Thursday, August 27, 2015

Golden Tote Wish List, Warehouse Sale & Gift with Purchase

Have you heard about the new Golden Tote Wish List? By popular demand, Golden Tote has decided to offer past surprises in their online shop, without the purchase of a mystery tote!

If you are new to Golden Tote, you can check out my past reviews here.

In short, Golden Tote releases new tote (mystery bag) options once a month in 3 sizes:

Small tote $49 - Pick 1 item, receive an additional surprise
Large tote $149 - Pick 2 items, receive 4 additional surprise
Surprise tote $99 - Skip the chosen items and receive 4 surprises


But now, rather than risk getting surprises you don't care for or that don't fit, you can shop the boutique and pick your own surprises for just $35 a piece.

For the month of August, nothing really stood out to me to add to a tote, so I decided to forgo tote day and take advance of the huge sale they were having the weekend before (Warehouse Sale, first of it's kind) and get a few things at 40% off! They were also offering a free gift with $75 purchase, as well as surprise grab bags at ridiculous prices. To bad I'm officially never getting a grab bag again :)

This first item is the whole reason I decided to participate in this sale. It's the Collective Concepts Short Sleeved Webbed Tunic from the July tote. It wasn't a true wish list item (tote surprise) because it was an actual chosen item, but the coupon worked on it for some reason. On sale it was $36.

I love this top, and received a ton of compliments when I wore it Sunday with my Loft white curvy straight jeans.

This configuration was a little too hot for 100 degrees.



Unfortunately, the second item that had me excited about the sale was not available when they went to pack up my box (more on that later). Instead, they credited back the amount I'd paid for it and sent me a few extras to make up for it. The first was this top, which unfortunately isn't my style.


I have no idea how to style something that's see through on the bottom like that. It's not quite long enough to be a tunic, and it has a boxy fit. Just for giggles I threw it on with the free glasses they sent me (gift with purchase) and the clutch I bought, too.


I sold the top, and bought another surprise for myself. This is one of the benefits of buying clothes from a company that has such a large Facebook trading group. And you have to admit, the customer service here is pretty amazing, so I really can't complain.

Here is a close-up of the clutch ($14.40) I'd been eyeballing since it's release early this summer.


The clasp for the chain is broken, but I wouldn't use it anyway. I don't care for bright gold, and it snags the tweed. This clutch is exactly how my husband described it: complicated. But I'm a sucker for green, and tweed. And I've been wanting a fun, random clutch to take on date nights.

Customer service also threw in a free Golden Tote bag, isn't that nice?


I also took a risk and bought a few pairs of shoes, even though the last pair I bought from Golden Tote didn't work out. These are a fairly common brand and I felt the 10s had a good chance of fitting. For $12 each I thought it was worth a try.


The butterfly shoes fit just right, but the slingbacks are too loose (I normally wear a 9 1/2). I'll probably donate them to my church clothes closet or save them for my daughter, who never seems to stop growing.

Speaking of which, she's taken an interest in photography while helping take pictures for my blog. I love to look through the pictures she's taken between outfits.



So, overall I was happy with the Collective Concepts top, butterfly shoes and clutch, especially for the price. Still, I was a bit disappointed that my second "unicorn" had disappeared. But magically it showed up in my mailbox.

I put up a post about losing this gorgeous shirt to the universe in one of my facebook groups, and a friend had gotten it in 2 sizes and didn't need the small. So, I got this gorgeous green blouse after all!


I'll be sure to show a picture of it on in a future post. But I just had to share this hanger pic, complete with tiny personalized drawing by one of the kiddos.

If you'd like to try Golden Tote, I receive a very small commission for referrals. But as you can see, a little goes a long way! You can use my referral link here:


Be sure to let me know what you buy! It just might be my next unicorn. If you'd like to keep up with coupon codes and other sales, be sure to follow me on facebook!

Happy shopping!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Jane Grab Bag Fail and Relish Trading Group Win!

If you follow my blog you probably think my life is full of happy mail, but I'm just like everyone else. I like to try new things, sometimes things no one should really ever try. Even after they see tons and tons of bad reviews.

Jane grab bags are one of those things. But they suckered me in with the price tag, and we all do stupid things late at night. You know, when you are tired and you've had a bad day. You think, what have I got to lose?! Surely I'll like ONE thing from this mystery bag.

Nope, not even one. I can't really blame it on Jane. The bag came from White Plum. I'm not sure I can really even blame White Plum? Clearly, I'm the idiot here.

I always hate being negative about things, I know someone out there is going to get hurt feelings. But can you guys just let me vent a little and try and not take it personally? I know someone out there is going to love these clothes, own these clothes, love White Plum. But I just need to tell someone how disappointed I was, and it's your lucky day. I promise to follow it up with a happy Relish Clothing trading group hoorah. Deal?

Let me just start out by saying this deal, including shipping, cost me a whopping $12.98. So clearly, the price tag doesn't warrant a complaint. They promised 3 articles of clothing and 1 accessory, completely randomly chosen, and they delivered. $3.25 an item isn't bad, am I right? Especially if you happen to love 1 item. I'm not saying that happened, just a theory.

On a happy side note, something really fun that has come of all this clothing madness is getting to share and talk about clothes with my daughter. When things runs a little small, she often gets new clothes out of the deal. Unfortunately, or fortunately (depending on how you look at it), she doesn't like see-through clothes as much as I don't. For instance, this skirt.


Both #1 and I could forgive this terribly bright and cheery color scheme, but agree that neither of us were willing to show our behinds off to wear it. Even for $3.25. Technically this is the biggest win in the bag, because it fit both the girl and I (a small and a medium). The sheerness and length were a no go for me. My daughter couldn't even figure out how to wear it to the beach.

Looks like White Plum has a thing for this color. Somebody has to. Probably the same people that like awkward lengths in pants, and cuffed pants. And low waists. And heavy, thick, hot material for summer clothing.


I apologize, I should have told you to put on some shades before reading this.

I don't really have much to say about this next one.


It's also see-through. I'm wearing a camisole and full length black lysse leggings (Evereve Trendsend reveal coming soon!) underneath because no one wants to see what a woman in her 30s who has had 4 kids looks like with a sheet on.


*Obligatory ignore the mess and horrible photo comment (focus on the baby)*

Can you see how hard I tried to make this work? I even put on a belt for you. I didn't put much effort into the photography or cleaning though. I saved that for the Relish part of this reveal.

Be patient, it's coming.

Last are these earrings. I might have tolerated them, if I had pierced ears. But seriously, these aren't very well made. I wouldn't even gift them. I hope no one paid full price for these.


When I consider that nothing in the box worked out, was giftable or sellable, I start to wonder why I was willing to spend $12.98 on this. Was I expecting something high quality? Did I think it wouldn't be filled with things that no one else wanted? I had a Homer Simpson moment here.

I'm really glad I got the "need" to try a grab bag out of my system so I can get back to the companies and the brands I love, like Relish Clothing.

While I haven't been able to save up enough cash for a Relish box, I have managed to snag a few pieces off the Facebook trading group. This group has doubled in the last few weeks and I feel like I won the lottery being able to manage these steals. The ladies in the group sell and trade the items that don't quite fit or meet their needs for an average of $25 an item. I seriously can't believe such amazing pieces can be had at such prices! If you want to know more about these mystery boxes, please check out my full review here.

So naturally, since I've been wanting a pretty trench coat for ages, I jumped on this Ellison trench I'd been seeing in reveals. I'm not gonna lie, I was thinking, "It must be bad, this gal doesn't want it. Right?" But this lovely human being did say she didn't think the color was right for her skin tone, which I can totally relate to. I was thinking I might not be able to pull it off for that reason either. But I got to thinking, if I buy a dark trench and wear it over dark clothes, I'm going to look like I'm headed for a funeral every time I leave the house!


I think this blush/rose/magical color is going to go with EVERYTHING! And Ellison instantly became my new favorite brand.


I REALLY love fall. I am very, very ready for this heat to go away so I can wear that. And this.


My daughter and I took approximately 1 million pictures, but somehow managed to forget to take a picture of me wearing this. It's probably because it had already passed the hanger test.

About that, it's rather simple. It's how I decide if something I get in a subscription box or buy online is a keeper or a FSOT (For Sale or Trade). If I hang it up right away, chances are it's a keeper. Now you don't have to read about the capsule wardrobe or whatever. You're welcome.

Last, I simply adore this lovely thing, but it didn't fit me. Lucky #1 scored this beautiful Relish dress.

Aren't they pretty?


Did I mention I am able to score these gorgeous items for around $25??


Dresses should always have pockets. And people should always have someone to share clothes with.

And just like that, I totally forgot about my Jane grab bag fail, because obviously, overall, I won.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Stitch Fix Review #8 August 2015: Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall

Is it already time for my August Stitch Fix review?
Summer, you always come and go so fast! But fall, how I love you so.

Guess this means it's time to update my Stitch Fix style profile and Pinterest board for the transition to cooler weather. Hooray for sweater season!

Back to reality, the blazing hot reality.


For those of you who are new here, Stitch Fix is an online clothing subscription for women. Do you find it difficult to find the time to shop for clothes? Does your wardrobe need a makeover? Could you use a little help finding your personal style? Stitch Fix has your back!

Simply fill out a profile with your sizes, preferences, and a quick note letting them know what you are looking for and you'll be matched up with your very own personal stylist. He or she will mail you a box full of goodies to try on at home. Keep what you like and send the rest back in a prepaid envelope from your very own mailbox. Fill out a profile here.

This is my 8th fix. You can read about the rest here. I can't wait to show you what my personal stylist picked out just for me!

First up is the THML Christy Embroidered Top, straight from my Pinterest style board.
By now you probably know I'm obsessed with navy. And I've finally given in and admitted I like boho. This shirt is all that, and so many other things I love. 


It's lightweight, hides the problem areas, can be worn with regular undergarments, and has fun detail.
$54 is more than I'd usually spend on a top, but the quality was there. This was my first top from THML, I love that Stitch Fix is introducing me to new brands!


This stitch reminds me of a baseball!


Unfortunately, the fit was a bit off at the shoulders, so I decided to return it. I already regret it, boo.

You may have also noticed the Kut from the Kloth Kate Distressed Boyfriend Jeans in the last picture, these were also in my box. 


I really liked the fit, wash and style of these jeans, I'm a dark wash junky. Which is why I was so sad to send them back. The 8 was pretty baggy, but I was worried the 6 would be too short. I definitely would have paid $78 for these high quality jeans.

Here's another picture of the jeans with the Market & Spruce Austin Polka Dot & Striped Mixed Material Shirt for $44.


My daughter tried to steal this out of the box, but she's still a full size smaller than me. Sorry honey, someday you'll get your own fix!


Love the stripe & dot combination, as well as the blue and grey. Unfortunately, the combination of thin material and horizontal stripes were not a flattering combination for this mother of 4. Can you tell I wasn't into it? Lol.


However, it was most definitely everything I am asking for. Casual, easy to throw on with jeans, and has interesting detail.

Such was also the case with this Fun2Fun Newcomb Crochet Detail Top in purple for $44.


I think this top is a perfect combination of casual, romantic (feminine) and is a beautiful rich color.


I appreciate that it is conservative and goes well with jeans. Unfortunately sleeveless tops these days seem to be too far inset. Am I the only one who has a problem with this? I also don't care for the hi lo hem, to me it just emphasis my pear shape.


I wish I'd had my new dark wash jean jacket to style with these tops when my fix came in. I think it would be super cute, especially with the purple one. But it is truly hot here, and I see no relief in the near future, so this pretty top is off to a happier home.

My last item was this Fun2Fun Holsten Crochet Trim Blouse for $48.

Here's what my stylist had to say about this top:
"The Holsten crochet trim blouse is a great option to wear for your interview and can be worn with navy trousers or a skirt." 

I love that they read my previous note and sent an item to pair with something I already own, and paid attention to my request for something to wear for this extraordinary interview opportunity!


I can't get enough of that adorable trim on the sleeves, and you know this is MY color.


I didn't realize how much floral I had on my Pinterest style board until I pulled this out of the box. Turns out this is WAY more floral than I can handle. Pinterest adjusted!


So it turns out I didn't keep anything from this fix, but don't worry. I did land the job :)

As you may have already guessed from last weeks spoiler, soon I'll be working for Stitch Fix, too! I am really excited about this opportunity to work from home doing something I love with a company I admire. And, get a discount on the clothes, too :)

Are you ready to try Stitch Fix? If you do, I'd love it if you used my referral! Here it is:

So, you may not see quite as many reveals. And no, I won't be spilling the beans about the behind the scenes. But I do plan to keep sharing my favorite Stitch Fix finds with you. And maybe, just maybe, I'll have some new tips for getting your best fix.

In the mean time, thanks for stopping by and have a splendiferous day!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Relish Clothing Accessories Mystery Box Spoiler + Coupon Code

Spoiler alert for one of my favorite places to shop online, Relish Clothing!

Relish just announced a new accessories mystery box!
Save 20% off your order now through 8/3 with coupon code SHINEON


Buy it here:

What's in the box?

"A surprise box filled with Relish taste and style. Premium + luxe accessories such as leather belts, artisan jewelry, sterling silver, handmade, socially conscious, leather clutches, small handbags, silk scarves, sunglasses, hats, precious stones and  more!"

For more spoilers be sure to join the Relish Clothing Trading Group on Facebook and follow the Relish Box board on Pinterest.

Have a stylish day!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Reusing Your Silhouette Mat and More Money Saving Tips

Reusing Your Silhouette Mat and More Money Saving Tips

Today I'm working on a big cutting project with my Silhouette Cameo and I am going to need to use all of my cutting mats. As you may recall from my first money saving tips blog post, rather than buying new mats at $10 a piece (on Amazon, $5 cheaper than the Silhouette site), I reuse them! Here's a step-by-step picture tutorial to help save you time and money!

All you need to get started is your old Silhouette mat(s), a squeegee, masking tape and Krylon Easy-Tack Repositionable Adhesive Spray. The can is about $8 at the craft store or $13 online, but I always use a 40-50% off coupon, which most craft stores have available on their app and/or send out in weekly emails. I can spray approximately 20-25 mats per can.


Prepare Your Mats

You want to start out by scraping off any little bits and pieces or paper that are stuck to the mat. I use this squeegee my husband picked up from a sign supply shop that has a roller on one side which I like to use to press fancy papers down to the mat without scratching them.

If you find yourself having difficulty removing paper bits, you might want to reconsider the type of paper you are using with your Silhouette. Cheap, thin paper does tend to stick to the mat, rip, and overall works poorly for most projects. Your paper should be 60 lb minimum, in my humble opinion.

Apply Masking Tape to the Mat Border

When the mats are free of debris, apply the masking tape to the outside of the mat, making sure to cover all of the area outside of the 12 inch square. I use 1.5 inch wide tape and it works perfectly, covering the outside area while having enough extra tape to stick it on my spray board.




Hang Your Mats Outside

Carefully hang all of your mats outside on an old piece of wood or a big cardboard box. I say carefully because the tape can start sticking to the mat or the tape on other mats and the whole thing can turn into a disaster in seconds. Just kidding, relax. If they stick together just pull them apart. Remember, it's repositionable adhesive and temporary tape.


Spray Your Mats

Read the directions on the Krylon Easy-Tack. In short, shake the can for 2 minutes and then spray the mats from about 8-10 inches away for about 20 seconds per mat, making sure to cover it completely.




Air Dry

I let mine dry for at least 30 minutes before use. Since they are pretty sticky, rather than stack them up I stick them to the wall above my work station. When people come over they always ask what they are, it makes for great conversation.

See how great these old mats still work?



This whole process took me a total of maybe 10 minutes. I'd say I can cut about 40 sheets of paper per application of Easy-Tack. But of course, I use my old trick of repositioning papers on the mat, and turning the mat upside around to maximize use.

Thanks for stopping by. I'd love to hear about what you are doing to save money and time using your Silhouette.

Happy cutting!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Stitch Fix Sneak Peek

Hey ladies, thought I'd share a little sneak peek at my latest Stitch Fix.
Who wants to guess what's in this month's box?


Yes, I bumped up my fix by a few weeks...and, I just might have some REALLY exciting news to share with you soon...

Here's what I wrote to my personal stylist (Hint, Hint) :

"Lately the only things I'm getting that are working out are dressy tops. Unfortunately, I really need casual tops and jeans, I'm a sahm. I need tees and tanks that work with a regular bra. I'm jealous of the great fitting jeans people get, but I only want straight cut. Last, I actually have an interview to be a Stitch Fix stylist! Maybe something to pair with what I already have from Stitch Fix?"

I don't know what's more exciting, the news, or getting a Stitch Fix in the mail!

If you are new here and want to see what Stitch Fix is all about, here's a link:
http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-7776374-11958005-1413249511000

Happy Styling :)

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Relish Clothing Mystery Box Review + Coupon Code July 2015

I'm ecstatic to share my latest obsession with you, Relish Clothing! You are going to love this service offering unique brands and high quality items at bargain prices. And I am happy to share a coupon so that you can enjoy it, too! First, check out this amazing new business:

http://www.relishclothing.com/


I was thinking about how to explain the happenstance that lead to me stumbling upon Relish Clothing, and it's really quite a mind bender. Months ago I heard about Golden Tote while researching Stitch Fix. Through the Golden Tote Trading Group I got to know some amazing women, including the very stylish owner of Relish Clothing, Ms. Harper Noel. Harper is well known for her amazing sense of style. By some miracle I found out that Harper started her very own online boutique, Relish Clothing.

Next thing I know I'm talking to Harper about my blog and she sent me a medium mystery box from Relish for review! I was completely humbled and thrilled to discover a box full of goodies on my doorstep middle of last week, and have worn an item from the box every day since!

Here's what Harper had to say about herself and Relish Clothing:
"I am a mother to 5 and a wife to 1.  We live in the Atlanta area where I am a professional wedding photographer on the weekends.  I love fashion and I am a serial entrepreneur (starting my first business when I was 14)  I was searching for another business that was product based and that I could do in conjunction with photography and Relish Clothing was born.  I really put a personal touch into the curating of my mystery boxes and want my customers to feel heard and feel like they are opening a gift instead of just something they purchased on the internet."

If you've been following my blog for awhile, you know how much I love to support a fellow momtreprenuer! This lady is truly talented, as you are about to see shortly. With just my clothing size and a few other details, Harper picked out some amazing clothes for me.

Here's what I told Harper I was looking for:
"I am a pear shape, even though I normally wear 8 on top and bottom. I am a smedium, when in doubt size up! I am a work from home mom of 4, the littlest one is 6 months. I avoid tops that require special bras, elastic waist dresses, and pale colors. My tummy, hips and thighs are my problem areas. I'm a conservative dresser, mostly jeans and tops. "

I shared my Pinterest "Style" board where I post clothes that catch my eye, and my Pinterest "Clothes I Own" board where I keep track of the clothes I've purchased. And I mentioned a few items I'd spotted in her shop that were calling my name. She totally delivered! Here's what she sent:


Harper knows how to start things off right, she sent a sweet note and a Ring Pop! I'm guessing the candy is to either distract your kids, or to tide you over since you likely skipped a meal to hurry up and try on the clothes! In my case the former, as you'll see later on. First, look at all these lovelies!


So...Harper straight up sent me my unicorn. This is a term used across many groups I've joined for that surprise item you see somewhere on the internet or in someone's box reveal and desperately hope to receive in your own box one day. I thought I'd seen the Chris & Carol floral baseball tee I'd been eyeing for awhile on the Relish website and sure enough, there it was in my box!


Deep down, I really just want to wear boy clothes and play a pick up game of baseball. But I still want to look like a girl. I own another dressed up raglan, and I'm happy to have another to add to my wardrobe. It's a baseball mom must have!

Here's my little ball player, trying to steal the show.


Don't I look happy? When I showed my Mom the clothes in the box she said, "You must have been pretty pleased!" Why yes, yes I was. This next piece probably prompted the statement. She knows I'm a sucker for a good sweater.

This Staccato Striped Asymmetrical Cardigan in navy is just my style. I'm always cold, even on summer evenings after a long hot day. I've worn this for 3 days straight, and I may never take it off.


Several other ladies in my group received this, too, and we are all in love. It's the perfect weight for summer, and it goes with everything!

I paired it with this next surprise item from the box for a 4th of July party, this really unique Le Lis embroidered asymmetrical tank.


This tank is like the unicorn I never knew I had. It's everything I want in a top. It's dressed up casual, interesting detail, fun but not over the top colors, and easy to wear.

Isn't it perfect with the cardigan? 



Here's a close up on the detail.



I also asked for this sleeveless tank from Bear Dance. Thanks Harper for fulfilling so many requests! You're like Santa, only prettier and way better dressed!

She even threw in a little gold feather necklace, which is like "the relish on top" so to speak!


I'm sure I'll wear this with jeans, but I sort of played with it a bit to see if I could wear it with a maxi, too. What do you think?


Gold is something you never would have seen me wear 5 years ago, but I think it adds a little something to otherwise ordinary clothes, don't you? I especially love gold on black.


Can you see the cute little double hoop necklace on the hanger? Another great surprise which I really, really love! I couldn't get a good close up of it, but here it is with the next surprise from the box, this fun little Staccato sleeveless shirtdress.




It comes with a black braided belt and has pretty opalescent buttons. It wasn't my favorite thing out of the box but I was surprised that absolutely everything fit me. I mean, when does that ever happen, even in the store?!

By the way, my room was like a 3 ring circus during this photoshoot, as you can see in this next pic.


Harper, next time you might have to send 3 Ring Pops...


No, ladies, I'm not going to give the baby a Ring Pop. The 3rd one would be for me :)


The last surprise was this Millibon racerback tank in a very California appropriate palm tree print. I wore this to the park with my family the day after I got the box and it was just perfect for a scorching hot day! I have the sunburn to prove it.


I'd love to try this with my white jeans, too, but I just threw it on with what I was already wearing so you could see how it looks on.


Perfect for this California girl!

I'm having a hard time believing you can get all this goodness for just $149!
A dress, 4 tops, a cardigan and 2 necklaces?! And let's not forget the Ring Pop, hehe.

If you're considering a Relish Clothing Mystery Box, here's what they have to offer:

*Small box -$99  includes 4-5 items clothing + accessories with a retail value over $300
*Medium box - $149  includes 6-8 items clothing + accessories with a retail value over $500
*Large box - $199  includes 9-10 items clothing + accessories with a retail value over $700


Occasionally you'll find beautiful clothes and accessories at bargain prices in the Relish Boutique, such this lovely dress, but the mystery boxes are by far the best deal. To get a better idea of what's in the boxes, be sure to join the Relish Clothing Trading Group on Facebook.




All orders ship for $7.50 flat rate USPS in the US, $12.50 to Canada, and $25 international!
And everything is returnable, should you need to send your boutique items or mystery box back.

Well, you've been ever so patient, so here's what you were waiting for!


Just kidding, here's the discount (coupon) code for 10% off any mystery box purchase, now through July 30th at midnight EST:

MT10


The turnaround on these orders is fantastic so I expect you to head right back here and show me what you got! I have to know what to request in my next mystery box ;)

Have a relishy day!