Category Archives: Style and Design

February Unboxed: Beauty Box 5

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As you may remember from this post, receiving something exciting or unexpected in my mailbox brings me so much joy. And if you follow me on Instagram, you know my mailbox has been straight up killing it. I was especially excited to receive this box of goodies from Beauty Box 5 — a subscription service that sends 5 new beauty products straight to your doorstep each month.

The boxes are $12/month ($10 if you order quarterly and $9 if you pay for the whole year!) and are guaranteed to include at least $35 of product. The brands are a mix of drugstore tried & trues, innovative indie, and deluxe…and from what I’ve seen of past boxes (yes, I’m low-key obsessed with unboxing videos on YouTube, lol) the majority of products included are full size. Oh, and did I mention FREE SHIPPING on U.S. subscriptions? Ka-ching!

Now, I don’t know much about makeup, you guys. I tend to stick with the few products I love and just call it a day. But I’m eager to branch out! That’s why I figured Beauty Box 5 would be something fun to try out. Instead of standing clueless in the drug-store, wondering what products to nab, they can do the thinking for me. Then, I can add their finds to my current collection and VOILA! I have a “capsule wardrobe” of makeup for the month. Genius, right?

Here’s everything that was included in the February box! 4 out of 5 of the products were full size for a total retail value of $38.50. Let’s take a look…

pink moisturizing lip mask from Jean Pierre CosmeticsPink Moisturizing Lip Mask from Jean Pierre Cosmetics (Retail: $5.00 for set of 5)

A mask for your lips? I’ve never heard of such things! But what a fun way to prep your pout — and take bathroom mirror selfies while you do. (Just me?) #treatyoself

 

Lip Glow from Style Essentials

Lip Glow in NUDE from Style Essentials (Retail: $4.00)

This lip glow is moisturizing and comfortable to wear with just the right tint of nude for everyday wear. Bonus: It smells like strawberries! I can already tell it’s going to be a new fave.

 

Unicorn Lippie from Tint Beauty

Unicorn Lippie in MAKE BELIEVE from Tint Beauty (Retail: $9.00)

The color of this lipstick is STUNNING. Luckily the ultra-pigmented, matte finish is long-lasting for extended fancy-times wear. Application is a bit messy for not-so-savvy makeup wearers like yours truly.

 

img_2504Unicorn Liner in MAKE BELIEVE from Tint Beauty (Retail: $7.00)

I’ve never really dappled in liners. But I gotta say, this little guy keeps your lipstick where it belongs and since the color is a perfect match it doesn’t look like you’re channeling a 90210 character.

 

Colour Hybrid from So SusanColour Hybrid in MARSALA from So Susan (Retail: $17.50)

The little card accompanying this month’s box boasts that this color looks great on every skin tone but I was hesitant. Could my skin pull off a bright berry, flushed look? Survey says: I love it!

 

P.S. I just watched Titanic last night (RIP Bill Paxton) and the Unicorn Lippie/Liner duo in Make Believe is SPOT ON the lip color Kate Winslet wears through most of the movie. Do with that information what you will. 🙂

Swatches from the Feb. '17 Beauty Box 5

*Note – I received this box free for review but I loved it so much I signed up for a subscription. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Finding Delight. 

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Cents of Style: Fashion Friday – Floral Skirts for just $19.95 shipped

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Great news, you guys! Cents of Style is offering a full collection of floral skirts for just $19.95 + FREE SHIPPING with coupon code FLORALSTORY at checkout.

Floral patterns are all the rage right now! Find a print that fits your personal look and let the skirt take you all over town from errands to meetings, date night to Sunday brunch. From ultra-soft and flowy to the perfect pencil, and sizes S – 3X, there are a ton of options in a variety of colors.

Stacked floral skirts from Cents of Style

I love how the pencil skirts look when dressed down with a graphic tee and ankle boots —

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But I’m a bit more of an a-line girl, myself! I recently picked up the Kambree Ultra-Soft Floral Skirt in black. The material is ridiculously soft and I love that it can be easily dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Here’s how I recently rocked it with a black cardi, Fair Trade scarf, wedge ankle booties, and my trusty Daniel Wellington watch

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Shop all floral skirts HERE.  

How would you style YOURS?

Weekend Uniforms: Dressy, Casual, and In the Middle

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I’m all about easy-livin’ on weekends. Laying on the couch with a novel, lots of coffee, movie marathons with my love. If I didn’t have to get dressed at all on weekends I’d probably be really into that.
But occasions do arise in which one must leave the comfort of their comforter and their crime documentaries. Birthday parties, brunch dates, TRADER JOE’S…oh my! Why use your time (and your brain cells) on closet conundrums when there’s all this fun to be had outside the house?!
Enter Weekend Uniforms. Or a few “outfit equations” that can get you through the bulk of your most common weekend activities. Use them as a framework and insert the pieces you love and have on hand. Here are 3…

Weekend Uniform: Dressy

Weekend Uniform: Dressy
  • For a fancy work event, dinner to celebrate a friend’s birthday, or a concert followed by drinks at your favorite bar…
  • Slip on a slinky dress and your favorite pair of heels. Give your look some edge with a biker or bomber jacket. Bring along your trusty, structured bag. Add a bangle. Make a statement with a fierce cocktail ring.
  • Finish off the look with a good coverage foundation, a swipe of your favorite lipstick, and a buttery nail color. Spritz on something dark and moody. Hit the town!

Weekend Uniform: Casual

Weekend Uniform: Casual
  •  For grocery shopping, tinkering around in your backyard, or long lazy walks with the pup through your ‘hood…
  • Throw on a pair of boyfriend jeans and your favorite statement tee. Stay comfortable in a pair of white converse. Track your steps with your fitness tracker (even lazy Saturdays add miles!).  Add a dainty necklace and make sure to have your favorite reusable bags on hand.
  • Finish off the look with sunscreen and a lip-balm. Use a sporty, natural deodorant (that’s quickly become a cult favorite). Get. shiz. done!

Weekend Uniform: In the Middle

Weekend Uniform: In the Middle
  • For brunch somewhere quaint, boutique shopping with your bestie, or a flick at the indie theater…
  • You can trick passers-by into thinking you exerted a lot of effort this morning. In truth, jersey dress + big earrings + messy bun. Grab a jean jacket in case you get chilly and strap on a pair of fun sandals. Add a chic watch and a cross-body bag.
  • Finish off the look with an after-sun spray, a clean-smelling scent, and a little dry shampoo. Go for a bold lip, if you dare. Mimosas, anyone?
How do you spend YOUR weekends? Which uniform would suit your style best? 
P.S. Feeling fashion-y? Here’s how to choose a style a barometer.

In Search of the Comfiest Bra

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Hey friends. I’ve been meaning to buy some new bras for a few months now. (Is it embarrassing to admit that I still haven’t checked this off my To Do list?!) For some reason the task just seems so daunting. I’m just not in love with any that I currently have so finding a new brand to try out sorta seems like searching for a needle in a haystack.

So, I’d love to ask, what’s your all time favorite bra? Where is it from? Why do you love it so much?? What style suits  you best? I used to think Victoria’s Secret was a sure bet (if you’re only gonna do ONE thing then you’re probably pretty good at it, right?) but every time I go they tell me my size has changed. I’m starting to think they just mess with the sizing so you have to buy new bras all time! (I’m a VS conspiracy theorist, y’all!)

Anyways, in the midst of my quest for the perfect boob holder, the name ThirdLove kept popping up. ThirdLove is an awesome online company that promises well-fitting, comfy bras for ALL women. Instead of using standard industry measurements and grading them up and down to create each bra size, they fit all  sizes on real women. These fittings help them design each bra size to be a more precise fit, like shorter strap lengths on larger sizes for better lift, or a wider width between cups on smaller sizes. Plus…they do HALF sizes. *mind BLOWN*

Have you ever tried ThirdLove? I just ordered their 24/7 Classic T-shirt bra and I can’t wait to see how it feels! (I’ll be sure to report back.)

P.S. ThirdLove is offering Finding Delight readers a discount. (Score!) Just use the coupon code TL15BRABLEMSDEC when you check out.

P.P.S. In case you’re experiencing any of these common “bra-blems” …

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Gift Guide 2015: Fathers, grandfathers, father-in-laws, uncles and any other jolly gents!

Christmas is just around the corner! Today, I’d like to conclude my 2016 Holiday Gift Guide with the final installment. I tried to find items that would suit lots of different folk at various price points. Each gift is something I love or would love giving! I hope you find some inspiration. Happy Holidays!

rustic-frame

A rustic frame to help him display his favorite adventure (and favorite adventuring partners). (Wayfair, $12)

lobster-pot

For the huge meals he whips up to feed the whole family (think: seafood gumbo and spicy chili), give him a GIANT pot. (Amazon, $38)

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Because he’s always been able to tell believable tall-tales. (Amazon, $15)

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The classic biographical novel about Michelangelo for a lazy weekend read that will bring his favorite artist to life. (Amazon, $13)

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This vintage brass lion to adorn his desk with a quiet roar. (Etsy, $35)

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He goes out for a morning jog even when the temperature starts to drop. These Nike pants will protect him from the elements. (Kohl’s, $40)

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An 18 year old bottle of Scotch for a super smooth nightcap experience. (Reserve Bar, $153)

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A place to keep his business cards at the ready for networking (and free lunch drawings). (Etsy, $23)

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This smartphone lens set will really up his iPhone photography game. (ModCloth, $15)

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The most gorgeous pair of cashmere-lined gloves. (Saks Fifth Avenue, $240)

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For his morning cup of joe, a handcrafted mug inspired by mid-century Scandinavian design. (Etsy, $27)

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Because he believes everything is better with bourbon! (Farm to People, $11)

P.S. Gifts for the gals in your life! Gifts for the guys in your life! And gifts for your Mama! 

Gift Guide 2016: Mothers, grandmothers, mother-in-laws, aunts and any other sophisticated gals!

Christmas is just around the corner! Today, I’d like to continue my 2016 Holiday Gift Guide with the third of four installments. I tried to find items that would suit lots of different folk at a variety of price points. Each gift is something I love or would love giving! I hope you find some inspiration. Happy Holidays!

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If she has bookshelves bursting with unread books but still manages to bring home a stack from the library each week, this tote is a must. (Etsy, $18)

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An adorable planner to keep track of all her pressing appointments and fun plans. (She can use her collection of washi and stickers to decorate the pages!) (Amazon, $26)

womens-health-magazine

A subscription to a glossy magazine so she’ll think of you every time it shows up at her door. (Women’s Health, $16 for 10 issues)

aesop-hand-wash

Doesn’t she deserve a lovely hand wash adorning her sink? (And this, too. Because you know it’ll get a giggle!) (Aesop, $39)

cereal-bowls

For her daily cereal and nightly ice cream, the perfect pale pink bowls. (Anthropologie, $24 for 4)

robe

Add a cozy layering piece to her lounge-wear collection for added warmth on those mornings she just can’t be bothered to get dressed before finishing the crossword puzzle and two gigantic cups of coffee. (Target, $25)

wine-twirls

These little guys will keep her Chardonnay at just the right temperature without watering it down. Plus, they look pretty fancy twirling in the glass. (Amazon, $20)

tree-of-life-platter

This gorgeous platter will be the talk of her next dinner party. The design depicts the Tree of Life and was hand-painted  by artisans living and working in the West Bank. (Ten Thousand Villages, $90)

bright-rug

A well-placed pop of color always makes her smile, so how about a bright rug to liven up one of her darker rooms. (Wayfair, $200)

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A taste of Florida sunshine sent straight to her snowy hometown. (Florida Orange Shop, $51)

cardigan

Because you think she’d look adorable in a cableknit cardigan. (Madewell, $70)

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Something sweet and silly for her desk…and her co-workers will certainly get a kick out of it, too. (ModCloth, $15)

 P.S. A gift guide for dudes and all the Finding Delight gift guides.

Gift Guide 2016: Brothers, boyfriends, best dudes, husbands and any other groovy guys!

Christmas is just around the corner! Today, I’d like to continue my 2016 Holiday Gift Guide with the second of four installments. I hope you find some inspiration. Happy Holidays!

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A tabletop foosball game because he would never buy it for himself but you know he’ll play it all winter long (and you wouldn’t mind being challenged to a match or two yourself). (Kohl’s, $37)

code-and-quill-notebook

Having the right tool for the job is paramount to getting it done right. This notebook, from Code&Quill, promises to be just that. (Code&Quill, $20)

national-parks-book

An illustrated history of the national parks to keep on your coffee table. Because he loves a good outdoor adventure. (National Geographic Store, $30)

cashmere-beanie

Slouchy cashmere beanie, an iconic winter accessory. And such an adorable way to keep his noggin warm! (Saks Fifth Avenue, $40)

mole-spice-rub

A bold spice blend to liven up dinners at home. (Farm to People, $7)

money-clip

Hand-stamped money clip that you can customize with his initials (in sweet lowercase letters), a favorite quote, or inside joke. (Etsy, $25-35)

bluetooth-headphones

Bluetooth headphones so he can keep up with all his podcasts on nightly runs around the neighborhood. (Amazon, $36)

guitar-mounts

Wall mounts for his ever-growing collection of string instruments. (Etsy, $15 each)

fresh-off-the-boat

A memoir that he won’t be able to put down. (Or this one if he would prefer something a bit more educational. Or this one if he wants a super gripping tale.) (Amazon, $10)

bar-cart

A bar cart that he can stock with all sorts of bottles and accessories (and really wow your guests when he saunters over to it and mixes them a slam-dunk cocktail). (Wayfair, $249)

pacific-coast-highway-print

This gorgeous print to transport him to a coastal highway while he’s tucked away in his office for hours at a time. (Plus! It will remind him of a really epic drone shot!) (Minted, $86)

audible-subscription

A subscription to Audible for a way better commuting experience. (Audible, $15/month)

P.S. A gift guide for gals and all the Finding Delight gift guides.

Gift Guide 2016: Sisters, girlfriends, best friends, wives and any other lady loves!

Christmas is just around the corner! Today, I’d like to kick-off my 2016 Holiday Gift Guide with the first of four installments. I tried to find items that would suit lots of different folk at varying price points. Each gift is something I love or would love giving! I hope you find some inspiration. Happy Holidays!

replica-fragrance

A scent that promises to evoke a familiar but forgotten memory of a walk along a sandy beach. ($125, Sephora)

merlot-scarf

An everyday scarf for bundling up against those winter gusts. (Plus, the color is called merlot which makes it even more perfect.) (ModCloth, $17)

wire-wine-charms

These beautiful, rustic wine charms in copper that you can customize as you see fit. Think: All her pet names, each of the members of her beloved book club, or all her favorite types of wine. (Etsy, $5/each)

madewell-flannel-shirt

Cozy flannel shirt to keep her looking effortlessly cool all year long. (Madewell, $82)

kate-spade-wallet

A chic billfold for tucking inside her ever-rotating collection of purses. (Kate Spade, $89)

jam-lab

A jar of jam, paired with this olive wood butter knife, that will taste delicious on top of freshly baked scones, chream cheese bagels, or slightly burnt toast. (Farm to People, $12)

target-jammies

Satin pajamas to help her get her beauty rest in style. There’s something so sexy about them without being too sexy that she couldn’t wear them to open presents on Chrismtas morning. (Target, $19)

blueberry-cluster-ring

A gorgeous cluster of gems on a ring for a very special someone. (It’s so dainty and breath-taking!) (Etsy, $380)

unabrow

A hilarious book because you know she’ll get a kick out of it. (Amazon, $15) (Or this one if she loves a good mystery. And this one if she could use a little #GirlPower inspiration!)

pie-dish

Pretty pie dish. Include a few tea towels for good measure. (Wayfair, $33)

urban-decay-lipstick

For the makeup mavens who love a bold lip, an Urban Decay lipstick palette. (Sephora, $35)

hrc-print

She’s still with her, always and forever, so give her this print and the reassurance that she is deserving of her dreams. Warning: Quote has been known to produce tears. (Dependable Letterpress, $15)

Winter Wardrobe Pieces

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Guys! Do you rotate your wardrobe seasonally — tucking away your summer tank-tops in a bottom drawer once the weather turns and pulling down big, floofy sweaters from a plastic tub at the top of your closet? While my clothes will never be that organized, I love the idea of reserving a few, special pieces for each season. Those items that stand the test of time, tucked away for the rest of the year, just waiting for their moment to shine. You’d pull them out when the moment is right and feel nostalgia and excitement for the impending weather change. While this may seem like a hard task to invoke excitement for winter weather, here are 9 pieces from ModCloth that just might fit the bill…
Modcloth Forever Pieces

(Clockwise from top left.)

Cat Sweater … for a bit of whimsy as you bundle up tight. ($49.99)

Pointed Ballet Flats … to tuck under your desk so you can slip them on once you’ve shed your morning commute snow-boots. ($49.99)

Slouch Hat … so your noggin stays stylishly warm. ($14.99)

Gemstone Earrings … for a touch of femininity that won’t get covered up by your giant parka. ($7.99)

Pleated Purple Sweater … to layer on top of all your favorite blouses. ($39.99)

Circle Scarf … because who needs a necklace when you’ve got such a dainty scarf?! ($14.99)

Floral & Lacy Undies Set … for feeling like a babe even when you’re wearing approximately 22 layers of clothing on top. ($6.99 for panties, $13.99 for bralette)

Thigh High Socks … a colorful way to add warmth. ($12.99)

Moisturizing Lipstick … to finish off all your winter weather looks. ($24.99)
Over to you! Do you have any favorite winter wardrobe pieces? Where are you shopping these days? I’d love to know! 

P.S. A review of my most recent Stitch Fix box and shopping ModCloth home decor.

November ’16 Stitch Fix (Unboxing + Try On)

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I received another box from Stitch Fix!!! Wanna see what’s inside? For those that don’t know, Stitch Fix is an amazing online company that hooks you up with your own personal stylist. It’s pretty simple! First, you sign up on their website and fill out a style profile. It asks you questions about what you like to wear and your lifestyle to get a clearer picture of the type of clothing you would enjoy receiving. You can also include a link to one of your Pinterest boards for your stylist to peruse. Next, you schedule a “fix” and leave a comment with any special requests or upcoming occasions. And then WAM-BAM, in a few weeks you have a package with five unique items, hand-picked by your own stylist. You also receive a style card for each of your five pieces with two outfit ideas. This is a neat way of showing you how you can incorporate the pieces into your existing wardrobe.

For this “fix,” I asked my stylist to send me short-sleeved shirts that could be dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion. Because of the never-changing weather in Miami, these are my go-to wardrobe items and I’m getting a little sick of my existing supply. I was a little disappointed to discover that my stylist did not exactly heed my request! However, she did a fabulous job sending items that match my wardrobe aesthetic. Here’s a look at each item…

1. Skies are Blue shirt dress. 

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2. Laila Jayde cap sleeve top.

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3. Kut From The Kloth distressed boyfriend jeans.

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4. Market & Spruce solid quilted vest.

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5. Bay to Baubles floral statement necklace.

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Now comes the fun part! Deciding what to keep and what to send back. Your box comes equipped with a pre-stamped bag/envelope so you can send back what doesn’t work for you at no extra charge! However, if you keep all 5 items you receive a 25% discount off your total bill. You have three days to make your selections. I like to have a rifle through my closet, jewelry box, and shoe collection to try and come up with full outfits for each piece. This is my way of sussing out if I’ll actually wear the item or not. Here’s what I came up with…

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This shirt dress is absolutely something I would wear. (I love anything with a “Prairie” vibe.) Wouldn’t this be such a cute look to rock during Thanksgiving dinner? Or to a more casual Christmas shindig? Unfortunately, the fit for this piece was just a tad off for my size. The bust and arms felt tight, causing the waist in the back to ride up ever so slightly. I know it seems a small issue but these are the annoyances that keep clothes hanging in the closet instead of in your wardrobe rotation.

Verdict: Sent back. 

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So I did get one short-sleeved top in this fix! The color is super cute, although not exactly seasonal, and the length was perfect for tucking in a pair of jeans or wearing loose with some smart shorts. This was the piece I debated for the longest. I did ask for it! But in the end, I decided the material was too sheer. I’m just not a huge fan of wearing camis/tanks under my tees.

Verdict: Sent back. 

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Jeans of any style or cut are difficult to find for my 5’3″ frame but boyfriend jeans are especially difficult to track down. What’s a girl gotta do to get a flattering relaxed fit?! I couldn’t believe when I pulled this pair on and found them to be the perfect length! No extra cuffing needed, no hemming…and they aren’t even a short or petite size. They look super cute with sandals as well as ankle boots and Converse for those colder climes.

Verdict: Keep. 

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I know this is a really impractical closet addition for someone who basically lives in the tropics but I just couldn’t send this vest back. I’m in love with everything about it and it’s not like I’ll be in South Florida FOREVER, ya know? Hunter green, beautifully structured, gold hard-ware-d vests never go out of style.

Verdict: Keep. 

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Sometimes you can have too many statement necklaces, and I am currently in that camp. I just never wear the ones I own and then I always feel the need to get new ones for special occasions. So, the little practical voice in my head kicked in on this item. “You want this necklace but you don’t neeeeed this necklace.” Little voice was probably right but looking at these pictures, I’ve gotta admit I’m regretting listening.

Verdict: Sent back. 

So there you have it! I kept two items that I truly believe I will get tons of wear out of (for years!). While the spoils of my fix ended up being more “Closet Basics” than “Wardrobe Refresh,” I’m quite pleased with my purchases.

What do you think? Which pieces are your favorites? Would you have chosen differently? Let me know your thoughts below!!

P.S. My June Stitch Fix Uboxing + Try On.

If you’d like to give Stitch Fix a go, and I SOOO recommend you do, CLICK HERE. It’s a service I’ve used for a few years now and the pieces I’ve kept become closet staples. 

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