Gwynnie Bee Review – a Plus Size Clothing Rental Site

I recently wrote about how clothing rental sites are awesome for new moms because they allow you to have a rotating wardrobe without paying an arm and a leg or having to step foot in a dressing room. Le Tote is a great option for traditional sizes (check out Cheryl’s Le Tote review), and Gwynnie Bee is a fantastic option for plus size clothing rental. Of course, clothing rental sites are great for anyone who wants to try out new styles without having to commit to purchasing based solely on trying on items in a dressing room!

I have been giving Gwynnie Bee a twirl for the past few weeks and I am hooked. I LOVE having new items constantly arriving on my doorstep!

Using Gwynnie Bee is easy. When you register for an account you can determine how many items you would like to have at one time. There are a few different plan options, with costs starting at $35 per month for one item at a time to $159 for 10 items. During the month you can exchange items as frequently as you like over the course of the month! Interested in checking out the site? Right now you can get a FREE 30 day Gwynnie Bee trial, which works for the 1, 2, or 3 item plans.

Once you register, you will need to start building a closet of items you would like to rent from Gwynnie Bee. You need to have a certain number of items saved before they will ship your first package to ensure that they have availability of pieces you would like.

This is what my closet looks like currently:

Gwynnie Bee Closet

I am ALL about the dresses! I actually have 58 items currently saved in my closet, so whenever a new package ships from Gwynnie Bee I will receive one of the items I have saved, though I won’t get a say on the specific item I receive at any given time.

Once your closet has been built, your first package will be on its way shortly!

Shipping and returns are both free from Gwynnie Bee, which makes exchanging items incredibly convenient. When you are done with an item you just need to stick it in the pre-stamped envelope and place it in the nearest mailbox.

I thought I’d share some of my favorite items that I have rented from Gwynnie Bee recently.

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Gabby Skye Contrast Fit & Flare Dress in Floral Print

This is my absolute favorite dress that I have rented and I loved it so much that I purchased it! With another wedding coming up later this summer, as well as a possible event we will be attending after that, I will be putting this dress to good use! The top is made of scuba and the bottom portion of the dress is woven jacquard. I normally stay away from white, but this is a thick white skirt that isn’t the least bit see-through. I am pretty certain the fit and flare silhouette is as perfect as can be, as it does a great job of camouflaging my post-baby body!

Gwynnie Bee gives you the option of purchasing the dresses you love at a substantial discount than what you would pay in the stores. This Gabby Skye dress costs $108 at Nordstrom, but I purchased it for $57 from Gwynnie Bee. You could, of course, be purchasing a dress that has been worn by others, but all of the dresses I have rented thus far have appeared to be brand new! I received this particular dress immediately after it was listed as a new arrival, so I’m inclined to believe that I am the first person who has worn it, but even if I wasn’t it still looks brand new and that’s all that matters!

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Taylor Dresses Scuba Fit & Flare Dress

This was the first time I wore scuba material and I LOVE it! Scuba is so comfortable and so forgiving. I’m considering investing in only scuba dresses from here on out.

The print on this dress is pretty busy, so I never would have thought to wear or purchase this without this test run. I would have looked right past it at the store. I love being able to try styles that are outside of my normal comfort zone and I’ve come to realize that I shouldn’t be so afraid of patterns.

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Amazon Prime Day is July 15 – Advertising More Deals than Black Friday!

Amazon Prime Day

Amazon’s 20th birthday is coming up and they’re celebrating in a big way! Amazon Prime Day is July 15 and they’re advertising that they’ll be having bigger deals than they do on Black Friday… but they’re only for Amazon Prime members!

I haven’t seen any previews of what these deals might be, but I can’t wait to find out! Amazon always has some of the best Black Friday deals so the fact that they’re advertising that these deals will be even better has me pretty excited!

I love Amazon Prime and think paying $99 for an Amazon Prime membership is worth the cost. I love the free two-day shipping, especially now that I’m combining it with the Amazon Subscribe and Save program. Obviously I also love the Amazon Kindle First program, as well as the Kindle Lending Library. My name is Lisa and I am an Amazon groupie.

If you’re not yet an Amazon Prime member – perhaps you’re on the fence or $99 isn’t in the budget – did you know that you can get a FREE 30 day trial of Amazon Prime?! Doing so now WILL grant you access to Amazon Prime Day, too, so you’ll be able to shop those deals.

I’m not sure if I will be covering all of the Amazon Prime Day deals, though I’ll try to post a reminder and share a few of my favorites. On Black Friday Amazon tends to post new deals every 15 minutes, which can be overwhelming. If they’re posting even more deals on July 15, well, things could get a little crazy! It could be a GREAT time to find some amazing deals though, and I can’t wait to see what’s available!

Update

I just received an email from Amazon with the following additional Amazon Prime Day perk:

To sweeten the deal, Prime Members who play any station, playlist, album, or song in Prime Music on July 15th will be automatically entered for a chance to win up to $25,000 in Amazon Gift Cards. Members can stream Prime Music for free at no additional cost to their membership.

Off Our Shelves: Crooked Little Lies by Barbara Taylor Sissel

Crooked Little Lies

This is an absolute first. Earlier today I wrote about the July Kindle First Books and I’ve already read one of them! We were planning on going out of town this weekend to celebrate the 4th of July with friends but called off at the last minute because my husband’s work schedule has been crazy this year so we took a few days to relax instead. We almost always go out of town over three day weekends, so it was nice to just sit at home for once!

One of my goals for this summer is to fit in some reading (as evidenced by my 2015 summer reading list), and I actually found the time to read TWO books this weekend. After reading the synopsis’ of all of the Kindle First books, I downloaded Crooked Little Lies by Barbara Taylor Sissel and started reading it immediately. So immediately that I started and finished it in the same day!

Synopsis: On a cool October morning, Lauren Wilder is shaken when she comes close to striking Bo Laughlin with her car as he’s walking along the road’s edge. A young man well known in their small town of Hardys Walk, Texas, Bo seems fine, even if Lauren’s intuition says otherwise. Since the accident two years ago that left her brain in a fragile state, she can’t trust her own instincts—and neither can her family. Then Bo vanishes, and as the search for him ensues, the police question whether she’s responsible. Lauren is terrified, not of what she remembers but of what she doesn’t.

Unable to trust herself and unwilling to trust anyone else, Lauren begins her own investigation into the mystery of Bo’s disappearance. But the truth can prove to be as shocking as any lie, and as Lauren exposes each one, from her family, from her friends, she isn’t the only one who will face heart-stopping repercussions.

One of the reviews I read compared this book to The Girl on the Train because of the lack of a reliable narrator, so I had to read this book. I read The Girl on the Train earlier this year and enjoyed it so I was interested in reading something comparable. After reading the book, however, I’m not really sure I agree with the comparison other than both books are both mysteries. I love that the mystery genre has seen a bit of a resurgence lately (thanks in large part, I think, to the success of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn), but all stories don’t need to be compared to one another to be good.

All of that aside, I really enjoyed reading Crooked Little Lies. Like I said above, I couldn’t put it down! If you’re looking for something quick to read this summer I think this would be a fantastic option. The chapters are short, which makes this book easy to set down and pick back up. However, I didn’t think the mystery was all that deep and I figured out what was going on pretty early. I found myself wanting to yell at the characters for not figuring it out themselves!

Once I finished the book I felt like the mystery behind the disappearance of Bo was secondary to the mysterious things happening to Lauren. Lauren suffered from a terrible fall a couple of years before the story takes place, which lead to some ongoing brain and memory issues. Lauren isn’t always a reliable witness to the reader because of this, and the people in her city don’t find her a reliable witness because she spent a year addicted to oxycontin, so there is always a fear she has fallen off the wagon. A large part of the mystery surrounds whether or not you can trust Lauren’s recounting of events.

I’m glad I got this book for free via the Kindle First program, but I also think it’s worth the $4.99 that it’ll cost in August for anyone who wants it that’s not an Amazon Prime member. There were some plot holes but it was definitely entertaining and is a great summer read!

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You don’t need a Kindle to download and read Kindle books (although I love my Kindle Paperwhite!). Download the free Kindle Reading App to use on your computer, tablet, or smart phone!

Amazon Prime Members: Grab Your Free July Kindle First Selection!

I love checking out Amazon at the beginning of each month to check out their latest Kindle First selections! I don’t always get a book but I do like knowing what’s available!

Kindle First allows Amazon Prime members to download one free pre-release Kindle book per month! These books are only free to Prime members for one money and then they will become available to everyone else – at cost, of course – the following month.

Here are the July Kindle First book options:

Crooked Little Lies

Crooked Little Lies by Barbara Taylor Sissel

On a cool October morning, Lauren Wilder is shaken when she comes close to striking Bo Laughlin with her car as he’s walking along the road’s edge. A young man well known in their small town of Hardys Walk, Texas, Bo seems fine, even if Lauren’s intuition says otherwise. Since the accident two years ago that left her brain in a fragile state, she can’t trust her own instincts—and neither can her family. Then Bo vanishes, and as the search for him ensues, the police question whether she’s responsible. Lauren is terrified, not of what she remembers but of what she doesn’t.

Unable to trust herself and unwilling to trust anyone else, Lauren begins her own investigation into the mystery of Bo’s disappearance. But the truth can prove to be as shocking as any lie, and as Lauren exposes each one, from her family, from her friends, she isn’t the only one who will face heart-stopping repercussions.

Check out my Crooked Little Lies review!

 

It's in his Heart

It’s in his Heart by Shelly Alexander

Ella Dennings is furious. Soaking wet, muddy, and furious. All she wants is to enjoy a quiet summer retreat in her Red River Valley cabin. Maybe she can finish healing after the death of her husband, Bradley. Maybe she can even finish writing that third book in her anonymously written bestselling series. But when she arrives at the cabin in a raging rainstorm, who does she find holed up there but Cooper Wells, Bradley’s sexy best friend—a man capable of seducing women within seconds—and a man Ella has never liked.

Coop’s got his own baggage. He’s engulfed in a nasty legal battle, and after selling his home to cover his legal fees, he’s got nowhere to go but the cabin. He and Ella will just have to coexist under one roof…but is their heated animosity boiling over into attraction? And when Ella’s racy new book rocks the sleepy town, will her secret identity spell scandal for both of them?

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