Another day – another subscription – another deduction from my bank account. Rocksbox is the latest subscription service, similar to Birchbox, that delivers 3 pieces of jewelry that match your “style survey”. You can keep them for as long as you want, return 1 or all 3, and get more delivered to you to replace those;  all for $19/month. Ultimately, of course, Rocksbox wants you to buy the “specially priced” 20% off (still $65) necklace if you really love it.

A friend gave me a free month promo code and so I tried it and received my Rocksbox yesterday.

Rocksbox takes a fun and detailed approach to their branding which I mention because that’s something I care about. As you can see above, this is a smaller box (than Birchbox’s, for example) with a pretty tied closure that makes for an even more exciting “opening” moment. As soon as I lifted the top, a bold and personalized “HELLO!” greeted me.


The three pieces of jewelry are in little mesh baggies as opposed to just a plastic one, and they include a return label for when you’re ready to swap the accessories. Great experience! Rocksbox

My one “con” is that it’s $19/month. It doesn’t sound like a lot but I already pay $10/month for Birchbox and at least I get to keep the samples. Not sure I’ll continue this subscription but totally worth looking into if you’re an accessories bird and don’t have other subscriptions you enjoy more.
Check them out here!



Blank Space

A day late here on “Music Monday” but I had to get this up. I don’t know where I was yesterday when the internet broke over “Blank Space”, but I just watched Taylor Swift’s new masterpiece.


I heard the song on the radio the other day and had one of those deep moments when you’re totally engrossed in a story; a familiar story. I know nothing about video production or direction but apparently Joseph Kahn is the tits of music video production so I’m not surprised that this video is so well done.

“She’s highly aware of one particular thing that’s happening right now — the idea that if you date her and you break up with her, she’s going to write a song about you,” explained Kahn, who said Swift is one of the smartest people he’s worked with in his 20 years of making acclaimed music videos.

“She’s aware of this. She’s not an idiot. Taylor wanted to make a video addressing this concept of, if she has so many boys breaking up with her maybe the problem isn’t the boy, maybe the problem is her.

I’m no famous playgirl with a “long list of ex-lovers” but I do think lots of women can relate to this video; so thank you, Taylor, for showing us all what we really look like when we go crazy. Some guys are really great and because women can be so many shades of different colors it can either “…be forever or it’s gunna go down in flames”.

I mean, look at these lyrics. How many ladies can’t relate? (…and yes, video is below)

Nice to meet you, where you been?
I could show you incredible things
Magic, madness, heaven, sin
Saw you there and I thought
Oh my God, look at that face
You look like my next mistake
Love’s a game, wanna play?

New money, suit and tie
I can read you like a magazine
Ain’t it funny, rumors fly
And I know you heard about me
So hey, let’s be friends
I’m dying to see how this one ends
Grab your passport and my hand
I can make the bad guys good for a weekend

So it’s gonna be forever
Or it’s gonna go down in flames
You can tell me when it’s over
If the high was worth the pain
Got a long list of ex-lovers
They’ll tell you I’m insane
‘Cause you know I love the players
And you love the game

‘Cause we’re young and we’re reckless
We’ll take this way too far
It’ll leave you breathless
Or with a nasty scar
Got a long list of ex-lovers
They’ll tell you I’m insane
But I’ve got a blank space, baby
And I’ll write your name

Cherry lips, crystal skies
I could show you incredible things
Stolen kisses, pretty lies
You’re the King, baby, I’m your Queen
Find out what you want
Be that girl for a month
Wait, the worst is yet to come, oh no

Screaming, crying, perfect storms
I can make all the tables turn
Rose garden filled with thorns
Keep you second guessing like
“Oh my God, who is she?”
I get drunk on jealousy
But you’ll come back each time you leave
‘Cause, darling, I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream

Don’t say I didn’t say, I didn’t warn ya
Boys only want love if it’s torture
Don’t say I didn’t say, I didn’t warn ya

Just…watch. Watch this lady Gatsby werk.

Nothing Fits but Winter is Coming

So my awesome box of new stuff arrived on Saturday and, except for the Apt 9 and Juicy ankle boots (which are both fab and I totally recommend), nothing fit.

This is probably an indicator that I should go check out the inside of a gym, right? Well, not necessarily. I believe jeans are the devil and are out to ruin all women that aren’t an average size. A friend recommended Uniqulo jeans which I will attempt to shop online for this week. Apparently they are true to size and comfortable! Let’s hope she’s right.

In other news, this morning was freezing which is a sign that winter is literally coming and I don’t have a winter jacket. So I scoured Topshop on my train ride, since my sister got an amazing coat from there a couple of years ago, and found a few options. I’m looking for WARM (need it for Paris and Iceland in the dead of winter) and trendy – I guess… because why not?

How beautiful is this shearling? God, but $1K though?


Otherwise, parkas are my next best option – windbreaker and 100% cotton – that should work right?




RIP Fashion Tape

I know it’s Halloween but I have something else to talk about.

I officially ran out of my Fashion Forms Garment and Body Adhesives tape and I’m really sad about it.

RIP Fashion Tape

I bought this tape back in 2007/8ish when I worked at Bloomingdales, What is that… SEVEN years (?!) of companionship? Seven years of gap-free blouses? That’s golden.

If you know me, you know I’m a bit OCD and territorial about my things; aren’t we all though – a little? You spend your hard-earned money on something and then you lose it or you run out of it and you just can’t shake the feelings? Anyhow, when I’ve had something for so many years it just makes me sad that it’s over. Fashion tape, you will be missed my friend.

Before I run off to mourn for like another hour, I’m sure you’re just dying to know what I’m going to be for Halloween, since I haven’t really dressed up since 2010, aren’t you!? Well, you’ll just have to wait to find out! Make sure you’re following me on the ‘gram – I’ll post a pic later.

Since I Don’t Have Time to Shop

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’ve never really been a big clothing/shoes online shopper. However, in lieu of a very packed schedule with grad school projects taking up my weekends, I’ve finally resorted to buying some clothes online since I don’t have time to get to stores and I need new clothes and shoes.

kohls-purchaseSo, I spent time on yesterday and to the left is what I ended up buying.

The problem for me is that I won’t get this stuff until sometime next week at which point I’ll try it all on and probably hate it and then have to drive to the closest Kohl’s anyway to return it.

THIS is my issue with shopping online! I’m going to hold back from venting further because maybe I shopped smart and everything will fit but really… otherwise, what a pain in the butt.

Anyhow… don’t you just LOVE the boots? I do too. I hope they fit. I got them a size bigger for thicker socks. Top black pair are Apt 9 and the 2nd pair are Juicy Couture’s “Livia” ankle boot for Kohl’s.

The pullover/sweater is also fab , Croft & Barrow for Kohl’s. You can’t see closely but it’s ribbed which should be interesting.

And jeans… well, we all need jeans. I hate shopping for them but I need them. Hopefully one of these Levis fits at least a little.

On the topic of needing new clothes, my inspiration over at Profresh Style teamed up with 3 other fab women for a new line for ModCloth.

I went on the site for the first time yesterday and found some tops and blouses I may buy as well!

Let’s see how this goes… who knows! Maybe I’m going to blossom into an obsessive online shopper!

Camping & Vacation Homes

On Friday, I decided that after a Saturday grad school seminar, I’d tag along with a couple of friends that had planned a camping trip. I just wanted a quick change of scenery and that’s exactly what I got. I drove about 2.5 hours to Weatherly, PA (Poconos region) where I spent Saturday night roasting by a campfire, drinking beer, playing Heads Up, and just living. I wasn’t in front of a computer. I wasn’t checking off a to-do list. I was lounging in a camp chair just a few feet from a lake in the middle of the woods.

Campfire - La_Suazo

On Saturday we woke up, the boys packed up and went home early and the ladies stayed to have brunch in a town near by, Jim Thorpe. What a beautiful little town surrounded by mountains; I fell in love! It was an incredible few hours. Dubbed the “Switzerland of America” Jim Thorpe’s full of cute little shops AND (what are the chances) a Fall/Oktoberfest festival.



I had such an amazing time and now I dream of a vacation home there. I want a vacation home everywhere! Remember when I went to Newport? I want an apt or home there too!

Icing on the cake: we heard about the 100 Mile Free View at “Flagstaff” in Jim Thorpe from a landing on one of the mountains. Look at this view:


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The owner of the over 625 acre land (which took him over 25 years to acquire) is looking to sell the property and build homes. Maybe that’s where I’ll buy in the future; I should probs hit the lottery first though right?