April Glam Bag

I haven’t done an unboxing post in a while, so when I saw this month’s glam bag in the mail when I got home I thought I’d share. This was a pretty great bag this month!

April Glam Bag

 

This month’s theme was Beauty Rocks and the pouch was dark blue with a record on it. Super cute!

What I got:

  • Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes the Shadow in Champagne(full size, $12.99) I believe this is a full size sample which already makes this bag a good value. The shade is a perfect highlight color and it has a silky texture.
  • Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm in 12. Apple Pink (full size, $19) Another full size sample (you rock Ipsy!). I absolutely love the color for spring. It’s a very flattering shade of pink that I think would work with lots of different skin tones.
  • Demeter Jasmine Roll on Perfume (.29 oz rollerball, $10) This scent is floral with almost a note of musk. This is a perfect purse size. It’s a little outside my scent comfort zone, but I’m excited to try it.
  • Dr. Brandt Microdermabrsion Skin Exfoliant (Full Size 2 oz. $78 / Sample Size .25 oz $9.75) I don’t always love getting skin care products in my subscription samples, but this one definitely caught my interest. My skin is super dry from winter and can use some serious exfoliating and it was an Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner in 2012.
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide on Eye Pencil in Black Velvet (Full Size .04 oz $20 / Sample Size .03 oz. $15) This is a very smooth, very black sharpenable eyeliner pencil. I can’t wait to try it. This will be perfect for sultry, smoky eye looks when I’m channeling my inner Jersey girl.

All-in-all I can’t complain about this bag. I really liked all of the products and it’s value was over $67 if you include a little something for the bag.

What did you get in your glam bag?

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Chic to Share // Links I’m Loving Quiz Edition

This week has been nutso! I worked straight through the weekend and there’s no sign of it letting up this week. To sneak in a little break, I took a quiz every now and then and thought I’d share my favorite four of the weekend with you! My results were pink, 8/10, Rapunzel, and Ice Cream Flavor Developer. Take them below and let me know what you get!

5 Ways to Spend Your Sick Day

Let’s face it, being under the weather sucks. I had to call in sick to work yesterday and it drove me crazy. I know I needed that time to rest and take care of my body, but I go crazy if I’m not doing something, even if it’s from bed. Obviously getting some sleep should be your priority, but at some point you’ll probably go a little stir crazy. So here’s my list of what to do when you’re sick in case you need some ideas for how to spend that legitimate sick day (if you’re just playing hookie then you definitely don’t need this list!):

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1. Put on some spiffy pajamas.

There’s really nothing glamorous about being sick. Red nose, crazy hair, it’s quite the look. You can make yourself feel a little bit better by putting on your favorite pair of pjs. So go ahead and break out those fuzzy slippers or leopard prints pajamas.

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2. Find a new app to play

You know those apps that suck you in and you feel super guilty wasting time playing (or maybe you don’t)? This is the perfect time to get addicted and help take your mind off any lingering symptoms. My current app of choice is 2048. Beware it’s more addicting than Sudoku.

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3. Enjoy a hobby you can do from bed

I love when I get a chance to relax and crochet. Sometimes the only time I get to do that is when I’m stuck in bed sick. Right now I’m working on squares for an exchange I’m participating in with people all over the country.

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4. Read a book for pleasure

I spend my days reading tons of documents for my job and I don’t often get time to read for pleasure. When I’m stuck in bed, one of my favorite things to do is flip through a new book. My current read: Living in Style by Rachel Zoe (Photo via Amazon.com)

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5. Netflix Binge

If there was ever a time to Netflix binge, it’s when you’re sick. Some of my favorites: Mad Men, Once Upon a Time, Scandal, Revenge, House of Cards, and Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23. (Photo: Screenshot of my actual Netflix account)

 

My Current Bag: SammyDress Tote

I love switching up my bags. I definitely have my go-to staples like the Michael Kors my hubby got me for our last anniversary, but I won’t take that to work every day and risk wearing it out! I have some pretty high standards for my work bags. They have to be durable, neutral looking, have lots of room, and be pretty of course!

Recently, SammyDress introduced themselves to me via email and let me pick out a piece to review. So I seized the opportunity to test drive their tote bag. If you’re not familiar with SammyDress, they are a global fashion retailer that offers contemporary and trendy items at wholesale prices. For example, this bag sells for just $12.08 (a steal!) and just about all of the items I’ve looked at are under $20, many with free shipping. Okay, onto the bag:

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This is the Simple Women’s Street Level Handbag With Tote and Crocodile Veins Design ($12.08). I really like the style of this bag. It is a perfect neutral work tote and there are some really great details on it like the crocodile embossing and the gold hardware that give it a boost. The material is a faux letter that so far seems to be pretty durable. The only downside I’ve found so far is that the bag had a strong “plastic” smell when I received it. I wiped it down and aired it out for a few days and its fine now (this has happened with other things I’ve ordered internationally in the past).

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What I also really love is how much room there is inside (I even cleaned it The bag measures about 13x5x9″ and has a divided interior with zipper pockets. I like the divider isn’t exactly down the middle, so you have options for how to stow things where they’ll fit best.

It also comes with a detachable shoulder strap in case your the should carrying type. I don’t know what it is, but I’m obsessed with handles right now.

It also comes in two other colors: white (that looks like it might be ivory) and jacinth (a reddish-orange). I would buy jacinth just because I think the name is cool. Screen Shot 2014-04-08 at 9.43.36 PM Screen Shot 2014-04-08 at 9.43.43 PM

 

Overall, I really like it and can’t wait to get some more wear out of it. I’ll be sure to write an update about how it’s holding up.

So have you shopped from SammyDress? If so, what are some of your favorite pieces?

Disclosure: I received this bag for the purposes of writing this review. All opinions expressed are my own based on my personal experiences with the product.

 

Fashion Friday // Madonna & Co.

This post is sponsored by Madonna & Co.

This week for Fashion Friday I want to share a new brand that I’m lusting over. Madonna & Co. is fashion and lifestyle brand that carry loads of clothes and accessories. They’re mission is to create luxury pieces that are sophisticated and feminine. To use their words:

Our customer is an independent woman, not a woman of independent means. She stands out in her own style, rather than following the fashion pack. And wherever she lives, she has a New York state of mind.

If you happen to live in New York, their flagship store is in SoHo, but if you live elsewhere like me you can shop online. Also, readers can get 15% off with promo code bb-april

What I really appreciate about this brand is that they put their mark on each piece. The details take that same old dress, to something new and interesting. These are definitely investment pieces and will run you more than what you’d find at the local mall, but they are unique and versatile pieces that I think you’ll get a lot of wear out of. They have loads of pieces that I love, so I thought I would put together some inspiration sets. They specialize in black and white pieces (aka my closet staples) that are great for mixing and matching or wearing with some colorful accessories!

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  1. I love an effortlessly chic dress and this black and white striped asymmetrical maxi ($295) would be easy to wear and still add some glam to your day.
  2. This sequin linen tote has lots of room hauling around all of your spring/summer essentials…anyone else dreaming of sunscreen, a good book, and the beach?
  3. Want to make a statement? Try this resin chain necklace ($125). It would go great with this maxi or wear it with a white tee and skinny jeans.

 

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  1. How amazing it this embellished tulle caplet ($78)? I want to find a cocktail party just so I can wear this out. It is by far my favorite piece on the site at the moment.
  2. Speaking of cocktail parties, how about these two stunning cocktail rings ($45 each)? Bonus, the one with the large black stone has an elastic band for an easy fit.
  3. The leather in this crystal bracelet ($125) adds a little rock and roll feel to this glitzy piece.
  4. This leather trim pleated dress ($175) would be perfect for a date or a night on the town with the girls. The pleats are flattering and give a feminine vibe, with touch of mischief with the leather top.

If you’re a lucky duck that lives in NYC and has a chance to check out the store, please tell me all about it! You can also keep up with Madonna & Co. on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

What are your favorite pieces?

Disclosure: I was compensated for writing this post. All opinions are my own and I chose all of the products featured. As always, I never recommend a brand I don’t truly support.

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