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Last Chance to Use Your Madewell Discount Code!
Spring is officially here (with apologies to the Midwesterners slogging through snow), and if your wardrobe isn’t ready for warmer weather, now’s your chance to stock up. Everyone on the Birchbox mailing list received a special offer for $25 off a $75+ purchase at Madewell, which expires TODAY. Don’t miss the chance to score that new pair of sunglasses you so desperately desire need or that cross-body bag you’ve had your eye on. Here’s a look at a few items we’re crushing on in the Birchbox office, and be sure to check out the entire selection at a store near you or at Madewell.com. Don’t forget to use your code at checkout!
Eyelet Trail Dress: Versatile, comfortable, and incredibly eye-catching.
Spring Festival Necklace: Great for layering, this piece also makes quite the statement on its own. 
Hepcat Shades: These retro round frames are just too cool. 
The Essex Minibag: White feels springtime fresh, and the petite size means you won’t overpack. 
—Meredith
Learn what’s on trend for spring with these styling tips from Madewell’s editorial director. 

Last Chance to Use Your Madewell Discount Code!

Spring is officially here (with apologies to the Midwesterners slogging through snow), and if your wardrobe isn’t ready for warmer weather, now’s your chance to stock up. Everyone on the Birchbox mailing list received a special offer for $25 off a $75+ purchase at Madewell, which expires TODAY. Don’t miss the chance to score that new pair of sunglasses you so desperately desire need or that cross-body bag you’ve had your eye on. Here’s a look at a few items we’re crushing on in the Birchbox office, and be sure to check out the entire selection at a store near you or at Madewell.com. Don’t forget to use your code at checkout!

—Meredith

Learn what’s on trend for spring with these styling tips from Madewell’s editorial director. 

How to Make a Beauty Trend Age Appropriate: Guest Blogger

Raw and honest, Rachel Wilkerson’s blog, The Life & Lessons of Rachel Wilkerson, is captivating and heartfelt. Covering the trials and tribulations of her personal life, her blog gives advice on everything from the serious (like moving house, which is so stressful) to the mundane (fun nail art!) and everything in between. We appreciate anyone that keeps it real the way she does, so we’re excited to have her as this week’s guest blogger. 

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more aware of age-appropriate beauty. I feel older, more mature, and more capable, and I want my looks to represent that. But as someone who loves trying the latest beauty trends, I’ve had to work a bit harder to be sure I look age-appropriate. Here’s how I make sure I don’t look like I’m trying too hard to be younger or older.

Follow trends you love and ones that seem like a natural fit for your current look. The key is to wear the look and not let the look wear you. Don’t follow every trend that comes along; just follow ones that make you say, “That’s so my style!” Not everyone can rock the kind of lavender hair normally reserved for little old ladies, but when Kelly Osbourne did it, we all took one look and realized it was clearly a natural progression of her look and style.

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Packing the Perfect Beach Bag: Guest Blogger

Our latest guest blogger, Ally of Allyson in Wonderland, is an oil and gas professional with a serious eye for great finds. We can’t get enough of her gorgeously crafted blog, where she shares her love for style, travel, and photography. This week she’s giving us a peek into her personal beauty treasure chest—and we’re taking notes.

As a child, I couldn’t wait to go to the beach in the summer and stick my toes in the water (plus, I loved making sandcastles). As an adult, not much has changed. I still can’t wait to lay my eyes on turquoise water and palm trees. 

To stay happy and comfortable while soaking up the sun, I depend on the following beach essentials:

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College Girl: 4 Affordable Pairs of Designer-worthy Shades

This summer, Birchbox’s content team is extremely lucky to have awesome intern Shana in the office. She’s a student at Syracuse University (the smarty pants is a dual major in magazine journalism and psychology) and she’ll be helping with researching, writing, product testing and, of course, blogging. In addition to daily beauty news posts, she’ll be writing a weekly column called College Girl.

Accessories can jazz up even the most boring of outfits and in the summer, no one should be without a great pair of sunglasses. From retro to open temple, I’ve noticed that almost every major designer has developed some glorious new styles—but they all come with sky-high prices. So I decided to round up some affordable alternatives—here are four pairs that will help you keep up with the trends without maxing out your credit card.

Oversize Flat Top: Top: Celine Extra Large Sunglasses Havana, $375, Bergdorf Goodman in stores only, 212.872.8700; Bottom: Lisa’s Leopard Flat Tops, $14, urbanoutfitters.com

Retro: Top: Tom Ford Astrid, $255, iloveglasses.com; Bottom: Cheap Monday Cryokinesis Shades, $30, shopnastygal.com

Cat Eye: Top: Marc Jacobs Extreme Cat Eye Sunglasses, $275, bloomingdales.com; Extreme Cat Eye Sunglasses, $16, urbanoutfitters.com

Open Temple: Top: Roberto Cavalli Open Temple Sunglasses, $350, nordstom.com; Bottom: Forever 21 F7121 Sunglasses, $5.80, forever21.com

—Shana 

Store your new shades in our Birchbox Travel Pouch, free with your next $50 purchase.

DVF Expands Her Empire To Include Fragrance

Clockwise from left: New Julian wrap dress, $325, dvf.com; Penny Leather Patch Cube satchel, $1,200, dvf.com; Diane fragrance; and DVF 531s sunglasses, $175, dvf.com

Diane von Furstenberg has certainly made her presence known as a leader in women’s fashion, so we’re thrilled to hear that this guru is stepping her high heels onto the fragrance scene, too. This fall she’ll be introducing Diane, the first-ever fragrance, let alone beauty product, by DVF—and we have a feeling it won’t be the last (buzz about a DVF makeup and skincare line has us on our toes!). The woody-floral scent, created by Givaudan perfumer Aurelian Guichard is “the power of women in a bottle,” says von Furstenberg. It’s no surprise that DVF plans to make a strong statement with her fragrance since everything in the designer’s line, from her signature bold-patterned wrap dresses to her eye-popping sunglasses, never fails to turn heads. A few of my favorite power-woman DVF pieces are pictured above—it probably goes without saying that I’m eager to test out her forthcoming fragrance, too!

—Madeline

Check out more fragrances in our Birchbox Shop!

A Sunglass Tutorial From A Solstice Expert

Top: Alexander McQueen, $325, SOLSTICEsunglasses.com; Bottom: Gucci, $220, SOLSTICEsunglasses.com

When it comes to sunglasses, we are pretty picky. We’ve tried on enough pairs to know that certain styles really do look better on certain face shapes and not all shades are created equal. But we had the chance to sit down with a true expert, Eden Wexler from Solstice, who has been in the business for twelve years and done fittings on over 10,000 celebrities. Whoa. From whether or not to wear sunglasses at night to buying shades off the street, she cleared things up for us. (And now we know we’re justified in our preference for Ray-Ban, Gucci, Balenciaga, and the like.)

What are some guidelines for finding the best sunglasses for your face?

Generally you want to pick sunglasses that are slightly opposite of your face shape to give you balance. So for instance, if you have a very round face, you don’t want to pick a round shape because that will just enhance your overall roundness. Instead, you’ll want something that’s going to be a little bit more squared off or rectangular. Honestly, I don’t feel like there are any hard and fast rules because it really is so dependent on your features.

Why shouldn’t you buy shades on the street?

I always suggest that you never buy your sunglasses on the street because your eyes are obviously your most important accessory and you want to make sure that you really are getting the proper protection. The glasses that are sold on the street, you have no idea what you’re getting. You should really just buy sunglasses from a reputable retailer that has done the proper testing and gotten the proper clearances and approvals from the FDA and so on.

Is it harmful to wear sunglasses indoors or at night?

Yes, because you’re straining your eyes. Your eyes are meant to be able to see in a brighter light, so if you are shading them and you’re already in a dark environment, it’s just straining them.

What’s your favorite new trend this season?

I’ve been begging designers to bring back the cat eye for years. I’m so happy it’s finally here because it’s a silhouette that we haven’t seen in a very long time. I’ve been with the company over twelve years now, and we haven’t been doing cat eye since I’ve been here.

—Meredith

Don’t forget to nourish your eye area with a rich moisturizer like Pangea Organic’s Eye Cream.