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12 Days of Giveaways: Under the Canopy

Oh, my sweet little foxes! The giveaways just keep rolling in and this one is extra cozy! If you haven’t already, there’s still time to enter the Ahrens Yoga + Manduka + Kira Grace (a Manduka ProLite Mat and Kira Grace top of your choice are up for grabs) and Petit Vour Luxury Limited-Edition Box Giveaways! No limit to entries, since I want you to have the best shot possible to get these goodies!

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About Under the Canopy

If you’ve been around these parts before, you know I’m committed to the pursuit of finding the finest eco-friendly, cruelty-free goods. Why? Because those values matter and what are we without values we hold fast to? Enter Under the Canopy, a premiere purveyor of organic and sustainable home goods and apparel.

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We all know that organic cotton is dope, but there’s something very special about Under the Canopy’s duds. The cotton has a smooth-as-silk hand feel (almost like pima cotton) and is truly luxe. I have this robe and the moment I tried it on, I reached out to see if they’d want to run a giveaway so one of you could experience the same cool, cozy elegance.

Win an Under the Canopy Organic Cotton Robe

Want to win the best robe out there for yourself or to gift to a loved one? Enter below for your chance! Open to U.S. entrants only, please.

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12 Days of Giveaways: Petit Vour Luxury Beauty Box

Oh, hi there. I see you guys have been enjoying that amazing Ahrens Yoga + Manduka + Kira Grace Giveaway! Hooray! And you can still enter until Dec 23rd, so please enter as many giveaways as you want. It’s the holidays, after all! Without further ado, let’s get to our second giveaway!

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About Petit Vour

Now, if you know me, you know that I love me some Petit Vour. I mean, where else can you get luxury, cruelty-free, vegan, small-batch indie beauty goodies delivered right to your door? And while I love the Monthly Box (so affordable! so luxe!), I teamed up with Petit Vour to create something tres special for the holidays.

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The Petit Vour Holiday Beauty Box – Limited Edition

Think of this Holiday Luxury Beauty Box as the Monthly Box on steroids. Madeline and I sat down and mapped out my favorite signature beauty goodies and included them in a gorgeous limited-edition box. What are these beauty goodies, you might ask? Well, there’s pretty much everything you need to get party pampered and ready, and look show-stopping. Allow me to enumerate (with some help from Petit Vour, of course):

  • ASTER & BAY Dandelion Face Grains Mini ($9.50 retail value)
    These detoxifying grains can be added to any facial oil to form a mask or a gentle scrub. Made with clays, resins, roots, flowers, and grains—each chosen for their unique anti-inflammatory and skin-soothing properties. This is one of my desert island products. A scrub and masque in one, and the results are soft, soothed skin.
  • GEORGIE BEAUTY ‘Bon Ton’ Faux Lashes & Clear Adhesive | $18 + $8
    Wispy half lashes designed to accentuate and lift the outer corners of eyes for a bright-eyed look. Inspired by the popular demi lashes of the sixties. Because the holidays are for flirting, so be wink-ready under the mistletoe. HOW: Follow this link for a step-by-step on how to apply your luxe faux lashes.
  • GRESSA Lip Boost, Aux Rouge | $26
    Oh, favorite much? If you know me, you know I rock a signature red lip as often as possible. And why not? Red makes every woman confident and siren-esque. I adore GRESSA’s kind and nourishing formulations, so we included a full-size of her holiday red. Feels like a balm, looks like a gloss, and can be used on lips or dabbed on cheeks for a rosy flush. Glam your pout with this non-sticky, buildable, matte color.
  • JING AI Sierra Glow Duo in Piccadilly & Kabuki Brush | $28 + $22
    Infused with organic wild rose oil, sunflower seed oil and grape seed oil that help nourish your skin and set it aglow. Because slightly flushed cheeks are in all year round. You can even use this as a soft eyeshadow duo!
  • ONE LOVE ORGANICS Vitamin C Body Oil Sample ($7.50 retail value)
    An ultra-concentrated combination of Vitamin C Ester, papaya enzymes, and organic shea oil deeply hydrate and gently exfoliate for smooth, dewy, even-toned skin. If you don’t know One Love Organics yet, you best get on the train. This body oil exfoliates, smoothes, and softens with the most addictive coconut and pineapple scent. Like a vacation for your bod.
  • R.L. LINDEN & CO. Thousand Petal Beautifying Mist Mini ($16 retail value)
    Abundant with beautifying flowers, this mist tones and hydrates all skin types, offers anti-anxiety aromatherapy benefits and encourages you to feel radiant as your most gorgeous self! One of my hands-down favorite products on the planet. I feel like a Medieval queen whenever I use this and the benefits are incredible.

If you’re good at math, that’s nearly a $125+ value, folks. But the box can be had here for a cool $45 (cue infomercial Ashlee). Believe, this is going to nearly every gal on my Christmas list. Imagine the squeals of delight! Buy yours here.

Win the Petit Vour Limited Edition Beauty Box

Because this is 12 Days of Giveaways, one lucky winner is going to nab a so-hot-they’re-going-fast Limited Edition box. Open to all entrants, but if you’re outside the U.S., you’ll need to pay shipping.

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12 Days of Giveaways: Laura Ahrens Yoga + Manduka + Kira Grace

Friends! You know what’s difficult? Writing this post THREE times due to a WordPress glitch. You know what else is more difficult? Writing this post slightly tipsy (it’s the holidays, y’all, and I’ve had a few Chardonnays. What of it…?). But, you know what? Mama Fox promised you 12 Days of Giveaways, and by golly if I’m not true to my word. And holy moly, am I good to that word. BEHOLD the treasures I have for you.

What Is This 12 Days of Giveaways?

It’s pretty self-explanatory and embarrassingly unoriginal, but what can I say? I love doing giveaways because you love them and I get to shine the spotlight on rad people (see: Laura Ahrens) and great companies (see: Manduka and Kira Grace).

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What’s Going On Here?

As if I needed to tell you, the holidays, while intentionally joyous, are fraught with stress and hassle. Enter Laura Ahrens Yoga. This miracle lady, Laura Ahrens (famed for her breathtaking poses in yoga and art books and one of the best teachers out there), has come to our rescue with this relaxing, restful series of postures created just for The Little Foxes (hurrah!) that will ease stress and bring you relief during a crazed holiday season (and beyond). Seriously, make time for these. They’re simple, can be done anywhere and with little equipment, and make the days more enjoyable.

And because she’s just that fucking amazing (seriously, how grateful am I to have this yogic powerhouse and incredible person share her time and expertise with all of us? VERY.), she’s also included a Yoga Starter Pack giveaway (see below, eager beavers), that includes her favorite top from amazingly conscious company, Kira Grace (winner’s choice) and a selection of her favorite Manduka Pro Lite Mat (in the winner’s choice of limited edition print color). Boy, not only are you relaxed, but you just might get a gift for yourself or someone you fancy quite a bit.

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What. A. Babe. Photo credit: Kaitlyn Ferris Photography

About Ahrens Yoga

If you haven’t heard of master yogi, Laura Ahrens by now, well, you’ve prob been sleeping in the Hunger Games cave. This gal is the teacher in Boston and the east coast, and also just happens to be the sista of my gal, Julia Ahrens who runs Miakoda (can you tell I heart this fam hardcore?). Her approach is compassionate (see: Ahimsa), tailored to clients of all ages, sizes, and situations, and completely badass. And she’s a beautiful (see pic above and duh) and fun-as-fuck person, to boot. Need I say more? Check out the series she created for you (with the photographic artistry of Amber Elise Photography – who’s a bad bitch in her own right) to survive the holidays and enter the giveaway to get her pro-favorite gear. Yes, we should all be so darn lucky. When the holidays (or any times) get too hectic, stop, drop, and give in to this relaxing and effortless series that will set things right and retool your perspective back to what matters most – joy, the people around you, and the abundant love in the universe. Ah, that’s better.

The Series That Will Help You Survive the Holidays With Grace

Posture 1:  Supported Tarasana (Star Pose)

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What Am I Doing?  Bring the soles of the feet together, knees apart a generous distance from the pelvis. Round the spine forward, with an option to settle the forehead down to a block. Breathe into the back of the body and soften the neck.

Posture 2: Dolphin Prep, Stage 1

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What Am I Doing? Come to a tabletop position with knees under hips, elbows under shoulders. Clasp under the roundest part of the shoulder to find the appropriate distance for the arm bones, slightly narrower than shoulder distance. Come to a tabletop position with knees under hips, elbows under shoulders. Clasp under the roundest part of the shoulder to find the appropriate distance for the arm bones, slightly narrower than shoulder distance. Do not hold, this is a transition to Dolphin Prep, Stage 2.

Posture 3: Dolphin Prep, Stage 2

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What Am I Doing? Unclasp the arm bones and place your forearms on the mat, parallel to one another. Hang the head, shrug the shoulders away from the ears, dome the upper back towards the ceiling. To up level, tuck toes under and straighten the legs for dolphin pose.

Posture 4: Child’s Pose (Balasana)

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What Am I Doing? Rest the seat to the heels, chest to the thighs, forehead to the floor. If this pose feels uncomfortable for the knees, either place a blanket under the knees or rolled up between the thighs and calves, depending on the cause of discomfort. Breathe deeply into low belly and low back.

Posture 5:  Seated Twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana Variation)

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What Am I Doing? Extend the legs and cross the right foot over the left thigh, bending the knee. keep the left leg extended. Tent the right fingertips behind your back. Cross the left elbow over the right thigh. Inhale to lengthen the spine upwards, exhale to increase the twist while keeping length. This pose can also be detoxifying and can help ease digestion. Switch sides.

Posture 6:  Supported Bridge (Salamba Setu Bandhasana Variation)

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What Am I Doing? Lie flat on the back with the knees bent. Slightly tilt the pelvis and press the low back down into the floor. Keep that length as you lift the pelvis and set a block underneath the sacrum (avoid the lumbar vertebrae). Cross one foot over the opposite leg. Flex the foot and feel for muscularly sending the lifted knee slightly forward away from the pelvis. Breathe into the low belly and low back. Switch legs.

Posture 7:  Supported Legs Up A Aall (Salamba Viparita Karani)

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What Am I Doing? From supported bridge, lift the legs straight up towards the ceiling. Relax the neck and shoulders.

Posture 8:  Legs Up A Wall (Viparita Karani)

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What Am I Doing? To get situated, sit one hip towards the wall and lay the torso down as you slide the legs up the wall. Rest the torso against the ground. Sit bones as close to the wall as is comfortable. Use a blanket to cover the belly for a deeper grounding sensation. Face the palms towards the ceiling or one hand on the belly, one on the heart. This pose can be held for 15 minutes (or as long as you have time for) during the day to energize or before bed to help aid in sleep.

Man, I’m Relaxed. Wanna Win Stuff?

Not only did Laura create that totally sedating (in a good way) session for you, but she also wanted you to have a chance at winning her favorite yoga gear so you can really get in the spirit.  That’s right: One lucky winner will receive a Kira Grace top of her choice and a limited edition (I can’t stress to you how rad this mat is) Manduka ProLite mat, made from recycled materials (whatta gal!). As in, this mat is ZERO WASTE and non-slip with just the right amount of cushion and stability. Perfect for hot and non-heated yoga devotees.

12daysofgiveaways, ashleepiper, ahrens yoga, giveaways, vegan, eco friendly, crueltyfree, mandukaAnd the Kira Grace tops? Don’t even get me started (but do). Dozens of hot styles of tops to choose from, hot colors, differing levels of support (yes, I’m looking at you, my sisters in double-digit bosoms). And because they’re so hot damn rad and amazing, they wanted to winner to choose her perfect top, because Kira Grace acknowledges that we’re all unique and hot as all get out. And 100% of sales of selected items go to Off The Mat, Into The World, which is a fantastic charity bringing yoga to peeps who need it most. Love.

 

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Enter Here

I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank Laura of Ahrens Yoga, Manduka, and Kira Grace for making this incredible post and giveaway possible. Open to U.S. entrants only (but the series is for everyone, everywhere). I hope you enter and share this post with anyone who could use some relaxation and perspective this season and beyond. And this is only the beginning. We have 11 more days!

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Join Me: Essentia Chicago, Dec 4th

Hi Friends. Man, well, November was a bit of a bust in terms of staying current with blogging, but allow me to posit a few mea culpas and offer some consolation prizes:

  • I wrote this, this, this, and this for Refinery29 and I think you’ll like.
  • I was busy curating the November monthly box for Petit Vour and a second, Luxury Holiday Box, that’s on sale now. And lemme tell ya, it’s an awesome one. These are the artisinal, non-toxic, 100% vegan and cruelty-free products I use on the daily, true story. And they’re made with love by some of my favorite people on the planet: Gressa Lip Boost for that signature red lip, peachy blush for a natural flush, fluttery lashes, my FAVORITE Aster + Bay Dandelion Facial Cleansing Grains (which doubles as a masque), R. L. Linden & Co. Thousand Petals Beautifying Mist for a porcelain complexion, and a dreamy body oil from Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics. The philosophy was minimalist glamour – just toss in your bag and you’re ready to primp for a party. This box could only be more me if I threw in some oversized Harry Caray glasses, a shelter dog, and a Morrissey LP.

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  • I’m co-hosting this event at Essentia Chicago on Thursday, December 4th from 6-8pm (that’s when I’ll be there) and it’s gonna be mondo fun. Chair massages, free booze, lounging on the world’s only non-toxic, vegan, eco-friendly mattresses, and TWO chances to win a $125 memory foam pillow (Can you even imagine what sleeping on a $125 pillow would be like. Me neither.). It’ll be great fun and I hope you can make it.

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  • What is Essentia, you ask? Only the most beautiful, environmentally-friendly, non-toxic mattress on the planet. Let’s take a nap now, k?

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  • Oh, and I’ll be doing a 12 Days of Giveaways this December, as well. And I’ve already lined up some seriously amazing shit you’re going to want to get your paws on. Really. I’m talking bags, makeup, skincare, fashion goodies, detox kits, home goods (maybe one of those Essentia pillows, bae…), and helpful tips from experts like green beauty maven, Lina Hanson and yoga guru, Laura Ahrens. Basically everything you need to get your holidays humming.

I want to also say that I’m really freaking grateful for you all. For your support and interest. For keeping me honest and challenging me. For sharing your friendship and knowledge. What a gift you all are. Let’s hug.

XO,

Ash

Giveaway: Redbud Jewelry

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It’s my most favorite time of year – the leaves are turning, the air becomes brisk and smells of campfires, and flannel, boots, and snuggly clothes become de rigueur. Autumn is here, bitches. And in addition to making me joyful, autumn makes me want to give you great stuff to wear.

Fun story about how this collaboration came about: I recently moved to a new (see: amazing) neighborhood. I stumbled in to a local clothing store with a friend and we were going gaga for this jewelry in the display case. The darling sales associate moseyed over and we were telling her how much we loved the baubles. She exclaimed, “Oh, those are mine. I make those.” And the obsession began. In addition to being an all-around lovely human being, Janeane Bowlware, is the creative tour-de-force behind Redbud Jewelry, a Chicago-based, handmade, sustainable line of bespoke jewelry for the rebel in all of us.

Redbud Jewelry

At the heart of Redbud Jewelry is Janeane, an actress (ain’t she cute as a button?!) and metalsmith, who grew up on the sprawling plains of Oklahoma. Her work is hand cast (and not to worry, any bug or honeycomb casts are from found objects) and rough-hewn to reflect an appreciation for nature and a fluid, artistic aesthetic.

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Sounds good, right? Allow me to sweeten the proverbial pot even more. All metals are ethically sourced and are manufactured in the United States.  So, while the raw silver might come from Australia or Mexico (and again, ethically sourced), it is fabricated in to sheets right here in the U.S. (this is an important distinction, eco-freaks). From these raw materials, everything is made completely by hand by Janeane in her Chicago studio. It’s a one-woman show and a complete labor of love that shines through in all of the pieces. And no two pieces are exactly alike.

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So, let us recap the badassery here:

  • Handmade in the USA
  • Ethically-Sourced Materials
  • Woman-Owned
  • Unique – No two pieces are exactly alike
  • Damn Beautiful – These are pieces you will wear consistently that will endure the trends and seasons
  • Cruelty-Free and Vegan

The Giveaway

Two lucky winners will receive one of Redbud’s top sellers: A Brass Arrow Bracelet ($40 value) or a pair of Sterling Silver Double Teardrop Earrings ($60 Value). Limited to US entrants only, please. * International readers: I love you and have something special coming your way very soon.

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