Saturday, July 14, 2012

Mail Order Madness: Birchbox, Victoria's Secret + Forever21

Today is a very photogenic post. I've been scoping out some deals online.

Victoria's Secret- Clothing Clearance
I bought this one in black- so cute when I tried it on too.

Bought this top in the colors shown and it is HUGE! It doesn't actually taper, it's just MASSIVE all over.

Forever 21- Good deals!
This one is adorable!

I took a gamble on this one, but it turned out ok. I find it to be comfortable and summerish!
I also bought some various tank tops for layering in all kinds of colors. You cannot beat their stuff at 2.80 a pop. The black one I ordered months ago has held up pretty well for 2.80....

Birchbox- July Glamour Edition
It arrived on time! Woo!

Lots of goodies inside.
Inside this month's Birchbox:


Also there were a pair of earbuds. I'm overall really excited with my box. I cannot wait to try out the hair treatments because they claim to tame the frizz. Also, I loved my Dr. Jart's BB so I'm really fascinated by BBs now. I'm looking forward to trying the boscia BB.

And that's it. Thus concludes my mail order madness! An in case you're wondering, all of this in my post cost right at $80. That's 4 tops, 3 tank tops, 1 bandeau top, shipping and my Birchbox subscription. Not too bad!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Birchbox Round Two: June Box

After MUCH waiting, I FINALLY got my second Birchbox. And it was already a bummer, but it ended up being a total bummer...

I'm here!

Love the packaging. I need a way to upcycle these in a cool way. Suggestions?

Here it is. In all it's lackluster glory...

I received:
John Varvatos Star U.S.A. (A preview from the Men's Birchbox)

So basically, I have designer Band-Aid's which are totally not my style because HELLO I'm a couponer haha. I am interested in the stretchmark cream...and the men's stuff smells awesome so I passed it on to Tim.

As for last month, I've been using some of the products more than others. I loved the smell of the perfume, but it's probably outside of my budget. The nail polish is fantastic in terms of how it goes on and comes off. I just need to save gold for the beach, ha! Hands down though, my favorite item from my first box was Dr. Jart beauty balm. It's amazing. I squished every molecule of it out of the tube. It's basically a foundation and I used it often. It was especially great for days I wanted to go out in public without additional makeup. I'm probably going to treat myself to it for my birthday since it's about $32 a bottle. That's probably what I pay at Clinque anyways.

Dinner at our house: Teriyaki steak skewers on the grill!

I renewed my trial subscription of ALL YOU recently, and I'm glad I did. Not only does the magazine pay for itself in the coupons you get from it, it has great life tips like budgeting, organization, and my favorite: food! Tim and I recently started grilling. This is what we made from the magazine. 

I added in onions and peppers!

The man at the grill!

All done, and all gone after the photo was snapped!

These were delicious! Here is the recipe from ALL YOU:

  • 1/3 cup bottled teriyaki sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 pound flank steak, cut across grain into 1/4-inch-thick strips
  • 4 scallions, white and light green parts, sliced on diagonal
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  1. 1. Combine teriyaki sauce, garlic and pepper in a large ziplock bag. Add steak, seal and turn several times to coat with marinade. Let stand 15 minutes at room temperature.
  1. 2. Preheat grill to high. Thread meat onto thin metal skewers; oil grates. Grill steak, turning once, until cooked to desired doneness (1 to 2 minutes per side for medium-rare). Transfer skewers to a serving platter, sprinkle with scallions and sesame seeds and serve.

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