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?

I Enjoy Long Romantic Walks to the Fridge

House hunting just got real guys. Well, about 30 hours ago.

Yesterday morning I met our Realtor to view a house we thought was The One. Cutting to the chase – it was not. The location, location, location was perfect and true charm oozed from every plaster wall and authentic stained glass window however there was one major hiccup – there was no refrigerator. Not that there just wasn’t one but there literally was no place for one, of any size! We might have been able to stick a mini in a spare room but really I can’t handle going back to the dark ages! We’re not mini sized adults capable of living out of our college size fridge anymore!! Can I get an amen?

After all…

walks to the fridge

And I want that fridge to be a real paradise!

It got me thinking though what is that we really want? Since this isn’t just a me decision I brought in the MR. and let me tell you we very quickly decided we had to have a fridge so let’s call that numbero uno!!

I’ve been spending a lot of time in the kitchen and absolutely loving it! As we all have heard health starts in the kitchen with what you put in your body. Before you can ever HIIT, fartlek, or lift you have to eat! Appliances are meant to aid that, right?! They are here to make that healthy life more attainable and far more realistic. Before refrigeration was the new wheel people actually had to go out to dinner. I know what you’re thinking…we do that now. Our ancestors actually had to go to dinner…and catch it. They preserved through smoking, drying, and salting. Doom, doom, doom. Hunters and gathers meet refrigeration and welcome to a life on your bum. I digress. Are you you used to it yet?!

Onto the dream appliance list:

1. A fridge! Really though, I thought this was a brainer but yesterday showed me not so much. Now it doesn’t have to be a “fully integrated, oh my goodness I didn’t even know was there” fridge but one that has ample room for greens, sweet tea jugs, and an occasional bucket of ice cream would be nice. Referring to the fridge below – let me know what you think of the freezer on the bottom (vs top), I’m kinda digging it!
Yes guys, that’s all we buy 😉 I guess I better specify – it needs a freezer so the ice cream doesn’t melt <- key to happiness.

dream fridge

Let’s chat if you’re fridge really looks like this!

2. Did someone call for a six burner stove top? What, what? Yeah, in my dreams I cook on a Viking and burn everything because my stove is way less accurate! Ha, no need to mention the price tag – they’re an “ultra luxury” brand and come with faintifiable price tags. Let’s remind ourselves – wants and needs and dreams are, in this case, three very different things. I’ll keep dreaming! The drool worthy double ovens make it a septi-whammy!!

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3. A Ninja. Now this is one we already have but now that we do have one I could never imagine leaving it behind and I know the Mr. agrees. We make everything from hummus to smoothies in this baby and it will always have a place in our kitchen!

Lucky for me these are just dream inducing – otherwise I’d be “bothered” to choose the color. Oh, the horror!!

Let me know – what’s the must-have appliance in your kitchen?

Houses, Giveaways, and Stitch Fix

You guys are getting a trifecta today! Happy (Trifecta) Thursday – almost to the weekend!

This morning I am out and about with our Realtor looking at potential homes. House hunting is a little different up here as opposed to Arkansas. I’m having to get used basements being the thing and street parking becoming a reality. Ugh! I know, I know; first world problems! The house we’re looking at today has a moderate yard for the pup and off the street parking for me – whoo hoo! More details to come if it’s “the one”!

This week’s giveaways:

Run Steff Run – Sparkly SOUL headbands and don’t forget to tell her happy (belated) birthday!

Run Bake Blog – Women’s Health BIG Book of Exercises – I own this book and love it!

All That Glitter – Sunshine Burgers – organic, gluten and soy free, vegan black bean burgers.

Run Pretty Blog – $100 gift card to Running Skirts – “from skirts to hydration belts. I’m sure you’ll find something you want or need!”

Lastly Stitch Fix. I really didn’t expect to like this whole fad.

  • I honestly thought I would hate every piece they sent and be able to tell you not to waste your money.
  • I thought because I have been on the list since March and was suppose to get first fix in July that I would be able to tell you the wait was not worth it.
  • I just knew (or thought I knew) that there would be no way for someone who didn’t know me to pick out things I liked much less things that fit.
  • I’m not much of a trendster. I’m going to wear what I feel good in, not what everyone else wearing.
  •  Oh, and I’m cheap! I like sales, clearance being my bff!

I actually cancelled that fix about two weeks ago because I was tired of waiting – I wasn’t even going to bother. A few days after canceling I went back just for kicks and the fix schedule and as it turns out it was this week. I thought why not and signed back up since I hadn’t paid the styling fee yet. I was still iffy and wasn’t really feeling it. Not that my intuition was telling me something wrong, I just wasn’t all gung-ho. Yesterday when the mail arrived I was super excited because for the first time thought I could like the contents.

Stitch Fix is a personal style service that provides about 5 items that make up two or three outfits anywhere between 2/3 weeks and every other month or you can request as desired. When you sign up Stitch Fix will walk you through building your style profile which is compromised of your like/dislikes, your actual proportions, price points, and connected social media (think Pinterest style boards). They then pair you with your own stylist who  goes through the Stitch Fix warehouse and picks out your ‘fix’. Once you’ve been styled they will charge $20, which will be taken off your order if you buy at least $20 worth otherwise it’s forfeited. When you receive your fix it comes with a note from your stylist and ideas on how to streamline the clothes she sent into your wardrobe! Try everything on in your home, send back what you don’t want. If you keep everything your oder is 25% off which is usually the cost of at least one item! Let’s get started.

What I saw when I peeked:

Stitch Fix first look

I was excited to see the patterns and colors – I am absolutely one to be expressive in my clothing! Kaci (my stylist) noted that she went through my Pinterest style board and she gave me ideas on how to both dress up and down each piece with specific references to my preferences. As with every fix there were also style cards to show me how to generally style each piece (in addition to her specific recommendations) and the receipt telling me how much I’d be spending.

Just a quick a look at everything:

Stitch Fix

PS sorry about the headless mirror selfies – nobody is home to feed my vanity!

The three tops, the necklace, and the cobalt colored skinnies that did not act so skinny on me. From top left: This gem had a slit up the back and was a little tight in the chest but not too tight and the slit was tasteful (and it was made in the USA!). The statement necklace was a great color and will go with lots of what I already have. The black and white chevron is something I can pair with a black blazer or any number of things I already own. The white lace tank goes exceptionally well with a number of things and is perfect for summer and spring – might actually wear it on the Fourth. The skinnies – they puddled all wrong but I cuffed them and paired them with orange gladiators I already owned and they perked right up. A note on the quality: everything I received was well made.

If you have extraneous money and you don’t have the time to shop or you want to find new brands I would certainly recommend Stitch Fix; otherwise, why bother? A few tips: be honest, be specific about your likes and dislikes, and know your budget. Here’s The average price per piece is $55, they carry all sorts of price points though. I was sure to mention ‘no basics’ in my request as I’ve heard that can be an issue. For me this is more of a once a season thing to keep my wardrobe updated but as I mentioned you can have it done as often as you’d like! Wanna give it a try? Click here! PS If you’re interested in where you can find any of the pieces just ask!

Disclaimer:I was NOT paid to review the StitchFix service but if you do decide to sign up and use this link I get a small commission. If you didn’t know, now you do.

That’s all I’ve got y’all! Let me know your thoughts on house hunting, those giveaways, or Stitch Fix and stay cool in this heat!

 

#GoVoxBox

Happy, happy Friday!! If you’re reading this on Monday it’s quite possible the publish button wasn’t working and I didn’t want to bother you over the weekend so you’re in for a treat 😉

#govoxbox

I’m really excited about this box, Influenster has really stepped up its game and seems to be trying to get bloggers and influencers better products – awesome!

Going through in no particular order:

I did get a voucher for a FREE Muller Yogurt Product Muller Quaker @MullerQuaker / #MullerQuaker

Muller Greek Corner

Alright guys, I was so apprehensive about trying greek yogurt as the first time I tried The Other Brand I gagged and, well, it was just horrible. While visiting my parents I went to the store and picked up a few flavors, I should mention that my mom loves Muller already so I knew I could “gift” them to her if all else failed. Thanks Mom 😉 . Anyway, the morning after I peeled back the label, folded the corner dumping the contents into the yogurt, and mixed it well. Then I ate, before I knew it the yogurt was gone. The next morning the exact same thing happened and it happened again the next day! Certainly a product I recommend!

Vitamin Shoppe Next Step Fit N Full Protein Shake The Vitamin Shoppe@VitaminShoppe /#NextStep

Vitamin Shoppe Next Step

I hardly take my protein straight (read if I have any at all it’s mixed into my smoothie) but straight is exactly how the directions say you take this stuff. I’m a sucker for following directions. Yeah, anyway. I poured in the water and dumped in the powder and shook it (then I handed it to Mr. to shake). By the way – I did the Swiss Chocolate and man, it smelled heavenly!! I was nervous but it tasted as yummy as it smelled! I think it was user error but there still were a few “pieces”  again, I’m really pretty sure it was a user error!!

Back on point – the smell was great; the taste was right on cue and tasted A TON like chocolate milk! Seriously – chocolate milk!! YES! SERIOUSLY!! Did I mention it tastes like chocolate milk???

So yes, recommended!!

Playtex Sport Fresh BalancePlaytex Sport and Gentle Glide @Playtex_Sport  /#PlayOn

Playtex Sport Fresh Balance

Boys stop up your ears! Laides – they work!

Blue Diamond Blueberry Flavored Almonds Blue Diamond Almonds @BlueDiamond/  #GetYourGoodGoing

Blue diamond almonds

Before the dog got a hold of these (he’s ok) I tried them out with my mom. I’m not sure if it was the flavor or the texture but it was a miss for me, however my mom liked them! Blue Diamond is a high quality company so I know my mishap was a personal problem! PS the packaging was great; it fit in my purse, gym bag, and hidey – hole in my car!

Profoot Triad Orthodic AND Profoot Pedi Rock Profoot Care @Profoot_Inc /#GoProFoot

From left to right – the insoles feel great but I have a brand I really like and have conformed to my foot. Maybe once those wear out I’ll give these another try! As for the Rock I prefer to keep my blisters in tact to protect my feet so this one was a miss but I a good thought if you like pedi rocks.

Aqua Spa Bath Salts from Aqua Spa Bath @AquaSpaBath / #RelaxwithAquaSpa1

Aqua Spa

 

Confession: I haven’t taken a bath, much less a bubble bath, in probably 10 years. That was until I unwrapped this gem. My favorite scent is lavender and my inner mini adult (aka my inner little kid) loves bubble baths. The lavender and chamomile were perfect compliments. I was absolutely able to relax and rejuvenate!! Again, recommended 🙂

Disclaimer: Although all opinions stated are my own I did receive this box complimentary as a part of the Influenster program – thanks guys!

 Did this box offer anything you’d like to try?

June 4: Not Just Another National Running Day

By now if you’re on Twitter or in “The Community” you know it’s NATIONAL RUNNING DAY! Can you tell I’m excited?! To show your pride check out Running Day and make your own badge of pride (or a dozen like me)!

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Other ways to celebrate today:

2. RUN! The most obvious one of course! On a treadmill, on the trails, or on the street. Just lace up and get out there – you’re already awesome!

3. Find a running group. Road Runners Club of America or Running in the USA are two good places to start if you’re into pavement, tweet out to #ultrachat and #runchat on Twitter to find trail buddies. DON’T post a Craigslist ad – please!!

4. If you run (or walk) with your phone you can raise money for nonprofit with Charity Miles! Turn it on, pick your nonprofit, and run! Don’t forget to download the app before you head out the door!

5. Splurge a little! This is the perfect excuse reason to gift yourself with something that will enhance your experience. Those new shoes are calling your name 😉

 

How are you spending National Running Day?

Work Your Happy!

Teaching yourself to be happy seems to be a lot like teaching yourself to swim, cycle, or run. I’ve done three and a half – still working on that bike! If you know me from social media it’s probably pretty easy to imagine I am happy ALL. THE. TIME. much to my husband’s dismay at times, this is completely true! Well, for the most part. Lucky him!!

A little flailing in the water, a lot of terrifying moments on the bike (which I still haven’t mastered), and some ridiculously embarrassing confessions I have from running I think I can honestly say that teaching yourself is tough and doable but it can be so much more rewarding to include your friends, family, and maybe even a stranger or two. After all, that is what we do when we race. Can I get an amen?

Some us, including me, also have coaches along side us while we swim, bike, run to make sure our form is correct, we are mentally ready, and for a whole plethora of reasons. Why not have a coach for happiness too?

Not like a physiologist or psychiatrist that bills hourly but more like that best friend you have who is always there to talk it out with you. Can a digital platform even offer that? Actually Happify is claiming to do just that – help you work your happy! I was invited to try it out and was just nerdy enough to say yes!

happify

Marketed as is a “webapp that trains you to live a happier, less stressful, and more fulfilling life,” and, in my words a hybrid gratitude journal/interactive media site; Happify is based on the principle that you can work your happy, just like you can work anything else! Before you read too much further – it’s free.

Through quizzes, prompts, and games the Happify platform customizes and recommends activities for you based on your goals. Some of my activities have included Personal Ten Commandments, Today’s Grateful Moment (back to gratitude journal), and What’s My Why; these will vary based on you and how you best learn and play! You can broadcast your activities to the world but you don’t have to and keep everything you do private, which I love because not everyone wants to have such deep stuff out there. I also appreciate that they do give you the option to write anything you want. They guide you if you want it but if you’re into doing your own exploration Happify is encourages you to rock that too!

That’s nice and all but, does it work? YES! Happiness has been studied since the dawn of time, has 72 million hits on Google (72,200,000 to be exact), is written into the Constitution as an inalienable right, and, saving the greatest for last, is the real treasure hunt of life. There are even elective courses in college labeled Positive Psychology that handle the science of happiness. Anyway. Happiness is a big deal. Happify was developed based on cutting edge research is neuroscience and psychology so it should be no surprise it works!

I have noticed I’m overall more kind. I have less road rage – it was getting rough and is the thing that pushed me to try Happify. The best results that I’ve seen though is that I’m more focused and “zenned” in life – it’s easier to yoga and find a quiet moment within all the chaotic mess of life. Like I said too, I am an extremely happy person to begin with so, other than to help my road rage (it was really getting bad guys) I didn’t think I’d see other results but I did! I can only imagine what it can do for others and I really mean what others can do for themselves!

What do I really think? I think everyone should try it! Really! I believe in positive psychology and even if I hadn’t I would after Happify. Ideally we’d all make this a habit but to be honest it’s hard to find time in our busy days to do much else but truly, if anything else just go check it out!

Speaking of time, here’s the short list:

Quick Look –

PROs:

  • Free!
  • Guided activites.
  • Supportive community.

CONs:

  • Limited time to complete tracks (tasks).

So really guys – go on and check it out!

Disclaimer: This is sponsored content but, as always, every opinion and view is authentically mine. xx

Be happy

Liebster Zwei

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Good morning!! I had and a hot beverage in hand and was catching up on my weekly readings when Autumn let me know I had been nominated for a Liebster (thank you ma’am!) so I thought I would shimmy back on over here and share a little more about myself!

Last time I was nominated I went into more detail about the actual award and how it came to be, this time I’m going to focus on the activities. As a refresher though Liebster is German for beloved or favorite.

Autumn asks:

1. When it comes to blogging what do you struggle with most?

The struggle bus really doesn’t drop off at Blog Central Station. Sometimes it’s difficult to find time to crank out quality info but those are the days things just don’t get posted. In the beginning blog-life balance was a little rough but now it’s more life-blog and works exceptionally well!

2. What’s the story behind your blog name?

I started out as a yogi but I felt like I sweat too much (welcome to my world!) and when you sweat when the water evaporates from your skin you’re left with little salt crystals. This is the way my brain works – bendy + salty must equal pretzels!

3. Which blog post of yours are you most proud of?

Oh, this is a hard one; I’m really proud of my ENERGYbits update because it was first really well done post, my birthday post because it was a lot of fun to write, and my Fit ABCs post because there was great positive feedback on it!

4. If you could live one day over again, what would it be?

I would go back and enjoy the family road trip days. Most recently I lost my grandfather and would love to spend those days with he and my mom again.

5. Tea or coffee? (cheat question: how do you like either?)

I’m on Team Chilly Green Tea! All the way baybee!!

6. What’s the most unusual workout/exercise you’ve ever done?

I haven’t done it yet but 

7. What do you think of Conversational High-Fives: (High-fiving any time other than playing a sport)?

The Conversational High Five is one activity not to be taken lightly! It is one that should only be used among highly coordinated best of friends and more when slightly inebriated.

8. What made you decide to begin blogging?

I wanted to track my Ironman journey and felt called to blogging so I started.
9. What is your biggest pet peeve with society?

 Bad drivers. Confession: I’m a recovering road rager.

10. What’s your favorite quote from a film?

Most said: “Play it again, Sam!”
Favorite: “One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don’t know.” Animal Crackers

11. What and/or who inspires you?

 The every day people who overcome struggles in their own lives to do their thing. 

Anything TMI? 😉

Thank you Autumn!!

Lovely readers: answer any of the questions!