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!

*CMP.ly/2

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!

*CMP.ly/2

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!

*CMP.ly/2

IGIGI Winner!


And the winner is ...



Terni! Congrats - I'll be in touch.

More giveaways soon!