January 2017 Stitch Fix Review

Happy New Year!


After last month’s less-than-stellar fix and a not-so-subtle threat to cancel my subscription, Stitch Fix customer service was quickly in contact. They assured me they understood my frustrations, and offered advice for things I could do to help my stylist make better choices for me. When I pointed out I had already followed every single one of their tips to the letter after my interaction with them in March, they quickly backpedaled and offered to wave my stylist fee for this month, as well as pair me with a stylist with more seniority.

Better late and under threat of losing a customer than never, right?

I kept my requests simple this month: big cozy sweater for a brutal Minnesota winter, good quality black leggings, and anything on my Pinterest board. In her note, my new stylist Heather assured me she paid extra attention to my recent pins, and explained some of her picks.

Here’s what I got.


RD Style Lada Cowl Neck Sweater
Light Gray, $68


Pros: I asked for a big cozy sweater, and this is baggy and super comfortable. I like that it’s a neutral color without being my usual black, and did I mention that it’s super comfortable? Guys, it’s super comfortable.

Cons: For a cozy sweater it has pretty open weave, which isn’t exactly what comes to mind when I think “brutal Minnesota winter”.


Verdict: Kept. It’s really comfortable, and decently warm despite the extra ventilation.


Steve Madden Vanitty Bootie
Black, $99


Pros: I wasn’t sure if I liked these until I tried them on. They’re a solid winter shoe and fit right in with my wardrobe.

Cons: They’re really tight across the top of my feet, but I figure they’ll stretch out with wear. I was also kind of bummed that I found them for 50% off when I looked them up on the Steve Madden website.


Verdict: Kept! I mentioned I had found them on sale in my feedback, and they reimbursed me the difference a few days later.


Teeberry & Weave Juliah Plaid Back Pullover
Black, $64


Pros: I loved this as soon as I saw it. It’s a nice heavy knit, but super soft. I really like the contrast of the back pattern, and of course plaid is always a big hit in my closet.

Cons: The sleeves are a little shorter than I’d like, and I don’t ever really need more black clothing.


Verdict: Kept. Obviously.


Rune Porter Legging
Black, $44


Pros: I asked for quality leggings, and these are quality leggings. They’re not sheer, they don’t sag, they don’t cut off circulation. Basically, these are great.

Cons: After years of $7 Target leggings, the price is hard to swallow. Then again, I go through those Target leggings pretty quickly.


Verdict: Kept. You get what you pay for, right?


Pistola Audrey Moto Detail Skinny Pant
Olive, $88


Pros: I’ve had different iterations of these pants pinned on my Pinterest board since I started my Stitch Fix subscription. I love them.

Cons: These are maybe a hair too short, but I’ve been wearing my pants short on purpose for the last few months anyway. I read somewhere it makes your legs look longer, but really I just like showing off my socks.


Verdict: Kept, therefore earning the 25% discount!


Obviously they won me back over for another month. I’ve requested to keep Heather as my stylist moving forward, so hopefully she’ll have some more great picks in the future!

If you’re interested in Stitch Fix, check it out! It’s free to sign up, and filling out the style profile is actually really helpful for thinking about what you do and don’t love for your wardrobe.

(Plus, between friends, if you sign up with my referral link, I earn credit with the site when your first fix ships. Win-win, right?)

University of Minnesota: Dance Dynasty, cont’d.

Almost exactly three years ago I published a blog post that quickly became my most popular and widely shared post. I had been upset that I could not find a single article dedicated to the dual national titles earned by the University of Minnesota Dance Team, making them the five-time defending champions of both the Pom and Jazz 1A Divisions at UDA Nationals. I couldn’t believe that in a state so barren in sport titles, the only mention of this victory was a footnote in a single article published quietly almost 24 hours after the fact.

So I wrote my own article, which both called out the lack of coverage and paid tribute to the athletes who had claimed two national titles in one day. Based on the overwhelmingly positive responses and number of views and shares that quickly stacked up, it was evident that I was not alone in feeling let down by the radio silence surrounding collegiate dance team in the media.

Which is why it is so disappointing that I’m writing this post.


Source: UDA

Last night, the University of Minnesota Dance Team won their eighth consecutive 1A Pom Division national title, as well as the title for the 1A Jazz Division, their tenth since 2003.

This afternoon I went to look up articles about their wins, and found…one.

The article, published by Minnesota Daily, is a beautiful tribute to the team and is an absolute must-read, and the Star Tribune published a blog post as I was finishing up this one, but that’s still just two articles covering Minnesota’s only team with eighteen national titles earned in the current century. By comparison, the number of articles covering the Gophers men’s basketball loss to Penn State on Saturday is in the double digits.

Additionally, when I went to check UMDT’s official website to verify the number of titles they’ve won, I found this:


I’ll ignore the fact that the 2016-17 season finished before their webpage was built out, and instead focus on the header text not being updated in over two years.


Led by senior captains Kelsey Sutter and Alli Woodbeck, the University of Minnesota Dance Team earned their seventeenth and eighteenth national titles at UDA Nationals in Orlando, FL on Sunday, January 15th.

UDA – that is, Universal Dance Association – was founded in 1980 to help handle the need of educational training for what were called “drill teams” at the time. UDA helped spearhead the name change to “dance teams” to better promote the activity. Today, they run camps nationwide to provide quality training to high school and college dancers, and host the national championships for college dance teams competing in Pom, Jazz, and Hip Hop in three different size divisions.

UMDT competes in 1A, the largest, and most competitive division. In the weeks leading up to Nationals, the team practiced up to 30 hours each week, run by coaches Amanda Gaines and Ashley Hanne — both alumnae of the team. Each minute of every practice was dedicated to perfecting the intricate choreography, turns, leaps, tricks, and spatial elements critical to their victories.

Source: UMDT

Source: UMDT

Their Jazz, titled Element, was a deftly emotional routine that achieved edgy choreography with superior strength and unity, and featured highly difficult turn and trick combinations executed with near perfection, ensuring their reclamation of the 1A Jazz title after coming in second to the University of Tennessee last year.

In Pom, the team showed off their signature jumps, outstanding fouetté combinations, and overall excellent synchronization in a style reminiscent of cheerleading, but mainly known for its high-energy routines and military-like precision. UMDT was a clear crowd favorite in this category, and secured their eighth consecutive 1A Pom title.

Several other Minnesota teams competed as well over the weekend. The University of St. Thomas won the Open Hip Hop division title, and  Minnesota State University Mankato and St. Cloud State University came in third and fourth, respectively, in the Open division for Pom. In Open Jazz, the University of St. Thomas placed second, the University of Minnesota Duluth placed third, Minnesota State University Mankato placed sixth, St. Cloud State University placed seventh, and the College of St. Benedict placed fourteenth.

A post on the UMDT’s Facebook page from Monday morning thanks the fans and the team that helped with their victory:

“What an incredible weekend! We are so thankful for the love and support we received from our choreographers, consultants, spirit squad, alumni, friends, and our families. We couldn’t have done this journey without you! It was an honor to take the floor and compete against the INCREDIBLE teams in D1A–the talent on the stage (in all the divisions) was so inspiring, and to see everyone’s hard work come to life reminds each of us why we love what we do.

Winning our 8th consecutive Pom National Championship and 10th Jazz National Championship in team history is the icing on the cake for a memorable season. We are so proud of the fight and passion and pride we showed on the floor, and will cherish the memories from this weekend forever.

Thank you Gopher fans for everything!! #onelove”

Source: UMDT

Source: UMDT

The Star Tribune article marvels that the University of Minnesota has a “dance team dynasty” that “deserves recognition”. The fans have thought so for awhile, but we’re glad the rest of the state is slowly starting to take notice, too.

UDA 1A Pom Final Rankings

  1. University of Minnesota
  2. The Ohio State University
  3. University of Iowa
  4. University of Kentucky
  5. Rutgers University
  6. University of Cincinnati
  7. University of Colorado
  8. University of Nevada Las Vegas

UDA 1A Hip Hop Final Rankings

  1. University of Cincinnati
  2. University of Kentucky
  3. Universtiy of Memphis
  4. Louisiana State University
  5. University of Nevada Las Vegas
  6. San Diego State University
  7. Arizona State University
  8. Temple University

UDA 1A Jazz Final Rankings

  1. University of Minnesota
  2. The Ohio State University
  3. University of Tennessee
  4. Arizona State University
  5. University of Michigan
  6. Rutgers University
  7. San Diego State University
  8. University of Arizona
  9. Florida State University
  10. Louisiana State University
  11. University of Wisconsin
  12. Washington State University

UDA 1 Pom Final Rankings

  1. Hofstra University
  2. Cal State Fullerton
  3. Saint Joseph’s University
  4. North Dakota State University
  5. Long Beach State University
  6. George Mason University
  7. Stony Brook University
  8. Tennessee Tech University

UDA 1 Hip Hop Final Rankings

  1. Northern Arizona University
  2. University of Delaware
  3. Saint Joseph’s University
  4. Southeastern Louisiana University
  5. College of Charleston
  6. University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

UDA 1 Jazz Final Rankings

  1. Cal State Fullerton
  2. Hofstra University
  3. Northern Arizona University
  4. University of Delaware
  5. Southeastern Louisiana University
  6. University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
  7. Stony Brook University
  8. Missouri State University
  9. Long Beach State University

UDA Open Pom Final Rankings

  1. Orange Coast College
  2. University of Central Oklahoma
  3. Minnesota State University Mankato
  4. St. Cloud State University
  5. The College of New Jersey
  6. Northwest Missouri State University
  7. Endicott College
  8. University of California San Diego

UDA Open Hip Hop Final Rankings

  1. University of St. Thomas
  2. University of Puerto Rico Bayamon
  3. Lindenwood University
  4. University of Puerto Rico Carolina
  5. West Chester Universty
  6. St. Joseph’s College
  7. Avila University
  8. University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras
  9. University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
  10. Georgia College
  11. Westfield State University

UDA Open Jazz Final Rankings

  1. Lindenwood University
  2. University of St. Thomas
  3. University of Minnesota Duluth
  4. Orange Coast College
  5. University of Central Oklahoma
  6. Minnesota State University Mankato
  7. St. Cloud State University
  8. Grand Canyon University
  9. Avila University
  10. University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
  11. Bridgewater State University
  12. Northwest Missouri State University
  13. St. Joseph’s College
  14. College of St. Benedict
  15. The College of New Jersey
  16. University of Puerto Rico Carolina
  17. University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras

Congratulations to all the teams that competed!

2016: A Year in Review

That’s right, I write about stuff besides clothes!

As most of us concluded quite a while ago, 2016 was an awful year.

Just the worst.

Just the worst.

David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Antonin Scalia, Harper Lee, Prince, Muhammed Ali, Anton Yelchin, Gene Wilder, Arnold Palmer, Leonard Cohen, Alan Thicke, and John Glenn are a small handful of the icons we’ve lost in the last twelve months. Massive terrorist attacks occurred in Nice, Istanbul, Orlando, Brussels, Berlin, and Aleppo. Alligators attacked people at Disney, Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti hard, hate crimes and ocean levels are up, and Zika keeps spreading. The presidential election and all the madness that goes along with it happened. Same with Brexit.

My intention for this post wasn’t to be depressing, but a recap seemed necessary, and as I was first drafting this, I learned that Carrie Fisher died.

Drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra. RIP, space mom.

Drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra. RIP, space mom.

Yes, 2016 sucked. It started as a pile of hot garbage that turned more and more rancid until it burst into flames in early November and did its very best to consume everything in its path before it burnt out.

Dumpster fire metaphors aside, I think deep down we all know that the year didn’t really do anything to us. It’s not the calendar’s fault that people in power ignored scientific fact in favor of their personal feelings, or that the law decided it was totally cool to sexually assault people as long as you’re a really good swimmer. Logically, we know that the year had nothing to do with it, but it’s so much easier to pretend that it did because as human beings we thrive on having a common enemy to subtweet and whine about on Facebook.

2016 is our scapegoat, and that’s not inherently bad (I much prefer it to mankind’s habit of blaming different ethnic groups throughout history), but it still leaves us with pointless blame. 2016 didn’t end because we called it on its bullshit and held it accountable for its crimes — it ended because that’s what years do.

Bad things happen regardless of the year on the calendar. Sometimes there’s a reason for those things, and sometimes there isn’t, but how we let them affect us is what’s important. I hope we don’t have another year like 2016, but I know we can’t spend another twelve months reacting like we did to 2016.

We’re going to have losses and setbacks and devastation, but we cannot let those define 2017. We fight back, we keep moving, we change the things we can, and we don’t for one second point our fingers at the calendar and blame the number we see. We have to be better than that.

Furthermore, despite corporate greed being seemingly more important than access to safe drinking water, and hundreds of unarmed civilians getting murdered by police in broad daylight, good things did happen in 2016. Every year has its high points, even one that’s basically the Attack of the Clones of its decade.

So much wasted potential.

So much wasted potential.

In 2016, poverty fell at its fastest rate since 1959, veteran homelessness dropped 50% since 2010, and the unemployment rate was down to 4.6%. International negotiators agreed to phase out hydrofluorocarbons to help curb greenhouse gases, 24 countries and the EU decided to establish a 600,000 acre marine reserve in Antarctica, and giant panda and tiger populations are steadily increasing. The US teen graduation rate reached a historic high with Black, Latinx, Asian, Native American, low-income, disabled, and English-learning students accounting for 83.2% of the graduation rate as a whole — meanwhile, teen birth rates are down 61% from the early 1990’s.

Simone Biles, Katie Ledecky, Simone Manuel, Michael Phelps, and countless others helped team USA bring home 121 medals from Rio, and the Chicago Cubs won the world series for the first time in 108 years. Beyoncé released LemonadeHamilton won 11 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and US and Canadian currency are getting a long overdue diversity makeover.

In 2016, I went to five weddings and saw my friends start new lives with the people that make them the best versions of themselves. Four more friends became parents, and can’t believe how amazing every single day is. This year, the incredible people in my life pushed themselves, faced their fears, earned degrees, changed careers, moved across the country, battled illnesses, made scary decisions, and supported each other.

My year wasn’t perfect, and not everything went according to plan, but that’s how life is. In 2017, I know I’ll need to work a little harder to see the good that’s happening, but if all else fails, I know I can make good happen. Everyone can make good happen. How’s that for a resolution?

December Stitch Fix Review

Good news, FedEx made its 27th stop at my house this week, so now there’s one more box under the tree.


But literally only as long as it took to take this picture

After last month’s disappointing Fix, I told Kaylee in my note that I’d hit my quota on leather jackets and no longer needed burgundy pants, but had pinned some fun ideas for the holiday season, and was in the market for some booties that would be Minnesota winter-proof.

Here’s what I got.


41Hawthorn Poe Ribbed Pullover
Red, $58


Pros: This sweater was super soft and comfortable. The sleeves were nice and long, and I really like the detailing in the knitting across the front.

Cons: I’m a ginger. This might not be the absolute worst color on me, but it’s way down at the bottom of the list.


Verdict: Returned. I would have kept it in just about any color, or for my mom if it wouldn’t have been a dress on her.


Report Footwear Indiana Side Tie Bootie
Tan, $70


Pros: These are pretty cute, and are a good color.

Cons: They’re not very comfortable, they’re really not my style, and suede is probably the worst fabric for shoes in the winter.


Verdict: Returned.


Papermoon Wigan Shoulder Zip Knit Top
Black, $48


Pros: I was really excited about this when I took it out of the box. It felt perfectly in tune with what I would normally wear, and I loved the zipper details.

Cons: It was incredibly sheer, and the sleeves were quite short. Additionally, the zippers were painfully uncomfortable. They didn’t quite break skin, but my shoulders are definitely scratched up.


Verdict: Returned. The idea was great, the execution was not.


41Hawthorn Karius Tweed Blouse
The card says it’s burgundy but it’s definitely hot pink, $64


Pros: Oh boy, is this shirt awful.

Cons: I have such words for this top, and at least eight of them are “why”. For some reason Kaylee thought it would be a great idea to send me this shapeless pink, sparkly tweed monstrosity that looks like it came from the clearance rack at Chico’s or the closet of a young Dolores Umbridge.
Do I hate Chico’s? No, it’s just the exact opposite of my personal style.
Do I hate this top? Yes, in fact I hate this top almost as much as I hate Umbridge.


Verdict: Returned. This top alone is a strong case for requesting a new stylist.


Kut from the Kloth Elyse Printed Slim Straight Leg Pant
Brown, $88


Pros: Upon further review of my Pinterest board, I pinned several pairs of plaid skinny pants, so the inclusion of this pair was exciting. The pattern is less flamboyant more professional than some of the versions I pinned, but they fit really well, and they’re super comfortable.

Cons: They’re a little long, and the price in on the high side considering the material is very close to yoga pants.


Verdict: Kept. I like them and definitely couldn’t go a second month spending $20 on a cardboard box.


Overall, I’d say this Fix felt lazy, like Kaylee just picked the first things she saw rather than reading into details of my profile like “red is a bad color for me” or “suede and winter don’t mix” or “WHY WOULD YOU SEND ME SHINY PINK TWEED”. Next month I’m likely going to request a new stylist, and/or seriously consider if this is something I’m going to continue for much longer.

If you’re interested in Stitch Fix, check it out! It’s free to sign up, and filling out the style profile is actually really helpful for thinking about what you do and don’t love for your wardrobe.

(Plus, between friends, if you sign up with my referral link, I earn credit with the site when your first fix ships. Win-win, right?)

November Stitch Fix Review

I’m back with another Fix!


My note to Kaylee this month asked for a good, thick pair of black leggings, and mentioned that I’d still love a pair of burgundy skinny jeans or corduroys if she could find them in my size.

When the box arrived, I was really excited and thought I might be in for another 5/5 Fix.

Here’s what I got.


41 Hawthorn Gillian Sweater Knit Skirt
Black, $64.00


Pros: I had high hopes for this skirt, particularly after the skirt they sent in the same brand in August. I liked the Rorschach-inspired print, and it fit really well.

Cons: I had anticipated this being another swing skirt, but it is in fact a trumpet skirt. I’m not typically a fan of that cut anyway, and this one stuck out oddly at the seams and wasn’t very flattering at the hips.


Verdict: Returned.


Andrew Marc Sund Faux Leather Jacket
Olive, $98.00


Pros: The material was really good quality, and I liked the color over my traditional black.

Cons: I liked it, but I didn’t love it, and for the price, I really needed to love it. The sleeves and shoulders were a bit big, and the body was too short on my torso, so it really didn’t fit right.


Verdict: Returned.


Lysse Jessy Zipper Detail Leggings
Black, $88.00


Pros: The zipper details were cool and featured some faux leather – Kaylee knows me so well. The material was also really thick, just like I asked for.

Cons: I’m pretty sure the material was so thick because it was lined with Spanx. These were really tight, like cutting off circulation in my calves, and every time I moved I thought the zippers – which dug into my skin and left lovely teeth marks – were going to bust open. I’ve never been a huge fan of high-waisted pants, and I don’t think I knew high-waisted leggings were a thing that existed. They do exist, and now I know I don’t like them either.


Verdict: Returned. The final nail in the coffin was despite being outrageously tight and having a six-inch-wide suction cup for a waist band, they still sagged.


Loveappella Carlota Lace Detail Hooded Knit Top
Gray, $58.00


Pros: This was the only thing I wasn’t totally sure about when I opened my box, but I liked the lace details and figured a long-sleeved hooded shirt would be a good addition to my cold weather wardrobe.

Cons: At least it would have been if the fabric didn’t have the weight of tissue paper. That was even secondary to the sleeves, though. I’ve always had a hard time finding long sleeved shirts that have long enough sleeves for me, but I’ve actually had pretty good luck with shirts from Stitch Fix, present company excluded. Also, looking at these pictures, that block of lace is really unflattering.


Verdict: Returned. The sleeves really doomed this one.


Edyson Hampton Corduroy Skinny Jean
Burgundy, $68.00


Pros: I love these pants! They’re exactly the color I wanted, they’re super comfortable, and they fit perfectly.


Cons: …except for the extra six inches of fabric attached to the bottom of the legs. For some reason Kaylee decided to send me my size, but in Longs. I am 5’6”, don’t have exceptionally long legs, and have never worn a Long sized anything in my life. This information is reflected in my style profile. Why, Kaylee? Why?! 


Verdict: Begrudgingly returned. Typically Stitch Fix allows exchanges in situations like this, but the sizing options provided didn’t include differentiations for length. The good news is I found another pair of burgundy pants (that are probably more my style than corduroys, if we’re being honest) in my size in the Facebook Buy/Sell/Trade group, so there’s that.


En route from Ohio! 


This Fix was pretty disappointing, not only because I thought it would be 5/5, but also because I paid $20 for a cardboard box. Again. Unlike last time though, I actually liked everything in the box, the pieces just didn’t fit right. Better luck next time, I guess.

If you’re interested in Stitch Fix, check it out! It’s free to sign up, and filling out the style profile is actually really helpful for thinking about what you do and don’t love for your wardrobe.

(Plus, between friends, if you sign up with my referral link, I earn credit with the site when your first fix ships. Win-win, right?)

October Stitch Fix Review

I’ve been staring at a blank screen for almost an hour and a half trying to think of a clever opening line for this post, but between a clingy dog, laundry, and my last dose of Sudafed wearing off, I’m going to go ahead and jump right in.


This month I asked Kaylee for some colored jeans or corduroys to pair with all the black/gray/white tops in my wardrobe for fall, and mentioned some tops I had recently pinned on my Pinterest board that I was also interested in. There weren’t any pants in my fix, which Kaylee explained in her stylist note:

So I didn’t send any colored jeans because the only ones we carry are the “jeggings” ones you hate.

Good call. Here’s what I got.


Bay to Baubles Anya Stone Pendant

Gold, $34.00


Pros: I’ve been doing a better job styling jewelry lately, so this would be a nice addition to my collection since I don’t have much gold.

Cons: It’s a little clunky and not exactly my style.


Verdict: I figured I would keep this if the other items all worked out and it would apply to the discount.


RD Style Tawna Pullover Sweater

Black, $78.00


Pros: I wasn’t sure how this would fit, but it’s really comfortable, has long enough sleeves, and will be good for layering this winter.

Cons: I probably don’t need more black in my wardrobe, but…


Verdict: Kept. There’s no such thing as too many sweaters when you live in Minnesota.


Market & Spruce Jann Faux Leather Patch Cardigan

Olive, $78.00


Pros: Olive, leather trim, long, warm, pockets, awesome…what’s not to like?

Cons: See above.


Verdict: Kept. I love this, and already wore it to work.


Edyson Maisha Ponte and Faux Leather Jacket

Wine, $88.00


Pros: I was surprised how much I liked this. I liked the color and the fit and the leather/mixed media concept, but I was skeptical of the suede and the whole drapey flap things in lieu of a zipper or buttons or any kind of closure. Turns out they actually work pretty well.

Cons: I mean, there’s still like a 50% chance the drapey flap things will annoy me when I wear it.


Verdict: Kept. Come on guys, it’s a leather jacket.


Mystree Rigley Knit Top

Gray, $58.00


To be honest, I’m pretty confused by this shirt, enough to abandon the normal Pro-Con format. The material is really soft, but incredibly flimsy. It’s comfortable, but huge on me. I like stripes, but this is a lot. I like it…but I don’t. I think? I’m going to let my Second Opinions sound off here:

“It’s really cool, but I’m not sure about the bottom pattern. Like if it was solid on the bottom it might be better.” – Marie

“I’m iffy on the top…maybe send a note to your stylist so that she doesn’t think you want every striped outfit?” – Emily

“The striped top should be burned.” – Mom


Verdict: It’s big enough on me that I probably would never end up wearing it. However, it made way more financial sense to keep it for the discount since when I did the math, it was actually cheaper to keep all five items than just the three I really wanted. I’ve put it up for sale in the Stitch Fix Buy/Sell/Trade Facebook group, let me know if you’re interested.


This was actually a pretty successful fix. I kept everything, and am pretty excited about everything (including selling the striped shirt…I think). Kaylee is continuing to do a great job!

Though Guinness was unimpressed.

Though Guinness was unimpressed.

If you’re interested in Stitch Fix, check it out! It’s free to sign up, and filling out the style profile is actually really helpful for thinking about what you do and don’t love for your wardrobe.

(Plus, between friends, if you sign up with my referral link, I earn credit with the site when your first fix ships. Win-win, right?)

September Stitch Fix Review

This probably seems like a quick turnaround from last month’s Stitch Fix, but I didn’t get around to writing the August blog until almost two weeks after that box arrived.



After last month’s success from having told Kaylee to basically pull whatever she wanted based on my profile and Pinterest board, I gave her similar free reign for this month with the caveat that I wanted fitted tops. The results were a bit less successful.

Here’s what I got.


Urban Expressions Aiden Zipper Detail Satchel

Black, $68.00


Pros: This bag is beautiful, and certified vegan! I actually need a black purse, and it’s a great size.

Cons: Holy fringe, Batman. I went back and forth for awhile considering whether or not I could remove the fringe, but I’ve never been able to justify spending loads of money for a bag that just holds everything my non-existent pockets can’t.


Verdict: Returned. Target or TJ Maxx will almost certainly have something similar at a price point I can deal with. And hopefully without the fringe.


Laju Joakim Split Back Top

Dark Green, $58.00


Pros: As all other native Minnesotan quasi-hipsters know, there’s no such thing as too much plaid in a single wardrobe. I like the tunic style of this shirt, and that it’s a lighter weight than most of my flannels.

Cons: This is flowy, almost to the point of being too big.


Verdict: Kept. I wore it to work yesterday and got several compliments.


41Hawthorn Monfer Faux Leather Scallop Trim Blouse

Black, $58.00


Pros: This shirt was so great in theory. I loved the leather trim details and keyhole in the back, and black is really my go-to color.

Cons: The leather trim detail that I loved so much was not tacked down in the back, which gave a very unfortunate wing effect. It also wasn’t fitted at all, and the arm holes were so big that the majority of my bra was visible. If I were a fun person who might wear this out to clubs, I would probably pair it with a fun neon bra and make the large armholes a statement. However, I am not a fun person who ever goes clubbing; I work for an accounting firm and am allergic to the neon end of the color spectrum.


Verdict: Returned. So much potential wasted.


Gilli Taneli Knit Dress

Grey, $68.00


Pros: The color and pattern were great, and I love the concept of a t-shirt material dress.

Cons: Who else remembers how I feel about shift dresses? This dress actually took the silhouette a step beyond “sad lampshade” and into full-blown nightgown territory. Not really the look I want to go for with my professional wardrobe, and a bit frustrating since I’ve supplied vehement feedback on the shifts they’ve sent me in the past, and have a permanent note in my style profile not to send them to me under any circumstances.


Verdict: Returned. Quickly.


Tinseltown Mason Moto Zipper Detail Skinny Pant

Black, $68.00


Pros: I love these. They fit great, they have super fun details, and I want them in about six more colors.

Cons: I mean they have fake pockets, but these are straight up leggings, so I can deal with it.


Verdict: Kept!


This was kind of a weird Fix, I liked most of it and I definitely understood why Kaylee chose the pieces she did, but they were just a little…off. Either way, they’re still improving and I really can’t complain. Except about the shift.

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