I don't really fashion blog anymore because I don't feel like I am super great at dressing... but Meghan from King & Ford Reached out and suggested we do a collaborating and I thought that might be fun. She picked the inspiration photo and this is what I came up with. I bought this sweater last week with my gap cash and haven't taken it off since. HAPPY MONDAY!
The Problem: Recently I have felt very fashion impaired. I am not sure if you have noticed, but the outfit posts around these parts have been very few and far between. I have been struggling with my sense of style. I feel like there is a huge disparity between what I see in my head and what actually hangs in my closest. So thus the style rut. I have been pinning things on Pinterest that I am looking for - mostly neutrals that still look classic and put together - but not sure how to translate that into real life.
The Solution: Have you heard about Stitch Fix? It is an online personal shopping service. When I first saw one of my friends post this on Facebook I had one of those hallelujah moments. The ones where you think YES THIS IS WHAT I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR.
The Jist: You pay $20, fill out a Stitch Fix personal style profile, and then on the pre determined date you receive a box of clothes hand picked for you by a Stitch Fix personal stylist. Once you receive your box the $20 can be applied towards any item in your box - so as long as you love at least one thing in your box you aren't out any money.
The Experience: The packaging and branding was spot on for me ant the box looked super cute upon arrival. The clothes were freshly steamed and all in perfect condition. One of the best parts of the service is that for each item they send you they put together a little style mood board for your so you can, in theory, see how these pieces will fit into your current wardrobe. When I filled out my style profile I mentioned that I needed help with young professional career clothes. I see now how this can be misinterpreted. I work in Advertising which is a VERY casual atmosphere, so I assume that my stylist thought of business causal in the regular sense which I don't think allowed for a ton of overlap in what I was looking for and what I got. It was a little more girly Anthro-ish, while I feel my style is more Madewell grungish. Check out the pics below for specifics.
Overall: I really like the service and will definitely continue to do it in the future. While I feel like a lot of the items that I got in this box didn't reflect my personal style (or what I think should be my personal style), I believe that it will continue to get better. I decided to keep one item that I liked so my $20 styling fee didn't go to waste. I have read a bunch of bloggers experiences where they say that as they continue to get boxes the clothes reflect their style more and more as they give feedback on the clothing items sent.
Pricing: I think the pricing of the clothes is pretty reasonable. Cheaper than Anthro but more expensive than if you were to find the same thing at a T.J. Maxx. You can see the prices of the items sent to me below. I think that if you have a lot of time to shop and enjoy shopping then you might feel that you can find better deals on your own, but as someone that really doesn't enjoy shopping in store the fact that I can have 5 things that I might LOVE sent straight to my house I am totally willing to pay market value instead of finding a killer sale. But that is just kind of where I am at. To each his own.
Advice: I would say just make your style profile as detailed as possible. Tell them exactly what you are looking for, include a link to a Pinterest board or reference a celebrity style icon to be super thorough.
NOW FOR THE PHOTOS. What you have all really been waiting for anyway... am I right?
Bay to Baubles Necklace: $32
Verdict: Keeping, I like the gold color and love this length of necklace so it was an easy choice.
Under Skies Ebbe 3/4th Textured Blazer: $78
Verdict: Going Back, felt like it was a little too oversized for my small frame and I already own several cobalt clothing Items.
41Hawthorn Bell Chevron Textured Tie-neck Blouse: $68
Verdict: Going Back, a little too feminine and girly for my current tastes.
Kensie Jeans: $88
Verdict: Going Back, fit wasn't quite right around the mid section, but the length and style was nice.
Under Skies Haizel Paisley Print Shift Dress: $78
Verdict: Going Back, I was pretty torn on this one because I think the fit is super cute, but ultimately decided to send it back because #1) I am trying to lean more into neutrals and basics and #2) I have a lot of cobalt in my wardrobe.
And that's it! If you give Stitch Fix a try I would love to hear about it.
Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post however, links do contain a referral link of which I may receive Stitch Fix Credit if you sign up. Just want to keep us all honest here! MUAW.
Give me all the Rainbow Rowell books. Her writing is what I could classify as magically mind consuming. The writing feels effortless and you just drift along in this happy floating state investing and reinvesting in her characters that you wish were your best friends. Before Landline I ready Fangirl and Elenor & Park, both of which were great. I'll take a moment to brag here and say that Michael saw Landline for sale on Amazon if you pre-ordered it, he knew I like the author, and then surprised delivered it to my work. Husbands! Win!
Now lets get down to business.
The main character of this book is Georgie, a middle aged women who has essentially lost her way in life. Blinded a little too much by ambition to pay enough attention to the important things in life. It juxtaposes the reality that is her life with the reality that was her life 20 years ago in such a smashing and imaginative way. You really root for her to figure it all out. And the whole book you're like WILL YOU JUST BUY A NEW IPHONE ALREADY.
It's a love story. Between a husband and wife, with both of them trying to figure out what went wrong and how they can make it right. If you're into grand romantic gestures (and who isn't?) then this is the book!
You'll see. It's more like you meet someone, and you fall in love, and you hope that that person is the one - and then at some point, you have to put down your chips. You just have to make a commitment and hope that you're right.
your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is a light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
Two in one day?! I am all caught up now. For your viewing pleasure, my May journal. Someone asked me one time if I worry about people blowing up the photos and reading my actual words and the short answer is no. I am trying to be more unapologetically honest so I think this is a good manifestation of that.
Best parts of May // Going to Denmark for the Michael's Brothers Wedding, made a little terrarium (that I have now totally killed... ), HARRY POTTER LAND
Since next week is July I figured I should probably get around to posting my April and May journaling pages. Yay procrastination. Still loving this challenge. Getting a little lax, but that makes sense after journaling almost every single day for half a year.
Best parts of April // Jane coming to visit me, being brave about my career, going to Orlando, Michael finally coming home from NC
Does someone good at taking pictures want to come take them for me? I used Lightroom to edit these bad boys and if I am being honest I really don't quite understand how it works. I have no idea why i thought this shiny gold background would look good... insert wide eyed emoji here. I have lots of good ideas I'm just not so good at capturing them. Give me an iPhone and VSCO and I'm good, but a DSLR and Lightroom, heaven help us all! Happy Weekend you nuts.