My Rent the Runway Review

This past weekend, Josh and I headed to Philadelphia to attend the wedding of one of his close childhood friends.  The invitation noted “black tie invited”  so naturally I seized the opportunity for a bit of dress up! Josh rented a tux, and I debated on buying a gown.  Having heard of Rent the Runway, I went to browse the site for some suitable options as a possible substitute for actually purchasing a full length gown, one that I would probably only wear once (especially if pictures were taken since us girls can only be photographed in something once 😉 )

My first impressions of the site were positive – it allowed me to search dresses based on my size and body type (hour-glass).  Each dress has numerous user reviews that provide their measurements and size worn with pictures, which made it easy for me to gauge whether a dress would work on my body type or not. (Read: If it looked great on a 5’9″ size 2 with 32A boobs, it was probably not the dress for me. On the other hand, 5’3″ and 36D? Now we’re talking…)

Having narrowed down some potentials, and not being able to try anything on immediately, I quickly sent out an email blast to many of my trusted gays and gals to get their opinions on which to order.  Based on their feedback, I was able to decide on the below two:

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So here’s one of the best things that helps ease your mind a bit about whether the dress will fit or not – you get to choose 2 sizes in your “main” dress, and then the second dress rental is only $40 more instead of the full price (so your package arrives with three dresses total).  Most dresses range in price from about $100 to $500 to rent, and you can rent them for 4 or 8 days.  Because the wedding was over a holiday weekend and the dress could not be shipped over Thanksgiving, I had to do an 8 day rental in order to receive it before the event.  However, the price increase for the longer rental time wasn’t that bad, and I almost felt better getting it a few days prior to the wedding in case I had to make an emergency trip to Bloomingdales for a suitable alternative! Another side note – if none of the dresses fit or work for you, you can put them back in the mail immediately and receive a full refund!

When the dresses arrived, both were perfectly clean and in beautiful condition.  Also, both fit! There was a small debate among the female members of my family on which dress, but we settled on the black Erin Fetherston for a few reasons (1. It was an evening wedding in November so the black was more seasonably appropriate, 2. I didn’t know that many people attending the wedding and didn’t want to draw too much attention to myself, and 3. It was a really stunning black dress – hard to tell from the picture but the lace is almost an iridescent gold and green).

So, here we are, Josh in his tux and Erin in her Erin gown!:

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When finished, I just returned in the provided UPS shipping package that came with the dresses, already paid for! It was a nice and easy return policy, which was much needed after all the travel and hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving week. I will without a doubt be using Rent the Runway again for my next formal event!

Wishing you all a lovely week! xo

**Please note: This post was in no way paid for or promoted by Rent the Runway.  I simply wanted to share my experience, as I had many friends ask me about it afterward!

Thanksgivukkah

Thanksgiving (and Hanukkah) are both right around the corner, and although I’m not actually hosting in our tiny apartment, that hasn’t stopped me from dreaming up the perfect tablescape to combine the two.  Using a mix of rustic fall-influenced linens, coppers, and gorgeous deep blues, some of the products below would lend themselves beautifully to this one-in-a-lifetime meal!
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Get the look:
Wishing you all a happy and healthy start to the holiday season, xo!

Statement Stationery

As part of this great segue into adulthood, I’ve found myself longing for clean and simple stationary that I can pull out and use for any needed occasion whether it be a simple thank you note or just to say “Hello”.  During a few recent browses through Etsy and Pinterest, I’ve found some amazing statement stationary that would be great to have on hand in a desk drawer.  These simple messages, embossed lettering and fun typography have me weak in the knees:

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Try On or Take Home: Ankle Strap Pumps

Even though my wardrobe will remain in summer mode for at least the next month, my eyes are already starting to wander toward fall footwear.  I am currently lusting after (and will need to splurge on) a pair of ankle strap pumps, which seem to be everywhere these days.  The rouge-colors of the J.Crew and Sam Edelman pairs below, along with their warmer textures of suede and calf hair, make them the perfect transition shoe from summer to fall.  Lucky for me, in this case, I’m much more in love with the more affordable pair of Sams.

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Which pair do you prefer? Will you sport ankle straps this season?   Xo

Clean Living

As I’ve gotten older, creating and maintaining a clean and organized space around me has become one of my top priorities, both for my sanity and happiness.  I’m pretty sure my mother would have never suspected I could keep a home clean, judging solely by the state of my highschool bedroom and her sheer frustration at asking me to pick up my clothing day after day.  Well, it seems I’m the “Mom” now, as I explain to Josh things like how it’s necessary to wipe down the kitchen counters every night after cooking, and that just because the dog will inevitably shed more tomorrow, doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t sweep today!  I actually find that the little amount of time I spend on daily cleaning and tidying provides me with a bit of zen each day.

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While I have no problem tackling the day to day, every now and then I take to the internet to find some good at home remedies for the “tough” stains, spots, and grime.  Here are a few of my favorite tried and true cleaning tips:

  1. Cleaning Your Stove Burners: Take each burner and place it in a large (gallon size should do it) plastic bag.  Add about 1/4 cup of ammonia.  Seal and let sit overnight.  No scrubbing needed! It is the ammonia fumes, not the ammonia, that dissolve away all burned on grime and grease. (Source)
  2. Keeping your Shower Tiles Fresh: Fill a dish wand (the ones with the clear handles you can put soap in 😉 ) with half Dawn dish soap and half vinegar.  Wipe down walls of shower with it before showering, and rinse off during shower. (Source)
  3. For Sparkling Sink Fixtures: Mix Borax with enough lemon juice to create a stiff paste (can be stored in a small container when needed).  Rub it on, then rinse away thoroughly. (Source)
  4. To Remove Food Stains from a Microwave: Fill a microwaveable bowl with 2 cups of water and add 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Add one toothpick to float on the top of the liquid. Microwave for 5 minutes, let the steam sit with the door closed for another 2 minutes. Remove turntable and wash down in the sink; wipe down sides of the microwave with a sponge or paper towel. (Source)
  5. Tile Floor Grout Cleaner: Add together 7 cups water, 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/3 cup ammonia (or lemon juice) and 1/4 cup vinegar. Spray on grout, leave for about 1 hour, then scrub vigorously with a scrub brush. (Source)
  6. Carpet Stains: Mix equal parts ammonia and hot water.  Pour mixture over stain and cover with a clean white towel. Iron towel on top of the stain and the stain will lift right off the rug! (Source)
  7. Wrinkle Release Spray: Mix equal parts white vinegar, fabric softener, and water in a spray bottle.  Spray on fabric and pull slightly – wrinkles fall right out. (Source)
  8. Remove Rust Stains from Knives: Soak your knives in lemon juice for 10-15 minutes then scrub with rough side of the sponge. (Source)
  9. Clogged Drains: Pour about 1/2 cup of Baking Soda down the drain. Pour 2 cups Vinegar down the drain and let sit 10-15 minutes. Next, pour a pot of boiling water down the drain.  If clog is still not completely broken up, run warm water and use a plunger over the drain a few times. (Source)
  10. Cleaning a Wooden Cutting Board: Combine 2 tbsp vinegar with 1 cup of water and wipe down cutting board using dishtowel dipped in solution.  Slice a lemon in half, dip pulp side in coarse sea salt, and use as a scrubber over board. Wipe down the board with water, pat dry, and finish with a little board or mineral oil. (Source)

Do you have any fantastic cleaning tips you use? I’d love to hear them!

Wishing you a fabulous hump-day.  xo