9/24/12

REVIEW: The Shabby Apple "Side Saddle" Dress

As you may remember, I recently gave away a "Side Saddle" dress from Shabby Apple--an online boutique of women's clothes. They have such cute stuff! I love the classic feel of some of their items.

They graciously sent me the same dress so that I could give my honest, un-biased opinion of their product--if their Web site isn't cute an inviting enough...

Here's the description of the dress from their Web site:
Donning this statement-making dress will have you riding high in style and still looking like a lady! A colorblocked confection in nut brown and aquamarine matte satin, the Sidesaddle's sweetheart neckline, puckered puff sleeves, and strategic paneling along the hips, bustline, and hem work together to create va-va voom curves without sacrificing an ounce of good taste. Unique, fashion-forward, and slightly unexpected, this swoon-worthy style is equine-divine!

Now, I love greens in all shades--especially aquas. I'm a sucker! So, I liked this dress instantly, when I saw it. But, I was SUPER, SUPER skeptical that it would actually look good on me. But, I agreed to do the review anyway--what did I have to loose? I'm not teeny-tiny, although I am in the process of trying to loose some weight, and I just didn't think that a girl like me would work in a dress like this.

First off, let me just go ahead and apologize for the picture quality. I tried to document the review process with my phone, and the quality didn't turn out great.

When the dress arrived, it was beautifully wrapped. First impressions are everything, and this was a good first impression.




Just look at that cheery yellow paper--great first impression! Here's a shot of the actual dress in the package, too:


So, I thought...here goes! I pulled the dress out of the package, looked it over, shrugged my shoulders thinking, I'll be lucky if this looks good. You could tell that the dress was quality, because it felt hand-crafted (in a good way--haha). I really love the fact that Shabby Apple supports up-and-coming designers. This particular dress was designed by Emerging Designer Kathryn Phillips, and is fully-lined and machine washable.

On went the dress, and to my amazement, and great astonishment (I'm still surprised to this day), it was SUPER flattering, and fit great! 



From the front...


I was pleasantly surprised that the dress looked so good when I tried it on! YAY! The only beef I had was that the arm band is a bit snug. I think that will change as I loose more weight, but it's fine for now. I can live with that, because the rest of the dress fits great and looks great! It actually hides my post-baby belly, and hugs me in all the right spots.

I am a Shabby Apple fan! There are so many other things on their site that I'm dying to try, but alas...money, money. :) So, if you're looking for some unique, tasteful, fashion-forward, and very flattering new pieces for your wardrobe, I can't say enough good things about Shabby Apple!

And because I'm budget-conscious, and so are you (most likely), don't forget to check out their SALE section, and their Practically Perfect (slightly imperfect) section for deeper discounts! 

**Disclaimer: I was sent this dress in exchange for my unbiased, honest opinion. My comments are my opinion alone—not necessarily the opinions of anyone else on the face of the earth.**

9/19/12

Wallet-Friendly Wednesday, 9/19-9/25

Bargain Brag Wednesday

September 19, 2012

Welcome to another Wallet-Friendly Wednesday!

This link party is an opportunity to share your latest bargain shopping finds, money-saving ideas, thrift store outfit deals, DIY projects, budget home-improvement projects, side-of-the-road finds, consignment shop steals, upcycle projects, home organization tips, etc. . . ANYTHING you've done that's saved you money. Use your imagination! Share whatever you've done to save money recently! Grab the Wallet-Friendly Wednesday button at the top to include in your post.

Please only list family-friendly links--and no Etsy or advertising links, please.

Once you've linked your project, be sure to visit the other projects and leave comments!

NOTE: I will not be around next Wednesday to post a new WFW, so next week, we'll take a break. But, come back on October 3, to see a brand new Wallet-Friendly Wednesday and browse what was shared this week.

Instead of sharing what was shared in the previous weeks, I'm going to share some PINTEREST successes I've recently experienced! I have indeed tried ALL of these, and they were great!

  • Free printable monogram--LOVE! I printed one off and framed it in our bedroom, in the orange color. LOVE!





  • Grow your own basil--A friend of mine brought me a couple of sprigs from her garden to use in a soup. So, I used one, and then cut the other one and put it in a vase of water. Pretty soon, it sprouted roots, and I planted it in a little pot in my kitchen! Grow baby, grow! It smells so good, and it worked! Now, I'll hopefully have fresh basil growing all the time!


As a matter of fact...here's a pic of my new little plant!


  • And one final one...this Honey-Sesame Chicken is really, really, really yummy! 




View some of what has been recently shared on previous Wallet-Friendly Wednesdays. Thank you all for sharing your amazing, wallet-friendly ideas!

Follow me on Twitter where I'm tweeting all sorts of deals, all the time!

If you've never bragged about your bargains before, start now! Simply blog about your most recent bargains and link back here! I'll feature my favs from your links in next week's WFW post. Can't wait to see your ingenious bargains!

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9/12/12

Wallet-Friendly Wednesday, 9/12-9/18

Bargain Brag Wednesday

September 12, 2012

Welcome to another Wallet-Friendly Wednesday!

This link party is an opportunity to share your latest bargain shopping finds, money-saving ideas, thrift store outfit deals, DIY projects, budget home-improvement projects, side-of-the-road finds, consignment shop steals, upcycle projects, home organization tips, etc. . . ANYTHING you've done that's saved you money. Use your imagination! Share whatever you've done to save money recently! Grab the Wallet-Friendly Wednesday button at the top to include in your post.

Please only list family-friendly links--and no Etsy or advertising links, please.

Once you've linked your project, be sure to visit the other projects and leave comments!

Here's a sampling of what was shared last week:
      • We're getting a lot of great thrifty fashion posts these days! Check out one of our newest bargain gals, Goodwillista, and her Peplum & Pencil Skirt outfit for only...well, you'll have to check it out to see! :)

      • And Thrift & Shout stopped by to share her colorful and fun outfit that cost less than $10 TOTAL!

      There were several other posts shared, so view some of what has been recently shared on previous Wallet-Friendly Wednesdays. Thank you all for sharing your amazing, wallet-friendly ideas!

      Follow me on Twitter where I'm tweeting all sorts of deals, all the time!

      If you've never bragged about your bargains before, start now! Simply blog about your most recent bargains and link back here! I'll feature my favs from your links in next week's WFW post. Can't wait to see your ingenious bargains!

      This Wallet-Friendly Wednesday post is brought to you by the bargain travel experts at . . .


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      9/5/12

      Wallet-Friendly Wednesday, 9/5-9/11

      Bargain Brag Wednesday

      September 5, 2012

      Welcome to another Wallet-Friendly Wednesday!

      This link party is an opportunity to share your latest bargain shopping finds, money-saving ideas, thrift store outfit deals, DIY projects, budget home-improvement projects, side-of-the-road finds, consignment shop steals, upcycle projects, home organization tips, etc. . . ANYTHING you've done that's saved you money. Use your imagination! Share whatever you've done to save money recently! Grab the Wallet-Friendly Wednesday button at the top to include in your post.

      Please only list family-friendly links--and no Etsy or advertising links, please.

      Once you've linked your project, be sure to visit the other projects and leave comments!

      Here's a sampling of what was shared last week:

          • Here's another great thrifty outfit from Thrift & Shout! Total cost for everything (including accessories) was $17.86! WOW!

          • Welcome another new bargain-savvy blogger to the mix--Wish Simple! Thank you for sharing this "Hooter-ific" (haha) chair re-do! Plus, I laughed at all of the hooter references. :)

          There were several other posts shared, so view some of what has been recently shared on previous Wallet-Friendly Wednesdays. Thank you all for sharing your amazing, wallet-friendly ideas!

          Follow me on Twitter where I'm tweeting all sorts of deals, all the time!

          If you've never bragged about your bargains before, start now! Simply blog about your most recent bargains and link back here! I'll feature my favs from your links in next week's WFW post. Can't wait to see your ingenious bargains!

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