Stock Up on Some of Spring’s Biggest Trends at the Shopbop Big Event

Whenever I’m going to splurge and treat myself to something new that is outside of my usual price range, Shopbop is my usual destination. They have a huge selection of products, an easy-to-shop website, and they’re owned by Amazon which means they ship super fast (and I don’t have to enter my payment info since it’s saved via Amazon). Since Shopbop specializes in designer brands the prices are usually a little more than I am willing to pay, which is why I wait to place my orders until they’re having a sale.

Like now!

The Shopbop Big Event runs through the end of the day tomorrow, March 7, and you can save up to 25% on your entire purchase.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Take 15% off all $250+ purchases
  • Take 20% off all $500+ purchases
  • Take 25% off all $1,000+ purchases

Shopbop Coupon: Use code “BIGEVENT15″ at checkout to shop the Shopbop Big Event and save!

My recommendation? Take advantage of this sale to stock up on some of the biggest trends for the spring and summer!

Some of my favorite picks are below


Shopbop Big Event

1. Madewell Transport Tote ($168) – Slouchy totes such as this one from Madewell are also quite popular right now. I love this particular trend, namely because I already have this specific tote. This is a fab tote because it’s super roomy and the classic color and style means it’ll be a wardrobe staple for years to come.

2. Tory Burch Lonnie Flat Espadrilles ($135) – ‘Tis the season for espadrilles! I’ve been seeing this Tory Burch style and I really like the design! This is weird for me because I usually don’t like apparel and accessories that are adorned with logos but this is just distorted enough that I think it looks interesting and not like branding.

3. J.O.A. Gingham Dress ($80) – Last fall was all about the plaid and this spring and summer don’t be surprised to see gingham as the pattern of choice!

4. Superga Platform Sneakers ($80) – I guess we are still working our way through the 90s because you’re going to be seeing more 90s staples, such as platform sneakers, this spring and summer. Shopbop has a nice selection of platform sneakers but I went with the Supergas here because it’s my favorite sneaker brand at the moment!

5. Birkenstock Arizona Two Band Sandals ($135) – No worries if you missed out on getting a pair of Birkenstocks last summer because they’re going to be just as popular this year!

6. Marc by Marc Jacobs Too Hot to Handle Bucket Bag ($468) – Bucket Bags are really the “it” handbag of the season and Shopbop has a huge selection of bucket bags in all different styles.

7. Yumi Kim Liz Romper ($229) – Floral patterns always feature heavily in spring fashions, though that seems to be the case more so than usual this year. Florals are everywhere, from apparel to shoes to handbags to phone cases.

8. AG The Stilt Cigarette Jeans ($225) – Distressed denim is everywhere at the moment, and while this is a style you could probably achieve yourself using an old pair of jeans, you could also pick up a designer pair from Shopbop for less right now.

9. 9seed Tulum Cover Up Dress ($128) – I don’t actually think this cover-up is part of any trends, but it has me thinking SPRING BREAK and I could really go for some sun and sand right now!


Click here to check out the Shopbop Big Event!

Off Our Shelves: We Were Liars

We Were Liars


This may be the shortest review I’ve ever done because I feel like the less known about We Were Liars prior to reading the better.

One of the reasons I like my Kindle, truthfully, is that I can’t keep flipping to the back of the book to read the synopsis over and over again, as I am wont to do when I have a hard copy of a book. So, despite purchasing We Were Liars sometime last year, I really didn’t have a clue what it was about when I started reading it and I think that’s the way to go with a book such as this.

Here’s the official synopsis, which doesn’t really give anything away:

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

Though We Were Liars is a young adult novel, I found it immensely enjoyable and didn’t want to put it down. I didn’t know where it was going but I enjoyed how it ended and now, having reached the end, I want to re-read it to find all the things I missed the first time around.

Overall I gave the book 4 out of 5 stars. I took a star away because while I enjoyed the the story E. Lockhart told, her writing style was a little grating and at times it seemed like she was relying on devices that might have been taught in a creative writing class. Writing style aside, We Were Liars is well worth a read!

Off Our Shelves by E. Lockhart | Kindle ($9.99); Nook ($9.99); Hardcover ($10.79)

Off Our Shelves was actually on my Summer 2014 Reading List… better late than never, right?

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25% Off Womens Patagonia Re-Tool Snap-T


One of the nice things about spring, besides the warm weather of course, is all the sales on winter apparel. I like to re-stock my winter gear at this time of year. I currently have my eyes set on a Patagonia pullover, and, with 25% off, now is the time to grab one or two!

Obviously the basic black will go with everything, but how great is this grey one!? I love the contrasting teal!


The Women’s Re-Tool Snap-T Pullover by Patagonia is a warm, cozy technical jacket with a feminine fit that is great for outdoor activities on chilly days!. This pullover from Patagonia features Polartec® Thermal Pro® polyester (51% recycled) fleece with extra-long fibers that provide for greater warmth retention, wicks moisture away effortlessly with a quick dry time, and the large kangaroo handwarmer pocket helps protect your hands and fingers from the chilly weather. The Re-Tool Snap-T Pullover fleece from Patagonia is the answer to you outdoor prayers!
In need of some extra warm and fuzzy feelings? The Re-Tool Pullover by Patagonia is fully recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program!

With this sale though I can get both and not feel guilty!

Originally $119, they are currently on sale for $89.95. Plus free shipping on orders over $50!

Do you re-stock your winter wardrobe in the spring?

Click here to grab a Patagonia pullover at 25% off!

Shop for a Cause: Bravelets

Colon Cancer Bravelet

It has been a tough year for various members of my extended family, so this past year I spent some time looking for gifts with a bit of meaning this past holiday season. Unfortunately I didn’t come across Bravelets until a few weeks ago, but I know a few people who may be getting them in the near future.

Bravelets are bracelets and $10 from the purchase price of each and every bracelet gets donated to a charity associated with the bracelet. For instance, with the purchase of the Colon Cancer Awareness Bracelet (above), $10 of the $35 purchase price will be donated to The Colon Cancer Alliance.

Colon Cancer Bravelets

One of the nice things about this site is that there are multiple bracelet styles available for each cause.

Bravelets Foundations

Bravelets are available for many different diseases, a sample of which you can see above.

I’m really excited about Bravelets and plan on purchasing a few of their bracelets in the near future. I know of a few people going through things at the moment that would be inspired by the “Be Brave” message, and inspired by the $10 donation to organizations supporting those diseases.

Introducing the New Love of My Life



I wanted to take a second to share a quick pic with you all of the new love of my life! Born last Wednesday, this little pudge weighed in at a healthy 9 pounds 15 ounces, was in the 95th percentile for height (which is amazing considering I’m short and his dad is average height) and has a very healthy head of hair.

At the moment I’m going to keep his name off the internet and refer to him as Fitz, which is part of his middle name (and I assure you not taken from Scandal — though I do love me some Fitz!). I believe in erring on the side of over-protection when it comes to an online presence for babies, so while I may sneak in the odd photo here and there I’d rather let him build his own web presence whenever he’s ready.

Fitz is a happy little boy that does all of the typical newborn baby things like eating lots and sleeping even more. He is even-tempered unless he is getting his diaper changed at which point he begins screaming bloody murder.

Bacon and Ginger are thus far acting like he doesn’t exist, which is probably for the best. I think they’ll change their tune in a few months once they realize that babies can be a good source of additional human food!

I had a c-section, so Fitz spent the first hour of his life in his daddy’s arms while the doctors tended to me. Epidurals can give one a major case of the shakes and mine definitely did that, but for the first few hours one of the only things that stopped me from shaking was holding on to him. I’ve never been particularly sentimental and I’m far too wishy washy to rank things, but can easily tell you that looking into his little eyes for the first time as we were rolled out of the operating room was the best moment of my life thus far. (Just writing that is making me tear up again – dang hormones!) I feel like I get to relive that moment every single time he wakes up from a nap and he looks like it’s the best day of his life simply because I’m standing there ready to take care of him. I really didn’t know what to expect or how I’d feel about motherhood, but I simply feel like the luckiest person in the world because this little boy is mine.

Wedding Wednesday: Splurge vs. Steal: Cartier LOVE Bracelet

Wedding-Wednesday1I love (no pun intended) the Cartier LOVE bracelet, but loathe the $6,000 price tag. If only money grew on trees, right? If you are dying to wear this little number on your big day and can’t fathom spending your wedding budget on it, then you’re in luck. I found a steal that is almost identical. It’s still a tad pricey for a bracelet, but you’ll still have plenty of money left over in your budget.

This Cartier Aldo Cipullo bracelet from Etsy is so similar that it may be hard to tell them apart. Your bank account will know, but we’ll never tell! And at $450, it’s a much more affordable option.

collageWhat do you think? I would never have thought to turn to Etsy to search for the vintage piece, but I’m glad I did! What a price difference!

Rare Charles Revson version of Aldo Cipullo’s 18K EP L⊝Ve bracelet for Cartier from the 1970’s. 18 kt gold plating. Interior engraving “Charles Revson Inc” and “1970 Aldo Cipullo Gold Electroplate”.

Laying down as a O, the item measures approximately 6 inches on the widest points (from left to right) and 2 inches from the top to bottom (from left to right).

No original screw driver. No original box. Internally and externally, item has wear and throughout the bracelet, there is lost of gold plating, nicks/scratches and oxidation as a result of age of item.

Vintage jewelry naturally will have wear associated with prior use/wear and also a patina that is associated with air exposure and oxidation related to the age of the item.

It could also totally pass as your something old. It’s a win win here folks. :)

Do you turn to Etsy for vintage finds on a budget?

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