the beauty thrifter is in + a giveaway alert!

brushing out This week over on Beauty Bets, I had the privilege of working with Sally Beauty Supply to do a quick how-to featuring Ion products and tools. In it I share a new super-fast way to get “I just had my hair in braids all day waves” as well as some awesomely affordable Ion product picks. If that’s not enticement enough, there’s also a pretty rad BEACH VACATION giveaway going on in conjunction to the post. If I wasn’t disqualified from entering, believe me I’d be ALL OVER IT. My girl Bets has all the details…please do go check it out, enter and WIN.

xoxo,

Meghan

Photo by: Sara Montour.

giveaway: win this set of vintage styling manuals!

Morning dolls!

How ’bout we start this week off with a fun giveaway? This gorgeous set of Style Me Vintage books is chock-full of handy tips, tricks and how-tos for creating authentic vintage looks from head to toe. And the winner of the giveaway is going to receive all three!

♥ The makeup manual walks you through creating iconic looks from the 1920s through the ’80s, and uses muses like Marilyn, Madonna, Audrey and Twiggy as guides. The photos are just lovely and the tutorials are clear and easy to follow. I love the bonus section on how to do period manicure styles at home!

 The hair guide breaks down styles like ’40s-era Victory rolls, Marilyn’s hot roller set and Brigitte’s classic beehive with step-by-step instructions. There’s even a section on accessorizing your hair with scarves—for cute!

 And last but not least, the clothes guide is an educational gem that drops all kinds of knowledge on dating vintage pieces, reading labels and buying for quality. Chapters define what shapes, influences and looks dominated each era, ranging again from the ’20s to the ’80s. Outfit photos that illustrate “informal” and “formal” looks from each decade are supplemented with shopping lists, which I found super helpful for shopping my own closet. I also found the accessorizing guides useful when trying to identify what time period some pieces of thrifted jewelry I own was from.

To enter to win all three books, simply leave a comment on this post telling me who your vintage style icons are. (Bonus entries awarded for tweets!) I’ll choose a winner on Thursday night and alert them before I leave town on Friday.

Best of luck dearies!

xo,

Meghan

giveaway: win a pair of girls got rhythm fest passes

I have two passes to the Girls Got Rhythm Fest—worth $130—and I want to give ‘em away to one of you. To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me what act(s) on the lineup you’d love to see, along with your email address. As you can probably guess, I’m most excited to see Ronnie Spector, but I’m also pretty stoked to take in sets by the big-haired beauties L’Assassins, no-bullshit rockers Midnite Snaxxx, the reckless and wild and brilliantly named Hot Rash and…who am I kidding, I can’t wait to see ‘em all!

This giveaway will close at the end-of-day Wednesday, May 9th. To be eligible to win, you must be 21+ (youngsters there’s an all-ages show just for you on Sunday and tickets are just $10!) and willing and able to pick up the passes from me on Thursday, May 10th.

Best of luck y’all!

xoxo,

Meghan

spring into summer giveaway

I recently thrifted the most perfect striped sisal tote.

And since it’s been 10,000 years since I’ve done a giveaway, I decided to stuff it with beachy treats and give it to one of you.

What’s inside? Just some things to make your summer a little more skippy. Including…

Heart-shaped wood veneer sunnies from Tumbleweeds Oddities (a $75 value!!)
 Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray
L’Oreal’s Sublime Sun Liquid Silk Sunshield-SPF 50+
Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect After Sun Moisturizer
Summer Fruits lip balm by eos
“This is Not Chick Lit,” edited by Elizabeth Merrick

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Want to win all this goodness? Just leave a comment below, telling me one thing you’re excited about doing this summer. That’s it! (Tweet about the giveaway and I’ll give you an extra shot at winning.) I’ll announce the lucky winner Friday…good luck!

xo,

Meghan

heads up: awesome giveaway at mighty swell tomorrow

Word to the wise—we’re giving away a mix of holiday songs, hand-picked by yours truly, at Mighty Swell tomorrow. It’s a lot of fast-paced jams, from Bob Seger to James Brown, Canned Heat to Chubby Checker…no sleepy slow songs allowed! I love Christmas music in the most ridiculous way, so this project was a dream for me. Quantities are very limited, so get there on the early side to nab one. (We open at 9 a.m.) Oh, and one other sort of awesome thing? Our stupendous team of vendors brought by heaps of new vintage tonight. We promised new merch every Saturday, so that’s what we’re going to give ya. I already have my eye on a leopard fur muff from Valise Vintage and a cute mini from Patterns. Can’t wait to see y’all there!

xo,

Meghan

two reasons to get your butt to girl germs’ TV party

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Two reasons I’m extra pumped for this month’s TV Party with Girl Germs

  One, they’re sreening episodes of Roseanne, starring one of the most acid-tongued, sarcastic, blue-collar comediennes ever to grace the little screen.

Two, Girl Germs is giving away one of Mighty Swell‘s fancy new gift certificates, worth $20!

To win, all you have to do is flex your knowledge about Landford Illinois’ favorite dysfunctional family…know the answers to any of these questions?

1) Roseanne’s writing staff had numerous writers who went on to helm popular shows after the show’s conclusion. Name two of those writers.

2) What was the name of the motorcycle repair shop Roseanne and Dan Connor started in season four?

3) What profession does Roseanne’s sister Jackie take up at the beginning of season two?

4) Two actresses played the role of the oldest Connor family child. Who are the two actresses?

5) At the end of the series finale, what is revealed?

To enter the giveaway, email your answers directly to girlgermsradio@fancypantsgangsters.com, tweet them @girlgermsradio, post them on their Facebook page or leave a comment on this post by noon on Monday. Easy, easy, easy, easy. Both a $20 gift certificate to Mighty Swell and a $20 gift card to the Red Stag Supperclub are up for grabs, so it’s definitely worth hopping to. Claim your prize at the TV Party with Girl Germs, happening on Monday, July 11 at the Red Stag Supperclub. The fun (and by fun, I mean drinks specials!!) starts at 9 p.m.

Good luck y’all!

Meghan

and the by elizabeth dehn giveaway winner is…

A big hearty congratulations goes to Laura, who runs the fabulous beauty blog Applied Glamour! Your giveaway entry/tweet, chosen at random, netted you a bottle of Elizabeth Dehn’s Face Spray. Lucky you!

I’ll be in touch with you soon lady, to grab your mailing info.

‘Thank you so much to EVERYONE who entered the giveaway. There’s still time to snatch up a bottle of your own at a discounted price here. Your complexion will thank you!

xo,

Meghan