Rocksbox Review

by Koko on February 11, 2015

in Clothes/Shoes/Bags, Fashion, Review


A few months ago I stumbled upon Rocksbox and decided to try it out. Rocksbox is a site that sends you three pieces of jewelry to wear as often as you would like for one month. You can send the pieces back at any time for new pieces, or if you love a piece, you can purchase it at a discount. Each month is a flat rate of $19 no matter how many times you send your pieces back.



I ended up buying 3 pieces over 3 months. These were pieces that I wore every day when I had them and didn’t want to send back with the others.



*I loved most of the pieces that they sent me. Recently they started having you add pieces to a jewelry wish list to ensure you get what you want. I love this new feature.

*Shipping is quick! I usually would send my box back and have a new one in 3-4 days.

*The price. For less than $20 a month, I got a ton of wear out of my jewels. There was not a day that I didn’t get a compliment on one of the pieces I was wearing.

*I loved the idea of having rotating jewelry and being able to buy a piece if I really loved it.

*It encouraged me to wear jewelry every day! I definitely looked fancier when I had my Rocksboxes.


*Sometimes the pieces looked cheaper than they did online. This didn’t really bother me because when I wore them I didn’t feel like they looked cheap. This did deter me from buying a few pieces.


drop necklace

Overall, I really love the concept and my membership is still going!

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That Time I Turned Into a Hippie

by Koko on November 20, 2014 · 3 comments

in Beauty, Health, Me, Review


Guys, I’ve officially turned into a hippie. This converted Southern belle/Los Angeles gal has turned a new leaf (hahaha). So what turned me into a crazy person… I’ve found a love for essential oils. Q calls them my “snake oils,” but I am fully convinced they make me healthier, more focused, and best of all sleep better. It’s crazy, I know. Me = hippie.


It all started before I headed to my girlfriend’s wedding in Napa. The day before I was set to get on a plane, I felt horrible- scratchy throat, flu-ish, like I wanted to stay in bed all day. I was terrified of getting on a plane and feeling like that, so I called my girlfriend, Laura, who had been talking about these crazy oils. I was desperate and I told her to load me up. So she gave me a diffuser and a couple of oils and sent me home with instructions. And 24 hours later- feeling like 90% of myself. 48 hours later – 100% back to normal. I was a believer.


So I bought some oils and a diffuser and Q thought I was crazy (and still does). And when I feel sick, I swipe some oils in my mouth and diffuse in my house. When I’m sore after a workout, I make some bath salts with oils. And when I’m tired, oh ya there’s an oil for energy. For teaching, it is the best germ killer and I have that diffuser running all day long. Hippie dippie Koko has arrived folks! I know it’s weird and sort of out there, but I love them.

bath salts

And I guess it runs in the genes since my mom has been using essential oils for 20+ years…. so I guess I had a little hippie in me from the start 🙂

I use Young Living oils because they are 100% pure and therapeutic grade.I completely trust them to ingest, diffuse, rub all over 🙂

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Milo & Olive

by Koko on March 14, 2013 · 1 comment

in Restaurants, Review

After last week’s amazing breakfast at Huckleberry, my mom and I decided to stop by Huckleberry’s sister restaurant, Milo & Olive for lunch with a girlfriend this week. For not being a “westsider,” I’ve been heading over there quite a lot recently thanks to this whole dentist thing! We headed to Milo & Olive early (11:30) since the small restaurant, which seats around 20, fills up quickly during the lunch rush. The menu is mainly pizzas with a few pastas and salads thrown in for good measure.


We ordered the Burrata Pizza, cauliflower and chopped salad. Don’t be confused by the caulifower which you think is going is going to be a pile of veggies only. Instead it is a bowl filled with goat cheese, spinach, pine nuts and roasted cauliflower, a perfect side salad. The chopped salad was filled with garbonzo beans, red onion, cheese, salami and cherry tomatoes and was equally as delicious as the cauliflower. The pizza is the true star here. With a perfect crust and unique toppings, the pizzas at Milo & Olive are perfection. We had the burrata pizza which was creamy, salty (there is some prosciutto on there) and a little spicy thanks to some arugula thrown on top. I would definitely try the mushroom next time, which are neighbors got and loved.


The wait staff is SO friendly, the coffee is one of the best I’ve had and the baked items are to die for. Yes, we did order a glazed doughnut before we had pizza. If you can come early and without a line, this place is unbelievable. I guess even with the line it would be well worth the wait!


Milo & Olive 2723 Wilshire Blvd.  Santa Monica, CA 90403 p 310.453.6776

BAKERY Opens at 7am. BREAKFAST 8am to 11am daily, LUNCH & DINNER 11am to 11pm daily

Oh and just for fun, what I wore to lunch:


Jean Jacket: Earl (old, but similar from J. Crew $128) / Tank: J. Crew $18 / Skirt: Jessica Simpson (old, but same skirt, different pattern $36) / Sandals: Sam Edelman $65 / Necklace: Similar J. Crew $85

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by Koko on March 7, 2013 · 8 comments

in Restaurants, Review

I rarely head out to Santa Monica unless it’s for a dentist appointment or if I need something from the Promenade. On Tuesday, one of those lovely dentist appointments came up and my mom and I headed out to the westside for a little lunch before my can’t-eat-real-food-for-3-days surgery. We decided on Huckleberry, which is known for its baked goods and yummy breakfasts and we were in heaven!


To start, we ordered coffees and the Maple Bacon Biscuit, one of the more famous bakery items. Much to my mom and Q’s chagrin, I’m not a bacon person. I’ll eat bacon, but I don’t ever order it on purpose. But I figured if this biscuit is as good as everyone says it is, then I have to try it. This biscuit makes a non-bacon lover love bacon. It is a great consistency and the saltiness of the bacon offsets the sweet of the maple perfectly. YUM.


For our mains, I got the fried egg sandwich (bacon on the side…) and my mom got the half roasted chicken. We both loved our dishes. The sammie I got was on fresh homemade bread with a perfectly cooked, very yellow egg. The chicken was juicy and cooked with a Moroccan/cinnamon type spice which was unusual, but delicious.



We were lucky that we headed over for lunch early (11) because by the time we left at 12, the lunch crowd was pouring in. Huckleberry is owned by the same people who are behind Milo & Olive (bakery similar to Huckleberry), Sweet Rose Creamery (an ice cream shop), and Rustic Canyon (fine dining). Fun fact: Q actually learned most of his impressive chef skills at Rustic when he worked there for a summer. The food at Huckleberry’s wasn’t only delicious, the ambiance and decor was lovely. I never thought I would say this, but I can’t wait to go back to the dentist’s office, so I can stop by for lunch here first!


Huckleberry / 1014 Wilshire Blvd. / Santa Monica, CA / 90401 / 310.451.2311

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