My Top Ten: Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale

My Top Ten: Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale

The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale is going on now!

I swear I get the most satisfaction from shopping when I know I’m getting a great deal and the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale is really great. I’ve rounded up my Top Ten picks for this year:

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#1 Blue Peacoat

#2 Rose iPhone Cover

#3 Pink Tunic

#4 Sea Mist Crossbody

#5 Red Tunic

#6 Wall Mount Wine Holder

#7 Bell Sleeve Top

#8 Tie Bikini Top

#9 Skinny jeans

#10 Peep Toe Bootie

Happy shopping!

XoXo

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What I Learned From Someone Stealing My Phone in Thailand… and Other Tips for Traveling Abroad

What I Learned From Someone Stealing My Phone in Thailand… and Other Tips for Traveling Abroad

My trip to Thailand was one of the best experiences of my life- It was my first time traveling internationally. It was a bit of a culture-shock once we landed, but I learned more about myself and the world out there that I had yet to experience. While I had the best time in Thailand, on my first full day in Bangkok, I was the victim of pickpocketing. Not even realizing the “Beware of pickpocketing” signs around the temple- of course-until after i fell victim, it happened in the matter of less than 5 minutes.

I have come up with a list of some Do’s and Dont’s for traveling abroad with links to handy items below!

  1. Do yourself a favor and DON’T bring a backpack to use as your daily bag. I bought a Longchamp ‘Le Pliage’ Backpack specifically for this trip, thinking it would be the easiest way to travel so my hands would be free. I loved that it had a zip top and flap to cover- figuring this made it extra safe, but it didn’t, and my new iPhone 6 was stolen. After reading tons of articles, the best choice would be a crossbody of messenger-type bag. Two of my favorites are the kate spade new york ‘cobble hill – ella’ leather hobo  (on sale right now) and the Longchamp ‘Le Pliage Neo- Medium’ Tote. I always bring my Canon DSLR and GoPro with me on trips, so I like a roomier bag. These two work well, but each also come in a smaller size if you travel light . With these bags, you can zip them up and keep them in front of you and have the pickpocketers not see you as a target.
  2. DO bring an external battery pack. Life-saver on those long flights where you may be stuck in a seat that DOESN’T have a working port (true story). I love the external battery pack I bought from Amazon. It’s a little thick, but can fully charge my phone six times!
  3. DO write down all of the names, addresses, and phone numbers for the places you are going to- think hotels, restaurants, attractions! Do not rely on technology, because we all know things happen-Batteries can die, wifi can not be found, etc. The person in our group in-charge of the hotel address kept it in his email and once we reached the town, he phone didn’t work and we spent the next two hours walking around town trying to find the hotel… not the best situation.
  4. DON’T over-pack. I was in Thailand for 12 days and I fit everything in one carry-on and a small personal and it was still too much! I’ve been spoiled by being able to stuff an insane amount of stuff in my carry-on and I knew, as long as it fit in the overhead compartment, I was good! Imagine my shock when learning, first-hand, that most international carry-on items are subject to size AND weight limitations. I bet you can guess how my experience went. I either had to pay weight-overage fees or was forced to check-in my bag and pay outrageous checked baggage fees. Save yourself the trouble and pack smart and light. It’s also a good idea to invest in a handheld scale to be certain you’re good to go.
  5. DO have fun 🙂 Remember to enjoy your time on your adventure. Go with the flow, roll with the punches, and fully embrace the surroundings and cultures. Appreciate your opportunity to see a world different from your day-to-day life!

With Love,

Steph

FabFitFun Box: Summer 2015

FabFitFun Box: Summer 2015

Summer time and the living is easy! The snow and cold are officially gone from Denver and it is time for warmth and fun!

This box was AWESOME! Check out the goods below:

Wren 14Kt Gold and Black Sapphire Necklace- $100

I. Am. In. Love. With. This. Necklace! It is so simple and delicate, which makes it a great daily staple piece. My favorite item from this box!

The Everyday Wireless Speaker by FabFitFun- $29.99

After getting a speaker for my shower, I found myself wanting to get another one that I could take with me to the lake and beach- and presto- FabFitFun had me covered! Great accessory for all of your summer-time activities.

Inkling Scents Sultry Roll-On Oil Perfume- $25

This is the first oil perfume I’ve ever tried and I am quite impressed. The scent is really alluring and musky (my favorite type of scent), but light. The oil takes a bit to getting used to, but overall I like it.

Gorge “I’ll Make You Look Amazing” Daily Spray- $24.95

Silky. Smooth. Conditioned. Shiny. Soft. If any of those words are how you want your hair to be described as, you need to adopt this daily spray now. This product has completely replaced my serums, oils, and leave-in conditioners. Holy Grail for Hair!

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss- $19

I was a little apprehensive with this product- I’m really picky with glosses, since anything with a sticky consistency goes directly in the garbage. This gloss was different, though. It instantly made my lips look SO moisturized and SO plump. It has more of a tacky feeling, which I can definitely deal with given the results.

Pros: The color is gorgeous and makes your lips look SO moisturized!

Cons: Get a bit tacky- it’s not sticky, but it does feel thick.

FabFitFun x CosmoBody Jump Rope- $14

I bought a jump rope earlier this year that was just too long to use, so this is a nice addition.

Scratch Nail Wraps- $12

I’m not totally crazy about the color/print that I recieved in this box, but I’m now open to the idea of the stick on nail wraps. They’re easy and quick to use

Headspace 3-Month Subscription- $38.85

I really like the concept behind Headspace. They offer exercises all focused on working-out your mind through meditation and mindfulness techniques. Head to the Headspace website for a free trial.

Hello Konjac Cleansing Sponge- $12

I actually already use a similar product (which I love), so I know this product is the bomb!

Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer- $7.99

I am all about the spray moisturizers now! This product is just so convenient to use and smells so incredibly refreshing. Five stars!

Grand Total: 275.79

For $10 your first box: http://xo.fff.me/c8MAL

 

With Love,

Steph

FabFitFun Box: Spring 2015

FabFitFun Box: Spring 2015

Spring-time, spring-cleaning, spring-break. Spring is associated with a lot of different things, but mostly it is change.

This year, I decided I wanted to make a change and try out some cool new things…and that is when I discovered the FabFitFun box!

The Spring 2015 box is my first box and I am SO happy with the quality of the products in the box and the overall value of the box.

What I received in the box:

Jules Smith Scarf- $42

Cute colors, soft, and very spring time appropriate! Made of lightweight cotton viscose.

Palmetto Derma Collagen Booster and Restoration Serum- $48

I love serums and my skin seems to be loving this one. Perfect addition to my beauty routine!

Merrithew 3 DVD Set “Intense Body Blast” & $25 Gift Card- $61

Work out videos are the best way to get my butt off the couch and live an active lifestyle. This DVD mixes HIIT with Pilates for a balanced session. Very cool that it came with a gift card so I could invest in a new yoga mat.

ORLY Nail BB Creme- $15

Never knew BB creme for nail existed, but here it is! I’m not sure about the smoothing, moisturizing, and brightening claims, but it sure does look pretty.

ORLY Nail Polish “Cake Pop”- $8.50

Nice neutral polish perfect for springtime.

Yasi Metallic Flash Tattoos – $36

I’m not really into the flash tattoo, so I’ll probably end up handing these over to my little sister.

Rifle Paper Co. Cities Coaster Set – $16

Adorable coaster set featuring New York, London, Tokyo, and Paris! Love it!

OFRA Cosmetics Eyeshadow Brush Duo (#11 and #20) – $45.90

These brushes could not be more welcomed, as I was in desperate need for more brushes as my makeup collection has grown! Super soft.

Sprout It App Card & Miracle Grow Gro-able Seed Pod – $1.49

This was such a cute item. I’ve been wanting to grow a little herb garden and I received a basil pod. So excited for this to grow and incorporate fresh basil into my meals.

Cosmos Creations Premium Puffed Corn -$1.49

Interesting item- I got the caramel coated popcorn, and while it was very tasty, it was just to much on the sweet side for me to really enjoy.

Vow To Be Chic Gift Card: One free dress rental (up to $125) with the rental or purchase of another dress

I don’t have an occasion coming up that I would need a dress for, so this will probably go to the wayside.

Hello Fresh Gift Card: $40 Off First Week of Delivery Service

HelloFresh is a weekly meal-kit delivery services that provides fresh ingredients and recipe cards to make meals at home. I like the idea of this and may try it out! If I do, I’ll share my thoughts 🙂

Grand Total: $273.89

For $10 off your first box: http://xo.fff.me/c8MAL

With Love,

Steph

A New Crave: Sword & Plough

A New Crave: Sword & Plough

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Discovering something new and wonderful when you least expect it, especially when no one you know has discovered it yet, is pretty exciting. It’s like you’re in the front of the curve. It’s like you’ve found some buried treasure without even getting the shovel. It’s like…Okay, commentary done.

While watching my guilty pleasure, HGTV, a commercial for a new retail company unknown to me came on. At first glance, hand-crafted bags being toted by attractive models flashed on the screen, but on second take I realized there was more. Beside focusing solely on their products, they told a story. An inspiring story on how Sword & Plough came to be and how the military fits into it. Instantly, I was pulled in and I’m now completely obsessed.

Here’s there story:

Founded in 2012, Sword & Plough was created by two sisters from a military family as a way to bridge the gap between civilians and military. They sought out to create beautiful and “peaceful” civilian products out of military technologies and materials. As described in an excerpt from their website:

“The Nunez sisters wanted to create something that would emotionally and physically touch civilians in their everyday lives and remind them, in a beautiful way, of the challenges our country and servicemen face, and the power that every person has to help.”

We live in a word where just one person can make a difference, and these two people have done it with style. Pun intended.

Sword & Plough bags and accessories don’t only look great, they help the community. Their products are mostly made from recycled and repurposed military gear, which reduces wastes, and the company supports veteran workers by partnering with companies and non-profit organizations that employ veterans as sewers and manufacturers. It’s fashion with a cause.

So, if you’re in the market for a new bag, check out Sword & Plough for ones with the unique style you crave and a giving story you never expected. Check out my favorites below.

With Love,

Steph


Hey, where’d you get that…?

Hey, where’d you get that…?

Picture this: You’re walking down the street and see someone wearing something that you just absolutely love. An internal struggle commences on wether to walk up to her and ask where she got it. You think to your self, but isn’t that weird? You go on to saying you don’t need it; you did just buy that couldn’t-live-without pair of shoes, after all. But, then decide you have to have it and you’re going to be that girl and go up and ask her where she got it, all while complimenting her style to make the request flow a little easier. You turn around to catch up to her and ask, but too late. She’s gone and so is the hope of finding whatever it is she was wearing.

This is my life on a weekly basis. Chalk it up to my poor-spending habits or a little too much use of the retail-therapy excuse, but there is something about clothes/accessories/makeup/whatever that has me hooked and I am always that girl who asks random people where they got their stuff from.

Here’s a few problems I’ve found with that scenario: sometimes people forgot where they got it or they got it like two years ago (good luck to you on trying to find it) or they’re gone before you even have time to ask. Oh poo.

But, wait! There’s hope!

The (MEGA) genius solution: Style Thief.

Style Thief is the twenty-first century solution to finding other peoples’ style must-haves. This handy-dandy app I found on the iPhone App Store lets you search for coveted fashion apparel you see on the street, TV, internet or anywhere else! You have two ways to search: take a picture of the items and upload it or just type in a description of what you’re looking for in the search bar and poof, you have multiple choices that you can buy instantly.

I have never heard of an app like this before and pretty sure this is, currently, the only one out there. I have had it on my phone now for about two weeks and it is AWESOME! I have been looking for a olive, utility styled jacket ever since I saw Chloe Bennets’ character, Skye, wear it on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for months and with this app, I just uploaded a photo of her and there were all of the choices I could ever want. All in under a minute.

So, thank you, Style Thief, for facilitating more beautiful additions to my closet!