Le Tote – October 2018

What is Le Tote?

Le Tote is a clothing rental subscription service.  Based on some input given to Le Tote when signing up, they will select items they think you will like.  If you don’t like them, you can swap them out for other items you pick yourself.  You have the option of purchasing the items in your tote at a discounted price and you can send back whatever you don’t want to keep.  Totes come once a month, and prices depend on how many items you want in each tote.  Options are:

  • 5 clothing items = $74/month
  • 8 clothing items = $94/month
  • 10 clothing items = $114/month
  • 5 clothing items & 3 accessories = $84/month
  • 7 clothing items & 3 accessories = $104/month
  • 10 clothing items & 5 accessories = $124/month

They also have maternity options which are:

  • 5 clothing items = $84/month
  • 8 clothing items = $104/month
  • 10 clothing items = $124/month
  • 5 clothing items & 3 accessories = $94/month
  • 7 clothing items & 3 accessories = $114/month
  • 10 clothing items & 5 accessories = $134/month

Follow this link to get a free tote with a 14-day trial.  You will get five clothing items and three accessories.

My First Box

Octavia Tie Neck Top

I thought the pattern of the top was nice, buy I just didn’t like the tie neck, especially since it wasn’t symmetrical.  However, it did fit well and had a nice light feel to it. This was the only item that I didn’t swap out since I figured I should try at least one thing they picked out for me.

Levi’s Mid Rise Skinny Jean

I really loved these pink jeans but unfortunately they were too small.  It seems like I should have gone one size up from what Le Tote recommended with this one.

Octavia Eyelet Tank

This was a cute bohemian style top.  I ended up wearing it twice paired with the maxi skirt below.  It did seem like the top came a little wrinkled and worn.

Kensie High Waisted Maxi Skirt

The skirt was soft and comfortable.  I think it was my second favorite item in my tote.  This is one that I may have considered purchasing, but I would have preferred to purchase one that hadn’t been worn yet.

French Connection Mixed Media Floral Blouse

This ended up being my favorite item of the lot.  It’s funny because I thought I didn’t like it at first, but I ended up wearing it with a pair of black ankle pants to work one day.  I liked it so much that I wore it again the next week!  The only problem was that it seems like other people loved the shirt too because it was a bit worn.  As you can see below, I found a hole in it.  If it weren’t for the condition of the shirt, I might have purchased it.

My Thoughts

This is the second clothing rental subscription I’ve tried so far (the other was Gwynnie Bee). I liked the selection a little better.  I felt like it was easier to find items that might fit my style.  It was also nice that they had recommended items to save a little time.  Unfortunately, I didn’t like the items they picked out for me, but it was my first tote so that’s understandable.  Plus I was able to swap out as many of the items as I wanted for ones that I picked out myself, so it still worked out.  Most of the items in the tote fit me well except for the pair of pants.  One issue I noticed is that over half of the items seemed a bit worn and I was disappointed that one of the shirts actually had a hole in it.  Given the condition of the items I received, I was not willing to purchase any of them.  One other issue I noticed was that the return bag seemed a little too small to hold all of the items.  I really felt like I had to cram them in there.

The price was better than Gwynnie Bee as you received more items in a box for a lower price.  However, you are limited to one tote per month.  Whereas with Gwynnie Bee, you can get a new box as soon as you send any items back.  Overall, I enjoyed having some new clothing items to mix into my closet for a couple weeks and I think it is worth a try.  I’m guessing that their recommendations will get better with time, and hopefully they will do a better job of checking item quality before sending out items in the future.

Follow this link to get a free tote with a 14-day trial.  You will get five clothing items and three accessories.

Plated – October 2018

What is Plated?

Plated is a meal delivery kit subscription service.  The insulated box comes with recipe cards and pre-measured ingredients for each selected recipe.  Ingredients are thoughtfully sourced with pork and poultry raised without antibiotics, beef with no added hormones, sustainably caught fish, fresh & seasonal produce, and organic ingredients when possible.

There are different weekly plans available with 20 dinner recipes to choose from each week, plus dessert options!  The option to skip weeks or change delivery days is available, if needed.  Price depends on the number of servings and recipes you order.  The plans are:

  • 2 servings = $11.95/serving
    • 2 recipes = $47.80/week
    • 3 recipes = $71.70/week
    • 4 recipes = $95.60/week
  • 3 servings = $9.95/serving
    • 2 recipes = $59.70/week
    • 3 recipes = $89.55/week
    • 4 recipes = $119.40/week
  • 4 servings = $9.95/serving
    • 2 recipes = $79.60/week
    • 3 recipes = $119.40/week
    • 4 recipes = $159.20/week

~Shipping is free for plans over $60~

Note: I have seen various promos for Plated, so definitely search around before ordering so you can get a discount!

My First Box

Braised Chicken, Apricots, and Currants with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

This was definitely a great flavorful dish.  The already small potatoes only need to be cut in half and the dried apricots and shallot were easy to slice as well.  Although this one took a little longer to cook, the recipe was pretty easy.  Normally, my husband and I are not crazy about spinach, but the way in which it was cooked and mixed with the potatoes, made this side our favorite part of the meal!  The only thing I didn’t like as much about this dish is that it seemed like it probably had a high sugar content since it used dried fruit and we also added some brown sugar.

Shrimp Pad Thai with Bok Choy and Peanuts

I love ordering Pad Thai at restaurants, but this is the first time I’ve tried making it at home.  Thanks to the recipe and ingredients provided by Plated, it turned out great!  Usually when I try to cook shrimp, it ends up being sort of rubbery, but the recipe card gave great instructions on how to cook it perfectly.  The flavor of this dish was awesome, and besides a little bit of prep work, it was very easy to prepare.

PlatedButternutSquashGnocchi

Brown Butter Gnocchi with Butternut Squash, Walnuts, and Sage

This was such a great fall dish!  I’ve never had gnocchi with these kinds of flavors before, but I loved it!  It was nice that the butternut squash came pre-chopped.  The recipe did recommend chopping it up further, but having it already cubed made this step much easier.  I also don’t usually like nuts but the walnuts added a great crunch to this pasta, and went well with the other flavors.

My Thoughts

I gave each of these dishes five out of five stars!  The recipes had a nice variety, great taste, and weren’t too difficult to make.  The potion sizes seem better than some other meal kits I’ve tried.  I never felt hungry after finishing my meal and sometimes even had enough for leftovers!  The recipes were pretty simple to follow.  I actually kind of enjoyed cooking these recipes, which isn’t usually the case.  Also, I didn’t try any, but I love that they also offer desserts.  Based on their other recipes, I’m sure those are great too!  I would definitely recommend this service if you don’t mind a little prep work and cooking, want to add some variety to your meals, and care about how your food is sourced.

Note: I have seen various promos for Plated, so definitely search around before ordering so you can get a discount!

Dollar Shave Club – October 2018

What is Dollar Shave Club?

Dollar Shave Club is a shaving subscription box that delivers razor blades on a monthly basis and also offers various grooming products.

They currently offer three different blade types at different price points.  The blades are:

  • THE HUMBLE TWIN – $1/month + $2 shipping
    • Five cartridges, two stainless steel blades
  • THE 4X – $6/month + free shipping
    • Four cartridges, four stainless steel blades
  • THE EXECUTIVE – $9/month + free shipping
    • Four cartridges, six stainless steel blades

My First Box

For my first box, I bought The Daily Essential Starter Set for $5.

Here are the products that came in my trial kit:

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The starter set includes:

  • Body Cleanser Trial (1 fl oz)
  • Razor Handle (1 ct)
  • 4 Razor Cartridges
  • Shave Butter Trial (1 oz)
  • One Wipe Charlies Trial (3 pkts)

I also received a bathroom reader (self-explanatory) and the Member Handbook, explaining how the subscription works.

The razor I received is called The Executive.  Each cartridge has six stainless steel blades.  This razor has a nice weighted handle, which was comfortable to use and I didn’t have any issues with it slipping out of my hand.

I could have done without these wipes, but they were included in the kit so might as well use them right?  I used one for the intended purpose, but I think I may end up using the rest for messy foods like chicken wings! Either way, I don’t think I’ll be ordering these again.

I love this Easy Shave Butter! It has a nice light pleasant scent.  It does go on clear so if you have light hair this may not be good for you, but with my dark hair it was not a problem at all.  Between the razor and this shave butter, it seemed like I got a close shave and my skin felt smooth and not too dry.  I did still apply lotion afterwards though.  Out of the shaving gels, creams, etc. that I’ve tried, I think this one is my favorite so far!

I was worried the Amber & Lavender Body Cleanser might smell too manly, but it had a nice pleasant gender neutral scent that does seem to be “calming” as the bottle claims. Plus I love the look of the bottle, and it has a good lather too!

It’s nice that the starter packs comes with four cartridges.  The blades seem to give a close shave without too much irritation.  They also seemed to last a good amount of time without getting dull.  I changed mine after about six uses I believe, but probably could have used it even longer.  I did cut my ankle pretty badly on the third use, but I blame this on myself for rushing and pushing down too hard.

My Thoughts

Overall, I was pretty pleased with this starter set.  My favorites were probably the cleanser and shave butter.  They both had great scents and I felt like I was pampering myself while using them.  I’m definitely thinking about ordering full sizes of them with my next shipment!  The blades seem to be good quality, especially for the price.  I’ve used Gillette Venus Embrace for several years and I think this is a great cheaper replacement!

Follow this link to get The Daily Essentials Starter Set for $5.