Mom’s Stitch Fix Review #2 November 2014

Hi Guys!  Sorry it’s been a little while (well, really not that long, but longer than usual…), my life has been busy with life stuff, and Mark has had a new project that has monopolized the laptop most evenings.  Not that I blame him, it’s just that usually monopolize the laptop, so it takes some getting used to 🙂 So out of the three of us who originally signed up for Stitch Fix, only my mom had the foresight to realize how much we were all going to love this service, and signed up for a monthly fix.  Her first fix came just days after my fix, and although she did find a really cute cardigan, she overall was not crazy about the clothes they picked out.  Her second fix arrived last weekend, and she is the first of us to make it to box #2.  She had high hopes of redemption for her second fix, and my sisters and I were all anxiously (and kind of jealously) waiting to see what she got!  She made up a review for me to share with all of you, since Stitch Fix seems to be BY FAR my most read blog topic!  All of the Stitch Fix links in this blog are referral links, just btw, but I do get $25.00 towards new clothes if my (or my mom’s) experience helps you decide to try this service.  So far I think it is a very fun service (after 1 box for myself, 1 for my sister, and 2 for my mom).

For those of you who are new to Stitch Fix, read my first blog about it here, but basically, you fill out a clothing style profile, and link pinterest accounts, etc to your account.  You pay a $20.00 styling fee, and a stylist picks out 5 items they think you’ll love and sends them to your house.  You keep the items you love, and send back any you don’t like.  Shipping is free to and from, and the $20.00 goes towards anything you keep!

On to the review!  I have no prices for these ones, sorry!

#1 Shanon Crochet Detail V-Neck Blouse

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You can’t see it that well in this picture, but this shirt is a loose, drapey shirt that would look great with skinny jeans or tucked into a skirt (per the styling card, haha).  It has the unexpected detail of a sheer, crochet area at the top of the front of the shirt.  This shirt fit well, and also fit nicely with my mom’s style.  She thought the crochet areas made it a shirt she probably would not wear to work (I probably would, but she is a bit more conservative than me, and I always wear a white coat at work), but that it would fit with her casual wardrobe.  She also wished that this shirt came with a black cami – several of us have received “free” camis with shirts that need them.  Maybe Stitch Fix didn’t think this shirt required a cami?  Not sure.  She did decide to KEEP this shirt!

#2 Dorie Collarless Blazer

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really liked this blazer from the moment my mom took it out of her box.  It is not something that would fit with my style, but for her I thought it looked perfect.  It is the kind of piece that has a basic, yet flattering cut so that it will stay a wardrobe classic, but the color really adds modern-ness to it and makes it a statement piece.  I also think the coral color is conservative enough that most people would think it was cute but it wouldn’t attract too much attention (this is what I think about when I pick out clothes, not sure what mom’s process is).  However, when my mom first tried it on, she wasn’t sure about it.  She said it was not something she would have ever thought to pick out herself, and I was pretty sure she wasn’t going to keep it.  She didn’t know what colors to match it to, and she wasn’t sure what in her current wardrobe she could wear with it.  If I haven’t mentioned it before, this is one of the best things about Stitch Fix.  You can go to your closet and start trying things on to see if you like the item with other things in your wardrobe!  Well, my mom did just that, and later that evening, sent me this picture, showing the jacket was a KEEPER!

#3 Rocco 3/4 Sleeve Faux Wrap Dress

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Again, sorry about the not great picture.  This dress was ok, it did emphasize my mom’s very narrow waist, but I don’t think it stood out as anything special in her mind.  I can picture her wearing it, but I can also see her finding a similar (and likely less expensive) dress at Target.  I will say, this is the second wrap dress in 2 boxes that my mom has received, and I don’t think she’s really a “wrap dress person” (if that’s a thing).  SENT BACK!

#4 Charissa Pleated Swing Skirt

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Again, I thought this skirt was fine.  It had a narrow waist band at the top and very fine pleats covering the whole skirt.  The color was conservative enough that the “cutesy” pleats did not make it look too young, and the length was perfect at just about knee length.  My mom had several concerns about this skirt though.  1. The waist band was so narrow that it did not sit very flat on the waist.  I also think a wider waist band would have been more flattering.  2. The pleats – if you wash this skirt, are the pleats going to wash out?  They did not appear sewn in at all.  If so, the skirt would never be the same, or you would have to re-iron in all the pleats (so not happening…), or I suppose dry clean only the skirt.  Because of these concerns, she decided to SEND BACK the skirt.

#5 Emer High Waisted Tall Trouser

I have no pictures for this one.  The pants, when on my mom, had a similar fit to the pants I received in my last Stitch fix here.  They were fairly tight and reminiscent of thick leggings.  They also had no button or zipper, but were pull-on like maternity pants (a plus for me, but not sure if my mom liked this).  I think in general she thought the pants were too “young” for her, and she generally prefers a looser fit and thicker material.  SENT BACK

So that’s it for this Stitch Fix, I think she was more happy with the picks than she expected, and the only thing she got that she really did not like were the pants.  What do you think about her picks?  Any picks you guys have gotten that you loved?  I should get my second box the week of Thanksgiving and am kicking myself for not signing up for monthly fixes (there is a long wait period if you sign up one at a time, and Nov 26th was literally the closest date I could get).  i can’t wait!

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Freezer Meals, Running, and a Little More Stitch Fix!

Forgive me, anyone who likes posts to be about one topic.  This will not be that kind of post.  Mostly because I have been pretty busy lately, but also because a lot of the topics I have to write about seem to involve subscription boxes of some type, and I am trying to not turn this into a subscription box blog….but there will be a little Stitch Fix at the end, because my mom and sister got their boxes, and I want to share their clothes with you too!

I guess, chronologically first up would be running.  Not too much to talk about that, since unfortunately Mark and I have been sick, and it had prevented me from running for the past 3-3 1/2 weeks (we had mono 😦 Crazy, right?  What are we, teenagers?)  Anyways, I am finally feeling up to running this week, and was reviewing my training schedule to assess the damage.  Let me tell you, it’s bad…I have been following the Hal Higdon Novice Supreme 30 week marathon training schedule, and had been actually very consistent.  But now I missed weeks 19-22!  I looked at the schedule and realized I had only 7 weeks of training until the Space Coast Marathon, and 3 of those are supposed to be taper weeks (where you run less miles and let your muscles recover and prepare for the race).  So it’s going to be a stretch to get myself in marathon shape by then, but I’m going to try.  I also had the Savage Race Scheduled, which is an obstacle course mud race, but my doctor said no to that one because of the mono.  On the plus side, that freed up my schedule to register for the half marathon the rest of my family was already running on the same day – a Halloween themed race called the Frankenfooter Half marathon, and I’m pretty excited about that.  Plus, it will motivate me to get back on the wagon for marathon training.

This week represented a change in work schedule for me.  I started working an extra day, which I think will work out very well in the long run.  However, I’m the type of person that any change in my schedule represents a significant amount of stress, and I usually deal with that stress by coming up with random projects to do.  So Sunday I decided to make several different meals and then freeze some of them, so I wouldn’t have to worry about making dinner when I got off of work!  Of course I went to Pinterest to find the recipes, that site is really the best for random projects like this.  I decided to start *small* and found 2 dinner recipes and 1 breakfast recipe.  Both of the dinner recipes are from The Humbled Homemaker Blog, and I picked them because they were easy to make and easy to cook out of the freezer.  The 2 recipes I used were her Chicken Divan recipe and her Baked Ziti Recipe.  I am actually eating the Chicken Divan leftover for dinner as I type this.  For the breakfast recipe I used the recipe from GetCreativeJuice Blog with some of my own modifications.  All told it took me about 2 1/2 hours to make all of these recipes, and ended up with 2 trays of Baked Ziti, 5 freezer bags of Chicken Divan and 24 mini breakfast muffins.  We had the Baked Ziti for dinner, and I thought it was yummy, although V vetoed it and I don’t think Mark was happy I put in zucchini.

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Ok, now on to Stitch Fix.  If you dont know about stitch fix, this blog post explains it all.  Since this is my sister Kelly’s fix, I don’t have all the same details like price on them, but I can still share the cute pictures.  My mom got her fix too, but I have yet to receive permission to post her pics, maybe next post I will.  On to the fix!

1. Hanlee airy knit raglan sweater

2. Jimmy ankle length skinny jeans

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Obviously the sweater does not fit right, but she says the jeans are a maybe (I know you cant see them that well, they are ankle length skinny jeans)

3. Kassidy open lattice detail tank

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Sadly another fit problem, which is too bad because we both LOVE the idea of this shirt and think it would have been a keeper if it had fit.

4. Roma floral print short-sleeve blouse

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She loves the fit and style of this cute floral shirt!

5. Ashland chevron print dress

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I think this dress is SUPER ADORABLE, but she is not sure about it.  I think she likes it too, just isn’t sure where she would wear it too and whether it would get the wear for the price (not sure of the price, sorry).  I hope she keeps it, but I get not wanting to buy a probably fairly pricey dress if you are not sure you will wear it.  By the way, once again, all stitch fix links are referral links.

That’s all for now guys, thanks for reading!  Let me know what you think!

My Stitch Fix Review #1 – October 2014

At long last, after nearly 1 month of waiting, my Stitch Fix finally arrived!!  If you haven’t heard of Stitch Fix, here’s the deal: Stitch fix is like hiring a personal shopper to pick out clothes for you.  You go online and fill out a comprehensive style profile.  This profile includes questions like sizes, style of clothing you like to wear, and types of clothing you are in need of (dresses, work clothes, casual, etc).  You can also leave as long of a note as you would like for your stylist to make sure they know what you would like, or link a Pinterest page to your stitch fix account so you can show them your favorite clothes.  After you fill out your style profile, you schedule your fix.  You can request a one-time fix, or schedule recurring shipments.  Each time you get a shipment, you pay a $20.00 styling fee, which you can put towards any clothing you decide to keep.  By the way, once you sign up for stitch fix, you get a referral code, which you can give to anyone who decides to sign up because of your experience.  For each person that signs up, they give you a nice $25.00 in credit, which I think is very generous.  All of the stitch fix links on this page have my referral code embedded, just FYI, but might as well give someone your credit if you are going to sign up anyways, right?

Anyways, on to the clothes!

So I got the notification that my box shipped on Wednesday, and was scheduled to arrive on Saturday, so I was very surprised and pleased when it showed up Friday afternoon!  I had peeked at what they were sending me earlier, so i already had some idea what was on the way, and I was excited!  I had heard that peeking early may help temper your expectations so you are not disappointed when the box arrives.  I think this was probably true for me. So here’s the box:

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It was quite a bit smaller than expected, but that was actually a plus rather than a minus.

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All of the items were neatly packaged in a pretty box, and the box includes a personalized note from your stylist.  For me, this included the reasons she picked out the clothes that she did and what I could pair together or add from my own closet.  There is also a style card included for every piece of clothing showing two different ways to wear them including accessories and shoes.

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Here’s a first look at all of the clothes, I’m liking all the prints and colors!  I had told my stylist that I wanted mostly clothes for work, that I liked floral prints, polka dots and shirts with unexpected details, and that I really like maxi dresses.  Here are the items one by one.  Prices are shown so you can get an idea of what everything costs.  Stitch Fix says they try to keep their price point around $55.00 per item, but you can customize how much you are willing to spend on your style profile.

First Item: Market and Spruce Abi Colorblock Maxi Dress – $88.00

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Ah, this maxi dress… This was the piece of clothing I was most excited about when I sneak peeked on my shipment.  I have seen lots of blogs with people looking cute in this dress.  But alas, it was not for me.  The top was too big, which made the band in the middle hit me in a weird spot.  Because of this, and because the fabric was thin and clingy, I felt like it emphasized any extra bulge on my belly, which I consider my “problem area”.  Also, as you can see in the picture, it was several inches too long.  This might have been ok if I wore heels, but I pretty much don’t.  However, I was ok with not loving this dress because 1. I really need work clothes and this was the only piece I couldn’t wear to work, and 2. $88.00 for a maxi dress?!?!  I would have to really, really love it (and even then maybe not).

2.  41Hawthorne Coco Swiss Dot Lattice Detail Blouse – $68.00

3. Liverpool Anita Ponte Pant – $78.00

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First off, these are seriously the best pants ever.  Like, for real… I want to wear these pants every day and not take them off.  I am amazed that Stitch Fix could find me pants that fit so well on my first fix – especially because in my style profile it asked what my waist size was in inches and I didn’t know!  So no surprise I had to keep them. $78.00 is still a little pricey for me for pants, but these felt really well made, and they can be worn for work or casual so I will get a lot of use out of them.

The shirt – It looks really cute in the picture, and it was actually really cute on.  However, it came with a built-in (but detachable) undershirt in the same color.  The undershirt was way shorter than the rest of the shirt, short enough that I would want to keep adjusting it throughout the day, but if I pulled it down even slightly, my bra would stick out over the top and was visible through the cut-outs in the shirt.  I could have just worn it with a different undershirt, but I don’t think a black or white undershirt (the only colors I have) would look as good, and really, if I’m going to spend $68.00 on a shirt, it needs to be perfect.

4. Pink Martini Alexzandria Floral Print Sheer Sleeve Knit Top – $68.00

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This top was fine.  I really liked the pattern and the shirt looked like something I would pick out on my own at a store.  The fit was a little wide, but other wise it was fine.  I would probably wear it to work.  I liked that it had an exposed zipper in the back.  I didn’t end up keeping it because 1. $68.00 is a lot to spend on a shirt that is just “fine” and 2. although my stylist said I could pair it with these black pants, I felt like it made the outfit too dark, and I pretty much only have dark colored pants.

5. Sweet Rain Lucio Graphic Print Blouse – $48.00

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So I was not excited at all about this shirt when I saw it was coming.  I thought it would be too loose and drapey, and shirts like that tend to hide my figure rather than flatter it.  But when I put on this shirt, it was love at first sight.  I had to keep it!  As a bonus, stitch fix included a black undershirt to wear under it, which was not on my invoice or mentioned anywhere in the paperwork.  I thought that was extremely thoughtful.  I have worn this exact outfit twice already this weekend and feel like I look really cute and put together in it.

The rest of the clothes I put into the pre-paid usps shipping envelope provided and dropped it off at the post office – easy as that!  They give you 3 days from delivery until the package is due to be in the mail, so you have plenty of time to decide.  You also check out online and let them know which items you are sending back and why you did not want to keep them.

My overall thoughts – this was an extremely fun experience.  No, I didn’t love every piece of clothing sent to me, but I didn’t actually want to, because I was not planning on spending that much on clothes (Stitch Fix does give you a 25% discount if you decide to keep your whole box, but that would still be pretty pricey).  I am planning on getting another box, I think I will stay on every other month shipments for now and see if I still like it.  I think this service is great for branching out on your wardrobe, and for finding quality pieces in brands you haven’t tried before.  For me, I think it also lets me know what basic pieces my wardrobe is lacking (A LOT).  However, I would not use stitch fix to buy all my clothes, only because of cost.  Some of the items (like the maxi) I also feel like I could find similar items for much less.  I did leave a note for my stylist for next time (I requested the same stylist again) that I would be very unlikely to purchase shirts priced above $60.00.

Again, if my experience has made you want to try Stitch Fix for yourself, I would appreciate it if you use my referral link, the only risk is $20.00 if you don’t like anything!  And no, I did not receive any compensation (other than referral credit) to try Stitch fix, I paid for my styling fee myself.  So what do you guys think?  Have any of you tried stitch fix yet?  How were your fixes?

Stay tuned for pictures from my mom and sister’s fixes – they are due to get their first ones later this week and i will share their experiences with you guys too so long as they don’t mind!

Welcome to My Blog!

Hi, My name is Morgan and this is my first ever personal blog post.  There, I said it.  I have been wanting to start a personal blog for a while but wasn’t sure I had enough to say.  Then I started a wordpress blog while on maternity leave like a year and a half ago but never wrote a post.  I think I got bogged down by all the details and adding stuff to the blog that I thought it was too complicated – but really, it’s not 🙂

As a fairly new mom (My daughter “V” is 18 months now) I find that my life is pulled in many different directions.  I of course want to be the best possible mom to V, but I have a professional career that I also want to be the best at.  Not to mention, I have always been a person that likes to try new trends and hobbies, and that part of myself has not gone away just because I have less time.  Now that I mention it, this blog is probably indicative of that part of myself!  I want to use this as a space to talk about whats interesting to me at this time (well, that sounds selfish!).  Here are some previews of general topics to expect from me:

1. Toddlers – I am always looking for stuff to do with V.  I love finding new play ideas and new meal ideas.  Anything I can do to get her to eat more “real” food and watch less Mickey Mouse.  Not that there’s anything wrong with a little Mickey Mouse, I just love seeing her play instead of sit in front of the TV.  Toddlers are much harder to feed and entertain than I would have ever guessed before becoming a mom.  BTW that’s her in my profile pic, in case you hadn’t guessed.

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Husband Mark and toddler V

2.  Veterinary Medicine/pets – I am a small animal veterinarian, and it takes up a big portion of my life and attention.  I love, love, love my job and could never see myself doing anything else.  I love it so much that I actually missed my patients when out of maternity leave and was ready to get back to work (I feel bad just saying that).  Of course, I also missed V once I started working again.  I have a professional/business blog for my more serious education articles and stories from the clinic but I can’t imagine I’ll be able to keep them totally separate.

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3.  Running/fitness – I am a distance runner.  Right now I am into marathons, but before that I did a lot of half-marathons.  So far I have only run 1 marathon (Disney World marathon!), but I am in training for 2 more this season.  I started running in undergrad when a lot of my friends were endurance exercise junkies, but took an unofficial hiatus from about mid vet-school until after V was born.  All of the enforced inactivity of my pregnancy/ankle fracture sparked the running bug again, and I haven’t looked back.  Running is my time.  I get to think about my day and make plans, I get to let out my stress, I get endorphins.  I also like trying out various new diet trends, because I want to see what they feel like to do, although I know most of them probably aren’t that healthy or aren’t going to be something I can keep up.  Although I do run to lose weight as well, I am generally pretty happy with my looks and like that I can mostly eat what I want so long as I run.

4.  Food – Just like toddler food ideas, I am always looking for, and trying out family meal ideas.  I am really not that great of a cook, even when following recipes, so be prepared for some failed dinners.  Usually my poor husband, Mark, eats it anyways, although I can usually tell he’s not crazy about it if he only eats one helping.  Still I sometimes come across great and easy to use recipes, so I will share them if I do.  I also sometimes go on a food dehydrating/jerky making kick.

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5.  Fashion – Ok.  I am just not that fashionable.  I try to look cute, professional, put together, but if an outfit has more than 2 pieces chances are I wont know how to wear it.  I try to stick with a few basic pieces and combine them in predictable ways.  However, I did just recently sign up for Stitch Fix and I am super excited about it.  Basically a personal shopper picks out clothes for you based on a style profile you fill out and your pinterest pins and sends you 5 items in the mail – like surprise Christmas!  It does cost $20 for them to send it to you but that $20 can go towards any clothes you decide to buy.  If you don’t like the clothes, they give you a pre-paid envelope to send back.  And, if you refer a friend you can get referral credit, so let me know if you’re interested 🙂  I haven’t gotten any clothes yet because my first shipment is not until October, but I am excited about this adventure.  And I really like reading Stitch Fix blogs, so I wanted to do my own as well.  I know this sounds like an advertisement, but I really am just that excited lol.

Well, I think that’s all for today, but expect to hear from me again soon!  Let me know what you think!