And I mean “sucker” in the best way possible. I wouldn’t say I’m always an early adopter with everything, but I do try to keep up with the kids (I can say that without irony now that I’m 30). So below I have posted the different services I use and filled you in a little bit on how they work. *Please note if you click through a link, I may be compensated by the companies in the form of credit. All opinions expressed are my own and I was not asked to do this by any company below.*
Hope you find one or more you decide to add to your life!
I have been getting Birchbox for around 4 years now–basically as soon as it started. For a flat $10/mo, or $110/yr if you buy outright, you’re sent 4-5 deluxe size samples. Think actual travel size bottles vs one use only. You’re able to let them know your skin type, hair type, preferences, etc so there is a degree of customization. Beyond letting them know I’m a pale blonde with combination skin and thick dyed hair, I like to be surprised! You may get the occasional less than stellar box, but typically I’m a big fan of the items I receive, which are all premium brands. Their customer service is outstanding, they offer points that translate into dollars off full sized products (don’t forget to review your monthly boxes– you’ll get 50 points and after 2 months, you find yourself with $10 off in the shop that can be combined with promo codes too!), and you always have new products to try
If you’d like to give it a whirl: https://www.birchbox.com/invite/gaqmw
Completely obsessed with Stitch Fix. After filling out a detailed style profile and paying a $20 styling fee (that comes off the top of any purchase made), you will receive 5 items in your size and style to your door. As I said with BB, I like to be surprised so beyond a few things I’m specific about and avoiding some styles/colors/patterns that don’t do me any favors, I basically let my style profile and the link to my Pinterest style board and social media sites (completely optional) speak for themselves. When the fix arrives, it’s like CHRISTMAS! All folded up nicely in tissues paper with a personalized note from your stylist, it’s so cool to see how someone who doesn’t know you picks items out based solely on some information you’ve provided. Love everything? In addition to the $20 styling fee coming off, you will get a 25% reduction off the total cost. Love one thing? $20 comes off and you checkout online to pay the rest. Not your thing? Send it all back (you do forfeit the $20 at that point). Upon checkout, you’re asked to rate and specify what you like and didn’t like as it helps them to better understand your needs.The fixes can be scheduled monthly or sporadically and there is no commitment.
Best mail day ever is only a click away: https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/3434607
This is my newest subscription, but I’m definitely sold! I love accessories, but I like to mix them up without spending a fortune (or buying pieces that infect my ears or turn my skin green). After creating a profile and a wishlist, you’re sent 3 pieces (combination of wishlist and styles you’ve indicated you like) for $20/mo. Keep them as long as you like and/or buy them, send back anything you’re finished wearing– and 3 new items are mailed your way! I am super impressed with the quality of the products offered as well as the quick turnaround time.
For your first month FREE, use code asequinedlifexoxo when signing up: https://www.rocksbox.com/
You guys, this is such a find. It’s essentially a Costco/BJ’s membership– without a membership. Bulk household goods and food delivered to your door in two days for free on orders over $50. Please note a minimum order is $29, but it is so easy to do when you’re buying all things you need and use for less. My roommate and I buy all our paper goods, trash bags, natural cleaning products, dishwasher soap pods, healthy snacks, quinoa packs– and over the holidays, we even bought Google Chromecasts for $15/ea! Free app or desktop site.
For $15 off your first order, use code XS7GG at checkout: https://www.boxed.com
Last.. and CERTAINLY NOT LEAST…
Why everyone doesn’t use this is truly beyond me. Ebates pays you (quarterly through check or PayPal) a percentage of your purchases just by clicking through their site/app/browser extension.That’s it. It’s completely legit and legal and it is FREE.MONEY. I just realized even Boxed offers 2% back, so I will definitely be using Ebates next time. So many major retailers, booking sites, flower companies, services, etc work with Ebates and you will also see any valid coupon codes to apply to your order. It adds all of 2 seconds to your shopping tip and you see actual money back.
Seriously, this is the best find of my life. You get a $10 bonus gc for joining: http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=6mlGjFsGSPBwWvE20o%2BOXA%3D%3D&eeid=28187
That’s all she wrote for now, but I’ll be sure to keep you updated on any new services I try!
I added another city to my list this past weekend — Music City!
The girls and I got a great deal on a flight, so we rented an adorable house in West Nashville and headed south. I absolutely loved the vibe– a great mix of country and hipster. I’m not a country music fan typically, but it’s so much fun to hear so many talented people performing all over town. When in Rome…
Having a car was clutch since it allowed us to check out more neighborhoods and spots. I ate my weight in BBQ (Edley’s in 12South had the best pulled pork of my life), fried chicken (Hattie B’s Hot Chicken — a perfect bird) and washed it down with cheap moonshine drinks (they’ll getcha). Also need to shout out Hermitage Cafe’s $5 patty melt, which is pretty much perfection!
Recommendations (besides those mentioned above and below in captions):
Pedal Tavern tour
Grand Ole Opry backstage tour
Tootsie’s Wild Orchid Lounge roofdeck on Broadway
Tin Roof on Demonbreun
I took well over 200 pics, but here are just a few:
I was obsessed with this mason jar chandelier at Bootleggers Inn on Broadway
East Nashville, by 5 points
Looking out from the stage at the Grand Ole Opry
I won the contest I mentioned last week! I will be working with Ji Baek, Rescue Beauty Lounge Founder, to make my dream a reality over the coming months.
I won’t be able to talk further about the process, but I will DEFINITELY let everyone know when my nail polish shade will be released for sale. The name mentioned in the post header is my working title and not final.
Congrats to my co-winners and thank you for the support!
My last couple of posts have been uncharacteristically dark– well, for me–, but with the warmer weather and a little “attitude of gratitude” (thanks, yoga mindset), I’m ready to return to my positive self.
Embracing the light, I have returned to my, in my own words, “offensively blonde” self and it feels so, so good. I realized immediately after how much more ME I feel. Hair color is such a shallow aspect of someone, but it is the hair color that suits me best and it’s good to be back 🙂
My wonderful, gregarious, selfless dad passed away five years ago on the 11th. I miss him so much year round, but with Father’s Day, the date of his death and his birthday (the 25th) all within a month of each other, it obviously makes this time a little trickier,
I take a lot of joy in the fact that I was named after him and I’m often told how much I am like him. I have a lot of sorrow in all he’s missed these past five years– and everything ahead he will not be able to witness (in the flesh at least). I so badly wish he knew my boyfriend, A, but I know without a doubt they would have been thick as thieves. Despite their difference in stature, the two men share many incredible traits.
It’s a time for tears, but also of gratitude at the sheer luck that he was MY dad. I wouldn’t trade more years with another father, that’s for sure. He taught me about working hard and a zest for life. A love of traveling (even locally) and trying new places. Enjoying beer and Cheez-Its. I also remember all the support of family and friends, both in those whirlwind first months to every year on the anniversary when I get the “thinking of you xo” texts that mean more than their senders can possibly know.
It’s a time to reflect on all I’ve done, accomplished and persevered through since he left this world– and there’s a lot. From a career I’m proud of to caring for my mother (he always told people he knew my sisters and I would take great care of her when he was gone) and all the highs and lows along the way. Whenever I would leave the house, he would always yell, ‘Pay attention!”, which cracked all my friends up. I know he’s looking over me and that he’s paying attention to all he loved.