Happy New Year!
Every so often, we chat fashion at Carrots. I hope it feels like going shopping with a friend, but not having to try on jeans, or leave your couch.
Today I’m gonna share my latest fix from Stitch Fix. (I’m not gonna go into the details of the personal styling service Stitch Fix here, but if you want to know more you can check out my posts about whether Stitch Fix is worth it, how it compares to other styling services like Golden Tote.)
I convinced my trusty photographer to snap some outfit photos.
Now if that face doesn’t say, “excited about fashion,” I don’t know what does!
So without further ado, let’s get to it. I’ll show you the “no’s” first and we’ll end with the winners.
Skirt: Stitch Fix, Top: Old Navy, Shoes: Target
Item #1: Margaret M Verna Striped Ponte Pencil Skirt. Nope. I’m not sure if it’s just a result of the holiday feasting, but the skirt is way too snug. Like, I couldn’t breathe kind of snug. And I love the look of a top tucked into a pencil skirt but the snugness was so snug that no tucking in was possible. I actually tried styling it with a different top and different shoes and it looked just as weird. Things to note: Yes, you really can be this pale and live in Florida. Also, now I remember why I never wear those shoes.
Daniel’s Take: “I think it looks good on you. But I don’t think you’ll wear it.”
Anyhow…sent it back.
Shirt: Stitch Fix, Jeans: Old Navy, Necklace: chloe +isabel
Item #2: Skies Are Blue Maia Embroidered Cotton Knit Top. I actually really love this top. But I already have it in cream from the time I tried out Golden Tote. Definitely don’t need two shirts that look exactly the same. Since you can’t see the detail in that picture, here’s a close up:
Daniel’s Take: “With the owl necklace, it makes me think of a fanciful woodland scene.”
Tote: Stitch Fix, Sweater: Stitch Fix, Jeans: Old Navy, Shoes: Twice
Item #3: Street Level Parvin Reversible Hang Tag Detail Tote. Nothing about this purse thrilled me. And the material felt cheap. Daniel said it best when he described it as….
Daniel’s Take: “Looks like something you got for free at a conference.”
Item #4: Market and Spruce Corinna Striped Dolman Top. LOVE. I wore this four days in a row this week. And then it started to get stinky so I had to take it off to wash it. What a drag. It’s perfect for winter in Florida weather, so super soft, and just slouchy enough to be terribly forgiving during the post-Christmas season. Nothing motivates you to start an exercise routine like realizing that only your “pie jeans” can zip up.
Daniel’s Take: “Looks super comfy. I wanna wear it.”
Dress: Stitch Fix, Boots: Twice, Bag: Anhaica
Item #5: Pixley Lex Mini Chevron Knit Fit & Flare Dress. I really love everything about this dress. Keepin’ it. It is surprisingly forgiving in the tummy department. So yay.
Daniel’s Take: “I call this dress ‘High desert meets high fashion: the southwest and the runway collide.'”
Speaking of Daniel, he got me this cool waxed canvas tote from Anhaica, a local bag works. I’m digging’ it.
Now let’s get serious, folks. Growing out short hair. Is. the. pits. But I REALLY really want my hair to be long enough to put in a ponytail next summer. Maybe that’s impossible. If it is, don’t tell me. I need all the motivation I can get to keep from going back to a pixie cut right this second.
What are your favorite forgiving outfits for early January? And is there anything but sticking a million bobby pins in my hair that I can do to keep from losing my mind while growing it out?
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. But links to Stitch Fix and Golden Tote are affiliate links which means if a sale is made, I will receive a small percentage at no additional cost to you, of course. Links to Twice are referral links.
Good job on the clothes!
Growing out your hair is the worst. Learn to love yourself in scarves or a cloche, or one of those stocking caps that have the fullness in the back. Those are what I used until it was long enough on top to pull back in a half-pony. Using a scarf in your hair as a headband also works, and no one thinks you are having chemo. Good Luck!
That bag Daniel got you is awesome!!! I can’t imagine my husband (whose name is Daniel) picking out a bag for me. Although he did once get me a flannel nightgown as a surprise bday present. (December 30th, kind of a drag. My own mother forgot about it this year, in case you want to take the bait and pity me.)
Oh, and I seriously need a stripey shirt like yours for my postpartum period (baby number six due in two weeks!!!). Where can I find one??
Mary Keane says
I was thinking all through this post that your little braid in the front is super cute. So there’s one thing you can do. Do NOT attempt to curl your hair in an effort to give it some sort of style. I was growing out my pixie and tried that the day I got my first driver’s license. I had to carry around photo evidence of that old lady ‘fro for quite a while.
Get thee to The Bulk Herb Store and order her Daily Boost Herba-Smoothie mix. The horsetail-shavegrass is great for hair and nails when you need that extra little boost. (If you’re still nursing you may want to consider the horsetail-shavegrass on its own, since the blend has Eleuthero Root in it. Apparently this can cause increased heart rate, and isn’t recommended by some herbalists for pregnant or nursing women. I don’t know anything more about it, so if you’re concerned you should look it up.) 🙂
I’m so in love with the chevron dress that I’m googling it to see where I can get one…. *trots off to the goog*
I actually got married during my growing out phase, and all I could manage was combing it back with a headband (it was a town hall wedding so no super fancy wedding stylist was on hand). It’s a good time to experiment with accessories! My favorites were headbands and slouchy hats. Also loving the chevron dress!
Just got my first fix last month! Love that dress. Can’t wait to not be preggo! It was cool they had maternity clothes.
Monica Cain says
Love that bag! I’ve been growing out my ultra short pixie cut since June. It’s the worst! I think you’ll be able to do at least a tiny ponytail by summer, at least some cute lil pigtails:)
i am also growing out a pixie. i think I am about 2 months behind you, so i think your hair is long! It’s all perspective! Seriously it sucks but i keep imagining a ponytail also. keeps me motivated!
Ungh. Growing out is just. The. Worst. But I’ve found the best time to grow it out is when you’re pregnant. It grows super fast then- plus you’re already getting chubby so having awkward “grow out hair” really isn’t that big of a deal. Ha ha ha that’s the way I saw it anyway. But good luck- I have only grown my hair out once in my adult life, and I chopped it all off again when my daughter was about 6 months anyway.
I LOVE the dress it is so cute! It really suits you too.
Also, Daniel’s comments slay me.
I feel like my awkward hair growing goes through stages. Maybe just give it week and it will be better? If not, what works for me is keeping the back shorter for an angled look. It still looks chic but grows out effortlessly. My hair grows really fast in the back though so it always catches up super fast.
Several friends of mine swear by the ‘fit and flare’ dresses from Lands End and they always have sales or clearance so you might check them out for more dresses!
I pixied my hair last January and it grows pretty fast so I just kept chugging along and I think I will be able to do a pony this summer!
Girl, you could be a model! What beautiful pictures of you. 🙂
I’m growing out my hair, too, so I feel your pain. It helps to look at pictures of hairstyles you are looking forward to trying out! Have you done a tutorial for that braid crown yet?
I know it sounds counter intuitive, but getting your hair trimmed/shaped every 6 weeks really helps in the growing out process. I’m sure it’s tough on the budget and you will struggle to find the time, but if you can manage it, it makes the growing out process so much more pleasant. I started growing out my pixie a couple of years ago and kept getting it trimmed. I felt like I had a new style every 6 weeks instead of bad hair for months on end.
Fabric headbands help with the grow out too 🙂
Gorgeous 🙂 also I am in love with your boots.
Mandy J. Stephens says
superb just love the article..