This has been such a busy month! Highlights include:

  • I finished the 21 Day Fix – just in time for a Super Bowl party! (Full review of the program will be coming!)
  • Lots of appointments for my side business (I actually prefer these private or small group appointments because I can give more personal attention and build better relationships with customers, and that’s really what this is all about!)
  • GG and I celebrated Valentine’s Day (a day early) at one of our favorite restaurants and site of a previous Valentine’s surprise!
  • I went to my alma mater to celebrate my fraternity’s 100th anniversary. I just thought it would be something neat to do, since I lived relatively close by to national headquarters, and another friend of mine met me there, but apparently we missed the memo that this event was really for fraternity superfans, so we felt a little out of place. It was still neat to take part in, though.

Happy Leap Year! Real life is for March!

Evereve Trendsend

The same ladies who encouraged me to try Stitch Fix again also turned me on to Trendsend. This is a service provided by a store called Evereve, which I’d never heard of – there’s none in my area. They primarily cater to moms, with the slogan, “Take care of your family, we’ll take care of your fashion.” Like Stitch Fix, there is a $20 styling fee, which is applied to any items that you purchase. You can order just one box, or schedule them every 1-3 months. Unlike Stitch Fix, they send many pieces (I got nine in this first box; a blogger I saw got twelve!), grouped into outfits. Also unlike SF, they actually read your style profile and research their customers! I was literally almost in tears of happiness as I read the very personal comments my stylist made about each piece she carefully selected for me, keeping my needs, personal style, and lifestyle in mind! Prices are comparable to Stitch Fix (and you can specify a price range in your profile), although you can also tell them to pull from Evereve’s sale section. Not every piece was a winner, but I’m definitely keeping a few and will definitely use Trendsend again and recommend it to anyone!

Outfit One:

Flyaway Horn and Stone Double Tier Necklace – $9.99
Not pictured above because the clasp broke off from both ends of the chain literally as soon as I touched it! I liked the style of the necklace, but almost didn’t trust it to even try again :o/ But then I took a closer look and saw how it broke, and was able to fix it with a little pair of pliers (my jewelrymaking class experience coming back!). So I will be keeping after all :o) I’m wearing it in the next outfit picture. (Marked down from $28)

Bobi LS Scoop Neck Tunic Tee – $19.99
The fabric on this was a little thin and the scoop neck a little low, plus I have literally an entire drawer of solid color long sleeve shirts (as noted in the letter from my stylist, “Your blog was filled with lots of solid colored .. tops”). Also not loving this rust color. I could get more of my favorite Merona ones at Target for less than $20. Return.

Under Skies Sleeveless Blazer – $24.99
Isn’t a sleeveless blazer actually… a vest? I guess this is a neat piece and it’s certainly outside my usual box, but when I layer it’s for warmth, and I don’t want a layer without sleeves. Is that weird? Also, not feeling the navy… Return. (Marked down from $58)

7 For All Mankind HW Ponte Skinny – $79.99
Love these pants! They are the work-appropriate black skinny pants I’ve been looking for! They fit great, have great stretch, and are definitely pants (not leggings). They’re not cheap, but the price seems reasonable for a good pair of pants. Keeping!

Outfit Two:

Allison Joy Cozy Soft Stripe Tunic – $68
I will first say, these two items do not go together at all (hence confused look above!). Why would you wear this long tunic under this cropped jacket? This tunic is way more expensive than I would like for this type of thing. However, it’s super soft and warm, the length is great, and I love the stripe for pattern mixing! So… keeping!

Allison Joy Alexa Rouched Sleeve Jacket – $98
I have a very similar jacket (darker gray) to this that I got from Stitch Fix, but the difference is that I can’t get that one buttoned, and this one I can :o) But it’s so similar, I’m not in love with the very light heathered gray, and I can’t see spending $100 on it :o( Return.

An Extra Top and Adorable Tunic Dress:

Braeve Free Spirit Sublimation Tunic – $24.99
Stitch Fix seems to have a problem understanding that some women have larger chests than others, so I love that the stylist specifically said, “This top is perfect for your busty figure!” I also appreciate that this was pulled from the sale rack ;o) (marked down from $58). The knit is very soft, almost like a chenille. However, it’s kind of weird, with thicker and thinner spots; I don’t love the cream color or the pattern; not sure the flare at hips is flattering; the sleeves are an odd length; and there’s a weird kind of diagonal seam on the front that goes right across the middle of my chest. Return.

Hourglass Lily Ikat Tunic Dress – $58
I like the idea behind this, and that the stylist took note of my love of leggings and send this for me to pair it with (wearing above with my own black leggings). I love the black/white/gray ikat print. However, the body is a little clingy in the stomach and hips, neckline is a little high, and I’m not a huge fan of the poofy sleeves with the elastic cuffs… Honestly, if the cuffs weren’t elastic I probably could overlook any other flaws, but there were too many things I don’t like about it, so, return.

Unlike Stitch Fix, there is no discount or other benefit to keeping all the pieces you were sent, so you don’t feel obligated to keep things you really don’t want. One other neat aspect is that when you check out, in addition to leaving feedback on each piece, you can also link to their online store and see if it’s available in any other sizes or colors (there really weren’t other options for the pieces I liked, if they were even still available in the store at all). You actually aren’t charged until you send back your package and they see what’s there and what you kept, which is a little odd; I did notice a copy of the packing slip is included in the return bag, so they can confirm.

As I mentioned, I am mostly super impressed by how much care and attention the stylists give their customers! I love the pieces I kept and will definitely give Trendsend a try again when I want to refresh my wardrobe a little :o)