It’s my favorite mail day – Stitch Fix! Stitch Fix is a subscription box service that has you fill out a style profile survey, and then they send you 5 clothing items to try on – you decide what to keep and what to send back! I had Julie as my stylist again, and this time around I requested shirts and cardigans for work. Here’s what I got:
Pixley Abrianna waffle knit cardigan – $48.00
Out of the box I really loved this – mostly for the color. It’s a great color and different than anything else that I have. When I tried it on I really liked the style too – it has these “sort of” pockets that are created by the way the sweater drapes. The only drawback was the fact that the sleeves were just a little tight. Ultimately though I loved it and decided I would put up with the tight sleeves! Verdict: Kept.
My third stitch fix came in the mail! I kept requesting the same stylist, Julie, because she really listened to what I wanted and has done a good job so far. And I’ve been lucky that they always give me her! I’ve been reading a lot of other Stitch Fix reviews on blogs, and it’s been fun. Please note that I am not a model at all. So in the pictures you will basically see the same three poses, and I won’t be going out in the snow or anything for a better backdrop!
Humphrey Streak Print Dress – $88.00
I had asked for another long sleeved dress, since I liked the one in my last fix but it didn’t fit right. This one was really cute, a little different, and would be perfect to wear casually or for work. Only problem was the price – $88 for a dress! That’s so much! Ultimately though, I liked it far better than anything else in my fix, so I decided to go for it. What really pushed it over the edge for me was the fact that it was both machine washable and able to be tumble dried. Verdict: Keep.
What is Nadine West? It’s a new subscription box service that sends clothing and jewelry. I wouldn’t compare it to Stitch Fix, because you only get one shirt a month (as well as two jewelry pieces), but it sounds fun and more affordable. Most of their pieces are $25 or less. But the best part is that there’s no service fee. Everything is free – they send you the package, you try it on, decide whether or not you want to keep anything, and send back what you don’t like. So you literally have nothing to lose!
That’s why I’m going to keep getting Nadine West, even though my first package was a huge disappointment. I’d read other reviews online that looked good, so I still have hope. But here’s a look at what I got.
Shirt (I returned the order form so I don’t have exact names or prices, but I know it was around $24.95).
I took one look at this and thought “no way.” On your style profile you can check off what colors you like, and light pink is most definitely not one of them for me. I am so not a light pink person. Plus, with the fringe it kind of looks more like a rug. When I put it on it was even worse, which is why you don’t have a picture of me wearing it. It had a really weird shape in that it seemed like it wasn’t long enough, but it was really wide. And it was totally see through, so you’d have to put a tank top on underneath. I didn’t feel like doing that so no picture!
I can’t even tell you how much I’ve been looking forward to getting my second Stitch Fix. It really is addicting! I have been shamelessly reading blogs, reviews, and pinning lots of clothing all over Pinterest. When it finally arrived I was for the most part happy with what I got! Here’s a look:
Yara Longsleeve Paisley Tie Waist Dress — $58.00
I saw pictures of this online and I wasn’t sure what I thought about it. When I saw it in person it was absolutely huge. I had changed my shirt size from medium to small after last time, but left my dress size a medium because the medium dress they sent fit. Well, this one was too big! And it’s a shame, because once I put it on I actually really liked it. I had been hoping for a long sleeve dress for the winter, and it would be super cute with a jacket and boots. But even tied back there was just way too much fabric. It was really loose around the neck area too and was slipping a lot. I’m sad to have to send this one back.
I’m not going to lie, one of the things that I get most excited for when it comes to a Disney race is putting together a costume. I love costumes! For the Enchanted 10k I did a simple Belle costume. This time around, a group of friends that was going decided we should do a group costume. We settled on Alice in Wonderland, and we had Alice, the Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter, and Tweedle Dee/Tweedle Dum. My costume was Alice!
Raw Threads, which makes awesome running clothes, especially with Disney themes, was the place where most of us decided to get our shirts. They had a big Alice and Wonderland collection. My shirt said “Alice” on the front, and I got the tank top instead of the t-shirt. I actually got really lucky – I ordered one of Raw Threads’ mystery packs, where they sent me 3 random tank tops for a low price. And one of the tanks I got was Alice! These are super comfy and I highly recommend them. You can also buy Raw Threads gear at the Run Disney expos.
I was super excited about the chance to go to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party for the very first time, and if course one of the first things on my mind was my costume. I absolutely love costumes and getting dressed up. Part of this may come from my experience in theater, but I will wear costumes whenever possible. Halloween, of course, races, and murder mystery parties that we throw once or twice a year. Of course for this year I was going to have to go with a Disney costume.
Since I went with a big group of friends, we all tried to do Disney costumes but didn’t want to duplicate anyone else. The answer for who I wanted to be was pretty obvious – I went with Belle, my absolute favorite princess. We created a doc ahead of time where we signed up for our character, and I put my name down way back in May or something like that, and didn’t really think about it again til August.
I started searching around for Belle costumes, and found that there was nothing I really liked. All of the ones for women were either ridiculously expensive, very cheap looking and not authentic, or way too revealing. So I decided I would have to try and create my own costume. The process was frustrating at times, but I’m ultimately happy with how my costume turned out. Since I’m not really a sewer I knew I wasn’t making anything from scratch – so here are the steps I took.
The subscription box I was most looking forward to getting was my Stitch Fix! If you’re unfamiliar, here’s the concept: the company has you fill out a style profile, and you get assigned a stylist. This person picks out 5 clothing items they thing you’ll like and mails them to you so you can try on everything at home. You keep what you want and mail back the rest. It costs $20 per month, but if you purchase anything that $20 gets applied toward the price of the item.
In order to try and infuse at least a little Disney into this post, since it is a Disney blog, I’m also going to rate each piece based on whether or not I would wear them in the parks.
Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse – $48
I really loved this shirt. I’m not usually a fan of super hot pink, but I liked it here for some reason. The shirt itself was so soft and I loved how it looked… but it was way too big. You can’t really tell from the picture because I have both my hands on my hips, but I was swimming in it. I realize now that I’ll have to change my shirt size to a medium for future shipments. I would love to get this shirt again in a small. I think this might be a nice shirt to wear to the parks in the wintertime, when it can be cool and you want something with longer sleeves, but it’s still Florida so you want it to be light as well!
There are lots of headband options out there for runners, but one of my absolute favorites is Sparkly Soul. I’ve collected many different types over the past year or two, but when Sparkly Soul agreed to send me one for review I was excited because they look so pretty. And I can honestly say that it is now the one that I wear most often!
Let’s start with the fit. I’ve had other headbands that just didn’t fit quite right, and I even had one that fell off in the middle of a race and I had to jog back a little bit to pick it up. However, my Sparkly Soul headband doesn’t seem to move at all. It’s thin and light so you can hardly feel it, so I was a little worried that maybe it had fallen off – but no, it was exactly where I had left it! I honestly can’t really feel that it’s there, but it does an excellent job of holding all of my hair back while I run.
And they look awesome! They’re perfect for a Disney run, but especially a Princess run because I know most princesses love a little bling and sparkle! They have their sparkly headbands in pretty much any color you can imagine, with various shades of colors as well (there are at least 3 different shades of pink you can get). And if you don’t want just one color, there are striped headbands as well that had multiple colors on them. If you’re not so into the sparkles, there are still options for you. They have a line of satin headbands that also come in a variety of colors, as well as different patterns or logos.