Did you know October 11th is a national holiday? Spread Joy Day!
We can all use a little extra joy, which is why Knack, a Seattle-based gift giving company, created the holiday! They understand that positivity is extra important in 2018, so this year they're celebrating by giving 1,000 free gifts.
Each gift ships in a gorgeous box with a personalized note, and includes high quality products. My favorite was the pack of greeting cards, which I've been passing along to spread the joy even further! Tyler was a big fan of the chocolates (as I knew he would be) and I can't wait to wake up with some hot tea this weekend.
Overall I was super impressed with my Knack box, especially with the presentation! Everything was so pretty, and the unboxing experience was so fun. If you want to spread the joy, click here to head to Knack to send a free box!
When I'm considering a new product, I try to choose companies that share my values whenever possible. As a woman it's extra important to me that I support female run businesses, which is why I'm teaming up with Billie!
Billie is a "female first" razor company that makes products specifically for all who identify as a woman! The starter kit includes a handle, 2 razor cartridges, and a magnetic shower holder for just $9. Each refill pack after that is $9 for 4 replacement cartridges and the frequency can be adjusted to match how frequently you shave.
Billie understands that shaving is a personal preference, and whether you like to shave every where everyday or prefer to grow it out is left up to you. They started Project Body Hair in order to change how our hair is shown in the media saying, "Commercials show women 'shaving' perfectly smooth, airbrushed legs. Strange, huh? But everyone has short stubble, long strands, or something in between. What you do with yours is up to you - grow it, get rid of it, or comb it. It's your hair, after all." And if shaving isn't your thing, you can still stock up on their other body care products (like the Sudsy Body Wash and Dry-Bye Body Lotion) which are vegan and cruelty free!
Billie is also addressing the Pink Tax, where women are charged more for everyday products than men are. The old tradition of "pink it and shrink it" comes with a cost that results in the average woman spending an extra $1,351 per year. Whether it's the actual tax we pay on feminine hygiene, or just the increased prices we pay, it's estimated that each purchase costs an average of 7% more. While major changes to our society and legislation need to happen before this problem can be solved, Billie is working hard to do their part. The Billie subscription is cheaper than Dollar Shave Club, which charges $26 for a 4 pack of razors and a 6 ounce tube of shave butter.
If you're interested in learning more about the Pink Tax, I definitely recommend you check out AxThePinkTax.com where you can calculate your estimated spend, and read studies about gendered pricing.
To sign up for a subscription with Billie, click here
Thank you to the Billie team for collaborating on this post! The starter kit and lotion were provided to me at no cost. Promoting products that not only support women, but actively seek change is something I care deeply about and I am excited to try my Billie kit and spread the word about ending the Pink Tax!
For a long time I was scared to jump on the midi-length bandwagon. I was raised Mormon, and whenever I try on something that gets remotely close to my knees I have flashbacks to the church dresses that made middle school feel even more awkward ?
Now that I work in an office I've found a new appreciation for more modest lengths. In the summer I would roast to death on the stuffy buses each morning, and was desperate to find some more seasonly appropriate workwear. Midi skirts were the perfect solution, especially since I could tuck my legs under like a blanket when the air conditioner above my desk gave me goosebumps ?
I wore this look to a bridal shower earlier in the summer, but also swapped my tank and heels for a ruffled tee and sandals for a job interview. Since finding the yellow midi at Target, I've been keeping my eyes peeled for some fall colors! As far as long skirts go, I've been converted ?
Wrap dresses + cool murals = a very happy me
I honestly love everything about this outfit, from the colors to accessories. I've been wearing tons of wraps this summer, and everytime I do I feel so confident! The silhouette is flattering, and I like that I'm able to tie the dresses to fit like a glove. I plan to transition some of my wraps to fall, with a jacket and some OTK boots because tbh I'm not ready to put them away just yet!
This Forever 21 dress is sold out in standard sizing, but is still available in plus. I've also linked some other cute F21 wrap styles here:
Summer always disappears before I'm ready, with a sudden switch to rain that results in me trading my sun dresses for sweaters. Luckily we always have a few more warm days into September, so you can find me taking advantage of every last chance to wear a bold floral like this bright shift from Forever 21!
Orange and blue is my fave complimentary combo, which made me super excited to style this look. I chose to bring out the blue with my shoes and accessories - like these fun earrings I got in my Rocksbox. This pair is from Kate Spade and retails for $78, but with my subscription I was able to rent them for a few weeks while only paying my $21 membership fee! Normally I buy all my statement pieces on a budget, so having the ability to try out luxury pieces at a low cost is always a fun way for me to mix it up. If you're interested in trying Rocksbox for yourself be sure to use code "alhblogxoxo" to wave the first month of your membership fee!
Do you have a favorite summer trend that you'll miss when summer is gone? Let me know in the comments! Besides sun dresses I'll definitely be upset about giving up my open toed shoes 😭
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