WCBC Work It Out Gift Basket Giveaway


As a member of the Windy City Blogger Collective I get to take part in some awesome events (like last night’s dinner on the Odyssey Chicago where I got to be all fancy). So, it’s super exciting that now I get to pass some of those perks on to you all! I’ve partnered with other WCBC members to bring you a basket full of goodies. And since you know I’m all about fitness of course I’m participating in the Work It Out gift basket. Not into fitness? That’s okay. Other WCBC members have partnered to bring you lots of other options!

But, if you want to enter to win some great fitness-related items, read on!


Enter to win this gift basket organized by The Windy City Blogger Collective full of fitness gear and credits for classes! Valued at over $300 this basket includes:

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The giveaway is live until 12/9/2016; winners announced 12/11/2016.

Current Fitness Essentials [Giveaway!]

Fitness · Giveaways

Did you win a Le Tote gift card and earrings? Go see! Also, if you didn’t win, you can use code ERIN25 to get 50% off your first month of Le Tote

As you probably know, I’m a bit of a fitness geek. I love lifting weights, running races, riding my bike, and (begrudgingly), swimming. I go to the gym almost every day on my lunch break and in the past few months I’ve really gotten into lifting heavy with a trainer. I can currently deadlift 1.8x my body weight as well as benchpress 67% of my body weight.

Yeah, it makes me feel pretty badass.

What doesn’t make me feel badass, though, is the bruises I get on my shins from deadlifting. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen that I typically wear capris to the gym. Well, those aren’t really good for protecting my legs although they are good at keeping me cool.

Which is why ever since I discovered the existence of leggings with mesh insets I’ve been obsessed! I’m currently in love with about 10 different pairs and I may have already ordered a few.


Top Secret | Old Navy |  Heroine Sport | Old Navy

 Splits59  |Lucy  | Koral Activewear

Michi Pysche  |  Michi Psyloque | lululemon

Aren’t these amazing? Sigh. I’d have all of them if I could. And, you know what? Since Shopbop is currently having their Friends and Family sale I can get some of them for 25% off making my dreams (almost) come true!


Sale ends October 15, 2015, at 11:59pm PT

Another items I’ve been using in the gym is the SlimClip phone case. I received one for free to try out and I have to say that although it has its issues, when I’m lifting it’s nice not to have a regular armband constricting my biceps. I also need quick access to my phone to log my reps and weights and an armband tends to be annoying. I’ve also worn it while running and it would have worked really well except for the leash I use on my dog also goes around my waist and the two interfered with one another. If I run sans leash, though, it would work fine. No bouncing!


My only issues with the SlimClip case are 1. not all phone chargers seem to fit in the hole they have for charger access and 2. if you put your phone into the case it can be really difficult to get it out. In fact, I actually broke one of the ones they sent me trying to get my phone out. But, they have a free 365 day replacement guarantee so I can send it back for a replacement.

However, if your charger works fine (as in, it’s not a knock-off Amazon charger) then there’s no reason you couldn’t just leave your phone in the case. It’s actually a pretty nice case in and of itself.


Anyway,  if you’re interested in trying a SlimClip case, I have three to giveaway! Two pink and one yellow. The only catch is you need to have an iPhone 5. Yes, you need to be in the dark ages like me.

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Also linking up with Bri at Work Clothes, I Suppose

One Year of Le Tote Looks [Giveaway!]


First things first, don’t forget to vote for your favorite outfit of September! 

Just over one year ago I got my first Le Tote shipment and fell in love with the concept. So much so that I’m now an ambassador!


This is just a sample. You can see all my Le Tote looks here

When I hosted my first Le Tote party in August I got to do some fun giveaways and guess what! In celebration of my one year Le Tote anniversary, I’m passing them on to you!

Three of you have a chance to win a pair of earrings AND a card worth 50% off your first TWO months of a Le Tote subscription. Normally you only get 50% off one month using code ERIN25 so this is even better.


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And, as my friend Emily would say, Le Tote is amazing! She’s a recent convert and she told me on a run this weekend that Le Tote is helping curb her shopping habit AND helped her find the perfect dress to wear to an upcoming wedding. So, if you’ve ever been curious you should definitely enter this giveaway! I’ll be picking a winner one week from today.

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The Windy City Blogger Gift Basket Giveaway!


First, I apologize for running two giveaways in one week. This is what happens when you go in on a group giveaway – you don’t necessarily get to pick the date.

However, this one is really fun because 30 Chicago bloggers have gotten together and created 3 different gift baskets! Yes, there are three chances to win this giveaway AND you can pick if you want to enter to win just one or all three baskets.

The best part? We all picked something we consider to be a favorite, ranging from food to accessories to books to kitchen items. There is something for every one here.

For example, the basket my item is in? It’s the gift For The Glam Girl and retails for over $350


Items in this basket include:


I chose a leopard print scarf from Sole Society as my favorite thing. Yes, I know that plaid scarves are all the rage this winter but a good leopard scarf is still totally a neutral.

If you’re more interested in the Social Butterfly basket, visit any of these bloggers below to enter!

Gift Basket #2 [ retail $250 ] // For the Social Butterfly

Finally, we have the basket for the Holiday Hostess. To enter to win this one just visit any of the blogs listed below.

Gift Basket #3 [ retail $250+ ] // For the Holiday Hostess 

But if you want to win the Glam Girl basket, just use the Rafflecopter widget here to enter! The giveaway ends next Wednesday, December 10th so don’t delay!

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Note: this is open to U.S. residents only. Sorry international friends!

Express Gift Card Giveaway!


Happy Monday Morning! How was your weekend? Did you celebrate Thanksgiving? Did you go shopping? Are you gearing up for Christmas (or some other December celebration)?

I had a great time with my family and actually didn’t buy a single thing until Saturday. I did, however, get my butt kicked at pool by my 13 year old nephew. And ate way too much pie. Man, I love pie.

Anyway, if you’ve been chomping at the bit to shop for yourself or someone else then here’s your chance to win the mother load of a gift card.

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Seriously. $650. Yes, I went in on another group giveaway. But since Express is one of my favorite stores and Carylee and Gina, our hosts, are such fun people, I couldn’t say no.

So, if you need some moolah to buy yourself or someone else an awesome holiday party outfit, why not enter using the Rafflecopter widget thingy below? Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM on Monday, December 8th and the winner will be drawn on the 10th.

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Faux Leather and Faux Suede Plus a Spa Card Giveaway

Giveaways · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

As I mentioned yesterday, I had a busy weekend! Part of it included being part of a trivia team with fellow ChicagoNow bloggers at a fundraiser for the Asian American Journalist Association. I didn’t know the dress code but I did know I was meeting my husband for dinner so I wanted to wear something fun. Specifically I wanted to wear my faux leather pants but with the cold weather I wasn’t sure what to wear with them. Could one wear riding boots with leather pants?

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Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – Express (same) | Pants – Vince Camuto (similar) | Boots – Express (same) | Necklace -c/o ONecklace (same)

I hope the answer is yes because I did. I think the key is that my boots are faux suede in the front which contrasts nicely with the (1)


Anyway, in a room full of journalists from Reuters, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, UPI and two journalism schools (to name a few) guess who won? If you said the ChicagoNow bloggers you’d be right. Yes, my team won the entire thing! Our team was so well matched in terms of knowledge and we all contributed equally. Not bad for a group of strangers!

Would you like to win something for yourself? How about a $160 gift card to a spa of your choice? Well, you’re in luck because a group of us has gotten together to give away just that!

As the holidays approach, life always seems to get a little crazy. And many of us forget to take a moment or two for ourselves. So not only as a thank you from me to you as a token of appreciation for your readership, but also as encouragement for you to give yourself a little TLC this holiday season, I’ve collaborated with several other bloggers to bring you a great giveaway for a $160 gift card to Spafinder. Among many other wellness initiatives, Spafinder offers gift cards that can be used at a network of over 70,000 spas and wellness retailers around the world. If you’re interested in taking a few moments of time for yourself, check out their network and enter the giveaway below for your chance to win the gift card!

Fossil Watch Giveaway + August Shopping Summary

Giveaways · Shopping

First, before we get to what I spent my hard earned money on in August (because I know you’re all dying to know) I need to tell you a little story about how this giveaway came about.

  1. Earn $25 eBay gift card from Influenster.
  2. Debate what to spend it on.
  3. Go to put your silver circle Fossil watch on and realize it’s missing. Believe it fell off while riding a Divvy bike home from work (stupid Chicago potholes).fossil-circle-watch
  4. Find the same watch (which you bought over 7 years ago, by the way) on eBay and decide to use your gift card toward the $40 cost.
  5. Receive watch in the mail. It’s perfect….and I’m sure you can see where this is going.
  6. Find your original watch in a random reusable grocery bag when you get home from the grocery store the next day.

So, yes, now I have two of the same watch. And, because I know that some of you out there have coveted it for years, I’m giving away the duplicate! It needs a battery but is in otherwise perfect condition.

Which means if you want to follow my awesome watch lead, read to the bottom of this post to find out how to win it!

And now, how I spent way too much money in August.


  1. Earrings via Groopdealz – $5.99
  2. American Eagle skirt – $7.50 on sale (currently $19.99)
  3. Swirlgear capris – $38.25 w/50% ambassador discount
  4. Stitch Fix clutch – $48
  5. Athleta Chi top – $0 w/gift card (originally $39)
  6. Stitch Fix sweatshirt – $74
  7. Sole Society sandals – $4.96 w/store credit (originally $19.49)
  8. J. Crew Factory sweater – $33.95 on sale (currently $41.50)
  9. American Eagle Skinny Jeans – $14.00 for two pairs with c/o gift card (originally $29.99 each)
  10. American Eagle shorts – $15 on sale (currently $39)
  11. Swirlgear tanks -$89 total for three w/ambassador discount

Also, if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you may recall that I asked if I should order this sweater or these shoes. Well, the shoes won by a narrow margin so I ordered them. And they were HUGE! And they didn’t have a size down. So, sadly, they were returned and now the sweater is on its way to me. As are the shorts and skirt from American Eagle and the sweater from J. Crew Factory. Hopefully those items will all fit!

Okay, now that you’ve endured that rambling, how about that whole watch giveaway, huh?

Well, here you go! Use the Rafflecopter thingy below to enter! I’ll pick a winner on Friday, September 12th.

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Win $1000 from Shopstyle!


Last year I shared my little online shopping secret, Shopstyle! Now Shopstyle has added even more features including a new review system. What does that mean? It means not only can you shop by item, color, size, price, or brand but now you can read reviews of those items right there in Shopstyle! You don’t even have to click over to the online store’s page.


From Shopstyle themselves:

Introducing product reviews! We’ve made shopping easier here at ShopStyle with the ability to rate and review your purchases all in one place. To inspire you to share your thoughts, we’re giving one lucky reviewer a $1,000 Visa gift card. Entering is easy. All you have to do is sign in to ShopStyle, search the products that are already in your closet, tell us what you think before Sept. 26, and you’ll receive one entry for each review you make. Share your expertise on style, fit, quality, or any other relevant detail, and you’ll be in the running.

That’s right. All you have to do is leave reviews on Shopstyle for clothing, shoes, purses or accessories you already own and for each review you leave you’ll receive an entry into their $1,000 Visa gift card giveaway!!

How do you leave a review?

1. Create (or log into) your Shopstyle account.  This also allows you to sign up for sale alerts but you don’t have to do that if you don’t want.

2. Use the search function to look for the item you want to review.

3.  Hover your mouse pointer over the image of the item until you see the stars appear. Click on the stars

4. Once on the Shopstyle page for the item click on the stars again.

5. Leave your review!

I’ve already left over 10 reviews because it’s so easy. This contest ends on September 25, 2013 so start getting your reviews in now.

Disclaimer: Shopstyle provided me with a $75 bonus in my next Shopsense payout for leaving reviews and telling you about this contest. But, hey, reviews help us all out, right?

GIVEAWAY: Win Cute Workout Gear

Fitness · Giveaways

You may remember back in June when I posted about Swirlgear, the Chicago-based women’s fitness apparel company for which I am an ambassador. Well, I’ve been wearing the three shirts I have from them for running, trapeze, and hitting the gym.


Running the Strike Out ALS 5K


Flying through the air!

Now you, too, can have the chance to look this awesome for a HUGE discount on their new line! All you have to do is donate to their Kickstarter where a $25 donation gets you one of their cap sleeved tops like I’m wearing but in the colors of their new line (which, if I recall correctly, are more saturated, darker colors). That’s a 50% discount! And for $100 you’ll get three pieces from their new line which will include tank tops and capris! Considering pieces typically run between $40 and $80, that’s an awesome discount!

In fact, I want this company to succeed so much that if you make the minimum pledge of $1 you’ll get an entry into a giveaway of ANY available Swirlgear item you want! (Note: I’m totally funding this giveaway on my own but I do get a discount since I’m an ambassador). It’s your chance to win cute workout gear!

How to enter?

1. Go to the Swirlgear Kickstarter page and donate!

2. Tweet about it or share it on Facebook using the links at the final confirmation screen and then let me know in the comments of this post. A link to the Tweet or where you shared it on Facebook would be awesome, by the way.

Don’t have Twitter or Facebook? You can still enter! Just let me know in the comments that you donated but don’t have Twitter or Facebook. We’re on the honor system here, people!

The catch? I’m only buying you a new piece of Swirlgear if their Kickstarter gets fully funded! So spread the word and help them get to their goal before September 18th! Once they’re fully funded I’ll draw the winner of my giveaway.

Got it? Now get out there and help out this awesome company!

Welcome to the new Loop Looks!



Introducing the new Loop Looks home!

I’m attempting to make the transition as easy as possible on my readers but due to my lack of tech skills and experience there may be some hiccups.  For example, you may need to update any bookmarks or, if you use Google Reader or another post reader, you may need to add the new URL in order to get post updates.  To do that, just click here!

In the mean time, as a thank you in advance for all my readers I’ve decided to give away a $50 Visa Gift Card to one reader if one of two things happen:

1.  My page views break 200 for at least 5 days in the next two weeks.

2. I get 100 likes on my Facebook page.

How do you enter?

Leave at least two comments on Loop Looks over the next two weeks.

Each post you comment on gets you one entry.  If you like me on Facebook you get a second entry.  Be sure I have a way to contact you so I can let you know if you win!

That’s it.  Seriously.  But, remember, the drawing only happens if you we get 200 page views and 100 likes on Facebook.  Currently my page views hover between 150 and 180 and my Facebook likes are at 62.  I’ll keep you updated over the next two weeks and announce the winner on Friday, November 23rd.  Just in time for holiday shopping to begin!

So, start commenting, liking and following!

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