Showing posts with label holiday gift buying guide. Show all posts
Showing posts with label holiday gift buying guide. Show all posts

Monday, December 2, 2013

#ad @BestBuy & @Dyson w/ Holiday Shopping so big I need a new stocking + 2 new coupons for #CyberMonday #BBYHoliday13

#ad: Ascending Butterfly is a member of Best Buy's WOLF Blogger Program and this is a Sponsored Post. Compensation in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or product/services at no or reduced cost has been exchanged, as always, all opinions are my own!

Merry Christmas from your friends at Best Buy

Trust when I tell you I am NOT making a political statement of any kind here, but I have never shopped 'Black Friday'. I hate crowds. I refuse to get trampled for a discount, no matter how great it may be. And I'm not going out shopping on Thanksgiving Day. That day is about being Thankful for my blessings and enjoying them with those I love. I also like sleeping in WAY too much to get up before the sun does on Friday Morning to stand in long lines in the freezing cold. NOT Happening.

That said, I do like my discounts and Cyber Monday is MY day. I get the deals, keep my PJ's on, and knock everyone off my list without leaving the house. (You know so I don't miss the UPS or Fedex Guy!)

Our friends at Best Buy are serving up a little something for everyone, and I do mean everyone, you may just need a bigger or extra stocking to hang by the chimney with care this year! (At least I know I do!)

Got a 'clean freak' on your list? (Are YOU the clean freak perhaps?), Best Buy and Dyson sent over a great reco for those who like their clean with a side of tech/electronics! I have to admit, cleaning, particularly sweeping the super old hardwood floors in my apartment are NOT my favorite thing to do, so this gift idea definitely got me excited, and it really does take a lot to get me excited about chores. I love my tech and tech appliances though!


Dyson - DC44 Animal Digital Slim Bagless Cordless Handheld/Stick Vacuum - Iron/Satin Nickel
You can press directly on this image to purchase the Dyson DC44 at Best Buy!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - The DC44 is a lightweight cordless vacuum cleaner that is engineered for nimble, high-performance cleaning and is perfect for quick pick-ups. - It assembled in a breeze and is really very lightweight which made me very happy. Just note this is NOT meant for you to pick up water or liquids, stick to the dry stuff!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - It gives you a fade-free 20 minute run time on a full charge with NO loss of suction and a full 8 minutes of 'boost' suction!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - It combines anti-static carbon fiber filaments and stiff nylon brushes to tackle dust and dirt on any surface. Making this a thoughtful and fantastic gift for anyone with allergies or anyone who is an asthmatic!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Want to nab it for an extra $100 off? (like DUH!!!!) it's regularly $399 at Best Buy, but they are knocking $100 for Cyber Monday! So you totally have permission to abandon this post, nab yours and then come back! (Seriously, my link will take you straight to it!)

Traveler on your list?

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Tablet 512GB in Dark Titanium
You can press directly on this image to purchase the Microsoft - Surface Pro 2 at Best Buy!icon

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - As a blogger who is always on the go and who travels often, the right tablet is crucial for me, I just can't lug a heavy laptop everywhere, and while they are finally getting a bit lighter, tablets are often the less weighty option, and usually fit way better in a handbag. As you know many don't do flash. For me a tablet needs to have the functionality of a laptop, and work just like my office desktop, and I do mean seamlessly. I got to play with the new Microsoft - Surface Pro 2 at the Engadget NYC Tech Conference, and I've got to admit I'm totally obsessed! Hopefully Santa is reading this as I have been EXTREMELY GOOD this year! I have a funny feeling your traveler will LOVE finding this under the tree! I honestly think that the Microsoft - Surface Pro 2 with 512GB is a Tablet I can grow into, I'm obsessing over the Dark Titanium at Best Buy!

Cellular that works for everyone and saves you $?

Zact Mobile - Samsung Galaxy S III 4G No-Contract Mobile Phone at Best Buy
You can press directly on this image to purchase the Zact Mobile - Samsung Galaxy S III 4G No-Contract Mobile Phone at Best Buy!icon

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - I did a full post on how much I love Best Buy's Zact Mobile - Samsung Galaxy S III 4G No-Contract Mobile Phone with the most flexible service plan currently on the market, if you missed that post, check it out HERE

Coupons for Additional Categories on your list!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Me being "The Official #TwitterPartyDJ" on twitter I am always on the lookout for deals in Music and Music Accesories so if you are shopping for a music lover on your list nab 10% off Headphones and Portable Speakers (just note this excludes Beats, Bose and Sony) by entering the code bloggers10off at check out at Best Buy! I reviewed these (you can check out my full review HERE), and I highly recommend these:

Frends Taylor Headphones at Best Buy
You can press directly on this image to purchase the Frends Taylor Headphones at Best Buy!icon

And you can definitely use that sweet coupon on these, so GO FOR IT!

Toys, Toys and more Toys!

Best Buy has also got Toys on lock, YES TOYS! and you can score 15% off Health and Fitness products AND Fisher Price and Mattel Toys! Visit Best Buy and enter the code: bloggers15off at check out! This coupon is valid December 1st through January 18th 2014! Cool Beans!

My Take:

When it comes to Holiday Shopping, Best Buy has got you covered in pretty much every category! I am going to need a much bigger stocking to fit all this in.

Did you nab a great Cyber Monday Deal Today at Best Buy Butterfly, Let Us Know!

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FTC Disclosure: I am a Best Buy Brand Ambassador. This allows me to share information, sales, product reviews and deals on a regular basis! This is a compensated campaign brought to you by Best Buy and Dyson who provided the DC44 Animal Vacuum for editorial consideration. All opinions are 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may visit our full giveaway and disclosure page for complete policy information.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

{#Giveaway} @Ascending1 & @ToiletTreeProd want to stuff your stocking with the Professional #Skincare System! 3 Winners!

ToiletTree Products Logo

How about a gift you can't quite put a price on? Confidence. Self-Esteem. Both are boosted when you put your best face forward. And putting it forward everyday with or without cosmetics is what it's all about! Good skincare is at the core of your self-esteem, and while good cosmetics help you hide things, good skincare helps you enhance everything!

Exfoliation is wonderful for the skin but some exfoliation products can be too harsh or even cause tiny abrasions in the skin. All makeup does is go into those abrasions, it doesn't take them away! You have to be super careful about the frequency you exfoliate and what you use.

I love skin scrubbing brushes but had very bad luck with a well known brush on the market constantly konking out on me before the 60 day mark. And when customer service and social media was less than helpful in getting an exchange, I became a bit dis-heartened about using them. But I did miss the benefits!

And as you guys know I'm all in when it comes to trying out new exfoliators, I love what exfoliation does for my skin! And one of my favorite 'pros' when it comes to exfoliation brushes is that they have a brush for face and one for the body as well, and they even have a pumice stone attachment to do your feet!

When I found out ToiletTree Products had a skincare brush I HAD to try it! I have the fogless shower mirror and it's one of my all-time favorite things (in case you missed that review you can check it out HERE), I can tell you their products are definitely built to last and always perform as promised!

I opted to wait a full 90 days before posting a review on this one as I had such bad luck with the pricier systems dying out on me, and I can tell you this one is still going strong. I love that this one is battery operated so it's always ready to go and a great option for travel as you don't have to worry about converters!

ToiletTree Products Professional Skin Care System

About The ToiletTree Products Professional Skincare System (+ benefits):

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Includes: 2 face exfoliators (1 soft for sensitive skin & 1 medium for normal skin), 1 body exfoliator and 1 pumice sphere.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Rotating Facial and Body Brushes Provide Deep Cleansing and Exfoliating

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Reduces the appearance of problem areas such as: oily skin, dry patches, fine lines, blemishes, visible pores, blackheads and wrinkles

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - ideal for both the preparation and removal of cosmetics

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - gentle massaging action helps stimulate new skin cell production, creating firmer & healthy glowing skin

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - cleanses deep to remove stubborn makeup

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - improves skin clarity and appearance

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - removes dead skin cells to expose healthy looking skin

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - enhances absorption of moisturizers

My Take:

This system is perfect for literally everyone on your list! Who doesn't want healthy, glowing and radiant skin? Hard to shop for? CHECK. Teens? CHECK. Men or Women? Check, Check! I can't imagine anyone on your list these wouldn't suit, and the regular price on these won't break the bank! They are actually super budget friendly and do the job as effectively as their pricier (and not so often reliable) counterparts! I LOVE mine, and when I told my friends at ToiletTree Products just how much I love mine and how much I thought YOU would love it too, they decided to join in the fun and offer 3 lucky Butterflies the chance to win The Professional Skin Care System in the color of YOUR choice! WOOT!

Win It:

As always our main entry is easy, peasy nice and breezy! So throw in an entry using rafflecopter below:

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FTC Disclosure: This giveaway is being sponsored by Toilet Tree Products, prize fulfillment will be handled directly by sponsor. Ascending Butterfly and giveaway sponsors are not responsible for lost, late or mis-directed mail. One entry per Household. No Purchase Necessary. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older at the time of entry and reside in the United States. All opinions are 100% my own. A Professional Skincare System was provided to Ascending Butterfly for Editorial Consideration.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may visit our full giveaway and disclosure page for complete policy information.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Put a little pretty in her Holiday with @BorgheseBeauty

As we swiftly approach the holidays, figuring out what to get everyone on your list becomes mission critical as we are literally in the final hours. You want something thoughtful and useful, but how about it also being something that can transform her skin too? Something that will make her see herself in a new light as she awakens to prettier skin each day, now that my friends is a 2013 to look forward to!

Borghese Beauty literally has Christmas in the bag with really awesome beauty kits that even the most discerning on your list will absolutely love!

Here are the two I tried:

Gift Set Includes:

  • Collezione D’Oro Occhi Eye Treatment
  • Collezione D’Oro Siero Reparative Serum
  • Satin Shadow Milano Trio – Splend’Oro Green
  • Superiore State-of-the-Art Mascara, Black
  • Double-sided Travel Bag
The packaging is fantastic, and I can tell you that the entire kit is phenomenal, I have been using Borghese Serum's for a long time now and I just love what they do for my skin, and with the year I have had this year, Eye Treatment is a MUST! And I love the Satin Shadow Milano Trio, all the colors are perfect and the products coming in a double sided travel bag which just makes it even more useful, it's the gift that keeps on giving. Not to mention, Mascara should be changed every 3 months and if you have sensitive eyes like mine, even more often than that, I don't know about you, but I can always use a good mascara!

Gift Set Includes:

  • Fango Ferma Firming Mud Mask for Face and Body – rehydrates and immediately firms skin (7.5 oz)
  • Insta-Firm Platinum Advanced Wrinkle Relaxer – helps reduce wrinkles and fine lines while improving skin resiliency from within (1 oz)
  • Crema Intensiva Intensive Firming Creme – hydrates, smoothes and helps skin regain its youthful looking tone and vitality (1.7 oz)
This comes packed in a beautiful logo embossed silver cosmetics case, again super useful 'wrapping' that can be re-purposed, and I love the Fango Mud Mask, I had no idea they had a firming mask, and this is definitely a re-buy! Following the mask with both the Insta-Firm Platinum Advanced Wrinkle Relaxer and the Crema Instensiva Intensive Firming Creme, leaves you with smooth, firm and baby soft skin. I can't think of a better gift than Happy Skin, can you?

Some honorable mentions I didn't get to try include the Effortlessly Extraordinary set, the Borghese Gardens Candle Coffret candle set, and the Bella Bacio Lip Gloss set!

Get Social:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Like Borghese on Facebook
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @BorgheseBeauty on Twitter

My Take:

Borghese is a always a great beauty bet, it's like bringing a high end spa home with you. You get to pamper your skin in the comfort of your own home with the same high quality products you'd experience in a spa. While the kits I got to try are $79 and $75 respectively, they are worth every penny, they are beautifully packaged and the products are fantastic. My mom was the one who introduced me to Borghese many years ago, and it's a brand I constantly find myself coming back to because I love the efficacy of the products. I do see a difference in my skin when I use it, and I certainly see the difference when I stop using it!

We weren't able to squeeze in a giveaway with enough time to get fulfilled by the holidays so we invited Borghese to come back and do something fun with us in the New Year. But in the meantime, I wanted to get these kits on your radar, whether you are hitting the department stores for some last minute shopping, or just thinking about a treat for yourself after playing Santa for everyone else, these beauty kits are a great choice!

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FTC Disclosure: Borghese supplied the Tuscan Treasures and ReaFIRMing Beauty kits for editorial consideration and for the purpose of facilitating this review, all opinions expressed however are 100% my own.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

BOB Stroller from Britax Holiday #Giveaway! 1 winner {Ends 12/26}

Isn't it fantastic when an awesome union produces something truly wonderful? Now I'll bet your thinking of your little blessing aren't you? But in fact I'm talking about the Union of BOB Trailers, Inc (which began in 1994 as a manufacturer of Bicycle Trailers and is now considered one of the most innovative 'sport utility'/jogging strollers) and BRITAX which manufactures a full line of premium car seats, strollers, baby carriers and accessories! It's a win/win marriage of form and function all with infant safety at the forefront of it's mind.

"Families want products that fit their lifestyles," said Karl Kahofer, CEO of BRITAX Child Safety, "and BRITAX is committed to developing products and technologies that provide safe mobility and comfort for children around the world. We've admired for some time BOB's ingenuity and commitment to customers and are convinced that its products, customer service, and business ethics make it a natural fit for BRITAX. This purchase reinforces BRITAX global leadership in child safety and mobility, and is fully in line with our international growth strategy. We have no plans to change the BOB name; in fact we are excited to expand the BOB product range globally."

BRITAX acquired BOB Trailers in 2011 and this marriage of the minds is nothing but a win/win for families! They can literally meet the lifestyle needs of pretty much any family!

"When we started this company more than fifteen years ago," he said, "we simply wanted to design and manufacture the world's best single-wheel bike trailers, and later, the world's best strollers for active, sports-minded parents. When you look at the thoughtful engineering behind the BRITAX stroller line and the revolutionary design behind its car seats, you can see why our two companies will fit well together." ~ BOB cofounder and CEO, Roger Malinowski


Will a BOB have you covered? Just say CHECK!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Jogger? Check. (The Fixed Front Wheel gives you increased stability while hiking, jogging, or navigating crazy city streets too!)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Tough Terrain? Check. (The State-of-the-Art adjustable suspension system provides a smooth ride! Not to mention the high-impact polymer composite wheels with pneumatic knobby tires and tubes provide increased traction! With a simple twist of the front wheel tracking adjustment knobs you will keep rolling straight throughout your jog or hike.)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Storage? Check. (A Low Cargo Basket provides undercarriage storage and there is more storage space in the large seatback pocket and the internal seat pockets are a great place to stash snacks and toys.)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Protection Against the Elements? Check. (The Adjustable, Multi-Position Canopy has got you covered, and the large viewing window allows you to keep an eye on your baby while on the go!)

My Take:

So butterflies, no excuses, your baby doesn't mean you have to give up your fitness routine, you can keep up your power walks, jogging or hiking and have extra time with baby too! Remember babies do need a certain amount of outdoor exposure, there is that vitamin we all need that only comes from some time in the daylight! The sun is our friend!

Win It!

I am a BRITAX Hispanic Digital Outreach and Social Media Blogger and Ambassador and one of the best parts of working with BRITAX, is the opportunity to present my readers and followers with some amazing giveaways! BRITAX and BOB are helping us to spread some holiday cheer and make our holiday buying guide that much more fabulous with an awesome giveaway! One lucky Butterfly will receive a BOB Stroller (the exact model will be selected by BRITAX at time of prize fulfillment) that is over $400 in Approximate Retail Value! Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter, if you experience problems with rafflecopter loading, please refresh your browser or clear your cache and open a new browser window.

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Get Social/More Chances to Win:

You can learn more about Britax and get product updates via FacebookTwitter and YouTube.  Follow all the Britax Blogueras for the latest giveaways and deals! Each of the Britax Hispanic Digital Outreach Bloggers will be hosting BOB Stroller Giveaways this holiday season, so visit all of us for extra chances to win!

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FTC Disclosure: The Britax Hispanic Digital and Social Media Outreach is in partnership with Mami Innovative Media, a communications and digital marketing company that pairs multicultural and Latino bloggers with influential brands and blogging campaigns. I am a blogger brand ambassador for Britax, I am part of a long term campaign that does provide additional incentives for my participation. However all opinions are 100% my own. Questions about our Disclosure? Please visit:

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Gifts for the #Equestrian #Fashionista in your life with @LLBean

I was introduced to Horse Back Riding at the age of 5 and it's been a life long love ever since! We spent a few summers visiting a Dude Ranch in Pennsylvannia when I was younger, escaping the city for greener pastures and guided trail riding. I followed the Ranch Hands around and wanted to be their helper so I could have more time with the horses! I guess I never was a typical city girl, I loved horses and martial arts and had a serious aversion to the color pink!

Many of my greatest summer and vacation memories center around riding. On annual vacations to the Caribbean, we would ride on the beach, and those are cherished travel memories for me. In Mexico I went on a beach ride that was guided where we had the chance to explore an ancient ruin site via horseback, and I certainly don't even need to glance at the pictures to remember that trip, it's all still very much ingrained in my memory!

The summer I spent in Puerto Rico when my older sister got Married, I'd go for long walks by myself every morning, and I'd pass an old apple tree that always dropped apples and I'd collect a few so when I walked passed a ranch I would feed the horses a few of the apples. One of the bolder horses began waiting for me each morning waiting for his apple!

I can only assume my fascination with Riding Boots and Equestrian Fashion stemmed from learning to ride so early. But Riding Boots are probably the biggest part of my boot collection. I can't get enough of the style! What stilettos do for most women, is what Boots (and admittedly handbags) do for me!

The last place I expected to find something to satisfy my inner Equestrian:

I love seeing a brand I already know well in a whole new light. Like many of you, I regularly get an LL Bean Catalogue in the mail. I already know I'll end up bookmarking turtleneck sweaters, and great sleepwear for myself and for others on my list as gifts, but this year while scanning online (Yes, I get the catalogues but end up actually ordering online!) I saw some great Equestrian Inspired Fashions that caught my eye!

Wool/Cashmere Jacket from LL Bean:

LL Bean Wool/Cashmere Jacket in Color: Claret Red Item No: TA270958

Isn't this jacket awesome? It instantly dresses up a pair of jeans (Great with Trouser Jeans for Casual Fridays in the office) and of course pairs brilliantly with Skinny Jeans and Riding Boots! Not to mention the color is just so me! I love the Claret Red, but you can't go wrong with any of the colors!


Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Made of a premium Italian blend of 80% wool and 20% cashmere that feels warm, soft and luxurious to the touch!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Slightly fitted; falls at low hip (No worries it's true to size but does NOT require a size up, it's not too fitted, you can move freely with it and can fit a lightweight sweater underneath!)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Designed to layer easily over a lightweight sweater or woven shirt

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Traditional three-button styling, with notched collar

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Princess seams and front darts add feminine shaping.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Welt pocket on chest

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - front flap pockets

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Button cuffs

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Full polyester lining

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Back vent

LL Bean Women's Deerfield Boots:

LL Bean Women's Deerfield Boots, Equestrian Tall Side-Zip Item No: TA278619

I can't get enough of these boots!


Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Premium leather and refined details crafted in Brazil, using a handselected water-resistant leather upper

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Contoured cushion insole gives outstanding step-in comfort and support

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Full cotton lining and elastic panels on outside ensures a proper fit.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ -  Wide styles also have a wide shaft for a better fit at the calf.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Flexible rubber outsole has a slight heel to set off your favorite skirts or trousers.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Leather outsole with rubber treads at the forefoot and heel. 

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Boot 14"H; Heel 1"H

My Take:

I am so glad I ventured beyond my usual LL Bean Turtlenecks and looked into other options this holiday season. While I will tell you that their Turtlenecks are fantastic, and amazingly durable, after the year I've had I find my tastes changing in many ways. I want to up things a notch from my usual 'comfort wear' and give it all a bit more flair while still being true to who I am. While Cocktail Dresses will always have a place in my life and my wardrobe as a New Yorker, at heart I'm that girl that would rather see my world from the vantage point of a horse with the wind whipping through my hair! If there is such a thing as a 'Sophisticated Casual Look' for me Equestrian is it! The jacket runs true to size, it is fitted but gives me room to move my arms freely, when picking out an Equestrian Jacket, lift your arms up to your shoulder and make sure the jacket isn't so tight or fitted that you can't do so. This jacket definitely met my expectation of LL Bean quality, warm and a wonderful fit in a fashionable color. (I am trying to force myself to stop getting everything in Black, particularly clothing!) The boots are phenomenal. As a wide width foot with athletic calves finding boots has always been a challenge for me. These are quality leather boots in a water-resistant leather. I will tell you that they feel surprisingly glove like when you first put them on, even a bit snug, but don't be discouraged by that, the leather WILL stretch with you and the heel height is low but very comfortable, you can wear these all these day, and not have a difficult break in period.

These were both a hit with me and thankfully they were way too big for my niece because she wanted to steal them the moment she saw them! I owe you guys a personal picture of me wearing all these, I have worn them, but no one nabbed a picture, I promise the next time I wear them both together I will have someone snap a picture for me !

Nab a Deal:

My inner fashionista is especially excited about getting it for less and nabbing a great deal, right now you can score a Free $10 Gift Card with the purchase of $50 or more at LL Bean. Place a qualifying order online or from any catalog and you will receive a gift card by email within 24 hours. Make a qualifying purchase in any LL Bean retail store and receive your gift card right at the register, How cool is that? For details about this promotion, you may visit

Get Social With It:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Like LL Bean on Facebook
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @LLBean on Twitter

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FTC Disclosure: No monetary compensation has been received in exchange for this post, however all products featured were provided to Ascending Butterfly free of charge for editorial consideration; all opinions expressed are 100% my own and I've been shopping LL Bean decades longer than I've been blogging, I have a genuine affinity for the brand and it's durable products!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tell your Santa Baby you want @EMUAustralia Taroona Gloves in your stocking NOW!

I already shared this year's boot obsession from EMU Australia, they were the boots I was wearing in my popular 'Wordless Wednesday: Focus on #Fashion All things Green' post in October! Every time I wear these boots I get nothing but compliments, and the stud detailing on the boots were picked up perfectly by the Linea Pelle 'Dylan' handbag in that fresh Kelly Green color, and I can't get enough of that Green Scuba Jacket from Wilson's Leather that I paired it with. But what didn't show in that picture are the gloves I was wearing, I took them off to take some outdoor shots and they were in my bag when those pictures of me were taken.

I wanted to post about them as it is starting to get nippy out, and these are by far one one of the most awesome pair of gloves I've ever owned! I'm not going to lie to you, they are a bit pricey ($129 USD), but in my opinion, they are quite frankly worth every penny, they fit like they were molded to your very hand. They are comfortable, super warm and totally high fashion!

About Taroona Gloves:

Made with the finest Nappa finish double face sheepskin the EMU Australia women's Taroona Glove is the unique winter accessory piece that has been inspired by Norwegian styling.

 Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  Classic Sheepskin gloves with nappa finish
  •  Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  -  Features roll down cuff with snow top fleece finish
  •  Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  Presented on EMU hanger card
  •  Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  Made from the finest Merino Sheepskin available
  •  Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  Naturally “wicks away moisture” meaning they are odorless
  •  Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  Natural antimicrobial properties
  •  Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  EMU metal badge

  • My Take:

  • The gloves no pun intended 'fit like a glove', look 'like a million bucks', and always turn heads. For me, I love the practiciality, I'm a daily commuter that commutes more by Express Bus than I do by train for my daily commute, which means in winter a lot of standing outside in the cold waiting, so for me they are a very much a worthwhile investment that allows form to meet function. I keep my hands warm with a fashionable winter flair and I LOVE that!

  • Unfortunately the company was in the midst of changing out their corporate headquarters which was a major move for them and because of that I was unable to nab an extra pair for a reader giveaway, but I highly encourage you to get social with EMU Australia as they often host their own promotions on their Social Media pages. In fact, I won my first pair of Fashion Week passes to see their show directly from EMU Australia's Facebook page, 3 years ago! And they have been super amazing to me since then! Being a brand's biggest longtime fan doesn't always come with the opportunity to partner with them, but when it does, it makes it that much sweeter!

  • I have always had a love of Leather, Sheepskin, and what I call 'Comfort Fashion', it's what I wear having lived in the super cold Northeast all of my life, so when I write about it, that genuine passion I feel for it comes through.

  • If your 'Santa Baby' has been asking you for suggestions, print out the picture of these gloves and tape it to your holiday stocking, I'm sure he'll get the hint! But if he does miss the mark, these are a pair you won't regret picking up for yourself. If they offer additional colors in these, I will snatch them up. I'd LOVE to see these in a dark red and a dark grey as well as camel/tan!

  • Get Social:

  • Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  - Follow @EMUAustralia on Twitter
  • Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  - Like EMU Australia on Facebook

  • What are you hoping Santa Slips into your stocking this year butterfly? Have you been a good butterfly this year?

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post, no monetary compensation has been received in exchange for this post. A pair of Taroona Gloves were sent to us for editorial consideration, however all opinions are 100% my own. These Gloves are seriously awesome!

Friday, December 7, 2012

December is National "Made in America Month"! 5 winners can win @TeroxFootwear - Men or Women, GLOBAL #Giveaway

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This giveaway is now CLOSED. Thanks so much to our wonderful sponsor Terox Footwear! We look forward to working with you again. Entries are being processed. Once the winners have been notified and upon winner confirmation, follower names will be posted both here on the Rafflecopter Widget, and on our homepage.
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Do you want to know what Made in America Feels Like? Try:

 Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  Comfort
 Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  Durability
 Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  Quality
 Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  Eco Conscious

Terox Footwear is a brand on a mission with a dream of not only building great footwear, but to also be part of restoring American Jobs and keeping our planet clean!

Terox Holiday Infographic

Powerful Right? With un-employment rates still in double digits in many states in the US, restoring American Jobs is an important mission, one I whole-heartedly support. Imagine that with every single step you take you can also help to support that mission, and you can do so in a variety of cool colors too!


Terox offers a Z Strap, Flip Flop, and Slide style shoe, all with an anatomical design made from a lightweight, elastic, resilient polymer compound and they are proudly manufactured in Georgia! The American Podiatric Medical Association has listed Terox flip flops on their very shortlist of acceptable Flip Flops, and as you know the Association is super careful about their recommendations when it comes to footwear!


I wanted the Z Strap because it has a butterfly on the sole, but somehow I received the Flip Flop instead. I normally don't feature flip flops here because I don't really like them, the toe thong usually ends up hurting my toes after prolonged wear, and while they are OK on the beach, I don't like that squishy 'flip-flop' sound when I'm walking with them indoors. But Terox has created a convert, these have so far been the exception to my absolutely no flip flops rule, after a full month of wear (mostly as house slippers because it's super cold in the NorthEast right now), my toes do not hurt after prolonged wear, and they sort of feel like they are bouncing you back with every step. This time, my only real complaint about them being flip flops is that if it's cold in the house I can't wear socks with them. (And please don't comment here telling me to try flip flop socks, that is NOT happening! :)

Terox Flip Flop
Terox Footwear, this Flip Flop comes in super fun colors!


We have hosted Canada Friendly giveaways before on Ascending Butterfly, but this is our FIRST ever Global Giveaway! You read that correctly, this giveaway is GLOBAL. Wherever you are, you are welcome to enter, and Terox makes footwear for both Men and Women! So make that special someone happy and slip some Terox Footwear in their holiday stocking this year! 5 Lucky Butterflies will win a pair in their choice of size and color based on availability. (Remember, some colors may or may not be in stock at the time of the drawing, so our sponsor will have the final say on color!)

Enter using the Rafflecopter Below:

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FTC Disclosure: All opinions are 100% my own. Terox Footwear provided us with a product sample to facilitate this review and for editorial consideration, they will be fulfilling all prizes to giveaway winners directly. Ascending Butterfly nor it's giveaway sponsors are responsible for lost or mis-directed mail. One entry per household.