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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Stitch Fix Review- Super-sized!

Well friends, I have been so busy with getting ready for a new school year, and actually teaching the first few weeks that I have sadly neglected my blog, and have drastically fallen behind with my Stitch Fix reveal/review posts.

I am linking up with Maria Manore at Crazy Together for this post.  You can head to her blog to find even more bloggers who have linked up their fixes!

Because I am so behind, todays review is going to be a SUPERSIZED Stitch Fix review.  I am three "fixes" behind and have another fix scheduled to be delivered this week so I need to get caught up.


First, if you are not familiar with Stitch Fix and how it works, here is a quick overview:

1. Start by filling out your style profile - you will complete all sorts of questions on sizing, pricing, style preferences, colors, etc.  

2. Order your first fix! A personal stylist will put together a box of 5 items based on your style profile.  Once your fix ships you will be charged a $20 styling fee-  however, if you keep any item [one or more] you will be credited back the $20. 

3. Decide what you want to keep and what you want to send back -it is so easy to return items you are not keeping in the provided postage paid envelope Stitch Fix provides! 

Here we go folks!

FIX #7

Market and Spruce Randall Scoop Neck Polka Dot Tank $48

I love this top!  Cute polka dots and I like the burgundy trim on the bottom.  Kept!

Collective Concepts Clement Scoop Neck Blouse  $54
I liked this top, but the scoop neck was too "scooped" and revealed my whole chest.  Returned.

41 Hawthorn Edwin Scarf Print Top  $58
I like the print of this top, and it would match many cardigans I already have, but when I tried it on the arm holes seemed too tight around my arms.  Sadly, returned.

Fun2Fun Arlington Crew Neck Blouse  $44
I am a sucker for stripes, I think more than half my clothes have stripes on them.  But, this tank was unique and I liked how the back had smaller stripes on the sides, so how could I say no?  Kept!

Kensie Rebekah Contrast Detail Blazer   $88
LOVED this, but needed a size smaller and they did not have one in stock for exchange.  Returned.  But, I found this same blazer at Macy's and grabbed one in the right size during a recent sale!

FIX #8

41 Hawthorn McQue Solid Lace Sleeve Blouse   $48
Liked, didn't love.  Probably would have kept this if it were a brighter color.  Returned.

19 Cooper Bertona Split Neck Top   $58
LOVE!  This has a fun pattern and fun colors and I had to keep it!  Kept!

Pixley Martina Slub Knit Open Cardigan   $48
I want one of these in every color possible!  This cardigan is super soft, and has fun pockets styled into the bottom corners of the cardigan.  Please- send me more!  Kept!

Papermoon Kailyn Pleated Skirt   $54
I really liked this skirt, but needed a size larger and they did not have one for exchange.  Bummer!  I wanted to keep this one so badly!  I am hoping I might see this in a future fix in the size I need.  Returned.

Margaret M Emer High Waisted Trouser  $98
So many people rave about the Emer pants that I really wanted to be able to join in on the excitement.  Sadly, this is the third pair of Emers I have received and they just don't work for me.  Returned.

FIX #9

41 Hawthorn Embry Mixed Material Top  $54
Great fall colors and matches perfectly with a mustard cardigan I have.  Different material on front and back and it is very comfortable. Kept!

Market and Spruce Alan French Terry Asymmetrical Zip Cardigan   $68
So soft, so warm, so comfortable.  I just want to snuggle up in this cardigan and read a book.  The side zip gives it a unique look.  Kept!

Market and Spruce Sawyer Space Dye Dolman Sleeve Knit Top   $58
I wanted something burgundy in this fix, and this is super cute and soft!  I wasn't too sure about the dolman sleeves, but I thought I would give them a try and I kind of like them, at least on this top.  Kept!

Skies are Blue Ferris Mixed Material Collared Top   $54
Another burgundy top to fulfill my request!  Thanks Jill!  This may seem like a basic everyday plain colored top, but it isn't!  There is a subtle lattice pattern on the front, and the back is a different material.  I really liked this.  Kept!

Kut From the Kloth Jonathan Skinny Corduroy   $68
I love Kut From the Kloth.  I basically buy any pants they send me from this brand!  These are a great pair of cords and I like the slate grey color- not your typical black or brown.  Kept!

Whew!  3 Fixes, 15 items, lots of fun!

Jill has been my stylist for my last three fixes and she is awesome!  I ended up keeping 9 of the 15 items she has sent me in the last three fixes.  If it weren't for some fit issues I would have kept 13 of the 15.  I love Jill!  

Does this super sized Stitch Fix reveal make you want to give it a try for yourself?  I would love it if you used my referral link if you would like to sign up to try Stitch Fix!

Native American Cultural Regions

Recently in social studies we learned about Native American cultural regions.  The kids read about the natural resources available in different regions and how the people in that area used the specific resources in their area to hunt, build housing, tools, clothing, jewelry and other daily necessities.

The kids took notes on each region including the climate, animal populations, trees/plants, and other resources that could be found in each region.

At the end of the chapter I decided to find some pictures of different artifacts from the 7 regions we studied and see if the kids could identify which region they came from using what they learned and using their notes if needed (a good incentive to take good notes!).  

I found 20 different photos from a variety of online sources, numbered each one, printed and laminated them.  I used them just like task cards.  I posted them around the room, and had the students circulate around the room trying to identify the region for each item on the photo card.

I knew this would be a good activity, but I had no idea how much deep thinking and analysis would take place!  As the kids worked I helped as needed but mostly observed and overheard so many good discussions!  Many of the artifacts in the pictures weren't the exact ones we read about in our book, so they really needed to use clues from the photos to identify the object and region.

It was fun to hear kids trying to identify what the different objects could possibly be made from, then trying to narrow down the possible regions based on which regions naturally had that material.   For example, in the coat above photo they first decided that it was some sort of cape or coat.  Then they discussed what typed of animals it was made from.  Then they had to think about which climate it would be needed in.  

The analysis of the artifacts and the critical thinking that happened during this activity was so fun!  The kids loved trying to figure each photo/artifact out.  Like I said, I thought it was a good idea for an activity, but I had no idea how much the kids would get into it and how much higher level thinking would take place during the activity.