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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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Loving Right Now

16 Mar

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}

Argan & Hemp Oil Therapy by Marrakesh
Find it here on Amazon
I actually received this hair oil in my Spring 2016 FabFitFun box, but I only started using it within the last month or so. Now I’m totally kicking myself, because this stuff is the bees knees! I’ve been using it every day – I shower, towel dry my hair, comb through it and then squeeze a pump and a half of this oil into my hand. I rub my hands together and then smooth it through my hair everywhere but the scalp, with extra attention on my ends. If it’s a no-blowdry day, I just let my hair air dry from there and it is so silky soft! I love this stuff and even after using it every day for over a month the bottle still looks full.

 The Santa Clarita Diet
I needed a new show to watch while I’m on the elliptical and finally decided to dive into this one. This one is a Netflix Original and only available to be streamed through Netflix. If you love Drew Barrymore (who doesn’t?) and dark comedy, you are going to be obsessed with this show. I just started it last week and I’m already on episode 7. It is kind of gross, so I wouldn’t be able to watch it while eating (even though I’m fine watching Bones or CSI… which is weird), but for helping make the elliptical minutes fly by, it’s perfect. Let’s cross our fingers that it gets renewed for season two!

Felina Leggings from Costco
Find them on the Costco website here
I just HAVE to share this one with you guys, because I picked up a two-pack of leggings at Costco in the fall for $15 and they are some of my favorites to wear under skirts in the winter. They are super thin and incredibly soft. I’ve washed them a bunch of times (I let them lay flat to dry) and they are still in perfect condition. If you need a pair of super lightweight leggings, you should totally check these out!

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

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Backpack Spotlight: Lugging My Whole Office from Place to Place

13 Mar

I’ve mentioned before that I work full-time, but I don’t think I’ve ever really gone into any specifics on my work situation. Typically on a 5-day workweek, I work from home two days (Monday and Friday), and then work in two different offices for other three days. So, in a normal week, I’m working in at least three different locations.

When I started this job, I had the typical IT-provided computer shoulder bag to lug all my stuff from place to place. However, piling up with a computer bag, purse, lunch bag and usually an additional tote bag for supplies… well, it wasn’t comfortable.

So, I switched to a backpack. I ordered it off Amazon and it was fine. I mean, it was plain black and held most of my stuff. So it worked. But it wasn’t really anything special. When the zipper broke a month ago I wasn’t too sad about it and immediately went online to order a replacement.

Oh and the reason I’m bringing this up now is that over on The Mom Edit they posted a blog about commuter bags last week. While there were a couple cheaper options, most of them were in the $200 – $500 range.

My backpack cost $39.

Granted, mine isn’t by a big name designer… but it’s cute and serves it’s purpose, so I thought I’d share it with you all.

I ended up with this “vintage canvas and leather backpack” in grey. Here is the direct Amazon link to my exact backpack.

The leather was a little stiff when I first got it, but now that I’ve been using it regularly it has a nice lived-in look. I also didn’t realize that the buckles on the front have snaps on them, so you don’t have to unbuckle the straps to get into the bag. The top has a zipper so that nothing falls out when you inevitably stop short at a traffic light and everything on your passenger seat falls to the floor.

On a daily basis it contains:

  • My laptop
  • A small bag with a laptop cord and cordless mouse.
  • Another small bag with business cards, a memory stick, whiteout, a presentation clicker, iPhone charging cord, and dongle for a projector.
  • A highlighter set
  • A bunch of pens
  • A 3 subject notebook
  • 3 – 6 file folders filled with work papers
  • An iPhone
  • My 2017 Lifeplanner (you can read all about it here)

And there is still room for more crap. The only thing I don’t love about it is that the interior pocket where I like to stick my work phone is kind of floppy ,so sometimes my phone falls into the larger bag. Not really that big of a deal for me, since I only store that phone in the bag when it’s off and I’m not working.

I’ve been using this bag for the past 6 weeks and I have to say that I’m a fan. Especially for $39.

 

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