over50feeling40: J.Jill: A Fun Giveaway Celebrates Friendship and Jeans!
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Feb 11, 2014

J.Jill: A Fun Giveaway Celebrates Friendship and Jeans!


Author Ann Brashears was definitely on to something when she molded together great female friendships and the perfect fitting pair of jeans in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.  “Wear them, they will make you brave,” was the accolade as four young women passed the pants around to assist them with the trials of life.



Well, the dynamic women of J.Jill have decided to take this concept a step further with their TRUE BLUE campaign…a message to celebrate the great friendships throughout our lives and the best classic denim we all must have in our closets!








The top picture is my TRUE BLUE friend, Karen.  We first met sixteen years ago when our young sons found one another in kindergarten.  We have become friends through child raising, football supporting, and now weight lifting.  She is someone I can count on…no matter the circumstances.  I have many true blue friends which span over time from women I was close to in high school to women I have worked and parented next to.  




 Of course, the blog audience knows my dear friend, Gigi, who talked me into starting the blog over three years ago.  She has been a confidant and dear sister for a long time.






In honor of the TRUE BLUE campaign, J.Jill would like to give a couple of over50feeling40 followers and your best TRUE BLUE friend a pair of their true blue affordable denim! !  All you have to do is comment below and tell us about one of your friends…one who is there through thick and thin.  Then, if selected, both of you can shop!!



I want to thank Karen, Gigi, and all of my friends for their support and encouragement!!  And I want to thank J.Jill….I love their clothes…and I bet their jeans are good for a little special magic as well...just like in the book and movie!

Visit the new styles at J.Jill…comment….and thank a friend with a new pair of jeans or a gift card.  Pretty simple…and lots of fun!  (while you look at the J.Jill denim, check out the cute new tops!)

I will select winners each week through February 26...but you must comment below!  This is also linked to the fabulous FASHIONISTA STYLE HOP WITH SHELLEY!!  and WAKE UP WEDNESDAY LINKY PARTY!




Karen and I received gift cards from J.Jill....but the words and beliefs here are mine!

52 comments:

  1. I love J.Jill!!!!! My best friend Kristy lives about 90 miles away and we never get together as often as we want...she's the friend that always lays it on the line for me, no sugar coating. Love her.

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  2. My True Blue Friend would be Kathy. We met and were inseparable in high school, then lost touch, we both married, had kids, and ran into each other again while our kids were in little league together. Picked right up where we left off. Then we moved across country. Of course, lost touch again. Moved back. My husband passed away. I didn't even have to call her, she was there for me. Now her husband passed, and I was there for her. No matter how long,no matter how far, she will always be my "True Blue" friend that I can always count on. :)

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  3. I have been friends with Paula for 35 years...ever since we were assigned as roommates in the college dorm :)

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  4. It is most important to have a best friend in life and I cannot imagine a terrible time in my life a couple of years ago without my friend Véronique's help. Our children are the same age and that's how we met too.
    Those J.Jill Jeans look fantastic!

    Annette | Lady of Style

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  5. My true blue friend is Donna. The Lord put us together and big/little sisters in college. She is the sister I never had. We've lived in different cities - 4 hours away - for over 30 years, but still manage to see each other several times a year and talk weekly. I am blessed beyond measure by her friendship. The J Jill jeans look like something I'll need to try - I'm glad they have Petites! Thanks Pam!

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  6. My true blue friend is Donna. The Lord put us together as big/little sisters in college many many years ago. She is the sister I never had. Though we have lived 4 hours apart for over 30 years, we still see each other several times during the year and talk weekly. I'm so thankful for her.
    The J Jill jeans look great - I'm glad they are in Petites also!

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  7. My friend Deb is my sister by choice. We have been friends for close to 40 years, and she is the one that I can count on like no other. She understands me and I her and always have good conversations, laughs and tears together.

    I like JJill sizing. I don't feel quite so chubby when I wear them!
    Maggie Fieger

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  8. You look terrific, Pam! Friends are the joy of life. xox

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  9. My true blue friend is Lisa. We met as neighbors and new moms. After many playdates and two more children, we both moved away but to different states. We keep in touch by phone and too few in person dates. Now our eldest kids are in college and we have all new things to talk about. I don't know what I would do without her!

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  10. I love this post because it gives us a chance to celebrate friendship! I am fortunate that my sister Kathy is my best friend. We have a shared history, of course, but we are very different from eachother and help eachother to see things from a different perspective which is often helpful. Among our shared interests are shopping and fashion, and we go for a shopping spree weekend every spring, just the two of us, and have a blast! No matter what she does or no matter what I do, we are truly there for eachother to pray for eachother and support eachother, and that is a great gift. I am really thankful for my sister Kathy! Karen

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  11. Thanks for linking this up to the Fashionista Style hop so I could come over and enter you dear sweet girl!!
    My true blue friend is Rita. We went through our divorces at the same time. We have shared so much pain and laughter. I adore her and would love for her to have this special chance to wear some gorgeous J. Jill denim.

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  12. My friend is Laurel. We met when we were children at boarding school. We have since moved all over the world (apart from each other) but still keep in touch. Our philosophies (politics!) are polar opposites, but we love each other!

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  13. My True Blue friends are Jodi and Laurie - I can always count on them to be there for me, no matter how busy we all may be. I'm lucky to have them!

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  14. Hi Pam... My true blue friend is Susan. We've been friends since Kindergarten... time and distance doesn't seem to worry us. Nice to have someone to count on. Thanks Pam...

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  15. My true blue gal pal is Hazel. For over 20 years I've known her and she is the BEST.

    Great giveaway!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  16. My True Blue Friends are Barb and Maureen. I became friends with Barb at age 5. I have only been friends with Maureen for 30 years! Mo and I bought the same J. Jill sweater 5 years ago not knowing until we showed up together wearing our sweaters! They are my friends that fill my heart.

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  17. My True Blue Friends are Barb and Maureen. I became friends with Barb at age 5. I have only been friends with Maureen for 30 years! Mo and I bought the same J. Jill sweater 5 years ago not knowing until we showed up together wearing our sweaters! They are my friends that fill my heart.

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  18. Always lovely, my dear Pam.
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  19. My friend and I have been friends since freshman year in college. All through college and then the two of us happened to go to the Southern California area after graduation. She for law school and me I found myself a few jobs. I got homesick for the Midwest and went back home. She must have too because she finished out her law school in the Midwest as well. Then she went on to get her Masters at a college which is located nearby. We were back in the same area again and doing things together. She got a job in NYC and I stayed in the Midwest and was working. I got married and then she got married and moved back to the Midwest. I do not have children and she does have two daughters. When her older daughter was in the toddler stage she brought her daughter to a preschool where the parent had to attend. I went as well because I was the "parent" for my nephew who is the same age as her daughter (my sister needed help and I was the one helping). The two kids are almost 8 now and they are still good friends just like my friend and I .

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  20. Pam when I moved back to Kansas City from San Diego in 2001, I met my dear friend Denise. We were volunteering at a local food kitchen and several other volunteers asked if we are sisters! We became close friends and I am so fortunate to have her in my life! We have been through so much together, it amazes me.

    Love J Jill, what a super giveaway!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  21. I'm a big fan of J Jill. My friend Sue and I chat weekly, if not more. We've known each other since 1999 and have become dear friends. I'd love to share this winning with her.

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  22. this is so wonderful!!! You are blessed to have a true blue friend xo

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  23. My true blue friends are Deb and Dawn, identical twins that I love equally and dearly. We'v been best friends since we were 10 years old. We live all over the US but talk weekly. They've helped me through my darkest days (miscarriages, diagnosis of MS, parents illnesses, etc) and we will be there for each other for the rest of our lives. People ask me if I could choose one over the other. No. I love them both as if we were blood sisters. Equally.

    I love J. Jill but because of recent financial downturns I don't have the available cash to purchase their clothing. They classic style is timeless, and I love everything they design.

    Great post, Pam. You shine inside and out. You yourself are a true blue friend.

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  24. First of all, I love you in blue, Pam! My bff, Linda has been with me through thick and thin. When I was miles away from home and in the hospital, she had little gifts for me to open every day....just a reminder of home and her love She waited patiently as I went through marital difficulties, quitting smoking and withheld her judgment. We have laughed through wallpapering, running into a snow bank and riding our bikes through the sprinkler. We have been good friends since we met 24 years ago. I cherish her.

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  25. My true blue friend would be Liza. Like you and your true blue friends, we met when we were raising our kids and have remained friends through so many of life's experiences. From how to deal with a 4 kids 7 and under, to holding her up in prayer as she buried her 4 year old son losing him to cancer. When I was caught up in a cult like church, she loved me and prayed for me through the entire ordeal! We have laughed and cried and prayed so many times it is impossible to count!
    Now we face that empty nest and we wonder together WHAT will the next adventure be??? I think getting new jeans to mark such milestones is perfect :).
    Thanks for the opp to take a moment to recall our friendship <3.

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  26. My true blue friend is Kim of Northern California Style! We met 25 years ago struggling through a college math class, and then also worked together at Macy's! Over the years, we shared so many blessings and changes. She's always there for me!
    Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun

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  27. My true blue friend is Linda
    We met at the kindergarten bus stop when our now 22 year olds were going off to school for the first time.
    We have been fast friends ever since
    Just had a super fun dinner out with her last Thursday

    PS...that color blue is amazing on you Pam!!
    Brett

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  28. My true blue friend is my bestie Katrina. She supported me through one of the worst times in my life and practically carried me through the other side of it. I love her so much - she is like family!

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  29. Oh, this is such a lovely post! I am so glad to have discovered your blog! Beautiful!

    Love,
    FASHIONHYPNOTISED

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  30. My true blue friend is my sister, Danni. She offers encouragement and coaxes me to remain positive in spite of circumstances.

    I love J Jill. The clothes are comfortable and they have great sizing. Thanks for this giveaway!

    Monique G

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  31. Awesome giveway ... my true blue friend is Judi - we met on the internet in 2001 and held each others hands through a lot of lifes stresses and situations even though we were on different continues. We have stayed friends across the miles and my wishes and prayers we finally answered when I got to meet her in person in January. She faced her fear of flying to travel from Florida to Texas to meet me :-).

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  32. My true blue friend is Patty and even though she lives in a different state than me she is there for laughter & tears- such a thoughtful lady! Love J.Jill. Just got an order from them for boots, pants and a tee shirt. Thx for the opportunity to win. :)

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  33. My true blue friend would be Dawn. We met over 25 years ago while living in the same small town in Iowa and since then we both have moved numerous times across the country but still keep the connection and know that the miles can not break the bond.
    Thanks for the giveaway offer, wonderful choice of J Jill!

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  34. My True Blue Friend is Steph-we work together (we co-teach a 3/4 preschool class) and we are best friends as well. We have helped each other through many hard times over the years and are still laughing our way through life! I don't know what I'd do without her :)

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  35. My True Blue friend, lives miles and oceans apart, back home in India. But she and I could talk over the phone for hours, even today, like there was never a time gap between us. She is my true friend, who has stood by my through thick and thin, in spirit and in presence. I wouldn't call her my best friend, because she is just so much above and beyond that. Love her.

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  36. I am entering this for my mom, who is a true friend, because she is on a weight loss journey and needs new clothes but is not willing to buy any until the "perfect" weight. I love shopping with her and want her to look and feel beautiful!

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  37. Hi Pam, My best friend is Nancy. We have known each other since we were ten, which means we have been friends for 47 years. Does that make me old? We got married the same year. Had our first born children one week apart,both c-sections. We pray together every morning as I drive in to work. So very thankful for my friend. She has supported me, encouraged me and challenged me for many years.

    Marilyn

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  38. I love J.Jill and I love my bestie blue Kim.

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  39. I love J.Jill and my bestie tru blue Kim.

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  40. I love my friend Marilyn. For the past five years she has been battling a chronic cancer that has limited her formerly very active life. But still, she manages to look put together, jewelry and all, even for chemo. She's also one of the very nicest people I've ever known. It's been 30 years now since we've met and we've been through so much of life's ups and downs together. But this is her biggest challenge and she's risen to it with her usual grace. It's been a rough year and I would love for her to be able to get some new JJill duds.

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  41. My true blue bestie is Gaylen. We met at work and became fast friends... and then she moved away! We manage to get together once a year. We spend our whole time together laughing,shopping and eating!

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  42. My true blue friend is Jane. We met in college over 40 years ago in Boston. We have lived all over the world and stay in touch through phone, letters and now email. Jane has always been a true friend and I love her deeply.

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  43. My true blue friend is Juanita. We met when we both worked as housekeepers at a hotel together 25 years ago.. I was a single mom and her youngest was the same age as my son. We became friends so easily it was like we had always known each other. She introduced me to my husband, Godmother to my daughter. We try to be there for each other during rough and good times. Love her dearly.

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  44. My true friend is Tina who I worked with but has helped me through thick and thin, She was with me in total support when my son was in a coma from an accident. She had experienced the same trial many years earlier and her constant support gave me the courage to help my son. She also listened to my highs and lows. Love you Tina

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  45. I love this! My true blue friend is elizabeth - she has a kind heart and has helped me get through some pretty rough times, always with a smile on her face or a joke to make me smile!
    mermont84 at yahoo.com

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  46. My True Blue Friend is Lavonda we have been friends since birth her mom and my mom were best friends , Lavonda was born in June and my birthday is in September we are both 52 , we lived by each other growing up , we were best friends all through school , as we married and moved we didn't see each other as much and we both had our share of fair weather friends (only there when everything is going good) but when either of us need help the other is always there recently it was my mom being ill and passing away Lavonda was there during one of the saddest times in my life to hold my hand and tell me I could get through it . That's a true friend one you can always count to be there.

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  47. JJill is one of my favorite stores. My true blue friend is Gloria. Though we live far apart now, we chat every day. She was there with me when my husband had to have 3 surgeries in 3 years. She has always had my back.

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  48. I have many things from J Jill...clothing, jewelry, and even an awesome tapestry back pack. It would be a pleasure to be selected and shop there to beat the winter blues with some of theirs!!!...:)JP

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  49. Focusing on J Jill, I never mentioned my friend, Bette. In fact, last week, I babysat their dog so she could bring her hubby for his surgery during one of recent snowstorms. Sleeping over, I watched Bunny who suffers fro bladder cancer, poor vision and is almost deaf. She and Bette have been in my life since 1994...a true friendship!...:)JP

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  50. love JJill,my mother is my best friend

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  51. love JJill,my Mom,is my best friend!

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  52. J Jill will always be one of the first places I look to refresh my wardrobe, they NEVER go out of style.

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Thanks so much for joining in our conversation today! I appreciate your time and love hearing from you!