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Rebecca Reads: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

wonder by rj palacio

I recently finished Wonder by R.J. Palacio.  This is a quick, uplifting read that I would recommend to everyone!

This book is about August Pullman.  August was born with facial deformities.  He has gone through a lot of surgeries and, as a result, was home-schooled his entire life.  That is, until the point at which this story takes place.

The summer before August started middle school, his mother decided it was time for August to start private school.  This is a huge deal, since August can't go anywhere without people staring, double-taking, and gawking.  August starts middle school at a very nice private school.  In fact, the principal of the school is one of my favorite characters.  August's foray into school is definitely a bumpy road, but he gains friends along the way.  I don't think I'd be spoiling much if I said that the ending is so good.  And... I'm not much of a crier when it comes to books, but this one made me boohoo a little.

The book is split up into sections.  Most of it is told from August's perspective.  Other parts are told by his friends and sister.  It is super interesting to hear the story from the other characters.  In fact, I didn't care for his sister all that much until I read her section (ahh.. totally the theme of the book).  And on that note, if you read this, get the version with the bonus Julian chapters!  Seriously, find the Julian chapters and read them.  Perspective all over the place!

This was a(nother) super quick read.  I read about 75% of it in a couple hours.

Have you read it?  Who was your favorite character?  Aside from August, I really like his mom and dad, principal, and sister.  Oh, and I also really liked Julian's grandmother (Julian chapters!!  read them!)

My Second Le Tote!

It's been a while since I've written about Le Tote.  My first Le Tote experience is here.  I had a pretty good box the first time.  It didn't wow me and I wasn't going to get another box, but I forgot to cancel my subscription.  And boy!  Am I glad I forgot!!

If you've never heard of Le Tote, it is a clothing subscription box.  For $49, you are sent five pieces (3 clothing, 2 accessories) to rent.  If you want to purchase any of them, you can at a discount.

Le Tote 1

Le Tote 2

I. Madeline Plaid Sparkle Skirt, $54

I loved this skirt straight out of the box.  It fit and it was comfortable, but it (like all pencil skirts) accentuated my bootay.  I could've worked with it and maybe worn a longer cardigan to minimize my derrière.  However, I like adding pieces to my closet that I don't have to think about it.  I want whatever I add to my closet to be effortless, and this is not that.

Le Tote 3

I. Madeline Pleather Henley Top, $44

This was another item that I liked straight out of the box, but as you can see in the pictures the fabric is pretty thin.  That was a turn off (especially at the price) and the color blocking stops at a weird area for my hips.  It was very comfortable and I could see myself wearing this around the house throughout the year.  The price is too steep for an 'around the house' item.

Le Tote 4

House of Harlow 1960 Sugarloaf Stud Earrings, $24

Aren't these cute?  I really liked them.  They fit my style and I should have kept them.  I thought $24 was kind of pricey for stud earrings.  Now that I've thought about it some more, I wear stud earrings more than anything else.  I have four holes in each of my ears and rarely switch out my studs.  Why didn't I keep these?  Oh, well.  Since then, I've found them on Amazon for $26.

Le Tote 5

Noir Luxe Chloe Antique Necklace, $28

As soon as I took this out of the box, I knew I had to keep it.  It's a gorgeous color.  The bar shaped crystals don't look very blue in the pictures, but in person they are a pretty grey-blue shade.  I've worn this necklace with everything.  Even thought it's kind of sparkley, this is my grab-and-go necklace when I don't know what jewelry to wear.

Le Tote 6

Karen Zambos Couture Ellie Top, $64

Confession: I didn't try this on.  I just couldn't.  If it came to me this wrinkled, I imagined it would look much the same at the end of a work day.  In addition, I don't like to iron every week and I have a feeling this one would need some ironing.

I am very, very glad that I forgot to cancel my subscription before this box was shipped to me.  That necklace was definitely worth it.

Blue on Blue on Gray ... on Blue

Winter Office Fashion 1

Winter Office Fashion 2

Button-up: Old Navy (same style, different colors) // Sweater: Gap (similar) // Pants: Lee (thrifted, similar)
Shoes: Clark (gifted, similar) // Necklace: Love Shopping Miami (won in giveaway, similar)

So, this is an outfit I'll never wear again.

And I know I'll never wear it again, because the shoes and pants are already in my donation pile.

I've had these shoes for a few years.  I wear them every winter and have to break them in every year. Well, this year my feet had it.  This was the first day I'd worn them, and my feet were done at the end of the day.  When I got home, they promptly went into the donation pile.

This was also the first day I'd worn these pants.  I can say, without a doubt, that they are entirely too comfortable for work.  They're too loose/baggy/relaxed.  I did not feel good in these.

I mean ... I felt good.  I just didn't feel like I looked good.

Score two for Goodwill!

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy and Shanna.

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Stitch Fix: December 2014

I am using my Stitch Fix referral link within this post.  If you click through and sign up for Stitch Fix, I will receive a $25 credit.  Please don't feel obligated to do so, but thank you if you do!  Additionally, if you sign up for Stitch Fix you will have your own referral code to earn credits as well.

It's time for another Stitch Fix!  My last fix of 2014 came in the mail last week.  I was super excited about it.  Since I had luck with the sweater and jeans in my last fix, I asked for more winter-y things.

Stitch Fix December 2014

Stitch Fix December 2014

Henry Birds on a Branch Infinity Scarf, $28
Just Black Dean Ankle Zip Skinny Jeans, size 32, $78
41Hawthorn Gideon Polka Dot Sweater, size medium, $68

Last month, I got a pair of Just Black skinny jeans.  They are so comfortable, and I love them.  I was excited to get another pair this month.  I love the zipper details!  The only thing is... I already have a pair of black skinny jeans.  And while these are different (my others are distressed), I couldn't justify spending $78 on a similar pair of jeans.  Just to be sure, I got my other black skinnies out to compare.  My other ones (which are by Gap) are a higher rise and feel more comfortable to me.  These Just Black skinnies got sent back.

Two things that did not get sent back are this sweater and the scarf.  In fact, I've had this fix for a grand total of 6 days and I've worn the sweater twice.  It's so soft and thick.  If I wear this to the office, I don't need to layer.  And that's saying something, because my office is cold!  Given my recent obsession with infinity scarves (#latetothegame), this scarf is a no-brainer.  I love the color and the print.

Stitch Fix December 2014

Stitch Fix December 2014

Honey Punch May Plaid & Lace Button-up, size medium, $48

Next up, one of the most unflattering shirts I've ever worn.  I love the concept (lace + plaid?  lady + lumberjack?  you pick), but this shirt didn't fit well.  It's tight across my shoulders (you can see that in the second picture), but it's too loose around my waist.  This was sent back.

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Stitch Fix December 2014

Market & Spruce Hi-Lo Short Sleeve Tee, size medium, $44

This is the biggest "no" ever.  Th fabric was flimsy and too stretchy.  It also shows off too much of my amazing arm muscles.  Gotta reign those things in, and this top just isn't cut out for that job!

After my $25 credit, I spent $71 on the scarf and sweater.  The sweater was totally worth all of that $71.  It is one of the nicest quality things I've received in my fixes.  And who can resist a cute infinity scarf?  Not I.

Makeup Monday: Instanaturals Review

I was provided these products to review, via Brandbacker.  InstaNaturals provided me with a coupon code to purchase them on Amazon at not cost to me.  All opinons are, and always will be, 100% my own.

For the majority of my life, I've had "bad" skin.  Acne is no stranger to me, and my pale skin is easily scarred by them.  The thing is, I never really had "bad" skin, I had bad skin care.  My skin was so oily that I thought it needed to be dried out.  What I didn't know was that my skin was dry, hence it was over-producing oil.  Once I understood that, it was easy to correct the problem.  Pile on the moisture!

At that point, I went on a skin care overhaul.  When I started adding more moisture to my skin, my acne started to go away.  The scars even started to fade.  Well, you know how when people exercise they hit a plateau and they have a hard time continuing to lose weight?  I hit a sort of skin care plateau.  My skin was improving, but at some point I was still breaking out no matter what I did.

I but you can guess what the answer was.  Yup, even more moisture!  This time, it was in the form of hyaluronic acid.  Hyaluronic acid can hold 1000 times its weight in moisture.  When worn under your moisturizer or face cream, it attracts even more moisture to your skin.  Basically, it makes your moisturizer work better.

Now, my skin only breaks out due to hormones, bad diet, or stress.  These are things I can mostly control, so my skin has been looking so good lately.

But enough about me, on to the reviews!

Instanaturals Review 2

These are the most recent skin care products I've tested out.  These are all (obviously) from Instanatural.  These are the Premium Hydration Hyaluronic Acid Serum, the Youth Express Eye Gel, and the Pore Tightening Vitamin C Facial Toner.

My favorite product of the three is the serum.  I try a lot of different skin care products.  I've come to the conclusion that it's best to try products when my skin isn't going through a break out.  When these products came in the mail, I was going through a horrible break out.  It was completely diet related (totally my fault.  holidays=sweets=zits).  I really didn't want to test these products while I was going through a break out.  That particular zit fest was awful.  No matter what I did, the whole situation (my face) got worse and worse.

One night, I decided to break out the serum even though it wasn't the best possible conditions.  I couldn't believe how amazing my skin looked the next morning.  In fact, within one day my spots were healing and I wasn't breaking out anymore.  The only spots I've had since then were hormone related.  And even so, they were minimal and healed fast.  I am EXTREMELY impressed with this serum.

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I use this under my moisturizer or oil at night, and I use it under my moisturizer during the day.  This is the first serum I've used that has felt light under my makeup.  I absolutely love it!

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At the same time, I've been using the toner and the eye gel.  The eye gel is my second favorite product of the the three.  My undereye area is very dry, and this gel keeps it hydrated. It doesn't feel greasy and my makeup looks smoother.  Also, the price per ounce is very affordable.  You can get a 1 ounce eye cream at the drug store for the same price as this 1.7 ounce bottle.  And this one works better!

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The toner is in a spray bottle, which is my favorite way to apply toner.  It contains vitamin C, which is an antioxidant.  My skin always reacts well to vitamin C, as it makes my skin look refreshed and healthy.  The only thing I didn't care for was the actual spray bottle.  Mine doesn't spray quite evenly, but the actual product is amazing.

I very highly recommend all three of these products, especially if you have dry or dehydrated skin.  I have seen such an improvement in my skin.

I hope you try them and love them as much as I do!

Linking up with Molly and Carly.

Rebecca Reads: Big Little Lies

I was sent this book for Birchbox's Book Club.  All opinions are my own.


Today's Rebecca Reads is Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.  This has been talked about so much this year.  I had never read anything by Moriarty before, but I've heard amazing reviews about her books.

I am just going to assume that all the positive reviews for her other books are true, because this one was so good!

This book is set in Australia and centers around an elementary school, particularly the moms of the new kindergarteners.  As you're introduced to all the characters, you realize there was a murder at the school's trivia night.

You don't know who did it, and you don't know was murdered.  Through flashbacks and interviews with witnesses, you're given clues.  Don't be fooled by the murder mystery theme, it also touches on spousal abuse.  Despite all that, I laughed so much while I read this.  The main-ish character was quite comical.

Speaking of the main-ish character, her name is Madeline.  She is friends with Celeste, and they both befriend the new mom in town, Jane.  Between the three of their story lines, you learn a lot about them, their secrets, and the murder.

Honestly, I couldn't figure out who was the murderer and who was the victim, and that bothered me.  I like trying to figure out the ends of murder mysteries!  If you've already read this, did you know who was murdered & who did the murdering?  I'd love to hear your thoughts if you've read this!

And if you haven't read this, go read it!!  This would be the perfect quick read over the holidays.


I am sent Rocksbox for review.  All opinions are, and always will be, 100% my own!

If you've never heard of Rocksbox, it's basically a jewelry rental service.  For a monthly fee, they send you three designer pieces.  You can wear them as long as you like, or you can send boxes back and forth as much as you want for the duration of your membership.  If you want to keep any of the pieces, they discount them 20%.  You can my previous boxes here, here, here, and here.

Rocksbox 1

Another month, another amazing Rocksbox!  Rocksbox gifted me with a 3-month subscription back in July.  When my three months were up, they asked if I would like another 3-months!  Um, yes.  Yes, I would. #easydecision

Rocksbox 2

This month, my box was a leeetle more expensive than it has been in the past.  Spoiler alert: I didn't end up keeping anything, but I loved wearing it all!

Rocksbox 3

Kendra Scott Jana Bracelet in Black Opal Glass, $64 after Rocksbox discount

This was my second favorite piece in the box.  I've said before, I don't do bracelets.  I mean, it's pretty rare.  But, I keep getting sent bracelets in my Rocksboxes, and I keep trying them and giving them an honest go.  This one is so comfortable.  See, that's my beef with most bracelets.  They don't feel comfortable, especially since I type all day.  They're too big and bang around or ... well, honestly, they're rarely too small for me.  I really liked this bracelet and enjoyed wearing it, but it seems a little fancy for everyday.  Part of me regrets sending it back, but I know I wouldn't get a ton of use out of it.

Rocksbox 4

Gorjana Luna Layer Necklace, $56 after Rocksbox discount

So help me, I will buy a Gorjana necklace one day!  Every single Gorjana necklace I've tried in my boxes has been so cute and exactly my style.  I found myself wearing this so much.  The price just wasn't right for my budget when I got this box (November).  Rest assured, a Gorjana necklace will be mine eventually!

Rocksbox 5

Margaret Elizabeth Mini Cushion Cut Drops in Labradorite, $70 after discount

Let's just take a moment too stare at these earrings.  They are absolutely gorgeous (and, hello, they have more colors in this style!).  I had an outfit picture of my wearing these and then I accidentally deleted the pictures from my memory card.  Yup, that was obviously a brain fart moment for me.  In fact, I deleted the pictures of that outfit and another one.  Anyways, back to the earrings.  I love the delicate gold and the stones.  These were a joy to wear, but they were a little pricey for me.  I will keep these in mind as a gift for my mom!  These are definitely splurge-worthy.

Well, I resisted all the pretties this month but I'm not sure about my next month (which came in this week).  It's hard to say no to all this pretty jewelry!