Category Archives: Fashion Friday

Fashion Friday: Nautical Themed Multilayer Bracelet from Born Pretty

Standard
Nautical Themed Multilayer Bracelet from Born Pretty

Nautical Themed Multilayer Bracelet from Born Pretty

Today I have one of my rarely seen Fashion Friday posts for you.  This time around I am featuring this adorable Nautical Themed Multilayer Bracelet from the Born Pretty Store.  Did you know that Born Pretty has more than just nail art and beauty products?  Sure enough, they have clothing, home decor,  jewelry and accessories as well.  They have several of these leather strap multilayer-style bracelets available and I just couldn’t resist checking them out, so when Born Pretty offered to send me some products for review I requested to try it.

Nautical Themed Multilayer Bracelet from Born Pretty

Nautical Themed Multilayer Bracelet from Born Pretty

I chose this nautical themed bracelet that has an anchor, an infinity sign, and a ship wheel as its charms.  There are several black and brown leather straps in varying thicknesses and styles to add to the quasi-rustic vibe of the bracelet.  The charms seem to be of good quality, and the bracelet feels durable.  It is lightweight and comfortable to wear.  The only possible drawback is that the bracelet is pretty long, so it may be too big for those with small wrists.  I can wear it loosely on the smallest loop and I do not have small wrists, so keep that in mind.  My husband could probably wear this bracelet if he were so inclined (though I didn’t actually test that).  That’s actually a good point.  The bracelet is not gender specific, so a man could totally get away with wearing it.  It is definitely a unisex piece.  It is stylish and cool, and I have gotten several compliments when I have worn it.

Nautical Themed Multilayer Bracelet from Born Pretty

Nautical Themed Multilayer Bracelet from Born Pretty

I am a fan of this little Nautical Themed Multilayer Bracelet from Born Pretty.  There are several different version of this style of bracelet with all sorts of charms, from Parisian to owls, love themes and trees, even Harry Potter and Hunger Games themes.  You definitely should check them out.  This particular Nautical Themed Multilayer Bracelet retails for $5.74, but is currently on sale for $2.99 at bornprettystore.com.  I am thinking that I need to head back over to the website and order another style.  They are super cute.

BPS10offcode

10% off code

As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, the Born Pretty Store is located in China, so shipping will take a while.  It is normal for orders to take 2-4 weeks to ship to the US, and in my experience, I have gotten most of my orders within 2-3weeks.  You should still plan ahead if you are ordering something time sensitive like holiday items and order them early.  Orders ship within 24 hours.  Check out the BPS website bornprettstore.com, or their facebook page for more details.  For 10% off any regular priced items from the website, use coupon code BBBK31.  I do not get any kick backs or compensation from your orders.  I am just offering my personal opinions.

FTC Disclosure: The product reviewed in this post was provided to me for free by Born Pretty Store for consideration.  This does not guarantee a positive review, and my thoughts on these products are 100% honest.  No other type of compensation was accepted.

Advertisements

Fashion Friday: Diamond Candles

Standard
Diamond Candles

Diamond Candles

Today’s review is a Fashion Friday post because the product fits under both the regular fashion and home fashion categories.  I’m talking about Diamond Candles, which are a fun gift idea for candle and jewelry lovers, alike.  My sister’s birthday was last month, and she had mentioned that she really wanted a Diamond Candle.  I remember hearing about the company sometime last year, but hadn’t checked them out.  Thinking of gift ideas, I went to the website, diamondcandles.com,  and ended up buying three candles, one for my sister and (because I couldn’t resist) two for me.  Here is my experience with Diamond Candles.

Diamond Candles are good quality soy wax pillar candles in a glass jar.  They come in a variety of colors and scents.  What makes Diamond Candles different than other candles is that Diamond Candles have a ring inside.  Here is what Diamond Candles says about themselves on their Facebook page: “Our earth friendly soy candles contain a ring worth $10, $100, $1000, or $5000 in every one. We are making burning and using candles fun for the home! We also have classic candles that are ringless for those who just love the fragrance!”  Think Cracker Jacks, for adults.  The Ring Candles all come with a ring surprise inside.  The rings are wrapped in a plastic bag, which is then wrapped in foil and fixed to the side of the candle.  I think that, though not entirely original, Diamond Candles are a cute idea and like getting two gifts in one.  They really are a lot of fun to burn as the anticipation about what ring you will find grows.  If you were the kind of kid who bought cereal based on the toy surprise inside, this is definitely for you.

Diamond Candles True Love

Diamond Candles True Love

The first candle that I burned was in the scent True Love that was one of the holiday scents for Valentine’s Day.  True Love is a fresh floral perfume scent.  Diamond Candles described it as “An inspired sensual fragrance of a classic chilled mojito, feminine floral notes, jasmine, labdanum, cedarwood and tiny notes of pink pepper.”  I really liked the scent, especially for February.  The candles have one large wick that burns pretty evenly.  It does mushroom, though, so you do have to trim the wick before each use.  I thought the True Love fragrance was strong enough to fill the room, but not so strong that it over-powered everything.  When you blow the candles out, they smoke up quite a bit (more so than B&BW candles), so be sure to keep the lid handy and cover it immediately.  The candles are made from 100% soy wax and not from petroleum based parrafin wax, bees wax, or palm wax.  In general, I think Diamond Candles are good quality candles, easily comparable to Bath & Body Works, Party Lite, or Yankee Candles.

True Love ring

True Love ring

This is the ring that I got from the True Love candle.  I think that it’s really cute, and probably something that I’d find at Target or a trendy clothing store for $10 or $15.  I was very happy with my first Diamond Candle experience and anxious to burn my second candle and reveal my next surprise.

Diamond Candles Honeysuckle

Diamond Candles Honeysuckle

I love the Honeysuckle scent from Diamond Candles.  It’s so fragrant and beautiful, perfect for Spring.  That’s not a big surprise, since Honeysuckle is one of my favorite scents in various products, but I can say that Diamond Candles delivered on my expectations for a clean Honeysuckle smell.  It burned just as well as the True Love candle, with all the same pros and cons.  The Ring Candles are 21 oz. and approximately 3.5 inches in diameter and about 6.5 inches tall.  They are true pillars, taller and thinner than B&BW candles, which are 14.5 oz.  I really enjoyed this candle and would definitely repurchase the scent.  Both rings were revealed with the top 30% of the candle, so you don’t have to burn the whole thing to get to your ring.

Honeysuckle ring

Honeysuckle ring

This is the ring that I got out of the Honeysuckle candle.  I was a little disappointed to get another purple stone, but I really like this ring, more so than the first one.  Though Diamond Candles say that you can get a real ring worth hundreds or thousands of dollars, most rings are going to be costume.  However, there is a wide range in quality of costume jewelry in the US, and some quality costume rings can still be worth $50-$100.  I feel like this second ring looks better quality than the first.  I don’t know if my rings are worth anything, but I like them both and would totally wear them both.  Here is a picture of them on.

My Diamond Candles rings

My Diamond Candles rings

So the real question at this point is “Are Diamond Candles worth it?”  Well, that depends on what you are looking for.  Diamond Candles Ring Candles are $24.95 each.  Like I said before, they are good quality and larger than, say, Bath & Body Works candles that retail for $20-$22.50 each.  If you are used to buying quality candles, then you are used to paying around that much for them.  The rings are a bonus, and even the cheap $10 rings cut the candle price down to about $15 for the 21 oz pillar.  I think it’s definitely worth it if you are a regular candle buyer.  However, if you are looking into Diamond Candles for the rings, you are better off skipping the candles and just going to the store to buy a ring yourself.  The Diamond Candle rings are truly a surprise.  You can not choose your personal style or your ring size, so there is no guarantee that you will like the ring you get or that it will fit your finger.  Diamond Candles uses rings that are sized between 4 and 10, though most rings will be 6-8.  The larger ring that I received fits my middle finger perfectly, but the smaller ring is a little snug on my ring finger.  It’s the luck of the draw.  There is a very active facebook page for trading, buying, and selling Diamond Candles rings.  If you don’t like your ring you can sell or trade for one you do like.  So the “Is it worth it” question really depends on your expectations.  If you will be disappointed or angry by a ring that doesn’t fit or you think is ugly, maybe Diamond Candles isn’t for you.  If you view the ring as a fun surprise, or an added bonus to a good candle, then you may really enjoy Diamond Candles.

Diamond Candles

Diamond Candles

I personally am very happy with Diamond Candles.  I had fun burning my candles and revealing my rings.  My sister also really loved the one that I gave her for her birthday.  She got the Sweet Pea scent in her favorite color, purple.  She said that it smelled amazing.  Her ring fit her finger perfectly and is in a style and color that she liked.  It was a great gift.  Diamond Candles is not a huge corporation, and there are some issues because of that.  First of all, you have to order online because there are no brick and mortar retailers at this point, which can be frustrating not being able to smell each sent before you buy.  The main issue that I see is that they frequently blow through their stock.  The fan-base is growing, and Diamond Candles has a hard time keeping up.  Because of this, selection can really vary.  Sometimes there are more than a dozen scents, and sometimes there are only four left in stock.  You have to keep checking back to get the scents that you want, which can be annoying.  On the upside, processing and shipping were no problem.  My order was placed on 1/29, shipped on 1/30 and delivered on 2/7.  Expect a delay around any holiday.  My recommendation, if you want to give Diamond Candles as a gift, is to shop early so that you can be sure to get the candles in time to take care of any issues that may arise.  Also, while my three candles arrived in pristine condition, there is always the risk of breakage when shipping glass.  I’ve seen on the DC facebook page that when candles arrive broken (most likely because of mishandling on part of the shipper), Diamond Candles is quick to take care of the situation.  I am happy with my Diamond Candles experience and will be ordering more at some point.  If you want to order your own Diamond Candles go ahead on click the link to see their website.

Fashion Friday: Brash Royalty Studded Sandals from Payless

Standard
Brash

Brash Royalty Studded Sandals

Hey everyone.  I wanted  to try out something new by introducing Fashion Friday to the blog.  I don’t want to do this every Friday, but occasionally I will be bringing in some fashion items and accessories.  Today I am starting with the Royalty Studded Sandals by the brand Brash.  These sandals are available at Payless Shoe Source, and right now Payless is having a huge sandal sale, up to 50% off.

I am not a big sandal girl, but I wanted a cool pair to wear around this summer.  I can not wear flip flops anymore.  Several years ago I stepped off a curb wrong while wearing flip-flops and it made the shoe go wonky and me to lose my balance and break my ankle.  Ever since then, wearing flip-flops makes me super paranoid that I’m going to do it again.  So I wanted a sandal that had some security.  I also wanted something that was casual, but could be dressed up.  I came across the Brash Royalty Studded Sandals, and they were everything I wanted.

BrashBlack

Brash Royalty Studded Sandals

From the Payless website: “Embrace your inner rock star with this studded sandal from Brash! It features a faux suede upper, complete with pointed round studs, an elastic sling strap for easy on/easy off, smooth lining and footbed, and flexible outsole.”  I love that there aren’t any buckles to fidget with on the ankle strap.  The tiny bit of elastic really makes a big difference.  The studs give them edge, but aren’t too big so that they look like too much.  They are fun and funky, but not juvenile.  I’ve worn these casually around town with jeans or crops, and I’ve also worn them with a Maxi Dress for a night out.  They are perfect, and so comfortable.  I love them so much that I had to take advantage of the sale and pick up another pair in tan.  I really recommend that you give them a try, especially during the sale.

BrashTan

Brash Royalty Studded Sandals in Tan

The Brash Royalty Studded Sandals are regularly priced at $26.99, but are currently on sale for $19.99.  See http://www.payless.com for more details about their current sandal sale, and the Brash Royalty Studded Sandals.