Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Jules & Sparkle Necklace Giveaway!

You may recall back in December when I talked about how much I love the readers of Avoiding Atrophy, and how in the new year, I wanted to do new, exciting things as a way of giving back to you guys. Then on New Years Eve, in an ironic twist, I wrote a post which discussed the futility of New Years Resolutions. This must have all been very confusing.

To clarify, while I think we do tend to emphasize the new year in unhealthy ways sometimes, I love the folks who read this blog too much to care. You are my one real resolution! And I'm sticking to it.

I'm writing more posts, getting suggestions of things you want to read about, and today I'm hosting another GIVEAWAY (!!!!), which is actually being brought to you thanks to a very generous, talented lady.

Allow me to introduce you to my friend, Julia! She works as a visual designer/illustrator in Austin, TX and she is one of the best people you will ever meet. Here she is dressed as a jellyfish:

As you can plainly see, she lives a life full of creativity and joy (I mean, hello, she's a jellyfish in an office environment! Amazing), which brings me to her latest adventure -- Julia has opened an Etsy shop! It's called Jules & Sparkle, and she sells positively lovely handmade jewelry.

Jules was kind enough recently to give me some insight into the process behind her precious creations, and fortunately, it involves at least one picture of a cat.

This cat, to be specific. His name is Tumi, and he is being real sassy sitting on one of Julia's sketches.
If you look on her Etsy shop right now (and you should), you'll see a variety of beaded statement necklaces. By the way, how great are bold, beaded statement necklaces? Give me a cinched waist dress and some big ass beads around my neck any day, and I'll be loving my life.

I love just love the way that Julia uses materials that are so special in arrangements that are truly unique.

And, of course, the finished products are all just delicious.

She names most of her necklaces after women in her family (shout out to Edith, Marylou, Cecilia, and Elizabeth), and each one of these ladies have received their necklace as a gift. 

And now you can too! Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win the Cecilia necklace, which is this lovely piece:

Get after it, guys! Enter the giveaway below, and be sure to visit Jules & Sparkle. Also, if you want to see some of Julia's amazing design work, head on over to her website

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  1. I've been reading your blog for a few months now and really enjoy it. My personal style is pretty simplistic, but I love adding a fun necklace to an outfit to add that little extra pizzazz.

  2. I am a new follower of yours and I love your blog so far. I have a very classic, vintage style. Would love to win this!

  3. My style is pretty simple so this necklace would be an easy piece to accessorize with!

  4. Love that cat photo, and also I'm saving that jelly fish costume idea for Halloween. My style? Let's call it vintage messy. I love vintage clothes and accessories, but I also love being comfortable. Necklaces are my favorite way to make an outfit go from disjointed to something that looks put together.

  5. I love the cat photo! You should do a Q & A and let us ask you questions!!

  6. Solid colors are always popular, but some years we see more prints than solids and that is not the case this year. There are bold colors, bright colors, light colors and dark colors seen all over the runways and red carpets which is usually what we look to for our fashion forecasts. A couple
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  7. Fashion forecasts for the next year are full of solid colors among them shiny solid colors and metallics, tons of animal prints and stripes, bohemian looks as well as over sized and bulky fashion accessories.

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