Stitch Fix #6

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

To review, here are all of my previous fixes:

Stitch Fix #1
Stitch Fix #2
Stitch Fix #3
Stitch Fix #4
Stitch Fix #5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Item #3: Alan Cowl Neck Asymmetrical Cardigan

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

Item #4: Jemdy Striped Dolman Sleeve Jersey Top

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

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

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

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

Well done, Tracy from Stitch Fix. Well done.

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

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Stitch Fix #5

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

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

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

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

Item 3:  Kassidy Open Lattice Detail Tank

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

Item 4:  Lawley Cable Knit Open Cardigan

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

Item 5: Walden Floral Print Zipper Detail Blouse

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

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

 

 

 

 

A Stitch Fix Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stitch Fix #4

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My 4th fix arrived today (I skipped a month in case you were wondering). I was a little nervous when I first peeked at what was coming (once your fix ships, you can click on the “checkout” link and see the list of what was sent. Then do a quick Google search of the description and you can almost always see pictures of the item from other people’s fixes). That said, 2 of them I couldn’t find via Google so I was legitimately surprised. And the others I didn’t really like when I saw the pictures online. However, now that I’ve tried them on in person, I am more pleased 🙂

 

Item #1: Bree Striped Split-Back Mixed-Material Sweater

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This is my least favorite item in the box. I don’t like how loose it is. I may have to make a note to my stylist for the next fix to start sending me more fitted tops (which is what my style profile says anyway). I like it sometimes (like the previous striped shirt they sent me), but most of the time it just looks like fabric hanging on me, instead of fitting me properly. A little more fitted is more flattering for my body type I think. The 2nd picture is what the back looks like (I just held it up because I couldn’t get a decent picture while wearing it). It’s weird. And it just has that one piece of cream colored blousy fabric hanging there.  I don’t like it. And it’s kinda pricey.

 

Item #2: Margerie Stripe & Dot Open Cardigan

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This one surprised me. When I Googled it and saw it on other people I really didn’t like it. But I’ve changed my mind now that I’ve tried it on. The back is kind of fitted (which, as I’ve said, I really prefer). I like how there’s a different print on the inside. The fabric is soft and stretchy. And I like the navy/white color (can wear with my red pants! woo!) I’m thinking this is a keeper.

 

Item #3: Hanlee Airy Knit Raglan Sweater

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Another one I didn’t think I’d like. Even when I first tried it on. It’s shorter in the front which I didn’t think I’d like, but the more I look at the picture the more I don’t mind it. The color is very fall-like. It kind of reminds me of a gym class pinny. Not sure if that’s a deal breaker or not. It’s very soft. Would be great with a fall scarf. I’m on the fence with this one…

 

Item #4: Priya Plaid Print Mixed Material Top

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I like this one. It’s a “me” top. I like the plaid print. I like the 2 materials (the back is like a jersey knit, while the front is blousy). It’s comfortable. It fits. It’s a year-round wear (with a cardigan for fall/winter). Leaning towards keeping.

 

Item #5: Raina Dark Denim Jacket

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I wasn’t expecting this since I already received (and kept) a fall jacket in my last fix. But I did mention awhile ago that I’d love a dark denim jacket (and it was still on my Pinterest board). That said, I really like it. The cut, the fit, the color. I could be in trouble with this box. I think I could keep 4/5 items right now. But then it would be cheaper to buy all 5 because of the discount. But I really don’t like that first sweater. Gahh…not sure what to do.

Thoughts?

Here’s the style card included:

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Stitch Fix #3

My 3rd fix arrived today and I have to admit, I was pretty underwhelmed with this one. On a positive note, they really do try to honor your requests and look at your Pinterest board (if you have one). I requested a top to go with the red skinny jeans (that I ended up keeping from my last fix), and I got one. I requested black skinny jeans, and I got them. I requested a light fall jacket, and I got it. On my pinterest board, I pinned a few tops with lace detail- and so I got something like that. I had also pinned a certain top, and received exactly that top. So you’d THINK this would be the best fix of them all, getting exactly what I requested. But sadly, it didn’t quite work out. I don’t want to lose my $20 styling fee, so I’d like to keep at least one of the items. So I’ll need some help deciding!

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Kinda dark, neutral colors, not bright and happy like the first 2 have been. Not necessarily a bad thing, but…meh.

First item:

Esten Button-Up Sleeveless Blouse (the top they sent to wear with my red skinnys):

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So, this Navy blouse is kind of plain and simple. It fits okay. It works with the red skinnys I suppose. I feel like I’d need to add some pizzazz to this outfit though. It needs bracelets or dangly earrings or something. Which is fine for a date night, but not running errands with my kids, who love dangly shiny things. I asked for a top to pair well with these pants that would be a casual look for an on-the-go mom…is this it? I’m not sure….

 

Abigail Colorblock Lace Trim Top

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Here’s the “lace detail top”. I had pinned similar tops, but not this exact one. This is comfy. I like the color (and the back is black). You could dress it up or down. But I don’t think the quality justifies the price of this one and I’m just not in love with it. It’s also a tad big…kinda too loose around the shoulders for my liking.

 

Corinna Striped Dolman Top

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This is the top I was most excited about. I pinned this one. It’s definitely one of those “me” tops. And I really do love this. A lot. The fabric is SO soft, and thin (so it’s not too hot/heavy). I like the style/cut and length. But it’s just too darn big on me 🙁 A size smaller and it would’ve been perfect. Boo. In the second picture I’m wearing the next item:

Baxley Zipper Detail Skinny Jean

I didn’t take any good pictures of these jeans, except with the top above. The fit is okay, not perfect… but I’m really not digging the “zipper detail”:

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The zipper is on both sides in the front. I just don’t like it. I could cover it up with a few longer tops. But I’m not sold on them for the price.

 

Braylee Hooded Utility Jacket

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This is the “light fall jacket” I requested. Similar to a few I had pinned on Pinterest. It’s the most expensive item in the box and I do like it. But do I LOVE it? Sigh….I don’t know! The color is olive green, but looks a bit more brown in these photos. It’s casual, I’ll probably wear it a lot.

What do you think? I need help with this one!

*UPDATE*
I’m keeping the jacket. I would’ve kept the first Navy blouse, but I realized it’s dry clean only, and I don’t have time for that kind of laundering requirement. I’m requesting the striped shirt again next month but in a smaller size. Woohoo! Thanks for your help everyone 🙂

 

 

 

 

Stitch Fix #2

If you haven’t heard of Stitch Fix yet, you can check out my brief explanation from my first review, or explore their website for more information.

I received my 2nd box this afternoon and I’m excited to share it with you! I was just as giddy when I opened this box as I was the first time. This box in particular though featured several items I would’ve never picked out for myself. Which is part of the reason I’m doing this whole thing to begin with. I need to dress like a grown-up, and that involves stepping out of my comfort zone with clothes.

So without further ado, box #2!

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Items #1 and #2: MACKLIN ABSTRACT ANIMAL PRINT V-NECK BLOUSE paired with KALEIGH ANKLE BITER SKINNY JEAN

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Ok, first of all. I LOVE this outfit, in theory. I asked for bold colored skinny jeans, and bold colored skinny jeans is exactly what I got! Fire engine red? Um, hello. That’s bold (and way out of my fashion comfort zone, which I’m totally okay with). And  I love the  red pants paired with a black/white top. It’s edgy and I like it. However, these pants are SKIN tight. And I just don’t feel comfortable in them for that reason. I know skinny jeans are meant to be fitted and all, but the stretchy fabric made these more like jeggings. The size was right (fit around the hips well, and the length was perfect), but I don’t like feeling like my pants are painted on. So they’re getting returned 🙁 I will not give up hope on the bold colored skinny jean though. I know the right pair is out there somewhere. As far as the shirt goes, I wanted to like it. The print is really cool, I love the black and white, and it’s a little more fancy than the tops I’m used to wearing (it’s a blouse as opposed to a tank or tee). However, the fit was just weird on me. The front is shorter than the back, which isn’t terrible normally, but this was TOO short in the front for my liking, and it felt like it was just floating off of my body in the front…just hanging there, which I don’t find flattering on me. So, probably returning this one.

 

Item #3 MONI STUD DETAILED 3/4 SLEEVE BLOUSE

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Meh. I like it, I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it. I’ve seen pictures of this same shirt on other women and it looks better on them. It was just kind of baggy on me and the fabric didn’t feel great, kinda scratchy-like. And I’m up in the air about those studs. Overall though, it’s not really me. Returning.

 

Item #4: KAHLO EMBROIDERED RACERBACK TANK

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WINNER! I love this. It’s a “tank” so of course I love it, it’s right in my comfort zone. The colors are great (white, gray and coral). I love the detailed coral embroidery. The fabric is light and stretchy. The hemline is fun and interesting. And I love the racerback (which is not pictured, because I’m not that coordinated). Bonus: it was the cheapest item in the box. KEEPER.

 

Item #5: MORRIE MEDIUM WASH BOYFRIEND DENIM JACKET

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So,  I’m “on the fence” with this one. I may have let my husband get into my head a bit. When I told him I was getting a denim jacket he made several comments about the 80’s lol. Though plenty of 80’s fashions are coming back into style 😛 I just don’t know.  I’m not sure how often I’d really wear it. I’m not sure I HAVE to have it. It’s cute, it fits. But I  just don’t know. Which likely means it will get returned. Because of how pricey many of the items can be, I really need to LOVE it in order to keep it. And I need to feel confident that I’ll wear it a lot. I can’t really say that about the denim jacket. Now, maybe if it were black…hmmmm.

Well, there you have it! I think we’re getting closer to figuring out my new grown-up mom-style. In my feedback I’m going to ask for another attempt at the bold-colored skinny jean. Maybe 3rd time will be the charm!

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Stitch Fix #1

If you’ve never heard of Stitch Fix before, I’ll explain what it is and why I’m trying it out. Then I’ll tell you all about my first impression of my first fix!

Stitch Fix is like having your own personal stylist. Well, it’s not “like” having your own personal stylist, you really do get one. You sign up online and fill out a style profile. You can even give them a link to a Pinterest board if you’ve created one for outfits you like (which I have), so the stylist assigned to you can get a visual of what you like to wear. You can leave notes like “I hate floral patterns, I only want tops, don’t send me pants, I need a date night dress, etc.”. The stylist picks out 5 items especially for you and it gets sent directly to your house (free shipping). You try them on in the privacy of your home, pay only for what you keep, return the rest, also free of charge (they send you a pre-paid return envelope and you just drop it off at nearest USPS drop off location within 3 days). Easy peasy.

So why am I doing this? Well, I heard about Stitch Fix over a year ago and while I thought it was a really cool idea, I had been talking myself out of it because of how pricey the individual items can be (note: they do try to work within your budget, but let’s be honest, when you shop mostly at Target for clothes, you’re going to have a bit of sticker shock when you get your first fix). But ultimately I decided to do it because you’re not only paying for an article of clothing, you’re paying for the convenience of having a personal stylist (who does fashion for a living) pick out clothes for you and send them directly to your home. As a new mom of 2 very small children, this is SUPER appealing. The thought of taking Gwen and Ivor shopping with me right now gives me anxiety. Secondly, I really need a more grown up wardrobe, with quality pieces that won’t fall apart. Most of the clothes in my current wardrobe are from the juniors department at Target or Kohls. And they have holes in them or buttons missing, etc. I’m almost 30, with 2 kids. It’s time for a better wardrobe that looks my age. And I want clothing that will last and that I’ll get a lot of use out of. But I would have no idea where to start if I tried to do this myself (even though I’ve watched every episode of “What Not To Wear”, I’m no style expert). So that’s where the professional Stitch Fix stylist comes in. In my style profile I mentioned that I wanted a more sophisticated mom wardrobe, and I have to say, she really nailed it. She gets me. I think we could be friends.

Which brings me to the first fix that arrived today!

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When I first took the items out of the box I got a little giddy (it was like Christmas!)

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Then I saw that little note from my stylist about why she chose each item for me- how cool is that?

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Without even trying anything on I was so happy! I love all of those colors and prints, and the fabrics are so soft. I was not expecting to like everything in the first fix, but just based on a first glance at that neatly folded pile of clothes, I thought I might keep everything.  But not everything fit (and honestly I can’t afford to keep everything so it was probably for the best lol).

So, quick run down of what I got: the top item is a tank top which you’ll see pictured below (this is the item I kept). Second, is a white cardigan. Third, a blue and white striped maxi skirt. Fourth, green ankle-length skinny jeans. And fifth, those super cute earrings.

This top, I love everything about:

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The picture doesn’t really do it justice. I love the colors, the pattern, the fit and the fabric. It’s sooo comfortable and fits perfectly. Definite keeper. The stylist includes this little card to give you ideas on how to “wear” each item (things to pair it with). Here are the recommendations for this top:

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Regarding the other items that I’m returning: the white cardigan was okay, I just wasn’t crazy about the way it draped on me…didn’t seem super flattering. But the fabric felt great and had really cool hidden pockets. The maxi skirt I REALLY liked but it was a tad too long. And the skinny jeans were too big and were mid-rise, which don’t seem to work for me. The earrings I love, but I decided that I already have quite a bit of jewelry and don’t really need more right now. So I’m going to tell my awesome stylist Melody, to hold off on sending any jewelry unless I specifically ask for it. I did ask for another pair of bold colored skinny jeans for my next fix cause I’ve always wanted a pair- was bummed that they didn’t work out this time.

So overall, I’m really impressed. I got an awesome top that will get a lot of use and didn’t cost that much money after all (one of the cheaper items in the box).

If you want to find out more information or try it out for yourself, use my referral link and I’ll get a $25 credit towards my next fix 🙂