Stitch Fix Lucky #12

Stitch Fix Lucky #12 {Domesticated Academic}

A year with stitch fix! What a great service it’s been for my first world life! Seriously–no, really….

Looking back, I was skeptical. I have yet to keep a 5/5 box for reasons that are due to cut, fit, and BUDGET, but that’s ok. I see people COMPLAINING on facebook boards because they didn’t like their WHOLE box. HELLOOOOOO! Do you like everything you see when you buy clothes any other time? I also see people complaining because they think stitch fix doesn’t “get them” but they try and sell their box. The algorithm gets confused and you will get pieces you don’t like because you sold ones you didn’t like instead of returning them. Common sense folks!

Stitch Fix Lucky #12 {Domesticated Academic}

I digress. I have really loved this service for the past year and found it’s been worth every.single.penny I’ve put into it. I get compliments all of the time, I get great clothes sent to me, and I’ve been able to find one thing from each box that fits and flatters me that I would have NEVER picked out for myself. The psychology of spending a bit more because it fits beautifully and is flattering totally works. Most of the time. I still can’t spend $100 on a pair of pants. I just can’t…..

Here we go!

Papermoon Waters Chevron Print Maxi Dress- $68.00

Stitch Fix Lucky #12 {Domesticated Academic}

I wanted to like this dress. I loved the colors and pattern but when I tried it on, it fit, but it didn’t fit well. It wasn’t tight, it wasn’t too long or too short, it was comfortable, but then I looked in the mirror and it just….it just didn’t speak to me. At all. I cannot describe the issues other than it just wasn’t perfect. I felt frumpy in this dress for some reason. I think this was a, “it’s me, not you situation.” In fact, I know it was.

Mavi Aiden Skinny Jean- $98.00

These didn’t photograph well. These didn’t fit well. I don’t know what these jeans were doing in my box (TWSS) but they didn’t work for me at all. And they’re $100. I just can’t do it. EVER.

Market & Spruce Xander Short Sleeve Woven Back Sweatshirt- $54

Stitch Fix Lucky #12 {Domesticated Academic}

Love. The end. The rolled sleeves, the fabric is soft, and the peach colored back is perfect. It’s flowy and makes me feel like a rockstar. I’ve got some longer necklaces that would go great with it or can leave “as is” with jeans. I put this on and loved it. It’s so different than anything I would pick off a rack or a pile in a store. SOLD to ME! :)

Zad Marley Scroll Detail Drop Earrings- $28.00

Stitch Fix Lucky #12 {Domesticated Academic}

Beautiful detail in these dainty earrings. Not heavy or extra obnoxious as so many earrings are. Like the three bears, these were “just right.”

Skies are Blue Calvin Halter Blouse- $48.00

Stitch Fix Lucky #12 {Domesticated Academic}

I really liked this until I put it on. It’s fully lined, which is super nice, but it was just too snug through the shoulders and chest. I felt like my shoulders looked extra rugged, like Sean Connery in Bond, and we just can’t have that. I didn’t love it, so I didn’t keep it. It’s extremely light, and very nicely cut for someone with a bit of a tummy on them (like me), but also for someone who doesn’t swim or have as much bulk through their shoulders. No hard feelings, it was a beautiful shirt that I wished fit.

Stitch Fix has been a great service for me. I can honestly admit that I’ve cut down on purchasing clothes in general and when I am at Target, I’ll think, “no, a box is coming soon” before I spend money on stuff I won’t wear or just wear a few times. I can honestly say I wear the crap out of my stitch fix pieces. I get compliments on them frequently and the clothes are always interesting and not things I would normally purchase. If you’d like to give it a try, you can use my link https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/3924112

No pressure either way. Stitch Fix doesn’t compensate me. I pay the $20 styling fee each month and appreciate what they send me.

Stitch Fix #11: May Flowers

Stitch Fix #11: May Flowers {Domesticated Academic}

May flowers are blooming, graduation is next week, and the Spring semester flew by. This box greeted me on a Friday and it was a great way to end a work week. Susan did a great job this month. My instructions were “surprise me!” on my note to my stylist and she did a lovely job choosing pieces that were great. This month’s box was a great selection. The pieces fit beautifully and if the black blouse fit better, I would have kept all five pieces. Apparently, I have rugged shoulders like Sean Connery.

41 Hawthorn Renesme Graphic Print Faux Wrap Dress $78

Stitch Fix #11: May Flowers {Domesticated Academic}

Beautiful dress. Fit really well. I’m so glad it has sleeves so I can wear it without a blazer or sweater over it. Very appropriate and I’m planning on wearing it for graduation events. I like the faux wrap idea of this and it’s a flattering cut. If you have a bigger chest, this will probably not work for you, but I don’t have much going on there so it’s perfect. It’s also lined with navy, making it very easy to wear without a slip or any special undergarments. Great dress.

Collective Concepts Lydia Floral Print Key-Hole Blouse $68

Stitch Fix #11: May Flowers {Domesticated Academic}

A nice mix of colors that I’ve not received from Stitch Fix yet. Bright blues with hints of yellow. The contrast white caps on the shoulders add a nice level of detail and the key-hole is fun without showing too much. Perfect for layering and will match a variety of colors. Keeping to mix up my summer style and try to stay cool while doing so.

Skies are Blue Pacheco Ikat Print V-Neck Top $48

Stitch Fix #11: May Flowers {Domesticated Academic}

Stitch Fix #11: May Flowers {Domesticated Academic}

Back to black and white, but more white than black on this top. The contrast neck line is a really nice detail and the fit is very generous without looking sloppy. Basic but perfect for dressing up or down, depending on the occasion. Thinking of returning but only due to budget. This is a great piece.

41 Hawthorn Filbert 3/4 Sleeve Popover Blouse $58

Stitch Fix #11: May Flowers {Domesticated Academic}

Loved it. Too tight in shoulders. The tulip hemline is nice and you don’t feel obligated to tuck it in. I’ll be honest, I don’t tuck anything in. EVER. I find it a bit odd they sent me something black for summer, but that’s just me. If it fit in the shoulders, I would have kept. It’s a great shirt for everyday wear that could easily work for any kind of function.

Street Level Anchorage Striped Canvas Tote $64

Stitch Fix #11: May Flowers {Domesticated Academic}

I liked this bag, but I didn’t love it. It’s huge if you’re looking for a carry all kind of bag. I really wanted to like it more but I just couldn’t get on board with it. The canvas was a great weight. Someone must have returned it, because it was covered in animal hair. That did not gross me out, but was a point to note: this bag will pick up every piece of anything it encounters.

Stitch Fix has been a great service for me. I can honestly admit that I’ve cut down on purchasing clothes in general and when I am at Target, I’ll think, “no, a box is coming soon” before I spend money on stuff I won’t wear or just wear a few times. I can honestly say I wear the crap out of my stitch fix pieces. I get compliments on them frequently and the clothes are always interesting and not things I would normally purchase. If you’d like to give it a try, you can use my link https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/3924112

No pressure either way. Stitch Fix doesn’t compensate me. I pay the $20 styling fee each month and appreciate what they send me.

April in a Rainy Instagram

April was laden with those showers this year. And a bit damp, chilly, and overall very Spring like in nature. Get it? Nature?

Ok, I’m done now….April was another great month, even if the weather was a bit questionable here in the partial south. A few days of sunshine and 70’s, a week of 50’s with drizzle. When does Snoop Dog need an umbrella? Fo’drizzle….April was spectacular if we’re being honest. Several good things happened and continue to come to fruition. When I have a bad “first world day,” I just think, “you won the lottery, you got adopted to the US” and that usually ends the pity party pretty quickly!

Ok, I’m really done now.

April in a Rainy Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

April in a Rainy Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

April in a Rainy Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

April in a Rainy Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

April showers really brought on the May flowers. Ok, April flowers for everyone. My allergies have been in full force, meaning that all is well with my Mother Earth.

April in a Rainy Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

Stitch Fix continues to be a staple in my life. I have professed my undying love for them numerous times. NUMEROUS. Stitch Fix has been a great service for me. I get compliments on the clothes, they’re are always interesting, and not things I would normally purchase. If you’d like to give it a try, you can use my link https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/3924112

April in a Rainy Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

April in a Rainy Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

The return of longer days and more mild temps meant summer drinks outside. Somehow, drinking a cocktail is more enjoyable when done on a porch, patio, deck, or near a body of water.April in a Rainy Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

 

The views of hokie town are always great. Always.

April in a Rainy Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

Finally, I spied these girls making big plans at a reception for us adults. They were adorable. They reminded me to dream big. To wonder. To have imagination.

I hope your month was as nice as mine. I hope you continue to remember to dream big, to wonder, and to have imagination in May.

 

Stitch Fix #10: Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

Stitch Fix #10: Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

Hi, my name is Tiffany and I’m in love with people I don’t know (named Nicole, my stylist this month), things I don’t need, and a service that just keeps on giving.

*phew* I feel better.

Stitch Fix #10: Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

This month was WOW. I could keep all 5. No joke. I never thought this day would come (insert a tiny, exasperated gasp of first world glory), but it has! Oh wait, I’m an adult and I live on a budget. Time to get serious.

I mixed it up this month and went with the pieces laid out on the floor for your viewing pleasure. I’ve come to learn that when people are searching (me included) for their pieces in anticipation or to find out prices, the flat look works for many. I can always go back to the “try it all on” look but honestly, I’m often quite disheveled by the end of the day and probably sweating. Not always my best self. This is not body shaming or anything, it’s truth. I work out at 5 p.m. I come home to my box. I need to do 19 things that include a shower but don’t. I am a women in real life (check that out on instagram) and I’m a mess at after work.

Here we go!

MARKET & SPRUCE Torin French Terry Stripe Blazer-$72

Stitch Fix #10: Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

Super cute, fit great, nice cut. Not lined. Scratchy on the inside. Horizontal stripes still give me the willies too. Fence sitting but since I don’t LOVE, probably sending back. Also, worth $72? Not sure. Everyone can be the judge.

LAVENDER BROWN Noel Silk Dress- $108

Stitch Fix #10: Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

Stitch Fix #10: Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

A beautiful dress. A simply beautiful piece. Soft feel, flattering colors, generous cut. The side pockets can probably go, but I can sew those closed myself. The dress is roomy. Almost too roomy even for me. However, I styled the crap out of it because I LOVE THE PATTERN on it. You can see the progression. I’m sure I’ll strap a cute necklace on for summer weddings and other festive fetes coming my way. I know it’s a splurge but I haven’t bought a dress in over a year. I AM KEEPING THIS and if I keep nothing else, so be it.

KEEP

PIXLEY Miandra Embroidered Top $54

Stitch Fix #10: Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

Adorable. Cute. Love the embroidery on it. The blue is bold and really flattering for my yellow/olive toned skin. Fit really nicely. See through though. As in-hey girl, wanna see my bra?

FATE McCall Lace Detail Blouse-$58

Stitch Fix #10: Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

LOVE THIS. The end. Nicole (my stylist) picked this off my Pinterest board (thank you nicole). My sock toes are also peeking at you…HI!

STREET LEVEL Jacey Striped Reversible Tote- $62

Stitch Fix #10: Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

Reversible? Yes. Roomy? YES. Striped? Yes. Kind of muted? Yes. Which is where I got turned off. I have a black shoulder bag and these stripes were dark and drab to me. I can be picky. I can return this. And I am. Almost any other colors for spring/summer and I probably would have kept. Just couldn’t do it. The magnetic enclosure was great, the little change purses were adorable, but it was so…dark. Nicole mentioned my pins again and I appreciate her attention to me and the algorithm that she operates under.

So, there you have it. All the pieces fit. Nicole did a fantastic job! I am first world grateful for her.

Stitch Fix has been a great service for me. I can honestly admit that I’ve cut down on purchasing clothes in general and when I am at Target, I’ll think, “no, a box is coming soon” before I spend money on stuff I won’t wear or just wear a few times. I can honestly say I wear the crap out of my stitch fix pieces. I get compliments on them frequently and the clothes are always interesting and not things I would normally purchase. If you’d like to give it a try, you can use my link https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/3924112

No pressure either way. Stitch Fix doesn’t compensate me. I pay the $20 styling fee each month and appreciate what they send me.

March in an Instagram

March came in like a lion and out like a….smaller lion? Weather wise, it came in with a snow “storm” and is leaving with spring taking over. I’ll take it!

March was full of travel for me. I started March in New York. It was technically “spring” break, but the three feet of snow was rather deceiving to say the least. I enjoyed the time, spending time with the dogs, cows, and my family.

March in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic} March in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic} March in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

Sunset over the snow. Really, one of my better shots lately.

March in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

The day I returned south, I went out for dinner and drinks with my girlfriends and we dined on the patio with margaritas. Amazing what a nine hour drive and 600 miles will do for the weather.

March in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

I’ve been trying to get my food on point again. March was spent on the road so when I could, I prepped food and portioned it out to save myself time and get rid of some of the salt from eating out on the road.

March in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

March in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

A few days at home and I was off again for work. Florida isn’t such a bad spot for work and I had some amazing eats.

March in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

A student who was traveling had never seen the ocean or put his feet in it. Honestly, it was one of the sweetest moments for me. He was so humble. His home country of South Sudan is a mess and his spirit is admirable. He was in awe of it and saved shells to send home to his kids.

March in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

Spring is here for me. These cheerful guys smell great and let me know warmer days are coming. I played with the light a bit and I really like the glowing effect the late day sun offers them. I’m looking forward to standing still for a few weeks. I love traveling, but sometimes it’s nice to stand still for a bit too. I hope you had a wonderful March!

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Stitch Fix #9-Looks A Lot Like Spring

Stitch Fix #9-Spring!

Stitch Fix #9-Spring!

Stitch Fix #9-Spring!

Stitch Fix #9-Spring!

Box nine was like opening a box of spring! I was so pleased with the items and wanted to keep 3/5, but remembered I have some travel this month that I needed to set aside funds for. That’s life! Prints, color, light, and some great pants were included. I was also happy to see that my stylist stuck to my price points this month. I appreciate her attention to detail on this box.

I was totally in love with three of the items and sent pics around to my girlfriends. As I type this, I still haven’t made up my mind, which isn’t a bad thing. Certainly better than disliking it and the fit of all of it and sending it all back.

Octavia Emily Lightweight Chevron Scarf, $28

Stitch Fix #9-Spring!

ADORABLE! I don’t even wear scarves once it gets warm. It’s so lightweight, almost sheer. I don’t know why, but I just love it! It’s sleeveless and will be perfect for spring/summer weather here. A light sweater will pair nicely.

Skies Are Blue York Geo Print Henley Blouse, $48

Stitch Fix #9-Spring!

I adore this blouse. I love the fit, the way it falls, the print, and the color combination. I tend to gravitate towards darker patterns, but I really like this! You can see it above as well with the scarf.

Market & Spruce Beckett Graphic Print V-Neck Blouse, $48

Stitch Fix #9-Spring!

I love the color combination on this blouse. It fits nicely and is very flattering to my round middle.

There’s two items you won’t see because they didn’t fit properly:

Fun2Fun Sonoma Striped Sleeveless Top, $38

It was a bit snug and when I tried it on, I mostly felt like the hamburglar from McDonald’s. It was also so sheer that I’d have to wear another shirt under it.

Just Black Adorra Skinny Jean, $88

Great pants. Too snug in the waist, which is my “fluffiest” area. These would have otherwise been adorable and worth a “splurge” for the month.

Stitch Fix has been a great service for me. I can honestly admit that I’ve cut down on purchasing clothes in general and when I am at Target, I’ll think, “no, a box is coming soon” before I spend money on stuff I won’t wear or just wear a few times. I can honestly say I wear the crap out of my stitch fix pieces. I get compliments on them frequently and the clothes are always interesting and not things I would normally purchase. If you’d like to give it a try, you can use my link https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/3924112

No pressure either way. Stitch Fix doesn’t compensate me. I pay the $20 styling fee each month and appreciate what they send me.

February in an Instagram

February was short, sweet, fast, and furious! I cannot believe how busy it was, how cold it was, or how long the cold I got during February lasted! I’m still coughing from it!

On with the show!

It was cold in February. Bitterly cold at times. For the south, it was cold. How about that qualifier? My poor heat pump was not designed for a high of 5 degrees and it was a pain to have frozen water even after dripping faucets. First world? Yup. The snow and cold have been utterly beautiful, however, I’m ready (and so is my electric bill) to trade in for some abundant sunshines, a pedicure, and something that isn’t filled with goose down as a layer. That being said, I’m also going to NY for my spring break to see my family. I’m truly a masochist.

February in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

February in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

February in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

 

A grad student’s mom knitted me this hat. It’s awesome! It fits my big head! It’s super warm! Kindness shows up where you least expect it!

February in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

 

Snow days meant snacks. Everyone at the grocery store was jonesing for the milk and bread so I skipped the crowds and picked up a nice selection of cheese, fruit, and crackers. I also made some homemade wine soaked cherries and it made my days of shoveling much more enjoyable. So did naps.

February in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

 

Spoiler alert: I still love sunsets.

February in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

 

Finally, with all of this delightful winter weather, sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is bundle up, leave the house, and have some fun evenings with friends. Cards Against Humanity anyone? We pigged out on Chinese, someone made Old Fashions for everyone, and it was a fun evening. It made my cold, the cold, and the winter more bearable.

February in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}