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Garance Dore Paper Giveaway

I’m super excited that I have a lovely little giveaway for you guys today! Keep on reading to find out how you can win the notebook set + pen pictured above!

When one of your favorite fashion blogs collaborates with one of your favorite paper companies, you do a happy dance and thank your lucky stars. I was thrilled when I heard that Garance Doré and Rifle Paper Co. would be collaborating on a stationery collection. To celebrate the launch of the new line, there was an Open Studio here in NYC last Friday and Saturday.

Garance Dore Open Studio I ventured out on a rainy Saturday to visit the Open Studio. Not only could you purchase merchandise from the new collection (along with other Rifle Paper Co. products), there were also several different fun activities. In one area you could write and send a letter to a loved one. Calligrapher Nicolas Ouchenir was also present to jot down notes in his beautiful handwriting. When it was my turn, I just asked him to write down my name and I have to say, it’s never looked prettier.

Garance Dore Nicolas Ouchenir Calligraphy Garance herself was also walking about and signing things. This is completely unlike me, but at one point we were close to each other and made eye contact, so I stuck out my hand and introduced myself! I was totally fangirling- she was every bit as chic as I imagined her to be and also so gracious when I gushed about how much I love her blog and her stationery collection.

13549882694 374c402715 z4 At the Open Studio, they served free coffee from Jack’s Stir Brew. I’d never tried Jack’s before but you can consider me a fan now. The coffee was rich and flavorful and just what I needed to combat the rainy chill outside.

Rifle Paper Co Pop Up Shop1 Later in the afternoon, Garance sat down with Lola Rykiel to talk all about etiquette. They were live-streaming the chat on Google+ at the time, but you can now watch the video online here (along with the video of the conversation between Garance and Anna Bond that took place the previous day).

Garance Dore Notebook Set Now, back to the giveaway! While I was shopping for myself, I also picked up a little something for you, just to say thank you for reading my blog. I’m giving away this notebook set along with one white signature ballpoint pen from Poppin. It’s super simple to enter- just use the Rafflecopter widget below! This giveaway will run from 12.00am Wednesday April 2nd- 12.00am Thursday April 10th and I’ll announce the winner on Friday April 11th.

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(P.S. The entire Garance Doré x Rifle Paper Co. collection is now available online- shop it here.)

EDIT: The winner is Maru of Fashiony Fab- congratulations lady!

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I know it’s been a month since NYFW but I still have pictures to share! I’d been saving this red dress for the right occasion and I decided that the rewardStyle NYFW party would be the perfect place to wear it.

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While I was there, I was reunited with blogger friends Lydia and Meg, who I hadn’t seen since I moved from Connecticut to New York. It was so great to catch up with them at the party! And get this- I also ran into a friend who I hadn’t seen since high school. At first I thought there was no way it could be her, since as far as I knew she was not a fashion blogger, but it turns out she has her own photography business and came to New York as the photographer for B. Jones Style. It was definitely one of those moments where you think, “What a small world!”

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Outfit Details: Dress- Forever 21 | Sunglasses- H&M | Shoes- TJ Maxx via Lydia | Purse and Necklace- borrowed from Alex | Lips- Mirenesse Glossy Kiss in #2 Flirty Kiss | photos- Chic on the Cheap

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I was so excited to have the opportunity to attend a preview event for the Kensie Jewelry 2013 collection last Friday! I headed straight from work to the event and when I arrived I was immediately delighted by the decor in their showroom. The decorations were pretty and whimsical and in the center of the room there was a huge table full of sweet treats, including my fave mini cupcakes from Baked by Melissa and macarons.

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On top of the lovely decorations, the jewelry on display all around the room was so pretty! There are so many pieces that I would happily wear.  It was hard to pick favorites, but if I had to I would choose the fantastic black fringe necklace (first picture) or the necklace with spikes and chevron cutouts (below).

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Before we headed home, we were allowed to choose one piece of Kensie clothing and also grab a gift bag with several Kensie jewelry pieces. As if things weren’t already good enough, I won one of the door prizes and received even more jewelry to take home! I had a great time hanging with The NY Collective and I’m not going to tell you how many cupcakes I devoured at the event (it was more than five :O). Thanks so much to Kensie for hosting such a fun preview!

I was so excited when I heard that Lulu’s was hosting their Style Studio event this season! It was so much fun last year and I couldn’t wait to have a mini-reunion with some of my blogger friends.

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The event was held in a different venue this year and I think it was even better than last time! When we first walked in, we checked in at the front table where we received a cute tote that says “Lulu’s Style Studio.” All around the room, there were tables set up by the sponsors. We went around to each table to learn more about the products featured and we were allowed to take samples too.

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There were also stations where you could get different beauty treatments. For example, you could get your makeup done at the Nyx Comestics table, you could get feather extensions at the Fine Featherheads table and you could get your nails done at the Jamberry Nails table. We also had the opportunity to “be the buyer” for the Lulu’s website.  They had some sample clothes on display and you could take a quick survey to mark if you loved the item or how you would change it if you didn’t quite love it.

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Tasty cocktails were provided all night by Hpnotiq- my favorite was the Blue Bombshell!

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At the beginning of the night we were given a little Style Studio map that was designed to lead you to your style profile. The five styles featured were Edgy, Uptown Prep, Bombshell, Sweetheart, and Bohemian (I think I landed somewhere between Uptown Prep and Sweetheart). When it was your turn to go upstairs, you were allowed to choose any item you wanted to take home with you! I tried to keep my closet resolutions in mind and pick a more classic piece that I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of; I ended up with this pretty little striped dress.

Lulu’s Style Studio is always a blast- I’m already looking forward to next year. Thank you again to Lulu’s for a fantastic event and see below for a full list of the night’s sponsors!

Sponsors: Hpnotiq, Miss Jessie’s, Nyx Comestics, Blowfish Shoes, Goody, MinkPink, Twistband, Blaque Label, Nylon, Mary Kay, Gypsy Junkies, One Love Organics, True Beauty Box, Daliia, Bodyography, Black Sheep Clothing, Radiant Comestics, Fine Featherheads, Beauty Without Cruelty, Pom, Evie Evan, Winks, ChicoBag, BB Dakota, RSS, Larabar, Jamberry Nails