Sunday, July 13, 2014

BB Part 10 - Clothing Fails and Wins

Wow, I can't believe this is the last post for my Blog Backlog: Playing Catch Up series...that also means my summer is coming to an end. I just got back from the TpT conference in Vegas, and although I don't have to report to work until Tuesday, I'll be going in tomorrow to get started. My last post of this series is partly catch-up, partly current. I've always struggled to find clothes that are well fitting, fashionable, and affordable, so, if you aren't into clothes, then this post isn't for you. If you're into clothes, then keep on reading!

First, my clothing fail, sort of. Other bloggers have been raving about Stitch Fix. You pay $20 to have a personal stylist choose 5 articles of clothing (and possibly accessories) to match your style preferences. These are sent to you and you keep (and pay for) the ones you like and return the ones you don't. The items range in price, and the $20 fee goes towards your purchase. Keep everything and you get a 25% discount! Well, because Stitch Fix is so popular I had to wait about 3 months until my box arrived, I was soooo excited. Then I opened my box and the first thing I found was a pair of white, distressed, skinny jeans (4) and my heart sunk. I can't do white pants! They look great on so many people, but not so much on me, and I would get them filthy in no time. I tried them on they they fit like they were made for me, but at about $100, they were a definite no. Everything was a no, hence no photos of me in the clothes!

There was also a crop top (3) - no one wants to see my belly, a peplum top (1) - I don't have the right figured for peplum, a maxi dress (2) - it was actually petite, but was too sheer, and a pair of really boring earrings (not pictured). Bummed, I sent it all back. I contacted Stitch Fix and explained how disappointed I was and guess what...they offered me a second chance (giving me another $20 credit) and I took it! I'm glad I did!

Last week I received my second box and kept a couple items!

1. A jersey maxi dress, it fit perfectly and was so comfy. But it was pricey, and because it was rayon I knew it would shrink, so back it went. 

2. This is my type of top! Perfect for Arizona summers! Instant keeper! (No idea why my lips look white in the photo?!)

3. Bermuda shorts...these were cute/comfy, but they were a bit too big and a bit too much, so they were returned. 

4. I was on the fence about this striped cardi...I posted a photo to FB and the consensus was to keep, so I did. 

5. The pair of chino pants fit nicely, except the length was odd and they were out of my price range, so they went back. 

Stitch Fix was fun the second time around, I may order a box a few times a year, but not on a regular, monthly basis. If you'd like to try it out use my referral link!

Now onto a bigger clothing WIN! I've blogged a bit about Gwynnie Bee before, but I've been using the service now for a few months and I love it! GB is Netflix for (plus size) clothes. You choose the clothes and place them in your "closet". GB mails you items from your closet and you keep them as long as you like. When you are ready to send them back, you place them in the return envelope, no need to launder! Then they send you something else from your closet. You even have the opportunity to purchase the clothes at the discount! I've bought 3 dresses that I just couldn't let go of! Here are some of the fun outfits I've had over the past few months.

Gwynnie Bee has an amazing offer...your first 30 days for FREE! I loved my trial and have continued. This service has helped me have an awesome awesome variety of adorable work clothes. The cost is reasonable, and I have less laundry to do! It also helps that I get so many compliments. I even got a compliment from our male PE teacher (who wears t-shirts and gym shorts everyday)! If you are size 10-32 get your free trial started! A quick thanks to several readers who used my referral link to get their free trial! I hope you enjoyed GB as much as I have!

Well, that's it for my Blog Backlog series. Thanks so much for reading. I hope this year to stay better caught up on blogging. Tomorrow I will have a Monday Made-it to share! 

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