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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!


Review: Rocksbox (Box 1)

Monday, May 18, 2015

Does anyone besides me find it extra hard to buy jewelry? Going into stores is so hit or miss - you either find nothing or the choices are so overwhelming you can't choose anything (Charming Charlie, looking at you...). Shopping online means there's a world of possibilities for you to choose from, but you can't try anything on. And if you're anything like me, you never know what you want! Sometimes a little help is necessary.

That's where Rocksbox* comes in. An online subscription service, the stylists at Rocksbox send you three pieces of jewelry every month! There's a style quiz to take, and you can set your preferences so that the stylists (who are SO good at their job) have some reference for basing their decisions. You can even favorite certain pieces on your wishlist and be guaranteed to receive them in your next box! Sign me up, please!
In my first box, I received three gorgeous pieces. A pair of Gorjana earrings, a Kendra Scott necklace, and Sophie Harper ring. I had added the Gorjana earrings to my wishlist because, hello, look at them, but left the other two pieces up to chance!
 These earrings are my favorite! I've had the box for a couple weeks now, and have been wearing them nonstop. They're unlike any other earrings I own, and I am probably going to have to keep them forever. I've always lusted after Gorjana stuff and I foresee these being my gateway drug!
 The second piece is this gorgeous Kendra Scott necklace. I really love it, but I probably won't be keeping it. Besides being super pricey, I wish it were longer. Even on the shortest link, it's not as long as I would like. That said, the chain is absolutely gorgeous and unlike any other I've seen, and the the white glass is gorgeous and iridescent. Alas.
The final piece I received in this box is this Sophie Harper ring. I love it! Unfortunately it's a bit small, but I love how dainty it is. I also like the double-bar style, even though it's taken some time to get used to. I wish it were just a smidge larger because I'd definitely be keeping it!

All in all, Rocksbox is a great service. I can't wait for my second box, and I keep adding things to my wishlist every day! Interested in signing up? Use code curlycasualistaxoxo to get your first month free!

*I received a complimentary subscription to Rocksbox for the purpose of this review. Guys, it's absolutely wonderful and y'all should sign up!
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