smart set holiday giveaway worth $200 CLOSED

CONGRATS to katie cravens and dilara litonjua on winning the $100 gift cards – what a great christmas present to yourself!

i’m feeling so nostalgic! i remember shopping at smart set growing up (wayyyy back in the 90’s!); the store was always full of on trend, affordable finds. when they got in touch to run a giveaway, i had to check out their latest vibe, and i was so impressed. seriously, how cute are these finds? their holiday 2012 lookbook is so adorbs… and you better start browsing because i’m giving you a chance to win one of TWO $100 gift cards!

TO WIN: tweet, facebook or leave a comment here letting me know what you want to buy with your $100 gift card… that’s it! (if you comment here, please leave your email address)

the winners will be announced and the gift will be mailed out on december 17, 2012 which gives you plenty of time to shop your little heart out. canadian residents only, please.

good luck!

holiday 2012: gifts for under $50 (and a holiday giveaway!)

why brake the bank? these more affordable picks will delight just as much as anything overly pricey!

erb glow again body oil, $40 – i was introduced to these products recently, and fell in love. they are straight from thailand, full of natural and partly organic ingredients and free from harmful chemicals. a body oil is the one thing that gets my skin through the winter! i’m giving you a little somethin’ somethin’ – see below!

in style magazine subscription, $20 – this is a great option for a stocking or secret santa gift and it’s like giving the recipient a gift every time they see it in their mailbox

girl’s night out conversation starter, $25 – such a cute idea for a grown up girls night (especially when paired with wine…)

j. crew pocket datebook, $30 – i can’t be the only one who’s noticed my handwriting has become rather, um, sloppy. practice the good ol’ way of keeping track of life with this datebook

backup iphone battery, $47.50 – i have a feeling this item will the same as a DVR – you’ll wonder how the heck you survived without it!

bobbi brown eyeshadow palette, $47.50 – want! the perfect little palette full of colours you’ll actually use

hrh collection glossed sheik necklace, $56 – ok, ok – so this one is a touch above my $50 limit, but seeeeriously, i had to include it. i own one and get compliments all the time!

coach card case, $38 – perfect for your cards when you’re downsizing into a little clutch for evening – bonus: it can be monogrammed!

made by girl double skull bracelet, $48 – this is seriously on my wishlist – it’s edgy yet classic and is a perfect addition to your arm party

so, here’s the cool part! i’m giving away a gift (valued at $71!) to one of my beauty savvy readers!

this sweet little set could be all yours:

spice & shine gift set includes:

spice & shine light body lotion & shower gel
natural lemongrass soap
formulated using ginger and marigold flower (ginger helps blood circulation while marigold flower helps smooth and nourish the skin)

TO WIN: follow me (@erincg) and @aruhndara on twitter and tweet me why you should win this beautiful little set. that’s it! the winner will be announced on december 12 right here on the blog! must be a canadian resident to win.

CONGRATS to rahika khan (@radicalradhika)! she’s the lucky winner of this fab set!

located in yaletown at 1060 hamilton street, aruhndara is new to the vancouver beauty scene. the concept is completely unique: eastern skin and lifestyle products that are free from harmful chemicals, and full of natural and partly organic ingredients. combined with the eastern philosophy of beauty and wellness, it’s totally up my alley!

in their own words:

“We believe that true beauty is the radiance that shines from the sense of inner wellbeing.

The Aruhndara name tells a story of sunrise and our product philosophy focuses on the three core beliefs of the Eastern spa heritage: the Asian secret of youth and beauty, the age-old ancestral holistic knowledge and the natural purifying power of nature.

We invite you to discover these wondrous holistic experiences with Aruhndara  and begin your sensorial journey to the East.”

check out other holiday 2012 gift guides: for the local lover, for the new mom, for the beauty buff


giveaway: cake for breakfast bracelet CLOSED

cake for breakfast bracelet

it’s all about appreciation! in honour of a twitter follower milestone, i’m giving away this super stylish bracelet c/o cake for breakfast! once i hit the magic number of 650 followers, one random twitter follower wins.

16 to go…

good luck! x

edit: congrats to lindsay moore @blackblondeone! you’re the winner of this fab bracelet. thanks for following everyone! we’ll do another milestone giveaway soon.

giveaway: keltie leanne designs gold necklace

gold necklace giveaway

CONGRATS natalie @natalievana, you are the winner of this gorge gold necklace! what a great way to start a week.


it’s our first jewelry giveaway and i’m so excited about it! keltie leanne designs’ pieces are stunning and each is made by keltie herself with the highest quality methods and feature beautiful semi-precious stones.

i previewed the new spring line last week, and trust me, her pieces just sparkle. with you guys in mind, i hand picked the ‘covet’ necklace. valued at $150, it features faceted amethyst nuggets on gold vermeil chain highlighted with a single gold vermeil edged turquoise gemstone. it is perfect for spring outings, weddings, work and anything else your little heart desires!

how to enter (for up to two entries):

one entry:

  • comment below to confirm how many entries and include your twitter and/or facebook screen name
  • follow {the sparkle} and Keltie Leanne Designs on twitter and post the following on twitter:
    I want to win a gorgeous Keltie Leanne Designs gold ‘Covet’ necklace from @erincg
    & @KeltieLeanne!


second entry:

contest ends:

  • monday, march 19th, 2012 at 9am PST
  • the winner will be announced here on this page shortly afterwards.

GOOD LUCK, ladies!
*contest open in north america only

giveaway: gold vintage perfume print CLOSED

vintage print giveaway

WINNER: congrats to kristin from! this gorge print is yours! (chosen via

thank you to everyone who entered. more fun giveaways coming up!

about a month ago, i found the amazing I See Noise on etsy and immediately fell in love. i couldn’t press the ‘buy’ button fast enough. within days, i received my very own glossy, 24k print and it’s a fave addition to my space! since then, the brand new line scored a spot at lynn steven boutique in vancouver. these prints are H-O-T!

each gorgeous fashion inspired print is handmade by vancouver blogger, randa salloum – talk about talented. she’s also generous, because she’s offered a giveaway for {the sparkle} readers!

the prize:

this lovely 8.5 x 11 vintage perfume bottle one of a kind print

how to enter (for up to two entries):

one entry:

  • comment below to confirm how many entries and include your twitter screen name
  • follow {the sparkle} and I See Noise on twitter and post the following on twitter:
    RT and follow to enter to win a vintage perfume print from @erincg & @ISeeNoisePrints #iseenoisegoldprint


second entry:

  • like {the sparkle} and randa of ‘I See Noise’ on facebook and leave a little “hello” on each page

contest ends:

  • monday, february 20th, 2012 at 9am PST
  • the winner will be announced here on this page shortly afterwards.

GOOD LUCK, ladies!
*contest open WORLDWIDE!!!

p.s: I See Noise also does custom prints upon request!