Amazon Reviews – Episode 1, Part 1

Hi Guys….I had an epiphany. I guess I was watching one of the usual Youtube videos that I’m always watching and they started talking about the things we buy on Amazon and that most of us get all of out stuff on Amazon or online and sometimes we don’t know if what we’re getting is good or not. Yes we can read the reviews and those help but you still aren’t sure. So I decided to do my own Episode of reviews on the products I’ve bought through Amazon so if you were considering getting any of these you can get a better idea of how good the item is. I’ll do it in categories….and no I’ll also be posting other normal posts in between the Review Episodes. I’ll also put direct links to the products in case you want to see them on Amazon. Men I’m putting the list first so you can either read on or this just might not be for you unless you’re interested in buying something for the wife or girlfriend.The Items are:

  • Riding Breeches
  • Riding boots
  • Maxi Dress
  • Office Dress
  • Retro Bathing Suit
  • Lace off shoulder top
  • Dockers Sweater for men
  • Poka Dot Maxi Dress

The Format of the Comments/Reviews:

I’ve bought lots of things and some of them have been really crappy and some I still use to this day. Unlike most countries sending back items for us here in Trinidad is a little more difficult and costly, so we tend to just accept the loss and dump the product as a mistake. That has happened to me with shoes, clothes and other items that look one wy on the pics but when it arrives you’re like…” goodness this things is wayyyyy smaller than I thought”…kinda reaction. So the categories I was considering were:

  • Clothing & Shoes – Episode 1
  • Home & Garden – Episode 2
  • Art Supplies & Stationery – Episode 3
  • Beauty & Jewellery – Episode 4
  • Books & Tapes – Episode 5

Now how will this flow? I’ll show the product, with it’s link, place its details then below share what I think about the item/product, that is, the good and the bad aspects from my perspective. Then if you were considering getting something similar, at least you have my feedback, if you don’t trust the reviews in Amazon, because I’ve been fooled by reviews as well.

OH!! and I haven’t forgotten you with the short story from my client. I “buffed him last week because he hasn’t delivered it and it’s past due. These writers…. hmmmm!!

So, leets get started…. Surprisingly the first piece of clothing I bought on Amazon was a pair of Breeches because I had just started doing Horse Back Riding lessons with Trinidad’s Police Canine & Mounted Branch. The Police Mounted Branch has a program that teaches the public all about taking care of a horse, riding, and more and I had just joined that program in April 2013 and I wanted to have all the proper gear so I went online to buy my breeches.

Ladies Tuff Rider Ribb Knee Patch Breech Black 24R (10013-33)

GET THEM HERE – I rank this a 9

  • polyester-blend
  • Stay cool and dry with the knit “Ribb” fabric
  • 92% polyester, and 8% spandex for outstanding comfort
  • Washable UltraGripp imitation leather knee patch
  • Fabulous for hot weather riding
  • Outstanding quality at great price
  • Price USD $53.10


These breeches were the BEST!!!!! No, understand me when I say that, while learning to ride I started off wearing jeans and anyone who rides knows you use the thighs and other delicate parts allot. These breeches were comfortable, stretchy, easy to put on, didn’t shear, very durable, washed extremely well, kept that dark black without fading and I still have them to this day and I have no plans to give them away, even though I don’t ride anymore. They were so good some of the other riders asked me to order for them which I did at no extra cost to them…of course. They stood up to the 2 and half years of riding and falling off (sometimes). Of course to go with the breeches I needed some Boots. See them here: From 1 to 10 – I give this a 9 rating.

Journee Collection Women’s Regular Sized and Wide Calfed Ankle-strap Buckle Knee High Riding Boots’GET THEM HERE – I rank this a 7.5

  • Faux leather
  • Imported
  • Synthetic sole
  • Shaft measures approximately 14 from arch
  • Platform measures approximately .50″
  • HIGH-QUALITY BOOTS: Every women’s shoe in our collection of boots at Journee Collection is created with the finest materials available. 
  • Price USD $69.99


These boots were nice, getting into them was a little weird and little difficult but once your foot was inside it was a good fit. It was comfortable, no squeezed toes and I need the small heel for riding. It held up nicely during my riding gig. It was tested by water, mud, being stepped by a horse and more. It stood up well. When I stopped riding I because i didn’t really use it it, the faux leather started to peel so I had to get rid of it. But it lasted at least 4 years. But it was a really fancy looking boots so I got a lot of comments. See them here: From 1-10 – I give this a 7.5 rating

The boots I bought in 2013, 2 years later is when I bought my first maxi dress and an office dress.

Women’s Long Sleeve Full Length Ball Gown Beach Casual Loose Maxi Dress Gray S 2 – Ranking 5 – GET IT HERE

This dress is no longer available right now and it was an alright dress, but my only issues were: it was extremely long so I had to cut it but other than that if fit OK, it was comfortable but it seemed a bit larger in size than I though a medium would be so I gave this away. Price USD $23.99

Amoin Women’s Vintage Polka Dot Print Dresses – Ranking 3

the Amoin dress was the worst thing ever. It didn’t look the way it does in the photo, the quality was bad, it didn’t fit properly, in fact it was weirdly made to go over you head which made it very difficult to get your hands into the sleeves while trying to get the rest of you body into it. Poorly made. But I guess you get what you pay for this cost USD$11.23. NEVER again!!!

Next came the bathing suit as we were planning to take a drive down to one of the hotels by the beach and I wanted to be comfortable and that is when I sw this online:

zeraca Retro Halter Push up High Waisted Bikini Carnival SwimsuitGET IT HERE – Ranking 8

  • Main Fabric: 86%polyester/14%elastane , Lining: 100% Polyetser
  • Hand wash cold separately, only non-chlorine bleach when needed, do not iron,do not dry clean,do not wring or twist line dry , for best results, rinse and line dry immediately after use
  • Molded push-up padding bikini top featuring a knot detail at front and adjustable ties at back and neck
  • Romovable Enhancement Padding, underwire
  • High Waist Bikini Bottom with Ruched Sides with Support provides Moderate coverage
  • Fully Lined for top and bottom
  • Model Bust 34in Underbust 28.5in, Cup B, Waist 26in, Hip 37in, Which Suit for Size S
  • Price USD $26.65


I love this bathing suit. As we age, we women want to look cute but we need to hide certain areas and this bathing suit does exactly that but in a very retro way. The high waist bottoms is so comfortable and just fits well. The bikini top is also adjustable for those of us who don’t carry allot…sorry guys… What got my attention was the ruching because I tend to buy wrap dresses that ruched because the hide bulges especially if the material is patterned and they fall better. So this bottoms does that very well. Love this suit. I still have this in my drawer and its the only one I wear when I go to the beach, in my beautiful Tropical Island of Trinidad. See it here: From 1-10, I give this a 8

Ithen started the real zest for shopping online after realising that i got good quality clothes online.My next urchase was n off the shoulder top. Which is no longer available but I’m putting a similar top that i have my eyes on.

PattyBoutik Women’s Lace Smocked Off Shoulder Top – Ranked 7.5

So I chose this and bought it. It looked exactly like the photo but the quality of the stitching wasn’t the best. It was still a very nice top but the other issue for me was it didn’t look good on me. In fact the style didn’t suit me and the top ended up in my drawer for a few years until i gave it to charity. I bought it in 2015 and at that time it cost USD $29.99. I rank this a 7.5

This is the top I’m eyeing now.

Sarin Mathews Womens Lace Off The Shoulder Tops 3/4 Sleeve Casual Summer Loose Blouses ShirtsGET IT HERE

  • MATERIAL – High quality lace fabric, the lace is soft and not itchy or stiff. The lace is very elegant and has an inner lining, which is perfect in all season.
  • This blouse is very feminine and well made. You don’t have to continuously pull it down on your shoulders it stays in place.
  • It can be dressed up for a night out or just a causal day out kind of shirt. It’s so comfortable and stays put. It covers your butt and looks absolutely amazing.


I can’t rank or say anything about this lace top until I buy it which might be soon, after all it is Christmas. The price is right at USD $19.99 so we will see. Maybe I can get someone in the family to buy it for me. See it here.

I finally bought something for my husband. Wanted to surprise him with a gift for Christmas so in 2015 I got him this:

Dockers Men’s Fair Isle Chest Stripe Zip Mock-Neck Holiday Ski SweaterGET IT HERE – Rank 7.5

Yes I know we don’t ski here, but we do have air conditioning that can be quite cold…..

so this Dockers Men’s Ski Sweater, again as I bought it so long ago, its no longer available but in looking around the sweater below is what seems to have replaced the one i bought years ago. How style has been simplified….see below

Dockers Men’sQuarter Zip Soft Acrylic SweaterSEE IT HERE


Boy things go out and don’t come back so I can’t say anything about the new style. I can say that the one I bought, the quality was great, the fit was great and we still have that sweater today. I rank it a 7’5. This new design…sorry I don’t know yet.

In 2017, Another Maxi Dress….I’m looking for comfort in my life…

LILBETTER Women V-Neck Polka Dot Print Spaghetti Strap Boho Long Maxi DressesGET IT HERE – Rank – 9

  • Material:95% Rayon,5% Spandex,Comfortable and breathable.
  • Attention:1)The front length is shorter than the back, 2)The seam of this maxi dress is in the front,3)The polka dots in the seam is random, some are no close matching. Please kindly look the details in the last image before you place the order.
  • Feature:Sundress,Polka dots,V-Neck,Sleeveless,Adjustable spaghetti strap,Sling,full-Length,Long beach maxi dress
  • Price USD$22.99


I love this dress, I wore it just 2 days ago and it’s still in the same condition and quality as the first day I bought it. Easy to wear, comfortable, great style and stitching, colour hasn’t faded, it irons well and you don’t even have to do that if you hang it right after drying it. A Great maxi dress, so mush so that my daughter saw it and i had to order one for her but this time a red. And we inter borrow ever so often. Love this. See it here: Rank 9

OK I’m leaving some room for the other clothing and shoes in Part 2. See you then.

Later guys. Sorry men…that there isn’t much here for you unless you’re looking to buy something for the lady in your life.

Published by Gail Francis

Hi, I'm a mother of four, one boy and three girls ranging in ages from 26yrs to 22yrs. I own my own business that I run with my husband and we have no pets. We've had a variety of pets from dogs, cats fish etc, but things go wrong when we have pets so we decided that we are not pet people. I'm a creative person and I love to learn and share what I learn. Watercolour painting is my great love. I dream of having my art appreciated and hung on the walls of homes, offices, churches, anywhere that people can view them and start up a conversation about them. So that's a little about me, come peruse more of my site and ENJOY!!!

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