Alunsina Handbound Books

The first time I held an Alunsina Handbound book in my hand was at the 10A Alabama Arts and Craft Fair before Christmas 2011. I liked it, but skipped buying. I wanted to get one only if I were sure to use it.

This month, I held my own handmade book.

Verabear's Alunsina Journal

I loved it from the moment I laid eyes on it. It came packaged in brown paper, tied up with string. The leather is so soft and didn’t make the book heavy at all. The paper is so soft and smooth and felt like it was really really meant for writing. All I can think of to describe the paper was buttery soft. 🙂

As if being handmade wasn’t personal enough, I love that the artisans who made my book attached a hand written note to the package. It truly felt like it was a gift, rather than a purchase. And in some way, I do consider it a gift.

Alunsina Handbound Books

I’ve written my first page. My handwriting, sadly, didn’t magically become better looking. Haha. But I wrote my intention of making this book a chronicle of my life in my 31 years. I will be turning 32 next month and before I do, I’d love to fill this book with photos of what made my 31st year an awesome one. Hideous as it may look, I will snap a photo of my stitches and add them in. It’s a huge part of why I want this book made right now. I’ve never been good at keeping up with memory keeping projects, so wish me luck on this one 🙂

Check them out on Facebook if you want your own Alunsina Handbound Book. If you’re the type who uses Moleskin notebooks, consider this a better alternative. It’s beautiful, local and handmade.

Wear it Your Way with Wacoal

I have a confession to make – I did some online shopping via last week. It was just so hard to resist the marked down prices AND the ADDITIONAL 20% off coupon from Alfred’s boss. They have a large plus size collection that just got me drooling. In fact, there were more tops and dresses that I really wanted but I didn’t have the confidence nor the lingerie to pair them with. Hehe.

Now, if I actually owned this wonderfully versatile Wacoal undergarment,

wear it your way bra blue

I may have gone ahead and picked out these three additional outfits:

This Anne Klein Plus Size Fitted Sheath Dress would need a strapless undergarment so there’d be no straps peeking through that wide slit across the front. I could definitely wear this to work and the bright pink would be the pop of color I need to last me through the day.

Anne Klein Plus Plus Size Fitted Sheath Dress

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Next up would be this Rachel Pally Plus Plus Size Imara Dress. I love the color – bordeaux! I would need just one-strap to pull off this dress though.

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And finally, my loot will be rounded off with this Kenneth Cole New York Plus Size Ocean Mist Halter top:

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Don’t these three outfits just look super? It may be a little difficult imagining me in them, but I think I’d look amazing. haha. I’ll probably throw a cardigan over all three, but I’d still wear them, ha! And with the right undergarment support from Wacoal, who wouldn’t? 🙂

Nokia Lumia 920

I love my iOS devices. I suffer from serious Mac-envy. But I am definitely a Windows person. Perhaps I developed a loyalty to the brand due to working for them for over five years, but maybe it’s also because it’s just that easy to use and it’s available. I love Windows 7, and am interested in trying out Windows 8. (Oh, and did I mention that I blog with Windows Live Writer on my PC?)

As for mobile devices, I can no longer imagine a life before Smart phones. Can you? Yet in the early years of the mobile invasion, we were all content with the green screens and brick phones. My first few phones were all Nokias. The sturdiest phone I ever owned was the first one I ever got – the Nokia 3210. I remember dropping that phone on the bleachers outside the UP Gym and the resulting scratch was barely noticeable. My last Nokia was from the 82 series, not sure if it was an 8210 or an 8250. I bought it second hand, and with a camera attachment.

nokia 8210

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But I’ve since moved on from Nokia. Moved on, and never looked back.

The Lumia line, boasting its PureView camera technology, is something worth checking out.

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A smart phone with a great camera, Windows 8, and full version of Microsoft Office? This really sounds good. Send me a red one will you?

Read up on its features on the Lumia 920 product page. I got the iPhone initially because of it’s camera, and Instagram. Had I learned of PureView before falling into the iOS trap, I really probably would have considered getting a Lumia.

If you like what you’re reading so far, you can also head out to an Abenson store near you, and experience the Nokia Lumia 920 for yourself. I hear the Trinoma branch (so does Shangri-la Plaza and The New Glorietta) let’s you test the phone, so I might swing by one of these days and check it out. Shopping for this and other gadgets at Abenson comes with perks too – the store frequently has promotions that give freebies for your purchase, plus all major credit cards have 0% interest installment deals!

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So there you have it. If you’re in the market for a new phone, don’t leave Nokia out of the running. The Lumia 920 might just be the phone for you. Smile

Sample Room

When I first heard about Sample Room, I didn't get excited. I thought it was just like the BDJ Box where you take out a monthly subscription to receive a box of beauty samples. I was wrong. Whereas the BDJ Box wasn't a fit for a non-beauty product junkie like me, Sample Room is actually a good fit for the kikay in me that's interested in taking care of herself better this 2013. 🙂


My first order arrived a few days after payment confirmation. It came in pretty little brown packaging.
In batches, product samples are posted On the website and members can request any or all if them, in exchange for points. New signups are awarded 100 points. if you want to order a lot of samples and your points aren't enough, you can buy more points.
This first order isn't really for me, it's a LAB Series sampler for men. Alfred was the one who sampled it.
The boyfriend immediately tried it. He reported that it felt good to the skin, and there was no tingling or itchiness felt after use. His only complaint though is that these were very smal. Ha!
A few days after using the products, I posted a review on Sample Room on the boyfriend's behalf. By doing so, I was awarded 1 extra point. Then upon approval of my review, I got all 80 points back from the order. Neat! Of course, I used my points to get more samples – AHAVA products that arrived today! Will try them very soon!
So, without a doubt, I am loving Sample Room! 🙂


Amazon Daily Deal: JBL iPod/iPhone Speaker Dock

Checkout this JBL OnStage IIIP 30-Pin iPod/iPhone Speaker Dock today on Amazon, it’s up for only USD59.99 instead of the regular price of USD169.95.


Product Features

  • Supports most iPhone and iPod models with 30-Pin Dock Connector
  • 3.5-mm mini jack allows connection of other audio devices such as MP3 and CD players, desktop computers, satellite radios, and laptops
  • Odyssey transducers and Slipstream port design provide a full, rich frequency response
  • Includes an RF remote control with full iPod navigation


The deal may only be availble today, December 1, so hurry!

Here’s the link once again: JBL OnStage IIIP 30-Pin iPod/iPhone Speaker Dock

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