Product Review: Skoop A-Game Powder

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September is one of those months that I always can’t wait to be over. Don’t get me wrong; I love Labor Day, the start of pumpkin spice lattes (let’s be honest: pumpkin anything), and the promise that fall weather is soon on its way (you hear that, Texas? Any day now… would be nice), but it also marks the start of another busy school year and too many obligations than I know how to keep straight. Well–this is the LAST year that school will be a problem, and thankfully a product I tried out helped me through the madness that is September.Read more

Pink Zebra Sprinkles – Product Review

Hi lovelies!

I’m so excited about reviewing Pink Zebra Sprinkles! This review has been a long-time coming. You see, I wanted to try out each scent before writing about them. Umm… BAD idea. Turns out these suckers burn for quite a long while. (Yeah, even the samples!)

Trying out Pink Zebra Sprinkles

So, I got in contact with Leah from Pink Zebra Sprinkles, who asked what kind of scents I liked. I told her herbal scents, and clean scents, nothing too fruity or dessert-smelling. (I already munch enough as it is, there’s no need to fill my room with cookie dough scent!) Leah hooked me up with a handful of samples, and I swear it was love at first scent! The scents included were as follows:
– Stone-Washed Denim
– Turquoise Waters
– Gentle Rain
– Amaretto Cream
– Citrus & Herbs
– Honeysuckle Hugs
– Beach Breeze
– Island Coconut

Pink Zebra Sprinkles Care Package Assorted Sprinkles Wax Scents Assorted Sprinkles Scents

Do those sound dreamy or what?! I have to say, I think Gentle Rain was my favorite, with Stone-Washed Denim being a close second. They were ALL great smelling though, without being too strong. I don’t know about y’all, but I get headaches when they’re too overpowering. Let’s smell pretty, not forceful, know what I mean?!

Pink Zebra Sprinkles Gentle Rain Scent Pink Zebra Sprinkles Gentle Rain Scent

These samples burned, and burned, and burned, and burned! I was surprised at how long they last, until Leah gave me the low-down on how these little delights burn 30% longer than most candle. And the best part? They’re made with renewable and sustainable, Earth-friendly wax. They burn smoothly, and keep most of their bright, fun colors while doing so.

Wax melts Pink Zebra Sprinkles Wax melts Pink Zebra Sprinkles

The absolute only down side that I had with these vs. Scentsy wax bars is that I didn’t have as much flexibility of changing scents as I did with wax bars, as these are sprinkles, and the samples didn’t come with the store-away carton. BUT, Pink Zebra Sprinkles allows for mixing your favorite scents together in a glass container to create a bomb-diggity smelling, personalized scented candle, so that makes up for it IMHO.

Go check out the different scents available and get in touch with Leah. She’s awesome, and so are her scents. Not to mention, how ridiculously cute are their Simmering Lights shades? I’m going to need to do some serious wax-melting upgrades soon!

Shout out to Leah for the samples! Once I’m all moved in to my new humble abode, I will be having to try out some of those new, adorable simmer light shades!

(Didn’t know I was moving? Take a peak at some of the budget furniture randoms I’ve been collecting here and there, and stay tuned for my budget-design reveal in August!)

Product Review & GIVEAWAY: Marvy Uchida Bistro Chalk Markers

Hi my dears! Today, I am SO excited to reveal not only an awesome product review, but also a giveaway!

Marvy Uchida Bistro Chalk Markers 4-Piece Set Giveaway and Review

… Courtesy of Marvy Uchida!

(Disclaimer: All products in the giveaway were provided free-of-charge by Marvy Uchida. All products I used were purchased on my own behalf. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not paid or otherwise compensated for my review.)

I bought some chalkboard paint a while ago from Michaels Craft Store, and have been playing around, spraying it on random items like wine bottles and old frames. But one thing wasn’t going quite like I imagined: the chalk. Anytime I used regular chalk, the intensity of my drawing was not up to par, or the drawing would stick and reappear no matter how many times I wiped or washed the board/bottle to try a new design.

Then, one day, a friend turned me on to chalk markers, and I haven’t looked back ever since. I bought myself a 4-pack set of the Marvy Uchida Bistro Chalk Markers in Red, White, Blue and Black. I have used the red, white and blue ones quite a bit. I have yet to try out the black, but am saving it until I can get my hands on (or make!) some mint or white chalkboard paint for another project.

These markers go on so easily to any chalkboard canvas. The package says they can work on glass, and any other non-porous, smooth surfaces, as well, though I haven’t tried myself. I put my new chalk market kit to the test with the following three projects (click on the first 2 project images to open up a new window with their posts and instructions!):

Memorial Day Chalkboard Display
DIY Patriotic Chalkboard Display

love the wine you're with diy quote chalkboard art
DIY Chalkboard Wine Quote Art

and my latest (and possibly favorite) project:

DIY Home Sweet Home Chalkboard Art from A Dash of Sarah

DIY Entryway Chalkboard from A Dash of Sarah

 

And that’s all just free-hand, one-coat drawings using Marvy Uchida chalk markers and taking inspiration from random pins. They’re that vibrant and easy-to-use!

So far, I have absolutely no complaints with Marvy Uchida bistro chalk markers. They are a craft-material company that has been around for more than 40 years, and makes other craft (and office) related items. Go here to learn more about their company and the other products they offer. You can see all the different colors available for the bistro chalk marker HERE.

And now, for the fun part!

Marvy Uchida Bistro Chalk Marker 4-Piece Set Giveaway!

Marvy Uchida Bistro Chalk Markers Giveaway

Marvy Uchida has generously sent me a four-piece chalkboard marker set to giveaway to one lucky winner! SO, to all my ADOS fans, what are you waiting for?! Enter NOW until June 26th, and you could be on your way to creating beautiful chalkboard projects galore in no time with these colorful helpers!

A Dash of Sarah Giveaway Marvy Uchida Bistro Chalk Markers
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(Disclaimer: All products in the giveaway were provided free-of-charge by Marvy Uchida. All products I used were purchased on my own behalf. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not paid or otherwise compensated for my review.)

Personal Stylist? You Know It! (My First Stitch Fix)

** Disclaimer: A Dash of Sarah was NOT compensated in any way, shape, or form for this blog post and review. All thoughts, suggestions, and opinions are of my own. **

 

In case you don’t know me in-person, or haven’t seen the eruption of various fabrics in my room, here’s something I should be upfront about: I love clothes.

Seriously, if you don’t believe me, go check out my Pinterest board, where I have 142 (and growing) pins on my fashion faves.

But, here’s the problem. I can “pin” and “heart” to my heart’s content. But, when it comes to actually going out to the store and recreating the thousands of pins I just scrolled through, my mind runs blank. I don’t know if it’s the overwhelming amount of clothes on the racks, the people in a rush to get their shopping done, or the fact that I never like the lighting in a dressing room, but I can never find a true “winner.”

And so, with that being said, I introduce to you my fashion-savvy savior for this problem:

Stitch Fix

What is it? Think of Stitch Fix as your online personal stylist, delivered to your door.

How does it work? You fill out your style profile, which includes your body size, height, weight, curves, etc. It also goes through your preferred style (from classic glam to bohemian, etc.), and how adventurous you are at trying new styles. You can share social networks like a Pinterest board and Twitter, allowing the stylist to check out your pins and tweets to get a better feel of your style preference and your everyday-life happenings. Then, schedule your fix and wait for the package to arrive.

Then what? The package will arrive with five hand-picked items. Try them on, keep what you want, send back what you don’t within three business days. You are automatically charged $20 when the box ships, which goes toward your purchase. It’s THAT simple.

My First “Fix”

Talleda was my personal stylist, and she did a wonderful job. I promised myself I’d only keep two of the five items (due to budget), but MAN was that hard after opening my box!

41Hawthorn – Queensland Dolman Jersey Top

stitchfix batwing black top

 

I loved the cut of this shirt. I love when shirts are a little loose and baggy in the winter. It allows for layering and is so easy to move around in at the office or on campus. But, I had just purchased a shirt like this at an off-brand store, so this one was a no-go.

Kensie Jeans – Kaleigh Ankle Biter Skinny Jean in Burgundy

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Is it possible to be in love with a pair of pants? Because I’m pretty much there when it comes to Kensie “Ankle Biter” Jeans in Burgundy. They contain stretch-denim material called that’s so dang soft and comfy to wear! Not to mention they fit PERFECTLY. That’s saying a lot, coming from someone with a whole lotta junk in the trunk, and cursed blessed with short leg genes. This was a DEFINITE keeper.

Fun2Fun – Caterina Plaid Tab-Sleeve Shirt

StitchFix Plaid Tab Sleeve Shirt

I wasn’t so sure about this shirt… until I tried it on. I’ve never been one to grab a plaid shirt off a rack at a store and think to myself “This would be perfect for my wardrobe!” My eye is usually drawn to the more glittery, laced, and unique pieces instead of a classic go-to. This shirt was SO SOFT. It hung perfectly, and I loved the tab-sleeves, making it versatile for work and school with a simple roll of the sleeves. However, due to budget constraints and the fact that I’m sure I could find something similar for less, I passed on this one.

Fate – Garvey Tribal Print Open Front Cardigan

StitchFix Fate Tribal Print Cardigan

I literally squealed when I opened up this cardigan from my fix. I had taken a sneak peek at the names of what I was getting ready to receive in my fix, and when I saw “oversized cardigan,” I couldn’t wait! It was everything I wanted to receive and more. It’s so comfortable, and goes PERFECTLY with the new Kensie jeans from my fix. As this was one of the things I was pinning most frequently on my Pinterest board, I was so happy when my stylist mentioned seeing similar styles on my board. I kept this comfy gem with no hesitation.

Sweet Rain – Howard Cotton Beaded Detail Surplus Jacket

StitchFix Sweet Rain Green Jacket

Well, Stitch Fix managed to pick out 4 out of 5 things I liked, but this wasn’t one of them. I liked the color, but nothing really drew me to this jacket. I’m not a fan of the random “bling” pockets on a safari-type jacket, either. I tried it on for the heck of it, but this was the first no-go, and went back in the box.

 

The Outcome

So, I kept the Kensie jeans in burgundy, and the aztec print cardigan. I have worn each numerous times just these past few months! Overall, my first Stitch Fix was great. It was so exciting to get a box full of five surprise items to try on. They did a great job of getting my size and style right, and the quality of the clothes was awesome. I already scheduled my next box for January 31st. I can’t wait for it to arrive!

Stitch Fix Review by A Dash of Sarah

Want to try Stitch Fix out yourself? Do me a huge favor and use my referral code HERE! I promise you’ll love it. Here’s a hint: submit a Pinterest board for them to go off of, then pin your desired style… a LOT. I really hope you love it as much as I do! I’m officially obsessed! 🙂

 

** Disclaimer: A Dash of Sarah was NOT compensated in any way, shape, or form for this blog post and review. All thoughts, suggestions, and opinions are of my own. **