Today is a very good day. Awhile back Shabby Apple contacted me and asked me to host a giveaway for one of my readers to win one of their women’s dresses! Now how fabulous is that? One of you is going to win this:
Swoon! I was able to hand pick the dress, so I do hope you like my choice. It’s called Spanish Steps and is from their new collection Roamin Holiday. It’s rather delightful, I think! The collection is inspired by a summer in Italy. And I happen to know exactly what that’s like. Now for a little storytime from my fluting days!!!
During the summer of 2005, I was invited to participate in a trip to Europe. First stop – Italy, where I spent 2 weeks in a small town called Monterchi. It’s located in the Tuscan region, by another village called Sansepolcro and I was there to particpate in a Masterclass with the flute professor from Yale. It was an unbelievable experience. The italian people are soooooooo lovely, so sweet and extremely passionate. It’s funny and I know you are going to ask, because I’m always asked when I tell people I’ve been to Italy, how was the food? Well, to give you an idea, I lost something like 10 to 15 pounds in my two weeks there, and I was terribly thin (just coming off of the college diet) to begin with. I was with a group of flute players and our boarding and food was all paid for. Breakfasts weren’t bad, though there was nothing but crackers and espresso, and here I was needing something like oatmeal at least. By lunch time I was always starving and we would barely get bread with tomatoes and mozzerella and olive oil drizzled on it. Dinner was always…..surprising. The 2nd night I was there, I had rabbit and I was so hungry, I ate the whole thing. Doesn’t taste too much different from chicken really. Ha. But it got progressively worse from there and one night we were served squid risotto which I tried and could not put down, mind you I was sooooo hungry. When we weren’t eating at the establishments that were already paid for, the food was….TO DIE FOR! Yeah. Something was up with that, for sure. Still, I had the most unbelievable time. There were fields of these everywhere:
I walked by them everyday on my way to masterclass. Everything is so old. People lived in homes that were 1000’s of years old. It’s a really different experience for someone who comes from a place where the oldest building is only 100 years old. Really beautiful archways and buildings like this:
That’s me. He he. Here’s a snapshot of Monterchi. Picturesque, no? I think it’s population 500 and the village is built in sort of a corkscrew type fashion. All the buildings wind their way up and up in a circular way to a church or cathedral that is housed at the top.
OK. So now you know that I’m this great world traveler. I would also like to point out that my first time on a plane was taking a Jet Blue to New York for this trip. My second time on a plane was the 13 hour flight from New York to Frankfurt Germany. Thank. You. I was all alone too. Did I say that? And I don’t know a single word of any other language except, “Bonjour!” Believe me, this is not something to pride yourself on either. Sigh…
So you’re probably wondering about the giveaway. Sheesh! I’ve just given you my whole life’s story… Sorry to drone on and on. So here’s how you can win. Two ways to enter:
♥ Go like Shabby Apple on Facebook. They are way too cute not to like. Come back over here and leave me comment letting me know you “liked” Shabby Apple. Now, that was easy. ♥
♥ Leave me a comment about a favorite summer holiday or your favorite place to visit during the summer. I need something warm right about now, Spring/Summer on the way and all. And it’s terribly fun to dream about taking trips to lovely places. ♥
And that’s all you have to do! Do both and you’ve just entered yourself twice. A really good random number generator odd. This giveaway for U.S. readers only. Don’t worry International readers, I’ve got another giveaway up my sleeve open to everyone. Yay! Ready, set…..Enter away! Giveaway ends Saturday! I’ll be back Monday with a winner!