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What Is Stitch Fix? An Insider's View

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A few weeks ago I went on an amazing trip to San Fransisco thanks to a company called Stitch Fix. Six other bloggers and I flew out to learn about the company, tour their facilities and just have a fun vacation. It was such a dream come true! I've posted about Stitch Fix before, but now that I have actually talked with their stylists and seen the entire process, I'm so much better equipped to answer the question that I got on social media many times while I was gone, "What is Stitch Fix?"

What is Stitch Fix? All of your questions answered from in insider's perspective

Stitch Fix is a styling and clothing subscription service/company that started only three years ago and has grown from only one person to ten employees to over 600 employees now. I'm sure you can imagine their start up story was so inspiring to learn about, especially for me! The entire time I felt like- this is what three years can look like?!? Watch out for Nickel & Suede!

Here is the breakdown of how Stitch Fix works from the customer perspective. As a customer of Stitch Fix you sign up to create a personal profile on their website and take a very detailed survey about your personal style. You describe how you like things to fit, what colors you will or won't wear, you size, your spending preferences and the kind of clothing that you are looking for. It's extremely detailed! The results from your survey go into a fancy algorithm that helps a stylist choose clothing for you.

What is Stitch Fix? All of your questions answered from in insider's perspective

To schedule a fix, you pay a $20 styling fee which you can apply to any items that you keep from your box. Stitch Fix employs stylists to choose five items for you for each "fix" that could include shirts, dresses, skirts, pants, scarves, jewelry or handbags. You get your "fix" in the mail on the day you scheduled it and open it up to find what your stylist picked for you. It's like Christmas!

You can try on each item you received in your own home and decide which items to keep and which you want to return. You only pay for what you keep, but you do get a 20% discount on it all if you keep it all. With every box you also get a personal note from your stylist and a styling card with ideas for you about how to style each item in the box. There is a prepaid return envelope in the box as well so returning unwanted items is extremely easy. You can schedule a fix anytime you like (although the wait list can be a few weeks) or you can sign up for a monthly or bi-weekly subscription. If your friends or family sign up with your referral link you can also get $25 credit toward your next box.

What is Stitch Fix? All of your questions answered from in insider's perspective

Since my trip I know so much more about how Stitch Fix works and have such a respect for the company. I have heard a lot of complaints from people about the cost of the items which I think start at around $20 and go up. Some of their denim is $150 or more and I understand that not everyone buys denim that expensive- but this subscription is also a service. It is definitely not a way to purchase discount or inexpensive clothing. There are so many people behind the scenes that are working to help you find your personal style and items that you love. After I left I was surprised the items don't cost more!

When we were there we met the buyers that pick out what clothing will be coming in for each season. We also met some of the lead stylists and they were all so talented at what they do. They clearly put so much work and effort into choosing and styling items that are up to date and work for some many women's individual style. I loved hearing that even they get monthly fixes in the mail. Almost all of the employees do because it is just so fun to be styled by someone else!

What is Stitch Fix? All of your questions answered from in insider's perspective

When we toured the warehouse (which was about the size of a Costco!) it was AMAZING to see how many different styles of clothing there were. They literally have something for everyone. And it is all really good quality as well. They regularly send things back to the manufacturers if the items don't meet their standards. 

What is Stitch Fix? All of your questions answered from in insider's perspective

When you schedule a "fix", somewhere in the country, your stylists sits down to look at your profile. She can see everything in your survey, every note you have left and the Pinterest board that you have linked to your profile. The computer program gives her a pool of items to pull from that meet what your survey results matched. Each time you send items back and give feedback about why, she can see that. Each time you update your profile, the algorithm responds. It really is designed to help you get the clothing that will work for you! I also found out that if you keep around three items from your box then you keep the same stylist next time- if you keep less or none, you get someone new.

What is Stitch Fix? All of your questions answered from in insider's perspective

What is Stitch Fix? All of your questions answered from in insider's perspective

What is Stitch Fix? All of your questions answered from in insider's perspective

So my own experience with Stitch Fix? I first tried Stitch Fix in the Spring and although I like to choose my own clothing, I was intrigued by it. After I got my first box full of surprises in the mail I was kind of hooked.  I LOVE the element of surprise that comes with your monthly box. It really is better than Christmas for me because as a mom, Christmas surprises are lacking these days. Stitch Fix has really helped me try clothing that I wouldn't have necessarily have picked off the rack and many of the pieces that I have kept have been blouses for date nights and nice events that I rarely buy for. 


I have never kept everything in my box, but I always keep at least one item. Some boxes (I've had 6) have been awesome and some a total miss. And I've heard from some of you that you have had the same experience. But on my trip I found out what I can do to make my experience each month even better. So here are my tips for making Stitch Fix work for you:

1. Try it! You are only out $20 at the most for trying it. If you keep nothing you lose your $20 styling fee, if you keep only one thing you might be out $40 total and have one awesome new item. 
2. Give feedback! If you return things in your first fix, give detailed feedback as to why. Was it the color, print, style, size, or cost? If you keep things in your fix, give the same amount of detailed feedback as to why you loved it and kept it. 
3. Go back and updated your style profile. When I first filled mine out I said animal prints were okay- but then I started getting blouses with birds printed on them. (Not my style!) I updated that preference when I realized I actually didn't like something that I thought I did. 
4. Update your Pinterest board. This is a great way to communicate the styles you are loving with your stylist. 
5. Give it time. I honestly think you should give it a try for three times- with clear communication back to your stylist. From what I say, they honestly love working for and with you and truly want to help their clients find things they love. Give them a chance to learn about you!

So my last few thoughts. This service is not for everyone. But it is for:
-busy women
-women who don't like to shop
-women who don't have time to shop
-women who want help finding their personal style
-women who love to get surprises in the mail
-women who want to expand out of their style rut
-women who want to add quality items that they love to their closet
-treating yourself

It really was so amazing to learn about this company and see it all for myself. I think it would be so fun to work for them- but really working with them is just as fun! I hope that answered all of your lingering questions about the company. I will posts, probably tomorrow, more about my trip, but I just wanted to really give you some context about what Stitch Fix is before I delve into my trip.

Any questions I missed? Leave them in the comments below and I'm happy to answer them!




*PC to the amazing photographer at Stitch Fix and Molly from Still Being Molly. Loved having a professional taking photos with us!
** This post was not sponsored, but my flight, food, and lodging on my trip were all paid for by Stitch Fix. I also get a referral credit for anyone who signs up under my referral link. Thank you for supporting the companies that I love and that help support this blog!

What I Wore - Camo Chic

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Camo sweatshirt, dark denim and ankle boots

Camo sweatshirt, dark denim and ankle boots

Camo sweatshirt, dark denim and ankle boots

It's no secret that camo is one of my favorite prints. I've been wearing it for years and can't seem to give it up. When I saw this camo sweatshirt on Groop Dealz a few weeks back, I knew I had to have it. (Although I wish I had sized up one or two sizes!) I also love my leather camo earrings and of course my camo pants. I  have had a few readers ask me where to buy camo pants right now so I've rounded up a few below.

Do you own anything camo? Which is your favorite way to wear it?



// Outfit Details //
Sweatshirt - Groop Dealz (similar)
Jeans - TJ Maxx (Lucky Brand)
Shoes - TJ Maxx (Sam Edelman) (similar)
Earring - Nickel & Suede


I am Brave and Beautiful - Getting Real

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I am Brave and Beautiful - a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My good friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! Colbie's song says, "Take your make up off. Let your hair down... Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you... "

Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed, and you might even recognize a few faces in there.


I, along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes, and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don't need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instagram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag - #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat's attention since she was the inspiration behind it all!

Are you brave and beautiful? I am and I'm putting it all out there today. 



When Megan asked for help with the project it was a no brainer - of course I would help! My boys actually love Colbie's song and when we first heard/watched it I had the chance to talk to them about the important message behind it. Even they weren't too little to understand the value in the song. But once it actually came down to taking a no makeup head shot and sharing it, I have to admit I got kind of freaked out. I love makeup and how confident it makes me feel. But it feels better to be okay with being real and honest and just lay it all out there. Both photos are me. One is my best foot forward for an outfit photo shoot and the other is who you'll meet at the bus stop. 

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Don't stop here. Get clicking around - it's a blog hop! Below are more brave and beautiful women bearing more than their natural beauty. They each have a little bit of their heart to share with you. Some get very personal. Some share stories. For some, this was very hard to do yet they gathered their courage and did it anyway. We hope as you click around (and YES pin these different posts!) you will feel the importance of it and the empowering effect it has and that it encourages you in some way.

>>>>>>>Important info! Blog hops often have glitches the first day. If the link has an ERROR, simply click on the HOME button for each site, or Google the blog name next to the link, and you should see their brave and beautiful post there. Links will be updated as soon as possible.<<<<<<<<<<<<

women sharing their natural beauty - no makeup
women with our makeup on and what makes them beautiful
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#colbietry #iambraveandbeautiful

Ready to join in? Snap, hashtag and share! Tag @BrassyApple and @Peacefrom6Pieces if you can too!
Also follow our Bravery and Beauty PINTEREST board for more inspiration!


I hope you'll click around and feel empowered today. There is something about seeing another woman be vulnerable that can change your day too. Happy Monday!


Sunday Style - Bad Habits and Some Good Plaid

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Bright, bold plaid skirt and glitter heels


Bright plaid midi skirt, white sweater and glitter heels

Bright plaid midi skirt, white sweater and glitter heels

Bright plaid midi skirt, white sweater and glitter heels

Bright plaid midi skirt, white sweater and glitter heels

I always love plaid in the fall, so when I found this skirt while thrifting a while back I was instantly drawn to it. It isn't traditional by any means, but the fresh and bold print is exciting to me, and I decided it was worth taking a risk on. If you know me, you know I don't often pull out the bright prints or something really different from my typical outfits. It is really easy for me to have my comfortable or automatic clothing preferences. I wear a version of the same outfit day in and day out like a bad habit.

Lately I've been realizing more and more how easy it is to get stuck in a pattern of choices. Whether it's what I wear or what I say or how I react, everything I do is some kind of habit. And they happen whether you mean for them to or not.When I was in counseling for an eating disorder in college, I remember working with a counselor to change my thinking patterns. I had to very intentionally work on changing and replacing my thought patterns, and it was hard. But it worked. And I'm glad I learned that skill because I think I'm going to need it again.

In the last few months I've allowed myself to develop unhappy habits of worrying, being really critical of everyone, and reacting defensively to most people, especially my husband. With our new business and the changes of our day to day life that have come with that, it's easy to see how those habits have developed - but it doesn't excuse them. These patterns have been making me pretty miserable and it just feels terrible. Especially when I know logically that life is so good!

Thankfully, I know I'm on the right track with the new habits I mentioned earlier this week, and I think I'll have to add thought replacement to that list too. How do you get out of bad thought patterns? What helps you change how you react?

P.S. Heads up - these Cobalt Suede earrings are the earring of the month for only two more days! They are only $16 until Sept. 30. Grab them while you have the chance!



// Outfit Details //
Shirt - Old Navy
Skirt - Thrifted
Shoes - Thrifted (Steve Madden)
Bracelet - Paparazzi
Earrings - Nickel & Suede

Back To School Recap - Kid Style with Ralph Lauren

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We have officially been back to school for about a month now and one month in kindergarten is a good milestone to hit. Things are getting to be routine and everyone is adjusting to our new normal. Easton is generally pretty happy to get up every day at 7:15 and get ready for school. (I just wish I didn't have to get him up quite that early!) He has made a few new friends including his super sweet bus driver. I'm grateful that he has really kind adults transporting him to school, and I love all the staff at his elementary school as well. Even just a month into school, I'm already seeing Easton's reading abilities improving and his favorite subject, by far, is math. So far elementary school is treating us pretty well!

Back to school style with Ralph Lauren

Back to school style with Ralph Lauren
Jacket - Ralph Lauren c/o, Shirt - Thrifted, Pants - Ralph Lauren c/o, Shoes - GAP




We started a co-op preschool for Kesler a few weeks ago and I'm so, so thankful that I decided to do it. I did a co-op preschool (where the moms each take turns teaching) for two years with Easton and last year about did me in. I thought there was no way I could fit it on my plate this year, but we are managing. It has been such a blessing because with as much as I work from home now, he needs something that is his to go and do. He really enjoys making new friends of his own and comes home having had the time of his life.


Back to school style with Ralph Lauren

Back to school style with Ralph Lauren
Coat - Ralph Lauren c/o, Shirt - Target, Pants - Ralph Lauren c/o, Shoes - GAP




As for Knox, he is adjusting to back to school too. He is such a happy guy in general, but it has been fun to start to see his and Kesler's relationship start to grow. I will often have to assign Kesler the job of playing with Knox (including a reward of some kind), but it's been paying off. It isn't a lot yet, but they are playing better already. Knox has a special bond to Kesler that is so sweet to see. He gets the most worried when Kesler gets into trouble or is upset. I think this will be the year that they really become friends. 

Back to school style with Ralph Lauren
Top - Zara Kids (similar), Vest - Ralph Lauren c/o, Pants - Target, Shoes - Stride Rite




How has the start of school been for your family? Do you find that it affects everyone in the family too?

How to Sew an Infinity Scarf - Tutorial

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How to sew an infinity scarf- easy tutorial from ONE little MOMMA

Denim on denim with a gingham infinity scarf

Denim on denim with a gingham infinity scarf

Nickel and Suede Slit Cuff

I've tried before, but this year is the first time I've mastered sewing an infinity scarf. They really aren't very hard to sew - as long as you follow a tutorial! Because it's definitely scarf season, I thought I'd show you how I have made mine. That way, when you are in a fabric store and find something you can't leave without, you'll have an easy project to buy fabric for. (I have a bad habit of finding beautiful fabric that I have no use for!)

To sew this infinity scarf, you will need about 2 2/3 yards of fabric (This will make two scarves). You can use 1 1/3 yards to make just one scarf, but you will need to add an extra step. You can use a soft cotton, knit, or something fancier - I just used a basic cotton. Pre-wash the fabric and, depending on what it is made of, iron it. My cotton required ironing. You'll also need matching thread and a sewing machine.

Cut your fabric to 80"x 22". (If you only bought 1 1/3 yards, this is where your extra step comes in. Cut two pieces 40"x22" and sew them together to create a piece that is 80"x 22".) Then fold it lengthwise with the wrong sides together so you have a long folded tube. First you will sew a straight stitch down the long opening of the tube - the whole 80". You can use about .5 seam allowance.

How to sew an infinity scarf- easy tutorial from ONE little MOMMA

Once you have your tube sewn, you'll turn it right side out. Now the seam that you sewed will be on the inside of the tube. 

How to sew an infinity scarf- easy tutorial from ONE little MOMMA

Next, take one open end of the tube and begin to pull/fold it up and around itself. You will still have a tube, but it will be doubled up. You want both open ends to meet each other at the top, and the bottom will have a folded end all around the tube of fabric. 

How to sew an infinity scarf- easy tutorial from ONE little MOMMA

As you can see in the photo, your fabric tube will now be shorter, and only raw edges will be next to each other. You are almost done! 

How to sew an infinity scarf- easy tutorial from ONE little MOMMA

 Match the original seam that you sewed on the inside of the scarf - both layers will have one. 


How to sew an infinity scarf- easy tutorial from ONE little MOMMA

Once you have the seams matched, you will sew around the end of the tube that has the unfinished edges. Sew it closed except for about a 2 inch gap at the end. Leave that gap open. 

How to sew an infinity scarf- easy tutorial from ONE little MOMMA

After you have sewn that seam, pull the entire scarf through the 2 inch gap. This takes some time and needs to be done carefully. You'll be left with what you see below. 

How to sew an infinity scarf- easy tutorial from ONE little MOMMA

The last step is to close that hole. You can use a hidden stitch by hand to finish the scarf off in the most professional way, or you can use the machine and stitch a tiny straight stitch to close the hole. The scarf will fit so that you can easily hide that stitch if you choose the easy route (like me!)

How to sew an infinity scarf- easy tutorial from ONE little MOMMA

And that is it! You have an oversized infinity scarf that you can loop two or even three times for an effortless fall accessory.

How to sew an infinity scarf- easy tutorial from ONE little MOMMA

Are you an infinity scarf fan? Have you made one yet?



// Outfit Details //
Shirt - Target
Jeans - TJ Maxx (Lucky Brand)
Earrings, Cuff - Nickel & Suede