Stitch Fix Review #1

It’s here, it’s here! I only checked the package tracking like 20 times and anxiously awaited its arrival when it said OUT FOR DELIVERY. Then, after Little B was down for a nap, I slipped out to the mailbox and brought it back to my room. It was like Christmas morning in my little world…aaaaannnndd, cue the baby crying. Grr.

Settled Baby C down for her nap….ok, back to my Christmas morning.

Then, commence the happy dance when I opened this beautiful box and unwrapped the gems inside.

This is my Stitch Fix experience and I’m in love. No driving to the store.  No long hours finding something that fits right. No lines. No dragging the kids to the mall.

It’s awesome. And I’m hooked now. My first fix was awesome. Valerie is awesome. The new clothes are awesome.

Stitch Fix 1-007How It Works

  • Go to Stitch Fix website. {Referral Link}
  • Fill out Style Profile (info about your size, shape, what you do, what you like, Pinterest board, etc.)
  • A stylist picks out 5 clothes/accessories and mails them to you.
  • Try them on. Keep what you like. Send back what you don’t within 3 business days.
  • Cost – There is a $20 Styling Fee charged when the box ships. This fee is added as credit, however, towards the purchase of any items you choose to keep.  Each item has a price listed and you checkout online after you decide what you will be keeping. If you keep everything, it is 25% each item. {More about cost below}

Here are the styling cards that come in each box.  They tell you how to style each of the pieces.  This would be fantastic if I owned all these different items.  Got some great ideas though!

Stitch Fix 1-008The Fix

1. Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse — {KEEP}

This is my favorite fall color. It is fitted and loose in all the right places. It’s versatile and has interesting details. I’ve been looking for something EXACTLY like this, and it came right to my door.

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Stitch Fix 12. Sam Hi-Lo Short Sleeve Tee — {KEEP}

Loved the material and the casual nature of this tee. Perfect for my daily “uniform”. However, it did fit a little clingy as I walked about the house. I didn’t really like having to adjust the shirt so that it didn’t bunch up around my recently-pregnant midsection. It wasn’t horrible by any means, but it wasn’t fantastic either. I ended up keeping this top because the 25% off the box (after keeping everything) ended up being more than the cost of the shirt. As I work to lose some of this baby weight, I think it will become more flattering. Right now, it works well under a loose fitting cardigan.

Stitch Fix 1-0033. Adorra Skinny Jean – {KEEP}

Oh my word. These are the best jeans. I will definitely get my money out of these puppies.  They are comfortable and slimming. Watch out, yoga pants.

Stitch Fix 1-0054. Henry Birds on Branch Infinity Scarf — {KEEP}

I love infinity scarves. They are easy and beautiful. This one with all these adorable little birds sitting on branches. So stinking cute. It’ll go with everything.

Stitch Fix 1-0065. Durante Tie-Dye Draped Cardigan — {KEEP}

I never would have tried this on at the store. But it’s so cool. Again, interesting details. Kinda edgy. Flowy, right length, right fit.  I feel slightly Breakfast Club in this cardigan and I’m cool with that.

Stitch Fix 1-004That’s it. Keeping it all. First box.

I just signed up for Automatic Fixes – which means I will be getting a box every other month to update my wardrobe.

About the Cost…

Yes, these items are certainly more than what I would typically spend at the store.  Honestly, I would probably look at the price tag and not even try them on. I’m more on the saver side of the spender/saver spectrum.

But…I saved time. I saved stress. And I might even save money over time if you look at it in a quality vs. quantity light. This tired and busy Mama is okay with spending a little more on something that makes me feel great.  Just ask my family – I’ve been super nice to them today while wearing my new threads. 🙂

Here are some ideas to help with the cost of Stitch Fix.

  • Use your referral link. Whenever someone signs up for Stitch Fix using your referral link, you get $25.
  • I saw one review where the woman limits herself to keep only 1 items per box. This would take some willpower to choose if you like more than 1 item, but it’s not a bad idea.  Example: the scarf in my box was $28. After the $20 styling credit, if I would keep only that it would be $28 – $20 = $8. Not bad for a beautiful scarf. {{UPDATE: I’m not sure where my head was at, but I forgot to factor in the $20 styling charge when the box ships. This would cancel out the $20 credit on the final bill.  Essentially, when all is said and done, the scarf would still be a $28 item. Does that make any sense?? Sorry for the confusion!!}}
  • Think of it as cost-per-wear. Better quality = longer life = more wears. I guess only time will tell if this is true.
  • Set a clothing budget, track it, and stick to it.
  • Don’t forget to factor in the time, gas, and stress savings.
  • {UPDATE} Make a plan for a capsule wardrobe. This has so many advantages, some of which include time and sanity savings as well as cost savings. I like these articles on a capsule wardrobe.

Have you tried Stitch Fix? Did you like it?

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Lititz Springs Park with Grandpa and Grandma

We had a great visit with Grandpa and Grandma this past October.  It is always such a blessing when family comes to visit! This particular outing took us to Lititz Springs Park and afterward, the Tomato Pie Cafe – Yum!

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This is Little B deciding that he would rather eat the bread himself than share with the ducks. 🙂

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Camping at French Creek State Park – September 2013

We had so much fun camping with friends this past fall at French Creek State Park and the nearby Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site (right up the ally of a certain metallurgist Daddy).  Also, any time we can find a campsite near a playground…we are golden.

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Longwood Gardens – September 2013

I love this place.  Longwood Gardens is one of the most picturesque places I think I’ve ever been….any season.  When Groupon had a 50% off admission deal going on, I snatched it up without second thought.  It was an added bonus that we got to enjoy it with our good friends. 🙂

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Road Trip Part 7 – Lighthouse Trail

 

Day 8 – Driving down the coast of Maine, Boston-bound, we stopped at several lighthouses.  This first one is my favorite. Marshall Point Lighthouse.

We found out while we were there it was actually the lighthouse that Forrest Gump ran to in the movie.

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So after this stop, we continued down the coast and stopped at a VERY famous (1-hour line wait) roadside stand called Red’s Eats.  They put more than one whole lobster on each of their lobster rolls and they only take cash…so you know it’s good. 🙂

Here’s the Portland Head Light.

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Here is the Cape Neddick lighthouse.
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I didn’t get any pictures, but that night we stayed in Portsmouth, NH.  What a neat city with such an old downtown feel! Would have loved to spend more time here, but we needed to get to our last stop…

 

Road Trip Part 5 – Acadia National Park

Day 6 – Hiking up Dorr Mountain

IMG_7271Brayden is sleeping. Haha!

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IMG_7278It was so windy, my ponytail is horizontal in this photo. 🙂

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IMG_7288After our hike, we rewarded ourselves with a fresh lobster roll and Maine blueberry beer in Bar Harbor.  I wish I could find or remember the name of the restaurant we ate at, but can’t for the life of me! It was a place just south of the park (Village Green) with lots of outdoor seating.

IMG_7289Back at the campground, Brandon decided to buy a lobster to cook over the campfire.  Our campground office had a tank full of lobsters for sale and all the equipment needed to cook it up.   Here’s Mr. Lobster.

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IMG_7303It was a success!

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IMG_7308To be continued…

 

 

 

Road Trip Part 4 – Onto Acadia

Day 5 – After leaving Lancaster, NH we made our way further east on Hwy. 2.  Along this road in Jefferson, NH is a restaurant not to be missed…the Water Wheel Restaurant.  I mean, these pancakes are bigger than your face! The pure maple syrup is awesome too. Thanks, Grandma, for the recommendation!

So, our next stop on our trek was Acadia National Park in Maine.  We camped near the park at Smuggler’s Den Campground.  Little B enjoyed this campground quite a bit because there was a playground that he could play at right across from the campsite.  I think he could have played there all day if we would have let him.

IMG_7237After we arrived and got settled into the campground, we decided to go explore Mount Desert Island (the big island where most of Acadia Nat’l Park is located) by car.  We drove over to Bar Harbor for some ice cream, stopped to get a few pics of the coast, and visited the Bass Harbor lighthouse…our first official siting of a Maine lighthouse.

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Road Trip Part 3 – Shelburne Farms

 

 

Day 4 – We started making our way east, stopping at several places along the way that could be found in my 1000 Places to See Before You Die book.  The first stop was Shelburne Farms, a very neat farm with lots of acreage, several animals to be petted, and supposedly a really cool inn on the property.  We didn’t have enough time to tour the inn ourselves, but Patricia Schultz raves about it in her book.

When we got to Shelburne Farms, we purchased a ticket to the Children’s farm and hopped aboard the wagon shuttle to get there.

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IMG_7194Is that not the coolest “barn” you’ve ever seen?!?

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IMG_7203What does the cow say, B? (See photo below for answer)

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IMG_7217This pig was due to have her babies that very day we were there.  I’m pretty sure this is how I looked at 40 weeks too.  Why do they not offer mud baths for women in labor? 🙂

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IMG_7230Next, we drove north to South Burlington, VT and stopped by the famous Al’s French Frys there.  IT WAS GOOD! Then, we stopped for some more health food; the AMAZING Ben & Jerry’s. I have steered clear of this ice cream in the past because of its price, but let me tell you…no more…this stuff is the best of the best.  And the ice cream sample from the tour, fresh from the factory….YUM.

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IMG_7233I scream, you scream, we all scream for……!?! (See next photo for answer)

IMG_7234After a fun day of petting animals and tasting fries and ice cream, we were tired! Eating is hard work, people.  We ended Day 4 at our hotel in Lancaster, NH. Coos Motor Inn – a very clean and surprisingly inexpensive hotel.

To be continued… 🙂