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?

Yoga, hiking and more with Aventura

Aventura Wrap and Leggings photo credit Kirsten Akens June 2015

I knew when I was asked to be an ambassador for Aventura that melding its responsibilities and Project 333 might be challenging.

One of the key duties of an ambassador is to accept free clothes and try them out (I know, rough gig). (One of the other duties is to share great discounts with my readers, so hang in there until the end and I'll explain how you can earn a 60-percent-off discount card.)

What I didn't know at the time was that ultimately the clothes I received from Aventura would become some of my favorites for teaching yoga, working out and adventuring — all categories that are not part of my 33 core items.

[Wipes brow and sighs with relief.]

Weekly, you'll find me at my home studio Root teaching restorative yoga in either the Floral Capri Legging or the Lily Capri Legging. I've worn a lot of leggings over the years and these are some of the best. Cute, but subtle prints — the Lily, in black, has tiny, tiny dots of black and grey; shirring at the ankle; a comfortable waistband. And a thick enough stretchy knit that those around you won't get an inappropriate peek at your underwear. They also wash well, necessary when you wear them a lot.

On top, you'll see me often donning either the Lantana Hoodie or the Kyle Wrap. The Kyle's sleeve ruching gives this piece a little fun flare, and the burnout fabric of the Lantana draws interest. Both are lightweight, good for layering over a tank.

I love scarves and the one I've been living in is the Marnie. Not only is it the perfect length for a once-around-the-neck wrap, but the blue-cream blend works as a neutral, particularly when wearing denim. And it's so soft that it's doubled as an eye covering for a handful of my students during yoga class. My Marnie has already traveled on three trips with me.

I can't end this post without a quick nod to the Keeva Skort. A little bit of Spandex added to recycled polyester gives this skort just the perfect amount of stretch for hiking. The mesh shorts beneath allow for jumping on a bike for a quick trip downtown. And the side pocket holds a cell phone without dragging the fabric.

If you'd like to try out some Aventura clothing for yourself, all you need to do is comment below and let me know what fun outings you have planned this summer that Aventura could help you enjoy. Thanks to the company, the first 10 individuals to leave me a note between now and July 1 will receive a code for 60-percent-off a one-time purchase of up to $250 in clothing and accessories.

Happy adventuring!