Back to School Shoe Shopping with Famous Footwear


Marshalls Back To School

Marshalls Back To School

That’s my adorable little 6 year old (Oh my goodness, I’m the mother of a 6 year old?! Whaaaa?!) with her Back To School Shopping with Marshalls! outfit and her super awesome Skechers Kids’ Lite Dreamz II Pre/Grd Shoes from

The Review I Posted on Famous Footwear’s website:

My daughter picked these out and was so anxious to receive them. They fit perfect, are adorable and are super lightweight – unlike most sneakers. They are flexible, comfortable and best of all, no laces!!! My daughter and I are so pleased with these that I would absolutely buy them again. One of the best shoe purchases I’ve made for her in a while. No complaints about these at all! Highly recommend!!!!

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And seriously, it’s true. My daughter puts these sneakers on with everything and we’re talking about miss girl-girl that would rather walk around in a dress and high heels than do anything else. She just loves them.

I asked her if she would like me to share her thoughts on the sneakers and she was happy to oblige! Here is my daughter’s review of the sneakers:

“I love the sparkles on them and how super sparkly they are. And I like the blinking lights on the side and the cool rainbow stripes. It changes to like blue and like pink. I like the star in the middle of the S word there. Oh and they are A LOT comfortable. If they weren’t comfortable I would never wear them! But they ARE comfortable and so I wear them all the time. I call them my super awesome sparkle sneakers. Okay, that’s all I have to say about them. They are awesome!”

Here is their most recent sale details:

Bogo is Here! Buy one, get a second item of equal or lesser value for half price at!

Definitely a sale worth taking advantage of!

* The product for this review was provided to us free of charge for the purpose of product testing. This does not effect our opinion of the products in any way. We only write about products we personally like and use, regardless of how they were acquired.

Dangerous Curves, Dangerously Addicting-Introducing Gwynnie Bee!

Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve blogged for TFH, but I’m back in action and super excited to share something AWESOME with you guys!

About 2 months ago, I saw a Facebook ad, then an ad on a blog, then a YouTube review…ALL about Gwynnie Bee! The ad promised me an unbelievable experience that is like Netflix for clothes-catering to sizes 10-28. How could I resist?!

I shot the (amazing, fast, friendly) support team an email and started a 1 month free trial so that I could share my thoughts with all of you! My trial is nearly up, but I plan to stick with this company for a loooong time. After this post, I’m sure you’ll understand why!  *Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this page to learn how YOU can try Gwynnie Bee FREE for 30 days!


After you sign up, start “closeting” items you covet. As far as I know, there is no limit! I do know that you must closet a certain number of items before your first package ships. Within 2-4 days, your clothes arrive with a HAND-WRITTEN note! Awesome, right?! Who does that anymore?! If they don’t fit, use the pre-paid envelopes enclosed to ship them back for a different size or garment. If they DO fit, wear them as long as you like! If you love it, you can email GB and they will give you the option to buy the garment at a discount! Exchange as many times as you like. No shipping charges-EVER!

Thick. Curvy. Full-figured. Whatever you call it, embrace it! If you’re anything like me, you feel that women with a little “oomph” to their figure tend to get the short end of the stick when it comes to fashion. Amen?! Well, to entice you a little more, here are a few of my favorite items currently on Gwynnie Bee! They get new items in every week, so you never know what you’ll find! (Rumor has it they’re in the works for carrying pants soon!)


Valentina Illusion Dress


First up, the Valentina Illusion Dress. Can we just gawk at this baby together?! IT. IS. PERFECT. (Just go up a size if you don’t like super snug fits!) This dress has everything. Lace, a sweetheart neckline, ruching to flatten your tummy…you’re GOING to turn heads! Not for the faint of heart! I really love this dress for a nice date, wedding, opera. I hope to re-closet it for the holiday season!


mktopNext up is this super soft, super comfy Michael Kors top. Normally, I’m not the type of girl who could or would pay $70 for a top, but after wearing this designer piece, I understand how fantastic the quality is! This top has ruching on one side with a tie-super cute! There are little silver “MK” beads on the end, which got my friends talking and curious about Gwynnie Bee! This top works great with shorts, jeans, and even slacks for casual Fridays at the office. The cut isn’t constricting at all, flatters the bust but still gives you breathing room-BONUS!



This next dress got me a lot of attention. I promise I’m not exaggerating! The Cult Of California Bat Wing Dress is amazing! The slip underneath is shorter and it screams sex-appeal while the flowy dress is creates a more romantic vibe. Add a bright belt and heels for a fun pop of color! This dress is perfect if you’re like me and self-conscious about your arms. This dress also has a high-low hem which is super on-trend!


asosHere’s the Asos Skater Skirt with a belt (included). Also comes in black. It’s long enough for the office but fun enough for an evening on the town. I haven’t received this item so I can’t comment on the fit, but I hope to get it soon in either color! This is a staple piece. You need this. Seriously. You do.



Remember how I said GB constantly gets new items in? Here’s an example. This piece came out TODAY and I’m in love! I’m ready to buy it and wear it till it falls apart! If you’re anything like me, you can’t get enough of mod prints and chevron. This shirt also hits the color blocking trend-the back has a black panel at the top! I really hope the Gwynnie Bee fairies grant me the wish of having this in my closet SOON!


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As much as I’d love to share more of my favorites, half of the fun is exploring your style, taking chances and waiting for your shipments! I wasn’t paid to this review and all beliefs are my own! I just love cute and comfy clothes that fit well and I want to share the wealth!

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Try Gwynnie Bee FREE for 30 Days!

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Wearing: Goody Ouchless Hair Ribbon Elastics


I’m wearing Goody Ouchless Ribbon Elastics in my casual summer updo. I french braided the top of my hair and pulled it back into a messy bun with the Ouchless Riboon Elastics and secured it with a hair stick. I have a huge selection of hair sticks from when they were popular back in the 80′s. So grateful I still have them because they are one of the only things that keeps my exsessively heavy, thick hair secured back in a bun. Otherwise I would need about 9 pounds of bobby pins.

Goody’s NEW Ouchless Ribbon Elastics offer you a unique hair tie to personalize your ponytail. As beautiful as ribbons but soft and stretchy too, these hair ties are “knot” your average elastic. New Ribbon Elastics are both comfortable and fashionable, plus look great in your hair or on your wrist.

Product Feature:

  • • Unique knot style hair tie
  • • Soft, stretchy ribbon material
  • • Looks beautiful on the wrist or in the hair!

You can get these ribbon elastics at Walmart and Target.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair during the summer?


I was given a free product sample of Goody Ouchless Ribbon Elastics because I’m a member of Influenster. I am under no obligation to talk about this company or product. I get no benefit or compensation for talking about this product or company. My opinions are my own.

Fashionable Technology – Tenerarca’s UP-SKIN Leather iPhone Case

Now that I own an iPhone, I tend to stay in-the-know about the latest, greatest and most fashionable advances in technology. One of my more recent discoveries is Tenerarca.

If you think hard, plastic cases for your iPhone are sooo, last year, then you’ll love the fashionable and functional Tenerarca UP-SKIN leather iPhone cases that are thin, super soft and actually eliminate 99.99% of harmful bacteria not only on the phone but on your hands!

“PAR’SK USA’s proprietary antibacterial, sanitizing, and negative-ion-generating process called UP-SKIN, an environmentally friendly method of treating leather. A Tenerarca case can eliminate up to 99.99% of harmful bacteria, not only on the electronic device but also on the user’s hands, says PAR’SK USA Inc. president Mr. Eskei Park. It also emits negative ions, which studies have shown enhance feelings of well-being.”

Not only are their cases equipped with that fancy UP-SKIN technology, but they are made from premium leather. Their iPhone and iPad cases combine classic style with ultramodern functionality you won’t find anywhere else.

Tenerarca up-skin technology Tenerarca UP-SKIN

I received the iPhone 5 Case in Aqua Green to review about 4 weeks ago. My first impression left me immediately pleased with the super soft feel, easy grip, and classic style of the case. After 4 weeks of continuous use, my first impression stands uncorrected. Being that it is 0.4MM thin and is ultra light, it was easy to slip into my pocket, unlike my other heavy, bulky iPhone case. The case was easy to grip and I could flip open the cover with one finger to quickly answer calls and flap it back over to protect my screen from my face during a phone conversation. I usually get makeup foundation and facial oil all over my screen during a call, so I especially appreciated the cover flap on this case that protected my screen from getting makeup and oil all over it. The cover withstood the abuse of my makeup and skin contact quite well and didn’t show signs of staining or dirt even after the continuous 4 weeks of use.

As for the case emitting negative ions that “promote feelings of well-being”, I can’t say that I noticed any difference in my mood while using the case so you will just have to take their word for it on that front!

They have covers for the iPhone 4, 4S, 5 and the Galaxy Note 2 as well as covers for the iPad, iPad 2 and the iPad Mini. They come in a range of colors including black, tan, red, blue and aqua.

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Check out my instagram outfit here, here and here to see my case in action!

For more information, visit

Dr. Owusu Skincare Review

Disclaimer: The Fashionable Housewife received the following product in exchange for writing a review. While we consider it a privilege to receive free products to review, our reviews are our honest opinion and thoughts of the product.

I took the Dr. Owusu’s Skin Care Challenge!  “Give us one week and we will give you softer, smoother, looking skin!”  Were they right?  Keep reading to find out!

I’m very happy to say that Dr. Owusu products are against ALL animal testing and are made in the USA.

Let’s get to it!

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Dr. Owusu Detoxifying Facial Masque – First off, it has a very pleasant scent.   The product looks and has the color of a clay like material.  This masque can be used 3 times a week, wash off after 30 minutes or can be used for overnight.  The masque is smooth to apply; as it dries I had a warming feeling.  One I took the masque off my face felt smooth and healthy looking.


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Dr. Owusu Exfoliating Facial Scrub – Another great smell when you open it.  The facial scrub has the consistency of sugar or sand.  Apply a small amount and exfoliate, then wash it off, the difference is amazing.  I could almost feel my face breathe.



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Dr. Owusu Sangria Shea Soap Bar – It is a vegetable soap base, packed with cocoa butter, shea butter, oat flour, and fragrance.  This is such a wonderful smelling and refreshing soap.



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Dr. Owusu Revitalizing Facial Serum – This is a must need for us that are getting older.  Such a wonderful product that help those problem spots smooth out.  Use this in your daily routine on your face and neck.  Your confidence will grow and you will look fabulous!



To answer the question from above – YES, they are right!

You can find Dr. Owusu products on her site at

Comfortable Sandals for Women with Problem Feet

Not everyone can wear stilettos and high heels all day long! They are pretty and all, but let’s face it, most of them are pretty darn uncomfortable! Don’t worry, there are comfortable shoes in the world. You just have to know where to look.

When I was pregnant, my feet grew (swelled) almost a whole shoe size and none of my shoes fit. I pretty much lived in flip flops for my entire pregnancy because it was the only thing that would fit on my poor, fat feet. They weren’t very comfortable though, nor did they provide any support. Pregnancy does a lot to your body and wearing comfortable shoes or sandals during that time is quite important.

Pregnancy isn’t the only time comfortable shoes are a requirement. If you have young children you need to chase around all day, chances are you opt for comfortable sandals during the summer. And yet if your kids are all grown up and you are over 40, you probably have trouble feet and can’t wear those pumps anymore anyway.

Whether you suffer from diabetes or just have problem feet with issues like corns, bunions, custom orthotics or have recently had foot surgery, you need a comfortable pair of sandals you can wear all summer long. We found JUST the pair!

Drew Milan

Drew Milan

Drew Shoes
Women’s Milan Sandals

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Slip into the Drew Shoes Milan in brown, the new double depth sandal from Drew and your feet will thank you. With two Velcro brand adjustable straps, removable cork footbed with memory foam and steel shank, the Drew Milan diabetic sandal for women is Drew Shoes’ most innovative sandal yet. Great Euro styling with a wide shank and oblique toe. The Drew Milan is fully leather lined. Velcro brand fastened footbed to ensure placement in the womens sandal.

Features Include:

  • Two adjustable Velcro® brand straps
  • Double depth
  • Thick, removable soft cork footbed with memory foam and a Nova suede cover to wick away moisture
  • Full leather linings
  • Broad, oblique toe shape
  • Lightweight, high abrasion, dual density, durable EVA outsole
  • Tempered steel shank
  • Velcro® brand fastened footbed
  • Accommodates prescribed orthotics

My Review: specializes in offering a wide selection of comfortable footwear for people with problem feet. I had the opportunity to review the Drew Milan Sandals and I found these shoes to be supremely comfortable. Not something I would wear everyday because they aren’t the most fashionable shoes in the universe, but if you are looking for comfort, support, ability to adjust and customize the fit as well as narrow and wide widths, then these are an ideal pair.

The casual style makes them versatile and easy to wear with anything in your wardrobe. The other day I wore them with my leopard print jeans rolled up, a white tank and a chambray button down shirt. I wore them all day and was amazed that I completely forgot they were even on my feet! I definitely recommend these sandals to anyone who is looking for supreme comfort this summer.

Find more Shoes for Problem Feet over at our friend Kirsten’s blog –

Del Sol Color Changing Nail Polish, Tees and More!



Disclaimer: The Fashionable Housewife received the following product in exchange for writing a review. While we consider it a privilege to receive free products to review, our reviews are our honest opinion and thoughts of the product.

I was fortunate to be able to review 2 Del Sol Products.  Del Sol Stores are found primary on Caribbean Islands and US coasts, however have started popping up in popular vacation destinations around the world.  If you have gone on a cruise ship, you probably know of Del Sol.

Founded in Utah in 1994, Del Sol opened their first cruise port shop in St. Thomas in 1997.  Del Sol is the world leading brand in color-changing items.  Del Sol is also “the number one promoted merchant onboard Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Princess, Disney, Celebrity, and Norwegian Cruise Lines.”

Del Sol has a very unique product line.  Each of their products change colors in the sun.  For example, indoors your nail polish will be pink; outdoors it will change to purple.  So, make sure you like both colors.  T-Shirts indoors are black and white, however when you step outside on a sunny day your shirt will magically transform into beautiful vibrant colors.

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Nail Polish WITH Sun





Nail Polish without Sun






Shirt without Sun






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Shirt WITH sun





Not into t-shirts or nail polish?  No Worries!  Del sol has a huge variety of color changing products for everyone!   Including hair accessories, sunglasses, necklaces, sandals, tote bags, and so much more!

Del Sol uses a proprietary technology call Spectrachrome.   Basically with organic dyes, Spectrachrome crystals activate when you get out into the sun.  When you get outside it generally take about 30 seconds to completely transform the color.

Can I wash it?  YES! You can wash Del Sol products with your regular wash.  Del Sol mentioned not to use any bleach, as it will ruin the color changing ability.

I really enjoyed reviewing the “Foxy” Nail Polish and the “Lady Pirate” women’s T-Shirt.   They are lots of fun and fantastic gifts for family & friends.    Check out my pictures on Out and About Cruise Planner’s Facebook site!

Next time you head to an island or hop on a cruise ship take a few minutes and go to the nearest Del Sol Store.  Not planning a trip soon?  Check out their website at