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Stitch Fix #2 and Thoughts from Friends on their Fixes

Just as the first, my secondIMG_1594 Stitch Fix arrived right on time in a beautifully wrapped package gleaming with promise and excitement. I had asked my stylist for a specific item this time around; a pair of mid-rise skinny jeans.
Here are the items I received in my second Fix:

Item 1:   Kamile Jersey Ruched Detail Dress – Gilli – $54

This item fit well, but I felt like it was too dowdy. This is the second time I’ve received a dress from Stitch Fix and felt like it was “too old” for my taste.

Item 2:   Mariska Side Split Knit Top – RD Style – $48

This item is a tunic sweater with long slits up either side. I loved the fabric and color, but the fit was slightly too slouchy for me.

Item 3:   Edgewater Knit Top – Loveappella – $48

This shirt was soft and fit well, but the price seemed high for a casual 3/4 sleeve cotton tee.

Item 4:   Dayna Skinny Jean – Kut From Kloth – $88

Mid-rise black skinny jeans, just like I asked for! Well, almost. See more below!

Item 5:   Marvin Jacket – Sanctuary – $138

This was the WORST item of this fix. It’s an outerwear coat that’s straight cut. The fabric was cotton, so not even close to being weatherproof. The collar and sleeves looked like the same style as on letter man jackets. Weird… The lack of a lapel also seemed odd to me. This was a total stitch fix fail.

What did I keep?

Well, although I was hoping for skinny BLUE jeans, I fell in love with the Kut from Kloth black skinny jeans that I received in my fix. I’ve been wearing them for over a month now (no not every single day…) and they are wonderful. Definitely mid-rise like I asked and the fit is perfect. The fabric feels thick which is how I like my skinnys.

Being silly modeling off my new black skinny jeans and 3/4 sleeve tee from Stitch Fix.
Being silly modeling off my new black skinny jeans and 3/4 sleeve tee from Stitch Fix.

I also kept Item #3. I hemmed and hawed on this item for the entire 3 days until my return package was due back in the mail. The shirt fits great and is super soft, but I was hesitant that it’s not special enough to warrant A) the $45 price and B) a coveted spot in my fall capsule (See Capsule Wardrobe: Narrowing Down the Options). In the end I kept it.

To recap, I kept 1 item from my first Stitch Fix and two items from my second. I’ll receive at least one more “Fix” before deciding whether or not to continue this service. Stay posted!

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A note from Kimberly:

“A few weeks ago I received my second Stitch Fix and was shocked with what I found. Normally each box is nicely packaged. All of the clothes are neatly folded and wrapped in a piece of tissue paper with a little Stitch Fix label. My last box was completely disheveled. It literally looked like the person who packaged it tried on the items and then threw them into the box. One of the shirts was even inside out!

–> Kimberly contacted Stitch Fix and let them know about the issue and her third box came with an apology note from her new stylist. Obviously no company wants to be represented in this way, but sometimes employees are disgruntled. If you ever have an experience similar to Kimberly’s post a message below. I’m curious to see just how often this happens.

Reveal by Calvin Klein Influenster VoxBox Review

Recently I was asked to try a new cologne by Calvin Klein called Reveal as part of an Influenster product campaign.  Although the sample I received is for the Reveal for Men, I decided to test it on both myself and my boyfriend.  I should note that Calvin Klein also has a Reveal for Women fragrance but I have yet to smell that one.

Mail's Here!
Mail’s Here!

 

This Vox “box” was really more of an envelope.  Anytime that I receive something from Influenster I get excited and eagerly check the mail every day and then immediately take a selfie. It’s basic, but oh well!

 

 

 

The RevealMore package included the following as shown above:

1) Small sample of Reveal for Men by Calvin KleinTime to Test Reveal by Calvin Klein

2) One small credit card holder from Calvin Klein

3) One informational post card with the VoxBox instructions and the Calvin Klein ad for Reveal.

So How Did It Smell?

For a Man: My boyfriend said “I like it. I’d wear it. It wasn’t too strong”.   Maybe not a very through review, but it makes sense.  I certainly liked the way that this scent smelled on him.

For a Woman:  I wore this fragrance for two days.  It definitely reminded me of a manly smell, but it wasn’t so powerful that I felt like that one smelly guy in the office that nobody wants to walk behind.  Overall I’d say this is a very wearable cologne for women if you are into the muskier, manlier smells.

 

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I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Butter London Nail Polish

Jaffa - Butter London 

 

If you look closely at the bottom of the nail polish bottle, you’ll see the words “3 Free Nail Lacquer”, but what does that mean?  I added a picture of the back of the bottle that explains that “3 Free” products are free from:

  • Dibutyl Phthalate
  • Toulene
  • Formaldehyde

Butter Jaffa

About 5 years ago I started to change out all of my cosmetics, lotions, shampoos, even laundry detergent and dish soap with product that use less synthetic chemicals.  My purge ended at my nail polish caboodle however.  At the time I didn’t know that less-chemically-harsh products existed for nails.  Now, at $15 a bottle I’m not going to run out and restock my entire nail polish collection, but I have been trying to slowly use up the toxic polishes and replace with “3 Free” and “5 Free” products like Butter.

PRO TIP!!!  Check out your local TJ Maxx or Marshalls for Butter nail polish.  I found 4 bottles (yes, only 4) at my local store for $5 each!  That’s 66% off the normal sticker price at Sephora or boutique stores. 
Butter Bumster

PROs: It dries quickly, the applicator brush is smaller which makes getting close to the cuticle easier, and the bottle shape makes for easy storage.  Plus the bottles are large and contain a lot of polish.

CONs: The price (yeesh!) and you can’t get away with just one coat.  You also must apply a top coat because the polish isn’t especially shiny by itself.

Let me know if you have any questions about Butter.  Not sure if you can afford a bottle for yourself?  Why not buy it as a gift for a friend and then invite yourself over for a manicure 🙂