March 30, 2016

Blue stripes

Just a quick outfit and a life update - my BF bought a house and we moved! These are the first photos I've taken in my new back yard! It's been so hectic moving and getting everything unpacked, and to top it off the first few weekends after moving in we've been gone. This weekend was actually our first full weekend here and we were so productive. I'm excited to buy furniture (eventually...) and decorate the way I've always wanted to, and to get to know my new neighborhood. There's a fabulous mall nearby so that will be pretty great too :) 
Jacket: Theory (other pinstripe options 1, 2, 3, 4)
Dress: Ann Taylor (similar)
Necklace: Kendra Scott
Shoes: Cole Haan (on sale)
Bag: Brahmin (similar and love the color)


March 28, 2016

Poshmark Review and How to Spot a David Yurman Fake

I browse websites like The Real Real pretty often looking for specific David Yurman jewelry that I've wanted to add to my collection. I was lucky enough to get a great price on a bracelet from The Real Real and had such a good experience with that company that I've started browsing other sites. A few months ago I was perusing Poshmark when I came across the below Cable Wrap Ring. It was listed for a great price and I made an even lower offer which was accepted. The user I purchased from only sold DY jewelry (and a lot of it - which was admittedly suspect) but with the Poshmark guarantee of authenticity or your money back, I decided to try it. Unfortunately, the ring was definitely a fake, but I did get my money back from Poshmark. I wanted to do a review on the company because I was pleased with the customer service, but also take the opportunity to show the features of the ring and the accompanying pouch which made me 100% sure the ring was fake. Read on for my experience and the things that made the ring noticeably fake - even though it was honestly a pretty good fake! 
Sorry for the blurry picture! Upon first blush, when I put on the ring I wasn't sure whether it was fake. It was very beautiful, the 'diamonds' sparkled like my real DY items, and I didn't see anything noticeably wrong with the craftsmanship....
But then I took a look at the David Yurman stamp on the underside of the ring and I immediately thought it was suspect. As you can see below, the copyright mark and the 5 of the 925 symbol are hardly stamped at all. When I compared this stamp to my other DY jewelry, it became even more suspicious. Real DY jewelry will have a strong, clear stamp. The below stamp looks shoddy. You can also see some nicks in the metal on the underside. DY jewelry is known for its excellent craftsmanship - these nicks wouldn't be present on real DY jewelry. 
To make 100% sure that the ring was fake, I drove over to the mall and went to Neiman Marcus. Luckily, they had the exact ring in stock and I was able to try it on (with the fake in my pocket - because they will NOT authenticate jewelry for you) and I immediately knew the ring was fake once I held the real one in my hand. For one, the real DY ring is noticeably heavier because its solid silver, whereas the fake must have either been hollow silver or possibly another metal that looks like silver. The other is that even though the fake ring seemed sparkly and shiny, the real thing was so much better. 
The second major issue aside from the stamp mark on the ring was the bag the seller sent me the ring in. The bag the seller sent the ring in is on the RIGHT. On the LEFT is one of my DY pouches from a ring I purchased legitimately. The colors are clearly off, first of all. Second, although you can't tell from photos alone, the bag on the right felt like canvas - very cheap. Whereas the bag on the left feels velvety soft. 
Lastly, the lettering on the right bag was COMING OFF. I laughed when I saw this. A real David Yurman pouch matches the luxury of the jewelry you're buying - the letters are not stickers that you can PEEL OFF. 
Above you can see how the D is peeling off. Below you can see how almost all of the letters are lifting up off the pouch - a sure sign of a fake bag. 
Poshmark guarantees authenticity, but you have to prove to them why they should accept a return of the item through pictures. That's why I have all these photos, because I sent a few in to Poshmark and explained why the ring and corresponding pouch were fake. Within about 24 hours someone reviewed my complaint and accepted that it was inauthentic and allowed me to return it. I was refunded my entire purchase price AND the shipping promptly. The huge problem I did have with this, however, is that you return the item TO THE SELLER! So, this girl is going to keep selling her fake David Yurman items to unsuspecting people on Poshmark! I think that's horrible. But, all I can do is try to help others from wasting their hard earned money on fake items by showing some of the things to look for to spot a fake. 
I hope this post was informative - I won't write off Poshmark completely, but I will definitely be wary of purchasing expensive items from sellers. The only downside to Poshmark is that no one at the company is truly authenticating the items you are buying. Whereas at The Real Real, for example, the company authenticates the items before they are placed for sale. 






February 16, 2016

Casetify Mother of Pearl iPhone Case Review

Warning: Long blocks of text ahead.
I upgraded my phone to the iPhone 6s for my birthday in December and I decided I wanted a fun new case to go with it. After perusing Pinterest, I had my heart set on a mother of pearl looking case with some dimension and sparkle. I found that the current options on the market for this very specific case style were limited, but I found what I was looking for at Casetify. I had never heard of the company before, but they were all over Instagram, and were even endorsed by some bloggers I follow, so I figured I'd give it a try. As always, this is an honest review - and an FYI, I bought this case with my own $. 

First, let me tell you about my experience with actually obtaining the case. I ordered the case January 2. I did not receive the case until February 6 - so it took over a month to get to me. I understand that the holiday times can delay processing and shipping times, but come on. Also, I sent 4 separate emails to their customer service email address AND contact information page and only got "canned" responses that they were busy for the holidays, blah blah. The only way I was able to talk to a real person was by sending them a direct message through Facebook after I had reached my wits end. 

Part of the reason that I did send excessive emails (I usually have patience, I promise) is because my item was listed as "printing done" (with no explanation of what that means) for weeks. Then, it was listed as "shipped" for several weeks with a USPS tracking number that led to nowhere. When I realized the tracking number led to nowhere, that's when I started to panic, which led to the excessive emails. So, moral of my story is you can't really trust their "status updates" because they are wrong. If you check out the Casetify Instagram page comments and the Facebook page, you'll see nothing but similar situations to my own. If I had known how poorly rated the customer service was, I may have bought another case. After all, I walked around with my brand new phone totally unprotected for over a month - that's not cool! 
Ok, so the customer service sucks, but what about the actual case quality? Well... I bought the Metaluxe style case, which has a few cool features. First, there's the rose gold metal area that surrounds the camera. That's pretty. It also has interchangeable back plates, so if you are into changing your phone case with the change of your mood, this might be a good option for you. Personally, I buy one phone case and stick with it until its time to change out my phone (usually 2 years), but since this particular case was sold in a pack of 3, and I loved all of the plates, I just went with it. In terms of prettiness, this case (and the backplates) take the cake. It truly does remind me of mother of pearl, especially the white backplate. I've gotten compliments almost daily on the black/white one I have on my phone right now. 
Ok, but beside being obviously pretty to look at, is the case functional? Yes and sorta no. I've been using the case for about a week and a half now, and I can testify that the case is sturdy and will protect your phone. It has a bumper surrounding the sides, top, and bottom, as well as a small bezel lip on the front to protect the screen. I've dropped my phone on carpet as an experiment and the case didn't fall off or budge at all. Which leads me to the problem: When I tried to remove the case... I couldn't. It's totally stuck on there. I haven't had my boyfriend try to remove it yet but I really couldn't get it to budge. I can probably get the back plate off by sticking a knife or something thin into the small cracks, but I'm lazy. Good that the case is sturdy and stays put - bad for changing out backplates. Also, the opening at the bottom of the case doesn't allow for one of my phone chargers to stick in there (but it's one I bought at a gas station, so its clearly not Apple-approved). 3 out of 4 of my chargers (I keep them all over - don't judge me!) fit the bottom area. 

FYI - this particular case/backplate set is listed for a whopping $75! I know, it's crazy. I still can't believe I spent that much on a cell phone case, but it was so pretty. Technically its like 4 cases in one (3 backplates and the black case that it comes with). I also got $10 off because Casetify usually runs a promotion for $10 off a purchase of X amount or more, so I really spent $65 with free shipping.

TLDR (Bottom Line): I probably would not buy from this company again unless they had a unique case design that I could get nowhere else (like the cases here). 


February 12, 2016

Firmoo Sunglasses Review & Outfit

Firmoo is an online glasses and sunglasses retailer that offers many options at affordable prices. I've done a review for them once in the past, and they contacted me again to pick out a pair of glasses for free to review. I still wear the glasses I received over a year ago often so of course I said yes again! Since I do not wear prescription glasses (yet.. but it's getting there) I opted for a pair of sunglasses

The hardest part about buying glasses online is wondering how they will look on your face - everyone's face shape is different (mine happens to be pretty narrow) but Firmoo makes the buying experience easier because they offer a "try on" option where you can upload a picture of your face and see how the glasses will look before you buy them. I used the try on feature for the below glasses and I will say they were a lot bigger in person than they appeared online. 

In order to figure out if a pair of glasses will best suit your face, you start out by measuring your PD - which is short for pupillary distance (the distance between the center of your two pupils - it's usually around 53-65 millimeters for adult women). These particular glasses were suited for someone with a larder PD than me, so I should have known they would be big on my face! For reference, I have a PD 53 and the glasses say they are recommended for someone with a PD of 74-80 (that's way larger than the 95th percentile of adult women who have a PD of 65!) You live and learn. I don't mind the large frames at all, but my BF thinks I look dumb. What do boys know anyway? 
I think the quality of the frames is on par with the price - $19. The lenses were not quite 'polarized' but the view through them was crisp and did a good job of blocking out the sun and keeping the image true to color. I think Firmoo's selection is great - If I didn't already have like 5 pairs of sunglasses that I rotate through semi-regularly, I would also pick up these, these, or these
And as for my outfit - I wore this to a Super Bowl party at my friend's mother in law's house. It's been SO COLD in South Florida the past few weeks, I've actually been using my "winter" clothes like the boots below. It's great! What did anyone else do for the Super Bowl? 
Shirt: Target (similar)
Jeans: Rag & Bone (similar - got mine at the outlet!)
Earrings: (not pictured) Nordstrom Rack (similar)
Boots: Ann Taylor (similar)
Bag: Coach (Thanks Mrs. G!) (not sure if this is the exact one, but it's really similar or the same)
Sunglasses: c/o Firmoo

January 26, 2016

Hot in Cleveland

These photos are from Thanksgiving in Cleveland with my BFs family! Even though it was a pretty warm Thanksgiving, it's still the only time I've been able to wear winter clothes this entire season because Christmas was even warmer. My BF and I drove into Cleveland on Thanksgiving day to show me around and everything (literally everything) was closed - it is NOT like that in south florida, haha. We stopped by a pier area to take some pics (sort of near the rock and roll hall of fame). My favorite thing we did in Cleveland (besides Thanksgiving dinner of course) was to go to this awesome indoor/outdoor market in the downtown area. We bought perogies and crepes and it was delicious. Anyone visited/lived in Cleveland ?? Going to be going back for Christmas next year so could use some suggestions on things that I must do. 
Scarf: Gift
Blouse: Loft (similar)
Sweater: Ann Taylor (similar)
Jeans: Paige
Boots: Ann Taylor (similar)
Earrings: Givenchy
Bracelets: David Yurman (same, similar)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (same but diff color)
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