Gucci Opens a Digital Flagship Store

Monday, August 30, 2010



Gucci, a pioneer of the luxury online shopping experience since 2002, is pleased to announce the opening of its new Digital Flagship store at Gucci.com. Following an 18 month architectural renovation under the direction of Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini, the new online retail destination takes advantage of the most innovative technologies available today thereby seamlessly integrating rich content, shopping and social networking to provide the site's monthly 2.5 million unique visitors with an aesthetic and customer-oriented experience that replicates the one they have when entering one of Gucci's signature flagship stores in Rome, Tokyo, New York, London or Shanghai.

PromGirl Dress Review

Saturday, August 28, 2010

PromGirl.net offers a large variety of designer cocktail dresses, prom party dresses, designer formal dresses, and beyond, so you’re sure to find something absolutely amazing! Not only do they have a large selection, but they recruit the best in dresses from leading designers such as Jovani, Mori Lee, Tony Bowls, Clarisse and more, who all have featured dresses in leading girl’s magazines such as Seventeen Prom and Elle Girl. PromGirl.net wants to make sure that you stand out amongst the crowd, and even more so by only shipping one particular dress style to one zip code.

Any special event calls for the need to feel special, and we think you’ll feel extra special in one of our formal dresses. Do you have an upcoming prom? Find an absolutely perfect designer prom dress here. Do you need something beautiful for homecoming? They have marvelous homecoming dresses for you! Are you impressed with a particular designer you saw in a magazine or on television? They have formal dresses from leading designers; shop PromGirl.net for Mori Lee prom dresses, Tony Bowls dresses, Jovani gowns, and much more!



I did a giveaway for the Clarisse Prom Dress 9031 ($239) a few months ago and I fell in love with then. Therefore, I just had to ask to do a review on this remarkable dress in the same style since no other dress would do. This is the dress that I wore to my brother's wedding. It features a heart-shaped glittered sequins neckline, gathered empire sash, and multi layers of tulle with curled bottom to give a "puffy" effect. I donned it up with the "Audrey" Headband ($17) from Academy J, a gold clutch (found at a flea market), a gold Apple Bottoms bracelet (ordered at Apple Bottoms), and the Sizzle by Coloriffics Coronado Heels in Gold ($60) from ShoesGotSole.com. Next time, I'll wear the Southampton Necklace ($250) from Amrita Singh instead of the headband so I will not overplay this beautiful dress. As you can tell, I had a lot of fun accessorizing! The only downside is that I'm not endowed enough in the bust area, but I didn't have any time to get the dress altered in time for the wedding. I wore a padded strapless bra to make it look less noticeable. Otherwise, the dress is true to size. This dress is so beautiful that I wouldn't mind ordering the one in Turquoise or any other color for that matter!



Here is a picture taken of me (and my parents) at my brother's wedding.

The product in this review was provided to the reviewer for keeps and the purpose of writing a review. This in no way effects the quality of the review provided. No monetary exchange occurred in exchange for the writing of the review. The views expressed in this review are strictly that of the reviewer. All reviews provided here are the work of the reviewer and remain completely unbiased.

Somnio Running Shoes Review

Friday, August 27, 2010

If you're a runner, customized running shoes might be ideal for you if you experience any kind of discomfort in your knees or feet. Poorly fitting running shoes or inadequate foot cushioning are often the culprit behind the discomfort. Customized running shoes from companies such as Somnio can also help alleviate symptoms due to anatomical abnormalities; such as unequal foot, spinal curvature, or limb size. However, it is always recommended to find out the underlying problem before shopping for customized running shoes.



I received a pair of Self Control running shoes ($160) from Somnio. This particular style is stable and cushioned. It is designed for a runner with low to medium arches and moderate to severe pronation. Exuding class and style, these are without question the most comfortable running shoes I have ever I owned. They are weightless, which makes them great for long runs!

I had them customized for my feet by using their Build My Shoe tab featured on their site. A video will come up that you can play and learn how to fit yourself. If you’re on trails a lot, they suggest trying the Westridge ($130) but if you’re more prone to running on the roads, they suggest the Pacemaker ($135). While the online tool is easy to use, it is recommended that you go to a retail dealer in your area to be even more properly fitted. I was unable do this since I don't have one in my area.

Functionally Engineered Adaptable Tricomponent System


- Interchangeable footbeds for a custom fit based on the runner’s arch height, providing more support and comfort.

- IndX cushioning inserts for long-lasting cushioning and customization based on weight and preferred running surface.

- Tunable Varus angulation for addressing each runner’s particular biomechanical needs – like having a custom orthotic made specifically for your shoe.

- Micro 2 Step dual density midsole for pronation control.

- ACT midfoot bridge provides extra support and gait alignment during the transition from heel to forefoot.

- Road Block tread rubber compound for durability.

- Stretch Mesh forefoot material allows the shoe to move with the foot and accommodates a wide variety of foot types.

- Lace Keeper keeps laces in place and tied.

The product in this review was provided to the reviewer for keeps and the purpose of writing a review. This in no way effects the quality of the review provided. No monetary exchange occurred in exchange for the writing of the review. The views expressed in this review are strictly that of the reviewer. All reviews provided here are the work of the reviewer and remain completely unbiased.

Optimum Pants from Elizabeth's Store Review

Sunday, August 22, 2010



The Elizabeth's Store was founded in 2008, but actually got its start more than 12 years ago. It all began in New York City, when two aspiring actresses Eli, and Beth (Eli's business partner and best friend), met on the set of “Cosby”. No, not that Cosby Show...Bill did a second, let’s just say, slightly less popular show which was filmed in NYC.

Being actresses in NYC, you run around a lot (auditions, the gym, interviews for jobs that will actually pay the rent, dates, etc.), and let’s face it, they love New York, but it can be a bit dirty. Plus, who has time to change between appointments. So, you find you are always on the look-out for the perfect pair of black pants, you know something that goes with everything, are easy to care for, and won’t break the budget, but which ensures you are “camera ready” at all times.



Fast forward to today, Beth is still a jet setter and an entrepreneur whom you are equally likely to run into at a Hollywood party, a Georgetown Business Association meeting, or engaging in her favorite pastime shopping in the cutest boutiques. Eli is married with three kids and you will most likely see her in the grocery store, at the playground, or on a date night with her husband. But despite their different lifestyles, they are still best friends. And now they’re also business partners because they have finally found the perfect pant.

So follow them as they introduce them to the world. They can promise you that, if nothing else, it won't be boring and you WILL have a pair of the most amazing pants at an affordable price.



The Optimum Pants ($34.95) from Elizabeth's Store are simplistic in design, but are chic and comfortable enough to wear to the gym, a date, out and about or to lounge around at home. The pants are available in basic black, which enables you to wear just about anything with it. Plus, the black also makes you look leaner and taller if stand at an average height. I'm 5'3" and a half and these pants call for shoes that have a heel so the bottom of the pants will not go through wear and tear. I don't mind this at all since I love wearing heels, especially with pants! The pants run a bit small. Therefore, I suggest going up another size to ensure comfort and a great fit. They feature an eye-catching, attractive, and couture-like logo on the front, but it will not downplay or overplay your outfit.

The Optimum Pants were made to follow the contours of your body, while highlighting your best features. Designed to look 5 pounds lighter, you can be assured that you will be looking your best with these pants! It raises your rear, slims your waistline, and smoothes your figure.

Elizabeth's Store doesn't just offer pants to help you look your best, but they also offer tops for women....and men to look their best as well! The Men's Fitted Tee Shirt ($24.99) and Ladie's Cap Sleeve Tee Shirt ($24.99) are great for the hot and humid weather that we're experiencing now! The Light Weight Long Sleeve Thermal ($34.99) would be great for cooler weather that is around the corner.



The product in this review was provided to the reviewer for keeps and the purpose of writing a review. This in no way effects the quality of the review provided. No monetary exchange occurred in exchange for the writing of the review. The views expressed in this review are strictly that of the reviewer. All reviews provided here are the work of the reviewer and remain completely unbiased.

Soho Hearts Review

Friday, August 20, 2010



Amsterdam native, Juliette Booker offers you a superb selection of stunning jewelry designs.

Juliette's company, Soho Hearts, presents a dazzling collection of luxurious, stylish and trendy jewelry in an abundance of color, texture and reflective beauty.

The collection conveys not only Juliette's gifted eye for bold and subtle statements through the artistry of fine craftsmanship. It also serves as a very personal example of the heart and soul that nourishes her passion.



The Black Feather Hair Ribbon Handmade Headband ($89.95) was specifically made for the bon vivant fashionista that doesn't mind being perceived as anything but ordinary. While there are dozens and dozens of feather headbands flocking the market now, this feather headband beautifully soars amongst the crowd with the black and gold bird detail. The bird is graciously adorned with the crystal beads and black sequins. The diameter of the hairband is 4.7 inches.



I also received the Emaille Bracelet ($21.95) in Aqua and Tangerine, which isn't listed on their site yet. While these bracelets look good alone, you can get a beautiful Moroccan inspired look going by wearing both bracelets together. Both bracelets feature crystal rhinestones and a gold colored embellishments. The diameter of each bracelet is 2.4 inches.




Headband Skull Pink $49.95


Hinged Emaille Bracelet $44.95


Green Stone Butterfly Earrings $49.95


Bloom Ring $24.95


The product in this review was provided to the reviewer for keeps and the purpose of writing a review. This in no way effects the quality of the review provided. No monetary exchange occurred in exchange for the writing of the review. The views expressed in this review are strictly that of the reviewer. All reviews provided here are the work of the reviewer and remain completely unbiased.

muichic Review

Thursday, August 19, 2010




muichic (moo·ee·sheek) is deliciously natural, sustainable and organic jewelry designed & handmade in Colombia.

Tagua is their raw material. All of their pieces are made by hand from "tagua nut". The tagua nut, a botanical alternative to ivory (vegetable ivory), is a seed that comes from the ivory-nut palm or tagua palm which grows in the humid tropical forest of South America. Its use stimulates the local economies in the region providing an alternative to cutting down rain forests for farming.

Unique accessories that are environmentally friendly and gracefully chic make up their natural bijoux collection - bold, playful and colorful goodness for your body. All of their pieces come in different colors and like snowflakes they all differ from one another. Each tagua nut has its own distinctive grain and shape which gives a remarkably uncommon quality to each piece of jewelry



I received the Tagua Necklace in Natural ($28). The necklace is simplistic in design, but has enough attitude to stand out amongst the crowd. It features an ultra thin stainless steel wire that wraps around the neck and a single whole nut hanging. Wallflowers should steer clear from this necklace if they don't want all eyes on them. An introduction is unnecessary for a woman that is brave enough to wear this necklace. Opt for the Turquoise or Black if you want to make a bolder statement.

The product in this review was provided to the reviewer for keeps and the purpose of writing a review. This in no way effects the quality of the review provided. No monetary exchange occurred in exchange for the writing of the review. The views expressed in this review are strictly that of the reviewer. All reviews provided here are the work of the reviewer and remain completely unbiased.

Juliette Jake Celebrity Clutches




Juliette Jake Wrap Around Clutch in Light Grey, $575 - As Seen on Kristin Cavallari


Juliette Jake Wrap Around Clutch in Turquoise, $575 - As Seen on Kim Kardashian

Excess Baggage Giveaway

Sunday, August 15, 2010



Prize: One winner will receive a Cascade Ruffle Top by Fumblin’ Foe (a $118 value) from Excess Baggage.

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Silk sateen sleeveless top is adorned with flat cascading ruffles down the front. This top is glamorous, and very complimentary.

Excess Baggage is a multi-designer off price retailer that is offered both at an online and offline level. Their online store offers their customers the same great deals that you would get at any of their events. They offer their customers a different sale experience than they have ever had. As you know sample sales are generally very unorganized, dirty, chaotic disasters. Excess Baggage designer sale concept is a sophisticated social networking experience complete with cocktails, beauty services, gift bags, etc.

15% off at Excess Baggage with coupon code: exclusivexbag

Note:. Also, if you refer friends to the site and they purchase something you will be given a $15 credit in your account!




Silk Printed Coat by Biya $200 (Reg. $715)


Orange Sheila Clutch by Vieta $48 (Reg. $56)


American Buddha by Yogi $30 (Reg. $83)


Black Cutter Embellished Leaf Tank by One Grey Day $50 (Reg. $121)

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Kara Janx Giveaway

Thursday, August 12, 2010



Prize: One winner will receive a Ruffle Dress (a $290 value) in the color of their choice from Kara Janx.

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The Ruffle Dress ($290) is a true bestseller, thanks to the plunging neckline, notice-me color, and body skimming 100% silk charmeuse fabric, the perfect shape and fit that transmits instant sex appeal that is not overdone or too girly. The neckline is so beautiful that it acts as an instant accessory, an easy get up and get out dress, one that will have everyone asking 'where it's from'. The electric hues are fun, and when dressed up easily become more sophisticated. 2 week back order. Available in fuchsia ,lilac, turquoise (shown), yellow (shown) and violet (shown). Available in XS, S, M, L.

Kara Janx's career skyrocketed after being a finalist on Project Runway's Season 2. Armed with a degree in architecture and an innate sense of color, her women's collections are, vibrant, fun and extremely wearable. Key items from her signature line include her killer kimono dresses in a multitude color combinations that are superbly rich along with beautiful dresses and chic minis. And her divine silk convertible wrap skirt/dress, in candy colored colors that are just incredibly pretty and sophisticated, can be worn a multitude of ways, making it tops of the lists of urban style hounds.

The South African fashion designer is now a resident New Yorker that knows how to flatter a woman's body while infusing every piece with a sense of whimsy. Kara's celebrity fan base include Natalie Portman, Rhianna, Julia Roberts, Vanessa Hudgens, Sarah Jessica Parker and countless of other leading and fashionable ladies. Her collection has also received a wonderful appreciation in the press; including Elle, Harpers Bazaar, InStyle, Vogue, Lucky and WWD. She also won the international sportswear designer of year award in 2009.

Alice + Olivia Fall Collection and Win a $100 Shopbop Gift Card



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Shopbop is a great place to find all the latest trends from new, fashion-forward designers.

Among all of their brands, Alice + Olivia has become a quick favorite among fashionistas. This brand is full of edgy and eclectic pieces that will spruce up even the dullest of outfits.



A True NYC Brand


Stacey Bendet started this fabulous brand after failing in her search for the perfect pair of pants.

Her solution?

Design her own pair. The result was Alice + Olivia clothing, which has now grown to include dresses, embellished t-shirts, and accessories.

The brand's New York heritage shows through its use of eclectic, edgy materials to make a statement in each and every piece. Sequined tops and sexy leather leggings make for fabulous outfits, both day and night.



Fabulous For Fall


The fall collection by Alice + Olivia plays off the basic color palette that the designers presented for this season. By adding their own twist (think metal, jewels, leather, sequins, and feathers), Alice + Olivia was able to create a variety of eye-catching pieces, as well as great basics, to get you through the fall in style.

Shopbop offers some of the best Alice + Olivia pieces for this fall, including their super-fun feather skirt as well as a slew of great dresses.

For a great bottom, check out the Alice + Olivia leggings that work well under their oversized T-shirts, skirts, and dresses alike. Complete the look with a great boot.

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No problem. Alice + Olivia's new jewelry line has some great necklaces and scarves that add texture and dimension to any outfit, effortlessly!

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BB Becker Review

Sunday, August 08, 2010





BB Becker developed an early fascination with ancient cultures and a love of art while attending City As School, an alternative high school program in New York City for promising, disadvantaged youth. In addition to traditional classes at local colleges, the curriculum offered unorthodox educational opportunities.

BB’s first course in sculpture instilled a fondness for organic materials and the beauty of classic lines. Numerous internships at public agencies including the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the New York Public Library created his desire to travel for more than a decade visiting the great museums of the world and many ancient sites. As BB studied the repeating themes of antiquities and hieroglyphic scripts he developed an appreciation for the efforts of humanity over the ages to communicate through words and images chiseled on hard surfaces. His observations led him to believe that the great faith traditions share a universal oneness and that humankind has a compelling need to leave a permanent record of its belief system.

The first step in design for BB is the gathering of quotations that offer inspiration, comfort, or wisdom. Next, BB’s wife, Josephine, writes the quote and he carries it in his pocket, close enough to ponder until he has created the design that will be its resting place. Each piece illustrates his devotion to quality workmanship, long-lasting beauty, and the power of words.

BB Becker lives and works in beautiful Colorado where he continues to teach Tai Chi, ride his bike, and collect vintage watches.



I chose the "The Greatest" Sterling Silver Dual Ring ($158) since it has one of my favorite biblical scriptures engraved on it:

These three remain: Faith, Hope and Love. But the greatest of these is Love.

1st Corinthians


I've already received several compliments on my ring, even from male friends. The ring is beautifully engraved in his wife's elegant and distinctive handwriting to add a personal touch rather than in block letters or a regimented font. It is simplistic in design, yet bold enough to make a unforgettable, fashionable and inspiring statement. I wouldn't dream of taking it off, because I love the ring and the meaning behind it. It is the kind of piece that I will treasure for years to come. You will admire this ring even if you're not a Christian, because I believe that this profound and uplifting scripture can benefit us all.


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Flora Review

Thursday, August 05, 2010



Flora was born out of a love of the natural world. Taking inspiration from the spider web and the dew drop they seek out things that spark a bit of awe and mystery, of joy and delight.

They bring together gorgeous goods made from or inspired by the natural world for you to peruse in a warm environment. Their hand selected gifts range from botanical scents, candles, cards, home d├ęcor, jewelry, local art, personal accessories, soap and tea as well as balms, lotions and potions made in-house With the vision of bringing to the store only what they would give or receive (and they’re picky) trust us when we say “it’s lovely”.



We were sent the lovely Favor Crescent Earrings, 14 Karat Gold Filled with Clear Quartz Stone ($55). A single length of wire is formed into an almond shape and hammered to have a flared sliver of reflective metal. From the bottom hangs a dense cluster of tiny faceted stones. These earrings hang at one and a half inches.

The unique shaped earrings are sophisticated and fashion forward. You can make a dramatic entry to a party or wedding with this classy piece of statement jewelry. They are one of the pairs that we have packed to take on our up-coming trip.

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Eastory Review

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Eastory.com is an online, independent venture, and has no political agendas, but the will to create an independent business contributing to making life in the Holy Land better for all.

They believe in:


Openness: Eastory strives for an interfaith & intercultural discourse, and welcomes to its website people of all beliefs and nationalities. Cause Related: All of the content and products on Eastory.com is made and produced in the Holy Land and by people of the Holy Land.

Corporate Philanthropy: Eastory donates 2% of its annual revenues to charities based in the Holy Land. As part of the purchasing process, you will be able to choose where you would like your money to make an impact, or simply allow them to select a worthy cause. For more information please visit their donation section.

Professionalism: Eastory believes that a land and a cause close to the hearts of so many individuals around the world deserve to be brought closer to them in a professional way. they will do all they can to realize their vision in a professional, honest and meaningful way.

Innovative Vision:
They strive to be the best gateway to the Holy Land. Eastory brings a fresh approach with a new and engaging platform, allowing people from around the world to interact with the Holy Land, in a way that is beneficial for all participants.

Some of their collaborators: Lilach, MEET (Middle East Education through Technology), and The Peres Centre for Peace.

Eastory serves happy customers around the world: USA, Mexico, UK, Canada, Italy, Poland, China, Croatia, Brazil, Sweden, Germany, Greece, and more!



I had the opportunity to review their Gold Beads Silver Necklace ($169), which is A handmade Sterling Silver necklace knitted in a very unique and delicate way with Gold filled beads interwoven along the necklace. This is a beautiful piece of jewelry that is beautifully handmade! This is one of the pieces of jewelry that I will definitely be taking with me on my vacation trip.

Einat Paz, the designer lives and creates in Kibutz Glil-Yam. Her Jewelry is made of gold filled, silver and silk wires, knitted in a very unique, delicate way. Pearls, precious stones or Swarowski crystals are incorporated in the necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings.

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Turquoise & Gold Cocktail Ring by Einat Paz $74


Peacock Copper Pendant by Tal Raz $63.75


Paizely Leather Necklace by Hagar Satat $105
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