30 September 2012

{GIVEAWAY} Keeping Kids Creative

My Dear Friends,

Thank you all for joining me in the Keeping Kids Creative Giveaway Event!  

The giveaway hop will begin on September 17, 2012 at 12:01am EST and will end on September 30, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.  The giveaway features a large group of amazing bloggers giving away some really wonderful prizes!  You don't want to miss this event!  

The last week of September has been Nationally designated as "Keep Kids Creative Week".  While this week is often celebrated in schools with many fun activities to help stimulate kid's creativeness, parents can also take advantage of this week to do some really fun things at home.  Many parents often struggle with finding time to fit creativity in but there are lots of products out there to help us with getting those creative juices flowing.   Mama-Nibbles and Life With Two Boys created this event to help you find some fun products to keep your family creative not only during "Keep Kids Creative Week" but any time of the year!

Along with the awesome prizes that each of the participating blogs are offering we also have 3 Grand Prizes thanks to our sponsors BabbaCo, Green Kid Crafts, Kelly Kits, PowerCapes, Bannor Toys, We Can Too & Kat and Company.

Our sponsors for this event are Giant Microbes, EveryIota & Vecco Studio!  This prize pack is worth over $150!  To enter to win our amazing prize pack, fill out the Rafflecopter form below!

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer: Please note that the Keeping Kids Creative hosts and participating bloggers (including Fashion In The Forest) are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prize. We have represented each sponsor with the expectation that they will fulfill their prize in a timely manner. While we are not responsible, we will make every effort to assist the winner in obtaining their prize.

29 September 2012

eShakti - Dress For Happiness

My Dear Friends,

I've posted about eShakti many times on this blog over the years.  They're a company that I know & trust.  eShakti isn't just some online clothing retailer.  No, they specialize in your perfect fit.  Every little thing can be customized.  Length, width, sleeves, neckline....you name it, it can be done.  You have creative control over your style choices --- I consider eShakti a rare jewel in the clothing industry.

I had the opportunity to review a dress that I'd been admiring for a long time.  The dress I chose is a sleeveless knit dress in a lovely deep red with thin black squiggly lines throughout.   The material was a slightly heavier than a summer dress, but still extremely comfortable.  I couldn't help but notice that the fabric was so soft & comfortable.  The cut was what drew me to the dress in the first place.  I loved the unique collor and the large buttons that attach to the sash along the waistline.  This dress retails for $99 and is part of the Fall Line.  These and other dazzling designs can be found exclusively at eShakti.  Below I've shown two options on how I plan to wear this gorgeous dress:

eShakti has excellent customer service & their website is super easy to navigate.  Sizes range from 0 to 36w and, as I mentioned above, can be customized to your needs.  Customization is an extra $7.50 but that's small price to pay to get clothing that fits like a glove!

Check out how the other fabulous Fashionista bloggers styled their dresses: Giveaway time!  You have a chance to win one of these prizes just by using the Rafflecopter form below:
  • 1st Place - One winner will receive a dress each season for one year. (ERV $430)
  • 2nd Place - Three winners will pick the dress of their choice
  • 3rd Place - Three winners will pick the skirt or top of their choice
a Rafflecopter giveaway Fashionista Giveaway Event bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. This dress was provided for me to review by eShakti in collaboration with the Fashionista Blogger group hosted by Still Blonde After All These Years and ModlyChic.

28 September 2012

{Sponsor Spotlight} Unraveled Design

My Dear Friends,

Have you ever needed a pick-me-up?  Do you need a bit of wonder & whimsy in your life?  I know I do, and I bet you do too.  Meet Lindsay of Unraveled Design.  She's my go-to for inspiration.  It's easy to see why.  Her designs immediately lift my spirits.


One thing that immediately stands out to me is the color selection.  Lindsay uses colors that are aesthetically pleasing; colors that let you see the beauty behind the quote.

I love her designs.  They're so happy and beautiful.  I've got her John Burroughs quote on my wall above my bed, and every time I see it, it makes me smile.

Here are a few examples of her fabulous work:

See what I mean?  Aren't her products wonderful?  I am so proud to announce that Unraveled Design is one of my sponsors for the Halloween Harvest giveaway event!  The event runs from October 1st-15th and features a bunch of bloggers giving away prize packs worth $25 or more!  Unraveled Design will give one lucky winner their choice of print in whatever size they choose!  Isn't that incredible?!

Connect With Unraveled Design

27 September 2012

October Call For Sponsors!

My Dear Friends,

It's that time again....

If you've ever considered sponsoring a blog, I'd love it if you chose Fashion In The Forest this October!

2012 has been a great year for Fashion In The Forest.  My Twitter account is quickly reaching 2,500+ followers while my Facebook page has grown to 3,925 followers!  I also have a pretty great number of followers on Pinterest (610+ so far) and the blog itself has over 2,000 followers! 

It's a wonderful time to be a Fashion In The Forest sponsor:)

If you're interested in sponsoring this October please click here for more information on the different ad sizes available as well as the details of what bonuses come with each ad size.  

As a special THANK YOU...anyone who signs up for October before September 30th will get the remainder of August PLUS the first week of October totally FREE!
Of course, if you have any questions or just want to say hi, you can reach me at fashionintheforest@gmail.com!

{Sponsor Spotlight} TOOKIES

My Dear Friends,

That's right....Tookies has landed at the Fashion In The Forest blog!  If you follow me via Twitter or Instagram, you'll know that I am downright obsessed with Tookies treats.

In a world of mediocre desserts, Tookies strives to stand out.  I have never tasted anything this good before.....seriously.  Offering hand made mouth-watering treats like cookie-wiches, jumbo marshmallows & jar cakes, Tookies is so good I've actually stalked my mail man, hoping my package was there.

(true story.)

The great people behind Tookies are some of the sweetest, most thoughtful people I've ever had to the pleasure of talking with.  They'll bend over backwards to make sure their customers are 100% happy.  They do awesome things like hold flavor-picking contests, make custom wedding favors...they even blog!

If you ever asked me to pick a favorite, I just couldn't do it.  Every single thing that I've ever tried (and believe me I am a frequent customer) has been OH MY INCREDIBLE!  I mean, just look at some of the goodies they offer:

I'm just too excited for words!  I'll just blurt it out --- Tookies is one of our amazing Halloween Harvest sponsors!  Yep!  YOU get a chance to win your very own 6-pack of jumbo marshmallows!

Halloween Harvest is open from October 1st-15th and features a bunch of amazing bloggers giving away prize packs each worth $25 or more!  Make sure to head back here on October 1st for your chance to win!  In the meantime, why not connect with Tookies?

Connect With Tookies

26 September 2012

[Coming Soon] Fall Fashionista

My Dear Friends,

Have you heard about Fashionista Events yet?  Well, it's a fantastic giveaway event that's hosted by Still Blonde after all these YEARS and Modly Chic & co-hosted by K-Squared Glamour.  

The Fall Fashionista event is expected to have more than $20,000 in prizes, 118+ participating blogs and more than 1/2 million entries!  Each blog is required to have a have a minimum of $125 prize but some blogs, like mine, will have multiple prize packs to be won! 

If you are a blogger it's not too late to sign-up and join us!
Louis Vitton Red epi speedy 25 bella bag

Our Grand Prize is from Bella Bag, a astoundingly gorgeous Louis Vuitton epi speedy 25 with an MSRP of $1200 (Bella Bag Price, $795)  Isn't this bag incredible?!

Fashionista Events Mountain KhakisOur Fall Fashionista Event Lookbook Giveaway will debut on October 1st, coupled with an amazing giveaway from Mountain Khakis.  Two lucky winners will take home a total of $500 in gift cards from this high quality clothing company Moutain Khakis–Built for Mountain Life.   You can browse through the Lookbook and find all the great giveaways that you want to enter once that big event begins Oct. 11, 2012.

Make sure to check out our Pinterest Board too when it’s opens on October 15th.  Our Pinterest Board will feature Mimi Boutique.

Mimi Boutique

Bloggers paid a fee to participate in event.  
For some elements,  review samples and promotional consideration were provided. 

{Sponsor Spotlight} Sew Caroline

My Dear Friends,

Just the name 'Sew Caroline' evokes thoughts of cuteness & whimsy, don't you think?  I bet you'll be pleasantly surprised when you find that the shop is just that!


Meet Caroline.  She blogs here, tweets here, I pins here, & facebooks here.  You can also follow her via GFC, Hellocotton, Bloglovin, & RSS

She's a wife, a daughter, a follower of Christ, avid crafter//sewist, Castle addict, lover of bright colors & Springtime.  Some of her favorite things are painting her nails, wearing her hair in a messy bun, trying mix matching outfits, and eating homemade pizza.  She & her hubs reside in Fort Worth, TX.

She also sells rad clutches.  

Sew Caroline Handmade is a shop full of pretty fold over clutches that add life to your already unique style.  It's not hard to see why I feel head over heels with this wonderful shop!  Check out some of my favorite designs below:

I'm thrilled to announce that Sew Caroline Handmade is one of our Fall Fashionista sponsors!  You've got the chance to win your very own clutch from her shop!  These beautiful clutches retail at $31 each.

Fall Fashionista is open from October 11-17 and features over 50 bloggers each giving away prize packs worth $125 or more!  You don't want to miss this! 

 Connect With Sew Caroline

25 September 2012

Return The Favor Hop

My Dear Friends,
Welcome back this week for another round of the Bloglovin' hop!

If you would like to be a co-host in the future, please send an email to chelsea@yourstrulyblog.com and let me know what type of hop {Twitter, Facebook, GFC, Bloglovin'} you'd most like to co-host!

Follow your host & co-hosts
Share the hop with others, whether it be via Twitter, Facebook, your blog, etc!
Come link up with @chelseaoliviaxo for the Bloglovin' hop to find new Bloglovin' followers! http://www.yourstrulyblog.com/2012/09/return-favor-hop-week-8-bloglovin.html
Feel free to copy the code for the button from above and put it up on your blog.
Take a couple minutes to visit some other people who have linked up and let them know you stopped by from the Return The Favor hop - and hopefully they will return the favor!

Chelsea from Yours Truly
Abbey from The Making of a Mess

{Sponsor Spotlight} SHY Boutique

My Dear Friends,

I'd like to introduce you to SHY Boutique, a trendy online women's fashion clothing store that I just happen to adore.


SHY Boutique features the latest fashions & the hottest trends...all for very affordable prices!  Their website is very user friendly.  Simply click on what you're looking for and the entire collection is there, right at your fingertips.

SHY Boutique carries gorgeous dresses, tops & bottoms.  They also stock a full selection of sweaters, outerwear, accessories & shoes.  There's even a new arrivals & a sale section!

Check out some of my favorite items:

I'm thrilled to announce that SHY Boutique is one of my Fall Fashionista 2012 sponsors!  We'll be giving away a $25 gift certificate that you can use toward anything in the store!

Don't forget that Fall Fashionista is open from October 11-17 & features over 50 bloggers giving away prize packages worth $125 or more each!  You won't want to miss this amazing event!

Connect With SHY Boutique

24 September 2012

Quick Announcements!

My Dear Friends,

You guys...I'm featured on two blogs today.  Two AMAZING blogs, that is.  {I just totally realized there's a dessert theme going on here!}

Check me out here: (click the links to go)

21 September 2012

{JULEP} My October Pick

My Dear Friends,

I am super stoked with the Julep colors for the month of October.  It really was difficult to decide on what box I wanted!  There are so many lovely colors to choose from!  After a lot of deliberation, I eventually decided on the It Girl box. 

The It Girl features:

It GirlCarolineCaroline—It Girl
Darkest burgundy shimmer
Reg. $14
Leslie—It Girl
LeslieBlack and silver specked shimmer
Reg. $14
Glenda—It Girl
GlendaRadiant silver metallic crackle
Reg. $14
I love that the Caroline is a dangerous looking orange-y dark red.  The silver crackle of Glenda intrigues me and well, you can never go wrong with a black/silver shimmer!  
A new feature on Julep is the Add-On.  It enables you to get extras from that month's selection at the incredible price of just $4.99 each.  That's cheaper than drugstore nail polish!  I picked a really cool polish called Sofia --- it glows in the dark!  How awesome is that?     

Would you like to try Julep?  I'll let you in on a little secret --- you can get your first box for just one penny!  Seriously!  Head over to Julep, take the profile quiz & pick your introductory box!  At checkout, enter code "COLOR2012" and snap up your box for just once cent!

Making Memories w/ Jessops Photo

My Dear Friends,

Life goes by so fast.  It's so very important to document important times in your life and photographs are a timeless way to save those precious memories.

In these modern times, there are so many fun ways to document your memories.  You could create a photo book, for instance.  It's a digital-turned-physical scrapbook.  Instead of glue, scissors and paper, make your creation online and have it shipped directly to you!

If you prefer the traditional approach, then photo prints are for you.  Prints come in all sizes and can be picked up at the store or delivered to your home.

Another interesting idea is to create a canvas photo.  Turn your photos into works of art!  Proudly display your beautiful pictures in your home or office.  Many sizes are available to choose from.

Why not take your treasured photos and make gifts out of them?  Think about mouse pads, mugs, snow globes, stuffed animals, posters & much more. 

Jessops Photo is a great place to find all of these things and more!  Check them out today!

Connect With Jessops Photo

This post contains links to Jessops Photo. All opinions are my own.

19 September 2012

I'm Featured: Visit me @ LalaLists!

My Dear Friends,

The ever awesome Rachel has featured lil' ol me on her fantastic blog today!  I'm one of her Wonderful (Wednesdays) Sponsors!  Click the banner below to check out her post.

P.S. - I'm linked up here:

18 September 2012

Introducing: Once A Week Chic

My Dear Friends,

A wonderful thing hopped in my inbox today.  It was an email about a new clothing & accessories site called Once A Week Chic.  

Once A Week Chic: Shop this week's look now

The goal of Once A Week Chic is to bring you today's most coveted pieces in a single look that's complete from head to toe.  Inspired by today's global trendsetters, they've scoured the best boutiques to put together the best looks while keeping cost in mind.

They'll send you a new chic look directly to your inbox each week.  This look will be advertised for for one full week or until we fully sell out of that look.  At that point, they will introduce the next look, which will be kept on the site for one week as well.  You can by the whole outfit or shop piece by piece.  Orders are usually shipped between 2-4 business days so you'll get your new glam fast!

17 September 2012

Ch-ch-check Me Out!

My Dear Friends,

I feel so thankful to be featured on these two amazing blogs & I wanted to share the goodness with you. 

Over the next few weeks, I'll be adding more blogs to this list - some even giving away goodies from my shop - so if you're a lover of all things FITF, you might want to check them all out!

My shop was also recently featured in these Etsy treasuries!

16 September 2012

Break Out Of Boring w/ Lakeland Furniture

My Dear Friends,

I have an eclectic style, to say the least.  I tend to gravitate toward bright colors and shapes.  I don't really respond well, from a design point of view, to plain designs.  One of the main reasons that I like Lakeland Furniture is because they carry designs that are aesthetically pleasing and highly functional.  

For example, these chairs pictured below are fun yet sturdy & useful.  I love the sleek designs and, in some cases, the ample use of bright colors.

These bar stools scream 'cool', don't they ?  I can't stop thinking about how great they'd look in a home bar setting.  

Can't you just picture it?  Coming home to the color & comfort of these chairs, relaxing after a long day....sounds perfect to me!  These chairs are definitely conversation starters, too!  People will want to know where you got them ---just make sure to tell them Lakeland Furniture!

This post contains links to Lakeland Furniture.  All opinions are my own.