Rent the Looks, Own the Style - The Mr. & Ms. Collection

*I was gifted a month’s subscription service from The Mr. and Ms. Collection, but as always all opinions are my own. This post includes affiliate links where I make a small commission should you make a purchase.

I’ve always wanted to hire a stylist, or try a clothing rental subscription company. I love trying new styles, but sometimes it’s hard to commit to the ever changing fashion trends. So, when the opportunity to work with The Mr. and Ms. Collection brand came up, I was excited to collaborate with such a fun clothing subscription box service. The Mr. and Ms. Collection is a personal styling service for both men and women. The men’s side is The Mr. Collection and the women’s is The Ms. Collection. I love the company’s idea of why to use The Mr. and Ms. Collection to rent clothing: ‘We naturally grow tired of our clothing. Our service will allow you to refresh your wardrobe and keep the rotating closet you have always longed for.‘ The idea of having a stylist help update my closet and have someone dress me for a change, sounds so appealing as a busy mom.

The process to get started is easy. Simply select what plan you want meaning if you want 3 to 4 items per box, and how many times a month you want to receive new packages. There is a variety of membership plans to suit any lifestyle or budget. I selected the Premium once a month option that provides 4 pieces, but below are all the clothing rental plans available:


Standard Once a Month for three items in each pack, once a month- $59/mo
Premium Once a Month for four items in each pack, once a month – $69/mo Standard Unlimited for three items in each pack, for unlimited packs – $79/mo
Premium Unlimited for four items in each pack, for unlimited packs – $89/mo


Then, you fill out a style profile which is so fun, and lets the stylist know your clothing needs. The questionnaire asks about your personal preferences and style requests such as whether you like sleeveless or long sleeve items to what kind of skirt lengths you like. The stylist takes all this information and picks out 3-4 pieces. I didn’t wait very long before my box was mailed to my house.

When I opened my first box with The Mr. and Ms. Collection I was thrilled with my pieces. The personalized note about why the stylist picked the pieces she did was such a friendly touch, and it was nice to know a real person had taken the time to pick out the pieces specifically for me. I felt like the stylist knew me, and my personal style. She not only picked pieces that I would have picked myself, but also pieces that were a little more modern and fun that I have been wanting to try. The items were also from well known brands that I have bought from in the past. The best part…all of the items fit! This was very exciting that the pieces were flattering and I could wear right away. Ok, enough of me explaining the clothing items. Let me show you these fun stylish pieces:

The first item is a fun blue/green striped tie waist blouse. As I mentioned above, this top is definitely a piece that I would buy myself. The colors are something I would be drawn too as well, but the side tie is something I sometimes shy away from. However, it turned out to be so flattering and an update to my usual choice of blouses.

Two more items in my subscription box are a black pleated midi skirt and a blue plaid bell sleeve blouse with rhinestone button closure. These two items were classic pieces, but with a pretty twist to update my usual fashion picks. I paired the skirt and bell top for the perfect Sunday best look.

Finally, this red sweater with the crisscross open back is a style I have seen lately, but was too hesitant to try because of the back exposure. I paired it with my own cami as to not have my back open and then quickly realized the piece can be turned around and worn with the crisscross in the front for a more versatile look. It was fun to mix with items in my closet that I was growing bored of. The stylist recommended this piece for a fun Valentine’s day outfit. We missed a Valentine’s day celebration, but this would be the perfect date night, or girl’s night out top. I am so happy The Mr. and Ms. Collection sent such a chic, trendy item that I ended up loving the style.

I’ve always wanted to try a rental clothing company. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve bought a ‘latest fashion’ top or outfit that I never wore again. It turned out to be a total waste of money sitting in my closet. Clothing rental through The Mr. and Ms. Collection allows you to try fun pieces to mix and match with your own wardrobe, keep permanently, or return when you are done without spending hundreds a month on new trendy clothes. Hello minimalism and Marie Kondo πŸ˜‰

I am so thrilled with my first box from The Mr. and Ms. Collection and they want you to be able to maximize your and/or your spouse’s wardrobe. Use my code tricestakestyle to get 20% off your first month of service.


If you are like me, than most Valentine’s Day celebrations are away from the crowds. The midwest is so cold right now, and I have two little ones so we are usually cozy at home. This year we are actually getting wild and I’m spending the night with my little girl scout at a pj spa and movie night. Here are my essentials for the coziest Valentine’s.

Hope this cozy guide gives you some inspiration for a night in, or perhaps a fun galentine’s party! I would love to hear how you celebrate. Let me know as I will be making lip glosses and watching Moana with my daughter’s girl scout troop πŸ˜‰

  1. These Ugg boots have become a favorite of mine lately. I have them in grey and purple, but how cute are the pink?
  2. What’s Valentine’s day with out a love yourself candle?
  3. Red heart sweatshirt: The perfect Valentine’s Day comfy wear
  4. Pink Wine bottle: Need I say more πŸ˜‰
  5. Pink boucle cardigan: Pretty much like wearing a blanket
  6. Heart Headband: I had to have this cute headband for those non-wash days even after love week.
  7. Macaroon Soaps: How cute is this soap set? The perfect gift for your galentine.
  8. Pom Pom Blanket: I ordered this from Target and love how soft it is and the blush color is so pretty
  9. Heart PJ Bottom: These colorful bottoms are only $13!
  10. Fleece Hoodie:  This hoodie looks so warm and the color pink is such a neutral into Spring.
  11. Black heart sweatshirt: I love this sweatshirt because I feel like it can be worn outside of just Valentine’s day week.
  12. Pink joggers: In case you wanted an upgrade from pj bottoms
  13. Heart Nailpolish: How festive is this nail polish? Can’t wait to do my and daughter’s nails in this color!

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*This post contains affiliate links where I make a small commission should you make a purchase. I was also gifted products by the company Sole Toscana, but all opinions are my own and I was not asked to write this blog post. Thank you for supporting my blog!

In the past I’ve tried to make really unattainable resolutions like working out every single day. Then, I end up just giving up a few weeks in and feeling defeated. However, for some reason this year I feel inspired to not necessarily make long term goals, but just add a few attainable habits to better myself this year. I’m trying to tweak my lifestyle a bit and make time for some self care for a healthier me in 2019.

Drink More Water: It may seem self explanatory, but I am just not a water drinker. My kids drink plenty of water, but as a busy mom I just don’t drink it…like at all! My daughter is actually always telling me to put the coffee down and drink water. I’ve noticed my skin and energy levels have been off lately so I’m making the conscious effort to stay extra hydrated in 2019. One goal I made is that if I am going to chug coffee I have to drink a glass of water before I do.

Skin Care Routine: Speaking of skin, I am the worst at initiating and maintaining a skincare routine. I am always so impressed when I hear of other ladies’ skincare favorites, because I don’t even take my eye makeup off at night (horrible and shameful I know). I think this lack of skin care stems from my overly sensitive and highly reactive rosacea-prone skin. In the past, products have either irritated my skin, or made it redder! My test for new products is always to dab a little on my checks and if it starts burning than I don’t buy it. This happens 90% of the time I try a product.

This is why when I was offered to try the brand Sole Toscana I was so excited because their products are organic and all natural. When I put them on, I don’t have any irritation or redness, and I feel confident that I’m not putting toxic ingredients on my skin. I especially love the eye brightening cream for my tired ‘mom’ dark circles. I am really going to make an effort to add this eye cream to a nightly routine in the new year.

Natural and Clean: I want to extend using organic to other areas of my life. Especially my diet. If you know me, I am a long time follower of Haylie Pomroy’s The Fast Metabolism Diet. I read this book about 3 years ago and it helped me lose the last of my pregnancy weight with my first child that I had held onto for years. The whole book ‘spoke’ to me if you will. It just made so much sense to me and helped me create a new relationship with food. My husband is a suffer of chronic pain so we eliminate dairy and gluten from our daily food choices.

However, I am not perfect with eating. My weakness is always sugar and processed junk. Usually I would have my cheat treat and go back The Fast Metabolism Diet Phase 3. Lately though I have been having a really hard time shaking off sweets and just can’t seem to get away from them. Sugars always make me feel awful, but once I start I can’t stop. I love cake/frosting/cookies and I can’t just have a taste. I end up eating like 10 cookies! I’ve decided to really try and find better alternatives. I use a lot of the ‘dessert’ recipes from Kristin Cavallari’s cookbook True Roots, but I’m also going to try this one about quitting sugar completely with better alternatives. If I have other options readily available it makes cutting my sugar habit easier.

Minimization and Organization: Here’s a big secret. I used to be super organized. However after having kids that went through the window. For some reason I have an inability to watch my kids during the day and maintain an orderly house. At night, I am just too tired to pick up. Also, to be fair my toddler doesn’t go to bed till like 11 at night(whole other story). If you follow me on pinterest you will notice I have a huge organization board because I just can’t seem to get it together.

This year is different. This year I am really going to make it a daily habit to reduce, purge and finally master the clutter. The idea of decluttering my whole house is impossible, so I’m breaking it down into really small manageable decluttering tasks each day. I’m hoping this adds up to a large improvement this year. This is also something I will be adding to my blog so stay tuned πŸ˜‰

Be in the Moment: This is a big habit for me to work on. I’m always thinking of the next thing instead of just being present. Especially when it comes to my kids, I’m either racing through meals or my to do list. I’m going to make it a priority to just sit and play. My little guy is going to be 2 in a few months and I can’t believe how fast these years flew by. It’s time to soak up this time before they don’t want to play with me!

These are the things I am focusing on this year. I really wanted to write them down so that I stay focused this year. What are your goals this year? Do you make resolutions? I would love to hear them!

I love the color combination of red, white and red. When I saw this ruffle top I knew I wanted to pair it with red accessories for the perfect dressy, yet casual outfit for upcoming holiday parties. Of course I saved the white top for a holiday party I wasn’t chasing my toddler around at like my husband’s work party tonight πŸ˜‰

I have been on the hunt for the perfect sequin black pants and took a chance on these ones. They are a little more high waisted and the perfect length.

These shoes are sold out in red, but the black are still available and I have linked a bunch of other pretty options on the liketoknow.it app as well.

What are you wearing to holiday parties this year? Do you go more casual or fancy?

Anybody else feel like a hot mess right now?  I can’t believe Christmas is next week!  My decor isn’t completely up, I haven’t mailed a single card, and my shopping is still not done.   Between school/Church obligations, volunteering, birthdays, and present buying the stress and anxiety have taken over.  Not to mention an overactive toddler that doesn’t sleep and my daughter’s crazy extracurricular schedule.  In past years people have called me a grinch because I just want to get through this time of year.  The craziness of the holidays can ruin the magic.  With 7 days left, I’ve decided to do a few things to reduce anxiety and change my mindset before I end up like the mom in the movie ‘A Bad Mom’s Christmas’.

Minimization

In past years I used to decorate multiple areas of my home.  I would bring out so knickknacks and baubles that my house would look like a winter wonderland.  My house used to be pinterest worthy.  

This year is different.  As I watched my son pull off a million ornaments from the tree and angels from the fireplace, I realized I didn’t have the energy to keep putting them back up.  So, the bottom of our tree is bare and most of my decor stayed in storage.  I’m ok with that.  The minimal amount of decor to put away sounds amazing this year.

My daughter doesn’t even remember the stuff I put out last year and just got excited with the special pieces and ornaments I did display.  She started making paper ornaments and cards to santa that she insists on putting on the tree.  These things mean a lot to my very creative daughter and my son loves seeing her drawings.  My pinterest worthy tree is not happening this year;)

Purge and Donate

Speaking of minimization, the thought of bringing a million more new toys and things into my house causes a bit of panic for me.  Each year I make sure to go through and sort old and broken toys, or just items the kids have outgrown.  It feels so much better to get a visit from Santa and family with presents when there is space for those toys. I also invested in a few toy organization pieces to force myself to tame the mess before adding to it. I like to find women’s shelters around the area to drop off gently used toys and baby items.

Gift Cards are Golden

This year I have no shame with giving gift cards.  I mean, when I receive a gift I am so excited when it’s a gift card.  I am super picky so I like to pick out my own stuff.  Therefore, why should I feel bad about giving gift cards to someone else?  I spend way too much time laboring over finding the perfect gift, but not this year.  If they don’t have a gift by now, it’s going to be a lovely little gift card and I may create a little basket of goodies to accompany it.  Maybe!  The saying really is true that it is the thought that matters.  If hitting the malls and stores causes high stress for you, then this is they way to go.

Take a Time Out

I honestly do become that character played by Mila Kunis in ‘Bad Mom’s Christmas’ and stress over everything being just right.  This is also the time where I fall apart from anxiety, and my self care goes away each year.  I completely gave up my workout regime after Halloween and my skincare routine disappeared.  Not the right way to walk into 2019.  I recently was gifted products by a skincare company(review to come) and I am forcing myself to take that little extra time for me. My goal is to get out of my sweats for the rest of the week πŸ˜‰

Slow Down and Find a Little bit of Joy

Often times I find myself so consumed with the perfect wrapping paper or running to the next holiday event, that I’m just not stopping to spend enough time soaking up these moments with my young children.  My daughter has an obsession with the Nutcracker these days and I tracked down the older animated version for her on eBay.  When she asked me why I wasn’t watching it with her, I had to stop myself and wonder why aren’t I taking the time to enjoy this program with her?  Yes, there are more gifts to buy (or gift cards – see above) or card to send, but these moments with her aren’t going to last forever.  So yes, I sat down and watched it with her and my little guy.  

HI am so grateful that we have a slow weekend (minus a holiday work party for my husband but that’s later at night).  We had to say no to a few things because we really need that time to spend time with my little ones to do one last minute trip to Santa, see some more Christmas lights, and bake a million cookies together.  The holiday madness will always be there, but making joyful memories with my kids will go by way too fast.

Happy Holidays!