A Care Package For My Younger Self
Frequent readers of this blog know that I am possibly the world’s biggest nerd. Aside from growing up loving comic book heroes and video games, I also always looked forward to going back to school each fall. Not for sports games or (awkward) dances in a gym, but because I really enjoyed buying school supplies—pens, Five Star spiral notebooks, three-ring binders, you name it. It was my way of getting a fresh new fall wardrobe each year (I was bad with the whole clothes thing), and having a little fun with small accessories. Now with the cool weather settling in, I’m particularly nostalgic for those days of handpicked Eddie Bauer backpacks and neon rulers.
In an effort to quench my nostalgia, I went hunting in the Birchbox Shop to find the back-to-school products that I would’ve coveted, and found a few items that I wish were around when I was in school:
1. Elizabeth Mckay Elephant Keychain: My early teen years were spent obsessing over learning how to drive. Once I got keys to my car, I would carry them (prominently) with me everywhere. This adorable keychain would’ve been much cuter than my nylon lanyard.
2. Triple C Designs Smart Retracto-Budz: I spent more than a few study halls listening to music on earphones hidden by the hood of my sweatshirt. This pair would’ve been perfect in a pinch since they wind up and hide themselves as soon as you give them a firm tug.
3. Poppin Notebook: I love me some spiral notebooks, but this brightly colored option is way more fun and stylish than the ones that were popular while I was in school.
4. Birchbox Exclusive Custom Pouch: This would’ve been the perfect in-between bag to take me from my middle school Sanrio days to my much more sophisticated teenage-self. If only chevron had been cool in the ’90s!
Am I the only one with a deep love of school accessories? Do you have a favorite school-bound item that you coveted?
If you love these products and wish you could find more for a tween in your life, take a look at our Head of the Class limited edition box.
Morocco has been on my travel bucket list for ages, and I finally pulled the trigger this year by planning a 10-day trip to the medieval city of Fes, the small town of Ouirgane in the Atlas Mountains, and the bustling hubbub of Marrakech. Between the souks, the tagines, and the architecture, I have a feeling Morocco and I will get along famously. Here’s what I’m bringing when I hop on a plane tomorrow:
1. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare™ Alpha Beta® Glow Pad
I never go a day without SPF, but that doesn’t mean I want to look like a ghost. These pads from Dr. Gross will give me the hint of a tan, minus the sun damage.
2. Supergoop!® Daily Correct SPF 35 CC Cream
Speaking of SPF, there’s nothing I like better than combining my sun protection with color correction, antioxidants, and light diffusion. This Supergoop! CC Cream packs all those benefits into one product.
Introducing: The Birchbox Love List
The editors here at Birchbox come across a lot of beautiful things day to day—everything from a gorgeous eyeshadow that’s dropped at our desks to a cute pair of heels that a coworker discovers online. We wanted to share our latest finds with the Birchbox community, which is why we created a new monthly email called Love List, coming to an inbox near you. For our first edition, we were all about color with a capital C—from bobby pins to notebooks to polish. Check out our picks and then shop them below!
Agate Trivet: Natural wonders that won’t break the bank. ($20, leif.com)
TenOverTen Polish in Worth: Our kind of Midas touch. ($18, birchbox.com)
Susana Monanco Dress: A throw-on-and-go piece that’s perfect for off-duty days. ($218, shoptiques.com)
Tibi Amber Heel: Bold, blue, and beautiful. ($365, tibi.com)
Teeny Eddie Purse: Because every outfit should have a pop of pink. ($128, jcrew.com)
Gold Foil Notebooks: For the sophisticated scribbler. ($20, designdarling.com)
Jane Tran Bobby Pin Set: Pins with personality. ($15, birchbox.com)
iPhone Case: Offline and online collide in this darling case. ($35, society6.com)
Elizabeth McKay Elephant Keychain: A good-luck talisman to keep keys safe. ($24, birchbox.com)
Triple C Designs Power Mate Plus: Powering up in a pinch has never been so chic. ($29, birchbox.com)
Check out these fun picks and more on our Love List Pinterest board!
We’re always talking about the staffers in the Birchbox office, but the ones who you interact with everyday are the ladies of our hard-working Ops team. These fabulous femmes handle all of your customer service woes. We wanted to give you a chance to get to know them even better—so here’s a peek at who’s on the other side of the phone.
The Ops team is wasting no time getting our holiday shopping done early. And thanks to our new Give Pillow Packs, gifting is now not only easier, but also cuter. Our subscribers each received a purple pillow pack in November’s box, and so many of you raved about them we decided to feature them on our site. When you spend $25 or more, you’ll receive 10 of these adorable pillow packs. Each pack lets the recipient know why there’s a little something for them inside (the irreverent reasons range from ‘why not?’ to ‘you’re the cat’s pajamas’). Read on to see what awesome gifts the Ops team will be giving this holiday season!