Recap: Real Simple Holiday Pop-up Shop & a Giveaway

I had a really great time yesterday morning at the blogger preview for the Real Simple 2011 Holiday Pop-up Shop

When I got there, I couldn't believe what a beautiful December day it was -- compared to the terrible weather we had in NYC the night before, it could have been so much worse.

Here's what the store looks like from the outside -- 

It's a super cozy heated tent!

One of the main reasons I love Real Simple is for their expert tips.  And their books -- which are chock full of those tips -- are for sale at the pop-up shop.  They make great gifts.

For those of you who are organizing freaks like I am -- Real Simple has also created these amazing solutions like wrapper paper and ribbon storage boxes, and storage options for your christmas ornaments.  Things like this can be found at the pop-up shop or, along with many other smart solutions, can be found at Bed Bath and Beyond stores if you're outside of NYC.

Here's Real Simple Editor Kristen Van Ogtrop joined by Charles Best, the founder of, Carson Kressley and Sam Champion.

And here's a very funny photo of them cutting the ribbon to officially open the shop :)

The store will be open through early next week, so if you're in the area and looking to cross some gifts off your list, I suggest you stop by.

Now ... onto the good stuff. They were nice enough to give me some extra goodies, which of course I want to share with y'all :)

One lucky reader will win a VIP Gift Bag from the event. It contains:
  • Tote and hand-warmers from Citi
  • $100 gift card to (Allows you to give to classrooms in need)
  • L'Oreal Paris Hairspray, Le Gloss in Blushing Berry and Revitalift Eye Packet
  • Wine Tote, Gift Wrap Guide, Wonderland Catalog and Recipe Cards from The Container Store
  • Umbrella from Vera Bradley
  • VIP Invitation for (Which gives you free shipping ALL THE TIME)

A second lucky reader will receive a copy of Mario Batali's new book, Molto Batali.

Here's how you enter to win these goodies:

1) Head to the Real Simple page on Facebook and click 'Like' if you haven't already.
2) Come back here and leave a comment, telling me which magazines you subscribe to and why they are your favorite.

For a bonus entry, tweet the following and let me know that you did in a separate comment here, including the URL to your tweet:

Enter to win goodies from the @Real_Simple Pop-up Shop @CitiPondNYC @BryantParkNYC at #RSPopUp @RS_Offers

The deadline to enter to win these goodies is Wednesday December 14th at 11:59 p.m. ET. I will draw the two winners at random on Thursday December 15th. 

PS -- in the interest of full disclosure, I want to mention that I was not compensated at all for attending the event or writing this blog post, but I did receive a VIP Gift Bag and a copy of Mario's book for myself like all of the other bloggers in attendance.

(All images courtesy of NYC Recessionista)


Summer Athena said...

i had no clue. this is fantastic. now i just need to find the time to check it out!

Kristina said...

What an awesome shop! I subscribe to Cosmo but Real Simple Wedding has been my go to! I believe that was your suggestion too:) I love picking up Real Simple Holiday magazine.

Kristina said...

I tweeted too.

Molly said...

What a great giveaway!

I don't subscribe to any magazines, but if I did it would definitely be Real Simple. I love the recipies!

Kristin Appenbrink, associate ed said...

Alison, thanks so much for coming to the pop up shop yesterday! It was lovely to meet you, and we're so glad you were able to come! Now if only I was eligible to win that gift bag. :)

Elisabeth said...

I made sure to "like" Real Simple on FB. I would love to win! Right now I'm subscribed to Whole Living, I love it because it covers all the categories in my life!

vandango33 at gmail dot com

Elisabeth said...

I also tweeted:!/egood33/status/145385940196663296

vandango33 at gmail dot com

Wendy said...

I subscribe to Vogue and Glamour. I love flipping through to get inspiration for outfits.

I have never read Real Simple, but the covers online look awesome! 50 gifts under $50?! I definitely have to check that out!

Victoria said...

I love Real Simple and have liked them on Facebook. I love Martha Stewart Living, O, and Bon Appetit.

Victoria said...

I also tweeted about your lovely giveaway:!/JoJoVickiV/status/146454725989113856.

Victoria said...

Oh, and my e-mail address is

scoopstweet said...

TimeOutNY because it is full of fun ideas for spending free time in NYC.

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Jess said...

I actually don't subscribe to any at the moment, but I would like to re-start Instyle for sure.

Liked Real Simple on Facebook as well :)

Stephanie said...

What a neat giveaway! :) I don't subscribe to any mags, but if I did it would be the New Yorker.

(I liked RS on Facebook)

Kate M said...

Awesome giveaway! I just "liked" real simple on facebook. Thanks!! -Katie

Kate M said...

Great giveaway! I liked Real simple on facebook. And magazines I subscribe to include Real Simple (!), Runner's World, and The New Yorker. Thanks!!

NYC Recessionista said...

Hi Kate M -- I'm really sorry but the deadline to enter to win the giveaway was last night at 11:59 p.m. ET!