Apr 17, 2015

Stitch Fix #5 Review

I received this Fix just last week. I waited a while between Fix #4 and Fix #5 because I was in the process of getting my finances in order and moving into my own place post-separation. I knew scheduling a fix between December and April would just tempt me into spending money I didn't have.
 
And it turned out to be a good decision, as I loved everything in this Fix so much that I (spoiler alert!) purchased it all.

Laila Jayde
Jorji Knit Top
$48
This lightweight colorblock sweater has stripes on the front that are sewn on, not just knit in... if that makes sense. I was digging the neutral colors that could be worn with anything. Great fit, too.
Verdict: Keep



Kut from the Kloth
Kate Boyfriend Jean
$78
Yes! I had been wanting some boyfriend jeans. I even tried on a pair in Nordstrom Rack not long ago but the fit wasn't very flattering. This pair, however, was flattering! And the price was right.
Verdict: Keep



Loveappella
Davidi Button Detail Knit Top
$48
I loved this as soon as I saw it. Great colors (white/black/blue) and pattern, nice pearlized buttons at the shoulders, soft lightweight fabric, and 3/4 length sleeves. Fit nicely.
Verdict: Keep



Renee C
Addae Fit & Flare Dress
$68
I wasn't sure what to think of this dress but holy moly, it was flattering! Nice color, too. I wasn't crazy about the synthetic polyester-like fabric but I could overlook that issue
Verdict: Keep



Renee C
Cheli Striped Maxi Dress
$68
"What?! Is this a maxi dress in my box? Oh hell no!" I had specifically requested no maxi dresses/maxi skirts on my profile. I don't like long dresses/skirts and was not happy to see this. But then I tried it on. The fit was flattering and I loved the bright summery orange-y coral color. I was a fan. Oops, did I really just say that?!
Verdict: Keep



I have already worn the maxi dress twice, the striped knit top once, the black & blue patterned top twice, and the jeans once. I haven't yet worn the cobalt blue dress but will soon. A great fix. This was the first time I bought all 5 items in my fix and, therefore, received the 25% discount. Yes!

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Apr 14, 2015

Stitch Fix #4 Review

While Fix #3 contained burgundy pieces, Fix #4 contained purple!

I received Fix #4 in December. Brooke was my stylist. Once again, I had asked for fun clothing items to wear on dates.

Pixley
Edmond Chevron Print Henley Shirt
$54
I loved this as soon as I saw it! Super soft, great colors (navy blue, purple, black, and white), modern chevron print, and nice button detail at the elbows. I was pleased to find the fit was perfect, too!
Verdict: Keep



41Hawthorn
Jace Abstract Chevron Print Dress
$68
Great color, great fit (fit like a glove!), and comfortable. This was a dress I could wear to work, on a dressier date, or to an evening event. The price was right, too.
Verdict: Keep




Just Black
Amalia Pull-On Skinny Jean
$78
More skinny jeans! Black: good. Slimming and flattering: good. Comfortable: Good. Price: Not so good. But I loved them.
Verdict: Keep



Mystree
Amelina Ponte & Faux Leather Jacket
$98
Oh, how I wanted this to work for me! I loved it. However, the fit wasn't quite right. It looked bulky on me and the sleeves were too long. It's possible it was simply too big.
Verdict: Return


Market and Spruce
Alan French Terry Asymmetrical Zip Cardigan
$78
I had pinned this cardigan on Pinterest and was excited to see that it had made its way into my box. I was disappointed to find that it just wasn't flattering on me. It looked sloppy and baggy. Again, it's possible it was simply too big.
Verdict: Return



It was a successful Fix, as I kept 3 out of 5 pieces. I wear the chevron top often; I have definitely gotten my money's worth from that one! I wear the black skinny jeans often, as well, and have even paired them with the chevron top. I have only worn the dress once, to my sister's birthday dinner. I need to find somewhere to wear it soon, as the fabric weight might not work for summer.

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Stitch Fix #3 Review

I apologize for my absence. The past 6 months have been crazy!

I wanted to get caught up on Stitch Fix first, as I just received Fix #5 last week. I am behind! Forgive me for just jumping in.....

Fix #3 arrived in October, styled by Rachel. I had specifically asked for fun clothing to wear on casual date nights, as I was newly separated from my husband and was dating for the first time in 16 years.

Pixley
Martina Slub Knit Open Cardigan
$54
I have a weakness for cardigans so I was naturally thrilled with this pick. Most of the cardigans I own are classic, fitted button-front style so it was nice to try something a little longer and unstructured. I tried it on and loved it! I loved how soft it was, how the gathers on the front placket made faux pockets (great for cold hands), and also how it dipped a little lower in front.
Verdict: Keep

 
 
Creative Commune
Anita Cowl Neck Lace Trim Blouse
$58
I loved this as soon as I saw it! I am a big fan of cowl necklines and burgundy. Plus, the lace detailing and the split at the back waist were unique touches.
Verdict: Keep


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Collective Concepts
Lisette Dot Print Blouse
$68
I loved the color and the polka dots but, unfortunately, it wasn't very flattering on me. It was too loose and made me appear boxy.
Verdict: Return



Kensie Jeans
Sophia Skinny Jeans
$88
After receiving my last fix containing skinny jeans, I was now a newfound fan of skinny jeans. I wanted to love these but they were a little too tight at the waist and, frankly, even if they had fit I didn't love them enough to spend $88.
Verdict: Return

 
 
Renee C
Raegan Polka Dot Swing Skirt
$58
I wasn't sure what to think of this when I first saw it. I don't wear full, gathered skirts! But I tried it on anyway. While way too tight at the waist, it was surprisingly flattering and fun. However, I couldn't make the fit work (too small).
Verdict: Return

 
 
So... I went 2 out of 5. Not terrible. I get a lot of wear out of the pieces I kept. I have worn the cardigan casually, on dates, and to work. I have worn the lace-trim blouse on dates and under a jacket or cardigan to work and have received many compliments.
 
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Oct 20, 2014

Stitch Fix #2 Review

I am really, really overdue on posts!  It's been unusually busy over here.

If you're not familiar with Stitch Fix, head over here to read my first review for a quick Cliff Notes version.

I received this Fix in late August.  My stylist this time was Sherene. I had specifically asked to try out a couple dresses that worked casually and for the office.

I received two tops, two dresses, and a pendant necklace.  I honestly loved everything!

Tart
Belser Abstract Print V-Neck Knit Tank

$68
I loved this top as soon as I pulled it out of the box! Great print, great color, and a nice thick silky knit that is really comfortable.  It fit perfectly and was flattering, too!  You can't really tell in the photo but the hem piping runs up both sides. The only downside was the price.  Almost $70 for a sleeveless tank? Still, I somehow justified keeping it.
Verdict: Keep


 

 
41Hawthorn
Wrenn V-Neck Jersey Top
$48
I loved this top: very comfortable, nice cobalt blue color, was a perfect length, and fit like it was custom tailored for me. I didn't like the excess fabric at the neck, though.  This and the fact that I already have cobalt blue in my wardrobe made me re-think keeping it.
Verdict: Return



Andrew Marc
Macie Abstract Print Dress
$118
Awesome dress! Interesting pattern and colors, amazing asymmetrical design at waist, and very flattering.  The problem is that I had nowhere to wear a dress like this!  It was certainly not a dress I could wear casually. Sherene said this would be a perfect dress for work but it's a little too dressy for my office.  I thought it would be perfect for a wedding, reunion, or night function/event but didn't have any such events scheduled in the foreseeable future. I was really sad to return it but couldn't justify keeping it when it might be several months before I would have an opportunity to wear it.
Verdict: Return



Pixley
Harriet Chevron Print Detail Dress
$64
I loved this dress, too!  I could see wearing this casually and to the office. However, when I tried it on, it was really short.  It looked too short for a 40-something woman.  It was a fantastic price but I knew I would feel self-conscious wearing it so decided to pass.
Verdict: Return



Pixley
Genevieve Stacked Chevron Pendant Necklace
$28
I loved this necklace!  I am a big necklace person - they are a bit of a trademark for me - and this necklace was unlike anything I already owned. I loved the two-tone metals, the chevron, and the stacked design.  I was happy about the price.  Keeping it was a no-brainer.
Verdict: Keep





I have been wearing the V-neck tank with jeans and white pants and getting lots of compliments. I have been wearing the necklace with just about everything in my wardrobe.  At first I thought I'd want to knot it and wear it shorter, as I'm not used to longer necklaces, but it's been fun to wear a longer length necklace. I am loving both pieces and getting lots of use out of them.

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Jun 27, 2014

Reusable TSA-Compliant Quart Size Pouch

My prayers have been answered!  For airline travel, we had been using TSA-approved Ziploc brand plastic bags for carrying liquids through security check but they get nasty pretty quickly. I recently had to throw away a couple.