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Gorgeous Giveaway: Heartfelt Hamsas

Keep on reading to find out how YOU can be a winner of the grand prize: A shopping spree with one talented etsy artist! Also, all entries receive a free shipping on any order. So, everyone wins!

Yesterday, you got the scoop about Hamsas and the beautiful creations by Lea Joelle Handmade and today is the start of a giveaway that goes through the weekend!

Lea Joelle Handmade Hamsas make great wedding favors, as previously discussed, and can be featured in other ways at your wedding, too! Little Hamsa tags are so super cute on wish trees! Wish trees are like 3D guestbooks. Your friends and family members can write messages on the Hamsas that are customized for your wedding and hang them up on a tree with hooks. This is a great souvenir for you as the bride and groom, and also looks beautiful as part of your wedding decor.

Or, bring the Hamsa directly into your home. After all, the hand symbolizes love and protection, and who wouldn’t want a loving and protected home and marriage? You can commission Lea Joelle Handmade to create something special for you!

Can’t stop gushing about Lea Joelle Handmade and the delicate work Jenni does on all her Hamsas!

Now it’s your turn to gush when you win a gift certificate to shop til your heart’s content!

Just visit Lea Joelle Handmade, browse through the samples of Hamsas she showcases to get an idea of her work, and leave a comment here about what you’d want on your dream Hamsa! Get creative. There are no wrong answers. Enter by Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. and the winner will be announced on Monday on Facebook. You do not need to be Jewish or a bride in order to win! GOOD LUCK!

  • Erica says:

    Great hamsas! I would like sunflowers on my hamsa – they’re bright and cheery!

  • Sharon says:

    I love how you can personalize them. They are so versatile to use for wedding favors or gifts.

  • Jen says:

    On my hamsah i would have a peacock theme because those are my colors — purple, green blue, and silver.

  • Lisa says:

    You already created my dream hamsa…OWLS!!! Love them! Second choice would be dogs! THX!!

  • Trish says:

    Can you make hamsas with butterflies? They are my good luck charm. My daughter loves them and so did my mother.

  • Lea Joelle Handmade says:

    These are great ideas and all are doable! My mother special requested a butterfly hamsa at my wedding 🙂 Looking forward to hearing more ideas!

  • Angie D says:

    My dream Hamsa would be like the blue bird amongst the trees one. Gorgeous!

  • D Rienstra says:

    love the Hamsa look, been thinking this would be a great gift for upcoming wedding for a friend.


  • Erin says:

    I would probably say owls since they are my favorite! 🙂

  • alissa says:

    I would put birds

  • Danielle says:

    How about hearts! Love and good luck?! Seems like a good combo.

  • Allie says:

    decor for a baby’s room too. little animals or colorful flowers or boy stuff.

  • Vanessa says:

    Make the hamsah like a picture frame with a wedge to put a photo inside. that’s probably a lot of work though, huh? LOL

  • Megan says:

    I love these! My ideal Hamsa would be a soft green color with navy writing. It would have two icons/pictures on it that we are using in our wedding. One is the hebrew word ahava written in a square and the other is love written in a square similar to the sculpture in Philadelphia. Our chuppah has ahava written this way on it and our programs have both icons/pictures and since we are having an interfaith wedding I just love the symbolism.

  • Gabrielle says:

    I would love to see a modern-like designed tree with the roots intertwining on the bottom. It would be beautiful if somewhere on the Hamsa it read: “My beloved is mine and I am my beloved’s” in Hebrew and English (it was on my wedding invitation!).

  • Jerise says:

    My dream hamsa! it would be in shades of green and have an intricate tree and leaves all over it, and hidden somewhere within them “ahava” in the lettering on the last picture above (the one with the couple’s photo).

    LOVE Lea Joelle’s hamsas, and have a small one on my door already! she rocks!

Thursday Thrills: Something To Dig Your Heels In

Here’s the scenario — perhaps you’re familiar with it: You spend hours agonizing what to wear to a formal event. You finally pick out your ensemble. You find a pair of perfect heels that knock your socks off. You look in the mirror and you look gooooood. You go to your formal event, ready to strut your stuff, but instead, you participate in the simple act of walking and end up with a twisted ankle because you tripped and fell when your high heels got stuck in the grass. Humiliation at its best.

You could have saved yourself this embarrassment and the likely broken Louboutin if you had high heel protectors to save your kicks from ruin.

Heels Above has come to your rescue with small and simple devices that literally protect your heels from many different kinds of unstable terrain.

Heels Above stylishly protects and stabilizes your high heeled shoes, keeping you above surfaces like grass, grates and cracks that can damage your shoes and slow you down. Ideal for outdoor weddings, special events and everyday life, Heels Above is a small flexible piece of recyclable plastic that attaches easily to your high heel shoes, and are simple to slip on and off. Available in two different sizes that fit most heels, the grip fits snugly around each heel without damaging the shoe or detracting from the style of the stiletto. Heels Above keeps you from sinking into grass and from getting stuck in sidewalk cracks by increasing the bottom surface of the heel.

This “Why didn’t I think of that” product is a lifesaver that every shoe-loving Yenta should carry in her purse. And what Jewish girl — okay, what girl — is not a shoe-lover?! You spend enough money on your shoes, so why should you allow them to get damaged during a night out? As Cher from Clueless says when defending her taste in men, “You see how picky I am about my shoes and they only go on my feet.” We all have a little Cher in us (Alicia Silverstone is a member of the tribe…) and that’s why Heels Above and The Yentas are excited to share these high heel protectors.

And, because today is a Thursday Thrills day, you can win your very own high heel protectors for special events like weddings! One winner will receive 10 pairs of Heels Above protectors! Just enter to win by leaving a comment below about your favorite pair of shoes you own! Who makes them and why are they your favorite? Give us a little shoe envy. Brag about your best pair! Enter the giveaway by Sunday, June 26th at 11:59 p.m. PST and the winner will be announced Monday. You do not have to be Jewish or a current bride to win!

Good luck!

  • Rachel says:

    My favorite pair of heels used to be these black Carlos Santana stilettos. I loved those to death. Literally, I loved two pairs of them to death. Otherwise I love Steve Madden and Jessica Simpson. I’d prefer Manolo Blahniks, but they aren’t quite in the budget.

  • Michelle says:

    Neat product! You can’t always wear wedges to formal events. My favorite pair of heels is a Nine West pair. Not fancy or expensive, but comfortable. And they go with everything.

  • Allison Chung says:

    Love my Jessica Simpson flats. It’s my go-to shoe when I want something comfy and cute!

  • Danielle says:

    I had to buy a pair of gold strappy Jimmy Choos for a wedding I was in. For the amount I paid, I’d be pissed if they got ruined!

  • Dee says:

    I just pick up a “previously” worn Michael Kors -pumps from Lady Elle. These “celebrity re-sale” shoes were previously worn by LeToya Luckett previous member of girl group Destiny’s Child. They were still pricey but way less than if purchased new. Now I can protect them with Heels Above – Wow!

  • stacey says:

    I purchased them online from about 4 months ago to wear to an outdoor wedding. I had on my Manolo’s and it really kept my heels in great condition because the grass was a little wet, and I didn’t even sink in. I highly recommend them.

  • Kara says:

    Seychelles! Best shoes ever!

  • Sharon says:

    my mary jane style skechers are my favorite shoes. i could wear them 24/7

  • Gabrielle says:

    My favorite shoes are a pair of tan wedges I found at Target– I can wear them to work and then out for dinner/drinks without feeling an ounce of discomfort!

  • Chelsea Wallner says:

    I can’t honestly pick a favorite of my heel collection. I love all my heels. That’s all i wear when i got out. No matter how much weight you gain your shoes will most likely always fit! They are my confidence booster and your a right a nice spray on tan! I love colorful heels and any brand works for me. Anything fun with a cute dress will put a smile on my face!

  • Mar says:

    My favorite pair of shoes are these black patent leather strappy stilettos from Anne Klein – they are just comfy and go with everything! They’re my go-to shoe…..

  • Erica says:

    Favorite shoes are Two Lips peep toe pumps. they go with everything! Cool product, those heel protectors.

  • roberta Gerrick says:

    My vote is for Rebecca and Daniel!!!!

  • ginger says:

    I love my new Jimmy Choo, i bought them for a freind’s wedding. I used a pair of heels protections with a luxury jewel from Talon Chic:
    A great makover for my new favourite shoes and an invisible protection

  • Heather says:

    My favorite shoes are a pair of Shoe Story Sandals that I bought for my wedding this July. I got them in wine red and I love that the heels are shaped like a heart. The are pretty comfortable too and so adorable!

THURSDAY THRILLS: mark. Your Face!

This week, it was a blast working with Kimberly Bayer Photography, Jennifer Cariker from mark., and the awesome models who showed off their looks in a way that could teach Tyra a thing or two.

So now you deserve to get in on the action!

Not only should you be inspired to do your makeup for your bridal shower, bachelorette party, and honeymoon, but you should be drooling with excitement to get your epidermis on the fabulous mark. products that were featured this week!

Thanks to Jennifer, an all-star mark. makeup mentor, The Wedding Yentas is giving away three prizes, which means three winners!

Enter for your chance to win:

The Bridal Shower Look!
Kaelia sweetly modeled soft, neutral tones to reflect a bright and cheery day! So when it’s your turn to share a lovely afternoon with your favorite women, you, too, can sport the look and win your own fresh set of the Making Eyes Duo and Gloss Gorgeous products.

The Bachelorette Party Look!
Brandy is a fun girl that we all love to have as a friend and she shows her sassy side with her big smile, sparkling eyes, and ready-to-party personality! She may be little, but she’s got a big heart for anything fun, which is why her bachelorette game face is on! A little drama on the eyes and a little pout on the lips can be yours with your own Super Flip Color Kit, the all-in-one product that has everything you need to make endless looks for eyes and lips. It’s compact and has everything you need in one package, making it perfect for travel. Vegas anyone???

The Honeymoon Look!
It’s time to jetset with your new hubby and the last thing you want to worry about is the makeup you need to pack. Remember, you’re loved for being you, but you’re a girl and you can’t help it: you still want to look your best even when you’re enjoying your post-nuptial bliss. You don’t need a lot, but why not dazzle with what you bring along? Danielle’s exotic looks and flair for adventure made her the perfect girl to showcase the Ibiza collection that’s an ideal foundation for your honeymoon inspiration. So, we’re giving it away! You can have your very own Glowdacious bronzer and Ibiza Eye Shadow Stick. Whether you’re off-roading in a jeep or snoozing on the beach, you will sparkle in mark. and in your newlywed beauty.

Enter to be one of the three winners to receive either the Bridal Shower Look, the Bachelorette Party Look, or the Honeymoon Look! Leave a comment below and tell us what your must-have beauty product is by Sunday night at 11:59 PST. You don’t need to be a bride or be Jewish to win. All entries are valid until the deadline and the winner will be announced Monday on Facebook! Make sure you “LIKE” the Yentas Facebook page to find out if you’re one of the three winners. Good luck!!

To shop for our own mark. beauty products, visit Jennifer for super service!

All photos are by Kimberly Bayer Photography, a Southern California wedding, engagement, and boudoir photographer.

  • Jessica Harvey says:

    My must-have beauty product is mascara! My fave at the moment is lash accelerator from Rimmel. Mascara makes me look alive, awake and ready to take on the day!

  • Sharon says:

    Lipstick! Even when I’m too lazy to apply eye make-up, some lip color always brightens up my face.

  • Jenny says:

    My must-have beauty product is eye primer. My eyeshadow stays put all day without creasing or running.

  • Gabrielle says:

    My must have beauty product is my eye lash curler! With a little curl, I look more awake and ‘put together’. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • Marissa says:

    Blush! If I don’t have time for anything else, it will always do to help me look and feel ready to take on the day!

  • Christine says:

    My must-have product is mascara. If my skin is looking good enough to go without anything at all, there is still always the mascara! 🙂

  • Hannah says:

    My must have beauty product is mascara and an eyelash curler!


    Crossing my fingers for this one!

  • Sharona says:

    I love my mascara + moisturizer. Can’t go out without those!

  • Shira says:

    Mascara and bronzer go a looooong way on my face! A must no matter what!

  • Angela says:

    I love flavored lip glosses! I have also discovered long staying lip color that actually stays on all day instead of disappearing the moment I drink anything!

  • Holly says:

    My must have beauty product is great lash mascara. Love it!

  • Megan says:

    My one must have item is foundation/concealer. I currently use bare minerals and since I have an awful complexion I need concealer to even out my skin tone. Once I have that on I feel much more confident and can live without other stuff if I must (well mascara would be nice).

  • Rachel says:

    I want to win! I want to win! My must have beauty product is mascara. I go between super expensive Dior mascara (fabulous but at $30 each, hard to buy often) and Covergirl Last Blast (cheap and fabulous). BUT I would love to try mark.


  • Mindy says:

    Well I do have all of these events coming up as a newly engaged girl!!! And I do LOVE my makeup (as yenta Alison is propbably well aware of). Hoping I win some amazing new products I can rave about! <3

  • Anna says:

    Must have is also foundation & concealed. I get some redness and need to even out my skin for an even complexion!

  • Kelly says:


Thursday Thrills: Break That Glass!

Yesterday you read all about Mazel Tov Stone and today, you can WIN a Mazel Tov Stone.

No really, it can be yours!

Lisa and Robb, creators of this new spin on an old tradition, are offering a fully customized stone to one lucky Yentas winner! Are you plotzing yet?!

Here’s why you want to enter:

  • You will be the first of your friends to have this brand new product! Hel-lo?! Trendsetter!
  • Who doesn’t want a token from the wedding day to remember how special the moment was when your groom made the boom?! (boom of the glass, not the boom of his… a — well, you know. It rhymes).
  • The stone comes from Israel and creates an extra special element of your faith and its derivation.
  • You are in control! You get to work with the fabulous Robb and Lisa to make sure the stone reflects you two as a couple and the symbols of your love. Who would turn away the chance to work with accommodating and knowledgeable vendors?!
  • It’s a prize! That means it’s complimentary! This is a very good value.

Check out the site to see just how much of a steal this is! Impressive, right?

Okay, so we will have one winner from all the entries.

But even if you don’t win the grand prize, you are still a winner. And I don’t mean that in the “saving your self esteem in 6th grade” kind of way. You really still can win something just by entering!

Everyone who enters this sweepstakes will automatically receive a coupon code for a $50 discount on a Mazel Tov Stone purchase. Fifty smackers! Very generous. Thanks, Robb and Lisa!!

So, think about the impact you want that glass to make when your new hubster steps on it! Then, think about the impact your bank account will avoid if you win or just enter to win!

Leave a comment below about how you’ll feel the moment you hear that glass break (I couldn’t wait to kiss!). Entries will be accepted through Sunday, June 12th at 11:59 PST. Winner will be announced Monday!

Mazel tov. Your’e already winning!

  • Jessica says:

    I would love to have the mazel tov stone for our October outdoor wedding! We just got back from Israel too so anything from there has extra special meaning to us. Fingers are crossed!!!

  • Hope says:

    The moment that I’ll hear that glass break, I will know that I am officially married to my best friend and soulmate. I will want to kiss him immediately! 🙂

  • Laura says:

    I can’t wait to hear everyone yell MAZEL TOV!

  • Jen says:

    I’m actually kind of jealous that he gets to step on the glass! It looks so fun! lol Cool product.

  • Hannah says:

    I will probably be thinking, omg it is official!


  • Sharon says:

    I was thinking, “Wow, we did it!”

  • Jennifer says:

    When my wonderful fiancé breaks the glass, I will know that we now get to start our wonderful and fantastic lives together. It will be the culmination of so many months of planning and will mean that my beshert and I can start our celebration with amazing friends and family.

  • Jessica O says:

    I can’t wait to hear the glass break, hear all of my friends and family yell “mazel tov,” and to know that I’m about to embark on an amazing journey with the man I love.

  • Jennifer says:

    It means, Let the celebrating begin!!

  • Sharon says:

    Great product!

  • Kameren says:

    I have never had so much fun looking at any thing wedding related. 8) Well Done! Kales and Dani look wonderful.

Thursday Thrills: Panty Party!

Raise your hand (the one that’s not using the mouse) if you love a) the planet, b) soft, pretty things, and b) your tushie!

We are so excited to announce today’s giveaway with Chickippie, the brand behind organic and comfy underwear that’s adorable to boot…y. Okay, so we made a bad joke, but don’t get your panties in a twist because one lucky winner will have the opportunity to have her very own pair of Chickippie underwear.

It’s obvious why we partnered with Chickippie to gush about the panties. Chickippie is all about smiles, nature, laughter, sexiness, comfort, and enjoying life. So are we! And we bet you are, too! Chickippie‘s mission is to help women look and feel sweet and sexy by providing stylish and fun underwear with a conscience. The pieces are made out of organic and eco-friendly fabrics so you know you are wearing environmentally safe and quality threads.

These pieces are comfy enough to wear under your wedding dress and sexy enough for… after you’re done wearing your wedding dress. Blush!

They also make great gifts. Bridal shower hostesses, bachelorette party entourage, your mother-in-law…??? Okay, maybe not the MIL, but these panties are so versatile that anyone can like them. Any woman would be happy to wear underwear that’s playfully sexy without looking like a you-know-what Bunny.

Take a bunch with you on your honeymoon. You’ll be vacationing in comfort while knowing you’ve got something cute underneath your sundress. And since Chickippie underwear come in thong style, you’ll be avoiding those, um, really attractive wedgies, too. Nothing says blushing bride like invisible panty lines.

So how do you get your tushie in a pair of Chickippies? The winner will choose the color combination of fabric and lace as well as the ribbon and elastic colors (oh yes! Did we mention that you can get customizable undies?! Swoon!). But you can only win if you enter!

Your entry in this sweepstakes is to visit the etsy shop to see which color you like best, leave a comment below, and submit by Sunday, April 10th at 11:59 p.m. The winner will be selected by and announced Monday. You do not have to be Jewish or a current planning bride in order to enter or win. Good luck!

  • Samantha says:

    black thong, white lace, grassy green!!! my wedding is may 22 with a green and purple color scheme!

  • Melanie says:

    Love the glowing orange one!!

  • Robin says:

    These are so sexy, but look so comfy too. i like the black ones with the red bow, but the ‘fuzzy pink’ works for me & is a rather appropriate name(don’t blush).

  • Ellen says:

    I’m with Melanie….the orange rocks!

  • Amy says:

    I’m a big fan of the breezy blue… perfect for under my wedding dress!!!

  • Rachel says:

    I love them all!

  • Gaby says:

    the grey and pink combo is my favorite

  • Alexa says:

    The black with the red bow is so sexy!!

  • Gabbie says:

    I can’t decide! they are all great!

  • maddie says:

    the pink!!!

  • Maggie says:


  • Alex says:

    they are all so cute! i love the black ones

  • Hannah says:

    I love the white and black ones!

  • Sharona says:

    So cute!!!!

  • Lisa says:

    Love the purple!

  • Rachel says:

    Pink! I heart pink!

  • Patti says:

    How adorable! I love them all!

  • Bonnie Sludikoff says:

    another cute find from the wedding yentas! <3

  • MIndy says:

    These look soooo comfy! And so cute to boot! Love them 🙂

  • Marissa says:

    Great and green find Wedding Yentas! Love them!

  • Jennifer says:

    I love them all! Too cute!

  • Erin says:

    I love the gray ones with the midnight blue bow, but I’m a sucker for gray. 90% of my wardrobe is gray; it goes with everything!

  • ashleigh says:

    love the pink/black color combo!

  • Abby says:

    These are SO CUTE! totally honeymoon worthy!! 63 days and counting!!!

  • Emily says:

    love the black/white combo!

  • Lindsey says:

    Cute! I love the gray/midnight blue!

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  • Ally Magdalin says:

    Ohhhh I like the gray with the white lace and pink bow. Too cute!!

  • Annie says:

    I love the all black classic with a white ribbon. How beautiful are these underwear? The model is giving me motivation to work out!