The Look for Less: Chloé Drew Bag

Bloggers with the Chloe Drew Bag

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If you have mega bucks to spend, one of the most popular handbag styles you’ll see this spring is the Chloé Drew Bag. This bag is popping up on fashionistas and style bloggers everywhere!

Of course, being Chloé, the bag doesn’t come cheap. I’ve spotted this handbag style retailing for anywhere from $1,200 – $2,000+!

While it’s not an exact match – finding the horseshoe-shaped saddle bag is proving to be difficult right now, but I’m sure there will be plenty of other options on the market soon – we did spot a couple of passable Chloé Drew Bag looks for less!

The Look for Less: Chloe Drew Bag

A more expensive look for less – but a look for less none the less – is the MARC by Marc Jacobs Luna Leather Saddle Crossbody Bag, which is $348 at Neiman Marcus.

However, for a truly affordable version the Crossbody Handbag with Turnlock is available in a range of colors from Target and features the similar horseshoe shape of the Chloé Drew Bag, though the shape of the flap and the strap is obviously different. Still for a 99%+ savings, I think I can be OK with those differences!

Make an Easy & Delicious Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate with Peanut Hottie

Make a delicious & easy peanut butter hot chocolate with Peanut Hottie | ShopGirlDaily.com

I may have written at some point about how peanut butter hot chocolate is one of my favorite things EVER. In particular, I am smitten with Eat Live Run’s Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate recipe and make it many times each winter.

This year, however, I haven’t had the patience to spend much time in the kitchen. Let’s chalk it all up to being pregnant, shall we? While the recipe isn’t difficult at all it is slightly time consuming. And by time consuming I mean it takes approximately 15 minutes from start-to-finish and sometimes that was more time than I was willing to invest in concocting a sweet treat.

Enter then one of my new favorite things, Peanut Hottie:

Peanut Hottie

Peanut Hottie is a peanut butter-flavored instant hot beverage that is tasty on its own but even more amazing when combined with hot chocolate!

To create a quick peanut butter hot chocolate I combine Café Escapes Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa (I use the K cups) and 2 teaspoons of Peanut Hottie. I mix the two together and then add a couple of marshmallows because hot chocolate is not complete without marshmallows! The end result is a peanut butter hot chocolate that tastes remarkably similar to a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and that is wonderfully decadent without being too calorie laden.

While I haven’t tried it, there’s a Peanut Butter & Chocolate Peanut Hottie available as well. While that sounds delicious, I think I’m going to stick to my new treat of combining hot chocolate with the original flavor. It’s a tasty treat that takes approximately one minute to make and cures all cravings for sweets.

If you love the taste of peanut butter then I highly recommend giving this product a try. I doubly recommend trying it out in your hot chocolate. It’s so delicious!

Peanut Hottie is available at Walmart (in the hot chocolate aisle) and you can also purchase it from Amazon.

Disclosure: I was provided with a sample of Peanut Hottie to try but all opinions expressed above are my own.

Love at First Sight: Kate Spade New York LOVE Shoes

Wedding WednesdayHow fabulous are these Kate Spade New York Love shoes?! When it comes to choosing the perfect shoes for your big day, your search is pretty much over. Nothing screams LOVE more (literally!) then these! I think they would make a great surprise under your dress. The pictures! Swoon.

The only downside? Looks like they only come in pink. I for one am head over heels in love with the color, but it may not be everyone’s fancy, nor your wedding colors or the color you wish for you shoes. If you must have these, then also be aware they are currently available in sizes 5.5, 6, 6.5 and 9.5. If those are your sizes, grab them while you can!

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You could also re-purpose them and wear them again on Valentine’s Day and your anniversary. I splurged on my wedding shoes and have justified the cost by wearing them on countless occasions. Almost anytime I need to get dressed up I make sure I can wear them. I’m absolutely smitten. Do I need them? No. Do I want them? You bet. It was love at first sight.

Kate Spade New York, $350.

Would you wear these LOVE shoes on your big day?

Wedding Wednesday: Affordable Fair Trade Wedding Suggestions

I’m fortunate to have a job that pays a living wage and promises good working conditions. To ensure that others enjoy these same benefits, I try to support fair trade businesses whenever possible. When I started planning my wedding last summer, I knew I wanted to incorporate fair trade elements, but I also wanted to stick to a fairly modest budget. Luckily, there are several affordable fair trade options for everything from the dress to the decor.

Fair Trade Wedding Dresses

The Eleanor Wedding Dress

If you’ve found your Mr. Darcy, look no further than The Eleanor Wedding Dress, a classic romantic dress that reminds me of Jane Austen.

The Amelia Wedding Dress

I’m also in love with The Amelia Wedding Dress, which has more of a princess feel to it.

Both are available through Celia Grace, which offers fair trade and eco-friendly wedding dress styles starting at $500. Celia Grace also offers a free e-book, 49 Ideas and Resources for a More Meaningful Wedding. All dresses at Celia Grace are “exquisitely handcrafted using vintage-inspired lace, exclusive hand woven silks, and stunning beading and detail work. Celia Grace wedding dresses are made in safe, fair, and empowering Fair Trade conditions.”

 

Fair Trade Bridesmaids Dresses

Naomi Party Dress

Channel Audrey Hepburn in this classic LBD, the Naomi Party Dress (about $190 USD) from People Tree, a sustainable and fair trade fashion store based in the UK.

Amanda Archer Pleated Collar Dress

Chicago designer Amanda Archer produces custom fit dresses, such as this adorable knee-length Pleated Collar Dress ($200), which is available in a variety of colors.

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Vera Bradley Smartphone Wristlets Only $15.99

I love Vera Bradley, but I don’t own too many pieces (come to think of it, I have only one piece and that’s my cosmetic bag!) because of the price tag. However, I know for a fact that I’ll be grabbing a smartphone wallet as they are on sale for $15.99! Since they are originally $49, this is one heck of a savings!

This Vera Bradley Smartphone Wristlet in Canterberry Magenta tops my list! I love the colors and that it isn’t too showy. This will go with almost every article of clothing I have. LOVE.

Or do I want a louder print one? Go big or go home right?! ;)

Even though it’s much more colorful then the other one, this Vera Bradley Smartphone Wristlet in Va Va Bloom is a winner as well. Heck, for $15.99 I could get both for the price of one, with money to spare!

And, in case you’re wondering, there is plenty of room inside for the essentials. Now that I’m a mom I use my diaper bag as a purse. This is a great way to still have all of my necessary items in one place and I can easily throw it in the diaper bag or take it out if need be.

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Finally, a larger, all-in-one phone case, wallet and wristlet. A zip-around compartment opens to reveal three card slips, a bill compartment, a gusseted coin purse and an outer ID window. The snap flap on the phone compartment is secure, yet easy to access quickly. This option fits an iPhone 5/5s in an OtterBox Case.

Are you going to grab a Vera Bradley Smartphone Wristlet? Which pattern is your favorite?

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Subscription Box Review: Bestowed

I pretty much eat only snacks. As a mom, my kids are always eating my meals before I have a chance to actually finish them, and I generally resort to little packets of peanut butter or Kashi bars for fuel. (The other day I actually ate some Strawberry Pop Tarts for lunch because that is all I could find…I’m ashamed to admit it, but they were delicious). When I received the opportunity to review Bestowed, a subscription box which sends 7-10 healthy snacks, beverages and lifestyle items a month, I jumped at the chance.

The boxes are curated by Heather Bauer, a New York Dietitian-Nutritionist, best selling book author, private weight loss counselor, and Huffington Post columnist. Her goal is to bring the best brands to consumers, and to keep us from getting bored with healthy food (because if I have to eat another plain chicken breast, I’ll cry).

Here are the Bestowed details:

  • Pick from three different plans- 1 month @ $20/month, 3 months @ $18/month, 6 months @ $17/month or 12 months @ $16/month
  • Shipping is free
  • Plans renew automatically, cancel any time

If you like what you receive, you can shop the box in their online store.

Here is what I received in my February box:

Subscription Review Box: BestowedI loved the variety and the inclusion of items that my kids would like as well as products that I enjoy. The item that truly caught my attention was the seasoning kit- I am forever trying to find quick & yummy ways to spice up chicken breasts. Unfortunately I over-cooked the chicken (so hard to see if it is done when wrapped in parchment), but the concept is still interesting.

Bestowed Subscription Box ContentsSimply Organic Steam Gourmet Parchment & Seasoning Kit- ($2.92 per envelope); great concept, not enough flavor for my husband, but could have been operator error on my part!

Morning Sunshine Breakfast Cookie- ($2.25 per cookie); had an amazing amount of protein- 12g, and didn’t taste sugary or bland like most breakfast cookies I have tried. I would eat this every morning!

Honey Stinger Kids’ Organic Chews- ($1 per bag); my 3 year old ate these and wanted more!

I Heart Keenwah Cashew Cranberry Quinoa Cluster- ($1.25 for 1 oz); unique taste and texture, almost like peanut brittle. Good flavor, but it stuck in my teeth.

Plum Organics Plum Vida Organic Fruit & Veggie Blend Pouch- ($2 per pouch); my 1 year old ate the whole thing and wanted more. Loved the fact that it included veggies.

Hammer Nutrition HEED “Endurance Fuel”- ($1.25 per serving); umm….I don’t work out so gave this to my husband. He was happy to try something new, so bonus for including this in the box.

Numi Organic Indulgent Tea- ($.65 per tea bag); delicious- I am a fan of Rooibos in general, and this one threw in cacao to sweeten the deal. Being more of a coffee gal, I was expecting this to be unsatisfying, but it surprisingly put a smile on my face.

Natralia Dry Skin Lotion- ($.12 for .1 fl oz); If you live in the Midwest and are experiencing the same crazy dry winter air that I am, this is for you. Non-greasy, natural and perfect for everyone in my family, even my little gal with sensitive skin.

Nature’s Bakery Fig Bar- ($1 per twin bar package); delish- they tasted like wholesome Fig Newtons.

Overall, I enjoyed ALL of the items included in the box. I tried to calculate the cost of the individual items, which is tough because some aren’t available to purchase in the sample size and when you buy in bulk, you have a lower cost/ounce. My total came out to around $13.70 + shipping, so the value of the box definitely includes the convenience factor and novelty of new items being selected for you. I still think this box is worth it- there is value in trying before you buy! The goal of this box isn’t to receive discount snacks- it is to introduce you to new brands that encourage healthy eating and it hits the mark.

SPECIAL OFFER: Shop Girl Daily readers can get 10% off any Bestowed subscription with code “LOVEHEALTHY

What are your thoughts? Would Bestowed be a hit in your household?

Cheryl Leahy is the author of the blog all dressed up with nothing to drink…and her motto is“Don’t Give Up! Figuring out how to adapt to motherhood while keeping a sense of self is an art form.” She is also the Style Editor and Marketing Manager for The Little Style File and is a Featured Contributor for 30Second Mom.

Beauty Reviewed: Urban Decay Naked on the Run Palette

Urban Decay Naked on the Run

 

You may recall that one of the items on my personal holiday wish list was the new Urban Decay Naked on the Run Palette, which was released right before the holidays. I hadn’t tried any of the other Urban Decay Naked products, but knew that I HAD to have this palette because it seemed ideal for travel.

This palette comes with the following products:

- Eye shadows in Dive (metallic rose/gold micro-shimmer), Fix (soft taupe matte), Resist (medium metallic taupe), Dare (medium brown matte), Stun (metallic bronze/light gold micro-shimmer)
– All-over eye shadow in 5050 (cool bisque satin)
– Bronzer (medium bronze matte)
– Blush (vibrant pink/light shimmer)
– Full-Size Naked Ultra Nourishing Gloss lip gloss in Sesso (rose/pink shimmer)
– Perversion mascara in Blackest Black
– 24/7 Glide-On eye pencil

While I know I could use the palette anytime, I immediately packed it into my suitcase and the first opportunity I had to pull it out was the weekend of my baby shower. I suppose it was kind of risky to not really play with it ahead of time, but the colors provided are totally within the range of my usual color picks so I knew I wouldn’t have an issue.

Overall: I really love this palette! You can see above that the “look” I was able to create was perfectly natural… but better. I was obviously wearing makeup, but it wasn’t too over-the-top. My favorite inclusions in the palette are the All-Over Eye Shadow in 5050 (a great base!), Resist, and the lip gloss. I’m also a big fan of Urban Decay’s Perversion Mascara (link is to my review), but I have known that ever since receiving a sample in the mail. The only product I don’t love, unfortunately, is the mascara. For whatever reason this brand of mascara always runs so I constantly found myself blotting underneath my eyes to prevent having raccoon eyes. I will likely replace this eyeliner with another sample that I have on hand.

This particular occasion called for a fresh face, but I can’t wait to play with this palette to see what else I can do in the future. The eyeshadow colors provided are definitely versatile enough to create more dramatic looks when needed.

I think this is a great palette to keep in a suitcase or to have in your purse for on-the-go beauty needs. It has a little bit of everything and completely eliminates the need to carry around lots of individual products!

The Urban Decay Naked on the Run Palette is $54 at Sephora.

In case you’re wondering, I completed the look using two of my all-time favorite beauty products, Pür Minerals CC Cream (of course!) and Tarte CC Undereye Corrector.

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