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.



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!



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!



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!



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!



C.L.A.P. zine giveaway!!!

Creativity has always been a touchy subject for me. While I come from a family of ridiculously artistic women, I can’t draw, dance, paint or sing. For the longest time, I figured the C-gene skipped me, and I sort of grew to be fine with that. (Sort of.) As I got older, I realized that creativity exhibits itself in all kinds of different ways. (Duh!) I’ll probably never ever like being on stage or able to harmonize worth a darn, but shoot, I can dream up marketing ideas for days, whip up a meal out of whatever scraps are in the fridge and always find the bright side of any bad situation…and that counts for something!

So, when I got my hands on very first edition of C.L.A.P. (Creative Ladies Are Powerful), I couldn’t help but get excited as I read it cover to cover. The zine, created by Holly Hilgenberg and Lisa Luck, sets out to celebrate women in all forms of creative living, not just the (somewhat limited) realms of visual, literary or performing arts. Teachers, writers, educators, nonprofit folks, hair stylists and artists are all welcome as contributors—and the resulting publication is fresh, fun and exciting. Retailed locally at Yeti Records and Everyday People, the first issue is packed with inspiring creative exercises, articles, recipes (vegan marble cake!), illustrations, jokes, how-tos (disco perm anyone?), playlists, quotes and cheap and easy DIY ideas.

Holly was kind enough to sit down and share a bit about history and mission of C.L.A.P. the zine…

C.L.A.P. originally started as a creative women’s collective in spring of 2007 by several of my lady friends and me. It sort of fell to the wayside for many of the women involved, but I kept trying to do things like craft nights (and I don’t even like crafts!) to have an excuse to get ladies together in a creative capacity. Last year, I returned to the idea of C.L.A.P. and thought it would be interesting/fun to start the group up again, with more of a focus on supporting creative women. I was finishing up my Masters degree at the time and my main partner in crime on this project, Lisa Luck, was preparing for her wedding and opening up Yeti Records with her soon-to-be husband, so again, C.L.A.P. was put on hold.

Over this past winter, Lisa and I would meet and talk about our various creative endeavors and seeing a local music zine at her shop sparked an idea in me—we should restart C.L.A.P., but as a publication. I love independent publications and magazines and have always wanted to start my own, so it seemed like a perfect fit.

I put out a call for submissions from the ladies I knew around town and was amazed at the interest in the project. Ladies were definitely excited to have a space to share their knowledge and experiences and to have an outlet to express themselves. Though I want to grow the publication in its reach and it’s presentation, it is really important to me that C.L.A.P. is a welcoming space for ladies that want to share their stores. It is also worth noting that the focus of the zine is not just on women involved in traditionally creative fields such as the visual, literary and performance arts, but also includes women who utilize creativity in other fields like teaching, nonprofit and entrepreneurial work, food, etc.

Interior photos courtesy of C.L.A.P.

Want to win one of two copies I’m giving away?

Of course you do! To enter, leave me comment telling me about a recent creative accomplishment. (For an extra chance to win, tweet or blog about the giveaway and enter the link to your tweet/blog in a separate comment!) To read excerpts from the issue, order copies directly or learn about subscriptions and submission guidelines, visit  C.L.A.P.’s website here.

I’ll be picking the winners on Friday, so get on it!!