Monday, March 31, 2014

Review & Giveaway: Starlight Wraps




I was very excited to be given the opportunity to review one of Starlight Wraps beautiful wrap bracelets - I love handcrafted jewelry, and this Colorado-based crafter really puts a lot of attention into designs that evoke various celestial themes. Her daughters and nieces help her select just the right name to match the look of the wrap to a particular Astronomical or Meteorological theme. I also see a good bit of attention being paid to the mythological sources of some of these names. I am fascinated to know that the piece is designed before it is given a name, because each of the names fit so perfectly with the wrap it goes with!

Rexanne, the designer and owner of Starlight Wraps is actually rather new to beading, which just further suggests to me that there is some inspiration at work here. Beading began as hobby she picked up to keep busy during off-season time periods at her Estes Park, CO boutique Windsong Fashion.  In an odd turn of meteorological fate, she found herself with plenty of time and motivation to develop her beading skills, when a severe flood in September 2013 blocked access to her boutique for a period of several months!  It turned out that her wrap designs were enormously popular and led to this second business operating in tandem with Windsong Fashion.

In asking about desires for the future of Starlight Wraps, Rexanne mentioned how much she'd like to be able to offer collections of wraps as bridal party gifts - an idea I find just tremendously appealing, especially if they could be done as custom designs in the wedding's colors and theme.  Should anyone be interested, I suggest getting in contact with her about that - my communications with her have been very helpful and thorough, and I believe she'd be happy to work with someone seeking a custom order of several wraps for special occasions.


It was very hard to choose which wrap I wanted, but Athena just kept drawing my eye - it is long enough to wrap five times, and is a series of silver textured beads and turquoise beads, all contained within a pair of silken cords.

I put it on the moment it arrived and quickly realized two very wonderful things about this bracelet - first, it actually lets me wear a snug cuff on my small wrists.  As much as I love bracelets, they often are too large to wear comfortably.  Secondly, the large sparkly button that connects it makes it easy for me to put this on and take it off by myself, and yet it keeps it securely on.

A couple days later, my daughter, who has metal sensitivity issues, helped me realize a third wonderful thing - while this particular wrap has metal beads, many of Starlight Wraps' designs do not. These are very fashionable jewelry items that can be worn by people who may have given up on jewelry due to allergies!

As you can see, it is quite a statement piece and I cannot wait until warmer weather let's me dress to show it off properly.  Meanwhile, I have worn it for several days, quickly removing it for showers and washing dishes, but otherwise leaving it on while sleeping or working, and I find it quite comfortable.  It doesn't get in the way or start to feel binding at all, which is quite a feat - I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and sometimes I can't stand to have things constricting me, but this stayed comfortable even through a very creaky weekend.


Athena is going to become a signature piece of jewelry for me - or one of them, because I can already see a couple more designs I may just have to have.

Luckily for my wallet, on Facebook, Starlight Wraps offers frequent giveaways and discounts, the better to fill my jewelry box with. Additionally, luckily for yours, she's also agreed to let us offer a giveaway and a very generous discount to our readers.

Before I show off what you can win, I wanted to offer one last reason why you really want to own a Starlight Wrap - Rexanne donates 10% of Starlight Wrap's net profit to a variety of children's charities that aid children around the world.  It's such a pleasure for me to support small businesses that give back.

For our Reviews, Chews & How-Tos readers, Starlight Wraps is offering a 40% discount code off the entire order - when you make your purchase use the code:
 STARLIGHT40 



Meanwhile, Starlight Wraps has agreed to let us sponsor a giveaway of the stunning Aurora wrap, a $49.00 value, composed of pink iridescent square beads and certain to help its wearer 'Always Sparkle', day or night.  I had a very hard time when I was making my initial selection choosing between this and Athena!

This Giveaway is open World Wide and will end at11:55 PM EDT on Monday, April 14th.  I wish you all the very best of luck!


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51 comments:

  1. I love the athena or the Hailey the most!

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  2. I love the Aurora and the Aphrodite!

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  3. marie :boba_gyrl@yahoo.com

    Aurora and Cassiopeia

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  4. I love the Cassiopeia wrap! So pretty.

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  5. Love the Hailey. Thanks for a fantastic give away. Gilda (McStamper) (gildamc@hotmail.com)

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  6. thank you for the giveaway opportunity I like the Athena! xo

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  7. I really like the Venus and the Stella.

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  8. I don't know how you choose?? They are all gorgeous!! Thanks for linking up to the Wake Up Wednesday Party (I'm a new co-host this week :) I'm so glad you did!!

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    1. Oh and my favorite is the Athena- I think I would wear it everyday!

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  9. Thank you for this lovely giveaway!
    I love this one:
    http://starlightwraps.com/collections/frontpage/products/aphrodite
    Fingers crossed!

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  10. Cassiopeia is my fav!!!
    alekakizim@hotmail(dot)com

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  11. I love the Andromeda :)
    ashstreeks84@gmail.com

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  12. Thanks so much for the wonderful comments! ***Always Sparkle***

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  13. The Cassiopeia wrap is my favorite.

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  14. I love the Hailey wrap the most.

    Desiree Dunbar
    desireedunbar@hotmail.com

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  15. I could partner this with anything and my kids would love it too! http://starlightwraps.com/collections/frontpage/products/mira

    Thanks for posting this giveaway to my weekly giveaway linky (http://www.journeysofthezoo.com/category/giveaway-linky).

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

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  16. I like the Gemma http://starlightwraps.com/collections/frontpage/products/gemma
    lusizova at gmail.com

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  17. I love the Hailey Starlight Wrap Bracelets. The sparkling pink and silver beading is my favorite.

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  18. I love the Luna wrap bracelet.

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  19. Hmm, I liked Mira and Venus

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  20. I like Cassiopeia starlight wrap
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. I love the Athena wrap bracelet. Too pretty! They are all gorgeous though

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  22. My favorite wrap is the Gemma Wrap but they are all pretty.

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  23. The Selene and Athena wraps are my favorite!

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  24. Hello, my favorite is the Andromeda wrap. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  25. Jenna Austin
    Email: Jenna.a.08@hotmail.com

    The Aphrodite starlight wrap is my favorite. :) They are all beautiful though!

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  26. My favourite is the Athena one, but I absolutely love all of them! :)

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  27. For BB- http://starlightwraps.com/collections/frontpage/products/cassiopeia is the fave. Gracias for the Giveaway!

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  28. Very cool! I love the turquoise one. Thanks for sharing at the Anything Goes linky at Bacon Time. Hope to see you again tomorrow.

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  29. I like: http://starlightwraps.com/collections/frontpage/products/aurora

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  30. I love the Selene one!!!! britkarma @ gmail. com

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  31. Good luck to everyone! I like the Athena. :)

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  32. Love the all, but Venus is my favorite.

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  33. Andromeda is my fave, but I like almost all of them. Thank you for this chance to win.

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  34. I now have several of these wraps - my favorite is the Selene, but I love them ALL!!! You are very talented, and I look forward to collecting more of your beautiful creations!

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