I have NOT forgotten to update about whether or not I am going to reset the Whole30. I just haven’t decided yet. I’m trying to find a balance between a responsible decision and one that doesn’t leave me feeling ashamed of myself, and I ain’t there yet. I’ll get back to that in a separate post. In the meantime, I got a new Fix, and it was awesome! I can’t wait to share it with you!
First of all, life is SUPER BUSY right now! I had been hoping that this Fix would arrive a couple of days early (like the last three have done) so it would show up on Saturday, but alas it came right on time on Monday. Which gave me the tiniest window to try stuff on and get it shot between work and rehearsals. I quick threw everything on before dinner last night, was super happy that it all fit comfortably, took one of the pieces to rehearsal with me for second opinions, and then got up early this morning for photos. I apologize in advance and again for the lighting that doesn’t quite capture some of the colors and details — what can I say. We like our house on dim side.
Clarissa Pencil Skirt by Renee C ($48). Y’all know I love pencil skirts. I have, like, four? Well, now I have five. This one is stretchy, with a sturdy thin fabric and while I was walking around the house this morning it didn’t even ride up. Plus PLAID and FALL, yay. Per Stephanie, “Last but not least this Renee C skirt, this was my fun piece, it’s gorgeous burgundy, classic fit and fun plaid screamed you-meets-fall and I have so many expectations for this!” Well, good job Stephanie, this was a knockout!
Second bit of Clarissa trivia — when we did pictures this morning this was the main piece that we didn’t capture the color or pattern for in either styling, so I sent a message to my husband asking if he would send me a close up whenever he could. His response? “OK but I think it will be too tight on me.” Verdict: KEEP.
Mirado Lasercut Detail Blouse by Pixley ($58). I love big bold colors, so I was sold on this blouse right away, despite some obvious cons — it’s boxier than I usually wear (but I’m opening my mind to less fitted fashion these days anyway) and I am confident that within a few wears I will have torn at least three holes in the lasercut details. But COBALT, how is it to be resisted? It’s not! This will go with a lot of things I own for work, and still dress down with jeans for a more casual look. Just remind me not to wear any long, dangly necklaces with this top as they will eat right through the neckline beautiful detail. Verdict: KEEP.
Kalan Woven Knit Detail Top by Papermoon ($54). I admit I was a wee bit disappointed when I saw this top was on its way to me — oh great, another striped top — but the Stitch Fix app only shows a full frontal shot of the pieces. Therefore it was a delightful surprise opening the box and seeing the really cute back detail. The black fabric is that filmy flowy stuff that sits so nicely. I like the length and the neckline and I adore the back view. I’m a little concerned that this will stretch out on a hanger so I’m determined to keep it folded in a drawer instead — I just hope I remember to wear it!! Verdict: KEEP!
Ladera Open Cardigan by Evolution by Cyrus ($68). Okay, so if I was a little disappointed about the Kalan, you can imagine I was stunningly disappointed to see this beige-colored thing headed my way. There are only ever 2 – 3 colors I have marked as Please Don’t Send on my profile, and beige is one of them! But, I try to keep an open mind with everything Stephanie sends (she is on-base WAY more often than she is off) and I figured, well, I can pair it with something more brightly colored once my tans fades so it doesn’t wash me out completely. Because it’s practically the same color as me. I also secretly hoped it would be a different color than the one in the app-preview because ooh, look, pockets. That never happens to me though, so I was prepared for it when I opened the box.
What I was not prepared for was OHMYGODSOCOMFY. It’s a boyfriend style, so it’s long (and I loooooooove that, though it probably makes me look shorter), and it’s thick enough to be warm but thin enough to drape well. This is the one I brought to rehearsal for second opinions on the color and whether or not I should size down. We all agreed that even though the arms are really long, it’s the perfect kind of sweater for lounging around in and I don’t even really have one of those. Except, now I do! Yay! Verdict: KEEP.
Rocco Jersey Fauz Wrap Dress by 41Hawthorn ($78). Have I ever mentioned how lucky I am to have a stylist who is as attentive to requests as the Stitch Fix inventory allows? I know from reading on the B/S/T/Discussion board that not everyone is so blessed. I don’t like to do a LOT of requests because I feel like a) it’s not really the point of the service, and b) if I really need something specific I should go out and try to find it directly. But 41 Fixes in, sometimes you just see something lovely and you have to try it. Or, try to try it, as it were. I requested this piece, in black (it also comes in navy but I very much wanted black), last month after seeing it in a flood of Fixes on the board and falling head over heels in love with it. And it did not disappoint. Like pencil skirts, wrap dresses are flattering to so many figures, and also quite forgiving for weight-fluctuators like me. I have already planned to wear this to the opening night party of my next show — the hard part is holding off wearing until then. Verdict: KEEP!
For those keeping track, yes! A five-for-five Grand Slam for Fix #41! This was already one of my least expensive Fixes of late, and now it’s about hundred dollars cheaper on top of that. The only consideration left is what to remove from my closet in order to keep it from exploding. I don’t have to worry about the pencil skirt or the blue top, as i don’t have anything like those pieces in those colors. So those are unique adds. However, I would probably choose the pencil skirt of the red a-line 41Hawthorn skirt I got last year (see above). And I have a deep purple sleeveless top from LOFT that maybe doesn’t get as much play in the rotation as others and the blue could replace that. I do want to purge at least one of the striped tops I already have, though, and that will be a difficult choice. You can see them in the photos to the left.
In exchange for the Rocco dress, I might be ready to part with this lovely navy Gilli dress I also got last year. I’ve not worn it as much as I thought I would, and yet I’ve worn to all of my major recurring “events” — I’ve worn it in two staged readings, to one opening, and to another event for the theatre that I go to at least three times a year, so it’s a bit played out. It’s also just barely too formal for work. It’s done it’s job, and I bet I can find it a nice new home.
(Skip this paragraph if you read here often, it’s the same as it always is!) If you are not familiar with Stitch Fix, here’s the deal: Stitch Fix is an online personal styling service. You can subscribe for regular Fixes or just schedule them as you like. You fill out an extensive online profile of your tastes, sizes, and budget preferences and for a $20 fee, one of their stylist puts together a box of 5 clothing and accessory items to ship right to your door! You have 3 days to try things on, solicit opinions, balance your budget, whatever — you send back anything that doesn’t work for you in a prepaid envelope, and keep whatever you love! Your $20 styling fee is applied to anything you decide to keep, and if you buy the whole box of items you get 25% off the entire box! Prices vary but they say the average cost per item is $55 – 65. If you haven’t ever tried it and are interested, please consider using my referral link. If you use my link to schedule a Fix, I get a $25 credit towards my next purchase! (Note that I do not receive any compensation for reviewing this service; I just enjoy doing it).
That’s it for Fix #41 (and Grand Slam #4). I’ll be back with an update on the Whole30 and a final call whether or not to reset soon. Until then, enjoy!