I tried the FASHOM Style Box – Here’s What I Think

I recently had the opportunity to try a style box by Fashom – a fashion box designed to help you expand your wardrobe. I received my box free of charge from Fashom in exchange for my honest review of my experience and the items that I received. Here is how it works, what I chose, and what my thoughts are on this experience!

My initial impression of Fashom was positive. I really appreciated the fact that the women pictured on their website were unique and that they appeared to represent a wide range of styles. I’m all about inclusivity and encouraging women to be themselves! It was refreshing to see that the women on their site didn’t appear to be models or to represent unattainable beauty standards.

Fashom has a style system that is very easy to use. First, you set up your style profile. You answer questions about your appearance, hair color, clothing size, etc. Then you choose looks that you enjoy from pictures they share with you. Once you complete your profile, it goes to one of their stylists. After a couple of days the stylist sent me several looks, from which I was to choose five. At this point you can choose your looks or request more. I requested more, asking to see some dresses as I was curious about the range of clothing that they had available. Within a couple of days I was presented with additional looks to choose from. I chose my five pieces and they were delivered.

At Fashom you typically pay a $15 styling fee (though your first styling fee will be free) and that fee will be put towards any item you decide to keep. One cool aspect of Fashom is that you can try your pieces and send back anything you don’t end up liking, and only be charged for what you decide to keep. (The return envelope is prepaid, so sending items back will cost you nothing.) Another interesting, and awesome, aspect is that the more items you keep, the more you will save. If you choose to keep 3 of your items you will receive a 25% discount. If you keep all 5 then the discount jumps to 30%. Another great facet is that you can see what the clothing items cost when you choose them, so there are no surprises. Also, there is no subscription required! To me, this is one of the best features of this style box. You’ll never be met with an unwelcome charge or forced to use the service. Whenever you want to use it, just log in and start!

I will show you both the pictures on the website as well as pictures of me actually wearing the items so you can see how they look in both situations.

The first item I chose was the Desfios: Shimmer Tank Top ($32)

This looks exactly like the picture in person, and was well made. I love the material so much!

The next item I chose was the Naked Zebra: Rolled Short Sleeve V-Neck Blouse ($41)

This shirt was a great surprise. I wasn’t sure I’d like it but the material is gorgeous. It has a slight shimmer to it and lays and feels a lot like silk. I loved this far more than I thought I would.

The third item I chose was the One 5 One Jeans: Skinny Jeans with Embroidery Hem ($55)

Once again, I was pleasantly surprised. These were so cute on!

The fourth item I chose was the Articles of Society: Tank Top ($35)

The material was, once again, a surprise. It was really stretchy, soft and comfortable. And I love the little detail of the front coming to a point. It’s a nice little touch that brings it up a notch to be able to be dressy.

The final item I chose was the Chris & Carol: Knit Striped Dress ($39)

In the picture you can see my excitement over those pockets! This dress is incredibly soft and feels good on. Though it’s a dress, I was really comfortable in it.

I was honestly surprised by this experience. It was an incredibly simple process to be styled and it was easy to communicate with the company. In addition, the clothing was a higher quality than I was expecting. Sometimes when you order clothing online, it’s a bit disappointing when it arrives because it’s not the quality it appeared to be. For me, this was the opposite experience. I was expecting the clothes to be nice, but I wasn’t expecting to love them as much as I did.

I found several things I loved about Fashom – from their generosity (they send $1 for every box purchased to the animal charity Second Chance Rescue NYC) to their amazing mottos, ” LOVE THE WAY YOU ARE! #BetterAsIAm,” to the fact that they offer a great service. While I could easily go to the store and purchase clothing, this is a fun way to open myself up to the possibility of items I might not normally choose. For example, I don’t know that I’d have ever tried something trendy, like the jeans. I think Fashom is a fun way to experiment with fashion and to get outside assistance from a professional stylist on growing your wardrobe. I’m so glad I had such a great experience with them, and if you’re interested in trying a style box, I highly recommend this one.

You can find them here. I don’t receive anything for sharing this link – I’m just trying to make it easy for you!

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See me unbox the items and see them in detail here on YouTube!

(Cook) Book Review: Reese Witherspoon’s ‘Whiskey In A Teacup’

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I received Whiskey In A Teacup in a subscription box, but if I hadn’t, I’d have bought it anyway. I’ve been a big fan of Reese’s since the 90’s when I first saw her in the movies Fear and Freeway. I’ve also loved her in Cruel Intentions, Sweet Home Alabama, Walk The Line, Legally Blonde, Election, and several others. So when I heard she had a book coming out, I was ready to snatch it up.

The book is full of Reese’s ideas, thoughts, insights and traditions. It’s a nice, sweet, light read. It’s easy to just keep going once you start. I laughed at a couple of parts, and teared up at others, as nostalgia seems to make me emotional these days. Her stories made me think of my stories and memories of my childhood and my grandmothers. It was very enjoyable and fun to read.Even as a northern girl, I just love those southern girls and their traditions. I like to think I’m part southern girl, since my Grandpa Gerard hails from New Orleans.

Along with the text, this book contains beautiful pictures of Reese and members of her family. It also has fun little music playlist suggestions and an index for all of her recipes. There’s even a Metric conversion chart in the back, which is very helpful. The pictures of her food are also gorgeous, and the entire book is truly lovely to look at.

Now on my favorite part of reviewing books – the cooking. Reese fills her book with many recipes – some from her grandmother’s kitchen, some from her own, and some from other family members and friends. Out of the 48 recipes included, for everything ranging from drinks to main dishes to desserts to side dishes, I’ve tried several and liked them enough to try more in the future. But for now, I’ll share my thoughts on what I’ve made so far.

Dorothea's Corn Salad

Dorothea’s Corn Salad

This is probably my favorite of what I made. It’s DELICIOUS and really, really easy. My oldest son and I ate this until it was gone. It will definitely become a staple dish for us in the future!

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Reese’s Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

This is a tasty little dish. I, for one, however, prefer a mushy pot pie. Using fresh veggies makes it crisp, and that’s not my style. And I think we added too much onion when I made it. So I will try this one again in the future using canned veggies and less onion. It’s worth a redo!

Veggie Plate in a Jar

Veggie Plate in a Jar

This one is a favorite. It’s delicious and so good for you. Reese’s recipe for her dressing is delish. I love the idea of putting the food in these jars, however, eating out of them is super irritating. And since you put the food in in layers, it’s hard to get different items in one bite. I’ll make this veggie dish in the future, but I’m just going to put it all in one big bowl!

Pecan Chicken Tenders

Pecan Crusted Chicken Tenders

This crust was amazing. And putting the chicken on a stick is super fun for kids. I actually got my super picky 5-year-old son to eat this chicken, and he loved it. I will definitely be making this again!

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Applesauce Cake

I have to admit, I was most excited about this one, and it was a disappointment. I think the main issue for us was the icing. It wasn’t a flavor we loved and it hardened up so much that it was almost a separate item from the cake itself. If I made it again, I think I’d try a simple vanilla glaze instead. However, I didn’t love it enough that I’ll make it again I don’t think.

Sweet Potato Casserole with Candied Pecan Crust (shown full and plated)

This one is delicious, but not worth the effort. I’ll make it again in the future, but instead of purchasing fresh sweet potatoes and peeling and cooking and mashing them, I’m going to buy Bruce’s Canned Yams. It will remove most of the work, and I’m pretty sure it’ll still be just as yummy!

Chili Cornbread

Reese’s Corn Bread Chili Pie

This one we loved. I would say that it was my husband’s favorite recipe out of all of the ones we tried. It was a favorite for me as well because it was just so simple and delicious. This one will become a staple for us, hands down.

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Asparagus with Mock Hollandaise Sauce

This was good, but I couldn’t follow the recipe 100% and had to substitute the cayenne pepper and the mayo (with Miracle Whip) which I’ve learned, when you’re cooking, they aren’t the same. So I liked it enough to try it again the right way and see if we like it a little bit better.

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Frozen Fruit Salad

This is probably my favorite recipe in the book. It’s so good! And again, I can’t get over my love of these little jars! The only issue I had here was the pineapple. When frozen, it makes this a bit of a bear to eat, and the flavor just didn’t fit for me. In the future when I make this again, I think I’ll leave the pinapple out and perhaps just substitute with more banana.

In all, I’m loving the recipes in Reese’s book. They were not all winners for us, but I like them enough that I am excited to try more. And as I said, the book itself is so lovely to look at and fun to cook from, it will most certainly be a staple in my kitchen from now on.

 

Cookbook Review! “True Roots” by Kristin Cavallari

If you’ve watched Laguna Beach or The Hills, you undoubtedly know who Kristin Cavallari is. If you haven’t, but you like football, you may know her as former NFL quarterback Jay Cutler’s wife. She recently re-upped her reality game in her new show, Very Cavallari, which chronicles her life now as a wife, mother, and entrepreneur as she opens her first store for her lifestyle and jewelry brand, Uncommon James. And somewhere in the midst of all of this, she wrote a cookbook.

To be completely honest, I never liked her. I thought she was kind of a bitch on her reality shows. Later we all learned that those shows were actually scripted, and she was playing a character, edited to seem even worse than she was. None of this has any bearing on why I bought this book though.

I was perusing for a cookbook that could get me eating more cleanly and more healthy. I wanted good, tasty, healthy food for my family. But I’m not a chef, and I’m just learning to cook. So I wanted something uncomplicated, easy to follow, and healthy. I stumbled upon this book (on Amazon) and it seemed like just the thing I was looking for. In the preview pages, Kristin listed the items she uses in the recipes and keeps in her pantry, refrigerator, etc. – which made it seem really streamlined and simple. So I ordered it, and here’s how I’m doing.

So far I’ve made several of the dishes and drinks in the book. I did have to do a little searching for some of the ingredients. I live in a very small town, and our little grocery store simply doesn’t carry things like oat flour and aloe juice. After some store hopping and a couple of Amazon pantry orders, I was ready to go. I started off with some recipes that seemed the easiest and went from there. I’d say I’ve made over 1/4 of the recipes so far (there are around 100 in the book). While I’m not a vegetarian, I do try to limit eating meat, and I have a rule. If I’ve never eaten it, I’m not going to start now. This only applies to animals. So several of the recipes for things like duck, veal and lamb, I will never make. Though someday I may decide to try the recipes on different meats.

In addition, there are several things in the book that I have substituted in lieu of creating my own for time and money purposes. For example, she has you creating Almond and Cashew milks from actual almonds and cashews. I cheated and bought the milks pre-made at the store. In addition, I bought minced garlic instead of mincing my own.

Of the recipes I’ve tried, my favorite is the Baked Oatmeal with Warm Berry Sauce. The sauce is incredible and can be used on anything you’d want a sweet berry sauce on, including ice cream, pancakes, spongecake, etc. Another favorite of mine is the Creamy Cinnamon Smoothie. She almost didn’t include it in the book, and I’m so very glad she did. My least favorite are the Chia Parfaits. The taste isn’t bad, but I just can’t get into the consistency. I’m a huge consistency person, and this is not something that works for me.

I read a few reviews on Amazon prior to purchasing, and one person stated that there are a lot of pictures of Kristen in this book. They would have preferred more pictures of the dishes being prepared. I agree that there are a lot of pictures of her. But to me, I would assume that the people inclined to buy the cookbook would be fans of hers, who would enjoy seeing pictures of her. I could take them or leave them personally, but they in no way bother me or ruin the cookbook. The book itself is pretty and nice to look at. It’s designed well and has a very french-country feel. Very farm-to-table, which I personally enjoy. In all, I’d give it a 10/10. The recipes are uncomplicated, delicious, and healthy. Kristen sprinkles cute little personal statements and pictures throughout the book, which makes it fun to read. I look forward to making more of the recipes from it, and have already found some favorites that I’ll use forever. Below I’ll share my favorites so far, and pictures I took of my creations!

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Creamy Cinnamon Smoothie

Baked Oatmeal with Warm Berry Sauce
Baked Oatmeal with Warm Berry Sauce

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Lime Rice

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Summer Salad with Sweet Basil Vinaigrette

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Apple Cider Fighter

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Chocolate Crunch Smoothie Bowl

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Creamy Chickpeas and Spinach

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Artichoke Hummus

Here’s a video of me creating the Honey Turmeric Latte from the cookbook. Enjoy!

 

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Honey Turmeric Latte

The verdict is in – It’s AMAZING!!!

 

 

 

Younique Makeup Review!

Hey guys! I did a blog on Younique makeup. I tried several of the products at an in-home party, but I didn’t order everything I tried. Here’s what I liked enough to order:

Splurge Creme Shadow in Unapologetic

Moodstruck Brow Gel, Moodstruck Precision Brow liner in Medium

Moodstruck Opulence Lipstick in Loaded and Affluent

Moodstruck Precision Pencil Lip Liner in Posh and Pouty

Moodstruck Precision Pencil Eye Liner in Perfect

Stiff Upper Lip Lip Stain in Sultry, Shameless and Sappy

Lucrative Lip Gloss in Lucky, Lucid and Luxe

Lip Bon Bons in Red Velvet Cake

My go-to’s for this brand have become the eyeliner and lip stains. They are my favorites by far!