“Shopping at The Paradise” Giveaway


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

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Have you heard? Masterpiece Theater’s “The Paradise” Season 1 premieres this Sunday (October 6, 2013) at 9pm in the States on PBS.

Some period drama-loving friends and I are throwing a BIG online party to celebrate Masterpiece/PBS airing Season One of The Paradise. There will be a première night Twitter chat, weekly recaps of each episode, 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 Department.

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Paradise-2About that Premiere Night Twitter Chat: Join us on Twitter Sunday, October 6 at 9pm E.S.T. (NYC/Washington). We’ll chat during the season première from 9-11pm. You can tweet with us for as long or as little as you like. I sure hope you’ll join us! Use hashtag #ParadiseParty.

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About those Weekly Episode Recaps:
Each new episode will air on Sunday night. The following day, one of the participating authors/bloggers will recap that episode on their blog. A schedule of who will be recapping which episode is below. Now you can watch in the privacy of your own home on Sunday night, and then join the conversation in the blogosphere on Monday. (A lot like joining a book club.)

You’ll need to do a little research to find local channel listings for your particular area and cable service provider. In the States, the program will air on PBS @ 9/8 Central every Sunday beginning October 6 – November 17, 2013. For general information about The Paradise click here to be brought to the Masterpiece / PBS website.

Blogger Episode Listing
Remember, each blogger will post their recap on Monday, after watching the Sunday night episode.

Episode 1: Sunday, Oct. 6th at 9 pm (2 hour season première)
First hour – Elizabeth Marx; Second hour – Martha Reynolds
Episode 2: Sunday, Oct. 13th at 9 pm: Julie Valerie (me!)
Episode 3: Sunday, Oct. 20th at 9 pm: Laura Chapman
Episode 4: Sunday, Oct. 27th at 9 pm: Sara Palacios
Episode 5: Sunday, Nov. 3rd at 9 pm: Tracie Banister
Episode 6: Sunday, Nov. 10th at 9 pm: Tracey Livesay
Episode 7: Sunday, Nov. 17th at 9 pm: Lauren Clark

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About that “Shopping at The Paradise Giveaway”:
Each of the eight participating bloggers hit the stores this week and took “selfies” (pictures) of themselves shopping. I was asked to shop for lingerie. So fun! So I headed to my local department store (Nordstrom) and snapped a few pictures of myself in the lingerie department.

Wanna see? Okay …  Close your eyes … Are you closing them? Okay … Now … OPEN THEM!


Here I am! Don’t I look purdy? I’m wearing my special white body make-up. HA! Just kidding!

The below photos are me – having a little fun with the Nordstrom mannequins. I thought it was hysterical that they all had REALLY pointy noses, bright red lipstick, and looked like they were sucking in their cheeks. Very edgy and haute couture if you ask me. Although, I thought it odd that they also looked like they were having trouble opening their eyes in the morning. Nevermind the fact that they were at least seven feet tall and had metal rods up their – um – thongs.

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1) Just like I did, take a photo (iPhone, cell phone 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.)

2) You may submit your contest photos via Twitter or Facebook.

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:

MacysGiftCard(Qty: 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 www.random.org

Ladies-Paradise-TV-tie-in(Qty: 1) Bonus Prize for “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 eight authors/bloggers participating in The Paradise online event.

paradise_soundtrack_600(Qty: 1) Bonus Prize for “Item We Most Want Photo” – An audio CD of The Paradise TV Soundtrack. The winner of this prize will be selected by the eight authors/bloggers participating in The Paradise online event.

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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! Julie Valerie (that’s me!) shopped for lingerie. My lingerie-shopping “selfies” are in this post. Be sure to check out the shopping finds from these fellow Paradise Party bloggers:

Tracie Banister – shopping for purses 
Laura Chapman – shopping for hats 
Lauren Clark – shopping for jewelry 
Tracey Livesay – shopping for shoes 
Elizabeth Marx – shopping for stockings/hosiery 
Sara Palacios – shopping for perfume 
Martha Reynolds – shopping for make-up
Julie Valerie – shopping for lingerie *no need to click on my link – you’re already here!

So what do you say? Are you going to watch? Tweet with us during the première? Get silly with some selfies?

Leave a comment and please, like or share this post with your friends.

Happy Shopping!

15 thoughts on ““Shopping at The Paradise” Giveaway

    • The Paradise is sure to delight. (Don’t know why I’m talking like I’M the one in the period drama. “…sure to delight, my Lady…”) If you loved Downton Abbey – you’ll love The Paradise!

  1. I’m there, Julie. And so excited to see this series. I love your selfie, too. You need some sun…. Thanks for the info

    • I suppose you’re right, Jeanne. A little sun would brighten my complexion. But then, my lipstick wouldn’t stand out as much. And you need great lipstick if you’re going to strike a pose half naked at Nordstrom’s. White hair and body makeup is the way to go. I’m expecting this look will soon sweep the nation.

    • This really is a blast – I thought about “The Paradise” all weekend and how thrilled I am that the premiere is finally here! See you at tonight’s #ParadiseParty Twitter Party!

  2. LOL Julie, I would have loved to have seen the reactions to the other people in Nordstrom’s Lingerie Dept. Did they think you had lost your mind when they saw you vogue-ing with the mannequins? Who was taking the pix for you?

    I am so happy that you’re a part of our #ParadiseParty. Your enthusiasm is infectious (in a good way!) 😉 See you at the chat on Sunday night!

    • You are ABSOLUTELY correct. People did look at me like I was crazy – but the two ladies working in lingerie were really sweet and helpful. Imagine how goofy I looked kissing a mannequin while taking a picture of myself… I didn’t even have a girlfriend shopping with me. At least then it would have looked like two friends having fun together. I looked like I was having a photo shoot with myself and my new plastic friends! I love you, plastic friends!

  3. Well, I was thinking of going shopping this weekend in any case, and now you’ve convinced me!
    You look a thousand times better than the white-painted ladies, by the way 🙂

    • Yay! Can’t wait to see your selfies. This is a fun promotion that celebrates “The Paradise” (Masterpiece/PBS program) AND our love of shopping.

      Whatcha shopping for this weekend? Perfume? A new dress? SOCKS? 🙂

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