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Run Out and Grab... JORD Watches

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Do you ever find something that you didn't even know you wanted? Isn't it sort of the best feeling in the world? That's how I felt when I received my gorgeous watch from JORD! I am a total watch lover. I always have one on, choosing between my gold or silver watches, depending on what I'm wearing that day. But JORD watches are different! They're made of wood, and I've never seen anything like them!
Based in St. Louis (heyo, local brands!), JORD watches are designed to be sustainable and efficient. They feature natural designs (all wood, except the hands, clasp, mechanisms, etc) and are just SO gorgeous. I chose the Fieldcrest watch in black, which I absolutely love because it's both black and brown, which means it goes with just about everything!
Guys, I absolutely love this watch and haven't stopped wearing it since I got it. It's so classy looking and I've had so many compliments (people actually grab my arm to look at it). It's also so light. You never really think about your watch when you wear one every day, but this is so noticeably lighter than my metal watches!

What's more, these are all made in the USA and super affordable! They come in a bunch of other styles, and you should obviously all run out and get one! I might have to get this one next!

{Top: Everlane | Pants: Banana Republic | Shoes: Target | Watch: Jord (c/o) | Necklace: Ann Taylor | Bracelet: Matterial Fix via Rocksbox}

** I received a complimentary Rocksbox subscription and absolutely LOVE IT. Want a month free? Use code curlycasualistaxoxo! **

Cocktails, We Heart STL, & a Giveaway!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Though I haven't been in STL long, I am already in love! Not only are there so many great things to do and great places to visit in the city, but there's a budding blog community here as well! I joined the Midwest Influencer Network (MWIN) just about as soon as I arrived in the city, and finally had a chance to attend my first real event last week! Along with a bunch of other bloggers, Erika and I attended a cocktail styling event hosted by Alive mag, MWIN, and Cruzan Rum (more on them later).

Now, I'm not much for styling anything, myself, though I love looking at Instas of pretty drinks, so this was a great opportunity to branch out. Cruzan had several different rums available (blueberry lemonade, spiced, and coconut) and I decided to throw back to my college days and use the coconut rum to mix up something I'm calling the "The Curly Coconut Lemonade!"

1 part Cruzan Coconut Rum
a dash of Dole pineapple juice
2 parts lemonade
1 splash of club soda

Though I'm no bartender, it was pretty tasty! I'd say it needed a bit more lemonade (or even lemon juice) to punch it up, but it was a tasty treat for a warm evening!

Cruzan Rum gave us a sneak peak of their products at this event because they've partnered up with Alive Magazine and a bunch of other sponsors to host We Heart STL this coming Friday (5/29)! This bash celebrates the Best of the City winners, and will feature live music, vendors, food, dancing, and all sorts of fun! And I've got 2 GA tickets to give away to one lucky reader! Going to be in the area on Friday and want to join? Shoot me an email with WE HEART STL - GIVEAWAY TIME in the subject line! The winner will be chosen at random at 12pm on Thursday! I can't wait to see you there!

Practice Yoga? Then Buy These Clothes!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Moving to St. Louis has meant some pretty big life changes were necessary, not the least of which is switching to a car-reliant lifestyle. While I love my little car, I do miss being able to just walk or bike places (STL likes to think it's bike-friendly...It's overwhelmingly not). What's more, I miss the built-in exercise that comes from walking and biking everywhere - gym not necessary. But since moving, I'm finding myself sitting on my butt a lot more. And, since a gym is not currently available to me, I've been exploring different at-home workouts to do. 

Now that I live by myself and have the space (har har har) to do at home workouts, I've found myself really getting into yoga! I've always wanted to try it, and have half-heartedly done so in the past, but I've never really gotten into the practice. However, when one of my coworkers mentioned that she was doing a 30-day yoga challenge (hosted over on YouTube by Adrienne - check it out), I figured that was something I could do. And guys...I'm IN LOVE. It's so relaxing, and I've found that I'm becoming both stronger and more flexible. I love it, and I am sad when I miss a day because of other obligations!
 Even though I practice at home (and plan to go to a couple outdoor yoga events around town this summer with Alex), I'm always on the lookout for cute yoga gear. A girl's gotta look fly, even if there's no one to see it, amiright? So when YOGASMOGA reached out to me to see if I'd like to try and review some of their clothes, I jumped at the chance!
 I received the Tippy Toe Leggings and the Yantra Tank (wearing a size L in both, for reference). Guys. I'm in love. These are some high quality pieces that rival some of the big name yoga-gear stores. And they don't suffer from any problems like falling down or see-through-ness (ahem, looking at you Lululemon). They're perfect. The leggings are the perfect length - I'm 5'8, and there's a bit of extra material that I bunch at the bottom, so if you're tall, these are gonna be perfect. The material is super comfortable and holds it's shape really well! I love that they don't sit really low on my waist - and what's better is they stay there! I have zero hips and no butt, so yoga pants are always falling down. But these stay put. They come in a bunch of cute colors, and even have two pockets to hold any essentials you need to bring.
 The Yantra tank is the perfect compliment for the leggings (and comes in a lot of the same colors so you can color coordinate, if you so choose. I love how it holds everything in without being restrictive, and the geniuses over at YOGASMOGA have somehow engineered it so it doesn't ride up. Anyone else hate having to pull your shirt down every time you go into downward dog? Well not with this one! My only issue with the top is it has no built-in bra. If you're smaller-chested, you could probably get away with just wearing the shirt - the fabric is pretty thick. But I have to layer up. I'll take that extra step, however, to not have to fight with a shirt that moves around!
YOGASMOGA is based out of NYC, and has brick-and-mortar stores in Greenwich, CT and Brentwood, CA. All of their products are made in the US and feature advanced moisture-wicking properties, resistance to pilling (heyoo), and feature a blend of fibers superior to the normal nylon-Lycra blend found in yoga clothing. I can't wait to try more of their pieces (I'm thinking of getting these next)! Y'all should definitely check out YOGASMOGA, support their cause, and in return become the proud owners of some seriously high quality workout gear!

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