Tuesday, November 25, 2014

My Best Black Friday Purchase & Coupons.com Giveaway #BlackFridayGiveaway

This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Coupons. com. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic. All opinions expressed in the post below are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. Please do your own research before committing to purchase a product as your opinions may vary. 

In my family, Black Friday is as much of a cherished holiday tradition as the turkey on Thanksgiving, opening up one present on Christmas Eve, and banging pots and pans at the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve.

Heck, as far as my family is concerned Black Friday IS a holiday in and of itself!

My mom, sister, and I have been battling our way into stores with the best holiday deals at ridiculously early hours for years. Of course each year is a toss up for me in regards to my health since Winter is usually my worst season but if I'm at least halfway decent I'm out scouting deals.

I do remember a particularly humorous year where Black Friday was tackled in a wheelchair and in which I became a human cart, clothing piled on my lap all the way up to my eyeballs!

All by my sister of course, who is the fashionista of the family.

Throughout the years we've picked up some great deals including tons of incredibly priced movies and TV show seasons to seasonally appropriate clothing to thoughtful gifts for family and friends. In all the past years though, the best purchase I ever made on Black Friday hands down had to be my Winter wool peacoat jacket from New York and Company.

One year I deviated from the family and decided to do Black Friday with one of my best friends so we hit up our local mall to see what goodies we could snag. I had no intention of buying much (sadly, it's called a budget) but once I saw this coat hanging on the rack with a ridiculously too-good-to-pass-up price tag along with the Black Friday sale they were running, well, I just couldn't pass it up!

The peacoat is very figure flattering and came in several colors but I decided upon the grey because I thought it would go with pretty much everything. Since the coat is mostly wool it's also amazingly warm.

At the time I purchased my coat my friend ended up also trying on the same coat but decided to pass it up. Once we were shopped out she dropped me back off at my house where later that evening I got a phone call. Turns out she ended up going back to the mall with her mom and picked up the same jacket in green.

Like I said above, it really was too good to pass up!

Years later we both still wear our peacoats that we got that fateful Black Friday when the weather starts to sport a nip in the air. Minus one lost and one loose button with some everyday wear and tear, they have both held up incredibly well to the test of time. Just goes to show you buying quality made products is always the way to go.

With Black Friday only 4 days away, Coupons.com wants to make sure everyone is ready with relevant and helpful Black Friday articles on The Good Stuff, their resourceful magazine filled with tons of great information including shopping trends, tips and tricks, recipes, giveaways and more.

Speaking of, this Black Friday Shopping Infographic shows you just how much shoppers spent last year during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It also includes which day is more popular to shop, which region in the US spends the most, and who spends more, men or women. 


Of course it wouldn't be Black Friday without Coupons.com Black Friday Giveaway! Ending December 7th, you can enter the giveaway daily to instantly win 1 of 100 $25 gift cards to several different places like Sears, Sephora, Toys R Us, Kohls, and more. 

As if that wasn't enough, one extremely lucky grand prize winner will receive $10,000!

Imagine what you could do with that kind of money...


What's YOUR best Black Friday or holiday purchase?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

2014 Fall Enrique & Pitbull Tour Sponsored by Cricket Wireless #STSA

“I participated in Influencer Activation on behalf of Millennial Central for Cricket Wireless. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

I'm nearly 25 years old and have never really been to a traditional concert; you know, purchasing tickets online, traveling however long to the venue, sitting in cushioned stadium seats or, depending on who you see or how much you spend, standing in the pit area near the stage. 

Possibly even staying a few days if it's a several day, multiple artist affair. 

Of course there was this year's 2014 Wing Ding which IS technically speaking a concert event. The bands were really fun to listen to and converse with but I've been dying to see people like Florence and the Machine, Motion City Soundtrack, and Arctic Monkeys in concert for years now.

Especially Florence and the Machine. She's my girl!

Each person has their own tastes when it comes to musical artists, genres, and favorite songs but regardless, what it all comes down to is one thing: music is universally loved, respected, and acknowledged.

Thanks to Cricket Wireless, they're connecting their customers with that universal love of music by partnering with Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias to help fans create, experience, and share something to smile about during their Fall 2014 Tour! 

Most sponsors of an event like this do just that; sponsor it. Cricket Wireless wants to take it to a different level for their customers by not only just sponsoring the event but by totally enhancing the fan experience with some seriously awesome and innovative activations! 

The Cricket Stage, a 10x20 stage erected at select tour stops, is where fans can actually hop on stage and give their best "headliner" pose! You can share your 360 images via your social media channels thanks to the special "share kiosks" around the stage AND photos will be entered into a sweepstakes where a winner and 3 special guests will get a trip to the Miami Latin Grammy Street Party!

If that wasn't a pretty unique experience already, participants of the Stage activation will also be lucky enough to receive Cricket ear buds. 

Selfie Stations encourage fans and concert goers to snap a quick selfie of yourself or you and friends while having fun at the concert! These pictures can also be shared via your social media channels.

Ask Enrique-have the chance to win a trip to the Atlanta tour stop to meet Enrique himself and ask him whatever you want! 

Located at high-traffic spots within the activation venues, the Hologram Standee Billboards of Enrique and Pitbull will create some completely lifelike images of the musicians that make any concert goers time that much more memorable!

This is exactly the kind of concert that I was talking about above! One that I would love to be able to participate in, especially with all those unique extras that have been thought up. 

Thanks to Cricket, music lovers everywhere are going to be having the time of their lives! If you're a fan of Enrique and Pitbull, check out the tour stops. One might even be near you...

If so, take a concert selfie and share ;)


Win It Wednesday: Fashion Edition(10/15)

Win It Wednesday is a day for showcasing, browsing, entering, and linking up contests-Have a contest that needs a little extra exposure? Feel free to link it up!

NOTE:: Linking up your contests on my Win It Wednesday linky below automatically puts them on my Ongoing Contest Linky.

DOUBLE NOTE:: You only have to submit your contest link ONCE because I manage the ongoing list myself, deleting contests as they expire.


Win a $200 H&M Gift Card!! 

Ends October 17, 2014

Enter Here

Win a Calvin Klein On My Corner Oversize Saffiano Satchel!!

Ends October 17, 2014

Enter Here


Win a $170 Earth Yoga Prize Package!!

Ends October 17, 2014

Enter Here

Monday, October 13, 2014

Celebrate National Book Month with a Mega #Giveaway!

Did you know October is National Book Month? Since I'm part of a book club and recently planned a Book Lover's Party, I think it's safe to say that books are an important part of my life and have been since I was a little!

In all honesty, I think starting kids off reading at an early age is an important factor on if they enjoy reading as an adult or not. I know that's not just my opinion on the subject either!

Away We Go Media is proud to represent the authors past and present who put on quality writing for reading audiences world wide. We are celebrating our authors and October's National Book Month with a mega giveaway from all of our authors.

We want to welcome our newest authors:

Michael Alan Peck

"Paul Reid died in the snow at seventeen. The day of his death, he told a lie—and for the rest of his life, he wondered if that was what killed him." 

And so begins the battle for the afterlife, known as The Commons. It's been taken over by a corporate raider who uses the energy of its souls to maintain his brutal control. The result is an imaginary landscape of a broken America—stuck in time and overrun by the heroes, monsters, dreams, and nightmares of the imprisoned dead. 

Three people board a bus to nowhere: a New York street kid, an Iraq War veteran, and her five-year-old special-needs son. After a horrific accident, they are the last, best hope for The Commons to free itself. Along for the ride are a shotgun-toting goth girl, a six-foot-six mummy, a mute Shaolin monk with anger-management issues, and the only guide left to lead them.
Three Journeys: separate but joined. One mission: to save forever. 

But first they have to save themselves.

A secret lies buried beneath the haunting statuary in Old Willow Cemetery. In Concord, Massachusetts, the surrounding woods are alive with the spirits of transcendentalists Emerson, Thoreau, and Alcott. Elias Hatch, the cemetery keeper, is the last of modern-day transcendentalists. Does he know the secret power buried in Old Willow Cemetery? Would he reveal it? 

Next door to this cemetery is a lovely gabled house. When the Brooke family moves in, the secret of Old Willow strikes. 

On a cold afternoon in March, five-year-old Henry Brooke does not arrive home from the school bus stop. Antonia Brooke is frantic her child is missing, or—the unspeakable—stolen. Adam Brooke spends a harrowing night searching the Concord woods, fear gripping him as hours pass with no leads. 

Finally, a police dog tracks Henry’s scent inside Old Willow Cemetery. Detective Mike Balducci suspects that Elias Hatch knows the truth about what happened to Henry. Balducci knows Hatch’s metaphysical beliefs. What Balducci discovers buried in the cemetery is beyond the grave, beyond apparitions or shadowy drifts rushing through the pine trees. 

There are the dazzled faces in the darkened air … and their secret. 

The lives of two young black men from the Harlem "hood" of upper Manhattan in New York become inextricably intertwined through a series of seemingly unrelated events. 
Follow Noel -- the Dollar Man -- through his early life on the street, a brief respite in a group home following his parents' arrest for abusing his sister, Jenna, culminating in several years of incarceration at the Bridges Juvenile Detention Facility in the Bronx after making a bold, but short-lived escape from the group home together with one of his roommates. 

At the same time, become intimately involved in the parallel life of Terrell -- the Hustler -- who spends most of his life in the home of his grandmother, "Mama B," following his own mother's departure after she murders her friend, and who chooses to drop out of high school in order to embark on a life of drug sales, fast money, sex, and violence. 

Until he encounters Noel. This fictionalized novel is based on actual events. 

We hope you will continue to purchase and read the books from our authors for years to come.
We have eight (8) fantastic prizes to giveaway for National Book Month.

PLEASE NOTE The disclosure as there will be no substitutes for prizes. Good luck and thank you!

DISCLOSURE: This giveaway is from October 8-Nov. 1, 2014. The giveaway is open worldwide but note, if the winner is outside the US all books will be in Kindle form only. You must be at least 18 years of age to enter this giveaway. All winners will be drawn at random by Rafflecopter. There will be 8 winners total.

NOTE: Some of the authors are ONLY offering Kindle versions in this giveaway if you do not have a Kindle then that author will not giveaway a book to you. There will be no substitutes. Please note which authors are giving away paperbacks vs Kindles.

This giveaway is sponsored by all of the authors listed and Away We Go Media. The Eclectic Element is posting on behalf of Away We Go Media and is not responsible for the giveaway or has been compensated for the post.

Good Luck!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

2014 Fall Fashionista Giveaway Event #FashionistaEvents

The Fall Fashionista Giveaway Event is hosted by The Chief Blonde at Still Blonde After All These Years and Katy from ModlyChic. All Fashion! Only FASHION event! Largest Fashion Giveaway event on the internet with $26,000+ in prizes, 100+ participating blogs, and 3/4 million entries. Each individual blog has a minimum of $125 prize!

The Fall Fashionista Events Grand Prize is $500 PayPal (worldwide where allowed by law)!  For every giveaway in the Fall Fashionista Event that you enter, you gain one entry toward the Fall Fashionista Grand Prize. 1 Grand Prize winner will receive $500 PayPal cash. 1 first prize winner will receive $300 gift certificate to Midnight Velvet Clothing. Isn’t that stunning?

Haven't Shelley and Katy really outdone themselves this year?!

You're probably wondering what I have to contribute to this year's Fall Fashionista event since I posted a few sneak peeks at my sponsor across my social media channels the other day...

I'd like you to meet the team at Luna Jai Athletics, their motto: "Unity of the mind, body & spirit." They embrace a healthy and active lifestyle by offering some of the most incredibly spirited and uniquely handcrafted designed capris and shorts.

Sure it's Fall and Fall makes you think of boots and sweaters but that's exactly why people stop exercising and keeping fit. Hopefully these beautiful pieces of athletic clothing will be a daily reminder to keep being healthy even during the Fall and Winter months!

They were kind enough to let me review a pair of their capris and a pair of their shorts, both of which I got to pick out (which was a difficult choice, believe me)!

Also, I've gone ahead and thrown in a $25 gift certificate to either of my stores, The Eclectic Element: Handcrafted or The Eclectic Element: Vintage! I work to create unique one-of-a-kind upcycled creations for my handcrafted store and search for forgotten treasures to offer in my vintage store, both options are my little way of contributing to the eco-friendly movement!

Unfortunately I've been very sick so my stores have gone by the wayside a bit but I'm hoping to be able to stock them up really soon. Regardless the gift certificate will never expire so you can wait until something really captures your eye to use it ;)


{The Giveaway}

Your choice of capri and short from Luna Jai & a $25 gift certificate to either The Eclectic Element: Handcrafted or The Eclectic Element: Vintage!

{The Rules}

1. You MUST use the name and email you want to be contacted with in the Rafflecopter.

 2. NEW RULE--You MUST leave a 1 to 3 sentence comment on my post in order to be eligible for the giveaway. Short, one to two word answers will be deleted from the post and entries associated will be deleted from the giveaway.

3. Contest will run from Thursday, October 9, 2014 until Sunday, October 19, 2014.

4. Open to individuals 18 years or older.

5. Open worldwide!
a Rafflecopter giveaway


Good Luck!


 Hope you've carved out enough time to enter all these lovely fashionista's giveaways 
that they worked so hard to put together for you! 


Disclaimer:  Still Blonde after all these YEARS , ModlyChic, Fall Fashionista Events Giveaway and the Fall Fashionista Events Giveaway bloggers are not responsible for sponsors/bloggers that do not fulfill their prizes or for any product failure or harm caused thereby. I received product compensation for the above post. This giveaway is part of the 2014 Fall Fashionista Giveaway. This giveaway is open worldwide, 18 years or older and will run from Thursday, October 9, 2014 11:01pm central standard time until Sunday, October 19, 2014  11:59 pm central standard time. The winner will be chosen through Rafflecopter.com and be contacted within 24 hours of the drawing. You'll then have 48 hours (2 days) to claim your prize and send me all applicable information-If I haven't heard from you within that time frame, I will be forced to choose another winner.

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