GIVEAWAY: 2015 must-have favourites

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I wanted to take this week to give an extra “thank you” to everyone for following along in the last few months. Whether you’ve been following this lil ‘ol blog for the last 5 years, or the last 5 days, I am so grateful for all of the friends, opportunities, and creative challenges that has been introduced to my life ever since starting. I am constantly being inspired by the sharing of opinions, beautiful photography, and kind words that are exchanged on our social platforms on the daily.

This year, I wanted to do an Oprah-styled giveaway of my favourite things from 2015. This is not a sponsored giveaway, but a collection of fun things that I’ve discovered over the last (almost) 12 months and wanted to share with all of you.

Arvo watch giveaway
giveaway package:
Timeous Edison watch: Arvo (exact)
minimalist edition necklace: Rogue T&K
Dream Catcher: Life on earth coloring book (exact)

1 // A few months back, the rewardStyle team made a stop in Seattle and hosted an informative night of how to use their tools and introduced a group of local bloggers to the husband and wife duo behind Arvo wear. We got to hear first hand about how their business has been able to grow because of the strong relationships formed between bloggers and brands in conjunction with rS tools. Not only is their company mission inspiring, but their products are equally as beautiful. I’ve been obsessed with their minimalist-style watches since being introduced to them and am excited to give one of these away this year!

2 // It’s no secret that adult colouring books are almost at the top of my go-to activities after work. Not only are the patterns in these books intricately beautiful, but there’s an aspect of calming and de-stressing whenever colouring these pages in. (Unless you’re like me and sometimes bad at staying within the lines, which leads to some stressful colouring sessions haha!) This Dream Catcher book is the #1 best seller in the adult colouring book category!

3 // This last item is near and dear to my heart. The necklace that’s pictured may not be the exact one that you’re getting, but it’ll be a piece from the Rogue T&K minimalist line. We’ve been hard at work on fine tuning the details of the range of our jewelry collection. I want to share one of our pieces first with one of you here! It’ll be an exclusive first look at this new line.

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This giveaway is open to all readers (yes, even the international ones!), and entries will close on Nov 29, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.

Good luck! ♥


Halloween costume idea: Snow White princess and zombie form

There are 12 days left to sort out a Halloween costume and my original “team” costume got tossed out the window this weekend, so we’re back to the drawing board to figure out a costume for 2. Personal dilemma aside, I’m really excited today to share a fun collaboration that Goodwill did with some local Seattle bloggers earlier this month! I feel really lucky to have been asked to participate as a model to showcase their Halloween costume ideas. Keep reading to the end of this post, as there’s a $50 giveaway to help with building your dream Halloween costume this year!

Local stylist Darcy Camden pulled all of our outfits from Seattle Goodwill stores, and Tiffany Lowry was giving live demos for makeup during the event. Here’s the aftermath of our looks:

Goodwill Halloween Fashion
(Photo credit: Joshua Lewis, Seattle Refined)

Before going into detail for the transformation from princess to zombie, wanted to point out that all of the bloggers that participated in this event went in blindly without knowing what we would be dressed up as. This couldn’t have worked out more perfectly for me because Snow White has always been my favourite Disney Princess (ok, I might be a teeny bit biased because it was hard to find a princess with black hair to dress up as when growing up). As proof, here’s a photo from my recent visit to Disneyland with Ms Snow White in the flesh, teaching me how to “princess pose”!

Meeting Snow White at Disneyland

It was so awesome to see Tiffany work her magic! I was originally done up with dramatic princess makeup– bright pink cheeks, glittery eye shadow, and beautiful false lashes. She did a live demo to the crowd where she brushed white powder on my face and neckline, added black eye shadow to my lids, sides of my temples, and mouth, before splattering fake blood everywhere. She also took a full sheet of temporary scar tattoos and put them right on my chest, which looked so real when combined with the fake blood! I absolutely loved her creativity for showcasing a 2-in-1 costume idea.

Megan of Diary of this girl as Princess Leia and I

Giveaway time!
The lovely team at Goodwill Seattle is partnering today to offer one lucky Seattle-area reader a $50 gift card! I am already envious of whoever wins this giveaway considering how amazing the selection of Halloween (and day-to-day) goods are in the stores right now. Since Seattle stores are all locally owned, the winner of this giveaway will only be able to use the card in the Greater Seattle Area stores (Burien to Bellingham).

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment letting me know what your dream Halloween costume idea is, and don’t forget to add your email address.

Winner will be selected on Wednesday, Oct 21 and will be contacted via email.


GIVEAWAY: Moorea Seal 52 Lists Project Journal

Everyone loves a mid-week giveaway, right? I’m extra excited about today’s because this one is near and dear to my heart. My sweet friend, Moorea Seal, launched her first book, The 52 Lists Project: A Year of Weekly Journaling Inspiration, this week! If you aren’t familiar with Moorea Seal, she used to have a project called the 52 Lists on her blog a couple years ago that encouraged positive thinking to help make your dreams a reality. Each week, many blog readers participating in her weekly lists would share their dreams and aspirations on a linkup in her blog. Now, there’s a hard copy version available!

moorea seal 52 lists project

Every chapter of the book is divided up by season. I’m starting midway through at Fall, and then working my way through it in seasonal order. For me, this journal has been an extremely personal and a journey through being introspective and getting to know myself better. 2015 has been all about pushing myself and pursing things that I’ve been dreaming about for years and never took action on. Having this journal is an incredible reminder of what my goals are and how to take small actions to make them a reality. I’m not going to lie– I’m super nervous to share what I’ve written down so I’ll be leaving that out for another future post.

Now you can enter to win a copy of your own! This contest is open to all residents of the US and Canada.

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If you’re not interested in trying you luck, you can always pick up your own copy online from Moorea Seal’s store here, or on Amazon here.


GIVEAWAY: Simplism iPhone case of your choice

WOO! Happy Friday, everyone! I’m super stoked to share today’s post with you for a giveaway with Simplism! I’ve been toting my case around for almost a month now and absolutely love it. The card pockets stretched out a teeny bit so I’m now able to fit all 3 of my vital cards in here. No wallet needed on top of this case. :)

Today we’ve partnered up to give you a chance to win an iPhone case of your choice. They’ve got some great options for all phone sizes, so check them out here.


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GIVEAWAY: Title Nine sports bra of your choice

As someone who just started to get into road cycling and is still pretty awful about avoiding pot holes or bumpy paths, a good sports bra is a must-have in my wardrobe. I got the chance to learn about how to shop for sports bras, the different levels of impact that each style provides support for, and was introduced to a huge assortment of fashion-forward bras. Who knew?!


This week, Title Nine is hosting a few FitFest events here in Seattle and Bellevue! These events will include:
– Personalized bra fitting advice from a “bravangelist” expert
– An expanded assortment of bras
– Bras for sports, work-to-workout, everyday and date night
– A “Bounce-ath-a-lon” for those who want to put Title Nine’s bras to the test, with stations like hula hoop, jump rope, cup stacking, run around the block, hippity-hop ball & burpees

May 13-14, 10am-8pm
Title Nine Bellevue
10237 Main Street

May 20-21, 10am-8pm
Title Nine Seattle
7000 Woodlawn Ave NE

If you’re not local to Seattle, that’s ok too! FitFest events are going on nationwide all summer across all participating retail stores. Anyone interested in participating should RSVP at the local Title Nine Retail Location.


If you can’t make it to a FitFest event, I’m really excited to be able to offer one lucky reader a bra of their choice! This giveaway is open to US residents only and can either be picked up in-store (if you live near a Title Nine retail store, you’ll also get a personalized fitting session), or redeemed through their call center with a gift card.

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Good luck!

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