{Giveaway} The Perfect Summer Scarf

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Designers Troy and Stephano are giving away one of their signature “Necklush” accessories. Enter to win by answering in the comments below: Do you have a signature summer accessory?

Can’t wait to find out if you won? You can buy the Necklush now in the FOF shop.

In 2008, FUF artists Troy and Stephano were twenty-something NYC artists who spent most of their time “in the clubs.” Rapidly tiring of the nightlife, “we were left with a decision,” says Troy. “Work for the ‘man,’ or find something that made us truly happy.” They chose the latter, and began hand cutting, sewing and selling unique necklace-scarf hybrids on the streets of SOHO.

Composed of multiple, seamless cotton loops, the vibrant neckwear was an immediate hit. “We were nervous people would be like, ‘What is that?,’” says Troy, “but instead it as more like ‘I want that!’” No surprise: it’s a perfect way to add polish to jeans and a t-shirt or a tunic and leggings and it’s light enough to wear all summer long.

Since launching, Necklush has since been lauded as a design triumph, appearing in Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt Design Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago Museum Store. Now, it’s available in the FOF Shop!

Enter to win a bestselling a “Necklush” by answering in the comments below: Do you have a signature summer accessory?

Can’t wait to find out if you won? You can buy the Necklush now in the FOF shop.

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One FOF will win. (See all our past winners, here.) (See official rules, here.) Contest closes March 31, 2012 at midnight E.S.T.

Thank you for entering. This contest is now closed.

{Giveaway} An FOFoolproof scarf from Liscaro

Lisa Devereaux of Liscaro is giving away one of her FOFuss-free scarves. Enter to win by answering in the comments below: What is your favorite way to wear a scarf?

In 1987, when FOF Lisa Devereaux was a young commercial production assistant, she came across an idea that stuck with her. “A company had produced a square scarf with a slit on the end of it, so you could pull it through and not have to fuss with tying it,” said Lisa.

Years later, remembering what she had seen, Lisa sewed something similar for her grandmother, who had arthritis. “She’d always wore scarves, but was having a hard time [tying them]. I made it less square so it had a softer look and added elastic to the hole.”

Lisa showed her prototype to a few store owners in the Dallas area who put in orders right away. She brought it before QVC reps who ordered 5,000 on the spot. Shortly after, in 2010, Lisa put her interior design business on hold, hired a seamstress to help her, and began working full time on Liscaro, the new name for her scarf business. “I had a waiting list of clients for interior decorating, but I farmed them out to other decorators and make this my sole focus.”

“All you do is thread it through,” is the catchphrase for Lisa’s FOFuss-free scarves, which have an elasticized “eye” at the end for easy tying. (Watch this great video tutorial, where Lisa demonstrates all the ways to wear them.) The scarves come in silk and silk-blend, but primarily polyester, which Lisa says is wrinkle-free, good for traveling and washes well.

Lisa is already hard at work on her next product: the Riviera Wrap. “It has the same elasticized eye, and you can wear it as a cape, pareo, sarong, shawl, dress and a shirt,” she says. “Everything I create has more than one use. Lisa tells us something she hears over and over when people see her scarves is…’why didn’t I think of this?’…begging the question…why didn’t we think of this?

Enter to win an FOFuss-free scarf from Lisa Devereaux of Liscaro by answering in the comments below: What is your favorite way to wear a scarf?

Thank you for entering. This contest is now closed.

One FOF will win. (See all our past winners, here.) (See official rules, here.) Contest closes January 26, 2012 at midnight E.S.T.

Can’t wait to find out if you won? FOFs receive 30% off all orders of Liscaro scarves when you enter “FOF” at checkout.

{Giveaway} A 30-minute horoscope reading and an astrological scarf

Win a 30-minute horoscope reading with bestselling author and astrologer, FOF Joanna Martine Woolfolk, plus her gorgeous Hermes-inspired astrological scarf. One FOF will win this grand prize. Twelve FOFs will win one of Joanna’s new Sun Signs books, which tell you all about your zodiac sign. To enter, comment below and answer: What is your zodiac sign?

As a young girl, FOF Joanna Martine Woolfolk wanted to be an astronomer or an actress. She didn’t end up a star in the traditional sense, but she certainly spends a lot of time studying them. “My love for astronomy translated into a career in astrology,” says Joanna. “What the stars and planets have to say about us, our relationships and how we react to life’s events is much more interesting to me then figuring out where to find Jupiter in the sky.”Joanna has been practicing astrology for over forty years. She’s written multiple books on the topic, including The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need, a 20-year bestseller, and Sexual Astrology, now in it’s 50th printing in the U.S., where it has sold over a million copies. She’s been interviewed by Barbara Walters, Regis Philbin and Sally Jessy Raphael.

Joanna is also a contributing editor for Marie Claire where she has written the monthly horoscope column for eight years. But astrology isn’t just for teenagers who want to know the fate of their crushes, she insists. Here, she explains how FOFs can find answers by looking to the stars….

What got you into astrology?
I was interested in the stars and the planets since I was young. As an adult, I began to study astrology on my own. I started doing an astrology column in the 70s for Viva, Bob Guccione’s [publisher of Penthouse] magazine for women, and things took off from there. I enrolled in the American Federation of Astrologers program to become certified. It was sort of a long, circuitous route, but when you talk to women over 50, that’s what our lives are. We’ve taken this side path or married this man and even in our careers, very few of us start out at the age of 15 and say I’m going to be a brain surgeon and then continue on that path.

Very true. Do you think being a Libra has affected your destiny?
I believe our lives play out in the way they were destined to, but, within that we have choices. As I said before, I know a lot of women over 50 who have taken many different side paths. Our destiny is two-fold–it arrives, and then we make a choice. Your choices are based on what you need and who you are.

How is our zodiac sign determined?
Your astrological sign is the sign in the zodiac that the sun was traveling through at the time of your birth. Our zodiac is divided into 12 signs (i.e. Aries, Taurus, Gemini) and the sun spends approximately one month in each sign.

What’s the correct terminology–sun sign or zodiac sign?
In astrology, it is called your ‘sun sign,’ but in ordinary conversation is usually referred to as just your ‘sign’ or ‘zodiac sign.’ However, everyone is born with a whole chart. The moon was somewhere when you were born; Venus was somewhere, and Mars, etc. Your sun sign (the position of the sun when you were born) represents what Freud would call the Ego — your role in life and your drive. Your moon sign (the position of the moon when you were born), represents the Id, your inner life, secrets and longings. The ascendant, or the rising sign, is what Freud would call your super-ego or how you want the world to see you.

How can an FOF find out where the sun, the moon and the planets were when she was born?
My book, The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need, covers everything–your sun sign, your moon sign, your ascendant, where the planets were when you were born. It goes through piece by piece so you can create an entire chart.

What else are you working on?

I’ve just come out with my new Sun Signs series, one book for each sign of the Zodiac.

Tell me about your beautiful astrology scarves.
Years ago I saw a fabulous Hermes scarf based around the ’12 Days of Christmas.’ I thought ‘what a wonderful idea.’ I worked with an artist on a design for a scarf based around the sun signs.

Is astrology a viable career for someone over 50?
Yes. I would say the person would have to be interested in psychology–what makes people tick–that is key. If they wanted to write an astrology column, it’s not as easy. There aren’t that many magazines that need a horoscope columnist. It’s about as competitive as breaking into show business.

Are there astrology skeptics? What do you say to them?
People who say astrology is a bunch of whatever–that’s fine. I’ve noticed that many of them still read their horoscopes. What’s fascinating about astrology is it’s about you, and as human beings we find that irresistible.

What can we expect for next year?
Saturn is the great disciplinarian of astrology. It represents your lessons, hardships, your struggles, and, in the end, the reward you get for putting in that kind of work. Next year Saturn is going to move out of Libra and into Scorpio, so I can say the struggle that Saturn has been bringing to each of our lives is going to culminate early in the year and will be finished with by autumn. If we are wise, we will learn from what we have been through and move into the next cycle with greater knowledge. Jupiter, the planet of abundance and expansion, has recently entered Taurus, the sign of getting and gaining. Depending on an individual’s chart, this may mean gaining financially or in learning or expertise.  It may mean one experiences an addition to the family (such as a new child), or even the gain of weight!

Enter to win a a 30-minute horoscope reading with bestselling author and astrologer, FOF Joanna Martine Woolfolk, plus her gorgeous Hermes-inspired astrological scarf. One FOF will win this grand prize. Twelve FOFs will win one of Joanna’s new Sun Signs books, which tell you all about your zodiac sign. Leave a comment below to enter.

Thank you for entering. This contest is now closed.

One FOF will win.
(See all our past winners, here.)
(See official rules, here.)
Contest closes December 22, 2011 at midnight E.S.T.