Monday, July 13, 2015

Stitch Fix #1: What I learned.

I recently saw a few of my friend's posting about Stitch Fix.  For some reason one of the posts caught my attention and I clicked on the link.  Before I knew it I was reading up about it and it was recommended that you should at least sign up for the style survey - that it would help point you in the right direction of starting to know your style.  Well, I figured "what could it hurt?" and went to fill out the survey.  (I've never been very good at knowing what looks good and always secretly have always wanted to be on "What not to wear" - I was so sad when the show ended :( )

Well, before I knew it, I had scheduled my first fix and was waiting with anticipation for it to show up on my doorstep.

If you don't know what Stitch Fix is, it is a styling service that sends you a box of clothes/and or accessories right to your doorstep.  They send you 5 items. You then have 3 days to try on and decide what you want to keep and what you want to send back.  Whatever  items you don't want, you just put in a pre-addressed, pre-paid envelope and put it in the mail.  Easy peasy.  For each fix the cost is $20 which you can apply towards the cost of any items you buy.  The only catch is that if you don't like any of the items you still have to pay the $20.  If you decide to buy the entire box, then there is a 25% discount.  Also they give you a referral link of your own and if any of your friends sign up for their first fix, you get $25 credit.

I'm not sure yet if I'm going to get a second fix or not, but I thought I'd share my experience with you. I actually found it a very interesting experience in more ways then getting some new cute clothes.

My box arrived actually a day earlier - I was quite impressed with their shipping speed.  I got the email saying it was in the mail and it arrived the NEXT day.  And of course, upon recieving it, I could hardly wait to get the box open.  The above pictures show my box and how pretty it was wrapped up before I opened it.

Opening the box was quite exciting, not just for me, but for my girls as well.  As you can see, my little girl thought the pictures were pretty.  And the fun clothes... here my girl is modeling the dress as a scarf - because of course that's the way it's SUPPOSED to be worn!  :)  I have several pictures of her in different poses with the dress as her scarf... if only Stitch Fix knew how much fun it could be :)

Just a side note:  It is extremely difficult to take pictures of yourself in the mirror.  It's hard to get a good picture without looking absolutely ridiculous.  It is even more difficult to take pictures when your kids are trying to get in the picture with you.  Notice below, my two rockstar children in the picture on the left.  On the picture on the right, can you find the tiny feet?  :)

Item 1:  Zuli Striped Maxi Dress


  1. Loved the color
  2. Loved the pattern, the direction of the stripes had a very thinning effect, and gave me a nice narrow waistline
  3. Loved the fit - actually covered my chest well which is a difficult task.  
  4. This dress was so comfortable.  
  5. The shape, - I actually had curves but didn't look too scandalous. 
  6. A dress that I can actually nurse in easily.
  1. The length - it was just too long.  It was just a few inches too long, I know that they are supposed to be long but this was "drag on the floor, I'm going to trip" sort of long.  
  2. The price - it was a bit expensive for a casual dress which is meant to be worn as an everyday sort of thing.  I would have paid that for a nice fancy dress, but not a maxi dress.
  3. out of comfort zone - I have never worn a maxi dress, so I had a hard time knowing if and when I would actually wear this dress.
Additional thoughts:  I was incredibly torn about this dress.  It was so pretty, comfy, and made me feel really great.  Ultimately, though it came down to the fact that it was so pricey and I would have had to still get it hemmed, and I didn't know how often I would wear it.  It just wasn't worth it in the end.  

Status: Sent Back

Item 2:  Crocker Tie Neck Top


  1. It was so pretty.  The shirt was made out of a sheer fabric that was lacy and beautiful.  
  2. The style - I loved the tie in the front and the rolled up sleeves.   
  3. The color was a nice off white which looked really good on me.  
  4. Versatility - this shirt could be paired with all sorts of colors.  It also has the ability to be dressed up with a nice skirt, or dressed down with a pair of jeans.   
  5. Built in cami - didn't have to try and find a cami that went with it to make it appropriate.  
  6. Did I mention I looked great in it, and it was so pretty?
  1. It was handwash only.  I hate clothes that you have wash special.  I do NOT have time for that, and I'm intimidated by it.  I need something that is easy.
  2. The color- this was a negative because I have two small children.  I am a magnet to spots and stains when I wear anything light.  
  3. The price - it was just a little over what I would be willing to spend on a shirt.  
  4. A little difficult to put on with the two separate pieces.  The first couple times I put it on, I struggled lining up the pieces right.
  5. Since I am still nursing, I have limited bras and was unsure I had one that worked with the shirt.
Additional thoughts:  This was also a tough decision.  Really the main negatives was that I didn't know how to wash it, and I just know that I will get it dirty.  It really is hard to spend that much money when you're afraid you are going to ruin it.  I tried it on for my husband, my SIL and my MIL and they all thought I looked really good in it.  I finally just decided to keep it because I knew I would regret not keeping it.  I just loved the way it made me feel in it.  I had asked for something that would help dress up my everyday, and this totally fit the bill.

Status: Kept

Item 3:  Abriana Geo Print Short


  1. Color -  I am a sucker for that color of blue.  
  2. The feel of the fabric-  it had a really neat 3D texture to it.
  3. Fit- I liked the way it fit my butt.  It wasn't baggy at all.  
  4. Side zipper 
  5. Made me look tall
  1. Length -  Just a little too short for me.  I felt a little self-conscious wearing them - felt like they were a little scandalous for a mom of two small children.  I like to go with the fingertip rule.   It just needed a couple more inches.
  2. The pattern -  I'm willing to go outside my comfort zone to wear something with a funky pattern, but didn't like the diamond patterns and how it came together at the seam.  
Additional thoughts:  I was not in love with them.  The pattern was weird, and the shorts just too short.  The price was a tad high for not being in love with them.  The shorts had some neat things about it, but nothing that really made the good outweigh the bad.  In retrospect, maybe it would have worked with the crocker tie top as recommended by the stylist because you couldn't see the weird diamonds.  (see the crocker tie picture above).  I didn't like how short they were but I did like the way they made me look tall - maybe they have to be that short to have that effect- but in the moment I just couldn't get over feeling like I was showing just a little too much. 

Status: Sent Back

Item 4:  Tristin Draped Ponte Jacket


  1. I liked the feel of the fabric. It was soft and stretchy.
  2. I like different jackets.  I am always cold and like things that I can layer with.
  1. Non-functional.  This was just not a functional piece of clothing.  I tried it unbuttoned, and also tried every combination of buttons.  I just couldn't figure out how it as supposed to lie.  There was just all this weird fabric at the top that just didn't seem to have a place. 
  2. Fit- I looked like a football player in it.  It made my shoulders look really wide.  
  3. Size - I think it was a little too small.  It seemed to be just a tad tight when it was buttoned, and I also think the seam line was supposed to go down lower on my body. 
Additional thoughts:  I honestly have no words for this jacket.  It was just so funky and non-functional.  It made me sad because I really like to layer, and would have probably kept it if it was usable or cute at all.

Status: Sent Back

Item 5:  Arran Layered Spike Pendant Necklace


  1. Silver
  2. Kind of funky - I liked the two chains
  3. Price
  1. The fit - this necklace laid very awkwardly.  Basically if I wore anything with cleavage, the spike fit quite nicely in the middle of it.  It was just like a nice arrow saying "Look here!" 
  2. It was not an "I love it" piece.  
Additional thoughts:  At first I thought there was no way that I could keep this necklace without it being totally inappropriate.  I tried every way to adjust the length of it to make it sit in a a less awkward place - no luck.   Then I realized that if I was wearing a higher scoop neck shirt that it could work.  I contemplated keeping it even though I didn't love it but mostly so I wouldn't lose my $20 styling fee.  I would have to only pay an $8 difference which wasn't too bad.  In the end when I decided to keep the top, I decided to send the necklace back because I wasn't in love with and I had already spent plenty on the shirt.

Status: Sent Back


+ It was a fun experience.  I would say that the main thing I loved about it was that it was so convenient.   With two little children, not having to leave the house was great.

+ I also loved that I really had time to think about whether I wanted to purchase the pieces.  I usually have a very difficult time committing to expensive clothes because I often am not sure that it even looks good on me.  I don't want to waste my money.  This helped me because I was able to marinate with it for 3 days, try it on repeatedly and get other people's opinions.  

+ The last thing that was a real plus was that it got me to go outside of my comfort zone.  I would have never tried on those items had I seen them hanging up in a store.  And even though, I only purchased the one item I still learned more about what looks good on me.  I learned that Maxi dresses actually do look good on me.  I learned that I really liked the flowy beachy look and I looked up the designer of the shirt, and found I could get a bunch more similar shirts at Nordstrom Rack.  I also learned how to make myself look taller, and thinner by the patterns  and the cut of the clothing.  Knowing these facts can help me make smarter choices in the future.

-My main problem with it was the price.  I just don't usually spend that much money on clothes and it did seem that the pieces may be a little more expensive then what you would pay for the same piece in a store. This is a little understandable since you never even have to leave your house... but I just don't know if I could make it a regular thing.

Overall, I think it was an enjoyable experience.  Even if I hadn't bought anything, I think it was worth it for the fun it was. Let's face it, getting mail that isn't a bill is exciting!  We drop $20 dollars for fast food which is gone after an hour .With Stitch Fix if you buy something, you get to enjoy it for awhile.   I don't know if I would do it all the time, but once or twice I would definitely recommend it.  If you are considering Stitch Fix , why not try it?  Hey, you might even learn something!

I have only worn the shirt a few times, but each time I have I can't go far without getting a compliment, so I think I made a good choice.  :)

Note: I am not an affiliate for Stitch Fix.  I just wanted to share my personal experience. However, if you use my link I get $25 credit for each person who signs up for and is delivered their first box.    

Monday, November 24, 2014

Lemon Garlic Chicken Pasta

Before I start my post, I just want to say that it's been a little lonely here on the blog.  For starters, two small children that are 3 and 1 - well, it's a LOT of work.  I think though I've finally started to get out of the crazy stage.  Also, I've been doing some side projects that are actually making me money (which is super exciting!) and sadly that means this blog doesn't get as much love as it should.  I'm not to the point of actually making any cash from this site, so until it does, it pretty much is last on my list.  :(

However, even when it's quiet over here, I still stay pretty active on the Creations by Alisha Rose's facebook page.  I post in real time recipes that I'm trying, sewing that I'm attempting, and even sneak peaks of future blog posts.  I love engaging you in conversation about different topics and I've gotten some really awesome tips from you, the reader.  So if you're so inclined, pop on over and say "hi" every so often. I'd love to chat.  :)


This recipe I stumbled onto by total accident. I had some chicken that someone had given me because they were moving.  It wasn't quite what I was used to using, so I was trying to figure out something on the fly.  I originally started out cooking it with garlic and basil - something that a friend and I used to do in the high school days.  I then added a little of this and a little of that, and thought I was done.  I then was about to call it done when it still looked like it wasn't cooked, so I did some more cooking.  The first try was just a chicken dish but the sauce was so good that I was eating the dripping from the pan.  And then it hit me - I could make it a sauce for pasta!

So now I present to you  Lemon Garlic Chicken Pasta  (and Basil)

Step One:

Combine the garlic, lemon juice, and oil in frying pan over medium heat.  Season one side of the chicken pieces with pepper and basil (be generous with the basil).  Place season side down and brown until fairly dark.

Step two:

Season the other side and then turn chicken over to brown the other side.  Continue to cook the chicken until no pink is present.  

Step 3:

After both sides are browned, add water and bullion cube to the pan.  Bring to a boil and then cook until sauce reduces to about a third and has started to thicken. During this step, cook the pasta as directed on the box.   

Step 4:

After sauce has reduced to desired consistency,  remove chicken from pan and set aside.  Pour sauce over noodles and coat.  Place chicken on pasta to serve. 

Step 5:



*Lemon Garlic Chicken Pasta*

3-4 chicken breasts
1 Tablespoon oil
3 Tablespoons lemon juice
3-4 garlic cloves
dash of pepper
generous sprinkle of basil
1 bullion cube
1 1/2 cups water
1 Box bowtie pasta or pasta of your choice.

  1. Combine the garlic, lemon juice, and oil in frying pan over medium heat.  Season one side of the chicken pieces with pepper and basil (be generous with the basil).  Place season side down and brown until fairly dark. 
  2.  Season the other side and then turn chicken over to brown the other side.  Continue to cook the chicken until no pink is present.  
  3. After both sides are browned, add water and bullion cube to the pan.  Bring to a boil and then cook until sauce reduces to about a third and has started to thicken. During this step, cook the pasta as directed on the box.
  4. After sauce has reduced to desired consistency, remove chicken from pan and set aside.  Pour sauce over noodles and coat.  Place chicken on pasta to serve. 
  5. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Spice Rack Book Shelves

My little girl really loves to read at night to put herself to sleep. If your kid likes to read as much as mine, you'll love this project as much as I did.

 The problem with my daughter reading at night was I couldn't have her climbing in and out of bed to get books all night especially in the dark  So instead of being happy with just one or two, she would always request to have a huge pile in bed with her.  She would then fall asleep in the middle of reading one.  I always ended up having to remove them after she fell asleep but when she was on top of them it was really hard to do. Sleeping on books also couldn't be comfortable for her, I'm sure.  In my search for a solution, I stumbled across this pin.

It seemed like the perfect answer to my problem! Only 3.99 for each rack plus a little paint I already had on hand brought my total up to around 8 dollars!

My one issue was there was no Ikea close by, you couldn't order them online then, and almost every Ikea was out of stock. I finally found a store that carried them that I thought we could swing by on the way to visit our friends.  Then we got sick and couldn't make our planned trip, so I thought I was never going to get them.  Then a friend posted on Facebook that she was going to Ikea and did anyone need her to pick anything up?  She totally saved the day!

I got out my paints and started decorating.  I painted them white with pink and green accents to match her room.  I'm not the best artist in the world but they looked cute with little butterflies and flowers on them. I then had my awesome husband hang them for me.  (The spice racks don't come with the hardware to mount them).

They were a perfect solution to my issue.  It kept the books to a minimum on her bed but let her still have choices.  She also didn't have to fall asleep on top of a million books - only one or two that she was reading at the moment.

Of course, she thinks they are great.  She mostly thinks they are great because at nap time she can take all the books out, and they double as great beds for her dolls and stuffed animals.  ;)

Whatever their use, they were a quick, easy and cheap project that was super satisfying to complete.

Where could you install some spice rack book shelves?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Chinese Chicken Salad

When the weather starts to get hot I always try to find recipes which don't heat up the house.  As it is already starting to heat up here over on the west coast,  I've started breaking them out a little early this year.  This recipe is super simple.  I also just love the colors.  What is it about summer recipes that make them so colorful?

 Chinese Chicken Salad

  • Chicken breasts - grilled and diced  
  • Head of lettuce 
  • Mandarin Oranges
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Chow mein noodles or Won-ton strips
  • Chinese Chicken Salad Dressing

The chicken can be grilled ahead of time or on the day of.  You can cook it on a grill during the summer, or we like to use our George Foreman grill on days it's a little cooler or we don't feel like getting out the charcoal.

I like to make my dressing from scratch, but you could use store bought to make the recipe even easier. The dressing that I make has a nice little kick which I think balances out the sweetness of the oranges and cranberries making a wonderful flavor experience for your taste buds.

  I didn't include any specific proportions because it's a recipe that's made very much based on your tastes.  Add a little bit of this, a bit of that and you have a very scrumptious summer salad.  Enjoy!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Spray Paint: DIY Matching Picture Frames

I've been trying to slowly buy frames to put all my family pictures in, but I was getting frustrated on how much it cost to buy solid frames.  I recently acquired some frames from a garage sale for free.  They were solid wood but this gold color which of course was not in line with my color scheme.  I then went to a thrift store and picked up several solid wooden framed pictures. I think I spent less then five dollars total on all of them.

I bought a can of matte black spray paint.  I then laid out some newspaper on my back patio.  I took the glass out and the backs off.  I then got to spraying my frames.

 I had to do a few coats.  The trick was spraying from different angles to make sure I got all the different edges and crevices.   After letting it dry, I had a lovely solid wood picture frame that fits my color scheme.

I  then spray painted all the rest of the frames.  For the price of a can of spray paint and a couple bucks at the thrift store I got 9 frames.  I probably spent less on all the frames then I would normally spend on one!  Awesome!

I was talking with my sister-in-law about my project and it reminded her that she had some frames she could do the same with.  She spray painted hers white instead of black though.

She now has some lovely frames for her ocean themed bathroom.

The other great thing about this project is how quick it is.  I was able to squeeze in painting a frame or two in between tasks throughout the day.  It was a great feeling of satisfaction being able to put all my pictures up at once.  I even have a couple left over ready for when we take a new set of family photos.  

Do you have some old frames that you could make new again?

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