Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Jewels for Jules

I love handmade jewelry - it's so unique! So I was excited when my friend Esther launched her handmade/fashion jewelry business. Esther has been designing jewelry for the past seven years. Her love for jewelry started at Girl Scouts when she was just 10 years old, where she made her first pair of earrings. She knew right then and there that designing jewelry was something she wanted to do. This led her to making jewelry and then the launch of Belladazzle.

Belladazzle offers a variety jewelry styles including silver, beaded, wire wrap, and wire coil. There are simple pieces such as long chain necklaces with a single stone or more detailed pieces that have swarovski crystals, pearls, and charms incorporated into them. Check out the handmade jewelry album on BD's Facebook page to see some of the beautiful (and very affordable) necklaces, bracelets, and earrings she has available.

The great thing about Belladazzle is the fact that you can have nearly anything designed for you. If you know exactly what you are looking for, she can create it! If you don't have specifics in mind and just have some basic ideas, you can let her know and she will design something based off of your preferences. I told Esther that I wanted a necklace - something that I could dress up or down, that had a somewhat long chain, wasn't a huge statement piece, that was simple yet eye catching. What did she come up with?...

>> The Jules Necklace <<
I couldn't have asked for a more perfect piece of jewelry. I love how it is so simple yet the swarovski crystal heart and beads make it so elegant and stunning - just like I had requested. This necklace can be worn with a nice dress or even very casual with a basic v-neck t-shirt. I have already worn it several times since receiving it so I see that the Jules Necklace may quickly become an everyday accessory!

Do you love it as much as I do? I really think it is just perfect for me!

It isn't just jewelry at Belladazzle, but handbags as well. Esther has a knack for finding designer inspired handbags that she can offer to us at affordable prices. Many of the item listings actually include a picture of a celebrity with the designer bag, so you can see it alongside the affordable version! Looking for a cheaper version of a particular bag? Let her know and she will try to find one for you! I will be purchasing a handbag from her this week and will report back once I receive it.

I suggest taking a few minutes to check out Belladazzle. You will be sure to find something that you love! ...and remember: If you don't see what you are looking for, just ask. Esther will be more than happy to do her best to make or find exactly what you are looking for!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Sole Society - 50% Off Groupon Deal (Offer Available Through 08.18.11)

Offer Expires 08.18.11 at 11:59PM PST
If you haven't tried Sole Society yet, now is the perfect time. Groupon is currently offering a deal where you pay just $25 for a pair of Sole Society shoes! If you are a returning visitor of my blog then you already know how much I love Sole Society. For those of you who do not, check out the reviews on this blog. Many of Sole Society's shoes are made with real leather and suede. Even the ones that are not are of superior quality. Their shoes are amazing!

If you aren't familiar with shoe clubs, I suggest reading this post before purchasing the Groupon. The post explains how shoe clubs work - FREE shipping both ways (in the event that you need to return or exchange), making a purchase or skipping by the 5th of the month, no commitment to make a purchase, etc. Just read the post! :)

Instructions for purchasing and redeeming your Sole Society Groupon:
  1. Purchase this deal from the Groupon/Sole Society deal page.
  2. You will then be table to print a voucher from your Groupon account (you don't really have to print it, you just have to open it and copy the code). 
  3. You can then head over to Sole Society and make an account (if you haven't already). 
  4. Next you would pick out a gorgeous pair of shoes (They can be found in your Sole Society closet, here on my blog by searching Sole Society in the search box at top right, on Sole Society's Facebook page, or on The Shoe Doctor's blog under the Sole Society tab).
  5. Enter the code from your Groupon voucher at checkout. A credit should then be placed in Sole Society your account, adjusting your order to $0.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me by leaving a comment below.

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Help Me Choose

Ok Ladies (and Gents?), I need your help. Last month I ordered the Moya flats from Sole Society. Two girls on the SS Facebook page told me that their Moya's were tight on them and that I should order a half size up. I did this, but when I received them they were too big. I sent them back with the intention of using my credit for another pair of Moya in my regular size.

Moya in blush (also comes in black) - I absolutely LOVE the metallic toe caps! I just don't see myself wearing them much in the fall and winter.

Unfortunately, now it is August and there are several other pairs I am interested in. What should I get? Should I be practical, since I don't have a job, and order the Moya flats? Or should I order Charlotte in black, Virginia in grey, or Catherine in lace with the intent of wearing them when I go out? - Which won't be very often.

Charlotte in black (also comes in taupe and red) - I don't own any similar heels similar to these. There is something about the caged design that I really like. They sort of remind me of a pair of Miu Miu lattice pumps that I have been pining over!
Virginia in grey (also comes in cobalt blue) - These are very pretty. On top of that, real suede for $49.95? Yes please!
Catherine in lace (also comes in leopard and glitter) - Although I am not a fan of pointy shoes, pointy is in for fall. What I really about them is that the lace is so feminine and pretty!

Ordering all of them is not an option right now. I only have one credit and can therefore only order one pair. What to do? Opinions please!?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Current Obsession - Send the Trend

My good friend Joyce recently made numerous purchases from Send the Trend. I love all of the items she chose. I've been a member for quite some time, but never made any purchases until last night. I ordered the Madeline Gray Ombre Scarf and the Electra Leather Bracelet. Both of these pieces will work well with my fall wardrobe. I will be sure to take photos and share them with you as soon as I receive the items. Read on to find out how you can score a buy one get one free deal from Send the Trend!

Both Joyce and I have Style Pages on Send the Trend. These pages contain our favorite items. It is like having our own personal accessories store that each of you can shop from!

You can help us out by nominating each of our pages. Please click the thumbnails below to be taken to our separate pages. Once you are on the page, you will see a "nominate me" button next to our style descriptions. By clicking that button you will cast your vote to keep us on the top stylist list (you can nominate more than one person).

Haven't tried Send the Trend? Groupon is currently offering a Send the Trend deal (available to new members only) where you pay Groupon $29 and you will receive a $60 promo code for Send the Trend. This translates to purchasing two items for the price of one!

Offer Expires August 14, 2011 at 11:59PM PST

Send the Trend is located in NYC, which means you won't wait long for my review. I should have the items in just a few days, so be sure to check back!

Monday, August 8, 2011

JustFab's Summer Shade Out Sale!

Remember those JustFab Barbados sunglasses that I gave away last month? For a limited time you can purchase any three pairs from JF's sunglasses line for just $39.95! This is a really great deal for UV protection sunglasses. Get them before they are gone!

Which ones are your style? I tend to favor the larger styles - Barbados, Montego Bay, and Bermuda!

Friday, August 5, 2011

I Need These Booties!

Please help me get my Kerries!

When Sole Society launched in March they had an amazing pair of booties available in black and tan. Unfortunately at the time I wasn't interested in purchasing booties. The Kerries in tan sold out almost immediately. I was extremely upset about it.

To my surprise, the other day my friend Chee from The Shoe Doctor let me know that the Kerries are back in stock! Exciting - right!? I planned on ordering them earlier this week with one of my work incentive program credits. If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook then you probably know that I lost my job this week, which means I won't be ordering these shoes with a work credit (or ordering any shoes at all for that matter).

Since Chee and I share the same shoe size and she owns these gorgeous booties, she made a deal with me. If I help her gain votes and win a contest that she entered (it ends tonight, 8/5 at midnight PST), she will send me her brand new Kerries!

This is where you come in. I am practically begging you to click this link for her contest entry and then click the like button to cast your vote. That's it! There is no signing up, no captcha to enter, nothing more - just two seconds of your time!

I really appreciate your votes! It means a lot to me, especially during this tough time in my life.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

My Birthday - Small Details

Last weekend I turned 27 years old. I had a great birthday weekend, which I haven't had in years. It was good to finally enjoy myself for once. Below are a few shots I snapped of some of my favorite details from the weekend.

Yummy Cake
New Forever21 Bag

 Birthday Girl!
Amazing Mojotos
Best Friend
My Sister Johna and Louise
All You Need is Love
Me and the Boy
After too many drinks!
Left: The way I look / Right: The way I feel

It's the little things in life that make me happy!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Eversave Giveaway - And the Winners are...

Congratulations to Patty and Amanda Haverty-Harris!

They are the winners of the Eversave giveaway and have both won a $50 voucher for!

Please check your e-mail inbox for your vouchers! :)

For those of you who didn't win, I have yet another great giveaway coming up so stay tuned!