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Le Tote Review: A Wardrobe Subscription Box

Imagine a box of clothes and accessories, hand-picked for you by a stylist who shopped at stores such as Anthropologie, Nordstrom and Shopbop, arrived on your doorstep. You could wear them as long as you wanted, then shove them back in a box for someone to clean or keep the items at a sweet discount if you couldn’t bear to part with them. You then get a new box of similarly gorgeous clothes just a few days later.

Yep, my fashion dreams have come true- welcome to Le Tote.

Signing Up for Le Tote

When you sign up for Le Tote, you must fill out a style profile that includes body shape, measurements, height, birth date and more. Then you create a virtual closet with items that appeal to you, which is an extremely painless process. You are basically selecting items that you would like to wear, as well as telling the stylists more about your personal style. Each item you add to your closet is then signified with a little heart next to it so you remember what you picked while browsing. You can go back and add more items to your closet at any time. I drop in a few times a week just to “window shop” and check out all the recently added items.

Le Tote Clothing and Accessories Closet

Clothing items include dresses, tops, cardigans, jackets, sweaters, skirts and pants. Accessories include necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, and scarves. Le Tote automatically populates your size in all clothes according to your size profile. What I love is that they tell you the retail price of the items, then list the Members Price (aka the price you would pay if you kept the item) next to it.

Le Tote Clothing Subscription Box Boutique Pricing

What I Received from Le Tote – Box 1

Le Tote Clothing Subscription Box Review- Clothing and Accessories


Best Dressed at the 2014 Oscar Awards

Last night was one of my favorite television viewing nights of the year. As I said last week, I can’t imagine ever missing the Oscar Awards as I love the pageantry a little too much!

The fashions on the Oscars Red Carpet certainly didn’t disappoint this year, although in my opinion there were just a few too many nude/metallic gowns and not enough color. For this reason, I was REALLY loving the guys! Many men went the untraditional route this year, which was fantastic to see, so for the first time ever I have nearly as many men on my list of best dressed of the night as I do women!

Here are my picks for Best Dressed at the 2014 Oscar Awards:

Lupita Nyong'o and Charlize Theron are best dressed at the 2014 Oscars

I fell in love as soon as I saw Lupita Nyong’o’s light blue Prada dress hit the red carpet. And then I fell in love again when her dress hit the light and you could see that it was covered in tiny crystals (or metallic threads? I’m not sure). Lupita looked like an absolute dream and showed everyone in Hollywood how to wear color this awards season. She wore new colors and new styles at every event she attended and stunned in all of the looks, but this Prada was an amazing highlight.

Charlize Theron never looks bad on the red carpet, and this Dior dress fits her perfectly and looks absolutely amazing. There was surprisingly little black on this year’s red carpet, which I thought made this dress stand out even more. It’s anything but basic.

Michael B. Jordan and Jared Leto are best dressed at the 2014 Oscars

Michael B. Jordan wasn’t nominated for an award, but he still went all out (and I have a feeling he’ll soon be earning his own nominations). He looks amazing in his Givenchy tuxedo, but those metal-plated shoes are extra special. Also, he just looks beyond thrilled to be there and a smile just might be the best accessory of all.

Truth: I’ve never seen My So Called Life, but that doesn’t stop me from having a crush on the former Jordan Catalano and what he pulled off in Dallas Buyers Club. I know that everyone isn’t a fan of Jared Leto’s perfectly flowing ombre locks, but I think he is absolute perfection in his Saint Laurent tuxedo with the red bow tie.


Fab Fashion Finds from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

So, I might be a little obsessed with the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I spent a good part of the day yesterday looking at darn near every item included in the sale and doing a little bit of mental shopping. I put together a few posts filled with my favorite things, which was both a good thing and a bad thing. On the plus size, I’ve never so thoroughly scoured any sale. On the opposite end, I now want to spend a whole lot of money. Whoops.

What’s awesome about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is that it features fall items, so it’s a great time to stock up for the coming cooler months and save a bit in the process. The sale runs through August 4, 2013 and it looks like they’re adding new picks constantly.

Here are a few of my favorite fashion finds from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale:

Tops from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Wildfox Love Me Sweatshirt - normally $108, now $69.90 // Hinge Jacquard Dot Top – normally $78, now $49.90 // Only Mine Cashmere Crewneck Sweater – normally $108, now $69.90 // Halogen Raglan Sleeve Cashmere Sweater – normally $128, now $84.90 // Halogen Novelty Sweater – normally $59, now $38.90 // Comme Ci Comme Ca Tee – normally $28, now $17.90


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale finds


Topshop Embellished Romper – normally $110, now $69.90 // Halogen Leather Skirt – normally $228, now $149.90 // BCBGMAXAZRIA Jersey Wrap Dress – normally $198, now $129.90 // Kate Spade Literary Leggings – normally $38, now $24.90 // Hudson Jeans Beth Baby Bootcut Jeans – normally $189, now $119.90


Plus Size Finds from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


Sejour Aster Faux Leather Trim Tweed Jacket – normally $148, now $98.90 // Halogen Deer Sweater – normally $69, now $45.90 // Sejour Print Chiffon Blouse – normally $78, now $51.90 // Halogen Embellished Cashmere Sweater – normally $158, now $104.90 // NYDJ Tanya Boyfriend Jeans – normally $140, now $92.90 // Sejour Animal Print Pencil Skirt – normally $78, now $51.90 // NYDJ Barbara Bootcut Jeans – normally $130, now $86.90

For more Nordstrom Anniversary Sale fun be sure to check out all of the free beauty gifts you can pick up during the sale!

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Guest Post: Hot Summer Wardrobe Essentials Under $100

What are your summer wardrobe essentials?
Inspiration via Neiman Marcus Resort 2012

I live in brighter, breezier tops and flirty dresses and skirts – after all, it’s hot and I want to stay comfortable and chic.  The summer collections are out in full force at designer stores as well as high street retailers so luckily there are a lot of choices for summer.

So how do you choose what to buy?  Don’t get tempted to get a bright top in a few colors or a different pair of sandals every time they are on sale.  If you step into a store and know the basic summer essential pieces that you need, you can build many outfits stylishly and affordably.

Here are my classic summer pieces:

White/bright top
A white t-shirt/blouse is a building block of so many great outfits; pair this classic with your choice of bottoms – jeans, shorts or skirts and your outfit is the epitome of summer casual chic; a brightly colored top can also be quite versatile.  A few fashionistas feel that James Perse is worth the price ($50-$100) but a blog buddy of mine has also recommended Zara for an affordable, long-lasting options.
Straw hat
I am all about hats.  They both hide frizzy summer hair and provide much needed protection from the sun.  A perpetually chic fedora suits many different face shapes and my go to place for fedoras is H&M (seriously I’ve gotten a ton of compliments on my hats) but stores that typically have younger consumers like Wet Seal have a great variety too.

It’s time to ditch the socks and find a pair of good sandals.  While the type of sandal depends on your lifestyle, you can always find great options at Nordstrom’s (free shipping and no time limit for returns = great chance to find your perfect pair!)

Shift/shirt dress

Does anyone like their pants sticking to their legs?!  I love shift or t-shirt dresses because they are cut generously and can easily be dressed up or down with accessories.  Uniqlo aka Japanese casual chic retailer is my new favorite places for casual dresses (I just got two in NYC last month and one was a collaboration with Velvet!)  A longer length maxi dress is great as well!


Every retailer makes sunglasses so you can afford to either get a few pairs or splurge on a luxurious pair or two (not going to lie, I love my Tom Ford sunglasses!)  But when I want a great pair for a great price, I head to H&M or Zara for some fashion forward options.

Lace shirt, Zara, $29.99
Report ‘Jayde’ sandal, Nordstrom’s, $74.95
Striped boat neck half sleeve tunic, Uniqlo, $16.90 (have this and love it!)
Criss Cross fedora, Wet Seal, $10.50
Aviator sunglasses, Zara, $9.99


What are you classic summer pieces?
Chic ‘n Cheap Living is a NYC native/mostly Asia resident that loves inspiration and design in any form.  She lives to travel, loves to shop, and fills her life with beautiful items and experiences while saving money!  She balances being both being chic and cheap (a deal is still a deal even for a vintage Chanel camera bag!). She shares tips and items that are worth the price while finding and sharing deals and inspiration.  Be inspired and follow along this Chic ‘n Cheap Lifestyle.

Steal This Look: Olivia Palermo’s Black & Blue

Hi Fantabulously Frugal fans!

I’m Lauren, a fashion editor based in New York and a Fantabulously Frugal reader myself. After years of doing celebrity looks for less at major fashion magazines, I can’t wait to share my secrets with you!

I happen to love this picture of Olivia Palermo, Exhibit A of how my favorite color combo, black and navy, can and do go together.


She’s got all the right pieces for a chic, eclectic ensemble: black leather, peplum, navy silk, cap toe pumps, and a top handle chain bag. But, her bag along costs over $3500! After scouring the internet I bring to you Olivia Palermo chic for under $100 each piece. Enjoy!

vegan leather pleather peplum top

vegan leather peplum top, Tinley Road, $89

asos bow belt

black bow belt, Asos, $13.26

navy silk short reiss

navy silk shorts, Reiss, $90 (sale!)

 loft penelope cap toe black pump

black cap toe pump, LOFT, $79.50

chain bag top handle white cream chanel guess

white top handle chain bag, Guess, $88

Up to 75% off clearance at Torrid + Additional 10% Off

Through February 20, 2012 plus-size shopping destination Torrid is offering up to 75% off all clearance items, plus you can get an additional 10% off your entire order with code “2AF12OFF“. Combining these two offers leads to some pretty fantastic prices!

Grey Fair Isle Open Front Cardigan

There’s still some time to get some use out of winter clothing and this Grey Fair Isle Open Front Cardigan will do the trick nicely. Originally $48.99, it’s now on clearance for $9.99. After the additional 10% discount it costs just $9!

Olive Hooded Twill Jacket

While the colors are more fall than spring this Olive Hooded Twill Jacket is a great seasonal transition piece. Originally $58.50, it’s now on sale for $19.99. After the extra 10% discount the price drops to $18.

Click here to check out the entire Torrid Clearance Sale now!!!

Steal This Look: Mila Kunis Shopping in Paris

Mila Kunis Shopping in Paris - for less


Here’s how to steal Mila Kunis’s Look for Less!

1. White Perfect Tee from Old Navy – $5
2. Armitron NOW Gold-Tone Crystal Leopard Watch from Kohl’s – $54.99
3. Elasticized Two-Button Jacket from The Limited – $148
4. The Flirt Skinny Jeans from Old Navy – $19.97
5. Unionbay Buckle Cross-Body Handbag from Kohl’s – $29.40
6. Maria Sharapova by Cole Haan Air Bacara from PiperLime – $138
7. F6705 Sunglasses from Forever21 – $5.80

Check out These Missoni for Target Preview Pics!

Missoni for Target Preview


Moodboard has an excellent preview of the Missoni for Target collection that is featured in the August issue of Vogue.

I’m a newer fan o f Missoni {maybe thanks to all of the Target buzz!}, but I can’t wait to get my little hands on some of these items.  The skirt above, featured on Margherita Missoni, is so dang cute.  According to Moodboard it will sell for $40.

Missoni vases for Target

Truthfully, from the preview that’s available, the Missoni vases above are my favorites.  I love the one holding the purple flowers.  It seems that unlike many of the previous Target collections, many of the items in the Missoni collection will actually be ceramic – score!  I’ve got my fingers crossed that the ceramic items include the vase.

The Missoni for Target Collection is set to hit the racks September 13, 2011.  Are you ready?

While you’re waiting, be sure to check out the entire Vogue preview at Moodboard!

Project Runway Star Christian Siriano To Design Bridal Line

Yay! One of my favorite Project Runway stars Christian Siriano has announced he is doing a bridal collection!

He confirmed it in an interview with Refinery29:

Christian, we hear you’re doing Bridal! How’s that going and what else is on your horizon?
Yes! A few of my more elaborate show gowns translate well into bridal with some design changes, and I have always done custom bridal. My studio has created a lot of beautiful gowns for discerning brides for several years, but we have also just started a partnership that will bring a few of my affordable bridal designs to a department store in the near future! We will still be doing custom bridal and create one-of-a-kind gowns for private clients, but I’m excited that my new bridal line will be available to many more people!”

So exciting! Are you a fan of Christian’s designs?

6 Hour Sale: 40% Off Almost EVERYTHING at Banana Republic

For the next six hours ONLY you can enjoy one heck of a discount at Banana Republic: 40% off nearly EVERYTHING at Banana Republic online!

Pretty incredible, right?  You’ll want to arm yourselves with promo code “BRSUMMER” to get the savings.

The sale begins at 6 p.m. ET and ends at midnight ET tonight.

There are some exclusions, though for the most part this sale does apply to all women’s apparel.

Promotion not valid on Timeless collection, Monogram Dresses, Men’s bags, Men’s Gavin, Dawson, & Emerson pants, men’s and women’s shoes & accessories, and Chan Luu.

The sale will continue at midnight, but the discount will drop to 35%, and it’ll drop even further, to 30%, on Tuesday.

My suggestion?  Shop tonight!  It’s super duper rare that Banana Republic offers a discount as high as 40%… which is why they’re only offering it for 6 hours.

Click here to head to Banana Republic now!!!


I already have a couple of items in my shopping cart, as I bide my time waiting for the sale to go live.



Banana Republic Betsy Animal Print Blouse

I have been obsessing over this Betsy Animal Print Blouse since it first appeared on the site. I don’t normally do animal prints of any kind, but this print is very subtle. And I absolutely adore the color! This top is also $79.50, or $47.40 with the discount.

Banana Republic Martin fit textured black cuffed crop

I love BR’s Martin fit pants, and these Martin fit textured black cuffed crop need to be in my closet. The length is perfect for work during the summer, and I charcoal gray is a great color for all seasons. Normally $79.50, with the discount they’re just $47.70.  {I plan on pairing these pants with the top above.}

Banana Republic Gemma wrap dress

So this Gemma Wrap Dress is more of a fall purchase, but the price truly can’t beat. Originally $98, this Grey Heather color is on sale for $39.99. After the additional 40% discount it costs just $25. $25 for a BR dress? Yes, please!

Shipping at BR is free on all $50+ purchases. Remember – 40% off is ONLY valid for 6 hours. Don’t miss this sale!

Click here to head to Banana Republic now!!!


Save up to 50% off at Bebe Sale

This weekend was like the sale shopping jackpot, but you’ll be happy to know, the sales are gonna keep on comin’ on FF!

Right now, you can pick up some awesome stuff at the Bebe sale – things are up to 50% off!

I love these Holly Strappy Sandals for just $67.99:

They come in black too, but I think the pink is much more fun! Plus, I do NOT need another black shoe!

If you’re daring, pick up this Open Back Colorblock Bodycon Dress for $88.99:

If you’re looking for something more daytime friendly, I love, love, love this Eyelet Cotton Romper for $67.99!

One word of warning, their sale items are final sale, so be sure you love it before you buy it!

Head to Bebe to shop their sale now!

4/20 Sample Sales: Sales Inspired by the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton

William and Kate Wedding

How many of you are as excited as I am about the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton?  I can’t wait to tune in for the big event!  SeenOn is really getting into the swing of the Royal Wedding with a bunch of boutiques dedicated to Kate’s style.  A few sales are already open, which will help you dress like Kate Middleton, buy a fantasy dress designed for her by Project Runway contestants, or possibly even live in her childhood home.  {Not creepy at all.}  More sales are opening up today, including Cara Accessories inspired by William and Kate, Tea Time, and Theory Sunglasses.


Below you’ll find all of the best online sample sales opening today.  If you’re not yet a member of any of the sample sale sites below click on the name of the site and you’ll be able to register – and shop – immediately.

Any boutique you see bolded below is my personal pick for one of the best of the day.  Happy *Discount* Shopping!


365Hangers: New designs from a variety of designers – view styles that are available in your size only

Beyond the Rack: Burberry, Fendi and Christian Dior, Blush, Italgem Steel and Earristables, The Height of Style, Glamour Dresses, Casual Style by Sharagano, Beach Beauty, Dining Entertainment, Dusak designs, Alpinestars by Denise Focil, Let it Rain, Dressed to the Nines, La Diva, Braetan Outerwear

Billion Dollar Babes: SeenOn Presents: Accessories Inspired by the Newest Royal Kate, Kenneth Cole Spring Collection, dav Waterproof Luxury

Biva: Lancome Fragrances, Vera Wang

Editors’ Closet: Activa by Invicta, Manolo Blahnik Sale, Prada Women’s Apparel

Enviius: Cashimi Exotic Handbags, Pure Blanks Organics

Gilt: A Print Story, Accessory Trend: Bohemian Rhapsody, Fine Jewelry by Blake Scott, Gold Hawk, Great Hair Day: Tela Organics and Corioliss Tools, Kipling Handbags, Soixante Neuf Jewerly, Wine Cellar: Rare discoveries from Italy & France, Jewelry by Ted Rossi and Elizabeth Cole, The Luxe Look: Accessories by Temperley London and More

Gilt Children: All New from Maclaren: Buggies and Accessories, Beetlejuice: Apparel for girls, Fleurville Diaper Bags, JJ Cole: Blankets, Carseat Buntings & more

Gilt Home: Up to 90% off: Bedding Big Steals, Veranda’s Hostess Gift Guide: Dara Caponigro’s Top Picks, Waylande Gregory Studios, Wine Cellar: Rare discoveries from Italy & France, Kyocera Ceramic Knives

Gilt Man: Get the Look: Casual Friday, New Balance, Ossington, Rent the Penthouse, Wine Cellar: Rare discoveries from Italy & France, Kyocera Ceramic Knives, Steven Alan, Vince

Hautelook: Juicy Couture, Beauty Bar, Decadestwo.1 Perfect Party Looks, Bacio 61, Armen Living Furniture, Jumping Jacks, Drifter, Juicy Couture Yoga & Intimates, NYX Cosmetics, Juicy Couture Kids, Hello Kitty, Cabo Azul Resort & Spa, Bettinis Bikinis, Jetlag Men, Brink & Campman Blowout, Deux Lux, James Perse

HomeSav: Ravenscroft Crystal decanters & glasses

Ideeli: Denim Darlings, Philip Simon, Ashleigh Manor, Plus Size Perfection, Blues Traveler, Earth Pan, Gorilla USA, 525 America, Jed, Rhona Sutton, Diamond Time, NYLL Italia, Improvd, M Aghal, Max Studio, 110 West

InVino: Wines by Kenefick Ranch

Ivory Trunk: Diesel, Alexander McQueen

Jack Threads {for Men}: Copy Clothing, Sebago, Report Collection

Jetsetter {Travel}: Rent the Penthouse, At the Venetian, Thompson LES, Redbury Hollywood & Huntley Santa Monica, Travaasa Austin – Texas, Terranea Resort – California, Atlantic Hotel – Ft Lauderdale

Joss & Main: Hotel Collection – Bath Linens, Denhaus – Modern Pet, Danya B – Cocktail Hour Serveware

Kembrel: Cheap Monday Girls

Lot18:$42 for 2005 Old World “Fogline” Cabernet/Syrah Blend (2 Btl Pair) – $70 retail, $72 for 2007 Morgan Double L Vineyard Hat Trick Chardonnay (2 Btl) – $130 retail

Mintbox: UP to 50% off + 5% cash back at AllSaints

Modnique: Mother’s Day Gifts, Chaumet, Croton, Luxury Men’s including Versace, D&G Sport, Moschino and Fendi, Mirus, Emilio Pucci, English Laundry, Erte Pendants

One Kings Lane: Julia Gray – Fine Furniture & Accessories, Richard Ginori – Collectible Crystal & Porcelain Tabletop, Rani Arabella – Luxurious Throws & Pillows, Dempsey & Carroll – Fine Stationery, D.L. & Co – Luxury Candles & Diffusers, Oil Portraits – Custom Oil Paintings, Fino Lino – Fine Table Linens

PLNDR: Orisue, Quay

PRIVÉ: Rogan

Pure Citizen: Revolution Organics, A.D.O. clothing

Rue La La: Register before April 25 and receive a $20 account credit! PUMA, PUMA – Men’s, We’re Loving: Denim Power Players, Bacio 61, Estate Jewels, Rochard Limoges, Candice Olson – Rugs, Namale Resort and Spa – Fiji, Silverado Vineyards

SeenOn!: Lifetime Presents: Cara Accessories Inspired by William & Kate’s Royal Wedding, Lifetime Presents: Tea Time Inspired by William & Kate’s Royal Wedding, Lifetime Presents: Theory Sunglasses Inspired by William & Kate’s Royal Wedding

Shop Like Kings {for Men}: Feltics

Swirl: Amrita Singh, Dear Creatures

The Clymb: Cloudveil

The Foundary: First Class, Gypsy 05, Le Chef, Wide Open Spaces

The Mini Social {for Moms & Kids}: Little Society, Kee-Ka Organics, Be Blocks, Kroom Sunglass CLEAN OUT, Handbags Under $75, Prada Apparel

Totsy {for Moms & Kids}: Angel Shoes, Pippi Love Blankets, L’Amour Shoes

Urban Bloke {for Men}: Shirt Sample Sale II, Antik Denim Shirts & Polos

Vacationist {Travel}: Riviera Palm Springs – Palm Springs, California, Sunset Beach – Shelter Island (Long Island), New York {Travel}: Classy Long Island Hotel, The Sunshine City, Peaceful Phuket, British Virgin Islands

Zulily {for Moms & Kids}: green 3, Egg Baby, Vitamins Baby, Kidorable, Plaid Fish, Micro Me

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