A shirt giveaway for Father's Day

Ecoths shirt with Boston terrier credit Kirsten Akens 2015

I've had a couple giveaways on the blog specifically for women, thanks to my ambassador gig through Aventura, a ladies' lifestyle apparel brand. (In fact, there's one still up.)

Well, today I've got a giveaway for the guys, also thanks to Aventura.

How's that possible? Aventura's got a brother brand: Ecōths (pronounced "ecos").

The name blends the words eco and ethos, and, like Aventura, both are key to the business. From their website:

The foundation of Ecōths is combining natural fabrics with style, comfort, and personality while accentuating and shaping one’s character and guiding beliefs and ideals towards community and creating a better place to live.

Ecōths uses primarily organic fibers ... Our desire with Ecōths is to combine urban fashion elements with rugged outdoor influence to create one cohesive brand that unites style, community, and goodness.

Just in time for Father's Day, Ecoths sent over a shirt for my husband to try. His only 'child,' our Boston terrier Lucy, loves it because when I wash it, and lay it on the bed before hanging, it's the softest spot in the house. (I do try to keep her off the clean clothes, but it's challenging sometimes.)

Jokes aside, we're both happy with the shirt, aka the Garrett (available in M-XXL). I think it fits him nicely, the 100-percent organic cotton is super soft to the touch and it washes well. He likes the style, the trim details, and the color (listed as "cloudburst," a versatile grey, white and red plaid).

If you'd like a chance at winning an Ecoths shirt of your own (or for your favorite father or father figure), check out the catalog here and let me know in a comment below which shirt catches your eye. (U.S. residents only.) I'll toss all the entries into a hat and select one name on Saturday, June 20, just in time to celebrate the win on Father's Day.

P.S. It's also worth knowing that Ecoths supports the fight against hunger around the country. For every U.S. purchase, three meals will be provided to someone in need through regional food banks. How's that for ethos?

For you, from me, with love - 4/16

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I'm really digging Nobel laureate Herta Muller's speech on The Space Between Languages.

And also these words from Bernadette Jiwa: "The artist’s mission is to communicate beauty and also to help people connect with that beauty —and through doing so they connect with themselves. People don’t buy into your platform. They buy into the difference that you make."

This story about a 13-year-old eagle huntress in Mongolia (with freakin' amazing photos) has been all over the Interwebs today. And for good reason.

Oh, hey. When the French clock off at 6 p.m., they mean it. (Why again am I not living in France?)

Fascinating NYT article on how digital media is changing the fashion industry.

Some macro-photographed snails. Yes, really.

A beautiful short film about bubbles and life and death. And more bubbles.

And last but in no way least ...

For my friend Amber who is a rock-star runner heading to Boston this weekend, and all the other marathoners, this video. It'll probably make you tear up. That's OK. Crying is a good thing.