Style Addicts, Need A Stitch Fix?

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Stitch Fix is your online personal stylist. The magic begins after answering a series of style preference questions that are used to create your style profile. Your personal stylist will then pull items based on your preferences and send them to you in a nicely packed box, like the one below.

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On the flap of the box are notes to remind you of how Stitch Fix works. Inside the box or “fix” you will find five items (clothing and/or accessories), a helpful style card, and an item price list. I received the items that I am holding in the picture above, along with the top I am wearing.

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Stitch Fix charges a $20 styling fee that can be used toward your final purchase, which seems super reasonable. If you choose not to purchase any item, you have only lost $20. However, that $20 does not cover half the cost of one item, if you choose to make a purchase.

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Below are highlights of what I appreciated and disliked about my Stitch Fix. Let’s start with dislikes, so that we end on a positive note.

What I disliked about my Stitch Fix…

  • Too much advance notice is required when scheduling a fix, the date availability is limited.
  • Items are overpriced. The quality and cost did not match up for me.

What I appreciated about my Stitch Fix…

  • The personalization. The stylist addressed me by name, took time to review my social media accounts, and included her name with a friendly closing.
  • How neatly the items were packed. I am all about order and organization. I color code my hangers.
  • The style card, it’s a great tool.
  • Free shipping and returns.

Thanks for reading!

Hugs,

Roshell

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I Reached Two Milestones This Week. It’s a Celebration!!!

happybirthday2Tuesday marked 1 year since the birth of kinkycurlsLA.com, yay (see the first post here)!!! And… Wednesday marked my 2 year naturalversary (see 1 year naturalversary post here)! It’s a celebration, I want a cupcake.

This journey has been awesome and I’ve learned so much. Kinkycurlsla will continue to evolve and improve as I grow and figure out how to better serve you guys. I appreciate you all. Thank you for your support! Please feel comfortable enough to share your opinions, content requests, and ask questions.

As for the hair… If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that I cut my hair on August 31. I will reveal the reasons for the cut in a Youtube video on Monday.

Have a great weekend! Take a shot for me. xoxo

Giving Up Junk Food

Happy Humpday!!!

In August I vowed to stay away from “The Darkside”  (see the declaration here).  Did I stick with it?

Breaking an addiction takes time. Day 1-2 were tuff, but I did great after the initial withdrawal. Well, I didn’t have junk food for 5 days. Does that count for anything?

I went to Target on the first weekend and let Mini Oreos and Teddy Grahams win.  I don’t typically buy junk food. At work i’m surrounded by junk and eat it because it’s there.

During week two there were chili cheese Fritos at work and I politely ate two guilt-free snack sized bags.

Although I failed to achieve my goal, I am happy. I’m down to 1 junk food item per week. One step at a time.

August Junk Food Log

8/11/13 – Mini Oreos (3.5oz Go Pak)

8/12/13 – Mini Teddy Grahams (3.25oz Go Pak)

8/14/13 – Chili Cheese Fritos (1oz bag)

8/15/13 – Chili Cheese Fritos (1oz bag)

8/20/13 – Warheads Sour Rips Roll (1.5oz)

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I’m Weak! Help me work it out.

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Hi Guys!

I’m weak at consistently working out. Fitness is not my area of strength, I think that’s because my super genes allow me to look like a healthy 13 year old, without exercising.

If you follow kinkycurlsla on Instagram, you saw the video of my work kitchen. If not, imagine walking into a room filled with chips, donuts, pastries, candy bars, soda and pretty much anything else you can think of.

For the entire month of August, I have vowed not to touch the bad stuff.

Eating clean is a huge part of being fit, I hear that it’s actually more important than exercising.

In an effort to do better,  I also joined a once-a-week running club with my co-workers. Having a group to hold me accountable keeps me motivated. I’m resurrecting my ab workout dvd too. Hiking and climbing the stairs will happen when possible.

My goal is to create a realistic fitness plan and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Do you have a plan/goal? If so, what is it? We can help hold one another accountable.

Thanks for reading! xoxo

My Curly-Haired Daughter Wants Straight “Yellow” Hair!

What would you do if your little curly-haired daughter, sister, niece or cousin cried desperately asking for straight “yellow” hair?

One mother, Nicole Updegraff, decided to search for a book as back up for the conversation she would have with her daughter. Unfortunately, she did not find a book with the message she wanted to impart.

From the void, I LOVE my Cotton Candy Hair was born. I LOVE my Cotton Candy Hair is a love letter written by Nicole to teach her 3-year-old daughter that she is absolutely perfect just the way she is. How awesome is that?

The story is ideal for children ages 3 to 8, but this twenty-something year old (me) is captivated. I LOVE my Cotton Candy Hair crosses, age, gender and racial barriers and unites us all for a fun journey that promotes self-love. The narrator, Charlie, shares cool facts about her hair. She also brings her family and friends along by showing us the different beautiful hair colors and styles they wear.

Nicole said, “I LOVE my Cotton Candy Hair rhymes its way into your heart,” it has crawled inside mine and buried itself.

Guess what? Aside from the love story, Nicole and her Cotton Candy Playground will be launching a kids apparel line, really SOON! Take a sneak peek at a few designs below. Great designs with even better messages.

Enter for a chance to win a copy of I LOVE my Cotton Candy Hair and a “I LOVE my Cotton Candy Hair” tee, for someone special. Details are posted under “giveaways” click here

Visit Cotton Candy Playground to check out the previously mention goodies and more! Follow @cottoncandyniki on twitter and @cottoncandyplayground on Instagram to connect and stay in the loop.

Feel free to ask any questions and thanks for reading. xoxo

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NU (2)Nicole Updegraff

(Mother, Wife, Friend, Writer, Illustrator & Graphic Designer)

Black Friday 2012

I’ve experienced the “real” Black Friday madness twice and it’s not worth it.  This year, I slept in like any normal human being who stuffed her face with a ridiculous amount of food and shoved it down with pie, on Thursday. Sleeping in ended up being 8:30am, lol.

Curious to see what I missed, I hit a few stores after 2pm to find out that I didn’t miss anything. I did snatch up the cute pair of flats pictured above but they were at regular price. I won because $19.99 is a sale for me and I didn’t rush out in the wee hours of the morning to stand in a obscene line to get them.

Shoe Deets:

Price: $19.99

Purchased at: Target

Brand: Mossimo

Style: Vianca Tuxedo Flat (click the link to find them online)