Friday, December 23, 2011

RockPaperScissors City Clutch Winner


And the winner is ...



Heather! Congrats, my dear. I'll be in touch.

We'll take a break from giveaways for a few weeks, but be back in January.

Monday, December 19, 2011

RockPaperScissors City Clutch Review and Giveaway


Although I'm a transplant, I've got a lot of local pride for my now-hometown of Minneapolis. So when Mary Jo from RockPaperScissors dropped me a line about doing a review/giveaway of one of her canvas envelope clutches, I was just tickled.

Although Mary Jo stocks clutches featuring city names including London, Paris, and Rome, I requested a custom Minneapolis clutch.* As you can see, it turned out beautifully! Get a load of that gorgeous, curly M, why don't ya?


The clutch is fairly small and flat, ideal for keys, ID, and maybe some lipstick. The interior is lined with a slippery animal-print fabric that allows contents to move freely. And is super cute.


The exterior is a rough, tan canvas that that gives the piece a funky edge. Due to its size and design, I could see this clutch making a great wallet alternative, too.

I'm very excited to have another canvas envelope clutch to one lucky Already Pretty reader. And you can either select from the pre-made clutches, or request a custom one with YOUR city name!


Here's what you've got to do to enter:
  1. Visit RockPaperScissors to check out the city clutches.
  2. RockPaperScissors on Twitter, like RockPaperScissors on Facebook. You MUST do one of these two to enter.
  3. Leave a comment on this post telling us which city you'd pick if you won, and A VALID E-MAIL. Comments without a valid e-mail in the comment will be disqualified.
  4. Cross your fingers!

Enter by midnight CST on Thursday, December 22, 2011. I'll draw a winner at random the following day. This giveaway is open to everyone, including international readers.

Good luck!

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Peek Brooklyn Tights Winner


And the winner is ...



Amy! Congrats, lady! I'll be in touch soon.

More giveaways coming right up.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Peek Brooklyn Tights Review and Giveaway


Since I live in Minnesota AND I'm a devoted skirt-and-dress gal, I am on a constant search for the perfect pair of tights. Last year, I had settled upon the SPANX high-waisted models, but they weren't quite as comfy as I'd have liked. So when Peek Brooklyn - a small online hosiery boutique dedicated to offering the best hosiery in the world - asked if I'd like to do a review and giveaway, how could I say no?

I requested a pair of opaque Commando tights* the moment I saw the phrase "signature dig-free waistband." And friends, these tights deliver. This product shot gives you a better idea than I could of how this magical waistband works:



It's basically a flat, stretchy panel of elastic that hits relatively high on the torso. And while it will occasionally roll a tiny bit, it does NOT dig. It expands and moves with the wearer, sits flat on the body, and feels absolutely amazing. And, as you can see from the outfit above and this one below, these tights are dark and shine-free.


Are they perfect? Close, but not quite. They're a bit staticky - more so than many of my other pairs - and they only size up to 170 pounds. But they've quickly become my favorite pair of tights, and I intend to order ALL of the other available colors. Seriously.

Peek Brooklyn is offering another pair of opaque Commando tights to one lucky Already Pretty reader! Here's what you've got to do to enter:
  1. Be a U.S. resident
  2. Visit Peek Brooklyn to choose between black, brown, and gray opaque Commando tights.
  3. Follow Peek Brooklyn on Twitter, like Peek Brooklyn on Facebook. You MUST do one of these two to enter.
  4. Leave a comment on this post telling us which color you'd pick if you won, and A VALID E-MAIL. Comments without a valid e-mail in the comment will be disqualified.
  5. Cross your fingers!

Enter by midnight CST on Sunday, December 18, 2011. I'll draw a winner at random the following day. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

Good luck!

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Moissanite Winner


And the winner is ...



Tracy! Congrats, I'll be in touch.

More giveaways shortly!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Moissanite Earrings Review and Giveaway


Must-have fashion lists generally irk me, but one item I believe that nearly all women should own is a pair of clear, sparkly studs. For years I've specified diamond or cubic zirconia studs, but now I'm DEFINITELY adding Moissanite to the list.

Moissanite is named for the man who discovered a mineral called silicon carbide, Dr. Henri Moissan, a French Nobel Prize recipient in chemistry. Silicon carbide itself is very rare in its natural form and too scarce in nature to be mined, but Charles & Colvard - makers of Moissanite - own a patented process for creating the jewel in a way that recreates the characteristics of the original mineral. The company says that Moissanite stones have more fire and brilliance than diamonds, but they're considerably cheaper to produce since raw materials don't have to be mined from the earth.

I'll admit that I don't own many diamonds and the ones I have are teeny and difficult to examine for brilliance. But I'll tell you what I do know. I was sent a pair of 0.5 carat Moissanite studs to review* -similar to these - and I am beyond impressed.



I have a pair of CZ studs in my jewelry box that are the exact size and shape of these new ones. I've been wearing the Moissanite ones quite a bit since they arrived and was looking for them over the weekend and grabbed the CZ ones instead. I knew IMMEDIATELY they were the wrong studs. The difference in sparkle, color, and glow is absolutely astonishing. The Moissanite earrings are simply gorgeous and have become my new stud staple.

I've got an identical pair of studs in my possession, courtesy Charles & Colvard, that I'll give away to a lucky Already Pretty reader! Here's what you've got to do to enter:

  1. Visit the Charles & Colvard website to learn more about their products.
  2. Leave a comment on this post telling us why you'd love to win these gorgeous Moissanite studs, and A VALID E-MAIL. Comments without a valid e-mail in the comment will be disqualified.
  3. Cross your fingers!

Enter by midnight CST on Sunday, December 11, 2011. I'll draw a winner at random the following day. This giveaway is open to everyone, including international readers. Good luck!

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IGIGI Winner!


And the winner is ...



Terni! Congrats - I'll be in touch.

More giveaways soon!

Monday, November 28, 2011

IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel Gift Card Giveaway



I'll just come right out and say it: IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel is my favorite plus-sized line of clothing. Seriously. I'd been a fan of this brand for about three years based solely on their gorgeous designs done in sumptuous colors, but when I finally got a chance to see the garments up close and in action at an event last year, the deal was sealed.


The fabrics are quality, heavy, and marvelous to touch, everything drapes gorgeously, and the garments are insanely flattering. I love this line, my friends. Just look at these glorious garments!


Their offerings are limited to dresses, dressy separates, and some formal attire, so not a full-service, all-lifestyle line. But the pieces are beautifully made, extremely high quality, dress up or down in a snap, and most go up to size 32 US.



I'm thrilled to have a $50 IGIGI gift card to give away to one lucky Already Pretty reader! Here's what you've got to do to enter:
  1. Visit IGIGI to check out the gorgeous designs.
  2. Follow IGIGI on Twitter, like IGIGI on Facebook, or sign up for their e-newsletter (click "E-mail Sign Up" at top right). You MUST do one of these two to enter.
  3. Leave a comment on this post telling us which piece you'd order if you won the gift card, and A VALID E-MAIL. Comments without a valid e-mail in the comment will be disqualified.
  4. Cross your fingers!
  5. Note: This giveaway is open internationally.

Enter by midnight CST on Sunday, December 4, 2011. I'll draw a winner at random the following day. This giveaway is open to all, including international readers.

Good luck!

Lucy Gift Card Winner


And the Lucy gift card winner is ...



Anna! Hurrah! I'll be in touch.

More giveaways soon!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Lucy Workout Gear Review and Giveaway


What? You don't stand in your dining room to lift weights? Totally normal.

I've been a convert to Lucy workout gear for several years now, so when the company offered to collaborate on a review and giveaway, I responded with a resounding, "YES!"

I was sent the top and pants you see above,* both of which are comfy, breathable and fabulous. The pants have a marvelously high rise and have become my workout pants of choice. I take a 10 or 12 in most pants, and these size large ones fit snugly. I have a 30" - 31" inseam and need the short pant length for sure!

The top hasn't gotten much use yet since it's quite cold here in MN, but I love the design. Doesn't look like this particular print is for sale on the site, but here's the style.


This x-back tank has a built-in, padded bra - perfect for my in-a-constant-state-of-nipping-out B-cups, but perhaps not ideal for women who need more support. This is a size medium and fits me beautifully. I'll probably sneak this lovely into some non-workout outfits, too. Such a cute print.

I'm excited to offer one lucky Already Pretty reader the Lucy top of her choice for $50 or less! Here's what you've got to do to enter:

  1. Be a U.S. resident.
  2. Visit the Lucy website to learn more about their products.
  3. Leave a comment on this post telling us which top you'd love to win, and A VALID E-MAIL. Comments without a valid e-mail in the comment will be disqualified.
  4. Cross your fingers!

Enter by midnight CST on Sunday, November 27, 2011. I'll draw a winner at random the following day. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!

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EILEEN FISHER Wrap Winner


And the winner of the EILEEN FISHER infinity wrap is ...



kateherself! Congrats, and I'll be in touch shortly. More giveaways soon!

Monday, November 14, 2011

EILEEN FISHER Review and Giveaway


I've been an EILEEN FISHER fan for a looooooong time, but my adoration for this company was cemented when I had the chance to visit their showroom back in February to preview the Fall 2011 line. Seeing the designs, discussing their inspirations, and handling the gorgeous textiles further convinced me that Eileen Fisher garments are worthwhile investment pieces. In fact, the collection made such an impression on me that I stalked and bought this coat, and the company was generous enough to send me this lovely Cable Infinity Wrap.*



The wrap is made from a soft, plush mohair/nylon blend and has lots of give to it. It is INCREDIBLY warm, and made even short-sleeved ensembles wearable in nippy fall temperatures. As you can see, I've styled the wrap as a capelet - a look I completely love - but it can also be worn draped, as an infinity scarf. This accessory would be a great item to add flair and sophistication to any wardrobe.

I'm delighted to have a second Cable Infinity Wrap in this same color to give away to one lucky Already Pretty reader! Here's what you've got to do to enter:
  1. Be a U.S. resident.
  2. Visit the EILEEN FISHER website to check out their gorgeous designs.
  3. Follow EILEEN FISHER on Twitter or like EILEEN FISHER on Facebook. You MUST do one of these two to enter.
  4. Leave a comment on this post telling us how you'd style the wrap if you won, and A VALID E-MAIL. Comments without a valid e-mail in the comment will be disqualified.
  5. Cross your fingers!

Enter by midnight CST on Sunday, November 20, 2011. I'll draw a winner at random the following day. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

Good luck!

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Dr. Scholl's Shoes Winner


And the winner is ...


Anonymous comment 317! Congrats, I'll be in touch.

More giveaways soon!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Dr. Scholl's Shoes Review and Giveaway




I've worn my pair of yellow Dr. Scholl's sandals many, many, many, many times and I just ADORE them, So when the good folks at Dr. Scholl's Shoes contacted me about a review and giveaway, I jumped at the chance!


I was sent these Ali Booties in Malt Taupe to try out.* And I was delighted to find that they're just as comfortable, cute, and walkable as my other pair of Dr. Scholl's Shoes. That little heel is sturdy but chic, and the footbed is marvelously flexible. These little guys have got a sweater cuff at the opening, but I found that a pair of ankle socks peeking out the top looked just adorable. I'm also eager to try them with knee socks and tights, once it gets colder.

I'm delighted to have another pair of Ali Booties in the color of your choice to give away to one lucky Already Pretty reader!** Here's what you've got to do to enter:
  1. Be a U.S. resident.
  2. Leave a comment on this post telling us how you'd style these booties, and A VALID E-MAIL. Comments without a valid e-mail in the comment will be disqualified.
  3. Cross your fingers!
Enter by midnight CST on Sunday, November 6, 2011. I'll draw a winner at random the following day. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!

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** If Ali is not available in your size, you'll work with Dr. Scholls to select another style.


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Monday, October 24, 2011

Voet Leg Bandeaux Winner


And the winner is ...



Kenzie B! Congrats, my dear, I'll be in touch.

More giveaways soon!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Voet Leg Bandeaux Review and Giveaway



A wonderful reader pointed me toward Voet Leg Bandeaux ages ago, but I'm ashamed to admit that I can't find that correspondence. If it was you, dear reader, sing out! I'm so grateful for the tip! I now have a set of all three colors in my possession* and am absolutely enamored of them.


This ingenious product allows you to create layered legwear looks without having to pile on bonus pairs of socks. The bandeaux are loops of lace that you slip onto your calves and arrange so that they peek out of your boot tops. Here, I'm wearing mine with bare legs, but they look fantastic layered over opaque tights, too.

My feet get hot and sweaty in most nylon socks, but I adore how they look. These leg bandeaux allow me to wear my favorite cotton ankle socks, but look like I'm wearing something far fancier. Love it. These little lovelies come in three sizes, and fit calves from about 12" to 16.5".

I've got a second set of leg bandeaux in white, nude, and black to give away to one lucky Already Pretty reader! Here's what you've got to do to enter:
  1. Follow Voet Hosiery on Twitter or like Voet Hosiery on Facebook. You MUST do one of these two to enter.
  2. Take a look at the leg bandeaux page and make sure they've got a size that will fit you.
  3. Leave a comment on this post telling us how you'd style one of your pairs if you won, and A VALID E-MAIL. Comments without a valid e-mail in the comment will be disqualified.
  4. Cross your fingers!

Enter by midnight CST on Sunday, October 23, 2011. I'll draw a winner at random the following day. This giveaway is open to everyone, including international readers. Good luck!

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Silvercocoon Jewelry Winner


And the winner is ...



Aibrean! Congrats, lady, I'll be in touch. More giveaways soon!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Silvercocoon Jewelry Review and Giveaway



I've been ogling Silvercocoon jewelry in local boutiques and galleries for AGES, so when a friend put me in touch with designer Tia, I was over the moon! We chatted about her gorgeous line and I had to keep myself from begging her to send me one of everything ... and eventually we landed on her POD earrings as an ideal piece for a review and giveaway.


I'm a lifelong devotee of hoop earrings, but with my new haircut certain hoop styles stick out strangely from my lobes. These cleverly-designed hoops, however, work beautifully with my face shape and are just as elegant and eye-catching as they can be.


The POD earrings come in several materials and finishes, including the red acrylic shown above and this maple wood, and all are incredibly lightweight and delightfully swingy.


If you're like me and just love great hoops, I think you'll find these to be perfect everyday earrings. I was sent the POD earrings in matte red, wood, and translucent to try and keep*, and have an identical second set  to give away to one lucky Already Pretty reader! Here's what you've got to do to enter:
  1. Follow Silvercocoon on Twitter, like Silvercocoon on Facebook, or sign up for the Silvercocoon e-newsletter. You MUST do one of these three to enter.
  2. Leave a comment on this post telling us how you'd style one of your pairs if you won, and A VALID E-MAIL. Comments without a valid e-mail in the comment will be disqualified.
  3. Cross your fingers!

Enter by midnight CST on Sunday, October 16, 2011. I'll draw a winner at random the following day. This giveaway is open to everyone, including international readers. Good luck!

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A.W.E. Jewelry Winner


And the winner is ...


Nadia! Congrats, my dear, I'll be in touch.

More giveaways soon!

Monday, October 3, 2011

A.W.E. Jewelry Review and Giveaway



Currently, I'm in a period that I've dubbed "earring transition." With my new haircut, many of my old standbys now look bizarre, and pairs I haven't worn in ages are starting to come into rotation. I'm also on the lookout for potential new pairs, so when Deb from A.W.E. Handcrafted Artisan Jewelry dropped a note to see if we could collaborate, I was thrilled!

I was sent these Scroll Post Earrings in copper to review and keep*:



I am trying to expand my metallic horizons beyond silver, and these lovely copper earrings are a marvelous bridging piece. They're sturdy but lightweight, beautifully designed, and, as you can see graceful and unique when worn. I'm in love!

A.W.E. Handcrafted Artisan Jewelry has been kind enough to supply another pair of Scroll Post Earrings for me to give away! And the winner can pick her favorite style and metal. Here's what you've got to do to enter:
  1. Visit A.W.E. Handcrafted Artisan Jewelry to check out the gorgeous designs.
  2. Follow A.W.E. Jewelry on Twitter, like A.W.E. Jewelry on Facebook, follow the A.W.E. blog, or sign up for their e-newsletter (sign up in the left rail). You MUST do one of these two to enter.
  3. Leave a comment on this post telling us if you like scroll style one, scroll style two, or scroll style one in sterling silver, and A VALID E-MAIL. Comments without a valid e-mail in the comment will be disqualified.
  4. Cross your fingers!
  5. Note: This giveaway is open internationally, but international winners will be responsible for any customs fees.

Enter by midnight CST on Sunday, October 9, 2011. I'll draw a winner at random the following day. This giveaway is open to all, but international winners will be responsible for any customs fees.

Good luck!

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Elixery Lipstick Winner


And the winner of the four gorgeous lipsticks is ...



Stephanie! Congrats, my dear. I'll be in touch. More giveaways soon!