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Week 3 Giveaway: Hourglass Angel A Miraculous Cincher Waist Trainer Giveaway

Ever find an amazing little dress that fits in all the right places except it does nothing to hide your problem area (ahem.. mid-section)? Depressing isn’t?

I definitely know the struggle because that is my problem area too.  When I gain weight, it is noticeable on my booty (awesome!), my hips (bring it!) and my belly (womp, womp).  But you know what, why worry and be down about it when there’s a solution for that.  What’s the solution you ask?  Of course the gym and a healthy diet my fiance and everyone in their right mind would say, BUT what you really want to know is what is the QUICK FIX  when you have a wedding or event to go to and no time for all of that? the answer is a waist cincher!  Yep, you’ve heard of it before and  it is nothing new (it’s older than your great grandmother) and it gets the job done.   If used correctly it can be more than just a quick fix, I just learned that if you wear the waist trainer for 30 days + you can actually have long lasting results, hence the name waist trainer.  Jessica Alba knows the deal and the Kardashian sis are loyal fans.

But if the thought of wearing a waist cincher makes you cringe because it sounds like torture (that’s definitely me) or you think they don’t actually help the problem that’s probably because you haven’t found the right one.   Not all cinchers are made the same or held to a high standard and that’s why  I’m really proud to introduce  my giveaway sponsor for week three HourglassAngel.com,  an online shapewear boutique that has made quality a priority and carries an incredible variety of shapewear and body solutions for every women’s “problem area”.  For this giveaway they will be giving away the Classic Cincher Waist Trainer By Amia A102a best-selling waist-shrinking garment and ultimate everyday midsection shaper.

The idea of doing this giveaway came from a real life experience when I was tagged on this picture for my birthday.

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With my girls, don’t mind the gut!
I could not help but to direct my attention to my gut pouring out of my dress (This is actually one of the better pictures, there is a least two others that I chose not to post). I knew the belly was visible because when I complaint about it after dinner, my friend’s husband joked “fajas girl!”, that’s Spanish for cincher.  He didn’t mean this in an offensive way and of course I didn’t take offense but the point is that he’s not the first to mention the sneaky little “faja” (not-so) secret (anymore).
My fiance went to school with the Ruben Soto, the founder of Hourglass Angel and he encouraged me to reach out to him for my blogiversary giveaways. I’m very excited that Ruben has agreed to generously gift the lucky winner with this amazing fixer-upper and confidence booster.  I will be buying mine this weekend when I’m caught with my work and can make time to leisurely browse.
 So let’s get to the fun stuff – here are the details for the giveaway:

You are entering to win (1) Classic Cincher Waist Trainer By Amia A102 from HourglassAngel.com  of size and color of your choosing (more details about this cincher at the bottom of this post)

hourglassangelClassic Cincher Waist Trainer by Amia A102 - Are you ready to have all of the targeted mid-section support you need for a slim and sexy look for any style? This best-selling waist-shrinking garment is the ultimate everyday midsection shaper. Wear it under almost anything with the bra and panty styles of your choice.  You'll feel confident and poised as you instantly sculpt 1-4 inches from your midsection while wearing it, improve your posture and enhance your curves. You'll also increase thermal activity and perspiration in your core. Add time, plus a healthy diet and active lifestyle, and you’re going to love the edge Amia gives you toward reaching your goals. This cincher stays with you along the way: as your body slims, two columns of hook-and-eye closures allow the cincher to size down with you, ensuring a precision fit.  RESULTS  Visibly reduced waistline of 1-4 inches Firmed and flattened midsection Posture improvement Increased thermal activity and perspiration in core FEATURES  Power latex and flexi-boning for firm compression with flexibility and comfort Hook-and-eye closures for precision fit Versatile strapless design Materials: Outer lining: 75% rubber covering, 25% cotton lining  Size Chart: Find your natural waistline, dress size and hip size on the chart below to select the correct size for you. Your natural waistline is three fingers above your belly button. If you are between sizes, we recommend you choose the larger size.

 

 

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There’s no purchase necessary to enter this giveaway, simply complete any of rafflecopter actions above. The more you actions complete the higher your chances of winning. Raffle opens on Thursday 8/20 and closes on Thursday at 8/27 at 11:59 pm.  Winner will be randomly selected via the Rafflecopter app and announced on Friday morning via email social media!  Winner will also receive an email confirmation. Valid only in the U.S.

 

 

Good luck! -Leslie

 

Media Partner:

Please follow my media partner and friend Olga Maria on her travel and fashion adventures documented on her blog www.dreamsinheels.com and earn extra entries!  

Sponsored by:  

hourglass angel

 

 

 Classic Cincher Waist Trainer By Amia A102 from HourglassAngel.com:

hourglass angel faja

 

 SOLUTION:  WAIST SLIMMING
LIFESTYLE: EVERYDAY USE; WAIST TRAINING; NIGHT OUT; BACK SUPPORT; POST PARTUM

 

Are you ready to have all of the targeted mid-section support you need for a slim and sexy look for any style? This best-selling waist-shrinking garment is the ultimate everyday midsection shaper. Wear it under almost anything with the bra and panty styles of your choice. You’ll feel confident and poised as you instantly sculpt 1-4 inches from your midsection while wearing it, improve your posture and enhance your curves. You’ll also increase thermal activity and perspiration in your core. Add time, plus a healthy diet and active lifestyle, and you’re going to love the edge Amia gives you toward reaching your goals. This cincher stays with you along the way: as your body slims, two columns of hook-and-eye closures allow the cincher to size down with you, ensuring a precision fit.

RESULTS

  • Visibly reduced waistline of 1-4 inches
  • Firmed and flattened midsection
  • Posture improvement
  • Increased thermal activity and perspiration in core

 

FEATURES

    • Power latex and flexi-boning for firm compression with flexibility and comfort
    • Hook-and-eye closures for precision fit
    • Versatile strapless design

Materials: Outer lining: 75% rubber covering, 25% cotton lining Size Chart: Find your natural waistline, dress size and hip size on the chart below to select the correct size for you. Your natural waistline is three fingers above your belly button. If you are between sizes, we recommend you choose the larger size.


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LuckySevenTen’s 1 Year Blog Anniversary!

Can you believe It has  been 366 days since I registered luckyseventen.com  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 wordpress.org 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.

Accomplishments:
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 luckyseventen.com 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 luckyseventen.com 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 Amiclubwear.com Giveaway.

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

Week 4: It’s a surprise!

XO, Leslie

 


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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 Minted.com, 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.


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