An Accidental Tradition

IMG_8307IMG_8303Oh my goodness, this last holiday was a whirlwind! The Saturday before Thanksgiving, I had Friendsgiving with my high school track friends for our (gasp!) 13th year. We started it around sophomore year 2003, when we wanted to make sure we got together over thanksgiving break (at least that’s what I wanted!). It used to be that our parents would make a dish and we’d bring it to a friend’s house, but now we are big kids and we make all our dishes together. In HS we would always have it on a Wednesday, the day before T-day.

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My cousin sent me this CNN article that said  the whole idea behind ‘Friendsgiving’ was started around 2009…I guess we were 6 years ahead of the trend! We rarely get 100% of the gang back together for each Friendsgiving, but the past few years we’ve been able to have 7 out of the original 8 every year. Sometimes we bring siblings, significant others, or dear friends/roommates. It’s so fun to see how everyone changes over the years (who they date, where they’re living, what their job is), and also how much we haven’t changed at all. We still bicker and joke like old siblings, dance to loud music, laugh until we can’t breathe. Oh yeah, and stuff ourselves full of everyone’s delicious, homemade cooking.

I made a super easy, and so savory Pear + Blue Cheese Galette, for our feast’s appetizer. I bought the pie crust instead of making it since it is too dang hard to make a crust from scratch. Maybe if I was Anna (the girl who shares all her recipes here on Foggy Dress)…

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IMG_8329Getting ready for the annual photo ^^

IMG_8322Now on to our next holiday…Merry Christmas, enjoy the season! It always goes too fast >.<

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My Favorite Beauty Subscription Boxes

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When I was at my hair salon a few months ago (see above–blurry pics, no makeup, just how I like it >.<), I was talking with my hair stylist about my other blog Subaholic.com, where a friend & I share reviews on subscription boxes we try. She said her friend was trying to get her to try Birchbox, but she was worried that $10 / month for what looked like cheap-o makeup was not appealing to her. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy some months of Ipsy & Birchbox, but those are not the only beauty subscription boxes with value!

I hurriedly jotted down on some note paper my favorite subscription boxes that I would recommend, outside of Birchbox & Ipsy. If you too are in an Ipsy/Birchbox rut, here are my five favorite beauty boxes, based on price, what you get, and what you value.

Also PS It’s funny how your hair stylist does your hair after she cuts it, and it never looks like that again. Haha I just can’t style it the way she does.

Allure Sample Society

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Cost: $15 / month, FREE shipping

Allure magazine’s Editors teamed up with BeautyBar.com to create Sample Society – a monthly beauty subscription box. Each month Allure’s editors pick the hottest, greatest, and latest beauty products to share with you. This is one of my favorite beauty boxes because:

  •  I usually love all the products I get from Sample Society because they carry great name -brand, high-end products alongside trusty drugstore brands that are favorites among the beauty community.
  • Allure’s box doesn’t just charge to give you freebies that you could get from Sephora. They give you deluxe and often full-size items that last for a while! I am just now finishing a dry shampoo that I received in one of my first boxes from last fall.
  •  I really like the amount of products you get, both the size of the products and the number of great products (I got six in my box). Most people love the $10 per month from other beauty boxes like Ipsy and Birchbox (which-don’t get me wrong, I love those too), but ladies! For just $5 more I feel like you get double the quality + amount.

Boxycharm

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Cost: $21 /month + FREE shipping

Boxycharm is a monthly beauty subscription box that sends 5 full size and deluxe size beauty items to you, every month.  Loving Boxycharm because:

  • They pack full size products – not all but mostly. Over the past year they’ve given me 3 different eye shadow palettes of over 30 different shades in each!
  • They have a really great variety of skincare, haircare, nailcare, and makeup. They seem to mix brands likely to be found in Sephora with brands from your local drug store, which is kind of what I do with my makeup collection anyway.

GLOSSYBOX

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Cost: $21/month + FREE shipping

Glossybox is a beauty and make-up subscription box. They have a team of 300+ beauty enthusiasts with a strong global network with top beauty brands and trends, making every box a special experience. Love my Glossybox because:

  • Most of these products come from high-end brands that feature the latest products from Milan, Paris, Tokyo, and New York.
  • Every box always looks beautifully packaged and impeccable!

Frenchbox

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The cost: $24/month + FREE shipping

FrenchBox is a relatively new monthly subscription box of 5 products from French brands in fashion, cosmetics, gourmet, and lifestyle surprises! We love Frenchbox because:

  • We love French style and everything about that culture, and this box delivers super cute, forward fashion beauty items. I still use a water mister, hair accessory, and eyebrow kit that I received from them 8 months ago.
  • Everything is legitimately from France! Like the writing on their products are all in French.

Babe Boxx

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Cost: $24.99 for month-to-month, cheaper options for 3 & 6 month subscriptions

BabeBoxx is a beauty/makeup monthly subscription that is a little different than other beauty boxes. They adhere to vegan, organic, natural, handmade, or otherwise chemical-free beauty products.

  • The cost for this box is high, but if you’re vegan and want all natural, all vegan beauty products, then Babe Boxx will give you just that!

 

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Hallow’s Eve

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Okay all you procrastinators, here are some posts/links to last-minute costume ideas for couples. You still have over 24 hours before Halloween night, so make those hours count!

HMH-Little-Fashion-Icons-2-REV3Photo of ‘Kissing Sailor’ costume by Say Yes, ‘Iris Apfel’ costume by Oh Happy Day.

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Beach(Ho)Bag & a Birthday

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I needed a cute beach bag and luckily I have friends with thrift-store expertise! She found me this amazing skirt that needed an up-cycle real bad. I mean it’s kind of adorbs as a skirt actually, but it was a little too big and fit kinda weird so I decided it would make the perfect over-sized beach(ho)bag. It took me about 5 mins to do; I literally rushed through making it right before we walked out the door to head for the Newport Beach. Oh, and I had a birthday as you may have noticed on insta.

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Here are the super easy, somewhat self-explanatory pictures + tutorial to convert your skirt into a beach bag.

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  1.  Flip your knee-length or shorter skirt inside out. Which end do you want to be the opening & which the bottom? I chose to sew the bottom of the skirt closed because the top was tapered inward. I prefer a smaller opening; a larger one is too easier for my stuff to fall out.
  2. Sew preferred end closed (be careful for zippers).
  3. Sew on the handle (belt, extra fabric, get creative!). I chose to use my trademark tassel handle in Evergreen.

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It is for reals the perfect size. I love how big and roomy it is, and I love how it turned out.IMG_9711

Also…

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The smell of peonies and the beach….literally the best scent ever.

IMG_9663Friendsies, “Happy Day” (totally reusable! SO smart ;P), and brother bear all the way to the right.

IMG_9694IMG_9689IMG_9693IMG_9717IMG_9728IMG_9725IMG_9703IMG_9731Clark Kent totally posed for this. And so did the bird.

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Okay, I know, I have a thing for glow sticks and beach bonfires and ya I kinda did this last year, but I can’t help it….it’s the funnest way to celebrate getting another year wiser! (I like to say that instead of “older”)IMG_9760

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Antiques

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One of my favorite things to do is browse kitchens and bathrooms and bedrooms and living rooms (ok I could’ve just said homes) on pinterest. Dreaming, planning, but mostly dreaming about how I want my home to be like. Being a grad student (ha! not me, AKG…sucker) means semi-permanent living situations, so I often think about if I ever will be in a more-permanent living sitch.

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I love when I read blogs and someone asks, “…where’s that couch from?” and the person responds something along the lines of “Oh it’s an old/vintage thing that I had reupholstered.” It’s the same reason why I love Hobags….I just adore that someone can have something that likely no one else does. Having something truly unique to you & talored to your taste is priceless I think. So, sometimes I also wander through antique shops and do some more day-dreaming…

wpid-2015-04-19-10.41.24-1.jpg.jpeg This vintage blow dryer was awesome…it also weighed like 20 lbs.

wpid-2015-04-19-10.47.31-1.jpg.jpeg I WANT THIS TV.

wpid-2015-04-19-10.47.30-1.jpg.jpegThis guy is for my future babies….or for me. Either way, wouldn’t it look cute in a room? Like, any room? Even the kitchen? Ok not the kitchen.

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This wallpaper and those chairs…

wpid-2015-04-19-10.41.18-1.jpg.jpegMy mom had a vintage singer sewing machine like this, growing up, and I need one so my daughter can also say that.

wpid-2015-04-19-10.47.28-1.jpg.jpegThe table! and the chair! and for some reason the cat!

wpid-2015-04-19-10.41.26-1.jpg.jpegVintage pink blender and juice king….so much perfection on one shelf.

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Vintage clothes.
Need I say more??

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