1.25.2014

Love Coupon Book Giveaway!


Hey peeps! You know how much I love supporting amazing small businesses and today I am thrilled to introduce Datevitation and their lovely little pre-Valentine's Day giveaway for my blog (thanks Alex and Olga)! Here's a little rundown on what Datevitation is and what they offer:

What is Datevitation.com? Datevitation is a family business run by the husband-wife team and romance experts of Alex and Olga Karpman. You can read more on their Datevitation blog, where they offer video guides to date ideas and romantic gestures. (You can even watch Alex propose to Olga in a video they posted on YouTube as a Save The Date, and now has over 1.5 million views (you can view the video here)! so cute!)
Datevitation makes cute custom love coupon books for any recipient- parents, a special someone, kids, and friends. Think of the possibilities! I know moms especially would appreciate receiving a love coupon book from their kids and dad for extra chores, a day off cooking/dishes, or a spa day! And kids would love a coupon book filled with fun activities to do throughout the year.




Why Datevitation.com? It's easy and so much fun! Datevitation's site lets you choose from their extensive library (click here to browse) of "love coupons" to include in your little love coupon book! There are so many to choose from! Including, ahem, naughty love coupons, but you can see for yourself later. You can even shop in your faces on the artwork, how cute is that! I make Valentine's Day love coupon books for B every year and I usually just make them with Photoshop and give it to him via PDFs on a flash drive which he uses for a while but then gets lost or usually forgotten. 




Enter to win: Datevitation has sweetly offered to give away a FREE love coupon book valued at $25 plus free shipping! It will end a week from today and you can enter here:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you simply can't wait, as a special treat for my followers, Datevitation has generously provided the code ‘OBSESSED’ for $10 off your purchase plus free shipping (total value of $13.50) That means you can get your loved one a one-of-a-kind gift for Valentine's Day starting at just $15! The order cut-off date for guaranteed delivery by Valentine's Day is February 3 so just make sure to get your order in before then! ;)



p.s. bonus tip- if you're feeling especially lucky- go to their blog and enter to win a $300 cash giveaway!

Although some things are obviously more for me (fancy date night hello!) B loves getting these love coupon books every year as they provide us with fun things to do to switch up our daily routine a little. And really, isn't that what Valentine's Day should really be about? Strengthening and celebrating our precious relationships!

This post was sponsored by Datevitation, a brand that I love and trust. A love coupon book was provided for review. All opinions are my own.

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12.05.2013

Holiday Sparkle

I've been wanting a sequin dress in this blue/gray color for SO long. TOO long. So when I found it last week at Forever21 I snapped up the last perfect one in size S. It's a little big on me (I'm usually an XS), I think it's meant to be a bodycon-style dress, but I like the way it hangs so casually, skimming instead of clinging (aka How To Wear a Sequin Dress and Not Look Like You're Going To Vegas 101).

But the cons of heavily sequin dresses are that they're a bit irritating on the skin sometimes, the sequins catch on each other (proof below, I promise the dress isn't tucked into my underwear!), and all eyes are on you. Why is that a con? you may ask. Oh, you bold, confident person. I wish I could be like you.
sequin dress: F21 (similar on sale!, similar, similar) | leather jacket: thanks to Aeropostale (similarsimilar) | lucite wedges: H&M x MMM (similar) | knuckle clutch: gift from mom! (amazing, amazing, steal)

 What's happening this week:
  • SO ecstatic that my bracelet was featured in Points North Magazine this month for their December 2013 holiday gift guide! *super happy dance* It's a small feature, but I am pumped nonetheless.
  • The holidays are here and for once I haven't bought all the Christmas gifts by November as I usually do. It wouldn't be that bad but B and I haven't sat down and decided on gifts for relatives yet. Yikes.
  • It's been raining and muggy here so I don't wanna hear "that's way too cold to wear what you're wearing." If you know me, then you know I'm a glutton for comfort and if it's way too cold (or even just a little too cold), I will slink into my couch in my alpine-print leggings and oversize hoodie and  my  mug of tea and read a book instead of posting like a good, enduring blogger should. Heck to the no.
  • It's the first two weeks of December, which means that it's holiday rush time for the shop and final exam time for school. Somebody save me.

11.13.2013

Playing with Neutrals: Fur Vest

A fur vest is one of my all-time fashion obsessions and by far the least worn item in my closet! Last fall I spent months of searching and living and breathing fur vests. If you follow me on Pinterest you were most likely flooded with pins upon pins of Olivia Palermo wrapped up in an enormously fluffy fur vest (really, Olivia? you look amazing, we don't deny it, but how do you get anything done in that?) or Wendy who could wear a burlap sack and thousands of women would turn up at work in a burlap sack the next day or that VS model turned actress busily walking past awed passerby in the most amazing all-leather outfit I have ever seen, PETA-be-damned. If you didn't thoroughly enjoy the masses of fur vest pins I unleashed upon you then I'm sorry because I don't know if our friendship would last IRL. Kidding!

But seriously. Months in of the search for the perfect fur vest (fluffy, but not too fluffy; not too brown, not too gray; not too short, not too engulf-y) I finally found THE ONE on ebay last year and then wore it like once. What?! B haaated the vest and so I felt really subconscious about it. But- fast forward to last week- the weather suddenly turned cold and guess who was calling my name once again. 
sweater dress: h&m, old (similar) | fur vest: ebay, love this one on sale! | boots: aldo, old (similar) | bag: Phillip Lim x Target | watch: MK | bracelets, necklace: yunikelley designs | ring: similar


The haps lately:
  • B came home from Alaska and I've been off the grid. durh.
  • B and I went on a much needed vacay to the Blue Ridge Mountains and you had to pry me away. It was trivia night in their bar & grill and we may or may not have been the youngest people there by a several decades (what does that say about us?). But we did win the first round and won a pitcher of beer which we gave away and we got to see someone's dear grandma get pretty plastered so good times were had by all!
  • Got asked to feature one of my Etsy items in Points North Magazine's holiday issue! It's a local mag that covers several city's worth of who-who's and where-to-eat-and-shop's so I'm really excited!
  • Be on the lookout for my next blog giveaway! I discovered this SUPER CUTE Etsy shop that sells bows. I ordered a bunch last month and loved them so much that I asked Sarah to host a giveaway with me and she kindly said yes!
  • Between school and my Etsy shop, I have been so overwhelmed- my sleeping and eating schedule is all wonky. How do you daily bloggers do it? And I know some of you have full-time jobs and go to school! Are you secretly robots, because if so I knew it! It's devastating because I love sleep.
  • Started watching the tv series Chuck. If you know me, then you know I like to have at least 5 shows in my rotation. Right now they're Walking Dead, Survivor, The Office. While it's not my favorite, I still like it!

9.27.2013

Monochromatic Lace

Black and nude. One of my favorite color pairings... something about it is so sexy and intimate. When I saw this top on Forever 21's Love 21 section about a year ago, I knew I had to have it! There's a soft layer of nude and a black lacy overlay. I'm not a girly girl in terms of pink or ruffles by any means, but lace- lace I can do.
It's probably hard to tell, but there are little studs along the collar of the top and so a match was made in heaven when I paired it with my trusty studded belt! p.s. don't get stuck in traffic and then take outfit photos, you will have the serious case of crotch-wrinkles! haha- okay that sounded less gross in my head.
top, belt: f21, old (save, splurge) | jeans: c/o j brand  | flats: old navy | bag: 3.1 phillip lim x target | watch: ae (savesplurge) | sunnies: rayban

What's happening this week:
  • Featured on Real Girl Glam on their Real Girl Style link-up! Thank you, thank you!
  • My room is a disaster from trying to fit a fully operating office/work space into a tiny bedroom, but I like to refer to it as "my organized chaos"
  • Been obsessed with these J Brand black skinnies! I live in black skinny jeans and since I received this pair from their #LittleBlackJean contest, I haven't taken them off! Clearly.
  • Weather is finally cooling off again. I say again because it was already cool before I moved from Utah and it was weird to have to suffer through summer again. It's time to break out boots and booties and leather jackets already! I'm dying here! (flutters hand dramatically on forehead)
  • B comes home in 5 days! *happy dance*
  • After holding the Kate Spade beau, I wasn't too thrilled at how much leg space I'd be sacrificing in the car and how boxy it was (although the leopard Kate Spade beau is to die for and I'll never turn it down in a million years). And after much thought, even though the Zac Posen is still my #1 dream bag (holy hotness batman), I couldn't justify the $600 price tag when the bag was... well, 75% plastic. And I'm not so sure how the vinyl will hold up against the cold and over time. Plus, I heard vinyl is so crazy easy to stain and gurrrl with me, denim stains are sadly inevitable. So I went in a different, simpler direction. Reveal coming soon!
  • How awesome are these 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target bags? SO AWESOME. The totes were definitely bigger than I thought but that's okay since I'm a compulsive hoarder/shopper so I'm sure I'll find something to stuff it with. And the mini satchels are so freaking cute and also fit only a small cookie.