Dear Diary

Growing up I used to go to shows all the time, but as I get older I find myself missing out on more and more. Music is so important to me, whether I’m hard at work editing photos or falling asleep in bed, and though I’m constantly picking up new tracks for my playlist of the moment I have a hard time getting myself out to see my favourite bands live.

That’s where Virgin Mobile’s new Jukely member benefit comes in:

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For those who don’t know, Jukely is like a secret club that gets you into a whole bunch of concerts last-minute for a low monthly fee. Basically it makes it super easy to get yourself into new shows! Virgin Mobile has just announced another member benefit for their VIP’s (aka anyone with a Virgin Plan). Bonus? They’re currently giving away a pair of backstage passes to see Cold War Kids here in Toronto and a free 1 month Jukely membership if you sign up before October 14th! You can read more about it here.

I know what you’re thinking- I’m not a Virgin member, so why would this matter to me? Better yet, how can I live like one? Well if you’re feeling lucky (and want to bump into me at shows every night for the next month) comment what you’re currently listening to and your email address below and you could win a chance to live like a member with your own 4-week Jukely trial! See you on the dance floor?

This post was sponsored, but all opinions are my own. To inquire about sponsored posts, please send me an email at alyssa@randomactsofpastel.com

Dress Up

Happy Pride weekend everyone!

I know I’m a little bit late to the game with this one but trust me, it’s been a tough week in RAOP land ok? That said, it’s also been a really BIG week in the world! Gay marriage is now legal all across America, and it’s been truly incredible to watch my social feeds fill up with endless rainbows and messages of support.

To celebrate this magical time, I’ve teamed up with Charziie to host a giveaway! You can win yourself a hand-painted, one of a kind rainbow glitter tee (cropped or full length), and all you have to do is tag two friends in my Instagram post, and follow both Char and I! Bonus points will be awarded if you follow me on Twitter and Facebook, and you have until tomorrow evening to enter. Sorry, Canadian and U.S. shipping addresses only please!

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Starfish created by Victoire, T-shirt by Charziie, Skirt by Party Skirts, backpack and sandals by Golden Ponies.

Photos by Paige of Bicyclette

*Note: Some or all of the items featured in this post were given to me as a gift from the maker, but I only write about products I genuinely adore, I promise!*

Dear Diary

Happy Monday everyone! If your weekend was anything like mine you probably never wanted it to end, but luckily I’m here to give you a little bit of incentive to get out of bed today. You guessed it… a giveaway!

I’ve had an army of Produce Candles stationed all over my house since I first smelled their Wildflower scent in a local gift shop about a year ago. Handmade with natural soy wax, Produce Candles are inspired by farmer’s markets, and every season they introduce a few limited time only scents that match up with edible produce availability. Just like a handful of fresh cut basil from the garden, these candles are unbelievably fragrant, and I love the way they make my living space smell like a sunday morning market. They also create unexpected scents that you won’t find anywhere else, like Kale, Cilantro, and Radish.

Scroll down for giveaway details!

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To brighten up your Monday, I’ve teamed up with the “candle farmers” at Produce to give away a limited edition Mint candle. Cool and refreshing, this candle promises to awaken the senses and re-energize your space. All you have to do to win one of your own is:

1. Follow both me and Produce Candles on Instagram

2. Like and and tag three friends in the comment section on my contest photo sometime before Friday (also on Instagram)

BONUS POINTS:

// Comment on this blog post and tell me where you’d put your new mint candle.

// Follow me on Twitter and like my Facebook page.

// Same goes for the Produce Twitter and Facebook!

This contest is only open to U.S. and Canadian addresses, and will run until next Monday (June 22). Winner will be announced in the comments section here, and on the original Instagram post!

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*Note: Some or all of the items featured in this post were given to me as a gift from the maker, but I only write about products I genuinely adore, I promise!*

Dress Up

I hate to admit it, but I’m really not a fan of winter at all. Sometimes I dare myself to dream of living in a place where it never snows and the temperature always stays above zero, but for now I’m trapped in Ontario, and boy does it ever get cold.

A few weeks ago there was a Sunday where the sun came out, the snow started to melt, and it was actually possible to stand outside without being bundled so strategically that you can barely move. Of course I got a little bit ahead of myself, and rushed outside to shoot photos in clothing that I’d been anxiously saving for Spring. This ripped jeans look that I posted the other day went first, and after realizing it was maybe still a bit chilly for just a t-shirt, I switched to an outfit that included my favourite little pink coat, white denim, and a little sparkle of rainbow.

P.S. Like my Maccs top? Check my Instagram post from last Friday to enter to win a $50 gift card to their online shop! All you have to do is follow @shopmaccs and RAOP, like the pic, and tag three friends before Friday morning!

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Jacket from ASOS, Top by Maccs, Jeans by Wildfox, Shoes by Seychelles, Necklace N/A

Photos by Brianne Burnell

Dear Diary

Happy Monday lovelies! Do I ever have a treat for you!

This past week something super exciting happened: I hit 10k followers on Instagram! For someone who had only just hit 1000 in January I think this is a pretty big deal, and what better way to thank all of your for following along on my sparkly adventures than to host a big 10k giveaway!

I’ve teamed up with a handful of my favourite makers to create a glittery magical giveaway, and there are a whole bunch of ways to win both on Instagram and elsewhere. Excited yet? Scroll down for details!

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Up for grabs: 

1. A Jordan De Ruiter Tulle Skirt in the colour of your choosing!

2. A magenta tote bag by Fieldguided

3. A Sherbet Love tassel garland by Studio Mucci

4. A hand made donut tee by Charziie

5. A mint and gold sequin camera strap by Sam and Kate Design

6. A $100 gift card for Bicyclette Boutique

7. Two tins of Sloane Tea sachets (Earl Grey Classic and Citron Chamomile)

8. A jar of Niagara Golden Plum & Lavender jam from Kitten and The Bear

The rules:

*Each prize will go to a separate winner, so there will be 8 winners total

*Contest open to Canadian and American addresses only

*Winners will be announced the morning of Monday the 1st of September both here and on Instagram

How to Enter: 

You must-

*Follow me and all of the makers who provided prizes on Instagram (links to their pages on my Instagram giveaway post from this morning)

*Comment on my Instagram giveaway post and/or here which prize (or prizes) you want to win

For extra points-

*Follow me on Twitter

*Follow me on Pinterest

*Tweet about this giveaway (with #RAOP10kgiveaway hashtag)

*Regram my Instagram giveaway post (with #RAOP10kgiveaway hashtag)

Best of luck!!!

And the winners are:

1. skirt- @tweevalleyhigh
2. tote- @paperpastries
3. garland- @elliesf
4. donut t- @madefromlovebylisa
5. camera strap- @alongcameadleigh
6. Bicyclette Gift Card- @vanessaortynsky
7. tea- @allisonfls
8. jam- @ashlions