Subscription Box Showcase: Stitch Fix #20

Can’t believe this is my 20th Stitch Fix! They are so much fun (for more info on what Stitch Fix is AND the chance to get $25 off just for trying Stitch Fix (you totally should), scroll down to the end of this post).

This time I had left a note for my stylist saying I wanted some casual dress options in a variety of lengths from midi to maxi. This time I took flat-lay photos as well as try-on photos (all with the same orange shoes, which would not be the best choice for most of these, but I was in a bit of a time crunch). See what you think. Oh, and please don’t look at my hair — when I tried these dresses on I had just finished mowing….and it shows. 😦

 

1. Marleena Knit Dress by Loveappella ($68)

This dress is SO flattering! I love how it has a v-neck that looks like it’s a wrap dress, but it’s not too low-cut (an ongoing problem for me….). I really wish the pattern were a little cuter — I would be all over this dress if it came in the same pattern as the maxi skirt below. Even though the fabric feels good and drapes well, to me, the pattern just makes it look cheap and old like a print you might see at the Bingo hall on double-card night.

Verdict: Can’t decide! It’s sooooo flattering, but I’m iffy on the pattern….

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2. Lucida Colorblock Knit Dress by 41Hawthorn ($68)

When I first saw this dress in the box I didn’t think it would be my style. At first glance, it looks kind of stuffy and businesslike. BUT, when I tried it on, it was thick and stretchy, and like the Lovappella dress above, very flattering. I like the two shades of blue a lot and I think you could make this one look a little cuter with fun shoes and accessories. I’m just not sure I have the right fun shoes and accessories currently, and I don’t really want to buy new things just for one dress. But I know I’m going to totally regret sending this one back when back-to-school nights and parent teacher conferences roll around. Wouldn’t it be perfect for things like that?

Verdict: Sent it back

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3. Isla Medley Bracelet Set by 31 Bits ($38)

I love the blue and yellow colors of this bracelet set, as well as the interesting shapes of some of the beads. I also love that 31 Bits bracelets are handcrafted out of 100% recycled paper by women in Northern Uganda who receive a sustainable income and holistic education, empowering them to rise above poverty. Unfortunately, I happen to have several similar items (my sister has had several Bead for Life [a similar organization] parties), so these weren’t keepers.

Verdict: Sent it back

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4. Breonna V-Neck Dress by Pixley ($68)

If you’re a regular visitor to my blog, you know I’m a sucker for stripes — epecially black and white ones. This dress was another that was incredibly flattering on me. It was not as stretchy as the first two, but it had a more tailored look with pleats in the front of the skirt. The only reason I didn’t snap this one up is because I already have two striped dresses. This is another one that I will regret not keeping for more dressy occasions like presenting at conferences, weddings, etc.

Verdict: Sent it back

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5. Char Geo Print Maxi Skirt by Market & Spruce ($58)

Last, but not least, is this maxi skirt with a pattern I totally adore! It seems so beachy and summery that when I tried it on, I didn’t want to take it off. In the photo below I’m wearing it as a strapless dress just for kicks, but I don’t think I’d actually wear it out of the house like that (I’d be constantly concerned with making sure it wasn’t drooping down, and I am not a fan of strapless bras). I also tried it out as a maxi skirt with a top and it’s absolutely adorable. My only hesitation is that the hemline is a little longer on the left side than it is on the right, and it was noticeable to me so I know that would bother me when wearing it. The other issue is that I have short legs, so unless I wear pretty high heels, most maxi skirts end up dragging on the floor if I don’t have them pulled up really high at the waist. This one was no exception, even with the top rolled over.

Verdict: Sent it back

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So I have some thinking to do about the first two dresses. I am leaning toward keeping the Loveappella dress even though I’m not a huge fan of the pattern just because I can see dressing it up for church, weddings, or conference presentations or down even to the point where I could wear it for a walk on the beach (if I could go to a beach, that is….). I’m leaning against the colorblock dress just because it is so different from my typical casual , laid back style, although it wouldn’t hurt me to have one “grown up” dress in my closet.

 

So what’s Stitch Fix?

When you sign up for Stitch Fix, a personal stylist sends you 5 items based on a style questionnaire you fill out. You can request specific types of items (for example, this time I left a note for my stylist asking for a variety of dresses) or you can let them send whatever they think. I also linked up my Pinterest board called “Look Book” so my stylist can see what types of things I like. You pay a $20 styling fee, but if you buy any of the items they send, you get the $20 applied to the cost, so you are only out the $20 if you do not choose to buy any of the items.

If you’ve never tried Stitch Fix before, now is the best time ever! If you use my referral link and sign up by July 28, both you and I will get a $25 credit to spend! You can sign up for a one-time-only Fix or you can get a subscription delivered to you at regular intervals. You can stop or start again at any time with no strings attached. I used to get Fixes shipped monthly, and then I cut back to every other month for the last year because I didn’t want to spend as much money. I switched it back to monthly about 2 months ago, though. I missed getting those fun boxes each month!

What to see more examples?  In the Pick Your Poison drop-down menu on the right,  select “Stitch Fix” to see what I received in Stitch Fixes 17, 18, and 19 over the last few months as well as other blog posts featuring items I’ve purchased from my Fixes.

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New Project: DIY Pouf

I saw this project on Apartment Therapy awhile back and I HAVE to try it. Take a look:

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Erika from Retropolitan’s DIY Pouf — created using an Ikea rug

Ooooh – so cute! And although I’m not the handiest with a sewing machine when it involves curvy lines , I can sew straight lines with the best of ’em.

The rugs she used were from Ikea and were around 22.5 – 23.5 inches wide. Here are a couple of rugs I’m considering for this project:

1. Ikea’s Tannum Rugs, $6.99 each

I love, love, love chindi style rugs (I’m in the market for a really big one for my living room right now, actually). These are probably my top choice right now for what I’ll use to make the pouf.

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Tannum rugs, Ikea

2. Ikea’s Signe Rugs, just $3.99 each (!)

These are also very cute and I like the simple stripes. They seem kind of beachy and laid back and I love that vibe.

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Signe rugs, Ikea

Or, I could take this in a little different direction by using faux sheepskin (like this one from Ethan Allen):

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Ivory faux fur pouf, Ethan Allen

 

Or, I could use some of the faux cowhide fabric I used to recover my dining room chairs recently, for a look like this one from One Kings Lane:

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Meritt storage ottoman, One Kings Lane

The funny thing is, I have this EXACT cowhide fabric on my chairs and I got it for a great price (around $9.99 a yard last year). I think ‘d like the “Palomino” shade, though, which is a little lighter, for an ottoman:

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“Udder Madness” fabric in palomino color

 

Cost-wise, the Ikea striped rugs or the faux cow fabric are the way to go, so I think I’ll be choosing between those two. Can’t wait to get started!

Stylish and Inspirational Tees, Please! (Thank you, Scarlet and Gold Shop!)

I see so many cute graphic tees, and I’ve been wanting to get one that really says something. Seems like by the time I decide on a phrase (the one I most recently wanted was NOPE), I quickly start seeing them everywhere — and then nowhere. So after looking for several months, I found not one, but two graphic tees that I know I’ll be wearing for a long time. Check ’em out!

Here are the Instagram selfies I posted when I wore these the first time. The one on the left says “give grace” and the one on the right says Isaiah 40:31. They are both from Scarlet and Gold Shop (which I recently found on Instagram, and I’m so glad I did!). They are a little pricey, but once I received them and wore them I decided that the quality, fit, style, and look are good enough to justify this price and I totally don’t regret purchasing them.

  • Give Grace — I love the idea of the phrase “give grace” because I know that I need (constant) reminders to be more patient and kind to people, especially the people I live with and those I am waiting in line behind at the grocery store or at a stoplight. Scarlet and Gold Shop sends a card along with this tee that explains the #givegrace movement, which is about sharing our struggles with and encouraging others so we can all lift each other up. The proceeds from this line go to  help the shop owners (Megan and Blake) with infertility treatments and eventually to to help other couples in this situation. That’s a great cause, but I mainly just love the shirt for the daily reminder it gives me and the fact that it looks really cute!!
  • Isaiah 40:31 — …but those who hope in the LORDwill renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.  This is my all-time favorite Bible verse. I often feel like I’m running a race through life and every now and then I get really tired, but whenever I do, this verse kicks me back into gear. It’s my reminder that whatever’s going on, God’s got this!

Here are some bigger shots so you can see these awesome shirts.

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Sizing note: For the Give Grace cap sleeve tee, I sized up because the website said they ran a little small. They were right on. I like a drapey tee and going with the large instead of the medium was perfect. I did order the medium in the white Isaiah 40:30 tee and it fit just fine.

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Then while I was typing this post just now, I went to the Scarlet and Gold Shop website to get their link and saw — oh, oh……a few new shirts!! They are from Scarlet and Gold Shop’s Britt Nicole Summer Collection. It actually takes you to a different website when you click the link but Scarlet and Gold Shop and Britt Nicole seem to be related? Anyway, hold me back!

Here are the ones on my wish list:

Greater than Gold Cap Sleeve Tee

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This one is a reminder of our value, which is greater than gold.  Although, to me, I see it less as my own worth being greater than gold, but of God’s Word being greater than gold (like in Psalm 19:10). Either way, I love the gold foil print on this tee and it’s the same style as the Give Grace one so I know it’ll drape and fit really well.

I think I’ve finally found my go-to source for stylish and inspirational graphic tees!