April 19, 2014

Happenings in Hodgensville - Stitch Fix

This box makes me happy

I am stepping away from the typically book review and sharing a piece of myself with you. For this month, I'm sharing my passion for a new element I've added to my life.

A few months ago I was out shopping with a friend of mine. She mentioned that she has been working with Stitch Fix for a while, a personal on-line styling service. We spoke about it for a while, and after visiting the website, I thought I would give it a try.

I am in my second month, and I will say that I LOVE IT! I really love it. I love it so much that I want to share it with you.

What IS Stitch Fix?

Stitch Fix is an personal styling service that charges you a $20 styling fee—a fee that is immediately put toward any purchase you make. You fill out an exhaustive survey on your body type, what you like to wear, what type of pieces you would like to receive, your favorite styles to wear, how much you’re willing to spend, etc.  I did say the survey was exhaustive, right?

They “schedule” your box, and you wait. Upon arrival, you will find five pieces—one is usually an accessory—that you can try on at home and decide what you want to keep.

There is a pre-paid envelope in your box, so anything you do not want to keep can easily be placed in and dropped at your local post office.

It really is that simple. And, if you love all five pieces, you not only have the $20 styling fee toward your purchase but also receive a 25% discount on every piece. BUT, only IF you purchase all five items.

They also have an amazing referral program. You can share your referral link to Facebook and Twitter and on your blog and receive $25 credit when your friends/family/referrals receive their first Fix. (Mine is located at the bottom of this post.)

What I love about it is this—as your check out on their website, you tell them if you’re keeping the piece or returning. Then, they ask you specific questions on the style of the piece, the price, the fit, and any additional comments you wish to make. About every single piece.

For my second box, I was very specific in my comments on how the pieces fit, what I wanted to see in my box next, etc.

Here is why I really love Stitch Fix:
1.    I love to shop but am sometimes too busy.
2.    I love clothes and always want to add pieces.
3.    I am completely intimidated about trends and how to dress my body.
4.    I enjoy having pieces chosen for me from CA, giving me something fresh and new I might not find locally.
5. They send styling cards for each piece, showing you how you can wear it in the day as well as evening. Love. This.

Here is why my husband loves Stitch Fix:

1.    He doesn’t have to go shopping with me as often.
2.    He doesn’t feel the pressure of helping me pick out pieces.
3.    He loves to see how excited I get when I see my box on my front porch.
4.    He enjoys seeing what is waiting for me in my box too—because he knows my love for clothes.

Sharing my April Fix

Here is what was in my April box—enjoy!

The packaging is so adorable. The envelope contains my styling cards, a note written to me about why the pieces were picked, and the invoice. 

opening the box
Here are the styling cards. I love these. They are a great way to see how I can style the pieces to fit my own personal style. I also love that they give both a day and a night look. I love looking at these before unwrapping the tissue paper to see what has been picked for me.

I keep ALL of my style cards

I find unwrapping of the tissue paper as exciting as Christmas morning. I mean, I know I already know what is IN the paper, but it is still fun to see it and to know that someone picked out the looks just for me. I am especially pleased that box of my boxes have been a 100% hit with me. 

style cards + looks = happiness

So here are the looks, unwrapped. The shirt is an exact replica of a dress I received in my first box. I love that maxi dress, not something I would've picked out on my own, and those jeans and shirt are an absolute win. Now, I was nervous about having pants sent to me. I am very picky about my pants, but I decided to give it a try. If you count, you see four pieces. 

love all of these

 My fifth was a necklace, again a piece I wouldn't have picked for myself because of its size and color. I have a bulging disc in my neck, and I was concerned. But, I put it on and it wasn't near as heavy as I expected. I didn't have an issue at all the day I wore it.

The necklace of awesome
The necklace was picked to go with the jeans/striped shirt look you see above. What a wonderful color combo. I never would have paired a navy blue striped shirt with that necklace. I wore the entire look to school and received numerous compliments.

seriously love these jeans
This was my absolute favorite look. Those jeans are soooo comfy. The fit was absolutely perfect. The cuff is sewn, which is nice, and on the left leg it has that "worn" look (I think that's what it's called.) I am a jeans/shirt kind of gal, and the look was a 100% win with me.

can't talk jeans without talking back view
I really love the look of my butt in these jeans too. Anytime I find a pair where my butt looks firm, I am sold. Yep, I went there. But ladies, we all know that the way our butt looks in jeans is the most important part, for most of us.

I loved the dress and the shirt, but as a I said, I had that shirt as a dress already. I kept the shirt because financially, it was cheaper to keep all 5 pieces than to keep the 4 I loved and to return the shirt. It was like the shirt was free with the 25% discount, so I kept it, and I've worn it. I love the material and the color (navy blue with white polka dots). 

The only piece I haven't worn to work yet has been the dress. It has been too cold or rainy to have it make an appearance. I am hoping for beautiful weather this coming week so I can wear it. 

As a whole, I am in love with Stitch Fix. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my next box scheduled for May. If any of you are interested giving it a shot, visit their website. If you click on this link, I will receive $25.00 credit when you receive your first fix, and I know my husband will be ever so grateful to you.

Do any of you already do Stitch Fix? Do you blog about your styles? If so, leave me a link below so I can "pin" it to my Pinterest board. 

Happy Shopping!

-      The Hodgenator

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