My Style: June Favorite Outfits

30 Jun

I decided to do a little something different for this month’s My Style post. Instead of picking three of my favorite outfits from the month, I decided to show you what I wore to a professional conference last week.

When I was deciding what to bring with me to the conference, I chose outfits that wouldn’t wrinkle easily, would last through a full day of sessions and networking parties, and would also look professional.

Before we get into those outfits though, here’s a silly video with all of my June looks. Is anyone else totally obsessed with this song?

Okay, on to the conference looks!

Outfit #1: My Birdie Wrap Dress

My Style June - 1

I’ve professed my love for this wrap dress before and I’ll continue tweeting it from the rooftops. If you’re looking for a super soft and flattering jersey dress that can take you from teaching a class to attending a wedding, this is IT. The best part is you can roll it up in a suitcase and shake the wrinkles right out. Oh yeah, and you can totally eat dessert with both lunch and dinner and still hide that little food belly. It’s the Elena Fixed Wrap dress from Boden and it’s magical.

Outfit #2: Another Day, Another Boden Jersey Dress

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That’s right, I wore two Boden jersey dresses in a row and I’m not even sorry. This one has a bit of a different look from the faux wrap dress, but still is both comfortable and professional. It’s the Glenda dress and it worked out great for those highly air conditioned conference rooms. I added a slim little belt from Old Navy to define the waist a bit.

Outfit #3: Feeling Lucky, Punk

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Yup, yet another jersey dress… but this one is from Lucky Brand. Lucky was having a dress sale a few weeks ago, so I snapped up this super soft beauty for $39! It’s long gone off their website, but if you like a more boho-look to your dresses you will be in heaven over there. Some with a similar feel to the one I have is the Inset Lace Dress and the Pink Paisley Maxi dress. Both of them are on sale for 40% off right now too. So much boho goodness!

As for the sweater, I picked it up at the J.Crew Factory Outlet earlier this month (you can see my bargain finds post here) and will be wearing this year-round until it falls apart. It is the Factory Caryn Cardigan and you can find it here.

What is on your ‘must pack’ list for work conferences or fancy functions?

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FabFitFun: Summer Box Reveal

28 Jun

Earlier this month, I posted a couple FabFitFun Summer box spoilers (you can see them here), so I knew that this box would be full of summer fun. My box came last week while I was in DC, so I had a little something fun to come home to. Oh, and Jack immediately claimed the pretty box for his own once I emptied it out.

Fab Fit Fun - Summer box - Pocketful of Joules

This is my forth box since I started my subscription and you can see my previous boxes here:
Spring 2016 Reveal
Fall 2015 Reveal
Summer 2015 Reveal

The FabFitFun boxes come on a quarterly basis and cost $49.99 each. It is a bit more expensive than other subscription boxes I’ve tried, but there is usually at least one item that makes it worth it for me.

Here is a look inside my Summer box:

Fab Fit Fun - Summer box 2 - Pocketful of Joules

And here is a breakdown of everything stuffed in the box:

FabFitFun Everyday Beach Waves Spray, $18
This beach waves spray has a light hold to give you effortless texture while conditioning and protecting with meadowfoam seed oil. I love going for the beachy waves look in the summer, so I can’t wait to try this one out.

Betchsicles Ice Pop Molds, $19
FabFitFun and Betches joined forces to come up with these champagne bottle-shaped ice pop molds. I’m going to ignore the fact that they are shaped like champagne bottles and let Jack fill them with orange juice for a healthy icy snack.

Fab Fit Fun - Summer box 4 - Pocketful of Joules

Summer & Rose Yoga Towel, $36
This moisture-wicking towel can be used over your yoga mat or at the beach and came in three different styles. I received the ‘more happy, less worry’ version, which is the one I would have picked! While I’m not really a yoga girl, I will definitely keep this towel in my TV stand so that I can pull it out when I’m using my fitness DVDs.

Fab Fit Fun - Summer box 3 - Pocketful of Joules

Stemulation Daily Micro Derm Scrub, $34
Exfoliate and renew with this scrub, which is made for the face and body. I was super impressed with this huge 8 oz bottle and will certainly be putting it into rotation to get my skin nice and smooth. I especially like scrubs that have the really tiny micro granules because they feel less scratchy when I use them.

Passport to Beauty Gypset Luminous Lips, $18
This high-shine gloss has Vitamin E for hydration and antioxidants. FabFitFun sent out three different shades, and I received the Bohemian Glow. This gloss is a bit too sticky for my liking, but the color is quite pretty.

OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream, $48
This lightweight daily moisturizer protects skin from dehydration and creates a protective barrier on the skin. It has a matte, silky finish and can serve as an invisible base for sunscreen and makeup. My typical face moisturizer has an SPF in it, so I don’t like to apply it before bed. But, this one will be great for after those evening showers.

Trina Turk Canvas Tote, $55
This was another item that I saw on the spoilers and I’m super happy that I was sent the “Sunshine and Saltwater” sunny yellow version of the bag. Sure, I have plenty of beach bags at this point… but this one is just so cute with the twisted rope straps!

Fab Fit Fun - Summer box 5 - Pocketful of Joules

Miscellaneous Sponsored Items
Each member received some random sample-sized sponsored items, and I got two samples of Burt’s Bees BB Cream, a Compeed Blister cushion and a $35 promo code for your first box of Hello Fresh. How many of these Hello Fresh promo codes have I given away at this point?! I love the service and really wish I could use these codes for my orders! If you want it, let me know.

The total value of everything in the Summer FabFitFun box is: $228.00. My favorite items from the box were the Trina Turk Canvas Tote, the micro derm scrub and the atmosphere protection cream. I wish the popsicle molds were cuter, but they are a good way to test to see if Jack likes them.

Do you want to try out the FabFitFun box? I have a special code that will give you $10 off your first box, just use this link.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post and FabFitFun did not pay for me to review their products on my blog. If you decide that you would like to sign up for your own subscription and use my link, I will receive referral credits on my account and you will receive $10 off your first box.

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A (Not So) Crabby 5k

27 Jun

You guys, I had so much fun over the weekend! My brother, Jason, and I ran the Charm City Crab 5k in Baltimore on Saturday and it was a blast.

Well, the race actually kind of sucked. The course is through the Inner Harbor, so you have to run over random cobblestones and dodge tourists, which is not so great. However, once you FINISH the course is when the fun starts… the Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival!

All runners get free entry into the festival for the first session, from 11:00 – 3:00 pm. So, basically you run your 3 miles and then you just eat and drink the rest of the morning. Sounds like fun, right?! There is also a full-on crab feast for those who want to sit and pick for hours. Instead, we decided to just go for a (super delicious) crab cake sandwich and drink ALL the beers!

We snapped this picture before the race, while we were still relatively cool and my face wasn’t bright red from the run:

Crabby 5k 1

This rum was SO GOOD. I especially recommend the coffee rum and the coconut rum. However I don’t necessary recommend doing shots of every flavor before 11:00 am…

Crabby 5k 2

I WON the costume contest! That’s right, they paid me $100 to wear what I was totally going to wear anyways!

Crabby 5k 3

When you are a Marylander, it is law that if you see the Natty Boh guy you chase him down and take a photo!

Crabby 5k with Boh

Crabby 5k with Boh - Joules

So yeah, it was an incredibly fun morning with the Crab 5k and all the yummy food and drink. The afternoon though… not so fun. Apparently I can’t drink like I used to ‘back in the day’ and I totally needed an afternoon nap to get back to feeling halfway normal. Also, I got some hardcore sunburn on my shoulders and arms but not my tattoo, because I SPFed that up the wazoo. Too bad I didn’t SPF the rest of my body…

Did you do anything fun over the weekend?

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Reviewing Birchbox: May & June Reveals

23 Jun

It’s Birchbox review time again! I really enjoy getting a monthly surprise in my mailbox, but it gets a little overwhelming (and boring) to blog about them each month. So, instead I do an every-other-month reveal. What do you think? Do you like it, or do you think I should stop blogging them?

My May Birchbox:

May birchbox reveal - Pocketful of Joules

  • Coola Classic Face Sport SPF 50 White Tea, Full-size $32
  • Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle, Full-size $23.50
  • Kopari Coconut Crush Scrub, Full-size, $28
  • Vera Bradley Fragrance, Vanilla Sea Salt, Full-size, $48
  • Cargo Blush and Bronzer Duo, Full size-$35

When I opened this box, I was most interested in the hair detangler, the coconut scrub and the blush/bronzer duo. I love the scent of coconut, so the scrub was an automatic winner for me. The hair detangler was good, but I already have one I like a lot better.

As much as I really wanted to love the blush and bronzer duo, the design of the compact made it really difficult to use. I mean, it was super tiny so the only way you could put it on was by using a finger. Once I did swipe some on my face, I found that the bronzer had some major sparkle going on. So this was not a good match for my day-to-day life.

My June Birchbox:

June Birchbox reveal - Pocketful of Joules

  • Number 4 Clarifying Shampoo, Full-size, $13.50 – $72
  • Coola Mineral Face SPF Unscented Matte Tint, Full-size, $24
  • Avene Thermal Spring Water, Full-size, $9 – $18.50
  • brandt PoreDermabrasion, Full-size, $58
  • Number 4 Reconstructing Masque packet (bonus), Full-size $38 – $58
  • Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel, Full-size, $24

I was sent the clarifying shampoo and conditioner in a previous box before I cancelled my subscription (which they have no way of knowing), so I already know that I don’t care for either of them. The dermabrasion scrub is a great size for me to throw into my travel bag on my next trip. I’ll try it out later this week when I’m in DC.

I was super excited to try Benefits brand-new product for brows, Gimme Brows Volumizing Fiber Gel. This product just came out and Birchbox subscribers got the very first look. It is a gel that contains tiny microfibers that adhere to your skin and hairs to make your brows look instantly fuller.

Here’s a closer look at the brush:

Benefit brow collection reveal - Pocketful of Joules

I admit that I had no freaking idea how to use this. I even watched a video and tried a few more times before I decided that this is just not the product of my dreams that I was hoping for. It just felt kind of weird to me to basically be brushing mascara on my brows and when I did get some coverage it seemed WAY too striking. I’m glad I had the chance to sample it though.

After a few months of amazing Birchbox surprises, I didn’t get any clear winners from either my May or June boxes. However, both of them were well worth the $10 price tag. I’m looking forward to the next couple summer boxes!


Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored by Birchbox, I paid for the $10 fee with my own hard-earned money. If you enjoyed my review and decide to try Birchbox 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!


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