Save the Planet by Recycling Your Clothes at H&M and DoSomething.org

Got any old clothes you’d like recycled? H&M is currently accepting donations of used clothing- and it’s for a great cause.

Actress Olivia Wilde, in her crime-fighting guise of Princess Layers, has teamed up with H&M and DoSomething.org to urge America’s youth to help save the planet by recycling their old clothes. From now through June 20, teens and college students are encouraged to comb their schools and communities for castoff garments—all brands and all conditions are welcome—to drop off in garment-recycling bins at any H&M store. H&M will bundle off these clothes to a recycling facility, where the fibers will be recovered for export or reprocessing.

“Clothing Comeback” participants who send a photo of themselves depositing their unwanted clothing to DoSomething.org will be entered to win a $10,000 scholarship, on top of receiving a 15 percent discount off their next H&M purchase.

More than 85 percent of readily recyclable textiles land up in landfills every year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That’s 1.1 million tons, or the equivalent of over 70 billion T-shirts.

Spread the word, and help keep clothing out of landfills. Donate to resale or charity shops (like Goodwill!), or for the unwearable, ripped, dirty, or completely un-resellable…bring them to an H&M for recycling and re-use. You can be a SuperHero too!

xo

Carly

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A Dose of Pink Fusion from Reebok Skyscape + Giveaway

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Just like everyone these days, my life is jam-packed. From morning to night, I’m going to the gym, taking my son to school, running errands, scouting locations, meeting my business partner, chatting with the girls over tea, picking up my son, and going to after-school activities (and then maybe out to dinner if I’m lucky!). Basically, my feet are two busy dogs and I usually hit my 10,000 steps daily with little effort needed. With the new feather-light Reebok Skyscapes, I can go from errands to car to walking to running around – all while supported, comfy, and stylish.
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The lace-to-toe molded silhouette and unique design provide amazing comfort (seriously, you have to try these to believe it!!). This shoe is crafted borrowing the materials and soft molding process used to create lingerie, which provides all-around comfort and creates a shoe so lightweight that it weighs only 5.0 ounces. (The soft foam material in the upper feels just like my favorite molded bra – which feels almost like I’m wearing nothing on my feet at all.) I love that the shoe isn’t covered with all sorts of stitching and rubber bits and things that catch and weigh me down: the design is sleek and streamlined and looks like a hybrid between an athletic shoe and a casual sneaker. Inside the footbed the Skyscape features Skyspring technology, which is a unique design architecture designed to help support the foot and provide all day comfort for my on-the-go lifestyle. It’s just like walking on clouds. (“So lightweight and comfortable, you’ll forget you have them on” is their tagline.)
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Perfect for keeping up with the dog: Pudding may have super-short legs, but she can run!
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Plus whilst wearing them I love to coordinate them to my outfit – and they don’t look as if I just walked out of a spinning class or something. (They’re now my choice of footwear when picking up my son at school for the long walk from the car to his classroom, standing around the playground, and then back to the car.) They come in some fun and fashion-forward colors (mine are Pink Fusion!) and cost under $70 for a pair. Reebok Skyscapes are available for online purchase, or at select Kohl’s, Reebok FitHub, or Outlet locations for in-store purchase.

Giveaway

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You can win a YourReebok Custom Card and create your own pair of Reebok Skyscape shoes!
How to Enter: Leave a comment telling me where you would wear your Reebok Skyscapes. To work, on the playground, to school, walking the dog, heading to the gym, hiking, etc.? Where would you rock these babies? Let me know in the comments on this post! (Comments on this post only; no comment within Facebook will be counted.)
Good luck to everyone!
xo
Carly
FTC Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with BlogHer and Reebok Skyscape. I received 1 pair of Reebok Skyscapes for review purposes, and 1 pair will be provided to the winner of the giveaway. The above opinions are my own. To read my full Disclosure Policy, click here.


Sweepstakes Rules:

No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

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  2. Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
  3. Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
  4. For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. The notification email will come directly from BlogHer via the sweeps@blogher email address. You will have 72 hours to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 4/21/2014-5/18/2014.

Be sure to visit the Reebok Skyscape brand page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ posts!

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Studs & Pearls Book Review & Giveaway

Studs & Pearls : 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion is from the eponoymous blog Studs & Pearls by Kristen Nunez, founded in 2010. We’ve been reading each other’s blogs for quite some time, and we’ve been frequent commenters on each other’s projects. Kristen’s DIY’s are always fun, simple, and have major visual impact. With this book you can get a ton of ideas for how-to’s that can easily take your basics and jazz them up a notch.

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The book covers DIY basics, like Tools and Supplies, and then dives straight into the projects. It includes 30 projects, with multiple variations on each so you can put your own spin on them.  studsandpearls_book5It covers a variety of techniques, including fabric dyeing, stamping, no-sew projects, trim embellishment, and painting.   studsandpearls_book8Plus the photography features real-life girls (like in street snaps) modeling the finished creations so you can get an idea of how the DIY’s will look when worn.studsandpearls_book3

Most of the projects are extremely easy so even beginners or kids/pre-teens can get in on the fun. It’s a great jumping-off point for those just getting started to DIY.studsandpearls_book6studsandpearls_book7It also includes many projects that speak to current trends, like the embellished sunglass case-turned-clutch trend, trim-detailed mini-skirts, tie-dye, embellished sunglasses, beanies, mixed media embroidery thread-and-chain bracelets, and cocktail rings. Many of the project use easily-available or unusual materials, so supplies are a cinch to come by. (There’s a directory of sources and where to buy in the back.)studsandpearls_book9

This statement clutch turned out so pretty with some well-placed painting!studsandpearls_book10An interesting take on the plastic tube bracelet.

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Overall: It was nice to see all the variations on all of the projects. Many of the techniques are quite simple, which speak well to a young audience maybe not so familiar with DIY blogs and projects elsewhere. (There are 3 projects that do require a higher skill level, with dyeing and sewing a dress, but they stood out as somewhat incongruous next to the other projects.) It does provide inspiration and ideas on the variations, as well as styling tips, so it can be very useful in planning out your project. This would be a great book for a young teenager or someone who is just getting started to DIY.

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Giveaway

One lucky winner will receive a copy of Studs & Pearls : 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion by Kristen Nunez.

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Good luck!

xo

Carly

FTC Disclosure: I was sent a copy of Studs & Pearls for review from Laurence King Publishing. I am sponsoring the giveaway and shipping the item to the winner at my own expense. The above opinions are my own. To read my full Disclosure Policy, click here.

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Giveaway! Win a Sewing Class from Craftsy

Have you guys heard of Craftsy yet? It’s an online craft video tutorial site – with hundreds of video “classes” ranging from cake decorating, to patternmaking, jewelrymaking, spinning and weaving, knitting, photography, art, and design. craftsyhomepageAll their classes classes are engaging and well-planned-out, and you can master a new skill easily on your own available time, from the comfort of your own home. craftsyclasses2I especially love by their sewing classes, which span a range from intro sewing for beginners, to advanced techniques like draping and fitting. You can learn specific techniques (like Beginning Serging), Tips and Tricks to Better Sewing, or even create an entire garment from start to finish (like a pair of Designer Jeans!). craftsyclassesAnd you can also purchase items through Craftsy, like sewing patterns, yarn, or fabrics, which help get your DIY projects underway that much faster.[line]

This week I am partnering with Craftsy to offer one lucky reader a free sewing class!

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How To Enter is easy; just click on the link below to register with Craftsy to be entered to win a sewing class of your choice from their course catalog (see a full list here)

Enter to win a Craftsy class!

Rules: Giveaway period is open now for 1 week until March 19, 2014, 11:59 PM PDT. Entries received after that deadline will not be counted. Giveaway is open to entrants WORLDWIDE. You must enter through the link above in order for your entry to be counted. Applicants who are not registered with Craftsy must do so in order to enter the giveaway. If you already have an account with Craftsy, just sign in and you will automatically be enrolled in the giveaway. One entry per person (registered account with Craftsy) is allowed. After the entry period is over, the Craftsy team will pick one entry from all valid entries. Winner will be contacted via email; if they do not respond within 72 hours, an alternate winner will be chosen.

Good luck!
xo
Carly

FTC Disclosure: I am an affiliate of Craftsy and will be compensated per person who registers through this giveaway. The above opinions are my own. To read my full Disclosure Policy, click here.

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How to Use the Cartwheel App to Get Bonus Savings on Everything You Love at Target! Plus Bonus Giveaway

0.targetcartwheelsavingsI’m always on the hunt for a bargain, and savings on top of that bargain is just icing on the cake! My local Target is one of my favorite places to score fabulous, fashionable items for a steal – and now with the Cartwheel App, there are even further discounts available! It’s super-easy to use (and fun to be able to use it in the store and see what you can save on the fly!) Cartwheel can be used on desktop, tablet, mobile web, iPhone, and Android (though first you have to download and install the app on your device.) You can use it before going to Target, to see what has Cartwheel discounts before going. cartwheelonphoneWhen checking on items at Target.com on your mobile device, you may see a notation next to the item that says “Cartwheel Offer” – for these items, you just click through to the item and hit the “See Target Cartwheel Offer” button. cartwheelonphone2The Cartwheel app will open and tell you what discounts are available. If you find a Cartwheel offer that you like, you simply hit the “Add” button to add it to “My Cartwheel” – which will then be scanned at the register at Target. The barcode that is generated by Cartwheel is unique to you. scanningbarcode1Cartwheel offers can only be used on in-store purchases, but once you’re at the store you can also scan the barcodes of items to see if there is an applicable Cartwheel discount. This scarf caught my eye, so I scanned the barcode to see if it was discounted on Cartwheel. By tapping on the barcode icon in the top Search Bar of the Cartwheel app, the app opens your phone’s camera with a rectangular area to scan the barcode. Hold the phone with the item’s barcode in the rectangular area, the app will scan it, and then it will redirect to a page that tells you if there are any Cartwheel offers on that particular item.scanningbarcode2 And there was: 15% off Women’s Fashion Scarves! Score! When I browsed through the lamps aisle, thinking to pick up something for my bedroom table, I saw a gorgeous clear bubble-stemmed lamp base, and decided to see if Cartwheel was offering a discount on it. scanninglamp I was in luck and Cartwheel was also offering 15% off Lamps, expiring that very day! So I tapped the “Add” button, and it was added to my other saved Cartwheel discounts.clearanceitemoffer The neat thing is that even if items are on Clearance or marked down, the Cartwheel discount is on top of any other Target discounts or coupons, manufacturers’ coupons, and your REDcard discount. So it’s like double, triple, quadruple savings! scanningregisterAt checkout, after ringing everything in my cart up, the cashier scanned the barcode Cartwheel was displaying. This barcode activated my saved discounts: 15% off Lamps, 15% off Mirrors, and 15% off Women’s Scarves. I had 2 mirrors and so the discount was applicable to both of them – woohoo! One of the mirrors was even a clearance item and marked down already – so I got 15% off that final price. (For each Cartwheel discount, you can have up to 4 items.) I ended up saving a grand total of $30.68! This was on one lamp base, 2 mirrors, and 1 scarf – and though some items were already on sale, just by using the Cartwheel app I saved an additional $17.18 off my purchases. Cartwheel offers change often (there is a countdown in the app to when each offer expires), and there are more than 700 discounts available! Each person starts with 10 spots on their list to “clip” their virtual coupons to. You can earn badges for saving and interacting with the app, which earn you more spots on your Cartwheel list to fill up with extra discount offers.

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To celebrate the launch of their new app, Target is offering one person a $1,000 Target GiftCard®! Entering is easy: just leave an answer to the following question in the comments on this post:

What is the biggest discount you’ve gotten when purchasing something? Did you use creative couponing, time your purchase to an annual sale, stock up on gift codes – how did you make that big score??! Do tell!

Sweepstakes Rules:

No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

  1. Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
  2. Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
  3. Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
  4. For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. The notification email will come directly from BlogHer via the sweeps@blogher email address. You will have 72 hours to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 1/30 – 2/28.

Be sure to visit the Target Cartwheel brand page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ posts!

Good luck! xo Carly

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Shabby Apple Dress Review and Giveaway – Win the Guinea a Minute Dress in Your Favorite Color!

shabbyappledress_5Hello lovely readers! Today I am partnering with the Vintage Clothing boutique Shabby Apple to bring you a great giveaway: for this super-cute Guinea a Minute Dress!

shabbyapplecolorsIt comes in three colors: Black & White Striped Top with Teal Skirt, Black & White Striped Top with Mustard Skirt [the one I’m wearing!], and Black & Green Striped Top with Black Skirt. shabbyappledress_1 Made of a stretchy medium-weight cotton, it really enhances your curves and is super-cute! (I plan to wear under a longer, poufier skirt too when I just want the striped top showing, or under a swingy sweater to play off the mustard skirt). shabbyappledress_3This dress has two functional pockets in the skirt waist adorned with two little buttons on each side – and there are 2 buttons on each of the sleeves near the cuffs. I love the longer length of this dress – it’s totally appropriate for work, but can be dressed up for some nautical-inspired style or a vintage pinup look. One thing to keep in mind with this dress is that the skirt is much more clingy than the top – so if you’d rather keep everything under wraps I’d advise shapewear underneath!;-) Based on the reviews of the dress I sized 1 size up from my usual size 6…and upon wearing it without shapewear underneath I wished I had gone yet another size larger! If you are pear-shaped, hippy, or have full thighs definitely size for your bottom half:-)shabbyappledress_2

So, who would like to win her choice of color of the Guinea a Minute Dress? Complete the steps below!!

Edit 11/23: Giveaway is now closed and winner has been chosen. Thanks for entering!

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And come back tomorrow for full outfit details and more photos! 😉

xo
Carly

 

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