Thursday, January 22, 2015

5 Reasons I Buy CAbi Clothes

I look forward to the new CAbi collection that comes out each year. I am not a consultant for the company and I don't have any family members or even any good friends that are consultants, but I am crazy for their clothes!

Here are the top 5 reasons why I continue to purchase CAbi clothes each season (almost exclusively):

1. Their clothes coordinate very well together - season after season.

This is my number one reason why I buy CAbi. I started out buying their clothes about 4 years ago, just a few items here and there while attending shows. I soon learned that the blue pants I purchased at my first party still match CAbi clothes I'm buying today. And even better, those blue pants still look brand new, even though they've been washed over and over. In spring 2014, they had a coral pair of jeans that I absolutely had to have.  With CAbi, I easily justified buying them because I was also able to purchase 4 blouses that matched and I see there are items in the 2015 spring line that will also wear well with these pants. I love that a color doesn't go out of style and I am building up my wardrobe over the years.

CAbi Spring 2015

2. My CAbi consultant is experienced.

I only learned recently that all CAbi consultants have to go through specialized training and attend CAbi conferences before they are allowed to open for business. Most network marketing companies just sign you up, get their money, and have no concerns how you are selling their products. CAbi has a lot of stringent rules in place in order to insure their consultants are top-notch. So when I'm shopping at my consultant's house, I'm getting an experienced fashion consultant that helps me look my best. She knows how the clothes need to fit, what size I should wear. I've never had to return a single item yet due to wrong sizing or low quality. Plus, I always learn new ways to coordinate my outfits. She helps me put together colors and pieces that I would never have thought of on my own.


3. I hate shopping.

Ugh, I have so many other ways I'd rather spend my day than shopping. There was a time when shopping was fun and I could literally spend the entire day at the mall. Not any more. Plus, wading through piles of clothes, not finding my size when I actually find something I like, waiting for a dressing room, and then wondering where the clothes have been that I'm purchasing have been before - yuck!
If you want to get really grossed out, read this article about how Victoria Secret's resells returned, dirty underwear:


4. I always have something to wear.

Seriously, I no longer look in my closet and say to myself that I have nothing to wear! What a concept. Truthfully, I now look in my closet and ask myself what do I want to wear today. With less choices (because I finally got rid of the clothes I never wear!), and with all my CAbi clothes made to wear together, I have so many more options than I used to have when I would buy separates from different stores at the mall.

5. I actually save money buying CAbi.

I have never had a CAbi party (although I keep toying with the idea). I buy my CAbi clothes at retail, which is not something I do very often. But for me, it's worth it to go shopping once, pick out the clothes I want, and then budget over the span of a couple of months to receive my new items. Because I'm no longer aimlessly walking around the mall, picking up clothes here and there, I save quite a bit of money by purchasing my go-to outfits from one designer. As I mentioned above, the clothes all coordinate so I always have lots to wear for any occasion and I no longer need to run to the store to pick up an outfit for a special occasion (which I always end up with something I don't really like and never wear twice).

I honestly do not have any financial interest in this company. I truly love their style, enjoy shopping with my CAbi consultant, and am a loyal customer. Here is their website to check out yourself:

Monday, January 12, 2015

Affordable Fashion - Marsala - Pantone Color of the Year

I'm absolutely in love with Pantone's color of the year - Marsala. It's rich, deep color is dramatic, earthy, and sophisticated, all in one. It's also very close to the color Garnet, which is January's birthstone. To me, this color embodies winter and would be perfectly paired with an ivory for a wedding theme.

You will be seeing Marsala all over the fashion scene this year.

For example, American Eagle has a number of affordable sweaters featuring the rich, warm Marsala color. This waffle raglan sweater is currently on sale for $18.50.

 These boots at 

are only $39.95:

Even Sephora is getting into the act -

Of course jewelry is a perfect match for this color and I have enjoyed creating my own designs. An added bonus is that it is so similar to the Garnet color so can be used for January birthday gifts or Valentine's day.

To see all my 'Marsala' jewelry offerings:

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

How To Determine Your Correct Bangle Size - It Isn't All In the Wrist

How To Determine Your Correct Bangle Size - It Isn't All In the Wrist

My sterling silver and gold filled bangles are very popular and I get a lot of questions about sizing.

Since bangles slip over your hand, the size is not determined by your wrist. I happen to have very small wrists, but still wear a size medium because my hands are a little larger.

I've created a YouTube video that gives a complete explanation about sizing for my bangles. A visual is so much easier to follow than a written explanation!

Friday, January 2, 2015

January Birthstone - Garnet

So often we give birthstones as gifts to our loved ones, but did you know there is a story behind each stone?

January’s birthstone, the garnet, symbolizes a light heart, loyalty and enduring affections.

Garnet is the modern birthstone for January. It is the Zodiac birthstones for Aquarius, and an alternate for Capricorn. Garnets are given on the 2nd and 6th anniversary.

There are many myths and legends surrounding the garnet. One Biblical legend is that Noah hung this gem on the ark to light his way through the dark and stormy nights of God's wrath. The stone is said to have the power to ensure good health and protect its owner during travel. Therefore, a gift of garnet is thought to be symbolic of love and the desire for a loved one's safe travel and speedy homecoming.

One glance at the deep red seeds nestled inside of a pomegranate fruit explains why the word "garnet" comes from the Latin word "granatus," meaning "grain" or "seed." This name was given to the garnet because of its close resemblance to the succulent pomegranate seed. First mined in Sri Lanka over 2,500 years ago, the garnet is also found in Africa, Australia, India, Russia, South America; and in the United States, in Arizona and Idaho.

Bangles are extremely popular these days. I offer both a sterling silver filled and gold filled version with the swarovski garnet crystal.

Silver Bangle

Gold Bangle