Monday, May 2, 2011

wave wave and a giveaway

The important lesson I learned from the Royal Wedding is that I don't do enough waving. Ever since Catherine said "I will," I wave and smile whenever I enter a room or walk down the street, trying to strike a balance between distant and approachable, affable and eccentric. As I type here, briefly managing with the left hand alone, I'm waving with the right.  I know you'll wave back; you're that sort of person: friendly, indulgent, willing to join in, eager to show off your new ring.




And it's because you're such a dear that I bought two of these bags lately. One for me, as I suffer from bag-buying compulsion, but I doubled back to the display stand, thinking you'd like one too. It's made of canvas, lined, with a magnetic clasp and a small zipped pocket inside, the perfect size for carrying your Prada sunglasses and the proofs of your soon to be published book to the beach while your security staff lumber along behind with deck-chairs and battery-powered refrigerators.

If you have the slightest passing interest in it, or merely want to show your support by not rejecting my bag with hasty disinterest even though you intend to accessorise only with bold lemon and aqua this summer, just leave a comment to enter the giveaway.  Please don't become a follower unless you want to, or tweet about it or mention it to your famous friend so that she can talk about it on daytime TV. It's only a small gesture. One day I'll do more, perhaps name my signature perfume after you unless a last-minute headlong narcissism makes me name it after myself.

46 comments:

  1. Ha haha, waving back at you :) And DO sign me up for the giveaway bag--I could use a new look!

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  2. Turns out my TV friend is on holiday for now, so I'll not mention it to a soul. let's keep it to ourselves, shall we?
    Oh, becky knows about it too. Hmmm. Just us three then.

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  3. I started waving back to you till realising to my horror that I neglected to put on my new ring this morning! Thank you for the reminder. Just imagine my shame if I'd inadvertantly left the house and started waving to my neighbours before realising the lack of said ring? I could only have made up for it by jauntily carrying my gorgeous new bag, casually dropping into conversation that I'd been given it by my good friend Mise....

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  4. Please consider this comment as a limp-wristed wave, Mise, but please don't enter me for the fabulous give-away, as the only time I would willingly wave to Cath Kidson is when seeing her off with a one-way ticket to the desert island that she recently chose discs for on the radio - nice though she is as a person.

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  5. I now have tennis elbow from waving back to the Royals who failed to even notice me.

    You need to keep your camera handy Mise, aren;t they living in your neck of the woods?

    The bag would be lovley for lugging my bita round.

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  6. Given the calibre of comment so far, I'm wishing I'd bought more bags.

    Tom, sorry I don't have that hugely valuable antique candlestick giveaway I promised you just yet. Busy, busy. Busy.

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  7. Have you been tucking your thumb in though? I see that is the CORRECT way to wave. All this time mine has been flapping around uselessly at some odd angle to my hand, instantly marking me out as a peasant. Not any more though. *tucks* and *waves*

    This summer I shall be accessorising with a small pet marsupial (species to be decided) so will be using their pocket to carry all my important things.

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  8. I'd wave back, of course I would, but - depending on just how eccentric you had wanted to look that day, and in what way - I might speed up a little to get away sharp after you'd passed by.

    Lovely thought, that bag give-away, but please don't count me in. I have far too many supposedly-handy tote bags lying about doing nothing as it is.

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  9. OMG mices, er Mise, do you think too much waving could be the cause of my unexplained dizziness?

    Best be careful, perhaps some stretching of the limbs before you hit the streets.

    And you know I'd like the bag, though not as much as Mr. Stephenson. Clearly.

    xo Jane

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  10. Mise, I'm sorry to say your rediscovered/ recreated blogroll is going to cause all sorts of problems.

    I do little enough round the house, how am I ever going to do anything now you've directed me to all these other wonderful places? When the children get buried under the chaos and squalour (while I'm looking at beauty, calm and order) I'm afraid you might get the blame...

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  11. Prada - Darn it my sunglasses are from Penneys! Sinead x

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  12. Flora, I thought of you straight away when I spotted Tara P-T in the Abbey. She had a wistful look about her, as though she missed the potato-masher.

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  13. I'm waving right back at you-
    Love the bag- perfect for two unfinished books?

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  14. I'm in love with... this bag. It would be perfect for small bottle of water (I have to drink very otften) and a good magazine!

    kasia433(at)onet.eu

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  15. Pralinka, a new commentator! From Poland! What a joy!

    Speccy, two entries, very alert of you.

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  16. How good of you to think about me Mise!! and my prada sunglasses and my book proofs. But why didn't you mention how adorable i will look in my bikini while going over them on the beach. that hurts a little.

    Re the wave: One of my uncles in Alabama (he and his house and all my relatives and their property is okay btw) uses the royal wave. With excellent posture, from his car port, next to the cow pasture, in a tee shirt and ball cap and with the physiological endowments that copious beer drinking brings. His royal wave never fails to put a smile on my face.

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  17. Here I am, not far from Prince William's childhood home waving!
    Waving madly actually!

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  18. Oh count me in...I'm only too delighted to wave back to you. Such a lovely bag. I only have Armani sunglasses...will they do?

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  19. I waved. I WAVED! Blow, but I need to get back to a life less obsessed with immediate and cheerful obedience! Go on then, not enough pink in my life by far- while you're waving more, I'm trying to look vaguely respectable. And wear heels. But not those going away wedges. A wobbly step too far, for sure..

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  20. Mise, I am saluting you just to mix it up a bit. And you must count me in for your giveaway. I'm penning my autobiography in anticipation. xx

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  21. I'm mentally waving too. Your bag is lovely, and it's a sweet gesture.

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  22. Your commentators are as witty as you, but you are all too clever for me at this early hour! but I do enjoy you all, you put a smile on my face for the day and I will have to give this waving thing a go, but will I be able to wave with the new bag on my arm?

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  23. You're going to have to try a lot harder than that to be annoying Miss Meeze. Back better already due to all the wishing (well maybe a little bit about the advice from the over-confident man - don't you hate it when they're annoyingly right too?)

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  24. I'm reserving lemon and aqua for my entry hall, so feel free to enter me in the giveaway for this charming bag. And as I slow to wave back at you, I'm painfully aware of my own waving inadequacies.

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  25. I am here again because i may have inadvertently commented as a friend signed onto my computer. It must be known that i would like the bag, thank you very much:). Also I would like to complain that your wit encourages my "wit" which might be a very unfortunate thing.

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  26. 25 Comments, so I don't think I am in with chance for the bag! And I was even prepared to be a follower, but can't quiet figure how to do that on your Blog, (I am new to this) but I have added you to my Blog not because I want to grovel and get to the front of the other 24 (excluding Tom) for the bag but because you really make me smile, and did I mention the bag?

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  27. i'd like that bag please to carry my ring around in. do you think it's big enough?... the bag, that is.

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  28. I've been waving like crazy. Mostly in an attempt to teach my baby to wave byebye, but it's still waving, right? She managed a majestic one at the greengrocers this morning.

    I'd use the bag to carry about the books I don't want et.

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  29. I have practiced the wave more than once but usually in a self deprecating manner - our Sorority has a great deal of fun crowning each year's President, gifting her with roses and making her wave grandly for photos-
    as for the bag? How lovely and spring-like!

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  30. Waving back to you Mise!!! A royal wave of course none of that flapping of the hands all over the place...

    Sweet little bag.. someone will be very happy to win a Mise Giveaway.... Hopefully one day I'll be the one you name the perfume for... Stinky Julie!!

    Have a great week.. ciao xxx Julie

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  31. How can I resist? I'm waving, and I'm not telling a soul, for I would really love to win that pretty bag--or, as we say here in my home state, that "wicked cunnin'" bag, which roughly translates to "very cute." Have I told you lately that you're wicked cunnin', too? Because you are!

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  32. Hello:
    We do so hope that you are, in fact, waving and not, as has been known, drowning.

    The bag is lovely and we shall keep very quiet about it so as to ensure that it is not talked about on daytime television where, as you might expect, most, if not quite all, of our friends have a regular slot!

    Thank you for the comment left on our most recent post which has, happily, brought us to you. We should not follow if we did not wish to - but we do!

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  33. Mise would be a great name for a perfume, regardless of how it's pronounced.

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  34. I am waving for tom
    please let me win!
    I will send the bog to tom....
    he's such an old fart!!!

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  35. I meandered over from Mr Stephenson's place No need to sign me up for the giveaway, though, NZ is too far away to send it. Just wanted to say hello!

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  36. Darling Mise...look how amazingly well I type with just my right hand (as I wave with my left).
    Send me the bag...I will sooooo do it justice ( in my superficial, empty-headed way!).
    Love you darling...kiss...kiss

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  37. Can you feel that gentle breeze? That's been caused by my vigorous waving! I've been jumping up and down too... in the hopes that you pick me to win that adorable bag:)

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  38. What a lovely bag. It definitely deserves a royal wave! Please enter me in the giveaway. I actually have a pair of prada sunglasses (cast offs from a very fashionable sister) that are looking for a lovely springtime home and the bag would be perfect!

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  39. New to your blog and enjoying it. Toss my hat in the ring if it isn't too late. Not the vistage hat, the big floppy one (see my blog today)

    Darla

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  40. gah... so many entries. hope im not too late to be in the running.
    i just learned that historically waving the hands showed that you were not armed and hopefully didnt get shot or speared at
    ~laura

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  41. I can't possibly compete with Mels exemplary comment, but I am waving, and just hope you can see me from so far away. And I know you would never show favoritism, even if I was ever so fortunate to win one of your previous lovely giveaways!

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  42. I’m here for the free stuff...

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  43. Oh Mise, we're mad for the wave over here at Chez Joy. It's so "jolly-hockey-sticks-oh-I-say-marvellous!". Although, in an unfortunate turn of events, our eldest has taken to waving like a Klingon from Star Trek in an attempt to differentiate herself from the pack. It does not sit well with one.

    I'm afraid I cannot in good conscience enter your giveaway. The sad contents of my current handbag are simply not of an acceptable standard. Such a lovely vessel should not be used to carry glitter lipgloss circa 1998, a free sample size anti-bacterial gel, my shopping trolley token, six broken crayons and a half chewed Kikki.k biro. Meredy xo

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  44. waving wrly ,whisically & wantonly westwards!

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  45. I cannot read your posts without leaving without a hug grin on my face. You are always the best for a huge dose of wit and cleverness Mise.

    I adore the bag and would be carrying a dog leash, puppy treats or perhaps occasionally a bottle of Hendrick's Gin and a lime. Don't judge me!

    Thanks as always and I hope this week has been an inspiring one?

    Cheers ~ Deb

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