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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.  

Moxie & Threads {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Who’s ready to learn about a really fantastically dandy accessory?  I know.  I know.  Lots of heads being shook yeeessss.  You are also thinking, “Tara is the accessory gal.”  It’s true.  I love accessories.  Why?  Well, that’s easy.  It’s quite simple really.  Accessories just add to the outfit.  Add to the look.  Yep, I love me some accessories.  So here’s the accessory that I’m going to tell you about right now…

Headwraps.  They are all the rage.  Have been for some time actually.  I mean how can they not be when they look like these???

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Aren’t they fun?

Moxie & Threads is the place to get ’em!

The thing is…  Wraps are so very versatile.  You can get ’em wide or skinny.

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Knotted or not.  See what I did there?  😉

Ready for the giveaway???

Moxie & Threads is giving away a set of THREE wraps to ONE winner!

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 Now that is dandy!

(Enter on the Rafflecopter below.) 

*This giveaway is open to US entries only.
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of April 15th 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 Moxie & Threads, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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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.

Infinity scarf to poncho!

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Take a wide infinity scarf:

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Add a decorative pin:

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And you’ve got a cute poncho for Ruby!

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Do you love to adorn your wardrobe with some really great finds?  I, for one, am all about the accessorizing.  Why?  Because accessories are so very versatile.  One item can be used in so many different ways and to compliment so many different looks.  But where to look???  Well, well, well… That infinity scarf up above was sent to me from a really terrific deal site that has soooo many accessories to choose from.  And you too can…

Shop Accessories at toADORN!

It’s where you will find affordable pieces like these:

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Go HERE to get these dandy deals before they are gone!

*This posting is part of my affiliation with toAdorn, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Coastal Scents {Review}

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What girl doesn’t love getting dolled up?! Especially with some fun make-up! Even if you are the minimalist with just a bit of mascara and nude lipgloss, it still feels great! Growing up, my mom got me the cheapest make-up and brushes you could find. Which was probably a great idea with the way I treated my make-up/brushes. Oops. But as I’ve gotten more responsible with my items, I’ve noticed I needed a little higher quality things to get the job done.

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I am soooo glad I found Coastal Scents. They are an online make-up company that offers you everything from make-up brushes to primers to eyeshadows and lip glosses and more! I noticed my brushes started to loose their bristles all over my face when I was doing my make-up. Not very cute when you are having a conversation with a client and they are staring at this long piece of hair on your face haha. So, I knew it was time for some new brushes and good quality ones!

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Coastal Scents sent me the ‘Sterling Devine Brush Set’. This set comes with 6 brushes and a pouch on the side to add other brushes or make-up. These brushes are perfect for every part of the face. I love how soft and what great quality they are.

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I also needed one extra brush to use for my mineral veil and the ‘Bionic Flat Top Buffer’ is amazing! Like I said, it’s so soft and i love the flat top it has so I can quickly just throw on my veil/primer without over doing it.

Coastal Scents offers so many different make-up sets (which I love when you are needing a whole new set) Their prices are incredible! I went to Sephora a few weeks ago and couldn’t handle spending $20 on one brush. Coastal Scents offers a wide range of brushes and sets that go towards every girls need.

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They also sent me their ‘Step One Eye Primer’ and I LOVE it! I have the most oiliest skin. Like, we don’t need to get into how oily it is haha. So my eyeshadow always creases by mid day and I hate it. The ‘Step One Eye Primer’ has helped my shadow stay on longer and continue staying fresh.

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They also offer amazing lip palettes and lip glosses. With so many different colors to choose from, you won’t be disappointed! It’s always tough for me to find lip colors that match with my skin ( I like darker tones and more carmel) and everything comes out to red. Coastal designs has over 60 lip colors to choose from. You can’t go wrong there!

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I also love how Coastal Scents categorizes their shadows by color scheme. I wish I was that girl who could wear every color in the rainbow. But we all know that doesn’t fly with everyone haha. So I love how really work with every skin type. Coastal Scents is definitely my new go to for make-up items!

 *I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free through Coastal Scents. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Rylee’s Collection {Giveaway} CLOSED

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The last time this darling shop was featured on Dandy Giveaway was almost two years ago!  Can you believe that???  Wow.  Time sure does fly by!  I remember back then that Rylee’s Collection had the cutest hair accessories.  Fashionable looks very similar to these…

Fabulous fabric flower hair clips:

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With that popular chevron pattern!

And…

Gorgeous headbands:

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Literally something for all ages of ladies can be found Rylee’s Collection!

 The additional cuteness that I’m seeing now?  Barefoot sandals!

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So little and cutesy!  Makes my heart melt.

There’s even adorably functional hair bow holders:

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My little girl needs these for her room!

 

One lucky winner is going to receive a $20 gift certificate to spend at Rylee’s Collection.

Enter on the Rafflecopter below.

*This giveaway is open to entries worldwide.
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of March 24th 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 Rylee’s Collection, but all opinions are strictly my own.

 
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Majestical Jewelry {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Whenever I get together with my mom and my sister, we love to claim an afternoon for a ‘girl’s date’.  We leave the kids with the men and run off to the mall to get pedicures and lunch.  On the way home, we usually stop by a jewelry store in the mall and pick out cheap jewelry.  Its fun to remember my mom and sister as I pull out this jewelry throughout the year.  That is, if the jewelry lasts throughout the year.  Easy come, easy go, right?

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Hopefully not with this fun pair of earrings from Majestical Jewelry.  I didn’t know what item I would be sent, so I was pretty nervous.  I am very particular with jewelry.  These are the Tortoise Shell Hoop Earrings, sold for $9.  The tortoise shell rings on gold posts are a mature combination that, in my opinion, really dresses up an outfit without looking too “Flinstone”.

hoopI like that these are not too heavy to drag my earlobes down, and that there isn’t a lot of swinging or clinking going on when I move.  I think they’re classy, and I’ll enjoy pairing them with outfits in the future.  I wore them out on date night last weekend, but they started to hurt my ears too much to wear them beyond dinner.

When I opened the box holding the second pair of earrings (and today’s giveaway prize), my first thoughts went to this tradition we have of picking out cheap jewelry with my mom.  While these Teardrop Dazzle Earrings are glitzy and pretty, $9 is about right.  They hang about 3″ and there is quite a bit of clicking plastic going on just while being held.

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You can see an imperfection (glue spot?) on the top plastic piece on the left.  It probably wouldn’t be noticeable from more than an arms-length away, but it makes me question their claim to “100% authentic” and “extremely high quality” jewelry.  The pair is very lightweight, which gives the impression of being fake and plastic, but that is also a great thing for those who don’t like feeling weighed down by their ears.

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There are some really gorgeous pieces of jewelry from Majestical Jewelry.  I’m still swooning over some of these earrings and diva necklaces!

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One winner will receive this pair of Teardrop Dazzle Earrings!

I’ll probably throw in my tortoise shell hoop earrings too.  Shipping’s on me, ladies.

And howsabout a coupon code?!  Get $15 off orders of $55 or more by using the code 15DOLLARSOFF

Open to US entries only.  I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Meesh & Mia Teaser

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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!

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