It’s Halloween season already, and my husband and I have already started planning our costumes and decorating our house. Because we work at a school, we always dress up for the kids and they love it – particularly his costume because he always goes all out. He went on a school trip to Japan over the summer, so he decided to do a “funny” costume and go as a geisha. My costume is based on one of my favorite movies of the summer: Maleficent. I actually went thinking I wasn’t going to like it since it was so hyped up, but I ended up LOVING it.
So I began my search for a costume online. The kids loved the movie too, so I really want this costume to be OVER.THE.TOP! The problem is, every costume I’ve found online has gotten fair to poor reviews, and that just won’t do. ;) So I decided to get a little creative and build my own DIY costume working with some AMAZING sponsors. Please take the time to check out their websites not only to see if they can add something to your costume, but to your wardrobe as well!
Please bookmark this page. I’ll be adding more sponsors and costume pieces as they come in, and once the costume is complete, I’ll be photographing and creating a video of the entire costume after I’ve “become” Maleficent!
Provided by: Ever-Pretty Dresses
Provided by: GabbyLucha on Etsy
TURBAN (For Headpiece)
Provided by: K and Katie on Ebay
Provided by: Fashion Catch Boutique on Ebay
STAY TUNED: MORE TO COME!
DIVA TAUNIA SOCIAL MEDIA:
Now folks, you may have heard that I have been under the weather a bit, but FASHION STOPS FOR NO ILLNESS! (I am pretty sure the recently deceased and always impeccably dressed fashion darling Joan Rivers would agree with me on that!) SO, while I get myself on the mend, I have a couple of lovely little giveaways for you today(active now), and the winners will be announced on my radio program on Monday, 9/22/14 at NOON, PST. Let’s take a gander at what we’ve got to give away, shall we? And don’t forget: with Halloween just around the corner, you could easily turn this rockabilly hip chick into a patriotic martime All-American girl!
To enter the raffle is simple, just click on any of th graphics below:
Please be sure to check the size chart, as this las little stretch and runs 1-2 sizes smaller, unless you have a teeny waits! :)
Click on either graphic to find out how to win, but here are the official rules:
1. You must “LIKE” their Facebook Page (Extra Kudos to you if you encourage others to do the same!) +1 entry
2. Send an email to email@example.com and ask to be on their mailing list! +5 extra entries
3. Leave a comment on their Facebook Page saying “Diva Taunia and The Dress Addict.com sent me!” on their Facebook Page + 4 extra entires
5. Join the Diva Taunia Newsletter HERE for 3+ entries!
Show the love, and win the dress!! xoxo Diva Taunia & The Dress Addict.com
So you’re probably wondering: “what happened to this month’s Dress-A-Pa-Looza event??” You didn’t miss it, don’t worry! Sometimes real-life has to be a priority and that’s what happened this month (September 2014). But not to fear. We will be back in action in October with some AMAZING clothing AND….everyone’s favorite….COSTUMES!
In addition, I’ll also be posting some new reviews, deals, and discounts throughout the month, so be sure to keep checking in. And feel free to post your photos on our Facebook Wall as well. Just be sure to give the company some love and link to their page.
Thanks, Fashionistas. Will be back with some more great stuff soon!
You may have noticed that I’ve been highlighting more than just dresses here on TheDressAddict.com. I’ve been extremely fortunate to have such great subscribers and fellow fashion-addicts, now in addition to dresses, I’ll be highlighting some of the most fabulous fashion accessories to the lineup as well. (Don’t worry: you’ll still see TONS of dresses here!) My review today is for one of my accessory obsessions: HANDBAGS! I got in touch With Bag Inc and got a beautiful Two-Way Leather Backpack/Handbag: I got this one specifically because I knew I was going to be visiting San Francisco with my family, walking around the Pier and touring Alcatraz. The last thing I wanted to worry about was a heavy bag, so I thought this would be a perfect alternative: and I was right! First – plenty of storage in this, which is exactly what I need because I tend to bring anything I could possibly need with me wherever I go. (I’ll be the old grandma with tissues, band aids, denture cream, and a hairbrush…guaranteed.) I love that the front has both a latch compartment and a zip compartment. On the flip side, there’s another zip pocket that was roomy enough to hold my Samsung Galaxy 2 plus extra stuff. Inside, the space is HUGE – you could fit a few paperback books and a bunch of stuff in there. The storage is definitely just like a backpack, but it’s really cute like a handbag. You can wear it over the shoulder (photo left) or very, very comfortably as a backpack. What I especially liked is that the straps are not large and gaudy – very petite and pretty, actually. I love the look of it, and just today when I went to see my dentist, all the gals in the office commented on how much they loved the bag. It is DEFINITELY a keeper! (And believe me, it was SO nice to have the backpack versatility as I walked around San Francisco for two days.) Here’s a bit more about BagInc.com (from the website):
Remotely operating from Paris with an office and warehouse in Hong Kong, Baginc is comprised of a team of energetic fashion aficionados with a passion for celebrity style bags, fashion handbags. Our international coverage gives Baginc a unique edge, one that allows us to deliver the hottest bags to clients all over the globe.
Our team members are no strangers to fashion. Originating in France, we share the country’s inherently discerning eye for couture. Since 2004, we have been on the forefront of fashion, tracking trends, networking in the news. After much success in the shops, we decided to bring these fashion bags directly to you and voilà, trendy affordable handbags are born!
And here is a direct link to the bag I got if you’re interested in purchasing one. It comes in multiple colors, and is worth every penny!
And here are the links to all of their social media pages as well:
Thanks to the lovely folks at Bag Inc. for this fantastic convertible bag. I love it!
First, a HUGE thank you to the wonderful companies that sponsored today’s Dress-A-Pa-Looza giveaway:
It is because of the generosity of our sponsors that we’re able to offer The Dress Addict fans and subscribers such wonderful gifts each month. Please be sure to stop by and visit their websites, and remember to use the coupon code DRESSADDICT when shopping for a discount.
And now…onto our winners!
$100 Daddy-O’s Gift Certificate Winner: LeAnn Bunch Banding My Belly
Lavender Drop Freshwater Pearl and Diamond Pendant Winner: Nupur G
$50 Indulgera Online Gift Certificate Winner: Kathy Rick Draper
Thanks to everyone who joined in the fun and entered our raffles.
Be sure to mark your calendars for our next Dress-A-Pa-Looza Giveaway:
Tuesday, 09/02/14 @ noon PST
And to make sure you don’t miss a thing, connect with us on social media!
Ok, I am admittedly VERY late getting this info up for you all! I just spent the last two weeks enjoying California with my family, so work was pushed aside for a bit. For more of these companies, I got some extremely lovely and glamorous gifts to review, which I will do as a separate post. Here, I’ll just let you know all about the company, the prizes you can win, and how to enter!
Remember, all of these companies VERY generously offer our readers and fans prizes, so please show the love by checking out their websites and social media pages.
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:
1) The company info and logo will be posted. You can click on the company logo OR the web address to go directly to the entry form, but you’ll also see other links to do that as well.
2) Most companies offer a shopping discount using the code DRESSADDICT, so be sure to look for that!
3) Only one prize per winner for the show. I want it to be as fair as possible and give everyone a chance to win!
4) Leaving comments here on the blog means extra love and extra entries. :)
5) Sharing the blog on your happy social places sends much good karma your way.
If you have won a prize, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
Name – Prize you won – Email or Shipping Addres – Prize you select (if needed)
Green Necklace Set Winner: Ana Story
Black Necklace Set Winner: Andrea L. Mikels
$10 Amazon.com Gift Certificate: Katt McMaster Whosoever
$40 Sincerely Sweet Boutique Gift Certificate Winner: Deidre Chinadoll Le Doux
Dress from Anatomie Style Winner: Dawn Estle Whittenhagen
Booty Shorts from Wink Shapewear Winner: Sherry Kalei Bumgardner
Harvey Prince Perfumes “Journey” Winner #1: Paula Caudill
Harvey Prince Perfumes “Journey” Winner #2: Krys Runsen Lattes
Harvey Prince Perfumes “Journey” Winner #3: Rochelle Haynes
$50 Ever-Pretty Online Gift Certificate Winner: Maureen Simiyu
$50 UOI Online Gift Certificate Winner: Denise Winebaugh Scull
$25 Junie Blake Online Gift Certificate Winner: Terri Cullen
Congratulations to all of today’s winners! Don’t forget to save the date for the next giveaway program:
Tuesday, 8/5/14 at NOON, PST!
Please thank our generous sponsors by visiting their websites and social media and consider making a purchase using the promo code “DRESSADDICT” !
PLEASE NOTE: To make sure the raffle is fair and everyone gets a chance, entrants can only win one prize per giveaway show. If your name gets called for a second prize (random raffle drawing, so we won’t know until showtime), we respectfully ask you to be understanding and let others have a chance to win as well.
If we get duplicate winners, we will draw again for a first-time winner. :)
HAVING PROBLEMS WITH ANY OF THE RAFFLE ENTRIES? Please tell us here: email@example.com
We’ll give you an extra raffle entry for notifying us!
On Tuesday, 7/1/14, I’ll be giving away some pretty amazing prizes on The Backstage Pass Radio Program at NOON PST. Please mark your calendars and bookmark this blog entry – ALL of the prizes and submission info will be posted here! Please make a note of the radio show link, phone number, and bookmark this blog entry! :)
Backstage Pass Radio – July 1st Dress-A-Palooza Episode – CLICK HERE
Phone # 347-857-2052
Chat opens 15 minutes before showtime.
Tuesday, July 1st @ NOON, PST
So now, onto the good stuff – the super-generous sponsors and prizes!
EASY LINKS: THESE LINKS ALL GO DIRECTLY TO THE RAFFLES, FOR QUICK ENTRIES!
(Otherwise, click on the logo or photo in each prize description section to enter!)
WINK BOOTY SHAPER SHORTS RAFFLE
ANATOMIE STYLE DRESS RAFFLE
SINCERELY SWEET BOUTIQUE RAFFLE
HARVEY PRINCE PERFUMES RAFFLE (3 WINNERS!)
EVER-PRETTY DRESSES RAFFLE
UOI CLOTHING RAFFLE
JUNIE BLAKE RAFFLE
$25 Online Gift Certificate to Junie Blake Clothing!
15% discount using the code DRESSADDICT
Junie Blake is where modest meets fashion forward thinking and great design taste. Our line of trendy and fashionable women’s clothing has been tailored to fit your style and your life, and our colors and cuts are sure to impress. Check our full line of nice dresses, dressy tops, or our beautiful skirts!
PRIZE: $50 ONLINE GIFT CERTIFICATE!
UOI Boutique (UOIOnline.com) is a trendy one-of-a-kind women’s boutique run by a group of driven women who love fashion! They focus on bringing you the latest fashions and styles daily. With a style that is trendy and unique, and our goal is to make sure you stand out in a crowd! Being social is our other passion, and we have a profile on just about every social network our there. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for cute outfit ideas, fashion eye candy, and the occasional sale!
PRIZE: $50 ONLINE GIFT CERTIFICATE!
I absolutely love working with Ever-Pretty because I think they offer some truly gorgeous dresses at very affordable prices. They also come in a huge range of sizes, so they really cater to every gal out there! And now, you can win a $50 Online Gift Certificate to get yourself some serious glamour! Be sure to enter the raffle now!
PRIZE: THREE Winners !
Bottle of Perfume Journey 50ml/1.7 oz ($55 value)
Harvey Prince has very generously offered not one, not two, but THREE bottles of their lovely sent “Journey” for our fans! In addition to all of their lovely perfume scents, they also offer some very, very pretty scarves.
PRIZE: A pair of Booty Shaper Shorts in your size!
20% DISCOUNT WHEN SHOPPING USING CODE: DRESSADDICT
REVIEW: Booty Shaper Shorts
Plain and simple: I am IN LOVE with these shaper shorts! I’ve mentioned in the past that I love swing dancing, and part of the fun is wearing all the swishy dresses that fly around when you twirl. As a post-op gal, there are portions of my legs that I’d prefer to not have on display, so shaper shorts like these are ideal for wearing something cute to cover up and feel confident when dancing.
I have several pairs of these types of shorts from various companies that I love, but this was the first time I’ve tried the Wink Booty Shorts and I swear to you: they are the most amazingly comfortable, cute, and truly shaping shorts that I’ve ever worn. My pic is sitting down because honestly, no one needs to see my poochy belly, but these are incredibly comfortable and I want them in a bazillion different colors. And YOU can win a pair of your very own by entering the raffle…so go! Go now and enter! :)
PRIZE: Your choice of dress from Anatomie Style!
10% DISCOUNT WHEN SHOPPING USING CODE: DRESSADDICT
REVIEW: Monika Ballerina Dress in White
For some reason, I’ve always stayed away from white dresses. I’m not sure why since they always look so clean and crisp, but I just never thought it would look right on me. I’m glad I took a chance and got this beautiful white Monika Ballerina dress, because I LOVE it!
It’s super-comfortable and easy wash and dry cotton jersey knit. I’m traveling to San Francisco next month, and this will be an easy piece to throw into my suitcase and take out and wear with no ironing. Plus, the ruched middle in super-flattering for a gal like me with a poochy midsection: it hides everything that needs hiding. :)
Enter now and you can win one of your very own – or any of their other gorgeous dresses! Go and enter now!
PRIZE: $40 ONLINE GIFT CERTIFICATE TO THE SINCERELY SWEET BOUTIQUE!
15% DISCOUNT WHEN SHOPPING USING CODE: DRESSADDICT
REVIEW: Ethereal Beings Lace Tiered Maxi Dress – LOVE!
First, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this dress was actually much more “dressy/special ocassion” than it looks! This is so pretty, and even my husband Jake commented on how feminine and pretty it was when I took it out of the package to show him. The material is VERY light and see-through, so wearing something underneath is a must. It comes with a nude – color cami, but I skipped that in favor of my own nude color shaper slip, which worked perfectly with this.
I felt VERY girly and pretty in this, and when the wind blew, it flowed so nicely. Easy lace and poly wash and dry care too! Enter the raffle now to get one of your very own! CLICK HERE TO ENTER
GENERAL RAFFLE: SPONSORED BY DIVA TAUNIA AND THEDRESSADDICT.COM!
Enter the general raffle to win any of the following great giveaways:
STAY TUNED FOR MORE GREAT PRIZES TO BE ADDED SOON!
As many of you know, we just held the inagural “Dress-A-Pa-Looza!” contest here on The Dress Addict.com. (Don’t forget to mark your calendars for NEXT month: Tuesday, July 1st at NOON, PST!)
The dress you see above came after we began the promotion, so I’m only able to get to reviewing it just now. BUT, I have to say, I absolutely ADORE IT. It’s totally retro and cute, and the construction is so well-done!
The Natalie Dress features a decorative front placket with 5 buttons and square neckline. Pleated cap sleeves and a princess seamed tulip skirt give you an extra girly silhouette. Saving the best for last; the cut-out back view makes your exit as stunning as your entrance! The model they have pictured is 5’8″ and wearing a size Large. I am 5’7″ and also wearing a size large. Their sizes are very generous, which I like because I can’t even remember the last time I bought a dress in a size large. ;ol
Made from High Quality 100% Cotton. All Cherry Velvet dress are 100% Made in Canada!
At the time of the promo, they were offering a 20% discount using the code DRESSADDICT, so give it a try!