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A Stitch Fix Win

So most of you guys have been reading the blog long enough to know that I have a monthly subscription to a personal online styling service, Stitchfix!

I love what this service offers.  For those unfamiliar with it, you go to their website, fill out a very detailed style profile, and for a 20$ fee they have a stylist pick 5 items to ship to you at home.  Four of the items are clothing, while one may or may not be jewelry/accessory.  Once your box arrives you get to try on your items in the comfort of your home to decide which items will work for you.  Once your choices are made you go online to check off the items you are keeping, place the items to return in a pre-paid shipping bag, and drop it off.  That simple!  Oh and your 20$ styling fee?……it comes off of the final price of your invoice so you really do not loose money!

I have raved about my love for the service several times already.  This month was great!  It is the first box from the service in which I have kept all five items – giving me the chance to use my savings for purchasing the entire box 🙂

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I usually always keep the jewelty item that is sent in the box.  I mean let’s be honest, what woman doesn’t like jewelry??  Such a cute and different bracelet.

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I was excited to see this top in my fix.  Most of the items I get are usually a little on the “dressier” side.  I was excited to see a more casual piece this month.

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I wasn’t sure when I first saw this shirt if I would like it or not.  Of course once I tried it on it was too adorable.  I love the “lace” detail on the top/back. 

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This one by far was my favorite item in the box.  I love flowing type tops, and I also love things that are different colors.

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This is the one item that I was going to return at first.  The only reason for that was because it was a little too tight on me.  I also know that is because of the weight/inches gained in the past several months, but who wants to spend money on something they aren’t comfortable in?  The only reason I kept it was because sending it back would only save me like 8$$!!  You get a percentage off for keeping all items in the box, so returning this skirt voids the discount making the totally difference on eight bucks.  So I decided to keep it for 8$, and I am sure once my body gets back on track it will fit fine.  It is an awesome skirt after all!

I really loved this pattern on this skirt.  It is totally different than anything that I would normally buy for myself.  Which is one of the main reasons that I love the service.  All of the items I have kept from them are things that I wouldn’t have even tried on much less purchased has I been shopping in a store.  That and they are so different from most things you can find in stores 🙂

This one was a total win!!!

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My Very First Stitch Fix Fail….

Do you guys remember a few weeks ago when I shared with you my love for Stitch Fix? I am sure you do!

I have been using the service for about five months now, and I am totally in love with it.

Sadly this months fix was the first fail for me 😦

It wasn't because I didn't like the items in the box. Oh no! I was in love with the colors and patterns when I opened it. I just wasn't in love with the cut and fit of them…..,,,

Item número uno…..a very pretty skirt. I really loved the color of this skirt. What I didn't like – that it was a high waist skirt. I do not like anything with a high waist. Mainly because of my ridiculous “baby bump” that I still carry around, but also I must confess that I have a piercing which makes items with a high waist uncomfortable when sitting.

Up next was a very cute ikat print dress. It was a wrap dress, I hate wrap dresses :(. I really loved the colors/pattern, but I usually never buy anything that requires it to be tied around me. I will rock a belt with the best of them, but something that ties in a bow…..no thanks!

Then there was the maxi dress. Same story….awesome chevron print, beautiful colors, horrible cut. The dress was way to big for me, looked like a maternity dress (no offense to my expecting mothers), and was just really unflattering…..see for yourself!

Yep had to wear shirt under it……entire side of bra was showing!

I even tried belting it, and that didn't work either.

Now this little gem was my absolute favorite thing in the box! Until I put it on that is. While it,looks really cute the cut around the arms was just horrible, and if I raised my arms the shirt didn't fail back into place when they were lowered. I had to tug it back down and ain't nobody got time for that!!

The necklace was the only thing in the box that fit right, and in order to not lose my 20$ styling fee I kept it. Normally this little cutie would have went back due to price…..uh…..42$$. Now I do not mind spending money on jewelry, but I would have never purchased this on my own for that price. Since it was the only item in the box that worked it is what I kept.

So out of five boxes this is the first that didn't have any items to fit/keep. I say that is not too bad, but here is looking forward to a better box next time!!

p.s. if you would like to try the service for yourself I would appreciate it if you would use my referral code listed below, thanks so much!!

http://stitchfix.com/sign_up?referrer_id=3049712

 

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Confessions

Yep, it's that time again! Time for me to make a confession. I have been holding out on some great things!

Now I am not going to put all of them in one post…..no I will break them into two different posts. Because you know they each have a need for their own!

While imam normally very good at sharing things that are important to me, things that I love, and just random tidbits of info Here, I have fallen slightly behind.

I am in love with some new things lately. Now many of you will know about the first topic at hand. Stitch Fix!!!

Many of you have probably heard of this company by now, it is all over the blog world, but for those of of hat haven't let me share!

Stitch Fix is a personal styling service that delivers a curated box of accessibly priced items directly to doors across the United States. Stitch Fix hand picks pieces for each client, to ultimately help them look and feel their best.

So the basics are you join the site, fill out an extensive style profile, and the company will ship clothing items and accessories straight to your doorstep. Now there is a “styling fee” of 20$ that is charged to your card, but the money will be deducted from the total price of the items you decide to keep. Which of course means that I always keep a least be item…..who am I kidding I keep more than one! The items you do not want is placed in a prepaid bag for you to return to the company. Then you simply go online, check off if you are keeping/returning items, the reason why, and any additional comments you want to leave. Then you check out your final purchase. You can choose to have a monthly box shipped to you, or you can go online and schedule a fox as you want them!!

Here are items I have kept so far………..

 

 

 

They even include a style card with each item of suggested ways to wear the items……

So go,check out the website at http://www.stitchfix.com for more info. I promise you will not be disappointed.

P.S……. Oh and for my lovely friends that read, if you decide to try the service you can use the following code which gives me a referral credit 🙂

http://stitchfix.com/sign_up?referrer_id=3049712

 

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My very first…..

Hi guys, how was your Friday?  My day was super busy as usual, but I am so glad to announce a first for Helen, Naturally!

My very first YouTube video…..aka….vlog 🙂

Now I must beg you to paaaleeaassseeee excuse the crazy light that is shining on half of my face, the fact that I touch my face numerours times, the fact that I talk with my hands constantly, how the editing on the video is not the best, and my lovely little country twang, lol! 

I filmed this in my bedroom at my vanity table, hence the light.  I had my lamp on I use when I dress.  It is not as bright as it seems in the video, I know now to turn it off.  I also have my mirror on the table that I use for make up so that is why I touch my face several times because I can see my reflection with it’s oiliness and such 🙂

Hope you enjoy the video, and I would love to hear your feeback!!

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A change will do you good

Hello my blog friends!  Sorry I was a little MIA this week, it has been a hectic one.  Mixed in with some bad news.  You see any week is  busy for me at work, but give me a week with one less work day in it (while I love it) = hectic! 

As for the bad news…..two very good friends that I worked with at my last school are the pastor/youth pastor at the church I attend.  Their dad was rushed to the hospital several nights ago.  He is in ICU, doing better but still not sure what is going on.  So when you combine all of that I just didn’t feel like writing.

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Before I get on with my changes I have to give a big shout out to my friend Farrah of fairyhealthylife.  You see she had a giveaway several days back for someone to win four bags of Starbuck’s iced coffee beans.  I won the giveaway  🙂

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Oh but that’s not all.  I did get those four bags, but she also sent me a coffee mug – ❤ – a cute little bag that my kids love, a nice little note, and…….. two amazing slices of her pumpkin loaf! 

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Love, love, love.  I would be lying if I said I shared it.  I didn’t!  I ate one slice immediately, then enjoyed the second with breakfast 🙂

Thanks so much Farrah – you are so sweet….and I really love reading your blog!  You guys should go check her out!!

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Now back to my changes.  Have you noticed a difference around here?  Yeah….good!  I have updated my photo, appearance, and pages.  I had a variety of posts I was planning to do to transition my blog this week but as explained above…..that didn’t happen.  So I spent my time off today to work on the blog, update some pages, and start transitioning things. 

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I have explained some of my thoughts on where I am going briefly, but my new “about” page pretty much sums it up.  I contemplated on starting another blog where I could talk about my love of fashion and beauty.  It is something that I know I would enjoy writing about, but I kept putting it off.  Why you ask?  Because I knew how much work it would be to “run” two blog sites.  I barely have time for one!

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This had me thinking about all of the different things that I enjoy in life.  Things that I would love to write about occasionally and share with my readers.  I have a couple of blogs that I follow that write about various things.  They do not follow any particular pattern or talk of only one topic.  One of the blogs I read daily is Love Life Project.  A blog where the writer, shout out to you Stephanie, writes about various things with success.  So I was inspired to do the same….

I was skeptical for a few weeks.  Not sure if I wanted to change things up.  I have to be honest and say that I was afraid I would lose some readers if the content doesn’t pertain to things they are interested in.  Then I realized that I was being silly.   

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This is my personal blog.  It is a space for me to be creative about things that I am passionate about.  A place for me to cut loose, be myself, and have fun.  Just as all of my wonderful blog friends do!  I created this space to be a reflection of me, so here we go guys and gals.  The newly transitioned happy living blog – Helen, Naturally! 

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I hope that you guys enjoy it as much as I know I will 🙂

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FIVE

GO SAINTS 🙂

Ok, sorry I just had to get that out there!  To any and all of my Chicago area readers, I’m  sorry we stomped your butts the game didn’t go so well for you.  Sort of!

I have been a little MIA over the past week.  I wasn’t feeling the best in the world.  Hopefully I will be back to my regularly scheduled blogging this week.  I have lot’s-o-things to share with you guys. 

Like the fact that I started a cleansing diet this morning.  No I am not following a purchased cleanse.  I just need to get my eating habits and exercise routine back on track.  I have been a bad girl lately….gasp……I know right.  So I will talk a little about my cleansing this week.  Only a little since it is the basic way most of us cleanse our bodies.

Today’s post will be featuring things I am loving at the moment.  I am only going to share five.  Because you know I could go on and on about things that I love. 

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  • My new hair cut!

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Yep, couldn’t take it any longer.  I had to go fun and funky!  I am thinking I will probably go a little shorted with the back next time.  I am  leaving the front at this length…..love it!

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We had my niece’s baptism this weekend.  I was one of her God parents!  She was so precious in her beautiful dress.

My hair style was very cute this weekend with my outfit for my Goddaughter’s baptism.  Of course you can’t see the dress in this photo so hopefully I will get a better one from the photographer.  It was so circa 1950’s.  I had on a dress with full skirt and a black capelet.  Love the look!

  • Which brings me to my second item….Capelets! 

They are so cute.  I am totally in love with this look this season.  Only one problem.  Finding ones that are reasonably priced!  Now I am not one to splurge very often on clothes, I save that for shoes and purses, but I just may have to splurge for a couple of these.  If anyone is aware of a really cute, reasonably priced capelet, please share 🙂

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  • Oxfords – w/ heels

These little babies have been all over the runways during fashion week, oh and all over some fabulous fashion blogs as well.  I will be ordering a pair this weekend thankyouverymuch!

  • Fashion Blogs

These little gems are great!  I read a variety of blogs – food, healthy living, exercise, home decor, etc.  I have fallen in love with searching through fashion blogs.  Many of them can give you similar items to pricey pieces that you love.  Try a google search and hop onto one of the sites….you will be pleasantly surprised at what you can find.

  • Pesto in a jar

Come on you knew I couldn’t list five things without one food item!  This is a lifesaver.  We will be enjoying some of this mixed with some brown rice pasta for dinner tonight.  Very easy to make this into a veggie/meat eater friendly meal.  Place grilled chicken on top for the hubster, mix in some navy beans/chickpeas/cannellini beans for me 🙂

So tell me what are some of the things you are loving at the moment – food related or not!

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