Stitch Fix Giveaway ~ The Celebration Continues

I have a surprise! (Don’t you just love surprises?!) We aren’t done celebrating yet. Stitch Fix wanted to help celebrate my blog’s anniversary, too, so they donated a $50 gift certificate to be given away!!! If you’ve been wanting to try Stitch Fix then this is your big chance. If you are already a Stitch Fix customer, you’re eligible, too! Stitch Fix offers styles for Misses, Maternity, Petites, and Plus. They also style for men.

Just in case you missed my other post, I’m celebrating the first anniversary of my blog. You can read the first part here: Mid-Life Blogger’s First Anniversary

This post contains affiliate links. If you use one of my links to make a purchase, I earn a referral fee. If you are a Stitch Fix customer, then you can also earn referral credits by referring your friends.

How Stitch Fix Works

When you first set up your Stitch Fix account, you will set up your Style Profile. There is no charge to do this.  It will ask for information regarding your sizing, preferences, and budget. Your stylist will use this information to choose items for you. (This is also a fun thing to do with a friend.)

When you schedule a Fix, your account is charged a $20 styling fee. Your stylist chooses five items from among clothing and accessories especially for you and sends them on the date you choose. You then have three business days to try on the items and decide what to keep and what to return. Shipping is free – even on exchanges.

You check out online, and your account is charged for the items you keep. If you keep at least one item, the styling fee is applied towards the balance. If you keep all five items then you receive a 25% discount.

A pre-addressed, postage-paid envelope is provided, so when you’re ready, you just slip the returns into it, seal it, and drop it off at the post office. It’s very quick and easy!

There’s an App for That

Stitch Fix has an app that you can download. If you fill out your Style Profile using it, you can include a picture of yourself.

Get The Best Fix Possible

Communicating with your stylist is the key to getting the best Fix possible and Stitch Fix gives you many opportunities to do that.

  • The first opportunity is with your Style Profile. It asks for a variety of information such as your sizes, your budget, and your style preferences. Take your time in answering all of the questions because this is the information that the stylist will rely on most, especially in the beginning.
  • When you schedule your Fix, you have an opportunity to write your stylist a note. You can request certain pieces or tell her about a special event you have coming up. Are you interviewing for a job? Going on a cruise? Attending a wedding? Those are all things to tell her. In the Facebook Stitch Fix groups, I’ve also seen people ask for certain themes such as “all white,” “all dresses,” or a celebrity’s style, e.g. “A Joanna Gaines Fix.”
  • When you check out, you have the opportunity to give feedback on each item. Whether you love it or hate it, give specific reasons why. From this information your stylist can get to know you better with each Fix.
  • Another way of communicating is by setting up a Pinterest board and linking it to your Style Profile. You can pin pictures of clothing and accessories to it that you like. They don’t have to be brands that Stitch Fix carries. Your stylist will still be able to get a feel for the colors and patterns that you like by what you pin. I’ve put a link to my Pinterest board, as well as Stitch Fix’s, at the bottom of the post.
Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Keep an open mind and try on everything your stylist sends. That’s the whole point of Stitch Fix – having the experience of a personal stylist. Cindy sent me this maxi skirt and blouse. They’re more colorful than I normally wear, but I liked the watercolor floral, the length, and the buttery soft fabric.

Kendra Crochet Detail Blouse by Skies Are Blue, and Deanne Floral Maxi Skirt by Loveappella
Favorite Pieces

I’ve been getting Stitch Fixes for about a year and a half now. I’ve discovered that I love light pink and have kept several items in that color. They’ve all gotten a lot of wear. This light pink Winston Open Cardigan by Bobeau has served me well. It goes with a lot and is comfortable almost year ’round. I took it and this Curran Split-neck Blouse by Pixley with me on a trip with my mom and sister last fall. Many items that I’ve purchased from Stitch Fix have become favorites that I reach for most often.

Spontaneity

Before kids, my husband and I were spontaneous, and now that the nest is empty, that spontaneity is re-entering our lives. That means I may not have time to go shopping, so it’s nice to have appropriate clothes on hand. Just this weekend my husband and I decided on the spur of the moment to go to Branson, Missouri, to celebrate my birthday. I was glad that I had something to wear that was stylish and comfortable. This Edmond Henley Knit Top by Pixley got to ride to the top of Branson’s new Ferris wheel.

Fun

I’ve had a lot of fun trying the new things that Cindy, my stylist, has sent me. I enjoy shopping, but for some reason I don’t find the time to go very often, so it’s nice for the shopping to come to me. I also think it’s fun to write about, and it’s fun to goof off with my daughter when she’s taking pictures for me.

Stitch Fix Giveaway ~ The Celebration Continues
Goofing off with my daughter

You can read more about my Fixes by choosing the Stitch Fix category.

Giveaway

Thank you, again, to Stitch Fix for allowing me to raffle off a $50 gift certificate. Please enter the giveaway below. You will be required to complete a Style Profile as part of your entry. That step is required because the stylist can’t prepare a Fix for you without it. Good luck!

Helpful Links

Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix Seasoned and Stylish Facebook Group

Stitch Fix B/S/T and Discussion Facebook Group

Mid-Life Blogger’s Pinterest Board

Stitch Fix Pinterest Board

Coffee and Conversation Blog Hop

Stitch Fix May 2017

My husband gave me a Stitch Fix gift certificate for Mother’s Day! It was such a nice surprise to find the notification in my inbox. When my Fix arrived, my daughter was home and able to help with taking pictures. She’s good at loosening me up and helping me smile. Then mid-way through our “shoot,” my son came out to sit on the porch and he was listening to some interesting music, so that added to the ambience. Oh, and don’t forget the crowing, gobbling, and honking of our birds in the background, too. We were having a rainy day, so it was overcast and gloomy. It was too dark inside the house, so we ventured outside after a rain shower to get the most light possible. There are a lot of Stitch Fix bloggers out there, but I haven’t seen any others with geese in the background.

Stitch Fix May 2017
Goofing off
First Impression

This Fix made a great first impression on me. I loved the colors and patterns when I first saw them and couldn’t wait to unwrap it.

Stylist’s Note

I read the stylist’s note and was excited to see that Cindy was still styling for me. Her note was personable, like from a friend, and she referenced my Pinterest board. Every Fix comes with a Style Card that gives styling suggestions for each piece in the Fix. I liked everything on it – it felt totally “me.” With every Fix she has gotten to know my preferences better and this was the best Fix yet.

I have a limited color palette for my wardrobe. By narrowing down my colors, it helps me keep my wardrobe smaller while at the same time making sure that things coordinate better. I’ve been doing this for a few years now and it is really working well for me.

Not only is May the month of Mother’s Day, but also of my birthday. When I scheduled it, I told Cindy I wanted a birthday Fix. I didn’t ask for specific things, but I spent some time on my Stitch Fix Pinterest board, deleting things I no longer needed/wanted, and pinning some new things. I also went through my Style Profile to make sure all of that information was correct. I made a few small changes and it was good to go. That was time well-spent, and it was enjoyable, too.

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What was in the Box?

I love this outfit and it’s a keeper. No suspense there! I loved these pants from the moment I pulled them out of the box. They’re a little more than I normally spend, but I have a hard time finding pants that I like, so I decided that if they fit well that I was going to splurge a little. It IS my birthday month afterall!

Levant Tiered Ruffle Top by Market & Spruce; Sylvie Printed Straight Leg Pant by Margaret M
Levant Tiered Ruffle Top by Market & Spruce; Sylvie Printed Straight Leg Pant by Margaret M

These pants are Sylvia Printed Straight Leg Pant by Margaret M and they’re a stretchy pull-on style. The fabric is smooth and feels great and of good quality. Here’s a close-up of the print.

This top that Cindy sent is the Levant Tiered Ruffle Top by Market & Spruce. It’s very light and gauzy. It was a little transparent, so I chose to wear a camisole underneath. It has a keyhole in the back. Here’s a close-up:

 

Outfit #2

This outfit was cute, too, and the colors in the top are in my wardrobe palette. Cindy paired this Mulliken Raglan Striped Knit Shirt by Olive & Oak with the Kate Distressed Boyfriend Jean from Kut From The Kloth. I tried them on with some turquoise Reef flip flops that I already owned (And love, btw. They’re so comfortable!)

Mulliken Raglan Striped Knit Shirt by Olive & Oak with Kate Distressed Boyfriend Jean by Kut from the Kloth

Cindy also included this Casidia Cargo Jacket by Coffeeshop and suggested wearing it with either outfit. I loved that it went with both, as well as with a lot of other things I’ve kept from previous Fixes. I liked most things about it, but I wasn’t crazy about the fabric accent, and it was also a little big for me.

Close-up of back detail

For the first time I kept all five pieces to receive the 25% discount, then I sold the jacket in one of the Facebook Stitch Fix groups. I also sold the Mulliken shirt. I liked it pretty well, but didn’t just love it. Those groups are a lot of fun because you get to see what other people receive in their Fixes. If you see something you like, you can pin it to your Stitch Fix Pinterest board to drop a hint to your stylist, or you might have the opportunity to buy it there.

Exchanges

Stitch Fix started offering exchanges awhile back, so I contacted them about possibly trying the Kut From The Kloth jeans in a different size. It wasn’t available, so I’m still debating about keeping them. If I opt not to, then I’ll list them for sale as well.

If you like any of these items, you can pin these photos to your Pinterest Stitch Fix board:

Gift Certificates

I have a confession to make. I’ve gotten a few Fixes that I haven’t blogged about. I just had too much going on to write about them. In one of them I used a gift certificate that my sister gave me for Christmas. I happened to take a selfie to show her what I was keeping as her gift, so I can share that with you. This is the Jadey Tulip Hem Knit Top by En Elly. It’s very comfortable and easy care. I have quite a bit of this color now, but I still like it, and it goes with a lot in my closet.

Jadey Tulip Hem Knit Top by En Elly

Stitch Fix carries misses, maternity, plus, and petite for women. They also style for men now, too. When you order a gift certificate, you can choose to have it mailed, delivered by email, or to print it out to deliver it yourself. My sister had it mailed to me, so I saw for the first time how nice their gift certificates look.


Your Turn

I hope you had fun seeing what I got, but it’s much more fun to receive your own Fix. If you would like to find a Stitch Fix blogger with a similar style and body shape as yourself, drop me a line telling me what you’re looking for and I’ll try to hook you up with one.

Here are some tips to to get the best Fix possible:

  • Set up, or update, your Stitch Fix Pinterest board and link it to your Stitch Fix account so that your stylist can easily access it. To find things to pin, try searching “Stitch Fix.” You can pin any clothing and accessories that you like, to give your stylist an idea of your style.
  • Double-check your Style Profile to make sure that everything is accurate.
  • Keep an open mind. Part of the fun of Stitch Fix is seeing what your personal stylist chooses for you. Be prepared to try everything on. I’ve found that looking at pictures of myself wearing the items helps me to see how they look and make my decisions.


If you’re ready to try Stitch Fix for yourself, then click on any link or banner and it will take you to Stitch Fix. It doesn’t cost anything to learn more about it. You can even set up your Profile and see all of the questions they ask to learn your preferences. You aren’t charged anything until you schedule a Fix. At that time, you’re charged a $20 styling fee. When you check out, that $20 is applied towards your balance and you are charged the remainder. If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact me.

Stitch Fix May 2017

Stitch Fix July 2016

This was a fun Fix! I had a hard time deciding what to keep and changed my mind a few times. Each time you schedule a Stitch Fix you are given the opportunity to write a note to your stylist to tell her what you need, or about any special events you may have coming up. This time I didn’t want to be too specific. Part of the fun is seeing what my stylist would choose for me, so I simply requested cool, easy-care items for summer.

Please note that this post contains affiliate links. If you schedule a fix through one of them I receive a referral credit. You can, too, just by referring your friends once you’ve established your account.


Benefits of a Personal Stylist

A benefit of having a stylist choose clothing for you is that they will send things that you might not have tried otherwise. In my previous Stitch Fix posts, here and here, you can see that my stylist sent me light pink items. I didn’t have anything that color in my closet because I didn’t think it would look good on me. I’m glad I decided to try blogging about Stitch Fix because by asking my husband or daughter to take pictures of me, I’ve been able to see how the clothes look and that has helped me decide what to keep.  Those photos helped me to see that the light pink worked well with my skin tone. I’ve worn those items a lot and am really enjoying them.

My July Fix

I was thrilled that I had the same stylist, Cindy, and in her note to me she referred to both my blog (she read my blog!) and my Pinterest board. I really appreciated the time she took in preparing my Fix and she did a great job. A “Style Card” accompanies each Fix and gives suggestions for styling each of the pieces.

July 2016 Style Card on Mid-Life Blogger
July 2016 Style Card
First Impressions

We all know how important first impressions are. Stitch Fix does, too, and they take a lot of care in the presentation of their service. When I first opened the box and looked at the edge of the carefully wrapped items (photo at top) my first impression was really good.  All the colors and patterns were “me.” Here is more detail about each of the items Cindy chose for me:

Kate Boyfriend Jean by Kut From The Kloth ($88)
Kate Boyfriend Jean by Kut From The Kloth on Mid-Life Blogger
Stitch Fix Kate Boyfriend Jean by Kut From The Kloth

I was really excited to try these jeans because the ladies have been raving about them in the Stitch Fix Facebook groups. Although I was in them, this pair was a size 4 and I really need a size 6. I also prefer a higher rise, where these were a little too low for my taste. Otherwise, they fit well and seemed like good quality so I would love to try this brand again sometime. These will be returned in that handy little pre-paid envelope they enclose with every Fix. Verdict: Return

Edmond Henley Knit Top by Pixley ($54)
Edmond Henley Knit Top by Pixley on Mid-Life Blogger
Stitch Fix Edmond Henley Knit Top by Pixley

I liked most things about this top. I loved the colors and pattern. I loved the soft, buttery feel. The neckline was a little low for my taste but that could be remedied by wearing a camisole underneath. The only reason I may not keep it is that it’s a little too clingy around my mid-section and I’m self-conscious about that area. Verdict: After seeing the photos, the pattern seemed to help conceal my problem area, and that’s my kind of camo! I changed my mind and decided to Keep.

Athenia Button Down Top by Aratta ($37)
Athenia Button Down Top by Aratta on Mid-Life Blogger
Stitch Fix Athenia Button Down Top by Aratta

My first impression of this top was good. I like plaid and I liked the muted colors. I liked that it could feel quite casual or be dressed up. But when I put it on, the fabric was too thin, and the arm holes were too big. I appreciated the button detail, but they came unbuttoned too easily and gaped a little. I’m disappointed to say it has to go back. Verdict: Return

Rosetta V-Neck Top by 19 Cooper ($58)
Stitch Fix July 2016 on Mid-Life Blogger
Stitch Fix Rosetta V-Neck Top by 19 Cooper

This was a beautiful bright red top. It’s made of silky smooth rayon. The sleeves have a little elastic to make them 3/4, and there were tiny pleats on the front. Although it felt nice on, it was a little too blousy and I didn’t just love it. Verdict: Return

Tiny Pleat Detail on Mid-Life Blogger
Tiny Pleat Detail
Aribau Twist Neck Halter Blouse by 41Hawthorn ($54)
Aribau Twist Neck Halter Blouse on Mid-Life Blogger
Stitch Fix Aribau Twist Neck Halter Blouse by 41Hawthorn

I fell in love with this top, although it’s not real practical for me. It feels really nice on and makes me feel about twenty years younger. That’s worth buying right there, even if it just hangs in the closet! I like the classic yet updated black & white pattern and the unique halter-tied neckline. If I keep it I think we’re going to have to book a cruise or a resort vacation, and I’m pretty sure that my hubby will be okay with that. It would be good for date nights closer to home, too, so I’m thinking…Verdict: Keep

Stitch Fix July 2016 Back Detail on Mid-Life Blogger
Stitch Fix Back Detail of Aribau Blouse
Checking Out

Now that I’ve made my decisions, all there is to do is go online to my account to “check out,” then I’ll put the returns into the pre-addressed and postage-paid envelope that they provide and drop it into a mailbox.

Your Turn

If you want to get in on the fun, visit Stitch Fix by clicking on one of the banners or links in this post to open your account and fill out your “style profile.” You won’t be charged anything until you schedule a Fix so go ahead and explore.

Stitch Fix currently offers Petite and Maternity, but they are also working to expand their services. Stitch Fix Men will debut Fall 2016.

Stitch Fix July 2016