Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Double the Stitch Fix, Double the Fun?

I have gotten behind on my Stitch Fix posts! If you are wondering what Stitch Fix is, check out my previous posts here:
Fix #4 arrived in the middle of the NBA Finals and it was so crazy and amazing and busy (MY SPURS WON! YES, I KNOW YOU KNOW THAT! I'M STILL EXCITED!) that I didn't get to post about it. Then, Fix #5 arrived in the middle of my insanely busy July, and now it's August, so I'm going to post about these two Fixes now and Fix #6 later in the week.

Fix #4: What I Received

This Fix was styled by Marisa, who tried and failed to find me some more of my beloved Margaret M Cropped Pants, and once again, focused on "navy" as my favorite color. You say something one time...

First Item: Mavi Kalie Denim Jacket, $98

I wouldn't wear this outfit; I just already had the shorts on.

This jacket was cute and fit fine, except it hit me in the part of my midsection I always try to camouflage-the dreaded mommy pooch. I also didn't want to spend $98 on it. 

I think the longer length of the jacket I already own is more flattering.

And then I remembered I already have a Tommy Hilfiger denim jacket that I think is more flattering and should wear more. GOING BACK.

Second Item: 41Hawthorn 3/4 Sleeve Popover Blouse, $58

Again, not sure why I chose to try everything on with these shorts!

I liked this shirt a lot, because it has a great cut and fits my need to buy tops I can wear to work that are not t-shirts. I felt like it would work with jeans or cropped pants nicely. My only slight worry was that it is silky and I am hot-natured and that is not always a great combination. However, I ultimately decided to KEEP IT.

This is a bad picture, but I have actually worn this top multiple times, so I'm happy with it.

Third Item: 41Hawthorn Ivy Abstract Print Tab-Sleeve Blouse, $68

Not a fan of this print.

Also, it gapped weirdly at my cleavage. Not that I actually have any.

I was not a fan of the print on this shirt at all. It's just not me, not my style. It also fit weirdly, especially at the front, where it pulled away from my cleavage. GOING BACK.

Fourth Item: 41Hawthorn Sloane Colorblock A-Line Ponte Shift Dress, $78

Now this is more my style!

I call it my Auburn dress LOL.

Now we're talking. The simple clean style of this dress is very my style. I love the colorblocking and don't even mind the orange band around my waist. It just works for me. KEEP. 

I've worn this to work a few times and get compliments on it every time. 

Fifth Item: Margaret M Duboce Straight Leg Jean, $108

No. No. NO.

This is what Marisa sent instead of my beloved Margaret M cropped pants...bright pink Margaret M straight leg jeans. Nope. Not even close. Too tight. Unflattering from the back (not posting that picture). GOING BACK.

So, in summary, I kept the ivory 3/4 sleeve blouse and the Auburn dress, and they are both items I'm wearing regularly, which is a win in my book. The total came to $136, but once my $20 styling fee was applied, it was only $116.

Fix #5: What I Received

This Fix was styled by Christina, who wanted to give me some fun summer items. I could tell she had read my feedback, because I specifically requested a long cardigan, since my office keeps the AC at glacial temperatures and I need something to go over sleeveless or short-sleeve tops inside.

When I was trying things on in this Fix, I couldn't decide on anything, so I tweeted pictures and crowd-sourced opinions from Twitter, which was ultimately helpful.

First Item: Andrew Marc Saiara Sleeveless Dress, $128

Totally on the fence on this dress.

At first glance, this dress reminded me of the Auburn dress in Fix #4. I loved the colors and pattern, but once I got the dress on, something felt off. It felt like the dress was about two inches shorter than I wanted it to be. I wanted it to skim the top of my knee, and it sat clearly above it. Also, it had a line at the waist that felt too high also. 

Twitter had mixed opinions...one gentleman told me I looked hot LOL, while most of the Twitter fashionistas I trust (I'm looking at you, Elizabeth) agreed with my assessment of the dress. And if I'm going to spend $128, the dress has to fit way better. GOING BACK.

Second Item: 41Hawthorn Abrianna Longsleeve Knit Cardigan, $48

Liked the cardigan better than the dress.

This black cardigan was exactly the type of thing I asked for in my feedback...great length, flattering fit, goes with everything. KEEPER. Not overly exciting, but a solid choice. Twitter concurred.

I've seen this same cardigan on Pinterest in other colors like teal, red, and purple, and wouldn't mind getting another one in a different color.

Third Item: Level 99 Patrick Cropped Chino Pant, $108

Hi, I look naked on the bottom. Not a look I'm going for.

Strange buttoned pockets actually pulled the pants away from my waist. No, thank you.

Dear Stitch Fix, unless you can find me another pair of my beloved Margaret M cropped pants, just stop. Don't send me weird skinny jeans in bright colors or strangely buttoning, too tight, TOO NAKED LOOKING cropped chinos. They are no substitute! Just stop. The naked look was too much for Twitter also. GOING BACK.

Fourth Item: Papermoon Remmie Multi-Color Chevron Print Maxi Skirt, $58

I liked the colors of this skirt, but it didn't really seem like me.

Also, the seams didn't match up anywhere, which looked busy and awful.

I do not have one single maxi skirt, so I was excited by the idea of the maxi skirt. And it felt gloriously comfortable, soft and easy to move in. But I was torn and wasn't sure why. 

When I consulted Twitter, my friend Ginger commented that the skirt just didn't LOOK like me, and I had to agree. It's just not my style. GOING BACK.

Fifth Item: Fun2Fun Nannette Swiss Dot Sleeve Blouse, $58

I loved the color of this top.

I also liked the high-low hem.

And, not a t-shirt.

Cute dot detail on the sleeves.

Finally, a cute top that wasn't blue! Yay! I loved the color, hemline, and dotty sleeves of this top. I felt pretty sure I wanted to keep it, and when I consulted Twitter, everyone agreed in a big way. This top got the best response! KEEPER!

So, for Fix #5, I kept the sensible black cardigan that I will wear forever and the adorable coral dot sleeve blouse that can be worn in many different ways! I think I had a credit, so once that and my styling fee was applied, I only paid $80 for the two items.

I seem to consistently get two pieces I like in each Fix so far. I really wish I could get one stylist selecting for me each month, so maybe the selections would become more consistent as the person would know my taste better. I think I might be able to request the same stylist, but I'm not sure. Something to look into for next time.

For me, the fun and convenience factors are still the main reasons why I continue to get a Fix each month. We'll see what Fix #6 brings this week!

Disclaimer: If you use my Stitch Fix referral link to sign yourself up for Stitch Fix, I will receive a $25 credit toward my next Fix. (So please sign up! I'd love more clothes!) However, all the opinions here are my own (and Twitter's LOL) and I am not being reimbursed in any way to review or blog about Stitch Fix. I'm just having fun and paying for everything out of my own pocket.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Eleven Questions

The lovely Jesabes tagged me in the latest internet meme going around! I have to admit, after reading several other bloggers' takes on this, I was all "Someone tag me! Tag me!" Thanks, lady!

Here we go:

1. What is your favorite type of cheese?
I am a big fan of cheese in general. My absolute favorites are goat cheese (served warm with bread), Havarti, Muenster, and Brie. The only cheese I really don't enjoy is Swiss. I once made the mistake of putting a remaining bit of Camembert in my new Anne Klein tote after a picnic in Paris and the bag was stinky for the rest of my trip.

2. What are you excited about?
Unless you have been living under a rock or don't follow me on Twitter (@glamomommy), you probably already know that I am excited that MY SAN ANTONIO SPURS MADE THE NBA FINALS FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW! 

I have been a serious Spurs fan since 1994. In 2012, my BFF convinced me to buy tickets to the playoffs and we've done it every year since. Loving a team this hard is alternately amazing and heartbreaking. Last year, we came up about 30 seconds short of winning the title. This year, we have been back on the emotional playoffs rollercoaster since Easter. I don't know what's going to happen in the Finals (I think we have a great shot to win it, but luck and health plays huge roles also, so you never know), but no matter what, I am so proud of my classy, underappreciated, beautiful Spurs. 

If you don't have an NBA team you already root for, you should love them too. :) Let Magic Johnson and others tell you why here.

3. How did you celebrate your last birthday?
My birthday was two weeks ago and it was fabulous. The day before I had a lovely lunch with my parents and dinner out with my girlfriends. On my actual birthday, I woke to a surprise birthday cake drawing from Sophie, then we went shopping and to lunch with J, and then I laid by the pool reading. It was relaxed and glorious.

4. What is on your bedside table?
A turquoise lamp, a small fan to combat my early-arriving hot flashes, a picture of J and me taken at South Padre when we were dating, an iPod dock/radio, a Spurs cup full of water, and a stack of books to be read.

5. What do you order from the movie theater concession stand?
Sometimes I smuggle in snacks from home; other times, I buy either Junior Mints or Sour Patch Kids at the theater. Or a hot dog if I'm seeing a movie at lunchtime. Or gelato (our palatial movie theater has a gelato stand and a bar). 

But I always, always buy a ginormous soda because they have my favorite thing in the world. I believe its real name is the Coke Freestyle Machine, but I just call it the Magical Coke Machine. Regular Coke is my one real vice, so I freaking love this thing. I'd buy one for my house if I could. I usually mix half regular Coke and half Cherry Vanilla Coke.

6. Do you have a garden? What's growing?
Kind of? When we moved into our house last year, the front featured a ton of cacti and some lantanas and other bushes. We didn't do much to it, just let it grow wild, but this year, one of the big bushes died. At first, J and Sophie (I AM NOT OUTDOORSY-BLACK THUMB RIGHT HERE) tried to replace it with some purple flowers. However, the horde of deer that live on our street (really-sometimes we come out at night to find about 12-14 deer sleeping in our front yard) thought they made a delightful snack. Hence all the cacti! 

So next J planted three new lantana bushes and the deer seem to be leaving those alone. We also let Sophie get a hibuscus in a pot on our front porch and it seems to bloom one single large bloom every other day. One blooms, the next day it's dead and gone. Then another blooms. It's weird.

7. Any summer plans?
Sophie has a wonderful slate of activities planned-theater camp, chef camp, Paris camp, oceanography camp, sports camp, adventure camp, and zoo camp, plus one week each month with my parents, aka Nana Camp. She also has swimming lessons once a week and we've signed her up for a basketball team, which should be interesting.

In terms of anything else, not much. This year was supposed to be a Canada year-we go there every other year to visit J's family, so we thought we'd be heading to Toronto this summer. 

However, in March, J's sister and her family came to stay with us for a week, followed by his dad and stepmom coming to stay for another week. 

And then I had a conference at Disney in April, so J and Sophie went with me and we turned it into a family trip and a visit to my homebound aunt. 

While I still have tons of vacation for the year, J does not, and his mom and best friend were here for a visit last year, so no Canada and no any other trip over the summer.

We'll do things locally-we have passes to the zoo and Six Flags. We may do a weekend in a cabin somewhere if we get ourselves together in time. Other than that, not much. Our 10th anniversary is in September. I'd love to go somewhere, but we'll have to see.

8. Which TV couple(s) are you rooting for?
Castle and Beckett (Castle) and Deeks and Kensi (NCIS LA) are probably my two favorites. I am extremely irritated that Castle and Beckett didn't make it down the aisle!

9. What's the last thing you bought?
Literally the last thing I bought (other than groceries) was a 2014 Spurs Western Conference Champions T-shirt!

C and I stood in line at Academy for two hours after the game ended Saturday night to buy them, then headed to the airport to welcome the Spurs home from Oklahoma. We didn't get home until 2 a.m. Apparently, we think we're still in our 20s LOL.

10. What's one thing you are passionate about?
I'm pretty passionate about women's rights. I'm supporting Wendy Davis and Leticia Van De Putte for Governor and Lt. Governor of Texas, because I believe they will do the right thing for the women and children of our great state.

11. What are you grateful for this week?
I am grateful that Sophie has had a great year in Kindergarten, which ends Thursday. I am grateful my parents live nearby and always help out in a pinch. I am grateful for a friend who is crazy enough to have late-night adventures with me. I am grateful for a husband who supports my interests, crazy and time-consuming though they may be for a few months each year. And I'm grateful that the Spurs made it back to the Finals. No team deserves it more!

Now I'm supposed to tag 11 bloggers...but most of the ones I know have already done this, so I'm going to tag a few who may have not: Mona and Nilsa

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Stitch Fix #3: Was the Third Time the Charm?

In March, I received my first Stitch Fix. I loved the idea of "Glam Delivered Right to Your Door." I only purchased one top from that Fix, but I was hooked!

In April, I received Stitch Fix #2 and it was terrific. I got three great items, including these fabulous Margaret M Emer black cropped pants that hide every flaw and make me look thinner than I really am. I wear them constantly. So I had high hopes for Stitch Fix #3, arriving a few days before my birthday in May. I was hoping this would be the Fix where everything was amazing and I bought it ALL.

Honestly, I was a little underwhelmed with the selections this month. At first, I wasn't sure I was going to keep anything. So I gave myself a day, tried on everything again, really thought about it, and ultimately decided to keep two pieces. And I'm really happy with my choices, although I'm hoping for something more "wow" next time.

What I Received

This month's Fix was styled by Danya. She definitely looked at the feedback from my last Fix, since she selected some more blue pieces and a short version of the white jeans from my last Fix and both the tops covered my upper arms nicely, since I'd pointed out I don't like sleeveless in my last Fix. She also noted how one of the tops would go nicely with the Margaret M pants from the last Fix, which was great.

First Item: 41Hawthorn Beatrice Dolman Sleeve Back Zipper Top, $58

My first thought was, "Oh, more blue." Don't get me wrong-I do love blue and navy, but I like other colors too! While this top is more turquoise, I'd love to see some other colors for variety in future Fixes.

My second thought was "Dolman sleeves never seem flattering on me." So I didn't have high hopes before I tried it on. However, once I put it on, I was intrigued. It is a great color, the material seems to fall nicely, it gathers at the waist in a way that might sort of camouflage the problematic mommy pooch, and I didn't hate the sleeves as I anticipated I might. The more I looked at it, the more I liked it. Plus, I have a tendency to buy a variety of t-shirts and just accessorize them to make them seem dressier, and I really need some great, non-t-shirt tops to wear to work and elsewhere. KEEPING.

These are my beloved Margaret M Emer cropped pants that you will have to wrest
from my cold dead hands. Praying Stitch Fix will send me them in some more colors.

Second Item: 41Hawthorn Moni Stud Detailed 3/4 Sleeve Blouse, $58

Not a blue item! I love this purple/fuchsia color and the shirt has a very fitted and flattering style. The only thing I wasn't sure about were the gold studs. I don't wear a lot of gold, so they were just kind of meh for me at first. But the more I looked at the shirt ON, the more I liked it. And I do have some jewelry in a similar gold tone that has stones this exact fuchsia color, so that works out nicely. And I need more non-t-shirt tops. KEEPING.

Third Item: 41Hawthorn Callafia Short-Sleeve Wrap Dress, $68

More blue. The color was lovely, but the dress was not. Sleeves were short. Tied multiple times around the waist. I DON'T TIE ANYTHING AROUND MY WAIST. I WANT PEOPLE TO LOOK ANYWHERE BUT MY WAIST. Too much material for lower half of dress, all bunched up and making me look larger on bottom-no, thanks. And finally, the dress was that just-below-the-knee length, which I personally think is the most unflattering length of all time. Give me a simple streamlined dress with no ties that hits just above the knee any day of the week. This? No. No. No. GOING BACK.

My fashion philosophy is distract everyone from my midsection by
focusing on my long legs. This dress does me no favors on both fronts.

If I'm going to wear a blue dress, I prefer something more like this:

Simple, three-quarter sleeve, just above the knee.

Fourth Item: Kut From the Kloth Mona Boyfriend Short, $68

These shorts are basically the white jeans from my last Fix in short form. Sounds good, right? Um, no. I love long denim jeans. I do not love denim shorts, in any color, but especially white. And when I do wear shorts, they are a little shorter and do not hug my midthigh and make it look like a sausage. Any shorts I wear are completely loose around the leg, so as to make my thigh look smaller coming out of the leg. And I think these were giving me a camel toe. Not good, people. GOING BACK.

Not great from the front, terribly unflattering from the back.
I could start working out, but I'd rather just dress my body differently LOL.

Fifth Item: Pixley Myah Crystal Palm Earrings, $38

I got a necklace in my first Stitch Fix. I didn't love it and I thought I indicated I didn't want to receive any more jewelry in future Fixes, because I'm really in this for the clothes. I already have a lot of jewelry.

I didn't dislike these earrings really, I just didn't love them. Plus, I already have some nicer jewelry in this same mint-green color. Hoping for all clothes in my next Fix. GOING BACK.

My Thoughts Overall

While I was initially underwhelmed, I'm really pleased with the two tops I decided to keep. With my $20 styling fee already applied, they cost me $102, which is probably what I would pay for two nice tops at Macy's. But I didn't have to go to Macy's! The convenience factor in Stitch Fix is the best. I look forward to getting the boxes, trying things on in my own mirror and lighting, and pairing the items with other stuff I already own.

I tried to give very specific, directive feedback about the items in this Fix, as well as other things I am looking for (MORE MARGARET M CROPPED PANTS, AHEM), so I'm excited to see what arrives in my next Fix on June 11th.

Also, I followed the suggestions on the style card and paired the fuchsia Moni Stud Detailed blouse with my favorite jeans and brown Franco Sarto boots (that have gold detailing, natch) for work today.

Disclaimer: If you use my Stitch Fix referral link to sign yourself up for Stitch Fix, I will receive a $25 credit toward my next Fix. (So please sign up OK? More clothes for me! LOL.) However, all the opinions here are my own and I am not being reimbursed in any way to review Stitch Fix. I'm doing this for fun and paying for everything out of my own pocket.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Stitch Fix #2

Last month, I received my first Stitch Fix (click HERE to check out my description of the Stitch Fix process, review, and pictures). Although I only kept one item from that first box (I wear it a lot!), I was really excited about the process and eagerly awaiting my next one.

Monday, I received the email that Stitch Fix #2 was on its way and would arrive Wednesday. I must have checked the FedEx tracking number so many times, but Wednesday evening, it arrived right on schedule, as expected. I had to wait until after I took Sophie to swimming lessons and got her bathed and to bed and then I dove right in.

What I Received

This month's Fix was styled by Samantha. What I loved about the note and style card explaining each selection was that in her explanation, she referenced the feedback I gave about the pieces in my last Fix! It was great to feel like they really heard my feedback and adjusted their ideas about what to send me accordingly.

Note: Sorry for the horrible selfies...you'll note I took some in the morning and some in the evening!

First Item: Mia Melon Paloma Back Jersey Cutout Top, $54

This top was...strange. From the front, it looks normal, but the back has an odd racerback design featuring a line of brown buttons. When I put it on, the Y of the racerback would not lay flat against my back, instead jutting out from my spine like a teapot handle. Also, the jersey material unflatteringly highlighted my mommy pooch in the front and I'm not a big fan of round neck tops (I prefer V or boatneck tops). The color, a deep turquoise, was nice, but that was really the only thing I liked about it. Going back.


Wha?! Had to contort myself to take this shot.

Second Item: 41Hawthorn Natasha Front Pocket Sleeveless Blouse, $54

Stitch Fix is going to have to come to terms with the fact that I do not do sleeveless. The only time I'm sleeveless is when I'm in a swimsuit (one-piece, of course). I wear blazers over tank tops and cardis over sundresses. This shirt, a deep cobalt blue, highlighted my largish, flabby upper arms while simultaneously hanging so loosely everywhere else that I'm pretty sure people would ask me if I was expecting while wearing it. Going back.


NO. I don't need people wondering if I'm pregnant.

At this point, you're thinking...I thought you said they listened to your feedback?! And they did...

Third Item: Pomelo Arcade Dot Print Chambray Top, $68

As I pulled out the third blue top of my Fix, I realized that my feedback about being obsessed with navy and that I loved the polka dot trim on the too-small blazer I returned had been remembered. I loved this structured, navy, polka dot shirt on sight and prayed it would fit well. And it is perfect! It is rolled up to three-quarter sleeves (my favorite kind, covering all the flabby bits!) and fits nicely-not too small in the shoulders, not too large everywhere else. So preppy and adorable and perfect for summer! Love, love, love. Totally keeping it!

I got several compliments on this shirt at work today!

Fourth Item: Margaret M Emer High Waisted Cropped Trouser, $98

I had specifically requested cropped pants in my feedback last month for my summer work wardrobe, so I was excited to see these pants. Then, I started looking to put them on and realized they are just pull on-no buttons or zippers. While I thought that might be a challenge, turns out they are easy to pull on, fit fantastically, and are the perfect length! They are super comfortable as well and the high waist reins in the mommy pooch and the whole style of the pant seems flattering. Love! Keeping them.

I had to put my white throw over my dark nightstand so the silhouette of the pant would show. 

I am sucking in so hard because it's the end of the day and I've eaten pasta!

Fifth Item: Kut From the Kloth Denna Colored Skinny Jean, $78

Remember the cranberry corduroy pants that fit great in my last Fix, but were not practical for South Texas in springtime? Well, I mentioned that I loved the fit of the pant, but preferably in another material and Samantha came through-sending me a white denim version of the same pant! These look really cute with the navy polka dot top and pretty much anything else for summer. Sold! Keeping them.


My Thoughts Overall

So, first Fix-one out of five keepers, second Fix-three out of five keepers! Honestly, that was more than I expected in terms of improvement. If I had decided to keep all five items, with the $20 styling fee applied and the buy all 25 percent discount, all five would cost me $249. Since I know I would absolutely not wear the two items I'm returning, I'm comfortable with that and will only have to pay $224 for the three items I chose to keep (with the $20 styling fee applied).

While that might seem high to some, the uniqueness of the items I'm receiving, coupled with the fact that I didn't have to leave the house to search for them, makes this money well spent in my eyes.

My next Fix arrives in mid-May, three days before my 41st birthday, so I really hope I get some cute stuff!

Disclaimer: The Stitch Fix links I put throughout this post are referral links. If you use my referral link to sign up for Stitch Fix, I will receive a $25 credit to my account to put toward a future Stitch Fix. However, all the opinions here are my own and I am not being reimbursed in any way to review Stitch Fix. I'm doing this for fun and paying for everything out of my own pocket!