Friday, November 16, 2012

Stylish Apparel that Inspires: Chewylou Designs {Review & Giveaway}

Chewy Lou logo
While there are a variety of beneficial aspects of working from home (e.g. making my own hours, snuggling with my kids instead of actually working, etc) another plus is choosing my own wardrobe.

Although getting made up in chic business attire does have a way of making me feel more professional, I prefer to reach into my wardrobe for the comfortable, stylish articles of clothing that look great no matter if I'm home on the computer, at the park with my kids or meeting friends for lunch.

My favorites in particular are the ones that not only demonstrate fashion and high quality, but are also unique, innovative, and have that extra stand-out-from-the-crowd aspect to them. After all, who wants to look just like everyone else? The only thing that can make them even better? When a line of clothing doesn't only look good, but promotes doing good as well.

The latest company that I have been introduced to that does just that? None other than the unique and admirable Chewylou Designs.

Chewylou Designs

The Chewylou Designs clothing line was created to exemplify the good qualities that we could all work to develop or enhance in ourselves.

With a mission to inspire through positive thought and promote physical and spiritual strength, their tees feature an inspirational word on the front which is an acronym for what is written on the back.

Live shirt

But Chewylou does more than simply design great shirts. The company was formed after the founder, Alyssa Dinowitz, had spent countless hours with her mom during chemotherapy sessions due to being diagnosed with breast cancer. Instead of sitting back, Alyssa decided she needed to help others battling this horrible disease.

Therefore, along with all of the positive messages that the shirts represent, a percentage of all of the proceeds go to a wide variety of charities including Komen for the Cure, American Heart Association, Lupus Foundation of America and Faces of Hope Fund.

Even better, in keeping with their commitment to actively support non-profit organizations, Chewylou's t-shirts are screen printed at Michael's Garden, an innovative program where adults with special needs learn vocational skills by trained professionals.

Chewylou also uses ACME Screen Prints, Arizona's "Greenest" screen printer, so that they are not only supporting great causes, but helping the environment as well!

After hearing all of that, I couldn't wait to see one of Chewylou Designs' inspiring shirts in person. After an extremely difficult decision of picking a favorite (they're all so focused on goodness, positive thought and physical and spiritual strength that it's hard to narrow them down!) I couldn't wait to see the Grateful design in person.

When it arrived, I was first struck by the colorful packaging and sweet message right on the paper. I love companies that take the extra step to make their products ready for gift giving and Chewylou does just that!

gift wrapping

As I pulled the lightweight, long sleeve gray V-neck shirt out from the pink paper, I couldn't help but sigh at the simple beauty of it.

Chewylou Designs review

Made of 100% sheer jersey pre-shrunk combed cotton, this shirt is extremely soft and comfortable and all of the seams and edges are well-sewn and strong.

Chewylou had suggested ordering a larger size than usual, as their shirts run small, and I was happy that I took their advice. In fact, due to availability, I ended up with a shirt marked 2-3 sizes larger than I would normally wear and it really isn't all that loose — so definitely order up!

Chewylou review

With the straightforward "grateful" on the front and the hand-embellished Swarovski crystal butterfly on the back, I've gotten multiple comments and compliments from people when I've worn this shirt out. Whether they are grateful for family, friends, home, health or something more, this is one message that resonates with just about anyone.

Retailing for $36, the Grateful Women's Long Sleeve Tee not only looks and feels great, but a portion of the proceeds go to the Lupus Foundation of America, so you can feel even better about wearing it... or any of Chewylou Designs' shirts!

In the hustle and bustle of the holidays and shopping for just the right gift, the true meaning of the season is often forgotten. What could be a better present than a fashionable piece of apparel (there are options for men, women and dogs!) from a company that reflects the Christmas Spirit year-round through its philanthropy?

Thanks to the generosity of Chewylou, one person will get to see just why this clothing is something that you'll surely want to wear, because...

One lucky person will win their choice of shirt from Chewylou Designs!


(Enter with the Rafflecopter form below. If you have any questions or problems entering, there is a video tutorial found here that can help.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

A big thank you to Chewylou Designs for providing a Grateful shirt for me to review as well as the shirt of choice for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.   

118 comments:

Kayla said...

I like the women's grateful long sleeve tee. It's a great reminder ;).

wigget said...

love the Dancing My A** Off shirt

Ruth said...

I like the LIVE shirt in pink.

Andrea said...

Love the grateful shirt! :)

Magela said...

I like the Kindness Wins short sleeves shirt

melissa griffith said...

I like the mens tee "Breathe"

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apple blossom said...

Women's Short Sleeve T-Shirts Faith

Ken Ohl said...

My wife would love the grateful shirt

Nicole said...

I love the LEAP tee

Allyson Bossie said...

I love the Karma short Sleaved shirt!
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Michelle Dehowy said...

Women's Short Sleeve T-Shirts > Karma

Chelsea said...

LOVE the long sleeve grateful one!

captainliss40 said...

I like the short-sleeve peace t-shirt.

Wild N Mild $$$ said...

Karma Women's Short Sleeve T-Shirt
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Natalie U. said...

long sleeved Faith
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barbara stenby said...

I love the black short sleeve womens Karma double sided shirt

SueZH said...

I like the long sleeve Hope Shirt

tamathamc said...

like the long sleeve live shirt

wildcat32 said...

My favorite is the heart long sleeve tee.

emeraldmaz said...

I love the Breathe tee, men's but I'd want it for me :)

Lynda Del. said...

I like the Namaste Women's Tank Tee.
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casaflamingos said...

like the dream shirt

Kimberly Wright said...

I love them all, but after Hurricane Sandy hit us here I have to pick Greatful long sleeve ,
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walk9 said...

I like the up beat shirt for the gym and calm for when i'm home (my reminders)

Nicole Murphy said...

I like the kindness wins vneck shirt.

Anonymous said...

I really like the "Believe" t-shirt, but they're all really cute.
Stephanie
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Anonymous said...

I love the Dancing my A... off shirt.

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Connie Gruning said...

Grateful or Karma. Love them both!!

Carrie Phelps said...

My favorite is the Grateful long sleeve.

julie said...

the Grateful tee-shirt

LesleyfromWI said...

I like the long sleeved Live T

jcwega27 said...

grateful shirt
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Jackie said...

I like the "Friends" Womens Short Sleeve T Shirt
Thank you!

Marty Harris said...

Sweetheart T-Shirt
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Anonymous said...

I like the pink "Dream" shirt
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kim burnett said...

the womens faith shirt

bloomerbear said...

Short Sleeve Karma T shirt (woman's)

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thank you

Melissa said...

I love the "namaste" shirt

Brigid Pitts said...

The Grateful long sleeved tee is my favorite for sure!

Kristin Bumford said...

I like the "Dancing my a** off" tee

Kristen said...

I like the long sleeve faith shirt

Libby@Everything's Coming Up Green said...

I like the up beat t-shirt!

Brittany said...

Hope long sleeve shirt

Stephanie Larison said...

I like the Believe tshirt

Frugalista Mama said...

I like the "calm" t-shirt

Cserafini said...

Love the hope shirt.

Kelley F said...

I like the blue CALM shirt.

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Sonya Sanderson said...

I like the Karma shirt

Megan said...

I really like the grateful shirt. It'd be a great conversation starter and a chance to share my testimony!
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Anonymous said...

The Grateful long sleeve shirt.(XXL) tiffany_brwstr@yahoo.com

Bronwyn McLellan said...

I like the long-sleeved 'heart' shirt

becca said...

i like the pink live shirt

M. Greene said...

simple and cute, I love it

Rachel said...

I like the Breathe tank top

J @ IHeart-Motherhood said...

This one is my favorite! :) http://www.chewylou.com/shop/long-sleeve/faith.asp

Trish Mama B. said...

I love 'Believe' and "Kindness Wins'!

Sarah Lee Gretty Zamora said...

The Breath Tanktop...

Anonymous said...

Grateful and Namaste long sleeve.
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won said...

Karma :)

Kelly H. said...

I like the sweetheart t-shirt.

Priscilla Benavides said...

I would love the Peace Women's Short Sleeve T-Shirt!
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Lina said...

I like the Karma shirt

Holly said...

Love the Namaste V-Neck

Spoonie for Life said...

I am very "grateful" that you chose that shirt! I have Lupus. It's wonderful to find companies that are giving to various foundations, such as The Lupus Foundation, to find a cure for this terminal illness!

Mirm said...

Grateful

Terra H. said...

Faith - Women's Short Sleeve T-Shirt
Thanks
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ashmarie said...

love the doggie clothing!

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Chantel said...

kinda like the tank in the color that says "energy" though I'd rather put something else on the front. :)

Jenny said...

The long sleeve LIVE shirt is my favorite!

Ellen said...

I love the Live V-Neck!

Kristen said...

I like the men's Leap shirt.

polly said...

i like the pink live tshirt

Kim said...

i like the breathe tank top
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Michelle Frame said...

I love the Hope shirt.
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Melissa O. said...

Love the Energy and Breathe tanks.

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Melissa O. said...

Love the Energy and Breathe tanks.

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Lori said...

I like the namaste t shirt.

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Brandon - The dog with a blog said...

I like the Breathe t-shirt!

Allison

Libby@Everything's Coming Up Green said...

I love the up Beat t-shirt!

Sharon Schoepe said...

My favorite shirt design is Hope Dream

Jessica Rose said...

I like the Karma V-Neck!

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Missy said...

I love the short sleeve Breathe tshirt very cute

Amanda Drennen said...

I Love the Brown shortsleeve "Faith" shirt!!! (:

Aralynlove said...

I like Peace

Bella T. said...

I looove the long sleeved pink shirt that says LIVE.

natalie rose machowski said...

I like the grateful long sleeve shirt

Julie Jones said...

I like the LIVE V neck l/s shirt
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tracey said...

Faith t-shirt
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Anonymous said...

I would like the faith long sleeve.
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Jordyn said...

I like the LIVE pink shirt...but I might be tempted to get the dog shirt -too cute!

coriwestphal said...

I'd get the Karma Tank Top!

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paula michele said...

Women's short sleeve black tee- Hope, Dream, and Have Faith.

Paula Michele Hafner

Alison said...

I like the Up Beat tank top.

Kate said...

I like the Karma tshirt!

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cassandra m said...

http://www.chewylou.com/shop/short_sleeve/faith.asp

XXL

MELINA said...

Up Beat Women's Tank Top

jennifer r said...

My favorite design is the Breathe Women's Long Sleeve T-Shirt.
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Ruben Ramos said...

Peace men's shirt

Kari Flores said...

My favorite is the Breathe
Women's Racer Back Tank Top

Jamie said...

live long sleeve

Angela Cash said...

I like the Namaste Long Sleeve shirt.

Susan Smoaks said...

i like the peace long sleeve shirt
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Tanya Bartlett said...

I like the peace shirt

Everything By Chelsea said...

I like the friends - they are all great!

Yoga Mommy said...


Namaste

Item: Women's Long Sleeve T-Shirt

Description: Namaste, Brown With White Type, Swarovski Crystal Embellishment

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Charlene said...

My fave is the Kindness Wins shirt :)

Melinda Elizabeth said...

The Breathe Short Sleeve T-Shirt!

Gianna said...

Grateful is my favorite.
I also like sweetheart and leap.

Diana Stanhope said...

I love the joyful and sweetheart ones.

cswoveland said...

Grateful ....because I am very Grateful for all I have

kathy pease said...

I like the
Harmony shirt

mail4rosey said...

I like the short sleeve Peace shirt.

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Padma Miller said...

JOYFUL

Chris Alejandro said...

I liked the Men's Peace Short Sleeve shirt. Lieutcrunch27 (at) gmail (dot) com

Unknown said...

I really like the Hope Dream v neck tee!

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blew415 said...

long sleeve namaste

Melanie Montgomery said...

I like the Believe vneck

purango said...

The Joyful Womens Long Sleeve is my favorite design. garrettsambo@aol.com