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!

The First Month: My Favorite Baby Products

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1. HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Bassinet: I wasn’t sure if this basinet was going to work out for us at first. Landon had a tough time sleeping flat because of his reflux. So we modified it a bit by putting a book under a leg to raise it on an incline. We also took the vibrating box from the pack n play and put it in the outside pocket on the end of the basinet. The incline and the vibration together made it absolutely perfect for us. I do think that there is a model that vibrates and plays music – but that wasn’t the one I registered for! I absolutely love that it feels like he is right there in the bed with us but yet he has his own space. I am able to pick him up to feed him in the middle of the night without ever leaving the bed. The mesh sides are great – he likes to scoot as close to me as possible and I don’t have to worry about him not being able to breathe when he smooches his face against them. I can also see him without sitting up. The mattress pad is durable and comes with a removable sheet. We bought a few extras of course! Overall, we really like this bassinet. It’s a little pricey but I think it’s worth it to have him at arms reach at night time. It’s pretty big and heavy though – so don’t expect to move it around!

2. Lollypop Muslin Swaddle Blankets: I cannot sing enough praises for these light weight swaddle blankets. They are the only swaddle blanket we’ve found that our ninja baby can’t break out of in the middle of the night. Plus they are made of a super breathable cotton material that keeps him just warm enough without being too hot. They’re large enough to also be used for a nursing cover and again the light weight material is great during this time of year. He has to be swaddled in the bassinet in order to fall asleep so these are a must have for us!

3. Kaydee Baby Bandana Bibs: Y’all know I’m all about my baby looking good! These bibs are so cute and functional. He spits up a lot with his reflux so I was changing his outfit constantly because he would soak himself. Now I just let him wear one of these and change it when I need to! They have a soft lining on the bottom that keeps him nice and dry. Love, love, love them!

4. Moby Baby Wrap: I’ve seen just about a million different wraps online. I’ve only tried this one so I can’t compare it to anything else – but I’m a little bit obsessed with baby wearing now because of it! It has the perfect stretch for a newborn and I feel like it’s very easy to learn how to use. The only issue I’ve found is that it isn’t very breathable so it can get pretty hot to wear baby out and about in the summer heat. But this thing is a life saver. If I need to get house work done I can just put him in it and go. He sleeps and stays content for hours! I’ve even nursed him in it while vacuuming!

5. Mamas & Papas Sola Stroller: This stroller is wonderful. Aside from the fact that it’s gorgeous and I feel like a million bucks when I’m pushing Landon around in it – it’s easy to fold, easy to open, can be turned to have baby face you while riding, glides/turns effortlessly and there’s enough space in the bottom for our giant diaper bag! The only thing I don’t love is that it doesn’t have cup holders. We can easily buy some to attach but I do feel that a stroller regularly priced at around $400 should come with some dang cup holders. This was a gift though and was bought heavily clearanced, so I am not complaining! The only real issue we had was that the adapter we got for our Graco Snugride Click Connect 35 carseat wouldn’t work with it. But thankfully it lays back to accommodate a newborn riding in it so it isn’t a huge inconvenience. We will be able to use this stroller for years! This particular one is discontinued but there is a newer version out called the Sola 2 (linked). I do love that there is a carrycot that you can buy separately as well. If we lived in a bigger city where we would walk a lot more places it definitely would’ve made since to invest in that. But we don’t and the cute factor didn’t justify the price tag for me!

6. Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Night Pacifier: We received a soothie pacifier from the hospital that Landon absolutely loved but unfortunately it didn’t really contour to his face so he couldn’t keep it in his mouth on his own. I bought other pacifiers and he wouldn’t take them because they weren’t the same nipple style as the soothie. Thankfully my Sister-in-law found these for us and he really likes them! He can keep them in his mouth on his own and they’re super cute!

7. 4Moms Rockaroo Swing: Last but not least, the 4Moms Rockaroo. I’m sure most of you moms and moms-to-be have seen this thing all over blogs, Instagram, in stores, etc. It’s pretty popular! We were given this swing as a gift and it has truly been a wonderful gadget to have. Landon slept in it when we first came home from the hospital. We slept downstairs the first few nights while we got our bearings and he slept in it between feedings. He’s continued to take naps in it and we let him hang out there whenever we need to put him down. We use it daily! He’s pretty content for about 10 minutes when he’s awake and then he’s over it. Overall, we really like this swing but after using it I’m not sure it’s better than some of the other swings out there with cheaper price tags. But!! I do love that it doesn’t take up a lot of space, it has a deep seat that makes me feel like he is very secure, the cover is easily removable/washable and it’s just … pretty! I mean – if you’re going to have kid stuff everywhere at least you can pick something that is nice to look at. ;]

Are there any must have products you’ve found for your kiddos around this age? Share!!!

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

My Favorite Iced Coffee At Home

My Favorite Iced Coffee At Home

Nate and I are both coffee lovers and we often treat ourselves by stopping in at our favorite local coffee shop for a delicious iced coffee – especially this time of year! I stick to my “one cup a day” rule at this point in my pregnancy and of course watch out for the stronger stuff! I water things down quite a bit or get half caff when I’m in doubt.

Going out to coffee shops can add up quite a bit though! So I love that I can make it at home and make it *just* as well! I’m not sure if you’ve ever attempted iced coffee at home by just pouring coffee over ice but – it just doesn’t work like that. It’s not good. My friend Kristie bought this iced coffee maker for me off of Amazon as a gift and I’ve been using it religiously ever since! It is unbelievably easy to use. It’s a good thing too because the instructions came 100% in Japanese! ;]

So how do you use it? Well let me tell you. It’s so simple! Because I’m super fancy (not really) I like to grind my own beans with a coffee grinder (I use this extremely cheap one) but you can use already ground coffee as well. I personally fill the reusable filter to about half full of coffee. You can really adjust this based on your taste! We’ve been using espresso beans recently so I tend to put a little less because it makes a stronger cup. Remember that you’ll be watering it down a bit by adding ice cubes as well! Next, place the coffee filter inside and fill with filtered water. This takes a little time because only so much water can fit as it seeps down through the coffee. I use a spoon to stir it as I put more and more water in to help the process along. Once it’s completely full of water put the lid on and pop it into the fridge! That’s it! I let ours sit over night and by morning it’s ready to go!

I like to put a little bit of creamer in mine and I’ve been eyeing this almond syrup for a while! I always order almond flavoring in my iced coffee so that would be the perfect touch! Right now I’m pretty obsessed with the chocolate chip cookie creamer I found at the grocery store though. It’s delicious!

Do you make iced coffee at home? I’d love to hear how you make yours!

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