Why I May Have Changed My Mind About Stitch Fix

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Stitch Fix is an online clothing shop designed to provide personal styling services for women at an affordable cost. It was specifically created for women who need to wear nicer clothes for events/work but who don’t want to spend hours and hours combing through clothing stores to put together outfits.

At the end of September, I did an in-depth review of Stitch Fix. It was a very honest review sharing why the service hadn’t worked well for me and why I’d sent all of the clothes back.

I had told you that I was going to try the service again because I had a little bit of referral credit to use and because multiple people had told me that the stylists got better at choosing clothing for you if you gave really honest feedback.

So I wanted to tell you about my recent box of clothes from Stitch Fix and why I may have changed my mind about Stitch Fix. But first, if you’re new here, here’s a refresher on how Stitch Fix works.

How Stitch Fix Works

1. Sign up for a Stitch Fix account.

2. Fill out your style profile. You’ll give very specific details on sizes you wear, styles you like, colors you like, types of clothes you like, and what types of clothing you are specifically looking for (more casual, all business, a mix of both, etc.) You can be very detailed in your descriptions and even share a Pinterest board with them to give Stitch Fix some ideas of your tastes in clothing.

3. Go to checkout and pay a $20 styling fee (this is reimbursed if you choose to keep any of the clothes).

4. One of the Stitch Fix stylists will take your style profile, sizes, and preferences and put together a box of clothing based upon what they think you’ll like and what they think will work well for you.

5. They’ll send you this box in the mail. You’ll have a few days to go through the box, try on the clothes, and then choose to keep any that you liked and ship back any that didn’t work (they provide a postage-paid envelope for you to use).

Why I May Have Changed My Mind About Stitch Fix

And here’s what was in my recent box from Stitch Fix:

Izzie Striped Fit & Flare Dress ($64) — I instantly adored this dress when I saw it, but the waistline was too high on me and I thought the dress itself hit me at a bad spot. All in all, it wasn’t figure flattering on me at all. Verdict: Sent back.

Why I May Have Changed My Mind About Stitch Fix

Benson 3/4 Ruched Sleeve Blazer ($78) –I thought the material this blazer was made out of was perfect for traveling (it was more of a knit material than a typical stiff blazer material) and wanted to love it so much, but it was too long for my short frame and therefore the last 1-2 inches of it looked weird/too long on me. Verdict: Sent back.

Why I May Have Changed My Mind About Stitch Fix

Moni Abstract Chevron Stud Detail Blouse ($58) — I loved everything about this blouse, except the price was a little too high for me and I didn’t like the color at all. If it were teal, I would have kept it because of how well it fit me. Verdict: Sent back.

Why I May Have Changed My Mind About Stitch Fix

Jaclynn 3/4 Sleeve Button-Up Cardigan ($38) — I really liked this cardigan, but it had a snag in it when I pulled it out of the box and I thought the price was too high for a very simple cardigan. Verdict: Sent back.

Why I May Have Changed My Mind About Stitch Fix

At this point, you might be wondering why I said I may have changed my mind about Stitch Fix. Well, it all changed when I pulled out these Jimmy Ankle Length Skinny Jean ($88).

I LOVED these jeans!!! It’s so hard to fit jeans that fit my short frame well. These were PERFECT and I’m so excited that they fit me so well!

Honestly, I wanted to buy multiple pairs of these exact same jeans because they were exactly everything I want in a pair of jeans. I needed to buy one more pair of jeans for this Fall/Winter and I found that when I went shopping, I was comparing every pair of jeans I tried on to these. They have now become my new standard in jeans. :)

$88 is a LOT to pay for a pair of jeans. In fact, it’s quite a bit more than I’ve ever paid for jeans. However, I realized that I will probably wear these jeans hundreds of times over the next few years. In that case (and because I only have a few pairs of jeans), I decided it was worth it for me — especially to get a style and fit I love.

Here are my overall thoughts on this recent Stitch Fix experience:

  • I had a lot of fun filling out my style profile. It really helped me to think through what I love and what I don’t love. Since I’m not a fashionista, this isn’t something I’ve spent much time considering. So I thought that was a very valuable exercise.
  • I also loved the anticipation of getting a box in the mail that you didn’t know what would be in it. It’s fairly rare that I get to open and go through a mystery box, so looking forward to the box made the experience more fun!
  • Since I don’t enjoy shopping, it was really fun to get a box of clothes in the mail — SO much easier than going shopping! Plus, I loved being able to try them on my own bathroom and try them on with items already in my closet to help me decide whether I should keep or send each item back.
  • I love the styling cards they gave you with each of the items to give you ideas of how to accessories a piece/what to wear it with. These are great especially for someone like me who has no idea how to put outfits together.
  • I loved that this box had a few items I never would have pulled off a rack myself. And it inspired me to look for similar items — such as the knit blazer — when I’m clothing shopping next time.
  • I was so happy that the stylist seemed to take my honest feedback from my last fix to heart and do a MUCH better job of picking out items that were things I’d love this time.
  • The prices at Stitch Fix are going to be much more than you’re going to find at the thrift store or on the sales rack. This service is designed specifically for women aren’t on a extremely tight budget who want to dress fashionably without spending a lot of time shopping. For busy working women, it could be a lifesaver. However, I think you need to be somewhat adventurous for it to work well for you.

Overall, I was so much happier with this fix and so thankful that I tried again — especially because I would have missed out on a fantastic pair of jeans, otherwise. I still have a little more credit left and I earned a little bit more after my last post (I guess a few of you are so adventurous that you decided to try it out — despite my very negative review!), so I’m going to try another fix. I’m hopeful that maybe it will be even better than this last one. We’ll see.

Have you tried Stitch Fix before? If so, I’d love to hear what you thought of it.

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When You’re So Proud of Your Friends (+ enter to win a copy of God Made Light)

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I’ve been acquainted with Jessica and Matthew Paul Turner for a few years, but it’s only been since we’ve moved to the Nashville area that I’ve really gotten to know them well. And let me tell you, these two are the real deal.

They’ve loved on us, invited us into their home multiple times, asked us to come with them to events, listened to us, and gone out of their way to truly welcome us to Tennessee. Their friendship has been a gift to us and has been an answer to many prayers we’ve prayed for authentic friendships and community.

You know how there are people who just make you feel so special and loved and cared for? That’s the Turners.

And I couldn’t be prouder of them today as they are launching their brand-new children’s book called God Made Light. They have poured years into this project and have funded it with a significant portion of their savings.

This book is a playful, whimsical adventure through the creation of light. It encourages children to remember that they were created for a purpose — to shine and make a difference in this world.

I am really hoping that this is the first of many children’s books they produce because it’s beautiful and so meaningful. The pictures are very well done and its rhyming lyrics make it so fun to read!

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This book would make a great gift for Christmas presents this year. Plus, DaySpring has partnered with Matthew and Jessica to produce a line of adorable products you can purchase in addition to the book. My favorite product was probably the encouragement cards, but my kids thought the puzzle and night light were the best. :)

You can get free shipping from DaySpring if you purchase $35 worth of God Made Light products and use coupon code SHIPLIGHT at checkout.

You can read more about the book, the message behind it, and see pictures of the inside of the book over on Jessica’s blog. Also, be sure to check out Matthew’s post on What Happens When 11 Publishers Say “No”.

To purchase a copy or read reviews from others, you can head over to Amazon here.

Win a Copy of God Made Light!

I know not all of you can afford to purchase God Made Light, so I wanted to buy 10 books to give away to readers here. To enter to win, just leave a comment on this post telling us who you would give this book to if you win a copy.

I’ll choose 10 winners on Thursday and will notify the winners via email.

 

And the winners are:

Jane (jane_jaimes2731@)
Megan (megsmiller@)
Kate (kate.e.rhea@)
Theo-Ann (tpfrog2001@)
Mickey (mickeydachs@)
Denise (kdhannibal@)
Maria (mjsotomayor@)
Kathy (southerncountertops@)
Shaunta (taychambers@)
Tamboliya (tamboliya@)

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How I Saved Today: A Laundry Party while listening to the free Psalty album!

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This was actually from last night, but I wanted to share it anyway. :)

Remember the free Psalty album download I posted earlier this week? Well, we downloaded it and listened to it during last night’s Laundry Party. It was so fun to introduce my kids to songs from when I was a little girl.

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Also? Laundry parties are one of my secret house-cleaning tips. We have so much fun and get so much done when we all work together. And when Mom’s excited about it, the attitude is usually contagious! :)

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Want to see a video clip of my girls jammin’ and foldin’? Here you go. Notice their outfits? Cracks me up how two girls in the same family can be so, so different from each other! :)

Oh and thanks for your Swagbucks tips yesterday. I was excited that we earned 55 Swagbucks today — with very little extra time or effort. I scored 11 Swagbucks on my first search try and that helped bump up our total!

How did YOU save today? Did you have any frugal fun at your house?

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My Completely Honest Review of Our Experience With Kiwi Crate

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A few weeks ago, I posted about a sample box that Kiwi Crate was offering. I’d heard a lot about Kiwi Crate before, but I’d never signed up for it.

Kiwi Crate is a monthly subscription service that offers kid’s educational projects, crafts, and activities on different themes. It’s typically $16.95 per month for the box — including shipping. This box will include 2-3 projects, all the materials to complete those projects, plus hands-on learning activities and more.

They recently launched monthly crate subscriptions for various ages: Koala Crate is for ages 3-4, Kiwi Crate is for ages 4-8, Tinker Crate is for ages 8-14+, and Doodle Crate is for ages 9-16+.

Since the Kiwi Crate sample box was only $3.95 and a friend had highly recommended it, I went ahead and posted about it and signed up for a box. {Please note: The Glowworm Sample Box offer is currently not available, but there is a fun Lantern Sample Box available.}

My Completely Honest Review of Kiwi Crate

We got the box within two weeks and I was very, very impressed with what we got for $3.95 (that price included shipping, too!)

The kit came with:

  • All the materials to build your very own glowworm
  • Set of fabric markers to decorate your snuggly friend
  • One-of-a-kind glow in the dark sock
  • Bonus firefly foldout project with set of glow sticks
  • 16 page explore! magazine filled with puzzles, DIY activities and kid-friendly recipes

My Completely Honest Review of Kiwi Crate

The instructions to complete the craft were very detailed and organized. For a non-crafter like me, this was especially helpful!

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Silas has an absolute blast working with me to create his glowworm.

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I loved seeing his focus and determination!

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He decided to name his glowworm “Billy Butler”, after one of his favorite Royal’s baseball players. :)

My Completely Honest Review of Kiwi Crate

While he worked on his glowworm, I read to him from the accompanying book.

My Completely Honest Review of Kiwi Crate

I thought there was a lot of value in this booklet. Not only were there short stories, a poem, a number of activity pages, but there were also some fun additional related projects.

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They gave you instructions on how to make your own FireFly Paint Jar — which looked cool.

My Completely Honest Review of Kiwi Crate

There were also pages you could cut out to make a Glow-in-the-Dark FireFly using the patterns and the glow sticks they gave you in the kit.

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Silas got to practice his cutting skills on this project!

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After he finished his FireFly, he went back to decorating “Billy Butler.” :)

He was so proud of his finished product — and especially excited that it actually glowed in the dark when he took it into a dark room. He asked if he could sleep with it tonight before he went to bed.

Why I Can’t 100% Endorse Kiwi Crate

Honestly, I wanted to give Kiwi Crate a huge standing ovation in this post… because clearly, the sample box was a HUGE win at our house!

But here’s the problem: I can’t.

You see, I ordered the sample box and was unsure as to whether or not I’d continue my subscription. While I was waffling over it, some of my readers commented on my post about the sample box saying they were having trouble getting their subscription canceled.

They couldn’t get ahold of anyone at customer service and their card had been charged for a crate that they didn’t want — after they had requested for their subscription to be canceled.

Because of this, I decided that I personally wanted to try canceling my subscription to see if I had trouble getting it to work. I followed the instructions they outlined on their site to cancel my subscription: I emailed customer service within the time frame allotted.

And I never heard back. What’s worse, about 10(?) days later, I got an email saying that my card had been charged for the next crate and it had already shipped.

What?? I had emailed customer services DAYS before to request that they cancel my subscription and I was well within the time frame stated on their site for when to cancel and not get billed for another month.

To say I was a bit frustrated is an understatement. Not so much for myself, but for my readers whom I’d introduced to Kiwi Crate. I felt so badly that a deal I had posted was turning out like this.

I emailed customer service again and reached out to them on Twitter. {I’ve learned that Twitter is often a very effective way to actually hear from companies when email doesn’t seem to be working.}

Would you know it? I heard back from them via Twitter within 30 minutes. They looked my order up and canceled my subscription. I received an email apologizing to me and confirming my subscription cancellation. They also asked they I relay to my readers that if anyone is having trouble getting your subscription canceled, you should contact them through Facebook or Twitter.

They were very gracious about it, which is a big plus. But I still have reservations about fully endorsing this company. I think the sample box was every bit worth the cost, but I’m not sure it was worth the hassle I had to go through to get my subscription canceled. So if you’re thinking of trying it out but think there’s a good chance you might cancel, be aware of this.

That said, I still was very impressed with the box. In fact, we loved it so much that we are thinking that our Christmas gifts for the kids this year will be a subscription to Tinker Crate for Kathrynne, a subscription to the Doodle Crate for Kaitlynn, and a subscription to Kiwi Crate for Silas.

We got the full Kiwi Crate in the mail (the one that I had tried to cancel but got billed for) and I’m planning to try it out with Silas soon and will report back to you on what we think of it. We’re going to make our decision about whether or not we’re going to subscribe after I’ve gone through and completed the projects with him from that full crate.

Note: Since a subscription is rather expense, this also might be a great gift idea to pass along to Grandma & Grandpa for Christmas this year. I love that it’s mostly consummable, very educational, hands-on, and a gift that would keep giving all year long!

Have you tried Kiwi Crate before? Have you tried canceling your subscription? If so, what was your experience?

Note: This post contains my Kiwi Crate referral link. If you click through and decided you are willing to risk it enough to sign up for a subscription, I will receive a referral fee if you sign up through one of my links in this post. If you don’t feel comfortable doing so, you can go to KiwiCrate.com to sign up directly.

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