Mar 20, 2012

Turn Your Closet Into Confections: SPRING {& Giveaway!}

1 ) Outfit 2 ) Scarf 3 ) Cuff 4 ) Bag 5 ) Cake 6 ) Flower 7 ) Cake Stand 8 ) Ice Cream Cupcakes

Today is the “official” first day of Spring and if the last week is any indication, this season is going to be fabulous. We are loving how bright {and even neon} colors are hot on the runway this season. These bold colors are also gorgeous for a spring party or Mother’s Day dessert spread.  Whether you are color-blocking or going monochromatic, hues of orange, yellow and green will spruce up anyone’s spirit. We also love these colors in geometric patterns, like the pattern on the Ellen Allen Eastport yellow bag above.

To celebrate the first day of Spring, Ellen Allen Annapolis is giving away the Eastport yellow bag that is featured above (a $250 value) to one of our lucky readers. We love the design of this bag and its functionality. The pattern on the bag mimics an inverted rendering of the top of the Maryland State House dome. The bag also comes in navy and green. See below for giveaway details. Good luck!


To win you must:

1) Be a fan of Amy Atlas Events on Facebook;
2) Be a fan of Ellen Allen Annapolis on Facebook and tell them we sent you; and
3) Leave a comment below telling us how you would use your Eastport bag.

One winner will be chosen from all of the comments/entries posted below. Giveaway ends on Thursday, March 22nd at 11:59 PM EST.  Giveaway is open to anyone that has a U.S. or Canada shipping address.Winner will be contacted via email and will need to respond with requested information within 48 hours or an alternate winner will be chosen. Amy Atlas Events, LLC and the sponsor reserves the right to cancel or end the contest at any time.

PS – In case you don’t win, you can still get your own Eastport bag. Ellen Allen is offering Amy Atlas readers 25% off with the code SPRING.

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.  Thank you to everyone who entered. Today is the last day to get a yellow Eastport bag for free at Ellen Allen Annapolis.  Head over for details.

This is a sponsored post.


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  • Lizzie

    I would take it to the grocery store and the pool! Among other places…

  • Bianca Hammond

    If I won I would probably use this bag often, probably daily. I might even take it to the beach with me!

  • Janelle

    LOVE, I’d put this in my bike bike basket that I use when I grocery shop. Perfect for summer.

  • Oh my! I would use my bag everywhere but especially on my Saturday afternoons in the city and boy would I look fierce!

  • Pat Brown

    Like in the picture, we, too, are boaters and I would use this Eastport Bag to hold our yummy lunch, dinner, etc. aboard our sailboat as well as many other places like the farmer’s market and shopping…it matches my yellow coat “perfectly”, too!!

  • Pam

    Would take it everywhere, so cute!

  • Carrie Berkman

    Where wouldn’t I take it?! I’d love mine in navy! 8)

  • Linda Siess

    Love the cheerful Gloucester yellow! This would be the chic-est bookbag ever – though I can also see it as an adorable overnighter, picnic tote, farmer’s market bag, or car organizer. . .!

  • Rene

    I’d take it to the beach!

  • Marlyn

    I would use the bag for a romantic picnic with hubby.

  • adorable.

  • Donna

    Love the bag– would probably use it to carry party stuff in:)

  • Kim

    So cute! This bag is the ideal size to take to the beach! I’d bring it with me down to Cape Cod–and pack some sunglasses, a towel, and some snacks! The bright yellow is perfect for this season. I’d knot a scarf on the handle, too.

  • Diane

    Cute bag! It would be perfect for summer picnics.

  • I take a day trip here and there so the bag would be perfect for toting about our snacks and gear 🙂

  • I would love to use this bag on a picnic in Flushing meadow park with my hubby and our two boys. It seems spacious enough for all our stuff and it’s great that it’s waterproof for any toddler spills and messes. Function and fashionable = perfection! Luv it!

  • I think it will look perfect with my DSLR tucked inside, headed to brunch with friends!

  • Shelly

    This bag would be perfect for toting wine to Ravinia Music Fest this summer, carting sunscreen, towels and toys to the pool and for impromptu picnics!

  • KL Hofsess

    I would love to take this bag with me to Nantucket for daffodil weekend! The color is just perfect!!

  • allison

    I love it! I’d use it to cart my knitting around as I sit at the park. I’d bring my water bottles, a light lunch, and a book. If I can fit a blanket in there, I’ll bring that, too. 🙂

  • I’m a fan of Amy Atlas Events on facebook!

  • oops sorry for the unnecessary comment above. I would use the bag for outings with my son– you know to keep the camera, waterbottles, small toys etc within easy reach! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Erin C

    Ohhh I LOVE the bag! Where wouldn’t I use it? 🙂

  • Becky kasten

    I would use this darling bag to go to the market or the beach!

  • Megan H.

    I would use the yellow or navy for tailgating at Naval Academy football games in Annapolis!! We go to all of the home games and I would definitely be the talk of the town (or parking lot) with this bag!

  • Ruth

    Since I am a mom, I believe I would take it everywhere!

  • I’d use it as a cute iPad & calendar carrier!

  • Emily S.

    This bag just screams spring and warm beautiful weather. I love the pop of yellow and that’s it’s so vibrant and the pattern just adds that extra something special! I would probably take it to the beach with me an it would be perfect to take to summer family events and home warming parties.

  • stacy

    I would use it for everything! To hold diapers, sippy cups and maybe a lipstick!

  • How would I use the bag?? Easy… Shopping days at Scottsdale Fashion Square, and Farmer’s Market Sundays! Yellow too….mmmmmm.

  • This bag is the most adorable I’ve see in a while! I imagine filling it with wine and cookies and taking it on a picnic with my boyfriend. So cute!

  • Kristen

    I take my mom wine tasting every year for mother’s day, this bag would be perfect to pack our picnic lunch into. Plus it is super chic!

  • It will be perfect for summer outings, picnics and even for an over night travel.

  • Madlen

    I want to win so badly! I like big bags! I will use it when I go to parks with my two year old and 6month old kids. I will also use the bag for carrying my school projects, my assignments, so much paper and books !!!!

  • jodie

    having three little girls, i could use this to tote snacks to practices, the pool or the beach! Very cute…ohhh ohhh and picnics! 🙂

  • I would use it for everything. I would use it the Most for Carrying the Party Stuff to my Grandsons School. Perfect Just Love it,,,,Thanks. :>}

  • This would be the perfect Summer pool

  • Julie Costner

    I would use it as a Mother’s Day gift to my Mother as a basket holding lots of other summertime goodies but the bag would be the grand color theme. She would love to start her summertime festivals with this grand bag! Happy Spring and Summer to all!

  • gail

    i would use it everywhere!

  • Melania

    I would use it as a pic-nic bag. I love how wide and open it is. Perfect to carry food and beverages.

  • I would use that adorable bag to carry wine 🙂

  • I would use the bag for summer picnics and night outs. It’s soo chic and ready for Spring.

  • Ivelisse

    A bag like that….you take everywhere!!

  • I spend the majority of my spring and summer weekends on the lake. So this bag would come with me everytime I was basking in the sun on the boat! Would also use it for many other summer activities!

  • Emily

    I would use this bag ALL summer! I would take it to the pool, on vacations & just running errands! Love it!!

  • Carolyn

    Would love to take it everywhere to show my fabulous sense of style! 🙂

  • Seana

    I’d probably use that bag for everything! But especially when I take my two little Yorkies for an outing to hold all their “equipment” (like a baby’s diaper bag!). I just love that yellow!

  • WOW – what wouldn’t I use this for. EVERYTHING!

  • Kristie

    I would use it as my Mommy Bag! You never know what you’ll need when traveling with kids, but this bag looks like it could hold it all! And, do it with style!

  • perfectly suited for my ipad and other essentials as I travel to Jordan and England this summer!

  • taryn

    I would use it as my Mary Poppins bag (my purse is currently used in such a way)! I would love to win!

  • Melanie

    Would be perfect for our trip to Croatia in July…can spread the word on Ellen Allen over there! and I’m a first time mom of a 4month old, so big enough to keep essential baby items inside!!

  • I have a group of girlfriends that raise money for charities and for the first time, we’re doing something for ourselves and taking a trip to NY!!! I would love to have this bag for shopping around town!

  • Nadia

    This bag of sunshine would be a triple threat for me:
    Picnic Basket, Flower Vase and Magazine Rack.

  • Sherrin Simmons

    We are going to Sedona for vacation- I would love to have this” to show of for sure!

  • sara

    I would use this bag everywhere! The farmers market, beach, pool. It could hold my stuff and all my littles stuff too!! Love the bag!

  • tammy grebel

    I would use this bag for quite a few things! A bag of snacks for an outing. Carrying work supplies home to work on!

  • Kerri S

    Um…EVERYWHERE…love this bag!

  • yumna

    yellow…. the color of spring… I need a dash of spring in my life…

  • lori siverson

    I would love it for an every day bag always need something to hold everything

  • Lisa S.

    Where would I take this beautiful bag…….EVERYWHERE! It would make me feel special everytime I looked at it! It is so pretty. And the colors are so cheerful! What a great way to celebrate Spring.

  • Misti

    Love this bag. So cheery for the farmers market!

  • Chevie

    I would take it with me everyday to work. LOve it!!!

  • Katy M

    I love that bag! Yellow is one of my favorite colors for spring and I adore the geometric pattern!

    I like you both on FB as Katy M.

    I’d love to use this as my everyday go-to bag this spring and summer. It looks like the perfect purse to add a punch of color to any outfit.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!!!

  • A bag like this would provide the perfect pop of color to any spring or summer outfit! I would take it anywhere and everywhere!

  • I would use it for shopping at our local farmer’s market, for picnicing in the park or fill it with a bottle of wine, my camera, magazines and a beach blanket for a trip to the beach at sunset! Ahhhhhhh summer time is the best!

  • The color, the design, the shape: everything screams spring and summer fun. Would love to add to my bag collection…I admit, I am a little addicted to bags!

  • Tiffany

    I would take this everywhere with me in Sunny San Diego. I would proudly display in the basket of my beach cruiser so everyone could see how fresh it is to be Spring. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway and the inspiring pinboard.

  • Tina M

    I’d use it when I go to the beach

  • Solducky

    I would take it to my friend’s wedding!
    soluckyducky at gmail dot com

  • AnnaZed

    What a great and versatile bag. I would put in on my bike rack and go everywhere shopping with it.

    I have liked both you and Ellen Allen Annapolis on Facebook (where I am Margot Core).

    margueritecore [at] gmail [dot] com

  • LeAnne

    I love the color and it is so practical. I would use it as the Farmers Market, the beach, work, to the pool this summer with kids, library, possibilities are endless.

  • Jennifer B.

    I would give this bag to my mother who truly deserves a great bag more than I do.

  • Isabel Gonzalez

    Gorgeous color! I would use as a beach bag or to have a picnic 😉

  • Kristy

    FB of both Amy Atlas and Ellen Allen. I would definitely use this bag for a picnic day : )

  • Beth

    I have liked AA for a while now and I liked EA because the bag is fabulous. I would use it at the school picnic and be the talk of the town 🙂

  • This bag is my dream! I already see myself walking with this bag!

  • Michelle

    This bag is fabulous, espcially in yello… I would use the bag for a trip to the mountains for a picnic, to the local farmers market, and also to carry my everyday needs when my purse is too small.

  • Are you kidding me?!? Always inspired by Amy Atlas, now I’m excited to learn of Ellen Allen in Annapolis! There isn’t anything I don’t love about this inspiring Spring post and super stylish wearable handheld art! This bag, with its sunny profile, contemporary styling and durable functionality makes me smile, smile, SMILE! and beckons to be whisked off to Boordy Vineyards Thursday Farmer’s Markets or any number of Eat.Drink.Go Local events where there’s good food, good wine, good music and good friends all around…along with good conversation about where to find this bag! I wouldn’t have a hard time finding occasions to show pony this little number around–this bag inspires me to get out into the world and find my moxie!

  • Amy

    I’m in LOVE!! I really love the slogan, “Sexy Way to Schlep”.
    I’d use this bag every which way I can. Can’t wait to head out to the Farmer’s Markets, go on summer picnics in the park…sky’s the limit!

  • Jodi Silva

    Thank you for introducing me to Ellen Allen Annapolis bags! I can see me carrying my cute Coton de Tulear white puppy in it and matching so perfectly with the bright colors.

  • Brandy


    First part of summer I would use it for my daily pool visits with my three young kids and Second I would take it with me England where we plan on spending July-August in (sunny?) Wales with all the kids. 🙂

  • I would bring it with me when I go wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma.

  • I would look so cool at Wolftrap enjoying a lawn performance with an awesome picnic in tow.

  • Melissa W

    Well…I would use the lovely bag for anywhere really! I love the yellow color…so summerish! 🙂 I would def use it for my family photo shoot coming soon!

  • Donna

    I’d use it for work AND play. Looks very versatile!

  • Picnics, work, the market. Where wouldn’t I take this bag?!?!

    Loving the navy!

  • Wonderful bag! I would put this bag in the basket of my bicycle to carry around drinks and snacks to the beach this summer in chicago!

  • Tamalene Nelson

    I would take this on all the GRAND adventures I have with my GRANDBABY. I became a friend of both of you. Thanks for the chance to win a great prize.

  • Windy

    Love the bright colors! I would use it for everything. Especially my daily trek to the office and back. It’s big enough to haul all my stuff. 🙂

  • This would be absolutely perfect to take my Silpada jewelry to my shows! It would hold my jewelry, catalogs, trays – just about anything I would need to take! What an attention getter! I love it!

  • And another thing, can you imagine me sitting in a drs office, etc. and suddently I pull out my new Amy Atlas book! Woo hoo!

  • Lulu

    I would so use this to tote my camera. I’m not a fan of regular camera bags and tote my Canon via dual purpose bags. That means something that can hold a cam with a lens, phone, wallet, shades and a small pouch with essentials. This bag fits that category 🙂

  • Aishah Khan

    This bag is adorable. I would definitely make it my spring work bag…everyone at work would want one!

  • I would use this bag every single day to cary around my wallet and camera!

  • Anna

    I’d use this bag by staying stylish…all spring and summer and even fall long.

  • Tammy s

    I would use the stylish bag on our boat in Annapolis! I would use it for my daughters dance classes and all the other fun summer events!

  • I would probably use the beautiful bag to take to the pool or pack a picnic. Already fans of you both on FB.

  • Noelle Cook

    Love the Color! This FABULOUS bag will make any day sunny! Can’t wait to take it every where. <3

  • Anh

    I’m obsessed with bright yellow and consequently, I ADORE this bag. Since half my wardrobe is yellow, I’ll make sure to mix it by pairing it with neon pink to show the bag off at its best while I’m running around, to and from photo shoots, styling gigs, and all my various creative endeavors. This bag will be perfect for lugging around everything I need to keep me going throughout my day!

  • Lisa S.

    Thank you for this giveaway! I’m so excited to had won the bag! I have a smile from ear2ear! Blessing to you and your new book! I know you are excited about that as well! God Bless!

  • cydney k

    It seems like Spring will never come to Nebraska. I would take this to my next committee meeting for a board that raises funds for 50 students to go to college each year. My notebooks would fit perfectly in this bag and it would assure us all that this punch of spring would bring the actual weather! Thanks for sharing this giveaway today!

  • Cydney K.

    What a treat this bag would be! It seems that Spring will never come in Omaha! I would take this bag to my next meeting of an organization that raises funds for 50 college scholarships. This punch of spring would hold my notebooks and would assure my fellow board members that spring is coming! Thanks for offering this giveaway!

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