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Very Jane {Review}

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

Over the past year of blogging here on Dandy Giveaway, I’ve come across a number of new-to-me brands, products, and companies to introduce to our Dandy readers — and I’ve honestly been excited to feature them to you because I’ve liked what I’ve seen from them.  Let me be the first to tell you, though, that this website has quickly become my very favorite and that I’ve already ordered twice from them since I discovered Very Jane not even a month ago!!

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Very Jane is like a daily deals site that offers boutique items from various shops at discounted prices with incredibly low shipping cost.  I say “like a daily deals site” because the items listed are usually posted for a couple of days as long as inventory remains in stock!  Every morning, there are between 7-10 new items featured on the site, and there are sneak peeks for those who follow Very Jane on Facebook — these sneak peeks, I’ve noticed, are incredibly important so you know how early to wake up (or how late to stay up?) to ensure that you can snatch up the product you want while it’s still in stock.

These items have included women’s and children’s clothing, hair accessories, organizational tools, scarves, jewelry, and even prints from Sprinkled Joy!  Here are a few of my favorites that you can find on there right now:

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Must Have Scrunchy Pencil Skirts!

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Personalized Weekly Menu Dry Erase Board with Marker!  (How convenient that it just happens to have “The Johnson Family” written right on it so I can see what it would look like in my own home!)

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Trendy Chevron Crossbody Purse!

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Multi-Shape Hand Stamped Necklace!

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I received this Anthropologie Inspired Sevilla Scarf in mint (no longer available) from White Plum Boutique, and I kid you not that it was in my hands within five days of ordering it.  I also ordered another infinity scarf a couple of days later and had the same outcome — great product, incredibly reasonable price, quick shipping!

I feel a little bit like a walking advertisement for Very Jane since I’ve been telling all of my friends all about it since I came across it!  I can honestly say that I’ve been 100% satisfied with my experiences with Very Jane, and I love that I’ve found a new site that features products from classy shops and boutiques at an amazing price and especially with shipping that’s so low (sometimes lower than paying tax in store!) and lightning fast.  Head on over to Very Jane so you can fall in love with the site as much as I have, then plan to follow them so you can score your favorite deals!

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**This posting was sponsored by Very Jane, but all opinions are strictly my own.

ChicoBag Reusable Bags {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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A few years ago, my husband came home from a professional conference loaded down with branded-reusable bags. I put the stash in the back of my car and began using them at the grocery store instead of plastic grocery bags. I felt good about the impact I was making on the environment and was happy that I could fit more groceries into one bag, which meant fewer trips back and forth from the car to the house 🙂 But while I had made it a habit to bring those bags on my weekly grocery shopping trips, I couldn’t get into the habit of bringing just one or two in for a quick run to the store or for a Target trip. I still cringe when I reach the check-out and realize I’ve forgotten a bag, but of course it’s way too late to go back to the car and grab one. I realized I needed a bag that could fit in my purse so it would always be with me and I wouldn’t forget it. Lucky for me, that’s exactly what ChicoBag set out to do!

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ChicoBag makes reusable bags of all shapes and sizes and their goal is to “reduce single-use bag waste by offering compact reusable bags and packs that are designed to be unforgettable.” And let me tell you, these bags are definitely not your standard, branded reusable bags!  Their designs range from classic to contemporary to specially-designed artisan bags, and they are anything but forgettable. They sell bags that are made for shopping, such as the Original bag and the Produce Stand bag, which is a 3-pack  of bags meant to replace single-use plastic bags in the produce aisle. They all stuff into a cute apple-shaped carrying pouch–genius, right?

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They also make Cross-Body style bags, Duffel bags, Messenger bags, Daypacks, and Reusable Snack bags, all in cute colors and patterns. Also, several of their bags and sacks are made from their patented rePETeâ„¢ fabric, which means it is made using recycled materials. I love that they’ve found one more way to keep the earth clean and reuse the materials we’ve been given. But I think my favorite collection is the Halloween collection. How fun would it be to collect your candy in one of these cool bags every Halloween?!

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I chose to review the Vita Contemporary Slate Striped bag. Each Vita bag features shoulder length straps, which is my preferred style of bag/purse. It can carry up to forty pounds and is made from a durable, machine washable woven polyester. When you consider that a typical gallon of milk is just 7 pounds, this baby can hold a LOT of groceries! My very favorite aspect of the bag is that it folds into itself and is stuffed into a small pouch about the size of my cell phone. I just throw it into the bottom of my purse, but it comes with a carabiner attached to the bag so I could clip it to my keys or a hook in my purse if I wanted.

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The fabric is thin and light but definitely durable; I’m not worried about any rips or tears like I’ve had in some of my other reusable bags.  I like the subtle yet sophisticated striped pattern and slate color. I intend to keep it in my purse for shopping trips, but it’s cool enough that I used it as a purse when I went out one night after a show and didn’t have my purse with me but needed to hold a few things.

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And here I am with my ChicoBag on a recent trip to the tennis court with my family: two tennis rackets, 3 balls, a wallet, cell phone, lip gloss and room for TONS more!

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Everyone should own at least one ChicoBag so you’re not caught at the store without a bag and are forced to use a plastic one. And at $5.99 for the Original bag, there’s no excuse not to get one! You can purchase ChicoBags online or you can see if they’re at a store near you here. Join the ChicoBag revolution and follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

Enter to win the Vita Slate Striped Bag here!

Because I was sent the winner’s prize items along with my review items, the winner will be responsible for paying shipping from me to you, via paypal invoice.  This also means that this giveaway is open to WORLDWIDE entries!

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** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of July 8th, 2013 and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by ChicoBag, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Design Glassware by Mont Bleu {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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This winter has been a little rough on my nails, and I’ve noticed a little more cracking and breaking than usual.  A sharp nail is practically a weapon, especially with soft baby faces around here, so as soon as I break a nail, I b-line for a nail file.  In my 20-something years, I have only used el-cheapo flimsy, cardboard files you find at dollar stores 10/$1.  Never again.  I’ve stumbled across a diamond of a store called Design Glassware by Mont Bleu, and their jewelry, accessories, and beauty products are going to dazzle you!
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I didn’t even know glass files existed, but I tell you, I am throwing out all my cheap bendable sandpaper files and using these BREATHTAKING glass files from Mont Bleu as long as I live!  I can’t get over this glass nail file with Swarovski crystals!
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Ok, I am overly dramatically squeamish and phobic about dry-on-dry friction, like nails on a chalkboard or Styrofoam on cardboard.  Likewise, the filing of fingernails on something as rough as sandpaper is not an activity I enjoy.  Hate it, actually.  These glass files have a completely different feel, and are twice as effective as a standard file.  They smooth away rough breaks and broken pieces with minimal smooth rubbing back and forth.  The surface feels as if it has a micro-texture that allows for smoother, more thorough, consistent filing.  See broken nail below?  A few seconds and a few glides of the file later, gone.
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These handpainted nail files are only 6,00 €, which is only $7.83 USD!
Not to mention that they are GORGEOUS!!  Have you seen anything so lovely, let alone on a nail file!?  I feel like royalty using something so pretty.  Same goes for all the other dreamy goodies from Mont Bleu.  Check out my compact mirror, which practically looks like a jeweled artifact that should be preserved in a museum:
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This mirror is not cheap in quality.  Mont Bleu’s mirrors consist of two reflecting metal surfaces instead of actual glass so I don’t have to worry about them falling out, cracking, or breaking into sharp pieces in my purse.  One side is standard, while the other is magnifying, and the jewels are stunning!  And just wait, this keeps getting better.  Use tweezers?  Of course you do.  Look at these:
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In addition to being beautifully hand decorated with jewels, the slightly grippy surface on my dazzling Swarovski Eyebrow Teezers make them ergonomic to hold, and the slanted tips are perfectly angled and effectively designed.  If you haven’t yet found something you love, look at my Pen with Swarovski Crystals!  I am SO particular with my pens!!  One year for Christmas, without realizing it, my husband and I BOTH gave each other high-quality pens (and this is weird because who gives pens to their spouse for Christmas?).  We both know how important it is to have nice writing utensils and we get so fed up with crappy ink and cheap supplies!  So you have my honest and experienced opinion that these crystal-adorned pens from Mont Bleu are both beautiful and pleasant to use.  The ink glides, the texture is slick, and the weight is nice and heavy.  Nothing cheap went into making this.
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Mont Bleu has dozens of other dazzling beauty products, including adorned hairbrushes, jewelry, nail scissors, etc. etc. etc.
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Now jump for joy over today’s giveaway prize!  Design Glassware by Mont Bleu is offering a gift card for the amount of 30 USD or 25 Euros, depending on your country of origin.  This giveaway is open to entries WORLDWIDE!  Time to glitz up your purse with some of these beauties!

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*This giveaway is open to WORLDWIDE entries
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of May 3rd and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Design Glassware by Mont Bleu, but all opinions are strictly my own
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