So, I hate to admit this, but my hectic schedule of working, working out, writing a blog, managing freelance clients, and binge watching Revenge on Netflix leaves me little time to do one of things I most enjoy: shopping. I work across the street from one of Boston’s biggest shopping centers, so I can sneak in a half hour here and there on my lunch break, but that doesn’t count because it rarely leads me to purchase more than neon lip gloss or a t-shirt that was on super-duper clearance.
The kind of shopping I mean is the real, wardrobe building kind. The kind that requires (for me at least), a predetermined set of goals, like buying new white jeans or finding pieces I can wear to work all spring, as well as at least two or three hours of uninterrupted (and preferably solo–I do my best work alone) browsing.
Needless to say, over the last year, I feel like my wardrobe isn’t as awesome as it should be, because I literally don’t have time to shop.
Which is why I was quite excited when the ladies at The Blues Jean Bar reached out to me about their service, BJB Express, which is basically this: A huge box of clothes delivered to your doorstep once a month (or once a quarter, or once a year…basically as often as you like). You keep what you want, and send the rest back with a shipping label they provide. You also fill out a survey to make sure the clothes are your style. Did I want to try this service, they asked?
Is that even a question?
So, I filled out the survey, and my box of fun was at my house the next day. When I opened it, I found 14 items and was so excited my husband immediately gave me a budget and told me that I could not, under any circumstances, keep everything. After trying everything on, I opted to keep a simple black chiffon tank (perfect for wearing under the staple of my work wardrobe: structured jackets), and an oversize tan ostrich clutch (I’ve needed a new evening-appropriate bag for.ev.er., and this one was a perfect blend of streamlined and casual, see first photo). I was thisclose to also keeping a pair of skinny white jeans which I could actually not see my own underwear through, but I didn’t like the way they made my knees look (which sounds ridiculous now that I am typing it out loud).
I packaged everything else up, filled out another quick survey about what I liked and disliked about the box, as well as the frequency with which I wanted to receive new boxes (monthly, of course). I figure, even if I find one thing a month that I love from each box, it’s still one thing I don’t have to go out and find for myself.
If you’re a fellow busy lady, check it out. You might wind up with more time to
binge watch Revenge on Netflix, get some work done.