It’s Coconut Oil Season

22 Nov

I’ve talked about my love of Coconut Oil before, but now that the weather got cold again, I figured I’d remind you about its awesomeness!

According to Amazon, I purchased my first jar of Coconut Oil in November 2015… and I’m still using that jar two years later. Here’s a link to the exact kind I have used for two years (and I still have a ton left).

 

Source: Amazon.com

 

If you suffer from dry skin, you’re going to want to get in on this.

Step 1: Take a long shower and ignore any interruptions from spouse and/or kids.

Step 2: Dry off.

Step 3: Scrape a finger-full of the Coconut Oil into the palm of your hand and rub your hands together to warm it. It will go from a waxy solid to a liquid when it is heated with your body heat.

Step 4: Part by part, fully moisturize every bit of yourself. Every. Single. Bit. I always joke to my husband once I’m fully oiled that I feel like I’d sauté up to be quite delicious.

Step 5: Put on your pajamas and just smell how awesome you are until morning.

Boom. That’s it. You don’t need to wash it off… the Coconut Oil will soak into your skin and you’ll be soft as a baby’s bottom. I haven’t found that it leaves me greasy or ruins my clothes or anything… it’s just magically awesome. I try to do this twice a week and it makes a world of difference for my dry skin!

 

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Emma & Chloe Subscription Box: November Jewelry Reveal

21 Nov

This month is the last one of my three-month Emma&Chloé jewelry subscription. I bought it as a birthday gift to myself… so now I need to decide whether to let it go or buy three more months!

Here are the last two months:
September reveal
October reveal

Here’s a quickie review of Emma&Chloé:
Emma&Chloé works with small, independent artisans to bring subscribers the latest design trends from Paris. All their jewelry pieces are handmade with brass, plated with 24k gold or dip-coated in a silver bath and feature semi-precious stones. Subscriptions are available on a monthly basis ($35 per box), as a 3-month subscription ($33 per box), 6-month subscription ($31 per box) or a 12-month subscription ($29 per box). Monthly box values are up to $200 and ship to the US and Canada. When you sign up you can choose your jewelry preferences for only gold, only silver, or “surprise me” each month. You also indicate whether you have pierced ears or prefer clip earrings. As an added bonus, all subscribers get 20% off their online shop.

As a reminder, this is not a sponsored review. They do not have a referral program and I am not part of their blogger program/brand ambassador program. I just like them and wanted to share what I received.

Let’s check out the November Box:

The featured brand for November 2017 is Dear Charlotte (you can read an interview with Vanessa Pinoncely here). Dear Charlotte is a romantic and delicate jewelry brand, featuring pendant necklaces and simple bangles that are chic and easy to wear every day. Vanessa Pinoncely, the designer, brings old vintage pieces back into fashion to create timeless jewelry in the modern world.

November’s jewelry: The Byzance Shield Bangle, retail price $170

This bangle was designed in Vanessa’s Parisian design studio, following her adventures in Greece. The antique shield design is inspired by the beautiful Greek architecture in its ancient cities. The bracelet either comes in brass and delicately gilded with 18k fine gold or dipped in a silver bath. The bangles are adorned with two semi-precious Lapis Lazuli stones.

When I first saw the reveal email from Emma&Chloé, I was really hoping for the gold version of the bracelet. I was absolutely thrilled to open the box and find the one I’d been coveting. The bracelet is absolutely beautiful in person and by far my favorite item I’ve received throughout my Emma&Chloé subscription. I will wear this alone and also stacked with some other bracelets. Love, love, LOVE this piece!

I really liked receiving the Emma&Chloé subscription for three months, but I think I’m going to go ahead and cancel for now with the holiday’s (and holiday bills) coming up. I’m really going to miss this one though, so I might ask for another subscription for Christmas. If you are looking for a really cool and original gift for someone in your life that enjoys special jewelry, they have gift options for 3 boxes, 6 boxes or 12 boxes.

What do you think of the Emma&Chloé subscription?

Disclosure: Not sponsored at all.

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Trunk Club Review: My November Trunk of Holiday Goodness

20 Nov

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…. No, not Christmas (yet), but my Trunk Club box!

One of the things that I love about Trunk Club is that I actually have the opportunity to preview the Trunk before my stylist sends it to me. So, if there are any items I absolutely don’t want to try, I can remove them and she can fill it with other items that I might love. When Dana sent over my preview, I knew I was in for a really good Trunk! Then, I kept spying on the app as she was finishing my order… and I was basically shouting “YES GIRL!” at my phone.

Also, I’ve been wanting to do another Trunk Club post in general, because I recently received an email from them that they’ve expanded their sizes!

Not only does Trunk Club now carry more sizes, but ALL of their stylists have completed three months of specialized training on fit for different brands and body types! So if you have been waiting to treat yourself, NOW is the time to order a Trunk so you look extra fabulous for the holidays (here’s my referral code, if you’d like to use it)!

Okay, so lets talk about my November Trunk. Here’s what I asked for in my stylist note:

I’m looking forward to holiday fun with Thanksgiving and Christmas and I’d like some casual but fun and festive pieces! Right now on weekends, I’m living in the jeans from my last Trunk, cozy lightweight (oversized) sweaters and booties. I’m more of a layers person then anything too warm (I tend to overheat in heavy sweaters). Also, I love the Eileen Fisher pants I purchased previously and would be interesting in trying some similar options.

Then, I was walking through Nordstrom and saw a totally adorable Topshop moto jacket, but they didn’t have it in my size. So, I used the Trunk Club app to send a photo and ask Dana to send me it or something similar to try.

Here’s what she sent:

(1) Leather Moto Jacket by Caslon, $299 (similar, but not exact), (2) Stretch Crepe Slim Ankle Pants by Eileen Fisher, $168, (3) Collared Wrap Midi Dress by Halogen, $79, (4) NIC ZOE Beaming Skirt, $148, (5) J.Crew New Easy Matte Crepe Pants, $80.50, (6) Boyfriend Jeans in Mirage by Caslon, $79, (7) ‘Marilyn’ Sweater by Hinge, $69, (8) Relaxed Ankle Pants by Halogen, $79,  (9) Grommet Tie-Waist Top by Halogen, $49, (10) Faux Wrap Velvet Top by Halogen, $59.

If you’re new to my Trunk Club reveals (you can find them all here), I don’t typically photograph every single one of the items. When the Trunk first arrives, I usually go through it and narrow down my choices to a pile of my favorites. Let’s check them out!

Outfit #1: 10 + 2

This outfit is such a ‘so close but no cigar’ outfit for me. The velvet top is fantastic with the cinched in waist and flowy sleeves, but it’s just okay on me. These are the pants that I totally own and love (in navy) and the fit is perfect and so comfortable, but the gray isn’t the most flattering color on any lumps/bumps action. I think on the right person, this combo could be a fantastic holiday-but-still-work-appropriate look.

Outfit #2: 9 + 4

Let me start by saying that this skirt is SO incredibly stretchy and comfortable. You can’t see it because I have the top over it, but it is a high-waisted skirt with no button or zipper… just lots of stretch in a super cute and forgiving fabric. If this were knee-length, I would have snapped it up in a heartbeat. However, this length is super hard to wear and I don’t think I’m pulling it off at all. The shirt has these cool grommets on it with a wraparound tie, which is also really cool. It’s pulling a bit at the chest though, so I’d need to size up… which would the make the rest of the fit too baggy. I could totally see someone wearing this top with trousers or a skirt to work and then changing out to a pair of distressed jeans and booties for drinks afterwards.

Outfit #3: just 3

Well, my stylist certainly hit the nail on the head with this dress. The fabric feels expensive and I love the pinstriped pattern. I’m also a huge fan of wrap dresses… so two thumbs up for that. My only complaint is that the little button inside the dress that is supposed to hold the inside wrap in place is totally worthless and the button keeps slipping out of the buttonhole. However, I basically have to tailor every wrap dress I own by adding a snap so I don’t show off all my goodies every time I bend over, so it’s really not a big deal.

I did have some concern that this looks a bit too fancy to be work appropriate, so I tried it with a cardigan:

What do you think… work by day and fancy pink drinks with friends after?

Outfit #4: 7 + 6

This sweater is one of the fluffiest and softest sweaters I’ve ever tried on. Like I just kept running my hands over it and asking my husband to hug me so he could also enjoy the fluffy goodness. It’s not too thick and hot and there isn’t even a hint of itchiness. I didn’t love the neckline though – it can be an off-the-shoulder look or styled like I have it as more of a funnel, but I’m just not digging it. The softness though… soooooo good!

These jeans are supposed to be a boyfriend jeans cut, but my stylist went down a size so they’re not giving me the look that I was hoping for. I like the wash and minimal distressing a lot though. If I didn’t have a similar pair that looks better on me, I may have been tempted by this pair.

Outfit #5: 1 + 9 + 4

Last, but not least is this fantastic leather moto jacket. This one is WAY better than the Topshop version I saw at Nordstrom. I couldn’t find the exact same moto jacket by Caslon to link, so this must be brand-spanking new. The leather is super thin and soft and it has a heavy ribbed fabric on the underside of the arms and in the inner seams as well. This addition makes it way more comfortable than any leather jacket I’ve tried in the past. I talked myself into and out of this jacket so many times over the weekend. I LOVE it, I really do and I don’t own any leather jackets… so this would be a great addition to my wardrobe. BUT. I have a similar moto-type jacket (this one) which serves the same ‘lightweight but badass jacket’ need in my closet. I finally decided to let this one go, even though it is sooooo soft that I wanted to curl up with it and snuggle it all night long.

Final Thoughts:
I LOVED this Trunk and I think my stylist did a great job sending over items that are totally me, but just a little sassier than I would have picked had I been browsing through a store on my own. I’m totally going to keep my eyes open for a similar NIC ZOE skirt and also make sure to check out dresses by Caslon more often! The only absolute standout item from this Trunk for me is the Caslon wrap dress. I think with the cardigan it can be work appropriate and I’ll just have to sew in a snap or two for modesty.

What do you think, did I make the right choice?

 If you want to have Dana style a Trunk for you — and you totally should because she’s awesome —  I have her linked to my referral code here:  https://www.trunkclub.com/invite/QZFJ33 (Please note: if you use my referral link it will cost you nothing extra and it earns me a small amount to go towards items in my next Trunk).

 

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored by Trunk Club, I pay for any clothing I purchase with my own hard-earned money. If you enjoyed my review and decide to try Trunk Club for yourself, the biggest compliment you can give me is by using my referral link. Thank you to anyone who chooses to click through and support my shopping addiction! This post contains ShopStyle affiliate links. This means that clicking on a link may help me earn a small commission at no cost to you.

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Let’s Talk About Underpants

16 Nov

Back in May, I pleaded with my Facebook friends to help me find underpants that won’t immediately be eaten by my butt crack.

In a moment of NO MORE WEDGIES I went through my underroos drawer and threw every single pair that scrunched itself up into my heinie right into the trash. Which left me with a really sad and empty stash of discontinued panties from True & Co. It was only a matter of time before each pair got holey, so I started a quest.

A panties quest.

All I wanted was a pair of hip hugger panties that fit well without riding up, and made my butt look cute. They couldn’t be too low, or too high, I wanted the Goldilocks of panties… I wanted them to be JUST RIGHT. And then, when I washed them I wanted them to STILL BE just right and not immediately shrink to fit Ollie.

I tried a buttload of different panties (see what I did there…) and I have finally found TWO winners.

Winner #1: Everyday Wear
Carole Hochman Cotton Hipster Panties
Price: $12 – $15 for a 5 pack
Find them here on Amazon

Source: Amazon.com

 

I wanted to link you to the exact pack I got at Costco, but for some reason Costco doesn’t have them on their online site. They DO have them in the stores though, so next time you are there try a pack and your butt will totally thank me. I also found them on Amazon, for those of you who do not have a Costco membership or a Costco nearby.

So yeah, my favorite ‘everyday’ panties are from Costco. Because my butt is fancy. The Costco panties were suggested to me by one of my readers, so I went out and bought myself two 6-packs of them to try out. They are cotton and each pack came with some solids and some patterns (like polka dots and animal print). I got a large and they have worked out perfectly. No wedgies, minimal panty lines, and after being washed and dried for months they still keep their shape.

Winner #2: Fancy Wear
Soma Vanishing Edge Microfiber Hipster
Price: $16 each or 5 for $39
Find them here at Soma

Source: Soma.com

 

Can we just take a second and admire that incredibly smooth butt and thighs? I mean, I hope they pay this butt model a bazillion dollars because her lack of cellulite is totally amazing (even with the use of photoshop)…

I had tried Soma panties before (this pair), but they always did that thing where the lace top would kind of roll under my belly in an unattractive and uncomfortable way. However, I picked up a pair of these microfiber hipsters in the store when I had a $10 off promo card to try them out and they are AWESOME. They are just high and low enough that they fit well under any tummy pouch that may be going on. They are super thin and have a silicone edge inside the cheeks… so they sit tight and don’t ride up even a millimeter throughout the day. I wash them with the rest of my laundry and then let them lay flat to dry, because they are freaking expensive… but they are still in perfect condition. I wear these when I have more fitted pants or skirts that would show panty lines and they are basically invisible.

It is SO NICE to be able to go in my underroos drawer and grab out a pair – any pair – without worry about them riding up throughout the day!

Have you tried the Costco hipsters or Soma vanishing edge panties before? Where do you find your magical panties that don’t ride up?

Oh and speaking of panties, I did a survey a while back with you guys and it still makes me giggle to read the results: Random Survey Fun about Holey Underwear. You’re welcome.

 

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