Month: February 2018

First Stitch Fix Experience: Honest Review

An un-affiliated, honest review of Stitch Fix from a normal gal who loves her clothes and a good deal. 

Subscription boxes are becoming my downfall in this world. Getting a box of goodies each month or 4 times out of the year without leaving my house?! Sounds like a dream—but luckily—this is the reality we know today. There are tons of different boxes you can get (most customized to you and your preferences) ranging from snacks, clothes, beauty products, and even toys and treats for your furry friends!

Today I welcome you to one of the growing subscription boxes for fashion. Meet Stitch Fix.

The Important Details:

What is Stitch Fix and How Does it Work?

Stitch Fix is, essentially, a virtual styling service for both men and women. When a user signs up, a style profile is submitted to a stylist that hand picks 5 pieces that matches the user’s personal style. These pieces include clothing items as well as shoes and other accessories.  The style profile submitted determines what the user likes and dislikes as well as what he or she normally wears or a particular style or patterns they are willing to try.

A ‘fix’ is then scheduled and delivered straight to the user’s address, which can be a one-time thing or can be set up on an ongoing delivery schedule and a fix will be delivered once a month.

Then, it’s like Christmas! Five new pieces are received and can be tried on at leisure to see if they will be integrated into his/her wardrobe. The return process is easy! The fix includes a prepaid envelope from the USPS. Keep what you want and return what you don’t and you obviously have to pay for what you keep.

For each fix, $20 is taken for a styling fee. This money is used towards the fix and is deducted from the total price of the items that are kept. This credit does not roll over to the next fix if it isn’t used.

When checking out online, there is a review section to fill out. Keeping it as detailed as possible allows the stylist to make the next fix even better and more tailored to the user’s personal style.

How Much Does it Cost?

No matter what, the fix will cost at least the $20 styling fee. From there, it depends on what each item is listed at. The total of the items you keep will be added up and sent to checkout.

Pertaining to the items themselves, feedback can be sent regarding the prices of the items received. Users are able to say if the price is too high, too low, or just right for each item. The stylist takes these notes into consideration for next time. There is also a section of the style profile in which each user sets a particular budget for what they would pay for each type of items in the fix.

If all items from the fix are purchased, there is a 25% discount automatically applied at checkout.

Returns are always free since a prepaid USPS return envelope is included.

What Sizes Are Available?

Luckily, Stitch Fix offers a wide range of sizes and promises to increase this range. Currently, sizes 0-24W and XS-3X are offered for Stitch Fix women. There are also petite and maternity sizes available.  

How Often Do I Get a Fix?

A fix can be scheduled at different frequencies including: every 2-3 weeks, every month, every other month, and every 3 months. It does not require a monthly subscription.

My First Fix

In my style profile, I mentioned that my work dress code is pretty casual and that I would like to see nice tops I can pair with jeans. I also chose that I like boho style and that I mostly wear casual outfits.

I received my first fix at the end of January. I received: one blouse, one sweater, one jacket, one pair of jeans, and a purse.

First Impressions

I liked everything in my fix right off the bat except the jeans. This is just a general rule of thumb for me, that jeans are hard to shop for. StitchFix only asks for one size for each type of garment instead of providing a range. I’m usually a 4 or 6 depending on the store so it’s hard to pinpoint it to one size when Stitch Fix is pulling from many different stores and boutiques with varying sizing charts.


The jeans just didn’t fit correctly. They were labeled as a skinny jean but fit more like a straight jean and just wasn’t flattering. Needless to say, these ended up in the ‘return’ pile.

army green jacket

The jacket was great and in-line with current trends. It was an army green jacket with a hood. This fit a little tighter than I like my jackets to be. I want a jacket to fit loose so I can layer pieces underneath without feeling restricted. I would have kept it but I already had a similar jacket. This joined the jeans in the return pile.

red blouse

The blouse was so cute and very boho! It was in a dark red which my closet is lacking, so I was excited to see something different. This is a perfect shirt for work or to dress up jeans on a date night. I was going to purchase this but didn’t give myself that much of a budget to spend on Stitch Fix.

tan purse

The bag was a tan, oversized hobo crossbody bag, which is literally my favorite kind of bag. It was perfect because I’ve been wanting to get a tan bag for awhile now but haven’t found one that jumped out at me. When this bag came in the fix, I knew I had to purchase it. This was one of the items I decided to keep.

slouchy sweater

Lastly, the sweater was oversized with an open back and nice detailing. It was slouchy and black and white (my favorite colors LOL). I knew this would be perfect with my black bralette underneath since the open back could show off the detailing of the bralette. The perfect thing about Stitch Fix is that I was able to grab the bralette and pair the two together right then and there. It looked awesome and the sweater was so comfortable. This item was a must have in my closet and I have happily worn it about 5 times since purchasing!

Overall Thoughts

Stitch Fix is a great service! It’s so cool that there are actually stylists who hand pick each piece just for your personal style and preferences. Each fix gets tailored more and more to your specific tastes so they improve each time.

The pieces are more expensive than I would like. I like getting clothes with discounts and deals, but Stitch Fix doesn’t offer any. The quality is reflective of the price so you are getting clothes that will last and none of them are cheaply made. I would say the average price per item, in my experience, is $50.

It’s also nice to be able to try the ‘fix’ pieces on with items you already have in your wardrobe. This gives you a chance to see if you can actually incorporate the piece with what you own already.

The best part about Stitch Fix is that you don’t have to put in any effort when it comes to shopping. All the work is done for you! You just get to sit back and wait for the fix to arrive at your door.


Veggie Taco Recipe

Healthy veggie tacos in under 15 minutes! 

veggie taco two completed veggie tacos

The Importance of Veggies

Sometimes I feel like I’m not getting enough vegetables in during the day…is that just me? According to the USDA, women ages 19-30 and 31-50 are supposed to get 2.5 cups of vegetables per day. It doesn’t sound like much, but if you’re only consuming vegetables for dinner, it can be pretty hard to meet that requirement.

Even further, the USDA recommends that each week women should consume 1.5 cups of dark green vegetables, 5.5 cups of red and orange vegetables, 1.5 cups of beans and peas, 5 cups of starchy vegetables, and 4 cups of other vegetables. Now that’s a lot of veggies!

I don’t think I’m anywhere close those numbers during a normal week. I’m making a conscious effort, however, to incorporate more plant protein into my diet.

That’s why I’ve been starting to pick up more vegetarian foods at the grocery store, like the Gardein and Morningstar products. You can find these at almost every grocery store in the frozen section.

I picked up the Gardein Ultimate Beefless Ground which I thought was easy enough to incorporate into veggie tacos. I hardly eat red meat as it is so I thought this would be the perfect type of meatless meat to try out first, since I’m not accustomed to a particular taste.

beefless ground, tortillas, and salsa

The Recipe

  • 3/4 cup Gardein Ultimate Beefless Ground
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped pepper (red or green)
  • Taco seasoning
  • Tortillas
  • Toppings of your choice: shredded cheese, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, cilantro, lime juice, lettuce

taco mixture

  1. Combine the Gardein Ultimate Beefless Ground, onion, and peppers into a skillet with some olive oil. Heat on medium and cook until all contents are heated through. Sprinkle in some of the taco seasoning until your desire and stir thoroughly.
  2. Heat tortillas on a flat cast iron pan or in the microwave. One serving of the beefless ground makes about 3 tacos.
  3. Put a spoonful of the taco mixture into each tortilla. Top your tacos with toppings of your choice! My favorites are salsa, shredded cheese, lettuce, and cilantro.

flat veggie tacos

And just like that, you scored some ultimate veggie points with this meal! Enjoy!


My dress code at work is business casual, emphasis on the ‘casual’. This is one of my go-to outfits to look decent while still being effortless. I push my limits in the morning when it comes waking up at an appropriate time to still make it to work without being late. I grab a longer sweater (this one is asymmetrical), dark skinny jeans and wear my fringe booties to dress it up. I top it off with a burgundy infinity scarf and I’m out the door.

Get the Look:

Sweater: Forever 21, $35,

Jeans: American Eagle Outfitters, $37.46,

Shoes: JC Penney, $58.49,

Scarf: JC Penney, $14.99,

Party Time: Rummy Bears Recipe

Rummy Bears are such a quick boozy treat all your friends will go crazy about at the party! 

College was a time of discovery for me, like it was for many others. I discovered what subjects I liked. I discovered a little about who I am as a person. But the most valuable thing I discovered was fun, boozy treats (just kidding…kind of). These are the Jell-O shots with vodka, pudding shots, shot syringes, and my favorite, rummy bears with—you guessed it—rum.

I love a good party, but what I love more is making these fun little boozy treats for my friends! And this is my most requested out of them all! (even though I made some bangin’ pudding shots for Halloween :/ )

I used to be savage about it and make all the gummy bears in one Tupperware container and one spoon for all of us to share. This past time making them, I got a little more professional and bought the little shot ramekins to store them in. You can find these at some liquor stores and Target. I found mine at Target near the plastic cutlery and paper plates.

What to Get

For this recipe, you want to get two bags of gummy bears. Now I’m talking the large bags, not the ones you can snag for $1 hanging up on the shelf. This quantity is perfect for the amount of alcohol being added to it, but you can always cut the recipe in half if you don’t want to make as much.  

For the booze, use your preference in rum. Personally, I like these to actually taste flavorful without being like alcohol overload. My go-to is Malibu, specifically Malibu mango flavored. This time, I was so disappointed and heartbroken because they didn’t have Mango!! I opted for the Passion Fruit flavor and it didn’t make too much of a difference. I buy a fifth of the rum.

These will take you all about 5 minutes to prepare, then it’s a matter of letting them soak for 48 hours.

How to Make

Dump out the 2 packages of gummy bears into a large Tupperware container. Pour about ¾ of the bottle of Malibu into the container. You can use the entire bottle but be cautious because they turn out super boozy. I just did this because I was like why not?! It made a difference though. It went from tasty to just tolerable and you want these to be tasty!!

Stir the bears into the alcohol so that they all get equally covered. Put them in the fridge. You want to make these at least 48 hours before consuming them or before your event.

Continuously check on them every 8+ hours and stir them each time. You’ll notice the bears will get fatter each day – they will start to soak up the alcohol.

The reason you want to soak them for at least 48 hours is to get them nice and soft. I was in a hurry and only soaked them for about 36-40 hours and the centers were still very chewy. It was like the opposite of a Gusher because the outside was so soft.  

After the bears have soaked, divide them between the plastic ramekins. I fill it to the top and leave some of the remaining alcohol in each one so it gets extra time to soak it all up!

Enjoy responsibly!

PSA: I know I preach a healthy and fit lifestyle, and that’s just what this is: a lifestyle. Enjoy a drink now and again! Have fun with your friends and drink socially (and responsibly) if that’s what you want to do on the weekends! It’s okay to indulge every now and again, just don’t go on a bender every night. That’s not good for anyone.

Physique Update: 1 Month

One month into my new fitness routine. Updates, results, physical changes, and what I plan to work on this next month. 


February 2nd marked one month from getting back into my consistent training routine for the new year. A month ago I stepped on the scale to measure my weight, body fat percentage, and skeletal muscle mass. My results were shocking to me. I didn’t think I had that much body fat in me! This really motivated me to start working hard in the gym and in the kitchen again.

I decided that January was going to be the month I focus on keeping a consistent gym schedule and to work on creating a workout schedule that worked for me and what I want to achieve. February is when I’m going to kick it into gear with the foods I eat.

Each month I was told to weigh myself and check my body fat percentage. The trainer at the gym told me I should get down to 19-20% body fat, from my original weigh-in at 28% body fat.


I stepped on the scale and my weight remained the EXACT SAME down to the decimal. I still weigh 133.7 lbs. I’m 5’4″. My body fat percentage is now 24.9% so I already lost 3% body fat. I was pleased with these results because like I said, I haven’t been as strict with my nutrition as I want to be.

I’ve been really lazy about meal prepping my lunches for the week and rush around in the morning grabbing a protein shake or a complete cookie as a meal replacement. But not anymore!! I want to be mindful about what I’m putting into my body and what nutrients I need throughout the day.

Physical Changes

I haven’t noticed many physical changes but with my body fat decreasing only 3%, I’m not surprised that I can’t see a lot of results. I do see that my thighs are starting to get more defined than they were.

Dropping the 3% really motivated me! It’s just proof from all the hard work that was put in over the past month. I want to preach this as much as I can: this just goes to show that the number you see on the scale shouldn’t be the sole reflection of your progress! Take pictures, measure your body fat percentage, assess how you’re feeling mentally and physically. There are so many changes occurring on the inside before you can see it on the outside.

REVIEW: Lenny & Larry’s The Complete Cookie

Here is my personal opinion on many different flavors of Lenny & Larry’s The Complete Cookies. I am not biased and again, this is only my personal opinion – everyone is entitled to your own! I hope this helps if you’re trying out a new flavor or are straying away from certain flavors because of other bad reviews.

What is Lenny & Larry’s The Complete Cookie?

Lenny & Larry’s cookies are a godsend! They’re great for anyone who’s watching their weight, maintaining their macros, or trying to cut back on dessert. In my opinion, it’s one of the best alternatives to a real dessert that I have come across. And I am a dessert addict!

The Complete Cookie is filled with protein and fiber, which makes it a fast and easy way to get in additional protein and fiber into your day. They’re vegan and kosher, too. They’re free of dairy, eggs, and soy and are non-GMO. They’re made with no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial sweeteners, and no sugar alcohols…it’s amazing they actually taste good! I honestly don’t know how they do it.

Flavor Reviews

Below are the flavors I have tried and rated on a 5-star scale, with 5 stars being the best and 1 being the worst. And yes i know, I haven’t gotten to try all of the flavors they offer, at least not yet!

Birthday Cake

I was hesitant for awhile to try this flavor because I read a lot of bad reviews online. This actually tasted exactly how I expected it to taste! The biggest complaint against these guys is that it doesn’t scream birthday cake flavor when you bite into it. I’ll give them that. So get rid of that expectation. But, this doesn’t mean they taste bad!!

It tastes more like a sugar cookie with sprinkles and a very good one at that! This is one of my absolute favorite flavors by far! I’m glad Lenny & Larry decided to add sprinkles to it instead of just coming out with a plain sugar cookie. They don’t overly taste like protein and keeps you full for awhile! I would grab these in a pinch when I was running late for work and needed something to hold me off until lunch. Who doesn’t want a cookie for breakfast??

I strongly recommend giving this one a try if you’re back and forth about it. My only regret is that I didn’t try it sooner! Sometimes reviews are way too critical of the product because people’s expectations are very high.

These smell and taste incredible! 5 stars!


The snickerdoodle flavor definitely tastes like a snickerdoodle and magically has the same sugar coating as their not-so-healthy counterparts do. This one isn’t the worst, but also isn’t my favorite either. That’s why I gave it 3 stars. I feel more indifferent about this one. It’s good but you can taste the protein more so in this than in the other flavors.

Still a staple flavor that I recommend trying! Others like this one a lot!

Chocolate Chip

I was very disappointed by the chocolate chip flavor. Being such a staple cookie flavor, you’d expect them to master this one right?! It had little flavor besides protein, it was very dense, and nothing like I hoped for it to be. I gave it 1 star, my lowest rating.

Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter is a good flavor, sold 4 star rating! Along with the peanut buttery taste we all expect, there are bits of peanuts throughout the cookie. The extra peanuts give it a bit of a crunch and make the cookie more substantial.

White Chocolate Macadamia

Another 4 stars for the White Chocolate Macadamia flavor! It tastes verrrrry close to the original flavor without all the fat or the guilt! The white chocolate brings the sweetness as the nuts keep it crunchy. A good flavor to try!

Double Chocolate

Saving another best one for last. My other favorite Complete Cookie – 5 stars for this one! If you’re a chocolate lover, you NEED to give this one a try! This definitely hits the spot if you’re craving brownies or chocolate! (especially if it’s that time of the month ladies!) I suggest giving this a try but only if you like chocolate, of course.

Let me know if you try any of the flavors above or want me to review the others that didn’t make the list!