Friday, June 19, 2015

Stitch Fix Review #2- June 2015

Woo hoo!  It's Stitch Fix time again!  Now that I had a little taste of what Stitch Fix was all about in my first box, I could not wait for my next one. (Ready my first review here).  In my last box I kept a tank top and a scarf so in this box I requested some summer shirts and a dress.  I also requested to have the same stylist, Victoria, since I feel she had a general feeling for who I was based on my Pinterest page and my comments about items she had sent last time.  Getting the little note from her this time was like hearing from a friend.

Let's get to the clothes!

When I opened up my box this time I was so excited to see some summer colors and fabrics.  I also got my first piece of jewelry which I was super excited about.  I have been wearing necklaces more and more recently and I love to add to my accessories. There was also a lot more gray in my box which clearly is a favorite color of mine.  My Pinterest clothing page is littered with gray items. 

*A little disclaimer before we begin- I am NOT a model.  My 9 year old daughter is NOT a photographer.  I waited a couple weeks to post these because some of the pictures are embarrassing but oh well.

Danielle Long Knot Kecklace by Bancroft, $32
This necklace is fantastic.  It's one super long piece that has knots all the way around.  You can double or triple loop it to get the look and length you want.  It also felt really great and is super versatile.  Here's the problem- I don't wear gold very much at all.  In my style profile on Stitch Fix it specifically asks you if you prefer gold or silver and I told my stylist that I wear both.  That's true...sometimes.  I didn't want them to keep an awesome necklace away just because it was gold but I will wear silver WAY more.  I emailed Stitch Fix to ask them if I could just switch the necklace and the answer was no.  If something doesn't fit, the will send you a different size if it's available but you can't exchange for color.  Verdict: RETURNED (But I left a note for my stylist to please please please send me this in a silver finish if one is available in a future fix.  I know that if it was silver, I would wear this all the time.

Benette Multi Strap Blouse by Papermoon, $44, Size L

This shirt screams summer.  The fabric is a thin and soft material that moves with your body.  The straps are so unique and fun.  There are three spaghetti straps that join together at the top and then come apart and cris-cross on the back.  The back is also a good bit longer than the front.  I love black and white and I love polka dots so I was excited to see this in my fix.  When I put it on I realized I would likely wear this with my white pants.  The fact that my butt is covered is a huge bonus for me.  I must say I was on the fence about this top because I don't own a strapless bra (problem, I know) and it is a pet peeve of mine to have bra straps showing.  However, I tried this shirt on for my husband and he loved it.  He reminded me that we have two relatives getting married soon and there are sure to be showers and picnics coming up.  He thinks this is a perfect shirt to wear for some of those. Of course he's right.  Verdict: KEPT

Alisa french Terry Split Back Tank by Pixley, $38, Size L

I had pinned this shirt on Pinterest so I was super excited to see it in my fix.  The model in the picture I pinned was wearing this with nothing on under so the back was completely open.  I knew I would need a tank on if I got it and I was so right.  First of all, no one my size should have their back hanging out if not in a bathing suit.  Second, I tried it on without a tank and when I bent over to get something, it hung completely open and all my front was showing too.  No way!  But, when paired with a tank top, this shirt is simple in the front and then super fun in the back.  I kept a gray tank top in my last fix so I was a bit hesitant to keep this but the price was right and I knew I could add different colored tank tops and wear this a bunch.  Verdict: KEPT  I was totally right to keep this, I have worn this a ton.  I love it with black pants and a red tank too.

Broderick Cut-Out Detail Top by Fun2Fun, $48, Size L
Oops!  I am so mad!  This was actually the best photo and I deleted it when I tried to crop in this close up.  Grrr.  Oh well, I will try to describe it.  This shirt is so incredibly soft. It felt very similar to silk.  As you can see from this bad cropped picture, it is a lovely sea green color.  It has lovely detail up near the neck too.  Now here's the down side, this shirt wrinkled so badly.  I am not in the habit of ironing my clothes so this is not something I want to deal with.  The other problem were the sleeves.  They were a bit shorter than normal sleeves but it had button tabs that you were supposed to use to keep the sleeves rolled up.  However, the fabric is so silky, the sleeves unrolled the second you got them up so they were just hanging in a funky way inside the tabs.  Basically, it didn't work at all for me.  I love that my stylist tried to find me some summer colors and fabrics but this was a miss.  Verdict: RETURNED

Ben Maxi Dress by Mystree $78, Size L
So I really wish I had lost this photo instead.  This is NOT a flattering dress on me.  Let me say that on the right person, this dress would be stunning.  It's perfect for casual days or dressy nights.  The material is SO soft and it felt like wearing pajamas.  The problem is that it was too small in all the wrong places.  I mean I looked terrible.  This was a very quick decision.  Verdict: RETURN  Now please forget you ever saw this picture.

All in all, it was another great fix.  My hope is to get one or two pieces in each fix and I kept two out of this one.  I have worn both of them a bunch and I know they are perfect pieces to add to my summer wardrobe.  I am scheduled to get my next fix on July 7th and I can't wait!  I again asked to keep the same stylist and this time I asked for that necklace in silver, some pants, and some more summer dresses.

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Stitch Fix Cheat

Did you know you can cheat a bit on Stitch Fix and see your items before you receive them? This may seem like a spoiler for some people but for me, it's a little taste I need to get me through until my box actually arrives. It's kind of like people who find out the gender of their baby vs. those that don't. You won't know exactly what your items look like but you will have a significant hint. Here's how it works,

First, you can only do this after your box has shipped.  While this doesn't seem like a lot in terms, Stitch Fix uses Fed Ex so it takes much longer to arrive after it ships.  You will get a lovely little shipping notice in your email. Click it to go to the main Stitch Fix page. It will look like this...

 Next click on that tiny thing that says "checkout". Don't panic you are not really buying anything.  This take you to the screen where all your items are listed and ready for you to review.  Now, clearly you are not going to review the clothes so you don't need to click anything.  Just take note of the names of the clothing items...

From here we rely on good old Google or Pinterest.  Take the name of the item and copy it exactly.  Paste it into a search browser.  Typically you will find links to other Stitch Fix reviews where other people received the same item.  Now here is the catch- you have NO idea what color or pattern your item will be.  It is typically for Stitch Fix to carry an item in multiple colors and patterns.  Out of your 5 items, there may also be one or two that you just can't find when you search.  Either it's a new item to Stitch Fix or simply no one has done a review on it.  So there you go.  It's a bit of a cheat however it doesn't tell you everything.  The other important thing to remember is not to judge what you are going to get just by using this cheat.  You never know how the item is going to feel or look on you.  It is super important to try on every item you get in your Stitch Fix box.  After all, you are paying for a stylist. May as well give her the benefit of the doubt.  You will always be surprised by items you were convinced you wouldn't like.

If you are considering signing up for Stitch Fix I would really appreciate it if you would us this link.  I am in no way paid by Stitch Fix but I do get money towards my clothes when you sign up to receive yours.

Let me know if you have any comments or other suggestions.  Got any more Stitch Fix tips??