Dia&Co: A Full Review

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to try out Dia&Co (a plus size personal shopping/styling subscription service) and I thought I would review my first box. [For more information on Dia&Co, please check out my previous blog post–Dia&Co: A Plus Size Solution for Stitch Fix???]

My first box was shipped via USPS 2-day Priority Mail on December 23rd and I received it on Monday, December 28, 2015. I had no problem with the condition of my package since it was carefully packed and all the clothing and accessories were nicely and neatly wrapped in tissue paper inside.

Tucked in the box was a personalized note from my stylist with some fashion tips and an explanation of why certain items were chosen for me. However, none of my clothing pieces had Dia&Co tags with styling tips like they do in the YouTube videos I saw.
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Here are pictures of the (5) items I received from Dia&Co.

My Thoughts:

  1. Modamix – Chiffon Pleated front and Sleeved Shirt – $79.00
    Lime Green, 20W: I loved the color, quality of fabric, and the pleats on the arms, but the cut of the blouse was boxy and unflattering. It made me look older than I am and the blouse made my bust look even bigger than it is in actuality. It just wasn’t my style (I lookedold and pregnant and I’m not LOL). My shoulders are not nearly as broad as the shirt is designed for and unfortunately, this piece was rather overpriced as well.
  2. Brave Soul – Patterned Top with Zipper – $35.00
    Black/Multi, 2x: This blouse fit ok, but was also too boxy for my shape. I thought about keeping it, but it just didn’t seem worth the money. It appeared very cheaply made and I wasn’t sure if it would survive a washing. Had the fabric been a little better, this is one that I would have kept although I didn’t overly love the orange hem on the sleeves.
  3. Fashion to Figure – Peplum Top – $36.90
    Black, 2X: This was the piece I was most excited about, but the torso was too boxy and the sleeves a bit snug on my arms. I wanted to keep this piece the most, but it wasn’t practical. The fabric was too heavy for the climate I live in and I couldn’t justify buying something that I would wear only once. Hands down I loved the peplum style the most out of everything. A softer and lighter fabric in this style would definitely be a win in the future.
  4. Junarose – Slouchy Oversized Sweater – $48.99
    Dark Blue, 2X: This sweater is simply too boxy. The end of the shoulder seams went halfway down my arm. I know it was supposed to be oversized, but the shoulder and torso are too wide. The fabric was comfy, but seemed cheaply made and there was nothing special about the color. (It actually photographs better than it looked in person. My camera made the dark blue more vibrant than it actually was in person.) Had this piece been priced a little lower, I would have considered exchanging for a smaller size. (Please forgive the flash in the photo I took that makes this look light blue.)
  5. Two Tone Infinity Scarf – $30.00
    Lime green: It’s over priced, but was the most wearable item out of the entire box. The fabric was really nice and the colors complement my style and skin tone, so I kept this item.

Overall Impression: ☆☆☆ 3 stars [based on a 5 star scale]

  • Customer Service = ☆☆☆☆☆ 5 stars
  • Delivery/Arrival Time = ☆☆☆☆☆ 5 stars
  • Variety of Brands = ☆☆☆☆☆ 5 stars
  • Quality of Clothing = ☆☆☆ 3 stars
  • Age Appropriateness of Clothing = ☆☆☆☆ 4 stars
  • Fit of Clothing = ☆☆ 2 stars
  • Cost of Clothing = ☆☆ 2 stars

Unfortunately, my first box was pretty much a bust. Although I am genuinely a 2X, my sizing from store to store is fairly consistent. However, the clothing I received from Dia&Co was pretty far out of proportion compared to the norm of what I’m used to and not as age appropriate as I would like. Also, the clothing quality is not the same grade either. (In all fairness, however, I typically bargain shop and I rarely pay retail for any of my plus size apparel.) Additionally, my budget was set lower than the Dia&Co average per item. According to a statement on Dia&Co’s Facebook page, the average of each garment is usually $50.00 (not sure if this includes  the discount or not) and the average garment in my box was about $33.00 with the 20% discount and application of the $20.00 styling fee towards the box.

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I contacted customer service and they were nice enough to offer me credit to try another box. Here’s a snippet from their email response.

Thanks for reaching out – I am sorry that this first box was a miss! The first box is always the trickiest as our styling team is still learning your unique fit and style preferences. The feedback you can provide on your first box will really help us hone in one what works best for you so that we can make smarter selections for your next box, so I would encourage you to leave as much detailed feedback as possible. I’ve also credited your account $20, so if you’d be willing to give us another shot, we will cover the styling fee for you on a future box.

Since customer service was so nice, I’ve decided to give Dia&Co another chance. I plan to raise my budget and share my Pinterest board for my next try. I’ll let you know how it goes. Hopefully, I’ll have better luck. If you are interested in Dia&Co please feel free to use my referral link at https://www.dia.co/r/12y2 or you can go directly to https://www.dia.co/.

Tips:

  1. Do not expect your first box to be amazing; it may take time for your stylist to get a feel for what you like.
  2. Don’t expect Ross and Marshalls pricing–things are going to be a lot more expensive that what you can find at a typical discount clothing store.
  3. Share your Pinterest board with your stylist;  I didn’t and I think that would have been very helpful.

**This is not a sponsored post and Dia&Co was unaware that I am a blogger.**

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Liebster Award

liebsterHey Everybody!!!

It’s hump day … whoooop whooooooooooop!!! And I don’t know about you, but I’m so ready for the weekend.

Anyway, to kick start what can be a long and hectic workday, I thought I’d share something fun with you: the Liebster Award. This award is given to newbie bloggers, like me, that have less than 200 followers, but have really cool blogs that need more recognition. Liebster is German for kind, sweet, lovely, dearest, and cute. 

 Rules of the award:

1. Each nominee must link back to the person that nominated them.
2. Answer the 10 questions which are given to you by the nominator.
3. Nominate up to 10 other bloggers you like and who have less than 200 followers.
4. Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Let them know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.

I was nominated for this award by a super kind and awesome beauty blogger, Stephanie.  I hope you’ll check out her blog, StephndStuff. I know you’ll love it.

 Here are the questions Stephanie asked and my answers:

1.  What’s one product you can’t live without?
Hands down, the product I can’t live without is my Ole Henriksen Truth Serum. I’m a total skincare junkie. I keep trying other serums, but this is the one that I always return to. It smells amazing (like Fruit Loops), has vitamin C, and never causes me breakouts.

2.  Do you have days where you just want to be bare faced?
Actually, I’m barefaced most of the week. I love makeup, but I love sleep more. So most of the time, all I have on my face beyond my daily skin care is translucent mattifying powder, lip gloss, and maybe mascara.

3.  What would you buy if you only had $20? If I only had $20, I’d probably buy a MAC blush. Plum Foolery has been on my list for a couple of months.

4.  What are five products you would purchase at Sephora or any high end store?

  • Dior Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm-I’ve been hearing a lot of rave reviews about this, but it’s crazy expensive for what it is.
  • Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation-I got color matched and the foundation is so lightweight that I forgot I was wearing it.
  • Cartier Baiser Vole Perfume- If money has a smell, it would smell like this. I swear this perfume is the ultimate luxury.
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta-I’ve been hearing great things about this blush. I hope it lives up to the hype.
  • Chanel Nail Polish-I have no idea what color I would choose, but I’ve been dying to buy one of these for a while.

5.  Name any place in the world you would love to travel to.
Undoubtedly, I’d love to visit Italy. Pasta and Italian fashion are a fabulous combination that is hard to beat.

6.  What is your favorite nail polish brand?
Must I only pick one? I can’t decide between Julep and OPI.

7.  If you happen to find money on the ground…what would you do with it? Would you hand it over to a police station or go shopping? Be honest!!!
If I found money on the ground, I would wait a few minutes for the person who dropped it to return. If it’s a small sum like $20, then I wouldn’t go to the police station. However, if it the amount is hundreds of dollars then I would definitely take it to the police station because it could be someone’s rent money or pay check.

8.  Which do you prefer threading, waxing, or tweezing?
I prefer threading because tweezing hurts like hell and waxing gives me welts.

9.  What is your favorite pig out snack?
Orange chicken with chow mein and fried rice from Panda Express are so yummy and addicting.

10.  Are you a lefty or righty?
I’m a righty!!!

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My Nominees are:

💞Renee Bruch

💞Michelle Reynolds

💞Anastasia Demereckis

💞Ada Peña

💞Samantha Gabrielle

💞Elizabeth Thorpe

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Questions for my nominees:

  1. Do you prefer lipstick or lip gloss?
  2. What’s the biggest beauty splurge you ever made?
  3. What’s your best beauty tip?
  4. What’s one beauty purchase you regret?
  5. What’s your favorite fashion accessory?
  6. Do you wear only one type of mascara at a time or do you layer multiple ones?
  7. What is your favorite beauty/fashion magazine?
  8. What is one beauty item that is under hyped in the beauty community?
  9. If you could only buy one beauty brand for the rest of your life, which company would you choose?
  10. What is your Holy Grail eye shadow palette?

Haul: Forever 21 and Bath & Body Works

Featured in this video:

Just a few items I picked up at Forever 21 and Bath & Body Works.

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Little Black Bag (LBB) Link: http://bit.ly/WEYukr

Julep Link: http://bit.ly/Vu0Su1

IPSY Link: http://www.ipsy.com/?refer=u-h6yhi5xlm94n2lg

Ebates: http://bit.ly/YFKwDf

Haul: Zara & Forever 21

Featured in this video:

I picked up a new clutch on clearance at Zara.com, a couple of scarves and a pair of earrings from Forever 21.

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**This is not a sponsored video.**
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My Referral Links

Little Black Bag (LBB) Link: http://bit.ly/WEYukr

Julep Link: http://bit.ly/Vu0Su1

IPSY Link: http://www.ipsy.com/?refer=u-h6yhi5xlm94n2lg

Ebates: http://bit.ly/YFKwDf

Nature Box: http://t.co/IYUh92Db3F

Small Haul: Sephora & Little Black Bag

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These items are just a few goodies I picked up at Sephora and Little Black Bag. I was trying something new with my camera and I apologize for the instances where it went out of focus. I’m still learning, so please bear with me. 🙂

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My Referral Links

Little Black Bag (LBB) Link: http://bit.ly/WEYukr

Julep Link: http://bit.ly/Vu0Su1

IPSY Link: http://www.ipsy.com/?refer=u-h6yhi5xlm94n2lg

Ebates: http://bit.ly/YFKwDf

Nature Box: http://t.co/IYUh92Db3F

Little Black Bag May 2013

Featured in this video:

1- Cejon Floral Burst Neckwrap
2- All the Rage Teal Stone Earrings
3- Lydell NYC Linear Stone Hoop Earrings
4- All the Rage Teardrop Earrings
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My Referral Links

Little Black Bag (LBB) Link: http://bit.ly/WEYukr

Julep Link: http://bit.ly/Vu0Su1

GLOSSYBOX: http://bit.ly/119g7P7

Ebates: http://bit.ly/YFKwDf

Nature Box: http://t.co/IYUh92Db3F