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.
I was excited when a rep from Reverent Style tapped me on the shoulder to do a review for one of their product on ReverentStyle.com. Reverent Style is the latest online retailer to hit the young contemporary market with nothing over $100. They feature apparel, accessories and jewelry from designers including: Ya Los Angeles, Lush, Moon Collection, Everly Clothing, October Sky and C. Luce. Their vision is to be enablers for young women to express their unique and independent self through personal style. Now, usually I’m somewhat hesitant on ordering anything online (as I like to try on first), but I decided to give it a shot. I check out the site and choose the Halter Top Maxi Dress by Ya Los Angeles. When I received the package, the dress was nicely folded and packed in a plastic envelope. The dress was even better in person! The quality was excellent. The colors and patterns were radiant and the small fit perfectly and true-to-size. One word of warning, the dress is NOT lined, so you will probably need a little somethin-somethin to cover up under the dress. A white strapless slip would work perfectly! I’m 5’7″ and the dress went down to my ankles. Since the dress is comprised of a cotton/polyester blend, it is advised that it be hand washed in cold water and hang dried only. So, for a mere $45 for the Halter Top Maxi Dress, you won’t break the bank for great quality and getting compliments EVERY time you wear it (like I did)!
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!