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Rocksbox: A Sparkling Subscription


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Do you cycle through jewelry more than you do Tinder matches? Fret not, my friend, thanks to Rocksbox you can try, buy, or send back jewelry items in the blink of an eye.

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For just $19/month you get a curated box handpicked by a stylist. You can browse their collection and ‘favorite’ things you like, and more often than not you’ll get at least one of those items! The more you review, the more personalized your box gets.

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If you love an item, you get to purchase it at a discounted price; or you can simply return the box, and get a fresh set of things to try! I like that I can send it back whenever I want, though I did find it hard to part with some pieces. (I should’ve just bought them with the discount!)

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The pieces are by known designers, with fashion-forward reputations. If you like to try before you buy, then this is the box for you!

Beauty Blog: Jose Luis Salon

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You may be wondering how this healthy, happy hair (shown above) happened. Especially considering that with color treatments, and a staunch refusal to lose any length of my proudly grown hair had led us to what you see below.

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Ouch! (And yes, both of those pictures were taken on the same day.) I decided to get over my haircut paranoia, and visit the luxurious (really luxurious) Jose Luis Salon on West 6th.

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It was there that these two magical people transformed my look from Tara Reid ca. 2003 (sloppy makeup, and about a half foot of split ends) into sleek, modern fierceness. Tyler, a master stylist and I presume very talented musician from Minnesota, was well versed in current trends, and happy to talk to me about which direction he thought I should go.

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He understood that I was scared of losing length, but also eased me into what needed to be done: chopping the dead weight off. We discussed blunt, razored edges, and he gave me exactly what he told me he would. (I should mention that he gives one killer scalp massage, and wanted me to disclose that he was only dressed as a cowboy for Halloween.)

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As soon as my hair was finished, they offered to throw in some makeup. What?! I was getting my hair AND makeup done?! I felt a little bit like Cinderella as Sarah worked her magic with the airbrush on me. (Okay, at this point I felt more like Beyonce than Cinderella, which we all know is an even better feeling.) She let me ask a ton of pesky makeup questions, and didn’t bat an eye when I changed my mind for which direction I wanted my look to go in. She was so gentle, patient, and understanding when I complained that my eyes were watering during the eyeliner application that I told her she should be a pediatrician. (I have a hilarious image in my head now of her being a pediatrician for one of the kids on Toddlers & Tiaras, given her makeup talent.)

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You saw how perfect my hair and makeup looked in the first image of this post, but as you can see in the one directly above, my whole look (minus the lipstick I surely drank off between F1 day parties and happy hours) held up. I looked and felt amazing, and had way too many people hit on me that day. (No lie.) If you want to to get your hair and makeup done for an event, or perhaps just to feel so good about yourself on the outside that it pierces your inside, I definitely recommend taking a trip to Jose Luis, and checking in with Sarah and Tyler.

Disclosure: I did receive complimentary services, but opinions expressed are 100% my own.

What’s Inside: Blush Box

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Blush Box is a monthly subscription service that gives you a bit more than the usual make-up samples and skin creams. Blush offers sexy surprises at many different monthly levels (and they’re based in Austin!).  You can opt for a box that’s more intimate and wild, or try something a little more tame. I got to try out their Panty Delivery, and decided to have a little fun with how I presented their products…

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For only $24 you can surprise yourself and your partner with something new to wear beneath your clothing. I should also mention that this can come in handy if your subscription arrives between visits to the laundromat.

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Speaking of these products coming when you’re in a bind and need them the most, they also have a Condom Courier. (You know that feel if you’ve ever had one of those moments.)

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My box was thoughtfully packaged, and even came with a lavender sachet to keep everything smelling great. I love that they make sure to send you things that are both cute and comfortable, and you never know exactly what to expect (because that would be boring). They have everything from bridal gifts to seasonal boxes, and even more. Take a chance on something new and daring; give Blush Box a try.

Disclosure: I did receive these items at no charge in order to review them. All opinions expressed are my own.

Austin Fashion Week: A Pictorial Recap

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As I dashed off to New Orleans, my beloved Austin Fashion Week press pass laid in limbo. Knowing that it would go to waste unless I did something with it, I asked my colleague and ardent fan of the watermark, Madelinne Keyser, to go in my place to capture the action. After all, she is a talented professional photographer. Here’s what she saw: Continue reading Austin Fashion Week: A Pictorial Recap

Scroll through Austin Stylish’s post to find a quote by yours truly on how I stay fabulous during SXSW. It may come as no surprise, my answer is comedic… sort of. Click here to read it.