STITCH FIX {fix #6}

After taking a little break from Stitch Fix, I decided I needed another “go” at utilizing a personal shopper.

Unfortunately, this box wasn’t my favorite.

 

Here’s what was in Fix #6:

Margaret Elizabeth Jewelry Dana Druzy Teardrop Necklace

Margaret Elizabeth Jewelry
Dana Druzy Teardrop Necklace

$118

I loved this necklace.  And I do think it’s a timeless piece that would go with a lot of things but I like my jewelry to have sentimental value.  As in, Big Guy gave it to me (HAH!).

The necklace was returned.

Pomelo  Wrenn V-Neck Jersey Top

Pomelo
Wrenn V-Neck Jersey Top

Size Small – $44

So plain.  So boring.  So not flattering.  This was returned.

Mystree Benfeld Tiered Colorbrocked Mini Skirt

Mystree
Benfeld Tiered Colorbrocked Mini Skirt

Size Medium – $58

First of all, this skirt would look adorable on my sister-in-law or my sister.  They have the figures for this type of skirt.  I do not.

Also, it’s not fun enough of a pattern for that price.  This was returned.

Margaret M Ariel Trouser

Margaret M
Ariel Trouser

Size 4 – $68.00

I have to be honest, I was so annoyed to open the box and see pants.  Pants are something I must try on to ensure that they fit.  I don’t like pants too low and I can’t do “skinny” jeans.

But guess what.  These fit perfectly!  And they are the perfect addition to my work wardrobe.  A keeper – though I might take them to the tailor to have the pockets removed for a cleaner front.

41 Hawthorn Amani Cowl Neck Sleeveless Blouse

41 Hawthorn
Amani Cowl Neck Sleeveless Blouse

Size Small – $48.00

After trying this shirt on, it went in the “maybe” pile.  I would wear the color (ECU Pirates!) but it just wasn’t my favorite.

And if it’s not a favorite, why spend money on it.  This shirt was returned.

Out of the 5 items in the box I only purchased one.  The pants were $68 (and I would totally pay that in store for work pants) but with my $20 styling fee I only had to pay $48.

Not my favorite box, but I still didn’t lose any money.

I’m hoping for better luck in April’s fix.

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Insta-Lately {snow, my first OOTN, date night and BBQ park}

Despite the fact that it’s been 70 degrees the past three days, it snowed on Wednesday night.  I posted this picture so that I could think happy, warm thoughts.  I’m just not a fan of the white flakes falling from the sky.

I have posted 623 pictures on Instagram.  This was my first OOTN (outfit of the night).  And it only happened because I was asked.  Thank you, Southern Swank, for the goods.

On Friday night, Big Guy took me out for a little date.  I had seen on Instagram earlier in the month that it was going to be “Game Week” at Capital Club 16.  Capital Club 16 is located in downtown Raleigh and it’s been on my “places to eat” list for a while.  I knew that if anything could convince Big Guy to go, “Game Week” could.  And it did.  Rumor has it they have the best Sunday brunch in town.  It’s a super small restaurant so get there early.  Or sit at the bar like we did.  We thought the service and food was top notch.

Just a little “date night” collage – a cheese plate at Capital Club 16, their decor (which Big Guy loved) and a night cap cocktail at Fox’s Liquor Bar. 

On Sunday we did a little exploring.  For work I had visited a park in R0cky Mount called “Barbecue Park.”  It’s located where the first sit-down inside BBQ restaurant in NC was.  Unfortunately, Melton’s BBQ joint was destroyed in the flood of 1999.  That’s the original smokehouse in this picture.  It’s been beautifully landscaped and is something you never know was there.  Until now.

Happy Monday!

Fall Fashion and Food {pinterest style}

It’s Friday!!!!  And it’s a long weekend!!!

I’m a happy girl.

Here are some pins that are inspiring my closet and my kitchen this fall…

(for the recipes, click on the picture and it’ll lead you to the original source)

J Crew Vest. I’m obsessing over vests this week with the colder weather.

 

butternut, mushroom and fontina nachos with crispy sage. I can’t even handle how delicious this looks.

 

polka dots and plaid

 

Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Pistachios, Cranberries and Parm – the perfect Thanksgiving side dish.

 

I’m in need of a fall clutch. And by need, I mean I really want a fall clutch.

 

Goat Cheese and Rosemary Fondue – hellllo, appy hour!

 

Hot Sweet Onion “Crack” Dip – and this is why I don’t mind football season.

 

Vineyard Vines Lobster Crewneck Sweater. So loving this right now.

 

Pomegranate, Kale and Wild Rice Salad with Walnuts and Feta. Because who can resist a fall-inspired salad?

 

Obviously it’s sweater weather around here.

 

 

What’s on your fall fashion and food radar?

 

 

 

 

STITCH FIX {fix #4}

And another box arrived on my front porch!

This box was probably the best so far despite the fact that I ultimately only purchased one item.  I honestly think that the stylists pay attention to your comments at check-out and they strive to make their selections match your style and budget.

Here’s the contents of my fourth fix:

KIA KEYHOLE BISHOP SLEEVE DRESS

KIA KEYHOLE BISHOP SLEEVE DRESS

Size Medium – $88.00

I like, not love, the style of my dress.  Totally work appropriate.  The dress was quite large on me and not worth alterations.  I did not keep this dress.

LANDRY PRINTED CROSS-FRONT BLOUSE

LANDRY PRINTED CROSS-FRONT BLOUSE

Size Small – $58

I LOVE this top.  I actually saw this top on Pinterest (I follow Stitch Fix) and thought it was a great piece.  The top is navy and white (the picture looks black to me) and would be fantastic with skinny jeans and heels.  In fact, I may be wearing this top tonight because I did keep this piece.

SEURAT POLKA DOT CREW-NECK SWEATER

SEURAT POLKA DOT CREW-NECK SWEATER

Size Small – $88

I love this maroon sweater (I know, the picture looks red) but I do not love the price.  All I could think was “I could by two of these at Loft for the same price.”

The sweater was so comfy and would be adorable with jeans and flats for fall but I just couldn’t pay the price tag.  I did not keep the sweater.  Le sigh.

PASCARELLI EMBELLISHED COLLAR BLOUSE

PASCARELLI EMBELLISHED COLLAR BLOUSE

Size Small – $68

I like this top.  I can definitely think of occasions I would wear this piece but it didn’t “WoW” me once I put it on.  It was rather short in the torso and I had a feeling that would drive me crazy.  I did not keep this top.

HURON REVERSIBLE MAGNETIC CLOSURE TOTE

HURON REVERSIBLE MAGNETIC CLOSURE TOTE

$62

This was a surprise to find in the box.  I really loved that it was reversible – red and navy – and could see myself using the bag all year long.  Buuuut I just invested in a Michael Khors bag and I just didn’t see the need to buy more than one bag this season.  (See Momma and Dadom, I do know the difference between a “want” and a “need.”)

In the end, I only bought one item despite liking most of the contents.  I spent an additional $38 this fix on top of the $20 fee that they charge you when they send the box.

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Fall Friday

Seeing as it was in the 90s yesterday I’m not quite feeling the fall-vibes.  But “fall” is all over Pinterest.  While I love summer more than anything there are a few things that I’m excited about as we transition into fall.

I adore apple cider.  Especially when spiked.  I can’t wait to try this apple cider sangria while watching football at home on a Saturday afternoon.

Y’all know we love brussels and to me they’re a fall veggie.  Here’s a new twist that I can’t wait to try:  Honey Parmesan Roasted Brussels. 

As much as I love shorts, I love a gorgeous scarf.  I need to add a neon one to my collection.

Something else I want to add to my fall wardrobe?  I bright coat.

After a long day at work, nothing is more comforting than walking in the door and smelling a delicious dinner ready for you in the crock pot.  

One word:  Chili!!!

What are you looking forward to?

STITCH FIX {fix #2}

For my first post about Stitch Fix, click here.

In this handpicked box there was a pair of jeans, three tops and a necklace.

Sophia Skinny Jeans

Sophia Skinny Jeans

Details:  Kensie Jeans brand.  Size 4.  $88.

I was not happy when I opened the box to find jeans.  I cannot wear skinny jeans (any brand) because of my calves.  I did not purchase the jeans.

Ziza Chain Detailed Sleeveless Blouse

Ziza Chain Detailed Sleeveless Blouse

Details:  Katherine Barclay designs.  Size Small.  $78.

I loved this shirt when I pulled it out of the box.  I could easily take this blouse from the office to dinner with the girls after work.  However, I was not impressed once I tried on the shirt.  It was not double lined and where there was extra lining, you could see the line.  Not flattering and not worth the price.  I did not keep this top.

Kendrick Polka Dot Front Pocket Blouse

Kendrick Polka Dot Front Pocket Blouse

Details:  Velvet Heart brand.  Size Small.  $78.

I loved this top.  Such a great summer to fall transition piece.  I think it would look great paired with jeans and boots or you could make it work appropriate with some straight legged corduroys.

I purchased this top.

Peg Cowl Neck Gathered Front Top

Peg Cowl Neck Gathered Front Top

Details:  Tart brand.  Size Small.  $88.

I wasn’t really a fan of this shirt.  I didn’t like the color or the shape and I could not see myself wearing this outside of the office.

I did not purchase this shirt.

Faceted Square Gems Bib Necklace

Faceted Square Gems Bib Necklace

Details:  Bay to Baubles brand.  $32.

I loved this necklace.  But in the end I have about 5 necklaces very similar to this one and I know that I spent less than $32 on them so I did not keep this necklace.

Overall, I wasn’t as thrilled about this fix as my first fix.  I felt like the box was “boring” color-wise.  And I think that the jeans really annoyed me.  Once again I didn’t lose any money but I’m hoping that my next fix will be more “fun” and colorful.  I did make a few changes to my preferences and I know that with every box they really do assess what you liked and disliked from the last box.  Can’t wait to see what they pick out for me next!

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STITCH FIX {my first fix}

If you don’t know, you need to know.

What is Stitch Fix? you ask…

“Stitch Fix is a personal styling service. We get your style and size preferences, then send you a package of stylish goodies to try on at home.” – from website

It’s a brilliant concept.  And I’m hooked after my first fix.

my first fix

my first fix

First things first.  You sign-up.  

Then you complete a questionnaire that is used to get a real sense of your style.  It is also how they find out your sizes and your price range you’d prefer.

Finally, you schedule your first fix.

The initial cost is $20.  You’ll receive 5 items delivered to your door step based on your questionnaire.  You get to try them on in the comfort of your home.  Simply send back what you don’t want  in a pre-paid envelope.  Keep what you love!  The initial $20 goes towards the price of the item(s) you keep.  And if you keep the whole box, you get even more of a discount.

It’s that simple.

My first box arrived last weekend and I couldn’t wait to see what was inside.

Inside there was a top, trench coat and three dresses.  And attached to each piece of clothing are styling suggestions for that piece.

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Monique Double Breasted Trench Coat

Details:  Potter’s Pot brand.  Size Small.  $78.

I did not keep this jacket.  It fit, but I just couldn’t see myself wearing it all that much.  And I missed the collar.

Opal Terry Cloth Striped Dress

Opal Terry Cloth Striped Dress

Details:  THML brand.  Size Small.  $58.

Love, love, love this dress!  It is a keeper and is currently hanging in my closet.  I love the versatility of this dress.

Victorina Belted Flutter Hem Dress

Victorina Belted Flutter Hem Dress

Details:  C.Luce Brand.  Size Small.  $78.

I loved this dress.  I thought it would be perfect for weddings.  But it just wasn’t pretty on my body.  This dress was sent back.

Lanie Embellished Floral Print Top

Lanie Embellished Floral Print Top

Details:  Angie brand.  Size Small.  $48.

Totally not my style.  It went into the “return” pile immediately.

Nadine Zig-Zag Print Maxi Dress

Nadine Zig-Zag Print Maxi Dress

Details:  Hourglass Lilly brand.  Size Small.  $68.

I loved this dress when I pulled it out of the box.  And I really wanted to keep it.  But it was too big and not really flattering on me.  So it was returned.

So in the end, I spent an extra $38 for the dress that I kept ($38 plus initial $20).  After I decided what I was keeping and what I was returning I was able to log on to my account and let them know why I kept what I kept and why I returned what I returned.  I really think that the next box will be better than this box.

So will I get another “fix”?  Absolutely.  It was fun not having any idea what was inside the box.  And I didn’t lose any money – in fact, I gained a fantastic piece in my closet and I didn’t even have to drive to the store (which are lacking in this part of the state).

Try it out for yourself.  You have nothing to lose.  You can cancel anytime!

I wonder what will be in my August fix?