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Fitness & Motherhood

This post is a little different from my usual ones.........because even a fitness instructor is allowed to get girly every once in awhile!  Fitness and clothes are some of my favorite things but sometimes yoga pants just don't cut it!        

I have loved shopping for clothes since I can remember. When I was younger I couldn’t wait to go school shopping and then another shopping spree for spring and summer clothes.  I was always very particular about what clothes I wanted and my mom was always very patient with me while I spent way too much time in the dressing room.  She was still patient with me when we went shopping for my wedding dress until probably the tenth trip she said we need to start narrowing down some choices. 

Once I became a teacher I was excited to start buying professional and business casual outfits.  I was always known for wearing cute stylish clothes but that changed when I became a fitness instructor.  Instead of wearing heels every day I was now wearing tennis shoes, tank tops and shorts.  While there are plenty of cute workout clothes it still doesn’t compare to dressing up every day for work.  I love going shopping but instead of buying a new pair of jeans instead I buy a new pair of yoga pants.  Now don’t get me wrong I still but cute “real” clothes just not as often as I used to. It’s hard for me to justify buying lots of new sweaters and dresses when for the most part I’m in workout gear. 

Every chance I get to wear my “real” clothes I definitely do! Going out to dinner, Girls Night and family outings I jump at the chance to pick an outfit from my extremely messy closet! I wanted to add some more fall pieces to my wardrobe and instead of heading to the mall I tried Stitch Fix!  Lately I’ve been seeing all the posts and ads for Stitch Fix so my sister, friend and I decided to give it a try! Stitch Fix is a personal styling service that is tailored to your taste and price range (kind of).  Just to be entirely upfront in no means am I being compensated by Stitch Fix for this blog, I'm just sharing my love of Stitch Fix!

The first step is to complete a Personal Style quiz.  There are questions and pictures throughout the quiz that will help them get a good feeling about your style.  There are areas where you can let your stylist know more information; I wrote that I didn’t want anything pink, orange or red because it clashes with my reddish hair.  Once you complete the quiz there is a $20 styling fee that can be used towards your purchase once you receive it.  You can also set up your delivery schedule for your 5 pieces, I chose once a month but you could do more frequent or spaced out deliveries as needed.  When I got home to my Stitch Fix box on the front porch it was like Christmas! I was so excited to open it up and try everything on.

Once I opened the box I was so surprised to see that everything in it was my taste and style!  I pulled everything out and tried it on immediately!  I was so impressed with the fit and look of everything, every piece fit me perfectly!  I took pictures of the items and sent them to my sister and friend and we were texting about what we liked and what I should keep.  I knew I definitely needed to keep one item because my styling fee of $20 went towards the purchase.  I received 2 sweaters, a tunic, a shirt and a pair of jeans.  The only piece I didn’t like was the shirt.  I decided to keep the tunic and return the rest, most of it was a little pricey and I felt I could find comparable pieces elsewhere for less money.  If you do decide to keep all of the pieces they do give you a 25% discount off your entire order.  The order comes with a prepaid envelope to return everything that you decide not to keep.

Overall I was very happy with my Stitch Fix!  Once you make your purchase you fill out a survey about the pieces you receive so that your next delivery is even better!  I’ve already signed up for my next Fix and I can’t wait to get it in October!  I’m looking forward to all of my new pieces, especially since not one of them will be workout wear! If you’ve been seeing all of the Stitch Fix hype, love clothes and the idea of your own stylist then Stitch Fix might be worth a try!

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About Alison

Alison Neal is the owner of Stroller Strides of Fredericksburg. Stroller Strides is a total body workout that is done alongside your baby. Each instructor modifies the workouts for all fitness levels. As a mother, Alison knows it is hard to fit workouts into a busy schedule, but follow her blog right here for great fitness and healthy living tips! You can also learn more about Stroller Strides by visiting her website.

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