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Clothes Mentor Styling and Good Company Spot

October 17, 2016
Hey there!  It's been a hot minute since I've found the time to blog, and boy is there a lot of catch up on...

While I hope to get to all those things in the next few posts, I want to focus on a great opportunity I had with a local business.  You may have found yourself at this blog from seeing the Good Company spot I did with Clothes Mentor -- and if so WELCOME!  I hope you click around and see what my blog is about and maybe become a reader!

We've been a one income household for over a year, and with that I have become much more frugal with my wardrobe budget.  I have been more actively shopping on resell Facebook pages and consignment stores and have really found a place I love in Clothes Mentor, not just in Peoria but where ever I travel and they have a store.

When I started working with Lynn on what kind of content I'd like to bring to their Good Company stop, it's always been my point of view that good style doesn't take a lot of pieces or a big budget.  So I wanted to present the idea of a 'capsule' wardrobe or staple pieces.  This isn't a new concept, it's been around forever - but is gaining new traction as my generation is becoming more concerned with paying off large amounts of debt instead of building it.

We started the evening as they would with any personal styling session -- which they do offer and I highly recommend if you're a bit afraid of fashion.  The employees will understand your lifestyle and your body shape/size and you'll both start just looking through the racks.  Lynn and I had a focus - items you could wear to the office and could be mixed and matched.

Below are a few highlights from our experience.  The staff at Clothes Mentor Peoria are great, and I highly recommend calling and asking about a styling session!

First it is lots of browsing the racks - everything is well organized by size and then by color.  I tend to stay with colors I like (cool tones) and away from patterns, just for my own personal style!

Then there is a LOT of trying on.  The fitting room can be a woman's worst enemy!  Having someone else there that is a third party opinion can help you get out of your own head.

Here are the final looks we put together for the show, and you can watch our spot here!

Summer FabFitFun Unboxing (and GIVEAWAY!!)

July 1, 2016
I was excited to get another quarterly FabFitFun box this month, all geared towards summer!  I'm even more excited to give a few items away to one lucky reader!  Let's not waste any time!!

The boxes have such cute designs!  They manage to stuff a lot in to one little box!

The first item that caught my eye were the 'Betchsicles' -- because that name....really.  They are 'bottle' shaped silicone popsicle molds.  I've been seeing popsicle recipes all over IG and Pinterest, so I'm excited to try these out when it's sweltering here in the summer!  It came with a mold for six popsicles and six sticks...keep an eye out on my IG account and I'll be sure to post a finished product!

The next set of items were in the beauty category (aside from the bag).  There is a Osea Environment Protection lotion, which I have been mixing in with my foundation every morning to make a lighter weight tinted moisturizer!  Also helps extend the time between buys!  On the right is a FabFitFun branded beach sea salt spray.  I attempted to use it (as noted in an #ootd post) but I'm SO bad at hair I need a pro to show me what my hair can actually look like using this.  Below it is a Stemulation body exfoliator.  I've used it a few times so far on my legs between shavings to keep them smoother, especially now that I've gotten myself more comfortable showing my legs, I'd like them to look non-scaly.

The bag is a Trina Turk beach back, there were three options they sent out and I got this happy yellow one!  It's nice a roomy for the pool!

The next little section is more the samples/gift cards they always put in.  There is a blister relief patch - which I'm seeing I need more and more as I wear heels in the summer (foot sweat is not sexy).  I haven't checked the sample colors on the Burt's Bee's CC Cream samples, so if they aren't my shade I'll probably reach out to a friend to try them and report back!  There nice sheer gloss from Passport to Beauty - a little sticky when you first put it on, but I don't really notice after a few minutes.  What I'm more excited to try is Hello Fresh gift certificate!  I've been waiting to try this service for a while, but never did due to the price.  With this I think it would only cost us $15 to try!  We are foodies, but get in a rut when cooking at home.

And now the giveaway product!  I'm not really into yoga, so this product really won't do me a lot.  It's a Summer & Rose Yoga Towel.  With it's positive message and moisture-wicking fabric, setting this on your mat during class will pump your spirit and keep you sweat free!  I'm pairing this towel (retail $36) with the Mat Strap Plus from my Spring box (retail $15) for a yoga inspired set!

Here's how to enter:

1 - Head over to my Facebook page
2 - Like, Comment and Share the post associated with the giveaway (for up to three entries)
3 - That's it!  I'll do a random drawing from all entries on Tuesday morning and contact the winner!

I'm always excited to interact with my readers, giving advice and tips when I can!  Never feel afraid to ask me a style question, you can always message me!

Everyone have a great holiday weekend, and I'll see you later - back here in my closet!

Stitch Fix #4

June 27, 2016
So it's been a hot minute since I got a post out, and an even HOTTER minutes since I've gotten a Stitch Fix.  With the seasons changing and having dropped a few dress sizes, I've found myself browse online a lot.  One of the great things about services like Stitch Fix and Trendsend is you have the comfort of shopping from your own home, without the commitment of buying unless you like it!

As always, if you're interested in trying out Stitch Fix for yourself the link HERE will direct you there!

Here's what I got in this fix!  I asked for staple pieces that can be mixed.  There were some hits, and some misses.

I got this Joie scoop neck tank/blouse, and it's got a LOT going on.  I normally wouldn't reach for such a busy print, but it looks great with casual shorts or a skirt.  What's not great about this shirt is the price, at $158 it was WAYYYYY to steep for my budget.

Next was this textured skirt by Margaret M.  It fit like a glove and I loved that the textured aspect could make it appropriate for the fall weather as well.  The price was reasonable at $78 ($20 styling fee applied) so this definitely stayed with me, and here I show it dressed up for work or down for date night or drinks with friends!

The next two dresses I had a hard time convincing myself I didn't need.  The budget this month didn't allow me to get more than one piece, and the skirt was the most versatile piece.  But the colors on this Collective Concepts Katelynn Dress call to me, like sirens in the night.  I personally feel it needs a belt to break up the print and make sure your waist is defined (mine is actually a maternity wrap belt I use, but desperately need one that fits better).  This would be perfect for a summer wedding and it's pretty reasonable at $78!

This next dress, from Donna Morgan, did a great job mimicking a few Pinterest posts.  The Josie may not look like a lot for $158, but it's the peek-a-boo back that really adds that extra bit.  It's a more linen material -- so it does wrinkle -- but that makes it so soft too!  Was sad to see this have to go back, the neutral color pallet make a great canvas for fun shoes or jewelry!

The last piece was this Greylin Scottie blouse.  It's perfectly fine for the office - again a pattern I wouldn't normally be drawn to.  But sticker shock on this one too, $128 for a TOP!

It was fun to get another box, I have a quarterly subscription so I'm excited for fall to roll around and see what the send!  I've also got another Trendsend box coming and my summer Fab Fit Fun box arrived, so more reviews on the horizon!

Hope everyone has a great week, and I'll see you later - back here in my closet!

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