Unboxing the June 2022 Underclub

That’s right, the June subscriptions have started to arrive. Well, the first of the June subscriptions has arrived anyway. And there is no surprise that it is The Underclub. While the Underclub has several different subscription tiers, including one where you can add a matching bralette, I have the single pair for $15 per month tier.

And honestly, I have never regretted it. Every pair I have ever received from them has fit perfectly and has been high quality. And as I have had this subscription for well over a year at this point I can say that the underwear wears well over time. Most of the pairs I have received are still in rotation in my drawer.

The only ones I have had to release from service have been because I lost enough weight to go down a size. My earlier subscriptions were a size larger. While a few of them i can still get by with there were a few styles that just didn’t do well with a smaller me. I’m sure they too would have lasted longer, but they just no longer fit.

June’s selection

I went onto my member page and adjusted my sizing (it took two seconds) and now i am back to the right sized underwear. I know I say this each time this subscription comes in, but one of my favorite things about this subscription (besides getting a fabulous pair of undies each month) is it’s size inclusivity. They have XS and XL (I was a 3X and am now down to a 2X but they go all the way up to 4X) and in their bralettes, their XXL goes all the way up to a 40DD. As I am a 40D this really helps me out.

And, here is the best part. The XL (or XS) aren’t in separate sections. That’s right, you don’t have to go diving into a small section of the site and looking at the limited options that might be available in your size. Both their subscription and their store (where members get 20% off) have every item and style in every size.

I know it doesn’t sound like much, but it is kind of a big deal. Especially in underwear. There are many places that either don’t stock my size apparently in the belief that if you are over a certain size you should just go commando, or it feels like they make the decision about what styles you should like based on only offering you certain styles. which is not only annoying in general when I am trying to shop, but something I also find very condescending. After all the general public isn’t going to even see my underwear, why should they get a say in what type i should wear?

details

So the fact that The Underclub is so size inclusive means that this is a subscription (and store) I really enjoy. Plus I love pretty underwear. If I am wearing pretty underwear, I feel pretty. And I know some people use that as date underwear, but let me tell you pretty underwear has helped me feel better about even bad work meetings with overbearing bosses. Just knowing I am wearing it makes me feel good. And sometimes that little boost can really help.

And June’s pair is very pretty. I am really happy it is since it is my Birthday Month and i like thinking that my birth month is special. This month’s selection is a pale pink and is in the style called Lanya Lace Cheeky in Peach Whip. I suppose it could be called peach but I always think of peach as having a little more orange tone to it. This is a delicate pink.

While the color is pretty, I also love the scalloped edges to the lace. For me scalloped edging always makes the underwear feel a little sexier to me. I think partially because my work out undies are all Hanes cotton with the straight edging on the legs. The scalloped edge makes them feel that much different from the work out pears. The lace of these undies are soft and not at all scratchy. The waist band is satin covered elastic that feels quite durable so I am sure it will last just as well as the other pairs I have received.

As always, when i received the subscription, I checked over the pair for loose threads and stitches. I found none, then I sent them through the wash and checked again. Again, there were no problems. And yes I know it sounds like a little much, but I just can’t shake my grandmother’s voice from my head. She always did the same thing and I find that even though she is long gone, it is still habit and I am unable to resist checking them again for loose threads after the first wash. It was her quality check system. And it has become mine.

The Underclub passed. I’ve never had a pair from them that didn’t.

This month’s selection is perfect for me to celebrate my birthday month. They are pretty and I will feel pretty this month when I wear them. And in addition, I will feel pretty many more months to come as they continue through my rotation.

My first box from Drape Fit

I have a confession to make. I don’t like to shop. I do not like going into stores flipping through racks upon racks of clothing only to find nothing. Part of it is my size. While I am working towards a healthier me, I am still a size 22-24, depending on the garment. And most stores don’t stock a wide array of garments in my size. In addition, what they stock might not be to my taste. As a result, I purchase a lot of my clothing on line. So for me a clothing subscription seems like a great idea. It sends clothes that are in my size to me and are presumably to my taste.

The trick is finding a clothing subscription that is in my size. A while ago Drape Fit sent an e-mail to me telling me of their subscription. After seeing that they did have my size (and that in many categories I was not top of the range) I decided to have a go with it. They did send a discount code for anyone who sees this and decides that they want to give it a go themselves. It is just for you. It is DFIS10 and you can get $10 worth of credits from each purchase. And while discounts are nice, the purpose of this post is to go over my first box experience. After all a discount is only of value if the box is worth it. So let’s take a look.

(incidentally I managed to somehow delete the pics of me trying on the clothes. Which I didn’t realize until after the bag was on it’s way back, next time, I’ll make sure there is a try on portion.)

didn’t need denim but it fit perfectly so I was tempted

Drape Fit has boxes for Men, Women and Children. They have an array of sizes including Plus sized women and Big and tall men. I’m not sure how wide an array the men’s styles are but the women’s sizing was pretty broad. The styling fee is $20. They send a pre addressed postage paid bag to return what you don’t like and you have five days to try on and decide what you would like to keep.

the pants fit perfectly but I have three nearly identical pair in my closet

Because any stylist takes a while to learn about you, I never really expect much in my first box. For me the first box involves getting the sizing down and seeing how detailed the style quiz is at the beginning.

When I took the style/sizing quiz I was very impressed. While they did ask my general size they also went garment by garment. For me this is important because there are some shirts that I have to get larger depending on the style. (I am a 40 D). However if I get items sized for my bustline then often the pants are too large. With this quiz I was asked what size I took in jeans as well as slacks and then I was asked different shirt and dress styles so they had a better idea of how garment’s fit me as well as what it was I actually liked.

Just didn’t like anything but the belt. Oddly the pants fit really well but the belt was too small. I needed two more sets of holes

And here is the thing. They sent four shirts, three pairs of pants and a dress. All fit me. without a struggle or sagging. Every single item fitted me. Now I didn’t particularly like all of the items, but they fit me. And while I didn’t specifically like each item, they all fell well into the guidelines of what I said I wanted. That I sort of expected. I figured they’d send garments and then i would get to evaluate each item and then with each box it would get better as the categories narrowed slightly.

flared wide at the narrowest part of me making me look like a giant box, but it fit me comfortably

The box included colors I liked, did not include colors or patterns that I didn’t like and the only thing that they included that I didn’t ;like was a pair of jeans. (Technically I suppose they are jeggings but I asked for no denim and they sent denim. And to be fair they might have just thought of them as jeggings instead of denim.)Everything else was spot on.

loved this shirt and ended up keeping it

So did I keep anything? Yes. I kept the white shirt. The dress was fine but the slip underneath was too short and hit strangely when I sat down making the otherwise comfy dress not so comfy. The long sleeved gray shirt I liked except for the waist. I hate elastic on my wasted from shirts. I would rather tuck in a shirt or leave it out, but I just don’t care for the elastic. I also didn’t like the material. But the style was great. The yellow shirt I liked but it needed to either be a little shorter or a lot longer. The olive shirt was nice but the elastic hit right under my bust and the wide flare of the bottom half of the shirt made the narrowest part of me look wider and me a lot boxier.

needed to be either a little shorter or a lot longer but loved the color and it was super soft material I hated to send this back but it just didn’t look good on me.

With pants, the black pants were exactly like three other pairs I already poses making them fit with my wardrobe but unnecessary to add. I didn’t like the capri pants and the one think I really don’t need more of in my wardrobe right now are jeans or jeggings.

So one white shirt is added to my closet.

dress was great but the slip underneath was too short and tight which again was a shame as I liked the dress.

In the questionnaire you could pick a budget. I chose no garment over $50. My most expensive item was $32.75. (I also chose not to add any accessories like jewelry, shoes or handbags.) While I might bend on the jewelry at some point I need to whittle down my shoe and handbag collection before I look at adding to it. The lowest priced item was $25. over all I would say the pricing was spot on. With the white shirt my guess was $30-$35 and it was $27.50.

And the cost was easy to see as they sent a sheet breaking down each garment. In addition there was also a list from the stylist stating which items she saw paired together and explaining why she sent them

price break out

I was very impressed with the sizing and the quality of the garments as well as the pricing. If you choose to buy the entire selection sent to you then you get a 25% discount on the pricing. To be honest, while this box wasn’t exactly there, it wasn’t that far off. I could easily see a time when I would purchase the entire box.

return bag

And once I received the box and tried everything on, I went onto the website and reviewed each item and in addition to reviewing them I let them know what I was keeping and what I was returning. I then chose to go ahead and pay for the item I am keeping, which meant that I controlled when that charge went to my account. I wasn’t sending in the box and letting them process the return and then realize I kept something and then waiting until they charged my card.

I did that on the site before I even sent the box back. It took less than a day for the charge to appear. As I have had trouble with waiting for charges to go through before, I really liked that aspect of the box. Over all I was very impressed with my first box and can’t wait for my next. This box has the subscription option of once a month, once every other moth or once every three months. I chose every three months, because I think quarterly is about right for me. As I purge some of my older garments from the closet, that might change, but for now I am happy. And if I decide I need more I can always request a style box whenever i want one sent to be regardless of the schedule. It seems very flexible and I am interested to see how this subscription progresses. For now, I am sending most of the clothes back and keeping one very nice new shirt.

If you try this out, don’t forget you can get $10 credit for any item you purchase with the code DFIS10. Happy shopping!

Unboxing The Underclub for May 2022

The Underclub has been one of my favorite subscriptions. For $15 per month you receive one pair of luxury underwear. There are different tiers of course, different prices and one I think where you receive three pairs a month. There is even a new bralette subscription available. For me, the one new pair a month is absolutely perfect. It is a once a moth treat but I never feel like it is too much.

Many of you may realize that thee was not an unboxing posted for April. It isn’t because I took a month off, it is because my subscription was never sent. Apparently the package was never picked up. So I am trying to work that out with The Underclub. I know they are changing over their website at the moment and I think because of this communication is slow, but it is progressing. I will keep you posted on how that plays out.

One of the reasons that I adore The Underclub is that they are very size inclusive. They have the extra small sizes as well as the much larger ones and it is easy to adjust the sixing of your subscription. I went from a 3X down to a 2X and it was just a few clicks and the changes were made. I also like that everything comes in this wide size range. You can go on find something you like in the main store and not be shunted off to a small plus sized section with a limited amount of products. And they have some adorable things in their on-line shop in addition to their subscriptions (members get a discount of course.) Some of their sleepwear and cami sets are just fabulous.

This month’s pair of undies comes from their own line of underwear (The Underclub brand). They do have other brands as well. I really like the quality of the Under club pieces. As usual. I opened the subscription as soon as it came. The package is a simple plastic mailer that easily fits in the mailbox. After opening I inspected for loose threads and pulled stitches. I found none. Then it went in the wash and after coming out, I inspected it again, still no pulled threads or dropped stitches.

This set is a lovely deep purple with a really nice pattern to the lace. The material itself is whisper soft and the underwear fits perfectly. (the lace is also see through, which is why there are no try on pictures, I love you but there are limits to photos I am willing to post). The waistband is fitting but not too tight and it falls in just the right place to be comfortable wearing all day. There is a little cut out in the back as an added decorative element. I think it looks nice which is a good thing as I have seen this detail appear more and more lately. Over all I am very pleased with this set and am already looking forward to next month.

Of course hopefully April will get sorted and that will be here as well. I will definitely keep you updated on the customer service and missing subscription replacement policy. As they have been really good with everything else I am interested to see how that works out. For now, I am enjoying May’s subscription and happy to keep the Underclub subscription in general.

The Daily: April 18th, 2022

As expected, the Winter returned for Easter Weekend. Temps dropped and the rain came off and on. The sound of aster this year was rain on canvas as we were holding most things out doors. which is fine. Well for me anyway. I am feeling a little bit stuffy and puffy with a weather change headache today, but i think several others left with the starts of head colds.

I would like to thank Ever Pretty for a lovely Easter dress that was not too heavy for Spring, but with the long skirt and lining, kept me warm throughout the events. I would have been quite frankly miserable if it hadn’t been for that long skirt. If you are preparing for a wedding, Ever Pretty’s <a href="http://<a target="_blank" href="https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=2004714&u=2299402&m=65698&urllink=&afftrack="><img src="https://static.shareasale.com/image/65698/pc.jpg&quot; border="0" />bridal sale is still going on. It ends April 20th though.

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This past weekend was an amazing event for me and mine. It has been several years since I have seen many of those attending and even with the social distancing it was nice to catch up in person. And to see more than the head and shoulders of the people I was talking to. Video calls only go so far. Don’t get me wrong I love them, but it is a different sort of communication from in person chats.

Today is rainy and I am stuffy with itchy watery eyes. I thought about makeup, but then I had a bout of sneezing with watery eyes that made me spend several moments with my box of Kleenex and I realized that attempt at makeup would merely be a farce. And so I skipped it. I may sort through my masks and find something soothing and depuffing for an afternoon facemask at my desk, but today was not a day for makeup. Some days are just like that.

But as for me, since I took a long weekend, I need to pop an allergy tablet and get back to work. I enjoyed the fun and family of the three day Easter Weekend but it does leave me scrambling to catch up. So nose blown, and water eyes wiped, it is time for me to get back to work. I hope everyone had a fantastic Easter.

The Easter Assemblage continues…

It started with the dress. The dress was sent to me by Ever Pretty to try out and review. My opinions, as always are my own. I went into the details of the dress and the quality of the materials, shipping times and fit in the initial post of the dress when it arrived. This link will take you to that post. The dress was tried on just to see about fit and to start planning the rest of the outfit.

So the hair is simply tied up out of the way, there is no makeup and I learned I needed a body shaper under the dress just to smooth out my lines. The dress however fit perfectly. And so Now, knowing that the Ever Pretty dress is fantastic, I can move on to other elements.

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I’ll admit, I am kind of excited this year. There have not been many family gatherings in the past two years and my family has a lot going on. thee is Easter of course but we are combining it with some christenings. There was a family wide decision to simply make this an event rather than a simple Easter Sunday. I think all of us have been denied events for so long that everyone just used it as an excuse.

And I used it as an excuse to treat myself to some of my favorite hair care products. We are starting with a kit from eSalon. This is a custom hair dying kit that you can have mailed to you. The company is fantastic. I not only get the kit but I also order root touch up which they send me in the same shade as the hair color I chose to order. I think my first time ordering this kit was in 2019 and I have been ordering it routinely ever since.

They dye is great, I never have any harsh breakage and it resists fading for a really long time. It is more often that my roots will grow out before the color fades. They also have a color rinse so if you think the color is fading a bit you can give it a little boost. As I try to extend my time between dying my hair as long as I can, the root touch up and color rinse are fantastic additions to the kit. I actually ran out of root touch up, which is why my roots have been showing And I forgot to order it with the batch of dye so I will be putting in a later order. But the hair dye is my first pre-Eater hair purchase.

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The second item is the shampoo and conditioner from Grow Gorgeous. It is the Intense line and if you are looking for thickening shampoo and conditioner that also leaves your hair detangled and silky soft, this is one of the best I have found. The scent of the shampoo is a bit on the strong side and it is an intense salon scent. But it is so worth it. My hair always feels thicker and just plain fabulous when I use it. So I went ahead and picked up the set. I generally purchase My Grow Gorgeous products from the Skin store. Currently they are having a 25% off sale, It is site wide not just for hair care or these specific products. Just thought you’d like to know if you are stocking up on beauty products. Just use code CELEBRATE and if you spend more than $150 you get a free 13 piece beauty bag (worth $188). As an extra incentive to stock up. The beauty bag looks kind of amazing. You can see the products here.

This is one of those brands that i was introduced to either with a Glossy Box or a Look Fantastic Box.

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I can’t remember which and I think they have been featured in both. They are a UK brand I believe and well worth looking into. I have enjoyed every product i have tried from the brand thus far, with this shampoo and conditioner set being my absolute favorite. Plus as they are in tubes, I find them much easier to pack for a trip.

And yes it did come with a cap, but as always within minutes of opening I set the top aside and promptly lost it.

And the third indulgence I added for this Easter’s hair care line up is the Color Wow Dream Cocktail. It is coconut infused and I know I often complain about coconut. It isn’t that I don’t like coconut, I do actually. It was just that there was such a plethora of coconut infused products for a time that coconut seemed to be everywhere. And it was a bit much. Plus sometimes people go a little crazy with the fake coconut scent. This Dream Cocktail does have a light coconut scent, but it is very light and very natural smelling so I am fine with it. And even if i wasn’t I would let it go just to use this product.

The Color Wow Dream Cocktail is interesting. When you first put it in your hair you will be tempted to think it doesn’t do anything. That is because it is heat activated. It doesn’t do much until you blow dry our hair or use other heated tools. Then it is like this Dream cocktail coats every strand in silk. That is the only way I can describe it. It is a heat protector and hair renewal serum in one. My hair is softer and curls are glossier without being greasy. It is almost like a healthy highlighter for your hair. Each strand seems to have a healthy glow about it. And I am happy to include it in my Easter Hair Care Line up this year.

I haven’t decided on a style yet, But i do know that with this dress from Ever Pretty and this selection of hair care items, I will look great and my hair will be healthy and fabulous.

Hippity Hoppity…Easter’s on it’s way…Or at least the shopping is.

The Dress Arrives!

Even though snow is coating the ground, Easter is coming. And this year it is going to be a big one for the family. The first together in a while and three christenings on top. So I have begun to gather the ensemble. The first item on the list, the dress.

This dress was gifted to me by Ever Pretty. If you’ve heard of them, then you are probably thinking wedding or bridesmaids dresses. That was actually how I heard of them. A friend of mine outfitted her bridesmaids from their site because they had really good prices, good quality items and a wide array of sizes. In addition, everyone lived in different areas which made it difficult to get together for dress shopping (especially these days) so the on line site was perfect and everyone looked stunning at the wedding.

Actually they have a sale going on right now If you by four or more bridesmaids dresses you get 20% off with the code BRIDE20. So if you are outfitting a wedding party, now might be a good time to pop over to Ever Pretty.

I love my babydoll, but he is the worst when it comes to taking pictures, this was actually the best one he took of a full length As the outfit comes together I’ll get better ones.

They have bridesmaid dresses’, wedding dresses, prom dresses as well as general evening gowns. Their dresses range from the simply elegant minimalist designs to the more lacy and sequined creations. So there is a lot to choose from. The prices are also really good. They specialize in both beautiful and affordable dresses. The dress in these photos comes from their Mother of the Bride line. For me it is perfect for this Easter.

sleeve detail

I don’t know about where you live but Easter always seems to be the time when Winter decides it isn’t done quite yet. And after a childhood of shivering in Easter dresses made of thin material and knee length skirts I go for longer dresses. I also look better in darker colors. Easter Pastel dresses’ can make me look a little jaundiced. This deep blue is perfect for me. And I love that the color is so saturated. So this was perfect for me. The dress also sets the foundation for everything else. Jewelry, shoes, handbags, hair and even body shapers underneath will be determined now that the dress is here.

zipper with toggle

When I ordered the dress from Ever Pretty, I chose the size and used the chart they provided. The sizes vary from dress to dress though so you need to look at the specific sizing chart for the dress you are looking at purchasing. I really like this actually. Sometimes the cut of a dress simply means that the fit of the dress will change. I really like that Ever Pretty Takes this into account when making their individual sizing charts. It makes me more confident when ordering.

For me, the fit through the bodice was spot on and the length of the skirt is perfect for me to wear with heels. Which means I need to do no hemming, which is fantastic. The cuffs are slightly large around my wrists, but I find that with almost any lantern sleeve. I absolutely love lantern sleeves. They are one of my preferred sleeves and actually I plan on tightening them up by using a set of my Dad’s cufflinks. When he died his collection of cuff links were parceled out and they are worn for special events, so I’m actually kind of pleased by the excuse to use them to slightly tighten the sleeves.

bodice lining

And actually with that slight exception of the easily adjustable cuffs, everything matched the specific size chart for the dress and the colors were exactly as they appear on the website. I have no complaints in that regard.

The details on the sleeves are lovely. The inside is a net sheath for the arm, with the outer sleeve sliced open to reveal the inner sleeve. The stitching is really well done and the detail really makes the dress. I also love the wider neckline. It is open and will give me a chance to show off whatever necklace I decide to pair with the dress, but it doesn’t dip too low. It has a really nice curve without displaying my cleavage.

front applique

Every part of this dress is well thought out. The zipper in the back slides easily and the stitching around it is done so that the material will not get caught in the zipper, which is nice. The material does have some stretch in it so there is a bit of flexibility to the fit and the bodice has an interior lining. I will be getting a body shaper to wear under it so the lines will look a little smoother, but I wanted to try on the dress before I decided what sort of shaper to pick up.

This dress from Ever Pretty is the perfect dress for me to wear for the upcoming Easter events. The material is of good quality and thick enough to protect me from shivering should the weather take a chilly turn and light enough that should it be warm, I won’t sweat. The length and sizing were exactly what was listed on the site and the time from order to delivery was only two weeks. The next time I need a dress for an event, I am going right back to the Ever Pretty site. They have a wide array of sizes and styles and I know that if my measurements fit the sixing chart than the dress will fit me. And that is always a huge relief when buying clothing on line. But for now, I have my Easter dress and need to figure out the rest of the items to go with it. It’s been quite a while since I assembled a special event’s outfit and it is ridiculous how excited I am to actually get to do so now.

Unboxing The UnderClub March 2022

Ah the beginning of the month and the arrival of one of my favorite subscription boxes. Or bags I suppose as the Underclub subscription arrives in a discrete plastic mailer. I love this subscription for many reasons. One is that pretty underwear makes me feel more confident. I now it is silly but if I am wearing pretty underwear, even if i am the only one who knows it, I feel more confident. I always have.

The second reason I love The Underclub is it’s size inclusivity. All of their garments are offered in the full size range. There is no going to their on line story and being shunted off to a small corner of the website for the few items they have in your size. From XS to 3X they have you covered. Its a small thing, but being able to shop in the store instead of being relegated to a small corner of the website just makes me very happy.

I love the extra interior bag for the undies

I have also been impressed with the quality and this month is no exception. This month there is a pair of bikini briefs (mostly see through which is why I am not wearing them in the photos. I like that it is green for St. Patrick’s day but a more subdued green. It is not only a little more sophisticated a color but it is something I would wear all year round. as always I inspected the garment for loose stitches and found none. Then I sent it through the wash, inspected again and then tried them on. They fit beautifully and have great subtle details. The slight material overlap at the hip bone, the slight variation in the lines on the material. It is a simple bikini brief but someone clearly took the time to think about the details.

And they fit comfortably. For those who routinely read you may recall I lost enough weight that I had to adjust my sizing. It was a quick few clicks on my account page and it was done. No muss, no fuss. And I have always found their sizing to be spot on with measurements

details make the garment

. There is no running small or lager, The measurements are accurate. Which I personally love. I’ve had this subscription for over a year now and I can tell you, this is not a subscription that is going anywhere. I expect to keep it for a long time.

Unboxing the Sock Panda for March 2022

I love socks. I love wild and crazy socks. I love soft and fluffy socks. In general, I just love socks. I think because as my weight increased, it was one clothing item that didn’t change. I now that sounds a little strange but clothes change when you gain weight and so does your relationship with them.

I am a very tactile clothes shopper and in larger garment sizes sometimes the cloth doesn’t feel as nice. Plus there is this material I always think of as fat girl cloth. It has elastic woven in with the fibers so it can fit a wider variety of sizes and stretch with you. It also has a weirdly burnt rubber smell when it comes out of the dryer. I’ve never seen men’s garments made from it, no matter how large the size, hence the name. For a while at least half my closet was made from this material and one of the best things about losing weight has been eliminating some of those garments.

In addition, for me, as my weight increased there was the desire to not be seen. Not to draw attention to myself. So I chose darker colors with no patterns or eye catching anything as though it would help me blend into the wall.

With socks, I never had to worry. My feet are between a women’s 7 -7.5 and that hasn’t changed with the weight gain. So I can indulge in my fuzzy fabrics, soft textures and since I generally wear shoes when I leave the house, the socks are covered by shoes and trouser legs. So I can get as crazy as I like. As my weight slowly decreases, I am broadening my clothing selection , bot I still love my wild socks. Because very few people get to see them, they are kind of something special just for me.

A while ago I had a sock subscription but the subscription was discontinued. I decided it was time to go and find a new one to try out. So I poked around Cratejoy for a bit. I love finding subscriptions to try out when I am on there. Sometimes they are fabulous and I keep them, other times I try for a few months and let them go.

I have high hopes for this one. Sock Panda is a sock subscription as the name suggests. There are women’s subscriptions (which I have), men’s and even a tween’s so socks for everyone. It is $14 per month, although you can get discounts if you go for a longer term. At the moment I am trying them out and going month to month. If I decide I like it enough to keep long term (generally after about three months I’ll make that decision) also at the moment they have a 35% offer going on (use code BESTGIFT35). with the Sock Panda you get one pair of socks each month. In addition, with every order, Sock Panda gives one pair of socks to someone in need. According to the card that came with the socks this month they have donated over 143,000 pairs to shelters, hospitals, schools and communities.

I love that.

It makes me feel much better about adding the subscription to my list.

Plus I don’t always remember to change into my sweat socks when I work out so I have destroyed much of my sock collection through extra heavy use.

This is my first month with this subscription. The socks have a makeup of 85% Peruvian Cotton. 20%nylon, and 5% spandex. The design is cute. One sock has a man with his face replaced by a cell phone and the pother a woman with her face replaced by a cell phone. while I like the designs I would have preferred the image on the foot rather than on the ankle part of the sock, mostly because I tend to scrunch my socks down rather than wear them pulled all the way up. But that is personal preference. And I do like the pink foot part.

The socks feel like they are a good quality. They fit well with the heel being just a tiny bit high. But on me that is not unusual. The size range is from women’s 6-10 I believe and I am a 7-7.5. A little high on the heel is how most of my socks sit. So I am not surprised. But it does mean that these socks fit me as well as the socks I pick out for myself in the store. As a first pair, this was quite the success. I have a nice new pair of bright socks. It always makes me very happy to pull on a new pair of socks. It is one of life’s many little pleasures. And I am pleased that because of my purchase, someone else gets to feel that sensation as well. Because some days a fresh pair of socks makes the entire world feel just a little bit brighter. I think I will be keeping this Sock Panda subscription for a while.

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February with The Underclub

That’s right my darlings, it is the first subscription arrival of the month. And it is hands down one of my favorites. The Underclub has several tiers, some of them including multiple pairs of undergarments each month and of course their website sells fantastic sets, not just of underwear but pajamas and Cami sets as well. Everything I have ever received from them whether it is a bralette and undie set or a camisole and short set (which is my favorite pair of summer weight pajamas actually) has been of excellent quality. Plus it is size inclusive so you can go on their site, go into their on-line store and everything will come in your size, from XS to XXXL. It is amazing.

love the double bag for shipping as well as the affirmation card

I know i say that pretty much every month when this subscription arrives, but it is still one of my favorite points about the subscription. Pretty undies make me feel confident no matter what situation I am in. Underwear shopping often makes me feel bad about myself because I don’t look like the model wearing the underwear (and never will even i I did lose all of my extra weight). Even when I was in the best shape of my life I never felt that I lived up to the models pictured. And quite honestly that sucks. And I hate that part. You shouldn’t have to go through self torture just to acquire something that makes you feel confident.

And so I really love this subscription. I can shop on their site and not be shunted off to a small corner where the plus sizes live. So I will probably continue to praise them for that every month.

And then there is the underwear. Thus far in over a year of membership, I have not gotten a pair of undies from The Underclub that I haven’t liked. Some I naturally like better than others, naturally. But I have liked them all. Sometimes for different reasons. Last month for example, it was a plain black pair of bikinis in a soft material. It looked pretty average, but then (after washing) I put them on and they are hands down the most comfortable pair of bikini undies that I own. And I kind of want them in every color.

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The subscription tier I am on is $15 per month and in general they ship out at the first of the month and arrive by the seventh. The subscription renews on the 11th of the month (So you pay for February January 11th). Due to the postal service being a little slower than usual (for obvious and understandable reasons) The Under Club seems to be mailing their subscriptions out sooner than usual. This actually showed up in my mailbox on February 3rd. which is pretty early for them. I’m not going to complain though. Earlier isn’t a bad thing.

But shall we look at what came in this month’s subscription? As always February they seem to go a little extra fab. This was no exception. It is a set of burgundy lace bikinis with a lovely keyhole detail in the back. The lace is soft and done in an almost floral print (it looks like leaves). Around the legs the material is beautifully scalloped.

As is typical for me, I inspected the set when it came in and found no loose strings or missed stitches. I then put them through the wash and inspected again. Still fabulous. And the fit is absolutely perfect.

lace and scalloped edge detail

I have had to adjust my sizing before. I was wearing a 3X and then I lost enough weight to go down to a 2X. Changing the sizing was super easy. It was just two button clicks on my account and it was done. They have a really great sizing guide on their site and their measurements are pretty accurate. Plus nothing I’ve received has shrunk in the wash so it remains fabulous.

keyhole detail in the back

I have to say I am very pleased with the burgundy color as well. In February pinks and reds abound. I like both, but there is something just a little classier about the burgundy. And by a strange coincidence I actually have a bra that matches. It is the same color exactly but the lace has a slightly different detail. Still it looks like a nice set together. Pretty underwear is a confidence boost. A matching set of undies is like confidence boosting battle armor.

At least in my world.

I am personally thrilled with this month’s Underclub Selection and plan to keep this subscription going for a long time to come. It is a once a month treat whose value far outstrips it’s cost.

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A few of my favorite things…

So often the focus is on the new and the different and the things I am trying out. I know, not surprising, this is a review site. But there are a few things that right now i use on a daily basis that I think deserve mentioning. At one time they were all things I tried out and now, they have become standards. So here are five products that I use day in and day out.

The first up has to be the Soda Stream. For a long time I used a plastic bottle for the Soda Stream. It was good, but after a time the plastic has to be replaced. So this past year I switched to the glass bottle for the Soda Stream. For those who don’t know, the Soda Stream is basically just away of getting carbonation into your water. It turns tap water sparkling. It’s called a Soda Stream because it lets you make your own soda at home. They sell all sorts of flavors. I like their flavors (lemon lime is my favorite) but honestly I use it to encourage myself to drink more water.

In general I find that carbonated water doesn’t sit as heavy in my stomach as regular water does. Occasionally i will add a lemon wedge or even a cucumber slice to the water, but for the most part I drink the water plain. And I’ve actually experimented with keeping tabs on my water consumption and found I drink almost twice as much water when it is carbonated than I d when it isn’t. So for me the Soda Stream is a valuable tool in keeping me hydrated.

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But if you are going to drink water, you need something to put it in don’t you? This is where item number two comes in. It is a stemless Champagne flute from the Rachel Zoe Collection. I love glassware. I do. I collect glasses of all kinds and I often have a real problem getting rid of class containers. Most end up repurposed to hold seedlings as I start my garden seeds indoors and then plant them outside. And I also like drinking my water out of a pretty glass as well. While I do use these glasses for cocktails (or mocktails) I use this one daily for my water. I like pouring it from the carafe into a pretty glass. It makes me feel as though the water itself is special and not like i am forcing myself to drink more water to stay hydrated. I love the rainbow sheen of the glass and the bubbles fizzing through it. I also love the way the glass feels in my hand. I think it elevates my water drinking and makes it feel almost decadent. And if you are trying to convince yourself to drink more water, why not make it feel decadent?

The next two items are always on my desk. Or at least within easy reach. The first of these are my ThinOptics reading glasses. They come in a variety of finishes, This set is the tortoise shell look. I like the look of them (although the black is stunning). I think part of why i like the tortoise shell is because when I was little we had a family friend who would always answer the crazy questions I would ask. He always had a good answer for everything and I thought he was the smartest person in the world. He wore tortoise shell glasses so even now when I wear them I feel like i am smarter.

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I know I’m not, just like I now know that some of the answers I got to my questions back then were made up (I still admire his ability to think fast though). But I still feel smarter. And my eyes have never been great. I wore glasses as a kid, switched to contacts as soon as it was an option and now need the reading glasses. These are thin and the case is actually clipped to the back of cell phone. The Thin Optics also don’t leave the nose dents in my makeup because they are so light. They are quite amazing and extremely useful.

Useful in a different way is the jar of peppermints. They are LifeSaver Peppermint candies. Occasionally throughout the day I will find myself wanting a snack. While I do have a snack most afternoons as it keeps me from over eating at dinnertime, I can’t snack all day. The problem is that I work from home so when I leave my desk I often have to pass through the kitchen to get anywhere. that means any snack foods left out are tempting. And let’s face it, the pantry and fridge are also tempting. It can spiral very easily. Having the peppermints on my desk not only gives me something low in calories to reach for if I feel like I want a snack even though I’m not hungry, it also gives me peppermint-y breath.

I know, my computer monitor doesn’t always appreciate the fresh breath, but the peppermint flavor helps prevent snacking. Most items that I would pick up from the kitchen quickly to snack on, taste weird with peppermint. It just isn’t a good mix. So if I put in a peppermint when I am craving something I can always tell myself, that I can think about a snack after the peppermint flavor fades. And by then I am usually in the middle of something else and have forgotten about the snack I didn’t really need in the first place.

And finally one of my current top five everyday items are my Tomahawk Shades. This particular set is my favorite. It just has that nice retro vibe to it. I actually have several pair of sunglasses from them. Not all of them look retro. And I do trade them out. What I love about them is that they are good quality sunglasses that I can pick up in a variety of styles without breaking the bank. I have seen a lot of fantastic sunglasses out there and there are several really expensive ones I tend to drool over. At the same time, I know me and sunglasses. With a new pair I will be very careful for the first few weeks. Then I’ll forget. I’ll shove them up into my hair or drop them in my purse without looking for a case. I’ll toss them into the passenger’s seat of my car if I am by myself. And then I’ll forget. They will end up scratched or even sat upon. I used to get one pair of sunglasses each spring and then I would be lucky if they made it through the year. If I made it to the next spring with only one scratch on the lens I was shocked.

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So I don’t spend a lot of money on sunglasses (or maybe i do if you look at the history instead of the pair) These sunglasses are not only good quality and inexpensive but they are durable. This retro looking one isn’t just my favorite because of looks but because the plastic is flexible instead of brittle. They have a bit of give to them. I’ve sat on them a couple of times at this point and routinely slide them into my purse without bothering with a case. Going into this spring they look just as good as they did last spring despite being my most worn pair of sunglasses. I actually don’t need to replace them this spring. I’ll probably still go on to the Tomahawk Shades Website to see what they have this year, but replacing them isn’t a requirement.

So there you have it mu darlings a few of the things I use on a daily basis, quietly working in the background as i go about trying out the new and the different. Somedays, it is good to acknowledge the fabulousness of everyday things.

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