Friday, May 8, 2015

Friday's Fab Finds: Princess Charlotte, Shoes & A Giveaway Winner

TGIF, everyone! It's pretty much gone from winter to summer here in Philly and of course since we said we'd never complain again after the winter we just had, we're already kind of moaning! Is it too much to wear our spring jackets and cute three-quarter sleeve tops more than twice all season?

Here's what we're loving this week:

Lori's picks:

My finds this week are an homage to all you moms out there. Whenever you're around your kid, you're always on your feet (most likely running around) so why not give yourself something pretty to look at while you're chasing your kid?

Bean Boots 
I bought these last year and they just got delivered a few weeks ago. They are handmade in Maine which is why they take so long, but they were worth the wait. I got the 8" ones with Thinsulate because I plan on wearing them in cold weather. I have Sorel boots but they are pretty bulky. I wanted the Bean boots with Thinsulate to just give me an extra layer of warmth without the bulk. They are good for rainy days too. I bought them with a coupon and through ebates. If you're not familiar with ebates, go here and sign up for an account. It's completely legit and my lifetime cash back total is $421.67 and counting.

They are classic and have a lifetime guarantee. If you want them in time for winter 2015, keep your eyes peeled for a coupon, go on ebates and go to and order them before the end of summer. I know it'll feel weird to order insulated boots when it's 95 degrees out, but these babies take a while to make and you can have something to look forward to when everyone starts complaining it's cold outside.

Reef Star Cushion Glitter Flip Flop

I bought these at Nordstrom Rack and they are super comfy and glittery making them winners in my book. I've been flipping (pun intended) between these and my Fit Flops and have been comfortable since the warm weather has started.

Dr. Scholl's Maeve Wedge Sandal

A little piece of my soul died when I bought these but they were super comfy (for shoes that aren't slippers) and cheap ($29.99 at Marshalls). I always thought Dr. Scholl made wart removers and shoe inserts. Well, apparently he/she delved into the world of shoes and they aren't as hideous as one would think. I had to get new wedges recently since my favorite pair broke last summer. I ran into Marshalls and found these and have gotten some great use out of them. They're cute, practical and give me a few extra inches without hobbling around the next day. I know each location has different stuff but maybe your local Marshalls or TJ Maxx has these. I'd highly recommend them and the price is right. Just don't admit to anyone you're wearing Dr. Scholl' I just did.

Kristin's picks:

Last weekend I was super excited to celebrate the new princess, and I may or may not have made my writer friends watch the live feed of the royals leaving the hospital at lunch on Saturday, whilst busting into the restaurant like "KATE IS LEAVING THE HOSPITAL IN TEN MINUTES!" Important stuff, people. A few of my royal baby-related finds:

I'm all about the royal souvenirs and I will definitely be adding this to my collection when they become available later this month. I always order my Royal Collection items from my favorite U.S.-based English catalogue, Old Durham Road, so I can avoid the international shipping from the palace's website. I love the animal design on this one, although I got a gorgeous blue cup from when George was born, and I really wish the Royal Collection had made one to match in pink ... either way, it's super cute. 

Emma Bridgewater Ladybird Mug
On the topic of Princess Charlotte mugs, I saw Emma Bridgewater made the cutest one (but I really don't need two royal baby mugs, do I? DO I??)  I recently bought their Ladybird Mug, and absolutely love it. Earlier this year, the Duchess of Cambridge went to the Emma Bridgewater factory in Stoke-on-Trent, England to see how their products are made, and also to view the new line, which benefits EACH (East Anglia Children's Hospices), which is one of her patronages. A proceed of sales from these mugs goes to help children in hospice care in the UK, so it's a wonderful cause. These are super high-quality mugs that will hold up to years of wear, and the handpainted designs are so pretty!

Also, the people from The Bee's Knees British Imports, where I bought the mug, are so nice. I tweeted them and asked if they'd be carrying these mugs, and they didn't know at the time, but then remembered to let me know when the mug came in stock weeks later. A+ for customer service!

(And in case you're wondering, ladybird = ladybug in British English)

I was on the hunt for a natural body butter last year and came across this one from my favorite UK beauty site, Lookfantastic. Love Boo is a natural brand of skincare and other products for babies, pregnant women and "mums," but anyone can use them really. It's made in Britain, and has no parabens, no animal testing, etc.  I have to admit I didn't like the scent at first, but then I got used to it and now I love it. It's almost kind of baby powdery, perhaps a little flowery, but not. It's hard to explain. The body butter has got a nice, super thick texture, but it's not greasy, and apparently it's supposed to help with collagen production and cellulite, although I just bought it for your everyday moisturizing. I like that it's got a luxurious feel, which is lacking in a lot of natural beauty products. 

Anyway, I finally used the entire container, which NEVER happens with me and lotion. I seriously can't remember the last time I used a whole bottle of moisturizer. In fact, I recently threw away a bottle of Victoria's Secret lotion that I'd had since right after college (not even joking). 

I could totally see Kate using this, because clearly I am an expert on her beauty routine. 

And now, drumroll please ... 



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  1. Thank you, ladies! I'm super geeked to be the winner and my book club is reading this book! Woot woot! xo