Stitch Fix April 2015 Review

Good morning, friends.

Today I’m sharing another Stitch Fix Review… otherwise known as the post that I fill with hopefully-not-super-awkward photos of myself in clothes that may or may not look good on me. As you’ll see in a minute, this was not my most successful fix, BUT my kitchen is restocked with bulletproof coffee, so everything is going to be okay. You win some, you lose some.

 

It’s about to turn into Selfie Station over here. Keep an eye out for cat photo bombers.

 

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Stitch Fix…

So by now, you’ve probably heard about Stitch Fix (<–referral link). If not from me, then from a myriad of other bloggers, Pinterest, Facebook, or that girl at the office who gets frequent deliveries and talks about it all the time. If you’re still in the dark, this post does a good job of explaining the concept and the process.

 

Unboxing…

This is my sixth fix from Stitch Fix. Needless to say, I’ve developed my own unboxing process.

Stitch Fix Unboxing1. When I first open the box, I’ll look at the styling card to get some first impressions. I know that some garments look very different on the hanger than they do on the body, so I try to keep an open mind.

2. Then I’ll try all the pieces on and assess fit, cut, style, color, etc. At this point, I usually get a pretty good idea of what I want to keep and what I want to send back.

3. Finally, I’ll look at the prices of each piece and stage a photo shoot to go with my review post. I don’t check the prices upfront because I don’t want them to sway my initial opinions, but they’ll often help inform my final decisions. The photo shoot is actually a very important piece of the puzzle because I don’t always immediately notice when a garment is see-through or secretly unflattering from certain angles.

4. Then I bag up the “returns” and ship ’em out!

 

Ready for a rundown of this month’s fix? Let’s do it.

Stitch Fix April 2015 Review on www.amym4gic.com

 

Up first…

Collective Concepts Mendolan Pintuck Detailed Jersey Tank Stitch Fix

Collective Concepts Mendolan Pintuck Detailed Jersey Tank stitch fix

Collective Concepts Mendolan Pintuck Detailed Jersey Tank stitch fix

Collective Concepts Mendolan Pintuck Detailed Jersey Tank, $58.00 [similar, similar, similar]

Likes:

  • I like the shorter length of this top. So many of my tank tops are super long.
  • Great grey color.
  • Soft material.

Dislikes:

  • Pregnancy top! I could potentially see this top working better on someone with a smaller bust, though.
  • I have a feeling the detailing up top, and the material in general, would never look quite the same again after going in the washing machine.

Decision: I just couldn’t get past the pregnancy feel of this one. RETURN

 

 

Staccato Margaux Button Up Top Stitch Fix

Staccato Margaux Button Up Top stitch fix

(Katie – do you recognize this corduroy skirt?)

Staccato Margaux Button Up Top stitch fix

Staccato Margaux Button Up Top, $44 [very similar, similar, similar]

Likes:

  • I love a good relaxed button down, and I think the crisp white with navy blue is pretty sharp.
  • The material is super soft.

Dislikes:

  • While soft, the material has no stretch at all, and I felt like my arms had a limited range of motion.
  • It had a small snag on the front, tiny, but still questionable.

Decision: Sadly, RETURN

 

 

Kut From The Kloth Kate Distressed Boyfriend Jean Stitch Fix

Kut From The Kloth Kate Distressed Boyfriend Jean

Kut From The Kloth Kate Distressed Boyfriend Jean, $78 [similar, similar, similar]

Likes:

  • Very comfortable. Fit well, I think?

Dislikes:

  • Not the most flattering cut or length on me.
  • Never been much of a boyfriend jean fan.
  • Never been much of an intentionally distressed jeans fan.

Decision: RETURN

 

 

Market & Spruce Austin Polka Dot & Striped Mixed Material Shirt Stitch Fix

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Market & Spruce Austin Polka Dot & Striped Mixed Material Shirt stitch fix

Market & Spruce Austin Polka Dot & Striped Mixed Material Shirt, $44 [similar, similar, similar]

Likes:

  • I like the combination of stripes and polka dots, and the neutral color palette.
  • The top is casual but still cute enough to wear “out and about” during the day.

Dislikes:

  • The shirt on the styling card is not exactly the same as the shirt I received (the front pocket is a contrasting material in person), and I would have liked the one in the picture a lot better.
  • The fit of the shirt was a little slumpy (?) for lack of a better, or real, word. The stripes combined with the fit reminded me of a pajama top.
  • The pleating in the back is a little odd and the front is a little sheer.

Decision: I wanted to like this one, but… RETURN

 

 

41Hawthorn Kasey Stripe Hem Fit & Flare Dress Stitch Fix

41Hawthorn Kasey Stripe Hem Fit & Flare Dress stitch fix

41Hawthorn Kasey Stripe Hem Fit & Flare Dress stitch fix

41Hawthorn Kasey Stripe Hem Fit & Flare Dress, $68 [similar, similar, similar]

Likes:

  • I specifically asked for a “dress or something festive” because I knew this shipment was going to arrive around the time of my birthday. My stylist definitely delivered in that regard.
  • The neutral color (minus the white stripes) is great.
  • The material was lined, which is always nice.

Dislikes:

  • The dress has a “sailor” feel to me.
  • The length was a little too long and the top was a little too big and blousey. Just unflattering on me overall.

Decision: RETURN

 

Final Thoughts

Well there it is: a box full of NO‘s. This isn’t my first all-no box, but I still had a hard time sending everything back. It felt wasteful to forfeit the $20 styling fee, and I came close to keeping the Margaux Button Up Top to justify it, but the fit really wasn’t perfect and there was a small snag on the front of the shirt. Throwing away a $20 styling fee is still better than wasting $40 on a top I’d never wear.

 

I’ve been noticing a lot of the same brands popping up again and again in my fixes. I’m not sure if Stitch Fix is working with a limited number of brands or if these are just ones that work well for my particular style profile…

 

While this was a disappointing fix, I did enjoy the experience. I still think Stitch Fix is a good service for those who don’t enjoy shopping, or who like to use it to experiment with items outside their comfort zone… I’m just not sure how soon I’ll be signing up for another one.

Maybe I’m just too particular.

 

Amy

Question: How many of you caught the pic with mismatched shoes? It’s a totally normal way to walk around while you’re still deciding which pair to wear. I only made it all the way to work that way once. 🙂

 

Past Fixes:

Stitch Fix #5 Review (March 2015)
Stitch Fix #4 Review (December 2014)
Stitch Fix #3 Review (October 2014)

OMG It’s Friday Favorites

Good morning, it’s Friday, omgI’msoglad.

This has been a week, ammiright?! I’m ready to close the books on this week and get the weekend started. We’ve got some fun things planned, specifically a multi-couple game night on Saturday that Andrew and I are going to dominate, and I don’t know what yet, but I’m going to be doing some baking on Sunday. I’ve had these recipe tabs open all week: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Thoughts?

Speaking of tabs that I’ve had open all week… It’s time for Friday #Favorites! Each week, I like to highlight some of the funny, interesting, unusual, or otherwise noteworthy things I’ve come across throughout the week that I think deserve a second look. Please feel free to add to my list in the comments below!

 

Friday #Favorites

 

Top billing goes to the toy chest Andrew built. I’m so proud of him, and it’s such a beautiful piece of furniture. He’ll be the first to tell you that he had some bumps along the way, but he learned from each one and has yet to make the same mistake twice. That’s impressive!

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Because I feel like bragging about him a little more, I’ll have you know that Andrew also built our entertainment unit, coffee table, shoe rack, pull-out desk, garden cabinet, and Christmas tree stand. And he was commissioned to build a bright red makeup table for a friend. Chyeah. #hottiewithahobbie

 

Andrew builds most of his projects on our patio, so now that the toy chest is done, it’s nice to have a clear view of all the plants again.

22715 garden cabinet

22715 aloe explosion

When did the aloe plant explode?

22715 succulents

We successfully brought these guys back from the dead and I’m so happy. They were part of a little succulent centerpiece at the NCTA show last year, but the dirt was covered in a layer of glue, meaning the arrangement wasn’t meant to survive more than a week. That was unacceptable to me, so Andrew and I brought it home, scraped off the glue, and gave it a ton of TLC.

 

Stitch Fix finds. If you stopped by on Monday, then you already know I kept a couple great pieces from my most recent fix. Spring fashion is starting to pop up everywhere, so the delivery from Stitch Fix (<–referral link) came at the perfect time.

February 2015 Stitch Fix Review

 

That’s not to say I haven’t been eying a few pieces of spring workout gear lately…

workout gear i'm loving

[Upper: 1, 2, 3, 4, Lower: 1, 2, 3, 4]

…You know, to get me through that brutal transition from winter to spring that takes place in LA.

 

Shoutout to this cutie for making my afternoon walks a little cuter.

22715 caswell 2

That is the “You’re seriously taking another picture of me?” look.

22715 caswell smirk

Yes, Caswell. Yes, I am.

 

Flat whites with coconut milk at Starbucks. I’m officially a fan. After conducting a mini experiment, I determined that I like coconut milk in a flat white, but not in a latte. I’m not a big fan of coconut, and in a latte (where the ratio of milk to coffee is higher), you can really taste the coconut.

starbucks new coconut milk latte

 

Toolery. Tools + Jewelry = Toolery. Not having enough hobbies is something that Andrew and I have never been accused of. Between hiking, baking, woodworking, water-coloring, gardening, biking, puzzling, and t-shirt making, the two of us are never bored. Well, I can now add “jewelry making” to my list of hobbies.

22715 toolery mash up

I’ve been playing around with some nuts and bolts and things from Andrew’s toolbox, along with suede and cotton cording, to see what fun designs I can come up with. I just opened an Etsy shop (because I take my hobbies very seriously), so if you’re interested or even just curious, you can check it out here.

 

22715 bolt toolery

 

And finally, some randoms from around the web:

 

 

  • Regulate performed by Warren and Kenny G on Jimmy Kimmel. Not only are Warren G and Kenny G a dynamic duo of epic proportions, but their performance is spot on. Does Kenny G just not age?

 

  • Uptown Funk covered by Alex Boye’ & The Dancing Grannies. I love the original song and video (a lot), but I would argue that this is almost better. And a fun fact for any Frozen fans out there, this is the same Alex Boye’ from this Let It Go cover.

 

  • Smart Rope by Joen Choe [Kickstarter]. This is so cool! I want one.

 

 

Enjoy the rest of your Friday and have a wonderful weekend. Is it Happy Hour yet?

Amy

Friday-Favorite-Link-Up-Botton-Life-In-Leggings

As always, you can see what others are loving this Friday on Heather’s new site, Life in Leggings.