October Stitch Fix (Fix #13)

StitchFix fix #13

My latest Stitch Fix box arrived the same day I arrived home from my latest trip to NYC. It’s been awhile since my last fix (and it was a bit of a flop), so I was excited to see what my stylist chose to send me this time around.

For those unfamiliar with Stitch Fix, it is an online personal styling service. When you sign up, you fill out a detailed profile about your sizing, cost, and style preferences. For $20, your stylist selects 5 items to send to you. If you like them, you can purchase the items. Your $20 styling fee can be applied towards the cost of the items you buy. You can keep all, none, or some of the items (if you purchase all 5 items, you get 25% off your order). You don’t have to commit to a monthly subscription — you can schedule one-off boxes whenever you feel like it! I have also found that curating my style Pinterest board has really helped guide my stylists towards what I like.

For this fix, I asked my stylist for new denim and dresses for fall. I mentioned I am traveling a lot over the next couple months so versatility is a must. I included a note that if any sweaters are sent, they should NOT contain wool, and I also specifically requested no shoes.

Here’s what was in the box:

Stylecard for fix #13

Stylecard for fix #13

RD Style Jana Poncho Pullover

RD Style Jana Poncho Pullover (front)

RD Style Jana Poncho Pullover (front)

RD Style Jana Poncho Pullover (side)

RD Style Jana Poncho Pullover (side)

RD Style Jana Poncho Pullover (back)

RD Style Jana Poncho Pullover (back)

Despite indicating on my StitchFix profile that I am allergic to wool, past stylists have sent me wool. Maybe they don’t know that cashmere is still wool? I digress. Anyway, the stylist for this fix did a good job picking out this sweater with zero wool content. However, I am a bit torn on the style of this dark grey poncho sweater. Does it hide my shape too much? I’m also not sure if I like the open sides, but I see how it could be comfy and cozy for traveling. Corner really likes it, so I’m going to keep it and give it a shot. Verdict: Keep

Berry Jewelry Piper Double Disc Pendant

Berry Jewelry Piper Double Disc Pendant

Berry Jewelry Piper Double Disc Pendant

I always forget to take close-up pictures whenever jewelry is included in my fix, so you should be impressed that I remembered to take this one. I recently updated my style profile to indicate that I wear mostly silver-toned jewelry so I’m happy to see that my stylist acknowledged this new preference. This necklace is nothing special but I see how you could pair it with a lot of outfits. For the pricepoint I am pretty “meh” about it but since I’m keeping so many other items from this fix the necklace will not really cost me anything extra, so I’m going to keep it. Verdict: Keep

41Hawthorn Gideon Polka Dot Sweater

41Hawthorn Gideon Polka Dot Sweater (front)

41Hawthorn Gideon Polka Dot Sweater (front)

41Hawthorn Gideon Polka Dot Sweater (back)

41Hawthorn Gideon Polka Dot Sweater (back)

Again, my stylist managed to successfully avoid sending me wool. This 100% cotton sweater is awesome. I dig the polka dots and the extra length. It’s soft and I can see myself reaching for it a lot this fall! Verdict: Keep

Skies are Blue Bryleigh Faux Suede Detail Dress

Skies are Blue Bryleigh Faux Suede Detail Dress (front)

Skies are Blue Bryleigh Faux Suede Detail Dress (front)

Skies are Blue Bryleigh Faux Suede Detail Dress (back)

Skies are Blue Bryleigh Faux Suede Detail Dress (back)

Definitely the WTF item of this fix. I am not a big fan of elastic waistbands, and the faux suede portion of this dress is strange. I do like the fabric (it’s nice and soft!) and the way the sleeves roll up. I’m not digging the embroidered detailing around the neckline. I also have a feeling the neckline won’t lay right for very long. Worst of all, I found that the dress rides up if I bend over at all. This one would have gone straight back to StitchFix had I not found a buyer on a StitchFix Facebook group. Verdict: Sold

Edyson Soho Skinny Jean

Edyson Soho Skinny Jean (front)

Edyson Soho Skinny Jean (front)

Edyson Soho Skinny Jean (back)

Edyson Soho Skinny Jean (back)

StitchFix has never sent me a pair of pants I didn’t like, and these jeans are no exception. I love the fit and the wash. The fabric of these is soft and a bit velvet-y; I’m sure it will attract Nigel hair but nothing a good lint rolling can’t fix. Since I needed to add another pair of skinny jeans to my fall wardrobe anyway, I will definitely be keeping these. Verdict: Keep

Keep: 4
Sold to Others: 1
Return: 0

My stylist did a great job with the sweaters she picked out for me even though I didn’t specifically request any. Hooray for listening to my notes and not sending any wool! I am determined to get a 5/5 fix one of these days (without needing to sell the item or items I don’t like!).

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June Stitch Fix (Fix #12)

My latest Stitch Fix box arrived just in time for the holiday weekend! For some reason, Stitch Fix waived my styling fee this time around so I literally had nothing to lose by receiving this particular fix.

For those unfamiliar with Stitch Fix, it is an online personal styling service. When you sign up, you fill out a detailed profile about your sizing, cost, and style preferences. For $20, your stylist selects 5 items to send to you. If you like them, you can purchase the items. Your $20 styling fee can be applied towards the cost of the items you buy. You can keep all, none, or some of the items (if you purchase all 5 items, you get 25% off your order). You don’t have to commit to a monthly subscription — you can schedule one-off boxes whenever you feel like it! I have also found that curating my style Pinterest board has really helped guide my stylists towards what I like.

For this fix, I asked my stylist for summer dresses and tops that could be worn for traveling or to happy hour.

Here’s what was in the box:

Stylecard for fix #12

Stylecard for fix #12

Maggy London Valencia Knit Dress

Maggy London Valencia Knit Dress (front)

Maggy London Valencia Knit Dress (front)

Maggy London Valencia Knit Dress (back)

Maggy London Valencia Knit Dress (back)

This dress is so comfortable (the lining is really nice!) and I love the silhouette. I am a bit torn on the print; I’m not sure if I like the cream color at the top portion of the bodice. A few derby friends suggested it would be better with a cardigan, so I took some photos of me wearing blue and white cardigan sweaters over the dress. It’s interesting how the different colored cardigans pick up different colors from the print.

Maggy London Valencia Knit Dress (with white cardigan)

Maggy London Valencia Knit Dress (with white cardigan)

Maggy London Valencia Knit Dress (with blue cardigan)

Maggy London Valencia Knit Dress (with blue cardigan)

Anyway, was torn on the dress because it is nice, but at $118, it’s also the most expensive item in the fix. I tried to get Stitch Fix to do a price match, but was informed the dress I found on Zappos is not the same length. I’m sending it back since it is pricey and I don’t have an imminent need for a dress like this (as in I think it’s more officewear than everyday fashion).

Verdict: Return

Renee C Addae Knit Dress

Renee C Addae Knit Dress (front)

Renee C Addae Knit Dress (front)

Renee C Addae Knit Dress (back)

Renee C Addae Knit Dress (back)

If I thought the lining of the first dress was soft, this lining is even softer. Wearing this dress feels like I am wearing a t-shirt! Also, I am a sucker for black and white prints, and this one is really different (I dig it). However, the elastic waistband is really tight and I could see it cutting into me in an annoying fashion. Also, I was disappointed there were no pockets (the fabric and cut could have easily accommodated them if you ask me!) and the fabric is a little thick for humid DC summers. Probably more appropriate for fall.

Verdict: Return

Pixley Nelda Halter Blouse

Pixley Nelda Halter Blouse (front)

Pixley Nelda Halter Blouse (front)

Pixley Nelda Halter Blouse (back)

Pixley Nelda Halter Blouse (back)

I am always pretty “meh” on the tops that StitchFix sends me. This one is no exception. I could take or leave the print. The neckline is interesting, but it would drive me crazy because I was constantly adjusting it, even just while trying it on. The absolute dealbreaker for me is that I own ZERO bras that would work with this top due to the low-cut armpits (eliminating strapless as an option) and the strange rounded halter neckline. I’m not into going braless, so this one is getting sent back.

Verdict: Return

Pixley Tarcil Mesh Detail Blouse

Pixley Tarcil Mesh Detail Blouse (front)

Pixley Tarcil Mesh Detail Blouse (front)

Pixley Tarcil Mesh Detail Blouse (back)

Pixley Tarcil Mesh Detail Blouse (back)

In my experience, there is always one WTF item in every fix, and this is the WTF item for fix #12. (Although I admit the top photographed much better than expected.) I like the blue color, and I do like the how this top looks from the back, but the mesh detail panel in the front just looks strange to me. It is also impossible to wear a bra with this top (the top hangs too low in the armpits to even make a strapless bra work). It might look cute under a blazer, but I don’t wear blazers. The left spaghetti strap was also very hard to adjust for some reason. Maybe just a manufacturer defect, but this top is going back nonetheless.

Verdict: Return

DV8 Abbey D’Orsay Flats

DV8 Abbey D'Orsay Flats

DV8 Abbey D’Orsay Flats

DV8 Abbey D'Orsay Flats

DV8 Abbey D’Orsay Flats (paired with Renee C Addae Knit Dress)

DV8 Abbey D'Orsay Flats

DV8 Abbey D’Orsay Flats

I am not sure I like pointy-toed flats (or heels, for that matter) since they make my already larger-than-average feet look extra long. The animal print is cute, but the shoes are suede and I worry about how the fabric would hold up. Actually, I worry about how the soles would hold up too with the amount of walking I do in DC. I was slipping walking around the hardwood floors in my apartment since the soles have no grip to them. I’d say they are cute, but not practical.

Verdict: Return

Keep: 0
Return: 5

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April Stitch Fix (Fix #11)

StitchFix fix #11

My latest Stitch Fix box arrived on Monday, right after I returned from a weekend in Charlotte, NC with the DCRG travel team.

For those unfamiliar with Stitch Fix, it is an online personal styling service. When you sign up, you fill out a detailed profile about your sizing, cost, and style preferences. For $20, your stylist selects 5 items to send to you. If you like them, you can purchase the items. Your $20 styling fee can be applied towards the cost of the items you buy. You can keep all, none, or some of the items (if you purchase all 5 items, you get 25% off your order). You don’t have to commit to a monthly subscription — you can schedule one-off boxes whenever you feel like it! I have also found that curating my style Pinterest board has really helped guide my stylists towards what I like.

For this fix, I asked my stylist for clothes that will be easy to throw on between bouts at our upcoming roller derby tournament in Fort Lauderdale, FL. I think that in general, my stylist delivered on my request, but unfortunately most of the items were a bit too big for me. Interestingly, StitchFix now does shoes! I was pretty stoked to find a pair in my latest fix.

Here’s what was in the box:

Franco Sarto Grip Thong Sandal

Franco Sarto Grip Thong Sandal (with dustbag)

Franco Sarto Grip Thong Sandal (with dustbag)

Franco Sarto Grip Thong Sandal (side)

Franco Sarto Grip Thong Sandal (side)

Franco Sarto Grip Thong Sandal (front)

Franco Sarto Grip Thong Sandal (front)

I have to admit I was impressed with the first pair of shoes I was sent by StitchFix. First off, I am a super consistent size 8.5, so the fit was good. I love the quality of the sandals, and I especially love that they are black. (My StitchFix stylists are finally starting to listen when I say I wear a lot of black with pops of color.) However, I have tattoos on my feet and have a weird thing about having them being only partially covered; I prefer them to be either fully covered or fully showing. Yep, I told you it’s a weird preference. Also, the sandals don’t seem like they’d be that comfy for walking around in as the footbed is narrow. I’m just imagining my feet getting sweaty and slipping off the edge of the footbed. So while they are cute, they definitely aren’t practical. Verdict: Return

RD Style Matt T-Shirt Knit Dress

RD Style Matt T-Shirt Knit Dress (front)

RD Style Matt T-Shirt Knit Dress (front)

RD Style Matt T-Shirt Knit Dress (back)

RD Style Matt T-Shirt Knit Dress (back)

I like the idea of this dress, and I think it actually photographed better than it looks in-person. It’s cute, the fabric is super soft, and I like the print and the pocket on the front. However, I wish it was more fitted in the waist. It just looks too big hanging off me — especially in the waist and underarms. I attempted to add a belt, but the belt sits across the bottom portion of the chest pocket, so it doesn’t really work. Verdict: Return

Pixley Pompano Contrast Raw Neckline Knit Top

Pixley Pompano Contrast Raw Neckline Knit Top (front)

Pixley Pompano Contrast Raw Neckline Knit Top (front)

Pixley Pompano Contrast Raw Neckline Knit Top (back)

Pixley Pompano Contrast Raw Neckline Knit Top (back)

I love the orange color, and this shirt was super soft and comfy. However, I think the top is overall too big — especially in the armpits (note you can see my little racerback bra in the photos). While I liked the satin-y trim around the neck and armholes, I thought the strip of satin fabric in the back was strange. Also, I noticed while I was trying it on that the fabric was shedding everywhere. It left little orange bits all over the black shorts! Verdict: Return

Pixley Banu Mesh Neckline Knit Top

Pixley Banu Mesh Neckline Knit Top (front)

Pixley Banu Mesh Neckline Knit Top (front)

Pixley Banu Mesh Neckline Knit Top (back)

Pixley Banu Mesh Neckline Knit Top (back)

I like that I can wear a regular bra with this sleeveless top. I also like the heathered gray with the lace and zipper accents. However, this top is just overall too big for me and I felt like I was swimming in it. Verdict: Return

Kut From The Kloth Lonnie Distressed Boyfriend Short

Kut from the Kloth Lonnie Distressed Boyfriend Short (front)

Kut from the Kloth Lonnie Distressed Boyfriend Short (front)

Kut from the Kloth Lonnie Distressed Boyfriend Short (back)

Kut from the Kloth Lonnie Distressed Boyfriend Short (back)

BOOM. StitchFix always nails bottoms for me! I love these shorts. They are really soft and a good fit. There are cute distressed details on the legs and the pattern of the back pockets is cute, too (I bumped up the contrast of these photos a bit so you can see the details better!). I don’t have any black shorts in my wardrobe currently, so these are a perfect addition! Verdict: Keep

Keep: 1
Return: 4

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November Stitch Fix (Fix #10)

My latest Stitch Fix box arrived while I was recovering from my PRK procedure (separate blog post coming about that soon)! It was scheduled to arrive on Monday, but it actually arrived on Saturday. I could still barely open my eyes at that point, and I didn’t have enough energy to try everything on immediately, but Corner held up the items for me so I could touch the fabrics. On Sunday I was feeling a lot better so I tried everything on and took photos — but you’ll notice I am still wearing sunglasses inside the house.

For those unfamiliar with Stitch Fix, it is an online personal styling service. When you sign up, you fill out a detailed profile about your sizing, cost, and style preferences. For $20, your stylist selects 5 items to send to you. If you like them, you can purchase the items. Your $20 styling fee can be applied towards the cost of the items you buy. You can keep all, none, or some of the items (if you purchase all 5 items, you get 25% off your order). You don’t have to commit to a monthly subscription — you can schedule one-off boxes whenever you feel like it! I have also found that curating my style Pinterest board has really helped guide my stylists towards what I like.

For this fix, I asked my stylist for layerable items for fall. I also asked for a dress for my upcoming 3rd wedding anniversary. I think that in general, she delivered on my requests.

Here’s what was in the box:

Style card for fix #10

Style card for fix #10

41Hawthorn Jace Abstract Chevron Print Dress

41Hawthorn Jace Abstract Chevron Print Dress

41Hawthorn Jace Abstract Chevron Print Dress

41Hawthorn Jace Abstract Chevron Print Dress (paired with cardigan)

41Hawthorn Jace Abstract Chevron Print Dress (paired with cardigan)

I liked this dress instantly. I don’t own anything this color, and I like the subtle print. My stylist suggested pairing it with boots and leggings, so I did. The dress is lined, which I like — and also means it won’t get stuck on my leggings or tights. I also like that the dress looks good with or without a cardigan, and it’s long enough that it won’t ride up while riding on the metro or subway. The fabric doesn’t seem like it will wrinkle easily. This will be perfect for when I have to go into the office in NYC. Verdict: Keep

Pixley Timmy Twisted Seam Sweater

Pixley Timmy Twisted Seam Sweater (front)

Pixley Timmy Twisted Seam Sweater (front)

Pixley Timmy Twisted Seam Sweater

Pixley Timmy Twisted Seam Sweater (paired with Liverpool Reagan Skinny Pant)

I really liked this sweater (and so did my family and friends when I shared photos with them). The pattern is cool and it works well with jeans or black pants. (My stylist also suggested pairing this sweater with the Liverpool pants they sent, but I’m not sure I found that combo aesthetically pleasing.) It is a mid-weight sweater and would be easy to layer something over or under it. For some reason though, my Stitch Fix stylists continue to ignore my requests to PLEASE not send me items with wool in them (it makes me itch). This sweater is part angora cashmere. Sigh. But, since I have become active in a few Stitch Fix Facebook groups, I knew there were people looking for this sweater, so it was easy to pass it on to someone else. Verdict: Sold

Liverpool Reagan Skinny Pant

Liverpool Reagan Skinny Pant (front)

Liverpool Reagan Skinny Pant (front)

Liverpool Reagan Skinny Pant (back)

Liverpool Reagan Skinny Pant (back)

Stitch Fix always knocks it out of the park for me when it comes to pants. They have never sent me a pair of pants that didn’t fit well. Admittedly, the pattern is outside of my comfort zone. BUT…the plaid does appeal to my high school self. The fit is great and uh, did I mention they are pull-on pants? So they are basically structured leggings. They will be so comfortable for traveling while still looking like real pants. I couldn’t resist. Verdict: Keep

Mystree Lillah Quilted Ponte Jacket

Mystree Lillah Quilted Ponte Jacket (unzipped)

Mystree Lillah Quilted Ponte Jacket (unzipped)

Mystree Lillah Quilted Ponte Jacket

Mystree Lillah Quilted Ponte Jacket

I was immediately unimpressed with this jacket. The body of the jacket is sweatshirt-like material, but the sleeves are quite thin. My stylist suggested pairing it with the 41Hawthorn dress but I thought it was too dark and liked it better when paired with jeans. I do like the mixed materials and how they visually contrast with one another. However, the jacket is just too big around the waist (I pinned it back for the photos). Again, I knew there were some people in one of my Stitch Fix Facebook groups looking for this jacket, so I passed this jacket on to one of them. Verdict: Sold

Romolo Ellan Layered Chain Necklace

Romolo Ellan Layered Chain Necklace

Romolo Ellan Layered Chain Necklace

Sorry for the blurry closeup — I forgot to specifically take some photos of the necklace. If you scroll back up you will notice I am also wearing this necklace in a number of the photos above. Anyway, I rarely like the jewelry that Stitch Fix sends me, but this necklace was definitely an exception. I like the gunmetal color and the length. I think it will work with a variety of necklines, and it will help dress up more basic tops and dresses. Verdict: Keep

Keep: 3
Sold to Others: 2
Return: 0

So this was my first 5/5 fix, even though I technically didn’t keep two of the items for myself. I really wish the Pixley sweater didn’t have wool content because I liked it a lot. I did send a note to Stitch Fix asking them to please educate their stylists about the various names that wool might go by — so hopefully I will stop getting wool items in my future fixes.

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September Stitch Fix (Fix #9)

StitchFix fix #9

The leadup to this particular fix was a bit more dramatic than usual. I acquired $75 in credit from friends and acquaintances signing up, so I wanted to make sure I received some worthwhile items in this fix. I read a lot of blog posts and people’s tips for getting what they call a “5/5” fix — a box where you love every single item. I have yet to receive such a box, so I wondered if I should be doing something differently.

For those unfamiliar with Stitch Fix, it is an online personal styling service. When you sign up, you fill out a detailed profile about your sizing, cost, and style preferences. For $20, your stylist selects 5 items to send to you. If you like them, you can purchase the items. Your $20 styling fee can be applied towards the cost of the items you buy. You can keep all, none, or some of the items (if you purchase all 5 items, you get 25% off your order). You don’t have to commit to a monthly subscription — you can schedule one-off boxes whenever you feel like it! I have also found that curating my style Pinterest board has really helped guide my stylists towards what I like.

For this fix, I crafted a very specific note to my stylist. I asked for items similar to the ones featured in Stitch Fix’s From Work to Weekend: Summer Fridays Style blog post. I did note that I prefer slightly less summery options as we head into fall. I mentioned my frequent business trips to NYC and suggested that versatile travel pieces that work for both work + pleasure would definitely have a place in my wardrobe. I also asked for NO jeans because I just bought a bunch when Twice announced they were being acquired by eBay.

I also combed through my Pinterest style board and narrowed down the number of pins so they better reflected my style. I removed all scarves from the board because I already own too many (even though I’ve asked Stitch Fix to avoid sending me scarves, I figured you can’t be too careful). I got rid of anything flowy or bohemian. I also updated my style bio to inform Stitch Fix that I tend to wear a lot of black with pops of color. I even put together a separate pinboard of me wearing my fixes so that my stylist could see ME wearing items I’ve been sent in the past.

Here’s what was in the box:

Style card for fix #9

Style card for fix #9

Kut From The Kloth Siena Cropped Pant

Kut From The Kloth Siena Cropped Pant

Kut From The Kloth Siena Cropped Pant

Kut From The Kloth Siena Cropped Pant (cuffed)

Kut From The Kloth Siena Cropped Pant (cuffed)

Here’s a few shots of me wearing the Siena Cropped Pant (styled with my own tee and scarf). A Stitch Fix-themed Facebook group that I joined really raved about the various Kut From The Kloth pants. I have to say, the fabric is great. Just the right amount of stretch. They could be dressed up or down. I don’t currently own any olive-colored pants, and the color would be perfect for fall. Ultimately I decided to return these because I think they are a little too long to be considered crops on me. Verdict: Return

Brixon Ivy Bixby Clover Print Blouse

Brixon Ivy Bixby Clover Print Blouse (front)

Brixon Ivy Bixby Clover Print Blouse (front)

Brixon Ivy Bixby Clover Print Blouse (back)

Brixon Ivy Bixby Clover Print Blouse (back)

Brixon Ivy Bixby Clover Print Blouse (with jeans)

Brixon Ivy Bixby Clover Print Blouse (with jeans)

I could really use some more travel- and office-appropriate tops, and this blouse fits the bill. I did make sure to pair it with the Siena Cropped Pant as suggested by my stylist. Love the print, but I don’t love the cut of this shirt on me. It’s a bit too boxy or something. Verdict: Return

RD Style Elly Dress

RD Style Elly Dress

RD Style Elly Dress

RD Style Elly Dress (pockets!!!)

RD Style Elly Dress (pockets!!!)

I really like the color of this dress and the faux leather accents. And, THERE ARE POCKETS!!!! I think Heather really nailed my style on this one. I do wish it cut in at the waist more, but I was willing to overlook that. It photographed surprisingly well, however, the knit of the fabric is very thin. I was worried about snagging the setting of my engagement ring on it. I think it would be useful as a layering piece only, and I would want to wear black leggings (and maybe even a black cami) underneath for modesty. I’m bummed. Would’ve picked this one up if the fabric was higher quality. Verdict: Return

Sweet Rain Acadia Jacket

Sweet Rain Acadia Jacket (front)

Sweet Rain Acadia Jacket (front)

Sweet Rain Acadia Jacket (back)

Sweet Rain Acadia Jacket (back)

Sweet Rain Acadia Jacket (with Elly Dress)

Sweet Rain Acadia Jacket (with Elly Dress)

I feel like there is always an outlier item in every fix, and this time it was the Acadia Jacket. It would be cute if it was half the length. The pattern of the fabric is kinda neat (also I am a sucker for black+white), I like the shape of the collar and the large amount of trim at the bottom of the hemline and sleeve cuffs. However, it is far too boxy for my small frame. I tried pairing it with my Level 99 denim trousers from a previous fix. My stylist suggested pairing it with the Elly Dress, but I thought that pairing made the jacket look even boxier. Verdict: Return

Skies are Blue Liffey Button Down Top

Skies Are Blue Liffey Button Down Top

Skies Are Blue Liffey Button Down Top

Skies Are Blue Liffey Button Down Top (sleeves rolled)

Skies Are Blue Liffey Button Down Top (sleeves rolled)

Skies Are Blue Liffey Button Down Top (back)

Skies Are Blue Liffey Button Down Top (back)

This shirt was love at first sight. I pinned this exact shirt to my Pinterest board and I’m so glad Heather put it in my fix! I pulled this shirt out of the box praying it would accommodate my broad shoulders and it does (although barely — but if I sized up it would be too big everywhere else). The colors are outside of my normal choices for sure, and I don’t have any plaid items in my wardrobe at the moment (with the exception of one scarf). I like that it is cotton and not flannel so I can use it for layering (and also, I can start wearing it sooner! it’s still 90 degrees in DC!). I also like that the sleeves can be worn rolled up or down. Quality could be a bit better (I already see a couple buttons that I’d like to reinforce), but I’m still really looking forward to wearing this shirt this fall! Verdict: Keep

Keep: 1
Return: 4

Overall I think the time I spent improving my style bio and pinboards was well worth it. With the exception of the Acadia Jacket, every item in this fix was pretty close to my style! Just a couple of fit and fabric issues. Also, I think this is my least expensive fix to date? The most pricey item is the jacket at $74.

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Our new crockpot is pretty amazing

Enchiladas: cooking in the new crockpot

So last week Corner and I upgraded to a new crockpot. Our old one was only 4 quarts, and was also round (rather than oval-shaped), and I was starting to find it a bit limiting as far as which recipes I could make.

The first recipe we tried in the new slow cooker was this summer slow cooker lasagna with zucchini and eggplant. Corner did the vegetable prep work and I helped layer it all into the crockpot. I think we made this last Monday. Highly recommended.

Then I made this root beer pulled pork recipe on Wednesday. This recipe is the easiest of the easy. 5 ingredients and no prep — just dump it all in the slow cooker and come back 8 hours later. We served the meat on tortillas.

I also made this slow cooker black bean enchiladas recipe. Corner’s coworker Kelsey came over to hang out after work on Friday and we ate these. They were a big hit. Very easy recipe with fairly minimal prep work (cutting the onion and pepper, then assembling and rolling the enchiladas). The leftovers were super tasty, too. Here’s some in-progress photos:

Enchiladas: assembling the filling

Enchiladas: assembling the filling

Enchiladas: layer one

Enchiladas: layer one

Enchiladas: layer two

Enchiladas: layer two

Enchiladas: cooking in the new crockpot

Enchiladas: cooking in the new crockpot

Some friends have been bugging me to start a blog based on my “Adventures of Cooking With Kristen While Corner’s Not Home” Facebook posts. I don’t think I can manage a second blog at this point (since I post rather infrequently in this one), but I do promise to blog more about my cooking endeavors.

Alas, nothing really went wrong in the two above recipes that I prepared by myself, so you won’t be hearing about my misadventures this time.

June Stitch Fix (Fix #8)

Stitch Fix #8

My latest Stitch Fix box arrived on Friday — several days early! I had originally scheduled the box to arrive today (my birthday) as a special birthday treat.

For those unfamiliar with Stitch Fix, it is an online personal styling service. When you sign up, you fill out a detailed profile about your sizing, cost, and style preferences. For $20, your stylist selects 5 items to send to you. If you like them, you can purchase the items. Your $20 styling fee can be applied towards the cost of the items you buy. You can keep all, none, or some of the items (if you purchase all 5 items, you get 25% off your order). You don’t have to commit to a monthly subscription — you can schedule one-off boxes whenever you feel like it! I have also found that curating my style Pinterest board has really helped guide my stylists towards what I like.

For this fix, I asked for cute summer staples and maybe a dress or two for upcoming summer weddings. I also indicated I don’t need any shorts. In general, I feel like my stylist played it very safe and sent pieces similar to ones I have liked or purchased from previous fixes.

Here’s what was in the box:

Style card for fix #8

Style card for fix #8

41 Hawthorn Veria Cross Over Knit Top

41Hawthorn Veria Cross Over Knit Top

41Hawthorn Veria Cross Over Knit Top

This top is nearly identical to the Pixley Montgomery Chevron Print Cross Front Knit Top I bought in my February fix. I like the pattern and fit of the Pixley top a lot better. I actually don’t love these cross-front tops, but I made due with the Pixley one from my February fix because I liked the pattern. This 41Hawthorn top is too big in the bust and thus hangs a bit droopy in the front. Also, the color and pattern are “meh” to me. I was so bored with this top I didn’t even bother taking a photo of it wearing different bottoms (because yes, it has been suggested to me that it would look better with jeans or a shorter skirt). Oh well. Verdict: Return

Pixley Panorama Henley Blouse

Pixley Panorama Henley Blouse (front)

Pixley Panorama Henley Blouse (front)

Pixley Panorama Henley Blouse (back)

Pixley Panorama Henley Blouse (back)

Pixley Panorama Henley Blouse (with pencil skirt)

Pixley Panorama Henley Blouse (with pencil skirt)

This top reminds me of the Skies are Blue Esla Split Neck Top from my April fix. I liked that top better with the front pockets and hot pink accents running through the plaid fabric. This top, while it fits better, is a little too simple for my tastes. Also I do not know how to wear shirts that are shaped like this at the bottom. They look silly untucked and they look silly tucked in. My style card specifically said to try it with the Eight Sixty Iona pencil skirt from my last fix as a way to mix and match patterns, but it just wasn’t my thing. I also liked this top a lot better until a friend pointed out the pleat in the front makes it look like maternity clothing. Yikes! Verdict: Return

Mystree Ben Maxi Dress

Mystree Ben Maxi Dress (front)

Mystree Ben Maxi Dress (front)

Mystree Ben Maxi Dress (back)

Mystree Ben Maxi Dress (back)

Mystree Ben Maxi Dress (skirt detail)

Mystree Ben Maxi Dress (skirt detail)

I am torn on this one. I really like the pattern and asymmetrical nature of the skirt, but the top portion is very plain. I’m not sure I love the shape of the straps and back. I almost feel like it HAS to be paired with a denim jacket or other outer layer in order to look good, and sometimes you just want to go sans outer layer. However, not all maxi dresses work for me and this one sorta works, though I wish it was 1″ shorter because I don’t own any heeled sandals at the moment. Upon closer inspection, the bottom hem is raw (not really a hem at all). My mom says I can use her rotary cutter to cut it shorter when I visit later this month. Also, friends have convinced me that this will look great paired with a scarf or statement necklace. Verdict: Keep

Le Lis Marlon Dress

Le Lis Marlon Dress (front)

Le Lis Marlon Dress (front)

Le Lis Marlon Dress (back)

Le Lis Marlon Dress (back)

Apparently I am a sucker for black and white dresses. As soon as I pulled this dress out of the box I was hoping it would fit. It reminds me of the Herve Leger dresses I am constantly pinning to my style pinboard (thanks for noticing, Megan!). I love that the stripes are on the front AND back of the dress. The white portions are actually an interesting textured fabric & almost like seersucker? I think it adds interest. The dress is very figure-flattering also. Definitely a keeper. Verdict: Keep

Marlyn Schiff Kamala KO Cuff

Marlyn Schiff Kamala XO Cuff

Marlyn Schiff Kamala XO Cuff

Honestly I could take it or leave this bracelet. I like that it’s silver, but I think the ends could be more interesting than “X” and “O”. It’s a bit large for my wrist and I’m afraid it will get caught on things or that I will lose it.
Verdict: Return

 

Keep: 2
Return: 3

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April Stitch Fix (Fix #7)

April Stitch Fix box

My latest Stitch Fix box arrived yesterday! However, yesterday was rainy and dreary so I wanted until today to ask Corner to snap some photos.

For those unfamiliar with Stitch Fix, it is an online personal styling service. When you sign up, you fill out a detailed profile about your sizing, cost, and style preferences. For $20, your stylist selects 5 items to send to you. If you like them, you can purchase the items. Your $20 styling fee can be applied towards the cost of the items you buy. You can keep all, none, or some of the items (if you purchase all 5 items, you get 25% off your order). You don’t have to commit to a monthly subscription — you can schedule one-off boxes whenever you feel like it! I have also found that curating my style Pinterest board has really helped guide my stylists towards what I like.

For this fix, I asked for clothes that are good for traveling but then can easily make the transition to a business casual office. I was thinking for when I take the bus or train from DC to NYC and immediately head into the office. I’m not sure the items that were sent really fit the bill; the blazer is too easily wrinkled and I don’t think a pencil skirt would make for a comfy bus or train ride. But…a couple of the items are cute either way.

The first thing I noticed when I opened the box was how color coordinated this box was! I love it when that happens because it usually means I can pair a few of the items with one another to make a new outfit.

Here’s what was in the box:

Style card for fix #7

Style card for fix #7

Eight Sixty Iona Pencil Skirt

Eight Sixty Iona Pencil Skirt

Eight Sixty Iona Pencil Skirt

Eight Sixty Iona Pencil Skirt (side view)

Eight Sixty Iona Pencil Skirt (side view)

Eight Sixty Iona Pencil Skirt (paired with my own cardigan)

Eight Sixty Iona Pencil Skirt (paired with my own cardigan)

This skirt is really cute. I love the bold print on the classic pencil skirt. I wore the crap out of my last pencil skirt (it was a gray banded one from Express). This one features colors that are already part of my wardrobe, so I think I own some things I could wear with it. Also I like that the base color is black. I love black. If I buy this skirt, I think it needs to be hemmed up an inch or so. It is a little too long, and actually inhibits my knee movement more than a pencil skirt usually does. I have it rolled up a bit for the photos to make it a more normal length. Verdict: Keep

Pixley Romaine Split Back Blazer

Romaine Split Back Blazer

Romaine Split Back Blazer

Romaine Split Back Blazer (paired with my own scarf)

Romaine Split Back Blazer (paired with my own scarf)

Romaine Split Back Blazer (and pencil skirt)

Romaine Split Back Blazer (and pencil skirt)

Romaine Split Back Blazer (back)

Romaine Split Back Blazer (back)

This is the first blazer Stitch Fix has sent me. I don’t actually own any blazers (possibly because I work from home 95% of the time?). I was willing to entertain the idea of this blazer. The back is interesting, and the blue color is nice. The blue actually matched the pencil skirt really well! I think the sleeves are too short for me (I TOLD Stitch Fix I have longer than average arms). I tried rolling up the sleeves, but the lining doesn’t really look like it’s meant to be showing. Also the fabric wrinkles quite easily and there were already a lot of loose threads along the seams. Verdict: Return

Skies are Blue Esla Split Neck Top

Esla Split Neck Top

Esla Split Neck Top

Esla Split Neck Top (back)

Esla Split Neck Top (back)

Esla Split Neck Top (with blazer)

Esla Split Neck Top (with blazer)

This is Corner’s favorite item in this box, but I’m sort of undecided. If I don’t have my hand on my hip the top is pretty blouse-y. It is longer in the back than in the front. Does this mean it’s not supposed to be worn tucked in? Anyway, the top fits pretty well and I like the plaid pattern of the fabric (especially the hint of hot pink running through it!). Seems like it could be dressed up or down.
Verdict: Return

Brixon Ivy Azurre Lace Overlay Blouse

Azurre Lace Overlay Blouse

Azurre Lace Overlay Blouse

Azurre Lace Overlay Blouse (belted)

Azurre Lace Overlay Blouse (belted)

This top. Wow. I don’t even know where to begin. It seems like a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen. The built in camisole seems very cheaply made. Also the cami is pretty low cut and I had trouble pairing a bra with it. The lace pattern is so wide; I feel like it dwarfs my small figure and makes me look boxy. I really didn’t like how it looked on me. I tried belting the shirt to give it a little more shape but still no. Not sure what my stylist was thinking on this one. Verdict: Return

Zad Dawson Hammered Layered Metal Bib Necklace

Dawson Hammered Bib Necklace

Dawson Hammered Bib Necklace

This necklace is just okay. You can actually see it paired with some of the other item photos above. I don’t usually wear gold and I’m not sure I like the hammered aspect on this particular piece. I do like the length of the necklace and how it looks nice with a regular crewneck shirt. If the pricepoint were lower I might consider keeping it. I just don’t see myself wearing it that often. Verdict: Return

Keep: 1
Return: 4

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Byers skated in her first charter bout

Jamming vs Queen City. Photo courtesy of CK Photographic Systems.

You guys.

I have been so busy recovering from the derby plague that I forgot to tell you that I skated in my first charter bout last weekend. The DC Rollergirls (#54) went up to Buffalo to play Queen City (#34). I jammed. And I blocked (HOLY SHIT DID I JUST TYPE THAT). Also my knee is still in tact.

We lost. I don’t care. That shit was fun. Also I like wearing red.

In addition, I wrote the following “roommate ad” but never posted it before the trip to Buffalo. So here you go:

Byers needs roommates for future travel team trips

I don’t snore.

I don’t smoke.

I have a driver’s license and regularly drive a car (this info is more pertinent in New York City I guess). I can also drive a stick.

I am neat (I’m not just saying this because it sounds good, but because it’s true) and tend to travel light.

I don’t bring a lot of toiletries to clutter up the bathroom. I also don’t spend that much time in the shower. (Short hair rocks.)

I WILL check hotels for bedbugs. Maybe you think that’s weird, but hey…I used to live in NYC and that shit is not a joke.

I am kind of an old lady when it comes to bedtime. If I make it to midnight, that’s pretty impressive. But one time on a Wall Street Traitors trip to Madison, Wisconsin, I made it out to the after party and the after after party.

Per strict instructions that I once received from Suzy Hotrod, I don’t drink or change equipment the week leading up to a bout. I will happily enjoy a beer with you after all of the bouts are over though.

I don’t have any dietary restrictions. I do eat breakfast religiously. I often travel with my own dry protein oatmeal mix and past roommates have teased me about this. It doesn’t smell and I can share the recipe with you if you’re interested.

I like coffee (but I don’t drink it in the morning before a bout).

I take my bout day makeup very seriously. You can borrow my eyeshadow if you have your own brushes.

I have been known to bring a travel set of resistance bands and do off-skates workouts on longer derby trips. I love me some cross-training.

ACL reconstruction surgery had me off skates for quite awhile. I haven’t played a full-length bout since March 29, 2014. I am so, so excited to be back and I hope that my joy is somewhat contagious.

I’ve never been on a charter team before, so I’m really happy to be crossing some things off my derby bucket list this season.

I am definitely quiet until you get to know me, but I hope that we can be friends and maybe even derby travel roommates. I promise to not hog the bed and also to shower you with cute photos of Nigel.

Featured post image courtesy of CK Photographic Systems.

February Stitch Fix (Fix #6)

I love scheduling my Stitch Fix boxes for holiday weekends! Makes it feel like such a treat, and also means I usually end up with an extra day or two to ponder the items that I receive.

For those unfamiliar with Stitch Fix, it is an online personal styling service. When you sign up, you fill out a detailed profile about your sizing, cost, and style preferences. For $20, your stylist selects 5 items to send to you. If you like them, you can purchase the items. Your $20 styling fee can be applied towards the cost of the items you buy. You can keep all, none, or some of the items (if you purchase all 5 items, you get 25% off your order). You don’t have to sign up for a monthly subscription — you can schedule one-off boxes whenever you feel like it! I have also found that my style Pinterest board has really helped guide my stylists towards what I like.

I asked my stylist to send me a couple dresses in this fix because I am attending a roller derby leaguemate’s wedding in early March. Sadly I am on the fence about the two dresses that were included. Help me decide?!

Here is what I got in my President’s Day weekend fix:

Stylecard for Fix #6

Stylecard for Fix #6

Pixley Montgomery Chevron Print Cross Front Knit Top

Pixley Montgomery Chevron Print Cross Front Knit Top (front)

Pixley Montgomery Chevron Print Cross Front Knit Top (front)

Pixley Montgomery Chevron Print Cross Front Knit Top (back)

Pixley Montgomery Chevron Print Cross Front Knit Top (back)

When I pulled this top out of my box, I thought I would be facing another drapey top from Stitch Fix that didn’t fit me right. I am not well-endowed so these tops tend to be too low cut on me. However, my stylist nailed the fit on this one as the front of the shirt has plenty of extra fabric and it fits in such a way that everything is covered. It’s not my normal style, but I do like the print (I think it would be great officewear for my spring trips to NYC and could easily be paired with any number of colored cardigans). Plus Corner likes it, so I think I will keep it. Verdict: Keep

Mystree Kayella Lace Sweater

Mystree Kayella Lace Sweater (front)

Mystree Kayella Lace Sweater (front)

Mystree Kayella Lace Sweater (back)

Mystree Kayella Lace Sweater (back)

Mystree Kayella Lace Sweater (pink underneath to show detail)

Mystree Kayella Lace Sweater (pink underneath to show detail)

My stylist sent me this sweater with a note that she included it because she thinks I am adventurous. Well, I am adventurous but I don’t know about this one. First, I am afraid of the open knit getting caught on my multiple earrings as I pull it on over my head. Second, I have no idea what to wear under it. Third, if I am going to wear a sweater it’s probably because I am cold, and this wide open knit does nothing to keep the heat in. I think I’m going to rule this one out as impractical. Plus I already have a black sweater that I like. Verdict: Return

Yumi Trey Floral Dress

Yumi Trey Floral Dress (front)

Yumi Trey Floral Dress (front)

Yumi Trey Floral Dress (back)

Yumi Trey Floral Dress (back)

Yumi Trey Floral Dress

Yumi Trey Floral Dress

At first I pulled this dress out and said, “A size 10? What are they thinking?” Then I realized it is a UK size 10, which is equivalent to a US 2/4. Sadly, the waist is too big. I tried belting the dress around the waist but then the fabric just rumples up strangely. I do love the print and the fabric. You can’t see it in the photos, but the black parts have a lovely texture/very subtle print. I love the notch in the square neckline. Corner doesn’t like the obvious zipper up the back but I don’t mind it. Verdict: Return

Pixley Bowen Textured Top Dress

Pixley Bowen Textured Top Dress (front)

Pixley Bowen Textured Top Dress (front)

Pixley Bowen Textured Top Dress (back)

Pixley Bowen Textured Top Dress (back)

This dress would work for my friend’s upcoming wedding. I’ve been convinced that it will be easy to accessorize. Some of my derby friends commented that it looks purple but it is most definitely light grey. I like it, but it feels “safe” to me. It is lightweight and would be nice for spring/summer weddings. The fabric feels nice and the zipper worked easily. For the most part, the fit is pretty good, but I don’t fill out the bust area so the top part wrinkles funny. Also, the skirt fabric is prone to static cling and also seems like it will wrinkle easily. Verdict: Return

Level 99 Patrick Denim Trouser

Level 99 Patrick Denim Trouser

Level 99 Patrick Denim Trouser

When I read “denim trouser” on my stylecard, I immediately thought “ew”. But I was converted shortly thereafter. As soon as I pulled these on I knew they were going to be a good fit. At first I thought they were too short but they are actually the perfect length for wearing with a pair of flats. Stitch Fix has been knocking it out of the park with pants for me lately. Verdict: Keep

Keep: 2
Return: 3

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