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Avoiding Sun Exposure – Sunny Sleevez Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Avoiding Sun Exposure is at utmost importance for all of us.

UV Rays and your skinI just that I cringe at sunbathers and those that go to those nasty sunbeds to get that golden glow. I was one of you once, really I was… and I have to say that correcting what you’ve done to yourself can be difficult and sometimes not only can the damage done be irreversible but it can be life threatening as well.

With the risk of skin cancer we all should be very cautious with the sun. Long gone SHOULD be the days of sunbathing to get that golden sun-kissed glow. The natural appearance of the paler skin should be the desired look! I must say that, to me, this look is a sign of someone who cares for themselves and their skin… maybe it’s because I am a Former Cosmetologist and know the effects of the sun on the skin, but I really do believe that if you love yourself, you should love the skin that you are in!

As some of you know I suffer from Lupus SLE and as a result of this Autoimmune Arthritic illness, I need to be cautious with the sun. Cloudy days, rainy days, snowy days, I am stuck wearing sunscreen on all exposed areas… yes even indoors now, as the new CFL bulbs expose you to UV rays now and soon those of us that are sensitive will be in sunscreen forever as the government bans the incandescent bulbs.

To top it off I am a pale skinned person, living in an area that is over a mile high, and 20 minutes of sun exposure can create quite a burn and/or make me feel very sick. What is a person to do?

Lets, face it, I feel trapped in the sticky goop of sunscreen a lot and I don’t like applying and paying constantly for this heavy feeling permanent coating on my skin all day and all night long. I wear this goop on my skin from when I wake up to just before going to bed at night. And I admit I get lazy at applying it at times, either not bothering to apply it to my skin at all or not carefully catching the ears, back of my neck or just inside the hems of sleeves.

Along came my invite to test out the Sunny Sleevez.

sunny sleevez plus pkg hangtagPLEASE NOTE: There is a Memorial Weekend Sale going on at Sunny Sleevez through Monday May 26th, 2014 Use the Code SUMMER and get 20% off your order!

Before I received my Sunny Sleevez, I was impressed that Sunny Sleevez have a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) of 50+ which blocks 99% of the suns rays, that is so very much better than a white cotton t-shirt that only have a UPF of 10 to 15! And Celebrities have reportedly been enjoying their own Sunny Sleevez, for instance they are a favorite of Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman & Colin Firth!

The sleeves come in sizes from petite to large and they come with hand cover or no hand cover, I chose the hand cover in a size medium. I also chose the pink sleevez with the purple ribbon on them. They are so pretty!

sunny sleevez on armI have to say that I used these beautiful sleeves first while outside picking up “doggie presents” (dog poop) and the sleeves where such an enormous break from sunscreen on my arms. I went without sunscreen on my arms and only applied sunscreen to feet, ankles, fingers and my face. The rest of me was covered and I was surprised that I felt cool in the hot sun here while wearing them.

When I was done cleaning up after the dogs, I felt it was time to clean them for the first time… the instructions on washing & drying them are quite simple. Wash in the machine with cold water and line dry. The air drying time on the sleeves took less time than I expected and that was nice to know since they dried well overnight, which let me put them on right away the next morning.

sunny sleeves closeup handcoverSunny sleeves do come in many designs and colors, mine are a beautiful pink with a purple ribbon on it, which is the ribbon for Lupus SLE as well as Fibromyalgia (which I have both), so this design was the obvious choice for me.

The sleeves fit very nicely, they felt a little snug at first, but I quickly adjusted to them, they didn’t slip down and in seconds I didn’t even feel like I was wearing them. Occasionally I would look at these bright pink sleeves with the purple ribbon on them and I found myself smiling, hey I may have illnesses but the illnesses don’t have me! 🙂

And I cannot forget to mention the convenience of using you Sunny Sleevez, compared to sunscreen,  I don’t have to wait 20 minutes for the sun protection to occur, I just put them on and go. Also, and I don’t have to keep re-applying the product to my skin. The Sunny Sleevez are just an easy on and off and this will help to bring down my bill for sunscreen.

In Conclusion:

I love my Sunny Sleeves and recommend them for everyone, you know that I often say “use your sunscreen” to you all in many of my beauty related posts… well don’t forget that the aging from the sun will happen to your arms and hands too. The quickest way to tell someones age is to look at those hands & arms folks and taking good care of your skin would hinder that age check.  Check out Sunny Sleevez and when you buy yourself a pair, you too will want another pair, so you are never without while you wash one, you will have another to wear!

What would I change with Sunny Sleevez? Only one thing, I would ask that they make some a wee bit shorter for shorties like me that have short arms but heavy arms.

Looking around their site, I know that I also must invest, someday in their shrugs and I wish, oh I wish they had cute sun-hats for Adult Women, their baby sun hat is so adorable!!! I want one, smaller flower and bigger brim… lets make it look Victorian, shall we? Lol And I may be back soon as I can to order their Butterfly Tattoo Sleeve in white, I love that style too!

OH and a wishlist! They have a wishlist and I am putting almost everything they have on my wishlist there… if any of you are feeling generous, take a look and send me something off the list, would you please? Hey and I could review those products too! lol Can you blame a girl for asking?

I recommend that you check out their site and be sure to put items on your wishlist and let people know that you have a wishlist there when they are buying you gifts! And what a great gift any of these items would be for your friends and family, not only a stylish gift but a gift that really does show you care! 🙂

I have to thank the people at Sunny Sleevez for freeing up my arms from sticky goopy heavy feeling sunscreen and letting me see how in love one could be with their Sunny Sleevez. Thank you too for being so wonderfully patient with me as life took a toll on me and my blogging for a time. Thank you so much for understanding, you’re Awesome Sunny Sleevez! 🙂

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.

Kiyonna True To Size? – Info

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Announcing the newest coupon code that will save you 50% more off from the already marked down items on Sale at Kiyonna, take advantage of this Sale Now as it is only good through May 23rd, and be sure to not only use the link, in the big picture above, but use the coupon code upon checkout so you are sure to purchase your items at 50% off! 🙂

Hi, all I just thought I’d add a quick post to answer a question that I received. The question was “Are Tops and Dresses from Kiyonna true to size?”

I sent out this question to someone who I know truly loves all her Outfits from Kiyonna and here is her (very trust worthy) input on Kiyonna fitting True to Size:


Cheryl Chiffon Peplum Blouse, Plum Passion (Womens Size 10 and up)

The Kiyonna styles like the Cheryl Chiffon (above),
Casual Sandy Striped Top, Blue and Purple Stripe (Womens Size 10 and up – plus size)
and Abby Twist (below) that are loose around the mid-section run very true to size. I wear a size XL or a 16 in most brands and the Kiyonna size 1 fits perfectly.
Abby Twist Dressy Casual Top, Merlot (Womens Plus Size, sizes 10 & Up)

The Kiyonna styles that are fitted through the mid-section can be a little snug – it all depends on how much you want the fabric to do the slimming for you. I have the Melrose Mesh top and while I am fine with it being snug (you can’t tell because the ruching hides all the bumps and bulges with style and grace), others may feel better going up one size.

Melrose Ruched Mesh Top, Flirty Floral Print (Womens Plus Size, sizes 10 & Up)

I wish to thank my readers for asking question about Kiyonna, I always welcome questions and if I cannot answer them myself, I will seek out the answers for you. With this question, I figured it was important enough that instead of just replying directly, by email, I would post it here as well.

I hope that helps any of you that may have had this question as well. If you have any other questions on this products (or anything else I post) feel free to post your questions in the post in question or use the Contact Me to let me know and I will try and answer them for you, the best I can.

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Stylish Plus Size Dresses & Separates

Alight Clothing So Fashionable – Giveaway!

Hi everyone, I hope your all doing well! Have you been searching for beautiful, stylish plus size clothing for yourself, a friend or family member? I was so lucky to be contacted by Alight to do a review and giveaway as they have such a great variety of clothing and accessories.

Alight long sleeve dress

Ladies, I must say, don’t do what it’s tempting to do… don’t neglect yourself as you are trying to lose weight or hope to, treat yourselves right, dress yourself nicely no matter what your weight is! I gained a lot of weight on the steroids (Prednisone) for my Lupus SLE and I went years neglecting to treat myself to nice clothing, hoping I could get off my meds and get my weight down. Please don’t do this to yourselves, check out Alight Plus Size Clothing for some of the most Trendy Plus Size clothing and cloth yourself, you’d be so surprised at how great you can feel by dressing in stylish clothing!

Alight Charmback Jeans

The examples I am showing below are to show that you can find many choices for a large variety of  tastes and budgets.

Alight Long Sleeve Blue Ocean Dress

And  you can also help those friends and family members feel good about themselves to, it’s not too early to purchase gifts for the Holiday Season either. 🙂 Do like I do and set up a gift box, for those up coming celebrations, Holidays and for one of those “oops, I need something for a gift” times. And this doesn’t have to be just clothing, either as Alight has the most wonderful accessories and jewelry.

Alight Bracelet

Now Alight has just about anything in clothing that you could wish for, and the sales are fantastic… you can look for Jeans, Tank Tops, Blouses, T-shirts and from casual dresses to prom and bridesmaid dresses. I haven’t gotten bored looking around their site still, and I keep coming back to look around, I have picked out a couple of Turquoise and teal shirts that I want to pick up one of these days to replace  the one that I just noticed is wearing out. I just love turquoise and teal with my red hair… so lovely together, so for me it’s a must have color in my wardrobe. I am also looking at some clothing there for some friends that can sure use a pick me up, being that I used to analyze what colors work best for people (Color Me Beautiful) and that Alight has so many styles from Empire Waist to sinched at the waist and ruched styles, there are styles to enhance and camouflage any body type.

Alight  beautiful top with pictures printed on it


I received a dress from Alight and it’s very lovely, nice thin lightweight material for summer wearing and not to fear this dress has a built in lining, also a nice lightweight fabric so that your skin can breath. If you sew, like I do you would appreciate that the tension we perfect on this dress as the needles top and bottom tension is perfect. There was only a slight imperfection  (not a straight line) in a part of the stitching but nothing you’d notice, especially if you don’t sew or examine the seams like I do. lol Yes I have sewn my clothing for years and I tend to be overly critical in my examining the seams, tension and technique. The seams are nicely finished in a serge and the hems are doubled up to a nice finish and no buckling in the hems, the lining layer hangs down nicely with an added  bit of material just below main (outside) hemline, in one of the colors that is in the main part of the dress, this adds a nice finishing touch to the dress.

Alight Jacket so flattering

The dress is also 100% cotton, which is perfect for summer time (my camera acted up when I went to transfer the picture to my computer, so sorry I lost the picture of myself in it, with my shawl on top, to hide the bra straps). To keep myself from doing too much ironing, I take this dress out of the drier while still slightly damp and place it on a hanger straighten out some by hand and let it hang dry… this way the trusty iron only has a few places to touch up and I don’t have to iron the whole dress. 🙂 Also, if you forget to take the cotton item out of the drier while still a little damp… you can do one of two things, one dampen a towel and put it in with just the dress and it will help get rid of some wrinkles… and you can invest in a “Wrinkle Release” product, I love to have some sitting around for those times that I must wear something but don’t have time to iron. 🙂

The dress that was chosen for me is just as lovely as lovely can be, I do have to say that I will want to wear a shawl, a shrug or some sort of cover up over it as I am too large chested to go without a bra and I don’t care for my bra straps to show in spaghetti strapped dresses or shirts. That is the only down side to me with this dress and it’s really not a big deal, I just need to keep in mind, in the near future, that I need to purchase of a good strapless bra to go in this so that I can show off the lovely slimming shape this dress gives to me. 🙂

Now for the fun part! Enter to Win! This drawing will be over in 30 days, so you have plenty of chances to win! Alight will take your size and choose a piece of clothing for you. The giveaway is available to US and Canadian Residence and will end on 9/21/11.

Good Luck to all our friends!

9/11 Update: Sorry this Giveaway is Over, I wish I could tell you to watch for the next promised of the 3 monthly reviews, but Alight notified me that there was a stop on these promised giveaways for the time being. *sigh*

Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, Alight provided me with a free sample of this product to 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 for the free product.. 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 Alight.