Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Rose Wholesale Review

Earrings: Sisu,  Shirt: JCP,  Dress: c/o RoseWholesale,  Bag: Gap,  Shoes: Vintage, thrifted

Turns out, midi dresses bother me (on me) almost as much as maxi dresses.  Or maybe it's just the shape of this one.  If it had been tapered all the way down like the picture on the website, I might've liked it better.  Doh! I'm getting ahead of myself...

Time to talk about the items I received from Rose Wholesale.  Pieces included the skirt worn here, the dress shown above, and a pair of leggings that I cannot wear.  The folks at Rose Wholesale were kind enough to let me make my own suggestions on what I would get.  There's a lot on the site, and it was fun to sift through.  The prices are incredibly low, even when buying a single piece vs. bulk wholesale.

It took a long time for the things to arrive - well over a month.  Not sure if that's an overseas shipping thing or a swag delay thing.  Just when I thought I'd been bamboozled, heavenly MAIL!  Golly, I love good mail.

I excitedly ripped open the package, and was instantly very confused.  I remembered what these pieces looked like online, and what I'd received was vastly different.  This skirt online had muted colors, a wider waistband, and appeared a crisper fabric.  I like what I got, and maybe even prefer the brighter, cheesier print.  Unfortunately, the lack of quality is apparent and it may not hold up more than a few wears.

The dress online was tapered - a midi, body-con style - but as you can see in the photo above, it's more of an A-line.  The leggings online represent a funky, multi-texture pattern - vegan leather moto style.  What came was a see-through thin, cotton legging with pleather patches awkwardly placed on the front.  Even if they did look good, the fit is pretty terrible.

Bottom line: you get what you pay for.  Thankfully, these items cost me nothing.  If I were to buy from Rose Wholesale, I would be very conscious of timing, material, returnability, and cost (should something need to be tailored properly).  Could it be an inexpensive way to test out trends?  Yeah, sure, maybe.  Just keep expectations extra low.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


There are certain things from childhood (circa 1988-1996) that I cannot get over.   Onesie items - overalls, rompers, jumpers, bodysuits (before Miley's crotch destroyed their retro-fabulous reputation), and footie pajamas.  I also enjoy plaid, patchwork, and anything overly distressed.

Basically anything that screams "DON'T TAKE ME SERIOUSLY".   
(Cue thought-provoking silence)


As for footwear, I love my collection of little Ked-like tennies.  I don't prefer to spend a lot of money on them (see: Ked like - though I could seriously die over their polka dot collection - gah!) because I don't want to care if they only last one season.  Wear them out and replace.   Be able to afford multiples - one in every print, please.  A set for every pair of overalls I intend to own.

These cuties from Go Jane are $12.50, plus 25% off through tomorrow with code APRIL25R.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Flight of Fashion - Minnesota Event

Friday, April 11, 6:30 - 9:30
Radisson Blu - Mall of America 
$50 advance, $60 at the door - standing only

The stylish event will be a mix of fashion and philanthropy, featuring world-class style with a hometown focus. WINGs Flight of Fashion will be produced by Minneapolis-based style expert Grant Whittaker, who will also emcee the show with Allison Kaplan from MPLS St. Paul Magazine.

Proceeds of the event will go to the WINGs program which is committed to investing in women and their families to help them establish financial stability to overcome poverty. The groups’ motto is “helping the community and your career take flight.”

Metro area boutiques and designers providing the runway looks will include: Maha, Minq, Motto, Grethen House, June, Fashion Avenue and Arrow. Hairstyling provided by Haus Salon.

This year’s event will include a raffle drawing, with one winner receiving a VIP “Glamazon” day, to include being escorted to various boutiques in a Tesla Model S for a day of shopping and styling with Grant Whittaker. Also featured at the event will be a hashtag campaign, where attendees are invited to submit a “selfie” with the hashtags #TakeFlight14 and #selfie, for inclusion in a drawing to win a Juut Salonspa prize basket ($250 value).

An additional raffle prize will include an in-home fashion consulting session from a representative
of Corset Styling and Fashion Boutique.

Count me IN!  

Monday, March 31, 2014

Kings, Queens, and Omnibuses

Shirt: Ralph Lauren via TJMaxx,  Vest: H&M,  Skirt: c/o Rose Wholesale ,
Earrings + Purse: Target,  Boots: vintage - thrifted at Savers

Rose Wholesale sent me some stuff.  This skirt, a dress, and leggings.  None of which looked like they did online.  Good thing I'll wear just about anything, including cartoon drawings of British royalty.  It's a conversation starter, that's for sure.  I'll post a full review once I've had a chance to wear everything.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Wrap Wisdom

I have decided (again), that I need wrap dresses.  They're easy, classic, and grown-up, yet a bit flirty - good combo.  I used to have a few for business life, but over the course of a couple clothes-swaps, only one remains...and I should really get it hemmed (boo).  Isn't it just so much better to buy new?  

Your response: Yes of course, Jill, how wise you are.

Thanks, pals.

Ok.  So, if I were an affordable, wrap dress, where would I be?  It should be a true wrap.  The faux kind is alright, but I do feel like the fit is better when it actually wraps.  Also, it should hit just above my knee.  Most average women's sizes are too long.  Sleeves can be long or 3/4, because I want to be able to wear this sucker year round.  Let's throw a sleeveless in for good measure - whatever, it's layerable.

Old Navy online might be the answer.  I'll let you know when it arrives.  I ordered from petites, but if you require regular or tall fit, those are available as well.  Prices range from $12 clearance to $35 regular price.  Um, please don't buy anything full price at Old Navy (it's just wrong).  If there isn't a discount code today (there is = 20%), try back tomorrow.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Converse Style

Converse has never taken a break from fashion.  It's been awesome since 1917 and will continue it's awesomeness for the duration of time, I'm sure.  My love for the fabulous sneaker was reignited over Sisu's Spring Look Book, where I broke out my red hi-tops for the first time this year.

It's time to expand my Chuck Taylor collection.  Starting with classic black and then delving in to some funky prints.  Long live sporty chic...



Mode the World
Native Fox
The Daybook

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sisu Sneak Peek

Spring Lookbook Sneak Peek from ShopwithSisu on Vimeo.

Boy oh boy.  We've been busy little bees in the Erickson household.  First, Teeny Bee's kickstarter, and now a sneak peek of Sisu's spring lookbook.  Steve does the work, and I give him feedback like, "can you make me look less dorky?", and "is there a more flattering filter for that?".

Oh, did I mention I'm IN this video?  Yeah.  :)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Teeny Bee Kickstarter!

Exciting things happening at Teeny Bee this week!  We just launched our kickstarter video with big plans to expand in order to serve the young families of the Twin Cities even more.  Check out our page to learn about it.  We'd love your support!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Why I Don't Wear Maxi Dresses

Jacket: Levi's via JCP,  Dress: Hot Mama,  Shoes: Payless

Oh wait.  I'm totally wearing a maxi dress here.  Huh.  Well, this is why one should never say that they don't wear something.  Make a statement like that and you're bound to find an exception.  I like the colors, stripes, sleeves (3/4), length, and fabric of this dress.  It was perfect to take on vacation.

Ahem.  So here's why I don't wear maxi dresses:

1.  Legs.  Body hatin' is no fun, but we all do it.  So when those creepy negative thoughts come in, I rely on my legs.  They're kinda cute and help me go places.  If hidden, they might feel under appreciated (sad face).

2.  Steve likes my legs.  He spent most of his upbringing in the United Pentecostal Church where a woman's legs are always covered.  Anytime I wear a skirt below my knees, I prepare for some religious reference to his childhood.  Really, he's just trying to make up for lost leg-looking time.

3.  I'm a shorty.  It's not easy to find maxi skirts that don't have a foot of extra fabric to contend with.  I don't mind going to the tailor, but eh....

4.  Tripping is funny embarrassing.  Especially since the invention of skinny jeans, I'm not accustomed to a lot of fabric by my feet.  That said, I really want a pair of bell bottoms, to be worn with platforms.  Now who's tripping?  Oh that's still me.  But I look so groovy when I'm upright.

5.  Long skirts/dresses read sophisticated to me, and that is not a word I use to describe my style. A sophisticated outside doesn't match the silliness I feel on the inside.  Not that maxis can never be silly.  It's a feeeeeeeeeling.  A silly one.  All my own.

I've tried other maxi styles, really I have.  And I'll continue to try them as I see fit.  But this is the only one that hasn't been sent to the donation pile after only one wear.  It's a special case.