Mardi Vaz Ticket Giveaway



I am so excited about this giveaway as it highlights an event (in Hartford, CT) I frequent, and absolutely LOVE! I’m excited to share this fabulous Mardi Vaz event is officially on my Art of Living Empowerment Tour preferred events. Not only will I be in attendance, I’ll also be modeling fabulous shoes for Snatch Shoes! I want you there to join in on the fun so, I’m giving away a pair of tickets for a lucky winner to attend with a friend. As a bonus, I’m throwing in one of these fancy mask I decorated by hand :-).


All you need to do is check out my Art of Living Tour by clicking here then comment on this post sharing your thoughts. You MUST leave your email address with the comment so I can contact you. And that’s it! Winner will be selected at random. This blog contest is specifically for a pair of tickets and the pictured mask. But be sure you follow me on Instagram, Twitter and like my Facebook fan page (all under @carmenveal). As I’ll do random Mardi-Vaz ticket giveaways on those outlets as well.

Here are some questions you might want answered:

Q. What is the Art of Living Empowerment tour all about?
A: The Art of Living Empowerment tour’s mission is to empower, inspire and motivate individuals to live as conscious creators of their lives and businesses. Throughout my journey of Founding/Owning four companies since 2009, I have discovered the importance in self-branding. I have successfully reached the five year mark of business ownership and am ready to share my experiences with others. My goal is support and empower 100 individuals throughout the life of the tour.

Q: What is this event and Vaz all about?
A: VAz Feminine Fabulous Fun ~ A Night of Shopping, Pampering, Socializing & Entertainment right here for one night in Hartford, CT! This event in particular is themed Mardi Vaz, New Orleans style. Visit Vaz’s website here.

Q: When and where is the event?
A: Thursday March 20th 4-9pm at the stunning Society room located 95 Pratt Street downtown Hartford, CT.

Q: When does the contest end?
A: Friday March 14th at midnight. Winner will be announced on Saturday 3/15 via email.

Q: What if I don’t want my email publicized?
A: I’ll need to be able to contact you so please do. Once the contest closes, I will disable all comments so your info isn’t sitting around.


That’s all to it! Good luck :-).




And the winners are…


I’m thrilled to announced my two winners are Emily Percak of California and Sabrina Perkins of Colorado. Congratulations ladies and enjoy your heating/cooling eye-mask handmade with love.



Giveaway Alert | Eye Mask (closed)


I’m hosting my very first giveaway featuring the above displayed heating/cooling eye mask that I made (retails at $10 in my shop). This is my first giveaway and I’m a bit nervous. I REALLY want this giveaway to be fun for you and myself. That, and I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so my nervousness is 100% made up in my head. At any rate, this eye mask feels SO amazing when warmed up. Seriously. I’m not tooting my own horn here. You’ll love it.

20140214-073025.jpgWhat’s the purpose?

For many of you who’ve been following my work, you know I’ve been designing and making clothing since May of 2009. Throughout 2013 the struggle of losing love for what was once a passion took control. That and realizing I made a TON of mistakes with my first company since it’s inception (that has taught me a lot). So I closed my online store and re-branded my company into a virtual sewing studio called Sew So Much. To help me transition as smoothly as possible and help you get acquainted with my changes I’m highlighting:  My new Sew So Much virtual sewing studio and this here all new Pretty Prim and Proper blog. So, I’m rewarding you for your love, patience and support throughout the process!

Why this item for the giveaway?

To highlight a trendy phase I had gone through: “team-no-sleep”. One that played a leading role in my decision to no longer offer clothing design service and open Sew So Much instead. I used to follow the “vampire life” trend (one of many reasons why I successfully failed with my first business). I’d stay up all night, working. My friend Rob would always question my sanity, “when do you sleep”. He would stress the importance of sleeping and I’d totally ignore him. Until I realized he was right. I’d stay up late to work. Only, it was unproductive work. I’d be distracted because everyone else was awake. Texting, calling, scrolling social media all whilst yawning. I was half-assing my work. Not to mention being exhausted all day the next day. I discovered I wasn’t a functioning insomniac (self diagnosed), I was unfocused. I began to prioritize sleep. Knocking out by 10 and starting my work day at 5am. My phone never rings. Everyone is either sleeping or getting ready for their day. As a result, I don’t want to bother them and they don’t bother me. A light bulb went off. Golden. I now prioritize sleep and feel you should (at least try to) as well. The eye mask is for, well, sleep. It relates :).

What’s so special about this eye mask?

They’re awesome, I made them, and they can be warmed or frozen for extra comfort at night.

When will you choose a winner?

I’ll choose two winners in fact. The giveaway begins Friday 2/14/14 and ends on Saturday 2/22/14.

How will you choose the winners?

A lottery system using a platform called Rafflecopter will shuffle through all the entries and select at random. Winner must reside in the US.

When will you announce and ship?

Winners will be notified via email on 2/22. They will have until 2/24 to reply before the reselection process begins. After confirmed, I will ship gift to the winners. Easy enough!?

What about the rest of us non-winners?

(1) You can purchase my heating/cooling mask at my temporary store for $15.99 (includes shipping). Buy here or at and click shop. Once they are sold out they will not be replenished. (2) You will have a chance to win other awesome prizes coming soon, and (3) you become a subscriber to this fancy, fun and informative Pretty Prim and Proper blog. It inspires stylish living and entertaining. What’s not to love about that!?

What do I need to do to enter?

  1. Read this blog post in its entirety. Really, you’ve already done most of the reading.
  2. Subscribe to this blog (skip to step 3 if you are already a subscriber).
  3. Leave a comment on this blog post below sharing how affective (or ineffective) sleep applies to you.
  4. Click the pretty reddish pink link that says “giveaway” to be redirected to this giveaway’s host platform. It will ask you to do the above listed Steps 1 and 2 so be sure you subscribe and comment before clicking the link. Additional steps listed are optional. They just increase your points which ultimately increases your chance of winning. That’s it! Here is the pretty reddish pink link to click —> giveaway

Best of luck to you and remember, try to get some rest at night– your body will thank you for it. This is coming from a work-a-holic who owns and runs four companies!

Until next time…XO 😉