Stitch Fix Box #1: First Impressions

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It’s a new year, friends! And one of my goals for the new year is to treat myself every now and then. I’ve never been good at taking the time to pamper myself. Not before I had a baby and certainly not after having one! I can’t even tell you the last time I painted my toenails. My aerial silk classes are my “me time” but even those have been put on hold while I nurse an injured shoulder. (BIG FAT SIGH) So anyway, I’ve had my eye on Stitch Fix for a while but have never wanted to spend the money on myself to sign up. My Mother-in-law got a subscription for Christmas and it reminded me how much I wanted to try it back when it first came out. I signed up with the service shortly after that but never went through with it. Kind of like how I’m always “putting things in my cart” and never hitting “purchase”! Then a few weeks ago, I received a $20 coupon from them in an effort to nudge me into trying it out! Try it for free? Okay, sure!

So, what is Stitch Fix? Stitch Fix is a clothing and accessory subscription box. You can choose to receive it every 2 weeks, once a month, every 2 months – however often your little retail therapy loving heart desires! When you sign up you will fill out a survey that will be used by your own personal stylist to gauge all of the details needed to match you up with 5 items that are perfect for you – price point, style, sizing, etc. You can even include a note with more details. For example – I mentioned that I have a little one at home, I like high waisted pants/skirts, and my favorite color is mustard. The $20 per box fee will be used toward whatever you decide to keep. And if you keep it all? You get 25% off of the entire box! If you decide to return something, simply use the prepaid envelope enclosed in your box and drop the items back into the mail.

On to the good stuff! I received my box in the mail yesterday. I tore that thing open so fast! (This is why “unboxing my whatever” videos never happen for the blog.) Let me break down my thoughts for you.

Pros:
-Convenience. I am a busy mom who works full time! I don’t really have the time to get out and shop a lot anymore. Having clothes hand picked just for me and delivered right to my door is pretty dang convenient!
-Personalization. Obviously, the whole point of this subscription box is a personalized shopping experience. BUT, I was not expecting the sweetest note ever from my stylist, Jessica. I love that they take the time to get to know you via the links your provide (Twitter/Blog/Pinterest) and then they write you a little note that comes in your box! I just thought it was adorable. Clearly, I need a pen pal.
-Variety of Clothing. I really liked the variety of clothing that came in my box – cardigan, top, jeans, skirt, and a scarf. Very easy to mix and match with each other and with what I have in my wardrobe.

Cons:
-Affordability. Yikes. I will readily admit that I am a very frugal gal. I selected the lowest price point on all items except for “bottoms” because I thought it might be nice to try on a pricier pair of pants/jeans and see if I really noticed a difference in quality. But the entire box was pretty expensive compared to what I would normally spend on items of similar quality and style.
I’m Just in Like With This Box. I really do like everything that came in my box but there’s nothing that came in it that I am absolutely in love with. That being said – I tend to forget to buy staple pieces because I’m chasing after items that I’m “OMG IN LOVE WITH”. Once I tried all of these items on I realized how much I really DO want to keep them all because of how functional they all are.

This is what I received in my box:
Liverpool Mira Skinny Jean // $88
Octavia Hayley Bird Print Infinity Scarf // $28
Market & Spruce Corinna Striped Dolman Top // $48
Fate Davis Leopard Print Button-Up Cardigan // $58
RD Style Juliet Mini Swing Skirt // $84

The Jeans

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I must admit, these jeans have stolen my heart a little bit. They are just about the comfiest pants I’ve ever put on and they have an elastic waistband – something I really miss about maternity pants, y’all! These have a nice thick weight to them and they’re very stretchy and soft. I’ve never spent more than $25 on a pair of jeans so it feels extremely out of my comfort zone to invest in these. But I think I might just have to do it! I’m only a little worried that they might stretch out easily and give me the saggy butt look that so many comfy jeans tend to do.

The Scarf

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I did not think I liked this scarf at all at first. But after I took it out and unfolded it I realized that it is an infinity scarf – my favorite! The color is gorgeous and the print is just okay! It is definitely just for looks – not much in the way of warmth! I really like it paired with the striped top and jeans!

The Striped Top

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(Ignore the same pose twice in a row! Bahaha).

I really like the way this top fits and how functional it is. I can dress it up or down very easily. It’s closer to my price range for sure (with the $20 off). It is very soft, will work well for nursing, and I really like the fitted sleeves. Plus, I’m a sucker for anything grey! Decisions!

The Leopard Cardigan

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I am crazy about leopard print and I think this is pretty cute! But it turned out to be one of my least favorite items in terms of the way it fits and the quality of material. I might like it a little more if I belted it. It just feels cheaply made to me and it’s one of the pricier items in the box.

The Swing Skirt

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THIS SKIRT. I adore high waisted knit skirts. This little black skirt could be worn so many ways. However – it is just as expensive as the pair of jeans. EEEK. And I just can’t justify that in my bargain loving heart. Perhaps if it was in a gorgeous print that I couldn’t live without? But as a simple little black skirt, I really feel that I could find something just like this in Forever 21 for a fourth of the price.

So there you have it friends! If I purchased everything in the box I would get an extra 25% off, bringing the total down to $209.50. For the convenience factor, I don’t this is a bad deal! But – I’m not sure it’s really something that is feasible within my budget either. I have not fully decided whether or not I will keep anything yet. I have until Sunday to decide.

What would you keep? Would you ever try Stitch Fix or have you ever? It is definitely fun to get a box full of clothes to play dress up with and I can see how this would become addicting quickly! Eeekkk. Tell me what you think I should keep and let go!

Sweater Tights Weather is Here

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It’s been a long long time since I posted outfit photos. I’ve needed a break from the blog – sleep deprivation has left me with very little motivation or energy to do much outside of things that have to be done. I should honestly be doing a handful of other things around the house as we speak! The baby is taking his very first scheduled two hour nap in his crib. I will talk more about that in another post! But yes – I am taking a minute for me today. I put an outfit together today with actual thought behind it. I’m wearing tights – a rarity as of late! I actually had a sweet reader send me an email about how she would like to wear tights more but doesn’t really know how to incorporate them into her wardrobe. It reminded me how much of a staple they used to be in my closet.
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As for how to incorporate tights into outfits? I’ve honestly never given it much thought! I’ve had most of mine for a long time and have only bought them randomly when they have been on sale at Target, Old Navy, or H&M. The secret to wearing tights is that – there is no secret! I am big on patterns and textures so in this outfit, for example, I’m wearing ribbed sweater tights with two relatively plain pieces. I think that adds something interesting to the outfit. I threw in a headband with a little extra color and some lipstick to match. This is also my way of carrying summer pieces, like scalloped shorts, over into the Fall season.
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When it comes to fashion – wear what you love! A comment on my outfit by a stranger is usually followed by them saying they could never pull that same outfit off. I always disagree with them. If you want to wear hats – wear ’em! Stop saying you can’t because your head is too this or that. If you want to wear brightly colored tights – do it! Wear all the things and wear them proud.
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What I Wore:
Top: Pac Sun
Shorts: Fracesca’s
Boots: Blowfish Shoes
Headband: Aerie

Watching the Time Go By with Jord

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It’s more than fitting that I recently got the chance to collaborate with Jord to show how I would style one of their gorgeous wood watches. These past 6 weeks have flown by and I’ve been watching the minutes and hours tick by on this pretty little piece. I’ve been wearing it to feel a little more “put together” and it has come in handy to keep up with how often I am nursing Landon. I typically just use my phone to keep up with the time but now that I am caring for a newborn I often forget where it is and lose it in the house for a bit! Mom brain is definitely a real thing, my friends!

Aside from the functionality I really just love the modern and classic design of this watch! I feel like it goes with just about anything I wear. I’ve started to reevaluate my closet and what I want my “style” to be in this new chapter of my life. I’m looking to slowly purge the older trendier pieces to start incorporating longer lasting classic items that are easier to remix. I feel like this is the perfect accessory to add to my closet transformation!
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What I Wore:
Watch: The Ely in maple c/o Jord
Denim Top (worn over dress): Pac Sun
Dress: Forever 21
Wrap: Moby

Thoughts on Pregnancy: 31 Weeks

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My hair was a hot mess when I took these pictures but oh well, I don’t care. I felt so accomplished because I managed to squeeze into this pre-pregancy dress from Eshakti. It was fun to snap a few photos in it. I wore this dress for photos right after I announced I was pregnant and I remember thinking I had a tiny bump in the photos. No, I did not. Haha. I’m sure I will look back on these pictures in just a few weeks and laugh at how big I felt here! So funny how perspective changes!
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Nate and I have been enjoying attending natural child birth classes so far. I will probably do a bit of a recap on what we like the most in a separate blog post. But I definitely think it has been well worth taking them. It’s definitely putting me a bit more at ease – even if I already know some of the information. And I love that Nate is there with me and that we are both learning together.
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How Far Along Are You: 31 Weeks and 1 Day
How Big Is The Baby?: About 3.5 lbs
How Much Weight Have You Gained?: Around 25 lbs
Maternity Clothes: I’ve found a few pre-pregnancy dresses in my closet that kind of, sort of fit! The one I’m wearing in these pictures fit when I put it on but by the time I got to work and sat down for a bit – NOPE. I had to unzip it on the side to make it through the day!
Stretch Marks: My boobs are starting to get a few. They just don’t know how to deal with being stretched out this much. ;]
Sleep: I bought a pregnancy pillow a few weeks back and it has helped tremendously with my sleep. I still wake up a lot to alternate which side I’m sleeping on though because my hips still hurt quite a bit after I’ve been in one position for too long.
Best Moment This Week: My appointment on Tuesday! My midwife was able to feel and tell me that baby is head down and she even showed me where his back was and where his feet and hands were at the time. It was really fun to be able to envision exactly how he was chilling out in there!
Movement: Pretty constantly. I almost don’t notice it at times!
Food Cravings: Nothing in particular!
Food Aversions: None.
Labor Signs: Nothing. I am apparently having Braxton Hicks contractions but I haven’t been able to tell/feel them – so, that’s nice!
Belly Button In or Out: Poking out a little bit!
What I Miss: Everything. I love being pregnant but I do miss being in shape, walking normally, being less anxious, feeling like a normal human being… haha.
What I’m Looking Forward To: Our third child birth class and getting the nursery even closer to being complete!

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