August Lane: My New Favorite Place to Shop Online

****This post is sponsored by shopaugustlane.com. All opinions are my own.****

Today I want to share with y’all my new favorite online store, August Lane. At August Lane, you can find personalized clothing, accessories, kids’ clothes, and home items that will make you smile each time you glance down at your monogrammed tote bag.

When I first found this site, I may or may not have spent quite a bit of time pinning and wishing.

This store has the CUTEST stuff!!!

 

my monogrammed tote bag from August Lane

Here are a few things that I ordered from August Lane, monogrammed with my initials:

I love this jacket!! It’s so perfect for Georgia!!

This is perfect for several reasons:

  1. It’s light weight.
  2. The monogram classes it up big time.
  3. AND it’s oh-so-cozy!!

I normally carry it around for buildings that go overboard on the air-conditioning, like our church’s conference center which seems to always be set on 60…..except for this week. THIS week the air conditioning quit working at our house. Y’all!!! It’s 93 degrees outside, so I might actually just drive around looking for an air-conditioned building to go sit in.

Oh! The jacket also has thumb holes!!!

Thumb-holes!

 

Love this casual shirt with the monogram flair.

I felt so cute wearing this—that one day that it was finally cool enough to wear sleeves. I can’t wait for it to get cool again. C’mon fall!!

 

They can do names, labels, initial, whatever you need it to say.

And of course, my bag!! It was supposed to be my Sunday School teacher bag, but I like it so much I’ve been using it as my purse too!

I carry it everywhere. It even has an inside zipper pocket, a must for me.

We have had a HUM-DINGER of a September, thanks to our broken air conditioner, the hurricanes, my mini-van being trapped in my garage for 3 days because the garage straight up lost its mind….all while Alan was temporarily overseas…..yeah. Did I mention life has been practically puking problems on us lately?

Don’t worry. Alan is back now, and he is hoping to have it all repaired this weekend.

It may sound silly, but frilly touches like my monogrammed initials on my jacket and my hand bag do help brighten my day!

I don’t think I had ever ordered a single monogrammed thing before I found shopaugustlane.com. Why? Well, I love the look of it, but we move a lot, so I do not know the places to go anywhere I live to find services like this.

Also, it just looks expensive, you know?

What I LOVE about this online store is that you can find pretty stuff for good prices. Everything is so cute, completely affordable, AND I can order it from anywhere, without leaving my house.

Let me show you a few of the other adorable things I found at August Lane!!!

Prices

This is what makes it a steal. If you buy a “personalized mug”, for example, and it says $23, that price INCLUDES your monogram.

Sweet!!!

There are always several items on sale, if you are shopping on a budget. Currently (mid-September), long-sleeved t-shirts are on sale for $12, and that includes your monogram!

I noticed when I received my own shipment, that they even provided a coupon for my next order, so this is definitely a place where you can score a good deal.

Sizes

If you are ordering clothes, order your normal size. I found my jacket and my shirt to run true to size.

Want to win a personalized jacket of your own??? Enter the giveaway below!

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If you’re unsure how to work the raffle-copter giveaway entry, just comment below and I will enter you.

 

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend! Here’s hoping Alan can fix our air conditioner before we all melt!

 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.

 

 

11 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized.

 

 

12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.      Hebrews 6: 10-12

 

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Stitch Fix: Yea or Nay?

Stitch Fix: Yea or Nay? Full review and explanation of how Stitch Fix works.

 

***Disclosure: This post does contain Stitch Fix ad links. If your purchase through these links, I do receive compensation. However, all the clothes were purchased from my own pocket, and opinions are my own.***

Stitch Fix, yea or nay?” was a question I posed to my blog’s Facebook page a month ago. Before I even tried it out, I wanted to hear some feedback to know if I should bother. Most everyone seemed to think I should go for it, but I was warned that it’s not super thrifty.

For a few years now, I’ve heard my sister-in-law as well as my friend Hillary talk about how much they like Stitch Fix. I’ve seen my favorite blogger, Crystal Paine, do unboxing videos from her Stitch Fix shipments.

So what is Stitch Fix exactly?

It’s a service that provides you 5 new clothing or accessory items in each box through the mail. Each item is hand-selected for you personally by a Stitch Fix stylist. You decide how often you get the box. You can choose just once, every few weeks, every couple of months, quarterly, etc.

Clothes are something I LOVE, but I never actually signed up because I was afraid it would be a gigantic money pit.

Also, since I do love clothes and shopping, I didn’t feel like I needed someone to do my shopping for me.

You know what I mean?

How can we know they will choose affordably cute clothes and not just tease us with beautiful clothing that we cannot even afford and have to send back anyway??

Well, wonder no longer. I’m going to give you more information here than even Stitch Fix probably wants me to give you, so you can make an informed decision.

Disclosure #2: I need to invest in better lighting for my photos, so I can wash out my wrinkles and freckles…

First, let me tell you about the Process.

When you sign up, you go to Stitchfix.com, and you answer questions about your body type, clothing needs, and your style. Truthfully, I enjoyed this part because for some reason I enjoy answering questions about myself and my clothing.

Answer as HONESTLY as you possibly can!!! Telling them you wear a 10 when you actually need a 12 will help no one. This is not a fantasy questionnaire. hehehe! I’m only saying this because these are the things I had to tell MYSELF when I was answering these questions.

There are about 25-50 questions, but they are all multiple choice, so no need to panic. Halfway through, I realized I should take screenshots for you to know what to expect:

Multiple choice preference questions

This was so fun. Rate these outfit groups! ….I strongly dislike that orange dress.

Love these!!

I started out with the “occasional update”, but I downgraded to “quarterly top-off” because I bought so much from this last one.

One time only!

You can’t see it in the above photo, but there is also an option to get a one-time box.

Tell them more about you!

They give you an option to tell your stylist more about yourself. Use this!!! I was very specific. I told her I needed more tops, that I love trouser-style pants, and I even got specific on the fact that having 4 babies left me with a pooch. Therefore, please no spandex-tops. Ha!! I even specified that I wear a smaller size shirt if it is super blousy or peasant style.

Also, include your Pinterest profile name if you have one!! You can go on Pinterest and create a board of clothes you like—any clothes at all that you like. It gives them an idea of your taste.

My stylist, Becca, not only viewed my Pinterest boards, but she actually referenced them in the note.

This was my note from my stylist:

So much attention to detail. I was blown away.

 

FEES!!!!

Okay, let’s talk about the fees. Am I saying there is a service fee? Yes, I am. It’s $20. That’s  part of what kept me from signing up for forever!!!

But if only I had known! If you keep any of the clothes Stitch Fix sends you, they deduct the $20 from that item. Ohhhh!!! See, I did not know that.

My First Shipment

If you want to see the full unboxing of my first shipment, here’s the Facebook Live video, but I’m also going to write out everything you need to know below. You won’t miss any information by skipping the video. (I know what it’s like to be reading in public without headphones!!)

 

The first thing you see in your box is this envelope with this note.

Don’t skip the note. (Like I did.) This note includes your message from your stylist and your style suggestions. The envelope also includes the prices of each item, as well as how much your total will be after your discount(s) are applied.

These were my outfit suggestions:

The item in the middle of each block is the item you receive. The items off to the sides are styling suggestions.

The teal top is what I got. Accouterments to the left and right are suggestions.

Suggestions to go with black pants…..I think I know what to do with black pants…but for the fashion challenged, this is actually super helpful.

The elephant top—love this!

casual black dress

There was also a pair of earrings, which I will show you below (keep going).

Did I like everything I got in my box?

….Well, actually I did! It was a home run, but I did not expect that. Please don’t expect that you will love everything you get in every box. There’s no way.

My box was full of beautiful clothes that I would have bought for myself if I had found them at Kohl’s. Totally.

But did they fit??

Believe it or not……

Okay, not my best dress photo, but how sweet is he? I couldn’t leave this one out.

These are the super cute earrings, which by the way, match the teal top that was also in my box.

This outfit will be cute with flats, heels, or boots! I’m wearing THREE of my Fix items here: the earrings, the shirt, and the pants.

And my FAVORITE part….

 

This elephant shirt!!!! Love!!!

Okay, yes, it all looks awesome, sure, but…

How much did all of this cost???

In MY opinion, their prices are inflated to pay the shipping and the stylists. There is no shipping charge on top of what you pay, but there is still sales tax.

Was it affordable??? It was moderately affordable to me.

I could have gotten just the elephant shirt for $48, minus the $20, so $28.

Both shirts were $48 a piece, more than I usually pay.

The dress was actually reasonably priced, in my opinion. $68 is reasonable for a dress. If you were only buying the dress from this box, it would be only $48.

The earrings were $28. $10 to $20 would have been more exciting.

Like I mentioned before, you are also paying for the service.

The only item I felt was way over-priced was the pants, at $88, I was like “Whaaa???”

Oh!!! One more thing about the prices!!

When you answer those initial sign-up questions on StitchFix.com, they ask you your price range. I marked “as cheap as possible” for everything EXCEPT for pants. That may be why my trousers cost more. It’s important to me to have high quality pants. I can’t explain it.

So how did I choose what to get?

I could have bought 3 of these Stitch Fix items for $104, but that’s not including the dress. Finding dresses that fit me well is difficult, so I wanted to get the dress. That would have put me at $172.

4 for $172 (no pants)

or all 5 for only $190 (including the pants)…...You can see why I chose to just buy it all! 

If you buy everything in your box, you get a 25% discount plus your $20 styling fee off.

I did the math, dispersing the discounts in my head where I so desired…

That made it like I was getting the tops for $38/piece, the earrings for $28, the dress for $68, and the pants for $18…..the way I did the math!! Ha!! You could distribute the dollars however you want. I did it that way because if I sent anything back, it would have been the pants.

 

…So Stitch Fix? Yea or Nay???

I’m going to have to go with “Yea!!!”, BUT since I bought all of it this time, I had to move my next Fix further out. It was super simple to switch from “every other month” to “quarterly”.

This will be a special, quarterly treat that I will be looking forward to.

What about you? Do you need help choosing new outfits? Want to give it a whirl?

Click on the photo below to give it a trial run. Let me know how it goes!! Already tried Stitch Fix? Comment below to tell us what you thought!



 

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My Fascination with Wedding Dresses

My Fascination with Wedding Dresses

My Wedding Dress…..and the Kiss the Bride moment. Yes, this is a photo of a photo. It was 2002.

Wedding dresses. I won’t say I’m obsessed because I don’t think about them ALL the time. I would say I’m fascinated with wedding dresses. 

Pretty often I find myself headed over to Kohl’s (because I actually am obsessed with Kohl’s). Do you know what is super close to Kohl’s in my town?

David’s Bridal.

I pass it, and I want to go in. I want to go in, and try on all the dresses.

And it’s an unrequited love. You can’t just go into David’s Bridal and try on wedding dresses when you have no intention of buying one. That’d be a good way to tick off some sales ladies.

I don’t want to buy one. I have no use for one.

I just want to drool over them, try 10 or so of them on, and feel like the Queen of the Day. Is that so wrong?

I can’t just put on my own wedding dress. There was that unfortunate incident. We talked about that here. My mom and I lost our wedding dresses in the same fire.

Even if my dress hadn’t died (and yes, okay, wedding dresses are special enough to die), I would not be able to fit it. The thing was tiny. Shake my head. I was obviously not finished growing yet.

Even if I did have a reason to buy another one, for say a 25th wedding anniversary vow renewal or something, I wouldn’t want to. Have you seen how much they cost now? It’s insane! I paid $450 for mine, before alterations, way back in the day.

Why would anyone pay $5,000 for a big white dress to wear one day, when that could pay for a whole Disney vacation? (for 2 people) No, thanks. (especially considering I’m already happily married…)

And yet, I still just want to look at them and wear them. I love to watch Say Yes to the Dress. Over and over. (You should see the boys’ confused looking faces. “Why are we watching this? Why is she crying?”)

Yes, I enjoy that show. Sometimes I even CRY at that show. Is it ridiculous? Yeah. yeah. I can’t explain it.

My Fascination with Wedding Dresses

my cousin, Amber, with her groom, Cale, so beautiful and happy

My Fascination with Wedding Dresses

Family friend, Sarah. Do you remember the girls who used to help with the boys for days while Alan was in Afghanistan? They grew up!

So, I just want to say, for the record, my name is April, and I love wedding dresses. I love to watch shows about them, drool over them in bridal magazines, and I day-dream about wearing them.

Who’s with me in my wedding gown love? Anybody?

 

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