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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.

 

Plus Size Clothing – Smitten With Lace & Savings

Smitten with Style – One Top Five Looks

Hi friends, since I hurt my leg a while ago I’ve put on some weight and once again I thought of Kiyonna Clothing. Actually the clothing is made for size 10 and up so I still could have worn the clothing while thinner. But, as I am sure some of you know, it is so very hard to find clothing that is both pretty and flattering in larger sizes, well Kiyonna’s Plus Size Clothing perfectly fills those requirements.

Size Doesn't Define your Beauty

 

And now that the Seasons are changing and especially with Weddings coming up it’s time to freshen up the wardrobe again, so I thought I would post a little something from Kiyonna for you, in case you are looking for something flattering and new for your wardrobe.

 

Oh and yes, this “Smitten Lace Top” (below), is so lovely in any of the colors they offer…I just love lace, don’t you?

 

Smitten Style

Dress it up, dress it down, but no matter how you style it, the Smitten Lace Top from Kiyonna is destined to become your go-to top for every look!

With ruching all along the torso, this top will flatter and hug all of your fabulous curves. It is lined except for the high sheer neckline, which has a skin tone mesh behind the lace to hide your bra and give you a little more coverage. The sheer lace sleeves fall at about your elbow and are sexy with added room for comfort as well.

Five ways to style the Smitten Lace Top:

1. Pair the Smitten Lace Top with a floral pencil skirt for the perfect casual office look.

2. Go bold with the Smitten Lace Top paired with white ankle pants and nude heels for an everyday look that can go everywhere.

3. A sleek, solid pencil skirt with the Smitten Lace Top goes from office to evening with ease.

4. The Smitten Lace Top looks fantastic worn completely casual with jeans, heels and a great statement necklace – perfect for movie night.

5. And finally, the Smitten Lace Top and the Twirling in Tulle Skirt work together magically for a look that is ideal for a night on the town.

What is your favorite way to style Kiyonna’s Smitten Lace Top?

Shop Kiyonna.com for the Smitten Lace Top and other favorites. Save 20% on orders of $150 or more through June 20, 2014 with the code SPRING14.

I am a member of the Affiliate Program with Kiyonna Clothing.

Win A Trip to NY for Fashion Week 2014 & 5000 dollars – Giveaway

Have you ever wanted to go to NY for Fashion Week? What about winning $5000 for a shopping spree while there? How about bringing your BFF with you on that trip of a lifetime? Yes, that is what I thought… it would be AWESOME! I personally would be dancing in the streets singing New York – New York

Well here is your chance and I simply couldn’t just keep this Giveaway to myself, I HAD to share this! After all if it’s fantastic enough to make me enter, it’s fantastic enough for all of you too! You need to hurry up and enter now though because this giveaway ends on May 30th!

Enter the Julep NYFW Sweepstakes today!

This fantastic giveaway is sponsored by Julep, the products that I love and the company that has fantastic monthly boxes full of fun and customized cosmetics, skin care and nail polish (depending upon what you prefer).

Enter now to win a trip to NY for Fashion Week and $5,000 for a fabulous shopping spree! Can you imagine being lucky enough to win, to be honest I couldn’t imagine winning such a great giveaway, but hey, I had to try even if it would be too good to be true, I know that Julep is a very successful and reputable company as I’ve done business with them before and after all I am a Julep Maven, while you are there, why not become one too!

Here is the Link you’ve been waiting for, just click on the picture and enter to win and if you win, take me along please? Pretty please with sugar on top?
NYFW Sweepstakes

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.

 

 

Mothers Day Gifts On Sale Now! 4/25 thru 4/28

Mothers Day Gifts on sale, click the link below and take advantage of it, supplies are limited on the sale items and they run out fast! I love the products they make wonderful Mothers Day Gifts, they have products Aprons to pot holders and gloves (for washing dishes and cleaning)  to keep those manicures beautiful and look beautiful while protecting the manicures!

Mothers Day Gifts Coupon Code to save 40% this is the Venetian Rose Apron a beautiful vintage inspired fabric that reminds me of victorian in apprearance.Hi all, I’ve been laid up in terrible pain here (more info soon in another post)… I found this announcement of a Mothers Day Flash Sale at my Favorite Apron place online! These Aprons are one size fits all, the apron waist and neck sashes have plenty of room to tie them, they are super duper long!

These make an easy, beautiful Mothers Day Gifts, for the women in your life that love to cook, bake, grill or just love to wear something pretty while hosting a dinner with friends and family! Enjoy (click on the link below to see more about what is on sale).

All aprons, mittens, gloves, bibs, everything on sale, 50% off and free shipping from Friday through Monday for Mothers Day.

Order now, supplies on these sales are always limited.


Mothers Day Madness – MOTHER50 = 50% Off + Free Shipping from friday through monday only on any purchase.