How Stitchfix Saves me Time and Money


So personal.



I have a problem. Clothes. It’s sooooo bad you guys! You know those mornings when you’re running late and suddenly your entire wardrobe literally turns against you. It is that moment when you put on your go-to shirt because you’re in a rush and for some reason it seems to have suddenly shrunk to a size ‘I remember when I was 4’ and your elastic waist line has decided to latch on to every ounce of love handle you ever worked off or ‘passed on the scone’ for. So, you go to the next reasonable option which is – fuck it. Try on every other item of clothing you own and haven’t worn or even considered wearing since the 9th grade – thinking for some reason something from 1999 will have you feeling like Gweneth Paltrow. Don’t forget you’re in a hurry. 


 

So what do you do? Well duh, the next step is, you then begin to throw every meany-head piece of clothing you’ve managed to get in and out of in the last 20 minutes, on the floor. That is what you do and next thing you know, you did it. You officially demolished your bedroom…. But in a hurry, gotta’ run.

And now…crap-o-la, you are pretty much death-sentenced to the next 3 weekends of sifting through clothes you’ll never wear again. The other logical way out is – go to Target or Forever 21, revamp your closet. Okay you guys, If you went this route (haha, it’s like a choose your own destination) it only means you now have more clothes you have to hang up in your closet. Which then means, you will only have more clothes on your floor come the next late, frumpy feeling, kind of day. Annnndddd If you’re like me, that’s nearly every day. Hence why my floor looks like a mosaic master piece of well, clothing.

Unveiling the Fix

 

This my friends, is why I started Stitch Fix. I recently took to Stitch Fix in an odd attempt to save money. Here’s the deal, my desperate clothing runs were costing me close to $300 dollars a piece. Because I didn’t feel like I had anything or I would be bored of the clothes I just bought and I would go buy some more. It was kind of becoming a vicious cycle.

Denim

Stitch Fix is a company that personally styles you and sends you clothes, shoes, and accessories from very specific details you give when setting up your account. You can pick down to favorite colors, patterns, fits, styles, prices, fabric and so much more. Stitch Fix is unique because it caters to all genders and body types, they even have maternity for all my cute pregnant women out there. You can then customize the frequency of your package once a week, month, bi-monthly or others. I chose monthly and then decided I would frequent twice a month.

The beauty of this system is that you don’t have to keep every item that comes with your Stitch Fix. If you only like the shoes and the pants great. Or perhaps you’re on a budget that month. Or maybe you just received a similar blouse as a gift and don’t need it, just ship it back (the shipping label and package is in the box ready for you) within 3 days and they refund you for all the things you didn’t need/want.

Casual

The thing Stitch Fix did for me is; in your Fix you will find a very personalized letter from your stylist saying what they’re still working on finding as well as a layout of outfit options for your items. I found I came to value the items just a little bit more because they were picked out by my very own ‘stylist’ for me. This is something that adds a little extra value to the clothes and a step that obviously causes me not only anxiety but a health hazard for a bedroom. I also like the fact that I can kind of pick and chose which things I really like and what I don’t. This saves me money because I have an allotted amount of clothes to pick from and to feel like my closet got a tiny face lift instead of the 10.7 million items of clothing at Forever21 and my closets face being sprung back and looking like Janice Dickenson. Also, I know when I am in my slump that I have one coming soon, this completely erased the temptation for my typical clothing runs.

Shoes to boot.

I can also tell you, as a working Momma this has been a life savor when it comes to creating and having outfits to wear on the fly. I encourage you to try it, just try! You can always return the items or heck even quit getting packages. I always am looking forward to my package. My floor is still a mess though.  Help.

Please share your experience or what you love about Stitch Fix below in the comments. Thanks for reading friends!

 

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5 Steps to THE Most Productive Morning. Ever.

Alarm Ring. Good Morning. Hello. Wake up. Get up. GET UP. fucccckkkkk. ok I’m up.

You know that feeling when your alarm clock goes off and your brain is instantly filled with every single excuse in the history to hit snooze. No like really, you suddenly remembered you jammed your pinkie in 5th grade and haven’t had it looked at yet, so today would be a good day to call in sick and have it looked at. Or maybe you’re like me and when your alarm clock goes off and you finally are able to relinquish in the silence of no kids crying or begging ‘feed me’. So explain to me why in the hell would I get up turn on the loudest piece of machinery in my house (the hairdryer of course) and interrupt this ‘calm and peaceful energy’ in my home I’ve been longing for. Why in the hell would I even move or breath at this point. You moms know what I am talking about.

My husband used to work nights and we would have these on-going arguments because I would come home from teaching all day long be by myself, cook dinner, leave the macaroni on the stove in the pan, dirty diaper on top of the trash, and be lucky if we all were even considered ‘nourished’ that night. He would then wake up the following morning (I would be gone at work) and he would be LIVID with me for leaving the kitchen and bathrooms a mess. (THE AUDACITY RIGHT!? No really, I would get hate texts of pictures of the sink full of dishes) I would tell him, “You do not understand. You have the mornings at home. It is so much easier to be productive in the morning. I am exhausted by the time I get home! I have no energy to do those things.” (Insert: middle finger scratching my nose)

Don’t worry this is one of those moments that came full circle. Because he is on day shift now and get’s home and finally after a week said to me, “I totally get it, I get home and I am done. I don’t want to do anything. You are right, it is totally different.” While, in my head I had pointing fingers and happy crying emoji’s dancing in my head. I just simply nodded my head. But then I got to thinking, Oh holy SHIT! IF WE ARE BOTH WIPED BY THE END OF THE DAY, how in the HELL is this place going to be livable and our children going to survive. We will be dead by the end of the month, at the latest. We had to change our routines and essentially our lives.

There was really only one answer, we had to make our mornings the most productive as possible. How?


Step 1.) It starts the night before.

I’m sorry, I had to be the one to say it. You have to prepare the night before if you want the most out of your morning. If you go to bed with a sink full of dishes it becomes 90% exponentially more likely that they won’t get done. Do them before you go to bed. This isn’t about the dishes. It is about waking up to a clear space and head in the morning. If you have a sink full of dishes and only 5 extra minutes in the morning, you already are pissed at yourself and your sink for not being a self-cleaning robot. Get your shit together the night before, fight through it with the end-goal of the morning in mind. Make your morning and space feel as incredible as your bed does to crawl into at night.

Step 2.) Organize and Prepare. (The night before).

I’m sorry again and this is the last and final step that has anything to do with the night-time. That time of day when you really don’t want to do crap. But you have to organize, getting your clothes laid out, your breakfast made, your kid’s lunches packed, the coffee prepped. Do all of that the night before, make it part of your evening routine. I know for me, If I try doing this in the morning, I am literally the devil. I am screaming and my 5-year-old she should have learned how to tie her shoes when she came out the womb. I hate having mornings like this. It is all because I wasn’t organized the night before. I become Betty freaking Crocker mixed with Oprah and a little bit of the Pope when I can just grab all those things and put them where they belong in a quick 5 minutes. No really I feel like my voice changes when I am having an organized morning, it turns into this sweet, soft, and playful voice. Like I literally change humans when I have this kind of morning. It’s actually kind of freaky now that I am saying it out loud.

Step 3.) Routine and Rituals

No, not like have a séance with incense, but have something you do that will register your brain that it is morning time and we like morning time. For me, I love Pinterest quote stalking in the morning. I love reading inspirational quotes that remind me I am strong, I am important, I am powerful, and I got this. I pin 3 quotes and then get up. WORKOUT for 30 minutes. I get in the shower. This helps me wake up, feel clean, feel good. Then I go downstairs and I do little chores, like wiping the counters, getting my coffee, watch the news. Pick one of those things and you have a ritual, something that makes your brain enjoy the morning. Maybe it’s checking social media, maybe it’s a shower, maybe it’s watching the news, maybe drinking coffee, listening to ZEN music. I don’t know, taking a crap! (I’ve heard people have discussions about their ‘morning poo’). Ew, but true!

Step 4.) Be Thankful.

But you have to train your brain to enjoy these things. If your brain is trained to loath the sound of your alarm, CHANGE YOUR ALARM RING TONE. Apple bedtime app, has the most incredible alarm tunes. EVER. You have to train your brain to be thankful you are awake and have this incredible home and family to wake up to. When you get in the shower find a way to be thankful and appreciative of the warm clean water on your back. Relinquish in these little things we call ”adulting”. When I work out in the morning, can I tell you the truth I used to HATE it, but I’ve growth to cherish that time and being physically able to do something that betters me. Train your brain to love the little things about your morning routine.

Step 5.) Don’t Stop. 

Once you have inserted some minor changes to your evening routine and have a clean space to wake up to. Once you have completed your prep the night before. You have adopted or maybe just brought light to some minimal routines and rituals and you have begun training your brain to find solitude and enjoyment in this time of day. Don’t stop. Let it become manifested in your brain that this is an incredibly powerful time of day that shouldn’t be slept through, complained about, ignored, or denied simply because we are tired at night.

 

Having good mornings changes our entire being, it changes the energy we expel towards our children, our colleagues, our spouses, and the stranger we will now smile at when we have to stop and get gas on our way to an early staff meeting. It is because, we are incredibly powerful. Every action we have as a reaction to later follow. It takes preparedness and motivation, but as we all know when we are learning how to read, you have to get the fundamental understanding of our language and letters before you can start putting words together. These steps are the fundamental beginnings to having and living a more productive and really, the best life you can life every day.

Have a wonderful day.

XOXO,

Chanel

The “What-If” Game.

Have you ever done something you knew you were more than likely to not complete. A fad? A craze? A detox diet? A kick-ass workout routine? Or even buying a gym membership and knowing it’s not going to last. Like you quit before you even really started…or you started, knowing you were going to quit. Well, me too.

I am a great starter, not a good finisher. My motivation for most things quickly fades like a child who opens that toy they’ve been dying for all year, plays with it for 20 minutes for it to never to be touched again. That was me. That is me. Still, with practically everything I do.

I have started a new attempt in beginning things with an end goal of  completion. With one simple phrase “what if I just did it…”. Literally the lowest form of expectations possible, what if. It has truly given me a new perspective and desire to follow through with so many things in my life. Except my laundry. That is a whole other beast. I may possibly need intensive one-on-one counseling for that. 

The next time you feel like quitting or making 5 million excuses to excuse yourself-from your workout or your diet or your chores or being a mom. Try the SIMPLE self talk of “what would happen if I just —–today.” Not “what if I finish and do this whole thing, I’m going to do it, I’m going to complete all of my 80 house chores, I’m going to have a six pack, my cars going to be detailed and both of my toddlers are going to be playing Mozart and reading Harry Potter by the end of tonight!” NOOOOO. Please god don’t say that to yourself. We set our expectations too high, almost in an attempt to fail first because we simply already know we will. It’s a silent life-sucking cycle.

Go small. Pick something minimal let’s say a 30 minute workout. And ask yourself when you’re feeling meh about it “what if I just worked out for a half hour…what would happen?” Then do it and see what happens. You’ll feel freaking amazing that’s what will happen. At minimum maybe it wasn’t the greatest workout and your kids were interrupting by crawling under your plank and throwing tv remote at the dog. But at MINIMUM you completed a task, and that feels awesome.

And don’t play the what if game next until you’re done with the task at hand.

These tiny triumphs, small wins, will help your success feel huge and will snow ball into a more productive, well rounded, laundry hoarding, human being. Like myself! Let me know what you do to keep motivated in the comments below.