I’m unboxing my November Rocksbox a little later than I would have liked. Seeing as I was out of town for a while, it was just one of those things I would have to deal with! I returned my previous box (you can read all about it here) right before my trip and received my new box upon return.
All I can say is that I’m so grateful I received this box in time for the holidays! With Thanksgiving prep happening right now and Christmas following right after, I don’t think I’ll have time to pick out what jewelry I want to wear to all the special occasions that happen during the season.
I received three items–two pairs of earrings and a choker necklace. Both sets of earrings were on my list, but the choker wasn’t.
Now you must be wondering if I like the choker.
I LOVE the choker! I think the stylist did a great job in selecting something that’s in my taste but not on my list. It’s not your average choker, but it can easily be paired with a casual outfit. I wish I had this choker when I was on my trip!
Here are all the items I received in my box:
Calla Duster Earrings in Crystal – Perry Street – $54
Myles Fringe Drop Earrings in Gold – Slate – $40
Sawyer Choker in Gold – Slate – $50
Please note the prices stated are the member’s price.
Remember, I received these three items and I can wear them and use them however much I like, and then return for a new set. All I do is pay the monthly fee of $21, which includes free shipping. I can also purchase any of these items for the member’s price, and if I purchase more than one piece, I might get an extra discount. I have written all about the Rocksbox process here and why I’m such a big fan. You can also get started for FREE (yes, at no charge) with the code “thesassylifexoxo”.
I really love drop earrings like the two pairs shown above because they catch your eye regardless of how you’re wearing your hair. Up or down, those earrings will definitely stand out.
And I’m reallly realllllly excited to wear all the jewelry in my box.
Thank you Rocksbox for making my life so much easier–again!
If you want to try out Rocksbox for FREE for one month, (yes, at no charge), use the code “thesassylifexoxo”.
Shopping for quality jewelry can be tricky. There are so many styles, shapes to fit every price range, it’s enough to make your head spin. We don’t always know what the jewelry is really made of (conflict-free diamonds? real gold?), or who even made it. Some of the prices on mall fashion jewelry make you question if tiny hands or underpaid workers were involved in the making.
Finding quality jewelry is no easy task. Finding quality jewelry that speaks to you, that inspires you, that makes you feel confident, that gives you a sense of individuality–that’s even tougher. I’m not into buying jewelry that’s only fashionable for a few weeks that ends up oxidized or knotted in the bottom of my jewelry box.
Boho by Spence has made it their mission to craft jewelry for the spirit of the Boho girl in a sustainable and ethical way.
The Boho girl sees the world differently than your average girl. She’s creative, adventurous, and fun, but she also fears no challenge and is morally grounded. She loves to travel, enjoys fashion, hangs out at festivals, and catches up with friends over coffee. An independent thinker. Curious. Compassionate. Confident.
The collection is made up of several symbols: Earth, Fire, Water, Leaf, Lotus, Paisley, Feather, Arrow, and Infinity. Every symbol has a different meaning behind it.
For example, the leaf symbol is “purity personified.” It’s a reminder of the importance of respecting oneself and others. Another symbol is the lotus, which represents the future and how our possibilities are wide open.
The two pieces of jewelry I have feature the lotus and the feather. The feather is about lightening your mind, opening your heart, and letting yourself go.
Every symbol is positive, thought-provoking, and grounding. I love the idea of wearing a piece of jewelry that is more than just a piece of jewelry.
Each piece is simple, elegant, and light. The earrings, necklaces, rings, and bracelets are universally flattering, no matter the occasion or outfit. It’s effortlessly easy to style any of the pieces.
My favorite part about the Boho by Spence Diamonds collection is that 1% of each purchase goes to the NGO Not for Sale to alleviate human trafficking and that Spence Diamonds has a deep-rooted commitment to help the community affected by diamond exploitation in Central Africa. They focus on eliminating any unethical impact and they also focus on building the community by building schools and creating housing for those displaced.
All pieces in theBoho by Spence Diamonds are made with Artisan Created Diamonds. They’re identical to mined diamonds–even gemologists can’t tell the difference. When the diamonds catch the light, they have the most beautiful glow and illuminate the jewelry so well. Knowing that all of the jewelry in this collection has been created in a socially conscious way makes me proud to wear the jewelry.
Anything from the Boho by Spence collection will make a great addition to your own jewelry collection. The symbolism and social consciousness behind this collection also makes any of the earrings, rings, necklaces, and bracelets a thoughtful gift.
Head to a store near you to see all the pieces in person, or make a purchase online from the U.S. or Canadian online stores.
Every year for the past 6 years or so, I’ve had a ritual of circling items I want to purchase in the Nordstrom Anniversary sale paper catalog. It’s usually mailed out mid-June to cardholders and fashion-forward men and women as well as bargain lovers know the catalog is a sign of what’s to come–Christmas in July.
To say I love the anniversary sale is a bit of an understatement. There have been years where I’ve woken up at midnight just to be sure I got my hands on exactly what I wanted. There have been years where I’ve taken an early lunch break to head to the mall to peruse the early access zones in every department. There have been years I’ve stopped myself from buying any clothing for months in preparation of the sale. I practically factor it into my yearly budget.
There’s a rush I get when I get my hands on something I really really want. And a rush I get when I get something that’s later sold out. Like my taste has been justified by demand or something. Okay now I sound like I need help, but I am being brutally honest with you.
Now, I’m sure you’ve heard of the Anniversary sale before. But maybe you don’t know much about it: It’s a sale that’s different from all other sales in that it’s fall and winter fashion that’s on sale. Not spring stuff or random fashion, but the clothes you’re going to need once the air gets brisk and chilly. Also, everything goes back to full price after the sale.
Well, not everything. You’re probably wondering why Nordstrom would host a sale like this. It’s because they will figure out which items they want to stock for fall and winter based on demand for the items you purchase now. Those Tory Burch boots you like so much that sold out in minutes? They’ll be back in the fall. The Nikes with the weird pattern that still has every size left in stock? They probably won’t be bringing those back.
Smart move, Nordstrom.
And it’s a smart move for people like us if we know how to shop the sale.
First of all, you’re going to need a Nordstrom card. I’ve had mine for years. I actually have a Nordstrom Visa Signature, so I can use that everywhere and earn points which turn into Nordstrom Notes.
Some things to know about the sale:
Early access starts on Thursday, July 13th and ends July 20th. Early means you can shop the best sale picks before everyone else.
You must have a Nordstrom card to have early access. Online, you will have to confirm your card before you can even see the items.
Everyone can shop the sale starting Friday July 21st
So there you have it. Once you see the catalog, it is pretty tough to resist adding stuff to your cart and purchasing (shipping is free, btw).
Now, onto my favorite picks. I’m including items I have purchased and items that I haven’t. I’ll let you know which ones I have bought and which I haven’t.
Women’s Chelsea28 Bell Sleeve Poplin Top – $58.90. $89 after sale (33% off). I love the bell sleeve look, and it’s a trend that has been up and coming for a while now. Many style and fashion bloggers have wear bell sleeves in their style shoots. There’s no reason why you can’t turn up to work or a nice dinner in this bell sleeve top. The blue one is sitting in my closet right now :)
Zella Live In High Waist Leggings – $35.90. $54 after sale. (33% off) – Available in classic black or fall-inspired burgundy, Zella leggings are a staple at Nordstrom. Well-priced and good-quality, you’ll feel a lot less guilty about buying 3 pairs of Zella leggings for the price of one pair of Lululemon leggings. I personally have the burgundy pair.
Women’s Adidas Originals Trefoil Crewneck Sweatshirt – $39.90. $55.00 after sale. (20% off)– Athleisure lives on with this comfortable but stylish heather grey crewneck sweatshirt. If you’re into brand names or maybe giving your weekend wardrobe a little change, you might be a big fan of this sweatshirt. Cozy, comfy, and goes with almost everything. I love being cozy, which is why I bought this sweatshirt! They’ll go great with the adidas leggings I purchased last year.
Mini Miracles Set – La Mer – $85. $140 value. This is a great way to try out one of the most raved about and pricy skincare items out there. While it’s a mini set, it’s enough to see if you’re serious about splurging on a full size set. This is definitely a wish list item for me.
Pleione Double Ruffle Sleeve Blouse – $39.90. $59 after sale. (33% off)– Not everyone is a fan of ruffles and I totally get that. To each his own. What I like about this top is that the ruffles are done really well. They aren’t frumpy and they still have some structure. If you do like ruffles but still want to have a clean cut look, this blouse might need a new home in your wardrobe. It also comes in red and white.
Most of the home goodies – Yes, decorating your home is really fun and finding new items can be really amazing and small changes can make big differences and and and I can go on and on! The thing is, nothing really stands out as something you can only get at Nordstrom. That, in combination with the prices, leaves me personally wanting more out of the home sale. You’re absolutely welcome to take a peek though–I’ve left you the link.
I think you’ll find home items you like better if you go to your local Nordstrom store. It’s easier to browse through the trinkets and notebooks they have in store than online because it can get tedious online.
FOREO LUNA play Facial Cleansing Brush – There are great reviews on this cleaning brush and I have personally seen a lot of people rave about it online. But it’s only a $4 discount. If you want an upgraded version of this brush that’s actually on sale, you might want to take a look at this:
bkr Spiked Naked & Tutu 16-Ounce Glass Water Bottle Duo – $50 – It’s a $75 dollar value, and I’ll give you that these bottles are cute. But you really don’t need to spend $50 on two glass water bottles that only hold 2 cups of water each, sorry. I personally have a bkr bottle and I think they’re really pretty, but it was part of a subscription box where I definitely did not spend remotely close to full price on the bottle. I think a better choice would be this one if you really want a fancy water bottle: