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Stitch Fix #36

October 6, 2017

Happy Friday, y’all! It’s finally starting to feel like fall here in North Carolina, at least until lunch time and then it’s totally summer again. While it’s great for spending time outside, it makes getting dressed in the morning a bit of tough task. Luckily light layers are always in fashion and Stitch Fix has plenty of layers to go around!

Item #1: Le Lis Adea Faux Suede Button Back Knit Top. FYI this is the back of the shirt. This was another tough choice for me. I loved the fit and even liked the mixed material, which is not normally how I feel. But then I read the tag more carefully and realized that it was DRY CLEAN ONLY! That’s not the way I roll. Back it went.

Item #2: Fate Leyton Colorblock Open Cardigan. Every time I look at this sweater, I get sad. I wanted to keep it SO badly. It was super comfortable and I would have gotten a ton of use out of it. The only problem? It was made of wool and I’m allergic. Cue sobbing emoji. Winter wardrobes are tough for me due to this very allergy. Goodbye pretty sweater.

Item #3: Shiraleah Jesse Crossbody Bag. I LOVE this bag. I took it with me to a work conference late last month and got so many compliments on it. It’s deceptively large and holds everything I needed: phone, wallet and a notebook. You could use it as a clutch or wear it as a crossbody bag. Either way, it’s a great travel bag.

Item #4: Nine Britton Rihannon Lace Detail Knit Dress. I was a little lukewarm on this dress for a few reasons: it’s so similar to a few other dresses I already own and it was a bit short to wear during cooler weather. However, the color was awesome and not one I normally pick up on my own. Perhaps I can find something else in this color!

Item #5: Lila Ryan Liza Colored Skinny Jean. I really liked these pants and seriously considered keeping them, but the price was a bit too high for this month’s budget. I loved the color and the fit and am on the hunt for a more affordable copy cat.

This one of my toughest Fixes to decide on, but overall, I’m happy that I didn’t keep pieces I was iffy about. I’m working to downsize my wardrobe and only add items that I’ll wear frequently. Other than the bag, nothing quite made the cut. Would you have kept anything I sent back?

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Stitch Fix Recap #35

September 8, 2017

I know everyone is all OMG fall right now, but I’m still trying to hang on to the last few days of summer. Luckily, North Carolina hangs on to summer a little longer than other parts of the country which made my most recent Stitch Fix perfect.  It had a great mix of end of summer pieces and items that will transition nicely into fall.

For those of you who don’t know, Stitch Fix is a clothing subscription service. Each month (or however often you’d like), a stylist sends you five items of clothing chosen just for you. You can try them on in the comfort of your own home, keep what you want and then return the rest in the prepaid envelope. To say that it’s the highlight of my week when it arrives may be an understatement.

Item #1: THML Mioki Skirt. This is the perfect example of one the pieces that will transition nicely to fall. It’s a heavier weight fabric than most summer skirts so it will be a little warmer in the cooler months. Plus I can totally see this paired with a nice sweater or jacket.  I kept this bad boy and have already worn it to work a few times.

Item #2: 41Hawthorn Sara Textured Knit Dress. Another piece that I’ve already worn a few times. While the colors are a bit summery, I definitely plan to use this in the fall as well by pairing it with a sweater. The cut is super flattering and the length is perfect for the office.

Item #3: Skies are Blue Anbria Braided Cross Back Knit Top. While this top may not make many appearances in the colder months, I couldn’t resist keeping it. The side you see is actually the back and I just love the criss-cross details. It’s a bit thin, but perfect with shorts for some of our steamy days still to come.

Item #4: Bancroft Lexington Filigree Bracelet. Ok, if you know me, you know that I’m not a big jewelry girl. My husband actually wishes I was because it would make shopping for me easier, but I’m just not. However, this bracelet was just way too pretty to pass up. I can totally see wearing it on a date night once A comes home.

Item #5: Dear John Finnegan Cuffed Short. These are actually the second pair of Dear John shorts I’ve purchased from Stitch Fix and I love them. The material isn’t too thin and they’re just the right length and fit on me.

In case you weren’t keeping count, I did keep everything from this Fix. When you do, you get a pretty hefty discount which sometimes makes all 5 items cheaper than one or two! Talk about winning!

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Stitch Fix Recap #34

August 4, 2017

Happy Friday! You’ve probably noticed things have been a bit quiet around here this week. I’ve been doing a lot of planning for the future of Countdowns and Cupcakes and I foresee some big things happening in the near future! In order to make those happen and still work my day job/eat/sleep/spend time with my husband, I’m going to cut back to just three posts a week here on the blog. The good news is that gives me more time to produce really valuable content for you all as well as pursue some new opportunities to expand the Countdowns and Cupcakes family.

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But don’t worry, some things won’t change at all, like sharing my monthly Stitch Fix! For those of you who are new to Stitch Fix, it’s a clothing subscription box that sends you 5 hand-selected pieces monthly for you to try on at home. I love the styles they have and each box gets progressively better as my stylist learns what I like. If you’re interested in checking out Stitch Fix, please consider using my referral link so I get a little something extra towards my next Fix.

Item #1: Heartloom Nelie Lace Trim Crossfront Blouse. This top was really pretty, but white is not a color I can handle wearing. Between my general clumsiness and a black cuddly wiener dog, that shirt would never make it.  They sent me a medium and it was bit loose, but that’s probably part of the style. I did send this back.

Item #2: Romolo Lepel Link Chain Choker. I have this weird thing about stuff tight against my neck. I can’t wear turtlenecks or chokers for that reason. This little cutie had to go back.

Item #3: Margaret M Safiya Maxi Skirt. This was hands down my favorite piece and the only one that I ended up keeping. I got a medium petite so the skirt is the right length! Praise! I’ve worn it to work twice already and love how comfy it is while still being ok for the office.

Item #4: Q&A Beckie Ladder Pleat Blouse. I really liked this top, especially the mint color. But the fit wasn’t quite right (I got a medium) so I sent it back.

Item #5: Adorne Natalie Lace Dress. Oh this dress. The fabric was beautiful! All of the lace detailing was embroidered and I desperately wanted to keep it. But the neckline was a bit funky and limited the undergarments I could wear.  I got a size 6 and it ran fairly true to size, but because it wasn’t a petite size, I think that contributed to some of my issues with it. But if had a different neckline, I would have kept it in a heartbeat.

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you here next week when I share A’s first care package! It’s a super cute one!

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Stitch Fix Recap #33

July 7, 2017

Happy Friday, everyone! What an odd week: after being gone for much of last week on a business trip, I worked one day, had one day off and then worked for three days. And this felt like the longest week of my life.  I’m ready to get my life back in order this weekend and hopefully get my deployment routine figured out so next week is less of a hot mess.

To celebrate that goal, I’m sharing my latest Stitch Fix. It was one of my favorite boxes to date. Spoiler: I kept everything in the box!

Item #1: Pixley Breonna V-Neck Dress. This dress was super flattering; the angle of the stripes on the bodice makes you look super pulled in at your waist.  The material is a little on the heavier side so I don’t know that I would want to wear this in the middle of the summer, but it’s a good transition piece for when the seasons change. I got a size small.

Item #2: Pixley Ryleigh Printed Short.  Could these be any cuter?! They are definitely on the short side so I would recommend keeping them for date night, but the silky material and elastic waist in the back make them so comfortable.  I got a size medium and they fit nice and loose around my legs.

Item #3: Current Air Riva Ruffle Neckline Blouse. When I said that I kept everything, I lied a little bit. As pretty as this top was, it was too big for me, but I had a friend who loved it so it’s now in her closet. I received a size medium and it was just too large.

Item #4: Skies are Blue Zeea 2fer Dress. I actually wore this dress to work earlier this week and got so many compliments on it! The bodice material is a really thick jersey knit and it has a really cute keyhole back. The skirt is very light and floaty, but completely lined. I got a size small and will probably have the top taken in just a little bit so that I can wear it without a jacket.

Item #5: Toms Seasonal Classic Slip-On Flats. Y’all, this is my first pair of Toms and I love them! The pattern is so stinking cute and will go with just about everything I own. I will likely wear them with socks for a little bit until they are truly broken in, but I got a size 7 and they fit really well.

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Stitch Fix Recap #32

June 2, 2017

Happy first Friday in June! Today marks the start of the largest event of the year for my day job, so we’re keeping it short and sweet. Let’s get right to my latest Stitch Fix!

Item #1: Q&A Tarria Pleating Detail Blouse. This top was perfect in every way, until I put it on. I’m all for loose fitting blouses, but this one took it a bit too far. I oped to send it back.

Item #2: Coffeeshop Casidia Cargo Jacket. This was such a cute jacket and had a really pretty eyelet insert in the back that was so different. But jackets aren’t really my thing, especially once winter is over. I knew it would never get worn so I sent it back.

Item #3: 41Hawthorn Prinsloo Ruffle Neck Blouse. This was such a pretty top! The feminine color and tiny polka dots were right up my alley, but like quite a few tops, the armholes were cut too deep. I know what you’re thinking: if I have such strict requirements about armholes, how do I ever buy sleeveless tops? The answer is petite sizes: they are cut smaller, so the torso is a better fit for me.

Item #4 Lila Ryan Dorianna Skinny Jean: These pants were a really pretty color, but the fit was not right and the cost was way too high. Plus once summer rolls around, pants don’t ever leave the back of my closet. #toodanghot

Item #5: Pixley Millie Textured Knit Dress. This was the only item I kept and I’m so glad I did! The dress fits perfectly and is just right for the office in the summer. I can get away without a sweater, but have worn it with one the past two times. It’s a bit short, so if you’re tall, you may find it’s not quite office appropriate, but it works on me because I am the opposite of short.

Would you have kept anything else? Have a great weekend!