Juliet Dallaire
Montreal, Canada
My Style: Casual Chic, Classic, Minimalism-Love Carolyn Bessette Kennedy
Reviews: 204
Average Rating: 4.0
REVIEWS & RATINGS
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Posted October 14, 2010
Love Alkemie but not Black Owl Rosary
I own scores of Alkemie pieces that I adore (e.g., owl necklace, Buddha lock bracelet, buckle cuff, Buddha earrings, Buddha Rosary, et cetera). I wanted to love the Black Owl Rosary too. In fact, I ordered 2 different versions of the Rosary Necklace (Owl & Hasma Hand) at 2 different times & RETURNED BOTH. The beads are NOT wood; they are plastic. The sliver links between the beads are very cheap looking. When I was a little girl my Church often gave us children's rosaries which remind me of the plastic beads and silver links on the Black Owl Rosary. I am so sorry to post this review as I love this company; the designers are gifted artists and environmentally conscious. I continue to buy from them. Perhaps the version of my rosaries was an accident. The second pair, which I ordered in brown WOOD with the Hasma Hand, came with a spider on the circle part (the spider actually goes with the Spider-Web Heart Rosary and not the Hasma hand); so flukes occur.Alkemie does rock!
Sizing: Smaller than Expected
 
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Especially Nice 4 Big Earlobes Like Mine
The Princess Cubic Zirconia Studs are quite sparkly and large; however, I expected the studs to be large due to previous reviews and also because I have a set of earrings with the exact same measurements that were larger than expected when they arrived from shopbop. The size works for me. The Princess Cubic Zirconia Studs are probably best for people with larger earlobes like me as they are less overwhelming on such ears. I understand why some customers might think they look "cheap" or "too fake," but on bigger earlobes this is less a consideration IMHO. If you like Marc by Marc Jacobs for example, maybe go with a pair of small earrings around this price from that line (especially if you have smaller earlobes or issues with "cheap" sparkly earrings). I hope this review is helpful.
Sizing: True to Size / As Expected
 
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15.5" Circumference Narrow On Calf
A 15.5" circumference around the calf should fit me fine.However, alas, my leg looks like a sausage in these boots,which is disappointing because the boots are gorgeous!!!They almost look like leather & not rubber.If they fit,I'd rate then 5/5;but I have to mark down for being so small around the circumference.I was in denial about keeping them (I wanted to keep them sooo badly);however,I have to return these.Returns are a bummer for me as I do not get free returns from Canada.Four final notes: (1) I did some research & found out that Hunters are made for the wider calf woman, maybe if you are in doubt you can check those out instead; (2) my daughter is 5'4" & she tried on the boots, finding them to be uncomfortable because they hit the back of her knees (I am over 5'8" & they worked for my height); (3) the boots buckle at the front,but I guess this is the case with all rubber boots; & (4) I expected them to 'stink' of rubber,but they did not.In the last analysis,these are gorgeous.(o:
Sizing: Smaller than Expected
 
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Seems smaller on my hand than in image
Undoubtedly this is a lovely little ring.Perhaps my fingers are stubby (LOL) since the ring seems a wee bit larger on the hand of the model than on my hand.In other words, IMHO it is smaller than expected; or at least looks that way on my hand.Maybe my copy is not quite 2.5 cm wide (i.e., a fluke copy).I am unsure.It is a good chance to get a little piece of Marc Jacobs for a lower price though.It might arguably be better suited to the younger set.I love the resin and the seedpearl colour.I wish, however, Marc By Marc Jacobs rings came in size 9 too.In the end, I give it 4 stars because it is smaller than expected.But I might easily change my mind and give it 5 stars depending on how well it endures.That remains to be seen.Regrettably,my Marc By Marc Jacobs gold huggies are already broken,after no more than 8 wears (an omen?).In the last analysis,if you like rings and especially Marc By Marc Jacobs rings, this one's probably for you (i.e., a nice collector's item even).Hope this helps.
Sizing: Smaller than Expected
 
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Idyllic if not for 18" strap drop
I am a little more than 5'8" and a size 18 on top; hence, this bag would be ideal for me if it were a little wider than 12.5"L. Additionally, for my uses, a longer length than the 18" drop from the strap is needed. Please note: I thought the 18" drop would work better on my daughter as she is 5'4" and about a size 8; however, the bag hit right at her waist too. For me, the 23" strap drop on the fur cross-body Marc by Marc Jacobs Cheeky Nico Bag or the 26" strap drop on Utilisexy Max Messenger Bag would have been a better length for the drop on this bag. I used my bag a few times and found it extremely functional. For example, it holds a lot (my agenda, pencil case, keys, and two small wallets). It even held my 591 ml bottled water. At first I thought it would be heavy with all the hardware and it did feel heavy initially once I placed things in it; however, when I was carrying it, weight was not a concern. It did not feel heavy. I am giving the bag 5 stars despite the above.
Sizing: True to Size / As Expected
 
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Posted September 09, 2010
Lightweight Wool-What A Deal At $50!Wow!
Madewell has won me over yet again. This scarf is every bit as lovely in person as it is in the picture. Moreover, although it is 100% wool, it is not "itchy," nor does it smell of wool (that distinctive smell, oil-like, that accompanied one of my previous Madewell scarves, which was still a great scarf & which I sprayed to rid myself of the oil-like smell). This scarf is very lightweight; perfect for my needs since I wear scarves as part of my outfit and not just as part of outerwear. I have leopard-print scarves I paid more for such as a Tolani, that I do not like as much; and leopard-print & cheetah-print scarves I returned to shopbop.com that cost three to four times more than this one. Thank you Madewell for the EXCEPTIONAL quality & prices. I am thinking of buying the Blackberry/Pink/Orange version of this scarf & ASAP. At 2' wide by 7' long, it is a perfect length for me (size 16 to 18 on top; 5'8"). "Madewell" lives up to its name yet AGAIN!!! Gorgeous IMHO.
Sizing: True to Size / As Expected
 
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Carrie Bradshaw wears it in Sex&City II
I remain hesitant whether this is truly my style; or if I like it because Carrie wears this exact cuff in the second Sex and the City film. If you are a fan of Carrie and/or Sex and the City, it might be worth the price (even if you are hesitant about the look of it as I am). Carrie wears this Low Luv cuff twice in the film (at least 2x that I know of for certain). Once she is wearing it when exiting a white limo in the dessert, while also donning a Rum Raisin Maison Martin Margiela jacket; John Galliano slip and pants; and YSL handkerchief. Carrie wears this Low Luv cuff a 2nd time when riding a camel, while wearing a Zara blouse; a Dior bustier; and Ralph Lauren pants. BTW Carrie wears at least one other Low Luv piece in the film (including another cuff, while wearing the vintage turban and the Halston one shoulder dress). I give it 5 stars for its appearance in "Sex and the City II." I own a couple of Low Luv pieces from the lower price end (which look cheaper than I wish).
Sizing: Larger than Expected
 
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Absolutely adore-Own 2 different colors
I bought this necklace in two different colours, which I mention to indicate my approval of the item. First, I bought the light brown braid with pink pearls & then the black braid with white pearls. I prefer the black braid with white pearls by far. I bought the light brown braided version first since it was on sale; but I could not resist the black version when it also went on sale. At this price, I say BUY BUY BUY. Very high quality. It looks expensive; certainly it looks at least $202.00 U.S. (i.e., its original retail price). Cynthia Duggan makes top-notch items. At a FINAL SALE price of $60.60 (or, 70% off), I am shocked there are any left in stock. One final note, when my second Victorian Hippie by Cynthia Dugan Leather and Pearl Necklace arrived it was shorter in length than pictured. The pink pearl version was the length pictured here. Perfect length for me as I am plus size. Hence, it may be the case that these are made at slightly varying lengths.
Sizing: Smaller than Expected
 
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I Own 10-But They Damage/Wrinkle Easily
I have 10 Love Quotes scarves; however, they 'wear' quickly (e.g., hook on necklaces & bangles very easily; 50% linen/50% viscose wrinkles easily). But I still love these scarves. The colour range, and ESPECIALLY the lightness of the scarves, keeps me coming back for more despite the negatives. I wear these during the winter @ the office and in the summer too. Many of my other scarves, like my Yarnz cashmere ones, are too hot for wearing all day around the office (even during winter). I buy scarves to complete an outfit, not just to wear with an outercoat. Love Quotes are perfect for that purpose. Love Quotes are made in 65% polyester/35% rayon for those who may be turned off by the fact that this one is 50% linen/50% viscose. Linen/viscose scarves damage & wrinkle a little (too) easily. I don't own any of the other Love Quotes fabrics though, so I have no recommendations concerning those. There is good reason celebrities luv these. And now, a purchase benefits Haiti too. Bravo!!!
Sizing: True to Size / As Expected
 
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Gorgeous-Too Large For The Petitie (???)
I bought this particular scarf as a gift for someone because it is so colourful, with hand-knotted tassels, hand-loomed, and designed by A Peace Treaty. Alas, the person did not like it as it is 100% silk. They do not like silk scarves. Also, for the receiver, the measurements were a bit large as they are petite: Measures 108" X 42." Even though I returned the scarf, it should be said that with their chosen colors and ethical approach to fashion, the ladies behind the A Peace Treaty scarf line are refreshing. The scarf is probably overwhelming for petite women, but a good size for taller and/or plus size women. A Peace Treaty has been gaining a lot of buzz in the past year on sites like Daily Candy and Magazines such as "Marie Claire."
Sizing: True to Size / As Expected
 
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