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Stitch Fix #8

18 Aug

Getting right into it… Fix #8! If you haven’t already tried, feel free to use my referral link (here) and fund more of my Stitch Fix adventures.



JUST BLACK Adorra Skinny Jean $88

Funny enough — after I returned my last Fix, I got an email from StitchFix customer service saying they had the exact size of pant but with a shorter inseam. They suggested I not wait for my next fix in case they weren’t in stock, so I ordered them “off cycle” and loved them. So, so happy with them so far! I did buy a few extra things to help preserve the color — Woolite DARKS Liquid Laundry Detergent (Amazon) and Shout Color Catcher sheets (Amazon) because I really didn’t want the dye from the jeans to rub off everywhere.

Too bad my stylist didn’t get the memo that I had already received/purchased the jeans, because they were included in my Fix too, but sending them back isn’t so tragic this time around!


RENEE C Greenspan Scoop Neck Top $48

Not my style, at all. I’m not sure what I need to update in my profile to make it clear I’m not a fan of busy/mismatched styles/patterns, but… sending this back!



SKIES ARE BLUE Keating Cargo Vest $78

StitchFix has tons of cargo vests in stock, just FYI. I loved the color on this one, and the cute liner polka dots, but I think cargo vests just don’t fit me very well — they bulk up my waist and just don’t look that flattering. Too bad!


TINSEL Joen Rayon Twill Cargo Vest $74

This is similar to the vest I had received last fix, but a slightly less pretty color, and with too many pockets. I’m not a fan of jackets (or vests) with chest pockets — I like that part cleaner. Versatile, though!


NAPEAN SEA RD Bellucci One Pocket Top $58

No matter how much I would have liked this top, it’s 100% Rayon and dry clean only — which for me is a dealbreaker. I have one plaid-y top from H&M that I love, but it’s beginning to show some wear (I’ve gotten great use out of it over the past few years) so it’s a piece I’m hoping to replace, through StitchFix or elsewhere.

I’ve done 3 fixes in about a month, so definitely going to take a little break… it’s a fun experience to receive items, but for me, has been pretty consistently disappointing/frustrating to not get that *wow* box.


Stitch Fix #7

4 Aug

Funny enough, Stitch Fix has told me that this is my Fix #8 — but I can’t for the life of me find pictures/remember when I missed a post. Oh well! 

I’m so envious of the others who blog about how much they love their Fixes — and get pieces that they love love love and that fit. One of the main reasons I took such a long break from Stitch Fix was because it was a bummer getting pieces that clearly didn’t match my style/profile, but I do chalk some of that up to my being so picky. That being said, am giving it a few more shots because I can’t deny how fun it is to get the boxes in the mail, and to keep exploring what the stylists can dig up for me.


Just Black Adorra Skinny Jean in Navy $88

These jeans feel so good — and they were a dark navy (they actually looked black to me at first) which is such a perfect wardrobe essential piece. That being said – I was surprised by how much I liked how they fit and feel, excepppppt they were way too long. Doing a quick Google, it sounds like a lot of people have that complaint about this brand/piece so that’s a bummer.


Papermoon Anica Knit Top $44

Was actually a little frustrated to see this piece in my fix, because it so resembles the Staccato raglan from my last fix, and I had specifically given the feedback that I didn’t like the little accent/contrast color on that pocket, which is exactly what this shirt does. TBH, without that, I would probably have kept it (I like to keep things simple) but back it goes.


41Hawthorn Jahana Cargo Vest $68

I’ve been asking my stylists to look for vests (I’ve been patiently hoping to come across a perfect denim vest to add to my closet, but know it might not come from StitchFix) but my last two stylists have been so kind to send a couple of vests my way. I liked this 41Hawthorn vest more than the Skies are Blue denim vest that came last fix (more structure to it) but it’s a little pricey for me, resembles something I already own in jacket form, and ideally I want a vest I can dress up/down and this is pretty cas.


Fun2Fun Katniss Crochet Yoke Top $44

Didn’t even try this on, TBH. Style itself I don’t mind (the shape/crochet accent) but the pattern and colors was way too loud for me — I’ve historically kept or bought pieces that I thought would stretch my style, and ended up rarely, if ever, wearing them — so not a good use of $$, even though it’s super reasonably priced.


Papermoon Danyela Knit Maxi Dress $48

I love me a maxi dress — and even though this one resembled another dress I already have (mostly in the black/navy and white/cream pattern), they were different enough — and this dress was honestly comfortable and could be easily dressed up or down, plus, super reasonably priced (especially when you take into account the styling fee you get to credit toward a purchase) – so keep keep keep.

Scheduled another fix for a few weeks from now, will see if it improves! Question for anyone else who does Stitch Fix — do you request the same stylist or a new one? If I’m not happy with my entire fix, is it better to keep trying to work with/give feedback to the same person, or try a new one over and over?

Stitch Fix #6

28 Jul

Stitch Fix lured me back, through a combination of a well-timed birthday email promo and seeing a couple boxes in my mom’s garage, encouraging me to try it again. (Why my mom trying Stitch Fix made me want to try Stitch Fix who knows, haha)

I updated my profile and added a couple of requests (have been looking for a denim vest or some chambray…) and this is what I got:


SKIES ARE BLUE Demilia Chambray Vest $68

The stylist did a great job, and actually did find me a denim/chambray-y vest — and while it wasn’t what I expected (was picturing something more structured), I was totally open to it! But after trying it on, I didn’t love the size/fit (even with the drawstring pulled, it looked really big in the front) or the style (not sure what it is — a little too 90’s grunge?? haha) — though I appreciated the effort!


REALM Ilene Released Hem Skinny Jean $54

Honestly, I wasn’t really looking for or thinking about pants, especially since it’s been sweltering hot in SoCal these days… so I wasn’t that surprised when I didn’t love them. They were a little too snug, and even separate from the fit, I didn’t love the tapered ankle details on the bottom — just a little too trendy for me, maybe!


41HAWTHORN Kelsey Button Down Shirt $58

This was my favorite piece in my Fix, by far, even though it wasn’t exactly what I pictured when I had asked for a chambray button down — but even though I liked it, it was just a LITTLE BIT too small around the bust area — I don’t think going a size up would work because everything else fit right. Bummer!


STACCATO Madelene Raglan Roll Sleeve Knit Top $48

This was something that would fit my style profile to a T — except for the interesting accent on the pocket/sleeves. I realize through Stitch Fix how particular/picky I can be with what I like or dislike — like symmetry. Even though I knew it wasn’t a keeper, I tried it on and loved the fit and feel (so soft!) and size, but the detail was a no go for me.


BAY TO BAUBLES Marissa Collar Necklace $34

Last but not least, a simple necklace. I realized I’m not really looking for jewelry (I have a few key pieces I love and rotate through, and am probably pickier about jewelry than other things) so I updated this in my profile as well, for the next fix.

It’s a bummer I’ve still not had great luck with Stitch Fix, but the experience in it of itself is pretty fun and a treat. I committed earlier this year to not buying more clothes that I’m not certain I’ll need or keep wearing and have tried to content myself with what’s already in my closet, so will have to see what the Stitch Fix stylist magic can do!

Stitch Fix #4 and #5 {catch-up}

7 Jan

I still haven’t had that stellar Stitch Fix experience I’ve been dreaming about–the one where you open the box, fall in love, and buy everything. Of course, I still love the concept, the branding, and the customer service… but… maybe because my expectations were so high, there was only room to fall.

Regardless, I’ve been given a few excuses to order new fixes (credit in my POPSUGAR Must Have box and through referrals) so ordered a couple… and ended up with a few new pieces that I liked (that came at the right price point).

almost bought my entire fourth fix, because I liked all the tops and they all fit decently well… but they sent me a pair of earrings and I don’t have pierced ears! I’m guessing that’s a bit of an oversight but that’s a bit of  QA blip, no?


COLOURWORKS Rowson Mesh Detail Striped Sweater – I really liked this top, but it was pricier than I would have liked ($60…?) so it was a no.


OXMO Janet Cotton Tab Sleeve Top – I liked this top and was about to keep it because I don’t have a white casual blouse like it, but couldn’t get over all the buttons on the front… 2 buttons too many?


EVERLY Adina Short Sleeve Zig Zag Blouse – Strangely enough, I kept this top… but didn’t LOVE it. If they were all the same price, I probably would have kept the Colourworks one. But, for the price ($38) and the nice side buttons, I thought it’d be a little bit of an adventurous addition to my closet, and indeed it has been.


ALYTHEA Blue Blazer – I don’t remember the exact name or price, but I really liked this blazer for a lot of reasons — fit, versatility, color… yay!

Then, I took a little bit of a break until a fall shipment in November, which was a pretty big bust. I’m not sure if it’s because they were busy or if it was the change in seasons or something in my profile that sent mixed signals, but I really didn’t like the three tops they sent.


PHOEBE Dot & Stripe Sweater DressMYSTREE Donallan Striped Button-Up Cardigan – While I liked the texture/weight of both pieces, I didn’t like the overall styles. The dress was a nice length/size, but I didn’t like where the polka dots were — unflattering. And I didn’t like the color-blocked collar on the cardigan or the pockets… I probably would have liked both if they didn’t have the extra color blocking element.


UNDER SKIES Clemente Diamond Knit Striped Sweater – Soft, but super unflattering. No pictures for evidence, ha.

41HAWTHORN Colored Faceted Circles Strand Necklace – I actually thought this necklace was beautiful, but I rarely wear orange shades (Asian = yellow-y skin and not as complimentary with the orange) so I passed.


41HAWTHORN Hayden Dot & Stripe Knit Infinity Scarf – I have a lot of scarves (it’s kind of a problem), and I don’t like my $20 styling fee going to waste, and I liked the red/white color scheme, so bingo!

Sooooo… as you can see, a bit of a mixed bag. Or I guess a mixed box, in this case. I still have a lot of love for the brand but am not entirely sure what it is that’s keeping me from my Stitch Fix happily ever after. Perhaps my budget? Or am I just super picky? Could be!

Regardless, I’m still having fun with it and adding little things to my wardrobe, so would encourage you to try it too–if you’re curious!

Tips & Tricks {Household}

18 Apr

Because they’ve been helpful to me, I wanted to share a couple of household tips I’ve seen on Twitter:

America’s Test Kitchen is an amazing organization that runs the ATK TV show, Cooks Illustrated magazine (no ads!), a lot LOT of cookbooks, and much more. They’ve re-tweeted this tip a few times since I’ve followed them, but I think that’s purely because it’s that useful. I hadn’t realized people microwaved their lemons in the first place, but I do see the genius behind a simple technique that maximizes the juice you can get from the lemon.

Bonus: Choose your lemons (and limes) by their skin–smooth is key. And most citrus fruits should feel heavier than they look… this works for me when it comes to picking out tangerines, oranges, etc.

From the Pioneer Woman (oh Ree…) whom I adore even as she’s exploded in popularity recently… I recently started to air/hang-dry more of our laundry, particularly my cotton sweaters/tops (to prevent shrinkage) and a lot of our “colors.” I didn’t really have a problem with wrinkling but when I saw this tip from the Pioneer Woman, I thought it was genius! I’ve used it on khakis/chinos and jeans and it works for us.

Hope these help you and your household! Do you already do or use either of these tips?

Stitch Fix #3 {should I keep it?}

12 Apr

Background on Stitch Fix for those who aren’t familiar: Basically, you sign up, fill out your “style profile” with lots of info around your style and the clothes you like to wear, then pay a $20 styling fee to receive a “Fix,” which is basically a box with 5 items (clothing/jewelry) specifically picked out for you! You get to try them all on at home with other pieces you own, then pay for & keep what you want (the $20 styling fee also counts as credit toward anything you keep) and send back what you don’t want (shipping both ways is free). You can check out their website for a lot of the nitty gritty details around how it works, but a friend posted about StitchFix on Facebook, I saw their website, and I was sold!

I kept one item from Fix #2 and was hopeful for #3… and specifically asked for mostly tops and dresses that I might be able to wear at an upcoming May wedding, but asked my stylist to stick with a <$100 price limit. She did an admirable job, but it was a little disappointing, TBH. I keep hoping for that Fix that blows my mind (I sound like a druggie…) and I really really want that “keep it all!” fix, but feels like I’m still somewhere in that “meh” phase.

Through Stitch Fix, I’m realizing that I’m pretty picky and have a really specific sense of what I like or don’t like (at least in terms of styles, cuts, and colors). I’m also going through some weight fluctuations so I might actually be in an awkward between-size phase… but anyway, all this to say–I love love love Stitch Fix as a brand, as a concept, and the anticipation around receiving a fix… but I’m not entirely sure it’s something I’m going to stick with.

Without further adieu… my fix!

stitch1This time it came in a BIG box! This was my first fix without a little note from my stylist… I actually missed it.


Piece #1: CUTOUT DESIGN GOLD DETAIL BRACELET ($28) – Okay, I’ve acknowledged I’m picky but I think I’m even more picky about jewelry, and bracelets in particular. I’ve never been a huge wrist accessorizer (not that I don’t want to be!) but this one reminded me of this bracelet from Banana Republic that J raved about. Ironically, I ended up ordering the same one but didn’t like how it looked… which is how I felt about this one. Go back.


Piece #2: DownEast ASTOR CHIFFON RUFFLE DETAIL JERSEY TOP ($48) – I didn’t dislike this top, but I didn’t love it. The really like the color (perfect for spring!) and cut (great for day&night) but the ruffles were a little too much for me (and they’re hard to ignore).


Piece #4: Evolution by Cyrus RONDA FLORAL PRINT KNIT DRESS ($98) – While I love the pattern on the front of the dress, I think I would like it more in the print form. Like, as in paper. That plus the fabric (not forgiving at all) and the placement of the black-contrast tie and the impact of the pattern right in the mid-section(not flattering when you’re a pear-shape) — this was a big fat no. I will say the front=pattern, back=solid was interesting and the fabric was reallyyyyy comfy.


Piece #4: DownEast JOCELYN IKAT PRINT BELTED DRESS ($58) – This is dress #2 in the fix and this time, mixed feelings! I liked the fabric and the cut a lot more, and even though the rope-belt made me go “wtf” a little at first, it actually grew on me. Ulllltimately. I decided against keeping it (despite the great price) because 1) the color (I like green but don’t feel like I look great it in–especially this shade) and 2) one of the little guide threads on the side ripped when I was tying the rope-belt! Boooo…


Piece #5: 41 Hawthorn WREN V-NECK CAP SLEEVE JERSEY TOP ($48) – And now, for my dilemma. So I don’t own anything in this color… I like the cowl-neck detailing… buuuuut I don’t love it. And it’s a little bit (can you tell?). B likes it, which is a plus, and I could apply my $20 credit to make it $28, but I honestly don’t know if I would buy this if I found it in a store/tried it on/etc even for $28. Thoughts???

I will probably schedule at least one more fix and see how things go, but I’m afraid my enthusiasm for Stitch Fix is wearing a little (tiny) bit thin. There are others who definitely have success so that’s my glimmer of hope–but for that’s how I’m feeling for now.

Stitch Fix #2

26 Mar

Background on Stitch Fix for those who aren’t familiar: Basically, you sign up, fill out your “style profile” with lots of info around your style and the clothes you like to wear, then pay a $20 styling fee to receive a “Fix,” which is basically a box with 5 items (clothing/jewelry) specifically picked out for you! You get to try them all on at home with other pieces you own, then pay for & keep what you want (the $20 styling fee also counts as credit toward anything you keep) and send back what you don’t want (shipping both ways is free). You can check out their website for a lot of the nitty gritty details around how it works, but a friend posted about StitchFix on Facebook, I saw their website, and I was sold!

I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get to keep anything from my first fix, but have heard that the stylists & items in the fix typically get better with each round so I was hopeful! Fix #2 came this week and it’s definitely more “me” (and less “who I want to be”!


Hello, my beautiful Fix! I was a little surprised that my stylist changed (is this typical?) but regardless, thank you, Margaret!


The colors in my fix are so me… less “trendy” and kinda less “springy” but definitely classic, which is what I asked for.

sf4Piece #1: LoveMarks AUSTIN DENIM BUTTON UP TOP ($68) – I still do not own a chambray/denim-y shirt (late to the party?) so I was open to the idea of one in my fix… but I didn’t love this one. The fit was okay & it’s super soft, but something about the color and the wash I didn’t like.

sf5Piece #2: Kersh HERERRA COTTON BUTTON UP SHIRT ($58) – I also do not have a great white blouse (my closet is full of non-essentials, apparently!) but this wasn’t quite right… I liked the fabric (super super soft cotton) but it was too wide (you can kind of tell in that picture).

sf3Piece #3: Chris & Carol ABRIANNA LONGSLEEVE KNIT CARDIGAN ($48) – I LOVE THIS. I probably own more cardigans than a person should, but I love this for a variety of reasons: 1) I want more “open” cardigans 2) I love the color and don’t have anything like it 3) lightweight fabric but not see-through 4) perfect for spring and 5) dress-up & dress-down. Keeping this!

sf7Piece #4: Collective Concepts IVY SOLID TAB SLEEVE V-NECK BLOUSE ($58) – You can’t tell perfectly in the pictures, but it’s a really nice color – a little more nuanced than grey, but not so dark as black. I actually really like this piece– it’s loose (but not in an unflattering way), is SUPER comfy (you can probably tell), plus has super cute little tabs on the sleeves (you know I love the little things). I’m still trying to figure out if I’m going to keep it… If it wasn’t for the cardigan that I fell in love with, this would be a no-brainer.


Piece #5: Tart SALMA FRENCH TERRY STRIPED BLAZER ($128) – I had liked the cotton blazer in my last fix and put it in my feedback (that you fill out when you send things back) so my stylist sent another– I actually like this one MORE than the previous minty one because it fits a lot better & it’s a little more practical and easy to mix-and-match. Butttt… since it’s slightly out-of-my-price-range… it’s a go-back 😦 Sidenote: SHOULDER PADS!

Sooooo, that was Fix #2! I’m super happy that I found at least one thing I love (cardigan!) and am going to think through whether or not to keep that Collective Concepts top… thoughts? Want more pictures?? Help me decide please!

Would highly, highly recommend the service to anyone who’s looking for a few new pieces for spring and is down to try something totally fun and new. (It’s seriously so much fun… I have to stop myself from scheduling another one!) Thanks in advance for using my referral link if you’re interested in signing up for the waitlist!