Stitch Fix – First Fix

Have you ever heard of Stitch Fix? It’s been floating around the blogosphere for a couple of years now but I jumped on the bandwagon and I couldn’t be more excited to share my first fix experience with y’all.

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So let’s back up to where we started: the great clean-out of 2015! As I said in a previous post, we cleaned all of our closets and got rid of clothes that we’ve had for years (I got rid of a pair of flip flops that I’ve had – not kidding – since I was 14. I’m pretty sure American Eagle flip flops aren’t meant to last for 13 years). I was so excited to have room in my closet to start fresh, and I knew I wanted to continue investing in quality pieces of clothing that may cost a little more upfront, but will last for years.

Normally, I shop at stores like Banana Republic, The Limited, New York & Company, and I especially love visiting outlets. I always seem to find great deals on quality clothing, but quite honestly, I never really thought I had a good sense of style.

That’s where Stitch Fix comes in. Essentially, you have five items personally selected for you delivered to your door as often as you’d like. You don’t have to set up reoccurring fixes, but you can if you’d like. You pay a $20 “styling fee,” but you get to take that $20 off your final bill of any items you decide to keep.

Here’s a fun fact about me: I really, really, really hate trying on clothes in the store. Ladies, am I right, or am I right when I say that dressing room lighting makes you look not only the fattest you’ve ever looked, but also the palest? It could be one of my (far and few between) “skinny days,” after returning from 7 days under the sun in Mexico, and I’d still feel like a washed up albino whale once I step foot in the four small walls of a dressing room. With Stitch Fix, I was able to try on each item in the comfort of my own home, at my own pace, with the correct undergarments and see what they looked like with multiple items of clothing. That, my friends, may be my favorite part about Stitch Fix.

So, you may be wondering what type of items Stitch Fix will send you. Well, I quickly learned that by filling out my “style profile,” I can let my stylist know a little bit about me and how I like to dress.

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I put in the basic information like my size, profession, way I like my clothes to fit, and then I was able to look at a few outfit examples and say how I felt about them.

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At the very bottom, I was able to write a little note to my stylist. Basically, I told her that for 18 years, I wore a uniform to school, and then I went to college and wore sweatpants and a Kappa sweatshirt every day. I never really developed a true sense of style. I also said that because my goal is to invest in good pieces of clothing and keep them for years, I wanted classic, neutral pieces that wouldn’t go out of style. In my first Fix, I asked for mostly work clothes that I could wear at my 9-5, but also turn into a date night outfit, if I wanted. Nothing too dressy, but I didn’t want all casual wear either.

After I scheduled my first Fix, the anticipation began. I was so excited for it to come, I ripped it open as soon as I saw it at our house. First impression? LOVE. I mean, even the packaging is just made me happy. I really liked how I had a personalized note from my stylist and a styling guide that showed me how to wear the different pieces she selected for me.

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I decided to follow suit that a lot of other bloggers do and write out each item I received and if I decided to keep/return it. You still following along? K great. Let’s get to it!

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1.Liverpool Rizzo Skinny Pant – $98

The second I saw these pants, I gasped because I have been wanting a pair of “professional-looking leggings” to wear to work and out and about for almost a full year now. I gasped a second time when I saw the price tag, but we’ll get to that. I tried these pants on with a few different tops and shoes, jogged up and down the stairs in them, sat in them, laid down in them, wore them for an hour, and eventually decided I never wanted to take them off. They’re so comfortable and versatile, and I can see myself wearing them so often. Plus, knowing I had already spent $20, I convinced myself that $80 for a pair of pants that I didn’t want to take off was worth it. Verdict: keep!

*Update: I’ve had these pants for six months now and they’re LITERALLY MY FAVORITE. Request them in your next fix!

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2. Market & Spruce Lawford Knit Top – $58

One great thing about Stitch Fix is that they suggest setting up a Pinterest page full of pins with fashions that you like. My stylist noticed that I had pinned this shirt twice, so she included it in my fix. I wanted to love it and keep it oh-so badly, but it was just a tad too big and looked a little frumpy. If it was cheaper, I could have seen myself keeping it, but I can’t justify spending $60 on a shirt I didn’t absolutely love. Verdict: return

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3. Sandy J Creston Crew Neck Silk Blouse – $68

If you ever go shopping with me, you’ll notice that I loathe when clothing stores try to sell see through shirts with no sleeves for a gazillion dollars. Because yes, I want to pay a buttload of money for this much fabric. So when I saw this shirt, I was a little annoyed (not at my stylist, but just because of this pet peeve of mine), but I tried it on anyways. It was cute and fit well, but again, I cannot spend $70 on this much fabric. Verdict: return

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4. RD Style Juliet Mini Swing Skirt – $84

This skirt was cute in theory, but it was a little too snug and I couldn’t see myself wearing it very often. Verdict: return

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5. Brixon Ivy Bixby Clover Print Blouse – $64

I really liked this blouse. So much so, I even reached out to Madison at Espresso and Cream via a Instagram creep session because I remember seeing her wear this blouse in one of her posts weeks ago. Even though her review was good, I couldn’t buy it because the darned thing was just a little too big. Verdict: return

So I only kept one item out of my first Fix, but I couldn’t be more thrilled with that item and my overall first experience with Stitch Fix. When I packed everything up to ship back (oh, shipping is free, BTW), I was able to log in online and add notes to my stylist about why I returned the things I did. I also made sure to adjust my spending preference because some of the blouses were just a little too expensive for what I’d normally spend on a shirt.

All in all, I love Stitch Fix so far and would highly recommend it. You can sign up here, if you want to try it for yourself!

(This post is not sponsored in any way. I just really like Stitch Fix. However, I did include a referral link so if you sign up using my link, I will receive a $25 credit. Thanks in advance, if ya do!)

 

We’re Moving! Again.

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Guuuuuys. WE’RE MOVING.

AGAIN.

WHERE ARE WE MOVING?

TO ST. LOUIS!

MY HOMETOWN.

Long story short: Kevin got promoted to a Senior Forecaster at the St. Louis NWS office. We’ve known for a little while now, but it wasn’t official official until recently. And even now that it is official official, we don’t have our official official official move date yet. Hopefully that comes soon. In the meantime, next week is my last week at my current job (all. the. tears.) but I will start at my new position at Weber Shandwick (remember that place?) the following week. More on the transition and how it’s all unfolded later, but it’s all so ironic that in 2011, I was distraught over leaving that job and St. Louis and now, five years later (almost exactly), I’ll be back there, with my husband.

Everything happens for a reason and while we’re so, so, so sad to leave Louisville and our first house, we know that this move will be great for us and our family.

Obviously, there is way more to that story but I figured I’d pop in with a quick update!