When the publicist for Joyo jewelry, a company based nearby in Scituate, Massachusetts, contacted me to see f they could send me a sample, I told them I’d prefer to pass it along to one of you. They were game with the idea of a giveaway.
The designer behind Joyo, Jenn Liddiard, who started the company in 2012, creates wood earrings, necklaces, and bracelets in modern geometric and naturalistic shapes, laser-cut from real walnut and birch. Liddiard laser cuts everything herself, and does all of the design, sanding, oil finishing, and assembly by hand.
Liddiard is inspired by architecture, history, and nature. She likes transforming natural materials into unique, intricate, and unexpected forms. She says, “I have a habit of looking for patterns in ordinary places, like storm drains, sidewalk bricks, window grates, and fences–things that normally blend into our everyday surroundings.
E N T E R t o W I N t h e s e E A R R I N G S
Tell me in the comment section of this post about an interaction with nature you had this summer. Did you climb a tree? Grow tomatoes? Make seashell mobiles? Swim with dolphins? Pick flowers? Gaze at the super moon? The simplest gesture will do.
Deadline to enter is Thursday , August 21 at midnight EST. (Don’t forget to include your email address so I can contact you if you win!)
I have less of a waist then I’d like, so belts aren’t always at the top of my list. I have two skinny patent leather Calvin Klein belts from the early 1990s (belts were enjoying a moment back then), that have long been relegated to my luggage accoutrements, perfect for securing a stack of folded clothing in a suitcase. Sadly, they will likely never fit again, so no matter how prominent belts become, there they’ll stay.
I purchased a stretchy elastic belt with a hook that I might wear with a dress, but feeling way too bloated of late, the last time I wore it was with my “Like a Virgin” Madonna getup for an 1980s theme party last summer.
For everyday, I have a great medium width black belt with little brass studs and buckle that I tend to use to keep my pants up, if necessary. Walking around as though I have a loaded diaper is probably not the best look, so I have been making a fair effort to take the time to thread my belt through my Lycra-infused Madewell jeans belt loops. It’s pliable and goes with everything. I also have a wider, totally worn caramel leather colored belt with matte brass buckle that’s perfect when I’m going with more of a natural, neutral look.
The other day I bought skinny zipper pants (with two percent stretch) at J.Crew, and it being summer, also picked up a skinny perforated leather belt on which the perforations go all the way around. (Who knows, I could love three inches if I starved myself. And my belt would still fit, or so exclaimed the perky stylist.) The buckle is a too shiny gold tone, but I won’t be tucking in my popover, so it’s not really an issue. (Except for me, privately, but I’m trying to get over it.)
An in other personal belt news, my boys, who are just a year apart in age and about the same size, have been sharing one belt between them. They go to different schools, so dress up days vary and it hasn’t been an issue. Last weekend we all had to go to a bar mitzvah so I had to buy another belt. Two belts in one week, a personal record.
Before you totally fall asleep with the ins and outs of my belt life, I want to introduce a KeepYourPantsOn.com. Founder Sivan Soffer has kindly offered a $50 gift card to KeepYourPantsOn.com for one StyleCarrot reader. The site has a large selection and the prices are quite good, so depending on the style(s) you choose, you will likely be able to get more than one new belt for yourself.
KeepYourPantsOn.com has skinny belts, wide belts, stretchy elastic belts, metallic belts, beaded belts, rope belts, and a variety of belt buckles too. You can even design your own belt. Here are ten belts I like from KeepYourPantsOn.com:
ENTER to WIN $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE to KEEPYOURPANTSON.COM
If you’re in the market for furniture (or even if you’re not), enter this giveaway for $150 to LA Furniture Store, a modern and contemporary furniture store with three locations in the Los Angeles area (including an outlet), as well as a Miami showroom and Brooklyn showroom. There are sofas (lots of sectionals, which are the store’s best sellers), bedroom furniture, dining tables and chairs, lighting, and home accessories. I’ve pulled together a few pieces of modern furniture below, all available online at LAFurnitureStore.com. See below for instructions on how to enter.
Enter to win $150 gift certificate @ LA Furniture Store
Onzie Active Apparel, originally created by a Bikram yogi for hot yoga, blends traditional yoga wear with modern technology making it perfect for pilates, spinning, running, and the rest. Better yet, all the pieces are under $60. Onzie fabric is durable, breathable, and fast-drying, and it’s all 100% made in Los Angeles. Here’s a sampling of styles. Comment on this post to win a $75 online gift certificate.
Leave a comment on this blog post sharing your favorite way to keep in shape. (I could use some inspiration!)
Deadline:Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 at 12:00 noon ET
One StyleCarrot reader will be chosen at random to win a code for $75 off an order at Onzie.
This cruise around Boston Harbor includes a plated dinner, live entertainment, and historic harbor views. To enter: Leave a comment on this post noting what your dad’s dream present would be.Contest ends Thursday, June. 13 at midnight ET. Winner will be notified on Friday morning. Don’t forget to include your email address!
C R U I SE D E T A I L S Date: Sunday, June 16th Board: 5:00pm Cruise: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
This cruise features an acapella group for entertainment, called The Honeymooners, a dynamic quartet who will perform a lively and eclectic set of classics, standards, and originals.
S A M P L E M E N U C H O I C E S
Farmer’s Market Garden Salad Chef’s daily selection of the freshest salad greens
Roasted Chicken Pan-roasted chicken breast infused with our traditional Moroccan chermoula seasonings, topped with our chef’s inspired harissa sauce and served with a citrus couscous and bok choy
Grilled Salmon Fresh grilled salmon topped with a ragoût of braised cherry tomatoes and black olives, served with sautéed spinach
Short Ribs Grilled and slow-cooked boneless short ribs with smoked Gouda mashed potatoes and glazed baby carrots, finished with a cabernet wine demi-glace
Vegetable Napoleon Layered portobello mushroom, roasted red peppers, zucchini, eggplant, summer squash and tofu grilled atop basil marinara
In association with National Geographic, ecommerce site Novicaprovides a platform for artisans around the globe to sell their artwork and wares. There’s sterling silver jewelry with druzy gems from Brazil and turquoise from Mexico, African masks and handwoven baskets, batik scarves and pillows from India, rugs from the Andes Mountains, Mayan hammocks, Balinese coconut carvings, Thai ceramics, and other home furnishings, fashions and accessories with an ethnic flavor. Novica gave me a $75 gift certificate to pass on to one of you. If you win, consider using it for a unique gift for your mom, seeing how Mother’s Day is not far off.
ENTER TO WIN $75 GIFT CERTIFICATE TO NOVICA: Leave a comment on this post noting in which country you’d most like to shop. And if you could “like” StyleCarrot on Facebook, that’d be cool too (though not required to enter.) Deadline to enter is Monday, April 8 at midnight ET.
S H O P P I N G
1 ‘White-Eyed Lotus’ pearl flower earrings by Nyoman Rena, $24.49
2 ‘Night Thunder’ beaded basket by Wayan Sukerni, $59.99
3 ‘Blue Jasmine’ silk batik scarf by Yuni Kristina, $36.95
4 ‘Surya the Sun’ Madhubani painting journal, $27.95
5 ‘Blossom’ sterling silver + garnet pen by Dewi Putera, $89.95
6 ‘Elephant Pride’ gold-plated ring by Jantana, $67.99
7 ‘Modern Mexican Jade’ ceramic lamp by Ismael Rodriguez, $119.99
8 ‘Conquistador’ bronze sculpture by Goga, $907.95
9 ‘Dazzling Rio’ buriti palm tote by Carlos Paiva, $72.99
Tech startup Mobee, based in the Cambridge, Mass. tech-happy neighborhood Kendall Square, was founded in October 2011 by recent UC Berkeley graduate Thibault Le Conte and MIT Sloan graduate Prahar Shah. The company’s app, which launched last year, turns users into “mystery shoppers” at local retailers and restaurants. The businesses receive the valuable feedback, and users earn rewards after filling out a report using the Mobee app.
StyleCarrot is giving away a $25 Piperlime gift card, compliments of Mobee. Scroll down to see what you need to do to win.
In addition to writing content for the newly launched Matouk blog and creating the Matouk Pinterest boards, the Massachusetts-based Matouk bedding company has asked me to participate in its blogger giveaway extravaganza. Each week over one month Matouk will be giving away a sheet set (top and bottom sheet) through a different blog. Marissa Marcantonio at Stylebeat kicked it off, and now it’s StyleCarrot’s turn. So scroll down, see what you need to do, and hopefully you’ll win!
House Beautiful’s 4th Annual Chair Scavenger Hunt kicks off on Wednesday and I’ve got a chair in the mix. The magazine has assigned StyleCarrot this ikat-patterned Dane recliner by La-Z-Boy. Like it? You could win it.
On Wednesday ant Thursday, the HB team will hide 20 black and white chairs (including this one) in iconic locations around Los Angeles. Follow @HouseBeautiful and @StyleCarrot on Twitter for clues on where to find and win my chair in LA! We’ll be marking tweets with hashtag #hbchairs.
UPDATE: On Thursday, March 7 at around 2:30 PT the HB team will hide this chair in the vicinity of the Urth Café at 8565 Melrose Avenue between Robertson and La Cienega. FIND IT!!!
With its classic lines, I can easily picture this chair in the New York City apartment of Laura, the 1944 film noir directed by Otto Preminger. In addition to fitting in with the decor, the ikat swirls also reflect the dizzying machinations of Laura, the femme fatale, who captivates the men around her.
If you’re wondering what the occasion is, this is all in celebration of House Beautiful’s March 2013 “Color Combinations” issue, for which they’re toasting the most classic color combination of all—black & white—along with the glory days of cinema. The event is called “Beautiful in Black & White.”
Other chair brands include American Leather, Crate & Barrel, Hickory Chair, Kravet, Room & Board, Target, and more, and participating bloggers include Tobi Fairley, Lisa Mende, Tamara Stephenson of Nest, Megan Arquette of Beach Bungalow Eight, Christian May of Maison21, Jennifer Mehditash of Dec-a-porter, and plenty of others. Feel free to gather clues for all of them!
Finally, stay tuned for House Beautiful’s Pinterest contest in which you will be asked to pin the chair from this post. Meanwhile, follow StyleCarrot and HouseBeautiful on Pinterest.
Entertainment Cruises is giving one StyleCarrot reader a pair of tickets for the Valentine’s Weekend Dinner Cruise on Saturday, February 16 aboard the Odyssey cruise ship in Boston.
The romantic cruise around Boston Harbor includes a plated dinner, live entertainment, champagne toast, a rose, and amazing views. To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite thing about Boston. (I’ll avoid asking about Valentine’s Day for fear of sap.) Contest ends Sunday, Feb. 10 at midnight ET.