Stitch Fix Review April

So I’m sure most people who are into subscription boxes and fashion have heard of Stitch Fix.  Plus, they run commercials all the time now.  I was a customer a couple years ago and got maybe 1 or 2 boxes.  Financially at the time I just couldn’t afford it, and I never kept the items, so I canceled my subscription.

About a month ago I decided to give it another try.  Since I work from home now I honestly don’t need a ton of dress clothes, but I really like having cute summer shorts and tops for when I do get out of my office and into the land of the living.

If you don’t know how Stitch Fix works, you basically sign up, fill out a style profile with your measurements (they also have Petites!), and the kinds of things you like to wear.   You’re then assigned a stylist who will look at that profile and pick out 5 items to send you in your fix.  OH, and they also look at your Pinterest style boards too! You can also send them a personal note if you’re wanting a specific color, item, etc.  The styling fee is $20 and that gets credited toward any item you decide to keep.  If you don’t keep anything, you’re out the $20 and you send it all back.  If you keep everything in your box you get a 25% discount + the $20 credit.  You can also specify a price point that you would like to stay in, which I highly recommend doing.  Some of the items can get really spendy in my opinion.

In my note to my stylist, I asked for some dresses the would be appropriate for church, brunch, date night, etc.  since we’re coming into Easter/Mother’s Day.  I specified that I didn’t want anything too dressy, and I’d like some pieces that I could wear around the office, but would look cute to run errands, etc.

When the box comes is wrapped really nice in tissue and includes a card with styling tips for all your pieces, and a price list broken down by piece.  I forgot to take photos of that, but I will next time.

I have to say, my stylist really delivered.  I ended up keeping every piece!!!  I’m very petite, so finding things like rompers and capri pants are a nightmare.  Everything in my fix fit me like it was tailor made.  I was ecstatic!  One thing I will say is that it’s a much better deal to buy the whole fix than separate items.  The 25% discount makes it a pretty good deal.  I’m going to post some pics below of my pieces and the prices for each and then I’ll give the total I paid with all the discounts and credits.

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Kerrigan 2fer Knit Dress.  The fabric on this dress is beautiful and the picture doesn’t do it justice.  $78

 

 

 

 

 

Tianna Knit Dress.  Great fabric and this dress is lined, so you feel very covered.  It’s a pretty blue with white dots.  $68IMG_1508

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adley Knit Dress.  Gorgeous pink color for summer.  This one was a little shorter, but I loved the fabric and neckline.  Makes my boobs look bigger 😉  $64IMG_1510

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bryanna Knit Romper.  This romper was so cute!  I asked for a jumpsuit, but they didn’t have one in my size so my stylist sent this instead.  I’m so glad she did!  I loved everything about it.  $68IMG_1509

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mirabella Capri Skinny Jean.  These capri pants honestly feel like pajamas.  The waistband is elastic, which I didn’t like at first, but they’re so flattering and comfy.  I can myself getting a lot of wear from these. $68

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So all purchased individually I would have paid $346.  With the $20 styling fee credit and 25% off for buying all 5 items, I paid $257.67 with tax.

Just to clarify.  I very rarely buy clothes at full price.  The first place I head in a store is the clearance rack.  However, I think for 3 dresses, a pair of jeans, and a romper, $257.67 isn’t a bad price, and I didn’t even have to leave home.  The quality of the pieces is very good, and I felt like they were worth the price.

My next fix is scheduled for June.  Oh, that’s another thing.  When you sign up you can get monthly fixes, every other month, or every 3 months.  I chose every other month, but you can change it anytime.  For my June box I asked for some specific items, so hopefully, it will be as successful as this one!

Anybody else tried Stich Fix?  Have you had good luck with it?  If you’d like to sign up you can use this link: https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/4721651?sod=w&som=c

Have a great day everyone!

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Seasons

So Matt and I have been talking so much lately about change.  Not just change in the weather, but quite literally the changing seasons in our lives.

The older I get the more I notice change.  I have this sweet little video of Andrew when he was 5, which was only 4 years ago, but it’s seriously the sweetest thing ever.  It was a day when he and Matt went to a local festival while I worked on my online degree (boy I’m glad that’s over).  He was so sweet and happy… and little… and if I could reach into my phone and kiss him I would!  He’s still precious and sweet, but he’s a boy now, not a little boy.  There’s a big difference.  For whatever reason, I watch that video at least every other day.  It makes me happy.

I don’t hate change.  In a lot of ways, I welcome it.  Jobs change, and that can definitely be better.  Houses change, which in my case is  A LOT better, and even marriages can change for the better.  Growing old with Matt is something I always knew I wanted, but living it is even better.  We go through seasons together.  We support each other in change and lift each other up.  We take change head on!  Don’t get me wrong, it’s scary at times.  I told Matt the other day I felt like I was standing on the edge of a cliff.  I can either have faith, and jump, or I can turn around and walk away.  Walking away and staying with what you know is always safe, but what if you jump and make it to the other side?  What if what’s on the other side is exactly what you need, what you’ve been waiting for?  That’s where our faith kicks in.  When God closes a door, somewhere he opens a window.  That window is standing wide open for us right now, so were jumping.  If we look back in a year and say, okay, we jumped, but we had to climb back up, then that’s okay.  It’s change…for better or worse.  One thing’s for sure.  We’ll be making the climb together.

A lot has changed in our lives over the past couple years.  We’ve remodeled our home, I’ve changed careers, and now maybe our biggest change yet.  1….2….3….jump!IMG_1471

My Travel Makeup Bag

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This weekend we’re heading to The Bahamas for a Spring break cruise.  Typically, the only time I put on a full face of makeup is for dinner each night.  During the day we are in and out of the pool, ocean, and wind.  For daytime I’m very low maintenance with an SPF moisturizer, concealer, waterproof mascara, and some tinted lip balm.  Below is a list of the products I love to travel with, that are warm-weather friendly.

Paula’s Choice Resist Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 –  This is my everyday moisturizer.  It’s light, matte, and barely tinted.  The tint is just enough to take away the white cast from the sunscreen.  I use this every morning under my foundation or alone for days I don’t want a base.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum – I really like this foundation for Spring/Summer.  It’s light but gives good coverage for evening out skin tone.  You can apply it with a brush, sponge, or fingers.  During the day I don’t wear foundation at all, but for dinner and getting a little more dressed up this is what I take.

L’oreal Magic Lumi Primer –  I just started using this primer and I really like it!  I heard that’s it’s a dupe for the Becca liquid primers.  I’ve never used the Becca primers but I have to say I really like this one.  I will put a pump of my Bourjois base on the back of my hand and add about half a pump of Lumi primer.  I mix those together and apply with whatever tool I’m feeling that day, usually a sponge.  I love the way it gives my skin a slightly luminous glow and sheers out the base even more.  It’s the perfect “beach” look.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser – This is my absolute favorite concealer.  It’s so easy and convenient.  I go between the Brightener shade and the Fair.  Right now I have the fair for Spring/Summer.  On ship days I will just put some of this under my eyes, around my nose, and the middle of my face….blend it out and I’m good to go.

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer – I bought this bronzer at the recommendation of AshleyTIA (one of my favorite YouTuber’s).  I’m in LOVE!  I can’t even tell you how good it smells.  It smells like buttery coconut goodness.  Once it’s on the face the smell disappears, but the color is also amazing.  I have the light shade and it’s so nice.  I apply it with a fluffy blush brush (Real Techniques).  I can build up the color if I want or just have a light bronze.

NYX Cream Blush in Glow – I have a love hate relationship with cream blush.  I typically pull it out in the summer just because it goes so well with a dewy base.  This is my favorite creamy blush for several reasons.  Of course the affordability is a huge plus.  This blush will set you back $7, and even cheaper if you catch a NYX sale at Ulta!  You get a ton of product and it comes in gorgeous colors.  My favorite thing about this product is way it blends out and wears on the cheeks.  I use my Real Techniques Stipple brush to apply and it blends in beautifully and lasts all day.

Sephora Eyebrow Editor Kit – I got this kit for Christmas and when I ran out of my NYX Micro Brow pencil I decided to use this before buying another brow product.  I really like this little kit.  It’s small, compact and perfect for travel.  I mix the colors in the kit and creates a really nice color for me.

Maybelline Bad to the Bronze Cream Shadow – This is my ride or die cream shadow.  I’ve posted about it before so I won’t go on too much about it now.  It’s just the perfect bronze color, doesn’t crease, and will look exactly the same at the end of the day.  This is the only shadow I take on vacation.

L’oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Waterproof Mascara – I’ve been using this mascara for years.  It’s a great affordable option and you can get it in waterproof or not.

Burt’s Bees Lip Balm – I usually take several lip options on vacation, but this is the one I always have in my bag.  It’s moisturizing and gives just a bit of color.  I have it in three shades, nut Pink Blossom is the one I reach for the most in the Spring.

Bobbi Brown Beach – Even though this isn’t a makeup item I still wanted to include it.  I have to admit I don’t own a ton of fragrances.  I’m very sensitive to smells so I only own maybe four different ones.  Beach is the only scent I wear in the summer.  It smells like…well, the beach!  The best way to describe it is if you took the most delicious smelling sunscreen and made it into a perfume.  It’s like summer in a bottle.  One tip I have for fragrance is to purchase rollerballs!  They’re so much cheaper and they’re great for travel or to throw in your handbag.  Sephora has a great selection of them.

I hope this was helpful to those who are traveling over Spring break or Summer vacation!   What are your go-to travel beauty items?

 

That’s for reading!

JYW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 5 Spring Nail Polishes

1. Grenadine                   2.LadyLike                 3.NailsInc    

 

                    4.AmpleApple             5.MintCandyApple

 

Nail polish is one of my favorite beauty items.  In the Spring I love getting out my pastels and lighter colors.  Even though have more than 5 colors I like to rotate between, the 5 mentioned here are my most worn in the Spring.  So let’s review shall we?

  1.  Essie’s Splash of Grenadine – This is my #1 Spring color.  It’s the perfect shade of pink/lavender for fingers.  Every time I wear this shade I get compliments.  Plus, the formula of this one is great.  I do two coats and it takes a few days before it ships.
  2. Essie’s Lady Like – This color is so sophisticated and just…pretty.  The actual color is hard to describe.  It’s a definitely a neutral.  I would say a cross between grey, taupe, and lilac.  Trust me, you need to try it.  If I have a meeting and want a nice looking mani, this is the one I reach for.  Plus, it’s such a light color that chips aren’t noticeable.
  3. Nails Inc Porchester Square – I do love a good grey, and this one is the best.  It’s light enough to be flattering and Spring-y, but dark enough to be noticeable.  I have the Gel formula and I really like it.  I haven’t tried the original to be able to compare, but I know it has rave reviews also.  I think this is a great transition color from Winter to Spring.  Wear time is a typical 3-4 days for me with a base and top coat.
  4. Covergirl XL Gel in Ample Apple – The red’s are probably my all time favorite nail color family.  If I want a red nail in the Spring/Summer this is the one I reach for.  Ample Apple is a very bright, summery red.  I love it on my toes and fingers!  The gel formula is super thick, so you can get away with one coat of this one, which always a plus!
  5. Essie’s Mint Candy Apple – This is probably the most daring of the bunch.  Mint Candy Apple is one of the more well known Essie colors, and for good reason.  The mint color is super bright and opaque.  If I want a fun weekend color, this is the one.  I always get compliments on this one and I feel like it’s very flattering on my hands.  The only complaint is that the formula is a little hard to apply.  You’ll definitely need to coats to eliminate streaks, but the end result is super cute!

That’s my top 5 nail polishes for Spring.  I hope the reviews were helpful and maybe you’re inspired to try a new color!

What are your go-to Spring colors?

Thanks for reading!

~JYW

Spring Makeup Routine

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Spring has always been one of my favorite seasons.  After a long, cold, dreary winter, I love the sight of flowers blooming and sun shining!

I also love being able to put away my lighter colored foundations (for my pasty skin), and move to a slightly darker color.  I love the pastel pink blushes and light glossy lips that replace the darker colors in my makeup bag.  It seems that every Spring, no matter what new products have launched, I always pull out some old staples.  This Spring I’ve added a couple new things to the bunch, and I’m really loving the everyday light Spring-y look I’m getting.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation – I’ve heard about this foundation for years from my UK beauty bloggers.  I ordered mine from Amazon and it literally took a month to get here from the UK!  But it was worth the wait.  I love the way it looks, feels, smells…basically everything about it.  It’s a light/medium coverage but is buildable.  I would love to try more Bourjois products.

One tool that I couldn’t live without in the Spring/Summer is the Beauty Blender.  I just got a new one last week.  I decided to get the Pro (black one).  I bought mine from Birchbox and used my points, which made it $10!  I’m pretty sure the only difference between the original and the pro is the color.  If you struggle with blending foundation or want a more sheer/natural look, this is your tool.  I use it for foundation, concealer, blush, contour, etc.  Basically any cream product.

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent – I love this powder.  I use it all year and have repurchased it many times.  It doesn’t look cakey, it keeps me from getting oily, and it’s so cheap!  I keep saying when I run out of it I’m going to try something new, but I never do.

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso – When I started really getting into makeup and reading beauty blogs, this blush was everywhere.  I know why.  It is gorgeous!  I literally wore this blush every day from April-August last year and this year won’t be any different.  It gives the most beautiful color and glow to the cheeks.  If I lost this blush I would go buy another one immediately.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze –   “They” say the real test of a product is whether you would repurchase it or not.  Well, I’m on my THIRD pot of this cream eyeshadow.  The color is just the perfect bronze.  I use the shadow literally every day.  I use my ring finger to apply to the lid and then blend it out with a clean finger.  I also smudge some along the lower lash line.

For lips, I love a good tinted balm for Spring/Summer.  One of my favorites is the Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balms.  I have several colors, but my go-to for Spring is Pink Blossom.  It gives just the right amount of natural pink color with tons of moisture.

I’m testing out some new mascara and bronzer right now, so I’m leaving those out of this post.  I think the mascara I’m using right now could become my HG!  A future post on that to come…

What are your favorite Spring products?