Stitch Fix #26: November Finds

November 3, 2016

Good morning, friends! I hope your week is going well. I cannot believe it’s already November. I’m getting excited for the holidays and the cooler weather. It’s been in the 70s and 80s here which makes it feel like summer again!


Today I’m sharing my Stitch Fix items for the month of November. I skipped last month so I was really excited to get my items this time around. I’ve been using Stitch Fix for over two years now and it’s still one of my favorite ways to shop. This month I asked my stylist Katie to send me some warm tops for fall. We’re headed to upstate New York later this month to spend Thanksgiving with my family and I know it’s gonna be cold. I was really happy with most of the items I received.


If you haven’t heard of Stitch Fix, it’s an online shopping service that pairs you with a personal stylist who selects 5 items that are sent to you each month. Your stylist chooses items based on a comprehensive style profile that you fill out, your social media accounts (if you share them), and special requests you provide. You keep what you want and return what you don’t. The cost is $20 per month and that gets credited toward any purchases you make. Oh, and Stitch Fix also offers accessories and shoes!


If you’d like to try Stitch Fix for yourself (psst…they now offer Men’s!) please consider using my referral link (TIA!).


Okay, here we go!


Melodee Cowl Neck Pullover ($64) / Stellana Puffer Vest ($68)

I love this gray cowl neck pullover by Emily Rose. It fits really well and it’s warm as heck! Plus it has pockets on the front and a slightly longer back. I’ve paired it over some black leggings and I really like the look.

This black puffer vest by Marc New York is a nice layer piece that can be paired with anything. I like that it’s thin so you can easily add it over a sweater or long-sleeve top and not feel overheated. It has a fun flare collar and the back has an adjustable belt to make it a bit more form fitting.


Delia Striped Square Scarf ($34)

I love everything about this scarf. It’s a great way to add some warmth without too much bulk. I’m digging the stripes and fringe, too. In case you’re unsure how to tie a blanket scarf, check out this article.

Fierro Elbow Patch Crew Neck Sweater ($58)

This crew neck sweater by BRIXON IVY was really soft and simple, but it was a bit too plain for me. Don’t you love my face? Ha. I wasn’t a big fan of the lace patches on the sleeves either. At $58, I just wasn’t prepared to spend that much money on this item since I didn’t see myself reaching for it all that often. However, it would be nice layered over a collared shirt or paired with a skirt.



What did you think of my items?

Are you using Stitch Fix? I’d love to hear what you think!


Stitch Fix #25: September finds

September 15, 2016
A Fit Mess

Hey all! I’m excited to share my September Stitch Fix items with you. My stylist Katie sent me some awesome items and I was really happy with most of her picks. I mentioned to her in this month’s styling note that I wasn’t really looking for anything in particular, but requested some casual, lifestyle pieces. And as usual, she delivered.


For those who are unfamiliar with Stitch Fix, it’s an online shopping service that matches you with a personal stylist who selects and sends you 5 items based on your style profile, Pinterest Style Board, and specific requests. You keep what you want and return what you don’t – all without ever paying shipping fees. Your $20 monthly fee gets credited toward any purchases you make. For tips on how to make the most out of your fixes, read this post.


What I appreciate most about Stitch Fix is the convenience. Items are sent directly to my doorstep and I can try everything on in the comfort of my own home. I decide what I want, check out using the Stitch Fix app on my phone, and place any items I want to return directly in my mail box. It’s that easy!


Another thing I appreciate about Stitch Fix is it’s customer focus. They love feedback – not only about the apparel, but the service itself. More than once I’ve received notice that the company is changing its process or offerings based on customer feedback. One example of this? They now offer exchanges on items! If you love an item, but it doesn’t quite fit you can request another size (if it’s available).


Psst – they now have a MEN’S service so check it out if the man in your life could use help new clothes.


Okay, let’s jump in to my review!


Teighlor Slim Fit Drawstring Jogger Pant  (by good hYOUman) $78

A Fit Mess

These pants! I absolutely adore these jogger pants. Functional, comfortable, yet still make me feel put together.  I wouldn’t mind running errands or meeting a friend out for coffee in these pants. The material is high quality, too.

A Fit Mess

Unfortunately, they were just a bit too long and loose. I tried rolling up the bottoms, but was still left with a lot of material throughout the legs. I was hoping to exchange them for an XS, but they only had M and L left. So sad and disappointing for me (#curseoftheshortlegs).

Teighlor Slim Fit Drawstring Jogger Pant (by good hYOUman)

Teighlor Slim Fit Drawstring Jogger Pant (by good hYOUman)

Shoes – FLOJOS


Argus Lace Detail Knit Top (by Papermoon) $44

And this top was also a love! Papermoon always impresses me both on the style and uniqueness of its products. I really loved the knit material of this top and the light cream color. It could easily transition into a fall piece if layered under a chunky cardigan or flannel shirt.

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Argus Lace Detail Knit Top (by Papermoon)

I really like the lace detail on the back and the cap sleeves.

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I wore this top recently to a play date and paired it with my distressed denim shorts from my May Fix (total love).

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Shorts – Kaiden distressed denim shorts (Stitch Fix #22)

Sandals Banana Republic (I think) – similar


Karlie Layered Lariat (by Jules Smith) $48

This layered lariat necklace by Jules Smith is really delicate and pretty. I like that it has a more casual look to it as well so you could totally wear it with a t-shirt and jeans.

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Matt T-Shirt Knit Dress (by RD Style) $54

You had me at t-shirt dress. This dress is all sorts of cozy. It has a small front pocket and a tiny slit on the bottom for added detail. It was slightly longer in the back and made for comfort.

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I cropped my head out because I had RBF in every single picture. Ha ha!

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Gustav One Pocket Chambray Top (by Skies are Blue) $58

I was excited to see this chambray top in my fix. It reminded me of a similar shirt I wore about a zillion times while in college (eek – a decade ago!). It’s a soft brushed denim with mid length sleeves that can be rolled up slightly. Super, cute and very soft.

chambray top

Shorts – Banana Republic Outlet


I decided to send it back after trying it on and realizing it wasn’t doing much for me. Then I attempted to take it off and realized it was almost impossible to get out of it. Sheesh!


That’s it! I was very happy with this month’s fix. I skipped last month because I knew I’d be traveling and wasn’t looking to spend any money on clothing so I was especially excited to receive my September items.


If you received a good fix, I’d love to know! Please feel free to share your comments below or a link to your review!


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Stitch Fix #24: July finds

July 7, 2016
A Fit Mess

Hey all! I’m excited to be back with another Stitch Fix review. As per usual, my July items did not disappoint – I liked just about everything I received. Of course, I’d love to know what you think.


If you aren’t familiar with Stitch Fix, it’s an online shopping service that pairs you with a personal stylist who selects 5 items specifically for you based on your style profile, Pinterest Style Board (if you create one), and special requests. Keep what you want and return what you don’t. Your $20 monthly fee gets credited toward any purchases you make. For tips on how to make the most out of your fixes, read this post.


Plus, check out this special offer: If you sign up for your first Stitch Fix using my referral link and receive your shipment by July 28, we will BOTH get $25 credited to our accounts. This more than covers your first delivery fee so it’s a great way to try the service without spending a dime!



Okay, let’s get into the goods.


Crissie Dress (by Pixley) 

This cotton/linen dress by Pixley is exactly my style. The tulip trim on top is darling and I love that the straps are adjustable. Annnddd there are pockets on the front! Let’s agree that pockets on dresses are quite amazing. What I love most about this dress is the cut out feature on the back and cinched waist! This dress would be lovely for a night out or paired with some sandals for a more casual look.

A Fit Mess

A Fit Mess

Shuglas Bar Back Knit Top (by Pixley)

I wasn’t sure how I felt about this top, but when I tried it on I knew I was going to keep it. It’s a light cream color with specks of black throughout. I love the fun design on the arms.

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The best part is the double bar back! I am wearing a NuBra with this top.

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Licia Cuffed Denim Short (by Just Black)

These shorts (shown above and below) were a tad loose around the waist and in the back. I think by design they are supposed to be a boyfriend fit so if you’re looking for a relaxed style, you may want to check these out. The cuff can be rolled up or down to change up the length.

denim shorts

Elle Woven Clutch (by Urban Expressions)

Yep. Love. This clutch was made for me. It’s small, but it would replace my wallet and could easily be carried on my wrist or over my shoulder (I removed the strap for the pictures). It would also be cute for a night out (once in a blue moon for us!).  I like the woven look and I think gray may be one of my favorite accessory colors since it can be paired with basically anything.

A Fit Mess

A Fit Mess

Rodolfo Mixed Material Top (by Skies are Blue)

I appreciate the effort with this top, but it just wasn’t right for me. It made me feel a bit shapeless, but perhaps I should have paired it with shorts? I would have preferred a cap sleeve or even sleeves for this top.

A Fit Mess

A Fit Mess

That’s it! I was happy with this month’s fix. I pushed my August shipment out a bit to try to get a handle on my spending (ahem!). Sometimes I can’t help myself.


If you received a good fix, I’d love to know! Please feel free to share your comments below or a link to your review!


P.S. Don’t forget to check out yesterday’s Beautycounter review and enter my GIVEAWAY!

Weekend in review: family visit + good times

Heeeyyyy! How are you? I hope everyone had a great weekend. We had an eventful and fun couple of days over here. Let’s cover the highlights, shall we?

Matt’s father, step-mother, sister, and niece came in for the weekend. We had fun catching up with everyone. The girls especially loved hanging out with their cousin…and jumping on the air mattress.


Friday night I stayed in with the girls while everyone went out to dinner. We watched Monsters, Inc., ate popcorn, and snuggled on the couch.

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Saturday morning we headed out for our niece and nephew’s bar / bat mitzvah. All dressed up – so cute! Their outfits (including the sandals) are from Old Navy (psst – all toddler tank, tees, shorts, and swimwear are 50% off right now!).


The girls got restless after an hour (it’s a long service!) so I took them to Whole Foods for a distraction and Matt stayed for the remainder of the ceremony.


We grabbed some breakfast and snacks while we were out.n Ashlyn looks like she was caught in the act.


Later on we headed out for the evening celebration at Top of the Hill sans kiddos. I wore my new Galen laser cut dress that I received in last month’s Stitch Fix shipment.


It was a really fun party. Lots of food and drinks, a DJ, a touching video montage, and dancing.


We loved the photo and prop station. What an awesome idea! My sister-in-law thinks of everything!


Sunday we said good-bye to our family and spent the morning lounging around. I didn’t change out of my pjs until lunch time. I was really tired from the week and weekend.


Yes, I was definitely THAT person wandering around my neighborhood in my sweats with my coffee clutched to me. I may have had four cups of coffee.


Last week’s workouts (strength portions based off of

Monday – strength

  • smith machine/include pull ups 3 x10
  • bent over barbell row – heavy! 3 x 8
  • seated cable row 3 x 8
  • wide grip lat pulldown 3 x10
  • one-arm DB row 3 x 8
  • underhand lat pulldown 3 x10
  • back extensions 3 x 8

Tuesday – strength and cardio

AM @home:

  • DB press on stability ball 5 x 8
  • pushups 3 x 15
  • side to side pushups 3 x 10
  • DB lateral raise 3 x 10
  • toe touches with 15# weight
  • crunch with 15# weight
  • reverse crunch 3 x 20


3 mile run <–felt great!



Thursday – strength (85% max effort)

  • BB curl 3 x 10
  • hammer curl with ropes 3 x 10
  • alternating hammer curl 3 x 10
  • dips 3 x 15
  • skull crushers 3 x 10
  • tricep OH extension 3 x 10
  • bicycle crunches 3 x 25
  • v-ups 3 x 10
  • leg raises 3 x 10




Orangetheory (lots of sprinting)


60 min yin yoga

Overall, I feel pretty good about my workouts this week. My right shin has been bothering me a bit, most likely due to the running. I may switch some of my cardio to the bike or rower this week. I also really need to get more yoga in. I notice that aches and pains start to creep up when I don’t make more of an effort to practice at least twice per week.

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I hope you all have a wonderful day!

What did you do this weekend? I love to hear what others are up to!