Friday, October 23, 2015

Stitch Fix App Happy

Apparently I'm so addicted to Stitch Fix that not only did I take a job as a stylist, I blog about them on my day off! There are just so many things I want to share with you, but most of all the new app.

If you haven't tried the new Stitch Fix app for iPhone, you are missing out. Not only does it allow easy access to your style profile and updates on your order. Now, you can view pictures of the items before they arrive!

It gets better. You can share a profile pic, too! I'm really excited about this, as both an employee and customer. No doubt it will make for a more personalized experience.

What are you waiting for? Download it here: Stitch Fix App

As if this new app weren't inspiration enough for a new blog post, the Stitch Fix affiliates team sent me a selfie stick! I was excited to see this in the mail because I have so many new favorite pieces that I've been waiting to share with you. Bear with me folks, I'm a selfie novice.

I can't decide what to share first, so I've decided to save the best for last. I'll start out with these amazing jeans from Dear John. I had my mind set on getting myself a dressy pair of denim trousers to wear on Wednesday nights with my AWANA Commander shirt and Crocband flats, and these are just perfect!


These Marson wide leg jeans ran a little big, so I sent customer service an email ( and sized down. For reference, I'm 5'6 and these have an average inseam. If I wore them with boots they'd be way too short, I'd probably want a 34" inseam....great, now I need another pair of jeans. Torture (wink, wink).

I'm wearing the jeans in all of these pictures except the last outfit, so you can see them from several angles. Above, I'm wearing them with the 41Hawthorn Moni Studded Short Sleeve Blouse. I love the feel of it, it has a bit of weight to it but still feels breathable.

Black and white patterns are my new favorite for mixing with rich colored sweaters and accessories, like my Target mustard cardigan and my burgundy Bandolino ballet flats.

I'd call that a selfie stick win. I rarely like pictures of myself and this is pretty alright. So naturally, I decided to use this for my profile picture.

I'm smiling just thinking about what I'm going to say about this next piece. My daughter and I were talking about what we'd call ourselves if we were named after our clothing style. We decided my name would be sweater.


Last fall, I bought a really cute oversized navy and white cardigan similar to this one and I wore it nearly everyday. Sadly, I wore it to death. So when I saw this, I knew it was a keeper! This one is even softer, and the colors are so me. It's the Pixley Dali Cardigan.

Hey, I think I'm getting the hang of this selfie thing!

So, just last week I acquired my all time favorite Stitch Fix item, the Mavi Bartlett Crochet Detail Pullover Sweater. The gorgeous color on this, which is like a dark slate grey, really does something for my skin tone. I can't remember ever having anything in this color before and am excited to have a new favorite to wear.

Can you see the pomegranates growing in the background here? Number 2 really loves those.

I wanted to be sure and give you a close up on the crochet detail at the neckline. Also, the texture. The fabric is so unique, and like the Moni blouse it is heavier but breathable. It's mostly cotton, and a little bit nylon (maybe the crochet?) And, no wool, so no itching!

Since I was already playing dress up I thought I'd share this top I picked up from Loft, too. I rarely get out and go shopping anymore but my daughter and I went on a spree for her birthday. I just had to have this top. Wish I had some pictures to show you of number 1 in her choices. I can't believe how grown up she looks. Sigh.


I love the neckline on this top; it works perfectly with a scarf my mom bought me last winter! Doesn't it look cute with my Stitch Fix Marson denim trousers?

Oh, and since it's such a rare occasion that I get to blog anymore, here's a recent pic of the little reason I prefer shopping from home :) Blurry, but adorable. Maybe next time I'll use my Stitch Fix selfie stick.

Here are the rest of my reasons.

Want to try Stitch Fix but not into using apps?

Happy Fall Y'all! 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Evereve Trendsend Review: A Subscription Box for Moms

I'm always on the lookout for new subscription boxes and was really excited to find an online personal styling service dedicated to moms, Trendsend by Evereve. If you are anything like me, time is limited when it comes to shopping for clothes, and things don't fit like they used to. Even if they do, they went out of style years ago. My clothing needs have changed, too. Trendend's response? "Take care of your family, we'll take care of your fashion." Brilliant.

In browsing the Evereve website, I was very impressed by the brands, fit and style of the clothes. It took me about 10 minutes to fill out a very detailed style profile and fill out my special requests. I pinned several of my favorite Evereve pieces and linked my Pinterest style board to my profile and requested a box!

Trendsend promised a 14 day turnaround and they delivered! My box arrived 11 days later via UPS. The service is free, no styling fees or shipping charges. What more could a mom ask for?

I have to admit I peeked at what I would be getting when I received my shipping email. If you are wondering how to do that, just click on the "leave feedback" link. I was intrigued by the pieces they'd chosen! I don't normally peek, but I knew I'd be busy when the box arrived (as it came on the same day as half a dozen other things) so I wanted to wrap my head around it.

When the box came, I quickly unwrapped it to find all of the clothes neatly wrapped in tissue paper, held together by stickers with cute little sayings. The box also included an invoice, a letter from my personal shopper with styling tips, a shipping envelope and a prepaid USPS sticker.

I was so excited to see some items for fall! Now if the weather would just cooperate. It was around 100 degrees when I tried these on, but I didn't care. I felt like fall Barbie playing fashion show!

This was my favorite outfit out of the box, both off and on. Trendsend calls this top Under Skies Tab Sleeve Plaid Top or Plaid Button Down Top in red/navy.

The tag read Skies are Blue, one of my favorite brands! $58 seems reasonable, but I do occasionally have time to shop and just picked up a similar shirt at Costco for $12. This one definitely has more finesse, but I decided I can only do so much plaid. Here the Costco version, which came in several colors. It has more of a western feel, snap buttons and such.

The jeans are Kut from the Kloth and were described as straight leg jeans on the invoice, but in reality they are the Dianna Skinnies and are just that. Therefore they are the exact opposite of what I asked for. Does any retailer (besides Stitch Fix) carry anything but skinnies anymore? I may have tolerated them, as they look great with boots under long tops, however I looked (and felt) like I'd just finished baking in the oven. I'm wearing them in most of these pictures.

This next top is the Braeve Charcoal Tunic or Washed Ashore Tunic for $58. It is really thick, and the hem has a raw edge which I like.

I love everything about this top, but it just doesn't love me back. The scoop neck and oversized fit didn't work well with my shape.

The next top had similar issues, and was even more unflattering because the fabric was very thin and unforgiving.

I genuinely dislike this hi lo trend. I don't need mud flaps. The color was beautiful though on this Free People Ventura Thermal. But $68? No.

This trench had great potential. It's the Ellison Oversize Trench or Holden in pebble for $78. Turns out pebble isn't my color, and I JUST bought another trench. The one size fits all didn't work out too well for me on this one anyway.

The sleeve looked much better tabbed, but were tight (and I have narrow arms).

I didn't think the drape was very flattering either. But this must be working out for everyone else, because Evereve called it a Best Seller.

I thought these Lysse Center Seam Ponte Leggings for $78 and the Peyton Jensen Cambridge Boyfriend Cardy for $48 were the last 2 items in the box. Did I mention I was really hot and received half a dozen other things that needed photographed? I was getting a bit delirious and threw these on haphazardly with this less than desirable surprise top from Golden Tote. I'm sorry.

I genuinely loved the space dye and coziness of the fabric on the sweater, but it felt shapeless. Still, I actually kind of regret sending it back. It's very on trend and would probably go with everything.

I desperately wanted to keep the leggings but just couldn't justify another pair - so similar to what I already have - for that price. Besides, Stitch Fix just started carrying these <3

Turns out I missed a shirt in the bottom of the box. Another plaid shirt, from Lovestitch, the vintage wash plaid shirt for $39.99 on sale. It was really warm. And a tad tight. Love the material and pattern though! Wish they'd had the size up to swap.

So I didn't keep anything, which is weird because everything pretty much fit. I think it was just bad timing with the hot weather, half dozen other things, and new job stress. I am REALLY impressed with what they picked out for me on the very first go round. I would definitely do this again in the future! At the very least, I'll shop the sale section of the Evereve store.

For your knowledge, no discounts were offered toward multiple purchases. And as far as I can tell, there is no referral system in place at this time. I hope they offer both in the near future!

If you'd like to try Trendsend, or just shop Evereve, I'd love it if you used my affiliate link:

While I will receive a small commission for referrals, clearly my opinions are all my own. If you do try, be sure to let me know what you think!

Happy Trendsending!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Golden Tote Wish List, Warehouse Sale & Gift with Purchase

Have you heard about the new Golden Tote Wish List? By popular demand, Golden Tote has decided to offer past surprises in their online shop, without the purchase of a mystery tote!

If you are new to Golden Tote, you can check out my past reviews here.

In short, Golden Tote releases new tote (mystery bag) options once a month in 3 sizes:

Small tote $49 - Pick 1 item, receive an additional surprise
Large tote $149 - Pick 2 items, receive 4 additional surprise
Surprise tote $99 - Skip the chosen items and receive 4 surprises

But now, rather than risk getting surprises you don't care for or that don't fit, you can shop the boutique and pick your own surprises for just $35 a piece.

For the month of August, nothing really stood out to me to add to a tote, so I decided to forgo tote day and take advance of the huge sale they were having the weekend before (Warehouse Sale, first of it's kind) and get a few things at 40% off! They were also offering a free gift with $75 purchase, as well as surprise grab bags at ridiculous prices. To bad I'm officially never getting a grab bag again :)

This first item is the whole reason I decided to participate in this sale. It's the Collective Concepts Short Sleeved Webbed Tunic from the July tote. It wasn't a true wish list item (tote surprise) because it was an actual chosen item, but the coupon worked on it for some reason. On sale it was $36.

I love this top, and received a ton of compliments when I wore it Sunday with my Loft white curvy straight jeans.

This configuration was a little too hot for 100 degrees.

Unfortunately, the second item that had me excited about the sale was not available when they went to pack up my box (more on that later). Instead, they credited back the amount I'd paid for it and sent me a few extras to make up for it. The first was this top, which unfortunately isn't my style.

I have no idea how to style something that's see through on the bottom like that. It's not quite long enough to be a tunic, and it has a boxy fit. Just for giggles I threw it on with the free glasses they sent me (gift with purchase) and the clutch I bought, too.

I sold the top, and bought another surprise for myself. This is one of the benefits of buying clothes from a company that has such a large Facebook trading group. And you have to admit, the customer service here is pretty amazing, so I really can't complain.

Here is a close-up of the clutch ($14.40) I'd been eyeballing since it's release early this summer.

The clasp for the chain is broken, but I wouldn't use it anyway. I don't care for bright gold, and it snags the tweed. This clutch is exactly how my husband described it: complicated. But I'm a sucker for green, and tweed. And I've been wanting a fun, random clutch to take on date nights.

Customer service also threw in a free Golden Tote bag, isn't that nice?

I also took a risk and bought a few pairs of shoes, even though the last pair I bought from Golden Tote didn't work out. These are a fairly common brand and I felt the 10s had a good chance of fitting. For $12 each I thought it was worth a try.

The butterfly shoes fit just right, but the slingbacks are too loose (I normally wear a 9 1/2). I'll probably donate them to my church clothes closet or save them for my daughter, who never seems to stop growing.

Speaking of which, she's taken an interest in photography while helping take pictures for my blog. I love to look through the pictures she's taken between outfits.

So, overall I was happy with the Collective Concepts top, butterfly shoes and clutch, especially for the price. Still, I was a bit disappointed that my second "unicorn" had disappeared. But magically it showed up in my mailbox.

I put up a post about losing this gorgeous shirt to the universe in one of my facebook groups, and a friend had gotten it in 2 sizes and didn't need the small. So, I got this gorgeous green blouse after all!

I'll be sure to show a picture of it on in a future post. But I just had to share this hanger pic, complete with tiny personalized drawing by one of the kiddos.

If you'd like to try Golden Tote, I receive a very small commission for referrals. But as you can see, a little goes a long way! You can use my referral link here:

Be sure to let me know what you buy! It just might be my next unicorn. If you'd like to keep up with coupon codes and other sales, be sure to follow me on facebook!

Happy shopping!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Jane Grab Bag Fail and Relish Trading Group Win!

If you follow my blog you probably think my life is full of happy mail, but I'm just like everyone else. I like to try new things, sometimes things no one should really ever try. Even after they see tons and tons of bad reviews.

Jane grab bags are one of those things. But they suckered me in with the price tag, and we all do stupid things late at night. You know, when you are tired and you've had a bad day. You think, what have I got to lose?! Surely I'll like ONE thing from this mystery bag.

Nope, not even one. I can't really blame it on Jane. The bag came from White Plum. I'm not sure I can really even blame White Plum? Clearly, I'm the idiot here.

I always hate being negative about things, I know someone out there is going to get hurt feelings. But can you guys just let me vent a little and try and not take it personally? I know someone out there is going to love these clothes, own these clothes, love White Plum. But I just need to tell someone how disappointed I was, and it's your lucky day. I promise to follow it up with a happy Relish Clothing trading group hoorah. Deal?

Let me just start out by saying this deal, including shipping, cost me a whopping $12.98. So clearly, the price tag doesn't warrant a complaint. They promised 3 articles of clothing and 1 accessory, completely randomly chosen, and they delivered. $3.25 an item isn't bad, am I right? Especially if you happen to love 1 item. I'm not saying that happened, just a theory.

On a happy side note, something really fun that has come of all this clothing madness is getting to share and talk about clothes with my daughter. When things runs a little small, she often gets new clothes out of the deal. Unfortunately, or fortunately (depending on how you look at it), she doesn't like see-through clothes as much as I don't. For instance, this skirt.

Both #1 and I could forgive this terribly bright and cheery color scheme, but agree that neither of us were willing to show our behinds off to wear it. Even for $3.25. Technically this is the biggest win in the bag, because it fit both the girl and I (a small and a medium). The sheerness and length were a no go for me. My daughter couldn't even figure out how to wear it to the beach.

Looks like White Plum has a thing for this color. Somebody has to. Probably the same people that like awkward lengths in pants, and cuffed pants. And low waists. And heavy, thick, hot material for summer clothing.

I apologize, I should have told you to put on some shades before reading this.

I don't really have much to say about this next one.

It's also see-through. I'm wearing a camisole and full length black lysse leggings (Evereve Trendsend reveal coming soon!) underneath because no one wants to see what a woman in her 30s who has had 4 kids looks like with a sheet on.

*Obligatory ignore the mess and horrible photo comment (focus on the baby)*

Can you see how hard I tried to make this work? I even put on a belt for you. I didn't put much effort into the photography or cleaning though. I saved that for the Relish part of this reveal.

Be patient, it's coming.

Last are these earrings. I might have tolerated them, if I had pierced ears. But seriously, these aren't very well made. I wouldn't even gift them. I hope no one paid full price for these.

When I consider that nothing in the box worked out, was giftable or sellable, I start to wonder why I was willing to spend $12.98 on this. Was I expecting something high quality? Did I think it wouldn't be filled with things that no one else wanted? I had a Homer Simpson moment here.

I'm really glad I got the "need" to try a grab bag out of my system so I can get back to the companies and the brands I love, like Relish Clothing.

While I haven't been able to save up enough cash for a Relish box, I have managed to snag a few pieces off the Facebook trading group. This group has doubled in the last few weeks and I feel like I won the lottery being able to manage these steals. The ladies in the group sell and trade the items that don't quite fit or meet their needs for an average of $25 an item. I seriously can't believe such amazing pieces can be had at such prices! If you want to know more about these mystery boxes, please check out my full review here.

So naturally, since I've been wanting a pretty trench coat for ages, I jumped on this Ellison trench I'd been seeing in reveals. I'm not gonna lie, I was thinking, "It must be bad, this gal doesn't want it. Right?" But this lovely human being did say she didn't think the color was right for her skin tone, which I can totally relate to. I was thinking I might not be able to pull it off for that reason either. But I got to thinking, if I buy a dark trench and wear it over dark clothes, I'm going to look like I'm headed for a funeral every time I leave the house!

I think this blush/rose/magical color is going to go with EVERYTHING! And Ellison instantly became my new favorite brand.

I REALLY love fall. I am very, very ready for this heat to go away so I can wear that. And this.

My daughter and I took approximately 1 million pictures, but somehow managed to forget to take a picture of me wearing this. It's probably because it had already passed the hanger test.

About that, it's rather simple. It's how I decide if something I get in a subscription box or buy online is a keeper or a FSOT (For Sale or Trade). If I hang it up right away, chances are it's a keeper. Now you don't have to read about the capsule wardrobe or whatever. You're welcome.

Last, I simply adore this lovely thing, but it didn't fit me. Lucky #1 scored this beautiful Relish dress.

Aren't they pretty?

Did I mention I am able to score these gorgeous items for around $25??

Dresses should always have pockets. And people should always have someone to share clothes with.

And just like that, I totally forgot about my Jane grab bag fail, because obviously, overall, I won.