BloomsyBox Review: #TreatYoself with Beautiful, Single-Variety Monthly Bouquets

FTC Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written in partnership with BloomsyBox. I was provided with a complimentary bouquet of the month from Bloomsybox.com for review purposes. The below opinions are my own. My full Disclosure Policy is here.

It’s amazing how much more chic one’s life can feel with a beautiful bunch of fresh blooms in your living space. It’s one of those little things that doesn’t necessarily cost a lot, but can really lift one’s spirits (as evidenced by the market for flower bouquet for numerous special occasions). BloomsyBox takes it a step further and asks why don’t we all just #treatyoself with a bouquet just for ourselves? We all probably tend to put other people first, so sometimes something indulgent like a pretty bunch of flowers is a well-deserved treat. So…why don’t we??

BloomsyBox is a flower subscription service which offers single-variety bouquets (which means no filler flowers that you don’t want). Every month is a surprise as to what seasonal flowers you receive, and you can sign up (or gift) Small, Medium, or Large size bouquets starting at $39.99/month. If that’s not enough for you, you can also sign up for bouquet delivery every 2 weeks, or every week if you want! Also, if you are a rose lover, you can receive a monthly flower subscription of roses every month (and check out all the cool varieties they offer…I’ve never seen some of these offered with a floral subscription service!).

Summer is in Full Bloom with a BloomsyBox Subscription Box

The box I received for August opened to reveal a wrapped bouquet of Free Spirit Roses, which are a rare orange and hot pink rose variety with an absolutely staggering petal count that open super-wide once in a vase. BloomsyBox includes with every shipment a detailed “Bloomsy Facts” card about the flowers you receive, which is particularly interesting.

They also are Rainforest Alliance Certified, using less water, more efficient farm management, and improved conditions for farm workers, so you know you’re doing something good for the environment with a purchase.

This is how they look when they arrive. They look pretty small and compact, yes? Well, just you wait!

Day 1: Put into a vase following the included Tips to Enjoy Your BloomsyBox Instructions, the Free Spirit roses still seem pretty small and crumpled.

They smell really fragrant…but aren’t really show-stoppers.

Day 2: The roses have begun to settle and open. There are about 20 of them in there.

Day 3: Uh-oh. These are already too many for the vase!

On Day 3 I removed a few flowers and made another arrangement with flowers from my garden.

And then Day 4 I had to remove more…and more…and more…until by Day 6 I could only comfortably fit 8 blooms into the large vase because the blooms were so wide!

That’s how big each rose opens up to! Unbelievable! I literally have 5 vases of roses decorating my home now…

The BloomsyBox bouquet is still going strong into Day 7…and the number of blooms was so generous I was able to share with coworkers too and spread the happy around.

BloomsyBox will keep you #BloomingHappy all month long!

Check Out BloomsyBox Monthly Flower Subscription Now

xo

Carly

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Save BIG for Spring in the Shopbop Event of the Season Sale

The first huge sale of 2017 is live on Shopbop. com – where you can save BIG and score some amazing deals on brand-name and fashion-forward merchandise. And yes, every order gets 20% off or more with code EVENT17!

Some great transition pieces for a Spring vacay as the weather warms up and we head into Summer:

1. South Parade Palm Trees Tee, $46 // 2. J.O.A. Stripe Wrap Skirt, $75 // 3. MM6 Hobo Bag, $190

4. Sam Edelman Gates Fringe Sandals, $90 // 5. Shashi Starburst Luna Bracelet, $35 // 6. The Fifth Label Chelsea T-Shirt Dress, $78

7. Club Monaco Amber Shorts, $89.50 // 8. Fame and Partners Cenit Off Shoulder Top, $38.70

9. TKEES Alex Pom Slides, $90 // 10. Rebecca Minkoff Savannah Pom Pom Chandelier Earrings, $58

 

Shopbop Event of the Season Spring 2017 Sale information

The Sale is now LIVEone day early for you guys as Chic Steals readers! ūüėÄ

GET 20% OFF AT SHOPBOP WITH CODE EVENT17

xo

Carly

The Event of the Season sales is open now until Friday, 4/14, at 11:59 PM PST. Some brands are excluded from the sale. See here for a full list of excluded brands.

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Shopswell = The Best Answer to Dynamic Shoppable Lists Ever!



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Shopswell is an easy, fun way to curate shoppable lists of products or wish lists around a certain theme – that update dynamically no matter what.

Unlike Pinterest, which is frozen in time from when the original Pinner pinned the product (for years!), on Shopswell you have the ability to integrate a product’s price so it updates on the image as the price changes. No broken links. No item not found errors. No clicking through and finding that the price is totally different from what you suspected. Lists of items that are actually shoppable – still. Christmas wish lists that are updated. Beautiful layouts that are embeddable in your blog, no plugins necessary. You can even watch videos and reviews in the interface to make an informed decision before buying anything. It’s really the best of all shopping worlds – come together in one website.

shopswell-tutorial-creating-list-1Shopswell is so easy to collect products around a certain theme. Register on Shopswell and then click on your profile photo on the top right and choose “My Lists.” From there it will bring up a list of all your Lists, along with a Create New option. shopswell-tutorial-creating-list-2
I chose to create a list based on Fall – and themed it around affordable fashion under $50 (because as we all know, that is totally my mantra over at Chic Steals). shopswell-tutorial-creating-list-3
Then it came time to add products to my list, which I did through just typing the name of the item into the search bar. When an item came up I liked, I chose to add it to my list – plus checked the “Track Price” checkbox so I would be notified if the price changed (so I could swoop in on a sale as it was happening!). shopswell-tutorial-creating-list-6
Then I chose the list I wanted it added to – and BOOM! It was added to my list, that simple. shopswell-tutorial-creating-list-4
I could also hit the plus sign to the right of the search bar and enter the URL of a product I’d found on a site on the internet. shopswell-tutorial-creating-list-5Shopswell pulled all the info about the product without me having to do anything else (no entering keywords, title etc. – thank goodness!)

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Within just a few minutes I had a cool, curated shopping list, that will live forever here – and I don’t have to do anything else for it! No commenting, no SEO’ing‚Ķno nothing. Awesomeness.

A review of the Shopswell website would be incomplete without mentioning that Shopswell’s monthly giveaway. The Shop.Share.Win Program gives away $10,000 every month (yup, you read that right) in rewards to the members who share and interact with other community members on the site. You earn credits by inviting other members to the site, creating helpful content, creating lists, and upvoting other members’ content. (Specific details on how to earn credits are here. The current leaderboard showing who’s earning the most credits this month is here.)

So what are you waiting for? Get in on the action and start putting together wishlists that will link to your picks permanently – embeddable, beautiful curated content.

Check Out Shopswell Now

xo
Carly

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Visit Hatch.co for Small Business Saturday and Get $15 Off Curated, Customized Finds for All Your Gifts This Year!

smallbusinessspotlight-hatch.coHave you guys checked out Hatch.co yet? No? It’s a curated marketplace for independent makers who love to personalize their artisanal products based on customer requests.¬†They were¬†just named one of¬†TimeOut‚Äôs Best New Shopping Sites and one of Time Magazine’s Top 10 NYC Startups!

Unlike Etsy, the Hatch.co site is curated, which means their team recruits only the top artisanal makers so the products are of the highest quality.¬†Every one of their items is made-to-order and customizable, so our makers take the time to create each order to the customer’s exact specifications!

In full support of independent makers, they are waiving their normal 5% fee for this weekend only in order¬†to give their makers¬†100%¬†of the sales that they make on Hatch. It’s their way of supporting¬†Small¬†Business¬†Saturday.

Check out my picks above, fully customizable for all your gift-giving needs:

1. Personalized Letters Necklace // 2. Signature Bracelet //  3. Personalized Initials Pillow  //  4. Custom Personalized Names Pillow  //  5. Personalized Birthstone Pin

I’m also partnering with Hatch.co to offer $15 off any purchase of $50 or more with exclusive code ChicSteals14. (Just email discount@hatch.co with the words “ChicSteals14” after you make your purchase and you’ll be reimbursed for $15)

In this way, you can cross off everyone from your Christmas shopping list, all at one site.

Shop Hatch.co And Get Your Gifts Personalized Today

small business Saturday on Hatch.coHappy Shopping!
xo
Carly

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Black Friday – Small Business Saturday – Cyber Monday Steals and Deals

0.blackfriday_intrographicThe Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday trifecta has snuck up once again this year (how did that happen??!) and I’ve made a large shopping list for all my holiday giving. Just like last year, I’m taking advantage of¬† some major steals going on this weekend. Here are some things I have my eye on:

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<30% off everything with code TGIBF (until Sunday 11/30)>

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<Currently having sale up to 70% off>

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<10% off everything with code FCKBLKFRI (and higher discounts for more purchases + free shipping – check their homepage for details!)>

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<40% off select items, starting Black Friday, with free shipping. 15% off orders of $75 or more with code 1575>

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<Up to 90% off select items>

Of course, you could celebrate Black Friday as Buy Nothing Day instead…and just make something awesome. Start with my 200+ DIY tutorials for ideas!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone – and enjoy the deal-filled weekend!

xo

Carly

FTC Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission when you click on a link and make a purchase. My full Disclosure Policy is here.
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DIY Wrapped Mexican Bracelets with TRENDiY Art – and Giveaway!

0.diymexicanbracelets_introphotoThe brand-new Canadian line, TRENDiY Art, was recently kind enough to send me one of their fun DIY kits to review.

TRENDiY Art is a new line of art and craft activities for tweens and teens, and is all about making cool jewelry and fashionable accessories. They provide not only all the materials to make these projects in the kits, but also a full-length fashion magazine with styling ideas and DIY possibilities. trendiymag_1 trendiymag_2 trendiymag_3 trendiymag_4I decided to open up the Mexican Bracelets kit and try my hand at some embroidery thread-wrapped bracelets. diymexicanbracelets_kitThey were super-easy to make and a cute, colorful addition to my stack of arm adornment. Here’s how to make them:

You Need:

diymexicanbracelets_kit3TRENDiY Art Mexican Bracelets Kit  /  scissors

How To:

diymexicanbracelets_kit2 diymexicanbracelets_step1 1. Start by double-knotting one thread around your bangle.

2. Wrap the thread around multiple times.

diymexicanbracelets_step23. Change color by tying a new thread to the old one with a double knot, then cutting off the old thread.

4. Wrap the second color around, covering up the end of the old color and the end of the new color.

5. Continue all the way around, until you reach the beginning of your wrapping.

6. Add a third contrasting color wrapped around your base colors for texture.

7. When done, tie your final thread to the tail of the thread you tied on in the beginning, and snip all extra ends.

diymexicanbracelets_done1You can use 2 or 3 different colors rolled together for different looks, switch up the colors frequently, or tie many colors loosely around (even finishing your bracelet with a handmade tassel!) Plus you can hand-sew on some crystals, or even thread on some beads as you wrap for a totally different look.

diymexicanbracelets_done2 Make it your own, make it colorful, and make it fun!

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These kits make it very easy to create your own DIY projects since they come pre-stocked with everything you need. Totally on-trend and fun, TRENDiY Art kits are a great gift or engaging activity for any avid DIY’er in your life.

Currently only available in the UK, you can get your hands on 3 of these exclusive kits by entering the giveaway below!

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One lucky reader will win 3 TRENDiY Art Kits! Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below:

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Good luck!

xo

Carly

FTC Disclosure: I was sent 4 DIY kits to review from TRENDiY Art. I have received no other compensation for this post. The above opinions are my own. To read my full Disclosure Policy, click here.

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