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!



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!



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


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!



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


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, 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!


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!



[closed] giveaway: win a bottle of by elizabeth dehn face spray!

As you might already know, I’m honored to be a part of the blogging team over at Beauty Bets, an award-winning beauty website created by Elizabeth Dehn. I can hardly believe it, but it’s been nearly a year since my first post! Time certainly flies when you’re having fun. Especially when your definition of fun means test-driving a budget beauty products day in and day out!

This year’s been full of entrepreneurial adventures and growth for both Elizabeth and me, but one MEGA HUGE ACHIEVEMENT that deserves extra-special attention is the debut of Elizabeth’s eponymous skincare line: By Elizabeth Dehn. Unsurprisingly, the collection is ALL killer and NO filler. Juicy, nutritious ingredients and effective formulas, finished off with the prettiest of packaging. Also not surprising? The heaping amount of praise the collection continues to rake in.

 One product that has Bets running back to bottling plant already is her Face Spray, which I think should be renamed Change-Your-Day Spray. Just a quick mist of this heavenly scented stuff can quite honestly turn my entire outlook around! Besides being an instant mood-booster, the addictive spray’s infused with organic sweet orange and melissa essential oils and packed with antioxidants. With every spritz, you feel as if you’re doing something good for your thirsty complexion—because you ARE!

Most generously, Bets hooked me up with a bottle of her magical face spray to give away to one of you! To enter to win, here’s what you have to do:

1. Be a U.S. resident.
2. Follow @byelizabethdehn on Twitter or sign up to receive the Beauty Bets e-newsletter. (Doing either should take you no more than five seconds, so don’t be intimidated!)
3. Leave a quick comment on this post telling us why you could use a mood-boost in a bottle along with a valid email address. Show me you tweeted about this giveaway, and I’ll give you two shots at winning!

This giveaway closes on Thursday, June 16th at 8 p.m. CST.

I wish you luck, y’all!



C.L.A.P. zine giveaway winners

Good afternoon, folks!

It’s my pleasure to announce the winners of the C.L.A.P. zine giveaway.

The two lucky ladies, picked at random, are Jen…

and Shannon!

Gals, email me your mailing addresses and I’ll get you your copies of the premiere issue of C.L.A.P. ASAP! A special thank you to everyone who entered—if you live in the Twin Cities metro area and didn’t win, stop by Everyday People or Yeti Records and pick up a copy. You’ll love it, I promise!



kayd design cocktail ring giveaway!!! [closed]

Hey lovelies, and happy Monday!

Yes, yes, the holidays are behind us (thank goodness), but that doesn’t mean our glittery party apparel has to be relegated to the back of our closets, right? (RIGHT?)  I mean, there are parties to be had in January, too! One way to quickly turn any ensemble into something fiesta-ready is to throw on a big, sparkly ring.  A ring like those by Kayd Mustonen, a Minneapolis-based graphic designer and creator of these très cute cocktail rings, made from re-purposed vintage earrings.

A quick Q & A with Miss Mustonen…

HPT: How’d you get started, turning grandma-y earrings into your super cute group of “gals?”

Kayd: I saw rings like this at a craft fair and thought,”‘Hey, I can do this!” Soon after I went through my grandma’s costume jewelry and chose a bunch of pieces that would never again be worn as earrings, but would make fabulous cocktail rings.

HPT: Did you thrift any of the earrings? If so, where are some of your favorite places to vintage/thrift shop?

Kayd: Estate sales are my favorite place—especially to find jewelry. I mainly find sales on Craigslist—Birkeland lists their upcoming sales on their website, too. Not many people go for the jewelry at estate sales, so no matter when I get to one, I usually have prime pick.

HPT: Dorothy, Florence, Gladys, Ruth, Lucille…the names you assign each ring are super cute. How do you think of them?

Kayd: These big, flashing rings are stylish right now but I knew I wanted mine to stand out in a different way. I chose to call each of my rings a name from the 1920-30s to tie in the history of the re-purposed aspect. I started with my grandma’s and great-aunt’s names and it just grew from there.

{Stay up-to-date to what Kayd’s working on, via her website, blog and Twitter.}

Kayd’s generously offered TWO of her handmade pretties for TWO lucky High Plains readers! To enter, please leave a comment telling us where you’d rock one of these pretty thangs. For an extra chance to win, tweet or blog about the giveaway and enter the link to your tweet/blog in a separate comment.

We’ll pick the winners on Friday, so hop to!! Good luck!