Stitch Fix #8 Review

Hey everyone!  It has been a few months since I last received a fix, and I have been so busy getting ready to become a LuLaRoe Fashion Consultant that I totally forgot that I even scheduled this fix after my last one in June.  You can imagine my surprise when I received an email saying my fix was on its way.  (If you don’t know what Stitch Fix is, and are interested in learning more, scroll down to the bottom of this post).

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Yikes.  I need to pay better attention to these things, for sure.  And since I didn’t even remember that I had scheduled this fix, I didn’t even add any comments or anything in advance, like I normally do.  So, yeah, I was super nervous that I would get sent some crap, especially since Amanda hadn’t been available these last few fixes.

When I checked in the app to see what was in the fix, I was really disappointed with what I saw, and was feeling quite sad that I hadn’t paid better attention!

Since I’ve had a string of bad luck in fixes, even where I give loads of feedback, I simply didn’t think there was a snowball’s chance in hell that I would be happy with any of these pieces, as they weren’t colors that I loved and the damn sure weren’t prices I love.  Practically everything $100?  I mean, really, a $118 blouse?  That’s way more than I’d wish to spend on most things, and especially a shirt that I figured would be too big anyway.

But, I am here to tell you folks that as great as I think it is that you can preview what’s in your fix, you really should reserve judgment.  You simply cannot, I repeat CANNOT, judge your fix until you actually receive it.  And, you must try everything on before crapping all over it.  You absolutely have to give everything a chance, because you may find something you like, even if it’s meh when you pull it out of the box!

This fix is definitely proof that you need to wait and be optimistic!  I had all but written off everything in this fix and wasn’t even going to try anything on.  And I was mad that I was going to lose my styling fee.  But then I decided to try stuff on just to be sure.  Once I started trying things on, I ended up really liking this fix a great deal despite that first impression!!!  Lesson learned.

Kut From The Kloth Dollee Knit Dress – KEPT

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So, yeah, I just knew I was going to dislike this dress when I previewed.  I thought I’d hate the dark color and the cut of the dress.  I also assumed it would be too big.  And when I pulled it out of the box, I really didn’t like the wrap in the front.  It seemed too busy and not my style at all.  Yeah, I was wrong.  I put the dress on and LOVED it!  img_3725-1I mean, this dress fits me like a glove. I like the wine color in person (although, admittedly, if this dress were in blue or a shade of green, I would have LOVED it even more).  And, again, this dress fits like it was made especially for me.  That RARELY, if ever, happens to me.  Now, I wasn’t excited about the price, as it’s more than I would like to spend.  But the hubs saw me snapping pictures of this dress and he was like, “DAMN, you NEED to get that dress.”  And when I told him it was expensive, and he responded “$98 isn’t expensive for a dress,” that was all I needed to know.  Nuff said.

Liverpool Kolten Denim Jacket – RETURNED

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First impression on this one was meh. I already own 2 denim jackets, and I am not a fan of light-colored denim in any event.  After trying on, yeah, still meh.

There’s nothing wrong with this jacket per se, but it simply did absolutely nothing for me.  Yeah, it’s super soft – it doesn’t even feel like denim – but, I don’t like the color.  And, as I said, I already have 2 jean jackets that I really like, so I wouldn’t even consider buying this denim jacket at half the cost.  It was easy to pass on this one.

Free Heary Zacarias Unfinished Hem Top – KEPT

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I was super meh about this top when I saw the preview, although, truthfully, I considered buying it regardless of how it fit so I wouldn’t lose my styling fee. When I pulled this top out of the box, I felt even more meh.  The top was fine, but there just didn’t seem to be anything special about it, either.  And I didn’t love the color, which seemed to pastel for my liking.  When I tried it on the first time, just to see if it would fit, I liked the way it fit, but was otherwise underwhelmed.  But I know you can see that I marked KEPT above, so what changed, you may be wondering?  Well, I tired it on and styled it. And loved it.

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Yeah, I really loved the way this top looked once I put it on a second time. Maybe I just really like this outfit I put together, but this top went from being meh to wow! It sits right above my hips, which means it is the PERFECT length.  That NEVER happens for me when it’s not a petite size (which this isn’t). I dunno.  I just love the way I look in this top, there no other way to explain it.  The color looks so pretty against white, and I am sure it will look amazing with a bunch of other pieces in my wardrobe. Even the hubs was on board with this top.  And he’s the type of guy who is really annoyed with how much I spend on clothes. So for him to encourage me to buy something else from this fix, when he knows I am about to become a LuLaRoe Fashion Consultant, I knew I had to get this top, too.

Amour Vert For Stitch Fix Allessandro Silk V-Neck Blouse – RETURNED

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So, my first impression on this top was that it was just way too expensive.  I am pretty sure that I have never bought a shirt for $118, not once.  And price notwithstanding, I figured this blouse would be way too big (it’s not petite) and way too long.  I also didn’t love the print.  I pretty much felt the same once I opened the box.  But, I was super surprised when I actually put it on and

loved it.img_3731Well, I loved the print once I had it on.  And this blouse is made out a very slinky material, so it feels so nice against the skin.  way it looks in the front.  It’s longer than I would normally wear, and it’s a tad roomy, but it somehow just works.  It looks great from the front, and as styled, I think it looks really cute with skinny jeans and heels. I could definitely see myself wearing this for GNO or date night. But then I turned around, and UGH, the back of this blouse, tho…

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The back is no bueno.  It looks like a too-large pair of pajamas.  It looks very bad on me from this view, and that, coupled with the price tag, means this had to go back.

Lila Ryan Dorianna Skinny Jean – RETURNED

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So, I always like receiving skinny jeans, and I believe I have asked for these previously without luck, so I had a feeling that I would love the cut and fit.  But, my first impression was that I wouldn’t like the color.  I actually already own a pair of green skinny jeans from Stitch Fix, so I wasn’t keen on buying another pair.

And after trying them on, I was right.  I absolutely loved how they fit.  LIke a glove.  Although, my arse is starting to look a little KK-ish.  Anywho, if I didn’t already own a similar pair, I would have definitely bought these.  But I do.  So, I can’t justify buying these, especially not at this price.

Okay, and there you have it.  What I thought was going to be a god-awful fix ended up being pretty awesome.  I kept the two pieces, and only really disliked one of the remaining.  Not bad, in my book.  I think this is because Amanda is back to styling me n(where were you my last two fixes, Amber???).  Thank goodness!  We are back in business, Stitch Fix!

ABOUT STITCH FIX

Stitch Fix is an online personal stylist service.  All you do is fill out a style profile, including your wants, likes, and dislikes, and schedule a “fix” to be sent to you on a specified date.  The styling fee is $20, which you can use toward the purchase of anything your stylist has sent to you.   You buy what you want and return what you don’t want, and you only pay for the items that you keep.  Interested?  Want to try Stitch Fix for yourself?  Want to also help a petite gal get a $25 referral fee to feed her shopping obsession? Click here.
WANT TO TAKE A PEEK AT PREVIOUS FIXES THAT I’VE REVIEWED?

Fix #1 (January 2015)

Fix #2 (March 2015)

Fix #3 (April 2015)

Fix #4 (September 2015)

Fix #5 (December 2015)

Fix #6 (March 2016)

Fix #7 (May 2016)

~Mo

Petite Fashion Friday (July 29)

Another busy week in the books. I know I sound like a broken record on that front, but seriously, by Friday I really feel like I’ve been through it!!!  But as crazy as this week was at work and at home, it was a great fashion week in my opinion because I discovered a new love – the Cassie style from LuLaRoe.

I couldn’t love this pencil skirt more! The pattern is just to die for – there are so many different colors I can rock with this skirt. And the fit is great – it’s stretchy, but not tight. And I can adjust the length depending on my mood or the look I am trying to achieve. On this day, I paired the Cassie with a red-orange blouse from J.Crew Factory, my favorite beige stretch belt from Banana Republic, and a pair of beige pumps. I was so happy with this skirt that I bought several more. I think I’m in love!

On this day, it was so hot and I really just wanted to keep it simple. This olive dress is from H&M. It has pockets, so you know I love it! I paired it with a gold toned statement necklace and a pair of snakeskin print sandals, also from H&M.

 

Yay. I was super excited this day to FINALLy put the Market & Spruce Kasey Knit Romper from Stitch Fix #7 into the rotation. I love this romper. It’s such a soft material and I was right  in my initial review of this romper – it is super light and airy for the hot and muggy summer months.  I paired this with a black stretch belt from Francescas (finally a new stretch belt in my wardrobe!) and a pair of gunmetal gladiator sandals from Via Spiga.

And this was another day of putting a new item into the rotation. I finally wore the Two by Vince Camuto Ikat Front Tee from Trunk #2, paired with a pair of stretch skinny jeans from J.Crew Factory.  This was really a comfy outfit.  Even though it was really warm, the sheer top was very cool!  It’s a tad oversized, but it actually works as an off the shoulder look, which I love!

Also, I actually did have shoes on at some point during the day (a pair of gold leather thong sandals) but by the time I got around to snapping a picture, I was too lazy to put them back on!

And that’s all for this week, ya’ll!  I hope everyone has a great weekend.  I’ll be up at Oh dark thirty for the kids’ final swim met of the summer season, so, as my mom would say, I need to sleep fast!

~Mo

 

Stitch Fix Review #7 (May 2016)

(If you don’t know what Stitch Fix is, and are interested in learning more, scroll down to the bottom of this post).

Stitch Fix #6 was underwhelming, and not at all what I was hoping for, but Stitch Fix customer service being the bomb diggity and all, they contacted me after receiving my feedback for my last fix to offer me the styling fee for my next fix, and asked me, in addition to updating my profile and stylist notes as necessary, to answer a few questions to help get me the best fix for this go around.  Even though my profile, notes to stylist, Pinterest page, and even this blog very clearly reflect what I am always looking for (bold, bright colors and patterns that work on a petite frame), I was more than happy to provide these answers to their questions to ensure that this would be a good fix:

Q: What items do you wish you had in your closet?

A: Bold, bright colors/prints! (no blues, no reds, no dark/dreary colors, and no one item more than $75).  Some items I like from Stitch Fix: Pixley Stacey Scallop Hem Cut-Out Detail Skirt, the top from the resortwear blog, Papermoon Lamont Lace Detail Blouse, Taylor Poe dress, Dorie Print Floral Dress, Arlene Embroidered Top, Lexis Chevron Print Henly Tank, Cathleen Tulip Blouse, Sabina Textured Pencil Skirt, Le Lis Flit Crochet Trim Top, Zaria Romper, Fannie Striped Dress, Fuschia dress and the grey sequined outfit from NYE blog, Daniel Rainn Thornwood V-Neck, Just Black Dean Skinny Jean (but not in grey, green, salmon, or black), Kaleigh Skinny Jeans (but not in grey, green, salmon, or black), and Liza skinny jean (but not in grey, green, salmon, or black).

Q: What silhouettes best flatter your frame?

A: (1) anything fitted; (2) fit and flare dresses; (3) skinny jeans (but not in grey, green, salmon, or black); (4) v-neck shirts and dresses; (5) pencil skirts

Q: What styles and silhouettes would you like to avoid? 

A: (1) tunics (I don’t like them and they look awful on me); (2) midi or maxi skirts/dresses (I am 5′ tall, they are VERY unflattering); (3) horizontal stripes (same); (4) Anything loose and flowing (same); (5) big sweaters (same); (6) boxy/long tops; (7) ankle pants; (8) wide-leg pants; (9) cardigans/jackets; (10) dolman tops; (11) tube tops and skirts; (12) sneakers; (13) Toms shoes/loafers; (14) ballet flats.

In addition to this information, my profile and stylist notes were pretty clear about what I am looking for.  Since I started receiving fixes in 2015, I have learned that being as specific as possible is always best; sometimes, you may be disappointed even after giving this level of detail, but you are guaranteed to be disappointed if you don’t give as much specific feedback as possible!  And, I don’t think I can get anymore specific as far as what I like and dislike, want and don’t want!  So, when I previewed my fix on the app, I really felt like all of my input had been considered before my fix was put together!  If at first you don’t succeed…

And when the fix arrived two days later, I was even more excited with the bright colors staring back at me.  Even though my usual stylist, who was absent for fix #6, is still “unavailable,” my first impression of this fix after unboxing it was elation!   I asked for bold/bright colors and prints, and Briana, the “tenured stylist who works alongside [Amanda]” sent me bold colors in spades.  And I asked that nothing in my fix cost more than $75, and with the exception of the wedge sandals, Briana listened to that, as well.  So far, so good.

BCBG Generation Varida Lace Up Wedges ($89)

This is the first time I am receiving shoes in a fix, so I was pretty excited when I previewed these wedges in the Stitch Fix app.  And my first impression was that I liked the colors but thought the wedges had a whole lot going on, maybe too much.  But, I kept an open mind because you just never know about something until you see it in person and try it on!

First off, I LOVE the really cute bag Stitch Fix sends their shoes in! img_9868Not that I would just buy the shoes to get the cute bag, but I do like the bag a lot! 

When I opened the bag, I instantly loved the colors looking back at me – burnt orange and yellow.  I don’t have much of either color in my closet, so I thought that maybe these would work for me.  But when I tried them on, they just weren’t my jam.  I prefer my wedges to have a higher platform – these were too low for my taste.  I don’t like the lace-up straps on these wedges, either – they make the wedges look far too busy, especially when looking at them from above.  There was just too much effort required to put these wedges on.  Also, the straps were really long, so you have to wrap them around the ankle several times, very tightly, to prevent them from falling down.  This damn near cut off my circulation.  That would not be a cute look.  And if I didn’t tie them tight enough, I’d probably have to fiddle with them all day long. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

As much as I wanted to love these wedges because of the colors, they just don’t work for me.  And I didn’t want to spend $89 on a pair of wedges that I knew I wouldn’t wear.

RETURNED

Market & Spruce Kasey Knit Romper ($64)

So, if you have been reading my blog the last few months, especially my What I Want Wednesday feature, you’ll know that I have been crushing hard on rompers.  Even though have a few rompers from years past when I only liked (but didn’t love) them, this year, I am totally gaga over rompers and need (want) more!  This romper is perfect.  The material is so light and soft – perfect for the swampy summer months.  The print is pretty (I love the combination of eggplant, blue, pink, and white) and doesn’t overwhelm my petite frame.  And this romper can be dressed up, with some statement jewelry and strappy sandals, or dressed down for a more casual look, with a pair of espadrille wedge sandals or thong sandals.  I am sooo excited to put this into the rotation.

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Papermoon Tulip Sleeve Blouse in Green XSP ($44)

I knew when I previewed this shirt that I was going to love the color, as I only have one other green blouse in my wardrobe.  Green is a color I need more of, so I was hopeful that this top would work out…

…and work out, it did!  The color is beautiful in person, and the blouse fits just right – not too big and not too long.  And I love the keyhole in the back.  I have so many outfit ideas featuring this blouse, which I will wear both at work (tucked into a epncil skirt, what else?) and at play (with!

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THML Brea Embroidered Mini Skirt in Teal Green – XS ($58)

I actually pinned this skirt a while back, probably last year when I first started scheduling fixes, so when I previewed this fix, I was really excited to be receiving something from my Pinterest board.  But, when I tried it on, like many things in my wardrobe, it was pretty roomy in the waist.

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But, I really love this skirt, and if I tuck in whatever shirt I wear with it, et voila, problem solved!

I love the color on this skirt even better than the one that I pinned (which was blue and black).  Coral and green are such great colors together!  And although I knew going in that it is a mini skirt (and was afraid that it would be too short even for a short gal such as myself), when I tried it on, it wasn’t too short for me at all.  Yay.

Of course, I definitely wouldn’t be able to get away with wearing this mini to the office, but that’s totally fine because I didn’t want any pieces that were strictly for work in this fix anyway.   With this skirt, I have a great addition to my closet that I can totally rock in my non-working life – dressed up with strappy sandals for a night out, or dressed down with gladiator sandals or cute flip flops for a more casual weekend look.

Best part about this skirt is, it can go into the immediate rotation once all this rain stops, as I already have a few things in my closet that work really well with it – the green H&M tank I am wearing above, and the green Papermoon blouse from this fix, and a coral top from J.Crew Factory that i bought a while back.  I even can see myself wearing this with a grey tee or a denim/chambray shirt and canvas sneakers for a really casual look.  The possibilities are endless and I can’t wait to wear it!

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Papermoon Woven Split Back Knit Tank in Coral – XS ($44)

When I first previewed this top, I knew I would love the color.  I don’t have a lot of coral in my wardrobe, and it’s a color that I have specifically listed in my profile as a must-have.  And seeing the color in person, I loved it even more.

img_0005This would be a gorgeous color to incorporate into my summer wardrobe, especially now that I am trying to use the color wheel as I get dressed.  And in general, I am all over mixed media tops like this one. But the tank is a tad more sheer than I would like and I would need to wear a tank under it even if I wore a beige bra (I’m not wearing a tank in this photo so that you can see what I am talking about).  And having to wear a tank would add unnecessary bulk and also would take away from the whole idea of a split back top.

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Speaking of the back, this tank is longer in the back than in the front, but it’s just too long for me, falling mid-thigh. And the split back, at least on me, is more like a split butt! Unfortunately, that’s not cute on me – there is simply no need for this petite gal to accentuate her posterior like this.  Nobody wants to see that!  LOL.

Also, the top is too roomy in the body.  See how it bunches up?  As much as I love the color and idea of this tank, I can’t justify keeping it.  I’ll note that I emailed customer service to see if this tank comes in XSP, but It doesn’t. So this has to go back.

RETURNED

Final Thoughts about Fix #7:

Even though I had to return 2 items for fit issues, I was very, very pleased with this fix.  And really, my wallet doesn’t need for me to buy everything every time! The hubs would kill me, anyway!  My happiness with this fix come mostly from the fact that I received most of what I had asked for – bold colors and/or prints, affordable pieces that I can wear outside of the office, and even a skirt that I have had pinned for quite some time.  Briana did a great job styling me!  Happy petite gal over here!

ABOUT STITCH FIX

Stitch Fix is an online personal stylist service.  All you do is fill out a style profile, including your wants, likes, and dislikes, and schedule a “fix” to be sent to you on a specified date.  The styling fee is $20, which you can use toward the purchase of anything your stylist has sent to you.   You buy what you want and return what you don’t want, and you only pay for the items that you keep.  Interested?  Want to try Stitch Fix for yourself?  Want to also help a petite gal get a $25 referral fee to feed her shopping obsession? Click here.
WANT TO TAKE A PEEK AT PREVIOUS FIXES THAT I’VE REVIEWED?

Fix #1 (January 2015)

Fix #2 (March 2015)

Fix #3 (April 2015)

Fix #4 (September 2015)

Fix #5 (December 2015)

Fix #6 (March 2016)

Stitch Fix Review #6

I have been getting fixes from Stitch Fix every 3 months because I can’t really justify doing it every month.  Well, I guess that’s not entirely accurate.  I COULD justify it, but I shouldn’t.   (If you don’t know what Stitch Fix is, and are interested in learning more, scroll down to the bottom of this post).  And receiving a fix every 3 months coincides with the change in seasons, which is a good way to update my wardrobe at the beginning of each new season.  This quarter’s fix was particularly of interest to me because A) it’s March, the month of my birth and B) it’s spring break vacation time, so I was super excited about getting my fix this go around.  I asked Amanda to send me bold Spring colors and prints that would work for my upcoming beach vacation. I also asked for a number of specific spring items that I’ve seen on other blogs, hoping that some (or all) would be available!

So, I previewed what was in my fix as soon as I received notification in the app that my box had been shipped.

None of the 10 or 15 things I had requested by name were in this fix.  But, that happens, so I wasn’t overly concerned.  But what did concern me was that it seemed that someone had replaced my stylist, Amanda, who had been right on the money the last few fixes, with an imposter!  I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be keeping anything!  That was such a bad feeling to feel while I waited for my fix to arrive, especially since I’m going on a beach vacation soon and between this fix and the trunk I just received from Trunk Club, I was hoping to bring a whole new wardrobe (or close to) with me.  But, I was going to give everything in this fix a chance before making any decisions.

img_8482Once the box arrived and I read the note from the stylist, I learned that Amanda wasn’t available to style me for this fix, which explains why I don’t love the preview of this fix. I want Amanda back.  Wah!  Anyway, here’s what I received in my fix.

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DON’T LET ALL THESE SPRING COLORS OVERWHELM YOU, FOLKS!  I kid, I kid.

1. 31 Bits Mediterranean Beaded Necklace ($48)

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I like the necklace that my stylist sent to me.  These are such pretty colors and perfect for a beach vacay. Unfortunately, I already own a necklace with virtually identical colors, which I bought at Charming Charlie’s in 2015 for about $25 less (and that one came with earrings, too!).  And really, the Charming Charlie’s version is sturdier and of better quality.  So, there’s no need to have two of virtually the same necklace, especially not at this price.

RETURNED

2. Kut From The Kloth Corynne Distressed Boyfriend Short Size 0 ($68)

When I previewed these shorts, I was disappointed.  Denim shorts, yuck.  Also, I said I was going on a beach vacay, and when I think beach vacay, I DO NOT think of jean shorts.  Maybe it’s just me, though.  I also don’t like the boyfriend cut, generally.  Boyfriend jeans are too loose.  Loose doesn’t look good on me – it makes me look short (which I am, of course) and dumpy (which I really hope I am not!).  So, I was skeptical to say the least.
When I tried them on with a tank from H&M and a pair of floral wedge sandals from Chinese Laundry, they weren’t that bad. They actually fit and weren’t baggy at all.  And the denim is really very soft.  But, again, I don’t think jean shorts for a beach vacation. And I wouldn’t buy jean shorts for more than $40 because I am cheap.  As my sister so aptly pointed out, I can get a pair of jean shorts like these for cheaper at Target.  Sadly, since I don’t love these and don’t need jean shorts, I have to send these back.

RETURNED

3. Moon & Sky Armanda Cross Front Tie Knit Top Size XS ($54)

My first impression when I previewed this top was that the colors ARE NOT colors I would wear in the Spring.  I asked for bold Spring colors and prints, and while yes, this is a print, there is nothing that says spring (or beach vacay) about this top.  I wasn’t feeling very optimistic at all about this top.

And when I saw it in person, I liked it even less. It’s just not me.  And the colors – burgundy, black, and reds – these are not colors I would want to wear on the beach.  To me, these colors seem more suited for Fall/Winter.  Also, this looks like a top someone (not me) would wear to the office, not to the beach.  I would never wear this top on a beach vacation (or ever)!  I tired to style it with a pair of white cropped denim from Loft, but it didn’t look right unless I wore a pair of purple BCBG pumps, for a business casual look.  That’s definitely not what I was looking for.  I know I sound negative, and I am sorry for that, but I don’t like this top for me.  I haven’t had such a strong negative reaction to something in a fix since that ill-fated Fix #2 (March 2015). Maybe March just isn’t my month for Stitch Fix!  

RETURNED

4. Papermoon Paola Embroidered Neckline Top ($44)

Funny, I read a review that was featured on the Stitch Fix Review FB page a few days ago featuring this top and I remember thinking, as I read it, “OH LORD PLEASE DON’T SEND ME THIS TOP IN THIS SAME COLOR.”  I just got rid of a few blue tops during Operation Clean Out My Closet and hoped I wouldn’t receive anything to replace what I was giving away.  So, OF COURSE this top is in my fix. It seems that I have bad karma like a mutha*****!!

But, I’ll admit that once I put on the top, I really liked it. It fits really well (just the right length and comfy without being roomy) and it is such a pretty color in person. I really like the mix of cobalt and teal stitching around the neckline.

Yes, I don’t NEED any more blue in my wardrobe, but blue is my favorite color and I know I will wear this on my beach vacay.

Also, I can wear this blouse with long pants, as I did here with a pair of white flared jeans from Banana Republic and Juicy Couture heels.

I can also wear this top with cropped skinny pants (these are from J.Crew Factory), shorts (J.Crew Factory with a pair of Mossimo wedge sandals), or even with a pencil skirt (from Loft with a pair of Carlos Santana peep-toe heels) for work.  And these are just a few outfits I threw together with this top.  I can think of so many more bottoms to wear with this top that aren’t white or green.  So, this top is definitely versatile and a keeper!

KEPT

5. Dear John Finnegan Roll Cuff Chino Shorts Size 0($58)

My first thought when I previewed these shorts was, “GREAT, I JUST BOUGHT A PAIR OF YELLOW CHINO SHORTS FROM J.CREW THE OTHER DAY, FINAL SALE (OF COURSE)!”  During this same shopping trip, I bought a pair of light blue print shorts and a sea foam pair as well.  And, I think, more importantly, I have a pair of light blue chino shorts from Banana Republic already.  So, before even trying these on, I knew they’d be returned unless they blew me away.  

When these arrived, I thought they looked nice enough.  I tried them on with the 41Hawthorn Moni Geo Print & Camisole Blouse in Orange from Stitch Fix #4 and the same Chinese Laundry wedge sandals I wore above.  The shorts are really very soft.  But I don’t love the way they fit, so they definitely didn’t blow me away!

They are fitted in the rear but bunch up at the bottoms and in the front, and they’re too roomy in the waist.

Excuse the shot of my jiggly belly, but I was trying to show you that I can stick my hand into the back of these shorts, and that’s not a cute look.

There’s just no point in keeping these shorts when I’m not blown away and am really good in the blue shorts department.

RETURNED

FINAL THOUGHTS ON FIX #6

I feel like I am back to square one again without Amanda styling me.  Yes, I found one item to keep that I really like, and I probably would have kept the necklace if I didn’t already have a similar necklace in my wardrobe (and if it had been cheaper).  But, the bottom line is, I want Amanda to style me because I have been really happy with the two fixes she has sent me.  Even if I didn’t like everything, I felt she was really paying attention to my comments, my Pinterest board, and this blog, even, and I didn’t get that feeling this time.

I will say that when I checked out and expressed my disappointment with this fix, I heard from Stitch Fix within a few hours, offering to style me again with a credit for the styling fee.  I will always give it to Stitch Fix for having great customer service.

Thoughts?  Am I being too picky?

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ABOUT STITCH FIX

Stitch Fix is an online personal stylist service.  All you do is fill out a style profile, including your wants, likes, and dislikes, and schedule a “fix” to be sent to you on a specified date.  The styling fee is $20, which you can use toward the purchase of anything your stylist has sent to you.   You buy what you want and return what you don’t want, and you only pay for the items that you keep.  Interested?  Want to try Stitch Fix for yourself?  Want to also help a petite gal get a $25 referral fee to feed her shopping obsession? Click here.

WANT TO TAKE A PEEK AT PREVIOUS FIXES THAT I’VE REVIEWED?

Fix #1 (January 2015)

Fix #2 (March 2015)

Fix #3 (April 2015)

Fix #4 (September 2015)

Fix #5 (December 2015)

Operation Clean Out My Closet (Day 10)

It is such a beautiful day today.  64 degrees on March 1?  And sunny, sunny, skies. WHAT?!  Even knowing that the temperatures will plummet after today and that it will snow in a few days, I can’t help busting out some bright spring colors today.  Even with that pesky 30-day challenge, with temperatures like this, getting dressed today is a total breeze.

As soon as I walked into my closet this morning, I knew I wanted to FINALLY wear the Olive & Oak Arynn Tie Back Chevron Print Tank in Coral (XS) that I received in an April 2015 Stitch Fix box.  I loved this tank as soon as I opened that fix.  It is such a beautiful and colorful chevron print. But the tank has never made it into the rotation.  And I have tried it on several times only to take it right back off.  I think this is, in part, because the tank is very sheer, and I hadn’t found a tank to wear underneath that didn’t detract from the beautiful colors on the chevron tank.  Until now.  Luckily, in looking through my tank top drawer, I found a super old and never-been-worn beige tank from BCBG circa 2004.  I think I found this at Marshall’s when I still lived in NYC.  It’s perfect for today.  You can’t see it, or anything else!

Another reason I haven’t worn this chevron tank before is because I didn’t have anything I really loved to go with it. And nothing really looked good with it.  Until now!  The chevron tank looks really nice with the Banana Republic Petite Sloan-Fit Slim Ankle Pant in Neon Cobalt (00P) that I bought (on sale) in January 2016.  The bright cobalt tone on these pants is simply gorgeous.  I really can’t have too many cobalt things in my closet. NOTE: These pants are offered online in this color.  SADNESS.

As there is a bit of a breeze today, I needed something to wear over my tank, and didn’t want a heavy jacket.  This light blue open front cardigan (S) from Mossimo circa 2013 is perfect for the weather conditions.

And because it’s not quite 70 degrees, I didn’t think it was a good idea to bust out the sandals just yet, so I put on my beige booties for a nice neutral touch.

BUT WILL SHE KEEP IT? A resounding YES to all of it!!!!  

Day 10 was a piece of cake.

Petite Fashion Friday (Bold Winter Prints)

It’s Friday, ya’ll.  I was feeling like I wanted to wear something bold to work today, especially since it’s going to be a sunny, not-too-cold winter day.  And today seemed as good a day as any to bust out the New York & Company 7th Avenue Design Studio Madison Shirt Paisley in Pink Dream (XSP).  If this shirt doesn’t say bold winter print, then I don’t know what does!  My mom bought this shirt for me, along with a blue one, and I have to say, I love this shirt.  The shirt has a little bit of stretch, so it is really flattering on the petite frame.  The paisley print on this shirt is perfectly-proportioned and won’t overwhelm a petite frame.  And the print is perfect for the winter.  There really something trendy and flattering about the contrast between the cold weather and the warmth that this print brings!

I paired this bold winter print with the 41Hawthorn Jordanne A-line Skirt from my very first Stitch Fix box, my favorite beige wide belt, from Banana Republic several years ago, a pair of silver chandelier earrings from World Market, and beige booties Nordstrom Rack.
I love Bold Winter Prints are a petite gal’s BFF!

Happy Friday!

~Mo

Petite Fashion Fridays (Putting my Stitch Fix Finds to Good Use)

Wee are expecting about 2 to 3 feet of snow between today and tomorrow, so I worked from home today rather than get stuck in DC trying to get home when the snow party starts.  This city seriously shuts down in a panicked frenzy whenever there is an inch of snow, much less 3 feet, which is quite comical.  That means no work outfits to talk about.  But, have no fear, I am resourceful, and for today’s installment of Petite Fashion Fridays, I put together a few of my favorite Stitch Fix purchases – the Pixley Trisha Cut-Out Back Knit Shirt (XS) from my Fix #1, and the Level 99 Giovanni Straight Leg Jean (0P) from Fix #5.I seriously love these jeans.  They are just so versatile.  You can really dress them up or down, depending on your mood.  Today I dressed them down with snow boots and a black T.  And speaking of my black T, while it looks pretty basic, when you tuck it into these jeans and slap on a fun belt (striped, which don’t really show up well in this pic), I think the top looks a little less boring, and certainly more flattering.  And of course, there’s this…
Party in the back, people!!!  Can’t go wrong with back cutouts, IMO.  You might be wondering why in the world I would wear a cutout shirt in the middle of winter on a day on which blizzard conditions are expected.  And that’s a good question and excellent point.  But my response is simple. I’m basically going to be indoors all day and it gets really warm inside with the heat on. Plus the kids don’t have school (cancelled because we are pansies in the DMV) and they have had the fireplace on all morning.  And when I do leave the house to make sure I have all necessary supplies before the snowfall gets cray cray, I have to put on my heavy down coat, and that makes me really sweaty!  Who wants to be all sweaty when it’s damn frigid outside?  So, really, the cutouts actually keep me from burning up.  And again, I repeat, you can’t go wring with back cutouts!

Stay warm out there, peeps!

~Mo

 

Petite Fashion Friday (A Friday Fashion Fail!)

Another day in the office, another pencil skirt outfit.  Today I wore the J.Crew Factory Pencil Skirt in Double-Serge Cotton (0P) in Neon Flame.  I was so excited to wear this skirt. The bright orange color is a nice change of pace from the typical dark colors I normally wear during the winter. And it’s a thick and sturdy cotton, so when I bought this, I figured that I would be able to wear this skirt year-round.  In my book, that’s like getting four skirts in one (or so I tell myself).

When I first put on the skirt this morning, I wasn’t sure what to wear with it. I was initially thinking a print top and cardigan, but nothing in my closest was really calling my name (well, truthfully, every top I had in mind was dirty or at the dry cleaners). I stood there in my closet for 5 minutes, but that’s literally all the time I had to spare to ponder my outfit. I knew I had to hurry and throw something together so that I wouldn’t miss my train to DC.  Decisions, Decisions. I settled on a black sweater over a denim button-down blouse, with black tights and boots for the commute.  I also threw on a the Bancroft Nisha Fanned Geometric Necklace that I received in a March 2015 Stitch Fix box complete the look. Once I put it all together, I was feeling like I looked pretty good considering I had to get dressed in a hurry and in the dark (my 6 year old had nightmares and asked to sleep with us, ugh, so I was trying to to wake her up before her normal wake up call). And in the semi light of my entryway this a.m. (I’m still trying to figure out where to take pics in the morning without waking up the hubs and kids) the skirt was bright and sunny perfect for an overcast, grey winter day!

Once I arrived to my office, I settled in and did the whole shoe switcheroo (I keep about 10-15 pairs of heels at work to choose from). I sat down to check my email and when I stood up to go grab some water, I looked like this:Wrinkles.  A lot of wrinkles.  Boo. That made me really sad. I mean, I love this skirt. It’s practically perfect – it fits well, it’s a gorgeous color, and I can wear it year round. But apparently, the cotton material and my tights are not good friends, and together they created a whole lot of nasty friction and static electricity, which resulted in lots of wrinkles.  At least that’s my story. SADNESS.

But wrinkles notwithstanding, I stil like he idea of this outfit, even if my execution ended up being a fail! Maybe this skirt will work better sans tights, so I’ll try again in the spring when u can ditch the tights. If at first you don’t succeed…

Have a great weekend everyone!

~Mo

Stitch Fix Review #5 (December 2015)

After a really awesome fix in September 2015, where my faith in Stitch Fix was totally restored, I was extremely excited to schedule this fix, thinking we had turned a corner and I had finally found a stylist (Amanda) who understands what I am looking for.  (If you don’t know what Stitch Fix is, and are interested in learning more, scroll to the bottom of this post).

I know I said I don’t care if I don’t love everything in my fix, but I still REALLY, REALLY want to like everything they send me, so that I have a tough decision to make.  Or at least, not hate it.  Perfectly reasonable, right?

I learned from one of the lovely ladies who follows my blog (thanks, KM) that you can cheat and take a peek at what will be in your fix before it arrives, by logging in to your Stitch Fix account and clicking checkout.

This brings up the page where you can add comments for each of the items in your fix.  Although you can’t see what colors each of your items are, you will see the item name and the price.  With that information, you can search the items by name to get a general idea of what the item looks like, what colors it comes in, and what other bloggers think about it.

This is what you will see sneaking a peek

Who knew?  Of course, with the Stitch Fix app, you can click checkout, and it brings up pictures of each of your items, but you only see one item at a time, so this isn’t as helpful for sneak peeking.

Anyway, as soon as I received the email that my fix was on its way, I took my sneak peek and started searching the blogosphere for my items.  I’ll be honest, with the exception of being overjoyed because I was finally receiving something I specifically requested (the Level 99 Giovanni Straight Leg Jean), I was feeling a little sad about what was going to be in my fix. Mostly because the colors I was saw online for these items – black, dark blue, dark green, etc. – were the exact opposite of what I requested (begged for, truth be told). And there was a questionable jacket (more on that later) in the fix, when my profile says to avoid outer layers.

But, as I have turned over a new leaf, I remained hopeful, thinking that Amanda wouldn’t send me dark colors when I specifically asked not to be sent anything in black, navy blue, or burgundy!  And since Amanda seems to get me, if she sent me something even though I said to avoid it, she must have had good reason.  Also, I tried to remind myself that you can’t really tell the full range of colors available for specific pieces, since not everyone who receives fixes blogs about them, nor can you tell if you really like something until you see it in person and on your body!  So, feeling optimistic, I patiently waited for my fix to arrive a few days later.

Yay! I love packages!

When my fix finally arrived, I was really very happy when I opened the delicately-wrapped tissue paper and saw the beautiful colors and prints in this fix!   Such pretty colors – mustard, orange, eggplant, moss green, grey, cream, and burnt orange.

Not a drab or dreary color in sight! That right there is a win in my book!  So, here is what I have:

Loveappella Caldwell Shoulder Cutout Knit Top XS (Dark Purple) $54

 Although a solid color, when I was hoping for prints, I absolutely love the color of this top.  I don’t have much of this color in my closet, actually just one eggplant dress, and no tops, so I was really hopeful about this top.  It’s really a very flattering eggplant tone.  And the fit – it’s perfect. 
The material has a bit of stretch, so the top is fitted without being snug. And the length is great. I almost love this top. But, the shoulder cutouts…
In my very first fix, I received a black cutout top – Pixley Trisha Cut-Out Back Knit Shirt – and while I am not really the cutout kind of gal, I decided to keep the cutout top in that earlier fix because it seemed like a fun piece.  The whole point in getting styled (at least for me) is to find pieces I wouldn’t find on my own or wouldn’t pick out for myself.  However, the shoulder cutouts on this top are fun for a different reason – they honestly remind me of a top I would have worn from Rainbow Shop or Wet Seal in 9th grade circa 1991-92.  I would have rocked the crap out of this top back in the early to mid 90s, and would have thought I was the BOMB!  I would have been the bomb, who am I kidding?

But, now, almost 25 years later (DAMN I’M OLD!), not so much. As much as I love the color and fit, I definitely don’t love it enough to justify paying $54 dollars for a top that I most likely wouldn’t wear. It’s a pity when something you almost LOVE still doesn’t make the cut.  Sadness.

VERDICT: RETURNED

Pixley Nielson Halter Blouse XS (Orange) $58

Although this blouse has a navy blue trim and some navy blue in the pattern, the predominant color (or at least the one that stands out) is orange, and I don’t have much orange at all in my wardrobe.  I absolutely love the psychedelic print – it is totally fun.  This halter top is extremely versatile, and I will be able year this year round – just add a jacket or cardigan in the colder months and you are good to go – and can be worn in the office or on the weekends.  The fit is flattering, too.

It isn’t overly long or voluminous, so it doesn’t overwhelm my frame.  It works tucked in, as I have done here, or untucked, like this.

And it shows just the right about of back!It’s probably priced a little higher than I would normally spend on a halter top, but I really like it!

VERDICT: KEPT

41 Hawthorn Herstal Textured Knit Striped Trim Jacket XS (Mustard) $68

When I searched for the jacket before I received my fix, my first thought was Boo!  The one I saw on Pinterest looked kelly green. That was one of the colors for my middle school (Go Warriors! Go Green! Go Gold!) and so I instantly had an adverse reaction. And upon further inspection of the picture of this jacket in kelly green, I thought “this jacket is not my style.” It looks (to me) like something my mom would wear.  Which, I swear, is not a bad thing (love you, Mom, if you’re reading this. And if you’re reading this, keep reading!). On the contrary, my mom has GREAT style and always looks FIERCE.  She coordinates like nobody’s business, and this jacket, whether kelly green, or otherwise, would look great on my mom. But my mom and I have different tastes in clothing (the source of many uncomfortable/annoying shopping trips when I was a teen) and while I could see her rocking the hell out of this jacket, me, not so much.

Also, my style profile says to avoid outer layers.  Granted, I did tell my stylist in the notes for this fix that there was a jacket that I really liked, but it wasn’t this jacket, so I really don’t know what in my profile, Pinterest page, or even this blog, that suggests that I would like this jacket.

But again, having turned over a new leaf, I was gonna give this jacket a chance and wait and see what color I received it in, and how it fits.

Seeing the beautiful bright mustard color they sent to me, I felt a little better. But once I tried it on, my initial thoughts rang true.  It is too big on me

and flattering on me.  It just doesn’t seem to have any shape.  The leaves are long (and I have long arms, so this is hard to do).  And, it definitely looks like something my mom would wear. Totally matronly.  Yes, I am a mom of 4, but I don’t want to look like a granny of 4!

I considered keeping the jacket to give to my mom for Christmas.  But, I opted not to keep this in the end.   It’s too expensive for something I don’t like and would be giving to my mom in the hopes that she would like it.  And also, if it’s big on me, it’s going to be big on my mom.  So, no.

VERDICT: RETURNED

41 Hawthorn Jenee Pullover Sweater XS (Burnt Orange) $68

 I instantly loved the colors on this sweater. Grey, cream, and burnt orange really work well together!

I like the way it fits!

But, sadly, I don’t love the sweater enough to buy it for $68, when I already knew I was going to keep the jeans and the halter.  I had to decide between the halter and the sweater, and I figured I would get more use out of the halter, so…

VERDICT: RETURNED (Very reluctantly – I will probably regret it in about a month when I am cold and am bored with the sweaters in my closet)

Level 99 Giovanni Straight Leg Jean 0P (Dark Green) $98

 I asked to be sent a pair (or two) of colored skinny jeans, as I have seen several other bloggers’ fixes with these jeans, and they receive rave reviews. I am so glad that Amanda was able to find these in my size this time around. This is the first time something I’ve asked for is available! Yesss. These jeans are exactly as I expected.

I like the muted, yet pretty moss green color (the style says dark green, but they don’t seem dark to me). They match the halter top in this fix, and I know these jeans can (and will) be worn year-round.  I’m honestly already daydreaming of all of the outfits I can put together with these jeans.

My favorite thing about these jeans is that they are so incredibly soft. I could sleep in them. Hell, I just might. I’ve been known to go to bed in my clothes, and not even because I’ve been partying the night before. No folks, I’m just lazy like that!

The fit is amazing.They fit perfectly – like a glove, not too tight, just right.

The length is perfect – right at the ankle,  so I can wear these immediately with booties or tall boots, in the spring with ballet flats, or in the summer with sandals.I’ll be honest, I’m cheap, so I’m not excited about spending $98 on these jeans, but I’ve wanted these jeans for a while, so I have to get them.

VERDICT: KEPT

Final thoughts:

I loved the colors Amanda selected for me, and it’s clear that she was listening to me and trying to find things that fit my very specific needs.  The two items I ended up keeping  boiled down to not wanting to spend too much money.  If I kept the 3 items that I really loved (the jeans, halter, and sweater), that would have cost me $204 (after deducting the $20 styling fee).  For $30 more, I could have had everything in the fix, but I really disliked the jacket and knew I wouldn’t wear it or the cutout top, so I really couldn’t justify to myself buying everything.  And it would have really bothered me to spend $204 just to get the sweater, as well.  In the end, el cheapo kicked in and I kept the two things I would actually get most use of.  Although I only kept two items, I think this fix was a success.

Also, if you also blog Stitch Fix reviews, click here to join a link-up set up by Expected Miracles, an awesome blog that I follow.  The link-up is open until the end of December 2015.  You can also go to another link-up setup by Crazy Together.

ABOUT STITCH FIX

Stitch Fix is an online personal stylist service.  All you do is fill out a style profile, including your wants, likes, and dislikes, and schedule a “fix” to be sent to you on a specified date.  Your stylist picks out clothing and/or accessories, and you buy what you want and return what you don’t want.   Interested?  Want to help a petite gal get a $25 referral fee to fed her shopping obsession? Click here.

Fix #1 (January 2015)

Fix #2 (March 2015)

Fix #3 (April 2015)

Fix #4 (September 2015)

 

Stitch Fix Review #4:September 2015

So, I decided that I have been going about this online personal stylist thing all wrong, and that I need to change my expectations about what Stitch Fix sends me. Basically, the new me thinks that I don’t need to love everything they send me in my fix. In fact, my wallet (and the hubs) would probably prefer that I don’t! As long as my stylist sends me colors that are bright and fun, and I can apply the styling fee to at least one awesome find in my fix, I am going to feel like a winner.

The new me ordered another fix, and was even more specific in my comments/requests to the stylist.  I asked to be sent bright, bold colors and prints that would transition nicely to my fall wardrobe. I also begged, for the love of God, not to have anything black, navy blue, or drab in my box. And, it is kind of amazing how committing to being a bit more relaxed and positive about this process resulted in THE BEST FIX THUS FAR! Oh yea. Everything in this box is a bold, fun print, just like I asked. See?  Positive thoughts net positive results. SCORE! Hells yea. (Can you tell I’m excited?!)img_9111

Here is what I received in my fix (Don’t know what Stitch Fix is? Scroll to the bottom of this post for more details):

Papermoon Keever Button Back Blouse – Turquoise (XSP) $48.

This shirt fits my petite frame very well. It isn’t too long, and isn’t roomy in the body. It’s a cute print too – the blues and mauve will transition well to the fall, and the buttons in the back are a cute, delicate touch, without being too cutesy. The split back gives it a sexy/edgy feel, which I love.  I also think the material is great for the remaining few weeks of summer, and will work in the fall underneath a jacket or fitted blazer.  I can definitely see myself wearing this blouse to work and on the weekends.

KEEPER!

Margaret M Christiana Skirt – Blue (XSP) $78.

This pencil skirt is the shiznit, and it is my favorite piece in this fix. It’s basically everything I look for in my clothes – stretchy and fitted, without being so tight that you can see how much change I have in my pocket (if I carried change in my pocket, that is)! And even though it is stretchy, is doesn’t ride up when I walk.  That’s huge because a lot of fitted skirts leave me spending the entire day tugging at the hem area, and that’s super annoying.  The skirt is a very soft material that looks heavier than it is. The length is perfect, right above the knees, and the subtle blue print can be paired with a solid top or with a print top, as well. I think this skirt looks especially cute with a bright solid top, which really makes the subtle blue tone on this skirt just pop.  This skirt is a great addition to my work wardrobe and I am going to put it into the rotation immediately.  I cannot wait to wear it!

KEEPER! 

41Hawthorn Moni Geo Print & Camisole Blouse – Orange (XS).

The print and color on this blouse are gorgeous. Just gorgeous. It’s my second favorite piece in this fix.  I probably would never have picked this out for myself, as I normally don’t love orange, but this blouse makes me smile because it reminds me of a beautiful sunset. The brass buttons are such a nice touch – they make the blouse look less romantic (yuck) and more edgy (yay). My only real complaints are that it’s a little roomy in the body and a bit too long. But noting that tucking it in can’t solve.  And the print actually looks really good with the Margaret M Christiana Skirt I received in this fix because they are similar prints, so I can tell this is going to be a very versatile top, one that I can wear most of the year, and with skirts, jeans, leggings, and shorts. I am also excited to start wearing this top.

KEEPER!

Papermoon Seaport Crew Neck Blouse – Black (XSP) $44.


At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this print with its pastel colors. I tend to stay away from pastels like I stay away from the plague. But, I like that it’s colorful, a mix of different prints, and it’s something that I normally wouldn’t pick out for myself. I think this top will transition nicely to the fall, which is important. I’m dedicated to try and find more pieces that I can wear year-round (or at least, most of the year). The length of this blouse is good, a little bit below the hips, so it doesn’t look silly (or frumpy) untucked. It is a little roomy in the body, so I’d more than likely tuck it in so my waist doesn’t disappear. I can definitely wear this at work and on weekends. KEEPER!

Margaret M Emer Printed Straight Leg Pant – Black (XSP) $79.

I had asked for some bright-colored skinny jeans, but they didn’t have any in my size.  Booo. That seems to always happen to me.  (Wah, poor little petite girl, I know).  Even though they didn’t have want I wanted in terms of pants, I do really, really dig the print on these. But I am not loving the fit.  While they are stretchy and fitted, which I normally like,  and hit right at the ankle, which is good for us petite gals, as you can see, they bunch up in the knees, even when I am just standing. Not sure if this is because of the type of fabric, or the cut, I don’t know.  I see myself wearing these with boots rather than flats, which maybe will keep the pants in place?  I don’t love these pants.  But…

KEEPER, but only because it would actually cost me more not to keep them.  And I am nothing if not good at math!

Total (minus 25% discount and styling fee):$209.50.  Not bad for 4 things I really like, and one that I think is okay.

Final thoughts: This fix is freakin fantastic. Seriously fantastic. It was everything I had been looking for in the previous 3 fixes.  Thank you, Amanda.  I feel like you really heard me!! And you have renewed my faith in Stitch Fix (yay, but boo for my wallet)!

Stitch Fix is an online personal stylist service.  All you do is fill out a style profile, including your wants, likes, and dislikes, and schedule a “fix” to be sent to you on a specified date.  Your stylist picks out clothing and/or accessories, and you buy what you want and return what you don’t want.   Interested?  Want a help a petite gal get a $25 referral fee to fed her shopping obsession? Click here.

Fix #1 (January 2015)

Fix #2 (March 2015)

Fix #3 (April 2015)