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Give me the gift of comfort and style with a Bia sport watch

 

Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday. Mother’s Day! That’s crazy! I think this quarantine has really thrown me off. It’s bad enough that I have to look up the date and day of the week, but now I have to keep an eye out for upcoming holidays too? Sheesh!

I remember what a struggle it was to find the perfect gift for my mom for Mother’s Day. Don’t get me wrong, she appreciated flowers, balloons and candy, but I always wanted to show her that I put more thought into the gifts that I bought her. For example, I saw her admiring a bracelet we came across at an antique store one day. I went back to purchase it and gave it to her for Mother’s Day. She loved it! After she passed away I took the bracelet back. It reminds me of her every time I wear it. I plan on giving it to my daughter some day.

When it comes to looking for Mother’s Day gifts, not only did I look for a gift that my mother could use, but I also appreciated gifts with meaning and purpose.

Bia watches are available in a variety of colored faces, as well as straps.

There is a brand called Bia that I recently learned about. Here is a little background on the company;

With women’s empowerment making daily headlines, the goal of Biais to support women to become the healthy, educated, independent, protected and valued individuals they are meant to be. Strength—physical, emotional and constitutional—underpins the company’s collection of sport watches. Bia is charity focused. Bia donates a percentage of proceeds from each sale to organizations working to give women the support they deserve to be independent, educated, healthy, protected, and valued. The company gives a percentage of each sale to women’s organizations that foster Bia’s principles. Time’s Up, an organization that insists on safe, fair and dignified work for all women is one such benefactor.

Each Bia wristwatch features a superior illumination system called Visible247 that is the highest-performing photo luminescent technology in injection molded polymers ever created.  With just 10 minutes exposure to any light source, every Bia timepiece stays illuminated for at least 10 hours.  Metaphorically speaking, this capability aligns with Bia’s vision that women who empower other women can light the world on fire with the smallest of sparks.

The launch collections include the Rosie Dive series and the Suffragette series. Inspired by Rosie the Riveter, the Rosie Dive Series honors the World War II icon for the feminist movement, and the beginning of women moving out of the home and into the workforce en masse. The Suffragette series celebrates the women that fought for women’s right to vote beginning in the 19th century and perfectly timed to the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment that was enacted in 1920.

I know that most smartphones double as time pieces, but not everyone has their phone “glued” to their hand 24/7. In addition, many companies and businesses don’t want employees gazing at their phones the whole time they are at work. For that reason I appreciate having watches. A watch allows me to keep track of time, without worrying about someone getting the wrong idea and think that I am reading Facebook statuses or checking out Tik Tok videos.

Another reason why I appreciate watches is because they double as a piece of jewelry. Watches come in different looks, styles and colors.

I also think that watches are great for “on the go.” Say for example your mom likes to run/job or go on long walks to take in some fresh air and get in some exercise. A watch is much better to take with you than a smartphone. You don’t have to worry about dropping it (cracked screen!) or losing it.

Bia ‘Rosie’ Dive Watch (B2008)

Bia was kind enough to send me one of their watches to check out for myself. I received to review their Bia ‘Rosie’ Dive Watch (B2008). I chose this watch specifically because I LOVE the color of it. Green is my favorite color, and this watch is a beautiful, colorful shade of green.

According to the website, this watch features;

  • 38mm 316L stainless steel case
  • Screw down crown and case back
  • Uni-directional Rotating Dive Timing Bezel
  • Japan Quartz (Miyota 2317) Three Hand and Date Movement
  • Visible247 illumination technology in the dials (10 minutes of light exposure yields 10 hours of glow)
  • Highly scratch resistant K1 glass crystal
  • 200 meters water resistant
  • Silicone Strap with “easy-release” spring pins for fast strap changes

The watch’s straps are buttery soft and smooth to the touch. The underside of the straps have texture to them. I would think that the strap’s design allows for air to pass under the band, so as not to make your wrist feel hot and sweaty.

Underside of the watch band. You can see the texture.

The straps have a nice thickness to them too. These are clearly not “cheap” or poorly made.

I love how “shiny” the watch face is. It’s silver in color, and when the light hits it, it sparkles and shines. This is why I see watches as pieces of jewelry, in addition to a functioning time piece.

The watch face has some depth to it too. It’s not “flat” in appearance. It’s hard to explain. All I can say that the face it’s self looks really nice.

My favorite feature is the way it illuminates. It’s true what the brand says, just a few minutes of sunlight helps it to illuminate for a long time. The watch face glows a similar color as the band.

Here is a photo of my watch face illuminated. I took a picture of it in the bedroom closed (the darkest place in our home).

Look at how pretty the watches “glow” in the dark after even a few minutes of sunlight.

I like how the watch feels on my wrist too. It’s very comfortable to wear.

If you are looking for a thoughtful gift for Mother’s Day – a gift she will use frequently – you should check out the watches from Bia.

Bia watches are available for purchase online at www.biawatches.com MSRP $175 to $225 depending on style. Each collection also has a variety of replacement straps so wearers can easily customize their style and color.

Bia also makes beautiful watches for men. Don’t forget Father’s Day, which will be here next month.

My watch (disregard the piece of “fluff” caught in the dial. I didn’t realize it was there at the time).

Kimberly

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

Happy National Wear Pajamas To Work Day!

 

Did you know that today (April 16, 2020) is National Wear Pajamas To Work Day?

Admittedly, I often wear pajamas to work… when I’m blogging that is. When I leave for my “real” job, of course I have to wear normal work wear. However, we occasionally have pajama day at school, so students and staff are encouraged to wear their pajamas. Since I normally wear a nightshirt, I have yet to wear my pajamas to my real world job. One day I’d love to get the bunny pajamas that Ralphie received as a gift in the film A Christmas Story. Those would be fun to wear to work.

A lot of people find themselves working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These people are probably getting to experience wearing pajamas while they work for the first time.

Isn’t it nice to not have to get all dolled up, or throw on a suit, to work? Being National Wear Pajamas To Work Day, you should enjoy wearing your safe comfy pajamas all day long. It doesn’t matter if it’s a night gown, footie pajamas, shorts and a tee shirt… whatever you feel most comfortable in.

Many years ago, I had a home business (long before I started blogging). I used to make personalized party favors (candy wrappers, candy bouquets, buttons…). My business was entirely online, with the exception of doing work for friends and neighbors. As a result, I got to wear my pajamas to work every day! It was great. I would get up in the morning and get my kids off to school, then I would work at my desk in my pajamas while enjoying a cup of coffee or two. I miss those days.

Did you know that the first people to wear pajamas were men and women in Turkey, India and Iran. Humm… I wonder what people slept in before the creation of pajamas? I guess a lot of people wore their “birthday suit” to bed. LOL!

Throughout the history of pajamas, none of them were regulated. It wasn’t until 1971 when the Consumer Product Safety Commission created a standard that required children’s pajamas to be fire resistant. I remember always looking for fire resistant pajamas for my own children. I wonder why it doesn’t apply to adult pajamas?

With all the stress related to our world’s current situation, why not give yourself a day to relax and be comfortable – in your pajamas. You can still get your work done from home. If you still go to work in the “outside world,” see if your boss will let you dress down today and wear your pajamas.

Go ahead… enjoy National Wear Pajamas To Work Day! Be sure to tell your family, friends and co-workers to do taht same.

Thank you to TOP Agency for making me away of this fun day.

Check out what others are saying on social media using the hashtag #WearPajamasToWorkDay.

Man working on his computer in his pajamas.

Kimberly

*Although compensated for my participation, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way. 

Fashionable and comfortable boots from Arcopédico

 

I have a confession to make… I didn’t own a pair of boots for the winter months. I’ve always made sure that our kids had boots, but I never picked up a pair for myself.

I’ve never been much of a boot person. As a kid, I was outside for hours at a time in the winter. My cousins and I loved to ride our sleds, ski, ice skate, build snowmen and snow forts, among other things. I needed a good pair of boots back then. As an adult, I never really had a need for boots. If it’s snowing, or if I have to walk through snow, I simply won’t go outside. I’m also lucky enough to have a job where if it’s snowing outside, chances are I don’t have to come in.

The reason why I didn’t really want to buy a pair of boots is because they are stiff and clunky. I also didn’t want to have to lug around another pair of shoes to change into when I got to work.

Last summer I reviewed a pair of soft, comfortable sneakers from a company called Arcopédico. You can read that review here – Super Comfortable, Fashionable Shoes from Arcopédico.

Arcopédico also carries beautiful, fashionable boots, ideal for fall through winter and even into the spring.

I was sent to review a pair of Arcopédico’s boots, specifically their L8 boot. The L8 isn’t the type of boot that you would wear for outdoor activities in the snow, but it is a boot that can provide your foot with warmth during the cold weather months. This is considered more of a fashion boot than a true winter boot.

Arcopédico has interesting names for their shoes. Some other books include W9, Net 8 and N42.

According to the Arcopédico website;

The L8 features a patented Lytech™ synthetic faux suede upper which is lightweight, breathable, vegan, and offers a flexible barely-there feel to help promote healthy circulation.  The sole of the L8 also has Arcopedico’s signature built in twin arch support system  for all day comfort.

The boot is available in a variety of colors. I chose black because I felt like it matched all of my wardrobe.

I’m a plus size woman. I have thick legs. I even have what some people refer to as “cankles.” That is part of the reason why I don’t wear fashionable boots. They often are too snug in the lower leg area (above the ankles). If they are too snug they are uncomfortable to wear. It’s even worse if you need to be on your feet for long periods of time.

I know how soft and flexible the other Arcopédico are that I was sent to review, so I thought I would take a chance on these boots. I’m so glad I did!

The Arcopédico L8 boot is soft and flexible, just like the other pair of shoes I own from the brand.

Unlike other shoes, these don’t have to be “broke in” before you can comfortably wear them for long periods of time. They felt perfect on my foot the moment I put them on.

These boots have a zipper on the side of them. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to zipper them all the way to the top with my chubby legs, but I did! I was able to get the zippers all the way up. They also stayed up (they didn’t unzip on me). Even my chubby legs felt perfectly comfortable in these boots. They are just the right amount of snugness to keep my feet warm (and the elements out of my boots), but not too snug where they are uncomfortable.

My boots. They look a bit blue, but they are really black. I guess the lighting gave them a blue’ish appearance. I also showed the zipper down on the one boot.

These are not the kind of boots you would wear in the snow. These are the types of boots you can wear in cold weather to work or out and about.

I would recommend spraying these with that spray that protects shoes from water and rock salt. I sprayed these as soon as I got them to protect them and to ensure that they look great for years to come.

These boots are washable. I haven’t had a need to as of yet, but as per the website they can be washed. They also have a removable inner sole in case you just need to wash that (stinky feet…LOL).

Ignore my pasty-white skin.

These have a bit of a lift to them, which I wasn’t expecting. As a sneaker girl I’m used to my feet being flat, but I’m really “digging” (showing my age) having a bit of lift in my shoes. I used to wear heels when I was younger (and not as heavy). It’s been ages since I’ve worn anything that wasn’t flat like a sneaker (my dress shoes are all flats).

The heel/bottom of this boot is made from a hard plastic-like material. The upper part is made out of a soft material (it kind of reminds me of suede).

What’s nice about these boots is that they can go from work to a night on the town. They are both casual and dressy. They are really versatile.

If you are interested in learning more about the L8 boot, or other Arcopédico shoes and boots, visit ArcopedicoUS.com. The brand can also be found on Facebook.

Kimberly

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

Does how you dress effect your mood?

 

As I sit here and write this post, I am still in my pajamas (and it’s almost noon on a Tuesday). Thankfully I don’t go into work until 3:00, so I still have plenty of time to get dressed, do up my make-up, put in some gold earrings, spray on some perfume and head out the door. Trust me, I would much rather wear my pajamas all day.

Wearing my comfy pajamas does not make me feel revved up and ready for a day at work.

Do you think that what you wear can effect your mood? I’ll cite some examples of what I am referring to.

Sitting here in my pajamas makes me feel lazy and unmotivated to do anything.

During the holiday season, my husband and I attended a Christmas party hosted by the company I am employed by. I wore a beautiful holiday blouse with rhinestones and sequins. My hair was done by my daughter. At the party I felt happy and “bouncy.” I felt like there was a lot of “pep in my step,” so to speak. Only a few hours earlier I was in my comfy pajamas.

After I finish this post I will be wearing my work clothes. I could easily select sweatpants and a tee shirt (there is no dress code where I work), or I could wear more proper work attire (dress pants, nice blouse, jewelry, perfume…). I always opt to wear traditional work attire because I feel like if I work the sweatpants and tee shirt I will be totally unmotivated to do anything and feel lazy. I work with children, so I cannot be in that state of mind. I need to be on top of things every second I am at work to make sure the children are safe and secure.

I honestly do feel like what you wear sways you into feeling different states of mind (happy, excited, lazy…).

I have noticed a lot lately that what I decide to wear to work also depends on how I am feeling as I step inside my closet. If I’m happy, I wear things that are brightly colored or have fun designs on them. If I’m feeling tired or I have low energy, I tend to pick out clothing that is softer and over sized. If I am feeling overly confident about something, I tend to choose clothing that is more professional looking (even though I work with children and I’m around stick glue, slime and crayons).

Even the shoes I wear effect my mood, or my mood is effected by it. Normally I wear sneakers, but from time to time I’ll feel like dress shoes or boots (like Uggs) are more inline with how I feel. The jewelry I choose the wear and the perfume I spritz on are also affected by my mood (and vice versa).

I have seen research on the subject, but I am curious to know what readers think about the subject? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

*This post is sponsored by Nakturnal. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Help a girl attend school with your purchase of a beautiful product from Olori.

 

I am a firm believer that ALL children, no matter where you live or what your social or economic status is, should have the right to an education. Sadly, that is not the case in many countries around the world.

Did you know that that 31 MILLION girls in the world, 17 million of which are in Africa, do not have access to education? That is just girls. If you combine that with boys, I’m sure that number is a lot higher.

Girls tend to be the ones that don’t get an education. A boys education is seen as more important than that of a girl. Girls are often prevented from getting an education due to child labor, child marriage, or lack of funds.

There is a brand that is hoping to make a different in the lives of thousands of young girls by helping to cover the cost of tuition so that they can get the education they deserve, and education that can improve their lives.

The brand is called Olori.

Olori symbolizes every girl’s inherent worth and power. They believe every girl is born with an invisible crown, and should be treated accordingly. In partnership/collaboration with women-owned businesses and local artisans in (the heart of) Africa, Olori makes handbags and other products that make women feel strong, confident, and secure.

Every time you order a product from Olori, you are helping to provide tuition for an underprivileged girl.

Olori’s founder, Tomide Awe, knows all too well how important it is for a girl to receive an education.

Tomide Awe grew up in Nigeria, a country where a girl has a 73% chance of not going to school (UNESCO). Fortunately, Tomide had parents that could afford to send her to school – a fate unimaginable for 17 million girls in Africa today. This disparity did not escape Tomide, and as a result, her life revolves around finding ways to make sure that every girl gets the same opportunity she had.

Olori makes a variety of products, but they are most known for their beautiful handbags/purses. Their bags are handcrafted and feature traditional textiles from Africa. Here are just a few examples.

In addition to these gorgeous bags, Olori also sells “charms” to adorn your bag. It doesn’t even have to be an Olori bag. It can be the purse/tote that you currently use.

On the Olori site they are called “Crown Jewels.”

I was sent one to review. I received Olori’s Queen Charm.

This handbag charm featuring a woman passing the crown of empowerment on to a young girl, is a beautiful reminder of the power of sharing our strength and wisdom as women with the next generation. It’s a great gift for daughters, mothers, and sisters, or a chic treat for yourself.

With rich, jewel-toned colors and an imagery that tells a story of women building one another up and helping one another flourish as queens, the eye-catching accessory projects elegance and grace. It instantly adds sophistication to any outfit.

This is a very well made “charm.” It’s heavy (not too heavy for a bag) and very colorful. I love the gold accents. This is also a large piece that will really stand out on your purse/tote.

I’m sorry that I cannot take a photo of it on my current purse. My current purse if very small. I jokingly refer to it as a “wallet on a string/strap.” I can’t even fit my smartphone in it (I’m in the market for a bigger purse). This charm is about 1/4th of the size of my purse, so it doesn’t look right. This charm would look better on a bigger purse or tote bag.

If you are interested in learning more about Olori’s efforts to provide a much needed education to young girls, or to check out their beautiful products, visit BeOlori.com. The brand can also be found on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. Those links can be found on the bottom of their website.

Kimberly

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

How to Make a DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater on a Budget

 

The holidays can put a strain on anyone.  With last-minute holiday shopping waiting in the wings and being embarrassed because you went way overboard when you went out for some Black Friday shopping post-Turkey, it’s perfectly natural if you don’t want to spend another $50-$75 dollars just so you can have an extra special ugly Christmas sweater this holiday season.   While dressing to impress can be important when it comes to turning everyone’s heads when you show up to your upcoming ugly Christmas sweater party, or after-hours work holiday meet-up, or family gathering, if you’re the type that would rather express their inner creativity than throw money at your holiday fashion, you’ve come to the right blog.

Creating something ugly for the holidays can indeed be a daunting task, but if you use the following tips when it comes to making your own ugly Christmas  sweater, then rest assured, you should be able to “out ugly” any of these big box and internet companies who are really killing it with their amazing ugly Christmas sweater that they’ve got for sale on the internet and in such stores like Walmart, Target, and Kohl’s.

Follow these tips below when you’re ready to start on your own DIY ugly Christmas sweater and you’ll be sure to not be left out in the holiday cold this year when it comes to dazzling your friends, family, co-workers, with an amazing ugly holiday sweater when being ugly makes you the most beautiful person in the room.

Step #1:  You need a sweater.

Check your closest, check the attic, check the basement for a comfortable, old sweater that you won’t mind-altering for your ugly holiday outfit.   It’s always best to use the most comfortable sweater you’ve got, but one that you’re comfortable with destroying, in a manner of speaking.  Maybe, it’s one that you wear when you’re cleaning, maybe it’s that old sweater you wear when you have to go outside and work in the garden in the Spring, or maybe, it’s that old sweater that once belonged to your husband, but now its yours because when you wore it to paint some of the rooms in your house, you accidentally spilled Emerald Green on it.   Don’t even worry about it, if it has an old, jagged sports team logo across the front.  If it does, use your imagination to integrate that design into the total ugly scheme of the whole project, you might even find yourself viral on social media when you post photos.

If you don’t have a sweater that you’re willing to get rid of, to destroy, to alter for the sake of ugly Christmas spirit, then the best place for you to get one, for pennies more or less, is your local thrift store.  What’s great about going to your local Goodwill is that when you walk into the store you can’t help but notice how they’ve taken the extraordinary steps to color-code every single piece of clothing (men’s and women’s) that they have for sale.  At the Goodwill you can start letting your imagination run crazy; after all, the sweater is your canvas.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a green sweater, yellow, red, orange, pink!  It’s a canvas, and the first thing that you realize when you start on your ugly Christmas sweater design journey is that certain colors while being almost violent to the eye, can be perfect fodder for your DIY ugly Christmas sweater creation.  Think: pink and brown, for example.   Certain colors do drive the mind crazy.   Have you ever seen the 1980 horror movie, The Shining?   The one with Jack Nicholson.   Do you remember that creepy carpet in the hotel that the movie is set?  Well, think about the colors.   Certain colors are unsettling, indeed.

An example of an ugly Christmas sweater. PHOTO SOURCE: UglyChristmasSweater.com.

Step 2:  Will you be featuring a design on the sweater?

The ugly Christmas sweater has been around for a very long time.   For anyone born before 1985, you might recall how your mom or your aunt or your grandma, someone that you didn’t see very often, except around the holiday season when you were kid, might often knit you a scarf or a sweater.   Boy, they were ugly, weren’t they?  When you’ve found your sweater, think about those good old days when you’re coming up with your design.  One word: felt.  Remember when you could go to Michaels or JoAnn Fabrics and get those super hideous patterns, graphics that you could sew into things?  You could get a super tacky cartoon-ish image of a reindeer or something and sew it into a holiday blanket?  For the person that wants to be super ambitious with their DIY ugly Christmas sweater using a pattern can make the project extra fun; but if your someone that’s going for the so-ugly-it-hurts look, then you might want to stick to sharp, contrasting colors with 3-D effects added for good measure.

So once you have your sweater, and your mind made up as to whether or not you’ll be integrating a pattern or sticking with ugly colors, then it’s time to expand on your concept.   And there are so many ways to do that.

Lights you can purchase from UglyChristmasSweaters.com to decorate your ugly Christmas sweater.

Of course:  Never forget about Michaels or JoAnn Fabrics.    Also, don’t be afraid to go to Big Lots, Hobby Lobby, or your local Family Dollar for penny-deals on Christmas ornaments, tinsel, wrapping part and other ephemera that you can sew onto your sweater.   Get some gaudy fabric and sew it or glue it onto the sweater.  Don’t be afraid to add text.  Don’t be afraid to make it 3-D.   If you’re someone that had to go to the thrift store to get your sweater, then hopefully, you also scoped out any second-hand Christmas ornaments that they might’ve had for sale as well.  The thrift store is a great place to find used, ugly, old tinsel, and forgotten Christmas decor that you can add on to your sweater via glue, etc.   Some of the best ugly Christmas sweaters are so over the top that they’re not only unforgettable but they also leave a person who sees them thinking: how on earth did they think of that?   Don’t limit your mind when it comes to your design. Go crazy.  If your better fashion sense, that you shouldn’t do something: do it anyway.  Don’t be afraid to wrap tinsel around the sweater.  Don’t be afraid to make your design funny, raunchy, innuendo-based.  The whole point of the Ugly Christmas sweater phenomenon is the spirit of Christmas itself; and what better time is there in the year to let your freak flag fly or your sense of humor, regardless of how appropriate or inappropriate it may be.

Too Many Ideas?  Start Here: Get a DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater Starter Kit.

If you’ve got so many good ideas that you’re not sure where to start or how to start, sometimes it can be best if you just start small to see what you like, what works and doesn’t work for what you’ve got in your mind.  And the best way to do that is to just get an Ugly Christmas Sweater Design Kit like the ones available at UglyChristmasSweater.com.   Using a Design Kit is a good way to start on your journey to an ugly Christmas sweater design freedom.  Use the materials that come in the kit to start customizing your ugly holiday sweater and once you’ve used up the kit, stand back, and take a look at the sweater.  Put it on!   Look in the mirror!  Is it ugly enough, or should you continue building on top of what you’ve already done?

Remember, the sky’s the limit when it comes to creating an ugly Christmas sweater.   There’s no such thing as too ugly when it comes to joining in the fun.

Cute, interactive Christmas sweater from UglyChristmasSweater.com

About the Author: 

This is a guest post co-written by Justin Michaels from UglyChristmasSweater.com.  He loves riding mountain bikes, listening to music, and reading.  His favorite pajamas are ugly ones and you can get yourself a pair here: https://www.uglychristmassweater.com/product-category/christmas-pajama-jumpsuits/