Dia & Co: Third Unboxing

Hi Y’all!! I received my third Dia & Co Box about 3 weeks ago, but with the holidays, travel, and a wee little bit of a dislocated finger I am just getting around to posting.

After the last box, I asked my stylist for some leggings and a warm, chunky sweater if possible (hence the sweater reference in her note).  I do love that with Dia & Co I have worked with only one stylist,  and that over time she will get to know my preferences. Pretty great. She did a really great job with this box, even though I did not keep everything.

Also, sorry for the picture quality. Due to work travel I only had about a day to decide what I wanted to keep (you get 5 days but my box arrived when I was out of town so what I did not want had to go back ASAP).

Here goes:


They do a nice job with the unboxing experience. Always fun to see what the box has (also side note you CAN, if you want, see what’s in your box before you get it by looking on your account). BUT,  what is the fun in that 🙂
The price points in this box were pretty good for the most part. I will say that I would have to really love or really need an item (or both) to spend upwards of $100 for one piece…..
That said…I LOVED this dress. I am finding that I am more comfortable wearing prints and this dress was so much fun. Very Mad Men, right? I liked the cut of this dress a lot however the size was a little big so an exchange would be needed.
Now, all that said….I decided not to keep it as I just did not see myself wearing it that often. I felt it was a bit too much for work, and though we do social things pretty often, they are usually pretty casual and dressy events are kind of few and far between. Believe me….I tried every mental tactic to try to justify this dress. I almost fell back on my “I LOVE this” rule, but ultimately (and with Christmas and lots of fun travel coming up) I sent it back. Bye bye my sweet, funky, fun friend.
It was suggested by my stylist to try these two items together. I did not like the style of the grey shirt on me,  but I did really like the green skinny jeans. The color and tighter fit are both a little outside of my comfort zone. I went for it none the less and kept them.
Pic is not the best but they are a bit of a yellowish green and pretty fabulous.
I really liked this Cornelia Blouse and paired it with my Pintuck Ponte Maroon pants from Cato to try it on. I loved it and this has been worn to work a few times already.
This skirt! Oye…I went back and forth on this skirt. Pros- the color (beautiful red),  I loved the fit at the waist, it was slimming (I think), and lots of great colors that it could be paired with. The cons- I did not like the length and would have had to get it hemmed a little (just my taste) and ultimately, it came back to the question of how often would I wear this. Work…maybe but still feels pretty dressy. Out…maybe but how often?  So…it went back.


There we are my friends. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with love, family, warmth, laughter, and, of course delicious food!

With love, From Diana xoxoxoxoxo

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Experiments in Belting

Incorporating belts in my wardrobe is a new thing for me. I do remember one outfit I had with a belt that I liked,  but for most of my life have avoided belts as a fashion accessory. I never felt very comfortable in them and felt insecure.

However, recently I have come to see that I actually like accenting my waist- much love to my full on days of tunics and leggings- but in general I see I am moving a bit more towards more fitted clothing and feel good wearing them.

My real push towards incorporating a belt into my wardrobe was that I received a dress from Gwynnie Bee that I really liked, but it felt a little frumpy without some more definition. I decided to order these two belts from Eloqui and loved the resulting look of the dress.



My initial thought was that I would keep only one however after experimenting a little bit with other outfits I will keep and use both. Here are a few other looks that I have been experimenting with using belts. img_7473






I am now on the look out for a brown belt to wear with more casual styles.

How do you incorporate belts into your style?

With Love, From Diana xoxo
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Dia & Co: October 2016 Unboxing

This post is a wee little bit late,  as I received my second Dia & Co box in early October and my November box is sitting on my desk as I write this. No matter. The items that my stylist, Devon-Marie,  put together for me was amazing! I had a lot of fun trying everything on and deciding what to keep. I did not keep everything in this box but loved the items I did keep and really enjoyed even trying the ones I did not. They always give me ideas of outfits to try or new ways to wear certain styles or pieces.
So the box…..The items in this box hit a lower price point in general than my first box. And everything was still beautiful quality. Score!!
Items in box, Prices, and applied Discount if all items purchased
I liked this denim shirt and it’s cute with this olive midi skirt. However, I had just purchased a denim shirt and I am trying to stick to only keeping things that I really love or really need.
Olive midi with Denim
Olive midi with Denim

The midi skirt….can we talk midi’s for a sec. I am becoming convinced that I just may not know how to wear them. That said this combo is the one my stylist suggested and it’s nice but I did not love it. The belt helped but ultimately decided not to keep it….and alas the is another midi skirt in my Novemebr box and I love the color. So I have decided I am going to figure this midi skirt thing out! If anyone has any tips please let me know.

Next up…the red skater dress. I knew I would love before even trying it on. I! Love! This! Dress! It will be perfect for the holidays and beyond and as I am such a big fan of clothes that will dress up or down and be appropriate for work or going out. Well, I am in love with this dress and it’s in my closet right now itching to get worn.


This moto jacket was a total winner. I love love love it and have already worn it multiple times for both work and play. A definite yes!



The final item Devon-Marie sent me was this necklace. I did like it with this dress and was leaning towards keeping it but the clasp broke so back it went. Which ultimately was ok as I did not love it or really need it. It just matched the dress well so ultimately best that I did not keep it.


I was very happy with the pieces added to my closet from this months box. I spent about $90 on the two items I kept and feel this was money well spent. I am learning that I will need to be somewhat disciplined doing this, as to keep ALL the item would have only been about $50 more dollars but it’s not about quantity right? So, I felt great about my decisions and love having Dia & Co help me to continue to define my style.

With Love, From Diana xoxoxoxo
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Shopping in my own closet with the Stylebook

I don’t know about you, but I have a consistent desire to minimize my loads of stuff. This has kind of always been a part of me- ask my Mom, who does not have this same desire (love you Mom)!

When I started a concerted effort to evolve my personal style,  I realized that I have A LOT of clothes.  So I started doing this thing that I was calling ‘Shopping in my own closet’. I am sure someone else coined this phrase but at that point I had not heard it- honest!

On Sunday,  I would look through my closet and pull out various outfits for the week,  trying to mix and match things in new ways vs. making a mad dash each morning and basically wearing a slightly different version of the same thing. And this worked for, oh maybe three weeks and then my efforts fizzled. You know, life.

Jump to about a month ago when I discover that there’s an app for that!  I am sure there are a few but the one I have been using is called Stylebook. Holy moly, y’all. It has revolutionized my ability to ‘Shop in my own closet’.

Stylebook allows you to photograph and categorize your clothing and then build endless combinations of outfits from the clothes you own (think Polyvore or Pinterest outfit combos but YOUR OWN CLOTHES). There is a little time investment up front with photographing and cataloging. But the pay off is worth it and for me, Stylebook has been an incredible time saver.  Additionally, it has cut out many “Oh yeah, I forgot I had that moments”,  as it is all right in my hot little hand.  Stylebook also will allow you to track when you wear certain outfits or pieces of clothing and you can see what is working and what needs to be passed on to the donation box or sold.

The Stylebook app  and website are excellent at explaining the process and have very helpful tutorials.

The Stylebook App cost $3.99 and I have found it’s worth the small investment.

Here are some screen shots of my personal Stylebook (It’s a work in progress).

Stylebook Navigation Page
 My Closet
 Closer Look At My Top Categories
 My Casual Work Tops
 Outfit One
 Outfit Two

If you decide to try Stylebook or something similar please let me know what you think. I am planning a post soon chronicalling a week of outfits that I wore using Stylebook but I have been so impressed with Stylebook that I wanted to share ASAP!!

Much Love, D xo
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