Monday, October 22, 2012

Introducing Gwynnie Bee

Maybe I think too highly of myself, but often I come up with a great idea, only to see someone else develop it and make a living from it. It's not sour grapes, just a stated fact. The idea of buying songs for a buck a piece instead of the entire album? Yeah, that was totally me. As a young teen, I spent a lot of time in the now nearly non-existent music store, but I rarely wanted to part with my hard-earned money on an entire album when I only knew for sure that one song was good. I thought it would be brilliant to allow customers to "mix and match" song purchases and make their own "mixed CD" of singles. Brilliant, right?? Fifteen years later, iTunes was introduced...

Every once in a while a modern creation is so groundbreaking, so cool, that I have to stand up and take notice. Cell phones, iTunes, DVR, Netflix- all of these things aren't necessary to live, but they sure make living more fun. Why buy a movie when you are only going to watch it once? What a colossal waste of money. It makes much more sense to "borrow" movies and pay a monthly fee than to throw away $20 every time you want to watch a new release, right?

I think most of you will agree with me on that. So what if you could do the same thing with your closet? What if you could "borrow" pieces and pay a monthly fee? Well, now you can! I have partnered with Gwynnie Bee, a New York-based company, that specializes in "clothing without the commitment for women sizes 10 and up". I rarely seek out partnerships, sponsors, gimmicky things for the blog, but I felt so strongly about Gwynnie Bee and their vision for the oft-overlooked and ignored fashionable plus-size woman that I reached out to them. I wanted to introduce you to the company and provide you with some awesome offers for new members.



Once you request an invitation and subscribe to Gwynnie Bee's services, you have full access to their collection of name brand plus-size clothing (like J.Jill, Kiyonna, IGIGI, Eloquii, Michael Kors, DKNY, and others- not my usual Target and Old Navy). I think of myself as a pretty savvy shopper, but they have so many brands that I've never heard of, and would never have access to in my small Southern town.  Gwynnie Bee updates their collection with new arrivals every two weeks, so there's always some new to drool over. They will quickly ship out your pieces along with postage-paid shipping bags to return the clothing when you are finished with it. Even better than the turn around on Netflix (too slow for me), once you email Gwynnie Bee and tell them you are sending an item back, they immediately work on shipping your next item. You literally having a revolving closet of new, trendy pieces.

My virtual closet :)


With my trial membership I picked out so many cute items, and only a few days later I received my first package with a tweed jacket from Coldwater Creek, a silk dress from J.Jill and a beautiful silk tunic from Evans. The package included a sweet hand-written welcome from Dina and all three pieces were carefully wrapped in tissue paper. Each item has two hang tags- one with laundering instructions, the other with a review and feedback form. In the bottom of the box were my preaddressed shipping bags for sending back each item when I'm ready for something new.

Like Netflix you can keep each item as long as you want- no late fees ;) Everything arrived looking brand-new. Well,  better than brand new because it was ready to wear, not full of wrinkles, like everything I order online. Surely I'm not the only person annoyed by that?! In addition you don't have to return the item washed and clean. Gwynnie Bee will take care of that after you return it! The lazy fashionista in me rejoices!

My first order!


As a partner with Gwynnie Bee, I do believe in full disclosure and I will receive a free month if any of you sign up and mention me, but that's not what this is about. I receive emails from so many women who were just like me a year ago. Unsure of their bodies, uncomfortable with their clothing choices, and uninspired with their own closets- with Gwynnie Bee I see the opportunity for each of you to feel beautiful and special- whether it's for an upcoming holiday party (sequined peplum anyone?!), an important job interview (so many awesome blazers), a wedding or special event (dresses galore- pretty dresses, not shapeless, drab sacks) or just trendy, everyday items (don't even get me started!!).

Just a small sample of the selection GB has!


If you want to know more, I encourage you to visit their Facebook page or their website. I also encourage and invite you to ask any questions in the comments- I promise to give you a truthful, honest answer. As I've already stated, I don't lend my name and my blog to a company and a cause with out fully believing in it myself.

If you don't need any more convincing and you are ready to try it out, I've got a great offer for you!
Gwynnie Bee is offering my readers one free garment for their first two months. That means if you pay for 3 items at a time, you'll get a fourth one free! This promotion is valid until midnight on November 5.  Click this link (and be sure to let them know you heard about it from me)  to learn more and get started!


Don't forget to get the free item, you must let them know that Hems for Her referred you!











22 comments:

Always Maylee said...

This sounds awesome. Congrats on a great partnership Katie! :)


xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Leighleigh Uzumaki said...

With all the subscription services out there today I am getting tired. Everything is available straight from the click of your mouse to your front door: birch box and glam bag, jewel mint and style mint and just fab and then there's even a monthly hosiery service available now! What happened to the fun of shopping, going to the store and getting the deal? I'm so over subscription services.
That being said, I know you don't use your blog as a platform for any company unless you really believe in them and the product or services they offer. One of my other favorite blogs did the Paul Mitchell curl confessions, and she doesn't even have curly hair. She is a hairstylist and used the product on her clients BUT I just feel like it was a whole taking-it-because-it's-there kind of thing.
Personally, as a full-figured women, I have no problem going to stores and trying on clothes. I know there are many women who do not like it at all, even smaller sized women. So this is a service I think I could get behind, especially as it offers high-quality name brand clothing. If I try it out I will definitely give you feed back.
Thanks!
Ashleigh
www.stylizedwannabe.blogspot.com

Jenny Lauren said...

Katie, I just love your introduction and write up for this great service!! I'm like you, I only promote products/services that I firmly believe in and use. My honesty and integrity is of the utmost importance to me. I know this company and service must be AWESOME for you to stand behind it!! Great idea!


xo Jennywww.crazystylelove.com

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

I know EXACTLY which blogger you are talking about. And I remember complaining to my husband about it at the time. I mean there are tons of naturally curly bloggers out there, but big time companies only want the big name bloggers. It's a lose-lose situation for the little bloggers (like myself). It also comes across as super disingenuous to me. I like that at least she was up front about the fact that she didn't have curly hair and would be using it on clients. Unlike some of the other bloggers involved in that campaign who did hair tutorials for "waves and curls" and could not have looked more ridiculous.


All that is to reiterate that I receive a fair mount of "proposals" each month, and I have never taken the bait, because it's not me. I agree that there is a proliferation of subscription services (tights, huh? I didn't know about that one, though I admit I am very VERY interested in the bacon of the month club!) I think it was important to be upfront in this post, but it was also really important for me to say that I contacted them. It wasn't a mass "fishing" email from them to every plump blogger out there.


I HATE trying on clothes in a store (and I hated it when I was 120 pounds). I hate being bothered. I hate sweating. I hate having to bring in multiple sizes. I still do the vast majority of my shopping on line- even with Old Navy and Target. The selection is bigger; I don't have to dig through messy racks, etc., etc. I think, like you said, the one thing this company offers is the quality, name brands that I would never be able to afford in "real life". Seriously, a $200 sequined peplum top? I might want it, but I could never buy it. It's the best of both worlds. Thanks for your feedback! I really do appreciate it!

Barbara Thomas de Vries said...

I just requested my invite! :) I love the concept behind "Rent The Runway", but *HATE* that it's not for us fluffier gals. :( Thanks for the info! Now I'm going to share!

Laurel Walker said...

I sought them out, too. I'm not officially partnered with them but I've been corresponding with them for a little while and have been praising them heavily in all my social media. It's like a present to myself every time a new package arrives. I love the customer service, the idea, and the quality of the service. I'm loving every sec of it!
www.theopinionatedgirl.com

vogue_or_bust said...

That is an absolutely incredible idea, and I'm actually shocked no one's put it in motion beforehand! It sounds like they're incredibly customer-service-oriented, which I always think is the most important part of any business, but especially one that functions a bit differently than a normal retailer. Can't wait to see how you styled your new borrowed pieces!

Alexandra xo

tovogueorbust.com

Elena said...

Brilliant idea! Congratulations on the partnership Katie!!!
Xo
Elena
http://dcinstyle.com/blog/

Leighleigh Uzumaki said...

It's funny that you mentioned the bacon of the month club because a subscription to that is exactly what I wanted-and got- for Christmas last year! I know the one you are talking about with the "Beach Waves" tutorial and I adore the way she dresses BUT the bloggers I loved last year are getting further away from me in terms of what they buy and how they style it now. Many outfits are put together in a way that you can only wear them if your job is a style blogger.
I can't afford to purchase every dress I own at Shabby Apple or Mod Cloth-much as I want to. I haven't seen many remixing their pieces as much (the girl that does style in the middle and what to wear under does, and sarah from sarah's real life is also great at this) because every item in their outfit seems to be a "c/o." I want to see real clothes on real people. I am not against making your blog a business but I feel like they are forgetting why they started. I actually recently started my own style blog (wwwt.stylizedwannabe.blogspot.com) with an oath that I am vintage shopping all of my clothing purchases from now till my B-day. I am very happy I stumbled upon Hems For Her back in April on Kendi's site. You keep it real lol.

grownandcurvywoman said...

I love this idea! Im glad you partnered up with them! I requested an invite & told them you recommended me!

Savannah said...

This is such an awesome idea! I really like how you can choose how many garments you can get a month and the different prices. I may have to do this when I get a real job :)

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

That's what I liked too! I mean not everyone can afford $80 a month (even though that's cheaper than anything they currently offer- some of those dresses are $200!), but $30? That's easy, and divide the number of pieces you can get each month and I think it's a great deal for fancy things you might normally pass up!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

You were one of the first people I thought of. I know you would love it!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you, Elena!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Right?! Kicking myself over here. They definitely are concerned about the customer, which is something lacking in today's world! Thank you so much :)

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

A present of never-ending awesomeness right? So far I'm very impressed!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Me too! They were missing the biggest portion of the population and while I've never looked into RTR, I have a feeling this is much friendly on the wallet! I hope you try it out and love it!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

I was afraid it might be a little over the top or too much info- so thanks for reading!! I agree with you so much about integrity and honesty- once you lose it, you've got nothing! Thank you so much for your support, it means more than you'll ever know!!!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Did you really? Please pass along that info about the bacon of the month club. I know there are several and I was hesitant!


I've been reading fashion blogs for right at a year now and I agree with you- many bloggers seem like they are wearing costumes, not real, everyday clothes, so it's hard to relate! One of the reasons I cut back on blogging was I was afraid no one would be interested in seeing repeats of outfits, or remixes. I love when kids will tell me "You never wear the same thing twice", and I'm like, "I wore this dress last week, y'all!!"


I am going to add your blog to my blog reader!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you, Yi-chia! :)

Crystal said...

Excited to see tomorrow's post!

www.talesfromthefatside@gmail.com

Leighleigh Uzumaki said...

OMG lol That's so nice! Thank You! I love seeing repeats. I'm real. I repeat. I wear leopard print pants every week 'cause I love them. Even if I had endless options I'd still wear those pants. So please bring on the remixing and repeating! The BOTMC I got for Christmas had KY bacon so I had to have it, I am from Kentucky. Here's a link:http://www.zingermans.com/Product.aspx?ProductID=G-bac-3

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