Green Tree Jewelry Review & Giveaway

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*I received these earrings complimentary from Green Tree Jewelry. All views are my own.

As you may remember from two posts (1 | 2) a while back, Green Tree Jewelry‘s eco-friendly wood cut earrings have been on my radar for quite some time. Their designs are super cute and diverse, so when they contacted me about reviewing some more of their earrings I couldn’t say no!

I was sent three pairs of earrings: Pineapple Earrings, Ocean Pearl Earrings, and Profile Sugar Skull Earrings.  Let’s get reviewing!

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Valentine’s Day 2017 Gift Guide

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* I received complimentary earrings from Green Tree Jewelry for this gift guide.

Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is already less than two weeks away?!

In the midst of planning the perfect day with friends or a significant other, you might be struggling to find time to look for a gift. Here are a few romance-inspired items I found to get your creative gift-giving juices flowing:

Top Row

Alex and Ani, Sets of Love, $98.00.
If you’re looking for a gift for someone who loves rose gold, they’re going to adore this set of three expandable bracelets.

Adrianna Papell, Engagement Ring, (see store for pricing).
Don’t be fooled–this ring is 14k of two toned gold. If you like it, you should definitely put this ring on it.

Alloy Apparel and Accessories, Foley Corinna Dione Messenger, $104.93.
We all know that one person that carries the world in their purse. This pebble leather messenger bag allows them to fit just enough stuff inside without overdoing it.

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Charming Charlie, What I Love About You Book, $12.00.
When you have so many things to love about someone, you might as well write it all in a book instead of trying to fit in onto two flaps of a greeting card.

Coordinates, Legend Bracelet, $170.00(Order by Feb. 3 to receive by Valentine’s Day)
Do you and bae have a special spot you want to memorialize on a piece of jewelry? Get the coordinates of the location and a date engraved on this simple bracelet!

Green Tree Jewelry, Love Stud Earrings, $14.95. (Use code FASTSHIP17 for free shipping)
You might remember my review of Green Tree Jewelry’s dangling earrings a while back. These wooden stud earrings are perfect for anyone that loves sustainable products.

Have a happy and safe Valentine’s Day 2017!

Photo Diary: Marisa Perry Atelier Bourbon & Baubles Event

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Never did it dawn on me that jewels and spirits might be the perfect combo.

I was invited to the Bourbon & Baubles event at Marisa Perry Atelier, a jewelry shop in the West Village of NYC, on February 11th. The event was part bourbon tasting and part jewelry perusing.

I’m not much of a bourbon fan so I settled on some sparkling pomegranate to start and then moved up to a sparkly white wine I didn’t catch the name of. When I asked for the wine, the bartender looked at me weird and asked “How old are you?”

“I’m 21,” I told him. He just stared at me. “Do you want to see my I.D.?”

I never get carded at intimate events like this, but I wasn’t leaving that table without my white wine, so I pulled my wallet out.

Just then, Marisa Perry walked by in her gorgeous red dress and purple pumps.

“Are you serious?” she asked when she saw me taking my I.D. out of my wallet.

“She looks 17!” the bartender exclaimed.

Marisa then gave me a side hug and laughed. “Take it as a compliment, darling. I’d be jumping over tables if someone asked me for my I.D.”

Yes, Marisa Perry hugged me. She’s is officially the coolest jewelry shop owner I’ve ever met.

Since none of the friends I invited were able to make it, I had way too much time on my hands to take photos at the event. I hereby present to you the bourbon, the baubles, and the adorable chocolate lab.

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My sparkly white wine.

My sparkly white wine.

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Jewels by Marisa Perry’s husband/co-owner of the shop.

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Heart shaped sugar cookie!

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Max, Marisa’s chocolate lab. She was trying so hard to find crumbs all over the floor to eat!

Learn more about Marisa Perry Atelier at www.marisaperry.com.

Green Tree Jewelry Review

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Green Tree Jewelry is a San Diego, California based company that makes wood-cut earrings, pendants, bracelets, and even clocks using thin, recycled multi-layer wood. Their jewelry is both fun to wear and eco-friendly.

I was sent three pairs of earrings to review. My first choice was the Hunger Games: Mockingjay earrings in Cinammon, my second choice the Nautical Star earrings in Black Satin, and my third the Diamond Cut earrings in Apple Green and Gray. When I got the earrings in the mail, I noticed that they smell like a subtle cedar wood incense. It’s quite lovely.
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The earrings are not heavy at all, and they look great with an updo. I just can’t get enough of how amazing they smell! I’ve been wearing the Nautical Star earrings quite a bit lately, so the smell is wearing off a little which is kind of sad, but the other two pairs are still going strong.

With over 600 different designs to choose from on the site, you’re bound to find one for just about every jewelry-obsessed girl on your Christmas list.

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Get a pair for yourself or a friend, and use the code FASTSHIP15 to get free shipping on your order!

Brief Interview and Collab with The Amna Ali Boutique

A few months ago, I found out a fellow Her Campus Blogger Network member named Amna Ali started her own boutique online. Amna is a Chicago-based blogger, engineer, fashionista, and jewelry designer. Her boutique, called The Amna Ali Boutique, sells gorgeous handmade bracelets in fun vibrant colors.

I asked her if she wanted to be featured on my blog and she not only agreed, but she also decided to send me a bracelet set and name it after my blog!

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The set is called “Whisper Box Bella,” and you can get it here. Keep reading for the interview I did with Amna!

Me: Why did you decide to start a collection?

Amna Ali: Ever since I can remember, I always have had a love for designing. Whether it’s designing my room, my own website, logos, my graduation card… I just love designing it! I honestly could say I have an eye for these things. I love playing with colors and putting things together. If I don’t like the color combination, I’ll start all over again from scratch. Even though I took the route to be a software engineer in life, I secretly have always wanted to be the next top designer! Every child has a dream. They want to be a super star, an actress, a model…it sounds crazy when we say it as we get older, but I never believed it was impossible. When I was overweight and over 200 pounds, I thought it was impossible to ever lose it, and drop 65 pounds, but I did it. I had a goal, I wanted it so badly, and I didn’t stop working towards it until I reached my goal. Even when I reached it, I set myself higher goals. I never gave up. Now, when it comes to my outfit and the accessories I wear with it is what truly shows off my style. One thing I caught myself always wearing is bracelets! But sometimes, they didn’t match my outfits, or I wish I had a certain type of bracelet…and I am always buying evil eye bracelets if I see them when I am shopping, but every time I bought a bracelet, I was always wishing it was a certain way, so I decided to make my own. I designed a bracelet I wanted to wear, made out of beads, and turned it into reality. Surprisingly, I had a lot of compliments on that one bracelet I made, and my friends and co-workers were asking what store I got it from. This gave me the idea to start my own collection. I knew it wasn’t impossible, but it would be a lot of work. I always love a fun challenge, so, I set myself a new goal. This sounds cheesy, but the truth is, I decided to chase my dream. Where this will go? I still have yet to find out!

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Me: Tell me about your design process. How do you decide on which pieces to use for your designs?

AA: Truthfully, I don’t have a process when I am designing! If I go somewhere, I see something, I always wonder if it’ll look good if I turned it into a bracelet. I am always curious about everything. Just the other day, I looked at a wine bottle and I wondered if there was a way to turn the cork screws into a bracelet! I research, go shopping for beads, and buy them. When they come in, I play with them, and put pieces together until I love it! I have taken a part a bracelet probably over 50 times just because there was something I didn’t like about it. I just don’t want the bracelets to look good, I want them to be amazing. If I love it, then I know others will too!

Me: Which piece from your collection is your favorite?

AA: I can’t just pick one that is my favorite. Each piece I make has a different story to how I came up with the design, that makes me love each piece for it’s own. Although, I love my evil eye collection, because of the meaning behind ‘evil eyes’, and wearing them for protection. I love the tassel collection, because I remember playing around with string and different colors for hours and trying to tie gold thread around it, until I finally made the perfect tassel.

Me: If you could design a piece for any celebrity or model who would it be, what would you make for them, and why?

AA: I would say either Priyanka Chopra or Kim Kardashian. I would make an evil eye bracelet, because I feel like they believe in the meaning behind it, and would appreciate an evil eye bracelet design that no one else has.

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Be sure to check out The Amna Ali Boutique and Amna’s blog! Her bracelet sets make great Christmas gifts!

Wardrobe Wednesdays: Hilary Duff on Set of ‘Younger’ and Yerdle Review

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Hilary Duff was definitely looking holiday glam while on the set of Younger in New York City last week.

I can’t be the only one thinking she looks like a fun disco ball with this sheer sequined top and leather pants. The red heels give this look just the right amount of color without going overboard. If Mr. and Mrs. Claus had a female assistant that was not an elf, this should be their uniform.

All of the original items (marked with *) are still in stock for those of you eyeing these pieces for an upcoming laid back holiday party. I’ve also listed some alternatives below.

Top:

1. Nordstrom, $330.00*

2. John Lewis, £68.00 (approx. $103.15 USD)

Pants:

3. Shopbop, $1,098.00 *

4. Macy’s, $21.99

Heels:

5. Saks Fifth Avenue, $895.00 *

6. Urbanog, $42.70


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A few weeks ago I was introduced to Yerdle by PINCHme. Yerdle is like an online thrift store where you can give and receive items for free. All you have to pay is shipping if your item requires it.

Users get Yerdle dollars when they give stuff away, kind of like credits for a good deed. Just snap a pic of an item you don’t want and post it to get started.

I myself simply wanted to try getting a product through Yerdle, so when I saw this set of necklaces and rings for $5 I couldn’t resist.

The package came quickly, and the jewelry was just as pictured.  yerdle set

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Disregard my chipped nail polish…

One of the necklaces has a cool bird on it, the other is a geometric triangular pattern, and one ring is plain silver while the other looks like an animal print. What’s particularly interesting about the animal print ring is the fact that they’re three rings stuck together,

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I’m quite pleased, and would totally get another product on Yerdle. People give away loads of stuff like shoes, headphones, and decorative items for your home. I might also upload some things to give away soon.

If you’d like to try Yerdle yourself, use my link to sign up and receive some extra Yerdle dollars! https://yerdle.com/i/dana-gibbs

 

#GlamuletPinkOctober Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign Featuring Charm Bracelets


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breast cancer awareness month*This post is sponsored by the #GlamuletPinkOctober Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign on BrandBacker.

The world has lost too many great women to breast cancer. The disease is the 2nd highest cause of death for women. It’s about time we find a cure.

Some of our favorite celebs have battled, and are still battling, breast cancer. Examples include Angelina Jolie, Christina Applegate, Wanda Sykes, Kylie Minogue, and Giuliana Rancic.

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Celebrities that battle breast cancer. L-R: Angelina Jolie, Christina Applegate, Wanda Sykes, Kylie Minogue, and Giuliana Rancic.

Glamulet is helping to raise awareness during Pink October with a campaign featuring limited edition charm bracelets. With each sale, 50% of the proceeds go to a breast cancer charity.

Here are some of the breast cancer awareness themed charms you can add to your bracelet:

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Support breast cancer awareness by purchasing a charm bracelet today.