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{Giveaway} Win a $50 Gift Card to Minted!

MIN-74X-MVA-001_A_PD is giving my readers the opportunity to win a $50 Gift Card to use anywhere on their website… Winner will be notified in 1 week.  Enter to win!!!

TIP: increase your changes to win by doing all the actions on the rafflecopter widget below — please note it might take a few seconds for it load.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


I thought I should give you guys a little bit more details about this raffle.


You are entering to win a $50 gift card to, where you can find fully customize-able designer stationery for weddings, save the dates, birthdays, baptisms, holidays and events of any kind.

At minted you can also now also find unique artwork pieces to add a special touch to any room.

There’s no purchase required to enter the raffle.  There is no minimum purchase required to use the gift card.  The value of the card can be used on any products on and it expires on September 1, 2015.

  1. Log on to the rafflecopter widget above using your email or by connecting with your facebook or twitter account.
  2. Do any of the of the actions in the box.  Each action gives you 1 entry.  You get up to 5 entries and can increase your chances of winning by doing all the actions in the box.


This raffle is done through the rafflecopter widget, which will randomly select a winner from all the entries.  Winner will be selected Monday 4/13  and notified no later than Tuesday 4/14 via the email provided or associated with the social media account used to sign up.  Winner most respond within 48 hours to receive gift card code or another random winner will be picked.

Important: I will verify that the winner has completed the action required for the winning entry .

Please leave a comment if you have any questions.

Thanks for participating and I wish you the best of luck!!!


PS You can view my minted review here and  check ’em out on facebook and pinterest!



Minted: Discover Beautiful and Affordable Artwork by Independent Artists

It’s amazing the difference a piece of artwork can make when adding the finishing touches to your home, office or business decor and not to mention the stimulating effects it has on our brains.  I find that displaying art can really pull together a room and it is such a great way to display personal style and taste.

Mariam Naficy - CEO and Founder of Minted
Photo via Minted | Mariam Naficy – CEO and Founder of


I found an amazing woman-founded art marketplace called minted, where independent  artists and designers  from 48 states and 43 countries submit their artwork for the minted community to vote and give them the opportunity to sell their designs.  The winning artwork goes to the minted art marketplace where we can score these eye catching unique pieces and support these artists.

In addition to art prints and wall arts, minted also offers stationary for weddings, save the dates and customized stationary for any event.  I just spent hours looking through all their options and I invite you to check them out.  You will not be disappointed!

Here are a couple of my favorites:

Watercolor Inkblot 1  by Kristen Smith- minted

minted - manarola by Kayla KingSun Drop by Holly Royval- minted

minted - bloom in blue by Deborah Velásquez

here and there - minted - by Sonal Nathwani

foil new york city map  by by Alex Elko Design - mintedbrooklyn bridgte foil - minted - by Jody Wody   be unique - unique fishy - by Oscar & Emma - minted cancer foil - minted minted - reach by Carrie ONeal

canna 1 by Masaaki Saji - minted canna 2 by Masaaki Saji - minted canna 3 - by Masaaki Saji - minted canna 4 - by Masaaki Saji - minted


Hope you enjoyed it!












LuckySevenTen’s 1 Year Blog Anniversary!

Can you believe It has  been 366 days since I registered  on wordpress? My very first blog post was published 364 days ago and just in time for #throwbackthrusday here’s my first Instagram photo:

I started my blog right after coming back from this cruise where I got engaged to the love of my life.  Since then, I got a new job where I am much happier, we bought a house in the Bronx and we set our destination wedding date to the beginning of next year.

If you are curious about why I started blogging, you can read more all about it here.

What I’ve Learn in this year of blogging: 
I built this blog from scratch, so I learned to do everything… from my finding my webhost, to choosing as a  blogging platform, to designing my logo and website to managing my google analytics and pretty much everything else.  I learned how to do most of it in one year.

Connections I’ve made with fellow bloggers:
I’ve interacted with some amazing bloggers including Pauline Cabrera and did a Blogger Spotlight Q&A on The Closet by Christie, my first collaboration.  I also received 20 inquiries via my contact me page from brands and bloggers requesting to work together.

Who I’ve worked with:
Minted.comWoodchucks Hard CiderMorroco MethodYarok HairCalvin Klein and more are in the works.

My favorite blogging secret weapons:
Canva for editing my blog images.
Evernote for writing my blog drafts.
Pocket for saving articles (or anything online) I want to be able to read when I have no internet connection.
Bloglovin to keep up with other blogs in one email.

You guys seem to be enjoying my blog and I couldn’t have asked for anything better than that.  Here are some stats:

About 1,700 -2,500 of you visit every month and each of you view approximately 2 blog posts every time you visit, an average of 6k-7k views per month.  During the month of January 51% of you guys came back to view more, however by June 75% of my visitors were here for the first time, which is awesome because that means that you are probably sharing this blog with your friends and helping is reaching new heights!

On Social Media…
@luckyseventen now has over 1 THOUSAND of you following on twitter, love ya! And it’s almost getting there on facebook and instagram.  If you enjoy my blog but are not following, please do!

Special Thanks:
I want to thank K. Hernandez-Aviles of Honey Shot Photography who took amazing shots of me at the NYBG for a beauty post not yet published (my twitter profile picture is one of them).  Thanks to Burt’s BeesEco BellaGressa Skin for sending me products to review, expect those on the blog soon.  And Giuseppe from Ornella Trattoria for inviting me to dinner in Queens.  Also AMIClubwear who recently reached out to me and sent me the lovely back dress I am wearing in this picture and other gifts.  And last but most definitely not the least, my fiance for supporting me in every way possible.

Goals for the next 6 months:
I will be mostly blogging about my destination wedding planning and our new home.  Expect some Latin recipes coming this way!  I also want to get a fun signature, make design improvements to the site as well as make it run faster.

An Anniversary Gift for You!
For the next 4 weeks I will be hosting a weekly giveaway so come back on Saturday, August 1st to enter to win:

Week 1:  Argan Shampoo and Silk 18 Conditioner from Maple Holistics Giveaway.

Week 2: $25 gift certificate from Giveaway.

Week 3: $25 gift certificate from Morrocco Method Giveaway.

Week 4: It’s a surprise!

XO, Leslie



Stunning Media Kits for Any Blog – Twelve Skip Media Kits Review

No matter where you are in your blogging journey a media kit is absolutely essential to showcase your work to brands, score more opportunities and get treated like the professional blogger that you are. Here are couple anticipated frequently asked questions about Media Kits:

What is a Media Kit?

Consider it a resume and portfolio for your blog.  It’s a place where you tell clients who you are, share all your blog’s stats, your posting schedule (editorial calendars), information about your audience, highlight work that you are proud of and simply your opportunity to shine.  This is truly your chance to show brands that you want to work with how amazing your are.  If you are a new blogger (like myself), please know that the quality of your blog and work is way more important and getting client’s attention is not always about the size of your following.  So even if your following is small don’t let that deter you from creating a media kit and highlighting other positive aspects of you blog.  With only 43 blog posts under my belt, I’ve gotten a lot of yeses from brands that I have approached and have received quite a few inquiries from brands, including, Woodchuck Hard Cider, General Motors (GM) and quite a few others though my contact me page.

twelve skip media kit - gold - affordable media kit templates

Why do I need a Media Kit?

Google this: “{insert favorite magazine name} + Media Kit” and you’ll see your favorite magazine’s media kit in the google search results.  Every single publication has one and it’s always tied to their advertising rates and other sponsorship offerings.  So if you want to work with clients, I highly recommend that you put one together. Just like your favorite publications, you are also a publisher too and if you want to be taken seriously and get more opportunities a media kit will set you apart.

Where can I get a Media Kit for my blog?  Are Media Kits expensive? 

Large publications have graphic designers that do stunning media kits for them but most bloggers do not have that kind of resource or talent.  The good news is you can now purchase stunning media kit templates online. Welcome HIP Media Kits,  designed by web/graphic designer and marketing genie Pauline Cabrera, who has laid down the groundwork for us.  All you have to do is plug-in your info, add your images and voila.

Which Media Kit Template do you use for this blog?

I have been wanting to put a kit together for so long now but have been delaying doing this because I thought I had to do it on my own from scratch.  Thank goodness I came across the stunning HIP Media Kits and I’m just about done customizing my templates.  One is a 3-pager for my overall blog details and the other is a one-pager for my beach wedding section.

You can get your HIP Media Kit template here.

You can read more of Pauline Cabrera’s masterful media kit advice here.

Why do you recommend HIP Media Kits?

– Shockingly Affordable  (only $24.99!)
– Incredibly easy to use
– Fully customize-able (fonts, colors, graphics)
– Beautifully designed
– Many template options and variety
– Professional look and feel

– Instant download

What else should I expect in my HIP Media Kit?

– Sample media kit designs from real bloggers for inspiration (in PDF format)
– Easy to follow instruction manual
– Multiple colors already set for you on the 1-pager kits
– Compatible with Microsoft 2007 and up

Which HIP Media Kits template is your favorite?

My favorites are Elle and Turner.

Elle is glam-orgeous! this one is a 3-pager kit in a gold design.  You’ll have the opportunity to fill in your general info, stats and showcase the work you are most proud of.

For the 1-pager I love the super stylish Tuner, short attention span clients will be able to read a full snapshot of your blog in 30 seconds.  If you have a particular section of your blog  or a blog series that you want to pitch, this would be a great way to do it.

Have any more questions? please let me know in the comments.

If you are you using HIP Media Kits, do do you feel more confident approaching brands?  Do you like the look? Was it easy to customize?  Are you getting more opportunities?

Wishing you successful blogging!

Xo, Leslie

Please note: I was provided with HIP Media Kits templates to facilitate an accurate review but the information and opinions in this review are my own.   I take your trust in my review seriously and will never post deceitful information.  I love HIP media kits and have joined their affiliate program.  If you use my link to purchase yours I will receive a small commission.  This does not affect your price.