Wednesday, April 20, 2011

j.crew giveaway + j.crew saves the day.

So I've had lots of things going on in this noggin of mine regarding this post.  

First of all, spring time makes me want to shop.  I get that little pep in my step as we're rounding the corner of winter doldrums working our way towards sunshine and warm weather.   When I want to shop, J.Crew always comes to mind.  If I had all the monies in the world, at least 63% of my wardrobe would probably be J.Crew.  I love their simple and classy spread.

Secondly, J.Crew saved, and I mean really saved, one of my best friend's wedding day.
Listen to her crazy story:

What girl doesn’t look forward to going wedding dress shopping? In reality it can be very exhausting, but the idea of it sounds magical. Needless to say, I was so excited to go with my mom and sister. We scoped out a few dress boutiques in the area and made a day of it. It was at the second stop that I found “the dress”, or at least the one I thought was. I fell in love with it. The price tag was a little steep, but still in the budget so we ordered it on the spot.

When the dress finally arrived (about six months later), I went back to the store with two of my bridesmaids and dearest friends. I tried on the dress for them and we all “ooed” and “awed”. The boutique said that they would store the dress for me in their secure shop until it was time for me to have it sized.

When the time came to have the dress sized, about a month and a half before the wedding, I went back to the shop with a different friend and bridesmaid so she could see the dress. After literally hours of the employees looking for the dress and me and my friend getting more and more worried, it came out that the owner had shipped my dress to a bride in another state to try on (a big no-no) and in an unfortunate miscommunication, actually sold my dress to that same bride. I was panicked because it had taken so long for my dress to come in in the first place. I went out to the car in tears and called my mom to tell her what happened. She was furious and demanded to talk to the owner. The owner was conveniently on vacation. After days of back and forth, my mom finally got a hold of the owner and she said she would do everything in her power to find another dress and have it shipped to me before my wedding. We were all so frustrated with the entire situation.

On a whim, I had heard that my very favorite store of all time, J. Crew, had started designing wedding dresses. Imagine my surprise when I found a dress on their website that I loved for nearly a third of the price of the “missing” dress (J. Crew’s dresses were relatively inexpensive when their wedding line first came out). I called the J. Crew customer service number and explained my entire story to a very understanding and empathetic employee. I felt like I was talking to an old friend! She felt so bad for me that she had two different sizes of the dress over-nighted to my house for free! When the dresses arrived they were beautifully packaged in large, off-white gift boxes with ivory satin bows tied around them. Inside was a personal note from the same understanding woman telling me how sorry she was for what happened to me. I couldn’t believe it! I tried on the dress and it fit like a glove. After everything that had happened, I loved the simplicity of the dress and I felt absolutely beautiful in it. Long story short, we got all of our money back from the original boutique (who has since gone out of business…go figure) and I walked down the aisle in my fabulous J. Crew dress. 

And the happily-ever-after ending.





And last, but not least, it's about that time for a GIVEAWAY!

The prize?

A $75 J.Crew gift card!

Yowzah!  For your J.Crew spring time shopping "needs".  Uhh yes please.

The rules:

1.) If you are not already, become a follower of this here blog via the cute little Google Friend Connect follow button on the right hand side over there.

2.) Leave a comment on this post.

Want additional entries?  By all means.

3.) You can blog about it, tweet about it, and/or Facebook about it.  Each gets you an additional entry into the pot.  Just let me know what you did!

Giveaway ends at midnight on May 15.

Good luck friends!

Cheers.

44 comments:

  1. Super cute new blog design and Love the giveaway! So excited for it!

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  2. i'm already a follower and i'm so hoping i win this giveaway! i could use some new jcrew items!

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  3. I facebooked and blogged about your giveaway! And, I mean, you won mine, so I should probably win yours:)

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  4. As I am planning my own wedding right now, I can sympathize with the stress. I'm so glad it worked out for you!! Tweeted and facebooked about your giveaway!

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  5. Ooh, what a lovely giveaway!And I'm so glad things worked out for your friend. :) She looks so pretty!

    I'm having several of my own giveaways, if you care to stop by...{www.one-beloved.blogspot.com}

    I am a follower! Have been for awhile. :)
    Here's hopin' I win!

    ~Lucia

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  6. Facebooked about it! :)

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/From-Under-My-Little-Umbrella/208895735796113

    ~Lucia

    lmmorud (at) gmail (dot) com

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  7. just started following, thanks to Hannah D. ...and tweeted your contest too. $75 is an awesome gift card anywhere, well, maybe not anywhere, but to J.Crew--very awesome :)

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  8. <3 J Crew and your blog! Ali you are and will be an amazing wedding planner for many many brides!

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  9. First off - this is the most amazing story ever! Serious.

    Second - you were not kidding when you said the giveaway would be awesome.

    Enter me in girlfriend - I follow your blog.

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  10. Just Facebook'ed your giveaway/blog.

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  11. Love this post! I didn't know this story about Crystal!

    Your blog has been so fun to read, especially with all of the wedding stuff that's been going on in my life (not my own, yet!). I especially LOVED the post about bridesmaids and gifts. Also thanks again for the Bachelorette Party advice! You're such a great resource! I remember all of your wedding planning like it was yesterday :)

    I facebooked about your blog :) Exciting about the giveaway! So fun!

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  12. What a crazy story! I can't even imagine how the bride must have felt! Thanks for the great giveaway!!!

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  13. I'm in love with jcrew wedding dresses! They all have a classic style I love and the prices aren't outrageous. This story only makes me live jcrew more!

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  14. Love this story, isn't it amazing when you find an employee who recognizes that you're a person too! Excited about this giveaway as well, love me some Jcrew!

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  15. Jcrew has some of the cutest stuff for weddings! I would be so excited if I won :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  16. I became a follower via GFC

    seashell210 at gmail dot com

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  17. Tweeted!
    http://twitter.com/#!/charmedlifeblog/status/61594253884784640

    seashell210 at gmail dot com

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  18. Blogged about your giveaway:
    http://boutiqueofluck.blogspot.com/2011/04/win-75-giftcard-to-j-crew.html

    seashell210 at gmail dot com

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  19. PS. I really like your new header!

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  20. i heart j crew... this story had me in tears!!! got to love this kind of customer service..

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  21. Love it! Jcrew now has their 1st bridal boutique in NYC :)

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  22. Love your blog.... I think I'm the photographer that was able to capture the beautiful couple at their reception.... Loved the sparklers.... love Crystal!!

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  23. SO glad I found your blog-What a fabulous giveaway!I am now following your blog and also blogged about your giveaway on my own blog.
    www.whitedressblackshoes.blogspot.com

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  24. I'm in need of some new spring clothes! I hope i win! :)

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  25. Yes please!!! Am also a follower now!

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  26. I LOVE JCREW I ALWAYS SHOP AT EVERY STORE I SEE. I AM GETTING MARRIED NEXT MONTH AND I WOULD LOVE SOME ACCESSORIES!!! I FACEBOOKED ABOUT IT :)

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  27. I'm now a follower! Love J. Crew!

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  28. Also shared on Facebook!

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  29. I'm a follower! This is awesome girl!

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  30. aw, your story was so sweet! just another excellent reason to <3 j. crew!

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  31. Yes! Danielle Krause was the photographer! I was just showing this post to my husband and was reading through the comments and saw Danielle's post. She is a fabulous family friend and an even more fabulous photographer! Ali...lovin' the blog. :)

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  32. What a LOVELY story (you look gorgeous, too)...I follow you now:) xoxo

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  33. Totally following! Guilty pleasure to look at wedding blogs while still single...

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  34. Awesome story! J.Crew truly is an amazing company. My friend was on a very tight budget for her wedding, and she found some strapless linen dresses on sale for a great price on jcrew.com. When she called to order them, they gave her an extra 10% discount and free shipping!

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  35. What a great story, love the J.Crew dress! I am a new follower.

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  36. gfc follower! What a great story...and giveaway!
    tara.huff(at)gmail(dot)com

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  37. I tweeted about this giveaway!
    http://twitter.com/#!/huffychic/status/69849599053021184
    tara.huff(at)gmail(dot)com

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  38. shared it on facebook, too!
    tara.huff(at)gmail(dot)com

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  39. Finally at 10pm on sunday I enter! Hopefully my procrastination let's me win

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  40. Love this Ali! And I am now officially following you :)

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