I know you have heard me talking about this – but I’m doing it again because Y’all really, truly need to be daring and fun and buy a Relish Mystery Clothing Box now before the promo code they gave to my blog readers expires. Relish is a new subscription clothing box that sends you a box full of clothing that is a total surprise for you. They have three different sized boxes – small, medium and large; and they carry sizes from XS to XL so pretty much everyone can get their size. The lady who runs this company and does the shopping and deciding what you get is a freaking fashion genius. She needs to quit her day job and be a celebrity stylist because she just has a special gift that I damn sure don’t have.
Why do I always have something beautiful, quality and amazing to wear everyday? Because of Relish. Why do I no longer stand in front of my (overflowing) closet and whine about how I have nothing to wear? Because of Relish. Why do I get compliments every time I go out of the house now? Because of Relish.
Seriously, Y’all know I don’t lie to you or over exaggerate and Y’all damn sure know I do NOT kiss anyone’s ass or sugar coat or give compliments where they aren’t deserved because I’m hoping for special treatment or something = that is not in my moral compass. I speak my mind and I use this blog to say whatever I want and however I want to say it. The whole reason I started this blog was because I was tired of reading reviews of all these subscription boxes where the author wrote nice comments about every single thing. I would look at review after review where the authors 1) didn’t show the clothing on a real body 2) didn’t talk about the quality of the clothing 3) didn’t say anything even remotely negative about some seriously fugly clothing and 4) talked about how great a deal they got when they averaged out the price of each item in the box/tote/fix and didn’t really analyze if it was really worth the money based on whether or not they would actually wear the damn clothing. You clothing hounds know what I’m talking about here.
I didn’t want to do that. I want my blog to be intensely critical and honest and truthful and full of big, bold opinions. I want to hopefully help my readers make an educated decision on how to spend their limited discretionary money wisely. Go look; look at some of the other blogs that review clothing. You will see how most of them write that everything is “cute, lovely, perfect for my younger neice, amazing but not quite my style, damaged but not too bad and easily fixed” etc.etc. etc…..I got really frustrated with that so I started my own and you can bet your butt you are going to get my dead honest opinion. And my opinion of Relish Mystery Boxes is that they are the absolute best choice for clothing mystery boxes that I have ever seen. I have now received three large boxes from Relish, I have another one on the way to me and I bought one as a gift for my Paralegal, Amanda. I have been completely pumped by every single box. I even tried to grab stuff out of Amanda’s haul and she’s a size bigger than me. I have been wearing Relish clothing almost daily since I started getting the boxes. I have gotten items that I can wear for date night, meeting with clients at the office, lounging around the house and even for wearing to court (I’m not in legal trouble, I’m an attorney most days). I’ve put a hold on my Stitch Fix subscription and I only buy other clothing subs if they have something really cool or they have a great sale. I’ve even stopped looking, and buying, from Hautelook too. My friends, I was pretty close to needing an Intervention to get me away from Hautelook – I won’t tell you the amount of $ I have dropped on them in the last few months, but how bout this: I returned enough stuff to their brick and mortar real store this week to pay my August mortgage tomorrow. Addict. True addict. But not anymore – because Hautelook was just the gateway to Relish. Relish is gonna get almost all my money now.
So, get daring. Get brave and just have some freaking fun and order one of these boxes. Chances are high that you will love every single item that you get , but if you don’t, there is a FaceBook page set up where you can list the items you don’t like for sale or trade. There aren’t many listings on those boards – my guess is because nobody wants to sell anything they get!
I’m gonna give you some tips on how to increase your chances of getting a box that’s perfect for you, and then I’m gonna show you just some of the amazing stuff I’ve gotten in my past boxes. Then you are going to go buy a box!
1) Go join the Facebook trading page = Relish Clothing Trading Page. On that page women post “reveals” of the their boxes. You can get see all beautiful women of all different sizes and shapes; who all have different style preferences. This will give you a good idea of what to put in your comments when you buy your box.
2) Go to the website and bypass the “boutique” completely. The owner of the company started out with the idea of wanting to do the boxes and a boutique, but the boxes have been so everwhelmingly popular that she has forgone the boutique and concentrated all effort on the boxes. In other words, the boutique in no way reflects what will come in your order.
3) Select the size box you want and your clothing size. About clothing size: don’t worry or fret too much about which clothing size to order. If you put the right notes = you will get the right sizes.
4) After you add the box to your cart, there is a section that allows you to add what you “relish”. So my suggestion is to first add a description of your general body measurements, like your bra size, the size you normally wear in jeans, the size you normally wear in tops and bottoms, your height and even your weight if you are comfortable with that. After that section is a place for a promo code. Use “InsideTheBoxes10” for 10% off until midnight tonight. So hurry! Even if you miss the code though, it’s still an incredible deal regardless. And if a new promo code comes out = I’ll list it here for you.
5) Get descriptive, but don’t close the door and all the windows too! The whole point of a mystery box is to be surprised right?!? So give the lady styling you the opportunity to push you a little out of your comfort zone. However, if you hate the color yellow and would never wear it, then write that in the notes so you don’t get a yellow dress and then hate it. If you love rompers and hate maxi dresses – let her know! Try to describe your general, everyday style. I love a “boho/gypsy” vibe to my clothes, and I also like a “Street Style Edgy Vibe”. Those words can mean very different things to different people, so I described what my idea of that means. I also wrote that I don’t care for Brown, Beige, floral print or basic boring stuff. I can buy my basic items at any Gap or Old Navy or even Target. I want my mystery boxes to have unique, amazing and different items that not everyone in my town has seen in the window of Banana Republic.
6) if you are a stay at home mom, or you work in a conservative office or you wear a uniform to work or anything special like that, put that in the notes. If you have toddlers that will grab and tug anything handing off your body – put it down. If you don’t like to show certain parts of your body or, if you want help flattering or concealing parts of your body – put it in the notes. A stylist needs to know these things so she can style you right.
Tops: One of the most common issues I have seen with these mystery boxes is Bra issues. If you don’t want sheer items or items that won’t let on wear a regular, normal bra – then say that. Some huge trends in women’s clothing right now are crochet detailing, sheer back shirts, interesting necklines, and thin strapped dresses that require either no bra, or a bandeau type bra under them. If this is not for you, then put it in the notes. Also, if you like a looser, flowy fit to your tops, then ask to be sized up in smaller fitting items. I have seen that Relish has an amazing ability to size women up or down on certain brands. Also, if you are between sizes, then please tell them you are a “smedium” or whatever size you are and I assure you, the items will fit!
Bottoms: skirt length is another big thing women have strong opinions about. I don’t like “midi” or “tea” length dresses and skirts because I’m “tea” lengthened in height. So I think I look silly in them. However, I have written in my notes that I will make and exception if my stylist thinks it’s an amazing piece – so far I have gotten only one midi length skirt and it’s one of my favorite clothing items I’ve seen this season so far anywhere. I love it! Also, denim: if you are really selective about your jeans, then it’s probably best to just say you don’t want denim at all. If you are willing to try denim, then make sure to list your size and list color preferences – because colored skinny jeans are a big thing right now and if you don’t say anything, then chances are you might get a pair of cool colored skinny jeans!
Dresses: again, be more specific about what you positively will not wear, rather than what you will.
Here is an example of what I put in my notes:
“Hello, I am a true XS, but I can wear a small in certain items and brands. I am a small B cup. I am 5’1 and 120 pounds with an athletic, compact build. I love a boho gypsy look and/or street style edgy. Boho to me means hippie type patchwork colors and prints and crochet detailing and flowy items I can layer. I don’t like beige, brown, tan or other boring colors or prints. I don’t mind some “critter/animal” prints – but only if they aren’t too cheesy. I don’t like midi length dresses or skirts, I don’t like most cardigans or kimonos unless they are interesting. I never wear anything gold, including if the clothing has gold color in it. I love unique, beautiful items that look and feel quality. I love soft clothing. I love tops I can wear under my skirt suits for work. I don’t mind tops that require no bra. I don’t mind items that are “BodyCon”. In denim I am a size 25 or 26 depending on the cut.”
That’s a lot of words – but with Relish there is not word count. You can write as little or as much as you want. Again though, don’t write so much that you close yourself out of everything. Allow her to surprise you!
7) In your notes, include the link to your Pinterest board. If you don’t have a Pinterest board, don’t worry about it. But she truly does take the time to read look at your Pinterest board. I don’t know where she finds the time, but she does it.
8) If you have seen items on the trading board that you love, don’t be afraid to ask for them. If the items is still available, chances are great that you will get it.
9) Try it all on before you pass judgement. Get opinions from others. Share your reveal with us on the FB page. It’s a closed group, no men allowed! And everyone is friendly and fun and they will give you honest opinions. Finally – yeah I typed way too much, but it’s my blog….
10) HAVE FUN!
Now, let me show you some pictures so you can see why I was compelled to write so much and why I am giving this company ALL my money: this is a mix of items from all three of the boxes. This is not the total of everything I got – but just enough to give you a very good idea of what to expect. Keep in mind however, that I asked for “Boho/Gypsy” and work tops. Your items could be very different if you ask for “preppy” or “casual”….
Now, go to the website and order! Splurge! Give yourself a gift Ladies! Be prepared to be excited about clothes. Be prepared to look ultra stylish. Be prepared for the millions of compliments you are going to get! Go! Go! Go!