Giveaways, Reviews

Hey, Look! It’s a Review & Giveaway from PunkHipster!

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Happy Monday, Everyone! As you may have noticed, I’ve been radio silent for the last week (more on that in a later post) but I’m back and I’m excited to introduce you to my friends over at PunkHipster (Hi Ryan!). I’m not a hipster or a punk (in fact, I’m generally uncool) but I really like this company. Why?! They’re a Missouri based small business (win!) who brings together two groups of people who are often divided by differences in culture through rare, vintage, high quality, American made, affordable leather products.

Sidenote: After reading Urban Dictionary’s definition, I guess one could define me as a hipster at heart. Though I’m fairly certain that true hipsters may not want to be “defined”, so, scratch that?! Maybe?! I don’t know…

A few fast facts about PunkHipster:

  • They’re small, they’re local (to me!).
  • They use rare, vintage leather that can only be found here in the United States.
  • Once the leather is gone, it’s gone (be unique!).
  • All of their products are 100% leather (and they smell great).

PunkHipster Giveaway

PunkHipster sent over several items for me to review. I should mention that these items were given to me free of charge (including the giveaway item) in exchange for my thoughts. I am under absolutely no obligation to write a positive review and any thoughts and opinions I express are uniquely my own. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me anytime with questions: ItsAnOrdinaryBlog@gmail.com.

Original PunkHipster Leather Key Fob 

Leather Fob

I learned something new with this review (and maybe I shouldn’t admit this) but were you aware that “fob” is a fancy term for a key chain?! Well it is…

Leather Key Fobs

If you haven’t already figured this one out, PunkHipster has some pretty fantastic leather key Fobs (read: key chains) and I’m pretty excited to display two of them on my own key ring. The Original Leather Key Fob (pictured above with its friends) retails for around $35.00, is fully customizable, durable, and guaranteed to last 50 years (check back with me in 50 years for an update on that one). The second key fob (the smaller one on the left) is my absolute favorite but it’s not pictured on their website right now which means that they’ve sold out. That’s something you should know about the products that PunkHipster sells…they truly are unique in that once the leather that they’ve used for a certain product is gone, it’s gone. They’re really good about telling customers how many of a certain item is left on their website but I recommend snatching the items you love up pretty quickly before someone else does.

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Here’s a closer look at my favorite key chain…I mean, leather fob. 

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Pictured above is a 3/4″ leather cuff (also known as a bracelet, but I already knew that ;)). They have several affordable leather cuffs available on their website ranging from $29.99 to $49.99 with different options (thick, thin, studded, not studded, wrapped, not wrapped, etc) sure to please any shopper in the market for a little wrist action. You can see what it looks like on my wrist below. I’m making a fist, because I’m a badass.

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Now, I know you’re all dying to see the awesome chain wallet I have up for grabs, right?! {Imaginary Drum Roll}

Wait for it…

…wait for it…

Leather Chain Wallet

This leather bifold chain wallet, which retails at $59.99, uses genuine Horween leather from Chicago. The color really is very, very nice and the wallet itself seems very durable. The 15″ chain comes with a matching leather fob to attach to your belt (or to the inside of your purse, ladies ;)) and one of you can have this (along with one of my It’s An Ordinary Blog magnet business cards, get excited!).

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My friends Sarah from The House Of Boys & A Girl, and Amber over at Thrifty Mom’s Reviews, both have PunkHipsters wallets of their own to giveaway (hello tripled chances!) and all you have to do is follow the link below via Rafflecopter to enter into all three. In case you’ve never entered into one of my giveaways before, Rafflecopter and WordPress don’t see eye to eye so you have to physically click on the link in order to enter. I’m sorry! I promise, it’s safe. Winners will be randomly drawn in two weeks. As always, good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!

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Giveaways, Reviews, Sustainability

Making Sustainable Choices (Plus: A Small Woolite Giveaway)

When I look back on my world view a decade ago, I have to laugh (and maybe sigh a little). I didn’t think about how my choices impacted the world around me and doing right by the planet wasn’t even something that was on my radar. A couple of years ago something just clicked with me and I started really thinking about my life and what role I can play to make a lasting and positive impact on the world around me. A friend of mine recently told me that “You have to grow into your better self” and I couldn’t agree more.

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This week I’m doing a Kid’s Closet Connection giveaway. I talked a little bit yesterday about how these sales are a great way to save money but they’re also really great for the environment. Anytime you buy something used (furniture, clothing, toys, shoes, art, etc) you’re making the choice to help protect our planet. I don’t want to focus on the KCC giveaway but it does tie into what I want to discuss today. I am a member of Crowdtap, an organization that connects companies with consumers who are willing to give insight and honest feedback about products, ideas, and marketing techniques. Part of my membership includes the opportunity to receive samples from various companies in exchange for my feedback and participation in moderated discussions.

Woolite Washed

Most recently I was selected by Woolite to participate in an opportuntiy to try Woolite Washed, their every day laundry solution that “keeps clothes looking like new longer”.  The goal of the hosted party was to encourage friends to swap clothes. Not only is this a really sustainable way to get some “new to me” items but it’s also a fun way to get rid of some of that stuff that’s been sitting around in your closet collecting dust. Clothing, accessories, and shoe swaps are so much fun and it’s definitely something I would like to participate in more often with some of my gal pals. Not only is the idea of hosting an in home boutique great for the environment but Woolite is too. Their commitment to protecting the planet through their Green initiatives is one of the things that impresses me most about the company. You can find more information about that here.

I have a couple of extra samples that the company sent me on hand and would love to share them with two of my readers. SO, if you want to try Woolite out (the sample also comes with a $1.00 off coupon) leave me a comment and I’ll randomly pick two readers on Saturday to send the samples to.

Whether you turn off the lights every time you leave a room, recycle everything you can, host clothing swaps with your friends, or plant new trees every Earth day I hope that you’re thinking about the choices we all make and how they will impact future generations. Sustainability matters.

*Disclaimer: My opinion about Woolite and their products are my own. I was given the sample products free of charge in exchange for my honest, unbiased feedback. I happen to have extra samples and Woolite does not know that I planned to share them on my blog.

 

Clothes, Pictures, Reviews

Wittlebee: In Review

I love getting mail. I especially enjoy it when it contains something adorable for my favorite toddler in town so you can imagine my excitement when I this sample box arrived from Wittlebee the other day. I want to start by mentioning that I have an IRL (in real life) friend who also happens to be a blogger that had a negative experience with this company. That said, the following is my unbiased, objective opinion on their company and their products based solely on my personal interaction with them.

Wittlebee is a subscription based clothing company that offers monthly service to their customers. For $39.99 per month they ship a box (worth an estimated $100 in retail value) directly to your door with items matched to fit your preferences, child’s gender, size, and style. Included with each membership is access to exclusive sales and giveaways so the perks of membership don’t end with the box you’ll get in the mail each month. In reading their press releases, Wittlebee’s e-commerce division was launched less than a year ago and has been growing since. With any new company they’re still learning, growing, and working out their kinks. My experience as a blogger was great but I would be curious to see what it’s like when I’m not giving the promise of a review. I’m considering trying it for a month to see what they come up with once I’ve given them a “style profile” to go by. That brings me to the “meat and potatoes” of this review…the clothes.

We received six items in this sample box: Two pairs of leggings, two short sleeve t-shirts, and two dresses ranging from size 18-24 Months to 2T. As with any clothing for female shoppers (it doesn’t seem to matter what age you are) everything fit a little different. Since Wittlebee offers clothing from different manufacturers, this didn’t really surprise me.

I really like the leggings. Both the Tea brand leggings (pink, featured on the left) and the Wittlebee (white, featured on the right) are soft and stretchy so they’ll fit now and they’ll continue to fit as C grows and changes over the coming months and into next year. I didn’t think I was going to like the white ones when I first took them out of the box (I’m not usually a fan of lace) but they really do look adorable on her.

This white short sleeve top, made by Wittlebee, is adorable on her. It’s a little long for C right now but looked surprisingly cute with the pink Tea leggings (see the pictures below).

I thought that the bee buzzing around the giraffe’s leg was a nice touch.

This grey short sleeve top, also made by Wittlebee, is not something I would normally have picked out for C but I thought it looked really cute with the white leggings and an adorable headband I picked up in the clearance section at Target for $1.50. It, too, is a little long right now but she’ll grow into it. Please excuse the blurriness on the bottom edge of the photograph, my lens got dirty (don’t judge, it happens!).

See what I mean about it looking better on?

I want to talk about the two dresses. I’ll be honest, neither is really a style I would ordinarily pick for my daughter, but I can objectively look at each of them and understand how people would like them.

I would love this dress if it was just like I have it pictured (folded) here:

Just like that, it’s adorable. The poplin collar (I think that’s what it’s called) is nice and I absolutely love the polka dot skirt. What I’m not crazy about is how the designer felt the need to make it more “kid friendly” by adding three patches onto the dress.

The third patch is on the back of the dress (which buttons down). See what I mean? Now, how much better would this dress be without those patches?! Am I right or am I right?

The picture in this holiday dress (I’m going to assume it’s meant to be a holiday dress because of the massive flower on the collar) doesn’t really do the color of the fabric justice because it really is nice. I think this is a cute dress, it’s just not a style we would ordinarily pick for C. The sleeves are what I enjoy most about this dress (and, coincidently, what the husband likes least). The material is soft and comfortable and my little one really enjoyed putting it on. I’ve put it on her twice now and looked at it several times. The more I look at it, the more I actually like it. It grows on you. It’s kind of like that little dog that barks next door when you’re not a dog person (I wouldn’t know what that’s like, I love dogs ;)).

In the interest of providing everyone with as much information as possible, if you have experience with Wittlebee and would like to link your review, please feel free to leave it in on the comments.

In the interest of full disclosure: Wittlebee sent me their sample box free of charge in exchange for my objective review on their product. Their generosity did not influence my opinion on their product, their service, or their company as a whole. Please feel free to contact me directly with questions about this review.