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The BAFTA qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) has teamed up with London College of Fashion to establish a new fashion film strand at this year’s event, showcasing READ MORE...
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For spring/summer 2015, PPQ presented clothes to wear to 'the coolest party of the fashion season', finished with high gloss hair taken to a creative extreme READ MORE...
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Knitwear designers studying in Italy are invited to enter the Knitting for Juliet competition launched by Fashion Ground Academy of Italian Design READ MORE...
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It was not possible to walk past Nicholas Rose's luminous, contoured lamp shades at 100% Design the other week, I felt like a moth drawn to a flame. READ MORE...
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think we could all use a dose of soft, pretty and innocent right now. Paul Costelloe brought his unabashed femininity to the runway READ MORE...
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Carmen Dell’Orefice...if this is what being in your 80s looks like then I'm looking forward to it! The legendary model, who once declared to Vanity Fair, “If I die, it will be with my high heels on”, is set READ MORE...
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The film series, #UnlockArt, produced by Tate and supported by Le Meridien, concluded with the release of the last of eight films, What's So Funny?, decided by an online poll READ MORE...
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June 04, 2014

Blogger Competition: Win £1000 in John Lewis Vouchers from Cunard

Mediterranean-living-roomA few well-chosen pieces of furniture and accessories in warm textures and ocean colours is all is takes make your home Mediterranean

Home decor bloggers: this is your chance to win £1000 in John Lewis vouchers doing what you love! Cunard is offering savvy and stylish bloggers the chance to bring of touch of the Med into your own home. The Mediterranean is one of the most sought-after cruise destinations for its richness of culture and history, beautiful oceans and landscapes, and saturated, vibrant colours. Who wouldn't want to live with a bit of that?

To enter, choose one of Cunard's Mediterranean destinations  - it could be Athens, Lisbon, Monte Carlo, Naples, there are dozens! - and then use its inspiration to create a mood board on Pinterest showing how you would bring Mediterranean style into your home, and blog about it. Then be sure to let us know you blogged by commenting  on this blog post or this one with a link to your post. Check out the competition here

The competition closes 20th June at 11:59 pm. 

In addition to first prize of £1000 in John Lewis vouchers, up for grabs is £500 in vouchers for second place, and third place gets £250 worth!

I've done a little daydreaming myself and created a board to get things going:

Follow The Swelle Life's board Cunard Mediterranean Blogger Competition on Pinterest.

Myself and Jen at lovechicliving will be judging all of the entries at both blogs, together.

We look forward to seeing your original, beautiful and inspirational mood boards and blog posts. Have fun interpreting the Mediterranean with your unique sense of style - it might you win £1000 to make it a reality!

You can read the full Terms and Conditions on the wearecunard here

April 01, 2013

Swelle's 5th Anniversary Giveaway: Win a £100 Voucher from Smartbuyglasses!

Congratulatons to Annushka! She has won the £100 voucher and has been notified. Thank you to everyone who entered.

It's hard to believe that The Swelle Life is now five years old! Actually, it does feel every bit that long, in a good way. We've explored so many beautiful and inspiring subjects through words and images - 1400 posts in total! (And still no carpal tunnel syndrome, but I am on my second prescription for reading glasses.) My enthusiasm has never waned thanks to all of these wonderful things out there in the world that keep the momentum going and the curiosity insatiable. I'm looking forward to another five years of sharing it all with you. 


To celebrate, and as a thank you for reading, SmartBuyGlasses UK is giving away a £100 voucher for a free pair of designer sunglasses or glasses to a reader of The Swelle Life.  This giveaway is based on a point system using Rafflecopter, so the more tasks you complete, the greater chance you have of winning.

Here are the tasks:

  • 1 point - Like SmartbuyGlasses on FB
  • 1 point - Visit SmartbuyGlasses, choose your favourite pair of designer eyewear and share it on your FB
  • 1 point - Follow SmartBuyGlasses on Pinterest
  • 1 point - Pin your favourite pair of designer eyewear from SBG on your Pinterest

a Rafflecopter giveaway

With 160 designer brands to browse you're sure to find a covetable pair. If it's eyeglasses you're looking for, some of my favourites are styles from Miu Miu and Prada, and for sunglasses it has to be Tom Ford or Marc by Marc Jacobs - I've got my eye on several pairs of cat eyes. And of course there's the ever-popular Ray Bans, including the Clubmaster style in 11 colours. Having trouble deciding? Use their 3D Try On Service that allows you to take a photo and see how the glasses look on your face!

These are my favourites from the Tom Ford selection:


This giveaway is open to readers worldwide. It will close at midnight GMT on 20th April, 2013. The winner will be announced the next day on The Swelle Life, and a representative from SmartBuyGlasses UK will contact the winner with details for redeeming the prize. Good luck!

Finally, I wanted to mention something special that the site is involved in: SmartBuyGlasses has a Buy One, Give One charity where they give away a free pair of eyeglasses to someone in need, for every pair of eyeglasses purchased. They have donated over $1 million USD worth of eyeglasses to impoverished people in Africa and Asia. 

November 14, 2012

Win a Duro Olowu Limited Edition Umbrella

Duro_umbrellasThese vibrant umbrellas will lift your spirits on the gloomiest of days

A sparking highlight of the preview day I spent at Frieze London was the Duro Olowu umbrella installation – specially commissioned to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of The Outset Frieze Art Fair Fund to benefit the Tate Collection (OFT). The Fund is organised and funded by Outset Contemporary Art Fund with support from Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts.

Two exclusive umbrella designs featuring Olowu’s signature fabrics were launched at Frieze London in October and are on sale at limited outlets, including the shops at Tate Britain and Tate Modern. One of the most sought-after designers working internationally, Duro’s designs, inspired by his Jamaican-Nigerian heritage and London upbringing, are a favourite of Michelle Obama, Uma Thurman and other trend-setters.

There are only a limited number of Olowu’s colour design umbrellas in existence (retailing at £85), and thanks to Le Méridien Piccadilly I have one to give away! If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning one of these gorgeous limited edition umbrellas, please answer the following question in the comments by midnight (GMT) on Wednesday, November 22:

Which anniversary is OFT celebrating this year?

a) 2nd

b) 5th

c) 10th

A winner will be chosen randomly from all of the correct answers and announced on November 23. Please note: Due to the size of the umbrella this giveaway is only open to those with addresses in the UK. Good luck!

To see more of the Duro Olowu umbrella installation at Frieze, the designer and Outset, click here

Duro Olowu introduces his umbrella installation for OFT at Frieze Art Fair, with Candida Gertler, co-founder of Outset

Photos #1 and 3: Dave Watts Photography ©

November 07, 2012

The Winners of the Secret Agents Notebooks are...




Congratulations to Matt and Amy! They will each receive a 'Secret Agents I Met and Liked' notebook courtesy of Archie Grand.

This edition of their famous 'Met & Liked' series of notebooks commemorates the 50th Anniversary of James Bond. Matt told us he's a Roger Moore man (1973 - 1985), and Amy is all for Daniel Craig (2006 - present). 

Big thanks to Archie Grand!


October 30, 2012

Swelle Giveaway! 'Secret Agents I Met and Liked' Notebook


Are you a fan of 007? To commemorate the 50th anniversary of James Bond, the most dapper of British secret agents, my friends at Archie Grand in Sweden have sent two Secret Agents I Met and Liked notebooks for Swelle readers to win (although yours will be splat-free!)

If you're not already a fan of these wildly popular notebooks (they're a personal favourite of mine), here's a bit about them: They have a rigid, colourful cover; the blank white paper is high quality stock - it's weighty with a lovely texture and a low emission signature; and the books are tread sewn with a matte leathery lamination.  Each has 140 blank white pages. And the size is a perfect 165 x 115 mm.

To enter to win one of the notebooks, please do the following:

Tell us in the comments: who is your favourite Bond?

 The competition closes at midnight, GMT (London time) on Tuesday, November 6th. The winners will be chosen at random and announced the following day. Anyone, anywhere can enter. Good luck!


December 14, 2011

N.E.E.T. 's Six Days of Giveaways - Win Swelle!


To celebrate six amazing years of handmade, N.E.E.T. magazine is offering six days of six giveaways each on their blog, in the categories of clothing, accessories, homewares, paper goods and art, jewellery, and N.E.E.T. books.  Swelle Boutique is thrilled to be a  part of it and is offering a £25 gift certificate! You can enter to win Swelle here.

To enter, you go to the shop site offering the giveaway and come back to the N.E.E.T. post to tell which is your favourite piece in the comments. Entries close Friday, December 16 at 1pm EST and a winner will be chosen at random.

Good luck!

October 17, 2011

The Winner of the Foto Crush Card is...


First, HUGE apologies for the delay in announcing the winner publicly. I haven't been able to blog since last Monday thanks to my hard drive crashing and I didn't anticipate getting back to it would take this long. Oh what power this machine wields over one's life, it's terrifying.

Congratulations to Lauren! She won the Foto Crush giveaway and now gets to create her own photo card artwork. We hope she'll share her brilliant creation so we can see, too!

Thanks to everyone who entered and to Foto Crush for offering such a cool prize!

October 04, 2011

Swelle Giveaway! Create Your Own Photo Card Art with Foto Crush

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Foto Crush transformed my photo with 'Go Ask Alice'

I love this giveaway! The winner gets to create their own photo card art with the help of Foto Crush, a new online service with an inspired team who help people connect with their own amazing creativity through photo storytelling. Their photo cards were recently featured in VIP gift bags for NY Fashion Week and the Emmys.

From their online shop you can browse themed categories (including fashion, of course!) with a growing selection of  awesome designs, then choose your favourite to apply to your own photo. Order your artwork as a printed single card or set on boutique quality card stock, or a high resolution jpg/PDF that you can print, unlimited at home.

Foto Crush created a great card for me, I gave them one of my favourite images that I shot and their artwok really transformed the original. The result varies depending which design you choose. I went with Hearts Afire and they also applied '"Go Ask Alice" (in the header photo), which made me think twice!


Foto Crush's new 'Bean' Photo Bling

What You Get

The winner receives a high resolution jpg/pdf file set of their art by email. If they reside in the US they have the option of choosing a printed set of 15 cards (a $52.35 value) on boutique quality card stock which will be delivered to their US address. (Just to clarify, it's one or the other in that case!)

How it Works

You email your photo to Foto Crush and they will customise it with your choice of artwork and/or their new Photo Bling. You can add text, too. They will email you the proof within 72 hours at which point you can request minimal changes. Then you receive by email the final high resolution card files in jpg & PDF formats and marvel at your awesome new artwork!

How to Enter

1.  Tell us in the comments which design is your favourite!

2.  'Like' Foto Crush on Facebook (and mention you have in your comment)

3.  'Like' The Swelle Life on Facebook (and mention you have in your comment)

*Be sure the name you comment with matches your FB name, please!

For one extra bonus entry each you can:

1. Follow on Twitter Foto Crush's Muse of Creativity, Kookie Roo, their African grey parrot

2. Follow The Swelle Life on Twitter

*For bonus entries please enter a separate comment for each you've done (this is important as individual comments are put into a spreadsheet - if bonuses aren't separate they can't be counted as entries! And please state your twitter account name).

The competition is open to everyone, everywhere and closes Monday, 10th October at midnight, London time. One winner will be chosen and announced on Tuesday, 11th October on The Swelle Life. Good luck!

Roses and Rue

Here's a peek at what's available in October:

  • 'When Rock Gods Roamed the Earth' series: Cards based on musicians like Steve Nicks (witchy!) and Nirvana (in honor of their 20th Nevermind anniversary)
  • Horror Movie themes: Photo cards in homage to the great thrillers such as Carrie, Harry Potter and Pan's Labyrinth
  • A free printable per week! Watch for the 'Exorcist doll' who has two faces - one sweet, one demon-possesed.

  ChezChez Amelie

October 22, 2010

And the Winners of the Swelle Giveway are...


The winners of the two DKNY Be Delicious Eau de Toilette 30ml bottles are Retro Chick and Lindsey! Congrats to you! Please email me your mailing address so I can get them right out to you! A big thank you to everyone who entered and especially to DKNY Fragrances for generously providing the prizes.

A note for entering future giveaways: Please ensure that if you mention that you've done one of the requirements to get an extra entry you don't forget to do it - one reader won on their extra entry but hadn't actually fulfilled it so I couldn't give the prize. I want to award your prize so please don't forget!

October 14, 2010

It's a Swelle Giveaway! DKNY Be Delicious


To celebrate the 5th anniversary of their scent Be Delicious, DKNY has generously offered two bottles to Swelle readers! I've tried it as I was given a bottle for myself and found it to be a warm, fruity fragrance that isn't overly sweet. It's a nice every day scent and I like the apple-shaped bottle.

The two winners will each receive one bottle of DKNY Be Delicious Eau de Toilette spray, 30ml.

To win, you need to do two things. First, lets indulge in the olfactory theme and tell me in the comments section of this post what aroma appeals to you most. For example, freshly baked bread or roses.

Also 'like' DKNY Fragrances page on Facebook

And for an extra entry EACH you can 'like' The Swelle Life on Facebook and follow on Twitter

Be sure to tell me in the comments that you have done the extra entry requirements or I won't know!

The competition will close in one week on Thursday, October 21st at midnight, London time. Anyone, anywhere can enter. The winner will be chosen at random using The winners will be announced on Friday, October 22nd.

Good luck!


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