Saturday, July 19, 2014

Stitch Fix

Some of you may have heard of Stitch Fix before and some of you have not. I came across this company through several other teaching blogs. At first I was hesitant to try it out, but I decided to take the plunge last month and do it. I didn't post about my first fix, but have decided to start posting about them from now on. 

Before I get started, let me explain to you about what Stitch Fix is and how it works.

Stitch Fix is a personal shopping/styling service. You fill out a personal style profile, answer some questions, and then for $20.00 a personal stylist picks 5 items for each fix and sends them to the comfort of your home. The stylist looks at your style preferences, size, and any recommendations into consideration. You can make recommendations for special events, such as, a wedding, vacation, etc. on upcoming fixes. With each fix, they send you styling guides to help you pair the items sent up with things that you might already have. After you try on the items that they sent, you log into your account and decide whether or not you are going to keep them or send them back at check out. If you decide to keep anything, the $20 styling fee will be credited towards your purchase. If you choose to keep all of the items, a 25% discount will be applied to your purchase. Any items that you decide not to keep, just simply place them into the prepaid envelope and mail out. It's that simple! 

I really look forward to getting my Stitch Fix. I'm not much of a shopper. Majority of the times when I go into a store, I see something and would never even try it on. This program makes me try on things that I would just skip right over in the stores. With my first fix, I bought a beautiful statement necklace and a adorable dress. With that fix, I was also sent a pair of cobalt blue pants that I adored, but didn't want to spend that much money on, and two tops that I had to part with. One, the area around the armpits was really tight and the other one was to short. Enough about my last fix, let's see what was in my box this fix.

I opened my box and took out the carefully wrapped items. This is what was in my box.

I see some potential items. One item, I wasn't very fond of the pattern just looking at the stack. I then took out the sheet with the styling cards and tore them apart. I do this with each fix and try and pair them up with things that I have in my closet. Here is the personalized note from my stylist.

Looking at the styling cards, I saw a few things that I could pair together. Remember, I'm just starting out so I don't have to much in my wardrobe right now. Also, I have been working very hard on losing weight. It is a goal of mine. So far, I have lost 15 pounds. I asked for items that are loose fitting and items that I can wear in the extreme South Florida heat. As I began unpacking the items and hanging them up to take pictures for you all, I noticed that my stylist really didn't pay to much attention this time to my request. Here are the items I got this fix.

First up was the Mixed Dot  Blouse. When I first picked it up, I liked that the material was sheer which means that it will be fine with the South Florida weather. 

The styling card suggested that I pair it with a light pair of denim jeans or a navy pencil skirt. I had neither so I choose a dark pair of jeans.

I'm not 100% sold on this shirt. It looks a lot better on the hanger than it does on me. I'm not to sure about the dots.

My next fix was the Print Blouse. This is the one item in the fix that I did not like from the start. It reminded me of something I would have seen in my Grandma's house.

Let me tell you that my gut must have been telling me something because this shirt didn't even fit over my chest. So it was definitely out. 

So onto the next item, let me tell you I absolutely loved this next shirt when I saw it packaged up and when I saw the styling card. I tried on the Dash Button-Front Chambray Shirt. This shirt looks just like a denim shirt, however it was super soft and very light weight. Well, I quickly became very disappointed as I put it on the hanger to take a picture. It was completely the wrong size. The tag on the sleeve said the correct size, however, the actual tag on the shirt was 2 sizes smaller. So, I knew I wouldn't be trying this one on and would be sending it back.

The final 2 items I tried on together. I tried on a pair of black polka dot pants and teal knit top. The pants were the same pants as the pants in my first fix except that they were a different color. I like the fit of them, but am not a huge fan of the polka dots. (Secretly, I was wishing that it was the original pants from the first fix.) The teal shirt surprised me. It was long sleeve. I didn't want long sleeve and I specifically asked for items that I could wear in the Florida heat. 

Well, I was surprised because it you could actually roll up the sleeves to make them shorter. 

I tried it on and knew that the sleeves would definitely need to be rolled up. For the picture above, I changed out of the polka dot pants and paired it with a pair of dark jeans. I think this shirt would also be good with a pair of khaki pants or capris. 

What do you think about my fix? I was a little disappointed by some of the items I got in this fix, but will be letting them know. I'm going to keep the teal shirt, but send all the others back. I liked the pants, but really wasn't a fan of the polka dots. I hope you liked finding out about Stitch Fix as much as I liked sharing it with you.

If you are interested in getting your own Stitch Fix of your own please click below for my referral. Check it out! It's a lot of fun. I can't wait for my next one.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Hitting the Dollar Spot

Can you believe that it is July already? I can't. In exactly 1 month, I will be headed back to begin prepping for the new school year. I've started marking things for my classroom, but am very hesitant about it. My school was looking for a new principal at the end of the school year and one was appointed last week. We had a Staff Meet N Greet last week and briefly met her. This week, she asked everyone to come in for one on one meetings. My meeting was yesterday. We discussed possible grade levels and leadership team opportunities. We are suppose to find out what grade level and team member assignments by this weekend. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will remain in Kindergarten. Last year was a rough year for me and I am looking forward to this year being better. In fact, I am determined to make it better no matter the circumstances.

I have begun thinking about my classroom for the upcoming year. Not knowing which classroom I will be in has been nerve racking. So I've started planning and marking things that I could use in any Primary grade level. Of course, I needed to pick up a few things for my classroom. You know what that means! Shopping!!! Of course, I hit up the Dollar Spot at my local Target. I have 5 Target stores near me within 25 miles. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. Haha! Well, I went to the one closest to where I live and they had only unpacked flashcards. I didn't need flashcards. Grrrr! I was on a mission for supply caddies. (See my old ones have become so dirty and grimy that no matter how much I scrubbed and cleaned them it didn't help. I tossed them and was determined to get new ones this year.) Well at this store, I turned and saw the huge carts with unopened boxes. Not one employee was insight. It took everything in my not to start opening up those boxes. Plus, my husband was there and holding me back. Ha! I decided to hit up another Target 3 miles away from this one. 

I walked in and started to go down the first aisle. Nope, nothing, nada! My husband left me and started in a different aisle. Then, I hear him say "I found them." I, of course, rush over and he found the supply caddies. I was looking for green, but they didn't have any. Bummer! They did have black, white, bright pink, and bright blue. Those seem to be the colors this year, as I saw several other bins in those colors. I quickly regrouped and decided on the bright pink and black caddies. I bought all that they had at this store. I got 2 bright pink and 2 black. I continued to look around and found some sparkly pencils that my students loved last year and some apple erasers. Here are my finds:

I did end up heading to another Target and scored 2 more black caddies. Even though, they weren't the color I originally wanted, I am SUPER excited with what I got. They will definitely fit into my classroom theme this year. I have to add some ribbon and labels to the caddies. 

Have you begun preparing and buying things for your classroom? I would love to hear what you have bought.