October 4, 2013

"shopping at the paradise" contest

Some period drama-loving friends and I are throwing a big online party to celebrate Masterpiece airing season one of The Paradise. There will be a premiere night Twitter chat, weekly recaps, and to kick things off . . . a fun contest involving one of our favorite pastimes - SHOPPING! This seemed appropriate as The Paradise is a Victorian-era department store where plucky heroine Denise Lovett is employed in the Ladieswear Dept. 

Read on to find out how you can enter this exciting contest and be eligible to win several FABULOUS prizes!

Contest Rules
1) Take a photo (camera pix are fine) of yourself shopping for one (or more) of the following items:
  • Shoes
  • Jewelry
  • Purses
  • Lingerie
  • Make-Up
  • Perfume
  • Hats
  • Stockings/Hosiery
It's easier than you think! Just take a look through your Facebook photos and I'm sure you'll find a whole mess of pictures you could submit. I mean, who doesn't love taking photos of themselves wearing fabulous hats in the middle of a store? And I can't be the only one who feels the need to share it with their friends.

During a shopping trip, I needed a second opinion. Buy the hat,
or don't buy the hat? Sadly my interweb friends didn't respond
fast enough, and I left the store with a fantastic scarf instead.
In hindsight, I should've bought the hat, too. Sigh. Regrets!

Yeah, like I was supposed to NOT try on the
giant sombrero at the gift shop across the street
from The Alamo. When in Texas...
Sadly, there was no way this one was making it
on the plane, so I had to leave it behind, too.

Naturally, I had to try the Davy Crockett look
the next day. Not only does it look bad ass, but I
needed the perfect Texas-infused gift for my little sister.
After I saw this puppy, I knew: Mission accomplished.

Another souvenir found at a gift shop on a pier in Malibu.
At least this store gave me a gorgeous background.

Believe it or not, these are the hats my sister and I left with.
It was summer, and you never know when you'll need a patriotic visor.

Wow. There are quite a few of these. And I could've tripled my number of photos if I included the pictures of me wearing other people's hats in bars. I apparently have a problem with trying on hats of myself and taking selfies. But why not join me in the madness? I mean, you could totally win fabulous prizes by doing it.

You will receive ONE entry per picture of an item listed above (up to 8 entries.)

You can earn a bonus FIVE entries if you submit a photo of yourself with a cute/crush-worthy shop employee. (Male or female.)

2) You may submit your contest photos via Twitter or Facebook.

Twitter - Tweet your picture(s) to @ParadiseParty2

Facebook - Post your pictures to the Facebook group, Paradise Party. Note: You will have to join the group in order to post to the forum.

3) This contest is open to residents of the United States ONLY.

4) Contest will begin on Friday, October 4, 2013 and end at midnight on Sunday, November 17, 2013. Winners will be announced on Monday, November 18, 2013.

5) Prizes are as follows:

(1) Grand Prize - A $50 Macy's gift card, which can be used online or in-store. The winner of this prize will be selected by the True Random Number Generator at www.random.org.

(1) Bonus Prize - The Funniest Photo - A Kindle copy of The Ladies' Paradise by Émile Zola (this is the classic novel that the TV series is based on.) The winner of this prize will be selected by the 8 authors/bloggers participating in The Paradise online event.

(1) Bonus Prize - Item We Most Want Photo - An audio CD of The Paradise TV Soundtrack. The winner of this prize will be selected by the 8 authors/bloggers participating in The Paradise online event.

So, you can earn up to 13 entries and there are THREE great prizes up for grabs. Cleverness and originality count with these pix, so have fun and be creative!

Be sure to check out the shopping finds from these fellow Paradise Party bloggers:

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  1. Laura, run! Get back to that store and buy that straw hat. You look marvelous, darling! (The sombrero is pretty hot, too!) I walked into the lingerie department on my selfie shoot thinking, Yee gads. I hope they don't expect me to take a picture actually WEARING any of this stuff! :) Off to visit the other bloggers... Can't wait to tweet with you for Sunday night's premiere of The Paradise. Cheers!

  2. Buy them all! Every one of those hats (well, almost) is fabulous. As are you, grown-up Laura! xxx

  3. Hee! I love that you had pix of yourself shopping for hats on hand! That sombrero one really cracks me up! I think if you'd tried to walk with that thing on, it would have toppled you over!

    Excited about the contest and our premiere night chat on Twitter! Thanks for helping to organize everything, Laura! :)

  4. I ADORE the Davy Crockett look!!! So fun!! Can't wait to get started!!

  5. Today is National Taco Day so I'm digging you in the sombrero! OLE! Tweet ya around on Sunday night!