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My First StitchFix Box

  I am sure you all know about StitchFix by now!   You fill out your style profile, they send you a box of five items their stylists (and extensive computer algorithms) think will fit your style. I got a free $100 credit to use, from using my friend's referral link which meant I didn't have to pay a styling fee ($20, which is applied to any purchase you make from the box).  The links provided here will give a referral bonus to my sister once I set them up, since I have already maxed out my referral limit for the year. Anyways.  I spent the week between ordering my fix and receiving the package in the mail checking my personalized shop and USPS tracking alarmingly often.  I was SOOO excited to see what I would get. When it arrived (right on time!) I opened it up and pulled out the most comfortable sweater in the whole wide world.  Unfortunately, it also looked like I gained 20 lbs when I put it on.  Between the bulky (wonderful) fabric, and the loose fit, it was the opposite of
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