My Pretend Place, Summer Quarter 2015

Ok.  So I have recently fallen in love with monthly subscription boxes.  I’m really trying to not go too overboard with them.  (Not *too* overboard…*L*)  But I am subscribing to a few now, one of which is a quarterly (or monthly depending on your purchase) box from My Pretend Place.

My Pretend Place, Summer 2015

My Pretend Place, Summer 2015

My Pretend Place is a subscription box for kids starting at 3 yrs old. It offers 2 different types of subscriptions depending on what you’re looking for: either a dress-up box that includes a costume and other fun stuff (for kids age 3-6, $50/quarter), or a DIY project box (for kids age 3-8, $15/month). When you order, you can specify if you would like a box for a boy, a girl, or one that isn’t gender specific.

The Princess has always liked to play dress-up and pretend, so I ordered the quarterly dress-up box for her. So far, we’ve only received the box I’m going to tell you about today, but I want to note that their website says: “Once a quarter, your child will receive a shipment of theme specific pretend play items (including a dress-up costume), and the rest of the months, you’ll receive smaller shipments via mail that may include sticker activity sets, recipe ideas, crafts, games, etc. all focused on the main theme for that quarter. We supply everything your child will need for tons of fun, laughter and learning.” You can also check out their website for extra freebies like activity ideas and recipes for your boxes theme, or splurge and purchase extra items for the theme as well.

But enough of that. Let’s look at this box!

Opening the box...

Opening the box…

The Princess couldn’t wait to get into this box! (Ok, maybe I was a little excited to see what was inside, too…)

First look

First look…

The first thing I opened was the envelope. Here’s what was inside:

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A cute magnet (the thing with the astronaut), little fairy stickers and a handle to decorate the outside of your box so you can use it as a storage trunk for your dress-up clothes, and a little note thanking us for our purchase. Nice little extra touches. Next, we found this:

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How cute is this??? I think it’s a nice invitation and jumping off point for a child to start playing pretend and coming up with imaginative stories of their own. Of course, most kids probably won’t need this, but it’s a nice touch, anyway.

Other things in our box included:

A fairy house to paint and decorate

A fairy house to paint and decorate

The Princess really liked this. She wanted to do it right away! Anything painting or drawing or art, she’s there.

Blendy Pens

Blendy Pens and pictures to color

So far, the Princess has only colored one picture from this. As much as she loves artsy things, she’s not so big on coloring pages. But she does think blending the colors together in the markers is pretty cool.

A story book: Alice the Fairy

A story book: Alice the Fairy

The Princess read this to me the afternoon she received it. I asked her what she thought of it. “Pretty cool.”

And of course, the fairy costume!

And of course, the fairy costume!

Of course she loved the costume!

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I’d share a pic of the Princess in her costume so you can see how it fits, but I can’t seem to figure out how to crop a photo. (It shouldn’t be this difficult…and it’s probably not, lol) Anyway, the costume fits an in-between size 5 & 6 very well.

Overall, this box is a hit at our house!  I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of extra goodies they send us in the in-between months!

In summary…

Who this box is for:  Girls, age 3-6 (although there is the option of the DIY craft box for ages 3-8 yrs., and you can specify whether you want a box for a girl, a boy, or gender neutral.)

What you get:  1 box every 3 months filled with things like crafts, activities, and a dress-up costume, and smaller shipments each month in-between that complement the quarterly theme.  (Or, you can opt for the DIY box and receive 1 box each month that contains projects to add to your dress-up wardrobe.  They include material for two finished projects–but they might be two of the same in case there is a sibling, I’m not sure.)

The cost:  $50/quarter and ships free (which works out to $16.67/month.  If you opt for the DIY box, the price is $15/month with free shipping.)  Also, right now they are running a special to save 30% on your first box if you use the code “pretend”.

If you’d like more information, check out their website:  http://mypretendplace.com/

Happy pretending!

Happy pretending!

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Stitch Fix, August 2015

I received my second box from Stitch Fix a few days ago and finally have a little time to sit down and show you what was in the box!

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Ahh, the glorious box that has for two months now put a smile upon my face, lol! I was so excited when I saw it waiting at my door. (My family thinks I’m crazy to be so excited over a box. Hello, it’s what’s inside that counts 😉 )

Of course I opened it immediately!

The opened box...

The opened box…

Pre-paid Return Mailer

…and the pre-paid return mailer

Stitch Fix always sends along a pre-paid return mailer for you to return anything you decide you don’t want to keep after all.  Pretty handy, that.

They also send a card with a note from the stylist who picked out the clothing in your fix and photos of the items with suggestions for how to style your new items.  I don’t normally look at that right away because I like to be surprised, but here’s what it looks like:

Styling card/note from stylist

Styling card/note from stylist

The note told me that I had the same stylist as last time (Cailyn)!  She did an awesome job the first time, so I was very happy to see she was styling me again 🙂

Now on to the good stuff!  The first thing that I pulled out of the box was this:

Princeton Teardrop Cluster Necklace

Princeton Teardrop Cluster Necklace

The picture doesn’t do this necklace justice.  It is absolutely gorgeous in person.  The little round beads add just the right amount of sparkle.  LOVE this.

Next out of the box:

Hmm, what's inside???

Hmm, what’s inside???

Tada!

Tada!

Here’s a look at each item, individually:

Edmond Chevron Print Henley Shirt

Edmond Chevron Print Henley Shirt

Closer look at the sleeve

Closer look at the sleeve

First impression:  I like the colors and the way the sleeves are made.  The colors are pretty, too.  I know chevron is the style now, but is it for me?

Corinna Striped Dolman Top

Corinna Striped Dolman Top

First impression:  Cute!  I like the stripes and that it’s navy in color.  I like the way that the sleeves are made.  Will it be fitted enough for my liking?

Julia Utility Jacket

Julia Utility Jacket

First impression:  I love everything about this jacket.  Everything.  This was my special request this month; a jacket that wasn’t too heavy or too light that I could grab and take with me everywhere.  I think they did a good job picking this out.  Did I mention I love everything about this jacket???

Adorra Skinny Jeans

Adorra Skinny Jeans

First impression:  Yay, another pair of jeans!  I hope they fit as well as the first pair.  I did request to be sent more jeans because I have such a hard time finding pairs that fit me well without sagging in places no one wants to sag…ahem.

So there it is!  Here are a few pics of me trying things on.  Wow, I really need to work on my modeling pose…lol…

Stitch Fix look 1

Stitch Fix look 1

Stitch Fix look 2

Stitch Fix look 2

Stitch Fix look 3

Stitch Fix look 3

It’s important to note that Stitch Fix doesn’t necessarily send complete outfits.  They do send pieces to enhance your current wardrobe (or if you’re like me, build one in the first place!)

So there it is.  What did you think?  I will tell you that I did end up keeping everything!  The jeans are soooo soft and comfortable against the skin, and the tops are super comfy, too.  The chevron will take some getting used to, but it’s a challenge I’m willing to take.

Stitch Fix is yet another dream come true for me. I tell them what sort of things I like, and they send it to me. No spending all day in a crowded shopping mall’s cramped fitting room just to be disappointed and come home with only one item that cost way too much and I decide later that I don’t really like after all.  Just pure, simple bliss-inducing boxes showing up at my door with clothes that fit me and look nice inside.

If you’re interested in receiving your own box of bliss, and I’ve in any way helped you to make that decision, will you please consider using my referral code when you sign up?  https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/5504565  Of course it’s not necessary, but I would truly appreciate it!

If you’d like to learn more about how Stitch Fix works, check out my first post about it here:  https://princesspandme.wordpress.com/2015/08/11/stitch-fix/ and check out their website here:  https://support.stitchfix.com/hc/en-us/articles/204222994-FAQ

Oh!  And thanks for stopping by and reading my blog!  🙂

Stitch Fix

My very first box from Stitch Fix!

My very first box from Stitch Fix!

I admit it.  I’ve been bitten by the monthly subscription box bug.

It all started a month or so ago.  I was minding my own business, lamenting over the fact that it’s so hard for petite-sized me to find non-grandmotherly looking clothing that actually fit, when I remembered something that had come across my facebook newsfeed many moons ago.  A lady in long-forgotten-which-one group I’m in mentioned that she was getting clothing in the mail every month from a company called Stitch Fix.  This eliminated so much of the hassle and strife of clothes shopping–I dropped everything and immediately checked it out.  But alas, at the time, petite clothing was not an offering.  Sigh.

Are you like me?  Do you hate shopping for clothes?  Finding my size is so difficult, and living in a rural area where I have to drive an hour to the nearest shopping mall doesn’t help foster my love for this necessary evil.  Add to that the obligatory trip(s) to the dungeon (aka dressing room) and a rambunctious 6 year old and you’ll soon get a clearer picture of why clothes shopping isn’t my cup of tea.

Oh well, what was the name of that company again?  Maybe I can find something else similar…So I did a quick Google search, probably for “mail me clothes in a box” or something like that.

And there it was.  Stitch Fix.  I quickly looked over the site.  To my surprise–and delight–petite sizes were now available!  !!!  (Maternity clothes are also available for anyone who may be in need of such a thing.)  For the next length of time I devoured the website to find out how it works, how much it costs, and what I needed to do in order to get this into my life.

How it works:

The first thing you do is fill out your Style Profile.  It doesn’t take long, maybe 10 minutes.  You give them your size and measurements, look through some pictures and tell them what you like and don’t like.  How do you like your clothing to fit?  Are you a mom?  How often do you dress for different types of occasions and how often would you like them to send you that particular type of clothing?  Are there any types of fabrics  you don’t want them to send?  It’s pretty thorough, and thorough is a good thing.  (They even give you an area for “Final Thoughts” so you can tell them anything else you think they may need to know to style you.)  Then you select the date you’d like to receive your “fix” (as they call it), and just wait excitedly (impatiently?  that’s what I did…) to receive your box in the mail.  Yes, it’s that easy! Your stylist will then hand select 5 items for you (could be clothing, accessories, shoes…) and you’ll receive them by the date of your choosing.

How much it costs:

Stitch Fix charges a $20 styling fee for the stylist to pick out and ship your clothes, so it’s basically a $20/month minimum.  But not to worry!  If you choose to purchase at least one of your five items, that $20 then goes towards your purchase.  Choose to purchase all five pieces and you not only get your $20 credit, but you’ll also receive a 25% discount on your entire order!

I should also note here that when you’re filling out your Style Profile that you can set your price points for each type of item as follows:

*The cheaper the better

* $50 – $100

*$100 – $150

*$150 – $200

*$200 +

So if you’re willing to spend more for a nice pair of jeans than you are for a top, no problem.  Just adjust your price point for that item and your stylist will keep that in mind when styling your fix 🙂 Shipping is free both ways!  Try things on, decide what you like, and return what you don’t in their pre-paid mailer.  (I think you have 3 days to do this.)  You’re only charged for the items you keep, but if you forget to tell them what you’re returning you’ll probably be charged for everything (so don’t forget!)  When you go back to their website to check out, be sure to leave feedback about what you liked and didn’t like for each item so that your next fix can be even better!

And that’s basically it!  I received my first box last month and was extremely happy with it 🙂  If I ever figure out how to add photos, I’d like to start sharing some pics with anyone who may happen to read this.  (edit. I’m trying to figure out the photo thing now, so if there is one, it was a successful attempt!)

Oh!  And a few other things.  On your Style Profile, you can link up your pinterest board, your twitter account, and your linkedin account so that your stylists can check them out and get a better sense of what you like and don’t like.  (They really do look at them!  I know because I asked for a specific item to match something on my pinterest board, and that’s what I received!)  Each box comes with a card that shows you ideas on how to style your new pieces. (Handy for those of us who are not the most fashion savvy…)  Also, you can choose how often you want to receive a box from Stitch Fix.  You’re not locked in to any set amount of times to buy or anything like that.  Just make sure to note it in the appropriate places when you sign up 🙂

The Goods!

The Goods!

More goodies!

More goodies!

Finally, can I just say that I love this subscription box???!!!  It has made me so happy to know that I don’t have to go shopping in crowded stores, just to be disappointed to not find anything that fits me or looks good, or to pay too much for something that I bring home and don’t like afterward.  Seriously, thinking about it makes me smile, lol.  It’s crazy.  But it does!  My first box, I loved every item, and everything fit perfectly.  Very happy customer here.

If this is the sort of thing you might be interested in, would you please consider using my referral code when you sign up?  It’s totally not necessary; I’m glad to have been able to share this great find with you!  But if you do, Stitch Fix will give me a $25 credit towards my next purchase, and you will receive your first fix (= a box of happiness) and everlasting gratitude from me.  I wish that I could’ve remembered the lady who first mentioned Stitch Fix to me, as I would definitely have loved to be able to use her referral code to tell her thank you for telling me about this great service.

My referral code:  https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/5504565

(And a BIG THANK YOU if you use it!)
xoxo