February Stitch Fix Review

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I started shopping for Spring’s Capsule a bit early. Or more accurately, started looking for the replacements for items I thought still fit me for next season, but turns out I was wrong. Plus – my average keep from SF as of late has been 1 or 2 out of 5 – so this wasn’t meant to re-jumpstart my spring wardrobe.

However, given the weather we’ve been having here (low 70s), it feels like spring already. So my winter navy, gray, and white are feeling kinda drab with everything blooming.

This was also my first Fix after changing sizes across my profile. So I was a bit nervous that nothing would work out because I’m in between two dress sizes.

My stylist note was jam-packed. Random stylist generator set me up with Sophie, who sent me some items directly off my Pin board, a pair of pants I nearly purchased in a BST group on Facebook, and a blouse that didn’t leave a good impression from the get go.

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Crescent Allerton Button Front Top ($48)

Crescent Allerton Button Front Top

Let’s start with the bad, shall we? Get it over with. I had my doubts about this blouse when I peeked at the SF App. Why on earth are the stylists sending me more blue tunics? I like blue, but I don’t remember leaving much feedback about how I wanted it in every Fix. And this was the first blouse that popped up on the App, so I was prepared for the worst.

It wasn’t a tunic at all. It was just a regular cut blouse. A very wrinkly blouse, I might add. (-1 point for high maintenance; I already hate hand washing items.) The color was more like a cornflower blue, rather than my usual cobalt or navy.

Crescent Allerton Button Front Top

The fit was less than ideal. The arm holes and overall feel were better, so I was happy I went down a size. But this blouse hit me in a weird spot. As a short person, I don’t want to feel like I’ve been cut in half.

Plus it just felt awkward. I tried to style it with a Kensie blazer I received in a November Fix and I wasn’t digging it. And then it’s just a bit too short to wear on its own. Since 80% of my wardrobe needs to be office friendly, this was not this shirt’s lucky day. Verdict – Return.


Kut from the Kloth Giatta Cropped Trouser ($88)

Kut from the Kloth Giatta Cropped Trouser

Also something I peeked on the app and wasn’t crazy about initially. I mean, I turned down these same pants online for a reason, right? Well, I guess I would get to try them on anyway.

The photo in the App was deceiving. These looked like wider cuffed cropped pants. I think I was envisioning the culottes trend that I don’t understand. (Though, they do make really good ballroom practice pants in the summer…) Also, cropped pants are never actually good looking on me. They are either long enough to be full-length pants or not quite long enough. (#shortpeopleprobz)

Kut from the Kloth Giatta Cropped Trouser

Color me surprised – they actually fit like skinny cropped pants. And they are this interesting “I’m fancy denim” material, rather than just jeans. I don’t think I can get away with wearing these in the office during the week.

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But – casual Friday? An event that I don’t want to wear full-length jeans to in the summer? Yes, these will work. Verdict – Keep.


Brixton Ivy Sylvester Split Neck Blouse ($54)

Brixton Ivy Sylvester Split Neck Blouse

On to the better items of the Fix. I don’t know if Sophie read my previous profiles that indicated I was obsessed with purple. But even though I asked for things to go with the color red, she gave me purple. I can’t say no to this, can I?

This was another example of why I was happy I sized down. If I had my previous size, this would have hung on me strangely. The detail on the sleeves is a nice touch. (Much better than the strange cuffs I create.

Will this work for next season? Nope. But it will work awesome for this current season – especially since I have other ill-fitted items in the closet for variety’s sake. This is a welcomed change to my current situation. Verdict – Keep.


Pixley Ohara Faux Wrap Tie-Waist Dress ($68)

Pixley Ohara Faux Wrap Tie-Waist Dress

This was the perfect example of something that looked much better on the hanger than on me. It was true – I had this dress pinned as a possibility for taking to an out-of-state wedding next season. Jersey Knits usually pack well, and this looked spring-like enough to pass for both a wedding guest dress and office attire. Sophie obliged and sent me one in my new size.

Pixley Ohara Faux Wrap Tie-Waist Dress

Hmph. Well, that wasn’t what I was expecting at all. First, the faux wrap cuts all the way down to my waist, which made me feel really uncomfortable. (Though, if I were still nursing Bean, this would be the most convenient dress ever!) Secondly, I just felt wider while wearing this. I’m not sure if it was the print, or the sleeves, or the wrap itself.

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The tie detail was cute, but it just wasn’t really for me. Especially if I had to be self-conscious about bending over to pick up Bean off the floor. Verdict – Return.


Gilli Nikky Striped Faux Wrap Jersey Dress ($58)

Gilli Nikky Stripped Faux Wrap Jersey Dress

Dress #2 was also from my Pinboard, though I was hoping for a different color than navy. Nevertheless, it will still work for next season.

I like where this wrap hits better. Empire waists just work better on my frame. And it’s a good office dress in terms of length (throw on a cardigan for my cold office), but it’s also that nice jersey knit which will travel well with little maintenance. Plus, it matches my red flats. I do own a navy/white striped dress, but it’s very much a fall/winter weight sheath dress. This would ultimately replace that dress. Verdict – Keep.


That was Fix #13. Not bad – probably my best keep rate in a while, so good job Sophie.

Next, I’ll be trying something a bit different. I ordered a Golden Tote, which is a boutique service out of my home state similar to Stitch Fix. That should be arriving this week!


February Link Up – Thank you, Maria, at Crazy Together for providing a Link Up this month.

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January Stitch Fix Review

I know. I went completely against the capsule wardrobe “code” and I’ve been shopping during a season I’m supposed to be in currently. However, when I threw together my winter capsule, I included items I happened to have on hand that weren’t falling apart and filled in blanks as I needed. I’ve also been shopping “smarter” with very specific items in mind. A striped tee. A new black blazer that didn’t look huge on me. A couple versatile patterns.

This pickiness came in handy when I finally received, after waiting two weeks, a Gap.com order where I absolutely hated everything I purchased. Everything just didn’t look/fit right. So, I scheduled a Fix for January. I asked my stylist for a black blazer, a Pixley Greenwich striped tee (which is apparently super popular), something with polka dots, and a statement necklace. I also left a bunch of notes on my Pinterest Board.

My stylist for Fix #12 was Rizelle. I had asked for Katie back from Fix #11, but Rizelle honored my requests and sent me a great Fix.


Romolo Canon Pyrite Tassel Necklace ($34)

The first item in the box was the statement necklace I requested. This sucker was heavy. Definitely not something I would wear dancing because one turn could knock a leader out. I think pre-toddler Jen would definitely consider this necklace because it was really cool. (And looks great with the dolman shirt Rizelle sent, as she had suggested.) But, Bean is a curious girl and likes to pull on momma’s jewelry. I also had a concern about clocking her in the head with it. Nice try, Rizelle. However, I think we need to stick to shorter length necklaces. Verdict – Return.


Loveappella Evie Draw String Funnel Neck Sweatshirt ($64)

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Loveappella Evie Draw String Funnel Neck Sweatshirt (Navy)

This is a hoodie that doesn’t actually look like a hoodie. (A fancy hoodie, if you will.) Like, I could wear this to casual Friday at the office and not feel like I rolled out of bed. I pinned this after turning down a really good deal on one in a Facebook buy/sell/trade group. A co-worker has the same exact sweater, but in olive. I see it on Pinterest everything. Thus, it became my unicorn. I wanted it, but wasn’t really sure where to find it. Rizelle found it, apparently. It’s so comfy. (Though, thinner than I imagined – so wear a cami underneath.) Verdict – Keep.


Market and Spruce Corinna Striped Dolman Top ($48)

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Market and Spruce Corinna Striped Dolman

The Pixley Greenwich shirt wasn’t available, so I received the Corinna instead. I read that these shirts ran slightly larger than marked, so I was a little worried when I saw the app preview. But dolmans are supposed to look flowey and oversized anyway. I own a purple dolman from a previous Fix, and personally like the way that one fit better. It has a structured base, whereas this was just a rounded, loose, hem. Even for a looser fit, this still seemed really big on me. Though, the color combo was cool. (Navy was definitely this Fix’s color.) Verdict – Return (or more accurately, sell to someone else who wanted it.)


Paper Crown Annaliese Dress ($138)

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Paper Crown Annaliese Dress

Here was the polka dotted item I requested. I wasn’t expecting a dress, so I was pleasantly surprised when this popped up on the app. I do have a couple weddings in the spring to prep for. I also upped my price range on dresses in an effort to get something high quality and something that fit like a glove.

This didn’t fit like a glove, which was sad because I really wanted to like this dress. The biggest hang up on most sleeveless dresses is the space around the arm holes. Even with petite sizing, the arm holes would need to be altered. But as I was playing with it, the straps would also need to be taken in. Then the shape of the dress started changing.

I’m sure someone with more skill than I could have figured out what to do. But, I said that about two other Stitch Fix dresses I purchased last year. I never took them in to be altered and recently sold both of them. I didn’t want this to meet the same fate. Verdict – Return.


Market and Spruce Wallsend Knit Blazer ($68)

Well, it was what I had asked for – a black blazer. More specifically, the Benson blazer, but Rizelle couldn’t find it in my size. So I received the M&S one instead. However, I found a good deal on a different M&S black blazer and purchased that one. So, I wasn’t going to keep this one anyway. The fit was strange – but maybe it was because I had a larger dolman shirt underneath. It fit okay in the torso area, but had really small arms. The arms were also pretty long on me. It’s also a very unstructured knit blazer. This would be good for the office to throw on when the A/C makes everything super cold. But – probably not for a job interview. Verdict – Return.


So while I didn’t quite get what I wanted for my capsule, I did score some sweet stuff on the BST groups while waiting for this Fix, plus something new to wear for Casual Fridays/around the house. Hopefully, by the end of the month, I’ll have my final capsule pinned down and a clearer idea of what to ask for in March.

Till then, check out Stitch Fix yourself by visiting here.

Thoughts On the Ping Demo

I was reminded that I haven’t actually posted my thoughts on the Ping after I demo’d it on Monday. So here we go…

First things first – if you are in the market for a new device, ask for a demo! I don’t care if your insurance obligates you to only sign up for one specific brand because THAT’S who they want to cover the expenses for. You should have some knowledge of what you are getting into before you sign on for four years. After all, it’ll be at your side (or in your pocket, or bra, or whatever) 24/7/365. I was shocked, (beyond shocked actually), after the Lifescan rep told me she’s met with existing pump users for demos who didn’t know where their settings were. (Or couldn’t change them for that matter.)

Okay – enough of that.

So the meeting was about 1 1/2 hours of questions, conversation, and a little bit of hands on work. The Animas rep is a PWD himself who wore Medtronic for years before switching because his job said to. (Obviously.)

His initial impressions after switching were that his BGs ended up better on the Animas pump than on the Medtronic pumps – more notably during fastings and overnights when it’s only the basals being pushed through. Apparently, Animas Pings push out an increment of your basal rate for the hour every three minutes, whereas Medtronic has a tendency to dump a lot or a little during the course of an hour. Makes sense if you disconnect from the pump during a basal dump and you see higher sugars because you missed part of the dose. Hmm. YDMV… a lot, however.

I got to “play” with a test pump and the coordinating meter. My first impression? There is a LOT of information on that screen and it’s all really small and compact. The graphic designer in me wanted to adjust the leading really bad. I mean, I have decent eyesight for the most part, but much, much different than the big ol’ numbers of my Medtronic pump. It’ll take an adjustment to get used to it. Though – having it glow in the dark without a back light might be handy… unless my dress is sheer. (More on that later.)

The infusion sets come in self-contained inserters, so no extra plungers or devices to purchase to make site changes more efficient. The boxes everything came in are much smaller, so I might have more closet space one day. The infusion sites also appeared smaller and thinner than my QuickSets.

I got to play with the pump itself more. The scrolling through the numbers didn’t annoy me like I thought it would, but I could see breezing through your desired amount of insulin without thinking about it. Animas rep said he eventually figured out the “right touch” to scroll effectively… whatever that means. Maybe it’s like when you get a new touch screen cell phone and it has to get used to your touch? Although, to be fair, I’ve had instances with my Medtronic where I’ve suddenly scrolled up to 150 carbs when I meant to give for 50. It happens.

The bolus scrolling after you’ve decided that you need a dose seems a bit redundant. Why can’t it just auto-fill? Did Medtronic claim that as well? Seems silly. Animas rep said it has held him more accountable for doses. (The next generation will ask you, “Are You SURE You Want to Give 14 Units of Insulin?!” Just kidding… sort of. You just wait.)

Then it started to sing to me. No, seriously. I hit a button during the bolus administration (which was set HELLA FAST) and it started playing Für Elise a la a 1999 Nokia cell phone. DaHell? Animas rep: “Oh, you can pick the alert tones.” Seriously? I’m undecided if I like this. On one hand, I have the option of picking something I can actually HEAR. On the other, I’m going to drive my dance instructor mad! Anyway…

The reason Beethoven started playing? I cancelled the bolus delivery by accident. (More likely: I just hit a bunch of buttons after I said “Go!” and it stopped everything.) I think a review I read before the demo indicated that it was really easy to cancel a bolus on the Ping – now I see why.

Back to the sheer dress comment. The Animas rep mentioned that some of the women he has either trained or sold the pumps to come back and mention that the light up screen takes some getting used to if you hide the pump “with the girls.” As convenient as the meter remote is, the pump still lights up when a bolus is administered regardless of how. So for those ladies that stick their pumps down their shirts for whatever reason, sometimes they end up with an “Iron Man” effect if the buttons are facing out. Yikes. Something to think about as I often hide my pump under dresses in spaces I don’t want lit up. For goodness sake… how embarrassing.

On the flip side, the pump is WATERPROOF, and therefore sweat-proof. So I won’t be able to drown my pump as easily, like I have my Medtronic.

So is there a verdict? Not really sure yet. Could I live with this pump if I had a gun to my head and had to pick something now? Probably. I think there will be things I miss by switching from the Medtronic, but I may not have a choice if I can’t get a Revel. Hmph.

Pod Person, Part 2

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My OmniPod demo kits (yes, kits… for some reason they sent two) came in yesterday. My sensor died this morning, so I had some extra real estate on my hip to try it. And lucky (?) for me, I was home all day due to illness, so plenty of time to admire… or whatever.

First, this is apparently the “slimmer” version of the Pod. The Pods used to be a lot bulkier. I mean, they are pretty big to begin with… I can only imagine what they were! There is a good half inch protruding off of my side, covered by a sweatshirt. But imagine if I were just wearing one of my dance shirts or something. My hubby made the observation that at least with the wired pump, you can conceal it a little bit better. This is just stuck to you for 3 days.

Secondly, I know they said that the demo Pods are just that – Pods with no working parts. The self-inserting cannula is only inserted when you tell your little PDM to do so. I kinda wish I could have tried out that feature too. Because there’s nothing like jabbing yourself with a needle you can’t see after you’d committed to buying it for the next 4 years.

Next, I tried sleeping on it because that’s kind of a sticking point with me. If this plastic shell is going to be a attached to me all the time, I can’t throw it to my side or in a pocket while I sleep. It wasn’t horrible to sleep on. But – again, without having a cannula jabbing me in the side like some of my Quick Sets do, it’s hard to tell what this would be like on a night to night basis.

Verdict: Eh. I dunno. I wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt because the wireless thing is actually really handy. But it’s features probably aren’t really for me.

What’s next? Well, I’m still waiting for Tandem to respond to my fax, but I am starting to wonder if they actually received it. I also found out that, even though the Asante Snap is based out a Northern California town, the four week trial is not available to people in my region… which is Northern California. Huh. So – maybe the Ping?

A Slim Chance

I may have mentioned that my warranty ends on my Minimed in February, prompting me to get excited about getting the new 530G and Enlite sensor/transmitter system.

But I thought… hmm, I have the opportunity to shop around for a new brand of pump because my insurance isn’t limited to a Medtronic contract, why am I not taking it?

I know Kim over at textingmypancreas is also shopping around for a pump, so I’m following her trials and reviews a bit more closely.

Lifestyle-wise, I’ve added the T:Slim to my list of possible upgrades.

This is the T:Slim:

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It’s a touch screen insulin pump, similar to a smart phone. This would alleviate the issues I seem to have with button errors when sticking the pump in places other than a pants pocket. (See my NYE story last year…) It also has a rechargeable battery rather than being powered by an Energizer disposable, so the tree-hugger in me is semi-soothed. (Insulin pumps still produce a lot of waste, but whatever.) The infusion sets seem fairly similar, if not better, than my standard sets from Medtronic. You can enter carb counts on a keypad rather than scrolling through a sequential list. It’s flat – so more comfortable to sleep on. Color screen is easier to see in the dark or bright light – much like a smart phone. And there is an app to upload data for evaluation by a health care provider.

Sounds awesome, right? Well – you take the good with the bad. The T:Slim was introduced in 2012 by Tandem – a brand new start up trying to revolutionize pumping. Fine and dandy unless you are someone who doesn’t like to try the first version of anything. With the startup comes complaints about customer service, etc. and so forth. However, I’ve had some interesting customer service from Medtronic over the years so, that’s not a HUGE concern. (But still a valid one.) The other thing to consider is that I would need a separate device to act as my CGM. The obvious choice would be a Dexcom, which many in the DOC love to pieces and tell me it’s heaven compared to my mosquito sensors… but again, the inconvenience (and expense) of ANOTHER sensor device to tote around feels like a hassle when compared to my All-in-One, no matter how inaccurate it may be.

(Though – rumor has is that t:slim and Dexcom will be integrating eventually into one device as well… but it’s not yet.)

Anyway, I told my husband about my cursory research and that this could be the future of my pumping. Here is how the conversation went.

M: It’s fancy.
J: Yup.
M: It looks like an iPhone.
J: Yeah a little bit, huh?
M: Can it play your Snoopy game?
J: No, probably not.
M: What about Insulin vs. Carbies?
J: …Yes… actually, yes, that’s exactly it.

Think about it…

GRAAAAAAIIIINNNNNNSSSSSS!!!

GRAAAAAAIIIINNNNNNSSSSSS!!!

I think my husband is on to something.