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My Latest Le Tote (+ Outfits)

I’ve had a subscription to the clothing rental service – Le Tote – for over a year now(!) and I realized I’ve never done a dedicated post about it. What the what!?

You can bet your bottom dollar that if I commit to anything for over a year it has the Beth Berger stamp of approval. But, in case you’re curious, let me tell you why I love it so much…

I. hate. making. decisions! Ok…so that probably wasn’t the reason you were expecting. I also love clothes, love having new things to wear, and…truth be told…HATE shopping. Le Tote curates a bunch of cool clothing items and accessories for me to add to my virtual closet. Then they select a few of these picks and ship me a box of goodies. I wear them once or twice, return and repeat! So I get new outfits on the regs without any of the work. Score!

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Where does my hatred of decisions come in? Well, not only do I not have to shop and decide what to buy…but I also don’t have to make as many outfit decisions. I just pair my Le Tote pieces with my preexisting, streamlined wardrobe and I’m out the door!

Here’s my most recent tote + a few of the outfits I put together this week to show ya what I’m talkin’ about…

Le Tote Haul —

Embroidered Blouse from Octavia

Tie Knot Tee from Summer & Sage

Stitch Detail Pants from Hayes

Fabric Ball Necklace from Ava

Turquoise Short Pendant from The Sak

Le Tote Outfits —

With this haul, I was able to put together a couple more casual outfits as well as a few biz-cas options. Now I can send back the pieces (no laundry necessary!) and wait for my next goodies to come in the mail. (Did I mention I also love mail? Add that to the PRO column, lol.)

Outfit #1

Outfit #2

Outfit #3

Outfit #4

Oh, and if you fall in love with a piece you can purchase it at a pretty deep discount for the quality of item you’re receiving! (Remember: these items have been worn by other ladies out there. So the discount isn’t due to quality, it’s because they’re used. Which I’m kinda into, but others might take issue with.) I try to keep a pretty minimal core wardrobe but there have been a few pieces I couldn’t let go of — like a high quality pair of yoga pants, a denim jacket, and that sweet lil red purse pictured above!

Anywho, enough of my rambling! If you have questions about Le Tote, please feel free to drop them in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them/give you my honest opinion.

AND if you’d like to check out Le Tote for yourself…

Click here to get your 1st Le Tote box FREE! 

P.S. Let me know if you’d like to see more posts like this. I’d be happy to share future totes!
P.P.S. Fuh real tho…go get a free box! xoxo

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Classic Items You Need in Your Wardrobe

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There are some items that are absolute classics, and every gal should have them in their wardrobe. Classics are classic for a reason. They have stayed around because the style is long lasting, and no matter what fad fashions might come along, these ones are here to stay. Many of these items are simple, but very versatile too, so you can put them with anything and you have an outstanding outfit with little to no effort. Classics are simple and can usually be dressed up for a dinner with the in-laws, or dressed down for going out for lunch with friends. Whatever your style is, you can add these classic items in your wardrobe! They will make your life easier, getting dressed in the morning much simpler, and will make your look, well — a lot more classic!

Skinny Jeans

These pants are the work-horses of many women’s wardrobes. Skinny jeans are great because they go with just about anything from glamorous tops for a night out, to baggy oversized tees for wearing throughout the day while on a day trip with your other half. Skinny jeans are a fairly neutral option if you plan on pairing them with a statement piece of clothing or something very colorful on top. They even look great dressed down with converse or vans, or even heels. Black, to white washed, to even white in the summer, skinny jeans are good for all types of weather and looks. If you don’t have a pair already, grab a couple to put in your wardrobe for this classic look.

Leather Jacket

This adds a touch of bad-ass to any look, and can shield against an autumn breeze, or a windy summer night. Whatever your style, there are loads of leather jackets out there to suit you. You can find  women’s jackets in all kinds of styles, from covered in studs for a punk-look, to half sleeves, or even textured with patterns. A leather jacket can put the finishing touches on an otherwise blah outfit. Going out for drinks? Add a black leather jacket and suddenly you have a touch of glamour, and your whole look becomes a little more dressed up. The color means it goes with just about anything as well, so like skinny jeans, you can wear it with any style, no matter what your night holds. 

Silk Blouse

These are fun because you can find many different colors and designs, and get creative with the kind of silk blouses you have in your wardrobe. You can rock aztec designs, to big bold 80s prints; whatever takes your fancy, there is a blouse out there for you. The silk also means that the material looks luxurious, and is less likely to crease and look untidy. Silk blouses are great to dress up any work outfit, and make going to the office just that bit more exciting. Or you can wear them out to dinner in the evening. Versatility for the win! Silk shirts can make you look put together, and add that slight air of sophistication whatever you decide to do in them. Bonus: they look great with those skinny jeans and black leather jacket! 

The Denim Jacket

The denim jacket is a wonderful counterpart to leather jackets, and gives a totally different feel to your outfit. If you’re going to a concert, or a picnic in the park, throw on a denim jacket for an extra layer of warmth. (They also look adorable tied around your waist when you need to cool off!) They look great on colder days too, and are a perfect layering piece on top of hoodies, wool sweaters, and band t-shirts. Definitely consider adding this classic item to your wardrobe. 

These are just a few of the classic items that I believe most people would benefit from keeping in their wardrobes. But if you want to go down the rabbit hole for more items, you’re in luck! I’m a sucker for these type of posts. Check out —

50 Simple Pieces for Building a Classic Wardrobe

The 15 Wardrobe Staples You Shouldn’t Live Without

30 Wardrobe Staples You Should Own by the Time You’re 30

Start building a wardrobe of versatile items, and you can mix and match to your hearts delight.

What 4 items do you consider your closet staples? I’d love to hear! xoxo

June Stitch Fix (Unboxing + Try On)

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I received a box from Stitch Fix this week!!! Wanna see what’s inside? For those that don’t know, Stitch Fix is an amazing online company that hooks you up with your own personal stylist. It’s pretty simple! First, you sign up on their website and fill out a style profile. It asks you questions about what you like to wear and your lifestyle to get a clearer picture of the type of clothing you would enjoy receiving. You can also include a link to one of your Pinterest boards for your stylist to peruse. Next, you schedule a “fix” and leave a comment with any special requests or upcoming occasions. And then WAM-BAM, in a few weeks you have a package with five unique items, hand-picked by your own stylist. You also receive a style card for each of your five pieces with two outfit ideas. This is a neat way of showing you how you can incorporate the pieces into your own wardrobe.

For this “fix,” I asked my stylist to send me dresses or outfit pieces that I could wear during the events leading up to my wedding — bachelorette party, bridal luncheon, etc. She delivered some really beautiful pieces that totally fit the bill! She even wrote in her accompanying note where she envisioned me wearing each item. So sweet and personalized! Here’s a look at each item…

1. Pixley embroidery detail cami.

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2. Brixon Ivy textured knit dress. 

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3. Kut From The Kloth printed maxi skirt. 

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4. Adrianna Papell lace dress.

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5. Zenzii tassel drop earrings. 

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Now comes the fun part! Deciding what to keep and what to send back. Your box comes equipped with a pre-stamped bag/envelope so you can send back what doesn’t work for you at no extra charge! However, if you keep all 5 items you receive a 25% discount off your total bill. You have three days to make your selections. I like to have a rifle through my closet, jewelry box, and shoe collection to try and come up with full outfits for each piece. This is my way of sussing out if I’ll actually wear the item or not. Here’s what I came up with…

pixley cami

This cami looked super cute paired with a little black cardigan and I love the pretty detailing peeking out. However, I’m not a huge fan of thin straps (curse of big boobs), and June in South Florida means I’m not in need of a shirt that requires an extra layer in order to wear with confidence.

Verdict: Sent back. 

brixon ivy dress 1

brixon ivy dress 2

Unfortunately, this dress didn’t fit. I still wanted to play dress up in it but *spoiler alert* it is NOT zipped up all the way in the back. Haha! While I like the unique print, and think it would be a lovely option for my bridal luncheon, I wasn’t entirely sold on that neon yellow color. Kinda looked like a highlighter in person.

Verdict: Sent back. 

kut from the kloth skirt 1

kut from the kloth skirt 2

Pulling this number out of the box I gotta admit I was a little hesitant, but once I put it on I fell in love. I absolutely love the print and colors, and the slits up the side are perfection! I also was super impressed with how well it fit. Being a little height-challenged, I was nervous about a maxi skirt being way too long. But my stylist totally took that into account and sent it in a petite size. Score!

Verdict: Keep.

Adreanna Papell dress

Adrianna Papell dress 2

Adrianna Papell dress 3

To be honest, if this dress had shown up on my doorstep BEFORE I settled on a wedding dress it would be a STRONG contender. Ugh! Looking at these pictures makes me love this dress so much. So boho, so cute! SUCH a hard decision to settle on in a couple days but I just couldn’t justify the $138 price tag on this beauty. Mostly because, while it would look stunning for my pre-wedding activities and/or photo session, I’m not sure I would actually ever wear it again. And I already plunked down a chunk of change on a one-time wear dress. No need to make a habit out of that. I’ll probably try and find a similar dress for a cheaper price now that I know I like this look.

Verdict: Regretfully sent back. 

Zenzii earrings

I didn’t get a great shot of  these in my ears but you get the idea. They looked super cute with the accompanying cami. They’re very on trend (tassels!) although I’m not in desperate need of new earrings.

Verdict: Sent back. 

So there you have it! While I only decided to keep one item, my stylist’s notes and the outfit cards really helped me nail down the types of pieces and ensembles I could wear for the pre-wedding events. A brightly colored dress (I have one from a previous “fix”!) with pearls would be well suited for the bridal luncheon and a sweetly detailed tank with a cardigan and shorts would make for a nice option to throw on for getting breakfast the day after the wedding. I’m excited to grab drinks out on the town in the maxi skirt I kept and I know to keep my eyes out for a white dress with a boho vibe (maybe one with a more moderate price tag). What do you think? Which pieces are your favorites? Would you have chosen differently? Let me know your thoughts below!!

P.S. My November Stitch Fix Unboxing + Try On!

If you’d like to give Stitch Fix a go, and I SOOO recommend you do, CLICK HERE. It’s a service I’ve used for a few years now and the pieces I’ve kept become closet staples. 

june stitch fix box

November Stitch Fix (Unboxing + Try On)

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Tuesday morning I received a package on my door-step from Stitch Fix. It’s been a while since I’ve used their services, and I’ve never documented it on the blog, so I thought it was high time for a little clothing extravaganza! You see, Stitch Fix is an amazing online company which basically provides you with your own personal stylist. It’s pretty simple! First, you sign up on their website and fill out a style profile. It asks you questions about what you like to wear and your lifestyle to get a clearer picture of the type of clothing you would enjoy receiving. You can also include a link to one of your Pinterest boards for your stylist to peruse. Next, you schedule a “fix” and leave a comment with any special requests or upcoming occasions. And then WAM-BAM, in a few weeks you have a package with five unique items, hand-picked by your own stylist. You also receive a style card for each of your five pieces with two outfit ideas. This is a neat way of showing you how you can incorporate the pieces into your own wardrobe.

For this November Fix, I told my stylist that I recently moved to Miami and was looking for some Autumnal pieces without going the whole cardigan and heavy knits route. I also mentioned I would love to receive a dress option for a wedding I’m headed to later this month. So, wanna see what I got?

1. Market & Spruce knit top with cut out detail. 

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3. Papermoon blouse with lace detail and tab sleeves.

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3. Zad metal cuff with gold, rose gold, and silver.

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4. Mavi knit top with cowl neck and zip detail.

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5. Papermoon dress.

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Now comes the fun part! Deciding what to keep and what to send back. Your box comes equipped with a pre-stamped bag/envelope so you can send back what doesn’t work for you at no extra charge! However, if you keep all 5 items you receive a 25% discount off your total bill. You have three days to make your selections. I like to have a rifle through my closet, jewelry box, and shoe collection to try and come up with full outfits for each piece. This is my way of sussing out if I’ll actually wear the item or not. Here’s what I came up with…

Look 1 – 

market and spruce 1

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Look 2 – 

papermoon blouse 1

papermoon blouse 2

papermoon blouse 3

Look 3 – 

mavi 1

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Look 4 – 

papermoon dress 1

papermoon dress 2

papermoon dress 3

What do we think, my loves? All the shirts hit the “Fall in Florida” mark spot on! I can style them with more autumnal accessories but they’re lightweight enough that I won’t die of heatstroke in the process. I’m not certain how often I would ACTUALLY wear the bracelet but I do appreciate that it’s mixed metals, meaning it would tie everything together when I’m wearing silver and gold jewelry at the same time. The dress is the real kicker though. The cut is super flattering and I think it’s a perfect pick for a New Orleans wedding…but there’s a little rip in the fabric! GAH! I know the rip/hole will get bigger each time I wear (and wash) it and it feels wrong to buy something I know I’ll get limited wear out of due to that damage. I contacted Stitch Fix to see what they can do so *fingers crossed*! But I’m curious, what do YOU think I should keep?

If you’d like to give Stitch Fix a go, and I SOOO recommend you do, CLICK HERE. It’s nice to have an option for cute clothes that doesn’t involve schlepping to a million stores! AND if you already know you’re expecting a package, is a great way to curb a bunch of “fast fashion” impulse spending. 

 

 

 

Shopping my closet!

There’s a few reasons I’ve felt less than inspired by clothes the last month. 1) I’ve been working from home. 2) Florida is HOTTTT! The less clothes the better, HEY-OOO! 3) Buying a bunch of new pieces really hasn’t been in my budget. So, just for fun I decided to have a nose-around through the ol’ closet and dresser drawers and see if I could come up with a few outfits to be excited about.  My goal was to put together 4 looks for ME. 4 looks that would meet my day-to-day needs, so I’ll actually wear them, and made up of 4 components, so I can get out of the shorts + top look I’ve been over-wearing as of late. I’m not saying these ensembles are on trend by any means or advocating for you to replicate them. (I realize it’s actually Fall in MOST of the U.S. and not a million degrees like these pieces would have you believe, lol.) However! I DO recommend a rifle through clothes you already own if you’re stuck in a bit of style rut. You no doubt have WAY more options than you think. And if nothing else, it’s kinda fun to play dress-up!

Look #1
graphic tee + floral skirt + strappy sandals + bangles
graphic tee + floral skirt + strappy sandals + bangles
Look #2
stripes + denim shorts + long necklace + silver slidesstripes + denim shorts + long necklace + silver slides
Look #3
chambray dress + grey sneakers + colorful bag
chambray dress + grey sneakers + colorful bag + classic watch
Look #4
plaid + cuffed jeans + black handbag + dainty necklace
plaid + cuffed jeans + black handbag + dainty necklace
4 outfit collage vertical
Whatcha think? Do you suffer from wardrobe boredom? How do you usually curtail the symptoms? Do you go on a shopping spree? Turn to Pinterest? Let me know!

H&M Style Updates for Fall – Basics

Back to Basics with H&M
Let’s talk Fall wardrobe updates! While the season doesn’t officially change until later this month, with back-to-school chatter and the return of the prodigal Pumpkin Spice Latte,
today seems like a fine time to discuss. Just for fun, I thought I’d fill you in on the pieces I would choose for a sartorial refresh of the autumnal variety! I went with H&M because it’s a little more realistic for the ol’ pocketbook. With the fresh start feeling Fall offers (maybe that’s a holdover from school days), this season is a great time to get back to basics wardrobe-wise. Here are the 8 wardrobe essentials I’m loving for Autumn…
1. Crepe blouse. I love the flowy, easy-to-wear cut of this shirt. Dressed up or dressed down, it’s gonna be a comfortable addition to your closet. These are the type of shirts I find myself reaching for again and again because they look effortlessly put together no matter what you pair them with. ($14.99)
2. Monochrome tees. Go for these basics in a little larger size and look adorable on your jeans and t-shirt days with a casual front tuck and messy braid. These will be awesome for layering once the weather turns enough for you to pull on a jacket before heading out the door. And nothing makes a piece of statement jewelry pop like a simple white or black tee. ($5.99)
3. Patterned sleeveless blouses. For something a little more academic-looking, I’m a big fan of collared shirts paired with a cute cardigan. Not so big a fan of sweating because it’s still TOO hot for cardigans in September. (Especially in Florida, haha, but it definitely was in Kentucky as well!) Solution: sleeveless! I love the geometric pattern on the black & white and the gorgeous stars on the blue. Either would surely look adorbz with any existing cardigan collection you’ve been itchin’ to crack out. ($5.99)
4. Super slim black pants. Now I know 70’s flares are “in” this Fall in a major way, and if that’s your jam by all means, go for it! But I just think there’s something so badass about a pair of tight black trousers. And Lord knows it’s too hot for these bad boys in the Summer months. This pair is a tad high-waisted so your legs will look as though they stretch for miles! ($19.99)
5. Boyfriend jeans. Who doesn’t love a trend that involves making sloppy look sexy? These are the perfect thing to pull on for long weekend afternoons spent picking apples or raking leaves or enjoying football games…you get the idea. All those quintessential, cozy Fall activities! Plus, the cute little cuffs allow you to show off new kicks! ($39.99)  
6. LBD. You probably already have a go-to black dress in your repertoire. But if you don’t let me urge you to rectify that situation. They make a fantastic base for building an outfit, especially as the temperatures begin to plummet. Scarves, sweaters, jackets, tights, boots…the LBD is your blank canvas. This one is pretty casual and comfy just the way Fall SHOULD be! ($12.95)
7. Leopard print slip-ons. Slip-on sneakers, unlike bulkier lace-up kicks, look absolutely amazing with jeans. The fun print provides a little more pizzazz to your wardrobe color palette. Perfect for running errands or running late to class. ($29.99)
8. Loafers. I’ve seen several bloggers refer to loafers as the “nerdy glasses” of this season. They’re sophisticated and smart and give you that “I just came from the library!” look. Plus, I can see them being work OR brunch approps. Which is a win in my book! ($14.99)
P.S. Looking for accessories to pair with these digs? For jewelry I love this cocktail ring (opal!), the long and layered look of this necklace, and this aztec collar for when you’re REALLY going for it. For bags, if it’s in your budget, my pick would most definitely be this beauty!  
Thoughts? What will you be wearing this Fall? When do you buy your wardrobe basics? I’d love to know…