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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Stitch Fix Review, my 13th Fix

I'm back at it with another Stitch Fix review! I skipped sharing a few boxes with you, this is my 13th Fix! OMG! Its my first Fix taking advantage of Stitch Fix's new plus size offering. Its also my first fix as a regular customer and not a stylist. I was really hesitant to get a box that I couldn't style for myself, I'm super picky and don't really like surprises. Stitch Fix must have sensed my apprehension, or noticed that it had been more than 6 months since my last Fix and sent me an offer to get a Fix with no styling fee. Even with the no styling fee I was still a little hesitant to get a Fix because I would feel really bad if the person who styled for me couldn't live up to my super high, super weird, and super specific expectations, and got dinged for me buying nothing. 

I spent some time looking at online reviews and FB groups where people posted the pieces they got, and I actually liked a lot of the pieces that I was seeing and I decided to take the plunge. Filling out my profile for another person to read was scary, and I even made a special pinterest board for my style that would actually make sense to another human. You can check it out HERE! 
I asked for spring and summer pieces in  natural fabrics that fit the style of my pinterest board. Overall I would have loved more color, but I know thats a difficult request with natural fabrics. My Stylist Jan did a really great job, picked things that I wouldn't have tried on my own, and makes me want to do this again! If you are reading this Jan, THANK YOU! 

What I got
Market and Spruce Sam tee, $38 size 2x
 Market and Spruce Sam Tee in Grey, $38 size 2x
This tee is a really interesting fabric, not like a regular t shirt, more like a very light sweater? But not at all warm, in fact its so lightweight that its going to be perfect for the 115 degree summers. Its hard to describe the material, but be warned it is VERY snag prone. I love it enough that I'm happy to just be very careful when I'm wearing it. If you are clumsy or would be totally devastated for your shirt to get a snag, then this style isn't for you. The color comes off a bit light in this pictures, but IRL its a dark heathered grey that manages to avoid that  "Phys Ed Uniform" look that most heathered grey pieces seem to have.  
Keep or return? KEEP! 


Makers Amie Skinny Jeans in Mint, 18 W 
I had asked for extra long colored jeans (my usual inseam is a 36), knowing that it was unlikely that they would be able to find pants that fit the bill. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that they were able to find a pair of cropped jeans that I actually really like. I'm not usually one for cropped jeans, on me the tend to look like high waters but I am trying to stretch my comfort zone and I love the color of these pants. They are really comfortable and high waisted which is a MUST for me. 
Keep or Return? KEEP


Renee C Amelia Embroidered Skirt, Light Blue 2x 
This skirt was one of my favorite pieces in the box, and ticked so many boxes for me. The main skirt is 100% cotton, its high waisted, goes past my knees (no small feat for my 5'11 frame), and has the deepest pockets I have ever seen on a ready to wear women's garment. It fit like a dream and makes me want to twirl in a field full of flowers. Then I woke up from the dream and realized a few things that kept this skirt from being a perfect 10. While the skirt itself is 100% cotton there is a thick polyester lining. The care tag says 100% cotton so I'm fairly sure the Jan wouldn't have known about the lining, so that couldnt have been helped. The fabric is blue with creme embroidery that, while beautiful, was extremely snaggy. There were several large snags when I took it out of the box, and just taking it on and off for these pictures I got a few more. They were easily fixed by tugging on the sides of the fabric, but with 4 cats, I didn't want to risk it getting permanently damaged. 
Keep or Return? Return 


Deep pockets! 


But a polyester lining, yuk! 


Honey Punch Miriam Pocket Detail Top, blue and white 2x
This button down shirt is 100% cotton and really lightweight and would be amazing for summer time . The fabric on the pocket goes perpendicular to the rest, I love little design details like that! It also had knit panels on the side made from t-shirt material that I didn't like at all at first, but once I had it on I saw how much better it made the fit around the hips and made a kind of a an ~illusion~ that made me look slimmer around the middle.  This shirt fit really well in the shoulders and hips/chest, but was snug in the arms. The tab sleeve isn't my favorite thing, and in this case it just added to the bunchy-too-snugness in the sleeve area. 
Keep or Return? Return




Pocket Detail


Tab Sleeve 

Market & Spruce Mercedes Stitch Detail Cardigan

This cardigan really tempted me, it was SO SOFT! And have you noticed that I am a bit of a cardigan hoarder? Its 100% cotton and has textured stripes in shades of grey. I was really confused because on the card its called mint, but its for sure grey, but I like grey so I don't really mind. Even for a cardigan I think it would have been perfect for summer, and the fit was amazing, this thing felt like it was made for me. I ended up saying no just because the fabric texture has lots of little loops, that I think between my cats and clumsiness, I would ruin in less than a week. 
Keep or Return? Return. 




Up close of the texture


OTHER CLOTHING:
Legging Jeans in indigo, Long Tall Sally HERE
Green Tank top: Old Navy
Shoes: Sam & Libby Chelsea flats in Via Target

SIZING INFO: 
I am 5'10, pear or hourglass shape, 38 or 40G and a size 16-22 depending on the brand.

If you like what you see here you can sign up for Stitch Fix HERE!
Have you tried Stitch Fix? Do you love it or do you prefer another Shopping Box? What is your favorite part about it? 

Love, Lillian




Sunday, May 14, 2017

Stitch Fix Review, My 8th Fix

THIS REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED ON MY OTHER BLOG, AND IS REPOSTED HERE FOR ARCHIVING PURPOSES.





I will start by saying, No there are not seven other Stitch Fix review posts that you missed. So yes technically this is my first review, but it is in fact my eighth Fix. Those of you who already subscribe to Stitch Fix or any similar box can understand the feeling when you see the mail carrier walking up with that lovely box in hand. Pure joy! We call it Fix-mas, because it makes you feel that "kid on christmas morning" anticipation and excitement. What has my Fairy Godmother/ Stylist picked for me this time? The packing folks at Stitch Fix really do a great job in making each Fix feel like a  a gift wrapped present. 

Carefully wrapped in crispy white paper with that cheerful mint sticker. (also check that matching manicure) 



Each piece folded and arranged to create a little rainbow 



My first piece is the Papermoon - Puffin black white & grey striped tank, with a scooped hem. 



This top is SUPER soft, and very light weight. Perfect for the 115 degree summers we have.


It has this adorable keyhole back which helps it feel more like a "top" than just a plain tank.
This is my first time experimenting with the super high slit side trend. Its like a little teaspoon of midriff.  Overall I love this tank and it will fit perfectly in with my existing wardrobe.  KEEP!


Up next is the lace yoke Loveapella Rajo tank in fuchsia  with a really cute border print. I love how long this is, I am 5'10 so often shirts end up falling short. If you are petite this top could even function as a tunic to wear with leggings. I was a little worried about the border print, since I have wide hips but it actually ended up being really flattering.



I love that the lace detailing is white rather than ivory and its really soft. Scratchy fabric around my neck/chest is a big no-no for me, since I have super sensitive skin. I was worried this V would dip too low and show off some major cleavage, but you really do get the best of both worlds. The flattering v neckline , but a more demure high scoop coverage.

Back detail. I will most definitely wear a nude bra with this top from now on. This top was a little out of my comfort zone with the lace top, and border print, but I ended up really loving it and I'm so glad I tried it.  KEEP! 



Finally, a piece that I have been lusting after for almost a year was finally available in my size, the Pixley Martina slub knit cardigan in black. Marm has this same cardigan in cranberry and I was burning with jealously every time she wore it.


SUPER duper soft (can you see a pattern that I am obsessed with soft clothing) and has really long sleeves, pockets, and folds up so small you can shove it into your purse without a thought. Yay! I am of the opinion that black cardigans are the single most versatile clothing option on earth.  KEEP!



The final piece is this teal-y blue elephant print infinity scarf for Marm. She has a special affinity for elephants and I knew as soon as I saw it that it was meant for her. Its called "mint" on the receipt but IRL it is quite bright. 






There are tiny little pops of neon grellow, so subtle that even the very trend-wary Marm likes it. There are also tiny pops of a few other colors, and I am excited to see the other pieces that this scarf will look great paired with.  The striped edge gives this scarf a little some extra, it helps accentuates the curve of the scarf, and makes it look intentional rather than just like a long piece of fabric. KEEP! 




You probably noticed that there are only 4 items in this list (if not you can go ahead and scroll up now and check). The final item in my Fix was a pair of Lysse ponte leggings which were too small for me to even squeeze my bum into. So no pictures! I am not disappointed because I know that I am right on the upper edge of Stitch Fix's current size offering and these Lysse leggings run small. I could tell they were super sturdy and would totally be wearable as pants/ out and about. However they were much too small. RETURN!



OTHER CLOTHING; Shorts; Forever21+ HERE  Sandals: Sonoma VIA Kohls Similar HERE
SIZING INFO: All items featured in this post are a size XL. I am 5'10, pear or hourglass shape, 38G and a size 16-22 depending on the brand.
For more info about Stitch Fix check out my FAQ Here
All photos in this post were taken by the lovely Anna Verity, check out her blog HERE

If you like what you see here you can sign up for Stitch Fix HERE!
Have you a Stitch Fix lover like I am? What is your favorite part about it? Let me know
Love, Lillian

Friday, March 10, 2017

Anybody Can Organize a Closet! Plus a Video Tour


Have you ever heard anyone say "I have too much closet space!"? 

Yeah neither have I. It seems like no matter the size of the closet, everyone always wishes they were better organized and had more space to store things. As a collector of clothing who also lives in a small space, I have learned some great tips and tricks to squeezing every last inch of space. I'm sure that none of these techniques are ground breaking earth shattering revolutions, but they are what works for me.  You can watch the video below where I talk about how I work with a small closet (hint... I don't) and how I keep things organized. I will also be talking a bit about how I'm changing the way I shop for, wear, and think about clothing. 






Ok Now for a more detailed break down of each technique


SLIM MATCHING HANGERS

I use these slim velvet hangers by Amazon basics. I ordered 2 or 3 of the packs of 50 and they more than doubled my hanging space. Not to mention that having all matching sleek hangers keeps my closet space looking neat and like a boutique.  



My scarves and shorts are hanging on 4 tiered pants hanger and round scarf hangers that I also got from amazon, and work so much better for me than trying to keep them folded Konmari style in a bin or drawer. 

ROLLING GARMENT RACK

I have tried to cram all my clothing into my very small closet and I just couldn't make it work. The closet I use currently is split into two sections and I don't have room to hang dresses. Some may view this as cheating, but I use an additional garment rack for dresses and bottoms. This one is very similar to the one I have, a simple extendable bar.



Another option that I think would be great for anyone who needs more space is this model that also has an upper and lower shelf, perfect for storing shoes, bags, luggage, or out of season clothing



DRAWER DIVIDERS
Most of my drawer dividers are just various sized boxes that I already had around my house. I love using shoe boxes for dividing a drawer into sections for items like t-shirts or intimates, and smaller boxes like the kind that come with iPhones and Warby Parker glasses for jewelry and other small items. I also really like to use clear drawer inserts for my smaller drawers, like this one by Whitmore.


I also use a divider very similar to this one for earrings and small pins, its made for lipstick but I think its ideal for keeping earring pairs together. 

STORING OUT OF SEASON CLOTHING
Much of my clothing can be worn year round, but anything that is reserved for the triple digit summer days, or the coldest days of winter gets tucked away into a tall bin from ikea that fits perfectly under my bed. I try to limit myself to 1 bin of stored away extras, to manage my space and my shopping habits. 

See you next time! 
Lillian




Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Lillian's Nordstrom Rack Haul Details




You can find a Calvin Klein saffiano leather cell phone wallet in a chic neutral color HERE 


Did you fall in love with the Fossil Sydney like I did? You can grab it in cobalt HERE

Or in pomegranate with fringe HERE


Get luscious locks with the BB Styling lotion HERE



Smell amazing with the Philosophy Vanilla Fig 3-in-1 wash by getting some HERE



Sip your bubbly, or just some fresh squeezed OJ out of these gilded glasses HERE

Or go for the minimalist and budget friendly set of 6 HERE

Thanks so much for watching my video and reading my blogs, I'll see you next time! 
FYI All of the items shown in this video were purchased with my own money, and however some of the links in this post are affiliate links. 

* General Disclaimer- this post may contain affiliate links or feature products purchased at a discount or with credits earned through referral programs. Please see my FAQ section for more information and disclaimers.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Lillian's First Vlog May Haul Details

Hello Friends! To Celebrate the relaunch of Anybody Can Do Anything and my accidental deletion of my youtube page, I am re-releasing my Vlogs with accompanying blog posts!  Watch the video below and then scroll down to find links to everything I talked about




Get the glow with the L'Oreal Lumi Liquid Highlighter HERE
In this video I talk about the blush scent, but I have since tried others as well. This multi pack of minis is a fun way to try different scents to find your fav. Get it HERE 

This Revlon Balm Stain has become on of my favorite lip products, in addition to Honey, I also now have Cherish and Sweetheart, you can get them HERE
Perfect for minimal make up days and super friendly to your budget, you can get the ELF mineral Mascara HERE
Conceal without caking with the Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer HERE


Get VaVaVoom lashes without falsies with the They're Real Mascara from Benefit HERE



Good news! I was finally brave enough to use the Tweezerman Eyelash curler and I didn't pull any of my eyelashes out and I survived. You can be brave like me and get one HERE


Thanks so much for watching my video and reading my blogs, I'll see you next time! 
FYI All of the items shown in this video were purchased with my own money, and however some of the links in this post are affiliate links. 

* General Disclaimer- this post may contain affiliate links or feature products purchased at a discount or with credits earned through referral programs. Please see my FAQ section for more information and disclaimers.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

No We Are Not Dead, No This Post Isn't About Downton Abbey.

I know that Marm and I are starting to have the bad habit of lagging on the Christmas Episode recap, by months and months and months. The good news is that last year we waited, like... an entire year, so if we do this one in 10 months, we are ahead of schedule. 
I promise we are working on it. Sort of. If by working on it you mean making a draft blog and then not touching or thinking about it for months at a time. 

Here is what we have been doing instead of marathon watching Downton Abbey. 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Downton Abbey Recap; A Rose by Any Other Name


SEASON 5
EPISODE 1 BABY MAMA DRAMA
EPISODE 2 SKETCHY
EPISODE 3 MY BOYFRIEND'S BACK
EPISODE 4 A DECENT PROPOSAL

HEY

 IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED THE EIGHTH EPISODE YET, 

DON'T READ THIS POST. THERE WILL BE SPOILERS. 

STOP RIGHT NOW.





Wednesday, March 4, 2015

What I Wore, Flowers in the Woods

Lately I've been reading a lot of blogs that feature not-your-average subject. Plus-sized women, older women, women with off the wall style, women who make their own clothes, women who only dress in vintage clothing, women who never post pictures of them selves and write things so funny you will get tears in your eyes. This makes me feel both discouraged and inspired, which is an odd combination. 
I feel discouraged because my life is noticably less organized/adorable/well-designed/well-dressed/funny than those women's lives appear to be. I feel discouraged because I have so few days when I'm wearing anything but yoga pants, so few days when I do anything worth blogging about, so few days when I feel even a little bit funny or smart, so few days when I can find the silver lining in the clouds that seem to loom over my head.

I feel inspired because when I first started reading blogs, there seemed to be nothing but thin rich white women blogging about outfits that cost more than most folks rent, and endless trips to places I couldn't ever dream of going, which made me feel like trying to blog would be a fool's errand. Now when I read blogs I see women (and men and non-binary folks) of every shape, color, style, and type of writing, that you can think of. All these people, pouring themselves out onto these pages. I bet a lot of them wake up in the morning and feel like being well dressed or funny or smart is an insurmountable task. 
And if blogging this long has taught me anything, its that anybody can do anything. 
Especially Lillian. 


Recently E and I went to his grandparent's chicken farm, which just might be the most beautiful place in the world. Its been pouring rain recently so everything is lush and green and smells like trees and fresh air. E treated himself to a new camera on black friday and is finally getting around to learning to use it. You can expect the quality of my outfit pictures to improve moving forward and I can officially  add "hunky photographer boyfriend" to my list of awesome things about my life. 


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Downton Abbey Recap, I've got 99 Problems



SEASON 5
EPISODE 1 BABY MAMA DRAMA
EPISODE 2 SKETCHY



HEY

 IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED SUNDAY'S EPISODE YET, 

DON'T READ THIS POST. THERE WILL BE SPOILERS. 

STOP RIGHT NOW.



Friday, February 13, 2015

What to Buy Yourself For Valentines Day

Tomorrow is Valentines day, but unlike gifts that are given by the object of your affection, gifts to yourself are forgiven for being late. If I were a nicer or more organized blogger I would have written this post 2 weeks ago, but I'm not and I didn't. 
This year, no matter if you are expecting 1 dozen long stemmed roses from your dashing lover, or if you plan to spend the evening eating chinese food and watching House of Cards on Netflix, I insist that you treat yourself to something.
After all your relationship with yourself if the one that matters the most, it will be the longest one you have, and it can either be the most loving and fulfilling, or it can be the source of your deepest unhappiness. For your consideration, I have assembled a list of things would make an excellent gift, from you, to you, with love.