31 July 2012

Be A Sponsor!

My Dear Friends,

Fashion In The Forest is growing on a daily basis.  I have been blessed to work with great companies and bloggers alike.  It makes me happy that I can use my blog to promote other businesses, shops, and bloggers.

Here are a few reasons why I think you should promote with Fashion In The Forest:

1.) I love to blog.  I blog here and at my other blog, Life Of A Lost Muse, at least 4-6 times per week.  Each post could be an opportunity for my readers to get to know you.
2.) My follower base is strong and steadily growing.  I utilize many forms of social media to get my content out there, assuring the maximum exposure for you.
3.) I'm happy to go the extra mile.  Would you like to share a coupon code, a sale, or a flash giveaway?  Need to highlight a certain product or just have something special to share?  I'm your 'go-to' girl!
4.) Feel free to check my stats.  I post them monthly right on the Sponsor or Advertise page.  I'm also available to chat anytime via the Contact Me page.

Please Note:
All of my advertising options include a monthly introduction post and amplification through Twitter, Google+ and Facebook.  All ads are displayed on the my right side column.  The ads will rotate throughout the month for maximum exposure.  I only have a certain amount of each size ad per month but if the spot you want is booked, it is open to reserve for the next month. 

Here are some examples of ad sizes:

Mini (100x100):  $2/month

Small (150x100):  $4/month

Medium (150x150):  $6/month

Large (200x200):  $8/month

I can also make a custom sized ad to fit your needs.  Just email me with your info. & I'll get right back to you!  If you're interested in putting your ad on this site, please check out the Sponsor or Advertise page.  If you'd like to participate in a free ad swap, send me an email via the Contact Me page!  I'd love to hear from you!

30 July 2012

Dress Shopping @ OASAP

My Dear Friends,
I recently discovered an online retailer called OASAP.  I immediately fell in love!  The designs are right up my alley.  I wear a lot of dresses and was very impressed with how unique their designs were.

What a great place to shop!  The selection is huge - I was drawn in my page after page of gorgeous dresses!  When OASAP gave me the opportunity to review for them, I was thrilled!

Then I thought....how in the world am I ever going to narrow it down?  What a problem to have!  After looking through their enormous selection, I finally narrowed it down to two dresses:  The Sheer Sleeveless Bound Waist Mini Dress & the Elegant Splicing Dress w/ Medium Sleeves.

The Sheer Sleeveless Bound Waist Mini Dress is a lovely cotton dress, done in the popular skater style, with a Peter Pan Collar and sheer detail around the neck.  It features a bound waist and is mini length cut.  This dress retails for just $29.  In this photo I paired with with a simple black cardigan (click photo to enlarge).
One Size:
Bust: 90-100cm
Length: 85cm
Waist: 70-80cm
*Below are some of the various ways that I'd style this dress:


Classic & Demure

The Elegant Splicing Dress w/ Medium Sleeves is such a whimsical, flirty dress.  Made with chiffon and featuring a round elasticated flouncing neckline, it is designed with medium sleeves and a single breasted, slim fit.  It also features a removable bowknot embellishment.  This dress retails for just $37.  In this photo I paired it with a simple brown cardigan (click photo to enlarge).
One Size:
Shoulder: 38cm
Bust: 88cm
Sleeve: 39cm
Waist: 75cm
Length: 85cm
*Below are some of the various ways that I'd style this dress:

ready for fall

feminine & flirty

If you'd like to check out OASAP women’s high street fashion store and join its Fashion Hunter Program, please click here.  You can get freebies in exchange a post on your lookbook, chictopia or blogspot!  P.S. - If you join through this invite and get approved to be an Oasap Fashion Hunter, I’ll get $8 cash credit. You can invite your friends and get money too. Join Now.

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27 July 2012

{Giveaway Event} Christmas In July

My Dear Friends,

The Christmas In July Giveaway Event Is Here!  The Christmas in July Giveaway hop is hosted by Matter of Cents, Just Married with Coupons & Sweep Tight.

The Grand Prize is sponsored by Maggie Bags and is valued at over $600!  Maggies Bags takes high-quality recycled material & gives it new life by creating sophisticated handbags that are eco-friendly!  There's a special discount code for Christmas In July participants where you can save 25% off the Linear Line.  Just use coupon code "Christmas-n-July" through 9/3012.

The 2nd Prize is an Ultimate Munchkin Gift Basket from MunchkinMunchkin offers clever, innovative solutions to help make parenting safer, easier & fun.
Our amazing sponsors for this giveaway are  NOVICA, Grungy Galz on Etsy, Pick Your Plum & Fashion In The Forest on Etsy!   Our grand prize total is $100!  After you've signed up here, don't forget to check out all the other great participants below!  Good luck everyone!

If you like, you can read the reviews for more information about the products featured in this giveaway by clicking the links below:

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Chevron Cuties

My Dear Friends,

I simply cannot get enough of the chic chevron trend!  I want the rugs, pillows, kitchen items....I want it all!  I want the chevron shoes, shirts & purses... In fact, I'd really like a chevron purse.  I went searching; scouring the web for the best & the boldest of the chevron camp --- and since I am fashion yet budget conscious --- all of these bags are under $50!

26 July 2012

It's An Arm Party!

My Dear Friends,

Check out what I'm rocking today:)  I love a good arm party and I'm pretty happy with today's bracelets.  I've labeled where you can get each from in the photo below.
I really love the look of multiple bracelets stacked on top of each other.  It's so much more fun!  Plus it adds a cool punch to any outfit!

I'm particularly happy about my newest addition - the Distinctive Zip Shaped Bracelet from Oasap.  It was only $12!  I've got the zip bracelets from Jewelmint, but honestly, I like this one better.  It's wider so it's easier to get over your wrist and the bracelet detail is better, in my opinion.  The bracelet is made of alloy and is 6.5cm in diameter.  You can get it in antique copper, black or silver!  Seriously, it's too cute not to have one!

I received the distinctive zip shaped bracelet from oasap.com in exchange for an honest review.
  No money exchanged hands and all opinions are my own.  Thank you, Oasap!

25 July 2012

Livening up your bedroom... (feat. Oldrids & Downtown)

My Dear Friends,

I've been in this creative rut lately.  I'm bored with everything.  Maybe I need to do something to get inspired?  Maybe I should paint or redecorate my room?  It is the room that I spend the most time in at home, so maybe it would help me get inspired when I see all the fresh colors & decorations?

What do I want, though?  Do I want a classic look or a more modern one?  I know I want a new bed frame.  I've been thinking about it for a while.  The bed frame really ties a room together, so I first need to decide what look I'm going for.  I know that the Tempur brand is an excellent one, so I picked out a couple that I like.  Which one do you like best?

While I'm at it, I could get a new chest of drawers!  I need something that is good for small spaces, but still provides enough room for my folded clothing.  Here are a few of my favorites:

I haven't had a bedside chest since I was a little girl.  I have to admit, I do like the look of a small table or chest on either side of the bed; possibly with a lamp or pretty decorations on each?  These compliment the dressers pictured above.

A little new furniture can change the look of a whole room!  What are some things you've done to liven up your space?  I'd love to hear about them!

This post features links from Oldrids & Downtown.

24 July 2012

Style Me!

My Dear Friends,

We're back with another segment of "Style Me", where you pick the product & I style it for you!  We worked with Sarah of East 9th Street last week, who has a few blouses that she was unsure how to style.  Last week we worked with a ruffled black collared blouse from Daniel Cremieux.  This week we are working with a lime green cami tank with rosettes, also by Daniel Cremieux.

Sarah said that Dillard's is the only major department store in her area & that she really favors the Daniel Cremieux brand sold there.  Please keep in mind that I am a budget friendly blogger and all items I use in these style sets are under $50.  Links are also provided to where you can purchase these items if you so choose.  Below are a few ways I'd style "Blouse #2".

Lime Time

Casual To Semi Casual

chic relaxation

So....what do you think?  What other ways might you wear this adorable top?  I think this blouse is quite versatile; it can go from casual to semi-formal, you just need the right accessories!  Would you like to be featured in a "Style Me" segment?  I'd love to work with you!  If you're interested, please fill out the 'Contact Me' form & I'll get back with you ASAP!

23 July 2012

JULEP Giveaway Winner!

My Dear Friends,

We've got a winner for the JULEP Giveaway!  Congratulations to Beth Gallinger!  I want to take a second and thank the wonderful people at JULEP for sponsoring this giveaway!  Thank you so much!

21 July 2012

$200 Amazon Blast Giveaway

My Dear Friends,

A brand new giveaway is now open for all our valued readers!  Who wants to win some money?!  Now is your chance to win $200 Amazon Gift Card.  Only one lucky winner will be chosen on August 15, 2012.  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win big!
This event would not become possible without the participation of these amazing co-hosts: This event would not become possible without the participation of these amazing co-hosts:
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This giveaway is open worldwide. There are daily entries so keep on visiting this post to earn the bonuses for more chances of winning. Good luck.

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19 July 2012

Style Me!

My Dear Friends,

I'd long been thinking about doing a "Style Me" type segment on the blog, but wasn't sure if there would be any interest.  Well, when Sarah from East 9th Street commented on one of my posts saying she liked the way I styled an outfit & asking if I could style her - I jumped at the chance!

Sarah has a few blouses that she's unsure how to style.  Over the next couple of days, I'll offer style tips and fashion ideas on how to wear these tops.  Hopefully she'll like them! 

Sarah said that Dillard's is the only major department store in her area & that she really favors the Daniel Cremieux brand.  Both the shirt I'm going to style today and the one that will post on Monday, Sarah got at a steal - but they've just been sitting in her closet, waiting to be worn.

Please keep in mind that I am a budget friendly blogger and all items I use in these style sets are under $50.  Links are also provided to where you can purchase these items if you so choose.  Below are a few ways I'd style "Blouse #1".

Office, Meetings, Showers, etc.

Audrey With A Twist

Dining Out or Date Night

So....what do you think?  What other ways might you wear this blouse?  I think this blouse is quite versatile; it can go from casual to semi-formal, you just need the right accessories!  Would you like to be featured in a "Style Me" segment?  I'd love to work with you!  If you're interested, please fill out the 'Contact Me' form & I'll get back with you ASAP!

18 July 2012

The Made In America Giveaway Event Is Here!

My Dear Friends,

Welcome to the Made In America Giveaway Event, hosted by Woven By Words & Joy Of Momma Joyner.  This event runs from July 4th until July 18th & features over fifty amazing bloggers giving away some wonderful prizes!  As an added bonus, there's a grand prize available as well!  It's a Kayak from Lifetime Products PLUS $100 PayPal Cash!  That's an excellent grand prize, if I do say so myself!

My prizes for this event are Camera Coats, Zevia & FunBites!  My prize pack totals $50!  All you have to do to enter to win is fill out the Rafflecopter form below:) 

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Make sure to check out all these great other Made In America participants:


At Home Bar Essentials (feat. Crosbys)

My Dear Friends,

For years now, I've wanted a small bar in my home.  Not some big gaudy tiki bar kind of set up, though.  No, more of a classy, Mad Men style.  You know, pretty glassware and cute little bar stools....

something snazzy, like this...

I've been thinking about it lately; what would I buy if I had this longed-for bar?  I checked out Crosbys to peruse their extensive collection of glassware and bar tools. 

 I had never heard of polycarbonate glassware before, but it seems like an excellent thing to invest in if you're wanting to build a nice collection.  In my experiences, people get less coordinated when they drink.  Having virtually unbreakable glassware would be an excellent solution to the "oops, I spilled my drink & broke your glass" issue!  

I'm also digging some of their genware products.  Every at-home bar needs things like drink strainers & bottle openers, cocktail skakers & glass rimmers.  I'd need all of those things!  Oh, and wouldn't it be cute to have a little drink stand with napkins, drink picks & colorful straws?!  It would be so cool to have the bottle with the fancy pourers on them, too!  (Can you tell I like to play hostess?)

Do any of you have home bars?  If so, are there any essentials that I missed?  If you don't have a home bar, would you ever think about having one in your home?  For me, it just seems like a throwback to an older era.  I like the nostalgic feeling that it invokes.  Being your own bartender, making fun drinks for your friends...it all seems very fun to me!

This post contains links to Crosbys.  
This post was monetarily compensated but the work was my own & all opinions are my own.

Autism Speaks Help Request

My Dear Friends,

Understanding how little funding there is for autism research may better illustrate the importance of our fundraising efforts.  Did you know that autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood disorders and diseases? 

Prevalence VS. Private Funding
   • Leukemia: Affects 1 in 1,200 / Funding: $277 million
   • Muscular Dystrophy: Affects 1 in 100,000 / Funding: $162 million
   • Pediatric AIDS: Affects 1 in 300 / Funding: $394 million
   • Juvenile Diabetes: Affects 1 in 500 / Funding: $156 million
   • Autism: Affects 1 in 88 / Funding: $79 million

I understand that it is difficult to ask people for donations.  I'm only posting about this once, because I don't want you to feel like I'm pestering you.  You don't have to help at all.  If you did, though, you'd be donating directly to Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated solely to autism research. 

Every 11 minutes, another family receives the devastating 
news that their child has an autism spectrum disorder.

I am walking in the 2012 Walk Now For Autism Speaks in October.  My goal is to raise $500 or more in donations.   I want to be part of the solution! 

If you feel compelled to help me in this important cause, please check out my Autism Speaks Sponsor Page or use the donation button below.  Please note that 100% of your donation goes directly to Autism Speaks. 

About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Senior Advisor at Lee Equity Partners and served as vice chairman, General Electric, and chief executive officer of NBC for more than twenty years. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org.

Walk Now for Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is proud of our signature fundraising event which brings together hundreds of thousands of participants annually across the United States and Canada with a common goal of supporting Autism Speaks. This change strengthens the marketing efforts around the Walk program by more directly branding the walks with our name, effectively eliminating any confusion with other autism walks around the world.
Powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on the autism spectrum, this successful grassroots fundraising effort not only generates vital funds for autism research but also raises awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism and the need for increased research funding to combat this complex disorder.  To see a current list of walk sites please visit www.walknowforautismspeaks.org

I believe in the importance of thanking people that have made donations.  When someone makes a donation to my team, I will send you a personal Thank-You Note as well as a special Autism Awareness bracelet from my Etsy shop.

Please help in donating to this wonderful and important cause.  Thank you!

The Daman Chronicles - Episode 2

My Dear Friends,

Tune into Cambio to watch the much-anticipated second episode of “The Daman Chronicles”.  Watch famed “Gossip Girl” and “Carrie Diaries” costume designer Eric Daman play dress-up with one of the hottest fashion and beauty bloggers, Keiko Lynn.  (I'm so jealous!)

Eric’s styling prowess is put to the test when he is challenged to create 5 archetype looks:
  • A Natural look
  • A Dramatic look
  • A Classic look
  • A Romantic look 
  • An Eclectic look
using only the basics from Keiko’s vintage eclectic wardrobe and Swarovski jewelry! 

Share your favorite look that Eric creates for Keiko from now until midnight EST July 24th with hash tag #SwarovskiStyle and you could win Swarovski’s Chic Royalty Ring (ARV $240) and Seasons 1-4 of “Gossip Girl” on DVD!

17 July 2012

FITF ♥'s JULEP {review & giveaway}

My Dear Friends,

I am proud to be a Julep Maven!  Would you like to be one too?

You may be asking yourself "What is Julep?".  It just so happens that I'm here to answer that for you!  I signed up for the monthly Julep box which, based on my preferences, ships two gorgeous nail polishes & a goodie OR three polishes (the It Girl profile always has three polishes) to my door every month!

A 'Julep Maven' always gets 20% off all products on the site PLUS free shipping for every order.  Around the 20th of each month, you'll get an email from Julep that previews the upcoming box.  If you like what you see, you don't have to do anything - they'll ship it out for you.  If you want to try a different box, send a box to a friend, or simply skip the month, just log in to your account between 20th-24th and change your preferences.  You are charged on the 27th of each month, which is the same day your Maven Box ships!  It's that simple!

If you want to connect with Julep, you could visit via 

One of the things I love about Julep is that they donate a portion of proceeds from products sold to organizations that support women through the Powered By Girlfriends Program.  They also follow what they like to call 'The Girlfriends Oath', which means that their products promise to be toxin free! 

 (This is what I call my "Summer Sno-Cone Mani".  It was created using 
Julep "Robin", Julep "Oscar", Julep "Natasha" & Petites "Lime Green".)
 You can also find this mani liked up at Glitter & Gloss for Mani Monday.

I ordered the July "Bombshell" Box.  It features the Julep Best Pedi Creme Ever, Oscar Nail Vernis & Natasha Nail Vernis.

The Best Pedi Creme Ever exfoloiates with alpha hydroxy acids, hydrates with shea butter and coconut oil and nourishes with vitamin E.  Apply nightly for noticeable results in just 1-2 uses!

The Oscar Nail Vernis is a light multi dimensional gold glitter that works as a lovely top coat on top of other polish, or as a stand alone stunner!

The Natasha Nail Vernis is a bright, intense red-orange.  I've always had a problem finding a good red, as I really don't like pink-red colors, but this bottle is the perfect bright orange-red that I've been looking for!

I am absolutely thrilled with my Julep Box!  I love both of my colors and the pedi creme is perfect thing to use for your at-home pedi! 

 I've got a fantastic code to share with you lovely readers.  Use code "MAVENINTRO" and you'll get your first box for just one penny!  Click here to sign up & get this incredible deal!

I also want to offer you a chance to win your very own Julep Box.  One lucky FITF reader will win their very own Julep box for FREE!  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win!  The contest ends on 7/17 at midnight, so hurry & get those entries in!)

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*I was provided a complimentary Julep box in exchange for an honest review.  No money 
exchanged hands and all opinions are my own.  Winner prize will come directly from supplier 
and will not be shipped by Fashion In The Forest.  Thank you, Julep!  You rock!

16 July 2012

Review: Marika Venus Crew Neck Dry Wik Short Sleeve Tee

My Dear Friends,

I'm blogging about a familiar face today - the Marika® Brand.  They've got a new product out called the Marika® Venus Crew Neck Dry Wik Short Sleeve Tee.  

Our new Marika® Tek line,” says Marika’s Executive VP/General Manager, Carrie Henley, “gives active women what they’ve been telling us they want: the most advanced, effective moisture-wicking performance, in stylish dedicated athletic wear that features tried and tested shapes built for the ultimate in fit, form and function.” Whether it’s for the gym, yoga, Pilates or jogging, indoors or outdoors, Marika® Tek takes “basics” and pushes them to a new level of performance. In a line that can be mixed and matched with itself and just about any existing item in every woman’s workout wardrobe, Marika® Tek offers an EXCLUSIVE breathable, super soft, high tech wicking fabric and finish (Dry-Wik®) for the ultimate in cool dry comfort. The Dry-Wik®) technology wicks away moisture, making for an enjoyable workout. Marika® Tek is a collection that women will want to buy and build upon on a regular basis. Its initial debut a year ago proves that assertion, with robust sales reporting for the collection. Marika products deliver on both the fashion appearance and functional levels, so that active consumers can feel confident buying the brand which offers a huge variety to suit all needs.” 

Marika® is a fantastic wellness brand that strives to promote health, happiness and success of busy women everywhere.  The company realizes that everyday life can bring the unexpected so Marika® focuses on providing today's resilient women with comfortable, functional, beautiful active-wear that carries them through various activities and occasions with polish and without breaking the bank. 

The Marika® Venus Crew Neck Dry Wik Short Sleeve Tee is a crew neck tee designed to give you that ultimate fit, comfort and function that enables you perform at the highest levels during your workout.  Each tee has been crafted with high tech fabric for moisture wicking capabilities.  As as special treat to FITF bloggers, Marika® wants to offer you a 20% discount on any purchase through September.  Simply use code "TEK20" to get 20 % off Marika® Tek & all other clothing products.  

 I'm reviewing item "M-4818" from the Marika® Tek collection.  The base colors include Fandango Pink w/ neon yellow trim and Ultra Violet with lime green trim.  Sizes run S-M-L-XL.  The fabric is an easy care, washable rayon/poly blend.  The suggested retail is $28 (but with the special discount code listed above, you can get one for just $22.40!).  I truly enjoy this shirt.  As someone who is trying to lose weight and maintain a healthier lifestyle, I do a fair amount of working out.  Typically, shirts get sweaty and clingy...but not this one.  

Marika Venus Crew Neck Dry Wik Short Sleeve Tee

My Favorite Things:
  • I didn't have to 'peel' it off after working out
  • The colors are bright and fun
  • It's very comfortable
  • It holds up through repeated washings
  • It's budget friendly

About Marika®: 
Commerce, CA-based Marika®, a FAM Brands company, focuses on providing chic, easy-fit and affordable women’s active wear. Founded in 1982, the company quickly became one of the category’s top United States manufacturers, and since then has sold active and lifestyle wear more than $2 billion. Nearly three decades later, it maintains its position as an industry leader by incorporating the most innovative performance materials and technology in all of its versatile apparel designs. Last year it introduced the hugely successful shape-enhancing Marika® Miracles line, which features a ground-breaking slimming ELAST-TIGHT fabric that incorporates formerly patent-pending design and technologies which are now APPROVED PATENTS. The Marika® Magic sub-brand , which provides all the ELASTA-TIGHT benefits in a stretch cotton fabric at a more affordable price point was more recently launched. Marika®Tek provides great performance benefits to the marketplace with its unique design expertise. Marika® products are sold at a variety of retailers worldwide and at www.marika.com. In addition to the Marika brand itself, Marika also manufactures and markets the extremely successful contemporary Balance Collection. 

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I received the product mentioned above in exchange for an honest review. 
 No money exchanged hands and all opinions are my own.  Thank you, Lipton Publicity & Marika!

14 July 2012

Pick Your Plum {Review/Giveaway}

My Dear Friends,

I'd like to introduce you to Pick Your Plum.  Similar to other popular deal sites, Pick Your Plum offers deals, but of a specific niche....they only sell crafting and home decor supplies!  The item that is sold is different each day.  One amazing item per day, but at an incredible discount, so get it while you can!  Once it's gone, it's gone.

It may be mini chalkboards, paper tape, fancy knobs, stamps, ribbons, colored twine, party cups...to everything in between.  My favorite part is when I get my daily email.  When I see that email I get excited, because I want to see what the goodie of the day is!

Pssst!  I'll share a secret with you.  You can find out what the daily deal is before you get the email.   Pick Your Plum posts their deals on Facebook first!  It's a good way to get the awesome deal before your neighbor!

So....great news!  Pick Your Plum is one of my Christmas In July Sponsors!  The Christmas In July Giveaway Event runs from July 16-27 and features a ton of bloggers bringing you some amazing prizes!  We are thrilled to be giving away a $25 Plum Box filled to the brim with swank crafting, fashion, baking, and home decor swag courtesy of Pick Your Plum! Make sure to come back on July 16th to enter to win this amazing prize! 

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Website - Facebook - Twitter

I received nothing for this review.  Pick Your Plum is giving one winner of the Christmas In July Giveaway a box with $25 worth of items.  No money exchanged hands and all opinions are my own.  Thank you, Pick Your Plum!