Sunday, April 12, 2015
I hope everyone has had a great weekend! I am just finishing up my last full semester in college. It's just absolutely crazy how fast four years flew by! I cannot believe that I only have a spring semester left before graduation comes on by.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
In Feb 2015, Kate Spade made the announcement that the company would be closing all Kate Spade Saturday and Jack Spade Stores. As someone who is interested in both Business/Marketing and fashion I thought this was an interesting blog post topic for today.
Let's start with the company. Kate Spade & Company was once called Liz Claiborne. Thats right! Liz Claiborne changed to Fifth and Pacific and then since acquiring their biggest money maker- Kate Spade- the company has changed its named to Kate Spade & Company. In the past ten years the company has sold off other brands it once held as part of its portfolio like Liz Claiborne (pretty funny!), Juicy Couture, and even Lucky Brand. It's focusing on Kate Spade which is a bit risky but an interesting business decision.
In 2013 Kate Spade launched Kate Spade Saturday, but it wasnt until 2014 that the brand really started to appear everywhere. Although many people, including myself, would be interested in a lower line of Kate Spade it was hard to love the boxy fit of clothes and the avant-garde styles in the midst of other conventional choices of apparel/accessories at the same price range. Even though I wanted to love Kate Spade Saturday, I never found anything I really loved at the popup stores or the ecommerce site.
It seems like it's a really rough time for apparel retailers with all the recent closings (everything from "mall stores" like Deb & Delias to online sites like Piperlime) and I'm interested and hopeful for a new retailer or new brands to populate the now smaller market.
So, while Kate Spade Saturday is not yet completely gone, enjoy the 60% off sale thats going on right now. There are still some really good deals! Comment below if you have any opinions on these store closings or even on Kate Spade Saturday!
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Hi everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic week. My midterms are finally finally done and it looks like I might have some breathing room before finals come around. I am counting down the days until I go on Spring Break and go on a cruise with my pledge class! I really need some R&R and maybe even some sun.
Today I am so excited to share with y'all my most recent Rocksbox.
If you don't know what Rocksbox is- you're missing out! Rocksbox is one of my favorite subscription services. For only $19/month you become a Shine Insider and get unlimited access to rent from an ever-rotating closet of designer jewelry.
All you have to do as a Shine Insider is take a style survey and add items to the jewelry Wish List. Then, a stylist will review your Wish List and curate a box with three pieces of jewelry. Every set has 3 pieces of designer jewelry and is worth an average of $200 per set. You can return the box anytime and every month you get $10 in Shine Spend to apply towards a purchase of jewelry if you fall in love with any of the pieces.
One of my favorite parts about the Rocksbox is just how easy it is! The packaging is simple and reusable. The box even comes with free prepaid shipping both ways. It's compact and SOOO easy. When I'm at college, its hard for me to get to the post office so the prepaid label makes it super easy to just leave this in my mailbox and know its going to the right place.
I first reviewed Rocksbox back in July. (My review is here!) I got three pieces and ended up falling in love with my Gorjana taner bar necklace. I wear it all the time! Since then Rocksbox has gotten a bit of a style makeover. I adore the new logo and the new website.
So, let's get to my box!
I absolutely love the polka dot tissue paper and the packaging. It feels like a cute little present. There's a personalized that tells you about each piece. I guess I wishlisted the Gorjana necklace so they curated the box around it! Each jewelry item is packaged in its own little black bag.
First up is the Gorjana Geometric Layer necklace. It retails for $80 and the Insiders' Price is $64. I am a huge fan of Gojana jewelry. The pieces always look simple but expensive. I wish I knew the length of this necklace. My only (minor) complaint with this piece is that the length is just a tad too short on me. I wore this out to brunch today and I got so many compliments! I love it!
The second piece in my set are Pearl Triangle Studs from the designer Slate. These retail for $44 and the Insiders' Price is $35. I am always partial to anything with pearls so I was excited to see some pearls in this set. These earrings are a nice size and I think they look great on my ears. They are subtle but on trend and they go with many of my outfits.
Finally, I got this beautiful Brianna Bracelet from designer Perry Street. The bracelet retails for $44 and the Insiders' Price is $35. Honestly I was surprised by the low price on this bracelet. It looks SO much more expensive. It's pretty formal IMO and im not sure Ill be able to wear this for everyday outfits. I really liked the size on the bracelet. My wrist is slightly larger than average so some bracelets will fit me but others wont. This fit perfectly.
I really liked this set. I would wear all three pieces and they go well in my closet. I can't wait to wear them these coming weeks and then to swap them for other jewelry looks.
I would 100% recommend Rocksbox. I think we all get a little tired of our outfits and a different piece of jewelry can really change a look. Use the coupon code preppystudentxoxo to get 1 free month of Rocksbox! So what are you waiting for? Go get some pretty jewelry :)
Monday, March 9, 2015
Did everyone appreciate the nice weather yesterday? It was so nice to not have to wear my winter coat! This weekend I tried to take it easy because I've been bogged down with so many exams and assignments.
I clicked on Netflix only to find the suggestion to watch Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I confess I am a bit of a tv lover and have a tendency to binge-watch on Netflix. I am also a sucker for rom-coms and comedies. When I first saw the video (and name) for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt I thought it looked cheesy and whimsical so I decided to watch one episode.
Ahh! It was so good! I ended up finishing the whole first season (13 episodes). It stars Ellie Kemper who I knew from The Office and Bridesmaids, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski (30 Rock) among other awesome stars. The series was written by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock.
The series is about Kimmy (Ellie Kemper), a young woman who was just freed from a cult where she was in a doomsday cult and did not get to experience life.
The show is quirky, original, and a must-watch! If you ever watched 30 Rock you'd love it as the jokes are of the same caliber and speed. Plus Jane Krakowski is just awesome.
Have you watched Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt yet? What did you think?