Spring FabFitFun

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Even though she had told me to be on the lookout for a special subscription box coming my way for my birthday, I was surprised to see a box at my front door yesterday. I had to text her right away to see if this was what she had sent over and it was! I’ve never gotten a FabFitFun box before, so I was quite excited!

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There were so many goodies! Squeal with delight! Seriously. Included in the box for spring are:  Rifle Paper Co. Cities Coasters Set, Miracle Grow Gro-able See Pod (Came with a Sprout it App card),

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Jules Smith Scarf in Watercolor, Cosmos Creations Premium Puffed Corn,

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Orly Nail BB Créme and Nail Polish in ‘Cake Pop’, Palmetto Derma Collagen Booster Serum, OFRA cosmetics Brushs #11 (eyeshadow) and #20 (concealer/corrector),

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Yasi Metallic Flash Tattoos, Merrithew DVD set “Intense Body Blast (and a $25 Gift Card), Vow to Be Chic Gift Card, and a Hello Fresh Gift Card.

I have to say this is an awesome subscription box, well worth the price. I know that E got a discount for this purchase, but even, you are getting a lot. I’m really excited to try the beauty and nail products. I’ll have to wait a bit, since I just painted my nails, but I might start using the serum as part my routine. I’m also going to try out Hello Fresh. I think it will be kind of fun to try a meal-kit.

What do you all like the best out of the spring 2015 box?

 

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Birthday Day & March Haul

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My birthday was pretty much what I wanted! A little workout in the morning, a bit of shopping in the afternoon and dinner with my friend and her kids (aren’t their drawings super cute!). I try not to make my birthday a big deal since I was a teen. I’ve learned to not expect to get much from my parents since my mid-twenties. My sister and BFF gifts are always great things that I never expect, but they always put off mailing them. So I’m currently waiting for two surprise packages to arrive.

So I set aside a little spending money to treat myself to goodies! Thought I did get a $20 gift certificate for participating in a online survey and phone interview. It was quite nice so I orders some bits for myself.

150403_BirthdayHaul_03I ordered myself this super cute bag which I haven’t used yet since I’m being a bit lazy to transfer the stuff in my current bag into this one. But I will. It’s the Patzino Exclusive Collection Two-Tone Small Leather Satchel Handbag. It’s so nice and quite different from all my other bags. I am a little afriad I might get the cream part dirty, so I definitely need to keep myself from doing that. It doesn’t look like it, but it’s quite large and I know it will hold all my crap!

I also ordered myself the Wayfarer Style Sunglasses by Retro Rewind and the Super Cute Strawberry Design Silicone Tea Infuser. The tea infuser was mainly cause it was cute. I have two other ones, but they are plain metal ones. This one is cute. But the sunglasses was to replace my neon green wayfarer style one I got when I ran a color run a year ago. The lenses started getting tons of scratch marks. It was finally time to replace them. I then got myself the Haruki Murakami book, 1Q84. It’s been on my reading list for years and I finally made the plunge to get myself a copy.

On my actual birthday, I made my way to ROSS and TJ Maxx. I totally forgot to take pictures of the clothing I got, But I found a really great red flannel shirt and a black see-through long-sleeve sweater. But hopefully you’ll see them in some future OOTD! I also finally grab E.L.F. Contour kit and TrueBeauty Tangle Teezer.

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And then I got myself some GoT goodies. ‘Cause that’s how I roll. My GoT collection is just starting, but hell. The Khal Drogo Legacy Collection is from Target but you can get it on Amazon. However, I would recommend getting it at Target since it’s only $9.99 there (or at least when I brought him) verses the $15+ they are on Amazon. Ahh, look at little Jon Snow, who doesn’t know anything.

Hope you like this little haul of mine. Nothing like taking oneself shopping for your birthday!

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March Rockboxes

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My first Rocksbox of the month was filled with shiny gold galore! And all the pieces I would totally wear! Two necklaces and a bracelet. The Gorjana Shimmer Triangle Necklace is tiny and delicate for everyday wear. It completely pairs nicely with the Sophia Harber Pavé Bar Bracelt. Which is also simple and delicate.

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The third necklace really scream ‘bling!’ Big, bold crystals hand on the blocks of shiny gold bars. It’s such a standout necklace that everyone at work was like whoa! I even wore it out to dinner with my coworkers and received lots of complements from other patrons at the restaurant.

I had a hard time sending this batch back as I really love these pieces, but off they went in the

middle of March. A couple days later came my second Rocksbox, this time a nice mix of silver metal. More rough looking but still so nice!

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I got another great statement necklace in the Perry Street Amelie Crystal Necklace. So great to wear to a concert down in Soho along with the the Slate Barred Cuff. Both very edgy pieces but still pretty and girly at the same time. I also like the Sophie Harper Pavé Taner Bar Mini Studs, but I have some similar to them. But they are such nice quality, I’ve been wearing them for several days now.

Which piece do you all like?

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Selling Barely Used Fashion

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I tried out this “Re-Sell” website called ThredUP.com to get rid of some clothes and shoes that I only maybe wore once twice, or in the case of one shirt that still has the tag on it, never worn. It’s an online online consignment shop specializing in providing high quality like-new clothes. They have a wide range of trendy affordable brand like H&M and Gap to high fashion brands like J Brand and Michael Kors.

While I haven’t brought anything from them yet (I keep checking for a Michael Kor purse, Rebecca Minkoff bag or black ankle boots that’s been on my fashion wish list), I have tried out their re-sell program. I ordered the “polka-dot Clean Out Bag” on a Thursday and it arrived on a Saturday about a weeks later. Typically it cost around $5 to order the bag, but when I ordered mine in January, the cost was waived for a limited time.

They have a list of brands that they don’t accept to re-sell like Children’s Place, Carter’s, Garaminals, Faded Glory, Chico’s and etc. There is a “clothing calculator” where you can enter in the name brand, the type of fashion item (top, bottom, dress, shoes, etc.) and they will give you an estimate price range they’ll pay you to buy the item for. You have the option of having the items that won’t be sold be sent to a charities or thrifting companies or you can pay $12.99 Return Assurance, to have your unsold items sent back to you. I choose to have whatever won’t be sold be sent off to one of their charitable organization.

So the items I sent over were: 1 pair of Jeffery Campbell shoes, a Donna Morgan dress i brought on MyHabit.com, tops from Forever 21, Moment & H&M, and lastly some winter accessories by Rikka I got for Christmas that I have no desire in keeping. These either been worn once or twice or haven’t been touch since I received/brought them. Just before I sent it off, I also added a couple more tops that I found in the back of my closet.

I sent the bag off which was pretty easy as it came with a mailing tag and all i had to do was drop it off at the post office! It took a couple of days to get there as I finally got an email on the 27th of February of the company receiving it. But as there were many bags before mine, it wouldn’t be processed until the 24th of March.

They were kind enough to give an update of the process, but now I would have to wait until the 29th of March to receive any payout for the stuff I sent over. However early on Saturday morning while checking my emails I saw a notice that they processed my bag. I earned a little over $25 for the shoes, two tops and the Donna Morgan dress. I’m pretty happy about that and was hoping to get at least that.

Now I can use this “cash” to pay for purchases I buy off their site or I can wait 14 days to cash out via paypal. As of yet I haven’t found any pieces I like, so I’ll continue to check the site until I find something or the 14 day are up. It’s a nice way to get rid of unwanted clothing lying around, but as I am not the type to get rid of many of my high-end fashion, it will be a while till I do this again. Have any of you guys tried sites like this?

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OOTD – Black Graphic Hearts

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Woo-hoo! I remembered to take a OOTD… finally. My last one was like, what, over a month ago. It’s starting to warm up a bit, but still not enough for t-shirts. So I’ve been wearing my favorite windbreaker I got ages ago from H&M. I think it was in the men’s section, but I thought it was awesome!

Sweatshirt: Forever21 – Black Tank: Target – Leggings: Forever21 – Windbreaker: H&M – Rings: Old Nay & gifts from friends

Lipgloss: NYC Butter Lipgloss in Peach Cobbler – Nail Polish: Main, N.Y.C. in Park Ave & Gold Accents, Milani in Good Morning Sunshine

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Sunny Days Sunglasses

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The sun has been out, shining brightly the last couple of day and has been warming up the PNW. I decided it was a fine time to look for all my sunglasses. I use not to wear them when I was younger since I wore glasses and my parents weren’t concern about us not wearing them. But now that I am older, I’m a bit sensitive to bright lights.

I had a hard time finding all of them. Actually I’m still missing at least two or three. One I just now ended up finding at the bottom of my bag. Talk about lame sauce.

From the bottom I’ve got my Vogue Ombré Red Sunnies (I won them on nitro:licious a couple of years ago), some purple lens wrap arounds, Phat Farm 5051 Sunglasses, cheap white frame aviators from Target and lastly, my C9 running sunglasses. However I am missing another aviator that I got at Macy’s.

Does any else have that problem? I know it’s in this apartment somewhere! Oh, and the one I just found in my bag: neon green rayban style I got from a color run. They are super bright!

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What’s in my bag? Backpack Edition

150304_WhatinMyBag_01It being spring, I needed to clean out my bag. Especially since I couldn’t find my inhaler and I swore it was in there (turns out, in was in my gym bag). So I thought we’d have a quick look at my bag, or rather my backpack. Funny, I wasn’t too aware of what I had in my bag to begin with. Some, I was aware of, like my notebook. I carry this or my other notebook around all the time. To  take down notes, write out shopping lists (or any kind of list. I like making lists), or post ideas. It’s one of the first things I pull out of my bag.

Another thing I tend to keep handy are some tea bags and eating spoon. You don’t know when you are ever going to be in need of them! I don’t know how many times that spoon has saved me on road trips to Seattle.

Then I found my Forever 21 Lion Ring and Gorjana Parker Wrap Bracelet I received years ago. It’s one of my favorite bracelets.

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Digging around the main compartment of my backpack I pulled out the essentials: my banged up wallet, facial tissues & first-aid mini kit. When ever I switch bags these guys have to come with. Look how awful my wallet looks. I really need to get a new one, but I’m so picky. I’ll just have to keep searching.

Then there are my office keys on a keychain I made. It’s really looking dirty, so I thing I have to make a new one. If I remember how. I try to keep a spare grocery bag just in case I forget to grab one on my way out of the house, but I always forget that it’s in there.

Then there are some gum and lunch-time vitamins. I have an alarm on my phone to remind me to take then while eating. It’s the only way I’ll remember. You should have seen how happy I was to find my USB stick. I thought I lost that weeks ago. It’s loaded with lots of post images and documents. Note the post-it with yet another book suggestion.

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The last bits are the small thing in pockets in the front and side. My lip products and pens are usually stuff in the side pockets to be reachable for quick use. My charges are stuff in one of the front pockets along with the key rings full of membership card. I have way too many, but they do help with getting the best deal!

That’s pretty much it. Sort of pile of boring stuff but essential for everyday life.

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Rocksbox

120211_Rocksbox_01It’s been a long time since I had a monthy subscription. I had at one time been on StyleMint, Popsugar, My Little Black Bag (or was it box) before they merged with Pose, and several others. I slowly closed those accounts when I move out of parentals to help save a bit of money and for one, MintStyle, I was increasing uninteresting in the styles offered. Best time to get rid of something you don’t need to have.

But I decided to give Rocksbox a try. It’s a little different than the typical subscription box. It’s more of a rental box. For jewelry.

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So I signed up at the beginning of the month. The montly fee is $19 but I had a ‘new member’ code and got my first month for free. After answering an array of question on their style survey and adding items to your jewelry wish list. Then a stylist picks out jewelry for you based on your style and likes. It took about 5 days from my order date to arrive (Saturday) but I don’t check my mail very often and didn’t know until Monday night. Woo!

According to the personalized information card, I was sent the Slate Spectrum Necklace, Gorjana Esme Cutout Studs, and Marget Elizabeth Teardrop Bangle in Black Druzy. Evern with member prices, the most expensive was the bangle at $70.

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I really like the necklace. it’s so pretty and shiny. I used to wear a lot of statement necklaces. Then I stopped, but I have returned. The earring’s are really nice. I absolutely love Gorjana. I have a leather wrap bracelet from the same brand that I love wearing. The one piece I really didn’t like was the bangle. I don’t know, they just didn’t give me the same feeling like the other did. I don’t plan of wearing that one.

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Oh, did I mention that if you like a piece you can buy it. Yeah, highly considering buying the necklace. What ya think?

Then after you are done wearing them, you send the ones you don’t want back in the handy parcel and prepaid mailing label. I love this idea of trying out jewelry and discovering new brands / designer. I don’t have a lot of places locally that sell this quality jewelry in styles I would coveted.

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I’m going to keep these pieces for a while before I send them back. Still thinking about purchasing the necklace. But then again, I wonder what pieces will be sent in my next Rocksbox?!

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Leopard Print OOTD

150210_OOTDLeopardPrintLeopard Print Button Up (Some shop in the Philippines) • Black Tank Top from StyleMint • Skinny Jeggings by RewashNine West Knee High Books • Silver Bracelet (Dad brought a set for me when he was stationed in Saudi)

Hello! Just a quick one today! An OOTD to be exact. I’m trying to do this again and make it a regular post, so bare with me as it may take some time for me to remember to take photos right before I head off to work. Side note: either I need better lighting or a new wider mirror; or probably both.  For now, though:

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Designer Handbag Wishlist

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Meli Melo – Black Cervo Thela Backpace – $835

Proenza Schouler – PS1 Tiny Leather Satchel Bag – $1,475

3.1 Phillip Lim – Black Leather Small Ryder Satchel – $695

Micheal Kors – Alexis Medium Convertible Satchel – $368 $257.60

Rebecca Minkoff – Lexi Bucket – $375

Alexander McQueen – ‘Mini Padlock’ Calfskin Leather Duffel Bag – $1,345

Botkier – Logan Satchel – $298

Someday, I’ll have them all. Also, I really like black bags…

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