Sweet Progress Box Swap!

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Earlier this month I signed up for Ashley and Dean‘s Sweet Progress Summer Box Swap. I’ve never participated in a swap before but felt comfortable enough with this blog to start.

I must have imagined something about YouTube in their posts because I decided to make an unboxing video since I haven’t made a video before either. To be honest, I’m very nervous about it? But frick it, I think it fits nicely with a theme of the swap- progress ^_^

Many thanks to my swap partner Kaylee from Chair in the Shade! As you can see, I received a very cool box. If you think I’m making a funny face before I take out the first item, it’s because I– spoiler alert for Kaylee– sent something similar. I’ve already tried this Starbucks mix and love it!

Next was this cute “Smile, Sparkle, Shine” BPA-free bottle. This is great because I think it’s bigger than my current bottle, and I can fit ice in there. I don’t know if you know this, but Florida is HOT.

Kaylee also included of pack of Yes to Cucumbers towelettes, sure to be refreshing this summer, and a Just Bee lip balm. I think this variant is called Cool (i.e., Just Bee Cool lol) because, along with beeswax, it’s made with peppermint. I can feel a very faint tingling after applying it.

Finally, I now have this lovely silver tray with rope handles. This will be handy for blog pics!

I really appreciate the kind of natural theme. I always would like to try such products but usually end up buying the cheaper option. The swap experience was definitely neat and recommended! It was fun to see what similarities my partner and I had even if they weren’t exactly the same things.

Have you ever taken part in a box swap?


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Sailor Moon Purse

eBay Haul

I feel like we’ve all heard eBay horror stories, right? People taking money, items don’t look like their pictures… As much as I like its more precise filters, I just feel like I don’t usually find anything on eBay. However, I saw someone share this Sailor Moon purse, and I simply had to have it.

Black White Dress

Amy Dunne might not be the best role model, but given the universal appeal and versatility (I did need a LBD) of a black dress with a white peter pan collar, I’ve been looking for the perfect one. I chose this one because of the white cuffs, and the account selling it had the size that looked (hopefully) that it would fit. I know that can be another downfall for eBay.

While it was very affordable, I am not in love with the material. It reminds me of a Halloween costume. I guess you could say it’s just how the dress looks, but I feel like a pilgrim! Also, I believe it’s meant to be a bodycon dress, but clingy fabric makes me feel uncomfortable.

Peter Pan Collar

I got a haircut since I took these, how I miss my hair! Perhaps if it wasn’t summer, I’d pair this dress with tights but alas. Perhaps it’s a good thing I forgot my beige heels because I think my mom’s black and white sandals match, no?

Sailor Moon Bag

In any case, I absolutely adore this purse. I actually thought it was going to be smaller, but bigger works. It’s of pretty good quality and came in a few protective wrappings which I thought was nice for something from eBay. It has a main, taupe-y interior with a zipper pocket and another pocket divided into two. It closes with a magnetic button and there’s a pocket where the snap is, but you probably could only fit small, flat items there.

Sailor Moon Purse

I think what really makes this purse is the cat ears. There’s also little studs on the bottom so it can stand up. The only thing I don’t really like are the clasps that connect the strap to the bag because it feels like you’re scraping metal against metal. But you probably won’t have to unhook them too much because I don’t think it works well as a clutch.

This Sailor Moon bag is such a welcomed piece to my wardrobe especially after the lukewarm dress and a fringe bag I immediately decided to resell. I guess you could say I’m still not sold on eBay being a site I typically browse. But if you see something, you have to have, go for it!

Do you buy clothes on eBay?


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Alton & Philando

Earlier this week, two black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, were shot and killed by police not days apart. Graphic video of their murders have fueled national outcry and protest. Video of Sterling shows police holding him on the ground while Castile’s girlfriend Diamond Reynolds broadcast their experience (which included their 4 year old daughter in the back seat) to Facebook.

Although I wish there wasn’t a reason for these videos to exist and I suppose they’re good for evidence, I also wish they weren’t shared so nonchalantly, and especially on the news, routinely and repeatedly, in a play for ratings that normalizes this persecution of black people. The sobs of Alton Sterling’s son are something that I’m never going to get out of my mind.