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Giveaway: Express Glam Fragrance + $100 Express Gift Card

Giveaway: Express Glam Fragrance + $100 Express Gift Card

When I was in college, Express was one of those places the “cool kids” shopped. Back then, I didn’t really fit into a lot of their clothes, and it was somewhat aspirational for me. As soon as I was able to, I was all about their jeans. It’s new to see Express selling fragrances though, and I’m all about the new Glam. Made with top notes of black currant, mandarin vodka and mid notes of sheer jasmine, while the base notes are sandalwood flower, praline and white woods, it legit FEELS glam — and it’s so slender I can easily fit it in my purse when I’m out and about! For those of you who aren’t into heavy scents, this one is light and airy and starts at just $15.99 for the roller ball size – a great price...

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Giveaway: HP Envy x2 Laptop/Tablet Hybrid

Giveaway: HP Envy x2 Laptop/Tablet Hybrid

Greetings from Nashville! Obviously, this is one of my favorite cities in the country — this is the third time I’ve been here this year! — but this time, I’m here for a very special reason — I’m one of the speakers at the KEEN Digital Summit, a conference of digital tastemakers. My presentation was on using social media for social good and it’s a cause incredibly close to me. I really truly believe all of us have the ability to make a definitive difference in the lives of the people who need us if we just put a little effort into it! While here, I’ve been playing with my new HP ENVY x2, which was sent to me for the purpose of a review and giveaway — and I’m in love with it. I’m staying at the new...

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My obsession with Les Miserables (is your reward!) — a giveaway!

My obsession with Les Miserables (is your reward!) — a giveaway!

As I’ve mentioned (a few dozen?) times, I’m immoderately obsessed with all things Les Miserables. I’ve read the book countless times — and it’s a long one! — and saw the play at least six times in high school. And when the movie came out Christmas? I was there opening day. And the next day. And, well, I admit – the day after that. So, obviously I already own the Les Miserables Blu-Ray combo pack – and it’s amazing. And I hope some of you own it soon as well, because I’m giving it away to 5 winners! More info here. Enter...

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In honor of (almost) Valentine’s Day: A Love Story + Giveaway (Sony Xperia TL!)

In honor of (almost) Valentine’s Day: A Love Story + Giveaway (Sony Xperia TL!)

Oh, love. Sometimes I love the idea of love, sometime I hate it — but it usually is dominating everything I do. The last decade has brought about many new technologies that have changed the way we listen to music, read a book and even how we meet new people. Back in the day, people would strike up a conversation by commenting on the book you were reading or discuss an interesting article in the newspaper, nowadays people are intrigued by your new smartphone or tablet. Case in point, Duane and Hope had worked in the same building for two years, but finally broke the ice when she asked him about his Sony cell phone. They started dating and are now happily engaged, thanks to that  phone! In honor of Valentine’s Day and the nearly 100 million people that...

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Check out the Alberto Fermani Post Thanksgiving Sale (AND enter my giveaway for a fab pair of their boots!)

Check out the Alberto Fermani Post Thanksgiving Sale (AND enter my giveaway for a fab pair of their boots!)

I secretly love when it gets colder out — it’s an excuse to wear incredible boots (and get incredible stares from boys as I’m at it.) Also, discovery: super-high boots lengthen your leg, and make you look taller and sexier! This week, I’m all about my new luxurious boots from Alberto Fermani — they have been creating handmade Italian boots since 1960! — and they have agreed to partner with me for the holiday by awarding one of you a pair of their boots! To enter to win, visit the Alberto Fermani site and then comment below sharing your favorite boot style (you can see at left the one I chose!).  I’ll announce the winner Friday, and remind you then about the great Cyber Monday sale they have going on — so even if...

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My Halloween Score (and a $100 T.J. Maxx Gift Card Giveaway!)

My Halloween Score (and a $100 T.J. Maxx Gift Card Giveaway!)

A few weeks ago, T.J.Maxx contacted me with a really fun challenge — they’d send me a gift card and I’d make the biggest “score” I could at a location — and then give two of you the opportunity to do the same! Obviously, the intention was to give me the opportunity to discover the new fall fashions at T.J.Maxx at a time we were transitioning from summer to fall — but I felt conflicted…how does one rationalize buying bunches of new clothes when they are in the middle of a body transformation? (Or at least attempting one!) Well, they shop for an OCCASION. So, I took my $250 T.J.Maxx gift card and went shopping yesterday for the ingredients for my Halloween concept. (And got a few other things while I was there,...

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Giveaway: Penny for your thoughts (or, like a whole bunch of them)

Giveaway: Penny for your thoughts (or, like a whole bunch of them)

I began penning this post yesterday, as I was sitting in an airport terminal, waiting for my flight home (you know it’s a quick turnaround when you can check in for your arriving and departing flights at the same time), and I can’t help myself from people watching. I’ve always been something of a “yenta”( as my grandma would have put it )– I love observing from a far and trying to figure out the story going on behind a person’s often paper-thin facade. And the best place to people watch? The airport, obviously. Don’t you wonder what people are thinking? What their fun secret indulgences are? How ironic is it now I’m working on this post, about pennies for our thoughts (and a whole lot of them) — we have...

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Giveaway: $50 Kohl’s Gift Card!

Giveaway: $50 Kohl’s Gift Card!

I’m one of those girls that get very set in my ways — I find something I like that’s convenient, and I’ll do it all the time, and not be open to any substitutions. (Actually, the same could be said for my choice in cocktails. And coffee blends. And men.) And, I feel that way, quite often, about the variety Kohl’s  affords me – there’s very few places I can drop by and get lingerie, k-cups, and new sheets all in the same spot — and all at a pretty bargain price. The store is celebrating their 50 years  anniversary and is opening 12 new stores this fall. To celebrate, they asked me to share one of my savings stories – and then award one of you a $50 gift card to do the same! The grand opening sale is winding down...

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Giveaway: $50 American Express Gift Card!

Giveaway: $50 American Express Gift Card!

Last week, I did a giveaway of a $250 American Express gift card to get you all ready for back to school. I promised I’d be following up this week with more fun for those of you who missed out, and here we are! The winner is being notified today, and will have lots of options to choose from in their prize: You can redeem MR points for increments as low as 2,500 to get gift cards in $25 increments, and this week, if you are not that lucky winner, you  still have a chance to win and earn more points. (Check out how I used my points last week!) Today’s giveaway is easy: The most important thing to me in the world is loving and supporting your friends, and today’s giveaway — it’s all about sharing and friendship!  I recently...

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Giveaway: Go back to school with a $250 American Express gift card!

Giveaway: Go back to school with a $250 American Express gift card!

For a lot of you guys out there, this week and next mark back-to-school time! For me, this time of year was all about the “newness” — fun new school supplies, great new clothes, fighting with my mom about MY idea of what to wear the first day of school (vs: what she believed I should wear)! And, let me tell you, I’m upwards of 30 now, and life hasn’t changed all that much! Interestingly, American Express is launching a week-long daily Twitter Sweeps to kick off “Back to School on Points.” In celebration of this super cool idea, I’ve created a “back-to-school look” using American Express Membership Rewards Points and paired it up with an opportunity for one of you to win a $250 American Express Gift Card! You can redeem...

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