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Mom Style: Stitch Fix No. 6 & No. 7

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about Stitch Fix and I’ve actually received two boxes since my last review in October. They were both filled with items that I loved… and that I didn’t. And, as usual, a piece or two that I’m really wishing I hadn’t sent back!

Here is my November Stitch Fix review:

Stitch Fix Mystree Chamberlin Cardigan

Mystree Chamberlin Striped Drape-Front Cardigan // $78

This cardigan was love at first sight. I had pinned it on my Stitch Fix Inspiration Pinterest board, but in another color, and knew it was a must-keep. It’s actually probably a size larger than necessary, but the oversized, super cozy feel is what I was going for, so I kept it.

There were a handful of other items in this box that I didn’t photograph. I did keep a pair of the Kut from the Kloth Denna Colored Skinny Jeans ($78). They are dark green and while I don’t regret keeping them, they stretch out a LOT when I wear them. They fit great for the first hour… and I spend the rest of the day pulling my pants up. If they were one size smaller, I would likely wear them every single day. They are so soft and the fit is awesome otherwise. Plus, the color is amazing.

Items I didn’t keep from this box included: 
Street Level Ace Studded Crossbody Tote ($58) // Great price for a bag, not my style.
Andrew Marc Manon Cable Knit Sweater Dress ($118) // Not my style & wrong fit.
Skies are Blue Maia Embroidered Cotton Knit Top ($58) // Frumpy and just no. NO.

Overall, November was a bit of a bust, the cardigan aside. But, that happens and like I’ve said before, I’m happy to get one piece I love in a box, rather than five things I kind of like, so I was pleased.

And, my December Stitch Fix review:

Stitch Fix Orion Zig Zag Wrap Scarf

Shiraleah Orion Zig-Zag Print Wrap Scarf // $38

I loved this scarf and had pinned it on my Stitch Fix Inspiration Pinterest board. It is huge and the pattern is so fun. In the end, I decided that the mustard-ish yellow wasn’t great with my skin, so I sent it back.

Stitch Fix Papermoon Tee

Papermoon Crissy Spacedye Cross-Back Knit Shirt // $44

I asked for a casual white tee in this box and this was just what I was hoping for. It’s really more of a summer shirt, but I will wear it during the cooler months layered with a sweater. The back has a cutout that dips a bit low, then has a crisscross to keep it together. I probably wouldn’t pick it up on a rack at the store, but ended up loving it.

Stitch Fix Moto Jacket

Stitch Fix December Review

Market and Spruce Elissa French Terry Moto Jacket // $74

This was another piece that I’d pinned, hoping to get it in my box at some point… and I did! The fit was great, except for the length. While it’s intended to be a cropped jacket, it really hit me in the wrong place. It’s very soft and can be worn in so many ways! I would highly recommend it.

Stitch Fix Sweater

Stitch Fix Elbow Patch Sweater

Evolution by Cyrus Abbot Crew Neck Elbow Patch Sweater // $108

Usually in every box, I have one item that I send back and regret it later. This was that piece for December. At first, I couldn’t believe that they sent me this weird, cowl neck sweater. But, when I put it on, I could see why it’s been a Stitch Fix favorite lately (according to my stylist). It was perfectly oversized and would look so cute with leggings and boots. And, those elbow patches? Swoon!

I requested a new pair of jeans in my box this time and said that I wanted some with a worn-in look. They sent me the Kut from the Kloth Denna Skinny Jeans ($58), which aren’t really what I had in mind and I just noticed that they are the same brand and fit of the jeans they sent me in November, but in denim, instead of a color. They were very nice and the fit was good, but I sent them back. I’ll be sure to give more specific guidelines in my note to my stylist for jeans in January!

You can find my previous Stitch Fix reviews on bellingFAM and Pinterest:
Stitch Fix No. 1 (May 2014)
Stitch Fix No. 2 (July 2014)
Stitch Fix No. 3 (August 2014)
Stitch Fix No. 4 (September 2014)
Stitch Fix No. 5 (October 2014)

Please note… I do list the prices here, but as I found out recently, prices for similar items at different times of the year, may vary in different Stitch Fix deliveries for different customers. In other words, you might get the same top, at a different time of year, in a different color, and pay a different price. The prices I list in my Stitch Fix delivery are only for reference.

Interested in trying Stitch Fix? Feel free to email me with any questions you have about how it works, how to fill out your profile or what I love about using Stitch Fix. You can reach me at bellingFAM@gmail.com.

Review is my own opinion and not sponsored by Stitch Fix. Please note that all links are referral links, as referenced above. I appreciate you using them if you sign up for Stitch Fix so that they know you came via bellingFAM… thank you!

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Our favorite picks from the TOMS for Target collection

Have you heard about the TOMS for Target collection that launched on Sunday? I’ve been excited to see what they would come up with and while I’m not head-over-heels with the entire collection, there were certainly some stand-out favorites. Stay tuned for an update as I head to the Bellingham Target to see what they have in stock…

TOMS for Target

For the moms:
TOMS for Target Knit Infinity Scarf, $20 (In stores only)
TOMS for Target Glass Double Wall Hot and Cold Beverage Bottle, $15 (Online & in stores)
TOMS for Target Jar Candle with Wood Box, $15 (In stores only)
TOMS for Target Women’s Crewneck Sweater, $32 (In stores only)
TOMS for Target Simple is Beautiful Zippered Clutch, $20 (Online & in stores)
TOMS for Target 3-Bracelet Set, $15 (In stores only)

For the boys:
TOMS for Target Toddler Boy’s Shoes, $32 (Online only)
TOMS for Target Boy’s Knit Beanie, $10 (Online & in stores)

For the girls:
TOMS for Target Girl’s Knit Flip Top Gloves, $12 (In stores only)
TOMS for Target Girl’s Full Zip Hoodie, $22 (Online & in stores)

Have you spotted the TOMS for Target collection at your Target?
What did you think?

6 Tips to get what you want from Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix Tips

Every time I get a new Stitch Fix delivery, I always, ALWAYS get emails and questions about how I get the pieces I do in my fixes. And, with my sixth Stitch Fix on the way in just a couple of weeks (links to the detailed posts below), I’m starting to feel like I have the hang of it and that I can share a few tips and tricks that have helped me get the most of out of Stitch Fix.

Stitch Fix Inspiration Pinterst Board

1. Start a dedicated Pinterest board
This is my No. 1 tip for getting a Stitch Fix box you love. I have a board named Stitch Fix Inspiration where I only pin styles and pieces that I want my Stitch Fix stylist to consider sending me.

Stitch Fix Social Media Settings

But, don’t stop there. Be sure to add your Pinterest board to your Stitch Fix profile. The option is almost at the bottom of the page, under Social Networks, just like I’ve shown above. Be sure to add the link to your specific Pinterest board, not your Pinterest account, in general.

Stitch Fix Instagram

2. Keep an eye on Stitch Fix on social media
This takes me to my next tip… following Stitch Fix’s social media accounts. I check in with what Stitch Fix has been pinning on Pinterest, as well as what they post on Facebook and Instagram. This way, if something catches my eye that I’d like in my next delivery, I can add it to my Pinterest board as a not-so-subtle hint to my stylist. A quick note to save time: Most of the time, if they post a picture on Instagram or Facebook, it will eventually end up on their Pinterest board too, for easy-pinning. Just keep an eye out!

 Stitch Fix Stylist Note

3. Leave a note for your stylist, every time
When you schedule your next fix, you can leave a note for your stylist and I suggest you do, every time. Be specific about things you’d like to see — or not see — in your next delivery. You can always go back into your Stitch Fix profile and add a note later, if there’s a must-have that pops up in the meantime.

Stitch Fix Sizes

4. Be honest about the size you wear
Most of the time, when I send items back to Stitch Fix, it’s due to fit. Sometimes pieces are too big, sometimes they are too small. While I can’t change the fact that not everything in every Stitch Fix box will fit me perfectly, I do find that tweeking my sizes in my profile helps them send me items that do fit better. For example, I found that the pants they were sending me, two boxes in a row, were too big, so I edited my sizes.

Stitch Fix Price Points

5. Be flexible with your price points
This is how I have my price settings set in my Stitch Fix profile and, from what I’ve found, they really do stick to what you suggest. However, I do keep a note in the “Final Comments” section (all the way at the bottom of my profile!) that I am flexible about the price categories. I found this helpful when I felt like they were sending me the same brand over-and-over again — giving them the go-ahead to send me pieces outside of my range mixed things up. For me, I’m happy to splurge on one item that I love in a box, rather than five items that I just kind of like.

Stitch Fix Romantic Profile

6. Don’t get stuck in your profile
See that collection above, I don’t really like it. But, by giving it a “Don’t really like it” rating in my Stitch Fix profile, I think I took myself out of the running of getting anything soft and pretty. I try not to get too stuck in my profile — just because I don’t like this collection, doesn’t mean I can’t request items that are on the more romantic-style side, which I did in my note to my stylist and they delivered, sending me a sweet, lace-back top that I love. Don’t let them pigeonhole you into one style category!

See the details of my previous Stitch Fix deliveries here and on Pinterest:
Stitch Fix No. 1 (May 2014)
Stitch Fix No. 2 (July 2014)
Stitch Fix No. 3 (August 2014)
Stitch Fix No. 4 (September 2014)
Stitch Fix No. 5 (October 2014)

Review is my own opinion and not sponsored by Stitch Fix. Please note that all links are referral links, as referenced above. I appreciate you using them if you sign up for Stitch Fix so that they know you came via bellingFAM… thank you!

Mom style: Oversized plaid scarves for fall

 I’m currently on the hunt for the perfect oversized plaid scarves. They’ve been teasing me on Pinterest lately, I think it all started with the very coveted plaid scarf from ZARA (listed below), which is on my wishlist, big time. What do you think of these plaid scarves? Are you into them for fall? Or, are you cringing? I’m trying to decide between the yellow plaid from ModCloth or the classic plaid from ZARA…

Oversized Plaid Scarves

Top row:
Cozy Plaid Scarf, GAP, $30
Academic Aspirations Scarf, ModCloth, $25
Driftplaid Scarf, Madewell, $58

Bottom row:
Women’s Plaid Flannel Scarf, Old Navy, $19
Checked Scarf, ZARA, $30

Which oversized plaid scarf if your favorite?

Mom Style: Stitch Fix No. 5

Just to jog your memory, here’s a run down of my previous Stitch Fix deliveries:

Stitch Fix No. 1 (May 2014): A good start! I’m still regretting not keeping that Aztec print shirt, even though it was a little big.

Stitch Fix No. 2 (July 2014): I kept two of the tops from this box and they are two of my favorites, especially the orange-ish blouse. It’s a fan favorite on Pinterest, too.

Stitch Fix No. 3 (August 2014): My favorite box so far… I kept everything and they are in constant rotation in my closet.

Stitch Fix No. 4 (September 2014): A total bummer. Loved some of the styles, but the fit was off and it wasn’t very pre-fall, as I hoped it would be.

Stitch Fix No. 5

And now, Stitch Fix No. 5, which arrived just last week. All pictures courtesy of my darling, 7-year-old photographer, who had very strict instructions on how I should stand. (Oy, bear with me, friends. Tried to get over the in-my-bedroom-selfies for this one…)

Stitch Fix Level 99 Skinny Jeans

Level 99 Briley Skinny Jeans // $108

These jeans were cute and very, very soft, but they weren’t really what I was looking to add to my wardrobe. Plus, they were a bit long, so when I rolled them up, they made my legs look extra, super short. (Did I ever tell you that I thought I was 5’8″ until a year ago, when I realized that I’m only 5’6″? I’m still traumatized.) I sent these back. I don’t seem to be having any success with pants on Stitch Fix. Maybe I should ditch them on my requests… (Tank is from Gap, nothing special. Jacket listed below. Shoes via Nordstrom Rack, no longer available, that I can find.)

Stitch Fix Kensie Blouse

Kensie Davidson Floral Print Lace Detailed Blouse // $68

I adored this blouse from the moment I pulled it out of the box. It was just what I had asked for from Stitch Fix and it fit perfectly. The sleeves and the shoulders on the back are lace, for a super sweet, flirty feeling. I’ve had Kensie tops in the past and really loved them. This was a keeper, for sure. (Jeans are Gap Always Skinny. Shoes are Tieks in Ballerina Pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.)

Stitch Fix Moto Jacket

41Hawthorn Kaiya Asymmetrical Convertible Moto Jacket // $118

This jacket is so pretty. I had pinned the gray version on my Stitch Fix Inspiration Pinterest board (or, one that’s very close, I suppose!) and I think if it would have come in gray in my box, I would have kept it. But, I have a very, very similar wool navy cropped jacket already, so this felt like too much of the same.

Stitch Fix Dress

Veronica M Seth 3/4 Sleeve Abstract Print Dress // $98

I went back and forth about this dress. Did I love it? Or not? I don’t often buy brown. In fact, I don’t think I have any brown in my closet. But, there was something about it I loved. It was easy to wear and comfortable and I loved the neckline and tie around the waist. When decision time came, I realized that it just felt a smidge too short for me and a smidge too clingy. A bad combo, right? (Shoes are by Splendid from OnlineShoes.com.)

Stitch Fix Horseshoe Blouse

41Hawthorn Moni Horseshoe Print Stud Detail Top // $58

Another top that I’d pinned on my Stitch Fix Inspiration Pinterest board… but that I probably did in haste. It looked very cute on the gal who was wearing it, but not so much on me. The base color wasn’t good with my skin tone and the horseshoe print paired with the studded details didn’t feel like me, at all. I think it’s a very cute blouse… just on someone else. Can’t blame Stitch Fix for this one… they pulled it right off of my very own suggestions! Oops! It is available in other colors/prints, so maybe another time, Stitch Fix?

To sum things up for Stitch Fix No. 5, I only kept the Kensie blouse for $68… and I was pleased with that because I love it, so much.

I’ve had a few friends tell me that they’re bummed when they don’t love every single piece in their box and I suppose I come to it from a different perspective. I always hope that I’ll fall in love with just one piece. Anything else is a bonus. My clothing budget rarely allows me to splurge on more than that anyway! What do you think? Are you a fan of Stitch Fix for those perfect, rare finds you love? Or to fill your closet with ready-to-go outfits?

Another quick note… I do list the prices here, but as I found out recently, prices for similar items at different times of the year, may vary in different Stitch Fix deliveries for different customers. In other words, you might get the same top, at a different time of year, in a different color, and pay a different price. The prices I list in my Stitch Fix delivery are only for reference.

Interested in trying Stitch Fix? Feel free to email me with any questions you have about how it works, how to fill out your profile or what I love about using Stitch Fix. You can reach me at bellingFAM@gmail.com.

Review is my own opinion and not sponsored by Stitch Fix. Please note that all links are referral links, as referenced above. I appreciate you using them if you sign up for Stitch Fix so that they know you came via bellingFAM… thank you!

Mom style: Short rain boots

Are you ready to hate me? Here it goes.

I’m over my big, tall rain boots.

Over them.

We went to the pumpkin patch a couple of weekends ago and they were just too tall. Too heavy. Too much. I was crying (inside, mind you) for a shorter pair to simply keep the bottoms of my jeans out of the mud and my feet dry.

I’m not over them on other people. I think they look super cute on you. REALLY cute. But, for me, I’m ready to move on.

Here are some of my favorites that I have my eye on… Tell me what you think. I can take it. I promise.

Short Rain Boots

1. Bogs Classic Winter Plaid Mid-Boots, OnlineShoes.com, $120
2. Bogs Urban Farmer 2 Eye-Lace Boots, OnlineShoes.com, $90
3. Crocband Jaunt Women’s Boots, Crocs, $40
4. Tretorn Wings Lag Vinter Boots, Zappos.com, $80
5. Tretorn Skerry Rubber Rain Boots, Zappos.com, $55
6. Tretorn Elsa Boots, OnlineShoes.com, $85
7. Hunter Original Chelsea Rain Boots, Nordstrom, $125
8. Sorel Out N About Leather Boots, OnlineShoes.com, $110
9. Hunter Original Short Rain Boots, Nordstrom, $138

Which pair are your faves?

Mom style: Stitch Fix No. 3

** This one is a bit out of order, since I posted about Stitch Fix No. 4 before I posted about this one. But, it’s only because I’ve been wearing these clothes so much and keep forgetting to take pictures! Oops! My next fix is suppose to arrive this weekend… can’t wait! **

If you remember my last Stitch Fix, it was on the fancier-side, with a couple of blouses that I absolutely loved. This time, before I scheduled my next box, I put a note on my Stitch Fix profile requesting that they send some casual items this time. And, per usual, they listened!

Here’s what came in my third Stitch Fix box:

Stitch Fix Sweater

 41Hawthorn Abrianna Long-Sleeve Knit Cardigan // $28

I’m wearing this sweater right now and it’s so delicious. Not only is it the color perfect — a super-saturated pool blue — but it is soft, long and fits like a dream. I can see that I’m going to wear it over and over again as we transition from summer to fall weather. (Pictured above: My favorite pink boyfriend tee from Target, jeans from GAP and Sperry Top-Sider flats from OnlineShoes.com)

Stitch Fix Review

Octavia Henry Birds on Branch Infinity Scarf // $28

Such an unexpected surprise to get a scarf in my box! Most of my scarves are bright colors and plain, so this was a nice addition to my closet. (Pictured above: Boyfriend V-Neck Tee from Target, jeans from GAP, and shoes are Ballerina Pink Tieks in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month)

Stitch Fix Review

Stitch Fix Review

Pixley Indianan Chevron Print Mixed Material Tee // $44

This shirt. It caused much debate on Instagram and Facebook this week. I wasn’t sure I loved the pattern — it’s a little bold for me… and it’s all over the back of the shirt, too. And, the fit wasn’t the best — it’s a little boxier than I usually wear (AKA, not so slimming). You all had mixed emotions about it,  just like me. I ended up keeping it, since it was essentially free. When you keep all of the items in your Stitch Fix box, you get a 25 percent discount, meaning they practically paid me to keep it. I’m growing to love it, as I do with many clothes I’m uncertain about and it fits great. We’ll see how it goes… (Pictured above: Jeans from GAP)

Stitch Fix Dress

Pomelo Rowson Striped Shift Dress // $38

I wasn’t into this dress at all when I first pulled it out of my box. But, as soon as I put it on, I realized that it was a good fit. I don’t think it will ever be my favorite dress, but I see that it will come in handy often and it fits me well, which is a first when it comes to the dresses they’ve sent. And, the price point is very reasonable, considering how well-made this dress is. (Pictured above: Shoes are by Splendid from OnlineShoes.com, purse by Under One Sky from Target)

Rune Porter Basic Leggings // $38
(Not pictured, because really, they’re just leggings. Also, they’re in the laundry.)

It’s been a long time since I’ve had a pair of leggings and I don’t think that I’ve ever owned a pair that was this nice. These are super thick, so I can wear them on their own (Yes, I wear leggings as pants. and I like it.). These were a keeper, for sure.

Like I mentioned above, I ended up keeping everything they sent me in my box! It all fit well, for the first time, and while some pieces took me out of my typical fashion comfort zone, that’s why I subscribe to Stitch Fix in the first place, so for me, that’s a win.

I noticed that the prices on these pieces were much lower than they’d been in previous boxes from Stitch Fix. Maybe it was because they were more casual, or maybe Stitch Fix is revamping a little, based on some recent controversy. Either way, I thought everything was priced very well and if cost has been holding you back from trying Stitch Fix, I’d give it another shot and see what you think now…

I’ve heard and seen that many of you have tried Stitch Fix since my last post and I’d love to know what you think and what you got in your fixes! (Also, if you used the bellingFAM referral link, thank you!)

If you haven’t tried it yet, but would like to, you can use the bellingFAM referral link to get your first fix. If you’re interested, I know that when I looked this morning, they were booking fixes into mid-September already, so grab a date… And, let me know if you have any questions as you’re filling out your profile. I’m happy to help! (You can always email me at bellingFAM @ gmail.com)

Stitch Fix No. 1: June 2014
Stitch Fix No. 2: July 2014
Stitch Fix No. 4: September 2014

Review is my own opinion and not sponsored by Stitch Fix. Please note that all links are referral links, as referenced above. I appreciate you using them if you sign up for Stitch Fix so that they know you came via bellingFAM… thank you!