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Giveaway :: Gmalou Designs

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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Friends, there is no secret recipe for happiness. There are, however, a few tried and true ways to put a smile on your face on even the most challenging of days. Retail therapy is one of the easiest ways to balance out a day. Now, we aren’t talking about impulsive, meaningless purchases that sit in the bottom of your closet, forgotten. We are talking about those purchases that make you feel like you are more in tune with yourself; the ones that enhance your life with style and intention. We are talking about quality.

Georgia Tsaligopoulos is the maker behind Gmalou Designs, a line of handcrafted leather goods that bring a light hearted and well-designed aesthetic to the handbag market. The pieces in Gmalou Designs are unique and expertly crafted and the modern, graphic designs translate well from day to night, work to play. I am head over heels for this Geometric Clutch and simply can’t pass up the opportunity to highlight this gorgeous Leather Canvas Tote. Feel the need to add some beauty to your life for some balance? You can find the answer at Gmalou Designs.

 

Gmalou Designs is giving away Leather Heart Wristlet with Heart Leather Coin Purse to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, June 4th.
Please visit Gmalou Designs and tell us: How do you decompress after a particularly challenging day?
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, June 10th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Juliet Farmer says:

    i go for a swim. my gym has a lovely heated outdoor pool, and a few laps always helps me decompress. 

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    Joren Robles says:

    It sounds strange, but the chaos in on our kitchen, teens, husband, pets, salsa music all of it makes home feel like home. Eating together and hearing about all of our crazy days. And then unwinding with a good book outside, around the fire pit. Nothing like crisp spring nights before the mosquito’s come out.

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    Amie A says:

    A long, hot bath works wonders.

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    ren says:

    it may seem counterintuitive, but coming come and cooking dinner is my unwinding activity. i know where everything is, i know what has to happen and i have control over how it happens. it’s relaxing for me to have something that i need to focus on, but not worry about, and it’s even better that dinner comes out of it. of course, on a really bad day, when i can’t focus, that’s when dinner is burnt, i cut my hand or i discover at the last minute that i am out of some important ingredient…like food. but most days, it’s the best way to unwind.

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    Melissa says:

    I pour myself a glass of whiskey and bake the stress away.  Oddly enough, I’m not a big sweets eater so I just end up giving all my treats away to family and friends. 

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    Jennifer says:

    The cure for stressis spelled D-O-G

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    Trisha says:

    A bike ride is the best choice if the weather will allow it, otherwise video games, or a glass of wine and a good book.

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    Kate Anderson says:

    after a long day here, my favourite thing to do in this weather is head home with my little girls and do some gardening and weeding. I am teaching them about growing our own food and how to nurture and care for something. I like getting my hands dirty and find that the peacefulness it brings at the end of my day is very comforting and therapeutic!

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    Samantha S says:

    My challenging days usually end with me flopping on the couch, but then I get up after a little while and cook a nice meal. Then I settle in with a book or a tv show.

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    Kristen H. says:

    A glass of wine. Or 2. Or 3. We’ve all been there! 🙂 

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    Ginger G. says:

    Beautiful bags! I go to the gym!  It always feels good to workout and zumba usually does the trick 🙂  To top it off, a nice bath would be a perfect end to the day!  

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    Erin Martin says:

    running has been my latest stress releaser!

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    Donna F. says:

    Yoga is wonderful for decompressing at the end of a long day!

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    Kat says:

    Enjoying a cup of coffee and reading to my son.

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    Adele says:

    Reading takes me into another world and helps me forget about all the day’s stresses.

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    Leigh Buc says:

    I tend to sit down at my craft table and make new things. Clears my head and that’s when the husband and kids know to let Mommy have alone time 🙂 

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    Angela says:

    In the non-profit world that I work in, every day brings new challenges. I decompress on my drive home by listening to my favorite music, and recalling everything I accomplished that day. Once I arrive home I have ended the work day on a positive note, and I’m ready to start my evening by cooking dinner with my boyfriend and then going for a walk around our apartment complex.

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    iamalighthouse says:

    I take a nice cool shower and pamper myself!

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    Emily says:

    I like to either go for a night swim, or get in my cozy pj’s and sit with my daughter and read books together- she always pick me up when I am down and makes me feel so calm.

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    Sparrow says:

    Let’s get real. Sometimes at the end of a long, trying day, all I want to do is pat myself on the back with a ginormous, gooey, still-warm chocolate chip cookie. So once in awhile, a sister has got to make a batch of Heidi Swanson’s whole-wheat mesquite chocolate chip cookies. They’re whole wheat…so…it’s like a bite of health. And I substitute coconut oil for butter, so it’s basically a super food.

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    Kendra says:

    If it’s been a really tough day I find that the best way for me to relax is to lose myself in a really great movie.

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    cindy says:

    After a really bad day, I like to watch some really terrible reality tv. It’s a good reminder that my day/life isn’t really that bad after all 🙂

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    Nikki says:

    I like to lay down and think of nothing.  Then I want a drink, or dessert, and a family movie and my husband to rub my back and neck and head or feet.  Heaven.

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    Meg T says:

    There’s nothing a little Trader Joe’s Toffee and an episode of Scandal can’t cure. 

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    Sandra says:

    I go walk around the mall by myself, get my nails done, or go to yoga. Usually things that I can do by myself and can get my mind away momentarily.

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    megan says:

    If it was really that challenging…I let go. I’ll cry in the shower if I need to. There’s a saying I’ve seen floating around that says salt is the cure for everything: tears, sweat, or the sea. I completely agree. 

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    Anna L says:

    After a very challenging day, I come home and take a long hot shower. There, I get to reflect and think back on my day in solitude, which is probably what I need after a day like that.  I’d then lay in my bed and listen to soothing music until I fall asleep, to rest my mind, body, and soul, to wake up the next morning feeling new.

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    I have to settle down with a cup of tea and a book – just to escape and relax.

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    Jennifer says:

    On the toughest days you’ll find me rushing home to embrace my children and fall into my husbands arms…..there is no match for love…it cures all!

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    sam says:

    A glass of wine, a good book and my deck.

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    Regan says:

    Honestly, I usually change straight into my pajamas and take a long nap. If I’m feeling particularly stressed or anxious, I might go for a walk or go to yoga, but napping is one of my favorite hobbies. 🙂

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    Sue F says:

    first I make a vodka martini; take a sip or 2 then a nice walk with my doggie, Bella. Then when I come back from my walk I play a few stupid and mindless computer games while I enjoy my drink 🙂
    CHEERS !!  Hoping everyone has a stressfree day

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    Charlotte D. says:

    Listen to some music, watch a lighthearted show, and watching my kids at play lifts my spirit.

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    Anne H says:

    Yoga class, I go with my two daughters. I am at least 10 yrs older than the next youngest person and in the midst of chemo. I do everything I can and sometimes that is just the relaxing breathing. One night after a class when we were lying at the end closing off our practice my  21 yr old daughter reached over and held my hand, having a full heart is the most relaxing thing there is!