Today's Fun, Frequently Asked Question is...
"Where did you get that?"
It's no secret I like to talk about my latest finds (aka, the stuff I *love*) on my social media sites. Because of this, I get a lot of "Where did you get that?!"
I thought it'd be fun to do a shopping referral list on a few items I get a lot of questions about--both online and off.
Here we go.
Because I'm often holding the items I'm showing off (or food...it's usually food), people see my nails. I used to get shellac, which is beautiful and has the added bonus of a manicure done by someone else who knows how to care for my cuticles. The down side? Soaking your nails in foil-wrapped, acetone-soaked cotton balls, then scraping to get the polish off. It's tough on your nail beds, and time-consuming to boot. Not to say I won't ever do it again, but for now, I prefer the easy-peasy method of Incoco.
I have fellow romance-writing pal, Maisey Yates to thank for this find (thanks, Maisey!). The thing I love most about Incoco can best be summed up by my recent birthday party. I was running late and didn't have much time to do my nails, so for 20 minutes, I sat on the couch and slapped on these appliqués. Twenty minutes and done. NO dry time. NO fuss. When I have more time, I do add a top coat to prolong the life of the nails. It's real polish, so it comes off with regular old nail polish remover. And bonus! NO soaking, NO scraping.
The bottom line:
- Cost: $4.50 (clearance items) to $8.99 for new designs
- Mani lasts 5-10 days depending on how hard you are on your nails
- Easy to remove, easy to apply
You can find INCOCO products here.
2. STITCH FIX
I've only had two shipments from Stitch Fix (if you're not sure how it works, click here), and I've purchased every item from both. I hear compliments on the clothing often, but nothing more than the cork bag I received. It's a clutch with a cute little handle, and even came with a removable gold chain if I want to carry it on my shoulder. It is. PERFECT. I can't take it anywhere without someone saying, "I love that purse!" It's super trendy and by far my favorite thing Stitch Fix has sent. What's even better is that they offer a referral link,which means it's extra fun to share. When someone you know orders a "fix", Stitch Fix gifts you $25 in credit for your next shipment, thus feeding your shopping addiction with a tantalizing little tease.
This shirt and necklace are both Stitch Fix, and it's just the kind of thing I love. Stripes, and a soft coral color. Simple and understated, and most importantly, comfortable.
Loving this tank top as well, though the creative "open" straps at the shoulders do require a strapless bra (or none at all if you're that kind of girl ;) ). Also, there's a close up of the necklace from them as well. I adore it and get complimented whenever I wear it.
The bottom line:
- $20 to order a "fix" of 5 pieces to be shipped at a date of your choosing
- If you keep nothing, you lose your $20, but if you keep any piece, the $20 gets applied to your purchase
- Keep it all and save 25% off the entire order (This is how they get you! I have a pair of shorts that don't fit, but it was worth it because I wanted the other 4 pieces.)
- You can set your own pricing, kind of...let them know what's "too much" for each piece. Each shipment has cost me around $200 (ish) for all 5 pieces.
- TIP: Fill your Pinterest board with styles and pieces you like and your Stitch Fix designer will match your style as close as s/he can.
You can order your first "fix" here.
Since I work from home, pics I share are often taken in my home. And I get comments on two pieces in particular:
The Owl Painting ($79.99 on sale at Pier One)
I didn't paint it, but I love that question. Artistic as I am, paint is definitely not my thing. This guy was purchased at Pier One on sale, and I absolutely love him. My grandmother collected owls and owned the house we live in now before she retired and went to Florida. I like to think this is her style, but modernized. :)
(dog sold separately)
The chalkboard mug ($4.99 at Pier One)
I didn't actually buy this mug. My mom bought it for my birthday (one of many gifts because she's crazy generous), and it's by far been my favorite way to communicate visually what I'm working on or how I'm feeling. It's perfect for my Keurig, cleans easily, and is a fun addition to my morning coffee. You can see several pictures of the mug on my Instagram account.
4. THE PLANNER & NOTEBOOK
Okay, now this planner is something I've been crowing about since the beginning of the year. I. Love. It. I use washi and stickers to decorate and colored pens that coordinate. It acts as an organizer/scheduler, but also as an art journal/memory keeper. It's as fun to flip back through and look at as the sticker albums I kept as a kid.
Brands I love ~ supplies
- Papermate Flair pens (Office Depot)
- Recollections washi (Michael's Crafts)
- Allton washi (Flower Factory)
- Stickers by Recollections, Sticko, and Jolee to name a few (Michael's Crafts)
- Dr. Grip Center of Gravity refillable ballpoint pen (Office Depot)
Erin Condren is another fantastic company who offers a referral gift. She gifts $10 in credit to you for purchasing the first time, and rewards the referer with $10 credit toward a future purchase. Awesome, right? To those of you who have used my referral link, HUGE THANKS! I hope you're loving your planners as much as I love mine.
The notebook has the best paper! Heavyweight like the planner, it's not as thick as I'd like it to be at only 153 pages, but it holds a lot more than I thought it would. If I'm problem-solving, brainstorming, or list-making, this is my go-to! Personalized covers available.
To keep myself straight on filled pages, I use tabs on the side to mark important parts, and when I'm done with the notes (i.e., I already wrote that scene into the book), I draw a diagonal line with a yellow highlighter through the page. I know I don't need that page at a glance, but I can still read my notes if I need to.
The bottom line
- Planners $50-$75 depending on design
- Notebook $16-$22 (can upgrade to "deluxe" but I prefer the "keep it simple")
- Washi & stickers: you could go broke!
You can order your Erin Condren planner, notebook, and supplies by clicking here.