Las Vegas Vow Renewal Details | 11-11-16

by Jamie Sanford on December 26, 2016

I’m finally posting photos of our 10th anniversary vow renewal! It’s been a month already! This post is dedicated to the details.

This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission if you make a purchase using these links.

These photos were made by me, taken with the Sony Alpha a550.

I am brewing a blog post about my forays into making, and earlier projects from the year made me believe that I could make this bouquet. While I was at it, I made the boutonniere for William.

Some of the flowers had dice in the center, some had rhinestones.

The bottom looked unfinished, so I was able to utilize some beautiful poker chips to dress it up.

These beautiful ears are the Liberace ears by Rock ‘n Roll Bride for Crown and Glory.

This champagne was great for photos but did NOT taste good at all. My sunglasses are from Amazon!

Our new rings are from Apples of Gold. We bought our original weddings bands from Apples of Gold 10 years ago!

I’ve had the belt for years and do not remember where it was purchased. The dress is an anomaly – after searching for months to find a dress that was what I wanted, I bought random dresses from Amazon and this was the perfect one.

One more post coming up – this one will be about our experience at the Little Church of the West.




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Kate Spade | Brand Experience Project (part 1)

by Jamie Sanford on May 1, 2014

Click here for all posts in the Brand Experience Project.

I’ve been aware of Kate Spade for ages, of course, but hadn’t checked out the website before. I visited back in January and ended up ordering a necklace for my Mom’s birthday. I had to wait to post until now because Mom only got the necklace last week.

Here we go!

I am in love with this website already. The branding is gorgeous and consistent. The photography is consistent as well, which is so exciting. At the bottom, there is a curated collection of Instagrams submitted to their #travelcolorfully hashtag, which I really like.

I check out the jewelry, and here’s the dropdown menu. All works for me.

Beautiful category results with consistent photography. I’m pretty sure they are shooting in-house.

I cruised over to the sale section next, since I didn’t see any jewelry with sale prices in the “all jewelry” category. I was sad to see that they sale items have been banished from the “regular” shopping areas, only to be found in “sale.”

Good product page – and I LOVE that the “final sale” warning is obvious in that pink font.

Back to the sale page, and I see this cute blue necklace. I scrolled over the image, and enjoyed this immediate glance at how long the necklace is, on a real person!

I’m even more intrigued when I get to the product page and see more photos, including one of the most darling gift box!

It is unfortunate that this page has more images of the product than there were on the last product page. Given the rest of this experience, I am surprised that every Kate Spade necklace does not receive the same photo treatment.

The box sells itself.

Add to the cart! I do sort of wish the “final sale” message was here, just in case I missed it.

It is pretty obvious in the cart though, which is great.

If you click “mark item as gift,” this helpful pop-up comes to help you. You can hide the price, and you can get a gift card included for free! This was totally charming.

Simple and clear in the cart.

Moving on to shipping. It’s great that there are multiple shipping options, but as always, I would appreciate some indication right here of how long orders take to ship after being placed online. A link to a map or more information about how long ground shipping takes to my location would also be a good addition.

So, I’m ready to check out. Everything is moving along and I’m just about to submit my order when I finally notice that the bar on the left is tabbed and there’s more information to be seen.

And so I finally get the informational page about shipping rates. This exists(!), so it definitely needs to be made available from a link right next to the dropdown I use to pick out my shipping method.  This feels like it was hidden.

This return information pop-up is great. Kate Spade isn’t kidding about this return policy, and I love that. Very clear.

I’m seeing the suggestion to create an account on the right there. I have not printed my order confirmation but hey, it’s cool, I will create my account. I did that, and then wasn’t able to go back. Sure, I got the email, but this could be handled in a smoother way so as not to load a new page where I can’t get back to my original order confirmation.

Very beautiful confirmation email, although with the same issue I had before – where I am not given any idea of what the time frame between my order being placed and shipping out will be, which is irritating.

All in all, the site is very lovely. It matches the brand so well, whoever is the brand czar over at Kate Spade is doing a great job. There are shopper experience issues that could be resolved with a few site changes, but overall, the experience was good. I will post the full score card for Kate Spade next week in part 2 of this Brand Experience post.

I’ll be back next week with a review of the packaging of my Kate Spade order. (Updated: click here for part 2!)


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Bullet Jewelry

by Jamie Sanford on August 26, 2013

In a continued streak of non-traditional jewelry on the blog, today I’m locating lots of jewelry made of or with bullets. Lots of variety here, and all items are from Etsy!

First up is a bullet pendant with amethyst – you can also find these with clear quartz, citrine, and other stones all over Etsy. This one is $25 from Azeetadesigns.

This is called the hunter’s keychain – bullets and antlers. $18 from Chimiera.

I love this because it feels high-end and fabulous while still incorporating the bullet. You can even choose different colored stones for the outer rim. $19.95 from Bullet Designs.

If you’re looking for a bullet on a chain, here you go. $16 from Dorian Creations.

Taking bullets to a very feminine place is this lovely necklace with a blue Swarovski crystal. $27.50 from lauralynns.

For the cowgirl in your life. $38 from TrashandTrinkets.

It’s a tennis bracelet, made of bullets! The crystal color is up to you, with about 15 options. $59.95 from BulletDesigns.

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Jewelry from Electric Lemonade Shop

by Jamie Sanford on July 29, 2013

I love some statement jewelry, particularly necklaces. I tend to lean towards things with antlers, but I am interested in anything that strikes my fancy. Electric Lemonade Shop has a super fun selection of jewelry – here are a few of my favorites.

Sideshow Deer Necklace, $128.

Glam Rock earrings, which I’m sure don’t say Bowie because his image was not used intentionally…$32.

How creepy/awesome is this? Dental Record necklace, $140.

Another identity crisis here, because a certain Grace Jones comes to mind…Glamazon Earrings, $32.

This is cute AND functional, since it actually works as a little knife! Danger Dagger Knife Necklace, $34.

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Tiffany Silver Ziegfeld Collection

by Jamie Sanford on June 24, 2013

It’s been quite a long time since I’ve perused the Tiffany & Co. site to look at jewelry. I was listening to a story that referenced Tiffany and so decided to go browse around. As much as I would love this $350,000 bracelet, the silver collection is more within my financial comfort zone.In particular, I’ll focus on the Ziegfeld collection items here.

Ziegfeld Collection Daisy Pendant, $450.

Ziegfeld Collection Pearl Ring, $475.

Ziegfeld Collection Daisy Ring, $550.

Ziegfeld Collection Daisy Locket – Medium, $600.

Ziegfeld Collection Daisy Locket – Large, $800.

Ziegfeld Collection Black Onyx Tassel Necklace, $600.

I will plan on making a purchase on at some point, because my customer experiences with Tiffany have been amazing. I don’t doubt that they will score very highly in the brand experience examination.

Are you a Tiffany fan? I’d love to see links to your favorite Tiffany items in the comments.

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