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O Necklace
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My Maggies Original Fashion Magnet
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(Sponsored) Wild Pair and BakersShoes.com

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**

My Maggies Original Fashion Magnet

Maggies are the first ever small magnets that are designed to be strong enough to hold a flat piece of fabric (i.e. shawl, sarong, etc.) together without damaging the fabric and enable the wearer to style the fabric in a variety of ways. Maggies were invented by Margaret Sinclair- a native Australian who had moved to Dallas back in the 80s to continue her career in the medical and design industries. In October 2012, she launched the “soft version” of the Maggies, then called- Magnetic Textile Fasteners, which were able to hold multiple pieces of fabrics (including delicates) without damage to them. She officially launched the Maggies label in 2013 during the Accessories Show in NYC and they have since become a household staple for women of all shapes, ages and sizes.

I was given a sample of the Maggies recently and was able to get a feel of their versatility and magnetic strength. They came in a small plastic container, in which they should always be stored, as they are magnetic (so be aware when storing near a cell phone, jewelry or credit card). The package includes a large and small magnet, as well as an instruction leaflet with some FAQs and How-To’s. The larger one is meant to hold thicker and heavier fabrics, whereas the smaller one is meant for lightweight fabrics. The magnet itself consists of a ball and ring, in which you keep the ball inside the fabric and magnetically attach the ring on the outside of the fabric (as the ring is a little more visibly pleasing). I must say that the first time using them takes a lot of patience (at least for me anyway). You have to get the fabric just right and then place the magnet where you want it. The magnet is quite strong, so getting it to fit just right took a couple tries. I feel like it’s almost a two person job because you need someone to help hold the fabric in place, while you position the magnet. After the magnet is in place, then you are good going about your merry little way. But I’d say that they are a handy little staple for any wardrobe and after a few tries, it’ll be easy handling them and the fabric yourself (insert “thumbs-up” for honing those multi-tasking stills). I also enjoyed playing with and coming up with different ways to reinvent a top or dress with just a single couple yards of fabric.

For more FAQs, check out mymaggies.com!

** Photography by Nicole Kestenbaum Photography **

(Sponsored) Wild Pair and BakersShoes.com

The lovely folks over at St. Louis-based Bakers Shoes tapped me on the shoulder to review a pair of Wildpair shoes. I chose the Brooke strappy sandal in champagne because I loved the look and of course, the platform. Ok, I know that the 6 1/2″ heels and 2 1/4″ platform make me (at 5’7″) a giant, but they are just the cutest and I love the height. The straps are made from soft fabric with enough stretch to slip your feet right through. When I’m walking in them, I’m extra cautious and I try to stay on even pavement (because let’s face it- they are SUPER HIGH). I feel that because of the higher platform, it doesn’t put as much strain to the balls of my feet as a shoe with a lower to no platform. I chose the champagne color because of its versatility. You can wear it with just about any color and dress it up or down (though when wearing pants, I would recommend a skinny pant or pant where you can roll up the cuff to show off the shoe). Be sure to check out the Brooke on Bakers.com!

I would like to thank Anna Friss of Bluebirdapparel.com for taking the great shots of me and for helping me with styling using product from Miss Ohio Vintage- an awesome boutique on Washington and 13th in downtown St. Louis!

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