Tuesday, March 9, 2010

giveaways and social climbers and top 2 tuesday!

First things first: I recently received Beth Dunn's Social Climbers in the mail and couldn't wait to sit down and devour it.  I literally would eat in my room so I'd be able to read while I ate!  This book is so heartwarming and full of cute, charming anecdotes (not to mention great Essie color recommendations!).  It is also a great look into the Philadelphia/New Jersey preppy culture - having spent my formative years in Virginia, it's interesting to see the differences above and below the Mason-Dixon line!  If you're interested in grabbing a copy of your own, please check out Beth's blog - Social Climbers !

annnd for a little personal content, FYI to everyone - i have received another message from both becky and christina, my besties, this time telling me that my room back home looks like a post office.  my thoughts on this? 
every time i'm sad or homesick, every time i'm lonely and there's no one on the ship i feel like i can relate to, i go shopping online.  
i buy cute summer dresses, pretty shimmery (and totally work inappropriate) makeup, and killer heels.  i order movies and frothy books and headbands and mascara (did you know they won't ship mascara to fpo/ap's ? isn't that strange?) and i do so without basically any guilt, because i am SO lonely sometimes.  it got to the point where my boss called me into his office and asked why i hadn't been my normal, obnoxiously perky self recently, and i was so bummed that i was completely honest.  i said, "i hate it here. i hate everyone. i miss my best friends and i can't wait to go home."  i realize i may have sounded like a whiny b*, but sometimes you have to pull the honesty card!  
SO, while i doubt any of y'all were judging, to the people who may think that my spending is a little bit extensive, please remember the reason that i have money to spend...because i LIVE (quite literally) at my job.
p.s. this isn't a dig at my besties - they're the people and times i'm thinking of when i'm buying these things-remembering our times together and looking forward to the times to come...and besides, they're taking good care of my packages for me :)
p.p.s. i seriously do have a shopping problem...have you seen the new Gap nautical collection?  i don't even like Gap!  not to mention the fact that i'm drooling @ Hollister right now...there's NO way i'd fit into that stuff...right??

 and for my top two tuesday - baby names? the funny thing is that i haven't played this little game with myself in FOREVER! shows how long it's been since i've had a boyfriend, huh? bahahah ;)
girl: kylie, kelly, kayla, kaely, brooke
boy: brett, kyle, jackson
And now for the giveaways:
 Semi Slacker Mom's Sew Girlie Personalized Bucket Giveaway
 Sweetie Pie Pumpkin Noodle's Pretty Smitten Notecard Giveaway

Hoity Toity Baby's Lucky Bluebird Art Giveaway
 Tart Paperie's Sweettart Giveaway
 Sweetie Pie Pumpkin Noodle's K Voss Designs Giveaway
 Sweetie Pie Pumpkin Noodle's West Third Candle in Garden Freesia Scent
Sweetie Pie Pumpkin Noodle's Live Oaks Pouch
Sweetie Pie Pumpkin Noodle's Pretty Chic Giveaway
 Hoity Toity Baby's Finch and Hawk Giveaway
 The Entertaining House's Cheese Basket Giveaway

Think Happy Thought's Wise Impressions Giveaway

 Hoity Toity Baby's Penny Lane Designs Giveaway
 The Life of a Suburban Princess's Lilly Pulitzer Pendant Giveaway
 Hoity Toity Baby's Swanky Bakes Giveaway
 How Could You Nott's Let Me Natalya Jewelry Giveaway
 Preppy Little Dress's Lilly Pulitzer Giveaway
 Hoity Toity Baby's Ink Obsession Giveaway

y'all should really enter all of them!! look at what i've won recently:
Huephoria Wine Glass, courtesy of KAG:
Fondue Set, courtesy of Little Miss Southern:

just thought about becky having to put a fondue pot on the pile in my room - done with the bummed! now get to entering those posts and grab a copy of Social Climbers


The Boob Nazi said...

You're in the military AND you're a girly girl? You're awesome. That's the best thing I've heard all day.

Beth Dunn said...

Aren't you a doll baby! Thank you. xoxo

Aly said...

I love the names Brooke and Kylie!! Very cute blog, too! Gotta love my KKG girls....I was an AOII....but a few of my dear friends are KKG's! :)

Taylor @ The Undomestic Momma said...

love your name picks!

Dollface said...

I love these!!! xxxoo

Headbands and Hand Bags said...

I have some giveaway entering to do it would seem! Now get home and open up that new loot!

Abbie said...

I have a niece named Kayle (although your Kayle is spelled different!) a cousin named Kyle and a dog named Brett! Ha!

Mrs. Bear said...

I am hosting a giveaway too =0) Check it out on my blog!

Ali said...

I love the names Brooke & Jackson :) I'm sorry you've been feeling lonely :( ALMOST HOME!!!!!!! xoxoxoxo

Pink Champagne said...

Social Climbers is definitely on my to-read list - I can't wait to dive into it! Sorry you have been feeling lonely out there... just remember you have tons of friends in Blog Land lovely!

joeandbridge said...


Previously Plump... in progress said...

:) missed you.

Online shopping - I could do it for hours.... no wait, Days.

Days and days and days.

I need to get a job where the main focus is online shopping.

Kaz and Amy said...

I'm the same way...When I'm sad or down all I want to do is shop! Lol! Just found your blog and love it! I'm a new follower:)

Mrs. Bear said...

YOU WON MY GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HOORAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Email me mrsbearshappythoughts@gmail.com for more details.


kLl said...

I completely feel you on the lonely part. My year in San Francisco away from my family and friends in the south was the worst year of my life. I loved my job but hated being away and feel like an outsider. When you get back to your besties, it will be the best feeling in the world! Stay strong and if you have to shop to feel better then more power to you!

Nishant said...

That's the best thing I've heard all day.
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