Stitch Fix #2

In case you have been living under a rock, Stitch Fix is a personal styling service for women sizes 0-14. You fill out a detailed style profile (with the option of linking to your Pinterest board – highly recommended), they send five items, you try them on, decide what to keep and what to send back within 3 days – along with detailed feedback so your next box is better. If you keep everything, you get a 25% discount. If you keep nothing, you’re out $20. For each friend who tries the service via your personal referral link, you get a $25 credit. Here’s mine (hint, hint):
Kimberly’s Referral Link Voila!

Now, this service ain’t cheap. Items cost, on average, $55 each. But for someone like me who lives in the boonies, doesn’t spend money on gym memberships, spa treatments or regular haircuts, it’s my “me” money and I don’t feel (too) guilty about splurging a few times a year.

My first fix was great and I kept everything. I’ve worn three of the items more times than I can count. The other two are a bit more dressy than a life of PBJ making and toilet scrubbing generally call for, but I have worn them each a couple of times to great effect. I didn’t blog about my first fix because I was busy making PBJs and scrubbing toilets. Ha!

So. The second box. I’m still deciding. I want to love everything in it, but I’m just not sure. SF conveniently figured out how to send me a box that, after referral credit, will cost me the exact same amount I spent out of pocket last time if I buy every piece. I don’t think that was an accident… If I keep only the pieces I really like, it will cost just about the same as if I bought the whole thing. Quite a conundrum. (First world problems much?)

Here’s what I received.
1. Gorjana Juliette Bird Charm Necklace – $38

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I like birds and have quite a few bird-themed items on my linked Pinterest board. It’s gold – the tone I usually wear. But…it’s wee. It’s easily destroyed by my toddler delicate. For me, it’s expensive. Hmmm.

2. Daniel Rainn Tara Abstract Print Roll Tab Blouse – $68

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I want to like this top. One of my favorite bloggers, Jill Krause at BabyRabies got this exact same top in her recent fix. (See it here: Jill at BabyRabies rocking this top!). But…how to say? Jill is taller and thinner than me and I don’t think this top’s horizontal lines are doing me any favors. For $68, I want to look more like Jill and less like Jill’s dumpy cousin.

3. 41Hawthorn Abrianna Lightweight Knit Cardigan – $48

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I like the idea of this cardi. I like the drape and the fit. It’s lightweight. It’s soft. It’s a great color on me. But…it’s flamingo pink. Summer pink. Early spring pink. It doesn’t say “fall” and certainly not “winter” to me. Hmmm.

4. Le Sample Kahlo Embroidered Solid Tank – $38.

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This fabric is great and the detail is really eye-catching. I like hi-lo tops because they hide all of my lows. It’s a racer back which I don’t usually wear, but trying new things is the point.

5. Level 99 Patrick Chino Pant – $108

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I thought I would hate these pants. I’ve been stuck in bootcut land and only recently vacationed in boyfriend jeans island, so I was interested to see how this cut would work on me. When I saw the size they sent, I really didn’t think they would fit. And true, someone needs to be doing some serious squats before daring to wear these without a hi-lo top, BUT the fabric is amazing, I love the color, and the fit (after a week or two of squats) will be pretty good.

So, what should I keep? And don’t worry about the money – we live in Texas and have an oil well in the back yard just like the neighbors.

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Top 10 Lists I Could Create (But Don’t Have Time For)

It seems to be the “thing” for bloggers and others to write lists. 10 Things Your Dog Wants You to Know! 13 Things Toddlers Hate! (Only 13?!?) 47 Time-Saving Tips for Keeping Your Home Immaculate! (If there are 47 of them to read…I think #1 should be, “Quit reading these damn lists and start working on your soon-to-be-immaculate home!”) I digress.

So, I will play the little list game. Mmmkay? But since my real life list includes 2 kids, 3 cats, 1 dog, 2 fish, 8 chickens, 1 big house, 36 acres, and 1 husband – I don’t have time to actually create any of these lists. So Imma gonna cheat. Here are the 10 lists I could write if I had time.

1. 27 Justifications for Facebook/Pinterest/HuffPo/Blog Reading When I Really Should Be Doing Something (Anything) Else.

2. 10 Terrible Things I Would Like to Say to My Wisenheimer Kid When He Complains About My Bathroom Aromas…As He Sits Beside Me, Uninvited.

3. 9 Nasty Things My Kids Have Eaten While I Was Wasting Time on the Internet.

4. 43 Bizarre and Dangerous Activities Toddlers Love.

5. 16 Ways Your Kids Can Drive You Over the Edge When Discussing Halloween Costume Ideas.

6. 97 Sensory Bin Ideas to Pin, But Never Actually Try.

7. 8 Ways to Fake Personal Hygiene.

8. 12 Surprising Uses For Boogers Your Children Will Love!

9. 14 Fantasies for the Mother Who Craves Sleep, Solitude and Non-Sobriety.

10. 12 Things You Will Forget at the Grocery Store Every Week.

So. Gotta run. Thanks for reading. And for providing you with some mindless internet time in the name of “research” or “personal development” or “down-time,” you’re welcome. What lists could you write?