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Mar 052015
 

I recently signed up for Rocksbox, a monthly subscription box, for jewelry. If you follow my blog, you know I have become fascinated with ALL monthly boxes and have subscribed to several different beauty boxes. Rocksbox is a great fit for me because I love jewelry and when someone else is selecting the items, I get things I wouldn’t normally choose on my own! Sometimes a little outside perspective can be a great thing and help you get out of your comfort zone a little.

When you first sign up for Rocksbox , you take a “style quiz” to help determine what kind of pieces you would be most happy with. It first asks you what your comfort level with jewelry is: beginner, confident, or aficionado. I chose aficionado, because I wear multiple pieces of jewelry daily.

Next, it asks when you wear jewelry: weekend, at the office, night out, or special occasion. Helpful photographs accompany each option, showing what kind of occasion they are referring to. After that, they show you multiple outfits and you select which ones you would be comfortable wearing.

The next question asks what type of jewelry you wear. I think this is really important. You can choose from necklaces, bracelets, earrings or rings {or all}! I love earrings, but am picky, and I wear bracelets frequently, but again, am picky, because I work on a computer all day and don’t like them clanging against my desk as I work. This allows you to focus in on the types of jewelry you would like to receive.

You then see 8 necklaces and choose which ones you would wear, then the same with 8 bracelets, then 4 sets of earrings and 4 rings. It is a quick way to get a good look at your style and the kind of pieces that you normally gravitate to. You also have the opportunity to tell them if you prefer dainty or more chunky pieces, and what your metal color preferences are.

Last, you give them the nitty gritty details- what size ring you wear, if you prefer studs or dangly earrings, and if you have any metal allergies. After that you’re done! A stylist starts putting together a box for you when your quiz is complete. You can also add items to your Wish List to help guide the stylists.

I was smitten as soon as I opened my first box. I am a sucker for cute packaging, and they’ve got it. Your jewelry comes in a padded envelope, but is in a small box tied with ribbon inside the envelope.

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There is a card on top and everything is wrapped in chevron tissue paper with a tiny Rocksbox seal. Adorable.

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All the pieces are individually wrapped in bubble wrap and stored in small mesh bags with drawstrings. Very cute, and keeps things from getting tangled.

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As soon as I opened the individual bags, I was smitten with the contents. I received a Perry Street statement necklace, Perry Street statement earrings {is that a thing? I feel like they make a statement}, and a Gorjana “Honeycomb” bracelet. The necklace and earrings are bold and blingy, and the bracelet is so delicate and lovely.

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I wore my Perry Street necklace to work today and wanted to wear the earrings as well, but I thought it might be a little too much bling! They will be perfect for a date night this weekend though.

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If you want to try Rocksbox as well, they are offering my followers the first month free with code “clothescupcakesxoxo” How fun is that?! Sign up today! ♥

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Feb 142015
 

Valentine’s Day is my absolute favorite holiday. Pink, red, hearts, lace, chocolate, love, flowers…seriously, why would it not be my favorite?

Below are several outfits I wore this Valentine season, for several different occasions. Hope you are inspired by them to put together some love-themed outfits of your own!

Preppy Valentine

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White tag Lilly corduroy pants with hot pink hearts all over, a Lilly polo, and a Lands End cashmere sweater make this a perfectly modest and work-appropriate Valentine’s Day outfit. I paired this with hot pink Cole Haan loafers and a hot pink Kate Spade bag and wore this outfit to work the Friday before Valentine’s Day.

Casual Valentine

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I wore a dressed up version of this to work on the Thursday before Valentine’s Day. Just swap out the jeans for trousers and the boots for ballet flats, and add a fun necklace. With jeans and boots, however, it is a cute and slightly edgy look for running around town or if you have laid-back Valentine’s plans.

Daytime Valentine

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I wore this to go out to lunch with my sweetheart and to run errands on Valentine’s day morning/afternoon. It is simple- a Lilly lip top, pink J. Crew cardigan, skinny Lucky jeans, and the same pink Cole Haan loafers I wore with the Lilly pants. Simple, valentine-y and cute, but very comfortable.

The Red and Black Valentine

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My look for our Valentine’s dinner date. My black and white fit-and-flare dress is from the clearance rack at Target, the red bow belt was a  left over from a Minnie Mouse costume of years past, and a red J. Crew cardigan kept the chills away. My red patent leather wedges are Cole Haan.

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A black/white/red/pink Valentine’s Day scarf tied everything together. My pink ruffled coat was a Christmas gift from my mother and I have been dying for an occasion to wear it. This one seemed perfect.

Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all! I hope you had a wonderful day. Did you have any special plans with your friends, family, or honey?

Feb 132015
 

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Clemson’s football stadium is a magical place. There are no two ways about it. It just is. The energy, the atmosphere, the balloons, the fireworks, the noise…it will suck you in and make you a fan the first game you attend there. Although it is a lot smaller than my home stadium, it still has a very special place in my heart.

Because my fiance went to Clemson, and because we spend our entire fall there, I want to have a quick, cute engagement session done in the stadium. I have seen photos all over Pinterest of the adorable sessions done inside Death Valley, Clemson’s football stadium. Even though they won’t be our primary engagement photos that we use, I just really want us to have them since Clemson is such a big part of our life. We intended to have some done last football season, but those weekends are always a blur. We plan to return to Clemson this spring and have a session there.

Seriously…just google “Clemson engagement photos” and you will fall in love (I don’t want to repost any here because of potential copyright issues with the photographers…even though they’re all over the internet already).

I think I will wear a flouncy white dress (I have to milk the bride thing as much as I can) and a purple or orange belt, with these amazing Clemson accessories, to tie the theme all together.

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Dress: Nordstrom

Wedges: Lillybee (Use code “KM14” at checkout!)

Clemson pearl jewelry: Pearls for Purpose

Feb 022015
 

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The Super Bowl doesn’t typically mean very much to me, since down here we are more interested in college football, rather than pro football. This year, however, things were a little different. Yesterday (Super Bowl Sunday) was six months to the day that we left to go to Boston (Go Pats!!) where my sweetheart asked me to be his wife. The fact that the Patriots were playing and WON made this six month milestone even more special.

We had some people over to the house and ate, drank, and celebrated, not just the Patriots’ victory, but everything going on right now.

Jan 292015
 

I just received my second Birchbox! It was packaged in a very cute, colorful box (celebrating the new year) and a card inside read “2015. Let’s Do This.”

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January’s box contained: COOLA Face SPF 30 Unscented Matte TintWhish Three Whishes Body ButterCynthia Rowley Beauty Creamy Lip Stainamika Perk Up Dry Shampoo – 1 fl oz, and REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask.

I tried the amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo first. I first used it after I stayed up too late one Saturday night and had church early the next morning and no time to wash my hair. This dry shampoo smells SO good! It was light and fresh, without being perfume-y. A big plus for this product is it does not dry chalky like other dry shampoos. My hair is very dark, so it is always nice to find a dry shampoo that doesn’t make it look chalky and gray.

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The second product I tried was the REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask. It warns you on the label that it could “tingle” and not to use it more frequently than once a week. It smells WONDERFUL, like a juicy peach. It did tingle, quite a bit, but not so much that it became uncomfortable. I wish I could say that I noticed a huge difference in my skin, but I really didn’t. It was a little softer, but that is about it.

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After getting out of the shower, I tried the Whish Three Whishes Body Butter. My sample is the Lavender scent, but I think it smells more like baby powder. It’s a nice scent. I don’t usually love lavender, so it is probably best that it smells more like baby powder. However, it really doesn’t matter what it smells like– because the product doesn’t do what it should. When I read “Body Butter,” I think rich, creamy, have to scoop out of a jar with your fingers, thick, moisturizing lotion. This is not that. It comes in a tube and squeezes out. I have had drugstore lotions that were thicker and more moisturizing.

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However, Cynthia Rowley Beauty Creamy Lip Stain was great. It goes on smooth and creamy, and the color (heartthrob) was surprisingly pretty and sheer. It lasted on my lips for a while and didn’t scream “I’m wearing lipstick!” I might consider buying a full-size of this when my sample runs out.

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The last item in this Birchbox was the COOLA Face SPF 30 Unscented Matte Tint. The color isn’t too “off” on me. It’s slightly yellow, and definitely matte. It feels fluffy when you first apply it and blends into your face in a very smooth, velvety way.

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After two months of Birchbox, I am starting to form an opinion…they contain too many skincare kind of samples for me (and the sample size is a bummer…they’re tiny). I love makeup, and filled out my beauty profile to reflect that, but I only got one lip stain sample this month, and the rest were skin/hair products. That is just not what I am interested in. Moreover, of the ten samples I have received so far, none of them have been good enough to make me buy a full size product, or even be tempted to replace what I am currently using. I have signed up for BeautyArmy and ipsy for comparative purposes. Maybe they will be more suited for me.

Jan 162015
 

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I apologize for being somewhat absent lately! We are fully immersed in wedding planning! I had no idea how time-consuming planning a wedding is. It is really difficult for us to fit it in with our work and travel schedules, because most vendors want to meet within the confines of a somewhat normal work day, meaning we have to take time off, or go directly to meetings from the office. Even while I am at work, I am fielding emails from different wedding related people and furiously searching for stuff, trying to get it all pulled together.

I can’t imagine planning a wedding without great resources, like Pinterest and the Knot. They have been such huge sources of inspiration for me, for everything from table settings, to flowers, to bridesmaid dresses. Check out some of my LOVES below. Seriously, how stunning are these photos? Plot twist (jk): our wedding is going to be all pink.

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Pic credit: Pinterest

Wedding planning is also very expensive. There are a lot of great resources and websites out there to help you save money, it is just a matter of finding them. Vendors are constantly doing giveaways to increase traffic to their website– you might as well enter their contests! If you were to win, they could save you a lot of money in your budget.

We obviously have a very Southern aesthetic about us, and I love High Cotton products. Just earlier this week, I saw on twitter where High Cotton is giving away $1200 worth of wedding attire for the groom and groomsmen! Of course I entered that right away! Having such beautiful cummerbunds and bow ties for our guys would be incredible.

cummerbundIs this cummerbund and bow tie set not amazing? I could (and will, if we win) plan the entire wedding around these gorgeous pieces.

Another contest going on right now is a magnetic Save-the-Date giveaway. This one is very easy to enter, just visit MagnetStreet Weddings and browse the Save-the-Dates, then return to the contest page and comment with which one you like the best. That is all. I really like this one because it is clean and simple and showcases the beauty of the photo.

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This weekend will be very busy, once again, with wedding planning. I have been to bridal shows the last two weekends. They are so overwhelming! I have come home with bags full of information and brochures. Despite being overwhelming, they are a great way to quickly and efficiently see and talk to a lot of vendors.

We have two meetings lined up for tomorrow and one Tuesday. After that, we should be smooth sailing for a while! I’ll keep y’all updated as we finalize more plans ♥

Have a great weekend!

Jan 142015
 

I have wanted to subscribe to a monthly “beauty box” for a while now (I discussed my trepidation here) but have been hesitant to commit to a subscription service. I got the one-time Target beauty box and liked it, but for Christmas this year, I was gifted a six-month BirchBox subscription. This is part one of a six-part series reviewing my BirchBox each month, unless I wind up loving it and renewing my subscription!

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My lovely sister-in-law and brother gave me the subscription and described my style in the initial questionnaire as “classic,” so  I received a nice, tame assortment of products. After you receive the first box, you can log in and update your preferences. My look is definitely tame and classic most of the time (that working girl life is boring), but I really love playing with makeup and experimenting, so I updated my profile to say I was more adventurous.

First impression: wow, these are true samples. No where on the website does it promise more than that, but it is really a box of tiny products. Each contains a couple of uses, and then if you like it, you can order a full-size product from BirchBox. After receiving my Target beauty box and my Frosty VoxBox from Influenster, I erroneously thought that a BirchBox would contain a few samples and a larger, or full-size product. Like I said, they do not promise anything more than a sample, but samples are, well, minuscule.

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My first BirchBox arrived very quickly and contained: suki® exfoliate foaming cleanser, Harvey Prince Ageless – Pink Grapefruit perfume, ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick, Number 4™ Clarifying Shampoo, and Camille Beckman Platinume Gold Imperial Repair Hand Therapy.

I tried the suki® exfoliate foaming cleanser first. It is a very dry exfoliator, and very fine, but not too rough.The particles are slightly larger than other sugar scrubs I have used; more round and not as rough– think pearl-like or caviar-like. Because it is so dry, you need to apply it to a damp face. You kind of have to scrape it out of the container, but it gets easier to spread after it gets on your wet skin. It does foam up a little like a face wash and dissolves, letting you know when to rinse it off. My face felt clean and smooth after I used it.

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Next, is the Harvey Prince Ageless perfume. We cannot wear fragrance in the work place, so I don’t have much occasion to wear perfume. It does smell wonderful, like grapefruit and a combination of other fresh, light fruits– the description says pomegranate and mango. It smells very carefree, fresh, and youthful.

When I showered, I tried my sample of Number 4™ Clarifying Shampoo. It says it is a cleansing shampoo to be used weekly, and that it would not strip moisture, but I found it to be a little too cleansing. I do not use hair products and have fine, straight hair, so I assume the clarifying properties found nothing to strip and just dried my hair out instead. It felt very rough and not at all like the sleek, smooth, Native American hair I am accustomed to.

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Later, I tried the ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick. I received a nude shade, which is different for me, and I actually really liked it. The color did not wash me out and it felt smooth and creamy on my lips. It also smells really good…which is kind of strange for a lipstick? I don’t think it is nearly as long lasting as they imply, but that is fine with me. It isn’t like I expect to put a lip color on and not have to reapply until the end of the work day.

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Last  is the Camille Beckman Platinume Gold Imperial Repair Hand Therapy. I love a nice, rich, thick hand cream and I have paid special attention to my hands since becoming engaged. This one is a good option, but I am still loyal to my Aveda hand cream and do not plan to switch to Camille Beckman.

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All in all, it was an interesting assortment of products for my first Birchbox. I would prefer more cosmetic items and fewer body care items, and hopefully that will be reflected in my next box since I have adjusted my preferences. The survey I took on the BirchBox website allowed me to opt out of fragrance samples all together, which I did, since they are useless to me.

Can’t wait to share next month’s box with you!

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Jan 062015
 

Though the Lilly Pulitzer January After-Party sale continues until midnight, I am finished shopping. I made my initial purchases, and have not bought anything else since yesterday morning. The daily flash sales have not tempted me.

As I said in my summer After-Party sale post, I let myself go a little crazy during the sales, because I work in an environment that allows me to wear Lilly on a regular basis. Work clothes for the year for 70% off (or more!) is definitely a reason to splurge!

I had a few things I wanted for certain, picked up a couple of other “maybes” and bought a few random things I was not expecting to find. I always have better luck at the summer sale because the more vibrant summer colors speak to me! Even Lilly tones it down a tiny bit for fall and winter collections.

This is what I wound up purchasing:

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Top row: Beckett dress in Ariel Blue, peacock belt, peacock earrings (all three impulse buys), Terry shift, Eaton Shift

Bottom row: “Oh Shift” Intarsia sweater, “K” Intarsia sweater, Darling necklace, Christmas ornament, and “Cancer” Horoscopes Murfee

My only “must haves” were the Terry shift and the Cancer Murfee scarf. I had wanted both for a long time, but didn’t consider either to be practical enough for every day use or absolutely critical that I had to get them right away. I was pleased to see they were both deeply discounted in the sale.

The sweaters and Eaton shift were some of my “maybes.” The Beckett and peacock pieces were totally random impulse buys, but they all looked SO good together that I couldn’t resist snatching them up!

If you haven’t made any purchases yet, you still have the rest of the day to hit up the sale! Happy shopping!


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Jan 052015
 

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It is the second-most wonderful time of the year: The January After-Party Sale. Though not typically as glorious as the Summer After-Party Sale, there are still great items to snatch up in the January Sale. Some great prints to look out for in this sale are:

Bright Navy Entourage, Shake Your Tailfeather, Electric Feel, and Sea and Be Seen.

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I was excited to see the horoscope scarves be included, several jewelry items I had been eyeing, and of course, cute shift dresses!

Happy Shopping, ladies!

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