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August Letter from the Editor & A Youtube Giveaway

Monday, August 01, 2016 Jen Lezan

Happy August readers!

This time of year just seems to roll by so fast. Kids are heading back to class, but it looks like summer will be carrying on late into fall. This past summer has been a great one on one hand, but a difficult one for the world. Our team has grown, we've created some wonderful content and you all keep us going. Yet, I continue to believe, that if we continue to come together and find ways to take action on change - we can make the world a better place.

The fall issue goes live mid September as although it fall is usually our music and fashion edition, we will be doing a bit more. As I mentioned in THIS POST - we couldn't release this issue without discussing what is going on in the world around us. We are posing the question "Will love spark change?" and we are asking you all to help us answer it.

This month we will also be highlighting our fall preview. As back to school draws closer, fun stuff is always going on in the city. The writers are out in full force  summer and will be brining you all the inside scoop on fashion, events and so much more.

We also wanted to do something to say THANK YOU to all of you readers and subscribers out there. This zine wouldn't be what it is, if it wasn't for all of you out there rooting us on. The team and I have coordinated a great giveaway! The Halfstack Summer Giveaway goes live this week. We are using this opportunity to introduce you to some of our staffers - so watch the whole video to meet the people behind Halfstack - and then we will give you details on the giveaway towards the end of the video! ENTER HERE 

Halfstack Giveaway Rules

3 Winners will be chosen at random and contacted by Jen from Halfstack via YOUTUBE by Aug 15th 2016. If no response is received by: August 16th 2016 - we will choose new winners!

3 Winners will receive 1 makeover (hair & makeup & styling session) with the Halfstack Beauty & Fashion Editors and the Solo Salon team on August 27th, 2016 (Saturday) from 9AM-12PM. Each winner will also receive 1 gift basket featuring products from some of our favorite brands! The gift packages include some of the top sellers and a 3 month supply of The Mane Choice, sample sets of the latest skincare collection from Arbonne, $50.00 gift cards for each winner from Macy's, Fun product from Claire's, Gold & Gray Bracelet sets, Bio Ionic Hot Tools, an assortment of product from Advanced Mineral Makeup, and more sponsors to be announced! 

On top of all of this great stuff, you will also be included in a Before & After Photoshoot for a feature on and included in our Fall 2016 issue that goes live in September! Here is a rundown of how to enter and you can enter the giveaway here ---> 
Halfstack Summer Makeover Giveaway


1) You MUST BE SUBSCRIBED To the Halfstack channel and each of our current Influencers channels (@fashionablydesired @notasizezero @michelleswoons) to enter!

2) Follow us on Instagram @halfstackmag and take a selfie and hashtag #HSMSUMMERMAKEOVER telling us why you need this makeover.

3)Then, head back to youtube and leave a comment on the Halfstack Influencer Giveaway Announcement Video commenting with the link to your Instagram selfie.

4) Only open to Chicago, North/West/South Suburban Chicago and NW Indiana residents (as you must be able to transport yourself to Chicago for the makeover and transportation costs are not covered.)

5) MUST be 18 or older.

6) Contest open dates: August 1st 2016 – August 14th 2016 11:59PM

7) One Entry per person

8) Must Be available to participate in the makeover/photoshoot on Saturday 8/27/2016 from 9AM-1130AM.

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