Fall Fashion with Style Encore

If you’ve been following my blog since summer, you’re likely to remember that I fell in love with the Personal Shopping Experience offered by Style Encore. Style Encore is a local consignment store specializing in name brand clothing and accessories. They sell everything from Michael Kors blouses to Tory Burch shoes and Kate Spade purses, among many other brands. All are in barely used, great condition — I have purchased several items with the original tags still attached — and all are sold for a fraction of their retail cost!

I love fashion, but I actually hate to shop. I don’t like fighting crowds in busy department stores. I don’t like combing through racks searching for a style that I really am not sure even exists. If I do find something unique, I never know if it actually looks good on me. I do like the idea of boutiques but the prices are a big turn off. It’s hard to be a fashionista with all of these negatives in my way.

That’s why the Personal Shopping Experience is perfect for me. Style Encore reminds me of a boutique, only better with really great prices. Everything in the store is “one of a kind” since the items are purchased piece-by-piece from many individuals throughout the year. The store isn’t overwhelming in size. And I don’t have to fight the crowds or search the racks! The ladies at my local Style Encore in Winston Salem do that… and cater to me like I’m a celebrity. With a keen eye for current trends, they style numerous outfits in advance and I just show up and try them on! The best part is that I’m assigned a stylist who will give me her honest opinion. No more second-guessing the fit alone.

A Personal Shopping Experience will be perfect for you, too! This is a FREE service offered by Style Encore. Whether you’re looking for a specific outfit for a special occasion or whether you’re like me and just love seasonal updates to your closet, you should consider being styled at Style Encore. Going on a cruise and need cute dresses? Starting a new job and need business attire? Just started a new relationship and need some great date-night pieces? No matter the reason, the Personal Shopping Experience is your must-use styling service!

If you live in or around the NC Triad, you have two location options: Winston Salem and Greensboro. If you live elsewhere, click here to find a store near you.

Here’s how the Personal Shopping Experience works:
1. Stop by Style Encore to pick up a Style Guide (or give them a call, they will email it to you!)
2. Complete the style guide and return it.
3. Schedule your Personal Shopping Experience.
4. Show up and have fun trying on everything!
5. Don’t bother trying to narrow down your options. Their prices are too good to be picky!

Below are photos from my Fall Personal Shopping Experience. I am including three of my favorite outfits, and a summary of my purchases.

  

When you buy or sell clothing to Style Encore, you receive a punch-card. For every $10, you receive a punch. After 20 punches, you receive 20% off your next purchase. I used my punch card on this purchase and saved $46.


Old Navy blazer $10
Mossimo blouse $6
LuLaRoe skirt $12
New Direction shoes $12
Total outfit $40


The Limited blouse $12
Ann Taylor Loft slacks $13
Vince Camuto shoes $18
Total outfit $43


Jennifer Lopez blouse $13
Joe Fresh jeans $9
Naturalizer booties $18
Black necklace $8
Total outfit $48

All of the prices above do not reflect my discount. My final purchases were 18 pieces for $231. After my 20% discount, I paid a grand total of $185. That’s roughly $10 per item! And I received 18 punches on a new card. Over the course of the next couple of months, I should be able to sell back at least $20 worth of clothes so that when it is time for my Spring Personal Shopping Experience, I’ll have another 20% to put toward a new wardrobe! Win-win.

So what are you waiting for? Contact Style Encore for your Personal Shopping Experience today!!

I was not compensated for this post, and it contains no affiliate links. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Third Time’s A Charm {Stitch Fix Review}

As a baseball fan, I usually give things three chances before I strike them and move on. After last month’s Stitch Fix that left me feeling less-than-hopeful about the service, I was already anticipating a “You’re out!” when I scheduled my July Fix. There were a couple of reasons why:

1. I was very specific when I requested my Fix. I wanted a complete outfit. I wanted a jacket, a blouse, a necklace, a pair of colorful capri pants, and a pair of black flats. I wanted to be able to open up the box, put everything on, and head out the door. I had read on a Facebook group page that if your requests are too specific, you won’t get what you’re looking for. But I had also seen YouTube unboxings where subscribers had requested all dresses and they received exactly what they wanted. I admit… I was skeptical.

2. A friend of mine [Kristen at Four Hens and a Rooster] blogged last month about her experience at a local consignment store called Style Encore. She explained that they have a FREE styling service where, after reviewing the style profile/questionnaire that you submit to them, they pull outfits for you to try on in their store. It seemed too good to be true, so of course I had to try it. I did. I loved it. And I bought a LOT of things. (More details will be listed below.) Aside from the items I had specifically requested, I didn’t think Stitch Fix could provide me with pieces I hadn’t already purchased.

On July 1, four days before I expected it to arrive, my wonderful mail carrier delivered my third Fix. I had already peeked at the app and knew that my request for an entire outfit had not been granted. I opened the box, and went straight to the note. I wanted to know who my stylist was, and just what she had to say about being unable to fulfill my request. Sam’s note was very personal, she had read my request and taken it all into consideration, and she had tried to pull something together. I was very appreciative of the effort that she put into selecting pieces for me AND the time she took to explain why she was unable to send the capri pants and black flats.

As I dug into my Fix, I realized just how awesome each piece was and how carefully it was selected. Sam had singlehandedly fulfilled my ongoing request of versatile pieces that work for both the office and in a more casual setting. I was looking at five items that I could willingly keep and wear. And she also kept my box total under $200… another request that I wasn’t sure would be met. There was no striking out on this third box; it was all charm!

In my third Stitch Fix box, I found:
Margaret M Deandra Textured A-Line Skirt $78 {size XL}
Pixley Nelda Halter Blouse $44 {size XL}
Market & Spruce Kristah Ruffle Knit Blazer $78 {size XL}
Papermoon Heather Lace Detail Tab-Sleeve Blouse $48 {size XL}
Bay to Baubles Gene Coin Layering Necklace $34

The total price of all items minus the discount ($70.50) and the monthly fee ($20) was $191.50.

I am so excited to share these outfits with you! (You can click on the photo to enlarge them.)

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JCP Blazer $10
Tommy Hilfiger blouse $8
Textured A-Line skirt (from July Fix)

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Blouse & Necklace (from July Fix)
Sunny Leigh Gaucho pants $14

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Halter blouse (from July Fix)
Maurices Hydraulic jean capri (purchased years ago)

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Blazer (from July Fix)
Apt 9 dress $13

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Blazer (same as above, from July Fix)
Merona blouse ($22.99) and ankle pants ($27.99) from Target

My decision:
Textured A-Line Skirt – returned
Halter Blouse – returned
Knit Blazer – returned
Tab-Sleeve Blouse – kept
Necklace – returned

So, I’m sure you’re confused. After all, I just said that I loved this month’s Fix and could see myself keeping all of the pieces. I did love everything! However, I have a confession to make. Remember my consignment store shopping experience? Let me tell you a little more about it…

Do you see all of this?


These are just a few of the outfits that my Style Encore stylist pulled for me. Crazy, right? Who knew that a consignment store would have this many options in my size. If you’re luck enough to have a Style Encore nearby, email them about their Personal Shopping Experience. Again, this is a FREE styling service… and it was so much fun!! I completed the questionnaire and submitted it via email. I was given an appointment and when I arrived, the dressing room was packed full. I had a dedicated employee devoted just to helping me mix and match pieces, search for items to replace ones that I liked but didn’t quite fit like I had hoped, and who would tell me honestly if the outfit worked for me or not. It took me an hour to try everything on, but it went by so quickly. When it was all said and done, I walked out of the store with 21 items, and had spent $213. Many of the things I purchased still had the original tags on them! Do you want to know the best part? The day after my styling, I took a bag of clothes and shoes to the consignment store to sell. {Note: They purchase your items on the spot, any season, and give you cash before you leave the store.} They bought $40 worth of clothing from me that no longer fit me or that I just never wore. That made the previous day’s $213 more like $173!

Here are two of my favorite outfits from my consignment shopping:


Blazer, blouse, skirt, and shoes: $31


Dress: $14

I could not be more pleased with my Stitch Fix for July, and I will be using their services again… some day. However, I admit that Style Encore has spoiled me too. For practically the same amount of money as the five pieces I received in my July Fix, I was able to purchase FOUR TIMES as many name-brand items. My closet has been refreshed for the season and I feel like I have plenty to work with this summer and fall. I am going to take a few months off from Stitch Fix, and clothes shopping in general, but am now looking forward to shopping for winter clothes this fall… now that shopping is fun again!

If you’re interested in trying Stitch Fix for yourself, please click here and use my referral code: 7952845