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Spring Clean Your Closets and Let PromotionalCodes.com and thredUP Help You Update Your Wardrobe

 

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Have you started spring cleaning yet? I haven’t but that is because it’s still cold and miserable here in the Northeast. It hasn’t felt like spring yet. It still feels like winter. Sigh… I’m sure once the weather gets warmer and the gray skies are blue again I’ll have the “oomph” to start my spring cleaning.

One place that not many people think about cleaning out during their annual spring cleaning is their closets. Some people do take the time to replace their winter wardrobe with their warmer weather wardrobe, then put their winter clothes into storage. I wish I had the physical space to do something like that. Our home is just way too small. Instead I put my warmer weather clothes towards the front of the closet and my cold weather clothes in the back of the closet.

If you plan on doing something with your clothes when you are spring cleaning why not weed out the pieces you haven’t worn in a while or no longer fit and do away with them?

In the past I have donated my clothing to a local charity. Anything that was stained, ripped or just messy looking I would turn into rags or toss out.

If you are looking to make a little spending money you can send in your unwanted clothing to thredUP. ThredUP accepts women’s and children’s brand name designer clothing and resells it on their site.

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This is how it works;

Order a thredUP Clean Out Bag, and fill it with like-new quality women’s, juniors and kids clothing. Our Clothing Calculator can help you estimate your payout amount in advance.

Give the Clean Out Bag to your USPS carrier or drop it off at the nearest FedEx Office location. Your bag comes with a pre-paid, pre-addressed shipping label to ship back to us for FREE.

Our fashion resale professionals review your clothing and we pay up to 80% of the resale value. You can earn thredUP shopping credit, or simply cash out with PayPal.

Items that we don’t accept go to charitable partners or textile recycling companies. They can be mailed back to you as part of our Return Assurance program for a $12.99 shipping fee.

You can learn more at thredup.com/cleanout.

In addition to selling your unused clothing you can also purchase clothing from thredUP. Their quality experts ensure that the clothing is clean and in like-new condition (no stains, holes, pilling, scuffs or fading…). Thousands of items still retail their original price tags which means they were never worn/used. You can purchase the clothing at huge discounts.

This spring, thredUP will introduce a collection of premium designer brand pieces in a special shop on the site called thredUP X. You can send in items now from brands like Kate Spade New York, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Tory Burch to earn more money than you would for everyday brands like GAP and Banana Republic.

I received a credit to try out thredUP for myself. I’m thrilled that they offer plus size clothing

I was able to score the following.

  • Lauren by Ralph Lauren Henley
  • Dana Buchman Top
  • American Eagle Shoes
  • Roz & Ali Blouse
  • Laney Bryant Sweater
  • Studio Works Sweater
  • Old Navy Capris

All but one of the items were brand new with the original tags on them. I spent $75. The same exact capris on the Old Navy website sell for $34.00. A similar sweater to the Lane Bryant Sweater I purchased is $39.99. If I were to buy these two items from Old Navy and Lane Bryant directly I would have spent the same amount of money that I did on threadUP, except with threadUP I also received four more tops and a pair of shoes for the same amount of money.

All of the times looked and felt “new”. Each was in excellent condition. The one top I purchased that was not new even looked brand new.

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You can save even MORE money if you stop by PromotionalCodes.com first to see if they have any special discounts for threadUP. ThredUP is one of the more than 20,000 retailers that PromotionalCodes.com has coupons for including Home Depot, Travelocity, Dell and Overstock.com. They literally have hundreds of thousands of coupon at any given time. The staff works around the clock to make sure the discount codes are current and up-to-date so you don’t have to worry about expired coupons.

They have coupons for clothing, computers, cellphones, flowers, toys, gifts and a whole lot more.

Using PromotionalCodes.com I was able to find a coupon code for 25% off at thredUP for first time customers – on top of their already discounted prices. Awesome!

You can also check out the latest deals and coupons using the free PromotionalCodes.com App for iPhone or Android.

Now is  great time to weed out your closets and revamp your spring wardrobe by selling unwanted clothing at thredUP and/or purchasing a new wardrobe from thredUP. Don’t forget to check out the latest coupons and promotional codes at PromotionalCodes.com.

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Kimberly

*I received a free store credit in order to try out the site/products. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Jazz up your camera with fashionable accessories from Mod

 

Mod Camera Straps

Not too long ago my beloved camera took it’s last picture. I’ve had it for many years and it decided it was time for me to put the lens cap on it and remove the batteries for good. She was a good old camera and is greatly missed.

I need a camera. Not only do I need a camera to take pictures of thing I blog about but I also enjoy taking pictures of my family, pets and the world around me.

I have been agonizing about which camera to buy. I wanted to go up a few notches and get a better quality camera than my previous one – one with a lot of “bells and whistles” and a camera where I can use different lenses.

I lucked out and came across a camera “kit” (camera and two lenses) that was on clearance. There was nothing wrong with it. The store just purchased too many of them for the holiday season and this was the only one left.

SCORE!

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I ended up saving around $100 for the camera. It’s not the one I truly wanted, but it’s a start. What I bought is a good introductory level camera that will help me learn more about DSL cameras and all the different things you can do with them.

Now that I have a beautiful new camera I also needed a new camera case. My new camera is twice as big as my old one and won’t fit in the camera bag that I already had. I needed to find a new one.

I looked on Amazon (my go to shopping spot) figuring they would have a nice assortment. They had some great bags but nothing really stood out to me. I wanted something with “personality” and something other than basic black. I couldn’t find anything that I liked.

Around the same time I bought my new camera I received an e-mail from a company called Mod. Mod carries BEAUTIFUL camera straps. I really wanted a nice strap for my camera (the one that came with it was “boring”). I asked Mod if I could do a review and they said “yes”. Yeah!

It was hard to narrow down which one I liked best. They are all so pretty! I eventually decided upon the Premium Strap called Kaleidoscope. I liked how colorful it was. It looks like a fun strap and I’m a fun person so I knew it would be perfect for me.

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I noticed on their site that they also carry camera bags and totes. Since I was in the market for one and I have not found one I liked thus far I wanted to see what Mod had available.

Mod has what they call “drop in” camera bags. They are drawstring bags that slip over your camera. When combined with the camera strap it gives the appearance of a small purse.

I asked the kind people at Mod if I could review a camera bag too and they happily agreed. Thank you Mod! :-)!

Since I was already getting the camera strap in the Kaleidoscope design I thought it would be fitting to get the camera bag in the same design.

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As you can see from the above photo from the Mod website the camera bag and strap combined give the illusion of a purse/pocketbook.

I was super excited for the strap and bag to arrive. The moment they did I put the strap on the camera and tucked it neatly inside the bag.

The strap is just as bright and colorful as it appears on the computer screen.

The underside of the strap (the part that rests on you body) is line with a super soft, plush material making it VERY comfortable to wear. Unlike leather straps which can stick and rub on your skin, this plush strap rests comfortably across your body.

You can wear it over your shoulder or across your chest (as pictured). I’m a “big girl” and I was able to wear it across my chest comfortably.

The camera bag is made of the same material both inside and out. The inside is just as soft and plush as the strap.

The drawstring is made of a ribbon. I was concerned that it might slide open but that never happened. When you pull the straps closed it stays closed until you open it up again.

Unlike bulky camera bags this bag is light weight and enjoyable to tote along with me.

I took this bag on a trip to the West coast with me. My ONLY concern with the bag is that plane rides can be very bumpy and I worried about the camera getting knocked around under the seat in front of me (I had placed it in a larger tote bag). Thankfully my camera survived the trip.

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If you are planning on using the overhead compartment to store your camera or checking it with your luggage you will need a sturdier case because this will not protect your camera against much abuse.

For day to day use this camera bag I perfect.

I currently keep this on my camera at all times. The only time I would swap it out is if I was going to travel again, which I rarely do.

Since the strap is on my camera it was hard to take a picture of my camera with the strap and bag so I had to use my cellphone. They pieces are much nicer in person.

I am THRILLED with the strap and the bag. I love them both and I really think they show off my personality too.

Mod carries a variety of patterns, designs and colors. They also carry other accessories like bags for camera lenses (I plan on picking up a couple to match my camera bag) and Cap Savers which help keep your lens cap safe and helps you not to lose it. I found out the hard way that you ned something like this.  My cap kept falling off and I almost lost it a few times. Mod’s Cap Savers are pretty too – kind of like jewelry for your camera.

If you are looking for a new camera strap or an easy, fashionable way to tote around your camera, look no further than Mod.

For more information or to check out the product line visit www.ModStraps.com. You can also find them on the various social networking sites.

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Kimberly

*I received free products in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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ShoeBuy.com – Your one stop shop for all your footwear and accessories for the entire family – Plus special discount

 

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Spring is FINALLY here. Now we just have to shake off the bitter cold and start getting warmer temperatures. I’m so ready to wear capris and sandals. I’m tired of having to cover myself up from my head down to my toes.

My kids are already making their lists of what they need for the warmer weather – short sleeve shirts, shorts and new shoes. Our son legitimately needs new shoes. Our daughter on the other hand doesn’t “need” new shoes – she WANTS new shoes. She loves shoes. I know many women who are the same way. I am not a “shoe person”, per say, but I do enjoy getting new shoes and wearing new styles.

When you have a family it can be a chore to bounce around to the different shoe stores trying to get the right pair of shoes for each family member. Especially when you have people in your family who are fans of particular brands and designers. What you need is one store where you can find all the popular brands, and brands you might not have heard of before. That way you can do all your shoe shopping in one place at one time.

Since I am a fan of shopping online (I don’t like going to the mall) I can appreciate sites like Shoebuy.com. Shoebuy.com has it all – from icy pastels to chic, neutral pumps to cutout sandals and colorful loafers.

Shoebuy.com provides over 1 million products from 1,250 well-known manufacturers including Franco Sarto, New Balance, Patagonia, PUMA, Rockport, Sperry Top-Sider, Stride Rite, Stuart Weitzman, and Timberland. You’re bound to find the perfect style and size to fit your lifestyle.

I had the opportunity to do a little shopping on Shoebuy.com. Since I needed new shoes for an upcoming press trip, and I wanted to replace my worn out sneakers with something more appropriate for spring time, I was more than happy to do a review.

There are so many shoes to choose from that it’s hard to narrow it down. Every kind of shoe you can image can be found on Shoebuy.com, not to mention the vast variety of colors, patterns and styles. It’s as if I died and went to “shoe heaven”. LOL!

In addition to the impressive number of shoes that are available, Shoebuy.com also has just about every imaginable shoe size. In women’s for example you can find shoes from size 4 to size 15. Wow! I didn’t even know that there were women’s shoes in size 15. Men’s sizes run from size 5 to size 18. Different widths are also available for most shoes – from extra narrow to extra wide and everything in between (for men’s and women’s shoes).

Shoebuy.com makes it easy to find what you are looking for. You can search for shoes by style, size, width and even color. That means if you are a women’s size 8, regular width, and you need purple shoes to match a dress you can search specifically for that size, width and color.

By the way they have many dressy shoes in size 8, regular width and in purple.

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I wasn’t 100% sure what I was looking for so I just scrolled around the various sections. I knew I wanted something casual and something that would work well in the spring, summer and maybe even fall.

I am fond of the brand Aerosoles so I did a search on Shoebuy.com for Aerosoles women’s shoes in my size and width. In the casual, slip on shoe section alone I found 90 shoes to choose from in my size, width and brand.

I chose a pair of Aerosoles 4 Give slip on sandals in “bone” color (Aerosoles have unique shoe names). I had a similar pair of shoes years ago and found them to be very comfortable. I don’t like my toes to be seen (I’m embarrassed by my toes) so shoes like this allow my feet to get some fresh air during the warm weather months while still covering up my toes.

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I had money left over on a gift card so I chose to get a second pair – one I could wear now since it’s not yet warm enough for sandals. I wanted something in a neutral color that would go well with dress pants, jeans, capris or shorts.

I went with Aerosoles Solitaire in linen fabric. These are simple and easy shoes that slip on and slip off.

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These shoes are available in a variety of colors and patterns. I opted for linen because I felt like it would match just about anything I wear since it’s a neutral color.

I love that Shoebuy.com offers so many options. It makes it easy to find the perfect shoe. Below are examples of the other Aerosoles Solitaire shoes that are available. Same shoe. Same size. Same width.

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Shoebuy.com also has shoes for children. My kids wear adults sizes now. I wish I knew of Shoebuy.com when they were little. It would have saved me a lot of running around to buy new shoes. They outgrew their shoes so quickly, especially my son. As soon as I bought him a pair he would out grow them a month or two later. I didn’t have time to drop everything to go shoe shopping at the mall.

My son especially loved certain shoes. With Shoebuy.com I could have purchased his favorite shoes in larger sizes as he grew. That way he had his favorite shoes that fit him perfectly at all times.

In addition to shoes, Shoebuy.com also carries clothing, bags, belts, eyewear, jewelry, wallets and so much more. They ship rather quickly too. I was impressed by how quickly my shoes arrived, especially for FREE shipping. They also don’t charge sales tax which saves money too. In addition they have FREE returns and they offer a 100% price guarantee.

Right now you can save $10 – $20 on your purchases at Shoebuy.com with the discount code SPRING2SHOES. The discount code is only valid through March 30, 2014. With the code can get $10 off a purchase of $45 or more or save $20 on purchases of $75 or more.

For more information or to check out all they have to offer visit Shoebuy.com. You can also check them out on both Facebook
and Twitter.

Have you ever shopped at Shoebuy.com before? If not, do you think it’s something you are going to check out? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I received a free gift code in order to pick up shoes to review. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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A fun and unique Valentine’s Day idea – Twittens!

 

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My husband and I recently celebrated the anniversary of our first date. We went on our first date 18 years ago (we’ll be married 18 years this fall – we eloped 8 months after our first date).

I am happy to say that we are still very much in love. We always try and find little way to show our love and affection towards one another, whether it’s love notes to “goosing” the other person’s butt (I always goose my hubby’s butt – he has a cute butt :-)). We even have a secret language that only my husband and I understand. Even our kids have no clue how to decipher it.

Even after all these years my husband and I still hold hands. We hold hands no matter where we go or what we are doing – grocery shopping, sightseeing or even sitting in the living room watching TV.

Holding hands is a sweet, romantic gesture. Sometimes it’s not easy to hold hands, especially in the cold weather months. My husband tends to wear thick, heavy gloves (he hates the cold) where as I wear regular gloves. Sometimes they don’t mesh up too well.

If you are like me and my husband and love to hold hands with your significant other, but you also love to keep your hands warm and toasty, I have a great recommendation – Twittens!

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What are Twittens? Does it have to do with Twitter? Is it some kind of a baby cat (kitten)? Nope. Twittens are singular mittens with two hand openings. It’s a mitten for couples who love to hold hands. Your hands stay warm and snuggly and you are still able to easily hold hands.

I was sent a Twitten to review. The one I receive is ideal for Valentine’s Day. It’s red with charcoal colored accents and heart. My husband had hoped for something a little more unisex, but he was “OK” with using the red once I received to review.

The Twitten looks a little odd, that is until you put it on, then the design makes perfect sense.

My husband has long fingers and I have small hands with chubby fingers. The Twitten was able to accommodate our hands with no problem. One size fits most couples.

I tried to take a picture of us wearing the Twitten but that was easier said than done. It was hard to hold my camera with one hand and dry and press on the shutter button.

When you are using the Twitten it looks like this.

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The Twitten is the glove in the middle (where the couple is holding hands).

Twittens are sold individually. You can also purchase Twitten/Mitten combos which would include a mitten for your other hand. I think I am going to pick up one of these sets in the near future because I love the idea of the Twitten and I would love to have a matching mitten for our other hands.

These mittens are made exceptionally well. It’s very thick and heavy which is great for the bitterly cold weather we’ve been having this winter. It has a long knit “band” (for lack of a better description) that covers your wrist and goes up your arm, so it protects a large area from the elements. Because of it’s weight and “body heat” from your hands, your hands stay very warm while wearing it.

I think this is a super cool idea. If you are looking for a fun and unique Valentine’s Day gift idea then you should look into getting your loved one a Twitten. I think Twittens would make cute gifts for newly weds and those newly engaged.

Twittens are made with a combination 50% Alpaca, 30% Wool ad 20% Acrylic.

Twittens are 100% handmade by artisans in Peru. They are also Fair Trade.

When you purchase Twittens the company will donate 20% of the profits to the Bodhi Fund which helps families in times of need.

If you would like to learn more about Twittens visit the official website, www.TheTwitten.com. They also carry other cool products like texting gloves and mittens, hats, fingerless gloves, leg warmers and more. You can also check them out on the various social media sites.

What do you think about Twittens? Do you think it’s a fun idea? Is it something you would use with your sweetheart?

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Kimberly

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

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Keep your toes comfy and warm with Dearfoams

 

SlipperIt’s winter time. I don’t know how it is in your home but in our home the temperature inside fluctuates all day long. We have one temperature gauge for our entire condo, meaning it’s SUPPOSED to be the same temperature in every room. That never happens. The bedroom tends to be colder than any other room in our home. Since our kids share the room, and our daughter has Reynaud’s, we need to make sure the room is kept warm enough for them. However by doing that it makes the living room and the rest of our home feel like a sauna. As a result our place is either too hot or too cold.

I don’t mind being cold, per say. I think it helps keep me perked up. I also sleep better when it’s colder. The only downside is my toes. I hate it when my toes are cold. Sometimes they are so cold that I have to wear socks with slippers or two pairs of socks. I have a thyroid condition which also contributes to my cold toes.

Growing up it was a big deal to give my mom and dad slippers for the holiday. Personally I thought it was a lame gift, but they loved it.

Dearfoams slippers were one of the brands of slippers I would buy for my parents. Whenever I think of Dearfoams I think of Christmas.

I’m an adult now and I can see why my parents truly enjoyed a new pair of slippers from Dearfoam. Not only are they very comfortable they also keep your feet toasty warm.

I received a pair of Dearfoams to review. In addition my hubby received a pair to review too. He received the Plaid Moc with Lacing.

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My husband has come out and told me plenty of times in the past that he’s not a slipper person. He does have a huge, oversize pair of Dallas Cowboy slippers that he wears from time to time, usually when watching football on TV. Otherwise he wears socks if his feet are cold.

He was reluctant at first to give the Dearfoam slippers a chance. To his surprise he enjoyed wearing them. He told me that he always felt that slippers were a bit “dorky” (to quote him) and not very comfortable to wear. He didn’t want to feel like he was wearing shoes. He wears shoes all day and when he comes home he wants to relax and feel comfortable. Wearing socks were more comfy than wearing slippers (or so he thought).

He actually enjoys wearing the slippers. He said the first week or so it was noticeable that he had something on his feet but now he tells me since they have “molded” (his term) to his feet they are super comfy and he barely even notices that he’s wearing them.

He also likes that they sort of look like shoes so he can wear them to run down to the lobby to retrieve our mail without having to put his sneakers on. He also wears them to the basement to do the laundry (we have a laundry room in the basement of our condo building).

I am a slipper person. I wasn’t when I was younger but the older I got the more I appreciated them. I have a pair of bunny slippers that I have had for ages. I have worn them out. It was time to replace them.

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I also received a pair of slippers to review from Dearfoam. I received a pair of Fuzzy Plushy Bootie (yes, that is what it is called). They are slippers but they have the look and feel of a chenille sock.  They are made with FAKE rabbit pile and fur (I would never wear real fur). They are machine washable which I really like. I have washed the twice so far and they hold up very well. I worried the ”fur” would come off but they have held together just fine. My other slippers (my bunny slippers) were never the same after I washed them for the first time. The Dearfoam ones hold up much better.

They are easy to get on and off and you can even sleep with them on (I have a few times).

They are slippers because they have a firm bottom to them, however you don’t really think of them as slippers when you wear them. They feel more like lush socks.

Dearfoam slippers have changed A LOT since I used to give them to my parents for Christmas. They still carry the same kind of slipper I used to get my mom (pictured at the top of this post). They have since added so many more fashion choices. They have some that look like real shoes too!

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This winter, don’t suffer with cold feet and toes. Warm them up with a soft, comfy and fashionable pair of Dearfoam slippers. They make great gifts too!

For more information visit www.Dearfoams.com. You can also find them on the various social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Youtube).

Have YOU ever tried Dearfoam slippers? What do you think about them? Is there a style that really catches your eye?

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Kimberly

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

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Sseko Designs – “Every Sandal Has a Story”

 

Photo Credit: Sseko Designs Facebook Page

Photo Credit: Sseko Designs Facebook Page

I am a big hearted person who enjoys doing things to help others. I am a HUGE proponent of “random acts of kindness” (I try and do at least once random act a day if possible). I also try and give to charities as much as I can.

When I learn about a product where the proceeds goes towards a charity I try and purchase those items (if I need them of course). Sometimes even the little things can do a world of good for someone less fortunate.

The company Sseko (pronounced “say-ko”) Designs is one such company. They carry sandals, accessories, scarves and handbags.

The products that Sseko Designs off consumers are handmade by women in poverty stricken countries like Uganda and Kenya. Proceeds from the sales of these products help women to get out of poverty and for most, to save up for college so that they can better their lives, the lives of their family and hopefully some day their country too.

Here is a brief video that sheds a bit more light on Sseko Designs, their story and how they are helping women better their lives.

 

I was sent to review one of the products from their website. I received to review the Mountain View clutch.

The Mountain View clutch measures 6″ tall (when closed) and 10″ wide. It features a removable wristlet (so you can hang it off your wrist or remove it to make it a true clutch). The bag is fully lined and has two interior pockets. The design is made fro Pendleton wool and the color/design might vary slightly. Each clutch is handmade in Kenya.

The Mountain View in Espresso clutch is made with genuine leather and local Oregon Pendleton Wool. Shades of blue and red adorn this espresso leather clutch with geometric mountain pattern accents that will have you dreaming of your next big adventure! This clutch is handcrafted in Kenya by our partner organization who employs artisans that are ending the cycle of poverty through fair wage employment. The Sseko story is growing. Carry it with you.

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I should make note that I am not someone who purchases leather products. Faux (fake) leather, but never real leather.

The bag is gorgeous. The bag snaps closed. When you want to open it you unsnap the flap and it rolls up to expose the contents. When you need to close it you need to roll down the flap and snap it again.

The bag is bigger when opened, however you need to roll the flap closed in order to snap it closed. If you don’t do that the contents of your bag will fall out.

I don’t currently have a camera, except for my cellphone which doesn’t take good photos. Sorry about that.

The wool exterior is very soft and somewhat plush. I was concerned about the colors running when it got wet but so far I have not had the opportunity to test that out. I haven’t used the clutch in the rain. Since it’s made of leather I wouldn’t recommend it getting wet in the first place.

The interior is an ample size. It’s enough room to carry a cellphone (iPhone sized), keys, a change purse and a few make up essentials.

I like the casual (and colorful) design. You can easily use this clutch when you go to work or run errands around town.

Sseko has plenty of other products and designs available. They carry similar clutches but in different colors and designs.

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Aside from purchasing a beautiful product you can take heart to the fact that you are helping out those less fortunate to better their lives and the lives around them.

For more information or to check out the products visit SsekoDesigns.com. They are also found on the various social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Links are found on their website.

Do you like to purchase products that help those in need? What do you think about Sseko Designs and their story?

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Kimberly

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

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