May 19, 2017

Faking an endless summer wardrobe

How do you fake an endless summer wardrobe you ask? By renting it of course! If you missed my initial blog post announcing my love for Le Tote you can see it here. Basically, Le Tote is a clothing rental service that offers a variety of monthly subscription boxes, called “totes”. You fill out a brief style profile for the Le Tote stylists to work with when putting your tote together.  To ensure a tote of items you really love, you can also curate a wish list of specific pieces from their online catalog. Le Tote has a vast catalog of items to choose from, both clothing items and accessories like jewelry and handbags.

I will probably be getting a new tote each week, which means for $49 a month I will be wearing about $200 in clothing and accessories each week. The best part? I don’t have to worry about washing or storing these items after I wear them. I just place them in the prepaid return envelope, mail them, and wait for my new tote to arrive!

My summer wardrobe picks from Le Tote

Below is a list of items I will be renting this summer from Le Tote:

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Calvin Klein Bermuda Short (Retail $60)

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Max Studio Halter Dress (Retail $128)

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BCBGeneration Boho Dress (Retail $128)

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Sanctuary Camo Short (Retail $79)

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1 State Confetti Halter Top (Retail $79)

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Jessica Simpson Striped Tank (Retail $30)

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Ava Ruffle One Shoulder Top (Retail $58)

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Eliza J Off Shoulder Dress (Retail $138)

SUMMER WARDROBE

Johanne Beck Cascade Dress (Retail $140)

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Tart Sleeveless Printed Romper (Retail $128)

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BCBGeneration Belted Knit Dress (Retail $98)

This list does not include the jewelry and handbags in my virtual Le Tote closet. But these Octavia & Co. earrings, Kate Spade bangle, and House of Harlow necklace are my most anticipated summer rentals.

Get $25 off your first tote!

Want to build a virtual closet and fake an endless summer wardrobe with Le Tote? It’s free to join and browse their catalog, just click here! If you sign up for one of Le Tote’s monthly subscriptions be sure to use this link to get a $25 credit off your first tote!

xoxo,

Missy

May 12, 2017

Easy wedding hairstyles you can do yourself!

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Depending on the bride, hair and makeup can be even more important than finding the perfect dress. To make sure they look their best on their special day, most brides book experienced and oftentimes, very expensive hair and makeup artists.  I was lucky enough to have my cousin Kendy, a truly talented hair stylist, do my hair for my wedding day. Because we were on a strict budget for the wedding, had my cousin not been available, I most likely would have ended up doing my hair myself.  To help other brides on a budget who are not fortunate enough to be related to a professional hair stylist, I have compiled a list of gorgeous and easy wedding hairstyles, along with easy step-by-step tutorials that make doing your own bridal “do” a piece of cake!

Easy wedding hairstyles

Most of these hairstyles can be worn anytime, not just at a wedding or special event. The trick to transforming a regular hairstyle into “wedding hair” is the accessories. Be it a rhinestone headband, birdcage veil, or a floral halo, accessories are the key to making a pretty hairstyle special event worthy. Below are a few of my favorite bridal hair looks, followed by a couple of super easy hairstyle tutorials from hair guru and beauty blogger, Kate Bryan.

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I love the casual elegance of this low messy bun with a loose crown braid. Like I mentioned above, this could easily be an everyday hairstyle, but add some bling or a sprinkling of baby’s breath, et voila, gorgeous bridal hair.

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Half up hairstyles are a great option for girls who aren’t used to wearing their hair up, but still want a style that is fancier than their everyday hair down style.

easy wedding hairstyles

This last look is perfect for the Bohemian bride. It’s romantic and free-spirited style would fit in perfectly with an outdoor or garden-themed wedding. Flowers and/or ribbons are a must for making this casual style appropriate for a special event.

Tutorials for easy wedding hairstyles

I’ve showcased Kate’s hairstyle tutorials on this blog before, but only because they are seriously so easy to follow, and this is from a girl who is all thumbs when it comes to hair.

Kate has tutorials for almost every kind of hairstyle you’d need for a pretty wedding do. The bow style below is one of my favorites, and would be perfect with a dress that had a low cut back.

So if you don’t have the money to hire a professional stylist for your hair on your wedding day DON’T FRET! Simply pick an easy style from the options above (or another pretty style from Pinterest) and hit up Kate’s Youtube channel for a detailed video tutorial that virtually walks you through recreating the wedding hairstyle of your dreams.

If you are in the market for some affordable but glamorous hair accessories check out these beauties below!

easy wedding hairstyles

Flower rhinestone bridal hair comb, $5.99

easy wedding hairstyles

David Tutera Birdcage veil, $13.84

easy wedding hairstyle

Peach rose crown halo, $8.99 (Tip: add in real flowers between the fake ones for a gorgeous floral halo at half the cost!)

xoxo,

Missy

April 26, 2017

Pretty spring makeup- a bright lip is it!

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Bright lipstick is my Holy Grail beauty product. When I’m in a hurry and I don’t have much time to do my makeup, I put on a bright lip color. Add some tinted CC cream and a swipe of mascara and BAM, I’m done! Ha-ha, just kidding… Like I would ever leave the house without concealer. My neighbors would think I inhaled bath salts and zombie-fide myself. But I digress… If you want to look polished, but don’t have time to painstakingly follow the twenty-something steps in your average Jaclyn Hill makeup tutorial, just throw on a bright lip. Of course, if you do have the time then, by all means, hit up Youtube and watch y’all some Jaclyn, she’s insanely gorgeous and her tutorials are the bomb.

So many women are afraid they cannot pull off a bright lipstick. They think it will draw too much attention to any flaws in their complexion or facial features. But while a bright lip certainly draws attention, it mostly does so to your mouth alone, which means it can actually help detract from a multitude of other sins. Keeping the rest of your makeup fairly simple means you can wear it during the day, even running errands or the office. Just add some winged eyeliner and you’re ready for a hot date, fundraising gala, red carpet event…

My bright lip picks

Below are the lipstick and lip glosses I use when creating a fab bright lip. All of them can be found at your local drugstore for under $10:

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I actually have this $5.99 Whipped Lip and Cheek Souffle from NYX in both Pink Lace (above) and Pink Cloud, a pretty pale pink color. I use the Pink Cloud as a blush – it’s  a perfect dupe of the $40 YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush in Frivole Rose. That’s a $34 savings- insert virtual mic drop here.

bright lipThis gorgeous hot pink from L.A. Girl is called Bliss and reminds me a lot of the $17 MAC lipstick Fusion Pink, only it’s a much cheaper $3.99.

This glamorous red from the Rimmel Provocalips line has the greatest name, “Kiss Me You Fool”. Ah, if I had a nickel…It looks like the lip color Sienna Miller is wearing in the collage above. Bonus- it’s long wearing and only $6.99.

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I think this bright pink lip stain from J. Cat is pretty close to the bombshell shade Emma Stone is wearing here. Only I doubt she is wearing a $5.00 lipstick. Welllll, she could be…she seems like the kind of girl who wouldn’t poo-poo drugstore items. Unless of course she swallowed one. (Yeah, I went there…)

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This beautiful fuschia-red from Fiona Stiles is normally $16, but right now it’s on sale at Ulta for only $8.00. Most of the other lipsticks shown here are matte, but this Hydrashine lip color is creamier and glossier, while still delivering a brightly pigmented look.


I’d be remiss if I did not include the iconic Fire & Ice lip color from Revlon for $8.49. This orange-based red that first made its appearance in 1952 looks like it might make your teeth appear more yellow, but it doesn’t seem to do that to my less than snow-white teeth, and it is flattering on a variety of skin tones.

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And last but certainly not least, is this $7.99 Electric Pink from Maybelline New York’s Color Sensational line. Despite its name, it’s one of the most wearable brights in my makeup bag. Because it is a matte shade, the color is a muted bright making it appropriate for everyday wear. And, take it from a consummate lip licker (uh, my own, jeez), it lasts much longer than most long-wearing lipsticks out there.

So the next time you’re out of time, or the next time you need a pop of color to brighten up your makeup look, try one of these super affordable bright lipsticks above!

xoxo,

Missy

 

 

April 17, 2017

Pretty nude sandals to kick off Spring!

I have at least 3 pairs of nude sandals in the warmer months. Flat ones, a wedge heel, and a strappy pair. Why? I can wear one of those 3 pairs with every outfit in my closet all spring and summer long. Of course, when I find a great deal on a trendy pair in the current color of the year I nab them. But the nude sandals will be included in my warmer weather wardrobe (say that ten times fast…just for fun) for as many seasons as they’ll last. Bonus: Nude sandals not only go with everything, they also make your legs look miles longer!

Pretty Nude Sandals

The following nude sandals are my favorite picks to kick off spring in style (and they are all under $50!):

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Details (starting clockwise, middle pair last):  Charlotte Russe nude wedge $39, Buckle DayTrip Selena sandal $33, ZooShoe Breckelle sandal $28, Pretty Little Things Olivia sandal $33, Lulus Nahele suede sandal $36, Elegant Footwear Hazel Platform sandal $37, and the NewLook Cutout Peep Toe sandal $35.

Update: It has come to my attention since publishing this article (about ten minutes ago) that a lot of the sandals featured above are already sold out. As a fashion and lifestyle blogger, I don’t want to publish posts where half of the items I feature are no longer available, so I looked for a few more options which I listed below.
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These Pom Pom Tie-Up Espadrilles from Nastygal for $40.  I also love these gold-trimmed rope lace-ups from Charlotte Russe for $20.

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These Two-Piece Wedge Espadrilles from Charlotte Russe for $33 look high but easy to walk in.

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And my most favoritist (not a word, well, it is now) nude sandal to date? These gorgeous clear-strap Dory sandals on Zulily. Your legs will look especially long with the invisible upper straps, and the colorful beads in the heel make these sandals quite the statement piece!

xoxo,

Missy

March 26, 2017

Outfit inspiration using 2017 Spring Pantone Colors!

Did you know the 2017 Spring fashion color report from Pantone is based on the colors used on the runway in New York Fashion week?

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, explains the connection between the chosen colors  and the feelings they evoke, “Reminiscent of the hues that surround us in nature, our Spring 2017 Fashion Color Report evokes a spectrum of emotion and feeling…designers applied color in playful, yet thoughtful and precise combinations to fully capture the promises, hope and transformation that we yearn for each Spring.”

I compiled some bright & pretty outfit inspiration using three colors from the 2017 Pantone Spring fashion palette. All items shown below are under $50- for details on each item (brand, price, where to buy) click the link under each color set.

Outfit inspiration: Pink Yarrow 

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I love pink in any shade, so I adore Pink Yarrow! Even if you add this color into your accessories and keep the rest of the outfit neutral- this punchy pink has great color payoff and can liven up even the most basic look.  For outfit details and prices click here.

Outfit inspiration: Primrose yellow

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Nothing says Sping more than yellow! It’s such a happy color, if you ever have the” blues” throw something yellow on and watch your mood become instantly sunnier! For outfit details and prices click here.

Outfit inspiration: Greenery

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This color was in the overall Pantone color palette for 2017 and is a very popular color for weddings this year. It is such a versatile color- blending beautifully into a preppy, romantic or bohemian theme. For outfit details and prices click here.

It is snowing right now in Colorado, but that only makes me want to incorporate these bright and cheerful Spring colors into my wardrobe even more! Instead of dressing for the job I want, I like to dress for the season I wish it was (in layers of course!). The resulting positive mojo puts a spring in my step and brightens my mood- no matter what the weather is outside!

xoxo,

Missy

March 23, 2017

Hate the way you look? Watch this popular beauty blogger’s video!

popular beauty

I came across the video below on the YouTube channel of Stephanie Lange, a popular beauty blogger. I started watching her videos because she has terrible skin and hooded eyes and does some of the most amazing makeup tutorials to address these issues. I don’t have any alerts or notifications set for her channel, but the minute I saw the title of this particular video I had to watch it.

Stephanie wears a bit more makeup than I personally prefer, but I still think she is just gorgeous. This video showed me how beautiful (and wise!) she is on the inside as well. If you have ever woke up thinking you hate the way you look or ended up thinking that way after comparing yourself to others (people you know, social media influencers,  celebrities, etc…) then this video is for you!

Isn’t she great? And don’t you feel better after watching this? Yes and yes, right?! Be sure to share this post with any girlfriends or female family members you feel need a boost. #truebeauty #girlpower #momboss #sherules

xoxo,

Missy

February 27, 2017

Quick and easy stress relief for busy moms!

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Did you know that stress can be a major factor in women who suffer from adrenal fatigue, insulin resistance, and sudden weight gain? Recently, my doctor suggested I try to reduce stress in order to better regulate my hormones and help me lose weight. But reducing stress is one of those things that are much easier said than done.  To me, trying to fit stress-busting solutions into my already jam-packed schedule only seemed to add to my stress.  When you don’t have time for a nightly bubble bath or the money for a monthly massage, what’s a girl to do? I set about to find some easy stress relief for busy moms. It needed to be super simple and completed in under ten minutes a day.

Five actions for quick and easy stress relief!

I interviewed a few holistic practitioners and family therapists in my area and compiled a list of five quick and easy stress busters.  Each of the actions below has a proven record of success with my experts, are extremely affordable or free, and only take 5-10 minutes to complete. The perfect stress solutions for busy moms, or busy women in general!

Four-Minute Calming Yoga Routine: This Youtube video from The Yoga Solution with Tara Styles is only four minutes and nine seconds! It’s great to do in the evening before bed; it helps me to unwind and let go of any stressful energy acquired that day. I also love to do this six-minute Clear Your Mind routine in the morning after the kids leave for school. It really helps to “reset” my brain and de-stress from the hectic morning!

Ashwagandha: Having been a Deepak Chopra follower for years, I have heard a lot about Ashwagandha and its ability to help alleviate stress and fatigue. Chopra sells an Ashwagandha supplement, but I prefer Shaklee’s Stress Relief Complex* because it also contains L-theanine and L-tyrosine, both very beneficial in reducing stress and anxiety. I normally take one pill a day. If I am facing a stressful event, like a large social group setting or a plane ride, I pop two. To me, it’s like an all natural Xanax!

Five-Minute Meditation: This quick and easy meditation is more of a breathing exercise, which is perfect for me as most days I cannot seem to shut off my thoughts for all the money in the world. This meditation is different than most because you are focusing more on your breathing instead quieting your mind. You don’t need a special mat or even a designated space. This easy meditation exercise can be done anywhere, even sitting in your car while waiting in the insanely chaotic pick-up line at your kids’ school…especially then…

Squeeze Some Glitter Goo: There is a reason stress balls have been so insanely popular in the corporate world for decades. It’s small, convenient, and works like a charm! In the same vein as a stress ball, but much prettier, I made some pink glitter goo and filled a few plastic Easter eggs with it. I keep one in my purse, one in my desk drawer, and one in my nightstand. It’s a very quick and easy way to release extra tension. The best part is you can customize the goo in your favorite color, and even include tiny jewelry beads, sequins or glitter inside- whatever makes you happy!

Aromatherapy: This is the quickest stress reliever I know! Simply unscrew the bottle lid, lift it to your nose and breathe in for about ten seconds…ahhhh.. You can also dab a couple drops of oil on your pulse points or put a few drops in a diffuser for more lasting relief. Lavender, Ylang Ylang and Bergamot are three popular calming scents. I put Lavender in a diffuser next to my bed every night. I also love this USB port diffuser* from Young Living – I fill it with YL Stress Away oil* and stick it in my computer where it releases a little calming mist every 60 seconds for as long as I have it plugged in.

I hope my favorite stress relievers above can also provide easy relief for busy moms, or any woman who is stressed out and needs a quick and simple solution!

xoxo,

Missy

 

*Disclaimer: To be fully transparent I am a distributor for both Young Living and Shaklee, but only for the distributor discount on my own orders- I am promoting Stress Relief supplement and Stress Away oil because they work for me, and if you order either product from another distributor I will NOT be offended!

February 16, 2017

Romantic vintage wedding dresses under $200!

According to Pinterest search results, the vintage romance theme is very popular for 2017 weddings.  Both girlie and chic, vintage romance is really never out of style as a wedding theme, which is good, because your wedding is the one area where you should stick to the classics (keep the trends to the dessert table or favors).  The color schemes for a vintage romance wedding are normally pastel in tone and often include a soft metallic shade like rose gold or brushed silver. Vintage romance wedding dresses usually include tulle and/or lace and have a less-structured, more flowy silhouette than the traditional bridal ball gown.

I dug around and found some absolutely stunning wedding dresses with a romantic, vintage feel.  Of course, we would not be staying true to our Faking Fancy mission if we listed dresses that were even near the average price range for a wedding dress in America – so all of my picks are under $200.

Thinking outside the box

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The old saying, “Not everything is what it seems” is a good mindset to have when shopping for an affordable wedding dress. My own wedding dress above is actually a bridesmaid dress from BHLDN. Pink is my favorite color, and my wedding colors were “Blush and Bashful” (an ode to one of my favorite movies, Steel Magnolias), so a blush pink dress made perfect sense. (Plus I knew as a 44-year-old first-time bride I wasn’t fooling anyone by wearing white. I’m just saying…) Everyone loved my dress and said it fit my personality to a tee. My point is, don’t be afraid to wear a gown that isn’t technically labeled as a “wedding” or “bridal” gown. Like cakes, party favors and decor, adding “wedding” or “bridal” to the label only makes the item twice as expensive.

Wedding Dresses with a Vintage Romance Vibe

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Enchanting is the first word that came to mind when I saw this $150 champagne izidresssale wedding gown.  While I believe izidresssale is an overseas-based company, I read the reviews for this gown and the buyers all seemed very pleased with the quality of the dress they received.

 

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I also fell in love with this izidresssale wedding dress. The delicate, lacy cap sleeves and ribbon detailing are so pretty! You can order this in champagne (a medium ivory) as well. Izidresssale gowns are great for “real girl” bodies as their sizes go up to 26W, and they have an amazing selection!

 

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This ivory, lace and tulle dress from ASA Bridal on amazon is just an absolute dream- and the price is an even dreamier $95! Larger chested girls ( a C cup or higher) should probably avoid dresses with a low V neckline like this one. I am far from being a prude, but it seems to me if there is too much flesh popping out (read: boobies)  nobody notices the dress, and that’s the last thing you want with your wedding gown!

 

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This ethereal tulle wedding dress from Ikerenwedding through amazon is just $129.00. I did a little research on the company- this particular dress has a three-star rating and overall good customer reviews. Some customers said despite giving exact measurements they had to have it altered, but at $129.00 you can afford alterations and still come in around $200.00.

 

wedding dresses

This dreamy, lace-tiered Alice & Olivia dress from The RealReal is only $195.00. The photo above does not do it justice at all, I’ve seen it in person and it’s soo romantic and ethereal. If you find your dream dress on The RealReal, but don’t see it in your size don’t panic right away. The RealReal is a designer consignment store, which means inventory changes constantly. I would check back for a few weeks to see if the dress comes in in your size. Or, if you find a dress that is already sold like this one, you can add that exact dress to a personal waitlist & get notified if it comes in again.

 

wedding dresses

I would take this romantic white spaghetti strap lace peplum wedding dress from BeigeVintage Co. on Etsy and dye it cream or ivory to make it more “vintagey”.  I’ve read you can “antique” white clothing items by soaking them in tea. You can also use taupe colored Rit Dye. Even if you had to pay around $100 to have the dress professionally dyed by a dry cleaner or costume designer, the purchase price of the dress is a mere $80.50. That’s eighty dollars and fifty cents!!! So your total cost for this amazing gown should still be under $200.

About buying online

If you plan on buying your wedding dress from an online establishment (versus a brick and mortar store) be sure to do some research on the reputation and service of the company. Always check customer reviews on product quality, shipping times and customer service. If there are no reviews on the actual dress, as is sometimes the case on amazon, Google the company to see if they have a working website or reviews on their products elsewhere. Also, be sure to confirm that there is a working customer service hotline or email, in case you do have any issues.

Buying or Renting a Used Wedding Dress

Some girls may cringe at the thought of wearing a used wedding dress. But as a serious thrifter, I can tell you a wedding dress is one of best used-clothing purchases you can make. I mean, this is one of the rare occasions that you can almost guarantee the item was only worn once! And if for some unfortunate reason it wasn’t worn at all, don’t worry about bad mojo, the previous owner’s past does not transfer with the item.  Once you step into that dress, you create a whole new magical story for your dress! Places to find used wedding dresses for sale include PreOwnedWeddingDressesOnceWed, and Tradesy.

 

wedding dresses

The intricate floral lace and delicate beading detail on this Badgley Mischka dress would make a perfect bridal gown for a lux-romance wedding.  This heavenly gown retails at around a thousand dollars, but you can rent it for only $80 from renttherunway! The normal time period for a RTR rental is four days, but eight-day rentals are also available. Side note: RTR always sends your dress in two sizes, ensuring a perfect fit.

Weddings do not have to cost a fortune! You simply have to get creative and look beyond the traditional resources. For more ways to save on your  wedding and reception, check out my posts here and here.

xoxo,

Missy

February 13, 2017

Unlimited outfits with Le Tote- my latest tote picks!

I’ve posted on Facebook how much I love Le Tote, but I have yet to do an actual blog post on them.  (This is not a sponsored post btw, I just love them!) Le Tote is a clothing rental company with a HUGE selection of clothes and accessories. It is super easy to get started with Le Tote – just log in, create a style & size profile, browse their massive online catalog, and add items into your own personal style closet. You truly can create an unlimited number of outfits by adding a Le Tote subscription to your current wardrobe basics. And creating the style closet is FREE – you can add and delete items for as long as you want without being charged a penny. But if you want to supplement your meager wardrobe for an incredibly affordable price, signing up for a monthly subscription is totally the way to go.

How its works

The basic monthly subscription service includes 2 clothing items and 1 accessory per tote and costs $44. However, there is no maximum to the number of totes you can go through in a month. And, Le Tote starts building your next tote the minute the return label for your last tote is scanned at the post office, so you only wait 2 shipping days between totes! Let’s say you keep each tote for about 5 days, you can receive an average of 8 new clothing items and 4 accessories per month for only $44. That’s less than $5 per item!!

My Le Tote picks for this week

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The cropped length and bright, artsy pattern of this dress gives it a very 60’s It Girl vibe. Like “worked at Vogue and was best friends with Andy Warhol” kind of cool. I have three step-kids and the closest I’ve come to anything Warhol is the tomato soup in my pantry, but a girl can rent a dress and dream…

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I love sweaters like this! You can pair it with jeans for a day of running errands or glam it up with some black skinny pants and heels. Either way it’s the perfect mix of style and comfort.

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I mean, because they are PINK. and Kate Spade. That is all.

Pretty maternity outfits

If there is ever a time when you don’t want to go out and spend money on clothes, it is when you are pregnant. I’ve seen a lot of articles on how to stretch your normal wardrobe with safety pins and elastics so you don’t have to buy (normally expensive) clothing you’ll probably only wear for a few months. Le Tote’s maternity option is the perfect solution for women of any means, but especially those on a budget! The maternity totes start at $54 for 2 clothing items and 1 accessory per tote. I’ve included a few pretty maternity outfit ideas with Le Tote items below:

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How chic is this working-girl maternity outfit? Pair it with some flats for running errands or a long day on your feet.

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These vegan ‘leather’ leggings are proof that if your normal style is “edgy rocker chic” that doesn’t doesn’t have to change because you are pregnant!

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It’s hard to feel glamorous or elegant when you look like you just ate a watermelon, but the stunning simplicity of this off-the-shoulder dress makes for a very sexy-but-classy silhouette.

Each tote is a collaboration!

When the stylists pull items from your online closet or style profile, they always send you a preview of your tote before mailing it out. When you get the preview you either can approve the selected items or switch any of the items out for another item in your closet! I’ve heard other clothing subscription companies have you build a style profile, but what is sent to you is up to the stylists. This makes me nervous and has prevented me from signing up for a clothing subscription service in the past.

Try before you buy!

If you find yourself loving an item in your tote so much you don’t want to return it, don’t worry! Every item in your tote is available for purchase as well, often at a heavy discount off the retail price. Love everything in a tote? The deal actually gets even better! My last tote had a retail value of $158, but was available for purchase for $103. Plus, whenever you purchase an entire tote you get a credit for a free tote in the future (which to me makes the total of the purchased items $44 cheaper!).

Click here to browse Le Tote and start a free, customized style closet.  Bonus alert: If you sign up in the next few weeks you will get $25 off your first tote! 

xoxo,

Missy

February 9, 2017

Drugstore dupes of La Mer moisturizer

I recently saw a fashion blogger I am obsessed with adore, Kendi from KendiEveryday, include a La Mer moisturizer in her list of top 2016 products.  She admittedly did not just run out and purchase this insanely expensive cream on her own volition, it was gifted to her at a PR event she attended (luuhcky!!). But apparently, it worked so well she HAD to buy it despite its astronomical price.

Now, having online stalked followed Kendi for years I know she is not reckless with her money. She is a smart entrepreneur who has endured her share of financial highs and lows and would never buy a product this expensive just over hype. That being said, I still can’t afford this reputable but ultra-expensive cream. I immediately hit Pinterest, Makeup Alley and Google to search for drugstore dupes of La Mer products.

Drugstore Dupes that will save you hundreds

Below are the top two drugstore products that were recommended the most as dupes for La Mer Creme de la Mer. I tried both and prefer the Pond’s, but only because it has a slightly less rich consistency, otherwise both worked beautifully.

drugstore dupes

Ponds Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream: I was introduced to this cream by a blogger and Youtuber I love, Rachel Talbot. Rachel’s skin always looks so glowy and flawless, and while you can edit photos on a blog, she also has beautiful skin on her Youtube videos, and there is only so much you can blur on video! The amazing thing with this dupe is, not only did Rachel like the Ponds cream as much as La Mer, she liked it better! The price difference is jaw-droppingly huge- a 3.4oz jar of Creme de la Mer is $465 (no, I will not get out) and you can get a 7oz jar of Rejuveness for around $11.

drugstore dupes

Nivea Creme:read a ton of reviews that recommended Nivea Creme as a Creme de la Mer dupe. Most of them pointed out how both products have a lot of the same ingredients. What is weird to me is that Nivea Creme is actually a body cream, so it’s really rich. Like buttercream frosting rich. But with an almost identical ingredient list, it more than qualifies as a drugstore dupe. Click here to get a gorgeous 13.6oz glass jar of Nivea for around $13.

Happy saving my Faking Fancy beauties!

xoxo,

Missy

 

 

 

 

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