3 Ways Physical Activity Helps Your Business + Fabletics Activewear Review

The importance of health while building your business is kinda my thing. Because I strongly believe that when you feel your best, you'll do your best. My motivation comes and goes just like everyone else, but there are little things I do to keep going. When I'm active and eating mostly whole foods, I definitely notice a boost in my productivity and really, my mood overall.

Today I want to touch briefly on the ways physical activity can help your business, then introduce you to a lovely new brand of activewear I've fallen in love with.

3 Ways Physical Activity Helps Your Business

  1. Improve alertness + mental focus by increasing blood flow to the brain
  2. Increase energy to accomplish your goals
  3. Better handle stress, while decreasing feelings of depression + anxiety

[Further reading: Exercise Increases Productivity from Huffington Post]

Fabletics Activewear Review

Lately I've found myself in workout clothing about 75% of the time. Since I've started CrossFit and have continued yoga (plus work from home), I decided it was time to invest in some higher quality gear.

I've heard great things about Fabletics and it did not disappoint! In fact, I'm very impressed and have been telling everyone.

Fabletics is Kate Hudson's line of activewear. Each style fits flawlessly and is designed with the most high-performing, quality materials.

The sign-up promotions change every so often, but when I signed up the offer was to get your first outfit for $19.98 with free shipping. (Now, February 2018, the offer is for 2 leggings for $24.) Then I signed up for the VIP membership because you get up to 40% off, personalized recommendations each month, and there's no commitment to buy. So there's really no risk!


Psst... use my affiliate link to get 2 leggings for just $24! CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT FABLETICS

Here's a breakdown of what I got in my first two orders:

Pryor Tank Fabletics
Pryor Tank Fabletics

Items 1 + 2: Pryor Tank + Camacan Capri in Black/Pop Pink Stripe

For my first order ($19.98) I chose these capri pants and black tank. As soon as I put the capris on I knew I was in love. They're made for maximum compression, so they're tight, but they're still flattering and comfortable. It's exactly what I was looking to wear for CrossFit so they wouldn't move around. Having to stop to adjust pants is the worst.

I didn't get a good picture of the back, so here's the one on the site:

Fabletics Pryor Tank
Fabletics Pryor Tank

It's loose fitting, so it's not the most flattering, but I prefer workout tops to be loose. It's comfortable and I've worn it a few times to workout already.

The next tank isn't loose, but I still love it.

Items 3 + 4: Kenyon Tank + Salar Leggings in Dark Plum

I love the detail on the back of the tank, and the material quality for both is excellent.

The leggings are maximum compression like the capris I mentioned above. So they stay in place whether I'm doing yoga or CrossFit.

Item 5: Freya Long-sleeved Top

This is the main reason I placed a second order with Fabletics, immediately after receiving my first outfit. I had been eyeing this top the first time but held off. After I got the first order and loved it (along with finding out my sizing guess was correct) I ordered this before it sold out.

I love the versatility of the Freya top. In fact, the first time I wore this involved a late night cartwheel on a sidewalk in Pittsburgh. You just never know when you'll need to be active.

I highly recommend taking a look at the website and at least trying one outfit. You can't beat the price.

Fabletics did not sponsor this post, but they do have an affiliate program. If anyone orders through my affiliate link, I'll receive $20. So check it out, place an order, and set up your own affiliate link! You'll love it that much.

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I'm Danielle, an SEO and Digital Marketing Strategist on a mission to help creatives and entrepreneurs harness their strengths, personality, and energy to easily + authentically market their work to exactly the people who need it.
I specialize in SEO and content marketing as ways to attract clients TO you. I'm extremely introverted, so I'm allll about the inbound marketing!

Stitch Fix Review 6 August 2015: Lots of Dresses

In case you're new to Stitch Fix*, here's a quick run-down on how it works: Not all of my fixes have been great, but I continue to get them because the pieces I DO keep I find myself wearing the most. It helped me realize that I tend to wear the same few items over and over– the ones I invested a little more money in. I have a bad tendency to buy quantity over quality when it comes to clothing, so I have tons of cute cheap clothes that fall apart in less than a year.

With Stitch Fix, it’s like having a personal stylist and shopper. You get to choose the price range for each item, how often you want your fix and add specific notes for the fix. For example, for several fixes I've requested dresses for specific occasions.

Your fix also comes with photo ideas for how to wear the items (with clothes you may already own.)

The details:

  • $20 styling fee upfront, but you get to deduct this from the items you decide to keep
  • set a schedule for your fixes (like monthly) or schedule as the mood strikes
  • set up a detailed style profile + include twitter and Pinterest links (gives your stylist a better idea of your personality)
  • choose the price range you’re willing to spend for each category
  • 25% discount if you buy all 5 items
  • 3 days to decide which items to keep
  • the shipping is free to return any unwanted items
  • $25 for each person you refer

Here's what I got in my latest fix:

For this fix I requested some options for an upcoming wedding I'm attending in Denver, CO. I mentioned the time frame and weather.

My stylist's note was perfect. She described how I could use the different pieces while I'm at the wedding or nighttime events. I'm really happy with this fix!

1. Brixon Ivy James Laser Cut Dress in Cobalt  - Kept

Brixon Ivy James Laser Cut Dress in Cobalt
Brixon Ivy James Laser Cut Dress in Cobalt

So pretty! I can see dressing this up with a fun blazer for professional events. I have so many black, gray and navy blue dresses that I was excited to keep one that had a pop of color. 

2. Kensie Quinna Lace Sheath Dress in Black - Returned

Kensie Quinna Lace Sheath Dress in Black
Kensie Quinna Lace Sheath Dress in Black

I really liked this dress, but when it came down to it, I didn't need another LBD for the price and it was a little big. I didn't get a good shot of the detailing, but there was lace on parts the dress as well.

3. Freeway Callaway Textured Dress in Off-White - Kept

callaway offwhite stitch fix dress
callaway offwhite stitch fix dress

I love this dress. It fit really well (maybe a little short) but overall it was perfect.

4. Le Lis Leavy Lace Sleeve Knit Top in Dark Gray - Returned

Le Lis Leavy Lace Sleeve Knit Top in Dark Gray
Le Lis Leavy Lace Sleeve Knit Top in Dark Gray

I loved the material in the middle of the sweater. It was super soft and smooth, but I just couldn't get into the sleeves. I like lace, but I wasn't into the colors.

5. Renne C Huebert Space Dye Open Cardigan in Gray - Kept

Renne C Huebert Space Dye Open Cardigan in Gray Stitch Fix
Renne C Huebert Space Dye Open Cardigan in Gray Stitch Fix

This was a little more than I like to spend on sweaters, but the material was so nice and I can see dressing it up or down, so I went with it. I've already worn it twice, so it was a good choice!

Interested in having your very own personal stylist send clothes to your doorstep? Try Stitch Fix here.* It's been a lot of fun so far!

In the Comments:

What do you do to make sure you get a good fix from Stitch Fix?

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Danielle Zeigler

I'm Danielle, an SEO and Digital Marketing Strategist on a mission to help creatives and entrepreneurs harness their strengths, personality, and energy to easily + authentically market their work to exactly the people who need it.
I specialize in SEO and content marketing as ways to attract clients TO you. I'm extremely introverted, so I'm allll about the inbound marketing!

Stitch Fix Review 5: Good Customer Service, Disappointing Fix

In case you’re new to Stitch Fix*, here’s a quick run-down on how it works: Not all of my fixes have been great, but I continue to get them because the pieces I DO keep I find myself wearing the most. It helped me realize that I tend to wear the same few items over and over– the ones I invested a little more money in. I have a bad tendency to buy quantity over quality when it comes to clothing, so I have tons of cute cheap clothes that fall apart in less than a year.

With Stitch Fix, it’s like having a personal stylist and shopper. You get to choose the price range for each item, how often you want your fix and add specific notes for the fix. For example, for several fixes I’ve requested dresses for specific occasions.

Your fix also comes with photo ideas for how to wear the items (with clothes you may already own.)

The details:

  • $20 styling fee upfront, but you get to deduct this from the items you decide to keep
  • set a schedule for your fixes (like monthly) or schedule as the mood strikes
  • set up a detailed style profile + include twitter and Pinterest links (gives your stylist a better idea of your personality)
  • choose the price range you’re willing to spend for each category
  • 25% discount if you buy all 5 items
  • 3 days to decide which items to keep
  • the shipping is free to return any unwanted items
  • $25 for each person you refer

Stitch Fix noticed a re-promotion of my second review on Twitter and kindly reached out to see how they could make my next (fifth) Fix better. They were so kind and attentive. However, I was disappointed in this Fix to the point where I'm wondering where I'm going wrong with my notes, reviews, pins and descriptions. I requested "tanks for summer, a top in light blue, and maybe a summer dress." I didn't really get any of those things.

I took a look at my Stitch Fix profile and changed my shirt fitting from "mostly loose" to "mostly fitted." This is a hard one because I do prefer loose shirts, but I still want them to have shape. So we'll see what happens with my next Fix.

Also, my DSLR camera battery is dead and I'm waiting for a new charger, so please excuse the quality of the photos! When you receive a Stitch Fix, you only have three days to decide and return any unwanted items. My best friend already made fun of my facial expression in these pictures, so do I post them online? Absolutely. Enjoy!

Here's what I got in my latest fix:

1. Fun2Fun Torrance Lace Detailed Sleeveless Blouse in Black  - Keeper

This shirt is silky and nice for going out or could be covered with a sweater for the office (when I'm actually in an office, which is rare).  It's loose, but still maintains a little bit of a shape so that I don't look like a giant rectangle.

Torrance Lace Detailed Sleeveless Blouse
Torrance Lace Detailed Sleeveless Blouse
Torrance Lace Detailed Sleeveless Blouse
Torrance Lace Detailed Sleeveless Blouse

2. 41Hawthorn McAdams Beaded Neckline Blouse in Off-White - Return

I liked the bead work on this and the colors, but the tank was way too loose and was not flattering at all.

3. Sweet Rain Amsterdam Short Sleeve Cardigan in Light Pink - Return

I'm just not sure what the point of this sweater is. The shape was weird, unflattering, and I have no idea what I'd wear it with.

4. Papermoon Taluca Printed Pencil Skirt in Blue - Return

I loved the colors and the material, but wasn't sold on the shape. Plus, I don't go into an office very often.

5. Octavia Henry Birds on Branch Infinity Scarf in Black- Keeper

I've complimented a friend on this exact scarf and I pinned it on Pinterest, so this was definitely a keeper!

Interested in having your very own personal stylist send clothes to your doorstep? Try Stitch Fix here.* It's been a lot of fun so far, even if I haven't loved every piece.

In the Comments:

What do you do to make sure you get a good fix from Stitch Fix? Have you had any major fails?

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Danielle Zeigler

I'm Danielle, an SEO and Digital Marketing Strategist on a mission to help creatives and entrepreneurs harness their strengths, personality, and energy to easily + authentically market their work to exactly the people who need it.
I specialize in SEO and content marketing as ways to attract clients TO you. I'm extremely introverted, so I'm allll about the inbound marketing!

Stitch Fix Review 3: Shopping for Body Shape

Stitch Fix Overview
Stitch Fix Overview

My third Stitch Fix came on my birthday. I was nervous because my 2nd fix was disappointing, but I also couldn't help but be excited.

I had left a long, rambling comment for my next stylist. I included what I didn't like about the last fix (shirts weren't flattering) and ideas for this fix. I wanted teal skinny jeans and a sweater with patch elbows that I had seen other Stitch Fixers receive. I had also found this studded shirt on Pinterest, so I added it to my Style Board.

This fix was pretty good! Here's what I got:

1 + 2. White blouse with copper/gold studs + teal skinny jeggings: I love this shirt! I usually don't like gold details, but these were more like a matte gold or light coppery type color. It also had a nice shape to it because it still dipped in at the waist a little. The teal jeans were very cute but a little too tight.

3. Purple dot sleeveless lattice blouse: I probably wouldn't have chosen this on my own, but it was actually really cute. It fit okay, but was a little shapeless. It was also over $70, so I didn't keep it.

4. Orange + navy striped racerback tank: I guess navy blue is my color, because Stitch Fix always sends me some navy. They also send me orange or salmon every time. So, I'll keep that in mind. The shape of this tank was horrible, though. I didn't get a good side view, but the front is shorter than the back and it has no shape.

5. Sweater/blouse combo short sleeved shirt: I loved the colors of this shirt! It was definitely unique, and I would have kept it if the shape was a little better. I like loose shirts, but I need a little more shape to it or I look like a big rectangle.

I ended up only keeping the studded white blouse. I would have kept the teal skinny jeans if they had fit, but that's okay. I'll either find a pair somewhere else or go without, because let's face it, teal skinny jeans aren't exactly a necessity.

Lessons from this fix: Stop asking for loose fitting shirts. I'm generally disappointed, so I will need to find a better way to describe what I want. I'm still not sure which styles are best on me, either. I was hoping to have a better idea of how to shop for my body shape by this point, but I'm only slightly closer. My body is long and lean, so I need to wear things that accentuate /create more curves. The white shirt worked better because it has a curved shape to it.

Side note- I really need to get a nice camera and a tripod so I can take my own photos. I feel bad asking my fiance to do it, so I rush and then they turn out crummy. These are truly terrible photos, sorry!

Interested in having your very own personal stylist send clothes to your doorstep? Try Stitch Fix here*. It's been a lot of fun so far, even if I haven't loved every piece.

How do you shop for your body shape?

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Danielle Zeigler

I'm Danielle, an SEO and Digital Marketing Strategist on a mission to help creatives and entrepreneurs harness their strengths, personality, and energy to easily + authentically market their work to exactly the people who need it.
I specialize in SEO and content marketing as ways to attract clients TO you. I'm extremely introverted, so I'm allll about the inbound marketing!

Stitch Fix Review 2 + Clothing Fails

In case you’re new to Stitch Fix*, here’s a quick run-down on how it works: Not all of my fixes have been great, but I continue to get them because the pieces I DO keep I find myself wearing the most. It helped me realize that I tend to wear the same few items over and over– the ones I invested a little more money in. I have a bad tendency to buy quantity over quality when it comes to clothing, so I have tons of cute cheap clothes that fall apart in less than a year.

With Stitch Fix, it’s like having a personal stylist and shopper. You get to choose the price range for each item, how often you want your fix and add specific notes for the fix. For example, for several fixes I’ve requested dresses for specific occasions.

Your fix also comes with photo ideas for how to wear the items (with clothes you may already own.)

The details:

  • $20 styling fee upfront, but you get to deduct this from the items you decide to keep
  • set a schedule for your fixes (like monthly) or schedule as the mood strikes
  • set up a detailed style profile + include twitter and Pinterest links (gives your stylist a better idea of your personality)
  • choose the price range you’re willing to spend for each category
  • 25% discount if you buy all 5 items
  • 3 days to decide which items to keep
  • the shipping is free to return any unwanted items
  • $25 for each person you refer

I recently received my second fix from Stitch Fix and was pretty disappointed. I had given them as many details as possible, such as "no gold detail" on the purse and to send a pair of shorts that weren't too short. I'm not sure if there was a miscommunication or what, but I didn't like anything I received. My stylist regurgitated my requests in her note, like "no gold detail," but yet the purses still had gold detail...

I sent everything back. Since I spent $20 for the styling fee, I could have gotten at least one item for next to nothing, but I knew I wouldn't use anything. They sent an email apologizing and made some recommendations, like to update my Pinterest style board.

From reading other reviews and listening to friends describe their experiences, it sounds like the fixes get better the more you try them. That makes sense. This was only my second fix, so there wasn't much to go on. So despite being disappointed, I'll definitely be getting more! I already wear the items from my first fix all the time.

Here's what I received for my second Stitch Fix:

Salmon/pinkish top with long white shorts. They took my request for shorts that weren't "too short" a little too seriously. They fit great, but weren't what I was looking for. The shirt was okay, but I wasn't in love with it.

I guess navy and that salmon color are what Stitch Fix recommends for me. The shirt was different than I would ever pick, but I think I would have kept it if it wasn't so boxy. It looked worse in person than it does in that picture.

stitch fix style card
stitch fix style card

My style card and the two purses I received. The white one is okay but still not my style.

I still love my first box from Stitch Fix and will be trying a third fix at some point. Here are some outfits I've created with the items from my first box:

Pinkish skinny jeans with a purple top and my floral rain boots + that navy lace dress with a maroon sweater.

 

Interested in trying Stitch Fix? Check it out here* and sign up with my referral code.View my third fix from Stitch Fix here. It's much better!

If you work from home, do you opt for comfortable clothes or do you still get fully dressed? What are your favorite trends and colors this spring/summer?

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Danielle Zeigler

I'm Danielle, an SEO and Digital Marketing Strategist on a mission to help creatives and entrepreneurs harness their strengths, personality, and energy to easily + authentically market their work to exactly the people who need it.
I specialize in SEO and content marketing as ways to attract clients TO you. I'm extremely introverted, so I'm allll about the inbound marketing!