Stitch Fix April 2015 Review and Styling / hellorigby seattle fashion and lifestyle blog

Stitch Fix April 2015

1st April 2015

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I decided to start receiving Stitch Fixes back in February after seeing some really cute clothes people were receiving. To me, it seems like they’ve stepped up their game in terms of supporting different styles other than a lot of the “mom” type button ups, drapey knit tees, and cardigans I had been seeing over and over. There’s nothing wrong with that, it just wasn’t what I was looking for.

Since my last Fix was pretty successful, I figured I’d try another one. I learned from my last Fix that pinning directly from their Polyvore account as well as keeping my fashion board full of looks that I liked really helps. I also left a few suggestions this month for my stylist, Kimberly, on what I’d like to see. I asked for boyfriend jeans or deconstructed skinny jeans. While they do their best to accommodate, they don’t always have the inventory of every item you may see in your size, so she did her best.

Stitch Fix April 2015 Review and Styling / hellorigby seattle fashion and lifestyle blog

Stitch Fix April 2015

Stitch Fix April 2015: Swee Rain Palma Cardigan / hellorigby seattle fashion and lifestyle blog Sweet Rain Palma Cardigan in Peach, Size Small, $48 – Kept
I had pinned this from their Polyvore fairly recently after loving the fringe. The color is something I don’t really have much of in my closet, but I think it’s neutral enough to go with a lot of spring pieces. I could see pairing this with light wash denim and a white tee.
P.S. If you like this cardigan, I found the a very similar one at Forever 21, this one comes in the peach color above as well as beige! I’ve asked StitchFix if they will price match… will update when I hear back!
*Update: Stitch Fix declined the price match, stating that though similar, this is not the same cardigan. I can’t compare since I haven’t seen the Forever 21 version, but will take their word for it.

Stitch Fix April 2015: Dear John Kyleigh Straight Leg Jean / hellorigby seattle fashion and lifestyle blog Dear John Kyleigh Straight Leg Jean, Size 27, $78 – Returned
While I think the cut and length of these was good (I loosely cuffed them for style, not because they were too long), they felt like the type of jeans that would stretch out way too much throughout the day and end up being too big. I’ve had this same issue with a lot of jeans, and it just drives me crazy. Plus, something about the whiskering and back pocket stitching bothered me.

Stitch Fix April 2015: Papermoon Crissy Spacedye Cross Back Knit Shirt / hellorigby seattle fashion and lifestyle blog Papermoon Crissy Spacedye Cross-Back Knit Shirt, Size Small, $44 – Returned
This tee was actually pretty cute and fit nicely. I should have taken a photo of the back, which had criss-cross straps and was a bit open. The thing I didn’t like was the pocket, which accentuates my boobs and just isn’t my favorite place to draw attention. For $44, I just didn’t love it that much.

Stitch Fix April 2015: Bay to Baubles Aditi Spade Earrings in Gold / hellorigby seattle fashion and lifestyle blog Bay to Baubles Aditi Spade Earrings in Gold, $28 – Returned
While pretty, these are a little too delicate and the shape isn’t really my taste. I didn’t really love the necklace from last month either for the same reason (the shape) and I’m not really sure what kind of jewelry I want to receive from Stitch Fix since I never see it on their Polyvore. I think before I receive my next fix I’ll do a little research and pin from other people’s fixes.

Stitch Fix April 2015: Kut from the Kloth Troy Drape Vest / hellorigby seattle fashion and lifestyle blog Kut from the Kloth Troy Drape Vest in Green, Size Small, $88 – Returned
I requested this piece after seeing these “fishermen” or “military” style vests making the rounds for spring. I don’t know… I just don’t think this is for me. I think it’s really cute on other people, but like those puffy Houndstooth vests that were popular from J. Crew in the winter, I think this is another trend I will not be rocking.

For a point of reference, if I had kept everything in this month’s shipment, it would have been $169 with 25% discount. I actually thought that was a pretty great value considering having a couple of pricier pieces in the shipment (vest and jeans). The only thing I was bummed about is not seeing a dress again this month! I’ll be asking for one next shipment.

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What do you think about what I got? Did I send back a winner? I’d love to hear your thoughts! :)


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Rigby Reviews: Orijen Freeze Dried Treats in Bison Review / hellorigby lifestyle and dog blog

Rigby Reviews: Orijen Treats & Kong Toys

31st March 2015

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Hi guys! Rigby here. You may remember me, since this blog is named after me and all. I know it’s been awhile since I last pawed my woof out, but I’m still the king of this castle. Mom wasn’t paying attention and I got my paws back on her laptop so I could share something fun that Chewy.com sent for me to try out. It was so good, in fact, that I think you need to get both for my fellow doggies and kitties with bloggies: Orijen’s Freeze Dried Dog Treats (also for cats!) and the Kong On/Off Squeaker toy. Mom demanded I work for my food and play time, but it was more than worth it.

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March Shopping Budget & Haul - What I Bought / hellorigby seattle fashion and lifestyle blog

March Shopping & a DSLR Giveaway

30th March 2015

Another month has come and gone. March was full of a lot of ups and downs in my personal life, and I’m happy to report that it didn’t seem to affect my shopping in a negative way. I did buy a few things towards the end of the month, so hopefully April won’t be terrible… but with spring coming, I always find a few new trends I want to try, and it’s hard to resist the end of the month sales.

Anyways, onto what I got with my allotted budget ($175) this month!

March Shopping Budget & Haul - What I Bought / hellorigby seattle fashion and lifestyle blog

What I Bought

Sears: I bought a few things from Sears after seeing a fellow style blogger Instagram some items she was trying on there. I was shocked to see some cute pieces, including this jumpsuit. I have a few more items coming, but unfortunately they got broken into multiple shipments so I haven’t been able to try them yet. Hate when that happens! (-$22)

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Plaid Scarf, J Crew City Coat, and Athletic Shoes Outfit / hellorigby seattle fashion and lifestyle blog

Running into Spring

26th March 2015

This year I’ve been kind of addicted to adding sporty and athletic pieces into my wardrobe. No, I’m not talking about full on track suits. I’m talking about outfits with running shoes, jogger pants, and/or casual t-shirts. Something I hadn’t refreshed in a while was athletic shoes, as in, shoes made for exercise. Rack Room Shoes offered to hook me up with a new pair of my choice, and I fell hard for these Asics Gel Super J33. They’re bright, they’re patterned, and they’re incredibly flexible.

Plaid Scarf, J Crew City Coat, and Athletic Shoes Outfit / hellorigby seattle fashion and lifestyle blog

They’re especially convenient for those days when you have more to do than just go to work – like yesterday, when I had to hoof it from my office up the hill to the dentist. That was fun, not. Public Service Announcement: Don’t be dumb like me and avoid the dentist like the plague for 4 years. They scared me last time I was there with threats of wisdom teeth removal, but really I should have just dealt with it. Instead, I have my wisdom teeth still AND 2 new friends in the form of cavities. Awesome.

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Blog Tips: When to Say No To Blogging Opportunities / hellorigby seattle lifestyle and fashion blog

When You Should Say No to Blogging Opportunities

24th March 2015

I know that I just wrote a post about saying yes more often… but along with that comes the important skill of knowing when to say no too. When it comes to blogging, I say no a lot more often than I say yes. I’ve found, over time, that it’s easy to get overbooked, overcommit, and overdo it. About the worse thing you can do is overcommit and find yourself so emotionally spent that you don’t have the energy to write the post you committed to. I’ve found myself there a few times – mostly when the deadline is self-imposed, but regardless it sucks.

And don’t get me wrong. I overcommit all the time still. I have a full-time job. I blog at night. And even those nights are limited because I’m usually attending an event after work and/or on the weekends. Luckily, I love all of it, otherwise I wouldn’t even be writing this post.

SO! If you’re a new blogger, I’m going to be real with you: sometimes blogging is hard. You may want to say yes to everything because it sounds new and fun and exciting… but sometimes saying no is the right choice. And if you’re not new, well then I’m probably preaching to the choir. Here are the times I’ve learned to say no when it comes to blogging opportunities.

Blog Tips: When to Say No To Blogging Opportunities / hellorigby seattle lifestyle and fashion blog

When to Say No To Blogging Opportunities

1. When it doesn’t align with your core values
There are many things that I believe passionately in that I’d love to help promote. There are other things that I don’t believe in at all. For instance, you’d never seeing me tout the benefits of Purina dog food because I honestly don’t feel comfortable feeding it to Rigby. Just because it’s for dogs doesn’t mean it should be fed.

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