Le Tote, round one (review)

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Can you guys believe it’s November already?! Because I sure can’t! I feel like fall just started and we’re already segueing into winter.

This month I decided to try out something new and fun: a month of clothing rentals from Le Tote. For the unfamiliar, Le Tote is a monthly fashion subscription box that lets you borrow or buy new styles, without the full retail price. The company was started as an answer to busy working women who bought lots of new clothes every month for events, but only wore them once or twice. Subscribers can “rent” hundreds of dollars worth of clothes and accessories each month for a low fee, giving them a revolving closet without the hefty price tag.

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Mother’s Day gift ideas from ModCloth!

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Mother's Day gift ideas from ModCloth

My picks for Mother’s Day gift ideas from ModCloth (L-R): Beach House Brunch Jacket, $49.99; Receiving Drop Honors Earrings in Turquoise, $14.99; Critical Kit! top, $34.99; Peaceful and Quiet Votive Candle Holder Set, $39.99; Trunks Full of Taste Shaker Set, $14.99.

Happy Friday everyone! I just got done addressing a big stack of Mother’s Day cards for family and friends—Mother’s Day is only a week away! This year I’ve got all sorts of moms on my list, from my own mom to girlfriends who are soon-to-be or brand-new parents, and so I’ve been having fun looking at all the different cards and gifts out there geared toward moms. And since I was having so much fun shopping, I thought I’d put together some gift guides this week featuring some of my favorite items!

Today I have a handful of items I saw on ModCloth and just really loved. They have so many cute and quirky options, from clothing to accessories to home decor. There’s something for every mom on your list, from the hipster (how awesome is that Pusheen tee?!) to the grandma who collects salt and pepper shakers (you can see my elephant obsession peeking through here).

Shop Mother's Day gift ideas from ModCloth!
 

If you just can’t pick an item, or you’re a last-minute shopper (been there, done that), ModCloth also makes it easy to get Mom a gift certificate. You can opt for an e-mail or print out a certificate to give her in person.

Shop Mother's Day gift ideas from ModCloth, including gift certificates and more!

 

Don’t forget that you can get free shipping on orders of $75+ and new shoppers can get 20% off orders of $100+ when they sign up on the ModCloth site. Those savings add up! Check out more Mother’s Day gift ideas from ModCloth on their social channels.

My Rocksbox redux: March 2015

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If you’ve read my blog for a while, then you might remember the time I tried out Rocksbox. I wasn’t overwhelmed by the service and ended up canceling my subscription after my trial period ended, but when the company reached out recently to see if I’d like to give it another shot, I decided to go for it. After all, practice makes perfect, so a few months’ worth of style profiling should make my boxes better this time around. Plus, I’ve had a serious case of the “wanna-buys” lately–probably because of the seasonal change–so this is a good way to play with some new jewelry without committing to a piece I might not want to wear for very long.

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Here’s how it works: After signing up and completing your style profile via the Rocksbox website, a stylist puts together a set of jewelry and ships it out to you. I’ve found that the shipping is incredibly speedy–I got my box (and my return box was processed) in a matter of mere days. You can keep the pieces as long as you like, and if you like anything in particular, you can purchase it at a discounted member price, plus you get $10 each month in “Shine Spend” to put towards a purchase. When you’re ready to send back your set, simply reuse the package it arrived in (a prepaid label is in your box) and drop it in the mail; you’ll get a new set within days, and you can refresh your set an unlimited number of times in a month. The monthly charge is $19 and you can cancel at any time.

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Want to try a free month? Use my code “mhokensonxoxo” at sign-up to get a free one-month trial! You can try out multiple styles during your free month and cancel at any time if you decide you don’t want to keep your membership.

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Now, let’s look at my box…the first item is the Gorjana Taner Ear Climbers earring set ($40, $32 for insiders). In all honesty these earrings were just too plain for me; I like very bold earrings!

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The second item is this Slate Marble Triangle Necklace ($50, $40 for insiders). I’ve been toying with buying a similar necklace and appreciated getting to try the trend with some pieces in my closet before committing. I ended up deciding it wasn’t for me, but it was fun to try!

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Finally, I have a House of Harlow 1960 Symbols and Signs Bangle in Gold ($68, $54 for insiders). Of all my pieces, this was the one that most tempted me to buy it–anything boho is good by me–but I sent it back because I’m trying to control my cash flow right now and I already splurged on books and a yoga class this month.

So there’s my box! I was much happier with this box than previous ones, and I’m super-pleased with the speedy shipping. (If there’s one thing I hate, it’s waiting!) I already snuck a peek at my next box online and I can’t wait for it to arrive next week–I have a feeling I’m going to love everything in it!

Don’t forget to sign up for your own free month of Rocksbox! And pop back in next week to see my next set of gems…

Ethical fall fashion: ten pieces

Ethical fall fashion: ten pieces

When I first started blogging about ethical consumerism and ethical fashion this summer (click the hyperlinks to see those posts), I meant to throw together a wishlist post of fashion items that were fair trade, eco-friendly, made in the USA or vegan. Somehow that post never got put together (oops!) but now that fall is right around the corner, I thought it was a good time to put together a little list of items for that summer-to-fall transition period. The best part: everything here is under $50!

(All links below go directly to the web page for the item; they are not affiliate links.)

1. Shirred tunic, $38, One Mango Tree
2. Print dress, $48, Lulu’s
3. Shorts, $21.60, One Mango Tree
4. Sweater, $35, Tree of Life
5. Colored denim, $49, Land’s End
6. Earrings, $17, Roozt
7. Ankle boots, $45, Fashion Conscience
8. Scarf, $16, People Tree
9. Tank top, $20, Glik’s
10. Floral tee, $33, Fashion Conscience