Friday, February 25, 2011

Playing Dress Up: A Giveaway ♥♥♥

Hey, I'm a girl, and we
like to play dress-up.

~Charlize Theron

Hello, sweet friends!

It's Friday and I feel
like playing dress up, today.
Forget the mukluks, parkas,
scarves and mittens....
I'm dreaming about sunny
skies and warm breezes and

LOOK what's in my 
dress-up trunk.....

Wanna play?

Sorry girls, 
this one is MINE : )
{Seriously, I just ordered it!}

I was over the moon to
discover the loveliest
on-line boutique this week 
called Shabby Apple 
and I want to share
my find with YOU!

My friend Becky would rock this dress!
The Mauna Kea.
As if the dresses weren't
enough to love, I love 
the story behind the company
even more. 

Old friends Emily and CK 
started in 2006 
after feeling frustrated at the 
lack of dresses on the market that
could be worn without needing
a tank, a cardigan, a long slip
or leggings to make them 
comfortably wearable.

{This becomes even more
challenging as you get older!}

Black Trench Coat Dress
 My mom would make this sing : )
After visiting trade shows and 
design studios {CK lives nine 
blocks from where NY Fashion
Week shows are held!} and finding
that designers weren't designing
their kind of dresses, they decided 
to encourage new fashion designers 
to create the type of designs that
 they were looking for.  Their
Emerging Designer Program is
unique to the retail industry.

She reminds me of my cousin's fiancée....
I'd wear this with little white Keds!

They also decided that a business
that helps women look beautiful
could also help women around
the world overcome poverty and 
provide a better life for their children.
Shabby Apple donates 5% of
its net sales to Unitus, which makes
micro-credit loans to women in
developing countries who want
to start a business.

Shabby Apple offers yummy,
wonderful for work, play, evenings
out and everything in between.  
CK loves to travel and incorporates
colors and shapes from other cultures
into designs for the various SA collections.
She also likes to feel like a woman,
and draws her ideas from antique
clothing.  She and Emily used to love
watching old movies together and
talking about the fashions they saw!
There is something for all ages,
from little girls to those well-seasoned.

My daughter would look sweet in this!

Each collection has its 
own story {love that, too!} 
and cool names such as

south pacific
oh la la
the silk road
all that jazz

Perfect for my sister-in-law, due in May : )
Even though they are new to me,
Shabby Apple clothing and accessories
have been featured on The Today Show, 
on-line at AOL and Daily Candy, and in 
Glamour, Southern Living, USA Today, 
Teen Vogue, People, Lucky, Self and 
Marie Claire, to name a few.  They have 
also been featured on numerous websites 
and blogs,  now including Privet and Holly : )

My niece would kick up her heels in this!
Shabby Apple has dresses for all shapes, 
sizes and ages.  I used the website's option
to Shop by Body Type.  After answering
three simple questions, I was given dress
choices based on my body type.  I have 
to say that I was wowed by all 
of the recommendations!

One of my favorites.

So that you can join in on the dress-up
fun, Shabby Apple is giving away one
of these three beautiful dresses to a
lucky Privet and Holly reader and a
10% off coupon code for everyone
at the end of this post!
Happy Talk {yellow} or North Shore {jade}

Nine to Five {green} or Five to Nine {black}


Amethyst {plum} or Azure Coast {blue}
What do you need to do to win?

First, be a Privet and Holly follower.
Then, simply check out Shabby Apple's
 dresses, here, and tell me
which collection speaks to you....
as well as which dress you would
choose should your name be drawn.

For extra chances {leave each in
a separate comment 
to increase your odds!}:

1.  Follow Shabby Apple on Facebook or Twitter
2.  Follow Privet and Holly on Twitter and 
Tweet about the Dress-up Giveaway : )

I will select a winner using
on Friday, March 4th.  The dress giveaway
is open to readers with a U.S. address.

Don't want to wait?
Start shopping with this
10% discount coupon, now: 

Can you tell that I am loving 
this special little company?

Thanks for playing dress-up with me.
You looked fabulous
 in everything you tried on!

Good luck.




Jane said...

Oh, Suzanne, what a fabulous find! It's a shame I don't live in the US. Sigh. Congrats to the lucky winner-to-be! J x

lisaroyhandbags said...

Shabby Apple has the most amazing dresses! Boo! I'm not in US - but good luck to the winner xo

Snappy Di said...

Well, I always wear black and I love the polka dot one called Jacob's Pillow! So fun!!

I love the Blacks... all of the black dresses!! They make me feel young again. And how a dress makes you feel is what's important.


Jenny Schouten Short said...

So fresh and springy. I'm ready for some dresses in Texas. xxoo jenny

A Vintage Chic said...

Oh, Suzanne! Thank-you for introducing me to this fabulous company!

As a mother who has always taught her daughters to dress modestly--and had an awful hard time finding clothes that fit the bill--this is perfect!

I'm off to check out the site--so excited!


A Vintage Chic said...

I'm in love!

My favorites: South Pacific & Yosemite! So many I'd love to see my girls, too!

I'll be back!


A Vintage Chic said...

Me again...just favorited them on Facebook...


A Vintage Chic said...

...and of course you know that I'm a very happy follower!


Carol @ A Bird in Hand said...

What an incredible website!!! I instantly saved it to my favorites for future ordering!! Thank you!!

Megan said...

I really love the Yosemite collection and I'd choose North Shore if I won the giveaway!
megangaughan at yahoo dot com

Megan said...

I liked Shabby Apple on Facebook
megangaughan at yahoo dot com

Leslie said...

I love the third dress. I follow you and now I see you have good taste in dresses too :) I love the black dress you ordered! It looks so flattering. I don't tweet or facebook, but I will "speak" it to my friends :)

Blondie's Journal said...


You are going to look fabulous in that little black dress! It is beautiful. This is an amazing website...all of the dresses have such pretty detail. I chose the La Tour Eiffel. I could just imagine wearing flats and a little beret with it! Thanks for giving me another place to shop! :-)


Rachel Noelle said...

LOVE their dresses!! Love the springy ones with the roses!!!!;) Thanks for the info!! Hugs,Rachel

French Farmhouse 425

Biz said...

Loyal follower of you blog ;)
As if you didn't know that!

Biz said...

The L'ETE dress is something I WOULD wear until it fell apart! I LOVE wrap dresses!
I also j'adore the Bon Voyage dress! stunning!

Biz said...

Shabby Apple is liked on my facebook too! ;)
Beautiful company!

Kat said...

Oh such a fun and fabulous giveaway! I love the Oh La La collection and I would choose the third dress in azure coast. (I'm a follower! :)

Linda said...

Fun giveaway! Lovely dresses! I am a facebook fan!

Kat said...

I follow Shabby Apple on FB.

Linda said...

I love the Flirty collection and would pick #3!

quintessence said...

Sounds like a wonderful company with wonderful products. Off to check them out next!!

Low Tide High Style said...

Such a great company and a wonderful giveaway Suzanne! I love the South Pacific collection, especially the dress called Pina Colada! If I win I would give my daughter dress #3 in Azure Coast match her eyes! Thanks for letting us know about them and for the chance to win!

Kat :)

Domestic Diva said...

Such great dresses. I love the flirty collection.

I'm torn between the ballerina and beauty mark dresses (and love so many others too)

lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

paperbird said...

Suzanne I love these dresses- I adore the Lois Lane- do I dare wear red!!!!!
Thank you for sharing this fun site..

Have a beautiful weekend

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

They have great dresses-i love that you don't have to be skinny to wear them.

Lisa said...

Suzanne, these dresses are so Audrey Hepburn - I love their refined but fun styles! I think I just checked out every single dress on their website, and the Ribbon Falls one in the Yosemite collection is definitely tied for first place with about 14 others!

What a wonderful giveaway - thank you for the chance my sweet friend!

Olive Cooper said...

They are very pretty and not at all fussy. I like number 3.

Farmgirl Paints said...

I WOULD rock that dress!! Ha:) I love their boutique...very fun and fancy free. So much eye candy.

deborah said...

i am a follower....and i do love their mission. :) i like so many of their pieces......the berkshires and oh la la might be my favorites.....but ask me tomorrow;)

hometown girl said...

wow what gorgeous dresses, i love black so i have to go with that! that five to nine dress i LOVE! thanks you so much for the chance!!
xo susan

hometown girl said...

i'm a P&H follower :)

hometown girl said...

following P&H on twitter!

hometown girl said...

following the Shabby Apple on twitter! i'm so excited for the chance i love the dresses!!

Lili said...

Oh that was so much fun to browse through all those collections! The Liz and Darcy one spoke to me under the Golden Gate collection. What a major cool company this is! Thanks for introducing them to us and for the chance to win one of these awesome creations! xo ~Lili

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning dearest Suzanne! THAT BLACK NUMBER YOU ORDERED? THAT IS ALL are going to look stunning in that! I was supposed to go to the Hotel Sofitel last night for a formal gala event celebrating our 20th anniversary of our school opening. Tired eyes, tired BODY and a long drive home made me change my mind....but oh, how I love to dress up! What a great are so generous! Have a wonderful day, dreaming about SPRING CHEZ NOUS!!! Anita

Happy Homemaker UK said...

These are all so adorable!! My favorite is probably the black one you ordered :) Cool company - thank you for sharing! XOL

Rene said...

These dresses would make any girl feel pretty and I do love a pretty dress. This is such a nice giveaway Suzanne.


Mona Thompson said...

Suzanne, What a great little company. I loved everything and the prices are unbelievable for the style. I loved all the blacks and thought the Cortez from the Baja collection was really cute. thanks for the introduction. Mona

Mona thompson said...

Oh, I'm obviously already a very happy follower of yours. I just liked Shabby Apple on facebook. I'll try to figure out the Twitter thing. I'll let you know if I figure out how and it works. Mona

koralee said...

No way my friend...this is amazing! I am off and running to see what lovelies I want...that green ruffled one is adorable!

Thank you for introduction this amazing company to me/us !!!

Hugs for a great weekend.

Princess and the Pea said...

Oh I would LOVe that pretty little yellow dress... shame I live in the UK :(

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pretty pink tulips said...

So mnay pretty dresses. I am a big dress girl. Rarely wear jeans. Love them all! But the Bonheur in Paris really called my name.

So fun, Suzanne!
xo Elizabeth

June said...

I just went to the site and there are so many beautiful dresses. I did see the bathing suit I have to have! As far as my favorite catagory, I loves the forties the best. But that sweet ruffly number is so me.
I loved this!
sending hugs

Joanna Jenkins said...

Essentials' VOLCANO AT MIDNIGHT is fabulous for a 50-something.

Thanks for the great giveaway. I did not know about this designer but the clothes look fabulous. Please count me in. (And yes, I'm a follower too)

Cheers, jj

classic • casual • home said...

Fabulous story..."to encourage new fashion designers" to checkout the website.
Mary Ann

classic • casual • home said...

Mary Ann

Karena said...

Suzanne I adore the Aloha Dress for fun and springtime lightness and joy. Just a fun little design!

I am following you here and both you and Shabby Apple on Twitter!

Come and enter my Artful Offering and read a great interview!

Art by Karena

Kayla McKelvey said...

What a great find! There are so many beautiful pieces to choose from. My favorite is the Trapeze from the Carousel collection! Perfect spring dress (if it ever gets here!!)


Style Attic said...

Hi there :) I came over from Pretty Pink Tulips to say congrats on the win. What a darling blog you have and I love this post/collection. I will certainly be back. Have a wonderful start to the week!

Amelia@SavoryandSweet said...

I love almost everything from Shabby Apple! My fav. is the third dress because I love the plum color. :)
I'm a follower now! Thanks for stopping by my blog last week, come back anytime.

Simple Dwellings said...

I am so happy to find you blog! I would love to be considered for this amazing giveaway! Thanks for doing this. The dresses are all gorgeous. If I won, I would love the yellow happy talk dress from the south pacific collection. Amazing! I am your newest follower!

Rhônya Holman said...

Absolutely amazing selection of dresses and photographs. Great blog happy to find it. (-:

Jeanie said...

I am so hooked. I was loving the classics! Although ooh lala and South Pacific were calling my name, too!

Kait said...

OMG... my pocketbook is going to hate this! These dresses are all amazing! I am drooling over them as we speak!!! Thank you for sharing!!!! <3

I am going to start following your blog now! Please check mine out as well.

Kait said...

I am following Shabby Apple on Twitter and tweeted about the giveaway! Hope I did it right! :)

Kait said...

I am also following you on twitter, My name is IlCoyoteKait.

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