Was it a Good Idea to Use an Online Personal Stylist Service?

This week I’m trying Stitch Fix for the first time.

You pay £10 for a personal stylist to analyse your answers to an online style survey, so they can send you items they think you’ll love. Questions include style preferences, lifestyle and body shape.

You can add notes for them i.e. ‘Flat/low heels only’ and even review and adjust their first attempt online before they post it.

I’m under no obligation to buy anything and can return everything.

No shoes were included. Shoes featured are my own.

Good Points

The stylist has understood my laidback style fairly well and chose clothes which compliment my colouring and also got my size right, overall. 💁🏻‍♀️

Bad Points

I specified low-mid rise, bootcut jeans. I got mid-high rise, skinny jeans. Eh!? 🤷🏻‍♀️

The fit of the dress, jump suit and play suit are perfect in the shoulders and chest but because they are gathered at the waist, they make my belly look the size of half a watermelon! 🤦🏻‍♀️ At the start, I left a note saying ‘I often have a very bloated belly that I’d like to hide’ so again, a swing and a miss!

Conclusion

I’ve given my feedback on the site for each item (really detailed questions, which I appreciate). They have offered me another fix for free!

I’ve given them the clue that I like sports luxe and soft grunge. But I am going to have a sneak peak this time and maybe edit what the stylist chooses.

However, it was fun getting a surprise last time because I wouldn’t have usually considered a flowery dress or jump/play suits and now I definitely would! 💃🏽

Would you let a stylist choose your outfits for a change?

✨🖤✨Chrissie✨🖤✨

The Whimsical Fashion Colouring Book Review

I’d gotten to the point where if I had to colour one more leaf (out of hundreds) I was going to throw my adult colouring book out of the window. Same with flowers. Also, daffodils are very pretty but everyone knows they are yellow, so exactly where is the creativity in that? When I received an email asking me did I want to review Natasha Itzcovitz’s debut The Whimsical Fashion Colouring Book I was really excited for the opportunity to actually be creative again.

The Whimsical Fashion Colouring Book

For me colouring is relaxing and a creative outlet, even on the days when I have fatigue and brain fog and lack the capacity to draw something myself. It’s a great distraction from any negative thoughts and a good exercise in mindfulness as unlike watching TV, which is incredibly passive, it requires enough concentration to keep you focussed.

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Mermaids are so passé, It’s time octomaids get the attention they deserve!

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The difference between using marker pens and colouring pencils has been a revelation! You can get so much variation in texture and depth of colour with pencils, which comes in handy when colouring fabric and hair.

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With 100 hand drawn illustrations there will be at least a few characters in here you will personally identify with and other styles covering many decades which you can let your imagination loose on.

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Another thing I really love about this colouring book is some of the concepts are rather bonkers, which suits me just fine, ha!

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There’s also a pirate, hipster guys and this cute skater boy.

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The Whimsical Fashion Colouring Book by Natasha Itscovitz, rrp £8.99 available at WHSmiths and other retailers.

Chrissie

15 Long Sleeve Dresses That Are Definitely Not Boring

Long Sleeve Dresses

Checked Boyfriend Shirt – Next

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Why do my eyes always come across as a dull mint green in photo’s when they are lime green almost yellow?

I bought this to go under a thick navy style jumper as the neck was really wide, which looked kinda sexy but was way too chilly. I actually love how this shirt looks on it’s own though, which has surprised me. It feels like it’s made from the softest brushed cotton like the 90’s versions but it’s actually a man-made fibre.

I need to point out that although the cut is feminine to some extent, it’s more of a ‘boyfriend’ fit, so if you want a really fitted shirt then I’d suggest going down one or two sizes. I love the fit though as it’s one the few shirts I’ve been able to wear without getting button-gape across the chest, something that most brands never seem to allow for.

Chrissie

Nintendo for Vans and Wize & Ope Light Up Trainers

I’m not being sponsored by Schuh I promise, they just happen to be massively on point with their trainer game at the moment. Here are my favourites from both collections.

Wize & Ope Pop LED Trainers

Flashing sole lights, 8 light colour choices, hidden on/off switch, USB charger

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Nintendo for Vans

9 patterns including 2 high-top versions

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I’m not that much of a girlie girl (apart from glitter) but I do love kawaii so I think the Princess Peach one’s are utterly adorable!

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90’s Utility Fashion

90's Utility

 

[Tough – Femminin – Practical – Stylish]
Chrissie

So Recently I’ve Been….

Visiting Pizza Express as it was the blokes birthday and not having a lot of money but wanting to go somewhere nice we opted for this place – in fact he always opts for Pizza Express. I highly recommend the lasagne and polenta fries and the broccolini is gorgeous!

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Drinking ‘Marley’s Mellow Mood Citrus’ it’s not an energy drink and it’s not as sickly as fizzy pop it’s slightly sweet and has a slight herbal taste. No, not that kind! I’m cutting down on how much alcohol I drink and only indulging on occasions or, y’know Fridays.

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Buying another pair of black boots! I know, I’m just beyond reason at this point, ha! No seriously, they were on sale at £20.00 reduced from £45.00! The idea is that I can wear them with a skirt or a short dress and tights through S/S and Autumn because they don’t have a zip (unlike modern DM’s) that snag the tights. Plus these boots are slim fitting a look more ladylike than my big spiky ones.

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Listening to late 70’s Ska band The Selecter. I noticed a kinda crazy but catchy tune on an advert so I YouTubed it and discovered this awesome band. As soon as I’d played a single bar of this song my mate Steph knew what it was straight away!

Discovering that TK Maxx is a great place to find cruelty free beauty brands that are discounted. This Faith In Nature face and body scrub was £3.99 down from £6.25 (I’m going to need some scrubbing now I’m getting my winter withered legs out) and Good Things Cleanser (which smells gorgeous and is naturally anti-bacterial thanks to the honey) was £2.99 reduced from 4.99. There were also some Tisserand products but non that I wanted at that moment.

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Creating ‘posh’ salads and sandwiches. My fave ingredients include a combination of cashews, assorted olives, sun dried marinated tomatoes, rocket, spinach, humous, ground seshwan pepper corns, spring onion, mushrooms, halloumi cheese, cranberries, caramelised onion chutney (or my mates homemade fig and red onion one), assorted seeds and crushed up vegetable crisps for crunch. It sounds a little expensive but I’ve got everyone on board so we are sharing the food and the cost. Yumm!

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I’m looking forward to…Watching the second series of Gotham and the new Daredevil series, because lets face it, anything is an improvement on the 2003 Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck film.

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Have an awesome weekend peeps!

Chrissie xx

 

 

Alt 80’s & 90’s Film & TV Style Icons #3 My So Called Life

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The show My So Called Life is the first in my series of Best 90’s Film and TV Style Icons. A mixture of Angela’s grungy look and Rayanne’s cool bohemian look has basically been my personal style ever since!

OOTD 90’s Grunge

I was considered weird in my early teens in 90’s Gorton, Manchester. I dressed like an untidy boy and listened to weird out of tune music by a band called Nirvana. Then by my late teens ‘Grunge’ had hit all parts of Britain and I was cool apparently. These days with grunge being a popular look for off duty models there’s a legion of teens giving a damn about not looking like they give a dam. Irony upon irony.

I do alternate my style for different seasons and occasions but I always come back to some variation of this. I’ve piled it all on today as it’s so cold. If only I’d bought a leather jacket big enough to fit over the top!

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Necklace Customized from 4 old broken ones

Tee My blokes old vintage T-shirt

Checked Shirt On long term loan from my Dad

7 For All Mankind Jeans £2.00 from charity shop (£200 new)

Boots New Look