@ The Barre London

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You may be familiar with Pilates, but have you heard about the Barre workout? Barre studios are all the rage in the States and in the bigger Canadian cities and now you can do it here @ The Barre! At The Barre is a new Pilates, Barre and Fitness Studio in downtown London run by a one-woman powerhouse, Kristy Leblanc.

WHAT THEY OFFER

BARRE CLASSES: Barre workouts are designed for all fitness levels that focus on balance, strength, and endurance. There are three types of classes – Barre Basics, Barre, and Yogi Barre, each of them challenging and conditioning your body with the elements of ballet and the roots of Stott Pilates.

PILATES CLASSES: Stott Pilates is one of the best ways to tone and strengthen while giving you a great overall workout. At The Barre offers classes on the mat, classes on the reformer and classes with the cardio-tramp. The reformer can look intimidating to those who have never tried it (or at least it was to me!), but think of it this way – it’s an entire workout lying down and how can that be a bad thing? ;) The workout you will get is not at all passive. With body weight and resistance, the reformer is a classic for a reason.

SEMI-PRIVATE/PRIVATE: @ The Barre offers both private and semi-private (2-3 people) sessions for those wanting an even more personalized experience. This option is perfect for anyone needing specific attention while recovering/healing from an injury, wanting to achieve personal goals, returning to fitness after a baby, or requiring a specific schedule to be met.

WHY YOU SHOULD GO

  1. CLASS SIZE: You cannot beat the small classes and personal attention that you get @ The Barre. For a workout that is so dependent on proper form and technique, the personalized attention that you get from Kristy is essential for the results you want. It’s relaxed, like you’re just working out with a few friends… because you are! Kristy is right there to help with modifications, adapt to your abilities, and push you just that little bit harder.
  2. POST NATAL CORE: Come on, moms. The core is the one area that we need and miss the most, and nothing wakes it up like a little (or a lot of) Pilates. The combination of all that stretching that your abs and mid section went through, with all of the lifting and hunching over that you do with your baby and toddler means that your entire core is likely in need of some TLC. Pilates and Barre will give your core that extra attention it needs to regain the strength you lost and rebuild those muscles to prevent injury and keep you fit for your family!
  3. FUN: The classes have great, upbeat music and are lots of fun! Kristy moves you through a full body workout at a pace that keeps you moving without getting bored. If someone had told me that I was going to love the Reformer, I would not have believed them, but it’s great! Throw in the cardio-tramp and you will be so surprised at how fun a workout can be.
  4. STUDIO: The studio is a beautifully redone building right downtown. They have FREE PARKING right outside the door. The studio offers everything that a large studio would offer, but with all of the personal attention that is unique to @ The Barre.
  5. THE WORKOUT: I fit a workout in almost every day, but after my first Barre class, I felt it! Move over Buns of Steel, because Barre is where it’s at! My only dance experience is the kind I would do on a Saturday night before I had kids, but this class makes you feel like an actual ballerina at the barre – grace, strength, and fluidity. There wasn’t complicated choreography, just classic moves that work your body from the shoulders to the toes.

YOUR FIRST CLASS

She says the hardest part is showing up for your first class, so Kristy is making it easy on you by giving you your first class for only $10. Pick the style of class and time of your choice and get there! Follow @ The Barre on Facebook to keep up on promos and classes.

At The Barre is located at 615 Richmond Street, unit D. Find the parking and entrance in the back off Hyman Street. For the complete schedule and more information, see HERE.

PA Day Fun for November 21

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Looking for something fun for the kids to do this Friday, November 21 while they’re home from school? We have a few ideas!

Mad Science at White Oaks Mall

Head to the Jalna North Court from 11:00am to 12:30pm to learn about Optical Illusions and again from 1:00pm to 2:30pm for Fun-damental Forces.

Children’s Museum Day Camp

Drop the kids off for a full day of fun from 8:30am to 5:00pm where they will be learning about becoming a zoologist with Amazing Animals! Pizza lunch is offered at an additional cost. Email info@londonchildrensmuseum.ca or call 519-434-5726 for more information.

Museum London: A Story of Canadian Art

Museum London has an exciting and educational day planned for children ages 6 through 12, from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Kids will be exploring the museum and getting hands on as they create their own art inspired by Emily Carr, Group of Seven, and David Milne. Cost is $45 per child. Register HERE.

Stoney Creek YMCA Day Camp

The Stoney Creek YMCA has an all-day camp for children 3-12 years old. Find the registration form HERE or call 519-453-8858 for more information.

London Public Libraries

Byron Library (auditorium), 2:30pm to 4:00pm: Family Movie, drop-in for families

Byron Library, 2:30pm to 3:30pm: Button making, drop-in, ages 5+

Carson Library (meeting room), 2:30pm to 4:00pm: Family Movie, drop-in for families

Central Library (children’s section), 10:00am to 4:00pm: Project Art Day, drop-in for families

Central Library (TDCT children’s program room), 1:00pm to 2:00pm (English), 2:00pm to 3:00pm (French): NFB of Canada’s short films for children, drop-in for families

Cherryhill Library (Sam Katz Room), 2:30pm to 4:00pm: Family Movie, TICKETS REQUIRED available at the branch now

Crouch Library, 10:30 to 11:30am: Family and Friends Puppet Show,drop-in, children with caregiver

Crouch Library, 2:00pm to 5:00pm: Get Your Game On, drop-in, ages 7+

East London (Rotary Meeting Room), 2:30pm to 4:00pm: LEGO Creation Station, drop-in, ages 4-12 with caregiver

Pond Mills (meeting room A&B), 2:30pm to 4:00pm: LEGO Creation Station, drop-in, ages 4-12 with caregiver

Stoney Creek Library, 10:00am to 4:00pm: Rhyming and Finding Scavenger Hunt, drop-in for families

Westmount Library, 2:30pm to 3:30pm: Craft Time, drop-in for families

** See branches for more information

Must-Try Burgers in London

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Some people may be familiar with the Food Network’s hit series You Gotta Eat Here. This show features the tastiest of restaurants from across the country and tries out their most popular dishes. Needless to say, the host always leaves the restaurants satisfied. London restaurant The Bungalow was once featured on You Gotta Eat Here, thus distinguishing itself amongst the many other amazing restaurants in London. People on the show were quoted stating that The Bungalow makes the best burgers in London. Although I have yet to try out The Bungalow for myself, The Works has always been my go-to burger place. I know many people will agree with me when I say that The Works makes some ridiculously good burgers. Because I can’t say for sure which restaurant does it better, I might have to call a draw on this one. Here is some more information on these two restaurants that you should definitely check out next time you’re craving a burger! If you know of any tasty burger joints London, feel free to comment below and let the rest of us know!

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12 Days of AWESOME!

We are done our 12 Days of Christmas!

It was fabulous, we had so much fun! This year was an incredible year with 19 reviews, 19 giveaways and 1 incredible Grand Prize.

THANK YOU to everyone who participated, to everyone who entered the contests, to everyone who read the reviews.

Here is a little recap of all of the fabulous companies, organizations and reps, and the winners!

Lia Sophia with Katie Robertson:  Crystal P

Epicure Selections with Dawn:  Maria A

Batty’s Bath: Valerie G.

The Secret Mountain: Mollie

ENJO with Andrea Pados:  Carin

Museum London: Michelle D and Shaina S

Gift of Art:  Nikki J.

Scentsy with Sonya Cracknell: Trish J.

Spa Sisters: Alison S.

Avon with Katie

Stripped Down Running: Sylvia V.

Pretty Bambino: Candice L.

Anni Mae Bows: Maranda K.

Jill Parkhill Designs: Melissa P.

Bling Boutique: Jenn S.

Charliebear Baby and Toddler Care Products: Nic

Lavish&Lime: Laura P. 

MooMoo Bars: Amber D. 

Maplelea Girls: Laura J.

And the Grand Prize: Trish J.

Alli’s Originals,

Cheerful Cheeks,

Epicure Selections with Dawn,

Glamsterbands,

Jill Parkhill Designs,

Kiwi Kraze,

The Little Gym,

Nash Jewellers,

Oh Sew Baby,

Palasad,

and The Secret Mountain

 

Have a wonderful, safe, joyous holiday season!

12 Days of Christmas

The 12 Days of Christmas is still going. Our 12 Days of reviews and giveaways are over, but there is still the Grand Prize up for grabs. 

Need a reminder of what you could win?

1 Tulip Necklace from ALLI’S ORIGINALS

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1 Chocolate Brown Romp-A-Rooz Cloth Diaper, 1 Laundry Tarts Strip It!, a Christmas Red Wet Bag, and a Laundry Tarts Stain Stick from CHEERFUL CHEEKS 

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$30 Santa Surprise Package from EPICURE SELECTIONS WITH DAWN

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3 Starter Packs of GLAMSTERBANDS

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1 Custom Painting up to a $40 Value from JILL PARKHILL DESIGNS

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$20 Gift Card and 3 t-Shirts (which gives you 25% off when you wear it in) from KIWI KRAZE

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$100 credit for THE LITTLE GYM

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$100 gift card for NASH JEWELLERS

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1 Versa Tail, 1 Versa Tail Lite, and 1 pair of Fancy Feet Slippers from OH SEW BABY

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Instant Party: Bowling for up to 8 People, 1 Large Menu Pizza from PALASAD

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1 book and CD from THE SECRET MOUNTAIN

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This contest closes on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2012 at MIDNIGHT

One very lucky LondonMom will be winning it all on Wednesday, December 12, 2012

GOOD LUCK!

 

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12 Days of Christmas: GRAND PRIZE

It’s finally here! After 12 Days of AMAZING gifts to stuff your stockings and grace the space under your tree, we have arrived at the big finale: the Grand Prize. I hope you’ve been keeping track of the 19 reviews that we’ve just posted, because here is your chance at winning the mother of all giveaways.

What is in this fabulous Grand Prize? I’m glad you asked! Here is a recap of our generous contributors:

Remember these gems from the Mama’s Got Swag review in October? Those funky bracelets with the coordinating charms will be taking your house by storm, delighting all of your kids this Christmas. Three Glamsterband starter packs will be stuffing your stockings this year if you win the Grand Prize!

Find Glamsterbands on Facebook or through their website.

Starter Packs

 

Oh Sew Baby is a home based business out of London, Ontario that specializes in making handmade products for babies, tots and mom! Offering everything from baby items, nursery sets, clothing and everything else in between you will easily find the perfect item here! And if it is not in stock? No worries, Oh Sew Baby are always willing to work with you on your very own special custom order. With tons of testimonials attesting to not only the style but the quality of the product, Oh Sew Baby is clearly a step above the rest! Oh Sew Baby has some treats for our Grand Prize winner: a Versa Tail, a Versa Tail Lite, and 1 pair of Fancy Feet Slippers!

Find Oh Sew Baby on their website http://www.ohsewbaby.com or on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ohsewbaby?fref=ts  

Alli is the maker of all things beautiful and hand stamped. She creates beautiful jewelry: rings, bracelets, necklaces; as well as keychains, bookmarks, and anything else you can personalize and wrap up under your tree. The Grand Prize winner will be receiving a beautiful new Tulip necklace.

Find Alli’s Originals on her website Alli’s Originals personalized sterling silver jewellery. Toronto, Ontario, Canada . Orders must be placed by Monday, December 17th in order to make it under your tree!

EPICURE SELECTIONS WITH DAWN ~ INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT

Epicure Selections is a 100% Canadian owned, family business, led by women. With Epicure, it’s possible to create family-friendly, healthy, simple dinners with their sauce mixes, dinner solutions, and delicious seasonings for everything from butter chicken to fajitas. If that was not enough, even entertaining will become a delicious dream. From cold dips like Guacamole and 3 Onion to hot dips like their legendary Extraordinary Cheese Dip, these little jars will have you ready for any potluck, family get-together, and of course, Christmas party!.

The 2012 Epicure Selections catalogue is full of endless ideas for hostess gifts, teacher gifts, Secret Santa’s, coworker gifts, and stocking stuffers. From the soothing Christmas Tea to the Extraordinary Cheese Dip Collection, the hardest part will be deciding what to giveaway and what to keep for yourself! Dawn has donated a Santa Surprise Epicure package valued at $30.

Contact Dawn to place an order before Christmas! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Epicure-Selections-with-Dawn-Independant-Consultant/222053361217883?fref=ts

Seasoning's Greetings Collection

 The Secret Mountain is a publishing company dedicated to the creation of quality French and English children’s books, videos and music. They have several award –winning publishing’s and their French printing company – La Montagne Secrète – is considered to be one of the most original and innovative children’s publishing houses in Canada and France. Based in Montreal, QC, The Secret Mountain has recently made its United States debut and they have also expanded to include digital content (Mp3 downloads, IPAD apps etc…).

The products offered on The Secret Mountain website would help you check off almost every child on your list. They have multiple titles to choose from and the best part is that you can customize the order exactly how you want. For each title you can choose from getting both a book and a CD, just a CD, full digital download or song by song download. This is great for every price point – can range from $25 approximately all the way down to $1.25 per song. Why not go and take a look and see who you can cross off your list? http://www.thesecretmountain.com/
The Grand Prize winner will be getting a book and CD from The Secret Mountain.

Cheerful Cheeks is a London based cloth diaper service founded in 2008. It was created to fill a need in London and surrounding area for a local, affordable, convenient alternative to disposable diapers. They genuinely believe that cloth diapers are healthier for your baby and better for the environment. They only use 100% biodegradable detergents and ensure that their clients receive not only an environmentally sound but an amazing quality product.

When crossing off people from your Christmas list, don’t forget to consider that new mom that is looking for an affordable way to make the move to cloth diapers or that cute baby you know that you want ensure they are in high style comfort. Cheerful Cheeks was originally founded by a Londonmom and is still currently owned and operated by a Londonmom – who better to support when looking for a cloth diapering service?

Cheerful Cheeks has just open a new Boutique within Tummies to Tots (at Fanshawe and Wonderland) It is stocked up with new products arriving regularly. Everything for the at home cloth diapering Mom will be carried in the store. All of the popular brands! The Grand Prize includes a gorgeous package from the Boutique featuring a chocolate brown Rump-A-Rooz one side cloth diaper, a Laundry Tarts Strip It!, a Christmas red wet bag and a Laundry Tarts stain stick.

 

Jill Parkhill Designs specializes in making unique one of a kind pieces of art. Whether you need wall murals, canvas paintings, drawer pulls, wall decorations or any other various items designed, Jill Parkhill Designs will ensure that each item is handmade and customized to your specifications.

With Jill Parkhill Designs the potential for beautiful creations are limitless. With that flexibility, it would be hard NOT to find something for that special someone on your Christmas list. As all of the works are done on a custom order basis, make sure that you contact them soon to get orders in. The Grand Prize winner will get to choose a custom painting up to a value of $40. 

 

The Little Gym

With more than 300 locations, The Little Gym is a premiere learning and physical development center for kids 4 months through 12 years. For more than 35 years, their trained instructors have provided a range of programs including parent/child classes, gymnastics, karate, dance and sports skills development, plus enjoyable extras like camps, Parents Survival Nights and Awesome Birthday Bashes. Each week, structured classes and a positive learning environment create opportunities for your child to try new things and build self-confidence, what could be a better Christmas present then that? The Grand Prize winner will be getting a $100 credit for the Little Gym.

 

Kiwi Kraze has opened in London with a bang! They are the little shop that kids and parents love equally. No matter the season, this is the perfect treat. Grab yourself a bowl, choose from the the wall of frozen yogurts – just one flavour? A twist of two? A bit of every kind? The choice is yours. Move along to the toppings which include everything from the traditional to the extravagant: candies, cookies, sprinkles, sauces, they have it all! Are you salivating yet?? There’s a reason people can’t stop talking about Kiwi Kraze! The Grand Prize winner will be able to feast there with a $20 Gift Card and 3 t-shirts that will give them 25% off every time they wear them in!

Where is the best place in London for total family entertainment? The Palasad, of course! With great food, bowling, billiards, an awesome arcade for all ages, and a retro bar lounge – what more could you ask for? They also throw great birthday parties for kids! Having a Christmas party? Tired of turkey and trees? Just need to blow off some energy? PALASAD is the place! The Grand Prize winner will be getting an Instant Party: an hour of bowling for up to 8 people and a large menu pizza!

 

In business since 1918, Nash Jewellers is a cornerstone in London’s business history for nearly 95 years. While styles and brands may have changed over the years, their mission has always remained constant – to provide customers with the ultimate jewelry experience. This is accomplished by always providing the highest level of personal service, uncompromising quality and value of merchandise. When you go to Nash‘s you can be ensured that you are not only looking at the best quality items, you are being serviced by highly trained employees that specialize in gemological study.

Nash Jewellers provide products that would be appealing to anyone on your list. Regardless of age, gender or taste, they have something for everyone. And really, isn’t jewelry everyone’s best friend? Stop by either the downtown or north London locations today to see who you can cross off your list! The Grand Prize winner can add a little sparkle to their own stocking this year with a $100 Gift Card to spend however they please at Nash Jewellers.

Does it get any better than that?

 

This amazing final Grand Prize in the LondonMoms 12 Days of Christmas opens at MIDNIGHT and closes TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2012 at MIDNIGHT.

The GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be announced WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2012. 

GOOD LUCK!

 

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12 Days of Christmas: MOOMOO BARS

Frozen treats are a staple of childhood… And adulthood, who are we kidding? ;) For many parents it’s hard to find an ice cream bar that they feel alright feeding their children – or in many cases, even CAN feed their children. Thankfully, those days are over! MooMoo Bars are a delicious new addition to the frozen treat selection. They are are nut free, gluten free, and are Kosher! They’re made with real fruit, fresh cheese, from 100% Canadian milk, so they’re full of calcium, protein, and good stuff for you. MooMoo Bars come in four flavours: Original Vanilla (vanilla with chocolate coating), Double Dark Chocolate, Strawberry n’ Cream, and Peach n’ Lemon.

I was not quite sure what to expect when I tried my first MooMoo Bar. Something like an ice cream bar, maybe? Although it was cold, the flavor and texture more closely resembled a frozen cheesecake bar. They were rich, creamy and delicious! My family and I sampled all four flavours. My favourites were the fruity peach and strawberry, my children were more partial to the chocolate and original bars. I’ll admit, after we all sampled them, I hid the leftover bars so that I wouldn’t have to share them!

MooMoo Bars are not yet available in London, but you can find them in Brantford, Hamilton, the GTA, and hopefully here soon!  For a chance to win your own boxes of MooMoo Bars, enter below!

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12 Days of Christmas: LAVISH & LIME

If you’re looking for contemporary eco-friendly products to help you live life a little greener, Lavish & Lime is a great place to start. Launched in 2007, the company is run by a husband and wife team that wanted to create an eco-friendly Canadian product line that is filled with quality and style. Each product must successfully pass through one of their three filters: eco-friendly, natural/non-toxic and made in Canada. 

I received Lavish & Limes Abeego Flat Wrap Covers to try out and I love them! I don’t know about your house, but left overs seem to be the name of the game here. The wrap covers are an easy, natural alternative to plastic wrap and foil and the best part – they are REUSABLE!  They are made of all natural products (beeswax, tree resin, jojoba oil and hemp/cotton fabric) and helps keep the food fresh and ready to use. I have been able to use them on a variety of different foods and personally love how easy they are to clean! One of my pet peeves on my grocery list has always been foil and plastic wrap – seems like money wasted right away! With this product I know that not only am I reducing the amount I will spend on that but also that I am ensuring that I am limiting the amount of chemicals that are coming into contact with our leftovers. These will certainly become the ‘new’ plastic wrap in our house!! 

With Lavish & Lime’s great products and focus on service, each shopping experience is sure to be positive and backed by their 100% satisfaction guarantee. With all of that, it is no wonder that Lavish & Lime is clearly one of Canada’s best sources for healthy and eco-friendly green alternatives that are not only good for you/you family but the planet too! This Thursday and Friday, December 6 & 7th, Lavish & Lime will have 20% off all water bottles – a GREAT stocking stuffer! 

For a chance at a $30 gift certificate from Lavish & Lime to get your own Abeego Flat Wrap Covers or any other product, enter the contest below. 

 

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12 Days of Christmas: CHARLIEBEAR BABY & TODDLER CARE PRODUCTS

Charliebear Baby & Toddler Care Products is the brainchild of Kelli, a mom on a mission to make life easier for herself and other moms. She first shared her products with me over a year ago and since then she’s become a household name for moms-who-know. From her genius Strappy Things to her handy Day Sacks and Diaper Clutches, Charliebear has something to help you out from newborn to school age.

 

 Charliebear has recently introduced an awesome new product – a clutch for women to hold all of their personal items like pads and tampons, called the TEMP (Tampon and EMergency Pad clutch). Like a mini version of the Diaper Clutch, these have two flaps that fold over and are kept together with an elastic strap. One side has a pocket for pads or liners, the other side has loops for tampons in two sizes. This discrete little pouch is ideal for keeping things accessible in your purse, diaper bag, stroller, office desk or car without drawing attention to the contents. Perfect for a teen girls backpack or locker! Not dealing with a monthly visitor right now? Fill it with a pad of paper and pencils or markers for moments of peace when you’re out with your kids. 

These TEMP clutches retail for $15 and come in four different fabrics: flirt, classy, fun, and sassy. Grab one for every stocking on your list!  Find her on Facebook, at Curiosities in Wortley Village, the Milk Diva, or on her website. Kelli is a dream to work with! Be sure to place custom orders ASAP to make sure they are ready for Christmas. To win a custom made TEMP clutch in the fabric of your choosing, enter the contest below! 

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12 Days Of Christmas – BLING BOUTIQUE

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Have you ever found that perfect top with spaghetti straps only to have it ruined by ugly bra straps? What about a stunning off the shoulder dress that you had to wear a strapless bra for but then felt completely insecure all night? Sure there have been many attempts to reconcile this in the past. But really who are we fooling? Are those invisible straps really invisible?? Well problem solved!! At least that is the aim with Bling Boutique. A unique small business out of Southern Ontario the designers of Bling Boutique decided that women deserved to feel both beautiful and secure in their clothing. They most certainly should be able to wear trendy fashion forward designs without worrying about something as simple as their bra of choice. 

Glam Crystal, Gold or Silver, whatever your choice – showing your bra straps are all part of the new trend. It is true that interchangeable bra straps dress up any outfit by adding Bling! I had to go to my husband’s Christmas party and along with that comes a fancy dress. My dress of choice was a one shoulder style and even that one would show a little strap. Being a woman who has been blessed with generous proportions I always feel uncomfortable in a strapless bra. I wear it but do not feel fully safe to move around too much if you know what I mean. Well these new straps were a life saver. I attached them to my strapless bra and away I went. I felt secure, but more importantly I felt glamorous. I had several of the women we met asking where I found a bra that look so pretty and like jewelry. Most were shocked to find out it was just straps and that they could get a different set to match almost any outfit. One pair will certainly not be enough for me. They will be my new addiction. A different necklace for every outfit. A different pair of Bling Boutique bra straps for every outfit. 

 

You can see all of their different styles and options by visiting their website or Facebook page. There is truly something for everyone and every outfit. Better yet win yourself your very own pair of Bling Boutique straps right here on this review!! There are many ways to enter below. Make sure you take advantage of them all.

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