Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Blank Label custom clothing & $100 gift card [giveaway]

How many articles of clothing do you have that are made custom for you?

Blank Label believes in celebrating the individual. You should be comfortable in custom-made clothes that make you feel and look great everyday. Many of Blank Label's customers can’t stop smiling the first time they see themselves in their clothes made custom just for them. I know I'm pleased with my custom clothes.

This is what drives the folks at Blank Label.

But what happens at Blank Label is probably not what you'd expect. Their made-to-order design process takes an environmentally-forward approach, producing only what is requested by customers and using only raw materials in handmade proportions.

I call this shirt & shorts "the spring look"

When I visited the Fort Point location in Boston, the customer service was an experience. The staff listened to my preferences, offered opinions and suggestions, and taught me a few things about how clothing should fit the body. The experience was all about me really, without sounding snooty, and it'll be all about you too. Isn't the light pink polo a good look for spring/summer? It's soft knitted cotton pique fabric that allows for better movement.

Why does having a personal size pattern mean a great fit forever?

A size pattern is the blueprint for the way a garment fits, sketched onto paper cut-outs by a tailor using dozens of dimensions. Whether you shop online or in-person at Blank Label, your personal size pattern will be designed and saved to your personal profile (which you can edit any time).

When I visited in-person, the staff took my measurements, asked me how I prefer the fit of shirts and shorts, and created a profile for me. You can also enter your own measurements online and order items as you please. So with my profile, now I can make orders again on the site whenever I like.

Henry didn't wanna drop his stick for the photo

And I've got my eyes on another pair of the lightweight cotton twill shorts - hell, maybe even another polo - which are soft and perfect for warm weather. The shorts are durable and have substance, but not heavy by any means. Everything fits like a glove, just like it should.

You can visit the online shop or make an appointment for their locations if you prefer the in-person experience:
  • Boston - Downtown Crossing
    • Steps from Boston’s Financial District, the Downtown Crossing location is an open-floor experience with vintage architectural elements.
  • Boston - Fort Point
    • Conveniently located off A Street opposite Necco Street in Boston's fastest growing district, this store comes with on-site complimentary parking.
  • Washington, DC
    • Among some of the most influential think tanks and advocacy groups of K Street, this location resides between Farragut and McPherson squares.
  •  Chicago
    • In the heart of Chicago, between some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world.

Who wants to win something?! The folks at Blank Label have been very gracious and are offering one lucky Giveaway Guy reader $100 to spend in their shop.

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. You may share on Twitter once a day for extra points for the duration of the giveaway.

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This giveaway is open to users in the U.S. only. One winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winner will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary product in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.
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Festive socks for the 4th of July [giveaway]

If you've followed my blog since last summer you might remember the BrightLife Direct socks giveaway I did for the 4th of July last year. Here's another chance at some socks!

For working out and running around, BrightLife Direct will show you the beauty, fashion, and health benefits of compression socks. Socks are more than just an accessory - they're a tool to healthy living.


I still have the Sigvaris 412C compression socks, which provide support and protection for my feet. These socks are designed for arch support and to prevent blisters, and they're really comfortable once I'm able to actually get them on. Compression socks are tough.

There are six colors available, including red, white, and blue which are shown above. Maybe you'll want to collect all three pairs...

Most people associate compression socks with medical conditions, but they’re actually great for athletes and just about anyone that runs around. Give 'em a shot and you just might improve your performance and feel great too.

Jasper inspecting my Sigvaris socks.

The Sigvaris socks offer true graduated compression for better blood circulation and oxygen delivery to muscle tissue, which leads to better endurance. If you're like me and don't have the best endurance, you should like the sound of that. I'm not sure if I ever want to wear another athletic sock!

Do my feet smell or something?

Don't settle for socks that only keep your feet warm - BrightLife Direct has you covered with a nice collection of men's and women's athletic socks that invigorate your feet & legs and improve recovery time.

BrightLife Direct offers free shipping in the U.S., which includes Alaska and Hawaii, APO and FPO addresses, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. There is no minimum amount required for free shipping. Happy Independence Day.

So who wants a pair of socks?! Just like last summer's promotion, the folks at BrightLife Direct have been gracious enough to offer a pair of the Sigvaris 412C compression socks in the color of your choice to one lucky Giveaway Guy reader.

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. You may share on Twitter once a day for extra points for the duration of the giveaway.

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This giveaway is open to users in the U.S. only. One winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winner will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

U.S. Open contest at 2nd Swing

My friends at 2nd Swing have a contest going on that's worth checking out.

They've got some great golf prizes up for grabs, and all you have to do is enter your name and address, and make a guess at who wins the U.S. Open this weekend. You have until midnight on the 17th!

https://www.2ndswing.com/t-contest-entry.aspx

GRAND PRIZE: Custom Fit PING i200 Iron Set (7pc - Steel) + A 2nd Swing Gift Package ($100 Gift Card, x2 T Shirts, Titleist Hat, Pitchfix tool, PitchFix Hat Clip Ball Marker & 2nd Swing Poker Chip Ball Markers - Valued at $225)

But wait, there's more!

1st PLACE: $500 2nd Swing Gift Card

2nd PLACE: MINT Condition Scotty Cameron GoLo 5 Putter

3rd PLACE: 2nd Swing Gift Package ($100 Gift Card, x2 T Shirts, Titleist Hat, Pitchfix tool, PitchFix Hat Clip Ball Marker & 2nd Swing Poker Chip Ball Markers - Valued at $225)

25 RUNNER UP PRIZES: 2nd Swing Grey T Shirts w/Red/Black Logo

2nd Swing is a Minneapolis-based specialty retailer and online seller of new and used golf equipment and accessories. Their mission statement outlines their desire to own the best inventory selection in the country!

Big box retailers provide up to 6,000 items including golf clubs, clothing, and accessories. But at 2nd Swing you'll find a selection of more than 50,000 golf clubs alone.

2nd Swing also offers trade-ins, a 30-day play guarantee, free custom fitting with any purchase, and the opportunity to extend the warranty on pre-owned golf clubs up to one year.

The US Open Contest is open to legal residents of the United States of America who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry.

The US Open Contest begins on June 12th, 2017 at 6 am CDT and ends on June 17th, 2017 at 11:59 pm. CDT.
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Father's Day discount & perks for Spartan Race 2017

Father's day is in a couple days. Time for a Father's Day discount courtesy of the folks at Spartan Race!

Get a free e-book download and a $69 Sprint afternoon race offer valid with an adult registration during the promotion period ending 6/18. Use SPARTANDAD code during checkout.


The race throws all kinds of curve balls at you, and some things you just don't train for, like crawling a hundred yards underneath taught ropes (or barbed wire) at an incline. The incline makes it infinitely tougher. When was the last time you saw someone at the gym crawling?

So check out the perks of the Father's Day promo:


The code (SPARTANDAD) cannot be combined with other codes, including GovX. This Father's Day offer is not valid with Spartan Passes, Volunteer, or Groupon entries. Afternoon time block registrations only, cannot be retroactively applied. US events only.

Offer ends 6/18/17 at midnight. E-book download instructions will be supplied by 6/22/17.

Check out the upcoming Spartan races and sign up for a race near you!
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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Kindle Fire & 100 Days of Solitude [giveaway]

Do you like strange things? Maybe a bit philosophical? This featured author is for you.

Author Daphne Kapsali was born in Athens in 1978, but that was a bit of a mistake on the part of the universe, because she’s actually a Londoner. And she's very nice if you decide to contact her.

When Daphne realized she was a writer, she promptly made herself homeless and unemployed to spend a few months living alone on a small Greek island and writing full-time. Are you imagining those picturesque villas by the water you see on travel sites and stuff? If you are, it's not quite like that.

100 Days of Solitude is a book that has inspired thousands of people to claim the time and space they need to find themselves and live their best lives. It's a personal journey that inadvertently became an accidental self-help guide to doing what you love and living as your true self.


100 Days of Solitude started off as a blog, a way for Daphne to record her experience of spending 100 days living alone on a small island, and to write every day. It was a personal project, an exercise in self-discipline and accountability, but it soon took on a life of its own.

The blog was read by hundreds of people on a daily basis, and the project was funded by a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. The project ended in 2014, and 100 Days of Solitude, a collection of all one hundred daily entries, was subsequently released as a book.

Wanna go inside the mind of the author? Time for an interview with Daphne Kapsali...

What inspires you to write?
Everyday life. Something I saw, something that happened, something I thought about, or something somebody said. It's usually minor things that could easily go unnoticed and unremarked upon, but through the act of paying them attention they often take on another significance and become meaningful. I enjoy finding these connections between the little things that are all around us and the bigger things that If you approach life - and writing - this way, there is always something to inspire you and some insight to be gleaned.

How long does it take you to write a book, on average?
It depends. My first book, 100 days of solitude, took exactly 100 days to write. My novel, you can't name an unfinished thing, was also written in just under four months. My latest book, For Now, is a collection of stories written over nine months, and there are other things I've been working on for years and they're still not quite done. There's a lot of pressure to be prolific these days, and the urge to compare yourself to others, but everyone has their own pace, and we need to respect that and not try to force it out quicker than it wants to come. I think when a book is ready, you know it, and it will take exactly as much time as it needs.

What are you working on right now?
I'm sort of in between books at the moment. I published one recently, and with the preparation that went into it and the promotional work I had to do once it was released, I've fallen out of my writing routine. So I'm trying not to panic, and spending my time on what I call "admin" - marketing and promotion, mostly - while other stuff is brewing in the back of my mind. There's a book I've been working on for years, and which is still resisting me, that I'm gently nudging towards publication. And there's the little things that I write about, as and when they occur to me, and that will eventually culminate in another collection of essays.

What's the best writing tip you can offer an aspiring author?
Just write the stuff that you love to write. Regardless of what the market demands and what sells and what you think you should be writing. Put the best of yourself into your writing so that you can put out the best work you can, no matter what your genre or your subject matter or your style. If you're genuine and you love what you do, that will come through, and your work will find its audience. Back this up with hope, relentless optimism and a little bit of delusion, and you'll be fine.

What's a book written by another author everyone should read in their lifetime?
If I had to pick just one, it would be To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It can teach you what it means to be human.

Daphne Kapsali and I have partnered up to give away a couple items. There will be two winners - one lucky Giveaway Guy reader will win a copy of 100 Days of Solitude, and another reader will win a Kindle Fire.


Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. You may share on Twitter once a day for extra points for the duration of the giveaway.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


This giveaway is open to users worldwide. Two winners will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winners will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary product in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.
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I'm Seth, owner of the Giveaway Guy blog. I live in the suburbs outside of Boston with my wife and have a career in SEO. I enjoy writing reviews and entering giveaways in my spare time.
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