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June Thrift Haul

24 Jun

I had a week off between my old job and new job earlier this month, so I made sure to take some time to go thrifting! I didn’t end up with any HUGE winners, but found some basics to add to my closet.

{Pssst, you can read about my previous thrifting adventures here}

Adrienne Vittadini open sweater vest, $6

I saw this super lightweight and soft sweater vest as I was flicking through the sweater section and it totally caught my eye. Adrienne Vittadini is a brand that I’ve seen previously at Nordstorm Rack. The sleeveless sweater style is a little out of my comfort zone, but pretty on trend with the boho style I like to wear on the weekends. I’m thinking I could pair this over a t-shirt and jean shorts. I looked on pinterest for some other ways to wear it and I love this look too.

Vintage Pleated Skirt, $7

I feel like pleated midi skirts are really huge right now and when I checked pinterest there are tons of outfits that I would love to recreate. This is a vintage brand, probably from the 70’s or 80’s and the stretchy waist is super comfortable. I think this will look fantastic with a lightweight tank top for weekend wear. I can pair it with a longer sleeve blouse for work, or add a tank top/cardigan combo for a pretty preppy look. I already wore it to work with a faux wrap top: you can see it here.

Black Cocoon sweater, $7

This sweater doesn’t have a label on it with a brand or size, just washing instructions. It is really soft and lightweight with mid-length dolman sleeves. I love lightweight sweater layers year-round, so I picked this up for $7 to add to my cardigan collection. I think this oversized cardi would look great with a more fitted tank top and jeans.

After washing it and letting it hang dry, I stuck it in my closet… but when when I went to wear it I noticed the back was all pilled up! I don’t know if I bought it that way, or if it happened in the wash. No biggie, I got out my handy dandy sweater shaver and fixed it right up! Oh, you don’t know what a sweater shaver is? You totally need to read THIS POST!

Cable & Gauge sweater, $7

I love Cable & Gauge sweaters (another Nordstrom Rack brand) and this rusty colored one is super pretty. It has elbow-length sleeves and a nubby texture. I can see throwing this on over a t-shirt and shorts on a cooler summer night.

I’d love to hear your thrifting stories! Did you find a diamond in the rough (literally or figuratively)?

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Reviewing FabFitFun: The Summer 2019 Box Reveal

20 Jun

I feel like I’ve been waiting for this summer box FOREVER and it is finally here. This is my last box on my current annual FabFitFun subscription, so this will help me make my decision on whether I keep my subscription for another year or go head and hit the cancel button.

Before we get into the goodies, here is a quick overview of FabFitFun:

  • Boxes come on a quarterly basis and cost $49.99 each. To upgrade to a ‘select member’ you just pay for a year at once (rather than quarterly), it’s usually a little cheaper and it gives you the chance to make some choices on options.
  • You can find links to all of my previous FabFitFun box reviews here.

Here’s my Summer 2019 box:

This box had a bunch of customizable options where annual members could pick and choose what they wanted, so most of this box reflects my choices. Unfortunately, in a few of the choice options all the possibilities were kinda bad… so I went with the one I disliked the least.

Choice Item 1: Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream & Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing Shower Gel, retail $45

For this choice, I picked between a travel blow dryer, beach towel, kimono and the creams I picked. I thought the choices were very diverse, but also kind of boring as we have received a similar beach towel and kimono in previous boxes. I went with the Bum Bum cream because I’ve heard a ton of people raving about it over the years.

This all-over body cream is supposed to “help tighten and smooth all over” so we’ll see. I’ve heard that people either love or hate the scent and I gave it a sniff and luckily loved it. Unfortunately, while it smells amazing its not actually very moisturizing — it just kind of goes on super thin and then soaks right in without making of my bits or pieces any softer. Or smoother. Lame.

Choice Item 2: West Elm Tie Dye Bowls, retail $39

Options for choice #2 were: 111Skin Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment masks, a Summer & Rose cotton tote, a felt letter board or the West Elm bowls. Really not impressed with these choices and the bowls were pretty, so I went with them. The bowls are dishwasher, microwave and food safe, so I’ll be adding them to my cabinets to use as ice cream, dip, soup or snack bowls. They may not be exciting, but at least they are useful and pretty!

Choice Item 3: Burn 60 Resistance Bands, retail $34

For choice #3, I picked between the resistance bands, a star double necklace, or silicone wine glasses. Considering both the necklace and wine glasses looked super cheap, I went with the resistance band. If I could have picked nothing, I would have gone with that option. I’ve never used resistance bands before, so I’ll stick them with my home hand weights and basically never bother to open the box.

Choice 4: Eyeko London Eye Do Black Liquid Liner, retail $22

For this choice, I picked between the liquid eye liner and a hair styling cream. I went with the liner because I do currently use a liquid liner. However, I use a smoky brown and this is black… so I’m not sure if it will end up working for me. I have a better chance at trying it than the styling cream though… but my overall feeling on choice 4 is “eh”.

Choice 5: Doctor Rogers Restore Healing Balm, retail $30

For choice #5 my options were: the healing balm, Coola SPF, or micro polish exfoliate. I previously used and really disliked the Coola SPF and have plenty of exfoliators, so I went with the healing balm. It is supposed to sooth and heal dry or damaged skin and you can use it on burns, scrapes, post-procedure skin and more. It basically feels like a super thick Vaseline or Aquifer. I’ll keep this around for any ouchies.

Item 6: Invisibobble Original Duo Pack, retail $16

All box subscribers received these ponytail holders in their Summer box and I have to say… ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! These are absolute crap that I wouldn’t buy at the dollar store and they put the retail value at $16… I get that 80’s and 90’s fashion is having a comeback, but I’m a grown woman and won’t be putting plastic telephone cords in my hair. Blegh. I’m also snickering that the booklet describes these as “a revolutionary hair tool”. Yeah, really revolutionary.

Item 7: Generation Clay Ultra Violet Brightening Purple Clay Mask, retail $39

I love a good face mask and this one claims to rejuvenate dull skin and boost hydration. I’m very happy with this item and will be adding it to my mask stash.

Item 8: Grace & Stela Spray All Day Rose Facial Spray, retail $25.95

I’m a little confused by this spray. It says to use it as a mid-day refresher for your face either over or under makeup. So, you’re just supposed to spray this water on your face? Is this a rich people thing?

I gave it a try and honestly it smells like a grandma. And not a cool Mimi kind of grandma, more like a stinky grandma that pinches your cheeks and doesn’t share her butterscotch candies. Also the water comes out of the sprayer a little aggressively, so it certainly isn’t giving me much of a mist effect. It’s more like a WAKE UP AND HELP ME FIGURE OUT THIS CONFUSING TELEVISION REMOTE squirt to the face. This one will be going into the pass-it-on box.

Item 9: Whish Exfoliating Foot Mask, retail $32

Normally I would scoff at a foot mask, but to be honest I got a glimpse of my heels yesterday and this is actually going to be used ASAP on my feet. It is supposed to exfoliate and polish for your softest feet ever. The directions say to spread it on your feet at bed time, let it dry, (probably put some socks on) and then in the morning you will have softer feet. Guess I know what I’ll be doing tonight.

Overall Thoughts

This box was pretty terrible. Sorry, was that too honest? The claimed retail value totaled at $283 and I don’t feel like anything was worth near the retail value. I like the West Elm bowls and will be trying the face mask and the foot exfoliate. But that’s about it. There is no excitement and nothing that great in the box at all. Such a bummer. However, it DOES make it really easy for me to make the decision to cancel my FabFitFun subscription. I’ll be sticking with Causebox and letting this subscription go.

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Dressing Room Snaps: Anthropologie

18 Jun

It’s dressing room snaps time again! I had a chance to stop by Anthropologie and check out all their newest stuff… so I took some photos to share with you all.

Gabriela Ruffled Maxi Dress (find it here)

Size worn: Large

Price: $160

I saw this dress in the window and knew I would love it. The pretty pattern, super soft jersey fabric and tie waist area all some of my favorite things. This one also has a runched bodice and crisscross straps in the back. All in all, it’s lovely. But, it’s full price at $160 and not currently on sale… so this one went back. For now.

Tania Tiered Tunic Dress (find it here)

Size worn: Large

Price: $130

I actually really like this fun tunic dress with the ruffled flouncy hem. It seems a bit more fall to me though with the colors. The fabric is soft and stretchy and the length is nice. This is one of those dresses that I’d scoop up if it were on the clearance racks at the end of the year to pair with tights and a sweater in October.

Catherine Shirt Dress (find it here)

Size Worn: 12

Price: $150

I love the cute beach umbrella fabric of this button-up shirt dress (click through on the link for a close-up of the print). This fits very similar to another Anthropologie dress I own, which means that it is better if you go a size up. In this size, I feel like it’s a little snug on the hips so a smidge more space would make it more comfortable. This dress would be perfect for Independence Day plans – you know, once it goes on sale!

Wrapped Gingham Skirt (find it here)

Size worn: 14

Price: $120, marked down to $69.96

They didn’t have a 10 or 12 in the store, so I grabbed a 14 to try. I liked the black and white gingham fabric, but the ruffles just add too much bulk. It does have pockets though! I feel like this one fit more true to size, so a 10 or 12 might have been a little more flattering on me.

Cloth & Stone Burlingame Romper (find it here)

Size worn: Large

Price: $140, marked down to $69.95

I’m not really a romper person because I like clothes that I can actually easily use the restroom while wearing. I tried this one on though because the wrap front looks like a lot of dresses I wear and the Cloth & Stone tensel fabric is always so soft. It’s… okay. Maybe like a more fashionable prison lady?

Malaga Tiered Tunic (find it here)

Size Worn: Medium

Price: $78, marked down to $39.95 + an extra 25% off

Source: Anthropologie.com

This is the only item I ended up buying on my Anthropologie visit and I didn’t even get a photo of it on me. In my defense, I had worn a dress that day and didn’t want to take a Donald Duck pantsless photo to show this one off… Anywhoo, I liked the simple black tiered look of this cotton tank top. It will be great paired with jean shorts now, or topped with a cardigan and necklace in the fall.

Do you enjoy these impromptu Dressing Room try-on posts? Do you have a favorite look?

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All About our Trip to Kauai, Part Two

13 Jun

In case you missed it, I shared Part One of our Kauai Adventures earlier this week. The post started getting so crazy long that I had to split it into two posts to keep from overwhelming you (… and me).

Here’s Part One: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Let’s pick up where we left off…

Sunday

On Sunday it was another sunny and beautiful day so we decided to head East and North. We started out by following the signs to the Opaeka’a Falls. There was a nice little parking lot for us to stop in and we walked over to the viewing areas to catch sight of the falls.

It was so beautiful and quiet. We hopped back in the jeep to go find the Wailua Falls, which had a much busier lookout area. There were cars and jeeps packed on the small road that took you to overlook the falls and lots of people selling fruit and food. We ended up buying some white Sugarloaf pineapple, which was absolutely delicious. We also got a homemade mochi/rum/pineapple cake thing that a nice German lady was selling. What can I say, eating random road food is what you do in Kauai!

Here is our view of Wailua Falls:

After visiting the falls, we decided to keep going North to visit the little town of Hanalei. As soon as we got to the North side of the island it got humid and would rain on us every 45 minutes or so. We walked around the town a bit and then decided to work our way back towards Poipu. We ended up stopping to see the Kiluea Lighthouse.

We also got a delicious taco lunch from a random food truck. We ended the day with yet another visit to Puka Dog (what can I say, they are so good!) and topped ourselves off with a visit to Lepparts Ice Cream.

Monday

We had another lazy coffee and HGTV morning on Monday with another serving of Little Fish Coffee acai bowls for breakfast. From there we grabbed our beach chairs and set out for a beach we saw on the way to Spouting Horn. We did some beach sitting and snorkeling for a bit and just enjoyed the quiet. We grabbed lunch at Savage Shrimp and then showered and prepared for our evening adventure… a sunset cruise of the Napali coast!

We went through Holo Charters, which offered a sunset dinner cruise. We shared the catamaran with a couple dozen guests and enjoyed snacks on our way out from the island. There was a little rain and fog here and there, but mostly it was cool and calm.

The views were absolutely beautiful. There were cliffs and caves and waterfalls. There were even mountain goats climbing up on the sides of cliffs and pretty much defying gravity. At about the halfway point, the crew served us dinner – all the makings for some homemade tacos, with fresh pineapple on the side and cookies for dessert. There was an open bar too with local beers and Mai Tais. The return ride was breathtaking.

And then the sun went down:

We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful night!

Tuesday

On Tuesday we decided that we wanted to do a fancy dinner for our last night, which meant that we had to buy a nice shirt for Travis to wear. Everyone on the island sports Hawaiian shirts, so we decided to venture out to buy one for him. We stopped at the Hawaiian Trading post and they had some silly photo opportunities outside:

From there we visited Old Koloa Town and stopped by the Fish Market for an authentic and delicious poke bowl:

Travis and I are both fans of sushi, so the poke bowl was so delicious to us! From there we hit up a pie shop that we had driven past a few times and had some mini pies for dessert. THEN, we went rum tasting at the Kauai Rum Company.

To do a tasting in the Rum Company Tasting Room is free, you just have to be 21 years old or order. We tasted: Koloa Kauai Dark Rum, Koloa Kauai Gold Rum, Koloa Kauai Spice Rum, Koloa Kauai Coconut Rum, Koloa Kauai Coffee Rum, and Koloa Hawaiian Pineapple Passion Rum Cocktail Punch.

Travis has a stomach condition, so he can’t really drink hard alcohol (only beer and wine), so he would basically stick his tongue in the rum to try it and then I’d drink both our shots. We were being sneaky about it so that nobody got annoyed, but apparently the couple next to Travis was giving me the hairy eyeball for being a rum glutton. My favorites were the Coconut Rum and the Coffee Rum and Travis really liked the Pineapple Passion Rum Cocktail Punch.

After rum, we got yet another shave ice. This time it was a snow ice from Uncle’s Shave Ice. It was really cool how every single place we tried had a different take on the shave ice. I, of course, loved them all.

For our fancy anniversary dinner we went to Keoki’s Paradise (find it here) . We went online to reserve a table and put in the notes that we were celebrating our anniversary. They had a live band and the food was AMAZING. There was a poke appetizer, fish and scallops’ risotto for me, a double fish meal for Travis, and their famous Hula Pie for dessert. They surprised us with the hula pie for our anniversary and it was an amazing end to a delicious dinner.

Also, Travis looked awfully cute in his Hawaiian shirt.

Wednesday

After having a super relaxing and amazing week, I woke up on Wednesday feeling rather horrible. Something hit me stomach bug-ish, so we just spent the morning hanging around the condo, watching HGTV and drinking a ton of water. We packed up and drove to the airport to return our jeep and jump on the 1pm plane.

The first 5-hour plane ride was absolutely miserable for me. I felt a combo of nauseous and feverish, so I basically was just trying to keep myself together and not vomit. I had some ginger ale and basically dabbed my forehead with ice water for 5 hours.

We got off the plane in LA and had a 90-minute layover, so Travis had a terrible airport burger and I slowly drank a coke. We hopped on another 5-hour flight – this one a red eye – which would take us back to Maryland. I was feeling a little better by this point. I was still nauseous but the feverish feeling was gone.

And THEN.

In the middle of the night while everyone on the plane was trying to sleep.

A MAN VOMITED 4 times on the 5-hour flight.

He didn’t even bother to get up from his seat. He just got out his sick bag, loudly vomited and then went back to whatever else he was doing. So. Gross. Even if I had not been fighting back the pukeys for the last 10 hours, it would have made me ill listening to him. I can’t believe he didn’t take his dang butt to the bathroom to do it there. But instead just did it WHILE SITTING NEXT TO STRANGERS.

Ew.

Thank god he was on the other side of the aisle from me. But, really. EW.

I am happy to say I was NOT sick on the plane coming home. We landed around 6 am Maryland time (that 6-hour time change really bit us on the return), scooped up Jack and Ollie from my parent’s house on our way by, dropped Jack at school and then went straight into our house and took a 5-hour nap.

All in all, it was an absolutely wonderful trip. It was relaxing and exciting and fun and romantic. Basically everything I hoped it would be! The only thing we didn’t fit in was going to a luau, but considering that we did everything else – well, so much stuff it took up two blog posts – I feel like we really crushed the whole grown up vacation thing.

I think I covered everything, but I’m sure there are bits I forgot here in there. Do you have any questions about our Kauai adventures?

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