Le Tote

Le Tote Review

With so many subscription box companies available for clothes, shoes, jewelry, make-up and more, I have made it a little mission of mine to test as many as I can and let you know my thoughts.

My history with subscription box companies goes back to one of the first on the market. I signed up to get a monthly shipment of clothes that someone else hand-picked out for me before it was the popular thing to do! I am still with that original company and it will always hold a special place in my closet, but I want to see what other companies have to offer.

About Le Tote

Le Tote is a clothing and accessory rental company. Users have a virtual closet of items that they would like to receive and when your shipment is prepared, items are pulled from your closet, along with similar items you may like. Users have 48 hours to review their Tote and swap out items before the Tote is finalized. Once your Tote is finalized, it is immediately submitted for shipment. I usually get my Tote 2 days after confirming my tote.

You can keep the items in your tote as long as you are wearing them. As soon as you decide that you are ready for your next tote, bag up your current items in the USPS bag provided to you and drop it off. As soon as the returned items bag is scanned, you will recieve an email with your next Tote items.

If you love something in your Tote and want to keep it. Go for it! Le Tote provides you with the discounted purchase price for all items. Simply don’t put the item in the bag upon return. Once your bag is checked back in at Le Tote, you will be charged for the items you kept.

There are 3 membership plans to choose from:

  • 3 clothing items and 2 accesories
  • 5 clothing items and 3 accessories
  • 4 clothing items

Pricing ranges from $64-$84 per month and includes 2 shipments a month. You can change plans if you aren’t satisfied with your choice and can pause your shipments at any time!

The Le Tote Experience

LeTote is the first clothing rental company that I have tried. I wasn’t sure about wearing clothes that someone else has worn, but as soon as I received my first package, those fears were quickly put to rest. The clothing arrives cleaned and ready to wear!

I received my first tote just before Christmas. I wasn’t really sure that to expect but included some items in my Tote that I might want to wear for the holidays.

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There were 2 items from this tote and I didn’t actually wear; the off the shoulder sweater and the suede pants. The fit of the sweater wasn’t as I had imagined and pants looked more like sweats than suede pants. The jacket and necklace were perfect and I wore them on Christmas Eve. I really liked the bracelet too, but after I received it I realized that it’s more of a summer item than winter. I will be requesting it again this summer!

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My second tote was requested just before we went to South Lake Tahoe for a ski trip and wanted some comfortable cute clothes to hang out at the hotel.

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I was happier with this tote and feel like I am starting to get the hang of rental clothing. It’s definitely a different way to view your wardrobe when you have pieces for a limited time. I was not really happy with the black pants. They seemed a little too worn, in my opinion, but the other items were perfect. I loved lounging around in the hotel in my joggers and sweatshirt. The cross body purse was perfect for walking around!

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My third tote arrived a few days before going to a special event for my sister-in-law. I needed a dress but didn’t want to buy one because I don’t wear dresses that often.

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Renting a dress from Le Tote was a perfect option! I also requested to receive a clutch purse which was perfect for the event but not something that I would use on a regular basis.

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I really liked all of the items in my tote this time and am starting get the hang of receiving statement pieces to supplement my current wardrobe every few weeks.

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Try Le Tote for yourself!

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If you are interested to learn about some of the other subscription companies I have tried, click here! I also have some of my favorite styles here as well!

Paint Nite

How Mom’s Unwind with Paint Nite

As busy moms, we’re constantly being pulled in different directions, from soccer practices to dance classes to helping out at school. We’re so busy taking care of others that we often forget we need to take a moment and take care of ourselves.

Over time, I’ve found a few ways to accomplish this, including dance classes and weekly walks with friends. Recently, I found a way to have some “me” time and tap into my artistic side with Paint Nite.

When I first began to hear about Paint Nite, I never considered it as something that I would do. I am not an artistic person and have never really been able to paint. As a matter of fact, the last time I painted it was probably when my kids were little. I’m sure it was paint-by-numbers; that was difficult enough for me!

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I continued to see social media posts about Paint Nite and the photos intrigued me. The people in the photos seemed to be having a great time and there was always a glass of wine! A few months ago, a friend of mine (who is equally as art-challenged) went to Paint Nite and created a beautiful painting. I decided that it was time to put my apprehension behind me and just try it!

As I did some more research about what to expect, I discovered that Paint Nite partners with local organizations to help raise money, and I knew this was a great organization to get to know.

Paint Nite Experience

My entire Paint Nite experience was amazing! My friend and I went early and grabbed dinner and a drink before the event started. Paint Nite events are held on a regular basis at local bars and restaurants, so it’s easy to make an evening of it. We were also one of the first pairs to check in and pick our seats. We chose seats right in front of the instructor, but because the class size was perfect, there wasn’t a bad seat in the house!

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Our host and local artist, Juliana, was wonderful! She clearly explained what we needed to do and why. She showed us how making changes in our brush strokes would affect our paintings. The way Juliana walked through the steps made painting seem so simple.

Juliana also showed us ways that we could ‘redo’ parts of our painting. In many of the steps, she provided us examples of how to paint over what we’d already painted if we wanted to get a different look. This was reassuring to me. It removed my fear of making a mistake.

Because Paint Nite is held at a local restaurant, drinks are served! The waitress came into the area room to take our orders and brought our drinks directly to us. Imagine, sitting in a room with other adults (no kids), drinking a glass of wine and spending 2-hours not thinking about anything else other than the painting in front of you. It’s a perfect Mom self-care night!

Scroll to the bottom of the article if you’re interested in seeing the progression of my painting!

Paint Nite Fundraisers

While I’ve only attended a regular event with Paint Nite, as I mentioned before they also partner with organizations to help raise funds. Being able to combine the ideal self-care night while supporting a non-profit organization seems like an ideal night out!

Paint Nite Fundraisers are a great way for moms to raise funds for schools, sports teams and local non-profit organizations. Galas can be expensive and time consuming to plan. Bake sales are a lot of work and, quite frankly, usually only raise a small amount of funds. But Paint Nite Fundraisers are easy to plan and an event that moms love to attend!

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Setting up a Paint Nite Fundraiser is easy. Simply choose a date, location and painting, and let Paint Nite do the rest. All supplies are provided by Paint Nite for your event and they’ll even help you get the word out.

How much can you raise with a Paint Nite Fundraiser? Paint Nite will donate $15 of every ticket sold to your designated organization. That can be your son’s baseball organization, your daughter’s soccer team or your children’s school. Typical events will raise around $600!

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In addition to the funds you raise in ticket sales for your event, Paint Nite wants to match your efforts! Every organization that books a Paint Nite Fundraiser in the months of February and March (date booked, not the date of the event) will be automatically entered to win one of the three fund-matching prizes, up to $1000. Your organization could essentially double funds raised.

Click here to find out more about Paint Nite Fundraisers and begin planning your next event!

My Painting: Autumn Stroll II

As mentioned above, Juliana was an amazing host. She was so patient and walked us through each step of the painting. Check out the progression of my painting below:

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To learn more about Paint Nite and scheduled events in your area, visit them at www.paintnite.com.



January Stitch Fix Unboxing

I love having a stylist hand-pick new clothes for my closet! When the delivery man rings the door and drops off my package, I can wait to grab the box and see what’s inside.

Check out what Jaime (my stylist) picked for me in my January Fix! Click here to check out Stitch Fix for yourself!