The Re-Fashionista

I think I’m late to the party when it comes to discovering the re-fashionisa blog. In any case, this lovely lady takes old or slightly damaged clothing and refashions them into really cute outfits. You can read her story here. She’s totally inspiring and has encouraged me to take the sewing machine out of my closet. I swear, in my next house I’ll have a sewing room…just you wait and see!

And this is what I want in my next house.

And this is what I want in my next house.

INDi Custom Jeans: Part 2

I got my INDi custom jeans! It only took about 10 days from order to delivery. They promise 4 weeks, so I was pleasantly surprised when they showed up on my doorstep.

When I held them up, they looked like the jeans I remember designing and ordering, but they seemed to be shaped funny. Once I tried them on, though, they fit like a glove! I was amazed!

These jeans are the softest, most comfortable jeans I’ve ever owned. They have a bit of a stretch to them, but not so much where they feel and look stretched out after a full day of wearing.

The only thing I didn’t love about them was the fact that the rise was a little higher than I remember choosing. I went back to check, and sure enough, my jeans were spot on with the description, so that was my fault. What’s nice is that they have 100% satisfaction guarantee.

So, I could send back my jeans to have them fix the rise to my liking for free. I’m not going to, because it isn’t the end of the world for me. I’ll just make note of it when I order future pairs from there (and yes, I do plan on ordering more!).

Overall, what a fantastic idea and quality company. I’m lucky to not have a particularly difficult figure to fit, but I can only imagine how those guys and gals with problems finding jeans that fit would love this place.

UPDATE: INDI CUSTOM HAS GONE OUT OF BUSINESS 😦

My First Rent the Runway Experience

You might recall awhile back, I mentioned Rent the Runway – a place where you can rent designer dresses at affordable prices. After being a member of the website for a good 2+ years, I FINALLY made my first order and OMG, it far exceeded my expectations!

I didn’t actually get any of the dresses I originally posted, but I settled on these two for the family Christmas Eve party:

I ended up wearing the top dress – thank you, Christian Siriano!

I was too excited when the package arrived that I forgot to take pictures of the presentation. Man, Rent the Runway really GETS its customers! I opened the box and inside was a garment bag with my three dresses (they give you two sizes of each – but they only had one of my sizes in the Christian Siriano, which is why I even opted to add the Jay Godfrey to my order). They included Hollywood Tape to make the dresses fit if they weren’t perfect. (And if none of your dresses fit at all, you just let them know, send them back and you get a refund…and I think they might try to send you new dresses that will fit asap….)

The package also included the prepaid envelope to mail the dresses back in, and a checklist to make sure you didn’t forget anything when packaging the dresses up to send back. In addition, I received two reminder emails letting me know when my dresses needed to be returned. It really could not have been a better experience for me.

Added bonus: you get to keep the Rent the Runway garment bag 🙂 Not that I need garment bags, but it’s a nice touch.

So what was the grand total for all of that? $75. That’s it. It could have been $50 if I went with only one style, but I added the second style for $25 since I’d never done this before and wanted to make sure I had a dress to wear – that fit.

Overall, I’m a huge believer of RTR and can’t wait for my next event. Maybe next time I’ll rent some accessories or a handbag to go with the dress. I just can’t believe I waited two years to finally try this out. Do yourself a favor, ladies, start renting gorgeous designer dresses ASAP! Make 2012 the year of FASHIONABLE YOU!!

Pajama Jeans

I want to hate these, but I can’t. It is snuggie-esque, but I don’t care. Why didn’t anybody think of pajama jeans sooner? I’ve always been that girl who goes home and immediately puts on sweats. I just love being comfortable. When I got pregnant, I made a bad habit of going out in public wearing hoodies and comfy pants. I was undoubtedly an embarrassment to my wonderful husband who never complained (out loud or to my face). And sadly, I haven’t given up the habit post-pregnancy (sorry, Stacy and Clinton from TLC’s What Not To Wear).

I feel like pajama jeans would allow me to be comfortable while still looking socially acceptable. So I can’t help but secretly want these. The only thing stopping me from buying these is that they’re almost $50 w/ shipping handling. Meh. Now if they were $20, I’d get like four pairs in a heartbeat…

…and just admit it, you want them, too.

Rent the Runway – Designer Dresses at Affordable Prices!

I’m back!  You can thank my lovely 72-hour migraine for putting me out of commission.

Rent the Runway. Who’s familiar with this? It’s like Bag Borrow or Steal, but for designer dresses. I’ve ben a Rent the Runway member for two years but have yet to rent a dress (I know, it’s a shameful admission). The truth is, I don’t lead a fancy enough lifestyle that warrants me wearing gorgeous designer dresses. Sad.

However, I think I’m going to give it a try for the holidays this year. My entire extended family gets together for a Christmas Eve party every year, and though it tends to lean towards the business casual side of the wardrobe, I really can’t see a downside in dressing up to feel glamorous for a night. Here’s what I’m currently considering (I know, I need to narrow down my options here…suggestions welcome!!):

 

Pencey: Gold Rush Mini
Retail: $520; Rent: $75

 

Jay Godfrey: Iris Lace Sheath
Retail: $325; Rent: $50

Kate Spade: Mademoiselle Dress
Retail: $395; Rent: $50

TIBI: Black (or Navy) Zepplin Mini Shift
Retail: $363; Rent: $50

 

Shoshanna: My Little Secret Dress
Retail: $395; Rent: $50


How does it work?

You select the dress and/or accessories you want for a certain event. On the homepage, you enter your zip code, date you need your dress and you size (you even get a backup size if you’re unsure what size will fit). You can open the calendar on the dress page and select from the available dates. They advise you to select a rental date a day or two before your actual event. After you wear your dress (or accessory), you just mail it back in a prepaid envelope, and that’s it. RTR takes care of the dry cleaning and everything. And you know you’re getting quality dresses because once a garment even starts to look worn, they retire it. An additional perk: you can call a stylist at RTR to help you put your whole look together.

How do I sign up?
Easy. Just go to their website and you can sign up for free. Of course there are perks for referring friends as well. Though I haven’t actually rented a dress yet, I think this idea is stellar and I can’t wait to give it a shot in a month!

Gossip Girl Premiere Fashion XOXO

So last week was premiere week — the week when all of our favorite TV shows return, as well as a couple new ones. I highly anticipated the premiere of one of my favorite guilty pleasures: Gossip Girl. Four seasons ago, I fell in love with this whimsical world of Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Nope, never been there. Maybe that’s why I found the show so charming. That, or because I instantly fell in love with Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick).

Anyway, this show has been great from a fashion standpoint. Here are two of my faves from the Season 5 Premiere. XOXO.

Azzedine Alaia Platform Shoes: $838

        

Rag & Bone Feather Skirt: $277