OOTD: Transitional Blush

For the first day of daylight savings, snow was on the ground but hopes of spring were in the air.  It was the perfect day to wear a combo of blush pink and stark black.  Opaque tights and boots were so necessary for the temps, but I still felt a lot more optimistic when I got off the subway at the end of my commute and there was daylight left, however brief. I am declaring winter OVER.

This outfit is also notable because it really shows how deep I have gotten into the “subscription lifestyle.”  The dress is from my favorite subscription service, Gwynnie Bee, and is perfect for rental – not the type of piece that would be a wardrobe staple for me, but still fun to wear for a day. I’ve been a Gwynnie Bee member for about two and a half years now (!!!), and it is undoubtedly the best wardrobe spend for me: I get new clothes constantly while staying on a steady budget; I can try new brands and figure out their fit; I can buy the pieces I love for a big discount; I’m part of a community of supportive women sharing style tips and love; and it pushes me to try new styles and silhouettes I am not ready to commit to buying.  And that’s just a few of the reasons!  [Full disclosure: I heart Gwynnie Bee so much I actually work for them now, but my warm fuzzies for them are not new.  In fact, they go back to my early Tumblr blog days, LONG before I even imagined I could get out of Big Law and work for a company I love.]

Gwynnie Bee is currently offering new members their first month free!  Click the link here to sign up: Free 30-day trial

The blush pink handbag is from a newer subscription service: Rent the Runway’s Unlimited Plan. Their structure is very similar to Gwynnie Bee’s, but more accessories-focused (they recently expanded the service to include clothing, but the plus size options are pretty limited, unless you like to wear formal dresses every day).  For handbags and jewelry, I am loving it thus far.  I’ve been a member about a month and a half, and though I have some qualms, it is a great way for me to get more accessory variety in my life. This handbag is from my second shipment; in my first one I got the Loeffler Randall handbag that got me through NYFW and two gorgeous statement necklaces:

KJL NecklaceA serious gold piece from Kenneth Jay Lane (with Kelly Cutrone!)

Ben Amun NecklaceSelfie with plus model babe Fluvia Lacerda and the Ben Amun hammered silver collar

I enjoyed wearing this high end jewelry, but the real value for me for RTR Unlimited is the handbags. I saw this pink satchel in the Rebecca Minkoff store in Soho, and I love that I can wear it for a couple of weeks (pastels are so on trend for spring!) and then try something new.  If you want to try Rent the Runway Unlimited, they are currently offering a discounted first month.  Use this link to sign up: First month for $49!

The other subscription service in this outfit is Rocksbox, which is very new for me (I’ve been a member less than a month!) I’m enjoying it so far, but want to experience it a bit more before I do a full review.  In the meantime, I have three free trials to give away – first three people to comment requesting one get it!  This moonstone bangle from Margaret Elizabeth is pretty, and accented the gold waist detail on my belt well, but is not a keeper for me.


Now for the outfit details:

Blush dress with lace overlay: Taylor (via Gwynnie Bee)

Mini Perry Satchel: Rebecca Minkoff (via Rent the Runway)

Moonstone bangle: Margaret Elizabeth (via Rocksbox)

Chain detail belt: Igigi

Opaque leggings: Flexees

Laceless patent boots: Forever 21 (sold out, similar from Saint Laurent)