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Five Reasons to Fall In Love With #StitchFix

I’m in love with Stich Fix. The delightful in home personal stylist company that sends five items picked just for you each month.

I blogged about them before when I first signed up.

Since then, I’ve received a dozen fixes and have so much fun seeing what’s inside each box.

15536165707_21e4b6d04e_z (1)For Newbies: 

Stitch Fix is a personal styling business that sends a box of handpicked items just for you each month (or less if you prefer) for the cost of $20/month.

Using a style profile you fill out, their expert team of stylists hand select items for you based on your preferences and notes to your stylist.

You don’t pay any shipping to or from. And your $20 styling fee goes toward any items you wish to purchase. If you keep them all, you get 25% off the box!

Pretty sweet, right?

You can sign up here using my referral link. 

Love it? Refer your friends and get a $20 credit for each person that signs up!

Not convinced? 

Here are five reasons I think you should try out Stitch Fix.

(And no, they’re not paying me to do so. I just really like this company.) 

1. Your stylist WANTS you to love your fix.

My first 6 fixes or so had a different stylist each time. But after I got a fix from Alix, I was hooked. She has been styling for me ever since. She pays great attention to my notes – which I make specific to help guide her. And she checks out my pinterest board for more inspiration on what looks I like. I have kept more items because she pulls colors and details I like. By pinning things of Stitch Fix’s profile, I’ve also received some of the items in my shipments.

Like this pom pom scarf.

Like this pom pom scarf.

And this tank top.

And this tank top.

2. Avoid malls, fitting rooms, and try things on with what you already own!

If malls and fitting rooms overwhelm you, or you often suffer from buyer’s remorse. Stitch Fix could be a great solution for you. When your shipment arrives, you get 3 days to try stuff on – AND DO TRY IT ALL ON! And since you’re at home, you can mix and match the items they send you with what you already own to see various looks and feel good about your purchases.

And bonus, you’re stylist also sends you style cards with two looks for each item she sends you. This will give you tips for how to wear the looks and what colors are great to coordinate with it.

I nabbed this lace kimono top and dressed up a basic tee and print scarf.

I nabbed this lace kimono top and dressed up a basic tee and print scarf.

3. Feel pampered.

Everyone deserves to feel good about their wardrobe and that it expresses their unique style. I love that Stitch Fix feels like a treat. The items are packaged neatly and their customer service is exceptional. I had one bad fix that was not my style at all. I left detailed notes about why the items weren’t right me and I immediately got an email apologizing and thanking me for my feedback. I was not turned off and found my next fix much improved.

Plus on the style cards you receive, your stylist also writes you a personal note. I love that Alix always refers to the events I have coming up and how she picked out pieces to wear for them. Makes me feel like I am shopping with a good friend.

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Here’s how beautiful the fixes come wrapped and one of my style cards.

4. Find unique pieces for your wardrobe.

I grew up in a small town, and even now, there is one mall where everyone shops. It’s nice to have some unique pieces in your closet that you won’t have to worry about someone else showing up in the same thing. I tend to ask for workwear in my fixes and I love the bright colors and unique prints my stylist sends me.

This bright magenta top has lace sleeves making it fun and romantic with jeans but easily dressed up with black pants or a skirt for work.

This bright magenta top has lace sleeves making it fun and romantic with jeans but easily dressed up with black pants or a skirt for work.

Pardon my headless horseman shot. LOL - But this tank and skirt came from Stitch Fix. The tank has lace detail on the back and shoulders and the skirt is a navy and cream comfy knit but very dressy for work.

Pardon my headless horseman shot. LOL – But this tank and skirt came from Stitch Fix. The tank has lace detail on the back and shoulders and the skirt is a navy and cream comfy knit but very dressy for work.

5. They are great social media friends.

I follow Stitch Fix on multiple platforms. Their blog has great style tips for every season and occasion. They share what’s new on Pinterest and Instagram. They tweet back to clients when you write about your fix. And they have a photo contest every friday where you can enter to win a Stitch Fix credit. Just tag your photo with #StitchFixFriday!

Here is one of my #StitchFixFriday photo submissions. The sweater and jeans were in my fix.

Here is one of my #StitchFixFriday photo submissions. The sweater and jeans were in my fix.

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What are you waiting for? The most you can lose is $20.
Give Stitch Fix a try

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Want to see what else came in my fix? Here are a few of my fave fix items.

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Happy fixing! Be sure to send me pics of your first fix so I can seeeeeee!

What is your most dire wardrobe need?
Mine was shorts. Why do they make them all so… so short? 😉

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52 Things to Do This Summer

Last year I made a list of 51 Things to Do Before Summer’s Over. This year I thought, “Why wait?” Let’s get started on the fun when summer is just beginning!

52 Things to Do This Summer

1. Drink lots of Lemonade.

2. Plant flowers.

BegoniaI just got this begonia. Love her!

3. Sit in the grass. Have a picnic.

4. Clean out your closet. Donate what you don’t wear anymore.

5. Go for a bike ride.

6. Find a Little Free Library near you.

Little Free Library7. Visit your local Public Libary.

8. Make pudgy pies over the fire.

9. Host a movie Musical marathon of summer sing-a-longs: Mamma Mia, West Side Story, State Fair, Oklahoma…

10. Visit a cafe’ you’ve never been to before. Bring a friend!

cafe11. Go to a farmer’s market.

12. Lounge with a loved one.

lounging13. Braid your hair.

14. Seek summer scents – freshly mowed grass, fresh-picked herbs, going for a swim, grilling out.

15. Take a tour of a nearby brewery. Enjoy a pint!

beer16. Host a tasting of your favorite beers, wines, or liquors.

17. Try paddle boarding.

18. Take a road trip.

Bloedow's19. Wear flip flops.

20. Go stargazing.

21. Take a tour of someplace right in your hometown.

22. Start a journal. Or read an old one.

Journals23. Eat dinner al fresco.

24. Attend an outdoor concert.

25. Walk places rather than drive whenever possible.

Go for a walk26. Eat an ice cream cone.

27. Doodle.

28. Read a book.

Read a Book29. Make fun ice cubes – different shapes or colors.

30. Draw with sidewalk chalk.

Sidewalk Chalk31. Run around barefoot.

32. Let your hair air dry.

33. Practice taking the perfect peaceful selfie.

Selfie34. Pet sit for someone.

35. Paint a room in your house. Make it bold.

36. Read the latest issue of BookPage. Cover to cover.

read the paper37. And while you’re at it, add to or start a Goodreads account to keep track of all the books you’re going to read.

38. Make salsa with veggies from the garden or market.

39. Create a new smoothie.

Smoothie40. Build a sandcastle.

41. Play frisbee in the park.

42. Launch fireworks.

43. Go antiquing or hit up a rummage sale.

antiquing44. Take a ride in a hot air balloon.

45. Buy a handmade piece of jewelry from a vendor at a carnival.

46. Find a new piece of lawn art.

Marvin

His name is Marvin. He lives here now.

47. Switch to iced coffee.

48. Celebrate the unique summer holidays.

June 1st – Dare Day

June 4th – Hug Your Cat Day

June 6th – National Doughnut Day

June 14th – World Juggler’s Day

June 18th – Go Fishing Day

June 19th – World Sauntering Day

June 22nd – National Eclair Day

June 25th – Log Cabin Day

June 27th – Sunglasses Day

June 28th – Paul Bunyan Day

June 29th – Hug Holiday

49. Stop and smell the roses.

Roses50. Bird Watch.

51. Attend BlogHer’14.

52. Reflect. And appreciate the little things.

Reflect*****

What’s on your summer to do list?

*All photos are from my Instagram page. For more fun ideas of what to do this summer, follow me on Instagram! I always check out the pages of new followers. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Costume Advice from the Perseverance Expert

One of my favorite things about Halloween is the costumes!  I love any chance to dress up.  Don’t believe me?  I’ve been twitter organizing the Life List Club members to be classic horror flick monsters.  Picture it:  Marcia Richards as Morticia from the Addams Family, David Walker as the Wolfman, Gary Gauthier as Dracula, Pam Hawley as The Fly, and if I get to be the Madeline Kahn version from Young Frankenstein, then I’ll play the Bride of Frankenstein.  Gene Lempp, our honorary LLC member, offered to be Frankie himself.  So, Sonia, Jennie B., Lyn, and Jenny H….it’s only a matter of time, choose your monster, or I’ll choose one for you!  LOL

Over the years I’ve had to get pretty creative with my costumes.  My parents didn’t believe in buying ready made costumes; whatever we wanted to be we had to make it ourselves.  I’m pretty sure that’s why we have a family photo of me as a fairy wearing my Easter dress and a turquoise tinsel wig, my brother is a bum with a drawn-in mustache and pillowcase sack, and my sister is Charlie Chaplin.

The plus side of homemade costumes is that you have to think outside the box, be creative, inventive and resourceful.  All qualities that I, your perseverance expert, feel I have.  Just look at my Halloween costumes the last five years and you’ll see it!

     Lion:  In 2006, I was supporting myself in my first year living off campus.  I had three jobs, paid my own bills, and bought my own groceries.  Money was precious.  So when Halloween rolled around, I went simple: Lion.  I curled my hair, balled up two buns and made ears, wore the only brown clothes in my closet, and drew some whiskers.  Bam!  I mean, RAWR!  When in doubt, or poor, go for the animal trend, it is always in style.

 

 

 

 

 

     Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman:  The next year I went as one of my all time favorite guilty pleasures Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.  You can’t read it, but in that photo, I was “hanging up my shingle.”  The magic of a costume is in its details.  I bought the skirt, shawl, and my “medicine bag” at a local thrift shop.  While my friends that year dressed up as Unicorns, Corpse Brides, and Playboy Bunnies, I couldn’t have been happier rocking my Dr. Mike outfit.  Passion, confidence, and a heart full of fun can make your night on the town all the better.

 

 

 

Incredible Hulk like Gin and Tonic

The Incredible Hulk:  Ok, so this year obviously needs a backstory.  I was am still working my butt off, supporting myself.  And this year, Halloween sort of crept up on me.  Before I knew it, the day had arrived and I still didn’t have a costume.  I worked in the morning, and then ran to the store to scope out the remaining costumes.  *gasp*  I know, this was the only year I bought a pre-made costume.  Problem was, I’m petite and all the adult costumes left were like XXL.  But Perseverance Experts know how to improvise!  This is child’s Incredible Hulk costume that I stuffed my body into.  I had to buy some green tights and a longsleeve green shirt to wear underneath.  I also had to cut the neckline open to breath and I ripped several seams throughout the night, but I was a hit!  Strangers got their picture with me!  So I say, if you’re in a hurry, seek out your inner superhero.

 

 

     Medusa:  Now this costume is a particular fave.  As a kid we learn the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.  Why not do this with costumes too?  I borrowed this one from my sister who made it with her husband the previous year.  The dress is a simple sheet material toga with some gold jewelry.  Then buy a bulk bag of toy snakes that wiggle or bend and spray paint them green.  Adhere snakes to a wire cap, and place over a fabric cap for comfort.  Don’t look now, you just got the evil eye from Medusa!  Every time I moved my snakes moved with me and people oohed and aahed all night.  Dancing was a little tricky, but totally worth it!

 

 

 

 

     Mrs. Peacock:  Last year’s costume was a group effort because more heads are better than one.  A friend and I went to the thrift store and held our own “supermodel documentary hour,” AKA fashion show with the craziest dresses we could find.  Suddenly the idea hit me.  The cast of the board game CLUE.  I purchased the perfectly peacock colored dress with the feather sleeves.  I went to the craft store and bought a pack of peacock feathers for my hair and made earrings.  I borrowed the belt, glasses, and wrench from friends.  This was a great ensemble idea and friends felt like part of team!

 

 

 

So there you have a brief history of costume advice from your perseverance expert.  I’ll bet you have more clever ideas.  Tell me, what have been your favorite Halloween costumes over the years?  Do you make your own, recycle with friends, or elaborate on pre-made?  No matter how you style up, have fun…or else!  It was Mrs. Peacock with the wrench in the blogosphere!  

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