Premier Jewelry Giveaway

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It’s time for a Giveaway thanks to Linda from Premier Designs Jewelry.

I’ve mentioned many times how much I enjoy featuring a small business owner.

Linda is a faithful Style by Karen reader and when I featured Premier in a previous post she won the giveaway, scheduled a party and then became a consultant. Love what my little blog can do!
Linda will give away TWO $25 Gift Certificates. Premier does not have a website for ordering, but you can view many of the designs and learn more about the company from their site. If you are local, Linda would love to show you the jewelry in person. If you are not local, the catalog is a wonderful source as well. Contact Linda and she will send you a catalog.

Premier is known for their ENHANCERS that can be put on any necklace even if it is multi strand. The enhancer opens up and snaps on rather than SLIDES on. This allows it to go on any thickness.

Here is the piece I chose. LOVE!

EVERYONE should have “THE CLIP”. Premier is the only source that I know for this. I have one in gold and silver and they are $10.

The clip allows you to take any long necklace and double it and clip it in the back.

Do you ever double a long necklace only to have the upper strand move throughout the day and practically choke you? I’m always adjusting and fussing when I wear a necklace that way. Here I am in a photo where a long strand of beads is doing the “choke effect”.

NO LONGER with the clip. Now look at the same necklace with the clip.

The clip opens up, you thread the two pieces through and then snap together and it stays securely in place! Not only does it stay in place but my long necklaces have more versatility worn double with the clip. (note: these are necklaces from my own collection)

In addition to the TWO WINNERS, Linda will give a FREE CLIP IT to the first THREE who contact her to see the jewelry in person or a long distance reader who places a catalog order. Be sure and mention where you read about it.

ALL COMMENTS WILL BE ENTERED FOR THE GIFT CERTIFICATES. Remember, TWO $25 winners. Then the first three orders will receive a Clip It.

Have lots of jewelry? Order a Clip It and enhance the pieces you already own. When you see Linda’s name in this post, it is a link that will give you her info. Click there and you’ll be connected immediately.

Let me know what you think! Can’t wait to see your comments.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: May 27th 2013 at 9 pm PST

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The Winners

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First, a few housekeeping details:

It has come to my attention that the Contact form on my blog is not working. You should be able to fill out the form and it will come directly to my e-mail. It is not.

If you would like to reach me directly, make a comment and I will be able to see your e-mail in the admin part of my blog. I will get back to you through the address you posted with your comment. You may also write me on my facebook page.

 If you read my posts in your e-mails, you may not ever go to the home page. Did you know  that in the left column there is a new choice for  Pinterest? I finally started pinning a few months ago and you can follow me by clicking on that link.

 Then right under the title of each post, you will see the small “pin it” button so you can pin one of my posts. This especially works well for the layouts that I do. I appreciate you pinning those and introducing others to Style by Karen.

 Now, on to the winners!

Silpada: Gift Certificate # 3: Vivian,  Goddess bracelets: #10: Lynn

Glo Beauty Lounge: #9: Sandi

Cabi: #4: Elaine  #16: Mary

Style by Karen: #7: Lauri R.

Congratulations to the winners and big thanks to everyone for your comments:

If you did not win, but are interested in learning more about these businesses, please contact them directly.

Silpada, Cabi, Glo Beauty Lounge and ME

 Happy Thanksgiving everyone! En;joy this time with your family. I am thankful for all of you and your support! 


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Style by Karen Giveaway

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Thank you for all your comments for the Giveaway posts! It’s been very fun to hear from so many of you.

Well, this is it, the last Giveaway in the series.

I’m giving away a TWO HOUR package of my services to one lucky winner. These hours can be used for a service of your choice: Closet time, shopping advice, color analysis–whatever you would like.

Long distance readers please enter! We can do so many things over the phone or with Skype or Face Time. I can help you put outfits together OR help with pieces that you just don’t know what to do with. We can cyber shop over the phone–so many possibilities.

Be sure and go back to all the posts and make a comment if you haven’t already done so.

Silpada, Glo Beauty Lounge (manicure) and CAbi!

Winners will be drawn Monday November 19th at 10 PM PST. (note  the date extension)

 Good luck and thanks for reading!

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CAbi Giveaway

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The week of Giveaways continues! Since I started mid-week last week, you can still enter to win any of the offers from last week (Silpada and Glo Beauty Lounge) with the final deadline being Sunday the 18th for all entries.

Winners will be drawn on the 18th at 10 PM PST.

I’ve written about CAbi a number of times and shown many pieces I’ve worn over the years. I’m pleased to have met Julie Dixon who is sponsoring this blog post. Julie is giving away TWO $25 gift certificates to TWO different winners.

Now look what CAbi has to offer this season. It’s better than ever! Here are a few ofmy favorites:

I own the first two pieces and I wear with my own red jeans. The top is honestly one you can wear year round–layered under sweaters in the fall and winter and either alone or under a light weight sweater or shrug in the summer. Every time I wear this I get so many compliments.

Here is the outfit broken down: Keys Please and My Fair Jacket

The Ingenue Cami

Charming Jacket

I have this Twist Tee in black from 2 seasons ago. I love how it is a great variation on the typical turtleneck.


The Faux wrap skirt in Ponte, the Bree Jean which is one of the finest fitting pieces I’ve seen and this year’s Ponte which is called the Favorite Trouser. Last year it was the RAVE trouser and it was and still is one of my favorite pairs of pants ever!

Now it’s your turn. Browse the catalog and find your favorites and then make a comment telling us what you love! Your comment is your entry!

If you have questions for Julie, please contact her directly and she will help you whether you are local or long distance. And don’t forget about the CAbi Canary. Check out all the great ways to combine the CAbi collection. They do a fabulous job on this blog. 


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Glo Beauty Lounge Giveaway

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If you are a local reader and haven’t yet had the opportunity to visit Glo Beauty Lounge on Main Street in Downtown Washougal, then you are in for a real treat!

Washougal may seem a world away if you are nestled on the north or the west side of Vancouver or even Portland, but I’m telling you it is worth the drive!

I first introduced you to Glo’s owner, Deborah when I wrote about skin care. She shared some wonderful information and if you missed it the first time around, I highly encourage you to read that post!

In addition to receiving the best facial ever two times a year, I have also indulged in a jellicious pedicure that is to die for. It’s like putting your feet in a bowl full of warm jelly. Oh, the feeling is just incredible.

Most of us have had facials and pedicures, but in the post I want to tell you about my nails and coordinate the giveaway around it!

I’ve heard all about Shellac (which is really just a name brand for the gel polish). I didn’t know if I was ready for the commitment of nails again. I had acrylic nails for about 5 years and I loved the look. I had those nails taken off over eight years ago and as much as I missed them, it was hard to think about going back. Reasons: 1. Expense 2. Time

When Deborah explained that gel polish could last 3-4 weeks if I did a short French manicure  I knew I needed to reconsider. I don’t want to spend $50-60 a month on my nails and I don’t like to go in every 2 weeks. Couple this with the fact that I like my nails short, I knew it was time to try.

Now, 6 weeks later, I’m in love with my new nails.

-I can go 3-4 weeks in between appointments. The french manicure does not show the grow out like a color does.

-They are instantly dry. I still can’t get used to this and after each appointment I have “wet nail syndrome”. I carefully pick up my keys and open my purse still acting like I have acrylics. How many times didn’t I mess something up because I was impatient and didn’t allow things to dry sufficiently?

-Upkeep is minimal. I don’t have to worry about breaking, chipping or nail glue! All I have to do is file and only if I want to.

-Cost: $33 for French manicure, $28 for Color

Below is an example of color.

What is the process all about?

The gel manicures start out like a normal manicure: nails are shaped with a file, and cuticles are pushed back. The next step is to apply a base coat, followed by two coats of gel polish and then a top coat to finish. Where the process differs from a regular manicure, however, is that in between each coat of polish, you dry your hands under a UV light for about 40 seconds.  

At any time, if I decide I don’t want this  look, I can go back in have it taken off and my natural nail will be totally fine.

Are you ready to try it out? Glo Beauty Lounge is giving away a manicure of your choice. I highly encourage you to try it out even if you don’t win! For all of you long distance readers? Do your homework to find someone who does a fabulous job.

1. Make a comment and you will be automatically entered.

2. Go to Glo Beauty Lounge on Facebook and make a comment and you will get a 2nd entry (make sure you identify yourself as a Style by Karen reader)

Remember to enter the first giveaway from Silpada. Deadline for all entries November 15.




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Style by Karen Turns 3: A Week of Giveaways!

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It’s hard to believe I’ve been blogging for 3 years!! My blog hasn’t hit the “big time” with thousands of readers and dozens of sponsors. Blogging is my sideline and not a full-time job as it is for some, but I still enjoy writing and sharing my ideas with you. Whether you have been with me from the beginning, or a new reader, thank you for your support and encouragement.

What better way to celebrate this milestone than a bunch of Giveaways! I’ve chosen Giveaways that are a mix–for local and long distance readers.

First up: Silpada

I can’t imagine that many of you reading have NOT heard of Silpada Jewelry. It is sold exclusively by consultants at home shows. Simply said, Silpada is some of the finest sterling silver jewelry you fill find. It has been a favorite for years and I own a number of pieces. You may recall that I first wrote about Silpada a couple of years ago.

For this giveway, I’m featuring consultant Kristi Jacobsen who is sponsoring the Giveaway this time around. I’m happy to support Kristi in her new venture and pleased to feature her on the blog. Krisit lives in Missoula, Montana, but of course with the wonderful Silpada site, it is very easy to order long distance.

Kristi also happens to be my cousin. Although we didn’t grow up in the same area, we wrote letters frequently to each other as kids in between family visits. We also shared a common interest: Fashion

I always admired Kristi’s style and somewhat envied the fact that her mom liked to shop and allowed her to buy nice things. While our moms were sisters, they did not share that love for shopping. Kristi always had the latest–at least in my eyes!

She is a faithful reader and comments often. In May, we were able to meet and shop together for TWO days! Oh, the fun we had.

For this post, I wanted to focus on a recent trend: Bracelet Stacking. I had never been a fan of a wrist of bangles because I didn’t like the “clanging” as the bracelets moved on my wrist. Once the stretch bracelet came on the scene, I did enjoy layering those a number of years ago before it was “on trend”. I also went through a streak where layered a bracelet with my watch. 

Then, it seems I left my bracelets alone until recently.

Now the trend is stacking LOTS of bracelets usually on the left arm. It makes quite a statement.

The photos above are from random pictures/products on the internet so you can get the idea.

Below, Kristi sent some great photos of bracelet stacking with Silpada bracelets.

She is giving away the Goddess bracelet  (top photo) to ONE lucky reader. This is the perfect bracelet for layering–7 individual pearl bracelets. You can intersperse other favorite stretch bracelets or bangles for optimum mixing/matching!

Now there is so much more available from Silpada than bracelets! Another winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate. Oh the possibilities… I’m going to treat myself to a couple of things, but it is really hard to decide. Here are a couple of my favorites from the latest catalog. Radiate Earrings, Indigo Mood Necklace and Go Coastal Necklace. And I’m a big fan of the Goddess bracelet because of how they would mix and match with what I have and give some of my older pieces new life.

Since we are doing a week of different Giveaways, you have until Thursday, November 15 to enter.

To enter, you MUST make a comment directly on the blog. DO NOT reply to the feed you receive in your e-mail. Click on the title of the article and make a comment about the jewelry OR bracelets in general. Do you have a favorite Silpada piece? Tell us if you are game to try the bracelet layering trend.

Remember, TWO winners will be chosen!

Good Luck and keep reading for more fun things to be coming your way this week!


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Stella & Dot Winners

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Thanks everyone for your comments! Winners were chosen by Congratulations to Sarah, Comment #24 who won the $25 Gift Certificate. Comment #22, Evie won the Chloe necklace. Enjoy!

If your name was not chosen, keep reading as I have another chance for you to win.

If you would like to place an order go to Kyla’s site and check out all the possibilities. There are so many fun pieces it is hard to decide. Shipping is fast and before you know it, your jewelry will be at your doorstep in beautifully packaged boxes. Be sure and note that in the last phase of check out there is a place to connect your order with a hostess. Use the drop down menu and you will see my name.

All Style by Karen orders will be placed in a special drawing. Kyla and I will choose two more winners, and I will contact you. One winner will receive an half price item, another winner will receive $$ towards a future order.

Be sure and “like” the Stella & Dot Facebook page. They have great promotions and occasional specials.

Coming Next Week: Colored Denim and Fit tips

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Stella & Dot Giveaway

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It’s time for another jewelry giveaway! I’ve featured Stella & Dot several times, and it is one of my favorite lines. Thanks to consultant, Kyla Glass for sponsoring this Giveaway. Coincidentally, Kyla became a consultant last year after seeing the post on my Style by Karen Facebook page. She fell in love with the earrings I pictured and signed up shortly thereafter. Kyla and I have common friends, but had only met a couple of times. Since then we’ve become friends through Facebook, my blog and now our common interest in S & D. I enjoy helping women kick off a business and am happy to be featuring this company once again.

I look forward to the new catalog each season to see the unique styles. I love reading about the background that goes into each design, and it’s fun to hear about the inspiration that drove the designs.

“New ideas are everywhere… from vintage stores & art galleries of faraway cities to urban sidewalk graffiti to the fresh vibrant colors of a farmer’s market produce display.”
- Blythe Harris, CCO

In addition to vintage feel, I think one of the best features of this line is the mixture of silver and gold. Many styles are available in both. I went through my silver phase like everyone else. Believe me, there are certain pieces of silver jewelry that I’m very drawn to. Certain outfits just scream for a bold piece of silver jewelry.

But, I like to mix it up. I encourage you to embrace some gold in your wardrobe. Gold looks beautiful with warm colors; lately I like it with just about everything.

MEMO: Gold is everywhere and it is IN!

Rather than show individual pieces, I went to the S & D blog so you could get some ideas of how to wear the jewelry. Wow, look at these combinations. Stunning!


The Stella & Dot site is easy to navigate and the shop area is divided into categories: Necklaces, bracelets, earrings and now even handbags!

There are great videos that show even more ideas. Don’t forget the sale category. I love the Cascading Chain and own the la Coco Chain  Both are winners.

Now to the Giveaway. Kyla is giving away a $25 Gift Certificate AND the Chloe necklace.


I will choose TWO winners. To enter, make a comment and tell us about your favorite piece of jewelry and why you love it. Contest ends Wednesday, February 8th at 9 PM PST.

My favorites? Too many to show. Last fall I did a Series What I Wore for a Week.  Almost every day I wore a little S & D. Many of those pieces are still available.

This year I want that statement necklace shown in the Casual Friday layout above. I also am very partial to the blue shown with tangerine in the Date Night layout. I am happy to answer any questions about the jewelry and please feel free to contact Kyla through her website.

I can’t wait to hear about your favorites!

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Boot Sale and Consultation Giveaway

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It has taken me a bit longer to publish this post that I promised last week simply because there are so many options this time of year!

I’ve narrowed the search for you with these links: Nordstrom  Macy’s and DSW.

When you click on these links it will take you directly to those on sale. Zappos still had over 3000 on sale so I was not able to narrow that further.

Here are a few of my favorites. I listed the brand and style name in case you want to Google for price comparisons.

         Born   Delphini   $129                    Naya Dalia $166.90


Miz Mooz                                       Born Jailyn      $129.90                          

Vince Camuto: 159.90                              Via Spiga: 188.90

If you would like a little more info finding the right boot for your height and leg length, check out my friend Missy’s recent post.

By this time, some of you may be overwhelmed. Let me help. As a Giveaway, I’m offering TWO VIRTUAL BOOT CONSULTATIONS. Two winners will receive a FREE phone appointment. I will help you weed through the options while we’re both online and help you find the perfect boots.

 Make a comment by Tuesday, January 24th @ 9 PM PST and the winners will be chosen on Wednesday, January 25th.

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Black Friday/Hairstyles Follow-up

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I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! I want to take a minute in this post to say a big THANK YOU to all of you who faithfully have read my blog for the last two years. If you are new here-Welcome! I look forward to bringing you more fashion advice this coming year.

Well, Black Friday is here. This year retailers decided to put a twist on things and many opened at midnight. I don’t do Black Friday and never have. You will have to rely on other notices in your inbox to give you the latest information on all the deals out there. As much as I do NOT like going out on this day myself, I do enjoy hearing about the fun times and good deals you found. Since I’m more of a night owl than an early morning person, I would find it much easier to go out at midnight that get up at 4 AM. Did you score any great Black Friday deals?

I also wanted to follow up on Hairstyles Part 2.Make sure to write a comment to be entered in the Giveaway. Do not pass up this great opportunity especially if you are looking for a good excuse to change your style. Winner will be announced Monday, November 28th.

I was planning to write about Hairstylist “Etiquette” to address what to do when you need to make a switch, how to tip, when Angie from YOU LOOK FAB had the very same idea! I’m linking to her blog as I’ve done in the past, and you may recall an interview article I did a few months back. I agree with 100% with everything in this post.

Happy Shopping Today!

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