Sparkles and Sunshine: April 2017

Spring 2017 FabFitFun Box

Monday, April 17, 2017

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter. I spent my day going to church with Chandler, taking Diesel to get his next round of Trifexis, and then relaxing at the pool for a few hours.

I'm super excited to share my thoughts on the spring 2017 FabFitFun box. I'll be honest, I wasn't sure if I was going to continue my subscription or not so I made sure to look at the spoilers this time. As soon as I saw the Gypsy Roundie teaser, I was hooked! I've been wanting one of these for the longest time. I'm sure a few of you are wondering, how did I get the blue roundie with my box? A coworker of mine that is also subscribed to FabFitFun knows that I have a serious obsession with blue tie-dye. Once she received the blue tie-dye roundie in her box she immediately asked if I wanted to trade if I got a different color. As you guys can see, I said yes!

I was so impressed with the items in this box. The first item that caught my eye was the Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-in Conditioning Spray. My hair is my favorite thing about myself and so I can't wait to try it out and see the difference it makes!
The next item that I was drawn to was the Karuna Hydrating+ Face Mask pack. I got four great face masks that I can't wait to try with one of my girlfriends on our next girl's night in.

A few other items that were included in this box were two cute Deborah Lippman nail polishes that are perfect for spring or summer, a beautiful Emerald + Duv bracelet, a pack of delicious strawberry flavored Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies by Nature's Bounty, a fun lip kit from Realher, and the Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator from dr. brandt.

Don't worry, I didn't forget about my adorable Milly Zip Pouch. When I received my pouch that said "Haute Mess", I thought, wow, they do get me! haha :)

The best part about this pouch is that you can fit pretty much everything you got in the box inside of it! This pouch is perfect to take to the pool, the beach, or even as your very own make-up bag inside your purse!

What did you think of the spring 2017 FabFitFun box? I would love to hear more about your favorite item from the box in the comments below!

Have a great week!



How To: Pack For A Trip

Friday, April 7, 2017

I hate packing. I don't think I know anyone who doesn't! You spend a ton of time trying to figure out what outfits you want to pack, how to make everything fit, and then you ask yourself "Did I forget something?"

I'm super excited to share a few of my favorite packing tips with all of you! I'd like to start by sharing what you should pack. The key to packing outfits for a trip is to pack the essentials, plus a few fun pieces that you can create multiple outfits with.

In this photo I have included:
  • Dark Wash Skinny Jeans
  • Dark & White Wash Jean Shorts
  • Black Leggings
  • Black & Blue Bralettes
  • Black & White Cardigans
  • Casual blue romper
  • Casual stripe romper
  • Three sleeveless tops
  • Short Sleeve Graphic Top
  • Black Sequin Dress (formal)
  • Tan Tulle Dress (formal/informal)
  • Lavender Bikini

Let's start with casual wear! You can create multiple looks with these seven pieces (jeans and leggings below items). Each top pairs with both pairs of jean shorts, and jeans and a few tops pair perfectly with the leggings. The romper is a cute alternative for those days when you want to switch it up.

It's important to bring a few dressier options because you never know where your trip will take you! I like to pack at least two dresses; one dress that is more formal, and another that can be dressed up or down. I also like to bring at least one top that can be worn with shorts or jeans and a cardigan for a night out with the girls or date night with your special someone.

Finally, my favorite things to pack: swimwear & cover-ups! For cover-ups, I like to bring something that is not as see-through so that I can wear it as another outfit. I found this adorable romper from ASOS for only $40! I also recently discovered this local swim company called Aurora swimwear. Their suits are so soft and comfy and this one is the perfect color for sun-kissed skin!

I'm sure you're wondering "how does everything fit in one small suitcase?" The answer is plastic bags! Go to your local grocery store and purchase gallon size zip lock bags. With these zip lock bags, you're basically creating those space bags you saw on TV years ago (that really do work I might add).

Let's start by packing your tops. Grab any top and roll it up long ways as tight as possible, then put it at the bottom of your zip lock bag. Repeat this step until you have fit 2-3 more tops in the bag, or as many that will fit.

Once you do this, fold the bag over, zip it half way, and begin pressing the air out. Once all of the air is out, completely close the bag. This will eliminate extra air space within the bag and flatten it out.

When you do this for all of your clothes, you have more room to bring back souvenirs or new clothes haha. :)  I will add that this does not work as well for thicker material items such as jeans or sweatpants. Those items are best kept flat or rolled up.

If you're hopping on a plane, this tip is especially useful because those who check baggage will be able to see what's in your suitcase more clearly without having to touch everything. Now, I can't guarantee they won't open the bag and look through your stuff, but every little bit helps!

I really like to do this with my undergarments, because the thought of someone else handling my undergarments kind of freaks me out.

There you have it! I hope you enjoyed all of my packing tips and I hope they help you for your next adventure!

P.S. Traveling alone is fun, but traveling with a friend is even better!

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