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3 Best Anti Aging Creams for 2015

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Let’s be honest, it is every woman’s dream to have vibrant, glowing and younger-looking skin even in their 30s, 40s or 50s.

In fact, it’s this crazy reason that has so many women scouring the shelves of stores or browse through websites in search of the best anti aging creams to use.

To get rid of the inevitable and obvious signs of aging like wrinkles, age spots and saggy skin, we as weomen are willing to try product upon product looking for THE ONE that will turn back the clock.

Are you one of these women who haven’t found the right product yet? Then join me as I share the best and brightest in anti aging creams for 2015.

Our #1 Choice – LifeCell

lifecellLifecell is like magic for your face. This anti aging cream is so effective that it even boasts results in as few as 17 seconds. Yep! You heard that right.

Many women have tried the product and swear that you can really see the difference this fast. But how can this be?

Lifecell contains light reflecting micro-technology. What this means is it reflects tiny molecules away from the tiny cracks of your skin, which are your wrinkles. As the naked eye really can’t see your wrinkles but only the shadows that these wrinkles make, the deflection will result to these shadows ‘disappearing’.

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But LifeCell does more than this. What makes LifeCell really effective is its ability to repair and rejuvenate damaged skin cells, which are the main perpetrators of producing the wrinkles and fine lines on your skin. LifeCell even protects your skin from other signs of aging and revitalizes it so you’ll have a glowing and healthy-looking skin. All these work because of the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory elements present in its active ingredients.

elite serum rx#2 – Elite Serum RX

Don’t want to go under the needle to get rid of wrinkles? Then SkinPro’s Elite Serum RX is one anti aging cream that you should consider to include in your skin care regime as it’s an effective alternative to collagen injections.

Elite Serum RX has natural ingredients, a powerful blend of peptides, PLUS a natural blend of moisturizers. All these help in the repair and restructuring of your skin which results to reduced puffiness and dark circles under the eyes, lessened wrinkles and crow’s feet, and improved skin firmness and skin elasticity.

murad resurgence#3 – Murad Resurgence

Murad Resurgence can give you younger-looking skin in just three easy steps: cleansing, anti-aging treatment and moisturizing. Following these three steps the product will first remove dead skin cells and help regenerate your skin; then the ingredients found in its anti aging cream will do its work to fight the effects of aging, help stimulate collagen and produce fibronectin; and lastly it will lock moisture in your skin to keep it hydrated.

After doing the 3-step process, the results will be firmer skin, reduced wrinkles, and a smoother and youthful-looking skin.

Finding the best anti aging cream can be difficult for some with the many options now available in the market. Save yourself the trouble of going through this long list of available products and check out the crème de la crème of anti aging treatments with our best of 2015 list.

Pick any of these three and experience for yourself the benefits that they’ve brought to many women. Remember that you don’t have to let the natural effects of aging affect how you look. With these three best anti aging creams, you can still have radiant skin and age gracefully.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Those Who Have Everything

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

BS-PorchIt’s nearly Valentine’s Day and you’ve been scratching your head trying to figure out what to get your significant other. The problem is they’re one of those hard to buy for kinds of people.

You know, those people who literally seem to have everything? The ones who are  impossible to buy for and make gift giving the ultimate nightmare? We all have someone like that in our inner circle.

The problem with these people is that they often buy things as they decide they want them, which doesn’t leave you much opportunity to plan ahead and pre-purchase anything. Well struggle no more because we have found the ultimate service for gift giving to those who seem to have it all – Blind Surprise!

What is Blind Surprise?

Chances are you have heard of Etsy before – a community of talented, hand craft artists. Well, each month Blind Surprise works with 5-10 of Etsy’s latest and greatest to put together a gift box based on your interests.

Whether you like fashion, technology or booze, there is a box to be crafted just for you…or in this case, your Valentine.

Their quick and simple 3 step process means you can put those house of brainstorming for Valentine’s Day gift ideas out of your mind. Instead, you head to their site and fill out a brief profile on your likes and interests, or those of the person you are buying for.

Next, you choose your subscription. What’s great is they offer various subscriptions based on your needs. For example, if you were looking for men’s valentine’s day gifts you would likely just subscribe for one month at $25 per box.

If you have birthdays coming up or anniversary gifts to purchase, you may prefer the 3 month option for $73 or the 6 month subscription for $145.

Maybe you’re looking to surprise yourself every month and there’s an option for that as well. Sign up to receive monthly boxes for just $25/month. This works via automatic payment so you just set it and forget it. That is of course, until your box arrives in the mail each month!

What You Can Expect

Whether you’re buying it for yourself or looking for Valentine’s Day gift ideas, you can expect quality with each delivery.

Once you place your order, you will receive a unique box containing 1-3 gifts valued at $20-30 in total. Typically one truly amazing gift will be chosen and included will be some literature on the artist and their story.

To make sure your gift is extra special you can include a personal note for the recipient by filling in the ‘Order Notes’ field on the checkout screen.

Normally each Blind Surprise box would be delivered on the 27th of each  month, but if you’re looking to have it for Valentine’s day or any other special occasion, make a note in the ‘Order Notes’ field prior to check out. Be sure to give them 1 weeks notice to ensure it’s delivered on time though!

And there you have it – your special-occasion-too-hard-to-buy-person taken care of. So what are you waiting for?

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Plus Size Work Clothes

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

As the end of summer draws near, the new season presents an excellent opportunity to freshen up your wardrobe. If you are a working girl, this is your chance to spice things up at the office and add a little pizzazz to your 9 to 5.

If you are like me, style, comfort, and functionality are key factors when it comes to incorporating the latest trends into your closet. This season is out with the old and in with the new and SWAK Designs has you covered 7 days a week. I came across some really fabulous finds for plus size work clothes and plus size business casual attire that will have you fired up for fall and ready to juggle it all.

The Alyssa Cardigan is stylish and sassy and a great choice for a plus size business casual ensemble. This hi-lo style cardigan features faux leather shoulder embellishment and front-open style. This is a great cover-up for a tank top paired with dress pants or fitted leggings with pumps; add a few pieces of elegant jewelry to complete the look.AlyssaCardigan1478

Depending upon how dressy or relaxed your place of business is, plus size work clothes that can be transitioned from causal to dressy are optimal choices. The Grace Cardigan is a short-sleeve option with a front tie. The cardigan is a great piece that will transition from the office to causal gatherings and weekend wear because it functions as a layering garment; it can be dressed up or down with pants or a skirt and accent jewelry.

This season faux-leather is definitely all the rage and the Xena Skirt yields sophisticated style. The high-waisted, knee-length skirt is classy enough for the office and edgy enough for networking mixers.

The Audrey Lace Tank Top is a fantastic addition to your plus size clothes collection. Tank tops can be paired with blazers and cardigans for a professional look providing limitless styling options all season long.

If you are looking for professional style but really crave comfort, consider the Wendy Wrap Skirt. The wrap skirt is a versatile piece to have on hand and it works well as a business casual look.

AudreylaceTopWhile uncovering fashionable plus size work clothes and knitwear, I found the Faye Top (Tropic) knit sweater. This knit top is classic feminine style wrapped in one great staple piece. The deep neckline is a provides a great opportunity to adorn your look with a statement necklace and the elbow length sleeves will show off beautiful bracelets. The length of the tunic-style top really adds an extra splash of elegance making this a fabulous choice for in the office or afterwork shenanigans.

90s fashion has returned with the Perfect Palazzo Pants. The wide-leg pants are stretchy and comfortable allowing for excellent range of movement. They can be worn with an array of tops that range from casual to dressy as well as a host of footwear styles including boots, heels, and sandals.

For a flirty plus size business casual option that is fun and free, the Lulu Chiffon Skirt delivers. This classic pleated skirt with elastic waistband is too cute to boot but, the knee-length style is ready for business. This look can be finished with a blouse and cardigan for a crisp style.

The Ivana Chiffon Tank Top is a lightweight top with crossover design and beaded shoulder accents. With a contemporary hi-lo design, this top can be paired with fitted pants or leggings, and knee-boots or heels.

If you prefer a slightly edgier look, consider the Kendra Knit Sweater. The knit sweater is great for day to night looks and goes great with dress pants and flowing skirts.

The Cheyenne Jersey Top is an ideal option for a dressier look and a nice balance between playful and mature. Having an eye-catching geometric pattern, the top can be coordinated with solid bottoms and even a classic  black cardigan.

If you are in search of fresh and fabulous plus size work clothes or plus size business casual attire to update your wardrobe, SWAK Designs is a great source for stylish professional and casual attire. With a wide selection of staple pieces, elegant tops and fashionable bottoms, SWAK Designs delivers on trendy styles, seasonal color selections and transitional pieces that function in the office our outside of work.

You will find the season’s latest trends including wide-leg palazzo pants, knitwear, pleated skirts, crossover blouses, and cardigans all in one place. Stop by SWAK Designs and jumpstart your wardrobe haul, let your imagination run wild and head off to work in style.

12 Plus Size Halloween Costumes

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

The season for ghouls and goblins is right around the corner and now is a great time to start planning your Halloween Look. This roundup of plus size Halloween costumes will up your holiday party game and improve your treat to trick ratio exponentially.

Thousands of plus size Halloween costumes are available this season and getting a head start on shopping means that you will have access to the greatest selection available. Plus size costumes for women include a large assortment of styles that range from sexy to sweet, and everything in between. With the right timing, planning, and creative intuition you can coordinate an award-winning ensemble guaranteed to kick your party into high gear.


The Storybook Alice Costume from Halloween Mart will bring the classic story of Alice in Wonderland to life. As a simple yet, classy ensemble, the costume is sure to be a knockout and can be styled creatively with fierce heels and playful knee-high socks.


The action continues at Halloween Mart with their Bat Girl rendition. You cannot go wrong with selecting a character costume as they are well recognized and often considered Halloween mainstays.


All bets are off but the race is on at Halloween Costumes for the High Speed Hottie. This plus size costume is a winner and is an ideal selection for partygoers looking to fuse both sporty and sexy into one look.


I already found the best costume, guys, so everyone else can just sit down. Loveable and furry, the Purple Posh Monster Costume at Halloween Costumes will have you ready to escare, cuddle, or sprinkle fairy dust, whichever seems most fit. This colorful costume includes a furry hooded jacket and tutu. If you’re planning to be at any of the same Halloween parties that I am, do not buy this BECAUSE I WILL BE WEARING IT. (And by “Halloween parties” I mean “at home with a bowl of fun size Butterfingers “for trick or treaters.”)

If you feel like nabbing a couple of goblins this year, the Trendy Halloween Ghostbusters plus size costume for women is a fantastic choice. The feminine spin on this classic film character includes a dress, belt, hat and backpack to finish your look. Especially timely with the rumored all-women Ghostbusters movie coming out!

The Venus Goddess of Love plus size costume from Trendy Halloween is simply gorgeous. This long, flowing dress will transform you into an ancient mythical being right before your eyes.

plus size french maid halloween costume

The Maid for Fun French Maid Costume brought to you by Amazon is a dangerous diva design that includes 5 pieces to style, surprise, and tantalize.


Amazon’s ToBeInStyle 3 Piece Plus Size Nurse Costume ensemble is likely to be a heartbreaker this season. Outfitted with a headpiece and stethoscope, this sexy plus size Halloween costume is guaranteed to be a showstopper.


Get ready to lock them up with the Sultry SWAT Officer look available at Buy Costumes. Complete with fingerless gloves, the costume is definitely arresting. You will want to cop a pair of handcuffs to wrangle up your favorite suspects, no pun intended.


Consider this look Katniss with a twist. The Huntress costume from Buy Costumes is dark, dangerous, and ready to demonstrate skilled moves in the field.


Halloween Express is selling the bright and bodacious Sexy Cabbie Costume. Designed with the traditional taxi checker print, the costume also includes a cabbie hat and faux gloves for an authentic look.


In honor of girl-power around the globe and the reemergence of one of the world’s most favorite female heroes, the Wonder Woman costume from Halloween Express will be making its own debut off the big screen but undoubtedly a hit. With a signature style, classic headpiece, and shiny gauntlets, you will be ready to save the day and look smoking hot while doing so.


14 Wide Calf Boots for Fall

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Fall is nearly upon us and it is almost time to put away our sandals and flip flops, trading them in for closed-toe shoes and stylish boots. Considering that no two women are exactly alike, finding just the right boot can be a daunting task especially if you have a wide calf. There are so many cute styles out and, while some may look irresistible, comfort is often a deal-breaker when it comes to choosing a boot that has the right fit. Plus, a half unzipped boot zipper is NOT a cute look (at least on me).

Luckily, there are several great places to shop for cute boots that will fit us ladies with wider calves. Here’s a roundup of the 14 cutest wide calf boots for fall that will provide style, comfort, and versatility as temperatures dip and the leaves begin to change.


You can shop the Type Z Tammy Convertible Wide Calf Boot from Zappos to keep your feet cozy for the cooler months. These wide calf boots for fall are made with a leather upper and cushioned leather footbed, this boot is a comfortable choice. For added comfort, the boot includes a full side-zip closure and back zipper for added style and space for a wider calf.


The Miz Mooz Bloom Boot at Zappos is an exquisitely designed boot that includes elastic on the collar and a full side-zip. These wide calf boots for fall have a unique style that’s reminiscent of 19th century style women’s footwear.


Torrid’s Strappy Riding Boot is stuffed with style and comfort. This boot includes several straps, a low heel, and an elastic back to accommodate a wide calf comfortably.


I love the Strappy Wedge Boot at Torrid. An edgy cognac style boot with a contemporary feel. The versatile boot includes a short wedge and 7 fashionable straps.


The Macy’s BellaVita Camy II Wide Calf Boot is a “must have” for fall and winter too. This elegant boot has a gorgeous design with a decorative zipper and patent leather embellishment. For added comfort, the boot includes a rounded toe, 2-1/2” heel, and stretchy elastic shaft for extra comfort.


Get ready to ride in Macy’s G by GUESS Women’s Hertle boot. These rustic wide calf boots for fall have a tall and wide shaft, making them an ideal option for women needing wide calf boots.


The style connoisseurs over at 6pm are working it with the Bandolino Carerina Wide Calf Boot. The boot offers plenty of comfort and versatility with a hidden gore panel for a comfortable fit. Designed with wider calfs in mind, the Carerina also includes a wraparound ankle strap and padded footbed. Additional o-ring accents provide added style to a classy boot.


If you are looking for a more compact style, the Romantic Soles Arva Wide Calf Boot at 6pm is a great choice. This boot will go well with both long skirts and short dresses or pants and is designed with you in mind. The Arva design will fit a wide calf and includes working buckles and and hidden stretch panel.


I hopped on over to Wide Widths and found the Rose Petals Julia Extra Wide Calf Boot. With an extra high shaft and full size zipper, these wide calf riding boots offer a clean design that will look absolutely fabulous with fall florals, fitted jeans, and stylish slacks.


Another nostalgic design that is beaming with sophistication is the Hommerson Tanya Extra Wide Calf Boot from Wide Widths. These dressy wide calf boots are an elegant and glamorous addition to your style file this season. For greater comfort, the boot includes an elastic gore on the back shaft, and side zipper.


You will be ready to hit the streets in style with the Multi Strap Moto Boot from Lane Bryant. The low-cut boot includes adjustable buckles and side zipper for smooth wear and a comfortable fit.


Let your cowgirl roam free with the Lane Bryant’s Perforated Cowboy Boot. As a trendy take on a tried and true Western style, this boot will have you ready for the outdoors even if you are bundled up inside. Pair these stylish wide calf boots with a pair of fitted jeans and an oversized sweater for a fabulous fall look. The boot is built strong with low heel and wider shaft.


I found a simple style at Amazon with the Frye Veronica Slouch Wide Calf Boot. Adjustable straps and wide shaft make these not only great wide calf boots for fall but also a great selection for everyday style throughout the year.


The loveable LifeStride X-lbit 2 Wide Calf Boot from Amazon is the quintessential of clean, casual style. This boot includes a wide shaft, cushion insole, and elastic gore panel. Chic metal embellishments add a unique edge to these wide calf boots.

The search for wide calf boots for women is sure to welcome plenty of variety into your shoedrobe (you know, your wardrobe of shoes). While looking for the styles that offer the best fit, keep in mind that boots with back and side zippers are ideal options. Keep an eye out for boots that contain an elastic gore at the shaft and adjustable hardware; boot options often include wide calf, extra wide calf, and also super wide calf and are available in various heights.

Using these guidelines is a great way to ensure that are able to achieve the maximum level of comfort. With the great selection that is available, going from rough and tumble to chic and glam can be done with ease as we move into fall boot season.

Unique Shoes for a Unique You

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Shoes provide unlimited possibilities for coordinating your favorite outfit. Whether you’re shopping for heels or flats, peep-toes or platforms, unique shoes provide an opportunity to live out loud, keep up with the hottest trends, and express your own individuality.

While some shoe fashionistas prefer to keep it simple, others opt for unconventional styles that make a bold statement. Bright colors and artistic designs can create a style experience that is truly one-of-a-kind. In the spirit of care-free girls around the globe who have a passion for the cute and quirky, I’ve collected a few unique shoes styles to add to your wardrobe.

The Shoes of Note Flat from ModCloth will have you venturing back to homeroom with this clever design. Mixing it up, one shoe resembles a traditional composition notebook while other mimics loose leaf paper. This stylish pair of quirky shoes will certainly be the hot topic of the week.

If you prefer to mix business with pleasure, the Clear Agenda Flat at ModCloth is one of my favorite fun and quirky flats. Inspired by the classic spectator style design, the shoe is colorful, lively, and full of adventure.

The Printed Mary Jane at Urban Outfitters is a fantastic blend between past and present, and convergence between style and comfort. These quirky shoes are a perfect vintage staple to add to your collection.

Urban Outfitters T-Strap Mary Jane is another great pair of shoes that should find a special place in your closet this season. These unique shoes emit classic beauty and style while transcending time.


One of the cutest quirky shoes I uncovered were the Jeffrey Campbell Atherton D’Orsays from Anthropologie. This distinct shoe is a hybrid between an oxford and a sandal with a modern twist. The scalloped design is ideal for breathability and comfort while the embellishments provide a remarkably eye-catching look.

The Bernie Mev Cuddly at Zappos is a cute, colorful and comfy addition to your wardrobe. These unique shoes feature a beautifully woven pattern with all of the lovely colors of the rainbow.

Speak with your feet while wearing the DV8 TTYL shoes available at Zappos. Your friends will be keeping an eye out for these one-eye-open slides that are both amusing and stylish.

Scrumptious style abounds with the James by Black Milk and Solestruck. This snazzy oxford is dark yet daring and will go great with trendy dresses and pants.

Another pair of unique shoes walking around the block are the Cut Sandal 1 by Deux Souliers at Solestruck. A fascinating hybrid between a sandal and oxford, this shoe is much like wearing 3D art on your feet.


The ballerina in you will absolutely love the mel Dreamed by Melissa Ballet Flat that I discovered on Amazon. The shoe has a unique geometric-shaped toe and an attractive bow embellishment on the side.

Extra, Extra! Read about the All Black Hot News 2 Casual Flat. This amazing Amazon find is always dishing the latest scoop. The super cute, mixed-media slip-on is actually made of newspaper!


I found the adorable Friends of Mine Puppy Slipper by Marc Jacobs at Piperlime and fell in love instantly. This novel pair of unique shoes is a great conversation starter; the word on the street is that they are incredibly comfortable as well.

Mouse Spotted Ballerina Flat - White Multi

The Mouse Spotted Ballerina Flat by Marc Jacobs found at Piperlime is another cute discovery. Tiny rodents have never looked so fab and these unique shoes are guaranteed to keep you on your toes.


Follow the yellow brick road out of Oz and into style with Iron Fist’s Over The Rainbow Flat brought to you by The playful flat brings anime to life with vivid illustrations and charming adornment.


If an edgy punk look is what you are in search of, look no further than the Misfits Skull Flat at This shoe really stands out with gothic artwork and a neon accent.

Searching for unique shoes has never been easier with the large number of options available for your shopping pleasure. Some styles range from flirty and playful to dark and grungy while others add a contemporary spin to vintage styles. You can choose to be bold and make a statement by dressing up your favorite threads with quirky flats that are not only eye-catching but, designed to suit your unique personality and style.

5 Faves: Summer Plus Size Fashion

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

5 Faves: Summer Plus Size Fashion

With the end summer 2014 coming into sight, it’s time to recap some of the best plus size fashion from this season’s hottest trends. If you’re looking for summer plus size fashion, here are five flattering and fashionable pieces to pick up at your favorite online shops.

Saturday Sojourn Skirt

ModCloth Plus Size Skirt

Feel confident and chic in this high-waisted polka dot plus size skirt. Wear with a cropped top and chunky heel for a super modern and sophisticated look. ModCloth is always a great source for retro plus size fashion.

Screen Siren Lace Gown

Long Black Plus Size Evening Gown

Okay so a long, black lace plus size evening gown doesn’t exactly scream “summer” but it’s still wedding season and this is one gorgeous dress for an evening formal event. It will accentuate your curves in all the right ways and you’ll be sure to turn a few heads with this classy yet sexy dress.

Rose & Stripes Sheath Dress

Floral Stripes Plus Size Sheath Dress

I love florals and stripes together. Pick up this max adorbs plus size sheath dress or the matching crop top.

Beach Trouser In Geo Print

plus size beach pants from asos curve pink geo trousers

Get comfortable in these bold print trousers. Use as a coverup at the beach or wear with a top and a pump for the perfect relaxed style.

Cool Girl Chevron Maxi Dress

Red Chevron Striped Plus Size Maxi Dress from Forever 21

Being a lowly 5’4″ I always feared the maxi dress, but I am a convert. Every girl needs a fun and flirty maxi dress in her wardrobe for the summer. I’m loving this chevron striped plus size maxi dress in a beautiful and bold red color. Add some va-va-voom to your summer activities!

Short & Sweet: Plus Size Crop Top Roundup

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

One trend that still manages to find its way around the fatshion circle of life is the plus size crop top. As a hot commodity last season, crop tops emerged with a hint of 90s flair and even made appearances along the red carpet as celebrities dared to bare their midriff; some more than others. Having also dominated the runway this year at New York Fashion Week, the cropped look is available in many different lengths, cuts, and textures. Regardless of your style, you will find that I have uncovered some of the cutest plus size crop tops available this season.

Forever 21 Plus Size Beaded Crop Top

Tribal prints are definitely riding the trend wave this year and this Beaded Plus Size Crop Top from Forever21 is the perfect mix of eclectic and chic.


For a more classic look the Burnout Lace Plus Size Crop Top from Forever21 is classy, cool, and stylish.

This ASOS Curve Boxy Plus Size Crop Top is a fabulous look that can be dressed up with a tailored pair of high-waisted pants, perfect for a day to night looks.

ASOS Curve Boxy Crop Top

Eloquii Studio Leopard Bralette Crop Top

Eloquii offers an array of plus size crop tops for all of your style needs. One of my favorites is the Studio Leopard Bralette Top. This leopard print plus size crop top is great for a sexy walk on the wild side and can be paired with a high-waisted skater skirt or shorts.

Eloquii Rose Stripe Crop Top

The Rose & Stripe Plus Size Crop Top from Eloquii is inspired by the colors of the season; spice up your look and celebrate the season with this festive style.

Not all crops are cut from the same cloth. If you prefer a more subtle styling option, you can achieve a simple yet fashionable look with the Stripes and Lace Cropped Cami from Fashion to Figure.

Fashion To Figure Plus Size Cropped Cami

The Bella Net Plus Size Cropped Top from Fashion to Figure is a sleek look for any occasion in classic black.

Fashion to Figure Bella Net Plus Size Crop Top

Torrid Plus Size Military Cropped Jacket

From our friends at Torrid, the Military Cropped Jacket is a fierce and edgy option for the season and perfect for casual street wear.

Torrid Military Plus Size Cropped Cardigan

Torrid’s Military Cropped Cardigan is a plus size cardigan that delivers style and sophistication.

This Geometric Sleeveless Plus Size Crop Top from Ashley Stewart is sassy and stylish and can be dressed up going from day to evening in a cinch. Ashley Stewart’s Chevron Sleeveless Plus Size Crop Top is a great selection for a transitional piece that can be worn during the warmer seasons and paired with a blazer or cardigan during the colder months.

Ashley Stewart Geometric Chevron Plus Size Crop Tops

Jessica Simpson Floral Print Layered Plus Size Tee

If you want to try the cropped look but prefer not to show off too much skin, some great options are layered tees which resemble several popular plus size crop tops. Jessica Simpson’s Floral-Print Layered Tee from Macy’s is an ideal choice as it gives the appearance of the cropped look without showing skin.

Jessica Simpson Plus Size Striped Layered Tee

The Striped Layered Plus Size Tee by Jessica Simpson at Macy’s is another seasonal look that will give you the cropped style with maximum coverage.

There are loads of plus size crop tops available to shop from your favorite department stores and boutiques. No matter the occasion, you can select a fit that shows off as little skin or as much as you like depending upon your style preferences. This season has brought to us a variety of styles, patterns, and runway-inspired looks that are certain to add plenty of color and texture to your wardrobe.

Vintage Bar Cart Roundup: Rustic, Retro, Regency

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Vintage Bar Cart Roundup

If you’re looking for a vintage bar cart – or at least one that has a vintage feel – you’ve come to the right place.

I moved into my current place about seven months ago and ever since I’ve been looking for a vintage bar cart. My main requirements are that it has wheels, has ample storage for wine glasses and bottles, and has a vintage feel.

There are several varieties of vintage bar cart that are popular right now: the retro bar cart (bright colors, whimsical style, 1950s vibe), the industrial bar cart (masculine, utilitarian, lots of gray metal and wood), the hollywood regency bar cart (1930s style, lots of gold, slim lines, flourishing details), and the rustic bar cart (reclaimed wood, artisan crafted, solid and heavy).

Here are a few of my favorites that I’ve found:

Retro Bar Cart

This Port 68 Avalon turquoise retro vintage bar cart is positively adorable.



I love this tile top vintage bar cart. It looks to be sold out at the moment but this site always has amazing deals, so I recommend checking it out anyway.


Teak Patio Bar Cart

This teak bar cart is so cute for summer cocktails on the patio.


Industrial Bar Cart

This wood and metal Crestview Collection industrial bar cart has a super cool steampunk feel. And I love the shape.

Another industrial bar cart, this one by Holly & Martin Zephs – I love the hanging wine glass storage .


Industrial Rustic Bar Cart Medium Brown Finish

I have one word for this industrial bar cart: hot.


Contemporary Arteriors Home Ponce Antique Brass Iron Two Tier Bar Cart

This antique brass iron bar cart pairs a simple, classic design with top quality materials and craftsmanship.

And here are a few more awesome industrial bar carts.


Hollywood Regency Bar Cart

I love the glitz and glamour of 1930s Hollywood regency decor and vintage bar carts are a classic staple of this style.

Beckett Bar Cart, Polished Nickel

Love this classy 1930s bar cart from Williams-Sonoma.

Colin Cowie Bar Cart on Wheels

This vintage bar cart is round! I love this one.


I love the brass in this gorgeous brass Hollywood regency vintage bar cart.


Another lovely antique brass vintage bar cart.


This beautiful vintage bar cart has SO much storage for wine glasses and bottles! The long top would be great for storing liquor bottles and cocktail shakers and for prepping drinks.

Interlude Home Viggo Bar CartDeco Home Miami Bar-Tea Cart
These chrome bar carts aren’t gold but they still have a little of that Hollywood regency feel.


Are your guests ready for this Jonathan Adler bar cart? I’m not sure that they are.


society social the double vintage bar cart

This classy piece from Society Social has me salivating. And it’s styled so beautifully too! Too bad it seems to be sold out permanently (I’ve been checking back for months).


Rustic Bar Cart

rustic vintage bar cart

This rustic vintage bar cart from The New Traditionalists rings in at a cool $3,165. Oops. It’s a beauty though.
Leather and cedar bar cart, 'A Movable Drink' (Peru)

This leather and cedar rustic wine cart from Peru is built from mohena, a hardwood similar to mahogany.


Benzara Bar Cart - Metal Wood Wine Trolley 40inW, 31inH 51850

This rustic wine cart would be perfect for a wine lover.


Serving Cart Finish: Espresso

Love this outdoor bar cart for summer backyard parties.

This Italian antique bar cart has a very steampunk feel to it.

Best Plus Size Swimsuits

Friday, May 30th, 2014

If you enjoy this post, check out my post on the best plus size dresses for summer weddings.

Best Plus Size Swimsuits and Coverups

It’s almost June and beach parties and cruise vacays are right around the corner I have scoured the web for the best plus size swimsuits and coverups of the season in sizes 14-34. Don’t say I never gave you anything (okay, I looked for me too).

Swimsuits for All

Use this link to get 10% off your purchase! Cannot be used on clearance.

Eclipse Plus Size Smocked Maxi Dress
Price: 42.00

Beach Belle Oasis Plus Size V-Neck Swimdress
Price: 68.00

Shore Club Garden Party Plus Size Underwire Tie Front Tankini
Price: 66.00

Shore Club Black Plus Size Crossover Swimsuit
Price: 68.00

Shore Club Raspberry Plus Size Bandeau/Halter Swimdress
Price: 46.80

Beach Belle Jamaican Sunset Plus Size V Neck Swimdress
Price: 68.00

Beach Belle Botany Bay Plus Size Blouson Tankini Top
Price: 42.00

Vogue Nassau Plus Size Mesh Pants
Price: 32.00

Carmen Marc Valvo Plus Size Tribal Muse Beaded Halter Tankini
Price: 154.00

Jessica Simpson Plus Size Rose Seersucker Ruffle Swimdress
Price: 128.00

Jessica Simpson Plus Size Seashell Tie Front Bandeau Halter Swimdress
Price: 118.00

Anne Cole Plus Size Sunbeam Stripe Bandeau Swimsuit
Price: 98.00

Neon Coral Plus Size Laser Cut Tie Front Tunic Price: 48.00

Black Plus Size Laser Cut Tie Front Tunic
Price: 48.00

Swim Sexy Sunrise Plus Size Underwire Bikini Price: 66.00

Swim Sexy Sachiel Plus Size Swimsuit
Price: 40.80

Tropiculture Plus Size Black Draped Mesh Halter Swimsuit
Price: 68.00

Delta Burke Red Plus Size Twist Front Swimsuit
Price: 89.00

Swim Sexy Woodstock Plus Size Bandeau/Halter Bikini Top
Price: 30.00

Swim Sexy Jardin Plus Size Bikini
Price: 78.00

Black Plus Size Batwing Tunic
Price: 42.00

Morrocco Plus Sized Slit Shoulder Tunic
Price: 28.00

Eclipse Plus Size V-Neck Slit Shoulder Tunic
Price: 28.00

Black Plus Size Chevron Empire Tunic
Price: 48.00

Longitude Delilah Side Shirred Surplice Swimsuit
Price: 69.00

Longitude Parrot Jungle Tank Swimsuit
Price: 69.00

Longitude Delilah top print Empire Swimdress
Price: 69.00

Longitude Lavender Dot allover print Lingerie Swimdress
Price: 69.00

Shore Club Plus Size Eclipse Shirred Halter Boy Shortini

Price: 70.00

Shore Club Plus Size Eclipse Side Panel Twist Front Swimdress
Price: 46.80

Tropiculture Plus Size Black Split Front Peplum Tankini Top
Price: 44.00

Swim Sexy Lips Underwire Midkini

Price: 78.00

Swim Sexy Black Plus Size Fringe Tankini
Price: 78.00


Get FREE ground shipping on orders of $150 or more – and until 6/20/14 you’ll also get 20% off.

Sand and Glam Illusion Swimsuit, Cherry Bomb (Womens Plus Size) – $138.00


Get free shipping on all orders of $50+ at ModCloth.

Bathing Beauty One-Piece Swimsuit in Rainbow Galaxy “ Plus Size from ModCloth Price: 66.99 Bathing Beauty One-Piece Swimsuit in Red – Plus Size from ModCloth Price: 66.99 Bathing Beauty One-Piece Swimsuit in Royal Velvet – Plus Size from ModCloth Price: 66.99 Bathing Beauty One-Piece Swimsuit in White Chevron “ Plus Size from ModCloth Price: 66.99
Bathing Beauty One-Piece Swimsuit in Wild – Plus Size from ModCloth Price: 62.99 Beach Blanket Bingo One-Piece Swimsuit in Black – Plus Size from ModCloth Price: 66.99 Beach Blanket Bingo One-Piece Swimsuit in Red – Plus-Size from ModCloth Price: 66.99 Beach Read Cover-Up Dress in Coral – Plus Size from ModCloth Price: 59.99
Beach Read Cover-Up Dress in White – Plus Size from ModCloth Price: 59.99 Fruity Suity One-Piece Swimsuit in Black – Plus Size from ModCloth Price: 66.99 Go Boardwalking Sandal in Black from ModCloth Price: 19.99 Sashay to the Sea One-Piece Swimsuit in Plus Size from ModCloth Price: 62.99


Beach House Woman Geo Print Bikini Swim Top

Anchor Print Cleavage Enhancer Tankini Swimsuit

Anne Cole Signature Striped Bandeau

ASOS Curve

ASOS offers free express shipping and free returns.

Lane Bryant



Forever 21

Forever 21 offers free shipping for purchases over $50.

Tropical Paradise Swimsuit

Forget-Me-Not Swimsuit

Breezy Sandstorm Kaftan

Tropical Dream Cutout Swimsuit

Paradise Cove Bikini Set

Bombshell Bikini Bottom

Bold Cutout Bikini Set

Festive Fringe Bikini Set

Sheer Crochet Tunic

Boho Babe Woven Sandals

Patterned Straw Sun Hat


Plus Size Wedding Guest Dresses for Summer

Friday, May 30th, 2014

If you enjoy this post, check out my post on the best plus size swimsuits and beach coverups.

Wedding season is upon is! Plus size wedding guest dresses used to be hard to find but luckily we have many more options now, especially online. If you’re like many people my age, you’ve probably been invited to at least six weddings this summer, many with some of the same guests, and you don’t even have something to wear to ONE of them, let alone all. And there are so many things to consider with wedding guest dresses for summer weddings. Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite plus size wedding guest dresses and some websites that are great places to look for more. Whether it’s a casual, outdoor, or daytime wedding, or an evening, black tie, your-ex-is-definitely-going-to-be-there wedding – we’ve got you covered. Literally.

Plus Size Wedding Guest Dresses (& Accessories!)



Boot Scootin’ Cutie Dress from ModCloth

Price: 89.99

Aisle Be There Dress in Aqua from ModCloth

Price: 164.99


Love Song Dress in Pink Lace from ModCloth

Price: 89.99

Dance Floor Date Dress in Dots from ModCloth

Price: 59.99

Dinner Party Darling Dress in Blue Bubbles – Plus Size from ModCloth Price: 96.99 Twinkling at Twilight Dress in Champagne from ModCloth Price: 169.99 Refined Finalist Dress from ModCloth Price: 90.99 Painting Presentation Dress from ModCloth Price: 107.99
Soda Shop Sweetie Dress from ModCloth

Price: 79.99

Have the Dance Floor Dress in Teal from ModCloth

Price: 119.99

Cute Clipper Dress from ModCloth

Price: 104.99

Hepcat Dress in Cherry from ModCloth

Price: 49.99

Coveted Chandelier Earrings from ModCloth

Price: 14.99

Patent Office Heel in Ruby from ModCloth

Price: 34.99

A Ladylike You Fascinator from ModCloth

Price: 29.99



Portia Pin-Up Dress, Jade Tropical Print (Women’s Plus Size)

Price: 108.00

A classic faux wrap cinch dress, but daring style, is the best combination for the fashionista in you.

Screen Siren Lace Gown, Twilight Grey (Women’s Plus Size)

Price: 228.00

Effortless beauty meets classic style with our Screen Siren Lace Gown.



eShakti Women's Rose dress eShakti Women’s Rose dress “Trapunto stitched trim layered over spring rose print creates lovely texture on this swingy full-skirted dress, Slips on over head; partial side zip closure , Scoop neck, back wide V-neck , Sleeveless, inner bra strap keeps , Princess seamed bodice , Side seam pockets , Below knee length , Polyester, woven, fancy slubs, no stretch, midweight, Machine wash cold”

eShakti Women's Olivia dress eShakti Women’s Olivia dress “A modest cut balances the fit-and-flare silhouette of this stretchy cotton poplin dress textured with a pintucked bodice and pleated inset waist, Slips on over head, partial side zip closure, Round neck, keyhole back with rouleau-button closure , Sleeveless, inner bra strap keeps , Bust darts to shape , Knife pleat full skirt , Side seam pockets , Below knee length , Cotton/spandex, woven poplin, light stretch, mid-weight , Machine wash”

eShakti Women's Joy dress eShakti Women’s Joy dress “Bolero inspired overlayer finished with a bow-tie at the boat neck lend elegant styling to this cotton poplin dress featuring a refined fit-and-flare silhouette, Slips on over head; partial side zip closure, Dolman cap sleeves , Inner bra strap keeps , Princess seamed bodice , Elastic back waist , Side seam pockets, Below knee length , Cotton, woven poplin, pre-shrunk and bio-finished, light crisp feel, no stretch, midweight , Machine wash”

eShakti Women's Virginia dress eShakti Women’s Virginia dress “Cotton poplin is shaped into this scallop trimmed dress styled with a wide V-neckline, princess seamed bodice, banded waist and full circle skirt for a flattering silhouette, Slips on over head; partial side zip closure , Dolman cap sleeves with partial elastic cuffs, Inner bra strap keeps , Elastic smocked back waist , Side seam pockets, Below knee length, Cotton, woven poplin, pre-shrunk and bio-finished, light crisp feel, no stretch, midweight, Machine wash”


ELOQUII Plus Size Classic Seamed Sheath Dress - Pink ELOQUII Plus Size Classic Seamed Sheath Dress – Pink “This Seamed Sheath Dress will be your latest obsession with a classic look! Comfortable double weave fabric, Unlined Hidden back zipper with hook & eye closure, 51% Cotton/45% Polyamide/4% Spandex Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low. Cool iron as needed. Import.”

ELOQUII Plus Size Studio Petal Neckline Gown - Pink ELOQUII Plus Size Studio Petal Neckline Gown – Pink “This STUDIO Collection Gown will become your new go-to gown for all occasions Fully lined Hidden back zipper with hook & eye closure, 92% Polyester / 8% Spandex Dry Clean Import”


Retro Chic Dotted Mesh Yoke Swing Dress

Price: 68.50
Sale: 68.50

Retro Chic – Swing Dress

Price: 68.50
Sale: 68.50



Deora Plus Size Casual Dress in Pin Dot

Price: 118.00

Adora Plus Size Casual Dress in Black/White

Price: 108.00

Daniela Plus Size Casual Dress in Vermillion

Price: 98.00

Deora Plus Size Casual Dress

Price: 112.00

Ambrosia Plus Size Cocktail Dress in Red

Price: 175.00

Nencia Cocktail Plus Size Cocktail Dress …

Price: 170.00


Lane Bryant


ASOS Curve


TEVOLIO Women’s Plus-Size Satin V-Neck Dre…

Price: 69.99

TEVOLIO Women’s Plus-Size Chiffon Strapless in Mint

Price: 69.99

Women’s Plus-Size One Shoulder Shantung Dress in Rose

Price: 34.99


Fashion to Figure

Malibu Crush Dress

Price: 32.50

Coral Arrangement Peplum Mesh Dress

Price: 40.00

Monthly Subscription Boxes: A Roundup of The Best Subscription Boxes (and Weirdest)

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

If you like this post, check out my post on flash sale sites for fashion and decor at sample sale prices. Also check out my post on a SECRET way to get up to 40% off online stores even when they don’t list a promo code! Last, check out one of the most popular posts on Hello Foxy – a roundup of websites where you can get dirt cheap prescription glasses.

Monthly Subscription Boxes: The Best and the Weirdest

Guys, I’m really into monthly subscription boxes. For the uninitiated, monthly subscription boxes are exactly what they sound like – boxes that you receive every month, like a magazine subscription. The boxes contain a grab bag of surprise items based on some broad preferences you’ve set, and often surrounding a specific theme. The first monthly subscription box I remember hearing about was Birchbox. Then came Julep.

And then? And then the world went crazy.

From paleo to protein powder, from dog treats to dirty photos, from fashion to food to fishing (!), there is officially a monthly subscription box for every possible thing you have ever, never thought of. This monthly subscription box thing has gotten out of hand. And by “out of hand,” I mean, “please order one of each and send them to my house.”

Here’s a list of some of the best subscription boxes the internet has to offer.

p.s. If you get REALLY caught up in the craze, you can even start your OWN monthly subscription box.

Beauty Subscription Boxes for Women

Two words: Nail. Polish. Oprah hand-picked this month’s bounty so y’all know it’s good (she does not play). One thing I really like about this one is that they send you a preview each month so that you can skip it if you want or even send it to a friend as a gift. It takes away the element of surprise that I love about subscription boxes, but it also takes away some of the risk.

The thing I love MOST about Julep is that the nail polishes are all the exact same bottle so they line up pretty nicely on your shelf, which matters to me because I’m THAT person.

New Mavens can customize their box as much (or as little) as they like. Sign up for 1 month and pay $24.99/month, or sign up for 3 months and pay only $19.99/month. Take the Maven Style Quiz and enter FREEBOX at checkout to get your first box free.

UPDATE (8-21-14): Right now you can get the Fall Neutrals Limited Edition Welcome Box for FREE if you’re a new subscriber. This four piece set is valued at over $60 but when you enter code FREEFALL all you have to pay is the $2.99 shipping. This offer is only for a limited time so if by the time you try this it’s already gone, don’t blame me! I’m just the messenger, I don’t make the rules.

What's Your Style

This service has three different monthly subscription boxes to choose from: a beauty box, a fashion accessories box, and an intimates box (that means undies). (More on those in the fashion subscription boxes section below.) The beauty subscription box will have 4 to 5 full-sized premium makeup products each month. 

$120+ in Beauty, Fitness, Fashion, and Wellness Finds for only $49.99 per season. Full-size, premium products delivered 4 times per year.

With Beauty Box 5, you’ll get five super sized samples from brands like Weleda, Aveeno, John Frieda, Hard Candy, and Aveeno. This differs from some of the other beauty boxes on this list because the samples are for affordable products you can find at a drugstore or Target, so if you like something you try, you might actually buy the full sized product without breaking the bank. Save $45 by purchasing a full year’s subscription at once.

I’m sure Birchbox wasn’t the first company on earth to market subscription boxes, but they’re the first one I ever heard of. You tell them some basic stuff about you (skin type, hair type, etc.) and then every month they send you an adorable little box full of sample size products (but, like, BIG samples – think travel size) – hand cream, hair products, perfume – and you don’t know what’s coming until you get it. After you get your box if there’s anything inside that you love (I usually like almost everything), you can buy it at a discounted price in their online store.

The only people I would steer away from Birchbox are people who (a) have suuuuuper sensitive skin or (b) don’t really like makeup and beauty products. Because you’re gonna get a lot of them.

This is one of the cheapest subscription boxes on this list so it’s a good gateway drug if you’re new to the subscription boxes world.

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These beauty subscription boxes for women are specially designed for women of color. They include brands like Kind, OPI, Black Halo, and Carol’s Daughter. They also have a rewards program so that you can get free boxes by completing surveys, reviewing products, and referring your friends.

This beauty subscription box sounds a lot like Birchbox. Every month GLOSSYBOX sends you five deluxe-sized luxury (read: normally super expensive) beauty products. The stuff they put in there looks like the real deal. No skimpy perfume samples here.

For $19.99/mo you’ll get a box full of at least $40 worth of full-sized e.l.f. makeup products.

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Fashion Subscription Boxes for Women

Stitch Fix is probably the most popular fashion subscription box on this list. Create a style profile, receive five hand-picked items selected by their professional stylists, keep what you like and send the rest back. You know the drill! The “styling fee” is $20/mo but you can put that toward anything you end up purchasing – and if you buy all five things, you get 25% off your whole order! You can select your own price range but the average cost of each item is $65 – this is nice stuff.

This service has three different monthly subscription boxes for women: a beauty box, a fashion accessories box, and an intimates box (that means undies).

jewelry monthly subscription boxThe intimates box contains 4-5 personalized, premium essentials from brands like Betsey Johnson, Muk Luks, and Steve Madden. The fashion accessories box comes with 3-4 boutique accessories such as jewelry, scarves, and sunglasses. The beauty box will have 4 to 5 full-sized premium makeup products each month. And of course there’s a style quiz!

$9/mo. A new amazing pair of sunglasses every month. I subscribed to service for about a year and it was so much fun, though I eventually had to take a break because I was finally obtaining new sunglasses faster than I could lose them. Enter code HELLOFOXY to get 25% off your first month.

StyleMint is the brainchild of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (or their empire at least). For this one, you take a style quiz (are you sick of style quizzes yet? no, me neither) and then every month they pick one item for you based on your style. Once they announce the item, you have five days to decide if you want it or not. If you want it, they send it to you and you’re charged $29.95 (but this is for high fashion stuff that would normally be wayyyy more than that). If you don’t want it, you skip payment for that month.

BUT HERE IS THE TRICK. It’s basically a monthly subscription of $29.95 so if you forget to tell them you don’t want the thing, you have to pay for it whether you want it or not. For someone who regularly sets things on fire in her kitchen because she forgets to turn off the stove, this is basically like playing Russian roulette with my wallet. But kind of exciting?

Oh, and also – you earn points for purchases and referrals and you can use those points on any of StyleMint‘s sister sites: ShoeMint, JewelMint, and IntiMint.

Subscription Boxes for Men

These boxes are marketed to men but are really for anyone who shaves, enjoys fishing, likes masculine shit or is just fly as hell.

Endorsed by celebrities as varied as Aziz Ansari, Zac Efron, Gerard Butler, and Jay Z, Five Four Club will fill your closet with stylish pieces for just $60/mo.

For a flat $25/mo you (or your dapper pal or loved one) will get a classy, 100% silk tie in your choice of styles: skinny, whimsical, or business. Fellas, step up.

Mantry, pantry – get it? It’s a pantry for men! I guess men don’t normally eat food (so girly!). Anyway, they have a real pretty website and their shit looks fan-cy. Each month you’ll receive 6-8 full-sized small batch, artisan food products, packaged in a signature wood crate handmade in Brooklyn. Can’t make this stuff up, folks. Mantry!

High end men’s fashion hand-packed in a literal trunk in Chicago by your own personal stylist. You tell them your style and your measurements and they send you a trunk of fancy clothes. Try on the clothes at home for free, pay for anything you choose to keep and send the rest back free of charge. Prices are comparable to high-end stores: $170+ for jeans, $100+ for casual shirts, $100-300 for sweaters.

A monthly subscription of fishing tackle! Officially the only box on this list that my father would be interested in. (p.s. Also a good last minute gift idea.)

“Outstanding fabric choice. Intelligent Design. Limited Edition. The finest quality, weighted with a balance you can feel right in your hand. A sleek slim package appears on your doorstep every month.” Plans start at $32/mo.

Bombfell is a monthly clothing club for men. Every item is handpicked by a personal stylist, they also use algorithmic recommendations based on fit and style to help find you clothes you’ll love.

bombfell fashion subscription box for men

Your picks will feature clothing from both well-known and up-and-coming labels and brands, including Ben Sherman, Original Penguin, French Connection, Threads 4 Thought, DIBI, Mavi, Farah, Toscano, Domestic Workwear, BTNS, Howe and Descendant of Thieves. Free shipping both ways – only pay for the clothes you keep.

The Hunt Club is a home try-on program in which you select three high-end men’s clothing and accessory items, try them on at home, then choose to keep them or send them back. Free shipping, free returns. Anything you keep you pay for, and you get 8% back on your purchase in store credit. Also included: personal recommendations from Frank & Oak’s curators and access to exclusive products.

Frank & Oak is run by two childhood friends in Montreal – super neat! They also use recycled products for their shipping and packaging materials. Shop through this link and get $25 back on your first purchase.

Pocket squares for all your pocket square needs. If you don’t know an individual dapper enough to need a monthly pocket square subscription, then I suggest you broaden the sphere of your acquaintance.

It’s exactly what it sounds like.

I’m just going to paste the ad copy for this one: Svscription is “… a new ser­vice for men that deliv­ers lux­ury, curated prod­ucts and expe­ri­ences to your door. Mem­ber­ship enti­tles you to a new par­cel with a unique theme every three months. Each par­cel con­tains prod­ucts that inter­sect design, cul­ture, tech­nol­ogy, apparel and entertainment.” Previous themes: Leisure, Study and Travel. Sounds fancy! I think the “v” instead of “u” is because of olden times.

Subscription Boxes for Kids and Parents

Get a monthly crate delivered to your door with fun, hands-on activities for your kiddos. Boxes include arts & crafts projects and science activities and are designed for kids ages 3-8. Kiwi Crate has been featured in InStyle, Parenting Magazine, and US Weekly, and was awarded Dr. Toy 100 Best Children’s Products, Parent’s Choice Gold Award, and an Oppenheim Gold Seal Best Toy Award – whew, that’s a lot! I don’t even know what those mean, but they sound impressive.

Kids subscription boxes make great gifts for new parents. With Citrus Lane, you get a box of age-appropriate toys and healthy snacks for your little one. The stuff is SO cute. Best for babies, toddlers, and preschool aged kids.

Citrus Lane | Adorable Kids Monthly Subscription Box

Peekapak is “a hands-on storytelling adventure designed for busy parents to inspire imagination and learning in their children ages 3-7.” These are simple craft projects for small children that come with a story, told through characters that span over each month.

This eco-friendly monthly subscription box for kids ages 3-10 has several options to choose from: art kits, science kits, even birthday party packages. Subscription boxes start at $16.95 and come with all kinds of educational and creative projects for kids, designed by experts to build confidence, flex creativity and engage kids with the world around them.

Green Kid Crafts uses only safe, sustainable materials to create their products and they’ve been certified carbon neutral. They also donate a portion of every sale to environmental charities!

Happy Trunk offers two different boxes. One is for ages 3-7, the other for kids 8-11.

Pen pals Sam and Sofia send your child a package from a different country each month – an activity, a letter, a souvenir, and other goodies. The “World Edition” of Little Passports is designed for kids between 5-10 years old. The “USA Edition” is geared toward kids 7-12.

Austin Lloyd is a subscription of 4-5 engaging and educational toys for children under the age of 3. Delivered right to your door, the toys are customized to the age and development stage of the child, with a focus on developing fine motor and cognitive skills.

This is a gender neutral box of activities for kids and dads to do together. Activities are designed for kids ages 5-9 and total contents of each box are valued at $100+. Each box contains an activity book that guides you through the theme and the contents of the box, a bedtime story, and a themed dinner menu with recipes. And when you’re done, the shipping box converts into a toy!

This magical little subscription service is designed for kids 6 & up. From the site: “You or your child will get two letters a month written by middle-grade and young adult authors like Lemony Snicket/Daniel Handler, Adam Rex, Kerry Madden, Natalie Standiford, Susan Patron, Rebecca Stead, Cecil Castellucci, and more.

Some of the letters will be illustrated. Some will be written by hand. Some will be in color, some will be in black and white. It’s hard to say! We’ll copy the letters, fold them, put them in an envelope, put a first class stamp on the envelope, and send the letters to you (or your child, it’s up to you who to put in the shipping address).

Many of the authors will include a mailing address on their letter so you can write back. But we can’t guarantee it. We can’t control these people. Some of them live in the woods.” The subscription is just $5.50/mo. What a cool idea for kids! (Or adults for that matter.)

Science spy kits and top secret missions mailed to a kid every month – secret missions include spy gear, disguise kits, fingerprint analysis, decoders, get-away cars, target practice, bird watching (yes, bird watching), bouncy balls and more. This box was created by a mom and her 8-year-old son. I would have flipped my lid for this box as a kid. I actually kind of want it now. Enter code HELLOFOXY10 for 10% off between now and 12/31/14.

From the good people at Pley: “Pley is the first ever LEGO rental service. We are building the next generation of play, allowing families to consume educational toys in a more affordable and convenient manner. Leveraging collaborative consumption, we aim to raise a more creative and skillful generation that follows the principles of open-ended play and waste reduction, while emphasizing the benefits of sharing and giving back to the community.” Basically, what you need to know is that you can rent LEGOs from them. And they have lots of cool LEGO sets. Awesome!

Enter code SHARE50 to get half off your first month of Bluum!

Sign up for the Large Bow of the Month Club and every month you’ll get a huge, festive bow to put on your baby’s head for five minutes until she pulls it off. But it will be a really cute five minutes!

Subscription Boxes for Pets

It’s exactly what it sounds like. A monthly subscription of poop bags for walking your dog! Or, you know, your baby elephant. Might want to order the four-bagger in that case, though. Choose between eco-friendly bags (lavender-scented) or compostable (unscented) and two, three, or four bags per day.


For $30/mo, you’ll get 3-6 fun products for your furry friend. Ruff ruff! (Or meow.)

Give them your dog’s name and his birthday and BarkBox will send a care package for your pooch full of fun toys and treats, even shampoo and leashes. Happy doggie! Plus, 10% of the proceeds go to an animal rescue, so you’re basically doing two good things at once. Who are you, Mother Teresa?

Premium toys, treats and chews, delivered monthly. You answer some questions about your pet and then they create a “monthly showroom” for you where you can select your favorite items out of the ones they select for you. You can always skip a month.

Cat Hampurr offers UK subscription boxes for cats. Subscriptions start at £11.95 per month.

Food Subscription Boxes (and Cocktail Subscription Boxes!)

Candy, Chocolate and Other Sweets

This might be my favorite box. Candy Japan is a box of candy sent twice a month, direct from Japan. Guys, this one comes TWICE a month. And it’s candy! From Japan! Which means it probably has cute animals on it and is made from something you would not normally think to put in candy. WIN-WIN. Also, shipping is free, even to the US. 

Treatsie is a curated box of artisan treats. Recent months included rosemary & cashew caramel popcorn, Willamette Valley raspberry pâte de fruit, sea salt & bourbon vanilla caramels, Grey Ghost Bakery lemon sugar cookies, and zested lime truffles. Yes. Please. 

This one’s only for Brits – hooray for UK subscription boxes! Shipping chocolate is a dicey affair so these guys only mail within the UK. After your introductory box of The Chocolate Club, you can decide if you want to continue – if you do, you’ll get a box of chocolates every month for £19.95. You can cancel any time.

With plans starting at just $13/mo, you’ll get a box of deluxe dessert treats delivered to your door every month.

treat subscription box

Um, thanks, I’m going to need all of those.

Beer, Wine and Cocktails

This wine of the month club has three options: the Elevant Society Wine Club (six little-known wines in the $12-15 range),  the World of Wine Club (six wines from all over the world in the $15-20 range), and the American Cellars Wine Club (two premium, hand-selected wines in the $29-35 range). Each of these subscriptions kicks off with 1 cent shipping and 50% off your first crate.

Club W is my favorite wine of the month club – I’ve bought bottles for $13 that were usually as much as $37 when I researched them online. Wines that have scores of up to 95/100 on Wine Spectator! This site has you answer some interesting questions to create a personalized palate profile, then they recommend specific wines for you to try. You choose 3 bottles a month for $39 (+ $6 shipping) or 6 bottles for $78 and shipping is free.

California Wine Club owners Bruce and Pam pick out a different wine each month to send you as a “friend recommending a great bottle of wine to another friend.” There are five options to choose from: Premier Series (the most popular), Signature Series (fancypants stuff), International Selections (wines from small “mom & pop” wineries around the world), Aged Cabernet Series (Napa Cabs aged 8-12 years) and Pacific Northwest Series (limited-production, award-winning wines from Oregon and Washington). 

Lot 18 is awesome. For $9.95, they send you six mini bottles of wine, you taste them, then you go on their website and rate each of the wines to create your own taste profile. Then every three months they’ll send you a case of wine that matches your taste! The wine works out to about $7 per bottle. 

Gold Medal Wine Club boasts wine at up to 45% off winery retail. For $35/mo (or more for the fancier membership levels) you get two award-winning, hard-to-find wines from boutique wineries in California. 

For as low as $21.95 plus tax + shipping, Wine of the Month Club will send you two bottles of wine each month. You can choose to receive only red wine, only white, or one of each.

Wines in the Williams-Sonoma Wine Club range from $15-60 per bottle, depending on how fancy you want to get. They’re carefully curated from hundreds of wine that are tasted and are sent in shipments of 6 bottles along with Williams-Sonoma recipes that pair with each bottle.

Get a dozen 12 oz craft beers every month. There are four kinds of beer (three bottles of each) in each pack. You can choose to receive shipments monthly, every other month, or quarterly. Sweet! 

Lybations has four “Discovery Club” options: beer, wine, tequila and vodka. These range from four hand-selected, award-winning micro-brews (that’s four 750 ml bottles!) each month for $60 to eight 750 ml bottles of hand-crafted, small-batch premium tequila every three months for $385. THIS IS SOME FANCY ASS SHIT. Into it.

Coffee & Tea

Every month Simple Loose Leaf Team of the Month Club has a new menu of teas to choose from, always including a black tea, a green tea, a white tea, an oolong or pu’erh tea, and a flavored tea. You can either get a sampler pack or choose your two favorites. If you join by 6/20/14 and enter code TEAPOT at checkout, you’ll get a free teapot with your first box of teas! Recent teas include Japanese Sencha Saga green tea, Russian caravan black tea, sweet peach white tea, Ti Kuan Tin oolong, and citrus hibiscus herbal tea. 

This monthly loose leaf tea subscription from Tea Sparrow is curated by a tea sommelier and a team of tasters. Each box contains enough tea to make 35-65 cups, depending how strong you like your tea. 

For as low as $18.49/mo Moustache Coffee Club will send you high quality coffee beans guaranteed to have been roasted within the past week. Each bag comes with a little card with a description of where the beans come from as well as tasting notes. 

If you or someone you know is a coffee nerd whose first task when traveling to a new city is to Yelp indie coffee shops, this is the subscription for you. For $19-30/mo (depending how much coffee you require), MistoBox will send you freshly roasted coffee beans from four hand-selected roasters like Anodyne, Victrola, Cartel Coffee Lab, and Passion House from right here in Chicago. Their site also has a ton of great information about coffee brewing. 

Pay $17 and Steepster will send you three pouches of premium looseleaf tea every month.

Snack Boxes

Love With Food is a crazy good deal. For $12/mo you get eight new gourmet foods delivered to your house PLUS they’ll donate a meal to a hungry child. Can’t beat that. I recently tried their low sugar, low carb, gluten-free flourless chocolate fudge torte (that’s a LOT of words) and it was U.N.R.E.A.L. So delicious. I’m going to pretend that “low sugar, low carb, gluten-free” is code for “feel free to eat the whole thing in one sitting.”

Oh, AND – get your first box free. Yup.

I love this one. For $6/mo Graze will send you four individually-packaged healthy snacks that they make onsite. You can make selections online so that they know what snacks you’re into and which ones make you want to gag (I hate anything with dried fruit in it but I love anything spicy). They’re trying to stay small so there might not be any openings when you click through, but ask around – if you know someone who has a subscription, they might give you a code! I already gave all of mine away, sadly. Otherwise, you can add your email to the waiting list. Oh, also – there’s a US and a UK version! International shipping, yeah! 

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Yumvelope throws a twist on the “subscription boxes” idea by putting your subscription in – get this – AN ENVELOPE. Crazy. For $21, you get six full-size, small-batch treats every month: snacks, desserts, drinks and chocolate. Honestly, envelope or not, I’m never going to turn down chocolate.

Other Food Subscription Boxes

This is exactly what it sounds like. Monthly rates range from $10 to $120 depending on which level you choose. For $18/mo + shipping New York Bagel of the Month Club will send you a dozen bagels fresh from Brooklyn. Every month! There are other options that include cream cheese, lox and traditional sweets. 

Gourmet Cheese of the Month Club partners with Zingerman’s, rated the #1 delicatessen in America by Zagat’s, to bring you three half-pound blocks of freshly-cut gourmet cheeses every month from boutique, traditional cheese makers all over the world. In their words: “You might receive an Italian Taleggio matured in the caves of Valsassina, a Gaperon, originating in France during the 1300s, and a traditional Lancashire by Ruth Kirkham… all in the same shipment.” This could be the perfect gift for a cheese lover. 

Taste Trunk offers four options for your monthly artisan food crate: gourmet, sweet, BBQ, or health. Subscriptions start at $23.99/mo. Each Trunk comes with 4-8 premium, hand-picked gourmet items. Individual recipe cards are printed on vintage card stock specifically for the products inside. These crates would work well as gifts – each trunk comes with vintage newsprint, wax seals, burgundy satin ribbon, tissue paper and crinkle cut padding. 

Tasteful Pantry offers two snack subscription boxes – one that is customized for dietary restrictions (out of gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, soy-free, and nut-free), and one that is a gluten-free low carb box. They have a special going on right now for the Low Carb Box – anyone who signs up for an ongoing subscription between now and the end of July 2014 will get $3 off!

Health & Fitness Subscription Boxes

FabFitFun offers $120+ in Beauty, Fitness, Fashion, and Wellness Finds for only $49.99 per season. Full-size, premium products delivered 4 times per year. 

Urthbox is a monthly collection of healthy snacks, beverages, and more. Focusing on non-GMO, organic and all natural products, everything you receive is full-size, not a sample. Boxes start at $19/mo and contain up to 30 full-size products for up at $100 value. Choose from classic, vegan, gluten-free, or diet boxes. 

KLUTCHclub is a subscription boxes service that sends you a curated box of 9-12 health and wellness products every month. They guarantee that every box will include at least $50 of snacks, beverages, supplements, personal care products, workout dvds, healthy subscriptions and even gift cards. There are separate subscription boxes for women, men, and even moms and they range from $16-18/mo depending on how many months you pay for in advance.

More exciting are their specialty boxes which are $25/mo but are more specially tailored – current offerings are gluten-free subscription boxes, weight loss subscription boxes, beauty subscription boxes, subscription boxes for kids, and a “best of” box that contains the best of all worlds. A recent Best Of box included a bottle of HonestTea, a Kind bar, and a Lumosity subscription, among other things. KLUTCHclub also offers discounts on full-sized products of the samples they send. 

This fitness subscription box ships monthly and comes with 5-10 supplement samples and a workout from a Muscle & Fitness magazine editor. Subscribers also get a free one-year magazine subscription to Muscle & Fitness, FLEX, Muscle & Fitness Hers, or Men’s Fitness. Right now, get 10% off protein bars with code BARS10

Healthy Surprise is another healthy snack box, this one starts at $40/mo for 16-20 servings of healthy treats. All snacks are gluten-free, soy-free and vegan. 

This company offers a variety of all vegan boxes. There’s a vegan snack box, a vegan beauty box, and then a wide and ever-changing selection of gift boxes and treat bags such as a truffle box (yes!), a vegan pet supply box, and a RawJuvenate vegan juice organic detox box. You can also order a healthy vegan starter kit to get you packed and on the road to dietary holiness. 

For $10/mo Bulu Box will send you a new mix of 4 to 5 premium samples of health, nutrition and weight loss products. Order a whole year in advance and get one month free. 

Happy Belly Box looks great for anyone who is vegan, doing a raw food diet, trying to lose weight, eating gluten-free, following a paleo diet or just looking for healthy snacks. They have delish sounding foods like banana walnut bites, gluten-free brownie bites, and chipotle chia crackers (what? I think that sounds good!). Through 12/31/13, if you enter code friends at checkout you can get 10% off your order.

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The Paleo craze has hit the subscription boxes market! Get Paleo-friendly snacks delivered to your door with this monthly subscription PaleoPax. This service is so popular that there’s a waiting list right now to join. As of this writing, there were 221 people ahead of you, so you better get on that. 

For $26.95, Sprig sends you a box with 10-13 servings of healthy, 100% gluten-free snacks. Products from previous boxes include: rosemary and orange pecans, organic cocoa nibs and gluten-free carrot chips. Picky eaters need not apply.

Travel Subscription Boxes

Candy Japan might be my favorite box. It’s a box of candy sent twice a month, direct from Japan. Guys, this one comes TWICE a month. And it’s candy! From Japan! Which means it probably has cute animals on it and is made from something you would not normally think to put in candy. WIN-WIN. Also, shipping is free, even to the US.

For $49.95/mo receive a monthly box of luxury items from all over the world. The average value of each Escape Monthly box is over $100 and each month is themed with a different destination. The most exciting part is that every month, one lucky subscriber wins a trip to the actual destination! Past destinations were Italy, Vermont, Hawaii, and the Pacific Northwest.

With Try the World, every two months you’ll receive a box full of gourmet treats from a different city around the world. The first box, shipping this month, is Paris. The next box, which ships in August, will be Tokyo. The box that ships in October will be goodies from Rio. Enter code HELLOFOXYTRAVELS for $10 off your first box!

Batch is a monthly subscription box tour of the South. There’s a Batch Nashville, a Batch Charleston, a Batch New Orleans, a Batch Birmingham, a Batch Austin, and a Tour of Virginia. Each box contains products that are special to that geographic area. Best of all, the site has a great selection of gifts. Enter code BATCHTASTIC for 10% off (only valid on seasonal and gift batches, not on regular subscription).

Select jewelry, home decor, or accessories, then for $29.99/mo you’ll receive up to 3-4 handcrafted items, created by an artisan from somewhere around the world, as well as a printed story about that artisan. The artisan’s set their own prices and they receive 100% of that price, plus the company (GlobeIn) invests an additional 10% of each item’s sale price back into the country of origin. Pretty cool.

For $25/mo Hammock Pack will send you everything you need for your “stay-cation.” Some previous themes were Italy, Camping and Beach Day.

Underwear Subscription Boxes

If you’re at work, beware when clicking any of these links!

“Underwear on autopilot.” Have a new, stylish pair of boxers delivered to your door each month for as low as about $27/mo. You can even order a pair of socks with it for an extra $10. First month socks are free. 

This service has subscriptions for men and women. Answer a few questions about your preferences and they’ll recommend a pair for about $16. It’s kind of boring because you get to see what they are before they come, but on the other hand… you get to see what they are before they come. Which is nice. The site’s real cute. Right now if you sign up for their newsletter you’ll get $5 off your first order + free shipping. AND you’ll get a $20 gift card for every friend you refer! 

This one’s an underwear of the month club just for men and let’s just say… there are some very attractive men on that website. I would not click that link if your boss is standing behind you, but if your boss is NOT standing behind you then I would DEFINITELY, DEFINITELY CLICK IT. Ahem. 

This one also has subscriptions for both women and men, but based on the title you know which side they’re really on. Whereas Me Undies has a sort of edgy/pop/hipster feel, Panty by Post is very soft, feminine and vaguely vintage-y. They market their subscriptions as good bachelorette / wedding party gifts. Prices range from about $25-28.

Sexy Subscription Boxes

Blindfolds, fancy lube, full size sex toys – these boxes pull no punches, y’all. NSFW! (That means don’t click these links in you’re in a cubicle.)

Right now, if you sign up for a three-month subscription to the Monthly Teaser box and use promo code teas3rb0x you’ll get your first box free

“Give date night a spanking!” That’s the tagline, guys! HOW CAN YOU GO WRONG. Sign up for Fantasy Box‘s newsletter and get 10% off your first box. Boxes range from $39-154 depending how fancy you want to go, and you can have them delivered monthly or bi-monthly. 

This sexy subscription box has a new theme each month – some recent themes were Touchy Feely, Get Mouthy, and Dress for Succ-sex. Rowr! There’s PashPack subscription boxes for women, one for men, and one for couples. Shipping is free and always sent in discreet mailers for top secret sexiness

For $10 each month ($11 if you live outside the US), Balthazar will send you a naughty polaroid he took, most likely of an undressed lady. These aren’t your standard dirty pics though – he’s an artist and his photographs are really beautiful. (This should go without saying, but that website is not safe for work. Unless you have, like, a REALLY cool work. I don’t even want to hear it if you get fired.) 

Spice Box has a premium version ($24.95) and the deluxe version ($34.95). Enter promo code HELLOFOXY for 5% off your first box.

Paper: Books, Art & Photos

This is amazing. You tell Threaded Canvas what kind of art you like and what kind you don’t, then for $20/mo you get three premium hand-printed t-shirts in your size (XS – 4X), one high quality art print, and three small art pieces, all designed by independent artists around the world. What?? That’s amazing!

With this book subscription service, Powells delivers the best new books, with special attention to independent publishers. Signed first editions. Inventive, original sets. Exclusive printings. Plus a few fun surprises thrown in. Every six weeks you’ll receive a new treat. This book of the month club is magical for book lovers and it’s only $39.95 per volume. 

The name Papirmass (pronounced “pah-purr-mass”) is a play on the Danish word for pulp. Over the course of one year you get 12 prints by 12 artists and 12 writers.

But they use the term “print” loosely because you might end up with a lot more than that. In their words: “You might get a 10-piece postcard set, a small book, a paper sculpture, a large poster, and everything in between. We’ve published wildlife art, folk art, graphic novel excerpts, collage, photography, graffiti-inspired portraiture, and many other strange and wonderful things.”


For $40-60/mo (depending where you live), Art in a Box will send a hand-selected piece of original artwork to your door. Each limited edition print is printed by hand using 100-year-old wood type on a manual letterpress. If you buy Art in a Box as a gift between now and the end of 2012, they’ll send you one bonus free print as a thank you. Instead of a style quiz, this site asks you to choose three adjectives to describe your taste in art. So artsy! 

For $35 per quarter She Hit Pause will send you a large-form collectible Polaroid transfer with a “whimsical surprise” every three months. But these aren’t regular Polaroids, they’re Polaroid negatives transferred by hand onto watercolor paper, creating “dreamlike transfers described by some as ‘walking into a memory.'” Every Polaroid is signed by the artist and matted in 8×10″. Each box will also contain a surprise item that relates to the image and that’s selected by the artist himself. Rad! 

I don’t know how to describe this so I’m just pasting this from the website: Pen Pop Press selects vintage and obscure magazines for collectors and the curious. Each month, you’ll receive a magazine from that month but a previous year. For example, in July you could receive the July, 1953 issue of Screen Stories or the July, 1974 issue of Master Detective. Included in each mailing is an envelope of ephemera containing related photos, postcards, and pamphlets and a brief newsletter from Pen Pop Press.” For such a cool product, it sounds like a steal at $15/mo. For the right person, this would make the perfect gift.

Period Subscription Boxes

This is not a thing that I knew existed but after reading the ad copy on these pages, I’m now kind of totally on board. Basically, every month at the appropriate time you get a handy-dandy box in the mail with all the provisions you need for battle – er, for your period. I’m talking tampons, Midol, chocolate – the whole she-bang.

I’m on board with this for two reasons. (1) I CAN NEVER REMEMBER TO GO TO FREAKING WALGREENS. So it would be nice if tampons just magically arrived. (2) I really dread that time of the month and anything to make it seem more like Christmas and less like a miserable crampfest sounds like a plan to me.

The people who run My Cotton Bunny are super sweet and the first box came with fun treats like chocolate and even an American Apparel t-shirt. Plus, the box itself is adorable. A quote from their site: “We pledge to make the period itself disappear. We know it’s a tall order, but we are not frightened.” Get 10% off your subscription with code HELLOFOXY (Closed September 2014)

Choose your favorite brand of tampons (Playtex, Kotex, o.b., Tampax or Tampax Pearl), tell them when your next period is scheduled to start and set a few other preferences. Juniper Box is a little bonkers expensive ($28 – for 28 days in a cycle, get it?) but I dread those five days a month so much that anything to make me look forward to it sounds like a bonus. (Closed November 2013)

Subscription Boxes That Didn’t Fit Anywhere Else

Get $10 off your first box with code HELLOFOXY10. From their website: “Little Lace Box is a subscription service that delivers hand-curated, nearly impossible-to-find designer products directly to your doorstep every month. Your monthly Little Lace Box will also be brimming with high-end, brand name beauty, lifestyle, and home product samples to treat yourself to and dazzle your friends during your next night out.”

For $39.95/mo get a box of full-sized products and premium items in beauty, fashion, home, fitness, and food. These boxes are FOR REAL. This year’s November box included a gorgeous Michael Stars wrap, an Illume candle, a jar of Maison de Monaco preserves, a bag of sea salt caramel apple chips, roland pine shea butter bar soap, a tin of nail polish remover pads, a Lands’ End canvas wine tote, and a $30 gift card to CanvasPop. UM. FOR $39.95. Get on that, people. 

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Gifts of the Month Club is a service that offers a ton of different monthly subscriptions. Pickle of the Month, Mustard of the Month, Cookie of the Month, Hot Sauce of the Month, Puzzle of the Month – there are a LOT. There’s even a “variety” option where you can sign up to get a different subscription each month. 

Get a delivery of fresh flowers every month or even every week. Flowers from The Bouqs are a flat $40 – no up-charges or hidden fees like you always get from other flower delivery services. The best deal in my opinion is $30 every two weeks – two weeks is about the limit that a good quality bouquet will last and $15/week to have beautiful fresh flowers in your house or on your desk at work doesn’t seem like a bad use of money to me. I spend that much on lunch sometimes!

For $30.95/mo receive a monthly shipment of a cigar cutter and five humidor-fresh, premium imported cigars. Order a full year and get $25 off. You can even schedule shipments to arrive every month or every third month.

Blind Surprise sends unique gifts based on your interests and preferences. They work with up and coming designers and artists so they can offer stuff before it even goes to market. Every month you (or your gift recipient) will receive a new mystery item. 

Let’s face it – a lot of times when you buy an eco-friendly cleaning product, it doesn’t really work, or you buy some super healthy-looking raw food bar and end up throwing it out. There’s good stuff out there, it’s just hard to tell the good from the bad when you’re standing in the store – and depending on where you live, your local store might not have a lot of options. Conscious Box gives you the chance to try these products before you invest in the full size version.

For $22/mo Dive Bar T-Shirt Club will send a new t-shirt from one of the best, most interesting, or just most unusual dive bars in America plus some info/history about the bar itself. 

Loot Crate contains “epic geek and gamer swag.” Each crate contains 6-8 hand-picked products and every month one subscriber is randomly chosen to receive a MEGA CRATE which is presumably much cooler than a regular one. I watched a Loot Crate “unboxing video” and it looks like a ton of cute, nerdy stuff like t-shirts, stickers and toys. A monthly subscription is $19.37 per month including shipping but you can save money by paying for several months at once. 

This is… exactly what it sounds like. (Cannabis? Cannabox? Get it?) 

SERE stands for Store, Equip, Rescue, Escape. This is a monthly box of survival gear to keep your family ready for any disaster or threat.

photo credits: purse contents by ani-bee, puppy by photking

Last updated October 28, 2014

Flash Sale Sites Roundup: A Comprehensive Guide

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

If you like this post, check out one of the most popular posts on Hello Foxy – a roundup of 100+ monthly subscription boxes like Birchbox and Julep. Also check out my post on a SECRET way to get up to 40% off online stores even when they don’t list a promo code! Last, check out one of the most popular posts on Hello Foxy – a roundup of websites where you can get cheap prescription glasses.

Flash Sale Websites

Are you looking for more websites like Gilt, Ideel, One Kings Lane and Groupon? Flash sale websites, group buying sites, private sales, sample sales – whatever you want to call them, hold on to your butts because I’m about to drop A LOT OF THEM ON YOU.

Fashion flash sale sites, travel flash sale sites, even pet flash sale sites – this post is a roundup of every single last collective buying website on the internet (or at least all the ones that I found).

In case you’re new to flash sale websites, the deal is that they’re all about THE DEAL. A new deal or deals is usually announced on a predefined schedule. Some sites have just one deal a day while others might have tens or even hundreds (I’m looking at you, Groupon). Some flash sale websites post new deals every day while others might post them weekly or even hourly.

Tips for Flash Sale Websites

Act fast.

If you see a good deal, snatch it up QUICKLY. Some sites will let you hold something in your cart for a set amount of time – usually 10 or 15 minutes – during which time no one else can buy it. A good idea is to add something to your cart the second you see it, THEN take a few minutes to research whether it’s actually a good deal. On sites like Gilt, One Kings Lane and Ideel, the best deals are gone literally minutes after the sale opens!

It’s also common for flash sale websites to offer a daily or even monthly shipping rate – that means that you pay a flat shipping fee, once and then you can place as many orders as you want during that period without paying for shipping again. This enables you to make a purchase quickly to secure a good deal, then continue shopping, without wasting repeat shipping charges on multiple orders.

Do your research.

I’m shocked how often I find a deal on a flash site only to google the item and find it CHEAPER somewhere else. There are legit good deals to be found but don’t assume that everything you see is one of them. There are three easy ways to research a flash sale deal to see if it’s really a deal:

Search by product name. This is obviously the easiest method, but sometimes flash sale websites don’t list the official product name, or they call the item something different than what it’s called on other sites.

Search by manufacturer/brand name. Some flash sale websites will post a brief blurb about the company that makes the product for sale. Sometimes you can search that company’s name to find the product for sale on other sites to do a price comparison.

Search by image. When all else fails, download the image (right-click on the picture and select “save image”) and then upload it to a reverse image search site like Tin Eye or Google Image Search. Often the image used on flash sale sites is a standard stock image from the manufacturer that’s used anywhere the product is sold.

But whatever you do, do it quickly! Make sure you put the item in your cart BEFORE doing this research.

Know when to hold ’em (and know when to fold ’em).

When it comes to local group buying sites like Groupon or Yelp Deals, you DEFINITELY want to research the business if you’re not familiar with it. The best way to do this is probably to read the business’s Yelp reviews.

Unfortunately, it’s often the case that the kind of businesses that offer group buying deals are businesses that are new, struggling, or poorly run, so while there are plenty of legitimately amazing deals out there, a quick glance at the company’s Yelp reviews could save you from a nightmare.

Luckily, local deals like massages, manicures, and sky diving lessons rarely sell out in minutes the way that items on other flash sale websites do, so you usually have time to do a thorough check on the company offering the deal.

However, if you do have a bad experience with one of these sites, I’ve had good success with both Groupon and Yelp’s customer service departments – a quick, polite email from me explaining the situation resulted in an immediate refund.

Also keep in mind that you may not want to use your deal right away – these businesses are often bombarded with customers in the days immediately following a promotion on a site like Groupon, so stock may be low and customer service could be lacking. Check the expiration date on the deal before you buy and consider waiting a few months to use the credit.

Sign up for reminders (or set them yourself).

The best deals are usually available for the sales that JUST started. Set a reminder on your calendar for 15 minutes before the sale starts to remind yourself to check when it goes live. The best deals go within MINUTES, literally! Flash sale websites usually have a set time when new deals are posted, such as 11 a.m. on weekdays.

Most of these sites will also let you sign up for email alerts; this is nice because you can skim the email to see if anything interests you before bothering to go to the site – sometimes they’ll even email you a teaser the day before so you can see whether tomorrow’s sales will be worth visiting. The downside is that if you sign up for more than a few of these newsletters, your inbox will quickly become a place of fear and loathing. You might consider setting a reminder on your calendar instead.

Master the art of search, filter and sort.

Most fashion flash sale sites will allow you to filter by size either at the top of the page or in the sidebar. Clothing items on these sites are often only available in a few sizes. Don’t waste your time sifting through deals that aren’t available in your size!

You can also usually sort by price – I like to sort low to high so that once I get to my cut off price, I know I can stop looking because everything after that is going to be out of my price range.

On sites like Groupon, you can often set preferences about what kind of deals you like and even specific neighborhoods if you live in a large city like Chicago or New York. If the site offers this feature, I recommend taking advantage of it.

Share the love.

Most of these sites have a referral program which gives you store credit on the site every time a friend buys something through your referral link. You can send these links via email or post them on Facebook or Twitter or even on a blog. Often your friend will get a discount (sometimes up to $25 off) on his or her first purchase through your link, and then you get a credit as well. It’s a win-win!

FASHION Flash Sale Sites

Fashion flash sale sites are the ones that started it all. Websites like Gilt, HauteLook and Ideel are popping up faster than we can keep track of them. Here’s a list of all the fashion flash sale sites I could find.

Jane is a daily deal site that focuses on fashion for women and children. There is a LOT of chevron going on. Prices are also insanely low on this site – we’re talking crazy, crazy cheap clothes and accessories. Dresses for $23.99, necklaces for $6.99, ultra hip iPhone cases for $9 – it’s bonkers. Get in there.

MYHABIT is a flash sale site owned by Amazon. This flash sale site has truly high quality, designer clothing, accessories and home goods for women, men, and children. I think this one has some of the highest quality items and the best deals, though it’s definitely not the cheapest.

Zulily is a flash sale site for women and children. You’ll find deals on women’s clothing and accessories, including plus size clothing, plus children’s clothes, toys, and books. I’ve bought stuff from them several times and had great experiences.

Belle & Clive is a flash sale site that ships worldwide, unlike many of the options on this list. They have designer (and not-so-designer) shoes, clothes, and accessories for men, women, and children.

Beyond the Rack is another mid-range to higher-end fashion flash sale site with a home decor section. They also have an entire section called “My Curvy Closet” which is a mini plus size fashion flash sale site within the website.

Everybody knows Gilt. Gilt is the one that started it all. Stuff on this site can be HELLA expensive, but if you find a deal, SNATCH THAT UP. Because they do have really nice stuff.

HauteLook is one of my favorite fashion flash sale sites. It’s worth signing up for their emails. Also, they’re partnered now with Nordstrom Rack and I’m not sure what that means exactly but I love Nordstrom Rack so I’m on board.

Ideel (formerly Ideeli) is probably the site on this page (other than Groupon) that I have purchased from the most. They have a great selection. They also do a thing where you pay shipping once and then it covers anything you buy for the next 30 days. Their shipping can be kind of slow but they warn you what delivery estimates will be before you buy.

Rue La La was one of the early arrivals on the fashion flash sale site scene. Beautiful site and they. have. it. all.

PLNDR is a super hip urban / streetwear fashion flash sale site. Sales usually last 48-72 hours and are pretty much guaranteed to be awesome. Almost a little TOO awesome.

What’s cool about Shop It To Me is that in addition to having great deals on awesome brands, it’s also personalized – you tell them up front what designers and sizes you’re looking for and then the site is tailored to your preferences. You’ll get email alerts about new sale items at stores like Anthropologie and J. Crew, which is great because you know the best sale stuff goes quickly. You can also choose which days you receive sale alert emails so that you’re not being bombarded 24/7 with notifications.

End of Retail is certainly not the prettiest site on this list and the deals tend to be much lower quality – you’re not going to see any Gucci here, is all I’m saying. BUT it’s like Groupon in that if you can wade through the garbage, there will occasionally be a diamond in the rough and it will be a REALLY cheap diamond. Well, cubic zirconia.

You’ll also get $5 off your first purchase, which makes it even MORE crazy cheap.

Also, End of Retail has a separate men’s flash sale site and a beauty products flash sale site.

New deals are posted every day at 11 a.m. EST.

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Jack Threads is a men’s fashion flash sale site with discounts more than 50% off retail. Site is member’s only – you must create a free account to view the deals. Right now they’re offering $5 off your first purchase when you create a new account.

HOME Flash Sale Sites

Dot & Bo is my absolute favorite of these sites for home goods. I actually look forward to their emails. I’ve bought a few things from them and have been really pleased.

In addition to their fashion flash sale site, Belle & Clive also offers home decor daily deals.

Joss & Main is a little less edgy, a little more suburban, but it’s, like, NICE suburban. They have some really nice stuff sometimes. Like that weird antler chandelier thing on the homepage. I’d buy that.

You’ve probably read about since it’s been written up in Fast Company, the New York Times, and basically everywhere ever. It’s the flash sale site to end them all – the coolest, the hippest, the most ridiculous. They have a million mini stores within their big store and if you sign up for their mailing list, YOU WILL BE OVERWHELMED because they have so many freaking deals. But it’s great!

If this is your first purchase on and you use this link, you’ll get $25 off your purchase of $75 or more. That’s, like, 33% off. Deals upon deals!

In addition to their fashion flash sale site, Gilt also offers home decor daily deals.

We already covered Rue La La as a fashion flash sale site but they have a home goods site as well.

Touch of Modern is a flash sale site dedicated to extraordinary design, whether it’s a sleek black Rolex, a piece of modern art, or an alarm clock made out of a concrete block. This site has stuff that’s great for gifts or just for showing off. Sort of like on steroids.

TRAVEL Flash Sale Sites

LivingSocial is well known for their Groupon-like local daily deals, but they also have a travel section with flash sales on boutique hotels and the like.

In addition to their successful fashion and home decor flash sale websites, Rue La La also has a travel deals site.

JetSetter is a travel flash sale site by Gilt.

FOOD & WINE Flash Sale Sites

Wine flash sale sites are definitely the new kid in town and are TAKING OVER. There are so many of them now! There are also a few sites where you can get daily deals on food and even cigars. I’ll be adding more to this list soon!

Invino’s flash sales feature a select number of hand-selected wines and last 24 to 72 hours. Wines are typically 40-70% off retail and are guaranteed to be at least 10% less than the lowest price online.

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PETS Flash Sale Sites

Coupaw is another large pet flash sale site, but this one caters to both dogs and cats (but separately – don’t worry).

As the name suggests, DoggyLoot is all dogs, all the time. When you sign up you tell them if your dog is small, medium or large, and then I assume they personalize your sales for that. I’m not sure what you should do if you have more than one dog of varying sizes. This one has a LOT of sales and it’s solid, practical stuff more so than cutesy chevron doggie sweaters or whatever. Not that there’s anything wrong with a dog in a cute sweater.

LeLePets is a members-only daily deal site the features design inspired pet products at up to 70% off. New sales launch daily, Monday-Friday, at 12PM EST, and last for 72 hours. LeLePets donates 1% of its annual net sales to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

MISC Flash Sale Sites

E-books, gadgets, craft supplies, t-shirts – this is where all the miscellaneous flash sale websites are listed.

Woot is the one that started it all. Also check out their sister sites: Shirt WootKids WootSellout WootHome WootSport WootTech WootTools WootAccessories Woot, and Wine Woot.

BookBub is a flash sale site dedicated to bestselling eBook daily deals. Sales alerts are personalized to your interests and the site works with all major devices: KindleNookAndroidiPadSonyReader and Kobo.

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Blitsy is a flash sale site for craft supplies.

Cheap Prescription Glasses to Feed Your Inner Hipster

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

If you like this post, check out my post on flash sale sites for fashion and decor at sample sale prices. Also check out my post on a SECRET way to get up to 40% off online stores even when they don’t list a promo code! Last, check out one of the most popular posts on Hello Foxy – a roundup of 100+ monthly subscription boxes like Birchbox and Julep.


Hi, my name is Laurie and I own six pairs of prescription eyeglasses.

It’s not a problem unless it’s a problem. Right?


If you’re looking for cheap prescription glasses but have a fear of buying prescription glasses online, I am here to HEAL YOU. Because buying glasses online is CRAZY CHEAP and is totally, totally safe and awesome, as long as you go to the right places.

The great thing about owning six pairs of prescription eyeglasses, other than having a different pair for every day of the work week, is that I know a LOT of great places to buy glasses online. Did I mention that I bought 5 of those 6 pairs online?

Luckily, I’m here to tell you which places those are.

If you’re an old pro at shopping for glasses online and just want to see the list of shops, click HERE to skip ahead.


Cheap Prescription Glasses Online: A Buying Guide

What You’ll Need Before Shopping for Glasses Online

Your vision prescription

It doesn’t have to be on any formal letterhead, you could literally have it written on the back of a napkin. All you need are the actual numbers so you can type them into the website. The main thing is that you need to have all of the numbers, which brings me to:

Your PD

PD is short for ‘pupillary distance’ and it basically measures how far apart your eyes are. The thing that sucks about this is that most optometrists do NOT write this on your prescription. I don’t know if it’s because they want to force you to buy glasses from their office or what, but if you want your PD, you’re probably going to have to ask for it.

Luckily, if you don’t have plans to see your optometrist again any time soon, there are ways you can measure it at home. But don’t just guess! Your PD is how they determine where to center your field of vision in the lens so getting it wrong can screw up your glasses, give you headaches and make it hard for you to see. Here’s a video that shows you how to measure your PD at home.

What you’re looking for

Are you looking for every day glasses that will match any outfit or are looking for something fun to wear occasionally? What kind of glasses do you already have? If you already have black frame glasses, or wire frame glasses, maybe you don’t want to get another pair that looks almost exactly the same.

If you’re wondering whether to upgrade to a thinner lens and anti-reflective coating, I can say from experience that you definitely should. You’re saving so much money with any of these online stores that it’s totally worth it. Lenses that don’t have anti-reflective coating look awful in pictures and can give you a headache if you work at a computer all day. And thicker lenses are noticeably heavier in my experience (especially if you have a stronger prescription) and can leave painful indentations on your nose. Ouch!

What looks good on you (optional)

Pretty much all online eyeglass retailers offer some sort of virtual try-on where you can superimpose an image of the glasses over a photo of yourself to get a sense of how they look, and some shops will even ship frames to your house for free so you can try them on in person. And almost all of them have a pretty liberal return policy (free returns within anywhere from 30 days to a year). So it’s not absolutely imperative that you know what you want going in but it will make the process quicker and easier for you.

The best way to figure out what glasses suit your face is to go to a store with a friend and try on as many pairs as you can. Take photos of yourself so that you can look over them later to remind yourself what worked and what didn’t.

We all know that certain face shapes look better with round frames or rectangle but there are other things to look out for too – do you look better with a heavy brow or a lighter one? Thick frames or thin? Light or dark? Big or small? Plastic or metal? Wide arms or slim? Patterns or solids? Rectangle or geometric? Frames that angle slightly up or slightly down?

If it sounds overwhelming, don’t worry. You’ll get a sense pretty quickly of what you like and what you don’t. Knowing these things will make it easier to buy glasses online with confidence but if you’re not sure, just check out the virtual try-on centers, see if you can have a few pairs sent to your house to test and make sure the shop has a solid return policy.

Your insurance / Flexible Spending Account information (optional)

If you’re lucky enough to have vision insurance, check to see if they’ll reimburse for glasses that you purchase online. Many insurance companies will. Find out what you need to be reimbursed – most online shops will happily provide an itemized receipt for you to submit to your insurance provider.

If you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) through your employer, you only have until December 31 to use up the money or you lose it forever (some programs have a grace period through early March). If you have money left in your account that you need to spend, you can use it to buy prescription glasses and sunglasses. If you have money left in your account, this could be a good time to pick up a new pair.

Got everything you need? Great! Now you’re ready to shop.

The Best Places to Buy cheap prescription glasses Online

Warby Parker

Warby Parker has a great home try-on program so that your purchase really is risk-free. You can pick 5 pairs of glasses and they’ll send them to your house for free. You can try them out for 5 days, get your friends’ opinions and make faces at yourself in the mirror in the privacy of your home (just me?). Available to anyone in the 48 contiguous states (sorry, Alaska and Hawaii).


cheap prescription glasses | Warby Parker



(1) evelyn in marine slate(2) liv in greystone(3) mabel in gimlet tortoise(4) beckett in striped evergreen(5) huxley in tennessee whiskey(6) marshall in rum cherry(7) tenley in burgundy fade(8) holt in blue slate fade(9) crosby in marine slate(10) winston in old-fashioned fade(11) duckworth in marine slate(12) nedwin in summer green

I have Beckett in Striped Evergreen and people always ask me where I got them. So cute!

Best Part: Warby Parker sells monocles. No joke. You might need a monocle to go with your monthly pocket square subscription. Actual Best Part: for every pair of glasses they sell they’ll send a pair to someone in need. They also partner with non-profits to train low-income entrepreneurs to sell affordable glasses. Nice!

Global Eyeglasses

I bought a pair of cute prescription sunglasses from Global Eyeglasses this fall. My grand total was $52.35 including tax, shipping AND a lens upgrade (because I’m blind as a bat). I was nervous about buying from this company site unseen but it turned out great. These are now my go-to sunglasses.

Global Eyeglasses has a virtual try-on center, like pretty much all online glasses stores do now, so you can get a sense of how the glasses will look on you before you purchase. They don’t have a home try-on program but they do have a 30-day money-back guarantee so if you hate the ones you get you can always send them back.

Plus: they work with a couple of international non-profits to provide vision care to people in need all over the world. Global! Get it?


cheap prescription glasses | Global Eyeglasses


(1) anthony brown sunglasses(2) blown away sunglasses(3) fusion red sunglasses(4) taylor mayne sunglasses(5) apollo – purple(6) carlos – black(7) tough – brown(8) relax(9) angrycat(10) passion – lime green(11) passion – pink(12) band of adams – tortoise shell(13) tropical beach – green(14) dark sludge – black(15) hotcat – brown



I picked up a gorgeous pair of peach ombré frames from Coastal awhile back and paid $91.98, including tax, shipping and fancy upgrades for ultra thin, anti-scratch, anti-reflective lenses. Amazing. Super recommend.

Coastal Cheap Prescription Eyeglasses - Peach Fade

If this is your first time shopping with Coastal, enter code FIRSTPAIRFREE to get your first pair free. This only applies to certain frames but it applies to a lot of cute ones, including the peach ones I bought.



I made my first GlassesUSA purchase earlier this year and I could not have been happier. I got these super cute glasses for a grand total of $84.40, including shipping AND special, extra thin lenses (I have a strong prescription). The last pair of glasses I bought at the mall cost almost $600 so I was PRETTY happy.

The funniest part is that these are the cheapest glasses I’ve ever purchased and they ended up being the ones I wear almost every day. I love them.

cheap prescription glasses | GlassesUSA

You’ll get free shipping, and free returns within one year of purchase. Anti-scratch coating is included with any lens.


Tortoise & Blonde

I’ve never bought from this site but they have cute glasses and they have a home try-on program that’s similar to Warby Parker’s. Frames (including basic lenses with anti-scratch coating) seem to range from about $97 – $117. They also donate to a non-profit in Utah that gives needy children access to high-quality vision care.

25% Off Sitewide Plus FREE Shipping over $97 After Discount CODE: tb2513

cheap prescription glasses | Tortoise and Blonde Prescription Eyeglasses

Zenni Optical

I think Zenni Optical was one of the first shops on the cheap prescription eyeglasses scene. I remember seeing ads for their $8 glasses yeeeeears ago. I’ve never personally bought from them but I have a friend who did and had a positive experience. Her glasses are super cute.


cheap prescription glasses | Zenni Optical


(1) black geometric, (2) aqua blue wayfarers, (3) leopard print wayfarers, (4) leading edge – dark purple, (5) tortoiseshell geometric, (6) brown rectangle with bows, (7) green wayfarers, (8) yellow pattern


Zenni tends to have really crazy frames that I would buy as a second or third pair but not as a pair I’d wear every day. Frames start as low as $6.95 so you could get several pairs to switch between for the price you’d pay for one pair at Lenscrafters in the mall. All lenses include UV protection and anti-scratch coating, plus a protective case and a microfiber cloth for cleaning. Looking good!

Ivory + Mason

Ivory + Mason is another sweet glasses shop like Warby Parker and its ilk. Glasses start at $95 per frame and they have some majorly cool stuff. They have some more “out there” stuff than a lot of these stores, which I really like. Also, you get 20% off your first pair if you’re a new customer (code: NEWMEMBER)!

They also sell vintage frames AND for every pair of glasses they sell, they donate a pair of glasses to a visually impaired child.

They don’t seem to have a home try-on program, but you can return your glasses within 30 days if you’re not 100% into them.


cheap prescription glasses | Ivory + Mason



Enter code JUNE30 for 30% off storewide at Firmoo, including 1.50 single vision lenses. Expires 6/30/14.


I have a pair of glasses from Lookmatic that are made out of real wood. Crazy, right? I get compliments on them everywhere I go. (I don’t think they sell them anymore but they have lots of other cute ones.) I had a good experience buying from them and I have at least one other friend who also bought a pair of glasses there that they love.

Non-prescription sunglasses and frames are $65; prescription glasses are $95. Free shipping and free returns. They also have two virtual try-on options, including this crazy one that is 3-D / live video? I don’t even know how to explain it, it’s bonkers. It’s worth checking out the site just to see it. We live in the future, you guys!


cheap prescription glasses | Lookmatic Cheap Prescription Eyeglasses


Kristen Stewart of Twilight fame is a Lookmatic customer. That might go in your pro list or it might go in your con.

Sneaking Duck

This is an Australian company (lucky ducks!) that offers free shipping and returns throughout Australia. They also offer free shipping anywhere else in the world, but delivery takes a bit longer and the cost of returns is on you. But I love the name and they have some SUPER cute frames.

You can use their virtual try-on system just by signing up for their newsletter and if you live in Australia, you can borrow 5 pairs of glasses at a time for their home try-on program as well.


cheap prescription glasses | Sneaking Duck Prescription Eyeglasses


(1) winery, (2) bronte, (3) sorbet, (4) single malt, (5) stanley street, (6) photographer


Cost for regular prescription glasses is $180 AUD for the first pair, $90 for the second (if placed in the same order). If you have a super-strong prescription (stronger than -4.0), there’s an additional cost of $60 per pair. You can turn any pair of their glasses into prescription sunglasses for an extra $50. This one’s more on the pricey side but still way less than you’d pay for frames of a similar style in the mall.

I’ve never bought from this store before so I can’t vouch for them personally but I just thought their site was so cute that I had to include them.

Classic Specs

I’ve never bought from these guys but a friend of mine just bought some super cute glasses from them (I think from their Williamsburg store though, not online). All of their glasses are $89 including shipping and anti-reflective coating and they are for REAL cute. All of their frames have a very vintage/retro feel to them.


cheap prescription glasses | Classic Specs - Cheap Prescription Eyeglasses


Know of a great place I missed? Let us know in the comments below. And if you buy a pair of glasses from one of these places, post a pic!


NOTE: If you have a mom & pop eyeglass shop in your town, it’s always ideal to shop locally if you can afford to spend a little more. But if your local option is a national chain, remember that these online shops are mostly small, independent businesses that just happen to have their storefront online. Some of them even have brick and mortar stores in their hometowns.

Best Pie Carrier Ever: Carry Your Pie in Style

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

I have found the best pie carrier ever.

Are you a cake person or a pie person? There IS a right answer.

Pies seem like a great thing to bring to holiday parties but when you travel by train like I do, carrying a pie in your hands is a lot more trouble than it’s worth. This amazingly adorable handcrafted, reusable pine box from PieBox is the answer to your pie-carrying needs.

Best pie carrier ever! PieBox Handcrafted, Raw Pine Pie Carrier Made in Chicago

And it’s made right here in Chicago!

Birchbox’s Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Cult UK Beauty Bag

Monday, November 4th, 2013

The great people at Birchbox sent me a fancy bag of Liz Earle beauty products to review! You probably know about Birchbox because of their awesome and super popular monthly subscription box but you may not know that they also sell a ton of fancy beauty products, home goods, and even gourmet snacks. One of the newest items in their inventory is the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Starter Kit.

If you’re not familiar with Liz Earle, her beauty products are HG (“Holy Grail” for those uninitiated in beauty board speak) quality and are cult favorites all over the world. I was SUPER excited to test out this starter kit!


Liz Earle for Birchbox



The kit – which can only be purchased in Birchbox’s online shop – comes in a pretty blue bag and contains four Liz Earle beauty products: Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser (promised to take off even the most stubborn eye makeup without scrubbing), two Pure Muslin Cloths, Instant Boost™ Skin Tonic (basically a face toner), and Skin Repair Moisturiser™ (Normal/Combination or Dry/Sensitive).

I’ve been using the products for about two weeks and here are my thoughts:

(1) I love the packaging. They all look so pretty in my medicine cabinet! This probably matters to me more than it should.

(2) I am not a fan of the muslin cloths. I tried to get into it but it just squicks me out to reuse these cloths every day. It’s probably fine, especially with the hot water that they tell you to use, but it just feels unsanitary to me.

(3) The moisturizer is REALLY nice, especially for winter, but best to use before bed, not before putting on makeup in the morning. (It’s heavy.) It really had made my face feels softer and my skin feel less tight. It also has a nice, subtle scent.

(4) I’m not a fan of toner in general as it dries out my skin and makes it oily (if that makes sense).

(5) The cleanser really does work! It’s basically like a cold cream, and smells/feels like one too. I have a REALLY hard time getting eye makeup off my eyes. Like, I can seriously use an entire box of tissues and a whole bottle of eye makeup remover and then if I touch my lashes, more mascara will STILL come off on my fingers. I have eyeliner on my eyes that I’m pretty sure has been there since like 2002. THIS CLEANSER TOOK IT OFF. For the first time in maybe my ENTIRE adult life, I touched my eyelashes and NO makeup came off on my fingers! It’s a miracle! It makes my mascara go on SO much more smoothly.

Those are my thoughts on the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish kit from Birchbox! If you’re already a Birchbox subscriber, you might have gotten a deluxe sample size of one of these products in your October box. If you did, what did you think?

Breaking Bad T-Shirts for Women

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Did you watch the series finale of Breaking Bad on Sunday? If you haven’t seen the show, you can still catch up on the first four seasons on Netflix Instant. If you’re already a fan, here are a few super cute Breaking Bad t-shirts for women I’ve run across online.

Breaking Bad T-Shirts for Women Heisenberg Tank Top

{ heisenberg tank }

Breaking Bad T-Shirts for Women Better Call Saul Tee

{ better call saul tee }


Breaking Bad T-Shirts for Women Tread Lightly Tee

{ tread lightly tee }


Brighten Your Kitchen: Pink and Purple!

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

This is a series on adding color to your kitchen. We’ve covered yellow and turquoise – today is all about pink and purple. Pretty!

I actually own several of these things: the immersion blender, the kitchen gloves, the silicone egg poachers and the santoku knife. I like them all a lot.

Pink Kitchen, Purple Kitchen


Cuisinart CPB-300PK SmartPower 15-Piece Compact Portable Blending/Chopping System, Pink – $130 $70
Cuisinart ICE-45PK Mix It In Soft Serve 1-1/2-Quart Ice Cream Maker, Pink$185 $77
Cuisinart DLC-2APK Mini-Prep Plus Food Processor, Pink$75 $40
Cuisinart CSB-76PK SmartStick 200-Watt Immersion Hand Blender, Pink$65 $35
Cuisinart DCC-1100PK 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker, Pink – $130 $64
Casabella Premium Water Stop Pink Kitchen Gloves, Medium$7
Fusionbrands Poachpod Egg Poachers, Silicone, Pink – $10
KitchenAid KSM150PSPK Komen Foundation Artisan Series 5-Quart Mixer, Pink – $350
Pure Komachi 2 Series Hollow-Ground Santoku Knife, Pink – $13 $10
DeLonghi Kmix Drip 10-Cup Coffee Maker – $210 $150
Cuisinart DCC-1200MP Brew Central Programmable 12-Cup Coffee Maker, Metallic Pink – $165 $90
Cuisinart FP-12MP Elite Collection 12-Cup Food Processor, Metallic Pink – $465 $236
Cuisinart DLC-2AM Mini-Prep Plus Food Processor, Magenta$75 $40
Fusionbrands Poachpod Egg Poachers, Silicone, Purple $15
True Metallic Purple Truetap Double Hinged Corkscrew – $6
Brita Grand 80-Ounce Water Filtration Pitcher, Purple – $32
Artisan Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, Boysenberry – $350
Cuisinart DCC-1200MPUR Brew Central Programmable 12-Cup Coffee Maker, Metallic Purple – $165 $90
Kuhn Rikon Nonstick Paring Knife Colori 4-Inch Blade, New Purple – $10
Bar10der Ten-in-One Ultimate Bartending Tool, Purple – $60 $49
Rachael Ray Porcelain Non-Stick Skillet$23
Cuisinart HM-50DP Power Advantage 5-Speed Hand Mixer, Dark Purple – $90 $50
Cuisinart DLC-2ADP Mini-Prep Plus Food Processor, Dark Purple – $75 $40
Rachael Ray Large Oval Baker, Purple$65 $47
Fiesta 5-Ounce Miniature Disk Pitcher, Plum – $20 $17
Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 2-1/4-Quart Covered Saucier Pan, Cassis – $225 $180
Le Creuset Large Multi Bowl, Cassis $40
Rachael Ray Serveware 12 Cup Egg Tray, Purple$17
Rachael Ray Tools 2-Piece Lazy Spoon & Ladle Set, Purple$20

Brighten Your Kitchen: Aqua!

Monday, December 31st, 2012

This is a brief series on adding some color to your kitchen. Today is aqua, turquoise, whatever you want to call it – this color. Aqua kitchen! Delightful.

I actually own several of these things: the pasta strainer, the ice cream maker, the stockpot and the silicone egg poachers. Super recommend on all of the above.


Aqua Kitchen Tools and Appliances


Calypso Basics 5 Quart Powder Coated Colander, Turquoise – $25 $22
Appolia French Ceramic 4 qt. Square Baking Dish, Turquoise$70 $54
Infinity Instruments Retro Wall Clock in Turquoise – $60 $30
KitchenAid KSM150PSIC Artisan Series 5-Quart Mixer, Ice$349
Calypso Basics, 2 Quart Teapot, Turquoise$21
Cuisinart ICE-21TQ Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker, Turquoise – $110 $60
Le Creuset 8 qt. Cast Iron Stockpot, Caribbean$80 $55
Calypso Basics Utensil Set of 4, Turquoise$8
Le Creuset 5-Piece Cast Iron Cookware Set, Caribbean$450 $350
Le Creuset Balloon Whisk, Caribbean$25
KitchenAid Teakettle 2-Quart Porcelain Enamel on Steel Curling Kettle, Turquoise$30
Omada M1220TC Trendy Grater with Removable Blade, Turquoise$45 $20
Le Creuset Basting Brush, Caribbean$11
Calypso Basics Measuring Cup Set$15
Le Creuset Stoneware Small 18-Ounce Oval Serving Bowl, Caribbean$28 $20
Fusionbrands Poachpod Egg Poachers – Silicone – Blue$15

Brighten Your Kitchen: Yellow!

Friday, December 28th, 2012

I’m such a sucker for colorful kitchen tools and appliances. Like, for real.

This is going to be a brief series on colorizing your kitchen. Today is yellow! I love a yellow kitchen – it feels so sunny and retro.

I have the immersion stick blender linked below and I loooove it. Recommend.


Yellow Kitchen Tools and Appliances


KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer in Majestic Yellow$368
Corkcicle Color Wine Chiller in Yellow$25
Cuisinart DLC-2A Mini Prep Plus Food Processor in Light Yellow$75 $41
Brita Grand 80-Ounce Water Filtration Pitcher in Yellow$34
Le Creuset Basting Brush in Dijon$11
Calypso Basics Utensil Set of 4 in Lemon – $13
Cuisinart HM-50 Power Advantage 5-Speed Hand Mixer in Light Yellow$90 $51
Copco 1-1/2-Quart Enamel on Steel Camden Tea Kettle in Yellow$20
2 1/4 qt. Saucier in Dijon$180
LEONARDO 035268 LD Yellow Joy Tumbler, Set of 6$80 $43
DeLonghi Kmix Drip Coffee Maker in Yellow$210 $150
Bodum Bean Ice French Press 1.5 Litre Iced Coffeemaker, 51-Oz., 12 Cup –  $50
Cuisinart CSB-76 SmartStick 200-Watt Immersion Hand Blender in Dark Yellow$65 $35
Norpro Grip-EZ 5 Quart Melamine Batter Bowl, Yellow$18
Rachael Ray Tools 3-Piece Spoonula Set, Yellow$15
Kalorik TO 32851 Y Yellow 2 Slice Toaster$40 $27

Dorothy Perkins Sale!

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Dorothy Perkins is having a bonkers sale right now, FYI. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Dorothy Perkins Sale

petite black seal shirt dress$49 $29
black point mid-courts – $95 $55
teal pleat frame clutch – $17 $11
diamond chandelier earrings$15 $8
ivory all over lace victoriana$35 $21
orange color block skirt$59 $35
black satin ruffle courts$69 $44
black oriental chiffon$12 $8
wine lace top tunic$89 $35
black diamonte bow waist belt$17 $9
black mid heel court shoes$57 $35
oval shape stone drop earrings$17 $9
burgundy large check shirt$39 $21
indigo straight leg jean$44 $27


Cute Workout Clothes: Keep Your New Year’s Resolution in Style

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Do you make new year’s resolutions? If you do, chances are good that one of them is to get in shape.

One of the biggest roadblocks for me getting myself to the gym or outside for a run is – well, okay, the biggest roadblock is the 19 inches of snow that fell last week. But the SECOND biggest obstacle is a shortage of cute workout clothes.

It’s amazing what a difference it makes when I have something cute to work out in, it’s clean and I’ve laid out the whole outfit the night before. No excuses.

Here’s a roundup of some of the cutest workout clothes and accessories I’ve seen lately. You can click directly on the image to go to the item’s page. I’ve been wanting one of those FitBits forever, and that ski suit ALMOST makes me want to learn to ski (almost).

Cute Workout Clothes and Accessories

(1) Hawks Seamless Long-Sleeve Top (Base Layer) – $78
(2)Keen Women’s A86 TR Trail Running Shoe – Coral/Grey – $90
(3) Vibram Five Fingers Jaya – Plum/Pink – $85
(4)Liberty Bottle Works Mass Transit Water Bottle – NYC Subway Map$18 $16
(5) Ballerina Yoga Cami – Black – $62
(6) Keen Women’s A86 TR Trail Running Shoe – Purple/Pink$90 $52
(7) ASICS Women’s Gel-Noosa Tri 7 Running Shoe$125 $98
(8) Padlock – Magenta – $18
(9) Vibram Five Fingers Speed – Rose/Pumpkin – $175
(10) Chaturanga Yoga Cami – Jewel Red$88 $61
(11) Competitor Run Hoody – Irismarl – $104
(12) Textured Infinity Scarf – Chromeicon$72 $60
(13) Ace Tennis Jacket – White$112 $56
(14) Run Water Bottle – Clear – $8
(15) Athlete Workout Tank – Seaweed Green – $45
(16) Dumbbells – Magenta – $40
(17) Easy Tennis Dress – White$128 $64
(18) High Energy Workout Cami – Grey Rubix Blue$80 $40
(19) New Balance Minimus – Black/Pink – $112
(20) Statement – Down Gym Bag – Charcoal – $110
(21) FitBit Zip – Wireless Activity Tracker – Magenta – $60
(22) Skipping Rope – Pink – $16
(23) Takeya Glass Water Bottle with Silicone Sleeve – Purple$25 $17
(24) Aviatrix Ski All in One – Black – $630

Winter Coat Roundup

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

The first truly cold day this winter, I broke the zipper on my beloved Michael Kors down coat. I was lucky to have a tailor just a few blocks up the street so I stopped in to find out how much it would cost to fix it. She said it would be $65! That’s more than half what I paid for the coat when I bought it last winter (thank you, eBay). I told her I’d take my chances with a coat that won’t close.

Of course, a few short weeks later we had 19.5 inches of snow.

Anyway, here are some cute winter coats that still have buttons and zipper intact!

Hooded Hem Pleated Red Coat – $147
Army Green Long Sleeve Buckle Strap Epaulet Coat – $106 $58
Hooded Hem Pleated Black Coat – $147
Double Breasted Watermelon Red Coat – $142
Ryu Cocoa Shavings Coat – $135 $70
Epaulet Decorative Fur Collar Creamy White Coat – $155
Double Buttons Bowknot Red Woolen Coat – $191
Band Collar Double Breasted Coat – $151
New Style Lapel Dark Blue Coat – $140

Romwe Style: December Edition

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

When I discovered Romwe, my first thought was, “So THIS is where Claudia Kishi got her clothes.”

Romwe is a Hong Kong-based online shop that celebrates street fashion in all its glory. Clothes tend to come in one-size-fits-all, so pretty much anyone over a size six need not apply (that includes me).

HOWEVER, everyone can enjoy Romwe’s jewelry, shoes, accessories and best of all – their charming e-newsletter, which I recommend you subscribe to post-haste. If the charm doesn’t sell you, the 20% off coupon they’ll send you will.

I threw together a few outfits from the stuff they’re offering right now. SO many cute things. You can click directly on the picture below to see the item. Whee!

Romwe Style

Bowknot Detailing Coffee Trilby

Knitted Rhombus Scoop Neck Golden Dress

Colored Dots Print Black Leggings

Punk Lace Up Black Ankle Boots

Cat's Eye Sexy Black Sunglasses

Fake Double-layers Black Woolen Coat


Elasticated Waist Slim Jeans

Hollow Out Neon Triangle Necklace

Starry Front Loose T-shirt

Retro Carved Patterns Rose Tights

Stereo Rose Lace Flower Bag

Deer Head Golden Necklace

Heart Jacquard Black Cardigan

Belted Zippered Yellow Slim Pants

Golden Rivets Black Flat Shoes

Chic Style Black Bag

Discount Designer Eyeglasses

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

We talked last week about buying cheap prescription glasses online. but what if you’re looking for high-end frames from designers like Versace, Kate Spade and Marc Jacobs? Just because you want top shelf doesn’t mean you have to pay top dollar.

Here’s a quick roundup of hot, discount designer eyeglasses.

Discount Designer Eyeglasses – Click the Pictures Below


Discount Designer Frames

Yves Saint Laurent YSL6365 - Black Gold

Vera Wang Bette - Carbon Metallic

D&G DD 8075 Prescription Sunglasses

Versace VE 3167 - Brown Sand Gradient

Ray-Ban RX RX5226 - Striped Havana

Marc by Marc Jacobs MMJ087/S Prescription Sunglasses

Versace VE 3166B - Pink Havana

Betsey Johnson Blondie BJ0134 - Neon Rose

Versace VE 3166B - Shiny Black

Via Spiga Napoli - Black Diamond

Marc Jacobs MJ414 - Black Tortoise


(1) Marc Jacobs MJ414 – Black Tortoise $338 $243
(2) Via Spiga Napoli – Black Diamond $150 $109
(3) Versace Eyeglasses VE 3166B – Shiny Black $250 $213
(4) Betsey Johnson Blondie BJ0134 – Neon Rose $195
(5) Versace Eyeglasses VE 3166B – Pink Havana $250 $213
(6) Marc by Marc Jacobs MMJ087/S Prescription Sunglasses $202 $192
(7) Ray-Ban Retro Vintage RX5226 – Striped Havana $169
(8) Versace VE 3167 – Brown Sand Gradient $225 $191
(9) D&G DD 8075 Prescription Sunglasses $239 $205
(10) Vera Wang Bette – Carbon Metallic $243 $206
(11) Yves Saint Laurent YSL6365 – Black Gold – $300 $255
(12) Vera Wang V135 – Black with White Interior$208 $176

13 Pairs of Boots I’m Super Into

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

After talking about all of those cute tights and leggings, I figured we need some boots to go with them. Here’s a roundup of 13 pairs of boots I’d definitely be down with wearing this winter (though some are more snow-appro than others).


(1) bandi faux-leather lace-up bootie in cognac
(2) rowdy in black
(3) fanciful footwork boot
(4) glitter-patter rain boot
(5) yoki – troopa brown buckle booties
(6) prospectress boot
(7) xena in nude
(8) hinni in black
(9) crossing borders boot in ice
(10) wonderland gal lace-up boots
(11) steve madden – bankker in cognac leather
(12) brave in brown
(13) betsey johnson – litza in taupe leather

Slumber Party!

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Some of my favorite New Year’s Eves as a kid were good old-fashioned sleepovers: a sappy movie, a bowl of popcorn and some hilariously green mud masks to ensure we all look bee-yoo-tee-ful. Some friends and I had a slumber party a few years ago to relive the old days and it was just as fun as I’d remembered them: staying up all night talking, eating terrible snacks and doing each other’s nails.

Here’s a roundup of ingredients for a super sweet slumber party.


slumber party, sleepover

(1) leisure cute fuschia pajamas – $64
(2) butter london nail polish (trout pout) – $14
(3) thelma & louise – $16
(4) timebalm spearmint aloe face mask – $20
(5) late night stories shorty pajamas – $65
(6) girl talk: 1995 edition – $72
(7) 40 winks striped floral pajama set – $68 $34
(8) chilote house shoes – $68 $48
(9) quinn popcorn: meyer lemon & sea salt, 6 bags – $15
(10) blue ivy striped v-neck pajamas – $122
(11) deborah lippmann nail polish (sarah smile) – $16

Dresses for New Year’s Eve

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

See my 2014 New Year’s Fashion Recommendations!

We’re getting down to the wire, you guys. Do you have your outfit planned for the big night? ‘Cause I got nothin’. Luckily, Dorothy Perkins has you covered with some seriously cute dresses for New Year’s Eve plus party shoes, bags, jewelry, etc.

I love black and gold for New Year’s because I’m cliché classy like that.

For first-time customers, enter code INTDP15 for 15% off your order!


Dorothy Perkins New Year's Eve Fashion

1. diamond shape drop earrings
2. gold western ankle boots
3. gold sequin pencil skirt
4. diamond drop stud earrings
5. black bead and gold collar
6. kardashian gold pleat dress
7. black and gold sequin clutch
8. kardashian gold glitter clutch
9. black metal toe tap courts
10. bronze glitter wedge boots
11. black/gold sweetheart tunic
12. gold glitter pointed courts
13. gold sequin skirt


Beer of Yesteryear: Building Your Own Retro Bar

Monday, December 17th, 2012

We’ve been talking for awhile about turning our basement into a Mad Men-esque retro bar complete with classy barware and vintage decor. Ever since I saw those gorgeous vintage bar stools on One Kings Lane awhile back, I’ve had my eye out for pieces that would work in this vintage-style bar of my dreams.

Here’s a fun little round up of starting points for building a retro bar and bringing a little Mad Men into your real life (minus the sexism).


Vintage / Retro Bar
Retro Barware
vintage retro bar items

No retro rec room or mid-century modern mancave is complete without at least one kitschy vintage tin sign. I’m partial to this twilight lounge sign or this cute red arrow that says “ice cold beer sold here.” You’ll also want some sort of retro wall clock or neon sign. The RCA wall clock pictured above is a cute one. (p.s. I found a 10% off promo code for Retro Planet – use code RPAB10TY.)

To continue the red, black and chrome theme, you might pick up a retro chrome dinette set like this one or this sweet red and white vintage-style bar. I also like this more understated black and silver one. You’ll need a couple of old-fashioned bar stools like these red and chrome ones or these black and chrome bar stools that have a back. (p.s. I found a promo code for 15% off those barstools + free shipping – use code BARSTOOL15 on orders over $349 – ends 12/31/12.)

Once you have your classy bar set up, you’ll need some classy retro barware to go with it. I love this vintage-y glass carafe for water or wine, this gorgeous, vintage gold and glass cocktail set and this beautiful green and yellow bohemian decanter and glasses.

For wine, you’ll also want a beautiful antique-style wine opener / uncorking machine and a classic decanter, and for cocktails you’ll need a vintage ice bucket like this one. If beer is more your scene, these vintage-looking pilsner glasses are where it’s at. I also love this beautifully textured whiskey decanter and glass set and these simple, classic martini glasses. And don’t forget the cocktail shaker – I love this classy one (here’s a less expensive version).

For a more casual, family-friendly look, you could get a retro glass straw dispenser and this adorable “tap is terrific” water bottle. You should also get these adorable retro milk bottles and these old-fashioned milk glasses (or maybe I just should). These 50s-reminiscent Collins glasses would work equally well for a Tom Collins or a Shirley Temple.

Another nice touch would be a vintage style lamp for mood lighting. And if you really want to get crazy, you could add this amazing retro microwave (where was this when I was looking for one last year?).

And of course, what retro bar is complete without some retro cocktails to go with it? This vintage cocktail recipe book is a nice starting point as is this one. This cocktail book is actually from 1947 so you know the drinks are authentic. If you’d like retro recipes to serve with your cocktails, The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook looks like a good bet (there’s a recipe for pineapple upside-down cake!).

vintage tin beer sign, retro chrome dinette set, RCA wall clock, tin twilight lounge sign
vintage style lamp, red and white bar, black and chrome bar stool with back
vintage cocktail recipe book, red and chrome bar stool, retro microwave
black and silver retro bar, vintage glass carafe, glass “tap is terrific water” bottle, retro glass straw dispenser
green and yellow bohemian decanter and glasses, vintage gold and glass cocktail set
vintage chrome ice bucket

Vintage Style Lingerie

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

vintage style lingerie

Vintage Bar Stools

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

I like this red wooden saddle bar stool from Hayneedle.

Retro mod bar stool from Hayneedle

These cream and aqua vintage bar stools from One Kings Lane are gorgeous.

Vintage Bar Stools

Twist Swivel Stool from Cost Plus World Market

Twist Swivel Stool

High Back Bar Stool from Retro Planet

High Back Bar Stool


And if vintage bar stools aren’t enough for you, check out Beer of Yesteryear: Building Your Own Retro Bar.

Striped Sailor Flats: Ahoy, Matey!

Friday, November 30th, 2012

striped sailor flats


Ahoy, matey! Give me yer red and white striped sailor flats or ye walk the plank.

New Year’s Eve Dress: Gold Sequins!

Friday, November 30th, 2012

New Year's Eve Dress: Gold Sequins

Gold sequins! New Year’s Eve dress?

Blue and Green Beaded Ombre Statement Necklace

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Blue and Green Beaded Ombre Statement Necklace

Love the ombre effect of this gorgeous blue and green beaded statement necklace from ModCloth. I would be tempted to wear this every day.