October 15, 2013

In Pursuit of..

Cashmere Sweaters

I have been searching for months for the perfect black crewneck sweater and the search has not been as easy as I thought it was going to be. I want something quality that will last a long time but also needs to be the correct price point as we're on strict budget over here. 

I looked at and ruled out a bunch of different options and finally narrowed it down to these two above. The one on the left is the Cashmere Crewneck Tunic from Garnet Hill that comes in at $98 dollars has 94 reviews for an average of 4.25 stars. The one on the right is the Hayden Carbon Cashmere Sweater from Bluefly.com and comes in currently at $79.20 but only has one review.

Therein lies my dilemma.. I like both of these sweaters for different reasons but as a consumer, I give credence to customer reviews and often spend a good deal of time sifting through the reviews to see what others have to say about the item. The sweater on the left has 94 reviews the one on the right only has one. I've gotten Garnet Hill catalogs for years but have never purchased clothing from them because well, nothing ever caught my eye. I've never purchased anything from Bluefly.com either so I'm really at a loss in that department.

They are both very adorable sweaters and I just can't decide which one to go with.. I like the neckline of the sweater on the left but like the tighter fit of the one on the right. Obviously, the price of the one on the right is better. 

I'm putting it out there in hopes that one of you reading has purchased an item from either of these places and can speak to the quality of the products! 



 images courtesy of garnethill.com/bluefly.com

October 4, 2013

Five on Friday (...after a long hiatus)




That three month hiatus I took from this here blog? Let's pretend it never happened and jump right back in with my favorite link-up!

1. Beauticontrol Skin Care Line. One of my oldest and dearest friends became a consultant for Beauticontrol over the summer (think Avon-esque) and what initially started out as me just trying to support a friend has turned into an almost complete skin care revamp. I've been using the Spa Facial line (purifying cleansing gel, exfoliating polish, defend & restore night cream, and the under eye dark circle and puffiness solution) and my skin has never looked better. It scares me a little to actually write that as I am terrified I'm going to jinx it!

2. Soapwalla Deodorant Cream. Sometimes I can be a bit of a freak about chemicals and the scary things they could be doing to our health. G's cousin works in the environmental policy industry and has shared some scary stuff with me (only at my prompting she rarely gets on a soapbox about it...no pun intended hehe). I tried out a few natural deodorants that can be bought from the store but none of them worked. I discovered Soapwalla on Etsy back in March and decided to give it a try and it works so well! It lasts all day and has a great scent! Its expensive at $20 (including shipping) but I just purchased purchased my second one so it does last a fairly long time. I should mention it is kind of a hassle to put on since you have to use your hands but I feel so much better about using it that I really don't care. 
Deodorant Cream

3. Oasap.com. UM, have you visited this website? Adorable clothes for ridiculously cheap prices. I clicked on a Pinterest pin that took me to this sight and my eyeballs almost popped out of my head. It is based in China so it takes a week to 10 days for your shipment to get here but definitely worth the wait. I was a little skeptical at first, but the clothes seem to be of good quality. You have the option to pay through PayPal which always makes me happy. I'll report back in a month or so to let you all know if the clothes hold up! Here's what I ordered:
 
Also ordered this in Orange

4. Bikram Yoga. I've been doing Bikram on and off for a little over a year now but just recently started making it a once a week habit and I am loving it! I know there are mixed feelings out there about Bikram but I love it and I like to think I'm smart about it and don't push myself too hard during class if I'm not feeling up to some of the poses.

5. Prissy's Ponytails. My little Etsy shop has been doing really well lately but mostly through Instagram sales (follow: @prissysponytails and let me know if you'd like to order). I do thoroughly enjoy making these hair ties and love coming up with different color combos! This month I am offering a Shades of Pink pack to support Breast Cancer Awareness! 



Happy Friday!!!