October Stitch Fix Haul

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Have you ever wished that someone would style outfits for you? Maybe pick out items that are right up your alley without leaving the house? Well thanks to Stitch Fix you can do that! Continue reading “October Stitch Fix Haul”

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PROJECT 333- HERE WE GO

I’ve been really interested in slimming down items in my closet and after hearing about Project 333 from other blogs I follow, I decided now is the time to do so starting on September 1st- let my three month journey begin! Here are the rules:

The Basics
When: Every three months (It’s never too late to start so join in anytime!)
What: 33 items including clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear and shoes.
What not: these items are not counted as part of the 33 items – wedding ring or another sentimental piece of jewelry that you never take off, underwear, sleep wear, in-home lounge wear, and workout clothing (you can only wear your workout clothing to workout)
How: Choose your 33 items, box up the remainder of your fashion statement, seal it with tape and put it out of sight.
What else: consider that you are creating a wardrobe that you can live, work and play in for three months. Remember that this is not a project in suffering. If your clothes don’t fit or are in poor condition, replace them.

I actually opted to donate a lot of the clothes that didn’t make the cut- if I didn’t remember wearing the piece in the past year, if it was damaged, or didn’t fit I just let it go. It was hard at first, but it got much easier and almost fun to get rid of so many useless items and give them away to someone who could use them more. I noticed that I bought a lot of things in all the colors possible when I found something I liked. I had five pairs of skinny trouser pants: black, navy, maroon, olive, and tan. I honestly only remember wearing the black pants for a recital and the tan pants for interviews. I don’t even really like how they fit, but I always have a hard time finding pants that are long enough for my 36″ inseam. I knew right off the bat I needed to just get rid of the obscure colors that I knew I would never wear. And hopefully in the near future, I can find a pair of black and tan trouser pants that I like even more to replace the ones I don’t particularly like.

Also, a lot of the items are still practically new, and therefore I have opted to try and sell them on Ebay or at a consignment shop in town. So hopefully I can get a bit of cash back for items I don’t wear anymore! Here’s a link to my Ebay shop if you’re interested in seeing what I have for sale at the moment.

Something that makes this process a bit more difficult is the dress code difference between my two jobs. One I am allowed to wear dark jeans, while the other I have to wear some sort of dress/trouser pant. Perhaps if I find a style of trousers I love, this won’t be as huge of an issue. But at the moment, I only have jeans that I’m really comfortable in, and therefore I’m wondering which jeans/trousers will make the cut.

I have a bit of an obsession with shoes and scarves, so those items weren’t included in the 33 items this time around. Perhaps after living minimally for three months I’ll be more apt to slim down my shoe and scarf collection. For now the 33 items only include tops and bottoms. Look forward to selfies each day to show how you can make 33 items into a unique outfit every day!

Do you have any advice on minimizing your wardrobe? I’d love to hear about your experiences!

And just for cuteness, a picture of my cat Myrtle. Have a lovely Labor Day!

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A TALL GIRL’S HEEL COLLECTION

I must say it took me quite a few years to become okay with wearing heels. I’ve always been self conscious about my height and even wearing flats I’m taller than all of my friends. But eventually I realized that if I wanted to wear heels I could- no matter what other people thought. Besides, it makes my legs look miles long- oh yeah! I tend to gravitate towards shorter heels, and of course heels with gold hardware. It’s not a huge collection, but it is growing slowly but surely. Here’s what I have so far beautifying my shoe rack:

PicMonkey Collage4I’m a size 11 in Women’s shoes which is sometimes a hassle to find, but sometimes that means that my size is almost always in stock. All you tall ladies out there: how do you feel about heels? Let’s be tall, sexy women and heel it up together!

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JULY STITCH FIX HAUL

It’s my favorite time of the month again! Seriously, this summer has been going by super fast. Not sure how Stitch Fix works? Click here for more info! For this fix I asked my stylist Julia to pick things for my impending Florida trip: comfy theme park clothes, fun beach outfits, and going out for a nice meal pieces.  I was really looking forward to this fix. Unfortunately when I opened up the box this time, I have to admit I was a bit disappointed. Here’s what they sent me:

PicMonkey CollageSo you may be wondering why I was disappointed? Well, a lot of these pieces are quite similar to ones that I had gotten from them previously. The cobalt blue top, although a bit different design-wise, is very similar to a top they gave me in a previous fix. Also, the coral colored top is another top that is quite similar in color and shape to this top. I just felt like they should know what I’ve already gotten and try and pick things that aren’t so similar. BUT ANYWAY, here’s my feelings on each of the items above:

Roma Cowl Neck Knit Top: Although this top is quite similar to one I kept from a fix previously, I really liked the fabric and how it draped on me. Also the lighter color would be great for a cooler shirt in Florida.

Defanie Diamond Ikat Print Soft Short: I like the idea of these shorts, but I’m not sure about the shape and length on me. They seem a bit gymshort-like? I’ll need your opinion to help me on this one!

Edmondo Stud Detailed Split-Back Blouse: I really wanted to love this top. The gold detailing and split in the back seemed right up my alley. Unfortunately, my chest area didn’t fit in this top, so perhaps if it were in a size bigger? Also one of the studs around the collar was missing- not a huge deal but for the price I wouldn’t want one that’s missing a piece. I also wish it were in a different color since I have a top from Stitch Fix in this exact same color and similar cut- a bit frustrating.

Alisa Striped Henley Hi-Lo Maxi Dress: A cute dress and super comfortable. Not sure if it’s something I would wear, but it would be nice to put over a swimsuit and is super airy and flowy. A bit plain, but could possibly be dressed up.

Candace Top-Zip Crossbody Satchel: Love the gold detail and that it’s in a black color, but not a huge fan on the shape of the bag and how it zips up at the top. Probably not going to keep this one, but I like the idea of it.

Well what do you guys think? What should I keep? Check out my pictures below and let me know in the comments which items you like the best!

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POLKA-DOTS IN MY WARDROBE | #5

Happy polka-dot day! Today I’m focusing on another polka-dotted top that’s great for summer! It’s also neutral, so it goes with everything. I also really like how it has an elastic band at the bottom of the top- I think it’s very flattering!

In this outfit, I paired it with dark purple shorts and a long, elephant necklace. Enjoy your weekend!

PicMonkey CollageTop- JC Penney

Shorts- American Eagle

Belt- Target

Necklace- Forever 21

 

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MAY STITCH FIX HAUL

My favorite time of the month- STITCH FIX TIME! It actually came to my door around my birthday, which was pretty much the best present ever. Here’s what they sent me this time:

PicMonkey CollageQuite coral, is it not? I never thought I would like this color, but after trying the items on, I really love it- perfect for spring!

Sam Hi-Lo Short Sleeve Tee: I love this shirt- perfect neutral color for my colored shorts this summer. I’ve worn this shirt out once already and I love how the back is a bit longer than the front. Perfect. KEEPING.

Shawn Box Detail Blouse: I wasn’t sure about this top at first, but after putting it on I love how it flowed. The sides are slit a bit so if you’re not wearing a top underneath some skin will be seen, but I think it’s flirty and perfect for summer.

Franklin Striped Side Gathered Short Shirt: Not 100% sure if I’m keeping this one or not. It has a gathering on the side and I like the fit, but let me know what you think of it!
Loren Striped French Terry Pencil Skirt: I liked it, but I’m worried it’s a bit big on me. I feel like it might shrink in the wash since it’s cotton-y fabric, but I’ll try it on a few more times to see what I think.

Houston Small Quilted Crossbody Bag: I’m a sucker for gold detailing- Stitch Fix knew what they were doing. I’m definitely keeping this as my nice going out bag.
PicMonkey Collage2Here’s me in all the clothing and accessories: help me decide what to keep!

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PIN IT, WEAR IT: POLKA-DOT EDITION | #3

Another post in my Pin it, Wear it series which also ties in with my polka-dot theme lately. Ever since I started on Pinterest, I absolutely fell in love with this next outfit I’m recreating. The colors, the style- me 100%! Here’s the look I’m copying this time around:

0abfc61f9dc27801fa06d9d4cdb03f19The polka-dots, the burnt orange cardigan…I mean, come on. PERFECTION. It took a bit of tweaking in my wardrobe to pull this look off, but here’s what I came up with:

PicMonkey Collage2Granted I don’t have long hair like hers and I’m still on the lookout for a chunky-leather belt to complete the ensemble. But I’d say it’s not that bad of a copycat outfit though- especially since all of these things were already in my closet. The shirt came with a matching fabric belt for around the waist, but I just tied it loosely around my neck for that ruffled look in the Pin. I absolutely love making new outfits from inspiration on Pinterest! Have you ever tried it before?

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POLKA-DOTS IN MY WARDROBE | #2

Another post featuring polka-dots! This time, I went with one of my favorite pairs of capris. These are a light tan color with white, small polka-dots that go great with all kinds of colors. I opted to put two of my favorite colors (burnt orange and navy blue) together with them and here’s how they look:

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V-Neck Shirt- Target

Scarf- Thrifted

Capris- Willi Smith

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POLKA-DOTS IN MY WARDROBE | #1

Sometimes as I look through my closet I realize that I gravitate towards certain colors and patterns- without even knowing it. There’s one pattern in particular that I seem to be obsessed with and the theme of a new blog series- polkadots! From shirts to bags, I seem to have quite a bit of this pattern in my closet.

Here’s the first polka-dotted item I’d like to focus on this week! It’s one of my favorite color combinations- and perfect for spring/summer!

PicMonkey CollageI have always been a huge lover of rust-colored anything. And in the summer, I absolutely love that I can wear new bottoms- because shorts, even on tall people, actually fit! No more too-short pants for me. Let’s show off these mile-high legs! I also love a rust color with navy blue- and even though it may seem like a more fall color palette, I think it’s still a great combo for any season.

I love the sheer fabric on this top, so if you wanted a pop of color underneath just throw on a colorful tank-top and some neutral shorts. I’m also not usually a stud detail kind of girl, but this subtle studding around the collar seems to work with the top nicely. The tie in the front is flattering and also casual, and the back (not really pictured- sorry!) is just a solid navy blue. Throw in a long, gold necklace and a cream colored cardigan just in case you get chilly and you’re ready to head out the door!

Shorts- American Eagle

Top- Rewind (From Kohls)

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APRIL STITCH FIX HAUL

STITCH FIX TIME! Seriously, my most favorite time of the month. And I absolutely love sharing it with you so let’s get started, shall we? First off, it arrived on my doorstep during a pretty torrential downpour and tornado warnings in the area- but I was determined to get that box off of my porch and into my cozy apartment to try things on. I then made a cup of hot cocoa, opened the box and here’s what I got this time around:

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I said that my birthday was coming up, so I wanted a cute outfit for sure. Lots of patterns this time around! Honestly, not my favorite fix that I’ve gotten, but there were a few good things and pretty much everything fit.

Rune Porter Basic Legging: I don’t usually buy leggings- they are never long enough for me. These were more like capris, but they were super comfortable.

41Hawthorn Moni Horseshoe Print Stud Detail Top: Not really a horseshoe fan (seems a bit cowgirl-ish which isn’t really me), but I like the way it fits and the studded detail on it.

41Hawthorn Yola Abstract Print Faux Wrap Dress: Nice design on the dress, but even as a bustier gal it was a bit too big in the chest area.

Renee C Melody Longsleeve Cowl Neck Dress: I really like the color of this dress! But since it’s long sleeved, it’s not really a great pick for this weather. I paired it with a camel belt, which I think really added something to the outfit.

41Hawthorn Nanette Striped Lurex Detail Jacket: I asked for a blazer, and this is the only thing my designer could find that she felt would fit me. I honestly think it looks like something someone older would wear, but I gave it a go and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.

Here are some outfits I put together:

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Question of the day- are horseshoe patterns on blouses too cowgirl-ish? What do you think I should keep?

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