Friday, February 22, 2008

ClipChic for the Hip Chick

I have never had a purse clip. I have seen them but just never tried one myself. Then, Anne, from Stylagio contacted me about her ClipChics. I took a look at her site, which is really cool and thought ok, I can try this.

I actually thought that every purse clip I had seen (and I looked at others) looked kinda flimsy. But, it says on the site that the ClipChics can hold up to nine pounds.

So, Anne sent me one of her clips. These retail for $19.95 on the site. It came in this nice black box and it's own stylish little black velvet bag inside the box. I like that because I can keep the clip in its bag in my purse so it doesn't get scratched or anything. Plus, it's small. The ClipChic's clip is jointed so it wraps around the top piece and stays flat. So far so good, Me like!

But, time for a field test. We went out for Valentine's day dinner and I thought perfect. So I unrolled my ClipChic and got things hooked up. You will think this is a dainty little thing that won't ever hold your purse or it'll fall off the table. Well, once your purse is hanging on the ClipChic, that clip holds like glue to the table. It would not move an inch until I took my purse off of it. Pretty strong for such a little dainty looking thing. I was impressed.

The only thing is, and I'm sure this probably goes for others too, is that the table has to be slanting edges or anything. I tried it on my kitchen table, but my kitchen table has slanted edges and I couldn't get it to work. But, 99% of restaurant tables or food court tables are not slant edged so I don't perceive that as an issue.

I like the ClipChic, it's strong, reasonably priced and comes in several colors. Mine is blue (as seen in the top picture). If you eat out alot, I would recommend getting one. Not only is your purse kept clean (mine used to always fall off my chair) but it's not an easy target for thieves.

Anne has graciously given my readers a coupon code for 20% off!! Use the code "POTD20", no minimum purchase required!! Thanks Anne!

So, go check out Stylagio and the ClipChics. It's something that any woman who is constantly on the go really should have!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Truly a Lesser Evil

Back in the old days, I used to love those plain Andy Capp Fries. Not the hot ones or the cheddar ones but the good old original ones. Well, they don't make those anymore..just the hot ones and the cheddar ones. I have found a replacement!!!
I was at my local Costco a week ago and saw these Krinkle Sticks snacks by a company called Lesser Evil. I always like to give new food a try so I bought a bag. And last night I went out and bought 2 more that I hid in my car until my husband left. I am addicted.
These look like Krinkle cut french fries but taste just like those Andy Capp fries..even better. There's no crap in them..only potato (flakes, starch), sea salt, white pepper and garlic powder and some sort of oil..sunflower I think.
Anyway only 2.5 grams of fat in one serving. One serving is like a huge amount of these things. They are sooooo good. They are light and crispy..not overly salty..just the right amount of salt. And they have good flavor thanks to the few spices they use. These are in no way greasy or overdone. Upon first bite, you actually taste a true French Fry. Warning though, get a bowl. I've been like eating these things non stop for quite a few days.
The huge bag I got at Costco was about $6 or so. I have never seen them or heard of them before but I went to the website and you can get these snacks at Whole Foods and Wegman's. If you goto the site, you can search by state and it'll tell you which stores in your state sell their snacks. Apparently they also make Kettle Korn. From the descriptions, I have to track these down and try them too. I promise you, find these Krinkle Sticks and give them a try, you will not regret it!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Beads, Beads, Beads

Yesterday, I entered this scavenger hunt contest sponsored by the estyBEAD team. These ladies make jewelry and beads that you just can't even imagine. I had to go to each site to search for a particular symbol, so I got a chance to see alot of work while I searched yesterday. I wouldn't even call these beads, rather these are works of ART. It also inspired me to do a little searching for beads and people who create beautiful things with beads.

Let me start with Studio Marcy. OMG, these are just the most amazing, tiny things I have ever seen. Her beads range from $14 to $34 dollars, but the work that goes into these beads can give you an idea of why the price range is the way it is. Imagine how many people will be asking you where you got that focal charm on your necklace. There's animals, mermaids, pirates, shells, food and much more. Here's just a sampling of what you will find at Studio Marcy:

Here are some really beautiful heart shaped glass pieces that I found at Boomwire . These are lampwork beads of Borosilicate glass and I think they are just gorgeous. Hey, Valentine's day is coming hint hint..someone tell my husband!!! These hearts range from $17 to $22.

Deb's Beaded Treasures is a site for those who want to wear a work of art. In fact, most of her pieces can be purchased from an art gallery. This Turquoise piece, alas is sold, is my favorite necklace from her site. I cannot give you a price as they are not listed on her site. You can contact her to find out more information thru her site.

Star Girl Jewelry on Etsy has some beads with exquisite detail. Including these seaside themed beads. Just look at the colors and the detail. These seaside beads are priced at $48, hey these are handmade and amazing! There is also a Valentine's themed set called "Love Bugs" which are priced at $40. Amazing!

Lastly, I wanted to show you this artist's site. M. Sturman's site is full of these pieces of jewelry that will just blow your mind away. I can't even imagine creating pieces like this with beads. I'm lucky if I can string some seed beads for a cheesy fast anklet. Prices aren't listed on the site, so I assume you have to contact them for more information.