Thursday, September 18, 2014

REVIEW: ROWENTA First Class Compact Travel Iron

Oh my goodness Rowenta, you had me at First Class!  You got that right, this Rowenta First Class Compact Travel Iron is a classic Rowenta work horse!  It may be compact, but don't let its smaller size fool you, it works equally impressively as it larger counterparts!  I am using this nifty compact travel iron all the time, even when I am not traveling on the road.  It is fantastic!

If you are not familiar with the ROWENTA Brand, here is a brief introduction:

{Adapted from the ROWENTA USA Website}

Founded in Germany in 1909, Rowenta has a long history of innovation. In 1912, Rowenta manufactured their first iron, paving the way for their position today as the world’s largest producer of irons. In 1949, Rowenta launched the first iron with a temperature control and thermostat, followed by the first steam iron in 1957. In 1974, Rowenta expanded into floor care and launched their first vacuum cleaner in Europe. Rowenta manufactures the best, most technologically advanced German-engineered irons, and is bringing today its latest floor and home care innovations to North America with the same attention to high quality. 


The generous folks at Rowenta sent me the Rowenta First Class Compact Travel Iron as part of an online promotion.  I had originally thought it would be ideal for use when we are traveling and want our clothes to look sleek and smooth in spite of the fact that they had been packed.  But I've discovered that this iron works so efficiently, I am ditching my old iron and now using this as my one and only iron.

Here are the details on this sensational product:


Model:  DA1560
Item No.: 1110020256
Price:  $39.90

Product Details:

The DA1560 is a compact iron with all the benefits of a full sized Rowenta. Powerful steam is generated at a constant rate for optimal efficiency with a burst of steam button to remove tough wrinkles. The microsteam stainless steel soleplate has a precision tip for reaching narrow edges, seams and collars. The compact iron has a full range thermostat for use on all fabric types, and vertical steam capability to remove wrinkles in hanging garments. A transparent tank holds over 2-ounce of regular tap water, and the handle folds flat for storage. Ideal for travel, a dual voltage switch ensures that the iron is powerful at 120 or 230-volt. Travel pouch included.






  • 1000-watt iron with microsteam stainless-steel soleplate 
  • Adjustable temperature; consistent steam; burst-of-steam button 
  • Vertical-steam option; 2-ounce transparent water tank; dual-voltage switch 
  • Compact size; handle folds flat for storage; travel pouch included 
  • Measures 8-3/5 by 3-8/9 by 4-8/9 inches; 1-year limited warranty


I was using a very old iron, I think I bought it at least 15 years ago.  It is big, heavy, bulky and the steam feature no longer works on it.  My Mom has a Rowenta iron and on those occasions that she needs help with her ironing, I always am happy to pitch in and help with it because using her Rowenta iron makes ironing fun, easy and actually relaxing! 

I knew I wanted to ditch my old iron for a new sleek Rowenta iron, so I began following Rowenta on the social networks.  I wanted to stay connected with them so I could learn about all their latest product offerings and promotions.  So imagine how thrilled I was to be able to receive a terrific new iron as a result of following them!

I am over the moon happy with my new Rowenta First Class Compact Travel Iron.  So much so, I felt compelled to write this review so I could share with you all about this marvelous iron.  At a price point of only $39.90 you get the benefits of a small, lightweight iron, that can work as your at home or on the road iron.  It offers all the bells and whistles of a full size iron, only in a smaller version.  Now how incredible is that!

The iron really is not all that small when it is fully opened.  But I find it is easier to maneuver because it is small and can fit into creases and corners of clothing so much easier.  It is lightweight which makes ironing a breeze!  The cord is full length so you do not lose any flexibility there either.  And I love the way the smooth microsteam stainless steel soleplate glides effortlessly over my fabrics!! 

The steam feature works like a wonder.  It takes one second to steam away wrinkles.  I cannot believe that such a compact iron can pack such a powerful push of steam!  I love that you can give it that burst of steam for those extra hard to get out wrinkles.  And no need to worry about burning any of your clothes or other ironing items.  With an easy to adjust temperature control, you can use this iron on any kind of fabric imaginable, and all your fabric types can be smooth as silk with this innovative iron.

And, talk about convenient with the vertical steam wrinkle remover, ideal for keeping your hanging items looking like new when you are traveling or in a hurry and want to do that last minute touch up!  And, the nice size water tank holds over 2 ounces of tap water, so you won't have to keep refilling it with water, it will last you quite a while!

I am so super happy and thrilled with my new iron.  I think it is a great gift idea too for the person who has everything.  Imagine their surprise to get such a keen distinctive gift like this, and they will never realize how useful it is until they see all the ways they can use it!  I have been using mine on shirts, slacks, dresses, curtains, tablecloths, slipcovers, and this is just the beginning!  It has all the power of a full size iron, but it fits easily into any kind of travel bag you have because of its smaller discrete size.  I keep mine stored in the travel bag and have it sitting right in the front of my linen closet shelf.  I can grab it in an instant, plug it in and in seconds I am good to go, it heats up quickly and effectively!

You can visit the Rowenta Website by CLICKING HERE to see this iron and the wide range of other irons and innovative products they have designed and created.  It is quite impressive!

This concludes my review.

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Disclosure: I received the Rowenta First Class Compact Travel Iron from Rowenta as part of an online promotion . This has no bearing on my completely honest review above and was not influenced by any type of monetary compensation. The opinions and experiences I’ve shared with this product are my own and yours may differ.  I am not employed nor affiliated with Rowenta in any manner. Registered & Protected

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

REVIEW: Bain de Terre Must Have Styling Products!

Earlier this Summer I reviewed the the fabulous Bain de Terre Passion Flower Color Preserving Shampoo and Conditioner HERE.  I wrote about how sensational I feel these two products are, and to this day I still believe that to be true. I abuse my hair, ok I said it!  I color it, I highlight it, I flat iron it, I use a curling iron on it, I blow dry it, I am out in the sun with it, I could go on and on!  But, since using the Bain de Terre hair products on my hair for the past few months, my hair has never been healthier than it is now thanks to the Bain de Terre products.

So it is with such confidence and excitement that I share with you through this review three 'must have' styling products from Bain de Terre that are sure to keep your hair shiny, frizz free, and perfectly coiffed all year round.  Your finished hair style will look salon perfect everyday using them.  And if you are anything like me, you enjoy styling your hair extra glamorously during the holidays and for sure these 3 products will be the ones you want in your styling arsenal!  So here we go:


I am ever so grateful to Bain de Terre PR for sending me all these truly incredible and superior Bain de Terre hair care products to review (see above photo). 

If you would like to read the Review I wrote last month about the Bain de Terre Passion Flower Color Preserving Shampoo and Conditioner, you can CLICK HERE to read it and in that review is my introduction to the outstanding Bain de Terre Comany.

And, following this review, I will be writing about the equally impressive Bain de Terre Macadamia Oil Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner which I am so over the moon happy with!

PLEASE NOTE:  All Bain de Terre products can be easily purchased online from LOXA BEAUTY by CLICKING HERE.

I was sent the following three products to review:

Bain de Terre Recovery Complex® ANTI-FRIZZ SHINE SERUM

Price:  $14 - $36 depending on size
Available in:  1.7 oz., 4.2 oz. or 10.1 oz.


Eliminate frizz and create instant shine with this luscious weightless, reparative serum.

Alcohol, paraben-free and color safe weightless silicone blend infused with argan and monoi oils that lavish hair in soft, sumptuous, silky perfection.

This product can be used on all hair types.


My hair has always been prone to being frizzy.  It does not matter whether it is 90 degrees outside with high humidity, or frigid cold with no humidity, my hair loves to burst into major frizz action!  And, believe me, I have spent a lot of $$$ on hair products that claim to calm down frizz and I have yet to find a product that truly can work its magic on my hair and free it of frizz.  That is until NOW!  It is no surprise that this Bain de Terre Recovery Complex® ANTI-FRIZZ SHINE SERUM has been a top seller for the company for over 25 years!  It is by far the BEST product I have ever used on my hair to control frizz and add shine!  I love that all the ingredients are natural, I love that the product is lightweight and does not leave my hair feeling greasy and sticky, and I love that it has a very light, barely discernible scent so it does not clash with my fragrance or attract the bees in the warmer weather.  I could like the pros of this product forever, and I cannot list one con about it.  It is the most sensational product I have ever used to treat my hair for frizz and dullness.  It controls my frizz and adds that element of shine that my hair begs for!

You hair will feel so silky smooth, and it will smell incredibly fresh!

My feelings are that is your hair is not in healthy good condition, then there is no way you are going to be able to style your hair and make it 'look' good.  A great hair style first begins with healthy hair.  And, my friends, the search stops here because this is the one and only finishing treatment product that you need to get your hair to that healthy style ready condition.  Just a dime size amount of this product, or less for short hair, will get your hair in ideal shape to begin your styling process.

Next up is:

Bain de Terre Rise n’ Shine™ VOLUMIZING FOAM

Price:  $12
Size:  6.7 oz.


Add instant volume to fine, limp hair for long lasting body with an incredible, light-weight, medium hold.

A paraben-free, color safe , unique liquid to foam volumizer designed to lift and support hair's volume and fullness. Infused with argan and monoi oils that lavish hair in soft, sumptuous, silky perfection.

For all hair types, especially fine, limp hair.


I decided to present my Mom with this product because she really does have fine, thin hair that is very hard to style, and hold a style, because of its texture.  Her hair is also so fine, that it often does just go 'limp' and will not hold any body.  So I felt she was the perfect candidate to benefit from this product.  And, I really made the right decision giving this to her, because she has been thanking me for it ever since!  She is achieving gorgeous volume because of this ah-mazing product!

My mom says just 3-4 pumps of the divine foam is all she needs to apply to her towel dried hair before she blows it dry.  She says that the product is hardly noticeable to the touch, but once she begins to style her hair it works like magic to keep it just where she wants it to be.  She said it has taken the stress out of her styling her own hair!  She feels it is gentle and undetectable in terms of being greasy or sticky to the touch, but you know it is there, working, because she is able to style her hair effortlessly and her hair stays where she wants it to be.  Now what a great testament that is, coming from someone who normally does not enjoy styling her own hair, but now she does because this products has made it easier for her to do so.

Last but not least one of my favorite hair sprays ever:

Bain de Terre Stay n' Shape® FLEXIBLE SHAPING SPRAY

Price:  $16
Size: 9 oz.


Create flexible hold and protect against humidity.

A paraben-free, color-safe working hairspray infused with argan and monoi oils that lavish hair in soft, sumptuous, silky perfection.

Can be used on all hair types.


I don't know about you, but it does not matter how perfectly I style my hair in the bathroom, if I were to leave there without an ultra fine hair spray, my hair will look like crap the moment I leave the house.  My hair just does not want to keep a style, unless I give it the ammunition it needs to maintain that style.  That ammunition is a powerful, yet gentle on the hair, hair spray.  You name it, I have used and tried them all.  Hair sprays that claim they will keep your style in place all day, they will 'hold' the style until infinity, you know what I mean. And, many of the products I have used do just that, but they also leave my hair feeling stiff, crispy, crusty, sticky, oh you know exactly what I mean.  I had almost given up on finding a multi-tasking hair spray.

But Eureka!  This flexible shaping spray is just that, flexible in that you can spray it to keep your curls and style in place, yet it does not leave your hair stiff or hard which makes it easy for you to adjust and create the looks for you want for your hair throughout your entire styling process.   I used this product to spray on sections of my dry hair to achieve my desired effect. And, when I was done styling, I sprayed to hold my finished style.

On those really hot and humid summer days, I used this spray several times throughout the day to maintain my style.  This came in handy at a couple of summer weddings I attended where I wanted my hair to look beautiful throughout the long event.  

This concludes my review.

You can visit LOXA BEAUTY by CLICKING HERE to see the entire line of Bain de Terre Hair Care Products.  Honestly, they are the most outstanding hair care products I have ever used, and for so many reasons.  I feel such a sense of relief knowing that I am using safe, natural, ultra fine quality products on my hair, and you know what, my hair shows it!  It has never looked or felt better in my life!

A very special thank you to Bain de Terre for providing me with the products to use for this review.

Disclosure: I received the products outlined in this review from Bain de Terre for the purposes of this Review . This has no bearing on my completely honest review above and was not influenced by any type of monetary compensation. The opinions and experiences I’ve shared with this product are my own and yours may differ.  I am not employed nor affiliated with Bain de Terre in any manner. Registered & Protected

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

REVIEW: NeoCell Natural Supplements Beauty Products

I am a true believer that beauty starts from within your body.  If you are not healthy on the inside, then you may not be healthy on the outside.  So it is with such enthusiasm that I review with you some NeoCell award wining natural supplement beauty products.  I have been using 3 of NeoCell's most popular nutritional supplements for well over a month now, and I am very excited to share with you my results.  Before I begin, let me briefly introduce NeoCell to you:

{Adapted from the NeoCell Website}

The therapeutic benefits of collagen have been widely recognized in Europe and Asia for decades. At NeoCell, we are proud to say that we introduced collagen to the Americas.

Neocell was started in 1998 by founder and fearless leader Al Quadri after an extraordinary personal experience. Following a heart attack, Al endured triple- bypass surgery and a recovery that was slow and difficult. His muscles atrophied, and his usual energy disappeared. To recover Al understood that his future health depended on re-engaging his body’s own potential for healing and rejuvenation. It was during his investigation of holistic therapies that he happened upon the unlikely remedy of collagen. Al learned of the integral role collagen plays in strengthening and rebuilding lost muscle mass and connective tissue. Within a few weeks, Al began to rapidly recover and regain his lost vitality.

Once fully recovered, a reinvigorated Al set out to understand the means by which collagen had stimulated his own regenerative systems, thus enabling his rapid recovery. For Al, this wasn’t just a miracle. It was his life’s calling- to make the same health and vitality Al experienced in his recovery accessible to everyone.

His goal was to create products that allowed people to live younger, longer lives with abundant energy and wellbeing. And so Neocell was born, as a family-owned, research oriented business committed to introducing the world to a premium quality collagen-based supplement line.

Since our founding we have been continually enhancing our manufacturing processes so we are able to offer our customers the most bioavailable and bioactive collagen peptides on the market. We are proud to say millions of people have benefitted from our efforts and are now living a more youthful life.

Today, NeoCell is the #1 collagen brand in the world and a leader in the field of nutritional science. While we have grown considerably over the years, one thing has never changed – our commitment to finding the most innovative and effective nutraceutical supplements.


The most gracious folks over at NeoCell allowed me to select 3 different products to review from their wide selection of nutritional supplements beauty products.  After some deliberation, I chose 3 products that I felt I really could use, and they were also award winning products so I knew I was going to be in good hands with them.

So without further ado, here are the details on them!



Feed Your Skin With Delectable Bursts of Nutrients!

2013- "Best of Natural Beauty" Better Nutrition Magazine
2013- "Best Beauty Supplement" Delicious Living Magazine 

  • Collagen Type 1 and 3 For Firm, Smooth Skin and Strong Hair and Nails
  • Hyaluronic Acid For Skin Hydration and Renewal
  • Vitamin C: Collagen Enhancer
  • All Natural Formula Bursting With Delicious Flavor 

Having beautiful and radiant skin has never been so easy; or so delicious. NeoCell Beauty Bursts deliver high absorption beauty nutrients in delectable, gourmet soft chews. Collagen Type 1 and 3 is the body's beauty protein and strengthens skin, hair and nails. Hyaluronic Acid is know as "Nature's Moisturizer" and hydrates the skin. Vitamin C is essential to boosting collagen in the skin. Together, these three beauty nutrients work together to build beautiful skin from the inside out.


A couple of chocolate mint chews a day keeps the bad hair, dry skin and nails away, who would have thought?!  I think these tasty chocolate mint chews are genius!  OK, I have to say, they are not gourmet chocolate tasting, but they are delicious in their own unique healthy kind of tasty way.  And, I am positive that after using up the entire bag, and faithfully taking them every day for as long as the bag lasted, my skin, hair and nails do seem to be healthier from how they appeared weeks before.  I know I cannot expect miracles, but my hair seems shinier and less brittle feeling when I am done washing it, my nails are not chipping as easily and they seem healthier in appearance, and my skin does feel firmer and more hydrated, and I test this by examining it before I apply any skin care or beauty products on it.  In fact, I am basing all my opinions, on the hair, nails and skin before applying any type of products on them.  I can see why these delightful chocolate mint beauty burst soft chews received 2 prestigious awards!  They are a winner to me too.

Next is the:



Keratin hair volumizer is an all-natural solution for strong, lustrous, and thick healthy hair that starts from the inside. Dry, brittle, thinning hair is associated with a lack of nutrients that are essential to strong and resilient hair. Keratin Hair Volumizer contains clinically proven ingredients to enhance hair strength and reduce normal hair loss.


Cynatine HNS Solubilized Keratin: The ability to convert natural keratin into a functional form that is bio-available to the body is a recent advancement. Cynatine HNS® is solubilized enabling it to be both bioactive and bioavailable in the body, which allows it to bind with hair. Cynatine HNS® has been clinically proven to reduce hair loss from washing, improve hair strength and improve the brightness and luster of hair.

Hydrolyzed Super Collagen: Hydrolyzed Super Collagen™ is a structural component of hair, skin and nail health. Super Collagen™ is a rich source of glycine, proline, alanine and hydroxyproline, which are the main constituents of collagen in the hair. Research suggests that collagen supplementation stimulates fibroblasts at the hair root, resulting in increased diameter of the hair shaft. NeoCell's pharmaceutical grade Super Collagen™ is enzymatically hydrolyzed, providing a collagen amino acid ratio with low molecular weight for maximum bioavailability.

Amla Extract: Amla, or Indian Gooseberry, has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine for its anti-aging properties. Amla provides high concentrations of Vitamin C and and has been revered for being a powerful antioxidant.

Vitamin C: Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is an important part of optimal collagen formation.


I decided to let my mother try this product because she has been experiencing some age related hair loss and she feels her hair is not as vibrant and strong as it used to be. And, I also felt she would benefit more from trying out this product than I would based on the fact I was going to be trying out other related products from NeoCell for this review.

So, I went over all the instructions with my Mom, and we did check in with her medical doctor to make sure there were no ingredients contained in the capsules that would have an adverse effect on her health.  Once her doctor gave us the green light that it was alright for her to take these capsules, she, with great excitement, began the regimen of taking 2 capsules a day.

My mom finished the entire bottle of the Keratin Hair Volumizer, faithfully taking them every day for 30 days.  While we both agree that it is hard to make a definitive analysis after only 30 days, as that is not all that much time to notice a significant difference in her hair, we did both agree that there is a noticeable improvement in the condition, strength, of her hair, and her hair does appear less dull and had more shine to it.  We are basing these comments on her hair before applying any styling products to it.

My mother also feels that her hair is less brittle, and she is noticing that less hair is falling out each day.  That is making her over the moon happy with this product.  She does plan to continue with the regimen and she is very optimistic that as time progresses, so will the condition and quality of her hair.  She and I both agree that the longer she continues taking the Keratin Hair Volumizer capsules, the better her hair is going to look and feel.  We are loving this product and thrilled to have discovered it.  It also is an added perk that the ingredients in these capsules are natural and are making her healthier on the inside which in turn is making her appear visibly healthier.  Gotta love a product that multi-tasks!
And, last but not least:



Collagen Beauty Builder is an award winning, all natural solution for youthful, radiant skin and overall beauty that starts from the inside.

2013 "Best Skin, Hair and Nails Supplement" Delicious Living Magazine

Loss of elasticity in the skin, thinning hair, and brittle nails are common signs of aging that are the result of diminished collagen levels in the body. This nutrient rich formulation provides the body with potent beauty building essentials for radiant skin, thicker hair and stronger nails.


Hydrolyzed Super Collagen: Collagen is a structural component of hair, skin and nail health. Collagen is diffcult for the body to use in its native form. NeoCell's pharmaceutical grade Super Collagen™ is enyzmatically hydrolyzed, providing low molecular weight collagen that is highly bioavailable and bioactive. Super Collagen™ contains 19 amino acids that help sustain collagen levels in aging skin as well as assist in rebuilding the skin matrix.

Hyaluronic Acid: Hyaluronic Acid is a water-loving nutrient that hydrates the body and promotes skin elasticity. HA is nature's “moisture-magnet” and plays a central role in supporting the appearance of smooth, supple skin.

Silica: Silica is a mineral involved in the transport of nutrients to the hair, skin and nails and ensures that hair follicles are supplied with all the vital minerals necessary for the growth and vitality of hair.

Alpha Lipoic Acid: Free radical damage is a major cause of skin aging, making potent antioxidants essential for healthy and beautiful skin. Because it is both fat and water soluble, alpha lipoic acid is a superior anti-inflammatory nutrient. This unique feature enables alpha lipoid acid to protect against free radicals both inside and outside the cell, whereas other antioxidants only provide protection outside the cell.

Biotin: Biotin is a B vitamin critical for hair growth and strengthening nails.


I decided to incorporate this product into my daily vitamin routine. As with any product, regardless of whether it is a natural vitamin supplement or not, I always recommend checking in with your doctor to make sure there are no ingredients in the product that may not be wise for you to take.  This is just my opinion, and I did check in with my doctor and he did give me the go ahead to take this beauty product regimen.

So, in conjunction with my daily chocolate mint beauty burst soft chews, I also add the Collagen Beauty Builder tablets into my daily vitamin routine.  My only con, if you can call it one, is that the tablets are large, and I sometimes have trouble swallowing larger size tablets.  But for the sake of possibly making myself more beautiful, yes vanity does come into play here, I sucked it up and found the strength to swallow these 'fountain of youth' pills as I call them!  Once I got used to them, it was no longer an issue.

So after taking the tablets faithfully and following the instructions on the amount I needed to take each day, which is 3 tablets, twice daily, I am able to write about my results.

This all natural nutraceutical solution does target all my skin care concerns; dry, dull skin, skin that needs more hydration.  I am noticing that my skin appears more radiant and luminous, before applying any skin care or beauty products to it.

My hair does appear stronger and healthier, less dullness to it and it has a natural shine to it that I have not seen in a long while.  I use all kinds of heat styling tools on my hair, blow dryer, curling iron, flat iron, and so my hair was becoming brittle.  Well, I am noticing that it feels less brittle to me now, even though I am still using the styling tools on it.  This is making me very happy!

My nails never have given me any issues before.  I am lucky in that my nails seemed to always be healthy.  So it is hard for me to comment on any improvement with them, but I am confident that they are stronger than they were before taking the Collagen Beauty Builder tablets because I am trimming them down more frequently than I ever have before, so that means they are growing faster and stronger.

I can clearly see why the Collagen Beauty Builder tablets have received an award, because I am thrilled with the results I am experiencing as a result of taking this product.  I highly recommend this product for bringing back the perfect balance of harmonious inner beauty to show your outer beauty in its best possible light so you can shine from within.

This concludes my review.

You can visit the NeoCell Website directly by CLICKING HERE to learn more about this innovative company and the wide range of sensational natural health supplements they offer so you can begin to get healthy from the inside out.

NeoCell Products can be purchased at a variety of Retailers across the country as well as online:

You can Follow NeoCell on Facebook by CLICKING HERE.

You can Follow NeoCell on Twitter by CLICKING HERE.

A very special thank you to NeoCell for providing me with three products to use for this review.

Disclosure: I received the three products outlined in this review from NeoCell for the purposes of this Review . This has no bearing on my completely honest review above and was not influenced by any type of monetary compensation. The opinions and experiences I’ve shared with this product are my own and yours may differ.  I am not employed nor affiliated with NeoCell in any manner. Registered & Protected

Sunday, September 14, 2014

REVIEW: WILLAMY Handcrafted Leather Wrap Bracelets & Accessories

Willamy is taking Hollywood by storm with their celeb style handcrafted wrap bracelets and accessories. Worn on shows including "Ellen", "The Talk", "ET", "Today Show" and more, your favorite celebrities are loving this hip and ultra couture brand!  So it is with enthusiasm and such excitement that I introduce Willamy to you and share with you how you can adorn yourselves with some celebrity worthy bracelets and accessories too!  Wear the same bracelets as your favorite stars are wearing, and spice up your style and look this coming Fall and Winter season.  Let me briefly introduce Willamy to you:

{Adapted from the Willamy Website}

Launched in 2012, the Willamy brand was created by Los Angeles designer Amy Beth Williams. With a career in celebrity news and a pulse for Hollywood style and fashion, Williams began experimenting with jewelry design and handcrafted a crystal leather wrap bracelet. Within hours of wearing it, several orders were requested and a website went up overnight. Days later, her bracelets were worn on “Entertainment Tonight” and "The Early Show” by host Nancy O’Dell. 

By popular demand, her line expanded to include accessories, as well as men and kids bracelets, and were picked up by a trendy and  upscale Beverly Hills boutique, followed by other boutiques nationwide. They have since been worn by Mark Steines and  Cristina Ferrare on "Home and Family" and in December of 2012 they were featured on Mark Steines’ “favorite things” segment on the show. Her bracelets and accessories have since sold out on multiple flash sale segments on "Homeand Family" and local news sale segments. In June 2014, Willamy was featured in "InTouch" Magazine's "Celeb Summer Picks" products. 

Willamy leather wrap bracelets have also been requested by stylists for , "The Talk", "Ricki" and Reba McEntyre and worn by Dean McDermott, Dean Cain, Billy Ray Cyrus, Paige Hemmis (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition), Ty Pennington, Maksim Chmerkovskiy (DWTS), Wendell Middlebrooks, Thea Anderews (Insider), Brooke Anderson (ET), Mary McDonough (The Waltons), Keltie Colleen (Insider), Brandon McMillan (Lucky Dog), Devin Alexander, Danni Allen, Lauren Lee, Courtney Crozier and Willamy headbands recently worn on "Rising Star!

Recognizing the demand for high quality, yet affordable crystal, beads, stones and genuine leather jewelry, Willamy continues to expand the collection with new designs and styles for men, women and kids!


I was given the extreme pleasure of selecting from Willamy Collection the bracelet I wanted to review.  This was no easy task, because there are literally dozens of gorgeous, I mean truly stunning bracelets to choose from!  No matter what your age, gender or style preferences are, there is a Willamy bracelet that is perfect for you!  You can select the bracelet that best suits your own unique sense of style, and once you discover it, you will want to wear it all the time, I promise you that!

After much debate, I chose the magnificent Metallic Gold Rush Bracelet.  Believe me, I wanted to choose all the bracelets I saw, because each one is a work of art, and each one has a place in my accessory bank!

Here are the details about this spectacular bracelet:

5x Metallic Leather Gold Rush Bracelet
Price:  $62 for 5x length, $49 for 3x ;ength


5x Leather Wrap Bracelet. Also available in 3x Wrap. 6mm Czech Firepolish Crystals on Metallic Leather.


This smokin' hot gorgeous bracelet is available in either 3x or 5x which means you can select the bracelet in a length that will wrap around your wrist 3 times or 5 times.  Of course I had to go with the most "wow" factor as possible, so I chose it in the 5x length.  And, I sure am glad I did, it is such an eye catching bracelet!!  I feel so empowered when I wear it, it adds that element of glamorous rocker chic to my look!

First I want to comment about how expertly crafted this bracelet it.  Sheer perfection from top to bottom.  It is made with meticulous workmanship, rendered in such very fine quality.  You can feel it from the moment you hold it in your hands.

Second, it is super durable, the materials are not flimsy at all.  I can tell that it is made from only the most superior leather and the the highest quality crystals.  You will not be disappointed when you first lay eyes on these truly divine bracelets, I can see why all the stars and celebrities are coveting them! 

Next, these bracelets are designed so anyone, and I mean anyone can wear them!  Any age, any gender, any wrist size, they will work for you!  As you can see from my picture, there are 3 button hole loops, and you can fit the button closure into the loop that best fits your wrist.  The button on my bracelet needed to go into the last button whole, so I cut the first two button holes off, it was easy to do, and that left me with just the one button hole at the end. That makes these bracelets so versatile and there is no need to worry if you have an extra small wrist, or an extra large wrist, you can adjust the bracelet to give you the ideal fit.

I have been wearing my Metallic Gold Rush bracelet everywhere, with everything!  It works well with my casual outfits as well as my more dressier outfits, and I receive compliments on it every time I wear it!  It has just the right amount of 'bling' to it that capture the attention of those around me, and I have a feeling no matter which Willamy Collection bracelet you choose, it will have that same effect when you wear it.

Here are some ideas on how you can wear the 5x length wrap bracelets!

How cool is this!  You can transform the wrap bracelet into an ankle bracelet or necklace!

Willamy Collection offers a wide variety of leather and suede wrap bracelets, in a delightful variety of colors, crystal beads, wood beads, pearl beads, gemstone beads, you name it, they offer it!  Also, you can find single wrap bracelets as well as the 3x and 5x wrap bracelets.  Willamy Collection also offers heabands and pet collars, so even your beloved pets can look chic and stylish!

The Willamy Collection bracelets arrive in a wonderful organza gift bag which also serves as the best way to store your bracelet when you are not wearing it.  Very convenient and easy to pack away or bring along with you when you are traveling.  And, a perfect gift for that hard to buy for person in your life, they are sure to fall in love with a Willamy Collection piece of jewelry, right!!

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This concludes my Review.

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A very special thank you to Willamy Collection for providing me with the Metallic Gold Rush Bracelet to use for this review.

Disclosure: I received the Metallic Gold Rush Bracelet from Willamy Collection for the purposes of this Review . This has no bearing on my completely honest review above and was not influenced by any type of monetary compensation. The opinions and experiences I’ve shared with this product are my own and yours may differ.  I am not employed nor affiliated with Willamy Collection in any manner. Registered & Protected

Monday, September 8, 2014


This summer I discovered the most delicious and mouth watering cookies!  Well, alright they are not really cookies, more like chips.  Best said, by the maker themselves, "Tastes Like a Cookie, Eats Like a Chip", and they are fabulous!  They are not only addicting with each and every bite, they are super easy to store, pack, and travel around with because of their versatile size!  I will share with you all about these wonderfully tasty and sweet as can be treats, snacks as I call them, but before I do, let me introduce to you 'Cookie Chips'!


{Adapted from the Cookie Chips Website}

HannahMax Baking has been making amazing baked treats for almost 25 years. Founder, Executive Pastry Chef, CEO and mother of three, Joanne Adirim is committed to using only the highest quality ingredients available. If we can't pronounce it, there's no way we're putting it in our products! 

All Natural Crunchy Cookie Chips were born one afternoon when Joanne was baking for her kids, the company's namesakes, a crispy, sweet treat. After they inhaled them like a bag of potato chips, she realized she was onto something big. A delicious snack you can feel good about, all six flavors of Cookie Chips contain a mere 120-130 calories per serving. They’re made from the best, whole ingredients we can find like milled cane sugar, creamery butter, cage-free eggs, fine chocolate and pure bourbon vanilla. Plus, you’ll never find any artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, trans fats or GMOs in anything that comes out of the HannahMax bakery.


Our Cookie Chips taste so delectable because they are made with only the finest, all-natural ingredients, such as milled cane sugar, creamery butter, cage-free eggs, and pure bourbon vanilla. Just as important as what we put in is what we leave out. Cookie Chips never contain trans fats, added hormones, GMOs, preservatives, artificial flavors or colors. Our selectivity in ingredients helps ensure you get homemade taste delivered right to your door or from your local supermarket shelf.


I was sent a sensational and truly indulgent Multipack of Cookie Chips.  I received 5 different flavors of Cookie Chips and I cannot express enough how enjoyable and savory each flavor is!  Here are the details on the Multipack of Cookie Chips:

Cookie Chips Multipack (6 Bags of Each Flavor)
Price:  $35.94 with Free Shipping!

Cookie Chip Multi-Flavor Packs are a great way to sample all of our scrumptious flavors. The biggest problem you'll have is figuring out which bag to try first!

Single Flavor Packs (4 Bags of One Flavor)

Price: $23.96 with Free Shipping!

Flavors:  Chocolate Chip, Cinnamon Sugar, Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin, Original Flavor and Sea Salted Peanut Butter


I received 5 out of the 6 available flavors of Cookie Chips with the exception of the Oatmeal Raisin.  Originally I was planning to write about each flavor individually.  But when I began my write up I found myself repeating the same thing for each flavor!  They are all so tasty and delicious!  And each flavor was a huge hit with my family and I, and our friends who we shared them with.

When I think about the cookies I have been eating all my life, whether they were store bought or from a bakery, or homemade, I have to say Cookie Chips are right up there with being some of the best I have ever tasted!!  I do not say that lightly or easily.  I honestly and truly believe Cookie Chips to be some of the finest cookies that I have ever had the privilege to eat and everyone that I know who has tried them feels the same exact way!  They are like a chip, you cannot each just one as my friend Rose said!  

I love that they are made using the finest ingredients, you can instantly taste that when you try your first bite.  As my friend Rose said, she loves that she can pronounce all the ingredients contained in them!  I always have peace of mind knowing I am eating food that is made with wholesome, natural ingredients, and I want that for my family and friends as well.  I cannot think of a more indulgent treat to serve my family and friends than cookie chips, because they are made with such superior ingredients.

Not only are they the world's most delicious cookies, but they are super easy to pack and carry along with you when you are on the go!  They are thin and you can fit the perfect amount of cookie chips into baggies.  That makes them ideal for school lunches, picnics, road trips and anywhere you go for that tasty snack or treat you crave anytime of day.

We did a lot of entertaining at the end of August and I served cookie chips on big platters along with fresh fruit and fruit flavored yogurts.  I noticed a lot of my friend dipping the cookie chips into the vanilla and strawberry flavored yogurts.  That prompted me to try the same, and oh my goodness, the most blissful flavor combinations!  We dipped all the flavors into the yogurts and each cookie chips flavors blended nicely with the yogurt.  Such a unique snack or desert to serve at any type of gathering, social event or party and a real hit with everyone!

You can enjoy cookie chips by themselves as a cookie, for each flavor is addicting and so satisfying or you can get creative with them and use them as chips and serve them along with a dip you feel harmoniously compliments them.  The possibilities are endless!

Cookie Chips can be purchased online from the COOKIE CHIPS WEBSITE and they are also available at many fine stores across the country such as Sams Club, Whole Foods, Safeway, Kings, just to name a few!   Check out the Store Locator HERE.

This concludes my Review.

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A very special thank you to COOKIE CHIPS for providing me with cookie chips to use for this review.

Disclosure: I received a multi-pack of cookie chips from COOKIE CHIPS for the purposes of this Review . This has no bearing on my completely honest review above and was not influenced by any type of monetary compensation. The opinions and experiences I’ve shared with this product are my own and yours may differ.  I am not employed nor affiliated with Cookie Chips in any manner. Registered & Protected