A Birthday Giveaway of the Charitable Kind

Friday, November 19, 2010


It's my birthday today! Another year older, and hopefully wiser.

Last year on my birthday, I had a "virtual" tea party with some of my favorite blogging friends. The turnout was rather spectacular.

And while I hinted in my last post about some beautiful things I would like to add to my wardrobe, I've decided to take an anti-materialist stance for this year's birthday (it's just one day after all).

As fashion bloggers, we thrive on beauty, post and link to things we buy and wish we could buy. We buy things, and then we take beautifully composed photos of ourselves wearing said beautiful things. And all of this in the name of Fashion.

This year, I made a jump from a job that I hated, which paid me quite well. But to deal with the repressed dissatisfaction I had at my last job, I shopped. It provided me with some of the beautiful things I still treasure and wear today. But even after the extravagant purchases, and after the initial high of taking home my items, I still felt that emptiness within me.

Now, I have a job that I absolutely adore- and yes, I make less than I did before, so now when I shop, I often have to buy designer things on sale. But my life has never been happier, richer, fuller. Now I no longer have a need to gift myself, I want to give. It's a shift in my way of thinking.

This year, for my birthday, I would like to try something different. As a giveaway for you, my readers, I'd like to share a small gift to express my gratitude for your friendship.

One reader will win a $50 gift certificate to Oak NYC and a $50 donation will be made on your behalf to the charity of your choice via Network for Good.

To enter, simply leave a comment below (if you don't have a blog or Twitter account, please leave your email address so that I can reach you if you win). Entries will be open for US readers until Friday November 26th at 11:59 pm NYC time. I'll announce the randomly selected winner on Monday November 29th. Thanks for reading :)

25 comments:

Katt said...

What an awesome giveaway to have for your birthday! Happy bday! I hope it involved cake. :)
Thank you!
lovewantvintage@gmail.com

landel said...

Wow...happy2x birthday.. I wish you all the best..gbu!

Maya • Fashion Illustration blog said...

Happy birthday girl, and so great you made such a great change in a year. You're an inspiration!

M

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Scientific Housewife said...

Happy Birthday and what a great idea!

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daisychain said...

Happy Birthday x

Le Placard said...

What a lovely idea! As a fashion blogger it's hard sometimes not to get caught up in the more materialistic side of it all, this is a great reminder that there are others out there that are less fortunate. Congratulations on the success of your blog and thank you for serving as such a great inspiration to myself and I'm sure many others!

Keep up the wonderful blogging.

XO,
Elizabeth

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Happy birthday - I forgot our birthdays were so close together! Glad this has been a great year for you and wishing for many more!

Love the charity component of the giveaway!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

happy birthday, D!!! Enjoy your weekend :)

What a lovely giveaway!

ella said...

You are adorable! Happy happy birthday lovely and we'll celebrate with some bubbly next weekend. xoxo

Chessa! said...

what a wonderful way to celebrate life and your birthday. I know exactly how you feel since I went through it myself. it's been three years now and that other life seems like a long lost dream...
happy birthday to you! x

Kiri Bryant said...

Happy birthday and what a wonderful giveaway idea!

kiri.bryant(at)gmail.com

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A Stylized Hysteria said...

Man, I love this idea and giveaway. Happy belated birthday!
najeema@astylizedhysteria.com

Tammy said...

Happy birthday! I love how you are following your highest excitement, and growing every day and loving life. This giveaway is a great idea, a reflection of you in all the best ways :o)
Peace

Mel said...

Happy birthday!!!

Manuela e Claudia said...

Happy birthday!!

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manu said...

lovely giveaway!!that's a great idea

happy birthday :)

manubenti@hotmail.it

MizzJ said...

I'm not eligible, so please don't count me in as an entry! I just wanted to wish you a happy birthday, though I guess happy wishes are unneeded since it sounds like life is pretty sweet right now as it is :)

Monique said...

I'm very late to this party but i jsut read and wow your just one awesome person! Its refreshing to hear how someone can be so happy in their lives! Hats off to you miss! and HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!!! P.S. if you visit my blog today's post is about a bracelet I'm selling on etsy and will donate 50% to charity.

Syed said...

Happy Birthday!!! Even though it's kinda late - hope you had a lovely time :)

thepricklypinecone said...

Oh my how generous. I am sure the donation will be much appreciated! I hope I feel as giving on my birthday.

thepricklypinecone(at)gmail.com

August Casati said...

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thefatandskinnyonfashion said...

Happy Belated Birthday!

Niki B. said...

This is an amazing idea for a giveaway! MAJOR PROPS. I would love to win as it's a great opportunity to give a little extra with the holidays coming up.

xoxo
Niki
A Haute Mess

Glamour Bbey. said...

Hayhay!
How are you? Your blog is great and I love your pictures and posts! I'm glad that I've visited yours.

Please, check mine, & maybe we can follow eachother? + join my giveaway!

Thanks and love,
Cindy

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