Monday: Thrift Store Transformations

If you’ve got a spare 5 minutes this morning, check out this super awesome transformation video by April of Thrifted Transformations on YouTube.  She did some magic by turning this rather…dated…denim dress with some pretty embroidery into this stunning halter dress with a lace-up back.  I’m impressed!  I have a sewing machine but I’m thinking that I really should be picking up a dressform.

Dang, what’d you all think?  The place where I get my car’s oil changed is right next to a Goodwill.  Sometimes if I have time to kill, I’ll wander the aisles but I never really buy anything.  I think I’m going to attempt to try and pick up some high-end men’s Aloha Shirts and alter them so that they’re cute sleeveless dresses.  (I say this now but who knows if I’ll ever do it).

Happy Monday, everyone!  Hope you have a great week!

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Adidas Avenue A – Winter 2016

…featuring the Rita Ora collection!  Think really bold prints.  REALLY BOLD.  The Winter collection was also rather special because they included two pairs of shoes (usually, we only get one): a running shoe and a lifestyle shoe.

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First–can we start with how pretty the lining box is for this season?  I was in love with Fall’s box but Winter’s really hits it out of the ballpark. (I’m using mine as a drawer insert to help organize clothes)

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The running shoe is a gray pair of AlphaBounce sneakers.  They’re really comfortable–I was a bit worried about the chunkiness of the sole but I like them!

And the lifestyle shoe is a really classic Adidas model: the Superstar.  Dang, these things have been around since 1969?  I’ve never owned a pair of Superstars myself–my favorite part of these are the gold logo tags.

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And on to the clothing!  There were two Rita Ora collection pieces in this box: a Sweatshirt and tights.  Both of them feature her ‘Banned from Normal’ slogan.

Here’s the sweatshirt–when I say bold I mean BOLD!

This is personally, way too busy for me to wear out and about but I’m still of a fan!  I like the overall color scheme and I’m digging that Tiger trefoil on the back.  The slouchy, loose fit looks really comfortable.  Poshmark it is!

The tights are less funky and more wearable, I think–These will look great with the other included top (coming up) and either one of the shoes!  That’s the best part about Avenue A, in my opinion.  Lots of outfits, yeah!

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The last piece is a 2 in 1 Top from the Fall/Winter 2017 collection.  I love love love that it’s a layerable top that actually comes apart easily!   This top has a gray tank underneath a white t-shirt that has a keyhole in the back.  I use a lot of my running clothes for yoga as well so this is a great tank/shirt piece for both activities.

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And that’s everything!  I’m still a huge huge huge fan of Avenue A–I totally recommend this box if you’re into activewear!  🙂

Cute Christmas Sweater, Mele Kalikimaka!

Hi everyone!  I just saw this at H&M and I had to share–if you need a Christmas sweater and you live near one of their stores, you have just enough time to get it in time for Christmas!  (Does this count as an ugly Christmas sweater, even if it’s extremely cute?)

It says:

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But when you sweep the sequins up, it says:screen-shot-2016-12-23-at-2-31-38-pmIsn’t that neat?  And here’s the best part–it’s only $9.99.  In the store, they may have additional styles–the one I went to had one that said, “Sleigh/Sleep All Day” and I think there’s a Christmas tree print also.  Good luck and Mele Kalikimaka, everyone!

PopSugar Limited Edition Holiday Box 2016

PopSugar and I are officially back together.  *SHOCK* I feel very guilty (I took a really hard stance after their CFDA fiasco a couple years ago) but at the same time, I’ve been really happy with PS lately!  I haven’t been posting reviews for their regular, monthly box but it’s been a GREAT deal–I got one of their Black Friday deals that brings the cost of the box down to about $20 a box and I’ve been pretty pleased with whatever they’ve sent me.

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I got the holiday box last year and I thought it was put-together well but it didn’t really have a wow factor.  (I don’t think people really cared for the candlestick holders but I really liked them!)  This year, I decided to splurge (the $100) on this Holiday box due to the spoiler–this really beautiful throw by Pehr (see below).

In a random order, here’s what I thought about the [pretty wonderful] items in this year’s limited edition holiday box:

BEAUTY ITEMS:

Cargo Cosmetics, Around the World Palette
I wonder if PS has a deal with Cargo–they sent out one of their blushes in a previous box.  I was pretty excited to see that we get a full-size palette with matte AND shimmer shades!  Selfishly, I’m secretly glad that there are no ‘adventurous’ shades like a cobalt blue or a bright magenta because although they seem really fun, I’d probably never use them (I feel so boring).  The full retail price for this product is $34.

 

R+Co Tinsel Smoothing Oil
This is so appropriate!  I like to smooth a little hair oil on my ends to tame them because they tend to get a little frizzy and this R+Co one is perfect for that!  R+Co is one of my favorite brands and this is a full-size item worth $XX.

 

FASHION ITEM:

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Cambridge Satchel
Rachel Zoe sent out a Cambridge Satchel in the first year of her Box of Style so I’m familiar with the brand.  The quality of these satchels are amazing!  Real leather and made in the U.K….*swoon*  I love the black and white colors of this bag and I definitely feel like I can use it often.  The only thing is that it is TINY.  The R+Co Oil is a typical spritzer size bottle and you can see it here, compared to this mini bag.  I know RZ is sending a leather business card case and I’m thinking that it will fit PERFECTLY into this tiny tiny bag, along with my phone, keys, hand sanitizer, and a lip balm!  Perfect for hands-free shopping/traveling/out-and-about-everything.

HOME ITEMS:

Pehr Throw
In Hawaii, I feel like we don’t use throws really often but when we do need to use one, it’s nice to have a soft, fluffy one (like this!) on hand.  I opened it, wrapped myself up in it, and felt instantly like I had to drink hot chocolate or something–this was about 4PM in the afternoon and it was still about 80 degrees outside, haha.  I think I might have to battle Zuko for this–I caught him taking a nap on it this morning.

Simpatico Snow Scented Oil Diffuser
This is so cute!  The glass bottle is textured and it comes with a little tag that you slip around the neck with the name of the fragrance.  They give you enough oil so that it fills it all the way up while still keeping about an inch from the top for ventilation.  I like that it’s got a nice pleasant, vanilla holiday scent without being too overpowering.

Louis Sherry New York Chocolate Truffles
I’ve always wanted to get real, fancy truffles in one of these super quality tins.  This would have been the perfect item to regift but I really wanted the container to keep my calligraphy nibs!  There are 6 truffles in here and there’s a really cute little illustrated card that lists which one is which.  I had the coffee one last night and the chocolate is so smooth…. I have no regrets on being selfish with this one, haha.
THE TRUTH:…..I was selfish and I kept everything for myself.  I kind of wish that I bought two, one with the sole purpose of regifting!  I would have given the oil diffuser + palette to my sister, the throw to B’s grandmother, the smoothing oil to my girlfriend, and the satchel + truffles to my mom.  5 gifts for $100!  Not bad!

 

 

 

 

An Honest Take on Poshmark (2)

More adventures and more drama!  Sometimes, I talk to B about all of this and he likes to remind me that all of these woes that I experience are part of the risk of doing ANYTHING online–this applies towards both buyers AND sellers.  We all do our best (well, most of us, I hope to believe) and it all comes down to communication, right?

Previous topics (1-3) are covered in An Honest Take on Poshmark (1).  P.S. this is kind of long so it’s under the cut:

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