Sunday, July 5, 2015

How I Got My Perfect Stitch Fix on Round 2

You may remember that just about 3 weeks ago, I posted about my very first Stitch Fix box. I didn't like every item perfectly and wound up only keeping one pair of shorts, but I had so much fun that I immediately scheduled my next Fix. My second box just arrived yesterday and I am oh-so-in-love with every piece! Obviously, Stitch Fix has some excellent stylists but there are a few ways that you can help your stylist send the perfect box to you too.

First things first...What is Stitch Fix?

 Stitch Fix is an online styling service and fashion retailer. You pay just $20 for a styling fee that can later be applied to the purchase of your clothes. You are assigned your own personal stylist who will hand pick items just for you according to the answers of a questionnaire and notes from you. About 3 weeks later, you will receive your Stitch Fix box which will include instructions, a note from your stylist, and a postage paid envelope to return any unwanted items.



 I did quite a bit of Stitch Fix research both before and after receiving my first Fix and I've come up with the three best ways to help your stylist pick amazing items that you'll love.

 Tip #1. Fill out your Style Profile honestly and utilize the Notes section.
Once you have signed up for Stitch Fix, you will be asked to fill out a Style profile. Be honest about what you like and don't be too daring. Your stylist will likely send you some items that might push your comfort zones a bit, but that is all part of the fun! You can always send back what you don't want. However, the more your stylists understands your likes and dislikes and your lifestyle, the more likely they will hit a home run with your box.

41Hawthorn Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse $48
Liverpool Paola Skinny Jean $88

 I mentioned in my Style Profile that I often have trouble with tops that are long enough because I have a long torso. I also updated my Note to my stylist to let her know that the hubby and I try to get a date night at least once a week and I was in need of a great outfit for such an occasion.

She sent me the 41Hawthorn blouse and Liverpool Skinny Jean and they are perfect! I love the color and the fit of this top. And it's a great length! These jeans are seriously like butter. So soft and comfortable. The price tag is higher than I have ever spent on jeans, but I know I am going to get so much use out of them. I prefer a dark jean, but because of that I actually don't have any this color in my closet. For all of these reasons, these are definitely keepers!

Tip #2. Create a Pinterest board of clothing you like.
 If you're not sure where to start, just search 'Stitch Fix' on Pinterest and you will find tons of images and links to repin. Be sure to edit the caption of your pin to tell your stylist exactly what you like and don't like about each item you pin. Then post the link to your Pinterest board on your Style Profile. If you need examples, feel free to check out my Pinterest board.

Market & Spruce Bernadette Lace Overlay Raglan Top $58
 I had pinned several Raglan style tops. They definitely fit my more casual dress style. This particular top has a sheer lace front that adds just the right amount of girliness for me. It's as easy as a tee to throw on when I running errands, but I think will have me looking a little more put together.

Tip #3. Blog about your Stitch Fix and send a link to your Stylist.
Receiving my first Stitch Fix box was so much fun, but I didn't feel like my style was represented very well in the items I received. I wanted to be sure to document with pictures each of the pieces and explain what I liked and didn't like about them. I posted a direct link to my blog post in the Note to my stylist asking her to please read the post. I also pinned my own blog post to my Pinterest board. I feel like it surely helps the stylist to actually know what I look like, so pinning and posting pics of yourself is key as well.

Papermoon Ashtin Scoop Neck Blouse $44

 
 I received a Papermoon tank in my last Stitch Fix box as well but the style just wasn't right for me. It was plain with a scallop edge that left be feeling a little blah and quite frankly...old. I ADORE the colors of this blouse. Again, it's so comfortable and perfect for the humid weather we've been experiencing this summer. I prefer a Vneck or scoop neck that is a little lower, but I actually like the higher neck on this top.

Romolo Rita Teardrop Bib Necklace $38
 I also received a necklace in my last Stitch Fix box that I liked but wound up sending back after I confessed I just wasn't sure I had anything to wear it with. Well my stylist certainly made it easy it on me this time, because this adorable necklace matches my 41Hawthorne blouse so perfectly there's no way I can send it back!

I'm sure glad that Stitch Fix offers 25% off when you purchase all five items sent, because this box was definitely perfect for me. If you are interested in signing up to receive your perfect Stitch Fix box, please consider signing up using my referral link. I'll get a referral credit when your first box is sent and would absolutely appreciate it!



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Friday, June 19, 2015

Stitch Fix Review- June 2015

 I have some really sweet friends. And one of those sweet friends gave me a seriously fun birthday gift...a gift certificate to Stitch Fix! Have you heard of it?

What is Stitch Fix?

Stitch Fix is an online styling service and fashion retailer. You pay just $20 for a styling fee that can later be applied to the purchase of your clothes. You are assigned your own personal stylist who will hand pick items just for you according to the answers of a questionnaire and notes from you. The more specific you are with your stylist, the better chance you will get what you want. I highly recommend creating a Pinterest board with your favorite clothing options and sending the link to your stylist! Here's a link to mine. About 3 weeks later, you will receive your Stitch Fix box like this one!...

I suggest keeping an eye on the tracking link that Stitch Fix provides for you. I didn't and sure enough Ms. USPS arrived, saw our 115 lb lab on the front porch, and refused to drop off my package. She left me one of those postal notes that said one word with three explanation marks: "DOG!!!" I mean, I understand...but still, it was my Stitch Fix package and I had to wait until the NEXT day to retrieve it from the post office. *Sigh!*

 Once it was finally in my possession, I opened this beautiful package. Complete with instructions, a note from my stylist, and a postage paid envelope to return any unwanted items.

Like Christmas morning, I quickly unwrapped my items and style card. The style card shows each item my stylist included for me, as well as suggested styling tips. Are you getting the feel for how fun this is, yet?! Seriously, at this point I stopped my unwrapping, called to my 13 year old daughter and said, "Come downstairs now! You're missing ALL THE FUN! My Stitch Fix box is here!!" Of course, in addition to not wanting her to miss the fun...I also need a photographer. So, you know. 

Before you proceed to the photos, I must tell you a couple things. 

This is my first Stitch Fix box. I wasn't properly prepared with lighting and well anything other than a 13 year old operating a camera phone. So the pictures aren't great. I'm going to try to do better next time. And oh yes, there will be a next time.

Secondly, I haven't fully decided on which items I will be keeping. Stitch Fix allows you 3 days to decide what you want to keep and what you want to send back. You even get to apply your $20 styling fee towards the purchase of your items! And if you keep all items from your box, you'll receive an additional 25% off. I'm happy to receive your feedback on which items you think I should keep!

Item #1: Papermoon Clift Crochet Hem Top ($38)

 When I first saw this item in the box, I liked the color but I immediately thought I probably wouldn't keep it. The fabric is not loose or casual, it's definitely a dressier tank. And I didn't care much for the scalloped edge. However, once I put it on I felt comfortable in it. It photographs nicely and I feel it's a flattering style. I can definitely see wearing this often with dark jeans and maybe even to church with a maxi skirt. I think the price is reasonable, so I'm leaning towards keeping this one.

Update: After trying on again, I decided I just didn't care for the stiffer material and couldn't get past the scalloped edge. Sent back.

Item #2: Chambrai Norene Linen Cuffed Short ($64)
 

 I'm not going to lie, I was disappointed when I first saw these in the box. I don't care much for a lighter color denim, and well the top of these shorts are elastic....elastic!! I'm not a grandma yet, and I'm not currently pregnant... I need a button on my pants! However, once I put them on I discovered grandmas are as wise as they seem. Elastic waistlines are in fact quite comfortable and with a tank or tee you can't see the waist anyway. I think the light denim pairs really nicely with a darker top and I like the length and the cargo style. It's really perfectly me. I've already struggled this year trying to find shorts. I recently went on a 5 hour shopping excursion just to find shorts, only to come home with work out gear....no shorts!! It's near impossible to find something between booty shorts and capris. I really like these...but oh, the price! I'm just not sure I can. If they were darker and had a button, no doubt I would buy them.

Update: Out of every item that I received in this Stitch Fix, I was most comfortable in these. I decided not to keep anything else. I think I will wear these a lot and was willing to use my discount to purchase these. Kept.

Item #3: Loveappella Abella Maxi Dress ($78)


 This one is definitely going back. It's all wrong for me. I like the split on the leg and I don't even mind the length. But it clings to my baby tummy, the pattern is too crazy, and it forms a horizontal stripe that is just no good. I've had nine babies...they've widened my hips enough. I don't need a horizontal stripe to emphasize that. Plus the price. Eek.

Update: Sent back.

Item #4: Gili Arisha Striped Dress ($38) 

 I was super excited to try this dress on. The price point is fabulous and I love how interesting the cut is! I think I need to find the right necklace to pair with this, but it is definitely a great summer dress. Light weight, fun. Thin straps but can be paired with a jacket if its cool. The only downside is my daughter and I both felt that it didn't look as well in the photographs as in real life. Nevertheless, I think this one is a keeper.

Update: After trying on again, I just couldn't get over the fact that I felt a little "wide" in this dress. I think the problem was that it gathered a little higher than the most slender part of my waist. A friend told me I should keep what I felt beautiful in :). And in the end, this was not the dress for me. Sent back.

Item #5 Macalla Tiered Bib Necklace ($38)
 

Bam! Now that's a necklace! Super cute and super fun! But I think just a little too much bling for this mama. Between shuttling kids to drama class, CrossFit, and homeschool, I'm just not sure that I would ever really have a need to wear this necklace. 

Update: Sent back.

Like I said before, I definitely want to give Stitch Fix another go. I'm not sure that my dress-casual style was perfectly nailed here. I like items that are unique and fun or simply functional. The elastic shorts, pattern-crazy dress, and scalloped edging all felt a little "old" to me. But I've heard time and time again, that as your stylist gets to know you the boxes get better! And I can't wait! If you are not a Stitch Fix member, please sign up using my affiliate link! I'll get referral credit when your first box ships and that would be awesome for this frugal mom!
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Monday, April 1, 2013

100 Verses ~ Week 14

Week 14 Verses:

Isaiah 53: 5-6  "But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all."

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend.  What an incredibly appropriate memory verse for the week!
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Saturday, March 30, 2013

100 Verses ~ Catch Up and Facebook Giveaway

      If you've been keeping up with my blog posts, then you know I've been keeping busy with "nesting" projects around the house.  But you may have noticed that a fallen a bit...ahem...behind on my 100 Verses posts.  I do apologize!

     Nevertheless, the 100 Bible Verses in 2013 Facebook page is still active with over 400 members.  And I am happy to report that I am still keeping up with my goal of memorizing 2 verses a week!  Actually, those of us at the Facebook page are celebrating 25 verses memorized this week with a fun giveaway!  This giveaway is only happening on the Facebook page, but you are welcome to request to join if you are not already a member to get all of the entry details.  I did want to tell you a little about each awesome company that donated to our giveaway...

Robert J. Morgan

     Robert J. Morgan is the author of 100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know by Heart which is the text that we are basing our 100 Verses in 2013 Challenge on.  From his website:

"Rob Morgan is the pastor of The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee, where he has served for over 31 years. He is a best-selling and Gold-Medallion winning writer with over 25 books in print and over 3.5 million in print circulation."

     His other best sellers include Red Sea Rules and Then Sings My Soul.  You'll find devotionals, study guides, children's books and more at his website


     Robert J. Morgan has generously donated a signed copy of 100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know by Heart along with the book's Study Guide for our Facebook giveaway.  I have truly been blessed by this book!  It is not simply a list of bible verses, but a devotional book based on the God-breathed words of Scripture.  Divided in two parts, 100 Bible Verses first is full of inspirational stories and information of the why and how of scripture memorization.  Time and again I was reminded of the importance of consistently writing God's word on the tablet of my heart.  The second part of the book is the bulk of the book.  Each of 100 specifically chosen verses are examined in a one to two page devotional.  Memorizing these verses are enriched by examining them closely through the devotional writing of Robert J. Morgan.


      Lilla Rose is a direct sales company that offers a variety of beautiful hair products including Flexi clips, O Rings, Hair bands, Hair sticks, and Bobby pins.  Recently I wrote a review of their new product called You-pins.  You can read my review here, but just in case I'll give you a bit of a spoiler...I loved them!

     The Flexi Clip design is unique to Lilla Rose and can be worn in the hair in several ways.  Lilla Rose consultant Jennifer Miller has donated the choice of either the mini Classic Etched Cross Flexi clip (pictured above) or the medium Bronze Celtic Cross Flexi clip (not pictured because it is a discontinued style) to our Facebook giveaway.

     To say thank you for Jennifer's donation, please support Jennifer by registering as a customer at http://www.lillarose.biz/prettyhair/ .  (Make sure it says 'prettyhair' in the url so that you are not directed away to another consultant's site.)  To register, click "shop now" then "create a new account."  Of course, you may also support her by purchasing Lilla Rose products at her website as well!


 Scripture Stickies
      Wow, am I excited that Julie from Scripture Stickies contacted me about her family's online business!  This neat product goes hand-in-hand with our 100 Verses Challenge.

    From the website: "(Scripture Stickies are) stickable Bible verses designed to help you memorize, meditate, encourage, and evangelize the Word of God.  They are great way to memorize Bible verses and make them really stick!"


      Most Scripture Stickies packs come with 10 stickable Bible verses (2 each of five different verses) and many themes are available.  Themes include Don't Worry, God Will Provide, Hope, and many more.  Kid's study packs, Seasonal packs, and Party favor packs are available as well.

     Scripture Stickies uses 3M's adhesive technology so that they will stick to any surface and can easily be removed.  You can post them around the house for meditation and memorization, or post them on gifts, in lunch boxes, or around your community for encouragement and evangelizing.

     Julie has lovingly offered one free Scripture Stickies pack of the winner's choice in their preferred translation to our Facebook giveaway!  You can purchase your own Scripture Stickies at www.scripturestickies.com

Finally, let's play a game of catch-up!  Here are Weeks 10 - 13 memory verses.

Week 10 verses:

1 John 5:11-12  " And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life."

Week 11 verses:

John 14: 1-2  "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you."

Week 12 verses:

John 14:3  "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."

John 14:6  "Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

Week 13 verses:

John 14:27  "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."

Isaiah 26:3  "You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you."

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Lilla Rose Review

     Recently I was contacted by a friend and consultant of Lilla Rose to ask if I would be interested in reviewing one of the Lilla Rose hair products.  I had heard very little about the company and their products, but a chance to try out some pretty hair clips?...Um, yes!  Sign me up!

     Lilla Rose was founded by John Dorsey who began making beaded chopsticks for hair in 1992 out of his garage at the encouragement of his wife.   Eventually this led to making their Flexi Clip line and to the business turning into a direct sales business.  The company now sells a variety of Flexi clips, O Rings, Hair bands, Hair sticks, and Bobby pins.  However, they have a new product called You-pins that I had the opportunity to review.


     Now I often wear my hair in a messy bun like you see above.  But I simply use a hairband which just isn't all that pretty.  I liked the idea of adding a little glam to my messy bun and I was particularly impressed with how easy the following video made them look to use...

     But would they really be that easy to use?

 
     A couple weeks later I received my pretty You-pins in the mail.  There are many styles to choose from including flowers, stars, and butterflies.  The You-pins range in price from $15-22 for a pair.  I received the Hawaiian Flower You-pins pictured above. 

     After reviewing the video a couple times and a few tries, I finally had my You-pins secure!  I have super thick, layered hair but I have been happy with the length of time my glammed-up messy bun stays secure.  Much like when I use a hair band, the You-pins will come loosened after awhile especially if I am moving around quite a bit.  Sometimes I will first secure my bun with a hair band, then glam it up with my You-pins and the messy bun will last all day.

     Still not convinced?  Check out the difference between these next pics...

      First, here is my messy bun secured with just a hair band.  I told you, it really wasn't pretty.  (Also, you must forgive me for the wet hair...but I'm a stay-at-home mom.  If the opportunity for a shower arrives, I take it!...even if it's right before I need to take pics to post a review.)

     Now, here is the bun secured with the You-pins only.  Not only does the You-pins make the style prettier, but the bun itself even looks neater.  Plus, it took me all of about 20 seconds to put my hair up.  Honestly I didn't even use a brush.  Just combed my hair through with my fingers, twisted the hair and secured the two You-pins.  Love it!

     Be sure to check out my friend's Lilla Rose website to order You-pins and other hair products.  I think you'll be pleased!

Disclaimer: I have been given the wonderful opportunity to review many products over the last few years. The only compensation that I receive for my review is the free product. I feel truly blessed to have had the opportunity to participate in review groups and I have enjoyed trying out these products and giving you my honest opinion.

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Clutter Crushing ~ The Laundry Room

With eight children, you can imagine that laundry is a big deal around our house. I have been planning a Clutter Crushing makeover for a while now and am so excited to call this room complete.

Let's start with a BEFORE picture...
     As with the other rooms in the house, the laundry room had obviously gotten out of hand.  Now to be fair, part of the reason for the multitude of bags on the floor was that our dryer was not working properly and our laundry pile had been backing up.  But other than that, there were several issues of organization and function that needed to be worked through.

1.  I desperately needed a system of washing, drying, and folding that could easily be maintained even by my oldest children who trade out the chore of helping with the laundry.

2. I needed organization to rid the clutter!  The laundry room had become a catch-all for many items that didn't have a place, but certainly didn't belong in the laundry room.

3.  I wanted the space to be pretty and inviting.  After all, maybe that would motivate me to want to be in there more often.... I said **maybe**!

    Thanks to some awesome friends, we got our dryer up and working again and got caught up with our laundry.  In the meantime, I painted and Chad hung up extra shelving. A few fun bins and we had accomplished our task!





     These are the pics I took as soon as we loaded the bins onto the shelf, but before the laundry room was back in full-swing mode of operation.  You can see that the extra shelving has added a ton of storage space.  Previously, that was all just wasted space.

     I love the fun blue and green, but am even more excited about the function of the new laundry system thanks to all of those wonderful bins.  Each of the five larger bins are used as soon as the laundry is dry.  I can pull an item out of the dryer and immediately fold it and place it in the correct bin.  There is one for each bedroom in the house (master, boys' room, girls' room, nursery) and one to be taken to the linen closet. 

     Each bin has a small mesh bag for undies and other small items that are hard to fold.  Once a day the kids are responsible for getting their bins from the laundry room, taking them to their rooms and putting their clothes away, then bringing the empty bins back.  So far this system is working beautifully!

     Previously, we only had one dirty clothes hamper and that was clearly not enough!  Also, I wanted a system of dividing the clothes into lights, darks, and towels to make it easier for my laundry helpers to throw the appropriate clothing in the wash.  So we purchased three new hampers.  (You can see the third in picture above.)

Finally, we are using these bins as our "sock baskets".  I'm not sure that all families can fully understand the craziness of matching socks for 10 people.  I try to simplify this task by only purchasing white socks for the kids.  The goal is for each child to leave the house wearing a pair of socks that sort of match and sort of fit.  I don't have the time or the brain power to figure out which socks belong to each child.  Instead, I now have two sock baskets that hold our "matched socks" and one that holds "unmatched socks".  If they need a pair, they just grab them from the laundry room.

Once the organization and function was complete, I wanted to turn my focus toward a little decorating.  I searched Pinterest and Etsy for inspiration.  I found several fun canvas photos that I liked, but didn't have the funds to spend $20-40 a piece for them.  So, I just made my own.

 
     I was pleasantly surprised at the easiness of this project!  I found some free clipart online (the laundry pins and the baskets) and used my digital scrapbooking program to create these four 8x10 prints.  I sent them to a one-hour printing shop since our printer is out of ink which cost me a little less than $10.  I had four unused 11x14 canvases that I had purchased several months ago (2 for $6) and painted them brown.  I glued the prints to the center and applied a coat of mod-podge over each canvas.


     SO thrilled with the results!  These prints were exactly what I wanted and I got them for a fraction of the cost by making them myself!




     We've been using our new laundry room for a little over a week now and it's still staying clean, organized, and functional!

Check out my other Clutter Crushing makeovers:
The Medicine Cabinet
Under the Bathroom Sink
The Pantry
The Linen Closet
The Shoe Closet 

*Update*

Several people have been asking if I could share the images I created for my laundry room decor. I am posting them below. Feel free to right click and save the images to your computer. Please use them for personal use only. You may not sell my images. I hope this is helpful to you.




 
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