Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Rent the Runway

A little while ago I wrote a post about a few of my favorite websites for the upcoming wedding season. I had a black tie wedding at the end of June and instead of spending hundreds on a dress I will never wear again, I decided to rent a dress from Rent the Runway.  

I looked at RTR over and over again for days but kept coming back to the same dress.  This pink ML by Monique Lhuiller dress.  While placing my order I decided to pay for their "Pro" option.  For $30 you get free shipping/insurance for a year plus you get a free dress for your birthday.  If you were to just order without Pro, shipping and insurance cost $15 per transaction so I figured I was halfway there anyway.  

A day after I placed the order I received another email from RTR promoting their "mystery stylist" option.  For $15 you are sent an accessory their stylist believes goes with the dress.  I ended up taking the leap and trying this out as well.  Didn't seem like much of a gamble and since I knew I was not going to have a chance to get to shop for any accessories it seemed like a smart decision.  I was sent a beautiful Kate Spade bracelet that is usually rented for $40!  I was so happy with their selection and my sister had the perfect coordinating earrings I was able to borrow. 

When I received it I was not confident in my decision but once my hair and make up were done I felt like a princess.  I have received countless compliments on my dress!

I would strongly recommend using RTR for any events.  The process is so easy and returning the dress is a piece of cake.  I can not wait until I have my next reason to rent. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Birthday Popcorn!

In an effort to continue my healthy and clean eating, I have starting exploring new snack ideas.  Around the holidays I became addicted to popcorn but knew I could not continue to share my husbands popcorn which was made on the stove with oil.  I was given an air popped popcorn maker for Christmas which I was really excited about and now air popped popcorn has become a staple in my diet.  

I will get to a healthy alternative in a minute, but a few weeks ago I was making chocolate treats for my MIL's birthday party.  I had some leftover chocolate and popcorn laying around so I decided to combine the two.  This was also a great activity for my little guy to get involved in.  I just spread the popcorn out on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper and drizzled the chocolate on top.  Before the chocolate had a chance to harden, I threw some sprinkles on.  Such a delicious treat and so addictive!!!

While this is amazing and a great treat alternative it is not an everyday item.  There are so many delicious ways to make popcorn a little more exciting that just plain air popped!  My latest obsession is having the popcorn with a little spray of coconut oil, a sprinkle of Himalayan Pink Sea Salt and a dash of cayenne.  Might sound weird but it has everything, crunch, sweet, salty and spicy.  Its a great snack and you can eat 3 cups for only 100 calories!  Try it..you might get hooked!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wedding Season

I love to get dressed up and this wedding season I will be doing it a lot!  I have put together some sites that I have been turning to to help me create the perfect look.  

I just assumed everyone knew about RTR, but the more I talk to people the more I realize people have yet to discover this treasure.  RTR is a site that allows you to rent designer dresses for a fraction of the cost of retail.  At RTR you can find something in any price range because dresses rent from $30 - $400.  You are able to rent the dresses for a  4 day stretch or 8 days for an additional cost.  I will warn you, you can lose a good chunk of time browsing all the dresses.  Pay attention to the user reviews and pictures.  I have discovered a lot of the dresses I was thinking about renting look much different on real women and photograph differently.  Another plus, RTR will send you the same dress in 2 sizes in case you are on the fence.  Here are just a few of my favorites....

Nanette Lepore/ Wild One Dress/ Rental $85
ML Monique Lhuillier/ Give Me a Smooch Gown/ Rental $125
Reem Acra/ Sapphire Serenity Gown/ Rental $70
Zac Zac Posen/ Celedon Silk Gown/ Rental $298

This is another great site for accessories.  Everything is super cute and lately they have been running 24 hour deals.  During the 24 hour deal, I get an email letting me know one item has been marked down.  Last night I finally gave in and bought a necklace that was marked down to $20.  To my surprise, there were no extra fees!!! No tax and no shipping charges!!!! How amazing is that?!?!?  I was waiting to get hit with another $10 in fees but there was nothing.  Of course, if you wanted the item faster than ground shipping you would have to pay but I have no rush.  This is a great way to build an amazing accessories collection.  Plus Baublebar gives credits with every purchase and when enough are accrued you can use these credits for future purchases.

I know I have talked about Birchbox multiple times but I love this subscription based site.  It feels like Christmas every month when my box arrives.  Even if you do not want to have a subscription to the site you can purchase all different kinds of makeup and hair care products.  They have some great eye shadow palettes available right now.  

Jamberry Nail Shields are another one of my favorite things (yes I know I am a consultant so I am a little biased).   Jamberry's are so fun and a great way to change up or accessorize your look.  There are endless styles so you can be as bold or subtle as you would like.  I encourage you to give them a try.  They are addictive!!!  Here are a few cute ones to wear to a wedding.