Styling with Stitch Fix #2

That moment when you get home to see a nice package waiting for you at your door and knowing it’s your next fix is so exciting. I wasn’t too sure what to expect when I first signed up for Stitch Fix, but I was happily surprised with my first box. My stylist, Whitney, was really able to find new pieces that not only fit my style, but kept me on budget. After my first fix went so well, I was eager to see what she had for me in my next fix.

It’s November here in California, which means the weather is a mix of cooler temps in the morning and by the mid-afternoon things warm up. So, layering is the key to staying comfortable all throughout the work day. Also, being a teacher I am always looking for work-appropriate pieces to add to my wardrobe as well as the occasional cardigan and accessories. In this fix I received a long knit dress, a color block sweater, an open cardigan, and for the first time a necklace!

Loveapella Shift Dress – KEEP

The shift dress is definitely slim and stretchy so it works with my curves and accentuates my feminine features well. The horizontal stripes give me a more flattering overall appearance and this dress can be worn in a lot of different ways. A couple ways I styled it was with my sleeveless wool draping cardigan and a wool blazer I already owned with a statement color scarf. With the simplistic style of the dress it allows you to accessorize and really make it unique. Pair some black stockings for the colder months or wear it on its own; it makes for a great simplistic piece.

The shift dress is definitely slim and stretchy so it works with my curves and accentuates my feminine features well. The horizontal stripes give me a more flattering overall appearance and this dress can be worn in a lot of different ways. A couple ways I styled it was with my sleeveless wool draping cardigan and a wool blazer I already owned with a statement color scarf. With the simplistic style of the dress it allows you to accessorize and really make it unique. Pair some black stockings for the colder months or wear it on its own; it makes for a great simplistic piece.

The shift dress is definitely slim and stretchy so it works with my curves and accentuates my feminine features well. The horizontal stripes give me a more flattering overall appearance and this dress can be worn in a lot of different ways. A couple ways I styled it was with my sleeveless wool draping cardigan and a wool blazer I already owned with a statement color scarf. With the simplistic style of the dress it allows you to accessorize and really make it unique. Pair some black stockings for the colder months or wear it on its own; it makes for a great simplistic piece.

Another piece I am loving from this month’s fix is the color block sweater tunic from LA Made. The blue and black work great with each other and pair nicely with a darker denim skinny jean like these Kensie skinny jeans from my first fix. For the second look, I simply popped my herringbone vest, yet another piece from my first fix, over the tunic! This color block shirt really opened my eyes to creating a look around two colors: blue and black.

Another piece I am loving from this month’s fix is the color block sweater tunic from LA Made. The blue and black work great with each other and pair nicely with a darker denim skinny jean like these Kensie skinny jeans from my first fix. For the second look, I simply popped my herringbone vest, yet another piece from my first fix, over the tunic! This color block shirt really opened my eyes to creating a look around two colors: blue and black.

LA Made Colorblock Sweater Tunic – RETURN

Another piece I am loving from this month’s fix is the color block sweater tunic from LA Made. The blue and black work great with each other and pair nicely with a darker denim skinny jean like these Kensie skinny jeans from my first fix. For the second look, I simply popped my herringbone vest, yet another piece from my first fix, over the tunic! This color block shirt really opened my eyes to creating a look around two colors: blue and black.

Lots of blues in this fix and here’s another draped cardigan with a plaid detail on the inside. The cuffs are a bit larger than I’d like personally, but I just fold them up as you can see in the photo. The plaid adds that pop of color and it stands out in the overall outfit. But, there’s just something I wasn’t completely in love with even though the material was very soft and the rich blue hue was gorgeous. Perhaps if the inside detailing were a solid color I would have loved it more.

Pixley Draped Cardigan – RETURN

Lots of blues in this fix and here’s another draped cardigan with a plaid detail on the inside. The cuffs are a bit larger than I’d like personally, but I just fold them up as you can see in the photo. The plaid adds that pop of color and it stands out in the overall outfit. But, there’s just something I wasn’t completely in love with even though the material was very soft and the rich blue hue was gorgeous. Perhaps if the inside detailing were a solid color I would have loved it more.

This is my first accessory I received in my fix and it’s a maroon teardrop necklace from Pixley

Pixley Teardrop Necklace – RETURN

This is my first accessory I received in my fix and it’s a maroon teardrop necklace from Pixley. The color and design of the teardrops are adorable, but I had difficulty spending over a certain amount on a necklace.

Overall this fix was cultivated really well by my stylist! I loved how each of the individual pieces not only went well with other items in my fix, but they were easily styled with previous fixes and items from my own closet. I walked away only having kept the knit shift dress, but I enjoyed trying on these other styles.

 

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Having Fun With Texture

Look #1: Working with Neutrals
Sometimes a good statement sweater is all you need! I love this Banana Republic sweater I picked up last fall because not only does it incorporate stripes (one of my favorite patterns!) but it also adds flare with the sequins. It’s a great holiday sweater of mine and I was excited to wear it this week.

What I Wore #3

Look #2: Maroon & Cream

This is THE color of fall this year so don’t be surprised to see this shade all over the place.

For this look I paired my maroon skinny jeans with cream neutrals on top. I know you can’t see in the photo but both my blouse and cardigan are sleeveless, which is perfect for this CA weather.

What I Wore #2

Look #3: A Pop of Color
This was a fun look to put together. I saw a trick that I wanted to try out and I found that it really works. Have you heard? Have you been like me where you want to do the layered sweater over a button-down look but it ends up looking poofy and unflattering? Well, the trick is to first put on your button-down then wear a cami overtop! It sounds silly but it slims your waist and when you put your sweater on it clings to it and thus giving you a natural un-poofy look 🙂

What I Wore #4

 

pleated poppy

Birchbox Review + Giveaway

Last night’s concert was ah-mazing! My husband is a fan of Foster the People and he told me that he had looked into their tour to see when they would be playing near us- being DC at the time. After we had moved out here to CA he looked again and found that they were playing in Santa Barbara and alas tickets were purchased and we were on our way.
I have to say that I wasn’t a huge fan of the band prior to going but I cannot tell you how many Real Housewives episodes and reunions the hubs has sat through over the years and it’s not like he has to twist my arm to get me to a live show either. I was happy to go and was even happier to spend this time doing something my husband wanted to do. 
Overall the show was amazing and the live performances of all the bands where spectacular. One band in particular I have to share with you (maybe I’m the one under the rock here) and they are called Sylvan Esso. It’s a two person set up and the beats mixed with her voice is unreal. Please check them out if you’re looking for some new awesome tunes for your playlists.

Now on to November’s Birchbox!
*The reviews featured in this post are 100% mine and not endorsed by Birchbox. 
I am not being compensated for this review.

Contents:
amika: Dry Shampoo | Camille Beckman: Hand Lotion | derma e: Brightening Cleanser
Laura Mercier: Creme Eye Pencil in Violet | theBalm Cosmetics: Cindy-Lou Manizer
Bonus: Tinted Moisterizer & Firecracker ChocoPods
amika Dry Shampoo:
I’m loving everything about this product. I have tried TreSemmes Dry Shampoo but found that the talc moreso covered up the oil in my hair versus actually absorbing it, which leaves my hair feeling heavy.
Amika’s dry shampoo on the other hand feels weightless on your hair and the application is so light. The scent is also very fruitful, which is nice in a product like this. You actually feel like you are putting a product in your hair that is organic and actually revitalizes your hair for those of us who need a little wake-me-up the next morning.
Camille Beckman: Platinume Gold Imperial Repair Hand Therapy
Another staple that should be in anyones beauty regime is the proper moisturizer and hand lotion. Camille Beckman’s repair hand lotion goes on so silky soft and your skin just absorbs the lotion and it doesn’t leave your hands feeling oily or needing to wipe them down before you head out the door. The lemongrass-grapefruit is a lovely scent for this lotion, again, feeling very organic. When Birchbox describes that it is “formulated to soothe, soften, and relieve dry hands” they hit it exactly on the mark.
derma e Brightening Cleanser:
Along with a good moisturizer is investing in a good cleanser, especially if you are religious about your makeup everyday. It is so easy to just wipe off your makeup (I personally LOVE my Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes) and go to bed, however, in the longterm your skin could suffer. Cleansing your skin is equally as important as removing your makeup each night.
This brightening cleanser is great for making your face feel refreshed and even provides you with a more even-looking skin complexion. It is safe to use both in the morning and at night – AND it’s all natural so you can feel good about what products you use on your skin.
Laura Mercier Longwear Creme Eye Pencil in Violet:
Many of my previous Birchboxes have provided me with various eye liners, so when I received this one I did roll my eyes and think: of course I got more eye liner! But I’m glad I got this one to try simply because it’s in a shade I wouldn’t normally go and purchase for myself. Violet. Kinda scary especially for a girl who wears natural-looking makeup. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the violet applies darker but gives your eye a subtle pop of color that is perfectly paired with any fall outfit. The creme base allows for the liner to be applied with ease and it’s formulated to give you 12 hours of wear. 

Bonus: Tinted Moisturizer:
It was nice of Birchbox to provide a fun bonus sample in this months box. The only issue for me is that my skin is fickle about the cremes and other liquid based makeup products I use. No matter how much water I drank or kept a watchful eye on what I ate, my skin would have red spots and I would breakout all the time. A few years ago I switched to 100% Bare Minerals since their powder-based makeup was a perfect fit for my skin and those problems cleared right up.

This tinted moisturizer would be perfect for those looking for a creme-based moisturizer that gives a little bronze to your overall skin tone without it coming off overpowering or fake (we all are familiar with that line where your face just doesn’t match the rest of you).

The Balm Cosmetics Cindy-Lou Manizer:
For the inner Kim Kardashian in all of us (admit it, the girl is beautiful [but she’s fortunate enough to have a team make her look like that]….seriously) this product is great for *contouring your features or just adding some shimmer to your overall look. It can even be used as a light eyeshadow! I love products that can have multiple uses! And best of all, no matter how you use it you achieve a lovely glow that others are bound to notice.

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That’s my November box! I look forward to checking out everyone else’s box and read about what goodies they received this month. 
BIRCHBOX GIVEAWAY!
As a celebration of you, I wanted to host a giveaway that provides one lucky winner with a free 3 month subscription to Birchbox! I’ve loved this service for going on a year now and I’m in the giving spirit because I want YOU to experience the fun of trying new products and falling in love with your beauty. Be sure to enter below:

Pinspiration + Linkup

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Good morning! Well, it’s still the morning for me in CA time. Today the hubs and I will be venturing for the day out to Santa Barbara for a Foster the People concert. We thought to take advantage of the beautiful weather and head up there early and make a day of it!

I’ve never seen Foster the People before but I’m a lover of some live music. So, be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with my goings-on today 😉

However, what brings me to my post today is to share with you an outfit inspiration I got from Pinterest (of course!). Today is all about wearing light layers; something you can easily take on and off as the sun starts to set. And this being a concert I want comfortable and practical but also not skimping on the cuteness, haha.

This is my outfit inspiration:
 leopard flats | cuffed jeans | striped shirt | light cardigan | yellow scarf

 For any weekend my main go-to is style for comfort. Since I don’t get to wear jeans at work I love the chance to wear them on my days off. Having a good few pairs of quality jeans is a must for any closet. I recommend a lighter and darker denim. Other good denim staples are white and black. I’ve had my Gap 1969 Always Skinny jeans (similar) since I worked for the company years ago as an undergrad. Don’t be scared to pay for good quality items that will literally last you forever.

Next up are my coveted leopard flats. Leopard print has be IN for a few years now and they’re an accessory that adds a little fun to any outfit. My BR flats are super comfortable!

Banana Republic is having a 40% off your purchase sale which ends on 11/15! Use code: BRFORTY

Striped tops come in all styles, colors, and lengths. Sleeves, sleeveless, or 3/4? Button down (like mine) or no buttons? Knit or silk? It’s your call. I own a lot of striped tops but my favorite is this JCrew Factory hidden-button sleeveless blouse (similar). It’s a few years old but it’s perfect for a day when layering is your BFF.

JCrew Factory is also having a 40-60% off sale with an EXTRA 20% off clearance (which the blouse link is!) until 11/18

I went with a light colored cardigan since I’ll be in the sun most of the day and want to remain cool and not a sweaty beast by noon 😉 The yellow scarf adds that pop of color and pairs well with my leopard flats.

What are you wearing this Saturday? 

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