Saturday, April 5, 2014

My first Le Tote L'Experience!

My closet is stuffed. It is packed unbelievably tight with clothes. I have so many clothes that I actually don't wear most of them because I don't want to stuff  my clothes back in the closet.

Does that stop me from shopping? Of course not.  One of my weaknesses is wondering "Did I wear that before?" Because if I did, then I can't wear it again.

Then I learned about  Le Tote. The company is kind of like the Netflix of clothes and accessories. I go on the website and "heart" a bunch of their items. They mail a box of 5 items, their choice. I can hold on to the items as long as I'd like. If I keep anything, I get charged a discounted fee. Upon receipt of my return items, they send another 5 pieces of mixed clothing and jewelry to me. Shipping and returns are included in the monthly fee.

I could give you many more details of the company, but I'd much rather show and tell my first shipment. Voila!
1. A really cute color-blocked dress featuring a beautiful blue for spring
2. A pair of gold earrings with a green-blue gem
3. A gold bracelet
4. A fabulous coral vest
5. A chic black mixed faux leather and cloth skirt

My first outfit was casual, featturing the vest and the bracelet. I wore a bra top tank underneath to highlight the vest, skinny jeans and gold flats. I stacked the bracelet with my watch. I absolutely loved this look.

I had a tough time with the black skirt. Even though it says extra small, the waist was too big. I'm also short, about 5'2", so it hit at the knee to just below. It fit nicely around my hips and had some stretch to it, so it would definitely be a good fit for another person.

Eventually, I managed to get a good outfit out of the black skirt with a cropped jean jacket and a plaid scarf.

The color blocked dress was probably my favorite item in this tote. It fit well. It worked for the office setting. I received a bunch of compliments and felt really cute. The earrings matched almot perfectly!

After wearing all 5 pieces, it was time to make a decision. Return the whole tote or keep any or all of the items. Out of everything, I loved the color-blocked dress the most. According to the website, it retails for $62, but I could keep it for $42. Though a huge bargain, I had to return everything.

My closet is stuffed.

Overall, this first "tote" was a good experience. I'm definitely looking forward to my next shipment. If this is a service you think might be fun to try, consider joining Le Tote!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Emerald Waterways River Cruises

Last month my husband and I attended the Boston travel expo. We have seen almost all of North America and quite a bit of Asia, so our next interest is Europe. I've been to many countries in Europe but I have yet to explore the western part of the continent.

With all the traveling I've done, I have reached a point where I'm kind of tired of planning all the details of my trip. I'd really like to just book my flight and have the rest of the trip planned out for me. This is where Emerald Waterways could enter my life.

I looked into their river cruises. You read that correctly. A cruise. Specifically, a river cruise. What a fabulous way to check out a few countries! Normally I'm not a cruise person. I don't like to stare at an endless ocean.


River cruises seem to be a totally different experience from the stereotypical cruise. With Emerald Waterways, I'll get to stare at land, witnessing local architecture and European scenery the entire time I'm on the ship.

Transportation, accomodation, meals and excursions are ALL included in the price. I barely have to lift a finger. After exploring the website and talking to my husband, we think the 8 day Danube Delights river cruise would be the most ideal.

An Emerald Waterways representative will meet us at the airport on day 1 and transfer us to the ship. Upon arrival, we'll have a chance to relax, unwind and explore the ship. There are a variety of cabins from which to choose on a brand new ship. State rooms and suites all have a river view. The rooms are large, and upgrading to a suite comes with extras like a complimentary mini bar and en-suite breakfast. The ship also offers a heated swimming pool with a retractable roof and a gelati station. Yum!

The cruise commences with a welcome dinner. For an extrovert like me, this is the perfect opportunity to meet cruisemates for the trip. A chance to meet new people at each meal time will hopefully lead to long lasting friendships. Complimentary wine and beer with lunch and dinner may also bring out some fun travel stories for all to share.

After a good night's rest, we will wake up to a shore excursion that is included every day on the river cruise. This is amazing, because many of the riverside towns are not necessarily hot tourists spots. I love the immersion aspect of traveling a bit off the beaten path. I feel we will get more of an authentic travel experience.

Finally, there is that saying "It's the little things that matter." With Emerald Waterways, they really do take care of many of those details that can aggravate travelers. There is no need to give tips because tipping is included in the price. That alone can save us over $500. The crew speaks English, incredibly important for my husband. There is free WiFi on board, also incredibly important for my husband. God forbid he can't check email... just kidding!

I truly hope I am honored with the chance to experience an Emerald Waterways river cruise. I think it would be an amazing experience that would create many fond memories for years to come.

* I did not receive compensation to write this post.
** All images are courtesy of http://www.emeraldwaterways.co.uk/

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Gilt Warehouse Sale introduced me to Anna Beck

Yesterday I went to the Gilt.com warehouse sale hosted in Boston. I dressed appropriately in tight-fitting clothes that would allow me to try on clothes without having to waste time in the fitting room. I only had 2 hours to find amazing deals!

Recently I've been obsessed with jewelry. Ok fine, I guess I've always loved jewelry. However, I've finally mustered up courage to wear what I own and love, to let go of what I doubt I'll wear and to purchase fabulosity.

The jewelry table at the warehouse sale had a flat rate of $20 for everything on the table. I scoured through each box of jewels, many housing broken pieces. Then I saw it. This gorgeous ring.


The ring has an "ancient" appeal. The craftmenship is meticulous and stunning.  I instantly nabbed it for myself and went on my merry way shopping for other goodies at the sale.

When I got home, I did an internet search on Anna Beck. Visiting the website is when I realized I had scored big with my purchase. The least expensive ring I could find on AnnaBeck.com is $135... did I mention I got my ring for $20?

I love an amazing deal, but I also love the introduction to new artists. The company is a duo-team of sisters. Becky Hosmer designs and sister Rachels manages. You can learn more about them and browse the jewelry on AnnaBeck.com

I am officially a fan of Anna Beck! I look forward to showcasing this ring as much as possible!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Spring Cleaning Jewelry Giveaway!

After the polar vortex and all the winter snowstorms we've had this season, today's 41 degrees felt so warm! It was sunny and beautiful, which had us all looking forward to spring.

With spring comes cleaning for many people. I've been away from this blog for a long time. In an effort to renew my spirit of writing about shopping, fashion, sales, etc, I've decided to host a giveaway.

Pictured below are a whole bunch of earrings that have been hanging on my jewelry rack for years. Some I've never worn, some only once or twice. The silver needs polishing on a few, but I'm going to leave that up to you. Whether you wear these earrings, give them away, or take them apart to use the beads and hooks for your own creations, you have the chance to win them.


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giveaway ends April 1st. Open to USA only. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified by email. No sponsorship for this giveaway.

Monday, October 14, 2013

5 Reasons to Take a River Cruise with Scenic Cruises

As I get wiser (aka older), the way I travel has evolved as I continue to change. The time and freedom to plan my trips with extensive research and detail is a lot less. I want a lot more out of my vacation.

I never really thought of myself as a cruise person. I have been on a few of them, you know those gigantic ones to the Caribbean. But I must say they didn't suit me, at least not those gigantic ones.

The more I read about river cruises, the more I would love to try one. So as I was reading about Scenic Cruises, I came up with five reasons I'd like to take a river cruise with them:

1. Not a gigantic ship. I'm more interested in personal, intimate and cozy. Though Scenic Cruises has an exceptional fleet, the boats are not overwhelming.

2. Rivers. I don't mean to point out the obvious, but I love gorgeous scenery. To be able to look out my window and experience non-touristy countryside, I mean come on! What a treat! It certainly beats seeing nothing but ocean all the way to the horizon.

3. All-inclusive. Let's be honest. It is nice to pay one lump sum and have it all. Scenic Cruises most certainly seems to have it all. Food, excursions, the room, DRINKS.... and to top it off, gratuity and tips!

4. Destinations. There are a lot more rivers out there than just the Nile. What a fantastic way to experience a country without focusing on only the major cities.

5. Free WiFi. I'm sorry. I wish I could let go of the internet, but I love posting on Facebook. It's nice not to have to pay a daily fee for internet use, too.  A gorgeous scenic picture per day... I bet that would get a lot of "likes."

Friday, September 27, 2013

My Archetype: How to describe myself?

I took this quiz on my archetype. I'd say it's pretty spot on!

47% Intellectual
You’re the ultimate dinner-party guest. Engaging questions and thoughtful debate are your trademarks.
27% Tastemaker
You’re always on top of the trends—or starting your own. Your sense of style is second to none and your taste, impeccable.
26% Performer
Taking center stage comes naturally to you, whether at the water cooler or in front of an audience. You’re magnetic and know how to inspire.

Take the quiz at Archetypes.com!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Jaleh Clothing @ Spunky Real Deals blog! ends 10/16/13

I never heard of Jaleh clothing until I came across this giveaway on Spunky Real Deals. I really love the clothing and hope to win myself.

Nonetheless I'd love to share the giveaway with you!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!