Annette Murano

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Annette Muranowrote a review of on February 17, 2016

Beautiful boot
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: 7.5

I've been longing for Fryes for a long time. But I could never justify the price. When I saw these on mega sale in my size I had to pull the trigger.

I have several pairs of high boots, and a few ankle boots, so I like that these are somewhere in between. My only slight complaint is that as a girl with larger calves, I can't pull these up all the way, but I kind of like the slouchy look. The style is timeless, there's nothing flashy here. The little loops on top are functional and make it easy to pull the boots on.

The reason you buy Fryes is for the quality. Super soft Italian leather. Broken in straight from the box. Slipper-like feel. I couldn't believe how light these felt compared to my other boots. True to size, these slip on and off with ease. They actually feel like they cup around my heel. These feel like they're well-made and will lay a long time given proper care. I'm in love and longing for another pair in a different style.

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Annette Muranowrote a review of on February 9, 2016

Cozy coat
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 1"
Size Purchased: 10US

I LOVE this coat! I had to wait for winter to finally arrive here in New England before I could bust this out, but once it did I was glad to have it.

First off, it's not your typical drab winter coat. It has a classic styling that makes it perfect with jeans or a dress. The back has a small elastic area to help give the coat some shape. It's not just a box on you. A nice touch is the suede trim along the zipper and cuffs. There's even a built-in hood zipped into the collar. It's nothing special, but it serves its purpose.

By FAR, my favorite feature on this jacket is the collar. It's huge. Zip that puppy up and your neck is impervious to the elements. Heck, half your face will be protected. It's amazing. Totally eliminates the need for a scarf.

The jacket itself is nice and warm. It's thick but I don't feel like a marshmallow. The filling is half down, half polyester, keeping you warm on the windiest of days. My only slight qualm would be to have slightly longer sleeves. I find that these come right to my wrists, so you can't pull your hands inside. But then again, that's what the pockets are for. Those are large enough to fit my phone and they zip shut.

I'm super happy with this coat. It seems to be put together well, it looks cute, and it keeps me warm. It's everything I need in a winter coat.

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Annette Muranowrote a review of on December 7, 2015

Worth every penny
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'll admit, I balked at spending $100 on a blanket. But when I read Lexi's awesome write-up on her well-loved Pendleton I knew I had to have one.
First off all, I love that this is made in the USA. I try my best to buy American when I can. So that's a win. I got the mineral umber color and love it. It's a nice grey-brown.
My use of this blanket? It lives on my couch and I wrap myself in it whenever I sit down. Yes, when I go camping next summer, this will go with me. And I can see this getting laid out at the crag. But it's really for daily couch usage. It's much softer than I expected a wool blanket to be. No itching going on here. It has withstood my cat's claws with nary a snag. And it's big enough for me to share with my nephew when he stays over. It's warm and cozy, even for someone that's always cold. A lot of times I find my cat laying on it. Sometimes I have to fight her for use of it.
This is a high quality piece. I know it's going to last for many years, and that makes the price easier to swallow. I'm even thinking about getting one to put on my bed for the winter. Get one. You won't regret it.

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Annette Muranowrote a review of on December 3, 2015

Cute shirt
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: Large

I got this for a steal on Steep and Cheap and couldn't wait to wear it as soon as it arrived. It's soft, but more cottony than flannel. Personally, I found the fit to be spot on, not too loose or tight, but I wasn't looking for a fitted shirt anyway. As others have mentioned, there are cute patches on the elbows, and the inner collar and cuff lining is corduroy. Seems well made, I expect it to hold up over time. Looks great on its own or layered under a sweater for the winter, or on top of another shirt when it's a little warmer. For the price I think it's a good value, especially on sale. Go for it.

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Annette Muranowrote a review of on November 13, 2015

Sharp looking jacket
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I was so excited when Joules sent me this jacket for the little guy to try out. He had outgrown last year's and needed something for this fall. He was excited it had a rabbit on it. Hey, anything that gets him to wear it works in my book!

The jacket is a synthetic down perfect for the fall weather. Not that it's been too terribly cold here this fall, but I think it would be plenty warm should the temperatures drop. And for when it gets really cold (this is New England after all), it's thin enough that it could be layered under a heavier jacket.

The little guy loves it. It's so adorable when he puts his hands in the pockets and walks around. He's also a fan of the hood, which works great on those windy days. He's in a 3T and this jacket fits perfectly, maybe even a little large. The zipper is smooth (I know because he asks me to zip it every time). Overall the jacket seems well put together. Very high quality for a kid's jacket. It's held up to several trips to the park and climbing around and scraping against things. When he out grows it, I'm sure it will be in perfect condition to be handed down to his little brother. Many thanks again to Backcountry and Joules for selecting us to review this jacket!

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Annette Muranowrote a review of on October 13, 2015

Better looking than a fleece
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: 10

I was super excited when I heard Joules was sending more gear to review. I loved the stuff I got last time. I was not disappointed when I opened the box.

This sweater is cozy warm with a fleece inside, but a fashionable nautical striped outside. The pockets are generous and the sleeve cuffs roll up to reveal a soft denim-like material. There are even cute little elbow patches on the arms! The collar is a velvety material, nice and soft against the neck.

I'm really happy with this sweater. It's cozy, soft, warm, and cute. I wore it on a windy night in the upper deck at Citi Field and was nice and warm. I know I'll get lots of use from it over the winter. Many thanks to Joules and Backcountry for letting me review it.

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Annette Muranowrote a review of on September 8, 2015

Great storage option
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I just got this bag after eyeing it for many months. I'm really happy with it. There's ample storage inside so I don't feel the need to strap a million things to my life jacket. Water bottle, food, phone, and VHF radio all fit with room to spare. It doesn't get in the way of paddling, either. The one thing I couldn't figure out from the pictures was how it attached. There are two large velcro straps on the bottom of the bag that you loop around your deck lines. That's the one thing I'm not crazy about. Simple clips would have been easier. I do like that there's a strap so you can sling it over your shoulder and carry it. All in all, it's a great way to keep a bunch of things within arm's reach and keep them dry.

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Annette Muranowrote a review of on August 22, 2015

My feet are grateful
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

A little about me: Though I spend my days at a desk, I work a second job on the weekends making pizza on a portable oven. That means long hours on my feet, many times on asphalt. To say my feet hurt at the end of the day would be a major understatement. So I was super excited when these arrived.

I have always heard of Dansko as a high quality brand, and always associated them with comfort as I always saw nurses and other people that spend long hours on their feet wearing them. Once I started the pizza gig, I realized my beat up shoes were not cutting it for support or comfort.

The first time I wore these, I found them to be a bit tight across the top of my foot. I'm typically a 7.5 or 38 euro, so that's what I got in these. I agree with the previous reviewer that these seem to stretch a little, as now I no longer feel the tightness over my foot. These are the XP series, so they have an extra padded insert in them that can be removed, which would also provide more room.

With my old shoes, at the end of a 4 hour shift, my feet would be sore. After 6-8 hours, I could barely stand and my back was also aching. With these, I noticed a huge difference in comfort. Sure, 8 hours on pavement will still leave me achy, but not crippled. My back hurts less or not at all and my feet have noticed a massive decline in pain both that day and the next morning.

I will say, I prefer the way they feel with socks. I found that wearing them barefoot I developed hot spots and almost blisters. Maybe for just getting around that would work, but for long hours on your feet I recommend socks. Yes, it looks a little silly, particularly with shorts on, but I don't think you buy these for fashion. That said, the floral design is a nice touch, and these look nice with jeans or pants.

I have to say, I was a little skeptical of the price of these shoes at first. But, having worn them several times for long stretches, I think they're worth it. The comfort level is there and they're clearly well-made with high quality materials. If you spend long hours on your feet, these are the shoes for you!

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Annette Muranowrote a review of on June 14, 2015

"More gummies!"
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Thank you to Backcountry and Honey Stinger for the opportunity to review these for the community! This was my first time trying their products, but I will definitely be getting more!

My test subject was a finicky two year old. The first time I tried to give him these, he said "No want this!" and walked away. This time I got him out on the trail and after 30 minutes (of me carrying him) he was ready for a snack.

He was very excited to hear there were gummies. "I like gummies!" He started chowing down right away. I asked if he liked them and got an emphatic yes. He happily sat and checked out the scenery while enjoying his gummies. I also tried them and thought they were tasty. Not overly sweet and not too chewy. Like they're not stick in your teeth chewy. I would totally get them for myself! They must have given him energy, because he walked over a mile by himself!

When we got back to the car, he spotted the box and asked for more. He's such a picky eater I was happy to oblige. These are definitely a winner!

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