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Baginc Review and Giveaway

Lucky us, Baginc sent us one of their newest arrivals. A company after my own heart, Baginc believes fabulous doesn't have to cost a fortune. Their designer-inspired handbags are the answer for every woman who craves owning the latest designer look in handbags without having to spend her entire paycheck to own one. Offering wholesale prices to retail customers is what sets Baginc apart. Combine this philosophy with their fabulous designs and the result is thousands of happy customers. Baginc sent us their Melrose Glam So Soho ~
You know from the name alone this is going to be a highly-coveted handbag. The sophisticated satchel is made of matte marbled black cowhide leather with antique brass hardware. It's a working girl's dream bag with lots of room inside, fabric lining, an inner zippered pocket, and slip pockets. It converts to a shoulder bag for traveling or commuting. It has a twist closure and additional snap closures hidden beneath each of the belt buckle designs. The Melrose Glam So Soho retails for $139 and qualifies for free shipping.


Baginc operates remotely from Paris, France, with a warehouse in Hong Kong. Baginc offers FREE worldwide shipping on purchases of $99 or more. See the entire line of designer-inspired handbags at Baginc.com. Stay up-to-date on new arrivals, current trends and celebrity styles by connecting with them on Facebook and following on Twitter.


~♥~Want to know which handbag Baginc is giving one lucky reader? The Melrose Glam So Soho just like we received! Yippee!! ~♥~ 


To enter complete one or all of the following and leave a comment below for each entry completed including bonus entries {each comment = 1 entry}. Please be sure to include your name and/or twitter ID. ~
  • Visit baginc.com and let us know which is your fav bag {other than the Melrose Glam So Soho}
  • Like Baginc on Facebook
  • Follow @Bagincbags on Twitter
Bonus Entries {optional} ~
  • Like Chic Luxuries on Facebook
  • Follow @ChicLuxuries on Twitter
  • Tweet about this contest, sample tweet ~ Enter to #Win a chic handbag from @Bagincbags and @ChicLuxuries on http://ChicLuxuries.com RV: $139 #Contest #Giveaway Open WORLDWIDE!
Contest ends 11:59 PM ET March 18, 2012. For Complete Rules, additional Gifting Events and Winners' list, please visit our Chic Giveaways page.

Thank you, Baginc, for sponsoring this giveaway and sending us such a pretty handbag.

HappyFeet Review and Giveaway



You may remember us featuring HappyFeet a few months ago. It's rare when we feature the same product twice, but HappyFeet insoles have been such a miracle product for me, I have to share my story in hopes of helping someone else who may be suffering. I was delighted with the insoles when I tried them back in October, but didn't wear them everyday after doing the review. Arthritis runs in my family and a few years ago I started showing early signs when, without warning, my knee started crackling when walking down stairs. Shortly after I wasn't able to bend  my knee at all. It did improve, but never went back to normal. Last month I went a few weeks without wearing the HappyFeet massaging insoles. My knee pain returned within a week! At first I didn't make the connection, but I was desperate to try anything to reduce the pain so thought I would give wearing the insoles every day a try. After a couple of weeks of wearing them continuously, {knock wood} my knee pain has disappeared completely! 


I am thrilled to have discovered HappyFeet and cannot recommend them enough to anyone who experiences foot, back, leg or knee pain. According to HappyFeet's website, their massaging insoles are also beneficial for those suffering from neuropathy, plantar fasciitis or discomfort caused by corns or callouses. If HappyFeet makes the claim, I believe it to be true! 


HappyFeet's glycerin gel-filled insoles are lightweight, washable and can be trimmed at the toe if they don't fit your shoes. Mine fit perfectly without trimming and I find them extremely comfortable and they give a spring to your step. Made in the USA, HappyFeet Insoles come with a 30-day money back guarantee and a one-year unconditional warranty. Try them ~ I promise you will not be disappointed! Available online at HappyFeet.net for $44.95. Connect with HappyFeet on TwitterFacebook and WordPress
for news and specials.


Update: Wore flip flops yesterday and the pain returned! I see HappyFeet can cut their insoles to fit thongs. Just ordered a pair!


Happy News of the Day! HappyFeet is gifting one reader a pair of their amazing massaging insoles!


To Enter, complete one or both of the following and leave a separate comment below for each entry completed including bonus entries {each comment = 1 entry}. Please be sure to include your name and/or twitter ID. ~
Bonus Entries {optional} ~
  • Like Chic Luxuries on Facebook
  • Follow @ChicLuxuries on Twitter
  • Tweet about this contest, sample tweet ~ Enter to #Win massaging insoles from @HappyFeetToday and @ChicLuxuries on http://ChicLuxuries.com ARV: $45 #Contest #Giveaway
Contest ends 11:59 PM ET March 10, 2012. For Complete Rules, additional Gifting Events and Winners' list, please visit our Chic Giveaways page.

Many thanks to HappyFeet for sponsoring this giveaway and for gifting me a pair of your massaging insoles.
                                                                            
I received a pair of insoles to facilitate this review, no other compensation was received. 

Isabella Rose Designs Review and Giveaway


In 1998 Renee Trikolas launched Isabella Rose Designs, a chic jewelry company named after her daughter. A few years ago, Renee's marriage was ending and so was her motivation to continue designing, or frankly to do much of anything. Last Fall Renee picked herself up and relaunched Isabella Rose Designs in an effort to rebuild her life. Today the company sells exquisite bracelets made from sparkling swarovski crystals, sterling silver and 24 KT Gold. Renee hopes her story empowers and is an inspiration to other women. The Queen of Arm Candy, as Renee is known, graciously sent us two bracelets, one for us and one for a lucky reader.

  
The bracelets were shipped in a sleek black box, inside were logo gift boxes tied with gray silk ribbon. So chic and lovely! And the bracelets? Well, they are as stunningly beautiful as Renee. We received Vivienne ~

As soon as I opened the box I could see the love that went into creating this treasure. Swarovski crystals, hematite and sterling silver balinese beads are handstrung on durable elastic. This is a dainty feminine bracelet that is available in three sizes. We were sent the 7" and it fit fine around my wrist. It is perfect for those with small wrists who have a hard time finding bracelets that fit. It is also available in 7.5 and 8". The elastic makes it so easy to put on and take off, no fussing with clasps or risk of losing it because the clasp came undone. It has a bit of sparkle to it and a nice weight. It has the sweetest little heart charm which bears the company's name. Wear alone or stack for a more dramatic look. Vivienne retails for $102.

We also received Brit ~

The focal point of this translucent golden-champagne beaded bracelet is the eye-catching shimmering studded pave crystal ball. It adds a bit of sophistication to an outfit. Brit is also available in silver and in three sizes. It retails for $83.

Find these and many other beautiful designs at IsabellaRoseDesigns.com and be sure to follow Renee on Twitter and Facebook for new products, events and special incentives. 


It was difficult choosing the bracelet with which we were going to part. I absolutely love the pave bead on Brit. I have a thing for hearts though and the Vivienne with it's adorably chic petite silver heart put it over the top for me. ~♥~ Soooo we will be sending a lucky reader the Brit bracelet courtesy of Isabella Rose Designs. 

To enter complete one, or all, of the following and leave a comment below for each entry completed including bonus entries. Please be sure to leave your name or twitter ID in your comments. ~

Bonus Entries {optional} ~
  • Like @ChicLuxuries on Twitter
  • Follow Chic Luxuries on Facebook
  • Tweet about this Contest, sample tweet ~ Enter to #win a gorgeous bracelet from @irdchicago and @ChicLuxuries on http://ChicLuxuries.com RV: $83 #contest #giveaway
Contest ends 11:59 PM March 16, 2012. Please visit our Chic Giveaways page for Complete Rules and additional Gifting Events. 

Thank you, Renee, for sponsoring this event, for sending us your beautiful bracelets and for inspiring women everywhere with your story. xox


Soft Surroundings Review and Giveaway

Soft Surroundings never ceases to amaze me. Their products, creative edge, and generosity knows no bounds. They sent us their GORGEOUS Chateau Collage Frame because, well, they are great that way! ☺ ~ 

I simply adore home accents that look as though they are one-of-a-kind treasures. Here, nine frames are delicately weathered to create a chic seaside cottage feel. The cream and green combination is calming and would blend well with almost any color decor. The varied shapes of the frames and placement make a unique 3-dimensional collage that would add beauty to almost any room. Mother's Day is on it's way, fill the Chateau Collage with pictures of family summer vacations by the shore, they will ~♥~ it! It is also ideal to hold memories of a wedding on the beach or tropical honeymoon. Those of you that are lucky enough to live at the beach, this is a must have! If you are re-decorating on a budget, this collage with a few new throw pillows and chunky candles will transform a room. I hung ours in the dining room ~


You'll find two hooks in the back for hanging. Since I'm not great at measuring precisely, I looped a piece of wire through the two hooks, twisted it and hung the collage perfectly straight....it took all of 5 seconds. The Chateau Collage Frame measures 22" wide x 22" high x 1.5" deep and retails for $78.95. 


How fabulous would it be with the Gilded Console Table ~


Soft Surroundings also have some chic 'n unique lighting options including the Hudson Table Lamp

It seems so many furniture stores have closed in the last few years. There's no need to spend your weekend driving for hours from one store to another looking for furniture and accents when SoftSurroundings.com has so much to offer. You will also love their unmatched Customer Service. Get to know them by following on Facebook and Twitter.


Soft Surroundings is going to make someone else's day too ~ yep, they're great that way alright! One of you will win the Chateau Cottage Frame!! YAY! 


To enter complete one, or all, of the following and leave a comment below for each entry completed including bonus entries. Please be sure to leave your name or twitter ID in your comments. ~
Bonus Entries {optional} ~
  • Like @ChicLuxuries on Twitter
  • Follow Chic Luxuries on Facebook
  • Tweet about this Contest, sample tweet ~ Enter to #win a chic Chateau Collage Frame from @SoftOutlet and @ChicLuxuries on http://ChicLuxuries.com ARV: $80 #contest #giveaway
  • Click Share under our Facebook post about this Contest to share on your Facebook Wall
Contest ends 11:59 PM March 14, 2012. Please visit our Chic Giveaways page for Complete Rules and additional Gifting Events. 

Huge thanks to Soft Surroundings for sponsoring this event and for gifting us the chic Chateau Collage Frame.

Ugglebo Clogs Gifting Event


My all-time favorite shoes were a pair of clogs that I wore just about everyday when I was in college so I was excited to discover Ugglebo and try out a pair of their handcrafted Swedish clogs. Since 1965 Ugglebo has been crafting footwear using the finest leather, wooden bases and metal hardware available. The team at Ugglebo allowed me to select the clogs of my choice to try. My pick was the Noori  wood clogs in Fawn ~

I love the unique open design on the sides of these. The 3.9" heel adds to the sophisticated chic look. Noori is perfect for dressing up jeans or casual pants and the neutral color is seasonless. I have never quite understood how a wooden base is comfortable, but once broken in, they feel great. Not only are these bases eco-friendly, I learned in reading Ugglebo's website, wood clogs provide superior support for foot arches, knees and back. These clogs are so perfectly well made, it's hard to imagine crafting them entirely by hand. I have so much admiration for Ugglebo's talented craftspeople. Noori is available in Red, Black, Mocha and Fawn for $179.00. 


Another one of my favs is the Maya clogs for women ~
The higher heel gives a dressed-up look to the classic wood clog. Available in Nature {pictured above}, Olive, Black and Denim, Maya retails for $179.

New for Spring is the Bali in Pewter retailing for $169 ~
I love a company that gives back! ~♥~


For every pair of their Chukka Shearling Boots that are sold, Ugglebo donates $20 to The Pink Ribbon Riders, an organization that provides financial assistance to breast cancer patients. The company also donates 5% of its profits to helping provide education to disadvantaged children. 

Checkout their entire Spring and Summer line which just launched at UggleboClogs.com and be sure to connect with them on Twitter and Facebook {psst...you will receive a code for 10% off just for liking their Facebook page}. Free Shipping on orders of $299.

~♥~Ugglebo is very generously gifting one Chic Luxuries' reader the Clogs of their choice {in-stock items only}. ARV: $179.~♥~

To enter complete one or all of the following and leave a comment below for each entry completed including bonus entries {each comment = 1 entry}
Bonus Entries {optional} ~
  • Follow @ChicLuxuries on Twitter
  • Like Chic Luxuries on Facebook
  • Tweet about this event, sample tweet ~ I entered to #Win a pair of chic clogs from @UggleboClogs and @ChicLuxuries ARV: $179 on http://ChicLuxuries.com #contest #giveaway
Contest Ends 11:59 PM ET March 12, 2012. Please visit our Chic Giveaways page for Complete Rules, additional Gifting Events and Winners' List. 


 Tack så mycket Ugglebo! ~♥~{Thank you so much Ugglebo!} 

Stella and Dot Chic 'n Gorgeous ePARTY!

Some of you may remember us introducing Stella and Dot Stylist, Katie Cramer, last month. I love the Stella and Dot line so much that I decided to host an ePARTY for Katie with LOTS of giveaways for customers. No need to leave the your home, show up in your pjs and fuzzy slippers if you'd like, make a cup of cocoa or pour yourself a glass of wine and pull up a comfy chair. Some of my favorite items from the collection include ~

Chantilly Lace Cuff

Chantilly Lace Earrings
Odyssey Ring
Medina Bib Necklace
Odette Cuff
Odette Link Earrings
Now back to the giveaways! We are fortunate to receive some of the best products on the market. One of the ways we want to give back is to help other women entrepreneurs grow their businesses so we've decided to share some of our favorite products with those that support this effort. For this event, everyone who places an order through Katie's website from now until March 10 will be entered to win one of the 15 giveaways listed below ~
  • Dearfoams Slippers Size Large
  • Daniel Cascardo Signed Tote Bag
  • Nick Chavez Shampoo and Condtioner
  • WEI Lady Berry Instant Line Smoother
  • Stephen Knoll Pomade
  • Seriluna Rosemary Mint Hand and Foot Cream
  • Home Spa Collection Lemon Verbena Souffle Scrub
  • Avon Smooth Minerals Foundation Light Beige
  • Sheer Cover Blush in Pinched
  • Victoria Secret Lip Gloss in Cotton Candy
  • Cubic Zirconia Princess-Cut Earrings 
  • Poo-pourri Atomizer and Purse Spray
  • Avon Advance Techniques Frizz Control 
  • Women's Gelthotic Insoles Size 7 to 8-1/2
  • Cindy Crawford's Meaningful Beauty Lifting Eye Creme
To enter ~
  • Shop Katie's Stella and Dot site and be sure to select "Chic Luxuries" as the hostess when checking out. 
  • Once your order is placed, email us with your order number, name, address and top 3 giveaway choices by 11:59 PM ET March 10.
That's all there is to it, you will be entered to win! Limit of one giveaway per person/address. Giveaways are open to residents of the Continental US. Winners will be notified by email. We will make every attempt to match winners with their prize choice. Winners' names and prizes will be listed on our Winners' page. 

Who knows if this is successful, we may host more Chic 'n Gorgeous ePARTIES! ☺

Good luck and Happy Shopping!

Gallery Direct Chic Gifting Event

Valentine's Day may be over, but our wonderful friends at Gallery Direct are still spreading the love. That's not really news though since they spread love all year long! Each month they treat our readers {and us!} to something special. They once again allowed us to select an item of our choice and we chose a stock photo of a brilliant sunrise printed on canvas ~


I moved the fine art canvas that they sent us a couple of months ago to the living room and needed something to replace it in the office. We selected a black frame for this canvas and could not be happier with the finished product ~ 


My office instantly went from drab to spectacular! I love the peaceful tranquility of this photo. There's something about an ocean and sunrise that invokes hope and promise and seeing it first thing in the morning is an awesome way to start the day. The quality of this piece of art is incredible and although this was from a stock photo, it is a perfect example of how a family photo can be transformed into a work of art printed on canvas. The artwork arrived in just a few days via FedEx. Quality Direct takes great pains to package its artwork to ensure it is delivered in pristine condition and they could not be more accommodating. This canvas is in size medium which measures 24x24", it is item #11643406 and retails for $310 including the frame. They often run generous special promotions so be sure to check them out at GalleryDirect.com and on Facebook and Twitter




Speaking of specials, Gallery Direct has a couple of surprises to share. First, they are offering 50% off photo uploads on Gallery wrap canvas thru the end of the month. This is where you can upload a photo and they will transform it into a custom piece of canvas art exactly as they did in the piece featured above. With Mother's Day approaching, this would make a heartwarming and treasured gift for a Mom or Grandmother.  


That's not all, one super lucky reader will receive the artwork of their choice valued up to $200* ~ a stock or custom photo canvas wrap or one of their fine art pieces, framed or unframed ~ you decide! I told you they were FABULOUS!


*Total credit including shipping is $200. If winner selects artwork which totals more than $200 with shipping, winner to pay the difference.

To enter complete one or all of the following and leave a comment below for each entry completed including bonus entries {each comment = 1 entry}
Bonus Entries {optional} ~
  • Follow @ChicLuxuries on Twitter
  • Like Chic Luxuries on Facebook
  • Tweet about this event, sample tweet ~ I entered to #win artwork of my choice from @GalleryDirect and @ChicLuxuries ARV: $200 on http://ChicLuxuries.com #contest #giveaway
Contest Ends 11:59 PM ET March 8, 2012. Please visit our Chic Giveaways page for Complete Rules, additional Gifting Events and Winners' List. 

Huge thanks to the wonderful team at Gallery Direct for sponsoring this event and gifting us this gorgeous piece of artwork. xox

Diner Wear Giveaway

We received a lovely product to try called Cravaat by DinerWear. It is a stain-repellant, microfiber scarf that is worn while eating in case of spills. We were sent the Cravaat in Black ~ 


I could have used this on my recent trip to Florida. I was on the run most of the time and ate at least one meal a day while driving {I know, I know}. The result was a lot of ruined tops and embarrassing moments showing up at appointments with stained clothing. That will teach me to eat while driving! I wore the Cravaat during a few meals, it looks like an ordinary scarf, no one would ever know it doubles as a bib for the eating challenged. I love microfiber, it is ultra soft. I purposely spilled some ketchup which I wiped off, it left no noticeable stain. I machine washed the Cravaat and tossed it in the dryer and it was as good as new. Another nice perk, no ironing required. This is a unique product idea that everyone can use. The Cravaat is available in ten colors for $19.95 and arrives in an organza bag. 


Visit DinerWear online and connect with them on Facebook.


DinerWear is gifting one Chic Luxuries' winner a Cravaat in their choice of color. ARV: $20
Bonus Entries {optional} ~
  • Like Chic Luxuries on Facebook
  • Follow @ChicLuxuries on Twitter
  • Tweet about this event, sample tweet ~ I entered to #Win a DinerWear scarf in my choice of color on http://ChicLuxuries.com #Giveaway #Contest
  • Leave a comment on DinerWear's Facebook page.
Contest ends 11:59 PM ET February 22, 2012. For Complete Rules, and Current Giveaways, please visit our Chic Giveaways page.

Thanks, DinerWear, for sponsoring this giveaway and sending us your Cravaat to review.

Stephen Knoll New York Gifting Event

I've been following Stephen Knoll on twitter for some time and was delighted when his PR team agreed to partner with us on a promotion. Stephen's luxurious Madison Avenue salon is the preferred destination for thousands of women who demand the very best for their hair. Their client list includes celebrities, models and men and women who travel from all over the world to seek Stephen's expert haircutting and styling advice. A visit is definitely on my wish list! If you're not lucky enough to visit the 3,000 square foot salon, don't fret. Stephen has developed a line of hair care products to use at home. We received a gift tote filled with  products to try including ~

Deep Moisture Shampoo ~

I'm the first to admit, I'm a little fanatical about my hair so I was really anxious to try Stephen's line. I received the products just as I was leaving for Florida which, even at this time of year, I found to have "frizzy" weather in the mornings. The shampoo has an exceptionally lovely scent and provides gentle cleansing. A 10.1 oz. bottle retails for $19.50.


Deep Moisture Conditioner ~

Between swimming in the summer, heat in the winter, and regular coloring, highlighting, and blow drying, my poor hair never gets a break. This is a creamy conditioner which I combed through my hair in the shower leaving it silky soft. A 10.1 oz. bottle retails for $21.50.


Deep Treatment Masque ~

This is the product I was most looking forward to trying. I used less than a tablespoon size in place of the moisturizing conditioner and left it on for 5 minutes. It seemed to mend my split ends and reduced the frizz. As with the shampoo and conditioner, it contains the same beautiful scent. A 9.1 oz. jar retails for $42.50.


Super Smoothing Lotion ~

I have naturally curly hair but I rarely, if ever, wear it curly. I pull it, twist it, iron it, blow it, curl it and do everything else it seems to smooth it. Before straighteners were ever invented {back in the dark ages when I was a teenager}, my best friend, Theresa, used to iron my hair....with a real iron! I worked about a quarter-size of this through my hair along with the styling lotion below and my hair was super smooth and frizz free. The lotion also did a great job at detangling my wet hair. A little goes a long way with this product, I recommend using about a nickle-size amount. A 5.1 oz. bottle retails for $23.50.


Hydro Repair Mist Styling Lotion ~

This was my favorite product from Stephen's line. It can be used in between shampoos when hair needs a little refreshing. I used it in the morning to blowout my bangs and on areas that needed some attention. After a spritz here and there and blow drying, it looked as though I had just styled my hair. If you are curious if Stephen's products will work for you, this is the product I would try first. You will be hooked! A 6.7 oz. bottle retails for $23.50.



Each time I used these products, my hair looked and smelled as though I just stepped out of the salon. It was shiny, smooth, and had a lot less frizz....and best of all, it remained that way until the next shampoo!  Another thing I love about this company is they clearly "get" social media so be sure to connect with them on Facebook and TwitterThe entire line is available at Stephen Knoll. Free shipping with a $75 purchase! Plus, Chic Luxuries' readers can save 15% off their entire purchase when shopping through this link.


Hold onto your curling irons! Our generous friends at Stephen Knoll New York are giving away the five products we reviewed to TWO lucky Chic Luxuries' readers. Total ARV: $260.00!! WOOT!!! WOOT!!!


To enter to win complete one, or all, of the following and leave a comment below for each entry completed {each comment = 1 entry}. ~
Bonus Entries {optional} ~
  • Like Chic Luxuries on Facebook
  • Follow @ChicLuxuries on Twitter
  • Tweet about this event, sample tweet ~ I entered to #Win luxurious haircare products from @StephenKnollNY and @ChicLuxuries on http://ChicLuxuries.com TWO WINNERS ARV: $260 #Giveaway
  • Click Share under our Facebook post about this event to share on your wall.

Contest ends 11:59 PM ET March 5, 2012. For Complete Rules, and Current Giveaways, please visit our Chic Giveaways page.


Huge thanks to the team at Stephen Knoll New York for sponsoring this event and gifting us their fab products to try. xox

Oberon Design iPad Cover Review

Our wonderful friends at Oberon Design allowed us to select one of their iPad2 covers to review. As with all of Oberon Design's products, these leather covers are entirely handmade in the USA. I selected the Tree of Life design which symbolizes life and hope. The Saddle color is timeless and beautiful  ~


I actually sat starring at this cover when I opened it, completely in awe of the quality, detail and superior craftsmanship. It is truly a work of art ~ 

The look, feel, and even the smell, exudes exceptional, painstaking attention to detail and quality. Here's a close-up of the raised leather design ~


Back view with camera hole in upper left corner ~


Inside pockets hold notes. The black bungee cord in the center allows the iPad to stand on a desk or table ~


Even the pewter button closure has a raised embossed Tree of Life design ~ GORGEOUS!


Leather straps hold the iPad in place while the bungee cord converts the case into a stand, ingenious! ~ 


There are a range of colors and designs to choose and, although I had a hard time choosing, I could not be happier with my selection. 


Everyone who has seen this cover has commented on how uniquely beautiful it is and the outstanding quality. It is not often that I am impressed to the point of being speechless which was the case when I first unwrapped this cover. There are simply not enough accolades to describe Oberon Design. I am far from the only person blown away by this company though, checkout their facebook page to see the awesome things their customers have to say about them.


If you are in the market for a tablet cover, protect your investment with one that will last. Oberon Design's iPad2 cover retails for $130 and, in my opinion, it is worth every penny. Be sure to checkout their complete line of leather goods including wallets, checkbook covers, and handbags as well as pewter jewelry at OberonDesign.com.


Thank you Oberon Design for allowing me to review this beautiful cover, I will treasure it for years to come.
 

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