Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Splurge, Save, Steal: Cutest One Pieces

In the nature of adding extra features to my blog to diversify it and when I don't have any reviews or giveaways lined up I'm introducing a new feature called "Splurge, Save, Steal" which goes through different trends and gives different options to fit any price point! Hope you guys like it!

One piece bathing suits are a huge trend this summer. Although you will have the weirdest tan lines in the world, being able to hit the beach in these cute pieces is so worth it don't you think? Plus it's a great way to stand out from the two piece bikinis that populate the beach




This adorable and sweet one piece from Victoria Secret used to be $49.99 but it's now on sale for only $23.99!! Click here to buy!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Capturing Couture Review

I was the official photographer for my sister's grad and I was quite nervous because it was my first time using the new SLR camera that my parent's bought. I got a few quick pointers from my sister before I was thrust into my duties as official photographer. As part of my job I also had to take pictures for my sisters' friends who also happened to have SLRs. The problem was that they all looked the same and there was no way to quickly tell which camera belonged to who. I could have avoided the problem if I had a quick way to tell which camera was mine! This is where Capturing Couture comes in!

Capturing Couture was founded by Erika and Lisa who are two working mothers who wanted to combine their talents of photography and fashion. What better way to combine the two then creating couture inspired accessories that helps to allow anyone to not only be fashionable but to truly stand out when capturing that perfect moment.

Each of Capturing Couture's straps and accessories are created using only the finest materials, custom made trims and highly functional hardware. They truly have amazing designs that can appeal to every photographer. They have great categories too such as Animal, Boho and my favorite line, Organza! Just look at how amazing those roses look on the strap!!

Don't worry guys, Capturing Couture has created a special line dedicated to you and it's full of camera straps that feature masculine patterns which has no hint of pink! I promise!

My Review:

I was so happy when Capturing Couture sent me one of their amazing camera straps in order to conduct a review! After going through their extensive collection of camera straps, I finally chose to review The Zebra 2 inch SLR Strap.

The strap arrived so quickly so it's great if you want to get a last minute gift and it came already uniquely wrapped. You can tell that the people over at Capturing Couture really pays close attention to all the little details so that you don't have to! I just love the houndstooth tissue paper that they used to wrap the strap in!

As soon as I got the strap I put it on my SLR right away. It was easy to put on so long as you understand how camera straps work and it felt very secure and not flimsy at all which is something you want considering SLR's can cost a thousand dollars or more. I liked how the strap was lightly padded in the neck part because the camera can get heavy at times if you wear it for extended periods of time.

The material used to make this strap was so comfortable and soft. I really loved that the little label that said Capturing Couture had a tiny crystal over the letter i. It's small details like these that really set Capturing Couture apart.

So head on over to Capturing Couture in order to check out their great camera straps! They will be adding camera bags to their line too so that is something to look forward to! They are also sponsoring a giveaway of a strap on my blog so look out for that as well!

*Disclosure: The camera strap was sent to me by Capturing Couture so that I could conduct an accurate review. I was not monetarily compensated for this post so all ideas and opinions expressed are that of my own.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Will Make Shots of Vodka Go Down More Easily!

Are these not the most cutest shot glasses ever??? I mean look at the cute little animal heads on it! And it's so cool that they actually balance on their heads!! Ahha but this would not be advisable if you are playing drinking games because things can get messy! The price for these great looking shot glasses are only $32 each!!! They are so worth it for all the great comments you will get at your next party

You can get them here!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Great Deals and Steals!

I haven't had one of these in a while! Maybe it's time to bring them back! =)

Since summer is coming it's prime grilling season and what better way to grill then with the help of Martha Stewart! Head over here to get a free download of her Summer Grilling Cookbook!
A great sample of shampoo and conditioner from Aveeno! They are great brand of shampoo and conditioner and each sample comes with a coupon! Click here to get yours! US only!

Glade is offering the most amazing Freebie! This freebie includes room spray, scented oil warmer, refill and candle. Click here to get yours! Only 6000 are available so hurry! Not sure if there are any left!

Want a cleaning cloth for your sunglasses or glasses? Well Marine Layer is offering a free cleaning cloth in your choice of colours! There are cloths in blue, orange and white. Click here to get your freebie! Only open to US residents!

Old Navy has a great deal in which they sell products for ridonkulous prices! This Saturday only they will be selling flip flops for only $1! This is perfect for the upcoming beach times and sunny days! But in order to beat the crowd and get the best selection you have to go there bright and early, because this deal is while quantities last!

You can also print out these coupons to help boost your savings:

This is a great little Freebie for free coffee from Melitta! Right now when you refer a friend who becomes a Me-member you’ll get a coupon in the mail for a Free bag of our World Harvest Premium Coffee Collection. And when your friend joins, they'll receive a $2 off coupon in the mail towards the World Harvest Coffee of their choice. To enjoy the complete World Harvest Coffee Collection, simply refer as many friends as you can. Offer ends June 30, 2010. Click here to learn more!


Hi everyone! Thank god it's Friday! It also happens to be a long weekend here in Canada so double score!! Anyways I drew the winner for the giveaway of the amazing dress! There were a total of 1025 entries.

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So the very lucky winner is Jen! Congrats Jen I have sent you an email with all the details! Please respond within two days or I will have to redraw!

Don't forget to enter all of my other giveaways! I have the Made by Maggie Designs giveaway ending tomorrow night so enter away!!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Last Day to Enter Giveaway!

Today is the last day to win this amazing dress! And it's open to everyone too, no matter where you live!!! You do not want to miss out!! Click here to enter!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Get a Bra Makeover Courtesy of Playtex

Playtex recently launched, a site where women can go to apply for a bra makeover or nominate a friend. If chosen, the winner will be flown to New York to receive a Bra Makeover with style expert Alison Deyette. Deyette is a fashion and trend lifestyle expert who has been featured on Bravo's Millionaire Matchmaker and TLC's Ten Years Younger, as well as in print publications including Good Housekeeping, The Washington Post, and O Magazine. Apply for your chance to win a Playtex Bra Makeover today. The last day to apply is Friday, May 21st, 2010.

The 10 winners selected for a Bra Makeover will also star in their very own webisode wherein a makeover candidate will receive a fitting with Deyette and walk away with the perfect Playtex products. A new webisode will premier on every two weeks.

By posting this information, I am entered into a contest to win a free bra from Playtex. I did not receive any compensation for this post and thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Glasses USA Review and Discount

I have an update on my Review that I did earlier this year about this great and affordable company GlassesUSA! It has been a few months since I have been wearing the eyeglasses that was kindly provided to me from Glasses USA to do a review!

In case you guys didn't catch my earlier review on Gla, they are this great company that sells prescription glasses at dirt cheap prices! You can get a pair of complete glasses for only $18 and this is for both the frames and the lenses!! I'm so glad that I discovered Glasses USA because I used to pay crazy prices for my glasses but now I can get glasses for up to 70% off retail prices!

The glasses that I had recieved from Glasses USA still work perfectly and there have been no scratches or bends yet. I really love the great functional shape and the modern style. And it feels great to wear even during long periods of time. I even sometimes forget that I am actually wearing glasses! They are that comfortable!

So if you want to get glasses for a hugely discounted price you should really consider buying your glasses online! There are so many great styles and Glasses USA even offers great designer frames!! This is a very new feature and they have great designers like Nike and Dior! They even have prescription sunglasses which is perfect for beach season!

The Discount:

The lovely people over at Glasses USAwants to offer The Giveaway Diva readers a very special discount! If you use the code mommy10 when prompted when purchasing from Glasses USA you can get a 10% discount! This makes their affordable glasses even more affordable!

*Disclosure: This is a post that was sponsored by Glasses USA who has provided a product for review in the past and have compensated me to write this post. The views and expressions are that of my own.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Giveaway Reminders and Running!!

Just a friendly little reminder that the amazing giveaway for the dress will be ending in three days! So if you have not yet entered get off your butt and enter!!!

I went for a long run yesterday night after a long period of inactivity and although it has been way too long and I'm out of shape like no one's business it still felt good to get my legs running! The beach days are almost upon us and I don't know about you but I'm scared! Better get beach body ready ASAP!! =)

What are your plans to get your body ready for summer?

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Pearl Outlet Giveaway: Prom 2010

With it being graduation season I am experiencing what it feels like to be a newly minted grad! If you are looking for a great present to gift that very special grad in your life, you may realize it's hard to get something that can accurately capture the feeling of accomplishment and success. With so many great options out there it is always a safe bet to turn to the classics when trying to impress. What better gift to get the special grad who has worked so hard such as pearls? The pearls from The Pearl Outlet do not only have amazing quality but amazing prices as well.

I believe that every women should have at least one pearl necklace in their jewelry collection in order for it to be complete. Although a pearl necklace may seem old fashioned, there are so many different colours that pearls are actually quite hip. The colours that are available for pearls actually spans the rainbow, pearls can be found in gold, pink, purple and even black pearls! And the great thing is that The Pearl Outlet has amazing jewelry that features pearls of every colour.

The Pearl Outlet
was started in 1998 by the Shepherd family with the vision of creating a warm and inviting, family owned business with a personal touch you won't find with most large corporations, while offering only the finest in pearl jewelry at wholesale prices. And a great thing is that it is still being run by the family today, so you can get a great sense of how well they treat their customers. I also love the fact that they believe so strongly in charity that they give generously of both their time and finances. Some of these charities that they are involved with include:
The Pearl Outlet is such a great company that offers many great perks such as free shipping! And as many of you may know, shipping is pretty expensive! They also have great daily deals on their website, where their already heavily discounted pieces are reduced even further for one day! In fact today's daily deal is a tincup pearl necklace that's original value is $200 but it's now only $35!! That's equal to the price of about a weeks worth of Starbucks! So just imagine if you just give up your Starbucks obsession for one week you can have a bracelet that will last a lifetime!

The Pearl Outlet have a great selection of different types of pearls including: Akoya Pearls, Freshwater Pearls, Tahitian Pearls and South Sea Pearls. The reason why they can offer their pearls at such a discounted rate is because they are essentially selling it to you at wholesale prices as opposed to the heavily marked up prices that you would pay if you had bought them from a retailer. The Pearl Outlet is able to offer you exceptional prices and exceptional quality at amazing prices that is often up to 80% cheaper than retail!! So more money will stay in your wallet while you get an exceptional piece that your loved one will cherish forever.

My Review:

The representative that I communicated with from The Pearl Outlet was so generous in offering me a chance to review an item and it took me such a long time to finally decide upon a product. There were just too many great options and colours and designs, but I finally decided upon reviewing The Complete Black Freshwater Pearl Set.

The items came so quickly and I was also mailed a Certificate of Replacement Value which was great for insurance purposes. Also I was so shocked at the replacement value that was quoted on the certificate because it stated that the value was $1085 but the price that The Pearl Outlet was selling it at was only $145!

The set came in a beautiful box that was lined in silk and the pearls rested on a bed of soft velvet to ensure that the pearls would be protected. The carrying case was very elegant and it made such a great impression when I first opened it.

The Pearl Outlet also offers a great Buyers Guide that is packed with information for the first time pearl buyer that goes through such things as the size of pearls to get, the length of the necklace as well as how to care for them! I didn't realize that you should carefully wipe your pearls after each use with a soft cloth because the oils in your skin can cause the pearls to dull over time, but after reading the Buyers Guide I was well informed about how to best care for them to ensure that they will be beautiful for years to come.

I was very impressed with this complete freshwater set of AA+ quality color treated black pearls which includes a 18" necklace, 7 1/2" bracelet, and stud earrings. The necklace and bracelet are composed of 7.5mm pearls. The clasps and studs are solid 14k gold.

The bracelet was a bit big on me, but all bracelets are so I'm used to it. But I could really feel how weighty the bracelet felt on my hand. Such a difference from the fake pearl bracelet that I would wear.
As you can see I'm wearing the whole set and I'm so in love with it! I gave the pearls a good once over and I didn't see any marks or scratches and the pearls were perfectly round. I can tell that these pearls are of great quality and they have such a deep and shiny luster. They are actually darker than the pictures that are on The Pearl Outlet website, but I can still see hints of blues and purples and greens when the light hits it.

At first I had problems with working the clasp of the necklace but after a while you can get the hang of it. I'd actually want the clasp to be difficult because that means that your necklace will stay in place and not fall off! I have gotten so many great compliments on my set and it works perfectly for dressed up events as well as casually with a t-shirt and jeans!

The Giveaway:

The Pearl Outlet have been so amazing and want to offer my readers the exact same Black Freshwater Pearl Set that I was able to review! This set includes a complete freshwater set of AA+ quality color treated black pearls which includes a 18" necklace, 7 1/2" bracelet, and stud earrings. The necklace and bracelet are composed of 7.5mm pearls. The clasps and studs are solid 14k gold. This is an excellent choice for impressing people at work or to wear to semi-formal or formal occasions.

Sadly this giveaway is only open to US Residents! Sorry International Readers! This pearl set is valued at $1080 but can be yours for only $145!!!!

The Discount:

The Pearl Outlet also wants to extend a great discount to all The Giveaway Diva readers! If you input "diva10" when you place your order you get a 10% discount!!!

How to Enter:

1) Go to The Pearl Outlet and comment on your favorite piece for one entry! (THIS IS MADATORY!!!)
2) If you become a new follower you get four more entries
3) If you are currently a follower you get six more entries (Yay for being loyal blog followers!)
4) If you post my button on your blog you get five extra entries
5) If you blog about this contest and include a link to The Pearl Outlet ( you gain five more entries. Make sure you include a link to the post.
6)If you follow me on twitter you get two extra entries (@thegiveawaydiva)
7)If you tweet about this giveaway you get one extra entry and this can be done once a day for an extra entry! Make sure to include a link to the giveaway as well as @thegiveawaydiva
8) Enter any of the other giveaways for two extra entries
9) Become a fan of The Giveaway Diva on Facebook for two extra entries

This giveaway will end on June 15th!