Saturday, February 13, 2010

What To Wear on Valentine's Day & Shabby Apple GIVEAWAY


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Top: Kimchi & Blue, thrifted, $2 // Skirt: Target, $17 // Tights: Courtesy of We Love Colors // Shoes: Vintage, thrifted, $3 // Necklace: Gift

I know Valentine's Day induces the gag reflex in many or at least a rolling of the eyes, but I've always had a soft spot for the holiday. Not so much the landfill-destined talking bears or cheap chocolate, but the construction paper hearts with cursive handwriting and the excuse to wear lots of pink. For day, I went for a cutesy ensemble that pays subtle tribute to some symbols of the holiday.

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Dress: Courtesy of shabbyapple.com // Shoes: Forever 21, gift // Clutch: Urban Expressions, courtesy of Lucky

For night, I'm loving this delightfully dramatic black dress that shabbyapple.com sent me. The oversize bow and moldable collar make it feel event-worthy. Too bad I'm not at Fashion Week. Swanky cocktails with my beau will have to do. I kept the rest of the look simple with nude pumps, a red envelope clutch and bold lips.

And now, a Valentine for you! Shabby Apple would like to give one of my readers a dress. Check out their women's dresses. You can choose from 90 Words Per Minute, Daisy, Duck Beach and Anchors Away. Leave a comment on this post specifying your favorite, and a winner will be randomly selected next Friday, February 19th. One comment per person, please. Enter by 11:00 p.m. CST on Thursday, February 18th. Sorry, this contest is not open to international readers. Also, my readers can enter the code kansasco10off to get 10% off.

186 comments:

beedeecee said...

i love your black dress, and out of the other options the Daisy is my favorite. thanks for hosting the contest!

Michelle said...

Thanks for the fashion inspiration you give to so many! 90 Words Per Minute is my favorite. I love the vibrant color!

Heist said...

Lovely! Anchors Away is definitely my favorite. I hope I win it!

Violet said...

I am completely addicted to your wonderful blog (and I love the new haircut). I love the Daisy dress (with Anchors Away coming in a close second ...)

Nichole said...

i'm going with duck beach! i'm a sucker for patriotic colors.

heather said...

I just wanted to let you know that I think you have a lovely blog and style. I absolutely adore duck beach in red. Have a sweet valentine's day!

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crispytuna said...

The Duck beach dress is absolutely gorgeous!

I also love both of your Valentine's Day looks, and those nude tights...I think they are a great way to transition to spring and still be warm!

Christina said...

Anchors Away totally caught my eye due to the name but the dress is so gorgeous!

Grace M said...

My pick is Duck Beach, for sure!

PS: I'm loving your black dress + red lipstick. Looking lovely for Valentine's!

DMKG said...

I love your blog! I have the very same skirt and I wore it today too!
~Dana
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stylefyles said...

The Daisy is my favorite!!!! The pictures make me dream of summer escape, long drives in an old car, and house parties with the aristocracy, Great Gatsby style.

Too bad my life is nothing like that. But maybe the dress will help!!!

Anchors Away, cute too. Close second.

Love the Shabby Apple dress you are sporting too by the way. Well styled with the red clutch and lipstick!

Meg said...

LOVE your hair.

A said...

oh my so hard to choose! "90 words per minute" is my favorite but they are all great! I've been eyeing their dresses for months but havent had the cash to take the plunge yet. This would make my day!

A said...

oh my so hard to choose! "90 words per minute" is my favorite but they are all great! I've been eyeing their dresses for months but havent had the cash to take the plunge yet. This would make my day!

Tracy D said...

Ooooo Daisy for sure! How cute! Love the name too :)

Karalee said...

I am constantly inspired by your originality and style! Loved the valentine outfit. Anchors Away if I win, please!!

LPT said...

I like the "Daisy Dress" out of those listed! They're all cute!

Sidewalk Chalk said...

Love the Daisy white eyelet dress -- so gorgeous and perfect for spring/fall! Thanks for hosting this contest.

- JoAnn, Sidewalk Chalk

Tiff said...

I really love the 90 Words Per Minute Dress! Soooo cute, and it looks like it would be really comfy!

ksexton said...

I love them all, but "90 words per minute" is my favorite.

Thank you!

kristina [ the darling house ] said...

oh la la! love the black bow dress with the red lips! perfect for Valentine's! for the giveaway I would love the Anchors Away dress. thanks so much!

M. said...

gorgeous outfits, I love the black dress!

And I would love to own the Duck Beach dress, its gorgeous

lovelove, M.
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Lea's Suitcase said...

gah! i just saw that skirt at Target and they didn't have my size... super cute though! Where's your doggy??

ANA said...

Absolutely love those nude pumps, that outfit is great!

LOVE the G Cooper dress! Of the options, I think I like the Daisy dress.

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Miss M said...

THANK-YOU for the awesome giveaway!

I'm loving the 90 Words Per Minute dress. So cute! Mad Men dress-up party, anyone?

Kate said...

The Daisy dress is so stinkin' cute! I love it :-)

Rachel said...

Gorgeous! I am unfamiliar with Shabby Apple; thanks for the introduction! I am in love with the Anchors Away dress. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

Elise said...

90 words per minute is my favorite! love your blog!

Lori said...

I love the Duck Beach dress. I have no major piece of clothing that bright. I'm kind of stuck in the world of neutrals :)

Sophie said...

Love the dress! I tried on that skirt today actually and it was awful on me! haha Looks cute on you though.

Fashion Therapist said...

I have to say the Duck Beach is my fave!!!

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Emily Kennedy said...

I have actually been thinking of getting the 90 Words Per Minute dress, so I would say that's my favorite of the four. Shabby Apple has some seriously cute stuff, so appropriate for office wear.

Chelsea said...

Shabby Apple makes my dream dresses. I am in love with the Duck Beach dress.

eef said...

I love that black dress you have! very pretty!

I think 90 words per minute is my favorite. Lovely. =]

Gizelle | Vanilla Ice Cream said...

love love the sailor dress -- 'anchor's away!'

thanks!

♥ vanilla ice cream ♥

JLYoungsma said...

"Duck Beach" is lovely!

JBalloon said...

I like the Anchors Away dress!

Liz said...

My favorite is Duck Beach! What a great giveaway, fingers crossed!

Dr. Da said...

"90 words per minute" is my favorite, but a girl couldn't go wrong with any of those dresses!

Marianna said...

90 words per minute is my pick!

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Elle said...

I can't get over how gorgeous all of these dresses are, but I especially love 'Duck Beach!' I'm drooling over the chic style!!

-Lindsey

Dedicated Follower of Fashion said...

Duck Beach is my favorite!

greensandjeans said...

Duck Beach is too cute! Love the haircut!

Bridget said...

I love the nude pumps with the black dress! So pretty.
Of the dresses, I like the 90 Words per Minute the best. =]

Melissa said...

I like 90 words per minute (the blue dress with the big bow). what a beauty. so many ways i can wear it.

thanks for the giveaway. you rock.

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katheebee94 said...

i love the skirt

Chasing Davies said...

I have been wanting that Secretary Dress soooo bad!! I love it.

I love your dress too.

Meggy
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Alisha said...

The Anchors Away dress is my favorite! I hope I can welcome it to my closet.

Cambria said...

I am absolutely DYING to have the Anchors Aweigh Dress!!! It's soooo darling and so adorably vintage...just my style and my boyfriend would love it :)

Polina said...

anchors away is so cute!

Sarah Yvonne said...

I would love the Anchors Away dress. *Cross fingers*

Little Ocean Annie said...

I am also into the sweet, handmade side of Valentine's Day!

I really like the 90words/min dress!

Ali-bell said...

I love the anchors away sailor dress!
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Courtney said...

Wow, that dress looks A-mazing on you!! And I love your haircut.

I would love to try the Daisy dress. I could imagine mixing it with lots of different belts, and fitted jackets.

Thanks for offering such a great contest, I love Shabby Apple designs but have never ordered from them.

Charmalade said...

I adore both the day to night looks, but I'm in love with your nighttime Valentine's Day look! It's really classy and sexy at the same time, I love how you paired nude pumps with a bold lip.

As for the dresses, I would have to go with the Daisy dress. I don't have any white dresses, and even though I can tend to be messy... it's still so crisp and bright!

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Kristi said...

The Daisy is so cute! :)

-Kristi
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bonnie said...

I neeeeeed the sailor dress!! Anchors away!!

Mich said...

I like the Sailor's dress best!!

Lauren Paull said...

Love the Duck beach dress. Makes me dream of summertime picnics!

~Lauren

Faith said...

I'm in love with the Anchors Away dress! What a great giveaway

Monique said...

I love Duck Beach in Apple Green! It would look great with my red hair. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

Camilla said...

Love the skirt in the first picture x
Camilla

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bambi said...

duck beach is gorgeous! its the red dress that one must have to be as seductive as in the fiftys! i want one red dress like this one

Johanna said...

Duck Beach in red red red is my favorite! I would love to have a dress like that. Fingers crossed b/c I'm too broke to buy it right now. ;)

HannahandSophie said...

your new hair looks amazing by the way! i LOVE duck beach in that green! its gorgeous :) thanks for the competition xo Hannah

Eleanor said...

What a tough decision! While I adore Anchor's Away, I think I would have to select Daisy while pressed to make a decision.

They are all gorgeous!

Angy said...

I love that outfit! :D That clutch looks awesome, I've been meaning to get a good looking clutch! :D Daisy would have to be the prettiest to my taste.

Erin said...

i love the way you styled both outfits. those nude pumps are gorgeous! i love the duck beach dress, it is lush!

nicole said...

Love both outfits! The night dress is so perfect! I would have to choose Duck Beach for it's color and shirtdress style. Thanks!

Soumya said...

I love your black dress! I like Daisy the best. Thanks for having the contest!

Linda said...

Daisy would definately be super cute in the summer!
I love your night look with the nude pump, nude pumps have been stealing my heart lately.

loisbrown said...

love the "90 words per minute" - love the color and the ruching. i need it so i can get a job!

Sarah said...

I love the Daisy dress!

Thanks for a great giveaway.

Sarah

Alyson said...

I am having such a tough time finding something to wear for Valentine's Day in my closet. I'm going to a distillery and will be walking around and in a car for most of the day.

I would love the Duck Beach dress in Red. Its beautiful, and I'd love to wear it on Tuesday haha!

Kiley said...

Thanks for this opportunity!

I've had my eye on Shabby Apple for a while now, but I've been a bit too broke. My favorite of the dresses that you've listed is the Daisy, it's super cute! (though the Ingrid is my absolute favorite on the site, and I may have to splurge).

dms said...

Your Night outfit is fantastic. Cute and sophisticated.
I love the Daisy dress!

Purple Monkey Bandit said...

Beautiful dresses! I love the color of 90 Words Per Minute.

tastymoog said...

Very chic + sweet evening look. Love the neckline.

I really dig the anchors away dress! :)

tegan said...

the daisy dress is my favourite
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Elizabeth Brown said...

I absolutely adore the Duck Beach dress! The wrap top seems so flattering and the bow makes it sweet. I'd be a very proud owner if I won that dress!

elizabeth dot suzanne dot brown at gmail dot com

Francine said...

Gah! 90 Words Per Minute! That color is amazing.

I like your Valentine looks!

Mandy said...

This is a great give-away. My favorite is the 90 words a minute dress. I love the bright color and the dress could be dressed up, or dressed down.

Catherine said...

Love the "Duck Beach" with the contrasting sash!

Catherine
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Lauren said...

LOVING 90 words per minute. I've totally been feeling the turquoise lately. I just painted my nails this color last night. :) Happy Valentines day!

ejessop said...

I love the Duck Beach dress! What a great giveaway!

Also, I love your Valentine's Day looks. Hope you have a lovely holiday!

squirt said...

90 words per minute is definitely my favorite...so cute but still very work appropriate.

suburban prep said...

I love the Duck Beach.
Perfect for so many events and just perfect for every day.

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Amanda said...

Katy- Hope you and T have a fabulous day! Duck beach in red looks spectacular, and on you, I'm digging the nude hose/pumps combo.

The Cine Queen said...

Wow! That Daisy dress is soooo cute! Plus I can imagine it fitting right into my wardrobe for the spring!

Marie said...

I really love the 'Daisy' dress. Thank you for holding this contest!

Your Valentine's looks are also great. The 'Night' look has inspired me for tonight!

Erin said...

I love the duck beach dress! It's such a pretty red! Thanks for the chance to win it!

Leah Harrison said...

Aw, your dress is too cute! I love it with the clutch and nude heels.

My favorite dress is 90 Words Per Minute. It's my favorite shade of blue.

Leah (kyoko3468@yahoo.com)

Lauren said...

90 words per minute is definitely my fave! the aqua blue color is gorgeous!

Trishna said...

Hi, I love the night dress that you're wearing. Combined with you cut and the red awesome clutch you look like you'll walk the runway tonight.

But from Shabby Apple I really love the Daisy dress. It's sheer perfection in white. I do not own a single white item and this will be the most fitting first piece.

Have a happy valentines day.

Trishna

Kate said...

Def. the Daisy - so pretty. Also, love your hair. I was considering getting mine trimmed a similar way.

Elizabeth said...

I am absolutely in LOVE with the Daisy dress! It makes me wish it were summer so badly! Thanks so much for hosting the contest on your lovely blog.

Shannon said...

I love your eye! You know the art of dressing! I really love the more casual, day look with floral skirt- so valentine's-ey but not TOO sweet.

My favorite dress from Shabby Apple is definately the Daisy in white. A good blank slate to create with!

D. said...

I love those shoes!

I would love to have the Anchors Away dress. I think it would look great all buttoned up for left to hang open with a stripped shirt underneath.

angela jones said...

navy blue sailor dress! so adorable!

Libby said...

I'm going with DUCK BEACH! Thanks Shabby Apple!

Astroman said...

I love the haircut! You look absolutely adorable!

Now, if seeing you at night in the black dress didn't make the BF just want to pop the question (after all it IS Valentine's Day) then I don't know what to tell you. You looked stunning!

our time to fly said...

the 90 words per minute dress is by far my favorite! i love the bright color and the fit of the dress. Thanks for the oppertunity.

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Kimberly said...

Love the black dress with the nude legs and pumps. My favorite Shabby Apple dress of the four is Duck Beach.

Liz said...

Duck Beach is adorable! The red POPS!

Kelly said...

thanks for another contest! my fave is definitely 90 words per minute.

Katie said...

The Duck Beach is my favorite--would be perfect for work. Thanks for the giveaway!

Ess said...

Love Daisy. Reminds me of the summer!
Beautiful!

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angie said...

black dress and hair....tres chic

Rachelle said...

Cute hair, cute dress... Happy V-day! Daisy gets my pick.

crispybenfranklin said...
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crispybenfranklin said...

I forgot to leave an email! I like Duck Beach the best, I think, although they're all cute!

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Lexie said...

you look so perfect for the holiday! i think it's nice to have an extra day out of the year that directs your focus to people you love!

my pick is the anchors away dress!

Hannah said...

90 Words Per Minute has beautiful color. by the way, i really like your new haircut!

dystopianutopian said...

ooooooh! I love the daisy dress!

Ella said...

Anchors Away please!! And love your black dress!

Rachel said...

90 words per minute! looooove it! so so cute.
and i love the collar on your dress - that's awesome!

*niomi* said...

You are adorable!

And i really really heart the beautiful 90 WPM!

shealennon said...

I love your new 'do! My favorite is the 90 words per minute dress. Happy Valentine's day!

o0naunet0o said...

your evening look is gorgeous! very french chic.

the dresses are so cute, but Anchors Away is my favourite by far.

soooali said...

The Anchor Away is my fave. It looks so versitile!

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caffeinerd said...

LOVE the evening look! What a gorgeous dress. I would go for the Anchors Away dress. :)

natalia said...

Ooooh, Shabby Apple! No better source for a V-Day date dress. I've got their "Bon Voyage" dress and busted it out last night. Went over like gangbusters, it did.

I'm a fan of the 90 Words Per Minute dress. Daisy is adorable too, but the cute neck tie on 90WPM just beats everything.

P.S. -- Is that black dress you've got on the 'Casablanca'? Had my eye on that one too...

Shannon said...

I love the Anchors Away dress! Its exactly what I've been looking for lately :)

wiley said...

i love love love the '90 words per minute' dress. that would be absolutely perfect for a day at the office!

Teri said...

Duck Beach would be completely wonderful!

Thank you.

Mary said...

What a great giveaway! I love Duck Beach, thanks!

Clare said...

Aw, I love the new haircut!!! And I think I love the duck beach dress the best. yay!

MissMae said...

my favorite dress is the 90 words per minute dress!

H to the izzo said...

I like the nude tights with the nude pumps on you!

I choose the Anchors Away dress.

(was hard to choose between that and the white eyelet one!)

serendipity3 said...

i just love love love anchors away! my school has a dress code and it totally fits :)

Nora R. said...

I love the 90 words per minute dress. So Joan from Mad Men.

adventuresincookingnm said...

I love Daisy! Pick me!

BTW, I love your heels...you are getting so much wear from them! And they look great!

heidiluxe said...

i normally shy away from navy, but i think anchors away looks great! sort of "laugh in" and carol brady rolled together.

meghan said...

Anchors Away is my fave. I love anything with a retro feel.

Arlene said...

Anchors away, love the cut.
Love your haircut, looks great.
Thanks

Maggie said...

I love the 90 Words per Minute dress. Would be perfect for a sassy day at the office!

I'm crossing my fingers!
Maggie

Girl from the North Country said...

That black dress is fantastic on you, you look so adorable in both photos! And your new hair cute is also adorable!

My favorite would have to be Duck Beach, a killer red dress is just want I need in my life right now!

Cute!

Dian said...

Love the dress choices. I love the Daisy dress :) Perfect for all season.

k said...

That black dress is gorgeous on you! And if I had to choose I would pick the Daisy dress :)

Audrey said...

I chose Anchors Away because of the nautical feel and more importantly, the Peter Pan collar. I have always wanted a dress with a Peter Pan collar...I'm a fan of short bobs with cute collars!

Thanks for hosting this contest, Katy, and good luck to everyone. <3

S. said...

I love the Fifth Ave in camel - would wear it for work and play...

Lisa said...

I love the Duck Beach dress. My favorite part is the striped bow!

rebecca said...

Wow! You always do such nice give aways! I really like the duck beach dress. How fun!

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miss_meg said...

Daisy is adorable!

Allison said...

The black dress looks adorable on you!! I love Anchors Away also! There are too many good ones to pick from. THANKS!

ms_thira said...

I love the Navy Blue Sailor Dress!

Sara said...

Love the blog! You're one of my favorites. I really like the 90 Words Per Minute dress. Thank you for the giveaway!

melissa said...

I have been eyeing duck beach for a hot minute and would love it so much more if it were free! :) If not, 10% off always helps, too.

Annie H said...

I love duck beach the best! The red color is so great!

Faith J. said...

Hi there, I think I would choose the 90 Words Per Minute dress. I love that blue color! Thanks for the chance to win!
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legalfoodie said...

I love the Daisy dress - it makes me so eager for the spring and summer!!!

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Abby Laufer said...

I would pick 90 Words Per Minute, for sure. Ideal work outfit!

Paige said...

I like Daisy! Happy Valentine's Day, one day late!

Sarah said...

I LOVE the 90 words per minute dress! It's such a great color

him and her said...

Oh, the Anchors Away dress is lovely!

One Cute Mom said...

Love Shabby apple and love your style Katie

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r.winninger said...

I like 90 Words Per Minute...though I can't type that fast!

H to the izzo said...

Are those F21 shoes the Berry Platform Pumps here?: http://www.forever21.com/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=FOREVER21&category%5Fname=footwr&footwr%5Fstyle=&footwr%5Fsize=&footwr%5Fcolor=&footwr%5Fprice=&product%5Fid=2065010850&Page=3#


They look fab on you, but F21's shoes are often poorly made. Are they comfortable/worth it?

Angela said...

I look so chic in your valentine's dress! My favorite dress is 90 Words Per Minute. I adore the sexy secretary look, and the color is beautiful!

PSUCoco said...

I love the black dress you had on! It was a close tie between the Duck Beach dress and the Daisy...they are both wonderful options that would work well for work or play! :) It's really difficult to choose...but I think I have to go with Duck Beach- so fun - and unlike any other dress in my closet - even better! :)

kimvee said...

I love the black bow dress & that red reptile clutch! :)

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Typhoid Ashley said...

LOVELOVELOVE the Daisy dress. I can already picture so many ways to accessorize and change it up!

Bailey said...

I absolutely love the Daisy Dress. So timeless. I love eyelets

Bailey said...

I love the daisy dress. Eyelets are timeless

thedirtyknitter said...

i love that huge bow!!!!
duck beach is my fave - i've had my eye on it for a while now.

Adriana said...

My favorite dress is Duck Beach - so beautiful!

Hope I win :)

un bel oiseau said...

oyyyy, that duck beach one is soooo beautiful!!! and something i can totally wear to work! and your dress is fabulous! i might buy that one too! hope you had a great v day!

JK said...

I'd have to ay Duck Beach for me. I'm in love with the Anchors Away dress but I'm afraid it probably won't quite fit my figure. Bummer. LOVE Shabby Apple.
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Lara said...

Love how the black shoes contrast with the airy whites and floral skirt. And the pop of red in the second outfit is gorgeous too!
I'd have to say the Daisy dress is my favorite, it would look darling with oxfords and a straw hat.

Sushu said...

Your Valentine's Day outfits were cute!
I like the 90 Words Per Minute dress the best!

Maura said...

ooo, i like the duck beach best! that shape is always flattering--and don't have to worry about a fabric that get too clingy.

thanks so much! love reading your blog.

xo
m

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Annie said...

Anchors Away is adorable

Natalie said...

Anchors Away! is my favorite for sure. You look lovely in that black dress....very chic! :)

Marguerite said...

Hi! i love the black dress they sent you - perfect for date night ;0). My fave is the anchors away dress - married to a merchant mariner i love anything remotely nautical inspired!

ejrourke said...

love, love this look!! :)

sarah said...

i love the anchors away dress! so cute!

Sammy said...

I love duck beach and daisy. :) beautiful dresses.

Carolyn said...

90 Words Per Minute is definitely my fave! Thanks :) My email is carolynsthings at gmail dot com.

Corinne said...

Gah! Sailor dress! So awesome.

Annie, Time Enough for Drums said...

Anchors away! anne.e.cullen@gmail.com. Annie.

Sweet Sara said...

You look beautiful for Valentine's Day! I think it's a great holiday and so fun to play with fashion-wise.

And for the giveaway - I love the Daisy dress! So classic, it would become a summer favorite!! :)

speef said...

what a lovely valentine's outfit!

Here's hoping for an anchor's away dress...

Kelly said...

Sad I didn't see you out on Valentine's Day, that dress is gorgeous. I am a fan of the Anchor's Away dress.

Bridgette said...

I LOVE Shabby Apple and I am in love with the 90 Words Per Minute dress. I have had my eye on that dress for a while! :)

Marie McGrath (The Joy of Fashion) said...

The daytime skirt is so cute!!

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