Is It a Skirt… or a Dress?

October 20, 2014

Date night: flippy grey skirt

Today on SMT, we’ll be playing one of my favorite games: Is it a skirt… or a dress?!

At first glance, this appears to be a flippy skirt (made out of sweatshirt material, so comfy!) worn on the last warm evening of October. Buuuut…

Le Tote dress (worn as a skirt)

It’s actually… a dress! Funny story: I put my Le Tote membership on hold three months ago, so I was super confused last week when I received a shipping notification that my next tote was on its way. Huh? I guess my membership automatically renewed after the three month hold period. Oh shucks! [insert heavy sarcasm]. I guess I’ll have to do Le Tote again (if you haven’t tried it, do it! — Le Tote is like Netflix for clothing).

Here’s the dress in, you know, actual dress form.

French Connection Lucy Flare Dress | Le Tote

Totally cute. In fact, if you work with me, you’ll spot me wearing this as a dress with a chambray shirt underneath one day this week. I love a versatile piece of clothing — especially if you’re not a huge shopper or are trying to spend less on clothing. Something that can be worn two ways is basically the equivalent of buy one, get one free!

Here are a few more snaps of my date night outfit — I wore this to my husband’s birthday dinner. Nothing says “happy birthday” like “honey, can you take some outfit pics first???” (thanks, babe!). I’d say now it’s officially time to bust out the tights!

Pop of color: grey skirt, black sweater, coral purse

Le Tote French Connection dress (worn as a skirt)

Dress/skirt: Le Tote (similar skirt) | Sweater: Target | Bag: TJ Maxx (similar) | Boots: BP | Necklace: JCrew Factory (similar) | Lips: Revlon in “Audacious”

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Wish List Wednesday: Evening Clutches

October 15, 2014

Have you attended a “black tie” wedding before? Later this month I’ll be attending my first super fancy wedding and I am thrilled. My husband will happily be dusting off his tuxedo — which means he’s thrown down the fashion gauntlet (without even knowing it!) and I need to step things up with a formal gown. Mission accepted.

I’ve decided to rent this gorgeous green Erin Fetherston dress from Rent the Runway. Next up on my shopping list is the perfect evening clutch. If I’ve attended your wedding in the past four years, there is a 100% chance you’ve seen me carrying the same silver clutch. I’d say I’m way overdue for a new fancy bag!

Here are 10 affordable clutches I’m currently considering — all of which will pair nicely with jeans for date night later this fall!

10 evening clutches under $100

1. River Island ($75) | 2. Missguided ($27) | 3. Lulu Townsend ($39) | 4. Kate Spade ($55) | 5. Aldo ($34) | 6. ASOS ($37) | 7. Nina ($58) | 8. Macy’s ($55) | 9. Express ($48) | 10. Jessica McClinktock ($58)

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Rocksbox Review

October 13, 2014

Rocksbox Review

It all started with makeup samples arriving by mail (hi Birchbox!). Next I tried rented clothing (thank you, Le Tote). And just when I thought I had everything I needed arriving on my doorstep, I discovered Rocksbox.

Subscription jewelry… of course!

Similar to her other boxed friends, Rocksbox is a subscription service that sends three pieces of designer jewelry based on your style profile. Keep the jewelry for any length of time, ship it back via USPS when you’re done. Like Netflix, Rocksbox immediately sends a new adorable box once they receive your previous one.

If you’re like me, you’ll love everything and want to wear it all at once.

Rocksbox Gorjana ring and Margaret Elizabeth bracelet

Rocksbox review

The details

Cost: $19/month; if you love something, just keep it! — Rocksbox offers discounted prices to its members.

Quality: I’ve received five boxes so far and have loved 14 of the 15 pieces. I’ll take those odds to Vegas! Everything is such fab quality (my tarnished Forever 21 jewelry is looking pretty sad compared to this stuff). I’ve discovered new brands — like Gorjana, Loren Hope, and Jenny Bird — names I didn’t know before, but ones I’d like to add to my collection now!

Customer service: What really stands out about Rocksbox are the awesome stylists. These ladies read every single note I leave and strive to send pieces that fit my taste. They even take special requests; one time I practically demanded statement earrings and my next box had a beautiful pair inside!

Final verdict? I absolutely recommend trying Rocksbox if you want to up your jewelry game or add some high-quality pieces to the mix. Sign up now and receive your first month free!

Want to see more? Check out my Rocksbox Reveal video to see more of what’s hiding inside:

A subscription was gifted from Rocksbox. Opinions expressed here are my own. As a reminder, Style Me Thrifty only partners with brands that I really, truly love.