All that Glitters is Gold {Linkup + a Holiday Giveaway}

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So last week I blogged about going to the newly awarded “best panino in Italy” joint that just opened in Modena a few months ago called Da Panino.  The sandwich was very yummy indeed and I wrote a full review about the place and explained why it is actually HARD to find a good panino in Italy here!   I couldn’t pass up the chance to wear some spiffy clothes so I present to you my new closet additions!

 

 

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My Leather Over the Knee Boots

 

Ok so these aren’t new at all, actually I’ve had them for over a year, but I can’t get over how much I love them.  If you saw yesterday’s post I did a round up of where you can buy REAL LEATHER, flat, over the knee boots for yourself for under $160.  That is around how much I paid for these babies I also bought them online here and I don’t regret a single cent.  I will wear them until I need to repair them, and then I will repair them and wear them some more!!

 

 

My Over Sized Coat

You’ve seen this coat before here on the blog (or everywhere if you follow me on Instagram!).  It was my birthday gift from my mommy and daddy (yes I’m 34 and a half and I still call them mommy and daddy!) when they came to visit last summer.  It was around 110 euro on sale at 50% off from the brand Stefanel. It is a knit cotton blend “coatigan”, much heavier than it seems.  I recommend checking out the Stefanle website, they have a whole “outlet” section filled with sale items.  This coat has been the BEST PURCHASE this season as I’ve gotten non stop wear out of it and just love putting it on.  If you read this post about the new “U” silhouette coat, than you know that I’ve been onto this trend for a while and predict it is here to stay!  Here are my reasonably priced options for the trend.

 

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My New Detective Hat

 

This hat was a great buy.  It is by the luxury Italian brand Dondup, famous in Italy for their men’s tailoring.  It makes me feel sophisticated and put together and gives even a simple outfit some stylish appeal.  Hats aren’t for everyone though.  This is a “look” …..and detective isn’t for everyone, but I really do love the way it is made and makes me feel and I am getting some serious envy from every man that sees me in it.  Come on guys, you know you want to wear a detective hat, so just go for it!  I bought this hat on sale here.

 

My Adorable Little Boy

Hehehe, ok so he’s technically not *that* new of an addition (2 years and 10 months!), but he is a constant staple either on my hip or holding my hand.   And he JUST started accepting cuddles so I am enjoying every minute!

 

My BeWhy Accessories Gold Leather Crossbody

 

This bag shocked me.  I really didn’t think I would EVER WEAR IT when it was gifted to me by the lovely Emilia at Be*Why Accessories, an up and coming Italian brand.  It is so ……well….GOLD!

 

But I was wrong.  I wear it non stop.  I wear it with black, with brown, to the market, out for drinks….EVERYWHERE.  I can’t put it down.  It has become my all time favorite bag.  So when I called Emilia to tell her that I LOVED it and am using it all the time,  I was so happy that she offered to give me another one to GIVE AWAY!!

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Please take a few seconds to enter the giveaway below for your chance to win this bag valued at 130 euro ($160 US). Please note that this bag should retail for double that, however, Be*Why Accessories has made a conscious effort to keep the markup on all of their products to a bare minimum to make this affordable luxury.  And luxurious it is!  Italian tanned gold supple leather, real leopard printed cavallino fur detailing, and a solid bronze chain make this bag the absolutely perfect holiday accessory.

 

Did I mention that ALL of the Be*Why Accessory products are 100% artisan handmade in Italy.  The brand Be*Why is just launching and this product isn’t even available yet on their website, which is just being made!  Only recently have Italian artisans understood the power of selling their products online directly to international consumers, so Be*Why is really ahead of the game.  To keep up to date on their new collections and lines please follow them via Facebook or Twitter  – every follow is also an entry, see the giveaway below and GOOD LUCK.

 

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REASONSTODRESS LINKUP!

 

  And now it is time for the linkup!!  As you can tell this week instead of featuring real mom street style I wanted to feature my own street style and wish you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS since I probably won’t post over the next few days.   Thank you to everyone who linked up last week, there were so many new entries thanks to the lovely Jill at Doused in Pink.  If you would like to co-host the #reasonstodress linkup I would love to have you, please feel free to email me at reasonstodress@gmail.com !

 

Fab Five

 

Here are some great holiday looks from bloggers that linked up last week!

 

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  • Mai Tran

    Italian Artisan brands giveaways should definitely be more! And for international participants, too. I’ve never heard of this Be Why before but it appears to be an authentic shop, not some random cheap internet store. If the quality is confirmed, its price range is reasonable.

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    • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

      It is VERY hard to tell the quality from online stores. This brand is 100% authentic and I personally have met the owner. One of the great things about the internet is that anyone can sell, however it isn’t always easy to know what has real worth and value! Thank you for your comment and good luck!

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  • bianca roman

    i haven’t seen anything like it!!! i think that’s what makes it so appealing! i would love to see more giveaways/introductions to italian artisans..i love exploring/coming across new things. you don’t see a lot of things like that here in the US

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    • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

      Bianca you will love some of the giveaways that I have planned in the new year. All of them will be for hand made artisan products in Italy from up and coming brands. thank you so much for your feedback and comment!

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      • bianca roman

        i can’t wait to see what you have in store!!! thank you again for the giveaway! i apologize for the way late reply!

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  • http://eleganceandmommyhood.blogspot.com/ ADA

    You are so fabulous and modern in all your layering and European styling. Rocking the hat and glasses. It is so cold here also.

    Always a pleasure linking up Angela. Thanks for an awesome link-up this year. Buon Natale!! Stay warm, out there!

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    • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

      Ada I will leave a comment on your blog, you mentioned that you would like to host one week with me and I would love to have you! Let’s organize something for the new year! e Buon Natala anche a te!

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  • http://www.torontoshopoholicblog.com/ torontoShopoholic

    Love this giveaway! The bag is gorgeous and love finding new brands I wouldn’t know about in Canada

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    • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

      You know what is interesting “Coach” isn’t really seen as that appealing of a brand in Europe but it is huge in Toronto And so many luxury brands here aren’t really known in Canada. Italian goods are really expensive and then when you ad shipping, duty, and markup they just become WAY too expensive for some markets. I would love to see this bag on you, good luck!

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  • http://www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com Marta C

    Love your layers and your son looks so adorable in his outfit, love his red hair!! Thanks again for hosting and hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas Angie!! :)
    Marta
    http://www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

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    • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

      MERRY CHRISTMAS to you too Marta, can’t wait to read about the Christmas Market, it has been YEARS since I’ve been and reading your blog keeps me in touch with Toronto.

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  • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

    And I would love for you to win it Alex!

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  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    I would love to win this purse, but I love anything gold!! It seems gold go with almost anything these days! Your oversized jacket looks great with your chunky green sweater and I just love the matching green hat!!

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  • Johanna

    Your little one is so cute! Love your winter look…so chic!

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  • http://www.jacketsociety.com JacketSociety Nora M

    Love your whole look, especially the hat and the coat! And you have the cutest accessory in hand…your adorable son, he is so precious :) Hope you have a wonderful holiday.

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  • http://mamainheels.com/ Mama in Heels

    Thank you for sharing these Artisan brands with us. Italy rocks….I miss it a lot!!!

    xo,
    Janise

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  • http://luyoutravel.blogspot.com/ Elizabeth Georgian

    This is such a wonderful giveaway. I’ve already checked out their website and if I don’t win will probably be purchasing that purse. It is wonderful.

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  • Tracy

    Oh my gosh. I love that hat and that bag is gorgeous!

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  • Inge Speemanns

    I love this bag! The prices are very reasonable. I would definitely love to see more of these!

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  • Irina Dubinskaya-Gnatiuk

    The bag is absolutely fabulous! Love it and would like to see more of these!
    Wonderful giveaway, thank you!)

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  • Loris Ayoub

    I think the quality looks amazing,and I want it….
    and yes please,more giveaways from Italian Artisan

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  • Tanya B

    I love the internet for discovering new and beautiful things from far away. The Italians sure do make some gorgeous things and this bag is no exception. It’s beautiful and I’m happy I can share it with my Aussie friends. Thanks for introducing me to another wonderful brand! :)

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    • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

      Tanya thank you so much for entering the giveaway. I will be working a lot with this brand for even more international giveaways so please check back in and good luck!

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  • Lola V.

    never heard about the brand but the bag and the rest of the designs are unique!
    i like your idea of ore italian brands, we need to preserve them!

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    • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

      We absolutely do need to preserve them. The internet is a great resource for these artisans to get their products out of their small workshops and in front of appreciative clients!

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  • http://saleago.tumblr.com/ Sandra Watts

    I like the look and would love to see more giveaways and reviews from you for Italian Artisan brands.

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    • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

      I will do my best Sandra! Keep following along I have some excellent giveaways planned for this year!

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  • Jess Maryy

    Such a gorgeous bag, looks very posh & unique! I would really love to win it !!
    I think it’s a good idea to hold giveaways like this one, especially when such great brands are involved :)

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  • fatima zahra

    omg it is soo luxurious and it seems rthat it will o for a long time and wont rot or somehthing!

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  • Christy DuBois

    I love this bag and Itskuan Artisans. I love this giveaway opportunity and would certainly love more. Thank you so much.

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