Saturday, March 20, 2010

My First Ever Giveaway!

It has been too long - I know that. I'm teaching the FULL DAY now, dealing with discipline problems (believe it or not I'm actually VERY assertive when I need to be! - I had no idea!), and trying to keep my eyes open when I finally get back to my apartment. It's pretty overwhelming right now, and I'm babysitting as much as possible, because it is a 45 minute drive to get to where I teach, and another 45 minutes home, AND my stupid little car only takes premium... niceee.

I know it sounds like I'm complaining a ridiculous amount, but truth be told, I DO love it. The kids are bad, but they make me laugh so hard (I'll have to post up some of the quotes soon!), I'm having a great last semester, and right now the sun is heating my bedroom so much that I didn't sleep with blankets last night :) Quite the reprieve after the never-ending snowstorms/freezing cold weather! \

I wish I had an extra 5 hours in the day - because I miss blogging terribly and I miss all of YOU so much. I love reading your blogs and seeing what you've been up to - it really, truly makes me happy because you are all such fabulous and talented people.

Because I've missed you so much, I have a little something for all of my readers - MY FIRST GIVEAWAY!!! :) The fabulous Misikko company, that specializes in high quality hair products, has offered one of my readers a fabulous Hana Professional hair straightener, that I also received and reviewed for them :)

I can still remember my very first straightener. A big, fat, huge, gold plated Hot Tools black straightener that did absolutely nothing besides fry my poor head. I can still remember my hairdresser SCREAMING at me, telling me that my daily routine of blow dying/straightening was destroying my hair. After that, it was a while before I trusted a straightener again.

At this point, I decided that I needed to spend more money to ensure that I wouldn't be completely frying my hair on a daily basis. I approached my same hair stylist, who informed me of several brands that he recommended over anything else. I've had my CHI straightener now for years, and was devastated when one of my roommates who won't be named totally destroyed it, straightening her wet hair day by day.

When John from Misikko, a family run business that specializes in high end professional flat irons contacted me to ask if I wanted to try out the Hana professional, I was really excited! Misikko is a fabulous company that really went out of their way to send me a top quality product - and on an additional note, which was a massive plus in my book, the owner of Hana products sent a $25 check for me to donate to any charity or person in need that I saw, because he was so moved by the tragedy in Haiti. We all know I love social justice, so that made me love Hana products even more.

Please check out Misikko - they have a very wide variety of products, including CHI flat irons, and some fabulous and lust worthy professional hair dryers.

I cannot even tell you how fabulous the customer service at Misikko is - John emailed back and forth with me, answering my every question about hosting my very first giveaway ever! (And let me tell you girls, I asked a lot).

When I received my Hana Professional, the first thing I did was let out a squeal of delight, because it's pink! Lovely. It's also very small, and perfect for traveling (plus it comes with a travel case - awesome!). Another HUGE plus is that the Hana Professional can straighten damp hair - another huge advantage (especially when living with someone who is constantly on the run in the mornings to get to student teaching on time).


The only negative thing that I encountered (and this is only an issue because I did have a CHI for so long) is that the Hana did take a bit of time to heat up to it's full capacity. But girls, once it got heated, this little baby was PERFECT! My roommates and I have been using it like crazy and it is working on all our hair - which has all different lengths and types. And now you can have the chance to win a fabulous PINK $120 straightener too :)

It definitely made a big improvement with my hair (and that of my roomies!):



There are some rules to qualify for winning!

1. You must be a follower of La Dolce Vita. Leave me a comment if you're a new follower!
2. You must live in the U.S. (sorry international readers - I'll have another giveaway soon for everyone!).
3. The giveaway will close on Friday, March 26th. Winner will be announced that day!

For additional chances to win...
1. Follow Misikko on Twitter.
2. Blog about this giveaway on your website - and send me the link in a separate entry.
3. Join the Misikko newsletter.

Good luck everyone!

Currently listening to: The Beatles - Dear Prudence. (While I wait for J to finish showering so we can go to Rita's for free Italian ices 'cause it's the first day of spring!).

Remember, you can also follow me on Twitter now! :)



Katie said...

After having my CHI for over 5 years now, it has finally given out. Such a sad day :( I'm partial to CHI since my hair is super curly, but after hearing what you have to say about this one, I just might have to switch over!


Madeline said...

I just signed up to follow you via google friend connect. my username is Madeline.
It might sound strange but I really want this flat iron to curl my hair. ;) I have fairly straight hair and my hairstylist showed me how to use a flat iron to make nice soft curls in my hair.
I follow misikko on twitter (my username is mem4dr) and I am also signed up for their newsletter.
I'm not sure if you wanted separate entries for each item or not, so I put them all together.
Anyhow, thanks so much for this giveaway!
mem4dr at gmail dot com

Kristin said...

Yay! You're back! This comes right on time lady. I've had my Chi for 6 years. Yikes! Following Missiko on Twitter @BonBonRoseGirls

Morgane said...

it's good to see you there : i missed you ! i'm sorry i cannot" play" as i was looking for a straightener ! ( my first one ! here in France is a new habit !)

Andy said...

That's really cool that you can give stuff away! I'm gonna enter for fun []. I'm sure mi madre would appreciate it. Thank you for your comments! Sorry it took so long to get back to you, blogging is tough work when you're busy! Later :)

Couture Carrie said...

Fab giveaway, darling!

Great job with the teaching!


Kelly @ The Startup Wife said...

Very exciting! :) They sound like a really fantastic company.

MelissaStuff said...

I am a new follower!

MelissaStuff said...

Twitter follower of Misikko - @jurenpamis

MelissaStuff said...

I posted your giveaway on my linkie - it's up all the time and I send it out to my subscribers on Saturdays, so feel free to come by and list any future giveaways as well.

▲my• said...

I wish my straightener was any good. I've never been able to get my hair straight with it.

I've missed your posts!

(Dear Prudence=<3)

kimvee said...

Awww thanks Alison. You are too sweet :)
I wish I could join your giveaway, but my hair is flat as it is LOL! I always blow dry my hair because I don't have thick hair :[ hehe oh well..

Hope all is well :)

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Jamie Pickle said...

I love how my hair looks when I use a good hair straightener and it's PINK!!!!

Email is jmelee9 at aol dot com

mean green mom said...

Great giveaway!! I'm a new follower, and so far love your blog. Lots of great inspiration.
I have very wild curly hair and my old straitner is on its last leg so I would love to win this.'

la petite fashionista said...

i've vowed to put more time into styling my hair-- as it really does make a difference! looks like this works very well (& its pink!!)

i'm a new follower.

my email is


la petite fashionista said...

am also following misikko (& you on twitter!)


Lisa said...

omg, I think my first flat iron was the Hot Tools one too! It FRIED my poor hair. :( Love the pink packaging on this one!

zupu said...

Such adorable hair straightener, that color is just too cute!
I wish you a lovely and relaxing weekend darling!

molly said...

i'm so glad teaching has been showing you your assertive side!
and that giveaway sounds like fun...too bad i'm international. but my hair is straight anyway!
i'm glad you're moving up in the blogging word, to prouct placement and free goodies! congrats :)

Elisa, Croatia said...

Oh congrats on your Full time job! I'm an international so no worries on entering but I must agree it's so pretty in pink!

Mrs. Awesome said...

I used a CHI for years and with my unruly hair it was much needed! My hairstylist and BFF used the CROC on me and it was amazing. The plates are glass and it makes a huge difference. Also a good option. Love your blog! xo