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  • In case you're like me and literally farting around your office today because there's nothing else to do, J.Crew has 40% off sale and 30% off everything else for Columbus Day. So does Banana, actually, but I don't like anything they have right now.

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    • It's raining like crazy here, so I might shop that shiz online tonight. Columbus Day sales and the like weird me out so hard, btw! This dumbass thought he found the East Indies and was a total nightmare to all the people around him, so we're taking 25% off all lawn mowers!

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      • Have any of you tried Stitch Fix? I have several friends who swear by it and I'm thinking of signing up, EXCEPT, I have a few hang-ups. I don't have that much time to shop at stores so something like this would be ideal for me, but I enjoy online shopping and I feel like having someone else pick out my clothes would take some of the joy out of getting them? And I also really love bargain shopping and with this type of service, you have to choose price points that you're comfortable with. That makes total sense, but again, feels like it may be a bit of a joy robber. For example, I wear 200 dollar jeans, but nothing makes me happier than getting them for less than 100 bucks when Intermix has a sale, you know? My fave pair of jeans right now are some Paige ones that I found on the clearance rack at Nordstrom Rack for $7.50 and I love them partly because every time I wear them around somebody new, I get to play GUESS How Much I Paid For These.

        So, yes/no on a service like this? You just keep and pay for what you like and send back the other stuff which is awesome and as your "stylist" gets to know your taste better, the selections supposedly improve each month. I feel like I'm talking myself into it as I type this post.

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        • If I had a job (or anywhere to go, really) I would so totally do this. That's like the dream to me. I would have traded in a limb for that kind of service when I was working, b/c I am crazy hopeless at shopping.


          So now I want you to do it, so I can live vicariously.

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          • Issie, I'd be curious to hear your feelings on it if you try it. My sister's BFF swears by Stitchfix and always posts pics on FB of her haul to get opinions on what she should keep. I've been tempted by Golden Tote occasionally but the fact that 70% of the items are usually polyester is what stops me (I instituted a no 100% polyester rule for myself about a year ago.)

            From what I've observed with Stitchfix, Golden Tote, etc. is that if you like to shop, especially online shop, these services will just offer another shopping outlet but they won't *replace* the online shopping habit if that makes sense. Online shopping is seldom because you need clothes but because you're bored, or bummed, or there's a really great sale, etc. and habitual shoppers can find cute stuff for themselves which is one of the reasons they like to shop.

            My sister's BFF doesn't like to shop and isn't great at picking out clothes for herself so Stitchfix works for her because someone else is saying 'here are cute clothes that fit you, just pick the ones you like most.'

            But shoppers that gravitate toward Stitchfix do that online and in stores already and Stitchfix is just another way to get ALL THE CLOTHES.

            I don't know if any of that made sense but it's the thing that's sort of kept me away; it appeals to me but I know I'd still want to shop simply because I like shopping.

            As a shopper, I'd be curious to hear if your experience differs if you try it out.

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            • I keep meaning to try it and then talk myself out of it because of the price. But I hate to shop and could use some actual style in my life, so I seem like the target market for it.

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              • Yeah, I looooove shopping, online and in person, and I allot hours specifically to try on stuff that looks weird on the hanger, but my friends who hate every minute of it swear by Stitch Fix.

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                • Perhaps I'll try it and guinea pig myself for the sake of some you hold outs. It for sure wouldn't replace my online shopping totally. I like clicking my way through J.Crew's web site waaaay too much to evah stop so I'd definitely fall into the group that would use the service as a way to get ALL the clothes. It's also maybe a way for me to branch out stylistically. That's not a huge concern for me anything, but I do tend to shop at a handful of places because I know they'll have things I like, I usually know the way their things fit me and don't have to second guess a whole lot, they have both work and casual offerings, and they have regular and good sales. So my closet is full of samey samey stuff that just gets updated regularly. I did the questionnaire earlier this week and one of the questions is how willing you are to branch out of your usual style and I think I picked like, "Willing to try" or something. It'd be interesting to see how the stylist sort of interprets my choices to see how she can veer me towards other stuff.

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                  • Hey breezy, curious to hear about your Stitch Fix experience if you please.

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                    • Ok, so we just moved back to CT from Philly and I started a new job and ugh, I hate everything I own right now. But my beloved Loft is not nearby, so my quick fix outlet is not there. Plus I really did like the idea of updating my fashion sense a little. I thought filling out the profile was superfun and you can be really specific about what you're looking for - like I really just need stuff to punch up my work wardrobe and also some things that I can wear while hanging with the toddler on the weekends. And you can set price points for each type of item you're looking for - shirts at under $50, dresses at $100-150 or what have you. Also they recommend that you direct them to your pinterest and instagram so they can see what you like, so I got really specific with my pinterest page and I think that really paid off.

                      I had it sent to work and all my coworkers totally said, "That looks like you!" when I opened the box. I kept 2 of the 5 pieces, this striped top and the open heathered cardigan shown in this post, that I was really uncertain about but my sister convinced me to keep it. There was an excellent faux wrap dress, but it was cut too low for me to wear it comfortably to work and when paired with a tank top, it didn't look right. They sent a cute pink blouse, but it was way too big and they also sent pull on pants (no zipper or buttons) that I felt were too thin for the price ($98). So overall I was really happy with it. Including the $20 styling fee, I am out $92 for the two tops and I'm definitely thinking about what I want in my next one! If you decide to do it, let me know and I'll send you a referral code!
                      Last edited by BreezyK; 03-10-2015, 11:46 AM. Reason: Trying to fix links, not working.

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                      • You are such a cutie, dude. And I love what you kept, especially that stripey top.


                        Oh, man. I want to do this sooooo bad. Having a stylist is like the dream. But I can't justify it given my current lifestyle.







                        Those of you who actually put on real shoes and leave the house every day should totes do it. And post pics! DO IT.

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                        • That striped top is nice and something I would wear.. Would love something like this pity they don't do a UK version. I've never got time to clothes shop and when I do walking around stores annoys me. I just run to the outlet centre or tk maxx now and again. Workwear is jeans and boots.

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                          • I like both choices, Breezy, and you're so cute!

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                            • The super adorbs insta is what prompted my asking. So cute!

                              That sounds like a pretty satisfying experience overall. I'm thinking of trying another 30 X 30 in April but maybe in May, I'll re-consider Stitch Fix.

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                              • I am in the process of negotiating a deal to sell my darling MINI and buy a Nissan JUKE. It's an embarrassing name for a car, but it drives pretty well. I have loved the MINI, but after 4 expensive repairs in the last year, 3 of which were serious oil leaks, I am forced to acknowledge that all of the statistics that say that MINIs are unreliable and repair-prone are correct. Mine is a 2009 with < 50000 miles on it; it shouldn't be spring leaks every other month.

                                I just hate the car dealer negotiating part; it's like torture.

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