Happy birthday to Dez & Dot!
One year ago I published the first Dez & Dot article – coincidentally, a day after my own birthday (well, not really a coincidence – a suggestion from my friend as a good day to launch). It’s been an exciting year. I’ve learned a lot and have really enjoyed finding fun things to share with you. I hope you’ve had fun too. I am looking forward to more Dez & Dot adventures in fashion and beauty with life thrown in. I always love hearing from you and learning more about what you want to know.
Now for some fun stuff. I am a Stitch Fix fan! I scheduled my Fix #2 to arrive on May 31, planning it so that I could decide on what to keep and wear in time for my birthday on June 8 (looking forward to celebrating this weekend at a performance of Hamilton!) and also to share another Stitch Fix review with you.
I had made a few special requests this time and hoped to have the same stylist, Kara, because she did such a great job of selecting my Fix the first time. Yes – I did score with Kara as my stylist again! Here’s what she sent me:
My special requests were: blush colored jeans, a blush colored bag (I’m loving the blush trend this season, can you tell?!), and peep-toe, neutral colored booties. Kara found all three for me.
I also was still hoping for a cold shoulder style top, which Kara hadn’t been able to find with my first Fix (she’d said in her note last time that she “wasn’t able to find a cold-shoulder top that she thought I’d love.) This time, she found one! I am really attracted to the cold shoulder style because it bares the part of the arm that pretty much looks good on everyone, plus I tend to be a bit cold at time even during the summer, and many cold shoulder tops have ¾ or full-length sleeves.
The fifth item (Fixes always include five items), was something that Kara chose based on info I provided in my Stitch Fix profile (something like: “although I’m not a fan of prints other than stripes and polka dots, I’m willing to try other prints that are a bit edgy”). A print top was my surprise!
Here’s the review of my Fix:
Warp + Weft Hayley Skinny Jeans in Blush
The jeans are a brand with which I’m not familiar. They are super comfy and have quite a bit of stretch – which is why they are super comfy! However, I had wanted to edit my profile before my stylist started putting together my Fix to update my weight since I’ve lost about 5 pounds (yay!) since I initially completed the Stitch Fix profile. So the jeans feel a little big. Also, the color is called blush, but they are more like a pale lavender – not exactly the shade I had in mind. (I’m wearing the shirt from my first Fix in the photo.)
Loveappela Launy Cold Shoulder Knit Top
I had asked in my stylist note for a cold shoulder top in both my first and second Fixes. So Kara found one for me this time. I really do like the cold shoulder style, but I’m not sure this particular top and its fabric are super flattering for my figure. I styled it two ways, trying to make it work. The first way was pairing it with my new AG olive colored jeans – channeling last week’s post about olive as a neutral. However, not sure this is the right blue for these particular olive pants. Then I styled it with some skinny light stone colored pants, added some jewelry, and (the kicker), my 4” heel Vince Camuto peep toe booties. Well, that made a difference. I’m starting to be a fan of higher heeled shoes – the look is SO slimming. This outfit definitely improved the look of the top on me (don’t you think?). (I purposely kept accessories out of the photos before this one because I wanted to focus on the actual clothing items.)
Papermoon Camee Crew Neck Blouse
Okay, when I first pulled this top out of the box, my initial reaction was, “No way!” But the next day (maybe a good night’s sleep had some influence!), it started to grow on me. I don’t have many print tops in my closet – except stripes and polka dots. One of the things I like about Stitch Fix is that someone else is picking out things that I might like and pushing me out of my comfort zone/style rut. The more I look at this top, the better I like it and the more I like that it’s very different from anything else I currently have. The print is a bit edgy (my criteria for prints). It’s a little fun!
Octavia London Mixed Material Satchel
I did ask for blush colored things. This is a pinkish shade, which I like. I like the size – not too huge but big enough. I like the flexibility of adding the cool-looking canvas woven strap to wear as a shoulder bag or cross body. Although it’s not an expensive bag, the zipper design mimics a more expensive purse (no little tab hanging out at the end). I kind of like this bag.
TOMS Suede Perforated Majorca Peep Toe Booties
About 12 days before my Fix, I logged into my account to update my note to the stylist (this is where you can add any information that would be helpful to your stylist in selecting your Fix). I wanted to make a few edits but found that my stylist was already working on my Fix. I was a little disappointed (in myself more than anything else because I hadn’t done this earlier). It was too late to update my note to let her know that I’d already purchased a pair of Vince Camuto peep-toe booties. I emailed customer service to find out if it was, indeed, too late to make this edit. I received a quick reply that my stylist had already “snagged” a pair of booties for me. What I thought was really great was that the customer service rep said that they would extend the 25% discount this time if I kept all four of the other items in the Fix since I already had the shoes. The funny thing is, when I bought my Vince Camuto booties, I was also considering the TOM’s booties! I chose the others because I liked that they didn’t have a zipper. So there was Kara again choosing something I would have chosen. (In photo above I’m holding the TOMS and wearing the Vince Camutos.)
These are going back. Not in love with the color and they are just a bit too big.
Keeping! In fact, I used this bag yesterday and it’s really fun. I think I need to Scotchguard it since the color is so light.
Going back. Sadly, my search for a cold should top will continue.
Surprisingly, I’m keeping this one. I think it will be a fun new dimension to add to my wardrobe of tops.
Going back – but not because I don’t like them. I just can’t see a reason to have two pairs of almost identical shoe styles.
So in the end, I kept only two of the items from Fix #2 and gave up my 25% discount. But I’m happy with the two items I scored!
If you are intrigued by the thought of a personal stylist, check out Stitch Fix. Fill out a profile – you don’t have to go beyond that until and if you are ready. Remember, you select your preferred price range for different items in your profile. Treat yourself!
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