Sorting through Sneakers and Shoes for Boy’s Fashion

Design, comfort, and fit are essential elements in shopping for a toddler or young child’s footwear. Most of the time, shopping for sneakers and shoes for a little boy’s fashion ensemble can test your patience. One hassle free way to buy shoes for kids this summer is through Cienta’s online catalogue.

Cienta is a shoe manufacturing company based in Spain. They specialize in making high-quality vulcanized children footwear. One of the things that caught my interest is that their products are made from 100% cotton for summer and more durable materials for winter. I always go for cotton and other breathable fabrics for summer fashion because of the comfort that they provide. My little boy Sean is quite active and I want to make sure that he has cool and comfortable clothing for summer.

It was fairly easy to sort through the shoes and sneakers featured in the online catalogue of Cienta. The catalogue loads fast and all their products can be viewed with great ease.  They have a nice mix of shoes for boys and girls as well as unisex designs.

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I narrowed down my options to three designs for boy’s fashion. It included model #52 casual sneakers design, model #61 high cut shoes, and model #72 which resembles classic Seasider shoes. I was also tempted to get one of the colorful summer shoes that look like espadrilles but decided to try one of the classic designs first. I ended up with a model#61, a casual high cut sneakers design that can be worn for casual dayouts or fun summer parties.  It has a canvas upper with metal lace up feature.

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The first thing that I noticed about the Cienta sneakers was its weight. It was very light compared to most of Sean’s footwear making it seemed more like a wearable toy instead of serious footwear. The workmanship looks sturdy enough to last a couple of years. It still looks brand new even after a week of testing sessions with Sean. I first had doubts about its quality as it was very lightweight unlike Sean’s other shoes which are quite heavy and bulky but the one week test washed away my doubts. I even had no trouble getting Sean to try it out and he looked good with it from what I can see. We also noticed that he can move with it easily and comfortably perhaps because of its lightweight and breathable feature.

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Cienta offers a cool and comfortable alternative to heavy and bulky shoes that little kids are used to. Sorting to sandals, sneakers, and shoes for boy’s fashion is also made easier by having an online catalogue where parents and kids can choose footwear together. Parents who are looking for fashionably cool, light, and comfortable shoes this summer can take their pick from Cienta’s line of products.

Platypus Australia Rash Guard for Kid’s Summer Fashion

Product Review: Platypus Australia Rash Guards for boys

Summer days are getting hotter and we need all the protection that we can get to avoid skin irritations and sun burns while frolicking in the beach or engaging in water sports. Sunscreen alone is no longer enough to protect active kids from harmful UV rays that needed to be reapplied every few hours. Parents who want to protect their kids from the harmful rays of the sun while swimming will have to look further than kid’s summer fashion in choosing swimwear. This summer I am opting for a rash guard and bike shorts from Platypus Australia for Sean’s swimming needs.

Platypus Australia took skin protection a step further by offering swimwear with UV protection. Their sun safe swimwear line offers UPF+50 which helps block out around 97.5% of harmful rays from the sun. I chose the rash guard for Sean because it covers most of his skin without compromising movement and comfort while in the water. Rash guards are also becoming popular options for kid’s summer fashion because of the protection it affords. I don’t have to use up a lot of sun block whenever we spend time on the beach as only the exposed areas would need reapplication.

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I got the UPF+50 Sunset SS with Bike Shorts – a short sleeve rash guard in black with light blue sleeves, white side accents, and white stitching. I like the high collar design that protects Sean’s neck and its nice and comfy fit. They are made from high quality Matt Nylon LYCRA which fits the body without the clingy or sticky feel.  I also like the fact that no labels are sewn in reducing the risk of irritation or scratches in the nape area. The rash guard comes with a bike shorts that matches its design. It also has a good fit around the legs covering thigh area until just above the knee.

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I also got the UPF+50 Sunshirt SS in bright red fabric with white side accents and stitches so Sean can alternate it with the blue and black one.

Nowadays, a good swimwear goes beyond being fashionable and a comfortable fit. The rash guard and bike short that I got from Platypus Australia covers Sean’s need for sun protection, quality, and durability. Plus, it’s a stylish choice for today’s kid’s summer fashion. Overall I am quite happy with Sean’s swim attire from Platypus.

If you would like to get your kiddos a pair of Platypus rash guard, you can order it at http://platypusaustralia.com/

Holiday Gift Guide: Get your Gift of Fragrances from Calvin and Ralph Lauren at Fragrancenet.com

Fragrancenet.com Gift Ideas

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The scent of pine trees heralds the holiday season and other lovely Christmas aromas like chestnuts roasting are sure to follow. As these scents remind us of lovely holiday memories, one can also give the gift of fragrances to make someone’s Christmas special this year. Most people would want to smell good especially in the company of others and smell even better during special occasions. Perfume lover or not, most people would appreciate receiving a practical yet exceptional gift of fragrance.

Shopping for fragrances in made easy with sites like FragranceNet.com. It offers a wide range of options that can fit the taste and personality of your recipient. My personal pick for this season is Euphoria by Calvin Klein. This perfume spray for women has notes of black violet, pomegranate, black orchid, mahogany wood, persimmon and lotus blossom. The combination creates a sweet scent of fresh flowers that makes you feel very feminine and subtly sensual.  I love the light to moderate scent that makes it great for casual dates and romantic nights out. It also lasts longer than 8 hours, so you can wear it at the office and still smell fresh for your dinner date.  It is available in 1 oz. bottles for those who would like to carry it in their purses and a 3.4 oz for those who are already in love with the scent.

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Euphoria by Calvin Klein for Women

For my husband, I chose the Polo Black cologne by Ralph Lauren which combines fragrance notes from patchouli noir, Spanish sage, iced mango, tongka bean, and silver armoise. It has a fresh, clean, and manly scent that women will appreciate on their partners. Aside from the scent, I also like the casual elegance and masculine design of the bottle which reflects everything about the scent of this cologne.  Simple, elegant, and attractive should sum it up for me.

Gift Idea for Men

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For me, the Euphoria Eau de Parfum by Calvin Klein and Polo Black Cologne by Ralph Lauren make a good pair for a “his and hers” gift this season even if they came from different makers. Of course, these scents can also be great gifts for individuals who are romantic at heart. Whatever you decide on, remember that the gift of fragrances doesn’t only make a person smell good, it can also make one feel good and special just by receiving your gift.

Last Minute Gift Guide: The Gift of Comfort from Cariloha

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It’s gift giving season once again and finding the perfect gift for friends and loved ones becomes more challenging every year. If you are running out of gift ideas then a quick visit to Cariloha Bamboo can show you how to give the gift of comfort this holiday season.

Cariloha Bamboo is a retail brand that specializes in clothing and beddings made of bamboo. My previous experience with this brand proved that their bamboo blends offer a soft silky feel and comfort that most people would love. This Christmas I would like to share the gift of resort quality comfort from Cariloha Resort Bamboo Bed Sheets.

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An environment conducive to sleep, a good mattress, pillows with just the right softness, bed sheets, and blankets are basic requirements to have a good night’s sleep. But good can be better if you have bed sheets that can give you a luxuriously comfortable feel. This is what I found out when I used the Cariloha Resort Bamboo Bed Sheets that I got a couple of days ago. The high quality of fabric and stitching was evident as soon as I took the sheets out of the packaging.  It had a Sateen finish that gives you a soft and smooth feel which is similar to silk fabrics. These sheets felt really good that my little boy started making a snow angel on our bed as soon as we finished changing the sheets. Creatures of comfort will definitely love this set of 1 flat sheet, 1 fitted sheet and two pillow cases. Those who are concerned about durability will be happy to know that these beddings are made with advanced box stitch seam construction for added strength.

The Cariloha Resort Bamboo Bed Sheets are available in king, queen, and California king size, and fitted sheets can accommodate mattresses up to 18” deep. They are available in different shades of nature resort but I chose the graphite shade because of its good contrast with white. You can easily find other shades that will fit the personality of your friends or loved ones. These Cariloha bed sheets are not just good quality presents that you can give. They are also gifts of comfort that your recipients can enjoy for a long, long time.

Finding Jubilation at Baroni – Green Onyx Earrings Reviw

Don’t you just love handcrafted jewelry?  There’s something so intimate about these meticulously crafted jewelries that makes one feel that every piece she wears has been designed and created just for her.    If you’ve been following Diva Fabulosa, you’d know that one of my fave sources of handcrafted jewelry is Baroni.

My most recent find from Baroni is an exquisite pair of Jubilation Earrings.  True to its name, you can’t help feeling euphoric while wearing it.  Five strands of delicate green onyx cascade from a sterling silver ring giving you 3-inches of glittering charms.  One reason why one might feel joy when wearing this pair is that onyx is believed to encourage happiness and good fortune.  It’s also believed to promote vigor and stamina.    The green onyx is particularly believed to affect the heart chakra – the very center of compassion, love, and spirituality.

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At $150, the Jubilation Earrings is well worth its price.  I honestly think every piece sold by Baroni is well worth its price!  Designers and artisans of Baroni all believe that jewelries are more than just accessories.  Every piece of jewelry they handcraft touches ones spirit and stimulates the intellect as it adorns the body.    If you need some perking up or a little boost in confidence, try adding a pair of Jubilation Earrings to your outfit.  I bet you’ll not only feel a tad more beautiful but also feel so much at ease.

A New Way of Reading for Busy Book Lovers

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Reading has a lot of benefits for people of all ages.  It keeps the mind sharp and the spirit nourished.  Not a lot of people, however, go to the library to read these days.  There are also fewer people who subscribe to newspapers and magazines.  Nowadays, the more common way for people to get books and other reading materials is through the internet.  I just love how I am able to get everything I need with just a few clicks.  The information can even be filtered for me so I get exactly what I want to read.

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It’s not necessary anymore to go to the bookstore to check out what titles are available on the shelves since I can get my books in electronic format over the net.  It’s as easy as downloading into my ebook reader to have all my titles in one nifty gadget to take with me wherever I go.  You think it couldn’t get easier than that to read, but there’s another way to squeeze your reading time into your busy schedule.  I know, that’s the multi-tasker in me speaking.  Getting to the books in my ebook reader is not always convenient.  There’s got to be a way for me to read my books despite my crazy schedule.  Discovering Audible audiobooks is wonderful indeed!  Now, I don’t have to choose between doing my cardio and reading a book.

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Image by patrisyu / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Audiobooks is definitely the new and more convenient way of reading.  It’s like having someone read aloud to you. It’s not boring, mind you.   The “readers” do the recordings appropriately with the kind of tone and voice inflections necessary to make the stories come alive and to keep the narration interesting.   I can spend hours listening to my favorite titles using my smartphone.  The best thing about it is that I do not have to sacrifice anything on my daily task list.  The books are also less expensive than buying them off the bookstore shelves.

Getting Your Audiobooks from Audible.com

Audible.com is a great source of audiobooks from various genres.  Whether you are interested in Bios and Memoirs of your favorite personalities or you want to immerse yourself in the latest Mysteries and Thrillers, you can find a great selection of titles at Audible.com.   You simply sign up for an account, pay the fee, and get the titles you want depending on your subscription package.  There is even a 30-day trial period that you can avail of to try out an audiobook before your subscribe.  You can also use an Audible promo code to get special discounts on your subscription package.  Subscription rates range from less than $15 to $229.50 depending on how many titles you wish to purchase.

Audible.com is today’s largest producer and provider of audiobooks all over the world.  It is a subsidiary of Amazon.com.  It has a listing of over 150,000 book titles, magazine and newspaper issues, television and radio shows, and speeches.  You can download the free AudibleApp on their smartphones, tablets, and desktop PCs for more convenient access to your Audible audiobooks.

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My Audible.com Finds

It’s easy enough to find the book titles you want to read from Audible.com.  I find it convenient to browse through the Audible Bestsellers and the New at Audible pages.  My latest finds include Eric Thomas’ The Secret to Success,  Women Who Love Too Much by Robin Norwood, and All Is Well: Heal Your Body with Medicine, Affirmations, and Intuition by Louise L. Hay and Mona Lisa Schulz MD PhD.

With audiobooks, reading does not have to take a backseat even with my packed to-do list.  It is now possible for me to find pockets of time to indulge my passion for reading and learning.  All I need is my smartphone, a set of earphones, and Audible.com.

Green Fashion Statement with a Red Delmar Watch


Food and skin care products made from all natural materials are quite popular nowadays with more and more people opting for ecofriendly choices. Aside from these products, the green trend also brings us some interesting pieces in clothing and accessories like the Red Delmar Watch that I got from Jord. It came in a stained bamboo display box which is very fitting for a timepiece made with wood materials. Sure enough, the natural beauty of the Jord watch shone inside the box and quickly made its way into my wrist for a fashion try out.

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The watch felt smooth and sleek on my skin and the wood material is definitely lighter than stainless steel or rubber straps of the usual watch brands. It has a hardened and scratch-proof glass face so I don’t have to worry about it breaking easily when it gets bumped on surfaces. The wooden frame and straps are made with dark colored wood which makes it easy to maintain. It doesn’t look like a dirt magnet but since accidental spills or smudges are expected when you have an active toddler, I am not quite sure how it will hold up against dirt. It is said to be splash proof, but I am not about to test this feature nor its ability to withstand stains because I like the watch and I still want to wear it for a long time. Its other features include a carbon fiber face, double action locking clasp made of stainless steel, and Premium Citizen Miyota Movement.

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The materials used in creating Jord watches already set them apart from other timepiece brands in the market. These timepieces are handcrafted from sustainable materials from around the globe. In the case of the red watch from Jord’s Delmar Series, I love the chunky look and the stylish combination of red against dark wood. I’d say that my Red Delmar Watch from Jord is great for making a green fashion statement.

 If you would like to get a watch that is not only fashionable but also very eco friendly, go visit www.woodwatches.com

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