My First Stitch Fix Experience

Stitch Fix Fun
Happy Sunday!

I hope you guys are enjoying a wonderful weekend. I enjoyed a great long run with Lululemon run club yesterday before a fun evening in Brooklyn with friends. This morning after church I headed to Williamsburg for brunch with a few girlfriends. It was definitely a busy weekend but wonderful to see so many friends.

Before heading to brunch, I finally opened up my recent Stitch Fix delivery. I think I’m officially the last person to try Stitch Fix! The company launched while we were living abroad so I was excited to finally register and give it a try for myself after hearing about it from my mom and a number of bloggers and friends. It’s become VERY popular for a good reason. If you rarely have time or patience to go shopping at a mall or fight the tourists in New York, it simplifies life by bringing the clothing to your doorstep!

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In case you haven’t heard of it before, Stitch Fix is an online personal shopping and styling website. After registering for the site, new members fill out an in-depth style survey and profile which helps the Stitch Fix personal stylists get to know you. The questions include things like sizes, styles, favorite colors, brands, and other likes and dislikes.  I appreciated the fact that you could opt-in or out of certain items or accessories. I have plenty of accessories and therefore will most likely opt out of these in the future.

Once you finish the profile you are able to schedule your first Stitch Fix delivery. Each Stitch Fix delivery is a box of five pieces of clothing or accessories. Your personal stylists selects the items for your individual fix based on the answers you provided in the survey. There is a $20 styling fee which you have to pay up front, but, the good news is that this $20 works as credit towards any of the items you want to keep.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, and per my personality, I managed my expectations by telling myself that the first fix may not be great since they are just getting to know me and my style. As soon as I opened the Stitch Fix box I saw that there was a style card which provided inspiration on how to wear each of the items. This served as great inspiration for style options and combinations as I tried on each of the items. A person of habit, these style cards will be helpful in the future to inspire me to style items differently than I normally would.

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Once you open the box you can try each item on and decide whether you want to keep it or return it. Similar to an item you’d purchase from any other retailer, each item has a tag on it with the size, brand and price information. If you don’t want to keep an item, you just put it in the pre-paid shipping bag and return it within three days.Stitch Fix Checkout

I apologize in advance for these pictures as they aren’t very flattering but they will give you an idea of what I received in my first package, which included four items of clothing and one necklace.

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  • Just Black Adorra Skinny Jeans – $88.00 (I loved that these were the perfect length and flattering, however I have a similar pair from LOFT which were half the price. RETURN)
  • Market & Spruce Dexter Faux Wrap Dress – $68.00 (This dress is the perfect three-season dress that can be dressed up for work or dressed down for the weekend.  I love the print and the faux wrap styling is flattering as well as practical since I don’t have to worry about falling out or pinning it. I’ve already worn it once with boots and black hose and another time with heels. KEEP)
  • 41Hawthorne Neo Pullover – $58.00 (As soon as I saw this I new it would be returned. The cut and color were very boring and didn’t do anything for me. RETURN)
  • Market & Spruce Chaplin Lined Anorak – $94 (I loved this jacket and though it would be a perfect Spring and Fall jacket but I felt that it was too similar to my Barbour jacket and therefore chose to RETURN. )
  • Bay to Baubles Dallas Geo Pendant Necklace -$28 (I didn’t like the quality or style of this necklace. It felt cheap and is the reason that moving forward I won’t be requesting accessories in my Stitch Fix boxes. RETURN)

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Overall, I really enjoyed my first Stitch Fix experience and am already looking forward to my February box. While I only chose to keep one item, I found it to be a good deal since the $20 styling fee went towards the price of the dress. In addition, who doesn’t love getting packages in the mail, especially when they are filled with fun, new clothing. Many of the brands are ones that I wouldn’t discover otherwise!

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Have you tried Stitch Fix before? If so, what were your thoughts? 

The links to Stitch Fix are affiliate links as I have partnered with Stitch Fix to provide monthly reviews. Though Stitch Fix provided me with the first box free, I paid for the item I kept and all opinions are my own! 

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SweatStyle: Fashion Forward Fitness Apparel

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Even though I have good intentions to get dressed in “real clothes” each day while working from home, I often find myself wearing the same thing at least 2-3 days per week: leggings, tank, and hoodie. After four months, I’ve started to get sick of my workout/work outfits. I already have a somewhat limited wardrobe after donating all the gear that didn’t fit or flatter me.

Luckily, as if they read my mind, the team at SweatStyle, quickly came to the rescue, promising that they could send over two pieces that would help give my wardrobe an update while highlighting the assortment and style of fitness apparel they offer clients.

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SweatStyle is a fashion-forward company that delivers five pieces of personally curated workout gear to your doorstep. The founder, Helena Cawley, is one of the founders of Uplift Studios and, therefore, knows workout gear well. She also knew that many of the women working out in their studio were tired of wearing the same gear day after day. I guess I’m not the only one whose wardrobe can use an update. Black spandex is flattering, but it can also get very boring, very quickly.

Before we get into the gear I was able to try, let’s talk about how it works.

Sweat Style is super simple to use and personalized, based on your interests.

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Similar to Stitch Fix, upon setting up a username, you are asked a series of questions that allow the stylists to better meet your workout needs. Questions include the type of gear you like, color choices and most importantly when you will wear the gear. Do you spin? Lift? Yoga? Or are you looking for strictly athleisure gear for Saturday errands?

 

style shopstyleOnce you fill in your preferences, the SweatStyle team will use this information to choose five pieces of apparel for you which could include tights, tanks, sports bras, jackets, etc.

Once you open the package and try everything on, you have five days to make a decision on what you want to keep or return. They provide you with an easy-to-use prepaid mailing bag that you can use to return any of the items that you don’t like. The $20 styling fee is used towards the cost of any items you decide to keep. Also, similar to Stitch Fix, you get a discount if you keep everything.

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Another thing to note about the gear that they feature on their site is that it is very curated which means you’ll often find smaller, new to the market brands which will allow you to have a unique style versus matching everyone in your class. The pieces are fashionable yet functional, offering all the bells and whistles you’d expect from workout gear such as pockets, sweat resistant and soft seams. If there are any special items or needs you have, you can also request that in the notes section to make sure your stylist takes it into consideration when choosing your pieces.

Since SweatStyle gifted me with a trial, they sent over two pieces which highlight the range of styles and brands they carry.

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Alala Sport Chill Tight Leggings –   Made by a new-to-me brand, Alala, these tights are perfect for winter runs and outdoor walks. Based on their website, it’s clear that Alala loves the effect of adding small details to functional items, whether it’s side panels, bright zippers, contrasting colors, or mesh. Every item has a small surprise. The shiny side panels are a fun detail on these while the brushed spandex dresses these up a notch while making them very cozy. Their stylish nature also makes them perfect for post workout brunch dates or running errands. My only complaint is that due to their 27 inch inseam, they are closer to crops on my long legs. But, this is nothing a pair of Nice Pipes can’t solve when the temperatures drop below freezing.

Heroine Sport Studio Jacket – As soon I pulled this jacket out of the SweatStyle bag it was love at first sight. While it is lighter weight than my other black workout jacket, I love the mesh details and thumb holes. The longer length and fitted cut mean that it is flattering, unlike most bulky or cozy jacket alternatives. This paired with the zippered pockets have made it my go-to choice for cool weather running during this mild December. In full transparency, I do not know that I would keep this jacket, even though I love it, if I received it in a SweatStyle box as the $198 price point is higher than what I’d normally spend for a non-waterproof/windproof jacket.

Your turn: What’s your favorite brand for workout gear? Do you prefer sticking with your favorite workout gear brand or are you open to new brands? Have you ever tried ShopStyle or something similar?

Thank you to SweatStyle for the complimentary items and for letting me get to know your brand a bit better! All opinions and reviews are my own.

 

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Fall Fashion Round-Up

Oh Fall, the season when I suddenly feel the need to pin every tall boot, cozy sweater and blazer I see in fashion posts and websites. But then the reality comes that I don’t need to spend exorbitant amounts of money on most of these trendy, cozy, non-investment fashion items.

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Luckily one of my best friends works at LOFT, a store that has become a reliable store and website for seasonal items both classic and trendy. Liz is far more fashionable than me, so over the years she has done a great job sending me emails and texts with her recommended items. This year, instead of relying on random texts, I asked her to put together a list of favorites in advance of my day of shopping in Dallas. I love her style and ended up buying eight of these items. Hopefully these inspire your next shopping trip too!

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Better yet, right now, LOFT is having a 40% off sale on their website!

 

Here’s the list she provided, along with her color commentary.

Coatigan This item needs no introduction. It’s so super comfy, you will see me wearing this over everything this fall.

Relaxed Dolman T This is the perfect basic. The fabric is magically soft, it’s a great length to wear with high waist skinny jeans, I’ve been tucking into skirts too.

Long sleeve split neck I absolutely LOVE this Vintage blush color as well as the length. One of my friends paired it with plum skinny work pants and it looked amazing.

Relaxed Turtleneck SweaterOkay, I know turtlenecks are on trend but I was NOT a fan until I found this guy. Perfect non-itchy material, and the cut is on point. I feel like it’s a solid work to weekend piece, I’m wearing the black one with a grey pencil skirt and dark rinse skinnies.

High waisted skinny jeansThese are my favorite jeans of all time. I usually go for their modern skinny, but the high-waisted version is SO comfortable and makes yo booty look nice.  :-) This might be me transitioning into mom jeans. Only time will tell. I’ve also worn my pair like 4 times and only minimal baggy knees after sitting at my desk all day. Not bad at all compared to other jeans.

Tech skinniesI live in the black pair for work whether paired with blouses or sweaters. These are a total wardrobe staple.

 

Mock neck floppy dress: I have a feeling this might not be for all body types but it’s super cute on a ton of people I have seen wearing it. I am going to pick it up this week! Fabric is comfy considering it’s more of a work dress.

 

Drapery tweed joggers – obsessed. Live in them, white T and a black blazer with wedge sneakers or black patent pointed pumps. Also maybe with a black turtleneck?

So there you have it friends, my more fashionable friend’s picks for Fall!

What are you loving this Fall?

 

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored and instead is a list of the things of my favorite things this week. As normal, it includes lots of fashion items which means there are affiliate links via ShopStyle. It takes time and money to maintain a blog so I thank you for the support and few cents that come from clicking through the links!

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