Sneak Peek: Popbasic Jane Collection

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I am digging Popbasic’s upcoming Jane Collection, available July 1st.

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They had me at pink…

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… and at delicate gold jewelry.

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No word on cost yet, but you will be able to buy each clothing piece in individual sizes, and shipping is free worldwide. I’ve been thrilled with the quality of their clothing, and their rapid and friendly customer service.

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Also, their popular Le Breton top is available for pre-order in red on July 8th. I can’t wait for my black-and-white one to arrive!

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I spy a Korean beauty product! Could this be a surprise bonus?

Referrals: I will receive a $15 credit if you make a purchase using my Popbasic link.

Golden Tote: June 2014 Review

Curated by the designers of the Puella clothing line, Golden Tote is a monthly mix of clothing for $49 (pick one clothing item and be surprised with 1-2 extras) or $149 (pick two pieces of clothing and be surprised with 3-5 extras). They’ve also just introduced an all-surprise $99 tote in the boutique.

Totes go on sale the first Monday of the month at 9 AM Pacific. You’ll want to be on the site at exactly that time; pieces sell out quickly! This month, I picked the $149 tote.

My friend Nubia offered to take pictures – no bathroom selfies this time! You can find her amazing photos on Pets of Seattle, and she showcases her creative designs in her Zazzle store.

I’ve been drooling over this Puella Tamsin Maxi at Anthropologie but couldn’t justify the $118 price tag. When they made the Puella Chevron Midi Dress from the same fabric as a choice for this month’s tote, It became the main reason I bought one.

I also love the bow detail on the back, which you can see in this photo from the Golden Tote site.

My second chosen item was the Summer Striped dress. I’m a fan of dresses with pockets, and this dress is exceptionally well made, featuring an inner lining and soft, summery fabric.

You can dress it up or down: I added some red heels for punch.

My first surprise item was this nautical tee from Porridge. I first fell in love with the brand when Golden Tote featured their Surprise Ending Tee.

I was thrilled to add more Porridge to my closet, especially when our boat tour guide complimented the figure eight knot pattern: very cool!

I paired my next two surprise items together: a grey and white lace tank and Priddy Slouch Pants (which I turned into capris in the bike photo above).

The Puella girls design and create the Priddy line exclusively for Golden Tote, and I’m a fan of their buttery soft fabric and comfortable fit.

My final surprise item – an Hourglass Lily wrap dress – wasn’t featured in the shoot. I traded it on the Golden Tote Trading Group for an extra of a dress I had that shrank in the dryer. A word of warning: don’t let your Golden Tote clothes see the inside of a dryer, ever!

Verdict: Golden Tote is hands-down my favorite “subscription.” (in quotes because it’s a one-time monthly purchase with no recurring billing) You do need to launder your clothes gently, be on the site as soon as a sale starts so your picks don’t sell out, sizing can be inconsistent, and customer response time can be slow due to the volume of emails they receive.
However, the value, quality, fit, style, uniqueness, and comfort of the pieces is unmatched. The owners are incredibly involved and approachable, keeping the community informed with sneak peeks and asking for and listening to feedback. Their customer service bends over backwards to make you happy. The Golden Tote Trading Group is a welcoming forum for trading, selling, and buying clothing. Most of my closet is made up of Golden Tote, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Sizing: I am 5’4″ 160 lbs 34DD/28/38. All pieces are Medium and fit well.

Referral: I will receive a $10 credit if you purchase a Golden Tote through my link.

Le Tote: June 9, 2014 Review

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Le Tote is the “Netflix of fashion.” For $50 a month, receive an unlimited amount of totes containing 2 accessories and 2-3 clothing items. You’ll receive one tote at a time, and shipping is 2-day each way.

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Anything you like, you can keep at a discount. Anything you don’t, you send back. I typically go through three totes a month. Members also have access to a special First Look feature where they can request items that aren’t yet live on the site.

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Speaking of First Look, I think these earrings may be a part of it – I wasn’t able to find them on the site. I was able to wear them with every outfit for a week – they’re extremely versatile and comfortable!

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This Saint Grace Clover Dress was another comfy option in the tote. While this particularly dress wasn’t the most flattering for my body type (it’s very Spanx-worthy but I refuse to wear them), I’ll be on the lookout for more Saint Grace options. The fabric was divinely soft!

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I think Le Tote heard my cries for lighter, summer-worthy clothing. This BB Dakota Allon Pocket Tank was perfect for hot weather. It would look cute belted too.

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I’d had the Ezra Drop Necklace on my wishlist for a while and found it to be even most beautiful yet lightweight in person. It also comes in blue, but I am a pink girl myself.

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We had a cooler day in Seattle, so I paired the last tank (which I can’t find on the site at the moment) with a cardigan and boots.

Verdict: Everything in this tote fit, was comfortable, and was seasonally appropriate (no pun intended), so though nothing stood out as a “I must buy this” or “I hope they send it again” item, I consider it a win!

Sizing: I am 5’4″, 160 lbs, 34DD/28/38. The Saint Grace dress was a Large, but everything else was Medium. Everything fit well.

Referral: I will receive a $25 credit if you sign up for Le Tote using my link.

Graze: June 16, 2014

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Graze is a weekly or biweekly healthy snack subscription. For $6, they send 4 pre-packed snack portions, which you then rate online to determine what types of snacks you’ll receive in future boxes. You can also go on the site and exclude certain genres of snacks, such as spicy ones or any requiring a microwave (they make popcorn). I had as much fun going online and rating snacks as I did actually receiving the box – they have a ton to choose from! And there’s a sliding scale of never send, rarely send, send occasionally, and send regularly. You can also choose to receive a NibbleBox in which you’ll receive any snack available, or the CalorieCounter box for low calorie snacks only. I chose the CalorieCounter box.

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I used a promo link to receive my first and fifth box free. In my first box, I received lightly salted pistachios, dried apples with toffee dip, a cheese nut and cracker mix, and a tropical dried fruit mix. I love the pre-measured portions as I’m unable to trust myself with an open bag of anything (though I did eat the fruit and pistachios together in one sitting; don’t judge). I’m also a picky eater: many of the snacks are just outside of my comfort zone. It’s a great way to try new things, and I was surprised to enjoy everything in there! I’m having the box delivered to work so I can keep the snacks around for the 3:00 slump.

Verdict: $6 is a reasonable price for high quality snacks, not having to portion out snacks myself for the week, being able to try a variety of healthy options so I don’t get bored, and for avoiding a trip to Whole Foods.

Referrals: Sign up for Graze using my link to receive your first and fifth box free! ($12 value) I will receive a $1 credit.

Julep Maven: June 2014 Modern Beauty Review

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For $20 a month (or more for the ability to customize your polishes or receive more of them), Julep Maven allows you to pick from a set of Julep nail polishes, products, and/or tools. For June’s collection, I went with the Modern Beauty set.

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I love Julep Maven because their formulas are 5-free (do not contain formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, DBP, or camphor) and there’s no overwhelming nail polish smell to them; you get discounts and free shipping in the Julep store; a portion of their proceeds go to women’s empowerment organizations; they have excellent customer service; and I’m a huge fan of their Parlors. Erin at the Bellevue Julep Parlor gives the most amazing facials ever. I’ve had facials all over the world – literally – and hers cannot be beat. I know it’s all about the nail polish, but if you’re in the Seattle area, give her a try!

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June’s Modern Beauty box came with with their Oxygen Base Coat, Oxygen Treatment, and some fun extras: buffing blocks, Pixy Stix, and a couple of coupon codes. I used the Oxygen Nail Treatment soon after receiving the box. They bill it as “nail makeup,” saying it gives a sheer pink hue to nails and strengthens them. I can confirm that it does both.

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You also build up a currency of “Jules” with each box you receive. I redeemed some of my Jules for this PliĆ© Wand addon kit and am looking forward to spotting and striping my nails.

Verdict: Julep nail polish is typically $14 a piece. With the Maven subscription, you’ll get at least three, or an equivalently-priced set of products, making this around a $42 value for $20 a month. I’ve found it to be a great deal and one of my favorite subscription boxes.

Referrals: Receive your first box free by using my Julep Maven link. I will receive a $15 credit.

Le Tote: May 31, 2014 Review

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For around $50 a month, Le Tote sends a mix of clothing and accessories. Keep what you like at a discount; send back what you don’t. Shipping is 2-day both ways.

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I’m a little disappointed to keep getting warm weather fashion in 80 degree heat. This Sanctuary Racer Jacket was soft and warm. And will be returned unworn.

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I like these simple, fun, subtle Rose Gold Skull Earrings. I wore them with a couple different outfits this week.

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I was on the fence about this Daniella Side Slit Tank (it’s pretty sheer and I’m still not sure I can pull off orange with pink and purple highlights), but one of my coworkers told me I looked really nice in it and everything changed. I love my coworkers.

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The final accessory was this Jade Dynasty Ring. What I love about Le Tote’s rings is they’re adjustable; no sizing required.

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I’d had this Sophie Batik Blouse in My Closet for a while and was excited to finally get to try it out. It was comfortable and versatile, and cool in the heat. I’d be happy to see it in another box.

Verdict: Aside from the jacket, everything in this box was a success. I started subscribing to Le Tote as part of a heavily discounted Gilt City deal, which runs out this month, but I’ll happily start paying full price. In this tote alone, I tried out $218 worth of clothes and jewelry, and I usually get around three totes a month. Their customer service is a joy to work with, and they remain one of my favorite subscriptions of all time.

Referral: I will receive a $25 credit if you subscribe using my Le Tote link.

Sunset 45: June 2014 Review

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Sunset 45 is a monthly subscription box. For $30 a month (plus $5 shipping), you receive a themed box of “little luxuries.”

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Sunset 45 kindly sent me this box to review.

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Each month has a different theme. This month was Geo Black and Modern Pearls. Included is a card detailing the theme’s inspiration, along with product descriptions and values.

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The first item I pulled out of the box was this MIENN fragrance oil (from Korea!) and it is diviiiiiine. It’s rare for me to love a scent right off the bat, but this one hits the mark with a sweet-yet-adult jasmine/gardenia/rose scent. It’s long-wearing, and makes me very, very happy. The Bar None bracelet is a beautiful example of minimalist construction. Also, props for gold jewelry! My red hair thanks you.

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All of the products in Sunset 45 are supremely well packaged. Each one felt like unwrapping a gift. I next unwrapped the Snakebite Chain. Wow! This thing had some heft! Sunset 45 does not skimp on quality, that’s for sure. The Pearl Stud Duo was gorgeous and takes me straight back to my Southern sorority days.

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This cool, modern Ellie collar looks straight off a runway. Again with the impressive packaging: it came in a sturdy velvet-lined jewelry box.

Verdict: Sunset 45 makes a great gift for your girlfriends (or yourself!). I felt like I was being led on a journey of pure luxury. Its value of $86 far exceeds its subscription price of $30. Also, not all boxes are the same. It’s fun to see what other subscribers received, and to swap amongst each other. I’m looking forward to next month!