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Rent The Runway Review May 12, 2015

Filed under: Kelly — Uncharted @ 11:21 pm
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I want to tell you guys about a service that I tried out called Rent the Runway.  I’m not being paid to write about them.  I was just so pleased about my experience I had to share!  I heard some chatter about it so I thought I’d check it out.  I started out by looking at their website.  Here is how they describe themselves:

Rent the Runway is a fashion company with a technology soul. Powered by a transformative business model, proprietary technology, a unique reverse-logistics operation and some of the smartest people on earth, we’re in a position to challenge old systems and rewrite new rules. By giving people access to remarkable luxury experiences, we’re changing the meaning of ownership — and revolutionizing retail in the process.

Here is why it was a no brainer for me:

  • Since I’m not paying full price to keep the dress, I can look at options that normally wouldn’t be an option for me
  • I won’t be guilted into wearing a dress to multiple events in order to justify the purchase
  • I can rent two sizes at a time (for no extra cost) so I won’t need to be worried about not trying it on ahead of time
  • Vitual process is less exhausting than physically searching through racks and racks of dresses
  • Can plan ahead or find something last minute

Rather than just telling you why I think it’s a smart move, I thought I’d also share my experience with you.  I went on their website and created an account.  This allowed me to create a ‘shortlist’ (think similar to a Pinterest board) for different occasions.  I was searching for a dress to wear to my friend’s rehearsal dinner so I named it ‘HP Rehearsal.’  You enter in the date of the event and then can search by size, occasion, price, length, color, trend, body type, sleeve, neckline, age, style, and or designer.  I love being able to narrow the search so much.  I started my search by date to be sure not to fall in love with a dress that wasn’t available when I needed it.  I took my time ‘hearting’ dresses for a few weeks before choosing one.  Once I finally made a decision, I was able to choose 2 sizes (for no extra charge) and place the order.   I signed up for the PRO Account which pays for itself if you rent twice in one year.  It costs $29.95 and covers shipping and insurance on all orders for one year.  It also provides a free rental on your birthday.  I placed my order and waited for the special day to arrive!

I had arranged for the dress to arrive a day before my event.  It actually ended up being delivered on the day of the event.  This made me a little nervous which prompted me to call their customer service team and request an extra day of rental and it was granted to me!  When I opened the box I was pleasantly surprised to see a free sample of Aveeno lotion along with the garment bag.  I wasn’t sure what the packaging would entail and thought the bag was a fancy touch!  The first one I tried on fit like a glove and I was very relieved my plan worked out because I was not excited about my backup dress.  Even if it didn’t fit, Rent The Runway has a ‘Fit Guarantee’ where if neither of the dresses sent fit they will try to send you an alternative in time for the event or give you a credit.  I really don’t see how you can lose here?!

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I wore the dress to the rehearsal and since I had earned an extra day with the dress, I ended up wearing it on Easter Sunday too.  Monday I placed the two dresses (no garment bag or hangers) into the pre-labeled UPS envelope provided and threw it in a UPS drop-off bin.  The whole process from ordering to returning was incredibly easy and I will be doing it again this year.  In fact I booked a trip to Vegas for my birthday and I think that would be the perfect occasion to rent for.


Empanadas for St. Patrick’s Day! March 19, 2014

Filed under: Kelly — Uncharted @ 12:15 am
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Even though it was St. Patrick’s Day weekend, Dave and I strayed from the traditional corn beef and cabbage Saturday night and decided to try a new place called EmpanadUS in LaGrange.  I have seen it a few times on my way to my hair salon, but we have never stopped in and tried it until now.  We received a very warm welcome when we came into the shop.  Perhaps they were so friendly because we were the only ones there.  Too be fair though it was pretty late on Saturday night.  At first I was a bit worried- I always feel better about a restaurant if it’s well populated.  Let me curb your fears right now and tell you that as soon as I finished my meal, I was thinking about when we could come back next.  I don’t care if we are the only ones there every time!  We took a look at the menu which described all the ingredients in each empanada. Once we made our decision on what to order, the gentleman at the counter told us he had those empanadas made and in the warmer, but if we wanted them freshly made they could do that for us.  We decided to go with the fresh ones, and were happy we did because they were seriously delicious and took under 10 minutes to make.

We tried six different empanadas:
BBQ Pork, Bacon & Egg, Nutella & Banana, Italian Sausage, Beef, and Caprese

I’d say my favorite was the Italian Sausage, but the Bacon & Egg surprised me- I’m not usually that much of a breakfasty person but I loved that one.  What’s nice is most of the empanadas have the type of filling stamped in the pastry so you won’t be surprised when you bite into it. The Caprese and Nutella one did not, but they were a different shape and the waiter pointed out which ones were which for us.  Here you can see the stamps on these:photoI would definitely recommend this place to anyone wanting to try something new.  We also saw on their menu that they do catering!  I was seriously sitting there wracking my brain for party ideas just so I can have them again.  If you live in the area, or heck if you live far away you have to come try this place!  I looked on their website and learned they have a couple locations, the one in LaGrange that we visited and one in Riverside.  Here is their website if you are interested in more information….and I promise they haven’t compensated me in any way to say all this.  I just loved their food!  Here’s to trying new things!


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