S&A Product Review

I was very excited to find that my Style & Apply product had arrived! Then there was the time spent on prepping the living room walls & trying to figure out just exactly where each piece was going. The items I’m using are the Floral Butterfly Set, Article #DS 698, as they coordinate quite well with our existing decor. Following the link in this paragraph or the Style & Apply banner at the bottom of this post to do your shopping will earn a small commission for me. I was not paid for this post, but it is to be noted that I did receive a free product valued at $19.95 for the purpose of this review.

Packaging: The product came in a large tube, like a jumbo scroll. I loved the cute sticker of a dog carrying a similar package & excitedly announcing “WOOFFFF, IT’s HERE! LET’s DO THIS…” Very cute ❤

Product: All 15 of the beautiful floral butterflies came on one large coiled up sheet. Being a fan of the fantasy genre I couldn’t help but get more swept up into things with it resembling a giant scroll, large enough to be a map or captain’s chart. LOL

Application: First I washed the wall, then I cut sections out of the big sheet so I could more readily apply each piece. It was a bit time consuming preparing & placing each individual butterfly, but I feel that it was well worth the effort given the final overall look.

Ease of Use: The product was just as easy to apply as the youtube video (see video below) & the paper with instructions lead me to believe. While a bit time consuming, there was no difficulty at all.

Opinion: I absolutely love these beautiful butterflies! They go so well with the framed picture. The whole family is impressed at how perfectly the color accents the rest of the decor. I would definitely recommend similar products from Style & Apply to anyone who wants to liven up their walls. They are so easy to place & add an almost magical touch to the whole room. Take a look at the following picture to see how my adventure turned out. 😀 Sorry the pic is not the best, we used the best phone camera we had (actually tried them all with various types of lighting lol) & this was the best of them. 🙂

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There are so many different items to choose from Style & Apply & you are by no means restricted to just living room selections. They have many items meant for any kind of room you want to place them in. So many lovely choices, so few walls, LOL.


Nubile Indulgence

As much as the budget doesn’t like it, sometimes a splurge is in order. While I do not normally indulge an expensive style very often & don’t suggest it as a frequent activity, there are those times when we just have to treat ourselves. Today’s ensemble idea is meant for a young lady, who obviously must have means as the selections come from the most expensive company I affiliate with lol. Everything in this post comes from Carnet de Mode which is a higher end shop, complete with higher end prices. If you follow any of my links to shop the style I will receive a small commission from anything you may purchase.

Nubile Indulgence

Ankara Swing Dress ($175)
Black Leather Zip Ankle Boots De Siena – Greta ($280)
Bag Ball Shaped with Fringe ($257)
Green leather bird shaped earrings – Roxane ($53)
Necklace – Bérénice – CHARCOAL Grey ($60)
Gold-Plated Brass Isis Bracelet ($47)
Brass and Gold Ring with Arrow Pagan ($54)


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Beautiful Time

Another post inspired by the upcoming Mother’s Day, this time I have a collection of fashion watches that would make wonderful gifts. In the fast paced society we live in everyone needs something to help them chronologically synchronize with their daily to do lists. While the telling of time can be very important to all of us, it’s also great to do so with style & flair. The selections for this post come from JollyChic as they have many marvelous watches to choose from. This post contains affiliate links, so if you follow them to do your shopping I will earn a small commission from your purchases.

Gift of Time
1) Layers Weave Wrap Around Leather Brown Retro Bracelet Watch ($6.99)
2) Hollow Flower Round Case Quartz Wrist Watch ($6.99)
3) Nice Rhinestone Round Case Quartz Wrist Watch ($7.99)
4) Luxury Rose Gold Crystal Lady Women White Quartz Analog Watch ($5.99)
5) Wide Band Nice Flower Rhinestone Wrist Watch ($6.99)
6) Round Shape High Quality Quartz Wrist Watch ($7.99)
7) Dual Time Zone Pendant Quartz Watch With Chain ($7.99)
8) Rhinestone Round Case Quartz Wrist Watch ($6.99)
9) Lady Dragonfly Crystal Party Ball Analog Quartz Watch ($21.99)
10) Elegant Leather Bling Crystal Lady Women Quartz Dress Watch ($21.99)


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Childhood Inspiration

Today’s post will be a bit different, this time I thought I would discuss a woman who inspired me so much in my childhood. I think she is still one of the most beautiful women alive even now. Her incredible beauty is not the only thing I found to be of influence to my younger self, but her presence & the fact that she was a woman with a powerfully important role on a show I still rewatch to this day. Who is this woman you might ask, well none other than Nichelle Nichols. I haven’t really made a secret of being a nerd & I think I was a trekkie (some use the term trekker, nothing wrong with it, just I was taught my way when I was a little girl in the 80s) while growing in a cozy & personal amniotic sea. It was wonderful to see a woman who was an integral part of the bridge crew, though being honest about it, Roddenberry moved communications to the bridge (it’s never on the bridge in real naval vessels) just to get a woman on the bridge. Many of you may not be aware but there was one episode of the real original Star Trek which was cancelled for daring to have a female first officer. Yes, that’s right, the creator of Star Trek dared to dream that in the future women might hold higher military positions than they did in the 60s perhaps even equal to that of men, but he forgot that The Twilight Zone & The Outer Limits claimed to do their stories in another reality that had no relationship with ours to get away with making bold societal conjectures.

Nyota Uhura(I learned later that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. talked her into staying with the show, as an inspiring black woman)

Back to my topic, I distracted myself there for a bit, lol. Beautiful, glamorous & always seems to wear incredible statement jewelry. In the above picture the accessories had to comply with Star Fleet regs (LOL), but outside of her various roles she always seems to have the right pieces on. Every time I see Nichelle I’m star struck & she has remained so very elegant & graceful through the years. One of my childhood idols that has never disappointed me.

Nichelle Nichols
I’ve put together a few pieces from JollyChic that are in a similar vein, while also being totally different. LOL Yes, I am aware of just how ambiguous that last statement was. My links are affiliate in nature, so if you follow them to do your shopping I will receive a small commission from your purchases. 🙂

Inspired Jewelry
1) Bohemia Bead Pendant Stylish Vintage Necklace ($5.99)
2) Double Layers Beads Women Fashion Necklace ($16.99)
3) Retro Style Vivid Sequined Beads Pendant Necklace ($7.99)
4) Bohemia Style Layers Resin Stones Chain Necklaces ($4.99)
5) Luxury Colorful Stones Layers Necklaces For Women ($15.99)
6) Graceful Pearl Flower Bride Wedding Necklace Drop Earrings ($11.99)
7) Special Design Bohemia Macadam Necklace For Women ($10.99)

A Fan Girl Moment

I’ve been spying a few interesting things at Walmart that I knew I would have to do a few posts about at some point. This is the beginning. 😉 Maybe something with Spider-Man next time, lol. I have long been a huge Batman fan, I think there is something about this particular superhero, who has no super powers, that makes him so appealing to the average person. Well, that is unless you consider being unthinkably rich & having the mind of Sherlock Holmes super powers, lol. Perhaps I am also influence by my father who has a major love for this special character. However my fandom came to me, the fact remains that I hold a special place in my heart for this shady hero. I thought it appropriate to go with more girly touches with the jewelry pieces & the lovely shoes because there is nothing wrong with a girl enjoying fandom of any hero; we should revel in who & what we are. 🙂 As with so many of my posts my links are affiliate links & following them to make any purchases will earn me a small commission from anything you may choose to purchase.

Fan Girl

Juniors Batman Figure Graphic Tee ($7.88)
Jordache Women’s Pull-On Denim Jeggings ($12)
Faded Women’s Charmi A-Line Flat ($9.87)
DC Comics Batgirl Sterling Silver Batman Logo Pink Crystal Stud Earrings ($24)
DC Comics Batgirl Sterling Silver Batman Logo Pink Crystal Pendant ($24)
Connections from Hallmark DC Comics Batgirl Stainless Steel Batman Logo “Girl Porwer!” Multi-Charm Bangle ($18)

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Clubbing

This will be my first post about my recent affiliation with Pink Basis & I must say that they have a lovely & very interesting collection. They do not boast of many accessories, but they have an amazing assortment of garments, especially dresses & a truly epic collection of shoes. Next to jewelry, I would have to say that shoes are my favorite things, lol. I will probably be coordinating jewelry from elsewhere with clothing & shoes from this lovely shop in the future. I love how so many of their beautiful items are so very affordable, even more when they are on sale too! This whole ensemble totals to around $83 with the most expensive item being the dress that is itself less than $30. My links to this site are affiliate links, so be aware that if you follow them to do your shopping I will earn a small commission from your purchases. Happy shopping 😉

Clubbing

White Crochet Sleeveless Bodycon Clubwear Dress ($27.99)
Fuchsia Ruffle Side Platform Wedges Faux Suede ($19.99)
Fuchsia Jade High Polish Draped Chain Studded Earrings ($9.99)
Fuchsia Gold Carved Texture Two Tone Bib Necklace ($12.99)
Silver Gold Glitter Detail Bangle Set ($5.99)
Gold Spiral Detail Bangle Set ($5.99)


Office Days

I’ve decided to go with a more formal office look for this post. There are many formal occasions throughout our lives & thus far I have left that aspect unexplored. Today’s selections will remedy the aforementioned oversight. This classy selection comes from Amazon.com. As this style is meant for a more traditional office or interview I went with subtle accessories that both demonstrate fashion sense & showcase practical sensibilities. The whole look is amazingly affordable as well. Following my links to do your shopping will earn me a small commission from your purchases. I hope this post inspires your work attire or helps you land that job you’re interviewing for. 😉

Office

niceeshop(TM) Women’s Formal Office Button Down Shirt Ruffle OL Blouse ($13.59
Womens Floral Work Midi Pencil Skirt Ladies Mesh Rose Party ($3.98)
Shoes 18 Ladies Veleveteen Ballet Flat Loafer Shoes W/Chain Embellishment ($14.99)
MKF Collection STIELLA Cross Body Shoulder Handbag ($20)
Nine West “Get Charmed” Gold-Tone 2-Strand Spiritual Pendant Necklace and Stud Earrings Jewelry Set ($9.47)
Nine West “Get Charmed” Gold-Tone Lotus Rosary Temporary Tattoo Set Chain Bracelet ($4.72)
BestDealUSA Stylish Steel Wire Rhombus Rhinestone Girl Lady Women Wrist Bracelet Watch ($0.87)
T Tahari “Shades” Topaz Navette Ring ($14)

Sultry Chic

Today is all about spice! My selections come from Lane Bryant & I must say that the dress is smoking hot! LOL I always find beautiful things when I rummage their shop & I do so enjoy sharing some of the lovelies that I find. Check out these treasures, especially wonderful should there be a date night imminent. 😉 If you follow any of my links to do your shopping I will earn a small commission from any of your purchases. Have fun 😉

Sultry

Control Tech Spliced Stripe Dress ($149.95)
Cut-Out Chain Belt ($34.95)
Adriana Leather Overwrap Heel ($109)
Perforated Wristlet Bag ($34.95)
Double Teardrop Earrings ($14.95)
Bead Necklace with Plate Pendant ($34.95)
3 Row Curved Bangle Bracelet Set ($19.95)
Beaded Stretch Bracelet with Charm ($14.95)
Cubic Zirconium Stacked 3-Ring Set ($19.95)
Rhinestone Wrap Ring ($19.95)

Lane Bryant

Finally

First, I need to say that I hate UPS. They are absolutely the worst parcel service I have ever had any dealings with. I ordered a gift for one of my younger nieces from Target, also to be noted that the item was an online exclusive that could not be sent to the store for pick up. The shipping service that they use is (urgh!) UPS! Now, my general problem with this particular carrier of packages is their unreliability, when they do actually succeed in delivering what they are supposed to they do not knock (unless the sender has set up signature confirmation), even when it is totally obvious to any casual observer that people are home. I haven’t always lived in a good neighborhood & back when I was on such a not so reputable block they would just set packages on the porch, making no attempt to alert the occupants to the presence of said packages. That’s just an invitation to ruin one’s holiday plans.

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Anyway, moving on to the point of my problem with them this time. I received an email notice from Target that my package had been delivered. Well, I hadn’t seen it, so I spent the next 2 days tearing up the house & yard, all the while interrogating everyone about it (I have a large family, it takes a while to question everyone). The package simply wasn’t here. So I sent an email to Target’s customer support explaining the problem. They were very kind & were working with me, after asking me to check my porch & yard again they then asked me to wait a few days as sometimes packages were misreported as delivered but arrive a few days later. So okay, I search through all of the emails about my order I found the clickable tracking number that UPS had provided & they claimed that they had delivered it during a time where there were no less than 12 people at the house, fully conscious & mostly in the front yard. Yet the truck was never even seen on the street. Now 6 days after the package was supposedly delivered, I replied to the last message from Target, as I was instructed to do if it still failed to arrive, to report that there still was no package.

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Fortune smiled on me this time however. A few hours after I sent that email, a neighbor from several streets away, whom none of us know at all, came over to the house to give us our package that had been delivered to their house by mistake. It was very kind of them to bring it by & I was overjoyed! Seems their house number is the same as ours, while the name of the street is very different. So in other words, the UPS delivery person had thought maybe a street name that clearly starts with an M might actually start with a B instead, then reported it as being delivered to the correct address when it in fact was not. If my address had not been correct on the package, there is no way the neighbor could have done what UPS could not & bring it around to the correct destination.

So as it is, the kindness of our previously unknown neighbors saved the day, perhaps even the year! My niece finally received her gift & she was so very happy. The order was rather simple, nothing large, just a 3 piece ear cuff set, but it meant the world to us for the time. Her favorite is the one with the dangling feathers, which doesn’t really surprise me at all. lol

Alex Ear Cuffs

I’m sure that Target would’ve made it right as their customer support was doing everything they could to help me. I do so hope they change their parcel service & soon. Please remember that following my links to make your purchases will earn me a small commission & you might consider items that they offer store pick-up for rather than deal with the nightmare known as UPS. Thanks for taking the time to read this 😉




Decisions Have been Made

I have been with Kitsy Lane for a long time, at least as long as one could be with such a fledgling company anyway. I stumbled across it nearly at the beginning. Originally it was a wonderful shop with way too many pieces to select anywhere near all of them for my boutique. The past little over a year I have watched the potential stock dwindle from well over 500 treasures to a bit over 100. A while back they stopped hosting the newsletters, so when they did choose to run extra sales it was unlikely to be noticed. The sales they have chosen to run, since last year are advertised after they expire. The vast majority of the selections cannot be placed in my weekly flash sale, as their prices do not actually reduce. While they always had a small percentage of good quality pieces, now that the number of pieces has dwindled to nearly nothing there are really very, very few that are worth purchasing.

I sent an email to my concierge a bit back to inquire about the total lack of attention from HQ & all they had to say was (paraphrasing here) too bad, we’re making money doing other things. It really breaks my heart that I have to leave them, having been so devoted for so long, but what else can I do at this point? I’ve sensed this moment coming for quite some time & the inevitable has finally come.

Jewelry has been my life for many years & until blogging came into my life it was also my only job. Now that my schedule has been cleared I will be focusing a lot more energy into my blog & instead of posting every other day as before, I will be posting 6 days a week. At this point it will be one post for each of those days, until I get into the swing of that hustle, it’s possible that there will be multiple posts in a day in the future, but this is what I can guarantee for now.

Mending Broken Heart

I appreciate you, my lovely readers, for taking part in this point of transition in my life. As always my heart is with you all. ❤

–Orbb