Black Friday Shopping + My First Stitch Fix

by on November 29, 2013

Happy belated Thanksgiving friends. I took a little break from blogging this week to celebrate Thanksgivukkah with Isaac and his family. It was really nice to relax and focus on everything we’re thankful for… I thought about making a list and sharing it here but realized it would be a mile long and decided against. Please do know that I am thankful for each of you that read this little blog. Eating Bird Food let’s me share my passion for health and fitness, help and inspire people–for that I am very grateful.

Change of subject, did you go out shopping with all the crazies last night? Isaac and I did, for the first time, ever! We were driving back to Richmond from Norfolk, it was late and I knew that the Williamsburg Outlets were open so we swung by to check out the madness. It was about midnight and the outlets were packed but probably not more than they would be on a Saturday in December. There were a few stores with bouncers and lines to get inside (like Kate Spade and Coach), but most of stores weren’t too crazy and we ended up getting some pretty good deals in the short time we were there. I got Isaac two pair of pants and button up from J Crew, a pair of leggings for myself and then we picked up some gifts at the Calphalon store. They were having a great sale! It was fun to see what all the hype of shopping on Black Friday is about but I don’t think I’ll be shopping much today, although I’m looking forward to the Cyber Monday deals. :)

Speaking of shopping, I feel like shopping for clothes for myself keeps getting more and more difficult. Stores like Abercrombie and American Eagle feel too too young for me now but I’m still not ready to shop in the older woman stores yet either. Plus, I usually just buy whatever things I like rather than thinking about how the item will pair with things I already own… I do have a few stylist friends that have helped me before (thanks Laurel and Elle!), but when I heard about a personal styling service for women called Stitch Fix (<–affiliate link), I was intrigued and thought I would give it a shot. 

After filling out a form with my sizes and clothes preferences, I placed my order and a few weeks later, my first Fix arrived. I mentioned getting my first Fix on Instagram and a few people requested that I do a little review so here you go.

First Stitch Fix

The package arrived with 5 pieces, info about how the process worked, a styling sheet to show how each piece could be paired with other items,  a receipt with pricing info and USPS bag to send back any unwanted items.

Stitch fix box

Here’s the line-up and what I thought about each piece:

Stitch fix sweater

Aztec sweater. This would have been perfect because I really like the style but I had just purchased a different Aztec sweater the week before (I was inspired to buy one after reading this post from Kendi Everyday, my favorite fashion blog!) and the arms were a long on the one from Stitch Fix. The verdict = not a keeper.

Stitch fix necklace

Gold necklace. I always have a hard time spending money on jewelry so while this necklace isn’t something I would have picked out for myself in the store, I really liked it the style and the length. The verdict = keeper.

Stitch fix pants

Maroon skinny jeans. These jeans were super soft, fit well and I liked the color but I have a very similar pair of leggings that are almost the same color. Verdict = not a keeper.

Stitch fix top

Printed blouse. This was probably my least favorite item in the Fix. I didn’t like the pattern or the fact the way that it wrapped and had two big holes in the front and back. I felt like my stomach or boobs were going to flash someone at any moment wearing it. Verdict  = definitely not a keeper.

Stitch fix black top

Black blouse with black tank underneath. This was my favorite of all the items. The quality seems really nice, it fit well and I love it paired with skinny jeans. Verdict = keeper.

I paid $20.00 (the styling fee) but that fee went toward the items that I ended up purchasing–the necklace and the top. I’ve already worn both items and I see myself getting good use out of them. 

Overall, I really liked having someone else pick out items for me and it was awesome to have a cute top to wear on Thanksgiving without having to go to the mall searching for something.

Thanksgiving

Here’s the top in action. 

I liked 4 out of 5 of the items so I feel like my stylist did a good job, especially for my first one. I can see the selections getting even better as I continue to order through Stitch Fix because you give detailed feedback to your stylist on each item in the fix (ie. she’ll get to know my likes and dislikes more as time passes). I’m already excited to get my next Fix in December. It will be right before Christmas!

Just an FYI – This isn’t a sponsored post and I didn’t get my Fix for free. It’s just a service I wanted to try and since some folks seemed interested in hearing about it, I thought I would share my experience. But, if you do want to try Stitch Fix, feel free to sign-up through my link. They have a referral program and I get credit if people sign-up and try the service. 

Have a lovely Black Friday. If you’re shopping and have some crazy Black Friday stories or score any amazing deals, I’d love to hear about them. 

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

elena November 29, 2013 at 3:32 pm

THANK YOU for your nice blog!

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Coco November 29, 2013 at 3:33 pm

I live in Baltimore, and my Black Friday experience was SO easy. We went to Staples at 8pm Thanksgiving night, right when they opened, and were out of there by 8:05pm with a brand new Kindle Fire HD! It was so organized and there were plenty of staff available. It was amazing! And the Kindle was $100 off the original price!

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Eating Bird Food November 30, 2013 at 7:24 pm

What a deal! That’s awesome Coco.

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Shel@PeachyPalate November 29, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Delighted to see a post about Stitch fix that wasn’t sponsored and still here good reports! Hope they make there way over to my side of the world! Brilliant idea! I find it so hard to shop these days too! I suppose I’m more budget conscious too which doesn’t help. :)

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Amanda Elizabeth November 29, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Love that aztec sweater!
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Sara @ LovingOnTheRun November 29, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Love this review! I would love to try this company unfortunately I don’t have the funds right now but hopefully in the future!

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Nicole November 29, 2013 at 11:08 pm

Hey! I would love to know who made that black blouse… I have like the exact style as you and I really want to buy it :) Great blog, I look forward to your fun and healthy posts!

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Eating Bird Food November 30, 2013 at 7:27 pm

No problem. The blouse is made by Daniel Rainn.(http://www.danielrainn.com/home.html)

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Katie November 30, 2013 at 7:58 am

I love your blog – Happy thanksgiving. Your readers are also thankful you have a place to write and blog about the value of healthy living.
What brand is the Aztec sweater they sent you? I think it’s awesome!

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Eating Bird Food January 5, 2014 at 9:07 pm

So sorry it took me so long to respond to this. Somehow it got lost in my inbox, but if you’re still looking, the sweater is from Ebay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/2013-New-Black-White-Aztec-Tribal-Sweater-Jacket-Open-Front-Warm-Loose-Oversized-/321192642947). Hope this helps!

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sarah November 30, 2013 at 11:02 am

Happy thanksgiving!
I just did stitch fix too. hope it all looks good!

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Liz December 1, 2013 at 11:50 am

I’ve been doing stitch fix for the last year or so, and I love it. I also got (and kept) that black blouse- its great! I always get compliments

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Eating Bird Food December 1, 2013 at 3:45 pm

That’s awesome to hear Liz. I’m hoping I continue to love it as well. The black blouse is so cute. :)

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Sanaz@ Run for Cake December 1, 2013 at 4:09 pm

I’ve been thinking about joining for weeks now. I keep seeing it everywhere and now I know I have to just do it! I will use your link because credits are always fun!

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Melissa December 1, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Since I first noticed it, I think Stitchfix is such a great idea. I haven’t tried it yet myself, but I hope to soon!

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Tara | Treble in the Kitchen December 2, 2013 at 4:40 am

I have been thinking about stitch fix for a while…I love everything I see there, but the prices seem a little bit expensive. How is the quality of the clothing?

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Liz @ I Heart Vegetables December 2, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Wow that’s pretty cool that you liked most of the stuff, even if you already had some of them. I’ve seen this service online and it seems so cool! I guess I just like shopping too much already ;)

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Cate December 19, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Girl, I would have purchased that Aztec sweater off of you!

Great post; thanks for introducing me to this!

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