Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Review: Beauty Box 5

Last month, Beauty Box 5 reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing one of their monthly subscription service boxes filled with 5 deluxe beauty samples. I jumped at the chance since I haven't had a monthly beauty box subscription in almost 3 years and I love trying out new products! For those of you who haven't heard of BB5, it is a subscription-based beauty sampling service that delivers 5 deluxe samples and full-sized products right to your door every month for just $12/month.

When my first box arrived last week, I was happy to see that 2 out of the 5 products, the lip gloss and nail polish, were full sized! The other three were very generously sized deluxe samples. I had never heard of any of these brands before, so I was excited to try them all out for the first time.

Here's what was in my box:

Nanacoco lip gloss in 'Mysterious' - $4 for full size product. The first thing I noticed when I applied the gloss was the great smell - it reminded me of vanilla cookies! The color was a very shocking pink, and while I probably wouldn't wear it every day because it's a bit too bright for the office, it will be perfect for nights out or days where I skip the eye makeup and want to go for a bolder lip. I loved how moisturizing and smooth it was - no stickiness at all. It was very long lasting as well. Overall, a super product for a an amazing price! I will definitely try this gloss out in other colors.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What I Wore: Black {& White} Swan

Those of you who follow me on Instagram probably remember me posting a photo in this dress when I was at NYFW last month, and I also wore it to a charity date auction I participated in a few weeks ago. It's by Parker whose embellished designs I absolutely love but can't typically afford - I got lucky with this dress because I found it at Nordstrom Rack marked down from $400 to just $100! I think it's the perfect cocktail dress because it's unique, comfortable and can be easily accessorized in multiple ways. Worn with my hot pink sandals and feathered clutch, it kind of reminds me of a swan, so I shot these photos in front of the Swan Boats in the public garden! :)

linking up with rhea, et cetera & Stylelixir

Monday, October 20, 2014

Shopping List: Fall Coats Under $200

I don't know about you, but I'm on a pretty tight budget these days, so when it comes to shopping I'm trying to spend as little as possible! Fall is the time of year to layer and have fun with coats, and I've been pleasantly surprised by all of the affordable coat options that are available right now. I've put together a shopping list with 12 of my favorites of all different lengths, shapes, colors, patterns and fabrics. Best of all, each one costs less than $200! Let me know which is your favorite in the comments below!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Inspiration: Quotes I Love

Happy Friday! This weekend I'm dogsitting, going to see a local production of 'Alice in Wonderland' and shooting some new outfits for the blog. What are you all up to this weekend? I hope you're enjoying the fall as much as I am! :)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

What I Wore: Sunday Sequins

Do you guys ever buy anything in multiples? I fell in love with this simple sweater dress from Mango last fall and bought it in 3 colors, and it's been a weekend staple for me in the cooler months ever since. I find myself wearing this hunter green one with my favorite pair of sneakers: sequined Chuck Taylors that my dad bought me a couple years ago. Chucks are the only sneakers I wear outside of the gym, so when my dad saw a sparkly pair he knew they had to be mine and he couldn't have been more correct! I'm also obsessed with this studded & zipper detailed leather bag that Joelle Hawkens sent me - it's a bit edgier than all of the other bags I own and was a much needed addition to my closet because I didn't have a black handbag until I received it! Let me know what you think of my casual Sunday sequins look in the comments below. :)

Linking up with Stylelixir and Stylin in St Louis/Living in Color Style