POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review (plus a coupon code!)

POPSUGAR Must Have box

It’s no secret that I’m kind of obsessed with subscription boxes lately, and have been trying them out in search of the “perfect box” (for myself that is, obviously preferences vary!). I recently had the chance to try out the POPSUGAR Must Have box, and I have to say, it’s pretty amazing. So amazing in fact that I immediately purchased the next month (can’t wait to see what’s in it).

I’m sure you’re familiar with POPSUGAR, the hugely popular website that provides up-to-the-minute content on entertainment, fitness, food, shopping and more. The POPSUGAR Must Have boxes are curated by POPSUGAR Editor in Chief Lisa Sugar and include full-sized items from the best in fashion, beauty, home, food, fitness and more. And this year, the boxes all have themes that relate to the month; January was all about warmth and health, February focused on Valentine’s Day love and pampering and March was all about spring travel. As you can see below, April embraces spring showers and farmer’s market finds.

There are several reasons I really love this box:
1. Full-size products (no lame sample sizes here!)
2. It doesn’t just focus on beauty or fitness – it’s a fun grab bag of products from each sector of life.
3. Themed boxes – because who doesn’t love a theme?

Each box retails for just $39.95 but contains products valued at over $100. Plus, if you buy more than one month, discounts apply (3 moths = a $10 savings, 6 months = $25 savings). Sign up now at musthave.popsugar.com.

And I have a coupon code for you! Use code MARIN5 at checkout for $5 off any new subscription through 5/31/15.

Details from the April box:

POPSUGAR Must Have Box

DABNEY LEE Dottie Umbrella
ONE LOVE ORGANICS Gardenia + Tea Antioxidant Body Serum
PRODUCE CANDLES Rhubarb Spring Candle
FLIP & TUMBLE 24-7 Bag
MOTT 50 Gift Card
— Over a $120 Value

*Originally reviewed for Marin magazine, but all opinions are my own.

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Cat lady covets: Tiger appliqué sweater

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Tiger sweater

Cat lady in tiger sweaterSo technically this is a tiger and not a domestic cat, but it’s still the cat family so I’m going with it. I was scouring the fall sale at my local LF boutique and saw this gorgeous sequined face peeking out at me from beneath a pile of sweaters (it gets pretty crazy in there during sale). I didn’t even have to try it on to know I needed it. It has that element of business in the front (plain cream boyfriend cardi), party in the back (a giant freakin’ sequined tiger face!). Not to mention it’s pretty comfy and cozy (no scratchy sweater here) and has ridiculously long sleeves, which a long-limbed person like myself enjoys. I also love the fact that it’s totally re-purposed from a thrift shop sweater – I’m doing my part to help mother earth people. And loving cats at the same time – it’s…

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Hot Spring Trends for 2014

Marin magazine March 2014 coverIt’s that time of year again…Spring fashion! The March issue of Marin magazine is out, and I have to say, I really love this shoot. I came up with the idea of focusing on four trends rather than just one to give readers more style options. And I wanted to really emphasize accessories as well (I feel like they sometimes get lost in shots on the model), so I came up with the idea of pairing a full model look with an accessories still life, tied together with paper backgrounds that I sourced at Flax in SF. The whole crew was amazing, and the shoot had lots of energy thanks to photographer Sasha Gulish (and a little backup music from Britney Spears when we needed some extra sassy attitude from our model Taylor).

Spring fashion - openerSpring Trends - WhiteSpring Trends - FloralSpring Trends - NauticalSpring Trends - MetallicSpring Trends - TOCI had to include this outfit from the Table of Contents page as well – how cute is this dress? The looks says “nautical” in a more subtle way – and cutouts are SO on trend for the season.

*Click here for all of the clothing/accessories details from the shoot.

And of course I had to include some behind-the-scenes shots for fun 😉

Clothes for shoot

Some of the clothing options for the shoot

Taylor getting her lipstick touched up and the accessories for the "white" and "floral" spreads

Taylor getting her lipstick touched up and the accessories for the “white” and “floral” spreads

The metallic still life being set up and Taylor rocking her metallic outfit

The metallic still life being set up and Taylor rocking her metallic outfit

A look at the white outfit in action and setting up the white still life

A look at the white outfit in action and setting up the white still life

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Cat Lady Covets: Paul & Joe makeup set

Post from my other site Tux the Dapper Gent that I just had to share with my fashionistas/makeup lovers/cat aficionados!

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Paul & Joe makeup set

Paul and Joe kitty makeup bagI’m already pretty obsessed with makeup (hello VIB rouge status at Sephora), but add cats to the packaging and I’m 100% on board. I saw this set while browsing the Urban Outfitters website for more cat items (of course) and fell in love. The cat head on the top of the cheek tint (could also double as a lipstick) is so adorable I’d probably be afraid to use it. What it doesn’t show on UO is the precious kitty-covered makeup bag that it all comes in, but I used my internet savvy to find a pic.

Paul and Joe eyeshadow paletteAnd while searching for said cosmetic bag I was directed to Paul and Joe’s website, which unearthed another hidden gem. Your eyes aren’t deceiving you, yes, this is an eyeshadow palette that looks frighteningly and perfectly identical to Tux. Must I have this? I don’t think I even need to answer…but…

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Valentine’s Day Style

Valentine’s day is tomorrow and love is in the air! Fashionistas – here are some looks that say “I love you” in style.

Valentine's Day style

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2013 Color of the Year: Emerald

Every month I produce a style page for a local magazine, and for March (I’m a bit behind in posting these) I chose emerald jewelry. Not only is emerald Pantone’s new color of the year for 2013, but I thought it a very appropriate theme for March – two glamorous birds with one (gem) stone here people. Below are my picks:

Emerald jewelryThough most of the jewelry is seriously out of my price range (see all of the details here), a girl can dream, right? For some more budget-friendly emerald options, I rounded up a couple of my favorites.

Emerald favorites1. Victoria’s Secret Knife-pleat maxi dress (on sale for $98!) – I have this and love it!
2. Banana Republic Quilted faux-leather cross-body $60
3. Ray-Ban Square Key Youngster sunglasses $109

Emerald favorites 24. Greylin Silk Button Down blouse $97
5. Sephora+Pantone Color Theory Shadow Block (Eclipsed) $26
6. Steve Madden Rantt sandal $50

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New styling work: Spring resort wear

March2013coverWow, sorry guys, it’s been awhile since my last post. I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to share all the cool things I’ve been up to lately! So I’m going to stop and take a breather, write some blogs, and catch you up!

The year started right away with a big Spring fashion shoot editorial. As always, it’s challenging to do a shoot in January for two reasons: 1) weather in the Bay Area is very iffy around this time of year, and of course rain was in the forecast leading up to the shoot, and 2) that means trying to contact PR and fashion companies before and during the winter holidays…never the best timing.

I had been itching to do another resort wear editorial, so that was the theme of this shoot (as applied to the Marin lifestyle). That meant more “preppy country club,” less “floaty kaftan on the beach in Capri.” Thankfully the clouds parted long enough for our models to slip into swimsuits and pose in actual sunshine. Below are the results!


Stay tuned for upcoming blogs on emerald jewels, stylish summer must-haves, my debut as a cover model, and the day I met Zac Posen.

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