#LushLunes – Be Incredible (Victoria’s Secret Incredible Perfume Giveaway)

It’s Monday again, which means its time for #LushLunes!!! It’s the only thing I ever look forward to on Mondays. Well, my deep thinkers, to make this Lunes a Lush one, I’ve got something really fab for you, and a little different. 

You know I’m always talking about swagger, and hoping to inspire you to feel your best (especially on icky Mondays).

Well, the new campaign for the Incredible perfume by Victoria’s Secret’s really inspired me. The “Be confident. Be bold. Be amazing,” message sounded perfect for a LushLunes mission. Dontcha think?

LUSH LUNES MISSION 

Which leads me to today’s LushLunes Mission:

Last week we listed out successes. Today, I want you to find a moment in your life where your actions were Bold when no one else stepped to the plate; a time in your life you felt Confident despite anyone’s disparaging words; or a time when you accepted just how Amazing you are, despite the obstacles. 

Reflect on how you got there and how you felt afterward. Remember this anytime you feel insecure about yourself. Remember that being bold, confident and amazing are part of who you are, every day. Then remember, you are INCREDIBLE!!!

 GIVEAWAY
As a reward for your efforts (and your weekly LushLunes Love), here is the giveaway part…
To Enter, do any one of the following, as many times as you like this week:

  • COMMENT ON HOW INCREDIBLE YOU ARE;
  • post about your #LushLunes mission & comment with the link;
  • tweet the following & share the link in a comment: 

I entered the #LushLunes – Be Incredible!  #VSIncredible Perfume Giveaway http://bit.ly/e4HvnZ | Ends 3/20
Pick one, or all of these ways — just make sure you’re either following my blog publicly (to the right) or following @HerDeepThoughts on twitter so I can track you down (otherwise how will you get the perfume when you win)!   
Good Luck to my confident, bold and amazing Deep Thinkers!  LushLunes – Making your Monday suck less.

GIVEAWAY RULES
Anonymous comments will be disqualified.Giveaway is only open to U.S. Residents, 18 years and older.Giveaway Ends Sunday March 20, 2011 at Midnight.The winner will be chosen using Random.org on March 21, 2011.If the winners fail to respond within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

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Disclosure

I was not compensated for this post. I received the Incredible perfume when I went to a prior event (see post here), loved it, then begged for my deep thinkers to get their own bottle shipped to them. That’s just how I roll.

You know I’m always talking about swagger, and hoping to inspire you to feel your best (especially on icky Mondays).

Well, the new campaign for the Incredible perfume by Victoria’s Secret’s really inspired me. The “Be confident. Be bold. Be amazing,” message sounded perfect for a LushLunes mission. Dontcha think?

LUSH LUNES MISSION 

Which leads me to today’s LushLunes Mission:

Last week we listed out successes. Today, I want you to find a moment in your life where your actions were Bold when no one else stepped to the plate; a time in your life you felt Confident despite anyone’s disparaging words; or a time when you accepted just how Amazing you are, despite the obstacles. 

Reflect on how you got there and how you felt afterward. Remember this anytime you feel insecure about yourself. Remember that being bold, confident and amazing are part of who you are, every day. Then remember, you are INCREDIBLE!!!

 GIVEAWAY
As a reward for your efforts (and your weekly LushLunes Love), here is the giveaway part…
To Enter, do any one of the following, as many times as you like this week:

  • COMMENT ON HOW INCREDIBLE YOU ARE;
  • post about your #LushLunes mission & comment with the link;
  • tweet the following & share the link in a comment: 

I entered the #LushLunes – Be Incredible!  #VSIncredible Perfume Giveaway http://bit.ly/e4HvnZ | Ends 3/20
Pick one, or all of these ways — just make sure you’re either following my blog publicly (to the right) or following @herdeepthoughtsoughts on twitter so I can track you down (otherwise how will you get the perfume when you win)!   
Good Luck to my confident, bold and amazing Deep Thinkers!  LushLunes – Making your Monday suck less.

GIVEAWAY RULES
Anonymous comments will be disqualified.Giveaway is only open to U.S. Residents, 18 years and older.Giveaway Ends Sunday March 20, 2011 at Midnight.The winner will be chosen using Random.org on March 21, 2011.If the winners fail to respond within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

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Disclosure

I was not compensated for this post. I received the Incredible perfume when I went to a prior event (see post here), loved it, then begged for my deep thinkers to get their own bottle shipped to them. That’s just how I roll. 

Wear What Feels Good: Turtle Neck Jewelry Interview & Giveaway

During fashion week I met so many amazing designers. One of these wonderful designers is (drum roll please) Laura Coleman, the owner and designer of Turtle Neck Jewelry. 
When I saw her stunning pieces, I was amazed. And after hearing that her line had a story and a larger purpose, I thought to myself, “I’d just love to show this my Deep Thinkers.” 
Here’s the interview with the ever fabulous, socially conscious jewelry designer, whose pieces are truly a must-have. And for my deep thinking male readers, don’t fret – she’s coming out with a men’s line very soon.
At the end of this post, check out the giveaway where you can enter to win this fabulous bracelet: The Black and White Redux ($38.50 retail value).

How did you come across the name Turtle Neck Jewelry

Well, I like turtles.  They symbolize a lot of things that I have related to at some point in my life.  They can hide in their shell – stick their neck out – and of course –  Slow and steady wins the race.  So when I was thinking about business names, I somehow wanted to incorporate the turtle into the name.  When I started, I was exclusively making necklaces – and the name was born – Turtle Neck Jewelry.  Of course, some folks think I make jewelry to wear with turtleneck sweaters.  

What makes Turtle Neck Jewelry different from other jewelry brands? 

First and foremost, we are committed to promoting sustainable economies for the many artists and cooperatives we support through the purchase of beads and materials.  Without them – there is no Turtle Neck Jewelry.  My hope is that the beauty of the beads and materials I feature in my designs will grab the attention of not only the wearer, but of everyone who sees the piece. I am constantly hearing from my customers “I always get compliments when I wear this piece”.  And my hope is that they are passing along the story of the beads and the folks behind them to their admirers as well.    Also, because every one of our featured beads is handmade from scratch, this means that every single piece of jewelry created by Turtle Neck Jewelry is unique.  In addition to the Fair Trade beads, we also use all natural materials – no plastics, no synthetics.  I think it’s a combination of all these factors which has helped us to carve our little niche in the fashion industry.  

What does socially-conscious jewelry mean to you
 
In a nutshell, it means recognizing that we are all sharing this planet, and at the very least, we should try to leave it a little better than we found it.   Let’s face it.  Nobody needs jewelry to survive.  But by making an effort to purchase jewelry (and other items) that support Fair Trade, Eco-Friendly, or Socially Responsible manufacturing methods, we can satisfy our fashion desires AND we become part of the cycle of giving back – which as corny as it may sound – makes the planet a better place for us all.What do you like about the piece of jewelry you’re giving away to one lucky deep thinker?
The Black and White Redux bracelet has beads from several places including Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Guatemala, Italy and even the USA!   Like many of my pieces it is bold and funky and fun to wear.   And because it’s black and white – it goes with any and everything!    How did you uncover your passion for creating jewelry? 
I started designing jewelry as a stress reliever while working in my first career as a fundraiser for non-profit organizations.  I went to a local bead shop where I was completely overwhelmed with the hundreds of thousands of beads they had hanging from the walls!  I immediately sat down and started beading, and never looked back.      What have you learned as a designer and about the business? 
While it’s important to keep an eye on industry standards for some things, I’ve learned early on never to put too much stock in “what’s in” or” seasonal”.  Jewelry is a very personal thing, and folks are going to wear what makes them feel good, regardless of whether the fashion police say it’s passé or in vogue.   It’s important that your designs stay true to what defines you, your mission and your dreams.  

What are some of the challenges you face as a female entrepreneur? How do you overcome these challenges? 
I think one of the more frustrating challenges I’ve faced is the perception most folks have that my jewelry business is a part-time hobby rather than a full fledged business venture.   I have definitely noticed that my male counterparts are taken more seriously from the business aspect.  For example, at art shows, there is a huge disparity in the numbers of bargaining attempts between my products and that of my male counterparts.   Many folks just assume I’m doing this on the side, while my husband is paying all the bills, and therefore, I can afford to give my jewelry away at a fraction of what it’s worth. Over time, I have learned to be firm but respectful and remind folks that the pieces are priced as they should be, and unfortunately, there are no sales today.
 If you could give advice to someone pursuing their passion as a designer or in any other field, what would it be? 
Follow your heart.  Stick to your passion.  Do what it is that makes you feel good, and try to do good for someone else.  Don’t worry about what the latest “trends” are, and of course, don’t try to copy someone else’s style.  I think everyone is inspired by others in their field, and that’s a good thing.  But you need to find your own way beyond their inspiration.  There are no accidents in the creative process.   Remember, especially if you are planning to make this your life long career – as the saying goes – do what you like, the money will follow.

 A special thanks to Laura Coleman for hosting this giveaway for my deep thinkers!!! 
ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

All you have to do to enter is answer the question in a comment: What do you like the most about Turtle Neck Jewelry? 
Make sure your email address is in every comment in this sample format: you (at) email (dot) com [to avoid spam] that way I can reach you if you win! That’s all you have to do to enter!

Once you complete the first step, every extra comment counts as another entry!

For additional entries:

●  Like Turtle Neck Jewelry on Facebook
●  Follow Turtle Neck Jewelry on Twitter
●  Tweet about the giveaway:

I want to win a Fab bracelet from @turtleneckjewel!

Just leave me a comment when you like, follow or tweet!

Buena Suerte!

GIVEAWAY RULES
Anonymous comments will be disqualified. Giveaway is only open to U.S. Residents, 18 years and older. Giveaway Ends Sunday March 13, 2011 at Midnight EST. The winner will be chosen using Random.org on March 14, 2011.If the winners fail to respond within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

Disclosure was not compensated for this post and I did not receive any jewelry, so there’s really nothing to disclose. After seeing the beautiful line, I was excited to have Turtle Neck Jewelery host a giveaway because Laura Coleman is quite an inspiration.

Channel Your Duality: Black Swan DVD Giveaway

“A story about a girl who turned into a swan….” and what a swan she was.
If you follow me on twitter, you may have heard that I watched the Black Swan twice. Yes… TWICE. 

I’ve had a girl crush on Natalie Portman since The Professional and was thrilled to see her win the Oscar for The Black Swan. She friggin deserved it. I only hope I can work alongside her one day.

 You may have also heard me talk about my failed pirouette as I tried to channel my five year old ballerina self after watching the movie. Let’s just say, there was a minor embarrassment. 

What I enjoyed the most about the film is the tortured duality it explores – colors that are part of all of us, to a degree. I sometimes deal with this as an actress – stepping away from the polished lawyer/good girl and tapping into that very raw savage part – it presents a challenge for me (not to the level expressed in the Black Swan, ok? Let’s not get CRAZY). 

Well, because of my affection for the actress and this film, I’m happy to report that the people at Fox approached me and wanted to giveaway a copy of the Black Swan DVD to my Deep Thinkers! I hope you’re not overloaded on giveaways, because I’m really excited about this! (Let’s face it, I’m not doing the giveaway if I’m not excited about it.)

BLACK SWAN


BLACK SWAN follows the story of Nina (Natalie Portman), a ballerina in the New York City Ballet trying to make it to the top. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But a new dancer, Lily (Mila Kunis), also impresses Leroy and becomes Nina’s competition. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly with her innocence and grace, but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan with her fiery personality. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.

Become part of the haunting phenomenon and own BLACK SWAN on Blu-ray or DVD on March 29th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

THE GIVEAWAY!!
To Enter, answerthe following question: In the Black Swan, what was the New York City Ballet’s new season opening production?

  1. Coppélia
  2. Le Corsaire
  3. Swan Lake

 That’s It! Answer the question in a comment and you’ve entered!

EXTRA ENTRIES: If you’re up for it, tweet the following daily & share the link in a comment: 

I entered the @FoxHomeEnt Black Swan DVD #Giveaway! http://bit.ly/epgeAi (via @HerDeepThoughts Ends 4/1) 

When you enter,just make sure you’re either following my blog publicly (to the right) or following  @HerDeepThoughts on twitter so I can track you down (otherwise how will you get the DVD when you win)!   
Good Luck!

GIVEAWAY RULES
Anonymous comments will be disqualified.Giveaway is only open to residents of the U.S. & Canada, 18 years and older.Giveaway Ends Friday April 1, 2011 at Midnight.The winner will be chosen using Random.org.If the winners fail to respond within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

Aviesta Members-Only Shopping Site GIVEAWAY

When Aviesta wanted to host this giveaway, I was really excited to share this with my deep thinkers. Why? 

Since you all knowI’ve been trying to be more conscious of my fashion choices (trying not to look like the librarian widow) – and my wallet – I thought this opportunity to shop at discounted prices would be really cool to share with you.  Aviesta is a members-only shopping site that offers deep discounts in fashion, beauty and lifestyle products (the word “deep” was the real clincher – get it? deep thinkers? Ok, I’m very very corny, I know).  
Aviesta goes live on Feb. 1, 2011. What’s cool about this is that if you register before then, you will automatically become a VIP member. Click HERE on the HerDeepThoughts affiliate link to register! (see disclosure below) What’s even better is that if you, my deep thinkers, refer a friend, then you will get a $10 credit upon purchase.
What I like about Aviesta is that the content is available in either English or Spanish and that they also showcase Latino(a) designers within their line upMembers get weekly videos on Monday’s discussing the products that will go on sale that Tuesday morning (perfect for a little fun time when we jump on our LushLunes missions, let me tell you!).

WHY AVIESTA?
In case you are really curious, here’s a little more on Aviesta: 

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The Private Sale opens every Tuesday morning, and in order to get such deep discounts, items are available for 36 hours.

Pay by credit, check, cash, or payment installments.

There’s a reward system if you get involved in the community by providing reviews, referring friends, and shopping.

For the first two weeks Aviesta will have up to 70% discounts on these designers:

Jewelry: 
Handbags:
Clothing:

There will be products and designers available in Latin America that you will be able to get in the U.S. through Aviesta. Right now Aviesta ships to the U.S. (Puerto Rico included) and Canada.You can learn more at the.

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY
Since last week I spoke about my favorite handbag designer, it’s only fair that the question posed to my deep thinkers is: “Who is your favorite handbag designer?” One person who answers the question in a comment will be chosen to win a $25 credit on  Aviesta. 
Make sure your email address is in every comment in this sample format: you (at) email (dot) com [to avoid spam] that way I can reach you if you win! That’s all you have to do to enter!

Once you complete the first step, every extra comment counts as another entry! For additional entries:

●  Join Aviesta’s Facebook page
●  Follow Aviesta on Twitter
●  Subscribe to Aviesta on YouTube
●  Tweet about the giveaway:

I entered to win the @aviesta members-only shopping #Giveaway by @HerDeepThoughts [ends 1/31] Pls RT 

Just leave me a comment when you join, follow, subscribe or tweet!
Buena Suerte! 

GIVEAWAY RULES
Anonymous comments will be disqualified. Giveaway is only open to U.S. & Canadian Residents, 18 years and older. Giveaway Ends Monday January 31, 2011 at Midnight EST. The winner will be chosen using Random.org on February 1, 2011.If the winners fail to respond within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen.