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Let’s Talk About Underpants

16 Nov

Back in May, I pleaded with my Facebook friends to help me find underpants that won’t immediately be eaten by my butt crack.

In a moment of NO MORE WEDGIES I went through my underroos drawer and threw every single pair that scrunched itself up into my heinie right into the trash. Which left me with a really sad and empty stash of discontinued panties from True & Co. It was only a matter of time before each pair got holey, so I started a quest.

A panties quest.

All I wanted was a pair of hip hugger panties that fit well without riding up, and made my butt look cute. They couldn’t be too low, or too high, I wanted the Goldilocks of panties… I wanted them to be JUST RIGHT. And then, when I washed them I wanted them to STILL BE just right and not immediately shrink to fit Ollie.

I tried a buttload of different panties (see what I did there…) and I have finally found TWO winners.

Winner #1: Everyday Wear
Carole Hochman Cotton Hipster Panties
Price: $12 – $15 for a 5 pack
Find them here on Amazon

Source: Amazon.com

 

I wanted to link you to the exact pack I got at Costco, but for some reason Costco doesn’t have them on their online site. They DO have them in the stores though, so next time you are there try a pack and your butt will totally thank me. I also found them on Amazon, for those of you who do not have a Costco membership or a Costco nearby.

So yeah, my favorite ‘everyday’ panties are from Costco. Because my butt is fancy. The Costco panties were suggested to me by one of my readers, so I went out and bought myself two 6-packs of them to try out. They are cotton and each pack came with some solids and some patterns (like polka dots and animal print). I got a large and they have worked out perfectly. No wedgies, minimal panty lines, and after being washed and dried for months they still keep their shape.

Winner #2: Fancy Wear
Soma Vanishing Edge Microfiber Hipster
Price: $16 each or 5 for $39
Find them here at Soma

Source: Soma.com

 

Can we just take a second and admire that incredibly smooth butt and thighs? I mean, I hope they pay this butt model a bazillion dollars because her lack of cellulite is totally amazing (even with the use of photoshop)…

I had tried Soma panties before (this pair), but they always did that thing where the lace top would kind of roll under my belly in an unattractive and uncomfortable way. However, I picked up a pair of these microfiber hipsters in the store when I had a $10 off promo card to try them out and they are AWESOME. They are just high and low enough that they fit well under any tummy pouch that may be going on. They are super thin and have a silicone edge inside the cheeks… so they sit tight and don’t ride up even a millimeter throughout the day. I wash them with the rest of my laundry and then let them lay flat to dry, because they are freaking expensive… but they are still in perfect condition. I wear these when I have more fitted pants or skirts that would show panty lines and they are basically invisible.

It is SO NICE to be able to go in my underroos drawer and grab out a pair – any pair – without worry about them riding up throughout the day!

Have you tried the Costco hipsters or Soma vanishing edge panties before? Where do you find your magical panties that don’t ride up?

Oh and speaking of panties, I did a survey a while back with you guys and it still makes me giggle to read the results: Random Survey Fun about Holey Underwear. You’re welcome.

 

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My November Stitch Fix Review

13 Nov

My current rule about Stitch Fix is that if someone uses my code and I earn a referral credit, then I’ll go ahead and order a Fix. I figure, even if I don’t keep anything from the Fix it’s still fun… so that $20 is basically payment for a silly blog post of me trying on clothes. Someone clickity-clicked in October, so here I am with a November Fix!

As a little reminder, I’ve gotten 4 Fixes in 2017 and have kept 1 item.
{If you want to see ALL my Fixes, you can find them here}

I had $30 of credit in my account, so $20 went towards this Fix and I have $10 left to spend now (or later).

I was randomly assigned a stylist and her stylist note was super sweet. She REALLY did her homework on what I like to wear:

Want to see what I got?

Let’s check out each piece on an actual human body….

Item #1: Kut from the Kloth Benter Mixed Material Top, $58
Item #2: Edyson Hampton Skinny Corduroy, $68

When I saw this top on the preview, I was pretty convinced that I’d hate it. I’m usually not a fan of when they try to mix materials in the same piece of clothing. However, my opinion totally changed when I tried it on. The middle floral section is a super soft, silky fabric and the sleeves are more of a lightweight sweater knit. It is very comfortable and even has a little extra room for a Thanksgiving food baby.

As for the skinny corduroy pants, I’m always a little confused on whether corduroy’s would be acceptable for business casual, or if they are to be just for weekends? I have to say though, I LOVE these pants.They fit really great and the color is so pretty!

I can totally see wearing this exact outfit for Thanksgiving and Christmas get togethers, as well as a more casual work day. I can wear the pants with a lot of other items in my closet and the top will also look great with some distressed boyfriend jeans, or even a pair of trousers and a blazer for work. Both of these pieces are totally winners to me, what do you think?

Item #3: Retrod Moana Elbow Patch Pullover, $64
Item #2: Edyson Hampton Skinny Corduroy, $68

I’m not really sure what this sweater has to do with Moana, but I like the elbow patches on it. The oatmeal color is really pretty and it has a cool twisted-seam thing going on as well. Those pants though… bring on all the heart eyes!

Item #4: 41Hawthorn Cristen Shirt Dress, $78

Do I look like I’m freezing in this picture? Because I totally am freezing in this picture. It was 34* and breezy on my front porch… brrr! I actually pinned this exact dress on my pinterest page. I liked the print of the fabric, as well as the sleeve length. I felt like it would look good with bare legs and sandals, as well as paired with some fleece-lined tights and booties for when it is colder. Shirt dresses don’t always work on me though, because I need a little extra tummy and booty room… I was cautiously optimistic when I went to try this one on. And just cautious, because it kind of sucks to get stuck inside a piece of clothing.

This one buttons all the way up the front though, and was surprisingly roomy in the bust. I’m 5’7” and I do feel like this is a little short on me. The last button is not at the very bottom of the hem… so when you walk or sit you can certainly see some leg. It might be okay with tights underneath though, or maybe a slip.

Item #1: Kut from the Kloth Benter Mixed Material Top, $58
Item #2: Edyson Hampton Skinny Corduroy, $68

Item #5: Liverpool Bradford Moto Denim Jacket, $98

Darn you Stich Fix and your adorable jackets! I kept repeating to myself that I don’t need another lightweight jacket, but this is probably my most favorite moto jacket I’ve ever tried on. The black denim is super stretchy and when zipped up it doesn’t straight-jacket my boobs. I’m actually kind of obsessed with this whole outfit together.

Here’s the jacket zipped closed:

My Final Thoughts
When I first tried everything from this Fix on, I got that shopping adrenaline flowing through me and thought that this might be one of those elusive buy-it-all Fixes. The stylist did a fantastic job of choosing pieces for me that not only are my style, but will mix in with other things that I already own. When I went back and tried everything on again, I got super nit-picky about it all and narrowed it down to three favorites: The Edyson skinny corduroys, the Kut From the Kloth Benter top and the Liverpool Moto Denim Jacket.

As much as I LOVE the moto jacket, I do have this one that kind of serves the same ‘lightweight but badass jacket’ need in my closet… so should I let it go?

Help me decide!

Should I get:
a. All three: The skinny corduroys, floral top and moto jacket.
b. Just the skinny corduroys and the floral top.
c. Just the corduroys.
d. Some other mix.

11/16/17 Update: Thank you all for your feedback! It was a difficult choice, but I decided to go with ‘B’ and just purchase the skinny corduroys and the floral top. I even wore them to work yesterday!

Psssst…If you like checking out what other people receive in their Fixes, you might like my Stitch Fix Reviews page where I have every single Fix review I’ve ever done listed! You may also want to check out my Trunk Club posts on my Trunk Club Reviews page!

Disclosure: This post is not sponsored by Stitch Fix, I pay for the $20 styling fee and any clothing I purchase with my own hard-earned money. If you choose to use my referral link when signing up for Stitch Fix, I will receive a small referral reward. And then I’ll probably do another Stitch Fix post…because that’s how it works.

 

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FabFitFun Style Box Review

9 Nov

Okay guys, you know how I used to LOVE getting clothing subscription boxes? I tried Stitch Fix (you can read all the reviews here), as well as a bunch of other companies. Once I started with Trunk Club (you can read all the reviews here), I kind of let everyone else go because they were so awesome. BUT. Then I heard that FabFitFun was doing a slow launch of their FabFitFun Style box.

I absolutely love my regular quarterly FabFitFun box (here’s my last post with Winter spoilers) and they are usually amazing for any accessories that they include in those boxes. So, I put myself on the waiting list to try out their Style box. I figured, worst case scenario, I hate everything and still have something to blog about.

{By the way, they didn’t know I was a blogger. So it’s not like I got some special box or pushed through the waiting list faster.}

As for the nitty-gritty, its super similar to how Stitch Fix and Trunk Club start their stylist profiles. You fill out a survey with all your sizes and preferences, then you pay $20 for the box (which then can go towards your purchases) and they send you a number of items for you to try on in the comfort of your home. For FabFitFun Style, I got a follow up email asking if I’d like to send them photos of my favorite outfits so I sent them this and this and this. Once your box arrives, you get 3 days to try everything on and make your decisions. Unlike Trunk Club, there is no preview process… so you have to be patient and wait until your surprise box is delivered.

And OHMYGOSH did I have to be patient. I received an email that the box was shipped out on October 27 and would be delivered on November 5. Then, the tracking changed to have it being delivered on Monday, November 6. On Monday, it switched to say that it would be delivered to the post office – not me – on Monday. Sigh. It FINALLY arrived on Tuesday, November 7. I also received their ‘check out’ email on November 2, but no other communication.

I REALLY thought I’d love this box… but, well. It’s pretty obvious that they are in their initial phases of a roll-out. When I opened the box, everything was nicely wrapped in tissue paper with cute FabFitFun stickers. However, there was no note from the stylist or instructions on how to send back your returns. For the item breakdown, it was printed out on a piece of cardstock with barely any information:

It didn’t exactly give me any warm-and-fuzzies, if you know what I mean.

But what is MOST important is the clothes! Did they live up to the extremely high standard set by the FabFitFun quarterly boxes?

Uh… no.

Let’s check them out:

Item #1: Genetic Los Angeles Shya Mid Rise Super Skinny Jeans, size 32, $98

The first item in the box was a pair of blue skinny jeans from a brand called Genetic. You may notice I am not wearing the jeans… that is because they absolutely STUNK. The jeans gave off a super strong chemical smell and I couldn’t even stand to be around them, much less put them on my body. I did a quick google search and apparently this Amazon reviewer said the same thing about her pair. I’m kind of over skinny jeans (and already have a couple pairs I like), but if I had liked these I would have been annoyed that they are charging $98 when I did a super quick search and found them for $31.48 – $74.97 at other stores. Maybe they charge extra for the stomach-churning smell?

Item #2: Skies are Blue Tribal Knit Back Utility Jacket, 1X, $59

When I filled out all my sizes I let them know that I typically wear a large in tops, so I’m not sure why they sent me a 1X jacket. This jacket does have interesting details, but I was totally swimming in it. Also, I wore it for only a split second because it had absorbed the jean’s stink.

Item #3: Assorted Jewelry, $29

One of the things I was most excited about was to check out any jewelry or accessories included in the box. Like I said, FabFitFun does an amazing job on their selections in their main box. In fact, over the past couple years they have provided some of my most worn scarves and jewelry!

I had high hopes when I opened this jewelry box and was disappointed to see these two items that look like they were purchased at Claire’s. What’s extra weird is that the price is just $29 for “assorted jewelry” so what if I liked one item, but not the other? How would they charge me for it? I was considering keeping the necklace just so I didn’t waste my stylist fee, but after looking at it closer it literally looks like it would fall apart if I took it off the backing card. Such a disappointment!

Item #4: Skies are Blue Printed Chiffon Blouson Dress, Large, $64

It took me a while to try to think up something positive to say about this dress and all I came up with is, I typically like patterns. Not this one though. This dress is a total wreck. It is the kind of polyester that causes static the moment you touch it, and it has a scratchy off-the-shoulder neckline and it fits like a sack. I’m going to give this one a HARD pass.

Item #5: Cable & Gauge Keyhole Lycra Top, XL, $39

Once again, we are all over the place with sizing… this one is an XL. This top is okay. I mean, it’s basically the only thing in the box that I could see myself wearing. It was too big though, through both the sleeves and the body…since they sent the wrong size. I’m also not a fan of the random keyhole. It also smelled really bad from hanging out with those poisonous jeans. I was *almost* considering buying this so that I wouldn’t be throwing my $20 stylist fee away, but I refuse to buy something just because it’s “okay”.

Now, to talk about returning the box. It was kind of a pain the butt. There was no information in the box about the length of time to keep the clothes or how to return them; however, there was a FedEx envelope. On an email they sent over, they instructed me to “keep what you love and use the enclosed prepaid envelope to return. Drop off at either a FedEx or USPS!” The problem is that the post office doesn’t take FedEx envelopes, so I had to hunt down a FedEx box. There are literally none by my home, but luckily I was working in Rockville this week and found one by my work. It would have been SO MUCH easier if they had just used a USPS prepaid envelope (like Stitch Fix) or a UPS box that could be picked up from my house for free (like Trunk Club).

Final Thoughts:
I was so excited to check out this new box, based on how happy I am with FabFitFun’s other products. However, it was a total bomb. I understand that stylists need time to get to know you, so I could have let the ugly dress and ho-hum shirt slide. The fact that someone packaged this up knowing full well that the jeans smelled like chemical death is ridiculous. Also, the jewelry was nowhere near the quality that they offer in the FabFitFun boxes. With everything being a different size, it really felt like they just grabbed whether was close and stuck it in a box for me.

Tips for the FabFitFun Style Team:
I get it, launching a new brand extension is difficult. Luckily you haven’t done a full launch with advertising yet. Here are some tips on how to improve:

  • Make sure your clothes don’t stink when you pack them up. This is a HUGE deal-breaker.
  • Include a personalized note from the stylist. Maybe put in some information about WHY they chose a particular item for me, so that I feel like you actually reviewed my file. Did you even look at the photos I sent over?
  • Invest in a better printer and if there is an ‘image not available’ take a photo of the item.
  • If you are including jewelry, give prices for each piece. It shouldn’t be an ‘all or nothing’ purchase.
  • Include instructions on how to return the items. Sure, there was a return bag (with half the return address rubbed off… get a better printer), but there was no information saying how long I have to review the items. Also, it really sucked to have to go and hunt down a FedEx box to get the return out within 3 days.
  • It’s okay if you are trying to make a business model like Stitch Fix, but keep in mind what makes your fans love your brand. If FabFitFun is known for awesome jewelry and accessories, STEP UP YOUR GAME and include some awesome jewelry and accessories in the box!

Okay, that’s all the free marketing advice I’m giving out for the day. I have a bunch of other suggestions, but momma doesn’t give it all away for free (*cough* consulting fee *cough*). I knew it was a gamble going into it and this gamble lost me $20. I think I’ll stick with my Trunk Club stylist. SHE really gets me. And the clothes never stink…

What do you all think… would you have been as upset about the stinky jeans as I was? I can still kind of taste the smell when I think about it… BLEGH! If you’ve also tried the FabFitFun Style Box, I’d love to know your thoughts… maybe mine was just a fluke?

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Loving Right Now: BlueQ Socks & their Free Stuff Promotion

7 Nov

{Pssst, my Loving Right Now posts aren’t paid or sponsored or anything. They are just stuff that I’m totally digging now and thought you would like too. You can check out my previous posts here}

It has finally gotten cool enough to wear socks in Maryland, so I was kind of excited to pop the tags off my new BlueQ pair that I picked up in San Francisco:

New socks. 😍 #styleblogger #blueq #ootd

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They made me happy. Like, super happy. So happy in fact that I decided to do a little online shopping on the BlueQ website…and saw that they were running a special:

Source: BlueQ.com

 

I first checked out the sale section, and found the Sugar Monster socks and the Cha Cha Cha Fox socks both on sale for $4.99. GET IN MY CART.

In order to redeem their super cool promo, I needed a minimum order of $15, so I then perused the regular priced section. That’s where I found the “You can do it – Coffee” socks. I also couldn’t resist the “Bite Me” apple socks.

To say I was super excited to receive my sock order sounds a little weird, but I WAS super excited! I was also pretty darn curious to see what my $26.96 worth of goodies was going to be…

And here it is:

My free goodies are:

“I Could Use a Sandwich” men’s socks (not online), $11.99
“Psst” bird women’s socks (not online), $9.99
“No, You Act Normal” pencil case, $5.99
Vintage Plaid messenger bag, original price $19.99 on sale for $9.99

I was hoping they’d throw in some more socks, so I’m thrilled about the two pairs they sent. I was a little worried that they’d have cursing on them (a lot of the socks have more colorful phrases) and with Jack starting to do sight words… well, I’d rather him not recognize some of those! The “I Could Use a Sandwich” socks are men’s, so I should give them to Travis or my brother… The “No, You Act Normal” pencil case is super cute and I can totally get some use out of it.

The only item that I don’t have a use for is the messenger bag. It is super cool though — it’s made out of 95% post consumer recycled material. So I’ve decided to give it away to one of you! If you’d like the messenger bag, just leave a comment on this post saying so. If more than one person comments I’ll randomly pick a winner and mail it out.

All in all, the free goodies added up to $38 – $48 (depending on whether you use the sale prices), so their promo was a GREAT deal! If you want to pick something up for yourself or get a head start on holiday shopping, check out the BlueQ website. I’m sure they will be running some more cool promotions soon!

Now it’s your turn to share, what are you totally loving right now?

Disclosure: Not sponsored at all.

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