My Stitch Fix Experience

A few months ago, I decided to give Stitch Fix a try. I’d read several positive reviews and started seeing a lot of posts about the service pop up in my social media news feeds. Every day people, JUST LIKE ME, were trying this service with a lot of success. I decided to sign up, paid the $20 styling fee and patiently waited for my first “fix” to arrive.

At first, I was…pretty underwhelmed, to be honest. I thought I’d receive five items I just couldn’t live without; however, I received five items that I just “kinda” liked. Since I’d already paid the $20 styling fee, I figured I’d keep the necklace. What the heck, right? It was a super cute long chain with little dangly things on the end. It went with practically everything in my closet and has surprisingly held up well.

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Here is one of the super cute necklaces I kept. 

The next month rolled around and it was like déjà vu. I kept another cute necklace (above) and sent the rest of the stuff back. I feel bad saying this, but I was actually too embarrassed to share any of the photos via social media of myself in the clothing, because I thought they were so unflattering on me. (You’ll see the long, gold necklace I did keep. I actually kept the dark blue shirt, too.)

So, yeah. I was pretty bummed. However, after I started adding stuff to a Pinterest board for my stylist to access, I noticed I was receiving pieces I was more eager to keep. For instance, in one shipment, I received the CUTEST blouse with elephants all over it and it is, to this day, one of my favorite shirts.

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The elephant shirt is in the center. Although, the striped J-Crew shirt to the left of it might be my second favorite.

With each shipment, I noticed more and more of “my style” coming through in the pieces. I didn’t expect miracles or anything, but I did hope to keep more than just one item each time. Fast forward to this month’s fix. Please cue the drum roll…I’m keeping EVERYTHING. That’s right. Everything. I cannot believe it, but this latest fix has completely blown me away. I mean, when I opened it up, I thought, “Wow this seems really ‘me’, but there’s no way it will all fit.” Oh, but it did.

Everything felt super comfortable and all of the pieces seemed like things I could easily fit into my wardrobe. I’m especially excited to wear the dress with a cute denim jacket and some flats this spring!

So, is Stitch Fix right for you? Well, I can’t make that decision for you, but what I can do is provide you with a few short facts that may help you decide whether or not to give their service a try.

  1. It brings custom-fitted clothing right to your door. This service really takes the work out of shopping, which is sometimes a huge relief. Ever head off for a nice, relaxing afternoon of shopping, only to be bombarded with crowds and pushy salespeople, defeated by bad dressing room lighting and left wandering around the food court in search of sugary redemption? Yeah, me too. Actually, what usually happens is I dare to step outside of the box, get home and realize I don’t know how to wear something. Thankfully, the next point addresses that very issue!
  2. The stylist provides you with dress and casual style examples for each of your items. (See the card in the image above.) I am someone that generally needs to be instructed on how to wear something. I’m getting better at thinking outside of the box (or maybe I am starting to care less about how my style is perceived), but I still have moments when I’m not sure if I need to pair my skinny jeans with riding boots or simple ankle booties. It’s a lot of work being a woman, but thankfully, my stylist tells me exactly how to dress my pieces.
  3. You basically customize everything. That sounded more vague than I intended, but that’s because you can, quite literally, customize every part of your styling experience. This service allows you to set your sizing for every item of clothing you can think of. Dresses, shirts, blouses, jeans, skirts, etc. It also allows you to set price ranges for each, which I think is really nice. It also offers you visual options for your style. Say you can’t quite pinpoint what your go-to style is. Stitch Fix will offer a series of outfit images that you can select as some of the styles you like to sport. It’s really neat!
  4. If you don’t like anything, you simply send it back. I like this service, because there are times when I really only find one item in each fix that I like, so I just send the rest of the stuff back through the mail. Plus, your $20 styling fee goes toward any purchase!
  5. If you do like everything, you get a discount! It isn’t much, but if you want to keep your entire fix, you receive a 25% discount, plus the $20 is deducted from your final price. Plus, the clothes are high quality, so you don’t have to worry about them wearing out.

Ok, I’ve pitched this enough. Go visit their site, look them up on Pinterest and see if this service is something worth trying. Remember, you can always cancel your subscription if you get tired of it!

My Healthy Tip of the Day: Dress for comfort! In college, I used to try to pour myself into tight jeans and jam my feet into way too high heels, but now, I go for a comfy chic look. I’ve traded in my pumps for wedges, discovered my deep, passionate love of stretch jeans, and found that a blazer can dress just about anything up. Ok, this is more of a fashion tip, but whatevs.

 

My New Obsession

Many of you may remember how obsessed I was with PBFingers blog when I first discovered it. I tore through her archives like I was some sort of mad Twilight fanatic and spent many evenings glued to my iPad. Though I still love her blog dearly, I’ve recently stumbled on to a new one: The Small Things Blog. I found this blog on Pinterest after seeing this picture pop up more than a dozen times on my friends’ boards.

The Small Things Blog: How to Style your Bangs (and apply Aquage Uplifting Foam!)    It would help if I looked this great! And was 100 years younger. This is a good blog.

I got curious and decided to follow the source. This led me to Kate! I read her “About” section first and really liked her story.

1. Where are you from?
I’m originally from Illinois, but I’ve lived in North Carolina for the past 5 years.

2. What made you decide to start this blog?
I love blogs. I’ve been reading blogs for months and months. I started mine in 2011. It is a place for me to share things I love and hopefully inspire some creativity with my readers.

3. When did you go to cosmetology (beauty) school?
The high school I went to offered a Trade School program for students who wanted to pursue a certain trade. The school offered a variety of other programs, from culinary arts to intro to nursing. The cosmetology program lasted 2 years. We graduated, and took the state board exam, at the same time we graduated high school.

4. How did you know you wanted to do hair?
It was one of those things that always made sense. I remember in middle school my friends would ask me to do their hair for the school dances. That was the first moment where I thought, “I could do this forever!”

5. Did you go to college?
I did. My dad really encouraged me to go. Of course I didn’t want to because I wanted to start working at a salon. I mean, everyone knows what’s best for their own life at 17, right?!
I went to a small Christian college in Michigan for 2 years. It took me forever to find a major since I didn’t care about anything else. I randomly took a philosophy class titled “The Good Life”, which looked at personal opinions from Philosophers about what makes life “good”. It was really interesting to me, so I decided to keep taking classes in that subject. Eventually, I transfered to a university in North Carolina. It was very much a time in my life that I could really see God’s direction. For example, there is no real explanation I have as to why I chose North Carolina. It just looked good and I was anxious to start a new chapter. I met my husband about 5 days after I arrived.

6. How and when did you meet your husband?
Since I didn’t know a soul in NC, I went online and looked into my schools’ Campus Crusade ministry. I emailed a girl named Dorothy and asked her if she could meet me at a meeting and introduce me to some people. She responded and said she wasn’t attending Cru at the moment but she was going to this ministry called TwentySomething at a local church.
She picked me up on a Thursday and brought me to TwentySomething. Don’t ask me why, but I decided we needed to sit in the front row. Normally I was the shy girl that sat in the back, but this time I just felt like sitting up front!
Justin, my husband, plays guitar and sings so he was on stage leading worship. As soon as my eyes fell upon him I thought, “uh oh. He’s really cute”.
He came up to me afterwards and introduced himself. Through some small talk we realized we were taking the same philosophy class, and in fact, we were in the same section!
We flirted relentlessly for a few months and then began dating in October 2006. We were married in May 2009 and settled in Raleigh a few months later.

7. When did your sister move to Raleigh?
Oh my sister! Where do I begin? She’s my best friend and I’m absolutely cherishing the time we have while we live in the same city! She moved here in January 2011. She has come to stay for a month in the summer of 2010 while my husband was away on a school internship. And we loved living near each other. So that is what sort of inspired the move. She was looking for a new major, and a new chapter in her life, so the move to Raleigh was perfect.

8. When did you start making jewelry?
My sister and I started our jewelry line in the summer of 2010 when she lived with me. It was kind of a random start up, but we have enjoyed it ever since! Our Etsy shop opened in July 2010.

9. When did you start cooking?
I started cooking after I got married. I attempted some meals before my wedding and I made some pretty scary food. I gave up and ate Lean Cuisines and cereal. After I was married, though, I wanted to impress my new hubby and make him some good meals. I would often complain about how I just can’t cook and what is wrong with me, and I just am not good at it. He said all I needed was to “put a little Love in it”. (it’s funny the things we remember, isn’t it?) From then on, I’ve developed a love for cooking and actually cared if it turned out well! So I have him, my mom, and Ree from The Pioneer Woman to thank!!

10. Where do you get your craftiness from?
My mom! She’s incredibly creative. Her specialty is room design and hosting. Her parties are the best! Every detail is carefully considered to make sure it all comes together. All of my confidence in doing crafts comes from knowing I have a talented mom.

So right off the bat I realize she has a very similar story to Julie from PBfingers. They both originate from Illinois and migrated to warmer weather. Very cool! Anyway, her site is full of amazing hair tutorials, fashion tips and some cool, crafty ideas.

Ok, I’m done gushing over my new blogger. Check out her blog right now. Seriously, go straight there. How else can you learn how to do these gorgeous hairstyles?

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