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Just [kind of] Fab

I don’t like shopping but I do like buying new things. Shopping typically requires driving somewhere, searching for a parking spot, spending hours trying to find what I want/need and usually not finding it or spending hours trying on things that don’t really fit. So I’ve taken to online shopping whenever possible. I stick to the same stores where I know what size to order (which still doesn’t always guarantee a great fit). I was intrigued when my friend told me about JustFab for shoes. I love having shoe options but also don’t want to spend a ton on shoes – especially on styles I won’t wear frequently. They had a good deal for new members and some cute styles, so I decided to try it out.

I ordered 2 pairs. I liked one and didn’t love the other (neither was amazing. but fine enough), but it wasn’t a problem because one of their big promos is free exchanges on any order – right? Long story short: their “simple” system to exchange – not so simple. It would not let me set this exchange up online (as it instructed on the invoice), so I chatted with a rep online who told me I actually could only exchange it for the same shoe (different color or size) because it was a final sale (NOWHERE did it say anything to that effect pre- or post-order), so I called that night and spoke to a rep who processed my exchange immediately no questions asked. Yes, in the end I got what I wanted. But they made it WAY more complicated than necessary.

I asked over the phone if I always needed to do exchanges via phone (IF I buy anything again) and he said no I can do it online (which I was unable to do). I asked why the service rep online told me I was unable to exchange the shoe at all and he mumbled something about “uhhh…depends on the order…uhhh…yeah.”

So….if you want some ok shoes at a decent price try it out – with the caveat that you may have to put some extra work into returning or exchanging them if you don’t like them/they don’t fit/whatever. There are better deals as a member, but it’s one of those deals that you have to skip each month or be charged a membership fee. So a little complicated, but I just keep a reminder on my calendar and avoid charges.

Not a raving review but now you know what you’re dealing with. Maybe check it out a decide for yourself!


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Stitch Fix

Apparently February is my month to try new things….or maybe to be lazy since these things are all home-delivery. Either way, there are some pretty cool home-delivery services out there so I might as well try them! While one coworker got me on the Plated train, another convinced me to try Stitch Fix. I had heard of Stitch Fix in passing but hadn’t really looked into it. My coworker, however, tried it and loved her experience so I figured I’d give it a try!

What is it? You make a style profile and a stylist will compile of box of 5 pieces of clothing and/or accessories based on your profile. This profile includes questions about what you would spend ($$) on different items.

How does it work? You pick which day you want your box to arrive and pay a $20 styling fee. You get your box in the mail and try everything on. The items you want to keep, you buy (with that $20 applied to your purchase). The items you don’t like you send back in the pre-paid package that came with your box. If you want to keep everything you get 25% off.

You can opt to receive a box on a regular basis ($20 each time) or you can just schedule one occasionally. It doesn’t even automatically opt you in for the regular shipments so you don’t have to worry about canceling anything or automatic charges!

My box actually came a couple days early – everything was neatly packed and comes with a personal note from your stylist and pictures with ideas on how to wear each item you received.


personal note and style guide

personal note and style guide

I loved 4 of the 5 items I received – one was a long-sleeve shirt which I don’t need more of and I didn’t love the style. The scarf was super cute but scarves are the last thing I need more of. The dress, jeans, and blazer all fit really well and I kept the blazer! The jeans were actually too long – to which they replied that they are regular inseam – which I find hard to believe that I would have to roll up skinny jeans about 4 inches. I’m not super tall but I’m definitely not short!

Give it try! If you are so kind, use my referral code (!! Then when you love it you can share it with your friends!