Friday, April 24, 2015

Golden Tote Review Small Tote April 2015

With the launch of the new Golden Tote website, I decided to forgo a March tote.
Things were a little crazy.

But as soon as I saw Golden Tote's Tumblr page with April spoilers, I knew I couldn't resist!

For those of you new to Golden Tote, they have 2 tote options.
You can buy a small tote for $49 and choose 1 item and receive 1 surprise item.
Or, you can buy the large for $149, choose 2 items and receive 4 surprises.
Surprises are based on your style profile, similar to Stitch Fix.

Both of the items I really wanted were in the large tote, but due to a change in the budget I opted for a small tote with a few add-ons. This is a definite bonus to buying through Golden Tote. All of the chosen items are available in the boutique. If you add them to a tote, you get a discount!

I picked out the loose & lovely tank in mauve for my chosen item.

Unfortunately, in the hype of tote day (the day new totes are released)
I made a bad judgment call and ordered my size up in this style. Loose & lovely became
loose and frumpy. Drats! This is truly lovely in real life.

I think they did a pretty good job picking out my surprise this month.
Make sure you get an extra good look at this picture, I wouldn't want you to miss anything...

This top is from very J, a new brand for me.
It's made of a gauzy material and is very light weight and summery.
I don't mind it's sheerness, I wear a camisole under everything anyway.

My first add-on was the "Leaf it to Me" dress.
I'm a fan of green and black, and thought this might be a way for me to do something trendy without going straight for a bright floral print.

I also picked up the double braided belt, as recommended by Golden Tote for this dress.
You can see it here on the style cards.

Here's a close up. It has a snap closure and elastic for stretch.

If you are looking for a gift for Mother's Day, the accessories are very reasonably priced
and arrive in these cute little boxes with the Golden Tote emblem.

More on the dress. It has an elastic waist, and a really interesting front panel with sheer sides.
The best way I can describe it is like an apron over a sheer sleeveless top.

The boutique price for the dress is $50, but as an add-on to the tote it is $35, 
and $8 for the belt.

And the best part, the reusable Golden Tote bag!
Love the wildflowers for April. Every month has a new design.

If you are considering Golden Tote, here are a few FAQs.
Items ship UPS or USPS, $9.95 flat rate. Purchases over $149 ship free.
International shipping is now available over the phone.

If your items don't fit, return them for a full refund, you pay return shipping only.
However, Golden Tote has a very unique alternative to clothes that don't work out.
They run their very own Facebook trading group!
I've scored all kinds of good deals, and met a ton of nice people there.

If you'd like to try Golden Tote, I'd very much appreciate it if you'd use my referral:

Don't forget to refer your friends as well.
For every friend who orders a tote through your link, you'll receive a $10 store credit!

I'd love to hear about your Golden Tote adventures,
and I can't wait to share May spoilers with you very soon!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Loft Sale and Clearance Spring 2015

In my facebook subscription box clothing groups we often joke about
"cheating on" Stitch Fix or whichever box.
A girl can't live on 5 pieces of clothes a month, right?

Oddly, we all seem to have the same taste and do quite a bit of shopping at Loft.
It's pretty hard to resist their high quality fabrics & construction, up-to-date styles, and impeccable fit
when they throw a flash sale on top of already reduced prices.

That's how I scored these items at ridiculously low prices.

Best of all, jeans.

Fortunately for me, I have a local Loft and can try things on, but I don't really need to.
I consistently wear the same sizes in tops and jeans.
And I'm a really big fan of their modern straight cut. I may end up with every style and wash.

These rip & repair coastal blue jeans have a distressed, boyfriend feel
but with a more flattering fit.

I don't normally wear blue with blue, but I threw this cuffed sleeve hi low top
on with the jeans in the fitting room and I felt like hitting the beach.

By the way, I live 5 miles from the beach and still never go there.
I'm sure you can tell by my pastiness.

By the way, I'd love to take more pictures of the items on, but it was spring break
when I wrote this and the only vacation I'm getting it not straightening my hair.

This sweater is coming across more blue than the minty green it really is.
I got a lot of compliments on this sweater in church. It's a really great layering piece. It's thin, but not sheer. It looks great with wide leg trousers, especially these.
Come on Loft, throw me another flash sale so I can have the complete outfit!

Loft is also a great place to stock up on well made jewelry.
I've had pieces from Loft that have lasted me at least 10 years.

Ordered these bracelets online, they were only $6.50-$7.50 a piece during the sale.

I was most excited about the druzy bracelets and the gold cuff,
but they didn't end up working for my tiny wrists. 

Please make note though, that every single one of these bracelets is adjustable,
which I didn't realize when I ordered them. I love that!

That cute ikat is the ikat dot pocket blouse.
Wish it would've worked for me but it was just too darn long. Drats.

Of course, the underdogs were the winners in my order.
Wear this gold knot cuff with everything.

This was the first thing I wore out of the box. Goes with anything and everything.

The picture on the Loft website doesn't do this one justice.
It's super cute and I don't even notice I have it on.

I'm still waiting on one more pair of jeans.
They ship almost everything separately, but it makes no difference to me.
Shipping was free.

Just saw this new in the store, it WILL be mine. For the right price.

What are you waiting to buy during the next Loft flash sale?
By the way, the only way to get in the know about these sales is by signing up for emails, so don't forget to do that.

Have a peachy keen day!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Dailylook Elite Box Review April 2015

When I heard about the Dailylook Elite Box 3 month free trial membership, I was really excited to try something new. So I headed over and started to create a style profile. If I didn't know better, I'd say they stole the profile straight from Stitch Fix. Anyhow, when I was finished and had scheduled a date for my first box, I wandered around the site and added items to "my closet." This is a fun place on the site to create a collection of things you like. 

I was a little worried about what I'd get for a few different reasons. #1 The prices on this site are a lot higher than I wanted to pay. #2 A majority of the clothing on the site is out of my comfort zone. But isn't that what subscription box shopping is really all about? Trying new things and having some fun. And in this case, for free.

Well, the first box was a bust. So much so that I couldn't get decent pictures to share with you. Just picture me wearing a trash bag or an old sheet I tried to sew into a dress.

In fact, I was so mad about how boring, cheap & unthoughtful my first styling experience was that I left some pretty critical feedback. Fortunately, Dailylook hooked me up with a new stylist. My only request was that they add items from "my closet" and give me more color. 

I loved the question they posed to me when I contacted customer service. "Are you willing to pay a little more money for a better box?" So honest, it really made me think. I had stated the first time that money was my biggest concern and as a result I got some really cheap, ugly stuff. Would I pay more for something I might actually love? Definitely.

So this is what came in box #2

I immediately took it all out of the plastic and stacked it up nicely. OCD?

I was happy to see a little color! So of course, I tried the dress on first.
Please disregard my facial expression, I'm such a weirdo.

I loved the print right out of the box. The blue is bright and perfect for spring. It has a fun little zipper all the way from the top to the bottom.I normally want to run and grab tights immediately, but for some reason the length of this dress didn't bother me. But, it just didn't fit up top. This would be perfect on someone with a nice hourglass figure and I'm obviously a pear. It was a steal at $43, wish it worked.

The next thing I tried on was the striped skirt and black blouse.

 I was really on the fence about this Naked Zebra top dailylook calls the Rowley Layered Cuff Blouse. It fit and I loved the way it looked on a hanger. But I'm not sure about the cut on me. It does seem like a great staple to wear with skirts. I'm thinking about trying it in another color, and a smaller size just to see if it fits better. I really do love the little details on it, including a small pleat on the front, cuffed sleeves and a zipper on the back. 

I was happy to try something in this brand (I've seen it on Golden Tote) and probably would have spent the $50 had I been 100% on the fit.

This is The Fifth Label Roadhouse Skirt in Black and White Stripe.
Love the crossover on the back.

I might have kept it, but it was tight and for $66 it better fit like a glove.

I was most hopeful about this Pleated A-line Midi Dress, I've heard a lot of good things about it from other Elite Box subscribers.

Like the skirt, I wish this dress had a zipper. They were both a little bodycon for me,
and I had a really hard time getting this on and off. 

The material is super thick, which I really love. I'm that person who is cold in the middle of August.
But, it felt both revealing and matronly at the same time, if that's possible. I wish they had sized up on this one, maybe an extra inch here and there would have done the trick. But $65???

The next item is the Jack Rosen Jacket by BB Dakota in dark slate.

If you've been following my blog, I've been looking for the perfect military style or utility jacket. I ended up buying an anorak from Tilly's for $35 to tide me over.

This was the closest thing Dailylook had, but it really wasn't the style I was going for. It's too long, had no interesting detail, and the color was more blue green than army. And $70.

So I have to admit that so far everything I've shown you was stuff from "my closet", things I had found on the site and added to my profile. So technically, I wasn't really styled by anyone but myself.

Which brings me to this.

This made me laugh. I'm used to personal notes and references to my special requests and pins from my Stitch Fix stylist Traci, so this just fell flat. At least they could've taken the time to write, "here you go," or anything at all. But I think she was rushed because they were late getting my order out. This was supposed to arrive on April 11th and came on the 14th. Still.

Here's the one thing she sent me that she picked out herself, the embroidered chambray shirt.

I wish I had time to sew a gingham skirt to round this out for you, but I'm plum out of energy I reckon. Let's just say this isn't me. $55? No.

I'm not sure I'm ready to give up on Dailylook Elite Box just yet. I do get one more free month on my subscription. I also just realized they ship items free both ways for Elite Box members, so I may try just ordering some things.

I'd love to hear your input, or about your experiences with this subscription box.
If you'd like to try it for free, here's my referral link:

If you are looking for a more personalized service, I highly recommend Stitch Fix. I receive a small commission if you try it. I think you are gonna love it!

And, since you stuck around, I thought I'd share a few pictures I took of #4
while trying on the clothes.

Worth every bulge.

Happy Subscription Box Shopping!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Stitch Fix Review #4 April 2015

I'm so excited to share my 4th Stitch Fix Review with you!
I think you are going to be pretty thrilled as well when you see what they sent me, and by thrilled I mean jealous.

It's funny, because I'll see rants on the Facebook B/S/T group about how bloggers get special privileges when it comes to Stitch Fix. Well, maybe my stylist,Traci, wants to see her name in lights. I definitely feel spoiled, and you can be, too!

Here's a sneak peek at my fix. Can you guess what's in the box?

For those of you considering Stitch Fix, you've got to try it!
There's very little risk involved. It's free to sign up, check out the website & create your own style profile. When you're ready, schedule a fix. When your box is put together you're charged a $20 styling fee.

If you decide to keep any of the 5 gorgeous items they send, the $20 styling fee is deducted from the total. Also, shipping is free both ways. And you can earn Stitch Fix credit when you refer your friends! If you use my referral link, I receive a small commision, which allows me to continue reviewing Stitch Fix on my blog. 

Here the link:

Fortunately for me, my stylist always looks at my Pinterest Board
to see what I'm looking for, which is where she saw this.

That's right ladies, I got the ever coveted Brixon Ivy Pinson Drape Cardigan in light grey and pink.
It goes perfectly with the Skies are Blue Amil V-Neck Blouse from my last fix!

I have a longer draped cardigan like this I bought awhile ago. The problem with that one has been that it's always dragging across the table or hanging in my dishes. Also, my cardigan has a pattern, making it very hard to pair with things. The Stitch Fix Pinson is the perfect length, cut & color. I was just telling my mom that I was hesitant about this sweater at first, as I gravitate toward dark colors. But I have a ton of dark tops, and the lighter neutral is a great contrast over them.

That's the thing about Stitch Fix, they send you things you'd otherwise never have tried!
And now I have a new favorite sweater! This picture doesn't do it justice, but I know how you ladies love to pin, so here's one without me in it.

My stylist, Traci, is very attentive to my requests. I was looking for a pair of straight leg jeans with a dark wash, and she delivered. These are the Liverpool Collen in navy. They have a lot of stretch which is great for problem areas. The lightweight material is just right for spring and summer. Unfortunately, the rise hit me in the wrong place, but I hope to try another brand in my next fix!

Next up is the Market & Spruce Corinna Striped Dolman Top in light green and grey.

While I hadn't pinned this exact dolman, I did pin a dolman style striped dress. I also mentioned that I was looking for tunic length tops and boatnecks.

I'm also thinking that the Corinna dolman was recommended because of the coloring, sort of that space dyed or heathered look I pin a lot. Here's a close up of the detail.

These Market & Spruce Dolmans are a hot commodity in my B/S/T group.
The length wasn't working for me, and like a dork I sold this before trying it with leggings as Traci recommended. But at least I made someone's day!

These were the leggings I was supposed to try it with, another requested article.
Stitch Fix calls them the Rune Porter Leggings.

Well I just chased a rabbit trying to figure out why they'd call them that. Back to the clothes.

Great length and material. I took a picture of the tag for those wondering.

Here's what the waistband looked like. No muffin top :)

I'd like to throw out there that these shouldn't be worn with a short top,
more as a layering piece under a tunic. Not see through, just not pants.
The only reason I didn't keep these was that I have a great pair of black leggings just like these.
I'm saving my money for next month's pretties!

Last but not least, I asked for a conservative maxi.

This little gem is called the Gilli Astra Sleeveless Maxi Dress.

When I pulled this out of the box, I was immediately in love with the color and wanted to swim in the fabric. I'm trying to decide on a color name. Stitch Fix calls it purple, but it's almost blue. Indigo? The camera couldn't really capture it, or my screen can't interpret it...It's an enigma.

I desperately wanted this to work. Unfortunately, after having 4 kids, it wasn't doing me any favors.
I might have revisited the idea, but I couldn't keep everything this time around so I sent the dress off to another lovely lady.

I definitely see dresses in my Stitch Fix future. And I really, really hope to see more of this color. I just hope this doesn't turn out to be "the one who got away," if you know what I mean.

I'm also thinking about requesting another necklace. Not getting one this time around I realized how much I enjoyed it. I wear the chevron pendant from my last fix 2 or 3 days a week!
Stitch Fix has phenomenal accessories, including scarves and handbags.

Here are the style cards they sent with a few recommended pairings.
A lot of the ladies who do Stitch Fix save and file these cards and pull them out for reference when they need styling ideas. You can also email customer service and they will send you a digital file of the cards. I wouldn't have thought to put most of these things together.

I know when I was considering Stitch Fix I was most concerned about the prices. Here's my invoice. In case you were wondering why I sell the pieces I don't want to keep instead of sending them back to Stitch Fix (which is absolutely free), it's because of the discount when you buy all 5 items, 25% off!

For reference, my price points are all set at the lowest possible.

Here are the links to my previous reviews.

Stitch Fix #3 March 2015
Stitch Fix #2 February 2015
Stitch Fix #1 December 2014

Last month when I scheduled this fix I decided to have Stitch Fix send me monthly boxes. Previously I was ordering them willy nilly. I was excited to receive an email immediately after checkout about my next scheduled fix! Now let's see if I can wait that long and not reschedule for an earlier date!

Thanks for reading, have a stylish day!