March 2014 For The Makers Box: Hello Trouble – Review

For the Makers is officially my favorite DIY box.  The projects are so fun!  And I really appreciate that they don’t take lots of planning and advance notice.  Whenever I decide that it’s time for a DIY project, I plop myself down, open the For the Makers instructions online, and I’m done within the next 30 minutes (or less).

Here’s what I made in March’s For the Makers Box: the Hello Trouble Collection.

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My favorite piece is the ‘Locals Only’ bangle bracelet–especially the crystals/faux gems!   This was good practice to make Christmas gifts—I can buy the brass bangles and crystal/gems online and the raw silk from my local fabric store.   It was really easy to make and the yellow silk makes this bangle really bright and fun.  I’m usually the type to shy away from bright, eye catching accessories but I can’t deny that this piece is perfect for Spring!

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I liked the Lemon Drop necklace also—it compliments my new bracelet very nicely.  Instead of just stringing the large beads on, I made sure to space them out a little more with these really pretty glass beads that were also included.  The only thing is that it smells really metallic-y (I heard some jewelry cleaner will fix this) and it was a bit tight to loop around my head twice!  I should have made it longer but it looks fine once I got it on.  I also wore it as a single strand (it goes all the way down to my belly button) and I’m on the fence with wearing it like that.  I prefer the double strand.

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The Paradise keychain/fob is cute but the colors were VERY bright.  I guess that’s a good thing—you can’t miss your keys now, right?  We’ll probably be using this for our spare set of keys.

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The only thing I didn’t make as of yet was the applique T-Shirt!  I’m looking for a good quality T-Shirt to embellish.  I’m excited!  I really like the pattern that’s on it, and it seems like a really quick DIY once I have all of the materials.

So what do you think?  I’m really looking forward to April’s Box!  I looked at the past For the Makers boxes and I’ve liked the majority of the collections that they release every month.  If you’re interested in quick ‘n easy yet very fun DIY projects, here’s a link to sign up for your own For the Makers subscription!  Please share what you make!
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Preview! March 2014 Darby Smart to DIY for Box: Wood Burned Bamboo Cutting Boards

One reason that I’m rather fond of Darby Smart is that (it seems like) most of their boxes revolve around jazzing up your home (vs. mostly jazzing up your style).  These bamboo cutting boards are definitely going to be jazzing up my kitchen!

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This month’s Darby Smart to DIY for Box features a wood burning kit intended for 2 gorgeous bamboo cutting boards.

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Isn’t the wood grain on these lovely?  They are kind of small, though, so I’m imaging that these are less functional for everyday use and more for presentation.  Like presenting super awesome spread of cheese during ladies BYO Wine night.   Thankfully, there was a small piece of wood to practice with so I don’t mess up the bamboo on my first try.
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This box also came with a stencil card.  Mine are a variety of lovely vine patterns (which match my wedding theme, oh DS!  You guys are too thoughtful) but I’ve seen some other really cool ones in other people’s boxes.  Feathers, stripes, super cool geometric patterns.

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What’s interesting is that I got a tube of green pearl paint.  For what?  It’s not on the instructions card.  I think I might have gotten an unintended bonus (unless they meant for me to color the vines in?  I doubt this is food safe so I’ll be saving it for a future DIY project later down the road.

What do you guys think?  I love this box because it’s so versatile!  The wood burning pen opens the doors for future wood burning projects—I’m thinking gifts.  Am I getting a little too ahead of myself?  Christmas is so far away…(but a girl’s gotta start somewhere, right?)  I know TJ Maxx usually has all sorts of pretty bamboo items on sale—I think I’m going to collect the nice pieces and then customize them.  Hurray!  Thank you Darby Smart!

Preview! April 2014 For the Makers Box: Soft Focus Collection

I am so excited!!!  Of all the subscription boxes that I’ve tried, For the Makers is one of my favorites.  They *just* released their April 2014 collection: Soft Focus.

Take a deep breath and enjoy the first dewy mornings of Spring. The change in season inspires a refreshed state of mind as we take a trip into the dreamy pastel clouds of Spring color. Bohemian beach home decor, natural materials, and sophisticated metallic accents build our delicate Spring mood. Keep on daydreaming with this month’s Soft Focus collection as April showers wash winter away.

And here are the projects that we’ll be making this month:

1.  Beau Hanging Planter

 

2 . Whitney Bracelets

 

3.  Heather Stationary

 

4. Andie Gem Necklace

What do you guys think?  I am ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE with the items in this box.  I LOVE the hanging planters–I have the cutest little succulents that will be PERFECT for those little pots.  I appreciate that those Whitney Bracelets are very minimal (after last month’s fun but BRIGHT jewelry).  They kind of remind me of grown-up friendship bracelets—make each one in a different color and give ‘em to your best girlfriends!  Haha.  I think the Andie Gem necklace is adorable (I’ll be switching out the chain to a real silver one) but my number one favorite item is the stationary.  I’m a sucker for stationary.  Yes!  I still love sending snail mail.  Who doesn’t love getting stuff in the mail?  (Obviously it is one of my favorite things in the world.  As you can tell from my love of online shopping and subscription boxes.  Haha!)

Ooh, I already have plans to jazz up my stationary cards.  I notice that I try to make my pieces look like the sample items but a lot of the other people who get this box make their own unique things.  I’ve got to get on it!  If you’d like to show me how it’s done, here’s a link.  I’m a big fan of For the Makers, I think you’ll love it too!

Stitch Fix: Fix #2

My wardrobe is in need of a Spring pick-me-up.  I feel like all of the pieces that I wear are…pretty much…the same.  And they’re boring.  *SIGH*  So to break myself out of my clothing monotony, I went to Stitch Fix for help.  (More about Stitch Fix here!)

I absolutely love the Stitch Fix logo.

I absolutely love the Stitch Fix logo.

Here’s what Stitch Fix sent me this month! I specifically asked for travel friendly clothes and I asked for nothing thick or heavy since Hawaii weather is usually really warm.

My April Fix Pieces

My April Fix Pieces

 

1. 41Hawthorne – Dora Striped Jersey Infinity Scarf in Navy – $32.00

The jersey material is really soft (but rather thin) and I think that the stripes are really cute!  It’s striped with a dark navy and a light, pastel blue.  I’m going to pass on this piece because I have a few scarves that I absolutely LOVE (that I use for travel) so I only add new ones when I’m head over heels in love with them.  I think this one is just ok.  $32 is okay but I feel like it would get snagged easily.

2. Ezra – Grace Back Zip Detail Short Sleeve Blouse – $48.00

 

Of all of the pieces, this is my favorite!  I like that it’s versatile—I can wear it around town with some jeans and then switch out to some awesome black leggings and go out.  (Thank you Stitch Fix styling card!)  My favorite part is the rose gold zipper in the back.  I do wish the pocket was functional and I’m a bit concerned that it’s not going to breath because it’s 100% polyester.  But I love the way it fits!  It’s really comfortable!  Thanks to Stitch Fix, this indigo blue is now my favorite color.

3.  Collective Concepts – Benzian Triangle Print Cap Sleeve Blouse

 

Aww, I really wanted to love this top (fun pattern!) but it’s just not for me.  I’m not really loving the way it drapes (it’s a loose fit) and I tried both ways—with jeans and with the black skirt—but I’m still not feeling it.  I think the other part is that the cut in the front goes REALLY low!  I’d have to wear a bandeau or a tank underneath….eh I’m not loving it.  This one is going back.

4. 41Hawthorne – Abrianna Longsleeve Knit Cardigan – $48.00

I liked this piece!  It’s very very drapey—and it’s long.  If you can tell in the second picture, it goes past my butt.  The fabric is soft but I can’t justify paying $48 for a regular cardigan that I think is just okay.

5. Under Skies – Wendle Embroidery Detail Shift Dress – $68.00

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I love the embroidery on this dress!  At first, I was concerned that it would be a bit too…old-fashioned looking, but it’s grown on me really quick.   It’s a shift dress but I think it’s really cute when it’s belted as well.  This is a super versatile piece—great for work, brunch (it seems very Easter-ey, or maybe its just me?), and with a belt and some awesome shoes and voila!  Okay for casual dinner date with the girls?

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What did you guys think of my fix?  I thought that it was pretty good, considering this is only my 2nd fix.  The more you request fixes, the more the stylists will get to know you.  :)

Perhaps  I wasn’t completely swept off of my feet because every item was….blue!  Or partly blue (the cap sleeve blouse had blue sleeves and blue detailing).  The last Stitch Fix piece I bought was blue also.  I would have been stoked if they sent me that sleeveless yellow tank in the Cardigan styling card.   I think I’m going to revaluate my styling quiz on Stitch Fix’s website—and there’s a new feature where you can share your Pinterest board so the stylists can get a better grasp of your personal style.

Even though I didn’t keep all of the items in this month’s fix, I am SO glad that I got a fix this month.  It’s a really fun way to fine-tune what I like and don’t like while keeping up with the latest trends.  I also appreciate that they try to push me out of my clothing comfort zone.  Yay for trying new things?  I’m horrible at updating my wardrobe so thank you Stitch Fix!  I’m already looking forward to my next one!

If you need some help finding new duds to wear or if you just like getting really cool mail like I do, I definitely recommend getting a fix.  What’re you waiting for!  If you sign up, please share what you got and what you decided to keep!  I’d love to see it.  :)

April 2014 Birchbox: Rainy Days

April Showers bring May Flowers!  Since this month is for rainy days, Birchbox sent me lots of ways to enjoy my time indoors.  (Actually, April has been pretty sunny so far!  The weather has been perfect!  It’s been chilly, still sunny, and the tradewinds have been great.  But I digress.)

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I got:

  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills – Clear Brow Gel
  2. Shea Terra Organics – Rose Hips Black Soap Deep Pore Facial Cleanser
  3. BeeKind Body Lotion
  4. Davines Oi – Shampoo
  5. Davines Oi – Conditioner
  6. Kind – Healthy Grain Bars

What do you guys think?  At first, I was a bit bummed—I was really hoping to get one of those Cynthia Rowley items that I’ve seen floating around on Birchbox’s sneak peeks.  Especially the eyeliner!  But it’s alright—I really like what I got this month.  These are all items that I’d use (or eat).

I’m interested in the brow gel.  I’ve been going to the Benefit counter at my local Macy’s to get waxed and they keep trying to get me to buy their tinted brow gel!  (The Gimme Brow).  I don’t think I need the tint so this gel should be a fun way to see if I like it.  A rose cleanser sounds absolutely divine and while I’m not too fond of lotions that are honey scented (which is weird because I LOVE edible honey products!), I’m more than willing to give it a fair shot.   The shampoo and conditioner will definitely come in handy on my upcoming travel and KIND BARS ARE MY FAVORITE!!!

What did you guys get this month?  A good friend of mine just signed up for Birchbox, I can’t wait to get what she got in her box also!  If you’d like to jump in on the Birchbox fun, let me know!