December 06, 2010

being a winner rocks!

I will start this post by saying that I rarely win anything, [the only other giveaway I've ever won via blog was the amazing one over at Saltwater Dreams - I'm still excited about that and it's been months!] so when I found out that I was among 150+ loyal followers of The Lil Bee to win the Apart Giveaway I was floored! The great people at Apart  are givers, seriously sweet, givers! They granted all who entered the contest the items we said we loved most. I was shocked and literally walked around the entire day with a smile on my face. I'd be lying if I said I didn't cry a little bit, because I did. I welled right up with joy, at work,  at the thought of winning an item from this amazing clothing line. Originally there was going to be one big winner and a few runners up, all of which would have won gift certificates to purchase the amazing clothing and accessories from the website [check it out here if you haven't already clicked the link above].

I think the main reason I welled up so much is because this gesture from the people at Apart was so grand in my eyes. I've never purchased any fine fashion items for myself, ever. Most of my clothing comes from clearance racks or places like Target, small places in the mall or were received as gifts from family members over the years. Where I live currently, fashion is very limited, to put it nicely. We have a few grand department stores in the mall locally and a few other side stores, otherwise I'm at the mercy of not only my slim pickin's but also my tiny wallet and budget.  I love that I am frugal but every once in a while it's nice to spoil yourself, or have others spoil you with a classic piece. I have to say I felt a bit like a princess in that moment and promptly emailed Melisa (of The Lil Bee fame) to thank her for having the giveaway and allowing me to add an amazing piece to my wardrobe. One I am sure I will wear for years to come. [Note: If you haven't visited Melisa @ The Lil Bee yet, you're missing out! Her blog is one of my must reads every.single.day!]

I'm sure you're wondering what item I picked - well it was a tough choice but the item that called to me the most was one that Melisa featured in her giveaway blog. I'm a sucker for houndstooth, not just because of the University of Alabama (ROLL TIDE!) but because it's a great pattern. When I saw this image I was floored and thought "IT MUST ME MINE!"

via apart
Be sure to check out their other Houndstooth items if you love the pattern!
There is a dress that I swooned over and would DIE to add to my wardrobe!

My package arrived today [11/30/2010] - a day before my birthday. So needless to say I was excited. Happy Birthday to me! I wish I had the right accessories and items of clothing to pull together the perfect look for a night out on the town but I don't. This will have to be fixed ASAP because I can't wait to wear this item. I know this post is useless without images of myself but I have to say I'm truly sorry. I'm not lying when I say I have nothing in my possession that would do this skirt justice. As soon as I do I will model it for you no worries!

The skirt is amazing, you know how sometimes you purchase and item from a website and it doesn't live up to your expectations once it's in your hands, this is NOT the case with this skirt. I am head over heels in love with it. It's warm, frilly and lined with soft fabric - and looks exactly like it does on the website. I was actually thrilled and floored to discover that it fits me just right as well. I was fearful they wouldn't have my size, and since I started working out I was fearful I'd get it and not be able to fit into it. I'm not a model size, by any means and this skirt fit me like a dream! I really can't say enough about how much I am in love with this item and the chance to own it. Thank you again Melisa for having the giveaway and Amandine, from Apart for sponsoring and being so giving!

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22 comments:

hotpants™ said...

There will be pictures when you wear it, right? Right.

I love it! I wish I could justify spending $100 on a skirt. I'd totally buy one right up. Congrats on your win!

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

Once I have an outfit to wear the skirt I'll totally share with the class - cross my heart!

Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia said...

Yay for you, it is an amazing piece

abigail said...

great choice! and what a perfect way to begin your birthday celebrations.

hurray!

jessalyn said...

ok seriously- the fact that they did that for a giveaway makes me want to buy from them! that is amazing! they have some gorgeous stuff too!

i can.not.wait to see you rocking that skirt.

Scientific Housewife said...

Congrats!

Katie said...

Congrats on winning and of course you can get tons of wear out of such a gorgeous skirt! :)

Emily said...

Finding out about the Apart giveaway (and the fact that I was one of the winners!!!!!) made my MONTH!!!! ...maybe made my whole fall! I have been unemployed for about a year so I am more of a thrift store girl these days. To have a new beautiful $100 skirt in my mailbox made me smile for days! I too picked the houndstooth skirt and when it came I rocked it all over my house in my favorite peep toe suede pumps - taking pictures of myself in it with my camera phone and posting them on Facebook! I thanked Melisa and Apart about a thousand different ways and am waiting to get the perfect pieces to go with it for a photo session and a blog post about it on my own blog soon! Love, love, love you Apart!!!

Emily said...

PS I recognize your pic from comments on Lil Bee's blog! :)Glad I finally visited your blog!

the lil bee said...

Kel, you're such a little munchkin!! Your post made me smile...so happy you won:) I am a frugal Fran these days, as well, and it really is so fun to win something for yourself--guilt-free, right?! Enjoy...and HAPPY {belated} BIRTHDAY!! xo

Candice said...

Congrats on the win! It's adorable. I bet it looks stunning on you.

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

Thank you again Melisa!!! Emily I can't wait to see your pictures!!! Thank you EVERYONE!!!! oxox

Masala Chica said...

That's awesome. And Happy Belated Birthday!
Kiran

bananas. said...

YAY!!!!!!!! congrats to you!

i believe everyone should win once in their lifetime and you, miss houndstooth, deserved it. now rock on with your bad houndstooth self! and happy birthday to you!

Megan said...

I just stumbled across your blog and I think its awesome. I knew I had to become a follower when I was reading your about me section and your cat is named Angus. I LOVE AC/DC I paid thousands of dollars last year to go see them in Munich. So you have a new friend!

Brittany said...

LOVE Houndstooth!!! It is so classy! I am offically back in to the blogging world and have some serious catching up to do! I hope you are doing well!

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

Welcome Megan and welcome back Brittany. Thank you EVERYONE for your awesome birthday wishes!! ox

Eva said...

congrats on your win! one day I hope to win something...:P

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At least I'm skinny said...

Oooooh, I love it. I am a big houndstooth fan as well.

Kristin said...

OMG, you lucky lucky lady. That's gorgeous!

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

You lucky girl, you!

Day Old News said...

Meow, that is fierce!

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