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Bill Blass Giveaway

Here is a great giveaway to enter and share with your friends with the Bill Blass Giveaway. Hurry this ends October 27th! You go to this link: Bill Blass Giveaway and put in your email address. The Giveaway is for $3,000 worth of products and when you share with your friends you can get up to a $200 Credit with Bill Blass! Yay!!!

Snoopy dancing the happy dance
Big GIVEAWAY!

Go on over and enter now, as you need to sign up before the Private Launch Opens up! Yup it’s a Private Launch for the American Designer Bill Blass!

Enjoy!

Love and hugs,

Mariah

His & Hers Tommie Copper Review & $50 GC Giveaway

 

Tommie Copper has once again honored me with the chance to review some more of their products on my blog.

Lets start off with a little history first, shall we? 🙂

Just like me, the inventor of Tommie Copper (Tommie Kallish) tried all sorts of support wear for his arthritis only to find that the products were bulky and uncomfortable to wear. Mr. Kallish then proceeded to try all sorts of fabrics out for himself until he found the one that worked best for him and his arthritis, the rest is history… Tommie Copper was born in 2010.

Tommie Copper New Logo
Tommie Copper New Logo

And just like any great company Tommie Copper keeps expanding and perfecting their line. The logo has recently changed, but the product is still as fantastic as ever, and I see some new and improved innovations in the new items offered. They now have “Innergywear”, their newest development in their compression line and an Active Fit Exercise Apparel line. Both of these have some amazing features, all of which you can look at on their page HERE.

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Our Pain History:

Both my husband and I suffer from Fibromyalgia and Arthritis as well as Sciatica, including pain in hips and lower back. My husband injured his back about 7 years ago and became disabled. I have been disabled for many years with bad discs in my neck and back, as well as Lupus SLE. So we are quite the pair… together we may make one whole healthy person. lol Any-who these are the things that we are trying to address with Tommie Copper.

Experiencing Tommie Copper For Ourselves:

Several Months ago we received products to try out, yes this time hubby was included! Hubby was excited to receive his own Tommie Copper to try out and yet he had his doubts. My husband, like many of us, needs to experience the results for himself. Here was his chance, hubby received the Tommie Copper Men’s Short Sleeved Crew Neck Shirt and the Men’s Shorts to test out. I picked these for him, knowing how these could easily be worn year round, the material and the compression make these items easy to put underneath clothing when it gets chillier outside.

I already knew how wonderful Tommie Copper is. I have been wearing Tommie Copper since shortly after the company started in 2010. I already had the Women’s Short Sleeved V-Neck Top (from my first review) and the Women’s Tights (from my second review). The products I received for this review where, for my ankles and my hands and wrists. I received the Women’s Half Finger Gloves and the Women’s Ankle Sleeve. By the way the past reviews can be found in a search on my blog for Tommie Copper.

Having Experience Tommie Copper Before, I still check to make sure the compression wear is as great as ever. In the past I know that the stitching is perfect. The hems on the sleeves, neckline and bottom of the shirts and the tights are perfect too. They don’t cut corners, at least not in the past. As I wait for the items to come in the mail, I want to make sure that I check everything out as soon as the items arrive so that I can tell you how their products are today.

Important Note on Sizing your Tommie Copper:

men's top sizing chart via tommie copperIt is worth while to take out the measuring tape to make sure you get the correct fit. If you don’t have a measuring tape, use a piece of string or yarn to measure with. Place the string or yarn around the area as instructed to measure and keep your fingers in place where the string or yarn meet. Then grab a ruler, yard stick (whatever you have to measure with) and line up your yarn or string and you should have your measurements.

Experiencing Tommie Copper for the first time (my husband):

men's top sizing chart via tommie copperThe Mail Man came with my husband’s Tommie Copper, my husband brought in the bag containing his products and all he could say was, “this can’t be it, the package is far too light!” lol I had to laugh, as I recalled that this was my exact statement when I received my shirt from them years ago.

The package was opened and the shirt he was wearing instantly got thrown aside, as he tried on and modeled his new shirt for me. Mighty handsome shirt, he was amazed at how soft and lightweight the fabric was and how comfortable the compression in the shirt is. And of course the fit was perfect… *I type this as a pat myself on the back*. The shipment also included the shorts and he tried them on a little later.

I examined the men’s shorts, these shorts are a lot like bicycle shorts, the stitching is still perfect on them and the stretch at these hems and seams are great too… doesn’t feel like their will be any pinching on any areas with the items. Nice to see that Tommie Copper hasn’t cut any corners in the 4 years they’ve been in business, everything looks fantastic.

As time went on, I noticed that my husband is wearing his Tommie Copper shorts a lot, the shorts have become his favorite item for sleeping in. I asked him what he thought after several months of wear and he commented that the shorts really help him sleep as they help with the hip pain (he has an injured back and it has resulted in sciatic nerve pain and pain in the hips). He also wears the shirt, but not as often, he wears it when his shoulder (he broke it about 2 years back) is acting up and it helps his shoulders too.

Hubby is now sold on Tommie Copper for his arthritis pain, his injured shoulder, his back and hip pain. I am so glad to see he is having a great experience with Tommie Copper just as I have in the past.

My Experiencing Tommie Copper Again:

My turn now, I received my packages in the mail a day or so later and I was tickled pink to receive not just one ankle sleeve but 2 and a special order of one in blue. Their line has been updated since our products had arrived, they now have new colors and a new logo on their ankle sleeves. The timing of my receiving the offer to review Tommie Copper was perfect as I had had my ankles acting up for just over a month at that time.

resting my ankle again this time sideways
Resting my ankle after working on the siding on the garage. Tommie Copper helps with the bad ankle a lot.

As soon as I received my Tommie Copper, I put on the ankle sleeves right away and realized that it was indeed helping my ankles, but something was still wrong on one foot. I thought I would tough it out and wait to see if this would help…I finally saw a specialist and the problem wasn’t Tommie Copper, it was that I was aiming the compression wear at the ankle and my problem apparently (on the right foot) was from the Achilles Tendon.  At that point and time I learned that the compression wear for the ankle wasn’t going to help the Achilles Tendon as the Foot Specialist said I needed full compression there… Tommie Copper didn’t hurt the Achilles Tendon, I did a while back as I heard a strange pop sound as I stood up on my tip toes to get something off a shelf. Because the compression wasn’t were I thought I needed it, it wasn’t helping much either.

Lesson learned, there is such a thing as heel pain that feels like it’s in the ankle but if the pain goes up the back of your lower leg, it could be Achilles Tendon problem. If this is the case it would be best go with Tommie Copper Compression socks for heel pain.

Elevating my Ankle in the garage after working on siding
top picture of my swollen ankle in the tommie copper ankle support. I sure helps me.

Now I did need the other compression Ankle Sleeve, I was over compensating with the other leg and foot for the injured one and that ankle was getting mighty “Angry” as I was told. So my Ankle Sleeve was indeed helping and it also helped that ankle as I wore the cotton-pickin Walking Boot on the other leg. The Ankle sleeve stabilized the other ankle that was now compensating for the walking boot being taller than any of my comfortable shoes. I could have worn a heel on my other foot, but what if I sprained that ankle? lol Yup, I could see it now! Yikes!

front side of tommie copper gloves while caulkingMy half finger gloves have been a God send, my hands and wrists act up easily and I’ve had to wear my wrist braces on my wrists many times over the years. The strain of typing takes it’s toll over time as does all the work we’ve been doing on the garage replacing siding etc. I worked and helped out hubby as we hauled Hardie Board, cut and put up the new siding together… I realized my hands didn’t want to grip anymore and so I excused myself and ran in getting my Tommie Copper Gloves.

Silicone gripper palms  close up of tommie copper womens gloves palm side
here is a close up of my caulking with the Tommie Copper Compression half finger gloves on. These gloves help me survive all the work on the hail the damaged garage… from hauling Hardie Boards, to replacing siding, caulking and even painting.

The rubberized lines on the palm of the gloves helped me grip when my hands felt like otherwise giving up. And once again, hands acting up I slipped on my gloves to work with caulking and painting the garage, the gloves have continued to helped support my hands and wrists. And the garage is not an easy task, it has a man-cave on one side and storage area on the other… it’s about as big as our house, without Tommie Copper and a bit of rest between doing work on the siding of the garage, Tommie Copper has once again come to my rescue and saved me a lot of pain.

Would I recommend Tommie Copper?

Yes! I am so pleased to see the latest expansion and additions to the Tommie Copper Line and can’t wait to see what comes next. They now have Sun Protection with zinc on some of their products too, the wicking action of their products make them all so easy to wear in the hot sun. I love the fact that their items can easily be worn under anything, I even wore the gloves under plastic gloves while painting.

The Gloves from Tommie Copper have more than helped me realized that although these products are great for pain, they are also great for preventing pain too… I would recommend this for anyone who is getting older, folks who are doing some manual labor that they aren’t (or are) used to, for me it prevented further injury and decreased pain. This is the same with our Tommie Copper Shirts, my tights and hubbys shorts from Tommie Copper… we’ve found it helps with nerve pain from sciatica, fibromyalgia, bad or injured spine and my lupus sle (a painful illness).

I would recommend this to Construction workers too! Check out the gloves if your hands cramp up or get painful, wrists as well!  Not that I am a Construction Worker, but with my experiences as we continue to fix up our large Garage/Man-Cave/Storage Room exterior, I have see how much they can help prevent pain and I suspect prevent injury as well.

Tommie Copper continues to put out a wonderful product still today, they haven’t cut any corners on the products since the beginning. All seams, hems are wonderful, the stitches are great without gaps or bad tension. The stretch is still wonderful, the material is still lightweight, soft (softer than most t-shirts) and attractive as ever. No pinching or binding on any of the items we tried for this review.

In the end, Tommie Copper is perfect for me and my husband too. Thank you Tommie Copper!

I thank Tommie Copper for their patience with me as I got to their review, things have been nuts here (more so than usual) and I am so thankful to have their products supporting my body, hands and feet with their soft comfortable compression as it embraces my body.

Now folks, it’s time to enter the giveaway, please make sure that your mandatory entry is placed in the comments below, so that I don’t have to disqualify you. Thank you for being my loyal readers!

~Mariah

 

 

Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed these product with the assistance of my husband’s in put on the products we received for this review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by Tommie Copper and me.

 

Musewear Flip Flops – Review & Giveaway


I received some fabulously comfortable Flip Flops or as we used to call them Thongs (does anyone call them thongs anymore? or does that just mean underwear? lol)

This is a great new product, you have a choice of many quotes or zodiac flip flops from Musewear! These flip flops are a dream, so very comfy and nothing like picking a favorite quote or zodiac sign to slip your feet into.

Information about Musewear Flip Flops:

musewear logoConceived in Singapore. Born in Brazil. Launched from Prague. Fulfilled in the United States. Designed by American, Indonesian and Philippine artists. People are talking about the recently released “thinking flip flops!”
Asheville-based designer Diane Curry came up with the idea of “walking the talk” following a 30-day experiment during which “thank you” were her first two words of the day, as her feet hit the ground.

At $20 a pair, and with Free shipping, Musewear flip flops are a high-quality bargain. They get people talking, and laughing and appreciating life, and that’s a lot of mileage for the world’s most beloved footwear – the humble flip flop.

Our premium Brazilian rubber is the the same used by Havaianas, the leading Brazilian brand–only ours are thicker, more cushy and filled with inspiring words and artwork! With the 2014 World Cup fast approaching, “made in Brazil” will have more cache and appeal than ever.

Consumers like the good conscience behind Musewear. Our flip flops are made at an ethical, fair-wage manufacturer in Brazil with recycling built into the process. No sweat shops for us. We looked for two years to find a US based manufacturer and they all turned us down, saying “go to China.” That was never an option!

15% of profits go to causes that help give a voice to the voiceless: SunSignSoles benefit The Nature Conservancy to help us hear what planet Earth is telling us; Walk The Talk benefits Amnesty International in its work to liberate persons denied free speech; Wit Flips benefit local and national animal rescue efforts.

Musewear Flip Flops come with a 100% Happiness Guarantee.

Currently Musewear Flip-Flops only come in Adult sizes.

Dog thinks you are musewear flip flops
My Goal in Life is to be the kind of person my dog already thinks I am.

Flip Flops with Sayings and Zodiac:

You have 3 categories to choose from:

Walk the Talk:

6 different sayings to choose from, to quote part of what Musewear says on their page:

“…The music is in the message: Keep the Faith, Stay the Course, Find your Center, Live and Learn, Be Your Best…”

This is wear I found my choice, the name is “Live and Learn” (more about it below)

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Wit Flips:

4 different saying to choose from. Here is a quote from Musewear on the selection:

“Wit Flips are the shout-out you need to give yourself: The life you’re living right now is the only one you’re ever getting and only you can make the most of it”

An Example of what can be found here:

Be yourself
Everyone else is already taken ~
Oscar Wilde

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SunSign Soles:

All 12 Zodiac Signs are represented. Here is a quote:

“Some people are so true to their signs it’s spooky, and for others, it’s hard to admit ANY of it might even remotely be true”

Taurus flip flops musewearlol, what they say about this category of shoes made me laugh, they come out and say exactly what I am thinking of, when I think of the zodiac. I am a Taurus and sure some of the qualities fit me:

Powerfully Stubborn Affectionate Patient
Devoted to Family Tranquil Nature Dependable
Savors Security

Dirty Little Secret (DLS): Not every bull is looking for a fight.

LOL and the SunSign Soles (if you believe in this stuff) tell you who to find and who to flee, well I am almost a believer looking closely at those flip flops…. it says I should find someone with my husband’s sign. Yay! lol

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There are so many great choices, but once I found my quote I knew that this was made just for me!

My musewear flip flopsThe quote I chose:

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow”
“Learn as if you were to live forever

                                                   ~Mahatma Gandhi

This is exactly the way I try to live my life… here is my philosophy:

“Live (life to the fullest), Love (with all your being), Laugh (at yourself & don’t fear being silly in the eyes of others) and Learn (all you can, satisfy your curiosity).”

The sizing for the Flip-Flops is cleverly innovative and actually fun to do! I like the fact that you can make sure your flip-flops fit before you purchase them! You do need a printer for this, and trust me it’s worth a piece of paper or two to get it right!

This is basically how you measure for your flip flops:

You use a measuring tape on the measurement guide to make sure the print is the actual size… if (and when) the measurement is correct, you then place a pencil at a marking on the shoe (would be the location of the thong area) and place it between your toes and “slip” the shoe on. Perfect fit for me! What a unique idea and it works!

When I received my flip flops I was honestly surprised at the weight, you can instantly feel the good quality!

I love the idea of having a favorite saying to slip your feet into all summer long. The ink inside these beauties hasn’t turned my feet colors like the ones that I was given as a gift from a friend (they were from Old Navy) and they turn the bottom of my feet black!

These Flip-Flops have the perfect amount of cushion to them, they are so nice to walk on and feel better then all the other pairs of flip-flops that I had in my closet. I have only saved 2 old pairs, one is pink, the other one is the one that turns the bottom of my feet black and that is only because they are the only shoe that works okay with my walking cast.

It’s a shame that these Musewear flip-flops don’t show off the sayings inside and they are far to comfortable to slip off all the time and show others what they say. Lol I do love the comfortable thong part that goes between the toes, it didn’t need breaking in at all!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

National Corset Day – Corset Review

 

Hi all, Happy National Corset Day! I was fortunate and received an invite for a Corset Review. Here is the lovely black under the bust Corset that I am reviewing today.

I cannot model this beauty as unfortunately. Although I measured for it and observed the size suggestions on this beauty, it came too small. I ordered according to my size and measurements, but the measurements and size chart appear to be off. And here I thought that the sizing, being XL sounded too big, since in ladies tops I wear a medium or if tight around the chest and not stretchy I then wear a large to compensate for my bust.  With this corset I didn’t need to worry about the bust, just the under-bust measurement, waist and for the heck of it I measured the hips, though the Corset doesn’t go to my hips at all, as it rests just above the hip.

Anyway, I promised Tmart and the wonderfully patient people there, that I would run a review for them and so here it is.

Tmarts Black under bust satin corsetCorset Review:

The Corset came packaged in an large envelope and at first I was worried as to how it held up in shipping. Opening it up, the quality of the Corset and the panty that came with it was, to my surprise, even more lovely than the pictures on their website! The Corset held up just fantastic in shipping as the boning was not brittle and there were no breaks of the boning to be found.

Upon examining the product for this Corset Review, I found the stitch-work on this Corset was fantastic and the quality of the satin material is nice and thick. This Corset is perfect for a sweet deal such as the prices are at Tmart. The Corset is beautifully lined. The boning is sewn into the Corset secure. Upon feeling above the boning there are no sharp edges to poke you while wearing this beauty. The front closures of the corset lock nicely, upon inspection.

Marked Waist Area to properly lace up
Before trying to add to the original ribbon with some of mine, I unlaced the corset and marked (with lace) the area that the cinching loop should be on the corset. The area marked is where my waist is in the corset.

I tried to get into the corset and realized that, even after loosening the lacing, the area where you cinch the corset up (would be the waist area, ideally) was too high up. And that the corset, although fully loosened needed to have more ribbon as the corset is too small. Both of these things mean that I had to relace the corset to get the best corsetry size wise (to compensate for the rib cage area) and so I can set the loops (that you pull to tighten the corset) at the proper waist line area.

My Recommendations, with this Corset:

1: For better lacing, that won’t slip when more tightly cinched (the satin ribbon does slip and sites online will even tell you that for serious lacing, you need to get away from the ribbon for lacing). The alternative lacings, to replace the satin ribbon, do tend not to be as pretty as the satin lacing is. So for decorative over-wear and for light corseting, go with this lovely lace… or how about a contrasting lace to go with the outfit underneath. Red satin would be fun, don’t you think?

Using Poly Satin Ribbon scortch cut edge2: If you change your lacing or need to add to it, do a search online and find out how to properly lace up your corset. This is my favorite How To Lace a Corset post (I found this after I realized I was lacing mine wrong). If you decide to go with some additional satin ribbon to lace up your corset, use a match or lighter and scorch the end of the ribbon so that the ribbon doesn’t fray on you.

Mariah realized the corset lacing was wrong
Oops, while re-lacing the corset with extra satin ribbon, I realized I had it all wrong. And to top it off, this is as far as I could get lacing it as my hands and arms are bad.

3: If you don’t have help cinching up the corset, look online for some nice videos that show you how to self cinch the corset. There are some great instructions that you will find online

I love the fact that this Corset has nice flexible boning in it. When I tried it on (without the laces done up correctly), I didn’t notice the boning coming out of any seams (like some not well made corsets may have), nor did the boning poke at me anywhere. The boning is flexible yet strong enough to help hold you beautifully when you cinch the Corset up.

When ordering a Corset through Tmart, I do recommend that you go up a size, if your measurements are on the upper side of the measurement table, as the items are made a bit small. This way you may actually wear this beautiful Corset as a ready to wear item, without changes.

I am so sorry that I cannot model this for you, as it doesn’t fit… and saddened that I cannot currently wear the corset.

Would I recommend Tmarts Corsets?

Yes I would! What I love about many of their offerings is that they could easily go above or under your clothing! The quality of the corset is much better than I expected for a product that is so reasonably priced!

My only disappointment, is a big one for me, but a lesson learned that I can pass on to you… It was just the wrong size, so please listen to my advice as to measuring for the corset, if you are at the upper part of the measurement chart for your sizing, please just go up one size and I bet your corset will arrive ready to wear right out of the mailbox! 🙂

I thank Tmart for being so patient and for intrusting me with the review of their corset.

 

 

Disclaimer:  I, Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I received a corset for this review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by Tmart and me.

 

 

Last Day to Save 70% on Flirty Aprons!

Here is a sale that you all may be interested in, it’s a Flash Sale and they will only be available while supplies last, and/or through the day!

I evidently missed the email about the 2 day sale yesterday, so this may be the last day to save on these beautiful aprons, I think I need one of the green ones for St. Pats Day! 🙂

After Holiday Flash Apron Sale: Save 70% on these Holiday aprons for two days only. Buy before they sell out. Use code SNOW70

Below are the Flirty Aprons that are on Sale!

Valentines Day Apron
Be cute and flirty on Valentines Day with this beautiful Apron. Hmmm, send the kids away for the night and then Clothing is Optional. *giggle*
Cute Snowman Themed Apron
Be Frosty in your hot kitchen during the Winter Holidays, with this cute snowman apron at 70% off
Irish St Pats Apron
Kiss Me I am Irish! I love this Apron!!!
Elf or St Pats Day Apron
Are you an Elf, or possibly a Leprechaun? I think you can wear this anytime! Cute cute!