Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Spring Dresses by Shop Hope's

Spring Dresses by Shop Hope's

Every spring I find that I have multiple events to attend where I need a dress. With spring comes sorority formals, graduations, Memorial Day parties and early summer cookouts…basically, spring sparks the beginning of dress season. Her Campus Blogger Network Member Allyssa Griffiths at Life with Lyss is a brand rep for Shop Hope's, an online boutique that sells adorable dresses, tops, skirts, bottoms, shoes and accessories. The online shop gets new shipments of product two times per day (12pm and 5pm EST) Monday through Friday, so their styles are always updated for the season. The prices are reasonable, as well, with FREE shipping in the U.S. and Canada!

I've selected a few of my favorite spring and summer dresses from the Shop Hope's website shown above to give you an idea of their products. If you're in need of bright and colorful dresses this spring and summer (or other summery clothes for that matter), I highly suggest checking out this online boutique. Alyssa and the HCBN are also offering a 10% off discount with the code LYSSLIFEREP, so you can save even more while refreshing your closet for the warmer seasons.
Be sure to check out these other lovely HCBN blogs, too:
Constance at Prep Northwest

Happy shopping!
Sponsored by Shop Hope's and Life with Lyss.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Looped In Giveaway!

Today I'm hosting my first giveaway in collaboration with looped in! Looped in is a new mobile app that allows you to pay at Boston restaurants and stores with your phone. The app saves you from having to carry around a debit or credit card, cash and rewards cards and allows you to pay for food or other items on your phone securely. The YouTube video below shows how to make a transaction clearly. Looped in also allows you to send money to your friends who have the app if you owe them money from a dinner bill or just want to send a little gift.

Looped in shows the participating restaurants and merchants close to you on a digital map, as well, making it easy to find great deals and places you can use the app. If you see a particular restaurant or merchant you like, you can simply call the merchant or map out how to get there using the app. The map also shows which participating merchants have special deals and promotions going on. For instance, right now Ozzie's Pizza & Cafe in Coolidge Corner has a deal of 15% off a purchase of $10 or more, and Takusan Sushi just behind Fenway has all you can eat sushi!

The following YouTube video shows how to pay for food or other items with looped in as well as more of its features. I highly recommend watching it to better understand all the app has to offer!


Pretty cool, right? looped in is easy to use and secure when it comes to making a payment. You never pay a transaction with a debit or credit card number through looped in; however, you are responsible for loading the app with more money from a personal account or debit/credit card when you run out.

Looped in has a number of participating restaurants and shops in the Boston area, too. Some of the one's I'm excited to use my looped in dollars at include:
Of course, there are many more options all around Boston, Cambridge, Brookline, Allston, Newton and more! Here is a complete list of participating merchants and restaurants.

Now for the GIVEAWAY! You can win $100 on looped in by entering our contest! That means $100 worth of food for all the college students who avoid eating out to save money (including me)! All you have to do to enter is:
Download the looped in app on your phone (this will take 3 minutes TOPS)
comment on this blog post stating you've downloaded looped in.
The giveaway ends next Thursday (4/24), so be sure to enter now!
What will you buy with your looped in dollars?

Sponsored by looped in.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Not Your Average Denim Jacket

Photography by: Drew McLoon
Custom-made Lucky Brand jacket | Madewell t-shirt | Madewell jeans | Steve Madden booties

Last week (before it decided to snow this morning), the weather was warm and sunny--perfect for a light, denim jacket. This jacket is very special to me because my grandmother actually added the fabric details herself. The patterned parts are made from my now passed grandfather's ties (amazing, right?!). My grandfather was a radio show host before television was big and a realtor with a vibrant personality. He loved dressing up and hosting social gatherings, so as you can imagine, he had more than a plethora of ties in every color and pattern. I like to think about where my grampy may have worn these ties and what conversations he had in them. But more importantly, I love how now I have a special piece of him with me. This was the first time I wore my new jacket, and I will continue to wear it proudly and treasure it forever. I received lots of compliments, and I told every person that my amazingly creative grandmother made it just for me. I can't think of a more special gift.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

#DareToCompare: Microsoft Surface 2 Tablet

A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to learn about Microsoft's new Surface 2 tablet at the Prudential Microsoft store blogger event. I've never owned a tablet before, so I was excited to try one out and compare it to my Apple laptop. After spending a couple of weeks getting to experience all of the Surface 2's features, I've come up with a pros and cons list for the Microsoft product:


  • The tablet's small size. One of the great things about the Surface 2 tablet is that it's much smaller and lighter than my Apple laptop. I could easily slip it in my backpack to take to class without destroying my back carrying it around all day.
  • Ability to use two apps at once. This is probably one of my favorite features of the Surface 2 tablet. When I wrote my Microsoft blogger event post I used the double app feature to import my photos onto the tablet and insert them into the blog post. I had both the Blogger and Photos applications open on the tablet. This made it a lot easier to download photos for my blog. This is also a great feature because it allows you to peruse Facebook while online shopping. Or if you're feeling extra productive, you can take class notes and send important emails at the same time.
  • Ability to watch Netflix while you 'pin.' Or scan your Twitter feed. Or review class notes. Or stalk people on Facebook. Or basically do anything you want on your tablet. The Surface 2 allows you to watch Netflix on the tablet or on your television with a cable (which must be purchased separately) while also using the tablet to do other things online. 


  • It basically does everything my laptop does. As great as the Surface 2 is, during my weeks testing the tablet, I found that I would still choose to use my laptop. This may be because my laptop is what I'm used to, but it's also because anything I would want to do on the tablet, I can easily do on my laptop. There are only a few extra features that make the Surface 2 unique, such as taking 3D photos and being able to travel with it more easily. 
  • No regular keyboard. Unless you pay for it. If I were to bring the Surface 2 to class to take notes, I'd want to have an actual keyboard rather than a touch keyboard on a tablet. But, a Surface 2 keyboard is a separate cost.

Overall the Surface 2 tablet is a great product and fun to use. The tablet is especially beneficial for college students because it has Microsoft Word and Excel, which allow for more professional use. Other tablets, such as iPads, do not have these features and are more for recreational use. The Surface 2 can be used both professionally and recreationally, making it a great addition for all the techies out there or people who just want a convenient and easy traveling tablet. Still unsure about the Surface 2? Stop by a Microsoft store near you to learn more details!

Sponsored by Microsoft.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring Sneaks

Spring Sneaks
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The sun is shining, the air is warm and my face no longer feels numb walking to class. I think spring is finally here, which means it's time for shoes other than boots! I prefer light canvas sneakers for spring, such as Converse or Keds, because they're comfortable and not too hot on my feet. You can wear slip-ons or lace-up sneakers with pretty much anything--skinny jeans, boyfriend jeans, shorts, skirts and dresses. They also tend to come in all different colors, patterns and styles.

Lately I've been wearing my gray Converse sneaks almost every day, but I've been eyeing Steve Madden's leopard slip-on shoe too. I also love the bright, floral patterns and nautical prints. Steve Madden, Converse, Keds and ASOS all have great selections for sneakers this season.
Which ones will you choose?
Shop some of these looks below.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Influenster Uni Vox Box

It's time to reveal another Influenster box! I've reviewed a few products from Influenster here before, such as the Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream and Aveeno Positively Radiant Intensive Night Cream. Both of these products I still use, so I can't wait to try these new items in my Uni Vox Box for college students. This box includes:
  • Rimmel London Stay Matte liquid mousse foundation
  • Playtex Sport tampons
  • Red Rose Real Tea
  • NYC Lip Color in Forever Fuchsia
  • Pilot Acroball Pen
  • imPRESS Press-on Manicure
I've already tried the NYC lipstick and love it. The shade of pink is playful and fun for day or night. Stay tuned as I review more of my favorite products from my Influenster Uni Vox Box. You may see a product you may want to try!
Thanks for reading!
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