Coco Avant Chanel + A Giveaway!

Thursday, September 24, 2009



Coco Avant Chanel (they are releasing it in the States as "Coco Before Chanel" but I stick by the original title; feels more glamorous) will be opening in certain US theaters on Friday and the biopic of Chanel's early years looks just delicious. I am a fan of Audrey Tatou's waifish beauty, even if I haven't always loved her film choices (we will have to save a discussion of the vicious undertones in "Amelie" for another day).

Director Anne Fontaine said that her inspiration for the project began when she read a once out of copy biography called Chanel and Her World, written by an editor at French Vogue and confidante of the legendary designer. I had never read the biography before, so I ordered myself a copy on Amazon, and an extra copy for one of my lucky readers! Enter to win a classy hardback copy now before they release one of those cheesy "As Adapted for Film Starring Audrey Tatou" paperback covers with Audrey's mug plastered on the front.

After all... it's been a while since the last giveaway. So here's something for you, dear followers of Dream Sequins. Thank you for reading and good luck! Bisous!

Rules for the "Chanel and Her World" Book Giveaway on Dream Sequins



(1) You must be a follower of this blog (via Google Friend Connect) to qualify for this giveaway. See the widget in the right sidebar under "Cool Cats."

(2) This giveaway is open to lovely readers worldwide. Hurray! One lucky winner will be chosen by random drawing.

(3) You have up to two chances to win a hardback copy of the Chanel biography (pictured above).
  • For the first chance to win, leave a comment in this post. If you do not have a blog, please leave your email address so that I have a way to reach you if you win!
  • For the second chance to win, link to this post on your blog or via Twitter. Then leave a separate comment in this post that you have spread the word for your second entry.
Deadline to enter the giveaway is Thursday October 1st at 11:59 pm NYC time. The lucky winner will be announced on Friday October 2nd!

Bonne chance! (Sorry couldn't resist throwing in a little high school French...)

139 comments:

Savvy Gal said...

what a fab giveaway. i love everything coco chanel. : )

InnyVinny said...

Yes...please and thank you...

=D

Little Rus said...

Gorgeous giveaway! I've had this book on my amazon wish-list for ages. x

Manju said...

count me in please ^^
i'm so excited for this movie!

Claire said...

Me please!

Claire said...

And I've tweeted too! check @electricclaire

janettaylor said...

Oh. So fab! :-)

XoXO

Intrinsically Florrie said...

What a lovely giveaway. I love Chanel and really wanted to see the film but it never came to a cinema near me. :( So I'll have to wait till the DVD I guess.

Florrie x

Susan said...

oh what a giveaway! gorgeous book, darling.
xoxo

Susan said...

have just twitted about it :))
http://twitter.com/zbenko
xoxo

Elizabeth Marie said...

I'm in...lets DO THIS. I'll tweet tomorrow when there's more traffic! GOT YOUR BACK lady. :)

jaassnnaa said...

like...

Eden said...

please count me in! :P definitely this would be a fab read:)

The Haute-Shopper said...

I actually have this book, but it's buried in a box somewhere in the UK and I haven't read it yet... how bad is that? I think a lot of people were disappointed this movie didn't really cover fashion or Chanel as much. They obviously didn't read the title properly... it is more about her early career and life than anything else (although you will see quite a bit of the rue Cambon apartment).

Re: Berlin, you definitely should go. It's a haven for indie designers... I must have visited well over 20 stores in a day by designers I never heard of and the fashion scene is just brimming with creativity. It was exactly what I needed, because I'm a little jaded when it comes to fashion right now. If you find a direct flight from NYC it should be doable over the weekend.

JP said...

You already know I'm following... what a clever giveaway idea! Love it... so much fun.

Love,
JP
http://denimdebutante.com

Jennifer Fabulous said...

I love this book! I read it a year or so ago and fell in love with it. Probably the best bio on Chanel out there right now.

Anika said...

Ahhh, this on my 'must see' list....cannot wait!
And what a beautiful book, great giveaway :)

Lily G. said...

I love this giveaway!! I love coco chanel and want to see the movie too!

Jaime said...

Nice giveaway! I am a follower :) Will tweet this and post on my blog too- I will link in another comment :)

alexkeller said...

tres bien! pick me!

alexkeller said...

i tweeted!

Wicked Halo said...

Count me in darling :)

corrie said...

So excited to see this movie! The Lifetime Chanel movie was awful, even with Shirley MaClaine, so I've got my fingers crossed on this one.

And what a thoughtful giveaway!

Bailey McCann said...

Count me in, I love everything Chanel!

Lynn said...

i love coco! i just watched the made for TV film last weekend and i enjoyed it very much!! i want to win this giveaway too!! :)

Saskia said...

Oooooh, love love LOVE this giveaway!! Please count me in!

Saskia with her fingers crossed xx

Lizzie said...

OMG this is amazing!! I can't wait to see this movie, but I've watched the lifetime one a million times (I love it, I don't care what anyone thinks!).
Awesome giveaway!

Lizzie said...

I also posted about it on my blog!
http://modeprincesse.blogspot.com/2009/09/giveaway-time.html

Sheena said...

This is an awesome giveaway. I've been wanting to read a Chanel biography for awhile. :)

Annie@A View On Design said...

gee I like your blog, very stylish!

Taylor Sterling said...

I am so excited to read this book before the movie! I hope I win! xx Time to twitter this!

Taylor Sterling said...

YAY I just posted in on my twitter! Thanks! xoxo

Carla said...

Great giveaway, I would love to enter! Thanks for the offer. :)

carla(at)greenandchic(dot)com

Jaime said...

I've posted on my blog and here's my tweet!

http://laviejaime.blogspot.com/2009/09/giveaway-reminder.html

Blog post- Giveaways! @laviejaime @SavvyMode @dreamsequins http://bit.ly/3Hti1Y less than 5 seconds ago

.:*aMbAr*:. said...

OMG!!!! This is a great givy. I'm going to tweet about it ASAP.

Nika said...

that's a lovely give away, I'm in!

.:*aMbAr*:. said...

I just tweeted it, I "tagged" you there, @Ambar_G

nookie said...

awesome giveaway!

Lilly said...

This book looks great! I would love to read it.
Thanks a lot for the chance.
eli_green22 at yahoo dot com dot br

Heather said...

I've love to read this! She was so glamourous. :)

fierogirl (at) gmail (dot) com

dapper kid said...

It was such a beautiful film! Ooh totally need to track down a copy of that biography. Oh, and Monocle was goood, although admittedly I got it mainly to catch up with the comic lol. But the politics articles at the front were amazing as expected. Hope you're having a wonderful day :)

Simply Me said...

love your blog- new follower :)

stylesmith said...

Yes please!

fab giveaway! Thanks honey!

kelsi@stylesmithonline.com

AsianCajuns (Lauren) said...

Ooo what a good give-away, DS!!! And I totally agree with you- I hate those books with movie-covers - don't they know readers hate that? (I mean, we all do, right?). I'm going to ask Cath to twitter it for us too (I'll let you know when she does)- I've never tweeted... I know, the shame ;)

Rachel said...

I would LOVE this book, its on my Amazon wish list (along with a million other books, sigh).

kpeach said...

I just found your blog and became a follower and very much want to win this-maybe it's meant to be! xo

Little Rus said...

Hi darling! Glad to hear that you like my giveaway. :) Answering your question - yes, you can enter wherever you are. I don't actually think that these watches are available in the US, so if you win you will be the first one to wear it! :)
xxx

Iced-Tea-Girl said...

Love it

count me in
LOOOOOOVE YOU!!!!!

Krissy said...

What a wonderful giveaway! I've been anticipating this movie for months, and it would be a real treat to have a gander into the book that inspired it all. :D

musie said...

Oooh! What a great giveaway. I love her and really really really can't wait to see the movie!

mverno said...

i'll follow mverno@roadrunner.com

Birdie! said...

I totally want to hear your thoughts on the Amelie undertones, now! :O

Amazing giveaway - I'll have to keep an eye out for this book at Twice Sold (that is, of course, if this contest entry does not prove fruitful).

Thumbelina Fashionista said...

Yum! A book about Chanel!

E.K. said...

Yes, I loved Chairy on Pee-Wee!

I know what you mean about Audrey's film choices, always hit and miss. I still love her though!

Kashaya said...

Oh I would love to win that book, I'm in!

Kashaya said...

I have made a blogpost at

http://kashayatavlar.blogspot.com/2009/09/chanel-book-giveaway.html

Gabbi said...

Fantastic giveaway! I'm very much a following 'Cool Cat' already and I would love love this book. *Fingers Crossed!*

:)

Gabby said...

I just read an article in Newsweek about this movie, I'm intrigued!

I follow you everywhere, chica!

Damsels said...

would be thrilled to win this and learn more about coco

nadia weweredamsels@gmai.com

Amber said...

I would love to win - I just adore Chanel! And I follow your blog too!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

Sher said...

What a great giveaway!! I just found your blog, definitely goin to follow:)

I really can't wait to see the movie!

drollgirl said...

this is such a super giveaway! you are so schmart to do this! i hope i win! h ahahahah. and if not, no worries. :)

CocktailChic said...

Wondering giveaway! She is one of my heroes!. I followed your blog (cocktailchic) & I tweeted about the giveaway http://twitter.com/CocktailChic/status/4359581511

Ashleytschudin@yahoo.com

Wrapped up in Life said...

Oooh I would love to win this book! Thank you for the opportunity.

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

beautiful book

vitaMinn style said...

You are so sweet and thoughtful to share this to one lucky lady! Even if I don't win, I'll buy book to hopefully improve my fashion IQ. =)

Midtown Girl said...

Eeek!! I love this giveaway and I am so wanting this!!!

Will TWEET about this FOR SHIZ (no need for a second entry I will just do this bc that's how much I ADORE you).

XOXO
Amy (yay for real names - lol)

Livie said...

cool - that's a fun giveaway.

now i am intrigued - what do you mean by the underlying tones of Amelie? that's one of my fave movies!! Need your updated post on that soon.

Carlotta said...

Hi dear, OMG I've missed so many great posts..loooove your new layout and what a great giveaway!! Tweeted :))

I'm running another giveaway too don't miss it!!

Rachel said...

awesome *fingers crossed*

marybelle said...

I am now a follower & I have my fingers crossed for this amazing book.
marypres(at)gmail(dot)com

Carol EL said...

New follower. jelly15301 I would like to read this book. jelly15301@gmail.com

thaeter7 said...

.I follow.my daughter is a model. she would love this book!

jennine said...

i've always wanted to read that book!
count me in!

Anonymous said...

in many ways this is history, i would love to win this book. thanks

Anonymous said...

this is a really good book to have. thanks.

Foksy said...

yay!! missed the film at film fest it was sold out ,cant wait to see it!!

cndlady said...

I would love to win - I just adore Chanel!

cndlady said...

I tweeted it here
http://twitter.com/cndlady/status/4372470472

Sher said...

I would rather read about her early years. How she got started, the struggle, her connections etc. I don't have the book ....yet ;) Enter me!

Sunnyvale said...

This would be interesing.

yadgirl said...

I follow and I'd love to win.

Kim said...

follower! love this!

athompson said...

im a follower and a huge chanel fan. as im sure everyone else is. no one can beat her classic beauty and her eye for fashion!
thompson_tanda@yahoo.com

Tiffany said...

fabulous! hope I win!

Tiffany said...
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Eyeliah said...

Of course I follow, great giveaway.

Seeryus Mama said...

Simply can't go wrong with Chanel! So classy!!

seeryusfam@msn.com

janetfaye said...

I would love to read this book.

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

janetfaye said...

Tweet:
http://twitter.com/Janetfaye/status/4380625165

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

PJpanache said...

So amazing! I love Chanel. Thank you for posting this..

Shelly said...

would love to read this

Shelly said...

tweet http://twitter.com/phxbne/status/4381408624

crystal.fournier said...

Im in, thanks for this opportunity!

crystal.fournier said...

I'm following you on Twitter! Again thanks for this opportunity!

Stafford Wife said...
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Stafford Wife said...

I found your blog via The Swelle Life and I am a new follower. : ) Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

Shelley

shelleyastafford (at) yahoo (dot) com

sabrita said...

What a great read this would be. Fabulous giveaway-I would love to win! I am a new follower on Google Friend Connect.
sabrita@juno.com

Jenaveve said...

All my fingers and toes are crossed in the hope of winning a copy of "Chanel and Her World"! Hope you enjoy the movie (can't wait to hear your review).

PinkBow said...

fantastic giveaway opportunity! i saw the film & loved it, although i would love there to be a follow-up film to see more of the glamorous chanel. i love reading about her, what a fabulous & interesting life.

Meredith said...

I would love to read this book.

PinkBow said...

my 2nd attempt at a win -http://www.pinkbow.net/2009/09/postcards-from-my-hometown.html

Alice H said...

I follow - thanks for introducing this book to me! And for the chance! alicedemskehansen at gmail.com

Lilli boo said...

I love the movie and wanted more....this book sounds very appealing and regardless I will have to acquire a copy...thatnks for bringing it to our attention...

Valerie said...

While I can't say that I admire everything she did in her life, I DO admire what she did for women's fashion. I'm sure I'd find her bio very interesting!

Valerie said...

http://twitter.com/mamavalveeta03/status/4405523146

my email is: valhoff3 at yahoo dot com

Sherin said...

I loved that movie. It was made so well and the acting was brilliant. Oh, what a great giveaway. I am officially a follower, and have been for a while.

Eve said...

what a great giveaway. I read about that book a week or so ago, and I have been interested in checking it out since then. please enter me.

shopgurl101 at gmail dot com

Eve said...

I tweeted: http://twitter.com/shopgurl/status/4426851985


shopgurl101 at gmail dot com

dot said...

Hi D! Looks like you're loving Houston.

I'm eliminating myself from the contest because we live in London and the postage would be ridiculous, but I'm going to get the book, so thanks for the tip (I believe I'm following you but will check: I should!)

I loved the film, and if it hasn't left the theatres here, I'm seeing it again. I knew many of the things about Coco Chanel already, but was impressed with the way (as a potential future filmmaker) they were able to show us visually how her ideas came to her. I'm sure there was some artistic license, but still: it worked.

I don't think there's ever been a time in fashion's history that was so radical a change as that period, and while I don't know if she's solely responsible, it sure does feel she was.

It's almost like everything since is just derivative.

Sorry to run on. Have a great time in Texas, D!

xoxo

FASHIONISTA said...

Oh Please Pick Me Pretty please with Sequins on top!!! What a FAB Giveaway! couldnt resist!!!!!! Truly No. 5!

mai-ja said...

Aghhh I so love Coco Chanel style and her quotes:

"Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

“The best color in the whole world, is the one that looks good, on you!”

“I don't understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little - if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that's the day she has a date with destiny. And it's best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.”

:)

Chloe and Boo said...

yay Coco Chanel! Thanks for creating such a fun giveaway.

Chelsa Bea said...

Love Coco and love the giveaway. So glad I found your blog.

Hanako66 said...

i can't wait to see the film...great giveaway!!!

turboterp said...

I worship Coco and her fashion legacy. Would love to own this wonderful book! Thanks.

K @ Blog Goggles said...

That's so awesome! I would love to have this (and of course I'm a follower).

It's actually funny - this movie came out months ago in Hong Kong. I didn't get the chance to see it then, but I bought it on DVD a while ago. Unfortunately, the subtitles were not in English, so I'm technically still at square one.

vein of noir said...

i would love to add this book to my collection! :)

erma said...

I am a follower.
erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

Kimberly said...

I am a follower. I would love to have this book to browse through and have on the coffee table as a real converation starter.

Chessa! said...

fabulous! I cannot wait to see this film. I hope I win!

Miss Vee said...

I'd definitely love to be entered in this oh-so-chic and marvelous contest! I can't wait for the movie as well. ^^

http://therussiansarecoming.blogspot.com

Melanie said...

I follow, and I adore Coco Chanel.
I can't wait to see the film.



clarkmurdock@yahoo.com

kakihara said...

I follow--and I'm a huge Chanel fan thanks for a chance to win this fabulous book!
kakihararocks@gmail.com

michy27 said...

Great contest! I love Chanel and can't wait to see this movie when it comes out. Please include me in the draw too;)

oshea@shaw.ca

getpalmd said...

This would be superb to read, I'd almost like to read this before I see the movie! :-)

la petite fashionista said...

Coco Chanel's life absolutely fascinates me. So lovely of you to give a copy away to your readers!

mom2anutball said...

Great giveaway! I would totally love to win this! I follow your blog as mom2anutball!
hawkgirl_16{at}hotmail{dot}com

mom2anutball said...

I tweeted about this great giveaway!!

http://twitter.com/mom2anutball/status/4525033675


hawkgirl_16{at}hotmail{dot}com

fashionblogger said...

Wow, huge competition...

Selah D'or said...

this is such an awesome giveaway!!!!!

Selah D'or said...

and i just tweeted it!!!!

kathy pease said...

Thank you for the AWESOME GIVEAWAY.. Please count me in :)

following your blog as klp1965
kathy pease

kathy pease said...

http://twitter.com/klp1965/status/4534917714

Diana said...

This is what I get for abandoning my Google Reader while on vacation, I miss this!!
I'm not a follower under Google Connect, but I am follower via RSS!
I'll tweet this for you!

captivate me. said...

how amazingly fabulous!!! LOVE this giveaway :-) (and of course...LOVE Chanel)! Am a follower.
p.s got your adorable postcard--you're too sweet.

kaila rain said...

oh oh yes yess :D

Jinxy and Me said...

Looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!

purango said...

Great giveaway. I would love to win this book. garrettsambo@aol.com

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