Stitch Fix: Reveal and review – December 2015

My Christmas fix is here!!! Things have been a bit quiet on the blog recently. Partly due to me now being one organ lighter. A couple trips to the ER, an emergency surgery followed by some ‘exploratory camera work’ has resulted in me being without a gall bladder, and the blog being a little neglected as I recovered. I’m not sure the reveal photos would have been too pretty to be honest, so as they say, better late than never!

This month’s fix was a mixed bag. Some items I loved, some I detested. My stylist did a pretty good job of listening to my requests. I’m still desperately longing for the lace elbow patch sweater that some people have been getting in their boxes but she did fulfil my request for my very first Stitch Fix bag! Jessica also looked at my Pinterest board as, once again, I got the exact item I pinned!

So let’s check out what December brought…

Urban Expressions Amherst Multi-Zip Tote – $68

I LOVE this bag! I actually have bags as something I don’t want to receive from Stitch Fix (I’d rather just get clothing) but when I saw another blogger had reviewed this, I really wanted one of my own. It’s just gorgeous. A lovely red color with a cute interior too. It’s super practical – the main compartment holds my laptop and any papers I need for school. I also love the two little pockets on top. Keys go in one, phone in the other, which saves me from constantly routing around in my bag when I need either of them. The zipper details are really cute and make it a little more exciting than your average tote. It’s just perfect. At first I thought I’d use it for school when it matched what I was wearing. Now I use it every day regardless of color clashes as it’s just so gosh damn cute (and practical)!

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Status: Kept!                

41Hawthorn Jace Abstract Chevron Print Dress – $68

This dress is the item I pinned and naturally, I love it! Another great dress for school. It’s comfy, cute and the perfect length. I can wear it with boots, flats or heels. Very versatile. The deep purple color I think quite suits me too! This was also the first item I’ve received from 41Hawthorn which is one of Stitch Fix’s in-house labels so that was a little exciting on its own. Here it is paired with my new Kensie blazer I got from Macy’s in the Black Friday sales (also technically a Christmas present from the husband as his credit card paid for it!).

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Outfit details:

Black flats (Target)

Blazer (Kensie)

Status: Kept!

The dress also goes really well with the cardigan my stylist sent….

Pixley Martina Slub Knit Open Cardigan – $48

Jessica recommended I pair the dress with tights and the cardigan for an easy addition to keep me warm. That’s exactly what I did. I added the waist belt to help define my waist as it did look a little too slouchy otherwise. I love this cardigan – it’s very soft and comfortable – but I’ve decided to return it simply because I already own two black cardigans and one is very similar to this one.

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Outfit details:

Black flats (Target)

Belt (buy similar here)

Status: Returned

Pixley Margo Embellished Shoulder Blouse – $68

Pixley is a brand I seem to receive a lot of. For the most part, I love it! However, this blouse is just weird. When I put it on for my husband to shoot these photos, his reaction summed it up well: “What is that?!” It has potential. I could see someone very cool making this work. The embellishment is cute. However, I had a number of issues with it. Firstly, the material is not great quality. It was quite rough and felt a bit cheap for the $68 price tag. Secondly, the embellishment made it rather stiff so it didn’t quite sit right. Thirdly, I felt a bit too much like Michael Jackson in it. Don’t ask me why. I couldn’t explain it. That was just my initial impression and one I couldn’t shift! However, I think it looks acceptable styled with my ‘winter white’ jeans here…

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Outfit details:

Jeans (American Eagle)

Boots (Forever 21)

 Status: Returned

Papermoon Cheryl Printed Pencil Skirt – $58

I requested floral or fun patterned pencil skirts in my note to the stylist and this is what Jessica sent. It’s cute! The colors aren’t ones I would usually choose (almost a brown/purple combination), but I think it works really well with black tights which is what I wanted! The fit is great and I can see this working well for school. My stylist did suggest I pair it with the Margo Embellished Blouse but I thought it looked just plain ridiculous. My OCD could not handle the color combinations of the skirt with the gold/silver embroidery. So instead I paired it with my Papermoon blouse from November’s Stitch Fix. It’s how I realistically will wear this outfit. Plus it’s an all Papermoon outfit and I kinda like that!

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Outfit details:

Black flats (Target)

Blouse (Stitch Fixread my review here)

Status: Kept

 

Overall impressions:

This was a good fix. I love the bag and have added a couple of great items to my teacher closet. My work wardrobe is looking a lot healthier now so I may ask for more casual items in my January fix. All in all, Stitch Fix remains my favorite subscription service and the novelty has not worn off yet!

What do you think? Do you agree with what I’m keeping? Am I too harsh on the Margo blouse? How would you style these items? Let me know in the comments below.

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