Monthly Archives: August 2013

Keds for Kate Spade

Yesterday I took a break from work to do a little shopping and fell in love with these adorable shoes from Kate Spade.  The brand has partnered up with Keds to make a line of patterned and stylish sneakers.  I really liked some of the patterns from last year as well with squiggles and polka dots, but decided to go for it when I saw this pair.  They came with an extra pair of shoe laces in yellow, but I think I like the off white ones best.

Keds for Kate Spade

Keds for Kate Spade Keds for Kate Spade

Gathered Waist Dress

The weather here has been extremely humid and muggy.  The temperatures haven’t been all that high, but I hate that muggy feeling when the humidity is in the 90% range.  I decided to wear something on the cooler side to try to stay comfortable at work, and picked this dress and jewel toned cardigan from Ann Taylor Loft.  At first I was going to wear a pair of black sandals but decided to play off of the blue in the cardigan and wear these blue heels instead.  I felt very polished and professional.

gathered waist dress

Where to get the look:

Side Shirred dress – Ann Taylor Loft $69.50, currently 50% off

3/4 sleeve pima cotton cardigan – Ann Taylor Loft $44.50, currently 50% off

Stitch Fix #3

Stitch Fix #3 has arrived!  I was super excited to see what I got this time.  Upon opening the box I saw a variety of darker patterns, presumably for fall.

Stitch Fix #3
Stitch Fix #3

Here are the individual items:

Plaid top - stitch fix
Plaid top
Open cardigan stitch fix
Open cardigan
striped dress stitch fix
striped dress
teal blouse stitch fix
teal blouse
patterned dress stitch fix
patterned dress

Farah Fit & Flare Striped Dress from Ark n Co

I think this was my favorite item from this box.  The fit and flare style was perfect for my pear shape, and I love the pattern and feel of the fabric.  Also, it has pockets!  I love pockets on dresses.

ark n co flare striped dressThe card suggested pairing it with a blue cardigan or grey blazer, but I actually didn’t mind the look of the dress by itself for a change so decided to try it on its own with a chunky necklace.  Love it!

striped dress Ark N Co

Shanae Printed Tie Waist Dress by Daniel Rainn

I also really ended up loving this dress.  The length was great, and I can see it going well with a wide black belt and tights and boots in the winter.

patterned dressThe card suggested pairing it with a jean jacket which I think would look really cute, but again I wanted to try it by itself with a necklace from a previous stitch fix.

patterned dress stitch fix

Mission 3/4 Sleeve blouse by 41Hawthorn

I love the color of this blouse, but wasn’t a huge fan of the fabric.  This stitch fix contained three items with fabric that I didn’t care for.  I hope I was able to get that across well enough in my notes to them.  Sometimes polyester can be fine, but in the case of these three tops it felt itchy and non-breathable.  I really love the fit and color of this though so I decided to keep it.

teal blouse stitch fixThe card suggested pairing it with white capris which I think will look really good, but for this I decided to try some rolled up jeans and the same necklace.

teal blouse stitch fix

Zelda Plaid blouse by Under Skies

Again, the fabric on this was awful.  It was thick and scratchy, but the pattern happened to go really well with a rust colored pencil skirt I had just bought at Ann Taylor Loft, so I felt like I should keep it.  It looks cute on, but feels rather uncomfortable.

plaid blouse stitch fix

I like it with my teal wedges.

plaid top stitch fix

Cellar Open Front Drape Cardigan by Sweet Rain

I was planning to send this item back because I really didn’t like it.  The fabric was itchy and hot and I hated the drape and fit of this.  I’m not a fan of drapey cardigans for my shape.  Unfortunately, if I sent this back I would have been losing the 25% off all items and would have ended up paying more for the order, so here it stays.  I just plan to give it away to a charity shop.

drapey cardigan


open cardigan stitch fix

Overall Impressions

This time I loved the two dresses, and liked the teal blouse and the pattern on the plaid one.  I think my first stitch fix was still the best, but I’ve been happy with the price tag for all of these custom picked goods.  The total for this box came to $225.  For two versatile dresses and two blouses I liked, that seems like a pretty good deal.  I scheduled my next stitch fix for 3 weeks out.

Week of Polka Dots Comes to an End

I was almost able to finish out my week of polka dots, but ran out of viable options after Thursday.  This was the new red with white polka dot dress I wore on Thursday.  Red with white polka dots, being my second favorite pattern right after navy with white.

red polka dot dress
red polka dot dress

The Dress: Day After Day Dress by Emily and Fin – Modcloth $99.99

On Friday I wore one of the tops I kept from my last Tog + Porter box paired with an older dusty rose jacket and some white capri jeans.

tog and porter top
tog and porter top

The Shoes: Nine West Quetu – Macys $62.30

Heart shaped polka dots?

I feel like this still counts for my week of polka dots, but they are heart shaped so it’s a stretch.  I got tired of my usual pose and decided to try out the “fashion magazine model” pose.  I don’t know why you see so many models posing this way, because it’s incredibly awkward and not something you’d ever do in your day to day life, and yet if you want to make clothes look high fashion, simply turn our your elbows!

Heart shaped polka dot dress
Heart shaped polka dot dress

The dress is from Old Navy from a few years back, and so is the cardigan.  I love the color combination of black and white plus green.  The dress is super lightweight and was good for the 80 degree weather we had today.