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Trunk Club: Our favorite way to buy clothes

Shopping for clothes is such a painful experience. Fighting traffic; navigating crowds; searching racks and racks of clothes yet never finding the right size or style. Luckily for us, a co-worker referred us to Trunk Club. It was such a peaceful, efficient experience, and the first time we enjoyed shopping for clothes in a long time. Here’s a quick, personal review of why we love Trunk Club:

Shop with an adult beverage at a clubhouse

In a few cities, Trunk Club has clubhouses where you can go in person to try on and pick out clothes. You just have to make an appointment to meet with a stylist. In the Los Angeles clubhouse, we check in with someone at the front desk who escorts us to a comfy couch and offers us a beer or a glass of wine. After a short wait, our stylist greets us and takes us back to another comfy couch, with a couple of dressing rooms nearby. She asks what type of clothes we are interested in and then disappears for ten minutes, bringing back racks filled with clothes.

We spend one to two hours trying on different clothes, never feeling rushed at all. After trying everything on, we pick the clothes we like and leave what we don’t. We continue to sip on our wine while our stylist charges the clothes to our on-file credit card, packs everything for us, and emails us a receipt all while we never leave our couch (or the wine!). If the clothes don’t fit perfectly, we leave it behind for free tailoring and they ship it to our home afterwards. It’s such a relaxing, stress-free experience. The hardest part is not being able to buy everything we want!

Unfortunately, clubhouses are located in only a few cities right now, including Los Angeles, Boston, New York, and Chicago. But don’t worry, you can still enjoy Trunk Club by getting a trunk of clothes mailed directly to your home. Read on.

…Or get and return trunks from your doorstep

If you don’t have a clubhouse nearby, or don’t have time to go shopping, it’s super easy to have a stylist send a ‘trunk’ (aka fancy box) of clothes. After answering some questions about your style and preferred clothing brands, the stylist pulls together a trunk. You specify what you want in your box, such as work or weekend wear, and your stylist goes to work on your behalf. Before sending the trunk, the stylist sends a preview to you, at which time you can nix any items you’re not feeling or provide more direction to your stylist.

A few days later, a trunk appears on your doorstep. At that point, you just try on the clothes, keep what you like, and mail back the rest (Note: You pay a $25 styling fee, but it’s credited towards any clothes you buy.). Once you notify your stylist that you’re ready to send back a trunk, they’ll schedule a time for UPS to pick up the trunk off your doorstep. It’s that easy.

A real, human stylist to match your style and budget

We’ve had great luck with having trunks sent to our home. Our stylist stays the same between boxes, and she has really come to understand our style and cost preferences over time. When we’ve needed something in particular—like new shoes for work, a startup-style suit and pants outfit, options for vacationing in Mexico, or any other crazy request—we simply send a text to our stylist, and she goes to work finding the perfect outfits. It has saved us so much time, and we like our closet so much more than before.

Keeping it honest: Our only critique of Trunk Club is that the clothes are pretty expensive, particularly when shopping in the clubhouse. Trunk Club is pretty transparent about that on their website, acknowledging that you should expect to pay high-end department store prices, generally ranging from $100-$300 per item. In our experience, men’s clothing items are more commonly around $100, but it’s easy for women to spend at least $200 on a blouse. We’ve found that Trunk Club can be more accommodating of your budget when you have a trunk sent to your home because the stylist has more options to choose from their warehouse. Plus, when you preview the trunk, you can ask that overly-expensive items be removed.

Advice doesn’t stop after buying clothes

Aside from buying clothes, Trunk Club has a few other nice features that we enjoy. First, pictures of all the clothes you buy are stored in a virtual wardrobe that you can see in the Trunk Club app or your website account. You can also upload pictures of other clothes to your virtual wardrobe and then ask your stylist to put together virtual outfits to see how he or she would piece items together. Finally, in our experience, our stylists are super responsive and open to giving random style advice. On a few occasions, we wondered whether a particular shirt went with a pair of pants and felt totally comfortable sending our stylist a quick text via the app, which she always responds to quickly.

Try it out!

Want Trunk Club to help add to your wardrobe? Try it out! If you are interested, we’d love you to use our referral link: https://www.trunkclub.com/invite/39R86D. That’ll connect you with our stylist (she’s awesome!). If you use our link, you’ll get a $50 credit to use and we’ll get a credit on our next trunk, too! If you try it out, let us know what you think!

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Peloton: Indoor Bike Review and Coupon

Peloton: Convenience of home, excitement of the studio

We love the idea of working out, but not all of the steps that need to happen before being able to. Get in the car. Drive to the gym. Check in. Work out. Get back in the car (sweaty…). Drive home. Each step becomes an excuse for why we shouldn’t work out that day.

A couple of years ago, the Peloton indoor bike popped up in our Facebook feed on New Year’s Day (a vulnerable time for anyone and their exercise ambitions). At first we joked about getting it because the price tag is, well, a little steep at $1,995 for the bike, along with a $39/month subscription for access to the classes. But, we did some rough math and realized that for both of us to go to a boutique cycling studio 3 times a week at $30/class/person would add up to almost $10,000 per year. The price was suddenly a bargain, and it would almost be silly not to buy one…right?!?

For those not familiar with it, Peloton is a company in New York that offers boutique, indoor-cycling classes. They held a successful kickstarter for an indoor bike that could bring that same boutique experience to riders at home – across the world. The Peloton bike has a large touchscreen mounted on the front, which streams live classes straight from New York City into your garage, basement, or living room – anywhere you have a power outlet, access to wifi, and room for a bike. If the schedule of live-streamed classes isn’t convenient, you can access thousands of on-demand classes at the push of a button (as of this post’s date, they had over 8,500 classes on demand).

Over 500 classes later, we’re still in love with the bike. Here’s why.

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An intense workout is only steps away

It’s hard to find an excuse for not walking 20 feet to work out (don’t get me wrong, we still try to find them…it’s just way harder). Once we clip in, we’re 3 touches away from starting a workout. And the workouts are intense. We were nervous that virtual instructors wouldn’t be able to push us during the classes. We were wrong. The size of the touchscreen (22” High Definition) makes us feel like we’re right in the class and like the instructors are talking to us. And sometimes they are. They can monitor each person’s metrics, and if they see we’re slacking, they’re not afraid to call us out!

Clear metrics are right in front of us

We’ve been in way too many spin classes where the instructor yells, “Turn the knob 2.5 times!” First of all, we can never figure out how many times we’ve actually turned the knob. And second, we’re probably going to cheat by only turning it 2 (small) times. The Peloton bike has precise metrics for distance, cadence, resistance, output (calculated based on cadence and resistance), calories burned, and heart rate – all of which are clearly visible at the bottom of the touchscreen. The instructors guide the rides by referring to cadence, resistance, or output numbers, so there’s no hiding whether we’re slacking off.

The classes also have a leaderboard that shows us how our ride compares to others. It ranks everyone by total output, which is based on our resistance and cadence numbers. We also receive medals as we hit certain achievements, such as personal records, milestone rides (e.g., 1st ride, 100th ride), 3 rides in 3 days, 7 rides in 7 days, and others. Get to 100 rides and you may be in for a surprise! (We don’t want to ruin it, but it’s a good one :-))

The instructors are motivating (and intimidating)

Peloton cares a lot about the talent they bring on board for instructors. The instructors all have great personalities, and they’re all unique. So depending on our day, we gravitate towards different instructors. If we want a no-nonsense workout that pushes us to the extreme, then it’s Robin Arzon. If we want a “you-do-you” workout that gets a sweat in while building you up, then it’s Cody Rigsby.

User interface keeps getting better

Similar to Wattson (meet Wattson, our Tesla Model S, in a post below), Peloton pushes over-the-air software updates to add features, ultimately improving the user experience. Since purchasing it 2 years ago, Peloton has implemented several user-interface overhauls to create a modern, clean look and added a number of sorting capabilities, so we can quickly search classes by instructor, class length, and class type. A recent (but minor) change we love is that the bike highlights the type of music played during each class. It identifies the title and artist at the start of each song, so if a song we love plays then we know the name and can download it later.

Workouts include more than just bike classes

The subscription gives us access to not only thousands of bike classes but also hundreds of other workouts, including stretches, yoga, and total body. We can take the classes using the bike’s touchscreen or access them through Peloton’s mobile app (which we also get free access to with our monthly subscription).

Get $100 off accessories!

You’ll get $100 off accessories, and we’ll get $100 off some swag at Peloton Boutique. We highly recommend at least buying the shoes and heart monitor from Peloton, so the $100 will come in handy. Our referral code (37CPMC) can only be used 12 times/year, so it’s also first come, first served. If you do end up getting one, let us know what you think! 

If you bought the bike, check out suggestions for other accessories below!

Essentials for your new Peloton bike

So you bought the bike? Congrats! Now what?

Peloton offers several packages with accessories to get you started. We definitely recommend buying the cycling shoes and heart rate monitor through Peloton, but you can get better deals on other accessories through other vendors. We’ve also bought some not-so-essential-but-fun-to-have accessories that make our cycling experience even better! Here are our top picks:

Peloton mat alternative at cheaper price

 

SuperMats Heavy Duty Equipment Mat:

A good floor mat is really important, regardless of whether you’re riding on a hard surface or carpet. For the former, it helps prevent damage to hardwood floors; for the latter, it prevents a bunch of sweat from soaking into your carpet. Peloton sells the bike mat for $59, but you can get one much cheaper elsewhere (like the floor mat we bought on Amazon).

Valeo Neoprene Hand Weights:

For the arms portions of the classes, you’ll need some 3- or 5-pound weights. Peloton sells weights for $25, but we bought some additional, heavier weights at a cheaper price online. Check them out here.

Schwinn Triple-Link Pedals:

We recommend you ride the Peloton bike with clip-in shoes for the best experience and workout; however, it’s a good idea to have toe cages/straps for house guests who may want to take the bike for a spin. The Schwinn Triple-Link Pedals replace the pedals that come with the Peloton bike. You can still clip in with your Peloton shoes, but you also have the option of adding toe cages/straps when others want to use it with regular shoes. Pretty awesome.

Jabra Elite 65t Wireless Earbuds:

The cost point on these earbuds are clearly a splurge item, but we’ve absolutely loved wearing these when we ride our bikes. We love having the freedom of movement that wireless earbuds offer, while not compromising the sound of music. These earbuds fit the bill.

Philips Hue Go Smart Light Table Lamp:

We almost didn’t buy our Peloton bikes because we thought we would miss the studio experience too much. After we bought them, we wanted to replicate the cycling studio as much as possible. We purchased a Philips Hue Go to use for our early-morning and late-evening rides. It really helps re-create the studio vibe and keeps us motivated to push through our ride!

Whether you splurge for all the extras or just get the bike, we think you’ll be thrilled. We hope to see you on the leaderboard soon!

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Tesla: Why we love Wattson, our Model S

Why we love Wattson, our Tesla Model S

We are no stranger to buyer’s remorse, but 2.5 years and 33,000 totally-free miles later, the Tesla Model S continues to make us as happy (and probably even happier) than the day we bought it. We are early(ish) adopters of Tesla, buying our pearl white Model S 85D–named Wattson–back in August 2015 using a friend’s referral code. There are so many features we love, but the following stand out…

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Wattson improves over time

Just sitting in our garage at night, Wattson gets new features that improve how the car performs. For example, one night we couldn’t activate autopilot on Wattson, and the next morning we woke up with a car that had adaptive cruise control and could keep itself within the lane markings on a road. Wattson connects to wifi when it’s in our home, and Tesla–about every few months–sends over-the-air software updates to improve the car. Some of these updates are mundane, such as bug fixes, but many of them are impressive updates that enhance our ownership of the car. To name a few: enhanced autopilot, Summon (basically allows you to move the car while not being in it), redesigned user interfaces, improved maps, and GPS-enabled Homelink (to have your car magically open your garage, gates, etc). As an owner, if there’s something you don’t like about the car, you can always make a suggestion to Tesla, and who knows, the next software update may fix just that!

The car isn’t the only thing that gets better with time. Tesla has a great referral program where you can give friends and family discounts on their purchase. Currently, Tesla is offering 1,000 miles of free supercharging for people who get a Tesla referral code. For every referral code that your friends use, you can win awesome prizes such as putting your picture in space or a child-sized version of a Tesla! The referral code program changes often, so keep an eye out. You can find the latest referral code and program by clicking the treasure chest icon in the Tesla mobile app.

An electric car that looks beautiful

Listen, let’s all be honest here: The Nissan Leaf is ugly. So are mainstream hybrid cars, such as the Toyota Prius and the Ford Fusion. We probably offended a few people (sorry!), but we’re not sure why carmakers decided that environmentally friendly means that a car needs to look so…weird. Tesla proved that an electric car can look as beautiful as any other car on the road. The sleek-yet-aerodynamic contours of the exterior coupled with the refined-meets-minimalist interior make this a car that will turn heads for years to come.

Driving thousands of miles for $0

We’ve taken several long-distance road trips from California to Nevada, Seattle, and Texas. After thousands of miles driven, our cost? $0. The first time we drove Wattson home to Texas, it boggled our families’ minds that we could drive so far and not pay a cent. One caveat: New Tesla Model S and X owners receive a capped amount of free supercharging per year (400 kWh or about 1,000 miles) and then must pay a small fee for each kWh or amount of time charging, which varies depending on the area. Model 3 owners do not receive any free charging and must pay a small fee.

This change was inevitable. With so many more Teslas on the road, Tesla needs to manage supercharger use to help minimize long lines. According to Tesla, the cost to charge a car to go 1,000 miles is about half the cost of filling up a car with gasoline to go that distance. So, even though you have to pay for supercharging, it’s still quite a bit cheaper than filling up a car with gasoline.

Speaking of free supercharging: We love this car so much and wouldn’t promote it in this way if we didn’t. Tesla gave us a referral code that gives you 1,000 miles of free supercharging when you use the code to purchase a new Tesla Model S, Model X or Model 3. If you’re in the market for a Tesla, feel free to use it!

Little to no range anxiety

For the first few months, we totally had range anxiety. The 85D has a range of 270 miles, and we would sweat if it fell below 100 miles. Today, it’s not uncommon for us to pull into the garage or a supercharging station with 20 miles left. A couple of improvements have made range anxiety almost obsolete. First, the number of superchargers has increased from 100 in 2014 to over 1,100 worldwide as of this post. As long as you’re in a large metro area, you can pretty easily find a supercharger (or another electric charging station) to charge at.

Second, Tesla has improved its maps to automatically route you through superchargers if they are needed to reach your destination. For example, a month ago we drove to Texas. After inputting our destination address, Wattson mapped out the superchargers we would need to stop at, how long we needed to charge, and what our charge would be when we arrived at the next supercharger. Tesla includes a buffer, so we arrived with 10-20% of charge at each station. We can add that Wattson was almost spot on with its estimates–we would typically arrive within 1-2% of the car’s estimate as long as we drove the speed limit.

Lots of random, cool features

There are too many cool features about Wattson to list, but here are a few (maybe lesser known) features we love:

  • Using Homelink through the Tesla app. A few months ago, we walked out our front door, hit the lock button on the electronic keypad, and took our dog for a walk. When we got back to the front door, the keypad’s battery was dead. Without a physical key to open the door, we opened up our Tesla app and hit the Homelink button, which opened our garage. Voila, no locksmith!
  • Massive amounts of cargo space. Prior to Wattson, we owned a Jeep Commander. The Jeep Commander had crazy amounts of room, and we were nervous that the Model S wouldn’t offer nearly as much. To our surprise, there is a ton of room in Wattson. Between the frunk (front part of the car with storage space because there’s no engine) and trunk, which includes a hidden cargo area at the bottom, we think Wattson has as much–if not more–usable cargo space than the Commander. That may or may not be backed up by numbers, but that’s definitely how it feels!
  • GPS-enabled Homelink. This feature seems incredibly minor, but we love it. We live in a gated community, and as we approach the gate, Wattson automatically activates the Homelink button to open the gate. Same goes with our garage. It’s so nice to never worry about fumbling around with finding the right Homelink button.

As you can tell, Wattson is one of our favorite additions to the family. If you’re a Tesla owner, email us or add a comment below if we missed an important feature, or, if you have a question about owning a Tesla, feel free to ask any questions!