Shabby Apple Review and Giveaway

Before I get into the actual giveaway I want to discuss my evolving sense of style for a second---and hello, I am nowhere NEAR being a 'style blogger' or anything that cool. No. I fully admit to being pretty low maintenance with my wardrobe: it's a bonus if I wear something other than yoga pants and a hoodie on my days at home. The older I get the more I find myself dressing in modest (ie temporary-big-boob-covering) outfits, but always trying to avoid the frumpy 'haggard mom' look at the same time. It's not easy to look fashionable and put together on 4 hours of sleep, milk and poo and Lord knows what else smeared across most of my tops, while disciplining a toddler and soothing a baby. But within the past few months, as I started feeling more comfortable in my own skin again, I find myself 'dressing up' more often because if I look like I have my stuff together, maybe I will actually FEEL like I have my stuff together. I find that if I put forth that extra effort to blow dry my hair and straighten it, add a little bit of makeup, and wear something that makes me feel fancy then I get a little pep in my step. And I will take whatever I can get.

Now, have you guys heard about Shabby Apple? I feel like I've seen a lot of bloggers with the Shabby Apple button on the side of their blogs so I have looked around their site before. I definitely looked at dresses on their site when I was pregnant with Cecelia, needing a dress to wear as a bridesmaid to a friend's wedding but not finding a ton of maternity cocktail dresses out there. I didn't end up ordering a dress from them that time but I was pretty impressed with all of their vintage and modern dresses on there. And the swimming suits intrigue me because I'm really into the cool retro look of one pieces these days. I'm not totally ruling out bikinis for my future years as a mom but I forsee a few key one pieces in there, too, and cute one-pieces are not easy to find. So I was pumped when they contacted me to host a giveaway to my readers! Gotta love an online site that offers free returns as a part of their customer service---takes away the scary 'what if I don't like it in person?' feeling to purchasing online. Plus they have a fit guide and a live chat option to help make sure you get exactly what you want.

I got to choose a dress to review and I picked the Ursa sweater dress because I'm casual like that. I just don't have a lot of places to wear a fancy, DRESSY dress, if that makes sense. But a sweater dress with some leggings? Yes. All the time, please. I'm all about function. Although the green 'Animalia' dress, purple 'Arripidae' dress, and the green 'Mariposa Grove' dress were SUPER tempting for me.

I wore the dress to Christmas Eve service with black leggings, my black boots and I wanted to wear a red scarf but of course I could not find it in the attic anywhere (until weeks later when I uncovered it packed with my swimming suits. Of course). I feel like I could also wear this dress with ballet flats to make it more casual. It's really long, even for me, and it's super soft and lined. I like how the neckline is kind of different and the puckers on the front make it interesting, but it's not loud or anything too wild. Very 'me' for sure. I wanted to have a little photo shoot with me in the dress but never found the time. So my 'styling' of the dress consists of two small children as my accessories.

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Okay, so here is the scoop on the giveaway: a $50 gift card is up for grabs and you can use that towards anything on their site. Here is how you can enter:

1- Comment on this post to tell us your favorite dress on the site. This part is a 'must' to be entered into the contest. Have fun, I got sucked in to looking at all of the amazing dresses for WAY too long.


Besides that, you can enter your name more than once in the giveaway by doing any of the following:

2- liking Shabby Apple on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shabby-Apple/56291792791Then make a comment back here to say you did it.

3-tweet about my giveaway here on the blog, then come back and comment to say you tweeted. (I don't have a twitter account, aren't you shocked?!)

4-blog about my giveaway on your own blog, then comment here to say you blogged.

So each of you can potentially comment up four times on this post to get entered into the drawing, as long as you do each of the above. I will use a random number generator to select the winner on Thursday, February 7. Oh, and you have to have a USA shipping address---sorry to my European/Canadian/Middle Eastern/Australian friends!


Because Shabby Apple didn't want to leave anyone out, all of my readers will get 10% off a purchase for the next month (until March 4) by using this code: mylifeintransition10off

Have fun shopping!


{UPDATE: Friday, February 8. We have our winner and the giveaway is closed. See my next post for details and thanks for participating!!}



95 comments:

  1. I love the overboard dress- so different than anything else I own!

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  2. And I'm a fan of SA on Facebook!

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  3. I love the retro vibe of the summer wind dress. And the color is gorgeous.

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  4. I've been on this site before, looking for bridesmaid dresses for my sister's wedding and just love their style. How fun for you to be able to do this review!

    I'm a HUGE FAN of the Bon Voyage dress. It's just so cute and I love the ruffle at the bottle.... would be great for Easter!

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  5. Liked Shabby Apple on Facebook.

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  6. I like the Oh Baby dress...could style it up or down.. mostly down in my case.

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  7. Can I pick two? I actually went for the accessories because ordering clothes online still scares me. I really like the Amur Scarf and the Anthousai necklace.

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  8. I'm not sure I could pull off the color, but I like the With Honors dress.

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  9. definitely obsessed with many of their dresses!! although if i had to choose i'd go with the study break or after class..i think!

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  10. I like Shabby Apple on Facebook.

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  11. I love the Ursa sweater dress that you are wearing. Very much my style. I "liked" it on FB and its up on my twitter page. Twitter-LauraMBowden.

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  12. Love Shabby Apple. The da Vinci is cute. Like the pocket.

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  13. First of all I love your blog and I find it so down to earth. Second, I love the Martha's vineyard dress. I love wrap dresses

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  14. i'm a fan of the miss porter dress, and I liked Shabby Apple on FB.

    Thanks!

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  15. Love their dresses! So different than anywhere else. I love the Jacobethan!! I also love desert modern too ;)

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  16. I liked Shabby Apple on FB!!

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  17. I like Shabby Apple on fb,

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  18. Tweeted - https://twitter.com/usnamom2014/status/298480359870451712

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  19. Difficult decision, but I like FRUITFUL.

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  20. Hard to pick just one! But today I'm feeling Bon Voyage.

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  21. I love Shabby Apple's dresses. I haven't gotten the courage to order one yet (always scared of sizing) but just saw Racquet Club and I think I may just have to bit the bullet. It's the perfect dress for me- red, white and blue all the way through!! I think I really need this gift card :)

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  22. I liked SA on FB as well :)

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  23. (emily Feldman) Like SHabby Apple on FB!

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  24. What gorgeous dresses! And reasonable prices, too. I need a fab dress for my brother's wedding this year - will have to plan a return visit to the site!

    The fave dress I saw today was Tender Heart - and so many of them in their Joyful collection!

    Whoo hoo for doing the review - love the cute dress you picked, too!

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  25. I love the Bon Voyage dress, and it would be perfect for our upcoming honeymoon cruise!

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  26. Love the Serenade in the Emerald green color. The cute cap sleeves are so cute on this maxi.

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  27. ....and I'm a fan on Facebook!

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  28. I love the rhapsody dress that they have on shabby apple

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

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  29. I like Shabby Apple on Facebook

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

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  30. I tweeted too

    https://twitter.com/jessrwarfield/status/298519502495289344

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

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  31. I love the Overboard dress :)
    family74014 at gmail dot com

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  32. I like them on fb (Alaine Elise)
    family74014 at gmail dot com

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  33. My favorite dress is the Headliner Dress. So pretty!

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  34. And I follow Shabby Apple on FB!

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  35. Wow- Mainline! Could that dress be any cuter? Super website- thanks for the suggestion!

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  36. My fav dress is santa monica!
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  37. I like shabby apple on Facebook!

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  38. https://twitter.com/MichellenStrydr/status/298579027374002178
    I tweeted about the giveaway!

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  39. Really like Eliabeth Island dress. Also, I liked them on Facebook.

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  40. I would pick Mrs. Porter for sure. Just the right amount of 1960's flair.

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  41. I like the aphrodite dress.

    lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

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  42. the admiral dress is my absolute fav

    vanitizebaby at yahoo dot com

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  43. tweet

    https://twitter.com/MeandBells/status/298616993874055168

    vanitizebaby@yahoo.com

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  44. fb fan courtney b

    vanitizebaby@yahoo.com

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  45. I love the Summer Wind dress...such a pretty color!

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  46. I liked Shabby Apple on Facebook!

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  47. ....and, I tweeted about it.
    @mrssawyerrigby

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  48. I love the Dining Car dress!

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  49. I am jealous that you see bikinis in your future... my road map belly says nah thanks.

    I love their dresses. I can never narrow it down to one - I want more than that. Greedy yes. But because I don't have a "more than one shabby apple dress budget" I have none. :)

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  50. Oh, my I could look at this site for a long time! I think I'd pick L'Opera for now. I need a dress post baby for a wedding that will cover up a nursing bra and these dresses are perfect!

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  51. PS- I'm fairly certain a lot of these photos were taken in my backyard (not literally)... Amalfi Coast?

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  52. Love the Night Shade dress! Have loved Shabby Apple's styles for a while now but I've never bought anything - hoping that changes!

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  53. My favorite dress is called beauty mark! Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

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  54. I like them on FB -- Wild Orchid
    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

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  55. tweet--https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/298833069161467904

    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

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  56. Hmm I think I'm the only one that hadn't heard of this website, however I quite like the Elizabeth Sands or the Bampton. :) All very lovely pieces though, I must say.

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  57. Ahh Bollocks and me being on Canadian soul. Booo :(

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  58. I love the "oh baby" dress!

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  59. I like the look and pockets of the Da Vinci dress...looks so comfy!

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  60. I like the pina colada dress!

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  61. There's a ton to choose from!! I love the Black Oak Dress!!!

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  62. Just liked Shabby Apple on Facebook!

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  63. Gah! So hard to choose. I go with Riptide!

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  64. Love the El Capitan dress on there!

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  65. I love that you reviewed this dress! I was actually eyeing it when it first came out, but wanted to see/read some reviews! It's lovely!

    I also like the Class Ring dress, since you're making my choose. ;)

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  66. I'm a fan of Shabby Apple on FB.

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  67. These dresses are so cute! I have been really into polka dots recently, and this one is one of the cutest I've seen: http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-700-jacobs-pillow.aspx It's the "Jacob's Pillow." I'd love to wear this one this spring!

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  68. I love the GUINEA A MINUTE
    dress. amypugmire@live.com

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  69. Facebook fan of shabby apple. amy bolda pugmire. amypugmire@live.com

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  70. tweet. amypugmire@live.com
    https://twitter.com/1amypugmire/status/299380809259954176

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  71. I really like the Rodeo Drive dress. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  72. I like Shabby Apple on Facebook.

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  73. Love their stuff just need to bite the bullet. In the mean time I'll love the summer wind dress from afar!

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  74. I adore the animalia dress!

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  75. I like Shabby Apple on fb

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  76. I love the Ballerina dress
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  77. I like SA on FB

    amdierm(at)gmail (dot)com

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  78. Tweet: https://twitter.com/Amdierm/status/299730132057346048

    amdierm(at)gmail (dot)com

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  79. My favorite Shabby Apple dress is the "I'm Late! I'm Late!" dress. Thanks for the giveaway!

    hannahjholmes at gmail dot com

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  80. I like Shabby Apple on Facebook!

    hannahjholmes at gmail dot com

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