Every once and awhile, a girl just needs to go to Ulta and spend a fortune on beauty products. I mean, am I right or am I right? Especially in the dead of winter. With my first military ball and celebrating our first Valentine’s Day with JP within a week of each other, I knew my skin and lips needed some serious TLC.
I’ve never really been the type to fawn over beauty products but the gems I’ve picked up this month are just too good not to share with y’all. Each of these items has become a serious staple in my (new) skincare routine (because I have one now). I guess this is an adult thing, because I never really had one before. But now I’ve found myself craving the cooling sensation of a good moisturizer and a good lip scrub. Here’s my must-have list:
I’m a firm believer that going to a military ball is as close as you can get to being a fairy tale princess. Being on JP’s arm this past Saturday night as his class celebrated their accomplishments in (almost) two full years at the academy is one of the highest honors I have received in my short 23 years. Yearling Winter Weekend, the class event for Yearlings (Sophomores at normal colleges) was my first major military formal. As you can imagine, trying to make sure ever little detail of your outfit is perfect can get a little stressful.
My dress cost me an entire $10 and it was actually my backup dress. My original dress had an unfortunate incident with the tailor. Regardless, I think it worked out for the better. I absolutely love my dress. It’s classy and chic and was perfect for the occasion. I felt comfortable and confident enough to eat and dance, most importantly, I felt amazing enough to focus on the amazing man I’m lucky enough to be dating.
My style inspiration for each piece of my outfit was to be sophisticated, simple, and classic and I really think the entire look pulled together quite nicely. New York in February is pretty cold, but my favorite faux leather jacket that I picked up from Forever 21 a few years ago (whoa, like junior year of college) was the perfect cover up. I love the peep toe of the heels (which killed my feet because they had to be long enough so I wouldn’t step on the dress) and the lace design on the bag which was the most expensive part of the entire outfit.
Overall, the evening was perfect and I wouldn’t change anything. Except maybe finding this dress first.
Be still, my heart.
If you’re a frequent reader, then you’ll know about my Stitch Fix reviews. If you’re new here, you can read them here and here but I unfortunately have to tell you that this will be the last Stitch Fix related post I write for the foreseeable future. Why? I have canceled my Stitch Fix subscription.
Yes, you read that right. I feel as though I have fallen into that category of “bloggers who do everything other bloggers do” and I don’t want to be that type of blogger. Part of Oh Shift, Y’all is celebrating being YOU and I don’t want to waste your time (or mine for that matter) with anymore halfheartedly written posts about a service I really don’t like all that much. After my third fix was canceled (I won’t go into the details) and talking to a friend this weekend, I realized that I was basically only writing the Stitch Fix posts for page views and that is just not okay in my book. Aside from that, here’s why I canceled my Stitch Fix subscription.
Stitch Fix, in theory, is a fantastic business model. If I wasn’t living in New York and just barely able to buy groceries and gas every month, I’d probably have no problem continuing with my subscription. However, it’s just not ideal for a young professional/graduate student, especially one who is living somewhere that the cost of living is outrageous (seriously, that’s why no one moves to New York in their twenties). The $20 styling fee isn’t a terrible price to pay for the service, in fact, they could probably charge a lot more if they wanted to. My issue with the costs associated with Stitch Fix have more to do with the price points of their clothing. When you first sign up for Stitch Fix, they ask you how much you’d be willing to spend on certain articles of clothing. For example, I’m willing to spend upwards of $50 on a pair of jeans because that’s how you know you’re (typically) getting a good quality denim. However, after my first Stitch Fix box, I definitely experienced sticker shock. The prices were outrageous! Maybe I just tend to buy more things that are on sale or promotion than I realize, but seriously, around $40 bucks for a plain old Doleman top that I could get at Forever 21 for $15 at the most? No thank you. After my first box, I went into my settings and made sure that everything was the lowest possible price point (except jeans) but to my surprise, the prices didn’t change much, if at all, between my first and second fix. Remember that stripped shirt from my second fix they wanted me to pay $48 dollars for? Yeah, me too.
Perhaps the most annoying thing about Stitch Fix is that the $20 styling fee just disappears if you don’t purchase something from that particular box. Like, um…. Why? If you let me keep that $20 every time I don’t buy something (which, let’s be honest, would have been rare) I’m going to be more likely to purchase an entire box down the road. Sure, they give you a 25% discount if you get everything in the box but if I had an extra $20 to throw towards that, I’d be even more likely to do so. I understand that this may not exactly be a best business practice, but simply saying, “Buy something or else you just wasted $20” is a little ridiculous if you ask me. (Although it’s a pretty effective marketing strategy).