**I actually wrote this blog post a few weeks ago and I’ve been really hesitant to push the publish button. I couldn’t figure out the reason for my hesitancy and then I realized it’s because there’s a vulnerability in sharing pictures of myself. It’s much less scary to post pictures of my house. But I have decided to put fear aside and put myself out there, so please be kind (I’m especially talking to my family members who like to tease me).**
Now on to the post…
The focus of this post is a little off topic from what I’ve typically posted about in the past, but I’ve been wanting to switch things up and start posting more about my life in general. Fashion, family, faith, and food are among the topics I’ve been contemplating adding in to the mix and maybe calling this a ‘lifestyle blog’ instead of one that solely focuses on home decorating.
Of course, I am most passionate about home decor and will still post about any home projects I tackle, but I’m hungry to add more content. I really love writing and photography and I’ve greatly missed blogging. Unfortunately I just don’t have enough time for frequent large scale home decorating projects these days and so my poor blog has been neglected for months on end (see previous post for the reasoning behind that).
So all that to say, the topic of this post is something new and different: fashion.
I wouldn’t consider myself a fashion expert or even one who’s particularly skilled at pulling together an outfit, which is why I signed up for Stitch Fix almost a year ago.
I’m sure most of you probably know what Stitch Fix is by now, but in case you don’t, here’s a brief description…
Stitch Fix is a monthly service that delivers 5 hand-selected clothing and/or accessory items to your doorstep. As a subscriber, you have an assigned stylist who has taken the time to understand your personal style and body type/size based on a questionnaire you fill out. You have the option of keeping all, some or none of the items delivered to you each month. There is a $20 styling fee and you pay for the items you keep. If you keep any items, the $20 styling fee gets credited towards your order. Most items range from $30-$100.
With each “fix” comes a style sheet that gives you examples of each piece styled as a complete outfit.I look forward to my “fix” arriving every month and feel like it’s Christmas every time I unbox one. I love that I don’t even have to leave my house to add new pieces to my wardrobe.
This month I received my 10th fix and I thought it would be fun to share it with you.My stylist relies a lot on what I’ve pinned on my Pinterest style board when she selects my clothing. As you can see, the items she picked for me above are very similar to some of the items I’ve pinned below.I always, always try on every piece that I receive. There have been times when I’ve turned up my nose at a piece and then when I tried it on, I loved it. You just never know how it’s going to look once it’s on. And that’s one of the things I like most about Stitch Fix. Sometimes you get something you never would have picked out yourself and you end up loving it.
Here’s a look at what the pieces from this month’s Fix looked like on me…
Market & Spruce – Eliana Zipper Back Mixed Material Knit Top +
Lila Ryan – Liza Colored Skinny Jeans
I actually had pinned this exact top on Pinterest, so I was super surprised to see it in my box. Gray and stripes are definitely my jam. I especially loved the zipper down the back side.I thought for sure this one was a keeper, but after trying it on, I wasn’t so sure. It’s wasn’t as long as I’d would have liked it to be and I was worried about it shrinking up even shorter. I think it kinda accentuated my booty too, which I’m already self-conscious of.
The plum colored pants, however, stayed. They fit great and are plenty long. Finding long enough pants to fit my tall body is often a struggle for me.RD Style – Audra V-Neck Pullover Sweater
I also had pinned this exact sweater. I loved the color, pattern and texture, but again, it wasn’t quite long enough. While I liked it, I don’t think the fit was very flattering on me either, so this one got returned. I think if it had actually been a v-neck, I would have liked it better.Z Supply – Zax V-Neck Pocket Knit Top
The camo shirt was a definite keeper. It’s plenty long and super soft. It’s a great casual shirt for weekends and my boys think it’s super cool to see mom in camouflage.Mia – Amari Scallop Trim Flats
At 5’10” tall, I usually go for flats so as not to make myself any taller. The brown flats are cute, but I’m wasn’t in love with them. They were very flimsy and not very comfortable, so they went back.
So in all, I decided to keep 2 items: the plum pants and the camo t-shirt. My stylist definitely has nailed my style and the last 6 or so boxes have been awesome. Usually the items I return are either because of an unflattering fit or because I can’t swallow the price tag on a particular item.
I rarely keep all 5 items because, let’s be honest here, my husband would crap his pants if I spent that much money in a month on clothes. If you do keep all 5 items, they offer a 25% discount off the entire purchase, but it still adds up to be a lot.
All in all, I love this service and plan to continue on indefinitely. There are some months, however, that I have taken a break and, thankfully, you have the option to pause the service whenever you want to.
I can’t wait to share next month’s Stitch Fix with you!