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Brides Against Breast Cancer Dress Sale!

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of volunteering at the Brides Against Breast Cancer event in Pasadena at the Brookside Golf Club.

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Brides Against Breast Cancer sells all brands of new designer and “gently worn” wedding gowns in all shapes and styles. Their “Nationwide Tour of Gowns” will contribute over $2 million dollars this year and provides free support programs and services for those impacted by cancer. Education, nutrition, exercise, support and therapy are just some of the many programs and services they support, all designed to help cancer patients, their families and caregivers. Brides Against Breast Cancer will distribute over 10,000 breast “self-exam” cards this year. 2 MILLION DOLLARS. Wow.

It was my first time volunteering for this event, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I arrived at 8am, ready for anything!

a giant truck full of wedding gowns!

a giant truck full of wedding gowns!

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StitchFix #2: Now with more RED!

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Hey Peeps,

Yesterday I filled you in on my new favorite thing, StitchFix, and the hills and valleys of that first shipment. Did you miss it? It’s right here. Go read it. We will wait.

Now that I am older and wiser (I’ve had a birthday since my last Fix!), I got my second StitchFix, and here’s how it went down.

I specifically asked for a dress in this StitchFix, because Bob the Builder and I were going to dinner for my birthday, and I wanted something new and cute. I mentioned that my preferred silhouette was a small waist and a full skirt (I look best in 1950′s inspired pieces – clearly born at the wrong time), and hoped they would have something that fit the bill.

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Shirt #1 personal photos

Shirt #1: Y’all, I loved this shirt. It’s a lovely tomato red, which actually looked great on me. And I’ve been wanting a top in this drapey style for a while now. I’ve even pinned it a few times to my My Style Pinterest board, which StitchFix references when choosing my items. I mean, obviously they did, since this exact style is on that board about five times! But once I had it on my body, it was just too big. The smallest part of me is my waist, and if I wear tops that are too loose, I just look enormous. I am also not-so-blessed-in-the-chest, so I think this was just the wrong size for me. I would have loved to return this for a size smaller, but as I’ve previously mentioned, that’s not an option with StitchFix.

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Shirt #2 personal photos

Shirt #2: More red! So thrilled with the red, and the print! And the silhouette wasn’t bad either. I didn’t keep this shirt, and now I wish I had. It’s so cute and summery and would have added some much-needed print to my wardrobe. All I can say in my defense is that I was PMS-ing and possibly making rash (bad) decisions. This top is “the one that got away”!

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dress #1
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Dress #1: I’ve nicknamed this dress “The Hot Mess Dress”. I guess because it had a tie waist my stylist thought this might work, but it wouldn’t even fit past my waist. Like, it came to a complete stop by my hips. So, no. No, no, no. Not meant for anyone with Jessica Rabbit hips. Total Fail. But, the color was nice, and the fabric was gorgeous.

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Necklace: I remembered to take a photo this time! Sad to say, this one was not a keeper. MOH CraftyPants bought me an almost identical necklace last year for my birthday. So, kudos for StitchFix for knowing my taste. But I’ve since changed my preference to “statement jewelry” so that I can get some variety in my choices. I can’t wait to see what that means in my next StitchFix!

Dress #2: Here’s where the heartbreaking (I’m such a drama queen) story begins…

I asked my stylist for a cute birthday dress with a small waist and a full skirt, maybe with a fun print. And oh boy, did they deliver! I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy with a dress (besides my wedding dress, obvs). I think some of the excitement was because I NEVER would have picked out this dress myself, and the other excitement was because it fit really well. It was so good, I wanted to wait and take a proper photo of myself wearing it out on my birthday – hair and makeup done – beacuse it was SO GOOD.

Here’s the info card: By the way, each item of clothing comes with these handy little cards that show you different ways to style the piece. This is awesome for me, because I am so lame at styling and accessorizing. I need all the help I can get!

info card from StitchFix

info card from StitchFix

Why don’t I have a photo of me in this awesome dress? Because the zipper broke as I put it on, splitting down the side and causing it to be totally unwearable. Insert sad face here.

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sad broken birthday dress

So, on the fly, I switched to my trusty ole LBD and we went to dinner. The next day, I emailed customer service at StitchFix. I am so thrilled to report that their customer service is excellent! Within four hours of my initial email, they had replied expressing sincere apologies for my trouble with the dress. As it happens, they have my dress (in my size!) in stock, so they are sending me a new one, and I am sending the broken one back to them. They even sent me a pre-paid return label so I don’t have to pay for shipping. YAY! StitchFix for the WIN! I am so happy to be getting the new dress! I don’t know where I will wear it, but when I do, I’ll post a photo.

It’s so nice to do business with a company that actually cares about customer service. It’s unfortunately really rare these days, I think.

So, that’s StitchFix #2. I still love the service, despite a few sizing problems and a broken zipper. I mean, when you go to the mall, not everything is a home run, right? At least with StitchFix I can try things on in my own home, at my leisure, and match it with items that are already in my warbrode. So, I will keep on keeping on with StitchFix, hoping that eventually I will be able to purchase everything in my box and take advantage of that 25% off discount. Y’all know how much I love a discount!

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personal photo of my StitchFix packing invoice

If you want to try Stitch Fix for yourself, and you use this link, I get a little referral credit.

Full disclosure: No one at StitchFix has sponsored this post in any way. I was not compensated to write about them (I’ll always tell you if that’s the case).

I just think it’s cool and wanted to share it, and if I can get a little extra shopping credit at the same time, well then, yay! And if you sign up, and refer your friends, you can get the same referral credit!

EVERYONE WINS Y’ALL.

Happy Shoppings!!

My New Favorite Thing: StitchFix!

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I think I’ve mentioned before that I really have no tolerance for shopping these days. Mostly, I order clothes online and just hope they look good when they get to me. It usually works out ok, but I tend to pick the same stuff over and over. Jeans, tee shirts, tank tops, jeans, yoga pants, jeans…do you see where I am going with this? I am definitely stuck in a rut. I basically live my life in yoga pants. It’s not so cute. I need fashion help.

A few months ago, I was reading my good friend Mindy’s blog (Budget Fairy Tale, go check it out), and Mindy posted about this new at home personal styling service called StitchFix. I was immediately intrigued.

Y’all StitchFix is awesome. Whenever you want to schedule a fix, they send you a box of 5 handpicked items for $20. You try on all the items, keep what you love, and send back the rest in a prepaid envelope they send in your Fix. It’s super easy, and super fun. It’s not a monthly service, so you’re not obligated to anything every month – you decide the schedule. You can schedule 4 Fixes in one month, or 4 Fixes a year…whatever floats your boat.

I went to the site to sign up, and was wait listed for a little bit. (Don’t be discouraged, it wasn’t too long of a wait!) When it was time to join, I filled out my Style Profile, which took about 10 minutes and was fun. They ask you a ton of style questions, which made it easier for me to pinpoint what I like and what I think is missing from my wardrobe. Also, questions like this are helpful, as I am a visual gal:

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screen capture of the style profile from StitchFix

They ask you all about your sizes, and body type, which is great, because my Jessica Rabbit sized hips are definitely out of proportion to the rest of my body. Questions like “Are you curvy on your bottom half?” made me feel much more relaxed.

So, my first Stitch Fix came a few weeks later. It was like Christmas when it arrived! So many possibilities!

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The items in my box ranged from $50-$100 each, which is the price range I requested in my Style Profile. Other price ranges are: the cheaper the better, $100-$150, $150-$200, and $200+. Right away, I was smitten with the black lacy thing at the top of the box. It was love as first sight, really. I had requested some help with choosing prints, as most of my wardrobe is solids. And I wanted something “fun” for spring. Every time you schedule a fix, you have the opportunity to ask your stylists to focus something specific. I went with “prints” and “fun”. Here’s what I got:

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Shirt #1: personal photo

Shirt #1: I am a bad blogger and didn’t write down the designer name. I didn’t take a pic with this shirt on, because it didn’t flatter me at all. I don’t like (or look good in) button-up shirts. The print and the color looked good on me, but the cut was all wrong. I NEVER would have picked this out in a store, so yay for StitchFix for stretching my boundaries. It just wasn’t meant to be.

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Shirt #2: personal photos

Shirt #2: Gorgeous, but unfortunately it did not fit. Like, at all. Here’s where I’m super honest and tell you that I sized my shirts a size down from my normal size, as I was feeling pretty victorious about my recent 20 lb. weight loss. Ridiculously, this did not mean that I went down a size. Ugh. Anyway, I LOVED this shirt, and would have totally kept it if it fit. Insert sad face here.

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Shirt #3: personal photos

Side note: Please excuse my messy bedroom. Bob the Builder and I don’t have enough clothes storage, and well, it’s a mess in there. We need to buy a grown-up bedroom set. But that’s a whole other Oprah entirely.

Shirt #3: A super cute Chevron tunic. That wouldn’t fit over my butt. Total bummer, because had it fit, I would be wearing it right now. Do you see a trend here? Not much fit me in this box. Totally my fault, but it still bummed me out.

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Shirt #4: personal photos

Shirt #4: This one I kept. I loved it in the box, I loved it on me. Not the best photo in the world, but I’ve worn this top three times since I got it and each time received compliments. So yay! And, if I remember correctly, I think this was $66. The $20 you spent to receive the box gets credited back to you if you buy something, so it feels like I only spent $46, but that’s just faulty math. :-) If you buy all five items in your box, you get 20% off everything, which is an awesome deal!

I also received a nice pair of gold earrings that I didn’t keep (or even try on) because I already own a nearly identical pair. Major points for StitchFix for “getting” my style. Major points.

After you try everything on, you send back what you don’t want to keep in a pre-paid envelope. Just drop it in a mailbox within three days – easy peasy!

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bye 1st StitchFix!

Lessons learned from my first StitchFix:

  • Order your correct size. (Duh.) They don’t let you return something for a different size, so if you love something though it might be too small or too big, you’re kind of stuck. I don’t think they offer this for several reasons – shipping would get very expensive, and their inventory changes very quickly. It’s one of the few drawbacks I have with the service.
  • If you want to use your StitchFix to experiment with new styles, your Style Profile has to reflect that. For instance, I marked my jewelry preference as “classic”, but then they sent me earrings I already owned. I have now since changed my preference to “statement”. Curious to see what they send me next!
  • Feedback is key! After you try on your Fix, you log on to the website to “check out” and provide feedback. This is really the only way your stylist gets to know you. After this fix, I commented on my dislike of button-down shirts, and my love of all things Red. And what do you know? My next Fix was FULL OF RED. Awesome.

So, that was my first StitchFix. Tomorrow I’ll fill you in on my second StitchFix, and my experience with their customer service.

What do you think, kids? Is this a service you think you’d like? Despite my few hiccups, I am really loving it. If you are interested in trying it out, and you use this link, I get a nice little referral credit.

Full disclosure: No one at StitchFix has sponsored this post in any way. I was not compensated to write about them (I’ll always tell you if that’s the case).

I just think it’s cool and wanted to share it, and if I can get a little extra shopping credit at the same time, well then, yay!

Happy Shoppings!!

Hello, Lover (aka A Post about Shoes)

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So, now that I have chosen my wedding gown (aka Mystery Dress), I can move on and devote my daydreaming time to something even more exciting than dress shopping. SHOE SHOPPING.

The truth is, I do most of my shopping from the comfort of my Mac. That is, I hardly ever venture out to the mall when I need to buy something. Hardly ever. The last time my girlfriends and I all went shopping together was easily over a year ago. Such is life these days. We are all busy with our husbands/fiances/lives/work/babies and we hardly ever go anymore. Plus, traffic in Los Angeles is a nightmare most of the time, so if I don’t have to drive to shop, it’s a perfect situation.

Back in the day, my original shoe inspiration looked a little something like this:

Red is my favorite color, and also the color of Team Bridal‘s dresses.  (I’ll tell you more about them next week.) I was 100% positive that I would be rocking some killer red heels. Even if no one saw them but me, I wanted them. Plain ole white satin heels are just not my jam. Plus, I know if I buy white heels they will never again see the light of day. Never.

Now I know traditionalists will say, “Oh, but you can dye them!”. This is just like, “Oh, you can totally wear that bridesmaids dress again!”. No, you won’t. Not ever. Just give it up. It’s ok. Let’s all just agree to retire that one, shall we?

Once I picked my gown, I decided that I wasn’t really feeling the red heels anymore. First of all, my gown is absolutely ivory, not diamond white. And second of all, it has some metallic/beaded elements to it. So, I broadened my search to include metallic heels. Silver, gold, pewter, whatever. I was just browsing around, seeing what was out there, and BAM.

LOOK AT THESE SHOES!

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They are FANTASTIC! They are like wearing the Chrysler Building on your feet! They are sparkly, and mirrored, and amazing and TOTALLY UNAVAILABLE. As I learned on Art Deco Weddings, they are a discontinued Christian Louboutin style. Which is actually a saving grace, because I could probably never ever afford them. Or, I could buy them, but we wouldn’t have a photographer. Who needs photos when you have shoes this amazing?

Speaking of photographers, have you guys seen all the wedding-shoe-porn that’s out here on the inter webs? It’s like every wedding photographer decided to start showcasing the brides shoes a few years ago, and now those photos are everywhere!! It’s like “Shoes in the Wild” or something. I’m obsessed.

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Photo by Redfield Photography

Photo by Redfield Photography

Photo by Redfield Photography

Photo by Redfield Photography

Photo by Redfield Photography

Photo by Redfield Photography

(Side note: All of the above shoe photos were taken by our ridiculously talented and awesome wedding photographers, Marisa & John of Redfield Photo. Click thru any of the above photos to see their blog and their amazingness.)

I knew I wanted a photo-worthy pair of wedding heels. But I had a few specifications. I didn’t want anything higher than a 3 inch heel. To me, a 4 or 5 1/2 inch heel just sounds like torture, especially on my wedding day. The thing everyone forgets to mention to the bride (but I already know because I worked in event planning) is that you may not get to sit down much all night. You may get to sit down during a portion of dinner. Just a bit. Then you’re dancing, greeting guests, posing for photos, and ya know, DANCING! Or, at least I will be dancing. Even if I’m up there by myself!

I also wanted a shoe that had the possibility to be re-worn at another time. Unlike bridesmaid dresses, I know that I will want to wear my shoes again.

I wanted a new pair of shoes. Truth be told, I already have about five pairs of red heels in my closet, so if I really wanted to go that route, I wouldn’t even really need to shop. But what fun would that be?

And lastly, I wanted them to have some Bling. My gown has a little bit of bling, but not much. So there is definitely room to “up” the bling factor before approaching tacky territory. No one wants to be anywhere in the vicinity of Tacky. Never Ever.

I thought briefly about strassing a plain pair of shoes. It’s all the range over on Weddingbee. And the gals who are taking on this DIY project are my heroes, because, well, as we already know…I am not super crafty. Or patient. Whatever. I have many other great qualities. I just know I’d get half way done and just throw up my hands in agony.

They certainly are pretty, no?

This one shoe took this bride 20 HOURS to do. I just don’t have it in me, kids. I know myself too well. Just, no. Plus, when would I wear these again, really?

I then came upon the shoes that five-year old me would have absolutely imagined myself wearing on my wedding day. Peeps, I would like you to meet Kate Spade’s Charm. In all her many colors:

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Kate Spade Charm/Sawyer

Isn’t she lovely? Aside from the fact that I am already obsessed with everything Kate Spade, I just think these are the Best. Shoes. Ever. I love them, love them, love them.

The problem?

They retail for $325.00. And they have a 4 inch heel. And when, really, would I ever wear them again?

I did brief Ebay search before I realized they were not the perfect shoe for me. Lots of times during this planning process, I get distracted by shiny objects. This was no different.

So…

I needed to re-group!

I was pretty absent-mindedly searching Zappos one night, when I happened across these beauties. Badgley Mishka’s Lacie:

You guys, they really are perfect. They have a 3 inch heel. They have just a bit of bling. They are $215.00, retail. Oh wait, that last part isn’t perfect. Damn.

I was just about to mourn them, when I turned to the fine folks at Ebay to see if I could snag these pretties at a discount. And wouldn’t you know it? There was a brand new, in the box pair up for auction, IN MY SIZE! It was fate! I bid, and then held my breath for five long days. Thankfully, no one bid after me!

I got these gorgeous shoes for $80.00, including shipping! Woo Hoo for bridal bargains!!

So, I won’t show you my dress, but I will show you my shoes. Unfair, I know. I’m so evil.

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They are here, they are nearly perfect, and I’m super freakin’ happy. Oh, and they are comfortable! (Someone remind me that they are comfy when I’ve been on my feet for three hours or longer, and I want to take them off.)

Pro tip: Never take off your heels at an event unless you never intend to put them back on. The momentary relief you feel is not worth the abject horror and agony you will feel when you try to get them back on. DON’T DO IT. You’ve been warned.

And that’s my public service announcement for today.

Tell me, peeps, where did you get your wedding shoes? Would you buy second hand shoes? Would you spend $200-$300 on your shoes? Tell me all about it!

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