Jewelry Reviews and Fashion Reviews
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San Antonio Shoemakers™ (SAS) Pampa Sandal Review
Available at of San Antonio Shoemakers™ (SAS) stores in the USA and around the Globe CLICK HERE to find a store near you.
Price varies depending on style choice.
The SAS Shoe Factory and General Store is located at ;101 New Laredo Hwy. in San Antonio, Texas.
Store Hours are: Monday-Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm, Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm, Sunday closed.
What we put on our feet can often be pretty, but more often than not, by the end of the day, your feet are screaming to be set free. I am writing this review today with high hopes that San Antonio Shoemakers™ (SAS) Pampa sandal will prove to be as comfortable as they are attractive. You may not recognize the name, but I have a feeling you will remember seeing their ads in several fine publications like these.
When San Antonio Shoemakers™ (SAS) requested a review I knew straight away the style I’d want. I prefer the toe wrap style more than the thong (between the toe styles). Their Pampa sandal is just what I like. At San Antonio Shoemakers™ (SAS) they are putting American Ingenuity and handmade craftsmanship up to the highest standard, which can make a reviewer like me, have equally high expectations.
I selected the Pampa sandal in chocolate, size 6.5 wide. They arrived in a pretty blue box packed well and exquisitely crafted. Their appreciation for quality and design is immediate. I couldn’t wait to put them on. I spent the weekend walking in my Pampa sandals and I can honestly say it was like “walking on marshmallows”. You can see my walking on marshmallows post here.
Each pair of San Antonio Shoemakers™ (SAS) shoes is handmade in their shop in the US or Italy. As their business has thrived they have steadfastly maintained their small multi-generational family-owned beliefs and craftsmanship. At San Antonio Shoemakers™ (SAS) they continue to follow their family business vision to create beautiful shoes with quality materials. I give San Antonio Shoemakers™ (SAS) my highest rating. I liked the sandals so much they are a wonderful prize in my Step Into Summer Giveaway June 12,2015
Sports Unlimited Columbia Women’s Benton Springs II Long Hoodie Jacket Review
Available at Sports Unlimited.com
Reasonably Priced at $49.95
When Sports Unlimited asked me to review their Columbia Women’s Benton Springs II Long Hoodie Jacket I was happy to oblige, it gets cold here in Utah! Question- When is it okay to lay your jacket on the couch? Read on for the Answer. The soft fleece of this jacket gets even softer after its first wash. The long sleeves and long torso keep my 5’9” body snuggly and warm. The hood is an extra feature that I really appreciate, perfect for keeping your ears warm and covered when the wind blows. The deep zippered side pockets are just right for stashing my gloves. The style is more modern than boxy like most cold weather jackets, providing a nice silhouette. The Quill color is beautiful! It is also available in black and charcoal.
This is an attractive and comfortable style for a layer of extra protection from the cold. You can wear it alone or under an overcoat. You will be glad you made this practical and attractive purchase.
Answer-when your jacket is as cozy as your favorite throw!
Sports Unlimited receives my highest five star review for their Columbia Women’s Benton Springs II Long Hoodie Jacket.
Centime Skinny Nameplate Bracelet Review
Available at CentimeGift.com
Being asked to review handmade jewelry is always a pleasure. Little things that set handmade pieces apart from mass produced jewelry often are what brings charm to owning a handmade piece. At Centime you will find something for every occasion. I chose to review the skinny nameplate bracelet in the gold plated version (I wear gold 99 percent of the time). It was crafted to my specification, hand stamped, personalized and sized perfectly. Delicate and feminine, it is a pretty and sentimental piece that I wear often. It arrived in a nice gift box too. A lovely gift for yourself or ready to give to some lucky recipient. You will find more than just jewelry at this fine online shop. Beautiful jewelry and personalized items for your pet and your home too. I encourage you to think of independent artisans when you are planning on buying something special or when you are doing your gift giving. I like this business so much I included them in a recent giveaway here at Katherines Corner. Overall score, excellent. Five stars for customer service, product quality and meeting expectations.
Available at Krama Heritage $45
I received this lovely green scarf from Krama Heritage for a review. I would like to preface my review by saying that the company is owned by Raphael and Alexandru two friends who met while studying at ESSEC business school in France. During a trip to Cambodia they fell in love with the country, the culture and its history. They developed a project in Cambodia creating socially responsible scarves that come directly from Cambodia. The scarf is a traditional scarf of Cambodia. But it has a history not just as a scarf, but for its many uses. It is used as protection against the sun, a baby shoulder sling and even as a towel. It also served as a carrier for cut wood and for straining cooked rice. It is a symbol of Cambodia’s heritage and represents the values of the people; dignity, courage, optimism and love of life.
Krama Heritage began by making an accessory for Parisian fashion worn by men and women of any age. Krama Heritage supports local solidarity in Cambodia and gives work to a cooperative weavers working in ethical conditions. Alexandru and Raphael’s vision of style and social consciousness is extended even more by their contributions to provide education in Cambodia.
I realize that fashion is a personal thing. But wearing something that supports the rebuilding of Cambodia and makes a fashion statement is a beautiful thing. The scarf I received for review is made of lovely shades of green and it is made of a nice woven fabric. It did however have an odd odor when I took it out of the box. I washed it in cold water and laid it flat to dry. I pressed it using a cool iron with a towel between the scarf and the iron and the odor has dissipated quite a bit. But it will most likely need an additional washing. The scarf is a nice length for wrapping or wearing loosely and is finished with a pretty detail of knotted fringe. It also has a logo metal bar sewn onto the scarf. I assume it should be removed before wearing as it is very prominent labeling. But it may be a nice way to show your support if you leave it on the scarf.
Blue Nile Infinity Bracelet Review-
Available at Blue Nile Jewelry
Costs vary by style and type $45- $95
Blue Nile Jewelry is known for its beautiful diamonds and their quality standards are among the highest. They use only the finest materials to create jewelry with exceptional craftsmanship and the infinity symbol bracelet is a beautiful representation of their work.
This lovely rose gold infinity bracelet arrived in a sturdy and attractive blue box, packaged securely and with a jewelry care guide included. It is a pretty and feminine compliment to both casual and formal wear and can be worn every day with confidence. It is my new “I love it” bracelet. I really like the beautiful rose gold color ,the way it feels so delicate on my wrist and how it is a beautiful reminder of “infinite” endless possibilities. The jewelers craftsmanship is visible in every detail of this bracelet. I like this bracelet so much I wrote a blog post about it. You can read it HERE
You can also purchase this bracelet in sterling and as a bangle.
Baroni Sanibel Island Necklace Sanibel Island Earrings Review-
Available at BaroniDesigns. com
Price Necklace $79
Beautifully hand crafted, delicate and feminine, these are the words that spring to mind when I wear these lovely pieces. They arrived nicely packaged and they are absolutely true to the images on the website. I am fond of wearing jewelry that reminds me of the seaside. At Baroni designs they have a whole selection of pieces in their Bella Blue collection inspired by the artist’s favorite beaches. Each piece beautifully created in sterling silver to resemble treasures discovered walking along the beach. The chain for the necklace has an adjustable length so you can easily wear it long or short. The only thing I would change about the earrings is I added earring stoppers (little rubber pieces placed on the earring wires that keep your earrings from falling out) to keep these lovely treasures from falling out. However, this does not deter from the precious five star rating.
A lovely gift to give, or keep for yourself, excellent! Note I liked this jewelry so much I have it as a prize in the Baroni Beach Style Giveaway.
Firmoo Eyewear Review-
Available at Firmoo. com
Prices vary and start as low as $15.00
Eyewear is a very personal thing and buying eyewear on the internet can be intimidating. It’s hard to know if you will like them if you haven’t tried them on. But after ordering my reading glasses and sunglasses from Firmoo I am pleasantly surprised. The lenses are clear and they fit my face well. They are nicely manufactured and came packaged well to avoid any hazards in shipping from overseas. The readers are the correct strength and wearing them is comfortable and I love the retro style.
However the sunglasses lenses are not very dark and I still squint when I am in the sun, but I love the style. You do have to wait a little longer than you would at a stateside shop. But they provide a variety of styles and sizes and the prices can’t be beat.
Coldwater Creek Review-
Available at official website coldwatercreek. com
I wore my “new favorite” cardigan the other day. The silver dipped cardigan from Coldwater Creek. I like how soft it is and the silver threads make it feel a bit dressy too, even with my jeans. The one-button knit is generously cut and it has nice long sleeves, which I love!
I am absolutely comfortable in my new denim blue Tencel® tunic . I love the length of this top and the fabric is so soft! I am crazy for tunics and Coldwater Creek has several to choose from.
When its time for some serious power lounging I am comfortable in my soft blue drawstring pants from Coldwater Creek. I am always thrilled when I find clothes long enough for my 5 foot 9 inch body. They have a large variety of clothing for the tall woman. They also have sizes for petites, misses and womens sizes too.
Coldwater Creek gets a huge five star rating from me for its quality, style and fit. My overall experience with Coldwater Creek online shopping was excellent. They have a large selection of beautiful clothing in a variety of sizes and length for misses, womens and petites. Beautiful accessories and jewelry too. Each of the pieces I ordered arrived as expected and using their easy to use sizing guide everything fit great. You can visit a local Coldwater Creek in your area or shop online, either way you will find something wonderful to add to your wardrobe. Watch for their promotional discounts too!
this review is part of a blog post your can read the complete blog post HERE.
The Look Site Readers Review-
Available at thelooksite. com
25.00€ ( $32.53) shipped anywhere
The LOOK site is based in Italy and ships worldwide you will find readers (and plan lenses) glasses for men, women and children. All in a wonderful variety of styles, you can make a selection from their collections or mix it up. Either way you will find something just right for you. The website is user friendly and the photos represent the products well. They are made well, fit very comfortably and have clear focused lenses. I am very happy with my new readers. Each pair of glasses comes with a matching storage case and cleaning cloth. They arrived packaged well and exactly as appeared on the website. I like these glasses so much I am giving some away at my March giveaway.
The Look Site Sun Readers Review-
Available at The Look Site
25.00€ (32.53) shipped anywhere
No need for to many details for this review (please read my review on the readers above) I would like to put an image of five big stars here though. Instead I’ll put it at the end of the review. These wonderful old Hollywood style sun-readers (sunglasses with reader lenses) make me feel so glamorous. The lenses are clear and the focus is perfect. They fit well and no more straining to read outside in the sun. I used to have to choose between my readers or my sunglasses. But, these sun readers are the perfect solution. I am thrilled with them. I think you will be too. I like these glasses so much I am giving some away at my March giveaway.
Bella Vita iPhone Wristlet and iPhone Wallet Review
Available at Bella Vita and Amazon.com
Bella Vita means Beautiful Life in Italian. Bella Vita is also the name of a company run by two beautiful women. Katie and Julia. They created Bella Vita with a goal to forge original designs in fine leather, providing a colorful twist on super-affordable luxury. They draw inspiration from the beauty of life. A double espresso. A fine bottle of wine. The warmth of sunshine and even waves crashing on the beach. Being a HUGE supporter of small business and particularly Womens business, it is an honor to review the Vita Bacca iPhone 4 Wristlet for women and the Vita Ciocolatto iPhone 4 Wallet for men .
Bella Vita! Life is beautiful, and so is this iphone wristlet. It is a beautiful combination of style and practicality. Made with rich leather and in a luscious warm pink color, it’s very feminine too. Pride in workmanship, attention to detail, and excellent quality is evident from the moment you untie the ribbon covered box.
Keep your not so attractive phone perfectly safe with room for credit cards, driver’s license and some cash too. It’s great for on the go. It is a an attractive substitute for carrying a purse too. No need when you have what you need in hand ( on your wrist). under $100 too.
Bella Vita! Life is beautiful, and so is this iphone wallet. It is a beautiful combination of style and practicality. Made with rich leather and in a luscious chocolate brown color. Pride in workmanship, attention to detail, and excellent quality is evident from the moment you untie the embossed box.
Keep your not so attractive phone perfectly safe with room for credit cards, driver’s license and some cash too. Easily slips into a purse, briefcase or into your jacket pocket. Keep your phone safe in style. This wonderful iphone wallet can be used for a man or a woman and it’s less than $100..
I do not hesitate to give a five star rating two both of these fine products!
Cutey Charm Bracelet Review
Available at Cutey.com
prices vary depending on style
When I was contacted by the representative of the Cutey Charm Bracelet company I was thrilled to discover that it is a newer company just founded last year. I love being involved in things when they are just getting underway.
I have always been a fan of charm bracelets and the cutey charm bracelets do not disappoint. They are fashionable, and affordable. Cutey may be based in the UK but they ship worldwide.
Their bracelets come in a variety of styles and have “cute” names too. One thing that grabbed my attention straight away is the clasp. The cutey bracelet clasp is disguised. It resembles one of the beads on the bracelet, which is wonderful because the beads and charms are lovely! Each bracelet has several beads and accent charms and they all move easily on a silver tone rope cord, there’s even room to add a few more charms if you would like. They offer free shipping to the UK too which is an added bonus for our friends across the pond.
Over all I found the cutey charm bracelet to be a “cute” accessory for your outfit. The affordable prices makes it easy to buy several, so you can have one in every color. Or wear several at once for a wonderful stacked bracelet look.