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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Size 0

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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Size XS

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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Size XS

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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Size XS

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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Size 0P

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

 

Petite Fashion Friday (June 10)

Hey, everyone.  Happy Friday.  It has been such a crazy week, and this weekend will be even crazier, what with a swim meet, 2 soccer games, and 2 parties.  By the time Monday comes around, I will be beat.  But before I embark on the craziness that will be my weekend, here is a recap of some of my outfits for this week.

SUNDAY:

 

My daughter’s final dance recital was on Sunday.  Final because her dance studio is closing, and my daughter is moving on to other activities.  I am so happy that her grandma and cousin were able to see her last performance.  Unfortunately, I forgot to get a good picture of my entire outfit, but I wore a coral and beige patterned dress that I found several years back from Ross and this cute black and white striped Kate Spade tote.  But the better outfit is my mom’s – she is a petite fashionista in her own right!  Too cute!

WEDNESDAY:

On Wednesday, I FINALLY put the Papermoon Kellie Houndstooth Print Swing Skirt from Stitch Fix #1 into the rotation.  I received this skirt waaay back in January 2015, but have held off wearing it because I hadn’t really figured out if I even liked the skirt. Or if it fit me well. But, after more than 18 months of deliberation, I figured, what the heck, I bought it, I’m gonna wear it.  I went safe and paired the skirt with a black lace trimmed tank from Gap, and a pair of beige thong sandals from Steve Madden.

THURSDAY:

The weather the last few days has been so perfect, sunny and breezy, which always makes me feel pretty darn good. Thursday’s outfit is the perfect reflection of my current mental state! I decided on the 19 Cooper Cathleen Split Neck Tulip Sleeve Blouse in from Stitch Fix #3. My biggest complaint about this top is that it’s not a petite size, so it’s a tad roomy in the body, which prevents it from staying put when I tuck it in.  But, I really like the cobalt with the coral-patterned skirt from Loft.  The shoes are a blue animal print from Carlos Santana.  I accessorized with the Bancroft Powell Leather Detail Bangle Set from Fix #3 and a gold Egyptian Hieroglyph name plate necklace.

FRIDAY:

Friday’s outfit had to be gold because everyone in my community wore gold to honor Alex Green, who died over the weekend after a long hard-fought battle with cancer.  He was 12 years old. #GoGold4Alex.  So, to honor Alex and bring awareness to childhood cancer, I wore a mustard Loft Petite Fresh Bloom Pencil Skirt, paired with a grey top Loft (sorry, I cannot remember what it is called, and am too lazy to go find the name, but I did buy it in March 2016).  The bangles I am wearing are the Bancroft Powell Leather Detail Bangle Set from Fix #3.

The kids and my nephew also got in on the #gogold4Alex. So awesome!

(NOTE: If you want to learn more about how you can help end childhood cancer, please check out Alex’s Army!)

That’s all for this week, guys!  Enjoy the rest of your Friday, and have a great weekend!

~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!

KEPT

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!

KEPT

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)

Sunday Share with my Sister

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This week I was exhausted and frankly not very inspired with my clothes.  Like I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I hope I’m not boring you all to death.  

This week, I went with this dress…

 Striped dress (Stitch Fix keeper)//Black ballet flats (Payless)//Seafoam cardigan sweater (H&M-super cheap!!)//Necklace (Walmart)

  I receive more complements on this necklace than any other piece of jewelry I own (costume or real)…and I got it from Walmart!!

Without the sweater…..  
I found this little nugget (i.e. dress)when I was fishing through the closet trying to find something inspiring to wear.   I added the sweater to give me some color, because I’m a sucker for not using color in my daily wardrobe! 😂

My likes:

  • My sweater. I love that this color goes with many things in my closet!
  • The dress. I’m really a sucker for anything with stripes. Black, blue,whatever color I can get my hands on!

My dislikes:

  • Honestly, I kind of like the whole outfit, which is a first for me.

How about my weekend wear? 

 R2D2 hooded tank top (Amazon)// UA capris (Under Armour)// Adrenaline GTS 16 (Brooks

I did ACTUALLY work out this time!!  I ran the Star Wars 10kat Walt Disney World (Orlando).  I had a shirt with my favorite driod, R2D2….

 I am also a sucker hoodies, too! 😂

I will have a full race recap on my blog on Monday. Check it out if you are interested.

Let’s see what kind of inspiration I find this week!  Here’s to hoping…..

Happy Sunday and thanks for reading! ❤️

Petite Fashion Friday

What a week! Hubs was out of town and kids #2 and #3 started soccer practice for the spring soccer league, and of course my oldest is knee deep in travel soccer and year-round swim team (over scheduled much?), so needless to say, there was a lot of running around like a chicken with my head cut off!  Plus, there was the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde weather all week (high 60s one day, wind chills in the teens the next day, and I think it might snow tomorrow), which added an extra layer of cray cray to an already insane week. But in the midst of all of this, I managed to wear a few really cute outfits.  Here are my favorite outfits from this work week…

I started out the week with some really bold and bright spring colors. On Monday, I went into the office, and it was the Loft Geo Eyelet Pencil Skirt in Spring Citron (size 0P), which I bought in in-store in November 2015 as a final sale item for something like $8. You can find a similar one  here. When I bought this skirt, I was wishing for an early spring so that I could put it into the rotation. Every time I looked at this skirt in my closet, I would get excited about the day I would finally get to wear it. Giddy as a schoolgirl I tell ya! So, YAY!

This skirt fits really well – admittedly, it is a tad short, but so am I, so it’s not a big problem.  And the waist is cinched in a bit, so it actually fits exactly right rather than being way too big! The skirt is made of a lightweight cotton, so it’s definitely best to wear on warmer days.  And I love the bright yellow hue. There is no way you can feel grumpy or cranky wearing this color!  Instant mood-improvement comes with wearing this skirt for realz!

The cobalt top I am wearing is from Stitch Fix #3, and it’s the 19 Cooper Cathleen Split Neck Tulip Sleeve Blouse in Cobalt.  I really love this top, and it has been hard not to wear it more often than I do.  And there is something really awesome about the yellow and blue color combination (I am a University of Michigan alumni after all – GO BLUE – so I’ll wear this color combo a lot)!

 

I worked from home on Tuesday, and it was a frigid morning.  Wind chills were in the teens.  Wtf, Spring?   I had already packed away my winter gear, and put all my coats in the closet underneath the basement stairs, so getting dressed that day was a wee challenge.

Even if I hadn’t packed away my winter gear, I didn’t want to wear Winter colors anyway. Mother Nature may be totally confused about what season it is, but I am over wearing dark winter colors. Only bright Spring colors for this petite gal!

So, I put on a pair of J.Crew Factory Skinny Jeans with 28″ Inseam (size 24) that the hubs bought me for my birthday.  (side note: J.Crew is messing with their sizes again – I’ve not lost any weight, and yet I wore size 25 last year; I wish companies would stop screwing with their sizes, as they’re not foolin me).  I love the color on these jeans (rose tile).  And they’re so soft and comfy. Since it was so chilly that day, I needed a long-sleeve shirt.  Enter the Halogen Long Sleeve Chambray shirt from Trunk Club #1 was perfect.  Like my skinny jeans, this shirt is super soft. For my shoes, fortunately, I hadn’t packed up my boots yet, so I wore my Sam Edelman beige booties.  A totally comfy and cozy outfit for a sunny (but cold) Spring Day!

On Thursday, it was a chilly, rainy Spring day, so I needed to wear something to counteract the bad weather.  And I had to give a presentation at work that I hadn’t exactly prepared for, so I need to wear something that help me get my head in the game!  So, I decided I would wear the 41Hawthorn Moni Geo Print & Camisole Blouse – Orange (XS) from Stitch Fix #4.

This top is definitely perfect for a day when you want to dress to impress but you’re not quite feeling up to the task. And since this was an occasion where I had to look more professional and less business casual, I paired my blouse with a black high waist pencil skirt from Banana Republic circa 2010 and a pair of black heels. I also added a pearl necklace, which I thought was a classic touch that contrasted nicely with the modern look of the blouse.

I guess feeling good about my outfit worked, because the presentation I gave was well-received and much appreciated! Never underestimate the power of a good outfit!

And that’s a wrap. I hope everyone has a great Friday and an even better weekend.

~Mo

Sunday Share with my Sister

Well, hey there!!! I am back from the DR with my sister.  Man…did we have a good time!  If you are interested on my take of the vacaciones, check it out here.  I didn’t post any outfits while we were gone because generally, I was in a bathing suit.  I’m quite confident you didn’t want to see those pictures posted. I didn’t really want to see it, either and that’s why there isn’t any photographic evidence of said blogger in said suit. 

There were a few days that were a little cooler here in FL that still allowed me to wear some…boots.  

 Jean jacket (Kut from the Kloth – from my first Stitch Fix // Dress (Loft; similar)// Belt (I stole from another outfit and don’t remember which one😂) // Boots (Payless)

 Here’s without the jacket…. 
My likes:

  • The color of this dress is phenomenal! I wish I had more of this color!!
  • The cut is this dress is great for the petite gal and for this petite gal.
  • The length of this dress is perfect for  the petite gal (and this petite gal) for any occasion, especially work.
  •  Of course, my jean jacket. It pretty much goes with everything I own and wear!  It is incredibly soft for a jean jacket.  

My dislikes:

  • The cinched elastic waist band of the dress is just not right for my old a**.  I added the belt because it drew attention away from the “baby fat” gut! SN: my babies are 15 and (almost) 9, by the way. 

On the weekends, I literally chill (in relation to my attire, I mean).  didn’t go to the gym this morning to workout, but I did go to the gym to drop off my oldest to use the basketball court to work on his shooting. I felt kinda wrong wearing gym clothes without the workout, which I never do. SN: NO disrespect to those that do, because this stuff IS comfy!!  

 Sleeveless hoodie sweatshirt (Lou & Grey from Loft) // White Calvin Klein tank top (Costco) // Black Capris (Under Amour) // New Balance sneakers (my 15 year old grew out of these sneaks 2-3 years ago!!)

My likes:

  • The sweatshirt! It’s not heavy and it’s perfect for running errands or going to the gym!
  • UA capris are super comfy and are my go to for the gym.
  • The shoes are funky (in color not odor) and when my then 12 or 13 year old picked them out, I was like “Are you sure, Julian?”. He rocked them, and now so do I !😂

My dislikes:

  • This sweatshirt only came in white.  I would have bought every single color if it was available! 
  • The picture made me look like I have a polka dot tail! Way to go, Angie on the selfie!! 😂

There you have it….my pre and post va-cay outfits.  I look forward to sharing more next week!

Have a great Sunday and thanks for reading! ❤️

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)

Stitch Fix necklace...

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)

Trunk Club Review #1

I’ve been hearing a lot about Trunk Club lately and since its my birthday month, I decided to give it a shot.  What’s Trunk Club?  Well, like Stitch Fix, it’s a personal stylist service.  You are assigned a stylist who, after getting some information from you about your likes and preferences, sends you a trunk of clothes and shoes for you to try on and purchase.  img_7912-1However, the similarities between Stitch Fix and Trunk Club pretty much end there.  Let me explain.

Unlike Stitch Fix, Trunk Club allows you to directly chat with your stylist via phone, email, or chatting (in the app) before he or she styles you, which allows your stylist to really hone in on what you are looking for.  Also unlike Stitch Fix, Trunk Club allows you to not only to preview what your stylist will send in your trunk, but also gives you 48 hours to reject items that you don’t want sent to you, so that your stylist can replace them with other items that may be more up your alley.  After 48 hours, your trunk is processed for shipment.

Another key difference between Trunk Club and Stitch Fix is that Trunk Club gives you 10 days, rather than 3, to figure out what you’re going to keep from your trunk. That’s huge, especially if you, like me, are indecisive, need to try things on several times, and suffer from buyer’s remorse quite often.  And finally (and perhaps most importantly), Trunk Club doesn’t charge a styling fee, so you truly are only paying for what you keep.  No feeling compelled to buy something that you really don’t really want so that you haven’t “wasted” your $20 styling fee.

Sounded good to me, and I gave it a go.  I was assigned Kelsey as my stylist, and since I downloaded the Trunk Club app, I was able to start chatting with her right away to explain that I am a petite gal that needs petite clothes for an upcoming vacation that can also be transitioned into my work wardrobe!  I explained that as a 5’0″ woman, I still struggle to find clothes tha fit me in a way that doesn’t overwhelm my frame.  I also let her know that I really want to update my Spring/Summer wardrobe with colors and prints in petite sizes.  Kelsey also asked me which brands and stores I normally shop at to get a better idea of my style and taste.  That same day, Kelsey sent me 20 items to look through, and I declined 14 of them.

I declined these 14 items for a variety of reasons: some were way too expensive for me to consider buying; some were more suited just for work; and some were simply not my style.  But the great thing about Trunk Club is that Kelsey really listened to my feedback and carefully considered why I declined the 14 items in picking out what would ultimately ship in my trunk.  The next day, I saw that Kelsey had replaced these items and would be sending me 19 total pieces for me to try on.

I was happy that there was a nice mix of styles, prints, and price points in this trunk.  Once the trunk arrived 5 days later, I was super excited to try things on. After deliberating with the hubs, my sister, and a few friends, I decided to keep 5 things and return these 15 items:

 

  1. Two By Vincent Camuto Lace Inset Drawstring Slub Knit Top.  ($79).  This top was too big and overwhelming on my frame. Also, I’m not a huge fan of the lace on this top and I don’t really need any more black tops in my wardrobe.
  2. Topshop Stripe Off the Shoulder Crop Top.  ($38)  I actually am in the market for an off-the-shoulder top, but I think off-the-shoulder AND cropped in the same shirt is a bit too much for me. I’d probably spend the entire day tugging at the shirt to keep it put, and ain’t nobody got time for that.
  3. Joie Galaxite Silk Top in porcelain.  $198.  This was a very soft top, but it was super sheer and there’s NO WAY that I’d spend almost 200 bucks on a sheer tank.
  4. Free People Sydney Lace Camisole  in tangerine.  ($128).  I love the color (seems more yellow than tangerine) and I actually think it fit really well.  It also had a built-in bra, which is crucial for wearing during vacation.  But I didn’t like the price tag. It was too high for a camisole in my opinion.
  5. Topshop Stripe Jersey Tube Skirt in Grey Multi.  ($40).  No. Just, no. I have hips and a butt, and therefore, I don’t do tube skirts. EVER!  ESPECIALLY NOT WHEN THEY ARE HORIZONTAL STRIPES.
  6. Caslon Sailor Pants in White.  ($64).  I really wanted to like these, as they certainly would be something different in my closet. But they too big in the legs.  And too long.  And just not my style in the end.
  7. Hudson Jeans Ginny Crop Stretch Skinny Jeans in white.  ($165).  I have been in the market for white cropped jeans for a while and was actually going to keep these jeans after the hubs raved about how they looked on me.  I’ll be honest, I was concerned they made my arse look huge, but I polled several people besides him and the consensus was, GO FOR IT!!!  And I really loved the cute Union Jack button and the cute back pockets on these jeans.  But, I thought they were a bit long for cropped jeans.  And, more importantly, I was very concerned that these were too expensive.  I went to Loft yesterday too see if they had any white cropped jeans in my size that I could try on, and lo and behold, I found a pair for $100 cheaper.  So yeah, I love these jeans and would love to own a pair of Hudsons, but it’s not meant to be at this time.
  8. 1.State Stripe Culotte Jumpsuit in evening navy.  ($139).  I really loved how the top of the jumpsuit fit.  It was perfect and very flattering. Unfortunately, the legs were yuck – too wide and made e look short (which I am) and stumpy (which I hope I’m not).
  9. Jack Rogers Luccia Sandal in gold.  ($177.95).  I liked these wedge sandals a lot.  But even though they’re the right size, the medallions on the top strap look too big and out of place.  And they were too expensive for my liking.
  10. Caslon A-line Knit Midi Skirt in ivory stripe. ($48).  It’s just too long. I have a few midi skirts that I never wear and I don’t want another. Maybe some petite girls can pull office midi skirt look, but I don’t think it looks good on me. And I don’t need any more stripes in any event.
  11. Halogen Eyelet Fit & Flare Dress in white.  ($118).  I love eyelet prints,so I was pretty excited. Unfortunately, this dress felt stiff (kind of like a granny’s tablecloth), and it had a zipper that kept getting caught on the fabric. It took my 6’11” husband to help me zip this dress because of the sticky zipper, and once I finally got it zipped, it was very unflattering on me. I looked like a doily.
  12. Topshop Embroidered Crop Tee in multi.  ($40).  When I first saw this online I thought I’d really like it. And I did when I saw it in person.  Unfortunately that all changed when I put it on. The collar is weird – it kept bunching up. It was almost like a mock turtleneck. Yuck. I would have spent all day tugging at the neck. It sucks because embroidery on the bottom of the top is very cute. And it’s cropped but not ridiculously so.
  13. Vince Camuto Keyhole Detail Jersey Stretch Sheath Dress in Fiery Coral. ($99).  I thought for sure when I previewed this that I would love it and have to buy it.  It is such a pretty color and I loved the keyhole.  But once I tried it on, I was not feeling it at all.  Despite being very pretty in person, and sooo soft, jersey stretch material shows all of my hard-earned flaws.  I would need to wear spanx with this to feel confident, and I’m net ready to concede that I need spanx just yet.  Also, I have a similar cut and tone sleeveless dress from H&M that I bought 3 years ago.  So, I figure I don’t need yet another dress like this that I probably won’t wear.
  14. Joe’s Tasha Sandal in gold leather.  ($79).  You know how when you buy real leather shoes and you open the shoebox, you get that overwhelming leather smell?  Well, that happened with these sandals (and this is a good thing – I love the smell of leather).  I really wanted to like these because I desperately want a pair of gold sandals to replace the gold Banana Republic ones I have that are on their way out, but these didn’t fit very well.  They’re the right size, but the thong part of the sandal is big.  I feel like I’d be slipping and sliding around in these sandals when I’m walking.  I could tell I’d get a blister from chaffing. And that’s not a cute look.  I also I didn’t really want to spend more than $40, since the ones I have now, also leather, were only $40.  Call me cheap, but I’m not interested in spending $78 on some flip flops, leather or no!
  15. La Blanca Calypso Island Print Cover-up Romper in White Multi.  ($119).  I was actually planning on declining this item when Kelsey sent it with the first batch of items, but I thought that I really needed a cover-up for the beach and this was such a pretty floral pattern so I’d give it a chance.  But I really didn’t like it in person.  It was too big and unflattering on me.  And I didn’t like the print in-person, either.  And I didn’t want to spend this much for something that would get all sandy and salty from the beach.

Here are the 4 items that I am probably going to buy (I still have a few days before I have to return my trunk, so if you have any comments, by all means…):

1.State Halter Neck Trapeze Dress in Cashew Milk size XXS.  ($139).

I really like this dress.  I do think it’s a tad long, though.   I am wondering if I can get it hemmed?  But I really like the keyhole front and the halter straps.  It seems perfect for a beach vacation, although I definitely wouldn’t be able to wear this to work even with a cardigan or blazer because of the keyhole. The hubs really liked it and really wants me to get it.

Sienna Sky Floral Print Lace Back Shift Dress size XS.  ($48).

When I first saw this in the preview of my trunk, I didn’t think I would like it at all.  It looked like something I would have worn in the 1990s.  I had tons of baby doll dresses when I was in high school in the mid 90s.  So, my guy was that I would hate this dress.  But when I tried it on, I liked it a lot.  I really liked the lace detail in the back, which is surprising, because I usually hate lace.  The hubs really liked it.  It is a tad big, though, so I tried it with a wide belt to give it some shape and I think that did the trick.  I may see if I can have it taken in a tad, as it has seems on the side, but even if I can’t, I really like this dress.

Free People Anas Draped Jersey Tube Top in fiesta red size XS.  ($48).

When I first previewed this top, I was sure I would return it.  I usually look so bad in tube tops – they’re either awful because of the deflated chesticle situation, or they’re too tight and make me look like I have back fat.  But I liked this one once I tried it on.  It fits well, and doesn’t make me look like i have an ironing board chest or muffin top in the back!  It’s a great color, one that I don’t have much of, and I can definitely bring this with me on vacation.  I like how it wraps around in the front.  I am actually wearing this top with the Hudson jeans that I am returning.  You can see why I was concerned that they accentuated my posterior.  But anywho, this tube top is super soft and I think it will make a great addition to my closet.

Halogen Long Seeve Chambray Shirt in dark indigo size XXSP.  ($40.80)

When I previewed this blouse, I wasn’t ging to keep it, as I already have 2 chambray tops.  But once I saw it in person, I really liked it.  It’s so soft, and actually fits way better than the 2 chambray tops I currently have in my closet. So, I’ll most likely keep it and chuck the other 2.

FINAL THOUGHTS:  I will say that Trunk Club felt a bit overwhelming at first, what with having to decide between 19 items, but all-in-all, I am very happy with this service.  I like brands that I am familiar with and that I can find/price out online.  And I, of course, love not having to pay a styling fee.   That’s huge. With Trunk Club, I didn’t feel pressure to buy something I really don’t want just to justify using the service.  I also thought what my stylist sent me was much closer to my preferences than has been my experience with Stitch Fix.  I’d love to hear what you think before I have to return my trunk.

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Operation Clean Out My Closet (Day 20)

Hey everyone! Happy Friday! I’m really excited to be 2/3 of the way done with this challenge to clean out my closet. As annoying as it has been, I am really doing a great job already (if I don’t say so myself) of eliminating things in my closet that I know I won’t wear anymore (or ever).  As I was looking through my blouses and tops to get dressed this morning, I was able to place 3 blouses on the giveaway pile. I also found a top that I love that has a hole in it, so that went on the discard pile (although I think H&M takes textiles in any condition, so I need to look into that).  I’m actually thinking about trying ThredUp to sell the brand new items that I have decided to get rid of. Does anyone have any experience with them??  And I think for everything else, I am going to donate. Hopefully everything finds a good home!

Anywho, back to today’s outfit. It was pretty easy to get dressed this morning. I knew I wanted to finally wear a blouse that I received back in a September 2015 Stitch Fix box.

Love it when the kiddos photobomb me!

This is the Papermoon Seaport Crew Neck blouse (size XSP). I have been wanting to wear this blouse for a long while, but I haven’t liked it with anything in my closet when I previously tried to wear it. And then it was the Winter, so I haven’t really been able to wear this blouse in the last few months. But I think Spring has finally sprung, so the pastel colors on this blouse are perfect!

The skirt I’m wearing is a relatively new addition to my closet, so I guess it doesn’t count for the purposes of this challenge. But I couldn’t wait to wear it (and also, didn’t want to wear this blouse with shy of my go-to black pencil skirts). This is the Ann Taylor Petite Ponte Skirt (size 0P).  This skirt is so flattering – it is stretchy but not right, and it really looks very sleek. I like that when I tuck a blouse into this skirt, the blouse stays put!  I wish this skirt came in other colors or prints!  I’d be all over that!

The pointed-toe heels I’m wearing are by Colin Stuart. I think I bought these from the Victoria’s Secret catalog in late 2007 or early 2008.  I wore them twice in 2008, and haven’t worn them since.  Most likely because they are soooo high.  Check out the heel on these puppies! 

Back when I bought these, I was replacing similar pair (with a lower heel) that I wore a lot but that had crapped out! I was in court every day and has many suits that required black heels! So I bought these thinking I had found a winner. But I remember these heels stopped being comfortable by midday if I had to walk a lot or stand up when addressing the judge.  FAIL!  Truthfully, I’m not sure why I though such high heels were a good idea – they’re sleek and sexy, no doubt, and I’m actually of average height when I wear these, but not very practical, are they?

BUT WILL SHE KEEP IT? I am definitely keeping the blouse.  It’s really pretty and now that it’s warming up, I am sure this will get a lot of play!  The skirt is obvs a keeper because it’s brand new and will be in the heavy rotation for work wear.  And finally, the heels – I will keep them.  They aren’t practical, but not everything needs to be.