After not being too happy with my last couple of fixes, Stitch Fix made it up by sending me an incredible fix this time.
As I turned over my closet from summer to fall, I noticed that I no longer had a collection of shirts to wear with leggings. At the end of each season I purge anything that is no longer in good shape, and I had run my wardrobe down to nothing last year. I requests shirts/sweaters to wear with leggings, and I really love every piece I was sent.
For the uninitiated, first of all, where have you been? Ha. Second of all, this is how Stitch Fix works: You pay $20 for your box of clothes picked out for you by a stylist. They know your sizes and style by a profile you fill out, and they know what you’re looking for because you tell them. If you keep any of the items they send you, the $20 gets applied to them. If you send everything back, you pay $20 and call it a day. You have 3 days to decide what to keep and what to send back, and they do their best to pick pieces within your budget.
Here are the pieces I got this Fix:
#1 Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse, $48
I love this top. It looks great with leggings, and I love that it’s loose and flowy. I imagine wearing it with a black fur scarf or a big chunky necklace. It’s a brighter pink than it looks in the photo, so I can wear it both in winter and summer.
#2 Giorgio Cowl Neck Long Sleeve Thermal Top, $84
This thermal top is such a pretty shade of purple. I love the cowl neck. It is far more fitted than any shirts I usually wear, but I think I can pull it off. It’s really warm too. The only downside is that it’s $84 for a thermal shirt. Seems really pricy.
#3, Alexander Graphic Knit Drape Front Cardigan, $58
I LOVE this cardigan. It has that oversize feel without being overwhelmingly big. The pattern is exactly on trend for this season. The colors scream fall. And I can wear it with a cheapo black shirt underneath, a pair of leggings, and my outfit is complete. Love this.
#4, Chaplin Hooded Anorak Cargo Jacket, $88
I have no need for a jacket, but this jacket is just so pretty. It has lots of little details. I love the peach zipper detail the most. It’s very casual and perfect for a fall afternoon at the playground. I also like that it has a hood in case I get a little chilly.
#5 Evie Draw String Funnel Neck Sweatshirt, $64
I really need casual clothes, and I love how comfy cozy this sweatshirt is. It is a thinner material than I’d prefer, but that also makes it great for a warm fall day. I requested this specifically after seeing it on another blog in another color. I love that it’s a pretty fall color. I can wear it to work (I work from home) without feeling underdressed when we go out to play in the evening. It’s a big step up from my usual pajama ensemble.
Bonus #6: Look by M | Jet Ribbed Infinity Scarf in mustard
I received this scarf in my last fix and was unsure about it, but I didn’t like anything else in the fix. I kept it and now I LOVE it. It works with almost all of the pieces in this fix, and I love the way it looks under my coat.
What should I keep from this latest Stitch Fix? This is the first time that I love every single piece, so I’m having a hard time deciding.
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Previous Stitch Fix posts:
Stitch Fix #7: August 2014
Stitch Fix #5: July 2014
Stitch Fix #4: May 2014
Stitch Fix #2: February 2014
Stitch Fix #1: January 2014
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If you haven’t heard yet about magnetic tiles or magnetic building blocks, I feel sorry for you. They are by far the coolest toy out there, and every kid (and um, maybe adult, too) needs a set. We are slowly building up our collection, but after a few months of use I thought I’d share our thoughts on the different types. In this post I will review several types of magnetic tiles. Here we go!
We LOVE Magna-tiles in this house!
These are the most expensive out of them all, and rightly so. The magnets are super strong, and because the tiles have flat sides they can stand up on their own. We have the 100 piece set which retails for $120. To be honest, while it’s adequate it really isn’t enough tiles to make large creations. We look forward to acquiring another 100 pieces to build our collection.
Out of all the brands, I have found that Magna-tiles are easiest to use if you want to build big, interesting creations. We play with the Magna-tiles at least every morning and every evening. Here are a few things we’ve made together:
Sometimes my husband and I catch ourselves playing with them even when the kids have moved on to something else. They are just so cool. Both our 3 year old and our 18 month old love playing with these, but they play with them very differently. The 3 year old builds huge towers, and the 18 month old mostly stacks them and takes them apart.
While we don’t own the chassis set, we have played with it. It’s really fun to build different vehicles with the magnets. This is a great set to buy for a car-loving kid.
I’ve looked everywhere for the best prices for Magna-tiles. It looks like any Amazon lightning deal should be your best option, but they come up extremely rarely. Lakeshore Learning does allow you to use their coupons for Magna-tiles, so that’s a good option too. They don’t have as big a selection, but for the 100 piece set it’s worth using one of their coupons.
Note: These are really easy to clean up. Because the magnets are fixed within the tile, you can just stack all the magnets together.
I have only found Super Magformers on Amazon.com, and have yet to find them in any brick and mortar store. Super Magformers are also magnetic tiles, but they have cutouts and cannot stand on their own. With Magna-tiles you can take one tile and it will stand up, however with the Magformers you need to put a few pieces together for them to stand up. The “Super” denotes that they are extra large, so with only 30 pieces we can create big rocketships, homes, and towers. We’ve also made baby cribs and animal pens. These are a great magnetic tile for someone who doesn’t quite have the motor skills for Magna-tiles but who loves the idea of magnets/building. Our 18 month old likes these a lot. She will build a cube over and over again. These are also great when you don’t have a lot of time to play but you want to build a large structure.
The biggest difference, aside from the fact they don’t stand on their own, is that the magnets inside the tiles are barrels that spin around. That makes stacking them to put away a little more challenging as you can only stack them one by one instead of in groupings. In other words, if I have 3 piles of 5 magnets each, I can’t just put the 3 stacks together to make 15 magnets. I have to take apart 2 of the piles and individually stack the magnets. It’s not a big deal, but it is something to note.
Note: These are not compatible with Magna-tiles.
We love Super Magformers in this house!
Here you can see Magna-tiles next to Super Magformers for a good comparison.
Super Magformers have cutouts, so they are easier to hold for smaller children. They are larger than Magna-Tiles and regular Magformers. With just the one set we can build giant rocketships and towers. These tiles do not stand up on their own as the sides are rounded. The magnets inside the tiles are cylindrical and spin around. That is an important difference from Magna-tiles. When you’re cleaning up Super Magformers you have to stack the tiles one by one. If you try to put two stacks together, you can’t. You will have to take apart one stack first.
We will add to this collection as well. They are not compatible with Magna-tiles, but you can build giant structures in such little time that they are worth having too. We also play with these every single morning and every evening.
This is a great starting set for a young child. I bought a set for my 1 year old niece for her birthday. They are smaller than both Magna-tiles and Super Magformers. They are easy to hold for little ones because of the cutout shape. In our home we use these only as accents to our Super Magformer designs. However, I’ve packed them in a metal lunchbox for long rides and the kids enjoy playing with them in the car. I love that they are smaller and will continue to buy them as a first set for littles, but I wouldn’t recommend getting these as a starter set for an older child.
Note: You can buy these at Toys R Us in addition to many other brick and mortar stores (and online of course).
I bought this set for a friend’s 4th birthday. I couldn’t spend $120 on the 100 piece Magna-tile set for him, but I really wanted him to have magnetic tiles. I regret this purchase. Picasso Tiles are a dud, and anyone who tells you they are the same exact thing as Magna-tiles is wrong.
The biggest and probably only difference is that the magnets are not as strong. This is a big deal if you want to build big structures! If you so much as blow on your little house it will come tumbling down, whereas it takes a good shove to break a Magna-tile house. I will not buy these again. If you want to buy magnetic tiles but can’t afford the real deal, wait until you can. It’s worth it to save up and buy the Magna-tiles.
If you have any questions about magnetic tiles, please feel free to ask. I feel like an expert after having tried all these different brands. I hope this review helps as we head into the holiday season! Buy some Magna-tiles this year!