My Experience With Avelle (Bag, Borrow, or Steal)


All the talk about Avelle/Bag, Borrow, or Steal finally got the best of me, and I signed up for a membership to try it out. Who doesn't want to borrow some fabulous sunglasses or a great bag just for a bit? Especially when your budget doesn't normally cover such expenses.
The first thing I dropped into my cart was the Tom Ford Whitney sunglasses. Aren't they divine? $31/weekly or $90/month. They retail for $360.

The bag I got was a Lulu Guiness which is no longer available.

Both items arrived in gorgeous condition, almost new. They were packed well, with lots of padding, and came in their original bags. Clearly, they had been well cared for.

I kept the items for my month, and when I was ready to send them back, I was able to log on to the site, print out a prepaid shipping label, pack them up in the box they came in (lovingly saying goodbye, especially to the sunglasses), and called UPS for a pickup. It was extremely simple.

The best part about being a member of Avelle? The AMAZING deals you get from their clearance pages. Check these out:

Botkier "Stevie" Satchel. On clearance for $385.

Moschino Leopard Print Bag, $315. Just love this one.

I'm totally happy with my membership, and will be using them in the future, especially for special events.

Product Review: BioSilk Silk Therapy

I've been messing around with BioSilk Silk Therapy for awhile now, and I think it's a pretty decent product.

It is described as being a lightweight replenishing treatment for hair and skin. I've never used it on my skin, so I can't speak for that, but I think it does a good job adding shine and helping to tame frizz.

I wouldn't use this as a front line defense against frizz, however, especially if you fight with it on a daily basis like I do. But when it comes to adding shine after a serious session with a flat iron, it does the trick.

BioSilk Silk Therapy, $14.95, Folica.com.

What I'm Wanting: White Frosty Eyeshadow

Like this Iceland duo by Nars.

I don't really know why, but I desperately want some frosty white eyeshadow to wear with some carbon black eyeliner. I am inspired by the product photos of the MAC Chill Collection, but I wasn't impressed with the products in person, although the Penultimate Liner was super fun to play with.

I'm quite certain that it's because I've never worked with white eyeshadow other than a highlighter, and sparingly at that. I'd probably wear it with a true red lipstick.

Would you wear it? Have you worn it? Any tips?

The State of My Nails


I finally did it. I couldn't stand changing my polish every day and filing down nails that were constantly breaking, so I went and had gel nails put on.

I know, they are expensive, they aren't good for the environment, and all that. But I have to admit...I love them. I love, love, love having nails that don't break!

I don't keep them long - I have to type after all. But it is fantastic to put a gorgeous color on, like Suzi Says Da over there, and have it last more than two days.

What do you think about artificial nails? Love them or hate them?

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Meredith Edwards-Cornwall is the founder of online lifestyle websites RetrodivasBeauty.com and RetrodivasCloset.com. She is also known as @retrodiva on Twitter. She specializes in drinking large amounts of espresso, shopping, and enjoying social media. In all of her free time she writes for StyleBakeryMom.com twice a week, and does various other freelance gigs involving writing, designing, and generally being awesome. While she believes that success is indeed a job in New York, she currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her husband, two children, and two cats and has hung on to her day job.
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