Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What I Wore // swim day style and a sseko giveaway

Hey there! Today is another 100+ degree day outside, and I thought I'd share these photos from our last visit to the lake on Monday. I posted about it on Instagram, but we really love doing Saturday type activities on Mondays because there are no crowds to speak of, there aren't any lines for the diving board or the sno cone hut (and no wild kids in your outfit photos) , there's no traffic, and it's so much easier to have a really fun day. I think I may have Martin trade Monday's for Saturday's work for the rest of the Summer! sorry babe:)
I'm partnering with Sseko Designs to help raise awareness for their wonderful "30 days, 30 ways to Educate Woman in Africa" campaign. "In the Ugandan school system, a nine-month gap exists for students between the end of secondary school and the beginning of university. This break is designed as a time for college-bound students to raise money for their education, but in this male-dominated society many women fall through the cracks, failing to find fair work and finish their education. That’s where Sseko Designs comes in. The company that sells handmade sandals was founded to provide a safe, supportive place for women to earn money for their college degrees."
wear: hat: c/o Target // necklace: H&M// cover-up: Tj-maxx // bikini: c/o TRIANGL // bracelet - thrifted // bangle: c/o Sseko Designs, shorts: Target // sandals: t-strap c/o Sseko Designs
The sandals I'm wearing today are part of a that line of shoes that employ woman of Uganda to break the cycle of poverty, to empower them, and help them further their education. Each pair of sandals is handcrafted in Uganda by those amazing woman of strength, and each of those ladies has a story! I was sent a bangle with the name of one of those woman on it and a bit about her: Stella has an adventurous spirit and a great sense of style. She hopes to travel the world one day, and plans to become a civil engineer. 
Today Sseko and I are giving one of these beautiful and meaningful bangles away to one of you guys! See below:
I hope that you visit Sseko Designs and read more about their beginning and their mission, and also thank you for visiting today! Have a great rest of your day, good luck with the giveaway, and I'll see you tomorrow:)
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Gems for every occasion | a $1,000 giveaway to Gemvara!

Hi friends! I have the opportunity to share a really amazing online custom jewelry shop with you guys today:
When I first heard about Gemvara I thought it was something along the lines of picking your item with your favorite gemstone (which was neat enough), but they're so much more than that! Gemvara jewelry is completely customizable in every way. You choose your favorite piece (earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets), you choose your favorite natural gemstone (up to 20 choices), the setting, the metal, the chain, etc (out of 9 different precious metals) then they custom make your design to your exact specifications in New York City! All that freedom makes choosing your item such a personal and special (not to mention fun!) process, and you know you're getting something truly unique to you. 

I was asked to customize my own piece (which I can't wait to receive and share with you!), and beyond the hard task of settling on just one of my favorites (I have many) I can't believe how fast and easy the process was! I loved clicking on the different options and watching my piece change right there on the screen, and and I can't wait to see it in person. It feels like my baby since I picked every element, and I'm so excited!

In these outfits today you can see some of the beautiful pieces I was sent from Gemvara to style, and when it came to pairing them up with outfits I was amazed at how truly versatile they were. They really have pieces for every occasion! Here are a few of the ways that I wore them, lets see how I did:)
(all jewelry - c/o Gemvara // dress -  c/o Oasap // heels - target (similarsimilar))
In this first look that I wore to a friends wedding, you can see that I chose to feature the intertwined knotted ring, the inside-out hoop earrings, and the saturn bangle bracelet because they went perfectly with the colors of the dress, and I felt like the diamonds called for a special occasion. Although since sparkle is always appropriate, there's really wrong way to wear them:)
For this second look that I wore out on a date with Martin, I chose neutrals to better highlight the radient blue topaz in the pure cushion earrings and the the pure cushion pendent. Martin took the photos and couldn't stop commenting on how the color caught the light. They're so beautiful!
(all jewelry - c/o Gemvara // shirt - ross // scarf - tjmaxx // watch - c/o sammydress // purse - c/o Lily Jade // pants - ross // glasses - jlo // sandals - target)
In this final outfit that I wore out to lunch with some friends I chose to wear the onyx five-stone bracelet and round triple earrings, and again the intertwined knotted ring (my favorite!) I love the onyx pieces because you know that I like to wear black a lot, and also they're so versatile since crystal and black go with everything.

So which is your favorite!? Like I said in the beginning, these pieces are so versatile that you could really pair them in so many different ways, and I love that Gemvara truly has jewelry that's appropriate for any and every occasion! I'm so excited about getting my piece, and glad for the chance to share them with you.

Now are you ready for the best part? Gemvara is generously offering one of you lucky ladies (or gents:)) $1,000 credit towards anything on their site! All you have to do to enter is:
1. head over to Gemvara and register a free account using your email address (zero obligations!)
2. and come back here and leave a comment with the URL address of your favorite piece!
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

Also if you're too excited to wait, Gemvara is also offering an exclusive discount code for my readers that will give you 15% off for the next 72 hours. Just click through this link and the discount will automatically apply-no promo code needed! Are you guys lucky or what.haha

The Giveaway will be open for 10 days closing on Thursday, the 31st, and the winner of the $1,000 credit will be chosen, contacted, and announced right after the giveaway concludes. Good Luck to you all, and thank you again to Gemvara for sponsoring this giveaway and for this amazing opportunity!
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Nordstrom Beauty Bag | Review Video + Giveaway!

Happy Friday guys! I'm sure you guys have seen all the excitement going around about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and today you're going to get even more from me because I've been scoring big time! There are so many amazing deals on there that I keep going back every day to see what's new, and I can't wait to share some of my favorite finds with you! 
If you're not already a member of HauteLook, click here for a fast and easy (and free!) sign-up and to check out all the latest sales events for fashion, home, and beauty brands. It's literally a one stop shop for for everything from kids clothes to makeup and shoes, home decor, mens fashion, accessories, etc with mark downs up to 75% off! It's a dangerous place but we love it in case you couldn't tell by all the gushing.haha 
For today's post I'm stoked to share a little 'unboxing' style video of the exclusive Nordstrom Beauty Bag that they HauteLook sent me to review, and I hope you enjoy it! I always like seeing first impressions, so I waited to peek into the bag until the camera was rolling:)
And there you have it! The items included in the bag:
  1. Smashbox        Photo Finish Foundation Primer
  2. Clinique             Moisture Surge Extended
  3. Estee Lauder   Supmtuous Mascara
  4. Lorac           Deluxe Lip Lustre Lip Glosses in Peach Lustre
  5. Coty             Balenciaga Rosabotanica
  6. Ciate'         Mini Nail Lacquer (receive one of 8 shades)
  7. Lancome           Renergie Multi Lift Action Moisturizer 
  8. Stila                 Deluxe Lip Glaze-Mango Berry
  9. Coty                Bottega Venetta Essence
  10. Fresh              Rose Facial Mask
  11. Jouer              Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Peony
  12. Living Proof     PHD Styler
  13. Molton Brown    Pink Pepperpod Body Wash
  14. Philosophy       Purity Exfoliating Cleanser
  15. Whish               Pomegranate Body Butter
  16. Mario Badescu   Kiwi Scrub
This item in particular is sold out on the site, but if this is right up your alley you can visit the beauty page here to see all of the other amazing sales events going on for beauty products on HauteLook!

Beauty Bag Giveaway
Now for the fun part: even though the beauty bag is already sold out, you guys are in luck because I have an extra one from Nordstrom to give away to one of you guys right here right now! Make sure you're a follower of The Freckled Fox, and then see the directions below to enter!

How to Enter
1. Visit and sign up with your email (free and easy, with no obligations!)
2. Come back here and comment on this post with your favorite product from the site!

I can't wait to see your favorite items, and I'm so excited about one of you getting this amazing bag. Have any of you used any of these products before? Do you have any feedback for us? I'd love to hear!
Take care,
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*Thank you to HauteLook for sending the beauty bags for review and the giveaway, also thanks to my followers for supporting the brands that make The Freckled Fox possible! All opinions are honest and genuine.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Weekend Wrap-up

This Week: We've somehow gotten nearly to the end of July without noticing it? Where has the Summer gone?! Don't get me wrong, I mean the 100+ degree weather every day has us spending time in the shade and retreating to the city pool and lakes whenever we get the chance, and I love Fall so much and can't really wait for it to be here officially, but I want to live it up for the rest of the Summer and not let it pass by without creating a few more memories to remember in the Winter. As for other news Lydia is crawling forward finally (and with a vengeance I might add), we finally made it to the Farmer's Market, Martin and I had a date and left the house without any agenda at all (the best), I think I finally finished John's room (tour coming soon!), and we picked apricots as the sun set, and then in the dark.haha
To-do's and Goals for the Week:
- finally get caught up on my laundry folding (is that even possible?)
- get the girls shelves painted
- put the doors on the woodshed
- publish two videos (woot woot! any requests? *wink*)
- cover the couch cousions
- start a new show
- bottle the apricots
- get a hair trim
- keep the flower garden alive in this heat
- take the kids to the park every day
- take a nap at least twice
- teach myself to knit (hooray!)

A Few Facts: 

  • I may or may not be drinking a cup of Starbucks salted caramel hot chocolate as I type this
  • I can't snap my fingers. Who can't snap their fingers? haha even Ellie can, and she loves snapping them in my face.haha
  • I got my first set of almond nails this week, and now I give the best back and head rubs in the whole world. ask martin:)
Something Awesome for today: getting that parking spot right next to the door, and hitting green lights all the way home, 

Thanks for visiting! 
xo, Emily
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Time to hit the beach | a $350 giveaway

Hi friends:) We've been having such hot weather for this area lately, and since we don't have a beach close by here in Idaho we love cooling off by going to the lake or the pool. No matter your preferred or most local body of water though I'm sure you enjoy going there to clear your mind and really enjoy the Summer, but you can't do that without your beach essentials! 
Lucky for you (phew) today I'm teaming up with a group of lovely bloggers and shops to bring you a Beach Essentials giveaway:) We're giving away $350 cash to help you purchase your favorite beach accessories, as well as some items from some fun shops that'll kick-start or amp up your next trip to the beach, lake, pool, etc: 

- $350 in cash
- kameleonz surf triple set
- $25 fifth and mae gift card
- oh, sweet joy! koozies
- swell anchor tote
-beverly swimwear custom swimsuit

- enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post.
- make sure to complete as many entries as you can so you have a higher chance of winning,
- and lastly don't forget to check out each of these awesome blogs and shops that made this giveaway possible!
Oh, Sweet Joy!  |  The Red Closet Diary  |  Kameleonz  |  Raspberry Glow

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks for stopping by today, oh and also keep in mind that this giveaway is open to US residents only, sorry): I hope you have good luck with the giveaway, and a great rest of your week! See ya tomorrow:)
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What I Wore // summer lights + five random thoughts

Summer nights are the best aren't they? It doesn't get dark till around 10pm here, and when the sun does finally go down it's leaves slowly with a sunset that's drawn out and fills the skies with all shades of purple and pink and orange. Also it brings the cool breeze with it that blows away the dust and dry sweltering heat from the day. Yep, Summer nights (and Summer sunsets) are the absolute best.
glasses - jlo (tjmaxx) // sweater - ross (ellison brand)  // watch - c/o chicnova // 
white denim - ross (celebrity pink brand) // converse - c/o piperlime

1. Something about the sunset and the way the breeze was blowing kinda makes my hair look like it's on fire.
2. I really love oranges but not orange flavored things at all. If I buy a pack of fruity candies like mike and ikes or skittles, you'll see me separating out all the orange ones and giving them to my kids:)
3. I finally found a super discounted listing of the glamglow super mud, and now my face feels like a little baby's butt. I would know, I've had a lot of little butts to compare the feeling too.haha are you a fan?
4. I hope you know that I've chosen to make this space of mine on the internet a place where I can put the best parts of my life, and that just because I don't often talk about pain or hard times that it doesn't mean I don't have them in. Everyone who blogs is normal, it's not all perfect days and perfect succulents.haha
5. I may be developing narcolepsy since lately I've fallen asleep sitting up completely, with kids playing on top of me, while having a conversation (multiple times), and my personal favorite: on the kitchen floor.haha

Thanks for visiting today! See ya soon,
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