Monday, March 30, 2015

Stitch Fix Take 2

So, second stitch fix time! I loved the dress I kept in my first fix, but was so so about everything else, especially the prices. For this fix, I requested Jessica, because us bloggers help each other out, right? 

Just a reminder, the link I am using in this post is a referral link - if you sign up for stitch fix, I get a $25 credit! Which is like free money, and who doesn't like free money. Nobody, that's who.

When I got the notification that my fix had shipped, I hopped on over to get a sneak peak on what was being sent, and I was so disappointed. I googled / pinterested to see if I could see the items I was getting and nothing really screamed out to me, or made me that excited. Not to mention, the total for this one was more than my last one.

Then I opened the box. Oh holy moly was I in trouble. This stitch fix was the one I almost kept everything.

This time I took the photos in the bathroom at work. Classy like. The mirror is better. You're welcome.

Skies are blue #5138-621 Yona Printed Dress - $68 - Returned

So I saw a very similar dress (here) and pinned it, and I assume that is why Jessica sent me this one. Spot on - seriously love this one even more than the one I pinned. Blue is way more 'me' and I really love this dress. Trouble is, it was too big up top, and you can't even really see it, but I can. I really wanted to keep this dress, I really really loved it - but for the price, it needed to fit perfectly. 

Skies are blue #5138-621 Yona Printed Dress

Market & Spruce #5519-855 Corinna Striped Heathered Dolman Top - $48- Kept

Considering this is the one I asked for originally, I was really excited to receive it. When I saw what I was getting, I thought this would be the only item I would like (haha). I don't know why I didn't like the first dolman top I received in my first fix, but I don't care because I knew this little pretty and I would be best friends. 

Market & Spruce #5519-855 Corinna Striped Heathered Dolman Top

41Hawthorn #4625-584 Trip Longsleeve Colorblock Sweater - $58 - Returned


Oh my gosh you guys, this just might be the softest sweater I have ever beheld. It is so pretty, and lovely, and I wanted to love it. Purple is my favourite colour, but not on clothes. I had seen and pinned this sweater (here) and I liked the colour I pinned, I just didn't love the colour I received. I knew I would never reach for it, so back it went. It was so soft though, and I would definitely have kept it if it was the other colours.

41Hawthorn #4625-584 Trip Longsleeve Colorblock Sweater

Street Level #5709-917 Jacey Striped Reversible Tote - $62 - Returned

When I saw that I was receiving a $62 tote, I was not impressed. Then.. I opened the box. Oh my gosh. I am in love with this tote. It's reversible, and huge. It has this super cute wristlet (not reversible) which can be used on it's own or connected to the bag for things you don't want to lose. Jessica said she sent it to me because I mentioned I was going to Europe and it would be great for travelling.

That being said, I'm not big on totes, and I am still using that JustFab bag I got for $20 back in August. I don't switch out my handbag often, and I have never used a tote for travelling before. I might be inclined to try it, but not for Europe. Especially because some of the flights we are taking in Europe are very particular about the 'one item' and my purse needs to fit in my carry on suitcase for those flights. The bag had a magnetic closure which I'm not a fan of, I like to be able to zip my bag shut.

Something else - and I truly did not set out to find this out - there was nothing on the bag about if it was real leather or not. I can't tell, I'm not good with stuff like that, but I won't buy real leather. So I googled the brand and the tote, found a bunch of sites selling this brand but not this exact bag - Nordstrom, Target, GoJane, even Amazon. All their bags were vegan leather so I assumed this one was as well.. They were also all cheaper than stitch fixThat bothered me slightly. If I had kept everything and gotten the discount, the bag would have worked out to be cheaper than the other stores pricing. Now, I didn't find the striped version anywhere, and I love the stripes the most, and they were the main reason I almost kept it. Not even kidding. Stripes erryday.

In the end, I returned it because it wasn't perfect and I just didn't love it. But, the bag seemed to be great quality and if it had been a bit cheaper, it might have stayed with me.

jacey striped reversible tote


Gilli #5643-801 Kadence Cowl Drape Front Dress - $64 - Kept!

I was so disappointed when I saw this online. I asked for cute casual dresses for Europe, and this looked too fancy for me. This is what I meant by casual. 

When I opened the box, I was surprised but still not convinced. It's soft, like jersey material. Then I tried it on. This is why they tell you to try everything on! It is gorgeous. It fit so freaking well. Seriously. Jessica said it could be dressed up or down, and she was right. I could picture this with flip flops and a denim jacket for sightseeing, heels and a statement necklace for a night out on the town. Heck, I think I can even wear it to work with a blouse underneath (thoughts?). Seriously, I love it. The colour is gorgeous (navy, I tried to show it in the pictures) and did I mention I loved the way it fit? It was fitted up top and loose over my hips and booty. It's also long enough which as any somewhat tall girl knows.. is really freaking hard to find. Plus, it made my boobs look bigger than a 12 year olds, right?

I almost returned it. I am not a fan of cowl necks at all. Do I own any cowl necks? No. I didn't think I would wear it. But it pained me to put it back in the box, so I tried it on again. Sent the picture to my besties. Waited a bit. Tried it on again. Slept on it. Tried it on. Decided I loved it. The fit, length and colour trump any uneasiness about the cowl neck (which might just be me being ridiculous).

Gilli #5643-801 Kadence Cowl Drape Front Dress

So, when I saw what I was getting in my stitch fix, I was disappointed and figured I would send everything back but the striped top and maybe the first dress. But after trying everything on, and  loving the cowl neck dress more, digging the bag and being so so about the first dress and the sweater, I wasn't sure. It was cheaper and better value to keep everything than to only get the 3 things I was considering. The total for everything was $300 - to see that number after 5 items made me want to cry. But, you get the 25% discount, plus I had a $25 credit so it would have been $205. That's just $41 for each item, which is not bad at all. 

I checked 'keep it!' for everything and almost checked out, but I made myself stop. I had until today, there was no need to rush. So I went home, slept on it, tried everything on again. I really love the cowl neck dress and the striped top. The total for both of them was $112, but after the $25 off it was only $87. Which is $43.50 for each item (I know you can do the math, sorry) and not bad at all. If I added the bag, the total would have been $174 and I might as well have paid a bit more to keep everything and get the discount, which, after a night of sleep, didn't make much sense after all. I do like the bag, but for $62 I had to love it and know I would use it, and I know I won't.

So anyway, I'm rambling - I almost kept it all but I'm glad I didn't. I might have kept it all if I hadn't already spent so much this month - a trip to DC, new running shoes, a lot of work tops... but that's a story for another day.

In my opinion, Jessica hit it out of the park. With little adjustments (different colour sweater, zipper for the bag, first dress a bit smaller) everything would have been perfect, which is amazing for the first time that she's styled me. I'm still amazed that the one I thing I 'hated' before I saw it was the one thing I loved the most. Funny that. The prices are still higher than I would like to pay, and after everything I have spent in March, I am on a strict hardcore no spending absolutely no shopping ban until further notice. Which means my next stitch fix won't be for a little while, though I am already excited for it. I am definitely requesting Jessica again though, and if you sign up, I highly recommend her.

Overall, stitch fix is fun to look forward to and it helps me not shop online as much because I am waiting for my fix. Is it for everyone? No. Is that okay? Yes. If you have no problems shopping, you don't need it. If you aren't a good shopper, or you buy way too much and have nothing to show for it (aka me) it might be worth a shot. 

Any thoughts on my items? Have you tried stitch fix?

42 comments:

  1. I love the cowl neck dress on you, perfect fit!! She picked some great items and only minor adjustments is really good for a first try.

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  2. "You can do math". True, but I don't want to :)

    Posts like this make me want to reinstate my Stitchfix, simply because I liked having things sent to me because I hate browsing. I love everything you got actually, especially that first dress, but I probably would've had the same problem with the top.

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  3. Totally love the items you kept! That grey striped top is so pretty and that dress looks amazing on you! I love that tote too but for that price I would have returned it too so I don't blame you! So many great things this time!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  4. I love the cowl neck dress and it looks great on you! It looks so versatile too, so definitely a good pick. I'm not usually crazy about cowl necks either, but it really depends. Sometimes they just go crazy with the cowl neck and there's so much fabric that just flops the wrong way, but this dress doesn't look like that at all. I also like the color block sweater and the tote, but get why you didn't keep them. It's too much money to spend on something you'll likely never use! I don't buy leather either, but I still have leather bags that I've had for years. Ideally I'd like to not have any leather, wool, or silk products (I don't have any real fur), but I'm not in the financial position to replace all the products I have right now with vegan ones, so I figure the next best thing is to take care of them and use them for as long as possible so they don't go to waste. I've been using the same leather bag for years and years, but once it's done, I'll find a non-leather alternative.

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  5. I'm happy you picked the last dress, I think you're going to continue to love it! Thanks again for taking us through the experience with you!

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  6. That cowl neck dress looks fantastic on you! I also love the first printed dress, too bad the fit was slightly off. Have you tried Le Tote yet? I like it because you can select your own pieces in each tote, or let the stylist work her magic!

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  7. I love that striped dolman tee on you!!! I would probably live in that because it's a dual purpose for work and life. I am all about reversible bags because it totally keeps me accountable for not filling them with junk because it is harder to reverse then ;-) Fabulous review!

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  8. Oh man, what a process!! I hate agonizing over decisions like this. I could sense your frustration through this post! I think you made the right choice in not keeping everything. It's always harder from a psychological standpoint (and there are studies on this!) to put something back once you try it on, and I'm sure Stitch Fix knows this. So even if you didn't want/like something in the first place, it becomes a lot harder to let it go once you've had it on! In another month you won't even remember the tote. I do think the cowl neck dress looks great and you'll be glad to have it!
    Gina - On the Daily Express

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  9. That last dress looks amazing on you!
    And that dolman top! That's how dolman tops are SUPPOSED to look on people. They look ridiculous on me. Haha You can rock it! :)

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  10. Love the two things you kept. They both look great on you and are very versatile.

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  11. Love the items you kept! I am always uneasy about cowl necks too, but that's why you try stuff on, like you said! Sometimes something new/different will surprise you- and that dress looks AMAZING on you :)

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  12. Ooh I love it all too (except the color block, just not my style). Glad you kept a few things!!!

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  13. I love stitchfix. Probably because I hate malls, fitting rooms and figuring out my own style. I am about to order my second one now. I told them not to send me any bags because I'm so picky with my bags but I really like what they sent you. Not sure if I would have spent that much on it either.

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  14. This is the first I've heard about stichfix! (I'm really out of touch.) But my boyfriend does trunk club and I'm always jealous watching him try on clothes that he didn't have to go to a store for. I'm totally gonna have to sign up. Thanks for this post!

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  15. I love your keeps.

    That bag is fabulous. But if you have no need for it, no need.

    I am not a fan of color block. I would've sent that back just for that.

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  16. That dress is gorgeous on you! And I am the same way about stripes - give me all the stripes. So I love that striped top! And the bag is gorgeous, but totally agree - $60+ is way too much if you don't love it!!

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  17. I LOVE that cowl neck dress on you!!!! Why wont you like cowl necks - that one is low enough where its a sexy cowl neck :)

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  18. Oh that dress is so cute! Shame it didn't fit right. That striped top looks amazing on you too, and that last dress! omg! *heart eye emoji*. And I don't blame you for returning what you returned. If you don't love it, you don't need it. Especially with clothing/accessories, because you just wont wear/use it if you don't love it.

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  19. So glad you loved everything this time! That is my biggest fear with trying Stitch Fix, that I'll literally want to just keep everything, every month haha. That cowl neck dress looks awesome on you!! It fits like a glove!

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  20. That's so cool that they look at your pinterest! I really like shopping for myself but I can totally see how this would be fun!

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  21. I love these posts and I am dying to try Stitch Fix. I dont know what is holding me back. When I finally bite the bullet I will use your link. I actually LOVE the blue cowl neck dress! I totally agree that it can be dressed up or down.

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  22. I love these posts and I am dying to try Stitch Fix. I dont know what is holding me back. When I finally bite the bullet I will use your link. I actually LOVE the blue cowl neck dress! I totally agree that it can be dressed up or down.

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  23. So glad you kept the last dress - love it!!!
    I'm not a huge fan of big totes either but that striped one is awesome!

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  24. I guess it's hard not to like everything when it looks flawless on you girl!! I really love everything you got!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  25. So weird but so funny that they sent you a different color than what you wanted in 2 items, and that you liked one but disliked the other. Definitely agree that the dress they sent you was better than the one you pinned, but that color block sweater is weird and looked better in the Pinterest colors. Either way, the cowl neck dress is beyond perfect and I'm glad you finally got that dolman top you wanted ;) Oh and thanks for introducing me to a new vegan leather brand! Not that I need any new bags (I had to force myself to click the X to close the tab after I started googling that brand...:/) but it's nice to know another good one is out there. Good call on not keeping it - I feel like traveling with a tote is one of those things that might work for others, but if you haven't thought of it on your own yet...maybe there's a reason?

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  26. That dress is GORGEOUS on you!!!! I am weird about certain necks too, but you totally pull it off! And that other shirt you kept is great too! I go back and forth on this service and I don't know that I will ever try it because holy price tags batman...but everyone always ends up with such cute stuff!

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  27. Love the doleman and the color block! I'd get a ton of use out of both of those items! Crazy that you thought you'd return it all and look how much of it you kept!

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  28. I'm SO happy you finally got that dolman! Wooohoo!!

    And your spending reasoning sounds JUST LIKE ME. I was cracking up reading this because it was like you were in my head. I do the sleep on it, try it on again, do the math, subtract, divide, justify, put in cart, take out of cart, put back in cart, ultimately send back LOL.

    You did get amazing stuff though and be sure to put all those tiny little details of why you sent things back in your feedback. It will only help each fix get better and better!

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  29. I love the last dress and it looks great on you! I'm not a fan of bags that don't zip either and have started even carrying smaller bags now.

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  31. I really love the stripped shirt and the last dress they both look great on you!
    I feel the same about bags without zippers...I'm always paranoid my stuff will fall out!

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  32. oh maybe my problem with stitchfix was the wrong stylist, I didn't even think about requesting one, although I wouldn't have even know who to ask for back when I was doing it haha glad your second fix worked out

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  33. I can see why you kept the Dolman but the last does blew me away. It fit so good and looks great on you!! I like the first dress too but it really is to pricey to not be perfect! What a great Stitch Fix month for you!

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  34. Love the items you kept!! That stripped top is super cute and I love that dress on you!!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  35. The pieces you kept are super cute, and the dress fit is phenomenal! I'd probably have kept the color block sweater because I wear various shades of purple. In fact, I have on a purple and black zebra print scarf as I type this. I'd say Stitch Fix has been successful for you so far. You don't want to keep all of the things every time (because you are trying to monitor your spending), but you've received some really great keepers!

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  36. That tote is so cute-- definitely the cutest of all the reversible ones I've seen! I really prefer a zipper on my bags too and I totally can see why you wouldn't keep it if you don't love it. That last dress looks AMAZING on you- so glad you ended up keeping it! I also love the other top you kept-- and the colorblock sweater looks so nice!

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  37. I really love that bag! I haven't seen one like it before. That cowl-neck dress fits you perfectly! Great pick!

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  38. cuuuuuute. I love the dresses. And the bag.... this is a dangerous program.... : /

    XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  39. I'm catching up on your posts & I love your stitch fix this time! Those dresses are gorgeous, and that cowl neck dress looks amazing on you! I'm with you on wanting all stripe everything. Haha. :)

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  40. This stuff all looks awesome! I haven't tried Stitch fix yet, only because I'm afraid I will love everything and spend tons of money lol!

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  41. The cowl neck dress looks so good on you! Glad you found a good dress for Europe. And I love all the stripes too!

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