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Fall CAUSEBOX: 3 Spoilers!

28 Aug

Right before the Summer CAUSEBOX was released, I went ahead and treated myself with a year subscription with some of my ‘I sold a bunch of stuff on Facebook/Poshmark’ money. I loved the Summer box (you can find my full review here), and have been patiently waiting for the Fall box spoilers. They were just released, so I wanted to share them with you all!

About CAUSEBOX:
Every season, members receive a limited edition curation of products from the leading socially conscious brands. Some of them are designed exclusively for CAUSEBOX. Each box is designed and filled with love. From the original artwork on the outside of the box, to the lovingly handmade products that fill it up, there is love in every detail. The cost is $49.95 per quarter if you subscribe annually, or $54.95 per quarter if you subscribe by the quarter. I don’t have a referral code to give you, but if you click on their website you might see a pop-up with a promo code on it: www.causebox.com

One of the things I really love about Causebox is that if you see the spoilers and DON’T love them, you can pause your subscription!

Here are the three spoilers that they released for the upcoming Fall box:

Spoiler #1: Bloom & Give Scarf, $60 value

Source: Causebox.com

 

All CAUSEBOX subscribers will receive one of two beautiful, artisan-loomed scarves for Fall, Malabar or Eva (annual subscribers can pick which one). Proceeds from the CAUSEBOX partnership funded a project for the education and empowerment of 50 girls in rural India. The Eva scarf is kind of pinkish with metallic details and the Malabar scarf has stripes of gray. I went with the Malabar scarf because I love the stripes!

Spoiler #2: Hair Mask ($25 retail value) or Moisturizer ($28 retail value)

Source: Causebox.com

 

Annual members choose between the Natura hair mask and the Kalos moisturizer (quarterly subscribers will be surprised with one). The hair repair mask harnesses the powers of Brasilian Murumuru to moisturize and repair. Natura is proud to be the first publicly traded B-Corp. The pH Balancing and Brightening moisturizer promotes elasticity for softened skin and contains Vitamin A and sweet orange to brighten. Kalos donates 5% of sales to support girl’s education. I already have a bunch of hair conditioners and masks, so I decided to try out the moisturizer.

Spoiler #3: October Jaipur Everyday Tote, $80 retail value

Source: Causebox.com

 

The Everyday Tote from October Jaipur is completely handmade by artisans in Jaipur, India using thick canvas and vegan leather – and features an exclusive, modern design in collaboration with CAUSEBOX in three colorways. The gray dot version was my favorite, so I picked that one for my box. I think it will look super cute with the Malbar scarf too!

Are you a CAUSEBOX subscriber? What is your favorite spoiler for the Fall box?

 

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post.

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August Thrift Haul

27 Aug

I’m super excited to share my August thrift finds because almost every single one came from a ‘crappy thrift store that never has anything good’. According to me. So, this month’s haul just goes to show you that with a little bit of luck, you can find AWESOME items at the thrift store. Even the ‘crappy’ ones!

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

3 Tupperware storage bins, $1.99 each

First up are these handy storage bins. I actually picked them up and put them back three times or so before kicking myself and buying them. For $2 per bin, it was worth the risk of not having an exact job for them. Of course, within a day two of them are already in use around my house… so once again a lesson to myself to just BUY storage stuff when I see it rather than needing it and having to go buy it full priced at Target!

Goverre Portable stemless wine glass, $2.99

How cool is this grown up sippy cup for wine?! This was new in-the-box when I saw it at the thrift store for $3 and I figured it was perfect for those on-the-couch-wine-sipping days! I looked up the brand and apparently this item was on Shark Tank, so that’s pretty cool. I will say that this wine glass is HUGE, so I have to be careful about not filling it too high and then wondering why the world is starting to spin!

Andrew Marc leather purse, $29.99

At the thrift store, paying $30 for a purse is super expensive! However, I did a ton of research and apparently these bags go for $450 – $650 (I actually posted all about my stalking here) The bag is gorgeous and so well made… as soon as the weather starts to cool down for Fall, I’ll be switching over!

Maeve embroidered dress, $8

On the way to a doctor’s appointment, I noticed a little hole-in-the-wall consignment/thrift shop. I had about 20 minutes, so I stopped in and did a quick lookie loo through the ladies’ section. They had a few dresses that made it into the dressing room, but this one is the only one that made me want to rip the tag off and wear it immediately.

It’s one of my favorite Anthropologie brands, Maeve, and the cotton is so soft and flowy. I also really like the netting and embroidery accents at the top and hem of the dress. There is a slight tear on the v-neckline, but it looks like an easy fix with a needle and some thread.

Ann Taylor eyelet strapless dress, $3.50

After that doctor’s appointment, I had another 30 minutes before my next appointment so I made a stop into the crappy Goodwill that never has anything good. Within about 15 minutes I came across this dress and threw it into my cart to try on. I need someone to zip me up, but other than that the fit is fantastic and the dress is in perfect condition.

Source: AnnTaylor.com

I looked it up on the Ann Taylor website and it was sold 3 years ago for $179. The checkout lady must have liked me or the Goodwill must have been having a sale, because she gave it to me for half off the regular dress price! I’m already excited to wear this to my brother’s wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner in a couple weeks with some strappy sandals.

White House Black Market sweater, $5.99

I wasn’t even looking in the sweater section, but this sparkly sweater called my name when I raced past towards the dressing rooms. The buttons are pretty metal snaps and in person the gold thread is super sparkly. Apparently similar sweaters go for $79 on the White House Black Market website, but I got this one for $6 thrifted!

Calvin Klein faux wrap dress, $3.99

After my last appointment of the day, I stopped by one last thrift store… another one where I hardly ever find anything I like. And once again, I found a few winners! Even better, the nice checkout man decided to ring my dresses up a ‘sleeveless tops’ so they only cost me $4 each!

First, this dress. It had the tag cut out, so I had no idea what size or what brand it was when I tried it on. It fit great though, so I bought it. There was one interior tag with a RN number on it, which lead me to believe it was by Calvin Klein… seems about right. Love the fall colors of this dress and I can see me wearing it a ton to work throughout the year!

Leota sweetheart neckline dress, $3.99

My purple Leota dress just made my Summer Favorites post last week! When I saw this Leota dress, I originally thought it would be too big, because it is marked as an extra-large. I thought I could maybe tailor it myself if needed, but when I tried it on it fit exactly the same as my large one.

I love the ¾ sleeves and pretty green and black pattern on this dress. It also has a sweetheart neckline that is super pretty. This dress sold for $148 on the Leota website, so I’m pretty happy to have gotten it for $4! This is another one that will get lots of wear, both with bare legs and with black fleece-lined tights in the winter.

Organizer, $6.99

I initially picked up this organizer thinking my husband could use it in his garage. But then, I got kind of attached to it. I’ve been cleaning out my sewing/embroidery area in my office and this organizer will be great for all my needles, thread, etc. I might even get super nerdy and use my label maker to label each drawer… blog post forthcoming!

TYLHO Gingham dress, $3.99

I looooove this dress and even though it is a medium, I tried to shove myself into it. However, it was (of course) too small on me. TYLHO is an Anthropologie brand though and the dress retailed for $168, so I figured I’d buy it and resell it for a profit. I paid $4 for the dress and sold it within 24 hours for $43. I made $39 profit on this dress, which paid for the rest of the entire day’s thrifting (I spent a total of $36 on the 5 dresses, the sweater and the organizer).

I actually figured I wouldn’t have much of a thrift haul post for you all because I didn’t have time to run out to the “good” thrift stores. But this really goes to show that there is great stuff to be found everywhere!

Did you have any luck thrifting this month? Share your scores!

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My Style: Summer Favorites

21 Aug

Someone recently commented on an old My Style post, which reminded me that I used to write My Style posts… I stopped writing them about 2 years ago, because I was kind of bored of them (you can see my last one here). But now it’s been so long I’m thinking of resurrecting them on a seasonal basis.

I went through all my posted outfits from the June, July and August and picked my 5 favorites.

Outfit #1: Faux Wrap Dress + Runched Blazer + Thrifted Sandals

You all know I love a good wrap dress, and this pretty purple-ish number is no exception. I feel like it’s a little clashy with my current hair color, so I added my favorite black blazer to break it up a bit. The dress is from Leota and it’s the Mae dress in Petunia. I bought it on sale a year or so ago, but it looks like they have the same pattern in a sweetheart neckline in plus sizes (you can find it here).

This black blazer is my absolute favorite and I’ve had it and worn it for about 3+ years now and it’s holding up great. It’s the Amanda & Chelsea Signature Runched Sleeve Blazer from Nordstrom Rack for $60. You can find it here in petite sizes, straight sizes, and plus sizes. I get overheated easily, so this style with the ¾ sleeves works well for me! I thrifted the Tahari patent leather sandals in April for $8 and have worn them pretty frequently over the summer. I like how the shiny patent leather makes the comfy and casual sandal look a little extra fancy.

Outfit #2: Anthropologie dress + Saltwater Sandals

This photo is from when my husband and I had a date night of going to the Def Leppard/Journey concert and then doing some gambling at a nearby casino! I bought this old-school Anthropologie dress second-hand and I love the pretty pattern and the longer length of the skirt. I purchased the Saltwater Sandals early in the summer after liking them for a few years but never committing to buy them. I have probably worn them at least 2x a week all summer long! I got them from Modcloth for $45 (find them here) and even after all this wear, they still look as great as they did at the beginning of the summer.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may also recognize this photo from the illustration that @ajsgallery did for her #ootdartseries. She illustrated me in my outfit and I love how it turned out!

Outfit #3: My Pinup Swimsuit and some Arm Candy

How could this photo NOT make my summer fav’s round-up?! While down in OC celebrating my soon-to-be sister’s bachelorette weekend, we spotted these boys/guys/beefcakes/dudes(?) and I had to have a photo! I mean, we look like we totally matched our outfits on purpose!

This swimsuit has been one of my absolute favorites ever since Jack was born and this is the second version I have owned (the first lasted about 3 years before looking worn). When this one dies, I’ll be replacing it again… because it’s a magical sort of swimsuit that holds everything tight (including boobies and butt cheeks) and also looks awfully cute. Find it here in sizes 4 – 34!

Outfit #4: Landscape Dress + Thrifted Cardigan + Rothy’s

Here’s another secondhand Anthropologie dress that I totally swoon over. I spotted this dress on Poshmark, and scooped it up for $40. I love, love, love the watercolor landscape print and the super soft, flowy fabric. It has spaghetti straps, so it necessitates a cardigan for work – for both tattoo coverage and warmth. This sweater was thrifted, but is just your basic ¾ sleeve black cardigan.

You all are probably super bored of hearing me sigh over my Rothy’s, but these red flats have been my go-to shoes for a pop of color since they arrived in the mail. If you want to read ALL my thoughts on Rothy’s and whether I think they are worth the price tag, you can find my post here.

Outfit #5: Crazy Floral Jersey Dress + Thrifted Cardigan + Strappy Sandals

This is one of my favorite dresses from Boden, because of the incredibly light and soft jersey fabric. It is also somehow magical and really compliments curves while making me look a little thinner in my not-so-thin areas. It’s called the Willa Jersey Dress and it’s currently offered in a bunch of colors and on sale (find it here). The cardigan is the same one from my previous outfit, and it gets a lot of wear in my closet. I actually spotted a second one out thrifting and bought it for a backup.

Let’s talk about these shoes. They’re awfully cute, right? I’ve had them and have worn them for years, but now that I have much more comfortable options… these seem so much more painful. So, after this day at work, I immediately took them off my feet and threw them into my donate pile. See ya uncomfortable shoes!

What do you think… did you miss my My Style posts? Should I bring them back on a seasonal basis? Which is your favorite summer outfit? It’s the beefcake photo, right?!

 

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Thrift Find Stalking

16 Aug

This post could also be called “Researching the BeJezzus Out of my Thrift Finds”

It starts like this; I find something awesome at the thrift store.

I can tell that it’s awesome because of how it feels (or fits), but I’m not necessarily familiar with the brand. So, I do a quick google search while standing there in the aisle.

This just gives me a ‘heads up’ on whether it’s a fancy brand or something cheap that I shouldn’t pay a bunch for secondhand. {I’m not saying I’d never buy a less expensive brand, but if an item was originally $10, I’m not going to pay close to that to purchase it at a thrift store.}

In this case, I found a leather hobo handbag with the logo/name “Andrew Marc”. In a sea of plastic-y pleather and rigid cheap leather purses, by the first touch I knew this bag was something special.

Then, I did something that you typically NEVER want to do in a thrift store…
I held it up to my nose and took a big sniff.
I know, kinda scary.

But I was rewarded for my bravery… the bag smells like expensive leather. Like REALLY expensive leather. The kind I love from afar, but can’t actually afford.

So, I googled a little more to make sure I wasn’t wasting my money. The bag was marked “up” at $29.99… so I wanted to make sure I was paying up for a reason!

And that is when I fell down the rabbit-hole of internet stalking.
I just wanted to know MORE!
I like having more information about stuff!

According to Wikipedia: Andrew Marc is an American luxury fashion brand that originated as a leather goods label established in 1982.

Here’s where it gets tricky, every time I would click on a handbag from Andrew Marc, the logo on the bag would say “Marc New York by Andrew Marc” and not just his name with the “AM” logo. So, I dug and dug and dug a little deeper and it seems that anything marked with the AM Andrew Marc logo is much more expensive (especially the leather jackets), which leads me to believe that Marc New York by Andrew Marc is a diffusion line.

So, I put on my detective hat (I don’t actually have a detective hat, but if I had one, I’d totally rock it. Probably with a dress…) and fondled the purse again.

The leather is super incredibly buttery soft.
The chain is heavy and the clasps are in great condition.
There are no signs of wear on the inside or outside of the purse.
Each zipper pull is heavy-duty and has the Andrew Marc name on them.

These are all good signs that the bag could be worth paying up a little bit.

Then, I found this:

So, the brand is known for their superior leather and luxury products… that’s another good sign.

After a ton of searching, I found some other Andrew Marc bags with the proper logo, for sale on a few sites like Tradesy and eBay. All of them list the ‘retail prices’ of the bags between $450 – 650. Which sounds pretty awesome, but can I really trust random sellers to be honest? As much as I search, I can’t find any current Andrew Marc handbags on the big store websites, like Nordstrom, Saks, or Bloomingdales. Even the ones on the Andrew Marc website are all branded with “Marc New York”

Then, I turned my stalking up on high and looked through the Andrew Marc Instagram account. After scrolling and scrolling, I finally found an Andrew Marc branded handbag posted in February 2014.

Finally, I used the chat feature on the Andrew Marc website to try and get to the bottom of things.

Of course, after the chat I checked both Macy’s and Nordstrom’s again… only to find NO Andrew Marc bags with the proper logo.

So, I’m stumped!

The bag is gorgeous and great quality, so I’m happy to own it. I just wish I knew a bit more about it! Are you familiar with the Andrew Marc brand? Have I gone off the deep-end of my internet stalking?

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