If you follow me on Instagram then you know I have an obsession with adding snakeskin to my wardrobe lately. Whether it’s boots or a pretty scarf, I love adding the animal print to my outfits. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite finds to transition your wardrobe to Spring. The hat was a bit of a splurge, but the rest of the items are budget friendly ways to accessorize till colorful summer pieces take over.
*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 😉
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 😉
These Ugg boots have become a favorite of mine lately. I have them in grey and purple, but how cute are the pink?
*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 😉
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 😉
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?