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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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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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Cankle-Concealers, Cool, or Just Plain Crazy?

A pair of Wolford tights have been causing a stir in the blog-o-sphere.

neiman marcusThese $425—yes your eyes do not deceive you, that is the price—tights can be found on NeimanMarcus.com

My question to you dear readers, is do these tights inspire happy feet or is this just one misguided attempt at fashion?  Let’s discuss…

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5 Wedding Trends for 2010

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, love is in the air and proposals  may only be days away.  Recently, I was asked by Stacie Donaldson from the East Wichita News for a few wedding trends for the newly betrothed.  Here are my top 5:

1.  Be Bold– With your jewelry that is.  Taking from the spring runway, a bold necklace will both draw attention up to your face and make a fashion-forward statement.

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Rivini.com

 

2. Toss the Veil– Unless you have a traditional attachment to wearing a veil, there are many alternatives to choose from including: Hair jewelry such as a crystal headband or beaded hair pins.   A large flower worn like a little hat, is another big trend on the bridal runways.

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3.  Go Consignment or Vintage-  If you are a bride-on-a-budget,  you may be surprised to discover just how many dresses are available for purchase at your local consignment shop; including several that have never been worn. 

Another option is to raid grandma’s hope-chest. The gown that she has been storing for decades may take your breath away.  If the fit isn’t exact, or you want to update it a little, an experienced dressmaker or tailor can customize it for a look all your own.

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Once Again Bridal and After-Five Resale Shop

 

4.  Tie Him Up in a Bowtie– Don’t forget your dashing groom.  While you may not look like the traditional bride, the traditional bowtie is the number one fashion trend in men’s formal wear.

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AfterSix.com

 

5.  Individualize your Bridesmaids– With so many choices for bridesmaids, it think it’s unconscionable to have your attendants wear the same style dress.  Each woman has a different figure and you want them to look and feel beautiful on your big day.  You can do this by choosing a color that compliments each bridesmaid by allowing her to select a dress style that fits her figure as illustrated below.

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Likewise, you can allow the bridesmaid to choose from a color family (under your direction) and then incorporate those colors into the bridal bouquet.

Thanks again to Stacie for the mention in her column. Be sure to read her full article for more trends, along with tips on finding the perfect dress for your figure.  East Wichita News p.10

Good Luck!

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