Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fix My Wardrobe

Looking professional, yet hip, thanks to Stitch Fix!
I have a confession to make: I'm kind of lazy.  In my defense according to my astrologer this is due mainly to my star sign (what up, Pisces people!), but whatever the root cause I am one lazy lady.  This means that I am always, always looking for a shortcut.  I want to accomplish what I need to with the least amount of effort, which is probably why I failed at my original chosen profession and why I spend so much money on therapy.

Needless to say, I am a big fan of anything that makes my life easier with minimal amount of effort.  As I've shared in the past, I do not like to shop.  Actually, I'm pretty sure in this instance that "hate" would not be too strong a word.  I detest, can't stand, absolutely loathe shopping for clothing.  Nothing ever fits me, the stuff I gravitate towards is only in the budget of an individual with a trust fund, and I honestly just don't have time to spend cruising the mall or, horror of horrors, sitting in Los Angeles traffic driving from boutique to boutique trying to find unique pieces.  Oh, and let's not forget that I have two children and shopping with one child in tow, let alone two, can only be described as a visit to the third ring of Hell.

So I got pretty darn excited when I heard about Stitch Fix.  I would like to thank some random Facebook acquaintance for "liking" the Stitch Fix page, which caused it to show up in my news feed and led to my signing up for the service.  Whoever you are, thank you.  Thank you for saving me from having a sad and pathetic wardrobe.  Danke for steering me towards clothing that actually fits my postpartum shape.  Gracias for rescuing me from wearing maternity clothes even though I'm no longer pregnant.  Merci for ensuring that I no longer dress like a homeless person who lives in a minivan.  I will be forever grateful to you despite having no idea who you are.

Here's how Stitch Fix works:
You sign-up and fill out a profile with all of your sizes and style preferences.

You request how often you want a "fix" - once a month, every 2-3 months, etc.

You pay $20 and your stylist puts together a box of five items she thinks will work on your body and that you will like.

A pretty box arrives at your door, you dance a little jig, and then you try all the stuff on and decide what you want to keep and what you want to send back.  Let me just reiterate that for those of you with kids: you try stuff on at a time that is convenient for you in the privacy of your own home.No fluorescent lighting.  No toddler screaming for an applesauce crusher.  No crying in the parking lot because you paid for a babysitter and ended up not buying anything at the mall except an Orange Julius (do these still exist? I'm old).

Once you decide what you like, you send back what you don't want and the $20 styling fee is deducted from the price of the garment(s) that you keep.  And it's not even a pain to send the stuff back.  They give you a big envelope and a prepaid label that you simply hand to your postman

I've had two fixes so far and another one is on its way to me right now.  I'm kind of irrationally excited.

I will say that the first fix I got was much better and more my style than the second fix.  I wish that I had pictures of all the pieces I received the first time, but I'm an idiot and I don't, so you'll just have to take my word for it.  If you need some photo proof, check out the photo above for a 100% Stitch Fix styled outfit.

Here's what I got in my September shipment.  Please excuse the bad photographs and how hideous I look, but by the time I get around to trying clothing on it's usually close to midnight and I have to be up in three hours to feed the baby and I just don't have the energy to put on makeup for some blog photos.  I'm a disappointment, I know.  Feel free to speak at length with my Mother about that very subject the next time you run into her.

So without further ado, what came in my box of fabulousness:

Market and Spruce Chevron Maxi Dress - $88.00
I loved the way this looked in the box and it was soooooo comfortable, but the Hubs said it didn't flatter my figure and made me look like I have no boobs and no hips.  RETURNED

Pomelo Colorblock knit shirt - $54.00
This was not my style at all and also not flattering in any way. RETURNED

Kensie bootcut jeans - $98.00
The jeans fit really well, but I don't like bootcut.  I'm a skinny jean kind of lady.  RETURNED

Market and Spruce Lace Back Top - $58.00 
No no and no.  I don't do lace.  Toddlers and white (or ivory) clothing do not a happy marriage make. RETURNED 

TCEC chevron caridgan - $48.00
I would have never picked this out for myself, but I actually liked it.  It's a great weight for fall in LA, and super reasonably priced. KEPT!

The moral of the story here is two fold: one, you should sign up for Stitch Fix and save yourself the nightmare of going to the mall; and two, I really need to start listening to my Mother and "just put on a little bit of lipstick already" before I pose for pictures. 

Just in case you were wondering, this is in no way, shape or form a sponsored post.  I simply want to share my love of Stitch Fix with you beautiful people.  That being said, I do get a credit if you use the above link to sign up for the service, but you, too, can share the love and reap the rewards should you decide to get some fashion-in-a-box delivered to your door. 

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