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For Elyse {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Has this not been the most horrible winter of all time?!  Do I say something to the effect of “I hate winter” in almost every review I write lately?  Well, for good reason, because it has left me a meaner person.  Here’s to hoping the Spring will soften my cold heart a little.  I know what would help 🙂

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A new spring wardrobe from For Elyse!  Feast your eyes on all the gorgeous, happy, stylish, SPRINGY outfits!

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And then we’ve got shoes…

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…and shorts and skirts!  Are you pulling out your credit card?

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I really love For Elyse’s collection of maxi skirts, specifically.  I think these flowy breathable skirts are the perfect item for Spring when days might be unexpectedly chilly, or unexpectedly too warm.  My favorite is the Ombre Maxi, sold for $32.99 and available in Gray or Mint.

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Clearly, I chose the Mint, and I’m so happy with it!  The material feels a little thin, but I think that is the nature of most long knit skirts so that it does not become too heavy that it falls off your waist.  The ombre is a fun and trendy look, and in this long length, I think it really helps to elongate my short 5’2 stature.

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If you love the look, and want one for yourself, enter below!

Only winner will receive ANY maxi skirt of your choice from For Elyse!

(with the exception of the Lucy Love brand skirts)

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Apr 9th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.  

Spring has FINALLY sprung!

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I don’t know about where you are, but here in St. Louis the sun is shining.  The flowers are blooming.  The grass is turning a brilliant shade of green.  Yep.  It simply glorious outside.  The spring has finally sprung around here!  I knew this day was coming eventually, but I also knew that the weather wouldn’t just suddenly change over night.  Especially not after what we dealt with for what seemed like eternity.  We had the LONGEST winter ever here!  I’m sure this sentiment resonates with the rest of the country; except of course for places like Florida and California.  Most of the country is highly envious of those types of places.  I’m talking the raging, green-eyed monster.  For St. Louis at least there have been signs of the coming days of honeysuckle and lilacs for quite some time now.  Albeit very slowly, but it has been warming up and the forecast hasn’t been predicting any of those crazy snow storms.  In fact the recent thunderstorms and even tornadoes (scary as those are) in the St. Louis area led me to believe that spring really was on its way.  Yes, I believe it’s FINALLY here!

With the spring weather also comes the need for some spring fashion.  That very need actually sent me to the mall last week, but I returned home with much disappointment.  I only made one measly little purchase.  A somewhat (long sleeved; mind you) spring blouse that definitely won’t carry me into summer.  All of the stores must not have been catching on to the hints of spring, because they only had winter clothing in stock.  Heavy sweaters galore, but nothing for spring.  It’s possibly that they are now stocked for spring this week, but I was at the mall LAST week.  I don’t have time THIS week to go back.

In my desperation to have something that I could fit in (remember I just had a baby 9 weeks ago) for this warmer weather I turned to my old standby.  Online shopping.  I will admit that typically I’m a little hesitant with clothes shopping online.  It’s difficult to often know the sizing or how the item will fit.  Generally I’ll only shop online at stores that I’m familiar with already.  Or ones that my friends have recommended.  So it took A LOT of bravery on my part to place an order on a deal site.  But after this purchase:

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I’m absolutely in love with this top.  I found it on the Jane deal site for only $19.99!  Isn’t that a steal of a deal?  I’m talking waaaaayyyy dandy.  It has these faux buttons up the back.  Seriously going to be my favorite all spring and summer long!

Jane features boutique clothing items for up to 80% off.  Each deal only lasts a matter of days or until they sell out.  So some of the more popular deals are only be around for a few hours!  Like these two deals:

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GONE.  Totally gone.  I shouldn’t have waited so long to make my decision.

Good thing they still have plenty of these cute maxi skirts!

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Click here…

Don’t miss your chance to get a deal at Jane!

Now… What did you see at Jane that you’ve gotta have?

*I am part of the Jane affiliate program, but I really did purchase the above blue top with my own funds.  All opinions are strictly my own.

Chevron tote bag from Snatch ‘n Dash. TWO winners! {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Have I got a fantastic giveaway for you…  One that’s fantastically dandy even.  I mean TWO winners makes it that fantastically dandy.  There’s a new daily deals website coming very soon (launching June 1st) and it’s the business behind this great giveaway.  For starters, what’s Snatch ‘n Dash?  This particular deal site is going to offer a variety of daily deals.  Think load of women’s accessories:  Jewelry, scarves, and handbags.  Plus, Snatch ‘n Dash will bring you discounts on home decor, children’s items, and clothing.  Everyone loves discounts!

And now…

Are you ready for this giveaway???

Snatch ‘n Dash is giving away TWO personalized monogram chevron tote bags.

One for each winner!  (Enter on the Rafflecopter below.)   Check out all the colors the winners will get to select from:

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Do you have your own online shop?  Well, then you might want to contact Snatch ‘n Dash!  Right now they are accepting new vendors and their commission fees are lower than other daily boutique deal sites.  So it’s a win-win!  To inquire about vendor opportunities email:  snatchvendors@gmail.com

*This giveaway is open to US entries only.
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of April 7th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Snatch ‘n Dash, but all opinions are strictly my own.
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Milan Maternity {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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Think about your wardrobe: do you have at least one top that is so comfortable and so flattering that you can put it on with anything–dress pants, jeans, a skirt, sweat pants–and instantly feel glamorous, even if your hair is a mess and you have no makeup on? I found one of those tops from Milan Maternity, and to feel that way while also being pregnant is no small feat!

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Milan Maternity is an online maternity boutique whose mission is “to provide designer style that flatters your new shape at prices you can be happy about.” And boy, have they got some cute styles! They have gorgeous tops–some that are dressy and some that are more casual–and don’t even get me started on the dresses! Super adorable. Most of their clothes can be worn before and after pregnancy, making them even more of a great deal! Here’s just a sampling of their cute collection:

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The shirt I chose to review was the Adriana in Bordeaux. This top is one of their “transitional” pieces that can be worn before and after pregnancy, and while nursing! There are hidden snaps and a shelf bra-type insert in the top that allow for convenient, discreet nursing while wearing the top. So much better than exposing my entire back and flabby middle while trying to feed a fussy baby! I can’t wait to wear this top with a tiny belly and try out the snazzy nursing feature.

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The quality of this top is top-notch. The fabric is soft and stretchy and the ruching along the sides is long enough to to stretch over my growing belly (with plenty of room to spare!). It is well made and the style of the top is classic–I’m a total sucker for the faux-shrug style. My only complaint is that the “hidden” snaps for nursing end up showing more than I’d like them to. The fabric that is supposed to cover them gets bunched up, revealing the snaps most of the time. Surely a small snap on the outside to hold the extra fabric down over the snaps would solve this problem quickly, but it is one thing to be aware of.

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This beautiful top sells for $39, which is a deal when you consider that you can wear this shirt for years and years to come, not just 6 months of pregnancy.

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I am super impressed with Milan Maternity’s selection of maternity and post-maternity clothes and would totally recommend their clothes to anyone! You can only buy their clothes online, but they have excellent shipping methods and great rates. And one lucky reader will get to choose a maternity top of your own for FREE!

Win a Top of Your Choice from Milan Maternity!

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of April 8, 2014, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Milan Maternity, but all opinions are strictly my own. The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.

Handheld Fabric Steamer by Epica {Review}

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I’m a blogger and a mom by day, but a seamstress by night.  I usually have a few orders or projects to tackle while I blast the soundtrack to Smash up in my sewing room.  From Prom dresses to bridesmaids gowns, I deal with a lot of delicate fabric.  Things I wouldn’t dare try washing on my own, and things I’m scared to death to iron.  I’ve had a fabric steamer on my wishlist for years, but I guess I never really went shopping for one, because had I known that there were handheld steamers for under $25 available, I would have done this a long time ago.

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Introducing the Epica 800 Watt Handheld Fabric Steamer, sold on Amazon for $24.95.  I think I’ve always envisioned something huge, bulky, and awkward, but this is anything but.  It is lightweight, no bigger than an iron, and super easy to use.  Even when filled with water, because there is no metal like the iron, its not hard to hold up with one hand for the full 12 minutes.

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It is ready to use almost immediately.  The box says 2 minutes, but my steamer sounded roarin and ready in probably 60 seconds.  Like I said, it has about 12 minutes of continuous steam in it before you have to refill.  This is plenty of time to finish whatever garment of fabric you’re working on.  And check out the length of the cord!  Its almost twice as long as any iron I’ve used.  This is excellent for all the dancing you might be doing around your garment.

steamer2Directions are to start from the bottom up and smooth the fabric with your free hand.  Even without smoothing this jacket out with my fingers, I saw amazing results!!  Can you see the difference?!  This front panel smoothed out in seconds without any effort or extra work on my part.  Beautiful.

steam1This stubborn coat was just pulled out of the box, full of creases and wrinkles.  It has some temperamental washing instructions and a lot of odd pieces that would have made this a bear to iron, but the steamer handled it like a champ.  What a difference in a matter of minutes!

In summary: this is an excellent steamer.  Especially if you’re looking for something lightweight, small, effective, and affordable.  You could even empty out the water and travel with this if you have a formal dress or a dry-clean only suit you’re taking to an event.

You can find this Epica 800 Watt Handheld Fabric Steamer on Amazon HERE for $24.95.

*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation. 

Woolzies {Review}

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I remember a couple summers ago I asked a girlfriend how she got her clothes to smell so fresh. She told me that during the middle of the wash she would poor the softener in. Genius, right? Well, this plan worked out great during the summer when I stayed home all day with my puppy. But now that I am more busy and work a ton, I don’t have time to sit and wait for half way through my wash to poor softener in. So my clothes went back to not having a good smell to it, or they were getting really wrinkly in our dryer because of said busy schedule. Thank goodness for Woolzies Dryer Balls!

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Woolzies Dryer Balls sent me a box of their product a few weeks ago to try out. I no longer have to sit and wait half way through my wash to get that softener smell. I even can let me clothes sit in the dryer for a bit and they don’t come out wrinkly. Such a relief I’m telling yah!

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Woolzies Dryer Balls will cut your drying time down by 25% and help save you money on not having to go and buy liquid softener or dryer sheets. They last up to 1,000 loads. Yep, 1,000 loads!! I am stoked to not have to go back to softener and just stick with my detergent now… for 1,000 loads! 😉

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So, maybe this is may be a little T.M.I. but I thought I should share this little bit of information with my fellow long-thick-hair women 🙂 I shed like crazy! Like you can find my hair anywhere you go in my house. My dryer is pretty good about catching all my hair in the lint drawer, but my poor husband still finds it in his clothes (oops!) Ever since I started using the Woolzies Dryer Balls, I noticed I was seeing a lot less hair in our laundry. The dryer balls were also catching any of the left over hair that the lint container wasn’t. My husband loves that! (He will be sitting there and pull out a string of hair from his under shirt)

I definitely recommend in investing in a box of Woolzies Dryer Balls. I got the box of 6 and am so glad. Our loads are big and need all the they can get. Definitely check out Woolzies website and hop on board!

*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.

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There’s a reason why I keep featuring Meesh & Mia here on Dandy!  I LOVE their school spirit clothing!  Meesh & Mia is all for the female fans who love to show their individual style.  More to come in a giveaway coming up in the next two weeks!

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For now, use the code “DANDY40” all this week and get a 40% discount!

Starts today and ends next Saturday!

Go, Fight, Win!

The Great Christmas Giveaway – $100 to JollyChic! – CLOSED

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As a college girl, Christmas break was magical for so many reasons, and one of the things I loved most about these carefree days without homework or exams to think about, was the time I got to finally do some much-needed shopping!!  For four years, I basically only bought clothes during Christmas break, so naturally, I think of Christmas and I think of getting cute clothes and how less dreary January will be because of my new wardrobe 🙂

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The holidays are the best time to go shopping!  You’ve got time, you’ve got some holiday cash (or hopes of receiving some), and a new year is about to start!  Plenty of reasons to hit up JollyChic!  There are about a thousand things to love about this shopping site.  You’ll find all the hot items like boots, lace dresses, vintage, skinny jeans, leggings, heels, handbags, and the list goes on and on.

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After doing a little window shopping myself, I was really impressed with the prices!  For such a high-end, fashion-centered shop, I was expecting much higher prices, so I was just so pleased to find many, many things I wanted to get.  I was planning on picking out one thing, but couldn’t stop there.  These were some of my favorites:

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and this dress ($18.99).

I think I was most impressed with their shoe selection and the most glorious boots for very reasonable prices.  Definitely have my eye on a good pair of snowboots.  Ultimately, I ordered:

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So stickin’ excited.  I’ll be sure to do a fun photoshoot when everything arrives!  May this be a begining of a wonderful relationship with JollyChic!

  Visit jollychic.com and feast your eyes and on the beautiful clothes, handbags, and accessories.  Yum.

Well, Dandies, start freaking out because one winner will receive a $100 giftcard shopping spree to JOLLYCHIC!!

This also means FREE SHIPPING for you!

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Dec 25th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.

Fancy Slips {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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Happy Day After Thanksgiving! Are you shopping today? If you are, good luck and stay safe! Or maybe you already went since most stores opened yesterday at 6 pm (and some at 6 am!). I, for one, am more of an online shopper, and here’s a gift that you could buy for a friend, daughter or yourself, right from the comfort of your computer!

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Fancy Slips was created by a mom wanting to give her daughter more modest options while shopping for skirts and dresses.  She created an entire line of fancy (and some not-so-fancy) slips in several designs and a variety of colors that help extend your just-barely-too-short skirts and dresses. You can see my first review of Fancy Slips HERE.

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If you read my first review of Fancy Slips, you’ll know how much I loved my Fancy! The quality is great, the designs are beautiful and the customer service is phenomenal. This time I chose to review the most popular Fancy Slip, the Bethany.

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My last Fancy slip I ordered was a size Medium, and it felt a little constricting–almost hard to walk in because it was so straight. So I chose the size Large this time which was definitely big around the waist but gave me more room to walk. However, the Bethany is also a fuller style, so I’m sure that helped it feel larger at the bottom as well. The lace on the bottom is beautiful and I love the flirty, frilly style. It works really well with all types of dresses and skirts, whether flowy or straight. I love the look of the Bethany under this swishy blue dress. blue dressAnd the Bethany makes this cool, super short $17 Target find wearable beyond the beach! coral

Fancy Slips come in several styles and lots of colors, so I guarantee that there’s a Fancy Slip for every dress in your wardrobe that will help you “extend your wardrobe in style.” Take a look at their shop and find a slip to make that dress in the back of your closet wearable again! If you live near the Orem Mall in Utah you’re in luck–today they’re having a special Black Friday sale: Buy 3 Get 1 FREE! For the rest of us, you can order online, but be sure to order soon to get your Fancy in time for Christmas! And for one lucky winner, Christmas will come early because Fancy Slips is giving one reader a chance to win a Fancy Slip of your choice!

Enter to Win a Fancy Slip!

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of December 10, 2013, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Fancy Slips, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Fresh Produce {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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I love clothes. Let’s just put it out there. We don’t have a very big shopping budget and I rarely buy clothes “just because,” so for almost every birthday and Christmas I ask for money to buy clothes! My style has changed throughout the years (though I still own some of the same tops and skirts from before college), but one thing that has remained the same is my love for color. I love pieces that are bright, cheery and fun!

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Fresh Produce is my kind of company–they manufacture clothes that are bright, colorful, comfortable AND made in the USA! They have an impressive line of Women’s clothes, including Plus Sizes, and a beautiful Girls collection. Their clothes are definitely beachy/coastal inspired, and I think when I retire I want to live in a beach house and wear nothing but Fresh Produce clothing every day. Along with clothes, they also carry Accessories such as Jewelry, Hats and Bags, and fun things for the Home. Here is just a sampling of the bright, cheery items they carry:

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So after all this talk of color, you’d think I would have chosen something bright and colorful to review, right? Well, I wanted to. Actually, I had a really hard time choosing something to review because there were so many great choices! I knew I wanted a skirt and there were several I had my eye on (all in fun, vibrant colors). But when I saw the Hepburn Long Pencil Skirt, it came down to necessity–I was in need of a good, black pencil skirt, and this one looked perfect.

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The skirt itself is lovely. The material is thick and stretchy (i.e. comfy!) but not cheap-looking. It is nicely tailored with a small kick-pleat in the back (a must with any pencil skirt, right?). The length was a little short for the “long” skirt, but I was okay with it (if you wear it high-waisted it hits right at the knee). What I was (sadly) not okay with was the fit. I looked at the measurements on the size chart and ordered a Small since that was about where my measurements and size range fell. Unfortunately, since it is stretchy, it fit fine (like I wasn’t squeezing into it) but it was too tight and clingy on my (big runner’s) booty. I know some people go for that look, but I just don’t. I was super bummed (no pun intended) that I couldn’t use my skirt, but luckily I have a friend who is about a size smaller than me who was in need of a good pencil skirt, too!

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Here’s what she had to say: “What I liked best about this skirt was that the knit material is nice enough to be dressed up, but comfortable enough that you could wear it all day.  It was fitted, without being too tight, and stretchy enough that I could choose to wear it high-waisted or lower on my hips. The waistband is nice and wide, so I chose to add a belt just for looks.”

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Bottom line (seriously, I’m not trying to make all these butt jokes!), if you’re getting something in a stretch fabric, think about possibly ordering a size larger than you normally would to account for the stretch factor. But these are great clothes in awesome color choices and fun styles and I totally recommend them. Fresh Produce clothing can be purchased online, at Fresh Produce Retail Stores, and at select boutiques and independent retailers throughout the country. Their prices are slightly higher than most stores, but that’s the price you pay to support things made in the USA! They also have a great Sale section where you can find their clothes up to 50% off! But lucky for YOU, Fresh Produce is offering one lucky winner the chance to pick ONE clothing item for free–good luck choosing just one!

Enter to Win a Clothing Item of Your Choice!

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of December 2nd, 2013, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Fresh Produce, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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