I’m not one of those people who hates shopping. I love it, actually. However, I am one of those people who doesn’t have time to do a lot of shopping. So when I heard about StitchFix, I was intrigued.

For those of you who haven’t heard about StitchFix, it is an online fashion retailer that delivers clothes and accessories via a monthly subscription. It is sort of like other “box services” in that you get a monthly box sent to your home. But what is fun about this service is that a stylist reviews your Style Profile, notes and even your Pinterest Board (what??) and then makes selections based on those factors for a fun, personal service. How fun is that? The styling fee is $20 per month. You are sent 5 pieces of clothing and/or accessories. Prices of the items typically average around $55. And you can specify how much you want to spend on items in your style profile. The monthly fee is credited to any purchases you make that month. You also receive a 25% discount if you keep all 5 items.

I started pouring over reviews on people’s personal blogs, Pinterest and of course became obsessed with “unboxing” videos on YouTube. Some people seemed to love it, others had so-so reviews. It seemed to me that people who took the time to pin outfits and leave good notes on their style profile were the happiest with their boxes.

So, let’s check out what I got in my first box!! I posted about this online and had a lot of people ask me what I received, so I thought blogging about it would be the best way to show everyone. Here we go:

In my style profile I left some pretty detailed notes. I don’t often have to dress up for work, but I indicated that I wore Business Casual/Work attire once or twice a week and that I was Laid Back Casual most of the time (read: leggings, scarves & tunics). I said that I wanted to consistently receive these types of items in my box. I also asked to receive Date Night clothes every so often. Because moving from the Pacific Northwest, I really had not added any of these types of clothing to my wardrobe in a while. (Because Lawrence is so much dressier? Haha.) Then in my written notes I described myself (it is suggested that you even post a picture of yourself on your Pinterest board); that I loved layering in the fall; I wear boots constantly; I typically go for black/gray combos, but that I was really trying to expand the colors in my wardrobe. You can also leave  notes specific for each month, like if you have a wedding coming up. So here I said I was getting ready to travel for my OT presentations.  I indicated I would like some travel friendly pieces that I could wear while presenting, but that would also be comfortable for flying so I didn’t have to change.

After filling all this out I had to wait about a month before I could receive my first Fix. I pinned outfits like a mad woman and then once I received an email that my Fix had shipped I eagerly stalked, patiently waited for FedEx to deliver my box!

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I couldn’t wait to see what I had received! My box was delivered right on time by FedEx and I raced home from work to check it out! I am a huge fan of cool packaging, so I loved the way the contents were packaged. The inside of the box was printed with instructions. Items were wrapped in nice tissue paper and I received an envelope with more details on how StitchFix works, my Styling Card, a note from my stylist and a return envelope.

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It was a lot of fun opening up the package and viewing what I had received. I was impressed with how soft the fabrics of my clothing were. They really felt like quality pieces. I was initially surprised at the colors of some of the items. Both the orange and wine colors are not something that I would typically look at in a store. But I had indicated that I wanted to upgrade the colors in my closet, so I was game to not make quick judgements before trying anything on. I immediately loved the pants and scarf, however! The dress was also something I was looking forward to trying on!

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Included in each box is a note from your stylist and a Styling Card for each piece. The clothing and accessories in your box isn’t necessarily meant to work together (although in my case some did). But you do receive a card for each item that gives you some options and ideas for how to wear each item. Here is my card:

IMG_0697 I had a nice note from Ping, my stylist for this box, telling my why each item was chosen for me and offering some ideas on how to wear each item.

 

“Hi Kamila! Welcome to Stitch Fix and thanks so much for your request! I picked out pieces that are travel friendly and can easily pack into a suitcase without too much wrinkling. I thought the 41Hawthorne dress would look great paired with the Skies are Blue cardigan and pumps. If you want a preppier look, layer a button up underneath the dress. For a more casual look, try the dress with boots, the cardigan and accessorize with the Octavia scarf. The Kut from the Kloth pants would be great with a blouse and flats for a comfy travel friendly outfit. I also included the Brixton Ivy sweater which will pair nicely with pants, skirts or denim during cooler weather. I hope you have fun trying on these items and please don’t forget to leave us feedback so we can continue to improve on your Fixes. Thanks! Cheers, Ping”

Skies are Blue, Caspian Scallop Trim Cardigan, $68

Wow. I loved the detail on this cardi. Initially, the color was a bit different than what I would have gravitated toward in a store. But once I tried it on, I was in love. I love the pockets. It is so soft! It fit great through the shoulders and the length was perfect to pair with leggings, the Danny Pant (below) or with a dress. I can definitely wear this on a comfy day or with something a little more dressy like a dress, skirt or dress pants.

Verdict: KEEP

Octavia, Alina Leopard Print Infinity Scarf, $34

So, I did indicate that I wanted my accessories ‘as cheap as possible’ on my style profile. I typically would not pay this much for a scarf. I love scarves, but they tend to be of the trendier nature. So I like to bargain shop for those. However, I do LOVE this scarf. It is right up my alley. It is definitely something I would purchase on my own, besides the price. It is very soft and cozy to wear. And, to return one item would mean I would loose the 25% discount.

Verdict: KEEP

Cut From The Kloth, Danny 5-Pocket Knit Pant, $68.00

Again, the first thing I noticed when unwrapping this item was how soft the fabric was! Very comfy feel. These are actually a dark charcoal color. I think they will be very versatile. They will also be great for travel as the knit fabric will not wrinkle so bad. The fit on these was a little straighter than I normally would have purchased for myself. But I did like them when I tried them on, and I think they look pretty good. I don’t have a pair of gray pants, so this will be a good addition to my wardrobe.

Verdict: KEEP

IMG_0713 I am wearing the cardigan, pants and scarf from my Fix. I added a white collared shirt.

 

Brixton Ivy, Atticus Pointelle Knit Sweater, $58

When I pulled this sweater out of the box, my initial impression was, “Meh.” I loved the style, detail and feel of the sweater. But I have never really been someone to wear orange. Coral, yes. Salmon, yes. Peach, maybe. Orange, no. This sweater has a relaxed feel to it. It is a little more roomy through the body. When I tried it on I was pleasantly surprised by the color. Someone told me they thought it made my blond hair “pop.” :) If I were going to send anything back, this would probably have been the piece. However, I didn’t hate it. I loved the feel of it on. And, this being one of the least expensive items, if I were to return this I would end up paying more for the other pieces because I would lose that 25% discount. Ah, tricky, tricky StitchFix. Or, is it? I’m happy to report, though, that I am wearing this sweater as I type and I am loving it.

Verdit: KEEP

IMG_0711 I’m wearing the same collared shirt from the first picture, and added some gray denim jeans.

 

41Hawthorn, Dita Colorblock Sleeveless Ponte Dress, $78

I was very excited about trying on this dress. I really like the colors in this dress. The fabric feels awesome and ponte can’t be a better fabric for traveling. I had hoped that any “business” pieces would be able to integrate into my everyday wardrobe. I think this dress will be a great fit for that. I love how it fits. I couldn’t tell at first if the skirt part of the dress was navy or black. It looked black inside, but when I saw it in the light i think it is actually navy. I’m wondering what color of tights to wear with this, but thinking a charcoal gray? And adding my dark brown boots? I tried to dress it up in the picture below by wearing a collared shirt. But I think it would also look great with a cardigan and scarf.

Verdit: KEEP

IMG_0721 Added: Collared shirt, charcoal argyle tights and boots.

 

So all together my total was $306 for 5 pieces. I had already paid a $20 styling fee which was subtracted, and by keeping all 5 pieces I received a 25% discount of $71.50. My total came to $214.50 for everything. Not bad for 5 items of clothes, which I feel are of pretty good quality. If you found any of your pieces at a lower price, then you just email StitchFix and they will price match for that item. I did a bit of searching on the internet, but didn’t find any of my pieces cheaper.

Final thoughts: StitchFix is fun! It’s a good way to find articles of clothing that you may otherwise not find. I loved the convenience of coming home to several new outfits! Just by paring two addition items from my wardrobe (the collared shirt and a pair of jeans) I would be able to come up with several combinations of outfits from these 5 pieces. I love it!

What do you think? Have you tried StitchFix before? Are you thinking about trying it? You can check out StitchFix here!

 

I was not paid by StitchFix to write this review. However, the links included are affiliate links and I will get credit for referring you to StitchFix. Click on my link when you sign up, then share YOUR link with friends and family to get credit for your account! :D

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A Spring Playlist for You

March 29, 2012

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Wow. I have been a horrible blogger (bloggess?) this past year. I feel a little sad about that. Blogging is something I really do like doing. I can’t say it’s going to get any better, though. My attention has been elsewhere. And, most people I keep in contact with are on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, so posting on The Blog seems a little redundant.

I do, however, want to break my solitude to share some songs with you. I have quite a good playlist (in my opinion) going right now. These are songs that I’ve been listening to on repeat for a few weeks. They are each a little different, but no less fabulous than the other! Some are new, some are not.

Wondering where in the world I find my music? I listen to AltNation on XM Radio or The Verge. I also spend a good amount of time listening to Pandora. I’ll plug in a song I know I like and then, Voila! A bunch of songs that are similar come up. Some of my favorite stations are “Foster the People Radio,” “Black Keys Radio,” or “Gregory Alan Isakov Radio.” I spend a lot of time driving between home and work on long, windy roads. Occasionally there are spots where I can’t listen to XM radio due to tall cliffs or trees or something so my playlists come in handy!

So, let’s get right to it. My interestes are elsewhere (read knitting), remember?


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Music Playlist at MixPod.com

That little MixPod Player does have an iPhone app now. So far, I haven’t found that you can search another person’s playlist. But if you like this one I suppose you could search them and make the same playlist for yourself. Also, if you’re reading on your iPad or iPhone, you won’t be able to play my little iPod I’ve embedded up there. I made the list below for you.

Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men I love this folk/indie group. In this song, I like how the two singers are talking back and forth.

The High Road by Broken Bells If you’re a fan of The Shins, you’ll probably like Broken Bells, too. The lead singer/guitarist from The Shins partnered with a dude from Danger Mouse to create this record.

The Stable Song by Gregory Allan Isakov This guy’s whole album, That Sea, The Gambler, is really great. I could have easily picked any one of his songs to include in my list. I listen to this album a lot at night when I’m trying to relax. It’s also perfect to have playing in the background while you’re working, cleaning or driving. I do think “The Stable Song” is my most favorite, though. I love the lyrics. I love the fiddle. Listen to it loud if you can!

Act Nice and Gentle by The Black Keys I love, love, love this song. If I would ever sing karaoke, this is the song I would sing. Don’t be surprised if you ever pass me in my car when this song is on. I will be full-out singing along with it. I even changed the words so it is gender specific. Ha.

Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye feat. Kimbra So, I guess we all need to be happy when an indie artist gets a break, right? The Music Snob in me says no. (See also: Foster the People) As this is one song that I have loved for a while I am happy for them they are getting some good air time. I also see his song will be sung on Glee. Yippie! (Insert scarasm.) Ok, I still love it.

Disparate Youth by Santigold This is Santigold’s newest release. Loved her older stuff. Love this one, too!

Lean into the Fall by MONA, Junk of the Heart by the Kooks , Apartment by Young the Giant, Trojans by Atlas Genius These songs are all pretty upbeat. They’re great driving music. (See above where I talk about spending a lot of time in my car without radio availabilty.) Listen to them with the windows down!

So, there ya go! Listen to it, download your favorites and head out on a nice drive or something! You could clean your house, but a nice drive though the forest sounds better to me.

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