Stitch Fix Review – April 2016

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Quick intro to what stitch fix is: A subscription (or whenever you want to order a box) service for clothes and accessories. When you sign up you answer a few questions on your sizes, preferences, colors, and fill out a little note about yourself and your style. From there, you’re paired with a stylist – you never actually get to interact with this person 1 on 1 – who fills up a box with 5 items and sends it your way. You are given an opportunity to write a little note to your stylist requesting or suggesting items, each time you schedule a fix.

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Once you get the box, you try on the items, and send back whatever you don’t want within 3 days. A $20 styling fee is applied per box that you order. If you purchase anything, you’ll get that $20 off your “fix” total. If you find yourself in love with your fix and purchase all 5 items, you’ll get a 25% discount off your total bill. Most items I’ve received are between $40-100 (you can control how much you want to spend per item, but I’ve found most of my items tend to be on the pricer end). When you go to checkout you leave feedback for each item, helping your stylist improve for next time.

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A couple of weeks ago I  received my 4th fix. I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while, but work got in the way. For this fix I asked for no accessories. Last time I received a massive clutch, bigger than my head (I’m not a clutch person), and from there on I decided I was going to veto accessories and get clothes, which I care more about. This time around I asked for 3 tops, 1 bottom, and 1 dress, providing a link to a brand new Pinterest board (Review Board) I created specifically for my stylist. For my previous 3 fixes I left everything up to the stylist, simply suggesting I wanted stuff I could wear to work and to go out with friends in the evening, but this time I wanted to show her pieces I’m interested in.

Before I go further, I wanted to mention that my Pinterest board is mostly pins of clothes that Stitch Fix actually ships out to customers. There’s this handy dandy Facebook group where a bunch of ladies post pictures of the clothes they received. You can even trade, buy, or sell your Stitch Fix goodies in the group. Searching Pinterest I found a lot of the group members posted these pictures to Pinterest as well, so I just use those as inspiration.

I was really hoping I would get some of the amazing tops I pinned, but alas, not a single item from my board was shipped my way. Out of the 5 items I received, 2 were keepers. I didn’t take pictures of them all individually because some fit really poorly. What I did end up keeping was a pair of Margaret M Felicity Printed Short, and a James Laser Cut Dress bright blue lightweight summery dress by Brixon Ivy.

When I first pulled out the shorts I wasn’t sure about the length. I couldn’t tell where they should hit me so I took to Google to see if I could find a picture of someone in them, no real luck there. So, for all your Stitchers receiving these pants, I figured I would post a picture myself so you can get an idea of how they look.

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Margaret M – Felicity Printed Shorts

Now for the dress. The fabric is really interesting feeling and very lightweight. The only thing I can really compare it to is sports mesh like material, but it’s not that! I think this would be perfect for the office or for going out to see a show and dinner in the city.

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Brixon Ivy – James Laser Cut Dress

Next time I’m going to explicitly call out certain Stitch Fix items I want by name, hopefully that will do the trick!

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10 of the Best Products for Redheads

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As a redhead, it can be challenging to find products that are actually designed specifically for redheads. I get it, we’re said to make up roughly 2% of the population, but that doesn’t mean the world doesn’t need redhead products! I’ve rounded up 10 of my favorite redhead products just for you, and yes I’m a natural redhead and use all the products below.

Olay 7 Effects moisturizer with 30 SPF

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Redheads have super sensitive skin. To keep your skin fresh, moisturized, and safe from the sun, try a moisturizer like this to keep your skin looking great year round.

How to be a redhead bobby pins

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There’s an amazing site called “How to be a Redhead,” and they sell products specifically designed for those of us with red hair! This bobby pin set features three different shades, perfect for any redhead, natural or not. Get them here!

Adesse New York – 175 Fifth Avenue Purple nail polish

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Purple is the perfect shade for redheads, and this nail polish is divine. It’s a really deep purple that looks romantic and classy at the same time. It’s a must have!

Dior Pink Lip Glow

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Finding the right lip color can be a challenge due to a natural redhead’s pale complexion. Dior’s Lip Glow is perfect because it enhances your own natural lip color, almost creating a personalized color just for you. It also moisturizes, a big plus in my book.

John Frieda Radiant Red Shampoo and Conditioner

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Finally a redhead shampoo and conditioner that isn’t color depositing. While a lot of fellow redheads (fake and natural) opt for a color depositing shampoo or conditioner, I’m too hesitant to give it a try, fearful my locks may end up a different color. John Frieda’s Radiant Red isn’t color depositing and adds a beautiful vibrancy to your hair.

Neutrogena Face and Body Stick – 70 SPF

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Redheads can’t have enough sunscreen. This Face and Body stick by Neutrogena goes on smoothly and you don’t even need to use your fingers, just rub the stick on your skin and you’re good to go.

Pureology Reviving Red Oil

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This product is typically marketed to those with dyed red hair but I still love it. It leaves my hair vibrant and shiny without depositing color.

How to be a Redhead hair ties

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Just like the bobby pins above, these colorful hair ties come in three different shades of red, and look cuter than the typical black hair tie a lot of us are used to. Keep an eye out from them at the How to be a Redhead shop.

Paul Mitchell Ultimate Color Repair Triple Rescue

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This Triple Rescue spray not only gives you thermal protection we all need when styling our hair, but leaves your hair shiny, less dull looking, and healthy.

Glossier soothing face mist

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As mentioned above, natural redheads have sensitive skin. I discovered this Smoothing Face Mist after watching an episode of the Wendy Williams show. This mist smells amazing! The rose scent is light and refreshing. You’ll quickly fall in love with the weightlessness and aroma of this spray all while it keeps you moisturized and feeling fresh. A great product to use after working out!

Bonus Recommendation! 
While the title of this post mentions 10 products, I just had to include a very special product as a bonus recommendation – the How to be a Redhead Beauty Box. It’s the only redhead subscription box that I know of and it’s amazing! For $18.98 a month I get a handful of products sent to me. Some products are sample size, but I’ve lucked out and received a number of full size products. In fact, a lot of the products I listed above were items I discovered while being a subscriber. If you’re a natural redhead, I would highly recommend checking it out because you never know what you might discover 🙂

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