November 24, 2013

The world needs V&Oak Magazine and so do you!


A little earlier this year, I had the profound honour of being featured in not one, but two different articles pertaining to mid-century fashion in V&Oak magazine's premier print edition. Though I've appeared in numerous online magazines over the years, this was my first time being featured in a print publication, and the experience truly stands out as one of the best and most exciting highlights of my blogging (and vintage loving) life so far.




One need only spend a few moments flipping through an issue of V&Oak or bopping around on their website to understand that this magazine is a cut above the vast majority of its peers. I say that completely devoid of any kind of bias, because of my appearance in their marvelous Fall/Winter 2013 edition. No, my feelings would resonate just as deeply whether or not such was the case.

You see, V&Oak is a magazine that falls squarely in line with my own personal style aesthetics and beliefs when it comes to how one should approach dressing, and by extension, life itself. As I touched on earlier this month in the post I am authentic to my soul, I believe firmly in the importance of rocking, owning, and being proud of one's unique style voice.





I don't subscribe to the theory that there is only one way (aka, highly period accurate) to wear vintage, nor that one need ever follow trends (unless they want to), or that you have to follow in line with the bulk of the population when it comes to how you dress or live your life. We are so incredibly blessed to each be born unique - why would you want to merely blend into the crowd, when you could, if only in a small way, standout and expressive your creativity through your wardrobe choices?

V&Oak stands for "vintage and one and a kind", a description which could very well be used to sum up my wardrobe in its entirety, along with those of many of you as well. This magazine puts an emphasis on originality, individualism, and freedom of style, while embracing the past, but not becoming a complete slave to it.

Far from simply discussing fashion, this magazine partnered classic lines from Huckleberry Finn with one of their outfit spreads, interviewed a modern photographer who does vintage themed boudoir style shoots, explored topics pertaining to vintage weddings and home decor, gave a fair handed amount of page space to multiple decades (from the 1920s right on up to the 1980s), interviewed multiple bloggers, authors, business people, and creative folks from around the world, and made me feel, after just a few pages in, as though I was sitting around on a comfy couch having a great conversation with some of the brightest, most inspiringly dressed friends a gal could ever ask for.

Miles away from the many dime a dozen modern glossy mags, and even a few of the indie publications out there, V&Oak felt fresh and new, yet not so avant-garde as to risk not hitting its target scarcely on the mark.

This magazine will likely appeal as much to fashionistas as it will those who beat squarely to their own style drum. It is well laid out, beautifully photographed, engagingly written, and positively lovely through and through. It's important for those of us whose fashion choices deviate from the so-called standard norm to feel like there are publications out there that speak to us, highlight brands and styles we enjoy, and which help us discover and learn more about topics that matter to us in the process.





V&Oak does all that, and more. It is a vibrant, exciting, beautiful new publication, and one which I firmly believe the fashion sphere, and the world as a whole, is better off because of.

If your interest in V&Oak has been piqued, and I do hope it has, I'm delighted to give one lucky winner the chance to win a one year subscription to V&Oak magazine (which will include the 1st edition - in which yours truly appears), constituting two issues in total (the magazine is currently published twice a year).


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How to enter:

There are seven possible ways for you to enter this giveaway, the more of them that you do, the greater your odds of winning will be.

1. Leave a comment telling me one of the reasons why you love your own unique look (be it vintage or otherwise).



2. Follow V&Oak on 
Twitter


3. Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter, including a @VandOAK and the hashtag #winvandoak to win your tweet.


3. Sign up for 
V&Oak newsletter (scroll down near the bottom right hand side of the page to do so).

4. Like V&Oak on Facebook


5. Like Chronically Vintage on Facebook.

6. Post about this giveaway on
Facebook.

7. Post about this giveaway, including a link to this Chronically Vintage post, as well as V&Oak’s website, on your own blog. 


Please make sure to leave a separate comment specifying each of the ways in which you entered this giveaway, so as to increase your odds of winning.


Giveaway details


This giveaway is for a one year subscription (two editions) of V&Oak magazine, which will be mailed directly to you from the fine folks at V&Oak themselves. It it open to contestants from around the world, and will run from between today's date and Sunday December 1, 2013. The lucky winner will be drawn using a random number generator and contacted by me shortly thereafter (and possibly announced on the blog, too). Please email me if you have any questions about this giveaway.


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It's been several weeks now, since I first saw my own face smiling up at me from two articles in the inaugural print edition of V&Oak, and longer still since I was interviewed (including by the thoroughly wonderful Janine Rudkins from Lesley's Girls Vintage) for it, and still my feet have yet to come quite back down to earth entirely.

There are certain firsts in life that stay with your forever, especially if they're not something that most people get to experience - a camp in which I would place appearing in a glossy fashion magazine squarely into. And this was one of those amazing firsts for me. I truly want to thank V&Oak for including me in their premier print edition, and for recognizing my blog and my personal style as jiving with their ethos and vision.

I've always been a bit of a square vintage peg in a world of round holes, so to speak, and it means an incredible amount to me to know that not only are there others out there like myself, but that we have a magazine that captures the spirit and splendor of rocking a vintage and one of a kind wardrobe and life every day in countless wonderful ways to read now twice a year.

88 comments:

  1. My dear jessica I am sooooooooooooo pleased to see you in this magazine, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    You deserve it soooooooooooo much.
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  2. Wow, your face in a real magazine! Can only dream about it!

    Great give away again! Even nicer: for people around the world! I wear my clothes just because they make me me.

    Thanks, Jessica!
    Liz

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  3. Awesome, congratulations! It looks like a really great article.

    As my answer to the question, I love my look because it gives me confidence and allows me to dress in a way that I wouldn't have done when I was younger. I tried conforming to popular fashions but it has never worked well for me so I'm pleased to be able to dress the way I want now without feeling like it's "wrong" or that I will lose out on having friends purely because of the way that I dress.

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  4. I have posted about the giveaway on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/HelenMaeGreen/posts/546802525396838

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  5. I have also Liked Chronically Vintage on Facebook.

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  6. I have liked V&Oak on Facebook.

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  7. It's no more than you deserve, you most definitely have a unique style that suits you completely. We are starting to get some great vintage themed magazines in the U.K now, I will have to check out my local news agent for this one ! I'm also following them on Twitter now so I can get updates.
    I love clothes and fashion but I hate that it is so identical and throw away. I don't follow fashion I wear what makes me feel good about myself which is a lovely mishmash of old, repro and new.

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  8. Awesome! Looks like a rad magazine. I just love surrounding and dressing myself with things that make me happy.

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  9. What a wonderful profile! I've never heard of this magazine before so it's a treat to discover it. You're a magnet for good press.

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  10. I've never heard of this magazine!! It sounds amazing. And congrats on a real-live paper magazine article! That's quite a blogging accomplishment!

    I like my style because it allows me to just wear things I like without having to worry about whether or not I'd be considered "trendy" or having to spend a lot of money to always keep up with styles. Vintage is classic and wearable for decades!

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  11. ... and I like Chronically Vintage on Facebook...

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  12. ... and I posted about this giveaway on Facebook.

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  13. First of all its so wonderful that you are in t his magazine which sounds right up my alley. I love dressing vintage because it brightens my day and makes me happy. I think women in hte past had mu ch more fun with their clothes and I want to do the same When I turned 35 lastyear I realized life is too short not to wear just what you want.

    kate the old fashioned way

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  14. Hi Jessica, many congratulations on the feature! I have been hoping to see a copy of the magazine as it looks great, so would love to win the subscription comp. Having your own unique style has always been important to me. For me it's about freedom of expression and creativity and using the past for inspiration but being an individual and unconcerned with what anyone else is thinking, doing or wearing!
    Best wishes,
    Jo

    I've join you on Facebook
    Already follow V&Oak on Twitter
    Tweeted about the comp
    Just signed up to the V&Oak mailing list
    Thanks!

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  15. Followed v and oak on twitter

    kate

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  16. liked v and oak on face book
    kate

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  17. posted abotu give away on face book
    kate

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  18. posted abotu give away on my blog
    kate

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  19. Such a wonderful and well deserved feature lovely lady! Congratulations!
    xo

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  20. This is absolutely fantastic, congratulations! It is such a well written feature. I really enjoy my British magazines and now there is one all about vintage I am in (I'll will enter your giveaway which is so fantastic) if I don't win I will be treating myself to the mag for sure:) be on the look out for multiple comments for me:)

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  21. Hi Jessica, as a fellow chronic pain sufferer and long-time vintage lover, please let me say that you are an inspiration and reading your blog provides a regular highlight to my days.
    V&Oak looks like a fabulous magazine (I signed up for their newsletter just now).
    Thank you for all your work here on the blog - truly uplifting!

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    1. Thank you so tremendously much, my sweet dear, that sincerely means a great deal to me. It's always awesome to connect with fellow chronic illness fighting vintage lovers the world over, and I really appreciate that you commented to let me know you're a fellow member of this camp. Please know that I'm always here if you ever need anyone to talk to about any element of life with chronic health problems.

      Tons of gentle hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  22. Just joined their newsletter, I don't have facebook or twitter so that will be it for me. Dang I am also having a hard time answering your question! I love my unique look for some many reasons it is hard to nail it down but I dress to please myself and I think vintage is adorable so I wear it! it doesn't hurt that I get to meet other who love vintage as well:)

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  23. Congratulations on being in print! I have liked them on Facebook.

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  24. One of the reasons I like my look is because I have so much fun tracking down treasures for my wardrobe.

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  25. Wow, I'm so excited for you!!! Your first time in a print publication and twice none the less, congratulations!!

    I love having a vintage look because it allows me to feel connected with another time in history. :)

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  26. I have signed up to their newsletter.

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  27. As if you weren't amazing enough!? How fabulous is this!! MAJOR congrats too!!

    xoxo
    -Janey

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  28. So cool for you!

    Personally I want to dress to be remembered. That can take many forms but that is my main goal, to leave an impression.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  29. How fantastic! Congrats sweetie! I love seeing you in a magazine! And this one is tops! So I am entering your contest. I must get my hands on this mag hehe xox

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  30. I follow this fab mag on Twitter now! xox

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  31. I like your blog on Facebook through A Vintage Nerd page :) xox

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  32. I follow the magazine via FB as well through my blog page :) xox

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  33. Shared your giveaway on my blog FB page!!! Yay! xox

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  34. Just tweeted about the magazine and the giveaway on my twitter! xox

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  35. And lastly, I signed up for the newsletter!!! xox

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  36. Hello.
    I have told you before (when you announced this), I have no problem in telling this again: I am ever so proud of you, darling girl!
    If anyone (anyone!) deserves to be a magazine-diva, that's you. You are tirelessly proving to be one of the top Vintage bloggers out there, not only by style - but by a lifestyle, your vision and your inspiration. I'm so happy the folks from V&OAK saw that in you, and chose you to be featured.. and not in any issue - but the Issue Number ONE.
    ...
    Pop by my blog, I wrote a little omage on the subject.

    Hug
    Marija

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  37. Entered on Twitter (@franticafrances) , (and will probably enter in all the other ways too!) fingers crossed :) Congrats on your two features in the magazine, really want to win so I can read your features; and spend a whole year reading great features & articles in the mag! xx

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  38. Congratulations on your magazine apperance, you are a star, dear! :) And I'm behind with your blog since I've hosted my fifties themed fifties birthday party, which by the way went very well. I would love to win the magazine, but I'm not sure if they ship to Denmark.

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  39. Congrats on your articles. You look wonderful (as always) and they look like interesting reads.
    I love having a unique style. I like that I have clothes that I feel comfortable in (physically and emotionally) and still feel like I look good. There is not really any risk of "who wore it better" and I do not feel like I compare myself to other people while I am out and about. Trying not to compare myself to vintage bloggers on the other hand a little harder, but I am getting that under hand.

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  40. followed on twitter (vintageattempt)

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  41. tweeted (well retweeted)
    https://twitter.com/vintageattempt/status/404971337933787136

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  42. Shared on facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/VintageAttempt

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  43. Oh this is awesome, I'll be sure to sign up and link back on my FB page. Congratulations! I just love the image of you in your wonderful black hat:) Off to read your article:))

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  44. Congratulations! What a wonderful giveaway.
    I think what I like most about how I dress, is simply that, I like what I wear and I wear what I like, with very few guidelines. I think it's extremely liberating to wear only things you like, not what you've been told to like, and I think it makes me a happier person all around.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  45. Blogged about it :)

    http://betsysbaby.blogspot.com/2013/11/spreading-news-v-magazine-giveaway.html

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  46. I do believe I've gotten 4 entries covered:) I think one of the reasons I like vintage is because of the attention to detail that just isn't seen a lot today:)

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  47. Wow, congratulations!!!! What a great article, and honor to be included in this magazine! What a wonderful thing to be able to look back on in years to come. :)

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  48. Jess, this is so cool, congratulations on such an awesome feature!
    I dig vintage, and my ever-evolving "look," because I like the feel of the fabrics, the cuts are so much more flattering, but most importantly because I love the feeling of stepping into history, hopefully into something someone long ago loved, and that I get to feel myself as part of the greater span of fashion history.

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  49. Now for the slew of comments-- I followed on Twitter

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  50. Tweeted about the giveaway as well!

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  51. Nobody deserves this more ! Oh my dear Jessica congrats on the feature :)

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  52. *And*, signed up for their newsletter, which I'm excited about regardless of the giveaway!

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  53. I love the idea of this magazine! As someone who mixes vintage clothing with some modern or self-made items, I am highly devoted to my own individual style that transcends the trends of the day. Not that I don't appreciate some of the vintage trends circulating, but personal style is forever, while trends fade away. I also signed up for the newsletter!

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  54. I LOVE The idea for this magazine! As someone devoted to her own individual style that incorporates vintage fabulousness with modern pieces and self made pieces, Its a treat to see something that transcends the ever-changing trends of the day. Trends may fade, but personal style is forever! I also signed up for the newsletter!

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  55. This is unbelievably cool Jessica!! The heartiest and warmest congratulations on such a fantastic milestone!

    I followed the magazine on twitter and am officially crossing my fingers that I get the chance to hold a magazine in my hands with your wonderful visage shining up at me! :-)
    -Jamie
    ChatterBlossom

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  56. Hello, Jessica! So very excited for you, as I said on FB (or was it Instagram? :)) And so well deserved. I can't think of anyone else who should be featured more in a vintage magazine.

    Wishing you and Antonio a great week.

    xo

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  57. How wonderful to be in such a magazine! x

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  58. I love my own unique look, because no one else will be wearing the same clothes as me, whether they are vintage, thrifted, or, most of the time, handmade with a vintage look. I know some people, even within my family, would say that I have a bit of an eccentric style, but I like it. :)

    What an awesome giveaway! Can't wait to see who wins!

    Brigid
    The Middle Sister and Singer

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  59. Followed on Twitter

    Brigid
    The Middle Sister and Singer

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  60. Tweeted it. My username, FYI, is Boyer Family Singers

    Brigid
    The Middle Sister and Singer

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  61. Subscribed to the newsletter.

    Brigid
    The Middle Sister and Singer

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  62. Liked Chronically Vintage on Facebook.

    Brigid
    The Middle Sister and Singer

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  63. Liked V&Oak on Facebook.

    Brigid
    The Middle Sister and Singer

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  64. My personal style is contemporary with a good dose of vintage be it in the form of jewellery, accessories or clothing. I love embroidered items, pure silk, lace, lavish pieces that speak of luxury and bohemian style. Yet I don't go overboard but tone it all down with whatever spells comfort and elegance in the here and now....

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  65. This is really so exciting!! And very, very deserving. :D I'm so happy for you, Jessica!!!

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  66. Congratulations! I had no idea there was such a divine magazine out there. I've just signed up to their newsletter.

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  67. I love vintage styles because to me they are beautiful and dressing up that way makes me feel beautiful. For most of the last two years I have been bedbound so dressing up has mostly been in my imagination, although I did upgrade my pyjamas :) you are an inspiration to me, thankyou for sharing your journey in such a wonderful honest and yes beautiful way

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  68. Oh and I've liked V & Oak on Facebook too!

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  69. BIG Congratulations on this! I can only imagine how exciting it must be to have been featured in what seems to be a great vintage styled magazine!

    I love my unique, vintage inspired style because it means I'm not a slave to trends or fashion. I make my own rules - which makes getting dressed fun. I can incorporate trends if I choose and am not a slave to a certain bygone era either. I love the challenge of eclectically mixing my favourite influences, be they vintage or not, into a look that's purely me - my signature style.

    Lisa.

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  70. Hooray! Congratulations! That's AWESOME!
    I would do have it!

    Nella Fragola

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