Here’s why we aren’t sure Le Tote is a worthwhile investment

Is Le Tote worth it? A review of the fashion box subscription service at Julieverse

I'm in a bit of Le Tote trouble. In August, they sent me a dress that I just loved. I knew it was something I'd want to wear, often, because it was so different from everything else in my closet, looked great, and would be wonderful for Indian Summer days this fall. I decided to keep it. (This post contains affiliate and promotional links. Thank you.) Get a $25 Le Tote credit and try out their service by clicking here. Le Tote, a company that sends you 5 pieces for a fee of $49/month, … [Read more...]

RocksBox: It’s like borrowing from your BFF (Plus, a FREE month of Rocksbox!)

A free month of rocksbox, borrow jewelry for a month, more or less, or keep it when you love it

I last shared Rocksbox with you in June, when I'd just received my first box of three pieces of jewelry to borrow and send back later. Then, I knew it'd be fun, but I don't think I quite realized how fun. Since that post, I've received seven more boxes of fun jewels (the 9th is on it's way here tomorrow) and each box has offered me a chance to re-accessorize and re-style my look, adding a pop of something new. What's Rocksbox? I described the program in my previous post, so you can read … [Read more...]

Clarisonic Skin Care: Before, After, and My Two Weeks In-Between with the Smart Profile

A summary of my first few weeks using Clarisonic

A few weeks ago, Clarisonic came knocking (well, pulsating) and I came running. For nearly as many years as I've been writing holiday wishlists online, Clarisonic has been on the list. And I never received it as a gift. Harumph. Well, this year, it's finally off my list (but it should still be on yours) because I'm working with Clarisonic as a Type-A Parent Clarisonic Blogger and testing and sharing my experience with the new SMART Profile. This post also contains affiliate links. What is … [Read more...]

FabKids: Buy 1 outfit, Get 1 Free when you join

Why you should be a VIP at FabKids

A few months ago, while I was checking out Fabletics, I noticed a tab at the top of the page, taking me to FabKids. Always the curious one for new fun finds, I explored. With Little's birthday around the corner and a few dressier events this Spring and Summer, why not try a new shop and selection of clothing? [This post contains referral links. Thank you.] What is FabKids? FabKids is a membership program that offers a lot of choice, which, as a mom of picky kids, I appreciate. Join, and … [Read more...]

The no-hassle trick to layering your jewelry

everyday, easy style -- now at

If you've noticed a recent trend towards simplicity in accessories, you're not alone. While big, chunky jewels are still fun and so easy to dress up your look, layering delicate pieces, or even wearing them alone, is something we're seeing in jewelry fashion more and more into Fall. To celebrate the new look, Chloe + Isabel introduced a new collection that focuses on delicate gold chains, pave sparkle, and makes layering or wearing solo simple. To see the entire collection,  visit my … [Read more...]

Best of Beauty Update: Beauty products I’m using this summer

daily beauty favorites - listing the skincare products a beauty and fashion blogger really uses

This Spring, I forayed into beauty writing at The Centsible Life and, while I've taken a step back for the summer and I'm not currently writing my beauty column over there, I'm still really enjoying testing out products and finding new ones to love. The ironic aspect of beauty writing is that, in beauty, it's not actually the first impression that matters. So, here are my tried and true favorite beauty products that I'm continuing to use through the summer. (some links contain affiliate … [Read more...]

Backpacks aren’t just for the kids these days

adorable backpacks ... but will you wear them

Over our vacation, we triple checked to make sure that everyone had a backpack in great condition for the upcoming school year. Everyone, it seems, except Mama. And, so, with the kids carrying shiny new bags or trusty old ones that won't seem to fray (hooray for LL Bean!), I'm becoming distracted by the latest in fashion-bagia: backpacks.   Liquorish boho bag, $59 | Charlotte Russe backpacks bag, $29| Drawstring backpack, $41 Brunello Cucinelli brown bag, $3785 | Sunset Safari backpack, $20 | … [Read more...]

The Stitch Fix That Wasn’t

The StitchFix that wasn't How Stitch Fix taught me to be my own best personal shopper

I loved Stitch Fix... loved it. The fashionista that I am had a great time setting up my profile in February of 2014 while stuck in a snowstorm without electricity. Completing the rather lengthy quiz wasn't stressful (as some have commented) but a fun way to realize things about my own style. (Click through links, below, to see my previous Fixes.) My first Fix was fabulous. Amazing. I probably referred well over 20 people the very day I posted the video. They almost nailed it on the first … [Read more...]

How will you Red, White and Blue this year?

shop USA clothing for Fourth of July -- what to wear in red, white and blue

I love Shark Tank. Our family loves to watche the show together. So, when Wes from Tipsy Elves contacted me about their Fourth of July Patriotic sweaters and tops, I was thrilled to check it out. (He sent me the three featured in this post as samples.) If you're a Shark Tank fan, you'll probably remember these guys from the holiday episode in 2013. They seemed to be, pretty much, college frat guys trying to make a few (okay, a lotta few) bucks on the ugly sweater parties (and... um, ugly … [Read more...]

Summer Solstice Sale: Buy 2, Get 1 free

buy two get one free site wide at - no promo code necessary - sale ends 7-25

It's finally time to celebrate summer, so, naturally, it's time for a jewelry sale. Through Thursday, June 25, at noon EST, any and all purchases at Jewelryverse (that's my Chloe + Isabel boutique) qualify for a buy two, get one free promotion -- no promotion code necessary. (Links below the images will take you directly to the piece described.) earrings, statement necklace, pineapple pendant long necklace  The least expensive item of your three will be your freebie, so choose … [Read more...]