Why I Quit Le Tote

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Okay, I didn't actually quit.  I put my account on hold for 9 months because the person I talked to made me feel guilty.  But in essence I quit.

This is why:

Here's my choices from a couple weeks ago.  I live in the South, but we still have winter!  I can't be gallivanting around in a t-shirt or cotton dress and sandals!  It's freezing outside.

So I go to switch some stuff out.  Here's some of my choices.

 Lots of darling dresses.  For summer time.  Or early fall, or late spring.  But January??
 The skirt situation is largely the same.

Here's some of my totes that I received.  I am super grateful that they introduced me to Lysee leggings- love them.

However, most of the stuff was what I could find that was available and remotely in season.  Not something I was dying to wear.

I think Le Tote is probably a great option if you are on the West Coast- seasonality might not be such a problem, and the shipping wouldn't take so long.

Yes- it's free two day shipping, but after I would take my package to the post office, my next tote wouldn't be ready to review until the next day.  Then, it wouldn't ship until late that day or the next.  Basically, if I sent a tote back on Monday, I would get my next one on Friday.

Also, since the packages are too large for my mailbox, I was having to go to the post office once a week.  Not my favorite thing to spend 30 minutes doing.

There were screwups with billing and shipping, also.  The Le Tote staff was always very nice in dealing with it, but with the time change and dealing with customer service- it was just more of a headache than I was prepared to deal with.

Finally, as I mentioned in my earlier post, the clothes.  A few winners, and some fun accessories, but overall, meh.  A lot of basic stuff.  I don't want to rent basic stuff- I will buy that!  I want fun, wild, trendy stuff for rental.  Or even just stuff like cute J. Crew tops for a night out without spending $88.  It's a great concept- maybe I should start my own for the South.  Ha, a little more colorful and preppy, and with all four seasons represented.  Well, mild winters at least.

Yogurt Blueberry Pancakes

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

School is out.  Again.  Without a drop of snow on the ground or in the sky.  People are vociferous in their complaints on Facebook, which is at least entertaining.

Anyway,  we're having pancakes for snow day breakfast!  These are delicious- and somewhat healthified with the inclusion of Greek yogurt and whole wheat flour.  Perfectly fluffy with crisp edges, and fantastic flavor thanks to the cinnamon and fresh blueberries.

Yogurt Blueberry Pancakes

2 cups milk
3 eggs
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tablespoon baking powder
3 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
4 tablespoon melted butter
2 cups fresh blueberries

Combine milk, eggs and yogurt  in a large bowl and mix well.  In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.   Add to egg mixture, and beat until the large lumps disappear.  Stir in butter, then fold in blueberries.

Pour about 1/4 cup batter on a hot greased griddle (or a non-stick pan, if you have no griddle like myself).  When bubbles appear on the surface and the edges are dry, flip the pancakes and watch carefully.  Drizzle lightly with syrup (or sprinkle with powdered sugar and cinnamon if you are anti-syrup like myself).

These can be frozen after cooling on a wire rack.

 If you prefer a runnier pancake batter, like myself, just add more milk to the batter.  You can also make the batter the night before, but it will thicken overnight- just whisk in some more milk to thin it out.

Okay, off to try and work while taking care of my children. . .this should be interesting.  I might have another pancake first to increase my fortitude.  It's practically a medical necessity, right?

My Imaginary Catalog Life (Part 128- Garnet Hill)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

You know you are headed toward middle age when you imaginary life is based on the Garnet Hill catalog.  But seriously.  I'm all scruffy with no makeup remaining by the end of the day, in my slightly odoriferous workout clothes.  I'm awful at daytime casual.  Exercise clothes about sums up my daily uniform.  Apparently, I'm that mom.

In my dream life though, my messy hair looks like this, as does my outfits.

For example, I have pretty much this exact look.  However, it does not look like this on me.

 Oh, tra-la.  Just slightly dewy from my super intense hot yoga session.  In my super cute non-sweaty striped tank.

Oh, just loving on my pet.  I'm not rushing around getting kids ready for school while trying to sneak in work stuff and answer emails while Paw Patrol thrums in the background.
 I just really want this caftan.
 And this jacket.  Oh, and to look this polished and cute in my workout clothes.
I truly love Garnet Hill's swimsuits- great quality at a great price, and such darling prints.  Since I'm not a super tall skinny model, I have a feeling that this swim dress will make me look eighty-three years old.  

Apparently in my dream catalog life, I wear a lot of stripes.  And have a lot of free time.  Sounds good to me.

 I also wear a lot of cashmere without worry of how I'm going to hand wash it when I get snotted on.

And this obviously looks super cool on me, instead of ridiculous.