Sunday, April 19, 2015

Thrifting: April 2015

With spring finally arriving in Minnesota (they weren't kidding about the 6 month winters), this weekend felt like a good time to do some spring shopping. Since I'm more of a thrift shopper than a mall-goer, I headed over to Plato's Closet and Turnstyle to find some new pieces. And I'm so happy with what I found!

1. Gold Ann Taylor Peep-Toe Pumps - $15.00

I once had a pair of shiny gold heels that I adored. Unfortunately, I loved them to death, and I've been wearing my boring black works heels ever since.

When I saw these shoes in Turnstyle, it was love at first sight. Not only are they well made, GOLD, and the perfect height, they also have a semi-wedge heel (there's probably a technical name for it, but I'm too lazy to google it) so they are very easy to walk in. I wish I could wear them with everything!

2. Navy Blue Gap Skirt - $10.00

I've been searching for a full skirt in a basic color like navy or white, so I was very happy to find this one. It's a tiny bit shorter than I would have preferred, but I'm still very happy with it. Plus it has pockets!

I took this picture in the Turnstyle dressing room, and now I desperately want a huge mirror in my bedroom. 

I paired the skirt with the Alantis Lace Top from my last Stitch Fix and the Ann Taylor pumps.
Same outfit, but from the comfort of my own home. Did I mention I love these shoes?

3. Peach / Coral Celebrity Pink Jeans - $13.00

I feel like I see peach and mint skinny jeans all over Pinterest but I can't seem to find them in a store to save my life! These jeans were a bit long, but the ends tuck under nicely. I think I'm going to hem them and take them in a bit at the ankle so that they have a slightly more flattering shape. But I'm so happy to have finally added a pair to my closet! Even if I'm still figuring out how to style them...

I tried them with a black blouse this morning.

But I think I like the jeans color better with lighter tops, so I tried a grey blouse (from my days working in a boutique in SoHo) and a leopard print belt.

I think my favorite look is pairing the jeans with the lace top though. The top is quickly becoming one of my favorite pieces!

4. Navy Charlotte Russe Dress - $8.00

This dress is comfortable, flattering, and it has pockets! (As far as pockets are concerned, this was a fabulous thrifting haul.) I paired this dress with the gold heels and necklace again. Have I mentioned that I love these heels? The straps of this dress do have a tendency to fall down, so I'm going to add a pin or a snap or something of that nature to keep it in place. But it should be an easy fix for such an inexpensive dress!

So what do you guys think? Any styling tips for the jeans? Are you all as in love with pockets as I am? And have you gotten a chance to go thrifting yourselves? I'd love to see your finds!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Stitch Fix #2: April 2015

Despite my ho-hum attitude back in February, I decided to give Stitch Fix another try. To be perfectly honest, this was partly because a few of you used my referral code to try it out yourselves. So thank you!

After some miscommunication with my stylist last time, I decided to be super, uber, insanely specific this time around. I left a VERY detailed note along these lines:

1. Please send me a fit and flare dress in a fun, spring color.
2. Please send me a full skirt that sits at my natural waist. FULL. NATURAL WAIST. Please don't send a skin-tight jersey pencil skirt again. Please.
3. Also jeans just like the ones in the last box, but an inch shorter.

And then I filled my Pinterest board with looks I liked.

Happily, my stylist did an awesome job this month! I'm so impressed with how well she nailed my style. Unhappily, I only budgeted $50 for this fix, so I can't keep more than one item. Please help!

1. Sauna Curved Bar Necklace - $28
Oh, hello chest. And bra straps. And hands.
Clearly I'm still working on my photography skills here. 
I'm a fan of gold jewelry (and by "fan" I mean I straight-up won't buy anything else), so this was a good pick by my stylist. But this one was a bit too simple for my tastes. When I'm going for simple, I usually wear a pendant necklace.Then again, if this wound up in my jewelry box, I'd probably wear it occasionally

Verdict: Returned

2. Alantis Lace Top - $54
Hello, pink socks!
To be honest, when I pulled this out of the box, I hated it. Once I put it on, I was so-so. Once I paired it with my gray cardigan, I started to like it. And now that I've been wearing it for the past hour, I think I'm in love.

 Verdict: Kept

**Update** This has been in my closet for a month and it it officially my favorite piece! I have to resist wearing it every day! I recommend pairing with pastel jeans or a skater skirt.
Look, I put on shoes!

3. Lyla Skirt  - $48
This piece on the other hand, I was so excited for. I asked for a skirt that sat at my natural waist, and, TA-DA, my stylist sent one. But then I put it on, and...I just don't know. Do I like this skirt? Do I hate this skirt? Do I just still need to find the right style for this skirt?

And... bra straps.

It's made of a cotton jersey material and it has an elastic waistband, so it feels too casual to wear to work. But the pleats and the length make it feel too conservative for the weekend. I tried pairing it with a blue cardigan to try out an office look, and it's kind of growing on me.

I think in the end, it's just too long. The same skirt 2-3 inches shorter might have been perfect.

Verdict: Returned

4. Carissa Striped Fit & Flare Dress - $64
I love the fit of this dress. I think the fitted (but stretchy!) top and loose skirt are very flattering, and exactly the type of thing I would wear. But I hate the color combo. I have a lot of grey and navy in my closet, but putting them together on this dress? I think the whole thing just seems kind of drab and sad. I wanted peppy and springy! If this dress had been pink and white stripes or mint and white or navy and white, I think I'd be head over heels. But instead, I'm on the fence. Is it worth going $14 over my budget to by a flattering, but less than perfect dress? I don't know.

Verdict: Returned

5. Paola Skinny Jean - $88
Like the last pair of jeans that Stitch Fix sent, these fit perfectly. Like, perfect length, perfect stretch, everything. Unfortunately, I can't justify buying another pair of denim, blue-wash jeans. I meant to request coral or mint jeans, but I forgot to add it to my Stylist Note. Mea culpa!

It's possible I need to clean my mirror.

Verdict: Returned

On a different note, anyone know where can I find some flattering mint jeans or coral jeans?

Summary (Updated)
1. Sauna Curved Bar Necklace - $28: Returned
2. Alantis Lace Top - $54: Kept
3. Lyla Skirt  - $48: Returned
4. Carissa Striped Fit & Flare Dress - $64: Returned
5. Paola Skinny Jean - $88: Returned

So, what do you think? What should I keep? And did I make the right decision sending back the jeans?

Wait, What Is Stitch Fix?
Never heard of Stitch Fix? Stitch Fix is a personal stylist service that delivers hand-selected clothes straight to your door (or, in my case, your local FedEx location). When you sign up for a box, you fill out a style profile, request certain items and, if you choose to, share a Pinterest page full of styles you love. To complete your order, you pay a $20 styling fee, which covers shipping and can be applied to any items you want to keep from the box.

Then, a StitchFix stylist choose five clothing or accessory items based on your info and sends them to you. You can chooses your preferred price range, but items generally run around $50-$55 per piece.

When the box arrives, you have three days to try on the items, pair them with other clothing in your wardrobe and decide which pieces you want to keep. You pay online for the things you keep and send back (free of charge) anything you don't want. And if you keep all five, you get a 25% discount!

If you'd like to try it out yourself, you can click here:

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