Monthly Archives: July 2014

Stitch Fix July Review

My July Stitch Fix came Friday and I was pretty pleased.

Stitch Fix July Review
The Goods

Once again, I’m seeing mostly blue and some black and white but with a pop of green.  Where are the colors??

Gorjana – Corinna Delicate Bar Necklace $60

Stitch Fix July Review
Delicate gold necklace

I tried this necklace on and fell in love before I looked at the price.  When I saw it was $60 I was a little shocked and thought about returning it for that reason, but I felt that it was a very classic piece that could be worn with many outfits and decided to keep it.

Mystree – Silvia Mixed Material Knit Shirt $28

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Stitch Fix July ReviewThis was a uniquely patterned top and despite the fact that it was black and white (and I had said no black and no blue on my profile) I like the pattern and cut, plus the price was right on this one, so I am keeping it.

Tart – Daryn Batik Print Jersey Knit Top $74

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What you’re not seeing is that it has a super deep v-back.

Stitch Fix July Review

The pattern and cut in the front are cute, but the super deep v in the back (why??) and the built in bra made me definitely want to return it.  Why would you have a nice modest cut in the front then dip so low in the back?  Plus the price was pretty ridiculous for a knit top.  Going back.

Pomelo – Brentwood Space Dye Tiered Tank $58

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Stitch Fix July Review
Another tank

This top is a gorgeous color and an interesting cut.  I wasn’t sure how it would look on my pear shaped body, but it seems to accentuate my waist rather than emphasize the hips which I was worried about.  I think it will be super cute under a cropped jacket.  Because of the color and unique cut, I’m keeping this one.

LA MADE – Felix Sleeveless Fitted Maxi Dress  $88

Stitch Fix July Review

Stitch Fix July Review
Cute on the hanger…
Stitch Fix July Review
Noooo!!!!!

This dress is obscenely clingy and made me look like I had a really weird gut.  You could even see the outline of my belly button.  Very awful.  Going back right away.

Overall Impressions

I see that my stylist did not look at my comments at all this time.  I had asked for a lightweight summer jacket, maybe some bottoms, no more tank tops, and had specifically said no black or blue.  I’m hoping that she reads the comments for August, but won’t hold my breath.  Despite that, I ended up with two cute tops and a necklace that I like, so overall I’m pretty pleased.  I still adore Stitch Fix despite the last few misses.

 

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UrthBox July Review

I had recently decided to try one of the snack subscription boxes and Urthbox seemed like an interesting one to me.  You can choose from 3 sized boxes (small 7-10 products, medium 12-15, or large 20-24) then you can select the type of box (Classic, Vegan, Gluten Free, or Diet) and the length of time you’d like to commit to.  I chose the Classic medium box for 3 months.

Here’s what came in July for my first box.

Urthbox July Review

Urthbox July Review
Energy Snacks

I am not sure why they included these two products.  One was an energy drink that had organic ingredients, and the other was what my husband referred to as “trucker candy” that you see in truck stops.  Just because there are organic ingredients doesn’t mean something is good for you.  I cut caffeine out of my diet a while back for health reasons and would not ever ingest either of these products so in the trash they went.

Urthbox July Review
Various crunchy snacks

I’m excited about the snap peas, the baked chips and the popcorn.  Last night I tried the roasted seaweed (disgusting!), the seaweed chips (also disgusting!) and the beet chips (didn’t disappoint with disgusting) and promptly threw all three of those in the trash.  I can’t stand the smell of seaweed, because it reminds me of the disgusting stuff you see washed up on the beach.  It tasted like it smelled.

The thai coconut curry popcorn was interesting.  Not something I’d purchase again, but interesting.

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Drinks

Then there were these drink items.  I tried the Mama Chia squeeze pouch last night to wash away the taste of all the seaweed and beets, and it was pretty good.  I’ve been on a chia seed kick lately so I liked that one.  I might have the protein smoothie mix for breakfast some day.  I’m not sure about the small packet of drink mix because it was loaded with chemicals.  Again, yes it had some organic ingredients, but it was loaded with a ton of weird stuff too and I just don’t need all those excess ingredients.  I’m trying to eat more “real” foods.

Urthbox July Review
Cookies and bar

I’m not sure about the “nutrition bar” but I’ll give it a try, and the vanilla cookies were pretty good.  I can get excited about cookies.

So overall, there were 14 snacks; 2 that I threw away right out of the box, 4 that were disgusting, 2 that were okay, and 6 more to try.  Since I got a good deal on Gilt I don’t mind, but I’m not sure I’d pay full price for this subscription.  We’ll see what August and September bring.

 

I Love my July Golden Tote

When they released the previews for the July Golden Tote, I knew that I had to have the polka dot top.  I was undecided between the green and blue version because they were both so cute.  When the tote was released, I didn’t really care for any of the other items (far too skimpy or revealing for me) so I just got the $49 tote and chose the blue polka dot top.

Golden Tote July 2014 Review
My two items
Golden Tote July 2014 Review
Polka Dot Top

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Golden Tote July 2014 Review
Front
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Back

I really love the polka dot top and the stripe pattern on the back.  I’ll definitely be wearing this next week with cropped jeans and sandals.

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Surprise Item

My surprise item was this adorable coral maxi dress.  I absolutely LOVE it!

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Maxi Dress

Overall, it was definitely worth the $49.  I love both items and will definitely be wearing them soon.  This month’s tote was a great value and I love both items.

July PopSugar Must Have Box Review

My second PopSugar Must Have Box has arrived and once again I’m very pleased!  This month’s box contained 7 very cool summer items.

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The Goods

Michael Stars Beach Hat

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Cute Straw Hat

The first thing I pulled out was this cute straw hat by Michael Stars.  I really like the look of a summery straw hat on other women when I see it, but I wasn’t sure how to wear this one.  The positioning of the tag made it appear that the bow should go in the back so that’s how I was wearing it.  It didn’t look very good on, but with the sunny 90 degree weather we’ve been having here, I might wear it anyway!

French Bull Ziggy Salad Servers

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Chevron Patterned Salad Servers

I love the pattern on these and they will be super cute to server salad with.  I rarely have guests over for dinner, but next time I do I’ll definitely be pulling these out.

Sun Bum Sunscreen and Lotion

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Sun Bum products

I’ve seen Sun Bum products at a few stores now but never really picked them up.  I really liked the smell of the Cool Down lotion and actually used it yesterday after a day out in the sun.  It smells like Hawaii to me.  Will definitely use these.

ACME Party Box Company Chevron Straws

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Adorable Straws

These are super cute paper straws and I’m not sure what I’ll do with them yet, but they seem like a nice way to sip lemonade from maybe a mason jar.

TKO Jump Rope With Soft Grip Handles

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Jump Rope

I haven’t used a jump rope since grade school, but it’s probably worth a try.

Dang Foods Toasted Coconut Chips

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Yummmm….

All I can say about these is that they were delicious.  I shared them with my husband but ate most of them myself.

Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara

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Mascara

I only wear mascara on special occasions because it irritates my eyes and makes them swell up before the day is over, so I might try this once but it won’t be a staple in my makeup routine.

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Product Card

If you’re interested in signing up for the PopSugar Must Have Box, the cost is $39.95 a month with free shipping and you can use the code REFER5 to get $5 off your first box.

 

Summer Dresses

I’ve been wearing a ton of dresses to work lately and decided to do a post with links to some of them since there are a lot of summer sales going on right now.

New York and Company

Floral Dress - New York and Company
Floral Dress – New York and Company

I bought this dress back in the spring and it sold out quickly, but I love the pattern and fit.  The shoes are new and currently on clearance at Naturalizer.

ShoesNaturalizer Episode $39.99

Boden Retro Dress

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Boden – Monte Carlo Dress

I got this dress in a long length and love how comfortable it was for work.  The fabric is soft and the style is very retro.

Dress – Boden Monte Carlo Dress $84 on sale

Boden Yellow Dress

Boden - Flowershop Dress
Boden – Flowershop Dress 

I wore this dress without any topper and with a lightweight jacket from Loft in the Air conditioning at work.

Boden - Flowershop Dress
Boden – Flowershop Dress with jacket

Dress – Boden Flowershop dress in Daffodil Dotty spot $62.30 on sale

Jacket – Loft Linen Cotton Denim Jacket $79.50 without sale

Boden Gingham Dress

Boden - Gingham Shirt Dress
Boden – Gingham Shirt Dress

I love the color and fit of this dress.  Great for the air conditioning but cool enough to wear outside.

Dress – Boden Gingham Shirt Dress in Grassy Green Gingham $102.40 on sale

Golden Tote June Dress

Golden Tote Dress
Golden Tote Dress

And finally, I wore the dress from my last Golden Tote when we were going out to dinner on vacation last weekend.  It was one of the surprise items, and I ended up liking it better than the dress I had picked.

Shoes – Naturalizer Dafny $69.99 on sale