Christmas came early for me!

by Angela on September 30, 2011

I am an over-30, stay-at-home mom with an inner fashionista who has been dormant for way too many years.  My days are spent in my gym attire, I hardly ever wear heels and my perfume bottles are getting cloudy. 

Angela Run

It’s not that I don’t want to look nice and fashionable, but sometimes I think if I change out of my gym attire, then it’s just one more set of clothes to add to my perpetual laundry pile.  And I really don’t think my kids or other neighborhood moms I see on the way to and from school really care how fashionable I am.

But you know how women are…we are constantly comparing ourselves to others.   I think it’s just ingrained in our being.  So when I see another woman who looks “put together”, it really draws my attention to what I’m wearing and how my shirt is 10 years old or my shoes are from many seasons ago.  I’m ready to be fashionable again!

Enter my friend, Carly, and her fashion blog, Thirty Something Fashion

First of all, the blog itself is great for people like me.  Carly features affordable fashion that is easy to achieve.  But what caught my eye is a personal shopping service she offers called “What’s in your box”.  For a small fee, she will send a box of clothes and/or accessories she has chosen for you from local boutiques.  Whatever you don’t want, you just send back.  It’s that easy.  It’s like bringing a boutique shopping experience/dressing room to your doorstep.  So when my box arrived, I was like a kid opening a Christmas present!


Each outfit was separated by tissue paper with a personal note attached indicating what she likes about the outfit or how she pictures it being worn.  She included accessories (mostly earrings) with almost every outfit and pricing for everything was very reasonable.  I asked her for casual, fashionable outfits/tops with some accessories.  She will cater your box to your needs.

Are you dying to know what she sent me???   Okay, before I show you all my outfits in my mock fashion show, I have to give some disclaimers…my photographer was my 8 year old son.  He’s short and well, he’s 8 years old.  So pictures are usually from a “short angle”…I hate that angle.  My mother is a little Asian woman and the pictures she takes turn out the same way.  Second disclaimer…um, it may be obvious, but I’m not a model. Oh I tried with that whole celebrity legs crossed pose, but it didn’t work for me in most pictures.  And finally, I’m not going to give you my opinions on the outfits.  I want your feedback.  🙂

Outfit 1 – Top and skinny jeans.  She said she pictured it with brown boots.  These were the only boots I had and I feel they make me look like a Star Wars character, but you get the idea.

outfit 1

Outfit 1 earrings:

outfit 1 earrings

Outfit 2 – “Going out” lacey top and same skinny jeans from outfit 1:

outfit 2 front  

I always dread going jean shopping because it is so hard to find a pair that fit right in all the right places.  These jeans worked out well for me.  Here’s a view of the backside (yes, I know my badonkadonk is disproportionate to my body):

outfit 2 back

Outfit 2 earrings:


Outfit 3 – Ruffle cardigan over grey top (jeans are mine):

outfit 3 ruffle cardigan

Outfit 4:  Striped cardigan (jeans are mine, child is mine):

outfit 4 striped cardigan closed 

Outfit 3 & 4 earrings:


Outfit 5 – Sweater with brown tank underneath, silky cargo pants and scarf which I had NO idea what to do with.  I’m not a scarf person.

outfit 5

Outfit 6 – Black flowy button down shirt, cargo leggins:

outfit 6

Outfit 7 – Black, chunky sweater and same cargo leggins from outfit 6 (she didn’t package these together, but I already had them on, so no sense changing out):

outfit 7 chunky sweater

Outfit 8:  Black boot cut jeans and striped sweater.  Loved the fit of these jeans as well:

outfit 8


Outfit 8 earrings:

outfit 8 earrings

Whew, that’s it.  So what do you all think?  I need some feedback.  The bank account (and the hubby) won’t allow me to just keep everything.  So I have to pick and choose.  Which outfit or piece is your favorite?  After you help me choose, then head on over to Carly’s site and check out her blog and consider ordering yourself a box. 

Thanks Carly!!!

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Angela October 1, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Thank you all for the feedback!! I had so much fun trying on all the clothes. I ended up keeping outfit 2 plus the earrings, outfit 3 and outfit 8….I just couldn’t pass up the 2 pair of jeans that fit perfectly. Now I just need somewhere to go to show off all the outfits. 🙂

Kate October 1, 2011 at 8:03 am

I *love* this idea, and while it’s so hard to choose, numbers 2,3, 5 and 8 are my faves. I have no idea what to do with a scarf either, but I love the look. Paging Carly! You look fab, Angela!

Kari September 30, 2011 at 3:48 pm

# 8 is my top pick! You look gorgeous! I also like the skinny jeans – your badonkadonk looks great in them 🙂 The ruffled sweater and lace top look great on you too!

Lynn September 30, 2011 at 2:14 pm

What a great idea! I may have to order a box. My wardrobe needs a serious update. I like outfits 2, 3, and 5.

Shonda September 30, 2011 at 9:18 am

you look great in everything… #3,5, 8 are my favs! #8 is HAWT!

Melanie Coburn September 30, 2011 at 9:05 am

I love # 2, 5 & 8 on you! You look lovely hot mama!! I LOVE getting boxes too! 😉 #whatsinyourbox?

ann September 30, 2011 at 8:59 am

LOVE it! The first shirt you pictured I bought from my Box 🙂 LOVE it and got so many compliments!!!!! You MUST get the earrings with the pearls – so cool. Also – in love with that ruffle cardigan and black boot cut jeans.

Kelly September 30, 2011 at 8:36 am

Wow! What an awesome service! You look awesome in those skinny jeans!
I love the gray ruffle top, the black lace cami outfit and the last black outfit! Could you build off of any of those color schemes for the photos? Maybe all blacks and grays or something? I may have to place an order with Carly too and get my own box – I can call it a public service job for my biz right? 🙂

Carly September 30, 2011 at 8:23 am

Angela…you look AWESOME! How can someone possibly choose!!!
I think my favorites ..if you want my humble opinion…
#1 Shirt (great colors for you..its wrinkled and needs different boots) but I love this on you!
#2 Whole outfit…perfect for girls night out to restaurant or dinner and the top is can wear it from now through the dead of summer- in summer pair it with white for a lighter look- I would keep the earrings too!
#3 Ruffle cardi and T shirt…this is AWESOME for running around with kids but looks SO put together…and I can tell from photos you feel good in it!
#8- If you dont keep this entire outfit down to the earrings are crazy, j/k- but this is lovely on you!
I love how you already starting pairing and mixing and matching..that is what you have to do to make your wardrobe go a long way and look fresh…YES those cargos can be worn with the black sweater…and also with the skinny jeans…love the black waffle sweater too- depending on how far you can get the hubs to stretch the budget!
Can’t wait to hear what you keep!!!

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