Monday, February 17, 2014 Review and Haul

Today I have a review of my experience with, as well as a haul from the site.

Awhile back, I was contacted by Ashley at to do a review of some items from her site. is an online store that sells many types of women's clothing, accessories, and jewelry.  They have recently added some home decor items as well.  You can see a post that features some of my favorite Gemz picks here

When I first checked out, I was impressed by the stylish items that they sold and the reasonable prices.  I was even more impressed that Ashley and her sister, Meagan, had formed the company together in order to immerse themselves in what they love the most: beauty and fashion.  I loved the idea of being able to help support two young women who were working hard to create their own small business, so I quickly agreed to do the review.

I received the items featured in this article for review purposes, but I was not compensated for this post.  The opinions stated are (as always) my own. 

I was super-excited to receive my came neatly packaged in this Priority Mail box.

When I opened the box, it was packed with pretty tissue paper, a packing slip listing all of my items, and it even included a sweet handwritten note from Ashley and Meagan, since I had communicated back and forth with Ashley while setting up the review.

When I peeled back the tissue, these are some of the goodies that I found!

First, was this cute striped fabric-covered headband.  As you can tell by my recent post featuring striped looks, this is just my style!  Inside a silver box, was this gorgeous jewelry:

This set of earrings is great individually, or for mixing and matching, if you have multiple earring holes.  My boyfriend really likes the long spike pair, as do I! And the studs are so super-sparkly and pretty.

My pictures do not do justice to how sparkly, gorgeous, and fierce these rhinestone and gold spike earrings are! From the front, the glittering rhinestones give them an almost formal look, but catch them from the side and they are spiky and wild.

This set of two gold-tone bangles includes one plain gold-tone bangle, and one rhinestone bangle.

This is how they look on. These bangles are so versatile, and I think they go perfectly with the gold and rhinestone spike earrings in this haul.

Then, there was an animal-print makeup bag that was filled with beauty goodies! It contained 2 L.A. Colors nail polishes (purple and silver), "Wizard Pads" nail polish remover pads, and some original Lula Missy cosmetics.  

Color: Prom
Color: Summer's End
Swatches of the shadow: L-R Prom and Summer's End

This purple scalloped belt looked exactly like the picture from the site! Picture
My Picture
The belt is really versatile.  It is great to have one of these to cinch the waists on maxi dresses, button down shirts, and skirts. I love the rich plum color and the gold accents.

Here are a couple of ideas that I came up with for styling this belt:

Thick belt ideas

Tucked under the first layer of items was this striped tote.  Here it is pictured in red/white on the site. 

This tote comes in red, blue, black and brown.  I got it in blue.  As you can see, this tote is huge! It is perfect for the pool or beach.  My sister really liked this bag...she was totally plotting on it. Too bad for her, though, because I'm keeping it! I plan to use it to carry my towel etc. when I go to the pool club this summer.
This is a beachy styling idea for my new tote.

One Hot Beach
Finally, was this lovely purple dress, my personal favorite from this haul.  It is a strapless style with a sweetheart neckline and bubble hem.  It is made of a soft floaty chiffon.  It is fully lined and the great thing is, while the shape of this dress easily allows for a strapless bra, it also has a slightly padded cup, so it can be worn alone, if you choose.  I love the way the chiffon is pleated and drapes gracefully across the bodice.  I plan on wearing it to the next wedding that I attend.  This would also work great for a semi-formal dance or other similar event or occasion.
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My Picture
Look at the beautiful pleating and draping!
This dress looks even better in real life than it does in the photos! In person, it is a deep and rich eggplant color, not quite as bright as Gemz' picture, and not as dull as mine.
Because the style and color combination is quite simple, there are innumerable ways to style this dress.  Here are just a few that I came up with: Dress

Overall, I was quite impressed by the service and the quality of the products that I received.  All items were exactly as pictured and described, and Ashley answered any questions that I had promptly and professionally.  I would highly recommend   

Gemz has great items that you aren't likely to find elsewhere.  I personally love their dresses...They have quite a few styles that are perfect for semi-formal special occasions.  So, if you are looking for something that is unique, but without high boutique prices, you should definitely check out this site! When you shop you can be assured that you will get great service to go along with their stylish merchandise, and you can support a small business in the process. What a win-win! And, for my international readers, ships internationally.  

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So, what is your favorite item from my haul?



  1. Wow, so many cute things! I really love those accessories. They are absolutely beautiful.

  2. I really like those belts I bet they are so versatile!
    Kallie @ But First Coffee

  3. beautiful earrings :D


  4. Great job styling the pieces together! :) xoxo

  5. Nice items. Would you like to follow each other? Please let me know if you're interested. Check out my blog and outfits on LOOKBOOK

    Louisa Moje

  6. hi blogger!!How are you today?? :) I'm not a big fan of internet shopping but i really love your post and maybe try to buy clothes...;) I love your items and you buy so many things!!!Most of all i love your dress!!it's amazing!!If you want we can can follow each other!!What do you think??? :) Just let me know your answer -where you follow me- on my blog and then i followed you back!!!

    xoxo Stephania :)

  7. Hey you´ve a great blog!
    Please check out mine and if you want we can follow each other here,
    on bloglovin and via GFC :)
    Let me know, now it´s your turn!

  8. I love the studs and the beach outfit. I'd totally wear that.