The Modern Austen is TWO! Let's Celebrate!

Classic navy outfit with statement necklace Two years ago, I sat down at my computer and registered my little slice of the blogging world, themodernausten.wordpress.com, not having a clue where it would take me or how long I would be a part of it. All I knew was that I was a brand new college graduate with a million hobbies and interests and no more organizations and clubs in which to exercise them. Blogging was a leap of faith--a scary uncertainty--because I had no way of knowing how my writing would be received. Why would anyone want to read what I had to say? What would I even write about? But I did it anyway. And I still do. There are a few things about my personality that I am very proud of, but I must say this willingness to jump right in head first is a characteristic that continually surprises and enriches me.

So much has happened in these two years that I feel I've lived so many more. But the beauty of it all is that it's all right here in this space. Between the outfits, the DIY projects, and the book reviews, I see life. The best part of is that you've all shared your lives with me, too, and I'm honored to call you my friends.

Pretty dresses in pretty corners

Wearing a navy dress in the spring

Dress: LOFT Necklace: The Limited Heels: Clarks Bracelet: c/o Shannon

So, today on this two-year blogiversary, I feel incredibly blessed. Yes, blogging takes so much work, energy, effort, and time, but it is a million percent worth it. It has led to so many opportunities, given me so much chances to be creative, and introduced me to wonderful people. In a post later this week, I will share the latest and most exciting thing my decision to blog has given me.

Of course, none of this would have been possible without you, my readers, my supporters and friends. Thank you so much for sticking around, leaving comments, and encouraging me. As a token of appreciation, I wanted to host a giveaway for one lucky reader, but I wanted to make it extra awesome, so GET READY FOR THIS!

I've teamed up with 16 AMAZING friends to give away a $250 LOFT gift card! 

Enter to win a $250 LOFT Giftcard

These ladies are the creme de la creme. I hope you take a moment to check them all out. They've all been part of my journey in some capacity and I am so appreciative of them!

Elizabeth from Oak + Oats Sara from Sincerely, Sara Kristin from My Life as a Teacup Whitney from Whitney à la mode Jess from Bookworms in Dresses Karen from Fearlessly Authentic Danielle from A Little Bit of Wowe Anna from The Anna Belle Blog Aubrey from Adventures in Aubreyland Jess from In Pursuit of Simple Marlene from MDC Artistic Designs Inge from This Ever Evolving Life Jessica from Here&Now Sam from In-Aeternum Paulina from Color Me Brave Kate from A Journey in Style

Here are the details about the giveaway:

  • Giveaway will run from 5/26-5/30 at midnight
  • Only open to continental U.S. residents
  • Winner will be chosen randomly and emailed by me on Saturday, 5/31. If the individual does not reply with their contact information by June 6, I will randomly generate a new winner.
  • Winner's entry will be verified for authenticity

Here's some of my favorites LOFT looks as of late. What would you buy with a $250 LOFT gift card?

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Best of luck to you! Enter using the Rafflecopter link below. Let's celebrate!

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