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Stitch Fix Review 8: What to Wear to a Conference

December 8, 2016
What to Wear to a Conference (Stitch Fix Review 2016)

I’ve had an interesting relationship with Stitch Fix over the past two and a half years.

Since starting in early 2014, I’ve gotten ten fixes overall (two I didn’t get a chance to do a full review on). I first started Stitch Fix because I wanted to start purchasing clothing more intentionally, as well as get help dressing for my body shape.

These days I use it more often to prepare for special events, important client meetings, and conferences.

Stitch Fix has saved me SO much time trying to figure out what to wear to a conference or event. (Don’t miss my 6 tips for what to wear to a conference toward the bottom of this post!)

Business picked up this year and I’d rather spend my little downtime relaxing instead of shopping for clothes. (But don’t get me wrong, I love clothes!)

Having a high-quality, expertly styled outfit also helps me feel more confident at these special events.

Overall, using Stitch Fix has helped me figure out my best color (navy blue) and be more comfortable trying different styles.

Despite every comment I submit warning, “Shirts that are too loose make me look like a giant rectangle,” they insist on continuing to send them, and I’ve fallen in love with quite a few (including one in this review).

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Stitch Fix Review 7: Kept Everything

December 14, 2015
Stitch Fix Review Fall 2015

In case you’re new to Stitch Fix, here’s a quick run-down on how it works:

I’ve gotten eight fixes overall (one I didn’t have time to review). Although I usually only end up keeping 2-3 pieces, those items I DO keep I find myself wearing the most.

Stitch Fix helped me realize that I tend to wear the same few items over and over– the ones I invested a little more money in. I have a bad tendency to buy quantity over quality when it comes to clothing, so I have tons of cute cheap clothes that fall apart in less than a year.

With Stitch Fix, it’s like having a personal stylist and shopper. You get to choose the price range for each item, how often you want your fix and add specific notes for the fix. For example, for several fixes I’ve requested dresses for specific occasions.

Your fix also comes with photo ideas for how to wear the items (with clothes you may already own.)

The details:

  • $20 styling fee upfront, but you get to deduct this from the items you decide to keep
  • set a schedule for your fixes (like monthly) or schedule as the mood strikes
  • set up a detailed style profile + include twitter and Pinterest links (gives your stylist a better idea of your personality)
  • choose the price range you’re willing to spend for each category
  • 25% discount if you buy all 5 items
  • 3 days to decide which items to keep
  • the shipping is free to return any unwanted items
  • $25 for each person you refer

Here’s what I got in my latest fix:

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Fall Reads: Big Magic, Essentialism + Fiction Recommendations

November 30, 2015
Fall Reads: Big Magic, Essentialism & Fiction Recommendations

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a book review post, but I’ve read some good ones lately that I just had to share.

Some that didn’t make the cut for this post include The Maze Runner series, The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak, Not After Everything, My Heart and Other Black Holes and Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls. While I didn’t dislike any of these young adult novels, I didn’t feel they were important enough to include. You can check out all of my recently read books over on Goodreads.

Nonfiction

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic Book ReviewBook Description:

With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work,  embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.

My Take:

I can’t say enough good things about this book. It made me think about creativity and ideas in a new way and inspired me to keep writing. There’s a reason everyone is raving so much about this book, and I definitely understand why now!

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Health + Wellness, Reviews

Bellabeat LEAF Women’s Health Tracker Review (+ LEAF vs. Fitbit Flex)

November 23, 2015
Bellabeat Leaf Review

A few months ago I saw a Facebook ad for this lovely little health tracker I had never heard of before. I clicked through to the site and sent it to my sister, gushing about how cool it looked.

I already owned a Fitbit Flex that I had worn every day for about a year and a half, so I was hesitant to buy a second tracker.

I contacted Bellabeat to see if I could test out the product, and to my delight, they agreed! The following review is not sponsored and all opinions are my own. The only compensation I received was the health tracker and accessories.

LEAF Health Tracker Review

From the Bellabeat LEAF website:

An entirely new way to take care of your body and mind

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Health + Wellness, Reviews

3 Ways Physical Activity Helps Your Business + Fabletics Activewear Review Fall 2015

November 11, 2015

The importance of health while building your business is kinda my thing. Because I strongly believe that when you feel your best, you’ll do your best.

My motivation comes and goes just like everyone else, but there are little things I do to keep going. When I’m active and eating mostly whole foods, I definitely notice a boost in my productivity and really, my mood overall.

Today I want to touch briefly on the ways physical activity can help your business, then introduce you to a lovely new brand of activewear I’ve fallen in love with.

3 Ways Physical Activity Helps Your Business

  1. Improve alertness + mental focus by increasing blood flow to the brain
  2. Increase energy to accomplish your goals
  3. Better handle stress, while decreasing feelings of depression + anxiety

[Further reading: Exercise Increases Productivity from Huffington Post]

Fabletics Activewear Review

Fabletics Activewear Review

Lately I’ve found myself in workout clothing about 75% of the time. Since I’ve started CrossFit and have continued yoga (plus work from home), I decided it was time to invest in some higher quality gear. Continue Reading…

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Stitch Fix Review 6 August 2015: Lots of Dresses

September 9, 2015
stitch fix review 6 August 2015

In case you’re new to Stitch Fix, here’s a quick run-down on how it works:

Not all of my fixes have been great, but I continue to get them because the pieces I DO keep I find myself wearing the most. It helped me realize that I tend to wear the same few items over and over– the ones I invested a little more money in. I have a bad tendency to buy quantity over quality when it comes to clothing, so I have tons of cute cheap clothes that fall apart in less than a year.

With Stitch Fix, it’s like having a personal stylist and shopper. You get to choose the price range for each item, how often you want your fix and add specific notes for the fix. For example, for several fixes I’ve requested dresses for specific occasions.

Your fix also comes with photo ideas for how to wear the items (with clothes you may already own.)

The details:

  • $20 styling fee upfront, but you get to deduct this from the items you decide to keep
  • set a schedule for your fixes (like monthly) or schedule as the mood strikes
  • set up a detailed style profile + include twitter and Pinterest links (gives your stylist a better idea of your personality)
  • choose the price range you’re willing to spend for each category
  • 25% discount if you buy all 5 items
  • 3 days to decide which items to keep
  • the shipping is free to return any unwanted items
  • $25 for each person you refer

Here’s what I got in my latest fix:

For this fix I requested some options for an upcoming wedding I’m attending in Denver, CO. I mentioned the time frame and weather.

My stylist’s note was perfect. She described how I could use the different pieces while I’m at the wedding or nighttime events. I’m really happy with this fix!

1. Brixon Ivy James Laser Cut Dress in Cobalt  – Kept

Brixon Ivy James Laser Cut Dress in Cobalt

 

So pretty! I can see dressing this up with a fun blazer for professional events. I have so many black, gray and navy blue dresses that I was excited to keep one that had a pop of color.  Continue Reading…

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May/June Reads: Contagious + More YA Fiction

July 20, 2015
girl book cat

It’s been a busy summer so far, but I’ve still managed to read some great books.

If you missed my April reads, check it out here.

Nonfiction

Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger

contagious book reviewBook Description:

“What makes things popular? Why do people talk about certain products and ideas more than others? Why are some stories and rumors more infectious? And what makes online content go viral?

If you said advertising, think again. People don’t listen to advertisements, they listen to their peers. But why do people talk about certain products and ideas more than others? Why are some stories and rumors more infectious? And what makes online content go viral?

Wharton marketing professor Jonah Berger has spent the last decade answering these questions. He’s studied why New York Times articles make the paper’s own Most E-mailed List, why products get word of mouth, and how social influence shapes everything from the cars we buy to the clothes we wear to the names we give our children. In this book, Berger reveals the secret science behind word-of-mouth and social transmission. Discover how six basic principles drive all sorts of things to become contagious, from consumer products and policy initiatives to workplace rumors and YouTube videos.”

My Take:

This book has been on my to-read list since it came out in 2013, so I finally downloaded the audiobook. It’s one I know I’ll go back and listen to again. The ideas are solid and backed by a variety of examples, which keeps it interesting. I’m not sure it gave me any specific ideas for my own business, but it was still a worthy read/listen.

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Stitch Fix Review 5: Good Customer Service, Disappointing Fix

May 25, 2015
stitch fix 5

In case you’re new to Stitch Fix, here’s a quick run-down on how it works:

Not all of my fixes have been great, but I continue to get them because the pieces I DO keep I find myself wearing the most. It helped me realize that I tend to wear the same few items over and over– the ones I invested a little more money in. I have a bad tendency to buy quantity over quality when it comes to clothing, so I have tons of cute cheap clothes that fall apart in less than a year.

With Stitch Fix, it’s like having a personal stylist and shopper. You get to choose the price range for each item, how often you want your fix and add specific notes for the fix. For example, for several fixes I’ve requested dresses for specific occasions.

Your fix also comes with photo ideas for how to wear the items (with clothes you may already own.)

The details:

  • $20 styling fee upfront, but you get to deduct this from the items you decide to keep
  • set a schedule for your fixes (like monthly) or schedule as the mood strikes
  • set up a detailed style profile + include twitter and Pinterest links (gives your stylist a better idea of your personality)
  • choose the price range you’re willing to spend for each category
  • 25% discount if you buy all 5 items
  • 3 days to decide which items to keep
  • the shipping is free to return any unwanted items
  • $25 for each person you refer

Stitch Fix noticed a re-promotion of my second review on Twitter and kindly reached out to see how they could make my next (fifth) Fix better. They were so kind and attentive. However, I was disappointed in this Fix to the point where I’m wondering where I’m going wrong with my notes, reviews, pins and descriptions. I requested “tanks for summer, a top in light blue, and maybe a summer dress.” I didn’t really get any of those things.

I took a look at my Stitch Fix profile and changed my shirt fitting from “mostly loose” to “mostly fitted.” This is a hard one because I do prefer loose shirts, but I still want them to have shape. So we’ll see what happens with my next Fix.

Also, my DSLR camera battery is dead and I’m waiting for a new charger, so please excuse the quality of the photos! When you receive a Stitch Fix, you only have three days to decide and return any unwanted items. My best friend already made fun of my facial expression in these pictures, so do I post them online? Absolutely. Enjoy!

Here’s what I got in my latest fix:

1. Fun2Fun Torrance Lace Detailed Sleeveless Blouse in Black  – Keeper

This shirt is silky and nice for going out or could be covered with a sweater for the office (when I’m actually in an office, which is rare).  It’s loose, but still maintains a little bit of a shape so that I don’t look like a giant rectangle.

Torrance Lace Detailed Sleeveless Blouse Torrance Lace Detailed Sleeveless Blouse Continue Reading…

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April Reads: Lena Dunham + Lauren Oliver

May 4, 2015
april reads

April was a super busy month. I’m shocked that I still only finished two books, though, one of which I had already ready a good chunk of. Oh well!

If you missed my March reads, which included tons of young adult fiction books, check it out here.

Nonfiction

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

lena dunham book coverBook Description:

“In Not That Kind of Girl, Dunham illuminates the experiences that are part of making one’s way in the world: falling in love, feeling alone, being ten pounds overweight despite eating only health food, having to prove yourself in a room full of men twice your age, finding true love, and most of all, having the guts to believe that your story is one that deserves to be told.

“Take My Virginity (No Really, Take It)” is the account of Dunham’s first time, and how her expectations of sex didn’t quite live up to the actual event (“No floodgate had been opened, no vault of true womanhood unlocked”); “Girls & Jerks” explores her former attraction to less-than-nice guys—guys who had perfected the “dynamic of disrespect” she found so intriguing; “Is This Even Real?” is a meditation on her lifelong obsession with death and dying—what she calls her “genetically predestined morbidity.” And in “I Didn’t F*** Them, but They Yelled at Me,” she imagines the tell-all she will write when she is eighty and past caring, able to reflect honestly on the sexism and condescension she has encountered in Hollywood, where women are “treated like the paper thingies that protect glasses in hotel bathrooms—necessary but infinitely disposable.”

Exuberant, moving, and keenly observed, Not That Kind of Girl is a series of dispatches from the frontlines of the struggle that is growing up. “I’m already predicting my future shame at thinking I had anything to offer you,” Dunham writes. “But if I can take what I’ve learned and make one menial job easier for you, or prevent you from having the kind of sex where you feel you must keep your sneakers on in case you want to run away during the act, then every misstep of mine will have been worthwhile.”

My Take:

Just like her show Girls, this took me two solid tries to get into, and then I couldn’t stop. There’s something fascinating, yet uncomfortable, about her honesty. I had gotten about 20% into the book before and hated it, but after finishing it, I recommend everyone take a peek.

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