What I Bought: July Shopping Haul / hellorigby seattle fashion blog

What I Bought in July

29th July 2015

If I’m honest, I totally overspent this month. Between the trip to Paris and London, I stocked up on way too many beauty products that would take me hours to locate online… so I will save that for another post. Ironically, I didn’t end up with much in terms of new clothes this month, even despite my shopping in Europe. Even the temptation of the #NSale didn’t end up panning out – most of what I ordered was a dud and got sent back. I did, however, stock up on some basics like bras and underwear (which I also don’t count into my budget, because these things are necessary.) I highly suggest checking those items out in case you’re in need as well.

Anyways – onward with what I did end up buying, returning, and receiving in July!

What I Bought: July Shopping Haul / hellorigby seattle fashion blog

What I Bought

Nordstrom: I loved the Articles of Society Sarah Skinny Jeans, and the price was perfect at $36. I ordered a second pair as well and found these to run true to size if you like a fitted skinny. I ordered a 26 and typically wear the same size at Madewell and a two at Old Navy/Gap. I also shopped the kids section (I swear I’m mature…) and found this cute floral vest. I haven’t 100% decided on it because I’m afraid it will be something that just hangs in my closet and doesn’t get worn often. Same with this poncho from BP. Thoughts?

JustFab: Never ordering clothes from JustFab, I figured I’d give their jeans a try. I remember Sarah had mentioned liking them, so I ordered the Slim Boyfriend jeans this month. I liked the fit and found them to be true to the size chart. If you’re in-between sizes, I’d recommend going down as the waist does stretch with wear.

Sephora: I couldn’t resist ordering the Jaclyn Hill x Becca Champagne Pop highlight. I’d been eyeing Becca’s highlighters for months anyway so figured I might as well splurge on a special collaboration. I also grabbed this Sephora Collection Matte Lipcolor in Scarlet Luster, which I’d also been wanting to try, to get free shipping.

Kohl’s: I picked up the Converse Oxford Low-Top Sneaker in White before we left for Paris. I thought they’d be amazing for walking… but I forgot that you need to break them in first. My feet were hurting by the end of “breaking” them in, but I survived. ;) Pro tip: If you have small feet, try the kids size on too!

What I Returned: July Shopping Haul / hellorigby seattle fashion blog

What I Returned

Fabletics: When I was in Europe, I totally spaced on my “automatic” subscriptions like Fabletics, JustFab, and ShoeDazzle, so I ended up with credits to each. Whoops. I liked the items this month, though, but sadly they didn’t like me. This Leonora Romper looked cute on the model but horrid on me. The shorts portion was fitted while the top gaped open in the back, and not in a cute way, at least on me. The Malindi sports bra was too big in the band and too small in the cup, causing a strange, puckered look.

Nordstrom: I loved this Halogen Denim Shirt, it was so soft and looked great… except I couldn’t move my arms/shoulders. I tried sizing up to a Petite Medium and still had the same problem. (To be fair, Nordstrom does note this, and it’s true.) I tried this washed chambray from BP as well, but it arrived looking like a wrinkled mess and just wasn’t very attractive in general nor as nice as the Halogen. I liked the look of these Topshop jeans (and the fact that they come in regular, short, petite, and long lengths) but overall they were like a second skin. Too fitted for my taste. This denim jacket/hoodie combo was cute, but the medium size suggested was way too big all over, and the sleeves covered my hands. I loved this Socialite Swing Dress, but it was just a touch too fitted in the chest and was sold out in a medium.

What I Received: July Shopping Haul / hellorigby seattle fashion blog

What I Received

Emerald Cuff: I loved curating a custom collection from Emerald Cuff. I picked out the Ellison Boyfriend Blazer, Cutie Gems Druzy Necklace and also received the Ambiance Apparel Sheer Yoke Top as my bonus basic, which are great transitional pieces for fall!

Happiness Boutique: I received this fun Ancient Coins Statement Necklace that I styled in a recent casual outfit post.

LOT2545: You may remember this funky Big & Bold Paper Bead Necklace from my bohemian look right before our Europe trip.

All in all, I actually didn’t do that terribly with “normal” purchases this month. Since it was an expensive month traveling to Europe, in August, my goal is to cut back on the spending. I already placed a few orders from Ulta, ShoeDazzle, and Old Navy so hopefully I can control myself and not do any further damage. Wish me luck! ;)

What have you been shopping for recently? Did you splurge at the #NSale or anywhere else this month? I’d love to hear about your purchases lately!

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Summer Hair Care Favorites

28th July 2015

PR Sample/Gifted: Complimentary hair care products were provided to me in exchange for this review. Some items mentioned were also gifted to me with no review required. Affiliate Links: If you click on a link in this post, I may make a very small commission.

Come summer my hair is quite different from the rest of the year. I find it’s quick to get greasy at the roots, but the ends stay dry. When we get summer rainstorms, I can always tell because my hair starts frizzing away. I’ve tried to be better about choosing products for my hair to keep it in line, but I’m more of a dry-and-go kind of girl then a blow-out-and-curl. What can I say, I’m kind of lazy… and I like my products to be lazy-girl-friendly too.

So what have I been trying out this summer? A few oldies and a few new ones. Read on to find out what I’m liking to tame my hair this summer.

Summer Haircare Favorites / hellorigby seattle beauty blog

Summer Hair Care Favorites

For shampooing and conditioning… Living Proof No Frizz (Gifted)
I’ve noticed a huge difference in how volumized my hair has been post-showering after I started using the Living Proof Frizz line. My hair definitely feels fuller, softer, and shinier with each wash, and these are making me change my mind about higher end hair products! (Nordstrom, Discovery Set $29)

For deep conditioning… Coconut & Monoi Deep Moisture Milk Souffle (PR Sample)
Technically this is supposed to be a styling product, but for me it’s a little heavy for that, so I use it right at the end of a shower and rinse it out. I find it makes my normally dry ends feel so much smoother and silkier. (Sally’s Beauty Supply, $15)

Design Essentials Coconut & Monoi Deep Moisture Milk Souffle / hellorigby seattle beauty blog

For brushing it all out…Wet Brush
This is still my favorite brush. There aren’t many brushes that are safe to use post-shower, and that’s when the majority of my hair brushing happens so… this is perfect. If you haven’t tried it, try it. It may change your life. (Ulta, $12)

For styling limp hair… Design Essentials Coconut & Monoi Curl Refresher (PR Sample)
On days when I don’t have time to shower in the morning (real talk, it happens) a few spritzes of this in my hair gives it some texture. I actually don’t have curly hair, but instead it’s halfway between straight and wavy. When I use this, it brings back the natural texture I get after air drying my hair. (Sally’s Beauty Supply, $13)

For styling beachy waves… Davines This is a Sea Salt Spray
I feel like I’ve talked about this one before, I think it may have been in my empties video in comparison to another brand, but this one is my favorite. It came in my very first Birchbox and it smells amazing (like marshmallows, yum!) and compared to all other sea salt sprays I’ve tried, it’s the standout. It gives the perfect texture, leaves a yummy scent in my hair all day, and seems to hold the beachy texture longer than other sprays of its kind. (Amazon, $27)

Summer Haircare Favorites featuring Design Essentials Coconut and Monoi Line / hellorigby seattle beauty blog

For getting the tangles out… Tangle Teezer
I WISH I had known about this magic when I was younger. I used to swim competitively year-round and chlorine did a number on my hair. I would get knots or “ratties” as my mom called them at the nape of my neck continuously. I’m still plagued with knotty-prone hair, so this is my BFF. (Sephora, $20)

For preventing frizz… Living Proof No Frizz Humidity Shield (Gifted)
I’ll admit, I was majorly skeptical of this…. but it really works! I’ve actually started spraying it on wet hair (even though it says not to) to prevent flyaways. I’ve noticed a huge decrease in the amount of “baby hairs” that are sticking up and waving around once dry. (Nordstrom, $14-22)

For lazy days... Batiste Dry Shampoo in Original
For days when I’m not washing my hair, dry shampoo is a must. I have a hard time deciding which dry shampoo is my favorite. Batiste is my favorite at the drugstore, and it’s so cheap in comparison to Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, my other fave. Luckily, in France, where Klorane is from, it’s half the price so I stocked up while I was there, but first I’m finishing up my Batiste. This is the original scent, which I really like over some of the others. (Ulta, $8)

Summer Hair Favorites including Davines Sea Salt Spray and Living Proof No Frizz Line / hellorigby beauty blog

For holding it all back… Sephora Collection Hold It Together Blow Dry Clips
Now I know I said I’m not a blow dryer-er, (Is that a word? One who blow drys? Whatever.) but I also like to do my makeup and when it’s sweaty out I need something to keep my hair out of my face. This is what I use. I also use these for sectioning hair off while curling or straightening. (Sephora, $10)

For bedtime hair styles… Sephora Collection Ribbon Hair Ties
I’m so glad these ribbon hair ties were invented, as I HATE the crease that normal hair ties leave. Drives me crazy! Plus, these are so much more gentle and I notice far less hair breakage, even when my hair is a bit tangled. I personally don’t like the looks of these for daytime hair styles, so I stick with your standard Goody “ouchless”. (Even if they aren’t really ouchless. Lies!) (Sephora, $5-9)

So that’s my summer hair care favorites as of late… did I miss something amazing? What is your favorite hair product? I’d love to hear all about your must-haves for your hair!

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Emerald Cuff Seattle Clothing Subscription Review & Styling // hellorigby seattle fashion blog

Emerald Cuff in the Emerald City

24th July 2015

Product Sample: A complimentary collection was provided to me in exchange for this styling and review. Affiliate Links: If you click on a link in this post, I may make a very small commission.

Happy Friday! I can’t be the only one who’s felt like this week just dragged on and on, right? This weekend isn’t going to be that exciting, but my goal is to get our home office all set up… which also includes my brand new makeup vanity and storage. Insert squeal here. I’ve been dying for space to “get ready” forever and am so glad it’s almost reality!

Emerald Cuff Seattle Clothing Subscription Review & Styling // hellorigby seattle fashion blog

Speaking of brand new… You guys know my love for clothing “subscription” services already, so when I received an email from Emerald Cuff, I couldn’t wait to check it out. They’re a brand new, local, Seattle-based operation, and the brainchild of 3 moms who wanted to create something for busy women – be it a career gal, a fellow mom, or a #girlboss. Unlike other clothing services (compared to say Stitch Fix or DailyLook Elite Box), Emerald Cuff releases new collections every month that you can choose from. This is not an automatic charge, and you do not need to opt out.

What I’m Wearing
Jacket: Ellison Boyfriend Blazer, c/o Emerald Cuff
Top: Ambiance Apparel, c/o Emerald Cuff
Jeans: Just Fab Slim Boyfriend Jeans
Shoes: Xappeal Morgan Booties, c/o Rack Room Shoes (last styled here)
Necklace: Druzy Pendant by Cutie Gems, c/o Emerald Cuff
Clutch: Gigi New York All in One Bag, gifted

Emerald Cuff Review & Styling // hellorigby seattle fashion blog

Every month, they curate collections with one fashion “hero” item, one piece of jewelry, and one fashion basic. Unfortunately the item in the collection from this month I liked was sold out in my size, so instead I curated my own collection. I picked one fashion item from their boutique, one jewelry item, and then they included a fashion basic that went with my selections. The cost for most collections is $75, or if you’re not interested in a full collection, items can be purchased individually via the boutique. Right now select past pieces are also on sale.

Druzy Pendant by Cutie Gems Necklace from Emerald Cuff / hellorigby seattle fashion blog

What impressed me about their items first upon receiving them was the packaging. It was seriously adorable. Everything was packaged individually in kraft paper or boxes, stamped with their brand name. The items themselves all feel high quality. This blazer by Ellison feels like a luxurious crepe material, and the necklace from Cutie Gems is substantial. The druzy pendant is weighty while the chain feels sturdy yet appears delicate. The Ambiance Apparel top is nice and soft and feels like it will withstand washing and drying like a champ.

Emerald Cuff Boyfriend Blazer Collection Review & Styling // hellorigby seattle fashion blog

If you’re interested in checking Emerald Cuff out, they’ve generously offered 15% off through the end of July with code EMERALD at checkout. (Not an affiliate code.) Alternatively, you can also sign up with my referral link that will give us both $10 off our next purchase.

Have you heard about Emerald Cuff? Which collection or pieces are you a fan of? Or tell me about your weekend plans… I’d love to hear what you’re going to be up to! 

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In 5 Years I… #FaceForward

22nd July 2015

Sponsored Post: Today I am partnering with Clinique to #FaceForward and share what advice I would give my future self. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I’ve always fancied myself an entrepreneur. What can I say, it’s in my blood. I grew up helping my mom at her small business. By age 7 I had made $100 in one-day selling toys and clothes at a neighbor’s garage sale. At 10, I made decorative Thanksgiving Turkeys out of Hershey’s Kisses for an arts and crafts fair that sold out on the first day. (Yes, seriously. Embarrassing but true.) Since it was a two-day fair, my mom and I made a late night run to the craft and grocery stores so I could make more, and I sold out of those too. Pretty sure I made a killing (for a 10-year-old anyways!)

In 5 Years #FaceForward with Clinique // hellorigby seattle beauty blog

When I heard about the new Clinique #FaceForward campaign, it got me thinking about where I see myself in a few years. I had always thought that by 30, I would be a “businesswoman.” I envisioned myself dressing up every day, with a briefcase and power suit, off to  either a corporate job or running my own business. (And no, I’m not 30 yet, but I sometimes still feel like the kid that doesn’t know what they want to be when they grow up.)

In some ways, being a ” businesswoman” feels like the farthest thing from reality. I pack up my Timbuk2 computer bag, with its bright raspberry panels and black and white chevron center stripe, and fit in my computer and my trusty travel makeup bag. Pretty much the least briefcase-like thing ever. When I come home, I get comfy in my blogging uniform (read: sweatpants and a tank or tee depending on the season) and get to work at my second “job.”

timbuk2 Laptop Messenger Bag in Raspberry and Chevron / hellorigby seattle fashion blog

When I look to the future, I’m not sure what I see anymore. What I once thought of as “the dream” is no longer what I want. Facing forward, I’d like to own my own business. And truthfully, I suppose I already do. Making money via blogging is now my business. When I started making money (yes, I do make a little bit of money from this blog. Hopefully that’s not a big secret!) I had to redefine my business goals. Did I come up with an extensive business plan or a five year plan? No. Blogging is still so “new” that it’s hard to know what will happen in this industry in the future. But what I do know is that I enjoy doing things for myself. Being my own boss and calling the shots makes me happy.

I often am asked why I bother with something like blogging if there’s not a lot of immediate gratification. The amount of time I put into it in no way matches the amount of money one would expect from a typical 9-5 job. My fellow bloggers know that it’s the most time-consuming thing you could possibly take on as a hobby. But honestly, the joy of blogging comes from interacting with like minded individuals and being able to share yourself with others through words and media, be it photography or through video. When I wrote about why I blog almost a year ago, nothing has changed… except maybe how I perceive my future.

So what do I want to do in 5 years? 10 years? Honestly, I still don’t know. But what I do know is that I want to enjoy the ride, and I want to do something for myself. I don’t want to work for “The Man.” I’m not even sure that a traditional job is the right road for me anymore.

In 5 Years #FaceForward with Clinique / Writing on a Notepad / hellorigby seattle beauty blog

To my future self, I hope you will not be afraid to fail. I tried to start many blogs before this one, and who’s to say this is it? Don’t forget to enjoy the ride, too. Life is short, don’t forget breathe it in and don’t get so caught up that you are no longer having fun. Don’t be afraid to push yourself outside of your comfort zone. I am not an extrovert. Being a social butterfly is not what comes naturally to me. Introducing myself and breaking the ice is about the second to last thing I enjoy. (The last thing is probably going to the doctor. #HypochondriacProblems) But do it anyways because you never know who you will meet and how that could impact your life. I’ve met some amazing people on this journey so far and know there’s only more ahead.

I can’t thank Clinique enough for igniting these #FaceForward thoughts. Looking to the future, most of all what I want is happiness and success, even if it doesn’t look like what I envisioned success to look like so many moons ago.

What does your #FaceForward look like? If you could give your future self any advice, what would it be?

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Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France / hellorigby seattle fashion blog

Paris Day 1 & Off to London // Europe Travel Vlog #2 & 3

20th July 2015

I hope you guys have been enjoying the vlogs because I have had fun making them! Honestly, I thought it was going to be such a pain to compile all the video I took but it’s been a fun way to relive our trip. I secretly think Dave is enjoying that I made them now too. He wasn’t into the idea of filming it at all and thought it was the most terribly embarrassing thing… but I think seeing the final product may have him thinking differently.

I think something interesting about vlogging is that because I focused on only filming short clips, I didn’t miss out on any part of our trip. My goal was just to create short snippets of our days, and not long monologs of me talking to the camera. While I do enjoy watching those sometimes, I just can’t imagine that it’s a great way to really experience travel.

Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France / hellorigby seattle fashion blog Please note the bag in Dave’s hand contained a coffee eclair, and it was damn delicious. It was from the little pâtisserie in the second video. ;)

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