For my newer readers, here are the links to my previous boxes if you want to check them out (they'll open in a new tab/window:
Now on to Material World Box #9!
Happy Friday everyone! Quick video (about six and a half minutes) to just show what I got in my latest Material World designer style box (check out the service HERE if buying premium brand clothing for cheap is your thing). As you can see, I'm wearing the outfit from Wednesday in it (that's when the video was recorded), so you can REALLY see how fluorescent that sweater is! LOVE IT.
For my newer readers, here are the links to my previous boxes if you want to check them out (they'll open in a new tab/window:
Now on to Material World Box #9!
I didn't have time to try these things due to my kids' being off school and parent-teacher-conferences (kiiiiilllllll meeeeee). Parent-teacher conferences are the epitome of the "meetings that could have been an email"... but here are some close up photos of the items and the price list.
How embarrassing, I thought I had already posted this...
Soooo... obviously this video was recorded prior to my haircut, and seeing my overgrown hair makes me realize that the haircut was definitely the right choice (though I do think it's a bit too short right now, it'll be JUST PERFECT in about a month because my hair grows like radioactive weeds).
It's my September Material World style box! Quick recap of the service for people who aren't familiar with it... it's like Stitch Fix, but the brands are all luxury and premium, but the prices are pretty affordable in spite of the designer labels because they're all consigned. (If you want to check out my previous boxes from Material World, here's #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, and #7. Those will open in a new window, FYI).
Here's the price list, because I don't like to say something is "affordable" or "expensive" because that's very personally subjective, so seeing the actual prices, you can determine for yourself if those prices work for you. You'll notice that some of the items are not that much different from Stitch Fix prices (I've had 26 boxes from them, and granted, you always pay more for new items than consigned).
And now here are the photos of what these items actually look like ON me. God I have ugly feet. I mean, in my defense, I don't even TRY because I run marathons so my feet are just going to look like trash. (This is why I generally avoid open-toed shoes. No one should have to be subjected to my toe nail jank).
We made it to Friday!
Not that it matters if you're a parent. Everyday feels like a hangover but without the fun part from the night before.
Today I'm sharing the contents of my jewelry subscription box from Rocksbox! It's $21 to rent 3 pieces of jewelry for the whole month, with the option of keeping any of them that you want, with your $21 fee being credited toward the cost of your jewelry. If you want to keep it all, you get a $10 discount. I'll post the price list below the video so you can judge for yourself if you think Rocksbox is fun for those who only want to wear pieces a few times before cycling out for something new, or if it's overpriced and not worth it. Check out my jewelry! And then read more to figure out how to score some $31 of free jewelry!
Here's the price per item. Note that there were plenty of less expensive items available as well, but I chose the things I actually liked to be sent to me, instead of just choosing by price. You can expect most items to be between $30-60.
Some quick tips to hack this box into something more affordable and score some FREE jewelry, up to $31, which can definitely get you one of the less expensive items, or knock the price down of something to super cheap!
First, use someone's referral code for to get the first month free (and you can cancel after one month, FYI). Here's my code HERE, but everyone's gets you same perk. You do have to put in a valid card number, and they do a quick charge and then reverse it, just to make sure it's a working and legit card. Even though you didn't pay the $21 fee for that first month, you STILL get the $21 credit toward any jewelry item you want to keep.
Then you get another $5 by adding a ton of items to you "wishlist". I forget the exact amount, like 20 or something?
Then, for another $5, add your birthday, but put in a birthday that is for the same month you sign up, and you can then combine with the the other credit, for a total of $31 in credit.
Make sure you remember to cancel if you have no intention of receiving a box monthly! (Click HERE for a blog post I wrote on all the ways you can make sure you don't get screwed by membership autorenewals and weaseling out of hidden charges).
Have a great weekend everyone and I'll see you on Monday!
There were a lot of mixed reviews about FabFitFun's fall box in the Facebook groups I'm in, with a lot of people choosing to cancel because they found it THAT disappointing. I didn't think it was bad at all, as there were items I did in fact want and need, though I could definitely understand why some people decided to skip out and wait for the winter box instead.
Here's what I got! As an annual member, I get to customize way more than a regular member, and I get first dibs on add-ons (some of which sells out quickly, since they are highly discounted). For me, the annual membership is definitely worth it, but I LOVE my add-ons, and I LOVE being able to hand-pick as many things as possible, and the cost per box is lower too, so for me personally, it's definitely a win.
Have a great day everyone! See you tomomrrow!
I'm back everyone! My wonderfully beat up suitcase has now been to both hemispheres, and it definitely shows.
My son has been wanting to go to New Zealand for years now, and that's something he finally cross off his own bucket list (I wonder where he got that wanderlust from, hmmmmm.... must be from his dad).
FYI, New Zealand is NOT a country where you get claim your GST back, and that tax is hiiiiiiigh. Not a lot of shopping was done because of that, and I wonder why they don't encourage more frivolous tourist spending, like in Europe where I got aaaaalllllll my taxes back. I had so many items I had to SHIP them to my house in spite of bringing a half-empty suitcase for souvenirs. You know what I do when I know I get my taxes back at the airport? I do things like buy Hermes, Louboutins, and fur coats. Yes, I literally bought fur (in my defense, the Euro was weak and my US dollar was strong and that felt like all of Europe just went on clearance sale). Obviously, for me, it's the principle of the thing. Not every tourist is a total lush like me though, and I'm certain that the 15% non-refundable GST is doing New Zealand's tourist economy zero favors.
Anyway, time for all the videos I couldn't successfully upload until now!
We'll start with August's Material World box! For those who are new here, it's like Stitch Fix, except exclusively designer and premium brands, but it doesn't cost more than Stitch Fix because all of the items are consigned! Affordable designer clothes, often still new with tags, at a big discount. I also love Stitch Fix for more casual/everyday items, but Material World is my favorite (see aforementioned confession of being a total lush). Grab your own box HERE to see what they're all about, or if you are interested in selling your clothing to them (you don't have to subscribe to their service to consign).
Here's what I got:
Here's my price list (I decided to keep the skirt and those shoes, and the shoes are far more saturated and cobalt in real life):
Another Stitch Fix box! (Get $25 off your first box HERE)
Check out what I got! I'll post the price list with item names and individual photos of the items for easy Pinning for those wanting to request any of those items from your stylist, just click "Read More" below the video.
You know those false lashes I got from that Voxbox from Influenster? (Sign up to get your own HERE)
I tried them out today. And it was definitely not glamorous. They make Baby Jesus cry.
Originally I shot a video of myself applying them, but that video ended up being 27 minutes long because I am THAT bad at this. I had to reapply those fluffy little abominations about 1,487,263 times, give or take a few. So I decided to shoot a quick video (3 minutes) of my AFTER.
So, should I go run errands and take my daughter to her appointment like this? Everyone in this town already thinks I'm a little "extra", so I clearly have nothing to lose.
Nah, I'm just going to go pressure wash all this makeup off. I put on a full face of makeup so that the falsies would "fit" with the look, as I'm not sure they'd look that normal without some "glam" thrown in, and I regret everything.
I guess that "plant butter product" by Country Crock (also in my Voxbox, for some reason, you can check out all the weirdness in last week's video HERE) can't possibly be worse than this. I mean, it's a "product" versus being called "food", but... At least it's not on my face. It'll just go on the inside, which doesn't count in real life, and where beauty products definitely don't go.
See you on Monday!
Another day, another box of products to review! A "Vox Box" from Influenster is something anyone can get, not just bloggers and influencers, and here's what I got in mine:
OMG I can't believe I didn't know that they were just over-describing margarine! First off, that's a terrible way to describe margarine. It makes it sound zero percent appetizing. They need to fire their entire marketing department. Secondly, it's a TERRIBLE WAY TO DESCRIBE MARGARINE. Yes, I needed to say that twice. For emphasis.
I'm still on my DIY project and home improvement stay-cation, so my posts are short this week!
Want your own Vox Box? HERE's my personal invite!
See you on Monday!
***Edited to fix video which wasn't properly embedded! Thanks for letting me know guys! You are FAST!***
You guys, YOU GUYS, OMFG YOU GUYS.
Here is my 6th box from Material World, my all-time favorite fashion subscription box. It's like Stitch Fix, but better, because all the items are designer, and they're also all really inexpensive because they're consigned (but only in excellent condition or new with tags, which I can't say for most consigned items).
First, here's what I received in my box:
I am SO GLAD I decided to NOT try these items on in the video, because it would have been mortifying, and also inappropriate for children. Let's take a look at those awesome black leather pants, shall we?
Who wore it better: me and my lower thighs, or my 11-year-old daughter?
That's not even where my ridiculous fit-issues end.
It's Monday and it definitely feels like it. The past few years out here in Seattle have been full of heat waves and wildfires, and that sadly started to feel like the new "normal" summer... but this year, we've returned to the wet, soggy, depressing, overcast summers that I love so much! I LOVE RAIN! THIS IS THE BEST! (I think my extrovert outdoorsy friends might need help. They are not okay this year.)
I DON'T love what rain does to leather though. People in my Facebook groups have often asked me why I even bother buying things made of leather or suede because they must all get ruined living out here, or I must rarely wear any of it due to potential damage, but au contraire... 1-2 times per year, I go and treat all my shoes and leather bags, and it keeps them protected and also in much better condition overall, and I can use them all year long, rain or shine. This is an older video I made, but the products I use are still basically the same and easy to find.
You absolutely MUST spray these outside. They are chemical-laden awfulness and you need AAAAALLLLL the ventilation. Also, I now only spray with a ventilation mask on as well, for duh reasons.
"But what if I only use natural products?"
Tough luck, Raynebow-Sage. You want to know what's natural? Leather being ruined by rain. THAT is natural. You want to know what else is natural? Animals wearing their own skin in the first place. So really, I'm not sure why you even own leather, MaKaylee. Do Birkenstocks only come in leather? Even though I do poke some fun, Birks are comfy as all get out. Not comfy enough for me to own, but I totally don't judge. Unless you wear them with socks. Then I'm definitely judging. But Seattleites LOVE their socks-with-sandals, even though that sounds like the absolute WORST combo to wear in the rain.
See you tomorrow!
First off, I survived the 3am earthquake. No children, husbands, guinea pigs, small knick-knacks precariously placed on shelves, or gerbils perished. We are the lucky ones.
Now it's time for us to move forward from this devastating tragedy. Thots and pears. Thots and pears.
Another Stitch Fix box! This time, featuring a couple of "luxe" products, which you can opt in to if you want, and I apparently forgot that I did. Here's what I got:
Here is the price list (ouch)... $493 and if I buy all 5, I get a 25% discount, which makes is a still painful $369.75. Definitely one of my more expensive Stitch Fix boxes! It goes without saying that I am NOT buying all 5 items. I do like higher end things, but I think once I'm paying that much, I need to pick them out myself.
Hey everyone! With the really muggy, overcast, rainy (possibly floody) weather we are having out here in the Seattle area, I decided this is a good time to share this simple hack to help your shoes be a little more water-resistant! We all still want to wear out cute spring and summer shoes, but if you're out here in Western Washington, that means everything is wet, including your feet.
This trick is so simple to do (seriously, you can't mess it up), and only takes a few minutes. And you can't tell that the shoes have been treated! (Note: DO NOT DO THIS WITH LEATHER, there are different products for that, and I'll share that video on Monday).
This is an excellent option for all of your kids' canvas shoes (like slip-on sneakers, Keds, etc). You can also apply this to your canvas tote bags and backpacks!
See you tomorrow!
My latest box from Material World has arrived! The video went up a little later today because I was out of the house (aka away from wifi) so I couldn't even start uploading until the afternoon. This video runs a little longer because I try on every single item, and I do have an update regarding the missing Isabel Marant pants that I was very disappointed to have not received in my box to try on (they were high-waisted pants with buttons in a sailor-esque nautical style that I definitely would have bought so long as they fit me well enough). Here's my box:
I did get a hold of customer service. It was not an ideal customer service experience as I believe the company outsources it to a third party call center/ chat desk, but I was NOT charged $150 for the missing pants. I did have to take several photos with the Material World tags visible on my items to prove I didn't get the pants, and it was all rather annoying because I had to do my online checkout without them adjusting my cart/invoice on their end, and just have blind faith it would be taken care of... but it was. No extra charges, and any inventory or tagging issues on their end is on them, not me. Phew. That could have been a very expensive error they could have tried to make me liable for!
Anyway, here's my price list (though it's not accurate due to the whole missing pants issue, and as you can see, those pants were the bulk of the cost):
With the amount of new readers that are here, I wanted to share one of my older videos about how to change up how you your basic black pencil skirt, with things you probably already own. Far too often, I see people wearing them exactly as expected: in a very corporate/business get up. Pencil skirts are so much more versatile than that. (And even more so if you step away from black!) And no, you don't have to be 5ft-nothing, and a size 0 to wear any of the things I feature in my videos by the way, though if you ARE short, I recommend high-waisted pencil skirts that hit right at the knee, not above, but you can get away with slightly below the knee, but not much. If you're apple-shaped or just built a little thicker in the waist and think that pencil skirts won't flatter you, 1). you're wrong, and 2). you can always opt for some waist-cinching shapewear if you really want to create the illusion of a waspy little waist (but really, you don't have to).
I'll have a new video up tomorrow (spoiler alert: I'm trying on a bunch of designer clothes, some of it more ridiculous than others... "Ebenezer Scrooge" came to mind with one of the tops). See you later!
I know I skipped #22. There, I said it, and now let's move on.
Stitch Fix box #23! (Spoiler Alert: My daughter definitely decided that the jumpsuit is hers, so apparently I'm buying that item at least.)
Here is my price list so you can see how the cost breaks down. Normally there is a non-refundable $20 styling fee (though it gets credited toward any item you decide to purchase), but I have Stitch Fix's Yearly Style Pass so I don't have to worry about that. I can literally send back every single item and not lose out on fees if I truly just don't want a single thing. Here are the prices:
Surprise! A bonus video on this dreary, rainy Seattle Tuesday!
My FabFitFun box arrived, and I'm here to share its contents with you! I apologize ahead of time for even bringing diarrhea into the conversation. On an unrelated note, did you know I do all my videos in one take and refuse to edit them? Sometimes an F-bomb slips past. I'm just gangster like that.
This is my all-time favorite lifestyle/beauty box subscription. I unfortunately already sent out my max limit of Free Starter Boxes (which are like mini-FabFitFun teaser boxes, with 4-5 products), but I will give my blog readers first dibs for the Fall Box when those are available for me to send out. They are free, but you have to cover the shipping and handling, and they are popular and go faaaaaast. I had random Facebook friends begging for mine. I didn't realize people wanted them so badly, or I would have been more vigorous about sending them out this entire time! I've been letting mine go to waste!
Anyway, use a referral code if you know you want a full-size box, so you can knock $10 off the price. If you don't have a friend's, use mine HERE.
For discounts on all sorts of brands and products, I keep my codes on the side-bar underneath my little author blurb and social media shortcuts. Just scroll down.
See you tomorrow!
First off, I want to announce that I am 6 months in the clear with no cancerous or about-to-turn-cancerous cells. I haven't really kept anyone up to date on all of that, because honestly, it's boring. Just a whole lot of waiting, getting new samples sent to the lab, waiting for results, then waiting for the next checkup, to send off more samples to the lab, to wait for results, etc. I don't know at what point I'm considered to be medically all in the clear and officially "cured", but obviously this isn't going to be what kills me. I would LOVE to just be done with all the appointments and uncomfortable tests. There is no pain-free way to get cells from a cervix, especially after having to regrow it, ouch. I am still indignant over how I tested positive for 0 of the HPV strains associated with cancer. There is a myth that you can only get this if you are HPV positive, but my doctor says she is seeing more cases of HPV negative cervical cancer, so clearly, something new is causing these, but maybe I'm just being a conspiracy theorist and it's just genetic luck of the draw and I lost the coin flip. Even though there's zero family history of cervical cancer.
Anyway, on to other things that are way less important but still make me happy... Guess what came in the mail yesterday??? I literally changed my video-line-up to do this one today, because that's how excited I am about these palettes I ordered, and some of my friends wanted to make sure the colors were obnoxious enough. I mean BOLD enough. *cough*
If you're one of my Type 4 friends from DYT, and you only buy ONE palette, get the pink one.
If you don't mind having one or two useless colors (or you don't mind breaking a couple of color rules), then just splurge on all 3 like a total glutton, and know that I like your style.
Here are photographs of the palettes, close-up, to help you determine if you love them or REALLY love them. I took them both with and without flash, so you can see how they look under unnatural lighting as well as natural light:
The large, double-sided, hard-plastic (not cardboard) magnetic makeup palette that I use and have featured in several videos, is not only back in stock on Amazon, but has two more colors: Pink and also Pink!
Also, a respectful nod to the person who named these colors "Sorta Pink" and "Supersonic Punch". You deserve a raise.
These also come in basic black, cobalt blue, and a deep maroon, and you can check out all the colors HERE.
(Black is called "Singularity", blue is "Particle Accelerator", and maroon is "Praetorian", and seriously, I love the person who named these. I love them in ways that are probably immoral in the bible).
FYI, these normally don't stay in stock very long, and take ages to restock, so really, grab them while you can. Black is the color that goes out of stock first. Click on any of the colors or the images to go directly to the listing!
If you're wondering why I love magnetic palettes so much, here's an older video I did that shows how I was able to consolidate and organize my cosmetics once and for all (with this case in black), and also get extra use out of my lipsticks:
AAAAALLLLLL of my videos are on my YouTube channel, by the way, if you want to go check out some of the older content! (Extra hearts for subscribing!)
I usually upload a new video every Friday, though you also get to see that here in the blog post, but subscribers get earlier access to my videos simply because I literally have to upload there FIRST, before I can embed into my blog.
Speaking of which, tomorrow there will be a new video! See you tomorrow!
Do you have items in your closet that have great structure, style lines, and design... but are just the wrong color? Well, you have options! Today I'm showing you how easy it is to alter a leather accessory, like shoes, a purse, a belt... and the product I use also works for faux leather. (I'll link to my favorite brand of leather paint below the video).
In this video, I am painting a leather belt that I purchased for cheap from Thred Up.
The leather paint I use is Angelus, and I buy it off Amazon HERE (lots of color choices, including fluorescents).
I actually finished this project a couple of weeks ago, and the paint has held up well, as well as on all my other leather painting projects. I haven't had issues with color-transfer, but some people have said they have, which is why I mentioned it in the video. I think that properly and thoroughly stripping the leather so the paint adheres well is key in preventing that.
As always, I take weekends off from blogging, so I'll you all on Monday!
Hey everyone! I am posting a second video this week, because I felt inspired to do my own version of Kalista Watson's summer makeup tutorial for T4s. Since most of the new products she featured sold out very quickly, I wasn't able to snag any (not that I could justify buying more makeup anyway), so I used similar colors I dug out from my own embarrassingly large makeup collection. I'll share her video below mine, and links to every product used. This is a perfectly casual, neutral look that will pair nicely with virtually everything.
I already shared what my shopping experience was like with Swap.com (you can check out that video HERE), and wanted to share my finds from ThredUp as well! Their price points are similar for name-brand items, but Swap is cheaper if you don't care about the labels and just want a bargain, though their clothing is in CRAP condition to make up for it. Anyway, here's my haul:
Overall, compared to Swap, ThredUp seems to have better quality control when it comes to making sure their items are in good condition without fading, pilling, holes, missing buttons, etc. But it's a little more expensive, unless you're looking at popular name brands, in which case their price points are comparable.
As far as selling to ThredUp, it's fine if you just want your clothes out of your house, period, at any price... but you have to be okay with getting payouts $0.10 at a time for anything that isn't designer. (I just donate instead and take the tax write-off). Anything I have that is designer or name-brand, I tend to sell on Poshmark, or sell it to Material World (who is surprisingly generous with their payments for my clothing, and I love getting their style boxes! You can check out Box 1, Box 2, Box 3, and Box 4.)
But those are the fun pieces I have added to my wardrobe to replace things I no longer wear or have worn out. Unfortunately, when you have a capsule wardrobe, your clothes take way more of a beating since you're wearing the same pieces more often.
Obviously I recorded this prior to vacation, and I know it's not Friday, but let's just call this a Thrifty Thursday Video, since it's literally about thrifting.
See you tomorrow! I'm back on schedule!
It's Friday, and that means I've got a new video up! I just received my fourth Material World style box! It's kind of like Stitch Fix, but with designer and premium brands, AND they're consigned items so they're surprisingly affordable! Check out what I received! (And if you want your own, check it out HERE)
To see what I received in past Material World boxes, here's Box #1, Box #2, and Box #3.
And now for the fun part: trying it all on! The actual fit of a garment will make or break it for me, especially as a short woman. I'm okay with being short, but I don't necessarily want to look shorter than I am!
**UPDATE** Do not, and I repeat, DO NOT!!! use more than one layer of lash primer unless you want a horrible chunky coagulated mess stuck all over your eyelashes. Sweet baby Jesus I had to clean my entire face and start over, it was traumatic. One coat. Only one.
A quick product testing video today! Not sure if lash primer is worth it? Here's me taking some Milk Kush Lash Primer for a test drive:
After overthinking about it for way longer than I want to admit, I finally went ahead and ordered a pair of Rothy's!
Alright, DYT purists, I know there is some grey in the pattern but I don't really care. This was a good choice for me because I wanted something "neutral" but not as boring as a pair of solid black sneakers. But almost all of our prints are imperfect in some way, and it just comes down to which imperfections we personally can deal with. I'm okay with grey as long as it is in a pattern with lots of black and serving as a contrast to that. The way I see it, if there's too much black for a T2 wear it, then it means the grey is ignorable enough. (I make up so many of my own rules as I go, ssshhhhhh).
I know the price point of Rothy's can be a point of contention with some buyers, so a way to make them more affordable is to use a friend's referral code for $20 off. If you don't have a friend who wears Rothy's, go ahead and use mine HERE. It only works for first-time buyers though. (Note: I keep all of my and my friends' affiliate links on my side bar, so you don't have to go searching through old posts.)
Personally, I think that because I can throw these shoes in the wash, I think the price point is more than reasonable, and especially with $20 off code. But then again, I also have no issue dropping 4-figures on a pair of stilettos, so maybe MY definition of "affordable" is just completely unreasonable these days. (What can I say? It didn't take me long to get spoiled and pampered on an engineering salary.)
If you love or hate Rothy's, I want to hear about it though! I'm going to wear these for a while and then thoroughly review them. So far, they're comfy as all get out.
See you Monday!
Hey everyone! This post went up much later today than I had wanted, as I am subject to the whims and delays of the US Postal Service for my packages, which contained this month's Stitch Fix shipment. And of course it arrived just as I am getting ready to head out the door for date night with the Spousal Unit. I will try these things on over the weekend, and post photos. (If you're friends with me on Facebook, the items I don't want are sometimes up for grabs or trade, so message me!)
As always, price list and item names are posted below the video for those who want to request specific items or want to see what the price point is like for this service.
Tracy is a sometimes-working software engineer, all-the-time mother and wife, long-distance runner, biracial, shoe-loving, multi-lingual, world traveling, wannabe fashionista who drinks entirely too much coffee. She lives in the Seattle area and enjoys making babies and judging people.
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