A new month means a new list of items I want someone to buy me … I mean I want to buy myself. And seeing as I was gone most of June for work, I didn’t get a chance to get the items on that wish list either. I guess I have double the shopping to do this month!
While Stella & Dot has been a fave for years with other writers here at beautyXposé, I’ve never personally experienced the brand’s jewelry (though I’ve always lusted after the pieces online). So when my friend, Lyssa, invited me to a Stella & Dot jewelry party, I was the first person on the list to RSVP.
Attending a party in person really made a big difference when it came to understanding all the cool details about the jewelry brand.
First, you have a personal stylist there to help guide you through all the pieces of jewelry, which can be overwhelming if you’re like me and want to order everything in sight. Our stylist, Andrine Coleman, helped each attendee assess her own personal style and then offered jewelry suggestions that match their tastes — whether they’re trendy or more traditional.
And a stylist can also help push you out of your comfort zone. I never would have chosen this silver Elodie Necklace ($89) for myself, but it actually looked pretty good once I tried it on.
Second, you can really see the versatility of the products first-hand. A lot of Stella & Dot jewelry pieces are convertible so you can wear them many different ways.
Take the Sutton Necklace for example. While it’s definitely steeper in price than other pieces (retails at $178), it’s really like getting at least eight necklaces in one.
You can wear it short with all the strands in place, or you can remove the fold-over clasp and loop up any of the seven single strands around your neck to wear the rest of the strands a tad longer.
And the “shark teeth” strand is removable as well, so you can wear that alone or layer it if you’d like. The possibilities are endless, I tell you!
Many of us at the party are allergic to products containing nickel, so it was a treat to learn that Stella & Dot jewelry is lead and nickel safe. Score!
So what did I end up buying? After a lot of head scratching and hard decision-making (#firstworldproblems), I decided to go with the Coral Cay Necklace.
Of course, one of the best reasons to attend a Stella & Dot jewelry party is if you have an awesome host like Lyssa, who plies you with cupcakes.
While it really sucks that Lyssa didn’t invite you to her party, you can still shop her boutique online from now until July 12 here: www.stelladot.com/ts/qw2z5. Or get in the action yourself and host your own party, or become a stylist!
Samples were sent for review. But opinions are all my own.
What do you get when you mix fashion AND beauty products? Awesomeness. But you also get Her Fashion Box, a monthly fashion, beauty and lifestyle box. Her Fashion Box started off in sunny Australia but has recently launched in Europe and the US.
In each month’s box, you get:
3 On-trend fashion accessories
4 Beauty and Lifestyle deluxe samples
1 Her Fashion Magazine
That’s a pretty good deal for just $40 if you ask me! Don’t feel like spending $40 a month on a box service? You can sign up for a Mini Box (The Boxette), priced at $25 a month, and upgrade to a full-sized box at any time. Each Boxette contains:
2 On-trend fashion accessories
2 Beauty products
Plus, you get to select from three style profiles (classic, trendy and girly) so that your box can be best tailored to your style preferences. Curious about all of the details? You can read about participating brands here and peruse the previous month’s boxes here.
So, now that you now all the juicy details, let’s take a look at the sample box I received from the fabulous folks over at HFB.
To be totally candid, the fashion items (with the exception of the scarf) aren’t my style. I don’t see them working with my wardrobe. That’s ok, though; that’s the risk you run with a monthly box service. You’ll sometimes get items that you don’t love. However, I am excited to give the beauty products a chance. I’ll let you know if I fall in love with any of them. Even without the perfect fashion match, I still think you get a lot of bang for you buck with HFB and think any monthly box service fan should give it a shot. You can sign up here.
Curious about other box services? Check out what I thought about FabFitFun and Wantable.
What are some of your favorite beauty, fashion and lifestyle monthly box services? Are any of you going to give Her Fashion Box a go?
While it might not feel like it up in Boston where I am, Spring is well on it’s way, just 10 days away. We just sprung our clocks forward, and shop windows are teasing us with the cutest Spring frocks. And even though the weather forecast tells me I have more wintery days ahead of me, I can’t help but start stocking up on Spring clothes.
This Spring, I’m especially excited to sport anything and everything in Dazzling Blue – one of Pantone’s 10 Spring 2014 colors. So excited in fact, that I’ve teamed up with 9 other fabulous bloggers to show you how to rock this and the 9 other colors. If Dazzling Blue isn’t your color (but I’ve found it looks AMAZING on most people), you can skip on down to the end of this post and check out how my bloggy friends are rocking the other 9 colors. And while you’re at it, check out these 10 nail polishes that are perfect dupes for the 10 “it” colors of the season.
But back to the topic at hand – how to wear Dazzling Blue this Spring …
I have mixed feelings about Gap – I love Gap Fit clothes, but 90% of the time I strike out with their day-to-day wear. Still, I hold out hope and pop in every few months to see what’s new. When I popped in last month, I was ready to admit defeat when I stumbled upon the cutest dress in the back corner. Why anyone would put this baby in the corner is beyond me. I scooped it up, ran to the dressing room and jumped up and down (on the inside) when I saw how cute it looked on. It also didn’t hurt that I had to size down (I don’t hate you, Gap vanity sizing!).
And while I haven’t been able to wear it just yet – damn you, Polar Vortex! – I’ve been dreaming of all the ways I can wear this dress when the weather warms up a bit. Dressed up or down, this dress is going to be perfect for almost any occasion.
Having just made it through another snowstorm here in Boston, I figured it was only appropriate to share my ideal cold weather getup with you all. After trudging through the storm for groceries, coffees, etc., (you know, all the important things), I finally hammered out the perfect snowstorm apparel.
Besides staying nice and warm in the following items, you’ll still be totally adorable as well. All you really need is lots of layers, warm accessories, and a pair of durable snow boots!
For those of you in the colder states, here is what I’ll be sporting through this season’s storms!
Most times during the winter, you’ll find me simply sporting a tank and sweater combo. It’s easy, comfortable, and will keep you warm and cozy. In fact, this linear stitch sweater is at the top of my list this season.
Next up, a warm jacket! It’s tough to stay warm and fashionable all at the same time, but I think this ASOS skater coat does just the trick.
With temperatures reaching 0 degrees, covering up your neck and face is seriously important. This cozy plaid scarf by gap is already in my shopping cart (probably because it’s the softest scarf….ever).
Warm socks are also a must! I typically double up – one pair always being from J.Crew or American Eagle. I’m currently loving these pattern-trim trouser socks by J.Crew.
Finally, the boots! Throw these babies on before venturing out into the cold and you’ll stay warm and cozy. I just picked up these tivoli boots by Sorel and am already loving them.
How do you stay warm and fashionable during the colder weather? I’d love to hear about your snowstorm necessities.
With New Year’s Eve right around the corner (literally), it’s no surprise that I’ve already been assessing my plans. You know, the dress, shoes, makeup, accessories, etc. Sometimes the planning can almost be more of a hassle than anything else, but I think it’s all worth it. This is, as I’m sure you’re all aware, a fantastic excuse to dress up in glittered/gold – or silver – everything. I typically go with a solid colored dress (gold, black, or white) and then let the accessories do the real talking.
If you’re doing some (very) late last minute NYE shopping, here are a few ideas to get you started on your perfect NYE outfit.
I’m simply smitten with this adorable Davini dress from Ted Baker. Totally appropriate for all NYE celebrations! Not too crazy, but just enough pizzaz.
Anything by Lauren Elan is actually brilliant. For NYE this year, I’m loving this Arianne necklace.
Shoes are always a majorly important part of the NYE getup. This time around, I can’t get enough of these gold BCBG pumps from DSW.
Ever since I picked up the Watt’s Up? highlighter from Benefit, I haven’t gone a day without it. I will definitely be putting this on for a little sparkle on NYE before heading out the door.
With one of my Christmas gifts being Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb, I will absolutely be spraying this on before I adventure out to participate in the holiday festivities.
What will you be wearing when you celebrate the new year?
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Christmas has come and (sadly) gone, and the eve of a new year is upon us. Everyone who’s anyone knows you can’t ring in a new year wearing just any old frock; you must set the tone for the new year with a fabulous outfit.
To be honest, (honesty is where it’s at, duh), NYE is my least favorite holiday. I feel like people hype it up every year, and then it’s a let down. Maybe I’m just a party pooper, but only a handful of people I know actually really like NYE. However, everyone I know (or at least the ladies) loves the opportunity to dress up in something sparkly and bright!
I’m not exactly sure of our NYE plans, but I know they will be on the more casual side. That in mind, I’ll most likely opt for an outfit like the first one – the jeans and blouse with some added sparkle.
Thanksgiving is over, which not only means that the cold weather is upon (most of) us, but also that we’re stuffed with delicious food and on our way to whipping up approximately 100 Christmas cookies. With all of this in mind, I thought it was a good time to pay tribute to my favorite type of clothing: loungewear.
This particular collection stems from a conversation we had at work a few weeks ago. I essentially mentioned that I needed to up my “loungewear clothing game,” because I don’t lounge in real clothes, nor do I lounge in sleepwear. In fact, these are three very different things. Apparently, most of my co-workers (with the exception of a few) had no clue what I was rambling on about.
So, to clear things up, here are a few of my must-have lounge items (not sleepwear / ”real” wear).
A foldover neckline, thin stripes, and drop shoulders – oh my, it’s the perfect little sweater. I’m so glad Loft read my mind and dreamed up this adorable Striped Drawstring Neck Tunic.
I know, I know. You’re saying, “an Oxford for lounging?” But, when you think about it, it’s actually perfect. This (totally affordable) Oxford from Old Navy is cozy, warm, and très chic. Plus, when it’s time to head out into the real world, all you need to do is throw on a pair of pants and your comfiest flats and you’re ready to seize the day!
Stretch Knit Leggings. A serious must-have for all bum days. This pair by Gap is my absolute favorite – they’re thick, which means no see-through mishaps. Need to run an errand on your lazy day? Just throw on a pair of warm socks and boots and you’re set!
Warm socks are a necessity. Literally, especially for us up here in the Northeast. This year, I’m loving the AEO Colorblock Socks.
Still not warm enough? Pick up a pair of classic Minnetonkas for good measure. These Chrissy Bootie Slippers are high up on my list this year.
The final touch: a cozy fashionable scarf. I actually just picked one of these up during my relatively slow-paced Black Friday shopping trip and can tell you that this is the softest scarf I’ve ever owned. It’s magical, actually.
I’ve always loved Etsy and all of the creative artists and shop owners you can discover there. However, it wasn’t until I opened my very own Etsy shop, that I realized just how awesome it feels to support small businesses (the packaging from Etsy purchases is spot on). So, while searching the treasure trove that is Etsy this past weekend, I found a few gems for you.
This month, my Etsy finds are more or less a mishmash of random items that make me think of colder weather, fall fashion, and dressing up for the holidays. Check them out for yourself:
How cozy and comfortable does this oversized cream sweater by alacloth look? I definitely spend the colder days snuggling up in leggings, an oversized sweater, and warm knee-highs. I’m thinking this might be the next sweater I add to my winter collection.
My early morning walks to work have become colder by the day. I often bundle up with my favorite Forever 21 infinity scarf, but I’m definitely in need of a new one. I’m thinking this chunky butterscotch cowl by Yarn Plus Yarn might be the next addition to my scarf collection.
This quartz sterling silver ring by Idiosyncratic Things is in here because, well, look how fabulous it is! As the holiday season nears, I’m often on the lookout for the perfect addition to my Christmas and New Years Eve looks. A ring like this one is already on my shopping list (surprised? probably not).