What I Wore: Stitch Fix Edition

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Have you ever tried Stitch Fix?  I have been using their service for years.  In fact, I just received my 36th fix!

If you’re not familiar with Stitch Fix, its an online styling service, where you fill out all sorts of information about yourself and your clothing styles and preferences, sizes and budget, and a stylist curates a box of 5 items for you.  You get a box in the mail of 5 items (clothing, jewelry and shoes if you like), try them all on, and return whatever you don’t want.

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A few confessions: I love to shop, so this service doesn’t really meet a need of mine to have someone help me figure out what looks good on my body.  If you are the type that hates shopping, or never knows how to attain the style you want, then this is an awesome service!  But that said, many of my most worn, very favorite items in my closet came from Stitch Fix.  Even though I don’t feel like I need someone to shop for me, its still fun opening up a box full of new clothes and seeing what will work.

Also, there are times when I send the whole box back, or just keep one item.  Sometimes its just a big miss.  What is helpful is I give details to my stylist as to exactly what I didn’t like about the items, and what I’d like different the next fix.

And I just got my first box after taking a very long break.  I was hesitant to start again, but my new stylist nailed it!  I only ended up keeping one item, but I’ll explain more as to why I was still very happy with the overall box.

Each of the items were great, but just not perfect.  I have decided with this service that I will only keep the items I really love.  You can choose your budget for all the items in your fix, and I have set mine a little higher.  Because of this, I am spending more on each item than I normally would, so I really want to love it and know I will get a lot of wear out of it.

A quick tip for you: when you get your box, have some basic items on hand to try things on with.  I chose jeans, a white t-shirt, and white converse.

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The first thing I tried on were these lace up flats (Lucky Brand – Aviee lace up flats).

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They fit perfectly and were comfortable.  I have flat feet so there was a little gaping above the toes, but overall a good fit.  The style was cute with the lace up detailing and the elastic straps weren’t annoying at all.  But… I just didn’t love them . the color is a great neutral, but I think I would’ve preferred this style in black.  Also, I feel like this ghillie (lace up) style is a trend from the last couple years.  I am not normally one to jump on a trend for awhile (I used to think skinny jeans were hideous!), but I felt like there would be other flats I would love more.  So these went back.

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Next up was the Jana Poncho Pullover by RD Style.  Now I am always a fan of chunky sweaters!  This one had a lot going for it, but a few marks against.  I will say that this was an 80* day that I tried this all on, so that didn’t help things!

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I love the cowl neck, the ribbing, the charcoal grey color and the length, but it was a little too boxy for me when my arms weren’t at my side.

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I didn’t love that the side split all the way to the sleeves.  Yes, it was technically a poncho, so that is to be expected, but I couldn’t decide if I liked the creativity of it or if it just felt off.  So it was returned as well.

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I was giddy when I opened my box and saw this sweatshirt.   Its the Club Nomade Hoodie by Scotch & Soda.

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My stylist had clearly looked at my personal style online and on my Pinterest board (I gave Stitch Fix my What I Wore Pinterest board so my stylist knows what to look for).  I love this pale pink, almost peachy color.  The style is great – casual but still nice.  It has a fun cut, wider than I’d normally pick, but still cute.

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But here’s what made me return even this beauty: the short sleeves.  Ok, not technically short sleeves, maybe 3/4 length.  I really really loved this sweatshirt, but knew I’d be super annoyed when I couldn’t pull the sleeves all the way down to keep me warm (I have this thing with being warm).  Everything else about it was so good!  Also, this was the priciest item in my box, so I would’ve only kept it if it were much less expensive.

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Next up is the Angelo Cargo Anorak Jacket by 41 Hawthorne.  I have been wanting a blush pink field jacket, and this one fit the bill perfectly!

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I have another lightweight field jacket in the perfect olive green that was from Stitch Fix as well.  This jacket is lined and feels like a quality piece of clothing.

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It fits perfectly!  I love the option of wearing it with or without the hood (it zips off).

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The color is great – not too bright or fleshy.  I have found others that are similar, but the pink just wasn’t quite right.  This one was a definite keeper!  It will be great in the spring over a t-shirt or even now layered over a sweater.

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When I opened the box, my daughters were both with me.  As soon as these pants came out (Dustin Ankle Zip Detail Jogger Pant by Pistola), we all kind of said, “ugh”, and I had very little hope for them.  I didn’t love the twill fabric for pants with elasticized ankles.  They looked like pants for little boys.

But this is one of the reasons why I really like Stitch Fix!  When I tried them on, I actually thought they were a lot cuter than I was expecting!  I love joggers and a variation other than sweats would be nice!  Stitch Fix will send me things I wouldn’t normally choose for myself, which is kind of fun!

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But these ones were gigantic.  In the first picture I am holding a wad of fabric behind my back.  They were just huge.  Stitch fix does offer an exchange for a different size option, but I knew that these wouldn’t get as much wear as they should, considering their price.

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So these, too, went back.

After all that, keeping only the pink jacket, I was still totally pleased with the fix.  Each of the items were very close to what I’d love to keep, but just not quite there.  I was sure to give details to my stylist when I returned them, so she knew how to tweak my next fix.

Have you tried Stitch Fix before?  If not you can try it risk free with this link.  Normally, you pay a $20 stylist fee with each fix, which is applied toward anything you buy in your fix.  And full disclosure, I get a $25 credit when you order your first box, and you can too when anyone uses your unique code to try it out as well!

Let me know if you have any questions!

And if you’re here to link up with me for my What I Wore linky… here you go!

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1. Link to your specific blog post, not your blog’s main page. Ex: http://thepleatedpoppy.com/2011/09/what-i-wore-wednesday-fall-inspiration/ not http://thepleatedpoppy.com/blog/.

2. Please only link outfit related posts. Your craft project may be adorable, or that may be a great giveaway, but this linky is for outfit related posts only – thank you! ) ps – I WILL delete the super random posts that have nothing to do with outfits)

3. Please please please link back here to me so all this wiww stuff makes sense to your readers. and its just nice to do ;)

4. Check out as many links as possible! I am constantly inspired by so many outfits each week! And you will definitely find some new blogs that you’ve never stumbled upon before – so fun!

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DIY Modern Yarn Wall Hanging

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

I feel like its been forever since I gave a tutorial for anything!  Its definitely something I love to do, but if you’ve known me for long, I always give lots (probably too many) of details and steps, even for the simplest projects.  So, this is a simple one.  And I’ll give you lots of steps!  But its really easy, and you should try it!

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

I made this wall hanging for my girls’ bathroom, which needed a small pop of color!

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

I had seen these gold metal hoops in the craft store for awhile and knew I wanted to use them, but didn’t decide how until just recently.

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

I picked up the gold metal ring (I used a 10″ ring, but there are several sizes available), a 12″ round brass tube, a bag of 20mm wooden beads, and a couple skeins of yarn (Lion Brand – Feels Like Butta in orange, and Vanna’s Choice in pink).

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

The first step was to cut several lengths of yarn for the bottom section of the hoop.  I did 22 knots withe 2 pieces of yarn in each, so that made 44 pieces.  I’m guessing each piece was maybe 3 feet long, but longer is better since you’ll trim it in the end.  You can always cut something shorter, but you can’t cut something longer!

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

The knots are really easy.  I held 2 pieces of yarn together for each knot, and found the midpoint forming a sort of loop and started the knot on the top of the ring (as opposed to holding the yarn below the ring).

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

I pulled the loop over the top of the ring to the bottom side and then pulled the tail end of the yarn through the loop.

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

Just a really easy knot – make sure that you do all of the knots the same way, otherwise it will look less uniform at the end.  Which I guess is another look you could go for, but I think overall what I love about this project is that it feels a little bit bohemian, a little modern, and just really clean.

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

Just keep knotting until you have the bottom section as full as you’d like it.  I chose to do about 1/3 of the hoop.

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

The next step I forgot to photograph, but its so simple.  I did the same process with the second color of yarn on the bar, but this time with about 13 knots of 2 strands of yarn each.  Then I hot-glued the bar to the metal ring.  Full disclosure: I don’t think this is the best method, for a couple reasons.  You have to work really quickly.  The glue cools/dries really quickly so you need to get it in the right spots and push the bar into the glue fast!  And, the metal bar can be pulled off pretty easily.  If I had small kids and worried that they might play with the yarn even a little, I would try a different solution.  One idea is a stronger, slower drying glue.  Or using yarn or thread or wire to wind around the ring and the bar to secure them together.

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

I originally thought I might add a few beads to the yarn strands, but decided against it because I preferred the simplicity of the final product.  But I still wanted to use those beads, so I knotted a length of yarn securely to the ring, then threaded a few beads on.  Then I made a small loop and knotted the end of it.

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

Once I had a loop to hang it from, I trimmed the yarn.  The top layer I trimmed straight and the bottom layer I trimmed to form a wide V.

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

And that’s it!  I think it maybe took me an hour or so – I love quick projects!  But, I will say that it made me laugh because it wasn’t cheap, as most crafty projects tend to be pricey.  If I already had the yarn on hand in the colors I wanted, that would’ve saved me a bit.  And I do have leftover supplies, like yarn and wooden beads.  In the end, it was worth it because I got to be creative and have something fun for my girls!