Friday, 25 December 2009

BOXING DAY GIVEAWAY (or borderline Lula madness!)

Hear ye, hear ye, come this way, I announce a giveaway!

And I promise, this one you'll be BONKERS to miss!

But halt! Contain your excitement! For there is a sorry tale to precede these jolly happenings...

What do you do when your nearest Borders, stocking the latest nuggets of literary excellence such as i-D,POP, Lula, KoreanJapaneseRussianItalianyounameittheyhaveitVogue, Elle, Seventeen etcK etcK is 5 minutes' walk away from your house?

No, this isn't a cracker joke and the answer is not (insert clever borders-related pun here), but is in fact, that you live H.E.A in your little red-brick house sipping coffee in front of House MD and making cabbage brownies like any sane old granny, and be warm'd with the thought that you can pop into Borders at any time you wish and cosy-up in a corner and have a flick through Lula...or two...or three...

But what do you do when (this is getting somewhere I assure you), after peeacefully dozing off in the car after a tiring skate at the rink, you spot something that makes you jolt bolt upright and, after a prolonged pause of disbelief, succumb to sorrowful sobs of...sorrow? Namely, a black-on-yellow banner snaking across the Borders sign saying 'STORE CLOSING - everything must go'?!?! You feel overcome with unbearable grief, and secretly wish for plentiful reductions...

Or at least, that's what it was like for me. But rejoice, my lovelies, for this tale doth indeed have a joyous ending... The eve of the very last day of Borders' existence, my mother whispered in my ear as she put me to bed some advice which I later embraced with eternal gratitude..."get yourself down there," says she, "with a big bag. just en case." What wise words. So the next day I crunch over to Borders in the snow, and of course almost wept with tears of bittersweet joy as I flew to the magazine rack...to discover an enormous, enormously reduced pile of Lulas! You'd think at £1 each it was already a bargain to be had (and when do you ever see magazines reduced ever?), and so did I when I was just about to head to the tills, when...

....

a booming voice thundered from the sky:

"Good afternoon Borders customers, for the final 20 minutes of this store every book, magazine and Paperchase item is now 10p"

TEN BLOOMIN' ENGLISH PENCE! 1/10 OF A POUND! EACH!

It was decided in an instant. Let's just say...by the end, my bag was unliftable. I had to "borrow" a broken trolley to take everything home. And thus, my dear readers, I am happy to announce a Lula giveaway! I will be giving away 2 copies of Lula magazine (possibly three depending on how many entries there will be), drawing names at random out of a hat.



Because.. I really wanted to do something to thank you all properly, and also because I know like me, there are a good few of us who have been recession-beaten and cannot spend £6 on a magazine, or simply have nowhere to buy it. I hope that this is worthy enough for my first ever giveaway, and hope to do some more in the near future!

To enter, all you have to do is simply leave a comment with your name and e-mail, and a link to a pretty picture (optional :P) I will put all names in a hat and draw one winner on the 3rd January 2010!! Good Luck everyone, and please spread the word: the more people enter the merrier! <3

42 comments:

  1. wow!!! wish i'd got down to the birmingham store, although i do feel guilty about the magazines i buy already!p.s. i have the latest lulas so this isn't an entry as someone else should have chance to win!

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  2. omg i lovee lula and would really like a copy!! has such amazing photography in there, close to a bible hehe!! count me in :))))

    xoxo

    natalieoffduty.blogspot.com

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  3. "Good afternoon Borders customers, for the final 20 minutes of this store every book, magazine and Paperchase item is now 10p"

    that sounds like an absolute dream!!!! i wish i hadf been there!!

    pretty picture: http://i46.tinypic.com/245wxhz.jpg

    i hope i win, i always see copies of lula in borders and magnation but am always too short on cash to brab a copy!

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  4. WOAH. that must have been absolutely crazy.

    claire healy

    clairehealy@hotmail.co.uk

    http://tenseventen.tumblr.com/post/266101858/via-nicephilosophy

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  5. oh, its still sad that its closing down, but i would definatly lap up the reductions :) my name is jade thorsen and my email is jadethorsen@hotmail.com
    xx

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  6. Wow, what a bargain on Lula! I was at Border's the other day and looked at an issue, and it was lovely! Thanks for visiting my little blog. By the way, your hair is lovely!

    Johanna

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  7. I've always looked for Lula but have never been able to find it! Please enter me in the giveaway :)

    My e-mail is leia 12 at gmail dot com :)

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  8. hello! i didn't know your blog yet!

    so here's a pic I particularly love:
    http://9.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_kt098cJVJ51qzu0t9o1_500.jpg
    (michel gondry and gael garcia bernal on the shooting of La Science des Reves)

    and my email is:

    sophietakespictures@gmail.com

    hope I'll win :)

    see you

    Sophie

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  9. Oh my god, so jealous, I've only ever been able to find one issue of Lula near me, ever.
    (I would happily buy any spare magazines off you for full retail price if you have any spare!)

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  10. THIS IS SO EXCITING.
    I'm Lil, my email is fr3nchmaid@gmail.com
    and I consider this http://twitpic.com/cwqr5 to be a very pretty picture.

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  11. oh my goodness, you must be an angel from heaven, I really hope I can win this as I've never had a lula magiazine, but I'm terribly in love with them. thankyou very much for you sweet comment. my email is dramapixi@gmail.com I can't pick ONE pretty picture so I'm going to give you the link to my flickr and if you go to my favorites you will find LOTS. it's flickr.com/photos/woodbtweenworlds/
    thanks for doing this giveaway! it's lots of fun.

    love, Clara

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  12. what a lovely story. you definitely have a way with words. i'm jealous!

    anyhow, here's a pretty photo i hope you'll like: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pagetraeger/3198318546/

    layia_elegans at yahoo

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  13. Daaaaarn I can't believe I COMPLETELY MISSED the implosion of the chain. 10p! Auhhh.

    Here is a pretty picture! Unless you dislike lychees. Pretend you don't!

    http://www.tropicalfruitnursery.com/lychee/images/Brewster.jpg

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  15. Maria of Danni and Maria fame :)
    frills.spills@googlemail.com

    http://www.tumblr.com/tumblelog/frillsnspills

    http://frillsnspills.blogspot.com/

    I found this through mylook too :D

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  16. Ohh aren't you lovely doing this giveaway!!!
    Consider me entered!
    frithalouise@yahoo.co.uk

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  17. what a splendid giveaway, and how lucky that you got all the loot for so cheap! i would love to enter because i still haven't gotten my hands on a new issue.
    oh, here's a link to a pretty picture too. :)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/42465807@N07/4152967341/in/pool-992821@N25/

    RE: What's your email address? I'd be more than happy to send you a lookbook invite!

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  18. aww, thank you so much for your kind words :) i've missed reading your lovely comments, too!

    and the idea of being in a bookshop where everything costs 10p - i'm so jealous! that would be like a dream to me, haha :)

    count me in! x

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  19. awesome !!
    i would love to be a part of this giveaway

    i cant find a pic right now is that ok ?
    let me know if i need one
    weweredamsels@gmail.com

    nadia

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  20. Oooh wish I'd got myself down there, 10p is a bargain! I'm in the US now, so have no idea how much it'd be here, but free would also be good. I love the whimsical nature. I don't know about a pretty picture, but I think the shoes on my blog are pretty damn fine.

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  21. Hello :) I just stumbled upon your blog, my name is Luzie and my email adress is luzie.naters@gmail.com
    pretty picture: http://weheartit.com/entry/336824

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  22. have a safe and great new years!
    xox
    - Kenza
    kenzaj92@gmail.com

    http://poisonnamour.blogspot.com/

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  23. WHAT?? I can't believe the 10p madness. I wish I went down to Borders on the last day too. Boo!

    Well my blog is full of pretty cupcake pics at the moment so count that as my pretty pic!

    Hope you have a fab New Year!

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  24. A bookstore 5 minutes away from your home that actually stocks readable reads? AMAZING. I have one near our house but it mostly sells self help books and I dont even understand why. I did get lucky once when I found a rather beat up copy of Anne Rice's Violin which I bought for less than a dollar. LONG STORY SHORT, I wouldve gone insane at that sale. Totally. I quite envy you now, actually. Except for the fact that the bookstore near your home closed. xx

    ps

    Glad you loved the playlist.. Bon Iver is indeed the bringer of pleasant dreams. Roslyn has been my lullabye for a while now. Such a lovely song.

    xx

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  25. wow, bargain! if you're up for a swap there's an email me button :) we'll swap addresses

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  26. they don't sell lula here in spain and I love it! krixtinag@hotmail.com

    beautiful picture: http://www.flickr.com/photos/railiens/3204917138/in/photostream/

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  27. Omg omg omg! That sounds just like a dream!! Imagine books and magazines for such a price that is more that a steal, and Lula! Oh, Lula!! I would love to enter so please count me in and thank you for inviting me to join!

    Btw I will, no no, I must add your blog to my link list!

    xo
    Sophie

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  28. Oh my, you're so generous!! Lula is like the best magazine ever!! I hope I'm still in time for the giveaway:)

    Happy new year!

    xx
    sheryl.wsh@gmail.com

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  29. Hey! I saw your comment on my blog, thanks! I emailed you with her email, she hasn't replied to me about the deadline yet though D:

    Good luck to you! :)

    -Beanie
    http://beanieology.wordpress.com

    PS If the competition is still enterable, my name is Beanie, and my email is the one I used to send you Sophia's email ^__^

    I really love your blog - your pictures are really amazing! I am hoping to start a fashion blog (auberjean.wordpress.com) but it is a bit of a fail at the moment, hehe.

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  30. aww, thank you for your nice comment! you have such a lovely blog - i'll put you in my list link!

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  31. whoops, just realised i haven't left my name or email xD it's holly, and hollyshambles@hotmail.co.uk :)

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  32. Here it is: http://i50.tinypic.com/9h1bp2.jpg

    vasilenkova-e@mail.ru

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  33. i just found your blog, and i love it! i would really like to enter your giveaway. my name is elise and my email is alettertoelise (at) sbcglobal .net

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  34. That sounds like a dream! I always look at Lula whenever I go to Borders but I have always been too scared away by the price to actually buy one.

    Thanks for holding this contest!!

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  35. That coulb be so cool te be in Borders right on time for this 'sales-like'. It's pretty hard to find a magazine for 10p. So count me in :)

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  36. 10p?! That's mental!! I wish I'd gone down to the store, I really regret not going :( I'd love a copy of Lula, so count me in!

    I love your blog btw, you have such beautiful photos on here!! I'd love to swap links with you if you'd like that :)

    Abi x
    http://beyondvanity.blogspot.com/

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  37. You're so lucky you were in Borders at the time I would have raided the manga section big time!
    My email address is: Queengeorgie2006@hotmail.com

    Pretty pic: http://rdudrive.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/cupcakes081206.jpg

    xx

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  38. omg i love lula, but yes it is too expensive for me. why didn't i go to borders?! i knew it was closing down for ages... gutted now. amazing for you though!

    thanks for your comment, glad to know other people think the W shoot is amazing too!

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  39. c'mon folks, we can do better.. let's take back our title! we can do it

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