Friday, August 7, 2015

Friday's Fab Finds

We don't know about you, but this summer is flying by (and crazy busy)! This is the first week in a while both of us have been here to do Friday Finds, so here we go:

Lori's picks:

Anthropologie's return policy and sale
Like most people I love Anthropologie but don't really love their prices. That said, I only buy things on sale from there. If you see something you like don't hesitate to buy it because Anthropologie's return policy is super generous. I've heard that they accept anything back but I actually got to see it in action recently. I bought a shirt that I actually wore but then realized that the lines on it didn't line up and it would drive me nuts and I would never wear it again. If you're wondering, it was this shirt. I went back and asked if I could return it and fully disclosed I wore it and washed and dried it already. The cashier said no problem and fully refunded the price I paid. Customer service will get you far with me and for that I will continue to be a loyal customer.

Olivia Garden Ceramic and Ion Thermal Brush
I needed a larger round brush and picked this one up at Ulta and have been using it a lot. It really smooths out my hair and dries it quickly. Another thing I love about shopping at Ulta is that they almost always have coupons (even though there are a ton of restrictions on what you can use them on) and you can just flash them a picture of it on your phone. This brush isn't restricted from the coupon. F-yeah!

Trader Joe's Shiitake Mushroom Chicken
It's been a while since I perused the frozen aisle at TJ's so when I saw this the other day, I perked up. It was new (to me) and I'm always up for trying something new that I don't have to cook myself. After a quick glance at the nutritional info, I threw it in my cart. I asked the cashier if it was new and if she tried it. Since she didn't eat meat she hadn't, but had heard good things about it. I left confident in my choice. Like most Trader Joe's products, this one was no exception and had a few different packets with elaborate heating instructions. True to Lori form, I said F the directions and just threw everything in a skillet and heated it up. In the bag there was a sealed packet of vegetables (green beans and edamame) and a sealed packet of sauce. They wanted you to microwave the veggies, then put the sauce in a bowl of hot water to defrost and then saute the chicken in a pan. Why Trader Joe's why!?!??! Anyway ignore the directions and throw everything on the stovetop and heat up for a little while and serve. I had this for lunch the other day with a friend and we were both astonished how delicious and easy to make it was. For around $5 this is a must-have frozen staple. Try it and let me know what you think!

Kristin's picks:

Nan's Glam Turquoise Stud Earrings
I was looking for a simple silver and turquoise stud last summer and found these on Etsy. I hadn't even looked at the name of the shop, so imagine my surprise when they arrived in the mail and the seller was called "Nan's Glam." In my novel, the main character is a jewelry designer and she calls her grandmother Nan. I figured it was meant to be so I contacted Nan, who is so sweet, about doing a giveaway to celebrate my book launch. She was kind of enough to send a pair of the studs for my contest (you can enter here!) If you're looking for a go-with-everything earring and like supporting independent designers, these are really cute and affordable, too - $15.

Julia Quinn historical romances
I know I'm behind with posting Fab Fiction for July, but with my book launch this month I just haven't had the time. I promise I'll post an update eventually! On that note, I wanted to share a book I recently loved by a new-to-me author, Julia Quinn. Now I'm somewhat ashamed I'd never heard of Julia Quinn before since I've been a member of the romance writing community for a while now. At the conference I went to at the end of July, we received two of her books (and an adorable little notebook!) when she spoke at the breakfast session. I started "To Sir Phillip, With Love" at the beach last week and was hooked right away! If you love Jane Austen, you'll definitely love Julia Quinn. I realized after the fact this was actually #5 in a series, but each book is about a different family member so they definitely stand on their own. I'll go back and buy the first one and read them in the proper order because I'm OCD like that, though!

Have a great weekend!


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