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 #4

Is coming home to a brand new box of hand picked clothes not the best thing ever after a particularly stressful day at work? Or is that just me?

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That’s what happened to me last week anyway – I came home from work to find the instantly recognizable box on my front porch – Stitch Fix!

Wait – what is Stitch Fix, you ask? Well let me enlighten you!

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.

So with that being said, let’s see what I got! (Excuse the poor picture quality – my mirror obviously needs to be washed)

Missa Schepers Cotton Striped Dress

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This dress was adorable – comfortable cotton, perfect for the beach. The price was a little steep, but I’m a sucker for comfortable summer dresses and I just happened to be going to the beach the weekend after this Fix arrived – sooo…yeah. Kept the dress. (I particularly like it paired with the jean jacket and my red heels, which you can’t see in the pic but trust me, they were adorable.)

41 Hawthorn Lottie Pintuck Sleeveless Silk Top

green shirt collage

Another very comfortable shirt – although you can’t really go wrong with silk! On a whim I paired it with the Martin Printed Hi-Low Skirt by Sugarhill Boutique, which I got in my second fix, and I loved it. I’m not sure how often I’ll wear it now that the weather suddenly dropped (Hello, fall!), but this will definitely be a summer staple for me! Kept the shirt.

Matty M Cashel Silk Detailed Short Sleeve Shirt

black shirt collage

When I pulled this shirt out of my fix my first reaction was “ho-hum, another plain black shirt.” But at The Husband’s insistence I tried it on and I was super impressed! As you can see in the (low quality) pic with the white shorts, the shirt is somewhat slouchy but still looks nice with the shorts and a pair of black pumps. Alternatively I paired it with a gray business suit and voila! A perfect outfit for work! Another super comfortable shirt…that I kept.

Fornash Horse Bit Bangle

bracelet collage

I thought this bracelet was adorable, but ultimately I really don’t wear bracelets that often – mostly because my wrists are so tiny that the bracelets end up clanking around my wrist and giving me bruises, or they slide off entirely. Plus I prefer to wear them on my right hand, because I wear my watch on my left, but then the bracelets annoy me when I write because I’m right handed and the bracelet gets in the way. The point of that long winded story? I don’t wear bracelets, so this item went back.

41Hawthorn Cassandra Tailored Button-Up Shirt

white shirt collage

I wanted to love this shirt, I really did. I went through a HUGE button-up shirt phase a couple of years ago, I practically bought out New York and Company’s entire stock. But I noticed lately I don’t wear them as much – and if they don’t fit exactly right, I won’t wear them. This shirt fit almost perfectly, but it bunched the teeniest bit at the buttons…which I knew would be enough to banish this shirt to the closet with the rest of my never-worn button-ups shirts. This shirt went back.

Overall Impression:

I was a little disappointed with my fix when I saw the solid colors and a cotton dress that was very similar to the Envi Vin Graphic Print Tunic Dress that I kept from my first fix.  I wondered why my stylist wasn’t sending me fun prints and edgier pieces…until I got on Pinterest and started pinning a bunch of outfits I like.

It turns out I have a very classic style. And I bet you’ll never guess what the staple items in my pinned outfits are. Yep, you got it – solid colors and classic pieces. As it turns out, my stylist has my style exactly right. I did request a few statement pieces and fun prints for my next fix, so we’ll see what happens, but it was interesting to see how well my fixes match my style! (Even though I wanted to be disappointed at first!)

Interested? Stop on over to stitch fix and sign up for yourself! (Disclaimer: if you use this code to sign up, I get a $25 referral credit.)