Monday, November 14, 2011

Close Encounters

I hope all of you enjoyed your freedom this weekend. It's pretty unlikely that you had less fun than I did as I spent the entirety of my weekend at a religious retreat called 'Engaged Encounter' or as my fiance likes to call it, 'Encounters with the Turd kind.'  In a nutshell, this marriage preparation encourages couples to discuss before they get hitched, the controversial topics/hot spots that are commonly known to cause bumps in the marital path. Super FUN things like finances, values, kids, in-laws , etc. Since my fiance is Catholic, we knew this would be on our list of pre-wedding 'to do's'. 

I know the turd comment is a little crass but really, after 12 hours of writing in journals, covering issues we've hammered through countless times in our relationship, we felt pretty emotionally vacant. To my surprise, the whole experience wasn't that bad and aside from the poor sweet lady who wouldn't stop crying during the meetings and the couple who engaged in some strange sounding 'couples bonding' in the room next to us, we found that our values regarding marriage were actually strengthened and reinforced. I'm glad we went through it together, but even happier that we will never have to do it again.

On another note....

I have been so intrigued with the fact that color blocking has continued into the winter season. I'm freakishly giddy over the unusual combinations of eye-popping citron, coral and violet/blue hues with the more toned down rust, forest green and berry colors traditionally seen this time of year. 

I found this maroon knit cardi while shopping at H&M's opening VIP party and decided that it would look glorious with my favorite salmon colored button down. 

Hope all of you are faboowus.


Friday, November 11, 2011

Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner

I had a blast hosting the contest for the H&M Grand Opening Pre party at Fashion Place. It was even more fun to meet the contest winners who attended the party last night - you were all so beautiful, kind and thhhuper stylithh (of course.) I think all of us can agree that the best possible way to bond is over shopping and cocktails.

Thanks to those who entered! 

Here are my top picks selected from the winning submissions in no particular order: 
Now this girl can WRITE! I read this to my friends in the car ride over and it had everyone in stitches. Allie, I don't know you but I think I'm in love! ;)

Everyone rejoice, for Brittanee was finally able to use her gift card!

Dear Stephanie, Can you please work on this Cat dress? I need it in my closet right MEEEEEOW!

Bonus points for animal usage

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

CONTEST: H&M Grand Opening VIP Party

As a 20 year resident of Salt Lake City, I reflect fondly upon my younger days as a Crossroads Mall rat. The junior high weekend routine was clearly established: invite skinny, 11 year old, brace face friends over for a Friday night sleepover, write in journals about who is ‘dating’ aka ‘holding hands with’ who in the seventh grade, engage in a lengthy binge of 90210 episodes and then stay up as late as humanly possible.

The true magic of my 11 year life culminated in meandering aimlessly throughout the mall. We’d begin our journey in Limited Too, migrate slowly toward The Gap and conclude our trek in the Food Court. Here, we would gorge on cinnamon buns until our blood sugar levels soared high enough to carry us through an intensive photo shoot in the photo booth at the lower level magic shop.

Fourteen years later, Crossroads is no longer standing, and in its place stands the massive City Creek development. While I was initially saddened by the loss of Crossroads Mall, I am elated by the much needed metamorphosis of the Salt Lake shopping experience that is taking place. 

Since the era of Crossroads we’ve witnessed the opening of the Gateway Mall which introduced new to market retail giants such as Urban Outfitters and Forever 21. We’ve also witnessed the Trolley Square remodel and the arrival of our first American Apparel. While these events have indeed been a step in the right direction for Salt Lake, nothing will elevate the shopping experience more than the grand opening of H&M in Fashion Place Mall. 

Gone are the days of the mandatory and obligatory H&M visit while on vacation. No longer do we need to worry that our return suitcase, crammed full of H&M swag, will exceed the airlines weight requirements resulting in a luggage fee. After years of waiting, our fashion prayers have been answered. We finally have a store that we can call our own. 

Okay… now onto the CONTEST PORTION of this post:

Now that I've told you what H&M's arrival means to me,
 I would like you to tell me how YOU feel about it!



2. EXPRESS WHAT THE FASHION PLACE H&M OPENING MEANS TO YOU. For example, send a videolog of yourself getting weirdly emotional (just don't be naked please,) draw a picture, write a haiku or sing a song... do whatever you like, just as long as your content can be submitted via email. 



Tip: Don't over-think this... it's supposed to be fun. You'll get bonus point for humor. 



I will be giving away 7 invites total. Each invite allows for one guest. Contest closes tomorrow @ 7pm. I will post my favorite submissions on my blog and will contact the winners via email on Thursday by 10AM MST.

Pickles is REAAAALLLY excited about H&M coming to Salt Lake!