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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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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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Fashion Sensei Says…

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Mantyhose?!

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Photo Credit: Telegraph.co.UK

Seinfeld popularized the Manziere, and now a UK lingerie brand called Unconditional is banking on men rushing to the stores to purchase their 120 denier thickness man tights (£70 a pair). 

David Walker-Smith, Selfridges’ director of menswear and beauty, said: “This winter the city’s most stylish men will have a secret weapon hidden in their trousers.

“The ‘mantyhose’ are extremely versatile and we expect men to be wearing them not only as a way to as a way to give legs an extra boost of warmth on the chilliest nights, but as a true style statement.”  [Telegraph.co.uk]

The only explanation that I can venture is that they are worried about Marc Jacobs’ bare legs under that manskirt he has been sporting at his runway shows. 

You Go Glamour!

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Photo Credit: Glamour.com

Glamour Magazine is featuring plus size (that’s any model over a size 6) models in their November edition to answer the call of readers who want to see a body type closer to the one that they see in the mirror.

I salute their effort and can’t help but wonder if this summer’s call from Vogue UK’s editor,  Alexandra Shulman,  to high-fashion designer’s to create samples that fit healthy proportions helped encourage Glamour Magazine.  Glamour editor, Cindi Leive, announced this morning on the Ellen Show, that the magazine is making a commitment to include models with a wider range of body types.  Bravo!

  To read more, go to Glamour.com.

Fab Find!

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I’m kinda crazy about the selection of reasonably priced bracelets at Target right now.  The one pictured above was $24.99.  Check’em out!

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Opinion Survey: What Are Your Summer Essentials?

Hi everyone, I hope you had a wonderful holiday.  I took a little time off to enjoy with the family.  During the past week we enjoyed a series of  first experiences together: my son lost his first baby tooth, the family saw their first fireworks display (the kids went crazy they had so much fun!) and we all went to a big amusement park (Cedar Point) together.   It was really wonderful, but now it’s time to get back to work.

 

What’s Your Opinion?

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So here’s my question to you for the day: What are your summer essentials?  I conducted an interesting survey on the Fashion Sensei Fan Page asking readers what they liked to see on their men.  Now I would like to know what fashion, accessories or makeup items that you can’t live without in these summer months.  Leave a comment below.  I can’t wait to here from you!

Oh, and if you missed the Facebook survey, click here and become a fan!

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Bye-Bye “It” Bags

Say hello to the hottest new accessory for spring.

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In a reversal of fortune for the high priced seasonal designer handbag, otherwise known at the “it” bag- bangles, bracelets and cuffs are all making a comeback this spring.

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Seen stacked high and dancing on the arms of runway models, bracelets add a little personality to your overall look.  Although the price of some bracelets combined can cost just as much as a designer bag (think Hermès) stores like Forever 21 and H&M offer some of springs latest trends for a fraction of the price.

To get the runway look, why not use the above photos or pictures from your favorite fashion magazine, as a guide while shopping?  Here are a few other options I found online in a variety of price points.

(Click on the image for shopping information.)

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Fashion Lesson #29: Spring 2009 Pear Shape

Today’s fashion lesson highlights a few spring trends for the Pear Shape.

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This dress from J.Crew has a flattering silhouette for a woman with a tiny waist and fuller thighs.  Pairing it with a pop of color will brighten your spirits and add a little personality to a basic LBD. 

One word of caution though, stick with just one colorful accessory.  Otherwise, you may look a little too bright.

Belts

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Lucky for the pear shaped lady, just about everything was belted during the spring 2009 shows.  You will look fantastic belting everything from sweaters to jackets and blouses to dresses.  Take advantage of this trend with any number of the above suggestions.

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A staple for every spring collection, the nautical theme has lasting appeal.  A boat neck sweater broadens a pear’s narrow shoulders while a pair of wide leg trousers falling from the curve of your thigh gives you a lean look in these dark washed jeans.

The A-line skirt above flatters your small waist and when paired with a pair of flesh toned shoes, your legs will appear exceptionally long.

 

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Fashion Sensei- ONE HOUR Giveaway!

*UPDATE*

And the winner of our last giveaway is…

Suzie!

Congratulations! You are the winner of the amazing Sekhmet cuff!  Man are you lucky!!! 🙂

I will be contacting you soon.

I want to thank everyone who participated in this giveaway, especially those of you who entered each drawing over the course of the day and didn’t win. 😦  I wish I had more prizes.

Be sure to check out the exclusive discounts on the above “Cyber Monday Madness!” post for more great online deals.  While all the giveaways are done, you can get in on a great discount until 11:59 EST.

Thanks again everyone!

Tanya Zager Chisholm

Fashion Sensei, Editor 

GIVE-AWAY-FINAL

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You are not going to believewhat we have for today’s final Fashion Sensei’s ONE HOUR Giveaway.  Take a look at this…

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We will be giving away the Sekhmet cuff!

Product Detail:

Shimmering Sterling Silver frames the delicate crocheted gold in this intricate cuff. 2 inches in width and 6 inches around. Sekhmet is the Egyptian sun Goddess of strength and protection.

Value: $225

How To Enter:

You only have ONE HOUR to enter.

This is our final giveaway today.  Scroll, to the bottom of this post or click HERE to leave us a comment on where you will wear this incredible work of art. You have ONE HOUR submit your comment, before this amazing day is over.  The winner will be chosen at random from all the comments submitted this hour.  So get a move on! 🙂  (U.S. residence only)

Keren Peled, started with a vision to create elegant and wearable art, with signature styles that blend European, Mediterranean and Latin American cultural design. 

Inspired by the beautiful works of the ancient Egyptians, Mayans, and Hindus, Keren has also integrated crochet and macrame techniques in the styling of her jewelry.

The incredibly talented designer behind Keren Jewelry, has a “whose who” list of credentials.  She has been featured in many magazines, including InStyle, Wedding Style, Harpers’ Bazaar and many more. Celebrities that have worn her pieces include Alicia Keys, models Nazri from “Project Runway”, CariDee English from “America’s next top model”, Vivica A. Fox, Michelle Williams from Destiny’s Child, Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA

The collections have participated regularly on the runways of major fashion weeks, in 2006 Keren accessorized the Abaete line at Bryant park at NY fashion week.  Then in 2007, she accessorized the Renee Larc line also in NY fashion week and in 2008, she accessorized the Kelly Nishimoto collection on the LA fashion week runway.

The Line includes a collection of necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings and hair accessories.

Didn’t win?  If you would like to buy the Sekhmet cuff shown above, please click here.

*If you haven’t already, be sure to click here for a listing of all of today’s Fashion Sensei “Cyber Monday Madness!” deals.

*Fashion Sensei is not responsible for this prize, the value, shipping, or any possible damage that may occur during delivery.

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