Friday, May 16, 2014

Five on Friday + Giveaway {May 16, 2014}

We've got a whole bundle of awesome things to share with you this Friday, including a giveaway at the bottom of this post in honor of our blogiversary! Let's jump right in - don't forget to enter below!

ONE | Chorus Against Cancer



My friend Brian Miller of Chorus Photography (check out his stunning photos, he is the best!) is participating in the Man of the Year campaign to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) which funds research, therapies, and treatments that continue to save lives. Every dollar his team raises through June 11th counts as one vote, and the candidate who raises the most money will be named Man of the Year at the Grand Finale. Throughout the campaign, Brian has been hosting several fundraising events to fight the battle against blood cancer including a wine tasting and an upcoming Night of 100 Gift Baskets (there are some fabulous prizes, including Gals Night In basket donated by The Sequin Notebook). There is even going to be a fun Princess Day filled with pampering and sweet treats - how cute!

Every single dollar given to this campaign helps support LLS research as well as patient services, advocacy, public and professional education, and community services. Please join my friends Brian and his wife Michele in standing up against blood cancer by learning more here, where you can also make a donation. Additionally, you can lend your voice by joining the campaign's Facebook group and if you happen to be in Limerick, PA area, by attending the Night of 100 Gift Baskets (May 31st) or Princess Day (June 8th). There is less than a month until the Grand Finale - I'm hoping that Chorus Against Cancer will come out on top!


TWO | Comp day!

I was so thrilled with how my first big event at my new job turned out, and very touched when I saw flowers on my desk from the boss later that week. However, I practically jumped out of my chair and did a victory dance in the office when my boss uttered those two magic words: "comp day!"

My reaction upon hearing the good news





















I broke up my week by taking Wednesday off, and it was such a perfect day! I waited online for Broadway rush tickets at the box office for The Bridges of Madison County and snagged the last two tickets for the matinee (which just so happened to be in the very front row and cost me only $37 each, thank you very much). If you happen to be in New York City and want to see a beautiful show with gorgeous music (not to mention a steamy leading man), RUN to that box office before this musical closes on Sunday! After the show I went out to dinner and then capped the night off at a karaoke bar. Nothing too crazy, but it made me feel refreshed and appreciated to have this unexpected bonus day of fun in the middle of the week.


THREE | New post series: Just Us Gals


Is there anything better than a marathon girl talk session with your best friend? Throw in some wine and you have our favorite kind of night! M and I kicked off the first installment of our new Just Us Gals series last weekend, where we'll interview each other and explore those topics that tend to come up between best friends during a late night bonding session. Since this is a new blog feature, we need your help: which topics would you like to see appear in this series?


FOUR | Giveaway winner!


I've always had bad luck when it comes to raffles or contests - in fact, the very first thing I ever won in my entire life happened just last year, when M and I had lunch with Michael Buble! Clearly I've been storing up my luck for years to only win the most amazing prizes, which is why I was so excited to learn that I won the Spring for Coffee giveaway! The new spring polish I've been lusting after, a pretty hand-painted mug to join me in my new office, a candle in one of my very favorite scents, some great new additions to my ever-growing collection of paper straws, plus a gift card to support my Starbucks habit...these ladies really know how to curate an amazing giveaway! Make sure you visit their fantastic blogs and show them some love:



FIVE | Enter to win our Blogiversary Giveaway
We're paying the good giveaway karma forward by hosting our own Sequiney Giveaway in honor of our first blogiversary. We've absolutely loved blogging together over the past year, and are so thankful for all of our lovely readers who keep coming back to our little blog. What better way to celebrate than hosting a giveaway? The mystery prizes for one lucky winner are some of our favorite things (we're basically mini Oprahs), and we'll slowly reveal teasers between now and the end of the giveaway. Here's the first sneak peek of just a few of the many prizes - an Essie nail polish, beautiful glitter for crafting, and a cocktail swatch book from Mrs. Lilien:



Don't miss out - enter our giveaway here or below!

We're excited to link up with DarciNatashaAprilChristinaAmandaJennie, and Lauren!

xoxo
B

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27 comments :

  1. Congrats on winning the giveaway - it was a pretty awesome one! I've never heard of comp days - but sounds like it was well deserved! Hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks - I've already given my new coffee mug quite the work out!

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  2. jealous of your musical going! have fun :)
    i really want that essie polish. fun!

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    1. I literally had to hold myself back from buying that exact polish a few weeks ago so of course I was thrilled to see that I had won it and saved a few dollars!

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  3. Thanks for helping raise awareness on such a great cause. Congrats on the success of your first big event! Happy weekend :)

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    1. Glad to help a little bit - make sure you check out Brian's site to learn more!

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  4. Yay! Congrats on winning that giveaway! That mug is adorable! Jealous you took Wed off. What a great way to break up the week! Happy Friday!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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    1. That mini break in the middle of the week was so refreshing - if only that was part of a typical work week!

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  5. I have bad luck with raffles too :( The only thing I've ever won in my life was a basketball...at an accounting seminar :-p Ha!! Yay for a comp day! Have a lovely weekend, ladies!

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    1. Haha not exactly a glamorous prize, but maybe that means your raffle luck is finally changing!

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  6. Ohhh your day off sounds amazing! And smart to do it mid week!

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  7. Yay so glad that you won our fun prize & entering your sparly giveaway as well :)

    Kristina
    meidcineandmanicures.blogspot.com

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  8. Ooo love sequins! Your day off sounds like it was great!

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  9. Ummmm I love that Essie color!!! They have the prettiest Spring and Summer colors right now! Thanks so much for linking up!!! xoxo

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  10. Congrats on winning and happy blogiversary :) I can't believe you had lunch with Michael B!

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    1. The Buble lunch was seriously the best. day. EVER!!! We really need to do a post on the entire experience soon!

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  11. I have never won a thing! haha I keep trying though! :)

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  12. GIRL!! Lunch with Michael Buble???!! What!!? So jealous right now..

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    1. He is so lovely in person - it was a total dream come true!

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  13. My blogiversary was yesterday and I'm also doing a giveaway! You're like the second or third person I've see who also hit the 1 year mark. May must be a big time for blogs to get started! And lunch with Michael Buble?!! SO jealous!!

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    1. Yay, happy blogiversary! I've seen a bunch of them lately too - there must be something inspirational about May!

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  14. Happy blog anniversary! Way to go on your first successful event!

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