My First Stitch Fix Review: {May}

Hello everyone!

To say the last year has been a whirlwind would be an understatement. Between work and school and life in general there has been a common theme: I am very busy! If you are anything like me, no matter how busy you are, you still want to look and feel good – even when a shopping trip is only a 20 minute getaway to Target.

Another personality trait I seem to have? I actually start to stress out if I feel that I can’t keep up with trends or my closet needs a little sprucing up (this is a terrible reason to stress – I know). The good news is that I think I have found a solution to all of this: Stitch Fix. First and foremost, this is not an ad or anything like that but instead my experience with this creative online service and my opinions on whether or not you should give it a shot too.

One night I found myself on Stitch Fix’s website filling out a style profile (just for kicks and giggles). Fifteen minutes later, I had signed up for my first “stitch” to arrive a few weeks later and I had agreed to pay the $20 stylist fee. The great thing about the 20 dollars is that should you decide to keep any of the items in your package, that money goes towards your purchase. Another selling point: any items you don’t want to keep, you return them for free using a pre-paid package within the box. The items you return, you aren’t charged for!

Eventually, the day had come for me to open my first package! I have to admit, it was a little like Christmas morning – knowing I had 5 new items to open and hoping they were fabulous. I personally had requested not to receive shoes or jewelry in this first shipment because I really wanted to get a feel for what the clothes were like. However, shoes, jewelry, and purses can be included in the 5 item limit – just make sure you specify that on your style profile.

Was the anticipation and excitement worth it? Here were the items I received:

*Keep in mind I requested sleeveless tops – it’s hot in Oklahoma y’all. Also, please ignore any smudge marks on the mirror – I didn’t notice it until I uploaded the images*

Outfit Number One:

Collective Concepts Thompson Crew Neck Blouse – $48 and…

Liverpool Mira Skinny Jean – $78

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This was the first outfit that caught my eye after opening my package and I could not wait to try it on. The shirt appeared to be good quality and was exactly what I was looking for – lightweight, comfortable, girly. The Liverpool jeggings that came in the package were seriously the softest pants I have ever felt. The waistband was stretchy for an overall flattering fit. The only drawback with the pants was that they were way too long. Seeing as I am pretty short, this is a common problem that I usually fix by rolling them up into capris. However, these were just so long that it would have required having them altered (there were layers of folds near my ankles) – ultimately that was the deal breaker. The shirt though, loving it to this day.

Thompson Crew Neck Blouse: Kept                     Mira Skinny Jean: Returned 

Tops Two & Three:

Loveappella Launy Mixed Material Knit Tank Top – $44 and…

Papermoon Wilfred Scoop Neck Top – $44  

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I tried both of these tops on with the jeggings from outfit number one. The first top, the grey colored tank, was incredibly comfortable and flattering. I felt like I could easily dress it up with cute shorts and sandals, or even wear it with yoga pants – it was very versatile. However, it was slightly an awkward length. Not quite a tunic, but too long to be a normal tank length – which I feel was due to my short torso. If it had been a little shorter, I would have kept it. The second top, was navy with little boats on it, and it reminded me a lot of the top from outfit one. Both of them navy, both very similar shapes and textures. I was slightly surprised that they included two tops in my shipment that were so similar. I didn’t keep this top simply because of the price, and I liked the floral one much better.

Launy Mixed Material Knit Tank Top: Returned          Wilfred Scoop Neck Top: Returned

Final Item: 

Urban Expressions Mischa Laser Cut Clutch – $38

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I immediately liked this when I opened the box. Yellow is one of my favorite colors, especially this time of the year. This clutch had a long, gold chain strap inside that turned this into a cross-body purse… SOLD! The material was soft, and it was spacious as well. It’s pretty easy to see why I kept this beautiful clutch.

Mischa Laser Cut Clutch: Kept 

My Final Thoughts:

All in all, I was satisfied with my Stitch Fix. Although I only kept 2 of the 5 items, I have already signed up to receive another one. Most of my reasons for returning an item were slight sizing issues, mostly in length. However, the more packages you sign up to receive, the more your stylist learns about you and your sizing. Both in the signing up process, and the return process, there is plenty of room to give feedback and share your thoughts. I downloaded the Stitch Fix app to make this process easier. In addition to the feedback you can leave for your stylist, I was able to send them a link to my Pinterest board titled, “My style”. The more you pin, the more the company can learn about your style and the things you would like to see in your next shipment. Overall, I think this is a great company with the right idea and I am looking forward to future packages – as well as reviews.

To sign up for Stitch Fix using my exclusive referral link click on the following link: https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/7864008

If you have any questions, or want to tell me about your experience with Stitch Fix – leave me a comment!

 

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Coming Soon… 

Hello everyone!

As you can tell, it has been a long time since I have made a new post. But let me give you some life updates: 

I am about to graduate college, I’m a preschool teacher, and I’M ENGAGED!! 

Okay, back to blog stuff. Today I received an email that there was a new comment on my How to Clean Your Converse post. After checking my stats I was shocked at how many people are still reading that post and having success with it, so thank you! What started out as a blogging hobby that I didn’t think anyone would actually read has been shared thousands of times on Pinterest and WordPress. I love y’all! With that being said… I will be coming back to this blog and sharing ideas, recipes, and all sorts of things with you guys. I am ready to see what 2016 has in store. 

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20 Things I Will Tell My Future Daughter

As my 21st birthday quickly approaches, I’ve been thinking a lot about my life so far. I remember being a young girl, and through my teenager years, envisioning what my life would be like at the notorious age of 21. I pictured having a house, a college degree, and being married (I look back at that dream and laugh). Although not a single one of those things have happened yet and my life is totally different that I thought it would be, it’s perfectly okay.

With all this reminiscing, I started to think about all the things my mom was always right about (even though I swore she wasn’t at the time) and began to start a list in my head.

These are the essential things I have learned in the past 20 years that I will one day tell my daughter- if i’m lucky enough to have one:

1. Makeup is wonderful, but not necessary. This is one piece of advice I struggle with myself. In the age of ‘selfies’ and outer beauty being the “ultimate goal” girls feel incredible pressure to look beautiful. At the end of the day, a beautiful face is nothing if you’re not beautiful on the inside.

2. Don’t ever think you NEED a man. Once again, this is easier said than done. For some girls this comes easy. For others (like myself) we love companionship, rom-coms, and all things romance. It is totally okay to want a partner, but make sure you are able to take care of yourself and love yourself enough before you jump into a relationship.

3. Strive for health, not a skinny figure. Crash dieting, diet pills, and over-exercising are never the answer. The pressure to be skinny hits really hard in high school and is something that lasts for the rest of a girl’s life. There will always be people thinner than you, but are they as healthy as you? Also, are you trying to be thin for yourself? Or is it for a boy, a job, or a group of friends? Being able to be comfortable in your skin, no matter what size, is something that will make your life significantly easier.

4. Don’t be ashamed of your religious beliefs. I have personally heard the argument before that the only reason I am a Christian is because I was “brainwashed” by my parents. If brainwashed means that I was taught to be a good person, have morals, and get to know God, then yes I was brainwashed – and happy that I was. My parents never forced me to have a relationship with God. They simply taught me about Him, and let me make my own decisions. I will one day do the same for my children and if they decide to follow Christ, they should never have to justify it or feel ashamed.

5. Don’t chase after boys. This is really the pot calling the kettle black right now but this is something I had to learn the hard way, and I will one day teach my daughter to never do. If a boy really likes you and respects you, then they don’t make you chase them. If you’re having to chase a boy or he says he “just needs time”, chances are he is making an excuse.

6. Never apologize for having emotions. This one is very important as a woman. We are often made to feel like emotions are a bad thing and that we are supposed to hide them and be more “logical”. While I agree that emotions can cloud your judgement from time to time, it’s a part of who you are as a girl and you should never be made to feel ‘crazy’ for it.

7. Your girlfriends are everything. Life is not a Disney movie or a musical and there will be times when life is really hard and will make you cry. People will come and go but if you can find a few good best friends to keep forever who can make you laugh or threaten to beat up jerks who break your heart, these people will bring you a joy that no one else can.

8. Be nice to other girls! Contrary to popular belief and what you’ll see in TV shows, girls can be nice to each other. You don’t have to make ‘cliques’ and be mean and judgmental to people outside of your group of friends. Girls/women go through enough already from the opposite gender and we don’t need to make life any harder on ourselves. You’ll always regret being hateful, but you’ll never regret being kind. Trust me.

9. You might not always get along with family, but they are always your biggest fans.  Arguments happen. Especially with family. It isn’t until you’re an adult that you realize how irreplaceable your family is. They are your protectors and sidekicks. Never take advantage of them.

10. College will absolutely change your life, but not in the way you expect. Every senior in high school envisions their first college party, drinking Starbucks all the time, and doing whatever you want when you move away from home. Yes, there are parties and good food and total freedom, but while you’re experiencing all of that, you are changing so much. You might not remember what your history professor said when you graduate, but you will remember the friends you made, the choices you made (good, bad, and ugly), and how it shaped you into the person you are in your 20’s. So yes, make memories and have fun… but don’t ruin your own life.

11. Don’t ruin your credit. Shopping is wonderful. Being a girl is wonderful. Being in debt is not. You will receive lots of credit card offers in the mail and they will make it seem like getting a credit card is a good investment (it’s their jobs). I have personally made this mistake myself. It’s not free money. Always pay cash.

12. Happiness is all in your head. Being happy does not come from people, circumstances, or things (even though ice cream might seem like the exception). Happiness is a mentality and a choice you make. I’m not saying getting married, buying a car, or traveling isn’t going to make you happy. There is a good chance it will, but that is because of your outlook on those things. This doesn’t come naturally sometimes (trust me). We all have different brains, lives, and memories. You have to learn to make a conscious decision to be a ‘glass half full’ instead of ‘glass half empty’ kind of person in all situations.

13. Being physical with a boy isn’t going to make him like you. This is one of those tough lessons I personally had to learn the hard way. It’s so easy to look around and think that love = sex. In reality, that is so far from the truth. You can fall in love with someone without ever being physical with them. The majority of guys you meet will be looking for lust, which is something totally different (and they can be really good at hiding the truth). Understanding the difference and not giving into the norm of this society we live in will be a valuable key to success in relationships.

14. Get off the internet and read some books. I know i’m being a little hypocritical here considering i’m posting this online, but reading is so underrated. You don’t have to like reading everyday or every type of book, but if you can find something you like to read and stick with it, you’ll find yourself enjoying it more and more. Oh, and here’s a secret: guys like smart girls. Or at least the smart guys do. ;)

15. The whole world doesn’t revolve around you. I’m so guilty of this one – just ask my friends and family. I have had my fair share of selfish and bratty moments in life and there have been times when I sit at home and throw a giant pity party and expect everyone to join in. The truth is everyone has struggles and is going through things. If you constantly only think of yourself, you will push people away. The best cure to this problem? Be there for a friend or family member and you start to realize how better you feel about your own problems. In return, those people are more likely to be there for you when you need someone.

16. You can be the best version of yourself, and still not everyone is going to like you. You can be a great leader, involved in church, the happiest person on the planet…and still there will be someone out there who doesn’t like you. Accept this and move on. Constantly worrying about it will only bring you down. Oh, and kill them with kindness anyways.

17. Love like you’ve never been hurt. This will be the piece of advice to my daughter that will bring me to tears. Love is not always easy and trusting people after being hurt is not easy either. I’m not saying to ignore all of the red flags and jump into things. Be smart about it. But even when your heart is throbbing, redirect your love to the people in your life who love you back. Giving my little brother a giant hug and playing his toys with him after a painful experience is one of the ways I feel better. Be thankful for the people you do have and when you are ready and find someone worthy of your time and love, don’t be afraid.

18. Find a job you enjoy. If you hate math but decide to be an accountant because you’ll make good money, you will find yourself dreading going to work. Yes, money is great when used in a smart way but don’t ever pick a career path for the money. If you end up in a job that you’re not crazy about but it’s a way to make money until you find something you enjoy more, that is okay and make the most of it.

19. Ditch your phone and enjoy the world around you. I have no idea what life is going to be like when I raise children, but if today is any indicator, then this is a very important thing to teach to my kids and future students. Stop tweeting your feelings, waiting for ‘likes’, and texting your life away. All of these things will seem like good way of socializing but you’ll realize shortly how distant we actually are from people these days. Instagram might be a good way to look back at memories, but were you even enjoying the moment when it happened?

20. Forget your timeline, things will come to you when they are supposed to. This is something I am currently experiencing. I thought when I was 18 that by my current age I would be married, have a career, and a fabulous closet in a fabulous house. HA. Honestly the ironic part is now that I am almost 21 I realize that i’m not ready for those things. Some people will be. Some people won’t. Don’t stress over the timeline you’ve always had in your head. If you believe in God, then you know He has a plan.

 

 

Foggy Goodness

Check out my super-talented-photographer-and-best-friend’s amazing pictures she took in December in Norman, OK. So, so pretty!

Her blog can be found here.

Kelsey Higley

In early December of last year, Norman, OK was covered in thick blanket of fog. I went out with a few friends to take photos and never got around to editing them! Well, today I had some free time and stumbled across them. Here’s a few of my favorites.

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Becoming: Proverbs 31 Girl ✓

Such a beautiful post that reminds us ladies how to live the way God would want us to.

Proverbs 31, Proverbs 31 Woman, Growing up I always had the mentality that Proverbs 31 was qualities that a wife and mother needed to have. Whenever I read that chapter I always thought to myself “Wow, what an amazing woman of God – I’m going to have a LOT to work on to keep up with the standards that she sets”. Recently as I was once again reading this chapter from the bible it dawned on me that I need to work on having all of those qualities in my life right now – not the day after my wedding. There’s a saying out there about how putting a ring on your finger and getting married does not mean that you will automatically become this amazing wife/husband you thought you would be. If you don’t possess these qualities in your life before marriage, then you won’t have them after you get married either.

I decided to break…

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Livin’ That Pug Life

Yesterday, while on a binge Target shopping trip, I was looking at the swim suits and trying to decide which one would look the least awful on me (I like chocolate, okay?), when I noticed the most adorable “Livin’ That Pug Life” graphic tee. I instantly thought of my fur baby, Sophie. I got Sophie almost one year ago as a newborn pup and was so excited to have a loving, sweet, and calm new best friend. BOY, was I wrong. If having your first dog is like having a baby.. I ended up with the equivalent of extremely hyper and needy triplets. Most of the time between gritted teeth and chasing after her, with what my mom and I like to call ‘the whoopin’ stick’, (a cardboard paper towel roll), It dawns on me that having her is the best form of birth control known to man kind.

By the way, in case anyone was wondering… we’ve never successfully used ‘the whoopin’ stick’. Sophie either runs away too quickly or merely tries to eat it in the act. I should have known that Sophie’s birthday being Cinco De Mayo meant she was fiesty. 

Anyways, back to Target. As i’m standing there looking at this t-shirt a warm fuzzy feeling comes over me and I realize that even though most of the time shes being completely ornery, I really do love my little spitfire (she might get some of that from here mama). Later, an even more mind-boggling thought comes to mind.. what if we all acted like pugs? Of course this idea is absolutely crazy but maybe there’s something we could all learn from pugs. These are my 5 reasons why pugs are the best: 

  1. They love deeply. Nothing makes a pug happier than love and affection from a human, or even a dog best friend (a French Bulldog). Can you imagine if we all loved others that much?
  2. They have an abundance of energy. This might just be during the ‘puppy phase’.. but sheesh, I would love to be able to run around that much.
  3. They aren’t ashamed to eat in front of others. This one might be a bit of an understatement. If you’ve ever seen a pug eat.. you know what I mean.
  4. They can cheer anyone up. I’m almost certain that the best medicine for a bad day is watching a pug chase its curly tail.
  5. They are dedicated companions. Whether you’re in the shower, on the toilet, at the kitchen table.. you can bet that you’re pug will be right next to you every step of the way.

Oh, and in case anyone was curious what my little bundle of joy looks like, here is Ms.Sophie Lane:

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