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Reviewing FabFitFun: The Spring 2017 Box Reveal and a $10 off code

27 Mar

I just received my Spring Box from FabFitFun and I think they really knocked it out of the park. I’ve let most of my subscription boxes go, and at this point only have Birchbox and FabFitFun… but I don’t regret cutting back a bit when they are full of such wonderful surprises!

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

A Look Inside my Spring 2017 FabFitFun Box:

First off, how pretty is the actual box?! I’m planning to keep this one and use it for something. I’m not quite sure what though… any ideas?

Here’s what is inside:

 Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative leave-in conditioning spray, $20
This ultra-lightweight spray is fortified with a unique blend of rosehip, argan and coconut oils to improve hair’s softness strength and moisture levels, while acting as a barrier against heat. I have long, color-treated hair, so I basically use some sort of detangler/protecting spray or oil each time I wash my hair. The one doesn’t do so well as a detangler, but it does smell very nice. I’ll use it more as a heat protector before I blow dry.

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator, $79
I was really excited to receive this exfoliator in my box. The formula contains aluminum oxide crystals, lactic acid , and smoothing botanicals to polish away dead cells and leave you with bright, smooth, healthy-looking skin. I love the way that this feels when you rub it into your skin and it also has a really nice lemony scent. This is such a great luxury item to include!

Gypsy 05 Roundie, $50

Source: Gypsy05.com

I was really excited about this roundie and it doesn’t disappoint at all in person. It’s a large round cotton blanket that has a ton of uses – you can take it to the beach (which I will), wear it as a sarong (I’ll do that too), hang it on a wall as décor, use it for a picnic blanket and so much more. I love the design that I received and I can’t wait to throw it in my beach bag to use this summer! You can find my exact roundie on the Gypsy05 website here.

Milly Zip Pouch, $45
I received the “Slay All Day” pouch in my box, but there were a few options including “Resting Beach Face”, “Haute Mess” and “Beach Please”. I would have preferred one of the other bags, so I went ahead and traded this one on the FabFitFun trading Facebook page.

Karuna Hydrating+ Face Mask, $28
I love a good face mask and I’m glad that this super hydrating version was included in the box. It is specifically for dry, dull, dehydrated skin and is supposed to improve hydration 40% after just one use. The box contains 4 individually wrapped masks and you are supposed to use them once a week.

RealHer Lip Kit, $48
This lip kit is made from natural ingredients and includes a liquid lipstick, plumping lip gloss and lip liner. Out of the entire box, this was the only item I wasn’t really excited about since I typically stick with chapstick and one particular kind of lip color. I’m planning to trade this one on the FabFitFun trading boards too and will hopefully end up with something I’ll use much more!

Deborah Lippman Nail Polish Set, $19
This set of two nail polishes are pretty pastel shades for spring. I’m not sure if I’ll use this one myself or add it to my ‘give away to my sister’s pile.’ I have so many nail polishes that I barely use and tend to stick more with orange-red shades.

Emerald DUV “Joshua Tree” Cage Bracelet, $80

For the first time, FabFitFun let monthly subscribers choose between two jewelry items and pick either this bracelet, or a set of earrings/ear crawlers. I basically never change my earrings, so I was happy to be able to choose the bracelet. The cage bracelet was inspired by the vibrant and distinctive nature of the West Coast and was handcrafted. I absolutely love its simple design and will definitely wear it both alone and stacked with some of my leather wrap bracelets. This is one of my favorite items in the box… it’s something I totally love but never would have picked out for myself.

Bonus Sponsored Items
Bonus items aren’t counted towards the value of the box, but are just thrown in by sponsors to introduce you to their products. This month we received Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails gummys. I’ve been taking them for the last few days and like the flavor.

The total value of everything in the Spring FabFitFun box is: $369. I was absolutely pleased by this box and it may be one of my favorite boxes I’ve ever received from my subscription. Right now, I’m thinking my favorite items are: the Gypsie 05 roundie, the Dr. Brant exfoliator and the cage bracelet.

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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My March 2017 Stitch Fix: Prints for Spring

23 Mar

When I last posted about Stitch Fix in January, I was kind of disappointed in my Fix, but ended up with a sweater that I really liked. Well, somebody else used my referral code, so I figured let’s do this thing again! I mean, even if it sucks… it’s still fun, right?

I clicked around on the #stitchfix tag on Instagram and saw that a lot of people were posting some fabulous springy florals and I wanted to get in on that. So, when I ordered my Fix, here’s what I told my stylist:

“I’m seeing lots of beautiful springy floral tops and maxi dresses on the Stitch Fix hashtag on Instagram, so let’s do a whole Fix of those! Think Boho!”

I was hoping that by not getting set on particular items, like I did in January my expectations would be lower and I’d be more open-minded to what was sent over.

Want to see what I got?

Item #1: Brixon Ivy Sylvester Split Neck Blouse, $54

While this isn’t a springy floral, I actually do have a need for some solid colored blouses to wear to work. This has a flowy fit and the sleeves are sewn into that tab-sleeve look that I like. I think it’s pretty styled with both jeans and a skirt, but it’s a little stiff in the shoulders area. I’d also prefer a different color…maybe something more jewel toned? All in all, it’s okay but not a winner.

Item #2: Gilli Tahj 2fer Knit Maxi Dress, $78

It looks like I’m standing crooked, but I’m totally not. It’s the wonky fabric placement on the bottom half of this dress. It’s such a shame, because the top is cute and the maxi dress has promise, but the fabric on the bottom is SO UGLY and also feels like super thin swimsuit material. This one was very easy to throw back into the return box!

Item #3: Napean Sea RD Dazzie Henley Style Blouse, $58

I didn’t realize that this top was transparent until I saw my white belly shining through in the photos. I like the three-quarter sleeves and super flowy cut of this top, but I don’t love the pattern or the fact that I’d have to double up with a shirt underneath.

Item #4: Daniel Rainn Albado Crew Neck Blouse, $58

I do have a love for Daniel Rainn, but it’s so hard for me to justify paying full price for the brand considering that I can buy a similar top at Nordstrom Rack for $20 – $25 (see!). So it’s good that I don’t love this blouse. The pattern is pretty and is totally great for spring, but the neckline comes up so high that it is uncomfortable on me. Also, there is nothing special about it at all to justify the $58 price tag.

Item #5: Pixley Eisenhower Strappy Top, $48

Here’s another fun patterned top like I want for spring, however this one has spaghetti straps which really confuse the whole bra situation. I could totally do what the cool kids are doing and wear a lacy bra meant to be seen… but I’m 39 years old. So, no. It looks okay with the sweater, but to be honest I feel like I could buy something similar for $5 at Forever 21.

My Final Thoughts
Well, it was another underwhelming Fix from Stitch Fix. I hate just throwing away that $20 styling fee, but I also hate buying stuff that I never want to wear. So, it looks like everything from this Fix is going back into the return box.

Do you think I made the right choice?

Psssst…If you like checking out what other people receive in their Fixes, you might like my Stitch Fix Reviews page where I have every single Fix review I’ve ever done listed! You may also want to check out my Trunk Club posts on my Trunk Club Reviews page!

Disclosure: This post is not sponsored by Stitch Fix, I pay for the $20 styling fee and any clothing I purchase with my own hard-earned money. If you choose to use my referral link when signing up for Stitch Fix, I will receive a small referral reward.

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My Online Shopping Secrets

21 Mar

As you all know, when it comes to shopping I love to get a good deal. Typically that means that I stalk deals at Nordstrom Rack or take advantage of Anthropologie’s ‘everything on sale is an extra % off’ sales, but sometimes that means I peruse thrift stores and eBay.

I’ll have a thrift store score post up super soon (maybe even by the end of the week), but I just scooped up a dress online and wanted to share a couple of my secrets.

Item #1: Anthropologie Bretin Dress by Maeve

Source: Anthropologie.com

Every so often I browse eBay for some of my favorite Anthropologie brands, because you never know what you’re going to find. I saw this dress listed and it combined a bunch of my favorites – a dark pattern, knee-length skirt and fitted waist. The dress is by Maeve, one of my favorite Anthropologie brands and was marked as ‘new with tags’. The problem is that as much as I love Maeve and Anthropologie, sometimes their sizes are kind of weird. So, before committing to buy this dress, I did a little sneaky sleuthing.

Tip #1: Google the exact name of the item and check ‘images’

I googled “Anthropologie Bretin Dress by Maeve” and clicked over to images to see if I could find other real people wearing the dress. Obviously the dress is going to look great on a super tall size 0 model, but will it still look good in a larger size on a curvy girl? Sometimes when you are searching images you can find the item listed on other people’s sale pages (like Poshmark) and they will leave comments on fit. Other times, you can see the exact item on a blogger who may be closer to your size. After checking the images I saw a couple different ‘real people’ wearing the dress and it still looked really pretty.

Tip #2: Visit (or google) the website of the store that originally sold the item and check for reviews

With this particular dress, I got lucky because it was still on Anthropologie’s website. The oldest review was from November 2015, which helped me figure out when the dress came out. If you can find reviews, it really helps determine any sizing or fit issues. In this case, there were 6 pages of reviews and most of them said that the dress fit true-to-size or even a little large. There were also a few reviews that said how beautiful the fabric was in person and how the quality was really great.

The review that helped me push the ‘buy’ button was one left by a woman who was my same height (5’7”) and of a similar body type (listed as ‘curvy on bottom’). She said “I’m normally a solid size 12/L but the medium fit perfect. It’s a beautiful design that can be dressed up or down. Paired with a belt, this will be a great fall transition dress.” I also tend to be a size 12/Large at Anthropologie, so the fact that she felt that she could size down was great. I prefer a looser fit, so I went ahead and bought the large listed on eBay.

You can never really fully guess if an online purchase will fit you perfectly, so if possible buy from a seller who offers free returns. However, if that is not available and you really, really want the item anyways… keep my two tips in mind and hopefully they will help you decide!

So, did my dress work out for me? Check it out:

The tags were attached when I opened the package and the dress is in absolutely perfect condition. Even better, I think that the large fits consistent with what I was expecting and even gives me a little wiggle room for a more comfortable fit. The colors are so pretty too!

I tried it with a blazer for a more office appropriate look:

So all in all, I’m calling this one an eBay score!

 

Do you have any eBay scores you’d like to brag about? How about any online shopping tips to add?

 

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A Small Fitness Update

20 Mar

About two weeks ago I had reached a breaking point. I was frustrated with myself, my body and my eating habits. However, instead of shoving those feelings down with a doughnut, I was mad enough to do something about it.

So, I posted this:

If you feel like it, click through and read the comments. You guys are kind of awesome.

So, I decided to make some small sustainable changes to my life. I started eating a little better, but didn’t go total DIET on my life. For example, when I had a work event at Krispy Kreme I ordered one original doughnut and a coffee, instead of one original and one with cream filling. I also decided to try to do some type of work out every single day.

Here is today’s update:


I’m not where I want to be yet, but I’m on my way.

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