Review » RocksBox 2nd Subscription Box

For my 2nd RocksBox, the jewelry I received were more what I would wear on a daily basis. Classy styles with minimal fuss. RocksBox is a monthly subscription that sends you 1 necklace, 1 ring, and 1 pair of earrings for $19 a month. You can keep the jewelry you like and return the ones you don’t like. The ones you keep – you will be charged a discounted rate off it’s retail price. Use this link to get 1 FREE Month of RocksBox.

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Gorjana Infinity II Ring in Gold
Retail Price: $40
Member Price: $32
Beautiful rings, very dainty but feels flimsy. I do believe Gorjana jewelry are usually not quite as sturdy as some other jewelry brands out there. I would love to constantly wear this piece but I believe it would not hold up very well with my day to day.
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Urban Gem Lola Spiked Earrings
Retail Price: $30
Member Price: $24
Though I love edgy styles of clothing, I have to be careful about edgy jewelry. I’m a mom so spikes are pretty much out. My kids even though they are girls, they love to climb on me and wrestle – especially my 19 month old. Spikes would be a cause to visit the ER. Maybe later on when the kids are older.
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Melinda Maria Mini Nicole Necklace
Retail Price: $98
Member Price: $78
 This is my favorite piece this month. I love the dual facets. Very good quality necklace, unfortunately, the hook is very cheap. It’s just a hook closure, not even a claw. In order to hook and unhook, I had to bend the hook. I do think it will not hold up to every day use. For the price, it’s not worth it if it’s not going to last.

What are some pieces you received this month? Please share!

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Review » RocksBox Jewelry Subscription

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RocksBox is a monthly subscription service that selects 3 pieces of jewelry based on your style profile. For $19/month, you received not 1 but 3 pieces of jewelry from brands like House of Harlow 1960 , Gorjana, Margaret Elizabeth, CC Skye, etc.

By signing up here, you will get 1 Month FREE. Yes, FREE for 1 Month. No code needed.

Wear the jewels for as long as you want, and return them to get 3 new pieces of jewelry. Now let’s say, you absolutely love, LOVE, love the pendant you received. Go to Rocksbox.com, log into your account and purchase it at a discounted price. Really ideal right?

If you are like me, I change my mind so very often. Certain jewelry pieces might be worn so many times in a span of a month, but then get hidden below another piece as the seasons/moods change.

What I received:

IMG_5136.JPG Margaret Elizabeth Teardrop Bangle in Blue Chalcedony

Retails at $88

RockBox price: $70

IMG_5137.JPGUrban Gem Cindy Studs in Light Pink

Retails: $25

RockBox price: $20

IMG_5139.JPGHouse of Harlow 1960 Sunburst Pendant Necklace in White

Retails: $58

RocksBox price: $46

My favorite piece is the House of Harlow 1960 pendant. It is gorgeous. Unfortunately, at 2 inches in diameter, it is large for my frame. No keepers this month, but the idea of RockBox is to experiment. The search is endless for that statement piece that pulls your outfit together and with a RockBox personal stylist on your side, it is inevitable you will find it.

My Review: It has potential. Rocksbox is considered a rental program to me. You are renting for the time being. If you like it, great – you can purchase it for a discounted price. If you don’t like it, return it.

The good thing is if you pay in advance $180/ year, membership is essentially $15 a month to wear jewelry pieces you don’t have to own.

The cons: You can receive merchandise that has been handled. If you look closely at the House of Harlow 1960 pendant, there are small poke marks in the leather.

Have you experienced RockBox? Thoughts?

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Shopping » Zara Autumn 2014 Picks

I did not pick up anything during Zara’s bi-annual sale. I’m not a sale person – meaning I don’t go crazy and wait for a sale to happen. (Doesn’t mean, I don’t try and wait for a sale. I tend to buy and then the very next week there’s a sale.)

I was able to pick up some things in the Autumn 2014 collection that just began to pop up online. Some items caught my eye in a big way that I bit the bullet and way overindulged my shopping addiction. Unfortunately some items will be returned due to just bad sizing.

What I Kept
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149.00 USD
This blazer is a polyester blend jacket with double zips as pockets on both sides. Unfortunately the pockets are fake. Otherwise, I purchased a Medium and it fit very well. It’s got padded shoulders that gives me a lift and I love the draped collar. The draped collar creates a relaxed yet polished look that I really like.

zara-pleated

39.90 USD
The hunter green color is absolutely beautiful for fall. The pleated details of the hem and bell sleeves are so feminine. The only problem I had with this top is the button loop closure in the back. It is tiny and so hard to button. But it’s an easy fix – just add a bigger/loose button loop. I didn’t even have a problem that this is a crop top. I purchased a Medium and it fit really well. The Medium is very true to size for me. It is a Zara slim fit at the torso.

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59.90 USD
I began to love these loafers/moccasins type shoes recently after over-wearing my heels for months and months. My feet were in bad shape. (Feet cramping up when wearing or not wearing heels). I pulled out my Shoemint rose gold loafers but the soles are a little rough on my arch. I fell in love with these Zara slip ons and they are so comfortable. The toe box is a little snug and my big toe indents through the top. Otherwise very roomy and comfy.

zara-weave-1

49.90 USD
This is a textured animal print that is lightweight with a flirty peplum hem. It is so cute. The back is a 4 button closure which I don’t even open. The neck opening is large enough to slip over your head. I first purchased a Medium – my usual size. But Medium was hanging on me. Small fit a lot better. So purchase a size down. Check out some more pics of this Weave Animal Print Top below.

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What I Did NOT Keep

zara-boot-2

159.00 USD
I really wanted to love these almost knee high boots. They are super tight! I am a 7.5 and the heels fit but getting my feet into the boot was damn fucking hard. There is hardly a stretch to the shaft. The heel is supposed to be 3.35″ as stated online but to me it was 3.5″ high, shaft is 13″ high but the opening is only 4″ width (with no to very little stretch). Such a shame because it’s a beautiful boot. I personally do like the contrast of the leather heel and the faux leather shaft.

zara-silk-1

79.90 USD
Beautiful romantic top and it’s SILK! But it has an odd seam down the middle of the shirt. Go to Zara.com and zoom into the image. Zara tries to filter the seam out, but the zoomed photo you can see it. Another problem, the under side of the shirt is a half inch seam allowance on both sides. Therefore, the sheerness of the shirt makes the one inch of fabric exposed. BOO to Zara to filter the seam/fabric from the online images! I purchased a Medium but it is too large. The tulip/dolphin hem is awful and unflattering. Order a size down if you’re interested. Very awkward blouse.
Any picks or skips that you would like to share?
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Reviews » DVF Lucy Crepe Jumpsuit

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I fell in love with the Diane Von Furstenberg Lucy Printed Jumpsuit in Wing Dance Mini New Apricot. It was love at first sight. Unfortunately it was sold out on shopbop.com. I just had to have it and I shelled out $460 to get it from Net-A-Porter.com (double the price than on shopbop.com).

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Sorry for the phone camera pictures. I did not find this jumpsuit appealing enough to break out the DSLR. I ordered a size 10 according to the size chart online. However when I tried it on, there were so many problems with the jumpsuit. It made me wish I had listen to the reviews around the internet.

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The size 10 was based on a 31″ waist which is accurate. Fits me to true to size. But that’s the only place it fit me. The inseam was too long. I was already wearing 5″ heels and the pant legs were still dragging on the floor.

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Because of the Kimono sleeves style, there was no shoulder definition. The boat neckline was too large on my frame and it puddled downwards. I understand it supposed create a waterfall effect but what happened was the two button closures on the back of the neck were heavier than the material. The neckline kept pooling backwards causing the front neckline to become a mock turtleneck (and it bit into the skin of my neck) while the back drooped too low.

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And the worst part of the jumpsuit was the zipper part with hook and eye closure plus its 3 tiny snap on buttons along the side of the jumpsuit. My fingers are pretty slim and I usually have no trouble with tiny closure, but it took me about 5 minutes to snap and hook these closures.

The print is gorgeous and the material is a satin silk like crepe that is so comfortable. I so wished this was a keeper. DVF makes beautiful clothing that’s feminine and easy to wear. I was very disappointed this jumpsuit did not work out. It was swiftly returned and Net-A-Porter.com was quick to refund in full. I guess I should be happy about that. It did make me feel better that I did not have to waste time or money in the end.

Have you purchased something with high hopes and it disappointed you? Comment below and let me know!

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Review: Hot Pink Scala Pumps from ASOS

ASOS SCALA Court Shoe

I noticed these pumps a while back when I was trying to find a cheaper version of J.Crew’s Mona Suede Pumps in a similar Berry color. At $45.45 and free shipping, these ASOS Scala Pumps were a steal! I was pretty excited to get them.

My excitement waned when I looked at the shoes. Very poorly made. As you see in the inset picture above, one of the heels are not aligned with the base. Upon further examination, the shoes looked like they were made out of cardboard. It felt like cardboard too. At a heel height of 4″, I was afraid these shoes might not support my weight.

This shoe will be returned.