Think all tech toys are geared towards men? Here’s Ringly. A line of precious and semi-precious rings in 18K matte gold that connects to your iPhone/Android and buzzes to let you know that you’ve received messages, phone calls, emails, calendar reminders, tweets or just about anything else. It has five different vibration settings to customize for different types of messages. Or you can program it to buzz for only messages and calls from specific people (ie. the babysitter when you’re on a date or your boss when you are taking a long lunch).
According to PureWow the rings are not only functional, they are fashionable. They are currently available for pre-order in three colours (the fourth is sold-out) at $145 which is 25% off the planned retail price for fall ($195).
The company is toting this as “jewelry and accessories that connect to your phone and notify you about the things that matter most. Put your phone away and enjoy the moment.” Which to me is totally opposite to what it actually does. Doesn’t it connect you to your phone more?
What do you think? Would you buy one or pre-buy one? Do you think it’s a good thing for women or ties us to our phones more? Happy Shopping!
After reading this piece by PureWow I knew I had to add my two cents. Head over to their article and read it. I totally agree with everything they said. But I think they missed a couple of things:
Splurge: Black pants for work
If you work in an office or are a teacher or work in retail or pretty much anywhere you will need black pants, spend the money and find some nice one. When I worked retail (many moons ago), I always HATED buying and wearing black pants. At the time I bought most of my clothes at Suzy Shier or Le Chateau and their black pants were all made out of the same material and hung weird on my frame. I also usually couldn’t afford to hem them and they ended up fraying around the heels where I tended to walk on them. Luckily, I’ve grown up and it recently occured to me the reason I love jeans and hated black pants is because I spent $100+ on my jeans and under $50 on black pants. Obviously I was going to like the clothing that had better quality fabric and washed better, right? So this season, I invested in a pair of black pants from Banana Republic (the Sloan for those of you interested) and I am not disappointed. They are soft and comfortable. They fit correctly and I don’t feel the need to pull them off at the end of the day and throw them across the room.
I have a friend who wears these gorgeous diamond studs almost all the time. She has short hair and the studs perfectly frame her beautiful face. They are a little on the large side but I always guessed that they were a gift from her husband and she wanted to show her appreciation for the gift by wearing them as often as she could. I was dumbfounded when she (matter-of-factly) told me one day that they were cubic zirconias. I never would have guessed that she had spent less than $50 vs thousands.
I’m probably going to get some emails about this one but there is no easier way to make your whole outfit look more expensive than to throw on some designer shades. A friend of mine wears these gorgeous Prada ones and they never fail to impress.
Anyone ever spent tons of money on a belt and been like, “Wow, this belt is so amazing. I’m so glad I spent over $100 on it?” I didn’t think so.
Splurge: Bathing suit
This may be one where people disagree with me as well. A friend of mine can wear $15 bathing suits from Joe and Target and look like a million bucks. She also weighs less than 120 lbs and has never been pregnant. For anyone who needs support in swimwear, spending some money can make all the difference in the world. For women: get a swimsuit that actually supports your breasts and hides any headlights. Many suits also come with tummy support or slimming features to help tuck yourself in.
Save: anything super trendy
I would not recommend spending alot of money on super trendy items such as a crop top. You can’t wear it to work (at least, most people can’t wear it to work ;), you can’t wear it in the winter and it may not be around next season. It will not be a closet staple that you will wear over and over. Other items on this list would include harem pants (yes, those are in again), high-waisted jeans, flatform sandals and sneakers.
Sorry for not posting any TRFs for a couple of weeks. Life has been crazy and every week, I think, Holy Crap, how is it Friday again? I promise I am working hard on a more regular updating schedule. I personally hate blogs that update less than once per week – so I best get my butt in gear!
Last Friday we hit the two month mark that so many of you try and ignore – TWO MONTHS UNTIL CHRISTMAS! I would like to say I’m half done Christmas shopping, but I’m really only a quarter done. If you aren’t into starting your gift shopping yet, here’s some things to shop for in November.
1. Paper Canoe is a business my friend Leanne started here in Winnipeg. She a graphic designer who designs a variety of things including: business cards and other promotional material (including my gorgeous postcards and logo); wedding and gala stationary; fabric and textiles; and wrapping paper. Yep, you heard me, wrapping paper. Now you can have one-of-a-kind, matching wrapping paper for all your presents (think of how jealous Martha Stewart will be!). Visit Leanne’s Spoonflower shop to see samples of what you can order or contact her at email@example.com to get her to custom design something for you.
2. Toms is doing Movember shoes. One style for ladies and two styles for men. It says that Toms will give a donation to Movember for every pair sold, altho they are unspecific about the amount. They are pretty cute and feature a little moustache embroidered by the heel. According to the website, this is the fourth year that Toms has done this colaboration with Movember to help raise funds and awareness of cancers that affect men. I’ll let you know if I see any around locally but if you have to have a pair, best bet would be to order from the website. (PS. Toms.ca is currently advertising free shipping through the Christmas season)
3. I’m continuing to wear Sally Hansen nail strips as they are my favourite strips and I thought I would share with you that I was wearing the Fl-roar-al pattern a couple of weeks ago and they lasted for 13 days! I have never had them last that long before. Eight days, tops before that. And they still looked great. Here’s the photos of the strips when I first put them on and then two weeks later. Wow, I am so impressed.
4. So, I’m sure you’ve been noticing the temperatures dropping and feeling the cooler breezes on your legs when you wear skirts and dresses. And I’m sure you keep thinking, damn tights, why can’t they be warmer?! Well my friends, they have come up with this brilliant invention of fleece-lined tights that keep your legs oh-so-warm. I bought some at Gail-Lyn’s in Portage la Prairie but I heard a rumour that Out of the Blue had some. Spot them somewhere else? Let me know in the comments.
5. What’s with all the owls?? My just-turn-12-year-old niece is IN LOVE with owls. So for her birthday last week, I picked up these cute earrings from Ricki’s. She was over the moon for them. Her grandma bought her some owl poster art for her room which she was pretty psyched about too. Can someone explain this trend to me? Please??
6. Last but definitely not least I leave you with some Halloween-y pics from the past couple of days. Had a great time trick-or-treating with my darling and some adult fun out with some of the girls.
In an attempt to keep me to a minimum weekly updating schedule, I am going to do “Totally random Fridays” which will be a list of things I’ve bought, looked for, lusted over, researched, tried or just liked over the previous week. Sometimes it could be makeup or toys for my kid or a recipe I tried and loved. I’m definitely going to try to keep it on the focus of shopping but I may stray occasionally into crafting, cooking and parenting realms. As always, if I borrow photos from another website, I will credit that website accordingly.
1. So, this week was a total week of hating my wardrobe. I was on maternity leave last year and subsequently I haven’t updated my work wardrobe in a whole year. I usually pick up a few pieces each season and therefore keep my wardrobe current (this is also what I recommend you do – very few people are rich enough to buy a whole new wardrobe every season). I also did a big purge when I held a garage sale earlier this year. Lastly, I have not dropped that last 15 lbs that I gained while pregnant and many of my work clothes that I held onto do not fit. All great ingredients to be a recipe for disaster for getting ready for work in the morning. So, I decided I need to start rebuilding the work wardrobe. I started on Monday, figuring I could buy a dress and wear it to the wedding we are going to on Sunday and then wear it to work after. Perfect! I found this dress:
And it fit like a glove! Then I looked at the price. $175…. crap…. no way can I justify that much for a dress. Even one as beautiful and perfect-fitting as that. When I was single, I would’ve put it on my credit card and eaten hard-boiled eggs for the rest of the month but now things are different. Alright. I continued the search but it was tainted after that. I knew I wanted that dress.
In an effort to distract myself, I tried on these gorgeous shoes at Town.
Luckily for me they didn’t have my size or I would’ve been buying shoes as a filler for the dress I couldn’t have. (Am I the only person who does that?)
I left the mall feeling throughly irritated. And dress-less. I wanted that dress!
The next day, I decided to stalk it on the internet. Sometimes websites have coupons or deals if you sign up for their emails or they have online-only sales. It’s never a bad idea to check the website. And there it was…. right next to a coupon code for 35% OFF ALL PURCHASES! WOOT!! That made it a reasonable $113.75 plus taxes. And regular shipping is free. Excellent. The only bummer is that there’s no way the dress will get here in time for the wedding on Sunday. That’s okay, though. I have a back-up dress. This dress is worth waiting for.
2. I have never been one to wear necklaces. I have this paranoia that being short means there’s not enough room between my neck and my boobs for a necklace to sit. Strangely enough, I have bought two necklaces this week and I think they both look great on me.
And a cute pair of earrings, which will match another dress I bought last week.
3. For my daughter’s first birthday party, I went a little crazy (which is something I’m told alot of parents do). I forgot I needed some red accessories for the party dress she picked out and so at the last minute, I’m running around (not quite literally) trying to find a headband and red shoes for her. My darling is quite blonde and doesn’t have alot of hair. Clips are not an option for her, it has to be a headband. Luckily for me, I found this one:
It was perfect and made in Canada by Angela from Trendy Munchkins on Etsy. Angela was nice enough to find out the options for getting the headband to me by Friday (in time for the party on Sunday) and sent it so I would get it in plenty of time. She was excellent to deal with.
And I decided Cally needed red shoes. These red shoes to be precise.
The short story is that there were none of these shoes in size 4 or 5 to be had in the Province of Manitoba. I did try everywhere. If you know of somewhere I didn’t try, email me or leave me a comment. I’d still love a pair for Christmas.
My little girl ended up looking amazing anyways. Her great-grandma had bought her some white shoes which looked just as great. She stole the show with her smile – she really could’ve been wearing anything.
And of course, it was a great party with great food, great friends & family and the most special birthday girl.
Well, that’s what has been going on with me. Leave me a comment and let me know what’s going on with you and what you’ve been buying for fall. Happy Shopping!