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Giveaway: Mason Cold Brew

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It’s no secret. I LOVE COFFEE (love is an understatement), It’s really difficult for me to put into words my affinity for said caffeinated beverage. I’m excited to announce a giveaway in conjunction with Mason Coffee this week! When I  find something I love I stick with it, and Mason Cold Brew Coffee has become a favorite of mine. This refreshing coffee is the brainchild of Anna and Elijah Senn, born and brewed right here in the city of Angels. Mason Cold Brew is served in it’s namesake jar, making it recyclable and totally reusable.  Whats in it you ask? Only three ingredients; filtered water, light roasted Ethiopian coffee beans, and mint leaves/vanilla bean/or lavender buds, for their subsequent flavored cold brews. The beauty of this individually packaged cold brew? It’s lack of sweetener. I’m super picky about my coffee preferring it with just a hint of sweet, and I find most bottled coffee unplatably sugary, with an egregious amount of additives. Mason is simple, and allows you to customize your own cup (or jar) of coffee, and I appreciate that. Served at the likes of; Ashland and Hill, Make Out Everyday Cafe, Simons Market on Rose and more. Make the switch and taste the difference here. Comment below to win a sample pack of all the Mason flavors delivered right to your doorstep! Three winners will be chosen and notified on May 2nd. Good Luck!

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Natural Products Swap

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       I think that even a small change is a valiant effort in taking control of your own physical health. In this day and age where the emphasis is on easy/fast/cheap, health can often take a backseat to work, kids, social interaction…you name it. I don’t want to preach and by no means think I am a health expert, but most of my life has been spent in cities that  are probably the most health conscious environments in the country. Just by osmosis I feel like I’ve picked up so much information about new, healthier, products and techniques that can make a huge difference in your health and well being.  If a health overhaul seems daunting (and expensive), and you don’t know where to start, pick one thing and stick to it. You can slowly add less toxic products to your routine going forward. For example, three years ago I stopped using conventional, store bought, and completely TOXIC deodorant. I’ve probably tried most of the aisle of natural deodorants in Whole Foods, most of which had little to no effect for me personally, and I’ve heard time and time again from others, that they have felt the same way. After trying and tossing most of the natural deodorant sticks I bought, I tried the crystal. This product apparently has some sort of negative “hippie” stigma.  Every time one of my girl friends saw it in my travel bag, or if a guest saw it in my medicine cabinet, they would give me a strange look and comment on it saying something like “thats for crunchy granola eaters.” Well guess what people…IT WORKS, and I’ve found that in conjunction with a natural spray deodorant (the crystal needs a wetting agent, such as water) this miracle combo lasts all day. My absolute favorite spray deodorant is from Aesop and contains refreshing vetiver, which adds a double dose of protection.

Enough about deodorant. Facial cleansers and scrubs are another crucial part of the everyday routine. The objective for cleaning your face is to remove dirt, grime, pollution…not add to it! Most all grocery store brands have harsh chemicals and parabens that can add to problems like breakouts and damaged skin. I love using  organic brands like Eminence, but these products can add up and break the bank. Simple homemade face scrub can be used with just baking soda and water. This mixture is super alkaline and after using it for even a few days, you will notice a balance in your skin. Put a few tablespoons of baking soda in a small mason jar, and add a pour spot top for an easy dispenser. Add a few shakes to wet hands and scrub. Use twice a day for best results. Easy.

Anything you rub, brush, paint, or spray on your body goes INTO your body. I try and think about this beyond just the lotions and cleansers that I use. Fragrance can deliver a potent spritz of chemicals and preservatives which can in turn cause rashes and allergic reactions. I have super sensitive skin and have started using essential oils as fragrance almost exclusively. There are a few exceptions to this, my favorite being Le Labo. This company’s fragrances are completely organic and natural. The “fragrance life” of Le Labo is what may have made this company so popular. The oils in the perfume linger for days, and changes in a lovely way as the hours roll on. They have an awesome program where you can purchase samples that contain a few days worth of fragrance to make sure you love it before you take the plunge. These perfumes are pricey but a bottle will undoubtedly last you a year or longer…and the best part is  you don’t have to feel bad spraying it on your body!

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Giveaway: SIN-MIN

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We’re stoked to announce a SIN-MIN giveaway this week! SIN-MIN is a yummy horchata “lipspread” that is both buttery in texture and cinnamony in flavor. This lipspread is made form beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, vitamin E, secret horchata flavor extract, cinnamon, and honey..all the good stuff. AND its made right here in LA. The best part? Everything is organic! Awesome. All you have to do is leave a comment to enter, winners will be announced next week. Buena Suerte!

Find SIN-MIN @ Firefly on Abbot Kinney or The Golden State Store on Rose

***SIN-MIN cinnamon illustration, and pictures shown here by P. Witte

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Giveaway: Gold Body Chain

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Today’s giveaway is from Ash on AK. This dainty 14K gold filled body chain wraps around both the neck and waist, and is perfect highlighting a shift dress (retails at $95). This chain adds a bit of rock and roll to any outfit, even a plain white tee, and is even better layered with other gold necklaces. Ash makes high quality hand crafted jewelry and has a few different variations of this body chain that include gemstones. Follow her on Instagram: ashonak and Facebook. Comment on this post to enter…good luck!

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Gift Guide: Guys

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We love our guys don’t we, but why is it always so hard shopping for them??? I try to think functional, essential items, that they may not buy for themselves. Above are a few tried and true gifts for your man, for instance, every guy needs a dopp kit. Travel, sleepovers, weekends away, this is the perfect small storage bag for all of his toiletries. Hats are great gifts (as are scarves), they keep you warm, and your guy will think of you every time he puts it on. As far as more personalized gifts, think of what his interests are (musician, snowboarder, cook?) and tailor your gifts toward those.

-Herbivore Botanicals: 15% off entire store w/ code MONDAY15
-Wyoming Creative: 10% off the entire store w/ code CYBMONDAY
-Poler Stuff: 25% off everything in the store (excluding collaborations), no code needed
-Malin and Goetz: 3 samples and free shipping over $75
-Wireless Catalog: free shipping on orders of 60+, use code CYBERSHIP

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Cyber Monday Giveaway: Smitten Kitten Infinity Scarf

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Our Cyber Monday giveaway is from Smitten Kitten shop on Etsy, perfect for cozying up with a cup of tea and a good read. The scarf is made of a super soft acrylic yarn & the special daisy-shaped crochet stitch Darlene uses makes it very cuddly. It’s the perfect accompaniment to ward off the winter winds. Smitten Kitten creates every color, shape, length of scarf that you can think of, even Mens styles. Follow her a blog here (she has a ton of book reviews for the long winter ahead). Spend a minimum of $46 in her shop and  receive 20% off when using code GUSTO … it’s valid Nov 26 through Dec 17.

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5 Days of Giveaways

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In light of the holiday giving season that is upon us, Go for the Gusto is holding five days of giveaways, starting tomorrow! There’s something for everyone; the writer, jewelry collector, and cozy enthusiast. All items are from boutique stores, and most are handmade artisan crafts that support small businesses. Make sure to check back everyday and comment with your email…it’s that easy.

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Whats Your Angle?

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Meets Patternity Sweater-Chinti and Parker, Triangle Sweater & Pants-Chinti and Parker, Mountain Post Earrings-The Angry Weather, Leather Clutch-Coriumi, Triangle Clutch-Givenchy, Pyramid Bag-Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Triangle Bra-T by Alexander Wang

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If you couldnt already tell, I tend to lean toward geometric patterns, triangles in particular, and monochromatic tones. A few warm items from Chinti and Parker, and some fun Etsy finds that are on my Christmas list. My favorite is the handmade clutch from Coriumi, neutral but eye catching, with a hint of metallic leather.

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Giveaway: Turquoise Spike Earrings

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Today were doing our second giveaway from Metrix Jewelry (you may remember this awesome triangle bracelet giveaway), a small Etsy shop run by Lisa. Everything is designed and handmade by her in Queens, New York. These handcrafted turquoise earrings are perfect everyday wear but edgy enough for a night on the town. Five turquoise spike beads are strung on large sterling silver hoops. I’d call them both bohemian and sophisticated statement pieces. This surprise Wednesday giveaway is kicking off our holiday giveaway season! Stay tuned for many more awesome handcrafted items to give and keep. Use the code NOVEMBER and take 20% off everything from Metrix Jewelry through the end of the month. To enter, just comment below!

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Giveaway: OLO Fragrance

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This weeks giveaway is the fragrance “Lightning Paw” by OLO. OLO is a small line based in Portland Oregon, developed  and hand blended by perfumer Heather Sielaff. OLO Fragrance contains only a few ingredients including fractionated coconut oil, essential oils, key accords and absolutes. Heather was kind enough to send over a sample kit complete with every fragrance OLO has to offer, so I could choose the perfect scent for todays giveaway. After much deliberation, it came down to two scents; Foret and Lightning Paw. Lightning Paw was the eventual winner, described as “free-spirited and feminine without even trying to be, a reflection of her,” and that it is. Hints of bergamot, jasmine, patchouli, vanilla blend together in harmony, and leave sillage that is to be desired. Comment to win, and check out OLO’s site here

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