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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.

IMG_0312For some reason, I was told by two different people how “elegant” I looked in this outfit.  I think this skirt, and particularly this style and color, is easy to dress up or down depending on your accessories and styling.  I went a little more dressy for church, but you could pair this with a tank top and sandals and be all set for the beach.  My only qualm (besides the thin fabric) is the direction to “hand wash”.  I’ll probably forget that note and toss it in the machine, but I think it will hold up fine.  Perhaps remember to line dry this 95% rayon, 5% spandex blend.

mintHey, checkout their Lookbook site, where you can see fashion inspiration from real people around the world!

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.  

Okabashi {Giveaway}

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So it may seem a little rude to be posting about sandals when most of the country is under snow and ice and freezing temperatures, but summer is coming, right? Even though it may not feel like it to some of you, it will be here before we know it, so let’s have some fun day-dreaming about what it will be like when you can wear shorts, t-shirts, bathing suits and sandals…

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Okabashi is a sandal company that has been around for 30 years this year and focuses their efforts on making quality products. Their shoes are 100% recyclable, made in the USA and have a 2-year guarantee! Plus, after you’ve worn them to death and are ready for a new pair, you can send them back to the factory and they’ll recycle them for you. Talk about good karma! I reviewed a pair of Women’s Okabashi sandals last June and I loved them! Still love them, actually. You can read my review here, but basically I’ll just say they’re comfy, supportive and come in some super cute designs and colors. And even after a summer of wearing them just about everywhere they still look like new!

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But this review isn’t about my Women’s sandals–this time around, I decided to try out the Men’s line! In my last review I mentioned how much I liked the Men’s Indigo sandal in Brown, so I knew this was the sandal I had to try for my husband. Luckily, he agreed they were his favorite pair and that’s what we were sent to review.

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The sizing is kind of funny–they’re grouped in sizes like size 9.0-10.0, 10.5-11.5, 12.0-13.0, etc.–and he’s right on the border of a 10 and a 10.5. He ordered the 9.0-10.0 because he didn’t want them to be too floppy, but that left his heel right on the edge of the sandal. He doesn’t regret it–they’re still comfy the way they are–but had he known they’d run a little smaller he may have gone with the 10.5-11.5 instead. He says that they are by far the most supportive sandals he’s ever had, though he’s not a huge fan of the nubs on the arch. However, he walked all the way to the pool and back (about a mile) in them while pushing the stroller and had no complaints, so all in all, he says, they’re a great sandal.

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Okabashi sandals can be purchased online through their website or at other online retailers. The Indigo (Men’s and Women’s) cost $22.99, but certain styles can be purchased on sale right now for as low as $10.99! Or, if you’re feeling lucky, you can enter the giveaway below and try to win a pair of Okabashi Sandals for you OR your Man!

Win a Pair of Okabashi Sandals!

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

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of February 11, 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 Okabashi, but all opinions are strictly my own.

pediped {Review}

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One of the great things about having boys is that I really only have to worry about getting 2-3 pairs of shoes for each season — they each have worn the same sandals everywhere to play, their water shoes for the beach or sprinkler play, and then nice shoes to wear to church.  Done, done, and done.  One of the problems, though, is finding a shoe that will last the entire season.  I like to shop ahead and buy clearance from the end of season sales to use for the next year, and I was ecstatic when I found a pair of pediped® sandals at a sale last summer that my two-year-old has worn ALL summer this year.  They are amazing!  They’ve been able to withstand the many days and weeks at the park, and the color remains vibrant and unfaded.

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Exceptional quality, unsurpassed comfort and distinctive styling have made the award-winning company the fastest growing children’s footwear brand in the United States. pediped® footwear has been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for the promotion of healthy foot development, and preeminent orthopedic medical professionals, Dr. Mininder S. Kocher and Dr. Thomas W. Vorderer, deem pediped® shoes an excellent choice for parents/caregivers who want their children’s feet to develop naturally and healthily.

pediped® footwear is sold in over 2,500 stores in the United States and 40 countries worldwide with an offering of more than 140 designs for boys and girls between their three lines available in EU sizes ranging from 17 to 33:

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Originals® — (0-24 months) The soft, flexible soles of Originals® are recommended by pediatricians and podiatrists because they allow children to closely mimic barefoot walking. Originals® are made of the highest quality leather on the market today and also feature a soft foam insert between leather layers. They are so comfortable, your child will not want to take them off!

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Grip ‘n’ Goâ„¢ — (9 months – 3 years) Grip ‘n’ Goâ„¢ include all the benefits of Originals® but also have special G2 Technologyâ„¢, which includes a soft rubber sole, rounded edges that mimic the shape of a child’s foot, heel stability, and a soft toe box to allow toes to grip the floor. Grip ‘n’ Goâ„¢ provide active toddlers with the ideal combination of protection and flexibility as they improve their walking ability.

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Flex® — (1-8 years) Flex® are the perfect choice for confident walkers who have developed a solid, natural stride. With cushioned arch support and a soft, flexible rubber sole, Flex® ensure comfort and healthy foot development. In addition, the Flex Fit Systemâ„¢ allows you to adjust the fit of Flex® shoes to prolong wear.

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We received the Flex Jones – Khaki in a size 30 for my four-year-old, who has gone through a number of play shoes and sandals this summer.  He’s been playing harder and harder when he’s outside over the past few months, and I’m sure that that will only continue into the fall.  These shoes are durable but flexible, and I love that the shoes have a little pop of orange peeking through to give a little bit of color.

I’m also eyeing the very cute but also very practical Originals for Baby Boy #3!  I can remember my friend first introducing me to this brand when her son started walking, and I still remember how easily she could slip the shoes on and off his feet and how well they moved with his feet while still remaining stable enough to provide the necessary traction to stay upright.

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pediped® will give back to schools as part of its pediped® ♥’s Schools initiative this fall

Enrolled schools will receive 10% back on all attributed purchases giving parents another reason to shop the award-winning brand

Schools everywhere will have yet another reason to celebrate the start of a new school year. On July 24, 2013, pediped® launched ‘pediped ♥ ‘s Schools’, a new, one-of-a-kind, giving campaign where participating schools will receive a check for 10% back on their total attributed purchases of pediped® Footwear. Each school can earn up to $10,000 per year.

School officials and leaders of the PTO or PTA are encouraged to enroll their school to best spread the word. Parents and teachers may also enroll their school into the program.  Each school will receive a unique code upon enrollment. Members of the school and community should use this code at checkout when making a purchase on pediped.com or in any pediped® owned boutique (located in Las Vegas). pediped® will compile and track the purchases attributed to each school’s code and each school will receive 10% back on their total combined purchases. Purchases will be tracked now until May 15, 2014 and schools will receive their checks in June 2014. Any purchases made after May 15 will roll over to the next school year. Schools will be able to track their earnings on pediped.com.

“I’m excited to celebrate the start of a new school year with kids everywhere, said Angela Edgeworth, founder of pediped® Footwear. “Schools need our help now more than ever and it’s essential for them to have the things they need. We are receiving heavy support from parents and teachers alike who see the value in creating awareness on the importance of providing schools with adequate resources. Giving back always has and will continue to be a core value of pediped®.”

Please visit pediped.com/pedipedschools to enroll your school today.

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**This review was sponsored by pediped®, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Canyon Beachwear {Review}

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Over the past several weeks, we’ve made a number of trips to the beach and to the pool in the afternoon summer heat, and I’ve loved having the chance to sit out in the sun and to play in the water.  The pool has felt especially great this past week or so, as my body is starting to feel so incredibly heavy in this third trimester.  I love my maternity swimsuit for the pool, but I’ve been looking for something to cover up a little more skin while I’m looking for shells, digging holes, or reading a magazine on the beach.  I suppose that I’m a bit self-conscious of my growing body, but I’m really more concerned with the thought of burning my shoulders or thighs!

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Canyon Beachwear, which opened its first shop in  Santa Monica in 1979, understands that swimsuits can be a very big deal. Now in our third decade, we have the experience, selection, customer service and prestige to be recognized year after year by prominent fashion publications like Vogue, Sports Illustrated, Women’s Wear Daily, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Allure, InStyle, and Los Angeles Magazine.

We have the largest year-round selection of ladies’ designer swimwear and resort wear, with pieces from over 50 manufacturers. On-trend, we consistently provide unique, fashionable styles from the most current swimwear lines.”
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Separates and Bikinis:  Seafolly Dot Halter

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One-Pieces:  Milano One-Piece

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Accessories:  Stripe Bag with Zipper and Inside Pockets

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Cover-Ups:  Lace 3/4 Sleeve Shirttail Tunic

I received Jordan Taylor’s Lace 3/4 Sleeve Shirttail Tunic cover-up from Canyon Beachwear just under a week ago, and I’ve already worn it three times!  I love the long sleeves that keep me covered, and the length falls just a little longer than shown in the pictures because of my short height.  The cinching around the high waist gives this piece a classy look that doesn’t seem like I just threw on an oversized shirt; this is fitted and feels great!

My favorite part of this cover-up, though, is the material itself — I was a little nervous that the “lace” would really be a lace material and, thus, would be too see-through, but it’s more of a lace design on lightweight fabric.  I LOVE IT!  I feel covered and protected while still feeling like I belong out in the sand or on my way to the pool.

Head over to Canyon Beachwear to check out their variety of beachwear and accessories — I’m sure that you’ll discover a new favorite piece, just like I did with this cover-up!

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**This review was sponsored by Canyon Beachwear, but all opinions are my own.

 

 

Okabashi Shoes {Giveaways}–CLOSED

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When it comes to sandals, I have always owned the cheapest, thinnest, floppiest flip-flops. They’re usually cute and they match my outfits wonderfully, but they’re usually horribly uncomfortable. I have really flat feet so after wearing a thin pair of sandals all day, my feet and back will ache like crazy. So I’ve always wanted a great, supportive  pair of sandals, but all I could ever find were the sporty types that weren’t all that cute. But finally, I have found a pair that are not only cute but also comfortable and supportive!

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Okabashi shoes are so much more than regular sandals. They are 100% recyclable, 100% U.S. made, and they stand behind their products with a  two-year guarantee on any of their shoes. They’ve been around since 1984, and in 2009, the company launched a post-consumer recycling program, which allows customers to send in their shoes to the factory to be recycled. They have plenty of shoe styles to choose from, including men’s and women’s designs of sandals and flip-flops, so there’s sure to be a design that suits everyone’s tastes. The Classic Flip Flop features a classic design and comes in 16 colors, including Teal, Grass Green and Pomegranate:

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This design, the Women’s Wave, could easily transition from strolling in the sand to walking the boardwalk to eating in a beach-side restaurant with no problems:

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Okabashi also has a complete line of men’s shoes. This design, the Men’s Indigo, is my favorite:
mens indigoI was sent the Women’s Indigo in Black/Zebra. The Indigo is a new design this year and they have all sorts of cute combinations like Brown/Giraffe and Black/Yellow Stripe. I liked the Black/Zebra combo because they are neutral enough to go with anything, but the zebra pattern adds just a touch of fun to every outfit I wear them with.
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My favorite feature of these sandals, though, can’t be seen while I’m wearing them. Look at the detailing and support on these babies:
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They feel so good on my feet. I can actually wear them around all day, every day and not have a sore back or tired feet at the end of the day. I had to get used to them being heavier than my other flimsy sandals, but it’s been an easy process.  You can read all sorts of testimonials on their website, but I’ll add mine here: they’re supportive, comfortable, and fashionable, and they have definitely made a believer out of me!  Not to mention the price is great; $15.99-$22.99, and right now the Naples is on sale for $9.99! Go check them out on their website, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

And then enter to win a pair of Okabashi sandals of your choice!

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

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of June 24th 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 Okabashi, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Hey Dude Shoes {GIVEAWAY}–CLOSED

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I don’t know about you, but the old saying “When you have children, the days are long but the weeks/months/years are short” is SO true for me. Some mornings I wake up to screaming and fighting and I think, “Is it bed time yet?” but then all of a sudden I have times like right now where I think, “Is it really almost June? When did that happen?!” (which is when my husband would say “About 29 days ago!”). So here we are, one week closer to Father’s Day. Have you figured out what you want to get your favorite man this year? Well, here’s another great company for you to consider for your hubby/dad/brother: Hey Dude Shoes.

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Hey Dude Shoes has perfected the art of comfortable, cool shoes for men. They designed their shoes to be the lightest on the market and to be the most comfortable shoe possible. According to their website, their shoes only weigh 150 grams, which for us American folk is about 1/3 of a pound! That’s almost as light as a 1/4 Pounder with Cheese from McDonald’s! But they’re not flimsy; their “Flex & Fold Technology” ensures that the insole and outsole of each shoe gives proper support and flexibility to prevent injury and improve posture.  But enough talk about how great they are, check out the designs:

vinci-blueThese Vinci Shoes in Blue are super stylin’. They give a whole new meaning to the Elvis song “Blue Suede Shoes.” Definitely don’t step on these bad boys!
riva-fluo-chocolate2I LOVE boat shoes. I actually have a pair myself, so it’s no surprise I’m attracted to these Fluo Chocolate Rivas. I’ll admit, they are a bit flashy, but look how well this guy pulls them off with a pair of jeans. And they’re just so cool.
giveawayThe pair that I was sent was the Wally in Chocolate. True to their claim, my husband says they are totally comfortable and light. They only come in whole sizes and he normally wears a 10 1/2, but he was just fine with the size 10. Each pair of shoes comes with a pair of elastic laces so the shoes can be slip-ons and an extra set of hard laces for those who are anti-slip-on. He normally wears shoes with socks, so going barefooted was weird for him, but still comfortable.
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I love their collection of men’s shoes, and at $40-$100, they’re not a bad deal, either. For now they don’t have a Women’s collection, but it says one is coming soon, so I’m keeping my eyes peeled and will definitely be checking it out once it’s available. But for today, one lucky winner will receive the same shoe I received, the Wally in Chocolate, as part of our giveaway.

Enter to win a pair of Hey Dude Shoes!

 

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

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of June 10 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 Hey Dude Shoes, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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