Fashion Review: My Le Tote Experience + 25% Off Coupon Code

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I am so excited to do a review for Le Tote!

I have been seeing a lot of great ads all over social media and I was curious.

What is Le Tote? In a nutshell, it is a monthly fashion rental service with optional styling assistance.

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Let me explain. First, you head over to the Le Tote site and create an account. Then you answer some basic questions about yourself as it relates to fashion (sizing, style preferences, color preferences etc.).

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You will be asked to select examples of styles that represent your tastes or things you would like to try. It is really easy. No stress involved.

Then you will select items you like from the Le Tote site and based on all this info your box is styled for you. If you do not like the options, no problem. You can change out a single piece with an option of your choosing or you can do this switch-a-roo with all the items in your tote.

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Each tote includes 3 clothing items and 2 accessories. Above is a screen shot of my first styled tote.

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The only item I kept from the Le Tote styling option was the Philosophy Floral Scuba Top. The rest I changed out for items I personally selected from the Le Tote site. Part of me wanted to change out everything because let’s face it…I am a fashion control freak. However, I really wanted to tip toe outside of my fashion comfort zone with this experience so I let Le Tote’s stylist fill one spot. 🙂

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Once you have selected your items, you are ready to checkout. You enter your credit card info and a promo code (if you have one). I just so happen to have an exclusive Le Tote coupon code for Living Chic on the Cheap readers! Yay! Just use code CHIC25 for 25% off the first month’s subscription.

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A month subscription runs $59 ($69 for maternity). Your total will come to $44.25 for your first month subscription (regular tote/ non-maternity) after the promo code is applied. So you are saving $17.75. Shipping is FREE both ways. So basically with this promo code it will cost you just over $11 a week to try this out for your first month!

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You can keep your items as long as you like. Once you’re done enjoying your tote, simply return it to receive another. You can exchange multiple totes within your monthly time frame. If you enjoy your membership, do nothing at the end of your month and your membership will automatically continue for as long as you choose to remain a member.

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Le Tote is a month-to-month subscription which begins at sign up. However, let’s say you will be out of town or you have a budget issue, there is an option to pause. You would need to manually go into your account and request a pause. In order for a hold to go into effect, you must NOT have a tote in your possession.

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To receive your next tote, return your WHOLE TOTE by placing the items in the return poly-bag with your return shipping label already attached. Any items kept are marked as purchased to you. Your card will be charged for any purchases from a tote when your tote arrives back to Le Tote.

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You also have an option to purchase items for 20-50 percent off retail. You can purchase the entire tote for even greater savings. Le Tote partners with more than 150 brands including French Connection, Vince Camuto, BCBGeneration, Free People, Splendid, BB Dakota, House of Harlow 1960, Rebecca Minkoff and more.

You can cancel anytime via phone. There are no long term contracts or cancellation fees.

Here is what a Le Tote Membership includes:

Priority 2-3 day shipping both ways

Laundering of all items

Cleaning of all accessories

Member pricing

Optional Insurance

Le Tote also offers an awesome referral program. Once you refer a friend and they begin their paid subscription you receive $15 off your month of membership, and your friend gets $25 off her first month!

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So here are my thoughts…

First, I will give you my opinion on the items. As you can see from all the pictures above, the items arrived packaged quite nicely. I was pleased with the quality of ALL the items.

Remember that one item I let Le Tote style for me…the Philosophy Floral Scuba Top? When I pulled it out of the box I hated it. OK, maybe “hate” is too strong, but I was not a fan. Since this was a review after all, I felt I owed it to Le Tote and my readers to try it. You know what…. I wore that top more than any other of the pieces over the course of the month. I also received more compliments on this piece than the other two. (This is making me question my fashion identity.) It was nice getting out of my fashion box and trying something different.

Since it is a bit of a trendy piece and I am not sure how I would still feel about it in a couple months, I will be sending it back. Still it was fun to try.

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Okay, I admit it. I am a sucker for a great LBD. I loved the black dress. My husband and I both agreed that one is a keeper. It is something that is made well, classic and I will get lots of wear out of so it seemed like a good fashion investment.

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I did wear the gray top with the lace bottom three or four times. I really liked it, but I didn’t love it ….especially not for the price to keep it, so I will be returning it as well.

I didn’t keep the earrings, but I did keep the necklace.

Is it worth the cost?

Most the time I discuss my reviews with friends and family. I like to hear their thoughts, opinions and perspectives. When I explained the service and the pricing I did get a mixed bag of opinions; however, I was surprised that most of them (even my “frugal” friends) didn’t mind the price.

I think you have to look at your clothing budget and lifestyle and see if and how Le Tote fits into both.

When I think about Le Tote instantly my mother-in-law comes to mind. She and my Step Father-in-law run a busy medical practice. They are never home. They are always on the go. This is a great option for her. She doesn’t have to worry about dry cleaning. She doesn’t have to fit a shopping trip in to find new things every time she has to go out of town to a conference or to a function. She also would love the optional styling.

I also think about my friends who are business women and/or working moms. (Those who work outside the home. I work from home most days and only the cat secretly judges my fashion choices.) How great would it be not having to squeeze in getting to the mall into an already busy schedule? Or getting to the dry cleaners before they close? (…or having to “hand wash/line dry?”)

For me personally, there are a few times a year that I go out of town for conferences and conventions and I ALWAYS have to purchase new clothing because I know I will be photographed and those photos will be all over social media. Le Tote would be perfect for those months. That is why I love the pause option.

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You can find out more by visiting Le Tote. Just pop over and look around and check out their selection. If you decide you would like to try Le Tote, then please don’t forget to use that fabulous promo code: CHIC25 for 25% off your first month’s subscription. If you are a member of Le Tote I would love to hear your feedback in the comments below.

I received a complimentary one month’s subscription to Le Tote in exchange for writing an honest review. My opinions and experience are my own.  Promotional code is valid for a limited time. The information contained in regards to Le Tote’s pricing and services are accurate to the best of my knowledge at the time of posting. This information is subject to change at any time without notice. You will need to refer to the Le Tote site for the most accurate pricing and up-to-date information.

Kamik Footwear’s Step Outside Family Challenge & My Kamik Rain Boots Review

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Spring has sprung! My boys and I are loving the longer days and the warmer weather.

So I wanted to let you know that Kamik’s Step Outside Family Challenge is running until Sunday, May 15th!

The challenge encourages families to put down the electronic devices to get outside and explore the adventure of the outdoors!

It is so easy to get involved. Just head over here and create an account profile and you will be automatically entered in all 7 of the weekly giveaways of 4 pairs of Kamik footwear where winners can choose from a variety of rain boots, sandals and hikers.

Participates can choose and execute challenges here and share a photo on KamikStepOutside.com to be entered for a chance to win the grand prize of an outdoor adventure valued up to $5,000 Canadian dollars (approximately $3,780 US dollars)! With each challenge completed and shared on the site, you increase your odds of winning!

There are 4 challenge categories that are Action Quest for the adventure seeking explorers, Creative Nature for the crafty and artistic, Water world for creating fun during the rainy spring season, and Vintage Play to rediscover fun you may have had as a kid! The competition runs from March 29th – May 15th, and the winner will be announced on the Step Outdoors’ site. You will want to refer to the site Kamik site for complete details. The official rules can be viewed here.

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The fabulous folks at Kamik sent me a chic pair of rain boots to try.

Cute! Not only are these boots fashionable enough to sport around town, they are also great to throw on when you need to run out and water the flowers or play with the dogs in the back yard. We get lots of rain here in the Tennessee Valley and my boys and I always have a pair of rain boots on the shoe rack by the door.

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I love that rain boots are not only for wearing in the rain! I spotted some great tips on the Kamik Footwear’s Step Outside Family Challenge page.

Here are a few of my favorite tips on where to wear and what to do when you are sporting your rain boots….

-Fishing by the pond or lake

-Planting a mini garden

-Hopscotch in the rain

-Walking on the beach

-Treasure hunt in the woods

-Bubble blowing contest

-Muddy puddle splashing contest

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I have my kids wear their rain boots when we visit a farm or petting zoo and every Fall when we go to the corn maze or pumpkin patch. I wear my rain boots when the weather allows me to bathe my dogs outside.

As a mom, I love rain boots because they are so easy to clean and I do not have to worry about ruined shoes. Rain boots are a must for us if there is a chance we will encounter vast quantities of mud.

Please feel free to share your favorite places to sport your rain boots!

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I am wearing the “Jennifer” Rain Boot in Olive from the KAMIK WOMEN’S SPRING/SUMMER 2016 Collection.

· 100% Waterproof Synthetic Rubber Rain boot

· High Definition Printed Lining

· Decorative Side Buckle and Patch

· Removable Kamik Comfort EVA Insole

· VOYAGE Lightweight Synthetic Rubber Outsole

· 100% Recyclable

· Made in Canada

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This is just one of the many styles available. Be sure to check out the Kamik site. You can view their entire collection of Women’s rain boots here.

Don’t forget to check out the Kamik Footwear’s Step Outside Family Challenge.

You can also find Kamik on Facebook and Twitter.

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DIY Cat Toe Flats

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Here is a fun and easy DIY- Make Your Own Cat Toe Flats. This is a fun project for a cat lover. This is also great for a kids shoe. You can also apply the same concept and make a cap toe flat instead of a cat toe flat. You would of course just want to forgo the ears and face.
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I think they turned out pretty cute and I made these for a fraction of what I would pay in a boutique. I was able to find the shoes on clearance for $5.08 at Target.  I already had the other items. (I bought the shoes on 1/31/15 and there were probably 20 pairs on clearance.)
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Flats (Plain)
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Directions:.

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Make Your Own Boot Savers from Plastic Water Bottles

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These Boot Savers are such a fun, easy and super inexpensive DIY project! For those of you who are into UPCYCLING trend…well this will be right up your alley!

I have been wanting to make these since last year and I finally got around to it…I know…I am procrastinator.

You can make these DIY Boot Savers from empty water bottles (I used SmartWater bottles because I liked the size), potato chip can containers (i.e. Pringles) or even pool noodles. Oh- this is a NO SEW Project!

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I have several types of boots- my favorite Keen boots stand up on their own and do not require a boot tree or boot saver. Other boots…. like these adorable Fly London boots… tend to flop over when stored. (By the way, I found the Boots on Zulily last year at a great price. I LOVE that site!)

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I did 2 versions- one using the water bottles and another using the Pringles cans. It takes very little fabric to do these. For example, the Scenes of England fabric was a fat quarter I grabbed at JoAnn for a couple of bucks. I was able to make two boot tress with the one section of fabric.

Ribbons and frills are optional. If you want to make these and give these as gifts you could add a few small touches to make them special.

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I added a button to the bottom to give the boot saver a more finished look.

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I also decided to scent the water bottle set of boot savers. This is so easy. (I have details on that below)

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Make Your Own Boot Socks From Thrift Store Sweaters

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It is super simple to Make Your Own Boot Socks From Thrift Store Sweaters! (Plus, you can totally make these on the cheap!)

This is such an EASY DIY! This tutorial has a lot of photos, but the project is super easy! I have the process, step-by-step, for you below.

The Boot Socks trend is super hot and you can pay a pretty penny for these in boutiques. Some folks call the version I am making here “leg warmers”…since they have holes on both ends. I call these boot socks because they tuck inside the boot. (I was a child of the eighties…so to me “leg warmers” these are not.)

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I headed to Goodwill and picked up a couple of sweaters for this project. I paid $5 each, BUT had I shopped on a different day I could have paid about half price.

VERY IMPORTANT- you want to choose sweaters with stretchy sleeves. Most people’s legs are larger than their arms. You are essentially making something that was meant to fit on an arm, fit a larger leg.

I made 2 versions- one version with lace and buttons and one version without any frills.

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DIY Headband (No-Slip)

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DIY Headband (No-Slip)

Guest Post by Megan

My niece has waist length curly hair which tends to fall in her eyes while she’s doing school work. She inspired me to find a solution to her hair dilemma.

Here’s a tutorial on how to make a No-Slip Headband.

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My Favorite (Discount) Shoe Shopping Sites

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My Favorite (Discount) Shoe Shopping Sites

I love SHOES! (and Boots)…I typically do not have shopping compulsions, but I do have shoe shopping issues from time to time and force myself to go on restriction. I love to get great shoes at a great deal! (I refuse to pay full price) Here are some of my favorite (discount) shoe shopping sites. (Many even feature designer and name brand shoes!)

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DIY Jewelry: Vintage-Inspired Fabric Button Rings

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DIY Jewelry:Vintage-Inspired Fabric Button Rings

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I have to say….I love these Vintage-Inspired Fabric Button Rings. I think they turned out to be super cute.

Quite honestly, this isn’t going to be much of a tutorial. Our motto for this project is “If you can glue it, you can do it.” 🙂

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What you need:

Fabric Covered Buttons

Ring Bases

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Not only are these super easy to make, they are also inexpensive too. My JoAnn allows me to use a JoAnn item coupon and a competitor item coupon. You will want to refer to your local store for their policy. So I was able to use a 40% off coupon on each item.  So my cost before coupon $9.60 or after coupon $4.80 (+ tax of course) and glue. I had super glue. (You can check for Craft Coupons here)

So basically I made 8 rings for under $5…it worked out to about $.60 per ring!

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I found the ring bases (pack of 8) in the jewelry making section. (Also, you can grab similar ones here on Amazon) . I found my fabric buttons in the paper craft section (pack of 9) for $3.99. I just had to break the prongs off…but that was pretty easy. It didn’t require any special tools. I just did it with scissors.

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Directions:

Glue the button to the ring base and allow to dry. EASY!

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Gift Idea

So I have a Holiday Gift Idea for you! Of course it can be for any occasion….not just the holidays. I paired these vintage-inspired rings with Julep Nail Polish. I LOVE this line of Polish. I love the colors and the shape of the bottles. Just tie the ring onto the coordinating nail color with a ribbon and place in a gift box or envelope.

I actually gave the Yellow Chevron Ring and Polish to my oldest sons teacher…actually he insisted she needed it because she loved chevron. 🙂

I think this is such a fun, thoughtful and inexpensive gift. Speaking of INEXPENSIVE….did you know Julep is offering my readers a box of Nail Polish (about a $40 value) For FREE. Yes $0.00. All you have to pay is the shipping charge which is $3.99! Isn’t that a fabulous deal. This deal is for new customers only and you will want to get the details here.

10 Scarf Trends Under $25

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If you are looking to get in on the latest scarf trends on the cheap, here are 10 popular scarf trends for this season- each currently priced under $25.

Another great thing about these scarves is they are all practical….so you don’t have to be a super model to pull these off!

Just keep in mind you will want to select a flattering color palette, the correct weight for the season and layer correctly.

I have discussed cost per wear before (I talked about it here if you missed it). Remember to invest more in classic timeless pieces and look to make a minimal investment in trends and fads. Over time this wardrobe strategy it will save you money.

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Leopard Print

Leopard Print is the hot animal print of the Season. I like this dark monochromatic scarf that isn’t quite as bold as many leopard print scarves.

Velvet Leopard Scarf $23

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Skull Print

Skull print is another trend this year. I am not sure how long this edgy style will be en vouge…so be sure to pick one up on the cheap in case it is a no-go in a couple seasons.

Woven Scarf with Skull Print $12.99

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Polka Dot

Polka Dot is classic. It can be bold or subtle and can be worn any season depending on the color and fabric.

Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Scarf $23

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Tribal Print

Tribal print may the newest hottest thing this Season. I recommend pairing tribal prints with solids since the print has a lot going on.

Infinity Scarf with Multicolor Mixed Pattern $12.99

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Plaid

A plaid scarf is timeless and classic. If you wanted to invest in a nice scarf- this would be a great option since you know it will never go out of style.

Erin Plaid Scarf – Blue Multi $19.95

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Floral

Floral can be bold or demur. Depending on the color palette and weight of the scarf, it can be worn any season.

Roxy Seasons Change Scarf $22.99

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Faux Fur

The faux fur scarf is back this season. This one definitely makes a bold statement. I’m not sure how long this trend will be in, so this is a great scarf to get on the cheap.

Faux Clouche Fur Infinity Scarf $22.99
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Chunky

The Chunky scarf is a must this season. I recommend pairing this will light layers (i.e. skinny knits or fitted blouses). If you pair a chunky scarf with a chunky sweater…that may bit a little too much chunky.

Yellow Brick Cold Scarf $24.99

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Fringe

Fringe is popular this season- both in printed and solid scarves. It just adds a little extra flare.

All Eyes on Me Scarf $16.99

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Camo Print

The camo scarf is hot this season. This is defintely a trend so I would try to grab this on the cheap as it may not be HOT this time next year. Also, be sure to pair this one with a solid. Camo on camo will make you disappear.

Woven Scarf with Camo Print and Neon Trim $10.90

Pricing and availability are subject to change at any time without notice.

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