Rocksbox Review & coupon code for FREE month

Rocksbox is a subscription service like no other. It’s a jewelry subscription service that allows you to try jewelry before you buy. Like many other subscription services you can buy the items that come from your box or you can try them out for awhile, wear them everyday, or wear them for a special occasion, and then box them up and return them.

Rocksbox subscription jewelry serviceI signed up for Rocksbox and immediately took their survey to help direct my stylist to the right items for my style. You can choose from styles, metals you prefer, and more to help your stylist get to know what type of jewelry you like.

Next, you can go through the online ‘catalog’ of pieces and choose things you like. This took me a bit of time, but it was incredibly helpful for me to choose the pieces I would normally wear. I also picked some pieces that are a little out of my typical style ‘zone,’ but would allow me to experiment a bit. Both are reflected in the selections my stylist sent me.

In just a few days my package arrived and I was so excited to see what would be in my box. It arrived in a cardboard box, but inside it was pretty packaging and a padded return envelope.

Rocksbox inside

 Inside the Rocksbox

Rocksbox Welcome

 Hey Rocksbox!

Info sheet Rocksbox

A note from my stylist and info and prices for each of the pieces is included. 

Easy Returns Rocksbox

 The return label is revealed after you remove your jewelry.

House of Harlow bracelet Rocksbox

House of Harlow 1960 Aztec bangle

I think it will be fun to try these pieces out and see what works, what I like, and whether I want to keep the items or not. If I don’t it’s easy to send them back and let my stylist know what I liked and didn’t like about the pieces so next month’s Rocksbox will be even better.

Right now I’m leaning towards keeping the long Vanessa Mooney necklace. I like that it feels glam and a bit industrial, too.

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Kelly

 Disclosure: I received a 3 month complimentary Rocksbox subscription. If you sign up using my link I receive a credit.

12 Spring Picks from Banana Republic on sale

I’m a huge fan of Banana Republic clothing. While they have a bit of a higher price point than some other mass retailers I find their clothes not only hold up well to my abuse (seriously, I can stain and wrinkle everything), but they also have classic silhouettes that don’t really go out of style. Even their ‘trendy’ stuff has a longer shelf life than items from other retailers.

Since I recently lost weight I’ve been able to fit into some of my old favorites. I purchased this pencil skirt (it has pockets!) and blouse several years ago and they still do the trick for a professional and classic look.
Banana Republic Look Kelly Whalen

This weekend Banana Republic is having a huge sale-40% off everything both online and in-store. This is not uncommon-they often have these sales which is why they’re one of my favorite retailers. If you combine the 40% with clearance items you can find items that are classic and gorgeous for less than you’ll pay elsewhere.

I’ve gathered my top 12 picks for Spring.

12 Spring Picks from Banana Republic on Sale

12 Spring Picks from Banana Republic

Sales at Banana Republic:

Starting 2/13: 40% off your purchase, online & in stores, at Banana Republic. Use code: BRLOVEYOU. Ends 2/16. Restrictions Apply.

Starting 2/13: $14 Tees, online and in stores, at Banana Republic. Ends 2/16. Restrictions Apply.

Kelly


Splurge Worthy Valentine’s Day Dresses #FashionFriday

Do you have plans for Valentine’s Day? We don’t always celebrate, but this year I think we’re going to head out to dinner, and since my recent weight loss I’m thinking of splurging on a new dress.

If you and your sweetheart are planning on celebrating this Valentine’s Day I’ve got some great finds for you. Let’s vow to get out of the sweatpants, the mom jeans, and ponytail (guilty) and instead get dressed up.

I put together some picks for Valentine’s Day that are a bit outside our normal frugal range. Occasionally, it’s worthwhile to splurge on classic pieces that you will wear again and again. Having the excuse of Valentine’s Day can be a great reason to splurge. Below you’ll find our picks for fun, sexy and feminine choices to make you feel beautiful on Valentine’s Day.

splurge worthy valentine's day dresses

Sexy Black Dress

Wyatt black asymmetrical hem maxi dressEvery women needs a basic black dress, and this Wyatt dress via BlueFly is a perfect choice. The slit up the leg gives this a sexy look without being over the top. At $89 you’re sure to get use after use out of this sleek dress.

Red Hot Dress

Hayden burgundy flared cashmere sweater dressRed is a great color for the holiday, and this classic style dress is perfect for most body types. The color is great, too–not too bold and it will go with almost any skin tone. This dress is also perfect for winter, especially if you live on the East Coast. 100% cashmere I imagine it feels like wearing a comfortable sweater, but you’ll look chic while doing it. At $199 it’s a bit on the pricier side, but worth the splurge!

Ruched Dress

Nicole Miller black ponte knit ruched front sleeveless sheath dressThis ruched dress is stylish and will show off your arms and calves. It’s a great fit for anyone who wants to feel sleek and sexy without being so form-fitting it makes you self-conscious. The ruching is great for hiding a post-baby tummy or baby bump. It comes in black and red.

Lovely Lace Dress

A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz burgundy lace long sleeve dress

Red lace is a simple yet sexy Valentine’s Day option. This red dress is a gorgeous pick, and the lace adds a gorgeous feminine touch. At just over $100 it’s definitely a splurge, but it’s worth it.

Simple Frugal Dress

Casual Couture by Green Envelope black shirred surplice maxi dress

This classic black dress is comfortable and easy to wear and at under $40 it’s a great bargain! Dress it up or down depending on where you’re going. You could add a statement necklace and strappy heels for a dressed up look or pair it with arm candy, flats, and a cozy cardigan for a dressed down look.

Beach Chic Dress

Threads 4 Thought Alameda Dress

Looking for something a little more beachy or boho? If you live somewhere where it’s warm this is an especially good choice (and we promise not to hate you too much!). This strapless dress is perfect for showing off your shoulders, but covers a lot of problem areas like your tummy and hips. The best part? It has pockets! I think all dresses should have pockets, don’t you?

Floral Jumpsuit

Eyes of Simone Celeste Jumpsuit

This one is very different, and for the woman who loves feminine style. It’s also a jumpsuit! I’m not 100% sold on jumpsuits, but on the right person this would be amazing! It’s feminine, comfortable, and chic all at once. At $148 it’s definitely a splurge.

What if an expensive celebration is not in the budget?

While it’s fun to look at gorgeous clothes and celebrate with expensive dinners that isn’t always in the cards for everyone. So if going out or buying a new outfit is not an option celebrating at home is a great option, too!

You can put the kids to bed early so you can cook dinner together or order take out. You might have a picnic in your living room, or relax in front of the fire. You can still get dressed up, too.

You can find more great frugal date night at home ideas here.

Whatever you and your sweetheart decide to do this Valentine’s Day we hope you have a great Valentine’s Day!



Kelly

What to Wear with a Wood Watch & a Jord Watch Giveaway

Hope you all had a great holiday! I’m still ‘off’ and spending time with the family, but wanted to share the last Fashion Friday post of the year with you. this week I’m sharing two looks based around these amazing wood watches by Jord.

They contacted me and asked if I would like to try out a watch, and I was able to get them to give one away to readers, too! You can see the looks I put together and enter to win below.

Jord Watch

I chose to make two looks because I’m often a dual dresser. Most days I dress down since I work from home and the most formal thing I do is do errands or meet a friend for coffee. Occasionally though I do dress up-mostly for myself! Whether it’s date night, a work event, or a girls night out I like to put together something comfortable and chic. Both looks can be recreated with items you probably already have in your closet.

Jord Watch Looks

Work Event or Dinner Look:

Casual Look:

Enter to win a Jord watch!

Enter to win your choice of wood watch from Jord. The winner will receive a gift certificate worth $139 plus free shipping! You can choose whichever watch you would like!

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Kelly

Disclosure: I received a Jord Watch for review. Jord watches can be found at WoodWatches.com.

Casual Holiday Winter Looks with Lee #FashionFriday

The holidays are here, and with them so many gatherings and celebrations. That also means getting dressed for the holidays, and that can be stressful if you don’t have a go-to pair of jeans.

We have casual holiday celebrations, but even in a more upscale setting a great pair of jeans with the right top and accessories can be perfect this holiday season. Most importantly you’ll want something that not only looks good and fits well, but has plenty of stretch for running errands, wrapping gifts, and all the holiday eating you’ll do!

Lee sent me a pair of jeans to try out for the holidays from their Curvy Fit line. While I was skeptical of their ‘no-gap’ waistband the fit and style of my Cadence Curvy Fit jeans have been amazing! I can wear them to go to the grocery store, dress them up for an evening out, or wear them around the house to wrangle kids and pets. They always feel comfortable, but more importantly I never had to worry about my pants being too low.

Tip: Make sure to read the sizing information. A few quick measurements and the size I got was PERFECT! I always get nervous when I shop online for clothes, and I couldn’t believe how well they fit!

Lee shares:

The new Curvy Fit Collection features a No-Gap Waistband and Modern Tilted Rise, meaning it is mid-rise in the front and higher in the back. These features ensure the jeans won’t create an unwanted gap around the waist where female curves lie. Made with high-stretch denim fabrication and ultra-flexible waistband, these jeans are soft, smooth and hug curves in all the right places providing ultimate comfort.

I put together three holiday-friendly looks that you can use for the holidays and all winter, too.

Look 1 is a colorful and warm sweater paired with your favorite Lees and booties. Add a handbag and some casual gold accessories, and you’re set. Pair this look with simple hair and makeup.

Look 2 features a more casual baseball tee, your Lees, and a pair of great boots. Pair it with a scarf and a bag that will fit all the things the family needs. A ponytail or bun and some lip shimmer would make this everyday casual look feel put together.

Look 3 is a bit dressier with pumps, a dressy shirt, cozy cardigan, and your fave Lees. It’s still casual and comfortable, but wouldn’t look out of place at a holiday party.

Casual Comfortable Looks for Winter

Score your own holiday jeans from Lee.com with great sale prices and discounts through this weekend!

Kelly

What to Wear when It’s Cold #FashionFriday

It’s freeezing out, and I am not a cold weather fan. My feet and hands are constantly cold from now until May. I love a well put together outfit, but this time of year it’s all about staying warm.

I shared this photo on Instagram this week-this is essentially how I dress for work since I work from home.

Blanket on my head and a warm hat, blanket on my feet, two sweaters, two shirts, socks and/or faux skeepskin boots or slippers, and often the addition of gloves that cover my fingers, but leave my fingertips open for typing.

So, instead of bringing you the perfect holiday look I thought I’d share the best things you can use to keep yourself warm this winter (assuming you live somewhere cold, and if you don’t–shush).

What to Wear to Stay Warm

Warm sweaters are a must for your first layer. This is a great sweater to start with for about $20.

These chenille sweaters from Target are my favorite. It’s like wearing a robe only they look lovely. Plus POCKETS!

Fleece leggings are amazing! I asked on Facebook and friends said they are the BEST, and oh my are they right! LOVE them so much.

Fuzzy socks are the BEST. They are also great at cleaning the floor. ;)

Faux sheepskin slippers will keep your toes warm all day long.

Bluetooth beanie it’s not only great for making calls i will also keep you warm).

Fingerless gloves are amazing. They keep your hands warm, but allow you to tip, tweet, or take photos. Ideal for the tech obsessed (ahem, yours truly).

Blankets or throws–you need a million, but make sure you get one that’s a bit on the larger side since most throws are tiny.

While I may look like a snowman in so many layers I don’t mind if I feel just slightly warmer than usual!

What are your cold weather go tos?


Kelly

ModCloth Holiday Picks under $50 #FashionFriday

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Over the next several weeks I’ll be sharing holiday gift picks on a budget. You’ll find everything you need for a centsible holiday. Start with our Ultimate Holiday Planning Guide and explore our Holiday Gift Guide posts for tons of ideas for everyone on your list.

Today’s post is all about fun and affordable gift ideas from one of the most places on the web–ModCloth! They want to help you find the perfect presents for everyone on your list with their 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. You can hop using their handy categories, or check out presents in a variety of categories and budgets. To start let’s find some fun fashion for the holiday season (and beyond) for under $50.

ModCloth picks under $50

Geeky Gifts


Squares Your Head At? Tee


Come Check It Out Tee


You R2 Cute Top

Quirky Gifts


Cosmic Kitty Tee


Dog On It Sweater


Charismatic Charm Sweater

Holiday Fun


Morsel of the Story Robe


Coach Tour Dress in Fair Isle


Skiing is Make-Believing Tee

There are sooo many more gift ideas on ModCloth, so click over and check out there 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.

Happy Shopping!

Kelly

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. 


How to Organize your Wardrobe for Fall and Winter

It’s finally feeling like Fall, time to get the cold weather gear out and make way for the cold weather clothes. That means it’s a great time to donate clothes and accessories that no longer fit or work for you and your family.

Block off a few hours to sort through everyone’s clothes, turn on some fun music and follow these tips and in no time you’ll have a clean closet and plenty of room for new Fall clothes.

FashionFriday oragnize your wardrobe for fall and winter
1. Gather Supplies

Collect bags, boxes, bins, or laundry baskets to sort into three piles. Those three categories are donate/sell, store, and clean/repair. Additionally you will want to keep a trash bag or bin close by for clothes that are too stained or beyond repair. Some folks will use scraps of these for rags, others may save the most sentimental pieces for a quilt or rag rug– it’s up to you what you’d like to do with them.

2. How to Sort

If you have name brand or designer clothing or accessories use your smartphone or computer to check prices on eBay or Amazon. You may consider selling them online or going to a local consignment store.

Next look at sizes. If it doesn’t fit it goes. I know we may lose and gain weight over time, and if you think you may need your other sizes store them away. In general though it’s an unhappy reminder of what was and what your goals are, so make space for what works now. My rule is if you haven’t worn it in 12 months, it should go. The exceptions are pieces that are used rarely like cocktail-wear or for men a suit they only wear for special occasions.

Storing hand me downs for kids is a great way to stretch your clothing budget. I could give you my tips, but Megan (who is a mom of 5) has a great post about how to store hand me down clothing in this post: super simple strategies to organize hand me downs and off-season clothing.

Lastly, anything that is stained or in need of repairs goes in the last bin. Those items either go to the tailor, the dry cleaner, or into the wash with stain remover.

3. Put it Away

Now you need to organize everything as you put it away. How you do that will vary based on your storage system. I like to group items by tops, bottoms, and underwear and pajamas. Sweaters and sweatshirts also go in a stack. Anything that’s hung I organize by sleeve length and then by color again grouped by type. It may be a but excessive (ok a lot), but it’s easier to find things that way. Of course you’ll want to drop off your donations as well.

4. Go Shopping!

Now comes the fun part! Get ready to go shopping. Use my Fall shopping tips to help you get organized and stick to your shopping budget. If you’re shopping for yourself you’ll want to read my post on Fall trends on a budget.

Donations Do Good

Amazing fact: Did you know that donating one bag of clothing and one bag of books can equal up to 2.3 hours of on-the-job training for someone in your community? It’s pretty amazing that just decluttering and donating can help create a positive impact on someone’s life. While you’re at it why not declutter everyone’s closets?

Kelly

Runway to Everyday: 5 Fall Fashion Trends on a Budget {sponsored}

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It’s time for fall fashion and with Fashion Week over it is time to look at how you can take fun fall trends and transfer them into affordable looks you can wear.

While most of us won’t need a whole new wardrobe filled with the latest it’s fun to bring a little something new into your wardrobe to make it more trendy and to make it feel like a whole new wardrobe.

Top 5 Fall Trends

Fall Fashion for Less

Here are the 5 top fall trends from this season translated from the runway to your closet at a fraction of the cost.

1. Slouchy Pants

Slouchy pants aren’t going away anytime soon if the runway is any indication, so embrace this trend and you’ll be so happy you did. Not only are slouchy pants incredibly comfortable but also you’ll find they often have the ability to conceal. Bonus? Most have pockets. I love pockets in pants that you can actually use!

2. Midi Dresses or Midi Skirts:

These modest hemlines are the opposite of the short hemlines of the past. They are perfect for fall since they offer your legs some coverage and can easily be paired with casual accessories or dressed up for the office with a blouse or sweater.

3. Comfortable Shoes

THANK GOODNESS. Flats are in, so embrace it! Sneakers even made a big appearance on the runway this fall in New York! Yes, sneakers. So embrace that post-workout look as in after your visit to the gym. Your feet will rejoice, and because they are so on trend you will find a huge selection of colors, prints, and materials.

4. Coats Galore

Coats are much needed during the winter months, but fashion often comes over function on the runway. This year we saw colorful coats, robe-style coats, and lots of shearling. At least if you’re going to be out in the cold you can wear a gorgeous coat to help warm you up.

5. ‘90s grunge

You guys, this was the fashion of my youth! This proves that either I’m OLD or everything old is new again. I wish I had saved my plaid shirts!

Look for plaid shirts, band shirts (we used to have to GO to a concert to get these, kids), Doc Martens, and so much more.

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What trends are you trying this fall?

Kelly

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Gwynnie Bee #FashionFriday

As I mentioned last week I’m going through a bit of a weighty issue. I’m heavier than I’ve ever been (though as of this post I’m down about 7 pounds-WOOT!). It’s making clothing choices difficult-especially when I know I have a full wardrobe that’s only a size or two down from where I am now. While I have bought a few items (everyone needs at least 3 pairs of pants that fit!) I haven’t wanted to invest in a full-on larger wardrobe.

Later this month I will be traveling to New Orleans for FinCon where I’ll be speaking on social media tools and then hopping on a flight to Atlanta to speak at Type-A Parent Conference to talk about negotiating. I’ll be doing plenty of networking, meeting with clients and potential clients, and spending time with colleagues. All that to say I need a professional wardrobe-and fast. Planning for a full 6 days away from home without spending a small fortune is something I wasn’t looking forward to doing. So instead I stuck my head in the sand so to speak and just pretended it would all work out.

That was until the other folks headed to Type-A started discussing what to wear. I’ve written in the past about what to wear to a conference so it’s not hat I’m not well-versed in what I need, I just don’t have any of it in my closet!

Gwynnie Bee

So when Kelby (founder of Type-A) mentioned Gwynnie Bee as an option she’s used for conference clothes and I remembered how great her outfit was at Type-A in DisneyWorld I knew it would be the perfect option.

Gwynnie Bee is like Netflix for clothes for women who wear sizes 10-32. You fill your online closet with items that suit your style and size and you’ll get a shipment of items to wear. There are lookbooks, recommendations, and you can even pick items based on your body shape.

You can keep the item for as long as you like, and when you’re done with an item or if you don’t like it you can simply pop it in the mail to return it and you’ll get a new package shortly.

How Gwynnie Bee Works

How to Sign Up for Gwynnie Bee

Sign up for a free trial. You get a 1 month free trial. I recommend choosing the trial that gives you 3 items at a time. You can always change your plan after the free trial. Pricing is up to $79/month (for 3 items at a time) but you can cancel or change your plan at any time.

How to Get Started on Gwynnie Bee

Once you’ve signed up for a free trial you can pick 15 or more items for your closet. I searched by size in some categories, browsed the lookbook, and did a few searches and within 20 minutes had over 20 items in my closet. I liked that you could read reviews from other users too. That helped determine sizing and a few items I skipped since they didn’t seem to rate well.

Kelly's Gwynnie Bee Closet

My Gwynnie Bee closet

Now comes the wait. But it’s not long, within 72 hours Gwynnie Bee will ship out your first box. After you try the clothes on you can keep them for awhile or send them back if they don’t suit you.

Reasons I’m trying Gwynnie Bee:

  • It’s FREE to try. I like free.
  • No commitment to buy. I don’t need to buy anything. You can buy items you love for a steep discount if you can’t bear to send them back.
  • Changing plans is no problem. If I like the service I’ll likely downgrade to a 1 item plan or even halt it temporarily since I don’t have any other plans to travel this Fall.
  • It’s free to try.
  • I get polished and pricey clothes I wouldn’t otherwise have access to. I wouldn’t normally spend a ton of cash on clothing so I’m accessing items that are beyond my budget.
  • No need to spend money. Can I mention this again? I don’t want to spend money at all-so instead of buying cheap items that don’t last (and I don’t love) I’m getting a free trial to help round out my wardrobe for travel.
  • Less to pack. While I normally bring home more than I leave with I can pop these items in the mail before I leave my hotel and I’ll have a little more space in my suitcase.
  • More than one recommendation from friends. My friend Erica is even featured as a model! They feature real users and Erica can be seen here in a lovely green skirt and floral top.
  • I like what they do. I like the company’s commitment to ‘help women feel empowered and beautiful every day’. I loved seeing women of all shapes and sizes featured on their site.

I’ll be sure to update with what I think of Gwynnie Bee’s service after my free month. You can sign up for your free trial here.

Have you tried their service? Would you? 

Kelly

Disclosure: The links to Gwynnie Bee are referral links. If you sign up I receive free credits.