The Beach House Box: Kloverbox x My Subscription Addiction Box

HI EVERYONE HAPPY ALOHA FRIDAY GUESS WHAT:

My Beach House Box came in!  This is a limited edition collaboration between Liz Cadman of My Subscription Addiction and Kloverbox,which is a lifestyle box.   It was a $100 and I know that I swore off limited edition boxes (UGH PopSugar CFDA burn) but I love Liz and I was totally bummed that I didn’t get any of her Quarterly boxes while she still did them…plus, the theme was beach house, I couldn’t resist.

It came in a really simple yet cute, branded MSAxKloverbox cardboard box–
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And when you actually opened it, I could tell that EVERYTHING just barely fit.
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This is what I got!  From what I heard so far, I don’t think there are any variations.
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What do you guys think?  I was absolutely laughing when I saw that vacuum sealed pillow–that was one of the covert hints that Liz dropped when she mailed out a notice about shipping.  “Sorry guys, having trouble getting everything to fit in the box.” Clever, very clever.  The pillow itself is a bit small but it’s the perfect accent  when you need something to offset the matchy-matchy-ness of your couch pillows.  I have a feeling that Z will claim this as his because it’s his size. D:

My absolute favorite item is the GoldfadenMD SunVisor because it is the lightest sunscreen EVER which makes it the BEST sunscreen when reapplying in the middle of the day.  That’s one of my skincare bad bad bad habits–I don’t reapply, mostly because I dread applying more products over my existing ones, mid day.  It feels icky!  I don’t think I’ll have that issue with the spray.

The Vitamin C Body Polish has a nice smell–it’s GREAT for summer!  I always need a gentle exfoliation after a couple of beach days.  I was tickled pink to get the Tatcha Enriching Renewal Cream (YAY Tatcha!  A little goes a long way), and that Sea Salt Hand Soap is very….salty smelling.  My hands are really soft after using it, but idk, it’s different.  Maybe it’d help if I put a scented Ocean Mist candle in the bathroom, or something.

The only thing that I didn’t really care for too much is the tote!  It’s really cute–it’s a canvas tote that’s great for towels and a beach read, but it’s not really my style.  I think this will be a gifting item but I’m sure the recipient will love it! :]

*ahh* There’s such a nice feeling that comes with opening a satisfying (and surprise! No spoilers!) box…it’s a great way to start the weekend!  Hope you all have a good one! :3

 

Egg Substitutes in Baking

Maybe it’s just me (probably just me) but Sunday always puts me in a baking mood.  I don’t know why, ESPECIALLY because it is RIDICULOUSLY hot in Hawaii right now–and using the oven makes the house worse than a sauna. D:

Also, I never have any eggs.  HOW DO I ALWAYS RUN OUT OF EGGS when the baking mood strikes?

If you guys find yourselves in the same boat as much as I do, here’s a wonderful trick to have in your back pocket: egg substitutes.

I got this from SheKnows and it is. a. LIFESAVER.  The egg substitute that I use depends on what I’m baking and I usually go with the applesauce route.  Costco sells this GIANT pack of 30+ applesauce containers and B was in an applesauce mood a while ago…and gosh, it only lasted for maybe a week.  I have a seemingly neverending supply of appleasauce.  Mine are sweetened so I do lower the sugar in my recipes, or I bake with Splenda.  I’d say my results come out pretty well…sometimes, my cookies are bit softer due to the extra liquid but I just bake ’em for a little more and they’re fine.

I have girlfriends who swear by the baking powder + water + oil method–according to SheKnows, no one will never know the difference!  I’m really really really curious–I’m going to substitute this in my next batch of cookies.

I really want to try the flaxseed sub–I always write it down on my list when I go grocery shopping but it’s the one thing I always forget.

Zuko (and Frank): Doggie Yukata

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A Yukata is a casual summer kimono–its lightweight and usually cotton (compared to the heavy silks of a normal kimono).

I found this doggie yukata in a pet store in Ayase and I had to get it! It fits Frank a little better since he’s not as fluffy as Zuko but omg. The cuteness, I’m dying.

Stay cool, everyone!  Honolulu broke some heat records recently, time to break out the shave ice machine…

June 2015 Birchbox: Adventure!

When I think of Adventure, my mind automatically brings up Up.  You know, balloons, safari hats, waterfalls…(talking dogs).

This month I got…(Psst–see that arrow to the right?  It means there are more products!):

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…kind of a lot of things!  I’m imagining that the Klorane Shampoo and Conditioner is a packet (which is why there are so many items) but typically, Klorane samples are in tubes…for me, anyway.  *FINGERS CROSSED CAUSE I’M GOING ON A WORK TRIP IN A MONTH*

I’m most excited for a Mini Waterproof Eyeliner (I hope it’s a brown–I’ve been into dark brown (instead of black) lately) and the COOLA Sunscreen.  COOLA is my absolute favorite brand when it comes to sunscreen anything (yes, even over the Japanese products I love).  I will definitely use the charcoal cleanser and the headband but I’m a bit wary of the Dr. Jart BB.  Even though it says Shade #2, I find that Dr. Jart products are typically a bit too light for my skintone and I appear to wear a mask.  Yep. D:

What did you guys get this month?  I didn’t get any Birchbox Extras this go around, nothing was really speaking to me.  However, my Dogeared Necklace is still going strong!  I love the little key–I’m hoping that when it finally falls off, it’s in bed or something and I can find it and attach it to a regular chain.

May 2015 – Golden Tote (1 of 2)

I don’t think I ever reviewed my past Golden Totes.  Hmm, I wonder why?  Oh well, better late than never—Golden Tote is this awesome (I know I use that word frequently but seriously, this service is really *that* good) service in which they release a new collection every month.  You pick one or two items (depending on the size tote you get) and they surprise you with the rest!

There are two options:

  • $49 Tote – You have 1 selection and they send you 1-2 surprise items
  • $149 Tote – You have 2 selections and they send you 3-4 surprise items

I always go with the $149 tote because I think the value is significantly better, AND they do free shipping.  If you’re stuck between 3 items that you really like, no worries!  Golden Tote will offer you the 3rd piece at a discounted rate (usually around $35, which is cheaper than the regular boutique price of maybe $50-$70).

I won’t lie–I returned my last two Golden Totes.  Nothing really felt right and I wasn’t too impressed with the main and surprise items…  Oh well.  It was really easy to return (full refund).  I changed up my style profile and my next tote was right on the money!

Here’s the first batch of what I got in my May tote–I’m taking pics as I wear them. :D :D :D

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SELECTION ITEM: Fringed Festival Top (Beige, Small).  Blu Pepper, 100% Rayon, Dry Clean Only.

I LOVE THIS TOP!!!  I love the way it fits, it’s nice and flowy which is perfect for summer. My favorite part is the tassel-fringe on the bottom.  The panel is bit sheer but nothing that a nude bra can’t help with.  The only thing I didn’t really like are the care instructions–dry clean only is a drag but I’ll most likely end up hand washing this instead.

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SURPRISE ITEM: Embroidered White Tank (White, Small).  Skies are Blue, 100% Cotton, Hand Wash).

I’m not sure if you can tell in the picture but the pretty stitching is this gorgeous indigo color.  There’s also a little keyhole detail in the back, and the main body panel fabric is a bit sheer but it’s got really pretty embroidered stripe details.  I was tempted to wear a statement necklace with the high neck but I think it would have been a bit too much.

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This is the one item in my tote that I wasn’t too excited about at first but it definitely grew on me–now it’s one of my favorites!  I was also a bit afraid that the area where the lace meets the main body would fall weird but it fits perfectly–I wear this with jeans or dark pants and I’m good to go.


What do you guys think?  Halfway there–will post the other four items (YES I got 6 total!  And I bought an extra add-on piece for a total of 7 garments for $185) later this week.  The only thing I’m not loving is that everything has to be dry cleaned (aka hand wash) but so far, I’m feeling that it’s definitely worth it.  :]

If you’d like to try Golden Tote, the June Tote launches on June 8th, 9AM PDT (the May tote is still available!)