Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Tour Of Pretty Giveaway

The other day I blogged about Hot Air Balloons. Lovely, floating puffs of color.

Don't you agree that they are the ultimate mode of Pretty Transportation?

Back when I lived in Australia, John Travolta was made an Ambassador for Qantas Airlines. He went on what they called a "Friendship Tour", and flew around the country, greeting passengers as they boarded. I think that's such a fun idea. I would love to see a Tour Of Pretty.

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A convoy of hot air balloons would tour the country, equipped with petite, pretty snacks for the passengers. The on-flight music would include a few songs by Zee Avi and Maria Taylor, and the balloons would stop at many pretty locations across the world - Paris, Florence, Noosa, Santorini, Solvang...

And the passengers would be adorned with jewelry from Petite Minx.

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Monica is the owner/artist behind Petite Minx - one of my favorite jewelry stores ever! I have bought a number of little pretties from her collection, I just love her creativity, originality and style. Her jewelry is the embodiment of pretty - I just can't rave enough about how much I love her delicate pieces.
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Five years ago, Monica was planning her wedding, and just couldn't find the right wedding jewelry for her big day - so that's when she decided to make it herself. And then from there, she started making jewelry for others, and thus the Petite Minx journey began! Drawing inspiration from different forms of visual art, Monica has cultivated a style that mixes a feminine presence with an edginess to it - she is able to take on classic inspirations, tribal influences, basically ANYTHING, and put it all together to make something truly gorgeous.
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Monica's favorite colors are also things that I would like to see along my Tour of Pretty journey. She is drawn to jewel-tone colors, like amethyst, emerald and topaz, and also bright, airy colors with hints of grey. And even her favorite dessert is pretty - "Fauxstess Cupcakes" from the Vegan with a Vengeance Cookbook. Also make sure you check out her blog here - it's the perfect stop for a Virtual Tour of Pretty.
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Monica is generously giving away this Sand Dollar Necklace to one lucky reader! To enter, please leave a comment here letting me know what your Tour of Pretty would be like. I will announce the winner on Sunday.

(PS. SoCal Bloggers, if you haven't yet, comment here letting me know if you're interested in the SoCal Bloggers Meetup).

53 comments:

MYSAVIOR said...

STUNNING jewelry in this shop - how can one pick a favorite!! I love the colors also.

♥♥♥
Sue

one9designs said...

Um, I'm pretty sure my tour of pretty would just be going thru petiteminx's shop. Love all the jewelry, and those pouches from Slaughterhead too!!! Pretty, pretty place...

{eleise} said...

Wow...that necklace is amazing! I hope I win! =)

My tour would be France as well...so romantic...

Jaime said...

How nice! My tour of pretty would be throughout Italy- it's the prettiest country to me! :)

Michelle said...

My Tour of Pretty would take place in a doll house. When I was little, I always wanted to be small enough to fit in one! I love her pieces...so dainty and down to earth at the same time!

Tracy-Girl said...

I love hot air balloons - they are swift and beautiful! And so is that jewelry ;)

The Novelista Barista said...

beautiful jewelry! i would very much Love to win one :)

Kaye Prince said...

My tour of pretty would include a luxury train ride (ala Murder on the Orient Express) travelling through Europe. We would stop at every pretty spot and have a picnic, see the sights, and shop for pretty things (which you know in my case would probably include fabric). Sounds nice to me!

I love this jewelry - I could definitely wear it!

Lindsey said...

Of all these things, I love the Sand Dollar the best.

My tour would be light in value and contrast, colors like cotton candy, and never have more than just a few calories.

Amanda said...

How exquisite!

My dream tour would be a long trip to Europe squeezing in every sight with my soon-to-be hubbie!

Victoria Stitch said...

my dream tour would be to neverland!!!

Mizz Snape said...

My tour of pretty - snorkling at Bali and taking underwater pictures! :) This giveaway is very lovely.

Phoenix said...

I might have already taken my tour of pretty with a helicopter tour of Kauai...but I'm willing to do another!

That jewelry is exquisite!

Carissa said...

your tour of pretty sounds just fantastic to me! I don't know how I could make it any better! :)

that rose quartz cluster bracelet is seriously amazing-- so gorgeous! but I love the sand dollar necklace too! I'd love to win!

LeaAnne said...

My "Tour of Pretty" would be going through the deep Fjords of Norway.(Where my Hubby is from~) Could you really imagine.. The deep valley of Dark blue water right next to those high mountains still peaked with beautiful white snow.. especially in a hot air balloon!! Wowsa It would need to be in the deep of their Summer of course :P And,maybe it would even be in the middle of the night knowing their midnight Sun~

BTW,
I Love that Necklace..It reminds me of walking the coast line in San Fransisco as a kid and finding a big handful of whole and broken Sand-dollars!

Anonymous said...

My tour of pretty would be to visit the flower fairys in the forest.The fairys outfits are made from the prettiest flowers you have ever seen.
Thanks for the lovely giveaway.Marian

mtzeenla@yahoo.com

Kristin said...

You always give our imaginations a jump-start, now don't you? Hmm... let's travel over to the south of France, K? We can soar over beautiful country cottages that have been there for ages, smell the sweet scent of lavender fields and munch on crepes and champagne as we go! ;)

Her jewelry is lovely!

Lily said...

my tour of pretty would be a virtual one through every item on etsy. after that though, maybe a little italy.

wendy said...

Beautiful necklace :)
My dream tour would be Italy!

luvwendy87@hotmail.com

Federica said...

Gorgeous!! I adore that golden coin necklace and also the last one!
My dream tour would be Polynesia! Maybe for my honey moon!

Tali Schiffer said...

Such great jewelry! And I love how it all started because she wanted to create something she liked for her wedding :)
My tour of pretty would be to all the places in this world I haven't seen yet (oh, if we could all just pick up and travel without worrying about money and work, the world would be happier...)

Melissa said...

thanks for stopping by! your blog is adorable, i love it! =) If I was able to bounce around the world in a pretty hot air ballon, it would stop in all the tropical places first (i'm such a beach girl), then it would hit all the big cities (Paris, London, Tokyo, Rome, Madrid, etc) where I can shop, people watch and eat delicious food! This post totally gave me an itch to travel ;)

mint said...

my tour of pretty would be to spend my trip wondering the castles and cathedrals in england.

calabaza said...

Mine would be backpacking in the Andes with someone else carrying my camera and gear.

Kris said...

very charming pieces!

nifer said...

Dionne, that necklace is darling, and it would actually be the perfect accessory for my Tour of Pretty: floating in a hot air balloon to all of the best beaches around the world and stopping for a day or two at each one to truly savor the sand and surf!

~ Jen

Lovely Scribbles said...

I love the eclectic style of Monica's jewelry...pretty, indeed! My Tour of Pretty would have to take me through Tuscany in Italy. I've not yet been, but I've always dreamed about it.

Abigail said...

lovely necklace!! my tour of pretty would be Switzerland...it's always been a dream of mine :)
thanks for the chance!
peters.ab0124(AT)gmail.com

Melody said...

I love the jewelry on that site. My tour of pretty would include cities from around the world. Places like Tokyo,London, Paris, Rome,New York, etc.

melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

Egater said...

My tour of pretty would be in Scandinavia - Swedenand Norway.I like our neigbours
egateris at gmaildot com

Mer said...

would go on a tour of Spain and flaunt any piece from petiteminx's shop! thanks for the opportunity!

meredith(dot)targarona(at)gmail(dot)com

helen07 said...

Paris! I waas there in August and though it was so quaint!!

x

tennesseehollow at gmail dot com

Bekah said...

So pretty! I just love it!

My tour of pretty would be the Grand Tetons...I love mountains and these are so beautiful.

Wehaf said...

My tour of pretty would be in a mod Airstream trailer, and I would start in Baja California, go past the Grand Canyon and up through Colorado and Wyoming, and then swing back north and west past Vancouver and up to Alaska.

urchiken at gmail dot com

the Lost Earring said...

Hmmm, my tour of pretty would definitely involve rollerskates, 50s music, and cupcakes :)

justalittlepiece said...

A long steam-engine train through the country-sides of Europe, with lushly decorated cars, exotic desserts, and champagne for everyone.

jasmine said...

my tour would have a group of people decked out in jane austen dress, riding horseback in the english countryside. with a bevy of proper butlers who'd serve us tea and scones with clotted cream and jam whenever we stopped to rest!
thanks for the giveaway. :) email in profile.

LBB said...

Ooh, I love your sweet hot air balloon illustration! You have quite the imagination! And that jewelry is so pretty! :)
My "tour of pretty"?...Can I borrow Jasmine's T.O.P. above me? I would love to have a Jane Austen-inspired day like that.

Tender Branson said...

I see hot air balloons every morning on my way to work. I really enjoy the view of all the balloons flying over my car. I have no idea why they are up there or who is riding in them.

BellsandUnicorns said...

My tour of pretty would be island hopping throughout the world. Maybe on a sailboat...that would be nice! I'm an island addict...thought I've never actually been to an island, just Mexico and Florida. I subscribe to the Islands magazine and drool over each issue that comes. My goal in life is to travel to as many unique islands as possible and collect jewelry, clothing, and art from each place and make a little "Island World" in my house!

photojoy said...

my tour of pretty ...is to reunite friendship I shared with some friends from Eygpt, Austria, the US, whom I met last ....gee, almost 30 years ago.

w said...

my tour of pretty happens everyday - with my two little girls. in fact, just this morning we had a tour of pretty. they were all dressed up. and my "baby" was pushing my toddler around on a toy stroller.

man. i'm such a sap right now.

thanks for an awesome giveaway.

wendiwinn on etsy.

lin3arossa said...

My tour of pretty would be to the pyramids and on the Nil in Egypt.
ghainskom at yahoo dot com

Monica said...

Dionne, Thanks so much for this beautiful post! I love your hot air balloon art that has gone with it, too:)
Hugs~
Monica

Meadowlark Days said...

Lovely, charming jewelry!

My most recent tour of pretty was along the Maine coast at the height of fall colors. And lots of fun pottery studios along the way!

molly YEH! said...

oh what a beautiful blog! i'm so happy i stumbled upon it :-)

my tour of pretty...

me and all of my people would all wear cute little bubble skirt dresses with huge bows and bright colors and sparkles! and then we would board our pink hot air balloon (via a red carpet of course) and set off on our way around the world... stopping in every country to sample their best desserts! we would have tiramisu and gelato in italy, and macaroons in france, and mochi in japan... ooh and red velvet cake in the south :-)
ingrid michaelson would provide the live music, and dancing would take place in between stops (this better be a big hot air balloon). oh i am getting way to excited!!

xoxo

yeh

Rianne said...

My tour of pretty would be..

just walking down the beach at sunset with my lover :)

Thanks you for the give away :)

rianne85ATgmailDOTcom

Anna said...

my tour would be above colorful forests and castles where we would stop by, landing on soft&tender moss and grass, bare foot in lovely skirts (thats for me and my daughter), eating fruits from trees and drinking sparkling spring-water...

petiteminx is wonderful!

norisduetto(at)yahoo(dot)com

bmolavi said...

remember the movie "What Dreams May Come"? ok so my tour of pretty would be to just stop by all the "landmarks" of Robbie's "painted heaven". . .

Anonymous said...

My tour of pretty would take me to New Zealand!

Sarah
untenuredteacher at yahoo dot com

Anne J said...

My tour of Pretty would be cruising the world in my boat and stopping and enjoying local cuisine and local art along the way.

Dionne said...

Thanks for your comments, this giveaway is now closed.

Susan said...

oh! I am so sad to have missed this giveaway! Her jewelry is amazingly beautiful!