Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Giveaway with a Story

Here in the blog world, you typically start following a blog and slowly become friends and maybe, if luck is on your side, meet said blogger in real life. 

But for today's blogger.....our story is totally different....and backward. See before the world of blogging even existed.....when our world was just full of Lisa Frank everything, mondo 80s bangs, American Girl Dolls and a mild Claudia Kishi obsession, I was real life friends with one very famous blogger.
and yes, she is that ethereal and perfect in real life

And that would be Ilene....known to most in "this world" as "Illy." 
see.....real life friends....totally legit 

Our friendship started back when we were 7 and then grew into a Pen-Pal friendship when Ilene moved to Japan with her military family. She eventually settled in Chicago for school and work and love and came full circle to our hometown of Beaufort a few years ago where she became the wildly popular author of Much Love Illy

Ilene and her main-fiance-man-squeeze. They are ugh-dorable. 

So in addition to introducing you to this awesome blogger (you are welcome) I also bring a giveaway to you today....Well, Ilene does. 

And that would be a $25 Store Credit to her Etsy shop

WHICH has amazing I-need-this-in-my-possession accessories from headbands to earrings, necklaces, bows and custom-made pieces.....and even accessories for your little nugget!

Enter below....

and may the odds be ever in your favor

(had too.....we also both love the Hunger Games).

all photos property of Much Love Illy. 


Whitney @ Everything Happens For a Reason said...

Wow that's so cool. I didn't know that you knew each other in real life, especially before the blog world existed lol

Shannon said...

Thanks for the opportunity! I think I could have a field day in her store for things for Taylor! :)

Dana @five30three said...

Her stuff is so cute and sweet. I love your real-life story too. You ladies are both stunning! I'm excited to follow Illy now too.

Ashley said...

That's such a cute and neat story!I love her blog too!!

Lisa Frank and American brought me back, Ash! Wow! LOL :)

Ashley said...

Her stuff is so cute! I know where I'll shop if it's a girl :-)

Abigail said...

I'd get either the pink or red gingham bow hairclip!

Angela said...

How fun to stay in touch with your pen-pal. I bet she is just as amazed with you and your success. Such a great giveaway. Im pregnant and find out next week what I am having next week. I hope it is a girl so I can buy her cute stuff at this etsy shop!

J and A said...

Such pretty headbands! :)

PrettyPhysicist said...

I have to say ... I was more of a "Stacey" fan myself ;)

Katie said...

Such cute stuff! I'd get the golden rod poppy garland headband. Everything is cute though