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Fabulously Functional to Luxuriously Chic

Our latest finds range from fabulously functional to luxuriously chic. After you've checked out the featured products and websites, come back here and enter two win the prize of your choice from our gift closet. ~

Koss FitBuds provide excellent sound quality and are available in five bright and beautiful colors. Smaller than the average earbud by 33%, they are sweat resistant and lightweight perfect to use while running, hiking, and exercising. They fit comfortably in the ear and include a total of three different-sized cushions. $29.99 by

Living in North Carolina, I wear sandals well into early November. No matter where you call home, you'll want to be seen in the Too Zeus Sandals by Two Lips every chance you get. I love the stitched accents and stylish gladiator design. A unique glossy footbed and back zipper add to the glamour.The footbed is also lightly cushioned for comfort. $54.95 at

Ava Anderson Non-Toxic gets our award for most impressive CEO. Started by a 14-year old who was concerned about the chemicals in the products she and her family was using, set out to make her own non-toxic products. The company launched in 2009 and now includes a luxury line of 100% non-toxic, all natural, organic bath and body, makeup, skincare, sun production, pet and home products. The cinnamon vanilla candle is incredible! If you have allergies and are sensitive to cleaning products or want to live a greener life, you will love this line. There's even a direct-selling opportunity for those wishing to start their own business selling these fabulous products.

I always take my sonic toothbrush with me when I travel because, as silly as it sounds, I miss it when I'm away. It's a bit heavy to tote around though so I couldn't wait to try Panasonic's new Battery-Powered Portable Toothbrush. It's surprisingly powerful for a pocket-sized sonic toothbrush having 16,000 brush strokes per second and I love how quiet it is. It's housed in a sleek pretty container that easily fits even in a clutch. Available in pink, black or silver. Requires one AA-battery. $39.99 at

The Yak Pak Quilted Backpack in Fireworks Black is perfect for hiking, traveling and shopping. It's lightweight and roomy enough to hold an iPad and has a drawstring and magnetic closure for extra security. Features include gold hardware, a zippered interior pocket and two large exterior snap pockets to hold phone, iPod, keys, lip balm. It also has adjustable shoulder straps and a loop in back for hanging. $40 at Checkout Yak Pak's entire line at

Jane Iredale's Circle/Delete Concealer includes two shades which allows you to create a color that best matches your skintone. Its creamy texture blends well and does a great job at covering up dark circles and sun spots. Made with Green Tea Extract, Avocado Oil and Moringa Butter. Vegan, gluten, and cruelty-free. $30 at

Pretty and chic, these Medium Karma Sparkle Hoop Earrings from Dogeared are light as a feather. Every girl needs a pair of hoop earrings in her jewelry collection. These measure 1.5" and have a sterling silver post closure. Made in the USA. $48

When I heard about the Hot Iron Holster, I thought sure I'll try it. I never thought I would LOVE this ingenious little invention. A silicone pocket sticks to the sink, countertop, vanity or table with no adhesive and can easily be removed. It holds all types of styling tools ~ curling irons, straighteners, even blow dryers ~ while keeping countertops protected. Available in 4 colors in original and professional-size. The Original-size {shown} is $29.95 at

Made in the USA of recycled aircraft aluminum {how cool!}, Reyneau's laser-engraved iPhone cases will protect your phone from drops and identity theft scanners. A special stop latch prevents the case from springing open on impact. Another cool feature is the heat sink technology which draws heat away from the phone to keep it cooler and extend the life of the battery. The case includes a mirror, a slot to hold license/id and room for credit cards and bills. Many designs and several colors available as well as custom monogramming. $129 at

Treat your skin to a little luxury with Nudo's Olive Oil Soap with Rose & Shea Butter Soap. The handcrafted soap is delicately scented and ultra moisturizing, perfect for sensitive skin. Each bar is cello wrapped and gift boxed. $9.49 at

The little girl in your life will look extra adorable in these Two-Tone Crochet Head Wraps from Expressions by Almar. Fluffy bows accent stretchy crocheted headbands. So many cute styles to choose from. Available at mass beauty supply and drugstores nationwide for under $10.

Smooth the frizzies and add shine to your tresses with love perpetua shine drops by evo. Two drops is all you need to calm hair and leave it soft as silk. A 1.7 fl. oz. bottle retails for $26.95 at 

Keep your eyes protected while doing DIY projects with 3M TEKK Protection Holmes Safety Eyewear. We love the yellow frame...hey, nothing says you can look good while working! For indoor an outdoor projects, these glasses have a anti-fog coating and a soft molded nosebridge and temple. We found them on Amazon for $14.99. 

This unisex Blitz Knee Compression Sleeve by 110% PlayHarder combines compression and the power of an ice bath in one phenomenal product. 360° pockets, reuseable ice pack inserts, and a thermal travel pouch allows you to transitions from workout gear to recovery system. Targets both sides of the knee and is made of anti-microbial and superior moisture-wicking fabric. Available in a range of sizes, the single sleeve retails for $55 or a pair is $100 at

I opened a bag of Food Should Taste Good's Original Sweet Potato Chips and they were gone before I knew it. They are kettle cooked, crispy, lightly salted and soooo good. Made naturally with Sweet Potatoes, Sunflower Oil and Sea Salt. A 4.5 oz. bag retails for $4.09 at

Chic Giveaway! ~ One lucky reader will win the prize of their choice from our gifting closet found HERE.

Required Entry: Visit the websites featured above. Leave a comment below letting us know, other than those featured above, which product{s} would you most like to try. The more websites you visit, the more chances you have to win. Leave a separate comment for each brand visited. Each comment = 1 entry. Please be sure to leave your twitter or Facebook username with each comment so we can find you if you win.

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Contest ends 11:59 PM ET September 25, 2013. For Complete Rules and additional Gifting Events, please visit our Chic Giveaways page.

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Chocolate Teddy Bear Race Cars

How cute are these? Found on Facebook and wanted to share, not sure who designed them. If you know, leave a comment so we can give credit.

Teddy Bear Race Cars

  • 1 packet of mini Mars Bars or Milky Way chocolate bar

  • 1 family bag of M&M's

  • 1 box of Tiny Teddy biscuits

  • Can of ready made Chocolate Frosting 
Frost each of the 4 wheels (M&M) on to the sides of the milky way bars. Press into each center a tiny teddy biscuit. Frost on a M&M steering wheel for each one.

Gourmet Goodness

Our kitchen has never seen so much action! We've been busy taste-testing delicious gourmet treats...tough job, huh? Whether you are a budding gourmet, on a gluten-free diet, or can't cook to save your life {hello!}, we've found something for everyone. Grab your notepad and pen and have fun visiting the websites below to plan your next delicious meal, dinner party, wish or gift list. And don't miss your chance to win a Gourmet Goodie Box valued at $150+. YUM!

When you're looking for a unique gift idea or just a special treat for yourself, checkout Amazing Clubs. So many fun clubs to choose from including Wine, Dessert, Beer, and Dinner/Movie. Available in seasonal, 3, 6, or 12-month subscriptions, it's definitely the gift that keeps on giving. We tried the Pasta Club which includes two packages of pasta and two jars of sauce. The Flying Noodle Primavera Sauce and Garlic and Dill Angel Hair were fabulous. The sauce was chunky and light and included bits of summer squash, onion, zucchini and green peppers. The pasta tasted like it was made from scratch...very fresh an tasty. Pasta Club subscriptions start at $26.95. Available at

Want the convenience of enjoying gourmet dinners at home without all the work? Say hello to Cuisine Solutions. We tried their Chef-prepared Chicken Marsala which tasted as though it was prepared at our favorite restaurant. The chicken was plump, juicy, and cooked to perfection in the oven in 25 minutes {can also be heated in the microwave}. The mushrooms were tender, the marsala sauce flavorful and the consistency was "just right". The sauce had a bit too much oregano in it for me, although any amount of oregano is too much for me. That aside, from delivery to dinner table, Cuisine Solutions gets a perfect score. $10.99 for a box of two chicken breasts in marsala sauce. Available at Costco, Sam's Club, Wegmans and online at

For the perfect barbeque, be sure to invite Lobel's. We tried their 8-oz USDA Prime Ground Beef Wyoming Burgers which were huge! We actually made two out of them. My Dad was a butcher so I know a bit about the different cuts and quality of beef. The Wyoming Burgers are top notch and delish! We also tried the Seasoned Split Chicken which were unbelievably juicy and the seasoning divine. It smelled so good, I was actually scraping it off the package so we didn't waste any. ☺ Two 8-oz. Wyoming Burgers retail for $14.98 and the Seasoned Split Chicken is $15.98 at

By far THE best gluten-free bread we've ever tasted...and we baked it ourselves...well, sort of. Luce's Gluten-Free Artisan Bread Mix contains everything you need to bake up a delicious loaf of warm goodness. All you need to add is water! Included in the bag is flour mix, a parchment baking sheet and bag and rice flour for dusting on the top of the loaf, storage bag {if there's any left} and directions.  A crusty shell with a soft center is chock full of nooks and crannies. My loaf didn't rise as high as this picture, but who cares? It was UNBELIEVABLE just the same. $7.95 at

Personalized Ice Cream that tastes as good as its clever names, Yes Please! Although I can't cook, I can make a mean Cookies 'n Cream ice cream so that's exactly what I ordered up from my new friends at eCreamery. Of course, I had to see if it was as good as mine and was curious how it would hold up shipping all the way from Omaha Nebraska. The verdict? AMAZING! Gelato, sorbet and ice cream all arrived in perfect condition and are fresh and fantastic. Custom flavors can also be created. This is such a fun gift or personal indulgence. Four pints retail for $49.99. Shipping, custom flavors, and personalization are additional.

We've been searching for a long time to find the World's Best Rugelach and Debbie's Rugelach is the best we've found so far. This light and delicate all-natural, butter and cream cheese pastry is available with three delicious fillings and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. We tried all three fillings ~ Traditional Currant Walnut, Very Apricot and Decadent Chocolate Chip. All were incredible. Available in Individual or Assorted Flavors starting at $7.95 at

I'm always looking for healthy ways to add more protein to my diet. NuttZo Nut and Seed Butter is a delicious source of Omega3's. Made of 100% organic ingredients including Flax Seeds, Peanuts, Hazelnuts, Sunflower Seeds, Brazilian Nuts, Almonds, Cashews, Sea Salt. Available in Crunchy, Creamy and Peanut-free, it's delicious right out of the jar and has only 1 gram of sugar. Started by a mom {of course}, the company also runs a non-profit, Project Left Behind, whose mission is to promote education, improve nutrition and living conditions for orphans around the globe. A 16-oz. jar retails for $12.99 at 

Lady Fortune's turns the classic Oreo into a gourmet treat. Dipped in milk and white chocolate and then drizzled with more chocolate, these artistically decorated confection are a chocolate lover's dream. The elegant gold box of 9 Chocolate-Covered Oreo's is a thoughtful and indulgent gift for the client you want to impress, as a "thank you" or as a sweet surprise to someone special. $19.99 at

Whenever I visit my sister up North, I can always find something from Stew Leonard's in her pantry or fridge. For those of us who aren't lucky enough to have a Stew Leonard's in our town, several of their baked goodies can be found online. Stew Leonard's New England Blueberry Coffee Cake is moist, deliciously rich, and perfect with afternoon tea. A thin layer of blueberries is in the center of this buttery coffee cake. The final touch is a dusting of cinnamon sugar on top and few more blueberries. Ours arrived without a crumb out of place. $19.99 at

YUM! Maille's Rich Country Dijon Mustard is silky smooth and the addition of wine, cinnamon and ginger is soooo tasty. It makes a fabulous salad dressing and can be brushed on quiche crust before adding the filling, or mix with a little sour cream to mashed potatoes. $4.03 at

Spice up your life with Urban Accents Dry Glazes and Grilling Rubs. An easy way to add a gourmet touch to your barbeques and everyday dinners especially for the cooking challenged like me. Flavors include Mandarin Ginger, ChimChurri and Cayman Citrus Heat. Urban Accents also has a nice selection of seasoned salts, mixes and recipes at

We love the fresh and flavorful Tomato Vodka Pasta Sauce from Wine Country Kitchens. Has a real homemade taste and is thick and creamy containing a touch of cream and a splash of vodka. Perfect on pasta and chicken, or add a drop more cream for a hearty tomato soup. A 25-ounce. jar retails for $8.00 at

Chic Giveaway ~♥~ One lucky reader will win a Gourmet Goodie Box including A Greener Kitchen Apron, Rag & Bone Recipe Journal, Assorted Spices, Rubs, Coffee, Teas, Candle, Oven Mitt, Tote Bag and Coupons for Complimentary Entrees. ARV: $150+.

Required Entry: Visit the websites featured above. Leave a comment below letting us know, other than those featured above, which product{s} would you most like to try. The more websites you visit, the more chances you have to win. Leave a separate comment for each brand visited. Each comment = 1 entry. Please be sure to leave your twitter or Facebook username with each comment so we can find you if you win.

Bonus Entries {optional} Leave a comment for each bonus entry completed. Each comment = 1 entry.

  • Follow @ChicLuxuries on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway, sample tweet ~Win a Gourmet Goodie Box valued at $150+ from @ChicLuxuries Enter here: #Giveaway 
  • Follow Chic Luxuries on Pinterest and repin our pin about this giveaway.
  • Like Chic Luxuries on Facebook and share one of our posts about this giveaway on your wall.
Contest ends 11:59 PM ET September 1, 2013. For Complete Rules and additional Gifting Events, please visit our Chic Giveaways page.

Many thanks to each of the brands featured above for providing the products and/or images for this article.


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