Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tsubo Winner

And our EXTREMELY lucky winner is ...

Donloree! Congrats, cutie, and I'll be in touch.

More giveaways coming soon ... check back often.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Husband Mike's Tsubo Review:

My friends, I give you ... HM:

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Sally mentioned to her Tsubo friends that I was a bit jealous of the free shoes she gets from them; they immediately set me up, so I have a little review of the two shoes I received.

These are my new everyday shoes. My coworker - the one who complimented me on my Cydwoqs - she complimented me on these, too. Maybe I need to get her opinion before I buy my next pair of shoes.

The Tsubo Altanas are a combination of suede, regular leather, and canvas. Pretty clever mixing all those elements in the same shoe. They have a hiking shoe feel, which I like.

Around the time I received these shoes, I was dealing with an injury to my heel. Some sort of spur crap that required me to wear comfortable shoes until I got better. The Altanas are what I wore. When I switch to some of my other pairs - also considered comfortable, since why would I wear shoes that weren't comfortable - my heel would hurt. I'm not saying that these shoes are medicinal, but they worked out great for me and I am very thankful to have them.

The second pair I received was the Tsubo Pelagons. These are cool looking shoes. I know these are good looking shoes because I have good taste in shoes, and also because a stranger in line at a store asked me what kind they were. As a guy, I know that if more than one woman compliments me on my shoes that I've got good shoes. That's kinda my goal. That and being comfortable.

These shoes also mix suede and shiny leather, and have a cool red dot on the back of the heel. They are a sleek, low-profile shoe that can by worn fashionably with your dark-wash/going-out jeans. But compared with the Altanas, they are nowhere near as comfortable. At least not for a guy with a heel injury. There is not a lot of support in this shoe and I could feel part of the structure of the shoe beneath the insole. This was only an issue on my foot with the injury, so I must assume that the problem lies with me.

Beautiful shoes, though. I look forward to wearing them more. Later. Thank you Tsubo!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tsubo Giveaway

I'm beyond excited that the kind folks at Tsubo have decided I can give away another pair of their fantastic shoes! And this time, it's not limited to Acreas ... you can pick any shoe on the Tsubo site that is still available in your size. How sweet is THAT?

Here's whatcha gotta do to get in on this action - READ CAREFULLY:

1. Go to Tsubo.com and pick out the shoes you'd love to own. Make sure your size is listed in the style and color that you want.

2. Do one or more of the following: Follow Tsubo on Twitter, fan Tsubo on Facebook, or sign up for the Tsubo newsletter (bottom right corner). If you've already done this from the last contest, just say so.

3. Leave a comment on this post with the following information: Your chosen shoe, which way you'll be following Tsubo, and A VALID E-MAIL. Entries without an e-mail listed will not be accepted.

Do all of this by midnight CST on Sunday, December 20. I'll choose a winner at random the following week. This giveaway is open to everyone. Good luck to all!

Yes and Yes Winner

And our winner is ...

Joelle! Congrats, doll.

Tune in tomorrow for yet more giveaways ...

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Yes and Yes Calendar Giveaway

I am fortunate enough to live in the same city as the lovely Sarah Von, and ALSO fortunate enough that she will occasionally write to me to say, "HEY. YO. It's time for coffee and catch-up, McGraw." Because I miss her, but I can be a giant scatterbrain. Last time we got together she told me about this truly amazing project that started small and blossomed into something quite fantastical.

Sarah's blog, Yes and Yes, is your handbook to positive living minus the gooey sentimental claptrap, and she’s gathered quite an audience around her uplifting writings. So when she asked her readership if they’d be interested in purchasing a Yes and Yes calendar, the answer was a resounding, “YES!” Appropriately enough.

You should probably buy up a few copies – bargainous at $18 apiece and free global shipping – for holiday gifts. But if you’d like a copy for yourself for the bargainous price of NOTHING, here’s your chance!

1. Leave a comment on this post WITH A VALID E-MAIL ADDRESS.
2. Wait until next week
3. Hope that I draw your name at random!

Enter by midnight CST on Sunday, December 13. It’s that simple people. Big thanks to Sarah Von for supplying a copy of this gorgeous calendar for the giveaway!

PONO Winner

And our lucky winner of the PONO necklace is ...

momara! Congrats, beautiful, and wear it in good health.

Another giveaway coming right up later today ...

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

PONO Necklace Giveaway

Who WOULDN'T want to win this stunning PONO Urban Marquette Necklace? At nearly 36", this piece features resin beads coated in a satin-nickel finish. What a fun, funky and versatile piece to add to your accessory collection! Here's what ya gotta do:

1. Leave a comment here telling us what you'd wear with this gorgeous necklace.

2. Leave a valid e-mail address in that comment. If I can't contact you, you can't win.

3. Gain additional entries by following PONO on Twitter (1 entry) or Facebook (1 entry). Leave an additional comment for each of those actions.

This contest is open to everyone, including international readers. Leave your comments by midnight CST on Sunday, December 6. Good luck, and I'll draw at random and post the winner next week!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Tsubo Asmik Review

Dear Tsubo,

First of all, thank you for sending me these Asmik Mary Janes in chocolate brown suede to review. You are too good to me! I fell in love with these the moment they appeared on your site, since I could tell right away that they had that same quirky asymmetric strap detail as my beloved Acreas. And the covered wedge? Deeeelightful.

I am pleased to find that they have the same basic footbed as the Acreas making them - unsurprisingly - a true joy to wear. The strap has just enough give, but remains firmly in place. The wedge provides a hint of leg elongation, but is not so severe as to make walking a challenge. And the squishy, soft footbed is a triumph of footwear design, as I've mentioned to you before.

As I'm sure you can see, these Asmiks have made me very happy. My one complaint, though, dear Tsubo? The suede. Yes, I know, suede is big this year. And the style does look fabulous with a more textured finish. But for lifelong lazybones such as myself who are too slothful to deal with waterproofing treatments and, therefore, go to comical lengths to protect their suede shoes? The high maintenance material is a definite deterrent.

HOWEVER! I sincerely hope you will consider continuing this line after this season ... just whip up some Asmiks in red leather and I'm all over 'em.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Karin Jacobson Leather Cuff Review

You may have guessed this by now, but just in case you haven't: I am a HUGE fan of jewelry designer Karin Jacobson's work. Her chunky pieces remain indescribably graceful despite their heft, and her more delicate work makes me downright glad to be a girl. She re-set my engagement ring, designed my crown ring, and has created about one-fourth of the jewelry I own. And that's saying something.

She's also gorgeous, hilarious, and teaches kickboxing. So do not piss her off.

Karin has worked in sterling and gems for years, but has recently been exploring laser cut materials, and her highly stylized, super funky design sensibilities translate beautifully to these less formal media. I loved her laser cut plastic pieces, but might be even more enamored of her new leather line:

This fantastic Wide Leather Bubble Bracelet ($49.50) is supple and soft, but holds its form beautifully. Karin warned me that it might shed some black bits onto my wrist for the first few wearings ... but after three straight days on my personage, I've seen nary a bit.

Yeah. It's love. I've got a major crush on this cuff. It comes in a light tan leather, too, which is available on her website ... and she's working on some more exotic colors, so stay tuned.

Karin and I will be doing several collaborations in the coming months - including a GIVEAWAY - so check back often!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Dreamin' of Beadin' Winner

And our lucky winner is ...

Laura! Congrats my dear, and thanks to everyone who entered.

Another contest coming right up tomorrow ...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Dreamin' of Beadin' Giveaway

The truly lovely Stacy, proprietor of Dreamin' of Beadin', has been a sponsor of Already Pretty for some time now, and I just adore her ... and her gorgeous jewelry designs! Just take a gander:

And that's just a peek at the billion items in her shop I'd be delighted to own. Now that I've got you drooling, how about a little contest action? If you leave a comment on this post saying which item from Dreamin' of Beadin' you'd love to have, you'll be entered to win a $15 e-gift certificate to the shop! This contest is open to everyone, international readers included.

Leave your comment by midnight CST on Sunday, November 15, and I'll draw a winner at random the following week!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Vintage Threadz Winner

And our lucky winner is ...
Lauren! I'll be in touch, my dear.

Stay tuned for more giveaways very soon!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Tsubo Pina Short Boot Review

Yes, I'm a lucky gal. Tsubo also sent me a pair of these Pina boots to review. I'd been admiring these for several months, but wondered how I'd wear them. Again, more of a heels kinda gal overall, and although the slouchy detailing is undeniably cute, I still hesitated.

After having worn them a coupla times, I really do love them. As with ALL my Tsubos, these short boots are fantastically comfortable. These are all-day walking shoes, no question. They're crafted from soft black leather, with a darling pale blue lining. They definitely need to be worn with tights or leggings ... or, come spring, with bare legs. With my straightlegs tucked in, I give myself artificial cankles and with long pants worn over them, the slouchy detail is masked. So these will have limited application for me. But when I showed them to Husband Mike he commented that he thought they filled a hole in my shoe wardrobe - and I have to agree.

Would you wear a pair of Tsubo Pinas? If so, what would you pair with them?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Vintage Threadz Giveaway

Wow. Would you get a load of that DARLING HANDBAG? It's making me a little sad that I can't enter my own giveaways ... here's whatcha gotta do for a chance to win this little cutie:

1. Hop on over to Vintage Threadz Etsy Shop and drool over the fantastic wares.

2. Come back here and comment about your favorite item in the shop.

3. Follow Vintage Threadz on Facebook. Sorry, gang, this one is only open to FB users, and U.S. residents.

Do all of this by midnight CST on Sunday, November 8. I'll draw a winner at random the following week and she'll get this fab handbag popped into the mail to her shortly thereafter.

Oh, and if you're not on Facebook or see something ELSE in the Vintage Threadz Etsy Shop that catches your fancy, drop a note to proprietor Giovanna and tell her you heard about her shop through Already Pretty ... she'll shoot you a 40% discount. Woo hoo!

Good luck to all!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Tsubo Acrea Winner

And our lucky winner is ...

... Valerie H.! I'll be in touch, doll.

I'll have yet another giveaway tomorrow, and hope to do another TSUBO giveaway before the year's end! Thanks to everyone who entered, and to Tsubo for providing a fantastic prize.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tsubo Acrea Giveaway

Well. I'm not sure I've EVER been this excited about a giveaway, kittens.

The fabulous folks at Tsubo have told me that I can give away a pair of my SIGNATURE SHOES, the Tsubo Acreas. And I don't even have to give away a pair from my personal stash! Even though I have this shoe in five colors ...

Here's whatcha gotta do to get in on this action:

1. Go to Tsubo.com and pick out the Acreas you'd love to own. Make sure your size is listed in the color you want.

2. Do one or more of the following: Follow Tsubo on Twitter, friend Tsubo on Facebook, or sign up for the Tsubo newsletter (bottom right corner).

3. Leave a comment on this post with the following information: Your chosen Acrea, which way you'll be following Tsubo, and A VALID E-MAIL. (I've had to chase a lot of winners down lately, so just type out your e-mail addy, please.)

Do all of this by midnight CST on Sunday, November 1. I'll choose a winner at random the following week. This giveaway is open to everyone. YAAY!

Also, I'm pretty sure you want the black patent.


Monday, October 26, 2009

Whooga Review

So here's the deal. The good people at Whooga offered to send me a pair of sheepskin boots. And I rail against wearing these things in public fairly regularly. And, in fact, I stand by those railings. They're called Uggs because they're UGLY. And unflattering, too! What a fantastic combo.

However, I wear sheepskin slippers around my drafty built-in-1925 bungalow all through the Minnesota winter, and they keep me from losing my tootsies to frostbite. And the prospect of trading in my meager, now-threadbare slips for sheepskin up to my knees? Well, it was hard to resist THAT.

I landed a review pair of the Chestnut Sheepskin Classic Tall boots, and have worn them many times since their arrival. However,these boots will pretty much only be worn with the gooftastic PJ pants shown in the above photo. And they will mainly be worn when I'm doing this:

And for this? They are bliss. Soft and squishy and warm and delightful. I am cold all the time - even when Simon Kitty is purring in my lap - but I think these boots will help keep me from shivering as I type. They're a bit of an investment for a house shoe, but if you consider cost-per-wear, they're well worth it. And it really does make a huge difference trading in slippers that barely reach my ankles for knee-high boots. I'm not sure I've ever felt cozier.

Will I ever wear them to run to the grocery store? Not a chance. Will I wear them every day after work as I putter around the house? Most definitely.

Well, until summer anyway ...

Jbandme.com Winner

Ladies, thank you so much for all your thoughtful and heartfelt entries. I was really moved by your stories, and am grateful that you all felt you could share them. I wish I could give every one of you a tee! Sadly, I've only got the one, and it goes to ...
i_b_erin! Congrats, lady. I'll be in touch.

Come back tomorrow for yet another giveaway!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Breast Cancer Awareness Thermal Tee Giveaway

Did you know it's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month? It totally is. Hence all the pink you see in shop windows and on your wonderful fellow women. And in honor of this month and all it represents, the lovely folks over at jbandme.com want to give one lucky Already Pretty reader this stylish Michael Stars Breast Cancer Thermal Charitee.

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post saying why you'd like to own and wear this tee during National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Comment by midnight CST on Sunday, October 25, and I'll select a winner at random the following week.

This contest is open to U.S. residents only, I'm afraid. Next time, international readers! Also Michael Stars tees are one size, and run a bit small ... so bear that in mind when you enter.

Good luck to all!

20% Off at Dress Barn Through November 1!

Hey all - the good folks at Dress Barn have generously offered up this 20% off coupon! It's an in-store deal, so print this bad boy out and bring it with you when you shop.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Tsubo Kison Tall Boot Review

The lovely folks at Tsubo sent me a pair of their new Kison boots to try out, and although I thought that slight wedge was darling, I had my doubts. As you all know, I love my heels. LOVE. My flat boots get very little wear because I just feel sexier in my heeled boots.

Well, kittens, I may just have to change my tune.

Something about that ridged/lug sole makes these boots comfier than the brain can reasonably process. When I wear them, I feel like I'm walking around in slippers all day long. And after a single day of wear, I considered betraying my beloved heeled boots and just wearing these to work every single day. And possibly to sleep and bathe in as well.

I really do find them to be fantastically chic in addition to being sinfully comfy. They're beautifully made from quality materials, and include some truly thoughtful design details. There's a wavy seam that runs from toe to top that adds visual interest, and the toe itself is somewhere between round and pointed. The boots are lined with neon green leather, which is just a fun little secret to have and wear. And that wedge? Still darling.

OK, I'm sure my heeled boots will still get plenty of love this season. These Kison boots are marvelous, but decidedly sporty/tough, and that's more of a weekend look for me than an everyday look. But I was still utterly delighted with these boots. They're not exactly a basic and they're not exactly a bargain (at $180 a pair), but if you're looking for a pair of stylish boots that will allow you to walk without pain for hours on end, or a pair that hint at edginess sans chains and studs, I'd definitely recommend the Tsubo Kison.

We Love Colors Winner

And our lucky winner is ...

The Author! Drop a note to sally@alreadypretty.com, my dear. Thanks to everyone who played and, believe it or not, there will be ANOTHER contest starting tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

My Name Necklace Review

The folks over at My Name Necklace asked me to take a look at one of their nameplate necklaces, so they sent me a sample.

The packaging was really lovely - tidy and minimal, but simultaneously festive and sweet. I loved that little fold-open asymmetric box.

And the necklace itself is darling! I never wear gold, so I got mine in sterling. It's extremely bright and smooth, with clean edges. If you take a magnifying glass to it, you can see some minor scratches along the plate surface, but overall it appears to be a well-made piece.

And although the trend factor is LONG since past, what with Sex and the City being off the air for years, I'm actually tickled at the idea of flaunting my nameplate during the trend faux pas period.

If you're interested in picking one up for yourself, head on over to My Name Necklace and poke around. You can splurge on 14K gold for $139.95, or stick to sterling at a measly $29.95. Geez, am I a cheap date, or what?