I have recently become totally obsessed with Stitch Fix! I have received two Fixes and I am in love.

For those of you who don’t know what Stitch Fix is here is a quick rundown. It is a service that sends you 5 hand -selected gorgeous clothing items that are styled specifically for you by a personal stylist. You create an online profile of your preferences, styles, sizes, and likes/dislikes. Just like magic these 5 items will show up at your doorstep where you get to try them on and keep whichever ones you would like. You can keep any number of items (0-5) but if you choose to purchase all 5 items you receive 25% off your total. When your box ships to you $20 is charged to your credit card but that $20 is credited to anything you purchase from your Fix.

Now some of you may know this but I recently became a Stitch Fix stylist myself. My first Fix was styled by someone else but since I am figuring out what my style is I decided to style myself for this one.

Now, disclaimer, I am not a fashion blogger by any means of the word. I do love clothes. I might look goofy in the poses but hey, you gotta start somewhere (and please ignore the messy closet, I will straighten that up next time, haha)

Truth: I have lost my personal style a little since becoming a mom.

False: Because I am a mom and I am busy and I am curvy and etc…. I do not deserve to look and feel my best.

Truth: Taking care of myself is what is best for me, my family, and my personal world. This does not have to be clothing or material but I do need to cover myself daily so I might as well look good trying.

Clothing isn’t what makes you who you are but fashion is a great way to express your personal self as I am discovering. The joy and anticipation leading up to receiving a Stitch Fix box is powerful and amazing. Wearing a new outfit is enough to lift dark clouds of almost any day. Looking at a picture of yourself an a well fitting and beautiful outfit is such a treasure.

So, with all that said I am going to post pictures of me in my Stitch Fix clothing. I am doing this for a few reasons. As I have been researching the company and trying to rediscover my own personal style (so moving away from mommy sloppy as I affectionately referred to my daily uniform of yoga pants and Costco workout tanks) I realized that posts with pictures are awesome. The other reason is that I think I want to show the world that a curvy girl can do this. Any girl can do this. Any woman can get some fantastic clothing pieces that make them feel great about themselves. Along the way I am sure I will look silly and funny and maybe even cute. If even one of you feels inspired to do a little more for your personal style, I am more than happy to put myself out there.

If you are interested in trying Stitch Fix you can click on that link. It is an affiliate link which means when you sign up I get a credit to my account. You don’t have to sign up through me or you can, either way is great. I am happy to help in any way possible!

Now on to the clothes!

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Kut From The Kloth Distressed Boyfriend Jean and Market & Spruce Corrina Dolman

I am not sure how I lived with out these jeans in my life. I love this whole look!

 

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Skies are Blue Crochet Detail Top with my Old Navy jeans and Payless boots

I don’t love this top on me. It is gorgeous but it looks a little boxy and unflattering.

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Gilli Sebastian Maxi, Target Belt, JCPenny Sandals

Again this is amazing and I love how it shapes me. I feel like an hourglass goddess in this.

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Margaret M Emer Cropped Trouser, Target wedges and JCPenny henley

I am torn about these. They are too long for me and too big but way comfy.

All in all, I think I did a good job. I am for sure keeping three items (KFTK jeans, maxi dress, dolman top) which is great for me. I can go to the store and try on 20+ items and walk out with nothing! I fully would have kept all 5 if I had gotten a size smaller in the trousers (I would still need to hem them, if you look at the picture, my right leg is the correct length and those are rolled twice!). I think it is worth it to hem a really great pair of pants. I have short legs and a longer torso so pants are normally like this for me.

What would you keep if you were me?

Thanks for reading this weeks What to Wear Wednesday! I am thinking up creative new ways to envision this recurring post on my blog. Some will be fashion, some will be makeup, some will lingerie, I may do a bathing suit special (I may not model that one, haha). What would you like to see on these posts?

  • June 11, 2015 - 12:24 am

    Jennessa - I LOVE the first and last outfits on you, but the best thing is knowing what YOU feel best in! 🙂 StitchFix won’t work for me now, but maybe someday. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • June 11, 2015 - 1:43 am

      boudoir - Yes, I hope someday. I’m excited for that day! 🙂ReplyCancel

Welcome to our first installment of What to Wear Wednesday. I am so excited to begin this new thread of posts because I get a lot of questions about what to wear. I’d love to say this is because I am a fashion and beauty guru. That I am not. Instead the questions often come from clients wondering what to wear for their boudoir sessions or from friends who believe from my years having my camera pointed at people I have an edge. Perhaps I do. I’d like to think that I have at least a decent idea of what it takes to help you feel and look your best when it comes to photography and I truly believe that a lot of that can filter into everyday life.

Many of the women who have their hair and makeup done for a boudoir session walk away saying, “gosh, I feel fantastic, I’d love to bring a little of that into my everyday life.” So that is where What to Wear Wednesday comes in. I will blend what I know about fashion and beauty and glamour from the boudoir photography world and make it a blend over into everyday life a little. I think that sounds fun. I hope you do too.

I decided to start where I feel the most confident. I know makeup. I have been playing with it since I was 10. I might have started with neon green nail polish and hot pink lipstick but I played and honed and experimented until I feel like I kind of came into my own. Can makeup really be a existential journey into knowing more about who we really are? Did I really just say existential?

Makeup is key in photography. I believe makeup is key to any polished look outside of photography too. I do not think makeup makes you beautiful. You are beautiful. Makeup is a tool that can bring out your best features and bring to you a fierce confidence that is quite possibly magic at times. Can you rock a makeup free face and kick ass and be a mega amazing person? YES. Can adding a little makeup to your already beautiful face add a touch of amazingness? YES. Do I wear makeup every day? NO. There are many days for the carpool line and a trip to the grocery store that I’m rocking the yoga pants, pony tail, and no makeup. But makeup is fun and I love it so here ya go…

Here are a few of my favorite pieces that I use almost every single time I do my makeup…

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From this kit I will point a few key things.

Eyebrows: Please don’t neglect them for a boudoir session or for real life. If you don’t know what you are doing Pinterest is an amazing resource. If you don’t want to do it on your own, ask a friend for a recommendation for a great eyebrow waxer. Eyebrows frame your eyes and your eyes are the windows to your soul. Seriously people, EYEBROWS.

Quality brushes: There is very little that can be done with crap brushes. I promise you if you go and get the MAC brush I posted here and ask for some help from the makeup artist at MAC on how to use it and blend you will have a literally eye opening (hahahaha) experience on how good brushes can change your whole life.

Primer: I don’t have a full face primer here but I do have an eyeshadow primer. MAC’s paint pot is amazing. Urban Decay has a great eyeshadow primer. ELF has some too. These items will help keep your makeup on and looking good all day. This is key not only for regular day wear of makeup but for a photo shoot where you will be changing outfits and adjusting poses for 2-3 hours often.

Good quality eyeshadow: My life changed when I found MAC eyeshadow. I had been using drugstore eyeshadow for years and one day I tried the good stuff. I can’t go back. I won’t go back. The cheaper stuff doesn’t blend, it doesn’t have true pigments in it, and it really just isn’t good. If you have been struggling with getting your eyeshadow to both blend and stay start with a good primer and then add on some good high quality eyeshadow. Life altering discoveries here people.

Trial and Error: Please don’t ever think that you arrive when it comes to makeup and beauty. I am going to get all existential on you again. It is about the journey not the destination. Makeup is just one small piece of what goes into making you feel and look your best. Keep playing. Try new color combinations. Try new looks. Want to learn how to do a cat eye? Do it. Don’t ever stop learning and growing (in makeup and life).

If you are considering a boudoir session and are not confident that you know how to do makeup for a photography session or just want to be pampered there is nothing to be concerned about. I have assembled an amazing team of makeup artists who are trained to help you look and feel your best. You can add makeup on to any session and most packages already include it.

What are your favorite makeup brands? What is your go to parts of your makeup kit? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

 

  • June 4, 2015 - 2:56 am

    Heather - I love what you had to say about eyebrows. Good points, I recently tried a primer for the first time. It was a great pore refiner. Thanks for the good perspective & reminders.ReplyCancel

    • June 10, 2015 - 10:20 pm

      boudoir - Thanks Heather! It is so fun to experiment!ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2015 - 8:09 pm

    Lauren - Great tips! I always forget to “do” my eyebrows (not wax or pluck, but fill them in a little bit — I have light eyebrows). I also NEED to buy brushes and some good-quality eye shadow.ReplyCancel

    • June 10, 2015 - 10:20 pm

      boudoir - I never used to do it but then I realized my own brows were so light. Now I feel so “undone” without them! 🙂ReplyCancel

This session with Miss H. was a blast! There were some moments where I truly forgot I was “working” and felt like I was in the middle of just hanging out with a good friend of mine. The funny part of that is that I met Miss H for the first time the day of our shoot!

Miss H. I adore that you were game for anything I suggested. You picked some awesome wardrobe pieces for yourself that really highlighted your assets too. I loved that you came in and immediately had a spunk about you. I also truly admired how much you expressed your love for your hubby. I can tell that you guys have an incredible bond and he will treasure this gift you are giving him.

Thank you for having me do this session for you!

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