10×10 Challenge – Edition 1

10 pieces, 10 days. I was originally just going to do work days, because I work at an office during the week and I’d be totally lying if I said I wore anything other than pajamas all weekend, but then I figured what the heck – go big or go home, right? And I’m fortunate in the fact that my office is on the casual end of business casual, so I can wear jeans on a fairly routine basis, thus the 10 straight days prevailed.
I got the 10×10 idea from Carolyn of the blog Un-Fancy. She hosted a 10×10 challenge a couple months ago, but I was too lazy to get on board at the time. It did get me to thinking, though – I’ve done capsule wardrobes in the past, so why not limit my options a little bit more and see what happens? With so much of my wardrobe the same color scheme, this seems like a pretty fun challenge. I’m deviating a little bit because I’m only counting clothing in my 10 pieces – shoes are counted separately. Is that cheating? You’ll see pretty quick that I have limited shoes, though, so I’m going with a no.
This is my first time playing around with Polyvore, and I’ll be honest I’m not so sure how this is going to work. The original pictures I took of my 10 pieces aren’t great, so I’ve found similar ones in the graphic below. You’ll see the actual pieces (slight deviations only – my pink blouse is from Lularoe and has a teal pattern, and the gray tunic is slightly different) when I post the outfits later.
So without further ado – let’s introduce the clothes!
1. Black leggings (LulaRoe) – because who doesn’t need a pair of basic black leggings?
2. Navy blue corduroy skinny pants (DIANA)
3. Teal crop pants (LOFT)
4. Black cotton skirt (LOFT)
5. Black/Gray dropwaist dress (LOFT) – this is the one piece that’s the same as the pic
6. Black 3/4 sleeve boatneck top (Target)
7. Teal Carly dress (LulaRoe)
8. Pink perfect tee (LulaRoe)
9. Gray Irma tunic (LulaRoe)
10. Gray cardigan sweater (Target)
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For those of you who got this far – here’s a picture of my actual 10×10 pieces:
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LulaRoe

Soo…sometime in the middle of January one of my girlfriends casually mentioned that she was having a LulaRoe party and invited me to come. My first response was, of course, “Lula-what?” I don’t even remember what she told me it was, something about a clothing line and leggings, but I decided I’d go because 1) she’s my friend; and 2) I love clothes.

I probably should not have gone.

To make a long story short, I ended up buying a miniature new wardrobe and in fact purchased so much that I earned myself a pair of free leggings for being the person who…well…spent the most money at the party. Which is funny considering I didn’t intend to spend ANY money, I was just going for moral support. Plus, I don’t (didn’t) even like leggings!

Anyway. In a nutshell, LulaRoe is an independent clothing brand that specializes in super comfortable clothing – most notably their leggings. The kicker about their clothing is that they only manufacture a certain number of any specific pattern – so their selling point is that if you see something you love, you had better buy it NOW because you might not see it again.

It totally works.

So, being fairly new to the Lula world, I decided I’d share some of my honest thoughts – in no particular order.

  1. It drives me absolutely BONKERS when I hear their leggings described as “buttery soft”. Yes, their leggings are super soft. But for whatever reason (call me crazy), likening them to something I use to grease casserole dishes and cook scrambled eggs just doesn’t hold much appeal to me. Unfortunately it’s like a LLR coined phrase and so I see it ALL THE TIME.
  2. Some of their patterns are, if I may say, UGLY. Obviously beauty is in the eye of the beholder and everyone has their own opinion…but man, some of the items I see make my eyes go crossed. That said, there are tons of patterns that I ADORE and have on occasion spent more time than I will admit here searching facebook groups for a particular pattern. (I’m looking at you, shark-and-whale-print leggings!!!)
  3. Which leads me to this: it’s frustrating that you can’t buy clothes directly from the LLR website – you have to make purchases through independent consultants via their facebook pages. I am now a member of approximately 5,000 lularoe facebook groups and now the only things I see in my facebook feed are announcements on giveaways, shop openings or live parties, or happy memes from consultants.
  4. Not only that, but independent consultants have no control over their inventory, so there’s no guarantee who has what pattern and so you have to make purchases from different people – each with their own varying sales tax percentages and shipping costs, and everyone has their own little rewards or benefits. My case study on this uber-frustrating aspect:

Exhibit A: I purchased clothes in person from one group and they have a “buy 10 items, get 1 pair of free leggings” rewards card. I’m only 2 items away from a free pair of leggings, but I’m not really all that keen on the items this particular group has available and so I may never get that free pair of leggings.

Exhibit B; I joined a birthday club from another group in which I receive 10% off all purchases during my birthday month.

Exhibit C: I bought a pair of leggings from one group and received $5 “lulacash”…which is only good if I purchase something else from that particular person’s shop.

Exhibit D: I bought a shirt from another group and received $10 “lulacash”…which again is only good if I purchase something else from that person’s shop.

So, which technically I am two items away from a free pair of leggings, could get 10% off my entire purchase, AND have $15 “lulacash” to spend…by the time to break out individual purchases from each retailer and then pay taxes and shipping fees…it’s totally not worth it and I’m really not reaping any benefit. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the CLOTHING isn’t worth it, but to try to take advantage of all the separate “rewards” is not worth it and doesn’t save me any money whatsoever.

5. All of the above aside, their clothing is darned comfortable. I never considered myself a leggings person before, but I think that was because I couldn’t find a pair that I really liked. These leggings are so soft that I could live in them. Along with the rest of the LLR clothing I now own.

6. In addition to being super comfortable, certain styles of their clothing fit my own personal fashion “style” to a T. I’ve tried trends in the past, but they don’t last. I am classic to a fault, which is why the styles I gravitated towards when I went to that first LLR party were the Randy (a baseball style tee), the Perfect (a longer tee fitted in the top but flows out slightly at the hips), the Classic (a simple tee that works with anything), and the Sarah (a knee length cardigan sweater). I love that all the tops fall a little longer in the bank so to adequately cover my bum. And as long as I’m wearing solid colors or somewhat tamer printers, I can dress them up enough for work and still be 100% comfortable at home. Lastly, if I had to choose one “outfit” to wear for the rest of my life it would be jeans (or leggings now!), a simple tee, and a cardigan. Forever and ever, amen.

Translate that into LulaRoe and I would live in a pair of leggings, a classic tee, and a sarah. Every day for the rest of my life.

I could probably go on and on, but I’ll step off my soapbox for now.

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Stitch Fix #5

I have a confession to make I actually received this StitchFix shipment a few weeks ago, smack dab in the middle of moving. Needless to say I wasn’t really feeling the whole pictures of different outfits thing…I much preferred to sleep.

It didn’t help that as a result of too much restaurant food and zero exercise resulted in a couple extra pounds and some ill fitting clothes.

Truth.

But now that things have slowed down considerably, I’ve been able to take some time to unwind, which led me to rummage through my closet to find my stitch fix items for an impromptu styling session.

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(Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t already guessed…I kept the entire fix.)

41 Hawthorn Corinna Striped Dolman Top

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I adored this top even before I tried it on. For starters it’s green, which is my favorite color. It’s also slouchy and super comfortable, which is a total turn-on for me when it comes to clothes. The first thing I did was try it on with my jeggings  (yes, I have a pair of super-stylish fake jean leggings, don’t judge) and brown boots. My second outfit was a total fluke – as in, that white dress fell off the hangar when I was rummaging for outfits in the closet and it was like a light bulb went off over my head. I tossed it on over the blouse, added a belt, and although you can’t see them – I added matched red heels. Adorable. A little too Christmas maybe, but I like it!

Zouk Tatiana Ikat Print Dolman Sleeve Dress

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I was on the fence about keeping this dress, mainly because I thought it was a little too summery for October. That being said, it was actually more cost efficient to keep the entire fix (you save 25% when you do!) then return the dress, so I kept it with the thought of not wearing it until spring or summer. I found the mulberry colored stocking completely by accident – they were still in their unopened package, but how fortuitous for me because they match the dress perfectly! Definitely a summer keeper. Then I added the jeggings and a grey cotton blazer and what do you know? A fall-apprpriate outfit!

41Hawthorn Ivy Abstract Chevron Tab-Sleeve Blouse

41 Hawthorn Chevron Blouse | eatwriterunrepeat.com

I had no idea until stitchfix that I LOVE tab-sleeve blouses. So far I’ve kept every single one I’ve gotten in my fixes, so that should tell my stylist something! They are so comfortable and so cute. I was especially excited about this one because of the chevron print – with the blue and black it wasn’t overpowering or as in your face as I sometimes find chevron prints, and it’s different enough for me to spice up my outfits at work without being too…loud. Does that make sense? I loved how it pairs perfectly with my white skinnies and a black skirt – a staple of my work wardrobe.

Kensie Jeans Johnny Skinny Jeans

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Do I need another pair of skinny jeans? Nope. But I put these on and they were like butter…seriously. They fit perfectly, even with the extra padding I had from all that restaurant food I mentioned. I kept the outfits for this simple – a plain white tee and my awesome red ModCloth shoes, and my winter coat and UGGS. There’s nothing I love more than a pair of all-season skinny jeans!

(Actually, there are a lot of things I love more than a pair of all-weather jeans…I just needed a catchy sentence to finish my write-up.)

2009 West Kavi Striped Asymmetrical Jacket

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The only thing I need less than another pair of skinny jeans is another jacket. It appears I have an extreme fondness for both. Plus, this jacket is so. fun. I love the asymmetrical front, and I like that it dresses up with black skinnies (my black sanctuary Rizzo skinny ponte pants from my first fix – still my favorite piece EVER!) and dressed down with jeans. The only thing I don’t like about the jacket is that the pockets are FAKE! Gaah! You unzip the pocket only to find…no pocket. Not cool, and very annoying. The decision to keep this may very well bite me in the behind solely because of the pockets. But, we’ll see!

I have to say, my stylist nailed this fix. I loved every piece and ended up keeping the whole thing – even though I should have put the money toward something practical, like a lawnmower. I loved that there were a bunch of patterns in this fix – from the striped sweater to the patterned blouse to the fabulous dress. I was hoping for some fun pieces for fall and this fix totally delivered!

So, what is Stitch Fix?

It’s essentially a personal shopping service you can sign up for online. You fill out a fairly extensive style survey questionnaire (answering questions on both your likes and your body type), and one of their personal stylists picks out items based on your specifications. Then, each month (or however often you schedule your fixes), a cute little box arrives at your door filled with five items for you to try on and decide whether or not you like them enough to buy! It’s perfect because you can try on the clothes with other pieces from your closet, skype with friends or family to get a second (or third or fourth opinion), and whatever you decide not to buy, you simple mail back in the prepaid envelope included in your box! Simple as that!

You do pay a $20 styling fee for each fix, but that $20 goes towards anything you purchase. If you decide not to buy anything, you lose $20, but if you buy all five items in your box, you get a 25% discount.

Have you tried Stitch Fix yet? I can’t recommend it enough!

(Disclaimer: use this code to sign up and I get a $25 referral credit.)