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How to Use a Subscription Box Swap

Do you subscribe to a subscription box? From skincare to snacks, makeup to meals, candles to cocktails to even… ahem, bedroom toys, monthly subscription boxes have continued to explode in popularity. According to one study there are nearly 10,000 different subscription boxes available. Crazy! And really, what’s not to love? It saves you shopping time by arriving right on your doorstep, helps you keep it fresh by trying new things, and lifts your spirit by balancing out the bills in the mail with some fun new products to try.

But what happens when a bunch of the items in your subscription box are a bust? While some jewelry and clothing subscription boxes allow you to return undesired items, many other subscription services can leave you stuck with products that don’t work for you.

Not surprisingly, there’s an app for that. SWAP by reKindness is an app that lets subscription box shoppers swap their “meh” pile for a “marvelous” pile. All you have to do is snap a pic, upload “swap” items available, request a swap and seal the deal from your phone.

How to use a subscription box swap app

 

How a subscription box swap works
  1. Upload an image of an unused item(s) from Glossybox, Stitch Fix, Owlcrate, etc. (or a high-quality fashion item) and a brief description to add an item.
  2. Browse your news feed or search for items you want in exchange. You can search by location to avoid shipping costs or search by similar priced items.
  3. Make swap offers by tapping on items you like and offering items of your own in return.
  4. Members have 48 hours to accept or counter the swap offers they receive.
  5. To finalize your swaps, either schedule a time and place to meet or share shipment tracking information in the app.

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One thing that sets the SWAP app apart? It’s fast. Offers only last 48 hours so you’ll know within days, instead of weeks (I’m looking at you Craigslist), if your item has an offer or counteroffer.

Did you know that 85-percent of clothes and textiles end up in landfills, even though 95-percent can be reused or recycled? And that over 25-percent of what subscription box customers receive is unloved? That makes the SWAP app good for the earth, good for your closet and good for your wallet. A triple win!

Visit the SWAP website to learn more or download the app on iTunes.

Which subscription boxes do you use?
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Traveling on Mixology

Travel in style

This year, we were so exited to be invited to New York Fashion Week. New York Fashion Week is where designers showcase their new lines and showcase fashionable trends. What you wear as a guest must be on-trend because you never know where you will be sitting or who will be admiring your look! Thankfully, we had Mixology to help us mix up our looks for New York Fashion Week.

With three days in New York on-the-go with scorching temperatures and freezing air conditioning, we needed it all! Flying in style is a must as once you land, it’s go, go, go! Since Lisa is always cold, she threw on the Sunday Stevens Love of the Game Bomber Jacket and Jenna wore the Decker Mila Top, which allowed us to remain comfortable and fashionable during our travels.

Mixology Decker Top

Dance the night away

Nightlife in New York is where it’s at! At the Laura Michelle NYFW Kick-Off Concert at the Norwood, we styled ourselves in Mixology’s trendy Decker Melanie Top for a night on the town. We were swaying to the hit single “Chuck Norris” in our flowy tops. The Barcelona Crossbody added a pop of color and was essential to a travelling around with a phone, room key and credit card.

Gab & Kate Moonlight Top

Business as usual

While we loved every minute of our trip, we had to make time for business, too! We couldn’t wait to share what we were doing with our readers, stopping along the way to send an update on the blog or on Instagram. The Gab and Kate Moonlight Top was perfect for a crisp, yet casual, look paired with a pair of comfortable jeans.

We wish we were there for longer so we could have worn more of Mixology’s trendy and fashionable clothes!

To get the look, shop Mixology and save 15% with the code SASSY15 at checkout. Be sure to tag us in your new look on Instagram!
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6 White Sneakers We Love for Summer

To me, the most positive fashion development in 2016 has been the popularization and re-appropriation of the not only chic, but comfortable, running shoe. Nothing contrasts an all-black outfit or a little dress better than a white sneaker. And, when I run out of the house in a hurry to do my carpools, nothing is easier than slipping on a pair of sneakers. I can continue on with my day, whether it be running errands, going to work or grabbing lunch with friends. At night, the look can be elevated, yet casually chic, with a black dress. Now I don’t have to wear my “drop me off at the door” shoes and can walk to-and-from my evening outings. I am extremely grateful for this trend!

6 White summer sneakers we’re loving

1. Nike Tennis Classic Ultra Flyknit Sneaker ($150)

2. Vans Perf Leather Slip-On ($60)

3. Adidas Originals Stan Smith ($76)

4. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Sneakers ($70)

5. Puma Women’s Basket Matte and Shine Lace Up Sneakers ($70)

6. Adidas Originals Superstar ($80)

What’s your summer sneaker style?
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Little Bohemian Style
Spring trends for girls: Bohemian style 

We are totally crushing on all things bohemian this spring… and not just for ourselves, but for our stylish offspring, too! With Easter right around the corner and warmer days ahead, you’ll want to scoop up some pieces from this hot spring trend. Floral prints, pastel colors, rompers, mid-maxi dresses, and everyone’s favorite trend, fringe! One of my daughter’s favorite things to shop for right now is new shoes and these girl’s sandals are all adorable and a perfect match for the boho chic style.

We love shopping at Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack for some unique pieces to add to her wardrobe, whereas Old Navy and Gap Kids always have the most reasonable prices on the latest trends. We love to mix-and-match from different stores. The more items you buy that can create several outfits, the better!

Spring break picks

Tucker + Tate Floral Tank Top, $28
Peek Harlow Floral Print Chambray Shorts, $45
Old Navy Cream Fringe Top, $20
Old Navy Chino Shorts, $16 {sale}
Old Navy Best Day Ever Travel Tee, $9 {sale}
Take Me Away Graphic Tank, $42
Cara Couture Star Charm Bracelet, $15
Billabong Sol Searcher Fringe 2-Piece Swimsuit, $49
Truly Me Floral Romper, $48
Bey Fringe Sandal, $52
Ruffle Mid Maxi Dress, $22

Is your girl a little bohemian?
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Spring 2016 Handbag Trends
Spring handbag trends

We love spring for a variety of reasons, but mostly because everything seems to brighten up! This is the time of year to clean out those closets and add a few new pieces to your wardrobe.

One of the best ways to get in the spring spirit is with a new handbag! Two of the hottest spring handbag trends are bucket bags and small crossbody bags — and we’re big fans of both! Bucket bags can still hold a lot of your mom stuff, while crossbody bags are great for those nights out without the kids. In otherwords, you probably need both!

All about that fringe

Just as we saw in fall, fringe is hot and this trend has been carried over to spring handbags, too. We love the all over look fringe handbags that make a bold statement, but if that is a little too much fringe, you can also get your fringe fix with just a simple fringe tassel on your handbag.

The Spring 2016 color palette is always filled with so many pretty pastels, but this year, we’re loving the bright pops of coral and green that truly make our outfits stand out. There are certainly 50 shades of beige, ivory and cream, but blush pink is a new neutral that we’ve got our eye!

1. Kate Spade Milton Lane Satchel, $348
2. Milly Fringed Leather Bucket Bag, $275
3. Kate Spade Jettie Scalloped Crossbody Bag, $198
4. Vince Camuto Reed Leather Bucket Bag, $178
5. Big Buddha Faux Leather Tassel Bag, $90
6.  Chain 3 Chain Faux Leather Tote, $98
7. Emperia Panel Winged Tote, $48
8. Tory Burch Thea Medium Satchel, $495
9. Steven by Steve Madden Bbianca Crossbody Saddle Bag, $85
10. Rebecca Minkoff Moto Bag, $325

Which one would you pick?
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Best Gifts for Moms 2015
The best gifts for moms in 2015

Shopping for moms can go two ways — she’s either the easiest person to buy for on your list… or the absolute hardest. But, with this list of gifts for moms, you can’t go wrong. Or, if you’re a mom yourself looking to give your family some holiday gifts ideas, these are the perfect place to get started. Ranging from ideas that are under $50 to ones that are a complete splurge, we hope that a few of these end up under your Christmas tree this year!

1. You’re the Best Coffee Mug, $16
2. Tory Burch Foldover Crossbody Bag, $395
3. Geo Print Long Scarf, $26
4. Kate Spade Glass & Glitter Water Bottle, $30
5. Kate Spade Gramercy Grand Watch, $225
6. Bobbi Brown Sterling Nights Eye Palette, $75
7. MARC JACOBS New Q Hillier Hobo, $340
8. Kate Spade 2016 Monthly Planner, $40
9. Barefoot Dreams Cozy Chic Robe, $98
10. UGG Ansley Crystal Embellished Slippers, $135

Which item would you like under your tree this year?
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Let’s face it… moms are busy.

Crazy busy.

I would love to wear heels and stilettos every day, but come on, they just aren’t practical for a busy mom who is on the go 24/7. I have to have a shoe that I can walk in from the time I leave for work in the morning until the time I finally let my head hit the pillow at night, which is why I’m such a fan of Tieks.

How to Wear Mustard Yellow Tieks

Are Tieks worth the price?

I’ve done many posts about Tieks on my blog, Shaw Avenue, but y’all, I’m here to tell you in person… they’re amazing!

I really never thought my foot was wide until ballet flats came into style. I would try pair after pair, but they always rub the bone below my pinky toe and I would be miserable all day. I had read review after review on how amazing Tieks were (just like this one!) and once I tried them on, I realized they were different.

Do I love them? Yes.
Are they worth the price? Yes. (Especially if other ballet flats don’t fit your feet well!)
I wouldn’t have 5 pair if I didn’t think so!

How to Wear Yellow Tieks in Fall

How to wear yellow Tieks in fall

When I was deciding on a new color to buy, it took me a while to narrow it down to the Mustard Yellow Tieks. It came down to those and the fuchsia pink, but there was just something about that yellow and blue together that I couldn’t pass up for fall! Did I have a lot of things in my closet to match these? No, not really. But, I knew I’d figure it out. I’m always up for a good styling challenge and I love coming up with new outfits to pair with them! Don’t be afraid to put a little pop of color on your feet, even in a color that seems to be out of the normal for the season!

What to Wear with Yellow Tiek Ballet FlatsDress: Gap // Scarf: Amy Anne Apparel (on Etsy)

How to Wear Yellow Tieks in Fall

Shirt: J. Crew Factory // Pants: Apt. 9 // Sweater & Necklace: Judson & Co

How to Wear Yellow Shoes

Shirt & Pants: Gap // Sweater Vest: Liz Claiborne (found at Goodwill) // Sunglasses: J. Crew

This post was contributed by Jenn Pennell as part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts program. You can find more from Jenn on her blog, Shaw Avenue, and on Instagram as @shawavenue.

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Many things change when you’re a mom. You carry a diaper bag instead of a handbag, you always stash extra diapers in the car and you dress more for comfort than style. Finding cute clothes that were nursing-friendly was always a challenge with my firstborn. I always ended up succumbing to the two layer option — you know, that hot, bulky nursing cami with a t-shirt on top?

Breastfeeding Fashion: What do you love to wear to nurse?

Breastfeeding fashion you’ll love

Luckily, after my second daughter was born earlier this year, I was introduced to an awesome brand of practical, yet ultra-fashionable clothing perfect for breastfeeding mamas. The innovative nursing designs from Boob make caring for my baby on-the-go incredibly easy. Not only are they a lot more comfortable than the double-layer nursing tanks I was used to from my first pregnancy, they don’t even look like nursing clothes!

Nursing Dresses You'll Love This Summer

The perfect breastfeeding dress

Dresses are a summer favorite of mine, but they’re not traditionally the easiest to nurse in. Pulling your dress up around your neck while you nurse your baby can be more than tricky when you’re in public and tugging down the neckline will easily ruin your beloved dresses. I’ve loved wearing Boob’s Simone Striped Nursing Dress (currently on sale for $55). I can comfortably nurse anytime, anywhere while still looking stylish.

Breastfeeding Fashion from Boob

While many things change when you’re a mama, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice style. Now I just need to find a cute pair of shoes that allow me to keep up with my toddler!

What are your favorite breastfeeding-friendly pieces?

This post was contributed by Joanna as part of our Savvy Savvy Product Scouts Program. You can find more from Joanna on her blog, Makingmine.

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Platypus Australia Kids Swimwear #AwayWeGo

Introducing Platypus Australia Swimwear

School is out (or almost out!) and it’s officially beach and pool season for kids across the country. That also means that it’s time to get your kids a new swimsuit for the summer, preferably one that is both stylish and offers great sun protection. Leave it to the Aussies to come up with the most amazing swimwear for babies and kids on the market today. Let us introduce you to Platypus Australia SwimwearPlatypus Australia Kids Swimwear #AwayWeGoPlatypus Australia Kids Swimwear #AwayWeGo

Stylish and sun-safe swimwear

Platypus Australia is a leading UV swimwear brand, offering a selection of high-quality protective swimwear for babies, toddlers and kids (including rash guards, swimsuits, trunks and matching beachwear) ranging from sizes 0 to 14. Not only is Platypus Australia swimwear stylish with mix-and-match pieces in lots of styles, patterns and colors, but the swimwear is sun-safe and ensures maximum sun protection with a UPF 50+ rating, blocking out at least 97.5% of harmful ultraviolet radiation. That’s a win-win in our book.

We’re giving away a $150 Platypus Australia gift card in our #AwayWeGo Summer Travel Giveaway!

Platypus Australia Kids Swimwear #AwayWeGoPlatypus Australia Kids Swimwear #AwayWeGoPlatypus Australia has an incredible selection of swimwear and beachwear for girls and boys, from babies through teens. The styles and patterns are fun and fashionable ranging from solid colors to watermelon or camouflage. Each pattern comes in a variety of styles such as rash guards, two-piece bikinis, trunks, hats, board shorts, singlets, sun shirts, jackets and tankinis.

Mom and kid-approved

I love the colors, patterns and style selection, but I was even more impressed with how thick, well-made and sturdy the Platypus Australia suits were. The seams are flat, so they don’t irritate the kids’ skin and there are no inside tags to scratch or bother them. The elastic on the suit easily stretched over a swim diaper and didn’t pinch. The fabric was quick-drying and breathed well. My picky preschooler didn’t complain once about wearing long-sleeves on a hot day at the beach and this mom loved that we could forgo wrestling him multiple times a day to reapply sunscreen on his arms and torso.  Platypus Australia Kids Swimwear #AwayWeGoPlatypus Australia Kids Swimwear #AwayWeGoI chose the UPF 50+ Sunshirt LS in Sky and the UPF 50+ Swim Shorts in Palm Tree (both part of the Azure collection) for my son. We both loved the outfit. He’s growing so fast that I ordered a size up than he currently wears so he could wear it as long as possible. The shirt’s a little big, but it was so comfortable on him and gave him a lot of room to move around and play without being restrictive or too tight.

Platypus Australia Kids Swimwear #AwayWeGoFor the baby, I chose the UPF 50+ Lace Frill Swimsuit in a beautiful light blue with pink ruffles. I can’t get over how adorable this suit is! I’m tempted to order it in every size it comes in so she has one for the next eight years of her life — I love it that much. And you know it’s stylish when super trendy celebrities like Jessica Alba are dressing their kids in the same suit!  Platypus Australia Kids Swimwear #AwayWeGoPlatypus Australia Kids Swimwear #AwayWeGoFor older girls, I absolutely love the Castaway Collection with its bright reds and blue ruffles. Older boys (and husbands) will love the Turq Camo Collection.

Find Platypus Australia and enter to win $150

Be sure to check out all the 2015 styles and get great mix-and-match ideas in the Platypus Australia catalog and follow them on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.

Enter to win a $150 Platypus Australia gift certificate, along with $3000 in other summer travel prizes in our #AwayWeGo Giveaway!

Platypus Australia Kids Swimwear #AwayWeGoThis post was contributed by Sara McCarty, who is part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scout program. Sara blogs about her kids and adventures being a lawyer-mom at Running From the Law

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Springs Fitness Fashion Trends CALIA Spring has sprung! And you know what that means, right? It’s time to prep your activewear drawer with all-new, season-ready workout looks – think popping bright hues, playful prints, unexpected details and super-chic sports bras designed to help you spring into action at any time. The pieces we’re currently coveting are light, lovely, and guaranteed to punch-up your get-fit look. Read on for a high fashion roundup of spring 2015’s workout trends that will get your blood pumping before your workout even begins.

Spring’s fitness fashion trends


essential tank

Luscious lemon

This spring, it’s all about zesty yellow. And, while this season’s “it” hue is popping up on everything from swimsuits to dresses and accessories and nails, sun-lit gear is the best way to add some unexpected flair to your workout look.

Wondering how to wear this poppy shade? Throw on a simple solid top for balance, and prepare for your most motivating, mood-boosting, and invigorating workout ever.

Get the look: CALIA by Carrie Underwood Women’s Essential Tank Top

floral capris
Fierce floral

We can’t get enough of the new and innovative ways floral prints are being brought to life this season. Traditionally thought of as pretty and feminine, 2015’s hottest floral prints are brighter, more graphic, and include a touch of tough. Make the look work for you by pairing them with a classic tank, super-sleek ponytail, and simple sneaker. Slip ‘em on and your spring wardrobe will be coming up rosy in no time.

Get the look: CALIA bv Carrie Underwood Women’s Essential Printed Tight Fit Capris in Classical Floral

lace back shirt
Lovely lace

A pretty girl go-to, lace has continuously been on the top of every fancy lady’s wish list. But, this season, the power of this beautiful fabric is stronger than ever. Popping up on everything from flirty spring dresses to perfectly-pretty workout gear, this textured fabric is the best way to stay cool (hello, ventilation!) and cute at the same time. Slip some on and prepare to turn heads from every angle.

Get the look: CALIA by Carrie Underwood Women’s Lace Back Three-Quarter Shirt

double strap bra

Strappy sports bras

Reveal your toned, sculpted shoulders and back in a sexy, strappy sports bra. Wear this season’s essential workout piece under your favorite racer-back tank, backless top, or slip it on solo to show off those abs. Our new season favorites are so cute, we’re wearing them for working out, going out, and beyond. There’s never been a better time to step up your support system.

Get the look: CALIA by Carrie Underwood Women’s Inner Power Seamless Double Strap Bra

woven capris

Anywhere woven capri

These days comfy pants are not only reserved for yoga class and lazy Sunday mornings in bed. Today’s lightweight woven capris have on-trend details, a super-comfy waistband, and are versatile in style – making them perfect for the gym and beyond. The pair we love are functional enough for yoga and other light workouts, comfortable enough to lounge at home, and stylish enough to wear around town.

Get the look: CALIA by Carrie Underwood Women’s Anywhere Woven Capris

Now you can step out this spring with an extra bounce in your step. With silhouettes that stand out and hues designed to inspire, you’re ready for warmer- weather workouts with CALIA by Carrie Underwood. Check out the video below and visit DICK’S Sporting Goods and Caliastudio.com  for more stylish fitness apparel!

#staythepath to peak fitness by following @CALIAbyCarrie and @dickssportinggoods on Instagram.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.

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