Why I’ll never cancel my Stitch Fix membership

I’ve never been one of those girls who loves shopping. Hanging out with my bestie in Anthropologie was always fun. I could wander around a book store for hours. I love getting new running shoes. But when it comes down to it, day long, we-need-to-buy-you-a-whole-new-wardrobe-or-at-least-a-winter-formal-dress trips aren’t for me.

As a teenager, I remember heading out for shopping trips with my mom. We’d pile into the car, full of expectations, and drive to the closest mall. Walking in through Nordstrom, we’d always start in the shoe section (easy enough). But somewhere between the second dressing room and a Starbucks visit, the trip stopped being fun. I’d be frustrated, angry, and sad. My mom would try so hard to cheer me up and pull me out of the fog of self-criticism, but I’d normally just snap at her. It got to the point where we couldn’t shop together anymore, which broke my heart. I love my momma.

If we’re being real, shopping for clothes has been a battle since 2005, when I was diagnosed with anorexia. Although I’m no longer that thirteen year old thinking she needed to lose 20lbs, shopping has never gotten much easier. Every time I enter a dressing room, my mind is filled with all the “shoulds” of the last twelve years, namely that I “should” fit into a size 4.

I've been a part of Stitch Fix for years and writing Stitch Fix reviews for months now. This is why I will never cancel my Stitch Fix membership.

I believed this “should” so deeply that all throughout high school, I wouldn’t keep clothing if it wasn’t in a size 4. I’d go shopping with my best friend and try on tons of dresses, even if I absolutely loved one that fit me in a 6, I wouldn’t buy it. In my irrational, eating disordered head, 6=fat. If I had to size up, I’d start crying, get angry/frustrated/sad, and ultimately walk out of the store.

Even as I recovered, got stronger, and reclaimed bits and pieces of my life, shopping didn’t get much easier. I’d still get upset about sizing up and body dysmorphia made trying on clothes feel like a freak show. Hitting the mall was a major trigger that could throw me off for an entire week. If I felt “fat” from a shopping trip, I’d eat less or over-exercise to compensate. Not a good plan.

It wasn’t until after college that I discovered the Stitch Fix: the service that made shopping so much easier and actually FUN.

In case you aren’t familiar with Stitch Fix, it is a program where you get an online stylist who sends you 5 items whenever you prefer. I get items every eight weeks or so. The items your stylist sends are based off of your style profile, which includes everything from fit to style to budget. You’ve got three days to try everything on in the comfort of your home, with your current wardrobe all around you. Then, you choose what to keep and send back what you don’t like (totally free – shipping is included).

Why I love my Stitch Fix membership

It’s taken the trigger OUT of shopping for me. My stylist knows me, my style, and my body. I no longer have to guess what size is right for me, which brands run big/small, or even what styles will be flattering. Instead, she sends me curated items based on how I want to look and feel in my clothes.

Now, if I have to go into stores and shop, I’m amazed at how frustrating the experience can be. Picking sizes is a shit show, and I have no idea how anything is going to fit.

I’ve seen TONS of Stitch Fix reviews about the clothes and service but nothing about the impact on mindset. I’ll never cancel my Stitch Fix membership, because it’s helped me be more accepting of my body. It’s changed how I think about clothing and sizing. Stitch Fix has helped me have fun with fashion, because I don’t have to make decisions about size. This is life-changing for an eating disorder survivor.

So, yes, the service is amazing. The clothes are beautiful. It’s super convenient. But more than that, it’s been a tool in my journey to self acceptance. I hope you’ll join me.

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For my December 2016 stitch fix, I asked for DRESSES, lots of party dresses. I wanted to get some new dresses I could wear to the Google holiday party that could also be worn with leggings and boots to work.

December 2016 Stitch Fix Review #5

Happy Friday! It’s my first Friday back in the Bay Area. I’m SO excited. Before we all head into the holiday weekend, I wanted to wish all my blog friends a happy Stitch Fix day!

In case you aren’t familiar with Stitch Fix, it is a program where you get an online stylist who sends you 5 items whenever you prefer (I get items every eight weeks or so). The items your stylist sends are based off of your style profile, which includes everything from fit to style to budget. You’ve got three days to try everything on in the comfort of your home, with your current wardrobe all around you. Then, you choose what to keep and send back what you don’t like (totally free – shipping is included).

 For my December 2016 stitch fix, I asked for DRESSES, lots of party dresses. I wanted to get some new dresses I could wear to the Google holiday party that could also be worn with leggings and boots to work.

This time, I asked for DRESSES, lots of party dresses. I wanted to get some new dresses I could wear to the Google holiday party that could also be worn with leggings and boots to work. My regular stylist was not able to style my fix this time.

For my December 2016 stitch fix, I received:

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Wisp Coleen Ponte Dress

I love the ponte fabric. It’s structured enough to hide the bra bulge but super comfy. I also wanted a dress that would show off my arms 😉 This one had some fun detailing on the sides, too.

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I loved the detailing and colors but it was a little big in the waist. I ultimately returned it because I thought the neckline wasn’t the most flattering.

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41Hawthorn Kalinah Dress

I loved this dress on the hanger but it just didn’t fit quite right. It was a bit too tight around my butt, which left too much extra fabric around my stomach. img_6071

The cut outs on the sleeves and the pockets were super cute details.

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Laundry by Shelli Segal Zoie Jersey Dress

I had the opposite reaction to this dress than I did to the 41Hawthorn dress. In the box, I didn’t think much of it. I thought it was way too boxy but once it was on, I was intrigued.

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This dress is more trendy than I would normally wear but I think I like it! I think I could wear it with leggings and boots, too, so that’s an added benefit.

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Adrianna Papell Alyce Dress

This dress is absolutely stunning! The back was so classy.

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But I think it was cut on a bias or something, because it has extra fabric around the waist.

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So, unfortunately, the verdict is to RETURN 🙁

Gilli Viola Jersey Dress

Nope. Just nope. I liked the fabric and pattern but when I put it on, I felt about 40 years older than I am.

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Unfortunately, the cinching on the waist seemed to have the opposite effect, calling too much attention (and fabric) to my waist.

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If you have any questions on the service, let me know in the comments below!

Disclaimer: some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means if you sign up for Stitch Fix, I get credit if you click through my link (and I appreciate it so much! :))

What styles are you loving for holiday parties?

October 2016 Stitch Fix Review #4

Happy Friday! Andrew flies in today, so I cannot wait to enjoy the weekend with him and Juno! Before we all head into the weekend, I wanted to wish all my blog friends a happy Stitch Fix day!

In case you aren’t familiar with Stitch Fix, it is a program where you get an online stylist who sends you 5 items whenever you prefer (I get items every eight weeks or so). The items your stylist sends are based off of your style profile, which includes everything from fit to style to budget. You’ve got three days to try everything on in the comfort of your home, with your current wardrobe all around you. Then, you choose what to keep and send back what you don’t like (totally free – shipping is included).

 This time, I was looking for items I could wear for fall and winter with leggings and jeans. At my "real job," I mostly wear jeans with boots or flip fops. Often, this makes me feel pretty frumpy. That's why I asked my stylist, Laura, to send me items I can wear with jeans or leggings that will make me look put together!

This time, I was looking for items I could wear for fall and winter with leggings and jeans. At my “real job,” I mostly wear jeans with boots or flip fops. Often, this makes me feel pretty frumpy. That’s why I asked my stylist, Laura, to send me items I can wear with jeans or leggings that will make me look put together!

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For my October 2016 stitch fix, I received:

Level 99 Jenni Skinny Jeans

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I wore these jeans for all the pictures, and I loved the wash, length, and how they fit my legs. But ultimately, they did not fit well around the waist (likely because they were super high waisted).

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The Korner Elexis Stitch Detail Pullover

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This was beautiful, and I absolutely love the color! There was also beautiful detailing in the knit. When I saw it in the box, I immediately wanted it!

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I’d love to keep this item but it was a little itchy but the bigger problem was that it was dry clean only. I unfortunately can’t afford (or live in) clothes that require dry cleaning.

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Andrew Marc Performance Sintra Puffer Vest

The vest is a lot heavier than it looks, which will be great when it starts to get cold here in Texas. I already have a black vest and have been looking for a grey one for a long time. This one is so much better than the others I have looked at because it can be a little more formal.

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It’s a really nice wool but is also lined so that it’s not super itchy. Win in my book!

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Collective Concepts Selden Textured V Neck Top

This blouse was such a pretty color, and I’ve been trying to incorporate more blush colors into my wardrobe but unfortunately this top is not it.

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There were beautiful details on the sleeves but there wasn’t much shape to the shirt and it was a little too short.

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Market & Spruce Evella Boatneck Top

This top just looks like me. I love stripes and boat-necklines are so sweet. But truth is, there’s something I’m not totally loving about the shirt. I can’t quite figure out what it is but the fact they sent my mom the same top might be part of it!

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If you have any questions on the service, let me know in the comments below!

Disclaimer: some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means if you sign up for Stitch Fix, I get credit if you click through my link (and I appreciate it so much! :))

What styles are you loving for fall?

July 2016 stitch fix review #3

Reviewing my July Stitch Fix haul & talking fashion 🙂  

Happy Stitch Fix day everyone!

In case you aren’t familiar with Stitch Fix, it is a program where you get an online stylist who sends you 5 items whenever you prefer (I get items every six to eight weeks). The items your stylist sends are based off of your style profile, which includes everything from fit to style to budget. You’ve got three days to try everything on in the comfort of your home, with your current wardrobe all around you. Then, you choose what to keep and send back what you don’t like (totally free – shipping is included).

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This time, I’m pretty sure I blanked and forgot I was getting a fix. I didn’t give any guidance to my stylist (oops) but the fix still turned out really well. After 16 fixes, it seems Laura knows me pretty well.

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For my July 2016 stitch fix, I received:

Kassidy Faux Wrap Dress

I love wrap dresses for their simplicity, comfort, and style. They’re flattering on any body type while still being pretty and feminine. The style was enough to get me past the fact the color was so outside of my comfort zone. Never did I expect to wear a bright purple dress!

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Gaura Back Detail Knit Top

Stripes and bows? Let’s be real. We already know I’m going to keep this. The fabric is super soft, and I love the detailing in this top. It also fit nicely, not too tight, and was super slimming.

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Marcos Crochet Neckline Top

I really liked this top but would have preferred it in a different color. I don’t wear a ton of bright colors, and orange and purple in the same box were a lot. I also probably would have kept this top if I had some extra cash but I could only keep three items this time.

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Shuglas Bar Back Knit Top

I absolutely adore the back of this top. The detailing was so so cute!

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But, unfortunately, this top was very short for my torso, which left me looking boxy. I would have loved it had it been a tad longer. The top barely hit my hips, and it definitely was not designed to be a crop top.

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Blake Scissor Cut Hem Skinny Jean

When I saw the color, I knew I would be keeping these if they fit. Thankfully they did! The cut and fit were perfect too, not too low or high waisted with plenty of stretch. I’m a little worried they’ll stretch out too much but we’ll see. At this point, I would definitely recommend them!

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If you have any questions on the service, let me know in the comments below!

Disclaimer: some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means if you sign up for Stitch Fix, I get credit if you click through my link (and I appreciate it so much! :))

What styles are you loving for summer?

April Stitch Fix Review #2

Reviewing my April Stitch Fix Review & talking fashion 🙂  

Happy Stitch Fix day everyone!

In case you aren’t familiar with Stitch Fix, it is a program where you get an online stylist who sends you 5 items whenever you prefer (I get items every six weeks). The items your stylist sends are based off of your style profile, which includes everything from fit to style to budget. You’ve got three days to try everything on in the comfort of your home, with your current wardrobe all around you. Then, you choose what to keep and send back what you don’t like (totally free – shipping is included).

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This time, I asked my lovely stylist, Laura, to send me clothes for spring: sleeveless blouses, skirts, and dresses that could easily go from the office to going “out” (drinking wine with Juno on some patio). I also requested light weight fabrics that will take me into the crazy hot ATX summer.my lovely stylist, Laura, to send me clothes for spring: sleeveless blouses, skirts, and dresses that could easily go from the office to going "out" (drinking wine with Juno on some patio). I also requested light weight fabrics that will take me into the crazy hot ATX summer.

She sent me some awesome items!

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Gracelyn Pencil Skirt

I love the idea of this skirt, definitely could go from work to dinner, and the fabric was awesome-super smooth and light weight. However, when I put it on, I wasn’t crazy about the fit. It was tight on my bum and hips, shocker. Maybe this is how pencil skirts are supposed to fit but it made me self conscious! I thought of this skirt as a “maybe,” but when I have that feeling, I’ve learned to return the item.

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Navarra Printed Front Seam Cotton Top

Again, love the idea of this sleeveless, cotton top but it was a little wide for me. The length in the back was also a little long. Maybe if it were a little more tailored or had a different pattern on the front seam, I would keep it.

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Andrina Embroidery Blouse

This was so beautiful in the box, and I loved it even more once I put it on. The fabric is so soft, and I love the femininity of the style! It looks so cute tucked into a skirt (see above 😉 ) but I also love it with jeans.

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Mori Henley Top

Me in a top. As soon as I saw this top, there was no question I would keep it. Awesome colors, sleeveless, and fitted enough to not make me look boxy.

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Alison Swing Dress

I’ve been coveting after this dress since I saw it on Gina’s Stitch Fix review post. She totally rocks it!! I was super excited that it works on my body type too! Love that I can wear this to work with a cardigan and flats or dress it up with a fun necklace to go out.

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If you have any questions on the service, let me know in the comments below!

Disclaimer: some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means if you sign up for Stitch Fix, I get credit if you click through my link (and I appreciate it so much! :))

What styles are you loving for spring?

Stitch Fix Review #1

Well, we’ve made it through the weekend. It was quite the traumatic one for Juno and me but we are doing a lot better. Rest was definitely needed.

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Happy Stitch Fix day everyone! I’ve been using this amazing service for eighteen months now and LOVE it.

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In case you aren’t familiar with Stitch Fix, it is a program where you get an online stylist who sends you 5 items whenever you prefer (I get items every six weeks). The items your stylist sends are based off of your style profile, which includes everything from fit to style to budget. You’ve got three days to try everything on in the comfort of your home, with your current wardrobe all around you. Then, you choose what to keep and send back what you don’t like (totally free – shipping is included).

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This time, my stylist, Laura sent me:

Dewitt Lace Sleeve Henley Knit Top & Lillie Distressed Cuffed Denim Short

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I really liked the shirt but the fabric was a little bit see through. It’s too bad! the shorts were cute too-I would have kept them but they look almost exactly like the pair I already have.

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Tessa Button Down Top

This was my favorite item! The fabric is super soft and I love the length. It looks great with the jeans they sent last time but could also be dressed up with a nicer pair of trousers.

KEEP

Alessandro Silk V-Neck Blouse

I asked for tops that could double for work days and date nights, and this top was exactly that. I did notice some pulling on the thread around the sleeves, so if they can send me another, I will definitely keep.

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McGraw Two-Tone Stripe Knit Top

SO soft and comfy! The detailing/opening in the back are so sweet too. I’m just not sure if it’s worth keeping, especially because I have so many striped shirts. What are your thoughts?

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Disclaimer: some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means if you sign up for Stitch Fix, I get credit if you click through my link (and I appreciate it so much! :))

What styles are you loving lately?

Things I’m Loving Friday #2

Hi Friends! Are you ready for the weekend? I definitely am! It’ll be a quiet weekend, just me and Juno.

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In true Friday fashion, I wanted to share a few of my favorites from the last week.

Radiance Retreat

For the last few months, I’ve wanted to attend the Radiance Retreat and finally bit the bullet. I cannot wait to meet some of my role models and all the incredible women attendees.

Stitch Fix Denim

I’ve been using Stitch Fix for a little over a year now, and absolutely love it. It’s hard to find a pair of jeans that fit my lower half but they nailed it last month. I’ve been wearing them nonstop. If you haven’t yet checked them out, I recommend you do!!

Synergy Kombucha

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My office very recently started stocking this awesome kombucha brand. I’ve been bringing home a bottle most days and sipping it instead of wine or any other yummy beverage. Honestly, since starting to incorporate kombucha into my life, my digestion and gut health has improved immensely. Check it out!

Paige’s Online Bootcamp

For the last year, I’ve worked on and off with Paige towards my fitness and aesthetic goals, recently joining her personal training group. In less than a month, I’m seeing massive strength gains and LOVE the community of women she’s brought together. She’s launching a new bootcamp (I’ve done two of her bootcamps and LOVE em–notice a theme?!) next month that looks amazing.

Let me know your faves in the comments below!