Loving Right Now: BlueQ Socks & their Free Stuff Promotion

7 Nov

{Pssst, my Loving Right Now posts aren’t paid or sponsored or anything. They are just stuff that I’m totally digging now and thought you would like too. You can check out my previous posts here}

It has finally gotten cool enough to wear socks in Maryland, so I was kind of excited to pop the tags off my new BlueQ pair that I picked up in San Francisco:

New socks. 😍 #styleblogger #blueq #ootd

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They made me happy. Like, super happy. So happy in fact that I decided to do a little online shopping on the BlueQ website…and saw that they were running a special:

Source: BlueQ.com

 

I first checked out the sale section, and found the Sugar Monster socks and the Cha Cha Cha Fox socks both on sale for $4.99. GET IN MY CART.

In order to redeem their super cool promo, I needed a minimum order of $15, so I then perused the regular priced section. That’s where I found the “You can do it – Coffee” socks. I also couldn’t resist the “Bite Me” apple socks.

To say I was super excited to receive my sock order sounds a little weird, but I WAS super excited! I was also pretty darn curious to see what my $26.96 worth of goodies was going to be…

And here it is:

My free goodies are:

“I Could Use a Sandwich” men’s socks (not online), $11.99
“Psst” bird women’s socks (not online), $9.99
“No, You Act Normal” pencil case, $5.99
Vintage Plaid messenger bag, original price $19.99 on sale for $9.99

I was hoping they’d throw in some more socks, so I’m thrilled about the two pairs they sent. I was a little worried that they’d have cursing on them (a lot of the socks have more colorful phrases) and with Jack starting to do sight words… well, I’d rather him not recognize some of those! The “I Could Use a Sandwich” socks are men’s, so I should give them to Travis or my brother… The “No, You Act Normal” pencil case is super cute and I can totally get some use out of it.

The only item that I don’t have a use for is the messenger bag. It is super cool though — it’s made out of 95% post consumer recycled material. So I’ve decided to give it away to one of you! If you’d like the messenger bag, just leave a comment on this post saying so. If more than one person comments I’ll randomly pick a winner and mail it out.

All in all, the free goodies added up to $38 – $48 (depending on whether you use the sale prices), so their promo was a GREAT deal! If you want to pick something up for yourself or get a head start on holiday shopping, check out the BlueQ website. I’m sure they will be running some more cool promotions soon!

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

Disclosure: Not sponsored at all.

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Across the Bay 10k

6 Nov

You guys know how I like to do runs with basically no preparation? {If you haven’t read this one, click over. It still makes me giggle!} Yeah, well over the weekend I ran the Across the Bay 10k. That’s 6.4 miles of running goodness across the Bay Bridge…

I intended to be prepared. I mean, I had my goal of running 100 miles this year, so running a 6.4 mile race should be easy-peasy. You know, if I hadn’t basically stopped running in August. I did a 5k in October though, so I counted that as ‘training’…

I spend the night at my friend Lindsey’s house, since she lives much closer to where the race starts. We had an AMAZING dinner and then watched Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel before snuggling up for some sleep. #girlfriendgoals Oh and Lindsey’s dog is internet famous and you can totally follow her on Instagram here. So basically I slept with a celebrity. Boom.

Anyways, we got up and I chugged a half cup of coffee before we Ubered to the race start area. But it wasn’t actually the start, because you had to line up and take a bus to the actual start and then stand in a corral before getting to the start line. It was QUITE a process, but they actually did a great job getting 20,000 runners over the bridge and back.

Neither Lindsey or I had prepared at all, so we figured we’d just do a mix of running and walking the whole way, with some stopping for picturesque selfies, of course. Bring on the selfies!

Here’s one that Lindsey took where you can see the bridge really well:

Courtesy of @StarfishJones

 

There were also photographers posted throughout the run, so I can’t wait to see any ridiculous photos they captured of us. Basically every time we saw one, we’d start leaping around and flailing our arms around for the picture…

The race was a bit crowded in areas, but we mostly were able to find little pockets where we weren’t too squished. The beginning of the bridge is all on an incline until you reach half-way and it starts going back down. It was a surprisingly easy race. I usually run straight though, so by running with short periods of walking I was able to take some pressure off my knees (which usually start aching on hills). Also, instead of jamming out to music with crazy jazz hands, Lindsey and I talked on and off the whole time… so it went by really quickly.

The medals were pretty darn awesome too. They are actually puzzle pieces and each year the medal will fit into the last year’s design.

At the end of the race they had $10 wristbands for all-you-can-drink beer and a bunch of food options. You would be surprised how refreshing a couple Shock Tops are after running 6 ½ miles! After the race was over, I felt like I could totally keep running another 6 miles. My body felt mostly great and I still had a bunch of energy. Lindsey and I even talked about possibly doing the Disney Princess Half Marathon… mostly so we can wear costumes.

After we left and I drove an hour to get home, it was a different story. I made it through dinner but afterwards I stretched out on my bed and accidently fell asleep until I realized I needed to put Jack to bed at 8:30. Today my body is definitely feeling it, so I’m going to rescind that I could have run 6 more miles. That might of killed me.

All in all, it was an awesome race and we are already planning to run it again next year!

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FabFitFun Winter 2017 Box Spoilers

1 Nov

I’ve you’ve been reading Pocketful of Joules for a while, you know that I LOVE the FabFitFun subscription boxes. Each box is filled to the brim with fun beauty stuff to try and typically I find at least one or two items that become favorites on heavy repeat. I started getting this box in Summer 2015 and haven’t missed a box yet. Which really does say A LOT because I’ve basically gotten rid of all my other subscription boxes!

You can see my previous FabFitFun box reveals here:
Fall 2017 Reveal
Summer 2017 Reveal
Spring 2017 Reveal
Fall 2016 Reveal
Summer 2016 Reveal
Spring 2016 Reveal
Fall 2015 Reveal
Summer 2015 Reveal

Before each box launches, they usually share a couple sneak peeks of one or two of the items that will come in the upcoming box. I just saw the sneak peaks for the winter box, so I wanted to share them to give you time to order one if you’d like!

Spoiler #1: Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment ($75 value)

Source: FabFitFun Community page

 

Here’s what they say about it: This award-winning product uses both chemical and physical exfoliation to improve skin texture, clear pores, brighten complexion, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles (sums up why it’s Kate Somerville’s best-selling product!). I always love trying new exfoliators, so I can’t wait to try out this product!

Spoiler #2: BB Dakota Poncho in Black, Charcoal, or Mulberry ($70 value)

Source: FabFitFun Community page

 

Here’s what they say about it: This ultra-cozy knit accessory is ideal for layering over your favorite warm-weather pieces. Plus, it’s reversible so you’re getting two pieces in one! The poncho is available in three colors (black with gray stripes, maroon with black and gray blocks, and dark grey with light grey stripes). Annual subscribers will be able to choose their color. My initial thought was that I’d pick the black and gray version, but the more I look at it I’m thinking I might go for the maroon colorway!

Each FabFitFun box typically contains 7-8 full-sized items, so even with these two spoilers subscribers will still have the surprise of the other 5-6 items. As for value, the box is already up to a $145 value and the cost is $49.99!

Even better, if you decide to sign up to receive the FabFitFun box, I have a special code that will give you $10 off your first box, just use this link!

Which item are you most excited about? For me, I can’t wait for that poncho to arrive on my doorstep!

 

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. 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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October Wrap Up: What I Wore

31 Oct

It’s time for my monthly wrap up where I show you the outfits I wore throughout the month.  My reasoning behind doing the wrap up is that whenever I check out other bloggers wrap ups, I’m always inspired by the different ways they style the same items over and over again. So, hopefully I can help someone else out of a wardrobe rut!

I typically work from home two days a week (Monday and Friday), so each week will usually only have three work outfits. I did throw in a few casual weekend outfits too, just for funsies. October was most likely our last warm month in Maryland before the winter, so I made sure to do a last-wear of many of my summary dresses before I pack them away.

Here are all my October looks:

I put little hearts next to my most popular outfits according to my Instagram friends. I appreciate all the love!

The Winners
I wore a bunch of my favorites this month that I would add to my ‘winners’ list. I love the color scheme and comfort level of row 1, outfit 2. The outfit in row 2, outfit 2 is also one of my absolute favorites. I just feel so put-together whenever I wear it. Row 3, outfit 2 is basically shouting FALL at you with that adorable (and cheap) skirt that I got on sale from Old Navy last year. I also love both of the new dresses from row 4. When it comes to casual outfits, that thrifted striped sweater and Trunk Club jeans on the outfit in row 5 will be on repeat all fall/winter long!

The Losers
The shoes I’m wearing in row 1, outfit 2 are SO CUTE but oh-my-gosh are they uncomfortable for my poor feet. I don’t know if it’s the height of the wedge heel or what, but within an hour of putting them on I want to throw them out the window. I decided that they needed to leave my closet, so I gifted them to one of my girlfriends who is much better at walking in heels!

New in Rotation for October:
Floral blouse from TJ Maxx – row 1, outfit 1
Maggy London dress (shared in this post) – row 4, outfit 1
Betsy Johnson dress (shared in this post) – row 4, outfit 3
Striped Loft sweater (thrifted in this post) – row 5, outfit 1

I had a few new purchases this month with my Nordstrom Rack clearance section and thrifted scores, but that was about it. I’ve actually been keeping clear of most stores since I was trying to get in a last wear of summer stuff before moving on to fall. However, in November I have some fun subscription box reviews coming up, so I might splurge on a couple more new items!

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