HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY NO. 2 // MYRTLE GIFT CERTIFICATE

**This giveaway is now closed! Our random winner is commenter #1, Megan! Thanks to all who entered.

Here is another holiday giveaway for you, the second one in a series of four which will be posted every Monday. Thank you so much for all your entries in my last one, all of your cool comments were super interesting and the winner will be contacted via email! This week you have a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from a great boutique in LA, Myrtle! You can apply the gift certificate to anything in the web store or if you live in LA you could check everything out and redeem it in person. Myrtle carries many awesome female designers and supports tons of cool independent lines (even mine, yay!). The shop just turned one year old so this is a bit of a birthday celebration as well! On Saturday Whitney held a shop party and now we can keep the celebration going online. I met Whitney when she was still in the planning stages for Myrtle, and it was so cool to watch her dream become a reality. Congrats on one year! All photos in this post were taken by Megan McIsaac. View all of Myrtle’s lookbooks here and keep up to date with shop news on their blog!

I like talking about women making & doing awesome things, so to enter this giveaway please comment on this post with some thoughts about a lady (or ladies) that are inspiring to you. GOOD LUCK!

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  • Megan

    I would love to win a gift certificate from Myrtle, I live just down the block and the window always has the most gorgeous clothes in it!

    Currently feeling very inspired by Hypatia of Alexandria. Was originally drawn to her because I’m a librarian and I heard that she was the librarian who went down trying to save books in the great fire of the Library of Alexandria. Turns out that’s not really true, but she was an amazing ancient scientist at a time when a woman doing that work would have seemed unheard of. Smart, badass lady.

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  • http://CateAnevski.typepad.com Cate Anevski

    I’ve always been inspired by Louse Bourgeois, because she had such an independent spirit and was able to grow and change along with society to remain an important and influential artist throughout her life. Also, I think both she and her artwork are beautiful.

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  • Rachael

    I am inspired by all the lady bloggers/makers/etsyers/photographers who have succeeded in making careers for themselves in fields that inspire them and challenge them. I hope to get there someday!

    I would love to recieve this gift card! The pieces look so bitchin’ :)

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  • http://www.prairiestylefile.com Alicia

    I adore Pearl S. Buck. Not only is she an astounding and prolific writer – she won both a Nobel Prize and a Pulitzer Prize for literature – she forged this career in two countries, China and the US. She was a former missionary kid and missionary wife who alienated her former community when she spoke up for tolerance and the rights of women, minorities (both in China and the US) and disabled children long before it was popular – or even safe – to do so. She left a struggling marriage, finally married a brilliant man who appreciated her, wrote a ton of best sellers, traveled all over the world and still found time to garden, read, teach and be an attentive mother. How can you NOT be inspired by that?!

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  • http://www.vinylsea.com Ashley-Jayne

    What a marvelous giveaway! Thanks so much for offering it to us. :) Honestly, any woman who is an advocate for modern-day feminism has been inspiring me so much lately! There are so many wonderful, valid arguments informing others of why feminist action is still important… their strength and conviction is exactly what this world needs. Love it!

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  • http://www.sarahvantassel.com Sarah VanTassel

    I am inspired by my dear friend, Melisa.
    She has an incredibly creative personality that she makes the most of & she has the most generous heart.
    Myrtle is an adorable shop btw <3

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  • http://emilykatz.com emily

    yesterday was my 30th birthday, and i know i wouldn’t be the woman I am today without the other incredible women in my life. I love seeing these photos of Myrtle! My friend and inspired woman Gretchen Jones’s designs on a model! I feel grateful to know her and see her growth as well. We all inspire each other. It is scary sometimes to shine as bright as you want or need to shine, some people get scared of the glowing. Anyone who is living their dreams, putting their smiles out there, pushing the limits of their own comfort, these women inspire me. The doctors, nurses and social workers I call friends, as well as the sculptors, photographers, jewelry designers, artists, chefs. Each woman plays her magical and integral part in making my world LUSH! I am so inspired….

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  • http://olive-loaf.blogspot.com Liz

    This is such a rad giveaway, Anja! It’s hard not to get mushy and even a bit teary eyed when I think about all of the amazing creative ladies I am lucky enough to know (the internet is a wonderful place!).

    I think what I love the most about the independent creative community of women is that everyone is so supportive of each others endeavors. I am constantly in awe of what people like Josie of Frances Baker and Lauren of Blooming Leopold do as each season progresses. The best part is seeing these women succeed (like seeing ANN-YA on Need Supply holy shit) and grow as artists and designer. It definitely motivates me to pursue my own endeavors and to have faith in my own abilities!

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  • Alexis

    HOLY DAZE GIVE AWAYS!

    I love Megan and these beautiful cookbook images…

    There is a current day women I am very inspired by: Jeanne-Salome Rochat, she is an editor at two publications: Sang Bleu and Novembre, the first of which is usually focused on tattoo culture, but it really is so much more than that, and Novembre heads more towards fashion and art and….well you’d just have to see it. She went to ECAL in Laussane and she’s got her hands in a little bit of everything (art, videography, choreography), and with a such a keen eye and so much in that head! She’s everything in my own life that I love and need more of!

    The publications are beautiful and well-deserving of anyone’s attention. I am looking forward to conducting that sort of life in my own!

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  • http://www.daydreamincolor.com Connie | Daydream In Color

    Today I’m really inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s work. She’s always been a favorite artist of mine and I was browsing her paintings online and it totally invigorated me through its color on this rainy day.

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  • http://hurrafordeg.blogspot.com Priscilla P

    I’m inspired by Kate Bingaman-Burt, who has been a fantastic professor, mentor and friend to me. She’s really supported my endeavors since I first had her class!

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  • Ash

    Oh boy, that Samantha Pleet blazer + shorts combo is to die for. I’d never take those babies off.
    There are so many women I draw inspiration from– on a day to day basis two would be my advisor (I’m a grad student) and mom. :)

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  • Megan

    I am very much inspired by Cecile Richards, not just for her rockin’ platinum pixie cut, but also for her fearless advocacy for women and our rights to our bodies and ourselves in turbulent political times. As a political activist and campaign manager I am motivated and enlivened by her wit, humility and spunk. I aspire to be like her someday.

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  • http://www.wenvrsleep.tumblr.com Sarah

    Whitney stocks so many of the designers that I admire most! I think nearly all of the women in the independant design community inspire me. I know from personal experience that it takes a lot of dedication and hard-work to realize a beautifully-designed result. Aside from generally being inspired by anyone who decides to persue what makes them happiest, I admire all women with a strong asthetic, like one they stick to throughout their lifetime. Even if it is viewed as extreme or strange by some, I think they are ultimately revered for their unflinching taste. I’m thinking of women like Diana Vreeland, Iris Apfel, et al.

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  • http://www.elisabambi.com Elisa

    I want to participate in this giveaway so bad ! :)

    Found your amazingggg tumblr and I’m in love

    I am currently living in New York, just got here two months ago, and I’m making my way through
    as an artist and a young girl! (23 yr old)

    This week I’ve been inspired bye three awesome ladies,

    first of all, a new friend I have here, Valentina, she is 27 years old, and leaving behind all of her dark family history, she decided to come to New York because she loved it. Despite the expensive this city can be, she now has her own apartment and is supporting her dreams <3

    then, there is Louise Zhang! as an artist, I always love to see young girl artists spreading their amazing art online, and then I found her, her paintings really amaze me :) I am s happy to have found her talented work online http://louisezhang.tumblr.com/

    and finally, there is my mom, who has been living poorly and has been taking care of me and my brother, and now my grandparents, she doesn't have any time for herself, but she is really the most loving strong woman i know <3 struggling but keeping her head up! :)

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  • Alyssa

    great giveaway!

    I’m inspired by…my boss! She’s a wonderful mix of tough nails and soft support. She has worked for her whole career to advocate for women and moms and she does great work.

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  • Ann

    Very inspired by my mother. She’s the epitome of beauty and strength, somehow manages to work a full time job as the bread winner and raise a family! Truly inspiring.

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  • Mandy Blank

    My grandma was/is a great inspiration to me. She was always so strong, but yet loving like a grandma should be. I miss her every day.

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  • http://a-north-country-girl.blogspot.com Michal

    I am fortunate to have many inspiring women in my life. One in particular is my once-French-teacher-now-friend, Jan. She puts passion into everything she does, and has used her knowledge of the language to help others while in the Peace Corps in Africa and working with orphans in Haiti.

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  • Frida

    i feel like i’m most inspired of great women of the past, my favorites of the moment are valentina teresjkova (first woman in space) and ada lovelace who sort of invented the first computer program ever, and that before the computer even existed.

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    Whitney Reply:

    Frida,

    Anja will be choosing the winner at random, but this answer gets an extra gold star from me! I have a brand new niece, Ada, born on Halloween! While she wasn’t explicitly named for anyone, Ada Lovelace was one extra good reason they liked the name. Hopefully she’ll be a scientist too!

    xo,
    Whitney from Myrtle :)

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  • http://jacobeam.tumblr.com Eva Jacomine

    Amazing entrepreneur ladies that can hold their head on their shoulders with fabulous locks and killer style inspire me to dress how I want to and be the person I want to be. I’m kept motivated by the women I admire in my life!

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  • Erin

    Definitely inspired by my great-grandmother. She got through the depression and the dust bowl and was the kindest, most generous woman I’ve ever met. She made gifts for all her grandkids every year and used to sneak out of her residence at night by climbing over the gate (at age 80) to go shopping on her own in downtown LA. Tough as nails, sweet as can be. I miss her every day.

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  • Wesley

    Inspired, awed, triggered, ignited, infuriated are a few of the numerous things that my blessed, beautiful, creative 8 year old daughter does to me. I work very hard to instill the value of kindness, often with the motto if you work hard and are kind, amazing things will happen (a quote by Conan O’Brian that has struck me lately). This morning, often a harried time at 7 am she prepared breakfast for her and her younger brother, stating “isn’t it kind when I put others before me”. She gives me the spring in my step, the smile on my face, the joy in my life. I am blessed as we both continue to grow together.

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  • Mysha

    Wow! I live in Echo Park, where Myrtle’s located, and they carry some of my favorite brands: A Peace Treaty, Upper Metal Class. Love them! This is going to sound cliche’, but I’m pretty inspired by Gwenyth Paltrow right now. I mean really, what is she not doing? And even more, what is she not doing well? Exactly. :)

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  • Lia

    I turned 20 this year and thought to myself that this is the time of my life to be selfish.

    One day I thought to watch a Ted Talk video. That’s when I discovered Eve Ensler. Eve Ensler has opened my eyes to how much I can give myself to help other girls who have had rights, that I take for granted, stolen. I have never experienced violence towards me for being a woman, but I know of people who have and it breaks my heart. Eve Ensler has not only shown how vital this is, but has managed to help women all over the world love themselves. She isn’t afraid to speak her mind and goes to no end to help a fellow woman.

    Eve Ensler has inspired me to love myself and has shown me how much can be accomplished when you follow your heart. For these reasons, and many more, Eve Ensler is the woman who is inspiring me today.

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  • http://www.olivevintage.com Laura

    Honestly, Whitney, of Myrtle is sending some serious inspiration my way! I just opened my first brick and mortar shop 3 months ago & it’s so inspiring to see such a smart, creative, resourceful woman blazing the trail ahead of me. Whitney’s enthusiasm & commitment – to both her shop & her designers – keeps me excited about my own shop. Working in retail is never easy & there are moments when you wonder if you’re crazy to be diving into such a risky world, but Whitney’s success reminds me to keep plugging away at what you believe in. So far, so good. Thanks Whitney!

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  • Jenny

    what a great shop, love all the stuff!

    jennyrosee89@gmail.com

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  • Monica

    Man, I am so inspired by Kathleen Hanna! Girl does what she loves, wears what she likes, and believes in something. She’s a survivor, and thinking of her and listening to her music makes me feel the strength of women! I love Myrtle; really feels like the love is there. The clothes and the styling are really something special. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  • Ray

    Right now I’m really inspired by Kristiann Boos of Victory Patterns. I love her aesthetic, and really inspiring sewing patterns are rare – which is disappointing, as I love pattern drafting.

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    Ray Reply:

    Also email: rach.e.bain@gmail.com

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  • http://msdear.blogspot.com ms. dear

    i’m so inspired by my all my best friends at home in nc – we’ve all been through a tough 2012, and we’re still standing, supporting each other through grief and loss. they’re the best ladies, so thankful for them!

    xs

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  • Heather

    I work for a nonprofit organization (in maternal health, no less) with almost all females; so, I would have to say I’m inspired by my coworkers. They are driven and successful while staying grounded, and they are my models in achieving career goals while also maintaining a good work/life balance.

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  • elle

    Oprah Winfrey is one of the strongest women out there today. Despite her unfortunate childhood, Oprah has become a billionaire and one of the most-recognizable women in the US. She didn’t have to rely on anybody; she got to where she is right now by the virtue of her own hard work, faith, and determination. Not to mention, she practices positive thinking better than anyone else! thank you so much for the giveaway :)

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  • Jade

    i would love to win a Myrtle gift certificate!! I’ve been eyeing one of those Gretchen Jones ikat blouses for a very long time and a $50 certificate would definitely help it become mine!!

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  • Jade

    whoops—ladies that inspire me! i forgot to post this in my original comment. honestly, mardge cohen who was a doctor at Cook County Hospital in chicago for a long time really inspires me. she was on the ground when HIV first arrived on the scene and helped create a safe haven for treatment and emotional support for her patients. she will always continue to inspire me throughout my medical career.

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  • Michelle

    So many inspiring women out there! My aunt is most inspiring for me at the moment as she is gracefully holding the family up after my beloved grandmother passed away. It is the little things that count and women have those special touches.
    This giveaway looks fantastic – thanks for the chance!

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