Stitch Fix #21

I was stalking my Stitch Fix order online, so I was excited to rush home last night to check my doorstep.

Bam! Delivered.

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Stitch Fix has an app that lets you preview your box, but I never, ever peek. I love the element of surprise.

However, I *did* observe on the tracking notice that my package only weighed 3 lbs, which meant that there were probably no shoes included.

I’ve received some cute shoes from Stitch Fix before, but I’m ok with skipping them, too.

Here’s a first look:

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Right away I could see fall colors and some floral prints. In the end, I lovingly dubbed this the Fall Floral Overload Fix.

I’m going to start with Floral #1:

This is a mixed fabric top that has sweater-like fabric on the front, whereas the back is a floaty floral print. I like the gold zipper detail on the back.

Stitch Fix describes this as the Apricot “Mindee Mixed Material Raglan Knit Tee,” and full price was listed as $58. This was also the $58 dollar Fix, as 4/5 items were listed at that exact price point. The included styling cards showed this top with jeans, leopard print mules and a bomber jacket for one look, as well as with black leggings, a leather backpack and sneakers as another way to wear it.

I had Pinned this top, so I was excited to see it. The fit was good, so it quickly went into the Keep pile.

This plaid shirt was next:

Sigh. My usual photography problems are omnipresent, but this Statement “Athenia Button Back Top” is navy blue with electric blue, red and white mixed plaid. The backside has buttons down the middle, hence the name. I rarely wear plaid shirts; nothing against them but they are not really my style. One thing I like about Stitch Fix is that it can introduce me to new pieces I wouldn’t have gravitated to on my own, and I’d put this squarely in that category. Price, you ask? $58. Stitch Fix’s styling cards were pretty boring with this. It was shown with jeans and booties twice.

Ok, Floral #2:

Another floral mixed media top. Another 41 Hawthorn piece. Another $58 item. This is the 41 Hawthorn “Dido Mixed Print Knit Top.” The front is a silky t-shirt material and the back is the same floaty fabric (polyester, I think) as Floral #1. The front is gray and the floral has a dark green (deep forest) background with a quartz pink print.

Here’s a close up of the print:

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The style cards basically put together the same looks as for Floral Top #1, and they even used the same jeans/bomber combo for one and the same leggings for the other. Well, now I know what to do.

Breaking up the florals, we turn to the final $58 item:

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This is the 41 Hawthorn “Nio Pullover Sweater.” The collar is an oatmeal color, the body and cuffs are gray, and the sleeves are deep navy blue.

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There’s a lot going on, but it works. This is very, very similar to a lot of things I already own, but I own them for a reason – namely I like stuff like this a lot. Winner.

I saved the best for last. Item #5 and Floral #3.

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This is the 41 Hawthorn “Cristen Shirt Dress.” I’d seen this on another blog and absolutely loved it. I Pinned it and hoped there was a chance for it to show up, so I was beyond excited when it did. The price is listed as $78, which I think is extremely fair. The quality is higher than some Stitch Fix pieces I have received.

As for the style, it is a flattering shirtdress that could be worn many ways. The style cards paired this with blush heels and a matching handbag, as well as a light colored trench coat. That combo would look great in April but probably won’t cut it for fall, so I will probably go the tights/booties route.

Here are a few close ups of the fabric:

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I was photobombed at this point.

I liked this Fix a lot, so I kept it all for $212.50.

While I’m probably set for floral pieces for a while, I have very few similar things in my closet so these were great choices from my stylist.

 

 

 

 

 

My Camo Fixation

I’m not sure why this was the year that I became really, really into camouflage prints.

Yes, they’re trendy now, but they’ve been trendy in the past and I’ve never succumbed.

And since I have not magically morphed into someone inclined to participate in activities such as hunting (ok, maybe urban hunting, which is shopping in my vocabulary), this predilection is entirely new.

It started with these pants:

I ordered these pants after spying them in a Nordstrom ad. The muted print is nice and surprisingly neutral. I’ve been wearing them at least twice per week since they arrived. Another blog suggested pairing them with a striped blue and white button down, which I think would look cute. I have two of those exact shirts, but both have idled in my to-be-drycleaned pile for too long to admit, so I’ve mostly been wearing the pants with a light pink or gray tee, sometimes with an oatmeal colored cotton sweater from the Gap. I haven’t paired them yet with the velvet bee mules. but seeing this picture above reminds me to try this soon.

Around the same time that I ordered the pants, I received notice that my next Stitch Fix was being styled, and I quickly added a request for camo bottoms. While there weren’t any available (which, in retrospect was good since I had these pants on order by the time I got the Fix), this jacket arrived instead:

This camo bomber has proven to be incredibly versatile. I’ve worn it a few times already as a light layer over my favorite Target find of the summer, this dress:

The fabric in the jacket is really soft (Tencel?) and I like the cute zippered pocket detail on the arm:

While two pieces of camo in my wardrobe would have sufficed, I also added these sweatpants:

Alas, these are now sold out, but the cute online boutique that sells them has a lot of other comfy lounge pants in stock.

My final two items were from my recent Gap splurge, where I had a bunch of Gap Cash that was burning a hole in my pocket.

 

I promise not to wear this all at once.

Fall Style – New Wardrobe Additions with Maximum Versatility

Earlier this week I posted about the Stitch Fix delivery that I received last weekend, which contained some pieces for fall.

I’m in a transition period right now (a lot more about this later), so I haven’t been expanding my wardrobe lately at the usual frenetic pace.

However, Chelsea boots were #1 on my Just Want Now list for Fall ’16.

After *a lot* of browsing, I ordered this Treasure and Bond pair from Nordstrom.

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At $119, these are extremely well-priced for boots. The quality is excellent and they are comfortable from the get-go. I wore them to work last week with tights and a striped dress. I love how Chelsea boots can be dressed up or down, look great with jeans or a tights/skirt combo, and are all-day walkable. Their versatility makes them standouts for travel, especially when packing space is tight and you want to limit shoes.

And of course I found a striped shirt from Splendid that I loved and had to make mine:

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How cute are those buttons up the back? This is also supremely versatile and perfect for a travel capsule wardrobe.

Splendid was having a sale when I ordered the striped top, and I added this witty spectacles tee to my order (It’s still available and on sale). The tiny eyeglasses print is adorable.

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Y-necklaces are not new and are probably even trending out, but I recently saw someone wearing one and still liked how it looked. Again, much looking, but I finally settled on this Kendra Scott number:

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These aren’t new to my wardrobe (I’ve had them for at least a year), but I also just put these M.M. LaFleur Foster pants into heightened rotation:

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One great perk for these pants: they have internal buttons inside the bottom so you can adjust the length from cropped to full. Seriously, how cool is that? This also makes them the perfect pair of pants for travel, because you can mix them up.

Did I mention that they also look great with striped tops, Y-necklaces and Chelsea boots? 

 

 

 

 

Fall Stitch Fix

This was waiting for me when I got home from running errands on Saturday:

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Yay. 

Let’s dig in, shall we?

Ok, I’m starting with my favorite item, this striped Pixley shirt with faux leather elbow patches.

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This was probably a no-brainer pick for my stylist; it’s so up my alley that of course I love it. Mine.

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I’d pinned this Loveappella cowl neck sweater to my Stitch Fix Pinterest page, so this was something I was happy to discover in the box. The color is olive-ish. It doesn’t look like much in the picture, but it’s cute when on and the fit is perfect.

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I don’t have too much to say about these Mavi skinny jeans. They’re skinny jeans. They fit. They’re soft.

Ok, I’m on the fence about the last two items. At first glance, neither tripped my trigger.

The first is this big square scarf in a washed-out yellow and blue plaid. The colors photographed better than they look; I’d describe the yellow as maize. It reminds me of uncooked corn on the cob. The blues are also quite faded. It’s not really me.

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Yeah, I don’t iron. Even for photos.

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This jacket puzzled me:

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The cargo style is on trend, and the fabric is washed and quite soft. I already have a mossy brown J. Crew Downtown Field Jacket that I adore, but recently I’ve browsed several similar cargo-style jackets in charcoal gray that are seemingly ubiquitous right now. So, when I saw this in the box, I was excited. And I thought it was charcoal gray, when it’s actually a faded navy.

Here’s the strange part: when I tried the jacket on I saw that the lining under the zipper area was ripped and pilled. I found myself wondering if the jacket was used. The fabric clearly seems washed and faded, which I assumed was part of how it was made, but the shabby quality of the front placket took the concept of distressing to a new level. Maybe someone else wore, washed, re-tagged and returned this?

I’m wearing everything except the cowl neck sweater in this photo:

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Overall, this Fix was ok.

The striped shirt is cool (but I have a million); ditto the cowl neck sweater. The jeans fit (and I recently have been working out a lot and could use a new slimmer pair), the possibly-second-hand jacket is stylish and priced well ($88 full price but roughly $60 if I take the 20% buy-it-all discount), and the scarf is just meh but it’s definitely not something I already have in my closet.

What do you think?

 

 

 

Long Cardigans

Long cardigans are really having a moment this fall.

Yesterday I was browsing Nordstrom’s new arrivals since I needed (!) a few things for two upcoming work trips, one to Hawaii next month (Aaaaaloha!) and the other to Canada. In November.

Given the dichotomous weather of the two destinations, I wanted some layering pieces that would be useful for wearing on the plane as well as while I’m there.

That’s when I saw the ubiquity of the long cardigans.

The newest version seems to be more straight up and down and less flowy than other iterations.

Here are some examples:

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  1. Splendid
  2. Top Shop
  3. Theory (so pretty!)
  4. Halogen

Not a cardigan, but I also really dig this Splendid poncho:

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(All of these images are from the Nordstrom site).