Thursday, May 14, 2015

Stitch Fix Review #5 May 2015

I can't believe I am reviewing my 5th Stitch Fix box!
This is also my 5th box with my Traci, my personal stylist,
and I am constantly impressed by her ability to fulfill my requests
while also surprising me.

If this is the first you've heard of Stitch Fix,
it is a subscription box clothing service for women.
While they do offer a monthly or bi-monthly subscription,
you may choose to try just one box, no commitments!

For just $20 a box (styling fee) you are matched with a personal stylist
who reviews your style profile, sizes and special requests
and puts together a box of 5 goodies.

Shipping is free. You keep what you like, and send the rest back
in the provided pre-paid envelope via USPS!
The $20 styling fee is deducted from your total if you decide to keep anything.
If you keep it all (like me) you get 25% off your total!

Stitch Fix offers tops, pants, dresses, skirts and all sorts of accessories.
For May I requested more tops and/or cardigans similar to the
Amil V-Neck Blouse and Brixon Ivy Pinson Drape Cardigan from my last few boxes,
and maybe a casual, midi dress. Traci nailed it!


I loved everything so much, I didn't know what to try on first!
For some reason I gravitated toward this.


Just recently I found out that Stitch Fix sends a camisole with sheer tops like this one.
Isn't that nice? This is the Sweet Rain Lucio Blouse in purple.
Pardon my silly face. They keep the photo sessions light with the photographer.


Love the colors, pattern, and style of this top! It reminds me of confetti.
Had to show you a close up since the other photos just didn't seem to be doing it justice.



Unfortunately the seam at the bottom of the top had zero give, which resulted in
a sort of parachute effect at the waist. I sold it in my facebook buy, sell, trade group
in less than 10 minutes.

I was a little sad, but the other 2 tops worked out perfectly!
I am particularly fond of this Pixley Ivy Petal Print Blouse.
This is one of my favorite color combinations: navy, coral and white.


This is the perfect solution to my floral print problems.
I want to love florals, but sometimes they look like they belong in a museum.
I think it's really more geometric than floral.


I wore it for mother's day. I realized after seeing these pictures
I cannot wear it with my favorite jeans.
I wore it with some orangey-red boot cut corduroys I had from back in the day,
but they were too matchy and yet way off.
So, it being mother's day, I ordered myself some white jeans.

Yes, I said white. I can't take it anymore, everyone else is doing it!
They go with everything! I ordered my usual Loft, curvy (also love modern) straight jeans.
I'm sure you'll see them in many pictures in the future.



I told Traci I needed a longsleeve navy cardigan and I got the same one my Mom had in her 2nd fix!
She says she regrets sending it back, so even though I am not sure I love it, I am holding onto it.
It's just a little tiny bit long.

This is the 41Hawthorn Abrianna Longsleeve Knit Cardigan.


 I do love the drape, it lays perfectly. And it definitely works with my next top!


If it were any shorter the "tail" would stick out,
which I didn't realize until I looked through my photos.


The cardigan also passed the "over-the-sleeve" test.
Who needs a cardigan that looks like a sausage casing? Not me.
This one has plenty of room, without feeling baggy.

Enough about the cardigan, isn't this Skies are Blue Avila V-Neck Blouse cute?
There are so many reasons this works for me.



It's light colored, which usually washes me out, but it has enough print to balance it out.
I love the pops of color, and the long lines are flattering.


It fits perfectly, and it's a great weight for summer.
It works with the Pinson drape cardigan, too, don't you think?


I wish I'd had as much luck with this Le Lis Nene Striped Midi, but the sizing was off.
Regardless, the stripe wasn't bold enough to offset the white, and I looked extra pasty.
I don't think the length is particularly flattering, but I did ask for it.


I love the concept.
It would have looked great with a bright belt or cardigan
or some cute red shoes.


And if you can pull it off, it's a great length for moms (always bending over)

It was easy to sell, I had several offers.


Altogether I was very pleased with this month's box of goodies!


The prices were reasonable, especially after the 25% discount for keeping it all.


If you'd like to try Stitch Fix I'd love it if you used my referral!

I receive a small amount of money if you order a box using my link,
which I will happily turn around and spend on Stitch Fix next month!

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to share with your Stitch Fix stylists!

If you'd like to read about my past fixes or other subscription boxes click here.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Front Door Fashion Review Spring 2015

You're either going to be really mad at me or my new best friend
when you hear about this new online shopping experience I found for women's clothing.

Front Door Fashion is a highly personalized styling service for women
looking for a complete wardrobe makeover. Take a seat.
Front door fashion sends you 3-6 ENTIRE outfits!

Yes, you read right. Not 5 items, not 1 outfit.
They send you everything from pants and tops to jewelry and shapewear for a head to toe new look.

Front Door Fashion isn't a clothing subscription box, no algorithms, no guessing games.
After you complete a profile and order, a professional stylists contacts you to start things off right.

For transparency's sake, I knew I couldn't afford the clothing
(the price ranges are clearly defined within the style profile)
but Front Door Fashion encouraged me to try it and share it with my readers!
I know many of you are looking for more than an occasional shirt or necklace.
If you are ready to take it to the next level with 3-4 new outfits to bulk up your wardrobe,
I think I've found just the thing for you.

Now, on to the goods!


The clothes arrived in a suitcase size box via UPS. Each outfit was carefully hung with cute little tags describing it. The first outfit out of the garment bag was me to a T, "Casually Sophisticated."
At least that's what I'm going for.


I thought'd I'd throw in a little before and after so you can see what my current dilemma is.
So often I end up throwing on a black top and a comfy cardigan over a pair of ill fitting jeans.



I think this outfit is a drastic improvement!


I was really impressed with the quality and price of these baby boot jeans from Articles of Society.
Knowing the prices were higher, I had higher expectations. I anticipated quality fabrics and unique styles. The Maylin pleated button down top was all of those things. It had these super fun looped buttons, off-centered, giving it a sort of a kimono feel. Wish it fit. Sigh.

This outfit came with an alternate top as well.
Love the lace, but not sold on the color. What do you think?
For reference, it's the BB Dakota Samie top.


Love that they sent camisoles, red and nude. I imagine a lot of ladies out there
haven't tried much shapewear. A good camisole can make or break an outfit for me.

If trying Stitch Fix has taught me anything, it's not to make up your mind about something until you've tried it on. When I saw this hot pink tshirt dress with a drawstring waist from Splendid,
I was certain I would hate it. But it was so soft and comfortable!


I have military style jackets all over my Pinterest boards, and the olive green in this
Velvet Heart jacket is a nice contrast to the bright color in the dress.
Unfortunately it was too big for me. LOVE the material, perfect layering piece.
I like that it wears more like an open shirt than a cinched parka you usually see.

This "perfectly pink" outfit came with a cute little prism pave necklace from BCBGMaxazria, too.


This next set was meant to "push you just a little bit out of your comfort zone," my stylist says.
I am not big on prints on pants. My stylist called this one, "The New Neutral."
I've noticed a lot patterns on pants these days, like the popular Margaret M Emer's from Stitch Fix.



These Nic + Zoe mixed dot easy pants have a small pattern
you can really only see if you look up close.


I guess she thought maybe since she already had me out of my comfort zone
she might as well camp out there :) Why not throw in a short skirt?


Funny, the pink dress was probably just as short, but this felt so much shorter.
I bet it would look amazing with cowboy boots on the right person.
I know when to hold them, know when to fold them. I'm still working on my poker face.

I do love the Courtney cap sleeve top from Velvet Heart that came with it,
but I can't see myself wearing white. I can give you plenty of examples
from today alone where I would have had to change my shirt.
Snow cone, mud, baby, pizza, berries, and the day isn't even over yet.

I had mentioned in my style profile (a place to let your stylist know more about yourself)
that I have quite a bit of jewelry, but nothing colorful.
It was fun to try this Agate and Druzy Stone Necklace, I like the colors and textures a lot.

 

I had to laugh when I saw the tag on this next get-up, "Wait, these aren't PJs?"
Seriously, I could sleep in these Splendid double cloth pants, and the Askari Laney top.
I don't think the colors are doing many any favors though.


I really appreciate my stylist's sentiment on the last set. "I'm DETERMINED to find you  maxi dresses that you'll love and wear." I've never seen anything like this Weston Mae maxi. I think it's meant to be worn bra commando, as it is fitted in the bodice and fully lined to the thigh. I thought the light blue "Drifting Cardy" from Nic + Zoe was an interesting match.


Unfortunately this didn't hide my problem areas, my current predicament with maxi's.
Black could be the answer, and this Splendid version feels like butter.
But I think it was a little big all over.


I couldn't get a great picture of the Zad ribbon beaded bib necklace,
but I did get a good pic of #2.

All and all I was pleasantly surprised by the whole experience.
My stylist sent me a list of thought provoking questions shortly after I signed up.
She really made me think about what I was hoping to get out of this,
and how personalized this service would be.
Perhaps these questions will pique your curiosity,
and get you thinking, too.

What’s your typical day like?
Are there any specific items you would like to see in your box?
What is your closet missing right now?
Is there anything else you’d like your stylist to know about you that will help her
give you outfits that are PERFECT for you and your lifestyle?

All in all my box had 5 full outfits and a total of 17 items!
This kind of leeway puts Front Door Fashion in a unique position
to find exactly what you are looking for!

And if you are in need of a little help, Front Door Fashion
includes a lookbook full of styling ideas and a shoe guide with every box,
as well as the full contact information for your personal stylist.


Trying Front Door Fashion is absolutely free, including shipping both ways!
If you decided to try it, tell them "howdy" for me, and be sure to come back
and show me what you got! I should warn you, it might take you awhile!

Happy Styling!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Dailylook Elite Box Review #3: Free Trial Offer

I just received my 3rd and final box from Dailylook Elite.
Click to read about my 1st and 2nd boxes.

Even though I didn't keep anything from my first 2 shipments,
I decided to go ahead with the 3rd box, given the styling fee was waived for the 3 month free trial offer. I had nothing to lose (except maybe all the time I spent taking pictures & blogging about it).

If you're new to the idea, basically Dailylook Elite is an styling service similar to Stitch Fix or Golden Tote. I plan to put together a graphic soon comparing and contrasting these various services.

For now, here are a few differences. In my humble opinion, Dailylook is a bit edgier than it's competitors, appealing to a younger audience, and likely professionals with more leeway as to what they can wear in the office. They do carry a ton of feminine, boho and classic pieces, but often with a bit more bare skin.

You have the opportunity as a Dailylook Elite box subscriber to shop the site
with free shipping both ways.

Last, you have the opportunity to add items from their collections to your online "closet"
and request specific items in your box.

Here's what came in this May's box.


Before I even took the clothes out of the bags, I was already a thousand times more excited about this box than the 1st and 2nd. Patterns, colors, and a purse!

I wasn't truly caught of guard, because 1, I'd already peeked online
(just click the link from the email about the box leaving the warehouse) 
and 2, most of the items were from my "closet", items I'd picked out.

I'm sort of okay with having complete control over what they send. But then it doesn't feel like a styling service. Still, I liked the clothes MUCH more this way.

First thing I tried on was the Pleated A-Line Midi Dress.
As you may recall if you follow, I got this dress last month in a small and it was so
tight I had a hard time getting out of it. It appears Dailylook is not a fan of functional zippers.

This month my stylist decided to send me the medium.


I like the dress, and my daughter said it looked good.
But I think I'm uncomfortable having so much exposed skin in the neckline and arms.
I know I could wear a cardigan with it, but it's just a plain old black dress.
For $65 I think I could do better.

Next I tried on Zippered Woven Shift Dress in Royal Blue.


I toiled over this dress all weekend before deciding to send it back.
Unfortunately, it was too short to wear without tights (my shapewear was showing)
and it's too hot here to wear tights and boots now.



I really, really wanted to need it, because it was only $30.
But it was like 90 degrees when I tried it on, and it's pretty thick.

Thinner wouldn't have necessarily been the answer, as proven by the next dress.
I think the name says it all, "Brick House Bodycon Dress" in ivory.


To the lady who felt inclined to write a rude comment on my last Dailylook review,
I'm giving you another opportunity here.
And I'd deserve it, because I actually added this atrocity to my "closet."

Cute pattern though.




(Sigh) The next item I dreadfully regret to share having sent back
is the Fenner Top from Jack by BB Dakota.


Why, Dailylook, why? Why must I love this shirt so much but have no use for it?
The only thing I could get it to work with was this pencil skirt.

 

It's so long, ughh. I wish it were shorter so it would work with jeans.
But it just wouldn't, and I don't have $65 to spend on stuff I can't wear everyday.
I REALLY loved the color, and I REALLY loved the fabric.
I already regret sending it back.

It was downhill from there.


Just no.


This wrinkled mess is called the Faux Wrap Woven Blouse in sky blue.
And no, I didn't put it in my closet.
It is budget friendly, just $30.

Pears, beware. This style doesn't work. It just adds to the hips.
My stylist probably sent it because I did add this to my closet.
I wanted to give another Naked Zebra blouse a try, as I liked the one from my last box.


It seems broader in the shoulders, and between that and the wrap,
I thought it might create more of an hourglass shape. But it was just all wrong for me.



Part of the problem is that the sizing is a little off.
Both the blue and the black were mediums and felt too large.
I have "size up if unsure" in my notes, but I feel like my stylist
really isn't considering the style at all. She sent a small in the
Fenner top which is more fitted, and a medium in these looser styles.
I have a feeling it just has to do with what's in stock.
But if you want to sell me clothes they have to fit.



I did like that it was a sheer, lightweight material because I always wear a camisole,
and that way I could stay cool on hot days.
I'd say if it were a small I might have kept it,
but again I don't find it pear flattering. And for $50, it's got to be right on.

This one would have been nice for the same reason, lightweight and great with a camisole.
But she sent a medium, again. And the color just washed me out.


I would have thrown on some jeans with it to try as an alternate look,
but the natives were getting restless.

I tried to keep things civil by including some "friends" in the photoshoot.


Here's a close up of the material.


I didn't take many Tres chic photos of the bag because I didn't want to fully unwrap it
because I had no intention of keeping it.


It was in my closet, and I loved the size (not to big, not to small)
but vegan = stinky.
For reference, it was $70. Not bad, but not that good when I consider
that I've seen this brand at Marshall's for half of that.

I think if I'd received this box a year ago, when I was dressing up 3 days a week
for work and surrounded by my super fashionable Dietitian friends, I might have kept half of it.
In fact, Dailylook did offer me a coupon this time around.

But I don't want to be that weird Mom standing by the school bus who's always ridiculously overdressed to pick up her kid from Kindergarten, or the frumpy Mom who settled on clothes that hid her tummy.

But maybe you see a gem here, need more clothes for work, or want to try Dailylook's edgier items.
In that case, I do have a referral link, should you decide to give it a go.

Keep in mind, you don't have to subscribe to Dailylook Elite Box to buy the clothes.
But as a subscribers, they will ship for free, with free returns.

Love it? Hate it? Leave a comment below.
I really appreciate your feedback, both here and in our Facebook groups.

Help me decide if I should try it again, without the free trial,
or put Dailylook Elite on hold.