Friday, October 4, 2013


Some period drama-loving friends and I are throwing a big online party to celebrate Masterpiece airing season one of The Paradise. There will be a premiere night Twitter chat, weekly recaps, and to kick things off . . . a fun contest involving one of our favorite pastimes - SHOPPING! This seemed appropriate as The Paradise is a Victorian-era department store where plucky heroine Denise Lovett is employed in the Ladieswear Dept.

Read on to find out how you can enter this exciting contest and be eligible to win several FABULOUS prizes!

1) Take a photo (camera pix are fine) of yourself shopping for one (or more) of the following items: 


You will receive ONE entry per picture of an item listed above (up to 8 entries.)

You can earn a bonus FIVE entries if you submit a photo of yourself with a cute/crush-worthy shop employee. (Male or female.)


That's me goofing it up with some purses at Kohl's. Isn't that leopard print bag cute? Are you impressed that I managed to get a celebrity in the picture with me? "Hey, JLo!" 

2) You may submit your contest photos via Twitter or

Twitter - Tweet your picture(s) to @ParadiseParty2 

Facebook - Post your pictures to the Facebook group, Paradise Party. Note: You will have to join the group in order to post to the forum.

3) This contest is open to residents of the United States ONLY.

4) Contest will begin on Friday, October 4th, 2013 and end at midnight on Sunday, November 17th, 2013. Winners will be announced on Monday, November 18th, 2013.

5) Prizes are as follows:

(1) Grand Prize - A $50 Macy's gift card, which can be used online or in-store. The winner of this prize will be selected by the True Random Number Generator at 

(1) Bonus Prize - The Funniest Photo - A Kindle copy of The Ladies' Paradise by Émile Zola (this is the classic novel that the TV series is based on.) The winner of this prize will be selected by the 8 authors participating in The Paradise online event.

(1) Bonus Prize - Item We Most Want Photo - An audio CD of The Paradise TV Soundtrack. The winner of this prize will be selected by the 8 authors/bloggers participating in The Paradise online event.

So, you can earn up to 13 entries and there are THREE great prizes up for grabs. Cleverness and originality count with these pix, so have fun and be creative!

Be sure to check out the shopping finds from these fellow Paradise Party bloggers:  

Laura Chapman
Lauren Clark 
Tracey Livesay 
Elizabeth Marx 
Sara Palacios 
Martha Reynolds 
Julie Valerie


  1. Hi Tracie! Snazzy leopard print bag you got there. Looking forward to tweeting with you during Sunday night's Season One premiere of The Paradise! I'm headed to the other bloggers now to see their shopping finds. Check out my photos in the lingerie department ... I keep company with some very TALL mannequins... :)

    1. Julie, I was seriously tempted to buy that leopard print bag, but I'd already purchased a JLo snakeskin tote a few months ago. So, I couldn't justify buying a similar bag so soon afterwards. I do love my animal print purses! :)

      Your selfies in the Lingerie Department at Nordstrom's were hilarious! :)

  2. I'm actually having some serious shopping lust for that leopard bag -- I want it!

    Happy Paradise Party weekend!

    1. Girl, the bag is at Kohl's and it's on sale for $62.30. As Tom Haverford would say, "Treat yo'self!" :)

  3. Replies
    1. Thanks, Martha! That bag's a beaut, it isn't? ;)

  4. Leopards and JLo, frisky shopping! I like a women willing to brave the jungle for a new bag! Happy Reading & Reviewing!

    1. Well, you know me, Elizabeth, I've got to stay on top of the latest trends and animal prints are HOT right now! ;)

      See you at the #ParadiseParty chat on Sunday!

  5. I love anything and everything leopard print!! Love the pic!! Can't wait to get started!!

    1. Thanks, Sara. It's sad how many pix I had to have taken to come up with this one semi-decent, grainy shot. I blame the fluorescent lighting at Kohl's. ;)

      Glad you're excited about our #ParadiseParty! I'm sure it'll be a blast!

  6. This sounds like fun. I'll have to get to work on those pictures. I agree with the above comments. I love anything leopard too.

  7. I saw a woman with that same leopard print bag today. She also had a matching leopard shirt and leopard flip flops. Definitely too much of the same pattern. For a second I thought I was on safari ;)

    1. I always heard the rule, when doing any animal print, is only one item.

  8. Love the idea.. Shopping link with the Paradise show...

  9. I feel more people need to read this information very good! sensational news. I look forward to more;. Interesting read, thanks for helping keep me busy at work)
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  10. I noticed the Facebook Page is no longer...I was a member of the you know what happened??

    1. We posted an announcement on the Facebook group early last week that the group would be deactivated on Friday. We hope to reactivate it next fall when S2 airs here in the States. Thanks for your participation! :)

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