It’s a rainy Monday here in Brooklyn, which is (of course), the worst kind of Monday EVER. Wherever you are, I hope you’re staying as cozy and dry as possible, and that if you’ve been dealing with crazy heat where you live, the rainy weather helps bring the temperature down a few notches! As much as I love me some summertime, living in the city when it’s this hot and humid is about as far from NYC glam as you can imagine. I’ve pretty much given up on doing my hair and makeup entirely, since I now show up everywhere drenched in sweat (I know, ew), and it just feels kind of gross all around. New York, is it so much to ask to have some mild weather every once in a while?

BUT, I’m about to perk up your Monday no matter how rainy/hot/humid/sticky/Monday-ish it is, because it’s GIVEAWAY DAY! I have another prize from The Shine Project to share this month (yay!). For those who don’t know, this is one of my favorite companies — and it happens to also double as an amazing cause. I got involved as an ambassador for Shine last spring. You can read the whole story here, but essentially, Shine supports inner-city American students on track to be the first in their family to go to college by teaching them to make jewelry and offering them employment and mentorship. Student employees at the Shine centers have the opportunity to work hard to earn money for their higher education, so the purchase of Shine products supports their academic goals. A portion of the profits also goes toward a scholarship fund that benefits the Shine kids. I absolutely love this organization– and I’m obsessed with the jewelry, too! It’s easy-to-wear, affordable, trendy, and supports a really awesome cause.

Before I reveal this month’s prize, I wanted to put in a plug for Shop Ashley LeMieux, an amazing online shop that’s run by the founder of The Shine Project. I hear from so many of you every month who just love what Shine stands for, and shopping from Ashley is one more way to support her and the amazing work she does — plus, the clothes are, like, crazy cute and reasonably priced. I’ve been buying tons of dresses from Shop Ashley LeMieux this summer, and I get compliments every time I wear them! (I’ll try to post some photos soon.) I recently became an affiliate for the shop, and I’m really excited to have a chance to promote the brand, which is all about “women who do” (how great is that?!). You can shop the line here (and you’ll find the link in the sidebar, too!).

Anyway, it’s officially GIVEAWAY TIME…

This month’s prize is a super versatile, super sparkly silver teardrop druzzy necklace on a gold chain. It has that cool mixed metal thing going for it, and you’ll be able to wear it with pretty much anything. I almost took this one for myself, but you all deserve it more than I do : )



All you have to do to enter to win this giveaway is to COMMENT on this post! As always, I’d love to see you share this link with friends so that more people have a chance to win (and to check out the blog!). I run a giveaway every month, so you can count on another opportunity to win something else very soon.

I’ll draw the winner randomly one week from today, Monday 7/31. The winner will be announced right here on the blog. Good luck!

(Unfortunately, you’re not eligible to win this contest if you live outside of North America, due to shipping concerns. I’m sorry about that!)

P.S. Thanks to everyone who’s already submitted their ideas and questions for upcoming blog posts! They’re more helpful than you know. Keep ’em coming!