Even though there was a shipping delay on my birthday gift this year, it was worth the wait. Dave surprised me with this Lee Renee pineapple pendant. I first fell in love with the piece with I interviewed the designer back in February of last year and had no idea I’d be spoiled with it months afterward. Isn’t it just the cutest thing? It’s tiny, as you can see in the stock images, but the attention to detail is wonderful and it has a nice weight to it. The solid silver piece is handmade in London with an 18k gold plate.
As often as I talk about jewelry and choosing pieces with longevity, I rarely talk about keeping your collection pristine. Wearing your favorites is usually enough to keep tarnish at bay, but it doesn’t do anything for the soap residue and dust particles that can make jewelry lose its luster. Enter the Bling Brush by Baublerella.
The Bling Brush is an all-natural jewelry cleanser that comes in a mascara-size tube. The convenient size makes it easy to tote on vacation or tuck into a handbag. It also makes a perfect gift for a newly engaged gal obsessed with keeping the sparkle in her stone.
Simply twist the bottom of the tube to dispense the cleaner and get to work. It’s safe to use on both fine and costume gems.
To put the Bling Brush to the test, I sifted through my jewelry box for the most tarnished piece and turned up this pair of amethyst and diamond earrings. (I’m actually embarrassed to admit that I haven’t worn these in awhile. They were a gift from my parents that took a backseat to oversize costume gems in recent years.)
It didn’t take long to erase years of buildup with a few quick swipes of the Bling Brush. After wiping the excess jewelry cleanser away with a soft cloth, the earrings looked new.
Bottom Line: Love it. It’s much more convenient–and chic–than using those cleansing tubs. It is on the pricier side, setting you back $16 plus $5 shipping, but the portability is worth it. Baublerella also makes a cleansing glove for precious metals, which comes in at $12.
In partnership with Baublerella.
A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I signed up for Try the World, a subscription box with gourmet goodies from different cities around the globe. In full disclosure, I think subscriptions boxes are kind of stupid. I also hate grab bags. I like knowing what my money is buying and I suspect many of you are the same way. I was intrigued by Try the World because they give you a sneak peek of what’s inside your box before you commit. (Be aware, however, that Try the World works with small producers and each box may vary slightly due to product availability.) I like traveling and I like food, so I forked over $39 for my one-time box of treats from Paris. Oh la la!
So, what does $39 get you? Not much and not the fleur de sel the stock image boasted (read: the item I was most excited about), but I do like the unique mix of products I probably wouldn’t have purchased otherwise. (Dave joked that Try the World is for people who are too lazy to go to World Market.) Here’s what was inside and the approximate values taking into account the net weight of the items compared to full-size products:
- La Mere Poulard sables: $3.50
- Maison D’Armorine salted butter caramels: $5
- Domaine des Vignes whole grain mustard: $4
- Charles Antona fig jam: $3.50
- Clement Faugier chestnut spread: $4
- Flagrants Desirs dark chocolate bar: $4
- Francois Doucet fruit jellies: $2
- A card explaining each product
- A culture guide
That’s $26 worth of product for $39. I had signed up during a promotion, so my Paris box came along with a second box of treats from various countries. That’s the only reason I’m not too irked about this. I would have been much happier with a total value of $33-35. I realize that some of the money needs to go to packaging costs and overhead, but I don’t think it’s expecting too much for the value to be closer to the amount paid. Will I try it again? Maybe if there’s an Amsterdam or Brussels box and I’m feeling nostalgic. It’s such a fun idea and I’m disappointed that this wasn’t a slam dunk. I would have been happy to sign up for a full year if the value was there.
As much as I appreciate the boost of confidence from a pair of heels, I’m a flats girl through and through. I love the versatility of flats, the mobility of flats, and the Audrey Hepburn je ne sais quoi of flats. I think we can all agree that this pair from Sam Edelman has that ladylike-meets-irreverent vibe down.
I purchased them after my love affair with the Tory Burch wedges fizzled and, like all tales starring a pair of shoes, there was a happy ending. The Sam Edelman flats are true to size and the nude-colored ankle strap doesn’t visually cut me off like the black strap did on the Tory pair. Now I just “need” these bow-topped mint flats and a palm-printed pair to make my spring shoe wardrobe complete.
I had fantasized about these shoes since I first saw them on the Tory Burch website and had a laundry list of items I could wear them with: that elusive white summer dress, white shorts and a blouse, black cigarette pants and a cozy cashmere sweater…
So, you can imagine how disappointed I am to send them back to Shopbop. I purchased my normal size 7 after reading numerous “true to size” fit recommendations only to find that they’re huge. (I kept checking the box to make sure that they sent the right pair.) I wrestled with ordering them again in a 6 and a 6.5 to see if either of those would work, but if I’m being honest, they’re not worth $300. I’ll give it another shot if they go on sale for 40% off (maybe I’ll even go for the striped pair). Until then, I ordered these. Apparently I’m just itching for a pointed toe and an ankle strap.