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April Stitch Fix Review #stitchfix

I am always excited when I get my Stitch Fix box in the mail every month. This month I asked for a grey pair of jeans and some spring tops. I do want to say that I was very disappointed in this month’s box I didn’t keep anything. Three of the items were way too expensive to even consider keeping even if I did like them.

Ok let me show you what I got

 

Donna Morgan Jade V-neck Dress $98. It was too small and way too expensive.

Donna Morgan dress

Papermoon Magguie Lasercut Detail Blouse $44. This top is not my style at all. Just Black Faye Skinny Jean $88. These were to small and too expensive

Papermoon Blouse

Skies are Blue Zemo Embroided Top. This top was too small and not my style at all.

Skies are Blue Top

Eden Society Westwood Dot Lined Blazer $98. This was also too small and too expensive.

Eden Society Blazer

Here is the style cards that help you know how you can style the items you receive.

style cards

I will lose my $20 styling fee this month because I didn’t keep anything. But there was nothing I even remotely liked enough to keep. I am going to try one more fix from Stitch Fix. This is my #12 box I would think by now they would have my style somewhat down.

If you want to see my previous Stitch Fixes you can do so here.

If you want to try out Stitch Fix for yourself you can sign up here.

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March 2016 Stitch Fix #stitchfix

It is that time again Stitch Fix time!!!

I am always so excited when I get my Stitch Fix box. This month I asked them to send me leggings and a crossbody bag. So I was extra excited for this box to see what else they sent me.

If you don’t know what Stitch Fix it is a subscription box and they send you apparel and accessories. If you keep all 5 items you get a 25% discount off of your order. There is a $25 styling fee that goes towards whatever you purchase. If you want to find out even more about Stitch Fix you can read my first Stitch Fix post.

Are you ready to see what I got ok here we go

Crossbody Bag

 

 

Shiraleah Jesse Crossbody Bag $48. I returned this only because two weekends ago I purchased a crossbody bag.

Chambrai shirt and leggings

 

Rune Porter Legging $38. I kept these they were super comfortable and I can wear them with so much.

Chambrai Ramsdell Button Down Top $58. I just don’t like denim shirts and it was pricey. I returned it.

 

Loveappella top

Loveappella Almond Double Layer Contrast Tee Knit Top $54. I liked this shirt but this is way too much for a top. I returned it.

vneck top

Laila Jayde Bali V-Neck Top $44. This shirt was soft but it was clingy. I retuned it.

Stitch Fix detail

style cards

If you want to see my other Stitch Fix posts you can check them out here. If you want to try out Stitch Fix for yourself you can do so here

What do you think I should have kept?

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February Stitch Fix #stitchfix

I am always so excited to get my Stitch Fix it is like getting a present in the mail. Stitch Fix is a subscription box that you can monthly, bi-monthly, etc it contains apparel and accessories. You can read more about Stitch Fix here.

I got my Stitch Fix on Saturday. I would like to know your thoughts on what I received in this month’s Stitch Fix.

 

Loveappella Evie Draw String Funnel Neck Sweatshirt in Navy $64. I was not a fan of this because of the funnel neck. It was comfy but just not my style. Returned

Loveappella Funnel Neck Sweater

 

Lemon Tart Kienna Patch Detail Pullover Sweater $68. I really don’t like stripes and especially didn’t like the patches. Returned

Lemon Tart Patch Detail Sweater

41 Hawthorn Presley Colorblock Button-Back Sweater in Coral $68. I don’t like the colorblock on this sweater. It was also weird to have the buttons on the back. Returned

41Hawthorn Colorbloack Sweater

 

Market& Spruce Bernadette Lace Overlay Raglan Top $58. I didn’t like the lace overlay on the shirt. Returned

Market Spruce Lace Overlay Top

41 Hawthorn Queensland Dolman Jersey Top in teal green. I really like this color I kept it so I wouldn’t lose the $20 styling fee. They already sent me a dolman top awhile back that I kept. Dolman tops are not my favorite.

41Hawthorn Dolman Top

Here are the style cards that give you ideas on how to style the clothes

February style cards

If you want to see some of my past Stitch Fix boxes you can see them below

November Stitch Fix

December Stitch Fix

January Stitch Fix

What do you think I should have kept?

 

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January Stitch Fix #stitchfix

I was so excited to get my January Stitch Fix, it is like getting a Christmas present in the mail. Let me tell you a little bit about Stitch Fix if you haven’t heard about it. Stitch Fix is a subscription box that send you clothing and accessories. You fill out a style profile and can also create a Pinterest board with inspiration and items you like so your stylist knows what you like. You can link your Pinterest board to your profile. There is a $20 styling fee but if you purchase anything the $20 goes toward your purchase. If you purchase all of the items you get 25% discount.

Oh my gosh I absolutely loved this month’s box so much I am keeping everything. The stylist nailed my style this time.

January Stitch Fix

My first outfit includes Liverpool Colleen Straight Leg Jean ($78) and Loveappella Nelli Knit Top ($34). The jeans fit like a dream as usual. They always send amazing jeans.

Liverpool jeans &Loveappella

Next shirt which I had pinned to my Pinterest board so I love it. 41 Hawthorn Filbert 3/4 Sleeve Popover Blouse($58)

41 Hawthorn

Oh I love this next one another one I had pinned on my Pinterest board. Market & Spruce Alan French Terry Asymmetrical Zip Cardigan($68). You can wear it how I have it or unzip and wear it as an open cardigan

Market & Spruce

The last one is Market & Spruce Abrielle Color Block Sweater ($58) When I tried this on the first time I got lipstick on it so I had to wash it and had no one here to take a picture so this is the best I could do.

Market & Spruce Sweater

Here is they style cards which are so nice to give you some ideas on how to style the items you received.

Market & Spruce Sweater

If you want to try out Stitch Fix you can do so here.

If you would like to see what I have got in my other Stitch Fix boxes

December Stitch Fix

November Stitch Fix

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December Stitch Fix Review #stitchfix

I love shopping for clothes and having a variety of clothing to choose from. Wouldn’t it be awesome if someone would shop for you and send you a box full of clothing and accessories. Well your in luck because Stitch Fix does just that for you.

If you want to read more about Stitch Fix checkout my last Stitch Fix post for more details.

I am always so excited to get my monthly Stitch Fix box this month was no different. Checkout what I got in my December Stitch Fix.

 

 

Olive & Oak Alvin Striped long sleeve sweater $68

Stitch Fix sweater

Keep or return: It was very comfortable but I just don’t think I look good in stripes so I returned this sweater. Plus the price was way too high.

 

Pixley Martina Slub Knit Open Cardigan $48

Stitch Fix cardigan

Keep or return: I just didn’t like this and knew I would never wear it

 

Kut from the Kloth Jonathan Skinny Corduroy pants $48 and

Skies are Blue Meskie Open Back Blouse  $54

Stitch Fix Dec

Keep or return: I decided to return these because they were too long and I didn’t care for the color. I also returned the blouse because I didn’t like the print.

 

Romolo Genevieve Stacked Chevron Pendant Necklace $28

Stitch Fix necklace

Keep or return: I am definitely keeping this, I had it pinned on my clothing board so I was so excited to get it.

 

If you want to try Stitch Fix out for yourself you can do so here.

 

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November Stitch Fix Review #stitchfix

I have never done a post on Stitch Fix before but this is my 7th Stitch Fix box. It is like Christmas when I get my Stitch Fix. I love shopping especially for clothes, I get unique clothes from Stitch Fix that I wouldn’t find in any of the stores I shop in.

Stitch Fix

First let me tell you a little bit about Stitch Fix.  The first thing you do is fill out a personal style profile so they know what your style is, how much you want to spend, and what type of clothes and accessories you like. You then choose the date you want your box shipped and you can also choose the frequency you want. (ex every 2-3 weeks, every month, every month, or every 3 months) Once you get your box you have 3  days to decide what you want to keep. They provide you a a pre-paid bag to send back the items you don’t want.

You can also create a Pinterest Board and pin styles that you like and add the link into your style profile. This will help your stylist know what pieces you want and like. Here is a link to mine so you can see an example . Clothing Pinterest Board.

You will get an email before your shipment asking you if you want to add a note for your stylist. You can add anything you want such as I only want shirts this month or you can tell them specific items you want such as any of the items I received.

There is a styling fee of $20 however that goes towards your purchase if you keep anything. If you keep all five items you will get a 25% discount.

So now for the fun part you get to see all of the lovely pieces I got in my November Stitch Fix. They have it all packaged nicely.

Stitch Fix

The first thing I opened was the jacket I received

Stitch Fix

This jacket is called Sutton Faux Leather Trim Quilted Jacket and the price is $88.00. I do like this jacket I am just not sure how much I would wear it,

Here comes the next one actually two things

Stitch Fix

 

I am wearing Liverpool Loren Bootcut Jeans and they are priced at $78 and Loveapella Morgan Knit Raglan Top and it is priced at $54. I really like this shirt I had this shirt pinned on my board.

The next shirt is

Stitch Fix

This shirt is Laila Jade Wilson Cowl Neck Knit Top priced at $58. This shirt is a little sheer so I had to put on a black tank top underneath it. I don’t have any cowl neck shirts but I really like it and I had it pinned to my board.

and now the last one

Stitch Fix

 

This one is 41Hawthorn Abrianna Longsleeve Knit Cardigan priced at $48. This cardigan is so comfy and I love the color.

This post was hard to do for me I don’t like pictures of me. But at least you get to see what the clothes look like on.

I am still not sure on what I am keeping. If I keep everything it would be $224.50 which is just way too much to spend and that is even with the 25% discount and $20 stylist credit.

If you would like to try Stitch Fix you can sign up here.

What do you think I should keep and what should I send back? Please also let me know if you like these kind of posts.

 

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Setting A Clothing Budget For Your Family

clothes budget

Whether it’s back to school shopping for the kids, that unexpected growth spurt, or the job that requires a little more professional wear, it may seem like your clothing costs are constantly growing. And because clothing in general is a necessity, it can be hard to say no to clothes when you can identify at least one reason you’ll wear them. Justification, however, may be the worst trap in your family’s clothing budget – causing you to spend far more than you can afford. It’s time to take a step back and reevaluate.

Instead, it’s time to set budget limits for your family’s clothes shopping expeditions. Here are some ways you can trim your costs to a more reasonable figure while still making sure everyone is dressed appropriately.

Plan And Prioritize

There are certain clothing costs that are unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean they’re unpredictable. Before you set a number for your clothing budget, consider what’s coming up this year. Are you kids likely to grow or start a new activity that will have clothing expenses, like dance or soccer? Will you have to attend a formal event that you don’t have appropriate clothing for? Write these down and choose an amount for these specific concerns. These are expenses you can plan for in the budget.

Don’t Be Afraid Of Returns

One way to make sure you stick to your clothing budget is by writing down what you spend and returning clothes when you go over the budget. This means you have to stay on top of return policies and reassess your clothing choices to determine if you really need an item. For some, resistance to returning clothes can also help curtail your spending. No one wants to stand in the returns line.

You might also restrict your spending using a subscription system like Stitch Fix for your personal clothing choices. Stitch Fix send you clothes based on a style profile and you send back whatever you don’t want, paying only for what you keep. This is a great way to control one section of your spending and their selections are also based on your budget settings.

Makes Friends With Sales

If you haven’t already, you’ll want to learn how to shop sales effectively. This works best in conjunctions with your priority plan. If you know at the beginning of the year you’ll have to attend an event in early winter, months from now, you can take advantage of end of winter sales. Since sales typically correspond with what’s going out of style and season, shopping ahead can actually help you cut costs.

It also helps to regularly check the sales at stores you like. If Lysse’s style is your thing, check their sales section regularly and based on your priorities and budget, shop when the prices are low. You should also check popular coupon sites like Retail Me Not to find discount codes when you’re looking for some new clothes.

What an appropriate clothing budget is for your family will depend on your income, other priorities, where you live, and a range of other features. But by having a budget, you ensure that there’s some structure to your spending and that can make a big difference in the long term.

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Day 1 of 31 Days of Living Well Spending Zero #LWSZ

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Today the 31 days of Living Well Spending Zero started and today I signed the commitment and posted it on Instagram.

There is a ground rule sheet that you fill out showing:

  • groceries/toiletry items you will be buying
  • things you have committed to paying this month (utilities, mortgage, etc)
  • things you absolutely can’t purchase this month 

She has some suggestions on what to cut out for the month such as going out to eat at restaurants, coffee at coffee shops, cosmetics, etc.

So this morning I went online to my bank website and pulled up all of my transactions so I could see any monthly bills/charges that I could eliminate. I subscribe to two beauty boxes which I cancelled which will save $22 a month. I subscribe to Stitch Fix so I skipped my shipment for this month that saved me at least $20, I have to pay $20 to just get sent the box that covers the stylist fee plus I usually purchase at least one item out of the box.  I also subscribed to another monthly subscription box that I cancelled that was $10 a month.

I get my dog his food online and I skipped this month’s shipment since I already have two bags so I won’t need any for at least 2 months. The cost would have been $39.50. I have also decided to cancel my newspaper delivery which is $11, I only get the paper on weekends and the only reason I got it was for the coupons. Kum & Go (gas station) offers a Des Moines Register for only $1 with a $20 gas purchase so I plan on getting my paper that way.

I plan on keeping track of every purchase I make this month. I think I am going to have a hard time not getting coffee at Starbucks. I usually go there at least once a week, but I have a Keurig machine and plenty of coffee at home that I can make.

I think this is going to be a tough challenge but I know it is going help me rethink my purchases.

If you want to sign up for the 31 Days Living Well Spending Zero Challenge you still can sign up here.

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Invest In A Sewing Machine And Save Money

              
The modern home is filled with a myriad of appliances and machines, many of which simply collect dust. But sewing machines are very practical home appliances because they can be used to fix clothes and heavy duty work. More and more people are becoming interested in building personal knowledge and independence. This means they are able to look after themselves, save money, and exercise their creativity.
 
Why Learn to Sew: Enjoyment
 
Sewing can encompass many things. It can be as creative and original as your imagination. Designing clothing or household textiles will give you options of style and pattern that will set you apart from the monotonous offerings in your local shop. Sewing provides a creative outlet that can enrich your soul and bring pleasure while providing a practical purpose in your home. The art of sewing is in danger of becoming a lost skill, which is unfortunate as it can increase the general self-sufficiency and resiliency of life.
 
Why Learn to Sew: Practicality
 
Purchasing a sewing machine gives you more than a creative outlet, though. Even if you never sew a full outfit, learning to sew is a very practical way to save money and live an environmentally friendly lifestyle. Our culture has become very reliant on convenience and we often find it easier to toss and replace an item, rather than repair it. But with a little practice, the simple skill of mending can save the life of loved garments, keep unnecessary things out of landfills, and save money. The mending of a seam takes only a moment on a machine and it ends up being far more secure than a hand stitch. Most machines now use what is called a lockstitch (Wikipedia) and it creates a stitch that will not easily be ripped out if one thread should break.
 
Investing in a sewing machine offers you the chance to be creative, resourceful, and budget savvy. The chance to work with your hands and expand your ingenuity is delightfully matched with the opportunity to save money. Not many crafts, pastimes, or jobs can offer the satisfaction all of these things.

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