Review- Rachel Zoe spring box of style

Whats up, whats up?!  I love to get gifts in the mail, even if I am the one that orders them for myself.  So I do have a few subscription services that I do subscribe to, I am up in the air about keeping them.  I do like that they offer a lot of clothing and accessories that I cannot find anywhere else or that I wouldn’t normally pick out for myself, which I do really like.

The newest subscription I did was the Rachel Zoe box of style, this comes once a season, offers 5 products Rachel Zoe has picked out and is $99.  I have debated this one for awhile but I saw a preview of what was in the Spring box and was like I need that.  So what was in the box that I wanted?

This bag.

I saw this bag pictured/ advertised for the spring box and I had a 2 day debate about signing up and in the end I signed up.  The box was about embowering women entrepreneurs around the globe so every product was crafted by women (so I was more inclined to buy when I realized this).  I also just really love how this bag looks, it has a great spring pattern and leather accents.  It also offers a cross body strap which to me is necessary because I walk so much.  The black and white pattern means it goes with anything, and I currently am using it as my every day purse.  The few issues I have with the bag are the cross body strap isn’t that long so it is more of a messenger bag and the inside is not every organizational friendly.

So what are the other products?

First, is the scarf that is tied around the purse handles in the pics above.  I typically do not wear scarfs, well not typically I never do.  So getting a scarf was not really what I wanted, but I love the red color and the pattern.  And as Rachel Zoe suggested it looks really good tied around the purse.

The other products in the box are this water bottle, nail polish and earrings.  The earrings are amazing, I love the gold color (you got to choose if you wanted gold or silver), and they are versatile.  They can be worn with or without the hoops, I have been wearing them without them.  It works well when wearing them to work or going out.

The water bottle and nail polish are both in this pale pink color that I am really feeling lately.  I am not sure I am willing to buy a lot of clothes in this color so it is nice to have accent pieces like the water bottle and nail polish.

All in all I really liked this box of style and am happy that I subscribed, still unsure if I will continue to get the box.  But I will keep you posted.

(you can use the code “Spring10” to get $10 off)

Let me know your thoughts,

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My gift review

What What!! Hello world, holiday season has past and now I can talk about what I got for as gifts from my family and bought for my friends.  I am excited to talk about this because I love the things I was given.  How do you love everything you got?  Well that is super easy, I sent out links to my family for exactly what I wanted, no confusion here.

So the main gifts I got.

My parents bought me these and they are the best.  They are exactly what I wanted and I actually did not think I would get both of them so I was surprised and excited when I opened the packages.  So I have been looking for a new peacoat just to add variety to my wardrobe.  I was looking for one that had a color and would make a statement.  I found this one and when I was looking at it I loved the color and how it stood out.  This is a website I am unfamilar with so I asked for it as a present (then if something happened it would just be a gift lost) but it came without issues and it is really great.  The coat looks amazing paired with almost any outfit and I am excited to wear it out. As a note this does run a little bit small and tight in the arms, I ordered a size up, medium,  as I usually do with coats and it fits really well. I am still looking for a really great caramel colored coat but that will be for another time.

The leather tote bag is like a mystical object that is out there and looks so good but finding one at a reasonable price is beyond hard.  I endeavored to find one at a reasonable price as the one I was looking at came in around $180, which for me is a little expensive for a purse.  This lead me to Amazon and this leather tote which I currently am loving to look at.  This bag is so beautiful and the leather is so nice I am just enjoying the bag.  I am excited to start using it, since it is winter I have been keeping it indoors but that will change.  My major plan is to use this while traveling because the inside of the tote has so many pockets and will be great for organizing.

What what, I am loving this holiday season for these presents alone and I probably would not need anything else to be satisfied.  The other gifts I got are enroute as I did not make it home for the holidays, but I do know I am getting some jewelry, wallet and decor for my apartment.  I will share when I get them because I am sure they will be great.

As my sister and I are basically the same person, over Thanksgiving when I was home I figured out that my sister wanted the same $180 bag that I was looking at. Now I did not buy her the same one because that would be weird but I got her this in a caramel color.  She liked it so I killed the present game.  I am so excited about these totes they are amazing.

Let me know your thoughts

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Online Shopping

Hello, hello!-  So I was talking with someone a few weeks ago and somehow online shopping came up and they told me that they never online shop.  And this blew my mind, I was a little dump founded and didn’t know what to say.  Maybe its just me but I almost exclusively shop online, this is partially due to malls sometimes make me claustrophobic since there are so many people crammed into one space.

So I just wanted to share some sites that I shop on really often and some that I have been testing out and its working out.  Now I know people will ask about sizing issues and aren’t I nervous I will buy something and it won’t fit?  Yea I am but most places have free returns so I don’t worry about it as much.  Pants are the one item that I will not order online, just because they are so different across the board and you really need to try them on before buying.

Ellie Clothing

I found them on Facebook about 3 years ago and since then I have bought so much from them that it is a significant part of my wardrobe.  This is my favorite place to look for items that no one else will have (they are located in Alabama and I live in the North).  They have great colorful tops and some amazing dresses.  I love their dresses, they can be worn casual or formal, I have worn them bumming around but also to work marketing events.

My recommendation with them is to follow them on Instagram because a lot of their stuff is not on the website but they will put stuff on their Instagram and you can comment and be invoiced.  This is really where some of the best stuff I have bought from there came from.

So obviously since they are half my wardrobe I couldn’t insert a picture all of the stuff I have bought there but here are a few.  The ones on the left are the ones I wear to fancier events and the two on the right are so awesome I wear them all the time in the summer.  I haven’t worn the green one yet but I seriously cannot wait to wear it, the cut outs on the bottom are amazing.

Amazon

I love Amazon, I have Prime so it is a no brainier that I order clothing and accessories off of here.  I really love it because you can typically find what you are looking for at a really reasonable price.  I have recently bought some great items that I really love to wear.  A lot of the stuff I have bought are casual but I have also bought my trench coat off of Amazon and I love it.

Lately I have been buying accessories on here,  the purse selection is on point.  I don’t even really look at any other site when I am looking for a new purse.  To me shopping elsewhere for a purse is not worth it because Amazon has a better selection at a better price.

Ah the purses, my favorite part front one, middle purse, and back one.  I have talked extensively about the other two in prior posts.  But I’ll reiterate this romper is awesome and this shirt is so comfortable.

New York & Co.

I usually look for work dresses on here but typically only buy if they are sizes S, M, L.  Last year I bought 2 of the same dress in different colors, and it is one of my best dresses.  I highly recommend, but I could not find the exact one I did find this one.

So those are my staples of my online shopping problems, there are a few other sites that I have bought a few things off of but have not developed a really good opinion of.  The times I have ordered have been good.

ASOS

Misguided

Soho Style Boutique

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THE Professional Bag

Hello Hello Hello- the professional bag, what is it?  Do I need one?  Will that be expensive?  All questions I asked myself when I first entered the professional work place.  I resisted getting one for a very long time and continued to use my cross body purses.  I did eventually get one and am so happy I did.

So what is a professional bag?  I think a professional bag is a bag that has a little bit more structure, is a little larger and has inside pockets to allow for organization.  As I said before I was fairly reluctant because I loved to have a bag with a cross body strap it was just more convenient for me, so when I looked for a bag I focused on ones that had a cross body strap.

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Do I need one?  No you do not need one. You can be a professional women and not have a bag like this.  The bag does not make you a professional.  I just found that it was more convenient and easier to have one.  As I realized that this allowed me to tote around more stuff, and have more organization inside my bag.  I love these bags now, I believe that it completes and compliments most of my office outfits.  Typically in summer when I am going to work this is what I use.  It allows me to carry a cardigan inside it in case my office has cranked up the AC, which is all the time.   (In the winter I do lean more towards cross body bags but that is born of living in a cold climate).

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And now the important question- will that be expensive?  Yea it can be, if you want a designer bag like Kate Spade then it will cost money even if you go to an outlet.  Now I am going to be very honest, I don’t live that designer handbag life.  Most days I don’t even notice that my friend has a Kate Spade and I do not. So these are my two professional purses, I think they are amazing and would not trade them for designer.  They both cost less than $30, which in purse shopping is amazing. I like to shop at unconventional places for purses and find great deals.

So the top one was actually a gift but I picked it out and sent a link to my sister as what I wanted.  It is from Aldo (the shoe place) when I found it there was a sale of 50% off all purses, so I think it was $30.  That outside front pocket was great for my ID badge and on the inside it was so large and had 4 additional pockets.  As well as the cross body strap that I specifically looked for.

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The lower brown one with the quilted pattern, I am in LOVE with.  This is the bag that I am currently using and it is AMAZING, I think that everyone should try this bag.  It looks so good when I am just using the handles but also as a cross body (which the strap is adjustable).  The inside has 3 pockets and then a divider down the middle that organizes the inside of the bag so well.  On the back of this bag there is an outside pocket that is very convenient for an ID badge.  I found this bag on Amazon of all places for $27.99, and there are so many colors some of them are even cheaper.  This is by the designer name Rimen & Co., who I had never heard of but now I love.  This is me in real life loving this bag.  If this bag broke on me I would hands down buy it again because it is that amazing.