Archive for March, 2011

What better way to (temporarily) come out of my hiatus than by announcing a super awesome giveaway?!

A while back, I was browsing Etsy and befriended Cassie, who has an adorable Etsy boutique stocked with tons of vintage and upcycled goods. I used to roam around flea markets when I was younger, and would still be doing it if I had the time. I just loved how all the items there came with a story, and I loved browsing and poking around and getting a glimpse into other people’s lives, even though I rarely ended up buying anything.

That’s why I love the things in Cassie’s Etsy shop. She’s got brooches and little coin purses and TONS of awesome rings (it was so hard to narrow down the choices for the giveaway!) and clothing, too. And, of course, everything has a great, unique, vintage-y feel to it.

Be sure to follow Cassie on Twitter ( @qofdiamonds16 ) if you’re interested in flea marketing, thrifting, and collecting. She’s always on the hunt for vintage treasures and posts lots of links and pictures … and makes me wish I could step away from this paper on putting together a framework to dispose of pet custody issues and check out my local flea markets and thrift stores instead! 😉 Whoops.

Today’s giveaway is a lovely ring from among Cassie’s wares. I absolutely love this one, even though all of her rings are super cute.

You guys know me. This deep, rich, emerald-turquoise color is basically my most favorite color ever. I even had a conversation with myself (until others joined in) recently on Twitter on how I could care less about cold, plain, sterile diamonds on my engagement ring – I want an emerald. They’re just the best stones ever, in the best color ever. (Brittle, though. I’m going to have to learn to wear my jewelry gently if I don’t want to totally mess up the stone.)

Aside from being a gorgeous turquoise color, I love that the ring is simple, but still bold and eye-catching. It’s a great piece of statement jewelry to add to your collection, and one lucky winner will receive it in the mail, courtesy of Cassie, who is awesome.

I urge all of you to check out her Etsy shop for great pieces like this, and a whole lot more great vintage stuff.

Here’s what you do:

There are several ways to score entries. Each way scores you one entry. The giveaway will start today, March 23, 2011, and will end in one week, on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 12PM CST. Yes, noon on Wednesday. Central time.

The first one MUST be done; others are optional.

1. Comment on this post. Say anything, like, your birthstone and how you feel about it. Personally, I hate my birthstone. Peridot. Really?! I wish it was emerald instead. (You will be asked for an email address in order to post; this is so I can contact the winner. Your email address will NOT be made public.)

Additional entries:

2. “Like” the FB fan page for this blog. Leave a comment here letting me know you have done this, or that you are already a FB friend.

3. Tweet the following: I ❤ vintage upcycled rings – so I entered the giveaway at @huma_rashid’s blog, sponsored by @qofdiamonds16! http://tinyurl.com/4mrbsze When you’ve done this, just leave a comment linking me to the status that says this, so I can just email you instead of trying to contact you on Twitter.

Easy as that! Remember, the giveaway ends in one week, so get your entries in and then forget about it. I’ll be contacting the winner next Wednesday, in the afternoon.

Good luck! And thanks again, Cassie!

(Reminder: all comments go to a moderation queue first so I can filter out the hate and spam comments I always get. So if you don’t see your reply posted even after an hour or two, and you definitely left a comment, don’t worry. 😉 I’ll get around to approving it ASAP. It’s there. Just not public yet.)


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Oscar Swag Bags, in my opinion, are completely effing ridiculous. But they’re also full of some really cool stuff. This year, for example, Natalie Portman, who won Best Actress for her performance in “Black Swan,” walked away with a giant African Safari vacation with a paid 5-star chef, a Motorola Xoom, and … this nail polish!

So if you ladies (and some gents) want to own the same nail polish that was given out to those that attended the Academy Awards (not sure, but I think these were actually in the bags for those that won or were nominated or were presenting, as opposed to seat-fillers), you can. Just click HERE for my post at Heave and check out this fabulous, chip-resistant polish. Or click the picture.

(This isn't the actual polish. I just thought this was really really cool.)


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