What’s the Big Deal About…Fabletics

There are monthly subscription services for basically everything these days, so it was only a matter of time before athletic gear got tossed into the mix. You may have heard about Fabletics, a monthly subscription service for fashionable workout apparel, but you may have some questions or hesitations about committing to signing up. I’m going to give you the rundown of everything Fabletics to help you determine if the service is right for you.

What it is: Fabletics features an online shop with a variety of workout gear including tops, leggings, sports bras, shorts, jackets, and even accessories. You can purchase individual products on their own, or you can choose to purchase a full “outfit,” which is a pre-selected combination of 2-4 Fabletics items carefully chosen to work together perfectly.

When you sign up, you take a short quiz that helps Fabletics determine which outfits are best suited to your needs, but you’re welcome to purchase any outfits, not just your top picks.

(Image Credit: Fabletics)

(Image Credit: Fabletics)

How it works: You can purchase items or outfits as a guest at their full price, or you can register as a VIP member, which gives you a discount on all Fabletics merchandise.

The catch? Once you register as a VIP, Fabletics will send you a message at the beginning of each month linking you to their new monthly outfits. You can choose to purchase an outfit, or, if nothing strikes your fancy, you can skip the month – but you only have until the 5th of the month to select the “skip” option, or your credit card will get charged $49.95 and you will be given an equivalent credit on your account to use at any time.

You can cancel your VIP membership at any time, but unlike other subscription services (like Birchbox), you need to call and speak to customer service; you can’t just cancel over the web.

As a VIP, you earn rewards points for each dollar you spend and for each product review you post. Your reward points can be redeemed for specific items in the Fabletics shop – there are a variety of reward item options at varying point levels.

(Image Credit: Fabletics)

(Image Credit: Fabletics)

Quality and Price: Fabletics gear is high quality and sturdy. It’s not quite Lululemon, but it’s definitely a step up from what you’ll find at Target. The prices are in line with that – you won’t be spending $100 on a pair of yoga pants, but you are looking at around $40-$60 for a pair of pants at the non-membership price. VIPs are looking at about $30 for the same pair.

Outfits run around $50-90 for VIPs depending on the amount and type of pieces included, but outfit prices increase significantly if you’re not a VIP – for example, an outfit that costs a VIP $79.95 is $139.90 for a non-member.

(Image Credit: Fabletics)

(Image Credit: Fabletics)

What are the outfits like?: Pretty much all outfits include a top and a bottom of some kind, whether it’s shorts and a tank or compression crops and a sweatshirt. Some outfits offer a third piece, like a sports bra or a jacket, and occasionally you’ll find 4 piece outfits with headbands or other accessories included.

Outfits are added monthly with new pieces and updated patterns. There are some standby items (like the salar capri) that is consistently available, but the colors and prints offered change based on the month. Other pieces are specific to a particular month or season and are unavailable after they sell out.

The patterns and designs are usually really cute and fashionable, but you do have to be mindful of fashion vs. function. Most fabletics pieces are intended for both, but they do offer “athleisure” pieces that might not hold up to intense activity. You’ll find that some months the new outfits are full of adorable and fun new ideas, while others are a little less exciting – but it balances out when you skip a few months but then have a month where you want all the outfits.

(Image Credit: Fabletics)

(Image Credit: Fabletics)

What I Like: The quality for the VIP price is quite high for Fabletics, and I’ve yet to receive a piece that’s a total dud. The website features a really useful (and active!) section of user reviews and fit surveys to help you determine what items will work for you and what size to select. The only bummer about it is that you won’t find any reviews on brand new pieces, so you have to take a chance. That said, Fabletics does have a very simple return process if you do happen to get something that totally doesn’t work for you.

The concept of pre-determined outfits is great if you want a little help putting together a look, but you also have the freedom to mix and match colors and patterns within the outfit you pick, so you don’t have to order an outfit exactly as is if you are more interested in the individual pieces than the overall look.

I really like how often Fabletics mixes up their colors, patterns and styles, and their pieces often have unique details that make them feel special. I like the freedom of being able to get the VIP deals a few times a year but not having a commitment to buy every month.  I don’t have any problem remembering to skip months (Fabletics sends an email on the 1st of the month, which serves as a great reminder), so I’ve never run into trouble with having my card charged when I wasn’t expecting it.

(Image Credit: Fabletics)

(Image Credit: Fabletics)

What I Don’t: The reward system is just okay. It used to be that once you reached a certain amount of points, you could trade them in for a full Fabletics outfit of your choice. Now that points are traded for single items, it does feel like you get less for your points, and you don’t have as many options to pick from. I also find that the items available for rewards are often sold out in most colors/sizes, further limiting your options.

I hate hate HATE that you have to call to cancel, and I’ve heard that customer service can be a huge pain about canceling. I’ve also heard from people who had no trouble canceling, though, so it might just depend on who you talk to.

(Image Credit: Fabletics)

(Image Credit: Fabletics)

Bottom Line: Fabletics is a great service if you like variety in your workout gear and value the combination of style and functionality. However, if you’re not planning on taking the VIP route, the price might outweigh the novelty. And if you do  take the VIP route, make sure you’re comfortable with the responsibility of checking in at the beginning of each month in case you want to skip.

 

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An Open Letter to Anthropologie

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(Image Credit: Anthropologie)

Dear Anthrolpologie,

Um, yes, hi. Hello.

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Quirky Item of the Week: Feetures! High Performance Socks

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(Image Credit: Feetures! / Instagram)

Okay, so I am no marathon runner or triathlete, but I don’t think you have to be a hardcore athlete to understand the trials and tribulations of annoying socks. You know the kind – socks that slip down the back of your heel or bunch at your toes; socks that don’t breathe and leave your feet feeling clammy inside your shoes; or socks that stick out the tops of your shoes at odd angles. These may seem like minor annoyances but I think we can all agree fixing little sock issues can make a big difference in comfort.

That’s where Feetures! High Performance Socks come in handy. These ultra-lightweight socks mold to the shape of your foot to put a stop to any slipping or bunching and prevent painful blisters. The breathable fabric keeps your feet feeling cool and dry, and a specially-designed heel saves you from the dreaded heel bunching. These socks also address one of my personal sock peeves, the obnoxious toe seam. With Feetures!, you don’t have to worry about rubbing your sensitive toes on an intrusive seam.

Feetures! High Performance Socks are available in a variety of colors, sizes and cuts, with the no show ankle sock standing out as a popular favorite. I’ll admit the $11.99 USD price tag is a bit steep for a single pair of socks (at least as far as I’m concerned), but it’s a worthy investment if you want to have a pair of socks you know you can rely on to get you comfortably through your toughest workouts – or just your longest day at Disney World!

Quirky Item of the Week: Melting Clock

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(Image Credit: ThinkGeek)

In the modern world, try as you might, you’ll never get away from time. It’s everywhere you look — your phone, computer screen and your watch, if you still wear one. Wherever you go, time is sure to follow. Sadly, time dictates our life in many ways, which is why it’s important to keep careful track of it, and yet equally important to remind the time who’s boss. Salvador Dali understood this. He melted and warped his clocks to illustrate that the schedules and deadlines we submit to are arbitrary increments of time, created by humans, who have no idea what they’re doing.

Step into Salvador Dali’s dream world with the addition of a single quirky item in your room: the legendary Melting Clock, in three dimensions. Not only is it practical in keeping perfect time, but unlike other clocks, the melting clock shows us that time is just a figment of our collective imaginations. The surreal appearance of the clock reminds us not to take time too seriously.

So if you’re looking for more weirdness in your life, look no further. Next time reality gets just a little bit too real, give yourself a healthy dose of surrealism.

Tara Talks: Episode Twenty Seven (The One with The Beach Outfit)

TARA TALKS (Image Credit: Tara Robinson)

TARA TALKS (Image Credit: Tara Robinson)

Plato’s Closet challenged me to create a summer look for $40 I did it in about $30 (because I couldn’t find shoes in my size) So this is my attempt to find an outfit that “fit my style.”

I usually wear maxi skirts or dresses during the summer because they’re more comfortable for me and you can wear them anywhere! I’m not one to wear too much jewelry either so the mint ring was perfect. I gave off some bling on my hand but it wasn’t too overpowering and for it’s size, it’s pretty lightweight.

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Ashleeeybash: A Rant About School Dress Codes

FASHION FRIDAY (Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

FASHION FRIDAY (Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

Not a timely video but this had to be said eventually, right? Better early than.. never (Said no one). The struggle is real with dress codes for girls but IT GETS BETTER (As I say about like five times in this video). Let me know your stories below in the comments! Continue reading

Quirky Item of the Week: ‘Game of Thrones’ Dragon Egg Canister

game_of_thrones_dragon_egg_cookie_jarI’m a huge Game of Thrones nerd, so anything related to the book and/or television series will always catch my attention. This hand-painted ceramic canister resembles one of the Khaleesi’s beautiful dragon eggs (the one that hatches to become Rhaegal, in case you were wondering).

This container will make you feel like you’re in Westeros, only without all of the stabbing and murdering. If only they had an entire line of cooking supplies so I could make my kitchen Game of Thrones themed…but then everyone would be scared to attend my dinner parties. You can also use it to keep your baby dragons cozy at night so they won’t get out and bother your cats.

If you want one for yourself, you can buy it here at ThinkGeek along with some other cool official Game of Thrones merchandise!

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FASHION FRIDAY: Get Ready with Me [Concert Edition]

(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

Woooohoooooo. Filmed my first “Get ready with me video!” I hope you enjoy. These are ten times easier to make so I get why I see so many of these traveling around the YouTube-sphere. For this one, I get ready for the NKOTB/Nelly/TLC concert that I attended on May 3. Hope you enjoy!

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FASHION FRIDAY: Past Fashion Trends

(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

Shooting my last video led to me cleaning out my closet which led to me cleaning my whole room which then led me to find a whole bunch of forgotten photos. After looking at the photos, I couldn’t help but think about all my outfits in the past. Ever had that situation? Don’t you cringe just thinking about it? Or… Am I the only one…?

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FASHION FRIDAY: Closet Tour

(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo)

(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo)

I figured since I’ll be talking about my clothes and fashion, why not show you my actual closet? Funny thing is… After I made this video, I realized how much I need to rearrange and do a deep Spring cleaning. Stay tuned for that! Hope you enjoy!

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FASHION FRIDAY: What to Wear to… Coachella

FASHION FINDS (Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

FASHION FINDS (Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

If you’re like me who celebrated #nochella or #couchella then you are not alone. Since I couldn’t be there this year, I created five outfits for those of you who ARE heading to weekend two of the popular music festival down in Southern California. I love love love making outfits (most of the time) and I hope I made Coachella Queen Vanessa Hudgens proud. Let me know what you guys think!

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Fun gift ideas to fit each friend’s personality!

(Image Credit: Monkey Business)

(Image Credit: Monkey Business)

If you know anything about people, you know that despite all of our different quirks we also tend to be surprisingly alike. That is why we can take personality tests and learn so much about ourselves and others. Here are five common friend types that you will be able to recognize in your own circles and some fun personal gift ideas for each one! Continue reading

FASHION FINDS: Brandy Melville Pink Fuzzy Jacket

FASHION FINDS (Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

FASHION FINDS (Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

It’s still a tad chilly even though it’s Spring so this is a great addition to your closet. Allow me to introduce to you the Brandy Melville Fuzzy Coat. I put together three outfits for you to help you gain some inspiration in case you’re considering on purchasing one! Let me know what you think!

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FASHION FINDS: Vodi Shorts

FASHION FINDS (Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

FASHION FINDS (Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

I’ve been obsessed with vodi shorts since I purchased my first pair. And now that it’s finally spring, I thought this would be perfect for those of you getting your closet prepped for the season! Let me know if you own a pair already or if you’re inspired to run to the mall after watching this!

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