For Real! Go to JCPenney + $100 Gift Card Giveaway

The month of May was a whirlwind of crazy travel. But, I got to finish off with a wonderful trip to JCPenney headquarters in Plano, TX. Recently you may have noticed a few posts featuring JCPenney and providing giveaways. That is because, I am proud to say, I have partnered in an ambassadorship with JCPenney. Part of the ambassadorship included visiting JCPenney headquarters for an immersion event and learning all about JCPenney, and filming a video of my experience.

Since I live within just 45 minutes from Plano, TX I drove in and met up with my fellow ambassadors. Together we walked up to the headquarters welcomed by a giant banner that hangs over their entrance. A philosophy that I would later learn speaks true to their brand and is reflective of their roots. First on the agenda was coffee, some breakfast and a small tour of their small in-house museum. At the museum I learned that Mr. JC Penney himself, James Cash Penney, opened his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming which was called “Golden Rule Store.” The museum was full of pictures and artifacts of JCPenney through the years.

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My favorite part was the display that showed the evolution of JCPenney’s logo. It’s a simple way to tell the story of JCPenney’s history. Next it was time to learn all things JCPenney and meet their heads of department and learn not only about JCPenney as a company but also about all the upcoming trends for this year.

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One of the best parts about events like this is walking into the room to find massive swag bags waiting for you. I mean who doesn’t love swag!? I wanted to pull everything out, see what I got and “play” with it, but it was time to immerse ourselves in JCPenney.

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First, we met Sean Ryan, Social and Mobile Director and one of our hosts for the weekend.  Sean is the leader of the social strategy ninjas at JCPenney.  He shared with us creative ways to engage with an audience over social media, like the mitten tweets during the super bowl or how to get a song stuck in everyone’s head and sell “Go USA” mittens.

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Then we met the very stylish Adam Moon, Women’s Fashion Director, who you will see in my video. Adam gave us a look into all the trends to expect in Women’s Fall 2014 fashion. One of the first things he said was that the 80’s and 90’s are making a comeback. My knee jerk reaction was “WHY???!!!!” with a side of “been there done that.” But, as we moved through the trends I realized that it was the 80’s and 90’s edited. For example the soft pant, which I thought to be reminiscent of the hammer pant. Remember those? But, Adam did his job and sold me on them and I even bought 2 pairs before the weekend was over. Also, I would like to announce that the midi skirt is making a comeback! I could not be more excited about this. I use to wear midi skirts all the time and I welcome this comeback with open arms.

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Then we learned something about JCPenney from Nick Stenson, Salon Sr. Director, that everyone needs to know. Many JCPenney locations have full service salons that welcome the whole family. It’s literally a one stop shop from head to toe. If you ever need to shop for the whole family, get a few things for the house and could really use some quality down time at the salon, you can do it all at JCPenney. If you are wondering if your JCPenney has a salon you can find it using the store locator on

Victor Brockwell, Men’s Trend Director and Sage Onderdonk, Men’s Sr. Styling Director has some fabulous news about Men’s Fall 2014 trends, the skinny jeans are making an exit and manly man fashion is returning. My favorite trend, and easiest to get OB in, is the mountaineering inspired style, think Paul Bunyan with swagger. I am hoping that this will also translate into a less stressful shopping experience when shopping for jeans for my man’s baseball player legs.


To change things up a bit we went and visited Mya Walters, Publicity Director, and her team to check out the sample room. From this room hundreds of samples from every department are cataloged, sent out and monitored. What most caught my eye was their new Latin product line. They have everything you need with IMUSA, from calderos, to tostoneras and arrozceras. They got it all now at JCPenney!

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Finally, Shannon Mason, Divisional Trend Director, guided us through the 2014 home trends. Home design holds a special place in my heart. If there is one thing I love to shop for, besides food, it’s for the home. The upcoming trends at JCPenney have something for everyone. Everything from inspired Mediterranean getaways to luxurious art deco. My personal favorite was what is coming in the JCP Home Studio Collection, which combines modern style with natural elements and subtle primitive details.

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It was time to take a little break before dinner and for me to finally check into my swanky room at NYLO. I loved that this hotel was very chic with a loft style touch. Not to mention the giant and crazy comfortable bed right as I walked into the room.

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I finally had time to dig through my goodie bags. I fell in love with the Olsenboye backpack, it’s so soft I didn’t know whether to wear it or cuddle with it. And, the dainty pink Lulu by Lulu Guiness clutch was too cute! Then there is the Smashbox Full Exposure eye shadow palette with Full Exposure Mascara sample (love the colors), a brush and the mascara! In fact, I later bought myself a full size of the mascara. Finally, hair products galore! The best of which was the discovery of Big Sexy Hair Powder Play, a volumizing and texturizing powder that is the perfect product to add volume to any hair type, even fine limp hair like mine. 

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Time for dinner! We headed over to Seasons 52 for dinner. The restaurant is dedicated to cooking with only seasonal ingredients and all their items are less than 500 calories. Not that I was counting them because I ate everything!  First, we ordered a spread of flatbreads. The one on the right (the burly one) was the feature with lobster and Meyer lemon. It was amazing!

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Then, staying true to my love for pig and fascination with polenta, I got the Wood-Roasted Pork Tenderloin & Portobello with soft herb polenta, broccolini, caramelized cipollini and roasted onion jus. I refrained from licking my plate only because I needed to keep it professional. Finally they brought out a tower of desserts made up of dessert shot glasses.  I could kick myself for not getting a picture, but I will tell you I had 3 of those shot glasses and I would have had a fourth, but again I was trying to keep it professional.

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The next day it was time to visit the store at Stonebriar Mall. We got a tour of the store from Richard Ledbetter, VP of Visual Merchandising. One thing that was featured in the store was People StyleWatch Must Haves.  JCPenney has partnered with the editors of People StyleWatch magazine to put together some must haves that you can find right in JCPenney stores. My favorite was the Bisou Bisou jumper in the middle.

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Also, can I tell you about the Call It Spring line?!  For the girls who love bags and shoes this is a line you should give a long look. I loved everything about this line especially some ridiculously cute oxfords!

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Finally after a tour of the store we were asked to do a $100 shopping challenge. I knew the night before that this challenge was coming and being the savvy time saving shopper that I am I jumped on to to do some browsing. Also, a great feature on is the “in stock” feature. This way you can see if what you want is in stock and save yourself time and frustration. The day of the challenge I had my shopping all planned out. I knew what I wanted and where I needed to go.

My challenge was to find an outfit that is comfortable enough to move about in the kitchen but still professional for when I have to put my best face forward – a need that I have whenever I am doing demos or a cooking class. So, with a $100 gift card in hand and a JCPenney coupon I dove into my challenge. For $104 (after coupon) I got the following: i jeans by Buffalo Soft Pants // Bisou Bisou Soft Pant // i jeans by Buffalo Striped Tank // i jeans by Buffalo 3/4 Sleeve Sweater // i jean by Buffalo Motorcycle Jacket Every thing I need to go from back of the house to front of the house and keep myself looking good!  What I learned most about my time at JCPenney is that they truly have something that fits everyone. If you’re the single girl wanting to go out on the town, the mom scrambling to get everyone where they need to be, or the career woman wanting to look professional and stylish, you can find it all at JCPenney and at a great price to boot!

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To get some of these items and many more, take some time and browse and sign up for coupons. Also, don’t forget to enter to win a $100 JCPenney Gift Card and have a little shopping spree of your own! To enter to win, leave a comment below letting me know what fashion must-have you’re most excited to shop for. Sweepstakes Rules: No duplicate comments. You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

      1. Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
    • Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
    • Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
    • For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. The notification email will come directly from BlogHer via the sweeps@blogher email address. You will have 72 hours to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected. The Official Rules are available here. This sweepstakes runs from 7/2 -7/30/2014. Be sure to visit the JCPenney brand page on where you can read other bloggers’ posts!


  1. Kimmy Ripley says

    I just got into wearing dresses this summer so I am excited to get some new ones for fall/winter.

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  3. Janice Cooper says

    I’m excited to shop for boots. I love boots and love wearing them in the fall/winter.

  4. susan smoaks says

    I am about to be going on interviews so I would stock up on some nice clothes for in

  5. alena svetelska says

    i am excited for cute sandals and some tank tops i so need for hot summer days.

  6. Kendra W. says

    I’m always on the lookout for fall fashion and I can’t WAIT for fall! We also just moved to a new house so I’ve been shopping around at JCP for some new curtains for the living room. My main fashion must-have is definitely skirts and shoes – I’m addicted!!!

  7. tiffany Lane says

    I would love to use the gift card to buy school clothes and new makeup for daug

  8. Amanda Whitley says

    i really want to buy a high low dress and some cute back to school clothes for my kids.

  9. April V. says

    I think my fashion ‘must have’ right now is a great bag that can double as a lunch bag and a bag to carry whatever it is I need to and from work – better than a purse but still pretty enough to make it as a purse.

  10. Ali Brinegar says

    I love their MNG Mango and Joe Fresh clothing lines and I would definitely do some back to school shopping there!

  11. Susan P. says

    I’d love to update my wardrobe in the Women’s Dept. to see what new trends are out there. I’m not very trendy but willing to try!

  12. Valeen Nielson says

    I love the loose fitting pants that still look nice! I’d love to buy some of those with the gift card!

  13. Tina Reynolds says

    I love shoppping for new fun accessories and makeups in the latest cute colors.

  14. Michelle C says

    I love shopping for tall boots and scarves. Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  15. Anastasia says

    I don’t follow fashion at all, but something that I must always have in my closet is a comfortable pair of pants! It’s a bonus if they’re boot cut with a cute, subtle design on the legs, but even that isn’t a total must. As long as they fit well, I’m all set :)

  16. Sarah Jestings says

    I would love to shop their Fall Shoe Collection and get both of my kids a new pair of boots.

  17. Lorraine B says

    My black boots all but disintegrated last winter from all the salt put down around my campus! I always get black, but I am thinking that maybe it is time to take the plunge—and go brown! I love the riding boots look, with a buckle or two.

  18. Betty C says

    Not particularly a fashion trend, but I’ll be shopping for sweaters for winter. Our workplace gets quite cold.

  19. Crystal F says

    My oldest daughter is going to be a high school freshmen this year so fashion is very important for her. I know she will be wanting some new skinny jeans and boots for the fall. Thank you!

  20. Theresa Jenkins says

    For the Fall I would really like a low heel pair of booties to wear with jeans

  21. Tina Marie says

    The fashion must-have I’m most excited to shop for are scarves in autumn colors. Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. gayle gildehaus says

    I do not follow the trends but sure could use some new clothes for fall.Thanks.

  23. Cynthia C says

    I’m excited about the return of the midi skirt and I always love shopping for shoes.

  24. Rosanne says

    I’d like to find some pants that fit now that I’ve lost 30 lbs and 5 inches off my hips

  25. Susan Chester says

    I am looking forward to the updated Western look for Fall. Bring on the cowboy boots, hats, and blue jeans!

  26. rickel bart says

    my daughter needs a Penney for her thoughts as she gets together her college wardrobe!

  27. Kathy Hracho says

    My Fiance recently lost almost 50 pounds so I would treat him to new clothes, he deserves it!

  28. Margaret Smith says

    I read that the color blue is going to be a fall trend this year. I’d love to buy some nice blouses and skirts in this color.

  29. Neiddy says

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  30. amber cartwright says

    I need clothes!! all of them I would love some new summer skirts and blouses.

  31. Linda G. says

    I think the soft pants sounds exciting, I’m looking for some new pants and tops for this fall

  32. April Farley says

    I am most excited to shop for some new hats and skirts. I love skirts . Especially the long skirts. They cover up the bumps & bulges that I have gotten from bearing 4 children, including a set of twins BUT the long skits still let me feel feminine & sassy. I am in need of a new hat or 2 to round out my ensembles. I have SLE (Lupus) and I am not supposed to get out into the sunlight as it causes painful lesions to pop up. It has been so long since I have bought myself anything new I cant recall the last thing I spluged & got for myself.
    I tweeted about this contest. here is the link #SweepstakesEntry I entered to win a $100 JCPenny gift cert & U can2 ! click the link to enter!— april farley (@aprilraindance) July 22, 2014

  33. Claudia says

    I would love to buy a new summer dress for myself and a new pair of shoes, Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  34. shelly peterson says

    I would love to shop for some comfy cute sandals and capris

    cshell090869 at aol dot com

  35. Gina M says

    I would love to buy a denim jacket for the fall!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  36. Sarah H.P. says

    I think the soft pant sounds like a fashion must have for the fall! Gotta go shopping now!

  37. Natalie Yarbrough says

    I would like to shop for some new professional pants for work and some summer blouses.

  38. Jessie C. says

    I am most excited to shop for some soft pants and slide sandals.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  39. Rachel says

    I really need some nice dark jeans for work and casual wear! And I’d love a pair of cute sandals!

  40. Jamie Champagne says

    I’m going back to work the first of August so I would LOVE to have some essentials – black pants, white capris, etc. My yoga pants aren’t going to cut it anymore…lol. Thanks so much for the chance to win!!

  41. Renee Richardson says

    I would love some beautiful summer dresses and sandals. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway :)

    fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

  42. Nicole Dz says

    I would like to shop for some new summer clothes like capri pants, sandals, and some new tanks at JCPenney.

  43. Patty Stroud says

    Love jcpennys first place I went shopping for my dress for my daughters wedding and they have new furniture line now check it out.

  44. Patty Stroud says

    Love jcpennys first place I went shopping for my dress for my daughters wedding and the have a awesome new furniture line now check it out

  45. Erin Ellis says

    I am most excited to shop for Maxi Dreses! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    fairyfractal at gmail dot com

  46. Ruth says

    I grew up in JCP. It was my mom’s go to store for EVERYTHING and we always went with her to lug the bags of all the goodies she bought. Now it’s become mine. It’s cool to hear my kids say “remember when gramma used to take us shopping here? One of the best memories in our family and a tradition we carry on. Even when I’m in a rush to get a gift, a JCP gift certificate is always welcome. One year I bought everyone a gift certificate in the fam and we all got together and shopped. It was awesome. Even the guys loved it.

    I look forward to XMAS time – amazingly fun shopping there with friends and fam.

    Great store…..

  47. Courtney McGee says

    I love JCP! My mother took me there when I was just a little girl and now I am still shopping there! 20+ years of dedication!

  48. Erika says

    I am in search for professional attire that will also satisfy my outdoor needs as well. I adore the bijou bijou jumper so I will definitly be shopping for the People StyleWatch line. Great article!! Thanks for sharing, I too am I JCP aficionado!!!

  49. Jordan P says

    Lately, with this sweltering heat, I’m in the market for work-appropriate short-sleeve or sleeveless tops that pair nicely with a high waisted black skirt, which was been my go-to all summer !!

  50. says

    How about anything fashion-y at all? :) Turns out workout clothes aren’t exactly “in” apparently! Although I’d be pretty excited for fall shopping – jeans, cardigans, maybe a cute new pair of boots!