Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Cleava Winner


And the Cleava winner is ...



Anonymous (comment 10)! Congrats, I'll be in touch.

More giveaways soon!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Cleava Review and Giveaway


I am a big fan of the plunging neckline, and I feel fairly comfortable wearing low-cut tops and dresses. But NOT to the office. And although I can always throw a tank or tube top on beneath my outer layer, sometimes that adds more bulk and wrinkles than I'd like.

Enter Cleava. This nifty little invention is a triangle of cloth that snaps onto your bra to fill the plunge of a deep neckline. It's incredibly quick and easy to use, you can adjust placement slightly for more or less coverage, and it makes revealing clothing instantly more modest without adding an entirely new layer.


As you can see, I adore the sample I was sent to review*, and I'm excited to have a second Cleava to give away! Here's what you've got to do to enter:

  1. Be a U.S. resident.

  2. Leave a comment on this post telling us which garments this invention will render wearable for you, and A VALID E-MAIL. Comments without a valid e-mail in the comment will be disqualified.

  3. Cross your fingers!

Enter by midnight CST on Sunday, May 29, 2011. I'll draw a winner at random the following day. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!


UPDATED! If you'd like to purchase a Cleava for yourself, use code AP5OFF at checkout for $5 off! But hurry, the code expires on June 1, 2011. Thanks to Cleava for adding this bonus!

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Prairie Underground Winner


And the winner is ...




... little bean! I'll be in touch. More giveaways soon.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Prairie Underground Review and Giveaway


Oh my friends, words cannot express my excitement about this giveaway. At this point, I'm sure you're all aware of my borderline unhealthy obsession with Prairie Underground's Long Cloak Hoodies. I purchased the red one pictured above while visiting New York in February, and it quickly became my absolute favorite garment. I am not kidding when I say I'm tempted to wear it constantly, and despite the hefty price tag I've ponied up for an additional two. Yes, really. And I have absolutely no regrets.

Prairie Underground is a company that creates clothing in small batches from materials that include organic cotton farmed sustainably and remnant/salvaged fabrics. Their garments are designed and ethically made in Seattle. So THAT'S a big boatload of awesome. And, of course, their designs are fun, flattering, comfortable, versatile, unique, and utterly gorgeous. I am perfectly comfortable with my raving fangirl status, thankyouverymuch.

I got in touch with the amazing designers behind Prairie Underground - Davora Lindner and Camilla Eckersley - and they generously offered to send me a couple more designs to try out.*


Wise as they are, the ladies sent me a pair of their Denim Girdle Leggings. These are basically the only pair I've ever tried that successfully straddle the line between jeggings and jeans. They are stretchy and flexible and fabulously comfortable, and work beautifully as denim leggings.


But they also have enough detail - including cargo-like decorative seaming - and structure to work as skinny jeans, too. They launder beautifully, have a marvelously high rise, and you can see exactly how happy they make me in the three above photos.

I was also sent this Sateen Mothette dress in coral:


As you can see, this dress is utterly lovely ... but I don't feel it quite works with my figure. The dress waistline falls several inches below my own waist, and the asymmetric flap at hip-level juts out a bit more than I'd like. Looking at the website photos, however, I believe that this dress would be stunning on a gal with slightly different proportions.

So, my loss is your gain: I'm giving this dress away to a lucky Already Pretty reader! A couple of IMPORTANT things to note:
  • It is this exact dress that I'm giving away. I opened it from the package and tried it on twice. Never had it on for more than 15 minutes total, including the time it took to take this photo. But the dress is not 100% new. You've been warned.
  • This dress is a size medium. I wear a size 8 in most mall dresses and it fit me in the waist, bust, and hips. You can find a size chart for this dress here and I would guess that the dress will fit a U.S. size 6, 8, or a smallish 10. Flat measurements are 16" bust, 14" waist, 19" at widest part of hips.
  • If you have questions, you can e-mail me and I'll respond as best I can. DO NOT LEAVE QUESTIONS IN THE COMMENTS OF THIS POST. I will not respond to them.

If you enter this giveaway, you are agreeing to receive a dress that has been tried on by me and fits the above specifications. If you don't like it, it doesn't fit, or you didn't carefully read these detailed disclaimers, that's on you, kitten. No returns, exchanges, or complaints. Got it? Great! Here's what you've got to do to enter:

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling us how you'd style this amazing dress, and A VALID E-MAIL. Comments without a valid e-mail in the comment will be disqualified.

  2. This contest is open to international readers. I'll be mailing the dress myself, so it might come slowly ... but it'll come!

  3. Cross your fingers!

Enter by midnight CST on Sunday, May 15, 2011. I'll draw a winner at random the following day. This giveaway is open to everyone, including international readers. Good luck

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WEN Winner


And the winner is ...


ilana! Congrats, lady, I'll be in touch.

More giveaways right away!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

WEN review and giveaway



I've chatted with you gals a lot about haircare, shared my own recommendations, and taken many of yours to heart. On reader advice, I explored the DevaCurl line a bit and found it to be fairly good with my wild curls and waves, but not quite perfect. After several weeks, my hair looked lank and greasy and, unable to power through the lankness, I'd break down and wash it with a low-sulfate shampoo.

After I'd gone through this cycle for several months, the folks at WEN dropped me a line. This was another product set that Already Pretty readers with curls had recommended, and I was eager to try their cleansing conditioner. I was sent a huge bottle of the Lavender Cleansing Conditioner* and have been using it for about two months now.

And I'll level with you: Still not perfect. I exercise A LOT and also need to wet and apply product to my hair daily with my current haircut. That combination of factors means that my hair gets dirty and collects buildup. So I'm doing a low-sulfate shampoo one a week, or every two weeks. BUT! The WEN cleansing conditioner does in one step what the DevaCurl products do in two, which saves me loads of time. The WEN product makes my hair feel clean and soft, and actually helps it work better with my styling products; I've noticed that my hair gets a lot less crunchy than it used to, and I haven't changed products or amounts. And it smells heavenly!

I've got a 16 oz bottle of the Lavender Cleansing Conditioner to give away to a lucky reader!
Here's what you've got to do to enter:

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling us one tidbit from your current haircare routine, and A VALID E-MAIL. Comments without a valid e-mail in the comment will be disqualified.

  2. This contest is open to international readers. I'll be mailing the book myself, so it might come slowly ... but it'll come!

  3. Cross your fingers!

Enter by midnight CST on Sunday, May 8, 2011. I'll draw a winner at random the following day. This giveaway is open to everyone, including international readers. Good luck!

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Beautiful You Winner

 

And the winner is ...



... anonymous at comment 36! I'll be in touch.

More giveaways soon!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Beautiful You Book Giveaway


Several weeks ago, I was lucky enough to convince talented author and body image expert Rosie Molinary to write a guest post on strategies for delight. Do take a peek at it if you haven't already, but now I'm thrilled to have a copy of her recent book - Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance - to give away!

Rosie's book guides women of all sizes, shapes, colors, ages, and orientations through one year of daily self-acceptance. But don't go thinking this book is chock full of cheesy, over-generalized affirmations; Beautiful You is sincere, insightful, and supportive without ever getting preachy or condescending. If you're struggling with your self-image right now, and could use the constant reinforcement and guidance that a body-image-focused daybook could provide, this is your lucky day, my dear.

Here's what you've got to do to enter:

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling us the thing your body does that makes you the proudest, and A VALID E-MAIL. Comments without a valid e-mail in the comment will be disqualified.

  2. This contest is open to international readers. I'll be mailing the book myself, so it might come slowly ... but it'll come!

  3. Cross your fingers!

Enter by midnight CST on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. I'll draw a winner at random the following day. This giveaway is open to everyone, including international readers. Good luck!



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KUT from the KLOTH Winner


And the winner is ...


L! Congrats, and I'll be in touch. Stay tuned for more giveaways!