Wantable 2015 May Accessories Collection

*May’s collection was sent for review, we include affiliate links for Wantable so we can build credits for future collections*

My Wantable 2015 May Accessories Collection

My Wantable 2015 May Accessories Collection

Lots of great goodies this month!

Lots of great goodies this month!

I loved my Wantable Intimates Collection for May, so I didn’t think the Accessories Collection could possibly be as good. Sometimes it’s great to be wrong! My May Accessories has four items including a scarf, a headband, a ring, and a necklace. I am very happy with the mix for sure. Speaking of mix, this is definitely a month for mixing it up in unexpected ways – mix and match, boho and glam, hard and soft, natural and glamorous, metals and colors.

Alexis Scarf

Alexis Scarf

1.  Alexis Scarf (retail value $22):  Infinity scarves are fabulous because they work so many ways, and I don’t have to worry about loose ends. The Alexis Scarf is very pretty with an ombre/print mix in beige, brown, and yellow. I like wearing this as a shoulder wrap.

Haumea Headband

Haumea Headband

2.  Haumea Headband (retail value $17):  Isn’t this gorgeous? And it is as comfortable as it is pretty. This Violet Love headband is made of a very soft, stretchy material – almost like comfy sweatpants – so I can’t even tell it’s on, but it still does an awesome job of keeping my heavy hair off my face.

Harlee Ring

Harlee Ring

3.  Harlee Ring (retail value $17):  I almost missed this ring in the package and I am so glad I didn’t! I love the big crystal stone, and the ring is adjustable so it fits any finger. It’s a unique, funky ring that will get all kinds of play time from me.

Logan Necklace

Logan Necklace

4.  Logan Necklace (retail value $24):  Oh my. This necklace is truly stunning. The detail is fantastic, and the bottom strands don’t tangle. I desperately needed a gold necklace and the Logan Necklace is absolutely perfect. I love all the pieces, but I do think this one is the real stunner of the group.

The total retail value of my Wantable May Accessories Collection is $80 and there isn’t one item I want to send back. I think May is a great month to start subscribing if you haven’t done so yet.  – Lisa

(Here is a $5 Coupon you can use, too!)

*May’s collection was sent for review, we include affiliate links for Wantable so we can build credits for future collections*

What is inside Lisa’s vintage purse?

I am all about purses, but not really the latest…although I definitely appreciate a Chanel or a Prada when I see one! My style is more boho or vintage, and when I find a gorgeous vintage purse I just about turn inside out. I love my stunning vintage purse that was actually a gift to me from my most beloved friend, who obviously understands my preferences because it is perfect for me.

It may not have a label, but I love it!

It may not have a label, but I love it!

Vintage purse handle

Vintage purse beadingVintage purse 2

Now, I am a realist and I know I am a major procrastinator (just ask my poor, ever-patient blogging partner Marcia), so I just keep this purse filled with the perfect products at all times. That way, when I am running late for a fancy evening or event – and I am ALWAYS running late – I can just grab this and go, knowing that I have everything I need.

Vintage purse inside

My favorite dressy purse contains a few beautiful and essential items that I was sent last year from Mont Bleu, an online site that features Swarovski jewelry and crystal nail files. This particular makeup mirror is still available – you can find it right HERE.

Vintage purse compact

I always have a nail file with me and I love this crystal file from Mont Bleu.

Vintage purse crystal nail file

My Senna Blush & Bronze Duo in Beached Peach is always perfect for touch ups…have you ever noticed that nothing perks up your look quicker than a bit of blush??  I also love my little Crown Brush C109 Mini Bronzer Brush. Exactly what is needed for a purse.

Senna and Crown

Senna and Crown

Luck favors the prepared with the Minimergency Kit. It’s from the ‘Good Luck Series’ and the little four-leaf clover never fails to make me feel lucky. This little kit holds 16 different items that are truly essentials and it’s only 3.5″ x 2″ x 2″ so it fits into the palm of your hand. I am astounded at what fits into this mini life saver: hairspray; dental floss, band aids, and Blistex; Advil; a mini sewing kit that also includes a set of earring backs and clear elastics; and double-sided tape, breath mint drops; an emery board; a tampon; and clear nail polish. Just think of how many times you wished you had one of those items and couldn’t find one anywhere. Also included are three foil packs: nail polish remover, stain remover, and a deodorant towelette.

Vintage purse Mini Emergency Kit

I use a wonderful little box that came with some Nudestix items to house my lippies. I always have a lip balm and this one is Savannah Bee Beautiful Sugar Lip Balm. My lipstick is the gorgeous Julie Hewett Oona Noir, and I love it with my Alison Raffaele Lip Gloss in Luscious, a shimmery gold, over top. I also carry my Face Stockholm Lip Brush that is the perfect size.Vintage purse lippies

Vintage purse lippies and brush

The last items I throw into my purse before heading out the door include my phone, a Samsung Galaxy. I know people love their iPhones, but I am an Android girl all the way.

Vintage purse phoneFinally, oh how I adore my retro GARRETT LEIGHT Wilson Mirrored sunglasses that I bought from ShopBop. They have mirrored, gradient lenses and actually came with a hard case and cleaning cloth too. They are the most expensive sunglasses I have ever owned, but worth every single penny. They are still available on ShopBop in blue and in purple.

GARRETT LEIGHT Wilson Mirrored sunglasses

GARRETT LEIGHT Wilson Mirrored sunglasses

That’s all that is in my purse! Thanks for reading, and be sure to check out the inspiring ‘What’s in my purse’ post from the other amazing ladies on the Beauty Spotlight Team.  – Lisa

Vintage purse goodies

*some items are press samples that have become staples; others gifts or purchased by me*

How men have been ‘putting a ring on it’ since 44000 BC – Vashi’s history of engagement rings

Vashi Engagement Ring

Vashi Engagement Ring

My kids are always begging my husband and me to tell stories of how we met, what happened when we got engaged, what the marriage ceremony was like. Moments like these are not only special in our own memories, they also frame the lives of loved ones and become part of a rich tapestry that is the family history shared through generations.

Vashi Engagement Ring

Vashi Engagement Ring

I remember taking months to pick out the perfect engagement ring. The ring is a gorgeous symbol of our commitment and every time I look at it, I remember my husband’s proposal. The engagement ring has a long history that is truly fascinating. It all began in prehistoric times in 44000 BC, when men would put braided cords made out of grass around their woman’s wrists or ankles to ‘bring the female’s spirit under his control’. Ancient Egyptians were ones who brought a little more romance into it, creating the symbolism of the ring with the circle signifying endless love and the empty center signifying the gateway to the future.

Vashi Engagement Ring

Vashi Engagement Ring

How do I know so much about this? I have recently collaborated with the international jewelry online retailer, Vashi. They created a terrific illustrated guide to the History of the Engagement Ring.  Check it out here: http://www.vashi.com/history-of-the-engagement-ring/. It really is a fascinating read.  Did you know that puzzle rings were created to discourage infidelity? The very first diamond engagement ring was given in 1477? Puritans used a thimble as their engagement rings? And who do you think was considered to be the ‘King of Bling’ in 2007?

Head over to the Vashi website for astoundingly beautiful engagement rings, wedding rings, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. You can choose from their wide selection or even design your own. And be sure to take a look at the super cool History of the Engagement Ring to find out just how many months’ salary a man should be spending on that ring.  – Lisa

Vashi Engagement Ring

Vashi Engagement Ring

Spicing it up with Wantable 2015 April Accessories Collection

photo from wikihow.com

photo from wikihow.com

*April’s collection was sent for review, we include affiliate links for Wantable so we can build credits for future collections*

It’s still spring but summer is right around the corner, and my Wantable.com April Accessories Collection is definitely getting me in the mood for longer days and shorter nights.  My April Accessories Collection has three long necklaces and a pair of sunglasses.  I think I wear a long necklace every single day, so the variety in this box suits me.  This month’s collection features natural elements like semi-precious stones.

Marcia recently posted about her fantastic April Cosmetics Collection (read it HERE) and we both love the change in the order details.  Now, not only are the items pictured and described, there is also a retail value and a ‘your price’ value.  Very handy, because you can return a specific item and be credited that much toward your next collection.  Well played, Wantable!  It certainly works for me this month since three of my items are winners, but one is not for me.

2015 Wantable April Accessories Bess Necklace

1.  Bess Silver Necklace (retail value $14):  This is a beautiful long silver necklace with two different sized filigree discs.  They look like spider webs to me.  This is a pretty, feminine necklace that goes with so much, from a basic tee to a floaty sundress.

2015 Wantable April Accessories Alicia Sunglasses

2.  Alicia Sunglasses (retail value $14):  I have several pairs of sunglasses but nothing quite like these.  The Alicia Sunglasses are hip and fun, with a brushed painted frame and silver detailing.  The lenses are oversized and I know these will be perfect for a trip to the beach.

2015 Wantable April Accessories Bri Necklace S

3.  Bri Necklace S (retail value $19):  My second long necklace is very different, rather ethereal.  It has three rows of black beads along with a sort of blue, sort of purple crystal stone.  It has a cool bohemian vibe.  Love this with a simple black tee and jeans.

2015 Wantable April Accessories Marie Necklace

4.  Marie Necklace (retail value $26):  So this is the item that just doesn’t speak to me.  It has gorgeous details – a long double silver chain, silver etching, round ivory stone.  But the pendant is too complicated, too large, and rather clunky on me.   I can’t get it to lay right, which is in part because it hits me exactly mid-chest.  This is a great piece for someone with a broader frame and smaller bosom.

The overall value of April’s collection is $73, so Wantable continues to be of the best values available in the subscription box world.  This month I love three of the four items…and it’s still great, because I can send back the one I am not loving for a credit back on my next box.

If you’d like to start treating yourself to a nice surprise each month, here is a $5 Coupon to get you started.  Start spicing up your accessories wardrobe for warmer weather!  – Lisa

*April’s collection was sent for review, we include affiliate links for Wantable so we can build credits for future collections*

Lots of fun in the Wantable February Accessories Collection!

Looking outside my window right now, it is snowing and blowing and the temperature is below zero.  I can’t be alone in wanting warm spring weather and fun, bright colors to match a shining sun!  My February Accessories Collection that I was sent from Wantable for review brought me a fabulous teaser for warm weather with four pieces that are going to get lots of play.

Wantable February 2015 Accessories Collection

Wantable February 2015 Accessories Collection

Like last month, my collection includes a ring, a necklace, a pair of sunglasses, and a scarf.  I am thrilled with the variety of items, and they all go together with silver tones and fun-loving vibe.

Courtney Ring

Courtney Ring

The Courtney Ring (retail value $11) is a silver stretch ring that looks like an arrow.  This is a bigger, statement ring that looks especially good with a white t-shirt, jeans, black boots, and pastel nail polish.

Macy Sunglasses

Macy Sunglasses

The Macy Sunglasses (retail value $14) have extremely large frames and the most gorgeous silver detailing on the sides.  These are going to be fantastic for maximum protection at the beach!  This is a pair of sunglasses that Jackie-O would absolutely love.

Sheila Necklace

Sheila Necklace

I am totally digging the Sheila Necklace (retail value $16).  This is a double layer necklace with fun silver disc details.  It looks like it would be very heavy but it is feather light.  The Sheila Necklace is just beautiful and I am so glad I can specify my necklace length preferences as this is exactly the length I like.

Suri Scarf

Suri Scarf

My final item is the Suri Scarf (retail value $24).  This is a lightweight oblong scarf in fun, springy mint, cream, and grey.  Pictures don’t really do this justice.  The Suri Scarf is one that works with any outfit, from casual jeans to a sundress.

Wantable is always a great value at $36 a month.  My collection this month had a retail value of $65, and I will definitely wear every item.  I think the best part about Wantable is how very specific you can be regarding preferences, yet every collection is still a wonderful surprise.

Click this link for a $5 Coupon off a Wantable collection, or if you order before February 28th use this link for a Valentine’s 2015 30% Off!.  – Lisa

*Sent for editorial consideration, opinions all mine.  The Wantable links are affiliate links.

Wantable January 2015 Accessories Collection

2015 Wantable January Accessories CollectionSomehow January always seems to be a lackluster month to me.  Maybe it’s because December was so twinkly and bright with all the decorations and bells and whistles.  After I take down the tree and put away all the holiday chotchkies, everything seems bare.  My January Wantable Accessories Collection brought me some stylish brightness that sparkles up even my plainest looks.

2015 Wantable Accessories Collection

2015 Wantable Accessories Collection

This month’s Wantable Accessories Collection is well worth a $36 subscription fee.  My collection has a scarf, a necklace, a ring, and a pair of sunglasses – great variety!

The Shannon Ring

The Shannon Ring

1.  Shannon Ring (retail value $9)  What a super cute ring.  I am partial to round stones, so this vintage-looking gold ring with a salmon stone is a real treat.

Kelli Sunglasses in silver

Kelli Sunglasses in silver

2.  Kelli Sunglasses (retail value $18)  You just can’t go wrong with aviator sunglasses – they look good on everyone.  My pair is silver, and they are fantastic for sunny winter walks.  These are super sturdy so it should be a while before I manage to break them!

Eileen Scarf in mustard

Eileen Scarf in mustard

3.  Eileen Scarf (retail value $24)  This is a tube design knitted scarf with fringe detail.  Mine is mustard, which is a wonderful winter color.  I am a huge scarf fiend, but this is my first tube scarf!  I love how easy it is – even if I throw it on it instantly looks artfully arranged.

Karina Necklace

Karina Necklace

4.  Karina Necklace (retail value $32)  I can’t begin to tell you how difficult it was to photograph this necklace.  It has three different length multi-tone chains.  The shortest chain has a golden ball, the middle length has a beautiful pearlized semi-precious drop stone, and the longest chain has taupe colored beads.  It is truly gorgeous and is great for dressing up simple tops.  Wantable recommends pairing this with a marsala colored sweater, so of course I am now on a mission to find one.

Trying to look cool for winter...

Trying to look cool for winter…

The retail value of this month’s collection is $83, and I love every item.  Wantable continues to be the best surprise I get every month…do something nice for yourself and get a subscription!  – Lisa

*Sent for editorial consideration, opinions all mine.  The Wantable links are affiliate links.

Support women and positive change with ChicBuds and the Ian Somerhalder Foundation!

I love the message behind the Chic Buds line.  They are all about supporting individuality and creativity for women and girls, and they have fashionable yet practical, problem-solving tech items.  Gotta love women-inspired tech!  Chic Buds has partnered with Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder and his foundation which supports the environment, animals, and young people. The limited edition line of Chic Buds standout products can be purchased for the next five days with 20% going to the ISF.

ChicBuds web sales pic

The Ian Somerhalder Foundation, or ISF, recognizes that the environment is an interconnected organism, and we are all a part of it.  Animals, energy, habitat, people – we need to take care of each part to help heal the whole.  ISF is an organization I can get behind heart and soul, and Chic Buds has beautiful, practical products that make it fun and easy to make a positive change in the world.

Chic Buds Slim Power Phone Charger

The cool products include Chic Buds’ Slim Power Portable Phone Chargers, Luv Buds Earphones with mics, and Clutchette Charging Purses ($49.99) that that come in several different styles.

 

The Ian Somerhalder Collection Slim Power ($24.99) is a life saver.  I am always finding myself needing to power up my phone but without a plug anywhere.  The Slim Power is a super cute charger that packs 10 hours worth into the tiny design.  It’s about the size of a credit card and slim enough to slide right into the pocket of skinny jeans.  They also have girl-power sayings like “Be a Voice Not an Echo” and “I am Perfectly and Imperfectly Me”.  Since I just got my daughter a phone for Christmas, she is also going to have one of these in her backpack at all times.

 

Chic Buds Clutchette Power in Jacquelyn

I adore the Chic Buds’ ISF Limited Edition Clutchette Power.  Mine is in the Jacquelyn style, and right now it looks like it’s the only one left online, the rest are all sold out.  I am not surprised since this pretty clutch has everything you need to look great and be prepared for anything!There is a hidden ultrathin battery inside that charges smart phones and USB devices.  Chic Buds Clutchette

Plugging your smart phone in will give it full power, so you get double the typical battery life.  The Clutchette is big enough for your phone, license and credit cards, and even some lip gloss and powder.

I use ear buds all the time, but it seems like I spend more time untangling them than I do using them.

Chic Buds Luv Buds

The limited edition Luv Buds ($14.99) are beautiful and tangle-free.  Mine is the Sienna style, but they come in lots of different colors and patterns.  You can even coordinate your Luv Buds to your Slim Power if you’d like.  The sound is fantastic and they are very comfortable.  I can never find ear buds that truly fit, but these are just perfect.  They also have a built-in microphone, so you can answer calls when you are using your phone to listen to music.  They really are the perfect ear buds.

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Make a difference while being both practical and stylish with these wonderful products from Chic Buds, and do it within the next five days to help support a great cause.  And be sure to check out the ISF – it is a fantastic foundation that is worth an investment of your time and money.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration