Review: Anjolee

You may have noticed in yesterday’s blog post I was wearing a super-delicate looking bracelet. It’s a bit of a rarity when you see me wearing “fine” jewelry. This is partly because I usually prefer big, chunky, costume-y pieces to accessorize my outfits, and partly because I don’t really own very many delicate pieces. The few pieces that I do own were gifts. I don’t wear them often, but they certainly do have their place in a woman’s wardrobe.

Anjolee was kind enough to send me a custom bracelet to try from their website. Anjolee sells items such as  diamond tennis bracelets, gemstone bracelets, diamond bangles, engagement rings and necklaces, and even men’s jewelry.

When I was first given the URL to their website, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Something flashy? Something too simplistic and difficult to use? But actually, I found that their website is super easy to navigate. Every category of jewelry they sell can be found on the left side with various “help” and “about” tabs near the top. They also have a mobile app for shopping on the go and live chat help if you are like me and prefer to avoid the phone, if at all possible.

I admit, I was a little giddy looking at all the items they have to offer. What can I say? I like diamonds. 😉 The website offers many affordable pieces ranging from a few hundred dollars and also many items that are far out of my personal price range, but beautiful nonetheless. And one of the best things about it? Is being able to customize a piece online, step-by-step, and seeing instantly how much it will cost after customization.  Another great feature about the website is being able to rotate the image 360 degrees, zoom in on the image, and even download an HD image of the item that you are interested in purchasing. I had a few issues trying to get the customization to work, probably because I was trying to customize the piece by doing the steps out of order and then trying to going back, but otherwise, the process was very easy and extremely user-friendly. I had the ability to choose the type of metal, the gemstone, and even the length, which I was really excited about because bracelets have always been too big for my very small wrist.

After some fooling around with the website, I chose this bracelet with different gemstones than shown here:


It is the Teardrop Link Gemstone Bracelet (Style No.: SB852-Gem), in 10K white gold, 2mm size with amethyst gemstones perfectly measured to fit me.

Because the bracelet is customized, it took about a week to reach me after putting in my order. The packaging made me go “ooh” and had me super excited to see what was inside. It did not disappoint.

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Such a beautiful box for great presentation:
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A few photos showing the fit as it was customized for me:

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The bracelet fits perfectly. I wasn’t sure what size to order, but Marla from Anjolee helped me choose the right size (6.25″ for my just under 5.25″ wrist). The photos do not do it justice. It is easily one of the nicest and most delicate pieces of jewelry I currently own.

As thrilled as I am with my customized gemstone bracelet, after perusing the website a little longer, I have my eye on the bangle bracelets, particularly this Diamond Top Bangle (Style No. BB9):

Unfortunately, you can’t customize the size of the bangle, but you can select the diamond quality and the carat weight as well as the type of metal. If I was in the market for a beautiful diamond bangle, this is definitely one of the places I would choose to look first. They have such a great selection, and the diamond earrings, in which they carry several styles including stud, drop, and hoops, are also stunning.

The Anjolee website also has jewelry and diamond education as well as a buying guide if you are inexperienced with buying jewelry and need a little help. What happens if you go to all the trouble to customize your item and when you receive it, you don’t like it? Anjolee has a 30-day return policy, even for customized orders! With such a large selection of jewelry, free shipping (only within the US, but international shipping is offered), no sales tax, and no risk buying, I highly recommend checking out Anjolee if you are looking for some diamond or gemstone jewelry whether it be for yourself or as a gift.

Here are a few of my top picks from the website:

Eternal Love Journey Diamond Pendant
Classic Six Prong Diamond Stud Earrings

  And in honor of my mom who would LOVE a set of these one day:

Elongated Diamond Row Hoop Earrings
Thank you, Anjolee!

[Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. The product was provided by Anjolee, but contains honest review of both the product and website of Anjolee].

For the Love of Leopard (+Giveaway!)

Sometimes an otherwise extremely plain outfit just needs is a little leopard print to give it that little oomph:

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  T. Babaton by Aritzia Exeter Blazer / Ann Taylor Silk Camp Shirt /  GAP Really Skinny Pants / Marc Fisher Kevins Boot / Cotton-blend Scarf (Ebay) / Forever21 Necklace

Do you know what today is? It is AFD’s second blog-iversary (OK actually it was yesterday, but I didn’t have time to finish this post)! I can hardly believe I had this blog and have updated it on a fairly regular basis for two years now.  One of the biggest reasons that I continue to feel motivated to post is because of the great blog community in which I’ve found myself and the wonderful people I’ve come in contact with. I’ve hinted about it in a few posts, but it hasn’t been the greatest year (or years??) for me, and a result, the blog has slowed down somewhat with a lot of effort on my part to keep it going. I’ve been trying to step away from it without completely stepping away. A blog can be a wonderful creative outlet at times, but as many of my fellow bloggers know, it’s also a lot of work (particularly if you’re taking your own photos!). So it’s been a fight between my need to be creative and keep busy and my desire to be recluse and shut everything off to re-group. So this giveaway is especially for those of you who have supported me along the way because I know I haven’t been as consistent as a good blogger should be. Thank you so much!

 I’ve put A LOT of thought into this giveaway. I’m an extremely thoughtful gifter, meaning that when I’m buying gifts for others, I think long and hard and I tend to buy and return a lot of things until I get it *just* right (or at least I think I do). I really wanted this giveaway to be something that was pretty, but still a bit edgy. It’s something that I would wear, but also something that would appeal to those of you who don’t necessarily share the same style as I do (and yet still read my blog). So I’ve spent MONTHS thinking about it and I’ve finally narrowed it down to the gorgeous leopard scarf that I’m wearing above (not the exact one I’m wearing, but a duplicate)! I’m sorry if you have one already, but hey, you can never have enough leopard in your life. 😉

It is a bit rough right out of the bag, but after some wear it really softens up (made of a cotton-blend) and it is very big and fluffy (200cmx135cm). See?


It pretty much goes with everything and you can wear it all year round because it’s so light. It also has a small fringe. Could it be more perfect?? I think not! As a disclaimer, this giveaway is sponsored by me.  Please read the rules below before entering: [GIVEAWAY CLOSED]

(1) Open to residents of the US and Canada. I will use a reliable shipping method, but I am not responsible if it gets lost or if gets hit with duties. I will try to ship from the country in which it will be sent. 
(2) Giveaway ends Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 11:59pm (EST). Winner will be announced on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 on this blog and on Twitter. 
(2) Winner will be drawn randomly and must contact me within 48 hours of the announcement or a new winner will be drawn. Remember to check back to see if you’ve won!

How to Enter (Mandatory):
(1) Complete the entry form. Include your name and email address (for verification purposes only, I promise).

For Bonus Entries:
(1) Follow AFD publicly, through Google Friend Connect. (+1 bonus entry)
(2) Tweet about the giveaway! (+1 bonus entry)
(3) Blog about the giveaway! (+1 bonus entry)
(4) Follow me on Bloglovin’! (+1 bonus entry)

Thank you so much, everyone! Good luck! I hope you like it! xCher

It’s been a while

You all haven’t seen me in a work dress in a while, huh? That’s because I haven’t put one on in a LOOONNGG time.

I had an idea for an outfit, but what resulted was something totally different than what I initially envisioned in my head (it’s still fairly warm here in DC if you’re wondering why there are no tights yet):

DSC09632_2 DSC09652_2 DSC09664_2Zara Blazer/ Banana Republic Sheath / Ann Taylor Signature Pumps / Adrienne Vittadini, inherited from my late grandmother / Forever21 Ring / Botkier Charlotte Clutch / ASOS Double-wrap Leather Belt 

This Zara blazer is one of my favorites in my closet right now. I bought it out of necessity a few months back when I went home to Toronto for a friend’s wedding and realized that I had forgotten to pack a blazer or a coat to wear over my dress. D’oh! I needed some sort of black cover-up around the $100 mark and this fit the bill. I love how just a bit of the lapel is blue so it can only be seen when it’s folded down, and how I can pop the collar and it suddenly looks like a different jacket. I do wish, however, that there was some sort of button closure to hold it closed. I think I may add a small hook-and-eye myself.

Any good finds this Black Friday? I bought a bunch of things, but I think they might all be going back. Lots to return this coming week! Maybe I’ll have better luck tomorrow (Cyber Monday).

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