Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tsubo Acrea Giveaway

Well. I'm not sure I've EVER been this excited about a giveaway, kittens.

The fabulous folks at Tsubo have told me that I can give away a pair of my SIGNATURE SHOES, the Tsubo Acreas. And I don't even have to give away a pair from my personal stash! Even though I have this shoe in five colors ...

Here's whatcha gotta do to get in on this action:

1. Go to Tsubo.com and pick out the Acreas you'd love to own. Make sure your size is listed in the color you want.

2. Do one or more of the following: Follow Tsubo on Twitter, friend Tsubo on Facebook, or sign up for the Tsubo newsletter (bottom right corner).

3. Leave a comment on this post with the following information: Your chosen Acrea, which way you'll be following Tsubo, and A VALID E-MAIL. (I've had to chase a lot of winners down lately, so just type out your e-mail addy, please.)

Do all of this by midnight CST on Sunday, November 1. I'll choose a winner at random the following week. This giveaway is open to everyone. YAAY!

Also, I'm pretty sure you want the black patent.


Monday, October 26, 2009

Whooga Review

So here's the deal. The good people at Whooga offered to send me a pair of sheepskin boots. And I rail against wearing these things in public fairly regularly. And, in fact, I stand by those railings. They're called Uggs because they're UGLY. And unflattering, too! What a fantastic combo.

However, I wear sheepskin slippers around my drafty built-in-1925 bungalow all through the Minnesota winter, and they keep me from losing my tootsies to frostbite. And the prospect of trading in my meager, now-threadbare slips for sheepskin up to my knees? Well, it was hard to resist THAT.

I landed a review pair of the Chestnut Sheepskin Classic Tall boots, and have worn them many times since their arrival. However,these boots will pretty much only be worn with the gooftastic PJ pants shown in the above photo. And they will mainly be worn when I'm doing this:

And for this? They are bliss. Soft and squishy and warm and delightful. I am cold all the time - even when Simon Kitty is purring in my lap - but I think these boots will help keep me from shivering as I type. They're a bit of an investment for a house shoe, but if you consider cost-per-wear, they're well worth it. And it really does make a huge difference trading in slippers that barely reach my ankles for knee-high boots. I'm not sure I've ever felt cozier.

Will I ever wear them to run to the grocery store? Not a chance. Will I wear them every day after work as I putter around the house? Most definitely.

Well, until summer anyway ...

Jbandme.com Winner

Ladies, thank you so much for all your thoughtful and heartfelt entries. I was really moved by your stories, and am grateful that you all felt you could share them. I wish I could give every one of you a tee! Sadly, I've only got the one, and it goes to ...
i_b_erin! Congrats, lady. I'll be in touch.

Come back tomorrow for yet another giveaway!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Breast Cancer Awareness Thermal Tee Giveaway

Did you know it's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month? It totally is. Hence all the pink you see in shop windows and on your wonderful fellow women. And in honor of this month and all it represents, the lovely folks over at jbandme.com want to give one lucky Already Pretty reader this stylish Michael Stars Breast Cancer Thermal Charitee.

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post saying why you'd like to own and wear this tee during National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Comment by midnight CST on Sunday, October 25, and I'll select a winner at random the following week.

This contest is open to U.S. residents only, I'm afraid. Next time, international readers! Also Michael Stars tees are one size, and run a bit small ... so bear that in mind when you enter.

Good luck to all!

20% Off at Dress Barn Through November 1!

Hey all - the good folks at Dress Barn have generously offered up this 20% off coupon! It's an in-store deal, so print this bad boy out and bring it with you when you shop.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Tsubo Kison Tall Boot Review

The lovely folks at Tsubo sent me a pair of their new Kison boots to try out, and although I thought that slight wedge was darling, I had my doubts. As you all know, I love my heels. LOVE. My flat boots get very little wear because I just feel sexier in my heeled boots.

Well, kittens, I may just have to change my tune.

Something about that ridged/lug sole makes these boots comfier than the brain can reasonably process. When I wear them, I feel like I'm walking around in slippers all day long. And after a single day of wear, I considered betraying my beloved heeled boots and just wearing these to work every single day. And possibly to sleep and bathe in as well.

I really do find them to be fantastically chic in addition to being sinfully comfy. They're beautifully made from quality materials, and include some truly thoughtful design details. There's a wavy seam that runs from toe to top that adds visual interest, and the toe itself is somewhere between round and pointed. The boots are lined with neon green leather, which is just a fun little secret to have and wear. And that wedge? Still darling.

OK, I'm sure my heeled boots will still get plenty of love this season. These Kison boots are marvelous, but decidedly sporty/tough, and that's more of a weekend look for me than an everyday look. But I was still utterly delighted with these boots. They're not exactly a basic and they're not exactly a bargain (at $180 a pair), but if you're looking for a pair of stylish boots that will allow you to walk without pain for hours on end, or a pair that hint at edginess sans chains and studs, I'd definitely recommend the Tsubo Kison.

We Love Colors Winner

And our lucky winner is ...

The Author! Drop a note to sally@alreadypretty.com, my dear. Thanks to everyone who played and, believe it or not, there will be ANOTHER contest starting tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

My Name Necklace Review

The folks over at My Name Necklace asked me to take a look at one of their nameplate necklaces, so they sent me a sample.

The packaging was really lovely - tidy and minimal, but simultaneously festive and sweet. I loved that little fold-open asymmetric box.

And the necklace itself is darling! I never wear gold, so I got mine in sterling. It's extremely bright and smooth, with clean edges. If you take a magnifying glass to it, you can see some minor scratches along the plate surface, but overall it appears to be a well-made piece.

And although the trend factor is LONG since past, what with Sex and the City being off the air for years, I'm actually tickled at the idea of flaunting my nameplate during the trend faux pas period.

If you're interested in picking one up for yourself, head on over to My Name Necklace and poke around. You can splurge on 14K gold for $139.95, or stick to sterling at a measly $29.95. Geez, am I a cheap date, or what?

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

We Love Colors Leggings Giveaway

The wonderful folks at We Love Colors recently added leggings to their amazing array of legwear, and they want YOU to have a pair!

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite of the 51 gorgeous legging colors by midnight CST on Sunday, October 18, and I'll draw a winner the following week. I think I'm supposed to limit this to US residents, but I'll open it up to all and foot the bill if an international person wins!

And if you want to up your odds of getting some free legwear from We Love Colors, be sure to check out their awesome Halloween contest ... you could win a $150 gift card!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Tolani Scarf Winner

And the winner is ...

kappapsichica! Congrats, lady. I'll be in touch. Thanks to everyone who played, and I'll have yet another giveaway tomorrow ...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Win a Tolani Scarf from Chickdowntown.com

The lovely folks over at chickdowntown.com want YOU to have this gorgeous Tolani Wine Pebbles scarf ... and so do I! Let's keep it simple, shall we? Just tell me what colors you'd wear to bring out the best in this beauty. Leave a comment, include your e-mail address, and comment by midnight CST on Sunday, October 11. I'll select a winner at random the following week.

This contest is open to U.S. residents only, I'm afraid. Sorry!

Be sure to follow chickdowntown on Twitter, too ...

Monday, October 5, 2009

ShopitUPchic Winner

And the winner is ...

Susan! Congrats, doll - I'll drop a note so you know you've won.

Thanks to everyone who participated, and I'll have another giveaway for yas TOMORROW!