Can you believe summer is already coming to an end? I know; neither can I. Whether we are sad or relieved that cooler days are up ahead, it's time to start thinking about fall fashion. Magazines, stores, and fashion bloggers are already ahead in that department, so let's catch up!
Following trends with the help of Cowboys & Indians Magazine is a must for any classy, fashion conscious cowgirl. With two issues every year dedicated exclusively to fashion, one in the spring and another in the fall, C&I gives you a heads up about everything new and noteworthy in the coming season. As the Fall Fashion 2017 issue is already on the way to the subscribers and about to appear at newsstands next week, here is a sneak peek of some things you will find inside.
As expected, turquoise and coral are still going strong when it comes to western inspired fashion. The image below, taken from the On The Horizon section of the magazine, gives a nice cross-section of boots and accessories in this ever popular combination of colors. Among the likes of Rocketbuster, Liberty Black, and Rhonda Stark you will find here one of the necklaces from our new line of Native inspired jewelry - a contemporary Squash Blossom Necklace in freshwater pearls, sterling silver, turquoise, and a variety of red colored gemstones. Talk about being in good company! That's the same page as Rocketbuster, people! Also, I have always wanted a pair of shortie boots by Liberty Black... And just look at those gorgeous purses by New Vintage Handbags and Arohoe! Swoon! So, check out this limited edition necklace and her copper "sisters" in our shop before they have all found new homes!
Talking about fashion, three hART Sense Design jewelry pieces have just returned from another fashion shoot down in Texas, one for Holiday Gift Guides this time. Yes, it is still August, but magazine editors are already hard at work putting together their holiday issues. So, if you have been admiring any of the three designs below and wondering when they would be back in stock, here is your answer. They are back at our shop and ready to be purchased. Go get 'em! What are you waiting for?
Last but not least, as the official start of fall gets closer, hART Sense Design will be rolling out a couple of new designs and a special promotion to help you get the holiday gift shopping done early. Keep an eye on this blog and our Twitter and Pinterest accounts for details to be revealed soon.
Have a happy and fashionable fall!
As promised in Part 5 of this series, I decided to test two more personal styling services: Wantable and Stylogic. While I did receive an edit from Wantable, regrettably, I had to cancel my Stylogic membership even before receiving my first selection. Communication with their Customer Service resembled talking to the deaf, and the wait for my first shipment went beyond the scheduled shipment date with no clear indication as to when the items would actually be sent. So, the best thing was just to "cut my losses" and close the account.
Wantable Customer Service, on the other hand, was much more responsive, so I decided to wait for my first Wantable edit even though the wait was quite long. Similar to other personal styling services, Wantable requires members to fill out a detailed profile which helps the stylist choose items to include in each edit. This service is supposed to be a monthly subscription, but you can easily request to skip a month (or a few) if this is too frequent for you. The styling fee is $20 and, unlike other services, it is charged to the member's credit card up front. If you decide to keep any items from your Wantable edit, this fee will be credited to your total. Shipping is free both ways, and an edit usually consists of seven items. The member is given five days to decide which items to keep and which ones to return.
One thing that separates Wantable from other personal styling services is the fact that you can request specific items to be sent to you. Each member has a section within their account called Stream, where items similar to the member's style would appear as soon as another member who received the items posts them on the site. One can also request items from the section called Trending, where anything that is posted on the site would appear. In addition, Wantable has four different types of edits you can subscribe to receive: Style - includes clothing and accessories, Fitness - includes fitness clothing, Makeup - includes makeup and nothing else, and Intimates - includes undergarments and sleepwear. In addition, Wantable also offers a Men's Fitness edit subscription. As I was only interested in clothing and limited number of accessories, I only subscribed to the Style edit. Below is the detailed review of the seven items I received in my first edit.
Three of the seven items in my first Wantable edit were the items I requested: Eden crossbody bag, Marlow scarf, and Embroidered bell sleeve dress. The remaining four were chosen by my stylist and were supposed to be picked based on information in my style profile.
1. Eden Crossbody by Urban Expressions, color Bluebell - $80.00
I loved the color of this crossbody bag, but the strap was too short for my frame, and at $80, it was definitely overpriced for a faux suede bag. In addition, I found the same bag on another website for $45, so sending this one back was a no-brainer.
2. Marlow Printed Scarf by Wantable - $38.00
Although I requested this scarf, it still ended up being returned. The main problem with it was that the colors were different from what I expected based on the photo of the item on Wantable website. When requesting it, I was under the impression that the colors of the motif were pale blue and washed-out red on white background. In person however, the washed-out red was really a pale orange which didn't match anything in my wardrobe.
3. Embroidered Bell Sleeve Dress in white by Hayden Los Angeles - $49.00
Although sent in the size I normally wear, this dress was extremely oversized, roughly two sizes larger than what would fit me. In addition, the fabric appeared quite sheer and cheap, so even though this was another of the items I requested, it also went back.
4. Effortless Ankle Seneca Jeans by Kensie - $58.00
These skinny jeans fit great over the legs, but the waist was a bit too large. Also, I would have liked them an inch or two longer, but since they fit so well over the legs and looked good with different styles of tops I already had in my closet, I decided to keep them and wear them with a belt and a pair of ankle boots. The price was right as well at $58, discounted from the regular $78.
5. Floral Tee Dusty Rose/Black by DEX - $40.00
I couldn't even bring myself to put this tee on - that's how awful the print and the fabric were. The garment looked like something an 80 year old grandma might possibly wear, and the polyester knit fabric seemed to be of extremely poor quality too. Needless to say, this item went into the return bag faster than it came out of the box it was sent in.
6. Amelia Jacket in Optic White by Kut - $98.00
Although I really wanted to like this jacket, the fit actually did not suit my body. Jacket was too tight in the hips, and the sleeves were way too long for me. Regrettably, this ended up being returned, too.
7. Pull On Leggings in Black by DEX - $60.00
In addition to the fact that I stated in my profile I did not wear leggings, this item was extremely overpriced for the style and quality. This was another item that promptly went onto the return pile.
Everything considered, although Wantable redeemed itself by the responsiveness of its customer service, I cannot honestly recommend it for a lady sporting boho or western style of clothing. In addition, due to the poor quality of several items received in my first edit, I cannot give Wantable a rating higher than two and a half stars.
This concludes the Personal Styling Services and the Plus Size Cowgirl series. The only service of the six reviewed I plan to stay with on an infrequent basis is Natalie Attired. If you have missed it, you can read my review of that service here.
Have you ever tried Wantable styling services? What type of edit(s) were you subscribed to and what were your impressions? Feel free to share in the comments below.
Are you an art lover who happens to like animals too? Or maybe you are an animal lover who is interested in art? Either way, join us this coming Friday evening for loads of fun involving both art and animals.
This coming Friday, August 11th, I will be participating in a fun Art Night event at Suzie Cappa Art Center here in Rapid City, South Dakota. Every second Friday of the month, the Art Center hosts a reception with live music, light refreshments, and a number of artists on hand to talk about their art or demonstrate their techniques as part of the Downtown Art Night. As one of the Suzie Cappa Community Artists, I am represented in the SCAC gallery both as hART Sense Design and as Smiling Setter Shop with designs from both lines available for sale on site.
This Friday night, however, will not be an ordinary Art Night downtown. On Friday, August 11th, between 5:00 and 7:00 pm, Suzie Cappa Art Center is joining forces with the Humane Society of Black Hills to showcase both animal related art and rescued animals available for adoption. There will be a whole lot of dog and cat paintings by Suzie Cappa resident artists, dogs and cats available for adoption from the Humane Society, as well as accessories for both pets and humans by Smiling Setter Shop. In addition, I will also be on hand to answer any questions and take custom orders should you desire to place one.
See you at Suzie Cappa Art Center, 722 St. Joseph St, Rapid City, SD tomorrow evening!
Interested in custom or wholesale orders for your favorite animal charity? Leave a comment here or email us at j.louie [at] hartsd.com
the mind and hands behind hART Sense Design. I am a designer and hand-maker of one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry and accessories for artistic, chic cowgirls, boho babes, and lovers of all things western.
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