I've lost count of how many Stitch Fixes I've received, which should say a lot about how enamored I am with their service. Quick rundown: Stitch Fix is like a Birchbox for clothes, which I find way more valuable than monthly boxes of free cosmetic samples that I'll inevitably lose. You fill out a questionnaire about your style and size, and their personal styling elves conjure up a box of clothes and accessories that you can choose to keep or send back. Amazing.
In the 6 months or so that I've been Stitch Fixing, I've learned a few things about myself...
1. If a pair of pants fits me correctly, I'll buy them. Even if I have 85 pairs of jeans, I will always buys a pair that fits. Because when you find a pair of pants that fit beautifully, it's a miracle and you should keep them. Also, kensie makes great pants, and I will keep every pair of kensies that Stitch Fix cares to send.
2. I think Stitch Fix has caught onto the fact that I have a weakness for horizontal stripes. They've sent a striped shirt in every box for the past 3 or 4 months, and for this, I commend them. Also, why in the world do I love unflattering horizontal stripes so much? Beats me. I blame Annapolis.
3. I'm a sucker for a draped front cardigan. I think it's because they make me feel like a serene yoga teacher who's about to chants some OMs and sip some tea. They're also about the most flattering piece of clothing you can find.
4. Scarves. Are. My. Obsession. And I will keep every scarf that arrives in my mailbox. And if the scarf has animals printed all over it, it's a done deal.
Well done, Stitch Fix. Well. Done.
I've been really good about buying clothes lately. Don't get me wrong, I still find ways to spend money. But lately, I've been spending my money on more productive things, things that make me happy for longer than 30 minutes -- art supplies, books, dinners out, etc. Here are my current favorite things:
1. Spotify. This might seem silly, but my monthly subscription to Spotify is money happily spent. More often than not, when I'm at work in my cubicle, I feel as if my head might explode. It might be the constant flow of emails or the lack of sunlight. Regardless, nothing sets me back on track like putting on my headphones and zoning out. Spotify saves my sanity. Moving on!
2. Kindle HD. I never thought I'd put my iPad aside, but when I got this Kindle for Christmas, I found myself doing just that. I don't know if it's the book-like size of it or the ridiculously easy access to my Amazon Prime account, but I've been blazing through my reading wish list like gangbusters. All good things.
3. Suja Juice. I found this juice on Refinery29's list of best juice cleanses. No, I'm not doing a juice cleanse, but when I read that they were available at the Whole Foods across the street from my office, I decided to try one. Gotta say, they're pretty good. And they make me feel better about myself.
4. Tiny Devotions. I hate to say it, but I won my mala from them in a Twitter contest. And as much as I'd love to buy another, I can't justify the cost. However, I love my mala, and wearing it makes me feel like I'm back in my yoga studio days. Especially that day when I was wearing it and a guy stopped me on the street to ask if I was from India. Uhh, what?
Is it blasphemous to use the term "holy trinity" in reference to style choices? Eh, I feel like Pope Francis is pretty cool, and I don't think he'd mind me using a Catholic term to describe making good fashion choices -- especially since he brushed that whole "a person needs 2 miracles to be declared a saint" thing under the rug.
So, right, fall. If you're anything like me, your closet is a mess, and all your winter clothes are still packed away in the black hole that eats all things out of season. The mornings are depressing, unusually cold, and a blurred, confused mad dash. Who has time to think, "How shall I be cute today?" My solution: cardigans, scarves, and boots. Really, if there's any excuse to break out the boots, October is one of them. Also, scarves. Enough said. Finally, it's not quite chilly enough outside to wear a sweater, and yet, my office is still rocking the AC. Solution: cardi party, y'all.
I've been in this weird mood lately where I would like to shop, but I would rather not spend money. I want things, and yet I can't pull the trigger. Maybe this is adulthood. Maybe I'm growing up. Does spending wisely equal maturity? Regardless, when I get in these rather depressing moods, I can still appreciate that there are crazy things in this consumer world that could be fun to own for about a ... half-second. And I'm pretty sure I've been put on this earth to point them out to you.
I have to admit, I have a weak spot for retro headphones. You know what? I'm just going to say it: I want to be Zooey Deschanel in 500 Days of Summer. When you're done judging me, you can continue reading.
Done? Good. So as I was saying, I've come to the decision that it's time to build my retro headphone collection. I already have a pair of pink Zumreeds that I bought from Urban Outfitters (of course) many moons ago to be my "work headphones." But as my Labor Day beach vacation draws near, I've chosen to purchase a pair of "travel headphones."
After weeks of scrutinizing the aspects of the headphones featured below, I landed on the white Eskuche pair. But not before agonizing on the LSTN headphones, which are made of reclaimed wood and help deaf people hear. Did you catch that? They're the Toms of headphones. But maybe one day I'll have $150 to drop on a "home" pair, and I'll stop hating myself for being so cheap and not helping the deaf people hear. But if you happen to be richer than I am, I recommend you check them out.
Last week, I found out that I'm going to Bald Head Island in North Carolina in September, and like any
normal person, this meant one thing: I need a new wardrobe. I hit up Quiksilver's Women's collection, since it has a classy, beachy feel. And Bald Head Island is, in fact, a classy beachy town. Right off the coast of Wilmington, NC, (or its whereabouts) it's reachable only by ferry, and no cars are allowed. If you ask me, I'm mostly excited about a golf cart being my sole mode of transportation for a week.
Two years ago was my first trip to the island, and I cannot wait to recreate some of the memories we made there ... especially the empty fridge filled only with alcohol and pina colada mix.
Sidenote: Everything -- literally, everything -- is on sale on the Quiksilver Women's site ... which worries me a little about the line's outlook. Scoop it up while you can, I suppose.
I've been obsessed with Satya's delicate yoga and Hindu-inspired jewelry ever since I worked in a yoga studio, surrounded by oms, namastes, and Sanskrit. At the time, though, I couldn't afford the pricey jewelry on a part-time hourly wage. Plus, I was constantly surrounded by the good vibes of the yogis. But now that I'm fully immersed in corporate culture, I feel a need for a little Satya in my life. I mean, how badass are these snakes? And I can't forget: 10% of proceeds from the colored silk bracelets will benefit Home of Hope in Africa, a charity that provides physical, educational, and holistic wellbeing for exploited girls in South Africa.