Function and fashion of olympic proportions: Maria Shireen bittersweet Bracelet

Raised handsOK, I want to see hands — how many of you wear an elastic hair tie as a bracelet, just in case you find yourself wanting to get that hair off your shoulders and out of your eyes? My hand is definitely up.  Now, however, it’s up so I can show you my gorgeous golden bracelet that also houses my hair tie!

Maria Shireen bracelet red white blueThe bracelet accessories line Maria Shireen sent me this very chic and modern bracelet from the bittersweet collection ($45).  It is incredibly fashionable, wonderfully functional, and is perfect for working out or going out.

Maria Shireen bracelet

Maria Shireen braceletsMaria Shireen has two different collections, bittersweet and Luxury.  The bittersweet signature bracelets are made of stainless steel and come in three different finishes: silver, gold, or rose gold. The line has five different metal designs, plus two BPA-free fun-looking plastic designs for those younger fashionistas. The Luxury Collection has two sterling silver styles in three color varieties, including silver, gold, rose gold.

Each Maria Shireen bracelet is more than a statement piece – it’s very practical as it can be worn with its elastic hair tie. It takes you right from time-challenged soccer mom to chic and stylish mom. I absolutely love how you can mix and match with whatever color hair tie you happen to have.

IMG_1229IMG_1238The founder, Shireen, used to wear her hair ties around her wrist (like most of us do). Her hubby noticed that the hair ties left a dents on her arm, so he designed a bracelet that looked great and held her hair ties without cutting off her circulation. The rest is history!

With my hair tie...

With my hair tie…

...and without!

…and without!

This bracelet is a fantastic piece of jewelry that I wear all the time. And if you need a great excuse for splurging on a little something for yourself, take a look at the gorgeous USA 2016 Medals Set ($110)!

Mira Shireen USA 2016 Medals Set

I hope you will head on over to the Maria Shireen website at and go for the gold…or the silver…or the rose gold!! – Lisa


Move over Pandora! SOUFEEL Charm Bracelets

Spring lilacs may be gone, but my peonies and lilies and roses are in full bloom! Winters in Michigan can be rough going, but this time of year is simply glorious.SOUFEEL braceletTake a gander at the gorgeous bracelet I put together at SOUFEEL to celebrate spring and summer flowers. All SOUFEEL charms are 925 sterling silver and fit Pandora and Chamilia bracelets – however, they have a much more affordable price tag. The selection of charms is fantastic and I had so much fun when SOUFEEL let me make a seasonal bracelet for this review. Every time I have ordered from SOUFEEL I’ve found the delivery to be super fast, and everything arrives in this pretty little box with a blue bow. They also include a gift bag and a black cleaning cloth.

Here is what I put together: the Flowers in Blossom Charm
SOUFEEL Flowers in Blossom Charm

SOUFEEL Flowers in Blossom Charm


 Then I opted to surround it with crystal faceted Murano glass beads in different colors.
SOUFEEL Yellow Ice Crystal Faceted Murano Glass Bead

SOUFEEL Yellow Ice Crystal Faceted Murano Glass Bead

Silver Ice Crystal Faceted Murano Glass Bead

SOUFEEL Silver Ice Crystal Faceted Murano Glass Bead

SOUFEEL Silver Ice Crystal Faceted Murano Glass Bead

A Light Blue Ice Crystal Faceted Murano Glass Bead

SOUFEEL Light Blue Crystal Faceted Murano Glass Bead

SOUFEEL Light Blue Crystal Faceted Murano Glass Bead

And a Red Ice Crystal Faceted Murano Glass Bead.  Didn’t it turn out pretty??

SOUFEEL Red Ice Crystal Faceted Murano Glass Bead

SOUFEEL Red Ice Crystal Faceted Murano Glass Bead

SOUFEEL bracelet

 So many charms to choose from – there are literally endless combinations for creating your own theme bracelet  SOUFEEL always some great offers so be sure to check out what special is going on this minute. Right now they are having a buy 2, get 1 free Summer Sale. They also offer free shipping worldwide with orders over $50 and a 365-day return and exchange guarantee.

SOUFEEL braceletIf you want to add some seasonal flair to your jewelry wardrobe, or if you have a jewelry loving friend who needs a graduation or shower gift, SOUFEEL is a terrific option. Take a look at their website at, and plan some time to browse because you will be mesmerized with all the options!  – Lisa

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Wantable July 2015 Accessories Collection is here!

Wantable July 2015 Accessories Collection

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

I love the days I find a Wantable package on my front porch. I never have any doubt that what’s inside will either be items soon to become a staple in my wardrobe, or else ones that go a little outside my comfort zone and challenge me to take a risk. This month, all my items are staples…nothing outrageous, but lots that fit right into my accessories wardrobe, rounding it out nicely and adding versatility.

Wantable July 2015 Accesorries Collection Ellen Scarf

Wantable July 2015 Accessories Collection Ellen Scarf

The Ellen Scarf (retail value $28) is a beautiful light scarf with paisley grey print on an off-white background. I love it because it is so versatile. It works great paired with everything from denim to a summer dress. I brought it with me to the movies because the cinema is always so cold and it was a perfect weight to carry and also give me a little warmth.

Wantable July 2015 Accesories Collection Caroline Bracelet

Wantable July 2015 Accessories Collection Caroline Bracelet

The Caroline Bracelet (retail value $19) is simple yet beautiful. This cuff bracelet is made of brass and has stunning chain link accents. Again, versatile is the word – I wear it with jeans shorts and a white t-shirt or with a summer maxi dress.

Wantable July 2015 Accessories Collection Pamela Necklace

Wantable July 2015 Accessories Collection Pamela Necklace

I can never have enough long necklaces, so I was happy to find the Pamela Necklace (retail value $17). This is a silver necklace with gold bead accents and a double chain. The longer chain ends with a coin pendant.

Wantable July Accessories Collection Earring Trio

Wantable July Accessories Collection Nala Earring Set

The Nala Earring Set (retail value $19) was actually a mistake in my collection! I was supposed to get the Shanny Ring, but got this fabulous earring trio instead. I think I got lucky! I love the little golden feathers and the other two stud earrings are really pretty when worn together.

Lots of staples that add versatility to my wardrobe in this collection! I am once again a happy camper. With a retail value of $83 this month, Wantable continues to be a subscription service well worth the monthly price. If you decide to subscribe, please use our link HERE which will help us earn credits toward other boxes for review.  – Lisa

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Get some lucky charms with our SOUFEEL Jewelry Giveaway!

SOUFEEL charm braceletIt’s time to jump onto the charm bracelet bandwagon! Enter today to win $70 to spend on your own charm bracelet from SOUFEEL. What kind of bracelet will you create??

SOUFEEL charms are 925 sterling silver and can fit Pandora and Chamilia bracelets and they have much more affordable price tag.   am extremely impressed with the huge variety of types of charms. I could go crazy making different theme bracelets for myself.

The creativity options are tremendous. How about making a traveling bracelet, complete with a ‘Wanderlust’ charm and a darling red suitcase charm? Take a look at the options here:

I decided to make a ‘spirit animal’ bracelet. I chose five charms and a black leather cord bracelet. Everything arrived in a gorgeous little box with a blue bow.

SOUFEEL packaging

SOUFEEL Leather Bracelet and cleaning cloth

SOUFEEL Leather Bracelet and cleaning cloth

My package also contained a pretty box with a black velvet pillow to store my bracelet, as well as a handy cleaning cloth.

When choosing my charms, I went through the new arrival items  here – – and chose these charms:


The peacock, which symbolizes self-expression and confidence.


The horse, which symbolizes personal drive and passion.


The dolphin, which symbolizes harmony and balance.

Jungle Owl

The owl, which symbolizes wisdom and intuition.


And a round February charm with purple stones, which isn’t an animal but it’s pretty and purple and I was born in February. So I took a little creative license!!

SOUFEEL animal charms

SOUFEEL bracelet

I love the way my ‘spirit animal’ bracelet turned out!  You’ve got to take a look at this website, but be prepared to get lost for hours as you find one awesome theme after another for some fabulous personalized jewelry for yourself or a loved one.

SOUFEEL has some great current offers. When you spend $59, $79 or $99, you will get a pair of free earrings, a free charm and a free sterling silver bracelet!  They offer free shipping worldwide with orders over $50 and a 365-day return and exchange guarantee.

Also, SOUFEEL has a special coupon code just for BIZ readers for 5% off any order:  5Lisa


SOUFEEL bracelet

SOUFEEL is pairing up with us to give away $70 worth of jewelry from their site. The winner gets to select whatever charms or jewelry she wants!  This giveaway is open to the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The required entry is leaving a comment indicating what your three favorite items are from the website.   The giveaway ends on 7/6/15 at 11:59 pm, so hurry and enter now.  Wishing you good luck so you can win some lucky charms!!  – Lisa

*items reviewed and giveaway courtesy of SOUFEEL Jewelry
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3 graduation gift ideas from Mont Bleu

Looking for a great graduation gift? Look no further!


There are many stunning options from one of our favorite online retails stores, Mont Bleu. They have beautiful nail files, Swarovski-encrusted brushes, and jewelry, plus a whole lot more. They ship unbelievably quick, plus they have great prices and their pieces come with certificates of authenticity.

Mont Bleu sent some fantastic gift options for the girl graduate.  Take a look.

Mont Bleu

Mont Bleu Red Crystal Stud Earrings

Mont Bleu

Mont Bleu Red Crystal Stud Earrings

The Red Crystal Stud Earrings ($10.38) are gorgeous – and would you look at that price?  These earrings are so bright and shiny they really stand out. They have a covering of hypoallergenic metal rhodium so they won’t cause an allergic reaction, and the red studs are genuine Swarovski crystals.

Mont Bleu Shamballa

Mont Bleu Shamballa Bracelet with Siam Red Beads

Mont Bleu Shamballa

Mont Bleu Shamballa Bracelet with Siam Red Beads

The Shamballa Bracelet with Siam Red Beads ($35.04) is a fabulous option that is right on trend. I work at a high school, and the girls just go bananas for these bracelets. The Siam Red crystal beads are embedded in a waxed cord that is woven in a macramé design. The bracelet adjusts so it will fit any size wrist and it comes in a beautiful leatherette box with a certificate of authenticity.

Mont Bleu Ring

Mont Bleu Pink Swarovski Ring

Mont Bleu ring

Mont Bleu Pink Swarovski Ring

Mont Bleu ring

Mont Bleu Pink Swarovski Ring

While their inventory changes often and I don’t see this ring on their website right now, I want to tell you about the Ring with Pink Swarovski Crystals. The ring is made with brass that is covered with rhodium, so again there is no worry about allergic reactions.  Not only is the ring stunning, it’s also super practical because it adjusts to any finger. No worries about getting the wrong size!

Here is a comparable ring, the Two Crystals Swarovski Ring, it has rounded stones and this one is only $11.68! Plus it comes in a variety of colors.

Mont Bleu ring

Mont Bleu has so many other gifts that are perfect for the graduate it is incredible. I urge you to check out their website for your graduation gift shopping.  After all those years of schooling, your graduate deserves something really special!  – Lisa

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