It’s Springtime! The flowers are blooming, the grass is green…and if you’re anything like me you have a whole bunch of events to attend before the lazy days of summer roll on in and slow life down. In the next few weeks I have my dad’s retirement dinner, preschool graduation, a Mother’s Day tea, a baby shower, and kindergarten orientation. I officially need nice clothes for four of those events, and despite my typical penchant for jeans and a tee shirt, even nice jeans and an awesome tee shirt, I really should find myself some sort of outfit for the orientation and get-to-know you hoopla at Bean’s new school so everyone isn’t thinking “cute kid, but who’s the homeless woman with her?”
I am fairly certain I was born without both fashion sense and the gene that makes me care enough about it to really work at acquiring some. As a stay-at-home Mom I can eke by in workout clothes. As an actress, someone else designs clothing for me to wear. Still, I watch women in this city who seem to have it together–the right clothes for the right occasion. Women who wear cute and practical summer dresses to the playground–they look comfortable, age-appropriate, and together in some way that I in my jeans and Keens just simply don’t. There’s a French Mama who brings her daughter to ballet at the same place Bean goes, and every time I see her arrive I think to myself “Man, I really need to look in the mirror before I walk out the door.” French Mama is usually wearing a skirt or dress, often boots but sometimes just great shoes, her hair in a chic pony tail, and she just looks effortlessly elegant. Of course she’s French. Plus she could be Kristin Davis’s twin sister. She’s that pretty. But still…is effortless fashion really impossible for me?
I suppose the secret, of course, is that effortless is never effortless. Some thought, in addition to some instinct no doubt, goes into her look. And did I mention she’s French? But also having a closet which contains the elements of the perfect playground or ballet drop-off or Kindergarten Orientation look is kinda necessary. So when Shabby Apple, an online boutique featuring gorgeous women’s dresses, approached me to review one of their dresses and give one away to a reader (yeah, you heard me) I said, absolutely!
I don’t know about you but I get nervous buying clothes online unless I really know a brand well. But the Shabby Apple dresses come with sizing guides (most of which say that the dresses fit generously so buy a size smaller than usual–gotta love that) which I found to be accurate. I ended up ordering the Ballerina dress to review and buying the DaVinci dress because I honestly couldn’t decide between the two, and I knew I needed to pick up a few things for all these events. The Shabby Apple styles are gorgeous. They have a wonderful variety for all sizes and all occasions. Check out the “Fit to Flatter” questionnaire that directs you to dresses perfect for your body type. You can even message them them for “style advice” using an online form on their site! How cool is that?
The Shabby Apple collections are divided into Vintage Inspired and Boutique Collections and are so different from the cookie cutter looks you find at the mall. Yet the styles are wearable and contemporary at the same time. So how did I do? Well, in the interest of full disclosure I will again, post photos of myself in the clothes I got. Again, forgive my lame photos. But, I’m really happy with them both.
The Ballerina Dress, which is the one we’ll be giving away here, is made of a poly/rayon/spandex blend so it travels well and is very comfy. The fabric is a really pretty purple color, and the v neck and ruched midsection are both super flattering, especially to New Mamas and anyone wanting to conceal a little around the tummy. Shabby Apple even lists this dress in its “New Mamas” section. They suggest you order one size down as the dress “fits generously” and I definitely agree. From the comments, this dress is probably not best for you petite gals, but for anyone who is a little bit bigger or taller I think it’s great. I think it’s going to just be a really versatile summer dress. It’s my choice for the Mother’s Day celebration at my Grandmother’s assisted living residence tomorrow!
I bought the Da Vinci Dress, and I’m kind of in love with it. This is my choice for Kindergarten Orientation I think. I love the kangaroo pouch pocket and the poly/rayon/spandex jersey is even softer and silkier than the Ballerina dress (which is a heavier weight fabric). It’s less forgiving around the tummy, even with the drop waist, but it gives me incentive to keep spinning. I really love it.
New Spring and Summer frocks! Yeah, that’s something Mama’s definitely gotta have.
And you can too! One lucky Babies Gotta Have It reader will win the Ballerina Dress from Shabby Apple pictured below (I was gonna pose like that in my photo too…) valued at $54! Want to enter? Read on!
To Enter the Shabby Apple Ballerina Dress Giveaway:
- MANDATORY ENTRY #1: Your mandatory entry is two parts! First, you have to “like” Shabby Apple on Facebook. Then leave me a comment saying that you did, and sharing another item from Shabby Apple you think would be great this summer. That’s it! Entering is that easy!
***Want extra chances to win? After you have made your first entry as described above, do anything listed below and leave me additional comments for each one letting me know what you did! Maximum of seven entries per person.
- Follow Shabby Apple on Twitter.
- Follow me on Twitter and tweet this giveaway. I’ve made it easy just cut and paste: It’s springtime! Shabby Apple has great dresses for New Moms & Every Gal. Win one from @BabiesGottaHavT & @shabbyapple http://snurl.com/23gskas
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- Email your friends about the giveaway and link to the giveaway post! cc me in the message (firstname.lastname@example.org)–I promise I will not spam you or your friends. Cross my heart.
Your email address will remain private and not be shared with anyone. Giveaway only open to those with U.S. addresses. Must be 18 or older to win. Giveaway begins on Friday May 11th and ends on Friday June 1st at 11:59 Eastern Standard Time. Very soon after, Random.org will select the winner and I’ll email them immediately. After my daughter called Larry the Cable guy the last time she did a drawing, we have decided to take a little vacation from her choosing the winner. Random.org is in no way as cute and unpredictable as my daughter, but it is much more efficient and does not use any pieces of paper, even recycled ones. I am sure you will understand. Thanks for entering!
Update! We have a winner! Random.org says “ 68 ” – Congratulations Nicole! Thanks to everyone who entered!