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Renting the Runway…in Person

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I’ve mentioned Rent the Runway in the past a few times. I rented a dress from them for a friend’s wedding, wore one of their dresses when I went to the horse races for the first time, and rented a tulle skirt from them when I wanted something fun to wear to a dog prom.

The first Saturday in November Jason and I attended the Illinois Science Council Science Cocktail Party and I wanted to use it as an excuse to dress up. Their emails always say to wear “weather appropriate cocktail party attire” but also go on to say that if you don’t feel like dressing up you can wear jeans and flannel, too. So, really, it’s anything goes!

I was debating wearing my gold dress (sans blazer and tights) or renting something from Rent the Runway. I debated until it was too late to order something online. But, wait! Rent the Runway has a brick-and-mortar location here in Chicago! I made an appointment and showed up on Saturday afternoon to a dressing room full of dresses for me to try on.

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Plus a few others (like this one and this one) that I didn’t take pictures of. Although many of these look great in photos, they didn’t all fit perfectly. Until I tried on the one on the bottom right. fullsizerender-3It was kind of like when I was trying on wedding dresses; I knew this was THE one. It fit perfectly, the slit made it more fun than a regular sheath dress, and the colors, pattern and fabric made it a great choice for a fancy-but-not-fancy event.

Being able to try on so many dresses was the perfect way to choose something. Plus, since I was   doing a same-day rental I was able to get accessories for $15. The dress itself? $30 to rent! It retails for $465 so this was a great deal. Plus, as I tried on dresses my stylist would go out to the floor and find more things for me to try on as she saw the items on me. I didn’t even have to leave the fitting room area!

Plus, after I wore it I just put into a bag and dropped it at the UPS store! I didn’t even have to go back to the physical location to return it.

I highly recommend using the Rent the Runway location in Chicago (or find one near you) if you need a dress for an occasion. They also rent fancy clothing (blazers, jackets, tops, etc) and accessories (purses, jewelry). It’s so much fun to try on so many fun things that I could never afford normally. Now, I just need more reasons to wear fun dresses!

This is not a sponsored post. I just had such a good time and wanted to share it with all of you! 

October Shopping Summary

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So, I totally fell off the wagon in September and October when it came to shopping using only store credit. I went a little wild on workout clothes and bought quite a few lovely things at a friend’s Stella & Dot party.

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Watch | Necklace | Earrings | Shorts | Fabletics Tank | Fabletics Capris

And, yes, I decided to try Fabletics. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s basically a monthly workout clothing subscription where you can pick an outfit starting at $49.95. You can typically get your first outfit for under $25 and then you can choose whether to spend the money every month.

I wasn’t super thrilled with my Fabletics options for November so I decided to skip the month. Either that or I was feeling a bit of regret for shopping in October. Especially since I didn’t really NEED the earrings or necklace. Or really the shorts or the other workout clothes.

The watch, though, I’ve worn a ton since I got it. I had a leopard print watch I bought several years ago for cheap and it fell apart. I’m happy to finally have a replacement!

My credit card, though, is not so happy. I think I’ll be back to deleting sale emails and not tempting myself for the rest of the year!

Booties and a Maxi Dress

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I received this dress in my latest Le Tote and I LOVED it. Super comfy, interesting pattern, and I figured it would work well for late summer and early fall.

The only downside? I didn’t have the perfect shoes to wear with it for fall. I tried these gray booties but I wasn’t so sure about the outcome.

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Dress – Le Tote (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same) | Shoes – H by Hudson c/o Shopbop (similar) | Jacket – Velvet c/o Shopbop (same and on sale!) 

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Even though the dress has gray in it, I wanted to wear it with brown/tan booties. However, I don’t have any! I have my cheetah wedges but I wasn’t feeling the pattern mixing.

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Thankfully, though, Shopbop is having a sale and I’ve got my eye on a few pairs!

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The sale ends at midnight Pacific Time on Wednesday, October 14th. So, you can bet I’ll be walking on over to my computer ASAP today to order a pair (or two!) of booties. I’ve linked to my favorites at the bottom of this post.

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RIP Light Chambray Popover

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On Friday I went to the gym on my lunch break. I was wearing my light chambray popover top I bought 4 years ago from Old Navy. I crossed my arms over my chest in order to take my top off over my head when RIIIIIIP!

I’d hulked out of my shirt. Again. A huge hole ripped in the back of the shirt just below my left shoulder blade and it got bigger every time I moved my arm.

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A few times this shirt was featured on the blog.

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Sadly, because this shirt is four years old, I have a feeling it’s going to be difficult to replace. I already checked Old Navy and J. Crew Factory, two spots where I’d seen light chambray popovers in the past. Alas, no luck. Plus, this one is unique because it has a v-neck but no “stand-up” collar. So, it’s not really a mandarin collar, either.

I searched my trusty ShopStyle and found a few that MIGHT be a replacement.


Now I just have to decide which one to try. Because I’m probably not going to stop lifting weights any time soon. So shirts are just going to have to get replaced when my lats explode out of the back.

August Shopping Summary

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I didn’t do my usual shopping summary post earlier this month because mainly, other than keeping this top from Le Tote and getting these sandals courtesy of Shopbop, I spent all my money in August on workout clothes.

And, yes, I spent money. Look, Old Navy had a 50% off sale on activewear and when you workout 6 days a week you get tired of wearing the same things over and over again. So, I bought some new stuff.

I also got an awesome new pair of Nikes from the Nike Decathlon event.

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These are now my go-to lifting shoes. They don’t have enough support for me for running, but otherwise they’re awesome.

As for what I bought from Old Navy, I’ve already worn all of it and love all of it.  old-navy-activewear

Strappy tank | Keyhole back tank | Sports bra | Crops

I’m aware that I bought nothing in color. Actually, I did buy a pink top but it was too small. I highly recommend sizing up a bit in the keyhole top and sizing down in the strappy tank.

Speaking of working out, my goal 5K is one week from tomorrow! Ahh!

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  • Monday 9/5 – Rest
  • Tuesday 9/6 – Upper body strength and 3 mile run
  • Wednesday 9/7 – 40 minute tempo run and length strength workout
  • Thursday 9/8 – Upper body strength workout
  • Friday 9/9 – Leg strength workout
  • Saturday 9/10 – 3 mile run
  • Sunday 9/11 – 7 mile run

I said I’d never wear leggings

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Those of you that have been around this space for awhile know that I am very anti-leggings. They are not pants. I will not wear them to work. I feel weird wearing them unless I’m working out.

But then I got this pair from Moonfish and I might be changing my tune. At least regarding wearing them in public.

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Scarf – c/o Moonfish | Tee – Target (same) | Leggings – c/o Moonfish | Shoes – Dr. Scholl’s via Zappos (same

Moonfish is a pop-up shop that collaborates with small business in Chicago creating a mutually beneficial relationship. People come into shop the clothing and accessories curated by Moonfish’s mama, Sarah, and they get exposed to unique art galleries, furniture stores and more.

I met with Sarah a few weeks ago to chat about Moonfish. Her goal is to provide one stop shopping, especially for women who get overwhelmed with all the options in a regular store. She picks items that work well for just about any wardrobe, but focuses on comfortable, simple clothes that you can change up with accessories.

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The prices are in the $30-$70 range which is perfect for me! I believe both the leggings and the scarf I’m wearing are less than $50. The scarf is now my go-to at work when the office is chilly and the leggings? Well, let’s just say that they are substantial enough that I almost consider them pants. They’re really not THAT much different than my old Gap skinny pants  or my Old Navy jeggings when you think about it. Except these have a nice, wide waistband and a little bit of texture to them. And they’re nice and thick. Perfect for pairing with boots and scarves this winter!

Interested in getting your own scarf, leggings, or other items at Moonfish? Because Sarah focuses personal attention for each customer, you can book an appointment now on the website to visit the current pop-up shop located at KSI Art Gallery, 3414 Main Street, Skokie, Illinois.

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Can’t make it to this pop-up shop? Like the Moonfish page on Facebook or join the mailing list so you can be the first to know about the next one!

I was not compensated for this post other than with the gift of two scarves and a pair of leggings. All opinions are my own. 

July Shopping Summary

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Leggings – Onzie c/o Shopbop (sold out but these are similar and adorable) | Sandals – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same, seen here)

If you follow anyone via social media who occasionally blogs about clothes you probably saw about 1000 posts dealing with the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale over the past two weeks. But you didn’t see one from me.

Why?

Because I’m still sticking to my not spending my own money on clothes challenge! Both items above I got courtesy of my partnership with Shopbop and were paid for by my monthly Shopbop stipend.

And while, yes, I certainly “window shopped” the Nordstrom sale, I honestly didn’t feel like I HAD to buy something. And since I wasn’t buying I didn’t feel like it would make sense for me to blog about it. Although I’m sure the affiliate link income would have been nice.

Speaking of which, those links above do not earn me any money per-click but they do let Shopbop know that people are visiting their site because I’m talking about it. Which in turn allows me to continue my partnership with them. Also, I’m bummed that those leggings sold out before I posted about them here. I did share them on Twitter and Facebook when they were still in stock, though, so definitely follow me there for more up-to-the-minute announcements of things I love.

To be honest, though, I did almost break down and buy a few things. Mostly for the gym. Like this shirt from Jekyll & Hyde Apparel, this top from Old Navy or these shorts, as recommended by my personal trainer.

But, I have other things I want to save my money for so I stuck to my guns and didn’t bust out my credit card. Although, it was tempting!

June Shopping Summary

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Jeans | Shoes | Dress

Once again it’s time to fess up about how I did with shopping and sticking to my only buying things with gift cards and store credit plan.

And you know what? I did it! The jeans were purchased with my Shopbop credit and the dress and shoes were bought with a gift card I got from doing surveys.

Actually, the shoes I bought were pink and on super clearance which is why I don’t have a picture of the exact pair.

The jeans were like the fourth pair I’ve ordered and I actually had to buy these in two sizes to try. I really, really dislike buying jeans. But these were the best I’ve tried on so far even though the waist still gaps a bit and, weirdly, the button is on the opposite side from all my pants. I suppose, though, that will be a nice workout for my brain!

The dress was kind of an impulse purchase when it was 95 degrees outside and I wanted something I could wear out to dinner. Funnily enough, I personally wouldn’t consider this dress work appropriate but I actually saw a girl in my office wearing it in the olive color with a denim jacket over it. I think I’ll stick to wearing it outside of work, though.

 

May Shopping Summary

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Library Stamp Tee | Leggings (30% off this weekend!) | Tanks (on sale!) | Workout Top (30% off this weekend)

So, in my quest to not spend money out of my bank account, I failed a little bit when I went to Target after having three drinks. This is what happens when I have to walk home past Target after going out for dinner and alcoholic beverages and I’m left to my own devices! I also bought underwear but you’re not getting pictures of that. For shame.

The tee is something I’ve admired on Jen for years and when I saw Out of Print was having a sale I couldn’t resist any longer. I still had a Visa gift card with money on it from doing a survey so that’s what I used to buy the tee.

Earlier this month I ordered these jeans with my Shopbop credit but they were WAY too big so I ended up returning then. After reading some reviews, I decided to try these and these (both on sale) instead. As I write this, they haven’t arrived so I don’t know if I’m keeping either of them.

I’m also considering ordering these shorts since I have a $50 Express gift card and I want another pair of denim shorts. And these are 40% off.

And then there are these Bucketfeet shoes. You guys. They are ADORABLE. Especially for a dog lover. Do I dare splurge?

Overall, though, I’m in this funk where I want to ditch everything in my closet and stick to simple items. That probably wouldn’t make for a very interesting blog, though, now would it?

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April Shopping Summary

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Hey guys! It’s time, once again, to take a look at items that joined my closet this month. Once again I was able to only purchase items either with store credit or with dollars I earned from doing survey stuff. I’m doing really well this year!

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Jeans | Top | Black Jeans | Purse

I fully admit it’s silly to pay money for jeans with holes in them, but I keep seeing the look on people online and in real life and, well, I like it. So, since I had some Old Navy cash and there was a sale I scooped these up after seeing them on Bri. They’re lighter in person and tighter on my calves and ankles than pictures but nothing I can’t handle. They’re just the right amount of destroyed and for the price I really couldn’t beat it. I haven’t worn them on the blog yet but I am actually wearing them as I type this post.

The top (seen here) was also a good price thanks to my Le Tote membership and I still have some credit left from being an ambassador (and people signing up using my referral link). Speaking of which, I have three more free Tote codes to give away! Leave me a comment if you’re interested. Anyway, this top will be a replacement for one that I’m taking to the consignment shop.

The black jeans (seen here) are also something I’ve seen on almost every blogger under the sun. I purchased them during the last Shopbop sale since my current black jeans are fading. These are also tighter in the ankle than I was expecting and they don’t conform to my shape like everyone said they would, but it’s not worth returning. Now I just hope I can keep them from fading.

Finally, the purse was something that Le Tote recommended to me and I decided to give it a try. It has pockets on both sides which is perfect since I need quick access to my phone and my work ID. We just changed offices and now we have to use our ID to get into the building. I hate having to dig for it so having it easily accessible via the pocket is perfect. I have two purses I’ll be taking to consignment, too, now that I have this one!

Also, during the Shopbop sale I ordered these booties but, alas, they didn’t work out. The sizing was odd and they just felt too big around my ankles. So, I’ll just stick to my TOMS Cheetah wedges when I need a pair of tan booties. I’m wearing those today, too. In fact, two of my coworkers like them so much they ordered pairs for themselves!

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