So what did I keep?

For those who are curious, I decided to keep the pants and the dress.  The sweater was a fun print but because of the length and the fact that it’s a bit more casual, I didn’t think I would get much use out of it.  It’s also more clearly a piece for fall/winter whereas the dress can be worn for work year-round and the pants can also be worn year round, depending on what I pair with them.  The shirt I also decided to send back because I figure that I can find a similar shirt from Old Navy or Loft for a much lower price and the necklace was a little too dainty and subtle for my taste.

And I love Stitch Fix so much that I already scheduled my next Fix, to come the first week of May.  Some people sign up to get fixes every month but the problem is that I don’t have $150 to spend on clothes every month.  I like doing it every 3 months or so to add a few pieces here and there but it would be too much to do it every month.

If you want your very own personal stylist, check out the link here: Stitch Fix

 

Stitch Fix Review #2

My second Stitch Fix box arrived yesterday!  But now I have ahead of me the difficult task of deciding what to keep and what to send back.  Unlike last time, when there were pieces that didn’t fit quite right or that I didn’t really like that much, this time everything fits perfectly.  Also, I put up photos of each of the items on Facebook and got very positive feedback about all of the items.  So I have some tough choices to make.  But first… the review:

After receiving my last Stitch Fix box, I tweaked my Style Profile a bit to make sure that I was accurately describing my body shape, and the style of clothing I was looking for.  I also sent very detailed feedback about the items that came in my last box to make sure that my Stylist knew exactly what I was and was not looking for.  When I requested my Fix this time, I asked for no cardigans since I have too many, and I asked for a pair of pants and a dress.  I also worked a bit on my Pinterest board over the past couple of months to make sure I was leaving more detailed information about what I like and don’t like, etc.

When I got home from work yesterday, my box was waiting for me! stitchfix(10)

After putting Julia to sleep, I opened it up to see what was inside:stitchfix(2)

Of course it was nicely packaged and I first took out the list showing me what was included, along with styling tips for each item and a note from my stylist.

stitchfix(3)First up was a necklace: the Aster Gold Tube Necklace, which goes for $44

stitchfix(5)I don’t wear a lot of jewelry… partially because Julia likes to pull on it but also because I’m lazy and forget to put it on.  When I do wear jewelry, I prefer bigger pieces that make more of a statement.  To me, this necklace is a little too subtle.  It’s very dainty and pretty but too subtle for me.  It’s also $44 which is a bit much for a necklace I don’t think I’ll wear often.  I probably won’t be keeping this necklace.

Next up was a lovely dress, the Carrie Polka Dot Fit & Flare Dress, which goes for $48stitchfix(6)

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stitchfix(9)I like this dress a lot… it’s very versatile as it can be worn for work or for going out.  It’s just long enough for work and since it’s fairly simple it can be dressed up or down.  The material is also very nice and subtle, I like the shape of the dress with the pleats, and it’s lined with a zipper down the back.  It does seem to be very well-made.  Also, the price is right at $48.  For a dress I can easily wear to work, $48 seems like a very reasonable price-point.  I will probably keep this dress.

Next there was a sweater, the Naima Tribal Print & Stripes Sweater, which goes for $48stitchfix(7)

At first I wasn’t so sure about this sweater… the pattern is not one I would ordinarily pick out and the shape is a little funny.  It’s sort of a cropped sweater so I thought it would be too short and boxy.  But the more I look at the picture of myself in the sweater, the more I like it.  I also have gotten a lot of positive feedback from people about the sweater from photos I shared online.  It’s a nice material and the price is right in line (maybe a little high) with what I would ordinarily spend on a sweater, especially one I thought I would get a lot of use out of.  I could see wearing this with dark jeans (like in the photo above) or with leggings and boots for a more casual look.  I’m still not sold on the sweater but it’s possible I’ll choose to keep it.

Next up was a pair of pants, the Kayla Skinny Jean, which go for $98 and a shirt, the Mission 3/4 Sleeve V-Neck Blouse, which goes for $48stitchfix(4)First up… the pants.  I LOVE THEM.  I love the color, they are super soft and comfortable, just stretchy enough, they fit perfectly.  It feels like wearing leggings but they’re jeans.  They’re amazing.  $98 is a lot to spend on a pair of pants but I do feel like I will get a lot of use out of them.  I liked the way they looked with flats or with boots, they can be dressed up or dressed down.  I can’t say enough good things about them.  I love them.

The shirt I’m not sold on… it’s okay.  It’s a nice material and shape, I do feel like I would wear it for work or for casual but it’s not perfect… the material is a little itchy, and it pulls a little around my chest.  It’s fairly basic and I do feel like I could probably find something similar from Old Navy or Loft for half the price.

Right now I’m leaning toward keeping the pants, the dress and the sweater and sending back the shirt and the necklace.

The Math: 

Because I had shared my referral link with so many people who signed up for their own Stitch Fix, I had $50 in credit going into this month’s box.  So I didn’t have to pay the $20 styling fee this time around.  Which means I still have $30 in credit to use.  So here’s how the math works:

Dress ($48) + Pants ($98) + Sweater ($48) = $194 – the $20 I already “paid” for the styling fee and the $30 I have in credit = $144 for 3 items that I feel I will get a lot of use out of.

I think I will sleep on it one more day and try everything on again tonight before making a final decision but for now I’m leaning toward keeping those three items.

Thoughts from my lovely blog readers?

 

 

 

 

Oh, what a wonderful weekend!

We just had the most wonderful weekend!  Friday night after work, we decided to go to One World for dinner as a family for a second week in a row.  We had a wonderful time because the restaurant is so accommodating and baby friendly.  Julia did amazingly well at dinner–she enjoyed a quesadilla with beans and cheese, had fun flirting with some friendly people at the table next to us, and was in a wonderful mood.  When we got home from dinner we put her to sleep and then we watched The Dictator… not quite as funny as Borat, but it still got quite a few chuckles (though I did fall asleep before we were done watching).

Saturday morning we went out for pancakes at our favorite pancake place down the street from our house, and then we got dressed in Orioles gear to head downtown for Orioles Fanfest.  This was our first time going to Fanfest and while it was fun, it was definitely a hard thing to do with a baby.  It was very crowded and there were not a lot of baby-friendly activities.  I imagine that it might be easier with an older child but with a baby Julia’s age, it was very hard to keep her happy.2.3.2014If/when we go next year, I think we should take two cars so that I can stay with Julia until she is ready to go home but Ken can stay to hear the players and coaches/managers talk about the season ahead of them and to get autographs.  We did get to hear a special forum for season ticket holders but I know that there were more Q&A sessions that would have been of interest to Ken.

There were a lot of lines for everything so it involved a lot of standing around and waiting–something babies are not very good at.  The two things we did get to do were go to the give-away area, where we got free Orioles glasses, and we went to take pictures with the Oriole bird.  Julia had met the Oriole bird once before, and had been somewhat indifferent toward him but this time Julia had a very strong and negative reaction to meeting the Bird.2.3.2014(8)  He was good with her though–pretended to hide because he was scared of her–and the crowd around us got a kick out of Julia’s reaction.  As we were leaving, she was willing to give him a high five, despite sobbing the whole time!   2.3.2014(9)

By the time we got our picture with the Bird, Julia was getting hungry for lunch and tired and ready for a nap so we went home to do both of those things.  When she got up from her nap, it was time for her and I to get ready for Miss Steffi’s Surprise Engagement Tea Party!  2.3.2014(10)

We got all fancy since this was Julia’s first time going to tea… she wore a very cute little smocked dress with matching pants (that my mom and I had picked out at a children’s clothing store in New Orleans) and I wore a black dress with my striped blazer from my first Stitch Fix box!  The tea party was at this very elegant tea room in Ellicott City.  It was NOT a good place to take a baby since they didn’t have high chairs or a bathroom big enough to change a diaper, but it would have been a lovely place to go without Julia!  The food was delicious, they had a wide variety of tea flavors to choose from and the service and atmosphere were lovely and relaxed.  It was exhausting for me to keep Julia occupied the whole time without having a place to have her sit safely and comfortably but we managed and had a good time anyway!  It was also nice to meet Miss Steffi’s mom and some of her best friends who I had not met before.  It was a lovely group of ladies! 2.3.2014(2)

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2.3.2014(7)After tea it was time to head home for dinner and bedtime.  Ken & I ordered some Thai food to be delivered!  Yum yum!

Sunday morning we woke up and had some much-needed family cuddle time!2.3.2014(5)

After cuddle time, we got ready to go to brunch at the home of some new friends we met through the Facebook group, Mobtown Mommies!  (Sadly I don’t have any photographic evidence of our wonderful morning with them–must be because we were having too much fun chatting and playing to take pictures!)  Kim and I connected through Facebook after realizing that we had a lot in common and we chatted a bit through Facebook before deciding to plan a family get-together.  Ken & I got along very well with Kim and her husband, Zev, and they have an adorable 18-month old daughter, Amelia, with whom Julia had fun playing.  (To read more about Kim and her little family, check out her blog, Amelia Bubblepop.  Caution: It is very funny!  You may just start laughing  uncontrollably!)

One funny story to share (and you’ll have to imagine the photo that would go along with this story): when we were planning this playdate, Kim and I had joked that picking the girls’ outfits mattered more than picking our own outfits and that we felt like we were getting ready for a blind date.  The funny part is that Kim and I chose almost identical outfits for Julia and Amelia.  Julia was wearing long pant overalls over a pink onesie, and Amelia had on an overall skirt with a pink shirt.  It was too funny that we chose almost the same exact thing for them to wear!  We had a wonderful time getting to know their family and we definitely look forward to future play dates with them!

After brunch, we came home for Julia’s nap and for some downtime at home.  Julia had great fun playing with her tunnel from Uncle Adam, and Ken got several solid hours of studying in.2.3.2014(12)

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Yesterday was also Superbowl Sunday, so after burning lots of energy at home we headed over to the home of some other new friends of ours who we also met through Mobtown Mommies.  I had met Lara and her daughter Jane before for several playdates but this was my first time meeting Lara’s husband, Jason.  He is a surgery resident so Lara and I had talked a lot about wanting to get our husbands together.  We’re glad we finally did since they got along really well!  I predict future family get-togethers for our two families, as well!  Here were Ken, Jason and Pete watching the Football game.2.3.2014(6)

Personally, I was not too interested in the game but I had a lot of fun chatting with Lara and Sarah, and then once Julia went to sleep I enjoyed a relaxing evening with our new friends.

Today is going by very very very very slowly but I am so excited to head home at the end of the day since my Stitch Fix box should be waiting for me when I get home!  I can’t wait to see what I got this month!  I am also looking forward to Friday this week since I will be taking a much-needed personal day.  I have already scheduled myself appointments to get my haircut and my eyebrows waxed.  I might throw in a mid-day nap in there as well.  I can’t wait!

My First Stitch Fix: A Review

I first heard about Stitch Fix about a year ago when my friend Courtney, who is also the La Leche League leader in New Orleans, posted a review of her experience with Stitch Fix on her own blog, here.  You can also read more about the whole concept at their website, using my referral link: Stitch Fix

Basically, the way it works is like this:

First, you fill out a survey about your personal style and body type: what size you wear, are your arms short, average or long?  Do you like preppy clothes, the Bohemian style, or edgy? And you fill out information about how much money you are generally willing to spend on various items of clothing: do you want “the cheaper the better” or are you willing to spend between $100 and $150 on a jacket?  You can also include links to your Pinterest boards so that they can get a sense of your style outside of just their little survey, and you tell them what you’re looking for: mostly casual?  Mostly work clothes?  Date night items or fancy formal affairs?

Then, you schedule your “fix.”  You pay $20 and a stylist will pick out 5 items to send you.  You can choose to have just clothing or you can get 4 items of clothing and one piece of jewelry.  If you decide to keep anything, the $20 goes toward the cost of that item.  Anything you don’t choose to keep, you can send back with free shipping.  You have 3 days to try everything on.  If you happen to love everything in the box, you get a 25% discount for keeping the whole box.    When you schedule your fix, there is also a place to add comments, so for example if you really want a dress you can ask for a dress, or if you really don’t like horizontal stripes, you can include that in the comments.  Additionally, if there’s an event you have coming up like a wedding or a job interview, you can mention that and they can try to pick out items that might work well for that event.

So I mentioned in my comments that I am a mother to a 1-year old, which means I need clothing that is baby-friendly in terms of being easy to wash (I didn’t really want a bunch of items I would have to dryclean) and I also mentioned that since I’m still breastfeeding, I needed breastfeeding-friendly clothing.

My Stitch Fix box arrived yesterday!StitchFixI knew it was scheduled to arrive yesterday and I had already mentioned to some friends that I was irrationally excited about it getting here.  Upon opening the box, I was pleased to see how nicely packaged the clothes were.  There was a little envelope on top with some important information:StitchFix2They include a list of all the items they’ve chosen for you, and they also include styling cards that provide suggestions about how to wear each item they’ve sent: StitchFix7They recommend that you try everything on with other items in your closet that you already own.  On their website they do stress that they’re not trying to send you complete outfits but rather, individual items that you can mix in with your already-existing wardrobe to spice things up a little bit.

So that’s what I did… I wanted to see how each item would work with things I already own.  Luckily, everything fit, which tells me that I correctly filled out their style/size profile.  And here’s what I got (I apologize that the colors/lighting in the photos is not great… Ken took these photos on my phone at night in our bedroom (with a green wall behind me).  Next time I’ll try to get some better photos:

Tua Rowson Shoulder Button Striped Shirt, $38StitchFix5

I liked the colors and the overall style of this shirt, and I liked the button detail on the shoulder.  I liked that the shirt was a little longer than some others I own.  I did not like the horizontal stripes (across my post-baby belly, they do not flatter me at all) and I also did not like that the material was rather thin and clingy.  I ended up sending this shirt back.

Black Swan Olive Fit & Flare Ponte Dress, $78StitchFix4I loved the color of this dress (kind of a burgundy/maroon color) and I really liked the material.  It was a thicker heavier fabric and it had nice detailing and stitching to keep the shape very flattering.  When I twirled around in circles, the skirt twirled beautifully so it would have been great for dancing!  I did not like that the waist came up so high on my body and I also did not like that the dress was a little shorter than would be appropriate to wear to work.  I generally try to get items of clothing that I can wear both to work and for every day wear (with a few exceptions of course), and this dress did not fit that criteria.  I ended up sending this back.

Next was a cardigan: Mak Jaclynn 3/4 Sleeve Button-Up Cardigan, $38

StitchFix6This is not the greatest photo… I liked this cardigan just fine.  The color was kind of a mustard color.  The cardigan fit just fine, though the buttons did pull a little bit when it was buttoned shut.  The material was nice and soft and it seemed to be well made.  The problem with this item was 2-fold: first, cardigans have always been my “security blanket” item of clothing.  I have way too many of them already and I really don’t need any more.  Second, I already have a cardigan that is very similar in color, shape and material.  There was nothing really special about this cardigan and I felt that I could easily have gotten one very similar from a store like Old Navy for half the price.  If there had been something special (beading, stitching, lace or some other detail) I would have considered it but it was really just a plain cardigan.  I sent this one back.

Finally, my two favorite items, both of which I ended up keeping:

Mystree Beatty Striped Ruffle Detail Blazer, $48StitchFix3and the Bay To Baubles Faceted Bubble Necklace, $32StitchFix8

I had apparently pinned this necklace to one of my boards three different times so the stylist made sure I got it! 🙂

The way the math worked out is like this: I had already paid the $20 styling fee.  The two items came out to $80 but if you subtract the $20 I already paid, they ended up costing $60.  If you ask me, $60 is not a bad price to pay for a jacket and a necklace.  I feel that I will get a lot of use out of both items.  And think of it this way: if I had gone shopping to try on five items, I probably would have spent $20 on gas, mileage, lunch or a snack at the mall, etc. and going to the mall with a baby in tow is a close-to-impossible challenge.  She does not like to sit still while I try on clothing, find the right size, decide what to get and pay.

Overall I was very satisfied with my experience even though I only ended up keeping 2 of the 5 items in my box.  I did like the other items just fine, they just weren’t quite what I was looking for.  They recommend on their website that you give very detailed feedback on each item so that they can do an even better job picking out the items for your next fix.  I’m very happy to have found this service and will definitely be using it again in the future!  Especially for mothers, it’s a very convenient way to shop!