Shophopes: Two Fall Pieces, Three Ways

In full transparency, Shophopes was kind enough to gift me some of the items below in exchange for my honest opinion, plus I spent a bit more of my own $$.  I’ve been wearing Shophopes clothes for years, so it was super exciting to get to work with them! Make sure to checkout the discount code down below!

GUYS. I’ve officially come to terms with the fact that it’s Fall and I need to start dressing like it. Of course, Midwest seasons are finicky, so it’ll be 50 one day and 85 the next (like the day I shot these pics…😐) so having pieces I can layer are the best. I bought two new pieces from Shophopes with the help of a gift from them and I’m excited to show you how I made them into fun outfits for the Fall and Winter.

First up is this Lead the Way dress, which is the perfect layering dress. I actually styled it two ways and I can’t choose my favorite! I’m wearing a small.

I paired this blanket scarf and booties with my favorite new layering dress! | Shophopes: Two Fall Pieces, Three Ways I paired this blanket scarf and booties with my favorite new layering dress! | Shophopes: Two Fall Pieces, Three Ways I paired this blanket scarf and booties with my favorite new layering dress! | Shophopes: Two Fall Pieces, Three WaysCora the Cone Head wanted to be a model, too. 🐶

I layered up this dress with a nice big blanket scarf (anyone else have to wear their hair up when they wear a scarf? Drives me crazy to keep it down!) and some booties. I’m in the market for some new booties and these are looking pretty sweet

And when it’s not 85 degrees out (like as I write this – it’s 60) I’ll be bringing in some fun tights!

I actually have a second look with this dress that I’ve already worn to work. I love this dress because I think there’s so many ways to dress it up or down, making it as fancy or cozy as you’d like.

I paired this Shophopes dress with a long necklace and OTK boots! | Shophopes: Two Fall Pieces, Three Ways I paired this Shophopes dress with a long necklace and OTK boots! | Shophopes: Two Fall Pieces, Three Ways I paired it with a long, dangly necklace and some casual OTK boots. I love this look, especially for when it’s not SUPER cold out and I don’t necessarily need a big blanket scarf.

And, as you can tell, I was having a hard time putting down my coffee so it was in every.single.pic. 😂

The next item I got was this distressed black & white sweater (which unfortunately is no longer on the website, but I’m loving this one). I did end up getting a medium so it’s *pretty* big, but that seems to work out with oversized sweaters, so it’s still pretty dang cute!

Loving this oversized black & white top from Shophopes with simple leggings & OTK boots! | Shophopes: Two Fall Pieces, Three Ways Loving this oversized black & white top from Shophopes with simple leggings & OTK boots! | Shophopes: Two Fall Pieces, Three Ways Loving this oversized black & white top from Shophopes with simple leggings & OTK boots! | Shophopes: Two Fall Pieces, Three Ways Loving this oversized black & white top from Shophopes with simple leggings & OTK boots! | Shophopes: Two Fall Pieces, Three WaysI know y’all are V impressed by my modeling skills.

For the sweater, I paired it with my super soft leggings from Athleta that I talked about in my Stitch Fix blog and some red OTK boots for a bit of flare. I absolutely LOVED this outfit and can’t wait to wear it again. So comfy, but yet looks put together – my favorite type of look.

If you’d like to take a look at Shophopes’ stuff, they ALWAYS have free shipping and they gave me a discount code for the next couple weeks! Use Jessie10 at the checkout to get 10% off! 🎉  The discount code is good through 10/31/17. I’m actually planning to use my own discount code and buy some of their OTK boots – ha! I’m obsessed.

What are some of your favorite way to style and layer clothes once it gets colder out? Any ideas for how I can style these differently?

My First Stitch Fix Haul | Tryin’ to be a fashion blogger!

Ok, so I love fashion. I never BUY fashionable items, but I still love it. I’m starting to incorporate a few good pieces into my closet since I’m almost 30 and I should *probably* get rid of the clothes I got going into my sophomore year of college. #heyo

So now I’m trying out Stitch Fix! I’m in no way sponsored by Stitch Fix, but that is a referral link, just so you know! And as you can tell, I’m a HELLA qualified fashion blogger. 🙄  Don’t mind the perfectly timed photos taken with my iPhone with Ben sitting at his desk trying to work and I’m in between a mattress and a garbage can … oh, and a puppy with a cone head. Told ya – SO MUCH FASHION.

My First Stitch Fix Haul | Tryin' to be a fashion blogger! Nothing like trying to figure out that fashion blogger life, am I right?!
The Process

First of all, for those of you that have never used Stitch Fix, I filled out a questionnaire online and sent a link to my Fashion Pinterest page – easy peasy!

 

My First Stitch Fix Haul | Tryin' to be a fashion blogger! Nothing like trying to figure out that fashion blogger life, am I right?!
Once I got my package and made my choices, I went online, paid the money for the piece I kept (the $20 styling fee went toward it which was AWESOME) and told them why I didn’t like the other pieces. Then I packaged everything up in a bag they provided and sent it off in the mail.

My Fix

I ordered my SF a couple weeks ago and had it sent at the beginning of the year. I was so excited when it came in! It even came with a little present for Ben …

My First Stitch Fix Haul | Tryin' to be a fashion blogger! Nothing like trying to figure out that fashion blogger life, am I right?!… socks! Which honestly is GREAT marketing in my opinion. Now Ben will probably try out SF because he got some $$ off and free socks.

Moving on to my stuff …

Stitch Fix Piece 1: Returned

My First Stitch Fix Haul | Tryin' to be a fashion blogger! Nothing like trying to figure out that fashion blogger life, am I right?!I loved this scarf, but it was $38 and I’m just not paying that for a scarf. Plus, I’m more of an infinity scarf girl or serious blanket scarf (though this one claimed to be, but it was more rectangular than square). Back it went!

Stitch Fix Piece 2: Kept

My First Stitch Fix Haul | Tryin' to be a fashion blogger! Nothing like trying to figure out that fashion blogger life, am I right?!I.Loved.This.Cardigan.

What you don’t see in this post is that I just finally splurged on some high quality leggings from Athleta because my three-year old Zella Leggings have a huge hole in the thigh that I’ve just been ignoring for oh, two years. ANYWAYS, I can’t wait to wear my new leggings and this big ol’ cardi. And a shirt, obvs.

It was SO soft and long, but still fit my arm length which always makes me nervous with over-sized anything. I’m a small human, so loved that it was made that way!

Stitch Fix Pieces 3&4: Both Returned

My First Stitch Fix Haul | Tryin' to be a fashion blogger! Nothing like trying to figure out that fashion blogger life, am I right?!#FashionBlogger

I loveddddd these jeans (and I hate jeans) – they were petite, so they fit my length perfectly and the tears weren’t too huge. Problem was, they were a little to small and for $88, I’m not paying that unless they’re a hells yes!

The top was another fix. Ben LOVED it, I felt like it was too “grandma-ey” so that was returned as well.

Stitch Fix Pieces 5: Returned

My First Stitch Fix Haul | Tryin' to be a fashion blogger! Nothing like trying to figure out that fashion blogger life, am I right?!(Peep Cora in the background #coneofshame)

I *almost* kept this dress. Ben loved it and I thought it was really pretty (especially for a wedding I have next month) but I felt it was too similar to a dress I already have so I just couldn’t bring myself to pay $50+ for it. Really loved it, though!

Overall Thoughts

SO MUCH FUN! First of all, it was fun to get a few pieces sent to me and figure out what worked. I feel like my stylist really listened to me and it was only my first fix! I’ll probably never keep the whole box because $$$ but I think it’s fun to do once a month or so and see what items I can get. Super excited to do it again!

What did y’all think? I love reading post like this, so I hope you like it, too. Let me know if you’ve ever tried Stich Fix in the comments below! 

Pieces linked

Gymshark Flex Leggings Review

Okay, if you’re into the YouTube or Instagram fitness culture at all, you’ve probably heard of Gymshark. If you aren’t, well … you’ve probably heard me talk about Gymshark. 😉

Their Flex leggings are now my most favorite workout pants that I own! Here’s a few reasons why:

Price: $38 + free shipping

Let’s start with the most important question first – price. I’ve now bought three pairs of the Flex Leggings (and one of the seamless leggings). And I’ll be honest … before I bought these, the most I’ve ever spent on workout clothes was $16 so $38 seemed expensive. Next to Lulu $100+ leggings, $38 is a steal! Don’t get me wrong, I want to get some Lulu’s someday, but these are my “I can afford more than $16 TJ Maxx leggings, butttttt mama’s gotta eat so can’t have Lulu yet.”

Squat Proof: Yes

I have a booty, in case you haven’t noticed. So issues with pants being squat proof arise all.the.time. These pants are amazingly squat proof. I think the lighter ones might be a tiny bit more sheer than the other colors, but I’ve still worn them on leg day and have never been self-conscious.

Sweat Proof: Yes

Okay, so I haven’t noticed any sweat marks or issues like that, HOWEVER it’s still kinda cool outside here so I haven’t been in 90+ degree humidity yet. But so far, so good!

Fit: Awesome-sauce

I was worried that the pants wouldn’t fit me the best since they’re not technically high-waisted and I hold a lot of bloat in my stomach all the time. Since my pants aren’t overly tight, I pull them up to be pretty high-waisted which makes me feel pretty comfortable. I will say because I’m super short, the full-length pant is a little long, but I don’t mind that they scrunch on the bottom. That’s good for you tall ladies, though!

Also, the booty contouring? Da best.

Comfort: Amazing, except when I’m bloated

This is not the pants fault ^^ Since I struggle with food intolerances and I’m still working through some eating issues, my stomach is bloated quite a bit. The pants are SUPER comfortable and flattering, but they do dig into my stomach a bit when it’s bloated. When it’s not, we’re all good! Or I just pull them up as high as I can so it contains the bloat. 😉

*P.S. This is obviously not sponsored, though I’d probably hysterically cry if Gymshark ever sponsored me. 🙂 Just a true fan!

What is your favorite workout outfit?

JORD Watches for Men

I was lucky enough to win Marette’s contest on her blog with JORD Watches last month. Since it was close to Valentine’s Day, I used the gift code I won to buy Ben a watch.

I loved the women’s watches, but Ben only has a “workout” watch, so I thought it’d be fun to buy him a nice one that he could wear casually (or really dressed up, though the man is rarely out of workout clothes so …)

The packaging itself is gorgeous, don’t you think?

Jord Watches for Men

Ben picked out the Delmar Dark Sandalwood and Blue Carbon watch.

JORD watches for men

He loves it and I think it’s a gorgeous (in a manly way, of course). It’s different than most watches you’ll find, plus most of them are affordable, especially compared to super high-end brands.

JORD Watches for Men

Can’t wait to get one for myself soon! 🙂

Are you a watch-wearer?
Have you heard of JORD watches?

eShakti Dress Review

As you all know (especially if you follow me on Instagram …) I am a dress girl. Casual apparel to me is a sweater dress and boots, unless I’m working out. Business casual? A dress. Business professional? Pencil skirt and blazer. Whatever I’m dressing for (unless it’s the gym) I’m almost always in a dress.

A few weeks ago, eShakti reached out to me to try one of their dresses and tailor it to fit me and my style perfectly. Not only was I able to customize the size, but I was able to customize the length (since I’m a short human, this was AWESOME) and other little parts of the dress. I’m always nervous to purchase dresses online because I’m not sure how it’ll fit my exact shape, so I’ll definitely be using their website again. It was an extremely simple process! It took a couple of weeks for my order to process and be shipped and I’m sooooo happy with it! It’s “casual”, yet something I can still wear to work if I dress it up with boots and jewelry.

eShakti Review

Someday I’ll have a professional camera and/or camera man (<— Ben doesn’t know what he’s getting into) but for now, you get badly lit selfies. It wouldn’t be a fashion post from me if they weren’t selfies, am I right? 🙂

eShakti Review

eShakti Review

I paired it with some lace tights and over-the-knee black boots.

eShakti Review

eShakti Review

The dress is SO well made. The material is thick and comfortable and there are USEFUL pockets! You understand, ladies. Dresses with pockets are the best, but when the pockets are useful? Amazing.

My only “issue” with the dress was a personal one. I’m not used to wearing high-neck shirts/dresses, so the collar started to bother me by the end of the day, hence why some of the pictures have the buttons undone. I think it looked just as cute undone, so it didn’t end up being an issue.

I’ve worn the dress to work a few times and have had a few coworkers comment on how cute it looked! The dress even passed the Thanksgiving test – didn’t show my food baby AND I still looked presentable. 🙂

Have you ever heard of eShakti? Make sure to check them out on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter! I had hoped to have a discount code for you, but they never sent me one. If I get one in the near future, I’ll highlight it in another post! 🙂

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