Take a Walk on the Wild Side with Wearable Art That Benefits Animals



I am a big time animal lover. Not only do we have a mini-zoo at home (five cats, a dog and a Goldfish), but I grew up around animals (horses, dogs, cats, birds, fish…). I love all kinds of animals, big and small, domestic and wild.

All of our pets are adopted, except our Goldfish – we won him at the country fair. I believe that all animals in the shelter deserve loving, caring homes. I also feel that animals world wide deserve to be treated well and with respect. For that reason I am always happy to support companies that help animals in some degree.

Animal lover and artist Amy Pugh has combined her passion for painting and her love for animals to create stunning one-of-a-kind vegan bags and accessories – backpacks, pencil bags, wristlets, totes and more – that feature her unique paintings. The name of her company is Salvador Kitti, named after her art appreciation cat by the same name.

Amy donates some of the proceeds from the sale of her products to animal welfare charities. Currently she is donating a portion of the sale of her Purr-fect Cheetah Tote to the Cheetah Conservation Fund.

Cheetah Tote

I absolutely LOVE this tote bag. The Cheetah painting is breathtaking.

In addition, she has a “green” company, meaning they do what they can to reduce their “carbon footprint.”

I like the backstory as to how the company name came to be.

When artist Amy Pugh rescued a stray cat she never thought that animal would change her life’s purpose in such a huge way. That cat had 5 kittens inside her Atlanta, GA home, one of them being Salvador, who immediately stood out for his curiosity with her artwork. Soon, Salvador started painting himself, dipping his paws in the paint and walking across the canvas. From here, Salvador Kitti was born.

Too cute!

I was sent a few Salvador Kitty products to check out for myself. I was sent a wristlet, wristlet/coin purse and keychain “charm.”

If you look at the larger wristlet, at first glance you might notice just a colorful pattern. But when you look at it some more you realize it’s the image of a cat looking at it’s self in the mirror. What is looking back at the cat is a majestic lion. I believe the cat featured in this painting is Salvador, Amy’s cat whom the company was named after.

Salvador Kitty 1

The wristlet is very roomy featuring one large inner pocket and two side pockets (on the inside). This lightweight wristlet is roomy enough to carry your wallet, car keys, cellphone and some make up.

The smaller wrislet could double as a coin purse. It features a mother and baby giraffe. There is only one pocket on the inside.

The smaller wristle could hold a small wallet and/or cellphone and car keys.

Both wristlets are sold. I’m not sure what kind of material they are made from.

Light from the window is reflecting off the giraffes. The detail is sharper in person.

Light from the window is reflecting off the giraffes. The detail is sharper in person.

Each one also features a very well made strap.

I don’t have a picture of the keychain charm. I have no idea where it went! I seemed to have misplaced it.

The keychain charms can also be used to adorn your Salvador Kitti bag (or any other bag you would like to clip it to).

Each bag also come with a logo charm (paw print) on the zipper pull. The paw print is made out of a series of hearts.


For me, the Salvador Kitti bags are a win-win-win situation. Win #1 – A beautiful bag. Win #2 – They feature animals and I love animals. Win #3 – a portion of the sales goes to help animal charities.

Salvador Kitti currently has a KickStarter campaign going on worth checking out. There is also a brief video on the KickStarter page that features Amy’s cat Salvador, whom the business was named after.

Here is the link to the KickStarter campaign – Salvador Kitti on KickStarter.

Salvador Kitti also carries other products including watches, aprons, backpacks and more.

You can see more of Salvador Kitti’s work here – www.SalvadorKitti.com. You can also check them out on Facebook.

What do you think about the bags? Has any of Salvador Kitti’s designs caught your eye? If so, which one/ones?

Salvador Kitti Logo


*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Invisibobble introduces a new collection – Secret Garden



A while back I introduced readers to a hair accessory called invisibobble (lower case “i”). Invisibobble are plastic/elastic type hair bands the can be used similar to a rubber brand with the exception that they don’t damage your hair. The also make colorful bracelet when not in use.

You can read my original review here – Introducing invisibobble – a hair ring, bracelet and styling tool all in one.

I was sent a few to review. I still use them. I also keep them all over the place so I always have something available to me to pull my hair up if I want to/need to. I keep one in each of the purses I use most frequently, one in my car, one in my car’s glove compartment (just in case) and one in my husband’s car. I also have a couple of my desk and several in the bathroom.

invisibobbles can be worn as fashionable bracelets

invisibobbles can be worn as fashionable bracelets

The invisibobble bands are easy to use. Simply use them in your hair the same way you would an rubber hair band. The difference is that they don’t damage your hair like traditional rubber hair bands too.

They don’t leave marks in your hair and don’t make your hair feel like it’s being pulled too hard (which can cause headaches as well as damage your hair).

I have thick, heavy hair and they work well in my hair. I just have to wrap them around my hair a few times to make sure it’s holding it all together.

When not in use invisibobbles double as a fashion statement. They are fun and colorful bracelets.

Invisibobble recently introduced a new collected called Secret Garden. The Secret Garden Collection includes the following new colors;

invisibobble colors


Lucky Fountain (a light blue/gray color)

Sweet Clementine (soft, bright orange)

Forbidden Fruit (light, bright soft green)

Cherry Blossom (baby soft pink)

Forbidden Fruit is my favorite because I love the color green.

Each pack includes 3 hair rings.

Invisibobble are available in a variety of colors. The new colors are ideal for Spring/Summer (and beyond).

For more information about invisibobble visit their official website, invisibobble.com. The new colors are listed under Secret Garden.

Invisibobbles are available at Urband Outfitters and Top Shop. The Secret Garden colors will only be available until September 2016.

What do you think about invisibobble? Do you like the new colors?



*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Power on the Go with Chic Buds




Isn’t technology wonderful? Never in a million years when I was little would I have believed that one day you could make phone calls in the middle of no where, or watch a movie from the backseat of your car. Back in the day the coolest technology was the Walkman and cable TV.

These days technology is not only every where – it’s also a huge part of our lives. Most people have either a smartphone, tablet or some kind of device that they take on the go to not only keep them connected, but also entertained.

All this technology does require something – power.

Have you ever been somewhere and realize your phone or tablet has very little power left and there is no where to charge it? I’ve had that happen more times than I care to remember.

One time I came home from a “red eye” flight from Los Angeles, CA (I live in NY). It was late at night and I was having car service pick me up and take me home. When I arrived at the airport I realized my cellphone was dead. Like a fool I didn’t bring the charger with me so I had no way of charging it. I also had no money on me (except my debit card) to make a phone call. I ended up calling my husband collect and he had to act as a “middle man” between me and the car service driver so we could finally connect.

charging mobile phone on wooden table

After that horrible experience I make sure to bring a charger with me all the time. Unfortunately even that doesn’t guarantee being able to charge my phone. If you have ever been to a busy airport you know that most charging station and outlets are usually taken over by other passengers. That is why a portable charging source is a must.

I do have a few portable chargers, but I sometimes forget to bring them with me. They can also be big and bulky and take up a lot of room in my purse. I also don’t take them with me unless I am traveling, so if I’m out to dinner or running errands and find that my phone is running low on power I have no way of charging it.

I was recently introduced to a creative idea that allows you to bring a power source with you no matter where you are. It’ called Chic Buds.

Chic Buds is a line of pure, totes and clutches that come with a built in charger that is hidden inside the bag.

Chic Buds were designed with the avid traveler in mind. Being out and about can leave little time to charge your phone. Chic Buds knows how important it is to have a full battery to take pictures, videos, and stay in touch with loved ones when on vacation. Their bags allow you to charge your phone anywhere you go.

I know that many women are obsessed with cute and beautiful bags. Chic Buds are no exception. You will love their designs. Take a look at some examples.

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I was sent their cross over bag (pictured above) to review. I opted for the color gray since it matches with a lot of the clothing I wear.

I prefer smaller bags. I usually only carry around my wallet, cellphone and car keys. I don’t need to tote around half our home including the kitchen sink (LOL).

The bag is made very well. It’s crafted out of vegan leather so it has a leather-like look and feel, but without harming any animals.

According to Chic Buds;

The purse that charges your phone! With Crossbody Power, phone charging no longer has to be a fumbling multi-step process. Inside each Stylish Crossbody is a lightweight, ultra-thin battery to recharge smart phones and USB devices on-the-go. So light it’s practically undetectable! Featuring built-in USB cords for easy charging of both phone and the Crossbody, this trendy companion is always ready for a charging emergency and provides most smart phones with a full charge for double the battery life while resting comfortably at your side and across your shoulder. Plus, with chic design and room for keys, lip gloss, and other essentials Crossbody Power is the secret weapon every modern Wonder Woman needs to charge through the day on full power!

Purse 1

The bag features an outside zippered pocket. Inside the pocket you’ll find a plug with the word “Out” printed on it. There is the cord that you plug your cellphone or other device into when you need a charge. The outside pocket is large enough to tuck your most phone inside of it. I have an iPhone 6s with a case on it and it fits just fine inside the outer pocket.

The phone charging cable not included.

Inside the zippered inner pocket you'll find the charger and charging plug (I pulled the plug out so you can see it - it's normally tucked inside)

Inside the zippered inner pocket you’ll find the charger and charging plug (I pulled the plug out so you can see it – it’s normally tucked inside)

Inside you’ll find a single, large pocket for your wallet, make up, phone and keys. There are also two deep pockets (non-zipper) to one side and a zippered pocket to the other side. Inside the zippered pocket you’ll find a rechargable power source. It slips inside an elastic band to keep it in place.

To use the charge you need to plug it into a power source (computer, wall outlet with an adapter) to fully charge it. Then tuck it all back inside the purse when you are done. The next time you need a charge simply attach your device to the plug in the outer pocket and you are ready to go.

Check out this brief video that shows you just how Chic Buds works.


Now you are not confined to sitting near an outlet to charge your phone, or having to wait until your phone is charged. With Chic Buds you can literally charge on the go.

I love this little bag. It’s perfect for my needs. Their larger tote bag is great for ladies you prefer to take more things with them when they are on the go (it could also double as a diaper bag).

Even without the ability to charge, I love this bag. It’s cute both inside and out (I love the polka dot lining and gold chains).

If you would like more information, or to see all the available bags and products, visit ChicBuds.com. You can also find the brand on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom left of their website.

What do you think about Chic Buds? Does it seem like a product you would like to have?



*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Dive into Summer Beach Styles with T.J. Maxx and Marshalls



Can you believe that summer is right around the corner. The “unofficial” start to the summer season is just weeks away (Memorial Day weekend). It’s been so cold, wet and dreary, it’s hard to believe that it’s almost beach weather.

What is YOUR summer style? My personal style is capris and loose fitting t-shirts. I also prefer to be barefoot than wear shoes.

I would love to wear sundresses. I used to when I was younger, but I don’t really wear dresses anymore.

Anything light, breezy and easy is fine with me. I try and stay inside as much as possible too. I’m not a fan of sun, heat and humidity. I’m part Norwegian, Welsh, Irish and Scottish. People like me get sunburn just thinking about the sun. Ha Ha.

With the summer of 2016 fast approaching, and to help you get into the summer spirit, T.J.Maxx & Marshalls conducted a survey to uncover the states where summer beach styles are the most popular.

The results are in… ready to take the plunge?

  • Sporty, minimalist and boho made the biggest splash as the top three beach styles across the nation.
  • Flip flops are the most popular swimwear accessory with 56% of states in favor, followed by sunglasses at 44%.
  • We also asked women what the must-have items to pack in their beach bag are and found that sunscreen, beach towels and water bottles are the top three picks.

Check out the infographic below and then head over to your neighborhood T.J.Maxx and/or Marshalls for the latest on-trend summer fashion that captures your personal beach style – from nautical beach bags and boat shoes, to boho cover-ups and floppy hats. At their prices, your wallet will stay afloat.


You can see a higher resolution image of this infographic here – Beach Style – A Geographical Profile.

To find a TJ Maxx or Marshalls location near you visit TJMaxx.com and/or MarshallsOnline.com. Both brands can also be found on social media. Link are found on their websites.

What is YOUR summer style?

What are your top three “must haves” in your tote bag for the summer?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.



*I have partnered with the brands to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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New Twinkle Toes Lights Up New York & Sketchers Giveaway for mom and daughter (giveaway ends 4/30/16)



Available now on DVD is the animated film Twinkle Toes Lights Up New York. It was also recently shown in theaters across the country.

It’s the last day of school and 14 year-old Grace (aka “Twinkle Toes”) has been dreaming of the ultimate summer vacation with her best friends, Sporty Shorty and Jordan.  But when Twinkle Toes’ Dad gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to direct a Broadway musical, Twinkle Toes is swept from her small-pond suburban life and thrown in the hustle and bustle of New York City for the summer.  As Twinkle Toes learns the ins-and-outs of the Big Apple and Broadway, she impresses the show’s choreographer and is invited to be a part of the show’s cast alongside the teenage starlet, Olivia Conners.  But when Twinkle Toes gets a taste of the Broadway limelight, the chance for stardom overwhelms Twinkle Toes and the show is ruined!  To make things right, Twinkle Toes must use all her creativity, smarts, and dancing skills to help her new friends and save the show!

Check out the film’s trailer.


It looks cute. We also live outside of New York City and visit it often, so anything to do with the city is of interest to me and my family (although my kids are a bit older than the film’s target demographic).

Look for the Twinkle Toes Lights Up New York where ever movies are sold.

Did you know that the popular shoe brand, Sketchers, makes Twinkle Toes shoes as well. They really twinkle!

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These are just two examples (above). You can find more awesome light up Twinkle Toes shoes by Sketchers HERE.

The shoe are available in a variety of colors, designs and sizes for both big girls and little girls.

They are pretty cool. I know my daughter would have loved a pair of shoes like these when she was younger. Even as an adult I think they are awesome. I’d love to see what they look like at night time.

For more information check out Sketchers online at www.Sketchers.com. You can also find the brand on social media – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

In honor of the film’s release, I have a fun giveaway for a lucky reader. One winner will receive a copy of the film, Twinkle Toes Lights Up New York on DVD AND the winner’s choice of Sketchers Twinkle Toes shoes for their daughter/granddaughter (found here), as well as a pair for themselves (women’s Sketchers). The available women’s shoes can be found on the Originals and Burst pages.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on April 30, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will need to reply within three days or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. 

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Pinterest Colors of the Year with T.J.Maxx & Marshalls



Are you familiar with Pantone? Pantone is a company that releases the Color of the Year each year that designers draw upon for inspiration. The top color (or colors) are used to create fashion, home decor and more.

The Color of the Year for 2016, according to Pantone, is Rose Quartz and a color called Serenity.

According to the Pantone website;

A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.

For the first time Pantone introduces two shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity as the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016. Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.

The colors are found in the quote featured below.

PHOTO SOURCE: Pantone.com

PHOTO SOURCE: Pantone.com

This year a new contender is casting their vote on the Colors of the Year – Pinterest! Interesting…

Pinterest surfaced the top hues for 2016 for both women and men’s fashion, hair, beauty, and home, by analyzing the dominant color of each Pin.

According to Pinterest, the top colors for women fashion are Blush Pink (similar to Pantone’s Rose Quartz) and Mint Green, with grays taking over the home space.

Check out some lovely fashions from T.J.Maxx & Marshalls, in the latest on-trend colors – Blush Pink and Mint Green. You can find these fashions at unbeatable prices.

Blush Pink


Mint Green


I find these colors to be very soothing and relaxing. I do appreciate and enjoy pops of bright colors, but when it comes to decorating my home I tend to stick with more relaxing colors, like these. The same applies to the fashions I wear. I wear a lot of black and gray, as well as more muted color like the Blush Pink and Mint.

What do you think about these color palettes? Are they colors that you find yourself wearing a lot – or would you wear fashions and/or decorate you home in thee colors? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

T.J. Maxx and Marshalls are your one-stop shops where you can get the latest on-trend designer home décor and fashions – and more!

To find a TJ Maxx or Marshalls location near you visit TJMaxx.com and/or MarshallsOnline.com. Both brands can also be found on social media. Link are found on their websites.



*I should be receiving a gift card in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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