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Gwynnie Bee in 2013: Behind the Scenes

Gwynnie Bee is like Netflix for fashion sizes 10 and up. For a monthly fee, you can borrow clothing as often as you wish. Be it work blazers or cocktail dresses, leather jackets or sequined tank tops, Gwynnie Bee has you covered with fabulous, fun, and well-crafted fashion from some of the hottest plus size brands. I have been working with Gwynnie Bee for half a year now, and I just love it more and more. Their selection of clothing has improved, shipping has sped up, and their customer service hasn’t been sacrificed in any manner with their growth. Last week I had the fabulous opportunity to chat with Christine Hunsicker, CEO of Gwynnie Bee, to chat about how the business came to be and it’s direction for 2013.

How Gwynnie Bee Started
Christine grew up in rural Pennsylvania where there were, “more cows than people.” Her aunt lived across the road and was a seamstress by trade. Every Monday, Christine would receive a box of clothes from her aunt that would dress her for a week. Crazy prints, fun silhouettes, and everything fit perfectly no matter her size. Christine and her cousin would swap garments for variety and when they tired of the clothes, they would consign them and use the funds to purchase more fabric. This childhood gave Christine the ability to experiment with fashion without having to commit. Things changed when Christine wanted to wear the same popular trends as her classmates. She recalled when she went to the mall to get her first pair of denim shorts and soon realized she was at the higher end of the size spectrum. She tried on a pair and felt that something was wrong with her since they didn’t fit her figure. That realization hit hard and she had a massive breakdown in the fitting room Fast forward to college and her 20s, where Christine wore a uniform of jeans, tee shirts, and boring black staples because fashion just didn’t feel fun anymore.

A couple years ago, Christine sold her start-up business and was looking to do a new project – something big, long-lasting and would be of service to people and make a major impact in their daily lives. She thought about the stress and frustration of shopping, and how she knew of friends and family who dealt with the same issue and from that decided to start Gwynnie Bee.

Gwynnie Bee’s business culture is all about giving the customer and amazing experience and provide stellar service. Hunsicker believes that if you treat your customer well and with respect, it makes a huge difference on how people view the business. While on the phone with Christine, I mentioned my sister is a member and she immediately knew not just her name but clothes she had borrowed from Gwynnie Bee and feedback she had provided. She also knew of a friend I mentioned who also is a member of Gwynnie Bee. This was not prepared, our phone conversation was only scheduled about an hour ahead of time. It’s just proof of how this company truly sees each member as an individual person.

Gwynnie Bee in 2013 – What to Expect
Christine mentioned how drastically different the collection is now from how it was a year ago and she says that’s completely because of member feedback. Gwynnie Bee carries more statement pieces, more pieces that are a celebration and make fashion fun. Thanks to member feedback (which they constantly encourage – even brutal honest criticism), the Gwynnie Bee collection has more statement pieces, more colorful, fun, and flattering pieces. They hope to offer styles that women may not necessarily buy or even consider in a store but find they like when they try it on. The collection will continue to improve in 2013, and you can expect to see more indie designers, the introduction of jeans and pants, accessories, and a true wardrobe feel.

The site will also be getting some upgrades this year, and one feature I am most excited about is prioritization. I have had many of you readers tell me you find it frustrating that you can’t put your “closet” items in priority order. Gwynnie Bee heard your feedback, has a prioritization pilot program in place, and will be building this feature into the site this year. They will also be trying to make the site more informative with more editorial, suggestions on how to style pieces from the collection, and guest blog posts.

Shipping will be even faster this year as Gwynnie Bee moves to distribution warehouses. This change will shave an entire day off your garment deliveries!

The reason these improvements are happening is because of member feedback. Be it on the little cards you mail back with your garments, your reviews on the sites, comments on Facebook and Twitter or emails directly to the team, Gwynnie Bee acts on every bit of feedback they receive. Gwynnie Bee strives on having a public and wide open business, accepting the good and the bad feedback. They encourage all of you to let them know what you like and what you find could be improved so you can help make the company better for your fellow women.

I’ve received some Gwynnie Bee new releases over the past couple of weeks and see a drastic difference from the more traditional cuts and colors from when I started with them at the end of the summer. Hot brands like ASOS, Michael Kors, DKNY, and Eloquii. Leather, galaxy prints, sequins, peplums, and all the other hot trends along with workday classics and elegant party frocks. More customer reviews with each piece so you can get a better feel as to whether it’s a good choice for you. And more selection, be it styles or sizes. It’s exciting to see a company grow and improve before your very eyes, and I am proud to be a spokesperson for them.

Awesome Gwynnie Bee Promotion!
If you haven’t yet checked out Gwynnie Bee, now is the time!  Gwynnie Bee is currently offering a promotion where you can get a 30-day free trial of their program.  You won’t be charged unless you continue with the service and you can cancel online at anytime.  Well Gwynnie Bee is also offering all Wardrobe Oxygen readers a free one-garment upgrade on their new subscription!  Just be sure to use the link in this post and mention Wardrobe Oxygen to receive it.  Offer is valid for those choosing the one, two, or three garment plan.  This deal won’t last forever, it expires Sunday, January 27th, 2013 at midnight. Existing members, let your friends know about the 30-day trial (using your name) and you earn a free month!

Note: I do receive a commission on each new Gwynnie Bee membership if my or my blog name is mentioned at sign-up. However, all thoughts in this and any Gwynnie Bee posts are mine and they have no editorial control. I wanted to know more about Christine and the company and asked to do this phone interview; I am not being compensated for publishing this post. I just think Gwynnie Bee is rad.

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Gwynnie Bee: Clothing Without Commitment

Do you ever see a company and think, “Why didn’t I think of that?” A company that has such a brilliant idea that is unique, inspiring, and helpful? I thought all that when Gwynnie Bee contacted me to let me know about their program. I was so excited about the concept I had to be a part and share it with you readers.

Three years ago after I had Emerson, I was hovering between a size 16 and 18.  While I embraced my new body and celebrated the hard work and pain it went through to deliver Emerson, it was really hard to dress it. I was unfamiliar with its new size and shape, and didn’t want to spend a lot of money knowing it would keep changing shape and size over the next year. Since then, I have been off and on Weight Watchers and have been everything from a 12 to a 16. If I had purchased a whole new wardrobe for each size I was during this time, I would be bankrupt. I know I am not alone in this – many women I know change sizes over a span of a few years – pregnancy, injury, business travel, diet and exercise… heck even your monthly cycle can have you wearing a 14 one week and a 16 the next.

I believe in having a wardrobe of staples – pieces that mix and match and get you through all of life’s events. However, every woman needs a few “fun” pieces to show her personal style. These pieces are hard to buy – you’re not sure of your personal style, you’re not comfortable at your current size, you don’t have retailers near you who offer quality pieces in your size, you don’t want to invest in pieces that aren’t traditional workhorses.

A peek of some of Gwynnie Bee’s offerings

What do you do when you want to feel beautiful today – not when you fit into half your closet? How do you “test drive” certain brands and styles when you live hours from a decent mall? Where can one find stylish and flattering clothing for women over a size 10? Where can you shop when you’re on the cusp between standard and plus sizing? What to do when you want to spice up your wardrobe without spending a bundle? The answer to all of these is Gwynnie Bee.

Gwynnie Bee’s motto is “Clothing Without Commitment.” It’s like Netflix for fashion sizes 10-24. You sign up for a subscription service and pick out clothing from Gwynnie Bee’s collection for your virtual closet. Gwynnie Bee will quickly ship pieces to you – when you return one (postage already paid, shipping materials provided), they’ll send another your way. You have a constantly updated wardrobe of quality brands who specialize in fitting and flattering plus size women (and “on the cusp” folks like me!).

Not just fun tops and dresses, Gwynnie Bee also offers pieces like blazers to update your work wardrobe.

No longer do you have to feel tied to your size – you can pick clothing from any size at Gwynnie Bee and place them in your virtual closet. They are already working with quality brands like IGIGI, Talbots, Michael Kors, Evans, J. Jill, Sejour, Kiyonna, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, DKNY, and more. Gwynnie Bee’s stock is updated around every three weeks, so you always have a fresh selection to choose from.

Gwynnie Bee gave me a free trial membership to try out their program. Last week I went through their selection and added a few pieces to my virtual closet; Friday my first package arrived with one IGIGI dress, a top from Talbots, and a tunic from Soft Surroundings. There was the cutest little message when I opened it, every piece was wrapped carefully in tissue. Each piece had two hang tags – one with laundering instructions, another with the piece’s name and a feedback form (Gwynnie Bee really cares about user feedback – what you write helps determine which brands they work with and what styles to offer in the future). In the box were also several shipping bags and return address labels and simple instructions on how to send pieces back.

Each piece looks like new – if they had been worn before I surely can’t tell. You can keep each piece as long as you want – if it doesn’t look right send it back and you’ll have a new garment in less than a week. Gwynnie Bee takes care of laundering – you can wash when you have it to re-wear, but no need to clean to send back.

Gwynnie Bee often shows the same garment on two women of differing sizes and shapes so you can get a better idea of how the piece will look on you.

Gwynnie Bee hopes they can help women discover new brands and styles with less commitment. Plus size fashion options are limited and often hard to access if you’re not in a metropolitan area – Gwynnie Bee makes great brands easy to access and fashion fun!

A peek of my virtual closet – what I have at home and will be featuring on the blog soon, and what will be arriving.

Yes, I have a free trial membership, and yes I will get a commission if any of you sign up and mention me, but after experiencing Gwynnie Bee, I would recommend it even if I didn’t have these perks. The average American woman is a size 12, yet it is so hard to find fun, flattering, and well-made clothing when you are that size or larger. Gwynnie Bee knows that you likely have the black pants, the simple cardigan, the wardrobe staples. They are offering those pieces women don’t have the nerve to buy but are willing to try. I opened up my first box and thought how wonderful Gwynnie Bee would be for the woman planning a European vacation, attending her high school reunion, or packing for her honeymoon. That woman who is in the same place I was three years ago – wanting to dress her changing body well but can’t afford to invest in a whole new wardrobe. I feel for my friends and coworkers who have been hearing me babble non-stop since last week about Gwynnie Bee – how brilliant the program is, and how glad I am it is on the scene.

Want to know more? Visit their Facebook page or their site. Also feel free to ask any questions in the comments – I will answer them completely honestly. I don’t promote on this blog that which I don’t love and believe in, and I believe in Gwynnie Bee.

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Gwynnie Bee: Helping Women Feel Like Princesses Every Day

I think you all know by now how much I adore Gwynnie Bee, which is like Netflix for fashion. Sizes 10 – 26, you choose a plan based upon how many pieces you want to have available at a time. Return an item, get another. You can keep any item for as long as you wish, and even now purchase pieces you don’t want to return. Free shipping, free returns, popular brands that flatter a woman’s curves and embrace current trends, and plenty of reviews from fellow clients to help you better pick the right pieces for your figure and lifestyle!

Gwynnie Bee makes me feel princess with a limitless closet. In honor of Gwynnie Bee’s one-year anniversary, Gwynnie Bee asked me and fellow DC blogger and Gwynnie Bee fan Lexa from Lemmonex to do a photo shoot in our fabulous city featuring some of our favorite fashions from the company. Again Gwynnie Bee made me feel like a princess, having a photographer follow us around DC capturing me and Lexa shopping, walking past our favorite haunts, even sipping a cocktail at a local bar.

Shopping at Violet Boutique:  
Lexa in the AX Paris Stud Cuff Dress, me in the Simply Be Beaded Tunic Dress

Window Shopping in the Nation’s Capital: 
Lexa in the Spense Bird Print Shirtdress and me in the ASOS Curve Shift Dress in Animal Print
Happy Hour at Smoke and Barrel:  
Me in the Simply Be Geometric Print Tunic (my petite self rocked it as a mini dress), Lexa in the ASOS Curve Peplum Top in Dog Tooth

Ready for a night out in DC:  
Me in the Coldwater Creek Lace Scroll Dress, Lexa in the Kiyonna 3/4 Sleeve Scalloped Boudoir Lace Dress

Girls Night in the City:  
Lexa in the Coldwater Creek Fluid Wrap Dress, me in the Simply Be Printed Sheath Dress

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It’s fun to feel like a princess when you don’t have to spend royal prices. Gwynnie Bee lets you play with fashion without the financial risk – shake your tail feathers in snakeskin, party in a peplum, stand out in sequins, wear a new color or silhouette without having buyer’s remorse. Borrow a piece for a day… or two months. The choice is up to you!

If you’re not a member of Gwynnie Bee yet, what are you waiting for? Get your diva on, and right now get a nice offer in the process! To celebrate Gwynnie Bee’s anniversary, new members receive an extra one month one garment upgrade + 30 day free trial (valid until March 7th at midnight). If you are already a member, refer your friends with your personal referral link to earn free months of Gwynnie Bee! If you’re not a member, click on this link and say Wardrobe Oxygen referred you to get the great deal!
Note: I do receive a commission on all new subscriptions to Gwynnie Bee when my name or Wardrobe Oxygen is mentioned.  I was not compensated to do this post, though the photographer hired for this shoot was the talented and hot as heck Karl Gary.

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Thursday: Bold Gold

Dress: c/o Gwynnie Bee
Necklaces: eBay
Tights: DKNY
Shoes: VC Signature
Bracelets: Lauren Ralph Lauren
Coat: Via Spiga

My latest Gwynnie Bee box arrived last night and I couldn’t be more excited. I have a dinner date with some fellow fabulous DC bloggers tonight and had no clue what I was going to wear. Gwynnie Bee to the rescue with this comfortable, lightweight, WASHABLE dress! I love dresses like this which are perfect year-round. In summer it would be adorable with flat sandals, in winter with tights and even with a blazer for the office! I decided to dress up the silk-like fabric with bold gold accents.

My Picks on Gwynnie Bee
As I have mentioned before, Gwynnie Bee is like Netflix for fashion from sizes 10 and up – keep an item as long as you like, return for new pieces as often as desired, free shipping and returns. I have been using it since September (all Gwynnie Bee outfits can be seen here) and am so impressed with the quality of the brands they work with, the speed of shipments, and the care the whole company has for their customers.   

Gwynnie Bee is now showcasing my favorite pieces from their collection on their site, my own little curated collection!  All pieces in my collection are ones I like and recommend.  Almost all I have worn, and any that I have worn will also have reviews on the Gwynnie Bee site.  This collection will continue to be updated with my picks.  Unfortunately you can’t see my collection unless you are subscribed to Gwynnie Bee – heck, all the more reason to try them out!

Note: I do receive a commission on all who sign up for Gwynnie Bee and stay with them past the 30-day trial.  However, I write about them so much because I truly believe in this company and what they offer to plus size and cusp-sized women.  Anything I write I write from my heart with full honesty.

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What I Wore: Black and White

Top: c/o Gwynnie Bee | Pants: Ann Taylor (similar) | Shoes: Nine West

It’s hard to find sleeveless tops that are appropriate for the office. While I wore it with faux leather-front pants, this top also looked quite great with white trousers and pumps for the office. This top is another example of why I love Gwynnie Bee; this is a top I would normally not look at twice in a store but ended up liking on me. Gwynnie Bee extends my wardrobe but also my sartorial outlook. If you’re a size 10 or larger and are interested in trying out Gwynnie Bee for yourself, use this link and get a 30-day free trial of the clothing rental program!

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Friday: Daytime Sequins

Tank: c/o Gwynnie Bee
Tux Jacket: Ann Taylor (similar)
Bracelets: Ann Taylor (here and here)

Jeans: Gap
Shoes: MICHAEL Michael Kors

I was so excited to get my latest Gwynnie Bee box – so much sparkle and fun for fall! This tank was one of the pieces and it’s reason # 4,521 why Gwynnie Bee rocks. I love sequined tops, but I don’t have the lifestyle for wearing them on a regular basis. However, with a Gwynnie Bee subscription I can get fun sparkly tops like this just for a bachelorette party, a weekend away, or even an upcoming holiday party. This top comes in a variety of colors too; I love how the black isn’t plain, it’s iridescent with lots of green that shows up in the light.

If you wear a 10 or larger and are intrigued by Gwynnie Bee, I encourage you to read my review of the company here. And if you want to sign up, the next few days are the time to do it!

Do know I get a commission for each person I refer to Gwynnie Bee, but I have chosen to partner with them because I really do believe in this company, their service, and commitment to their customers!

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Thursday: Black and Blue

Top: Ann Taylor | Skirt: Lands’ End via Gwynnie Bee | Tights: Nordstrom | Shoes: VC Signature | Necklace: c/o Lydell NYC | Bracelet: Nordstrom

I received this skirt via Gwynnie Bee a couple months ago and though I returned it, I couldn’t get it out of my mind. It fit great, it was sparkly but subtle enough for work, and I could imagine styling it almost year-round. Many of you have mentioned that this is something you found issue with Gwynnie Bee – having to return that which you love. Well Gwynnie Bee listened to you members and now lets you purchase pieces you want to keep! If you’d like to buy a piece that you receive from Gwynnie Bee, simply email them and they’ll get back to you with the price and facilitate the purchase!

Have you been considering Gwynnie Bee? Now is the time – To celebrate Gwynnie Bee’s 1 year anniversary, they are offering new members receive an extra 1 month 1 garment upgrade + 30 day free trial (valid until March 7, 2013). If you are already a member, refer your friends with your personal referral link to earn free months of Gwynnie Bee.  You can try out their service for 30 days completely risk-free. This offer applies to the one, two and three garment plans. You won’t be charged unless you continue with the service, and you may cancel online at anytime. Simply request an invite here and mention Wardrobe Oxygen to take advantage of this free trial offer!

Note: I do receive a commission on each person who mentions me or my blog upon signing up for Gwynnie Bee. However I have chosen to partner with this company because I honestly believe in their mission, love the concept, and am continually impressed by their dedication to their members. Feel free to contact me if you have questions about the company and I will be sure to provide completely honest feedback.

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Wednesday: Horsin’ Around

Shirt: Simply Be c/o Gwynnie Bee
Jeggings: Old Navy (similar)
Boots: Fitzwell
Necklace: Stella and Dot c/o Kristin Biggs

Some days you just want to be able to throw on an outfit and go; on days like this I immediately go for tall boots, skinny pants, and a flowing top. I just received this tunic from Gwynnie Bee yesterday and think it is too cute. Come on now, how can you resist a top with horsies all over it? I’m pretty excited for Gwynnie Bee’s new arrivals – peplums, sequins, wrap dresses and more! Not only that, Gwynnie Bee tweeted yesterday that they just placed an order for leather jackets! Swoon!

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Learning from my Peers

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Dress: Lands’ End c/o Gwynnie Bee | Shoes:Oshima” c/o ECCO | Necklace: Boutique in Rehoboth Beach (similar) | Bracelets: Nordstrom (similar) | Bag: Belonged to my Mom

I received this dress in my latest Gwynnie Bee box and was surprised by it… Lands’ End isn’t usually known for low-cut dresses and this one needed a safety pin or two to make it work. Then I saw it on Hems for Her and my sister (also a Gwynnie Bee subscriber) informed me that I was trying it on backwards! Turned it around and suddenly it fit so much better! D’oh!

This dress is such an example of why I love Gwynnie Bee. I would have never looked twice at this dress on the Lands’ End site, but I decided to try it with Gwynnie Bee (no risk!) and was pleasantly surprised! I decided to up the vintage vibe with these fun shoes from ECCO and this bag that I adore and always look for a reason to use! And lately I’m always happy for an opportunity to rock the orange lipstick!

As a reminder, if you’re interested in trying out Gwynnie Bee, use this link or mention Wardrobe Oxygen and you can get a 30-day trial of the service for free!

Note: I do receive a commission off each new subscription to Gwynnie Bee that uses my specific link or mentions me or my blog.  However, I continue to promote and partner with Gwynnie Bee because I believe in and adore the company, its premise and the fab people that work for it! 

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What I Wore: Party Time, Excellent

Dress: TBags Los Angeles c/o Gwynnie Bee | Bag: HOBO the Original (similar) | Shoes: Nine West “Flax” | Earrings: Argento Vivo

One of the greatest things about a Gwynnie Bee subscription is the selection of dresses perfect for every occasion this holiday season. Be it a prim frock for meeting your significant other’s family for the first time, sparkle and glitz for a cocktail party, or something a bit more wild like this for New Years, Gwynnie Bee has it. I fell in love with this dress, it’s a simply poly stretch so it’s super comfortable and travel-friendly fabric. While I could have dressed this down with black shoes and a black sweater over it, I decided to up the fun factor for a party with silver accessories, big hair, and bold bold lips (it’s Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in Vivacious with Mary Kay lip gloss in Mango Tango over it).

If you haven’t tried Gwynnie Bee yet and are size 10 – 32, the holiday season is the perfect time. Get a new outfit for every event on your calendar for a reasonable monthly fee. If you use this link, you can try out Gwynnie Bee for free for 30 days!

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Wednesday: Glitz and Glam

Top: Alfani c/o Gwynnie Bee | Jacket: Limited (similar) | Pants: Tahari | Shoes: Cole Haan | Bracelet: c/o In Pink | Necklace: Lillith” c/o Kristin Biggs, Stella and Dot

I love Gwynnie Bee for the holiday season – they have so many fun dresses, skirts, and tops with that hint of glitz and glam that is perfect for the office holiday party, a New Year gala, or a fete at your friend’s house. This top is a soft stretchy fabric with a nice weight that won’t let it cling – perfect with some skinny jeans and heels for a happy hour, or a pencil skirt for a dressier event. I paired it with simple black work separates to make it more day appropriate, and liked adding this necklace to make the gold look more tough.

Speaking of Gwynnie Bee, they are continuing their trial subscription promotion through the month of December.  Until the end of the year, if you sign up for Gwynnie Bee and Mention Wardrobe Oxygen, you will receive a free, 30-day trial subscription (up to 3 items at a time).  No risk, no committment, and many of you have told me you have tried and enjoyed this promotion.  If you like Gwynnie Bee, awesome!  If not, cancel on or before your 30 days are up and you won’t be charged (though Gwynnie Bee needs their clothes back).  New Gwynnie Bee Guests, request an invite (the site is invite-only at this time), tell them that Wardrobe Oxygen referred you, activate your account, browse around and give it a try. You will receive an email with the invite and the trial instruction. Existing Gwynnie Bee guests: you are also eligible to receive the 30 day free trial. You can use your current guest account to browse, then go to the “subscribe” part of the site to activate your trial. Remember to tell them Wardrobe Oxygen referred you so you can get the trial!

If you wear a 10 or larger and are intrigued by Gwynnie Bee, I encourage you to read my review of the company here. I have chosen to partner with Gwynnie Bee because I believe in the company.  I know how hard it is to find fun and fashionable clothes when you are plus-sized or cusp-sized, especially when you don’t live in a metropolitan area.  Gwynnie Bee offers the best plus-sized brands to you with free shipping, free returns, and a constantly updated collection of current trends.  Their customer service can’t be beat, and in my few months with Gwynnie Bee I have been amazed at how they have improved and grown their collection, much thanks to the feedback of their customers.  If you have additional questions about Gwynnie Bee, feel free to leave a comment or email me, though I do receive a commission on each person who signs up, I’d far prefer you to not sign up because you have the right information and know it’s not for you, than to sign up and regret it.  I promise to be completely honest with you about any brand I mention, partner with, or feature on this blog.

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Basic Black and White

Blouse: Jones New York c/o Gwynnie Bee | Jeans: NYDJ | Shoes: Cole Haan | Necklace: Cameron Pendant c/o Kristin Biggs, Stella and Dot | Watch: c/o WatchCo | Bracelets: c/o Lifetherapy, Nordstrom, had forever | Glasses: c/o Coastal.com

This top is perfect for this weather – billowy and breezy for the commute, but enough coverage that I don’t freeze to death in the office. This is totally the kind of top I buy, wear once or twice, and tire of the print because it’s too memorable. Love that with Gwynnie Bee I can wear it once or twice, and then return it for something new without buyer’s remorse. Interested in trying Gwynnie Bee?  Use this link, tell them Wardrobe Oxygen sent you and get a 30 day free trial of the program.

I just got these glasses Friday evening but have already fallen in love. When I got new glasses back in December, I wanted something classic, stylish without being trendy, something appropriate for work as well as every day. My Issy and La “Gloss” frames are perfect for that, but now I want more frames, and fun frames. I love the bold look of these, and it’s exciting to find frames that are big enough for my ginormous noggin. I did get these frames for free (review here), but I would totally order from Coastal.com again. Great prices, good service, and shipping is lightening fast. In fact, if you go to this link (not an affiliate link, not getting paid to share, just me being jazzed about sharing this with you) and pick any of these frames and add your prescription and use the code FIRSTPAIRFREE you get… well your first pair free! You do have to pay for shipping (which is around $9.00), but what an awesome steal of a deal. It’s always good to always have a spare pair or a fun pair that gets you out of your comfort zone.

Speaking of great deals, I have been wearing my Lifetherapy bracelets quite a lot and get so many compliments on them.  They have offered Wardrobe Oxygen readers 20% off on ALL Lifetherapy products (body care as well as jewelery).  Use code WARDROBEOXYGEN at checkout; this code is valid until 7/1/2013.

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Pink Pops

Dress: Coldwater Creek c/o Gwynnie Bee | Belt: Hobo (similar) | Shoes: Mootsies Tootsies | Lipstick: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Lovesick

Stretchy yet matte fabric that can easily dress up or down, looks good with wide or skinny belts, a good length even on my 5’3″ self, fun print, and POCKETS? This dress is pretty darn fantastic! On this day, it was hot, it was rainy, I was running late because I was making Emerson’s lunch for summer camp and I was thrilled to have one-piece dressing in my closet thanks to Gwynnie Bee. Summer is dress weather in my opinion – fewer layers, less fuss, and it’s awesome to have a constantly rotating selection because I have a Gwynnie Bee membership. I could keep this dress as long as I wish, or send it back for a different one. This dress is nice because I could easily wear it out on a date night with Karl, or if my off-white blazer was back from the cleaners I could pair it with that and have a pretty nice work ensemble. This day it was hot and muggy so I wore it as-is, though ended up throwing on the work cardigan since the A/C was kicked up an extra notch.

If you haven’t yet tried Gwynnie Bee and are a size 10 or larger, I encourage you to do so. It’s not easy finding fab fashion in our size, and Gwynnie Bee scours the earth for the cutest styles that flatter larger figures. It’s like Netflix for fashion – keep as long as you like or send back for a new option. Right now, mention Wardrobe Oxygen or use this link and get a 30 day trial of Gwynnie Bee for free. Do note I receive a commission on each person who signs up longer than the trial and mentions me, but I constantly promote Gwynnie Bee because I believe in it and am glad to support companies who support women who are cusp or plus size.

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What I Wore: Festive

Dress: c/o Gwynnie Bee | Belt: c/o gift card from Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Tights: DKNY | Shoes: VC Signature (similar) | Bracelet: J. Crew (similar) | Lipstick: Revlon Matte in Real Red

One great thing about holidays is the permission to wear something that would otherwise be seen as cheesy. This dress came from Gwynnie Bee with a tasteful black skinny belt with gold buckle. Such a combination looked adorable, and I figured I could wear to work with a black cardigan. But for Christmas Eve at my sister’s house, I decided to up the holiday cheese factor and switched out the belt for something that made me look a bit more like a present!  Speaking of presents, if you’re a size 10 or larger, a Gwynnie Bee subscription is a great present for yourself – a whole new wardrobe for the price of a single dress!

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What I Wore: Fall Trends

Jacket: Mynt 1792 c/o Gwynnie Bee | Tee: Ann Taylor (similar) | Jeans: c/o Liverpool | Boots: DUO (similar) | Necklace: Etsy 

Now THIS is why a subscription to Gwynnie Bee rocks!  I saw Nicolette Mason feature this jacket in her Marie Claire “Big Girl in a Skinny World” column but saw the pricetag and just couldn’t do it.  Then Gwynnie Bee carried this jacket and I raced to put it in my closet.  I’ll admit it’s a bit big for me, but would make a perfect fall coat over sweaters and heavier knits; the X fits like a 16/18 and the jacket is really well crafted.  While I dressed it down with a striped tee and jeans, this is the kind of jacket that would transform a simple black dress to an after-work look or could replace a blazer in a more relaxed or creative office environment!

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Saturday: Date Night

Dress: c/o Gwynnie Bee | Belt: Bought at a Yard Sale in High School (similar) | Tights: Nordstrom | Shoes: Miss Sixty (similar)

When this dress arrived in my latest Gwynnie Bee box, I couldn’t believe the tag said Coldwater Creek. One of the coolest parts of being a member of Gwynnie Bee is that I learn about new brands… and get a different opinion of ones I thought I already knew! I wished the weather was warmer and I would have worn it with some strappy heels.  The dress is a beautiful color and fabric – it would be great to wear to a wedding or a date night! Click here to learn more about Gwynnie Bee.

The belt was a staple of mine in high school and I completely forgot I had it. Over the holidays, I cleaned out the office and in there was a box of clothes from high school. Amid the acid-washed denim jackets and school football jerseys was this belt and I was excited that I could still wear it and it still fits my personal style.

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Watermelon Hues

Dress: Kiyonna c/o Gwynnie Bee | Shoes: Oshima” c/o ECCO | Earrings: Street Festival | Glasses: Derek Cardigan 7003 c/o Coastal.com

While the Gwynnie Bee New Arrivals are fun, like fashion Christmas each week, I like to occasionally go back to classics that they offer. My sister and a couple of my friends have borrowed this Kiyonna dress from Gwynnie Bee in different colors and they have all looked fantastic in it. Tall, short, pear shaped, apple shaped, all sizes. I just had to try it out for myself and found it to be pretty magical for me as well. The wrinkles fell out by time I got to the office.  It’s a light jersey with a silky feel that doesn’t cling or feel heavy in the summer heat. I originally was going to wear it with leopard shoes but decided to amp up the pretty watermelon hue with my green ECCO heels. And I always love an opportunity to wear these fantastic earrings!

If you haven’t tried Gwynnie Bee yet and are interested (like Netflix for fashion sizes 10 and up), use this link and you can get a free 30-day trial of the program.  I’m really loving Gwynnie Bee this summer, because I always have a great arsenal of summer dresses for work, weekends, weddings and more without breaking the bank.  As I previously mentioned, they are adding to their selection weekly, so there’s always something new!

Note: I do receive a commission for each person who signs up for Gwynnie Bee past their 30-day trial and mentions me, my blog or uses my custom URL, but I promote the company because I really believe in, use, and love it and the people who run it!

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Monday: Subtle Shimmer

Shirt: Target (similar)
Skirt: Lands’ End c/o Gwynnie Bee
Necklace: Ann Taylor
Shoes: MICHAEL Michael Kors “Flex” Pump

Lands’ End… really? Really, this skirt is Lands’ End? Reason #4,727 why I love that company!  I wish you could see it in person, the elegant boucle fabric, the teensy sequins strategically placed for elegant shimmer that can easily dress up or down, the great fit, the quality details. I would have never known that Lands’ End was carrying such festive yet chic pieces if it weren’t for Gwynnie Bee! This skirt arrived in my latest Gwynnie Bee box and I really hate sending it back because I see such versatility. Since I was wearing it to work, I toned it down with a chambray shirt, but love the idea of it with a crisp white shirt, a black turtleneck and tights, or for a holiday party with a silky blouse in gray, a shade of blue, or an unexpected contrast like teal or berry.

There’s still a few days to take advantage of Gwynnie Bee’s free trial promotion. Through November 30, 2012 if you sign up for Gwynnie Bee and mention Wardrobe Oxygen you get a free, 30-day trial subscription (up to three items at a time). Cancel on or before your 30 days are up and you won’t be charged a thing (Gwynnie Bee will need their clothes back though).

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Monday: Shades of Gray

Blouse: Coldwater Creek c/o Gwynnie Bee
Tank: Banana Republic (similar)
Pants: Tahari
Shoes: Nine West (similar)
Necklace: Ann Taylor (similar)

While I love bright colors, sometimes I enjoy an outfit of more subtle shades.  While this gray would look amazing with ivory, purple, and berry I decided to keep it simple with black and silver accessories.

I don’t wear sheer blouses often – the layers for modesty, sometimes they look a bit too flashy for the office, they just seem complicated. This is where a subscription with Gwynnie Bee rocks – I can try sheer blouses through them and see if I like them enough to add them permanently to my wardrobe. This blouse via Gwynnie Bee is brilliant because the back is a soft knit – no one will get a glimpse of my bra slipping out from under my camisole! I feel more covered up while still embracing the sheer trend of the season.

If you want to know more about Gwynnie Bee, check out my review of the program here.  Do know that I receive a commission for each person who signs up for Gwynnie Bee, however I have chosen to partner with them because I think the program is awesome and I love how they treat their customers.  I truly believe in Gwynnie Bee and am glad that such a program exists for those of us size 10 and up who love fashion!

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In the Navy

Dress: Coldwater Creek c/o Gwynnie Bee | Necklace: Boutique in Key West | Shoes: Sofft | Bracelets: Silver cuff, c/o Lifetherapy | Rings: Vintage, Had for Years, Argento Vivo

This weather sucks – it’s like soup and so thick and humid that when there’s a cool breeze it feels like the chills you get when you have a fever. That being said, it’s doing some super fun things to my hair. I have hardly been washing it; once a week I will wash the scalp with shampoo, and once a week or when needed I will wash with conditioner only, but otherwise it’s surf spray and the occasional dry shampoo and scrunching. I like the crazy mop mess, and wish it would do this year-round!

Another Gwynnie Bee winner. This is not my kind of dress, I don’t like sleeves like this, I don’t love the color, but with Gwynnie Bee it’s okay because I can wear it once, send it back and get something else. And while it’s not something I would buy and keep in my closet for years, it is something I like wearing today. Stretchy navy lining doesn’t ride up and keeps everything opaque, a long self-belt I could have tied in a bow but instead doubled to make it shorter, and a breezy style that will do its best to keep me cool (and a fabric that won’t look a mess in the heat). It’s a win in my book and a true example of Gwynnie Bee – clothing without commitment! If you’re 10-26 and would like to try Gwynnie Bee yourself, use this link or mention Wardrobe Oxygen and get a 30 day trial free. They have some fab brands and styles to choose from and the selection is constantly growing!

Note: If you use my specific link or mention me when signing up for Gwynnie Bee, I will receive a commission if you extend past the 30-day trial. However, I really dig Gwynnie Bee and wear clothes from them because I like them and the company and am proud to share them with you.

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