August 2014 Birchbox

Welcome to the month when ice cream is considered a food group, and flip-flops count as formal wear. We don’t take ourselves too seriously any time of year, but especially not during the height of summer. For one thing, it’s just too darn hot. In honor of our “Lighten Up” theme, we’ll be bringing you fun ways to kick back, relax, and take a load off all month long. On the Magazine, check out the perfect lipstick-and-cocktail pairings, clever ways to beat the heat, the new brigade of funny ladies, and so much more. Here’s to keeping cool and laughing our way into fall“. – Birchbox

Ever since I cut back my blogging schedule to three days a week, I’ve been lagging on posting my beauty box subscription posts. I’ve also been busy just enjoying the summer months so truth be told…this box sat on on my counter for weeks! But now that I’ve finally had a chance to check out the products…here’s what I got:

Harvey Prince Ageless – Pink Grapefruit Perfume: What started out as a sweet gift idea has turned into a cult fragrance. The brother duo behind Harvey Prince originally created this uncommon blend as a Mother’s Day present for their stylish mom. And they didn’t just design a pretty scent—they used olfactory research to develop a fragrance that’s calibrated to make you smell more youthful. The result, a sophisticated mix of citrus notes and blossomy florals, will appeal to you no matter your age. My thoughts: Can you believe I’ve finally found another perfume I like? I purchased the full size last month of the Harvey Prince “Hello” perfume and I love it. I actually really like this one too…and it makes you smell younger too? LOL…not sure I believe that but I do like the scent!

Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow: A blend of powerful antioxidants and soothing aloe and chamomile work together to calm and even skin tone. Flecked with tiny, light-reflecting pigments, this hypoallergenic, gluten-free, perfume-free, and oil-free formula is perfect for those with sensitive skin. My thoughts: This was a tad too dark for me so I will be giving it away.

SeaRX Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream: This daily ultralightweight lotion harnesses multiple sea-born ingredients—like algae extract and Dead Sea mineral salts—to gently diminish wrinkles, crow’s feet, and uneven skin tone for youthful, smooth skin. Fast-absorbing hydrators like shea and cocoa butters provide shine-free moisture, leaving skin soft and supple, never greasy. My thoughts: I was surprised by the texture of this cream (thicker than I anticipated for some reason) but it actually goes on nice and smooth. I’ve only tried it on my crows feet so far so we shall see.

ModelCo Bronzer: This sheer, oil-controlled powder glides on smoothly for weightless coverage. Matte leaves behind a natural warmth, while Shimmer has a golden, illuminating effect. Suitable for all skin types and tones. Like all of ModelCo’s products, this one’s cruelty-free and PETA certified. My thoughts: I’ve only got one bronzer and it’s a multi-color summery one so I am kind of excited to add this one into the rotation for fall!

Key West Aloe Moisturizing Lotion: A megadose of aloe vera hydrates and nourishes skin. Vitamin E, papaya extract, and apple extract soften the skin, while chamomile extract calm irritation. A bit of key lime extract adds a light citrus scent—and a carefree island feel. My thoughts: This smells delicious AND it’s very moisturizing. This will definitely not go to waste!

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Shearling Jackets

1. Piperlime Collection Drapey Sweater Jacket 2. Piperlime Collection Sherling Aviator Jacket 3. Skies Are Blue Shearling Sweater Jacket 4. Velvet by Graham & Spencer Nia Shearling Vest 5. Coco Leather Shearling Jacket Black 6. Double Zero Blush Shearling Jacket 7. Ella Moss Jacket – Dimitri Faux Shearling 8. Bliss Suede Shearling Jacket Tan 9. Forever 21 Faux Shearling Jacket

It seems absolutely BONKERS to be looking at JACKETS when we are having a MAJOR heat wave here in southern CA. BUT…I always get excited when something that goes around comes back around. So in case you haven’t noticed, shearling is having a moment. AGAIN. I have a leather & shearling bomber jacket that I bought almost ten years ago that I’ve held on to. So I am pretty excited to pull it out and wear it again. That is…if it ever cools down! I’m kind of obsessed with #4 and #9 above too! Gahhhh…but #7 is so cute too! Which one do you love?

P.S. Is it just me or are you starting to see UGG’s again everywhere too? I kind of want a new pair. I think. Maybe? These are cute too!



Swell Tank Top

Swell Two Print Tank

Faux Leather Shorts

Swell Two Tone Tank

Justfab Reversible Tote

A girlfriend of mine poked fun at me today and sent me an article titled “how to layer”. I had to laugh because we both know that layering is not my strong suit. So I apologize to my east coast friends for my continued “shorts ” outfits but this CA girl just about had to wring her faux leather shorts out after taking these pics. Pretty sure I’ve commented on the blog how much I love hot weather. I take that back…I ONLY love hot weather if I’m on vacation and there is a pool nearby and I have a mojito in hand. #immelting

Outfit Details:
Swell Two Tone Tank c/o Swell
Tinley Road Vegan Shorts (similar)
Sam Edelman Wedges
Baublebar Necklace
Madewell Tracecraft Bracelet
Tote c/o Justfab
Kate Spade Sunglasses


Floral Romper

Justfab Bucket Bag

SosieFloral Romper

Floral Romper 2

When I like a print, you can bet that I will buy it in every style that it comes in. I have a full length maxi dress that I adore in this same print (see it here) so when I came across this romper, I had to have it. It was only $39 plus I got an extra 25% off during the Labor Day sale so it was a great deal too! I’m still not tired of rompers which is kind of shocking because I used to be the girl that despised them…

Outfit Details:
Sosie Floral Romper
Booties c/o Ross Dress for Less (similar)
Bucket Bag c/o Justfab
Michael Kors Runway Watch
Pearl Drop Earrings via Nordstrom Rack (similar)

*linking up with The Pleated Poppy


September Golden Tote

YOU GUYS…if you loved the Merrick’s Art for Golden Tote swing dress as much as I did, you will be happy to know they brought it back for the September tote! And it now comes in “charcoal heather grey”! I HAD to have it. It is just TOO perfect for fall. Get yours before they’re gone (here)!