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as much as i am ready for all things fall, it has still been pretty hot out so i thought i would share one more summer outfit with you! this embroidered top from Stitch Fix
has been on repeat ever since i got it in my last box. i generally go for neutral colors in my closet but i love the pop of color in this top. there were a few similar tops and dresses i had pinned on my stitch fix inspiration board on Pinterest and am so happy my sytlist saw those and sent me this top! i had meant to post this look weeks ago but i had a little mishap and i wasn’t sure if i would be able to even show it at all! here’s the story:

so my sweet husband did the laundry for me and accidentally shrunk this shirt. like it looked like a preschooler could have worn it. it was so short! i was super sad because i had just gotten it and hadn’t seen anything similar in local stores. i looked at the tag and it said the shirt was made of 100% rayon. anything made of rayon is notorious for shrinking and i really should have known better before i just threw it in the basket. i decided to search google for any hope of ‘unshrinking’ my new top and guess what? i was able to make it good as new!

my secret formula:

mix 1 tablespoon of hair conditioner into 4 cups of warm water. soak garment for 10 minutes. wring it out, lay flat and gently stretch in every way. stretch the garment a few more times as it dries.

i was so relieved that it worked and that the little laundry mistake didn’t completely ruin my new shirt. if you ever find yourself if that situation make sure you give this trick a try. i am so glad i did!

XO Lo

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ask a stylist: your stitch fix questions answered

hello lovelies! as you know, i have been a Stitch Fix customer for quite some time. I love getting my box of hand selected goodies and sharing my stylist’s picks with you here on Those Pretty Pieces. recently I had the opportunity to ask one of Stitch Fix’s
lovely stylists, Talleda, a few questions about her experience as a stylist.

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What do you love most about being a Stitch Fix Stylist?  

The relationships I have with my Clients are the most special thing to me about styling. We get to follow along with our Client’s through college graduations, new jobs, weddings, moves, births of their children – it’s amazing. I have Clients whose ages range from 15 to 75 and I love that no day is the same and no Fix is the same. When you really nail a Fix and your Client’s let you know you have impacted their life or helped make them feel more confident, that is the best kind of job perk.

What is the most helpful to you when styling a client? Style profile? Pinterest board? Previous feedback?

You already knew where I was headed! Yes, yes and yes. All of it helps immensely! Feedback is so incredibly helpful, especially when you fill me in on fit and style details. Letting me know if an item is fitting too long in the sleeves or tight in the thighs helps me understand your body type better and find pieces that are really personalized for you.

Do you style for women, men, maternity and plus or just one?

I am honored and privileged to style women, men, maternity, plus, petite and non-gender clients! How lucky am I?! However, some of our stylists style only women’s, it really varies. Some of our expert stylists are also on our​ Ask A Stylist team​, and if you haven’t ever asked us a question,​ you should! We give free expert style advice (if I do say so myself), even if our readers are not clients of ours.​ Men can get in on the action as well​!

– Talleda R.

thank you so much Talleda for taking the time to answer some questions for us! it is so fun to hear a little bit from ‘behind the scenes.’ did you know that Stitch Fix hires stylists in some major cities including minneapolis? hello dream job!

XO Lo

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summer floral + giveaway

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 when i saw this dress on display at Lot 2029 i knew i had to try it on. floral is my favorite to wear in the summer and i especially love it on black backgrounds like this! i am not super tall {i’m 5’7″} but i really struggle to find dresses that are an appropriate length even when this dress is belted it hits just above the knee which is perfect! also you really can’t beat the price. only $23! what do you think? do you love this dress as much as i do?

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i’ve partnered with Lot 2029 and the rest of my girl gang on Instagram for an amazing giveaway! have you entered yet? you know you want the coffee scrub. i know i do! follow me on Instagram @thoseprettypieces and follow the directions for your chance to win. you have until Thursday the 27th to enter! good luck!

XO Lo

my nordstrom anniversary sale picks!

in case you haven’t heard, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access started today! you are able to shop the sale today through the 20th with a Nordstrom credit card. don’t worry if you don’t have a card the sale opens to the public on July 21st! i personally love the NSALE. it gives you a sneak peak into the trends for this fall and you get everything at a great price! these are my picks all under $50!

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lush ruffle bell sleeve top | ruffle sleeve tunic dress | bp pocket tee
tie front fleece pullover | soprano off the shoulder | draped utility jacket
bp cardigan | bp slides | tie sleeve sweatshirt

i try to at least buy 1 item from the sale. last year i bought my gray wool floppy hat {the one i am wearing in my main photo!} this year it is going to be a tough decision! i love all of these items! what item is your favorite? are you planning to shop the sale?

XO Lo

off the shoulder top with tassels

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everybody knows i have been loving the off the shoulder trend so it is no surprise that i picked up this top from Lot 2029! this has got to be one of my favorite purchases this summer. i mean it has tassels! there are still a few available at Lot 2029 in Bismarck. for size reference, the elastic was pretty tight so i sized up to a large so it would fit better on my shoulders! the way i styled it here would be perfect for date night but you could pair it with white or black shorts and sandals to make it more casual!

Lot 2029 is having a Final Clearance Sale on their website! most items are under $20 and they even have jewelry on sale for $1! things are going quick so make sure to visit their website! here are some of my favorite picks:

MN tee {also have a SD tee}| romper | coffee mug | onesie

XO Lo

 

onyx + pearl boutique

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A new boutique opened yesterday in downtown Fargo and i am so excited to give you a sneak peak! Onyx + Pearl is a sister store to Lot 2029 and mint + basil {a kitchen and home shop} and is equally amazing. I was told that this store was going to be more high end and sophisticated so i went into the store assuming the price tag would reflect that. however, i was pleasantly surprised to see the variety of items they had for under $50! this top caught my eye instantly! stripes + off the shoulder + ruffles. i think it was made for me! of all the boutiques i’ve come across, Onyx + Pearl definitely carries my style of clothing. i was also really impressed with their jewelry section. they had the most beautiful and dainty earrings and necklaces but also had fun statement pieces {do you see those tassel necklaces?!}!

trust me, you’re going to want to check this place out!

XO Lo

sunshine on a cloudy day

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earlier this week i announced that i am now part of the Lot 2029 Girl Gang! that means that i get to show you all the fancy things that i find at their store! i am so thrilled to be a brand ambassador for this great boutique. go check them out in bismarck, fargo, sioux falls and online at lot2029.com

we have had some cloudy, windy and stormy days so i thought i would share this colorful floral top that i picked up from Lot 2029 in Bismarck. this top is amazing! the fabric is light and airy and perfect for summer nights. I love that i can tie it in the front. it is definitely more than your average button up shirt! my sneakers are also a Lot 2029 find and are only $16! they are a steal of a deal and are a fun addition to any outfit.  I hope you like this look! can’t wait to continue sharing my Lot 2029 finds!

XO Lo