2010-09-14

Stories and Giveaways

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I have been wearing (and bragging about) my bracelets from The Crazy Lady at the Ex a lot lately. I bought my first bracelets of my collection 4 years ago and every year since, a few more have been added. Sometimes, I can't make it to The Ex but one friend or another has always made sure that the tradition of bracelet hoarding can continue. And I love that I've started this tradition because now quite a few of my friends have bracelets, and it feels like it's my awesome little secret that I don't mind sharing.
I've told the story of the bracelets before but I can repeat. The lady who sells the bracelets is a touch nutty but she is super passionate about her jewelry. Apparently she inherited a factory full of antique paste stones and findings (oh to frolic in this magical factory...) and makes the jewelry to sell at local fairs. I've asked for her email to get some more bracelets and I got a business card (with scissor marks, no less) with a phone number. Old school... I can respect that.
And now I want to share the love by giving away 2 original Crazy Lady bracelets that I picked up last week. I love the story behind these bracelets and I'm excited to share something so unique. BUT, before you can enter to win, please read my story... it's funny.

I know I call her the crazy lady and she is... but she is also quite sweet. A week ago I was at The Ex and as I walked up to her booth (actually, I ran... and pushed people out of my way), she pretty much grabbed me and told me she loved my outfit (this one). We chitchatted about how I love the bracelets she makes, how she makes jewelry not for the money but for the creativity and then I told her not to retire...please.
She complimented me and told me I looked like a movie star... I humbly murmured my thanks and my ego grew as I thought 'I've heard that before'. On the frequent, flattering movie star comparison scale, I often get compared to Katherine Heigl... but as frequently, I get the Courtney Love comparison. Oddly enough, it's usually guys who tell me that as a conversation opener... hmmm.
The lady grabbed her husband and they debated over who exactly I looked like. And the name that came out of this debate was...Jenna Jameson. And now, like Katherine Heigl, I will submit my name for an Emmy nomination because I kept my face perfectly in control when that elderly couple sweetly told me I looked like the world's most well known porn star. I think they meant someone else because I'm pretty sure the likeness I bear to Jenna Jameson stops at the bleach in my hair...

And that's my story... now you may enter the contest to win these two completely unique bracelets (you win both because they shouldn't be separated) made from antique findings. We can be bracelet twins (obviously fraternal not identical)!
To enter...

1. Spin in a circle clockwise twice, touch your nose and chew gum while tweeting 'Who's your daddy?'.

Or...
Just leave a comment. One entry per person. Contest ends Sept. 20, 2010.

As always, thank-you for every bit of support you give this blog!
xo Jentine

bracelets

Contest Closed

112 comments :

Julia said...

haha, it makes you wonder exactly HOW they know what Jenna Jameson looks like... :)

I LOVE the green and white one, and I'd love to win it!

Meghan said...

Amazing story and amazing bracelets. I really can't decide which one I like better- too bad I can't take both! :-)

thesungirl said...

Those are beautiful!! I love the story, I definitely would not have been able to keep a straight face after being told I resembled a porn star! :)

Liz said...

When I first looked at it it looked like one bracelet, they look perfect together! Thanks for this chance!

Nadine said...

Ooh, I love BOTH those bracelets! I think I may love the green one a teeny bit more . .

Sarah said...

I did everything that you asked me to do, spinning and tweeting and all and now I'm dizzy and sad that I didn't read the just leave a comment part. I'm so freakin happy to support an awesome blog!!!

Lindsay said...

I wish I had a crazy lady that inherited a factory and makes awesome jewelry...

I love the gold and ruby one!

lmerrima@gmail.com

Martha said...

Of things to inherit, a magic jewel factory is not bad!

urbanrhetoric said...

i loved that story and i love these bracelets!

~pemora

Hannah said...

What a great story. She sure is lucky to have inherited a factory!
Thanks for this chance to win a bracelet from a genuine crazy lady. lol

ladyladybug1991@hotmail.com

Lovers, Saints & Sailors said...

That is a pretty damn funny story.
When I was 15 and at the movies with a boy that I quite liked, he told me I looked like Sigourney Weaver.
Ummmmmm.
He said it was the cheek bones but that didn't really help.
IMDB lists her movies from this period as: The Ice Storm, Snow White: A Tale of Terror, Alien: Resurrection. Not necessarily the peak of her career.

Shauna said...

hmm Janna / Jentine - do you have a secret life you want / need to tell us about?

406 Olivia said...

ooh! Ooh! Pick me!

I can see the Katherine Heigl resemblance, but Courtney Love is way off! I've been getting Ann Coulter a lot lately, which makes me want to chop my hair off and color it brunet!

Natasha said...

That story is absolutly brilliant...I'd like to know how that old couple know who Jenna Jameson is....actually maybe I don't..haha

Laura said...

Maybe they were thinking of a different Jenna-- Jenna Elfman? It's a little mind boggling to imagine a sweet older couple discussing aging porn stars.
I already have a fraternal twin but I'd be happy to have another!

Laura said...

Maybe they were thinking of a different Jenna-- Jenna Elfman? It's a little mind boggling to imagine a sweet older couple discussing aging porn stars.
I already have a fraternal twin but I'd be happy to have another!

Kristin said...

Yikes! What a fab story! My husband has gotten compared to Neil Patrick Harris his whole life, and while he usually just rolls his eyes at the attention, sometimes he suits up and gets free drinks out of it. Maybe a method for you to try out? Although, Jenna's mode of "suiting up" might leave you awfully chilly ...

Love those bracelets!!

Sally said...

These are spectacular, what a cool giveaway!

Sally
email- steele.sally@students.mcm.edu

Gwen In Wonderland said...

OMG I would have died laughing, how you kept it together is beyond me... The bracelets are so beautiful though, I wish she sold online! :)
Gwen Trahan

Haven said...

AWESOME!!

Totally don't get the Jenna Jameson vibe from you.

Emily said...

Haha That story was awesome! Thanks for sharing! :)
ejlittle@ius.edu

Chelsie Te(e)la said...

now that you mention it. i knew you resembled someone... and i mean katherine heigl. wicked awesome giveaway!

five foot something said...

Of all the contests I've ever entered, I think I would be the most happy if I won this. I've always been in love with your crazy ex lady bracelets. Please let one (or two) be mine.

- Patricia
fivefootsomething (at) hotmail (dot) com

eleanor said...

Hah! That is hilarious. And these bracelets are so gorgeous! Count me in.

I don't see Katherine Heigl (or Jenna Jamieson, obviously) but I see Abbie Cornish! Which is a huge compliment in my opinion.

X

Christy said...

What a compliment! haha That story was great! :)

Teri said...

Either one would be just fine with me!

Thanks for the giveaway.

cherrydilemma said...

I just started reading your blog and I'm in love. This bracelet is gorgeous, I would love to win it!

neighbourhood.gal said...

If you are willing to ship to Canada, then I am in! Nutty artists need to be supported...

Iris said...

I totally thought maybe they meant Jenna Elfman too!! Especially when she has longer hair... that's always who you always reminded me of -- tall, leggy, blonde and gorgeous!

Blondie said...

That's a funny story. I agree with Jenna Elfman, not Jenna Jameson too.

thebrazenhead (at) gmail (dot) com

ciupa said...

lovely bracelet! here's hoping.

Alex said...

Ooh here's hoping I win - they're brilliant. I'm having Willy Wonka-esque visions of her running through this factory and scattering stones behind her as she goes now...

I'm on hols when the giveaway ends but my email addy is oddsocksandprettyfrocks@hotmail.co.uk

Ellen said...

Ha! Admirable face control!

Joceline said...

that's adorable! i think you look nothing like jenna jameson, but i guess a celebrity is a celebrity right?

Rachel said...

HAHAHAHAHA...
that was THE best story ever.
Jenna Jameson...wow. A for effort I guess on their part?!

ps. I want a bracelet :)

Kristin said...

I was thinking you look like Abbie Cornish. Hilarious story, though. Great giveaway, too!

julie said...

Hah! What a great story! The crazy bracelet lady and deep fried butter? Who knew there was such fun to be had at the Ex?

Christina said...

Hahahaha you do not look like Jenna Jameson. Katherine Heigel is more like it. Great giveaway. So unique. -Christina cphillis07@jcu.edu

Amy said...

I went thrifting this weekend looking for bracelets inspired by your crazy lady bracelets. I fell short...

I couldn't be happier about the giveaway!

Amy said...

PS---I think they meant Jenna Elfman (from Darma & Greg). Or at least I hope they did.

mandaelyse said...

Love the bracelets and the story behind them makes them that much cooler.

P.S. I think you look like Abbie Cornish too!

ZuZu Pebbles said...

Best story ever. Crazy, old, porn-lovin' jewellery-makers are my favourite.

Keeping my fingers crossed that I win these beautiful bracelets from the trashy mind of the lady at The Ex!

The Coastal Chicster said...

i love these bracelets! i'm keeping my fingers crossed to win. i read your blog every day - thanks for always posting such great outfits and stories! :)

Erin said...
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Barbara said...

Seriously...you do look like a movie star. (Does that move me to the top of the winners list?)

Thanks for all of the great fashion ideas.

Katlynd said...

Jenna Jameson probably doesn't have the same gift of putting together clothing and jewelry that you do, considering that she usually has to take it off. She would probably love to be able to wear a bracelet like that one - I know I would!

Love this blog, check it (obsessively) everyday.
Thank you for all you do :)

KT said...

LOL. Jenna Jameson? Wow. Let's hope they didn't know who she was. Love the bracelets, fingers crossed I win! - Katy
(katy_rose1@yahoo.com)

Erin said...

I love your blog! And I love these bracelets! It's my birthday on September 20th so maybe I should win... :)

eringracemorgan@gmail.com

K said...

Hilarious story! I actually think you resemble Naomi Watts. Anyways, those are beautiful bracelets, thanks for doing the giveaway! I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Future Lint said...

OMG! Jenna Jameson, my ass! She's so trashy looking and you are always so well put together! Anyway, love the bracelets!

P.S. my word verification is "Bertha" ha!

Elisabeth said...

Love your story; hilarious!

Those bracelets are gorgeous!

Katie said...

You have me laughing out loud at my desk--my coworkers think I'm nutzo...I guess crazy bracelet lady and I have something in common! You are such a funny writer! These bracelts are super cute!

Abby said...

So am I allowed to wear them separate if I win?!

abbyzahner@hotmail.com

Jayme said...

haha that is too funny! Makes you wonder how these people know who Jenna Jameson is (gag). Loving the gorgeous jewelry!!

now that you mention it you do look like Catherine Hiegl

Mishy said...

i love blogs entitled stories and giveaways. i love it evenmore when the story is as awesome as the give away.

One Cute Mom said...

love your blog and your style! and those bracelets are uber cool.

briannelee said...

I feel like you look like Charlize T. (sp?)

I hope I win. I want some crazy cat lady bracelets b/c I am also a crazy cat lady ;)

Kendra said...

LMAO, awesome story. And yes I believe they meant Jena Elfman, hahaha

Mariel said...

I have an identical twin, but I'd love to have a bracelet twin!

Half Dressed said...

The bracelets are so gorgeous, brilliant giveaway :)

L x
Half Dressed

merl said...

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please. I read your story twice because the first I may or may not have also been beebopping to a new Sara Bareilles song. After you, she's my other fake bff. [seriously you will want to be too after seeing this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vht_mMPxW0Q&feature=player_embedded ]

Lucky number 61!

Stephi said...

Super cool! Love the bracelets and luuuuurve your blog girlie.
-Steph

Buffalo Girl said...

Awesome story. I might even cross the border and head to the EX next summer to find the crazy bracelet lady! It could be worth the drive, it not that far.

SO cool you're offering up the bracelets as a giveaway

Linda said...

I WANT THEM I WANT THEM, GIVE ME ONE, I AM YOUR FRIEND!
Didn't work? Whatevs, I'm tanned and drunk thats all that matters.

KDot said...

Puuurty bracelets!

I'm in!

Jasmine said...

Those are fantastic. I wish I had crazy bracelet-making supplies, but alas, I am poor and not likely to inherit anytime soon.

Allison said...

Funny story! Love the bracelets, she is very creative!

Milly said...

enter me please...great bracelets

Hayley said...

Gorgeous. Fingers crossed.

Laura HH said...

BWA HA HA HA HA! Jenna! Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha. I think I may call you "Yenna" from now on

gabrielle said...

ahhh, i LOVE them. so cute.

- Tessa said...

I fell down while spinning, so can't tweet - but it was fun! :P

Jamie said...

I'll take them!! <3

Kyla said...

Holy crap. That is the best story EVER! And if they did know who they were talking about, a little creepy, too!

Sarah said...

These are awesome bracelets! And what a story...you definitely can't make that one up! Thanks for the giveaway. :)

kate said...

I am enchanted by this lady. And those bracelets....

Anonymous said...

Great bracelets, oh, and I think you are an absolute delight!

Megan said...

Great story! I wouldn't have been able to disguise a confused/amused look. Thanks for the opportunity to win these AWESOME bracelets!

Caroline said...

Love them! tumbleweed394@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I'm a sucker for vintage jewelry and unique pieces like this. Awesome giveaway - thanks!

Jen
cliffennifer@verizon.net

Stephanie said...

Haha, I am soo tempted to actually tweet who's your daddy?

-Vern

Snappy-Q said...

ha ha, that's funny! I love that you have a cool collection of bracelets from a crazy (sweet) lady... and that you are willing to share.

Flora said...

IF you're contest is open to international entries, count me in! I left most of my awesome costume jewelry back home, and thrift stores and fun places to buy more of it are few and far between over here.

I love your blog, and your style, and thank YOU for sharing it.

Anonymous said...

I love your blog and I just found you a couple weeks ago. One blog leads to another and another but I like to think it was the magical blog fairy. I have a similar style and so I feel it was meant to be. haha Thanks for all the style inspiration and for the giveaway!
Erin

erinfosteraud at gmail dot com

Erin {Dear Edna} said...

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! That made me laugh. Thanks for the pick me up this dreary, rainy Thursday morning!

Callie said...

These are so fun!! Thanks for the chance to win!

Jo said...

Ha ha! What a great story (and giveaway!) Hopefully I win it, Jenna, er, Jentine . ..

Christen said...

I have almost no chance of winning this but seriously, this is the best giveaway ever. Thanks for doing this. And that is the most amazing story! Jenna Jameson?!? Priceless!

Emma at Daily Clothes Fix said...

That is a great story. It made my night.

weekendfashionista said...

Wow, the jewels on those bracelets are mesmerising! x

Tara said...

Ever read the Jenna Jameson autobiography? It's definitely something. My favorite anecdote was about how when she was 16 she apparently pried her braces off with pliers so she could work at a strip club. I find that horrifying, but also kind of admirable, because the kid clearly knew what she wanted.

Anyway, now that I've shared my fun Jenna fact, I can mention how lovely those bracelets are and how much I'd love to win one!

sage61 said...

OMG... that story makes me want to say, "how adORAble" and "holy CRap!", simultaneously! Really makes one wonder about the older generation! Great story... i totally love listening to stories from elderly people. They have most certainly had time to collect many of them!
Hmmm... catch the tie in to "collection"? I also have a bracelet fetish...er, ..uhm.. collection. Started when my sister gave up my mother's "junk jewelry box". My mother was totally ahead of her time and i really appreciate the opportunity to add to her collection! Thanks! LOVE the blog, btw!

Miss T said...

Oh man, what a story. I love that outfit too, I can see why she complimented you on it.

natalia said...

We can only HOPE they were thinking about someone other than Jenna Jameson.
And I would be proud to own a Crazy Lady original design!
kevshoulddrive at hotmail dot com

Vicci said...

A porn star! The even more interesting question is how do they know so well what she looks like?! Love the green stone bracelet....

Jane Milton said...

I love your story! I love crazy ladies. They are always the best: so chatty and random.

theasceticlibertine said...

Jentine, I started reading your blog after Kendi gave you a shout-out. Now I'm hooked! The combination of your wit and style makes MyEdit a must-read for me. I have to disagree completely with the Heigl and Jameson comparisons, probably much to your relief. When I first started reading your blog, I thought that more than anyone, you reminded me of Charlize Theron. So there, crazy old people! :)

Bethanne said...

Those are BEAUTIFUL and your story is hilarious. :)

Ady said...

Those bracelets are fantastic! And this blog is hilarious!

ady
ady dot simmons at gmail dot com

tomorrowneverknowsfashion said...

Hmmm was the scenario something like this? husband: jenna jameson wife: (confused look) yeah, that's her! (not realizing her husband watches porn nor that she is agreeing you look like a porn star) ??
I think ive mentioned this before but I do highly enjoy your sarcasm and wit.
the end.

Emily

FashionTheorist said...

Hooray for independent craftspeople making cool stuff. Even if they are a bit wacky.

I've been told I resemble Claire Danes and Bjork. I don't see either resemblance, personally.

ほし said...

So I've been lurking and following your blog for a little while, so I always look forward to the crazy lady at the Ex stories. I agree with the others who said that the lady and her husband must've meant Jenna Elfman!

But yes, super fan of your blog. Love your style and how you are a proud thrifter! Thrifters of the world, unite!

chonig2 said...

I have recently become OBSESSED with bracelets and have been drooling over yours like this lately! I LOVE them and would LOVE to be your bracelet twin!! Thanks for the giveaway jenna! hahah
casey
chonig2@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I once had a boyfriend cut an ad out of a Playboy magazine because he said the girl in the picture looked like me. Fortunately the ad was for satin sheets....and the model was wrapped up in the sheets (nothing to see - whew!). But she did look like me....weird.

Christine

christine_says_hello@yahoo.ca

Leah said...

They are beautiful! I respect any lady who is a little bit kooky. I would love to win!

Jeanna said...

Such a random, funny story! Great giveaway :)

anna said...

you are so silly jentine! to be bracelet twins would be a pleasure!!

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

Great bracelets, cool story. Thanks for the giveaway.

Anonymous said...

I think they meant you look like Jenna Elfman. Because now I see that you do.

Love your blog!

ByeByeSoccerMom said...

i actually just discovered your blog through In Professorial Fashion (i liked your wonder women pose the best!). i would love to win the bracelets (it's funny deep emerald green is my current obsession and i'd like to do a post about some birthday purchases i made that were mostly green and camel). thank you for your giveaway!
maya

rebecca said...

great story! i love street fairs! i spend hours looking at the jewelry!
rwvanvoorhis at gmail dot com

Amanda said...

Loved the story! And thanks for this sweet giveaway!
P.S. I think Kat Heigl is more appropriated for you :)

Amanda
amandamnt@yahoo.com.br