Sunday, February 14, 2016

Stitch Fix Review: 5.0 and 6.0

Long time no see, eh?!

So, let's talk Stitch Fix. I was IN LOVE with it when I put it on hold back in November. I dreamed of my next fix and the beauties I would receive, so when I was faced with a wardrobe debacle for an event I was helping to plan, I did what any good and level headed woman would do...I moved up my "Birthday Fix" to accommodate my need for something to wear to the "Big Event". I asked for "cute and trendy" and as soon as I got that email that sends thrills to every Stitch Fix addict ("Your Stitch Fix is On Its Way!") I peeked at what was coming as quickly as I could...and was met with a deep and painful disappointment. BUT, I tried keeping an open mind, knowing that some fixes look disappointing on paper but turn out to be pretty amazing in person. Well, let's just say my disappointment was warranted. That fix was a total bust (I mean, c'mon...how can a sweater named "Klyde" ever have a chance?!). I don't even have any pictures from that fix, I was that disappointed in it (but Google "Klyde sweater", just so you can have a good laugh, too). 

So, of course I scheduled myself a "redo" fix...brushing up my note and trying not to be too vague with my requests (heck, I even took it to Facebook to ask the Sticth Fix group their thoughts on my note). What transpired was a fix that was slightly better than the previous one, but still not great. Here is what I received:

My stylist suggested this pairing. Um. No. Scarf: Sammie...just okay, but bulky and made me feel a bit claustrophobic.
Pants: Liverpool...great. Awesome. Fab. BUT...I received a Maurice's pair that were, essentially, identical to these, for Christmas (and a fraction of the cost).
Sweater: Does it matter? Gross. After my comments/feedback regarding the ill fated Klyde from the prior fix, I was sad to receive Klyde's evil twin. Itchy. Blocky. Not at all my style.


Shirt: Papermoon. Nice. Probably my second fave...but a little too flowy for my taste. After gestating 5 children, I have developed an aversion to "flowy", as I lived in maternity clothing for a lot of months of my life. But I found someone who loved it and so, she is happy about her shirt and I'm happy that I didn't lose my styling fee. Win/win.


Cardigan: 41Hawthorn. Just...meh. Color was nice, different from my usual, but the material was kind of cheap and the arms hung weird and it was just not something I loved. 


And so, that made 2 "oh for fives" in a row...and thus, my infatuation with Sticth Fix has come to a bitter end. I'm grateful for them pushing me to step outside my box and discovering that I can, indeed, dress myself with some fun finds. Thankfully, our local mall has some cute boutique-y stores that have a plethora of fun, trendy, funky finds!

Stitch Fix, it's been fun, but we're done for awhile. Time for a break. It's not you, it's me...can we still be friends?

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Christmas Tree vs. Wood Floors: Lesson 2

So...Lesson 2.

Remember my "Life Lesson" that I learned from when our Christmas Tree fell over? How, if a wet wood floor was the biggest of my problems then: life is pretty dang good?

Yeah...I do still feel that way. (And was able to keep that perspective when a drain in our basement backed up/rusted out and created a wet, sloppy mess in one of our bedrooms. Ugh.)

But today, my friends, I'm here to tell you about Lesson Numero Dos that I learned from our fallen over Christmas tree.

I mentioned before that I was pretty hesitant to put a live Christmas tree on our brand new wood floors last year (well, it wasn't so much the tree as it was the gallons of water that go into keeping said tree alive for a few weeks inside of a house...) but the year came and went without (thank goodness) incident and so this year, when those thoughts crept into my mind I was all, "Well...sure. There's a risk. But LOOK!! Last year went so well!".

I shoulda listened to my gut.

When our tree fell, the water in the stand spilled out over the floor and there is sat for up to 8 hours. FYI: Water and wood do not play well together. But THAT my friends, was the minor incident.

We set up our tree, straightened it out in the tree stand, tied it up, watered it and went about life as if nothing happened.

Then, a day and a half later, my hubs went to water the tree in the morning and LOW AND BEHOLD the stand was dry as a bone. I sorta shrugged and figured the tree just was thirsty and we carried on...until that evening when he checked the stand and once again, found it DRY AS A BONE. It was in that moment that we looked at each other and I said, "Oh no. Is it leaking????????"...and guess what?

It was. There was a gigantic crack in the tree stand that somehow had come open, allowing water to leak right out of it. BAH.

So, two entire tree stands full of water had soaked into our glorious wood floors. Those same floors that I've swooned over and loved since the moment we installed them. They swelled. The finish flaked...and I kicked myself for ever thinking that a real tree was an appropriate thing to put on wood floors.

And there is Lesson Number 2 for you: Don't put a real tree on real wood floors.

I went out and procured an artificial tree the very next day and my traditional, die-hard, Real Christmas Tree heart died a little that day. But...I'm not sure my sanity could've handled ONE. MORE. THING. happening to our floors.

The good news is that after running a dehumidifier non-stop since then, they seem to have settled down a bit. We shall see what the next few weeks bring...




Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Christmas Tree vs. Wood Floors: Lesson 1

As most of you know, about a year and a half ago we "completed" (in quotes because, let's be honest...it's STILL not completely finished!) a big remodel of our upper level (and, of yet I have to post a "finished product" post on). I am a DIE HARD Christmas fan and to me, if you have an artificial tree, you are akin to Scrooge. Or the Grinch. Or Satan himself, or something.

So, while I was leery about putting a real Christmas tree (with which we've had mishaps before) on my wood floor last year, shockingly, the season passed without incident and I was able to enjoy my tree in all it's pine scented glory.

This year, while still having those same leery feelings, we schlepped out to get our tree from an incredibly fun and festive, but ridiculously over-priced tree farm, and set the bad boy up. We decorated it TO THE HILT with the oodles of ornaments we have and I mentioned to my husband that he should probably tie up the tree...but then he got busy with other things and didn't.

And...I'm sure you can guess what happened. 


And THEN some...but THAT my friends, will be Lesson 2. However, for now, something more pressing is on my heart...

As I lay on my belly vacuuming the seams of our wood floors, in hopes of extracting as much water as I could from under them I had A LOT of time to think...

You see, a neighboring community had just experienced a tragic construction accident...a co-workers friend's son is battling osteosarcoma...I realized, in that time on my belly with the shop vac, that GOOD GOLLY. If a wet wood floor is my biggest worry in life, man alive, do I have it good.

Then tonight, I learned that one of my hospital co-workers lost her precious 2 month old baby last night. And my goodness...my heart breaks. This poor mama...I can't not imagine her pain and sorrow and her absolute grief in losing her precious newborn baby.

Friends, hug your loved ones today...and count your blessings.

Today I thank God that my "biggest worry" in life is a replaceable wood floor...and today, I pray for God's grace and love and healing miracles to shower down upon those that have REAL worries. 


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Stitch Fix Review: 4.0

You know what is more exciting than seeing that your latest Stitch Fix has shipped?

Nothing.

Absolutely nothing is more exciting...so, when I saw on Monday that my fix had already shipped I, of course, was ecstatic and immediately peeked at my order. (How do you peek, you say? Well, you "go to checkout" and voila, there are the contents of the fix that is on its way to you! Just make sure you don't actually "checkout" yet...)

As I compulsively checked the tracking information and then saw my fix was arriving one day early...then TWO days early I was giddy!! And then..."Package could not be delivered in a secure place." WHAAAAAAAAA? Quickly remedied by a phone call to the P.O. Phew. Crisis averted!

Without further ado...following is the super quality fashion show of my latest fix.

First up...this outfit. The Liverpool Reagan Skinny Pants were ADORABLE. Buuuuuut, kinda trendy? And for nearly $100 (well, okay, $88), I was getting cold feet about buying them and then having them be obsolete next winter. I think I'll jump on the plaid bandwagon with less commitment...like a scarf. However, they also fit like a glove. So, there was that. But...ugh. What a dilemma. 



The shirt? RD Style Angus Split Back...can I just say something here? Who invented split back shirts? Cuz I'd kinda like to kick 'em where it counts...I mean, they split right across your butt, making it look like your butt exploded right out of your shirt. No. Just...no.



Next up, Calandra Side Button Poncho...I pulled this bad boy out of the box and thought, "Well, great. If our power goes out, the whole family can snuggle up inside this GINORMOUS poncho to keep warm." But then I put it on and something magical happened. It just...flowed. And hung in all the right ways and did it still feel big? Yes. But not big in a bad way...and then my husband told me I looked "super cute" and HELLO. If your husband uses the words "super cute" it MUST be good! (For the record, my fashionista teenage daughter also concurred.)



Finally...Beetlejuice, beetlejuice, BEETLEJUICE!!!!! 



This 41Hawthorn Benson Blazer (ugh...does anyone else hear "blazer" and think shoulder pads and 1980 with Farrah Faucett hair?!) reminded me of "Beetlejuice" from the second I saw it when I peeked at my order. Some people tried to tell me fun ways to wear it...but I just couldn't get past the Beetlejuice feel to it! Also, it was a bit snug. However, it was absolutely LUSCIOUS. So soft and thick and stretchy and just...wow. But no. And under it? The Sam Hi-Lo Tee which was, well, a tshirt and I think it was supposed to be a looser fit and $44 for a tshirt?! I just couldn't.



I think it goes without saying that this was a 1/5 fix...that poncho did it for me and the pants I would've totally gone for if I had the 25% buy 5 discount, but alas, back they went, along with the rest of it!

And, *sob* *sniffle* *tear*, I've done the responsible adult thing and delayed my fixes until February because: Christmas. Mama can't be spending good money on herself when there are oodles of presents to be purchased!!

Interested in treating yourself over the holidays? Maybe need a good gift for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list? Sign up for Stitch Fix and get started!


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Stitch Fix Review: Version 3.0

My latest fix came on Friday and GOOD GOLLY did I get a box full of wonderfulness!!

I had asked for layering options and in my note said I was "ready for fall" and my stylist, Amy, hit a home run! Knocked it right out of the park, my friends!



Before I get into the photo show of my goodies, I've just gotta say...a fashion model I am not. So, forgive the photos. :)

This coat is amazing! It's called the Claremore jacket and is so stinking cute...took me a bit to wrap my head around it, because I kept thinking "sweater" but when I realized it was supposed to be roomy because: COAT, I was all over this! Flattering? Perhaps not...but cute, and warm and I want to go Christmas tree shopping in it!



Also in this photo shows my Kut from the Kloth Dayna Skinny Jeans which are to DIE for! Soft and fit like a glove. *swoon* The Bolton Plaid Scarf is so cute. Fall and cozy and the colors make me happy! And the red striped "Where's Waldo" (thanks, Dad, for that one) shirt?



That is probably my favorite piece from this fix! Long enough for my wonky long torso and the elbow patches just MAKE IT. I love it!



Finally, the Carlynn sweater. I wanted to love it...but I just knew it wasn't my style and that it would sit, lonely and unused, in my closet. HOWEVER...when you're >thisclose< to an "all 5" discount, you try to make things happen and low and behold, I found a taker for the sweater and so now that makes TWO happy people!



I'm guessing you know by now that I kept all 5 items! And, I have some big time guilt about it...I hate spending that much money on myself! But, what's done is done, right? :)

Interested in giving Stitch Fix a shot? You can check out my first two reviews here and here...and here's my referral link! When you sign up, you can start collecting referrals of your own and earn credit toward your fixes!


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Stitch Fix: Version 2.0

I am almost due to get my next Stitch Fix box...so I guess it's 'bout time I reviewed my 2nd fix, huh?!

This fix wasn't quite as great as my first one...for a couple of reasons, but it was still "okay". Let me show you why:

The Tunic. I had asked for another tunic, because I loved August's tunic so much and it killed me to send it back! Again, my family loved this (I still felt it was a tad big, but maybe that's how it's supposed to fit?), and I agreed! Cute. Comfy. Work appropriate. And the color? LOVED IT! Verdict: Kept! (Duh.)

The Leggings. Confession: I peeked at my fix before it arrived. (Did you know you could do this? When you get notified that your box has shipped, you just go to "check out" and Google the items that are listed! Cheating. I know.) These leggings have a zipper on the back (rookie mistake in neglecting to take a picture of that detail) and screamed 1980 to me...I wanted to hate them. In fact...I hated them until I tried them on and then? Well...then I fell in love. But...they were WAY more money than I would ever spend on leggings (hello, $10 Old Navy leggings...I love you too) at $58 (I believe) there was no way I could justify them. So, my love/hate relationship with them ended very quickly. Verdict: Returned


This Dress: UGH. As in: UGHLY. :) I've seen this dress pop up in other reviews and I never did find it attractive or cute then...so when it showed up in my fix, I did an internal groan, but took one for the team and tried it on anyway. You guys, this dress is just as bad on as it is in pictures. The weird stitching/ruching thing it has going on was just bizarre and super unattractive. My husband looked at it, cocked his head, and asked what was wrong with that dress. Just...wrong. In so many ways. Verdict: Returned (totes, duh.)


This Shirt: When I saw and felt this shirt, I wanted to love it with all my heart and soul. It looked long enough to cover the wonky real estate that is my torso (I have a ridiculously long torso...and just as ridiculously short legs. Hey, we all have our cross to bear, right?!) and make it an appropriate shirt to wear with leggings. But...the slits. This shirt had side slits so high I felt like you could almost see my bra (okay, that's an exaggeration...but you could see the waistband of my pants). This shirt was like the leggings, but reverse...I wanted to love it, but I hated it! Verdict: Returned 


The Scarf. Since I knew I wasn't keeping all five things, I didn't even bother with the scarf. I liked it well enough, but I wasn't going to pay the sticker price on it...definitely would've loved it if I had gotten the "keep all 5" discount, but since I wasn't: Verdict: Returned 


And that wraps up my 2nd Stitch Fix! I continue to get so many compliments on the dress I kept from my first Stitch Fix, and have gotten a lot of compliments on my tunic from this fix...I can't wait to see what's in store for Stitch Fix #3!

Interested in trying it for yourself? Here's my referral link, if you use it, I get a credit and you get to start enjoying Stitch Fix for yourself! Win win! ;)

Monday, August 31, 2015

My First Stitch Fix!

Quite awhile ago, I was talking with a co-worker about Stitch Fix and the cute clothes she had been wearing. She sent me a referral link (and, I'm always happy to reward someone with a referral!) but it sat in my inbox for months. I had even gone so far as starting an account and completing a profile...but I just couldn't get myself to commit to that first box.

I had heard that your first few boxes are usually a bust, that you typically don't get things you love until your stylist has really gotten the chance to know your ins and outs and what kind of clothes you really like. That, along with the monthly commitment, led to my hesitation in completing my subscription.

Apparently my patience paid off, because one day I received a code for a $20 credit (the cost of one month's subscription) and that was the deal sealer. I signed up, but truth be told, I wasn't really looking too forward to my first box because: FIRST BOX.

But then, it came and WHOA NELLY was I impressed! My stylist (Kate) listed to my requests (tunics, bright colors) and I was so happy with my first box!

Let me show you (forgive the horrible pictures...it was the end of a hot summer day and I had a 7 year old photographer):

A maxi dress and fun silver leaf necklace:


Tunic:


Blouse and pants:


So, you're asking, what did I keep? Let's start with what I knew wasn't right...the pants. The subtle damask print was super cute, but the fit was all wrong.gappy in the crotch, not quite right enough at the ankle, just weird. Back they went.

I wanted to love the blouse...like REALLY WANTED TO LOVE IT, but the fit. Again, not right. I love the idea of flowy shirts but the reality is that I usually try them and feel like I'm wearing a maternity shirt. Spending 50 months of your life pregnant will do that to a girl. I blame my children for ruining cute flowy blouses for me. Also, it truly was a bit too big. Back it went.

The dress. I immediately loved the dress...right outta the box and loved it even more when I put it on! Cute, comfy, stylish...I loved it. I was a bit pricier than something I'd buy in a store, but dang. I loved it, so I kept it!

The tunic...I loved the print and color but wasn't sure of the fit. My family said it was cute, even suggested I keep it, but...I just couldn't bring myself to love it. Back it went.

The silver leaf necklace...SO. CUTE. And totally not my usual practical choice but I loved it with the dress and my practical side was telling me, "Keep the tunic!!!", but the less practical side of me said, "Don't listen to her...keep the necklace!" And so, I keep the necklace. Then promptly told my stylist to skip jewelry in the next box so I wouldn't be tempted!

My next fix is scheduled to arrive around midish September and I can. not. WAIT!

Interested in giving it a try? Here's my referral link that earns me a $25 credit when your first box ships! https://stitchfix.com/referral/5074148 

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