Reader Giveaway Opportunity: Win a Trio of Classic Everyday Carry Goods from Ezra Arthur

Enter to win three everyday carry picks from Ezra Arthur, folks.

Folks, we’re doing things a little differently on this fine Friday, as you might have guessed. Instead of our usual Friday Read (featuring menswear and gear news), we’re comin’ at ya with a very exciting reader giveaway opportunity: You’ve got the chance to win a trio of ridiculously well-made everyday carry goods from Ezra Arthur (keep reading to find out how to enter). Not familiar with the brand? Today’s your lucky day, because I got a chance to check out three essentials from the family-owned, Arizona-based, made-in-America brand.¬†Keep on scrolling for a chance to win three Ezra Arthur staples: The Ezra Arthur No. 6 Wallet, the Ezra Arthur Small Notebook and the Ezra Arthur Pocket Comb. Now, about the brand. Ezra Arthur is owned by four brothers, with a focus on “artifacts worthy of discovery,” the kind of pieces that, as the brand says, can be used every day and passed down — perhaps after being found tucked away in a workshop or your top drawer. Pretty cool, right? It’s that philosophy (timeless, dependable goods made with pride) that sets Ezra Arthur apart. There’s more where that came from, but for now, know that you simply need to leave your E-mail below in the comments¬†to be entered into this giveaway — from now until March 12th at midnight EST. OK, back to the brand itself.

Editor’s note: The products shown here were provided by Ezra Arthur for review. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting brands that support The Style Guide!¬†

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They source American materials and craft the stunning pieces shown here today in Phoenix, Arizona at their own facility using handmade craftsmanship — talk about quality and attention to detail. These everyday carry goods are useful, durable and dependable pieces that are going to develop a nice patina over time, although the brand has some useful tips on caring for your goods on its Web site. The products themselves are beautifully and durably made, including the No. 6 Wallet, made with Horween Chromexcel leather (out of Chicago). It also features an interlocking pocket design that keeps the wallet slim when folded — and able to fit easily into the front pocket of tailored shorts or jeans, as I’ve found out.

The brand’s pocket comb and holder — plus a stylish notebook and a durable leather wallet — are yours for the taking today.

I also appreciate the stainless steel pocket comb — with a combination of fine and course teeth — complete with a Horween Chromexcel leather sheath in one of six color options. Talk about old-school cool, ehh? And of course, as a writer on the go, I often carry a notebook in my bag around Brooklyn. These days, it’ll be mighty useful to have the Ezra Arthur Small Notebook close at hand, featuring high-quality details like revered Tomoe River paper and a Horween Chromexcel leather cover(also available in one of six cool and classic colors). It’s a handsome, refined and downright handy addition to your everyday carry. No idea will pass you by as long as you keep this notebook around.

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Your chance to add some Ezra Arthur goods to your own daily carry. Photo courtesy of Ezra Arthur.

But how to make these gear picks your own? Simple: Once again, leave your E-mail in the comment section below¬†from now until March 12th at midnight EST.¬† Hopefully, you’ll find these heirloom-quality pieces from Ezra Arthur are highly useful and remarkably stylish additions to your daily carry — I know that’s how I feel. Good luck out there!

Editor’s note: The brand will ship each of the above three products directly to the winner. Giveaway valid for U.S. residents only.¬†

Reader Giveaway Opportunity: Johnston and Murphy Allister Lace-ups

Editor’s note: Congrats to Jeff, our giveaway winner! Thanks to everyone for reading and participating!

Alright, loyal Style Guide readers — how are we doing today? I’ll tell you this — your day (and week) could be on the verge of getting a lot better? Why’s that? Today’s reader giveaway opportunity is all about the best spring sneakers you need now — one pair, to be more specific. And if you’re a fan of crisp white sneakers for¬†warm weather,¬†consider today your lucky day. As it were, you might recognize the Johnston and Murphy Allister Lace-up from an earlier Style Guide post on how to dress for a spring road trip. They’re¬†a crisp, clean, simple and subtly stylish pair of sneakers from a brand that excels at making all sorts of excellent gear — from rugged leather boots to a waxed field jacket that proved crucial for my¬†upstate New York road trip last fall.¬† And if you’ve been in need of a spring footwear upgrade, consider that problem solved (if you’re¬†fortunate enough to win, that is). Why exactly are these sneakers such a crucial pair to have in your rotation this season? From the slim profile to the textured upper and clean silhouette, it’s tough to top these guys — I’ve found them to be similarly versatile with other spring gear (including the neat Ministry of Supply Daystarter Band-Collar Shirt¬†and the Going Places Short), and I think you’ll be just as pleased.

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Crucially, I’d suggest you style these with a¬†slim polo and classic tan chinos every¬†chance you get — and know that they’ll work with slim chino shorts and a patterned short-sleeve shirt on weekends just as well as the weekday. And if you feel like keeping it simple — say, a slim heather grey pocket tee and olive chinos — the Johnston and Murphy Allister Lace-up¬†works for that situation, too. So, those tips are all well and good — but how to win, ehh? To win these sneakers, leave a comment below telling me how you’d style them — that’s it! One winner will be chosen at random on midnight on May 13th. Yes indeed, that’s longer than our normal Style Guide giveaways — I’m excited about it, and I hope you are, too. Good luck out there, stay stylish and thanks for reading!

Reader Giveaway Opportunity: Friday and River

Editor’s note: Read to the end of this post to learn how to win a new set of home¬†goods from Friday and River!

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A new Friday and River candle could be a handsome addition to your home. Matches via Modern Anthology.

The concept of upgrading your entire lifestyle as you upgrade — and add — to your #menswear¬†wardrobe is one that we take to heart here at The Style Guide. By we, I mean me — but you knew that already. And if you want to complement a stylish wardrobe with stellar home goods, there are certain brands worth knowing — particularly as a new year kicks off. Throughout the past few months, I’ve had the chance to discover and get to know Friday and River, whom you might recognize from a past Style Guide Q+A entry. I also covered the brand’s line of essential home goods for The Manual, and if you haven’t yet acquainted yourself with the ways in which the brand can upgrade your home, office or apartment … you best listen up. Named for the last names of co-founder Joe Freitag (Freitag is German for “Friday) and his wife, Yumi Kawamura (Kawamura means “river” in Japanese), it’s a brand that takes a nuanced approach to home goods for the discerning consumer. This practiced, minimal and versatile approach comes from the design experience of the duo¬†with major brands like Levi’s, plus their time in Tokyo — which is quite the menswear mecca in and of itself. Starting with their natural leather-wrapped candles¬†(as seen at the top of the page) and carrying through to a unique selection of well-crafted leather tote bags¬†and minimal and smart leather card holders, the line encompasses all the small details and nice finishing touches you didn’t know you needed in your life.

For instance — thinking of adding a small plant to your office or apartment? Grab a handsome, minimal leather-wrapped planter; it’s a combination that’s masculine yet smart, perfect for complementing a study or a wooden desk. Are you with me on that? The more you look for style upgrades throughout your life, the easier they are to make — and that pursuit is getting even easier today. Yes, with the latest Style Guide giveaway, we’re giving one lucky winner the chance to win one leather-wrapped planter, one candle and one leather coaster set¬† of your choice — a pretty darn good value, and a heck of a¬†deal if you ask me! How to win, you ask? Now through midnight¬†Friday night (that’s January 13th),¬†comment below and tell me how you’d use those home goods to upgrade your office, apartment … you name it! Seriously, that’s it. Sound good? Good.

Best of luck out there — thanks for reading!

-Beau

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Reader Giveaway Opportunity: Dickies X-Series Denim

Editor’s note: Stick around The Style Guide for more seasonal menswear suggestions.¬† And read on for a special reader giveaway opportunity!

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Contemplating this great Dickies X-Series denim giveaway in Prospect Park. The X-Series 5-Pocket Pant is pictured here. Japanese flannel from the Dickies 1922 line. Waxed Cotton Field Jacket by Johnston & Murphy. Color No. 8 Diplomat Boots by Thursday Boots. Waterbury Chrono by Timex x Red Wing Heritage. Glasses by Frameri.

Maybe it’s because your Style Guide author lives and breathes menswear, but it can be pretty darn fun to discover new and unexpected things about brands you thought you knew. Take Dickies, for example. The classic workwear brand has nearly 100 years of history to its name, and a long lineage of outfitting workers for both everyday and more extreme situations. That includes military uniform production during World War II, and commercial production thereafter. Maybe you wore their overalls or hooded jackets — or still do — on the job. However, there’s more to the brand now than workwear — and that, of course, is why we’re here today. The brand has taken a nuanced, measured approach to lifestyle gear in the past few years, including its heritage-focused 1922 line. That approach extends through to its X-Series denim, a run of¬†both slim and straight-cut¬†jeans and five-pocket pants made with soft-yet-durable ringspun cotton and flexible fabric. The even better part? From the Slim Fit Tapered Leg variety¬†to the Slim Fit Straight Leg option or the Skinny Fit iterations, ¬†you’re looking at denim that’s priced at about $30 — seriously, $30.¬† Who would’ve thought? It was definitely refreshing to learn about the brand’s revamped approach¬†at an NYC showcase event this past September, and after taking a pair of the Slim Fit Tapered Leg jeans with me on both¬†a fall weekend trip to Providence and an October trip back to Michigan, I can vouch for the quality, comfort and fit, through and through. I also had the good fortune to check out a pair of the Slim Fit Tapered Leg 5-Pocket Pants, done up in a comfortable ringspun twill and pictured at the top of the page.¬†They really are perfect for fall style,¬†particularly when teamed with a soft Japanese Flannel Shirt from the brand’s 1922 line.

I’ve also found¬†that the dark-wash pairs of X-series¬†denim pair well with everything from my trusty Taylor Stitch Long Haul Jacket¬†and a chambray shirt to a slim V-neck sweater and leather chukka boots — and I’m sure you will, too! Why’s that? Well, we’re giving one lucky winner — sorry, just one — the option to win their favorite pair of Dickies X-Series denim! Just follow the instructions via this link, and there you have it!¬†Good luck, and thanks for reading!

To win one pair of Dickies X-Series denim of your choice, follow the instructions in this link.

Editor’s note: This contest ends at 12 a.m., Thursday, November 17th.

Reader Giveaway Opportunity: #Menswear Essentials

Editor’s note: The below giveaway is¬†made possible through a partnership with Nakturnal and features prizes from East Dane. Read on to win!

East Dane stocks head-to-toe menswear essentials -- if you're lucky, this guy could be you. Photo courtesy of East Dane.

East Dane stocks head-to-toe menswear essentials — if you’re lucky, this guy could be you. Photo courtesy of East Dane.

Although The Style Guide just ran a reader giveaway earlier this month with the great team at Tread for Men, we’re running another one today, and it’s focused on #menswear essentials — not bad, right? After all, you can never have enough stylish pieces with which to put together outfits. We’re talking menswear essentials that you can, and should, pick up and wear on the daily — things like a slim chambray shirt, dark denim, or suede chukkas. But where to find such essentials? Well, there are certain E-commerce sites that offer up all those pieces at once, with an eye for style that’s continental and classic. East Dane is one such site — if you’ve read this blog, you know that your humble author is¬†definitely a fan. And if you can see that photo above — all East Dane pieces — you best believe they know what they’re talking about.

That’s why¬†I’m so pleased today¬†to partner up with¬†Nakturnal and offer up two (yes, TWO!) $100 gift cards to East Dane and the site’s¬†well-curated assortment of men’s lifestyle goods. The site’s slate of brands runs the gamut from venerable institutions like Filson and Converse to up-and-comers like Public School ¬†— truly,¬†they’ve got something for everyone. Particularly if you’re looking for something like a great pair of men’s jeans, they’ve got you. And if you want to get 50% off men’s goods right now — everything from chukkas to shirts to blazers — well, they’ve also got you. Now, note that if you’re based outside the U.S., shipping is free for orders of $100 or more, but you’re on the hook for any potential customs tariffs — we’re all about saving you money here at The Style Guide, see?

But back to the menswear at East Dane:¬†It’s a terrific mix of classic, straightforward-yet-continental pieces, and in all, you could feasibly spend hours zipping around the site — as I’ve done in the past. If you want to dive right in and earn that gift card mentioned above, follow the giveaway details below; best of luck to those entering, and join the menswear conversation at The Style Guide Facebook page in the meantime. And the great thing is, you’ve got a whole week to enter! Good luck!

To win one of two $100 East Dane gift cards, comment below or share a link in the comments detailing your favorite item on the East Dane site.

Editor’s note: This contest ends at 12 a.m. on Wednesday, August 23rd.

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Reader Giveaway Opportunity: Tread for Men Grooming

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One kit packed with a ton of functional grooming products. Photo courtesy of Tread for Men.

One kit packed with functional grooming products. Photo courtesy of Tread for Men.

We’re still in the heyday of summer, and that means¬†that, well, it’s¬†hot. That heat requires that you dress for warm weather, and it also requires you¬†keep skin care top¬†of mind¬†— that’s particularly true when it comes to men’s grooming essentials. An effective¬†grooming routine can be a solid way to start and end your day, especially if you’ve got reliable premium products to use. That’s why it’s been such a treat to check out Tread for Men across these past few weeks.¬† The Chicago-based grooming start-up reached out to yours truly at The Style Guide earlier this summer, and I’ve had the pleasure of testing out the brand’s Energizing Facial Cleanser, Hydration Toner and Firming Moisturizer. It’s all part of the brand’s Daily Skin Care Kit — also known as “The Daily” — which you can¬†conveniently opt to have delivered every month. It’s a bonus that these highly functional products are presented in high-quality, no-frills bottles and containers, — they’d make a wise addition to any routine you already have in place, because it’s product that really works. The Facial Cleanser really does have a renewing, strengthening feel, and the Hydration Toner has noticeably toned my skin when used in conjunction with the cleanser. That goes double for the moisturizer, which works¬†quite well¬†to rejuvenate and rebuild skin.

Lest this sound like a lot of steps to you, rest assured that it takes just about as long as it would to pick out a well-composed outfit (and if you follow this site’s #OOTD series, hopefully that’s a snap!). Using these products consistently has made a noticeable difference in how my skin looks and feels, even after just a few weeks — believe me, the results are there. It’s¬†become a welcome part of my routine, and I’d definitely urge you to check these guys out. But¬†what does this really all¬†mean for you, Style Guide reader? It means something very good, indeed.
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It just so happens that one lucky winner is getting their own Daily¬†Skin Care¬†Kit very soon.¬†All you need to do is enter the giveaway below, stick around for the winner, and we’ll make it happen. Best of luck, and stay for a minute to check out other Style Guide content, including the dopp kits you need to buy now¬†and a stylish dive watch to go with the rest of your outfit.

To enter to win the Tread for Men giveaway detailed above, click this link — good luck!

Editor’s note: This contest ends at 12 a.m., Thursday, August 4th.

Reader Giveaway Opportunity: Mack Weldon

Editor’s note: Thanks to everyone who participated in this month’s giveaway!

From essential, comfortable tees to often-overlooked undergarments, Mack Weldon is out to take over your basics wardrobe.

From essential, comfortable tees to often-overlooked undergarments, Mack Weldon is out to take over your basics wardrobe.

There are many things that are often overlooked in the menswear world, at least from my perspective. Daily, I’m finding little style details I’d like to improve on personally, whether it’s the fit of my dark blue denim or the cut of a classic blue Oxford. Perhaps you’re in the same boat. As critical as the bigger-picture details can be, some areas have been overlooked for years¬†in the men’s style community — literally. We’re talking your socks, undergarments and undershirts.¬†More critically, we’re also talking about yet another way you can upgrade your style — and comfort level —¬†considerably. It starts with the brand¬† you see pictured here. Mack Weldon¬† has built its name on the quality of a well-curated selection of men’s basics, starting with its selection of trunks, boxers and boxer briefs and moving on through to pieces like its Pima Crewneck (as seen in this #OOTD) and other essentials for daily wear. ¬†The assortment even includes dress socks and no-show socks. These are the type of tees and socks that can finish off an outfit — yes, their Pima Crewnecks¬†¬†can be rocked on their own for ideal spring style.¬†So from head-to-toe, they’ve got the goods covered (you get what I mean…). It’s a product category that¬†a lot of brands have¬†neglected, yet Mack Weldon’s stepped up reliably to carry the mantle — and that’s a great thing for you and me¬†both.¬†¬†I’ve had the good fortune of checking out its slim-fitting, well-made Pima Crewneck, as well as the brand’s Merino Long-Sleeve Tee, and I’m pleased to report the pieces wear comfortably and perform every bit as well as one would hope. Once you get your hands on these, you’ll need to add more pieces in every color (and there are some great ones on the brand’s site).

They’re pricier than the average pair of underwear or an average T-shirt, but that just goes to show you all that goes into what the brand does. If you can’t drop some cash on a few essential basics right now, there’s good news — they’re part of our latest Reader Giveaway! In fact, one lucky winner will get their choice of one of the brand’s T-shirts and a pair of stylish socks!

To enter to win the great Mack Weldon gear detailed above, simply click this link and follow the instructions! Good luck!

Editor’s note: This giveaway ends at midnight EST, Thursday, July 7th.

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Reader Giveaway Opportunity: Minimum Squared Wallets

Editor’s note: Thank you to all who participated in the giveaway! And congrats to the winner, Scott. T!¬†

A unique-looking, slim and minimal wallet from Minimum Squared -- one of which could be yours! Read on for more details. Photo courtesy of the brand.

A unique-looking, slim and minimal wallet from Minimum Squared — one of which could be yours! Read on for more details. Photo courtesy of the brand.

As I’ve tried to streamline the process of getting ready to face the day ahead, I find myself looking for items that are simple, effective and stylish. Be it a solid money clip¬†or¬† a reliable leather messenger bag, anything that makes it quicker and easier to get from point A to point B is a winner in my book. So, a crisp, clean and unique-looking wallet definitely fits the bill — in fact, a slim wallet is a style upgrade I’d definitely recommend you make. With that in mind, we’re focusing on that theme for today’s giveaway, and introducing y’all to a brand that might be a new one for you. In fact, I was just introduced to Minimum Squared Wallets last fall. One of their co-founders, Sanela Kadric, reached out to me with the brand’s story, which is pretty neat (and which I subsequently covered for VOUCH Mag). The wallets are, as I quickly learned,¬†stitched meticulously by hand from one piece of precision laser-cut leather– a very¬†intense undertaking in and of itself — and yet they incorporate the equally precise and more mathematically challenging principles of engineering to design the wallets (Sanela’s husband has an engineering background — not common among the men’s accessories world, to say the least). As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the brand was just awarded the prestigious Red Dot Award,¬†an international distinction given to brands and products¬†in various categories that¬†emphasize sleek, high-quality design. Pretty impressive, no? ¬†It’s the result of¬†a modern approach that aims to use the least amount of leather and stitching possibly, resulting in a wallet that, although it folds over on itself, is still about as slim as a thin card case when filled with about¬†five to six¬†cards. Now, on their own,¬†they don’t come cheap¬†(about $170, the result of these pieces being handstitched in Spain).¬†Their precise selection — that phrase comes up a lot to describe these — combines unique, rich leather colors with a neat, slim elastic strap to hold everything together. Make no mistake, these aren’t the Velcro wallets of past years, and they’re definitely nothing like George Costanza’s wallet. In fact, I’ve found in testing mine out that it’s no thicker than my old card case, and it fits just as easily into the pocket of slim denim or chinos.

That’s a win-win, right? Right. And to recognize the brand’s innovative approach and award-winning quality via the Red Dot Award, we’re giving you, lucky Style Guide reader, the chance to win one wallet of your choice!¬†The lucky¬†recipient will get their pick of one simple, stylish Minimum Squared wallet.¬†Simply follow the instructions below and look out for the winner to be announced via the top of this post!

Good luck, and thanks for reading!

To enter to win one (1) Minimum Squared wallet of your choice, click this link and follow the instructions!

Editor’s note: This giveaway ends at midnight on Friday, May 13th.

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Reader Giveaway Opportunity: SprezzaBox Subscription

Editor’s note: For more great style content, check out our Spring Style Online Shopping Picks. Thanks to everyone who entered!

All of this gear could be yours -- for months on end -- if you enter the giveaway below!

All of this gear could be yours — for months on end — if you enter the giveaway below!

As guys have grown more and more interested in all things #menswear, we’ve seen an explosion in the rise of digital services geared to help guys (like yourself) become more stylish. Be it the Frank & Oak Elevate program (formerly the Hunt Club), or great blogs like Effortless Gent, resources abound for the guy looking to become more stylish on a daily basis. Subscription-based programs that package up stylish gear and deliver it right to your doorstep are also becoming more and more popular (including lifestyle boxes like Bespoke Post). And the folks at SprezzaBox are innovating in this space, too — particularly when it comes to sharp, stylish accessories for those occasions when you need to suit up.

The name plays off the concept of “sprezzatura,” or the art of a carefully nonchalant approach to style (you’ve probably seen this on display in the streets surrounding Pitti Uomo). So, they’ve got a lot to live up to, namewise. And their stylish assortment certainly does that! Although they also offer an online store with everything from ties to pocket squares, they’ve also got a neat program with options to sign up month-by-month (or yearly), and have all the menswear goodness you could possibly want shipped to wherever you choose (your house, your man-cave, the Bat Den, etc.). It’s a great value for the product, too — finishing touches like a simple pocket square  can definitely up your game if you’re not used to trying those sorts of things out. How it works? Their stylists hand-select a mix of product each month (all of which could feasibly be incorporated into one sharp outfit), and then it ships right on out. They’ve got everything covered, right down to the cufflinks. For those of us who need to throw on a tie or a sharp blazer from time to time, it makes getting dressed quite easy. If you find yourself needing to do that on the regular, then you’ll like what we’re giving away: a FREE (yes, FREE) six-month subscription to SprezzaBox. This would normally run you $28/month, but it’s coming to ya at a low cost of … $0 through this giveaway!

But how to win, you say? Simply click on this link and follow the instructions!

Editor’s note: This contest ends at 12 a.m. on April 14.

Thanks as always for reading, and good luck to those entering!

-Beau


Reader Giveaway Opportunity: Owen & Fred

Editor’s note: Thanks to everyone who participated! And congrats to our winner, Joseph D. Thanks again for reading! 

Read on below and enter to win personalized matte black luggage tag from Owen & Fred.

You know the name. Read on below and enter to win a personalized matte black luggage tag from Owen & Fred.

When you’re first starting out in the never-ending journey that is stylistic improvement, it’s the big-picture stuff that’s often the focus — a great pair of denim, a sharp pair of sneakers, a better crewneck sweater — those kinds of things. But as that starts to take shape, or as you look to simply revamp other parts  of your life, you start to notice the little details, be it in the accessories arena or grooming or other lifestyle categories. Noticing those small details can actually lead to some nice style upgrades (as we so often talk about here), and it can even be a fun process to look at a seemingly ordinary household item — like a bottle opener — and envision one that actually acts as a decoration, a nice lifestyle addition.

Luckily, there are companies who are all about these nice, unsung design touches. Chief among them  (in my book) is Brooklyn’s own Owen & Fred.  You might recognize them from a September home accessories giveaway, in fact. I’ve gained a real affinity for the brand over the past year or so, what with their nuanced approach to designing crisp, well-crafted lifestyle essentials, from bags to leather coasters.  They’re consistently introducing neat new products as well, and that’s what brings us here today. Namely, the brand’s travel accessories add a refined touch (and a bit of edge) when you hit the road — this writer is particularly a fan of this luggage tag. So that’s why we here at The Style Guide (AKA yours truly) are giving you the chance to win one of the brand’s new Personalized Black Matte Luggage Tags!  These guys are sleek, sharp and built with hardened brass. They even come with a custom diamond-engraved message or address on there for ya. The even better news? You’ll have this bad boy in time to accessorize your bag for plenty of spring and summer trips.

But how to win, you say? Simply click on this link and follow the instructions!

Editor’s note: This contest ends at 12 a.m. on March 8.

Thanks as always for reading, and good luck to those entering!

-Beau
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