40

19 Sep

Each year on my birthday, I post an annual birthday picture.

Here’s 39, 38, 37, and 36.

Now, I know my “Birthday Facinator” photo from 37 is hard to top, but I think this year might be my favorite.

I’m 40.

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Reviewing FabFitFun: The Fall Box Reveal and a $10 Code

18 Sep

I’m so excited to show you all a reveal of my Fall 2017 FabFitFun box! After getting FatFitFun boxes for the past couple years, I finally went ahead and upgraded to a ‘select member’ to give me the ability to choose a couple of my preferred options. Basically, this is an awesome box full of FALL that makes me even more excited for the changing leaves and the cooler air.

Before we get into what was in my fall box, here’s a quick overview of FabFitFun:

Let’s check out the Fall box:

And here’s a little gallery of the items I received:

Mer-Sea Scarf, $98
As a select member,  I was able to choose between three color options for this super soft scarf. I picked the gray option that has the color ranging from a light gray to a darker gray. This scarf is super cozy and can also be used as a bed throw or wrap to keep you snuggled up around the house on a cold day.

Trestique Lip Crayon, $28
This 2-in-1 product has a lightweight lip crayon on one side and a matching lip balm on the other. Select members were able to choose between Florence Fig & Rose Balm or Tuscan Wine & Syrah Balm. For all other members, they are surprised with one of the options. I went for the Fig color and I love it!

Private Party Denim Gym Bag, $59
Once again, select members were able to choose from three different sayings and I picked, “Will Workout for Cupcakes”. Of course! I don’t actually own any other gym bags right now because I don’t go to the gym, but this is a great size for a weekend trip. I actually used it over this past weekend for an overnight bag to take to a B&B.

Deco Miami Lavender Cuticle Oil, $12.50
This cuticle oil is a nourishing blend of vitamins and organic oils (argan oil and bamboo extract) that work to soften and moisturize the cuticle bed of your nails. This will be super handy when the weather starts getting colder and my hands turning corpse hands. This is one of those things that I’d never buy myself, but I will certainly get some use out of.

Whish Renewing Mud Mask, $48
This mask has natural ingredients like bentonite clay, aloe and rosehip oil to reveal smoother, softer skin while slowing down the aging process. You just put a thin layer on for less than a minute and then rub it in a circular motion to do a little exfoliation. I think I’ll keep this in the shower so that I remember to use it a couple times a week.

DP Hue Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse, $35
For our ‘choice boost’ all members were able to pick between a charcoal teeth whitening powder or this apple cider vinegar hair rinse. I went with the hair rinse because it is supposed to gently remove impurities from your hair without stripping it of its natural oils. I haven’t had the opportunity to try it yet, but I’ll keep you posted!

IMM Living Jewelry Holder, $33
This jewelry holder is a mix of rose gold wire and porcelain and gives you a place to display your jewelry. Out of the entire box, this is the only item I’m not excited about and don’t have a use for. However, this would make a great holiday gift or be easy to trade on the FabFitFun facebook trading pages.

B-Low the Belt Mia Belt, $55
The second ‘choice boost’ that members picked between was the Mia belt or a cable knit beanie. I don’t really wear beanies, so I went with the belt and received a black version with a silver buckle. I tried and tried, but I just cannot figure out how to make the belt loop thingie work on me. It just looks kind of silly… So, this one will be definitely be going into the trade pile.

My Tagalongs Hot/Cold Pack, $15
These hot/cold packs are useful and have some super cute sayings. I received a black version that has “you give me fever” printed on one side and “cold hearted snake” on the other. Oce again, I wouldn’t have bought this for myself, but it is handy to have around the house.

This is one of my favorite boxes for a while and I am especially excited about the scarf, gym bag, mud mask, lip crayon and apple cider vinegar hair rinse. The total value of everything in the Fall FabFitFun box is $383.50 and I’m super pleased with everything I received!

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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Reviewing Trunk Club: My September Birthday Trunk

14 Sep

I’ve been sitting on a few referral credits in my Trunk Club account for the last couple months because I really wanted to spoil myself with a fun Birthday Trunk. The time is finally here! I’ve worked with my stylist, Dana, for my last couple Trunks so I was excited to send over my September Trunk request:

Here’s what I asked for:

I’d love some fall transition pieces that you can see me wearing over and over again. I’d like to see a mix of statement pieces, outfit makers and some elevated basics.

Want to see what she sent?

Statement Piece:

 BLANKNYC Printed and Studded Moto Jacket, $168

Wow, talk about a statement piece! You could literally add this jacket to any outfit and it makes it into something special.

Outfit Makers:

Treasure & Bond Charm Whistle Pendant, $45

STS Blue Taylor Tomboy Boyfriend Jeans, $55

Citizens of Humanity Emerson Ripped Slim Boyfriend Jeans, $268

These outfit makers can totally transform a plain tee shirt and sneakers into something a little extra cute.

Elevated Basics:

Bobeau Jessica Twist Hem Slub Tee, $34

Madewell Levine Solid Tie Front Top, $39.50

BP Side Slit Tee, $19

Caslon Ballet Neck Elbow Sleeve Tee, $26

Two by Vince Camuto Twill Jogger Pants, $99

Toms Deconstructed Alpargata Slip-ons, $78.95

In our category of ‘elevated basics’ Dana sent over some fun basics with a twist — some with a literal twist…

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.

Now for the fun part… Try On Party!

Outfit #1: BP Tee + Kut from the Kloth Tomboy Jeans + Treasure & Bond necklace + BLANKNYC moto jacket + Toms slip-ons

When I saw the preview that Dana sent over I immediately knew I wanted to pair these items together. This is basically a super comfy t-shirt and jeans weekend outfit with the statement piece of the moto jacket to elevate the whole look to something casually cool. The BP tee is super soft and flowy, but it’s also super long (see below), so I don’t love it as much as I thought I would. I don’t actually own any other distressed jeans and these are pretty great. The hole-to-jeans ratio is good and there isn’t a huge open spot in the knee for my toes to catch in as I pull on my pants (resulting in me falling over and yelling timber…). They are cut a little generously with the whole ‘boyfriend’ fit and I find them super comfortable. The price is also right at $55!

Let’s talk about the moto jacket. It is very similar to the BLANKNYC jacket that I drooled over during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (but didn’t buy and now it’s only in size small…). If you are a smaller size, they actually have a similar version on sale for $88 on the Nordstrom website. Initially, I kind of loved it. It adds an air of cool to the whole outfit. But then, I suddenly felt a little too “whoa, living on a prayer” as if I were wearing a costume. I think that the right person could totally pull this off, but for me it may be a little too much STATEMENT for my statement piece. What do you think?

Here is the back view (with the super long shirt sticking out):

Outfit #2: Madewell tie front tee + Two by Vince Camuto Twill Jogger Pants + Treasure & Bond necklace + Toms slip-ons

 

This outfit was suggested by Dana and is what I would consider a step above my typical casual look. I was pretty unsure about the pants, because they kind of read like fancy sweatpants in the photo. In person they are almost a tencel-kind of fabric – super soft, but also a little fancier. They came super wrinkled, but I hung them in  my bathroom while taking a shower and most of the wrinkles fell right now. With that being said, I just feel like I’m wearing fancy pajamas, or in the second photo…fancy pajamas with a moto jacket…

The Toms are cute and comfy, like all Toms. However, I already own two pairs in a very similar color (yay for thrifting!). The necklace is a super fun piece from Treasure & Bond with kind of a charm-necklace look to it. It is a Nordstrom brand and as an added bonus, Nordstrom donates 5% of net profits for Treasure & Bond items to organizations that work to empower youth. I can see me throwing this necklace on with a bunch of items from my closet.

Outfit #3 with my finalists: my own tee + Kut from the Kloth Tomboy Jeans + Treasure & Bond necklace + my own booties

Okay, so if you’ve been playing along that leaves me with the following favorites from this Trunk: the Treasure & Bond necklace and the distressed jeans. I tried them with one of my own tee shirts and a pair of booties… what do you think, do they work with booties?

I really like the jacket, but I have a feeling that it’s one those things that once purchased would just sit in my closet waiting for my life to become more exciting so I could take it out for a spin. I like the metal studs and the painted on flowers, but maybe it would be more wearable for me if it were just one or the other? It just doesn’t seem to go with my typical off-work life of Costco runs and dropping my kid at school… Maybe I’m being silly though and I should just rock it with my head held high (and my devil horns in the air)?

Help me out! I have $150 in credits to spoil myself a little… should I buy the jeans and/or necklace? Do you think I should take a chance on the moto jacket?

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).

{Psssst… if you like my clothing box company reviews, here is a handy-dandy list of the ones I’ve tried: Stitch Fix, Trendsend, The Ms. Collection, DailyLook Elite and Wantable’s Fitness Edit}

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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Loving Right Now

12 Sep

It’s time for a Loving Right Now post of some of my current favorites. These posts aren’t paid or sponsored or anything, they are just stuff that I’m totally digging right now and thought you might like too. So, let’s get to it!

{You can check out my previous posts here}

TV Show: iZombie

Let me start by saying, I’m not a zombie person. I typically avoid anything zombie related, so it is super weird that I would fall in love with this show. What can I say, I loved CSI and I’m always down for a bad-ass, smart talking female lead! Here’s the original preview form when the show started in 2015:

I just recently finished season one and started on season two, but there are three seasons on Netflix so far. Season 4 has been confirmed and once I’m all caught up I’ll be able to watch it using the CW app on my Roku. YAY!

Book Series: The Shelby Nichols series by Colleen Helme

Source: Amazon.com

I have Kindle Unlimited (you can read my initial review here) and I have totally devoured the entire Shelby Nichols series over the last couple months. So far there are ten books in the series and I’m waiting with baited breath for number eleven to come out!

The series starts with Carrots where our main character, Shelby, gets shot in the head (while at the grocery store to pick up carrots) and suddenly can hear people’s thoughts. There’s a mob story line, a sexy hit man, an also sexy husband, kids to wrangle and mysteries to solve. You can find the whole series in order here.

Beauty Product: Karuna Face Masks

I received my first set of Karuna face masks in a previous FabFitFun box and I’m totally obsessed with them. I originally got the Karuna Hydrating + Face Mask, but along the way I’ve also picked up the brightening masks and also an assorted pack. They are extra saturated sheet masks that you use once a week and they really do work! I found them on Amazon here but every so often I come across them at TJ Maxx or Marshalls for $10 so I scoop them all up!

Now it’s your turn to share, what are you totally loving right now?

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