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December Ecocentric Mom Box Review

Friday, February 5th, 2016

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I love getting my Ecocentric Mom boxes! Have you heard of them? Each box contains such a different variety of stuff, it’s always neat to see what they include each month. EcoCentric Mom is a subscription box, for $24.95 you get a box once every other month, and now you can also get it once a month. They have three different types of boxes you can get: Mom Box (what I got this time), Baby and Mom Box,and the Pregnancy Box. All of these boxes are packed with eco-friendly items for you to sample.  For me though, the value in what you get is so worth it.  That’s almost the most important thing to me…am I getting my money’s worth of stuff? This month’s box was all about ME. This Christmas season for us was super tough.  My dad passed away in November, the day before Thanksgiving.  The entire season was just sad, but we still worked hard at trying to make it nice for the kids.  Even though we all missed him.

When I got this box in January, it really couldn’t have been better.  It was a pampering box that focused on helping us rejuvenate.  So whether your holidays had been a blissful whirlwind or just tough like ours was, we all could use some pampering for ourselves.  Momma’s always seem to put ourselves last!  So here’s what was in the box.

 

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HelloMello Balance Body Oil

I don’t know about you, but in the winter my skin gets dry, rough and flakey. I get spots of eczema and it hurts!  This body oil is exactly what my dry winter skin needs. It’s soft fragrance isn’t overpowering, honesty barely noticeable which is exactly the way I like it. I put it on right after the shower so my skin just soaks it right in. It’s hand crafted made from natural ingredients. Just love. This sample size is valued at $12.

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The Laughing Tree Organic Lip Balm

 

I’m a lip balm addict. I admit it. I need multiple lip balms just to make sure I’m not caught with out in the winter time. Pennsylvania winters can be rough, and here is another natural product that ensures that I don’t dry out! It’s a gentle lip balm with pure natural organic ingredients. So thankful this sample was included. It’s value is $3.

 

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Smarty Pants Adult Complete and Kids Vitamins

I’m on the fence sometimes about gummy vitamins. Lots of times they are filled with food coloring, added sugar and other synthetics that really makes you wonder if you should be munching on these every day.  Not these though.  With no added sugar, you can feel good about this daily sweet treat. Sample packs for both kids and adults were included.  Yum! Sample values about $2.

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Coconut Organics Coconut Chips

Coconut Organics does one thing.  Organic Coconut! They are the coconut experts and they are doing it right.  These unsweetened organic coconut chips are perfect for your paleo cooking.  They are full of fiber, and healthy fats with no added sugar or salt.  Just plain old coconut, just the way I like it. Sample value $1.50

 

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Neelu Kaur Yogini Bliss

I posted this on Instagram earlier this week.  Possibly one of my favorite things included in this month’s box. I use this pure essential oil roller all the time.  It smells like bliss! It’s not overwhelming and it settles so nicely when it dries.  It’s not overpowering which is so important to me when it comes to fragrances.  Neelu Kaur creates these fragrances not to just smell nice, but for their aromatherapeutic benefits. It purposefully is created to give you a sense of bliss. Just right for anyone who may be blue during the winter.  Value $30

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My Konjac Bamboo Charcoal Facial Sponge

When I first saw this, my initial thought was “What is this?!” Momma doesn’t have time for a facial. What’s a charcoal sponge. Completely new to me, these sponges are fantastic at detoxing your skin.  Use it to wash your face in the shower, it contains minerals that help eliminate harmful toxins while it exfoliates your skin. Who knew? Not this girl. This is why I love these boxes so much.   Sponge value $10.

 

EcoCentric Mom box did not disappoint! This box’s value is around $60, not including all the discount codes for everything included! 

Why do I love this box? It’s so convenient, and there’s always such a nice variety of stuff each month.  I love that it introduces me to new products, because really, I don’t have the time or the energy to go find stuff like this in back woods Pennsylvania.  I’d probably have to travel really far to find anything like this.

If you’re interested in getting your own box just follow this link. You can opt to have the boxes delivered once a month or every other month.  They are $24.95 a box. That includes shipping! If you do a longer subscription, there’s room for savings too.

October Stitch Fix

Monday, October 5th, 2015

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I haven’t written about Stitch Fix lately, but I’ve still been getting my fixes. I hope to get back into a better habit of posting.  Last month my fix wasn’t very good.  I honestly only kept a shirt so I didn’t lose my $20 styling fee.  So this month, I decided to really do my part.  I posted on my fashion pinterest board and my stylist Alecia does her homework each month and checks. I just have to make her job easy by telling her what I want. She also reads my blog (hi Alicia!!), so she really gets an idea of what works best for me.

Before I go any further let me give you a run down of what Stitch Fix is. Stitch fix is an online styling service. You get your own personal stylist who handpicks a “fix” for you with five items. You get either clothing or accessories that are unique to your budget, and tastes. You’ll get three days to decide if you’re going to keep anything from your fix. The styling fee is $20 and that goes towards any purchase you end up making. If you  buy all 5 you get 25% off the entire order. If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s so fun.  You can sign up to get fixes whenever you want, or get them sent to you monthly, even bi-weekly. It’s perfect for a busy mom like me who has no time to shop for clothes. You can learn more about signing up for your first fix here!

I told Alecia this month I was attending a fall outdoor wedding, so I needed an outfit for the wedding that would be warm and cozy. My preference is black and greys, is that tacky for weddings anymore? Do people still care?  The bride and groom are dear friends, and I know they know I’m not mourning their union..right?? Anyway, here’s how Alecia did this month. 

 

Korbyn Geo Charm Layering Necklace

 

$28.00

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I’m not a big fan of jewelry. My stylist knows this, but also knows I should have some kind of accessory. I’m resisting, but as you can see it’s not terrible. It’s not one of those super chunky necklaces I wouldn’t ever where.  Honestly, it’s tasteful and I just might wear it. Verdict: Kept

 

 

Giani Mixed Material Pullover Sweater

 

$58.00

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I love this color, and I love how the patterned fabric also is slimming because of where it is. My daughter thought the pattern looked like old curtains, hah!! She’s 10 though, and I love it. It fits perfectly. Verdict: Kept

 

Freya Maxi Dress

 

$84.00

 

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I’m not a dress person, but I specifically asked for a dress for a wedding.  I had expected more than one dress to try, but had she sent more than one I don’t know that this fix would have been so fabulous. You’d expect a dress named after Freya to make you feel sexy, and it does! It’s slimming, the neck line is perfect and I’ll be able to wear it again later on to my husband’s company party in December. This one and only dress she sent was all she needed to send.  It was absolutely perfect. I just seriously can’t believe this dress! Verdict: Kept!!! (with enthusiasm!)

 

Bralie French Terry Asymmetrical Cape

 

$68.00

 

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When I first pulled this out of the box I was excited, but then I tried it on and wasn’t sure what to think.  I think if I’m not careful it will make me look considerably heavier than I am. I had to play around with how I wore it. It grew on me and now I wear it everywhere!  I absolutely love it. The only thing I wish is that it had pockets. Maybe if I have free time (hahaha…year right) I can add some pockets to it myself. Verdict: Kept

 

Kate Boyfriend Jean

 

$88.00

 

 

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When I first read my card telling me what I had received I was shocked to see the Kate boyfriend jeans included.  I had received them in my February Fix, and I was confused as to why she was sending them again. I almost dismissed them thinking that I wouldn’t keep them at all.  They were the last thing I tried on, and that’s when I realized..oh these are different! She is paying attention! They came rolled up, and maybe I’ll roll them up again come spring or summer.  In the fall I need to where them with boots, so I unrolled them. The holes that were present in the first pair were much less pronounced in this pair.  There were only a few little details in the pockets, and I can live with that.  Specially when I look at the receipt and realize that if I get everything, I’m pretty much getting these jeans for free.  You keep everything in the fix, and they give you at 25% discount. I’ve been getting Stitch Fix for a year, and I’ve never kept everything before!! Verdict: Kept

 

So, for the first time ever I kept everything!! Things I’ve learned, keep your stylist up to date on your pinterest board.  They do check! Make sure you tell them detailed what you like and what you don’t.  They do listen!

 

 Something to know: I am not being paid for this post, I just really enjoy Stitch Fix. I think it would be great for any of my readers who don’t have time to shop, or people like me who can’t get past jeans and a t-shirt. If you sign up for stitch fix using one of the links I provided in this post it helps me earn Stitch Fix credits towards my next fix.  You can earn them too once you sign up for your first fix. You can help support my clothes habit by clicking here. Thanks!!

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February Stitch Fix Review

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

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My February Stitch Fix was probably one of my most exciting and disappointing fixes yet.  It was dramatic. I laughed, I cried…ok, maybe not. I always kinda sneak and see what I have coming when I get the notification, and I was pretty excited to see that I couldn’t google lots of what was coming.  It wasn’t popping up in other people’s fixes.  New stuff!! 

When I got my box, I was so excited to see the blues.  I love the color palate that was chosen this month.  Loving these blues!! When I opened the box I genuinely thought this would be the month that I’d buy everything in the box. This was the laughing part.  I was so happy!  I mean check these colors out!

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So, before I go any further let me give you a run down of what Stitch Fix is. Stitchfix is an online styling service. You get your own personal stylist who handpicks a “fix” for you with five items. You get either clothing or accessories that are unique to your budget, and tastes. You’ll get three days to decide if you’re going to keep anything from your fix. The styling fee is $20 and that goes towards any purchase you end up making. If you  buy all 5 you get 25% off the entire order. If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s so fun.  You can sign up to get fixes whenever you want, or get them sent to you monthly, even bi-weekly. It’s perfect for a busy mom like me who has no time to shop for clothes. You can learn more about signing up for your first fix here!

Here’s what I got:

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Urban Expressions Maxwell Braided Zip Bottom Tote $48.00

I had requested again another purse.  I think I’m done requesting purses for now.  I asked for one that would be big enough to also be used as a diaper bag since I now have a 5 month old. They obliged but it wasn’t my thing.  I wanted to like it. I wanted the third time to be the charm, but charmed I was not. I didn’t mind the blue, I actually think I liked the blue.  I think it was the brass fittings, and the over all style of the bag. Genuinely, I’m not sure.  I didn’t love it. Verdict: Returned

 

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Bovina Dolman Knit Top $58.00

I had a love/hate relationship with this top. Sometimes I liked it, then other times I felt like it added 15lbs to my frame. I also wasn’t sure about the bottom half of the back being different fabric than the rest of the top. Being so unsure about it made me not want to spend almost $60 on it. Verdict: Returned

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Laila Jayde Arvin Knit Top $54.00

I don’t even know where to begin with this top.  I’m going to be real with you guys.  Since my last Fix, I lost 10lbs. I’m slowly working towards my pre-pregger weight, and this top makes me look bigger than I did last month. It easily added 20lbs to the way I look.  On top of that, it was weird and see through. I struggled to find something appropriate to wear underneath it and the style cards were no help. They didn’t even mention about wearing something under it. I threw on the nude cami that I got in my January Fix just to keep this family friendly. It also flared out in some weird way…this was beyond fail. I think maybe this shirt was meant for someone who was petite.  It really didn’t flatter AT ALL. Verdict: GTFO

 

Kut from the Kloth Kate Distressed Boyfriend Jean $78.00  

kutfromtheklothjeansThese jeans were a hard decision. They fit very nicely, and I felt they were very flattering. They were just right in regards to fit. Not too snug, not too lose. That alone would have convinced me these needed to stay.  My husband and my best friend though were my voice of reason. Reason 1: They had holes in them. At some point or another all my jeans end up with holes, I garden, I hike, and I play with my kids.  It just happens. To purchase jeans with pre-made holes just didn’t make sense.  Reason 2: I’m in the process of losing weight. In another month or two those jeans will hopefully be too big. So then I’d have baggy jeans with holes in them. Verdict: Returned

 

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Berneen Printed Dolman Sleeve Top $58.00

There you go!  Now you might be able to tell I’ve shed a little weight since last month. With a sea of no’s I think I finally found my yes.  This is very similar to 41 Hawthorn Dolman top I got a few months ago. I loved the Navy and Teal colors, and the pattern was interesting with out being over powering.  Easily dressed up for work, or worn with jeans for casual. Finally, something in this fix that was flattering and sensible. Verdict: Kept

I had such high hopes for this fix. I loved the colors, but I felt like nothing was fitting together until the last top. It may surprise you, but I requested the same stylist again next month.  I asked her to look at my blog (hi!), and I hope that the potential I see shows next month.

If you’re curious to see what I’ve gotten in the past you can check out my previous fixes:

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 If you want to try Stitch Fix, I totally recommend it.  You can fill out your style profile and sign up for your first Fix here.

 Something to know: I am not being paid for this post, I just really enjoy Stitch Fix. I think it would be great for any of my readers who don’t have time to shop, or people like me who can’t get past jeans and a t-shirt. If you sign up for stitch fix using one of the links I provided in this post it helps me earn Stitch Fix credits towards my next fix.  You can earn them too once you sign up for your first fix. You can help support my clothes habit by clicking here. Thanks!!

 

 

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January Stitch Fix Review

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

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My third Fix came in right around Christmas, and let me tell you I’m still super excited each time I get a new box. This time I didn’t get a purse, but I did get some jewelry.  I’m still holding out for a new bag, hopefully next month!   

So, before I go any further let me give you a run down of what Stitch Fix is. Stitchfix is an online styling service. You get your own personal stylist who handpicks a “fix” for you with five items. You get either clothing or accessories that are unique to your budget, and tastes. You’ll get three days to decide if you’re going to keep anything from your fix. The styling fee is $20 and that goes towards any purchase you end up making. If you  buy all 5 you get 25% off the entire order. If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s so fun.  You can sign up to get fixes whenever you want, or get them sent to you monthly, even bi-weekly. It’s perfect for a busy mom like me who has no time to shop for clothes. You can learn more about signing up for your first fix here!

So here’s a rundown of what I received this month.

 

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Corinna Striped Dolman Top $48.00

First of all, I think this was a pretty safe fix piece.  If you google Corinna Striped Dolman Top, you come up with lots of hits from other bloggers who have received the same item. It fits big, and I actually worry that in a few months as the baby weight continues to drop that I won’t be able to wear this anymore.  I’m living in the now though, and I felt that it was forgiving and flattering in m current condition. I love that now that I’ve had a few fixes my stylist was able to pair the top with the cardigan I got from my last fix. I love that they took the time to check back with what I had. Verdict: Kept.

 

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Brentwood Engraved Pendant Necklace $28.00

This was the first time I’ve gotten jewelry in my fix.  I’m really glad it wasn’t one of those statement necklaces.  I absolutely hate them…I’m pretty sure I’m the only one because I see everyone wearing them.  Anyway, this one was cute, and I really liked it.  I just never really wear jewelry.  I’m open to getting more jewelry, but this one didn’t blow me away enough for me to keep it.  Verdict: Returned.

 

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Gustav Textured V-Neck Sweater $58.00

 

I love a chunky sweater but this one just wasn’t working for me.  It fit tight around the shoulders, and hugged my curves in all the wrong ways.  And if that wasn’t bad enough, the sweater had a hole in it.  Verdict: Returned

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Mayven Abstract Print Blouse $58.00

I struggled with this one.  I don’t have anything like this in my closet. The print was bright, but not gawdy and the more I wore it the more it grew on me.  They even included the nude tank with it. It was flattering in that it hid the extra baby pudge, and my stylist specifically included it because it was button down which would make nursing my baby easier. They are listening! With my daughter on a swim team, I often spend my weekends in a hot and humid indoor pool screaming my head off for her with a babe in my arms. The lightweight material won’t be too hot on those Saturday afternoon meets, and the fit was nice and lose and forgiving. Verdict: Kept.

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Level 99 Giovanni Straight Leg Jean $98.00

 These pants were awesome! I really loved them.  They fit great, felt soft and had give around the waist. If they hadn’t sent me very similar brown corduroys last month I would have definitely kept them.  For nearly $100 bucks, they were not unique enough to add them to my closet. Just too price. Verdict: Sadly Returned

 

This time 2 out of 5.  I was originally a little disappointed in this fix, with the sweater with a hole in it and believe it or not I was still hoping for a bag to keep!  I am impressed though with how much they are listening to me, so I think my next fix will be even better.

 If you want to try Stitch Fix, I totally recommend it.  You can fill out your style profile and sign up for your first Fix here.

 Something to know: I am not being paid for this post, I just really enjoy Stitch Fix. I think it would be great for any of my readers who don’t have time to shop, or people like me who can’t get past jeans and a t-shirt. If you sign up for stitch fix using one of the links I provided in this post it helps me earn Stitch Fix credits towards my next fix.  You can earn them too once you sign up for your first fix. You can help support my clothes habit by clicking here. Thanks!!

 

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Lavender Rosemary Bathsalts

Monday, December 15th, 2014

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I love getting and receiving home made gifts during the holiday season anytime, and if you’re still scrounging to get a thoughtful gift together here’s a quick easy one that anyone can do.

 

First, to make this gift you’ll need a cute little jar. One of my favorites are these green Ball Jars, you can find them here.

Those are a little big, so if you’d rather make stocking stuffer size gifts, check out these.

Don’t have time to make fancy pinterest worthy labels?  That’s ok, I’ve got you covered.  These are the cutest little chalk board labels and you can just write right on them, too.

Now for the salt mixing. 

DIY Lavender Rosemary Bath Salts
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Prep Time
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Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup Epsom Salt
  2. 1 cup Himalayan Pink Salts
  3. 1/2 cup baking soda
  4. 10 drops of Lavender Oil
  5. 5 drops of Cardamom Oil
  6. 3 drops of Rosemary Oil
  7. Optional: Dried Lavender, and dried rosemary
Instructions
  1. Put it all together, screw your lid on your jar and shake it up! Label them and give them away. Make sure you keep one for yourself too.
Notes
  1. I use and recommend dōTERRA essential oils for my projects. They are therapeutic grade oils that I'm confident won't have adverse reactions on my skin like other oils have in the past. If you'd like to learn more about these oils you can read here. Or shoot me an email. I will happily help get you set up. :)
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December Stitch Fix Review

Monday, December 1st, 2014

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I was so excited after my first fix to try Stitch Fix again. I had a couple girl friends over the day after Thanksgiving when my box arrived. How fun it was to introduce them to Stitch Fix and try on the clothes and get their opinions too.  I really liked just about everything I got in this fix.  I almost kept everything.

So, before I go any further let me give you a run down of what Stitch Fix is. Stitchfix is an online styling service. You get your own personal stylist who handpicks a “fix” for you with five items. You get either clothing or accessories that are unique to your budget, and tastes. You’ll get three days to decide if you’re going to keep anything from your fix. The styling fee is $20 and that goes towards any purchase you end up making. If you  buy all 5 you get 25% off the entire order. If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s so fun.  You can sign up to get fixes whenever you want, or get them sent to you monthly, even bi-weekly. It’s perfect for a busy mom like me who has no time to shop for clothes. You can learn more about signing up for your first fix here!

So here’s a rundown of what I received this month.

 

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Aliyah Fold Over Vegan Leather Satchel $48

They sent me another bag that again I really struggled with.  I liked the size, and the style but it’s RED.  Like, fire engine red! I have nothing like this, and have never owned a red bag before. That also made me wonder, would it sit in my closet unused because it’s not really my style. There were other factors that laid into this decision, but in the end I decided to send it back. Verdict: Returned

 

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Berneen Diamond Print Knit Dolman Top $58

I loved this top from the start.  The print was not too loud, and the colors were great.  I love a Dolman style top.  I had to look up exactly what a dolman style was.  Basically it’s a ruched bottom with a lose fitting top.  I thought this top was very flattering for my postpartum nursing momma figure. I hope to get lots of wear out of it this winter.  Verdict: Kept.

 

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Moni Abstract Chevron Stud Detail Blouse $58

When I pulled this out of the box my girlfriends all disapproved.  The print, the buttons, something about it all wasn’t right.  I was determined though to give this top a chance so I tried it on.  Well, I tried to.  This nursing momma is..um, well, I’m nursing.  My gals are large and in charge. I need a top with give in the chest area and this top had no give.  It’s too bad too, because look how cute they go with the purse and the pants. Had that shirt fit, I probably would have kept everything. The pattern grew on me, and it would have been cheaper to take the 25% discount and keep it all then to just send the purse back alone.  I put it all together in the picture above just to see what it would all look like together.  That purse really pops!  Too bad.  Verdict: Returned

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Alan French Terry Asymmetrical Zip Cardigan $68 – Dark Green

When I saw this cardigan was going to be included in my fix I scoured the internet looking to see what it was.  I was so excited and nervous because it comes in so many different colors. I didn’t want coral, or pink, or anything bright.  So glad I marked exactly what I liked on my style card because this dark green is SO lovely.  I can’t decide if I like it zipped up just yet, but this cardigan open is super cute. It’s getting a little too cold to where it as a light jacket, but I can where it around the house on cold days or under a coat. Best part though..it washes up nicely.  Before I could get the tags off, little man spit up on it.  Verdict: Kept

 

Jonathan Corduroy Skinny Pant $68

Now for those super cute corduroy’s in the picture.  Last month they sent me a cute pair of trousers that fit me everywhere but the waist.  I mentioned that because I recently had a baby that I need some give in the waste without the rest of the pants being so baggy.  Well, they really listened when they sent these.  They fit me like a glove, and were so comfortable.  I love wearing them! They are a bit on the pricey side, but I figure they’ll get some really good use this winter. Verdict: Kept

 

3 out of 5 again!  I would have kept all 5 this round I think if the studded top fit better. I really liked the stylist this time, she threw in some bold things (like that purse!).  I really would have gone for it if I could have done all 5.  I’m really hoping next month is one where I can keep all 5. Next week I get to go to my husband’s company holiday party in that awesome skirt from my first fix.  I’m so glad I didn’t have to stress this year by going shopping for dresses.  I don’t think I would have ever found something as lovely to go in. 

 If you want to try Stitch Fix, I totally recommend it.  You can fill out your style profile and sign up for your first Fix here.

 Something to know: I am not being paid for this post, I just really enjoy Stitch Fix. I think it would be great for any of my readers who don’t have time to shop, or people like me who can’t get past jeans and a t-shirt. If you sign up for stitch fix using one of the links I provided in this post it helps me earn Stitch Fix credits towards my next fix.  You can earn them too once you sign up for your first fix. You can help support my clothes habit by clicking here. Thanks!!

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November Stitch Fix Review

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

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I have been wanting to try Stitch Fix for so so incredibly long. When I first read about it I was pregnant with my little man, and it didn’t make sense for me to invest in good quality clothes that I’d stretch out with my big belly. Now that I’m two month’s post-baby I thought I’d give it a try.  I’m so glad I did.  What a fun experience it is!

 

Let me back up a bit just in case you haven’t heard of Stitchfix before. Stitchfix is an online styling service. You get your own personal stylist who handpicks a “fix” for you with five items. You get either clothing or accessories that are unique to your budget, and tastes. You’ll get three days to decide if you’re going to keep anything from your fix. The styling fee is $20 and that goes towards any purchase you end up making. If you  buy all 5 you get 25% off the entire order. If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s so fun.  You can sign up to get fixes whenever you want, or get them sent to you monthly, even bi-weekly. It’s perfect for a busy mom like me who has no time to shop for clothes. You can learn more about signing up for your first fix Here!

 

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Kacie Half Flap Crossbody Bag — $48.00

 

I struggled with this.  I had specifically asked for a fall bag, and they obliged with this cute black bag.  I had been going back and forth whether to keep it or not because I liked it, but I’m not sure I was ready to part with $50 for it. I loved the inside, I loved that it was vegan. Had it been half the price I would have kept it. It was a great bag, but for the money I had to send it back. Verdict: Returned.

 

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Alondra Ruched Pencil Skirt — $58.00

 

They sent me this skirt, size medium and I will be the first to tell you I’m not a skirt person. I only own one other skirt.  However, every year about this time of year I start panicking. I end up going shopping for dresses because my husband’s company hosts a very upscale Christmas party. It’s a stressful thing for me to try on dress after dress. It fits my curves in all the right ways, and I also love that it stretches so as I continue to shed off this extra baby weight, it will still fit. Verdict: Kept.

 

 

 

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Gradon Sheer Raglan Seam Sweater — $58.00

 

This was a simple, safe black sweater and I really loved it. It’s simplicity makes it a timeless sweater that I know I will be able to wear for years. It was forgiving on my mama pooch, and really versatile.  It looked nice with jeans, or it could be dressed up with that skirt up there for my husband’s Christmas party (I sweat this party, you know). Even though it’s pricey compared to what you’d typically find in my wardrobe I know I will wear it for years. Verdict: Kept

 

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Caspian Scallop Trim Cardigan — $68.00

 

This cardigan I think was my absolute favorite piece from this fix.  This nursing momma dresses in layers so I don’t show the world my stomach pudge when I’m feeding my two month old son. My husband teases me because since opening the box I have worn it every day. I had to consider the scallop, I wondered at first if it seemed too old fashioned…vintage..grandma-ey? It grew on me. It really grew on me. The scallop in the end made it feminine and gave it personality. It’s super warm too, perfect for this upcoming winter. Verdict: Kept

 

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Emer High Waisted Tall Trouser — $98.00

 

These trousers were very basic, slim and timeless.  The key word here though is slim.  I poured myself into them, and the only reason I could was because they were stretchy.  I couldn’t even post a picture of me in them because I had a muffin top that topped all muffin tops ever. Every item in this stitch was a medium, but this one was on the smaller side of medium.  If I had to guess, I would have placed them at a size 4 or a 6.  I haven’t been that tiny since… ever, and specially not that tiny two months after having a baby. Had they been a larger size I would have considered them, but for almost $100 I would have had to really love them.  They were so small I really can’t think that I can give a good review of them. Verdict: Returned

 

So 3 out of 5 on my very first Fix. I’m so pleased with my first fix, I’ve heard they can be a disaster when they’re trying to figure you out.  This I feel was a very safe conservative fix, so now that they’re getting to know me they might take more risks.  I’d like to see more flexible items shipped to me, hopefully they’ll send stuff that will be flexible as I slowly get back down to my pre-pregnancy weight.

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If you want to try Stitch Fix, I totally recommend it.  You can fill out your style profile and sign up for your first Fix here.

 

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October Ipsy Review

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

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I feel like I’m doing a marathon of Ipsy reviews lately to catch up on what has been a very fun experiment. My daughter and I started our Ipsy subscription in August.  She’s a super girly girl, and I thought for $10 a month it was an easy way to have a little bit of fun with new make up every month.  We really look forward to our Ipsy Glam bag. If you’re curious about what we got in previous months you can check here and here.

If you’ve never heard of Ipsy they are a monthly subscription. For $10 a month, they send you a beauty bag designed to your needs. You fill out a questionnaire and they send you items that best suit you each month.  I requested items for my daughter and I that matched our complexion, and requested more natural items when they are available.

First off, I have to say of all the bags…this teal bag is my absolute favorite.  We went out of town last weekend, and I packed all my little travel bits in it. I love the teal blue. The contents of the bag I was again pretty pleased with.  I’m alway glad to get a new finger nail polish, and pretty much got things I would use.  Even the lipstick…which I almost never wear lipstick I would consider using.  So here’s the run down.

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The Ayres Patagonia Body Butter was a great inclusion for us.  It’s a trial size, so compared to the item I linked it’s probably about $9 worth of cream. I love having little trial sizes, because when I went out of town I brought it with me. The smell is nice, not too over powering. It’s probably one of the more natural items of the month…here’s it’s description from Amazon:

Enriched with plant emollients, herbal extracts and vitamins, this ultra rich creamy body butter provides relief from dry, rough skin. Vitamin E natural antioxidant provides protection to your skin while shea nut butter gives long-lasting hydration. Just drift away on a cool breeze of delicate jasmine and aromatic rosemary blended with lavender, bergamot, ylang-ylang, oakmoss, patchouli and fir. Inspired by Patagonia’s snow-capped mountains and blue lagoons, this fresh scent inspires a soothing sense of calm.

I’m not sure if I’ll be buying this again, but I’m definitely enjoying it for now.

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Next is the Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser, which boasts being an all natural product. It has a light fragrance that reminds me of the grape flavored tooth paste I used as a kid. It says on the label to use a tiny dot…and it’s true, a little goes a long way.  I’m actually really enjoying this cleanser, even with it’s weird grapey fragrance. It’s not cheap stuff, so I’d guess the little bottle they send me is about $8 worth of their product.

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The nail polish I received by Nicole Opi was a pretty gold color, named On a Gilt Trip.  It was not the type of polish I try to get, I tend to get Zoya and now thanks to last month’s bag, Pacifca’s nail polish. I actually haven’t used this nail polish yet.  Gold glitter doesn’t seem to be my thing, so I may end up giving it to a friend.  It’s value is about $5.

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The lipstick…oh this lipstick.  I’m not usually a fan of lipstick.  Maybe I’m weird, but I think it tastes weird. I didn’t have this problem with Noyah’s lipstick sample. The sample is about half the size of the one for sale, hard to think it’s an $18 lipstick, but I liked it. No weird taste, and I actually really liked the color they chose for me to use.  This also claims to be a natural product. I think the overall value of this is about $9.

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Last but not least is Skone’s waterproof liquid eyeliner. I don’t use liquid eyeliner ever often, but this is here just in time for Halloween for us.  As you can see, I haven’t opened it yet, so I can’t attest for how great it is, but if you ask me next week I can tell you. It’s valued at $15.

This being my third bag, I have to say overall I’m pleased with the diversity of stuff I’ve received. They are trying to stick me with as natural products as they can, but I’m thinking they could do a bit better in this category. The overall value of the items received in this bag was less than last month but still totaled around $40, so definitely worth your $10 monthly investment. We will be keeping our subscription for now, and are looking forward to our November bag!

Important Note: I am not being paid for this post, nor was I approached by Ipsy to do this review.  I purchased this bag, and reviewed it all on my own. I think this service would be great for fashion minded ladies who’d like to try new items but don’t necessarily have the time to go out and find them on their own. If you sign up for Ipsy with one of the links I provided in the post, or by clicking here I receive a credit that enables me to get more freebies. You can earn credits too once you sign up. 🙂

Ipsy Review — September

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

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Last week I posted my first Ipsy Review which wasn’t rated too highly.  I definitely received my money’s worth of stuff, but it wasn’t things that I thought I’d use. This month was way different.  I was actually really delighted with this bag.

If you’ve never heard of Ipsy they are a monthly subscription. For $10 a month, they send you a beauty bag designed to your needs. You fill out a questionnaire and they send you items that best suit you each month.  I requested items for my daughter and I that matched our complexion, and requested more natural items when they are available.

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1.  First thing I used from the box was the Pacifica 7 Free Nail Polish.  The color was gorgeous, and probably not one I would have picked out on my own.  I absolutely loved it though, and I loved that they chose the greener option for me. This polish was valued at $9.

2.  Next up is Be a Bombshell Smooth Criminal Powder. I told you last time I was a make up noob.  I need a make up brush! I haven’t used this yet. Hopefully Ipsy will send me a brush soon, or I’ll have to get out and get one. I’m looking forward to using this powder though, it’s valued at $12.

3.  The Cailyn Art Touch Lip Gloss I tried right away as well.  I liked the color choice for me, and I’ll be hanging onto it for special occasions. I don’t wear lip color often, so I’ll hang onto it for my husband’s company Christmas Party or some other fancy event. The lip gloss was valued at $19.

4. I told you I really scored with this one. Next I got a Mitchell and Peach Luxury Hand cream. Click that link I gave you. Just click it.  It’s valued at $34 whopping bucks, and that’s the one they sent me.  I’d never spend $34 on a hand cream, specially one that tiny, but I’d gladly spend $10 to get it. This hand cream has a nice gentle fragrance, and fake cheap smelling fragrances make me nauseous. This one is pleasant, and I love the way it make my skin feel.  I’ll be sad when this one runs out…because unless I win the lottery, I’m not buying any more.

5. Last but not least is (ok, maybe it is the least?) is Avon’s Big and Daring Volume Mascara. Amazon there has it for $4.99, but it looks like Avon sells it for $9.00.  Either way, I’m glad I have it because I do where mascara just about every day. I was really running low on my old one, so I got this just in time. It’s not a green mascara, which would have been my optimal choice, but it’s ok, I’ll take it.

All and all, and maybe I’m wrong, but this bag was worth around $70?! Really? Once you get your bag, you can go back to Ipsy’s website and review your items and check out any discounts you can get on similar products. The deals are pretty good, and I was super happy with this bag, unlike last time. I’m expecting my October bag any day now, and I’ll put up a review for it too, and my final decision as to whether or not I’ll be continuing Ipsy. If the bag is more like September’s bag, then most definitely.

Important Note: I am not being paid for this post, nor was I approached by Ipsy to do this review.  I purchased this bag, and reviewed it all on my own. I think this service would be great for fashion minded ladies who’d like to try new items but don’t necessarily have the time to go out and find them on their own. If you sign up for Ipsy with one of the links I provided in the post, or by clicking here I receive a credit that enables me to get more freebies. You can earn credits too once you sign up. 🙂

Ipsy Review – August

Monday, October 6th, 2014

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In August just before I had my baby, I was facebooking late one night and stumbled across an advertisement for Ipsy.  I’m not big on make up, but my daughter and I enjoy having make over nights. I knew once little man arrived I would have less time to spend with her having our fun make over nights, so I thought this might be a fun monthly treat to make up for the lack of time I’d have for a while.

Ipsy is a monthly beauty box, or..bag I should say. For $10 you get samples according to your preference.  You fill out a beauty questionnaire, and they send you items that best suits your needs.  I requested items to match our complexion, and more natural items when they were available.

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When I got the August bag, I was delighted in it’s pink packaging.  My daughter and I felt like it was unwrapping a present. We had no idea what would be in the bag, and I think that’s the funnest part.  We opened it up, and had some fun.  The eye shadow, and the eye pencil were our absolute favorite.  They label this bag as being worth $40, here’s my findings.

1. Coastal Scents Shadow Pallete Sample was the first item we pulled out.  My daughter was delighted, but I was a little disappointed.  The colors were too bright for me, and after a quick search I found these are not high end shadows.  These 4 are typically given as free samples, with perhaps a value of $2. This was the closest comparison I could find.

2. Mongongo Nutrient Dense Lip Balm was a win for me.  Valued between $5 and $6 dollars depending on the retailer, it wasn’t necessarily a score, but when the cold weather comes I become addicted to lip balm.  This organic lip balm was a happy score.

3. Klorane Dry Shampoo was a confusing addition.  I sprayed my daughter was she walked by tried it on my daughter’s hair and it left her hair looking weirdly white until I brushed it out.  After I brushed through it, I didn’t really see a difference. I’m not sure how or when I’d use it, and I’d definitely be open to suggestions.  We’re going camping in a few weeks…maybe it will come with us. It retails between $17-$25 for the size spray we got.

4. Manna Kasar Sheer Glo will eventually be a fun edition if I could actually get some foundation.  I think..just maybe you’re supposed to mix this with your foundation.  Told you I was a make up newb. My daughter and I used this as blush when we had our make up night, and the price online is jaw dropping.  The small sample I got is half the size I linked up there. A $14 value.

5. Urban Decay Eye Pencil was also one of our favorites. The pencil retails for $20, and they sent us a lovely purple one…they called it plushie. Sadly now I wish I had mascara to match it.

 

Once you get the items they ship to you, you can go back to ipsy’s website and rate them to earn credits.  There are also special deals if you want to purchase more of what you have.  Overall their August bag wasn’t overly impressive to me. There wasn’t much I’d use every day other than the lip balm. I feel the overall value of the bag is more than $40, but since there wasn’t much I was really excited about I’m rating it a 4 out of 10. Since this was my first experience with Ipsy and the price is so low, I didn’t cancel my subscription and decided to give them a shot in September.  Check back for what I got!

Important Note: I am not being paid for this post, nor was I approached by Ipsy to do this review.  I purchased this bag, and reviewed it all on my own. I think this service would be great for fashion minded ladies who’d like to try new items but don’t necessarily have the time to go out and find them on their own. If you sign up for Ipsy with one of the links I provided in the post, or by clicking here I receive a credit that enables me to get more freebies. You can earn credits too once you sign up. 🙂

 

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