Monday, February 16, 2009

Martin and Osa Love

A few weeks ago, I placed my first Martin & Osa order when the site was having an extra 30% off sale. My items arrived tonight and I now have Martin & Osa love.

First of all, I love additional percentage off sales so that is one point for M&O. Secondly, shipping was free. Yes, I live in Canada and shipping was free. As a Canadian, who orders from many American websites, I am often hit hard by the shipping costs (looking at you J Crew). The duty and tax can only get crazy as well (ahem, J Crew and V Secret). As my package came from Ontario, there was also no duty. Woot, woot.

As I opened up the box, I was immediately impressed. My items were carefully wrapped in plastic and crisp white tissue paper. My invoice came concealed in a thick, smooth blue envelope.

My first item was a pleated silk blouse in twilight. It is a soft silk with a slight hammered effect and fits perfectly. I think this will be great for layering and, when warmer weather hits, for pairing with my new beige pencil skirt that I acquired at Cassis a few weeks ago.

The second item I ordered was the moody rose silk shift dress. Unfortunately, I estimated wrong with the sizing of this dress. My trunk has more junk than this dress will allow for. It is a beautiful dress, however, with a lovely print, soft fabric and lining. It was the same story with the stretch satin shift dress in green. It was just a tad too tight around my thighs of thunder.

It was a bit of a sad day until I looked more closely at my invoice. Free returns. . . for Canadians??? Fantastic. So my two dresses are now repackaged waiting to go back to Canada Post. I called M&O and spoke to a very pleasant young man who assured me that they will send out my dresses in a larger size, still free of charge. The two dresses are still in stock, although I may have to switch the color of the satin dress to black. But I love it so much, I don't care about the color.

I am in love with Martin & Osa. They may replace J Crew as my go-to shopping site, especially with all of J Crew's problems. I do not think it is acceptable to pay $45 tax plus $20 shipping on a $165 order that is final sale and cannot be returned. I have played the restock game lately and have been chasing a Merino Lea Cardingan. I've ordered it FOUR times only to have it cancelled everytime and reappear on the site the next day. The love affair with J Crew may be drawing to an end.

Now I'm off to shop at M&O. Psst, they have an extra 20% off today. Get shopping!

1 comment:

  1. Hey there KDot

    My name is Erik Regan, I'm the Online Marketing Coordinator for Martin + Osa. We absolutely love that you love us and would like to show our gratitude with a pair of denim from our new Fall line! No joke. Email me at and we will work out the details.

    We are looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks again for your support!