And Then There Was Another: My Second StitchFix

Disclaimer: I was NOT paid to review the StitchFix service but if you do decide to sign up and use this link I do get a small commission. Think of it as an early birthday gift to both of us 😉

StitchFix

Hey guys, after my first StitchFix went so well I decided to give it another go and give it it’s own space. I’ve heard a few times through other blogs that people had phenomenal first fixes and horrendous results after that. Things were a gamble if you left it up to chance. I ensured not to gamble and requested the same stylist – Kaci who rocked June. Let’s go through the deets: How StitchFix works:

  1. You sign up.
  2. You fill out your ‘Style Profile’. This includes your loves, your likes, and your dislikes; your height, weight, your proportions; and options to link your social media sites so that your stylist can get to know you and your style better. You can also tell your stylist about items (outerwear, dresses, jewelry, etc) that you don’t want to receive.
  3. StitchFix pairs you with a stylist who picks 5 items he or she thinks you will love.
  4. You’re mailed a box and get to try on everything at home, style them with what’s already in your wardrobe and decide what to and not to keep. Not only are in the comfort of your own home.
  5. You return what you don’t keep in a prepaid envelope provided by theirs truly within three days of receiving it, I’m not really sure how Friday’s work since your third day would be Sunday.
  6. Hop online and tell them what you thought of each piece. The review process includes considerations such as “how was this price point” and “what did you think of this style” as well as a comments sections for each piece.
  7. Repeat. In theory, like wine, StitchFix gets better with time!

Did you like my rhyme??

So, how does the money work? There’s a $20 styling fee charged to your credit card around Step 3. If you keep anything from your box that $20 is applied so, it’s not actually forfeited unless you send everything back. As mentioned above if you decide to keep everything there is a 25% discount applied. Note: last Fix I kept everything and with the 25% off I ended up buying four items getting number five “free” so the discount does make a difference. Also something to keep in mind – you do not pay shipping ever. The average price of each piece is $55 but come as inexpensive as “the cheaper, the better”. While going through your style profile there will be a time to fill out the prices you feel most comfortable spending per type of item. In my experience (reading the reviews and having it done myself) they are extremely vigilant in this aspect. As a matter of fact everything in my first fix were either under budget or on the low side. Other things worth mentioning:

  • This is a subscription box. If you so wish you can set up automatic fixes that let you receive a box every 2-3 weeks, once a month, or once every other month. You can always automatically sign up for your fixes too, for a special occasion or any other reason.
  • Your pieces will come with style cards with suggestions as to how to style each piece. Typically a day and night choice.
  • You will also receive

You've Got Style

Things I like:

  • Once I was in I could schedule a fix as soon as three weeks. Remember my first fix took me three months to receive.
  • I can request the same stylist. Or if I didn’t adore Kaci I could have requested someone else.
  • Along the same lines, I can write a note about my next fix i.e. “Hey, we’re having an anniversary date at the end of the month, send me XYZ.” You should really say please though – be polite, please.
  • Not only do I get to write the note but she listens!! That’s awesome.
  • It really is so convenient, not to mention it feels like Christmas or a birthday when fixes just show up!
  • The presentation. My boxes have arrived beautifully, my clothes were folded and packages nicely. Nothing was wrinkled or damaged. This time I received something wrinkled (it was the material, not the presentation) and something was missing a button.

Things I dislike:

  • The initial wait time. I don’t know what it is now from the get-go but I almost never tried StitchFix because I got tired of waiting. Thankfully I got lucky and some earlier dates shook free.
  • There is no way to view previous fixes. Once you review your fix you can never go back to see what you said/thought or change the feedback.
  • Exchanges. I am pretty sure you can request a different size via customer care but to ship back the original, have them ship you the second in hopes it fits instead of just grabbing a different size from the rack is slightly inconvenient. Shipping is free so I don’t think it would be anything more than a slight inconvenience. Yes, these are certainly first world problems.
  • There’s not enough room in my closet. Again, a very first world problem.

Tips:

  • Be specific and detailed. AKA don’t be afraid to be honest with your style profile and in your feedback. If you have a true issue with a certain neckline or would just prefer to receive it let them know. Instead of “hated this top,” try “The boxy cut made my shoulder appear wide and I didn’t like that,” or whatever made you really say no. Yes, price point is a reason too!
  • Try it all on and be open minded. Open your box, pull out everything and try it on, every time. If you don’t like it on, send it back. If it something you look at and think you’d never look good in it or it’s not something you would have chosen who cares? You’re in your home, you have nothing to lose, and no one can see you – go wild, you might surprise yourself!! If it doesn’t fit or is unflattering, at least you’ll never have that ‘what-if’ feeling.
  • Know your budget. Know what you’re willing to spend before you go into this and stick to it! That’s empowered shopping at it’s best!
  • If you like your box or boxes request the same stylist. This one is simple, no need to “fix” something that isn’t broken. I just love when puns work!!

What’s in Fix #2?

This box was great in theory – I was REALLY excited when I checked out in the preview.

As it turns out Fix #2 was not the winner Fix #1 was. It was not Kaci though! Kaci is the amazing stylist who has styled both boxes. She hit the nail on the head.

Here’s the break down…

Fun2Fun Kassidy Open Lattice Detail Tank

They also sent a white tank to go under it since there is cutout detail around the midsection. I’m down with the cutout but I own something very similar. The tank was a one-size which usually fit a little odd on me but this one fit well! Both went back.

41Hawthron Filbert Polka Dot Print 3/4 Sleeve Blouse

I would probably have gone for another blouse like this but there was a button missing and it was too tight in the bust. This one went back.

19 Cooper Cathleen Leopard Print Tulip-Sleeve Blouse

This was really cute and a great material but it didn’t pass the “arms up” test and was a little tight in the arms. Darn! I should say that I have a pretty long torso so it probably would have hit the “average” person just right! It went back too.

Pomelo Harriet Chevron Print Detail Dress

When I Googled this the results showed the black and white version which was super cute. This one is adorable too but the material is a little lower quality and it wrinkled easily and the navy strip made it look a little unbalanced on me. The top was thick but in a good way and the skirt had a built in slip – sweet!

I kept this:

Street Level Juno Small Folded ClutchStreet Level Juno Small Folded Clutch 

This clutch was pretty high quality, a fabulous color, and has great compartments! I can’t wait to take it out with me to girls’ night tonight!!

Have you guys tried Stitch Fix or any other personal style service? Would you?

Getting to Know Each Other

Good morning you guys! It’s almost the weekend – by that I mean we’ve made it halfway through the week!! Today you guys get to spend some time getting to know me and hopefully I will get to know you guys a little better!

liebster blog award

Jena from Burpees for Breakfast was super sweet and nominated me for a blogger get-to-know-you award so that’s up first!

questions for me

1. what are you eating (and watching) right now?

I’m catching up on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel, and Late Night (Jimmy Fallon) eating carrots and drinking infused water. Does it get any more hipster?

2. favorite pre and post workout meal?

Oatmeal with an ENERGYbits smoothie – workout – bowl of fruit + a protein of some sort.

3. you wake up for a workout and you are NOT motivated. what do you do?

I stay in bed…I know I will feel better so it always (eventually) gets done!

A more helpful answer would be I look at how far I’ve come and focus on my goal!

4. what’s your current girl power jam?

I’m loving ‘Troublemaker’ right now; I like Olly’s voice and Flo Rida, well, who can hate on him? It’s not the typical genre but it has a great beat and I always pick up the pace just a little bit. Jena had a great one too with All About That Bass!

5. what has been the best part of your summer, so far?

Believe it or not coming back to Saint Louis. I loved being at my parents but am glad I came home.

6. because i’m thinking of waffles…favorite type of waffles, pancakes, and ‘dessert’ bread (like banana or zucchinni)?

LOL my favorite question. I like plain waffles with maple syrup. Yes, I am one of those people.

7. favorite type of workout and place to workout?

Swim! I love to swim! And a pool. open water swims still scare me but…I’ll get there and then, I’m sure, my answer will be anywhere but the pool!!

8. how many times have you gone into target and walked out without purchasing anything?

Ok. Jena – you caught me! We (my husband and I) go into Target just to go all the time, as in, at least once or twice a week. We hardly buy anything. In our defense we live about five minutes from a Target and have to drive past it all the time which means when we go out to dinner we stop, browse, and let our food settle. I don’t know if I should be ashamed of that or proud. It’s where all the cool kids go.

9. if you could create your own starbucks drink and name it, what would you create?

There’s actually a sweet little coffee shop in my hometown that created a drink after my mom. It has coffee, carmel, coconut, and chocolate. Now that. That is where it is!

10. who is your inspiration and why?

I have several inspirations. Most clearly I would say my mom and my step-mom. My mom is just so passionate and beyond good at everything she does. My step-mom has overcome some insane odds and has done it with a smile on her face the whole time.

11. what would be your disney ending?

I would honestly keep every parent alive in my Disney movie, Bambi, The Lion King, Shrek (his), The Princess and The Frog; you get my point. Keep the parents alive!

Second, I was nominated by Jenna at Little Green Running Shoes

very inspiring blogger

The Rules:

Thank and link to the person who nominated you (DONE. Thanks Helly!)

List the rules and display the award (That would be this part of the post)

Share seven facts about yourself

Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated

Optional: display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you

Seven facts about me:

  1. I have just recently found sunflower seed butter…and prefer it over any other.
  2. My original university major was Philosophy. I’ve since moved onto Nonprofit Administration.
  3. My dream job would be working as an advocate for the Deaf or as a fundraiser (development director as it’s called in The World). If I could be an active living blogger all my life I would pursue that too. Obviously I don’t care to tie myself down too much!! We shall see what happens.
  4. I have tried just about every kind of eating habit out there and am still finding what’s best for me.
  5. My biggest pet peeve is bad customer service. It can sometimes get out of hand.
  6. I absolutely cannot sleep in past 6:30. Yes, 6:30 is considered sleeping in, I blame it on my mom, she’s an early riser. No, I don’t mind one bit.
  7. I don’t know how to ride a bike. Most you of you probably know that so if that one doesn’t count. I’m training for Ironman Wisconsin 2015.

Boom. I hope you guys learned something new about me, I look forward to hearing more about YOU! Also, how cool is that both ladies were Jena/Jenna’s?

Also – I’ll be hanging around the #liveloveNOURISH Twitter party tonight. You’re going to want to be there. You have a chance to win a copy of THE NOURISH COOKBOOK and $150 gift card to Lorna Jane. 6 PST / 9 EST. Be there.

Tell me something about you!