November Boxycharm Review

Saturday, November 18

Happy beauty day! Last month I jumped back into the world of subscription services with my first Boxycharm. I was blown away by the total value of my first box, and got several amazing products, and well- this month's is even better! 

Boxycharm, as far as I know, is in a league of its' own, sending you 5ish FULL-SIZED products for about $20 a month. As you'll see below- the total price of the box is usually the cost of ONE product. Pretty sweet deal. 

If you're not into beauty products at all, or want to be, and don't know where to start- I can't recommend a subscription service enough! They're a fantastic way to try out a BUNCH of new products, and build up a nice little collection. I was subscribed to ipsy and Birchbox for a while (so many product reviews behind that link!) and now I'm just subscribed to Boxycharm and loving it, but don't take my word for it! 

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I frequently work out in the middle of the day and I'm always looking for ways to make my make-up last. I've used this setting spray a few times now, and while I can't say I've noticed a huge difference yet, I'm happy to use it all the same. Cover FX is a brand I've heard a lot about on YouTube, and this is a $31 product, cool! 

+ KNC Collagen Lip Mask (3) | Retail: $15
These fun little jelly masks promise to hydrate, moisturize, and plump your pout. Well, I tried one last night and looked like Effie Trinket! Did I notice any differences afterwards? Not really. Maybe right afterwards my lips looked slightly fuller, but that was gone by morning. Would I buy them for myself? Probably not. But I'm always down to try any method of pampering. 

+ Winkylux Kitten Palette | Retail: $25
This palette you guys! I was SO excited about this! Several of these shimmers are just plain gorgeous. I'm also in love with the color palette- perfect for a Fall eye look. You'll see in the swatches below that the mattes aren't the best (pretty chalky). However, that's outweighed by the fact that this palette is travel sized AND a mix of mattes/shimmers, which was a conundrum in the past (pack two palettes for one weekend? One matte and one shimmer? Just mattes? Just shimmers?) I've already created a couple looks with this and WILL be packing it for my Thanksgiving trip home. 

I was familiar with this brand, having received a couple "lip lubes" (not the best name, but the product is great- like a glossy crayon!) The color, smell, and formula initially (& that rose gold metallic tube- hello!) are all fantastic, but I didn't find that this lasted as well as a matte liquid lipstick, or even another matte lipstick.

My favorite blush and highlighter brush are both Luxie (via ipsy) so I was excited to try these! My travel brush "set" at this point is a bit haphazard, so it was so so perfect to receive a set of travel eyeshadow brushes (and with a travel sized palette, to boot. Genius!) These are not my favorite shadow brushes to use, but they are pretty dang cute and handy for traveling. 

COST ME: $20
TOTAL VALUE: $120 !
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Once again I am SUPER impressed by the value of this box and the products in it! I said last month I only signed up for 3 months and planned to cancel... .... ...but I'm really diggin it.

--> Sign up for Boxycharm for $20/month! <-- 

My 3 Go-To Outfit Formulas For Fall

Wednesday, November 15

I don't know about you, but the number one reason I read any blogs is for some real-time advice on getting dressed in the morning. More than just pretty pictures (THOUGH, I enjoy a gorgeous styled theme-y post, trust & believe) I look for outfits that I can easily re-create with pieces I have in my own closet. Because more often that not (yikes!) I find myself rushing out the door, frantically trying to assemble a look that will keep me comfortable, work together cohesively, and just maybe, look stylish? 

Having pre-set formulas ready in my mind makes getting dressed in the morning SO much easier. With no guess-work, I know that one of these outfits (or a variation) will have me feeling put-together and walking out the door in 5 minutes, flat. 
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These are the combinations I have found myself reaching for time and time again over the last few months.

Click through my exact items for plenty of similar options to shop for each piece! 
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A short-sleeve sweater top is THE transitional piece that everybody needs to have in their closet. They're perfect for early Fall, when you're dying to wear a sweater, but the temperature is still jumping into the 80's mid-day. Plus they're a fuzzy, cozy option for the early morning chill, and a seriously chic upgrade from a t-shirt. I have a sweater top in black, tan, and gray, so literally any time I would wear a neutral t-shirt, I can swap in a sweater instead! 

The shoes & jeans that you pick are irrelevant- though I love a trainer to downplay any "twinset" vibes, and a trendy girlfriend jean to keep me from looking like an 80's secretary on my lunch break. Full outfit here! 
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oversized denim jacket + tee + black jeans

This is, to me, the quintessential "cool girl" uniform of the moment. Vintage (or, "vintage", also ok) denim jacket, ripped black jeans: a blank canvas for so. many. looks! With a little bit of layering (or a long-sleeve t-shirt?) this can easily take you into true Fall and Winter as well. 

I like to style mine with plenty of funky pins, a quirky graphic tee (mine is so random/stolen from my brother but i LOVE that Michael Jackson option!) and maybe a pair of flats or oxfords that don't quite go; just to make sure I have a little personality showing. Full outfit here (one of my all-time favorites!)
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oversized sweater + structured leggings + booties
Three pieces that couldn't be easier to pull together. Works best on a freezing day where you can't get out of bed, a Monday when you don't want to wear real pants, or the day after you went a liiitle too hard last night and want to live inside a giant sweater. 

I purchased my giant red sweater recently (still available!) at H&M with this exact combination in mind! I say "structured leggings" (see: Ponte knit) because that makes it feel more like a "look", instead of, a sloppy alternative to pajamas. You'll definitely want the added height from booties to balance out a big chunky sweater, and I can't recommend the Rag & Bone Harrow booties highly enough! They are pricey, but gorgeous, and worth every penny! --> Full Outfit! <-- 


There you have what I'm living in and living FOR during Fall 2017. 

What are your fail-proof combinations for Autumn? I would looove to get a few more in to my rotation. Share with me in the comments! 


all photos by Miles Price

Weekend Update: Britney & LPFC

Friday, November 10


Once a year or so, a weekend comes along that takes you until about the next weekend to recover from. Though honestly, it's been a busy week both personally and professionally (and some professional-meets-personal) sooo I'm still not quite there and I want to sleep all weekend!

So originally, after debating back and forth all year if I should go to the show or not, my sister was supposed to meet me for a quick > 24 hours, just to see the show and then get out of Vegas as soon as possible (not my steez.) Well, spoiler alert, she was able to run the New York Marathon, that Sunday and therefore, couldn't go to the show.

Not to be deterred from seeing Britney, I asked around a little bit. I was literally sending a text that was like "heyyy do you want to go to Vegas for about 18 hours?" This actually worked out perfectly (I love it when this happensss!) Stephanie agreed to go and then spend the weekend with her best friend, Julie (who I also know from high school and hadn't seen in about as long!) Bingo!

So I got to Vegas Friday afternoon, all hyped up on Britney - self-titled, and was immediately overstimulated and overwhelmed and reminded of just how weird Las Vegas really is. Mind you- I had not been since my 21st birthday trip (I don't think this post has the pics, but, still the mems) but that's a different story. And I say all this and I am totally planning a trip back to hang with Steph & Julie (and her friend Gurpreet) and maybe, finally see Celine Dion and/or Backstreet Boys!?

After a whirlwind afternoon of pre-show insanity (including an expedition to the Spanx store and packaging lamb shanks TO GO to eat cold in my room after the show, yes, really) it was truly, finally time for **the show**. I'm seriously kicking around an entire blog post in my brain that's called "What Britney Spears Means to Me." But in the meantime I'll just say, in the year 2017, I have become what I'm calling "a late-in-life Spearsophile" and while it was honestly not the best vocal concerto I have ever been to, it was a really FUN show and not disappointing to see her perform in person. And then we went out and saw Martin Garrix :D

And then I was sssooo proud of myself for being an adult and going to bed and getting up bright eyed and bushy tailed to fly to NYC (Vegas - 1, Priya - 1.) After flying across the country, I had just enough time to get two slices of that NY za and tuck Carina in before she said "go be friends!" to me and Michael. And so, minutes after meeting her new boyfriend, I was accompanying him to his best friend's wife's birthday outing (just in time to make a toast! SERIOUSLY. Life is fun.)

The marathon was incredible- truly an operational feat with 60,000 runners, 120 countries represented, and the most amazing fans lining the entire course (I say that like I was running. I was not.) Aided by Taylor Swift Inspired signs and Little Peanut Fan Club t-shirts, Carina ran her personal best AND qualified for Boston! I was so proud of her!!!

And then, we hugged goodbye and Carina said "sorry we didn't get to hang out this weekend." But I did make a new buddy who is seriously in contention for boyfriend of the year.

Now I love a crazy weekend (see: 36 Hours In...), but this one was wild even for me. But I'm really super thankful to be able to make trips like this, and have friends that will cater to my crazy whims and meet me AND fly me out to cheer them on :) sorry that is post is INSANE too, but, accurate vibe for last weekend!