My Top 10 Fall and Winter Must Haves!

1) Almond Roca – Above any holiday dessert dish, Almond Roca is my strongest vice throughout the Holiday season. This delicious toffee almond candy has me weak at the knees every year. I told my husband he’s not allowed to let me buy the Costco sized tin when we go grocery shopping. This is the perfect Holiday candy, great for stocking stuffers, work parties, family get-togethers, or a movie night in front of the fire…. in moderation.

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2) Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa – Who doesn’t love Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa?! I typically don’t drink this throughout the year, but this hot cocoa hits the spot during the cold weather Holiday season. I especially love taking a thermos of hot cocoa with the family while we go look at Christmas lights throughout the neighborhood. My favorite way to have it is in a jumbo mug with plenty of mini marshmallows, whip cream, and sprinkles!

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3) Lululemon Running Gloves – Cold season is upon us, so it’s time to bundle up! Not only are these gloves super cute and fashionable, they are meant as running gloves. I sadly lost my Lululemon gloves a few years ago, I didn’t start running until last year so I never had a chance to use them for their purpose. They also have finger sensors so you can still use your phone for running apps or music. I will definitely be purchasing another pair for outdoor running this year.

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4) Bose Head Phones – BEST … HEADPHONES … EVER. Once you begin using Bose Head Phones, you’ll never be able to go back to those crappy ipod/iphone head phones. Sorry Apple, I love you but Bose has you beat! Partnership perhaps? I love my head phones for outdoor running, the design of the earpiece keeps the bud firmly in place.

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5) 25lb Kettle Bell – It’s been my dream for months now to own a 25lb KettleBell (GoFit)! I have been working out at home more often since I’ve been in school. Some times I don’t feel like fighting people at the gym for equipment after work during rush hour. Plus it can be so time consuming to take the bus from work to the gym. I believe it’s time for me to get that 25lb KettleBell so I can add some weight resistance to my home workouts.

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6) Naked 2 Palette – I know the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette is old news since the Naked 3 Palette released, but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s the BEST Naked palette! I bought mine off eBay for a pretty good deal. The taupe hues are complimentary for any skin type and a great look for fall. The palette includes golds, silvers, nudes, and additional warm colors perfect for the season.

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7) Tarte Braziliance Self Tanner – It’s no secret that everyone turns a little pasty in the Winter when they lose their Summer sun kissed glow. However there is a solution that doesn’t require UV tanning or awful odor and color. Tarte Braziliance Self Tanner is a great self tanner that leaves your skin with a warm glow, NO orange, and very faint smell. Every product claims, “No odor!” and but that’s a lie. This self tanner has the least odor I’ve experienced.

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8) Halogen Leopard Print Scarf – It’s scarf season! I’ve been opened to a whole new world of scarves. Isn’t it sad that I just learned what an Infinity Scarf is last year?! One of my favorite prints is leopard print. I traded a Fabletics sports bra for a leopard print scarf on mysubscriptionaddiction.com a month ago and I’m in LOVE! I couldn’t find the exact same scarf, but I found one by Halogen from Nordstrom that is pretty adorable too.

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9) Free People Floral Mesh Fit & Flare Dress – The brand Free People is boho chic which really compliments Fall using natural earth tones. I typically go for the beige, brown, and gold sweaters and tops, but I fell in love with this dress and was lucky enough to score it at Platos Closet for $20 instead of $128! Some people don’t like Free People because it’s over priced, but if you take the time to bargain shop I promise you’ll find great deals. Pair this cute dress with leggings, tights, knee high socks, boots, and scarves!

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10) Pandora Radio Christmas Station – What’s a Holiday Season without Christmas music?! I just upgraded to Pandora One for ad free listening, so I won’t be interrupted with Black Friday or Christmas deals allllll Holiday season. That is definitely worth the $4.99 a month. Frank Sinatra all day and night, sign me up!

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What’s your Top 10 Must Have’s this Fall and Winter?

~Jess

Buys of September

Happy Sunday everybody! I hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend!

Yesterday Derek and I celebrated the end of his LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) that he has been studying for all Summer. He MIGHT have to retake it, but it’s not uncommon for people to have to retake it a second or third time. He said it was extremely difficult and very nerve wrecking, even I was feeling butterflies for him all day yesterday! I had to keep myself busy. I cleaned the house, I worked out, I took the dog for a walk, and I stood in my kitchen with my phone in my hand at 1:48pm waiting for his call. He called about 1:50pm and I immediately picked up before a second ring! He’s not sure how he did, but he did the best he could. I know he couldn’t have done anything more to prepare, he truly did his best. If he does have to retake it, at least he knows what to expect and where to improve. I’m extremely proud of him!

Anyways, I wanted to try something new with my blog. I wanted to share a few of my favorite buys of the month! I’ve become pretty sauvy with eBay, selling unwanted items, flipping items, and scoring deals! Here are a few of my favorite purchases:

naked2collageNaked 2 Palette – I’m absolutely in love with this eyeshadow palette from Urban Decay. This is definitely my favorite Naked palette out of the 3 they have to choose from. I also own the Naked 3, which is a lot more ‘pink’ based in their eyeshadows. I love the deeper taupe colors in the Naked 2, I feel like they compliment my skin tone much better. I honestly love both of them, but this would have to be my favorite. I scored this beauty on eBay for $30! This palette would originally cost $54 at Sephora.

naked3collageNaked 3 Palette – The Naked 3 eyeshadow palette is much ‘pinker’ in color like I mentioned above. Take a look, you can definitely notice! When I first received this palette I got a little too excited with experimenting right before work, and I ended up looking like a beat up street hooker! AHHHH! Definitely played with the pinks and purples a little too much. I would definitely recommend playing with the colors to make sure they match your skin tone. My skin tone is a medium-tan, so the Naked 2 palette compliments me much better. I love them both though, practice makes perfect when you’re learning what works for you. I only paid $15 for this on eBay! This palette would originally cost $54 at Sephora.

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 Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette – I love the colors of this eyeshadow palette and how they separate the eyeshadows by look and style. It also comes with a pamphlet to teach you how to apply them. I have probably used this palette the most. It’s so easy to apply and I really love the pigment. I received a Crown Eyedshadow Brush from my September Ipsy glam bag, so I’m using it for this palette. I purchased this item on eBay for $20. This eyeshadow palette would originally cost $36 at Sephora.

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Brooks PureConnect 3 – I was in DESPERATE need of a new pair of running shoes! I spent all weekend a few weeks ago searching for the Brooks PureFlow 3’s. I went to Downtown Bellevue and asked every store and NO ONE had them! I even called a few places and no one carried them. I wanted to try them on before buying them. I went home and did more research online, it a lot of avid runners said they disliked the 3’s and preferred the 2’s, so I thought I would try ordering the PureFlow 2’s online from a place that accepts returns so I could return them if I didn’t like the fit. NO WHERE ONLINE CARRIED THE PUREFLOW 2’s IN MY SIZE! So after another hour of research, I started leaning towards the PureConnect 3’s. I bought them straight off the Brooks site for $100 (sorry no deal, but I’m willing to pay extra for my feet!) and they accept returns no questions asked up to 30 days after purchase. I tried breaking them in on Thursday and running in them on the treadmill was fine! Walking uphill on the treadmill was excruciating though. They have a much higher arch than my previous shoes, Kinvara 3. I also had to tie them at the top lace hole to keep my heels from slipping out. I will definitely need to give them another shot on the pavement outdoors.

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Bench Detention Jacket – I sold my Ravish Sands competition bikini online for $100 and scored 2 Bench jackets in return! This is one of them I purchased for the cold Winter months ahead! It’s so freakin’ warm inside, I love it! I scored this puppy on eBay for $59, this jacket would originally be $120 or more. I also bought this jacket brand new with tags still attached. Pretty stoked about my purchase, I’m getting the hang of eBay!

Well that’s a wrap! I would highly recommend eBay for early Christmas shopping, the steals are endless! Enjoy!

~Jess

#VSSportBra from Victorias Secret and Influenster

Itbra4(2) finally arrived! My Victoria’s Secret VoxBox arrived yesterday, what a wonderful and well deserved surprise after a 12 hour work shift and a 5 mile run home after it all. I’ve been running a lot more frequently as of late, and I love the mental benefits I get from it. Sure, it might be the last thing I want to do after an exhausting day at work, but I never regret it afterwards…. especially when there’s a VoxBox waiting at home for me to open.

First of all, I was stoked outta’ my MIND when I bra3(2)received the email that I was a lucky chosen one to receive the #VSSportBra VoxBox. It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with fitness, and I can never have too much fitness gear. I was already a fan of the Victoria’s Secret sports bra, but none the less elated that I would be getting the latest and greatest. I was skeptical about their crops at first, mostly because I’ve never tried them before and I’m pretty faithful to Lululemon. I was pleasantly surprised though….

I’ve been tracking my VoxBox every day since I received my tracking number, so I KNEW the package had arrived. More motivation to kill my run! I’ve been following the #VSSportBra hash tag, so I’ve been seeing everyone else’s photos and reviews which made me even more excited for my own! Plus I want that $50 gift card to VS, and hell why not, the $500 as well 😉 The sooner I get my package, the sooner I can complete tasks!

bra5(2)When I opened the original box to reveal the signature Victoria’s Secret gift box I nearly squealed with joy! It felt like Christmas came early, except I peaked this year and I knew exactly what I was getting. I opened the box to reveal my new best friends. Inside the box came my #VSSportBra and a pair of black crops, as well as 25% off coupons and an informational pamphlet about all of Victoria’s Secret sports bras. I eagerly flipped through the pages and picked out some favorites I will need to try on this weekend.

After I showered from my run, I immediately tore off the tags to try zuzka(2)everything because let’s be real, I ain’t selling these for anything! I was extremely satisfied with the color I received, I like neutrals that aren’t too flashy but still fun. Everything fit perfect; 32C sport bra and small crops. Victoria’s Secret is obviously known for their bras, so I wasn’t too shocked with the extreme comfort and support of the bra. Comparing this bra to my previous Victoria’s Secret sport bras, I noticed that the band was much wider and the cups much thicker for support. Definitely held my puppies in gently! I’m a HUGE fan of Zuzka Light as most of my readers know, and she always wears the cutest Victoria’s Secret sport bras and she has some BIG knockers!

bra2(2)I was most surprised with the crops! I’ve been a faithful Lululemon shopper, but the thickness and comfort of the Victoria’s Secret crops amazed me! They were comfortable and very flattering. I can’t wait to try them out in the squat rack, that will be the true test! So many workout pants can be too thin, believe me, I’ve seen some thongs and other unmentionables! I am thoroughly impressed with my #VSSportBra VoxBox and can’t wait to visit the nearest Victoria’s Secret store to stock up!

If anyone needs or wants a 25% coupon to try these suckers out yourself, let me know and bra(2)I’m more than happy to snail mail you a coupon! I received easily over $100 of gear complimentary, so I will definitely be stocking up as well! The coupons expire September 21st! So message me A.S.A.P! I have plenty! Stay tuned for my YouTube video coming later this week along with my review on my store visit. Have a great evening everybody, happy hump day!

~Jess

DISCLAIMER:This is a sponsored blog post. Influenster provided me with complimentary Victoria’s Secret products to test and review as part of a contest.

 

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To all my fellow Subscription Box Bloggers!

If you have not heard of the website: mysubscriptionaddiction.com YOU NEED TO CHECK IT OUT!

This site is the bees knees for those of us who are scoping out potential subscription boxes to buy for review purposes. The subscription boxes range from beauty, clothing, food, fitness, DIY projects, vegan, organic, mens, adult etc. If you’re having a hard time deciding which box you want to purchase next, this site has an extensive list along with plenty of reviews from other subscribers. There are coupon deals and you can create your own wish list to keep your desired boxes organized.

The best part is the Swap page! If you’re unhappy with an item you received in your box, or it’s just not not your thing; you can list your item on the swap page and trade with another swapper. You can customize your profile letting other swappers know what items you’re interested in and you can also do multi-item swaps. Here’s a swap I recently did:
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I am subscribed to Fabletics which is an awesome workout clothing site for women. You can subscribe paying $49.99 a month for an entire outfit, the best part is you can skip a month if you like within the first 5 days of the month if you decide you don’t want an outfit. If you don’t skip the month, you will be charged the $49.99 which will be added to your account as store credit if you don’t choose and outfit.

I recently ordered a couple items, a few of which didn’t fit the way I wanted them to. The Adventura Camo tank listed above was a little too large for my taste, so I posted it on the swap page of mysubscriptionaddiction.com. Another swapper liked my item, so they sent me a request to swap with them. Once I receive a request to swap with someone, I go to their profile with all their available items listed and choose what I would like. I chose the leopard print scarf listed above. Once I choose what I would like, the swap proposal is sent back to the other person and they either accept or decline. In my case, the swapper accepted, so we had a trade! We’re both responsible for shipping costs of the item we send to the other person. After we exchange shipping information and send our items to each other, there is a section where we can update the tracking number so we can track our packages.

The swapper I exchanged with already received her item from me and left me great feedback. I should be receiving my new scarf in the mail on Tuesday!

It’s a really awesome site! I’ve already done 3 swaps. So far I’ve noticed that a lot of people are interested in my Fabletics items. I’ve swapped a sports bra that was too small, this tank top that was too large, and a switch back tee that I didn’t like the fit.

Anyways my fellow Subscription Box Bloggers, you should definitely check out this site! It’s really awesome and full of great boxes and items to be swapped for! Enjoy!

~Jess

 

#VSSportBra VoxBox

Woohoooo! Influenster is blessing me yet again with another complimentary VoxBox. Guess what I qualify for?! Well I guess I gave it away…. I qualify for a complimentary Victoria’s Secret Sport Bra and sport bottoms!

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How I feel when I open an Influenster VoxBox qualification email….

Hell yeah, practically an entire new gym outfit! I’m pretty pumped about it, this site has me so excited. Whenever I open an email like this, it’s like freakin’ Christmas came early.

Sports Bra2So stay tuned for my review in the next few weeks! Soon I’ll be kicking ass and looking like Adriana Lima 😉

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~Jess 

DISCLAIMER: I have received ‘Influenster’ products complimentary for testing purposes

Fabletics!

fabYippee! I just bought myself a 3 piece $25 outfit on Fabletics.com! I’m super excited to receive it in the mail. I always feel like I’m the gal at the gym rockin’ the same shit. Some times I get self conscious thinking other people probably think I don’t even wash my clothes!

It’s definitely fun to rock some new gym swag. Plus, I deserve a treat since I’ve been making such great progress with my workouts and following IIFYM. Fabletics is an amazing website where you can buy amazing quality workout clothing at great prices. They have everything from sports bras, tank tops, t-shirts, shorts, crops, leggings to jackets, long sleeve flowy yoga shirts, yoga mats, accessories, open back styles and so much more. For the month of August they released a really cute Ombre style pattern for leggings, tanks, and this sweatshirt I freakin’ want so bad!

If this sounds like something you’re interested in, follow this link: Fabletics.com. You have 24 hours to get your first outfit (up to 3 pieces!) fableticsfor $25 🙂

However, this will sign you up for a monthly subscription that begins at $49.99. Every month you will have outfits tailored to your tastes offered to you on the 1st. You have 5 days (until the 5th) to either decline and skip the month free of charge or choose your own outfit! There is no binding contract whatsoever. If you should forget to skip a month, your card will be charged the $49.99 BUT you will have that amount as store credit, just remember for next time 🙂

I’m really excited, I can’t wait to try my new outfit and get great deals in the future. I’m excited to see what they have in store for Winter apparel. This honestly is such a great idea for me because I spend most of my life in workout clothes anyhow. Might as well have the professionals tailor an outfit to my tastes, log in, decide wether or not I like my selections or pick something else out for a really great deal. Most 3 piece outfits are less than one article of clothing from Lululemon. Isn’t that crazy?!

Anyhow, I hope you can take advantage of the 24 hour promo deal to get your first outfit for $25. There is absolutely NO commitment, you can skip a month or cancel at anytime. I bet you won’t want to though 😉

On that note, enjoy the weekend and browsing for your new wardrobe!

~Jess