Is there anything more exciting than receiving mail??? Honestly, probably not. I'm not sure if the love for snail mail is just another side affect of millennial nostalgia, but either way I'm 100% here for it - especially when it means getting a big box of goodies every season.
As you may have seen on instagram, I signed up for the FabFitFun subscription this spring. I've received other subscription boxes in the past, but was drawn to the variety in FabFitFun, as well as the value. The products are often full size, and you're guaranteed to get waaaay more than you spend. This month's box was valued at over $330!
I'm not always the best with surprises, and wanted to make sure I liked everything I received, so I decided to go with a "select" membership. By paying for a 1 year subscription up front, I'm able to customize my box with my preference for things like this month's beauty products!
The summer box is super fun, and I can't wait to try all of the products. I've already started doing a couple of my Orange Theory workouts from home using the resistance band, and am dying to find an excuse to break in my colorful new towel.
The other products I received in this box are
If you're interested in trying out FabFitFun for the first time, click here and use code "EPIC" for $10 off you're first box!
Is there any piece of clothing better than a jumpsuit? I would argue not.
Jumpsuits are perfect in that they are super versatile, and super comfortable. Whenever I wear one to work I feel like I'm secretly wearing my pajamas! The wide leg fit of this jumpsuit from Forever 21 is especially comfy, and light weight for summer. I loved pairing it with my yellow mules (also from Forever 21) to walk around Pasadena a few weeks ago since it was casual enough for a day at the mall, but also dressy enough for a nice dinner.
If you're looking for cute jumpsuits without breaking the bank, I've had really great luck with the ones I've found at Forever 21. This one was under $25!
If I had to pick one thing to eat for the rest of my life, it would probably be ice cream. If I had to pick one ice cream shop to visit for the rest of my life, it would probably be Molly Moon's.
From the unique flavors to the homemade cones, Molly Moon's is a Seattle must. There are several locations, including University Village and Capitol Hill. These photos were taken in Wallingford, where the shop features this fun mural and a parklette with outdoor seating!
My favorite flavors are all season, the all-time-best being Vegan Coconut Chunk (paired with their vegan hardshell chocolate) followed closely by the Mixed Berry FroYo (paired with lemon curd). However, there are definitely some classics on the permanent menu that are super yummy as well! I like Scout Mint, Stumptown Coffee, and Yeti. Tyler always goes for Sweet Cream!
Beyond the ice cream, Molly Moon's does a lot for the Seattle community. The purchase of Thin Mints sends several Girl Scouts to camp each year, and the Anna Banana Milk Fund was set up to provide families in need with fresh milk. They also support up and coming performers with their record label, and hire local artists to create art for their cups and merchandise.
Next time you're in Seattle be sure to check out one of the shops!
This week I'm really excited, because I am partnering with Bird + Stone to style a few pieces from their line of "jewelry with impact". Bird + Stone not only makes super cute accessories, but also focuses on building a world with gender equality. All of the pieces are ethically manufactured in New York, and each purchase gives back to a cause that supports their mission of female empowerment!
My favorite piece from their collection, is my "The Future is Female" cuff, which gives 10% of the proceeds to Planned Parenthood in order to fund preventative health and family planning services. Planned Parenthood also provides cancer screenings and sex education. As a PP donor and volunteer, I love being able to give continued support when I shop.
I also love this "Dream Builder" cuff, which funds micro-loans and financial training for women who struggle from poverty in rural Kenya. Bird + Stone helps these women start businesses and build their dreams.
In honor of this collaboration, I've decided to share some books about strong women that have empowered me!
Be sure to let me know if you read any of these books, and what you think! Also leave a comment if you have any suggestions for other books or resources that you've enjoyed, I'm always looking for a new read!
Thank you to Bird + Stone for partnering with me on this post! I received the jewelry at no cost, in exchange for this collaboration. You can learn more about the company and how they give back to the community on their site. As an added bonus, when you share your bracelet on Instagram, Bird + Stone doubles the donation to 20%!
I've said this before, and I'll probably be saying it for the rest of my life: I am certainly no hair expert. I wear it the same way almost everyday, and as much as I enjoy looking up different styles and telling myself I'll try them out, I rarely do.
While I'm definitely no beauty blogger (hair blogger - is that a thing??) I do have a few requirements for my daily routine. If I don't feel like my shampoo and conditioner are providing me with the softest hair possible, then I won't hesitate to move on to the next. I also look for a long lasting clean. I've been frustrated with products in the past that have made my hair feel greasier faster, or weigh it down too much. I'll typically use a shampoo until it's gone before switching brands, and if I find good results then I'll stick with it until someone recommends something even better.
For the past month or so I've been using products from Hair Food, which is a line "inspired by fresh, energy packed ingredients, known for their vitalizing power" (according to the bottle). At first I was really excited to give these a shot. The packaging design made me think they would be all natural, especially with the earth tones and photos of fruit. I like to stay away from any shampoos that contain sulfates, because I hate how they make my hair feel, and I was pleased to see a list on the front of the bottle of other things the formula did not contain, including silicon, paraben, and mineral oil.
Unfortunately, the first time I began scrubbing my hair with the shampoo that dreaded rubbery-dry feeling happened. I was really confused, until I turned the bottle over to reveal 2 of the most prevalent ingredients were sulfate. Such a disappointment.
Beyond including an ingredient I typically avoid, I was unimpressed with the shampoo. The scent was described as kiwi and exotic fig, but I wasn't ever really able to smell it. There's something about a great smelling shampoo that I really love, so not having that fresh fruity scent I expected was a real bummer.
After my experience with the shampoo I was pretty skeptical about trying the conditioner. Again, the smell (or lack there of) was disappointing, but otherwise this product didn't stand out as good or bad. It seems like a pretty standard conditioner all around. My hair wasn't as soft as some other products make it, but also didn't feel dry. The biggest struggle was needing a detangler before blowdrying.
Either way, I wouldn't purchase Hair Food again, or recommend it to others. I was hoping for positive results, especially since it was advertised for volume, but it did not live up to my expectations.
Thank you to Hair Food and Influencer for allowing me to test these products. I received them at no cost, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions of the products are my own.
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