Trying Out Le Tote

I think the clothing rental subscription is a great idea. Not only can you mix up your wardrobe or try different styles/shapes/color combos without having to purchase a lot of items, you can also wear, for a limited time, pieces that you might not otherwise be able to afford (or at least not this many of them).

There are a couple different versions of this. You can do something like Rent the Runway, which allows you select one specific piece and pay a per-rental price for it, mostly for occasion things. And then there are services like Le Tote and Gwynnie Bee that are a monthly fee to have multiple pieces out at a time.

Gwynnie Bee is for sizes 10 and above, while Le Tote has sizes 0 up to 16, as well as maternity. I will do a separate post on Gwynnie Bee (which I have used in the past), but today I wanted to talk about Le Tote, which I am trying for the first time.

Note: this post is not sponsored or supported by Le Tote in any way, all opinions and editorial decisions are my own.

Signing up was pretty easy and fun. I filled out a couple of profiles around my style and sizes. You can also browse their current collections and mark (heart) things that you particularly like. Once your profiles are completed, you get an email letting you know that your tote has been put together. At that point you have 48 hours to log in to your account and change the things that are going to be in your tote – 2 accessories and 3 articles of clothing.

I ended up changing 4 of the 5 things they had picked out for me. I swapped out a blue plaid button down top, a pretty standard maroon cardigan, a jeweled cuff bracelet, and a pair of pave-set stud earrings. Here are the items I got, as pictured on the site.


Overall, I would say I was moderately happy with my tote. I ended up not even wearing the skirt, it’s a midi length and meant to hit at your natural waist, so I would have worn it as pictured below with heels and a tucked in top. (Looking at the photo makes me wish I had worn it!) The floral top is great, it hangs really nicely and is a lovely watercolor-esque print. I was very excited about the navy and white striped sweater, and while I liked it, I definitely didn’t love it. It might have been better as a spring pick.

Accessories-wise, the earrings are very cute, but I decided they’re not quite my thing. The bracelet was probably my favorite. I’ve always had a hard time wearing bracelets because I spend a lot of my day typing and usually end up taking of bangles and thick bracelets. This thin bracelet didn’t bother me at all and I find the not-quite-connected design interesting.


  • Try out styles you might not normally purchase
  • Try out higher-end brands before investing
  • If you do purchase, a lower price than brand new
  • You can customize your tote so you know exactly what you’re getting


  • You get 3 items of clothing and 2 accessories in each tote, I would rather have more clothes
  • You have to send everything back as a package to get another tote – no single-item returns
  • The price point

All in all, it was a fun experience, but I decided not to continue my subscription. I prefer to find pieces that I really love and then wear them a million times. And while the ability to add some non-permanent variety to your closet is nice, it’s not worth $59 a month to me. I would rather take that money and spend it on either fun trendy pieces I’ll wear for a season or two and then retire, or invest in some really great items I’ll keep forever.

What do you think about subscription boxes for clothing? Have you tried one? Yay or nay?

Layering Up + Summer to Winter Style

Baby it’s cold outside. FabFitFun’s post on Instagram last night said “I’m not going outside again until the temperature is above my age.” I wish. But in the meantime I’ll layer up with another day of #PSstylinghacks

On days when the temperature is under 20, not only is it frigid outside, but it’s pretty chilly inside the office too. I’ve been wearing tons of scarves this winter and this is one of my favorites.

I took these photos when it was still reasonable to stand outside for more than 15 seconds at a time, but I’m wearing the same outfit today (albeit with leggings as well!). Just as one season starts is a great time to find really good deals on the previous season’s items at your favorite stores. This particular (summer) sundress was an early fall purchase from Continue reading

PopSugar Must Have box + Graphic Tee

It’s a PopSugar kind of day around here! Continuing on with the #PSstylinghacks challenge, today we’re tackling graphic tees. Easy peasy as far as I’m concerned. I love a good graphic tee and with a more casual workplace, it’s so simple to dress it up for work. I’m also excited to share my December PopSugar Must Have box. This is the first time I’ve done a PopSugar box, so you can bet I’ve got thoughts on everything included.

Let’s start with the outfit! I picked a white tee with an elephant as my focal point. I love all things elephant but I definitely feel that it needs to be dressed up a bit wor work. Today I’ve paired it with a black pencil skirt, draped plum cardigan, and knee-high lace up boots to create a fun look that works at the office. The boots do keep the outfit on the more casual side, so to add more polish, swap them out for heels (and tights if it’s cold!)

Pinterest tells me that this would be the perfect opportunity for ankle boots. I do own an adorable heeled pair with a turned-down cuff, but I have never been happy with the way they look when I put them on. Sometimes there are styles that you can really admire on others, but just don’t work on you.

As far as the PopSugar Must Have box goes, this was a really fun thing to try out. As a PopSugar newsletter subscriber, I received a code for 50% off the December box, meaning I scored all of this great stuff for just $21.68 (after tax).

It arrived before Christmas, so I actually waited until after the holidays to open it up so I would have something else to look forward to. Here the adorable haul:

  • Catch all tray and ring dish – these are so gorgeous! They will grace my nightstand and definitely make it feel more luxurious.
  • Date night hair pins – cute for a little subtle sparkle
  • Red lips – a lovely cranberry red shade
  • Dessange hair serum – touted for colored hair, it’s supposed to add extra shine
  • Bauble Bar Snowflake Necklace – I like that this is both subtle and interesting
  • Cookie mix – a dozen delicious cookies in a jar!

You can see their article on the box for the full run down of brands, etc. 

As with Le Tote, I’m not sure that I’m willing to spend $40 a month for these delicious surprise goodies, but I’m seriously considering it. Typically my thought process is that I could take the amount of money and go buy myself presents I like better, but this is probably the best-curated box I’ve gotten with a great mix of home, beauty, and fashion items.

Have you ever tried PopSugar? Would you want to?

You can check out PopSugar’s styling hacks challenge article here.

Happy New Year and PopSugar Challenge

Hello my friends! A few people have asked what happened to the blog. My apologies! I got an exciting assignment for work and it was unusually busy (even for me) and I didn’t have too much extra time or energy. But I’m back and will be doing my best to post here on Wednesday and Friday mornings consistently, with maybe a few bonus posts thrown in! I will also post my OOTD or some sort of style-related inspiration to my Instagram account each day, so if you miss me too much you can follow me on Instagram @KayJMitchell.

I’m really excited to start the New Year with a fun idea from PopSugar–the styling hacks challenge! Continue reading