Thursday, June 30, 2011

A is for {shabby} apple: dress review

All around Blogland there have been generous giveaways from Shabby Apple, an online dress boutique selling women’s dresses, casual dresses, skirts, and women’s apparel. Perhaps you have even entered a giveaway or two -- I know I have. So when I was approached by Shabby Apple to either host a giveaway or choose a dress to receive and review, I couldn't help myself because I actually had an event to go to and that is almost as rare for me as getting a dress for free!

I was given a long list of items from which to choose. I consulted the website's Fit Guide and Shop by Body Type tools, which were very helpful.

I also liked the info in their About Us:
After years of not being able to find stylish dresses that covered enough skin to make you really feel comfortable (without wearing a tank top, cardigan or long slip), owners Emily and CK decided to do something about it. {No cardigan!? Is this possible?}

I decided on the Azure Coast dress. It was ordered for me and arrived the day of my event. I was thrilled until I opened the box because while the dress was pretty, it was heavy-weight and I would be spending the evening outdoors on a warm summer night at a zoo fundraiser. I wore something else.

Silly me.

{Not silly-me or my dress but the one photo I took at Zoobilee.}

Today with my review deadline approaching, I tried on the dress.

I instantly loved how it fit. Loved the details and how the canvas-weight adds to its overall quality and the way it drapes (drape-ability? drape-titude? drape-appeal?). Yep, just as the description stated, the dress is a "true gem of a multi-tasker ... with it's playful puff sleeves and no-nonsense shirt collar."

So, while the dress description could have included more about the type of cotton or weight, everything else was wonderful.

And look -- no cardigan!

~ If you plan to order something from Shabby Apple, use the code cottage10off within 20 days to receive 10% off. There are many really beautiful dresses from which to choose.
~ For special promotions and discounts, Like Shabby Apple on Facebook, too.

happy shopping!



hilary @ the upcycle furniture co. said...

so cute elyse! potsie would have fell head over heels!!!: ) r u beaching it today? :) have fun in this perfect weather we r having!

Katy Noelle said...

Very cute and, Elyse, I love your style. I still remember how fun it was to watch you pick the perfecto thing to go to see Martha Stewart. Also, I do love your cardigans - I'm a sweater girl, too but - in the summer....

I like this company's creed! I'll go check it out!=]

Love, Me! xo

{oc cottage} said...

Way cute! There stuff is a-dorable...and if you want to try for another dres, I'll be doing a give away next week!;}

m ^..^

Roselle said...

Hello Elyse:

That dress looks ADORABLE on you. Pretty amazing considering you chose it w/o trying it on.

I am going to check out that site. I love a good retailer that celebrates hips and curves ;)

Happy Holiday Weekend!


birdie blue said...

don't you looks sweet, elyse.

love the shade of blue.


Cottage 1945 said...

You look so pretty in your new dress!

NanaDiana said...

Oh! You are just cute in that dress! I have never ordered from them but I noticed that Ceilo over at TheHouseInTheRoses got a dress from there too. It too is darling. I wonder how it will wash being a stiffer material? Sure LOVE the color! xo Diana

Rustique Gal said...

Elyse, the dress is pretty on you. Just catching up on your latest posts. I love the pretty mess one! I often take pictures of messes, but seldom have prettied up for pictures after! I have too much stuff and I'm tired of moving it around. I'm looking at your after pictures for inspiration!

Jill said...

Elyse, that dress is so adorable-- and so are you!


Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

Aw you look so cute! Btw, I love both articles you have in Romantic Country and Romantic Homes magazines. I am so excited to try the "Hankercheif Trick" somewhere in my home! I have to admit, I feel kind of like a dummy for never have thinking of it before...I've lots of those clippies for curtains. Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration! Hope you are enjoying your summertime with your boys!!

debi said...

Oh, you cutie Elyse! What a fun summer dress!