Oceanista| Spring 2019

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Oceanista Quarterly Box
Spring 2019

“Get ready to experience the excitement of receiving our signature box delivered to your door every season, and uncovering the hidden treasures that await you inside. You’ll be awash in whimsical beach inspired essentials from brands we love that are sure to compliment your beach lifestyle and wardrobe. Featured artisan pieces, luxury skin care products, mid-season surprises, and the chance to win a free gift every season guarantees our box will be one you look forward to again and again!”

This box is $85 a season, BUT if you use my code “Courtagonist” you’ll get 10% off your first box! How awesome is that?!?!

Plus, the value of the box is always worth $175 or more! The spring box had a retail value of over $205 dollars! Now, let’s get into the goodies, shall we?

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The amount of thought and kindness that J.J puts into the wrapping and the items inside this box blows me away every season. I love how everything ties together and it really seems cohesive.

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Woven Raffia Fringe with Tropical Print
Retail $30

This is a stunning and perfectly sized clutch! I love the bright colors and the feel of it in my hand. This is perfect to throw in your suit case for a weekend trip. It is perfect for date night or a day trip with your girl friends!

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Salt Water OCeanista Exclusive Bracelet
Retail: $16

I love that Oceanista tries to show case a featured artisan every season. They really are a small business lifting other small businesses up. This makes my heart so happy! I love this bracelet, the tassel, and the adjustable sizing for all. It is a beautiful teal color and I feel like it will go perfectly with the Spring and Summer colors coming out!

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Salt Water Taffy Gold Triangle Earrings
Retail: $18

J.J seriously knocks it out of the park EVERY TIME when it comes to jewelry in her boxes. I am IN LOVE with these salt water taffy earrings. I have gotten so many compliments on them. They are so elegant and light weight! I love that they are unique and different compared to other cookie cutter jewelry that you can get in a box.

The Original Coconut Bowl
Retail: $25

These are probably one of my most favorite items from the Spring Box! I don’t know about you but I have been loving making acai bowls! I have been playing with all different kinds of smoothie bowls and these are just PERFECT to use! They are all unique from different coconuts and they come with handmade spoons as well! These are wonderful!

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QuickTan Sunless Tanning Sleep Gel Mask
Retail: $20

This is something that is new to me! I have never heard of sleep gel tanning mask but this is something that would be very cool to try out. I am a very pale person and I don’t like staying in the sun too much. However, I do like to look pretty golden in the summer and this might be just the ticket!

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Oceanista Exfoliating Body Wash
Retail: $15

Another item that is a need for the Spring season to get ready for the Summer season is a great exfoliate! I am not the best at getting all of the dead skin off of my legs that tend to get there due to the dry weather. This smelled like summer! I loved the citric smell!

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The White Embroidered Tunic
Retail: $49

This is one of the most colorful and vibrant tunics that I have had the pleasure of being sent. It is super soft and light weight. This is perfect for those days on the beach or on the lake. It will be wonderful as a swim suit cover as well! I love this!

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The “Bottoms Up” Pillow!
Retail: $32

And last, but certainly not least, lets head outside to my patio to show case this beautiful comfy pillow! I love that the print is on either side. This was created by Besty Drake with was influenced by the day out on the beach with her daughters. This pillow can be used inside or out. I love it!

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This is one of my absolute favorite seasonal boxes. I love how much detail, care, and love goes into curating every inch of the box. I love that they stick to the theme and keep striving for better and more luxurious products. $85 is an amazing price for everything that you receive every season. It is like a small gift to yourself or someone you love. I can’t wait to see what Summer 2019 holds for us.

Until next time.

XOXO

Courtny

Oceanista Winter Box| 2018

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The Oceanista Subscription Box

“Get ready to experience the excitement of receiving our signature box delivered to your door every season, and uncovering the hidden treasures that await you inside. You’ll be awash in whimsical beach inspired essentials from brands we love that are sure to compliment your beach lifestyle and wardrobe. Featured artisan pieces, luxury skin care products, mid-season surprises, and the chance to win a free gift every season guarantees our box will be one you look forward to again and again!”

This box is $81,00 a season, BUT if you use my code “Courtagonist” you’ll get 10% off your first box! How awesome is that?!?! The annual subscription is a great deal because there’s already a $30 discount going annual. So the savings is almost $60.00!!!!

Plus, the value of the box is always worth $175 or more! The winter box had a retail value of over $215 dollars! Now, let’s get into the goodies, shall we?

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JJ Sterling is probably one of the most genuine people I have had the pleasure of talking to when it comes to the creators of boxes. She is always reaching out to me asking me my sizes for clothes and shoes as well as updating me on any information that her wonderful company needs their customers to know. I love this quote that she put on this stunning spoiler card! It is those little touches that makes me a loyal customer!

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Custom Greeting Card
Retail: $4.95

If this card doesn’t give you the urge to visit the ocean this winter I don’t now what would! I love the bright and vibrant colors as well as the poem on the front. It was the first thing on top of the box when I opened it and I immediately smiled!

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Swell Made Co. Monstera Leaf| Key Tag
Retail: $8.97

This is such a beautiful and delicate tea ring. I love how light weight it is and the subtle gold coloring is just stunning. I love how dainty it is and that I will fit all of your keys and not take up too much room!

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Hotel Luxe Candle by Beach Style Collective
Retail: $35.00

There is nothing better than getting a wonderful and relaxing candle in a box. I don’t know about you but I love having candles burn in my house year round. If it isn’t candles it is my essential oils diffuser. I love the beautiful box that this came in! And as the name suggests it is very luxurious in smell and in quality of the make!

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Winter 2018 Featured Artisan
Paradise Coast Beads
Retail: $20.00

One of the MANY things that I love about this company is how they support and showcase new and upcoming artisans! I love that they really take the care in getting these items as well. They aren’t something that is just thrown together and they hope that people like them. You can tell that this box is beautifully curated in every item.

This item was created by Kat with Paradise Coast Hospitality. The beads are home decor that are intended for guest to welcome them and bless and protect their home. This is perfect as we glide into the new year!

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Oceanista Kimono in Lavender Blue with Fringe
Retail: $29.95

I love that each box comes with a wearable of some sort! Whether it is jewelry, sandals, or a  kimono! This is a wonderfully soft and light weight kimono! This is 100% viscose and it is extremely easy to wear. You can wear it as a kimono or even as a scarf. It is perfect!!

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Oceanista Bamboo Eco-Friendly Drinking Straws
Retail: $6.95

One of my goals going into 2019 is to take more care with what I am putting into the environment. Using less and using more quality items. This includes use reusable straws. This is a phenomenon that is sweeping the world in the effort of really trying to be kinder to our world. We have one world, we need to respect and love it!

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Ancient Roman Glass Hook Earrings
by The Roman Glass Company
Retail: $88.00

These are my MOST favorite item in the Winter 2018 box. I have worn these earrings every day for over a week! They are stunning. The card that came with the earrings stated:

“Your jewelry is inlaid with a fragment of ancient glass, discovered in an archaeological excavation in the Holy Land. The “patina” was created by chemical interactions with mineral-rich soil over the course of 2000 years.”

I can express enough how much I love these earrings. They are exquisitely made.

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Sun-kissed Pearls Gel Eye Liner
by Elizabeth Arden
Retail: $22.00

Last season we received a beautiful eye shadow palette and this season we are getting a beautiful pot of eyeliner that is rich in emollients and natural oils. It comes with an angled brush to help get that PERFECT cat eye effect.

This is one of my absolute favorite seasonal boxes. I love how much detail, care, and love goes into curating every inch of the box. I love that they stick to the theme and keep striving for better and more luxurious products. $79 is an amazing price for everything that you receive every season. It is like a small gift to yourself or someone you love. I can’t wait to see what Spring 2019 holds for us.

Until next time.

XOXO

Courtny

Naturally Crated Winter Box| 2018

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Naturally Crated
Winter Crate

This has to be my FAVORITE box of the year with Naturally Crated. I am a person that loves all natural items. I love knowing that what I am doing is helping the environment. That I am being my best self. This box was FULL of amazing goodies that anyone would love it!

Approved By Elizabeth:

All products must fit into at least one of the following categories:

  • Products are full-sized, single-use or multi-use
  • All personal care & food products must include full ingredient lists
  • We value transparency, longevity of use, and family-friendly products
  • We never purchase items that we know have been tested on animals

This is a company that I can proudly stand by and that I feel good about getting every season. This box is $75 a quarter and it is worth EVERY PENNY!

Now, let’s get into the amazing goodies that we got in Winters Crate.

Plant Therapy Essential Oils
Retail: $45

This is one of the most exciting items that this crate has for Winter. A few years ago I was suffering from migraines. It was so bad that I had a migraine everyday for over 60 days. I went to the doctor and got scans and the lot. I was told that I have Chiari Malformation. This is are fancy complicated words to explain that my brain stem is longer than it should be.

I was told that I could EITHER lose weight and have less stress in my life OR I could have brain surgery. Ugh. Apparently heavy weight and stress causes Chiari to flare up. I finally decided that I needed to take control of my life. Why am I brining this up for essential oils, you ask?

Well, I started doing yoga and running as well as using essential oils to help with my migraines and my anxiety. This is something that I am extremely passionate about and I squealed like a little girl on Christmas when I saw everything in this box.

If you want to know, I ended up losing 60lbs and I rarely get migraines! Yay for natural medicine!

In this box we received:

  • Orange Sweet
  • Rosemary
  • Cinnamon
  • Cedar wood
  • Peppermint

Essential Oils Flashcards
Retail: $25

To go with the amazing oils that they sent they also sent Essential Oil Flashcards. It is a HUGE learning curve to understand all of the different ways that Essential Oils can help you. Can you digest them, put them directly to your skin, need a carrier oil? This is a FUN and EASY way to learn about all of the different types of Essential Oils and how you can use them. They are fun and colorful and extremely helpful!

Essential Oil Travel Bag
Retail: $28

One of the things that is most difficult when you become an Essential Oils Addict is the ability to travel with them safely. I have no idea how many times I have has Sweet Orange or Lavender spill in my overnight bag or in my purse. And while I love the scent of those oils a little goes A LONG way! This is a perfect little pouch for your essential oils! It is perfect for winter and it fits 10 oils comfortably! I also put the Flash Cards in the middle of the oils to show to friends and family!

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Organic Aromatherapy Rice Bag
Retail: $14

I don’t know about you, but sometimes you have sore muscles from working out or it is that time of the month and you can’t stop cramping. This wonderful organic aromatherapy rice bag is just what you need!

They are crafted in the United States and you can use them to apply heat or cold to concentrated areas on the body. What is nice is that it comes to you unscented so that you can add the essential oil of your choosing. I ALWAYS use Lavender Essential Oils. I just love the calming aroma.

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Overall this box gets a 10/10 for me. It is rare when I will use EVERY SINGLE ITEM in a subscription box, but with this one the amazing crew at Naturally Crated hit the nail on the head! I can’t wait for their Spring 2019 box! Stay tuned!

Have a wonderful New Year!

~Courtny

Naturally Curated| Fall 2018

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This is the Fall Crate for Naturally Curated. As with their Summer Crate this one has taken my breath away with its simple designs, warm heart, and natural elements. This box is aptly names “Thanks + Giving”. This box is full of everything you need to feel blessed and bless others. Without further ado, let’s get into this amazing box.

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Heart Dish
Retail: $21.00

This is a stunning handmade natural gift out of mango wood. I love the fact that they left most of the wood bare so you can truly admire the natural wood for all that it is. The beautiful detail of the gold leaf is something that just catches your eye as you walk past it but isn’t something that is too gaudy. This is perfect to place jewelry in or even to have by your door to place your keys in.

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“Thank You” Card Set
Retail: $24.99

Nothing says Thank You much more than a well-thought out Thank You card. These are hand-made in Oregon from 100% recycled paper. This card set is letter-pressed in small batches. Sometimes you just need to tell someone thank you. Whether it is your child’s teacher for all of their hard work, a co-worker that you see struggling but doing their best, or your significant other. You can never go wrong telling someone thank you.

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Ranunculus Wood Cover Journal by Cardtorial
Retail: $29.00

This is my absolute most favorite item in the crate this month. I have been searching for months for a spiral bound, blank page journal. I want to use it as a bullet journal/daily journal. It is like Naturally curated read my mind and sent this. The wood is absolute stunning and I love the mint green peaking through as well.

Something else that I love about the company that makes these journals is that they read out and serve over 500 young girls annually. They put on workshops, panel discussions, and special evens to help girls get creative and get through high school into college. As an educator that is something I can support!

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Organic Almost Pumpkin Paleo Bites by Pure Bliss Organics
Retail: $5.99

This is the perfect seasonal treat! I am very basic and I love anything with pumpkin in it. So when I saw this healthy treat I swooned! Pure Bliss Organics is a Atlanta, Georgia company. Their passion and goal is to share bliss through their delicious food made with pure, life sustaining ingredients! They also provide granola for breakfast at local shelter and charities!

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The Giving Keys Necklace
Retail $50.00

This is a gorgeously simple yet elegant piece of jewelry. These keys are hand-crafted in Los Angeles by men and women who are transitioning out of homelessness. There is a word on every key. My word is “love”. As soon as I saw this necklace I smiled and felt a sense of calm come over me. I love wearing it with a high necked dress because it is a very long necklace.

This is one of the most well thought out and caring boxes that I have the pleasure of being sent and to review for. If you care about the environment, people, and you love naturally made items, you should check out this box.

Until next time,

Courtny

 

Oceanista| Fall 2018

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The Oceanista Subscription Box

“Get ready to experience the excitement of receiving our signature box delivered to your door every season, and uncovering the hidden treasures that await you inside. You’ll be awash in whimsical beach inspired essentials from brands we love that are sure to compliment your beach lifestyle and wardrobe. Featured artisan pieces, luxury skin care products, mid-season surprises, and the chance to win a free gift every season guarantees our box will be one you look forward to again and again!”

This box is $79.99 a season, BUT if you use my code “Courtagonist” you’ll get 10% off your first box! How awesome is that?!?! Plus, the value of the box is always worth $150 or more! The summer box had a retail value of over $200 dollars! Now, lets get into the goodies, shall we?

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This month’s theme was “Fall For Flamingos”! How flipping cute is that?!?! I even love the gorgeous little flamingo paper clip at the top. Also, sidenote, this box smelled INCREDIBLE when I opened it. This month’s box had a retail value of $209.18. Not bad considering the box costs $79 a season. We received 8 top of the line items. So, without further ado, let’s get into this box!

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Doucce Freematic EyeShadow Quad
“Sweet Dreams” Retail: $35.00
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Crown 3-Piece Pro Brush Trio
Retail: $29.95

This was my most favorite product in the box. I love the fact that they sent a quad of eyeshadows! Two matte. Two shimmery. They are also very fall colors which made me really squeal in delight. The brushes are extremely soft and have indentions where you can place your fingers comfortably. I love that they sent a tree piece so that you can really try out all of their brushes on every part of your face.

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Genuine Feather Crescent Necklace by Oceanista
Retail: $29.95

This is a stunning statement necklace. I love the pop of color in the feathers and the nod to the moon which is getting it’s time to shine during the Autumn and Winter months. This is a perfect necklace to go with a sassy dress for going out or for a comfy long sleeve high neckline dress. Either way you will be having people compliment and ask where you got such a stunning piece of jewelry!

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Melissa Harmonic Bow III Flip Flop
Retail: $55.00

These are stunning and chicly made flip flops by Melissa. They have a statement bow that will polish any look. Wear these as the hot days become cooler nights with a gauzy shirt and flowy pants or with a flowy top and some boy friend jeans. These are what made the box smell so AMAZING. They were molded from a fruit-scented PVC. How awesome is that?!?!

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Flamingo Wet Bikini Bag with Hemp Rose Handle
Retail $15.95

Not going to lie, the temperature has dropped quite a few degrees here in Oklahoma. I don’t see myself swimming anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean I am not going to be able to use this totes adorbs bag! It is perfect for an over night bag in my suitcase. It would fit all of my travel shampoo, conditioner, and my moisturizer perfectly! Since it is supposed to be used for a wet bikini I don’t have to worry about putting my wet bottle into it! It is multipurpose!

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Fall 2018 Featured Artisan- Simon Andrew
Retail: $13.83

I love how simple these drawings are by Simon Andrew. They are somewhat childlike but also have enough detail to make me want to frame them in my entry way. I love the bright colors and the simplicity of the artwork. These are beautifully made and put on Fedrigoni Acroprint 300gsm premium paper. I can’t wait to mail these to friend and family! They are stunning.

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I love how much detail Oceanista puts into the packaging inside their boxes. If feels like presents inside of presents. Look how beautifully they wrapped this one with the ribbon, the tissue paper, and the artwork piece!

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2-in-1 Flamingo Sarong/Scarf
Retail: $17.00

This is one of the softest materials I have ever had the pleasure of feeling. I love that along with sending the sarong they also showed you MANY different ways to wear it. This is something that I struggle with when a box sends me something but I am not quite sure how to style it. It takes the pressure off of trying to figure it out on your own. I know that I will be wearing this as a scarf during the Fall and Winter. Just to have that little reminder of Spring and Summer.

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Evian Facial Mist
Retail: $12.50

During the Fall/Winter months my face becomes extremely dry in some areas. I go from having oily skin in the summer to the Sahara Desert on my face. I love that Oceanista thought of this and supplied the Evian facial spray! This is something that you can throw in your purse, overnight bag, or just keep on your counter. You can use it before you put on make up or throughout the day. Either way this is like having a spa in your arsenal against dry skin.

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This is one of my absolute favorite seasonal boxes. I love how much detail, care, and love goes into curating every inch of the box. I love that they stick to the theme and keep striving for better and more luxurious products. $79 is an amazing price for everything that you receive every season. It is like a small gift to yourself or someone you love. I can’t wait to see what Winter 2018 holds for us.

Until next time.

XOXO

Courtny