Limited Time: David Yurman Online Exclusive Renaissance Aluminum Bracelets Are Back!

Hi everyone! I have always admired the David Yurman jewelry collection and finally purchased my first cable bracelet a few months back (and I must say, I am HOOKED). I was intending on adding another bracelet to start my “arm candy” collection so the timing is perfect!

I just received an email announcing a David Yurman Online Exclusive Renaissance Aluminum Bracelet for $250! If you’re familiar with the DY line, you’ll know this price is significantly lower than their classic pieces. I don’t own an aluminum material bracelet but I figure why not try it? Worst case, I can return and the best part is that they’re also doing a promotional freebie for each order (of course, while supplies last). I wasn’t planning to spend money today but bit the bullet when I saw the email in my inbox. Two bracelets for the price of one? (Yes, how I justified it to my hubby… also told him it’s an anniversary gift to myself). Gift to me, from me. 

So many color options but I stuck with the classic gray. I figured it would compliment my Prasiolite 7mm cable bracelet (purchased here).


Happy shopping! Sorry…I am 100% a shopping enabler. 😂

Update 8/25/17:

I just received my order and the packaging at first glance is very nice. I love the cobalt blue jewelry box the bracelet came in. 

My first impression is that the bracelet is thinner at 5mm and lightweight since it’s made of alumnimim material. I realize I prefer the 7mm for my wrist size (as you can see in the photo below, it is much thinner). Personally it looks too small on my wrist but is still a beautiful piece at a lower price. 

The freebie bracelet was a bit disappointing. I mean, it was free with purchase so I can’t really complain. It just looks like a strand with some silver beads. Not something I see myself wearing but it was nice of them to offer it. 

The verdict? Unfortunately, this will be going back as it’s not my cup of tea. I prefer the 7mm or medium size bracelets and thought the color would more closely match my silver bracelet. It looks more like a gunmetal gray color. Still a beautiful piece but it’s just up to personal preference. At this price point of $250, I think it’s a great starter piece. I hope this review is helpful. Let me know if you have any questions. The hunt for the next piece to add to my lonely prasiolite bracelet continues!

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My Everyday Hair Styling Tool 

Sorry, I’ve been a bit MIA. I need to be better at consistently posting on here. Work and weekend projects have been consuming my life buttttttt I have discovered the BEST hair tool for everyday use and wanted to share 🙂

Honestly, before I purchased this hair tool, whatever my hair looked like that morning is how I went to work. If it was REALLY BAD, I put it in a pony tail or bunned it (what can I say? I would rather sleep a few extra minutes before waking up at the buttcrack of dawn).

In my first professional job, my supervisor would say, “dress for the job you want, not the job you have”. As I have gradually moved up the ladder over the years, this saying has etched into my brain. I must say, I LOVE my current job…but either way, dressing professional makes a huge difference.

Remember how your hair looks after getting a blowout at the salon? Trust me, I have tried using a round brush and hairdryer but am not coordinated enough or have the multitasking ability to twirl a brush and blow-dry at the same time. Answer? the John Frieda Hot Air Brush and the best part is that it’s only $25. It’s basically a two in one product that gives you the volume you want but dries at the same time.

I recommend air drying your hair until about 80% before using this tool so that you can get the level of curls/waves you want. I have tried it with completely dried hair, it still does a great job at smoothening and curling the ends. I was skeptical at first but have gotten the hang of using it and have incorporated it into my daily routine (it DOES take some level of coordination…i.e. rolling the hair back and forth but you’ll get used to it). Funny because coworkers have asked me if I recently got a hair cut…. no, it’s just my hair looks put together now that I spare a few extra minutes with this awesome tool. I am not even sponsored but have told all of my girlfriends to buy this product (and they have!).

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Perfect Vacation Summer Dresses

I am in full vacay mode – countdown begins! I have a ton of dresses in the back of my closet but I never end up wearing them because I feel too “dressed up” on the weekend (which is why I end up in athlesiure wear – my favorite). Of course, instead of bringing dresses I already own, it’s a vacation which means it’s justifiable to go shopping for new clothes right?

I was at a friend’s beach wedding when I spotted another wedding guest wearing this Hibiscus Floral V-neck Backless Maxi Dress from (yes, I asked her where her dress was from). I loved the simplicity of the style but it was beautiful and was PERFECT for a beach wedding/summer event. I loved the floral print because it reminded me of Japanese cherry blossoms, which reminds me of my hubby (that’s another story).

Honestly, I was skeptical with this website because I don’t normally purchase from websites I’m not familiar with. Like I mentioned in previous posts, most of my wardrobe is from Nordstrom Rack.  I decided to bite the bullet and try it since the maxi was under $25.

Black V-neck Backless Maxi Dress $24

Hibiscus Floral V-neck Backless Maxi Dress $25

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Recommendation #1: USE the website’s measurement chart! I typically wear size M in U.S. clothes and according to this chart, I was a size XL in the pink floral and a size L in the black (CRAZY, right?!). I was hesitant but I’m really glad I followed the chart. For some reason, the black option didn’t have an XL option but honestly, the fit of the both are the same on me. As you can see in the photos, both the black and pink floral maxi dresses fit like a GLOVE.

Recommendation #2: Keep in mind that this maxi’s length is pretty long. For reference, I am 5’5″ and I still had to get this tailored for it to perfectly hit the floor (luckily, I have Nordstrom Rack alteration credit so that wasn’t an issue).

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Overall: I love both and am so glad I got both the black and floral options. The black is simple but you can never go wrong with a black dress and the floral one just screams summer. I love how the style is more covered in the front but has a backless side.

Of course, it’s hard not to look around when you’re on a clothes site right? I ended up searching “palm leaf dress” and found this next dress.

Palm Leaf Print Double V Neck Cami Dress $15

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Same recommendation as above, follow the measurement chart. I ordered a size L in both the white and navy blue version and it fits me well.

Overall, I love the palm leaf print because it is perfect for any tropical vacation. It’s double lined and the fabric is very nice. The maxi dress is a lightweight, chiffon like material. As you can see in the photos, the dress fit is looser/flowy.

I think I got lucky on my first order because I’m typically a picky person and rarely love everything in an order. It would be sad if I didn’t because I literally bought doubles of two styles.

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