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4.24.2012

a thank you giveaway. (miu miu).





this blog has been such a source of joy and comfort for me over the last few years. and more than anything it has been because of you all--you lovely, lovely people who read my often silly words and respond with anything but. you lovely, lovely people who remind me to keep going--that our stories are somehow intertwined and parallel and we must all sojourn on together, even if miles and worlds apart. 

so as a thank you i want to give away this lovely miu miu wallet (which doubles as a clutch) to one lucky reader. in order to participate you must be a blog follower and enter a comment below letting me know what you like seeing on the blog (or don't like seeing)--this is my wily way of extracting some valuable info out of you. for a second entry you can tweet about the giveaway, letting me know you did so, and you chances will be doubled. 

i know a giveaway isn't much. it will never do justice to the measure of my gratitude. but i suppose if nothing else, it's a way to begin this tuesday. 

(a winner will be chosen and announced friday morning). 




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111 comments:

Chelsea said...

Meg,

What I love about your blog: Your choice of words, words that I would never think to string together in a sentence, but comes out perfectly. I can't stress that enough. You have a great gift. I love how painfully honest you are in a world where most people aren't. You are the sole reason I started my blog and you continue to be the most honest and real blog that I follow.

Thanks, Meg.

Chelsea

Mary said...

I'm sure you're going to hear this a lot in these comments - your words, your thoughts. I also really love the music you share because we have very similar taste.

Amanda said...

what a wonderful giveaway! i've had to swap my purse for a diaper bag recently and this would be a perfect little gift for me to get my mojo back :)

i love the honesty on your block, especially when you free write and experiment with style. your love letters are also my favorite.

i am an english teacher and really connect with that. i dabble with language on my blog, too, and love the beauty and power behind words.

xo, amanda

Leti! said...

What I don't love about this blog?! That's crazy, everything about this blog is perfect. I feel like you are writing just to me or that I'm writing it... well, I mean, you write it down with lovely and perfectly chosen words, of course! Have a nice day!

PS: I still want that wallet. :)

Jill said...

I love the quotes, the shared music, the little letters, and the essays. I adore this blog because it is intelligent and gives such good ponderings to mull over. :)

Natanya said...

Hi Meg,

What I love reading about in your posts is your openness with you thoughts and feelings about life and the search for a partner. Yours is such a refreshing perspective. I know coming to visit your blog is like stepping into a corner cafe and over lattes listening to you discuss what is meaningful with the world, troubles and all. xo

Alex said...

I love everything about your blog, but I feel like that's not an acceptable answer. So I love the "My Manhattan" series. That's really just my favorite stuff. And I love how honest you are. It's so raw and real. It makes me so comfortable with you. You make my days brighter with this blog :)

And obviously I follow you :)

donnaclegg said...

you have some of the smartest writing out there. i love your descriptions of every day NYC. would enjoy hearing more about any acting/characters you take on.

m. hall said...

Meg,

It shouldn't take a giveaway to get me to comment on your blog, since I love it in such a way. I always think of sending you a love note, and never get up any nerve. Your words are such delights, and I appreciate your lovely musings. Your entries make me feel like we're sitting together, over two lattes, and having a chat. I wish I knew you in real world way, and that's what I love most about reading this blog.
Also, your letters to your future husband make my heart sing in every way.

With thanks for who you are,
Molly

JEREMYandCHELSEA said...

I love your taste in music and your "sunday someone" I love finding gems like you, thank you! thank yoU!

Nicole said...

Meg, I love your honesty. Honesty in the good and the bad of life. You speak what so many of us think and are not able to bring to words! Your posts on NED are always inspirational, although my favorites are when you showcase your beautiful photos.

aimee marie said...

i love love love the quotes you post on your blog. i have at least 3 or 4 printed out and hanging up on my wall. all of them pretty much changed my life completely. so, thank YOU! :)

Kelsey said...

I love the slices of life and your word pictures of life in New York.

Jenny said...

Oh, Meg. I love every little thing you write. In fact, I have a huge crush on your writing. Reading your words is like talking to a friend- comforting and honest and thought-provoking.

Keiko said...

Your blog- but really your words- awakened a part of me I didn't know existed. A part that has long been asleep. It is because of the life found here I started to live, instead of merely existing.

thank you,

Keiko

sharlyn emily said...

what I love seeing here - literally anything and everything. Your blog is ALWAYS ALWAYS such a place of inspiration for me. Honesty. That's what I hope to always find here no matter how quickly your followers grow. Just stay honest. Be true to you and what you want to share in your corner of the Internet and I'll continue looking forward to post after post! (I tweeted about the giveaway)

Lindsay said...

I love when you share what you're struggling with. I know your words are a comfort to many of your readers! Also, I like when you write about past loves. You have a way of saying so much through little details and emotions, rather than just telling us what happened. I love it.

Daina @ New York State of Mind said...

I love so much about your blog. I love your honesty. And I love your my Manhattan series. We should totally meet up for a coffee or something sometime! Thanks for such a great giveaway!

(I am a blog follower)

Daina @ New York State of Mind said...

I tweeted about this giveaway!

Jill said...

i love your truthfulness and fearlessness in expressing yourself. and your letters to your husband-to-be. love those.

Anonymous said...

I love everything about your blog, but I need more pictures! you inspire me with your honesty. Please keep blogging for my sanity.

LaurenT said...

I love the photos you post; insights into your day-to-day life; inspirational quotes.

Nicole said...

Oh Meg, I just love your writing. I love when I'm reading through something that is so deeply honest and I think "I've felt something like that before. I've been there."

Really, your words inspire me and yours is the blog I look most forward to reading.

Lauren Stewart said...

Love this wallet! I love most about your blog is your way with words - very beautiful and inspiring. Lately I like when you posted photos of what you ate.

Lauren
www.laurensthoughts.com

Jussie De Guida said...

I've told you this before, and I'll say it again but I love your blog for how genuine you are. Which is completely conveyed through all of your beautiful words and photographs. I love how honest you are with your readers, because let's be real our lives are not fairy tales. Honesty is something we all can relate to, and this is why your blog is so special.

Maggie said...

Don't get me wrong, I eat up the "this is what I wore today and aren't my children adorable???" blogs on a daily basis and love them, but I suppose I come here for something more. I relate to your struggles living with an eating disorder, but mostly I guess I just relate to the single life of a lost but brave twenty-something. I figure that smart, beautiful young women ought to stick together.

Amanda Blair said...

I love seeing your life on your blog, you know? your truth? Sometimes when I'm feeling something very particular, I search through my reader specifically for you because you tend to write the words that I haven't found a way to express yet. I love the raw. I love the honesty. keep up the amazing work. You make me feel less alone!

Jennifer said...

I love your life reflections. They make me contemplate my own, which is both good and bad. Also your writing is beautiful. Simply beautiful.

Allison said...

I love your honesty and openness and the beautiful way you can lace those thoughts into a story. :) You are a brilliant writer and thinker. Thanks for letting us read!

Janelle said...

I love finding new music ideas.

suzy said...

ack. that wallet is gorgeous, and i need a new wallet. so...
i've just straight up enjoyed your writing. you can write about anything, and i'll like that. :)

Erin said...

i love the quotes you post and the way you interpret said quotes. your words are priceless.

Molly said...

I love when you share music on your blog. The songs are always lovely. I never listen to them only once.

Lottie said...

I just love your words and the way you put them together, it is like you can read my mind sometimes--and the music, especially when it is a band I haven't heard of.

Mal Mecham said...

My very favorite thing will always be your letters to your future husband. Love them! Love you!

Mal Mecham said...

I also most definitely just posted about this on Twitter. :)

Holly said...

I love how I can easily relate to you. Your blog, choice of words, everything that you illustrate is so real. I love that you're not afraid to show your flaws, to share that you're having a difficult day/week/month/etc etc. In a sea of sugar coated blogs, it's nice to see a piece of something that's genuine. Something that's human and real. Thank you so very much :)

communikate. said...

What a lovely clutch!

I've loved seeing you change and grow over the last few years of reading your blog. You seem more confident and happy. I look forward to seeing more of what you do best... writing.

Cassie said...

I just love your way with words. Plain & simple.

Jenni Austria Germany said...

one thing i'd like to see on your blog.. a giveaway for a free trip to NYC (rules: can only be entered by people who's blogs have austria and germany in the titles).

translation: i like your blog just the way it is (sorry, cop out answer.)

i follow you, of course.

Kerri J. said...

This is honestly a lovely giveaway! I've always lusted after a nice wallet like this but could never afford one of my own. :) Your blog is honestly such a source of inspiration to me ... your thoughts on life and struggling to find your place and grab hold of your dreams; those are all of the things that most occupy my brain space and I find that you put everything I'm feeling into words that are more beautiful than I could ever muster. So thank you for being so honest ... your honesty and openness are what I hope to see here always.

Grace said...

I love your writing. Particularly the raw honesty of your words. You have a beautiful way with words and I'm always amazed at how you reveal a part of myself to me when I read your blog. I know that most of what you write is a process for yourself, but for your readers to recognize a piece of themselves, particularly something that they couldn't articulate until they saw it written before them... that is a gift, Meg.

Jenny N said...

I really do love all your music recs and talk. I feel the same way about music and concerts!

kookookachoo said...

I follow your blog and you are such a source of inspiration for me. You have helped me realize how to throw out the 'diet' talk and embrace a healthy lifestyle where I'm not held captive by how much I weigh. Everything on how you're working towards health is my favorite part of your blog. Thanks for the inspiration.

Cait282@gmail.com

Taylor said...

I, along with all the comments preceding me, love your blog to pieces. I especially love your short essays and letters to your future love. The music is always a plus too. I have discovered some amazing music through you. Thank you so much for sharing in this forum.

Christina said...

I love that you share your daily life with all of us on the internet. You have served as an inspiration for me to keep writing and sharing bits and pieces of myself through my own writing. Thank you for being an amazing person and woman.

amanda said...

Long comment short, you have the cojones to put things on your blog that most bloggers wouldn't dare and you do it with style and honesty. That's what I like most. Thanks, Meg.

theoxfordcomma said...

I love your words, Meg. They just feel so pure and honest and unadulterated. You have the most beautiful turn of phrase, but it feels as though it rolled out of your mind and onto the page, rather than contrived. Honestly, it's wonderful.

Nicola said...

I love love love your letters to your future someone, and the quotes you post.

lexio said...

What I love about your blog is how well you can write emotions and thoughts. When I read your posts I think, "Yes! that is exactly right!"

Good luck with your move.

laura gross said...

I love your honesty. It's so refreshing to feel like someone is being real and open about all things in their life - good and bad. And your letters to your future someone. Thanks for sharing so much of you.

CityGirl said...

1) your writing, first and foremost. you are gifted well beyond your years.
2) the good and the bad. no skirting around that which can make one squirm
3) variety, reality, urban setting, music, photos--it all works.

Amanda said...

oh, and i tweeted, too :)

https://twitter.com/#!/mamawatters/status/194850682287820800

xo, amanda

Mindy said...

you make me want to be a better writer, and that daily inspiration is invaluable. and i like that you're clearly stepping outside of what's comfortable by pushing your words in front of more people. but words like these shouldn't stay locked up, meg

Abby said...

Meg,

I love reading what you have to say. You write things so beautifully it has changed my perspective on many things. I would love to see more of your writing. You are a natural.

JENNY said...

I came upon your blog because I love New York. I have only spent 10 days in your city (from Cape Town, South Africa) but I am working on returning soon (to collect my clutch ;)). Like so many others have already mentioned, your honesty is your strength. I am 53 year old mother of three sons and my boys love the same music as you do. I feel like I know you and that you could be my friend (or daughter). I also love your letters to your future man. Perhaps I should send my middle son over to collect my clutch. :) Joking. Keep it up Meg!!

Shawnee said...

you are so sweet. thank you!
i love writing. you are an amazing writer. you continue to inspire me with your way with words, in each post that you write. i feel like you're my friend too, and i've learned more about myself from reading your thoughts and posts. seriously, keep it up...i adore your blog so so much. xoxo

Shawnee said...

i also tweeted your giveaway! xo

Rebecca said...

I love your words. They are more beautiful than anything I can ever hope to write, and they make me question myself. Your music recommendations are almost always songs that I've mindlessly written out the lyrics to, so much do I love them, and you are honest. You are honest about your life and your feelings and that makes me think that maybe one day I too, could be honest about everything.

wishful nals said...

cute little wallet. i love everything about your blog. your honesty, your way with words. keep on writing. xo

Leah Conroy said...

I love your writing, what ever you write about you some how make it sound so interesting. It's a pleasure to read your stream of thoughts which are so nicely put together.

heatherhxo said...

This is a super classy and simple wallet/clutch, definitely something I would use all the time.
My favorite part of being a reader of our blog, is that you open up a little with what you write, and although I don't know you in person, I like to think you're a very wonderful person for someone to know. It's very nice to have the words you write to relate to. I'm a big fan of your writing.
:)

kate said...

miss meg, my favorite part of this blog are your words of course. they sweep me up and show me a beautiful world and pain that sometimes seeps in. i keep realizing, keep learning about perspective this year. your perspective is one i treasure. thank you for sharing your words. they make the world, my world, a richer place. consider any book you ever write pre-ordered.

kate

ps. i don't comment so much because it seems that i always want to say the same thing, which i said above. and it seems a bit gushing. but it's true.

E.Hemmelgarn said...

I follow you on my Google Reader, and Meg, I’m tellin’ ya...you are there for me. As a writer myself, I’m always striving to wrap things up in the perfect little sentences, and somehow, you always manage to. You say things in ways I never could. You make me think of quiet, sunlit kitchens and warm cups of tea and looking into Trent’s brown eyes and knowing that, someday, he’ll be all mine.

You make me look forward to a new era of me.

Erin

Micaela said...

hi pretty friend! you know for the life of me i couldn't think of something that you should change-- as you will hear in these comments before mine, we love your words-- your truths, even your failings. Never change that!

if there's anything i would love more of, it's when you record yourself "saying" your posts. It's a bit intimate hearing your thoughts out loud, out there in front of us. You could also take it a step further and do a vlog ;)

XOXO Micaela

ps. gracious, thank-you for the chance to own a bit of classic fashion.

Ruth said...

You're the sweetest. Thank you, Meg.

I just love your writing style. It probably doesn't even matter what you write about -- I just love it. Sometimes I come here for inspiration, when I'm stuck in my own words. (That being said, I'm loving your Tuesday tunes, too!)

Keep sharing yourself, openly and honestly and vulnerably, and I'll keep reading :)

Ruth said...

And I tweeted!

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Kameron said...

I love your letters to your future lover. and how you see the world. :)

Suzanna S said...

I love everything you say about food. Really :)

wildchild said...

i just love your words. i come here for your breath-taking honesty and the beauty in the phrases that you can string together. i will always follow this beautiful blog, for as long as you write it.

Caitlin said...

Generally, I adore the way you shape your words. More specifically, I love your love letters, your short stories, the quotes, and the music posts. (I really think you've shaped my musical tastes for the better in the past few months!)

Keep doing what you're doing, because no matter what you post, it always ends up being exactly what I needed to see or read that day. Thanks for everything!

chocoholicchica3 (at) gmail (dot) com

Jen B. said...

I love the eloquence of your words. How you formulate, mold and give meaning to all of the smaller nuances. All of the feelings of love, loss, hope, pride, etc. I enjoy your humor as well as your more serious posts and frankly, I love that you are simply and at times raw in your honesty.

Thank you for continuing to share with us!

From DC to Sweet Tea said...

Gorgeous! I love your blog because I feel like you say the things that I think but don't always have the words for.

kaity said...

I love this blog mostly just because of your mastery of language. seriously. you have this way with picking and choosing words and constructing your writing so that it is beautiful and amazing and just the nectar of the gods. or something along those lines.

eloquence. there's the word I was searching for.

Melissa said...

I love the honesty that comes with each post. I love how you seem so uncensored and unashamed that your life is far from perfect and sometimes you struggle. Its inspiring. And you have brilliant quotes usually. And I've really been loving your Tunes Tuesday.

Megs said...

I want to see more of everything. But especially your letters to your someday Sunday lover, your snapshots of life, and the magical wonderful quotes you post. Although, these days I find myself quoting YOU more often than the writers you post.

Mackenzie said...

gosh, i sure do love the fed posts. i am so glad they are trickling back in. i needed them. xo

Anonymous said...

I hate your blog...in a sense. I hate that i feel the same things you do when i read your words. I often try to keep to my own thoughts in my head, but I tend to revert back to yours through out my days. I have no need for a clutch...I really have no need to write this...but I do have a need to read your words...please don't stop.

Maria said...

I really adore your blog in general. I feel like your story helps a lot of people who may be struggling through the same things and I love reading your love letters to your someday sunday someone.

mandy rose said...

i love your letters to your husband-to-be. to death.

Nikki said...

While I follow your blog everyday like a morning ritual of coffee, I don't follow it in the 'official sense' - as in I actually haven't remembered to click to "follow" button. so, don't include me in the giveaway.

I just simply wanted to say that reading your blog these past couple of years has been first very inspiring and a comfort through life's journeys as well. I really love your posts about those short short stories you write once in a while about romance or the potential between two characters (I hope you know what I'm talking about, I'm not explaining it very well!). I also found your NED and consequent FED posts very comforting and inspiring. But really, anything you write is simply a joy to gobble up with the eyes. And your pictures are all lovely as well! I especially remember those pics from the Noah and the Whale concert - simply divine. Anyways, this has gotten to be way too long of a comment so I'll end here.

thank you always for your lovely words and honesty,

nikki

Katrina said...

There's something special about your posts. Maybe it's your artfulness and your skill with words. Though more likely it's the certain way you open up about your foibles, which resonate with me because they are not unlike mine. Nay it's quite possibly the honesty, the charm, the wit, the rawness. But it's definitely how you believe in and chronicle love - that of your friends and family, that of a future someone special, and above all, that for yourself. Thank you for being you.

lilidonna said...

I've read all the comments above mine and found myself nodding idiotically along with everything that was said. Some of these entries have made me laugh, cry and sometimes just feel plain "un-alone". Here would be a good time to say thank you too. I enjoy the music you post up especially and some of my favorite quotes were found on here. Sorry that this comment dripped in sop.

Donna xx

Stephanie H. said...

There's many things to love about your blog but I really love the love letters. Not because they are addressed to your future someone but because they are actually love letters to yourself. A reminder for you about the things you like, love and laugh about yourself.

Sara said...

Meg, your writing is easy to relate to because it's an "ah-hah" moment! You describe what each of us think or feel everyday, but you dwell on the details that each of us forget or push aside each day. Thank you! Thank you for writing, for understanding yourself, for knowing what you want and need, and for hosting this giveaway!

stephanie said...

Meg, you are the sweetest. I love seeing your honesty, which isn't a great answer, I know. But the fact is that you're so honest, and it's so refreshing. I just love it.

nicole marie said...

I have been a long time reader and much of your writing puts me at such ease. I love the letters to your future husband and was most insprired to do so myself in a journal too (since I dont have a blog). brady.nicole.m@gmail.com

Katie said...

As I read through various GoogleReader posts every night, I always save yours for last. It always feels as though your blog is like a story, whose ending I cannot predict.

The ebbs and flows in your thoughts and feelings are so well articulated, and it sure is great to see another twenty-something lady with so much possibility, as well as the courage to say that sometimes you just don't know.

Betsy said...

When I come to your blog, I come to read your words. That seems obvious, but it's because they are more than words. They are beautiful thoughts.

On top of that, I like your letters to your future husband, your picture of your manhattan, your pictures in general, your stories that feel like you're reading a page out of a novel, your inspiration posts, and hearing about your life in the city.

Thanks for the give-a-way! (Even if I don't win. :))

Ro said...

what I love seeing and reading on your blog is the links. I feel a little thrill when I see a new post and it's full of links to things I know I'm going to love, articles that are going to soothe my heart's aching, photos that are going to take my breath away. I love reading the letters to your future husband, a man that will surely be blessed to have such a treasure to open one day. I love to hear about your struggles, not because I enjoy seeing others in pain, but because I know there will be an amazing post not too far about how you overcame. And most of all I love this blog because it inspires me. Over and over.

sharon marie said...

Well hey there. :) I'm Sharon, a reader from PA. I don't remember how I stumbled across your blog, but I've been reading for a while now, mostly because it's so very real. You have a beautiful way of expressing whatever's in your head and your life, the triumphs and fears. Because of this, you read like a character from a favorite book. I'm rooting for your happy ending as much as I root for Elizabeth Bennets, and well... my own.

Some things I love seeing on your blog are the things you post about food and body image, because your experiences have placed you in a position where you can encourage without being cliche. I love the bits about NYC because I've never been there (someday though!), and I also love the letters to your someday man.

All the best to you! Keep writing, and thanks! :)

Debbie said...

I love your honest, vulnerable, brave approach to life. These attributes rarely come in one package and you have a way of putting them and your rawest feelings in beautiful prose.

Kinsey said...

I love when you post about music and about food. I think the pictures you've been sharing of what you've been eating are so brave.

about said...

Meg - my favorite thing about your blog is the is your direction to inspiring material. Whether through your own writings, or the words of others, I always find food for thought here. Thank you!

Timi said...

What I love about your blog is how honest you are. I often find that you can put words to feelings I have felt or are feeling. When reading your blog I find myself thinking, wow that is exactly how I feel today.

I also LOVE the music and pictures you post.

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Claire Kiefer said...

Please please enter me! I love that you pour your whole self into each of your blog posts. I love it most when you talk about your life and are vulnerable, since that's something I'm a little afraid of doing. And I love this wallet! xoxoxo

Claire Kiefer said...

I just tweeted, too! @clairekiefer

Thank you for the chance, sweet Meg!

Hannabeth said...

It's lovely, Meg. Beautiful - like you. (It sounds trite but it's scincere.)

Hannabeth said...

Oh, and my favorite thing are your essays on love and loss and such things. Heartbreak and hope are so lovely when you write about them.

Britti said...

i just love your writing. sometimes it's like you put things i feel and think into words.
i am dealing with depression and eating disorder and your blog encourages me to stay on that path of recovery, if you know what i mean.
i'm also a big fan of your photography and always enjoy the musical delicacies you share.
so: thanks to you.

Jane said...

i love that you are honest.

Brei said...

I come to your blog because you say what I feel way better than I ever could!

Sara said...

I read your blog every two days. I love your music...downloaded that Imagine Dragons song right away. I have been reading your blog for years now and it lives in my bookmark toolbar. Along with my morning coffee, I check in with you. I wish you well, I commiserate with you, I feel with you, and most of all I'm proud that you've kept this blog up and have continued to write daily. Go you!

V. said...

Hi!

I literally just found your blog a few days ago. I am new to blogging and discovering new blogs like yours make me want to keep on writing. you really do inspire me to keep doing this. so thank you for that, while us readers help you, you also help us. remember that. your words help. I spent an entire morning reading your blog the day I found it (yup, unproductive at work) and had to peel myself away to get some stuff down. The way to write is so down to earth and reassuring that it is comforting. keep doing what you are doing and THANK YOU. http://myseafoamdreams.blogspot.com/ and i tweeted as well :)

JM said...

I love your honest writing. Please don't give that up!

Celeste said...

so pretty! crossing my fingers xo

L.A. said...

I love that you aren't afraid to write about exactly where you're at in life no matter where that is, good or bad. I love that your writings that encourage me to embrace my singleness, but I also absolutely adore your letters to your someday husband. I love when you share about life in New York; I would absolutely adore to live there someday myself. I love that when I'm reading your blog I can see bits of myself in it.

More than anything though I want to thank you for helping give me the courage (and almost the permission) to write myself.

catherine said...

Even if there isn't time left to enter the drawing I'll tell you what I love about your blog: your honesty. I used to have the boldness to be so brave and open on a blog. While I haven't shared the same struggles as you, my pain is deep as well. Thanks for your courage.

Anonymous said...

is that clutch used? that's gross, it looks dirty