Posts Tagged ‘Reviews’
February 25, 2014
… and posted about it right away? Sure.
While pulling into my driveway late this afternoon, I saw this month’s StitchFix (<- affiliate link) box sitting on my front porch just waiting for me.
You would have thought I just won a new computer or something. I was so excited! In a hurry, I pulled into the garage, grabbed the box from the outside and couldn’t wait to open it the second I got inside.
For those of you who don’t know what I am talking about, I first blogged about this online styling company in January and explained exactly what a StitchFix “fix” entailed.
Here’s how it works:
Sign up and complete a style questionnaire, schedule a date to receive your fix, open your box of goodies to review your items, try everything on, then decide what you want to keep and send back what you don’t. Make sure to check out online and include notes about why you didn’t like certain items!
This box actually came unexpectedly. I originally scheduled my fix to arrive mid-February, and I did – in fact – receive a fix at that time. The problem, however, is that I received a fix that clearly belonged to someone else.
Immediately after opening it, I noticed bigger sizes and styles that wouldn’t fit my clothing profile. When I opened the style guide, I found all of the items I was supposed to get and was super bummed I didn’t see any of those pieces. Obviously, there was a mix up in fixes.
Right away, I emailed the company explaining what happened. I returned the items I received and checked out online, just like I would normally do.
This time, however, I made sure to include why I returned every item and expressed my interest in receiving the fix I was originally supposed to get. The items looked right up my alley and I didn’t want to miss out!
I hadn’t heard back from the company and was actually going to try to connect again with them today. Instead, I opened my fix, got credited the $20 styling fee, and found the exact pieces and sizes meant for me!
While I was less than ecstatic about my experience a few weeks ago, today I became very much impressed that they corrected it to the tee. (<- literally?)
So here we are. My official third Stitch Fix shipment.
Some of you might have already seen a sneak peek via Instagram, and by request here is a detailed list of all of the pieces.
From left to right:
• Le Sample Kahlo Embroidered Racerback Tank (Olive) – $48
• 41Hawthorn Abrianna Longsleeve Knit Cardigan (Navy) – $48
• Dear John Kelli Slim Bootcut Jean (Teal Green) – $68
• Collective Concepts Gilda Abstract Print Tab-Sleeve Blouse – $28
• 41Hawthorn Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse (Dark Green) – $48
Since I had already seen the style guide, I knew I would love every item and thanks to a collection of store credit (thanks guys!) I decided to keep every single item.
I was back and forth on the Abstract Print Tab-Sleeve Blouse, because of the loose fit. I then got the idea of wearing it tucked into a pencil skirt or even adding a solid skinny belt around my waist and voila, problem solved. Instead of saving the $28, I decided to work with it and keep every item to receive the “Buy All Discount” of $55 off my total.
Plus, I need more blouses like this in my wardrobe.
I have heard mixed reviews from you guys on your own fixes and thought I should include some advice. I have received emails raving about the service, but also comments expressing disappointment in some fixes. If you are one of those feeling less than thrilled about what you received, make sure to include why in your notes upon your return!
Are the items too expensive? Tell them! Want to change up your style? Edit your style profile. Need more blouses and less dresses? Be overly specific in exactly what you are looking for and they will be more than accommodating!
My biggest concern with my fixes is affordability. It’s hard for me to justify purchasing something more than $50, just to get it. In this case, however, the slim bootcut jean is something unlike anything else in my wardrobe. I literally have no other jean in this color, length, or cut. So, I said yes to the extra cost.
While there was a little bit of a hiccup in this month’s fix, I am still very happy with my overall StitchFix experience. I really look forward to opening my surprise box of fashion goodies every month, and know I can always return anything I don’t love.
Thanks for fixing my fix, StitchFix!
Note: Although I included an affiliate link at the top, this post was not sponsored in any way. I pay for my service and the clothing on my own, and wanted to share the company with you to help spread the word. As always, all thoughts and opinions are mine!
February 12, 2014
The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.
It’s no secret that I am a fitness shoe junkie. I love trying out the latest and greatest, and seem to fall for the majority of running shoes I test out.
I do, however, give honest feedback and appreciate every shoe I try for a different reason. Without a doubt, the new Reebok ZQUICK running shoe is unlike any other I have ever seen.
Reebok is extremely excited about the launch of this shoe that happened just last week. In fact, you may have read about a handful of bloggers attending their Launch Party or might even catch one of their commercials currently airing during the 2014 Winter Olympics.
I thought it was pretty neat to see these three incredible athletes show exactly how “unnaturally quick” they are in one of them.
Yup… that’s these shoes ya’ll.
When I received my pair in the mail, the first thing I noticed was the Z-Rated tired inspired bottoms. Through rubber grids, they are designed to keep you in control, provide traction, and keep your foot in place with the inner bootie.
Over the past week or so, I have tried them in several different ways and love them.
Here are a few reasons why:
• low-cut for mobility: allows your foot to move naturally while keeping it stable
• extremely lightweight: feels light and flexible enough to also serve as an all-purpose gym shoe
• inner bootie lining: soft bootie fit system designed to keep your foot in place with comfort
And according to Reebok, some additional features to highlight:
• no-sew upper: light and flexible NanoWeb PU cast for breathable protection and support
• inspired by high performance Z-rated tires: designed for uncompromising quickness
• speed control: helps you start, stop and turn on a dime
• underfoot grooves: allows midsoles to flex and expand, increasing ground contact
• light, low profile: EVA midsole designed with new geometry for outstanding handling
• CRTek high abrasion rubber: placed in key wear areas for durability
I have to admit that before actually wearing them, I doubted how great these shoes would be for running. For how flexible and lightweight they are, it just doesn’t seem right. I mean, all the good running shoes out there are packed with support which causes them to feel heavy and clunky right?
Eh. I guess they all don’t have to!
When placing my order, I asked for a size 7.5 because I prefer my running shoes to fit a little looser in order to avoid blistering. For this one, however, I didn’t take into account the inner bootie magic that holds everything in place. I could have for sure used the size 7, which is my actual street shoe size.
I have taken them for a couple of spins on the treadmill and I am very impressed with how they hold up. Just for fun, I set my incline at a ridiculous number and power walked for a few minutes to see just how powerful the grip is.
Pretty flipping strong. I have yet to take them out on a long distance run (dang you, insanely cold temperatures outside!) but I plan to do so when I see the roads plowed more to my liking.
In the mean time, I keep grabbing this shoe for group fitness classes and even weight training. They seem to be the perfect gym and travel shoe for someone who doesn’t want to pack more than one!
Also, I really do like the bootie lining. It feels like my foot isn’t going to go anywhere and the bottoms can endure just about anything with the set of “tires” they’ve got goin’ on. You could definitely say I am a fan!
Reebok ZQUICK Giveaway
Now it’s your turn to score a pair! Thanks to the generous folks over at Reebok, one lucky (male or female) Housewife Glamour reader will win a pair of ZQUICK running shoes in the color of their choice!
To Enter: Leave a comment on this post sharing what color combo you are eying and enter at least one additional entry into Rafflecopter!
You have until Midnight Sunday, February 16th E.S.T. to enter the giveaway. Winners will be announced first thing Monday morning, the 17th.
*Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post below! You must do so in order for your entry into Rafflecopter to count.
February 6, 2014
You guys! StitchFix (<- affiliate link) officially has a new long-time subscriber, and that subsriber is me.
In case you missed it, I first blogged about this online styling company last month and explained exactly what a “fix” entailed.
Here’s the short version of how it works:
Sign up and complete a style questionnaire, schedule a date to receive your fix, open your box of goodies to review your items, try everything on, then decide what you want to keep and send back what you don’t. Out of the two fixes I have opened, I have kept five out of the ten items.
I have to admit that the most thrilling part for me is seeing the box on my doorstep. Once I realize it has arrived, I get giddy with anticipation. It’s kind of like Christmas morning as a child all over again, except now I am actually excited to see clothing inside!
Right away, I take the box downstairs and photograph everything (for you guys of course). At first glance, I can tell which pieces will most likely be keepers and try them on to confirm my predictions.
Generally, the fit in clothing sent to me has been spot on. The only piece that has been questionable is this (adorable!) pair of olive skinny jeans.
They were a tad too tight, and for the $88 price tag I figured I could use the look as inspiration to find a better fitting pair in person elsewhere.
Also, I didn’t feel the need to try on the Carlotta Side Gathered Short Sleeve Blouse, mainly because my line of work doesn’t require many dressy blouses at this moment of time. That one was priced at $58.
I did, however, try on and absolutely swoon over this Loren Hope Winslow Bow Detailed Cuff for $48. It fit great, but for budget reasons decided to include it in my return at the last minute.
(You’re welcome, Scott.)
I was pumped over the two items I did keep! First up is this THML Zula Contrast Polka Dot Open Cardigan.
I couldn’t get over the opposition of polka dot fabrics next to each other. It might just be the best piece in my entire wardrobe! It cost more than I hoped at $78, but I can already tell will be well worth the investment. I wore it almost the entire weekend in Savannah and received tons of compliments!
My closet also now holds a special spot for the Pink Martini Felicity Mixed Stripe Long Sleeve Sweater. I looove how comfortable, soft, and over-sized it is, priced at $48.
I have worn it several times over the past few weeks (oops) and with the prepaid styling discount of $20, have already justified the purchase for “$28″.
The favorite part about the fixes is the included style guides with a special note from the stylist. It’s a great tool you can keep for styling tips and tricks on every item in your box.
Each one is dressed both up and down, showing examples on how to feature the piece multiple ways. Most are ideas I would have never thought on my own, like those heels and a statement necklace with that over-sized sweater. Love that!
Not only have I spiced up my wardrobe with a handful of awesome and fashionable pieces over the past few months, but I have ventured out of my every day leggings and a sweater “Michigan winter” style. I am excited to use the guide to expand my wardrobe even more and am anxiously awaiting my next fix. Thanks for nudge in getting back a fashion sense, StitchFix!
Note: Although I included an affiliate link at the top, this post was not sponsored in any way. I pay for my service and the clothing on my own, and wanted to share the company with you to help spread the word because, well… it pretty much rocks.
January 30, 2014
The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Under Armour.
I love the idea of tracking my workouts and taking note of where my performance levels are at. In fact, I think the the concept is genius and totally underrated.
I found that out after using a performance monitor for three separate and completely different types of workouts yesterday.
Before you think I’m a crazy fitness fiend, know I’m not. I am just a fitness enthusiast and a professional dancer who sometimes has workouts incorporated into practices. Pair that with the occasional fitness review and there you have my insanely high activity days.
I try my best to keep track of my workouts and effort levels. I’m not always one hundred percent on top of it, but I usually have a ball park sense of how hard I worked, and – in turn – if I can indulge in that extra cookie or two for dessert without it totally defeating the purpose.
I am not usually a calorie counter, but I found it very comforting to know my stats at the end of my extremely active day yesterday.
Included in my package was the performance monitor module, chest strap, and instructions to download the free mobile app. Not part of this campaign is the Armour39 display watch I am absolutely swooning over!
• Mobile App: FREE
App is compatible with iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, iPod touch (5th generation), iPad 4, and iPad mini.
This tracks your heart rate, calories, intensity, and WILLpower stats.
• Performance Monitor Module + Chest Strap: $99.99
The sweatproof (not waterproof) stay-put chest strap stores your information and syncs it with the Armour39 app or watch in real time.
• Display Watch: $199.99 (<- want!)
An alternative display to the mobile app that lets you take the same technology on the go.
So… how is this performance monitor different from all of the others?
The Armour 39 system is designed for any type of athlete and any sport. The setup is easy and takes just about fifteen minutes, including a ten minute fitness assessment to get the most accurate read on your workouts.
WILLPower. Simply put, the system awards you and your level of booty kickin’ on your workout a number (0.0 to 10.0).
Knowing I had an active day ahead of me, I took advantage of it to really test this tracking system out.
First, I put the module in the chest strap, fitted it to my body, and downloaded the mobile app.
If I had access to a treadmill I would have also completed the ten minute assessment test to get the most accurate readings. I still plan on doing it, but created my profile in the mean time.
Second, I put the heart rate monitor to the test with a quick at-home cardio kickboxing session. The workout is supposed to include fifteen more minutes of arm and core work, but I decided to cut it early knowing I had a lot to save my body for later that night.
Here are my stats from workout #1: Cardio Kickboxing
Unlike most monitors that average heart rate data, this one captures every moment and heart beat of your workout. I liked that. I also appreciated being able to see exactly when I was working the hardest.
I took the strap off for a few hours and put it back on right when I arrived at our practice facility. We had been warned that a workout would take place during practice and I was curious to see exactly how difficult it would be.
I started tracking our workout from the moment we started warming up. From there we did a series of suicide sprints, Indian runs (where you form a single line and rotate sprinting from back to front), lunges, planks, jump squats, arm, and core exercises. It wasn’t exactly easy.
Here are my stats for workout #2: Boot Camp (Practice)
I wasn’t sure if the system was going to work throughout the entire thing, since I wasn’t going to be holding my phone or have it near me. Luckily, the Bluetooth connection has my back and records workout data even when I’m out of range.
During all of that “empty time” on the heart rate and intensity screen shots, we were sprinting. Had I have been in range, I’m sure those charts would look a lot more lively.
Regardless, I was pretty impressed with the WILLpower level of 7.36 for the 1 hour 18 minute workout.
Just when I wanted to tucker out, we had a dance practice to get through! I have always been curious to see how many calories we burn cleaning, setting, and running dances during practices. After I let my teammates in on what I was doing, a lot of them were just as excited to see the results.
Because of the included workout, this specific practice only lasted an hour and a half compared to the normal three to four hour rehearsals.
Here are my stats for workout #3: Dance Practice
I was happy to see that I was in range for 95% of it. That one little segment that went uncharted must have been when I walked over to the bathroom.
Finally, the results were in! Close to 600 calories, a WILLpower level of 6.53 and an impressive heart rate max out at 181. Looking at the intensity chart (right screen shot), I can tell exactly when I had to run our dances the hardest too. It’s a neat thing to see!
I don’t always like fancy gadgets attached to me during my workouts, but when I do I see a lot of Armour39 in my future.
I have to admit, though, that I am not always a fan of chest straps for heart rate monitors. In the past, I have had trouble with consistent readings due to my petite body frame. Even at the tightest adjustment, the one I had been using still moves around on me, which tends to lose my heart rate measurements for some of the workout time.
Although this one seems thicker, I liked that the chest strap came with an extender that allows more tightening and loosening ranges.
Unlike a lot of performance monitors out there, I also liked how this one lets me see my effort levels and fitness stats at any given time during the workout. Half way through, I can pop in and see exactly what my WILLpower or calorie burn is at.
Overall, the system is very easy to understand and operate. I am interested to see how well the watch tracks the workout compared to the mobile app.
I like the Bluetooth capabilities of the mobile app, but think I would prefer to track the results on my watch and save my phone battery. But, for what it’s worth, it didn’t even seem to drain my battery that much either.
An overall win for this performance monitor!