Friday, November 20, 2009

Tsubo Asmik Review

Dear Tsubo,

First of all, thank you for sending me these Asmik Mary Janes in chocolate brown suede to review. You are too good to me! I fell in love with these the moment they appeared on your site, since I could tell right away that they had that same quirky asymmetric strap detail as my beloved Acreas. And the covered wedge? Deeeelightful.

I am pleased to find that they have the same basic footbed as the Acreas making them - unsurprisingly - a true joy to wear. The strap has just enough give, but remains firmly in place. The wedge provides a hint of leg elongation, but is not so severe as to make walking a challenge. And the squishy, soft footbed is a triumph of footwear design, as I've mentioned to you before.

As I'm sure you can see, these Asmiks have made me very happy. My one complaint, though, dear Tsubo? The suede. Yes, I know, suede is big this year. And the style does look fabulous with a more textured finish. But for lifelong lazybones such as myself who are too slothful to deal with waterproofing treatments and, therefore, go to comical lengths to protect their suede shoes? The high maintenance material is a definite deterrent.

HOWEVER! I sincerely hope you will consider continuing this line after this season ... just whip up some Asmiks in red leather and I'm all over 'em.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Karin Jacobson Leather Cuff Review

You may have guessed this by now, but just in case you haven't: I am a HUGE fan of jewelry designer Karin Jacobson's work. Her chunky pieces remain indescribably graceful despite their heft, and her more delicate work makes me downright glad to be a girl. She re-set my engagement ring, designed my crown ring, and has created about one-fourth of the jewelry I own. And that's saying something.

She's also gorgeous, hilarious, and teaches kickboxing. So do not piss her off.

Karin has worked in sterling and gems for years, but has recently been exploring laser cut materials, and her highly stylized, super funky design sensibilities translate beautifully to these less formal media. I loved her laser cut plastic pieces, but might be even more enamored of her new leather line:

This fantastic Wide Leather Bubble Bracelet ($49.50) is supple and soft, but holds its form beautifully. Karin warned me that it might shed some black bits onto my wrist for the first few wearings ... but after three straight days on my personage, I've seen nary a bit.

Yeah. It's love. I've got a major crush on this cuff. It comes in a light tan leather, too, which is available on her website ... and she's working on some more exotic colors, so stay tuned.

Karin and I will be doing several collaborations in the coming months - including a GIVEAWAY - so check back often!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Dreamin' of Beadin' Winner

And our lucky winner is ...

Laura! Congrats my dear, and thanks to everyone who entered.

Another contest coming right up tomorrow ...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Dreamin' of Beadin' Giveaway

The truly lovely Stacy, proprietor of Dreamin' of Beadin', has been a sponsor of Already Pretty for some time now, and I just adore her ... and her gorgeous jewelry designs! Just take a gander:

And that's just a peek at the billion items in her shop I'd be delighted to own. Now that I've got you drooling, how about a little contest action? If you leave a comment on this post saying which item from Dreamin' of Beadin' you'd love to have, you'll be entered to win a $15 e-gift certificate to the shop! This contest is open to everyone, international readers included.

Leave your comment by midnight CST on Sunday, November 15, and I'll draw a winner at random the following week!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Vintage Threadz Winner

And our lucky winner is ...
Lauren! I'll be in touch, my dear.

Stay tuned for more giveaways very soon!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Tsubo Pina Short Boot Review

Yes, I'm a lucky gal. Tsubo also sent me a pair of these Pina boots to review. I'd been admiring these for several months, but wondered how I'd wear them. Again, more of a heels kinda gal overall, and although the slouchy detailing is undeniably cute, I still hesitated.

After having worn them a coupla times, I really do love them. As with ALL my Tsubos, these short boots are fantastically comfortable. These are all-day walking shoes, no question. They're crafted from soft black leather, with a darling pale blue lining. They definitely need to be worn with tights or leggings ... or, come spring, with bare legs. With my straightlegs tucked in, I give myself artificial cankles and with long pants worn over them, the slouchy detail is masked. So these will have limited application for me. But when I showed them to Husband Mike he commented that he thought they filled a hole in my shoe wardrobe - and I have to agree.

Would you wear a pair of Tsubo Pinas? If so, what would you pair with them?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Vintage Threadz Giveaway

Wow. Would you get a load of that DARLING HANDBAG? It's making me a little sad that I can't enter my own giveaways ... here's whatcha gotta do for a chance to win this little cutie:

1. Hop on over to Vintage Threadz Etsy Shop and drool over the fantastic wares.

2. Come back here and comment about your favorite item in the shop.

3. Follow Vintage Threadz on Facebook. Sorry, gang, this one is only open to FB users, and U.S. residents.

Do all of this by midnight CST on Sunday, November 8. I'll draw a winner at random the following week and she'll get this fab handbag popped into the mail to her shortly thereafter.

Oh, and if you're not on Facebook or see something ELSE in the Vintage Threadz Etsy Shop that catches your fancy, drop a note to proprietor Giovanna and tell her you heard about her shop through Already Pretty ... she'll shoot you a 40% discount. Woo hoo!

Good luck to all!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Tsubo Acrea Winner

And our lucky winner is ...

... Valerie H.! I'll be in touch, doll.

I'll have yet another giveaway tomorrow, and hope to do another TSUBO giveaway before the year's end! Thanks to everyone who entered, and to Tsubo for providing a fantastic prize.