Category Archives: Review – The Best Jewelry & Fashion from Handmade and Independent Brands + Reader Giveaway

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Are you ready for a whole new way to shop handmade, independent and awesome brands easily and at great prices? Then you’ll want to check out  This innovative company was founded by Clay and Elly Bethune just this Spring with a mission to bring its members fabulous fashion from the best handmade and independent designers. They do all the hard work of sorting through many many sources to discover handmade fashion geared towards the “fashionista”. By becoming a member, you’ll get the exclusive deals handpicked by their buyers delivered daily to your inbox.

I recently shopped and found this gorgeous Cream Striped Sweater Knit Long Sleeve Sweater from 19th & Whimsy. I have to say that when I received my package I was first impressed that it was wrapped so nicely and even had a hand-written note addressed to me letting me know that they hoped I would enjoy the sweater – – and I do! I love that it is so versatile and can be worn either long as a tunic or scrunched at the hips. I love the first look with leggings and the second with jeans. I also love that there is just a tiny hint of sparkle in the threads that gives in an almost shimmery look, but extremely subtle. Love it!

creamstripedsweaterknitlongsleevesweaterReader Giveaway: Enter on the form below for your chance to win from 1 winner will receive a $200 Gift Certificate and 2 winners will receive $100 Gift Certificates. By entering this event, please note that you are agreeing to be subscribed to 9th and Elm newsletter. Good luck!

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WALLIS: Fashion from the UK Now in the US!

Thank you to Wallis for providing me with this awesome blazer!
Wallis Coral BlazerI have to give a quick shout out to Wallis, to which I was recently introduced in Chicago. They are one of the UK’s leading premium high street brands, delivering stylish and feminine clothing to thousands of women internationally. They have been working on expansion in the US and are putting their best foot forward. Their clothing range includes tops , long dresses , pants and winter jackets , available in size 4 to 16, along with petite sizes.

Wallis gave me this awesome blazer.  It has a relaxed fit, making it look great with jeans the weekend, or dressed up for the office or business meetings.  It features cropped sleeves and has a gorgeous print lining.  I was happy to have it on hand because the weather in Chicago turned a bit chilly that July day and it was the perfect thing to throw over a sleeveless dress.

Wallis Red Blazer

Botanicals for Hope Natural Skincare Reader Giveaway

Disclosure: We received sample product to review. Any opinions expressed are my own.

Botanicals for Hope

Botanicals for Hope creates body care products formulated with therapeutic plant based oils and butters, medicinal herbs, and healing botanical essences that work together with Mother Nature to leave skin feeling soft, supple and healthy. All of their products are:

Aloe Vera Based
No Soy
No Dyes
No Fragrance
No Petrochemical Ingredients
No Animal Testing

botanicals for hope balmAloe Vera, instead of water as in many brands, is the first ingredient in all of their products.  Their skincare line also does not contain soy, a phytoestrogen, used in many skincare products, which should be avoided by people who have had breast or gynecologic cancers.  And, along that line, with every moisturizer, cleanser, and balm sold Botanicals for Hope donates at least 10% of the purchase to help support organizations and programs offering wellness and support services to cancer patients, their loved one and survivors.

I recently tried the Botanicals for Hope Intense Therapy Body Balm.  It is a super concentrated balm to nourish and heal severely dry skin.  You can also use it on your nails to hydrate, condition, strengthen, and beautify nails and cuticles.  I just recently started using it and like that it comes in a convenient stick format – very easy to apply.  It immediately made my skin feel like it is “healing” and I hope to see some great results soon!

Reader Giveaway:  One winner will receive a $50 online credit with Botanicals for Hope.  just complete the entry form below by midnight on Thursday July 25. The winner will be randomly selected, verified for correct entry participation, and notified by email.  Thanks to USA Love List for organizing this giveaway. Good luck!

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Wantable Review: Wantable Jewelry and Accessories Box

Disclosure:  I received this box for a Wantable review, but all opinions expressed are my own. This post contains affiliate links.  See our complete disclosure policy here.

Wantable Jewelry Box

One of the most exciting things about receiving jewelry as a gift is finding out what’s in the box.  When you get the gift, you can pretty much figure out that it’s jewelry by the size of the box and sometimes by the name ON the box, but there is still that curiosity of what it will actually be.

Do you wish you could have that excitement of opening a jewelry box more often? How about a whole box FULL of jewelry?

Wantable Box Review

That is just what you can do with Wantable. They navigate the world of fashion and beauty to bring you the latest trends, personalized just for you. Here is how it works:

Step 1: What do you love? Answer a few short questions so you can be matched with the perfect pieces.

Step 2: Forever or for now? Choose a one-time purchase for $40, or subscribe for $36. Subscriptions are monthly and can be paused or canceled at anytime, no strings attached.

Step 3: Discover a new you. Each box is packed with $80 to $100 worth of unique and on-trend pieces hand-picked by their stylists just for you.

Check out Wantable here.

The picture above is of the box I received after completing my questionnaire about my jewelry preferences.  It was fun to see all the different designs and I was surprised at how many pieces were included.  Since two of my items were jewelry sets of necklace PLUS earrings, it ended up being a lot!

Ohhhh…. and if you’re into cosmetics, there is also a Wantable Makeup Box!

Reader Giveaway:  One lucky Jinxy Beauty reader will win the Crimson Necklace and earrings, Emerald Sun Earrings and Floral Tassel Earring from Wantable (ARV $60).  To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 7/6/13.  Good luck!

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