Stitch Fix Review – Fix #1

Disclosure: In exchange for this review, the styling fee of $20 for my first fix was waived. This post also includes affiliate links. All opinions are my own. 

I have been singing the praises of Le Tote for years now, but I have not had the opportunity to try another popular clothing styling box called Stitch Fix until now.

How Stitch Fix Works 

Step 1: Create a Stitch Fix account and fill out your personal styling profile.

Step 2: Schedule your fix. A $20 styling fee is charged for each fix you schedule.

Step 3: Your personal stylist will pick five personalized pieces that fit your taste, lifestyle and budget.

Step 4: Your fix arrives at your door.

Step 5: Keep what you like and send the rest back. You have three days to try on the pieces from your fix and decide if you are going to keep any of the pieces. The $20 styling fee can be used towards any pieces you choose to keep.

Step 6: Provide specific feedback on each of the items in your fix to help your stylist learn more about your taste. You can set up fixes on a recurring basis or schedule them on an as needed basis. Stitch Fix does not charge a membership or subscription fee, only the $20 styling fee at the time your stylist prepares your fix.

Thoughts on My Fix

Before receiving my fix, I was mostly interested in seeing what the stylist would pick out for me. I did not feel like the style questionnaire was very thorough or would give the stylist a good sense of what I was looking for, and I was correct. 
One thing I did like was that all of the pieces were seasonally appropriate for where I live. I remember getting a pleather dress from Le Tote one summer when I was living in DC and I wanted to laugh out loud when I saw it in the box. 

Daniel Rainn Cinella Lace Detail Knit Top – $58

I hated this top. It is not my style at all and the material looks cheap. I cannot believe it is $58. Definitely going back. 

Liverpool Mira Skinny Jean – $78

These jeans were so comfy. If I were currently in the market for a new pair of jeans, I might have kept them, but I am not. I also quite liked the price. $78 seems like a fair price for a well-fitting pair of jeans. Unfortunately, this had to go back too.

Liverpool Zarina Button Down Chambray Top – $58

This top was also close, except that I wound up not loving the print and I had recently purchased a similar top. This one went back as well.

41Hawthorn Lafayette Open Drape Cardigan – $68
Another piece that I absolutely hated. The material was awful. The style was also way off for me. This was an easy decision for me and it went back.

Toms Avalon Boucle Slip on Sneaker – $59
I thought these shoes were super adorable. The only issue I had with them were that they were way too tight fitting. I was definitely intending to keep these, but they had to go back as well.

Overall, I had some pieces that were close and some that were way off, and none that I fell in love with. I am hoping with the feedback I provided, my stylist can come closer to picking pieces for me that would work. I think it is more than likely that I will try Stitch Fix

again, but since I work from home, it is not something I would need on a regular basis. Maybe only when the seasons change or I feel like I want to update my closet.

Disclosure: In exchange for this review, the styling fee of $20 for my first fix was waived. This post also includes affiliate links. All opinions are my own. 

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2016

The biggest annual event in Albuquerque is occurring as we speak! That’s right, it is Balloon Fiesta time. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which began in 1972, is a hot air balloon festival that happens over a nine day period every year. With over 500 balloons participating, it is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world.

We have made a trek out to Balloon Fiesta Park every year since we moved to Albuquerque in 2014. The last two years, we were able to share the experience with out of state visitors, which makes attending the event even more fun!

Attending the morning session of Balloon Fiesta takes some coordination due to the pre-dawn wake up and the possibility of bad weather. I had been checking the weather all week and it looked like opening day would be perfect for attending. It would be relatively warm and the winds were almost non-existent.

We left the house at around 5 am to drive over to the park with homemade breakfast burritos in tow. It is a tradition to have an early morning breakfast burrito during Balloon Fiesta, and we decided to make our own. They are much tastier anyway! Traffic was a little worse than last year but we wound up parking right across the street from the park. We spent about 15 minutes looking at some of the booths before the Morning Glow was already underway.

If you get to the park early, there is plenty to keep you occupied. There are lots of food and art vendors to shop at. Some people also set up blankets and chairs on the field as they wait. We did not want to wake up earlier than necessary so we arrived relatively close to when things were going to start at 6 am.

It looked like everything was a go to start right on time, so we went to the bathroom and then headed down to the field. Some balloons were already being blown up.

One of things that is unique about Balloon Fiesta and unlike other hot air balloon festivals around the world is that spectators can be on the field where the balloons are being inflated and launching from.

Once 7 am hit, the balloons were taking off.

My most favorite thing about Balloon Fiesta is looking for the special shape balloons. They are so cute!

You can see why Balloon Fiesta is the “most photographed event in the world.” As more and more balloons slowly rise above the park, the sky fills up with such colorful, vibrant balloons! Such a cool sight!

This event is a lot of fun for people of all ages, and I can’t imagine anything else like it. Coming to Albuquerque to attend the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is well worth making the trip for!