The Ellie Jean Review

Tuesday, November 30, 2010



The "ellie" jean is designed and sewn in Los Angeles USA specifically to benefit the ellie fund. A generous portion of the selling price goes directly to the ellie fund, which is dedicated to helping women undergoing breast cancer treatment and their families.



My Thoughts: I chose to review the "Ellie" Bootcut Jeans ($119). For someone who is uber picky when it comes to jeans, I love the fit and style of these jeans. Not all brands are true to the size, but this brand nailed it right when it comes down to size. These darkwash, bootcut, mid-rise jeans are made with 98% Cotton and 2% Spandex to ensure an exceptional fit and dreamy like comfort. Pardon my lack of tactfulness, but you will love your booty in these jeans! With all of that being said, these designer jeans are made with the utmost quality. They're perfect for any day and will give you a surge of confidence since they will make you look good. This company offers two models, a curvy bootcut and a high rise straight leg. Between the two, they can fit a lot of women!

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.

Female Spy Inspired Eco-Fashion by Raw Earth Wild Sky

Raw Earth Wild Sky’s Holiday/Winter 2010 "Undercover" collection is inspired by the strong, fearless women from WWII. Each piece takes an alias of a former female spy.

But who are these ladies? Says Raw Earth Wild Sky Designer Samantha Robinson, “Some were celebrities, others lived lives of secrecy in other countries under assumed names with different identities. All of them risked their lives for their countries and believed in freedom. These women were alluring yet mysterious hence our name 'Undercover'.”

Made of organic cotton and manufactured in Los Angeles, the collection consists of earth tones including verde, ivory, charcoal, and black, shown are shown in the photos with 1940's signature dark plum lipstick.


The Julia (Child) Crossover Dress $174
Available in Verde or Charcoal

Inspired by Julia Child's fearless undercover work during World War II. This long sleeve dress has shaped bodice with a deep crossover front with an emphasis on the waist. Mid-calf skirt with an asymmetrical hemline.


The Hedy (Lamar) Jacket $228
Available in Ivory, Charcoal, or Black

An exquisite little jacket inspired by fearless WWII female Hedy Lamar who was known for her fitted short skirt suits. This shorter 40's style piece has strong shoulder emphasis, nipped waist, and interesting button detailing. Front flap pockets, elbow panel detailing, and perfectly tailored front darts.


The Elizabeth (Pack - Later Known as Beth Pack and Elizabeth Thorpe) Cowl Mini $126

An excellent cooler weather piece with a black stripe that withh look phenomenal over leggings, peeking out through jackets, or all on it's own at an evening party. Deep cowl neck can double as a hood. Longer length sleeves. Hem hits at mid thigh.

This was inspired by the spy's infamous safe-cracking mission to obtain naval codebooks. The designers created this mini with a huge cowl neck that doubles as a hood for those moments you don't want to be seen, but still look chic.


The Camille Top $158
Available in Verde, Black, or Charcoal

A strikingly slinky top with peek-a-boo shoulder sleeves attached with tiny gold chains. Longer length hem makes it perfect to wear with leggings, jeans or a mini. Named after the alias of Virginia Hall who worked in the French Resistance.


Audrey Tee $128
Available in Ivory or Verde

Their most popular tee revisited with a deep black stripe, slight boatneck and longer length sleeves and hemline. A great fit and well constructed - the perfect striped staple for your eco-friendly closet.


Edith Vest $196
Available in Charcoal, Black, or Ivory


A comfy and versatile vest that'll help spice up a basic outfit. Front pockets with tiny golden dart detailing. Oversized draped front looks great on it's own, or paired with a waist defining belt. Belt not included.


Genevieve Hoody Jacket $246
Available in Charcoal or Black

Side zip hoody jacket with front flap pocket, larger zip down collar, and longer length bell sleeves. Asymmetrical front hemline, slightly belled sleeves and gold zipper and dart detailing.

vfish Review

Monday, November 29, 2010

When I happily stumbled upon vfish Designs, I was allured by this elegant contemporary women’s clothing line. Whether you're going on a sophisticated night on town, holiday party, or date; vfish Designs has the perfect dress for you! If dresses are not your thing, they even have tops & jackets and accessories that will get you noticed.

Founded by husband and wife team Mandy and Tal Moise, a former schoolteacher and entrepreneur; the idea behind vfish is to create a stylish yet always comfortable brand of clothing for women. The timeless looks are carefully crafted to introduce new and innovative patterns while not sacrificing the comfort and feel of the clothing. vfish takes great pride in producing comfortable designer products that are sold at an affordable price.



I received two dresses from vfish, the LaBelle Dress in Ink; which is a beautiful deep sea blue ($113) and the McQueen Dress in Black ($115). After receiving these dresses, I couldn't imagine them not being in my closet since they give the word a fabulous a whole new meaning! Not only they're stylish, but they are also extremely comfortable.

The LaBelle Dress features a wide waist band delicately decorated with brass rivets, and a slight bell sleeve. Heads will turn and eyes will linger at you in this dress! It is available in four different colors; Ink, Black, Merlot, and Pewter.



Cleverly named after Alexander McQueen, the McQueen Dress is a tribute to a legend in the making. It is available in Gray or Black, a tough choice for a fashionista like myself! This effortlessly timeless dress can be donned with out of this world accessories and tights or a blazer that will give you a look that nobody wants to funk with. It is the perfect dress to cure those winter blues!

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.




Hayden Coat $179


Daisy Fishnet $16


Amanda Dress $99
Available in Black, Ice, or Orchid


Sharon Dress $89
Available in Casablanca Bright, Casablanca Merlot, Ink, Merlot, Pewter, or Black


Twist Headband $15

Flight of Fashion


Edith's Fringe Cream Dress $67


Musicians of the Air Silver Bird Ring $16


Beaujolais Strapless Cream Dress $82


Chinese Laundry Head Over Heels Black Lace High Heels $87


Anja Slate Rhinestone Ring $14


Beaujolais Strapless Black Dress $82


I Know How to Fly Brass Necklace $14


Chain of Fools Chain Purse $23


Laughing Owl Gold Ring $11


Qupid Matey 06 Cream Velvet Black Tie Affair High Heel $33.50

Casualmere Review and Giveaway

Sunday, November 28, 2010



Prize: One winner will receive a Women's Basic Short Sleeve Bamboo Dress (a $29.95 value) from Casualmere.

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When Casualmere® president Dennis Fasone first experienced the unbelievably soft hand-feel of viscose made from bamboo, he knew the rest of the world would also fall in love. Launched in 2010, Casualmere® produces high quality, sexy-soft clothing and accessories made from high-content bamboo knit.

All Casualmere® products are constructed from high-quality viscose made from bamboo and feature the highest ecologically sourced bamboo content – typically 100 percent, with some pieces incorporating 5 percent spandex for additional stretch. Casualmere’s® luxuriously soft feel and modern, basic styles provide a comfortable, timeless look that’s perfect for layering, lounging or dressing up.



I received the Women's Basic Short Sleeve Bamboo Dress ($29.95) in Black. This is a fabulous little break number that is bound to set trends on fire with it's simplicity, yet chicness. It is comfortable and true to size. In this winter season, show off your gams with textured tights. For good measure, you can pair it with their Unisex Flat Knit Bamboo Scarf ($15.95). No matter how you decide to don this dress, or where you wear it, one thing for sure is that you'll have onlookers falling head over heels with your style! You can snag this dress in the color of your choice - Black, Navy, Light Grey, or Tan.

I also received the Unisex Flat Knit Bamboo Scarf ($15.95) in Black, which is a soft and beautiful scarf. I recently just got back into wearing scarves and this is one of my top favorites to wear. It is simplistic in design, but it adds class to whatever you're wearing. Of course, I love wearing it with the Women's Basic Short Sleeve Bamboo Dress. It is also available in Cobalt Blue, Plum, Tan, Navy, Off White, and Red.

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Melie Bianco Review

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Affordable Luxury. That’s the simple philosophy behind the Melie Bianco line. Founded in 2003 by Melissa and William, a husband and wife team, this wildly successful family-owned accessories company has always kept one thing in mind: bringing runway-inspired handbags to the everyday woman.

“I design bags to reflect the season’s trends, but within a budget of women like my sisters,” says Melissa who lives in Los Angeles, where her Melie Bianco line is headquartered. “Women—especially working women—want high-end handbags but at an affordable price.”

When she was a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Melissa became a master at pulling together chic ensembles on a shoestring budget. One thing she learned: a great accessory could carry nearly any outfit. It was the “A-ha!” moment that would later become her company’s mantra.

Today, Melie Bianco commands a large share of the market for vegan, budget-friendly fashion handbags. Melie Bianco’s designs have been spotted in major fashion magazines like Vogue, Marie Claire, Glamour, Lucky, Instyle, Oprah, Cosmo Girl, Seventeen, Self, People, and Life & Style among others.



The Alexis Eyelet And Studs Flap Over Carryall ($96) is one of my top favorite handbags and that is saying a lot, considering I own a lot of handbags! This particular handbag is offered in four different colors: Blue, Mustard, Red, and Black. I chose the black since it goes with just about anything, but I would love to order the other colors as well. This handbag is super roomy, which is a must for me since I carry a lot! It features gold toned studs and eyelets highlight this flap over carryall, which you can hold close or wear it over your shoulder. Button snap and zipper closure adds that extra security you are looking for. It is beautiful, classy, and let's not mention the endless compliments that you'll receive!

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.

Foxy Originals Review

Jen Kluger and Suzie Orol believe that life, like fashion, should be fun, bright and full of excitement. They founded Foxy Originals on this belief and create unique and playful jewelry pieces that help young women everywhere find their own way to sparkle and shine – without breaking the bank.

They're set out to make high-style fashion jewelry accessible to young women. They continued to develop uniquely styled pieces that featured colorful enamel designs, innovative shapes and clean lines. This fresh new look brought tremendous attention from fashion editors, stylists and trend-setters – Foxy Originals was in the news and on the fingers, wrists and necklines of fashion-savvy young women everywhere.



Donning a whimsical and sophisticated look, the Keyhole Ring ($22) from their Cabaret Collection will take you to another time and place. A careful glance through the keyhole may yield a glimpse of something wondrous. This eccentric, yet beautiful piece will stand out amongst the ho-hum accessories out there. Available in Gold, Silver and Bronze. Sizes 6 to 8.

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.


Get Her a Tie for Once

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


TIE CLUTCH $68 at BTC Elements


This fabulous clutch is made from vintage men's ties. The organic denim interior lining was sewn from dead stock fabric out of the BTC Elements warehouse. 11" X 6" with an inside pocket and magnetic snap closure. Due to the nature of the fabric, each purse is unique.

Christine Wick of Green Purses believes that one person's trash is another's treasure. Her company's founding principal is that no material is unusable and so she gives new life to old fabrics.

be present Launching Holiday 2010 Collection

Saturday, November 20, 2010

be present, a leading yoga clothing company carried in yoga studios, boutiques, spas and resorts around the world, is launching its first Holiday Collection.

The be present Holiday 2010 Collection introduces new styles and colors to the line; such as new colors of French Terry, a long-sleeve version of the recently launched Hemp Crossback Tee and new colors of the brand’s ever-popular Tree Tees. New embroidery and artwork options are also being offered, including Crescent Hem Renew Tees with corresponding chakra phrases such a “be love” and “be joyful.”

be present offers something for everyone on your holiday shopping list!

be present, clothing for the yoga lifestyle, was established in Colorado in 2002 by Amy Lopatin Dobrin and Jon Dobrin. All be present clothing is proudly made in the USA. The brand remains at the forefront of the yoga apparel industry, continually designing clothing that is original and functional. be present is more than a clothing line, it is a way of life.




Performance Renew Lounge Pant $63


Tree Scarf $29
Available in Amber, Chocolate, Black, Blackberry, Graphite, Tropical Blue, Sage, or Petal Pink


Renew Drape Front Cardigan $69
Available in Indigo, Cobalt, Heathered Black, Blackberry, Olive, Fern, Petal Pink, or Plum


Renew Crescent Hem Tee with Chakra Phrases $35
Available in Raspberry (Be Grounded), Pumpkin (Be Creative), Jade (Be Love), Cobalt (Speak Your Mind), Graphite (Listen to Intuition), or Blackberry (Consciousness)


Micro Modal® Dancer Cami $49
Available in Black, Jade, Petal Pink, Dusty Rose, Graphite Raspberry, Tropical Blue, or Sea Green


Disclosure: I received the Performance Renew Lounge Pant for this feature.

Zeugari Review and Giveaway

Thursday, November 18, 2010



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Zeugari Beachwear is a boutique design house that creates, markets and distributes a line of swimwear and resort wear that serve up a sexy, sophisticated, high fashion style - all with a contemporary lifestyle.

Guy Boucher’s perfect combination of exclusive designs and fresh style caters to clients seeking a captivating look that is uniquely their own. Zeugari fills the void in the current contemporary swimwear market by offering luxury - inspired swimwear with a collection that embodies cohesive sophisticated high fashion. Zeugari’s cross generational collection emphasizes beautiful fabrics, one of a kind hardware imported from Italy and a flawless fit. The collection is available in a wide range of price points. The average retail price is $200.

The Zeugari line is prominently featured in top fashion publications including American Curves, Beyond Fitness, In Style, In Touch, Life and Style, OK Magazine, Peace, Sports Illustrated, Star magazine, Swimsuits 2007 Magazine, 2009 Swimsuit Calendar and more. Celebrities have been spotted wearing Zeugari including Ashanti, Kim Kardashian, Fergie, Bridget Marquardt, Demi Moore, Heidi Montag, Jayde Nicole, Lauren Conrad, Mena Suvari and Paris Hilton, to name a few.



When we were asked to feature a review on a Kaftan of Zeugari's, we decided on the Kaftan V-Neck. Originally $280, you can buy it for $120. This is a breezy Deep V-neck Kaftan with full sleeves adorned with turquoise and gold beads. It emphasizes the beautiful fabric of 100% silk. The hardware, which is one of a kind imported from Italy, was a little too much for me at first since it made the Kaftan heavy, and I just can't stand to wear anything too heavy. I'll have to say that it's definitely sophisticated high fashion and I can't wait to wear it next summer when I hit the beach.

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.

Second Base Holiday Collection Review

Tuesday, November 16, 2010



I reviewed the Brittany Demi Cami from Second Base in the past, but I recently received a couple of camis from the Second Base Holiday Collection, the Heidi ($36) and Tricia $38). I love wearing these camis underneath low cut tops or dresses, because they give me the amount of the coverage that I want without flaunting it all. They fit very well and are extremely comfortable! They are better than regular camis since they don't add bulk or ride up around the waist. Another cami from their Holiday Collection is the Lesley ($36); which adds a sparkle to just about any party dress, sweater, or low-cut top.

Some expectant mothers like to wear Second Base throughout their pregnancy for extra cleavage coverage. Cleavage discreet can be a bit of an ongoing challenge during pregnancy. Others are wearing them when they start breastfeeding - like "Good Day LA" host Jillian Reynolds, who included the camis in her baby shower gift bag in December for her friends and celebrity guests.

Second Base apparel is available at select boutiques and shopsecondbase.com.

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.

Hope for Women

Sunday, November 14, 2010



Hope for Women is a Fair Trade Certified, eco friendly and sustainable company that sells Tagua bracelets and organic wildflower-pressed greetings cards made by disadvantaged craftswomen from around the world. The Indian line of cards is made with pressed Himalayan wildflowers, and the El Salvadorian collection shows the ultimate essence of female beauty and power with their “portraits of El Salvador” where each artist has a personal design, mirroring their personal images, hopes and dreams of their futures. The Tagua bracelets, also known as the “ivory of the rainforest” are made by and benefit native tribes in the Colombian rainforests.

Not only are these products beautiful, sustainable, good for the earth and native people, but they most importantly give them hope for their futures.

Disclosure:
I received the Tagua Bracelet in Slate Gray and an assortment of the Portraits of El Salvador collection for this feature.

Felice Dee Review

Monday, November 08, 2010



Felice Dee is where you will find colorful, quirky, unique designs all in one place. This is a mother/daughter team that delivers outstanding, personal service, which is their top priority. Each piece on their site is designed with great care and hand-selected by them from all over the globe. You can now be accessed to shop for these fun fashions right from your own home.

You can shop at Felice Dee for jewelry, scarves, handbags, hair accessories, sunglasses, eyeglass frames and gifts. Be sure to check out their sale items!

Felice Dee will make sure that you won't look anything less than fabulous by offering tips and ideas for putting together great looks for you. And if you have any questions – like what to wear to an upcoming party or how to accessorize your favorite black dress – they will love for you to write to them and they'll be thrilled to help! That's what I call "good service". Here’s to finding the final touch to an already fabulous you!

20% off at Felice Dee with coupon code: ff20 Exp. 11/30/10



I styled the Ursula Messenger Bag ($740), which was sent to me for reviewing. What a bag! This bag was made in Thailand. It was designed with premium quality leather featuring both a leather shoulder strap and a gold-plated multi-chain strap creating an alluring appeal. It may also be worn as a handbag, which is the way I wore it. The 24 karat gold-plated "treasure of the sea" ornament is hammered by hand to give each bag a unique quality.

One of the best trends of the season is the Ursula Messenger Bag, which is an eye-catching bag with modern style! This classic is a must have to put that laptop in, or carry as a handbag this season.

Felice's Tip: This must-have accessory will take you from spring right into fall. The unusual hue adds character to summer pastels and is equally at home with a navy blazer or camel tweed sweater.

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.
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