metal Bauble Necklace (Bancroft)

Leighton Metal Bauble Necklace

Well, this is a statement necklace for sure. I’m usually drawn to smaller, more dainty necklaces. This says “BAM I’M WEARING A NECKLACE. LOOK AT IT!”. Not that it’s a bad thing. I kind of want to have at least 1 statement necklace in my collection. But, is this it? What do you think? It’s neutral enough to go with a variety of different outfits and you can adjust the length for different necklines. So I like that about it. But I don’t know if it’s really my style or how often I’d wear it. Need to think on this one….

Item 2: Kadyn Dress (Gilli)

Gilli Kadyn Dress  Gilli Kadyn Dress  Gilli Kadyn Dress

This is another dress they sent to wear for the wedding I’m going to in a few weeks. Much better than the last 2! This is super comfy, stretchy, light, and casual enough that I can get more use out of it. Pretty sure this one’s a keeper! I paired it with the necklace above. Not sure how I feel about it. I’d probably wear the necklace from my last fix with this. Thoughts?

Item 3: Christiana Floral Print Pencil Skirt (Margaret M)

Christiana Floral Print Pencil Skirt  Christiana Floral Print Pencil Skirt  Christiana Floral Print Pencil Skirt

I was surprised to see a pencil skirt in this fix. I don’t have many occasions to wear such an item. If I were still working in an office, yes. But not so much as a stay-at-home/work-from-home mom. They sent it as another option for something to wear to the wedding. And I do LOVE it. I love the print, the color and it fits great. But other than the wedding, and date nights, I’m not sure where else I’d wear this. So is it worth the purchase? Ugh. I don’t know. I really like it.

Item 4: Filbert 3/4 Sleeve Popover Blouse (41HAWTHORN)

Filbert 3/4 Sleeve Popover Blouse  Filbert 3/4 Sleeve Popover Blouse  Filbert 3/4 Sleeve Popover Blouse

They suggested pairing this top with the skirt. The colors totally work. I’m not sure if I tucked it in properly lol…this type of outfit is totally new to me. So I put on my favorite jeans with it and felt much more comfortable 🙂 This top is a keeper. I’m a sucker for the coral color. And it has so many little details that make this somewhat plain-looking blouse a little more special. The buttons, the shape of the hemline, the ruching at the sleeves, etc. It’s light. It fits. I see myself wearing this a lot.

Item 5:  Sumner Embroidered Pocket Top (Mavi)

Sumner Embroidered Pocket Top  Sumner Embroidered Pocket Top  DSC_4968 copy

I had about 10 of these on my Pinterest board so I was pretty pumped to see one arrive in this fix! Yes, the “Chambray” is a current trend. And I jumped on board. I just love the versatility of it. And THIS one in particular is awesome. If only you could feel how soft the fabric is. It’s glorious. It has a little stretch to it which is always good. I love it with black skinnys. It could also go with my red skinnys. To me, it’s a wardrobe staple and will get a lot of use. It’s a great layering piece too. Keeper keeper!

So what do you think? What should I keep? I’m on the fence with the necklace and the pencil skirt. The necklace because of the style/look of it. And the pencil skirt because of it’s usefulness to me right now. Help me decide!!

Here are the style cards for this fix:

Gilli Kadyn Dress Sumner Embroidered Pocket Top Christiana Floral Print Pencil Skirt Filbert 3/4 Sleeve Popover Blouse

 

 

 

 

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:

Capture

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:

pinterest

 

 

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.

check out

 

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!

note to stylist

 

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).

Kieraly Dot Print Short Sleeve Blouse

 

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)

Stitch Fix Tammi Keyhole Dress Stitch Fix Tammi Keyhole Dress

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) 

Finnegan Roll Cuff Chino Short  Finnegan Roll Cuff Chino Short

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.

Stitch Fix Review

 

 

 

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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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:

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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

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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:

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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!

Want to read more Stitch Fix reviews? Click on the “Categories” drop down menu to the left, and select “Stitch Fix”. If you’ve signed up for it and like any of the items you see, you can specifically request them in your “note to Stylist” each month. There’s no guarantee it will be available, but they’ll usually try to find something similar.

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 🙂