From Me to Me, Part 2

I recently went way down a rabbit hole with the concept of accessorizing my bags. 

I blame Henri Bendel’s “Dress Up Your Bag” campaign, but of course I am very weak and susceptible to all things Shopping.

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I purchased this colorful guitar strap to add to an old Marc Jacobs tote, but the clips on the end were too small to attach to the tote’s hardware, so I had to improvise with some rings that I bought at a craft store.

I was going for a vibe like this:

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I also picked up two of the perforated luggage tags, one pink and one gold. These are planned for different bags.

As I fell deeper down the rabbit hole, I discovered a whole world of customized pieces on Etsy, including an upcycled Louis Vuitton tassel. I haven’t had good luck with Etsy in the past, but I decided to give it one more try.

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I honestly can’t tell if the Vuitton strips are real or fake, but I really don’t care. The tassel looks cool to me either way. I added this to my pink and green trimmed bag from the Spring 2017 collection. I was really pleased with this purchase, and the shipping was really fast. I think it took fewer than 4 days from order to arrival.

The tag was also personalized with my initial:

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One more shot for scale:

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This was a cool find. 

 

Quick Review on My December Fabletics Order

Last week I posted about how I broke down and ordered not one, but two, outfits from Fabletics.

They’re here!

Shipping was lighting fast. I think it only took 2-3 days from order to arrival, and that was without any expedited shipping.

I was super happy with my picks. The first outfit had a pair of leggings with a metallic trimmed top.

If you look carefully at the leggings, they have a striated part at the back of the calf. What you can’t see is that they also have a zipper at the bottom and are high waisted. For leggings, these are really high quality. I was excited about these. The shirt is of a more ordinary quality; it’s also slightly cropped but not to the point of being revealing.

The second outfit was another pair of black leggings and a tunic.

Here, the tunic was the star. I’d sized up to get a looser fit and also because my size was not available in this soft pink. This was a risk, but ultimately it was the perfect call. The larger size fit exactly the way I wanted and the color is great. The leggings, on the other hand, are pretty basic.

Something that I’ve noticed about Fabletics: the outfits are typically sold in two (or sometimes three) piece sets, and one piece always seems to be the hero item, whereas the other seems to be of significantly lesser quality. With the above outfits, I’ll probably wear the leggings from #1 with the tunic from #2. I would NOT do the reverse with the cropped tee and the basic black leggings.

Another major reason I bought two outfits this month was for the free gift with purchase, an option to select any of the bags Fabletics had on their website. I chose this one:

Again, this was a pleasant surprise. The nylon fabric is thick and the details are cute. I was going to use this as a gym bag but it is so nice that I am contemplating swapping it out as a work bag.

It’s been a while since I ordered from Fabletics, but this was a success.

 

 

The Stitch Fix I Forgot to Write About

I received a new Stitch Fix in November, and it was mostly good, but not all of the items were keepers and I forgot to photograph the ones that didn’t make the cut.

So now we’re all caught up.

Here’s a peek, if you’re curious…

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First up was the Millennial Pink “Cerella” sweatshirt by Michael Stars, which was listed at $98.

Here it is from the company’s website:

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This sweatshirt is incredibly light and soft. The color is totally on trend. I’m not a huge fan of thumbholes but I like the option. Spoiler alert: I kept this item and have already worn it a few times. Two things I noticed right away: the edges are unhemmed (potential unravelling issue for the future) and even after the first wear, this sweatshirt started to pill. While I like the piece, it probably wasn’t worth $98.

The drawstring bag at the top of the picture held these:

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These Toms “Lenox” sneakers were listed at $88. I received this metallic pewter color but they are also available in a cool rose gold. I liked these a lot but had recently purchased another pair of metallic sneakers, plus they were half a size too big. I sent them back, then felt regret. Over the Black Friday – Cyber Monday weekend, though, I was able to find them in the correct size at 25% off, so in the end I made them mine. They are incredibly versatile and comfortable. I’ve also noticed this exact pair or similar styles in magazines everywhere, especially mixing these up with high and low pieces for holiday looks. I’ll definitely be wearing mine over the holidays. High praise. 

This piece gave me the hardest time:

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I’d pinned this duster coat a few weeks prior to having my Fix styled. I loved the mix of gray and pink, and it was styled on Stitch Fix’s site over workout clothes to give a cute athleisure look. I was thrilled when I opened the box and saw this, but it was way too big. By that I mean oversized to the point that it looked ridiculous. I am tall, but this was crazy. Let me tell you, I tried and tried to make this work. I tried it as a cardigan. I tried it as an overcoat. I tried belting it. Nothing made it less bulky. The worst part was that my Stylist also mentioned that she’d picked this to center an entire outfit around it, pairing it with the sweatshirt, sneakers and a pair of leggings. I so wanted to wear that outfit. It did not work out. Sigh. I may request this again in a smaller size, because giving up on this cute duster has proven hard to do.

Speaking of those leggings, I don’t have a photo, but they were black zippered leggings and they were very nice. The only problem was that I’d recently bought something similar, and as long as I was already sending things back, this was an easy call to return.

If you’re keeping track, that’s four of five items already described, with one keeper and three returned (although with regret).

The final piece I received in this fix was the Pixley “Castellano” waffle knit shawl cardigan in a dark olive color. I exhausted the internet trying to find an adequate photo of this, but I came up empty handed. It’s easy to picture, though: a loose knit, Army-green cardigan with a thin band of black faux leather trim at the wrists and on the front placket. The fit was weirdly tight in the arms but stretched with wear. I had requested something in this color and my Stylist delivered. I always complain that I need to stop buying cardigans, but I love them and I could not resist, so this one also made its way into my closet.

Technically, this Fix doesn’t look like a success because I only kept 2/5 items, however, when you factor in the shoes I ordered elsewhere and the regret I feel about the other picks, I’d call it a Winner.

 

 

 

From Me to Me, Part 1

I did almost all of my holiday shopping online during the Black Friday – Cyber Monday weekend, and naturally, many of the purchases were in the From Me to Me category.

The deals were just too good to pass up.

Anthropologie had a 30% off sale going on, which basically made me dizzy.

I’d been in one of the stores a few weeks prior and snapped three pics of things that caught my eye:

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From top to bottom:

  • A jeweled faux fur infinity scarf that I absolutely do not need
  • An over-the-top pair of pom-pom slippers that I need even less than the scarf
  • The World’s Best Keychain

I hemmed and hawed over my order and ultimately picked up several of their signature Capri Blue candles (seriously, this is what makes your house smell like an Anthro store, and this is an entirely good thing), a gift book for someone, a Darphin skin care set for me that turned out to be for people with skin redness and not anti-aging (Sigh, should have read that more closely), several small and adorable lip balms and hand lotions to give as gifts, and the fabulous keychain shown above.

Birchbox also had 25% off, and this was tough because both of the items I bought were in the luxuriously unnecessary category, but the deal could not be missed.

These Oribe hair products smell great, but they are ridiculously expensive. Getting this set for 25% off made it easier to click “Buy.”

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The Oribe Gold Lust set contains shampoo, conditioner and hair oil – all of which smell divine – and is a $139 value. Birchbox sells the set for $110, but with 25% off, I was able to get it for roughly $82. Now that I type this, it still seems ridiculously expensive.

The other thing I ordered from the Birchbox sale was a Foreo Luna. I’d tried this skin care device during a facial a few months ago and loved how clean it made my face feel. I have an old Clarisonic brush that I use but I don’t like how gross the brush heads get and how it needs to be recharged with increasing frequency the older it is. The Foreo is made of silicone and easier to clean, also no charging required.

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Another purchase was from the decidingly-less-luxurious-but-my-most-frequently-shopped store, Target.

There were so many different deals going on at Target that weekend, and I found several things for MGM (10) and Trixie (8).

This was in the Juniors department, but I got an XS for Trixie. Considering her bear-like growls and attitude in the morning, this was perfect:

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Regularly $17.99, it was on sale for $10. But then look! Next to it was something on sale that called to me:

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Oh, heck yeah. 

This soft hoodie was only $12 and goes so well with my new keychain.

‘Tis the Season.