Stitch Fix Review June 2017


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Hello my friends! It has been awhile since I last wrote. As the school year began to wrap up I was wiped out. I wanted to make sure I was able to focus my energy on my students and writing fell to the wayside. Teaching 3 grade levels in one room is no joke, I taught 9 lessons every day between 8:30 and 11:15 am! So now that I am officially on my summer break, I decided it was time to start writing again. I scheduled a new Stitch Fix box (I took a break from that too) and asked for shorts and a pair of medium wash jeans. Here is a sneak peek of the gorgeous stack my stylist, Jason, sent form me to try.

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Jason is awesome. He sent me pieces that coordinated well together. Since summer vacations are upon us I decided to build a capsule wardrobe with the pieces in this Fix and added 2 others from my closet. With a total of 9 pieces, including shoes and a necklace (from this box), I made 9 different looks! This would be perfect for a cruise or other vacation where space is limited. Ready to see what I came up with?

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These are the pieces I used

1. Skies are Blue Halsi Button Front Blouse-Coral, size Large, $54

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As you can see this blouse is a gorgeous color and has great details. Coral is among my favorite colors for summer so I was so excited to pull this blouse out of the box. I treat coral like a neutral and pair it with pretty much anything. It really brightens up a look, but isn’t too loud. Check out how great it looks with the three bottoms from my capsule!

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Styled with Liverpool Braiden Denim Shorts in mint ($58 from Stitch Fix) and white sandals from Target

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Styled with Just Black Robinson button Front Release Hem Kick Flare ($88 from Stitch Fix) and Coconuts by Matisse Waterfall shoes from Nordstrom

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Styled with a Lularoe Cassie Pencil Skirt and Coconuts by Matisse Waterfall shoes from Nordstrom

I told you this coral blouse was versatile! I love coral and mint together and but I usually pair it with mint that has a little more blue than green in it. These mint green shorts by Liverpool came in my Stitch Fix box and are definitely green, but still look great with the blouse. The next picture shows the blouse with kick flares, which are cropped jeans with a flare at the bottom. I really love these jeans. They are perfect for summer and look so cute with the blouse. The last picture shows how the blouse can be dressed up with a pencil skirt. I am a sucker for blue with orange, it is one of my favorite color combinations. So I knew I wanted to try this blouse with my favorite stretchy pencil skirt. I love all three looks created with this one coral blouse! They are versatile and fun.

2. Alice Blue Malika Off the Shoulder Top-Blue, Size Large, $48

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Styled with Liverpool Braiden Denim Shorts in mint from Stitch Fix and Merona sandals from Target

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Styled with Just Black Robinson Button Front Release Hem Kick Flare and Coconuts by Matisse Waterfall show from Nordstrom

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Styled with a Cassie skirt by Lularoe and Coconuts by Matisse Waterfall shoes from Nordstrom

This shirt is so cute! The fabric has blue and white pinstripes and is made of a light fabric. The embroidery is gorgeous. It looks adorable with all three bottoms from the capsule but my personal favorite is when it is styled with the kick flares. Mixing the off the shoulder trend with release hemmed kick flares is too perfect!

3. Bay to Baubles Drew Statement Necklace-Silver, $44

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Styled with a Dolman T shirt from Target, Liverpool Braiden Denim Shorts in mint from Stitch Fix, and Merona sandals from Target

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Styled with a Dolman T Shirt from Target, Judt Black Robinson Button Front Release Hem Kick Flare, and Merona sandals from Target

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Styles with a Dolman T Shirt from target, Cassie pencil skirt by Lularoe, and Merona sandals from Target

This necklace is a fun statement piece that is not too girly. It added a little edge to my outfits and I love how it looks with all of the pieces in my capsule. I love how versatile it is and how it draws my whole look together. Wearing a statement necklace with a t-shirt is one of my favorite styles.

So there you have it, my 9 piece, 9 outfit capsule built around my June Stitch Fix box!

Below are the five pieces my stylist sent me.

So what did I decide to keep from this colorful and delightful fix? Ultimately, I decided only the Just Black Robinson Button Front Release Hem Kick Flare deserved a place in my closet. Both of the shirts did not fit me well (the blue shirt runs small at the hem and the coral shirt was too blousey) and the shorts were just too green for me. The necklace would have stayed if I was going to receive the 25% discount for keeping all five pieces in the box, but it was too expensive to keep without it.

Despite the fit issues I was very happy wit this fix and had so much fun styling it. If you would like to order your first box from Stitch Fix click any of the links in this post and begin filling out your style profile. Stitch Fix styles, men and women-including petites and plus sizes!

Do you think I kept the right piece? How did you like the capsule outfits? Which was your favorite? What is your general opinion on capsules? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

I love you more than coral and mint,

Whitney

For more Stitch Fix Reviews click the links below:

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

Stitch Fix Year in Review

November 2016

 

April 2017 Stitch Fix Review

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Hello everyone! My thirtieth Stitch Fix box arrived right before Easter and the colors are so spring! It has been pretty grey and miserable here in the Willamette Valley, so bright cheery colors were very welcome. As soon as I opened my box the sun came out and we had to wait until 6:00 pm take the photos and it was still SUPER bright (hence the squinting in most of my photos).

If you do not know what Stitch Fix is, here is a quick rundown of the Stitch Fix basics straight from stitchfix.com  “Stitch Fix is an online styling service that delivers a truly personalized shopping experience, just for you. Fill out your Style Profile and a personal stylist will hand pick pieces to fit your tastes, needs and budget—and mail them directly to your door. Each box contains five items of clothing, shoes and accessories for you to try on at home. Keep what you love, send the rest back in a prepaid USPS envelope. Shipping and returns are free—even for exchanges!” If you have other questions let me know in the comments!

On to my Fix! This month I asked for a “budge fix” because I am having a Lularoe pop-up birthday party next weekend and did not want to spend waaaaay too much on clothes this month. In my note to my stylist I mentioned I wanted solid colors or geometric patterns, bright shoes and anything new for spring. Here is what my longtime stylist, Jason, sent:

1. Kaileigh Lou Knit Maxi Dress-Size Large, $58

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The color of this dress could not be more perfect. This is probably my favorite color right now. I may have squealed when I pulled this out of the box. The fabric is super soft, and not too clingy. This a pretty simple silhouette but the slight gathering at the waist is very flattering. Tall girls rejoice and petites beware, this dress is long. I am 5’7″ and put on 3 inch wedges and this puppy still touched the ground. I wanted to try to make this petite friendly so I styled it with a cargo vest and knotted it up. This ended up being my favorite look. For a long purple dress it is pretty versatile. The top is a little roomy but I don’t think it is too roomy to be unflattering. I also think it would be an easy fix for a tailor. Since it is a solid color it could also be hemmed very easily if you are shorter and NEED this dress. This is a definite keeper. Anthony’s take: This makes you look really tall.

2. Bay to Baubles Vale Filigree Leaf Pendant-Silver, $28

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I love a pendant necklace and I had this one pinned on my Pinterest  so I was excited to get it in my Fix.  I knew I would be keeping this pretty piece as soon as I pulled it out. It is gorgeous and will be easy to wear. Jason was right, it looks great with the purple maxi he sent. Anthony’s take: Yeah, that is a Whitney necklace.

3. Skies are Blue Kyler Lace Detail Blouse-Large, $54

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I immediately loved the color of this blouse but I was worried it would be too billowy. I was drawn to the gorgeous details. Did you see the back?!?! Lace an cutouts? Sign me up! I was impressed with how easy it was for me to style this blouse. I loved pairing it with my bright fuchsia flats and Liverpool Frankie skinnies from my April fix last year! Of course Jason was correct that it pairs perfectly with my white skinny jeans (which I have managed to keep stain free!). I love this blouse and it will definitely be finding a home in my closet. Anthony’s take: That is very flattering, it is smooth.

4. MIA Esie Laser Cut Flats-Size 8, $49

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These shoes are so cute! I loved the color, it matches the blouse above perfectly (scroll back up and check them out in the white pants outfit pic). I liked that they were a little more preppy than the other flats in my closet. I wanted to love and keep these beauties, but they just did not fit my feet. I have a high arch on one foot so I usually do best with flats that have a strap so they stay on. These shoes were also a little wide and ran a little big. I sold them to someone in a Stitch Fix Buy, Sell, Trade group so do not worry, they found a happy home. Now if I could just get my hands on a different pair of shoes in this color…

5. Finn & Grace Denise Knit Top-Large, $28

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You read that price correctly, this shirt is only $28! That is very low for the Stitch Fix world. It is super exciting to see them bringing in some lower price point items that are still good quality. I loved the feel of this shirt. It was fitted, but not too tight and it had a good stretch to it.  I had a ton of fun styling this shirt in different ways. My favorite look is the coral pants wit the chambray knotted over the shirt. Anthony liked that one best too. It was the first look we took pictures of and when I told him I had at least 4 looks for each clothing item his response was, “well I guess that means we need to open a bottle of wine for this.” Haha. What a trooper. I am a sucker for stripes. You guys, I love stripes so much I already have a shirt that is almost identical to this one.Since I already have a shirt like this I am trying to sell it, but if I can’t it will be cheaper to keep it to get the 25% discount than it would be to send it back. It is always good to have a back-up striped shirt right?

So there you have it, Fix #30. Jason did an excellent job and has got me wanting another Fix already. What outfits are your favorites? Do you have any styling suggestions for the pieces I kept? Let me know in the comments. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Twitter @whitksmith and join my Facebook group  to get book and clothing deals I stumble across. If you are on a mobile device, just search “Golden Retrievers and Stars” in the Facebook app to find the group. When I get 100 members I will give away a Stitch Fix gift card!

Until next time,

I love you more than solids and stripes,

Whitney

More Stitch Fix Reviews:

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

Stitch Fix Year in Review

November 2016

Book Banter March 2017

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I finally broke out of my reading rut. After reading Brave New World last month I could not get into another book. The end of that book wrecked me. But I decided I would ease back into reading with a good young adult mystery and then it was off to the reading races!

I have recently started a facebook group for the blog called Golden Retrievers and Stars  (of course) and you should definitely check it out. I share fashion and books deals and live un-boxings of my recent purchases.  I am also toying around with the idea of doing an online book club, so let me know if that is something you would be interested in doing!  So seriously, go check out the faceook group, you won’t regret it.

Back to the books. Here is what I read this month:

1. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes, #1)The main characters in this new series are Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson (yes, they are descendants of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson of literary fame) and they find themselves thrown together at a boarding school in Connecticut when one of their fellow students was murdered. Of course they are the prime suspects. I love a good mystery and when the characters are interesting it is even better. Jamie is very easy to like and I am so glad the story is told from his perspective. Charlotte is complex and not altogether easy to love, but is really honest. I liked the banter. I liked that there wasn’t too much ooey-gooey teenage emotion.  The second book in the series recently came out and I have a feeling I am going to start buying these books because the covers are GORGEOUS. Disclaimer: there are some scenes with adult content and drug use.

2. Devil in thee White City by Erik Larson 

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed AmericaI am a sucker for excellent narrative nonfiction. I love to read, and learn new things, so nonfiction that reads like a novel makes my heart happy! That being said, I do not know why I have not read Erik Larson sooner. This book follows the lives of H.H, Holmes (Chicago serial killer) and Daniel H. Burnham (Chicago World’s Fair Architect) as the Chicago World’s Far comes together. Both the drama surrounding the World’s Fair and the murders committed by H.H. Holmes were very interesting. I cannot believe how far police investigation has come since the late 1800’s. H.H. Holmes was not only murdering but committing fraud all over the place!  My favorite bit of architecture and engineering history was the invention, building and operation of the first Ferris Wheel! This book was slow in spots, but I really loved it. If you have an interest in serial killers (sounds bad, but we all know it is a thing) or the history of U.S. architecture you should totally check this book out. If not, still check it out, it is fascinating!

3. Grave of Hummingbirds by Jennifer Skutelsky

Grave of HummingbirdsI am a sucker for a good setting and the setting of this book was perfect. Picture a small South American village, condors flying overhead and weird murders all around. Our cast of characters finds themselves in the middle of these strange murders as a local festival draws nearer.  An American anthropologist and her son visit the village for the festival and locals begin to notice the anthropologist resembles a recent murder victim. Not long after they arrive and notice that something strange is going on she goes missing. The local doctor (whose wife has recently died and also looks like the murder victim) gets involved and things just keep getting weirder. Throw in some corrupt politicians and police and you have yourself an excellent, exciting story.  I saw that is free on kindle unlimited so if you subscribe to that, then definitely download this book!

4. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder 

There isn’t much to say about this book other than it is one of my all time favorite books. I have read this book too many times to count. The most recent read was with my students. The joy that they got from hearing Laura’s stories amplifies my own joy. They learned a lot and asked me so many great questions. After we finished reading we made Johnny cake, butter and maple sugar candy, just like Laura did in the book. This made this read extra special. If you have not read this please do it now! I have heard the audiobook is awesome because there is real fiddle music when Pa plays!

 

 

 

 

5. The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport 

The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and AlexandraEver since I was a young girl I have been interested in Tsar Nicholas II and his family. Their story is so tragic I have always thought it was weird I was so drawn to it.  But it wasn’t until I read this book that the reason for my curiosity became clear. The Romanov family suffered well. Their world was crumbling around them and their deaths were imminent. Yet, they took joy in the world around them. They were happy to be able to chop wood, or walk around a garden. They enjoyed their time together and they never lost faith. Their biggest regret about being in captivity was that they could no longer help at their hospitals. What a powerful example they were. Nicholas was not a good ruler, but he was a good man and father. He put his family before his country until he took his last breath. His daughters and son were never allowed to grow up, but their story is inspiring. I cried my way through this one, and it didn’t help when Anthony said, “well its not going to get any better” but this story is one I will keep revisiting.

6. A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny

A Rule Against Murder (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #4)I have been slowly reading my way through the Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery series. This is book number 4 and was by far the best. The strength of this series is the characters and while they take time to develop it is worth it. This book is set in the wilderness of Canada at an old inn. One of the guests is crushed by a statue of her father that was just erected. The only suspects are the family members themselves and the staff of the inn, oh and the Chief Inspector himself, who happened to be staying at the inn with his wife at the time. We get to see a glimpse into the Inspector’s past and learned a little about his father, and why he chose the path he did. I am going to keep plugging away at this mystery series, because I hear it only gets better!

7. Edge of eternity by Ken Follett

Edge of Eternity (The Century Trilogy, #3)This is the third book in Follett’s Century Trilogy and it covers post WWII to the falling on the Berlin Wall. That is some serious ground, and I think that is why this turned out to be my least favorite of the three. I felt like I didn’t really get to know the characters as well as in the other books. Don’t get me wrong there were very touching moments in this book, but most of them included characters from the previous stories. The best part about this book was how much I learned. I knew the least about the subject matter in this book and was horrified and fascinated by all that I learned. One thing that really bothered me about this book was that Follett’s characters seemed less morally ambiguous than in his previous books. All of the characters were still flawed, human beings, but it was clear Follett was trying to make certain characters out as the “bad guys” because of their political views. In the previous books the reader was allowed to make their own judgments about a person based on the glimpses of humanity that Follett provided for all characters. I much preferred that to the over-generalization of characters based on their political leanings. I would highly recommend this series to historical fiction lovers. The audiobooks are fantastic and well worth the $15 audible credit price because they are about 37 hours each. Disclaimer: there is tons of adult content in the series.

8. Golden Son by Pierce Brown 

Golden Son (Red Rising, #2)This book is the second in Brown’s Red Rising Saga. It follows Darrow, a young man who has left his family behind in order to free them from the life of slavery they live. This is a post-apocalyptic type series, set in our solar system after earth’s destruction.  In this book Darrow further infiltrates the Golden society that has kept his people underground for hundreds of years. This series is similar to The Hunger Games (yes it has lots of violence), but the political system of the society is very interesting. What I love about these books is that I found myself writing down quotes and nuggets of wisdom. Every once in awhile Brown slips in a keen observation on human nature and I am a sucker for that. I am excited to get the next book from the library!

 

I managed to read 8 books during March! What have you been reading? Have you read any of these books? If so, tell me your thoughts in the comments. You can follow me on twitter and instagram @whitksmith and search #bookbanter2017 to keep up with what I am reading. Don’t forget to join my facebook group to get great deals on books!

Until next time,

I love you more than Russian Tsars and Ferris Wheel Cars,

Whitney

 

 

 

Stitch Fix Review March 2017


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Do you know what the best part about February being a short month is? I didn’t have to wait as long to get my March Stitch Fix! Whoop, whoop! And at the end of the month Stitch Fix added curvy sizes to the mix! Now ladies from 0-24W are being stlyed by Stitch Fix! Read more about the launch here. In celebration of the launch I am giving away a $20 Stitch Fix Gift card on my blog facebook page! So head over to my new facebook group and enter to win! The $20 will cover your styling fee! It is simple to enter, you just ask to be added to the group, find the Plus Size Launch Post and tell me what spring colors or trends you are excited about in the comments. For an extra entry, sign up for your first Fix using my referral link ! I will picking a winner using random.org on 3/31!

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In case you don’t know, Stitch Fix is my fashion subscription box obsession. They send 5 clothing pieces and/or accessories that have been curated by your personal stylist according to your style profile and requests. Then you have 3 days to try the clothes on in your house before deciding what to keep and what to send back in the prepaid bag they send you. Shipping is free both ways, you just pay a $20 styling fee that becomes a credit towards anything you purchase. If you keep everything you get 25% off.

I have had the same stylist, Jason, for a year and a half now and I am always impressed by what he sends. You can request to keep your stylist by emailing hello@stitchfix.com. So if you find a stylist that seems to get your style, definitely request to keep them. The longer they style you the better your fixes are. Sometimes it can take a few months of trial and error to find the right stylist for you. Give it time, it is worth it. If you have any questions please ask in the comments!

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner and “Greenery” was the named the Pantone color of the year  I decided to ask Jason to send me something green! I also mentioned  would still like to add a spring colored jacket to my wardrobe, some new skinny jeans in either medium wash denim or a spring hue and any spring trends he thinks are a must try. After my visit to Stitch Fix headquarters, I was totally inspired to try all things spring. You guys, my visit was amazing! Stitch Fix continues to grow and it was amazing to see where the magic happens! There was inspiration around ever corner so take a peek behind the scenes:

I feel so blessed to have been able to meet people on the Stitch Fix team and see where they are working every day! Being an affiliate for such an awesome company is humbling! I felt like a total fan-girl as I was walking around and taking in the racks of clothes, style boards, seeing the cafeteria, the cozy nooks for informal meetings and meeting tons of friendly people! I was freaking out so much I did not take very many pictures-blogger fail. But enough gushing, lets get to the goods. Here is what Jason sent.

1. Adorne Ayden Jersey Maxi Dress-Green, Size 10, $88

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Anthony told me to pretend like I was on vacation..

Well Jason sent me green! When I pulled it out of the box, I wasn’t sure about it. The print is very large, and it is a bit fancier than a cotton maxi dress. It is a poly/spandex blend that is so silky! I was surprised that it was flattering and that it was long enough (I’m 5’7″). This dress would be perfect for a tropical vacation! I wish I had it on my honeymoon last year. I am just not sure I have anywhere to wear this in the coming months but man did I feel glam wearing it! I have decided to try to sell it. Anthony’s take: Well its nice but we won’t be going on vacation for a long time if you spend all of our money on Stitch Fix.(and then he laughed, he thinks he’s pretty funny!)

2. Renee C Addae Knit Dress-White, Size Large, $74

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IMG_3860I love the print on this dress and it is made in the USA! The fabric is soft, but not thin. I am not sure that white is the most flattering color on me, but I like this dress so much I do not care. I loved pairing it with bright accessories to add the color I thought was missing.I feel sassy when wearing this and love that the neckline is conservative. The dress is a bit shorter than I usually like, but I bent over and Anthony said it was all good, so this is a total keeper!  Anthony’s take: I like this, I’m not sure what these are (pointing to the pleats) but it looks nice.

3. Lakeview Denim AlexSkinny Jean-White, Size 10, $58

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Anthony’s comment on this outfit was too good not to share. “Oh, I love when you give me the cold shoulder.”

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Dressed up!

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I got some great white skinnies in my February box last year, but I did not keep them. They just didn’t fit the way I wanted them too. I was happy to see Jason sent me another pair to try. These are very soft and a bit thinner than the KFTK pair. I like the way they hugged me body and were ankle length, which is perfect for spring and summer. I have never been brave enough to wear white pants, but because I am pale they are the only light colored bottom that doesn’t make it look like I am not wearing pants. Blush pink and light lavender not for me. I am worried they might be see through so I had Anthony do an inspection. He said he couldn’t see my skin but eventually found my nude underwear. They seemed ok to me so I am taking my chances and keeping them! Anthony’s take: They look good, until they don’t. I can’t wait to see how dirty you get those. 

4. Alice Blue Simona Henley Blouse-White, Size Medium, $44

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Pattern Mixing!

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If you looked into my closet you would plainly see that I love florals. After buying a few floral shirts I had purposely taken all of my floral pins off my Stitch Fix Pinterest board but Jason has a good memory, and probably remembered I had a ton of florals pinned last month. He hit the nail on the head with this one. It is gorgeous. The colors are so beautiful and feminine. It looks like a gorgeous watercolor. The blouse is sheer and will need a camisole under it. The only problem with this blouse is that it was tight on my hips. I could size up, but I am not sure if I need another floral blouse. I decided to sell this one. Anthony’s take: Don’t you already have this? 

Just Black Adorra Skinny Jean-Purple, Size 10, $88

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IMG_3861.PNGI was delighted to see these purple pants in my box. The color is beautiful. I sent back some light purple pants last month and have been dreaming of the perfect colored denim since. These pants are made in the USA and are soft, but not thin. They are just long enough to wear with flats and sandals. I never thought I’d say this, but I almost wish they were ankle length. I think they look cuter with booties when they are a little shorter as I don’t like to cuff colored denim for some reason. I will have to let Jason know that in the spring and summer shorter length colored pants are preferred! That is what I love about Stitch Fix, having time to try things with the clothes I already own allows me to determine what I like to wear. These are a keeper and I am wearing them to lunch today! Also, notice the similarity between the two floral blouses? That is why I decided to sell the white one from this fix. Anthony’s take: Nice! Purple pants. 

What do you think of the pieces I received? Don’t they make you want to schedule a fix? I cannot wait to see what other gorgeous pieces come out for spring.

Don’t forget to join the Golden Retrievers and Stars facebook group for a chance to win a $20 Stitch Fix Gift Card! You get an extra entry if you sign up for your first fix using my referral link!

Until next time,

I love you more than,

spring green and floral things,

Whitney

Check out more Stitch Fix posts here:

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

Stitch Fix Year in Review

November 2016

 

Spring ModCloth Stylist Surprise

Starts 3/6 while supplies last

Starts 3/6 while supplies last

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ModCloth is having another Stylish Surprise
event, starting right now, 3/6 at 8am EST, and it’s set to be their biggest one EVER! 
Stock up on marvelous mystery items for $20 or less while supplies last — dresses, shoes, decor, and more. Which awesome pieces will you score? No coupon code necessary, simply add a Stylish Surprise
item to your order and wait till untold treasures arrive!

I have received Stylish Surprises a few times (read more here) and have always received great things, my favorite being the gorgeous winter coat pictured below. I scored that coat for $15! These Stylish Surprises usually sell out fast, so if you want them remember to shop early.

Stylish Surprises are full of end of season items that will have you wanting winter to stay around just a little longer so you can wear them. So stop what you are doing, and click the Stylish Surprise Links anywhere in this post and order yourself a Stylish Surprise
today! Reminder: ModCloth carries cute clothes for a wide range of sizes so do not forget to check out their sale page http://www.modcloth.com/shop/sale ! I have my eye on a  few things there too!

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Until next time,

I love you more than huge sales and surprises in the mail,

Whitney

Book Banter: February 2017

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Welcome to post 100 on Golden Retrievers and Stars! Whether this is your first time reading, or your hundredth (hi mom!), thank you! When I started this blog I never imagined I would reach thousands or readers. So, thank you.

Ok, enough with the mushy stuff, let’s get to why you are really here, BOOKS.

This month I was in a reading slump. I did not get nearly as much reading done as I had anticipated. Especially since a bunch of my library holds came in this month. I will cut myself some slack since February is a short month, and I was out of town over a long weekend. But seriously, can I have my reading  groove back?

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1. Call the Nurse by Mary J. MacLeod

Call the Nurse: True Stories of a Country Nurse on a Scottish IsleReader Confession: I have not read Call the Midwife or seen the show-Don’t worry, it is on my to-do list- So I am assuming that this book follows a similar style as the one its name echoes.  I have heard both compared to James Herriot’s writings, which I have read and love. This book is the memoir of MacLeod, a nurse, who decided to move with her family to a remote Scottish Isle and become the island nurse. It really made me want to visit Scotland and maybe turn into a hermit and live there. I am not sure about peat smoke, but I bet I could get used to it. The people in the stories are so vibrant. MacLeod does not shy away from tough stories, but had her share of funny stories as well. I loved the passion with which MacLeod described her time on the island. I HIGHLY recommend this on audio because 1. Scottish accents 2. name pronunciation.

2. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White 

Charlotte's WebI think I have read this book more times than any other, even *gasp* Harry Potter. It is a masterpiece. The language is so rich. The story heartfelt, and the characters are complex and humorous (Templeton) Every time I get to read this with my students I cannot imagine a greater privilege. Seriously. The looks on their faces and their belly laughs are worth 10,00 words. I still get choked up at the end, even though I give myself a pep talk before reading it. If you have never read this book I will try not to judge you, but seriously, now is the time. If you haven’t read this book in the last ten years I recommend you revisit it. You will be glad you did. It is a tale of friendship and trust. Love and loyalty. Plus, if you get the opportunity to read it aloud, your kiddos will love the voices you get make for the different barnyard animals. I love this book so much I currently own 5 copies of it. Some will be going home with students are year end gifts, but still. So good.

3. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

17262158This book might have started my reading slump. I finished it and was shocked. I was not anticipating it to be so sexual. I was not anticipating the ending. I was also not anticipating Shakespeare (that part I really liked). I read this as part of a series on Totalitarianism I am following along with. I also read Darkness at Noon and 1984.  Huxley was obviously very well educated and very afraid of where the world was headed. His imagined totalitarian government was not as outright scary as the others I have been reading about. But, that made it even scarier. There were not too many people who were disgruntled or asking questions. They filled their days with work and nights with government promoted entertainment. They took a literal happy pill whenever they had bad feelings. That is scary. It sounds like something people might actually do. Yikes. I am glad I read this, bu I  am not sure I enjoyed it and I don’t think I was supposed to.

Well that is it for February Book  Banter! Don’t forget to follow along with my reading adventures on instagram and twitter! Juts follow me @whitksmith and tag your books with #bookbanter2017

Also, join my facebook group for book deals, fashion finds and more! Right now I am having a $20 Stitch Fix Giveaway to celebrate their launch of more sizes! They now carry sizes 0-24W and XS-3X. Check out my last Stitch Fix post for more details or just head on over to the facebook group to enter now!

What have you been reading lately? Any ideas to get me back on the reading train? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time,

I love you more than Scottish isles and kiddo smiles,

Whitney

 

Exciting News: Stitch Fix Launched Plus Size Styling (and I am having a contest!)

*This post contains referral links*

I am so happy to announce that Stitch Fix is now styling sizes 0-24W and XS-3X! They have over 90 plus size brands (some exclusive to Stitch Fix) that stylists will be sending out in fixes around the U.S. starting February 27, 2017!

What is Stitch Fix?

It is a personal styling service that sends 5 hand selected clothing pieces straight to your door. You get to try on what they have sent in the comfort of your own home and take a few days to decide what to keep. If you keep it all you receive 25% off your whole order. If the fit on your items is not right, you just pop them back in the pre-paid mailer and take them to the Post Office (or schedule a pick-up) and back to the warehouse they go!

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How do you get started?

Click my referral link: https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/3871720

Pay a $20 styling fee, that will be applied to any items you keep, and fill out a style profile. This is where you get to tell your stylist about your style, body type, likes and dislikes. Be very honest here and if there is anything Stitch Fix left off their questionnaire let your stylist know in the box provided at the end of the profile.

Then schedule your Fix! You get to tell your stylist what you’d like to see in your first box in your “Note to Stylist” section. Tell them about colors you love, trends you’d like to try, upcoming events or pieces missing from your wardrobe. Try to focus on three main requests and allow your stylist some room to get creative and send you something you would have never picked for yourself. Believe me, always try everything on, you’d be surprised how many items I hated straight from the box and loved once I had them styled on my body!

Then you can link your social media accounts so your stylist can see pictures of you! Also, make a Pinterest board featuring items you love. This might be the one chance you have to actually own your Pinterest wardrobe!

Check out my boards:

Stitch Fix Stylist Board

Stitch Fix Favorites (from boxes I have been sent)

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So what are you waiting for? Sign up today!

Until 5 pm on March 12, 2017 I will be hosting a contest for a $20 Stitch Fix gift card (that is the price of a styling fee!!) on my new Golden Retrievers and Stars Facebook Page:

https://m.facebook.com/groups/258037637972899?ref=

Here is how to enter:

1. Join my Facebook Group (link above)

2. Find the post that shares this blog entry and tell me your favorite spring color or trend

3. For an extra entry sign up for your first Stitch Fix box using my referral link

https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/3871720

Once your Fix has registered on my account I will enter you a second time. The contest will end on Sunday, March 19th at 5 pm. I will use random.org to pick my winner!

Happy Fixing!

Until next time,

I love you more than new sizes and winning prizes,

Whitney

For more posts on Stitch Fix click the links below:

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

Stitch Fix Year in Review

November 2016