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Friday, December 9, 2016

Ellemint Jewelry + Giveaway

Note: This is a sponsored post; all opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting those who support Chow Down USA!

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'Tis the season of giving - and giveaways! When I started Chow Down USA 4 years ago, I was not prepared for the amazing, passionate community of bloggers and IGers I would meet and be inspired by. Hitting 20k followers on Instagram today means the world to me and I want to share the love! I've teamed up with Ellemint Jewelry to give away not one, but THREE gorgeous pieces of jewelry for one lucky winner! You can keep them all to treat yourself, or give some away to friends and family for the holidays. Scroll through this blog post to see the stunning necklaces, and be sure to enter at the bottom of the post! 

Ellemint Jewelry is based in Toronto, Canada. They just launched their online store Ellmint.com, which is filled with the most precious and affordable pieces (so even if you don't win the giveaway I would definitely browse their selection)!

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This bow rhinestone necklace is so gorgeous and on trend. A lot of the 90's styles have come back this season, including chokers. To be honest I wasn't the biggest fan of this resurgence, until I came across this sparkling bowtie version! I even told Ellemint at the start of the collab, "I probably won't be promoting chokers," and the next thing you know I'm saying "yep, I'll take that one please and thank you!" While the other chokers aren't my style, this one is so glam and feminine that it's right up my ally! Plus, how perfect are these sparkles for the holiday season?

P.S. I got this beautiful clutch (similar here) c/o Aldo at the recent Cambridge Side Galleria Yankee Swap & blogger event - stay tuned for that post and go visit Santa in the mall for free family photos!

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Dress c/o Minan Wong (stay tuned for that post too!)

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How pretty is this pearl + floral stone necklace? I love the layering of different lengths and sizes of the pearls, and the glam pink flowers add a fun, feminine dimension. This one looks so glam with a dress, and could dress up a casual sweater look for brunch too!

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This layered triangle necklace is also very on trend this season, and makes any casual outfit more interesting! The bottom blue marble piece is my favorite!

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From glittering necklaces to rings and bracelets, Ellemint has such a fun selection of jewelry for any occasion. Be sure to enter the giveaway below and good luck!

Terms: No purchase necessary. Winners will receive the 3 necklaces showcased on this blog. Available to U.S. residents only. Giveaway ends on 12/16/2016. Winners will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter, notified via email and announced on this page after the giveaway has ended.


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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Basic Cardigans + Legging with DAWGS

Note: This is a sponsored post; all opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting those who support Chow Down USA!

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Cardigan + Leggings: c/o DAWGS | Booties: c/o White Mountain Shoes | Sweater: Pink Blush Boutique

As you may have seen on my NOIZE winter coat post, the chill of winter is officially in the air in Boston! Luckily, these ultra soft fleece-lined leggings and cardigans c/o DAWGS arrived just in time to layer for the chilly months. I'm heading home to San Francisco in a couple of weeks for the holidays, and these pieces will be so perfect to layer in the chilly SF fog too!

I love how DAWGS offers affordable sets of basic cardigans and fleece-lined leggings (aka as cozy as it gets). I received a 2-pack of their leggings (one black and one blue for $14.99), as well as a 3-pack of their cardigans (black, blue, and grey for $19.99). They're already crazy affordable, PLUS you get 60% off and free shipping site-wide with code SB60! Guys, that means that a 3-pack of the cardigans are only $8 and a 2-pack of the fleece leggings are only $6! Talk about affordable, how perfect are these for holiday gifts or stocking stuffers!

These neutral basics will carry me all season. The cardigans are the absolute softest material, and perfectly lightweight layering pieces. I'll definitely be wearing these at the office and under my big winter coats!

The leggings are also incredibly soft, and the insides are lined with fleece so they're nice and cozy!

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Cardigan + Leggings: c/o DAWGS | Booties: c/o White Mountain Shoes | Sweater: Pink Blush Boutique

I'm snug as a bug in these soft fall and winter layers - they seriously will make the best holiday gifts or stocking stuffers! The price is right at $6 for 2 leggings and $10 for 3 cardigans - make sure to use code SB60 at checkout for 60% off! 


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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

NOIZE Turquoise Winter Coat

*Note: This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

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Winter coat: c/o Noize

It's beginning to feel a lot like... winter! Here in Boston we're starting to have consistently chilly weather. In fact, today it snowed! We got flurries once before this season, but they were more of a fluke. This one is exciting because it really feels like winter and you know that soon there will be snow all around. I moved to Boston about 4 years ago and I'm not even close to being sick of the snow yet. Locals keep telling me that I'll be over it soon enough, but I'm not sure I'll ever be annoyed by the crunch of the snow under my shoes! 

Now that it's actually freezing, I'm so grateful for this insulated turquoise winter coat c/o NOIZE! I love NOIZE because their winter coats are not only durable and warm, but they're all stylish too. Who says you can only have one or the other? Each piece is designed in Canada so you know they can withstand the below zero temps. Another plus is that they're vegan, using high-quality faux fur and faux leather detailing.


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This coat, dubbed "Charlie" by NOIZE, has a detachable hood (via zipper) which is lined with faux fur, and can be adjusted with a drawstring and / or wide velcro closures at the collar to keep the wind away. 

It has five outer pockets and a large inner pocket that I'm so excited about! So often only men's jackets have inner pockets, which I'm constantly jealous of, so this is a welcomed treat. You will also find an inner adjustable drawstring at the waist, to give a sense of shape and style to this warm winter coat.

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How incredible is that pop of color against the faded hues of winter? Many of you know by now that I'm pretty obsessed with bright colors, so you can imagine my delight!

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Winter coat: c/o Noize
This darling turquoise winter coat is stylish enough for a city stroll on a chilly night, and warm enough to wear skiing or snowboarding this season! It's the perfect combo of fashion and function without breaking the bank, and a must for any holiday gifting list!

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