What I Wore

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Spring has sprung here in Nebraska and with it has come sunshine..and rain. LOTS of rain. I love rain, don’t get me wrong. Rainy days are the best for cuddling up with a great book and warm coffee. But I’m starting to thinking another flood is coming because it has rained every day for as long as I can remember. Well, maybe just a week, but still…

The days may be gloomy, but I’m trying to keep things fun and bright with my wardrobe! Here’s what I wore this week…

What I Wore Collage May 6

Left: Revelation Wellness tee, Evy’s Tree Natalie hoodie, Levi’s cropped jeans, Wild Copper Tieks

Center: Target Pineapple tank, Beautiful + Beloved gathered maxi skirt and chevron necklace, Sseko Designs sandals

Right: Banana Republic dress, 107 Market Street necklace, The Root Collective ballet flats

What I Wore Collage May 6 #2

Left: Imagine Goods wrap tank, Noonday Collection Sunburst necklace, Maurices jeans

Center: Target dress {clearance!!!}, Work of Worth necklace, thrifted yellow wedges, Funktional Wearables bracelet

Right: Henkaa Iris convertible dress (win your own here), Charming Charlie’s earrings + necklace

What are you wearing this spring? Any new trends I should try?

 

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It’s a Henkaa Mother’s Day Giveaway!

I was given this dress as part of Henkaa Mother’s Day celebration! I was not compensated in any other way for this post, and all opinions are 100% my own!

I’ve had my eyes on a Henkaa dress for quite a while. Maybe obsessing a little bit.

A Henkaa dress is the perfect item for any woman to have in her capsule wardrobe because it can be worn so many ways. And a Henkaa dress is the perfect investment for a mom because it can be worn before, during, and after pregnancy – not many clothes in our closet can do that, right ladies?! I wish I had a Henkaa dress when I was having babies!

My first Henkaa dress, the Iris Midi, arrived last week and I’ve had so much fun styling it! The fun thing about the Iris is that is has SLEEVES! Yes, sleeves, but it can also be styled as a sleeveless or strapless dress, too! Talk about versatile!

Henkaa Iris Midi Dress

The style on the left was for a date night with The Hubby! The fabric of the Iris is so luxurious – perfect for getting fancy and throwing on some heels for a night out! In that style, the halter top was made by tying the sleeves behind the neck.

For the style on the right, I went a little more casual with some of my favorite fair trade accessories from (affiliate link) The Root Collective and Work of Worth! This would be a great look for brunch or a baby shower. I love that the sleeves make this dress a piece I can keep in my closet year-round!

I can’t wait to try the Iris in many more styles! Here are a few of the 15 ways it can be worn:

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Henkaa has tons of tutorials and inspiration from real women to help you make the most out of your convertible dress. The tutorials helped me figure out how to wear new styles in not time at all!

Did you know Henkaa also has a versatile bag in their line-up? The monogram multi-way bag is perfect as a diaper bag, daily carry-all or travel companion and can be worn as a handbag, cross-body bag, shoulder bag or backpack! Detachable straps and TONS of compartments on both the inside and outside make this a bag you will take with your every day to carry whatever you need – diapers, books, gym necessities, and more!

To celebrate Mother’s Day, Henkaa and I are teaming up to give one Iris convertible dress + one monogram multi-way bag to one of you beautiful ladies! I’M SO EXCITED!!!

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To enter this marvelous Mother’s Day giveaway, tell me which color Iris dress you would pick and where you would wear it to celebrate Mother’s Day – fancy brunch, moms’ night out with girlfriends, a day of shopping without kids, or something else fun!

This giveaway ends Sunday, May 10th at 8PM CST. One random winner will be chosen and announced Monday, May 11th! Only open to those with a US shipping address. Must be 18 or older to win. One entry per household please.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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What I Wore

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It’s still Wednesday as I’m posting this, so I’m getting in on the What I Wore Wednesday action!

Just a few pics of me this week and a couple bonuses…

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We had the loveliest spring day last week and I was all over it was a new sleeveless tunic from Zulily and my fabulous new Sseko Designs sandals! {Get 10% off your own pair of Sseko sandals with the code homewiththeboys} I have a feeling this outfit will get LOTS of wear this spring. The lovely jewelry is from 107 Market Street!

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I caught a glimpse of a cute maxi dress from Old Navy online this week and then I saw it was on MAJOR sale that day only, so it became my Easter dress! It was a little chilly Easter morning, so I threw on a shrug and paired it with my Saltwater Sandals – delightful and comfortable! Don’t my guys look devastatingly handsome?! And that’s my mom looking super springy in her yellow cardigan! It was so great to have her + my dad here for Easter!

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The sunny spring weather left us this week and rainy weather moved in, so I’ve been living in comfy clothes.  That means I have worn Evy’s Tree every day this week. No shame. The Hubby and I were giving our “we need a vacation” faces on Monday. Yes, we do. On Tuesday, I was excited to get this new book in the mail because I love everything Jon Acuff writes. And my hoodie matched the cover – how fun!

Now for some little man style:

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Big J put this church outfit together himself and he was very proud of it! He has never chosen to wear a tie before – I’m not even sure where he found this one – but I like his style!

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Then there’s this guy. Trying to start a new fashion trend: boots as pants. I think it will really catch on this spring.

I can’t top that last pic. Good night.

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What I Wore: Birthday Edition!

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That’s right! It’s my birthday! Today! 34 and better than ever!

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My guys have all kinds of fun planned for me and I got a free birthday drink at my favorite coffee place, so it’s a great day! Because it’s my birthday, I decided to wear a new shirt that combines three of my favorite things: fair trade, elephants, and the color green! This button-down top is from Symbology Clothing and those darling little dots are actually little elephants! Did I mention it’s GREEN?! I was head-over-heels immediately.

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This was the day before my birthday when I was feeling a little blah. Instead of wallowing, I threw on a green tee {yes, green again}, a comfy cardigan, and my favorite scarf from fashionABLE, and embraced the gloomy, rainy day while counting my blessings! fashionABLE just released the ABLE scarf in two more amazing colors and you can get 10% off your order when you click HERE!

And since this is the birthday edition, I had to share my lovely new outfit from my in-laws for my birthday! They gave me this gorgeous Steve Madden sweater (the softest fabric ever) and a matching scarf! Aren’t they beautiful?! These pieces are just perfect for spring, especially paired with my cotton v-neck Everlane tee, white jeans, and The Root Collective flats!

The rest of the week was pretty casual…

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The boys and I went to watch NCAA tournament teams practice Thursday afternoon and it was FREE! So much fun! The weather was nice enough that we didn’t need coats, but there was still a chill in the air, so I wore my Evy’s Tree Lizzy and everyone thought I was there to cheer for Oklahoma State!

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I have fallen in love with a pair of leggings. Seriously. I found these Under Armour Ultimate Leggings on clearance at the outlet store and I never want to take them off. I wore them all day Sunday, including on my walk with Double J. It was such a sweet one-on-one time with him!

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This week was the one year anniversary of my friend Breena’s son going to be with Jesus. In his honor, Breena started Garment Collective, an ethically sourced, redemptively made women’s clothing line with a Zero Slavery standard. I wore my Redemption For All tee this week in Zekey’s memory along with my Evy’s Tree Ashley hoodie. Keep an eye on Garment Collective as they move forward – I know you will love everything they do!

And now I’m off for more birthday celebrating, including dinner with The Hubby and a MASSAGE! See you later, friends!

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What I Wore

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I know it’s not Wednesday, but I’m going with a What I Wore post anyway! You’re ok with that, right? Good.

Here’s a look back at what I wore the last couple weeks…

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My friend Marie and I showed up to help at Awana wearing our matching Evy’s Tree Brilla hoodies! So fun! I’m wearing mine with the Stitch Fix jeans I adore and new B.O.C. clogs that are SUPER comfy!

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You already saw this outfit in my post about The Root Collective’s new spring line, but here it is again! Super simple gray sweater dress + jeggings dressed up with fair trade accessories from Noonday, 107 Market Street, and The Root Collective!

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I mixed it up for church with some lace + camo + sparkle! This Layla’s Shop top went perfectly with the camo skinnies I scored on clearance at Target! I added wild copper Tieks and a Mata Traders necklace for some shine.

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These spring mornings are nice, but a little chilly, so I wore my Evy’s Tree Diana wrap as a jacket when we went for Double J’s well-child check. It was just the right thing to keep me warm + stylish! This royal purple Piko top from Layla’s Shop is so fun with leggings + The Root Collective flats! The necklace from Beautiful & Beloved is one of my all-time favorites – goes with EVERYTHING.

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How about a little workout gear? I’m in love with this tee, a collaboration between Revelation Wellness + Naptime Diaries! Life has left me pretty weary lately, but I’m trying to find boldness in my soul that can only come from faith + Jesus. This shirt is a great reminder for me.

Irishman race attire – what a fun day! My shirt is from Janji, a company that makes running clothes + gives back through your purchases! This tee helps provide one year of clean water for one person in Kenya!

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And, of course, my St. Patrick’s Day outfit! Still LOVING my Target shamrock shirt SO MUCH! And Double J’s shirt is my fave. He picks it to wear all the time.

Spring is making an appearance here and I’m loving the chance to wear fun flats, lighter tops, and dresses! What are your favorite spring clothes?

 

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The Root Collective: Spring Line + Important Work

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I’ve been a huge supporter of The Root Collective since I happened upon them over a year and a half ago. One look at their shoes and you’ll see why I love them so much, but the love goes much deeper than that!

The Root Collective partners with small-scale artisan businesses in marginalized communities to promote change through dignified jobs. The artisans own their own businesses and set their own pricing, but partnering with TRC enables them to sell to a larger market. Take a look at this video which share more of the TRC vision:


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My favorite part of the whole TRC story is Otto. Otto lives in the La Limonada ghetto of Guatemala City, Guatemala, an area plagued by gangs and violence. Instead of falling in with the gangs like many men in his area, Otto started learning to make shoes at age 10.

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These skills allowed him to rise above his circumstances and go into business for himself. He now employs former gang members, teaching them business and shoemaking skills so they can leave their old ways behind.

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The Root Collective founder, Bethany Tran, just returned from a trip to visit the artisans and I have a huge smile hearing about the way their lives have changed because of this amazing partnership. I just love this quote from Bethany…

This is important work. Not because we are saviors to these communities, but because we have committed to partner with them and uplift the people of La Limonada (and the rural areas). Without jobs, there is no way to provide for themselves or their families. Because many of these men are former gang members, they cannot find employment elsewhere because of their gang tattoos. This is important work.

This is why I buy The Root Collective shoes. This is why I share the shoes and the stories with you.

Wear cute shoes, change the world – it’s a real thing.

And the cute shoes just got even better with the new spring line that debuted TODAY!

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You’ve seen my green flats enough and I will never stop wearing them because GREEN IS MY FAVORITE. But look at these beauties. The coral striped ballet flat is just the right mix of spring color + neutrals.

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I’m thrilled to have these coral striped ballet flats in my spring shoe rotation to wear with maxi skirts and dresses and leggings…basically everything! Today was still a little chilly, so I paired my new flats with a sweater dress and skinny jeans, along with a few other fair trade accessories.

And I can’t wait for you to add a beautiful pair of TRC shoes to your spring wardrobe! From now through Sunday, March 8th, use the code SPRING to get 20% off your own pair of flats or peep toes! Did you see the lime peep toe?! I’m dying…

Did you ever think buying adorable shoes could be important work?! Well, it is. Thanks for being a part of this beautiful partnership. And when you buy yours, please share them on social media with the hashtag #ottomademyshoes!

Which pair of The Root Collective shoes are you buying first?

 

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What I Wore

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Welcome to my weekly What I Wore post – a chance for me to get all girly and talk a little fashion since I live with ALL BOYS. If I started talking about ethical fashion and luxury hoodies with them, I would be ditched for Legos in about 1.4 seconds. Instead, I share it here with you and on Instagram because that is my favorite social media channel ever!

Here we go with what I wore this past week…

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Okay, you can hardly see what I’m wearing in this photo, but my friend Marie and I were sporting leis and festive head wear for Hawaiian Night at AWANA…while the winter wind howled outside to remind us we weren’t REALLY in Hawaii. As if we could forget…

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I went all matchy-matchy with Big J for our family day at the zoo. Not only did we both grab our Converse to wear that day with cuffed jeans, but we also wore our awesome new Wildly Co. shirts! Wildly Co. is the very best idea ever – ethical fashion basics for kids – and it was started by my friend Hayley and her husband!

Big J is wearing the pullover in teal with heather trim. He loves it. And I’m wearing one of the limited edition tees from their initial Kickstarter campaign! The boys also have several tees from earlier Wildly Co. lines – they are all amazing! Two things to watch for with Wildly Co.:

  1. Enter your email on the Wildly Co. home page to 15% off your first order!
  2. Watch for their limited edition monthly tees – a new one each month!

Also in the zoo outfit is my Krochet Kids beanie and my newest Evy’s Tree hoodie which may also be my favorite! The Brilla ruffles are perfection, the weight is great for any season, and the color is just what this Husker fan was hoping for! Here’s a closer look at the ruffles and pockets:

I’m warning you: you’ll be seeing this hoodie in LOTS of What I Wore posts from now on and I’m not sorry about it!

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Saturday comfort at it’s finest: another amazing Evy’s Tree hoodie, comfy wide leg jeans, and a hat. Double J and I were cuddled up after a day filled with a long run, basketball game, and The Hubby being on call at the hospital. We were all ready for bed at this moment!

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When wind chills have dominated the winter weather, 35º feels like a heat weave, so on Sunday I pulled out my favorite Target clearance dress and shrug, paired it with leggings, threw on my new PopBasic necklace {get $15 off with that link!}, and celebrated the “warmth” as we headed to church!

And since it was also the first day of March, it was a no-brainer to wear my green flats from The Root Collective. Stay tuned this week because The Root Collective is launching their new spring line of shoes and you’re going to LOVE them! Trust me – I already have a pair!

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It is only fitting to finish up today’s post with a great new shirt that perfectly captures my favorite month! I look for great St. Patrick’s Day shirts every year around this time and usually find something for the whole family at Old Navy. I was disappointed with their selection for women this year, but never fear, because Target came through with several cute options!

This was the PERFECT shirt – super comfy, no year listed on it, GREEN. Don’t be surprised if you see me wearing this a million times this month, as well as year-round because I’m just a huge fan. If you’re looking for a St. Patty’s Day shirt for yourself, check out Target this year!

Spring is ALMOST here – what are you looking forward to wearing once the weather warms up?

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What I Wore

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I might not be very consistent with these What I Wore posts lately, but Wednesdays and fashion posts will always go hand in hand for me. Im particularly motivated by my friend Stacey who keeps up her cute What I Wore posts which make me want to join in!

I’m a really big fan of fall and winter clothes, but I’m starting to get the itch to wear spring clothes! Who’s with me on that? Well, apparently Nebraska weather doesn’t care about what I want to wear. The temps keep plummeting below zero, so I’ll keep myself bundled up in hoodies and boots for a while longer!

Here’s what I wore the last few weeks, completely in iPhone pics…

Museum field trip day – Evy’s Tree Sophie, Everlane u-neck tee, Stitch Fix jeans, Born Peggy clogs, 107 Market Street necklace + earrings

Big J’s basketball game on Valentine’s Day – Evy’s Tree Red Ava Racer

A LONG Friday at home – Revelation Wellness hoodie, Old Navy puffer vest

Ellie Holcomb concert with Big J – ABLE Scarf from fashionABLE {get 10% off your order through this link}, black sweater tunic + camo skinny pants from Target

Cold church morning – Evy’s Tree Brooke tunic, Jacob’s Scarves blanket scarf {warmest ever}

Mothering + meetings – Target cardigan, Elegantees cap-sleeve top, The Root Collective necklace + earrings

Bible study at my house – super comfy Piko top from Layla’s Shop, ABLE scarf, GAP mint skinny cords, Born clogs

What are you wearing to stay warm as winter continues to stick around?

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The Wonder of Evy’s Tree

I received some of these items to review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post, and all opinions are 100% my own.

We had a few warm days this January. Such a tease. But now we’re back in full-blown winter weather and I can’t say I’m totally disappointed because it means I can wear ALL THE HOODIES!

When I say hoodies, I’m not talking about frumpy sweatshirts made famous by Bill Belichick. No girl wants that comparison, am I right?!

I’m talking about my fashion + comfort obsession: Evy’s Tree.

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I basically live in Evy’s Tree these days and I’m ok with that. Just a few of the reasons I adore Evy’s Tree so much…

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I’ve never seen hoodies this cute in a store and every new design Amy launches is even more fabulous than the one before! There is tons of variety – some fitted, some loose, some fancy, some casual – but all are just gorgeous. I always get compliments on my Evy’s Tree pieces and I know it’s because they are so unique!

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You can tell with each piece that the Evy’s Tree team cares deeply about quality. They are described as “luxury hoodies” and they live up to that name in fit and feel. On top of this, the team goes out of their way to answer customer questions to make sure everybody gets the right fit.

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I love to support moms who are getting creative, running their own businesses, and making their dreams happen. Amy is one of those moms and her team is full of more just like her! Buying from mom-owned businesses is something I do whenever possible, so finding a great one like Evy’s Tree was a fun blessing!

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Evy’s Tree hoodies are an investment, but they are well worth it. Because they are comfy AND cute, I wear them all the time – at home on snow days, out with the family, even on dates! I have literally worn one every day this week! You will not regret saving your money to grab one of these amazing pieces!

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One other thing I need you to know about Evy’s Tree: once a new design is released, it will sell FAST. The best way to stay up-to-date on new releases is to follow @evystreeofficial on Instagram! There you will find sneak peeks, release info, styling ideas, and special sales! Hint: a new sneak peek was released today and you can enter to win it on Instagram or Facebook!

Take a look around at the wonder of Evy’s Tree – I know you will fall in love just like I have!

Do you own anything from Evy’s Tree? What are your favorite styles?

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Stitch Fix #3

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I gave myself a little early Christmas present with some Stitch Fix referral credits and had my next fix shipped right before the holidays. I’ve had good and not-so-good experiences with Stitch Fix in the past, but I love how committed they are to getting a fix right for you! And I did have credits, so I gave it another shot!

I’m so glad I did! I only kept one item, but I could tell they were trying to give me what I requested with the other items as well.

If you don’t know about Stitch Fix, it’s a styling service that comes right to your house! You fill out an extensive online survey that includes your sizes, style preferences, budget and more. You are also able to leave notes for your stylist to further explain what you’re hoping to get in your fix – or you can let them completely surprise you! Stitch Fix also asks for a link to a Pinterest board that you’ve compiled with styles you love. They DO actually look at the board for inspiration!

Then you schedule your fix and a box shows up at your house with five items selected by a stylist, along with cards featuring styling ideas for each piece! You are charged a $20 styling fee when the box ships, but that $20 is also applied to your bill should you choose to keep any items. If you decide to buy all five items in your box, you get 25% off the entire purchase! If you don’t keep anything, they keep the $20 styling fee. It’s a gamble, but it is kind of fun AND from the experience of many others, each fix usually gets better as your stylist learns what you like and don’t like.

This time around I was looking for two things: fun, bright colored tops and a great pair of skinny jeans. And this is what I got…

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Yeah, the lighting isn’t great, but all I can say is TOO COLD for outside and I had a young photographer ;)

Let’s start with the tops: fun patterns, bright colors for the most part, but just not quite right for me. I liked the cut of the first shirt, the pattern on the second, and the colors of the third. If I could have combined what I liked about all three shirts into one shirt, it would have been a winner, but alas, I didn’t keep any of them. The price was actually not too bad either {less than $40}, but I’m learning to only buy things I REALLY love so I don’t end up with a closet full of rarely-worn clothes. Verdict on the shirts: all sent back.

About the skinny jeans: How in the world is it that I can go to a store and try on a billion pairs of jeans, never finding the ones that fit “just right,” but Stitch Fix can send me a pair in a box that fits magically and is exactly what I want?! Yep, I love the jeans. I’ve been wearing them for a month and I still love them. They are skinny, but not restricting. I love the dark wash. I love where the waistline hits me. Yes, they were $78. I’ve never paid that much for a pair of pants before, but the referral credits softened the blow a little and they are totally worth the money. Verdict on the jeans: BIG FAT KEEP.

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I also received a gold + silver bauble necklace in my fix, but I was not in need of any jewelry, so I sent that back with the shirts. Verdict on the necklace: sent back.

I only kept one item, but I consider this box a huge success for two reasons:

  1. THE JEANS
  2. My stylist tried to stretch me a bit with the shirts, and while I didn’t keep any, it was fun to try them!

Stitch Fix is great for those who hate shopping, those who can’t shop because of kids/work schedule/etc., and those who enjoy having someone else pick out clothes for them! I still love to shop, so I consider Stitch Fix to a be a once or twice a year treat for me and I will definitely be back!

Have you tried Stitch Fix yet? Have any questions before you give it a try?

 

 

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