More and More Pieces of Me

11 Feb

I wrote Pieces of Me way back in 2012, but in a way it feels like it was yesterday. If you haven’t read it, I urge you to click through and check it out — it’s a more thorough review of my moles vs. melanoma saga. Back then I had four different moles removed and had resigned myself to the fact that I’d be getting annual mole checks the rest of my life.

Well, since then I’ve been sticking with my annual mole checks, except now my yearly checks have increased to every 8 months. My dermatologist takes a look at each part of my body in what I call the ‘worlds most awkward striptease’ and any sketchy looking moles are either photographed for observation or I’m scheduled to come back and have them surgically removed. Two weeks after each surgery, I return to have my stitches removed and get my lab test results.

Each time, my moles are considered between moderate and severe on the pre-cancer meter. Each time I am relieved to not have melanoma.

At this point I’ve lost count. I think I’m up to having between 10 – 12 moles removed? At some point, you would think I’d run out of spots. Right?!

Anyways, my latest round of stitches have come out. And I’m healing again. The scars this time are pretty gnarly, but they’re better than skin cancer. And eventually they’ll fade just like the rest of them.

So, consider this your reminder to please, please, please book a yearly appointment with your dermatologist to have your moles looked at. And tell your loved ones. And tell your friends. Because you might end up saving someone’s life.

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Causebox Reviews: Best of Causebox

10 Feb

I’ve been a Causebox subscriber since Summer 2018 and over the past couple years I’ve been introduced to some really great products. Sometimes a product tends to be a bit of a sleeper hit and other times I know immediately that I love it. I thought it would be fun to take a look back at my Causebox products for my top 6 favorites.

25 oz S’well bottle

I received the wood-toned S’well bottle in my Fall 2018 box and it was this product that made me finally understand the difference between S’well and the knockoff brands. This bottle is magic and truly does keep my water cold all day long! I still use this pretty much every week and it looks just as perfect as when I first received it.

SiiZU Winter Poncho Wrap

I received this poncho in my Winter 2018 Causebox and I’ve been wearing it for the past two years pretty regularly. It is perfect as light topper on a brisk day, an extra ‘blanket’ in the car when you’re waiting for it to warm up, and as a scarf topper when your winter coat is just not cutting it in the wind. It is still super soft and vibrant and I can see myself wearing this for many more years to come.

WYLD French Pink Clay Konjac Sponge

Source: www.wyldskincare.com

This little clay sponge was a sleeper hit from my Spring 2019 Causebox. I’ve liked it so much that I used a Causebox promo code to order another 3-pack for me to use. It’s the perfect combo of exfoliating without being too scratchy.

QUAGGA GREEN Wet Swim Pouch

Source: Causebox.com

I received this pouch in the Summer 2019 Causebox and it is the perfect size for not only storing wet swimsuits in your bag, but keeping anything else dry when you’re at the beach. Over the summer I would throw in my wallet, chapstick, phone, and more and still have plenty of room. With this bag tossed in my beach bag, I didn’t need to worry about anything getting sandy OR wet.

Known Supply Weekend Duffel

Source: Causebox.com

I had no idea I even needed a duffle bag until I received this one in my Fall 2019 Causebox. Since receiving it, I’ve used it for a few different weekend overnight trips and it’s the perfect size for a change of clothes, shower stuff, pajamas and a pair of shoes. The longer strap is nice too, for throwing it over your shoulder when bogged down with a bunch of other stuff.

Derma E Hydrating Night Cream

I initially wasn’t very enthused about my Winter 2019 Causebox, but this night cream has proven itself to be my new favorite. I apply it every night and while it doesn’t feel awesome at that time… when I wake up in the morning my face is softer than it’s ever been. This little jar is going to last me a really long time, but when I do use it all up it’s pretty clear I’ll be buying some more!

While not every product I receive in Causebox is a total winner… I’ve certainly found enough favorites to keep me excited about what they’ll be surprising me with next!

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Dressing Room Snaps: My Local Consignment Shop

6 Feb

I took a little trip up to my local consignment shop, so I thought would be fun to do another dressing room snaps post! The consignment shop I visited is called My Gossip Girls Consignments in Westminster, Maryland and when I visited, they had a 50% off yellow tags sale.

Sundance twisted sleeve sweater, $19.99, yellow tag sale for $9.99

Sundance brand clothing is like Free People, Lucky Brand and Johnny Was had a baby. Their sweaters usually range in cost from $128 – $178 and have some kind of fun detail. This one is a cotton/wool blend and has a fun little twist detail on the sleeves. I don’t actually own any light pink, so I thought this might be a fun addition to my closet. I typically don’t go for anything wool because it makes me too hot and itchy, but this doesn’t seem to bother me. I also tried on the blouse in the photo, but I didn’t like the fit and forgot to note down the brand/price.

Tahari sweater poncho thing, $19.99, yellow tag sale for $9.99

This sweater poncho thing is kind of boxy and cropped with crazy sleeves… and I love it. I don’t know WHY I love it, but I love it and it was worth the $10 to bring it home to see how it can work with my closet. It looks awfully cute with the jeans and leopard print sneakers I was wearing. I can also dress it up with a sparkly blouse underneath and black pants. I might even try it over a dress? It is definitely giving me Eileen Fisher vibes. This should be a fun experiment!

Marni dress, $59.99

YOU GUYS. I wandered over to the designer and vintage area and I was like a kid in a candy shop. When I saw this Marni dress with the ‘made in Italy’ tags, I braced myself for a huge price tag. I mean, Marni dresses range from $1,100 – $2,500. REALLY! So the chances that I would love this dress, it would look good on me, it would be my size AND it would be in my price range was pretty slim…

As it turns out it’s an Italian size 44, which is about an 8 in US sizing, but was marked a 14 at the consignment shop. Lucky for me, because it fit my 10-12-medium-large-XL body quite well! It has a v-neck, fun floral fabric, and a drawstring waistband. Not to mention it’s extra flowy in the skirt and a bit longer in the back. I’m OBSESSED with this dress. I mean, look how cute it is over jeans? It will be downright adorable paired with tights and heeled booties!

Do you have a favorite look?

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Have You Heard that Nordstrom is Selling Used Clothes?

4 Feb

Yesterday on LinkedIn, I saw an article about Nordstrom selling used clothes was trending… so I had to click over and see what was going on. Apparently the company has launched See You Tomorrow.

According to their website, See You Tomorrow is “a selection of previously owned clothing, shoes and accessories that’s highly coveted, expertly curated and continually changing.” As of now, it’s only being offered online and at the NYC Nordstrom store.

As you know, I LOVE buying secondhand for many, many reasons (Let’s Talk About Thrifting). I clicked around on the See You Tomorrow website and found everything from Eileen Fisher pants for $67 (retail $188), Rag & Bone jeans for $128 (retail $250) and Paige Jeans for $72 (retail $199). While it’s certainly not thrifting prices, it will give services like Poshmark and ThredUP a run for their money!

What do you think? Have you heard about See You Tomorrow? Are you planning to shop secondhand through their website?

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