Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Gift of Purple: Anokha Jewellery Giveaway


As you know my Stylish Holiday Event is all about showcasing amazing companies or brands that will help you be stylish and fabulous for any Holiday party you may attend. I was very pleased to be contacted by Krassimira who is the designer and owner of Anokha Jewellery, who introduced me to her amazing designs.


The Anokha collection features a
great selection of bracelets, necklaces, rings, earrings and jewelry sets. All of the pieces are made of silver and semi-precious stones. The work Anokha means "unique" in Hindi which is a great representation of the pieces within the Anokha collection. Krassimira states that her greatest inspiration comes from Indian jewelers who hand-carve great designs that look even more beautiful with the passage of time.


The pieces that are featured in the
Anokha collection depict a great sense of uniqueness and offers luxary with great detailing and special craftmanship.


Let us get to know Krassimira better through a great interview:

Name: Krassimira Iordanova

Name of shop: Anokha Jewellery

Location: Mannheim, Germany

Favorite item from your shop:

- Set “Padma” with champagne coloured freshwater pearls and crystals carefully strung on a delicate silver chain. This set puts me in a true festive mood

- Ring “Kanya” with smoky topaz and zircons. I call it “fire on ice”. To find out why, check my blog

- Neckalce "Rukshana" with rose quartz and textured silver. One side of the necklace is adorned with rose quartz beads only and the other one is with textured silver ovals.

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I come from Bulgaria, live in Germany and have a strong passion for elegant and sensual jewellery from all walks of life.

By profession, I’m a software product manager and design Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software for one of the largest software enterprise companies in the world and by heart-a jewellery designer and own an online jewellery store Anokha since June 2009.

I believe that the greatest ideas in jewellery making come on intersections of cultures, traditions and occupations. Throughout my traveling around the world, I’ve gathered inspirations for various styles and themes that find resonance in my designs.


What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?

I create value and I make my customers happy- this is all the matters to me.

When and what made you want to open up your shop?

I had the idea for an online jewellery store for a long time. And this is the magical thing with ideas: you have to let them grow and when the right moment comes, you turn them into something tangible.

Here is what I noticed for the past 10 years (the time I’ve spent in Germany): The majority of German women, compared to the women in India/Mexico/Brazil/Egypt/Eastern Europe, do not wear a lot of jewellery and when they do, it is plain, and in a way, very conservative- from a very simple ring, a pair of stud earrings to a plain necklace and….well, that’s it….But I noticed that the women I met like the designs of the jewellery that I wear that I have bought throughout my travels around the world.

So, I started the online jewellery shop with my primary target group- German women, but very soon I found out that women all over the world- from India, Lebanon, Croatia, Switzerland, and Australia like my designs and now I sell worldwide.

Tell us a little bit more about your creation process:

I sketch my designs using pen and paper based on inspirations- things that I see in magazines, women that I encounter at airports, bazaars, streets of Metropolitan cities, caf├ęs. This is how I come up with ideas.



Where do you draw inspiration for all your amazing designs?

Travel, architecture, textiles, food…- my designs reflect my ethnic heritage and diverse accumulated experience. As I traveled around the world, I came across so many unique designs- a real festival for the eyes, but I couldn’t take them all home…And this is how I came to the idea- why not set up an online shop and let the magic of the unique designs reach the women of today.

If you could be an animal what would you be and why?

I would love to be a dolphin. Dolphins are intelligent, adaptive, very social and great parents. They are playful and curious.

If you could have one super power what would it be and why?

The power to read other peoples’ thoughts. I find this absolutely fascinating and I believe I will be in a position to help.


The Giveaway:


One very lucky winner will win the amazing Deviyani Earrings from Anokha Jewellery! These amazing earrings are made with brilliant Amethysts and cubic zirconia and would look amazing with a one shouldered dress since they are so dangly.

The value of these earrings are $82 and best of all this giveaway is open to everyone! This giveaway will end on November 30th

How To Enter:

There are three ways in which you can enter: Fill out the form below, click here to fill out the form, or enter through the comment section. Also if you want to add more entries but have already filled out the form you can just add the extra entries that you did in the comment section so that you won't have to fill out the form again.

Friday, October 29, 2010

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For those of you that work in a health related profession it maybe hard to maintain a stylish look while working. While the uniform may consist of scrub tops and bottoms, it doesn’t mean that you can’t look stylish.

While I don’t work in the health profession I do volunteer some of my time to volunteering at a hospital. I do enjoy seeing what the nurses wear because some have some pretty cool uniforms such as ones that feature trendy colours or for the nurses who work with little kids, scrubs with Winnie the Pooh.

NursingUniforms.net has an amazing selection of Nursing Uniforms and they are all at reasonable prices. They offer a great selection of scrub tops, bottoms, lab jackets and scrub sets. They also come in patterns and great designs but they have plain scrubs in a variety of colours if you prefer the classic look instead. Some of them are so stylish it does not even look like scrubs!

Also if you are planning to purchase it might be a good idea to coordinate with your fellow nurses since they offer free shipping on orders over $100. So you can look stylish while making a difference!


*Disclaimer: Please note that this is a sponsored post and I did receive a payment to write this post. However all ideas expressed in this post are that of my own. All money I make goes towards improving the site as well as providing funds for shipping of giveaway items.

The Gift of Glam: Taylor Kenney Jewelry Giveaway



While it's important to have an amazing outfit when you are hitting a holiday party, it is almost as important to have the right jewelry! I am a huge believer that if you do not have a great piece of jewelry on than you aren't really dressed! That's why I was so happy to find out about Taylor Kenney Jewelry!



Taylor Kenney Jewelry is the creation of the lovely Tiffany who got the name for her jewelry line by using her name minus the Tiffany. While she lives in Colorado she designs amazing pieces of jewelry. Here jewelry is so bold and special and while it can easily stand out from the crowd Taylor Kenney Jewelry still maintains a classic feminine look. I am so in love with her amazing jewelry! The use of colours and the great ways in which the are combined just makes me all giddy inside.

Tiffany loves combining vivid gemstones of the most sumptous colors and includes textures with delicate gold and silver chain to create a beautiful effect. Colour has always been at the forefront of her work and the gemstones and their rainbow of colours provides her with endless inspiration for creativity.



Taylor Kenney Jewelry first began in 2004 as a casual hobby but the jewelry creating bug hit Tiffany and she hasn't looked back since. Taylor Kenney Jewelry is currently being operated out of Tiffany's home studio and she gets help with her husband Colin. But if they ever need extra hands their two golden retrievers Luke and Meadow are al
ways available with an extra paw or two.


I love the fact that Taylor Kenney Jewelry donates ten percent of its sales to aid in relief efforts which helps fight hunger, poverty and extreme need in many areas around the world! I love companies that give back to their community. What better way to help out those in need while treating yourself at the same time!


We can learn more about Tiffany through the great interview answers she gave!
Name: Tiffany Taylor
Name of shop: Taylor Kenney Jewelry
Location: Northern Colorado
Favorite item from your shop: Currently it's the Mallory Earrings.

When and what made you want to open up your shop? I created my shop about 2 years ago, after deciding that I wanted make jewelry design my full time job. I had been teaching yoga for several years, which was a wonderful job, but I decided I wanted to devote more of my time to creating jewelry, as it was quickly becoming a rather obsessive passion! I couldn't stop thinking about new designs I wanted to create...

Where do you draw inspiration for all your amazing designs? Mostly I draw inspiration from the natural beauty of my environment here in the Rocky Mountains, and also from the vibrant, saturated colors of the gemstones I get to work with...so delicious!



What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
Being able to sit in meditation for any length of time...
If you could be an animal what would you be and why? Probably a dog, because I really admire the way they love so unconditionally.



If you could have one super power what would it be and why?
If I could have one super power, it would be to feel and show genuine compassion to all people at all times... This, to me, would truly be a super power!

The Giveaway:

I bet you are all waiting to see what great giveaway item Tiffany has for us from Taylor Kenney Jewelry! Tiffany has so generously offered to give one lucky winner the amazing Sophia Earrings!

The Sophia Earrings feature a glowing combination of faceted cobalt kyanite, teal apatite, and rainbow moonstone. These beautiful gems dangle from beautifully formed 24 karat gold vermeil hoops. These measure 1.5 inches in length.

These earrings are valued at $88.00 and everyone can enter! This giveaway will end on November 30th

How To Enter:

Fill out the form below or your can click here to fill out the form! Also you can enter by making comments directly on this post! Also if you are tweeting daily or if you are wanting to add any more entries you can just enter them into the comment post instead of having to fill out the form again. Hope it saves you time!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Crazy Deal! See what $1 Can Get You!

Hey all my fellow Vancouverites! There are so many great deal websites that offer daily deals of attractions and restaurants at steeply discounted prices! I just wanted to share one website with you today because not only is it a crazy deal but all of the proceeds goes to an amazing cause!

Re-Up BBQ has the most amazing pulled pork sandwiches and the most amazing thing is that they are located in a foodcart. I have had one of their sandwiches and they are phenomenal! They are made of an amazing slow braised, tender, melt in your mouth pulled pork with a delightful crunch courtesy of coleslaw all hugged by a fresh Portuguese bun. One of the best pulled pork sandwiches that has ever touched my lips!

GoodNews.com has partnered up with Re-Up and they are offering this amazing sandwich that is normally $6.75 for only a $1!!! That’s right a dollar! I mean you can’t even eat at McDonalds with a $1. But the best part is that the entire dollar is donated to Grind for Kids, in support of BC Children’s Hospital!

Click here to take advantage of this amazing deal! And a great incentive is that if you sign up through the link GoodNews will automatically give you a $5 credit!

*Disclosure: Please note that I was not monetarily compensated to write this post and all views are that of my own!

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Gift of Gems: Pradman Jewelry Giveaway



I love jewelry and what better way to look stylish this holiday season then by draping yourself in colourful gems? A huge trend in jewelry is the stacked bracelets look and no one does stacked gems better than Pradman Jewelry.


Pradman Jewelry is the creation of John and Nicole who happens to have the exact same name as me (minus the last name)! Pretty cool! Pradman Jewelry is full of the most amazing jewelry that features amazing gemstones. I love how there are so many options of gemstones and that the gemstones that are featured are vibrant and go well together if you want to mix and match.


Pradman Jewelry features great designs of semi-precious and precious gemstones that are set in gold. Although most of their shop features jewelry in yellow gold there are some options in silver for the people who love silver more than gold.


And if you join their facebook page you will automatically be entered every month for a chance to win a piece of your very own! You can become a fan of Pradmans here!

My Review:

Pradman Jewelry was totally awesome in giving me such a huge variety of items to review! I was sent a total of six items which totally blew my mind away since I am a huge fan of their jewelry!


I was sent three of their bangles and three of their rings. I was so happy to hear that they have a great selection of ring sizes and even size 5 since my fingers don't usually fit most rings.



I was very impressed with the quality of the jewelry that was sent to me, and it truly look like it was very expensive when in fact Pradman Jewelry is quite affordable!


The bracelets were a bit large on me but I have freakishly thin wrists but I haven't lost one yet! I can see that the bracelets could be comfortably worn by many people with different size wrists.

I was sent bracelets with moonstone, prehnite, and smokey quartz. The colours were so vibrant and they are neutral enough that I can wear them with anything! And sorry about the fuzzy pictures! It's hard trying to model and take pictures and the same time!

Each of these bracelets feature four stones and the bangle is brass that has been covered with 18K gold. So they sparkle and look like they were made with real gold.

The rings that I was sent were in the same stones as the ones in the bangles so that they matched. I really liked to look of the rings when they were stacked and loved that they came in different shapes so that it provided a nice contrast.

These rings make for a standout piece when you stack them together of if you want to go for a more causal and less flashy look you can easily wear them on it's own.

I love the look that can be achieved when I wear all of my Pradman Jewelry pieces together and they also look amazing when they are separate, but really how could you not want more? Stacking is totally awesome!
The Discount:

For those of you who want to buy an amazing item from Pradman they are offering The Giveaway Diva readers a very special discount of 20% off any jewelry purchase at http://www.blogger.com/www.pradman.etsy.com! all you have to do is mention the coupon code Nsquare10! This is valid until the giveaway ends and only on the etsy site.

The Giveaway:

If you love Pradman Jewelry as much as I do then you are all in for a very special treat! Pradman Jewelry has agreed to do a giveaway for the Stylish Holiday Event and I know this is one giveaway that you do not want to miss out on!

One winner will get their choice of either a ring and bracelet combo or two bracelets! This giveaway is valued at $100 and is open to everyone!

How To Enter:

All you have to do to enter is to fill out the Google Forms listed below or to click here! If there is an entry (such as the daily tweet) that has an entry that you must do more than once you can add it in the comment field so that you do not have to fill out the form multiple times. Also if you feel more comfortable entering through the comments you can do that too!

This giveaway will end on November 24th!


Saturday, October 23, 2010

Giveaway Winners!



I know these giveaways ended a while ago and many of you were eager to find out who won! My apologies but work has really been kicking my butt lately and all I want to do is sleep it off! Lazy I know!

The Wendy Mink Jewelry Giveaway was a huge success! Many of you fell in love with Wendy Mink's jewelry like I did and I'm so glad one of you get to win the amazing cuff!

There were a crazy 1021 entries in the giveaway!

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

216 

Timestamp: 2010-10-23 20:03:50 UTC


So the super lucky winner is: roswell



For the YSM Designs Giveaway there were a total of 785 entries

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

541 

Timestamp: 2010-10-23 20:09:19 UTC

So the super lucky winner is: Meg

Congrats goes out to all the winners! I have emailed all of the winners and they have two days to reply otherwise I will choose a new winner! And if you didn't win don't worry since there are a ton of other great giveaways!