31 October 2012

[Giveaway Event] Hoppin' Halloween

My Dear Friends,

Welcome to the Hoppin' Halloween Giveaway Event, hosted by MamaNYC!  This giveaway features over 90 bloggers each giving away prize packs worth $25 or more!  You have until October 31st to get those entries in!

My sponsors for this event are Beautiful Cov, Fashion In The Forest on Etsy, Life Of An "Ordinary" Housewife & Jay's Boutique!  Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below.  Don't forget to enter the other great giveaways after you're done here!  Good Luck!

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Hoppin' Halloween Participants:

Disclaimer: The Halloween Hop Participants & Fashion In The Forest are not responsible for sponsors who do not send their prizes, although we will make an effort to get them to you.

26 October 2012

Black Friday Ads: Victoria's Secret & Bath and Body Works

My Dear Friends,

It doesn't seem like it's almost time for Black Friday yet.  Where has this year gone?!  With Thanksgiving in less than a month, stores are gearing up for Black Friday.  Two of my favorite stores, Bath and Body Works & Victoria's Secret, have already released their door-buster deals.

At Victoria's Secret you'll get a sparkly sequined tote with four products in it for free when you spend $65 or more.  I'm not certain what the products are yet but I do know this deal will be available in store and online.

At Bath and Body Works you'll get a gray tote with a sequined cosmetic bag plus a loofah, 2 lotions, 2 body washes and a candle.  The value for this tote is over $100.  No details about how much this will be have been released yet, but last years bag was $20 if you spent $40, I believe. 

25 October 2012

{Sponsor Spotlight} Jay's Boutique

My Dear Friends,

Have you ever wished that you could crochet or knit but just don't know how?  Jay's Boutique is here to help.  They've created unique & adorable patterns to help out the knitter in all of us.

Check out some of the cute designs:

Jay's Boutique patterns can be found here:

Jay's Boutique also has a Blog & Facebook!  Join up & get all the latest news, freebie patterns & great deals!
Each person who subscribes to follow Jay's Boutique blog will receive a 15% off coupon valid for one month after the subscription date!  To get the coupon, email Jay at jaysboutique.etsy@gmail.com.  As a limited time bonus, if you share the Jay's Boutique Blog or Etsy store on your blog you can receive a 15% off coupon as well!  You must comment on one of the posts and include a link to your blog or website.
Jay's Boutique is one of our Hoppin' Halloween Giveaway sponsors!  The event runs from October 25th-31st and features over 90 bloggers each giving away prize packs worth $25 or more!  One lucky winner will get to choose a free pattern of their choice!  Click here to enter!

23 October 2012

JULEP is Powered By Girlfriends

My Dear Friends,

From the beginning, Julep has been powered by girlfriends.  To celebrate these unique roots and to continue to pay it forward, they're proud to donate to organizations that empower women.   At Julep, our mission is to ignite the spirit of engagement in women everywhere, and their Powered by Girlfriends initiative is an important part of bringing this mission to life.
To honor National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we at Julep have teamed up with The Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation.  This October, not only are we happily contributing a donation to support their incredible foundation as a part of Powered By Girlfriends, but we also collaborated on this amazing infographic!

 Julep was created as a tribute to the girlfriends who tell it like it is. Who push us to take a break from the bob and try something a little more daring with our hair. Who give us the courage to pull that little black dress out from the back of the closet. Who insist that we have a little fun with our fashion and refuse to let us settle for ordinary. These are the girlfriends who shout, “Go for the leopard print (or the fuchsia or the fake fur). You look fantastic and you only live once!”

At Julep, beauty is about connection, not competition. It’s about the shared discovery of things that make us look good and feel great. For us, nail color is at the intersection of beauty and fashion. It allows grown-up women to play, to step out of their comfort zone a little bit and experiment with color and style. It helps to unleash the inner artist in all of us.

Julep nail vernis is a fun way to make the season’s latest shades accessible to everyone. And because we’ve tested our trend-setting toxin-free colors and products in over 100,000 manicures and pedicures in our parlors, we have a good idea of what works and what our clients love.

There’s a reason our nail colors are named for women who inspire us—women who are strong and smart and funny and gorgeous and different. Because everything we do as a company is grounded in the power of women emboldening other women to be their most vital, beautiful, confident and happy…and to have a lot of fun along the way.

22 October 2012

50% Off Holiday Cards @ Paper Coterie!

My Dear Friends,

Starting today, all Holiday Cards are 50% off at Paper Coterie when you use code HOLIDAYCARDS2012!  This is an excellent deal!  These cards are full color, completely customizable and come in over 40 different shapes & designs!  Below are just a few examples of what you could make:

What are you waiting for?  Use code HOLIDAYCARDS2012 to get all your Holiday Cards half price!  This deal applies to everyone - new & returning customers alike!

19 October 2012

{Giveaway} Pink Triad Collar Necklace

My Dear Friends,

I'm giving away this necklace:

at this blog:

What are you waiting for?  Go enter to win!

17 October 2012

{Giveaway} Fall Fashionista

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 115+ blogs offering over $20,000 in prizes, hosted by Still Blonde after all these YEARS, & Modly Chic with co-host Ksquared Glamour.

The Grand Prize for the Event is a $1200 (retail) Louis Vuitton Red Leather epi speedy 25 via Bella Bag (Bella Bag price $795) WORLDWIDE!. For every giveaway in the FALL Fashionista Event that an entrant enters, they gain one entry toward the Louis Vuitton Bag.

My giveaway features eleven fabulous sponsors and has a grand total of over $415!  My sponsors are Sew Caroline, Passionately Rivalicious, SHY Boutique, Purse & Clutch, Paper Pastries, Fashion To Figure, White Bear Accessories, Stephanie Johnson, Simply Livly, Yellow Umbrella Creative Design & Shabby Apple.  Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below!

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When you're done here, please check out all the other great Fall Fashionista participants giveaways below:

 Still Blonde after all these YEARS , Modly Chic, Kquared Glamour, Fashion In The Forest, Fall Fashionista Events
 or the Fall Fashionista Events bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes.

NEW Cire Homepun Gloves by Grandoe

My Dear Friends,

Winter is coming, and with that, cooler temperatures are sure to follow.  It's important to bundle up when venturing outside.  A coat, scarf & gloves are a must.  The new Cire Homespun Gloves by Grandoe are fun extended length gloves that will keep you cozy and cute this Winter.  

These gloves have an aloe treated snowfleece lining to soften your hands as you wear them.  The polyester lining is also extended giving the glove a small cuff. Homespun Cozee has whipstitch detail giving the glove a more homemade appearance. The microsuede palm is water resistant. The Homespun Glove and the Homespun Cozee are both available in women's sizes S-XL and are knit with polyester yarns. 

If you want more adaptability in a glove, there is also the Homespun Flip Mitt ($35). This style has open ended fingers with a mitt covering that flips up or down.  Flip it up for accessibility, flip it down for warmth. The Flip Mitt has a soft fleece lining, microfleece cuff and a pretty frosted faux fur trim on the edge of the mitt. This style is available in sizes S-L. 

Each of the Homespun gloves are available in four unique patterns: Moose Tracks, Snowflake, Rainbow and Lavender.  The styling and features create a happy feeling while providing warmth and comfort. 

About The Grandoe Corporation: 
From modest beginnings as a leather glove manufacturer more than 100 years ago to its expansion into the footwear business, Grandoe has earned a well-respected reputation as a leading producer of innovative and high quality products that enhance people’s comfort. Now under the ownership and direction of the fourth and fifth generations of its founding family, Grandoe boasts numerous patented and patent pending comfort technologies in its footwear and glove businesses.  It’s well known brands include Smartdogs® and Hush Puppies® in slippers and Grandoe®, CirĂ© by Grandoe®, and Stick It™ in gloves and accessories.  The website is grandoe.com. (Hush Puppies is a Registered Trademark of Wolverine World Wide, Inc. licensed by The Grandoe Corporation.)

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This review was made possible by Lipton Publicity.  No money 
exchanged hands and all opinions are my own.  Thank you!

15 October 2012

Christmas Tree Shopping w/ Hayes Garden World

My Dear Friends,

I can't believe it's almost Christmas.  It's a little more than two months away, and my goodness, it does seem to be approaching swiftly.  Everywhere you look there are decorations, trees, gifts...it's a lot to take in.

I have a sad fact to admit to you.  Last year, I didn't put up a Christmas tree.  Not at all.  I just couldn't get into the Christmas spirit.  This year, however, I am putting up a tree.  The day after Thanksgiving, to be exact.

I'm thinking about getting a tree from Hayes Garden World.  They've got a massive assortment of trees ranging from artificial to pre-lit, real to luxury.

If you are looking for tips on how to shape your trees like the professionals then have a look at this video demonstration. You should end up with a tree with evenly spaced branches and ready to decorate.

Hayes Garden World is offering a really great deal on select trees!  Certain trees get a FREE PE Garland & a FREE Tree Bag with purchase!  You can't beat that!

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This post contains links to Hayes Garden World.  All opinions are my own.

NEW @ Night Owl Paper Goods

My Dear Friends,

A few weeks ago, Night Owl Paper Goods announced an incredible Early Bird Special: 15% off all Personalized Holiday Cards PLUS free domestic, ground shipping on all Personalized Holiday Card orders through October 31.

They've got a lot of new products and specials going on right now, including their Personalized Holiday Card Collection!  Here’s some info about what’s new this year:
  • Over 100 modern yet folksy designs!
  • All designs available in both real wood and paper
  • 9 back options, including: 2013 Calendar, Photo, Text, Blank & Patterns
  • Quick and easy personalization
  • Faster turnaround times

Just remember, the Early Bird offer ends on October 31, so you’ll want to act fast. Take a peek at their Personalized Holiday Cards now!

13 October 2012

{Giveaway} Harvest Halloween

My Dear Friends,

Welcome to my Harvest Halloween Blog Hop organized by Holly at Savey Spender.  I'm happy to have you here and am very excited to give out some great Halloween prizes!  This hop includes many different blogs, each with their own giveaway or giveaways!  On each blog one giveaway must equal $50 or more - that means there are some great prizes in store for you!

My sponsors for this event are TOOKIES & UNRAVELED DESIGN! You'll get a 6-pack sampler of Tookies marshmallows & a print of your choice in any size from Unraveled Design! What great prizes!  Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below!  Good luck everyone!
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When you're done entering here, check out all the other great participants' giveaways below:

12 October 2012

I Was Featured...

My Dear Friends,

I was featured on the fabulous blog Pretty Little Endeavors yesterday!  Click the banner below to check it out!  Thanks, Mandy!

11 October 2012

Gardening w/ Two Wests & Elliot

My Dear Friends,

I consider myself an amateur gardener.  I love that every time I go outside to water or tend to my plants, I feel a small sense of pride in what I've managed to grow.  I don't have an outdoor garden, all of my plants are in pots & planters.  My yard isn't the best place for a garden as it doesn't drain well plus we have a dog that would most likely tear everything up.  Using pots & planter is a perfectly great solution for me, though, as I've found some really great products that suit my needs just fine.

Take these strawberry & potato planters, for example.  These pots take away any of the hard work - it saves you weeding, it saves you putting down straw, it makes it harder for slugs to reach your plants and by covering with netting when the plants are in fruit the birds won’t be able to eat them. 
  If you're having trouble keeping birds, animals or other pests out of your garden, you may consider getting a fruit & vegetable cage.  These cages not only keep pests away, they give stability to your growing plants. All fruit and vegetable cages from Two Wests & Elliott come complete with a choice of fruit and vegatable cage netting (dependent on size and style) either strong ¾" mesh anti bird netting or 3/8" mesh anti butterfly netting. Also available is 6" mesh pigeon netting. 
I personally don't have room for a greenhouse, but I am looking into options for a mini-greenhouse.  Two Wests & Elliott carry a huge line of mini greenhouses in many sizes, shapes & colors.  They offer small free standing and lean to greenhouses, in lots of styles and designs, there is sure to be one that suits your needs.  There are wooden, aluminum and plastic mini greenhouses and cold frames, from leading suppliers such as Elite, Access, Gardman. Palram and Chaselink, as well as many of their own design and manufacture. 
   Connect With Two Wests & Elliott via their Website, Blog, Twitter & Catalog. PhotobucketThis post contains links to Two Wests & Elliott.  All opinions are my own.

10 October 2012

{Sponsor Spotlight} Yellow Umbrella Creative Design

My Dear Friends,

I'm drawn to cute things.  Britt of Yellow Umbrella Creative Design is the epitome of cute.  Her designs make me happy.  And happy is always in fashion, don't you agree?


Britt is a freelance graphic designer who was and continues to be self-taught.  

She leads a great life with her two sweet and adorable pups and loves great books, dark and strong coffee, having fun, cooking/baking, purses and bags, and of course anything cute!  

Britt is like me in that she refuses to grown up.  We both believe in having fun and enjoying every moment in life. 

Yellow Umbrella Creative Design is a passion born of her favorite color (yellow, of course) and her desire to create bold and beautiful things.  Britt carries a wide variety of colorful & creative items in both of her online stores. 

In her Society6 store, she carries art prints, stretched canvases, stationary cards, iphone cases, iphone & ipod skins, laptop & ipad skins and framed art prints in her quirky, whimsical style. 

 {images via Yellow Umbrella Society6 Page}

In her Etsy store, she carries calendars, stationary, cards, notepads, prints, mugs & accessories.
{images via Yellow Umbrella Society6 Page}

I'm thrilled to announce that Yellow Umbrella Creative Design is one of my bonus sponsors for my Fall Fashionista Giveaway Events prize package!  One lucky FITF reader will win a highly fashionable personalized stationary set!  You will win a set of 12, 3.5x5 cards with original illustration and choice of either white or kraft envelopes. You get to choose from eight designs and 22 colors!

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{Sponsor Spotlight} Shabby Apple

My Dear Friends,

You've probably heard about Shabby Apple.  I probably don't need to go into incredible detail about how amazing this company is...but I will anyway.


Shabby Apple is an online retailer of clothing & accessories.  They carry gorgeous womens' & vintage dresses, stunning jewelry, swim, kids, wedding & fun fitness items.

Whatever you decide to buy from Shabby Apple, you can guarantee it will be a classic piece in your wardrobe.

I'm thrilled to announce that Shabby Apple is one of my wonderful Fall Fashionista sponsors -  and they're giving away a $50 gift card!  The Fall Fashionista Event runs from October 11-17 and features over 100 bloggers each giving away prize packs worth $125 or more!  

There are a lot of fun ways to interact with Shabby Apple.  Try the Fit-To-Flatter quiz, which will let you know which dresses would best fit your figure.  Play Buyer-For-A-Day, where you decide if an item is a "purchase" or a "pass".  Read the Shabby Apple Blog.  Follow Shabby Apple on Facebook or Twitter.  Read about their Charity, which helps women worldwide!

09 October 2012

Dorfman Pacific DPC Authentic Wool Beret

My Dear Friends,
I love that the cooler temperatures are here.  I can finally bust out my new DPC Authentic Wool Beret!  Berets are one of the fun fall trends for 2012 and Dorfman Pacific is, as usual, right on trend.  

Dorfman Pacific offers the most comprehensive collection of hat brands in the country. Their research and development and design departments are busy searching the world for the best trends and materials so that retailers have the best looks when they need them in a quality and price point that is the best and most fairly priced.
Always on trend, Dorfman Pacific’s DPC AUTHENTIC brand presents style 50 for the new season in 19 colors. It is 10 and ½ inches and made from soft wool. The one size fits all feature makes it the ideal self or gift purchase.  A beret can be worn both indoors and outdoors and makes for a great fashion item to accessorize your look.
Twelve chic colors are available on-line at Hartford York.  You can choose from black, forest, light blue, maroon, pink, white, red, chocolate, caramel, charcoal, cobalt & olive.  For just $25, these berets are a steal!  These berets are 10 1/2" and made of soft, comfy wool.  
Dorfman Pacific is one of the largest, full-line, in-stock head wear companies in the world.  The business, founded in 1921, began with a 5,000 square foot facility in Oakland, California as a small wooden dress cap manufacturer.  Today, Dorfman Pacific has a 300,000 plus square foot facility in Stockton, California, showrooms throughout the USA, satellite headquarters in New York, New York and sells its product worldwide!  Categories include a comprehensive collection of men's and children's head wear, women's and teens head wear, handbags and winter accessories.  

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08 October 2012

Bibbidi Bobbidi Blu-Ray!

My Dear Friends,

Every year, I look forward to seeing what will be released from the Disney Vault.  My boyfriend and I have this list of all the Disney movies and we are slowly checking items off of the list - our goal being to have them all. 

Recently the "Cinderella: Diamond Edition" was released on Blu-Ray.  The enhanced picture and sound is incredible.  The colors are more vivid, which in my opinion, makes the story even more enchanting. 

"Cinderella" has always been a favorite of mine.  The wonderful storyline, fun songs, unforgettable characters....this movie is the whole package!   One of my favorite scenes since I was a child was when Cinderella sang A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes while cleaning the floor.  I loved all the bubbles!  So much color, and the way that they harmonized --- perfect!  I also forgot how much I loved the mice and "Rucifee" (Lucifer).  That cat has some issues!

I love all the bonus features this disc has to offer; the never-before-seen material, interactive games & more! 

The "Cinderella: Diamond Edition" is offered in many different packages:
  • 6-Disc Jewelry Box Set (Cinderella Blu-Ray & DVD, Cinderella 2: Dreams Come True Blu-Ray & DVD and Cinderella 3: A Twist In Time Blu-Ray & DVD plus Cinderella Digital Copy)
  • 3-Disc Blu-Ray Combo Pack (Blu-Ray, DVD & Digital Copy)
  • 2-Disc Blu-Ray Combo Pack (Blue-Ray & DVD)
  • High-Definition Disney Digital
Cinderella joins the company's prestigious line-up of Blue-Ray Diamond Collection titles that already feature "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", "Beauty and The Beast", "Bambi", "Lady and the Tramp" and "The Lion King".

The Diamond Collection represents The Walt Disney Studious most prestigious and treasured animated classics.  Diamond Edition titles boast the highest level of picture and sound; feature groundbreaking, state-of-the-art immersive bonus content and include unprecedented levels of interactivity, personalization and customization, all made possible because of Blu-Ray technology. 

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I received a copy of Cinderella: Diamond Edition 3 Disc Blu-Ray Combo Pack from Click Communications in exchange for an honest review.  No money exchanged hands and all opinion are my own.  Thank you!

Hand Picked Hotels - Built For Pleasure

My Dear Friends,

Let's face it - you or someone you know could use a vacation.  I mean, who wouldn't want to get away?  Experience new sights and sounds.... Maybe you're a fan of the beach or perhaps you'd just like a spa day?  Hand Picked Hotels can help you find what you're looking for. 

I've always wanted to go to Scotland.  I can only imagine how beautiful it truly is.  Seeing photos online or in books is one thing, but I bet experiencing it up close would be completely magical.  I actually have a friend who got married in Scotland.  Her wedding photos were so beautiful.  The colors & sights of her surroundings surely made her wedding one to remember. 

These are just a few of the breathtaking views you'd be able to see if you chose Hand Picked Hotels for your next travel booking.  Head to their website to see more!

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This post contains links to Hand Picked Hotels.  All opinions are my own.

07 October 2012

{Sponsor Spotlight} Simply Livly

My Dear Friends,

I'd like to introduce you to Simply Livly, one of my fantastic Fall Fashionista sponsors!


Here are a few words, from the creator Pam:
"All of my designs are handmade by me with the most comfortable organic cotton jersey and bamboo cotton material that I can find. Rather than dealing with a fussy, scratchy clasp on your neck or a chain that gets caught in your hair, they're incredibly soft and comfortable. A perfect alternative to chains, cotton jersey is ideal for sensitive skin and also for women with little ones who love to pull on necklaces. They're completely adjustable too. Simply knot or tie to any length for the perfect fit.
The collection includes a mix of modern and classic pieces, all versatile enough to wear with just about anything in your closet. I use a variety of natural stones, wooden beads, metal pieces and lucite crystals.
...a little modern...a little bohemian...a little vintage...a little organic...and a little classic...blend these elements together and you get simplylivly's style.

I'm so excited to be giving away the Icy Gray Briolettes Cotton Jersey Necklace, courtesy of Simply Livly, as part of the Fall Fashionista Giveaway Event!  The event runs from October 11-17 and features many fabulous bloggers each giving away prize packs worth $125 or more!

Let me tell you a little bit about this necklace:

 15 beautiful faceted translucent icy grey (kind of purplish-grey) beads on a pewter grey jersey knit cord.

The beads are very lightweight and individually wire wrapped by hand. Really pretty beads in person; since they're faceted, they look amazing in the daylight.

This lightweight necklace is great to wear casually with a t-shirt and jeans or as a statement piece with your favorite dress.

Your necklace will travel safely to you packaged in a cushioned wrap inside a cotton drawstring bag.

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