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Giveaway :: EcoShag

Monday, September 10, 2012

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While we wade into our journey toward the quintessential “Endless Summer” let’s not forget that much of this time of year (the transition between seasons) is all about adapting. While the days are warm and long, early morning and after dusk start to carry a bit of a chill on their shoulders and they whisper promises of cool days ahead. This is when I start to think about my fall wardrobe, piece by piece. And what comes first? Scarves. Lightweight, heavy, thin, cozy; you name it, I love it. Scarves are also the perfect accessory to celebrate summer with since you can throw one on with a tank top and jeans and be ready for wherever the night might take you.

Tania Hillberg of EcoShag creates gorgeous (all-season!) headwraps, scarves, bracelets, and necklaces out of repurposed and upcycled fabrics with a portion of all proceeds going directly to charity. Inspired by her sister, Hillberg started her business as a way to honor her sister’s memory, while making a difference by utilizing eco-conscious business practices and adopting a philanthropic attitude toward profit. As as added bonus, her products are exquisite. The infinity scarves are simple, yet chic and you can dress yourself up or down depending on your mood. And the head scarves? Gorgeous. (Plus, they double as a neck bow which is my new fashion must.) Honoring your “Endless Summer” is as easy as wrapping yourself up in love.

EcoShag is giving away one Oatmeal Head Scarf (top photos) to one winner and one Oatmeal Sweater Scarf (bottom photo) to a second winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question by Monday, September 17th. Comments now closed…good luck!

Who has been the biggest inspiration in your life?

Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, September 24th, to see if you’ve won!

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  1. 1
    Jessminda says:

    My mom.  She is strong, beautiful, intelligent, talented, and most importantly, kind.  Sometimes society mistakes kindness for weakness, which is so sad.  But my mom’s got both strength and kindness.  Go mom! 

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    heather f says:

    My mom is right up there. She is still teaching (part time now) and she is 78. She is an avid learner and thinks everything is fun.

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    Jenni says:

    My grandmother.
    A month ago she was diagnosed with lung cancer that was inoperable. She had a tumor the size of a grapefruit wrapped up in her aorta. When she found out all she could say was that whatever she had to do she would do it, and we would get it taken care of. Her positivity was shocking and inspiring. She had low points and she didn’t feel well, but she still smiled and told us stories. 2 weeks ago she was admitted to the hospital for a severe infection that they wanted to get under control before starting chemo, and there she met with a surgeon who told her he thought they could get it out.
    Two Fridays ago she ended up having an entire lung removed. Then 3 days ago she had to be cut open again to repair a small hole. We were terrified she wouldn’t make it through during both surgeries…she is 80 years old after all!
    But after each surgery she shocked everyone by coming off the breathing machines before anyone thought she would, talking and giggling with us when she was still feeling lousy and smiling as often as possible. Today or tomorrow she will finally get to leave the hospital and head to a nursing home for rehab. We are hoping that she will only be there for a week or so and can then join us at my moms house, where she will be living for awhile, for a celebration of life.
    She has always been the strongest woman I know but these past few weeks she has amazed me. I love her, treasure her and can’t believe how lucky we are to still have her with us. 

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    my mother in law. she raised four boys by herself and is still active and living a great life at age 84!

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    echo says:

    My husband. He is constantly encouraging me, and thinking of him helps me be a better person.

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    Erin says:

    My grandma (my “Oma”). She has been through such an incredible journey in her lifetime – from growing up in Europe during WWII, to moving to the U.S. in her twenties (knowing virtually no English and learning by listening to the radio), dealing with the hardship of being thousands of miles and an ocean away from her family and friends, to being an incredible mother and grandmother to her children and their children, and to dealing with the loss of my grandfather when she was just in her late 50’s (shortly after their retirement).  Through it all, she has maintained an incredible heart and disposition, and is someone I constantly look up to for inspiration to be a better and more understanding person.

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    Brittany K says:

    my grandfather. he was of the greatest men i’ll ever know and gave me so much. i miss him everyday and hope that i’m making him proud!

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    Natalie says:

    Eighteen years ago, at the age of fourteen I was diagnosed with lymphoma, and went through a grueling course of treatments as a result of that diagnosis.  My pediatric oncologist became my hero, and a wonderful female mentor who taught me much about how to be a woman with a vision, a huge heart, and the kind of drive that can’t be stopped.
    Thank you to Dr. Diamond.

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    Sarah Jane says:

    My children inspire me every day!

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    Madeline says:

    my auntie dorothy. she was always so positive and full of life. she also really encouraged me to go on mission trips and financially supported me to make that happen. i love that lady!

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    Courtney says:

    My English teacher from high school. He’s the type of teacher I strive to be now as an art teacher…I want to have his wisdom, patience, sense of humor, and his ability to establish rapport with his students.

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    Jessica says:

    My grandmother. She was pregnant at 14. By the time she was 19 she was divorced with 4 kids, in 1961! She worked three jobs (at a time in a time where a woman made nothing compared to a man), and still found time to be a scout leader, and make clothes for the kids. She took night computer classes at the library when the kids were young and eventually worked her way to starting her own company, with only a GED and determination to fuel her. Now, at 70 she still owns a software company, jogs every morning, and spends a few hours a day doing yoga.

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    Dana says:

    My best friend is a freaking superhero!  She inspires me to be stronger and braver.  She motivates me to be fiercely kind to the world and myself.

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    Kristy W says:

    My grandmother for sure!  She is still with us but had a stroke a few years ago and can no longer speak.  That doesn’t stop her from laughing and making fun of us everyday.  She inspires me to be a better and understanding person.

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    Valerie C. says:

    My late father. He was a saint…..really, such a gentleman, and perfect dad  🙂

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    Peg says:

    From and old African Proverb, It Takes a Village to Raise a Child. There is no one person who stands out as an inspiration to me. Certainly my mother who loved me, taught me so many things and showed by example how to love and support others. Mary, the mother of Jesus and our heavenly mother, who is always there for me. A grade school teacher, Miss Gallagher, who helped me believe I could be and do what ever I went after and to always try a little harder. My namesake who was a nurse and our family doctor who helped me chose my career path. A director of nursing who showed by example how important it was to remember names and life stories of those around you. Both of my grandmothers…one very gentle and quiet and the other outgoing and the one who kept her family going. My father for his hardwork, his values and his love of gardening. I am a composite of all of these people, and many others, who have inspired what I am today.

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    Tiffany A. says:

    I would have to say my mom, my mom died 10 years ago and I never realized how influential she was in my life until she was gone all of a sudden.  My mom was so strong as a mom and a wife, she endured pain and overcame struggles just for my brother and I.  She worked two jobs everyday just for my brother and I… I can’t imagine how hard it was to be a wife to my dad and I am so proud of her for finally leaving him.  I could go on forever about how much I am proud of my mom, all of the things she did for us makes me want to be a stronger women.  She inspired me to work harder, never give up and do anything for family.

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    Sharon Siqueiros says:

    My sister….

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    Jenny Z. says:

    My mom. She does a lot for my family and especially me, her youngest. I think her love, encouragement, and enthusiasm has definitely helped shape me in a positive way.

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    Stefanie S. says:

     Can the answer be both my parents? They are the kindest most caring and nonjudgmental people I know. I am so blessed to have the parents that I do and to have learned from them how to be hardworking, caring, and fun. They have supported me through all of my decisions throughout my life and have made sure that I was always able to go after my dreams.  They are both two of my best friends and yet still  the strong parental figure everyone deserves. They have inspired me to be the best person I can be in every way, everyday of my life.

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    Lauren says:

    I am lucky to have three inspirational people in my life: my mom, dad, and sister.
    My mom has an amazing work ethic. Even after her new boss cut her pay and increased her hours, she continued to do her best work for her patients. She has sacrificed so much for others – I hope I can return the favor to her someday.
    My dad has had an incredible (and often painful) life, but I am most inspired by his will to live. He has undergone surgery and treatment for a brain tumor (benign, but causes a host of physical problems due to the syndrome it causes), prostate cancer, merkel cell carcinoma, and debilitating arthritis. Still, he never complains about the pain. Instead, he reads a new book (Did I mention he’s blind in one eye?) and gets down on the floor to play with his grandkids every day. Whenever he receives a new diagnosis or another treatment plan, he gathers up the same courage called on so many times before and gets it done.
    My sister is Florence Nightingale to every lost and wounded animal and person. She has a huge heart and an innate desire to help people.
    I feel so proud to call them my family.

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    One of the most inspirational people in my life would have to be my husband.  He constantly motivated me to make better choices and I am often in awe at his patience and generosity. 

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    Loretta E. says:

    My mom, because she put her life on hold to raise us and in 25 years, I never heard her whine or complain about not having a lot of free time!

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    Diane says:

    My daughter has been my biggest inspiration. She is proof of anything is possible when you set your mind to it. Two weeks before her second birthday she became very ill, and as a result, she had become profoundly deaf. She was determined to learn her new language and play, dance, read and communicate with everyone. She has a natural way of making people smile and sees the best in everyone, til this day. She graduated college with honors, took Masters classes and has taught sign language in a community college close to her home. Michele has a beautiful family and has blessed me with two grandchildren, who adore her as well as her husband. I love you Michele

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    Chelsea Karrenbrock says:

    My biggest inspiration would no doubt be my Mom. We lost my Dad when I was only 9, she was 41 years-old. I’m sixteen now and we are close as ever. She’s always there for me when I need her and vice versa. She’s the strongest woman I know and this is why she’s my inspiration. 

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    Lucy W. says:

    My grandmother, more affectionately referred to as “Gommy!”

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    Erin says:

    My Mom. She fought cancer with grace and courage – and beat it!

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    Alison S. says:

    the beauty of nature and the One who creates such beauty!!

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    Stella says:

    I take a lot of inspiration from people, one is certainly my grandfather, he was a one man band always thinking about new things, he made everything from umbrellas to sand paper, and he loved to buy stuffed puppet and toys and to eat. We share the same passions 🙂

    XOXO
    have a wonderful day

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    DESPINA says:

    my grandmother
    she lived through adversities all her life, fought cancer bravely and was always patient without never complaining

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    Lulu says:

    My mom is my inspiration
    There’s nothing that can stop her, she laughs at difficulties and forgets all the bad easily. I really want to be as determinated and strong as she is!

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    Jennifer says:

    My two younger sisters inspire me to be the best that I can be. Knowing how much they look up to me, I want to make them proud and give them a benchmark that they can surpass. 

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    Faye-Louise says:

    My dad is my inspiration.
    He fell ill when I was very young and has been slowly getting worse over the years to the point of needing dialysis and a transplant. He does a manual labour intensive job and he only ever misses a day when he is hospitalised. He has passed out on building sights and been rushed to hospital many times, but he does not give in and always tries to provide for his family. When he was on dialysis he made sure he got the evening slots so he could put in a full days work first. I have even known him to go to work with a broken leg in plaster!
    There have been a few times where doctors have told us to come and say our goodbyes, but my dad does not give in!
    His work ethic and attitude towards life is second to none, he is a total inspiration to not just me, but everyone that knows him!

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    Luisa says:

    My mom…she has overcome so much in her life. She shows me everyday what strength and perseverance is.

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    holly says:

    My mom. She endured a terrible childhood, she’s had lupus for 30 years, and breast cancer, a child with many years of substance abuse/rehabs, and more. Yet she has never let anything get her down. She’s always strong, positive and happy, and is such a wonderful joyful influence on my daughters!

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    Amzi says:

    In my life as a whole… my best friend, who changed me so much, and went off to West Point.  

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    Lydia says:

    Maybe my mom?  I guess?  Is it weird to say my boyfriend?

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    Ella P. says:

    My husband! He’s my bestest friend and confidant.

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    Maire K says:

    My first love.

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    emily says:

    My ballet teacher is my biggest inspiration. She pushes me to push further in all aspects if life everyday. 

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    Rebekah says:

    my mother-in-law…she is the most positive, kind & selfless human being i know

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    dalia says:

    Definitley my dad. He always kept his composure, his calm and his peacefulness at all times. He made sure that he was living his life to the best of his ability and truely appreciated the simple things in life. No matter what he was going through, he still had a smile, he still made it a point to make people laugh and to help anyone that needed it.

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    Sarah Edwards says:

    It is a tie:  Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and my son, Julian.
    Frida because she was such a bold, strong woman who always stayed true to who she was, even if it went against the grain.  She was passionate in both her personal life and her professional one and proved that the only way to be is to be in your truth.
    My son Julian inspires me to be the best I can be everyday in order to lead by example.  He helps keep things simple and reminds me that beneath all the stormy seas of life there is a beautiful calm. 🙂

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    Lauren Guilbeau says:

    My biggest inspiration is my life is my mom, she has a masters degree, worked while raising 3 girls, and does it all so gracefully.

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    Anne says:

    My husband he has been a rock through my six year battle with cancer.He gives me shots every night encourages me every day. He also puts up with my mood swings from medication spends 10 hrs a day at works and at times does all the kid driving and work around the house when I can’t and carries it all off with strength and grace.

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    Peyton says:

    I am sure it has been said by many others, but my Grandmother – actually, she is my Mom. She raised me since I was a baby, and I have always referred to her as Mother. A few years ago, she got breast cancer. Being a young teenager it was very hard on me. I had no understanding, and before that never had a worry. It was so stressful for me. But through this period she never complained, but always thanked God for her happiness. I very rarely saw her shed a tear, and if she did cry, it was because she knew she had a loving and supportive family. Luckily, they were able to remove the cancer, and cure her. Now I am thanking God for his miracle. My Mom is my inspiration because of her continuous strength, hope, and faith.

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    Ki Ip says:

    My best friend is the biggest inspiration in my life. She loves and cares for everyone. She does this even when she doesn’t want to, because she has sucha big heart. I learn to love from her and I appreciate her kindness.

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    Definitely my husband!!!! He has taught me to ask for what I want in life and not be afraid from a rejection! He is a amazingly charismatic and never stops giving everything he has away to people who need it more! It is amazing how he would always go out of his way to make people feel appreciated and happy!

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    Anne K says:

    One of my classmates in law school. She has a debilitating disease that causes her to be in a wheelchair with very little use of her hands. She’s also a single mother of two teenagers. Yet she got through law school, working her butt off, so that she can make a difference in the lives of others who live with disabilities. Law students have a tendency to be whiny, self-important brats who act like school is the hardest thing ever. Amy didn’t whine about law school; she just kicked its ass.

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    Kellie says:

    I know this is not an original answer but definitely my mother. She has stood by me, unwaveringly, through all the ups and downs of life. She inspires me everyday to try and love the people in my life like she has loved me.