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Think Spring!

I need something to divert my attention from the more than 10 inches of snow we received here in Michigan and the back-breaking two hours I spent clearing out the snow. 

A little spring fashion helped cheer me up a little and if you are looking for a little pick-me-up, daydreaming of what you will wear when spring finally arrives may help.

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Zip dolman T, Gap, $22.12 ;To Extremes Platform Mules, Anthropologie, $110 ;Decade-By-Decade Skirt, Anthropologie, $128 ;New Dimensions Bag, Anthropologie, $598

That is until the neighborhood snowplow makes his way down my street and I have to dig myself out of my driveway again….

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Happy Feet!

ACORN Footwear Review

Product:  ACORN footwear

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Pitch:  “Comfort on Earth.  Acorn footwear offers unsurpassed comfort, indoor/outdoor soles, fresh styling and the bright colors that women want for spring and summer.”

The Real Deal:  ACORN offers a wide variety of remarkably stylish footwear that range NewSpaThongfrom—$75 for their outdoor shoes to $35 slippers—that are certain to make your feet happy this summer.

The company sent me the  New Spa Thong  similar to the one seen here on the right.  This slipper came from their Vegan collection and is registered with the International Vegan Society.  Further, they are made without any animal by-products or animal testing.  They also came packaged in recyclable materials.

When I wore them, they were very soft and comfortable.  I had my 7 year-old son try them on and he said, “It’s like walking on a soft bed mom.”  The non-slip indoor/outdoor sole is an added bonus when you want to run out and get the morning paper too. 

Those of you who have a hard time finding your size in footwear, will be pleased to see that ACORN carries a wide variety of sizes including wide-width.  The only thing I don’t like about the thong’s is that they rub against my big toe.  This may just be my feet, or the incredibly thick foam cushion that they are made of.  I hope that after a few weeks, they loosen up a bit.

Bottom Line:  I would rate these slippers an 8.5 for comfort and give ACORN footwear a 9.5 style rating. 

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To purchase the ACORN footwear seen in this post or to see more from this company please go to www.acorn.com

A special thank you to ACORN for supplying the product for this review.

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Fashion To Figure Giveaway

Ladies do I have some good news for you!  I have discovered a stylish online store that you are going to want to learn more about.  It’s called Fashion to Figure and they specialize in fashion-forward clothing and accessories for sizes 12-26.  What’s more, their prices are really reasonable!  Virtually all of their products are under $40.

And guess what?  Fashion to Figure is giving one lucky Fashion Sensei reader her choice between this flattering Feather Print Spandex Maxi Dress valued at $38 or this cool Flower Graphic Jersey Dress valued at $34.

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To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment with the dress that you like best and where  you can’t wait to wear it. 

You have until midnight (EST) Wednesday (5/26/10) to leave your comment and we will randomly draw one of your names.  The winner will be notified via e-mail on 5/27/10 for shipping information and Fashion to Figure will mail you your prize.  Sorry this giveaway is limited to residents of the continental US. 

Good Luck!

*Fashion Sensei is not responsible for this prize, shipment or damage during shipment.

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Product Review: Däv Rain Products

Dav AboutProduct: Däv rain gear;  including umbrellas, boots, shoes, sneakers, handbags and socks for women and children.

As Seen In: Vogue, Redbook, Style, Everyday With Rachel Ray and more.

Company’s Claim:  Däv product’s aim to offer hip and sophisticated rain apparel using special materials such as a stretch panels and a comfortable PORON® footbed to create a fashionable ensemble durable enough for anything the weather throws at you.

Fashion Quotient:  With a dazzling array of boots and shoes to choose from, Däv has every fashion personality covered.  From downtown trendsetters to the sassy-cowgirl—including your little fashion-bug-in-training—you’re sure to find something to suit your fancy.

Däv offers really unique umbrella’s to coordinate with your boots as well.

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Quality:  Däv sent me a pair of Karma Victoria rain boots and a Starburst umbrella similar to the one above in cream/black to review.  I think the quality  of the products is excellent.  The umbrella is large, has a sturdy handle and features a spring-loaded button so that it will pop open on command.   For $30, I thought the Däv umbrella was definitely worth the price.  I recently purchased an umbrella from Target for $15 which broke after just 3 uses.

The boots are constructed with durable materials and were quite warm and comfortable when I wore them.  I would also say that the sizing it true-to-size.  Further, the boots came with a black nylon backpack to store them in.Dav flats

Con’s:  Really I didn’t feel that there were any cons. 

Bottom Line:  Däv offers a wide variety of stylish rain gear at a broad range of prices.  If the $90 rain boots are out of your budget, you can opt for an adorable pair of leopard print ballerina flats like these for only $29.99.  

All I can say is, I can’t wait for the next rainy day.

Visit DavRain.com to purchase the items seen here or click on the retailer tab to find a store near you.

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Your Miraclebody Has Finally Arrived!

Finding a pair of jeans that are flattering can be an arduous and demoralizing experience.  That is why I just have to tell you about these fantastic jeans that I was sporting around-town yesterday.

They are called Miraclebody® Jeans and they are from the makers of the1201CC10-EBY_2 Miraclesuit.  The jeans are made from a patent-pending material called Miratex and boast twice the spandex of ordinary jeans. 

In full disclosure, the company sent me a pair of jeans to review and I was very skeptical that they could really live up to the claim that they will make you look “10 lbs lighter in 10 seconds!”   But with the tummy-control panel in the front, the extra spandex to slim your thighs and lift your tushy, I agree with their proclamation.  I was really impressed.

The first thing that I noticed when I tried them on was how unbelievably comfortable they were!  I don’t think I have ever worn a pair of jeans that felt so good.  I am an apple shape, which means that there is no getting around my muffin-top.  The Miraclebody® Jeans are midrise so they hugged my muffin-top so that for once, I could actually wear a belt without looking lumpy.  Now that’s a miracle!

I chose the ebony bootcut style above, but they come in several colors, cuts and styles.

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You may be wondering, where can I buy Miraclebody® Jeans?

Miraclebody® jeans, leggings, skirts and tops can be purchased at their site online www.miraclebody.com or you can go to: Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor and Bloomingdales.

Here’s the kicker though, they don’t come cheap.  With a price tag starting at $110 it is more than most of us spend on a pair of jeans.  However, I ask you to consider this: it’s significantly cheaper than lipo, easier than losing 10lbs. and I wouldn’t recommend them if I really didn’t think they were worth the money.  They really are a good investment piece.  Not to mention, Mother’s Day is coming up and these jeans would make a terrific present.

Speaking of Mother’s Day, Miraclebody® Jeans is looking for “Women Who Shape our Lives”.  They are looking for women to share their stories about how someone has made an impact on your life or something that you have done to make a significant difference.  You can enter at www.weshapewomen.com for a chance to be one of 10 Semi-finalists to win a denim wardrobe from Miraclebody® valued at over $300.  Four lucky winners will be flown into NYC to take part in a photo session with photographer James Macari for an advertisement showcasing your winning story in the August  issue of PEOPLE StyleWatch® magazine. You also will receive a consultation with celebrity stylist Robert Verdi and a makeover at the Sally Hershberger Downtown Salon.

Just for entering, you will be given a $20 coupon good towards the purchase of your Miraclebody® Jeans.  (Then you can give that coupon to your hubby as a little hint.)

I hope that you will take the opportunity to enter yourself in this contest.  As women we’re always reluctant to admit what we are doing well for fear that we are boasting.  Well I’m telling you right now, you deserve it!  You work hard all year long and it’s ok feel proud of what you do to contribute to your family, friends and your community.   I want you to brag up a storm and win yourself a new wardrobe and a little pampering.  Remember, you’ve EARNED it!

Good luck and Happy Mother’s Day!!

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Trend Watch: Shorts

Consider swapping your skirt one day this week, and instead don a fashion-forward alternative that had the spring runways abuzz.Shorts 

Photo source: style.com

These three very distinct looks (pattern, clean lines and military inspired) are all paired with high-heeled shoes to give it a sophisticated look.  Notice this dressed-up version aren’t your garden-variety jean shorts or khaki’s. 

Here are a few looks I pulled from the web to consider on your next shopping trip.

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Looks starting from Left:

Mixed Pattern: Anthropologie, Lemon Fizz shorts; Blacklight Blouse

Clean Lines: Bergdorf Goodman, Fendi shorts and top

Military Inspired: Bluefly.com, La ROK white short

Michael Kors shoes

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