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Lorraine is a style obsessed mama to two young kids, a wife to a supportive husband and a family photographer. Lorraine graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2006, with a degree in advertising photography. She enjoys quiet moments, silly kids, clothes, shoes, coffee and a little wine too. Can't get enough of her here on FredParent? Check out her personal blog: Rain in Style.

 

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How many of you beautiful ladies know about Stitch Fix? I hadn't heard of it until around this time last year. Stitch Fix is a subscription box service that delivers clothes to you that have been picked for you by your stylist. Sounds great right? No more trying to squeeze into a dressing room with rowdy kids who tend to yell embarrassing things, no more saying “don't lick that mirror!... get off the floor... don't open the door!!!!!” Hey, I’ve been there.

Stitch Fix is a great service. When you sign up, you will answer some questions so they can get to know your style. Your stylist chooses 5 items for you to try. They charge a $20 styling fee per box, which goes toward whatever you decide to keep. What you don't want, you simply put back in the prepaid mailing envelope and send it back. If you keep all five items, you get a discount! So that's a bonus. They also include a styling card for each piece, where they show you how to put an outfit together. It’s not really a subscription service, meaning, that you can decide how often you get a box and you can cancel at any time with no penalty. For starters: both of these outfits are from Stitch Fix, the black pair of pants and tops.  I can't even begin to tell you how comfortable the pants are. They are Liverpool brand, and they are my life! This all came in the same box, and it was love at first sight.

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This is also an entire outfit from Stitch Fix, The top has pretty lace sleeves, and the jeans are my favorite.  Mavi brand jeans are so soft and comfy. Stitch Fix has them and you will LOVE them.  Mavi even has men's jeans that I got my hubby hooked on.

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That being said, it's not perfect. You will sometimes be like, “what IS this?!?!?” Case in point...

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I mean...what is this? At the time, I hated the idea of cold shoulder tops, and this one, this one was the actual worst. This fix was maybe my third? And it's the only one to date that actually made me cry. It was just so bad. Don't expect every box to be a winner, especially your first few. It takes time for your stylist to get to know what you like and what you hate. Be patient and try not to take it as bad as I did when you get a less then stellar box.

 

I recently asked for another box to come on my birthday. I was very excited. Unfortunately, nothing in that box really worked. It was all too flowy and big for me. This top was the only thing I considered keeping and look! It's another cold shoulder top! I ultimately decided to send it back, because I just didn't love it enough. And, at this point, my closet only has room for pieces that I love. And of course now, looking back at this photo, I have send back remorse, I mean it is cute... oh well.

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Now, please don't think that all I've gotten are duds. Because that's not true. Actually Stitch Fix has the best jeans. Seriously! They also have some really beautiful dresses and tops. I've gotten quite a few amazing pieces. Here are some of my favorite Stitch Fix pieces.

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It's also a great way to challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone. My recent box, that I just got a few weeks ago, did just that. This striped top was in there, purple romper, polka dot top, a grey dress and white jeans.  I've never found a romper that I really liked and I cringed when I saw the striped top. But here's the lesson that I learned (well I already knew this lesson, but I forget, sometimes to follow it): don't knock it until you try it.  I am totally guilty of judging something before I try it on, and this time...this time I was wrong! I actually love the striped top! It is totally different then anything in my wardrobe, it fits my edgy style, and I have pieces to go with it already (like my distressed black jeans and studded heels).  

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Don't let me face here fool you, I actually do LOVE both the purple romper and polka dot shirt.  But again, they are totally different then anything in my wardrobe.   And that, my stylish friends, is what Stitch Fix is for.  To help you get out of your box, to open you up to new styles.  If my stylist is reading this, I'd llike to say thanks for doing just that.  The stylists at Stitch Fix are good at what they do.  

With this most recent box, I ended up buying all 5 pieces because it was cheaper to do that and get the discount. The white jeans didn't fit me, but they fit a friend of mine like a glove, so she bought them from me. This dress, while I don't love it, was essentially free becasue of the buy 5 discount.  I think I might be able to make it work by adding a vest and some awesome booties.  

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So, what do you think? Do you want to give Stitch Fix a try? Let me know if you do! And if you are the same size as me and don't love something in your box...maybe I will and you can send it my way.  Like, you know, my closet needs ALL the clothes.  LOL.

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Look out for my next post about my hubby and I's weekend trip away, sans kids.  Can't wait to share with you my packing mania, and all the shenanigans we get into...stylish shenanigans of course.

As always, don't forget to get your style fix over at www.raininstyle.com  

 -xo

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Pouches' Community Corner

Adoptive parents in Fredericksburg now have a new partner on their journey to a healthy family. In 2016, Children’s Home Society was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Social Services to extend their Richmond area post-adoptive services to the Fredericksburg area.

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Now CHS is looking to find adoptive families in the area who need support before they hit a crisis point. “It doesn’t matter which agency they adopted from, or when that happened,” said Buckheit. “We want to offer a lifetime of support to adoptive families in the Fredericksburg area, especially those who haven’t been aware of our services in the past.”

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