Monday, December 8, 2014

Stitch Fix Number...six? I think?

It's Stitch Fix time again!  This time, I requested some jeans, some Margaret M straight leg jeans in a yellowish color, a peplum top with a bedazzled collar by 41Hawthorne, and the same Market and Spruce top they sent last time, only in green.  They didn't have most of this stuff, but they did have some jeans, so there's that.

Well, here we go...let's take a look at December's Fix!
1. CREATIVE COMMUNE 

Tatiana Keyhole & Lace Detail Blouse: $38




As seems to be a pattern with me, this was yet another Stitch Fix top that I couldn't quite fit over my chest. *Sigh*  The good news is, despite having some interesting details, this top wasn't quite my style anyway, so it wasn't a devastating loss.

Also, upon closer inspection, the stitching was pretty cheap looking.  I feel like this is a top that would have fallen apart pretty quickly. Verdict? Sent back!


2. KUT FROM THE KLOTH

Denna Colored Skinny Jean: $78

I don't understand why Stitch Fix keeps sending "Diana" pants and calling them by different names.  Either way, I requested a green pair of these a few fixes ago (after receiving the burgundy pair) and now they've delivered.  Love 'em, of course.  Verdict? Kept!

3. 41HAWTHORN #3262-012

Teresa Colorblocked Short-Sleeve Blouse: $58


The 41Hawthorne brand DEFINITELY runs on the small side, although this top is not as drastically small as the last one I was sent!  This shirt looks okay in the photo, and it was pretty flattering in person, but again, it's too tight in the chest--and the color blocking just calls attention to that fact by getting pulled all lopsided when I move.  I love the look of this top - a classic cut, but the colors seem super chic to me and remind me a little of Audrey Hepburn - I really would have kept this if it had maybe a centimeter of more fabric.  If they sent me this again in an XL, I would definitely keep it. Verdict? Sent back!


KUT FROM THE KLOTH #2964-456

Denna Skinny Jean: $78


I specifically requested a pair of jeans in my Fix.  I have a handful of pairs at home, but I never wear them--they're either too big, too small, or otherwise ill-fitting and uncomfortable in some way.  I was dying for a pair of jeans that were actually comfortable! These are the exact same brand and cut of the other three pairs of pants I've bought from Stitch Fix, but they're dark denim (which I love) and they're definitely comfy. Verdict? Kept!

EVOLUTION BY CYRUS #3079-282

Deva Cap Sleeve Mini Peplum Pleated Dress: $68

 This one is a tough decision.  The color is great (it looks sort of periwinkle in the photo, but it's actually cobalt blue) and the dress fit perfectly.  The thing is, I had just ordered a peplum dress on Cyber Monday...in the same exact color.  It hasn't arrived yet, which makes me nervous about preemptively sending this dress back.  I'm trying to hold on to this dress until the other one arrives, but I'm not sure if it will work out.  Verdict? Pending!

As always, if you are interested in trying out Stitch Fix for yourself, please consider using my referral link!  

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

No Spend November: How's it going?

We're almost halfway through November, and all I have to say is...yikes!

I thought this would be a fairly easy experiment.  It would give me time to plan for Christmas buying,  and it wouldn't be too hard otherwise because I didn't "need" anything.

And them my mom came to visit and we went to Kohl's.  MAN OH MAN.  Talk about trial by fire! I can quite easily blow a ton of money in Kohl's (especially when they give you those great 30% off coupons) but I managed to behave myself.  I -almost- cracked and bought a purse (I'd really like a cross-body one) but I decided it wasn't big enough to fit my necessities and I put it back. Phew!

There have been some other challenges. A friend of mine released her debut novel this month, and even though I'm dying to read it, I'm going to wait until December.  I need to get a new pair of Spanx since my old ones tore.  I saw a really cute coat in an Old Navy commercial. I found a bunch of writing contests that I want to submit to, but they ALL charge submission fees.  It's been a little tough.

I did buy two items from my Stitch Fix, but that was allowed in my original rules.  Other than that, I bought a $1 sheet of to/from labels from Target as a Christmas-prep kinda thing.  So, so far, No Spend November hasn't broken me.  It's been trying, though! I hope I don't go spend crazy in December as a result. :-/

Stitch Fix #5: Pictures taken by Mom :)

Stitch Fix #5 is here!
I was super excited about this Fix, since it happened to get delivered on the same day my mother was visiting.  I was able to rope her in to help take my photos and also get her feedback on some of the pieces, which is great since I'm usually deciding on my own.  Here we go!

 Renee C Huebert Space Dye Open Cardigan: $58
This looks pretty good in the photo, but honestly, I think at last count I had something insane like TWENTY-SIX cardigans. I certainly do not need another one, especially not one as unremarkable as this. The only thing that might have swayed me was if it had been nice deep jewel tone.  As it was, it was gray and blah and...nope.  Verdict? Sent back!
Gilli Kamile Jersey Ruched Detail Dress, $64 
I have a confession to make.  I was a "goth girl" for many years, and I'm still struggling a bit to add color into my wardrobe...so at first, I was a little disappointed that Stitch Fix sent a black dress.  But, once I thought about it, I realized that my wardrobe was actually missing a classic little black dress that would work for both casual and dressier occasions.

You can't quite see it clearly here, but this has some pretty ruching around the waist.  Every girl needs a good little black dress, and this one is pretty versatile, really defines my waist, and doesn't show too much cleavage.  Win! Actually, Gilli is the same brand who made the dress I kept last month...I think I like this brand!  Verdict? Kept!

HAHAHAHA. Nice try, Stitch Fix.
41Hawthorne Moni Horseshoe Print Stud Detail Top - $58
Whoever labeled this shirt a size large has certainly not taken boobs into account.  I couldn't pull the shirt down any further than this, and it forced my shoulders into that permanent shrug you see.  Not to mention...I'm not into the busy, patterned fabric at all. You can't really see it, but it's tiny horseshoes. Not at all my style! My stylist wrote a note saying "...here's that shirt you liked!" but this is not even close to what I requested...it's by the same brand, but...yeah, no.  That's where similarities end. Verdict? Sent back!


Market and Spruce Corinna Striped Dolman Top: $48
 YAYYYY.  I had been bugging my stylists for this top for a while, but it was always sold out.  I read in some other Fixes that it was really comfy and oversized, great for just throwing on for a lazy weekend.  Well, I wore it today, and I have to agree! I can see this getting a lot of mileage on those days when I just need to throw something on and go, or just hang around the house doing some writing.  Verdict? Kept!
Kut From The Kloth Jonathan Corduroy Skinny Pant - $68
These red pants were way too similar to the maroon pants they sent me a few Fixes ago.  I think my mom wanted me to keep them, but I knew I wouldn't wear them. The tag said corduroy, but they were really more like velour, and for some reason, touching velour fabric makes me nauseated.  (Weird, right? I know!) Verdict? Sent back!

All in all, I'm pretty happy with this fix.  The cardigan and the shirt were no-nos (I specifically asked for NO cardigans in my second to last fix, but I'm not sure that the notes carry over!) but pants, top, and dress made it clear that they were working from my Pinterest style boards.

As always, if you want to try out Stitch Fix for yourself, please use my referral link!

Monday, November 3, 2014

FINALLY: The 30 by 30 Roundup: How did I do?

As some of you might remember, I had a list of 30 things I wanted to do before I turned 30.
Me on my birthday! With a lovely astral crown made by Sue of Giant Dwarf.

Well, I've been 30 for almost 6 months now, so it's time to see how well I did!

1. Graduate college: Done!
2. Eat in a fondue restaurant: Done!
3. Ride an elephant: Done!
4. Eat at the Cheesecake Factory: Done! (Twice!)

5. Get a pet: Done!
6. Go to a drive-in movie: Done! (Lots of times!)
7. Have tea at The Plaza Hotel: Done!
8. Buy something at Tiffany's: Done!

9. Christmas shop in NYC: Done!
10. Go to "The Real Bedford Falls": Done!
11. See Annie on Broadway: Done!
12. Get a latte with latte art: Done!

13. Publish a book (I've received two offers so far, but I turned them both down. So...almost!)
14. Get in shape (I went to the gym religiously for 6 months but nothing happened. I've been on Atkins for 3 weeks and I've lost 8 pounds...so...I'm getting there!)
15. Eat at a spinning restaurant 
16. Ice skate at Rockefeller Center (tried, but couldn't get in!)
17. Go inside the Statue of Liberty
18. Go to Harry Potter World: Done!
19: Get a tin foil swan "doggie bag" (I went to a place that usually makes them...but, sadly the didn't give me one.
20. Get a kick ass wardrobe
21. Experience "dark dining"
22. Create a minimalistic photobook
23. Purchase a designer handbag: Done! (Twice!)
24: Go fishing & boating: Done!
25. Go to the Moth: Done!
26. See Central Park
27. See Nick Cave in concert: Done! (Twice!)
28. See Leonard Cohen in concert: Done!
29. Go to Raines Law Room: Done!
30*: Swim with dolphins: I decided that I don't really want to do this, after all. Zoos and aquariums etc just make me sad for the creatures there.

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So, all in all, I made pretty good work of the list, completing 19 out of 29 things, and at least trying four other things. Some of the things on the list I could still knock out easily with a day in NYC! (Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Ice skating at Rockefeller Center, Dark Dining, a spinning restaurant!) 

Out of all of everything here, I highly recommend visiting "The Real Bedford Falls" (if you're as into It's a Wonderful Life as I am!) and Harry Potter World.  Also, seeing Leonard Cohen in concert and having tea at the Plaza hotel were pretty awesome.  And The Moth was a real good time!

I definitely encourage you to make a list of your own.  In fact, I might make a smaller list each year!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

No Spend November Starts Now!

The Rules:

Duh.  Don't spend any money in November.


(This does not count necessities: groceries, cat food and litter, gas, anything medical myself (or my cat!) may need.  I have amended the rules slightly to include that I am allowed to buy things from my monthly StitchFix, if I see fit.  Also, since I'm going on a weekend trip to Florida this month, I'm not including any money I spend there.  I don't intend on really purchasing anything there, though.)

This is just a fun little exercise to see how much money I can actually save by cutting out extra purchases for a month.  I know a lot of ladies also participate in this, so give me a shout if you're doing this, too! Solidarity, am I right? ;)

I'm hoping it will be easy.  I don't think anyone I know has a birthday in November, so no worries there.  (This does, however, prevent me from doing my Christmas shopping early.)  The only thing I can see being expensive is Thanksgiving...but, that counts as groceries!

Any "extra" money I come up with by the end of the month will be put into one of three funds: the "get LASIK on my left eye as well" fund, the "Disney/Bedford Falls" fund, and the "Columbia Publishing Course" fund.

I'll check back December 1st to let you all know how I did!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Stitch Fix #4: Now we're getting there!

If you've been following my time with Stitch Fix, you'll know that I'm sort of middle-ground about it.  The Fixes I've gotten haven't been perfect, but they've been improving.  The choices the stylists are making these days show me that they ARE paying attention to my style and requests.  And if I'm unhappy, their customer service team is FANTASTIC and so far has worked with me on everything.

(Example: In fix #2, they sent me a pair of Kut from The Kloth burgundy pants that I loved.  I've pretty much been living in them, so I asked if they could send the same pants in another color.  They sent me a gray pair...but, despite them being the EXACT same brand, size, cut, and style as the burgundy pants, the gray ones were comically small.  We're talking...I needed 4 extra inches of fabric around the waistband in order to even THINK about getting them buttoned.  But, I emailed Stitch Fix and they send me a size up. Score!)

If you're thinking of trying out Stitch Fix for yourself, please use my referral code! 

Anyway, without further ado, here is my latest fix...


1. Ellison Davis Leopard Print Button-Up Cardigan - $68
Back in the day, I was REALLY into leopard print. I had the whole Ralph Lauren leopard print comforter and sheets, a leopard print cowboy hat I wore a lot, a leopard print purse, and various articles of leopard print clothing.  These days, I'm much -less- into leopard print (and I realize that lots of leopard print can be pretty tacky) but I do have a leopard print dress that I wear sometime, and I'd been searching for the perfect leopard cardigan, and I requested this in my Fix and my stylist, Summer, delivered.

The problem is, I have something very specific in mind...something with much larger spots, sort of like this:

I don't like the look of the small, close-together print.  Verdict? Sent back!

2. Zad Avita Circle Link Collar Necklace - $32
 Meh.  If I didn't already have the end-all-be-all of statement necklaces, I might have liked this one.  Instead, I was underwhelmed.  And it made a funny jangling noise every time I moved, which might have been fun in high school, but now is just annoying.  Verdict? Sent back!

 3. Mavi Kalie Denim Jacket - $98
I was super happy to see this in my fix, since I had been asking for a denim jacket.  I've been looking for one (I think it's the only "wardrobe staple" that I'm lacking) and as much as I really like this one, I don't think this is the one for me.  I couldn't button it, but after polling the internet I realized that wasn't a big deal--no one buttons their denim jackets, anyway.  But, the real deal breaker was the price.  I'll hold out for a cheaper one that fits a little bit better.  Verdict? Sent back!

 4. Gilli Genna 3/4 Sleeve Faux Wrap Dress - $64
I don't think the photos really do this dress justice! I fell in love with it when I saw it on Ashley over at Spoonful of Flavor, so I pinned it to my Pinterest board and noted in the comment that the dress runs small, so I would need a size up.  Well, my stylist apparently didn't see the sizing note, so she sent me my normal size.
Turns out, it fits pretty well. The material is super comfy and although it's a bit clingy around the waist, some Spanx will take care of that if necessary.  I can dress this up with heels and jewelry or dress it down with a cardigan and leggings. Perfect! I debated emailing Stitch Fix and asking for a size up, but I've decided to pick my battles.  This will do just fine. Verdict? Kept!

5. Margaret M Emer High Waisted Tall Trouser - $98

You'll notice there's no picture of me in these...and for good reason! These weird pants had no buttons, no zippers, and no stretch.  I gave it a try, but I just couldn't get them on!
It's probably just as well: the material reminded me of a windbreaker...super loud, super warm, and not comfortable at all.  My stylist sent these to me because I keep requesting cigarette pants, but...these were not happening.  A good try, though. Verdict? Sent back, obviously.

All in all, my stylist definitely listened to my feedback and looked at my Pinterest board.  The sizing was much better this time around than in my last Fix. Things seem to be looking up!



Saturday, October 11, 2014

Hi!

I have so many things to write about, but I'm super busy with school right now so everything else has been taking a backseat.

I do want to take a minute to share a poem my writing group pal Michael Ireland wrote for me.  Enjoy!

I know not what they say about 
living in the clouds 
I don't prefer the ups to the downs 
when blind men see the roses 
they really smell the sound 
and i prefer the downs, prefer the downs 
in sentimental spinning 
like clocks and drunken clowns 
when the grave yards have their ups 
i'll have my downs....