Wednesday, September 30, 2009

SCHMETZ PETZ Art Print Giveaway! (CLOSED)

Grey Cat at the Wine Bar making a Toast Art Print by lulunjay

I have a gray cat named Sebastien. He is the most wonderful I have ever owned. You see Sebastien thinks he is a dog.

He waits for me at the door when I get home from work. He constantly begs for my food. He loves people and wants to be around them constantly. He loves attention.

All in all, Sebastien is the best. When I saw the Grey cat print by lulunjay, I thought of my cat and smirked.

One time when I was drinking red wine, Sebastien came over and started sniffing the glass. I thought he was trying to steal my wine. He knocked the glass and some wine spilled on his face. It was the cutest thing. To my surprise he had a taste... and I think he might have felt tipsy.

Though he is fat, Sebastien is a light-weight. Kidding Kidding. He hated the wine and never approached my glass again.

Jay of LulunJay was kind enough to give me Grey Cat at the Wine Bar making a Toast. The cat looks like Sebastien. The print is quirky and different. I really love it.

Jay loves using animals in art. He and his wife have a small animal sanctuary with animals all kinds of animals that were rescued from bad situations. Through them he started painted animals as though they were people. He also like a sense of humor and fun in art as well, and captures it well.

Jay has been doing art from an early age and became serious about making a living in art during college and grad school. By taking care of animals his animal sanctuary he found a subject he really believed in and wanted to paint.

And I believe in Jay's work. What a wonderful story and a great talent that he'd like to share with you. Jay would like to offer one of you the print of your choice.

To Enter:

Visit any of Jay's shops and then come back and tell me what is your favorite item.
Be sure to leave your email in your comment.

Artist website:

US winners only
Contest ends 10/14/09
Winner will have 48 hours to contact me

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Clear Jade Studio Giveaway! CLOSED

Picnic in Tuscany

When I visited Italy, i marvelled at the beauty of the country and the vivacity of the people. It's colorful, plush, vibrant, friendly... happy!

I think about Italy often. I loved the food, the sights and most of all... the wine. I've been a wine lover for several years and to visit one of the best wine-producing countries in the world could only be described as a dream.

Whether in the the heart of the city or the expanses of the countryside, the wine flowed. It was wonderful and exhilarating... maybe a little tipsy... to say the least.

And tipsy is how I would describe the adorable cat portrayed in the Picnic in Tuscany print by Annya of Clear Jade Studio. He is stuffed with pasta and dreaming in wine. I love this print because it truly captures the qualities of Italy.

Annya of Clear Jade Studio loves color. There are many colors in this print, and she is inspired by all of them. Annya is also inspired by nature, other contemporary artists and pre-revolutionary Russian painters.

Annya actually grew up in Russia and was fortunate to have an array of after-school programs, including instruction at one of the best art academies in town. She was challenged to develop her skills and use her imagination to the fullest. For Annya, images float through her mind all day like a kaleidoscope.

And it was one of these images that came forth as the Picnic in Tuscany... beautiful and filled with color. Ice cream for our imagination that Annya likes to serve.

Do you want some yummy ice cream too?

Annya would like to give one of you the Picnic in Tuscany print!

To Enter:

Visit Annya's shop on etsy, Clear Jade Studio, and tell me your favorite print. Be sure to leave your email address too!

BONUS ENTRY: blog about this giveaway and comment with the link

If you can't wait to win, please do buy a print ASAP as Annya is offering free shipping for my resaders!! Just message her that you found the discount on RoxyShops.

Contest ends 10/11. Winner will have 48 hours to respond. Only one winner. US entries only.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Perricone MD – No Foundation Foundation Giveaway!

I don't wear make-up. I don't mean to brag, but I really like my skin. I've been blessed with very few blemishes. However with stress comes the stress zits. Some of you may know what I'm talking about. It could be the pimple that shows up in the exact same spot, or the little bumps that appear on my forehead.
In those times, it's not a bad idea to dab a little something on my face. I usually grab some moderately priced foundation from the drugstore, but I can feel the stuff on my face. I hate it!

Perricone MD has a new product called the No Foundation Foundation. This product won't weigh on your skin, and it has several added benefits including anti-aging, SPF 30 and moisturizer!

No Foundation Foundation works to creat a flawless finish with Alpha Lipoic Acid, DMAE and Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. Check out their website to find out more about what these ingredients do!

No Foundation Foundation is easy to apply and can be used on several different complexions. You can stop trying to match your skin color to some color palette that doesn't even suit you! That's always been my problem.
How would you like to try Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation ($50 value!)?
To enter:
leave a comment telling me why you need this product? What have been your problems with foundation in the past or present and how will this product solve those issues?

Read more about the product No Foundation Foundation to get some ideas.

Contest ends October 5th. US winner only
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ThreeCatsGraphics Print Giveaway! (CLOSED)

Lucky Neko Black Cats Drinking Burgundy Print

Now that Labor day has passed, everyone is gearing up for the fall and I couldn't be happier. This is my favorite season! Starbucks has released the pumpkin spice latte. Sam Adams has put Oktoberfest, my favorite beer, on the market

These little things mean a lot to me. They mean Halloween will arrive shortly. My favorite holiday is nearing. And once I get the hint that it's close, I start decorating. I am very thankful that Diane from Three Cats Graphics sent me the Lucky Neko Black Cats Drinking Burgundy print. It is perfect for the season and the upcoming holiday. On top of that, I was beyond excited because I have a cat and I love wine!

I'll toast to all of that!

Autumn happens to be Diane's favorite season too, and a lot of her work is inspired by the current seasons. You'll be sure to see quite a bit of autumn-inspired work on her sites. In addition, Diane finds inspiration through animals both real and mythological. She has four cats who keep her busy and recently she has found inspiration in Maneki Nekos, the Japanese Lucky Cats.

Lucky for sure... and I'm talking about myself and YOU! Diane has generously offered one of you the SAME print that I have! Yes pictured above is the print you could have to decorate for Fall!

To Enter:

Visit Three Cats Graphic on Etsy, Ebay and/or

Leave a comment with your favorite item. It doesn't have to be art, as Diane also makes jewelry!

Please be sure to leave your email address as well.

Only one entry per person. Winner has 48 hours to contact me.

Contest Ends October 3rd

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Whispering Windz Farm Giveaway (CLOSED)


Imagine any scent that makes you happy, that brings a smile to your face, that makes you feel good... how about delicious? I've been sampling a few shampoos and conditioners from Whispering Windz Farm, and shower time is a real treat thanks to the scrumptious flavors Bonnie of Whispering Windz Farm has given me.

Bonnie specializes in making soaps and lotions, which I would describe as luxurious. If you check out her profile on etsy, you can see the mile-long list of scents that she can create for her products. I had the opportunity to sample several of her shampoos and conditioners, and my chosen scent was Banana Coconut Cream Pie.

The first time I used the shampoo & conditioner, I was in heaven. It smelled exactly as described! All the other flavors I tried gave me the same experience. And not only do they smell fantastic, but my hair is clean, soft, and yummy!

Bonnie has a large goat farm. Yes you read that correctly. She started researching goats milk and learned that it is enriching and wonderful for skin and hair. So she got to work mixing farm fresh goat's milk, oils, fragrances, etc to make amazing beauty products.

And the scents she offers... now that is what I find really impressive. Bonnie makes the bakery scents herself and can even make custom-scents for her customers.

Have I said delicious and yummy enough already?

Ok Ok enough already. Just kidding. Bonnie has a special "treat" for you! How would you like 9oz jar soap with the fragrance of there choice?

To Enter:

Visit Whispering Windz Farm on Etsy and leave a comment with your favorite scent. All of the scents are listed in the shop's profile.

Please be sure to leave your email address as well.

Only one entry per person. Winner has 48 hours to contact me.

Contest Ends October 1st

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Joni Kay Handmade Jewelry Giveaway! (CLOSED)

Antique Brass Leaf Necklace and Earring Set by jonikay52

I was walking home from work today and I couldn't believe how cold it suddenly felt in Denver. I guess we're officially moving into the fall season. I know most people dread the end of summer, but I couldn't be happier.

Autumn is my favorite season. I love the upcoming holidays. I love the seasonal food. But mostly I love the fall foliage. This is my first autumn away from New England, so I'm kinda feeling sad that I won't get to make my annual trip north of Boston to see all the amazing colors.

Pumpkins and apples are often the major themes for fall, but I truly believe it's leaves. And that's why I adore this necklace and earring set from JoniKay. I can actually "wear" the fall season as I celebrate all that is has to offer. And the best part is that it feels like I have a piece of the east coast with me as it's made with love from Maine.

Joni Kay of JoniKay taught herself how to make jewelry 34 years ago. That's a long time for creativity and she certainly keeps going. With inspiration coming from all directions, most of Joni Kay's designs are spur of the moment. Having creativity in overdrive, all customers are sure to find a piece or more to be favorites and essential pieces to own.

With jewelry on Etsy and in several shops in Maine, Joni Kay sees her business growing on a daily basis. And she is very excited to share her work with you by offering one of you the chance to win a $10 gift certificate to her etsy shop!

How to win:
Visit JoniKay on Etsy and tell me your favorite piece.


If you CANNOT wait to win, Joni Kay is offering a 10% discount to all of my readers.

All you have to do is send a message to her on Etsy and mention that you found her through Roxy Shops Giveaway.

Winner will have 48 hours to contact me.Only one entry per person. Duplicates will be deleted.
I will use to select the winner.

Contest ends Sept 27th.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Lone Hopper Necklace by Anirtak Giveaway! CLOSED

The Lone Hopper Necklace by anirtak on Etsy

What attracted me to the lone hopper necklace was the description Katrina of Anirtak wrote on the piece: "This poor bunny seems to have lost the rest of his pack! Help him find his friends by taking him along with you on all your adventures."

This bunny came on several adventures with me. Originally I thought it would be a cute necklace that would compliment a few of my outfits. What I soon found was this necklace would be the topic of flirtation while out on the town. Yes ladies, this necklace caught the eye of many a man.

And I have to thank Katrina of Anirtak for scoring me a couple dates, on which I'll probably wear the necklace again.

On to the necklace itself, I thought the length was perfect because the bunny could actually rest in between my clavicles, drawing much attention to my shoulders and neck. I actually loved draping the necklace slightly off-center, almost feeling like I was allowing the bunny to run in a circle around my neck.

It's too cute, flirty and fabulous, so I have to give major props to Katrina for her design. Now the bunny isn't the only thing this fabulous designer offers in her jewelry. She has many designs inspired by her constant traveling. Katrina will often find materials in thrift stores, antique stores, just about anywhere! She especially loves working with raw brass, as it mixes well with other metals creating a pop to many of her pieces.

Katrina wants people to feel good about themselves when they wear any of her work. She puts a lot of love and pride into everything made and hopes that it shows from the moment that the package leaves her hands and is unwrapped by the customer. When I got my necklace, it definitely showed.

Keep an eye out for more from her label Anirtak, too. Katrina is currently perfecting her sewing skills and may unveil her obsession with bags and purses on Etsy in the future.

In the meantime, Katrina has generously offered a lone hopper necklace as a gift for one of my readers!

To Enter:

Visit Anirtak on Etsy and leave a comment with your favorite item.
Please be sure to leave your email address as well.

Only one entry per person. Winner has 48 hours to contact me.

Contest Ends September 20th

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Bath and Body by Jackie

Oatmeal Milk and Honey Shea and Emu Oil Hand and Body Lotion

I'm still adjusting to living in a new city, a rather dry city. As the summer is winding down, I can feel my skin begging for moisture. Last week, we had a round of presentations where we could talk about anything we wanted at our noon conference, and one of my co-interns who is going into dermatology gave a presentation on moisturizing one's skin... the importance of the lotions we choose.

She even gave a small tutorial on how to choose a lotion, telling us two very important features to look for. Thickness, the thicker the lotion the better. Natural ingredients are the best, no harsh chemicals or detergents.

As I read about Jackie's products while perusing her etsy shop, Bath and Body by Jackie, I knew I wanted to try her lotions simply because I loved the fragrances she offered. What I didn't know was that her products would meet the criteria for a great lotion.

I had the opportunity to try the Oatmeal Milk and Honey Shea and Emu Oil Hand and Body Lotion from Bath and Body by Jackie. I put this lotion on after a nice, long, much needed, hot shower. It truly locked in the moisture and my skin felt great up until my next shower. The scent was also subtle, not overpowering.

Jackie had experimented with making bath and beauty products years ago, but she really kicked into gear in 2007 when some products she made for a party were a big hit. Her business took off from there, but Jackie hasn't lost touch with her purpose. She wants to provide products that will relax people and take away their daily stresses even for just 20 minutes, striving to give customers a little piece of heaven.

What stands out the most about Jackie is that she is 110% committed to customer service and satisfaction. Even with working with me and my hectic schedule, she touched base and was very patient.

I can guarantee you will love Jackie's products, but mostly you will love how she serves you. As a treat for you guys, Jackie is offering a 10% discount on her products.

Go to Bath and Body by Jackie and experience soft skin for yourself!

Just convo her on etsy and mention code: TJ10%OFF.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Urban Fox Jewelry Review and Giveaway CLOSED!

Ever go shopping and find that perfect dress? You know what I'm talking about. The one that cinches your waist as if it was tailor-made for you. The one that shows off just enough leg to sashay down the street with some sass. The one that you bought full price because you HAD to have it.

I found that dress. It's a no-name designer from a random boutique store. It is awesome, worked for both day and night. There was enough of a design around the chest that I didn't need to wear a necklace. It was also in this pretty blue/gray color that I hadn't really seen before.

That is... until Danielle the designer behind Urban Fox Jewelry sent me a gorgeous pair of gold-plated earring and a bracelet, both laced delicately with these really beautiful fresh-water pearls. Pearls that happened to be the same color as my PERFECT dress.

So not only did I have the perfect dress, but thanks to Danielle I have the perfect jewelry to compliment the dress. Danielle puts a lot of thought into each one of her pieces and gives each one very special attention. All the pieces are one-of-a-kind and are handmade in her tiny apartment in NYC

Danielle started designing and making jewelry about 2 years ago, took some jewelry-making classes and then joined Etsy. Her main inspiration is Greece and Italy, with most of her pieces having a mediterranean feel.

Wanna experience southern Europe for yourself?

Danielle has offered one of you the chance to win your choice of any item up to $25 from her etsy shop, Urban Fox Jewelry.

To Enter:

Visit Urban Fox Jewelry and tell me your favorite piece. It doesn't have to be the piece you ultimately choose.



Only one entry per person. Winner has 48 hours to contact me.

Contest Ends September 16th.