Win a Westervin Headband

Westervin Giveaway: Win the Headband of Your Choice

Happy Thanksgiving, ya’ll! To show my appreciation and gratitude to Westervin’s readers, customers, and supporters (like our great friend Carolyn above), I’m giving away one crocheted Popcorn Turban Headband! Just leave a comment before Cyber Monday to enter, and the winner will get to choose one of the available headbands from the Westervin shop. Whichever one suits his or her fancy! Check out the new ones I listed yesterday and good luck.

To Enter:

1. Leave a comment on this blog post before Cyber Monday (December 1, 2014)!

2. FOR ONE EXTRA ENTRY, join the Westervin mailing list. If you’re not already signed up, check the box next to “Sign me up for the Westervin newsletter!” at the bottom of the page before submitting your comment. Easy peasy. If you’re already on the mailing list, skip this step and give yourself a pat on the back.

Sweepstakes Terms and Conditions

1. No purchase necessary. A purchase does not increase your chance of winning. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.
2. Entrant must be 18 years of age or older at time of sweepstakes start date and a current legal resident of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia as of start date.
3. Giveaway begins Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. Central Time and closes on Cyber Monday, December 1, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. Central Time.
4. One winner will be selected by random drawing on Cyber Monday, December 1, 2014 and notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours after notification to claim the prize. If unclaimed, the prize will be re-awarded to another valid entrant by random drawing. Potential winners must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements.
5. The prize includes one Popcorn Turban Headband (retail value: $35.00 USD) of the winner’s choice from available listings in the Westervin Etsy shop at time of notification plus the cost of shipping the prize within the United States via USPS First Class Mail (up to $5.00 USD). No cash equivalent and no substitution will be made. Sponsor may substitute any listed prize for one of equal or greater value if the designated prize becomes unavailable for any reason. Winner is responsible for all taxes and fees associated with prize receipt and/or use. Sponsor is not responsible for lost or mutilated prizes, and none will be replaced.

Win a $50 Gift Card to Shabby Apple

Westervin Giveaway: Win a $50 Gift Card to Shabby Apple

Guess what, ladies. It’s time for a giveaway! This one is pretty special, too. Shabby Apple has offered a $50 gift card for one lucky Westervin reader to spend on anything at! That’s right — $50 buckaroos to spend on any Shabby Apple item your heart desires.

Westervin Giveaway: Win a $50 Gift Card to Shabby Apple

You could get these cutesy orange covered button earrings or put your winnings toward the aqua one-piece bathing suit pictured above.

Westervin Giveaway: Win a $50 Gift Card to Shabby Apple

I think this blue polka dot dress would also be a sweet option, or even these two-tone flats. So many possibilities!


  • Leave a comment on this blog post stating which Shabby Apple dress or item you like best.




  • 11:59 PM on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012.

P.S. Shabby Apple is also offering 10% to ALL Westervin readers. Just enter the coupon code “westervin10off” when you check out. Now isn’t that nice!

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Maker's Remarks

Arlie Trowbridge of Urban Revisions

Oh man. I’m excited. Why? Because I’m about to share my mini interview with Arlie Trowbridge, the stupidly talented woman behind Urban Revisions. I’ve loved her work for ages now! Arlie was sweet enough to answer a few questions — some silly, some serious — for the latest installment of my Maker’s Remarks series. And the timing couldn’t be better, because she’s just released her Spring/Summer 2012 collection. Oh how these sherbet colored pieces make me wanna run outside and chase an ice cream truck!

handmade glass and leather purses by Urban Revisions

How did Urban Revisions start? Did you have a “quit your day job to start an Etsy shop” sort of moment?

Urban Revisions started in early 2009 by accident. I had just started getting into reading fashion blogs and the DIY shredded t-shirt craze was in full effect. I gave it a try and was immediately addicted to the process of “revising” the most basic article of clothing – a tee. My friend started modeling them in “urban” settings around Richmond, and the Etsy shop was born. Shortly after my first couple of sales, I was awarded a fellowship by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Couldn’t have been better timing. This allowed me to “quit my day job” and really pursue selling my work.

Arlie Trowbridge of Urban Revisions

Your shredded T-shirts are so unique, and it seems like your beautiful glass jewelry requires a lot of skill to create. What’s the inspiration for your pieces and the process for making them?

There’s no doubt that I love things with an organic feel to them. Almost anything that I’ve ever created and really loved came about by accident… there’s something really special about working with glass and distressed fiber. You can melt and shred forever until something amazing comes about. In the end, everything always has this delicate look but in actuality, cotton and glass have really strong qualities.

shredded cotton scarf in orange sherbet

Would you say you’re more of an urbanite or a nature-lover? Or a perfect mixture of both?

Both! I’ve lived in or very close to a city the majority of my life. I need to be near the sound of people’s hustle and bustle but I also need our long camping trips in the middle of no where and our afternoons hanging down by the James River.

shredded cotton t-shirt from Urban Revisions

What’s a typical day in the life of Arlie Trowbridge? Take us through a brief snapshot of your day, from morning to night?

Wake up, stumble to the coffee pot, fill the largest mug available, stumble to the studio and slowly open my eyes over emails and blogs.
Thats the first step, and then it’s either …

a. start shredding
b. start torch working
c. start dyeing
< or >
d. start day dreaming

I’m really all over the place, and it feels awesome.

handmade glass cluster rings from Urban Revisions

Would you rather have the ability to breathe underwater or the ability to fly? Explain.

Breathe underwater!!! In fact, this is something I’ve dreamt about many times. I spent many days at our local pool pretending to be Ariel from The Little Mermaid when I was little. Some people have commented on my cluster rings and leaf earrings, saying they remind them of coral. I love that. Marine life is fascinating.

handmade shredded t-shirt from Urban Revisions

What’s your favorite part of creating & selling your handicrafts?

The people I have had the pleasure to “meet”! The internet is such a powerful tool. Knowing that there are ladies all over the world wearing Urban Revisions is incredible to me.

handmade glass cluster ring from Urban Revisions

BTDubs, if you’ve read through this interview, you’ve got a special treat coming. You can enter Arlie’s giveaway on Facebook to win the spectacular glass cluster ring pictured above. Get on over there and enter!


Sidebar Ad

The time has come. After two years of blogging, we’ve finally built enough of a following (that’s you!) to offer advertising on Westervin. To celebrate and to thank you, our friendly readers, we’re giving away one free sidebar ad, which comes with a pin on the Westervin Sponsors Pinterest board. If you have your own blog, shop, online portfolio, or other site you’d like to promote, just leave a comment for a chance to reach over 500,000 potential customers! And if you don’t win, we’ll send you information about our advertising and sponsorship options, starting at just $25 per month. You can’t beat that with a stick!

blog giveaway: sidebar ad


  1. Leave a comment on this blog post
  2. Enter before 11:59pm, CST, on Sunday, April 8th


Increase your chances of winning! Leave an additional comment for completing each of the following:

  1. Follow @Westervin on Twitter
  2. Tweet: “I just entered this giveaway for free advertising on @Westervin!”
  3. Like Westervin on Facebook
  4. Follow Sarah West Ervin on Pinterest

The winner will be randomly selected using I will notify the lucky recipient via email on Monday, April 9th. Our media kit will be emailed to all who enter.

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Tangerine Clutch from Mickey’s Girl

The giveaway fun continues today, thanks to Mickey’s Girl! The sweet Sylvia, founder and owner of Mickey’s Girl, is offering one of her hottest sellers — the Tangerine Tango Clutch — to one lucky Westervin reader. Do you love? I can just imagine dancing my cares away on a warm spring night with this eye-catching clutch at my side! Not that I get out much… but a girl can dream!

giveaway: tangerine tango clutch from

Before you enter the giveaway, be sure sure read my mini interview with Sylvia, if not to learn more about this doll, than for a little style inspiration!

Where are you from? 

Born and raised in LA.

edgy chic fashion from the Mickey's Girl lookbook

{ Photos from Mickey’s Girl’s latest photo shoot by Melody Melikian }

Tell me a little more about Mickey’s Girl and how you started it.

I constantly get asked, “So, who’s Mickey?” I got inspired by a guy in Europe whom I’ve dubbed “Mickey”. This guy had the utmost style, class, and demeanor, which was noticeable blocks away. He seemed so alluring and mysterious at the same time. I automatically pictured him paired with a babe of a girl who had equal amounts of those same qualities. I took the inspiration of his make-believe girl and applied “her style” to my store.

Sylvia Avanessian

Personally, I’m a bit of a tomboy, but I love sky high heels and lace, so most of my outfits would be rugged with a hint of elegance, which a lot of girls can easily relate to.

To be a Mickey’s Girl, one has to be fashionably fearless, elegantly racy & a role model for her own. Every girl has that inner star within themselves and sometimes you need that little push from “Mickey” to let it shine.

Describe your style in three words or less.

Edgy chic

What was your last halloween costume?

I was a scary werewolf — with the worst set of plastic glow in the dark fangs.

fashion shoot for Mickey's Girl

{ Photos by Melody Melikian }

What’s your favorite part about owning your own shop?

The awesome feedback I get when a customer discovers my store.

If you were a planet, which one would you be and why?

Earth- only life form I could feel alive.

giveaway: tangerine and gold clutch

Now win this clutch!


  1. Leave a comment on this blog post
  2. Enter before 11:59pm, CST, on Monday, April 2nd


Increase your chances of winning! Leave an additional comment for completing each of the following:

  1. Follow @Westervin on Twitter
  2. Follow @ShopMickeysGirl on Twitter
  3. Tweet: “I just entered this #giveaway on @Westervin to win a clutch from @ShopMickeysGirl!″
  4. Like Westervin on Facebook
  5. Like Mickey’s Girl on Facebook
  6. Pin one of the pictures above on Pinterest

The winner will be randomly selected using I will notify the lucky recipient via email on Tuesday, April 3rd.


Giveaway: Newby Treasury Necklace

Pssst! Have you noticed anything different around here? Say… a new website! Brian’s been working away on Westervin’s new look for many, many weeks, and we’re finally happy to launch the new and improved Well, it’s still a work in progress–B will continue to make improvements throughout the week–but to help celebrate our soft launch, our dear and talented friend Sarah Newby has donated one of her handmade necklaces from Newby Treasury for our first giveaway of 2012. I’m so excited I could just spit!

blog giveaway: win this handmade necklace from Newby Treasury

Sarah has her own launch to celebrate. This prize, her One Five One Necklace, is now for sale, and her equally talented boyfriend, Ryan Glenn, has created a gorgeous and intriguing video to showcase it!


So Sarah, tell us about the inspiration behind this One Five One Necklace and its video.

I like to think of the necklace representing this metaphor for life by the Venerable Bede. I’m paraphrasing, but as he said it, a sparrow passes from darkness into a warm, well-lit room and immediately out again into the darkness. Life is the brief interior moment, and we are completely ignorant of what is outside.

As for the video, I go through phases where I favor one form of media or another and right now I’m greatly inspired by films. I had been throwing around the idea of making a video for one of the necklaces, but I didn’t have a concept, and when I rewatched Picnic at Hanging Rock a few weeks ago, I knew I wanted to make the video something like that; the colors, the seductive force of nature, and the mystery surrounding the young women are all interesting to me.

Giveaway: handmade rope necklace from Newby Treasury

What have you been working on since we last saw you? Any other new jewelry designs you’re excited about?

Why, yes! I just released a set of bangles inspired by Robert Altman’s beautiful and mesmerizing 1977 film 3 Women. I saw it recently for the first time, and it has led me to a more nuanced understanding of my own visual language. I identified with it right away.

Giveaway: handmade Newby Treasury Necklace

And what are you most looking forward to with the approaching spring?

I’m looking forward to coming back to life with all the trees and other plants.


  1. Leave a comment with your email address in the email field
  2. Enter before 11:59pm, CST, on Monday, March 26th


Leave an additional comment for each of the following:

  1. Follow @westervin on Twitter
  2. Follow @iamsarahnewby on Twitter
  3. Tweet: “I just entered this #giveaway on @westervin to win a #handmade necklace from @iamsarahnewby!”
  4. Like Westervin on Facebook
  5. Like Newby Treasury on Facebook
  6. Pin one of the pictures above on Pinterest

The winner will be randomly selected using I will notify the lucky recipient via email on Tuesday, March 27th.


Giveaway: Three Westervin Original Necklaces

three handmade necklaces

GIVEAWAY TIMEZ!!! I’m giving away THREE (count ’em) necklaces made by my own little hands! Why? Well…. responses to our Reader Survey aren’t coming in quite as quickly as we’d like, so we thought we’d give you some incentive.

What you’ll win:

One of the three necklaces above. You pick your favorite!

Please note: the winning necklaces will be made-to-order, so to speak, so they may differ slightly from those pictured above.

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Giveaway Alert: AHC Necklace

AHC necklace giveaway on Where the Lovely Things Are

Hey kiddos! Remember Debbie Carlos from our interview for the Maker’s Remarks series? Well, I just came across this giveaway on Where the Lovely Things Are. Debbie is giving away a few lovely necklaces from her shop AHC, and you just have to leave a comment to enter. So scoot on over there and throw your hat in the ring! And, ya know, if you win you can always give me the necklace… Jusayin.


Giveaway: Candleholders from She Sits By The Seashore

NOTE: This giveaway has ended. Please check for more recent giveaways here!

Well kiddos, Westervin is one year older, and we’re all one week closer to Christmas. We thought this the perfect time to offer another one of our famed (I exaggerate) giveaways! And thanks to the generosity of two long-time readers, Mandy and her son BJ, we can offer you a chance to win the cutesy set of vintage brass deer candleholders (say that thee times fast) that you see before you! Read our interview with Mandy and BJ below, then leave a comment to enter the giveaway.

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Giveaway: Bluebird Earrings from tothemetal

NOTE: This giveaway has ended. Please check for more recent giveaways here!

“Exciting” doesn’t begin to describe this post.  After a five-week dry spell, our famed Westervin giveaways (famed only in my mind, probably) are back in action.  I won’t fawn too much over these sterling silver and titanium “Blue Bird Oval Hoop” earrings from tothemetal, because you can see for yourself how well-crafted and downright darling they are.  But I simply must insist you read the interview with Marina, who is donating these endearing earrings.  She lives in Greece and has talent oozing out of her fingertips!  I for one couldn’t wait to read about her inspirations and the backdrop of jewelry studio.

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