mail order happiness

I’ve been in a fierce, foul mood since I came back from an amazing weekend with friends in NYC (I’ll save that for another blog, including our Tracy Morgan run in.)  I really did have a fantastic time, I think I just went a little too hard and my body’s been responding  with pure bitchiness.   It just happens sometimes, doesn’t it ladies?  My mood lifted a little when I came home and spotted this month’s BIRCHBOX waiting on my doorstep!

Excellent goodies this month.  I’m excited to try the tube mascara, anyone have any feedback?  I really love BIRCHBOX, if you’re unfamiliar check out my post about it from earlier this summer.   It’s a nice little $10 splurge and the products are usually pretty big!

One mail order service I’m not loving lately is Shoedazzle.   I was a fan for awhile but lately my showroom seems to be an endless stream of stripper-esque platform shoes, even after requesting alternates.   Don’t get me wrong, my heart beats fast for a great platform but not all the time.  Also they charged me last month despite the fact I KNOW I clicked skip the month, got the refund but it just makes me a little skeptical.   Again, if this sounds like jibberish, check out my declaration of love for shoedazzle from earlier this year, it breaks down exactly what it is.

Do you have any mail order services that you love?   There are a few for kid’s clothing that I’m considering trying, would love to find out what you love!






After being inundated with facebook suggestions, email invites and ads I decided to bite the bullet and try out Shoedazzle.   Shoedazzle is a monthly style service (shoes, bags, jewelry, etc.)   It’s an easy to grasp concept:

After you answer your style questions on the 1st of each month a personalized showroom will appear for you on the Shoedazzle website.   Approximately 10 pairs of shoes for you to view, 5 bags and 5 jewelry-esque items.  Everything is $39.95   If you don’t like anything in your showroom you can request alternates.   One big thing to remember with Shoedazzle is that the site has your credit card info and if you don’t select something by the 5th of the month OR click a button saying that you don’t want to purchase anything your credit card WILL be charged $39.95.   I learned this the hard way.

If you do find something you like, select it in the showroom and depending on your shipping preferences you’ll have some fun new items in no time!    Since joining 6 months ago these are some of the styles I’ve selected:

Bone pumps ordered in October (I think these will be awesome for spring)

Boots that I have lived in all winter, LOVE LOVE LOVE them:

This buttery blue bag that matches a Kenneth Cole jacket  I found in January.   This has been my go to bag since it arrived in February:

Overall my experience with Shoedazzle has been great!   If I don’t like what my showroom has to offer I just skip that month.   The only negative experience I had with the site ended up turning into a positive.   In December there was a purse that I selected.   The website noted that stock was low on this item but the site still processed my checkout.  A week later I received an email from Shoedazzle stating that my shipment had been cancelled because they were OUT OF STOCK.  I was frustrated because that’s not what was communicated to me at checkout.   A quick call to Shoedazzle (on a Friday evening after 5p no less) and a very helpful customer service rep apologized for the misunderstanding and agreed that it wasn’t fair that I hadn’t received any notification that stock may be gone by the time my order shipped.   They gave me a 30% discount on my next order.   I was ok with that.

The quality of the items  I have received from Shoedazzle has been great for $40!  I don’t always have an extra $40 lying around but if I do it’s a fun way to treat myself.  Have you tried out Shoedazzle?   Do you have any other style sites you subscribe to ?