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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!

Mission Cute: A Box With A Conscience

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What could make a monthly subscription box filled with cute, useful goodies better? How about sourcing from small businesses and non-profits? Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me!

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That’s exactly what Mission Cute is doing, and I love it.

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Each box contains items made from often local businesses, and artisans. Not only that, but they also partner with a non-profit for each box to help spread awareness a bout their mission, and give them half of the net proceeds!

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As you can see from my delightful first box, I received a gorgeous bracelet, shimmery hand-made necklace, print, body scrub, Apple scented candle, and I got to learn about the work they’re doing over at Karam. (I also got candy!) Celebrate the holidays by giving this gift, that truly gives back.

Flaviar: A New Way To Taste Premium Sprits

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Forget flowers. If you want to send me something that will give you the everlasting key to my heart: send whisky. That said, any potential suitors should definitely check out Flaviar.

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This brilliant monthly box sends a premium tasting of 5 spirits. The box I had was delicious, delicious whisky from all around the world!  I was so excited upon receiving this thing that I even put up a terrifically unflattering (to me, not them) Youtube video about it! I was that jazzed about this box!  Just imagine: Japanese whisky with floral notes and peach. A whisky all the way from India that smells sweet, and of almonds. There was whisky from Switzerland, Ireland, and of course Scotland.

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The idea is that you invite 2 other friends over, and make it a tasting party. I cheated and just had 1 other person, so it was really a party, and we had plenty to taste! Going back and forth about what we noticed in each was honestly a lot of fun! They’ve even got an app! To buy all of these bottles at a liquor store would have been well over $300, and this subscription is currently just $24.99. Tis the season… And I can’t imagine a better gift than this.

Scentbird: A Subscription for Fragrance Lovers

 

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I’ve always been a huge fan of designer fragrances, and often walk out of department stores smelling like some strong potpourri, because of course I have to sample every single perfume they have! That’s what they’re there for, right? Well, there’s a better way for those of us that like to smell amazing, and may not be ready to a commit to single scent for the rest of our lives. Meet Scentbird, an amazing subscription service that sends you about 30 days worth of an authentic, designer fragrance at a time, and helps you find new scents to love.

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The design is rather ingenious: You get a chic, refillable vial, and each month you insert your new fragrance cartridge when you’re ready to use it! I’m currently on Dior Addict, which has been a favorite of mine for years. I love the compact tube that slips right into my purse, and makes toting fancy fragrances a breeze! If you’ve ever bought a full size, elaborate glass bottle of expensive perfume in the past, then you know what I’m talking about. Give ‘em a whiff! You’re sure to enjoy some old favorites, and find some new signature scents to swear by.

Coterie Sampler: What’s In The Box?

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Coterie, a locally curated gift service, just launched a monthly subscription box!

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This means that whether you’re in town or far away, you can get (or give) Texas-made crafts, and nibbles.

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My first box came with 7 Austin-made products: Gin & Juice Shortbread Cookies from Skull & Cakebones, Sarah’s Kale Chips, Sway Water, finishing salts from Lenoir (an amazing restaurant, if you haven’t been), blueberry preserves by the incredible Confituras, Lavande Farm’s natural mosquito repellant, and a hand screen printed Texas tea towel by Kimball Prints.

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The Brit in my life approved of the shortbread cookies, as well as the jam. In fact, it’s safe to say he’s Confituras’ number one fan, and has been such for a while. Whether you’re from Austin, or just love Austin, this bountiful box makes a great gift from the heart… of Texas.

Texas Conference for Women Discount & Giveaway!

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Patricia Arquette – Academy Award Winner, Keynote Speaker

Are you ready for inspiration, professional networking, and personal growth? The Texas Conference for Women is going to give you just that! There will be keynotes from celebrities like Patricia Arquette, and speeches from well-known locals like my friend, Lani Rosales. The event has it all, and will be held at the Austin Convention Center on October 15th.

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Robin Roberts – Co-Anchor on Good Morning America, Keynote Speaker

I know I’m ready to meet like-minded, passionate women, and supercharge my drive for success. I’m not kidding! If you’d like a discount on your tickets, I’ve got you covered! Here’s a code for $10 off on all new registrations: TXBG15. The code is good from now through the date of the event! If you’d like to score a FREE ticket, and sit next to me at the conference, I have an awesome contest! Just tweet what’s on your bucket list with the hashtag below, and we’ll select a winder at random! I think mine would be ‘Visit Willie Nelson’s ranch,’ but you can put whatever you’d like to do in Texas!

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Too Much Cute: Kawaii Box Giveaway!

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My friend in Berlin sent me a message this morning that read, “This makes me think of you!” It contained a link to an over-the-top cute Japanese music video. This should tell you where I stand when it comes to all things ‘kawaii.’

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Given that, it should come as no surprise that I was more than excited to receive my first ever package from Kawaii Box.

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Each box is jam-packed with the most adorable products, and world-wide shipping is FREE.

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Though the box seemed small, it felt like a clown car of presents as I pulled one after the other out in an endless stream of squee.

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Want to score a free box of your own? Simply enter the contest below!

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Click here for your chance to win!

Disclosure: I did receive a complimentary box for review purposes, and all opinions expressed are 100% my own.

For the Menz: Sock Club


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I’m known for splurging on a variety of products (mostly necklaces and shoes), but my partner only has one passion when it comes to spending on clothes: socks. Think of them as pocket squares for your feet; they add a fresh pop of color to an otherwise ho-hum outfit. If you also have a man in your life that loves style, but hates leaving the house, then you have to check out Sock Club.

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Once a month this company will ship you a tidy, little flat pack containing one pair of fashionable, quality socks designed and made here in America. Did I mention that they’re based out of Austin? Yep! You can support a local business without driving to a store!

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The style was perfect for my 20-something, hip, professional partner, but I’d wager that just about any man could benefit from this service. It’s the perfect gift, and it literally keeps on giving year round. The designs are on fleek! (Okay, okay I know I’m not a teenager.)

Disclosure: I did get to try a pair free of charge for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are 100% my own.

Uncommon Goods: Reviewed By A Oenophile/Cat Lady

I recently got the opportunity to try out some of the stellar gifts available from Uncommon Goods. The overall selection is enormous, and I had a hard time deciding what to choose! There was everything from barware to unique necklaces to tipis for cats to… You get the idea! Naturally, I was drawn to all things wine.

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I’m an avid picnicker, and arguably an equally avid drinker, so I know the importance of keeping wine cool in the Texas summer (which is the only other season we have beyond 2 weeks of winter). As you may have seen in my video, I gave both the Sparq Wine Pearls and the Corkcickle a test run. They both kept my wine cold, whether in the glass or in the bottle, and I have a few people in mind, from an ‘Extreme Picnicking’ group that I participate in, that absolutely need these things in their lives.

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Given that Uncommon Goods specializes in gifts for everyone whether they have 2 legs or 4, I couldn’t pass up the Dj-inspired scratchpad. If you’re wondering if your cats will like it, trust me: they will. Ours had a bit of a rap battle over who “owned it,” though they now seem to be okay with taking turns mixing sick beats for us on the scratchpad, and thankfully not our couch. Overall, Uncommon Goods is a great place to find really cool products for yourself, or someone that you love. (Or someone that loves wine.)

Disclosure: I did receive complimentary products for review purposes. Opinions expressed are 100% my own.

 

Do We Need Needles?

Stephen_AI’ve known Stephen Andrews of Morning Sun Acupuncture for years, and I’ve always considered him to be a kind, thoughtful, and incredibly down to earth person. He comes across as calm and balanced, whereas generally when people meet me (and I’m quoting a certain local weatherman here) I’m “like a hyperactive squirrel darting around” and it’s obvious that my mind is always racing. After a really bad week, Stephen offered to stab me with his magic sticks give me my first acupuncture session. I was a little skeptical, but I came out a firm believer. (Sorry for the magic sticks joke, I can’t help myself!)

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I was a little nervous, and thought that I might feel pain. Rest assured, there was absolutely no pain, not even for the needles that went into my scalp. Also, I didn’t even realize he was inserting them. He had this calm, effortless, and conversational way of nonchalantly applying them unbeknownst to me. He took great care to address my goals, and concerns: I was looking to lose weight, and also to deal with some rather powerful anxiety.

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The room was warm, comforting, and perfectly zen. In all of my constant worry, I was able to let loose, and he gave me a lot of great advice to help unify my mind and body in reaching my goals. Did I mention that he’s smart? He’s incredibly smart, and seemed totally dedicated to making sure I got what I needed, and had the tools needed to try some exercises at home to help with my constant, needless worry. At the end of it all, it felt like I’d just left either a yoga session or perhaps a really good massage. If you’re on the fence about acupuncture, allow me to tip you in the direction of it. I’m certainly going back for more.