Stitch Fix | May Fix

Stitch Fix is a subscription box clothing service for women. You can set up a recurring monthly subscription, or you can schedule the service as-needed.

With each box, you are sent five items selected by a stylist based on an extensive style survey. The process is very in-depth, which can be a turn-off for some users who don’t want to spend so much time answering questions, ranking orders, and giving feedback to the stylists about each item and fix. You can specify a lot of style preferences both in general and for each order.

When you receive your order, you have three days to try on your items. Decide what you want, check out online, and send the remaining items back in the envelope included with your shipment. There is a $20 “styling fee” for each box. However, the $20 fee is deducted from your purchase. In addition, there is a 25% discount if you keep all five items.

I continued my experiment with Stitch Fix‘s adventurous side, so my routine preview (sign in to Stitch Fix, look at the item titles in my order, Google the names) left me with mixed emotions. I was excited for some items, and little “meh” about others.

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Below, I’ve posted each item, its cost through Stitch Fix, the “preview impression,” and the “arrival” item impression.

CARTER CARVED METAL FAN NECKLACE, $36

I couldn’t find any images of this, and Stitch Fix doesn’t quite capture my jewelry preferences – so I expected to send this one back.

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I would have preferred a shinier silver finish rather than the pewter. I also have a similar fan necklace that I like more, so this wouldn’t really add anything to my collection. Verdict: returned.

TRINIDAD CHEVRON STRIPED HENLEY BLOUSE, $48

Chevron? It’s my kryptonite. And the pictures I found online were promising (1, 2, 3). Could this be my auto-keep item?

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And…yes! I loved this so much! The colors were perfect and it fit so well. The price point was right on target. I know I will wear this a lot. Verdict: Kept. Duh.

ANISE STRIPED VEST, $48

I think this might also be a typo, because it’s listed as $78 in every post I could find. I’m undecided on this vest. I think I’ve pinned it before, but after seeing all the other blog posts I don’t think I can pull off the look like these lovely ladies (1, 2, 3, 4).

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I don’t have anything like this, and it really fits with the sporty vibe I’ve been feeling lately. I can’t wait to wear this in the fall! Verdict: Kept.

DAISY EMBROIDERED HEM FIT & FLARE SKIRT, $78

Skirt, eh? I managed to find one picture, and…I don’t like it (1).

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I really couldn’t see myself ever wanting to pull it off the hanger and wear it. It doesn’t fit my casual or professional wear, and for $78 it doesn’t make sense to force it into my closet.

KALEIGH ANKLE BITER SKINNY JEAN, $88

Since I’m in a jeans rut, I didn’t dismiss this like I tend to. The color would be a factor. I found an olive, white, and burgundy pair (1, 2, 3). I’ve never been able to pull off lighter-colored pants, so…we’ll see.

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I loved the way these jeans fit, and I was surprised by how much I liked the color. $88 is a lot more than I would normally spend on jeans. I thought I wouldn’t get the mileage with these jeans, so I sent them back. Of course as soon as I shipped off my return envelope, I realized I was an idiot and could wear these jeans with a ton of different things in my closet! Lesson learned, do a closet audit when undecided. On the positive side, I have now joined the ranks of Stitch Fix customers with repentant returns. Verdict: Sent back (regrettably).

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I really liked this fix. It was so fun to get a mix of different pieces, some of which were out of my fashion comfort zone. Can’t wait for the next one!

Disclosure: I am not sponsored by or compensated by Stitch Fix, but I do get a referral credit if you sign up using the links above.

Any other Stitch Fix fans out there? What pieces did you get this month?

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Golden Tote | April Review

Golden Tote is a quasi-subscription box clothing service for women. The beauty of Golden Tote is there are multiple options at different price points, and you can opt-in when you feel like it:

  • $49: 1 item of your choice, 1-2 items selected by the Golden Tote stylists
  • $149: 2 items of your choice, 4-5 items selected by the Golden Tote stylists
  • Individual items from the boutique

There’s some overlap between the $49 and $149 totes, but they aren’t the same – which is nice for variety, but not so nice if there’s something you want in both totes. You are also able to purchase individual items from the boutique (for a drastically reduced rate if they are part of a tote). Items selected by the stylists are based on survey results. The survey is simple: basic sizing information as well as color and style preferences.

For April, I went with the $149 option. I really wanted one of the dresses and a shirt. Hell, I even added on another shirt (for a reduced price) that I really liked.

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This may not be the best $149 I’ve ever spent, but it’s up there.

Here is everything in my order:

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Self-selected items:

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A beautiful eyelet colorblock dress.

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A black scalloped tiered tank.

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A fun summer tank.

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And the stylist-selected picks:

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A great lace baseball tee and black cami.

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An “afternoon tea” hi-lo floral tank.

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A striped dress.

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Another floral tank, but with a different cut and bolder palette.

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My Golden Tote orders are officially better in warmer months. There wasn’t a single missed note with this order. Hello, summertime!

Disclosure: I am not sponsored by or compensated by Golden Tote.

Any other Golden Tote fans out there? What did you get in the April tote?

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Golden Tote | March Review

Time for another Golden Tote review…but first, the details for any newbies out there:

Golden Tote is a quasi-subscription box clothing service for women. The beauty of Golden Tote is there are multiple options at different price points, and you can opt-in when you feel like it:

  • $49: 1 item of your choice, 1-2 items selected by the Golden Tote stylists
  • $149: 2 items of your choice, 4-5 items selected by the Golden Tote stylists
  • Individual items from the boutique

There’s some overlap between the $49 and $149 totes, but they aren’t the same – which is nice for variety, but not so nice if there’s something you want in both totes. You are also able to purchase individual items from the boutique (for a drastically reduced rate if they are part of a tote).

The items selected by the stylists are based on survey results. The survey is simple: basic sizing information as well as color and style preferences.

After a disappointing November order, I took a break from ordering from Golden Tote. But with March’s $49 tote, I knew I had to give it another try.

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I selected the pink plaid shirt and purchased the navy/coral dress as an add-on.

As it tends to happen, the piece I picked out for my tote was my least favorite item. A pink plaid shirt isn’t all that exciting, but I know I will wear it.

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The navy/coral dress is fabulous. It fits well and is very comfortable. I’ve already worn it to work twice.

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I also got this soft Puella shirt. I have a similar one in different colors and love it, so this was a nice addition to my closet.

So far it seems my Golden Tote orders are better in the warmer months. Or maybe it’s just because I like in Arizona and don’t have as many cool days to experiment with weird sweaters.

Disclosure: I am not sponsored by or compensated by Golden Tote.

Any other Golden Tote fans out there? What did you get in the March tote?

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Stitch Fix | April Fix

Time for another Stitch Fix review…but first, the details for any newbies out there:

Stitch Fix is a subscription box clothing service for women. You can set up a recurring monthly subscription, or you can schedule the service as-needed.

With each box, you are sent five items selected by a stylist based on an extensive style survey. The process is very in-depth, which can be a turn-off for some users who don’t want to spend so much time answering questions, ranking orders, and giving feedback to the stylists about each item and fix. You can specify a lot of style preferences both in general and for each order.

When you receive your order, you have three days to try on your items. Decide what you want, check out online, and send the remaining items back in the envelope included with your shipment.

There is a $20 “styling fee” for each box. However, the $20 fee is deducted from your purchase. In addition, there is a 25% discount if you keep all five items.

I was pleasantly surprised to get my shipping notification while on a ski trip, so during my recovery morning (which also included a short run, healthy lifestyle for the win!), I took the opportunity to do my now-routine preview: sign in to Stitch Fix, look at the item titles in my order, and try to Google them to pull up images.

Now, remember how April is going to be my first foray into adventurous fashion fix territory?

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From the preview, I had mostly high hopes for April. And when I pulled everything out of the box, I had that “awwww, yessss!” reaction to bright colors and patterns.

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Below, I’ve posted each item, its cost through Stitch Fix, the “preview impression,” and the “arrival” item impression.

JUNE METAL CHEVRON TEARDROP EARRINGS, $34

When I Googled this, I couldn’t pull up any images of this specific item (though “chevron earrings” are incredibly popular on Etsy, if you’re interested). Jewelry hasn’t been a high point for Stitch Fix, and I can be pretty picky about earrings. I do love me some chevron, though…

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I’m not a huge fan of the antique silver, and these were a little too big for me personally. I considered keeping them to give to a friend, but she wears more bronze/gold.

CHARLOTTE AIRY KNIT DRAPE FRONT CARDIGAN, $48

I’ve pinned a ton of similar cardigans, but not this one. I managed to find a few great photos through another blogger (1). I wasn’t sure if my cardigan would also be white, but I liked the style well enough and was excited to see it in person!

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I was so close to keeping this (loved the texture/cut), but the striped pattern wasn’t very flattering on my arms. I do have a couple of white cardigans already.

DAPHNE SCALLOPED COLORBLOCK DRESS, $68

I got really excited when I saw this in my fix, because I pinned this when Stitch Fix featured it on the blog!

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Sigh. I love this dress. I love the colors. I love the scallops. The problem is that the white top hit at the worst spot on my torso and made my upper chest look absurdly long.

KALEA SOLID FRONT-ZIP BLOUSE, $78

No luck finding any images of this particular item, so I was intrigued…and for $78, a little worried.

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Green! And the perfect length for my torso and cut for my shoulders/arms. I wore this at work and got tons of compliments.

SPECTRA ABSTRACT PRINT FIT AND FLARE DRESS, $78

I thought I recognized this – I just pinned it right before my shipment notification. Although $78 can be a little much, it promised to be brightly colored and a good staple in my closet.

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I really liked the pictures I saw, but in person this dress just made me look like a combination of a Stepford Wife and a Color Run attendee. Loved the colors, but I couldn’t pull this one off!

Although I only kept one item, I really liked this fix. The different colors and textures were wonderful, and this was a great blend of new styles and perennial favorites. I’m excited to see May!

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Disclosure: I am not sponsored by or compensated by Stitch Fix, but I do get a referral credit if you sign up using the links above.

Any other Stitch Fix fans out there? What pieces did you get this month?

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Stitch Fix | March Fix

Time for another Stitch Fix review…but first, the details for any newbies out there:

Stitch Fix is a subscription box clothing service for women. You can set up a recurring monthly subscription, or you can schedule the service as-needed.

With each box, you are sent five items selected by a stylist based on an extensive style survey. The process is very in-depth, which can be a turn-off for some users who don’t want to spend so much time answering questions, ranking orders, and giving feedback to the stylists about each item and fix. You can specify a lot of style preferences both in general and for each order.

When you receive your order, you have three days to try on your items. Decide what you want, check out online, and send the remaining items back in the envelope included with your shipment.

There is a $20 “styling fee” for each box. However, the $20 fee is deducted from your purchase. In addition, there is a 25% discount if you keep all five items.

My top tips for a great fix:

Details are key – offer lots of specific likes and dislikes in your profile and your order feedback.

Link to your fashion-specific Pinterest board (here’s mine – and yes, I pin specific Stitch Fix items).

Check out other bloggers’ posts for feedback and tips (you can request specific stylists with your orders!).

Be honest about price points! Stitch Fix allows you to specify a price range for each type of item they offer; I ended up with much better results after I adjusted my price ranges to reflect my actual fashion budget (erm: as cheap as possible).

As I mentioned in my last post, I “preview” my orders when I get the shipping notification. I sign in to Stitch Fix, look at the item titles in my order, and try to Google them to pull up images. I was able to view a few of the items this time around, so I had a better idea of what to expect in my fix.

From the preview, I had mixed feelings but high hopes for March. Below, I’ve posted each item, its cost through Stitch Fix, the “preview impression,” and the “arrival” item impression. Unfortunately, my photographer (aka my fiance) was unable to take photos of me modeling each item, and I forgot to take photos of the individual pieces to compensate – oops! Luckily, each item is pretty specific (earrings, shirt, pants, cardigan, dress), and I linked to the preview images I referenced.

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TALBOT CARVED KALEIDOSCOPE EARRINGS, $28

When I Googled this, I couldn’t pull up any images. The price point is appropriate, but I wasn’t sure if I would love this.

These ended up feeling really heavy in my hand, and when I held them up they seemed too huge for my face but not huge enough to be massive statement earrings. I already have some similar filigree-style earrings courtesy of my parents, so putting this pair back in the return envelope wasn’t difficult for me.

ALESSANDRA STRIPED & COLORBLOCKED BLOUSE, $54

I tend to like colorblocking, and I’ve become a bigger fan of stripes. However, last month’s piece wasn’t all that exciting, so I wasn’t sure what I would get.

Initially, I really liked this top and I thought it would definitely be a keeper. When I tried it on again, I realized it gave me an odd bell shape. Being a petite woman with what might generously call “child-bearing hips” or “thunder thighs” (I wear that one like a badge of honor), the stripes and colorblocking just hit my lower torso/upper thigh in an unflattering spot. Otherwise, I really liked the style and colors of the top itself.

RYKER FRENCH TERRY OPEN CARDIGAN, $58

A $58 cardigan is within my budget, given the frequency cardigans appear in my closet. I managed to find a couple descriptions/images from other Stitch Fix users (1, 2), so I looked forward to seeing this piece in person. I expected a super soft cardigan I would want to live in…

…and that is exactly what I got. I almost forgot I was wearing it when I tried it on, and then started doing normal chores. I can see myself wearing this out, frankly. I love it! I’ve never really done the flowy cardigan style until Stitch Fix, and now I’m kind of hooked.

GABRIELLE IKAT PRINT FIT & FLARE DRESS, $68

I was also able to find some images/descriptions of this dress (1, 2). Apparently it does not photograph as well as it looks in person, but is a great pick. My only concern was that this might be too similar to another dress I just picked up in Charleston.

The dress wasn’t too similar at all, but it did have a weird fit on me – the waist was a little high , so the skirt flared out and there was that weird bell shape again. I liked the pattern and color, but I knew this would sit in the back of my closet.

RIZZO SKINNY PONTE PANTS, $88

$88 for pants? That is really not ideal for me. I prefer to buy pants from H&M, Target, or Banana Republic (their jeans fit me very well, so I will invest in a good pair – on sale). However, several search results led me to believe that the high price tag was well worth it: these pants are, I don’t know, life-altering.

Um, the pants are worth it. They are so, so worth it. These are my new travel pants, and with lots of trips in the next year and a half for vacations and family events, they will definitely pay for themselves.

Overall, this fix was a nice mix of old favorites and new styles. I’m very happy with my order, even though I only kept two things – the pants and the cardigan. Minus some fit/sizing issues, this was me to a tee! Great job, Stitch Fix!

I’d like to end my March review with a note about February. I had my worst fix to date in February, and I was very honest about it in my review. Stitch Fix was kind enough to reach out to me with a personal email about my experience literally within hours of the post going live. I won’t post the full message, but the company representative started by thanking me for posting about Stitch Fix and giving honest feedback, then apologizing for the fix and offering suggestions for the style profile. Since I was really open about the experience, I only felt it was fair to acknowledge the company’s one-on-one efforts to build rapport with an unhappy customer. I also think it shows a great good faith effort on behalf of Stitch Fix. I plan to continue scheduling monthly fixes, as I’m a big fan of the service and it helps me avoid a quarterly shopping binge!

Based on the company’s suggestions, I tweaked my style profile a touch – and this month, I’ve decided to put my style fate in the hands of a (relatively) total stranger with this change:

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Disclosure: I am not sponsored by or compensated by Stitch Fix, but I do get a referral credit if you sign up using the links above.

Any other Stitch Fix fans out there? What pieces did you get this month?

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Stitch Fix | February Fix

Time for another Stitch Fix review…but first, the details for any newbies out there:

Stitch Fix is a subscription box clothing service for women. You can set up a recurring monthly subscription, or you can schedule the service as-needed.

With each box, you are sent five items selected by a stylist based on an extensive style survey. The process is very in-depth, which can be a turn-off for some users who don’t want to spend so much time answering questions, ranking orders, and giving feedback to the stylists about each item and fix. You can specify a lot of style preferences both in general and for each order.

When you receive your order, you have three days to try on your items. Decide what you want, check out online, and send the remaining items back in the envelope included with your shipment.

There is a $20 “styling fee” for each box. However, the $20 fee is deducted from your purchase. In addition, there is a 25% discount if you keep all five items.

My top tips for a great fix:

Details are key – offer lots of specific likes and dislikes in your profile and your order feedback.

Link to your fashion-specific Pinterest board (here’s mine – and yes, I pin specific Stitch Fix items).

Check out other bloggers’ posts for feedback and tips (you can request specific stylists with your orders!).

Be honest about price points! Stitch Fix allows you to specify a price range for each type of item they offer; I ended up with much better results after I adjusted my price ranges to reflect my actual fashion budget (erm: as cheap as possible).

February’s order was…interesting. In the fall I started “previewing” my orders when I got the shipping notification; I sign in to Stitch Fix, look at the item titles in my order, and try to Google them to pull up images.

This month, I think I may have been a beta tester for a lot of the items. I couldn’t find any of them when I first searched!

AMELIA MULTI CHEVRON STRIPE SCARF, $32

Has my love affair with chevron ended? I already have two chevron scarves. They’re slightly different patterns/colors and different materials (one for fall/winter, and one for spring). When I saw the item in my order, I knew this scarf had to blow me away to justify keeping it.

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This scarf is okay. It’s not amazing, but the colors work well in my closet and I could definitely see myself wearing it.

ADRI CROSS FRONT MAXI DRESS, $58

I am not a huge fan of maxi dresses/skirts. I would not pick one out for myself. Granted, I think they look great on almost everyone else, but they just don’t appeal to me. And that’s kind of why I was the most excited about this piece when I saw it in my order. A huge benefit of Stitch Fix is you get items you might not necessarily pick out but fit within your style profile.

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Whoa, Nelly. I loved the top of this, except it’s so low-cut I couldn’t wear it to work without something underneath. Also, the “figure flattering” elements promised in my order card were a lie. Not pictured: the super clingy bottom half of the dress, which also had a slit halfway up? I’m 5’2″ and this made 2/3 of my body look like a spoon. Somehow. Weird.

FONTANA STRIPED & COLORBLOCKED TANK, $58

A $58 tank has to be high-quality, unique, flattering, and multi-purpose (work, date night, etc).

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This is…cute? I don’t love this, though. I know I would never wear it, and it would sit in my closet until it landed in a giveaway box.

CALIMESA PRINTED CREW NECK TANK, $74

A $74 tank has to be super high-quality, unique, flattering, multi-purpose (work, date night, etc), and like, file my taxes or something.

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This was probably my favorite “first look” piece of the whole fix. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t worth such a high price tag.

CHRISTINA JEWELED PENDANT NECKLACE, $78

How is the most expensive item in my box a necklace? This necklace better be frickin’ phenomenal. Also, two accessories in my fix? That is…odd, right?

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So yeah. This necklace is not frickin’ phenomenal. Not even close. I really don’t understand the price tag for this piece. I like the length, but I prefer silver tone pieces and the jeweled pendant just didn’t speak to me.

Overall, February’s fix was my worst yet. I wasn’t even sure what I would keep from it. I liked the printed tank, but it was so expensive for a boxy cotton sleeveless top.

It ended up coming down to the maxi dress (which I would have altered to end at the slit, and basically become an above-the-knee piece) or the scarf. I liked the top of that maxi dress so much, but it seemed silly to invest so much in what would be a cotton spring/summer dress.

So, scarf it was. No wow factor, but it has the potential to be a good staple in my closet.

Any other Stitch Fix fans out there? What pieces did you get this month?

Stitch Fix | December & January Boxes

Time for another Stitch Fix review…but first, the details for any newbies out there:

Stitch Fix is a subscription box clothing service for women. You can set up a recurring monthly subscription, or you can schedule the service as-needed.

With each box, you are sent five items selected by a stylist based on an extensive style survey. The process is very in-depth, which can be a turn-off for some users who don’t want to spend so much time answering questions, ranking orders, and giving feedback to the stylists about each item and fix. You can specify a lot of style preferences both in general and for each order.

When you receive your order, you have three days to try on your items. Decide what you want, check out online, and send the remaining items back in the envelope included with your shipment.

There is a $20 “styling fee” for each box. However, the $20 fee is deducted from your purchase. In addition, there is a 25% discount if you keep all five items.

My top tips for a great fix:

Details are key – offer lots of specific likes and dislikes in your profile and your order feedback.

Link to your fashion-specific Pinterest board (here’s mine – and yes, I pin specific Stitch Fix items).

Check out other bloggers’ posts for feedback and tips (you can request specific stylists with your orders!).

Be honest about price points! Stitch Fix allows you to specify a price range for each type of item they offer; I ended up with much better results after I adjusted my price ranges to reflect my actual fashion budget (erm: as cheap as possible).

December and January were two more good months. I ended up keeping all of my December items (remember, that 25% discount sometimes makes it cheaper!). I mean, when you open up your box and it looks like this, that’s a distinct possibility:

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Uh, cute red belt? Fun and fan patterns? Hello!

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Because I kept this post queued way too long and then because life happened, I neglected to include the names of the items. I normally keep my style cards, but a recent cleaning binge means you get nothing but pictures. December’s theme seemed to be “work and play chic.”

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A black and beige elephant and polka dot print top that is super comfy and great paired with jeans and a blazer. I would wear this to work every Friday if I could.

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Another great work-friendly top, this bold berry shade looks amazing with my skin tone and fits like a dream.

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Well, it’s green. And it’s a really soft, casual chic sweater. It works with jeans and leggings. And it’s a pattern. Yep, I kept it.

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I was so happy to get this sweater. I had it on my Pinterest board and it looked great in other bloggers’ pictures. It more than lived up to my expectations, and I get compliments every time I wear it.

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This has a great retro feel, and it looks beautiful. You can’t tell from the photo, but the polka dot pattern is actually from the texture of the fabric. I love this for work.

Now, January wasn’t as solid a fix. That’s not necessarily a bad thing – frankly, with how solid November and December were, I wasn’t sure if I could get a third perfect fix in a row. I also kind of hoped it wouldn’t be the case, since I can’t get into the habit of shelling out for a full fix every month. January’s fix was interesting, though!

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I would never pick out one of these cardigans in a store, but I loved the soft fabric and the draping. Plus I’m on a real black/white/gray kick lately, so the colors meshed with my closet picks. The verdict? Kept it!

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Eesh. Black pants are black. I don’t know, I don’t get super excited about “work” pants. I usually buy them at Ye Olde Target because they’re like $30 and I can wear them for months without needing a replacement. The fabric was scratchy and just plain weird, so this was a pass.

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Recognize this? Yeah, so it was a pass because I already own it.

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This shirt. I liked it, but it was a disaster waiting to happen. The fabric was really thin, and the shoulder embellishments weren’t as secure as they should be for someone as clumsy as me. If I had made it through a day without tearing on a bag or purse, I would have been surprised. Definitely a pass. You gotta know your limits.

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A moss green dress with a cowl neck and sleeves. Work appropriate. Date night appropriate. It’s even soft, not scratchy. Definitely a keeper. I’m saving it for a special occasion.

And with that, I’m caught up with Stitch Fix reviews just in time for February’s fix to arrive on Thursday!

Any other Stitch Fix fans out there? What pieces did you get this month?

Golden Tote | November Review

Time for another Golden Tote review…but first, the details for any newbies out there:

I heard about Golden Tote over the summer. Golden Tote is a quasi-subscription box clothing service for women. The beauty of Golden Tote is there are multiple options at different price points, and you can opt-in when you feel like it:

  • $49: 1 item of your choice, 1-2 items selected by the Golden Tote stylists
  • $149: 2 items of your choice, 4-5 items selected by the Golden Tote stylists
  • Individual items from the boutique

There’s some overlap between the $49 and $149 totes, but they aren’t the same – which is nice for variety, but not so nice if there’s something you want in both totes. You are also able to purchase individual items from the boutique (for a drastically reduced rate if they are part of a tote).

The items selected by the stylists are based on survey results. The survey is simple: basic sizing information as well as color and style preferences. From my experience, simplicity works: almost every piece I’ve gotten has been a great fit in my closet.

I wrote in my October review that I couldn’t wait to see November’s tote since I had ordered two very different pieces. What I didn’t mention was that I purchased two pieces by way of the larger tote option, as opposed to an add-on through the smaller tote. I was really excited at the prospect of getting so many fun pieces to add to my closet. I ended up with a six-piece tote, compiled below.

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The casual piece I picked out was this plaid shirt:

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What can I say? I love a good plaid button-up; they’re comfy and I gravitate towards a good blend of colors. This one is perfect for fall and winter. It’s a little boxy on me, but it will be wonderful for those lounge-read-write weekends I love so much in the fall and winter.

My statement piece? This gorgeous sequined blazer:

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I loved in in the preview photos for the November tote, so I was eager to get it. So shiny!

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Now, the other pieces were total surprises. I had no idea what to expect with my first big cold-weather tote. It ended up being a blend of casual sweaters and holiday-wear.

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I might have been more excited about this sweater if I hadn’t gotten better ones in the past from both Stitch Fix and Golden Tote.

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This colorblocked sweater comes off as an oversized, supersoft baseball tee. I have a feeling I’ll end up getting plenty of mileage from it for work, but will need to ramp up the accessories.

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A midnight/navy blue lace dress that’s great for the holiday party circuit. I’ll try belting this one, but I’m not totally sold on the design.

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This is a beautiful shirt – I just don’t know how I’ll wear it! It didn’t look that great with my favorite pair of jeans (too much navy/dark denim).

Overall, I didn’t love my tote. The sweaters seemed a little frumpy. I might have been more into the dress and blouse if they were different colors/shades of blue. I wasn’t really excited to try any of my surprise pieces when I opened the box. Maybe that will change over time, and maybe I was overly eager as a result of my perfect fix. I did really like my pieces, but I am hesitant to go with the larger tote option in the future – and I’m definitely going to revisit my profile and make some changes!

Any other Golden Tote fans out there? What do you like/dislike about the service?

Stitch Fix | November Box

Time for another Stitch Fix review…but first, the details for any newbies out there:

I heard about  through a food blog I follow. Stitch Fix is a subscription box clothing service for women. You can set up a recurring monthly subscription, or you can schedule the service as-needed.

With each box, you are sent five items selected by a stylist based on an extensive style survey. The process is very in-depth, which can be a turn-off for some users who don’t want to spend so much time answering questions, ranking orders, and giving feedback to the stylists about each item and fix. You can specify a lot of style preferences both in general and for each order. I will admit, it takes a little more time than a service like Golden Tote, but successful results have made me a true Stitch Fix fan.

When you receive your order, you have three days to try on your items. Decide what you want, check out online, and send the remaining items back in the envelope included with your shipment.

There is a $20 “styling fee” for each box. However, the $20 fee is deducted from your purchase. In addition, there is a 25% discount if you keep all five items.

My top tips for a great fix:

  • Details are key – offer lots of specific likes and dislikes in your profile and your order feedback
  • Link to your fashion-specific Pinterest board (here’s mine – and yes, I pin specific Stitch Fix items)
  • Check out other bloggers’ posts for feedback and tips (you can request specific stylists with your orders!)
  • Be honest about price points! Stitch Fix allows you to specify a price range for each type of item they offer; I ended up with much better results after I adjusted my price ranges to reflect my actual fashion budget (erm: as cheap as possible)

Well, it’s official: Stitch Fix gets better and better. November was an amazing fix. The company sent out a cute holiday kit with coupons, recipes, and gift ideas

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My overall haul looked really promising – there were three items straight from my Pinterest clothing/accessories board, a chevron scarf, and a basic black skirt.

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RYAN CHEVRON KNIT INFINITY SCARF, $38

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I was initially worried about the scarf. I already have a chevron infinity scarf, which I absolutely adore. I wasn’t sure if I needed a second. The nice surprise about this piece? The only things those scarves have in common is “chevron” and “infinity scarf.” The fabric was different, the size of the pattern was different, and the colors were different. My other scarf is a solid spring/summer piece, while this screams fall and winter.

ISABELLA PLEATED SKIRT, $58

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One thing I neglected to mention about Stitch Fix – styling cards! They offer two “looks” for the piece. From my experience, there’s usually a casual look and a date/professional look. I like using them to get ideas on pairings from within my closet, or try out an “edgier” look.

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For this piece, I wasn’t a huge fan of the skirt. It wasn’t super flattering, though I imagine as I continue losing weight (I gain mostly in my waist, hips, and thighs) it might be a solid staple. I could definitely see pairing it with a cute pair of tights.

THOMSEN STRIPED PULLOVER SWEATER, $54

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A couple of years ago, I would have put this back into the box without trying it on because I refused to pair black and blue together. I’m a little more open-minded now, especially because I love shades of royal blue. This sweater is really soft, and it is something that I can wear at work and on the weekend.

SANYA CUT-OUT SUEDED SHORT SLEEVE TOP, $58

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Pairing this top with jeans or a black pencil skirt? That’s a solid bet for my closet.

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I like the cut-out detailing, and I think this would be a fun statement piece to play around with.

SEURAT POLKA DOT CREW-NECK SWEATER, $88

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Ah, yes – the casual lighter wash denim and the more formal darker wash denim.

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I was so happy to see this sweater in my fix. I’d been coveting it since I saw it earlier this year. It also comes in a gray/black, but this dark berry shade was perfect. The sweater is so soft and comfy, and it fits well without seeming tight or baggy. I don’t have many items with a polka dot pattern (I have to cool it with the chevron pretty soon).

The verdict? I kept it all. Yes, even the skirt. Why? With the 25% discount, it was actually cheaper to keep every piece instead of sending just the skirt back. So far, I’ve worn everything but the skirt and cut-out top. I’ve gotten compliments on each piece – so this was definitely a winner in my book. I can’t wait to see what December’s fix brings!

Any other Stitch Fix fans out there? What pieces did you get this month?

Golden Tote | October Review

I posted a summary of my past Golden Tote experiences; moving forward, I’ll try to keep them on the monthly review cycle. Check out my original post here; a description of the service is below:

I heard about Golden Tote over the summer. Golden Tote is a quasi-subscription box clothing service for women. The beauty of Golden Tote is there are multiple options at different price points, and you can opt-in when you feel like it:

  • $49: 1 item of your choice, 1-2 items selected by the Golden Tote stylists
  • $149: 2 items of your choice, 4-5 items selected by the Golden Tote stylists
  • Individual items from the boutique

There’s some overlap between the $49 and $149 totes, but they aren’t the same – which is nice for variety, but not so nice if there’s something you want in both totes. You are also able to purchase individual items from the boutique (for a drastically reduced rate if they are part of a tote).

The items selected by the stylists are based on survey results. The survey is simple: basic sizing information as well as color and style preferences. From my experience, simplicity works: almost every piece I’ve gotten has been a great fit in my closet.

For October’s tote, I picked one item and an add-on for a reduced cost:

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I loved the photos of this black and off-white horizontal striped skirt. On me, the skirt goes past my knees and is a touch too long for my petite frame. It’s a cute skirt, but it doesn’t work with my body type.

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This plaid cardigan number sold out the first time it was offered in September. When I saw it was available in my size again, I added it on to my order. It’s very comfy and I like the tab sleeves (I always roll up and subsequently stretch out longer sleeves). I do kind of wish the other color had still been available (berry/black), but for the add-on price and the comfort, this is a great layering piece.

My surprise piece was my favorite thing in the whole order:

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It looks odd on the hanger, but this dress fits so well. The boatneck top and the cut of the dress make it flattering and super comfortable; I even wore it on a redeye flight across the country. I paired this with a red belt, flats, and my new fan necklace. I got a lot of compliments, and I can’t wait to play around with some other looks since it can easily be a work/weekend dress.

Overall, a solid shipment – I’m learning that the stylists usually do a better job for me than I do! I can’t wait to see November’s tote because I ordered two very different pieces; one more reserved and casual, another a total statement piece.

Any other Golden Tote fans out there? What do you like/dislike about the service?