Thursday, April 26, 2012

novica handmade gifts + goods $50 giveaway

A couple of weeks ago I was so incredibly excited to become introduced to NOVICA -- one of the leading fair trade artisan websites that works with National Geographic to provide intimate access to the world market of arts, crafts, and handmade goods. The website allows a very unique shopping experience in that you can actually get to know the artist behind the item that you are purchasing. There is a great deal of variety of offerings from handmade jewelry to home decor to eco-friendly clothing to the versatile wedding collection and much much more of course!

The prices are fair, the artists' stories are interesting + heartwarming to read, the items are incredibly unique, and the options are endless!

I just love everything about NOVICA and I do not do sponsored posts for just anyone -- I truly believe in their mission, especially their stressed importance of allowing the shopper to "feel attachment to the product and to the hands that created it".

I had such fun exploring the site with my own $50 gift card {and I adore what the two pieces I was able to purchase!} and now I am excited to allow one of you to enjoy the same experience with a giveaway of $50 towards any NOVICA goods your heart may desire! With my gift card, I was able to purchase stunning sterling silver dragonfly wing earrings made by Jantana + the amazingly sweet Mother's Day gift 'Blossom into White' broach made by Danai. Both items came from Thailand and arrived in dainty white jewelry boxes with a sweet little booklet describing the items + their maker. I couldn't be more impressed and I am so eager to purchase more from these artists and others from NOVICA in the future!

See below my photographs of my two handmade gems + then for information on how to enter the giveaway!

The Giveaway

I feel so honored to be able to offer a $50 gift card code for NOVICA to the couples I am working with as well as any of my blog readers. With Mother's Day right around the corner and so many beautiful items to choose from, you most certainly cannot go wrong with $50 towards a purchase from a myriad of their artisan's creations!

Here's what you need to do to be entered to win the gift code {by April 30th, 11:59 PM EST} :

1. Mandatory to be included: Check out NOVICA + leave a comment on this post of mine with what would be most excited to buy! And make sure to leave your e-mail address (spelled out like beimaged at gmail) if it is not linked to your account.

2. For a second chance to enter, you can tweet about your thoughts on NOVICA + what you'd like to purchase with #beimaged and #novica included.

And that's it! On May 1st, I will select and announce the winner + contact through e-mail with the $50 gift card! Some little extra notes: $50 NOVICA gift card only goes towards item purchase and does not include shipping cost, but I can say from my own experience that their international shipping rates are quite low + fair! The winner will be chosen randomly with a completely old-school system of me picking your name out of a hat :-) Good luck!

Even if you don't win this giveaway, I highly recommend the handmade goods of Novica -- this is truly an online shopping experience / community that is incredibly worth supporting!

First time you've heard of NOVICA? Here are some more awesome items to take a look at to get started in discovering all that they have to offer:

And a happy Mother's Day in advance to everyone!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

long beach ny engagement portraits of kelley + chris

I had such fun taking the engagement portraits of Kelley + Chris a couple of weeks ago on Long Beach (my new favorite place) and I simply adore these two! They made me laugh so much and I just loved being a part of this Brooklyn NY couple's visit to the little beach town where they first met, lived and shared so many memories early on in their relationship. They are just too cute and down-to-earth and I simply cannot wait to photograph their June wedding!

Such a big congratulations to Kelley + Chris! 
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