Novica Review and Giveaway

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Prize: One winner will receive a $50 gift certificate from Novica.

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Novica was founded twelve years ago as an online, fair-trade marketplace based in Los Angeles, with offices in eight developing nations. Novica features more than 30,000 limited edition and one-of-a-kind handmade works of art daily, ranging from artisan-crafted jewelry to handmade apparel to world-style home decor. So far Novica has succeeded in helping change the lives of more than 50,000 people in developing nations, including artisans and their dependents, uniquely helping each artisan earn personal recognition and real-world prices for their work.

I opted for the Elegant Red Blouse by Catherine Dox ($77.95), because I ordered the Exotic Ivory Tunic ($119.95) by her last year and couldn't get over it! This is blouse is a bit similar to the tunic. It's beautifully adorned with golden sequins, which makes it stand out more. Not only it's stylish, but it's also very comfortable. A tad expensive for some, but well worth the price, considering the quality. You can also order this particular style in Elegant Blue ($79.95), Elegant Ivory ($79.95), and Elegant Gray ($79.95). Right now, I have my eyes on the Exotic Blue Tunic ($115.95) and Exotic Brown Tunic ($119.95).

The Morning Mist Cotton Dress by Aruna Singh ($77.95) is one of my top favorite dresses at the moment since it's utterly comfortable and beautiful. It would enchant even the most stoic passerby, because it offers a bevy of beautiful details. Morning glories bloom on a wide ruffle of misty white cotton. It features adjustable straps and a gathered bust. Elastic shirring at the back assures an easy fit. Feminine and charmingly sweet, this long sundress is perfect for a lazy afternoon brunch, a day of window shopping, or a combination of both!

The Forest Mysteries Mobile ($49.95) is the most beautiful and unique set of wind chimes I've ever seen so far, and they also create the most melodic sounds I've ever heard from wind chimes. The soothing sound makes sitting on the porch an even more comforting and relaxing experience. The mysteries of the forest are revealed in the melodious chimes of this mobile from Guena. It is inspired by Feng Shui principles that tell of positive energies coming through as the wind announces its passing. The mobile is crafted by hand with dyed agates that reflect the forest's lush green core. They are suspended suspend from a pinewood hoop that hangs from a nickel-plated ring.

These beautiful mobiles are also available in Ocean Mysteries ($55.99) and Earth Mysteries ($59.99)

The Rustic Rock Guitar Statuette by Armando Ramirez ($49.99) has to be one of the coolest and most unique gifts I have ever given to anyone. I ordered two of them, one for my oldest brother and one for my boyfriend. My brother is a guitar lover. I'm slowly following behind since I have two guitars so far. Therefore, I knew this would be perfect for him! My boyfriend doesn't play the guitar, but he's a huge music lover like myself. He's also into artsy time things. So I knew he would appreciate this gift.

Armando Ramírez, the designer of this wonderful piece, recycles an amazing assortment of bicycle and automobile parts as rustic art. A bicycle chain outlines the body while a screw, corrugated wire and metal bits left from a die cutter adorn it. A bearing, screw and cog form the head.

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