My first LE TOTE was Le Awesome

Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription myself, all opinions are my own.

April 2016 Le Tote

I am by no means a fashionable person and therefore clothes shopping is very much a chore for me that I avoid like the plague.  Recently I was introduced to subscription clothing services where a stylist picks clothes for you and ships them to you, then you try the clothes on and buy what you want to keep.  Well, I’m not one for spending a bunch of money on clothes but while I was researching these subscription services, I found a clothing rental subscription called Le Tote and I decided to give it a try.  This review focuses on my first month of Le Tote.  To learn more about Le Tote and the subscription process check out my information blog post–What is Le Tote and How Does it Work?

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The Basics:

For $59/month you are sent three clothing items and two accessories at a time.  Le Tote provides free two-day shipping both ways.  You can wear the clothes that they send you for as long or as little as you want.  Once you’re done wearing the clothes you just send them back in a prepaid mailer sack.  Once Le Tote has received your returned items they will immediately process a new tote to send out.  You can receive and return totes as many times as you want throughout the month for no additional charge.  Le Tote also gives you the option to buy the clothing if you love it–you get it for a discount price.  Please keep in mind that all of the clothes in this review were selected for me based upon a style profile I filled out on Le Tote’s site, anything you receive in your tote will be geared towards your preferences.

Tote #1

I’m a pretty casual girl throughout the work week–I wear scrubs to work so I don’t need cute work clothes.  I do like some nicer casual clothes and sometimes dresses to wear on the weekends and for dates with my husband.  In my first tote I received a denim jacket, two tops and two sets of earrings.

Blue Pattern ShirtThe first top I received was by Summer & Sage (retail$58, Le Tote Price $44).

I really liked the color of this shirt–it’s a navy blue color with a satiny polyester front and a jersey back.  This top looked really nice on its own but would look even better under a jacket due to the width of the sleeves.  The sizing was perfect and I definitely enjoyed wearing this top.

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The second top I received was by Noir (retails $68, LT price $39).  Like the top above, this had a jersey knit back but this one had a cute lace overlay in the front with the lace looking a lot like clam shells.  I really liked the neutral cream color, the fit was perfect and the effect was slimming.  I wore this shirt a few times, once on its own and once with the jacket below.

 

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I really love the way denim jackets look so I was excited to receive this Kut From the Kloth jacket (retails $79, LT Price $60) Though I love the way denim jackets look I always have a hard time deciding what kind of pants to wear with them! The dark fabric of this jacket I think would have looked good with many varieties of colors but I had a hard time making it work with my current selection of pants in my wardrobe. The jacket fit great but it was a little stiff to move in. It also smelled pretty funky, kinda like a warehouse. I’m not sure if that’s the dry cleaning LT uses or if the jacket had indeed been sitting in a warehouse for a while.

 

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The accessories I received this time were both earrings.  At first I was a little hesitant wearing earrings that someone else has worn before but they are supposedly disinfected by Le Tote before they are sent out.  All-in-all I was pretty happy to receive a few pairs of earrings because that’s the accessory I wear the most.

The cream-colored earrings were by French Connection (retail $24, LT price $19).  I enjoyed the simplicity of these earrings and their versatility due to the neutral color.  I wasn’t thrilled with the earrings themselves just because the stones seemed pretty oddly shaped, they were not symmetrical and had some sharp edges.

The aqua earrings were by Noir Luxe (retail $24, LT price $16).  These were pretty big earrings but were not overly heavy so I happily wore them.  They looked great with the cream top above because they really added a pop of color to that neutral shirt.

Overall I felt like the first tote was pretty successful–I was willing to wear everything the tote included!  I decided not to purchase any of the items I received in this tote so I packed it up and shipped it back.

Tote #2

Unfortunately, I returned my first tote on a Monday and it took until the following Monday to receive my next tote, despite the two-day shipping each way!  What I learned is that once USPS scans the returning package, Le Tote begins to process a new tote which they send you a preview of.  You have 48 hours to either approve the tote or to switch out articles of  clothing if you choose to.  I think that’s pretty neat that you’re able to swap out stuff that maybe just isn’t your style or might not work for the weather you may be having in your city.  Unfortunately, I didn’t realize I had to click “finalize tote” when I selected my new clothes so it waited the full 48 hours to ship.  I won’t make that mistake again!

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The first item I received was a drape cardigan by Max Studio (retail $98 eek!!, LT price $74). I will first say that the garment was of quality construction but I would never spend that much money on a cardigan. This cardigan was selected for me by Le Tote but unfortunately it really didn’t work for me. It was very long in the front (which I know is the style) and had weird draping. The length of the cardigan really didn’t work for my body-type as I am very short and have a small frame. This cardigan swallowed me whole! I definitely did not wear this out in public, but I did wear it around the house because it was cold inside and the sweater was cozy.

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The second item I received was one that I requested to have put in my tote which was this periwinkle sweater with a diamond pattern. I regretted most of the items that I personally chose for my tote for the sheer fact that I chose all sweaters and the week I received the tote it ended up being so warm outside that I really didn’t wear my sweaters for long! This sweater was by LA Made (retail $58, LT price $46) and I did really love the fit of this sweater and even wore it for a family portrait, so I’m hoping it photographs well!

greysweater The last clothing item I received in this tote was this grey pullover sweater by Summer & Sage (retail $72, LT price $58).  I really liked the textured dots on it and I know you can’t see it in this picture but it had zippers on the sides which was a cute detail.  This sweater layered well over a tank top without adding bulk and overall I felt like it was very flattering.

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I received two accessories with this tote, a blue plaid scarf and some simple silver studs.  The plaid scarf by AVA (retail $38, LT price $30) was very large but when folded it compacted nicely.  I’m going through a Scottish phase right now–so anything plaid I am obsessed with.  Unfortunately since it was so warm the week I had this tote, I was unable to wear the scarf!

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As for the earrings by Octavia & Co. (retail $14, LT price $9) I was able to wear these to work since they were so simple.  I rarely wear earrings to work so it was nice to be able to have something simple and cute to wear.  The metal was a little faded in appearance and it was hard for me to tell if that was from excessive use or if the earrings were supposed to have an antique look.

Overall the second tote was really great in style but it wasn’t my most successful tote due to the weather!

 

Tote #3

Once I figured out the trick of “finalizing my tote” the process of receiving my tote was much faster.  I returned tote #2 on a Monday and received my third and final tote for the month on a Friday, just in time for the weekend.  This time I ended up exchanging a lot of the clothes that were initially picked for me since I paid attention to what the weather was going to be like that week.  Also, I added a pair of jeans to my tote (they originally picked all sweaters and tops for me) because I was really wanting to try some of Le Tote’s bottoms and see how well the sizing would work.

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The jeans I received were Levi’s (retail $54, LT price $44) and in the tote they even came with a tip booklet on how to cuff jeans.  These jeans really seemed brand new, like no one had worn them before me.  I loved the dark color and the fit was perfect.  There was some stretch to the jeans but not so much that by the end of the evening they would lose their shape.  I ended up liking these jeans so much that I ended up buying them–I was desperately in need of some new jeans!

The first top I received was by French Connection (retail $48, LT price $38) and was a simple loose-fitting pocket tshirt made of polyester.  It was very breathable and the pink color was vibrant.  My husband thought this top was really cute and I had to agree.  I didn’t end up keeping it though, but it was nice to wear for a day!

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The second clothing item I received was a polyester shirt by Noir (retail $60, LT Price $48).  It looks black in pictures but it’s really a navy blue color with a geometric print.  I was very pleased with this top as it fit nicely and it was much cuter in person than on Le Tote’s website and indeed in my own picture.

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I also chose to receive an open pave ring by Camilla (retail $24, LT price $18).  The ring had two clovers–one rhinestone and one black.  I was able to squeeze this ring together to fit my slender fingers.  I thought it was a pretty unique ring and it could definitely work with several different outfits.  I feel like $18 for a simple ring is a little too pricey though.

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The final item I received in this tote was the only item I was disappointed with. It was a pair of earrings with feathers in clusters by Clement (retail $20, LT price $16).  I initially really liked the earrings because they were pretty unique but when I went to take the earrings off to grab a picture, I noticed that one of them was falling apart.  I flipped the earrings over to look at the back (pictured here) and it appears that someone has previously tried to repair these earrings…it almost looks like they tried to solder it back together.  I’m not sure if it was someone who was previously renting these earrings that tried to repair them or if it was Le Tote trying to repair them.  Either way I was pretty unhappy with it–you would think if something was in questionable condition that Le Tote would not keep it in circulation.  I promptly emailed Le Tote to tell them of the problem, just in case they tried to blame me for the broken earrings.  I never heard back from them!

All in all, I really loved my first month of Le Tote.  For $59 I received four shirts, three sweaters, a jacket, a ring, a scarf, and four pairs of earrings–and I didn’t have to launder any of them!!  The process of sending and receiving totes was super easy and fairly quick once I figured out how to do it correctly.  I am already looking forward to my second month of totes.

Are you interested in trying Le Tote yourself?  I have two free totes to give away or you can sign up here.  Have any of you all tried Le Tote?  How do you think it compares to services like Stitch Fix and Trunk Club?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

What is Le Tote and How Does it Work?

Discolsure: I pay for this subscription myself and all opinions are my own.   

By now many of you have likely heard of subscription services like Stitch Fix and Trunk Club.  I was interested in doing a subscription clothing service but I don’t like paying a whole lot of money to buy clothes so I was hesitant.  Then I heard about this service called LE TOTE which is a monthly clothing rental service.  So you get the benefit of having a constantly revolving wardrobe without making any major purchasesSCORE!

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The cost per month is $59 (or if you choose the maternity option it’s $69/month) which includes two day shipping both ways.  In each tote you will receive three clothing items and two accessories.  Wear the clothes and accessories as much as you like and when you’re finished don’t even bother washing it–just shove it in the prepaid mailer and put it in your mailbox.  Once Le Tote has received your old box of clothes they’ll send you out a new one immediately.  You can receive and return boxes as many times you want in a month (time allowing) and it’s all included in that same $59 fee.

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Getting signed up is easy.  First you will take a survey that will give Le Tote’s stylists a feel for your basic style and clothing sizes.  The survey will also ask things like what colors, prints, jewelry types and clothing types never to send you.  For example; my wrists are tiny so I asked to never receive bracelets.  Never fear–if your tastes and size change over time, you’re always able to update your style profile.  After you’re signed up you can also browse all of Le Tote’s clothing and “heart” items that you want to add to your closet.  The stylists will oftentimes pull clothes from your closet or choose similar items.

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Once you receive your tote and try everything on you can get online and rate how well you liked the items and if they fit or not.  You can even attach pictures of how you look in your clothes and this will further give the stylists an idea of what to include (or not to include) in your next totes.

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You’re probably wondering if you have any control over what they send you with each tote, and the answer is YES.  Before they send you out a new tote you are able to preview what they’re sending you and swap anything out that you don’t want.  This feature comes in really handy especially between seasons when it’s likely hard for the stylists to decide whether to send you warm weather or cold weather clothing.  But…it does take some of the fun out of getting a surprise tote!

So say you find something in your tote you can’t bear to part with–you buy it.  Le Tote offers their members a discounted price on the clothes in the tote and if you end up buying all five items in your tote, you get a month for free!  To purchase the item, simply don’t return it with the rest of your tote and your card will be charged.

What’s nice about Le Tote is that you’re able to put your subscription on hold for a week or even a month at a time without being charged.  You’re also able to cancel at any time without being charged a fee, but you’ll have to make a phone call to cancel.

Has anyone else tried Le Tote or any other clothing subscription service?  I’ve got two free totes to give away so if you’re interested, reply below!

Petit Vour Subscription Box Review March 2016

Disclosure: I purchased this box with my own money and was not paid to review this box.  However, if you purchase this subscription box using a link from this site, I will receive in-store credit to Petit Vour.  All opinions are my own.

 

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March 2016 Box!

I love makeup and beauty products and am slowly making the transition to cruelty-free.  For me, cruelty-free is becoming a passion, but it is a constant challenge for me to discern when companies truly do or don’t test on animals.  I happened upon Petit Vour’s subscription box when I was reading reviews on all of the beauty boxes out there.  Petit Vour is a site which provides luxury vegan, non-toxic, and cruelty-free beauty products.  Petit Vour offers a monthly subscription box costing $15 USD (or $23 in Canada) which boasts over $35 worth of products in each box.

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Each box contains a card detailing what’s included, how to use the products, and how much the products are worth.

The theme for this month is “Fresh Start” and the box includes Lauren B. Beauty Dual Top/Base Coat Polish, Suki Transformative Purifying Masque, Little Barn Apothecary Geranium + White Tea Beauty Mist, and Yarok Feed Your Moisture Shampoo.

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LAUREN B. BEAUTY Dual Top/Base Coat: This is a full-size finger nail polish valued at $22–so we’ve already received more than the cost of the box with this one item!  Lauren B’s nail polish is 5-free (meaning it doesn’t contain camphor, dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, or toluene) and claims to be fast drying.  This polish can be used as a base coat or a top coat and is supposed to strengthen nails and extend the life of your manicure.

nailsI rarely wear nail polish on my fingers as I have a very hands-on job which also requires a lot of hand washing.  I always chip my nails within a day of having them painted–unless I get a shellac manicure.  I decided to try the polish out using one of my drug store brand nail polishes for color.  I did the Lauren B as a base coat, two coats of color and then used the Lauren B again as a top coat.  I will say that “quick drying” wasn’t what I experienced as I had to let my nails dry for an hour before I felt like it was ok to touch something.  The most important thing to me is that the nail polish actually did last!  I was able to wear the polish for five to six days without a single chip and only experienced minor wear on the tips of my nails.  I definitely give the product a thumbs up and may even try some of Lauren B’s colored polish.

 

Suki Transformative Purifying Masque

SUKI Transformative Purifying Masque: This is a travel-size bottle of Suki’s purifying masque which the description card has valued at $17. I’m not sure where they got $17 because all that’s available on Petit Vour’s website is the full-size (1 oz.) which is valued at $49.  This is 1/4 of that size so I’ll say it’s worth $12.25.  You can use this masque on your whole face by letting it sit for 20 minutes or you can use it as a spot treatment by keeping it on overnight.  It comes in a convenient pump bottle so it’s easy to get the right amount out and not make a mess. The masque is very thin and i don’t love the way it smells–it smells very astringent–which I guess makes sense considering it’s supposed to help reduce acne.  I have used it both as a spot treatment overnight as well as a 20 minute masque.  I feel like it is helping to heal my acne more quickly without over-drying my skin.  Overall I feel like the product is good but doesn’t blow me away.

beautymistLITTLE BARN APOTHECARY Geranium + White Tea Beauty Mist: This beauty mist was formulated especially for Petit Vour by Little Barn Apothecary.  It is a 1 oz bottle that retails for $8.  I like to spray this on my face after a nice hot shower.  It helps to cool my skin down and reduces redness while also hydrating.  I absolutely love the way the combination of the geranium and white tea smell–it’s like a body spray for your face!  It is supposed to also help calm and soften the skin as well as reduce the appearance of wrinkles.  I can’t speak to the effectiveness of its wrinkle reduction as I am currently using Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular Serum for that purpose.

 

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YAROK Feed your Moisture Shampoo:  This is a sample packet valued at $1 which I was only able to get one application out of.  A full bottle is 12 oz and retails for $38–pretty expensive for shampoo.  This had a very nice clean citrus scent to it.  It doesn’t lather very heavily (but I was informed that it’s actually not supposed to) so many people may think it’s not going to get the job done.  For me, I felt like my hair got very clean without drying it out and my hair stayed clean longer than it does with my normal hydrating shampoo.  I wish they had included more than one of these sample packets…but I’m not likely to spend $38 on a bottle of shampoo either way.

 

Overall this box was valued at $43.25 (by my calculations) and it gave me a chance to try out some really cool products that I wouldn’t have bought on my own.  Also keep in mind that all products you buy from Petit Vour (excluding the subscription box) are eligible for 20% back in in-store credit which is pretty great.

Interested in getting a Petit Vour box of your own?  Click here!