December 5, 2010

Holiday glamour courtesy of Allura Marie! {giveaway}

One thing I love about the holidays - besides the great food, great drinks, great company - is the chance to get all dressed up. I mean, honestly, unless you've got a hot date - and I mean a really hot date - or you're going to a wedding or something like that, who gets all dolled up except for the holidays?

But for Christmas parties and New Year parties, it's almost de rigueur to pull out your glitziest, glitteriest, most glamourous clothes and jewelry. You know, all those things you hang on to for years, hoping you'll get the chance to wear them at least once. Well, the holidays are here and it's time to break out the goodies!

My jewelry box has lots of stuff that I never wear. I couldn't resist it in the store, or it was a gift that I cherish, or I keep hoping Keanu Reeves will ask me to accompany him to the Academy Awards show and I'll need those showstoppers one day. (hey, a girl can dream!)

But the truth is I have pieces that I'll probably never wear again, simply because I've either outgrown the style or I no longer have that gorgeous sweater or little black dress that the jewelry set went so well with.

But now here it is the holidays once again, and once again I'm contemplating what to wear to the big bash. So I did a little shopping online to find the perfect new little black dress and some jewelry to complement it.
Let me tell you about a website I found for some really beautiful glamourous jewelry...that is affordable! It's called Allura Marie Couture Jewelry Boutique and you can visit the site here.

Right off the bat I knew I had found a great new resource for affordable costume jewelry! I couldn't believe the great selection. And the prices!! Even though my budget is always strained to the limit around this time of the year, I still like to "pamper" myself with a few Christmas gifts From Me To Me. Allura Marie has something for everyone, and there are several pieces I'd love to add to my collection!

When I contacted them about the possibility of a review, they said yes! Woo-hoo! Jodanna (isn't that a lovely name? unique too!) was kind enough to let me choose a bracelet to review. She also offered a $25 gift certificate to Allura Marie for one of my readers. But more on that in a minute...because first I want to show you the beautiful pieces I received.
When I first opened the package, I saw these lovely black gift boxes with stretchy silver bow bands. Boxes? What the heck? I thought I was getting this bracelet to review. Here it is on their website, by the way -
Stunning bracelet made out of 8mm top-drilled Jet color Swarovski crystal bicone beads interlinked and separated by sterling silver rocco square beads. Bracelet is approximately 7.5 inches in total length and can be adjusted if necessary. $42.50 (out of stock)
Don't you just love it?! And look at the unique clasp... it's shaped like a freeform heart. Never seen anything quite like it before.

So anyway that's what I was expecting. But when I opened the boxes, here's what I saw...
Jodanna at Allura Marie sent me not only the Jet Cartesian bracelet but also the matching earrings!!
Stunning earrings made out of 8mm top-drilled Jet colored Swarovski crystal bicone beads interlinked and separated by sterling silver rocco square beads. Earrings hang approximately 1.25 inches from the base of .925 sterling silver ear wires. $18.50 (out of stock)

Wow!! These pieces are simply gorgeous! Photos don't do them justice. You really have to see them with your own eyes to appreciate them.

But I took a few photos anyway, just to give you an idea -

I've always loved jet jewelry. There's something so glamourous and mysterious about it. It's what I think a Shady Lady would wear. :) The black faceted crystal beads are so shiny, they really reflect everything, even the red background. And yes, that's real sterling silver for the spacer beads and findings, even though it may seem a bit rough in my photos (again because they are so shiny they reflect everything).
A slightly clearer picture so you can see more of the detail.
What I love about this bracelet and earrings - aside of course from the gorgeous color and shine and design - is that the bicone beads swivel, so you can wear the bracelet flat against your skin (as above) or you can "twist" them a bit for more of an edgy look. I couldn't stop playing with the beads when it was on my wrist. :)
The sterling silver spacer beads are just as beautiful. They have a lot of detail and make a very nice complement to the black beads. This is definitely a cocktail set for those times when you want to stand out from the crowd and be recognized for your own particular fashion sense and style.

I can't wait to wear these this holiday season! Should I save them for New Year's Eve? What do you think?

And what do you think of the other products at Allura Marie? What would you choose for your glitzy glamourous shindig this season? I'd really love to know! My tastes run to the unique, and as you can see I love the combination of black and silver. But I'd love to know what you love!

Remember I mentioned earlier about a $25 gift certificate to Allura Marie? Wowie-zowie! One lucky Shady Lady reader will be able to select a $25 or under item for free or will get a very nice discount toward a larger purchase! It's up to you!

Got a Twilight fan that you need the perfect Christmas gift for? In celebration of the release of Twilight: Eclipse, save 25% on all Twilight inspired jewelry at Allura Marie Couture Jewelry! PLUS GET FREE SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS!!

http://alluramarie.com/pages/Specials.htm


~~GIVEAWAY~~
Allura Marie is giving one lucky Shady Lady reader a $25 gift certificate to use on their website! Lucky you!! This giveaway is open to US residents only please.

Giveaway ends midnight CST Wednesday December 15. Hopefully that will still be plenty of time to get your order to you by Christmas. But hurry!!

Entering is easy. Please do the mandatory first step before doing the extra entries. Winner will be determined by using Random.org. Entries will be verified before winner is contacted, so please make sure you use the same username, name, and/or email address for each entry, or tell me how to identify you. And PLEASE leave an email address in your comment if it is not publicly visible on your blog! Thank you for adhering to these giveaway rules.

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Disclaimer: I was provided a sample from Allura Marie gratis in exchange for providing an unbiased review of the product. (Thanks Jodanna!) No other monetary consideration was involved, and my review was not influenced in any way.

104 comments:

Wendy said...

Love this one!! Matte Gold Vermeil Figure 8 Long Necklace

So many wonderful pieces - hard to choose!!

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eclairre said...

I like the Amazon Tears Necklace.

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If I won, I'd put my GC towards the Amazon Tears Necklace!

Tammy Jones said...

I would order the autism awareness earrings

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Melody said...

I like Provence Lavender Crystal Earrings.

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jan said...

I like so many of her things! I like the red agate necklace, the latitudes necklace and the infinity Imagine necklace! sammiejanL40 at aol dot com

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I like the Frosted Bracelet.

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Chisum's Crew said...

Infinity - Faith Necklace is my fave. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

Ashly said...

I like the Team Edward/Jacob one's they'd be perfect for my neice and I like the Overcast necklace.

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I would probably do the white Christmas Earrings!
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Nancy said...

I like the green icicle necklace!

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Crystal said...

Everything is so pretty!! I have many favorites including the Venetian Glass Heart and Sterling Silver Bracelet.

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I think the eternity necklace is beautiful.
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llinda29 said...

I want Unity Earrings

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Courtney said...

Im adore the Golden Splendor Necklace.

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Bri said...

I love the Inamorato Necklace (Crystal)

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I'd use the GC for either the Carolina Blue Earrings or the Golden Splendor Earrings

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brittanykennedy1 said...

i really like the Amazon Tears Necklace! it's pretty

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Hotsnotty2 said...

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Emily said...

I love the latitude necklace - the double-strand is so elegant! Thanks for the giveaway!

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AEKZ2 said...

Love the Double Eclipse Earrings

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I'd buy the Carolina Blue Earrings for my best friend.

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masonsgranny59 said...

I like the Bella Inspired Twilight Bracelet

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