Friday Favorite: FabFitFun Winter Box & Code for $10 OFF

Hi friends! The official start of winter is next week, and just in time arrived one of my favorite things of the year (eek!). So for my Friday Favorite, I will show you all what’s inside the FabFitFun Winter Box. If you don’t know, FabFitFun is a quarterly subscription program that sends you a box full of items valuing well over $300! All the items relate to beauty, fashion, and/or fitness. Also, FabFitFun boxes have a different design for their box each season. How pretty is this winter one!? It is inspired by their charity or the month, the American Heart Association.

Inside the FabFitFun Winter Box

  1. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment – $75
    • Now, this is the most expensive item in my Winter Box. I have never used this exfoliator, but I know Kate Somerville has great skin care products. So, I was excited to see it in my box and try it out! The best thing about this exfoliation product is that my skin looked brighter and felt softer after my first use.
  2. Pointe Studio Aloe Infused Cozy Socks – $19
    • All subscribers will receive one of three colors. Colors will be randomly selected. Cozy, fuzzy socks! What a perfect Winter box item! I’m already picturing myself curled up with a book, these socks, and tea in my new mug! FabFitFun recommends washing them on the cold setting and tumble dry low to ensure the aloe infused part lasts 25-30 washes.
  3. Homemade by Ayesha Curry Ceramic Mug – $16
    • Subscribers receive one of three designs. This cute mug is 15 oz and microwave and dishwasher safe! The “coming in hot” design really works for me, since I tend to be rushing (read: running behind!) in the mornings!
  4. Ahava Mineral Hand Cream – $33
    • How perfect for winter? This cream has been working wonders on my hands so far. While it is super rich and hydrating, it doesn’t leave my hands greasy since it absorbs into my skin very quickly.
  5. Grace & Stella Anti-Wrinkle Energizing Eye Masks – 8 for $16
    • This eye mask set is the beauty product I chose. All subscribers had the opportunity to pick  these eye masks or Nelson J. Beverly Hills Moisture Healing Hair Mask in Coconut. I LOVE eye masks and these ones work really well! They stay on very well, and I could see after one use that skin under my eyes was smoother and more hydrated. The formula  includes collagen and minerals that fight fine lines, puffiness, and under eye circles.
  6. 8 Other Reasons 9 Lives Choker in Rose Gold– $58
    • I had not heard of this brand, but this necklace might be my favorite piece of jewelry I have gotten from FabFitFun so far. I don’t have anything like it, which is always a plus! The choker also has a 4-inch extender, so you can wear it as a necklace. 8 Other Reasons has some beautiful similar necklaces if you are in the market for something like this.
  7. Doucce Freematic Eyeshadow Pro Palette in Smokey – $70
    • This palette comes in Nude or Smokey, and I picked the Smokey shade since I don’t have a palette with a darker hue of colors. There are 5 shimmer eyeshadows, 3 matte eyeshadows and a shimmery highlighter. A couple of the colors did not show up well on my skin, but the eyeshadows and highlighter seem to have good staying power.
  8. FabFitFun TV Fitness Ball with Jillian Michales Videos – $16
    • I chose this fitness ball as my wellness item. Subscribers could pick this ball or the Deep Sleep Pillow Spray by ThisWorks. Working out from the comfort of my home is always nice, so I love any product that encourages me to do so. Even better, FabFitFun pairs the ball with exclusive workouts from Jillian Michaels that you can watch on FabFitFun TV. Tools to inflate and deflate the ball were also included, so traveling with it will be a breeze!
  9. BB Dakota Poncho – $70
    • This poncho is available in 3 different colors – black, charcoal and mulberry. Since I am an annual subscriber, I got to pick my color and chose mulberry. It feels like wearing a blanket and is also reversible. Take a look below at the two designs of the poncho I got. This is my first poncho and I love layering pieces, so this was an exciting find in my box!

This box has a retail value of $373! On top of that, I happened to choose the least expensive products! I am always amazed at the quality and selection of products in my FabFitFun boxes, but this one might just be my favorite.

Now, here is the scoop on FabFitFun:

  • Price = $49.99 per box
  • COUPON = Click here to get $10 OFF your first FabFitFun coupon!
  • Value = more than $300 in products
  • Good news =
    1. You can still get or give this box! FabFitFun gives you the option to pick various products for your own winter box. There are a few items from the fall box you can choose as well.
    2. In addition to the box and all its contents, subscribers get access to beauty tips, workout videos and coupon codes for the box’s featured brands
  • Verdict = A great-valued subscription box for consistently awesome products!

I have honestly debated whether or not I will renew this box for next year, and I feel like for now, it is worth it. I love getting things that I would not normally think to buy for myself. Do you think it is worth it?

A subscription box like this can be a perfect gift for the holidays, too, especially when you have someone on your list who’s hard to shop for. How do you like the items inside the FabFitFun winter box? Do you love it as much as I do? I would love to know if you enjoy this subscription box or any others, too.

Cheers and happy holidays!

Sarah Camille

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25 Affordable Christmas Gifts & Stocking Stuffers – $25 or Less!

Hi friends! Can you believe how quickly Christmas is approaching? Personally, I CANNOT wait. Opening stockings on Christmas morning is a tradition I have always enjoyed. It is a fun way to kickoff the Christmas Day festivities together. Just as fun for me, is picking out the contents of the stockings. I love finding cute, little items that suit a family member’s personality or offer a practical purpose. Since Christmas is approaching fast, I am sharing 25 affordable Christmas gifts and stocking stuffer ideas. They are all $25 or less! I selected various practical and fun gifts that are sure to suit a wide range of personalities, too.

Affordable Christmas Gifts and Stocking Stuffers

    1. Rifle Paper Co. Mermaid Notebooks, $14 — These are so cute and fun, and there are several more fun designs by the Rifle Paper Co. Notebooks like this are perfect for those who are organized and those who try to be (like me)!
    2. Bath Bombs Gift Set, $17 — Bath bombs are a fun stocking stuffer for kids, teens, men and women. Seriously. Have you met someone who doesn’t like these?!
    3. Cable Knit Pom Pom Beanie$15 — This beanie is a super cute way to keep your head warm this winter.
    4. Eco-Friendly Loofah, 6 for $11 —  These are great for anyone, but especially for those who enjoy relaxing in the shower or tub.
    5. The Body Shop Bath Foam, $13 — Bath Foams like this are perfect for your friend who loves baths. I love this Vanilla Chai scent too!
    6. KitchenAid Spatula, $11 — Perfect for the cook in your family, this KitchenAid one is such a pretty color to add to your kitchen utensils.
    7. Tweezerman Nail Rescue Kit$18 — This kit is one of my favorite things. It’s perfect for traveling, and it is one of those things everyone can use.
    8. Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker, $24 — If you know someone who loves singing in the shower or listening to podcasts while cooking, this is a great gift.
    9. 2018 Animal Memes Calendar$6 — This is a great gift for your silliest friend or family member. Just think, it will have them smiling all next year!
    10. Himalayan Salt Body Scrub with Lychee Essential Oil $13 — This stuff normally sells for $32, so the $13 price tag makes it quite a steal. It is a perfect stocking stuffer for that person in your life who could use a little relaxation and pampering.
    11. That’s What She Said Game$25 — Perfect for friends who love to throw parties, this game will definitely get people laughing.
    12. Anker PowerCore+ Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger$20 — This is a gift that’s perfect for someone who travels regularly, or that person who is regularly glued to their phone!
    13. PopSocket Stand$10 — This nifty and cute product is perfect for holding up your phone on a table while you watch or read something. It also helps you hold onto your phone.
    14. Retro Rewind Classic Sunglasses$11 — These Ray Ban knock offs are a steal at $10. Of course you can get fancy ones too.
    15. Zmart Funny Saying Socks, $10 — For men and women, these socks come with all different types of sayings and are sure to bring some laughs to your home!
    16. HD Phone Camera Lens Kit$19 — If you know someone who loves taking photos with their phone, they’ll love trying out these different lenses.
    17. Ban.do Floral Thermal Mug$14 — Travel mugs are perfect for people on the go and coffee lovers. This floral print will be pretty in your hands all year-long, too!
    18. Faux Fur Lined Suede Slippers$25 — These suede lined slippers are thick enough to wear outside. Plus, these are also made for men.
    19. NEST Fragrances Votive Candle$16 — NEST candles are on the pricier side, but the scent of this Holiday votive is simply divine.
    20. Foldable Headphones with Mic$15 — These gold headphones are beautiful, right?! Best of all, they fold easily for traveling.
    21. Fur Pompom Keychain and Bag Charm$18 — For anyone who wants a little fun and fun in hand, this key chain is the way to go. The large pompom makes keys easy to find in your purse too.
    22. Burt’s Bee Moisturizing Lip Shimmer$5 — I absolutely love this product and the caramel hue makes my lips look like rose gold.
    23. ITraveller Portable Hanging Toiletry Bag, $14 — This toiletry bag comes in several designs for men and women. It is a perfect size for travelers and the compartments inside are perfect for keeping your products separate.
    24. Burt’s Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream$6 — Winter can really dry out our skin, so this is something that is sure to be used by everyone. I like to keep one of these in my purse and at my desk.
    25. Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish Set$24 – This gift set has three beautiful nail polishes, perfect for your most polished and put-together friend or family member.

Establishing Christmas Traditions

On Christmas Day with my family, everyone takes a turn going through their stocking. Before any Christmas gifts are opened, we go one by one and item by item. As little kids, gifts from Santa were not wrapped, but were instead displayed with our stocking. Seeing everything from Santa displayed together was always super exciting.

Now, I know it may sound like torture to refrain from opening gifts. But, having that time together to go through our stockings is absolutely one of my favorite Christmas traditions. Similar to the affordable Christmas gifts I have shared with you, our stockings have a mix of candy, beauty products and small items that are just for us. Take a look at my stocking from last year, below.

Affordable Christmas and Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas

Since I am getting married next year, this Christmas will be the last time my family does the stockings all together. While we will have many future Christmases together, the dynamic will change. Will and I will pass along this tradition to our family. I think carrying on traditions like these can be a meaningful way to stay connected to those you love.

Now, I would love to know about your traditions and your favorite affordable Christmas gifts. Do you have a favorite tradition in your family or did you continue one from your childhood? What do you like to give and receive during the holidays?  Are there any go-to, affordable Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers that you love? Also, stay tuned for the story of my newest Christmas tradition.

Cheers & Happy Holidays!

Sarah Camille

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Lady in Red Perfume for the Holiday Season & Promo Code

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Happy holidays my friends! We have three weeks until Christmas – can you believe it!? Like me, you are probably in the mix of holiday shopping, cooking, a never-ending to-do list and preparing for holiday parties. I have talked about some of my favorite ruffled tops for holiday parties, but today I am talking about the new Lady in Red perfume. It is perfect for the holidays and can be the cherry on top for your festive or classy attire.

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I have had the chance to test out Lady in Red’s newest perfume and it is totally share-worthy. Lady in Red has launched a new perfume just in time for the holiday season, and as part of their campaign, I am revealing what energizes me, what empowers me and what fires the passion in me. Here we go!

  • What energizes me? This is an easy question to answer. It is blogging! When I am blogging, especially writing, I feel re-energized and like I am being true to myself.
  • What empowers me? In my life I have felt more empowered and mentally strong when my I am physically strong. Working out or taking a few moments outside in nature makes me feel empowered. So it is important for me to make time to workout on a regular basis.
  • What fires passion in me? This is a hard question to answer. I think passion is something that has to be ignited every day. Having a creative outlet like blogging definitely ignites the passion in me, but there are other ways I channel my creative energy. I love painting, putting together a new outfit, drawing and doing fun DIY projects.

Lady in Red Perfume

Adding a fragrance to your look can be a fun way to feel extra confident and sexy during the holiday season. Lady in Red’s newest fragrance has a timeless aroma with floral notes. It is not too strong and not too subtle. Honestly, I think it is a great everyday scent. In addition, if you tend to steer away from perfume, this would be a perfect one to try out. First, it is affordable at $35 for a 1.7 ounce bottle. Second, it is a classic fragrance that will work for a variety of women.

This Lady in Red Perfume would also make a great stocking stuffer or gift for the holiday season. As a holiday gift to you, use code “SPRAY2SCS” for a buy one, get one free promo AND a free red picture frame as a holiday gift!

Now, I would like to hear from you all. What makes you feel energized and empowered? Is there anything in particular that fires up the passion inside of you? Staying energized can feel extra difficult during the holiday season, so I hope you all remember to take a little time to take care of yourself each day.

Cheers,

Sarah Camille

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A New D.C. Tote & 12 Ruffled Tops for the Holidays

Happy Thanksgiving Eve my friends! I am excited to get lots of time with my family and Will’s over the next few days. But before the festivities begin, I am sharing with you all 12 ruffled tops for the holidays and The Little Market’s new reusable tote that I previewed in my Cheap Date ideas post. As you may recall, I did a little modeling with the totes around DC for photographer-extraordinaire Joffoto. I promised more photos and details, so here they are!

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The Little Market’s Reusable Tote

In case you don’t know, The Little Market is a company that gives its customers the ability to purchase handmade fair trade products crafted by artisans around the world. If you are looking for a particularly meaningful or thoughtful gift this holiday season, definitely check them out. They have all kinds of unique home decor and accessories, like beautiful woven baskets, personalized candles, baby blankets and elephant-shaped mugs (swoon!!). There is something about a handmade gift that you know is supporting people around the world that just feels extra special.

Side note: This post is not sponsored by The Little Market. I was just fortunate to do some modeling with their totes through my connection to Jof. As always, my opinions are authentic, and this is just a company I truly love.

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Outfit Details: Ruffled Top | Skinny Jeans | Booties (hello, short version!)| Watch Necklace | Bracelets

Now to the bag I wore for our photo shoot. It is their newest locals bag for Washington, D.C.  These reusable bags are so functional, cute and sturdy. The Little Market has a ton of totes for various cities around the world and totes with various sayings, like happy holidays, packed with love and bonjour!

I styled the tote with Gibson’s Ruffled Hem Top from Nordstrom, my favorite skinny jeans and super comfortable brown booties. Ruffled tops are one of my favorite trends this season. And since there are several on my wish list (and maybe sitting in a couple of online shopping carts!), I am sharing the ones at the very top of my list.

Ruffled Tops for the Holidays

The plaid ruffled tops might be my favorite because they feel festive and I like the mix of a masculine print with feminine ruffles. I also like styling flowy, ruffled tops with skinny jeans. For a holiday party, try pairing a ruffled top with a structured skirt. Now do you have any ruffled tops to wear this holidays season? Is there a way you prefer to style them?

I would also love to know your thoughts on The Little Market and giving a gift that supports local artisans. Do you shop anywhere that is similar? Or have a unique, handmade gift you love to give? Tell me all about it in the comments!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and have time to be with the people you are most thankful for.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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An Easy Way to Invest Spare Change & Grow your Savings

Acorns App Review - Investing Spare Change

Hi friends! For today’s Friday Favorite, I’m sharing a new, easy-to-use investment tool that Will and I came across recently. For me, investing money has always been one of those topics that seems too complicated and time-consuming to figure out. But now, the investing tool we found is doing the thinking for me. It is too awesome not to share it with you all! It is Acorns, an app that allows you to invest spare change with ease.

Will and I learned about Acorns at a high school reunion, while we chatted with friends about the major expense of education for children. Our friends mentioned they were investing a certain amount of money into Acorns accounts to save for the cost of school for their two kids. They had calculated how much they needed to save based on the average growth of their investment and setup automatic payments into the app. Intruiged, Will and I looked at the app when we got home and decided to give it a go.

How to Invest Spare Change

Acorns provides a simplified, convenient platform that automatically invests spare change by rounding up your transaction to the next dollar. So, the change you would get from a cash transaction goes straight into your Acorns investment account. You can connect Acorns to one or more checking or credit card accounts. Similar to the couple we talked to, you can also setup recurring monthly payments into your Acorns account. The beauty is that you invest spare change that grows with the stock market.

I also love that this platform works automatically once your account is activated. For example, when I bought groceries for $32.43 last week, $0.57 was added to my Round-Up balance, and I did not have to do anything (hooray!). Once the Round-Up balance reaches $5, money is withdrawn from my bank account and added to my Acorns investment. In addition, you can customize which transactions you want to include in your Round-Up amount or make it automatically calculate all eligible transactions.

To really get your money growing quickly, Acorns users can boost the Round-Up amount by as much as 10 times. So that 57 cents from my grocery store purchase, could be increased to as much as $5.70 with Acorns boost options. The recurring deposit our friends set up can also be customized for a daily, weekly or monthly schedule.

Acorns App Found Money Program and Investing Spare Change

Setting up Acorns

Will set up his own Acorns profile first, and then helped me with mine. Once you download and open the app, Acorns takes you through the steps to open a round-up account, connect your checking account, and create an investment account. You choose from a selection of five different reasons for investing:

  1. Long-term investment,
  2. Short-term investment,
  3. Major purchase,
  4. Children, or
  5. General.

With the future in mind, we created accounts as long-term investment vehicles. After your bank account connects to Acorns, you answer questions about your age, income, investment goals, etc. The answers are used to tailor your Acorns investment portfolio from a conservative to an aggressive investment strategy.

Once set up is complete and a bank account is connected, Acorns withdraws an initial deposit for your new investment stream. Below, you can see my Acorns account is currently set up with a monthly $5 recurring payment. I also connected two accounts to Acorns, so I get round-ups on top of my $5. As seen in the chart below, Acorns shows how your money can grow over time. It is pretty enticing to invest more money, right!?

Acorns Fees and Extra Perks

Many investment tools come with hidden costs or fees. For Acorns, there is no deposit or account minimum to get started, no commission fees and no penalties when withdrawing funds. Users pay $1 per month for your first $5,000, or 0.25% annually for accounts greater than $5,000.

If you are a college student, Acorns is completely free. There are no fees on accounts of any size for college students. You must have a valid .edu email address and employment status as a “Student” for up to four years from the date of registration.

I have used Acorns for about a month and have found the platform easy to use. There are a lot of cool features too, like the investment growth program, seen in the projected value chart above. This forecasts how much your money will grow based on your contributions. Also, Acorns has some amazing partners that you can shop with and receive bonus investment contributions, like Nordstrom, Comfort Inn and Apple, pictured below.

If you haven’t invested your money or find the process daunting. like me, I  reccomend trying this platform out. If you want your money to grow, an investment option like this may be a better option for you than a standard savings account. It is awesome how much your money grows when it is properly invested.

If you want to give Acorns a try, click here to start investing and you will get $5!

Now I need to know. Do you use Acorns or a similar tool to invest spare change? Do you find investing money daunting like me? Or, are you a total whiz with money? If you have any advice or thoughts when it comes to saving and investing, please share.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

 

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