I mentioned last week how it is really hard for me to pick outfits for myself. I also have to confess I am a “subscription box” junkie – Stitch Fix, Birchbox, Rocksbox, Fabletics – you name it, I have tried it. I needed a party dress and I had read good reviews about Rent the Runway. After finding out one of my most favorite designers, Monique Lhuillier, had several dresses available in this site I was sold!
The search tools are very user friendly and I was able to find a dress I liked quickly. Interestingly, the cost of rental for the dress I chose was slightly higher than their Unlimited Package. In the Unlimited Package you can rent up to three products at any time – and you do not need to return all three at the same time, you can return one a time to receive a new product. I, of course, immediately upgraded (remember I said I was a subscription junkie?). After signing up I realized the dress I wanted was not included in the Unlimited inventory. ERRRRR. If you decide to sign up for Unlimited RTR, please note the inventory is not the same as regular RTR. I contacted Customer Service and explained the misunderstanding. The total cost was reimbursed to me within minutes.
I was overwhelmed and decided to hold on my rental for a couple of days…BIG mistake. My beloved dress was no longer available for the time frame needed when I checked a couple of days later. The reviews are best part of RTR – real users post pictures and comments on fit, material, and/or experience. These comments are easy accessible when you are looking at each dress. I looked for alternatives and found a couple that would work – for ease of this post we will call the dress I chose, Dress X. Most commentators had issues with Dress X’s length – it was super long…and I am super short. I called customer service and they offered sending me a second dress for half of the rental price. I told you their customer service is amazing! WELL – there is more. Four days before the event, I get an email from RTR to let me know that my back up dress was returned damaged and was not going to be ready for shipment. As an apology they were asking me to pick another dress with up to twice the rental value, at no additional cost. At that point I had found a pair of shoes that were making me look super tall and this would solve the length issue. I decided to receive only Dress X. RTR will also send you another size of the same dress at no additional cost. They also assured me that if I had any problems with the dress, they would overnight me another. I am happy to report that Dress X fit like a glove, and I felt like a princess!
I accessorized with my last Rocksbox shipment. This is one of the few subscriptions I have actually kept…and am planning to keep. I love their statement jewelry and how they try to match the items shipped to your wish list – as much as possible. The mother of pearl earrings from Kendra Scott were just perfect for my blue dress. Having my hair up was also different and made me feel extra fancy – dressing up is so fun! Talking about hair – that almost did not happen. I was forty five minutes late to my appointment because a major accident in I-40. I was stuck in between exits for one hour. When the cars started moving and drove by the accident – I felt terrible for complaining. For me it was a hair appointment, for others it was something much more important. Counting my blessings!
While I would love to make this post all about me – it really is not. Ethan also dressed up for me. He wore and ah-dorable suit that complemented my dress. I have to add the colors are perfect for Easter and the fabric is super soft and very comfortable. He did NOT want to change back to his regular clothes. He wanted to play “daddy at work” with his sister instead. He is the hardest to cooperate, so the fact that he loved his momma’s styling makes me very happy. I may be biased but he is just the cutest! *heart melts*
If you decide you want to give RTR or Rocksbox I can share some discounts with you. For $20 of your RTR order click here. If you want to try Rocksbox for free for one month just click here and sign up using the code ‘erickabff1’
Article by Ericka of Little Apple Styles
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Ericka Jimmerson is a busy mom of two who runs Little Apple Styles, photography + event styling. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help making your event picture perfect!
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