Reviews

Are you one of those ladies who has lusted for the Marc Jacobs Quilted Stam Bag since the day it came out? I know I am. I just love Marc Jacobs bags—they have a look all their own, and since I am lucky enough to have a Venetia myself, I know they are extremely well-made. But unfortunately, when they first hit the shelves, they are so expensive. Sigh.

American Chic Black Quilted Chain Bag

American Chic Black Quilted Chain Bag
($49.75, American Chic)

Vahni & Her American Chic Black Quilted Chain Bag

Vahni & Her American Chic Black Quilted Chain Bag

So listen up…as you can see from the photos above, we got our hands on a sick Stam lookalike! And we decided that it was time to take ITC reviews to the next level. So rather than just seeing photos of the American Chic Black Quilted Chain Bag, we shot some video so you can truly see how this bag translates in real life.

As I mentioned in the video, I was pleasantly surprised by how real this faux leather bag looks. And I am a very hard sell…honestly, when I first read the details about the bag, I wasn’t too excited about the fact that it’s not leather. But I’m totally sold! Seriously! I have actually carried this bag around and it looks incredible on.

So what else do you need to know about the American Chic Black Quilted Chain Bag? Well, despite the fact that the hardware is not brass, it’s still a nice goldtone, and has enough weight for it to look and feel good. Inside, the bag is cloth-lined, which is a big deal—nothing worse than a plasticky interior. It has a generous helping of pockets and zips and compartments to help keep your personal items organized.

Bottom Line

This is one of the best faux leather, designer-inspired bags I’ve seen in recent time. It is well-made, lovely to look at, roomy inside, and totally believable. I’m sure you’ll get your 50 bucks’ worth out of it, and then some.

PROS:

  • Man-made “leather” totally looks like the real thing.
  • Good quality. A stunning Stam-esque bag.
  • Major price! Such a steal at under $50.

CONS:

  • Metal clasp has slight discoloration, uneven tone.
  • There were some loose threads in the quilting.
Look Our Rating: ★★★★☆
Quality Our Rating: ★★★☆☆
Wearability Our Rating: ★★★★☆
Price Our Rating: ★★★★★
Overall Our Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

(The bag has been provided to Vahni for review)

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The moment I spotted Lissette’s Cascading Snow White Bib from Fantasy Jewelry Box, I knew it wouldn’t disappoint. Those white faceted beads embedded in cool silver hardware make it the perfect summer statement necklace—a bib that is large, but not cumbersome visually. I had it mind for a particular long white dress that holds sentimental value for me. I only wish I’d had the necklace the first time I wore the dress, which I changed into after shedding my wedding dress. It would have been perfect!

Fantasy Jewelry Box Lissette's Cascading Snow White Bib Style Necklace

Lissette’s Cascading Snow White Bib Style Necklace
($49.95, Fantasy Jewelry Box)

Vahni & Her Lissette Cascading Bib Style Necklace

Vahni & Her Fantasy Jewelry Box Lissette's Cascading Snow White Bib Style Necklace

So there’s me in that very special dress I was talking about. See, I told you so! The necklace is absolute perfection with it, is it not? And let me tell you a few other reasons why this necklace (which is also available in black, orange, and turquoise), is perfection on many levels.

Lissette’s Cascading Snow White Bib has a large lobster claw clasp—and large links in the chain—which make it very easy to put on. There is also enough play in the chain so you can adjust the length of the necklace to your preference. Aside from that, it is extremely comfortable on. If you’re a fan of big, bold jewelry, you know that sometimes with all that boldness comes unwanted (and uncomfortable) weight. Not so with this lovely piece. It has just enough weight to keep if from moving too much on the neck, but not so much that you feel like you’re being weighed down by it.

Bottom Line

Lissette’s Cascading Snow White Bib Style Necklace by Fantasy Jewelry Box is one knockout necklace! And it’s versatile as well. There is no reason you can’t wear it with a formal dress, or throw it on with a little summer shift, or a strappy top, shorts, and wedges. And in black, I think it could go full-on, black-tie formal. Makes me wish I had it in black as well.

PROS:

  • It’s gorgeous—a true statement piece that is breathtaking on.
  • It’s comfortable and lays beautifully—no spinning/shifting on the neck.
  • The price—under $50! Appropriate and still on the low-end for costume jewelry.

CONS:

  • On very close inspection (like two inches), you can tell this is not a high-end piece.
Look Our Rating: ★★★★★
Quality Our Rating: ★★★★☆
Wearability Our Rating: ★★★★★
Price Our Rating: ★★★★★
Overall Our Overall Rating: ★★★★★

(The necklace has been provided to Vahni for review)

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Review: Sunglass Warehouse

by Celine on May 12, 2010

When I was asked whether I might be interested in doing a review for Sunglass Warehouse I answered yes immediately. Not because I am a huge sunglasses fan, but rather because I am not. Let me explain. I have never spent more than $10 on a pair of sunglasses. True story. I just never quite understood why those around me were throwing down hundreds of dollars on an item that you inevitably always end up sitting on and/or leaving behind at a restaurant. Lately though, I have found myself really craving a pair of retro, cat-eye sunnies and I’m always envious of people rocking aviators. So I happily chose both of those styles for my review.

Sunglass Warehouse Cat Eye Style #9136

Sunglass Warehouse SW Cat Eye Style #9136 Sunglasses with red fade frame

Sunglass Warehouse SW Cat Eye Style #9136
($12.71, Sunglass Warehouse)

Sunglass Warehouse Gold Aviator Style #1678

Sunglass Warehouse SW Gold Aviator Style #1678 Sunglasses with gold frame

Sunglass Warehouse SW Gold Aviator Style #1678
($12.71, Sunglass Warehouse)

Celine & Her Sunglass Warehouse Sunglasses

Celine & Her Sunglass Warehouse Sunglasses

First of all, the Sunglass Warehouse site is great. They have tons of sunglasses and they allow you to do a search for their “Best Sellers”, or by “Category” (oversized, celebrity, retro), but best of all you can do a search for their “Top Rated” sunglasses (yes, customers leave reviews!). I find it endlessly helpful when a site includes reviews of its products.

So on to the actual sunglasses: they came nicely packaged and my first impression was that they seemed sturdy and not “cheap”. I was delighted, when I put them on, to find that they also actually fit my head! I have a small pate, you see, and I end up swimming in most pairs of glasses. I wore both pairs on and off for about a week and they held up really well, despite being tossed around in my bag and thrown on to my kitchen table.

My one issue, really, was with how they looked on my face and that’s exactly what I was worried about when waiting for the sunglasses to arrive. No matter how many pictures you look at or how many reviews you pour over, you cannot tell ahead of time how the glasses are going to look on your particular face. That being said, though, I think that for $10-$15, you really don’t have anything to lose.

Bottom Line

All in all I think Sunglass Warehouse is a great site to order sunglasses from if you’re interested in trying out a new or trendy look. All the glasses are extremely affordable and hold up very well. Realize, though, that you don’t really know how a particular style is going to look on your face. Case in point, the aviators I ordered are now my go-to sunglasses while the retro pair don’t really suit me. But again, that’s why this price point is so excellent!

PROS:

  • The price! (obviously)
  • Tons of styles to choose from
  • The sunglasses look more expensive than they are

CONS:

  • Can’t try on the sunglasses before you purchase
  • Durable but quality is somewhat lacking
Look Our Rating: ★★★★☆
Quality Our Rating: ★★★☆☆
Wearability Our Rating: ★★★½☆
Price Our Rating: ★★★★★
Overall Our Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

(The sunglasses have been provided to Celine for review)

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I’m a watch person. When it comes to watches, there are two camps: those who always wear a watch, and those who are always asking the time. I can go without earrings, necklaces—all jewelry, in fact—but unless I’m on the beach or in the shower, there is a watch on my left wrist. As a devoted watch wearer, I have strict standards when it comes to watches: they must have numerals, the date if possible, must comfortably fit my wrist, and be totally functional. The Montres de Fleur Barrel Watch by Inexpensive Watches fit nearly all my criteria.

Inexpensive Watches Montres de Fleur Barrel Men's Watch in white

Inexpensive Watches Montres de Fleur Barrel Watch
($11.86, Inexpensive Watches)

Vahni & Her Montres de Fleur Barrel Watch

Vahni & Her Montres de Fleur Barrel Watch in white

Before I received the Montres de Fleur Barrel Watch, I have to admit that I really didn’t have high hopes—I couldn’t imagine that a watch that costs less than $15 would have much to offer. But upon opening the package, I was pleasantly surprised by how much more expensive the watch looked than it actually is. I also really liked the fact that the watch face is large and easy-to-read, and that it has Roman numerals (which I prefer). But would it actually work? I was about to see.

I set the watch with no problems, synchronizing it with my usual timepiece to see if it would keep time. Although the band is leather, it was quite stiff, so it wasn’t the easiest watch to put on, but I wore it and from the moment I set the watch, it has kept time quite nicely. I’ve had it for several weeks and it’s still ticking away without issue.

Bottom Line

Overall, this is a fashionable and functional watch that is definitely worth the money (yeah, all 12 bucks). Its classic tank shape makes it appropriate with both business attire and casual wear, but the white strap keeps the watch looking fresh and light.

PROS:

  • The price! So inexpensive and the site offers a money-back guarantee.
  • Looks very classy on. An attractive watch.
  • Easy-to-read and set. Functional and fashionable.

CONS:

  • Leather band felt more like it was synthetic.
  • Band remained stiff which caused the watch to spin a little on the wrist.
  • If you have small wrists, the band will be too big. I had it as tight as it would go and it was still a little large.
Look Our Rating: ★★★★☆
Quality Our Rating: ★★★☆☆
Wearability Our Rating: ★★★★☆
Price Our Rating: ★★★★★
Overall Our Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

(The watch has been provided to Vahni for review)

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When I was asked if I’d like to do a scarf review for Affordable Scarves (now renamed to Scarves.net), I jumped at the chance. You see, I love scarves. I’ve been wearing silk, wool, velvet, linen, cotton, and fur scarves for many years. Scarves are my friends. Forever.

Affordable Scarves is exactly what it touts itself to be: an online scarf retailer with an extensive collection of scarves at affordable prices. The majority of the site’s inventory falls between $10 and $20 (and there’s a 15% off promo special running at the moment, so they are super cheap). With prices that inexpensive, you should know that these are not Hermés-quality scarves, but they are functional and fun, and for under 20 bucks, I’d say that’s exactly the point. The site is very user-friendly and you can search for scarves by color, material, season, shape, size and trend. They also offer free shipping on orders over $30. So I made my choice, and in no time, this Leopard Print Wrap arrived at my door…

Affordable Scarves Leopard Print Wrap in black & white

Affordable Scarves Leopard Print Wrapls
($16.11, Scarves.net)

Vahni & Her Leopard Print Wrap

Vahni & her Affordable Scarves Leopard Print Wrap in black & white

I have to admit, I couldn’t wait for this scarf to arrive, for two reasons: I have no other leopard print scarves and this print has been showing up on scarves everywhere over the last year. I opened the package and unfurled the wrap, and honey, it kept going and going and going! I guess I didn’t pay much attention to the dimensions (76″ L x 52″ W) when I ordered it… it is indeed the size of a wrap, and a big one. But more about that in a minute.

So I knew the scarf is polyester, and while polyester is a wonder fabric, part of me wished it was linen or cotton, just so it felt a little softer. But I have to admit that the fabric lends itself well with this wrap—the print is crisp and vibrant; despite the size, it’s not bulky; and it launders like a champ. In the photos above, the photo on the left was taken after the scarf was washed in a lingerie bag on a normal cycle and air-dried. The photos on the right were taken before it was washed. No difference…and notice how it ties up into a knot that fits in your hand. That means it would be a fantastic piece for traveling.

In terms of wearability, the Affordable Scarves Leopard Print Wrap is unbelievably versatile. You can do a traditional scarf look, wear it as a wrap, or as a sarong or bathing suit cover-up. It stays put, which is nice, and the one thing about silkier scarves I don’t like—they tend to slide. I wore it as a scarf, and I draped it around the back of my neck and belted it over a tank top and it looked great.

Bottom Line

Overall, I really love this wrap and would recommend it to anyone who is comfortable wearing a large wrap/scarf. It is chic, inexpensive, and statement-making—meets all my requirements!

PROS:

  • Gorgeous print—black and grey is a fresh take on leopard
  • Versatile—wear it as a scarf, wrap, or sarong
  • Great price—a low-cost way to work the animal print trend into your wardrobe

CONS:

  • Wished it was a natural fabric or blend with linen or cotton
  • Might be too large for a petite woman
  • Synthetic fabric might make it uncomfortable if worn as a summer scarf
Look Our Rating: ★★★★☆
Quality Our Rating: ★★★☆☆
Wearability Our Rating: ★★★★☆
Price Our Rating: ★★★★★
Overall Our Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

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