**THIS GIVEAWAY HAS CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ENTERED!**
Hello and happy GRATITUDE MONDAY VINTAGE LOVERS!!!
If you’ve been a frequent reader of Sammy Davis Vintage [special shout outs to readers returning AND new today!] you know that one of my favorite days is Gratitude Friday, when I welcome an online vintage seller to host a giveaway of their wares to promote the love of vintage fashion, gratitude as inspired by my story of the week and of course — supporting small business by shopping vintage online and in brick & mortar stores!!
Because of Hurricane Irene, the normal Gratefulness Friday Giveaway as hosted by Vintage Envy was moved to TODAY! I wanted to make sure that we all had the Internet & electric hook-ups we needed to enter, and also the “mindset” to truly think of gratitude in the moment.
Hurricane Irene damaged so many personal properties, city infrastructures and the economy of many. I hope that today we can look ahead to opportunities of recovery AND growth by coming together in gratitude for what we have and the people who are there to help lift us higher from these hard times.
So vintage lovers … there is OPPORTUNITY IN THE OBSTACLE! And today I’m so excited to share the opportunity for another giveaway and chance to inspire vintage love and self-love for your perfect lives, too.
Keep reading after the jump to learn how you can enter to win the amazing vintage prize pack shown above as hosted by Vintage Envy, and to learn how in the darkness of Hurricane Irene this weekend … I found light under my bed!
There are a lot of great things on the horizon, vintage lovers! New York City Fashion Week kicks off oh-so-soon, and I can’t wait to interpret the trends and then re-discover them in VINTAGE so that you can look to the past for inspiration of your bold, beautiful stylish futures.
I can’t wait for you to read this week’s Gratefulness Monday story. I wrote it in a blissful state of inspiration, because as I was reflecting on the negative I realized that it was an opportunity to share some deeper thoughts with all of you. I realize that heavy topics coming from me may seem jarring at first — but I trust that you’ll see how positively productive these “dark reflections” can truly be.
Thank you for inspiring me to inspire you!
I AM GRATEFUL FOR … ENCOURAGEMENT!
As Hurricane Irene was making her way up the east coast this past weekend and covering the skies with her dark clouds, I was covered in a sense of my own darkness as well.
It’s not often that I feel a “low.” I’m blessed with an awareness of life that helps to put all circumstances — both opportunities AND obstacles — into a positive, character-building perspective.
However, I’ve lately been musing on a deeper subject that in those low moments, bring on clouds as dark and dangerous as those brought on by Irene these past few days.
That deeper subject is the one of self-realization, the question of “Why am I on this planet and what am I REALLY supposed to be doing here?”
It’s the question of mortality — and the realization that someday [perhaps sooner than I care to imagine] I will die. And in this understanding of my physical body’s limitations, I begin to stress about my life, how I am living it now and how I should continue to live it.
In these moments of darkness this past weekend, I felt an urge to reach under my bed and pull out a binder full of cards, flyers, papers, pictures and other memories I had stowed away for a future scrapbook, or — without knowing it then — to review in special moments such as these.
I fingered through a few of the papers buried under my bed and discovered that over the past 5 years, I’ve kept practically every single card that’s ever come my way. I have cards from my 91-year-old Great Aunt telling me to “share my amazing life with her so that she may feel young again.” I have cards from my mother telling me “how proud she is of me.” I have cards from friends in college I haven’t spoken to in nearly 3 years, friends who I’d like to be back in touch with and friends I admittedly had forgotten completely about until a return address provoked their memory.
One of the cards that stuck out most was the one you see above. It was a card given to me more than 2 years ago by an amazing woman I met in college at Temple University. Her name is Emily, and we met at Temple because I founded a student organization to provide aspiring magazine editors and journalists with the resources they needed to pursue their career passions. Emily joined the club and would go on to become one of its leaders and biggest cheerleaders.
When I received this card at age 23, I was about a year out of college and working as a web assistant for an online magazine. Emily gave this card to me whilst visiting New York from Philadelphia [where Temple University is located] to interview for a scholarship with a prestigious communications organization. I had written her a letter of recommendation for this scholarship — which she would later go on to receive.
Rereading this card in my moments of darkness brought my spirit back to light. Her words of thanks for my encouragement to HER were actually words of encouragement to ME in that very moment. While I had served as a person of inspiration to her in years past, rereading her card created a role reversal of sorts: She was a source of inspiration to me in that present moment.
I’m telling you this story because after stumbling upon such needed words of encouragement, I was reminded that even encouragers need encouragement too. It reminded me that while I serve as person of inspiration for others, that there are those in my life who continually serve as a source of inspiration for me. And that they too deserve to be inspired, to be thanked and to be encouraged to keep being exactly the person they are and nothing more.
I bold “exactly the person they are and nothing more” because in being encouraged by Emily’s words written 2 1/2 years ago, I’m reminded that I too am perfect exactly the way I am right now. And so are you!
Dark clouds cover my thoughts when I feel that I am not perfection. When there must be something more, something greater that I should be doing. And when I think these thoughts, I am neglecting to see the beauty that lies right before me, in this present moment of the people, circumstances, opportunities and obstacles of my blessed life on this day and in this second.
As we encourage others, we remind them that they are perfection and that they are happiness and abundance in that perfection. When we feel the light and not the darkness in who we are and not the darkness of “who we think we should be,” we have the greater ability to give encouragement to others, as well. And the best part is, it all comes back full circle, just as reading Emily’s card demonstrated to me this weekend.
Today, I encourage YOU to encourage OTHERS! I’m calling it the “circle of encouragement.”
Let me know how it goes, and when that boomerang of awesome encouragement comes swinging on back to YOU!
THIS VINTAGE PRIZE PACK FROM VINTAGE ENVY INCLUDES ….
(1) Hershey’s chocolate-colored 1960s “working girl” dress. Front button closure and built-in string belt. Garterised cuff and waist. Size small to medium (4-6).
(1) 1970s silk scarf from Florence.
(1) 1960s woven purse with removable shoulder strap. Zippered closure. Dual handle that appears to be bakelite. Made in Italy by Creazioni Alma.
(1) Pair of 1990s Kenneth Cole cream suede leather lace up shoes. 2.5″ heels. Made in Spain. New without box. Size 6.
HOW TO ENTER GRATEFULNESS GIVEAWAY #13
For a chance to win the entire vintage fashion prize packed listed above valued at $124, you must enter between today [Monday, August 29th] and by midnight on Wednesday, August 31st.
You can only enter once, and all winners will be drawn at random using the site random.org. Winners will be announced by Friday, September 2nd.
Enter by answering the following question in the comment fields or Facebook comment fields below this contest post:
**Describe how someone served as a source of inspiration or mentorship to you.**
OTHER IMPORTANT RULES
**Entrants/Winners must be legal U.S. residents of the lower 48 states (not including Alaska and Hawaii) and at least 18 years old as of August 29th, 2011.
**For full contest rules and regulations can be found here
THE WORKING GIRL DRESS: VINTAGE FASHION TREND!
As shown above: “Working Girl” inspired dresses a la the ’70s secretary dress trend on the runways for Fall 2011. From left: Luca Luca, Adam & Jill Stuart.
Designers draw inspiration from the trends of yesterday to create the trends of today. This fall, shop for vintage dresses in midi lengths with collared necks, preppy front buttons and three-quarter length or bishop sleeves.
A lot like the dress up for grabs in this week’s Gratefulness Giveaway!
Vintage movie inspiration: 9 to 5! (1980) Check out the movie’s summary here. Netflix it and take pride that not only do we have limitless fashion choices today, but boundless career ones, too.
SPECIAL THANKS TO GIVEAWAY SPONSOR VINTAGE ENVY!
Sammy Davis Vintage Gratefulness Friday Giveaways are made possible thanks to the generous donations of online vintage sellers.
To spread vintage love, I host these giveaways to not only introduce one lucky winner to the world of vintage, but to introduce all of you to an online seller with other vintage finds that you may want to give a happy home.
This week’s sponsor is FASHION ENVY! Please give her Etsy shop a look, and let her know that Sammy Davis Vintage sent you!
Please support the Gratefulness Giveaway sponsors by visiting their online shops and saying hello!
Thank you for supporting vintage sellers to spread vintage love!
HAPPY ENTERING & GOOD LUCK!!!!