I would personally like to thank Art Abenoza of Report Shoes and Steve Corcoran of Isis PR Agency, who reps DNA Footwear for gifting me the “Thompson” high heel open-toe bootie in black. DNA Footwear offers all the latest brands of shoes, including Report and Matiko. I recently tested out the leather and suede booties with 4 3/4 heels at my employer’s holiday company party, paired with one of my designs. They fit perfectly and I felt no slippage, however, I must be blunt, there was no traction on the front soles, which caused me to be more cautious while walking (and that I still have a hard time walking in heels to begin with). But other than that, I found no flaw. I felt regal and poised while wearing them. The curvature of the platform allowed for less pressure of my front sole, thus allowing for reasonable comfort while standing or walking for a prolonged period of time. Check out the shoe on DNA Footwear here.
For all you environmental aficionados out there who love a good reusable drinking bottle for hot and cold drinks… the S’WELL bottle is for you! S’WELL was founded in September 2010 by Sarah Kauss, who was hiking in the desert on day and thought of a better concept for the water bottle. The stainless steel bottle comes is a variety of colors and uses an advanced insulation that keeps drinks hot or cold much longer than the other brands. It is non-leaching, toxin-free, unbreakable and holds seventeen ounces of drinking bliss. The shape of the bottle was ergonomically designed to fit into your hand, bag or cup holder. The bottle opening is easy to clean and is large enough to add ice cubes. It was designed for the fashion-forward consumer and addresses two important issues: the environment and the global water crisis. For every bottle sold, S’WELL will donate 10% of the proceeds to WaterAid, which is a nonprofit organization that has been working to deliver water solutions to the world’s poorest communities for the past thirty years. For every bottle sold, it provides a year’s supply of water for someone, while for every five bottles provides a lifetime’s supply. For $40 a bottle, it’s sure to be a great gift for a loved one this upcoming holiday season or a gift for yourself and rest-assured, you’ll also be helping out the environment, while staying your fashionable selves!
My first encounter with the ME! Bath brand was when I was retouching their photos for work. They paired their products with things that relate to that scent (for example: the chocolate body wash has thick chocolate syrup running down the side of the bottle). This immediately caught my attention and I contacted the brand; who were kind enough to send me the Lavender Lullaby Bath Ice Cream. When I received the package, I could even smell the calming lavender aroma through the cardboard box! The packaging is simple, yet I noticed each scent had it’s own saying on the back of the packaging. The Lavender Lullaby’s box states: Sleep comes to some quickly. For the rest of us, there is nothing more relaxing than the dreamy soft smell of lavender. As you soak away layer after layer of stress, feel the comforting sensation of your eyes drifting as you enter wonderland…
I didn’t want to use the bath soak right away, because (and I can’t stress this enough) it smells SO GOOD! Every time I took a big whiff, I felt so calm. When I finally did use it in the bathtub, it fizzed, turning the water purple. It took several minutes for the bath bomb to dissolve and after my bath, my skin was smooth (from the Jojoba oil) and smelled of the lavender. I have so much faith and love of this product, that I am determined to try EVERYTHING! I want to personally thank the founders- Benjamin and Lisa Nissanoff for making such an amazing product!