October 2014 Stitch Fix Review – Stitch Fix #10

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Yesterday, I got my tenth Stitch Fix in the mail! I kept ALL the items from my last Fix, and I’ve been dying to get this latest Stitch Fix in my hands! I hoped I’d have my same stylist again (Nicole). I also spent a lot of time updating my Pinterest Style Board called “For My Stitch Fix Stylist” in the hopes it would make my future fixes even more successful.

Here was the note I sent to my stylist after my last fix to guide Fix #10:

My 29th birthday is coming up on October 29th – something fun to celebrate in would be a great addition! Excited to have Nicole as my stylist again! I 100% feel like she is getting a sense of my personal style and this fix was pretty dead-on, minus some fit issues. Her note acknowledged that she is really listening, and that is super appreciated. I think it’s the start of a great partnership. Fall/winter clothes are my favorite so I’m looking forward to the upcoming fixes. I’d love to see oversized/off-the shoulder sweaters, more leggings in rich colors (olive, burgundy, chocolate, camo), structured cardigans/jackets, loooong draped cardigans/sweaters. Anything in faux leather, animal print, mix of neutrals and neon. Pretty please check out the newest additions to my Pinterest board

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A few days ago I peeked in my account to try and figure out what was coming, but it only lists the names of the items and doesn’t include pictures. So…I had an idea of what was headed my way, but didn’t have any clue as to the colors or patterns of things.

  1. Octavia: Bennie Heathered Stripe Knit Infinity Scarf ($34)
  2. Loveappella: Oliver Faux Leather Trim Striped Top ($58)
  3. Kut from the Kloth: Danny 5-Pocket Knit Pant ($68)
  4. 19 Cooper: Sheldon Leopard Print Mixed Material Top ($58)
  5. 41Hawthorn: Sherwood Faux Leather Detailed Cardigan ($74)

My note from my stylist (Nicole):

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Stitch Fix comes with an information card which includes a listing of everything in the box, prices, and then a total of how much everything would be if you kept everything in the box (it deducts your $20 styling fee and the 25% discount for keeping all of your items):

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Here is what I received:

Octavia: Bennie Heathered Stripe Knit Infinity Scarf ($34): This scarf is beautiful, and really soft for a knit. I like how it drapes too. My hesitation is with the colors. The combination of navy, orange and yellow is a bit of a weird mix and it’s definitely not in my normal palette. VERDICT: Undecided!

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Loveappella: Oliver Faux Leather Trim Striped Top ($58): This top is SO me. I love the grey+black combo and the wide strips. I like the length of the top and the cut at the bottom. The leather detail in the v-neck is subtle, but a nice addition to make the top special. VERDICT: Kept!

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Kut from the Kloth: Danny 5-Pocket Knit Pant ($68): I loved these pants initially, especially the burgundy color. Unfortunately, the waist was too snug and the length was too long. Style wise this was a fit – but fit wise it had to go. VERDICT: Returned!

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19 Cooper: Sheldon Leopard Print Mixed Material Top ($58): I loved this top initially, especially the leopard print. Unfortunately, the top fit too tight across my chest and was a bit too short. Style wise this was a fit – but fit wise it had to go. VERDICT: Returned!

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41Hawthorn: Sherwood Faux Leather Detailed Cardigan ($74): This draped cardigan is so great – super long and softer than you’d imagine. The faux leather detail is subtle, but a nice touch to make the top a bit more elegant and dressed up. I know I’ll be wearing this a TON this fall. VERDICT: Kept!

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I really like the styling cards included in my Stitch Fix box. They help provide inspiration on how you might pair this new find with something already in your closet.

For my tenth box – I am a happy girl. I got Nicole as my stylist again and she’s really starting to get a sense for my style. The top and burgundy pants that didn’t fit great aren’t her fault – they are mine. And it’s great motivation to keep on this healthy journey and not let weight be an issue with any clothes I fall in love with. I love the concept and as long as I keep even one piece so I don’t lose my styling fee, I’m a happy Stitch Fix girl! Excited to see what’s in my next box, set to arrive in 2-3 weeks.

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If you don’t know the greatness that is Stitch Fix, let me break it down for you… Basically, Stitch Fix is a personal shopping/styling service for women. You sign up (HERE) and fill out an in-depth style profile about all your fashion likes and dislikes, sizes and even budget preferences. Are you more preppy or more rock n’ roll? Do you wear T-shirts and jeans – or are you never caught without a dress? You can even link to a Pinterest board to really show your stylist what your personal style is all about…

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Once you’re all signed up, you’ll receive a box once a month with outfits and accessories HAND-PICKED for you by your personal Stitch Fix stylist. There is a $20 styling fee each month. IF you choose to keep even one item, that $20 is applied to your purchase price. Even better, if you decide to keep all 5 items – you get an additional 25% off your total order. Essentially – you keep what you love and you send back anything that doesn’t work. You only pay for the items to decide to hang on to, and you are charged when you ‘check out’ each month on your Stitch Fix page. You have a few days to try everything on and the box comes with a bag and a prepaid return label so you can easily ship back the pieces you aren’t interested in.

Biggest Loser at work – The competition has begun

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Today my office launched their 5th Annual Biggest Loser Competition.

The rules were really simple:

  1. Intial Weigh-In Mon 10/20
  2. Final Weigh-In Wed 11/12 (total contest = 3.5 weeks)
  3. The winner is determined by the highest percentage of weight lost

I’m competitive and a “joiner” so there was no question about whether or not I’d sign up for this thing. Weighing in this morning felt a lot like Weight Watchers – and seeing the number on the scale while wearing jeans and sweater wasn’t awesome. But I’m excited about the extra accountability this will provide annnnnd I heard last year’s winner got a tablet so the prize situation is no joke.

The only concern I have is that the weekend before the contest is over, I’ll be in Florida with family and temptation will be at an all-time high. But I have to use that to fuel my competitive spirit and RESIST!

Obviously my weight loss journey is far bigger and greater than these next few weeks. However, I’m grateful for the mini-goal and a chance to prove some things to myself. Obviously winning is fun and nice – but as long as I eat well, move more and continue to strengthen my healthy habits I’m already a winner!

So – let’s do the damn thing!

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Starting Saturday with a Smile

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I woke up this morning feeling energized and inspired. I’m ready to tackle this weekend head on – and see only positive and happy things ahead.

I’m working out with my trainer at 1030 today. At first I was hesitant to agree to a Saturday morning workout when he told me he had a spot open, but now I’m really glad I’m getting a quality workout in. Beyond that, I’ve been thinking of restarting the Couch25K program so I just might go for a little walk/run after the gym. Who am I ?!?! ;)

I’ve been home in Texas and committed to a healthier lifestyle (fitness + nutrition) for two weeks now. I must say, that I’m starting to feel a difference. Sure – I’ve lost about 7 pounds and a few inches, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I feel my energy increasing. I feel my attitude improving. I feel my motivation growing stronger. I am making healthier choices more naturally instead of rationalizing the bad ones.

I’ve been down this road before (more times than I’d like to admit) and I know that real change takes time. So I’m not wasting a moment worried about the end game (goal weight, dress size, etc.) I’m focused on celebrating another good day and continuing to make small wins with each choice. They add up and great things are ahead.

I hope you guys have a fantastic weekend ahead of you!

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Hungry … For reals

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Man. I am hungry. HON-GRY. And it sucks!

I’m nearing the end of week two of being back on track and it’s been a good effort so far. Even better, it hasn’t been nearly as hard as I’d anticipated. I’m learning a lot about my body and I’m seeing results – both on the scale and with inches.

Today/tonight, however, something is off and I’m starving. It’s such a struggle. On one hand, I know that I eat should eat intuitively and put food in my body when it is asking for it. On the other hand, I don’t want to go over my calorie goal for the day – and one night of a hungry tummy certainly won’t kill me.

Ultimately, for tonight I’m making my decisions based on logic versus emotion. That means, drink some water and go to bead early. Get excited for a healthy breakfast waiting for me tomorrow.

Did you hear that?!…

It was my stomach loudly yelling GOOD NIGHT!

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Getting Real

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Blogging (for me at least) has been a random journey… one that I’m still figuring out as I go along.

I love to write, and I’ve been told I’m pretty good at it, and yet when it comes to sharing stories/thoughts about my life on this blog I hit some kind of mental block. I just freeze and don’t know what to say or share. I’m sure (deep down) I worry that no one cares what I have to say. Which is crazy! And silly! And irrelevant! I never started this blog for anyone other than myself. I wanted a home to capture snippets of my life in real time, and preserve those moments for the future.

Often, it’s easier to review a subscription box or share a workout on here. There’s not a lot of thinking involved, and the pictures are usually pretty cute. And I don’t want to abandon that aspect of this blog – I enjoy sharing the random things that show up on my doorstep each month.

However… I want to go deeper here, with all of you. I want to commit to sharing more and more often. I want to welcome you all in to my life – on the good days and the tough ones. I want to exercise my writing arm (or fingers in this case) and let the words lead me to unexpected places.

There are some awesome blogs out there that I try to read semi-regularly. They aren’t great because they are beautiful or because they have a million subscribers… I keep reading because they are written by real women who are sharing their hearts with the world. They are women who love fashion or are trying to lose weight or are figuring out how to be the best mom/wife/etc. I identify with them and I’m grateful that they have opened a door and let us peek inside.

I commit to trying my best to do the same. So buckle up and let’s see how we can learn and grow together!

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Wantable “Accessories” Subscription Box – October 2014

Wantable is a hyper-personalized monthly subscription box. They have three options: Makeup, Accessories and Intimates. Each box is $36/mo. and you take a in-depth profile quiz to let Wantable know your loves, likes and dislikes. Essentially, this helps from getting samples/products/etc. that you’d never be interested in.

Yesterday, I received my October Accessories Box. I also have reviews for the October Intimates Box and the October Makeup Box in recent blog posts – check ‘em all out. I am really happy with the items I got in my Wantable Accessories Box! They were all super unique and fun additions to my growing collection!

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There were 4 items in my Wantable October Accessories Box. From WantableOur October Accessories are not for the faint of heart and you’ll be spellbound by what we have in store for you this month. Banish boring in favor of unique pieces you won’t find anywhere else. Bold shapes are making a statement this season, so we have plenty of pieces to help you wear this trend flawlessly. If bold color gets your heart facing, our jewel tone pieces will inspire you to create some beautiful looks. Our featured expert and jewelry designer, Emily Maynard is thrilled to be showcasing some pieces from her very own jewelry collection this month. Emily’s pieces are designed with mixed metals, hammered hardware, natural stones, and playful contrasts that will bring personality to any occasion. Another featured brand is Headbands of Hope, who combine a love of fashion with a love for giving back. For every headband purchased, one is given to a girl with cancer and $1.00 is donated to fund live-saving childhood cancer research. We’re honored and thrilled to have their headbands in our collection.

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  1. Jeanne Bracelet
  2. Colleen Necklace
  3. Tanner Necklace
  4. Kahea Earrings

From Wantable: The Jeanne Bracelet is a great, classic every day bracelet that features a gold tone with two hoops. Pair this bracelet with jeans and a t-shirt for a casual but elegant look! (RV: $12)

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From Wantable: The Colleen Necklace is made of chunky silver hollow square pieces linked together, to create this rock inspired statement necklace. This chunky statement necklace can be added to your favorite rocker-inspired outfit, to give it that edgy look! (RV: $18)

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From Wantable: The Tanner Necklace is a long silvery statement piece featuring a trio of chains accented with turquoise beads and stones. Pair with a coral blouse for a beautiful play on color. (RV: $27)

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From Wantable: The Kahea Earrings are glistening, multi-tone drops featuring moving rings for an eye-catching look. Pair with a ballerina bun and earthy plum lip. (RV: $15)

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THE VERDICT: I am in love with this Wantable box! I wore the Colleen Necklace to church this morning and got a ton of compliments. The bracelet is the least exciting, but still very pretty. The retail value of this box was $72… And yet I got these four pieces for only $36! Can’t wait to see what next month brings!!!

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