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Stitch Fix January 2016

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Another year, another Stitch Fix?! Wow, that feels weird to say, I can’t believe it’s can you 2016! (Yeah, yeah I know, every year I think I’ve said that…) Of course, there’s nothing like kicking off the new year with a new piece (or several, if you count a few of the gems I picked up at Nordstrom’s Half Yearly Sale!) of clothing for your closet.

You may remember that my last Stitch Fix shipment didn’t go so well. Neither did the one before it. However, I received an email from the Stitch Fix Customer Service team offering to match me with a new stylist who may be better suited to my needs and asked me several detailed questions about what I was looking for. My new stylist definitely delivered!

For this Fix, I asked for a couple of party-appropriate dresses – one glitzy, and one that could be dressed up or down. I also had pinned a few pieces that I had seen on Stitch Fix’s blog and Pinterest boards and mentioned wanting a cozy turtleneck sweater. Curious what I ended up with? Read on!

Stitch Fix January 2016: Review & Styling // hellorigby seattle fashion & style blog

Stitch Fix January 2016: Review & Styling

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Stitch Fix October 2015

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Another month, another Stitch Fix. I know some may wonder why a style blogger would be interested in Stitch Fix, after all, isn’t the fun part of style the shopping part? While I’d totally say yes, the thing that I like is that it allows me to add pieces (for me, it’s just one piece per fix) that I wouldn’t normally find. The longer with Stitch Fix, the more I’ve noticed that I’m not able to find these exact items anywhere else. Additionally, I often receive items that I’ve wanted to add to my closet since I’ve pinned similar items.

Stitch Fix October 2015 Review & Styling // hellorigby seattle fashion blog

Stitch Fix October 2015 Styling & Review

Plus lately, I haven’t had as much time to shop… so it allows me the opportunity to freshen up my closet without leaving the house. It doesn’t always work out for me, like last month when I tried to avoid dress shopping by requesting wedding-appropriate dresses. For something like that, I’ll probably go with Rent the Runway, as I used for Bellevue Fashion Week. Anyways, onto this month’s review!

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Golden Tote February 2015

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If you’ve been reading for a while, you may have seen some pieces here and there from Golden Tote, or as part of my Budget recaps. It’s been awhile, but I figured I’d treat myself to a tote this month for my birthday.

Well… let’s just say it didn’t go exactly as planned. You’ll see why below, but first I’ll take a step back and explain a little more about Golden Tote from an insider’s perspective. (And I say insider as someone who actually purchases totes and doesn’t receive a “blogger tote” for review.)

I started following Golden Tote over a year ago and bought my first tote last February. It was love at first checkout. Their house brand, Puella, is made in California and very much has that California-cool-vibe. Their pieces are also sold at Anthropologie, dresses going for about $70-80 and tops for $50-60. When you buy a tote from Golden Tote though, you get to pick two pieces that they’ve curated for that month’s collection, and then 4-5 more are added to your tote by their “stylists” for $149. There’s also a smaller tote for $49 that lets you choose one item and they pick one or two other things for you. The small tote has a much smaller selection of items, however. You then fill out a quick survey/style profile and can add comments about things you do or don’t like.

Here’s the thing though: Golden Tote isn’t really customized. Not like Stitch Fix anyways. They basically have a pool of “surprise” items each month that they go and buy from smaller designers, then when your order is fulfilled, you are getting something from that pool. This used to work well for me, as I tend to gravitate towards boho and flowy pieces that they used to almost exclusively stock. Now? Well, it seems like Golden Tote and I may have parted ways in the style department.

Besides the unique way of shopping, Golden Tote also has a Facebook group that they encourage tote purchasers to join. You can then buy, sell, or trade items in the group with others, at your own risk, of course. This has proven valuable to me to get pieces a la carte since I haven’t bought totes for a while and only want a single piece. The other bonus? Tons of women who have a shopping/fashion obsession. We’ve had two meet-ups in my area and there are even off topic groups to participate in too.

Now that I’ve prepped you with some details about how it all works, onto the Golden Tote review!

Golden Tote February 2015 Review & Styling / hellorigby seattle fashion and lifestyle blog

Golden Tote February 2015 Review

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Stitch Fix February 2015

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I’m sure Stitch Fix isn’t anything new to you, but if it is – here’s a quick debrief. Sign up for a fix (you can use my link to sign up; if you do, thank you!) You’ll pay a $20 styling fee upfront on shipment. You receive a box containing 5 items based on a customized style profile. You then receive the shipment, have 3 days to try on the goods, and keep what you like, less the $20 fee. If you keep nothing, you do lose the $20 fee. Package it back up in the return envelope, drop it at the post office, and check out online. That’s it. No in-store returns… those are my least favorite part of shopping online! ;)

After my last terrible fix in June, I figured I’d be a glutton for punishment and order another. Why? Because I’m nuts and it would come in time for my birthday. I mean, there’s nothing that screams fun like getting potentially awful clothes, right?


The good news is that I didn’t end up getting awful clothes. I would actually venture to say that this is the best fix I’ve received. This is based on a small sampling, as I’ve only received 2 others, but I do like to creep on what other people get so I’ve seen quite a few fixes.

Without further ado… onto the clothes and my thoughts. At the end, tell me what you think I should keep – I have one day left to decide and I may be waffling a bit still.

Stitch Fix February 2015 Review

Stitch Fix February 2015 - Pixley Colibri Heart Print Tab Sleeve Blouse / hellorigby seattle fashion and lifestyle blog
Pixley Colibri Heart Print Tab-Sleeve Blouse in Navy, $48
Oh, petite girl problems. The fit on the left is straight out of the box. I tucked it in on the right and like it much better. I love the print and think it’s fun for Valentine’s Day without being unwearable for the other 364 days of the year.

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5 Places for Great Activewear

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I don’t think it’s a big secret that I enjoy exercising as much as I enjoy getting my teeth drilled (which luckily has only happened once, and I no longer have those teeth so…) But what I do love is wearing work out clothes as soon as I get home from work. Don’t lie, I know you know what I mean. You get home, and the first, second, or third thing you do is strip off the uncomfortable bras and skinny jeans and into something… well, actually it is kind of tight, but in a much more forgiving and comfortable way. Yes, I’m talking about yoga pants.

No, I don’t do yoga. Not yet anyways.

But I can pretend in my yoga leggings that I basically live in on the weekends and have even figured out how to add into my rotations for work wear. With the cold season upon us, I figured now is as good as time as any to share my secrets for where I find my trusty leggings, yoga or otherwise, and for when I am dragged to the gym by certain people who shall not be named, what I like to wear.

5 Places for Great Activewear

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