I am so excited to share today's post because not only do I get to support a very dear friend, I'm also bringing you my first giveaway - and I might be biased, but I think the prize is fab. (You all know I'm now going to waffle for a while, so skip to the end if you want to go straight to how to enter.)
I was so thrilled when Jessica of Chronically Vintage - who so many of you will already know and love - suggested we work together on this post in aid of her Etsy shop, ChronicallyVintage. This lady is so tireless in her support of others in the vintage community generally and she's been such a caring friend of mine in particular, I leapt at the chance to feature her awesome shop here.
It surprised me to learn that Jessica suspects many of her readers aren't aware that she has a shop, or come to learn about it after some time of reading her blog. I can only think this is due to her mindfulness of never 'sales-pitching' her readers, which is incredibly admirable as it comes from a sincere place of wanting to provide the best content at all times. I, however, have no such qualms - Jessica works tirelessly to source and list cute vintage pieces with particularly fab ranges of jewellery and scarves and everything is very reasonably priced too. Incredibly, she's got well over 1,000 items listed currently - a huge range for any vintage shop, but all the more impressive for a one-woman operation! Her shop specialises in accessories as that's largely what's available in her part of the world - you will find the odd piece of clothing and certainly bags too though. But anyway, I don't need to tell you about how much is on offer, as much as I'm enjoying myself (what can I say, I'm a marketer by day), when I can show you a snapshot!
This is what a good mail day looks like from Jessica's shop:
All beautifully wrapped and securely packaged, as you can see. I'd like to add that Jessica had told me she'd send some things and asked for some of my preferences to pick them out - but I had no idea that she'd be this generous! It was one of the best mail days of my life, let me tell you! This picture above neatly demonstrates the immense care she puts into everything, even wrapping the smallest gift box - and you can't even see how secure everything was padded on the inside, but believe me it was. And we all want that from a vintage seller, right?
Anyway, you all want to know what treasures she picked out for me now, don't you! Here they are in all their glory...
Now let me be frank, I am an abysmal accessory wearer. By abysmal, I mean incredibly lazy. Ok, I've got a few bags and hats now, but I don't really buy jewellery and don't wear what I do have enough - although I've been slightly changing my bad attitude starting with brooches this year (hence the odd one or two have been popping up here lately). Two years ago, I didn't own a single brooch! The worst sin, though, is that I have 9 holes pierced in my ears and yet I wear the same 9 earrings all the time. I know, why did I even bother?
The good news is that since this package of joy arrived I am changing my bad ways! And the biggest change has been with earrings - Jessica sent me so many cute pairs that I had to up my ear decor game rapidly. And I have to say, I am really enjoying it so far - and so much more than I thought I would!
I find it very hard to pick a favourite piece from all she sent to me, but I have to pick out this stunning necklace. The photos haven't captured how sparkly and intricate it is. I immediately started plotting what I could wear to show it off for its proper debut and this may or may not have provoked a winter wedding outfit c choice (remember a and b?). Unprecedented, but such is my love for this necklace! (The wedding is tomorrow actually and the dress I may or may not have bought for this unexpected third option is about to be delivered today, so we shall see...)
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And if you don't win, or don't want to take your chances, or really want to snap up something you've got your eye on before the winner snaffles it, Jessica has kindly also offered my readers 25% off all items in her shop via the discount code CiCi25 valid until 10 December 2015. This code will apply to the total before shipping (and taxes if you're in Canada), there's no minimum order value and Jessica's determination to offer low combined shipping costs means that should Etsy's calculations overcharge for this, she will refund differences of over $1.00 post-purchase.
Finally, if you haven't already, do enter Jessica's Vintage Secret Santa - if you buy your gift from her shop (use the code, use the code!) and drop her a note she will even gift wrap it and throw in a holiday gift card for your lucky giftee.
Good luck everyone!
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