Stitch Fix #23-Orange Overload

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June greeted me with a leg of travel to the lovely west coast for dry heat, sunshine, and a head cold…the downside of traveling, not sleeping well or enough, and having too big a time is germs. I returned home from my trip and the next day my throat was sore. Oh boo hoo germs, way to ruin a party!

What did cheer me up was sleeping in my own bed and a box arriving when I got home. Betsy came through once again and pushed me to try a few new pieces this box around. Some wins, but mostly pinches on this box. Sorry girl, I still don’t care for the color orange, anything that makes me look like a poet with a shoelace, and skirts. I have yet to keep a skirt.

I also had to buy some staples this month. Target was having a sale on t-shirts so I took them up on their offer. I had been waiting for a good sale since my old v-neck faves were stained, pilled, and looking pretty sad. I had to take the same stance on some new sneakers as well. I had two pair that had hundreds of miles on them a piece and my feet got pretty sore on my last trip. I went and tried some on, scanned the boxes with the Amazon app and ended up saving $15 on a pair. Who would have thought?

Moon and Sky Sabria Crochet Detail Knit Top-$48

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Orange. Shebert. Creamsicle. My hate/hate relationship with orange continues. Plus, this wasn’t flattering on me. The back was lovely but this was way too long for me. And, it was freakin’ orange….

RD Style Lirio Lace Up Top-$64

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Shoelaces. No. Never. And bell sleeves. No. Never. This was too big, too long in the sleeves, and I felt like I should be writing a sonnet. The crinkley fabric, the gauzy feel, it just didn’t do it for me on multiple levels.

Margaret M Kayla Printed Flare Skirt-$64

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This skirt had a chance. It fit properly but then I realized one very important fact. I never wear skirts. EVER.

DV8 Darma Fringe Ankle Strap Sandal-$65

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ORANGE. FRINGE. Super cute, but in the same color family as the coral/orange colored flats I kept a few boxes ago.

Street Level Demi Fold Over Vegan Leather Crossbody Bag-$48

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I asked for a bag like this. And I loved it. So I kept it!

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 #22-May Showers

Another great month! Could not have been more impressed with the pieces Betsy pulled for me! She knows me well and if a few had fit better, I’d have kept the whole box!

Tart Blithe Chevron Knit Blazer- $148

Super soft with nice coral colored details. I had asked for a summer weight blazer for conferences that I have coming up. This would have been a great piece that traveled well, didn’t show wrinkles, and was sporty. I couldn’t get my mind around the pattern on it and the nap of the velour type fabric. Fit great, super trendy, just not really me.

Loveappella Lola Lace Detail Knit Top- $48

This was my keeper this box. I asked for some lace details and Betsy delivered! I love the white. I only own one other white top (also from SF), so having two is ok. Maybe no more though. I love the lace detail with the sleeves and pocket. The shirt is soft and not clingly. I’ll wear a cami underneath and be all set.

Market & Spruce Kipp Printed Dress- $68

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I loved this dress! It’s lined, it’s a great color and the pattern is flattering. I didn’t keep it because I have a dress that’s similar in color from SF from last summer. I couldn’t keep a second of the same shade. Other than that, it was a great piece.

The Korner Hammonds Cutout Detail Silk Blouse- $134

This was a beautiful royal blue color with amazing cut out details. It was a bit snug through the shoulders for me so I chose to send it back. Other than that, it was an absolutely gorgeous piece.

Margaret M Christiana Printed Pencil Skirt- $78

This was my least favorite piece. I don’t do well in pencil skirts, too much in my middle and it always looks amplified when I put one on. I loved the pattern, it’s super fun and would go with a lot of color choices and the coral shoes I got in my last fix. I chose to send it back because it didn’t make me feel fabulous and Stitch Fix pieces (and any clothes) should only be kept if they make you feel fabulous!

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 #21-5/5

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It happened, a 5/5 for the first time (and likely only time for a while)!

I could not believe it either but thanks to Betsy, my kick ass stylist for sending me amazing pieces, referencing my pinterest board, and noting that a prior top was above my price point so I had to return it so she sent me a lower cost top that I loved just as much. The shoes are adorable and the discount plus a credit I had made each piece $36. Yes, this is a service and I’m aware of my good fortune so I know this will not happen very often. The price points on the shoes and jeans were higher than I would normally pay but with the discount and credit it worked out this month. I had really been looking forward to the shoes. I know I’ve said it before but where I live is pretty limited in shopping for professional women. There’s a Loft and….a gap outlet and a target. No jokes. So, it’s worth it for me. We have a super shoes but don’t get crazy on the nursing shoes they sell!😉

 

Seychelles Boss peep Toe Flats- $90

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Super cute, really practical, and a great color. I love the coral/red of these and they’re great for spring/summer. I have wide feet in the front with narrow heels so I was skeptical when I saw these were coming and I am pleasantly surprised.

Le Lis Maile Scoop Neck Top-$44

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This was a great option for a spring/summer tank. It’s got a fun pattern and a variety of colors that can be paired with a lot of other pieces I own. It would also go with the cute shoes above. I also like the two pattern aspect of it across the bottom.

Skies are Blue McClain Crochet Panel Knit Top-$54

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I will admit, this was the piece I would have sent back as it was a little snug across the shoulders. Even when I pulled it out of the box I thought, “this is not an XL” so if you’re getting this, it runs small. This is fitted for me, even in the shoulders but I do love it and I’m going to wet it and stretch it some in the shoulders to see if it will give at all. I do love the detail of it and I don’t own many white pieces so it’s a good addition for me that I would not have pulled at a store.

THML Dorris Embroidery Detail Top-$48

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Loved this immediately. This was a replacement piece from a prior fix when the price point on a silk top was just too much for me to purchase. My stylist even mentioned it, noting that she pulled this with a lower price point and I fell in love with it. I appreciate her feedback and attention to detail on noting my price preferences. It’s my favorite piece of the fix. I love the embroidery, the neckline and the blue contrast. Will make a perfect summer piece for me and I can pair it with a light blazer or sweater.

Kut from the Kloth Simmons Bootcut Jeans-$88

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Truth time: I’ve worked hard with the help of my doctor since fall and dropped about 20 lbs so far. I have not fit into “normal” jeans in so long….SO LONG, so it was almost surreal to put these on and have them fit! I realize everyone has a different story on a healthy body but my breaking point was last summer when I would keep gaining AND then clothes from regular stores no longer fit. That was my deal breaker. I started seeing a new doc and endocrinologist to take care of some old health issues that I’d ignored for years and it’s been a slow but steady six months. For today, I’m going to enjoy the weight loss, know I worked really hard at it, and boogie around in these jeans. I’m short so I’ll have to hem them, but I have to hem all the pants I buy. Except shorts and capri pants. These have a nice bit of stretch to them and ride at a normal rise, not butt crack rise, so that’s good for me since I’m not 25 anymore (thank a god for that) and being a plumber is not a thing in my life. They’re dark rinse so I’ll happily wear them to work once I tailor them.

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 #19-Chasing Those Winter Blues

Post holiday’s got me like….so much work!!! I returned from two weeks on the farm and got a cold. Within 24 hours. Damn you germs….instead of enjoying my two week respite to plow through work and get a lot done before the students returned, I spent a good week of it hiding under a blanket on the couch not breathing through my nose. I know it can always be worse, but it was a good reason to stay home and rest. I didn’t push myself to do all of the things during this cold and I think I recovered faster as a result. I skipped some work stuff and ran a fever like a champion instead.

In the midst of my sudafed induced haze, I had forgot that I had schedule a box to show up! How exciting when I received the shipping notification. Betsey is my stylist du jour and she’s fantastic. I enjoyed her note this month, citing my pinterest board and promising something I have been asking for next month. I’ve been fortunate to lose about 15 lbs since October, thus making fit issues easier and the two shirts I kept were borderline too big but very comfortable. I’ve been working hard on that eating thing and am finally seeing the rewards.

Dear John Marson Wide Leg Denim Trouser- $78

I liked these pants, the wash was dark and slightly faded on the thighs. That’s where it ended. They were too low cut for me, the slit pockets always stick out, no matter how baggy, and they were too tight across my butt. Flare leg may be back in style, but these bogged me down. I have issues with pants usually, hemming them but even with a hem, these were very flared.

Romolo Branson Metal Fringe Necklace-$34

I liked this as well. It looks funky and a little edgy. I have a whole cork board of nice jewelry that I don’t wear, necklaces specifically so I could not justify keeping this knowing it would merely ‘hang’ there…..Great piece though

Sweet Grey Carlisle Mixed Material Top- $78

This is a beautiful piece and I love the contrast fabric under it. It’s soft, comfortable, and flatters most figures. I paired it with my red vest, jeans, and boots the first time I wore it. I can also wear this with a blazer for a more finished look. It’s generously cut and has a bit of a hi/low front/back to it.

Margaret M Christiana Textured Pencil Skirt- $78

This skirt was very wrinkly, not a good sign for my lifestyle. I like the print/texture of it. It’s also got a good bit of spandex in it. While I like a little stretch, it made me feel like I’d tried to shove myself into a tube. And I feel that’s how it looked on me. It just doesn’t work for me.

Loveappella Pines Mesh Neckline Knit Top- $54

This seemed like a “meh” piece when I pulled it out of the box, another navy top, so many first world problems…..and then I tried it on. Strangely, I was drawn to it. The short sleeves mean it can be worn alone without the need for a sweater or blazer, the mesh is quite nice to look at with the block pattern, and the contrast neckline in bright yellow was extra appealing to me. I would not have picked this out at a store but once I tried it on I thought, “i like this, i think i’m going to keep it.” And the rest is history….

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 #18-It’s the Holidays

Stitch Fix #18-The Holidays {Domesticated Academic}

Happy Holidays! The onslaught of the end of the semester, the holidays, and well….does there need to be anything else? Nope. I am happy to report that the great stylists have got my style and fit down and I appreciate them for that! Every item fit properly this month and my reasons for not keeping were my critical eye, owning something very similar already, or simply not wanting to spend the money on it. I should have skipped a box this month but forgot to reschedule it. Mostly due to the fact that I’m buying gifts for loved ones, sewing things for friends and family, and not really thinking of myself until after all final grades are submitted and accepted. This box also underwhelmed me in a big way and on multiple levels. I do love the bag I kept, it fits my laptop and any essentials I need during my days, but the clothing pieces largely underwhelmed my senses in general. I realize that not every month is a “total wow” and have accepted that. Let’s take a look.

Urban Expressions Amherst Multi-Zip Tote-$68

Stitch Fix #18-The Holidays {Domesticated Academic}

I really liked this. The color is bold, the blue is a beautiful hue and my socks are smart wool in case you were wondering. Seriously, even though it was a bit overcast/cloudy the day I took pics, this bag was roomy, has many pockets to fit extra things, and is a really great shape for my laptop (mac) to slide into vertically. I had been asking for a new bag and haven’t quite hit the “let’s spend all of my grocery money for a month on a fancy Fossil or Kate Spade” bag mentality yet, so this will fill in that gap quite well. I get sick of basic black all of the time and this is bright and cheerful without being obnoxious and will look professional barring any major accidents on my part. The lining is a sharp vertical stripe and the zipper pulls are long, maybe too long, but adequate for my life.

Market & Spruce Talena Side Zipper Knit Top-$48

Stitch Fix #18-The Holidays {Domesticated Academic}

I liked this shirt. I loved the beautiful teal color and the boat neck it had. The zipper created some really nice rucching on the side that was very flattering on me. I LOVED the 3/4 sleeves on this. I already own something very similar in cut/style/color so I could not justify buying another shirt so similar. It was a bit thin and would have made a great layering piece. I could see myself wearing it over a crisp collared shirt or with a cardigan and chunky scarf.

Gilli Kelsey Skirt-$54

Stitch Fix #18-The Holidays {Domesticated Academic}

Stitch Fix #18-The Holidays {Domesticated Academic}

This fit ‘ok’ for me. I’m not a big fan of skirts in general and the algorithm should be picking that up, but it’s not. The elastic waist on this made it super comfortable and it would be a flattering piece because of the pattern and cut. The black and white would have made it a great staple to pair with multiple color tops, tights, booties or wear in spring with sandals. I didn’t get a warm, fuzzy feeling about it and then  I realized it had already shown up ripped or never sewn properly to the elastic. I would not have kept it anyway and hope SF sees this and pulls it so it doesn’t get sent out again.

41Hawthorn Yasmine French Terry Blazer-$78

Stitch Fix #18-The Holidays {Domesticated Academic}

This was a sharp blazer and I’m a big fan of the terry cloth. So big of a fan that I own the moto jacket that I purchased in November, 2014 and am still wearing it. In fact, the day this box came, I was wearing it over another stitch fix piece, the 41 Hawthorn Kassidy Wrap Dress, and it was a super classy outfit with a little edge from the jacket. I paired it with black leggings and short bootie boots. I will say that this fabric washes and wears really well so if you get this piece and you’re debating the fabric, it holds up. I’ve washed my moto jacket several times (every 2-3 times wearing or after I spill) and it has not faded, shrunk, or lost its’ fit. I kept a blazer last month from my box so I couldn’t rationalize doing it to a blazer that I already owned the edgier big sister to.

Papermoon Newberg Lace Front Panel Knit Top-$58

Stitch Fix #18-The Holidays {Domesticated Academic}

I really loved the lace detail on this but when I put it on, it was very sheer. I was not expecting that and it somehow turned me off. This fit well and was a beautiful top. The lace lays in a flattering way, slimming you and the piece was tailored well. Just not for me this 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.

Stitch Fix #17-Fall Fell

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Love. I love Leslie. Whoever she is in the Stitch Fix ether, I would like to give her a blog shout out right now. This box would have been 5/5. My very first and true unicorn. And then there’s my personal budget to contend with. And that’s when s*&t gets real. But let me bask….for one more minute….Thanks Leslie! Seriously, it was a great box. My budget helped me make several decisions, but if I had unlimited income, I would have kept all five pieces this month. The only major fit issue I had was a personal taste one. The skirt fit great, but was a bit short for my personal taste. It was also not the best flare on me. I’m short.

Street Level Anchorage Nylon Tote $58

 

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This bag is HUGE on the inside! (TWSS) It will hold your every life need perfectly. I liked the faux leather handles and the fact that it’s nylon means you could wash it without damaging it should you spill on it. There’s a huge main compartment and two smaller ones on each side. The color was rich and warm. I didn’t keep it because I’m thinking of really splurging on a beautiful work bag that would be my “go to” for many, many years…

Le Lis Grenaa Knit Blazer $58

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I didn’t think I would like this. I typically like a well designed, lined blazer. But then I remember how hot I can get in blazers. I like wearing a light sweater at the office and this fits the bill! I tried it on with the mustard shirt below and it was an immediate match made in heaven. It’s light enough to be comfortable, it’s comfortable and not restricting, and it’s professional enough that I could teach in it. I like that the sleeves are already folded and I folded them another time. I’m short, I have short arms, I’m basically shaped like a T-Rex up in here. 3/4 sleeves are my spirit animal.

Market & Spruce Pablo V-Neck Blouse $58

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Love this. Love the fit. Love the pattern. Love the solid back. The v-neck is flattering and not too revealing. Beautiful piece. The end.

Market & Spruce Yuna Chevron Pointelle Knit Sweater $68

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I really wanted to like this sweater more than I did. It fit well but the sleeves were much too long and would have mandated I rolled them up several times. I have short arms, I’m learning to cope. I did love the pattern on it, I could pair it with colored shirts underneath for a neat combination and the color was a great neutral tan/khaki, perfect for navy trousers, jeans, boots, and a scarf on any given day. If I had unlimited funds….

Pixley Triste Swing Skirt $58
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I really enjoyed this skirt. It was definitely out of my comfort zone. I would have thought harder about it if I’d had the funds. The black edging on the bottom is a really nice detail and it helps that the skirt flares, making it a generous cut. It was too short for my personal taste and that was the only downfall of this piece.

Overall, another great and really fun box! Thanks again to Leslie for being the bomb dot com.

I loved this top as well. It was really soft with a flattering collar. When I tried it on, it was too snug across the bust and shoulders, making it an automatic “return” item. I loved the pattern. The polka dots weren’t obnoxiously big and this would have worn well under a jacket for a complete outfit. I wanted this to fit! I was so excited when I peeked at my shipment.

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 #16-“Fall”in’ in Love

Stitch Fix  #16- Fallin in Love {Domesticated Academic}

Fall is upon us! Ok, so it went from burning hot, humid, drippy summer to a few days of fall and immediately into “we’re getting a butt ton of rain” and possibly the remnants of some hurricane name Joaquin. So long fall, you were short, sweet, and a tease!

I did take some time to pin a few things this month as well, minding my note to the stylist as well. As always, she came through.       I’d like to give a blogger shout out to my stylist this month, Leslie, for being the bomb dot com of my fix. This is the first fix I recall where I truly “liked” everything that came–from the colors and patterns–this was a great fix. Some fit issues kept me from keeping more, but I realize that everyone has a different shaped body.

Liverpool Reagan Skinny Pant- $88

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Wanted to love. They fit but I felt like they were too skinny for me. I adored the pattern on these pants and I own another skinny leg pant from Gap but there was too much spandex in these or something.

Brixon Ivy Lawley Cable Knit Open Cardigan-$68

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I adored this sweater. I love the color and knit that it had. The front lapels that melted into the pockets was amazing. The downfall of this sweater was where it laid on my body, right on my butt. When I caught view of myself in the mirror, I noticed it made my backside look bigger. I’m short so it may lay differently on someone who is a half inch taller or shorter.

Market & Spruce Fierro Elbow Patch Crew Neck Sweater-$58

Stitch Fix  #16- Fallin in Love {Domesticated Academic}

This was a cute sweater. Lightweight black with adorable dark grey patches. It would have been great to wear over a collared shirt to make me the ultimate preppy professor. This sweater laid funny on my hips, hugging my middle and making me self-conscious. It was also a thin sweater, great for layering but I’m not sure if it was $58 worth of sweater. Super cute. If it laid nicer on my hips, it would have stayed no matter the price tag.

41 Hawthorn Kassidy Faux Wrap Dress-$68

Stitch Fix  #16- Fallin in Love {Domesticated Academic}

This dress is perfect for multiple seasons and the pattern was super fun with a beautiful dark red/pink mosaic pattern. I wore this to teach in and received at least three compliments throughout the day. It’s a flattering length and opens just enough at the hem for a slimming effect. I wore this on a muggy fall day with a simple cardigan over it and didn’t need too much jewelry because of the pattern. I’m going to pick up some tights for cooler weather and wear it with short boots.

Market & Spruce Colibri Polka Dot Print Top-$48

Stitch Fix  #16- Fallin in Love {Domesticated Academic}

I loved this top as well. It was really soft with a flattering collar. When I tried it on, it was too snug across the bust and shoulders, making it an automatic “return” item. I loved the pattern. The polka dots weren’t obnoxiously big and this would have worn well under a jacket for a complete outfit. I wanted this to fit! I was so excited when I peeked at my shipment.

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.