Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A star-studded shopping trip with Sophie Kinsella...plus a book giveaway

I can't decide if it's a good thing or not that Sophie Kinsella is in New Jersey today and I live four hours away. The not-so-good thing is that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet one of my all-time favorite chick lit authors. On the other hand, if we were to be in the same room, I probably would be all star-struck and not have a single witty thing to say to an author whom I consider as more of a celebrity.

If only I were like Becky Brandon and could easily schmooze with my favorite celebrities (or authors, in my case) the way she does in Shopaholic to the Stars, Sophie's latest novel in the popular series. I read it recently (review coming soon) and it's hilarious, as always. Thanks to Penguin Random House, we have TWO copies for some lucky US readers!

Sophie is here today to talk about shopping (what else?!?)....and to get us psyched up for next month's theme, which is CELEBRITIES!

Tell us about a memorable purchase or shopping trip.
I remember once I had told my whole family to leave me in peace to write. I decided to pop out for coffee... saw an amazing evening dress in a shop window... and found myself edging in to try it on, even though I had no idea where I'd ever wear it. Then my husband phoned: 'How's the writing going? Can I do anything to help?' I couldn't tell him I was in a changing room with one foot in a sequinned evening dress! (But I did buy the dress. And I did wear it!)

If you were to take Becky on a shopping spree, what three stores would you HAVE to visit?
Ooh, very tough! Anthropologie for sure, it's such a feelgood place. Liberty because it's a wonderful old store with a great atmosphere. And Jimmy Choo, because Becky loves her shoes!

Which celebrity would YOU like to style?
I love Lupita N'yongo, she's absolutely gorgeous, and I would be very happy dressing her up.

What is the best deal you ever received on a purchase?
I was once in a charity shop and found a Moschino skirt for ten pounds. It was the most beautiful red pure wool skirt, with a heart shaped button - for a mere ten quid! I couldn't believe my luck and I wore it to death.

What is your favorite thing to buy when you go shopping?
I used to say shoes, but I have noticed that my new tendency is coats. I think it's because I can just swing them over whatever I'm wearing.


If you could go shopping in any city in the world, where would you go and why?
I'd go to Melbourne, as I've never been to Australia, and I've heard Melbourne is a fabulous shopping mecca, so I'd be killing two birds with one stone!

Thanks to Sophie for a fun chat and to Penguin Random House for sharing her book with our readers.

~Introduction and interview by Melissa Amster

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33 comments:

Janine said...

I want to read this book really bad. I would take Becky shopping to some of my favorite stores, Brighton, Cache and Boston Proper.

TinaB said...

We'd have to go to Anthropologie, Altar'dState, & Nordstrom. Can't wait to read this book!

Bonnie Franks said...

The stores would be Macy's and Nordstrom and Target. :)

S.Sabia said...

I would take Becky to Khol's, Target, and Pier One.

Caroline said...

Z Gallerie, Coach, and Bloomie's!

Colleen Turner said...

Well I would have to take her to three of MY favorite stores: Coach, Sephora and Pottery Barn :).

Sharon said...

Bed, bath & Beyond, Nordstrom and Zales.

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rubynreba said...

I would pick Target, Rue 21, and JC Penneys.

Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

I would take Becky to my favorite department store, Von Maur. Then Anthropologie and then Nordstrom. I'm a fan of department stores! :)

traveler said...

Nordstrom, Brighton, and Neiman. thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Justine B said...

I would take Becky to Neiman Marcus, Saks, and of course Barneys New York!

jpetroroy said...

Gap, Target, Nordstrom

Kelly said...

Anthropologie, Target, and Sephora

rhonda said...

Barney's bergdoff goodman Fred Segway

JJT said...

Nordstrom's, Neiman Marcus, Saks 5th Avenue.

rhonda said...

Meant Fred Segal not Fred segway😃

Bonnie K. said...

I'd go shopping with Becky at Kate Spade, Tiffany and Co.,and Nordstrom.

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AiringMyDirtyLaundry said...

I would take Becky to Target, because it rocks. WalMart to frighten her. And Kohls, because it also rocks.

Vivian said...

I'd take her to Barnes & Noble to buy her book and have her sign it for me :), then we'd go to Kohl's and Target or Meijers.

Julie Nieves said...

I would take Becky to the Nordstrom shoe department, Bloomingdale's and Sephora.

Jennifer Huelsebusch said...

I would take her to Kate Spade, Gap, and Macys. I would love to go to Cath Kidston with her too but there are t any in the United States!!

Patricia said...

Bergdorf's, Tiffany's, MOMA Design Store.

Erica said...

SPCA thrift for shopping along with TJ Maxx and Homegoods. Not upscale but FUN!

Anonymous said...

Kate Spade, Burberry and Dior.

Suzy

Melanie Backus said...

Homegoods, Belk, and Khols

Melissa Seng said...

Bath and Body Works, Target, and of course, Barnes and Noble.

Anita Yancey said...

I would take her to Kohl's, Walmart, and Target, to show her how to get more for less. Thanks for having the giveaway.

bn100 said...

Nordstrom, Target, Walmart

Anonymous said...

Saks, Neiman's, Van Cleef & Arpels

Holly

Carol Fragale Brill said...

I'm not much of a department store shopper so I'd take her to my favorite stores in Cape May, the beautiful seaside town where I live--Whales Tale, Splash, and Flying Fish

Rosita said...

This is tough. I guess I'd pick Marimekko, Bloomingdales and Sephora.

Kimberly said...

Nordstrom, Target and an independent bookstore.