Monday, December 23, 2013

Blue Nile Necklace Giveaway!

Disclosure: I received a necklace for purposes of review. All opinions are my own.

Recently, Blue Nile contacted me to do a review and giveaway for one of their pieces of jewelry as part of their "Get One, Give One" campaign, and I jumped on it.  I mean I remember when I purchased my wedding band from them over 9 years ago(!).  Their quality is top notch.  I had a choice of a few pieces but decided that the Branch Necklace in sterling silver was perfect!
I love how delicate and pretty it is.  It's perfect for everyday wear!  I have really been moving away from bold "statement" necklaces and more towards smaller, simpler, more understated pieces and this fits the bill.

Make sure you check out Blue Nile's other jewelry goodies, there's really something for everyone!

Like I said before, they gave me one of these beautiful necklaces to give away to my readers!  Just enter with the rafflecopter below.  Open to USA and Canada only. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

FabFitFun Winter Box Review

I had kind of given up on all the various subscription boxes (I used to get Sample Society's box every month), but gave up on them when I found I just had more than I could possibly use,  I mean I still have perfume samples I haven't even touched.  It just got to be too much.  But when I found out about Giuliana Rancic's FabFitFun seasonal boxes and all the positive reviews, I decided to jump on board as a little birthday treat for myself.  The cost is $49.99 per box (four times a year) but I used a discount code they had on the website for $5 off so I ended up with this box costing $44.99.  The Winter box was delivered yesterday:

I was so pleased with everything in the box!  Here's the rundown on what was inside:
1. The Giving Keys Never Ending Necklace - $55 ($45 style here)
2. TruEnergy Earbuds - $39.99 (I actually needed new earbuds so this was a major score)
3. Simple Foaming facial cleanser - $7.49
4. Bioxidea Miracle 24 mask - $19
5. Skyn Iceland Icelandic relief eye cream - $45 (I am a HUGE fan of this eye cream)
6. Beauty For Real lip gloss - $22 (the color I got was "Don't Stop Red")
7. Lorna Jane Bracelet - $29.99
8. NYX Eye Shadow Palette - $8 (I got the Ciao Bella palette - it's gorgeous)
9. MeUndies Gift Card - $20
10. Five Physique 57 online classes - $25

For a grand total value of $271.47!  I'll be sticking around for the Spring box for sure!

If you are interested in signing up just click here!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

My Picks - Lands' End

Lands' End has really stepped up their game.  I recently ordered this pair and this pair of pants (purely for lounging around the house *cough*cough* - or when I'm lazy) and I'm impressed with the quality.  So as I was poking around the site I found lots of other super cute things.  Here are my picks:
2. Wrap jacket - $79.99
8. Smocked Blouse - $54 (in the cutest eyeglass print!)
16. 6-bottle Printed Canvas Wine tote - $17.99 - would be a great gift!

Have you checked out Lands' End lately?
I'm guesting over at Lena B, Actually today with my picks from a fun little trend!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Pre-Fall 2014 Collections

The Pre-Fall 2014 collections are trickling in and I'm pinning my favorite looks to my Pre-Fall 2014 Pinterest board.  Head over and check it out!

Oh and I updated the "Books I've Read" page so check that out too!  Happy Monday!

Friday, December 6, 2013

My Picks - L'Wren Scott for Banana Republic

1.  Blanket - $98 (I LOVE this, it's on my wishlist!)
2.  Lips tote - $150
3.  Lip print cardigan - $89.50
5.  Lip print PJs - $79.50
6.  Sequin Wiggle dress - $165
7.  Stripes and Peony tee - $39.50

And get 20% OFF the collection with coupon code BRLWREN now through 12/8/2013!

Linking up with Lena and Rachel for Passion for Fashion!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

If I Had This Fendi Bag...

I would be the happiest girl in the world.  Why, you ask?  Because, it looks like a regular black leather bag...

But when you open it up...
There are monster eyes staring at you.

But wait, there's more...
I can't even tell you guys how much I LOVE this bag.  The perfect mix of fashion and fun!  Now if only someone could buy it for me, 'cause this cutie ain't cheap.  

They also have some owl baguettes.

Images via Neiman Marcus

Monday, December 2, 2013

What I Bought - November 2013

I got quite a bit this month, hey it was my birthday month so you go a little nuts, right?
1. Iron Man tee - $10.99 (had a coupon)
2. Old Navy boxers (for PJ's) - $5 each on sale, bought 3 - $15
4.  Regular Show tee- $6.30 (on clearance)
10.  Cover Girl Lash Blast mascara - $6 (with coupon)
11.  Cover Girl Shadow Pen - $6 (with coupon)
12.  Large Z Palette - $20
13.  Green Rose Chafer Beetle paperweight - $14.40 (20% off with sale code)
14.  Jonathan Adler Magnetic Board - $17.60 (20% off with sale code)
15.  Mirrored side table - $60 (on sale and used a $15 gift card) I LOVE this table!

Total spent out of pocket = $316.23
Yikes! Way more than I usually spend.  Some were needs others were wants.  Will do better this month ;)

Go forth and shop responsibly!
I'm linking up with Budgeting Bloggers over at Franish!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Gift Guide! - Guys

1. Under Armour Superman tee - $35 / 2. Marvel Ironman tee - $13 /
3. Jack Black gift set - $32 (the men in my family love this line!) / 4. Coach money clip and case - $78 / 5. Johnny Cupcakes tee - $35 / 6. Mangrates - $19.99 for one with grill brush (okay, these are always a HUGE hit, I mean my Dad loves them, they are a must for the person who grills in your life. Start with 2 or 3) / 7. Ticket Stub Diary - $12 (I have this and love it!)

Monday, November 18, 2013

Holiday Picks! - Menorahs

Hanukkah is super early this year creating what is being called "Thanksgivukkah", which is NEXT WEEK (where has this month gone?).  I'm not Jewish, but I love menorahs. I love how they can range from whimsical, to modern, to traditional and everything in between.  Seems like every year I stumble across several menorahs that I just love.  I thought I would share some of my favorites here (#9 and #14 are my top two faves - so different, but so beautiful).

1. World Market / 2. Etsy / 3. Michael Aram / 4. Michael Wainwright / 5. Etsy / 6. Julia Knight / 7. Jonathan Adler / 8. Jonathan Adler / 9. Olivia Riegel /
10. Dillard's / 11. Tamara Baskin / 12. Orrefors / 13. Etsy / 14. Areaware /
15. Crate & Barrel / 16. Dwell Studio / 17. Pottery Barn / 18. Oleg Cassini /
19. Crate & Barrel / 20. Bed, Bath & Beyond

My gift guides are arriving tomorrow! Stay tuned!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Meet The Beetles!

True story, when I was in college I worked part time in the insect museum at the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, where I had to tend to the insect specimens in the collection. Once you get past the creepy crawlies of it, you discover there are some beautiful bugs out there!  Beetles are some of the prettiest and they are a trend right now. Check out these fun and pretty beetle goodies!
1. Tory Burch ring / 2. Chibi Jewels scarab necklace / 3. Kenneth Jay Lane beetle brooch / 4. Tory Burch tablet case / 5. Tory Burch earrings / 6. Tory Burch iPhone case / 7. Max & Chloe necklace / 8. Tory Burch sneakers (on sale!) /
9. Anthropologie necklace / 10. Marco Bologna jacket / 11. Beetle paperweight 
(I have this and LOVE it!) / 12. McQ necklace / 13. Tory Burch scarf / 14. Textile Federation iPhone case / 15. McQ sweater / 16. Drew Tessier necklace /
17. Tory Burch iPhone case / 18. Lanvin sweater / 19. Tory Burch tee / 20. ModCloth skirt

Linking up with Shanna  for Random Wednesday and with Lena and Rachel for Passion for Fashion!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Friday, November 1, 2013

What I Bought - October 2013

Extremely lean month when it comes to buying clothing, only one shirt (and it's mostly just to knock around the house in - but, I love Regular Show and had a coupon so I couldn't resist).
Regular Show tee from Target - $11 (with coupon)

Total spent out of pocket = $11

I've been in purge mode, trying to get rid of everything that no longer fits, looks good, or relevant to my life. The good news is I sold $174 worth of stuff on Poshmark.  The bad news is I've still got a bunch of stuff still on the site ready for buyers ;)  Stay tuned, I'm planning on doing a little closet inventory and sharing it.

Go forth and shop responsibly!
I'm linking up with Budgeting Bloggers over at Franish!

And while my clothing purchases were slim, don't think I wasn't dropping some coin somewhere.  I kind of went a little Etsy crazy this month. I decided to share because it's fun to discover new Etsy finds.  I'm working on some gallery walls for me and my girl so that explains the picture overload.

9. Wet Bag - $14
10. Two washcloths - $4

Total spent on Etsy - $114.58 (includes shipping)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

My Take - Celine Fall 2013 Plaid

I know it's a little quirky, but I love this plaid jacket from Celine's Fall 2013 collection.  I'm not the biggest plaid fan, but I found some really cute, budget friendly alternatives.
1. Mango coat / 2. Mango coat / 3. Zara dress

Runway images via

Monday, October 28, 2013

Monochromatic Monday - Black/Grey

Okay, so not a complete monochromatic look, more of an "absence of color" look, but I'm loving it!
1. Darth Vader tee / 2. Heather Hawkins earrings / 3. Mango leopard print coat / 4. Gap clutch / 5. Converse slip-on sneakers / 6. Blank NYC vegan leather pants

Linking up with MomTrends today for the Monday Mingle and with Lena and Rachel for Passion for Fashion!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

My Take - Lanvin Message Necklace

Lanvin Necklaces - Happy / Beyond / Love / Cool

Bottom (clockwise from top left) - Happy Necklace / Ooh La La Necklace / Love Pendant  / Voila Necklace / Love Necklace / Hello Bracelet (in case necklaces aren't your thing)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

My Take - Balenciaga Cuff Bracelet

I love the shape and style of the Balenciaga cuff.  I thought these two picks from F21 created the same vibe. And you save $400+  Score!

Balenciaga Cuff / Top F21 cuff / Bottom F21 cuff

Friday, October 11, 2013

40th Birthday (Fantasy) Wishlist

In exactly one month I turn 40.  Deep breaths. I know it's just a number, but let me tell you youngsters out there, the older you get, the less you feel your age.  I mean I still feel 25.  I can't possibly be 40, that's old (well, not anymore)!  I keep asking myself, aren't I supposed to feel more "mature", more "together", be more "successful", I should have things figured out by now, right?  Nope!  Does anyone ever feel like they have it all figured out? Probably not, but the good news is, as you get older the less you care about having "it figured out" and the more you just want to be true to yourself and do what you enjoy.  You are better able to understand trade-offs and compromise.  I work from home part-time which doesn't mean I rake in the money, but it does allow me flexibility to be there for our daughter when she gets home from school and tagging along on field trips with her class.  A compromise that I'm totally okay with at this time in my life.  But that doesn't mean I still don't wish I could run out and buy some serious luxury items.  I've been doing a lot of online browsing and dreaming lately, so I decided to create a total fantasy 40th birthday wish list.  If I had unlimited funds I would snag any (or all) of these goodies!

1. Signed copy of "Decades: A Century of Fashion" by (my online friend) Cameron Silver / 2.Vince shoes / 3. Victoria Beckham tote / 4. Prada Marfa photograph by Kristin Kirkley  / 5.  3.1 Phillip Lim tote / 6.  3.1 Phillip Lim 31-hour bag

What about you? Any pie-in-the-sky items on your wish list?  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

What I Wore Wednesday 10-9-2013

Seriously, I have been slacking off in the dressing department lately. I've been heavily into decluttering, cleaning and just lazy about getting dolled up.  So I've been heavy into yoga pants/tee shirt combos.  Hey, give me a break :o)  Here's one outfit I wore in the past week.

Tee - Target
Pants - Gap
Shoes - MaxStudio
Bag - DVF for LeSportsac (extremely old)

I'm linking up again with The Pleated Poppy for WIWW!

Want to see how much I've cleaned out of my closet?  Check out what I'm selling on Poshmark!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

My Take - Celine Spring 2014 Handbag

Top: Celine Spring 2014

Celine always introduces serious "it" bags every season.  For the recent Spring 2014 collection, this geometric-shaped handle bag was featured heavily.  Of course it's going to be extremely pricey (duh), but I like the idea of the gold, geometric handle playing against the black leather.  I ran across this gorgeous Jonathan Adler tote that I think is a pretty awesome alternative.

Runway image via

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Jockey Collection, preferred by Rachel Zoe Review

Recently, I was given the opportunity to try out several products from The Jockey Collection, preferred by Rachel Zoe.  Needless to say I was super excited!  I'm always on the lookout for undergarments that are comfortable and/or have some smoothing benefits.  First, I was completely impressed by the quality of the fabrics, which were well made and super soft.  I washed them before wearing (duh) and after wearing them, I must say how impressed I am about how soft and comfortable the collection is.  If you think Jockey just makes "granny panties" then read on, you will be surprised!

Here's what I received and my thoughts on each one.

Boyshort in black.  This one I was seriously afraid would just ride up all day.  I've worn other (more expensive) similar styles and had to throw them away after just one wear because they were so uncomfortable.  But these were totally different, they absolutely stayed in place.  Let's just say the fabric makes the difference, this had better fabric for movement and better stretch for staying power.  And no pantylines because of the clean edges!  I was totally impressed!

Hip Hugger in black.  These are so cute, the fabric combination is great.  They are on par with anything Victoria's Secret makes, maybe cuter and more comfortable!  I like that they are sexy but with coverage.

Skimmies Slipshort in jet gray.  This was the product that I fell in love with!  Look, I'm a little older and need the smoothing features of these type of products, however most of the ones out there are super thick and can make you so hot - not in a good way.  These are so different, you get the smoother silhouette but not the feeling of being constricted and sweaty.  They breathe and are so, so comfortable (no digging or rolling around the waist).  They are by far my favorite!  I will be buying more!

Strappy Tank (mine was in white).  I had really high hopes for this and I liked it, but had a few issues.  I really like the middle slimming panel, it works beautifully, but wished the fabric on the top and bottom was a little thicker and held it's shape a bit better.  The straps were stretched out after wearing for a while (wishing they were adjustable).  Because I had the white, I felt I really couldn't wear it as a tank with just an open blazer, cardigan, etc due to the sheerness of the top panel.  The white is most certainly a layering piece, not to be worn on it's own.  I'm curious how the darker colors are in comparison.  

Overall, I was really impressed and would recommend these highly (especially the Skimmies Slipshorts which are outstanding).  Jockey makes high quality products and these are no different.  I can't stress how soft and gorgeous the fabrics are and how modern the cuts are as well.  A great outfit starts with great fitting (and comfortable) undergarments, The Jockey Collection, preferred by Rachel Zoe fits the bill!

Thanks to Conde Nast Style Society, Jockey and Rachel Zoe for this opportunity!

Disclosure:  I was sent products for purpose of review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Monday, September 30, 2013

What I Bought - September 2013

A little change to the list, I decided to include my beauty purchases every month from here on out.  That's what made me go nuts this month - the beauty purchases.  As I'm getting older, my skin is changing and I'm trying to tweak what I'm using to find the right mix.  So I'm trying out a few new items to see what works for my soon-to-be-40-year-old-skin.

1. Coldwater Creek top - $44.45 (on sale, includes tax and shipping. Also backordered until late October - boo)
2.  Johnny Cupcakes tee (limited edition, no longer available) - $33.81 (including discount and shipping)
3. Coldwater Creek top - $12.86 (on sale, includes tax and shipping)
4.  L'Oreal True Match foundation - $7.49 (had -$1.50 coupon)
5.  Shamanuti Activated Charcoal Cleanser - $14.00 (includes shipping)
6.  Benefit Fakeup - $24
9.  Gap button down - $10 (Uptown Cheapskate)
10.  Gap trouser jeans - $8 (Uptown Cheapskate)

Total = $201.61
- $18 (Uptown Cheapskate credit from selling)
- $57.31 (Coldwater Creek giftcard)
Total spent out of pocket - $126.30

Go forth and shop responsibly!
I'm linking up with Budgeting Bloggers over at Franish!

Since I've been doing some major closet cleaning, I've listed a ton of stuff on Poshmark (good stuff too, like Tory Burch, Ray-Ban, L.A.M.B., Michael Kors, etc).  Check it out!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge Review

At the beginning of this month I wandered into Sephora and picked up some new things (stay tuned to what I got on Monday's "What I Bought" September post).  I've been hearing a lot about Konjac sponges lately and I wanted to give one a try.  I mean, who couldn't use a little all natural, gentle exfoliation?  So I snapped up Boscia's version for $18.

Okay, first when you get it out of the box, it's hard as a rock.  But once you run it under water it gets bigger (about the size of your palm) and much softer.  Once you get it softened up, squeeze a little of your cleanser on (this version does come with a small packet of Boscia's cleanser to try too).  Then just rub on your face to cleanse and gently exfoliate.  When you are finished, rinse it out and hang it up - it comes with a handy built-in string to hang up so it can air dry between uses.  It's super soft and very gentle, so I was a little skeptical that it was doing anything.  But I was pleasantly surprised at how clean my face was.  I use Retin-A every other day and sometimes I get pesky peeling skin in spots and this takes care of exfoliating that without irritating.  I've been using it nightly for almost a month and I must say I love it!  I was sort of hoping this would drive the thought of my "needing" a Clarisonic out of my mind, but sadly (for my pocketbook) I still would like one for once or twice a week deep cleaning.

Overall, I would highly recommend this!  Has anyone else tried this or any of the other Konjac sponges?  Here's Kimberlee's review of the Julep version.

Also, I've been doing a MEGA closet clean out and have listed a bunch of stuff on Poshmark (spryonthewall).  Click on the box below to check out all the goodies!

Have a great weekend!!

This isn't a sponsored post or anything, I just really love this product and wanted to share!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wishlist - Fisherman Knit Sweater

1. MICHAEL Michael Kors / 2. Arizona / 3. LOFT / 4. Liz Claiborne / 5. BDG /
6. Liz Claiborne / 7. Topshop / 8. Tommy Bahama / 9. Old Navy / 10. Topshop

I love a fisherman sweater for the fall.  I used to have a great one from Target years ago.  That one is long gone, but lately I've been thinking about getting a new one.  It's perfect for mixing with denim, khakis or even a sleek pencil skirt for the office (#3 would be great for that).  Are fisherman sweaters on your radar for Fall?

Linking up with Lena B and Rachel for Passion for Fashion!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

My Take - J.Crew Silver Oxfords

I was flipping through the latest J.Crew catalog Style Guide and fell hard for these silver oxfords, but at $258 they are a little pricey.  So I tracked down a couple of lower priced alternatives.
Top - J.Crew
Right - Bass

What do you think? Any interest in some shiny, silver shoes for Fall?

Monday, September 23, 2013

Best Dressed - Emmys 2013

I'm going to jump on the Emmy bandwagon this morning.  I only saw a little of the pre-show red carpet and what I saw I didn't really like.  And I didn't even watch the broadcast - kind of over awards shows themselves, but not the red carpet.  I always like to see fancy dresses on display!  Here are my best dressed picks!
Christina Hendricks, in Christian Siriano, and an Edie Parker clutch (I LOVE these clutches here is my favorite one)
(her hair, obsessed with her hair!)

Allison Williams, in Ralph Lauren

Kiernan Shipka, in Delpozo

Mindy Kaling, in Edition by Georges Chakra

Julianna Margulies, in Reed Krakoff

Alyson Hannigan, in Marchesa
(love a redhead in purple)

Padma Lakshmi, in Kaufmanfranco

Who did you all like the best?  I'm still updating my Spring 2014 Pinterest board, Milan is in full swing.

Images via

Friday, September 20, 2013

Spring 2014 NYFW Trend - Line Drawing

Last but not least, this trend is pretty self explanatory.  It can be fun sketches or more intricate patterns with a very clean sophistication.  I love it!  Make sure you keep checking out my Spring 2014 Pinterest board for my latest picks (London and now Milan)!

Don't forget to enter the $100 Paypal cash giveaway over at Lena B Actually!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Spring 2014 NYFW Trend - Geometrics

Circles, triangles, squares, and various other random shapes, it all adds up to a whole lot of geometrics on the runway for Spring 2014.  And I'm loving it!  Make sure you keep checking out my Spring 2014 Pinterest board for my latest picks (London is off to a fabulous start)!  Tomorrow we tackle another trend.

Don't forget to enter the $100 Paypal cash giveaway over at Lena B Actually!

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