The Rundown: Delicious Chocolate for Less, BOGO Shoes & Other Fab Deals You Don’t Want to Miss!

The Rundown: Shopping Cheat Sheet

I don’t know about you guys, but I am REALLY glad it’s the weekend. It has been a busy couple of weeks around here and all I want to do sleep. Normally I try to use the weekends to get stuff done that I couldn’t otherwise do during the week, but this weekend I think I’m just going to sit back, relax, play with my son, and read a book. Oh, and eat some ice cream!

Have a great one!

Giveaway Winners

Thanks to those of you who entered my quick giveaways this week! You can still enter to win a Pacifica Eye Shadow Palette as I will announce that winner on Monday!

Adult Coloring Book Winners: Dinora & Bridget

Gratitude Journal: Karen

I will reach out to the winners shortly!

 

Cheap Read

Outlander
My friend told me yesterday that “everyone” is reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I had no idea! Outlander is a popular TV show on Starz, and this is the book in which the series is based. If you’re into long epic book series, you might want to grab this first book, which is only $1.99 for Kindle right now!

Synopsis: The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

 

Treat Yourself

Vosges Discount

You can get my favorite chocolate for less thanks to this Gilt City deal! Vosges Haut-Chocolat is the absolute best and right now, $25 will get you $50 to spend at Vosges! I’ve mentioned this chocolate company many times over the years. Their dark chocolate peanut butter bon-bons are my favorite but EVERYTHING they make and sell is delicious! You’re going to hate me for saying this, but it’s not too early to start thinking about holiday gift ideas. (I know, I know.) The voucher is valid through October 29, 2015, which is late enough that you could pick up a gift or two to have on hand as hostess gifts for holiday shindigs, though I know that I wouldn’t be able to have this chocolate in my house and not consume it immediately.

 

Subscribe and Save

FabFitFun Box by Giuliana Rancic Interested in checking out the FabFitFun VIP Box? Right now when you subscribe to this quarterly subscription box for women you can get 20% off your first FabFitFun VIP Box!

The box costs $49.99 per quarter, but when you enter code “PICNIC20″ at checkout you will save 20% and pay just $39.99 for your first box. This is easily one of the best deals I have ever seen for this box!

Curious about what’s inside? Check out my FabFitFun VIP Box review.

 

Don’t Miss This

Groupon: $10 Beauty Day

Today is $10 Beauty Day at Groupon! Not only are there various beauty products on sale for $10 or less (including a set of 12 professional make-up brushes on sale for just $8.97), but you can also find local beauty services marked down to just $10! Be sure to check out this sale as the pricing is only valid today, July 31, 2015.

 

Christmas in July

Grace and Lace Christmas in July Sale

Grace & Lace has been having a Christmas in July Sale all week and featuring a new one-day-only deal each day. Today’s offer is definitely the best of them all: 30% off everything at Grace & Lace. In addition to the 30% discount you will also get a free Indian Beaded Bracelet + free shipping with all orders! No coupon is needed but this offer expires at the end of the day today, July 31.

 

3 Sales You Don’t Wanna Miss

Bloomingdale’s

The Bloomingdale’s Endless Summer Sale is happening now and a huge selection of sale items have been marked down an EXTRA 50%, for a total savings of 60-80%! No coupon is needed to shop this sale. Pricing will be valid through August 9, 2015.

Bloomingdale's Endless Summer Sale

Anne Klein Sleeveless Wrap Shirt Dress – originally $129, now $45.15 after all discounts // Diane von Furstenberg Celeste Leaf Print Silk Wrap Romper – originally $398, now $139.30 after all discounts // French Connection Geo Jacquard Kimono Cardigan – originally $158, now $59.25 after all discounts

 

Kohl’s

The Kohl’s Friends and Family Sale is happening now, which means you can take 20% off your entire purchase AND earn $10 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 you spend! Use code “FAMILY20″ at checkout to save 20% through August 2, 2015.

I started browsing the LC Lauren Conrad collection and couldn’t stop… there are a bunch of great items, including this fun outfit for fall:

LC Lauren Conrad Fall Styles at Kohl's

LC Lauren Conrad Pleated Blouse – normally $40, on sale for $28, now $22.40 // LC Lauren Conrad Ponte Blazer – normally $64, on sale for $44.99, now $35.99 // LC Lauren Conrad Colored Jeggings – normally $50, on sale for $36.99, now $29.59 // LC Lauren Conrad Multi-Strand Necklace – normally $24, on sale for $16.80, now $13.44 // LC Lauren Conrad Peep-Toe Booties – normally $74.99, on sale for $69.99, now $55.99

 

Shoes.com

Calling all shoe lovers! This weekend all sale and clearance shoes are Buy 1 Get 1 FREE at Shoes.com! No, your eyes do not deceive you. For every pair of shoes you purchase you will get a second pair for FREE! Enter code “BOGO2015″ at checkout to take advantage of this offer. The coupon is valid through August 3, 2015. All purchases from this sale are considered final sale.

Shoes.com BOGO Sale

Buy the Frye Jamie Ring Tall Boot for $299.97 (originally $437.95) and get the Sam Edelman Pierce Over the Knee Boot for FREE! This boot is on sale for $293.97 (originally $294.95).

Reminder: Today’s the Last Day to Grab Your July Kindle First Book!

Just a quick reminder that today, July 31, is the last day that Amazon Prime members can grab their free July Kindle First book! A new selection of free books will be made available tomorrow.

Kindle First allows Amazon Prime members to download one free pre-release Kindle book per month! These books are only free to Prime members for one money and then they will become available to everyone else – at cost, of course – the following month.

Here are the July Kindle First book options:

Crooked Little Lies

Crooked Little Lies by Barbara Taylor Sissel

On a cool October morning, Lauren Wilder is shaken when she comes close to striking Bo Laughlin with her car as he’s walking along the road’s edge. A young man well known in their small town of Hardys Walk, Texas, Bo seems fine, even if Lauren’s intuition says otherwise. Since the accident two years ago that left her brain in a fragile state, she can’t trust her own instincts—and neither can her family. Then Bo vanishes, and as the search for him ensues, the police question whether she’s responsible. Lauren is terrified, not of what she remembers but of what she doesn’t.

Unable to trust herself and unwilling to trust anyone else, Lauren begins her own investigation into the mystery of Bo’s disappearance. But the truth can prove to be as shocking as any lie, and as Lauren exposes each one, from her family, from her friends, she isn’t the only one who will face heart-stopping repercussions.

Check out my Crooked Little Lies review!

 

It's in his Heart

It’s in his Heart by Shelly Alexander

Ella Dennings is furious. Soaking wet, muddy, and furious. All she wants is to enjoy a quiet summer retreat in her Red River Valley cabin. Maybe she can finish healing after the death of her husband, Bradley. Maybe she can even finish writing that third book in her anonymously written bestselling series. But when she arrives at the cabin in a raging rainstorm, who does she find holed up there but Cooper Wells, Bradley’s sexy best friend—a man capable of seducing women within seconds—and a man Ella has never liked.

Coop’s got his own baggage. He’s engulfed in a nasty legal battle, and after selling his home to cover his legal fees, he’s got nowhere to go but the cabin. He and Ella will just have to coexist under one roof…but is their heated animosity boiling over into attraction? And when Ella’s racy new book rocks the sleepy town, will her secret identity spell scandal for both of them?

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Here’s What I Received in My July Beauty Box 5

July Beauty Box 5

I’ll be honest with you: Sometimes I forget about Beauty Box 5. It’s the quietest of all of the beauty subscription boxes, in my opinion. They reliably send out a box of samples and full size beauty products each month, without nearly as much pomp and circumstance of some of the other monthly beauty boxes. For instance, Birchbox now has a monthly preview video and then a few days later you have the option of choosing one of your samples and/or the guest-curated box. Beauty Box 5 does none of that, but they’ve been chugging along the past few years.

Like many of the other packages I received this month, Beauty Box 5 was a bit of a mixed bag.

Here’s what I received in my July Beauty Box 5:

Ofra Lip Gloss

Ofra Lip Gloss ($12.95) – Beauty Box 5 does a great thing now: They indicate every full-size item on the card that is sent with each box. No more guessing if a smaller sample is actually full-size or not! I’m pretty certain I’ve tried Ofra lip gloss before, but I can’t remember when. Regardless, I really like this color and it will be put to good use!

Ofra Lip Liner

Ofra Lip Liner ($13) – I guess you can’t have lip gloss without the liner, right? Actually, I’m not sure the lip gloss and lip liner colors go together, but I’ll give it a try.

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Yay or Nay: Bag Charms

Bag Charms

(Image via Trend Survivor)

It was a few months ago – during Fashion Week – that I learned that really expensive “bag charms” are a thing. Many of the bloggers that attended Spring Fashion Week had covered their expensive handbags in weird “charms” as demonstrated above.

It reminded me of this:

Backpack with Keychains

This is more or less what my backpack looked like when I was in the 9th and 10th grade, minus the plastic gun, of course. The main differences here is that my backpack probably cost $20 tops, so covering it with keychains wasn’t that big of a deal.

Of course, you can do a more subdued bag charm look, like this:

Handbag with Mini Karlito Bag Charm

(Image via PurseBop)

This bag features the Mini Karlito Bag Charm, which was designed to resemble Karl Lagerfeld.

Bag charms are a big deal right now and they are popping up everywhere, whether you like the busier look or the more subdued version.

 

Bag Charms

Anya Hindmarch Traffic Cone Tassel Bag Charm – $395 // Fendi Zesty Bag Bug – $850 // Lenora Dame Dino Bag Charm – $65 // Coach Feathers and Stars Bag Charm – $95

As you can see, many bag charms are not exactly affordable. The high price of the Fendi bag charm can be attributed to the fact that it is made out of rabbit, mink, and fox fur. (And this is actually one of the more affordable charms in the Fendi collection!) Bag charms seem to be popular right now at all of the high-end handbag companies, which means more affordable versions will be making their way down to the rest of us over the coming months.

Of course, you always have the option of skipping the official ‘bag charm” moniker and going straight for your favorite keychains or tchotkes if you can figure out a way to attach them to your handbag of choice.

Yay or nay: Are bag charms a trend you’ll be embracing this fall or will you let this one pass you by?

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