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My Spur of the Moment Nordstrom Order Review

12 Aug

This is NOT a NSale post. You guys know how I feel about the Nsale and I pretty much avoid the whole darn thing out of principle. HOWEVER, one of those blogs that goes overboard with those sponsored posts shared a pair of shoes that I thought were really cute, so I decided to order them to try out. And while I was there, I added in another one of those “Perfect Blouses” that I received in my July Trunk Club box.

Both of the items were on sale under that darn Nsale at the time that I ordered them, but now they appear to be back to full price which is a total bummer. I was curious about the online vs in person thoughts myself though, so I figured I’d share my feedback with you in case either item is on your wish list.

Let’s take a look…

Eileen Fisher Zanya Sandal (find it here)

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Nordstrom Rating: 4.9/5 Stars

I know that the ‘sporty’ sandal is somewhat polarizing. At first, I kind of hated the whole rubber sole look with a more formal top… but then it grew on me. This version has a bit of a sneaky platform base with stretchy straps and a zipper at the heel. I thought they might look cute with some of my work outfits, while still being super comfortable for walking. I’ve gotten rid of most of my sandals at this point (Rothy’s 4Eva), but I still like to show off my pretty toenail polish after a pedicure, so here we are.

Online reviews gave these shoes a 4.9 out of 5 stars with feedback being that if you are in between sizes to size down. I usually wear an 8.5 in shoes but with sandals may size up to a 9 so I don’t get that horrible toe overhang look that drives me insane. I ordered these in an 8.5 to try out at home.

Okay, so call me an old lady because gosh are these dohickeys comfy! I slipped them on after a full day at work and they fit like a glove. The stretchy straps are super comfortable on my feet without pinching or binding anywhere. The leather heel portion and zipper curve perfectly with my heel and the soles are like walking in sneakers. The problem is… I’m not sure if they are too casual to go with some of my work looks. I’m going to have to try them on with a few options to see. However, I wore them on Casual Friday with a pair of skinny jeans they are adorable (in an athleasure old lady kinda way, which is apparently my jam?).

Curves 360 by NYDJ Perfect Blouse (find it here)

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Nordstrom Rating: 4.25/5 Stars

I received the solid black version of this blouse in my July Trunk and I love the way it fits for a fun Casual Friday look. I’d been keeping my eye on other colors, so when this one popped up on sale I snatched it up to try at home. I was thinking I’d wear this with jeans on Friday’s and also tuck it into a pleated skirt for a fancier weekday look.

Here’s the thing though, is the pattern too crazy? Also, it seems to fit a bit more generously, so there is a lot of fabric going on. I originally thought it was fun and cute, but then I looked at my close up…

Am I approaching on Mrs. Roper territory? I haven’t worn it out of the house yet and the tags are still on it… so now is your chance to be super-dooper honest. Should this one go back to the store?

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Mott & Bow Review: Jeans for Casual Friday’s

7 Aug

When a nice lady from Mott & Bow recently reached out to me about a potential review, I had to admit I had never heard of the brand. I did a little clicking and found that Mott & Bow has the goal of providing elevated basics… or more specifically premium grade denim jeans at a reasonable price.

Premium grade denim at a reasonable price? I’m listening…

I’ve been on the search for some perfect jeans to add to my Casual Friday rotation, so I was excited to give them a try. When I was checking out their website, I found the “how they are made” section really interesting.

  • Step #1. Resin Application: Each pair of jeans is either sprayed or immersed into a resin mix.
  • Step #2. Oven Curation. Everything that goes through the resin process must be pre-cured and then cured afterward in an oven.
  • Step #3. Scraping. Jeans are scraped in different areas to replicate the distress of normal use. All of the scraping is hand made for a unique and natural look. Intensities, materials, and forms of scraping vary per jean style.
  • Step #4. Pinning and Tying. They pin the jeans and often tie them in curious ways before they go into the wet processes. They remove the knots at different times in the washing process to create subtle contrasts.
  • Step #5. Washing and Drying. Depending on the final look desired, the ingredients inside the machines range from pumice rock to silicone balls.
  • Step #6. Finishing. Once all the dry and wet finishing processes are completed, they put the final touches on the jeans.

Check out a video of the scraping part of the process:

I was blown away at the amount of work that goes into each pair of their jeans!

When it comes to ladies jeans, Mott & Bow offers four fits: high-rise skinny, mid-rise skinny, slim boyfriend, and the mom jean. I already have a few pairs of skinny jeans that I love, so I decided to try out the slim boyfriend fit in darker wash:

Source: Mott & Bow website

They have a special jeans try-on program where you can order two sizes to try (and just send the unwanted size back with an included postage).

I’m normally a 10/12, but I have a bit of a booty. When it comes to jeans I can be ANYWHERE on the size range… so I took a gamble and tried on both the 31 and 32 with an inseam of 30 so I could roll them up a bit like on the model. When it comes to fit, the website says that the jeans will loosen up a bit by about a half size. My jeans were pretty fitted in the hips and thighs when I first put them on, but I had a little more wiggle room by the end of the day.

In each of my photos I’m wearing the Slim Boyfriend in Ridge, medium/dark blue wash (find them here) . I styled the jeans three different ways that would totally work for Casual Friday at my job.

Outfit 1: Pops of Yellow

For the first look, I topped the Mott & Bow jeans with a cotton tank top, patterned sweater and pops of yellow in the necklace and sandals. I like this look for a summer Casual Friday at work, and I would even wear this as a typical weekend look when the weather cools down a bit. I actually wore a version of this look to work last Friday (see it here).

Outfit 2: Office Switch-Out

For my second styling, I took a typical work-wear combo of a blouse + cardigan + pointed flats and switched trousers for the slim boyfriend jeans. I love the wash on this pair of jeans – especially that there isn’t any distressing – because it makes this look just the perfect bit of casual for the office.

Outfit 3: Stripes + Spots + Red

I thrifted this fun striped and sparkly polka dotted top a few months ago and it’s been on heavy rotation ever since. I love it paired with these jeans and the fun bright red hue of my sneakers. This outfit could easily go from a Casual Friday at work to running errands!

A great big thank you to my friends at Mott & Bow for encouraging me to try their jeans. I love them and plan to have lots of fun styling them for my Casual Friday’s!

If you decide to try Mott & Bow, they have a special 15% off code for your first order when you sign up for texts on their website.

Have you tried Mott & Bow jeans? Which of my Casual Friday outfits is your favorite?

Disclosure: Mott & Bow provided me with a pair of their jeans in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. To be clear if I had hated the jeans, I would not have given them a nice review.

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Subscription Box Review: Summer 2019 She Lives Aloha Box

22 Jul

As you all know, my husband and I had the most wonderful time on our Hawaiian vacation back in May. In fact, it took two whole blog posts to share all of our Hawaii fun and adventures (if you’d like to revisit them, click through for part one and part two).

We absolutely loved Kauai and we hope to return to the islands as soon as we can. So, imagine my joy when I found out that my friend Vanessa was launching a She Lives Aloha subscription box! She sent me over the inaugural box and asked for my honest feedback. In return, I asked for her permission to blog about it! I know many of you followed along with my Hawaii trip and shared your own tips and tricks from your visits (or wishes to visit soon!), so I thought you’d enjoy taking a look inside the very first She Lives Aloha box.  

What is She Lives Aloha?

The goal of She Lives Aloha is for you to feel like you are back in Hawaii without leaving home.

When you are part of the She Lives Aloha ohana, we are committed to helping you incorporate aloha for a minute or thirty into your daily life. You will take a moment to remember the sand beneath your toes, the sun melting your reality away, and just for a moment, you’ll breathe and remember that aloha feeling.

The Lives Aloha box is a curation of some of the best products found on the Hawaiian Islands. Each box contains five items that have been crafted with aloha. All items for the box are either made in Hawaii, designed in Hawaii, or crafted by someone who has lived in Hawaii. Additionally, each box will support a Hawaiian charitable organization with a donation. The inaugural Lives Aloha box is a limited run and will ship July 22, 2019. The special introductory price is $49.95 plus tax. Free shipping to anywhere in the United States.

Let’s take a look inside the Summer 2019 box:

Each box contains an insert that tells you a little about each of the surprises inside. You can learn even more about each maker by visiting the She Lives Aloha website.

I love that they included a personalized post card in the box!

Kauhane by Elias Maulili Kauhane Jr.

First up, a download of Kauhane by Elias Maulili Kauhane Jr. You can check out some sneak peaks of his music here. This album is a great way to relive the aloha of your Hawaiian vacation!

Big Island Delights Furikake Party Mix Delight (find it here)

I went to taste the party mix and I accidentally ate the whole bag. Oh my gosh, it was delicious! Luckily the She Lives Aloha team included the company’s information in the box and I can order a 14 oz jar whenever I want. That way I could share the yummies with Travis and Jack… or keep it in my special hiding spot and NOT share!

Ola Tropical Apothecary’s Passion Fruit Body Lotion (find it here)

Ola Tropical Apothecary is a family owned and operated Hawaiian brand. Robin and her husband Chris Rooke make every one of their products by hand. By supporting Ola, you support a number of small farmers and businesses and a company that is responsible, sustainable and transparent. The Ola Passion Fruit body lotion included in the box smells like the most delicious frozen drink you could hope for!

Island Woods Pineapple Bowl (find it here)

Island Woods is a Hawaii-based company located on the island of Oahu. Island Woods offers hand crafted Acacia wood products inspired by Hawaiian designs. Their products are food-safe and made to last. I love this pretty little pineapple bowl! It can be used for snacks, dip, or even non-food items such as paperclips or jewelry. The carving is exquisite and this will certainly be used in our home. Also, I love that if you look closely at the inside of the pineapple you can see a heart!

Aloha Keychain

This fun little aloha key chain was handcrafted by Lori Shen just for this limited edition She Lives Aloha box. Lori was born and raised on the island of Oahu. Once her little one was born, Lori started a business of her own: Letter On!, a design and lifestyle brand that’s all about living aloha. You can find her on etsy here. This key chain is the perfect reminder to Live Aloha every day.

Thank you to my friend Vanessa for sending me the Summer She Lives Aloha box. It was a wonderful way to re-live our beautiful Hawaiian vacation. If you’d like to order the inaugural box, you can find it here!

I agree with the ladies at She Lives Aloha… “Every day should be Aloha Friday.”

Disclaimer: I was provided the She Lives Aloha for free in exchange for my honest feedback. I was not required to blog about the box, but decided to share it with you all because I thought you would like to take a look!

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Reviewing Causebox: The Summer 2019 Box Reveal

26 Jun

Last week I shared my Summer 2019 FabFitFun box… which was an absolute stinker. After that disappointment of a box, it was pretty great to receive one from Causebox that was NOT a stinker!

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:

Let’s check out what I received in the Summer 2019 box:

QUAGGA GREEN Wet Swim Pouch, retail $25

Each box included a wet swim pouch that is made from a 100% recycled fabric with custom-for-Causebox designs. I picked the one that said “Today is a Good Day” and it is the perfect size for throwing in my beach bag to keep my phone/wallet/stuff dry. I have already used this to keep our dry underroos segregated in our beach bag when we go to the pool and it totally meets my needs.

ALTRU Straw Tote, retail $50

This straw tote was one of the spoilers released before the box even shipped. It’s super cute, but not my style. However, one of my besties had mentioned when she saw the spoiler how much she loved it… so I’m giving it to her to enjoy!

Tribe Alive Caftan Cover-up, retail $118

This item was available in three colors: seafoam, nautical and sunburst. I went with the nautical option and I love the pretty blue and white stripes. They show a bunch of different ways to wear this caftan, but I’m not sure which one will work best for me yet. I would like to tie it around my waist as a longer skirt over my swimsuit, but due to the neck hole that doesn’t really work. As pretty as this is, this may be passed along to a friend or listed on Poshmark.

Banded Scrunchie 3-pack, retail $10

While I thought the FabFutFun hair ties were awful, I’m actually into these scrunchies. They are super soft and I typically use a scrunchie to hold my hair back in half-braid while I’m sleeping. This pack will certainly be put to good use and Banded donates three meals for each item sold. Win-win!

Reduce Everyday Insulated Drink Tumbler, retail $12.99

I LOVE insulated cups, bottles and tumblers and basically use them every single day at home and at work to keep my drinks hot or cold. My absolute favorite one is the S’well bottle from the Winter 2019 Causebox! This one is shatter proof and vacuum insulated and is supposed to keep your drink cold for 12 hours. I love, love, love this and it will go into rotation at my house ASAP. My only (tiny) complaint is that I wish it were a pretty color or pattern, rather than just white.

All Good Reef Friendly Sport Sunscreen, retail $15.99

This SPF 30 sunscreen is water and sweat resistant, so it will be added to our box o’ sunscreen for the summer. Between beach trips, kid camp and day-to-day sunscreen needs, we go through a bunch of sunscreen over the summer, so this is great timing!

Hanalei Papaya Enzyme Powder Face Cleaner, retail $35

This face powder cleaner is inspired by natural ingredients found in Hawaii! The cleanser activates when you add water – so you put a little in your hand, add water and rub hands to create a lather, and then apply the foam cleanser onto your face. I can’t wait to try this one!

Antra Svarcs Art Print, retail $10

While I appreciate that Causebox includes a postcard “art print” in the box by the artist who decorates that season’s box, I don’t really think assigning it a retail value of $10 is very fair. It’s a printed postcard.

Overall Thoughts
I thought the Summer box was adequately summery with the caftan, straw bag, SPF and swim pouch. Although the straw bag and caftan are not winners for me, I’m happy to pass the bag on to my friend and will most likely pass the caftan on as well. I’m super excited about the swim pouch, insulated tumbler, face cleaner, and even the scrunchies. While this is not my favorite Causebox, they have been consistently great with at least one or two items that I really love each quarter. I decided to renew my subscription for another year!

What is your favorite item from the Summer Causebox?

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post.

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