Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Popbasic Wanderlust Collection Review

Popbasic has been  far and away my favorite subscription service since I started blogging. If you're unfamiliar with them, they create "micro-collections" of women's clothing and accessories each month that are then available for purchase- with free world-wide shipping! Each collection features three items, and is available only for a limited time. Once they're gone, they're  gone, so snap yours up if you want it- and if this month's box isn't your cup of tea, remember it isn't a membership where you have to sign up for multiple boxes; you buy month to month, so you won't be locked in. Micro collections are always between fifty and one hundred dollars- pretty good for three items!
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You can bet I was pleased as punch to find out I'd won Popbasic's latest micro-collection, whimsically named "Wanderlust." Word to the wise- if you don't follow Popbasic on their social media outlets (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter), you should. There's different and unique content on all three. Not only does Popbasic often do contests and giveaways, but you can see sneak-peeks about up coming items, and voice your opinion about what products they should make! Plus, co-founder Maddy Veenstra is quick to respond to any questions on the customer service end of things- or set you up with a penpal. Popbasic organizes a penpal exchange for its community. How cute is that?
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August's Wanderlust Collection comes with a necklace, shirt, cardigan, and dreams of travel. The "Drifter Necklace" is  actually quite heavy, a fact that is both a delight and not. Obviously, a pound hanging around your neck is, well, a pound of weight hanging off your neck. But, it does indicate quality, and this gun metal necklace is certainly that, with its larger, interlocking links. It also has an adjustable chain, so that it can extend further than the promo photos showed, a fact I quite liked. You can store your necklace in the silk bag it comes in too. Like the necklace, the "Traveler Tee" also is obviously made from quality material. If you run your fingers over it, you can feel the slight ridges of the stripes! Popbasic actually has sold striped shirts before and it was so popular they brought it back to be available for purchase outside of a collection.  Even now, you can go and buy a long sleeve "Le Breton" shirt in navy or red, so it was a bit of a surprise another striped shirt was coming out so soon. However, with the narrower stripes, black color, and the short sleeves (which have a lovely accent detail that really takes it to the next level for me), it is different enough to warrant both the Le Bretons and the Traveler Tee taking up residence in your wardrobe. I'm already thinking up a million different ways to wear this classic shirt; in fact, it may be my favorite part of the collection! That's not to say the "Impulse Cardigan" isn't a great piece too- it is. The color is a soft gray bordering on violent in person, and is the type of material that is very soft. As fall comes on, I'm sure I'll be even more glad of it, but it isn't so heavy that I couldn't wear it in evenings even now. Both clothing items are machine washable- Popbasic items haven't always been in the past, even or cotton items, so the low maintenance care will be nice. A small "lifestyle" surprise is usually included in each box. A lovely Earl Grey lip balm rounded things off nicely in my box.
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One of the things Popbasic has been trying to do is move away from having two jewelry pieces per collection. While there are still three pieces in each collection, the items might be a bit more varied including: a clothing piece, a jewelry item, and a third item that might be another piece of clothing, a bag or other accessory. Personally, I quite liked getting two pieces of jewelry to make things seem worth the price of the box, but this collection really strikes that new balance well. Nothing seems "just thrown in." All three pieces go well together- better than I thought they would, in fact, since none of the promo material showed them worn together. All were well crafted and seemed of nice quality. Might be one of the many reasons this collection is selling out super fast- their extra smalls and extra larges are already gone! The other sizes are still in stock though, so hop on over to place your order. And remember, if you're a first time customer of Popbasic, use my link to save an extra fifteen dollars off your purchase!

So do tell, these stripes catching you eye?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

What I Wore: Makes Me Happy

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Rose, floral print, Hell Bunny, Never Fully Dressed, without a style, skirt, outfit,
Rose, floral print, Hell Bunny, Never Fully Dressed, without a style, skirt, outfit,
Rose, floral print, Hell Bunny, Never Fully Dressed, without a style, skirt, outfit,
What I Wore: Shirt (Similar Here), Skirt (Hell Bunny), Shoes (Modcloth), Necklace (Similar Here)

Wear what makes you happy- or at least, that's what I'm doing; there is something just so undeniably happy about the roses of this skirt, and the kisses on the toes of these shoes! I wear it to feel happy and cheered, and when someone asked me what I was dressed up for, there was really no answer to give them but my smile.

Meanwhile, I'm elbow deep in curriculum books, getting an idea of what is available and what we want to go for the year. So tell me, what was is one lesson or project you did at school that really sticks out to you as something you loved, and why?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Dog-Eared Page: The House at Pooh Corner

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Illustration by Ernest H. Shepard

Suddenly Christopher Robin began to tell Pooh about some of the things: People called Kings and Queens, and something called Factors, and a place called Europe, and an island in the middle of the sea where no ships came, and how you make a Suction Pump (if you want to), and when Knights were Knighted, and what comes from Brazil. And Pooh, his back against one of the sixty-something trees, and his paws folded in front of him, said "Oh!" and "I didn't know," and thought how wonderful it would be to have a Real Brain which could tell you things. And by-and-by Christopher Robin came to an end of the things, and was silent, and he sat there looking out over the world, and wishing it wouldn't stop. 

-The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne

Friday, August 15, 2014

What I Wore: Relaxing in Gingham

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shorts, gingham, popbasic, never fully dressed, without a style,
shorts, gingham, popbasic, never fully dressed, without a style,

What I Wore: Shirt (Mango), Jeans (Gap), Shoes (Old Navy), Shirt (Popbasic; Similar Here), Necklace (Popbasic; Similar Here)

Wore this out on a date night the day before starting the new job! For the first day, it was all the fun but necessary stuff about health insurance and dress policies, but it was exciting to get to meet co-workers and really start feeling like this is a real thing that's going to happen! Came away feeling both simultaneously better about where I was in terms of planning for the new year, and more apprehensive than ever about being ready for students. Funny how that works, right? 

And since I can get nerved up about things- good or bad- having a night out the day before was a great distraction. We headed up to our favorite restaurant in Red Lodge. If you haven't heard me wax poetic about Red Lodge, well, it is adorable, nestled between a narrow valley with little Victorian homes in various states of painted splendor and dishabille. A river runs through it-  a happy, rushing, bubbling thing, not the lazy rivers of the midwest. There are trees everywhere, and wild turkeys clutter the streets. It literally looked like a toy town when you come over the ridge, like you could pluck up the buildings with your fingers. 

Being in a mountain town, this laid back look really works. I've been wearing it or variations quite a bit this summer. Relaxed, able to do most anything in it, but still put together. Of course, for work this year, I'll be donning more professional clothing, so...gather ye rosebuds- or shorts and laid back outfits- while ye may. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Letter Writing: The Circle Letter

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Photo credit: Lenore Edman
A fun twist on sending traditional letters is the circle letter. The circle letter is a way to write to a large group of family, friends and acquaintances without spending twenty-four / seven at your desk, pen in hand.
You write one letter- a letter intended for many different readers, so it is not a place to share your deepest and darkest secrets, but rather a place to catch people up on your life in a way that stalking Facebook just won't bring. This letter will be sent to one person, along with a second item. On a separate piece of paper, include a list of people, with their mailing addresses, that indicates who this letter is to be sent to after your first recipient has read it. That first recipient will add their own letter to yours, perhaps answering some questions or thoughts your letter had in addition to sharing about their own lives. They will then mail both letters and the addresses on to the next person on the list. That person can read both letters and add their own to the pile and send it on etc. This pattern continues until the list is done and all the letters are sent back to you. You can then read everyone else's letters,  take your original letter out of the bunch, and pen a new letter to add back into the pile and pass all the letters on to that first recipient again to continue the chain.

This was a common way for families far apart to get each others' news. Today we might think that group emails or social media fill that niche in too well to bother going back to circle letters. But, I think circle letters can allow for more chatty correspondence- the space can allow a story to develop, allow you to share a recipe, to answer a question. A circle is also for a more limited and defined audience than a social media outlet ever could be- you are, after all, only writing to the people on your list. At the same time, this is more interactive- while still being reflective- than a group email would be.

Would you try this correspondence game out?

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