My kids have started back at school for the final term of 2011. By December 1, they’ll have finished another year and I’ll be sitting there scratching my head wondering where did it go?
In my head I’m still back some time in May and December 25 is a long, long way away. Which, of course, it isn’t.
In fact, someone asked me yesterday if I’d started my Christmas shopping. I laughed. But then stopped myself. I really should be doing at least a little planning (now where’s that Dan Murphy’s catalogue?).
Truth be known, I’ve got a super busy month ahead so I really doubt Christmas will be on my radar until at least mid-November, which is why I decided that my latest competition should celebrate the impending madness … but make it all about you.
To be specific – 16 gifts just for you.
Headlining those gifts is the new Nokia N9 smart phone. Launched yesterday, thank-you very much. Now, I know there’s a stack of Stylers out there who are keen to get their hands and fingers on a new smart phone (because every time I give away a Nokia, you get a wee bit excited), so here’s another chance.
Plus, up for grabs are skincare packs, accessories, stationery, beautiful home storage solutions, gift packs and sheer hosiery (a la Kate and Pippa Middleston style).
Nokia N9 smart phone $799
The Nokia N9 is all about design and simplicity. The stunning high-end smartphone comes in black, blue and pink and is sold through Optus, Telstra, Vodafone and all major retailers.
It features a 3.9-inch AMOLED panel with a ClearBlack display, which makes the dark bits darker and the colours much more vivid.
The casing is made from material commonly used in ice hockey helmets and the paint is bled right through the material so the colour remains even if you scratch it. The material also allows for a superior antenna performance which means better reception, better voice quality, fewer dropped calls and a higher GPS accuracy.
The Nokia N9 “all-screen” design means there is no physical home button. Instead, it has touch and swipe gestures which lets you navigate around the homescreen.
The user interface is designed around the things people typically do the most – use apps, socialise and multitask. There are three homescreens, which are arranged in a carousel. The first homescreen is for accessing your apps; the second for social networking, calling, texting and calendar; and the final screen shows which applications are open. The screen can be pinched or zoomed to show either four or nine open app icons.
The Nokia N9 also comes with an 8-megapixel autofocus camera with Carl Zeiss optics, wide-angle lens, HD video capture and large lens aperture for greater performance even in lowlight conditions.
One prize: Nokia N9 smartphone
Emu Australia gift pack $500
Whether you’re lazing by the pool, packing up to go on holidays, or simply relaxing at a summer barbecue, EMU Australia has everything you need to look amazing and feel comfy all day this spring.
Loose knits, stylish sandals, light printed scarves and classic summer dresses is what it’s all about, and the top quality of EMU Australia makes it all the more special.
One prize: $500 Emu Australia wardrobe gift pack including 1 purple print scarf, 1 black frill cardi, 1 caramel lightweight knit jacket, 1 light blue scarf, 1 melon racer-back tank, 1 white and blue striped crop bolero, 1 grey wool knit sun dress, 1 grey knit longline cardi
Voodoo Curves and Cooling Sheers total value $204
Voodoo has designed the perfect summer sheers for women who want a natural glow with added benefits including shaping, lifting and cooling: The Voodoo Glow Shaping Curves and Cooling Sheers.
The Voodoo Glow shaping curves range dares you to wear the sleekest look with the latest in shaping technology. Designed with powerful shaping panels that lift and shape your butt, Voodoo shaping curves will give you instant profile perfection and a translucent glow.
The Voodoo Glow Cooling sheers help you stay cool, fresh and fabulous from steamy day to sultry night. The ultra light, menthol infused and glowing sheer s are designed for a cooling sensation against your skin. It’s the ultimate trans-seasonal cover to keep you feeling cool when things heat up. With a mesh brief and 8 denier light barely there look– The Cooling Sheers are perfect to kick off your summer days.
Prize: Six prize packs, each including a pair Voodoo Glow Cooling Sheers ($14.95) and Voodoo Glow Shaping Curves ($18.95)
Piper Jordan gift pack $170
Piper Jordan believes the way you look can create your mood and this online store wants to bring our beautiful range of accessories to as many women as possible.
Accessories should make a statement, make you feel fabulous, look amazing and most importantly embrace your style. The Piper Jordan collection is about everyday luxury; the classics that should be in every wardrobe.
Only wear what you love, dream big, follow your intuition and be yourself.
Prize: The Lilo handbag in black. ($60) features a magnetic and zippered closure to reveal a generous interior. Soft tubular straps make for comfortable wear. And easy access to all your essentials is guaranteed with a flap front pocket. The Nila short necklace ($35) in black and white eggshell will enhance any neckline. The long length Filipino bug stone pendant ($45) in red is perfect worn with a maxi dress. The Bria bangle ($30) is a real statement piece of jewellery featuring black and white eggshell.
Jurlique at Adore Beauty prize pack $160
Adore Beauty is Australia’s leading online shopping destination for beauty products and cosmetics from all over the world. With over 110 cosmetics brands and 3000-plus beauty care products, there’s no better place to shop for your favourite beauty brands from Clarins, Biotherm and Lancome to homegrown favorites like Aesop, Napoleon Perdis and Jurlique.
Prize: includes Jurlique Love Balm, Rose Hand Cream, Rosewater Balancing Mist, Citrus Shower Gel, Rose Body Oil
The Green Pavilion Island Princess gift pack $152.75
The Green Pavilion aims to provide kinder gifts. Kinder for you to use and kinder for our planet. Also the kind you like to give and receive! It has sourced premium, earth-friendly products including ethical and fairtrade, organic and recycled. Your purchasing decisions have the power to change and better our planet.
Prize: includes: Australian Certified Organic Rosnay Sparkling Rose: family business with committment and passion for organics and wine making. Island Rose bodywash: ACO and ethical trade empowering our Pacific Island neighbours; hand made, harnesses the wonderful properties of virgin coconut oil. Island Rose cleansing clay: distinctive wash off clay of exceptional quality leaving your skin purified, toned and revitalised. Island Rose bodybutter: a rich and luxurious base blend of virgin coconut oil this butter is intensely moisturising and nourishing. Organic Lip Balm: Australian made lip balm using the finest, naturally derived ingredients. The shells are real. This is an unusual, practical, visually appealing gift any woman would love! Recyclable gift bag: Black and White Celebration design.
Bragbags bedroom and handbag Organised Chaos silk four-piece set $150
Makeovers — for the body and the home — have become a staple of reality television shows. And now, for a lucky reader, it is an actual reality. Bragbags australia is committed to transforming the bedrooms and handbags of women living with organised chaos. They have a thriving website, and a clever line of silk organisers to help you free up valuable time and dresser space. Long necklaces stay untangled on the Jewellery Hanger. Grab your bag and go from the Bag Hanger. Scarves are easy to find at last. And the piece de resistance is a silk handbag liner/organiser.
Visit: Bragbags on Facebook
Prize: one gift pack includes jewellery hanger, scarf organiser, bag hanger and silk handbag liner.
The Noble Box Treasure Box $150
The Noble Box is an online shop blending sustainability with style. A place to find eco gifts that are unique, stylish and elegantly gift boxed. Every product has a story to tell, whether fashioned from sustainable material, crafted at home or grown organically. Rest assured, each product’s impact on the earth is minimal. Give a gift that is kind to the earth without compromising on style. An eco gift. A stylish gift. A noble gift.
Prize: The Treasure Box is a treasure trove of stylish eco products, including an organic olive oil and cider vinegar, fragrant natural hand wash, bath salts and moisturiser, an elegant soy wax candle and elephant dung paper with a recycled paper pen.
Simply Stated gift pack $150
If you’re a lover of stationery (you know you are!) then this competition is for you! Simply Stated is a new Australian online company selling beautiful products sourced from around the world. Simply Stated allows you to live, work and play, in an inspiring way. Register for new product promotions and a free gift.
Prize: gift pack includes exquisite Pinetti Italian Soft Leather Journal (5×7) with snap off (snap close) 4GB USB stick that forms part of the diary; Set of 8 Black “Peel & Stick” sticker frames by Butch & Harold, USA; Rubber band set by Russell+Hazel, USA; Mini stickr mirror by Butch & Harold, USA; Page flags by Girl of All Work (USA) and more.
Endota Glycolic skincare pack $145
endota has launched a new treatment and product range – endota glycolic. endota glycolic is an active treatment skincare range formulated to visibly improve skin appearance and texture.
glycolic polishing mask is deep-cleansing, moisturizing and non-drying. a 2 – in 1 exfoliant and mask, which gently removes dead skin cells to reveal a radiant complexion. Shea butter and aloe vera nourish and rebalance, clays detoxify, while naturally derived glycolic acid and jojoba- oil beads offer a gentle exfoliation.
endota’s nourishing oil is a rich nurturing blend of organic plant oils, supercharged with vitamins and antioxidants for nourished, vibrant, hydrated skin with firmer skin elasticity.
Prize: includes endota nourishing oil $75 and endota glycolic polishing mask $70
Aranez iPad 2 kangaroo leather case and iPhone 4 case US$158.95
Aranez was started by Melbourne-raised technology enthusiast Arnold Aranez, who wanted to give smartphone and tablet owners a premium choice in cases for their devices. Having worked in a mobile phone store at 18 and then having owned his own successful smartphone accessories business for 8 years, Aranez decided to create his own style of leather cases. The result: stylish luxurious leather cases made from premium genuine Australian leather.
Prize: iPad 2 black leather case (US$119) and iPhone 4 black leather case (US$39.95)
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED – WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4.
The Styling You Christmas Comes Early competition opens Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 2.30pm (EST) and closes Thursday, November 3 at 12noon (EST). One entry per person. Australian entries only, sorry. Those entering more than once will be disqualified from the draw. Entries will be drawn at random using random.org. The 16 winners will be notified via email and their names will be posted here. If winners do not reply to their email within 48 hours, the prize will be re-drawn. The total prize pool for the competition is valued at $2739.70.
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