New Years Style Inspirations | Rent The Runway

New Years Style Inspirations | Rent The Runway | theprimarilyinspired.com |

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Give me an excuse to dress up and I’m ready to go. I love fun gatherings whether it be a casual event or a holiday party because it gives me a chance to live out my version of a SAHM-Cinderella for one evening. I can actually do my hair, apply a little makeup, and wear something that makes me feel human like a woman again. However, I hate the shopping part of finding that perfect dress because I always spend more on something that I’ll only wear once and never be able to fit into again. Then there’s the ill-lighted fitting rooms, the shame I put on myself watching the other girls (without a baby) try on their 00 sized dresses, and not to mention, the selection of dresses for my postpartum body is slim pickin’. So what’s a girl to do so she can enjoy her one evening out without the baby?

Rentals.

Finally women have taken a hint from the men and created a lovely service where you can find a massive selection of fashionable and high-end quality dresses that you can…wait for it…rent. Yes, rent! Renting a dress takes out the problems I’ve encountered in the past because it’s an affordable alternative to buying a dress for the various events we’re invited to throughout the year. By renting I’m able to enjoy multiple styles and simply return them when I’m done that way I’m not stuck with the same dress.

With New Years Eve coming up in just a couple weeks here are my favorite styles from Rent The Runway that will be sure to be a conversation piece no matter how you choose to spend your evening.

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Black Mosaic Lace Ball Dress

I’m kind of in love with this dress because of it’s elegance with the lace detailing, but edginess with the appearance of layers. The v-neckline makes it a touch sexy and I love the fit-and-flare style, which I find to be most flattering for most body types – including my own.

Green Golden Flower Dress

Emerald is another color I have recently been in love with and this dress is a beautiful alternative to the Golden Flower Dress (see below). The sequins are perfect for NYE and the cut is modest with a little fun with the knee length. And don’t worry about the sequins being itchy or irritating. When I rented a similar dress for my bachelorette party it has an inner liner that keeps your skin safe from those bothersome (but super cute) sequins.

Carlene Dress

This dress screams art-deco Great Gatsby-ness and I am in love with it. It would be perfect for a themed NYE party or a fun, and different, take on the traditional NYE look.

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Blue Lace Shutter Sheath

Another lace option (sense a trend here?) but this time in a deep blue with a metallic threading that adds a beautiful touch. I’m also in love with the draping on the sleeves

Golden Flower Dress

If green isn’t your thing and you want to be more literal with your NYE dress then this Golden Flower dress by Badgley Mischka one is perfect! It’s such a beautiful color and nothing says counting down the ball like golden sequins!

Such An Illusion Gown

Gowns are so elegant and I am always looking for a reason to wear one. Perhaps it’s the Disney princess generation in me, but RTR has a variety of beautiful ones to choose from. My newest favorite trend right now are illusion dresses – meaning there’s some kind of hidden overlay detail. The cap sleeves and lace crew neckline sets this dress out from the others. Not to mention, I find the intricate threading of the green and gold on the lace to be extra beautiful!

Speaking of gowns I cannot speak higher of the Badgley Mischka dresses I’ve rented for my friend and sister’s wedding. These particular gowns are beautiful and are a variation of each other so I knew they would fit perfectly. For a winter wedding I opted for this green Flora Chiffon Gown and I am happy I did considering I had my eye on a different red dress, but red seemed to be the color of the evening! Rent The Runway was also a common theme amongst my friends (see photo) and they each looked beautiful in their dresses!

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For my sister’s fall wedding in New Hampshire, and her matron of honor, I rented this Ruby Red Gala Gown also by Badgley Mischka and needless to say I received many compliments throughout the night. It was modest, but attention getting, and the red was a beautiful color for fall.

How It Works

So you’re interested in trying out Rent The Runway for the first time but want to know more about how it works? Awesome! It’s so easy and there are many benefits that are offered – such as 20% off your first order!

  1. First, begin by browsing their almost-endless selection of styles for any occasion. They have since expanded from dresses to now offer everyday clothing and accessories! Choose from top designers and browse either online or, if you’re lucky to live near one of their boutiques, shop in-store!
  2. You receive one FREE backup size with each order! This option is a life saver because not all dresses fit the same and when you need that dress in a particular timeframe having a backup is key. Oh! And I love browsing through the customer review photos because it gives me a real-life perspective on how the dress fits. Models are great, but seeing the dress I’m interested on real women really helps me determine if it’s the perfect fit for me.
  3. You can choose when your order arrives and for how long you’d like to rent it for. You have the option of 4 or 8 rental days and returns are FREE! They handle the dry cleaning upon return so you’re guaranteed a cleaned dress from beginning to end.

UNLIMITED

Rent The Runway now offers an Unlimited service which is $139 a month and is the perfect option for those who need multiple looks monthly. This option is perfect for each #ladyboss, fashionista, or someone who just loves changing up their wardrobe without the commitment. You receive 3 pieces of your choice with no rental fee and FREE shipping, an unlimited rental period (keep them for as long as you’d like!), and when you’re done send back one or all of your pieces and swap them out for new pieces. RTR handles the dry cleaning, like always, and you can cancel this service easily at any time.

So, what are you planning for NYE? What dress styles do you love most for this holiday season?

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Styling With Stitch Fix | November

Styling With Stitch Fix: November: See how Stitch Fix helped me find new styles to add to my capsule wardrobe! More on the blog |theprimarilyinspired.com|

Referral links are used within this post, but 100% are my own opinions.

One of my favorite pastimes is eagerly waiting for my Stitch Fix box to arrive! I seriously check the tracking from my app daily and even take a little peek into what I can expect in my fix. I was happy to see that my stylist selected a number of items that I specifically asked for or that were a top pin on my Stitch Fix board.

Last month I made the bold choice to develop a capsule wardrobe as a means of living minimally. These are interchangeable pieces that can easily make multiple outfits by only using the same few items. I narrowed down my closet to three pairs of jeans, a pair of khakis, and about 9-12 different tops that consist of shirts, cardigans, and outerwear. I also divided my wardrobe into lounge, sleep, and workout wear which is kept separate from my closet. Creating this capsule wardrobe has really helped me focus my personal style and keep the pieces that lend themselves to multiple outfits – without thought! I plan to donate, sell, or trash all the clothes I removed and it felt so good to do!

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Since having Greyson my body isn’t back to where I’d like it to be just yet, but I’m working hard with staying active through running. That being said, this month I requested that my stylist focus on pants that are high-waisted so I feel comfortable and it slims my tummy. I also asked for loose fitting blouses and tops, with one being a specific request. In addition, I requested for a personal favorite cardigan but in a beautiful deep burgundy (which I got!).

Styling With Stitch Fix: November: See how Stitch Fix helped me find new styles to add to my capsule wardrobe! More on the blog |theprimarilyinspired.com|

It’s been quite some time since I scheduled my last fix and it appears that Elizabeth is my new stylist. Since it’s been a few months (I was even pregnant the last time) I wanted to be extremely detailed in my note as well as the pictures I pinned to my Stitch Fix board. I am in the process of creating a capsule wardrobe and Stitch Fix is the perfect solution to finding quality pieces that can be worn with what I already have in my closet.

Pixely – Martina Slub Knit Open Cardigan $48 KEEP

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I remember when I first got this same cardigan, but in black, in one of my maternity fixes. It quickly became my favorite go-to cardigan because of how soft and effortless it was. I styled it for work, casually, and even around the house.

So when I lost said cardigan my heart broke. Luckily the people at Stitch Fix are amazing and when I tweeted about losing it they quickly emailed me and allowed me to repurchase the cardigan straight from their warehouse! OMG customer service, right?! I couldn’t be more happy to have my black cardigan again, but I couldn’t help but fall in love with the same cardigan but in this burgundy color. I first saw it on Life In Pearls & Sports Bras and knew I had to pin it and request it specifically in my note. It just looked so gorgeous on her! Thankfully it appeared in this fix and I can’t wait to wear it with everything!

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Market & Spruce – Evella Boatneck Top $64 RETURNED

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I was super excited to see that this boatneck top was in my fix! It’s designed to appear as having a layered look but it’s actually all one piece. Love! Although I was interested in the chambray color, receiving this burgundy hue was fun to try on. It’s such a cute piece, but unfortunately I found the overall fit to be a bit snug (even for a size large). I actually like that it isn’t stretchy, but it just means I have a little bit more weight to lose before I feel completely comfortable in it.

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Liverpool – Anita Skinny Pant $78 KEEP

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Styling With Stitch Fix: November | Liverpool - Anita Skinny Pant |theprimarilyinspired.com|

These pants are beyond the most comfortable pair of pants I think I’ve ever tried on. Ever. They’re high-waisted like I requested and are made from a soft stretchy material. My stylist described them to be a step above leggings and even though I was highly skeptical (I personally hate stretchy pants if they’re not leggings) I found myself not being able to take them off. These pants are the perfect addition to my capsule wardrobe because they can be worn professionally, casually, or leisurely! Win, win, win!

Tip: These pants, although perfect, are longer in the leg than I’d personally like. I won’t pass up these pants for that reason alone so I’ll get them hemmed from our tailor to make them ankle length!

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Cardigan: this fix | Shirt: Target (similar) | Pants: this fix | Shoes: Nike

Crescent – Amerie Button Down Blouse $54 RETURNED

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Styling With Stitch Fix: November | Crescent - Amerie Button Down Blouse |theprimarilyinspired.com|

I wanted to love this blouse so badly! I loved that it was lightweight, a key detail in my note and my style profile, and was flowy. Being in this transitional place with my postpartum body has me wanting tops that are fitted but flow in the right areas (ahem, my tummy). The color was also beautiful, and was a little darker than the photos show, as well as the tiny detailing. However, when I put it on it just didn’t feel right; almost too elderly in its overall fit. I’d love to see similar blouses like it in future fixes but perhaps a more streamlined button down.

Liverpool – Elizabeth Super Skinny Jean $78 RETURNED

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Guys, these jeans reminded me of what I loved so much about my maternity pants – no zipper! Although they were high-waisted, I didn’t like that they were almost 100% stretchy. I like a good stretch but when looking for jeans I need a denim feel to them too. The dark denim color looked great with everything, but I couldn’t keep ‘em because I already had a dark denim jean (from my very first fix!) in my closet. Living minimally, and now with my clothing, in good conscience I couldn’t purchase a similar jean that I wasn’t in love with.

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So, what is so great about Stitch Fix?

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I’m glad you asked.

I know you’ve probably seen numerous bloggers share their fixes and I’m sure a number of pins on your own style boards consist of those bloggers’ review photos. I know mine are! But, in regards to why I, too, share Stitch Fix with all of you is because they’re a company that has people like you and me in mind. And when I find a company like that, that I personally love too, I am eager to share it with anyone and everyone.

Stitch Fix first began as a skeptical leap of style faith. I wasn’t quite sure that some stylist over the internet could really find 5 pieces that would not only fit me, but be looks I’d actually want to wear. For a $20 styling fee I received my first fix and was initially so impressed with how my stylist heard exactly what I was looking for and delivered on it. I still wear a number of those first purchases today (and that was over 2 years ago) and enjoy adding new and fun pieces along the way.

I’ve journeyed with Stitch Fix through the ups and downs of my weight and even through my pregnancy with their maternity styles. Since it’s been a couple of months since my last fix, I was so excited to see that they offer shoes now in addition to a new mens line. This just proves to me that Stitch Fix has a finger on the latest trends, but also keeps the needs of their customers in mind. I can only imaging how they’ll grow and expand into the future!

What do you do with what you don’t keep?

Styling With Stitch Fix: November: See how Stitch Fix helped me find new styles to add to my capsule wardrobe! More on the blog |theprimarilyinspired.com|

One of my favorite aspects about Stitch Fix is that they provide a prepaid shipping envelope just for the items you’re sending back. That blouse or pants don’t fit perfectly? No problem! Just place those pieces in the provided envelope and drop off at your post office. You have three days to decide which pieces you’d like to keep so no there’s no rush. I love the convenience of this because it makes the whole process that much simpler.

Your stylist doesn’t expect you to keep everything. It’s all about finding a piece here and there that will expand your closet to include items that perhaps are newly discovered or expose you to different brands. However, if you love everything (and it’s happened to me before!) and got that perfect fix then they give you their buy five discount (25% off)Oh, and that $20 styling fee you paid in the beginning? It actually works as a credit towards anything you do purchase.

What about those referral links?

Because I created a free style profile I now have the ability to share my love of Stitch Fix with others. A referral simply allows me to earn a credit of $25, which essentially covers my styling fee for the next time I schedule a fix. Once you create a style profile you are given a special referral link and begin earning your own credits. Why not get a credit for something you use anyways? I am so appreciative to those who use my link because it helps me as a SAHM enjoy the little things like feeling good in that pair of jeans. So, thank you.

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If you have any questions about Stitch Fix or how it works, feel free to connect with me!

Linking up with Maria.

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Fall Trend Inspirations For Less than $50 | PinkBlush

Fall has officially been here for over a month and as October winds down and November begins I am filled with all kinds of style envy and inspiration! I stumbled upon PinkBlush last year when I was pregnant with Greyson and was looking for cute, and affordable, maternity styles – huge emphasis on affordable. Now that I am seven months postpartum I am eager to resume my normal wardrobe and get back into everyday clothes that don’t have an elastic waistband or otherwise make me feel trapped in my nursing tops.

PinkBlush offers us ladies stylish options for every step of our pregnancies; from the bump to transitioning back to our pre-pregnancy wardrobe. I personally love the quality and how each of their pieces reflect current trends so I am sure to feel my best through each stage of mommy-hood. What’s great about their selection of clothes is that you can invest in pieces that can easily be worn throughout your pregnancy and beyond – no need to invest in clothes you’ll only wear for a few months! Yay!

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Another great aspect of PinkBlush is that they are constantly adding new pieces and today I am sharing my top fall style inspirations from their newest round of arrivals.

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One: Burgundy Cowl-neck Knit Poncho $46

Ponchos are my newest fashion obsession at the moment. I love that it’s an outerwear piece that can be worn like a sweater. This one also comes in black and navy in addition to burgundy, but I’m particularly loving this deep red color especially for fall. I feel like a poncho is a great alternative to wearing a jacket and perfect for traveling with!

Two: Ivory Cutout V-Neckline Blouse $36

I am all about simple details and this v-neck blouse offers just the slightest of detail along the neckline and down the blouse. It’s lightweight and flowy, which are two great features in a blouse especially for my postpartum body. It’s also a top that can easily transition through the seasons or be layered with other cardigans or accessories.

Three: Ivory Pocket 3/4 Sleeve Top $31

Another great layering piece this ivory top – I’m digging the 3/4 length sleeves! I love this look of wearing a white cami underneath and styling with simple jewelry or scarf for those lighter weather days. Pair with your favorite skinny jeans and booties for a complete, casual look!

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Four: Black Plaid Open Cardigan $39

Another obsession of mine are open cardigans. I rarely ever button cardigans I do have and after receiving this and this from a maternity *Stitch Fix box I’m officially a convert.

*Stitch Fix referral link. Using this link allows me to use a credit towards future fixes and the ability to share them with you! Earn your own referral link when you sign up for free. Thank you in advance!!

Five: White Textured Cutout Flat $29

Flats are any woman’s best friend because they can lend themselves to be causal or work-friendly all-the-while being comfortable. The texture to these flats as well as the cutout shape are on trend this year and I could seriously wear them with anything. Literally anything.

Six: Taupe Front Tie Cutout Pointed Flat $28

These front tie flats are super trendy right now and a style I have always wanted to try for myself. I see how others wear them and they’re so friggin’ cute! I’m really liking the side cutout details, which takes this traditional flat to another styling level.

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Seven: Burgundy Chiffon-Lined Tunic $38

I love the burgundy color of this top and the layering effect with the chiffon trim along the bottom. It’s a cozy sweater material and I would actually order it one size smaller than I normally would considering I don’t want to look like I’m swimming in it. I like my loose fitting tops to be fitted around the shoulders and bust so that the remaining fabric just hangs like in the photo. This top also comes in charcoal and olive too!

Eight: Ivory Cable Knit Sweater $38

If you couldn’t tell already I love knit sweaters, ivory colors, and material that is breathable. Although we do experience chillier months in central CA, it’s important for me to invest in lightweight sweaters such as this one that way I can easily layer it with a scarf for extra warmth if need be. Another trend you’ll notice is the oversized look. Since I’m still transitioning back into my pre-pregnancy clothes I love tops that are more loose fitting and drape versus body-hugging tops.

Nine: Taupe Faux Leather Flap Crossbody $34

I love a good crossbody because it makes bringing a purse that much more convenient, especially toting an infant around. This neutral color is gorgeous and I love that it can be paired with any outfit, which is key for me. I also love that it’s a great size; not too big, not too small, perfect for taking just the necessities.

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Have you heard of PinkBlush before? What are your fall style inspirations this season?

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Styling Fall’s Favorite Accessory

Pin To Present: The Yellow Scarf: See how I styled my causal day out in Santa Barbara using items I already owned! |theprimarilyinspired.com|

Although I wouldn’t consider myself someone with a particular sense of ‘style’ I do, however, love trying new outfits and adding different pieces to my closet thanks large in part to Stitch Fix and pieces I’ve had tucked away for a few years now. I am by no means a fashion blogger either – you can find all my old style posts back when I first began blogging. Rather I am always looking for inspiration especially since becoming a mom and realizing my body isn’t what it used to be. My waistline has shifted, I still have some baby weight to lose, and finding clothes that fit me just right helps me get out of my yoga pants and nursing tops. I don’t want to feel as though being a new mom has shoved me into a style corner where I feel trapped. Rather, I am excited to find outfit inspiration that lends itself to being nursing friendly, makes me feel confident by hiding those unforgiving areas, and allows me to still feel like me.

Today I’m sharing how I pulled together a quick outfit for a getaway to Santa Barbara. Here in central California it’s all about how you layer and the material of clothing you’re working with. The temperatures fluctuate, even here by the ocean, and I am constantly going between snuggling up or shedding layers throughout the week. This outfit is perfect for those kinds of days where the morning chill allows for a little extra layer and the possibility of taking those layers off in the afternoon to place them back once the sun starts to set. Let’s take a closer look!

Pin To Present: The Yellow Scarf: See how I styled my causal day out in Santa Barbara using items I already owned! |theprimarilyinspired.com|

The pin is originally from another blog called Pop of Style and Missy actually used the post to discuss how to style her camouflage flats. Instead, I opted to wear my leopard print flats I bought from Banana Republic a number of years ago. I always love styling those flats because the print allows me to feel a touch edgy even though edgy is far from what I would describe my overall style.

Oh, and if you haven’t realized already from Instagram and how I’ve imposed it onto my son, I love stripes; so any excuse to wear them is a good day in my book. The top I’m wearing is from J.Crew Factory and I just love the hidden buttons. The material is lightweight and I love a good sleeveless top considering I always run hot and makes layering a breeze (no bunching with the cardigan). The cardigan is an oldie from Banana Republic Factory, but this black cardigan from one of my Stitch Fix boxes (maternity no less!) would also pair nicely with this outfit too. My jeans are a skinny jean from Gap and I love them because they’re actual denim – meaning no stretch. Stretch is pretty fantastic, but I want my jeans to feel like jeans. Does that make sense? And finally the staple piece that brings it all together is one of my favorite accessories ever: the yellow scarf; of which I picked up from a Marshall’s from ages ago.

Pin To Present: The Yellow Scarf: See how I styled my causal day out in Santa Barbara using items I already owned! |theprimarilyinspired.com|

Scarves are pretty great because they’re easy to style, I can get edgy with various prints, colors, or patterns, and they can be easily taken on and off throughout the day depending on the temps outside. Scarves also come in all kinds of textures and varying degrees of heaviness so I can enjoy them year-round. I’m actually really looking forward to when the temperature around here will begin to drop so that I can dust off my scarf drawer!

What I love about personal style is that you don’t need on-trend items or even expensive pieces to have style. It’s all about how you see colors and patterns and find ways to work them together. This outfit was hella adorable and I was able to create it with things I already had in my closet and of which were purchases from years ago. However, recognizing that my body has definitely changed since giving birth, I’m excited to be fitted once again by my Stitch Fix stylist in hopes that I can walk away with a few new pieces to add. Yay for new clothes! I’ve scheduled it for November so be on the lookout for that post next month.

OMG it’s November next month?!

Linking up with…Tucker Up

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