Contests: Everyday Beauty Contest

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February is here – and you know what that means! It’s time for our annual Everyday Beauty Contest!

Developed with the intent to inspire us to look past traditional definitions of beauty, the Everyday Beauty Contest empowers you to capture a photo from everyday life for a chance to win fabulous Pierogi Picnic prizes! The contest kicks off today and runs through Valentine’s Day. Here are the deets:

What: Everyday Beauty Photo Contest

When:  Now – February 14th

2015 Photo Theme: Reflections

Two winners: Most Likes + Best Photo

Prizes:  $50 Pierogi Picnic Gift Certificates

To take part in this year’s contest, head over to the Pierogi Picnic Facebook page and post your favorite photo that captures this year’s theme. You can also post the picture to your personal Facebook page – just be sure to tag @pierogipicnic so it lands in our queue.

After uploading your, pic you’ll want to share it with friends and family in the hopes of landing lots of likes. The photo with the most likes by midnight on February 14th will be declared the winner and will receive a $50 credit to the Pierogi Picnic Etsy store! We’ll also choose a second pic as “Best Photo” – so you have two shots at landing a prize!

So start dreaming up what photo you’ll be taking and then start sharing! The sooner you post and tag your photo the better your chances of winning.

Happy snapping and sharing!

Everyday Beauty Contest: Reflections

Events: 2014 Everyday Beauty Contest

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In the spirit of Valentine’s Day – and all the warm fuzzy feelings that we incur thanks to it – we’re happy to announce our fourth annual Everyday Beauty Contest! This annual Pierogi Picnic tradition encourages you – our fans, supporters and cheerleaders – to show us what you find beautiful in your day to day life.

What: Everyday Beauty Photo Contest

Theme: Hearts

How: Post your photo to the Pierogi Picnic Facebook Page

When: February 7th-February 14th

Prizes:  $40 Pierogi Picnic Gift Certificates

Two winners: Most Likes + Best Photo

To take part in this year’s contest, head over to the Pierogi Picnic Facebook page and post your favorite photo that captures this year’s theme: hearts! After uploading your pic you’ll want to share it with friends and family in the hopes of landing lots of likes. The photo with the most likes by midnight on February 14th will be declared the winner! We’ll also choose a second pic as “Best Photo” – so you have two shots at landing a prize!

So start going through your photos and get to posting one today! The sooner you post, the more opportunities you’ll have to gather up votes.

Happy sharing!

An Indie Biz: Making a Look Book

Pierogi Picnic Look Book shoot

This past Saturday I embarked on my first look book adventure!

Gathering together a group of talented creatives and the Pierogi Picnic modeling gang, we orchestrated a fun-filled shoot in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. With loads of brightly colored designs and props in hand – we snapped and shot hundreds of photos to show off the latest Pierogi Picnic creations – orchestrating an urban picnic in one of the most vibrant and eclectic neighborhoods in Chicago.

Pierogi Picnic look book teaser

Now that the actual shoot date is behind us, all that’s left to do is sift through the shots and do some fine tuning! We’ll keep you posted on when the final product is ready for it’s debut to the world. But in the meantime – here’s a peek into the planning that went into making the shoot a success. Continue reading

An Indie Biz: Photo Magic

Pierogi Picnic: Made in Chicago Clothing & VintageAs I sit at my computer late on a Monday night I realize that I am way way way overdue. Not for returning my library books – but for writing a post on running an indie biz! So here’s my much belated installment – and it’s all about photo editing.

Let’s say you’ve developed a beautiful new line of products and are ready to introduce your creations to the world. You’ve painstakingly planned the shoot, took the time to set up quality lighting and have captured a great set of photos to show the masses.

Now what? 

Don’t even think for a second that once your photos are logged and stored on your SD drive that you’re free to frolic about. Your next task as a handmade business owner is to make those pics magical. And I’m not talking pseudo-well-done they get a passing grade magical. I mean stop-em-in-their-tracks, make-heads-turn, kind of attention. Sure – paying a pro to do the dirty digital work can seem promising – but there’s nothing more fulfilling than empowering yourself to take that DIY step to enhance pictures on your own.

So before I sit back to tackle the 300+ photos I snapped of new Pierogi Picnic gear recently, I’d like to share with you some of my favorite tricks and short cuts for photo editing on the fly. Continue reading

Contests: 2013 Everyday Beauty Contest

everyday beauty photo contest: red heart house

It’s the day before February – and you know what that means! It’s time to start snapping and sharing your photos for our third annual “Everyday Beauty Contest!!!”

With the premise to look closer at the daily details of life that captivate, inspire and enthuse, the contest invites you to submit your favorite photo onto the Pierogi Picnic Facebook page for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to my Etsy shop. Just in time for Valentine’s Day – the contest begins February 1st and will run through the 13th – with the winner announced on the holiday.

And how do you win?

Take a picture using this year’s theme and upload it to the Pierogi Picnic Facebook page. The photo can be a quick instagram shot or something you doctor in an editing program. The only rule is that you must have taken the pic yourself. The photo with the most likes at 10pm (CST) on 2/13 will win!

This year’s theme is: RED

So get out there and start snapping. And more importantly – have fun!

Everyday Beauty: Photo Contest

I’m giving away a $75 gift certificate to my Pierogi Picnic Etsy shop to the winner of our “Everyday Beauty Contest.”

Submit a photo to the Pierogi Picnic Facebook of what “everyday beauty” means to you for a chance to win! The contest began on February 20th and runs until March 6th. The winner will be determined by who has the most ‘likes’  on their photo.

No purchase necessary – just a snapshot of what you find beautiful in day to day life. It can be the first plant of Spring, your favorite wrinkle or the latte that gets you to your feet in the morning.

Let’s celebrate the beauty in the details of each day!