26 March 2012

24 March 2012

The Lucky Clover Giveaway Hop Is Here!

My Dear Friends,

The time has come - the Lucky Clover Giveaway Hop is here!  This event is hosted by Anderson's Angels and Joy Of Momma Joyner.  There is a GRAND PRIZE CASH GIVEAWAY Rafflecopter form to enter to WIN $75 PayPal Cash on both Anderson's Angels and Joy Of Momma Joyner's blogs.

Thank you to our amazing Fashion In The Forest sponsors: {twenty-one.}, Grungy Galz & Louis Pesilan for their support of Fashion In The Forest.  Good luck to everyone and when you're done entering this giveaway, don't forget to check out the other great giveaways in the list below!  This event is  open from 12:01am EST Saturday, March 17, 2012 through 11:59pm EST Friday, March 23, 2012. Don't delay, start entering now! :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

21 March 2012

Coming Soon: Made In America Giveaway Hop

My Dear Friends,

Mimi from Woven By Words and Courtney from Joy Of Momma Joyner are excited to bring a FUN, new event celebrating The 4th Of July, called Made In America. This event will run from 12:01am EST Wednesday, July 4, 2012 through 11:59pm EST Wednesday, July 18, 2012. Want to join in the celebration fun? It’s super easy!!

Rules to Participate:
  • You must get at least a $25 prize/package together to be given away during the event. We want ALL prizes to be American Made!
  • You must display the event button on your sidebar from now until the event ends
  • Participation is completely FREE! All you have to do is make sure the button is on your blog side bar, and write a post encouraging other bloggers to join in the fun! Put the link to your blog post in the form below.
  • If you would like to participate in a GRAND PRIZE CASH GIVEAWAY (completely optional!!), you can send $5 (gift) via PayPal to joyofmommajoyner@gmail.com. This will get you TWO social media entry options! (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Email, GFC, Pinterest, Klout, etc.) The GRAND PRIZE CASH value will be determined when we know how many people are going to participate in that part of the giveaway. The GRAND PRIZE CASH GIVEAWAY will be hosted on Woven By Words and Joy Of Momma Joyner. We ask that you refer your readers to either of those two sites to enter the CASH GIVEAWAY!
If you have any questions, please feel free to email Mimi or Courtney.
We are going to have a great celebration of being Made In America! Join in the FUN! Sign up soon! Your spot on the Linky will be determined by when you sign up! Please, DON’T FORGET… Once you have your Made In America post up, please fill out THIS FORM and put the link to your post in the form!

19 March 2012

"Animals" Z-Grip Pens by Zebra Pen out now!

My Dear Friends,

Pens are scarce in my house.  My boyfriend is a pen chewer.  Yeah, it's super irritating too.  I go to grab a pen and there's chew marks and it's all torn up...it's not cool.  When Zebra Pen sent me the awesome new "Animals" collection in their Z-Grip series, I was thrilled right off the bat!  Why, you ask?  Because he's not going to steal & chew on the pretty pens!  He only chews on uni-sex type pens, and these are safe because they're glamorous & girly! 

Legend has it that Mr. Ishikawa, (the founder of Zebra Co. Ltd.), wanted a company name that would be memorable but also appropriate for their export business to other countries. He took an English/Japanese dictionary and, opening it Japanese style from the back, started with the “Z” words. He stopped at “Zebra”.  While doing research, he found that zebras are gentle animals with a strong family herding instinct.  This was an important attribute, as he wanted to build a business in which both the employees and customers were all part of a family-like culture.  Zebra Pen offers a vast line of writing instruments including highlighters, mechanical pencils, gel rollers, ball-point and correction pens.

About Zebra Pen
Our Mission
We are committed, intelligent and team-oriented employees who create loyal users.  We challenge ourselves to be better.  We listen to our customers. We deliver quality and innovation.  We Create Users.

Our team and family oriented culture is based on our Core Values consisting of Honesty, Innovation, Quality, Professionalism and Respect.

We Earn Our Stripes
At Zebra, employees are our biggest asset.  We depend on their skills, intelligence and experience that they bring.  Personal growth is the key to success for both Zebra Pen and its employees.
We believe that learning and development helps employees see beyond their potential and make the most of their talents.  At Zebra you will own your position, grow and become an expert.  Your position will encompass full responsibility and latitude with support for your success.

We Are All Leaders
Just as we have grown our business for over 100 years, our future will continue to be shaped by the needs of our clients as well as the ideas and creativity of our people."

My first impression of the pens was obviously "He won't chew these!" but then I realized that the pen itself was well built, stylish & most importantly...it writes well!  I can't stand pens that don't flow well or the ink skips or the pen tip tears the paper...  These pens have none of those bad attributes.  The Z-Grip line is Zebra Pen's #1 seller, and at ARV $3.75 per pack, they're very affordable!  They feature a ribbed ribber grip that supplies comfort and balance in writing and a black 1.0 mm medium point. 

Zebra Pen products can be found nationwide at Staples, Office Max, Office Depot, Walmart, K-Mart, and more.  You may also shop online via their online store!  

Connect With Zebra Pen
*I was given these pens by BML PR in exchange for an honest review.  
No money exchanged hands and all opinions are my own.  Thank you, BML PR!

16 March 2012

POP Into Easter With Dale & Thomas Popcorn!

My Dear Friends,

Those amazing people at Dale & Thomas Popcorn are back again, this time with fantastic Easter treat boxes!  There are five different sampler boxes to choose from, each with it's own special mix of flavors.


Dale & Thomas Popcorn carries the following delicious flavors:

Hall of Fame Kettle Corn Peanut Butter & White Chocolate DrizzleCorn Chocolate Chunk N'Caramel Twice-As-Nice Chocolate DrizzleCorn Southwest Cheddar Chipotle Chocolate & Peanut Butter DrizzleCorn Dale's Caramel North Country Cheddar Cinnamon Crème DrizzleCorn White Cheddar & Black Peppercorn Black & White Biscotti Double Chocolate DrizzleCorn Real Butter Dark Fudge with Praline Almonds Summertime BBQ
..............and every single one of them is delicious!

Would you like to get your hands on a 6-bag Easter Sampler Box so you can taste the goodness for yourself?  YOU KNOW YOU DO!

Dale & Thomas Popcorn is going to give one lucky FITF reader a 6-pack Easter Sampler Box, as they are one of our awesome sponsors for the Lucky Clover Giveaway Event!  The event runs March 17-23 and features tons of bloggers giving away incredible prizes!  No two giveaways are the same! 

Come back on March 17th & fill out the Rafflecopter form for your chance to win!

Connect With Dale & Thomas Popcorn

*Dale and Thomas Popcorn will supply one winner a six-pack sampler box at no charge. 
 I received nothing for this 2012 promotion.  No money exchanged hands and all opinions 
are my own.  Thank you, Dale and Thomas Popcorn!

A Bloggers Prospective: Product Reviews

My Dear Friends,

As a blogger that sometimes does product reviews and/or giveaways, I sometimes get pitches that I don't feel would be a good fit, or truthfully, completely disinterest me.  The thing is, this is MY blog.  I want to share things with the cyber world that I'M interested in.  After all, people follow blogs because they like their content; so in that vein, they would most likely enjoy the things I talk about as well.

What do you do when you get an opportunity that you want to pass on?  
If I'm not personally interested in the product, what makes me think that those who read my blog will be?  After all, bloggers have followers because they write about things that the reader is interested in.  If you take out the "interest factor" then there's nothing to keep people coming back.

Why I don't do reviews without an actual item to review:
Why agree to review a product without an actual product?  All this means is that the company is trying to get free advertising from you.  If you don't get a product for review, how can you give an honest opinion?  Also, if you get asked to do a review and then they want to send you the product for consideration, then after the review, they want you to send it back to them...that's just shady.  Stay away from those dealings.  If you can't keep the product, again, it's basically free advertising.  

What do you do when you dislike a product?
I'd say about 95% of the products I've reviewed, I've liked.  I say yes to the initial review if I want to know more about a product, but if it happens that I absolutely don't like it, I do this:  I write what I call an "about" review.  I take into consideration that said company was nice enough to offer a product that I was initially interested in for a review.  If I happen to not like it after the fact, then I write an "about" post where I detail the background and history of the company, it's products and ways to connect via social media.  In a few occasions, I have suggested things that I thought might improve the product.  I feel that this is the best way to handle the issue, since I am not slamming a company or product, but instead putting honest, reliable information out there.  I feel that I owe a good post to not only the company (since they did send me a free product), but my readers as well. 

How I pitch prospective companies:
In my pitch letter, I state my processes - the outlines of what the post will have in it.  For example, I always include social media links and promote via my social media.  I list reputable companies that I've previously done reviews for, as this shows you are serious about your blog and have the backing of well known companies.  There are some people out there who pitch a company and then keep items without doing a review, and I try to let prospective companies know that I am a legitimate, trustworthy blogger.  It's also important to let the company know that samples are not returned and in the event that you dislike a product, what your policy is on how to handle it.  People read a review blog because they want to know your true, honest opinions about something.  You must be truthful.  If you don't like it, don't pretend like you do.  You aren't helping anyone that way.

Blogging Style & Preferences:
You have to realize that while these are your opinions and you are welcome to type in whatever writing style you like, it has to be put forth in a way that will identify with people.  If a review reads in monotone and is boring, chances are the reader won't finish the whole page.  If they won't finish the whole page, they probably won't be back to your blog.  Try and engage the readers, make them want to comment or talk to you.  When you get an email or comment from a reader who appreciates your content, it's such a great feeling.  Remember that whatever company your working with is a business, and they need good vibes as much as the rest of us.  The majority of companies will work with you on color, sizing, preference, etc. so that they send you something that will actually get used rather than sit there or be given away. 

15 March 2012

Louis Pesilan

My Dear Friends,

I'm a purse hoarder.  I can't help it, there's just something about getting a new purse that's just wonderful!  Louis Pesilan wants to help one lucky FITF reader with that!  That's right, they're giving away a $30 gift certificate to their store as part of the Lucky Clover Giveaway Hop, which runs from March 17-23!   To make it even better, the gift certificate can be used with discount coupons & offers, so you can get a great purse at a fantastic price!

You could check out the New Arrivals, or perhaps browse the Spring Promotions for added savings.  Right now, there's a great promotion going on - Save up to 30% off, plus Free Shipping over $99, plus a $10 coupon to use on your next purchase!  Talk about a great deal!  Hurry, though, because it ends on May 31st, 2012.

I was given a Cannage Dual Function Handle Bag in Noir to review.  The bag is top quality faux leather with double leather straps.  It features golden hardware and a light gold tone closure.  It also has the logo zip pull, an inside zip pocket,  multifunction pockets, adjustable buckle clasp and a removable body strap.  The "cannage" design, tiny stitching, and metal footing add to the overall fantastic look of this bag. 

The Cannage Dual Function Handle Bag comes in four colors:  Noir, Blanched Almond, Red and Hot Pink w/ Marigold.  The dimensions are 25cm (additional 11cm handle height) x 31.5cm x 10.7cm and while this bag retails for $95.00, you can get it on sale right now for $69!  That's 27% off the retail price!

My Thoughts:
Louis Pesilan features a great motto - "Top Quality at Affordable Prices".  I like the vintage, 60's style of the purse and the shiny black faux leather adds a fresh touch to the design.  The cut is very classic and stylish, and the bag is large enough to be functional as an everyday bag.

Connect With Louis Pesilan

14 March 2012

Etsy Find: Grungy Galz

My Dear Friends,

I want to tell you about Grungy Galz, a family business run by Bridget Foster, her husband Jeremy and their close friend Adriane.

Bridget is the forever and always fashionably late wife and mommy to five. She has a knack for finding and creating treasures for ones home and self. She has her hands full and wouldn't have it any other way. Grungy Galz all started with her dream to create a happier you.

Here are just a few examples of the gorgeous creations to come out of the Grungy Galz shop:


Grungy Galz is one of our Lucky Clover Giveaway Hop sponsors!  They're giving away a gorgeous fabric rosette cluster!  It's a hand sewn flower hair accessory with a vintage twist.  Each piece has a tooled felt heart stamped with the Grungy Galz logo and comes with either a metal headband or metal hair clip.  The picture below is of the actual item you can win. 

This gorgeous flower barrette was created specifically for the Lucky Clover Giveaway and is a one of a kind creation...that could be YOURS!  Don't forget to come back on March 17th for your chance to enter to win!  Don't forget to check them out on Etsy & Facebook!

12 March 2012

What I'm Loving Today.

My Dear Friends,

As much as I hate saying this, and yes, I do feel like it's been quoted to death...but really, there's no other way to describe it other than "I have a case of the Monday's."  I want to crawl into a hole and hibernate, this day has been so stressful.  I'm sitting here, clicker finger posed to strike, contemplating retail therapy to lift my mood.  After all, new stuff is always fun....  Yes, yes, I think I've talked myself into it.  On we go to a few of today's favorite things...

("Turn Me On", her single with David Guetta, is my newest fave workout song)

(I just love this new print!)

09 March 2012

Spring Fashionista Winners

My Dear Friends,

Thank you all for being patient with me while I get over this icky stomach bug.  I really didn't have the energy to blog, or for anything else - but thankfully, I feel a lot better today.  I am constantly amazed by my readers & their participation in the FITF events.  You guys really went all out for this one!  Every single contest had over 1,000 entries!  That's just incredible.  So, seriously, thank you.  Oh, and here are your Spring Fashionista Giveaway Event winners:

{twenty-one.} jewelry design
Krystle Smith

Monroe and Main
Cecile Pryor

Main Street Store
Shelley Zurek

Denise Council

Kate Wilson

Hannah Avery

Kids Blanks By Zoey
Amanda Hoffman

07 March 2012

Spring Fashionista Has Arrived!

My Dear Friends,

Welcome to the semi-annual Fashionista Events, ALL FASHION, ONLY FASHION, Giveaway Event. This is the Largest Fashion giveaway event on the internet, with 105+ blogs offering over $20,000 in prizes, hosted by Still Blonde after all these YEARS with co-hosts The Socialites Closet and Modly Chic.

The time has come!  I am giving away over $500 worth of prizes from some amazing sponsors!  Simply click the highlighted links below to be taken to the corresponding Rafflecopter form!

When you're done entering all our great giveaways, please check out the linky list at the bottom of this post for all the Spring Fashionista participants' giveaways as well!  Good luck everyone and thank you for stopping by Fashion In The Forest!
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The Grand Prize for the Event is a $1200 (retail) Marc Jacobs bag via Bella Bag. For every giveaway in the Spring Fashionista Event that an entrant enters, they gain one entry toward the Marc Jacobs Bag.

Click here to head to the Grand Prize Giveaway for the Marc Jacobs bag from Bella Bag!  Isn't it just gorgeous?!

Still Blonde after all these YEARS , Fashion In The Forest, Spring Fashionista Giveaway Events and/or the Spring Fashionista Giveaway Event bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes.  All opinions are my own and no money exchanged hands.  In some cases I was given a review item in exchange for an honest review, and those cases are listed in the disclaimer section of the Rafflecopter form. 

03 March 2012

What I'm Loving Today

My Dear Friends,

Oh this weather has been so nice.  It makes me want to lay out in the sun, dress in bright, happy colors and just get out and do things!  I'm really into color right now, whether it be neons, primaries, or pastels.  These are a few things that I'm loving right now, and will probably pick up this weekend!  These prices are so great, it would be a shame not to get them!


02 March 2012

Learn, Live & Grow w/ GAIAM

My Dear Friends,

I've posted about the awesomeness that is Gaiam & their eco-friendly company before (which you can read here).  I reviewed a couple of gorgeous dresses and man, was I impressed!  Well, now, I get to share some Gaiam goodness with you!  One lucky reader will win a Gaiam Reversible Dress in Orange/Gray as part of the Spring Fashionista Giveaway Event!  The event runs from 3/2-3/7 and features over 100 bloggers, each giving away prize packs worth $100 or more!

The Gaiam Reversible Dress is perfect for travel or as a yoga cover-up, this dress gives you two dresses in one!  Ruching at the v-neckline and a slightly flared skirt enhance the figure-flattering shape. Light, breathable blend of 95% rayon from sustainable bamboo, 5% spandex. Machine wash. 38" from back neck to hem.  This dress is available exclusively at Gaiam!  The dress comes in either Black/Turquoise or Orange/Gray and retails for $68!


My Opinion:  This dress is form fitting without being bulky or highlighting those imperfections we may have.  I've worn my dress to Yoga, while running errands and just around the house;  it's comfortable and soft no matter how many times it's been washed.  My orange/gray dress is so versatile, it's really two dresses in one.  You've got the gray, more subdued - or the orange, bright and colorful!  There are really so many options available, I love it!

YOU can win a Gaiam Reversible Dress in Orange/Gray by joining us for the Spring Fashionista Event!  Remember, the event starts on March 2nd, so come back and fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win!

(You may need to click "Read More" to get the Rafflecopter form to show up.)

KidsBlanks.Com - Customize Your Kids Clothes!

My Dear Friends,

Being the awesome "Auntie" to my sweet nieces & nephews, I am always looking for gifts as cute and unique as possible. After all, each kiddo has a different personalities, and I like to reflect that my gift choices.

I turn to KidsBlanks.Com when I am looking for a cute personalized gift for the kids.  Customized clothing is a creative and fun way to add their own unique style!  There are a plethora of artistic options that you can use on your creation: screen printing, painting, embroidery, heat transfers, & beading, just to name a few.  KidsBlanks.Com is a wholesale supplier that carries many different items like tutus, t-shirts, onesies, shoes, legwarmers, leotards, bibs, beanies, blankets, dresses....and so much more!  

KidsBlanks.Com has an excellent variety of "blank" items for you to design any way you choose!  Unleash your creative impulses and design to your hearts' content.  All items are of excellent quality and easily holdup through the sewing & designing process.  The items are bright & colorful and they offer such a wide variety of colors and prints, all at rock bottom prices. There are items for everyone, from baby to adult.

One lucky winner will win a $25 gift voucher for any product marked "LG" as well as anyh of the baby and toddler tutus marked "CS" with free shipping as part of the Spring Fashionista Event!  (Note -the majority of the items on the website are marked "LG".)  Since KidsBlanks.Com is a wholesale company, this prize has a retail value of $50!  This giveaway is open to US residents only.

KidsBlanks.Com would also like tooffer any reader that orders from their site who mentions THIS BLOG will gt one free LG2500 lap t-shirt & one free LG2980 diaper cover in their choice of size!  What an incredible deal!  Make sure to fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win!  The event runs from March 2nd-7th so make sure to get those entries in!

(You may need to click "Read More" for the Rafflecopter form to show up.)