Category - Reviews

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O Necklace
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(Sponsored) Lotus Premium Denim
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Anara Original Cocktail Ring

O Necklace

There are quite a lot of jewelry companies that are picking up on the “name necklace” trend. I can now add international brand- O Necklace to my small roster. The brand launched in 2001 and has been know for creating beautiful and high-quality customizable name and monogram necklaces. I received the 24K gold plated “Carrie Style” necklace. This style was inspired by the famous Carrie Bradshaw in ‘Sex in the City’. It arrived wrapped in a sturdy gift box. When I first saw my name necklace, I was really impressed with the expert craftsmanship and intricate detailing of the cursive script. If you’d like more information or to channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw, check out O Necklace!

**Photo by Nicole Kestenbaum Photography**

(Sponsored) Lotus Premium Denim

I was sent a pair of skinny jeans from a new denim company called Lotus Premium Denim- based in the Bay Area. They decided on the name Lotus because the Lotus flower’s story is compared to their story… the lotus grows from the mud and promises to bring beauty and potential despite the murkiness. Lotus was created by six young entrepreneurial women who already have day jobs with fifty to sixty hour work weeks and have families to take care of too. These women are a mixed pot of immigrants and first-generation Americans who have faced and overcame some of the hardest of adversities. Lotus Denim is a start-up has had minimal funding, but has grown on passion and drive. Since their launch in November of 2011, this philanthropic company has been giving back to their community. They have donated 5% of the profits to charities like City Year, Career Closet and Somaly Mam. That is an incredible feat seeing as they are still a blooming company- with kindness of heart. This kindness of heart that these women have translates in their clothing, which are made to clothe inspiring women all over the world.

I received the “Inspire” jean in indigo blue. The jeans fit amazingly well and are very slimming (not to mention making my ass look fantastic). Though just to be clear folks, {when you see the pictures below} the jeans look like peddle-pushers (semi-crops) on me, while compared to the model, they look normal on her. The reasoning for that is because the model is shorter than I am and I was given a 28″ inseam jean. Though taller people fear not! They do offer a 30″ inseam as well. But it goes to show that no matter the inseam with Lotus Premium Denim, they will always make you look long, lean and best of all- confident!

Anara Original Cocktail Ring

Huge thanks for the ladies at the Delaware-based brand Anara Original for sending me one of their cute cocktail rings to review. Anara Originals was founded in 2002 by Sara Crawford, who’s goal was to create vintage-inspired and urban couture for both men and women. Sara graduated with a B.A. from the International Academy of Design and Technology in under three years and is a testimonial that being somewhat visually impaired has not stood in the way of her goals. After working with such names as Tommy Hilfiger and H&M, Sara decided to create her own brand that was an expression of who she was. The name ‘Anara’ is derived from ‘Sara’ and her middle name ‘Ann.’ She has a knack for turning ordinary pieces into extraordinary works of wearable art. For example, the ring that I know have. It’s apart of the ‘Button Ring and Brooch Collection.’ Inspired by a box of buttons that belonged to her Grandmother, Sara clusters buttons and brooches of all shapes and sizes and creates lovely masterpieces to wear on your fingers. The vintage-inspired collection is made with love and her Grandmother’s amazing style in mind. I love little chunky button ring! It’s oversize and has an adjustable band. When I wear it, I try to style my wardrobe around the color of one button each time, so it’s not too overbearing. The ring is a statement piece after all! For more information, check out AnaraOriginal.com and their cool blog, The Trendsetter, which has inspiration and pictures of new inventory.

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