Spring Wardrobe Additions

I’ve been trying to slow my roll with wardrobe building over the past several months, for a variety of reasons.

  • My new-ish job (now nearly 1.5 years into it, but still, it was a major style shift) doesn’t require the same business attire (all suits, all the time) that my old one did
  • We moved last summer into a tiny rental house with a highly inadequate amount of closet space (Spoiler: this is a problem that will self-correct soon!)
  • Packing and moving forces you to see how much stuff you really have, and when the amount is embarrassing, it puts a pause on “Buy Now” mode
  •  I adore the idea of a capsule wardrobe, even though I am far, far from it

And finally, a really good reason:

  • I recently lost some weight and I’m waiting until the dust settles to see what fits, what doesn’t and what I need to buy all over again

As I posted earlier this week, I received a Stitch Fix with lots of casual mix and match options for summer. This is terrific. I am hoping to keep my new summer wardrobe mostly limited to that Fix, save a few new pairs of summer shoes and swim suits (I am planning to do a tremendous amount of swimming this summer).

For spring, I also kept what was new in check.

One investment that made the cut was this suit from J. Crew:

This is the Parke blazer, Cameron pants and Perfect Fit tee, all in navy. I knew that I had a few important lectures and meetings this spring, and I wanted something that felt modern. I’ve worn this exact outfit three times already and each one has felt like it perfectly hit the mark.

I also placed an order with Banana Republic during one of their 40% off sales for a metallic tweed jacket, a soft gray leather moto jacket, a v-neck tan sweater and this necklace:

Even though this was a recent order, it looks like the tweed and leather jackets are sold out. Here’s a similar version of the jacket available at Nordstrom:

I wore this earlier in the week to give a lecture, pairing it with the navy suit pants, the tan v-neck and the pearl necklace. It all came together.

I’ve also waffled a lot over whether to invest in this bag:

The gray is appealing and unlike anything else I own. I also like how this is less structured that some other designer bags. I can’t seem to pull the trigger.

This Sole Society blush suede clutch was an easier call:

At approximately 3.5% the cost of the gray bag, this pink one feels like a bargain.




January Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix day arrived!

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I never, ever sneak a peek at what’s arriving in my box, but I did see that the package weighed 6 pounds, so I was guessing that there was something substantial – maybe a pair of shoes? – inside.

I was wrong. 

The heavy item was this:

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Here’s a better pic from Stitch Fix:

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If this looks familiar, it’s because I received the same jacket in my last Fix, but one size bigger. It was too big; I couldn’t make it work and sent it back, then immediately had regret.

In the interim, I even joined a Stitch Fix Buy/Sell/Trade group on Facebook, hoping that I’d find this in a medium. No luck, but I did cross my fingers and put in a request to see this item again.


Second time was the charm on this one. It’s still oversized, but the medium is much, much better for me and I wasn’t going to send it back twice.

The next piece is a great match under the jacket:


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And Stitch Fix’s version:

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This has cold shoulder cut outs but they are not obnoxious. The light pink color is really pretty and right up my alley for what I’m wearing now in my downtime.

I forgot to take a picture of these (and let’s be honest, my photography is terrible), but I also received a pair of jeggings with an elastic waist.

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The only time I’ve had anything remotely similar was a 10+ year old pair of maternity jeans that I got from the Gap. Yep. 

These are surprisingly comfortable and flattering. I would not expose the waistband – ever! – but the fit is sleek and I have already worn them at least half a dozen times. This is a good example of getting something from Stitch Fix that I would never try on my own.  I originally was only going to keep them to get the 25% discount on everything, but they are quickly growing on me.

This next pick was a safe bet for my stylist. I’d Pinned it twice to my Stitch Fix ideas board.

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And a better pic:

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Isn’t the color pretty? I live in pieces like this on the weekends and for to-ing and fro-ing from the gym.

The last item was something else I’d Pinned:

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MZ Wallace is a brand I’ve known about for a long time but only recently got interested in buying. I love how lightweight these quilted bags are. The timing of this was a bit off because I ended up getting another MZ Wallace bag – a floral tote – shortly after I received this one. I justified keeping them both since this one is more of a purse and the other one is a work tote or gym bag. I’m good with mind tricks like that.

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One more thing about the MZ Wallace bags: they come with an internal nylon pouch, which is useful for organizing items like chargers, etc.

This was an expensive Fix. Even with the 25% discount, the final tab was still about $350, mostly due to the bag (about $235) and the duster ($98). Having said that, I recently signed up for a Style Pass, which is a flat $49 fee for the year where now I do not have to pay $20 styling fees per Fix. With the Style Pass, Stitch Fix gave me a $49 credit. I also had a deal with my American Express card where if I spent $50 on Stitch Fix I would get a $25 statement credit. Those two factors alone made getting it all worth it.

This was a great Fix!






From Me to Me, Part 2

I recently went way down a rabbit hole with the concept of accessorizing my bags. 

I blame Henri Bendel’s “Dress Up Your Bag” campaign, but of course I am very weak and susceptible to all things Shopping.

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I purchased this colorful guitar strap to add to an old Marc Jacobs tote, but the clips on the end were too small to attach to the tote’s hardware, so I had to improvise with some rings that I bought at a craft store.

I was going for a vibe like this:

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I also picked up two of the perforated luggage tags, one pink and one gold. These are planned for different bags.

As I fell deeper down the rabbit hole, I discovered a whole world of customized pieces on Etsy, including an upcycled Louis Vuitton tassel. I haven’t had good luck with Etsy in the past, but I decided to give it one more try.


I honestly can’t tell if the Vuitton strips are real or fake, but I really don’t care. The tassel looks cool to me either way. I added this to my pink and green trimmed bag from the Spring 2017 collection. I was really pleased with this purchase, and the shipping was really fast. I think it took fewer than 4 days from order to arrival.

The tag was also personalized with my initial:


One more shot for scale:


This was a cool find. 


The Stitch Fix I Forgot to Write About

I received a new Stitch Fix in November, and it was mostly good, but not all of the items were keepers and I forgot to photograph the ones that didn’t make the cut.

So now we’re all caught up.

Here’s a peek, if you’re curious…


First up was the Millennial Pink “Cerella” sweatshirt by Michael Stars, which was listed at $98.

Here it is from the company’s website:

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This sweatshirt is incredibly light and soft. The color is totally on trend. I’m not a huge fan of thumbholes but I like the option. Spoiler alert: I kept this item and have already worn it a few times. Two things I noticed right away: the edges are unhemmed (potential unravelling issue for the future) and even after the first wear, this sweatshirt started to pill. While I like the piece, it probably wasn’t worth $98.

The drawstring bag at the top of the picture held these:


These Toms “Lenox” sneakers were listed at $88. I received this metallic pewter color but they are also available in a cool rose gold. I liked these a lot but had recently purchased another pair of metallic sneakers, plus they were half a size too big. I sent them back, then felt regret. Over the Black Friday – Cyber Monday weekend, though, I was able to find them in the correct size at 25% off, so in the end I made them mine. They are incredibly versatile and comfortable. I’ve also noticed this exact pair or similar styles in magazines everywhere, especially mixing these up with high and low pieces for holiday looks. I’ll definitely be wearing mine over the holidays. High praise. 

This piece gave me the hardest time:


I’d pinned this duster coat a few weeks prior to having my Fix styled. I loved the mix of gray and pink, and it was styled on Stitch Fix’s site over workout clothes to give a cute athleisure look. I was thrilled when I opened the box and saw this, but it was way too big. By that I mean oversized to the point that it looked ridiculous. I am tall, but this was crazy. Let me tell you, I tried and tried to make this work. I tried it as a cardigan. I tried it as an overcoat. I tried belting it. Nothing made it less bulky. The worst part was that my Stylist also mentioned that she’d picked this to center an entire outfit around it, pairing it with the sweatshirt, sneakers and a pair of leggings. I so wanted to wear that outfit. It did not work out. Sigh. I may request this again in a smaller size, because giving up on this cute duster has proven hard to do.

Speaking of those leggings, I don’t have a photo, but they were black zippered leggings and they were very nice. The only problem was that I’d recently bought something similar, and as long as I was already sending things back, this was an easy call to return.

If you’re keeping track, that’s four of five items already described, with one keeper and three returned (although with regret).

The final piece I received in this fix was the Pixley “Castellano” waffle knit shawl cardigan in a dark olive color. I exhausted the internet trying to find an adequate photo of this, but I came up empty handed. It’s easy to picture, though: a loose knit, Army-green cardigan with a thin band of black faux leather trim at the wrists and on the front placket. The fit was weirdly tight in the arms but stretched with wear. I had requested something in this color and my Stylist delivered. I always complain that I need to stop buying cardigans, but I love them and I could not resist, so this one also made its way into my closet.

Technically, this Fix doesn’t look like a success because I only kept 2/5 items, however, when you factor in the shoes I ordered elsewhere and the regret I feel about the other picks, I’d call it a Winner.