Deal Alert: HMA

Hello there,

As you know, I don’t usually post about purchasing. Software, especially that which is expensive, will be shared when I can manage to get a deep discount. I know that there are a lot of people out there using VPN’s so I thought I would for sure share this promo deal.

So here’s the deal: Hide My Ass VPN software is offering 75% off to my followers. They are shared according to currency below!

Hide My Ass VPN is offering a 75% off a 36 month subscription.

HideMyAss! VPN 75% off   for my followers! (This is for the USD crowd)

Privacy Day discount for my followers! (This is for the Euro crowd)

You’re welcome 🙂

-Mliae

*Feature photo sourced via Pixabay


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Win a $1,000 Credit?

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Mmmm… Yyyyeeeeeppp!

So here’s the thing; I don’t, quite much never, post promotions / contests. (Okei, you got me – I did do the January sales) but beyond that – Never ever! It’s just not my thing. But, I digress. Gabriel & Co. Fine Jewelry is having several promotions at the moment. This is the one I actually thought ‘hey, can’t get easier than that! Maybe a reader or 2 may be interested in this.’ and decided to post about it. Because hey, I like simple 🙂

The promotion is to visit the Gabriel website, sign up to their email newsletter, and automatically be entered to win a $1000 store credit! Pretty cool, pretty simple & pretty shiny!

If you are interested, just click the following banner. If not, it’s all cool 😉


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PS- I am unsure if this is restricted to only U.S. citizens, or if this applicable internationally. (Fingers crossed for Int’l, I would LLLLOOOOVVVEEE $1,000 store credit! Does that count for my shopping ban?) There are also additional contests going on at the moment on the Gabriel NY site, so if this IS your thing, make sure to check out the social media campaign/competition as well.

Here’s to hoping this adds 1 more win to my ‘people winning stuff off my site’ streak! 😀

-Mliae

*Feature photo kindly uh-hum ‘borrowed’ from the Gabriel New York website.

Sharing My Favourite January Sales!

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Hello all 🙂

Okei, I’m first going to apologize for posting a blog post full of affiliate banners. I would roll my eyes if I saw this, so I’m certain you probably are as well. I hope this apology manages to take away some of the creepy. Speaking the truth, I wasn’t sure how else to do this. As an affiliate, I get advance notice of really good sales. Apparently, everyone is having a really good sale at the moment. As much as I love luxury everything, I never pay full price for it. I always wait for a sale, and I know that many of you are the same way. So I wanted to share these if any of the companies are companies that you like and have been waiting for a good deal to come your way. So that’s what this is about. I can promise you that this will not be a frequent occurrence on this blog.

Please also note that I am very selective about who I affiliate with. I only affiliate myself with those products or companies that I truly believe in myself. If I wouldn’t buy it myself,  I most definitely am not going to promote it  to you 😉

Because we are a world audience, I have opted to categorise my sales info according to geographical availability. And yes, I am placing banners instead of individual products because there are just so many that it will devour my entire years’ worth of storage. Sorry, you have to sort out what you like yourselves! ;D

Here we go, awesome January sales!

Global:

Mix & Match

John Robshaw is famous for his hand made, handcut, and hand painted or block printed textiles. They are gorgeous and I am waiting for the moment that I can fill my home with his pieces. He is currently having a 50% off winter sale and you DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS! Sales happen rarely and I suggest you take advantage when the opportunity arises!

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Free Shipping on 1st Box of GlobeIn Artisan Box subscriptions

All sustainable & free trade items at Globein 😀 I genuinely love this place.
USA:


Ok, Kitchen Aid is actually having a 50% off sale with just about everything right now! Attachments, countertop appliances, ovens, fridges, stand mixers (both reg & mini in fun colours) which is insane because I really really want a stand mixer in the ice colour! (yeah, I’m doing the 50’s themed kitchen) Anyway, hubby has wanted one of these for sooo long and it’s actually affordable now! Kitchen Aid does have an international site and I suggest you check that also for January sales!


Winter Clearance- Up to 40% off Select Gear that Outworks Winter  

For a lady who spends a lot of time outdoors & in quite heavy weather, Carhartt workgear is my go-to. This stuff lasts forever!

Trendy Ethical Styles

 

AHAVA | Buy More, Save More $25 OFF $100 With Code: BUY25OFF | Shop Now!


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Life and Home Storage and Bin items

This start-up is a 1 stop shopping for

all home repair & reno items. You’re welcome 🙂

 

 

 

Available to EU only: 


 

*Cosme-DE has every skincare product imaginable, including La Mer and SK II

Thank you so much for checking out this post. I hope you manage to snag a great deal on something you’ve been stalking for awhile!

-Mliae

*Feature photo sourced via Pixabay

Great Holiday Gift Ideas!

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It’s the last day of November and I can’t believe all the Christmas everywhere that’s been happening for the last month already! Christmas seems to start earlier and earlier each year, so I thought it might be acceptable to post a Holiday gift guide post on the last day of November. Just for those of us that live places on the globe that have to wait weeks for shipping sometimes.

So here we are; Some truly lust-worthy holiday gifts from reliable suppliers to fit every need on your list!:

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from: John Robshaw

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Who doesn’t need an elf outfit?!

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Gorgeous 100% silk kimono

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Simple packaging Amazon Gift Card. Perfect for the December Birthday!

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I actually had a request to find these, so I am listing these Koolaburra by Ugg boots here now.

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ANINE BING ROSEMARY SILK SLIP – BLACK

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Essex Tote – Darby Scott

ozeri glasses

These great glasses from Ozeri are the perfect gift for the minimalist in your life. (I am actually collecting these!) They are double-insulated glass, so perfect for both hot and cold drinks, thus eliminating the need for lots of glass and mug clutter. I love multi-functional items!

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This Shell Chevron Steel Cheese Knife – a welcome addition to any holiday party!

Yellow Tie Print Cotton Percale Single Pillowcase
Yellow Tie Print Cotton Percale Single Pillowcase


Sams�e & Sams�e Liam Nx - Clear Cream


Sams�e & Sams�e Liam Nx – Clear Cream


Large Wonder Woman Cuff

from: Bead Reel


Gold Cashmere Scarf

from: Love Justly

Pure Cashmere Crew Neck Sweater for Men
Pure Cashmere Crew Neck Sweater for Men

Find anything you like? I know I’m salivating over this list right now.

Thanks for reading and Happy start to the Holiday season!

-Mliae

*Post contains affiliate links

Weird Amazon Items

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Affiliate links get boring. And I know that nobody really wants to read posts where somebody is just trying to sell things. So I’ve decided to flip the script and make this something fun.

Introducing my new, randomly-timed, Weird Amazon Items series! I went past all the great sales and unbelievable items to find the most un-ordinary, bizarre, weird and just plain silly items that are currently listed on both Amazon US and Amazon UK.

Laughter truly is the best medicine. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it together!

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Garden Gnome Pervert – Scarface Statue Yard office Outdoor Sculpture-Figurine

I know that this is totally inappropriate. However, I laughed so loudly about this that I kind of HAD to make it the first one. *Enter the trolls to inform me of what a wildly inappropriate  person I am*

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Accoutrements Public Toilet Survival Kit

I think we all have that one friend……

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Fred PICK YOUR NOSE Nose Cups

It’s not what it sounds like… These seem like they would actually be a hit at a party. See what each nose looks like on you while you sip your beverage! Haha 😉

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Hair Brush For Bald Heads ~ Joke Gift ~ Funny Secret Santa Present ~ Weird Gag

OK, this is just kind of funny. Have to say that I would probably give this to a bald friend with a great sense of humor.

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Rubie’s Star Wars Classic Leia Cat Buns

Uummm..yeah. About that….

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Christmas Gifts Quirky Handmade Nose Shaped Wooden Decorative Spectacle / Reading Glass Holder / Stand

I have to admit that this is an item that’s ‘my kind of weird’. I’m constantly searching for my glasses and this on my desk would be a fun way to not have to go through that.

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Baby Pacifier – MUTE BUTTON – Funny! ~ Silicone BPA-free ~ Big Mouth Toys

Anybody out there besides me, tempted to start passing these out?

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Pair of Duck Feet

Duck feet for your fingers. Okei…..

That’s it for this edition of Weird Amazon Items. I hope I was able to make you giggle just a little bit 😉

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

Introducing Baginning!

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This is the time of the year when us ladies have a tendency to find ourselves searching for the perfect gala look, and the perfect accessories to compliment that look for a special night out.

For these accessories, Baginning.com is website specialising in ladies handbags and purses. They have a huge selection of handbags, shoppers, straw vacation bags and evening bags.

Here are a few of my choices for Summer 2018:

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This gorgeous all leather handbag with bracelet strap.

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This gorgeous raffia bag, which I really want for this summer. Best part about it is, I’ve seen these going for an average of 200€. On Baginning they run about $50. Great savings!

And now, for our evening bags selection! (specially chosen by me, of course):

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This streamlined blue clutch purse is something I think would go great with some of the formal dance dresses I have seen around recently. A perfect size for a bit of money, lipstick and a cell phone.

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For our vintage lovers out there, I think this green floral bracelet bag is perfect. The neutral colours basically go well with everything if you’re dressing it up for an evening out.

If you are anything like me, and prefer gold evening bags that goes with everything, they have a really great selection of those!

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This simple, yet elegant gold beaded clutch purse will basically go with any dress you wear. It is formal, yet understated. So, you don’t have to worry that your bag is upstaging your outfit.

These 5 items were some of my faves. (That Raffia bag though….that will be mine!) However, there are many hundred’s of great options on the website. One of the best things though about Baginning is that they offer FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING! Yay!

I wish all the best for your gala season!

-Mliae

*All photos sourced from the Baginning website with their express permission given.

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My Spring Garden Wishlist

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Spring has sprung and you know that with all the work we have to do here, browsing for garden options to make our yard beautiful is one of the first things I’m doing! If you are anything like me, I know that you are looking at all the beautiful ideas coming out this year and thinking about those few things which would take your yard from pretty to outstanding!

Here are a few garden finds that are definitely on my wishlist!

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Pack of 8 Garden Flower Bed Edging Strip Pebble Stone Borders

This just looks cool. I have a ‘flower bed’ area out front. Or at least I think its supposed to be. It looks rather sloppy and I think that something like this would help to solve the appearance of the outer edges.

 

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Best Choice Products Raised Vegetable Garden Bed Elevated Planter Kit Grow Gardening Vegetables

Planter boxes are cool! The USA seems to have a huge trend going now with planting boxes of multi-levels and that works well for the rest of us because we can find affordable options on Amazon with International Shipping 😉

 

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Dipamkar® Set of 10 Metal Pots Hanging Plant Pots Flower Pots With Drainage Hole Flower Bucket Balcony Planter Garden Home Ornaments

These are just cute. I’ve been trying to plan out how to get my herbs growing outdoors this year without an invasion of weeds. This simple yet effective idea just may be the way for me to go!

 

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Unity 5-Piece Premium Heavy Duty Garden Tool Set – Ergonomic Wooden Handles – Anti-Rust – Strong And Durable – Garden Tested

Everybody needs a set of gardening tools. I like these wood handled ones, it just adds a bit of elegance.

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Keep your garden pest free

 

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the garden igloo 360 dome with pvc weatherproof cover

OMG….THIS! It’s a bit out of my price range at almost 900 GBP, but how glorious would this be tucked away in a side garden?! I think this is the perfect solution for a get-together on a rainy day or a romantic interlude on a balmy summer’s eve. Love it!

 

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AOSHR Potato Grow Bags, Durable 2 Pack 7 Gallon Potato Planter with Access Flap, Raised Garden Bed for Planting Vegetables, Taro, Radish, Carrots, Onions

I don’t know about your spacial restrictions, but we have had a challenging time trying to sort out planting all the things we’d like to put into the ground. To my eyes, this looks like a fab solution for those of us who have big plans and small spaces! I think that I will be purchasing these this year 😉

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[Upgraded] FEMOR Large 3 in 1 Fire Pit with BBQ Grill Shelf,Outdoor Metal Brazier Square Table Firepit Garden Patio Heater/BBQ/Ice Pit with Waterproof Cover (Fire Pit & Grill)

Last but not least, this 3 in 1 fire pit. If you know me well, you know that I always look for multi-functional items. I can’t stand clutter or restricted storage, and therefore items that serve more than 1 purpose are the ideal foundation for my home & garden purchasing decisions. This is not only a sexy fire pit, but also serves as a grill and ice chest! Not bad considering the price is only about 71 GBP!

 

Win 3 Months of Personal Training!

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This is pretty cool. I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that Chape has just started this contest. Basically, all you need to do is follow THIS LINK and sign-up. The contest runs for the next 30 days.

Its a great deal, as 3 months is valued at 450 Euros!

Please let us know if you win!

-Mliae

Amazon Deals & Steals

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Hello 🙂

Apparently I suffer form post holiday sale madness. When everyone has put away their decorations and moved onto the next holiday, I’m out looking for the cool stuff I wanted that I couldn’t afford, to use next year or for a fun party. I know that ‘next year’ is never a guarantee for anyone, but if I get there, my holiday sale investments are going to be so much fun! And that’s why I’m shopping for discounted Halloween decorations instead of Christmas stuff. Join the madhouse and take a read.

There are some incredible people out there who are already ready for Christmas. Me? Not even close. I’m shopping for after holiday deals. Halloween came and went too fast and I had a list of things I wanted to buy. I still want to buy, but I don’t want to pay as much. So, I’ve been perusing the after holiday sales. I know I’m not the only person on this planet who does this (I hope!) so I thought I would share some of my good finds with you.

Please note that these are from Amazon.com and Amazon.uk for the international crowd. Probably contains affiliate links.

Here are some of the great deals I found today on Amazon:

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Gemmy Halloween Light Projector, Whirling Skulls LED Spotlight Projection Kaleidoscope Light Show

 Marked down from $30.13 to $12.99

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Dressvip Black Halloween Cloak Black Long Cape Medieval Cape Cosplay (4XL, Black-Red)

For those of you Cosplayers out there, this is a fun one for GBP 19.90

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71″ Life Size Hanging Animated Talking Witch Halloween Haunted House Prop Decor

This cool lady who was on my personal Halloween wishlist is now marked down from $99.99 to $34.96. It will be miiiiinnnnneeee 😀

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Forum Novelties Zombie Hands & Arms – (2) Zombie Lawn Stakes

Uuumm…I know where these are going. Right in front of the outdoor building. Like the witch in the Wizard of Oz’s feet…only, not. Originally $11.99 now $6.85.

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Christmas Projector Lights Outdoor Landscape Light Projector with 16 Interchangeable Patterns Waterproof IP44 Wall Decoration Lamp Christmas Lights for Party, Christmas, Halloween, BirthdayThis was actually a pretty good find. You can do Halloween, Christmas and New years all from the same small projector. Your attic will thank you. I’ve been wanting one of these for awhile. Maybe I’m ready to make the investment?? GBP 37.50

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Betty Bash Crashing Witch Into Tree Halloween DecorationHehehe! I don’t know why I love this so much, but I think it’s hilarious! Another one which must be ours. Originally $19.98 now $15.89.

Any of my fellow savers who are after season shoppers? Please let me know I’m not alone in this!

-Mliae

*Photo sourced from freepik.com

Fun Halloween Must-Haves!

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I love Halloween! While we’re not in a country that really goes all out on Halloween stuff, we love to browse the online stores and daydream about all the cool stuff we would love to put up around here to have some fun or really freak out the neighbors. I keep fantasizing that I will have a Halloween party. That everyone will dress up and not think me odd because I love it so much. Maybe this year?

Here are some fun things I’d love to have to throw the super party I’ve been dreaming about:

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71″ Life Size Hanging Animated Talking Witch Halloween Haunted House Prop Decor

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Amscan Family Friendly Halloween Trick Or Treat Mega Value Party Scene Setters Wall Decorating Kit (32 Piece), 65″ X 32 1/2″, Black

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AerWo Halloween Decoration Black Lace Spiderweb Fireplace Mantle Scarf Cover Festive Party Supplies 45 X 243cm 18 x 96 inch

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Halloween Party Cups , Live “Blood” of Theme Parties – 10 Pack Amazlab Blood Bag Drink Container Set of 10 IV Bags 11.5 Fl Oz, Halloween Party Cups

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Beistle Inflatable Vampire and Coffin Cooler, 3-Feet 6-Inch Width by 30-Inch Height

Ok, but seriously – How Cool is that cooler! I saw one of these once & I’ve been lusting after it ever since. Too fun!

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100 Premium Quality Balloons: 12 inches Black and orange latex balloons birthday party Halloween decoration and events

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42PCS Bloody Footprints Floor Clings – Halloween Vampire Zombie Party Decorations Decals Stickers Supplies

Ok, let’s be honest here…we all know I’d just wind up using these to prank my husband.

Now I’ve done it. I’ve given myself Halloween fever. I mean really, will people think I’m that crazy if I’m the only one dressed up and begging for candy? Maybe. Will they have a fantastic time at a party where everyone is dressed-up and sugar-crazed? Hell yes, they will.

What’s your Halloween Mode?

-Mliae

Best Milan Secondhand/Designer Shopping: Bivio!

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Ladies and gentlemen, if you find yourself in Italy, you should visit this store. I HAD to reblog this post from www.stylejinx.com as I’ve been searching for a high-end consignment store. I was so excited when I saw her post! Thank you, Style jinx, for allowing the reblog 🙂

My Sustainable Fashion Crush is Now Offering FREE Shipping Worldwide!!

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Yeah, Baby…YEAH! Thanks to Twitter, I’ve been made aware that Shift to Nature is now offering FREE GLOBAL SHIPPING on a trail basis. As most of you know, international shipping is a real bug in my brain sometimes. So, as you can well imagine, I’m hanging from the chandeliers over this deal!

If you haven’t yet read my sustainable fashion feature on Shift to Nature, you can read it by clicking here. I love this company! 🙂

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Please check out Shift to Nature, and make sure to use the promo code M15 at check-out for 15% off and a giveaway bottle of vegan Noa Lane nail polish!

Wooohooo! I guess you know what I’ll be doing this afternoon 😉

-Mliae

Sustainable Fashion Feature: Shift to Nature

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Greetings all!

As many of you know already, I have been on the hunt for friendly, fashionable, sustainable, fashion houses with great customer service which utilize sustainable business practices. And I found a great eco-fashion start-up that goes by the name of Shift to Nature, in Australia. They are awesome! Truly, super-cool and incredibly friendly and cooperative people! So much so, and I have to tell you this because it just never happens, that I was put in contact with the owner and personality of Shift to Nature and she is the one who made sure that every single one of my questions were answered, that I had all the facts, and went WAY above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that we have everything we need to make our own evaluations of the company! (and she returned all 8 million of my emails) This fact, in and of itself, really made me acquire a fashion crush on this company. I wish that more companies were able to understand the true value of incredible customer relations. As this can either make or break a sale, or a lifelong of sales, regardless of how pretty the item on the hanger is.

How I came to contact Shift to Nature

I have spent countless hours researching fashion houses. I’ve even spent loads of time searching brand names woven within massive e-commerce sites, in the search for a handful of businesses that offer fashionable sustainable clothing that I feel confident are the crème de la crème. However, even though sustainable and eco-clothing seems to be gaining in popularity, there are some boxes that need to be ticked for me to contact a company in the first place:

  • A majority of the products must be natural fabrics (I say majority because some of the businesses are doing good things by upcycling non-natural fabrics to avoid creating waste)
  • Fashionable items. I want to feel beautiful in my clothes at work, on a date and at home. I know you do too.
  • Fair trade (it doesn’t have to be registered fair trade. Using local artisans and product or helping those in need by paying fair wages IS Fair Trade…with or without the label.)
  • Sustainable business practices
  • Transparency in business practices
  • A non-market based orientation for their products. (Unfortunately, so many eco-fashion houses are mis-using the identity as more of a marketing strategy and less of a genuine concern)
  • Good customer service
  • Reasonable international shipping. (You know this is a MUST for me. I’m neurotic about shipping…not sure why.)

Shift to Nature has far exceeded my wish list.

To show you some of the 100% natural fabric women’s items I fell in lust with, I’ve created a virtual capsule wardrobe for ladies from some of Shift to Nature’s product line! Even the sunglasses are bamboo!

  1. Bamboo Wide Yoga Pants,  2. Bamboo Long Sleeve Crew Neck Shirt,  3. Merino Wool Eco Snood, 4. Aurora Black Scarf, 5. Tortoise Ethical Eyewear

1A. Black Stripe Bra and Underpants, 2A.  Long Sleeved Organic Cotton Stretch Dress in Charcoal Grey 3A. Bamboo Wrap  4A. Celestial Nightie, 5A. Bamboo House Dress

A bit about Shift to Nature

Shift to Nature does work with designers, some are smaller than others, which creates a great opportunity for new designer discovery as well as for the consumer to find an item they go ga-ga over without having to pay the usually astronomical designer price. (Hello Virtual Capsule Wardrobe…you will be MINE!)  New items from different designers are added monthly, as well as keeping with some of the continuous favourites. They do re-order stocks of the best-selling items, so if there is something you love that currently isn’t in stock, ask about it and wait whilst daydreaming. It will be back!
Product pricing is affordable compared to many of the eco-fashion stores, but it is not cheap. It is quite clear that they go to great lengths to provide fair pricing and to take into account the customers relative sticker shock when making the move to eco-clothing. They also offer very reasonable international shipping (Yay! Happy me 🙂 🙂 )

I’m doing something a bit different in this feature. I hope it works out. While I was looking over some of the answers to my questions I received, I wasn’t exactly sure how to put it into narrative. You see, my problem was this: The answers just ooze personality. If I were to reformat that into my words it would….lose something. I think that the personality is so important to a brand, especially when it is the owner speaking and you can hear the passion and excitement in your mind while reading. I don’t want to take that away because it is so important! So for the first time ever, I am leaving it in Question (me)/Answer (Shift to Nature) format.

Q – Does Shift to Nature work with any designers?

A – Shift to Nature is a really large collaboration with designers and brands for their own products as well as new in-house Shift Collaboration such as Faite, Noa Lane Nail Polish and Lily & Leo organic cotton kids range coming soon! Designers with their own brands are featured such as Alas the label with Sleepwear, Eleven44 hot yoga wear and more. All of the designers work on a small scale and have chosen to make the shift to eco fabrics. While this has been in no way limiting their designs, as each designer brings the wearability and softness of eco fabrics into a contemporary colour, lines, prints and fits. Our “in-house” designers are actually wonderful collaborations with notable freelancer designers around the world. Aude in France, Tess in Perth, Project Change collaboration in Cambodia, eco designers in Sydney. For me this promotes alternate economies for people. Lovely and creative women, often mothers can work at home, managing their own time and also having fun with the process. It’s one of my favourite parts of the Shift to nature process – there is now a community of very talented creatives around it – including Bloggers 😉

Q – I see that you also include Lenzig Tencel, any thoughts as to eventually incorporating Cupro into your catalogue?

A – Yes I would love to include Cupro which is a regenerated cellulose fiber derived from cotton linter (the ultrafine, silky fibers that stick to the seeds of the cotton plant after it’s been ginned) creating a silk like cotton fabric. However as this is a new fabric it is still very expensive to make it into reasonably priced eco garments. I noticed that high end designers such as Donna Karen are using it. This raises the question of cost in the fashion industry – hopefully as the new eco fabrics are developed and become widely available a drop in their prices can make them available to smaller designers who can find the balance between eco and acceptable purchase prices for the consumer. There is a tension here. While customers move toward ethical and eco purchases there is difficulty often to justify the higher prices. The higher prices are ethical and related to the real transparent cost of eco fabrics, fair wages and ethical business. However due to fast fashion companies producing incredibly cheap and plastic clothes, consumers are now used to purchasing leggings for $5. This makes the shift to eco very difficult, unfortunately. For designers and makers we are limited to reasonably priced organic cotton, bamboo, lenzig tencel and other such more available fabrics to keep the costs reasonable.

Q – Approximately how many farmers, artisans, etc can you say that your Fair Trade practices help worldwide?
A – Goodness, that is very difficult to say. It takes a lot of minds, hands and hearts to make quality products. Possibly 100’s of families are helped through the activities of Shift to Nature designers and makers. This is probably unique as Shift is a collective with people making lovely items across the world – from Estonia, Bali, Germany, India, Cambodia, Denmark, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Peru – rather than having a limited place of making. As we search for newly unique items everyday we find some wonderful items – and manage it all online, so as carbon neutral as possible in terms of business operation. And we are not limited to English – we love to stretch ourselves and make connections really finding the most unique products.

Q – Do your sustainable practices extend to logistics as well?

A – Yes so for items that come to us as stock, we use sea freight if international. For packaging and posting to our customers we use Australia Post who have good quality assurance and standards. We also believe in public shared economy – so it is important to utilise the international postal systems in each country – keeping them alive and serving all. Based in Adelaide Australia, we have recycle policies of our local council. We remove as much plastic wrapping as we can and then hand wrap the items with recycled tissue paper. We then recycle or reuse as much as we possibly can.

Q – Is there transparency in Shift to Nature’s business practices?

A – Yes there is as much as possible. We will be applying for B-Corp status such that, this certification will require reports. However we are a startup and so I am partly still self-funding the business. We do not make a profit because all of the funds go back toward research and development of new designs and eco products. We are hoping that this will carry us into the future. Our business aims is to create a self-sustainable business – meaning that it can survive as a business stand alone, without additional investment, and that its income is reinvested back into itself to create better products. We spend much much more on R&D than on marketing, for example.

Q – Any new product lines we can look forward to?

A – 🙂 Big smile – yes! Without giving everything away, we think eco and fair products should start with kids. Kids have a big sense of fairness and care and childhood is where a sense of wonder and concern for the planet is sometimes at its strongest. They also want fun and comfortable clothes. Lily & Leo is just around the corner – but no peaking!

Here are some of the items for Home, Kids and Men available:

1B. Luxury Organic Cotton Sheets  2B. Bells Beach Turkish Style Cotton Towels 3B. Men’s Tailored Hemp Linen Shorts 4B. Dino Quilt Cover Set

And this is where it gets even better! 😀

Shift to Nature has very generously offered us a 15% off discount promo code (M15) AND is giving away a bottle of Noa Lane vegan nail polish* with purchase (remember promo code: M15)! *While supplies last, colours may vary.

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A bit about Noa Lane:

Q – I would love to share more about the Noa Lane Vegan Nail polish that you have so generously offered as a bonus to our readers! What makes it vegan?
A – This is so exciting! People often say: ‘but nail polish has no animal products’ but it actually does. Regular nail polish does, in fact, contain fish Scales (usually from Herring) that creates the Sparkle. The iridescent qualities of the scales make them “ideal” for grinding up into glitter. Noa Lane Nail Lacquer does not contain any Fish Scales. The sparkle comes from mineral Micas! Naturally forming mica flakes are from Muscovite mineral rocks which are refined and for safe cosmetic use, the result combined with colour gives the beautiful Opalescent finish. When used in nail polish suspension base the Mica powders distribute freely and evenly leaving a uniform colour saturation. The shine and shimmer of the mica compliments glitter polishes and unlike powder pigments micas do not clump or cause streaking in nail polish. Noa Lane Nail Lacquer also Does Not contain these animal by-products commonly found in regular nail polish: stearic acid, glycerol and cochineal, or crushed bugs. Items from the Noa Lane Mineral Cosmetics range are Vegan and Not Tested on Animals. They are free of Five particularly nasty chemicals including formaldehyde which has been linked to cancer by national research bodies. Noa Lane Mineral Cosmetics is made in Australia with ingredients comply with International standards.

It has truly been a pleasure to work in conjunction with Shift to Nature in order to write this feature on sustainable fashion! They have gained a lifelong customer here and I know that your experience, should you so choose to check out the company, will be as awesome as mine has been!

Thank you so much for reading! And please remember, if you find yourself on the Shift to Nature website  use promo code: M15 at checkout for a 15% discount and a complimentary bottle of Noa Lane vegan nail polish! (*While supplies last, nail colours may vary).

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-Mliae

Cyber Monday Sales: Some of my Faves

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Hello 🙂

Today is Cyber Monday, of course, and its everywhere! Since I have an addiction to online ‘window shopping’, I thought I would share with you some of my fave gift ideas (also including the deeply discounted, of course!) from the Cyber Monday sale on amazon.

Wooden watches 🙂 These are just so cool! (org price: $79.99, Cyber Monday deal: $34)

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Viable Harvest – Men’s Wood Watch – Wooden Bamboo Dial – Sandalwood Bezel – Genuine Leather – Gift box

Pressure Steam Cleaner: We need this! (orig price: $59.99, Cyber Monday deal: $29.99)

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BLACK FRIDAY & CYBER MONDAY SALE Upgraded Spill-Proof Handheld Multi-PURPOSE Pressurized Steam Cleaner for stain removal, curtains, crevasses with 9 FREE Accessories

The man set for the lover of Movember – my guy might be getting this…if he’s nice 😉 (orig price: $39, Cyber Monday deal: $14.97)

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Beard Comb -Fine & Coarse Tooth – Handmade Genuine Sandalwood Brush for Hair – Smells Amazing – Anti-Static – For Stylish Beard & Mustache Grooming- Best Premium Giftbox Set & BONUS a Digital Booklet

Paintbrush set (orig price: $99.99, Cyber Monday deal: $36.97)

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CYBER MONDAY DEAL 63% OFF! Santa Fe Art Supply Best Quality Artist Paintbrush Set. Acrylic Oil Watercolor & Face Paint. 15 (+1) Professional Paint Brushes In Travel Case.

Eco-friendly cotton canvas Hynes Eagle Multi-pockets Rucksack (orig price: $130, Cyber Monday deal: $34.99)

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Hynes Eagle Multi Pockets Canvas Backpack School Travel Rucksack 25 Liter (Navy Blue)

Labyrinth Brain Game (Orig price: $33.98, Cyber Monday deal: $8.99)

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Labyrinth Cyber Monday Sale / Deals 2016 – SouvNear Brain Teaser Hand and Eye Coordination Brain Game Gifts under 10 Dollars – Wooden Labyrinth Board Game Ball in Maze Puzzle Handcrafted in India

I hope you enjoyed this weeks super sale gift guide. I think these are cool and I hope you do too!

I would love to know: When you do your shopping online, what are some of your favorite sites to frequent? I am constantly on the lookout 🙂

-Mliae

Black Friday Deals on Amazon

Hi there, and thanks for stopping by!

I’ll be doing 2 online gift idea posts this week: Today and Monday. Of course, the two biggest sale days of the year, so I thought I would share some great gift ideas that I’m lusting over – that are currently on drastic mark-down for Black Friday!

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Awesome 100% goat leather carry bag – marked down from $249 to $59, a savings of $190! (Santa, if you’re reading, I want this!)

Rustic Town Genuine Leather Laptop Bag Leather Messenger bag 15″ gift him her

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This B & D screwdriver with screw holder is marked down from the original $76.88 to $26.99

BLACK+DECKER LI4000 4-Volt Lithium-Ion SmartSelect Screwdriver with Magnetic Screw Holder

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This portable USB charger supposedly holds enough to charge an iPhone 6 or 7 at least 5 times. Yes 🙂 Original price: $109.99, Black Friday deal: $23.99 – for a savings of $86

Uni-Yeap UNI100 11000mAh External Battery Charger Portable Power Bank and Charger in Luxury Style and Polishing Slim Shell with LCD for iPhone7 7Plus 6s 6 Plus, iPad, Samsung Galaxy and More (grey)

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For that special blogger whose computer is melting into oblivion – This Acer laptop is marked down from $299, now $167 😉

2016 NEW Edition Acer Aspire One 11 Cloudbook 11.6-inch Laptop, Intel Dual-Core Processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB EMMC, 1-year Office 365 Personal, 2 years 100GB OneDrive Storage, Bluetooth, HDMI, Windows 10

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14K hoop earrings, original price: $170,  Black Friday price: $45.89 (This item also offers int’l ship)

14k Yellow Gold Square Tube Hoop Earrings

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And these…because they’re pretty 🙂 Also marked down from $20 to $5.99

Decorative Cushion Cover Pillow Cases standard size, Set of 2, 18 x18, Black Friday Sale 2016

There are literally thousands of deals today on amazon alone, not to mention every webstore in existence. These are just some of the items that I thought were the best gift ideas with the best deals and wanted to share them with you.

Enjoy your Black Friday shopping wherever you do it, and stay safe! The evening news is always full of insanity on Black Friday. This is why I prefer to shop online. Seriously. A good sale is not worth being assaulted over!

Happy Friday 🙂

-Mliae

Free e-books on Amazon

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Hi there 🙂

Today, I wanted to share another link-laden post. But one that the deal-lover/book-lover in you is going to be so happy about! Everyone loves freebies (yours truly, being no exception). So, as my gift to you to start the holiday season, I wanted to share some 100% free book downloads that I think are really cool.

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( I love Poe)

Edgar Allan Poe: The Complete Tales and Poems (Book House)

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 30 Interactive Brainteasers to Warm up your Brain (Riddles & Brain teasers, puzzles, puzzles & games)

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Clean Food Diet: Avoid processed foods and eat clean with few simple lifestyle changes(free nutrition recipes)(natural food recipes) (Special Diet Cookbooks & Vegetarian Recipes Collection Book 4)

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Doctor Who: Free Comic Book Day

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Nikola Tesla: Imagination and the Man That Invented the 20th Century

Some Christmas stories for the holidays:

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Christmas at Pebble Creek (Free Short Story) (The Pebble Creek Amish)

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Books for Kids: Christmas Stories for Kids (Bedtime Stories for Ages 4-8): Fun Christmas Stories, Jokes for Kids, Children Books, Books for Kids, Free Stories (Christmas Books for Children)

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The Man Who Loved Christmas and other short stories

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Christmas Stories And Legends

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(Great for navigating your way through Gluten-free company cooking over the holidays)

Gluten-Free Desserts: Quick and Easy Delicious Recipes

That’s it for this week, but I’ll be on the lookout for more in the near future, as many publishers have giveaway days, so I can snatch them up for you 🙂

Download and enjoy! Happy Holidays!

-Mliae

Feeling Fashionable: my #ootd

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Today, I feel pretty good about my #ootd so I felt like sharing with you. The great thing about autumn is that one can wear her suede over the knee boots and a nice cashmere sweater to dress up her favorite skinny jeans and look and feel great!

Sorry, I hate taking selfies and they always come out just awful looking, so I found the products themselves to show you.

So here’s what I’m rocking today :

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Miuk Women’s Basic Slim Turtle-neck Long Sleeve 100% Cashmere Pullover Sweater

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Levi’s Women’s Revel Demi Curve Skinny Jeans, Blue (Hight Storm 0032), 29W x 32L

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Sam Edelman Women’s Bernadette Boot, Grey Frost, 8.5 M US

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Bohemia Chandelier Fringe Women Long Pierced Dangle Multi-Chain Linear Drop Chain Tassel Earring Golden

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Dazzle Flash Gold Tassle Necklace Chic Tassel Necklace Halo Long Tassel,NAG159

My necklace & earrings are basically identical to these, except it’s an antique set from my grandmother 🙂 I love them!

…And now, I’m off to do some wedding dress shopping!

-Mliae

 

*Feature image credit: Oh Fiddle Dee Dee Blog

New online marketplace: Webstore.com! #freeonlinewebstore

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Hi there everyone 🙂

I wanted to share this, because I know that there are many who sell online and basically all of us have an online shopping habit at one time or another. If you’re anything like me, you used to be an E-bay addict, until all the hidden fees and price boosts due to extra seller fees occurred. Then it kind of turned-  ‘meh’.  So now I search for better e-commerce platforms.

I had never heard of this site until I was on the hunt for reception decor ideas. There are LOTS of wedding, party decor and necessities listed here! Then I checked it out. (Thoroughly, as I never blog about anything until I check it out and ask questions.)

There are NO fees. Seriously, I even contacted the company to ask about it. No hidden fees, no listing fees, no sale based commissions. The only thing I could find that costs anything, is actually optional. That is the $10 fee for the verification process. You do not have to be verified, but if you wish to be verified, that is the cost. The reason this costs exists is to cover the expenses of the company in order to verify you. For the most part, I was told that some sellers choose to be verified as it contributes to legitimacy of the sellers business. Webstore.com is completely upfront about how they make their money via on-site marketing so that they can cover their expenses without charging the people who make their site highly functioning: The buyers and sellers. I don’t know about you, but I very much respect a business that is forthcoming about their strategy.

Webstore.com is really easy to navigate, and the bidding process -as far as I can tell -works in a similar fashion to e-bay. Paypal is accepted. International buyers and sellers are welcome! (A huge plus in my book, as I hate it when I’m checking out and then I’m told that such and such store does not ship to my country.) The verification process seems quite diligent, so if you find the perfect item from a verified seller you can trust that it’s coming from a solid source.

I hope you check it out, and if you decide to use www.webstore.com as your new selling platform (Hello all you Etsy sellers out there!) drop us a line with the link to your new e-store!

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

*Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post and I will be using webstore.com for some of my personal shopping.

Kindle Unlimited

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Hi all, I found a cool little set-up on amazon I wanted to share. Since many of my fellow bloggers and subscribers are book lovers like myself, I thought you might be able to get some solid use out of this -especially since we are reading all the time.

Amazon now has an unlimited Kindle reader. It’s $9.99 per month, but they are currently offering a free 30 day trial that can be cancelled any time. As I understand it, the unlimited reader allows you unlimited access to millions of  e-books and audiobooks on amazon for the monthly fee -or the duration of the free trial. Also, it works on multiple formats and mac products, not just kindle.

If anyone is interested in this, this link will take you directly to the information and download page:
Join Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial

I’m seriously thinking about doing this. Do you have kindle unlimited? What do you think, good? Bad? Meh?

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae