Thursday, May 10, 2012

What To Wear? It's a Mystery!: StyleMint Mystery Bag Reveal

There's a reason I'm an actor and not a model. Well, a few reasons actually. For starters, I'm 5'3". Smurfs pat me on the head. Then there's the fact that this is one of my better pictures. It's fuzzy, and I'm making a weird face. Out of about ten shots, that was the keeper. Jealous?

Now, I don't make a habit of taking pictures of my outfits (though, with results like this, how could I resist?), but I took part in the recent StyleMint Mystery Bag, and thought I'd share with you what I got.

If you haven't heard of the Mystery Bag, here's how it works: Once every couple of month (generally, around a holiday or major fashion event--i.e. Oscars), the Mints (StyleMint, Jewelmint, etc.) will host a Mystery Bag event. Typically, you'll receive at least two items, which makes the $29.99 price well worth it. It's the same as getting two items half off, and I call that a bargain. It's, actually, about the only way I shop the Mints. Please note: this is a true grab bag, so you could end up with anything. You might get two shirts, a shirt and a piece of jewelry, several items, or stuff that you really don't care for. There might be promo codes or gift cards involved, or you might end up re-gifting everything. It's a gamble, but with very few exceptions, I've always been really happy. I normally end up with things I'd never pick out for myself online, but fall in love with in person. To me, it's a great way to update your closet on the cheap, and forces a little creativity in the process. I've rediscovered stuff that I already owned but rarely wore because I needed something to go with a grab bag purchase. (In case you couldn't tell, I recommend the Mystery Bags.)

So...what did I get? Well, I ended up with the amazingly soft Tango Red Albany Tee (and yes, you do get to specify size. I'm a "3" or Medium/Large because they tend to need layering). It's a bright orangey red that was already one of my favorite colors. I also scored this surprisingly well-made tote bag. I say surprisingly because it's very lightweight, but durable. This is going to be one of my Summer staples, I can tell. I'm not a fan of having the logo stamped across the front, but I do love the zippered pocket, which is perfect for keeping my cell and keys from swimming around with all my other junk.

Plus, since part of the fun of the Mystery Bag is figuring out how to incorporate the new pieces with what you already own, I thought it'd be fun to work in items from other Mystery Bags. You can't tell in the fuzz-ball picture, so I Polyvored (is that a word? Is now!) it all out for you below. I accessorized with JewelMint's Zoe Bracelet and Steampunk (no, they're not, but good try) Earrings. Neither of those items were on my Favorites list, but now that I have them, I wear them all the time! Who knew?

Anyway, I layered the shirt over an Old Navy cami, and tossed on jeans and some old Mossimo wedges from Target. To finish the look, I sprayed my hair with Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray for texture, and wove it into a messy side braid. For my makeup, I focused on flawless (ha!) skin and kept color natural and minimal. I love this look, and can't wait for the next Mystery Bag offer to appear in my inbox!

What do you think? Leave your comments below, and be sure to follow me on Polyvore!

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