Monday, October 20, 2014

Introducing Golden Tote!

Like I've mentioned before, I've been exploring different styling and shopping services since quite a few of you have asked me about them.  Many people love using these services to have someone else style them and shop for them, which is great if you need help finding your style or hate shopping.  However, I think these services can be useful and fun even for people who love shopping!  

Besides having someone else style and shop for you, depending on the service, they can give you access to unique boutique items which is great if you don't have access to a lot of boutiques, get you to try things you wouldn't otherwise try, help you spice up your wardrobe, or get you great items at discounted prices.  

This month I got to try Golden Tote, who I've seen on Merrick's and Kendi's blogs and LOOOOOVED, and was beyond excited to try myself!  

Golden Tote is a service that sends you a tote with either 2-3 items or 5-7 items, at $49 and $149 respectively.  Initially those prices seem like a lot of money, especially to a cheap-o like me, but broken down it turns out to be anywhere from $16 to $29 per item.  Those are prices I can totally get behind!

You get to choose 1-2 items for your tote, and they'll surprise you with the rest based on a questionnaire you fill out about your style preferences.  I am NOT a fan of surprises...like, at all...but this was a good surprise.  Really good!

In the end, if some pieces in your tote don't work out for you, while unfortunately there are no exchanges, you can swap with other people on the Golden Tote Facebook group.  

I chose the items in the first two pictures, and the rest were a complete surprise.  Here's how I styled them!

Cardigan: Golden Tote c/o
Jeans: LOFT
Shoes: H&M
Bag: Target

Sweater: c/o Golden Tote
Tee: Everlane
Jeans: LOFT
Shoes: Target

Dress: c/o Golden Tote
Belt: Kohl's
Shoes: c/o White Plum (similar)
Bag: Nordstrom

Sweater: c/o Golden Tote
Shirt: c/o Conversation Pieces (similar)
Jeans: Target
Boots: Macy's
Bag: Nordstrom

Kimono: c/o Golden Tote
Tank: Target
Jeans: Target (similar)
Shoes: TJ Maxx
Bag: Target
Necklace: Forever 21

Tee: Cotton On
Sweater: Old Navy (similar)
Scarf: c/o Golden Tote
Jeans: LOFT
Boots: Macy's
Bag: Target

The sample collection from which I chose my 1-2 items honestly had me worried.  I didn't LOVE most of the pieces and there were a lot of dark colors.  I thought my tote would be full of black/white pieces, but actually the rest of the tote is filled with pieces from a totally different collection that you haven't seen yet.  And mine included some color and pattern, like they really had a handle on my style based on that questionnaire.  All a pleasant surprise!

All the pieces were things I would totally wear but may not have chosen for myself and loved being pushed out of my wardrobe routine.  I was also surprised at the quality of the pieces, especially given that they averaged less than $25 per piece!  Told ya this surprise was the good kind!

Don't want the service?  Shop the boutique!
They have a ton of great pieces.  Seriously!  And if you're not too into surprises you can shop the boutique to buy individual items.

You can either subscribe to Golden Tote's service OR shop their boutique separately.  There are also monthly sales which begin the first Monday of the month and last through out the month.  If you subscribe to Golden Tote's newsletter you can scope out the sales and the new merchandise so that you can jump on it!

Which is your favorite outfit or piece from this tote?  

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fall Wardrobe Favorite Items

Last month I posted a list of my favorite items for the fall transition that you could easily wear in the fall with some layering.  Today is a list of my favorite items for fall!

It was pretty hard to narrow down this list since fall is pretty much the best and everything about dressing for fall is awesome.  But I managed to get it down to my favorite building blocks for a great fall wardrobe.

Below are two types of links: 1) Links to purchase the item shown above and sometimes similar additional options, and 2) links to my past posts wearing those items to give you inspiration for how to wear them.

Most items/options are from Target, Old Navy, and H&M.

Plaid Button Up: Option 1 (exact)  |  Option 2  |  Option 3  |  Option 4 (I <3 the blue one)
outfit ideas 1  |  outfit ideas 2  |  outfit ideas 3  |  outfit ideas 4
Can you get more FALL than this?  If you answered anything other than "no," then joo crayzee.  One of my first One Piece Many Ways posts was on wearing a plaid button up 10 ways, but that thing is old and embarrassing, and myyyyy my how far we've come.  I should probably do another one now that I've learned a thing or two about remixing over the years.  Until then, there are 4 links to my past posts with various plaid button ups.

Chunky Knit Scarf: Option 1 (exact)  //  outfit ideas
What is cozier than one of thse?  I got this herringbone scarf towards the end of last year so I didn't get to wear it much, but I loooooooove it.  Though, any chunky knit scarf will do.  I have an orange one that I also adore, but I didn't label it in my outfits so I can't link you to the posts.  Sorry!

Pullover Sweater: Option 1 (exact)  |  Option 2  //  outfit ideas 1  |  outfit ideas 2
These are great for layering over the plaid button ups, or you can wear them by themselves and mix and match them with different statement necklaces and scarves.

Faux Leather Jacket (Cognac): Option 1 (exact)  |  Option 2  //  outfit ideas
This is probably my favorite piece for fall.  And spring.  And whenever the heck I can wear it.  Cognac is a great color for leather because there's less of a worry about it looking too "biker chick"-ish.  And really, it goes with everything.

Scarf: Option 1 (exact)
Another option besides a chunky knit scarf is a cozy plaid scarf like this.  This Target one is going all over the blogsphere.  I got the Zara one last year, but I didn't know that it would be ENORMOUS and I'd overheat in it in San Diego.  I might try to sell it in exchange for this Target one since it's smaller.

Ankle Boots: Option 1 (exact)  |  Option 2  //  outfit ideas 1  |  outfit ideas 2
You can pair these with jeans, but my favorite is with dresses and skirts!

Chunky Textured Pullover Sweater: Option 1 (exact)  |  Option 2  //  outfit ideas
The pullover sweater I showed above is plain and simple while this one is chunky and has some texture.  It's gives the outfit more character without any type of crazy pattern or print.

Gingham Button Up: Option 1 (exact)  //  outfit ideas
I love these because they can be dressed up or down or professional or casual.  You can pair them with a pencil skirt and heels or jeans and boots.  Wear it under a blazer or under a sweater or cardigan.  (Sorry, the outfit ideas link above only has one post because I haven't labeled the posts prior to that.  Dah!)

Tights: Option 1 (exact)
You might have noticed that I don't have any dresses or skirts on the list.  That's because tights allow you to wear any skirt or dress in the fall!  My most worn are black, brown, and maroon (all of which are in the link above).  I think maroon is the safest color if you want to venture out from neutrals.

Boyfriend Cardigan: Option 1 (exact)  |  Option 2  |  Option 3  |  Option 4  //  outfit ideas
I have a thick boyfriend sweater cardigan that I totally love wearing in the fall.  It's perfect with any button up and keeps me warm and cozy.  The shopping options above link to boyfriend cardigans of various thicknesses.  Some are pretty thin while others are on the thicker side.

Riding Boots: Option 1 (exact)  |  Option 2  |  Option 3 (black/brown)  |  Option 4 (black)
outfit ideas - cognac  |  outfit ideas - black
Okay, I take back what I said in the plaid shirt post about not being able to get more "fall" than that.  RIDING BOOTS WIN.  I don't know that I need to say more about them except <3 <3 <3.  And... <3 some more.

Faux Leather Jacket (Black):  Option 1 (exact)  |  Option 2  |  Option 3  //  outfit ideas
I've found myself reaching more for my black leather jacket than my cognac one, which is really surprising to me.  I think it can look really chic and not too hardcore, and I expect we'll be seeing a lot more of it this fall!

What are your favorite fall pieces?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Separates for Wedding Attire

We took Addie to her first wedding this weekend which meant I needed to wear something nursing-friendly.  I didn't have wedding appropriate v-neck dresses on hand, which would have been ideal for nursing, so wore separates.  I'd never worn separates to a wedding, but I was glad for an excuse to wear this amazing faux leather skirt I bought from Le Tote!  (See my review of Le Tote HERE.)

I've been slow to get into anything (faux) leather besides a leather jacket, but I tried this skirt and fell in LOVE.  It drapes well, and I mean--pockets?  HELLO!  <3

Leather skirts tend to have bad stigmas, but it turns out they can be pretty classy!  Leather is a nice way to add a little texture to an outfit.  I would pair this with a graphic tee and heels for an edgier look, or I love how option 5 below from Old Navy works a plaid shirt into the mix.  Never would have thought of that, but I really like it.  Especially with a pencil cut!  Would you try a leather skirt?

(Option 3 is a non-leather option for those who are still leery of leather.  And option 1 is only $15 and option 5 is on sale for $20!)

Links to Shop:
one ($15!)  |  two  |  three (non-leather option)
four  |  five  |  six

Shop for the Look:
Top: H&M (exact, similarsimilar)
Cardigan: Tilly's (similar, similar)
Skirt: Le Tote (similar, similar--sale for $15!)
Shoes: H&M (exact, very similar)
Necklace: H&M

Monday, October 13, 2014

Cobalt for Days

This is one of those outfits I'd been plotting to wear for a long time.  I first thought of it for a sponsored post a couple of weeks ago and immediately KNEW it needed to be in regular rotation, stat.  I just needed the right opportunity.

Last night I finally got to wear it as we hosted an event for students who are interested in working for our organization.  Even though I'd been scheming to wear this for weeks, when the time finally came I almost chickened out on the cobalt pumps since everyone else would be in jeans and flip flops.  (Remember, my org is super casual).  Chickening out on an outfit that you were really excited about--tell me you know what that's like!  But NO.  Instead I slapped some sense into myself with wise words from an esteemed poet: Ignite the light and let it shine.  Just own the night.  And you'd better believe I embraced my inner Katy and rocked these bad boys like the fourth of July.

Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three
four  |  five

Shop for the Look:
Top: Target (similar, similar)
Blazer: H&M (similar, similar)
Jeans: c/o TTD (similar)
Bag: Target (exact, larger version)
Shoes: Old Navy (similar, similar, similar)

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