giveaway Nov 6, 2017

30 Dresses Giveaway + Instagram Live Split-Screen With You!

NYC fashion blogger Mary Orton wears a white Frame sleeveless mock neck blouse and Frame belted trousers

For details on the outfit pictured above, click here.

To me, there’s nothing more exciting than giving back to you, the amazing community of readers and followers all over the world who, for reasons beyond my comprehension, have loyally followed Memorandum for so long.  Your continuous contribution of thoughtful comments, likes, messages, and shares across the blog and social channels has not only meant an enormous amount to me personally but, more importantly, has enriched the entire community of Memorandum readers.  Whether it’s leaving an insightful comment with your own styling tips, offering advice on travel skincare, or posing a thought-provoking question about challenges in the workplace, I have learned SO much from all of you and am indescribably grateful for your contributions to this space.

In the lead up to the launch of the ongoing 30 Dresses in 30 Days series, I’ve been trying to find a way to convey my gratitude to all of you, and today I’m excited to share my two-pronged plan of attack to give back:


Every week throughout the 30 Dresses series, I will be giving away five $100 gift cards to readers who leave comments on the blog or instagram.  You don’t have to use a certain hashtag, comment at a certain time, or post in a specific place.  All you have to do is leave a comment—any comment—on any blog post or any instagram post sharing your thoughts, asking a question or tagging a friend.  My goal is to use this giveaway as a way to thank those of you who take the time out of your busy day to contribute to the conversation and engage the community.  It can be something as simple as tagging a friend on instagram and telling her how amazing the dress would look on her, or posing a question about additional ways to wear an item featured in the post.  I absolutely love to hear from you and love it even more when this blog serves as a platform for you to connect with each other.


Starting tonight and continuing every Monday night at 8PM EST for the rest of the 30 dresses series (the entire month of November!), I will be doing a very special instagram live.  In addition to announcing the five giveaway winners, I will also be inviting one of you to join me for a rapid-fire Q & A!  Recently, instagram introduced new live stream functionality that allows users to go live with another person in split-screen mode.  I thought it would be fun to utilize this technology to get to know some of you better, and help you to get to know each other better as well.  Be sure to tune in to @maryorton on instagram Monday nights at 8PM EST to watch it all unfold!

Again, my most sincere thanks to each and every one of you for following along, whether you started following yesterday or have been following since day one.  I wish I had the ability to see and thank each of you in person, but, until I find a method of teleportation that will take me to each and every one of your doorsteps, I’m hoping this series of giveaways and instagram lives will be the next best thing!  See you tonight!!!

And if you haven’t checked out today’s new 30 Dresses in 30 Days post, click here!

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41 Responses to 30 Dresses Giveaway + Instagram Live Split-Screen With You!

  1. Rach says:

    This is so generous of you! Thanks for doing this!!

  2. Kathy says:

    This is such a generous gesture. I’m going to be sure to comment more often! I’m hoping the next surprise is the announcement of you publishing a lifestyle/décor/entertaining book. Hint Hint.

  3. Kerry says:

    Like you plan:) Fun!!!

  4. Amy L. says:

    I discovered your blog about 2 months ago (though it seems I’ve had some of your pictures saved on my pinterest board for a while!) when I decided to research about overhauling my wardrobe. I’m entering my 30’s and it is time to get rid of those flimsy polyester pieces and step up my game! Your blog was everything I was looking for in my quest for inspiration, and I’ve shared it with so many co-workers. I love your guides and 30 dresses lists, but I was wondering, could you tell us about comfortable shoes to hike around town in? I walk about 2 miles to and from work in Atlanta and want to know what you do to stay stylish and not kill your feet. Thanks!

  5. Alexa says:

    Awesome! I cannot wait to hear what the announcement is about. Your blog and Instagram have been my go-to guide for work style and everyday fashion – Thank you!

  6. Hillary Browning says:

    Would you be willing to offer tips on how to wear the dresses during winter? I live in Connecticut (actually, I attend Yale!) and bare legs aren’t feasible in the winter. I’d love to see what kind of leggings/tights/boots you pair your dresses with!

  7. Mara says:

    I am obsessed with the 30 Dresses posts. The way you incorporate all different styles of dresses inspires my wardrobe all season long!

  8. Sara says:

    What a happy surprise! I love following your blog and Instagram. Thank you for being so generous!

  9. Anna DeHaven says:

    This will be so exciting!! I’ve been following you since about a year after you started blogging and have purchased many of your conservative outfits, which work perfect in my government office. Thank you!!

  10. Naomi says:

    I know some people think fashion doesn’t matter. It really does! What you do really helps influence women in so many ways. First and foremost, you make a difference in how women dress which directly affects how we feel and confidence is key! Thanks for keeping us on our fashion toes.

  11. Naomi says:

    I know some people think fashion doesn’t matter. It really does! What you do really helps influence women in so many ways. First and foremost, you make a difference in how women dress which directly affects how we feel and confidence is key! Thanks for keeping us on our fashion toes.

  12. Lauren says:

    This is so amazing! What an awesome idea. I’m so sick of giveaways that are filled with spammers and hashtags–you’ve come up with a way to actually encourage genuine engagement instead of crap. Bravo! Excited to see the second surprise tonight!

  13. Caitlin says:

    Your blog has always been one of my favorites. I love seeing how you incorporate trends into a work appropriate wardrobe! And 30 dresses is always a favorite series!

  14. Jessica C says:

    Wow, can’t wait to hear more.

  15. Diane says:

    So excited! I love your 30 dresses series.

  16. Very exciting Mary! I’ve been following along for the last few years and just love your style. You also just seem legit and are super relatable – I too am known to love the occasional burger 😉 Not all bloggers give off that vibe. Keep on keepin’ on!

    Now if I wasn’t +5 hours ahead…dang time zones…I’d be tuning in for sure.

  17. Martha Susan says:

    Awesome – thank you!

  18. you’re amazing and I love your style! I am a new blogger and would love for you to check out my site!

  19. you are such an idol to me! I love everything about your blog and style! I am a new blogger and would love for you to check out my site!

  20. julie gillrie says:

    what a great idea!!!!
    love the 30 dresses posts, and the giveaways will make them even more fun!

  21. Kelli says:

    BEST blog for a working lady such as myself – I’ve gotten so many wonderful ideas from you – truly a one of it’s kind blog! Thank you!!!

  22. Jordan says:

    When I started working a corporate job 3 years ago and had no idea how to make work clothes stylish then I found your blog and Instagram!! Thanks so much for inspiring over the years. ☺️


  23. Becky says:

    You have such a classy and chic style! I love it! So excited to see what you have in store for the rest of the 30 dresses! xoxo

  24. Alyssa says:

    You are definitely one of my favorite bloggers, I love your classic chic style! The 30 dresses series is one of my favorites because I often live in jeans, so I love to see wats to push myself out of that! Excited to hear about tonight’s announcement:)
    Ps you are gorgeous and look good in EVERYTHING!!!
    Alyssa ||

  25. Erika W. says:

    Love your site. Excited for the live insta tonight!

  26. Isabel says:

    I love how versatile your style is! Most outfits I can wear to work.

  27. Angela says:

    I found your blog/instagram not too long ago and I’ve been hooked! I work in a research lab so I can’t really wear/afford many of the outfits (for now…) but that’s where your alternative options come in handy and are great inspirations! Thanks for being so down to earth and helpful! 🙂

  28. Theresa says:

    Hi Mary! I love your style and generosity. Can you share with us some of your other favorites such as fave fragrance, lipstick/gloss, etc? Thank you!

  29. Layne Dettor says:

    Thanks so much Mary! Pick me!!

  30. Carey Howard says:

    Hi Mary! I just watched your Instagram live story to accompany this announcement. I think that is such an awesome idea. I’ve followed you for a few years and started because I liked your style but I’ve really stayed tuned in because I love that you’re using this platform, and fashion, as a catalyst to inspire women. My friends and I often grapple with feeling like professional measures of success are often bench marked by more male dominant traits, or strategies. So, I think it’s really important that you are inhabiting a space like fashion and showing that you can be just as powerful, savvy, and smart, in this domain. Especially when showing an interest in fashion is often judged as frivolous rather than a creative self-expression. Keep doing what you’re doing, it’s awesome!

  31. Carol says:

    This is incredible! I love the fashion ideas you present and this is such a thoughtful way to show appreciation for your followers! Thank you!

  32. Di says:

    Mary, you are such a sweetheart! I’m loving all of the videos you’ve been doing lately. You are one of the few bloggers that I like watching live/in video. You are a true renaissance woman! And so hilariously adorable interacting with your readers I can’t handle it. I can’t wait to see the rest of 30 dresses! Keep surprising us with these fabulous new ideas!

    Di |

  33. Patricia says:

    Hi Mary! What a thoughtful and considered lady you are(and I say well: LADY). I’ve been following your blog for years and have been a curious spectator of your style evolution. What can I say? I LOVE …better I ADORE your style ‘cause even with the trendiest pieces of each season you set your unique and classic flair.
    Thanks for your effort, your sacrifice (I know what this means!) and constantly improvement to offer us a content both full of quality and originality.
    Wishing you the best and please, please never ever stop what you’re doing!

    PS: Have I won the prize yet?? // Just kidding!! 😉

  34. Irene says:

    Woo hoo! Another year and another 30 dresses from Mary!

  35. Ericka says:

    I just discovered you today and I’m IN LOVE with your blog! Your style speaks to me <3

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