Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Meet You at the Point!


We had an amazing turn out for the Elliott Lucca Granada Trapezoid Satchel! You guys really love your Handbags! Way to go everyone! It's thanks to your enthusiasm, that a one shot giveaway during Spring 2010 became an ongoing regular feature! Your incredible response has had designers excited about working with us! We have been able to offer you a new Handbag approximately every two weeks!

The winner of the Granada Satchel giveaway has been notified, and as soon as the winner confirms, we will post an official winner's announcement on the home page and update the giveaway page as well.

The next bag in the feature is already set, and will launch either this Thursday or this Friday! Stay Tuned!

Active Giveaways:

1) Ends 09/17 - Back to School with Play-Doh Sesame Street Shape & Spin Elmo Playset Giveaway HERE

2) Coming Soon: Ascending Butterfly's Monthly Book Club Returns and the next bag in our 'Fall Into Bags' special launches soon!

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Meet You at Inspiration Point!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Today's Words of Inspiration - Sometimes you have to dis-connect to re-connect!



Yesterday thanks to my friends at Heads Up International I ended up taking an un-planned day away from all things electronic to enjoy a Private VIP Dress Rehearsal prior to her world tour of a Jazz Singer named Esperanza Spalding. I wasn't very familiar with her work, but I am very grateful for the opportunity to have attended a very lovely reception, the actual Dress Rehearsal and the very enlightening Questions & Answers session conducted immediately after.

While we braved a freak storm to get to the venue, and a bit of confusion in getting underway. The venue was intimate, absolutely perfect for capturing the nuances of Esperanza's powerful voice. Her first name translates into 'hope', and right from the very moment she took the stage, I felt hope, hope that there is still 'real' music out there to pass down. She's a musician's musician, who was at ease jamming with her team of amazing musicians and accompanying vocalists. The emotion is still raw, you can tell the 'bigness' that is now encompassing her life, her style and her music yet it is still very new. Much for her to take in I'm sure!

After her captivating debut last year, 25 year old bassist Esperanza Spalding is back for an encore by popular demand. Blending innovative vocal stylings with uncanny instrumental chops, she has already taken the jazz world by storm, performing with such distinguished musicians as Stanley Clarke, Dave Samuels, Pat Metheny and others. Clearly an up and coming star,she performed at the White House in February, 2009 and was also invited to play at the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in honor of President Obama. That's BIG!

I love all kinds of music, and apparently so too does Esperanza, there were hints of all kinds of world music in her repertoire, including Argentinean, Brazilean, South African and more. During the Questions And Answers Period, many questions led back to what her influences are and who inspires her, lyrically she cited many great writers, from Herman Melville to Pablo Neruda and musically from Prince, Stevie Wonder, and Beyonce to work from her bandmates who seem to constantly surprise and inspire one another. And her take on the globalization influences in Art was very much spot on. These influences were certainly seen during her set!

There is just something about sitting in a room with Jazz Lovers, you can feel 'one love' amongst people who are passionate for pure music, raw emotion, transcendent flow, it reminds you of similarities and makes differences so irrelevant they disappear, it unites you with perfect strangers. It can even turn a perfect stranger into a friend.

I came back from the concert, renewed, invigorated and energized. The chance to step away from all things technology based, and connect myself with something more powerful, like song, emotion, communion, and a gathering of energy through music; I feel totally renewed!

I plan to reach out to her label in an effort to host a review & giveaway of her album 'Chamber Music Society' which had it's debut as the #1 Jazz Album on iTunes and has remained at #1 for 7 days since release, #65 iTunes Top 200 (Peak #46). And I can tell you it's for good reason that her album attained #1 in it's debut status, her sound took me to that Speakeasy jazz club referenced in movies that I've never actually been to (because I was just too young or in some cases not even born yet!), it transported me to a place of elegant gowns and men in sharp suits, to dancing, standing up and laughing all night long, to drinks with snazzy names and simple ingredients, to night's I didn't want to see end, to that place in my mind I go during a long bubble bath with jazz playing in the background. . . .it just plain took me places. How much of today's 'modern' sounds can you say actually transport you? to somewhere you WANT to stay!

I came home inspired enough to want to see a real inspiration shared today! I was going to put up a giveaway today to help get us caught up so we'll be ready for the Holiday 2010 Buying Guide, but this feeling of inspiration was just too good to put off for another day!

All I know is that I spent a day 'dis-connecting' to actually 're-connect' today. You know I oftentimes tell you all  to 'disconnect from your 'electronic umbilical cords', and connect to an un-tapped source of a different kind, Yourself. Your Soul. Your Needs. The needs outside the emails, texts, tweets and facebook 'likes'. 

Use 'Today's Words of Inspiration' as a breathing meditation to still your mind, quiet your thoughts and bring in positive energy. As you inhale bring in only positive energy by saying in your mind, I breathe in positive energy (or you can say creative energy if that is what you wish to create more of) and as you exhale, Affirm out loud today 'I will be inspired by MY world. I will be inspired by my voice. Today I will seek out the communion of kindred spirits be it at a concert, coffee shop, record store, or place of worship, I will actively seek out a way to uplift my spirit through sound, be it an instrument, my voice or listening in appreciation to music I truly appreciate and re-explore it's value in my life right NOW!'

Spend some time each day enjoying focused breathing AND soul guided meditative visualization, in doing so, you can bring about profound and powerful changes in your life.

Visualize yourself manifesting something unique, guided by universal forces that emerge spontaneously from within your soul. Do this at least twice today and see how by taking a moment away from the hectic pace and breathing in positive energy and affirming what you wish to create, your thinking will become different.

Remember, attitude really does determine altitude.

It is OK to *Re-Tweet* the link to this post and You can find me (@Tracy_Iglesias) on Twitter here! Twitter love: re*tweet by copying and pasting the following into your update field:

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Make this your best day ever, Bless and Be Blessed!

Active Giveaways:

1) Ends TODAY - 09/14 - 3pm Eastern Standard Time - "Fall Into Bags' - Elliott Lucca's Granada Trapezoid Satchel in Twilight Giveaway! HERE (Folks this is one of the hottest bags in Fall's Hot Color, with the trendy turnlock closure showing up on the cool bags this fall, You don't want to miss your chance to win this one!)

2) Ends 09/17 - Back to School with Play-Doh Sesame Street Shape & Spin Elmo Playset Giveaway HERE

3) Coming Soon: Ascending Butterfly's Monthly Book Club Returns!!!

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

This week's 'Moment of Gratitude' and Great Giveaways!


On Sunday's, 'Today's Moment of Inspiration' becomes the weekly 'Moment of Gratitude'. While I do still live in Gratitude each and everyday, I decided to change this feature to a weekly to allow a full week of Inspirational messages and focused breathing meditations.

This week, I am grateful for:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - If you read this weekend's inspirational posts, you know that the first thing I am grateful about this weekend, is the fact that I got to greet it. The memory of 09/11, and the fact that I was supposed to be in the Towers makes it especially important for me to count my blessings this weekend!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - The onset of Fall is making me very happy, the heat and humidity is slowly dropping, and the days have been perfect for long walks and time spent with friends before the onset of winter!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Music, I've been listening to it and enjoying it more than usual lately! (Which for me is great, my very inconsiderate neighbors have been sucking the joy of hearing music from me because they always play it so loud, that for the most part I tend to just crave silence! I forgot just how much I was missing music!)

What are you grateful for today? I'd love for you to write in and share what you are grateful for this week. The more you say it, the more you speak it, and the more you live in gratitude, the more you will find reasons to be grateful for, and the more reasons that the universe will send you to be grateful for. So join me on this journey of gratitude and inspiration. And you can post here daily (even though my list will be posted weekly).

Remember, attitude really does determine altitude.

It is OK to *Re-Tweet* the link to this post and You can find me on Twitter here (@Tracy_Iglesias) Twitter love: re*tweet by copying and pasting the following into your update field at Twitter:

OK to RT: @Tracy_Iglesias This Week's 'Moment of Gratitude' and Great giveaways! - http://tiny.cc/n4Thx

Active Giveaways:

1) ENDING SOON: Ends 09/14 - "Fall Into Bags' - Elliott Lucca's Granada Trapezoid Satchel in Twilight Giveaway! HERE

2) Ends 09/17 - Back to School with Play-Doh Sesame Street Shape & Spin Elmo Playset Giveaway! ! HERE

3) Coming Soon: The Return of the The Ascending Butterfly Book Club!

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Keep your eyes on the homepage's 'Win Here - Today's Butterfly' section we have more great giveaways to come! (And we are working on our Holiday Buying Guide! so Stay Tuned!)

For those of you who are interested in keeping a gratitude journal this year, here is my recommendation and a direct link to purchase it:















Make this your best day ever, Bless and Be Blessed!

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Gone Dark!

We are making this a wordless day in honor of September 11th, we made a full post regarding 09/11 HERE - We joined our Facebook Friends this morning in a moment of silence.

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Today's Words of Inspiration - September 11th!



I want to remind you all to take a moment to pray this weekend for the victims, their families, and for our nation at large. If prayer isn't your thing, send positive energy, send it as an embrace that circles our planet.

I know that on the night of New York City's big 'Fashion Night Out' it would probably be much simpler to write about trends, beauty and wonderful shopping opportunities. Parties, cocktails, hors dourves, super models and Fashion are the topic of the day. But today, my mind is elsewhere, on a topic that is not as popular or upbeat.

The repercussions of that day still and will always loom large. I am a New Yorker, I was born here, raised here and have spent my entire professional career earning my living here. In what has to be by far one of the busiest and most hectic cities on the planet.

As some of you may remember from a previous inspiration, I was offered a job in the towers. Had I accepted that position, this community would never have happened! I can't imagine no Ascending Butterfly. Thankfully, I don't have to. Other families were not so lucky.

No matter what your stance is on War in general, please pray for our troops, this is an especially tense weekend for New York City, for our troops overseas, and for all those who serve the community like Policemen and Women, Fire Fighters, and EMT's who are on call and at the ready this weekend in NYC, just in case.

On that day I was working in a Hospital in Manhattan, while it was not nearest to Ground Zero, we did receive 'casualties'. Casualties. What a weird word that is. Bodies of mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, who went to work and did not make it home. For reasons I still don't quite frankly understand. From Soul to Soul I can only pray for peace, for understanding, for people to STOP hurting each other oddly enough in the name of Peace. Peace is an action, not just a state of mind. It should practiced, not just preached!

I will be taking a moment of prayer and silence this weekend, I hope you will too!

Where were you on that day?

Today's Inspiration? Peace. Think it, Speak It, and put it into practice DAILY!

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Winner Announcement - Smashbox Brow Tech Trio Giveaway Winners!


**And the Winners are:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 'Katy'
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 'Mommy PR'

Congrats Ladies! Ascending Butterfly would like to thank our friends at Smashbox for hosting TWO winners this time! I know our winners are going to love the BrowTech Trio as much as I do!

Active Giveaways:

1) Ends 09/14 - "Fall Into Bags' - Elliott Lucca's Granada Trapezoid Satchel in Twilight Giveaway! HERE

2) Ends 09/17 - 'Back to School' with Play-Doh Sesame Street Shape & Spin Elmo Playset Giveaway!  HERE

3) Coming Soon: The Return of the Ascending Butterfly Monthly Book Club!

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Ascending Butterfly is actively seeking brand ambassador opportunities and sponsorship for the Blogalicious Weekend Conference in Miami, if you would like your brand represented by a tireless and hard-working Brand Ambassador at Blogalicious,  an industry conference which is aimed at celebrating the diversity of women of all ethnicities in social media, please let me know by contacting me on my contactify form HERE


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** We post our winner usernames instead of full names to protect privacy

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - So What's in the Bag?


With the exception of her hair color, she looks a lot like ME, this is exactly how I'm feeling today, busy, busy, in the city! What do you think is in the bag? (I'm loving the trendy purple bag and shoes for Fall!) I also love she is taking a Coffee Break!

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Back to School with Play-Doh Sesame Street Shape & Spin Elmo Playset Giveaway!

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This giveaway is now CLOSED. Thanks so much to our wonderful sponsor PlayDoh! We look forward to working with you again! The winner is Nicole G. Congratulations Nicole! Remember: There are great giveaways active on the upper right hand side of the page!
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Our Back To School themed Giveaways continue, this time with something for the younger set! A little known fact about me is that I am spot on doing two children's themed impressions, Elmo and Pillsbury Dough Boy! I adore Elmo and The Pillsbury Doughboy and have somehow amassed quite a collection of themed merch (I'm not all butterflies you know!) I will admit I have a Tickle Me Elmo that's mine, all mine! Perhaps I've missed my calling as a voice over artist?

I wanted to make sure our Back to School giveaways included a little something for everyone so we started with Staples and we are going to switch gears to younger children with the Sesame Street Shape & Spin Elmo Playset. While it's recommended for Ages 3 and Up, if you are anything like me you are going to want to play with it, I mean ahem, test it out too!

This set combines two favorites of mine, Play-Doh and Elmo! I met the Play-Doh reps during the BlogHer-2010 Conference in New York City, at their booth at the Expo Hall they were giving out one of the most unique products I received during the conference, PlayDoh Cologne! Boy does that smell take me back, and so does this Playset. Play-Doh was one of my favorite childhood memories, and playing with it now with my nieces and nephews always makes me smile. They enjoy it as much as I do!

Play-Doh is distributed by Hasbro, and I truly appreciate their packaging offers full disclosure on what is important to know about Toy Safety and Box Content. This playset comes with playmat, 3 stampers, instructions, and 3 three-ounce cans of Play-Doh Brand Modeling Compound. On the box there is a clearly marked NOTICE: Parents: contains Wheat. Nontoxic. If your child has a Wheat Allergy, this would not be an appropriate toy!



This toy also requires 2 "AAA" batteries, which thoughtfully, is included in the box! Play-Doh Sesame Street Shape & Spin Elmo Playset has two fun play modes. In mode 1, Elmo helps your child identify shapes and then counts them as your child makes them. In mode 2, Elmo prompts your child to make various shapes. Together, they'll have lots of fun creating PLAY-DOH triangles, circles and more. Because I have quite a few kiddos in my life in this age group, I opted to make this one, one of the 'play here at Auntie's toys' those are the ones in my arsenal to keep visiting little ones entertained. I have stuff for pretty much every age group, but this one proved quite popular when I had my two little nephews over during Labor Day Weekend!

This is also a great toy for a pre-schooler to have! It's a fun way for kids to learn shapes, counting and fine motor skills! If you have any Pre-K aged little ones at home, this is a fun way to start prepping them, it will keep them entertained, and help you keep them away from 'the tube'.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - WIN IT! - Thanks to our friends at Hasbro one Ascending Butterfly will win a Play-Doh Sesame Street Shape & Spin Elmo Playset for their little one!

Don't you just ♥ Hasbro? I know I do!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ -How to Win: (1) You must be a PUBLIC follower of Ascending Butterfly to be eligible for this and all giveaways. Indicate in your entry that you follow (if your 'comment name/user id' differs from your profile id, please let me know what name you follow under) and (2) Mandatory Entry (this must be done for all others to count): Visit the Hasbro Shop and post the URL Link (NOT THE NAME) of  another toy you'd love for little one.  (3) You must also leave your email address somewhere in your comment. (You can format it this way for security, example: ascendingbutterfly AT mail host DOT com). (If your email is clearly visible in your profile, you can just say so, that's OK!) Please follow the easy 1, 2, 3 steps to winning (or in this case, the A,B,C’s of winning!) This giveaway is open to USA residents who are 18 years of age or older.

Please follow directions or you will be disqualified! All comments are moderated, they may not appear on the site right away (comments like "I want this" or "I want to win" will not be entered). You have from Tuesday, September 07, 2010 until Friday, September 17, 2010 at 03:00 PM (EST) to comment and be entered for a chance to win. You will have 48 hours to confirm if we do not hear from you we will be forced to move on to an alternate. (We only notify winners DIRECTLY via email, so if your profile or your comment does not have an email your entry will not be processed)

EXTRA CREDIT:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Blog about this giveaway, linking to this giveaway post. Leave the URL in a comment (+5 entries, leave 5 comments with the URL to your blog post!)

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Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow me @Tracy_Iglesias on Twitter (this is ascendingbutterfly’s editor) and give me your twitter ID in a comment

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Tweet this:

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Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ -  Ascending Butterfly is a nominee for the Bloggers Choice ’10 Awards in the ‘Best Blog About Stuff’ Category - http://bloggerschoiceawards.com/ You can press the button below to go straight to the page where Ascending Butterfly has been nominated!

My site was nominated for Best Blog About Stuff!

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FTC Disclosure Info for this Giveaway: This is not a paid insertion. This is a non-compensated post and all opinions regarding the products are expressly my own experiences. I was provided product to facilitate my review and for the giveaway. The sponsor is fulfilling directly to prize winner(s), this in no way influenced my opinion of the product. Once a winner is selected and their information has been forwarded to the sponsor, the responsibility of prize fulfillment rests with the sponsor.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Happy Labor Day - Today's Words of Inspiration - Let's Give!


Happy Labor Day Butterflies! I hope that everyone who has the day off is making the most of it, and those of you who are at work today, THANK YOU! Your labor is the foundation that America is built upon. Hard work, grit, effort! Your efforts aren't going un-noticed, even if it may feel that way right now!

In the spirit of inspiration, I just thought I'd remind everyone that The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon is on today (New Yorkers can catch it on Channel 9 - WWOR TV, others please check your local listings!). And you know how much I love 'inspiration in action', so today, let's help Jerry Lewis help those with neuromuscular disease to find a cure!

Your donations equal hope, even if you don't have anyone with Muscular Dystrophy in your family, donate in the name of a healthy child in your life as a way of saying thank you for your blessings of a healthy family. If you have someone affected or have lost someone to the disease, donate in their name.

You can even pledge online at https://secure.mdausa.org/donate/  -Note this is a SECURE server, you can feel confident in making your pledge online! Remember, No amount is too small!

You can also participate in the online auction and bid on great items, including vacations, HERE - You can even bid on cool General Hospital items like signed photos as well as a cabin on the 2011 Soap Cruise! I'm tempted to bid on that one myself! (You know I couldn't resist letting you know about it, since I was elected as General Hospital Mom Brand Ambassador this year!) Labor Day offers us a chance to give back!

Use 'Today's Words of Inspiration' as a breathing meditation to still your mind, quiet your thoughts and bring in positive energy. As you inhale bring in only positive energy by saying in your mind, I breathe in positive energy (or you can say creative energy if that is what you wish to create more of) and as you exhale, Affirm out loud today 'I will put inspiration in action today and give from the heart!'

Remember, attitude really does determine altitude.


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Sunday, September 5, 2010

This weeks 'Moment of Gratitude' and Great Giveaways!







I hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend. Happy Labor Day Weekend Butterflies! On Sunday's, 'Today's Moment of Inspiration' becomes the weekly 'Moment of Gratitude'. While I do still live in Gratitude each and everyday, I decided to change this feature to a weekly to allow a full week of Inspirational messages and focused breathing meditations.

This week, I am grateful for:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - For Fall! I love Fall, the heat of summer starts to wane, there isn't as much rain as Spring and it's cool but not cold like Winter. It's my favorite season! Soon cozy sweaters and favorite fashion boots will come out the closet to play! Fall for me is cashmere, leather boots and new clean notebooks and pens just filled with possibility! Crisp air, changing leaves, what's not to love?

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Fall also means a switch recipe wise as well. Favorite comfort meals that are just too time consuming or make the kitchen too hot during summer will finally make their way into my grocery shopping list and back on my plate! :-)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - And an admittedly guilty pleasure of fall? some of my favorite TV shows are coming back! Dexter anyone?

What are you grateful for today? I'd love for you to write in and share what you are grateful for this week. The more you say it, the more you speak it, and the more you live in gratitude, the more you will find reasons to be grateful for, and the more reasons that the universe will send you to be grateful for. So join me on this journey of gratitude and inspiration. And you can post here daily (even though my list will be posted weekly).

Remember, attitude really does determine altitude.

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Active Giveaways:

1) Ends 09/14 - "Fall Into Bags' - Elliott Lucca's Granada Trapezoid Satchel in Twilight Giveaway! HERE

2) Ends 09/07 - Smashbox Brow Tech Trio Review and Giveaway! HERE

3) Coming Soon: Back To School Giveaway with PlayDoh!

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Keep your eyes on the homepage's 'Win Here - Today's Butterfly' section we have more great giveaways to come! (And we are working on our Holiday Buying Guide! so Stay Tuned!)

For those of you who are interested in keeping a gratitude journal this year, here is my recommendation and a direct link to purchase it:















Make this your best day ever, Bless and Be Blessed!

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Friday, September 3, 2010

Today's Words of Inspiration - Happy Labor Day Weekend!




There is power, there is power in a band of working men, when they stand, hand in hand. That’s a power, that’s a power that must rule in every land - Joe Hill

Organizer, Industrial Pioneer, there are tons of descriptions for Joe Hill, but one thing that can't be refuted is that he beleived in the power of work, hard work, a hard days work for an honest days pay.

While Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer, with forms of celebration including picnics, barbecues, fireworks displays, water sports, and public art events, its origins are much more politically based. Now, families with school-age children take it as the last chance to travel before the end of summer recess!

What one word description can be placed under your picture to describe you? I'd like to think mine would be 'motivator'

Like Joe, I have a strong work ethic, I'm not afraid to work hard, pitch in, and get the job done.

It's a great weekend to assess 'labor' in the literal and figurative sense in your life. What role do your labors play in shaping who you are? Do you think what you labor at is WHO you are or WHAT you do? Why?

Do you share the same work ethic as your parents or your grand-parents?

The 'labors' put down by our Grand-Parents paved the way for our Parents, and their labors made our path a bit easier, what labors can you make to make the road that much easier for your children?

Use 'Today's Words of Inspiration' as a breathing meditation to still your mind, quiet your thoughts and bring in positive energy. As you inhale bring in only positive energy by saying in your mind, I breathe in positive energy (or you can say creative energy if that is what you wish to create more of) and as you exhale, Affirm out loud today 'I will put thought and motivation into all of my labors!'

Spend some time each day enjoying focused breathing AND soul guided meditative visualization, in doing so, you can bring about profound and powerful changes in your life.

Visualize yourself manifesting something unique, guided by universal forces that emerge spontaneously from within your soul. Do this at least twice today and see how by taking a moment away from the hectic pace and breathing in positive energy and affirming what you wish to create, your thinking will become different.

Remember, attitude really does determine altitude.

It is OK to *Re-Tweet* the link to this post and You can find me (@Tracy_Iglesias) on Twitter here! Twitter love: re*tweet by copying and pasting the following into your update field:

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Make this your best day ever, Bless and Be Blessed!

Active Giveaways:

1) Ends 09/14 - "Fall Into Bags' - Elliott Lucca's Granada Trapezoid Satchel in Twilight Giveaway! HERE

2) Ends 09/07 - Smashbox Brow Tech Trio Review and Giveaway! HERE

3) Coming Soon: Back To School Giveaway with PlayDoh!
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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Winner Announcement - Staples $50 Back To School Giveaway Winner!


And the Winner is:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Jessie C.

Congrats Jessie! Your $50 Staples Gift Card is on it's Way! That sure buys a lot of pens and pencils!

Active Giveaways:

1) Ends 09/14 - "Fall Into Bags' - Elliott Lucca's Granada Trapezoid Satchel in Twilight Giveaway! HERE

2) Ends 09/07 - Smashbox Brow Tech Trio Review and Giveaway! HERE

3) Coming Soon: Back To School Giveaway with PlayDoh!

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Ascending Butterfly is actively seeking brand ambassador opportunities and sponsorship for the Blogalicious Weekend Conference in Miami, if you would like your brand represented at  Blogalicious, which is aimed at celebrating the diversity of women of all ethnicities in social media, please let me know by contacting me on my contactify form HERE

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Attraction Board Part II



I thought I'd share the newest addition to my attraction board this week. Last week it was the Donna Karan Convertible Infinity Dress, and this week it's Tory Burch 'Patterson' Boots!

Kassie, the evil genius @simplysoles sent me her Fall themed newsletter with MY boots surrounded  by a lovely bag and some leaves and other fall shoes, but my eyes immediately went to the boots. I've been fascinated with pretty much everything Tory Burch for quite some time! I'm sure it has something to do with those double 'T's' her trademark logo, that I like to imagine stands for Tracy! These are the perfect height for me with understated details that keep the lines clean.  They, much like last week's Donna Karen perfect black dress, fall under a 'not in a struggling writer's budget!' category. At least not this month! But I know that the Universe is working as fast as it can to deliver these over to me before Fall truly gets underway! (+ an excuse to source out a perfect cute Fall sweater, a cowl neck perhaps? or some super soft cashmere number in red? ah decisions, decisions.)

If Kassie is reading this today, please note you have both inspired and depressed the inspirational writer today!

While these new boots do look ever so lovely on my attraction board, I am convinced they will look even better in that special spot in my closet calling out their name 'Patterson!', and needless to say even better still on MY FEET!



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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

"Fall Into Bags' - Elliott Lucca's Granada Trapezoid Satchel in Twilight Giveaway!

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This giveaway is now CLOSED. Thanks so much to our wonderful sponsor Elliot Lucca! We look forward to working with you again! The winner is Courtney S. Remember: There are great giveaways active on the upper right hand side of the page!
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'Fall into Bags' Special Feature sponsored by:



Our friends at Elliott Lucca were so happy with your enthusiastic responses to their Spring Bag that they have returned to join us again to kick off 'Fall into Bags'! (What do you think of our clever re-name with the new season?)

We are delighted that our ongoing Handbag feature is back with a decidedly Hot, Leather Handbag in a great fall color!

You know how much Ascending Butterfly personally loves companies that give back, and we've been keeping you abreast of the incredible work that The Sak Brand Group (Elliott Lucca's parent company) has been doing with America SCORES - whose mission is to empower students in urban communities using soccer, writing, creative expression, and service-learning. With teamwork as the unifying value, they inspire youth to lead healthy lifestyles, be engaged students, and become agents of change in their communities. I have always had a particular soft spot for children's charities, and I love that America SCORES focuses on urban communities where school districts barely receive adequate funding. I applaud The Sak Brand Group for partnering with an organization that is helping to making a difference in the lives of more than 6,000 youth!

I also have a passion for leather handbags that is by now of no surprise to you! I've seen various reports saying that Purple, Grey and Red are going to be the 'IT' colors for handbags this Fall, and as I love all three, I'm looking forward to the offerings this season!

I have been testing out an amazing Fall Bag from Elliott Lucca, the "Granada Solid Trapezoid Satchel" in a color called 'boysenberry'. Its shape is somewhat reminiscent of a Doctor's Bag, and the Front outside pocket features a super hot turnlock closure! I love that it plays up trends well without being so over the top that you would only whip it out on special occassions! I look for a solid investment in my handbags, and this bag does not disappoint! Fellow public transportation commuters you'll love that Elliott Lucca remembers to include a longer strap so you can also wear it over the shoulder and keep your hands free! Without the strap it still has a very generous drop, but if you experience super cold winters where you are, and love to layer like I do, you'll probably want to switch to the longer strap once it gets colder out!

In addition to the front outside pocket, the lining features two multi function pockets and a zippered backwall pocket. I love having organizational pockets to keep my Mp3 Player, Cell Phone and Digital Camera safe while in transit in my bag! I love that this bag is super roomy, but not so big that a shorter statured person would hate the silhoutte. (Thankfully I'm pretty tall so I can carry pretty much any silhoutte in a bag!) I can carry what I need to have with me on a day-to-day basis without the need for multiple bags or additional totes. It's a quality bag, but does not add that unwanted heft that come with some bags. Some bags are just so heavy on their own that by the time you add your own stuff, your shoulders hurt at the end of the day, or you end up walking with one shoulder higher than the other. I'm happy to report I did not experience this with the Granada Bag!

I've worn it now to several events and have received numerous compliments on it, and have had people stop and ask me 'what bag is that'? And one person that asked was a guy who was looking for a birthday gift for his girlfriend and new she'd like this bag! (If only he had a single brother!)

When I invest in a bag I always ask myself two questions (1) Is this a 'one-season wonder'? (2) Does the color work well with my wardrobe? - I am happy to report that my answers to these questions with the Granada are a (1) No - The structure will carry forward for way more than one season and (2) Yes, while Purple is a bold color the fact that it is not overly embellished means it works much like a neutral yet still stands out in the crowd.

The winner of this giveaway will win a very similar bag to the one I reviewed, except yours will be woven in the front and the color is called 'Twilight' (still purple, except it's a purple metallic)


Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - WIN IT! - Ascending Butterfly and our amazing friends at Elliott Lucca would like to provide 1 ultra lucky Ascending Butterfly Follower an Elliott Lucca woven Granada Trapezoid Satchel in "Twilight’ (Don't you just ♥ Elliott Lucca? - I know I do!)

About your bag (If you are anything like me, you want the details!):

•Dimensions: 14"L x 6.25"W x 11.25"H Drop:5"
•Exterior: 100% Leather
•Interior: 100% Cotton
•Zipper Closure
•Convertible Shoulder Strap, Drop: 15.25"
•Exterior front pocket
•Lining features two multi function pockets and a zippered back wall pocket
Care Instructions: Clean with a water-based leather cleaner and moisturizer. Use a protective spray to protect the leather surface.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - How to Win: (1) You must be a PUBLIC follower of Ascending Butterfly to be eligible for this and all giveaways. Indicate in your entry that you follow (if your 'comment name/user id' differs from your profile id, please let me know what name you follow under) and (2) Visit Elliott Lucca and pick another bag (other than the one being reviewed and the one being given away!) that you like and leave the LINK to that bag in your comment entry! (3) Elliott Lucca would like to keep you informed of sales and happenings, entering this giveaway is your consent for them to do so, so you MUST also leave your email address somewhere in your comment. (You can format it this way for security, example: ascendingbutterfly AT mail host DOT com). (If your email is clearly visible in your profile, you can just say so, that's OK!) Please follow the easy 1, 2, 3 steps to winning (or in this case, the A,B,C’s of winning!) This giveaway is open to USA residents who are 18 years of age or older.

Please follow directions or you will be disqualified! All comments are moderated, they may not appear on the site right away (comments like "I want this" or "I want to win" will not be entered). You have from Tuesday, August 31, 2010 until Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 03:00 PM (EST) to comment and be entered for a chance to win. You will have 48 hours to confirm if we do not hear from you we will be forced to move on to an alternate. (We only notify winners DIRECTLY via email, so if your profile or your comment does not have an email your entry will not be processed)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - EXTRA CREDIT:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Blog about this giveaway, linking to this giveaway post. Leave the URL in a comment (5 entries, leave 5 comments)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Grab our Button and put it on your Blog. Leave the URL where we can see it in a comment (if you already have our button, just let us know, you will still get extra credit!) (3 entries, leave three comments this will be verified)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow me @Tracy_Iglesias on Twitter (this is ascendingbutterfly’s editor) and give me your twitter ID in a comment http://twitter.com/Tracy_Iglesias

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Tweet this:

Ok to RT: Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - #ascendingbutterfly + @ElliottLucca Designer Handbag #Giveaways! Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ #win here - http://tinyurl.com/274p8eq

(Leave a comment with the tweet’s url so you can get a valid entry (click on the time your tweet was sent to get the direct URL and then copy and paste it here). You can Tweet TWICE per DAY. If you Tweet more than that, that entry will be disqualified.)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ – Follow, now called ‘Like’ (and don't forget to write on their wall that Ascending Butterfly sent you!) Elliott Lucca on Facebook HERE (3 entries, leave 3 comments)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @ElliottLucca on Twitter HERE

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Digg about this giveaway and leave your digg username in your comment

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Fave this blog on Technorati and leave your Technorati user name in your comment

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Vote for Ascending Butterfly on: Fuel My Blog

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow Ascending Butterfly on Facebook HERE

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow Ascending Butterfly on Networked Blogs HERE

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Join Ascending Butterfly's NEW Community/Real Time Chat, Group HERE

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Subscribe to receive Ascending Butterfly emails using our Feedburner widget on the upper right hand side of the page below the follower thumbnail pictures! (If you are already a subscriber you will still receive extra credit!)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Review this blog on Alexa HERE

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - NEW METHOD OF EXTRA CREDIT, (You can vote daily for extra credit): Ascending Butterfly is a nominee for the Bloggers Choice ’10 Awards in the ‘Best Blog About Stuff’ Category - http://bloggerschoiceawards.com/ You can press the button below to go straight to the page where Ascending Butterfly has been nominated!

My site was nominated for Best Blog About Stuff!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - NEW! Press the button below and join, you get an extra entry for this giveaway and a shot at more great prizes, lets win together! (one time extra credit, will be verified before entry can be accepted.)





NOTE: Both the sak Cambria Tote and Sakroots Artist Circle Shopper can be seen on the ABC TV Show, No Ordinary Family, this coming Fall. Get your Cambria Tote today for the Special Web Price of $27.75 at http://www.thesak.com/Cambria_Tote/pd/np/-1/p/1079.html

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FTC Disclosure Info for this Giveaway: This is not a paid insertion. This is a non-compensated post and all opinions regarding the products are expressly my own experiences. I was provided product to facilitate my review and for the giveaway. The sponsor is fulfilling directly to prize winner(s), this in no way influenced my opinion of the product. Once a winner is selected and their information has been forwarded to the sponsor, the responsibility of prize fulfillment rests with the sponsor.

Friday, August 27, 2010

T.G.I.F

We are still processing entries so we can close the Staples Giveaway and announce an official winner! This is going to be a working TGIF for me........someone send snacks!!!!

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Today's Words of Inspiration - Let your TasteBuds Lead the Way!



I am checking in late today, but for good reason. Today, I continued upon this week's theme of 'inspiration in action' and today I let my tastebuds lead the way!

I was invited to a very special dinner tonight (Thanks Caroline!) and it was like a trip to my favorite place without even getting on a plane!

"All About Avocados" - A Mexican Avocado Adventure" - is an aptly titled teaching and tasting event, hosted by saboresusa.org that brought the tastes of Mexico to life, thanks to Chef Patricio Sandoval's culinary alchemy. Chef Patricio, is both the Executive Chef and Owner of Mercadito Restaurant. He is a warm and inviting host, and his restaurant, like him, is equally warm and inviting with attentive and friendly service.

Mercadito can also be found in Chicago as well as Miami but this event was hosted in the NYC Restaurant. (179 Avenue B, New York, NY)

The Menu (prepare to drool)

Guacamole Tradicional - Avocado, tomato, cilantro, onion and chile serrano dip
Ceviche de Dorado - Mahi-Mahi, avocado, tomato, orange-chile de arbol broth
Tacos de Camaron (Shrimp Taco) - Soft Corn Tortilla with Roasted Garlic Chipotle mojo marinated shrimp and avocado

Cocktail - "Pepino el Pyu" - Tequila Blanco, lemon juice, cucumber juice and hoja santa syrup

I swear he had me personally in mind when he planned the menu even though he didn't know me yet! I love Mahi Mahi, and I love Shrimp, my tummy is still smiling!

Even though I am not from Mexico, I have visited there several times, and this dinner reminded me just how much I'd really love to go back, I wish I was there NOW!

I enjoyed great company, great food and drink and found a new restaurant that reminds me so much of my favorite vacation spot, today couldn't have possibly been a better day!

I got to live my very own 'Eat Pray Love' today, now that my friends, is inspiration in action!

This weekend, let your TasteBuds lead the way! If they happen to lead you to Mercadito Restaurant, have a 'Pepino el Pyu' cocktail with your bestie or your sweetie (or BOTH) and toast to 'inspiration' in whatever form it finds you!

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - So What's On Your Attraction Board?



I thought it would make for a fun Wordless Wednesday if we all shared something on our Attraction Boards. Mine has all the standard 'big stuff' from dream Beach House, to dream Benz car, etc, but one of my favorite 'fun' fashion items is this Donna Karan Collection 'Infinity' Convertible Jersey Dress! It can be worn a multitude of ways making it super versatile, and can be played up or down depending on your accessories! It's a splurge I just can't justify making right now (the joys of living on a writer's salary in the big city) so that's why it's on my Attraction Board!

This year I'm trying to aim higher fashion wise, yet still be a fabulous frugalista. I also want to break out of my pantsuit rut! Isn't this dress FAB?

(1) Do you have an Attraction Board?
(2) What's on your Attraction Board?

OK so as usual, I'm still having a problem with the whole 'wordless' concept. I guess I should have just let the dress speak for itself!

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Today's Words of Inspiration - Inspiration in Action


Inspiration rarely falls from mid-air into our laps. Just like inspiration sometimes comes from bold action, action also brings about inspiration.

This week we have been focusing on Companies that give back, 'brands with heart' and the initiatives they are taking to help communities-at-large and the world!

I find it inspiring to just take action! Action for change. Action for realization. Realization that causes change in you that causes you to take action!

Use 'Today's Words of Inspiration' as a breathing meditation to still your mind, quiet your thoughts and bring in positive energy. As you inhale bring in only positive energy by saying in your mind, I breathe in positive energy (or you can say creative energy if that is what you wish to create more of) and as you exhale, Affirm out loud today 'I will put inspiration in action! I will make a BOLD move!'

Spend some time each day enjoying focused breathing AND soul guided meditative visualization, in doing so, you can bring about profound and powerful changes in your life.

Visualize yourself manifesting something unique, guided by universal forces that emerge spontaneously from within your soul. Do this at least twice today and see how by taking a moment away from the hectic pace and breathing in positive energy and affirming what you wish to create, your thinking will become different.

Remember, attitude really does determine altitude.

It is OK to *Re-Tweet* the link to this post and You can find me (@Tracy_Iglesias) on Twitter here! Twitter love: re*tweet by copying and pasting the following into your update field:

@Tracy_Iglesias #ascendingbutterfly - Today's Words of #Inspiration and Great #Giveaways! #eatpraylove - http://tiny.cc/n4Thx

Make this your best day ever, Bless and Be Blessed!

Active Giveaways:

1) Back to School with Staples $50 Gift Card Giveaway! Ends 08/27 Enter HERE
2) Smashbox Brow Tech Trio Review and Giveaway! Ends 09/07  Enter HERE

Keep your eyes on the homepage's 'Win Here - Today's Butterfly' section we have more great giveaways to come! Stay tuned for our upcoming return of our Book Club, and the return of our special Handbags feature, whose name has now changed with the upcoming new season, so keep an eye out for 'Fall into Bags' coming soon! (And a new special feature I am keeping hush hush for now!)


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Monday, August 23, 2010

Today's Words of Inspiration - The Sak Brand Group Gives Back!

Ascending Butterfly has a knack for working with 'Brands with Heart', and another of our favorite friends has an initiative I want to be sure you are aware of!



The Sak Brand Group is hosting an online auction to benefit America Scores Bay Area! You can bid on array of gorgeous bags from all of Sak Brand Group's Brands (including The Sak & Elliott Lucca) and also once in a lifetime internships and shopping sprees! Bidding on eBay starts today 08/23 and continues until 08/27 at 8pm Eastern Standard Time. You can enter a bid by clicking HERE

America Scores has a mission to empower students in urban communities using soccer, writing, creative expression, and service-learning. With teamwork as the unifying value, they inspire youth to lead healthy lifestyles, be engaged students, and become agents of change in their communities. To learn more about America Scores click HERE

As we did yesterday giving up our 'Sunday Moment of Gratitude' space for Satya Jewelry's Online Sample Sale with proceeds going to charity (you can read about it here) we are doing again for Sak Brand Group's Online Auction. I beleive in 'inspiration in action' and I am happy to give our Today's Words of Inspiration feature space to help The Sak Brand Group support this iniative. Considering bidding if you can today as your way of putting 'inspiration in action'!

And for reading this far, we have a super surprise for YOU! Our friends at The Sak Brand Group will be hosting a review and giveaway of a super smoking HOT fall handbag! We will be kicking off our Fall Feature with an Elliott Lucca Bag very SOON!

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FTC Disclosure Info: This is not a paid insertion. This is a non-compensated post and all opinions regarding the products are expressly my own experiences. This post is an effort to help support a charitable initiative.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sample Sale Alert + Winner's Announcement!

Our Friends at Satya Jewelry wanted to make you all aware of their 4 DAYS ONLY, ONLINE SUMMER SAMPLE SALE! Save up to 70% off Satya Jewelry necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings!

Remember all those pretty pieces you selected during our Satya Jewelry Giveaway? (See HERE to refresh your memory, and get the name of the original piece you selected to make shopping easier!)  Here is your chance to get them at a mere fraction of their original cost but you need to HURRY!

DATES: Sunday August 22nd 12:00am thru Wednesday August 25th 11:59pm

WHERE: ONLINE ONLY HERE

A percentage of all sales are donated to the Satya Foundation, an organization that funds children's charities worldwide.
 
 
You know I can't pass up a guilt free, shopping with a conscience opportunity, and I know many of you feel the same way! And because I feel very grateful for everything I do have, I'm taking this opportunity to help Satya Jewelry promote their sample sale and giving them the 'Sunday's Moment of Gratitude' spot in order to help them to help others! You can still feel free to post what you are grateful for this week here! Instead of a usual gratitude list, I thought I'd put 'Gratitude in Action' today instead!



Congratulations to 'Arla' (we post our winner username instead of full name, this is why it's in quotes) the winner of Ascending Butterfly's ProFlowers Organic Fruit Basket Extravaganza Giveaway! Join me in congratulating our winner!

Active Giveaways:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - There is still time to enter the Back to School with Staples $50 Gift Card Giveaway! Ends 08/27  HERE!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Enter to win the Smashbox Brow Tech Trio Giveaway! Ends 09/07 HERE!


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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Smashbox Brow Tech Trio Review and Giveaway! Ends 09/07

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This giveaway is now CLOSED. Thanks so much to our wonderful sponsor Smashbox Cosmetics for hosting TWO winners this time! The winners are 'Katy' and 'Mommy PR' - Congratulations! Remember: There are great giveaways active on the upper right hand side of the page!
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Ascending Butterfly Editor's Pick

Frame Your Eyes!


The small details make or break! Your makeup can look fab but if your eyebrows are all 'helter skelter' you are far from 'photo ready'.

I come from a line of well groomed brows. My grandmother always had impeccably groomed eye brows and so does my mom. It took me a bit longer to join them both in learning how to get the shape right, we don't pluck them into submission, we also don't get them waxed, we shape them with a straight edged razor. A technique I wouldn't recommend to a novice!

Once I finally got the shape down, it wasn't until a very transformational makeover I received at last years New York Makeup Show where a makeup ARTIST and I capitalize the word Artist quite purposefully, gave me a makeover that truly transformed the way I saw I myself.

With the exception of my trademark ruby red lip, and a great shape already in place to my brows, I've never been much of an everyday foundation and 20 layers of makeup girl. I began experimenting and playing with it much more recently. Especially after my makeover last year. One of the small touches he made that was quite dramatic was how he took my brows and made them look totally different.

I was pleased until I got home and couldn't easily replicate the look he achieved so effortlessly as a pro. What's a non pro to do when you want professional looking 'perfectly coiffed' brows"?

Thankfully you can skip the pricey salons and do it at home! I'm getting so good I'm thinking of opening up my own 'BrowTique'

Although I'm not sure I could convince my 'fake customer's to keep using my imaginary 'BrowTique' once they realize how affordable and easy it is to replicate on their own!

I originally intended to 'Vlog' this and make it my first Video Blog Post, but my camera battery (a rechargeable) is apparently out of charges anymore and needs to be replaced.

My new cosmetic bag never leave home without it makeup item must have is.....drumroll please......Smashbox Brow Tech! It's truly like having your own personal Eye Brow Technician! (Move over Damone Roberts, Eye Brow King to the stars, here I come!)

Smashbox took their most popular core product and made it even better! (I didn't think it was possible to make it better!) The new brow trios have 2 shades of hair color-coordinated powders for a perfect match every time. Fill in brows with the lighter shade, define with the darker, then use the wax to seal them in place all day. Pair with Angle Brow Brush #12 for flawless application.

Here's an idea of how you want your 'perfect brow' to look:




The general rule of thumb for eyebrow shaping is that if you took a ruler to the inner corner of your eye, that is about where the brow should begin. If you like a more natural look, you can always leave a bit more hair.

Eyebrow Shaping Tips:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - If you have wide set eyes (too far apart), then you could leave a few extra hairs outside of the above line towards the nose, to make eyes "appear" closer.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - If you have close set eyes (too close together), then you could leave a few extra hairs inside of the above line towards the eyes, to make them "appear" farther.

Also Note: Over Arch and you will look perpetually 'surprised', 'lower' your natural arch too much and you will appear permanently 'angry'. So go with the less is more rule of thumb! You can fix leaving too much hair, but you can't do a thing until it grows back if you take too much off!

While it may seem like a small detail, your brows and their shape define your eyes, and your face, the makeup then enhances or plays up your color, but the brows define the eye, give them pop and shaped right, can give you a 'brighter' and more 'youthful' appearance!



Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - WIN IT! - Thanks to our friends at Smashbox TWO lucky winners get a Brow Tech Kit in their color of choice!

Don't you just ♥ Smashbox? I know I do!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ -How to Win: (1) You must be a PUBLIC follower of Ascending Butterfly to be eligible for this and all giveaways. Indicate in your entry that you follow (if your 'comment name/user id' differs from your profile id, please let me know what name you follow under) and (2) Mandatory Entry (this must be done for all others to count): Visit Smashbox HERE and post the URL Link (NOT THE NAME) of  another product aside from Brow Tech that you would get.  (3) You must also leave your email address somewhere in your comment. (You can format it this way for security, example: ascendingbutterfly AT mail host DOT com). (If your email is clearly visible in your profile, you can just say so, that's OK!) Please follow the easy 1, 2, 3 steps to winning (or in this case, the A,B,C’s of winning!) This giveaway is open to USA residents who are 18 years of age or older.

Please follow directions or you will be disqualified! All comments are moderated, they may not appear on the site right away (comments like "I want this" or "I want to win" will not be entered). You have from Saturday, August 21, 2010 until Tuesday, September 07, 2010 at 03:00 PM (EST) to comment and be entered for a chance to win. You will have 48 hours to confirm if we do not hear from you we will be forced to move on to an alternate. (We only notify winners DIRECTLY via email, so if your profile or your comment does not have an email your entry will not be processed)

EXTRA CREDIT:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Visit the Smashbox Brow Tech Page HERE and tell us which color Brow Tech you would pick if you win! (remember to do the mandatory entry first!)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Blog about this giveaway, linking to this giveaway post. Leave the URL in a comment (+5 entries, leave 5 comments with the URL to your blog post!)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Grab our Button and put it on your Blog. Leave the URL where we can see it in a comment (if you already have our button, just let us know, you will still get extra credit!) (2 credits, post twice)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow me @Tracy_Iglesias on Twitter (this is ascendingbutterfly’s editor) and give me your twitter ID in a comment

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Tweet this:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Enter to #win #ascendingbutterfly + @smashboxartists Brow Tech Trio #Giveaway - 2 winners - http://tinyurl.com/28cj35l

(Leave a comment with the tweet’s url so you can get a valid entry. Get the Tweet's URL by clicking on the time your tweet was sent to get the direct URL and then copy and paste it here). You can Tweet TWICE per DAY. If you Tweet more than that, that entry will be disqualified.)

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Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ -  Ascending Butterfly is a nominee for the Bloggers Choice ’10 Awards in the ‘Best Blog About Stuff’ Category - http://bloggerschoiceawards.com/ You can press the button below to go straight to the page where Ascending Butterfly has been nominated!

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FTC Disclosure Info for this Giveaway: This is not a paid insertion. This is a non-compensated post and all opinions regarding the products are expressly my own experiences. I was provided product to facilitate my review and for the giveaway. The sponsor is fulfilling directly to prize winner(s), this in no way influenced my opinion of the product. Once a winner is selected and their information has been forwarded to the sponsor, the responsibility of prize fulfillment rests with the sponsor.