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These Boots were made for... + Boot Giveaway!

FASHIONKim & Chloe

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ariat.

We live in the middle of horse country. We are reminded of this every May with the Kentucky Derby, and there are some beautiful horse farms all around Kentucky. I may not have a horse (although I wish I did) and I may not ride (although I wish I did), but I can certainly look feel more equestrian with my Ariat boots!  Their world class design and technology means comfort right out of the box, and these are waterproof so I can wear them no matter the weather. So, yeah, these boots were made for walking, and they have that fashionable equestrian vibe to them that's hot right now and seems to be "trendy" year after year. Classic never fades.

Ariat Boots Ariat

Equestrian Style

plaid + sweater

Fall Boots My Ariat Boots

sweater: Madewell | shirt: thrifted| Minnie pants: J. Crew | boots: Ariat | watch: Michael Kors | hat & crop: my mom's

Photography by Susan Stewart

Speaking of riding, my mom grew up riding... and she still has all of her riding stuff ("tack" she calls it; "in the way" my dad says, "props" I say.) She keeps it because she says she IS going to ride again one day. So when Ariat offered to send us these boots, we were both thrilled, I like the classic style and she likes that they have an equestrian heritage. Yep, since we share most of our clothes and shoes, they are perfect for both of us, but they're staying in my room!

And with all the styles Ariat offers from English riding to Western cowboy and everything in between they definitely have a pair of boots that are perfect for you... for free! Enter the Ariat giveaway (<----click here).  The giveaway is open through 11/27 and there will be 6 winners: 1 wins any product from Ariat, 3 win boots of their choice and 2 win jeans of their choice!! {Winners announced 12/2 via the Ariat Facebook page, contacted by email, and you'll have 3 days to accept.}

Who in your life needs a new pair of boots?


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ariat. To learn more about Ariat and enter their fabulous giveaway on Facebook, please visit: http://bit.ly/1hQteNk.

GIVEAWAY + Girls in Glasses

All, FASHIONKim & Chloe
Marc Jacobs Giveaway

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Rivet & Sway. Marc Jacobs handbag giveaway

I'm at the age of acceptance + I'm living in the age of acceptance. Curly hair is "in" and glasses are chic! Who would have thought the banes of my existence when I was a child would both be so trendy... and at the same time! I'm embracing it head on. (pun intended)

My hair will take forever to grow to a length I'm happy with, but at least it's finally long enough to let it be curly without looking too much like Little Orphan Annie. But for now, I'll thank hipsters and focus all my energy on enjoying glasses. I've been sporting Harry Potter-esque wire rimmed glasses and my Ray Ban type hipster glasses, but hadn't wanted to splurge on a new pair, although I desperately need them. I haven't bought new glasses because:

1. Cost. My simple prescription costs over $400 because after frames, there's the cost of coatings and thin lenses, and god knows what else to keep my eyes from looking like bug eyes. 2. Trying on. I hate it. It's almost as bad as swimsuits. Ok, not even close. But I'm in a store. In bad light. With strangers' opinions. Ugghh. 3. A long wait. Always. No matter what time I go, it takes forever. Maybe because I can't ever decide between a few pairs of glasses and want everyone's opinion. But I can't take them with me.  Or can I??

rivet & sway

Rivet & Sway makes it easy - you buy your glasses online and it's the only online glasses boutique exclusively for women. So you better believe that they understand eyewear is an accessory, like handbags or shoes (uh, yeah!). And forget the upselling like in stores: every single pair of glasses on the site is only $199 and that includes ultra-thin Rx lenses, fancy coatings, and free shipping. They solved all 3 of my issues!

You simply go online, pick your 3 pairs and have them sent to you. Rivet & Sway will even help you select a pair glasses online. I emailed for a recommendation and had suggestions within the hour!

rivet & sway glasses

After you try on your 3 pairs, you ask all of your friends for their help deciding which one you should keep. Or your kids, because they tell the truth. Then send the 3 pairs back to Rivet & Sway in the same box and let them know in which pair you want to put your prescription. A few days later, you have new glasses. Who knew ordering glasses online would be hassle-free?

Here I am in the 3 pairs I've ordered. Let me know in the comments which pair YOU like (those are hand signals to tell you the pairs  :lol:)

And remember when I told you that Rivet & Sway understands that glasses are accessories? They really, really do! 1 lucky winner will be sporting the Marc by Marc Jacobs "Too Hot to Handle" Medium Hobo in Cement ($428 value) and one pair of frames in their choice from Rivet & Sway ($199). Total value is over $600!

Winner will be announced on August 1, 2013 on Rivet & Sway's Facebook Page and on Twitter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway Rivet & Sway is the only online eyewear boutique exclusively for women whose purpose is to make women feel more beautiful in glasses. Through Rivet & Sway’s Home Try On selection process and the assistance of a free personal stylish, women can select three pairs of glasses that will be shipped directly to them so they can try them on. All Rivet & Sway glasses include a frame and ultra-thin Rx lenses.

To encourage YOU to try them out, Rivet & Sway is happy to offer an exclusive discount: $99 per frame (save $100) through August 15, 2013. One pair per customer. Use code SUMMERSPECS99 at checkout.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Rivet & Sway.

LWD {take 2} + Giveaway

FASHIONKim & Chloe
white dress

I decided to funk-ify my little white dress (LWD) and try the black and white look with my absolute favorite booties. So far, this simple black and white is my preferred LWD look since it's easy & breezy & casual, yet summery enough for any weather except sweltering heat, in which I'd switch the booties to sandals and call it a day. The versatility of  this Social Dress Shop little white dress is literally off the hook and it wears like a dream to #partypretty. And when I'm wilting, there's something about white that tricks the eye and keeps me look crisping and fresh. What more could I ask for from a simple dress?!

And I'm excited to share that Social Dress Shop is giving away a $50 gift card to one lucky reader! Decisions, decisions - would you use it to reduce the price of one of their fantastic regular price dresses or get a sale dress for next to nothing!  I'd say it's win/win either way so take a gander at their site, enter below, and good luck!

how to wear a LWD Russel + HazelLWD

photography by Pink Owl Photography | dress: Social Dress Shop (c/o) | shoes: Rag & Bone | bracelets: Hermes, Bauble Bar, Wren & Glory (seen here and here) (c/0) | Gold Leather Clutch Porfolio: Russell + Hazel (c/0)

To enter simply follow the steps in Rafflecopter below. Entries must be posted by the end of day Friday June 15th, and one winner will be chosen at random and announced on this post the following day. Good luck!

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Pi Day Giveaway

Pi Day giveaway

pi day tshirt

I'm a geek in a house full of geeks. And we are not too proud to admit it. We celebrate our dorkiness and revel in the fact that one day each year we can proudly say "it's our day!" and this year, we are once again celebrating with a Pi day giveaway. That's because our big day is not the anniversary of the first Big Bang Theory or Bill Gate's birthday, it's March 14... or Pi Day (3.14, get it?).  It's a legit national holiday folks.

Around the country there are celebrations, such as Einstein look-alike contests, pie-throwing at schools - typically Math teachers after students have memorized a whole lot of Pi, and the mailing of acceptance letters at the holy grail of geekdom, MIT.

einstein goofing off

By the way, for those who, also like me, have forgotten middle school math, Pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to the diameter. Meaning, for any circle, you can divide the circumference (the distance around the circle) by the diameter and always get exactly the same number. And that number is irrational... which means it never ends. {yes, Chloe, I googled that!}

The giveaway: we have 2 t-shirts to give away (pictured above) from the super-nice geeks at ThinkGeek. This treasure trove of loveable geek paraphernalia is letting us give away 2 of these adorable navy blue 100% cotton babydoll t-shirts. They are fitted, not baggy like the guys' tees, with a Pi symbol printed on the front in white using the first 4493 digits of Pi used to construct the Pi symbol itself. That's a whole lot of Pi. Enough for everybody to share.

To enter, leave a comment telling us which of the following you've done, along with your email. Each counts as a separate entry, so you get up to 4 entries if you're doing the math. We're giving away 2 shirts so there will be TWO winners!

1. Leave a comment below telling us the name of your favorite math teacher. If you want, you can tell us why. 2. Follow us on Bloglovin' (heart icon) & tell us below 3. Follow us on RSS & tell us below 4. Follow us on Twitter & tell us below

Entries close 3/13 at midnight EST. Two winners will be chosen by random number generator on 3/14.