How I Styled My First Le Tote (Review)

Le Tote Review - BB Dakota shirt dressWoo! Don’t get me wrong—I love workout clothes and the fact that my career allows me to wear yoga pants every day of the week. But these “real” clothes posts are such a fun change for me. Believe it or not, I do enjoy pants with button closures from time to time (ha!).

I got the chance to try out Le Tote, which is kind of like having a sister who’s a personal stylist and lets you raid her closet each month. You rent clothes (with the option to buy at a discount) for as long as you want and then get a new batch whenever you return the first.

How Le Tote Works

You start by filling out your profile with size information and personal preferences and then you essentially start window-shopping the site. Whenever you see something you like, you click to add it to your virtual closet. Based on the items you’ve selected, a stylist will curate your tote (some items from your closet, some she/he picks for you).

The tote is $49/month and contains three garments and two accessories. You can wear them as long as you want and then either send the whole tote back when you’re ready for a fresh set, or chose to keep a few/all the items, which you can purchase at a discount. I’ve included prices with all the items I got so that you get an idea—some of the discounts for members are huge (up to 80% off retail!) and others are smaller.

Things I love about it:

  • They carry brands I’m familiar with—and love! Don’t get me wrong, I love discovering new brands, but it’s also nice knowing what to expect when you pay for a service. I felt confident in what I was getting because I know my size, how things will fit, and what quality of material I’d be getting just by the designers.
  • You can customize your tote. This is a new feature that I think is awesome: you can preview the tote your stylist has picked for you before it ships and switch out any items you don’t want or need.
  • No rush. Of course, you do have that $49/month timeline, but I love that you can keep things as long as you like before making the decision to swap or buy. If you picked something specifically for an event, or maybe just wanted to swap your items once the season changed, you have that wiggle room.
  • They take care of cleaning. You don’t have to wash items before sending them back, which is this slob’s dream come true. 😉

My First Le Tote Delivery

le-tote-review-7In a word: obsessed. Because my first tote was complimentary (yay blogging), all items I received were from my closet and I didn’t get any additional items selected by a stylist. So I can’t exactly say my stylist hit it out of the park but … I mean, I sure did (haha). I love everything! Let’s have a look:

BB Dakota Keenan Dress

Le Tote Review - BB Dakota shirt dressRetail: $88 | Le Tote Member Price: $64

Hello, new fall staple! I love this shirt-dress. It’s actually two layers—a sheer shirt and then a removable tank slip so that you can wear it together as a casual dress or without the slip lining, paired with leggings/pants to show a little bra underneath for date night or a night out. Le Tote Review - BB Dakota shirt dress Le Tote Review - BB Dakota shirt dress Le Tote Review - BB Dakota shirt dress

WEARING | shirt dress: BB Dakota via Le Tote // booties: Jeffrey Campbell (old but similar here) // hat: Zara (old but similar here affordable and here splurge)

Max Studio Woven Drawstring Jogger

le-tote-review-12Retail: $88 | Le Tote Member Price: $44

The jogger trend is my favorite. Pairing them with heels and blazer creates a casually put-together look that I absolutely love. It’s like you just rolled out of bed but fell into some cute pumps and a jacket along the way.

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WEARING | joggers: via Le Tote // tank: Athleta (old but similar here) // blazer: Gibson (old but similar here) // heels: Aldo (old but similar here) // bag: Le Tote

Free People Distressed Hooded Jacket

Le Tote Review - Free People jacketRetail: $148 | Le Tote Member Price: $112

So … I have hoodies. I have jean jackets. I have denim vests. But I don’t have a hoodie-denim jacket in one, so really this was a necessary addition to my closet and you can’t tell me otherwise. Ok?!!

le-tote-review-16 Le Tote Review - Free People jacket Le Tote Review - Free People jacketWEARING | jacket: via Le Tote // tank: Athleta (old but similar here) // shorts: Urban Outfitters (old but similar here affordable and here splurge) // booties: Zara (sold out but similar styles here cheap and here a little pricer but AMAZING)

House of Harlow 1960 Arrow Collar Necklace

Le Tote Review - House of Harlow arrow necklaceRetail: $88 | Le Tote Member Price: $74

I love this necklace! It’s simple but reversible so that you can either show a little bling with rhinestone details or stay strictly metal (I prefer the metal).

Sondra Roberts Tassle Bamboo Bag

le-tote-review-9Retail: $80 | Le Tote Member Price: $64

I can’t possibly own enough crossbody bags. They’re so practical! If a bag doesn’t allow me to go hands-free, it will inevitably be lost along with all the contents of the bag. Can’t even count how many times that travesty has happened to me … 

Summer & Sage LTD Antique Feather Bracelet

le-tote-review-13Retail: $28 | Le Tote Member Price: $24

I think bracelets are my favorite type of jewelry, maybe tied for first with rings. The irony is that 90% of bracelets don’t even fit me because I have the wrists of an infant. Cuffs like this are great because I can give them a little squeeze to tighten them. Other bracelets pictured are Lokai & Urban Outfitters.

Get $25 off

If you use my referral link when you sign up for Le Tote, you’ll get $25 off! And I’ll get $15 in credit. A win-win. 😉

Have you tried Le Tote before? Which are your favorite items from my first tote? 

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Le Tote. All opinions—as always!—are my own.

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Review of Stitch Fix #12

Stitch Fix Review - Mavi Kalie Bleached Denim Jacket & Level 99 Lillian Distressed Crop Skinny JeanThis latest box of goodies means I’ve officially been Stitch Fixin’ for a year! There were a few duds in there, but by and large I’ve been SO pleased with each fix—seeing that box waiting for me at my apartment is like Christmas morning every time! My latest delivery was no different. I’m absolutely obsessed with the three items I kept, so cue the faux fashion blogging and basic betch slang words …

Sweet Grey Zachary T-Shirt Dress $68 = KEEPER

YASSSS. (I told you there would be basic betch slang words involved.) I’ve worn this dress like 17 times already. It can easily be dressed up or down, is comfortable, flattering, my favorite color—I just love it. Stitch Fix Review - Sweet Grey Zachary T-Shirt DressStitch Fix Review - Sweet Grey Zachary T-Shirt Dress &  Mavi Kalie Bleached Denim Jacket Stitch Fix Review - Sweet Grey Zachary T-Shirt Dress

OUTFIT DETAILS | dress: Stitch Fix / shoes: Vince Camuto / wrap bracelet: Nakamol via Rocksbox (use code pumpsandironxoxo to get your first month free) / necklace: No Rest for Bridget (similar HERE)

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Mavi Kalie Bleached Denim Jacket $98 = KEEPER

I requested a denim jacket in this fix (for all you SF newbies, each month you can send your stylist a note requesting items or styles you want/need), and my girl Layla did not disappoint. I like that the denim is thin enough so that I can roll the sleeves, and the size makes it perfect for wearing on its own or over a hoodie. Stitch Fix Review - Sweet Grey Zachary T-Shirt Dress &  Mavi Kalie Bleached Denim Jacket Stitch Fix Review - Mavi Kalie Bleached Denim Jacket & Level 99 Lillian Distressed Crop Skinny Jean Stitch Fix Review - Mavi Kalie Bleached Denim Jacket & Level 99 Lillian Distressed Crop Skinny Jean

OUTFIT DETAILS | jacket, pants & bag: Stitch Fix // hoodie: Brandy Melville (similar HERE) // flats: MIA // sunnies: Urban Outfitters

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Level 99 Lillian Distressed Crop Skinny Jean $98 = KEEPER

I also requested some white skinny jeans in this fix because the pair I currently own is completely stained (pretty standard—I don’t realize what a slob I am until I eat a meal while wearing white clothing). The fit of these is perfection, and while I’m not crazy about the hem on the crop (it’s a little wide rather than tapering as the ankle slims), cuffing them is a simple fix for that. Stitch Fix Review - Mavi Kalie Bleached Denim Jacket & Level 99 Lillian Distressed Crop Skinny Jean Stitch Fix Review - Level 99 Lillian Distressed Crop Skinny Jean Stitch Fix Review - Level 99 Lillian Distressed Crop Skinny Jean Stitch Fix Review - Mavi Kalie Bleached Denim Jacket & Level 99 Lillian Distressed Crop Skinny Jean Stitch Fix Review - Level 99 Lillian Distressed Crop Skinny Jean

OUTFIT DETAILS | pants: Stitch Fix // top: LF // shoes: Vince Camuto // wrap bracelet: Nakamol via Rocksbox (use code pumpsandironxoxo to get your first month free) // bag: H&M (similar HERE)

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Tart Zera Lace Bomber Jacket $108 = RETURN

stitch-fix-lace-jacketI wanted to like this jacket so, so bad. When I held it up, I was like “hell yes!” and then when I tried it on I was like “dangit.” It’s just a little too big for how I’d like to wear it. I envisioned pairing it with a tight crop top and distressed high-waist jean shorts or as a cover up on cool nights over a casual summer dress. If I were to layer a hoodie underneath it, it’d be the perfect size, but otherwise it’s just a bit too shapeless. Super cute though!

Loveappella Kellyton Mesh Shoulder Top $48 = RETURN

Stitch Fix ReviewThis top is cute and the material is ridiculously comfy, but I already have a few similar shirts. I love the sheer top with a sort of cap sleeve, but the horizontal hem at the top of the chest is never a flattering look for my girls.

This latest fix got me so excited, I switched my shipment frequency from every other month to every month–so I’ll have another post for you later in August (hopefully with a bunch more cute stuff!). If you’re new to the Stitch Fix game, you can check out the first post I did about the styling subscription service.

And I’ll leave you with a sneak peek of September’s cover of Vogue … Stitch Fix Review - Sweet Grey Zachary T-Shirt Dress &  Mavi Kalie Bleached Denim Jacket

Have you gotten any good fixes lately? Which items would you have kept from my latest fix?

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Happy 4th of July! (+eShakti Reader Discount)

red, white & blue 4th of July outfitWoop! One of my favorite weekends of the year is here! After I’m finished teaching this morning, I think Joe and I are going to drive down to Newport for the weekend. We’re really good at changing our minds last minute though, so who knows where we’ll end up. 🙂

red, white & blue 4th of July outfitI recently got a chance to try out eShakti, women’s online retailer that allows you to customize your clothing orders. Instead of just selecting a size, you enter your measurements, hem length preferences, style preferences, etc. and they’ll design your custom item specifically for you. I thought this skirt would be fun for summertime, and opted for a knee length so that I could pair it with a crop top (I suppose I’m too old to pull off a crop top with a mini skirt–gotta pick one or the other haha).

The check out and customization process was super easy, and my skirt fit perfectly when it arrived. I loved my experience with eShakti and am excited to be able to offer you all 10% off an order with them!

eShakti Discount Code for P&I Readers

Get 10% off any order at eShakti using the code pumpsandiron. Valid through 7/30/15. Happy shopping!

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WEARING | skirt c/o eShakti // crop top: American Apparel // bag: Stitch Fix // heels: asos (old but similar here) // necklace: Gorjana c/o Rocksbox (use code nicolebff53 to get your first month free!)  // sunglasses: Urban Outfitters (on sale for $12!)

Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend, everyone!

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