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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)

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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)

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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!

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Mom style: Stitch Fix No. 4

Stitch Fix 4 Review

My fourth box from Stitch Fix came last week and sadly, it wasn’t my favorite. My last box was so fun and everything fit so well that I haven’t even posted about it because I can’t stop wearing the clothes and have yet to take photos of what they sent. Oops!

There were actually a couple of pieces in this box that I really loved, but that didn’t fit well, so I sent them back.

(You can find reviews of my previous Stitch Fix boxes here and here. I’ll get No. 3 up there eventually!)

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

 Stitch Fix

41Hawthorn Filbert 3/4 Sleeve Popover Blouse // $58

I immediately loved this blouse. It is similar to a couple of others that I have in my wardrobe, but in a super soft and silky material. However, the fit just wasn’t right. It was too fitted in the bust and since it was a bit sheer, I’d need to wear a tank under it and there wasn’t any wiggle room to do so. I sent it back.

Stitch Fix Pants

Margaret M Duboce Straight Leg Jean // $68

These jeans were so fun and bright… a perfect transition piece for fall! They have a stretchy waistband, kind of like you’d find on jeggings (I’m a fan), and were soft and had a pre-loved feeling. But, they were too small. I did request that they add a pair in my next box, in one size up, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they’ll make a reappearance!

Stitch Fix Skirt

41Hawthorn Iris Striped A-Line Skirt // $58

This is not a skirt that I would typically pick out. However, I did like it. Although the colors were a bit summery, the material was heavy and thick, making it a good transition piece. And, I loved the contrasting black knit waistband. It did fit well, however, I decided to send it back because I didn’t have anything in my closet to wear it with. It would have been great with the white blouse from above, if I’d been keeping that piece.

Stitch Fix SweaterStitch Fix Striped Sweater

41Hawthorn Rowson Colorblock Striped Sweater // $58

I was torn about this sweater. Josh liked it and I suppose I did, too. It looked cute with my favorite torn-up jeans and I loved the softer colors. But, there was something about it that held me back. I don’t think crew necks are particularly flattering on me. At first, I kept it — even sealing up the envelope to go back to Stitch Fix. But, at the last minute, I had a change of heart and packed it up.

Stitch Fix Necklace

Bay to Baubles Sauna Curved Bar Necklace // $28

I’ll admit that I kept this necklace so that I didn’t lose my $20 styling credit! I do like it and I think that I’ll wear it often, so it was worth the extra $8 to keep. It’s much lighter and slinkier than other necklaces I have (I wore some HEAVY ones in Vegas last week and my neck was aching!), so it will be a nice change.

Overall, I was sad to send some of these pieces back to Stitch Fix. I made some notes for my stylist, as I’m starting to feel like they’re sending me the same pieces over and over again. So, for next time: no stripes, looking for tops that are more casual (rather than blouses), no crew necks, cardigan sweaters instead of pullovers, and dresses instead of skirts. We’ll see how it goes! I have faith in the process and realize that not every box will hit the mark.

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 scheduled my next box, they were booking fixes into mid/late-October 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)

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: Shoes for a trip to Las Vegas

Shoes for Las Vegas

Next month, I’m heading to Las Vegas for the ABC Kids Expo, which in my pretty little work world, is where all of the best brands come together to debut their new products for the coming year. Think strollers, baby carriers, clothes, shoes, bottles, car seats, EVERYTHING YOU CAN THINK OF that relates to having a child.

To say that I’m excited is an understatement. It’s a huge opportunity and while there will hardly be time to lay by the pool with Brody Jenner (whoops, id I say that?), I’m thrilled to be attending and ready to soak it all up like a kid-producing loving sponge.

But, first things first, friends. What am I going to wear?

There will be a lot of walking. A lot of meetings that involve hustling from booth to booth. A lot of standing on my feet. A lot of doing my best to play it cool when I’m really freaking out inside.

As always, I’m starting with shoes, because they bring me comfort. And calm. Here’s what I’m thinking…

For airport travel
Saucony Jazz Original, $55

Shoes for Las Vegas

I own a pair of these exact shoes and they are some of my favorites… especially for travel. They are fun and funky, but also lightweight and easy to wear. I usually wear them with cuffed jeans, a tee and a big scarf for keeping warm on the airplane.

For evening dinners & parties
Gentle Souls Fulham Booties, $250

Shoes for Las Vegas

Hello there, gorgeous. I’ve been needing an excuse to splurge on these and I think my first big work trip qualifies. I’ll be spending my evenings at brand-sponsored parties and dinners and while I’m not expecting to need to break out cocktail attire, these will easily dress up a simple dress. Add some statement jewelry and I’m ready to go. Plus, they’re Gentle Souls, so I’ll be able to wear them all night in this city that never sleeps.

For daytime meetings & walking the floor, boots
SoftWalk Rocklin Ankle Boots, $145

Shoes for Las Vegas

I’ve been very close to buying a pair of ankle boots for fall and nearly pulled the trigger on the Frye ankle boots from this post… but they were out of my size. This pair caught my eye instead. I love the soft, worn-in gray color, which I can wear at the conference with a fun skirt or a pair of black skinnies.

For daytime meetings & walking the floor, flats
Splendid Cannes Loafers, $95

Shoes for Las Vegas

Talk about a must-have. These are new from OnlineShoes.com and from one of my favorite shoe brands, Splendid. Remember these beloved Splendid sandals? I can see that these will be the perfect alternative to booties for walking the booths at the show and meeting with brands. And, I know that I’ll wear them all of the time, post-conference, too.

Any Las Vegas favorites to share?

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All shoes featured above are available via OnlineShoes.com. They are one of my favorite Seattle companies and I love working closely with them to feature shoes. Thank you for shopping with the brands that I work with and that support bellingFAM.

Mom style: Ankle boots for fall

Ankle Boots for Fall

Yup, I’m the last one to get ankle boots. It’s such a shame.

I do have these Frye boots that I bought years and years ago, before ankle boots came back into style, but they really go above my ankles, so they are more like low-calf boots. I can’t wear them with jeans, just skirts and dresses, which kind of defeats the whole ankle boot movement, right?

These are my top contenders for ankle boots for fall. All available on OnlineShoes.com, of course. Let’s break them down…

Matisse Dodge, Natural, $167 (currently on sale for $156)

I’m not sure that this color goes well with my skin tone (pink and pale), but I do love it and think it would be great with jeans or with black pants. Love the worn-in look and I’ve had Matisse shoes in the past that have been amazing and well-worth the price. The heel is a bit higher than I’d like for an everyday boot, at 1-1/2 inches.

Kork-Ease Velma, Meteora, $185

These are so pretty and since they’re Kork-Ease, I’m sure they are very comfortable, as well. I love the color, which could be worn with practically anything. These are the dressiest of the four pair and I’m not sure that’s what I’m going for.

Clarks Desert Boots, Beeswax Leather, $110

I’ve had my eye on a pair of these for ages. They are obviously much different from the others, being much for casual, but I think that I’d wear them a lot. And, I’m a clumsy girl, so I like the look of that rubber sole!

Frye Anna Outside Zip Shootie, Camel Antique Soft Vintage, $278

Of course, at this price tag, these are my favorite. I know that spending the money on a pair of Frye are worth it, as they literally last forever, but ouch. Nearly $300? I really love that there is a side-zip on these boots, not just for the easy on/off access, but for the look of being able to leave it half-zipped for a more casual feel with jeans.

Which pair are your favorites?

All products featured above are available via OnlineShoes.com. They are one of my favorite Seattle
companies and I love working closely with them to feature their products. Thank you for shopping with the brands that I work with and that support bellingFAM.

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Mom style: Stitch Fix No. 2

My second box from Stitch Fix arrived last week and I was so excited to see what they picked for me. If you’re not familiar with Stitch Fix, you can read my initial review and visit their website for details.

I’d heard that the longer you subscribe, the better your fixes become, as  your stylists can tweek things to your liking, based on what you picked and returned from previous fixes. While I liked my first box, I wasn’t in love with it. So, in the meantime, I left a note on my profile, letting my stylists know that I started a Pinterest board dedicated to styles I loved and I started pinning everything that caught my eye and that I’d love to see in my fix. And, let me tell you, it worked.

In fact, it worked so well that they even sent me the exact shirt that I’d pinned!

Here’s what came in my second Stitch Fix box…

Margaret Elizabeth Bracelet from Stitch Fix

Margaret Elizabeth Bracelet // $88 

This bracelet was gorgeous and I had forgotten that Stitch Fix included jewelry, so it was a nice surprise. We chatted about whether or not to keep it on Instagram and Facebook and the general feeling from bracelet-lovers (which many of you aren’t, surprisingly!) was to keep it. At $88, it was just more than I would spend on a bracelet, so I sent it back.

Stitch Fix Review

Sweet Rain Tiffani Belted Racer-Back Maxi-Dress // $38

First of all, this dress was a steal! I had to take a double-take at the price. I really loved it, but it was just too small in the bust, which is why you’re not getting a picture of me wearing it. I would have kept it in a heartbeat, had it fit a little better.

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41Hawthorn Ivy Embroidered Trim Tab-Sleeve Blouse // $68

I fell in love with the color of this blouse immediately, as well as the detailed herringbone-esque stitching along the neckline (also on the cuff tabs, not pictured). I was hoping that it would fit and it did, like a dream. Love the bunched up sleeves, the low neckline and the oversized fit. This was a keeper!

Stitch Fix White Jeans

Nolan Skinny Ankle Jeans // $78

I don’t think I’ve ever owned a pair of white jeans and I don’t think that I’d ever buy a pair from the store, but these, I would consider. They were very soft and fresh and the fit in the legs, from the knee down was great (they do have a little side ankle zipper, not pictured). However, from the knees up, the fit was a disaster. They were too baggy, and as you can tell from picture above, the crotch situation was not working. Too much material and the waist had about 2-inches of space. I realized that I had my pants size a bit too large on my profile, so I adjusted it. If these had been a size smaller, I would have kept them. They were a great basic addition to the tops they sent me, which leads me to…

Stitch Fix Tulip Blouse

41Hawthorn Ivy Tulip Print Tab Sleeve Blouse // $68

This was the shirt that I’d pinned to my Stitch Fix Inspiration Pinterest board. Another blogger had reviewed it from her fix and somehow I came across it. Honestly, I had no idea that they could actually send me the exact same blouse! It is the same brand as the coral blouse that I kept above, but with a more structured fit. It’s a bit dressier and I think it will be perfect for my fall wardrobe, so I kept it.

What do you think? Did I make good choices? I was certainly pleased with what they sent in this fix and they certainly nailed the style. Hopefully we can improve on the fit the next time around!

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 the first week of August 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)

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: A winter vest in the middle of summer

The North Face Darella Vest

You know how sometimes, you fall in love with a piece of clothing and you know that you can hardly live without it?

Even if that piece of clothing is a winter vest and it’s the middle of summer and suppose to be 80 degrees out today and you’re sitting in front of an air conditioner while you order it?

Yeah, me too.

I spotted The North Face Darella Vest on OnlineShoes.com a few weeks ago and I’ve resisted the urge to buy her, but I can hardly stand it any longer. I know it’s a ridiculous purchase, considering it’s, um, summer, but isn’t she pretty? And won’t I be happy once temperatures start cooling down for fall? In, oh, two months?

Please tell me I’m not crazy. Do you buy clothes off-season, too? Or, do you love this vest as much as I do? Gosh, the more I type, the more insane I sound.

Let’s take a vote. Buy it now and tuck it away until fall? Or leave it be and hope that it will still be there or that I’ll find something cozy that I love more in a couple of months?

(Psst! Want to order this vest? Or anything else from OnlineShoes.com? Email me for a discount code! bellingFAM@gmail.com)

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Have you chopped your hair for summer?

Short Hair for Summer

 

the i’m-really-early-to-preschool-pick-up-in-the-car-selfie.

Have you noticed that even your girlfriends who are known for their long, luscious locks are cutting it short for summer this year?

I joined the hair-chopping bandwagon earlier this week, letting my lovely stylist, Jama at Argyle Salon, lop a good 8-10 inches off of my very overgrown hair.

I’m loving mine, but still getting used to it. Long hair is long, but it’s also so much easier, in my opinion. Plus, when my hair is shorter, I need more makeup. Always.

Have you chopped yours off for summer, too?