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My new “love”

 

Emilie M Bag with Accessories

 

I have always been a bit of a “Tom Boy”. Don’t get me wrong, I love getting dressed up. But for the most part I’m a Tom Boy at heart. Growing up I would rather play with my Tonka trucks and G.I. Joe doll the Barbies and baby dolls. Building forts and exploring the woods was more fun to me then playing dress up or trying on my mom’s makeup.

As an adult I don’t necessarily consider myself a “girly girl”. I have friends who are totally into shoes and handbags – even going so far as to make sure their shoes and handbags match. No me. I’m a sneaker gal who uses the tiniest bag possible. My bag is big enough to hold my wallet and car keys – that’s it.

That is until I met my new “love”…

I was sent to review a bag from a company called Emilie M. Their bags are considered “Investment Pieces Without the Investment.” Everything in the line is mom-tested and approved for wearability and durability, at prices less than $100.

Emilie M. also will be donating percentage of all proceeds this season to Christy Turlington Burns’ Every Mother Counts, supporting moms around the world who suffer during pregnancy or birth with complications that are easily preventable with the right care. I recently reviewed a beautiful bracelet by Stella & Dot that also donated to this wonderful charity.

Stacy Hobo Emilie M

Bag

I was sent to review the Stacy Hobo bag.

A classic handbag silhouette gets a chic update with the Stacy Hobo. Featuring gold hardware, a front zipper pocket, back pocket and an adjustable shoulder strap, the Stacy Hobo purse is the perfect lady’s companion made from 100% vegan leather. The perfect handsfree travel bag, flaunt the Stacy hobo with vintage-inspired style and grace this season.

  • Handbag Dimensions: 12.5″ length x 10.5″ height x 2.5″ width (14″ adjustable shoulder drop)
  • 100% vegan leather
  • Front zipper pocket
  • 2 cell phone pockets and 1 zipper pocket
  • Shiney gold hardware
  • Top zipper closure
  • Back pocket with magnetic closure
  • Striped lining for Spring 2014
  • Removable “M” Medallion
  • Adjustable shoulder strap

When I first touched the bag I instantly fell in love with how buttery-soft the bag was. I LOVE the feel of it.

Initially I didn’t realize it was made with Vegan Leather. I thought it was real leather. So much so that I felt guilty for loving it so much. I’m an animal lover and I would never want to promote anything that would cause pain and death for an innocent creature. Thinking the bag was made from real leather made me feel like a horrible person. I am grateful that the bag is made from Vegan Leather which means it’s an animal-free leather substitute.

Whew… that is a relief! Now I can love my bag without feeling guilty about it.

I’m not exaggerating when I say this bag feels amazing. It’s so soft!

I’m not one to carry around a huge bag or tote, not unless I am traveling. This bag is not too big, not too small. It’s the perfect size. It’s big enough to carry my Kindle or tablet (or both), wallet, a cosmetic bag, cellphone, cellphone charger and a few other odds and ends. At the same time it’s not that big where people are going to see the bag first and me second.

Emilie M Stacy Hobo

Even the inside of the bag feels silky smooth and soft. I love the striped lining as well as the neutral color of the bag. This bag goes with everything I own. It’s also versatile enough to go from running around town doing errands to a night on the town with girlfriends.

The bag is available in Cognac (the color I have), red and navy.

Whenever I get bags to review my teenage daughter some how ends up with them. She’s a bag-o-holic. She LOVES bags. However this time around I didn’t let her have the bag and she REALLY wants it. So much so she’s always playing “Let’s Make a Deal” with me, trying to get me to relinquish the bag to her. No way! That is NOT happening! I love this bag too much.

I can’t believe I LOVE a bag. The girl who preferred G.I. Joe over baby dolls love a bag. :-)

Emilie M. has a lot of wonderful bags in different styles, designs and colors. They even have an accessory set you can purchase with every bag for an extra $25 which includes an umbrella, wallet with detachable strap, scarf, key ring and cosmetic case. I don’t have the accessory set but if I were to purchase another bag from Emilie M. I would spend the extra $25 for the accessory set. The accessory set normally sells for $165, but is only $25 when you purchase a bag.

If you would like to check out Emilie M yourself please visit www.EmilieMShop.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

Emilie M Logo

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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Dress to Impress & Put Your Best Selfie Forward with Jonathan Cheban

 

Selfie

Are you addicted to taking “selfies”? Most people probably won’t admit that they are, but I think we all know someone who can’t go a day without snapping a picture of themselves on their phone.

I am not much of selfie person. I don’t like getting my picture taken to begin with let alone a close up picture of my face.

My teenage daughter takes A LOT of selfies. I wouldn’t say she’s “addicted” to it, but she does take a lot. I think that is normal for teenage girls these days.

When you are taking a selfie, especially one you want to share with family and friends, you want to make sure that you look your best.

I have seen my daughter use her phone’s camera to check out she looks. I told her she should just carry a small pocket mirror with her but she would never think to do that.

What if your phone could be a portable mirror?

Reality star Jonathan Cheban (one of Kim Kardashian’s “besties”) came up with the perfect solution that can help you to look your best. This fashion forward accessory was made for your phone.

It’s called the Glam Screen. The Glam Screen is a screen protector that sticks to your phone to not only protect your screen but to also serve as a mirror.

Glam Screen for Galaxy

Glam Screen for Galaxy

When your phone is on and in use the Glam Screen is like a normal screen protector. When your phone is not in use the Glam Screen automatically turns into a mirror.

When I heard about this I knew this was something my daughter would go crazy for. Not only for selfies but also to check on her hair and make up.

I was sent to review the Glam Screen. They were kind enough to send one for me and one for my daughter. I have an iPhone 4S and my daughter has an iPhone 5C.

Installation was very simple – clean off your screen, apply the Glam Screen, use a cloth to rub out the air bubbles.

It literally took me two minutes to apply it.

Glam Screen Logo

It really does look like a mirror when the phone is not being used (when the screen goes “black”). It’s a little darker then a real mirror (unless you are outside in daylight), but it’s still easy to see yourself. My husband was impressed and he has no interest in something like this. It’s a “girl thing” to quote him.

You don’t have to enjoy taking selfies to use the Glam Screen. Anyone who ever has a need for a mirror and has an iPhone or Galaxy can benefit from the Glam Screen. Not only that it protects your cellphone’s screen. That alone makes it worth while. The mirror is an added bonus.

I tried to take a photo but it was hard to tell that it was a mirror on my phone and not a regular phone screen.

Another product that Jonathan Cheban sells is called the Glam Screen Selfie Ring. The Selfie Ring is compatible with all phones. It’s actually a set of two rings that your slide your fingers into so that you have a better grip on your phone so that you don’t accidentally drop it when you are snapping a selfie. Think of it as a safety product more so then a selfie accessory.

The Selfie Ring can also double as a stand for your phone.

I can’t use this ring on my phone because I just have the one phone case and it would cover up the design on my case. Mine looks similar to this one (except mine is black and gray and the image is yellow.

Zombie cellphone case

The black circle in the (almost in the middle) is where the slider case attaches to each other, so I can’t put the Selfie Ring there. The only other option would be to cover up part of the Zombie Outbreak Response Team graphic.

My daughter changes her cellphone case like she changes socks, so it’s pointless to give it to her. Therefore I am going to hold on to it for me for when I get a new case. My case is cracked and the pieces don’t stay together anymore. I’m in the market for a new case. One I have one I’ll add the Selfie Ring.

From what I can tell the ring is well made. I can see how it can be helpful when snapping pictures. It gives you an extra sense of security and a better grip on your phone. Knowing how expensive it is to repair cracked screens (our daughter’s cracked screen recently cost us almost $200 to get fixed) any added protection is better than nothing.

If you would like information about either of these products, or to make a purchase, visit www.GlamScreen.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

What do you think about these products? Do you think they are accessories you’d love to have for your cellphone?

Selfie Ring

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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Make yourself feel better from your feet up with Juil “Earthing” sandals

 

barefoot

Are you a “shoe person”? Do you find that you need to have several pairs of shoes in different colors and styles for every season? Do you like to match your shoes to your purse and/or your outfit?

I’m not much of a shoe person. Don’t get me wrong – I DO enjoy shoes. I have some really nice shoes that I wear on a regular basis. What I mean by not being much of a shoe person is that I would rather be barefoot.

I grew up in the country and I rarely wore shoes. I would be barefoot all the time. I would even play in the woods and ride my bike barefoot. Did get plenty of cuts, splinters and bee stings but I didn’t mind. I’d get some quick first aid done and head out the door again – barefoot!

Even now as an adult the first thing I do when I walk in the door is take off my shoes. I can’t wait to get my shoes off. I am much happier barefoot.

Toes

I love the way it feels to feel the grass between your toes and the Earth beneath my feet. I feel more in touch and connected to nature that way.

Have you ever heard of “Earthing”? I recently learned about it and I really like the concept.

In our everyday lives, we’re exposed to toxins and stress. Toxins include anything from breathing polluted air, to carrying our cell phones around. Stress can come from anywhere – work, school, friends, or family. Exposure to these stresses and toxins leads to a buildup of free radicals in our bodies. These free radicals attack healthy cells and cause inflammation, which by the way, is the root of almost all medical ailments. Fortunately, we have the Earth, a giant magnet with an endless supply of electrons. If we stay connected by being outside barefoot, these electrons are absorbed to neutralize and release the harmful free radicals in our bodies.

The short version – Studies have shown that maintaining a direct connection between our bodies and the Earth’s surface is beneficial to our health.

Men's and women's shoes from Juil.com.

Men’s and women’s shoes from Juil.com.

While the easiest way to stay grounded is to walk barefoot, that’s not always possible, fashionable, or appropriate. Most footwear has rubber or plastic outsoles that insulate our bodies from making a connection with the earth.

There are shoes you can wear that help you with Earthing. They are by a company called Juil. Juil shoes contain several small copper dots on the shoes that act as a conduit and allow you to stay truly connected and balanced.

Juil shoes make you feel better. They help to cleanse your body of stress and toxins, letting you live a healthier, more balanced life. They’re not only comfortable, but they recreate that calming feeling that you’ve come to associate with walking barefoot.

Juil has only been around for a couple of years, but the growth and passion for improving the lives of our customers is just beginning. The company is made up of yogis, footwear experts, and fashion-minded designers all of whom are working together to help better your every step.

Juil shoes sound like they were made especially for me – someone who prefers to be barefoot. I don’t know about all the scientific stuff but I do know the feeling of grass beneath my feet does make me feel happy.

Juil 2

Juil sent me a pair of shoes to review. I received a pair of their Dallie sandals in black. Unfortunately for me they didn’t fit my feet (my feet are too wide). Luckily my daughter wears the same size shoes as me (her foot is regular – not wide). She was able to wear the shoes. In fact she loves them and is planning on wearing them on her first day back to school.

I tried to explain the whole “Earthing” thing to her but she really didn’t “get it”. So I just asked her to wear the shoes and let me know what she thought of them.

According to my daughter…

  • The shoes are comfortable.
  • She loves how they look.
  • They match with just about everything she owns.
  • She loves the little “lace part” (as she calls it). She says it makes the sandals look a bit “dressy”.

I asked her if she felt any different wearing the shoes – for example more energized? She tells me that she doesn’t really notice that but she said she could walk in them all day because they feel great on her feet. I don’t know if that is “Earthing” or just the fact that she loves the shoes and they are super comfy to wear.

I’m rather sad that I can’t fit them. They look really nice.

For the record my daughter was in one of her teenage “moods” and didn’t want to pose for pictures wearing the shoes so I had to use photos from the Juil website. When I can get her to cooperate I’ll swap out the photos on this post for personal photos. Teenagers… gotta love ‘em. LOL!

Juil 1

I’ve read reviews/comments left by others on the Juil website on the various shoes they sell. All the reviews I read were positive. People really love these shoes.

I really like the idea of “Earthing” and I plan on doing some more research about it. I know that copper does have conductive properties, so it would appear that Juil came up with an ingenious shoe. If you have to wear shoes you might as well wear shoes that “connect” you with the Earth and all it’s wonderful properties.

If you would like to learn more about Juil and check out their beautiful shoes (for both women AND men!) visit www.Juil.com. You can also find them on the various social media sites (all the links are found at the bottom of their website).

What do you think about these shoes? Have you heart of “Earthing” before? Do you enjoy being barefoot? Feel free to share your thoughts.

Juil Logo

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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Royal Revolution by Katy Perry

 

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I’m a big fan of scents. I love air freshners, oils, wax tarts, spray and perfumes. I never leave the house without wearing a spritz or two of perfume. I treat perfume like a fashion accessory. Your look is not complete without a lovely perfume.

Sometimes when I’m out and about someone will walk past me wearing a wonderful perfume or cologne. It makes me wonder what the scent is. It sometimes leaves a lasting impression. I hope I can have the same effect on someone with the perfume that I wear.

Funny story… when I was a teen I went to Paris with my family. All over Paris people were wearing a perfume that my mother couldn’t stand but I loved. I didn’t know what it was called. All I knew is that I loved the scent.

About a year later we were on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. There was no way we could afford anything sold there, but it was fun to window shop.

We came across a designers store. When we walked past the store I smelled the perfume that I had smelled in Paris. Sure enough I found the perfume! I had to buy a bottle (I could only afford a small bottle). I wore it every day until I finished the bottle. My mother was not too pleased since she didn’t like the scent.

I think it’s interesting that a lot of celebrities are coming out with their own perfumes. Some celebrity perfumes leave me scratching my head asking why and how this person was able to get their own perfume. For others it just makes sense that they had their own perfume because they have their own unique style. Katy Perry is such a person.

Katy has a new perfume that is beautiful as it is bold and as royal as it is rebellious – a lot like Katy herself.

The scent is called Royal Revolution.

“In some ways wearing fragrance is like putting on an invisible suit of luxurious armor. I want Royal Revolution to inspire women to make their own rules and embrace the idea that beauty and inner confidence can come together to become your secret weapon.” – Katy Perry

I have a hard time picking out the scents used to make perfumes. I couldn’t tell you a top note from a bottom note. LOL!

Royal Revolution Katy Perry

Here is a description of what Royal Revolution is made of.

Royal Revolution ($49, 1.7 oz.) is a tempting and irresistible floral fragrance with tantalizing top notes of pink freesia kissed by the nectar of ruby-red pomegranate captivate the senses. Middle notes of sandalwood balanced with sheer orange flower and velvety jasmine petals create a soft, delicate floral heart guarded by the Mystical Blackthorn. Sexy musk and soft vanilla orchid linger on the skin, ensuring an unrivaled and unforgettable dry-down.

Royal Revolution is a light and airy scent. I don’t find it strong at all. It’s a great “everyday” scent – one you can wear to work and on a night on the town.

I can sense the freesia and the jasmine. It has a light floral scent. With a name like Royal Revolution I would think this would have a strong scent, but it doesn’t. That is fine with me. I tend to lean towards light scents.

The bottle is beautiful! It’s very regal and fitting for the perfume. It looks like a jewel with a very royal looking cap. The only downside is that the bottle doesn’t stand up. Due to it’s shape it lies down flat on the counter.

The color of the bottle is beautiful too. I wish the photo did it justice.

Katy Perry’s Royal Revolution is available where most perfumes are sold.

This Killer Queen is destined to lead a Royal Revolution. The Scent of Victory!

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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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Home decor and more available at Dsenyo

 

Woven Trays Dsenyo

Photo Source: Dsenyo

We haven’t even begun back to school shopping yet and already I’m thinking about doing some fall cleaning and some redecorating. I clean (of course) but every couple of months I need to do a deep cleaning – the infamous “fall cleaning” and “spring cleaning” except I do it every other month, give or take. I also want to do a little redecorating by adding some artwork to the wall, moving things around, maybe add a few more decorative pieces here and there.

I like to support good causes. I like to shop from companies that offer Fair Trade products. Fair Trade means that the people who are creating the products are paid fairly for their work. Another words “slave labor” or “sweat shops” where not used to create the products.

I would never want to buy a product knowing it was created by an 8 year old child who worked 20 hours per day for mere pennies. That is just awful! Even if this day and age there are plenty of goods sold every day that were produced by women, children and impoverished people who are forced to work insane hours and get paid hardly anything while the company rakes in the profits.

One such Fair Trade company is Dsenyo. Dsenyo works with groups in Africa and Latin America to create jobs for those less fortunate.

Photo Source: Dsenyo

Photo Source: Dsenyo

According to Dsenyo…

Dsenyo takes a holistic approach making it not only about paying a fair wage, but also building capacity, committing to work with marginalized people who need these opportunities the most, being good stewards of the environment, respecting cultural traditions, working collaboratively and engaging the producers in the decision-making process and developing long-term relationships among other things. For a full list of these nine principles of Fair Trade please visit www.fairtradefederation.org.

You can read more about Dsenyo’s commitment to the Fair Trade industry and their workers on the company’s “About” page.

Dsenyo has many items available for purchase from jewelry to home decor and from toys to apparel. Their products are proudly made by people in Brasil, Malawi and Zambia. On their site you can shop by the different countries, or under the different categories.

Dsenyo sent me a couple of products to check out for myself to see what the quality of the craftsmanship is. They sent me a gorgeous bangle bracelet and a cute plush rabbit. Dsenyo Bracelet The bracelet is gorgeous. It’s made with fabric remnants remaining from other products, which makes them eco-friendly since they are repurposing the left over fabric pieces and not tossing them into the garbage.

The bracelet is very well made. Its hard to tell where the fabric started and ended. It looks like it could be all one piece of fabric.

The fabric gives the bracelet a nice texture too. It’s so colorful!

The one I received could match with many different outfits. It’s also nice enough to wear on a night on the town and casual enough to wear when running around town doing errands.

Sadly mine doesn’t fit me. It’s too small to fit around my hand. The bracelets are available in narrow or wide widths. Either mine is narrow width or my hand is too big. Since I can’t wear it I am thinking about giving it as a gift to my co-worker. She would love it. Photo Source: Dsenyo Another product I received from Dsenyo is a plush toy. It looks like a rabbit. It’s part of Dsenyo’s “Little Friends” collection. They are made in Malawi.

These handmade dolls are meticulously hand stitched and made out of 100% cotton African fabric with soft jersey knit. They are stuffed with poly fill and can be cleaned in the washer and dried in the dryer.

It’s hard to believe this is hand stitched. The stitching on the one I was sent to review look perfect – as if it was sewn with a machine. I’ve hand stitched things before and you can tell it was hand stitched.

These women do an amazing job and clearly are very talented with what they do.

The plush Little Friends are available in a colorful variety of animals including a zebra, elephant, owl, fox, lion, hippo and more.

Dsenyo has a lot of beautiful products. The site is worth checking out.

Whether you are looking to add some decorative pieces to your home, jewelry, clothing or a gift for someone special stop by Dsenyo and support Fair Trade.

For more information or to see all of their available products please visit www.Dsenyo.com. They are also found on the various social media sites (links are found at the bottom of their website).

Do you support Fair Trade? What do you think about Dsenyo products? Feel free to share your thoughts.

Dsenyo Products 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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Viva la Juicy Gold Couture #CoutureOverdose

 

Viva La Juicy Gold Couture

I may not be a true “girly girl”. I was a “Tomboy” when I was younger. I tend to be more of a Tomboy then a girly-girly. Growing up I enjoyed playing with Tonka trucks and my G.I. Joe doll then baby dolls and wearing dresses.

As a grown up I don’t usually get excited over shoes, bags, jewelry and designer labels. But I do have one weakness – perfume. I love perfume. I wear it every day even if I’m just hanging out at home.

My daughter also enjoys perfume. A few years ago, for Christmas, she wanted a bottle of Juicy Couture perfume. We were able to find a cute little bottle to tuck inside her Christmas stocking.

Juicy has a new perfume available called Viva la Juicy Gold Couture. I was sent a bottle to review.

If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw the photo I uploaded (pictured above).

The new perfume is made with a mix of lush wild berry notes, sultry golden amber and melted caramel, the scent is as indulgent and luxurious as it sounds.

Juicy Sasha Pivovarova

Viva la Juicy Gold Couture takes the original and iconic Viva la Juicy fragrance and gives it a #CoutureOverdose to remind Viva girls everywhere that no amount of couture is ever too much.

I love this perfume. I love it so much that I literally wear it daily. Every morning before I leave for work I make sure to spray some on before I head out the door.

My husband LOVES this perfume too. He always makes a sexy comment whenever he smells it on me. :-)

What I love about this perfume is that it can be worn anytime, anywhere. It doesn’t matter if you are decked out in jeans and a tee shirt or wearing your favorite little black dress getting ready for a night on the town. You can wear Viva La Juicy Gold Couture anytime for any occasion.

The bottle is adorable. It comes with the cute ribbon tied around the top.

It’s a nice size bottle too. You should get a lot of use out of it. I’ve been using it daily for weeks and there is still a lot left in the bottle.

I have to say that this is one of my most favorite perfumes.

I’m not the only one who loves Viva La Juicy Gold Couture perfume. Check out the hashtag #CoutureOverdose to see what others have to say about this fragrance.

Viva La Juicy Gold Couture is sold at a lot of retail locations across the county. Look for it where ever fine perfumes are sold.

For more information about Juicy perfumes visit www.JuicyCouture.com. You can also find the perfume at www.Macys.com.

Viva La Juicy Gold Couture

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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