Tuesday, August 13, 2013

What I Wore (with a Moonglow giveaway)



When I quit my full-time job to work from home, I almost immediately moved all of my dress pants to a box on the top shelf of my closet. I was tired of getting dressed up for work every day. At heart, I'm a jeans and a t-shirt kind of girl.

I have since discovered that wearing jeans almost every day can cause you to grow tired of your jeans - particularly jeans that don't fit properly. I have several pairs (too many to count), but most of them are too low, thus pushing the tummy bulge up to prominence. Others are too big in the butt, causing the dreaded droop.


My husband asked me what I wanted for my birthday recently and I honestly couldn't think of a thing. I asked him to come to the mall with me to pick out my gift together. I picked up some comfortable (ie. no thongs) but pretty underwear at La Senza. And then it hit me - jeans! The first appropriate store I spotted was Buffalo and I remembered my friend saying she likes their jeans. I told the helpful sales girl that I wanted some jeans that were slightly higher in the waist (while not being high enough to revisit the dreadful eighties jeans). I also wanted them to be tight on the butt, with a pattern on the pockets.

She came through for me with this mid-rise pair of slight boot cut jeans. They fit super tight at the start, but they have a lot of stretch. So far I'm loving them. I bought the top at Suzy Shier. I'm a big fan of camouflage. The seahorse tote bag is an old favourite from Old Navy. I often use it to carry towels to the beach. (Just to give you a little update on the jeans - after I wore them a few times, I went to pull them up one day and my fingers went right through them, ripping a hole in the jeans that showed my underwear! I have never had that happen with a pair of jeans before - they are very thin! Buffalo wouldn't replace them. They gave me a credit for an amount that was less than one-third the cost of the jeans, which are no longer on sale.)

By the way, that's my favourite stylist, adjusting my top and telling me that my hair is messy. Listen, I have given up on straightening my hair because we have had so much rain this summer! Curly it is.


The only other pair of jeans I have that fit comfortably are these 7 For All Mankind jeans I got for a steal at Liquidation World. As for the top, I'm not normally a fan of animal prints. My clothes are a bit more "tame." (See what I did there?) But my sister got me this top. She is slightly more adventurous, and I figure it can't hurt to try to be a bit the same.


I dressed up both of these everyday outfits with my new Moonglow classic necklace with black Swarovski. I received it just around the time of my birthday, which is appropriate because the moon stage pictured on it relates to the day I was born.

This necklace is Moonglow Jewelry's original model, designed in 2003. Made of pewter, it features a black Swarovski crystal at the bottom. It has a vintage look and comes with the choice of a 16, 18 or 20-inch black pewter chain. Another cool feature of this necklace is that the moon, when exposed to light, will glow in the dark.

Visit the Moonglow Jewelry website to use the moon phase calculator. Put in a date and submit it to find out what the moon was like on your special day! I was born under a gibbous moon, which means the size of the illuminated portion of the moon is greater than half but not a full moon.

My necklace game in a black velvet pouch along with a card noting that my special date falls within the second quarter of the moon. The card notes: Those born under the influence of the second quarter are peaceful, analytical and detail-oriented, talented and often artistically inclined. Perceived as tolerant and approachable, they adapt easily to various social situations. Highly intellectual, they are on a constant quest for knowledge. A nice little stroke of the ego for my birthday, I should say!

Moonglow was founded in Montreal by artist and jewelry designer Luc Rouleau, who can be found in the Guinness Book of World Records for his memorization of calendar days and moon cycles. The Moonglow line now includes earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets, keychains and anklets. Each piece is hand finished in Canada by Rouleau. One of my favourites is this sun goddess (and god) necklace.



Moonglow is giving one lucky Woman in Real Life reader a classic Moonglow necklace like mine. Residents of the U.S. and Canada may enter the contest using the rafflecopter widget below. Contest open until August 28, 2013. Tweet each day for more entries.

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Linking up to Contest Canada and Casual Fridays

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*I was provided with product for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

99 comments:

  1. I'm a jeans and tee kind of gal as well :) I love the jeans you're wearing! Thanks for hosting this giveaway by the way..the jewelry is stunning!

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    1. Oh, and I loooove the Signature Series Northern Crescent Necklace by Moonglow High-gloss Lunar elegance with Swarovski. Everything looks amazing though :)

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    2. You are most welcome! Thanks for entering. :)

      Yes, I love the sterling silver chain on that necklace too! :)

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  2. I like the TWIN MOON "SOUL MATE" CHARM BRACELET BY MOONGLOW

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  3. Those are great jeans on you. It is so hard to find good jeans and you found some winners!

    The necklace is gorgeous. Love the fact that it glows in the dark.

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  4. OMG! Obsessed with the Moonglow jewelry! I'm going to order something when I come back from vacation. Thanks for showing it!

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    1. I'm sorry, I keep influencing you to buy stuff. ;) Be sure to enter the contest too and maybe you can win another piece. :)

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  5. The Band of Illumination by Moonglow. thanks.

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  6. I love the Birthstone Necklace!

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  7. I love the SIGNATURE SKYMAP NECKLACE BY MOONGLOW

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  8. I totally feel you on the jeans front-- though you haven't got a tummy bulge to highlight! You look adorable! And I'm with you on the necklace too, the sun goddess (and god) necklace is divine {see what I did there?}

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    1. Thank you sweetheart, but the bulge is there. :) I always blame my second baby, but now she's 8 and I don't think all the chocolate I've eaten since she was born has helped!

      I DO see what you did! We are smart ones, aren't we? ;)

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  9. I think your top is pretty!! And I'm liking the necklace too!!

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  10. Really like the Celestial Moon Rise Earrings by Moonglow Radiant drop earrings
    Jan

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  11. love the tri-mare charm and necklace!

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  12. The New Wristlet of Woven Dreams. It is an amazing piece of jewelry.

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  13. what a cute bag and a fun way to have fun with teh camo trend.

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  14. Ha - I have exactly the same problem - loved my jeans, lived in them for AGES - but now feel that's all I wear and need to mix it up a bit - or like you, find a pair that flatters me a bit more rather than just being my go to easy pull on!! You look fab in your new ones! Love the necklace too - never seen anything like it. Happy birthday for your recent celebration!! J9x

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    1. Thanks for your kindness Janine! :)

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  15. I like the Celestial Moon Rise earrings! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  16. Great choices! Happy belated birthday!

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  17. Signature Skymap Necklace by Moonglow

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  18. I like the keychain. Simlple and classic.

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  19. I love Celestial Moon Rise Earrings by Moonglow

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  20. I like the moon-eyed zodiac keychain

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  21. I love the Cross Of Zeitgeist. Gorgeous!

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  22. I love the SUN GODDESS (AND GOD) NECKLACE BY MOONGLOW

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  23. I like the TRI-MARE CHARM & NECKLACE BY MOONGLOW!

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  24. The Band of Illumination by Moonglow.

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  25. I entered your giveaway.
    It would be great to win a classic Moonglow necklace.
    In response to your requirement to Please visit the Moonglow website and comment below about what item i like most.
    I like The MOONGLOW'S TAIJITU (YIN-YANG).
    Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!!

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  26. Moonglow Classic is my ultimate favorite. :)

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  27. I really love the Moonglow Classic Necklace with Black Swarovski best, but the Signature Skymap Necklace is interesting!

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  28. Girlfriend, you look good!!! Those jeans are perfect, the necklace is lovely and I like your hair curly! I let mine go natural all the time, mostly because I don't like products.

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  29. All the necklaces are awesome! The "Signature Skymap Necklace by Moonglow" is extra cool!

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  30. I love the SUN GODDESS (AND GOD) NECKLACE, but my favorite has to be SIGNATURE SKYMAP NECKLACE ! I mean , your own personal constellation map! How very cool is that!!!!

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  31. I love the Tetrad moonglow charm bracelet!

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  32. I absolutely love the moonglow ring in silver, so unique!

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  33. I love them all, they're so unique. I like the Zeitgeist Cross by Moon Glow.

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  34. I love the Birthstone Necklace by Moonglow-Medieval Moon.
    Lynn M
    @seamaiden4
    lfmat4@yahoo dot ca

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  35. My all time fave is the Moonglow Sun Goddess necklace! I also adore the classic one.

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  36. My favorite is the moonglow necklace, love the design! Thank you for this great contest!

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  37. I really love this jewelry. It's so hard to choose but I'd have to say the Trinity Moon Charm Bracelet is my favourite.
    angela mitchell

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  38. I like the TRINITY MOON CHARM BRACELET BY MOONGLOW

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  39. This is beautiful: Charmed Simplicity Necklace by Moonglow
    With Orbiting Birthstone.

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  40. I am still loving the "Signature Skymap Necklace by Moonglow!"

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  41. I love the Signature Skymap Necklace by Moonglow

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  42. I like the SILVER CRESCENT MOONGLOW NECKLACE.

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  43. i really like the Regio Pewter Necklace by Moonglow. i looks very cool.

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  44. I like the cross of zeitgeist for men

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  45. so simple, so gorgeous!

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  46. I like the $199.99 Sleek and Comfortable Ring by Moonglow

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  47. The Cross of Zeitgeist by Moonglow

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  48. I really like the Cross Of Zeitgeist by Moonglow and also the Wristlet of Woven Dreams.. : )

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  49. I really like the Birthstone Necklace by Moonglow. It's very cool to be able to see what the moon was like on my birthday.

    Your outfits look great - the animal print shirt looks great on you, even if it might be a bit daring. I'm absolutely a jean person as well, and find it frustrating how hard it can be to find a pair of jeans that fits well (and doesn't either make us look like we've stepped out of the 80s or result in 'plumber's bum' when you do anything but stand straight up).

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  50. I like the keychain. If I got that,I could enjoy it every day.

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  51. I like the Birthstone Necklace.

    Joey B

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  52. SELENE'S VINTAGE RADIANCE NECKLACE BY MOONGLOW

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  53. SILVER CRESCENT MOONGLOW NECKLACE
    savewish@yahoo.com

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  54. I also like the Moonglow’s Taijitu (Yin-Yang)

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  55. I love the THE VENUS-MOON CONJUNCTION II BY MOONGLOW.
    mysticmisha at hotmail dot com

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  56. Its a tough decision. I would LOVE the Skymap, but I also am in love with the Zodiac in Pewter (newmoon). I have also been looking for something with the 3 phases of the moon, would be amazing if you could do something like this in the future!

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  57. I like the Tri-Mare charm and necklace best.
    Thanks for the chance. :)

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  58. This is the first time I've seen the Moonglow jewelry and I would love to wear some as I teach about space to my students.

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  59. The Band of Illumination by Moonglow - I know my brother-in-law would love this. Beautiful but still masculine!

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  60. SILVER LINK CHAIN BRACELET BY MOONGLOW So pretty!

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  61. I really like the Selene's Vintage Radiance Necklace.

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  62. Definitely the all Mankind jeans! The cut of the well-made pants is outlined with the goal that the leg is thin fitting down to the knee where it then flares out and the wash of the jean is immaculate as it has a touch of a green throws giving the sumptuousness pants from 7 for All Mankind an excellent look. Makes a strong statement for a jeans to me...
    PouchDepotInc.com

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  63. I like the charmed simplicity necklace

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  64. I also like the Signature Skymap necklace

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  65. this - http://www.moonglow.com/product/signature-skymap-necklace-moonglow or this- http://www.moonglow.com/product/moonglow-classic-necklace-black-swarovski

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  66. There are so many great pieces but I really think this vintage-look necklace is the most beautiful.
    GFC: Wendy Lange
    Facebook/Blogvin/Pinterest: Alexia Harvours
    Twitter: @Cinder_Ella_123

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  67. I like the SIgnature Skymap necklace!

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  68. I like the SIGNATURE SERIES NORTHERN CRESCENT NECKLACE BY MOONGLOW.

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  69. I love the SIGNATURE SKYMAP NECKLACE BY MOONGLOW

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  70. I like the TRI-MARE CHARM & NECKLACE BY MOONGLOW

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  71. I like the Silver Link Chain Bracelet by Moonglow.
    MPaula

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  72. I like the zodiac necklace.
    Nathan

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  73. i like the Silver Link Chain Bracelet by Moonglow. i'm into bracelets these days and this one is really pretty
    (stacey h)

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  74. Wow I really love your style. Thanks for sharing.
    Charm Bracelets

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  75. I love the Charmed Simplicity Necklace, thanks!

    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

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  76. abrennan09@hotmail.com
    Love the "Celestial Moon Rise Earrings by Moonglow."
    Thanks for this g/a.

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  77. i like the stainless link bracelet.

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  78. I really like the Sun Goddess (and God) Necklace.

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