Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Spring Scene Review and Giveaway...yep, I said GIVEAWAY!

It is no big secret that I am a DownEast Basics fan (in life, blogging, and on Facebook) so when they contacted me about a review and giveaway I thought it had to be dreaming. That was an easy one......YES please!!!! You can see some of the pieces I have worn recently from DownEast here

The hardest part was narrowing it down to one item to review. In fact, this proved to be so difficult that I ended up giving them three options and asked them to make the final decision. I am really glad they chose the Spring Scene Skirt because it is a beautiful budget friendly way to join in on the floral pencil skirt trend. To me, it is reminiscent of the Penciled Abronia Skirt from Anthro.

All of my skirts from DownEast Basics (and trust me, I have a lot) are A-lined and sit lower on the waist so I was really curious as to how they would do with more of a fitted, pencil shape. They did not disappoint one bit. The cut is very flattering and it is fully lined to avoid being see through. I love that it is a more mom friendly fabric that you could even wear at the park but without sacrificing any of the style. Oh, and the colors are really beautiful, deep magenta-y fuscia with navy, green, periwinkle and white. Did you see the green piping around the waistband? I love that detail. I see a lot of outfit possibilities.

This is a size 6 which is one size smaller then I normally would wear in bottoms. It is a little tight on my curvy hips so I would say it is running TTS. If you go between two sizes, I would go with the smaller (comes in sizes 0-14). I styled it a few ways for you to show how versatile this can be...
                                   
cardigan:Loft, tank:J Crew, Shoes: Banana Republic Outlet (old)
double breasted cardigan/jacket: Banana republic, tank: J Crew, Belt-Loft, Shoes: Banana Republic

Victoria look-a-like blouse-Loft, Shoes-Apt 9 from Kohls

So, I am loving this skirt, what about you......you want one too? Well, you can win one here:

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES

1. This giveaway is open to anyone who hasn’t won a DownEast Basics blog giveaway within the last 90 days.
2. Visit DownEast Basics website and let me know what your top two wishlist items are. Make sure to leave your name and email in the comment (if they aren't accessible through blogger).
3. For a second chance to win, become a follower and let me know in a seperate entry. If you are already a follower, let me know that too :)
4. It's that simple!

**last day to enter is Tuesday, April 13th at 6:00pm. Winner will be announced the following day**

Stay tuned for a swimsuit review and giveaway coming soon too!

102 comments:

Michelle Q said...

Yay Debye! That skirt looks FANTASTIC on you!

This is so timely as I was just looking at DEB this morning and contemplating a pencil skirt. A-lines don't work for me, but I'm totally a pencil skirt gal. My top two wishlist items are the Breathtaking Beauty skirt and the All Hands on Deck skirt.

My name is Michelle and email is meshellquint@gmail.com

Chasing Davies said...

so hard to pick two things - I love DownEast Basics. My two picks:

All Hands On Deck Skirt
Fresh Flowers Maxi Dress

MeggyD
ChasingDavies@gmail.com

Kate said...

cute skirt! i like the Razzleberry Skirt and the Kaleidoscope Shirt (polka dot). i never heard of this site before your blog but have checked it out a few times since. thanks! kate (cmf221 at hotmail.com)

if they are looking for feedback: they have quite a few cute things, but they really need help merchandising! very frustrating that you can't see the item in EACH color/pattern. they should also show the product from different angles.

T said...

I like the Kaleidoscope top & the short sleeve cardigan.
Tara
huffychic@gmail.com

T said...

follower
Tara
huffychic@gmail.com

amers72 said...

Love the breathtaking beauty skirt for myself. Saw a few other cute items for women but also checked out the girls section and thought the dresses were adorable. So my second choice would be the rows of ruffles dress for my daughter.
Amy
amers72@hotmail.com

amers72 said...

follower
amers72@hotmail.com

The Chic Chauffeur said...

You are rocking that skirt! It is one of my picks... So the spring scene skirt, and then I have been looking for quite some time at the good point top.... Are the tops also true to size?

Sarah
sarahpetz@me.com

The Chic Chauffeur said...

....and now I'm following you officially :)

sarahpetz@me.com

janet said...

All Hands on Deck
Sun and Sand Skirt

Thank you for this great opportunity!
Love your blog~
jmoruzzi@gmail.com

Tina Z said...

I really like the spring skirt you have on and the kaleidoscope top. Love this site, thanks! tzappile@gmail.com

Tina Z said...

Follower as well, thanks so much! tzappile@gmail.com

Marley said...

Just two? I'm in love with the Really Regal skirt and Kaleidoscope top. And a whole bunch of other items!!

Thank you!
Marley
marleypugh@gmail.com

Marley said...

And I'm already a follower :) marleypugh@gmail.com

legalstyle said...

I love the way you styled these outfits!

I'd love either the atlantic skirt (http://www.downeastbasics.com/atlanticskirt.aspx) or the rasta ruffle dress (http://www.downeastbasics.com/rastaruffledress.aspx)

Chelcie said...

I love the Made in the shade dress & the Rasta Ruffled Dress.

Mostly, I LOVE the styling in pic #2. CUTE belt.

I'm already a follower.

Erin said...

I love the Key Lime skirt and the Le Petit linen dress. They're really cute -- I'm not familiar with this line. And I love the skirt you modeled -- it looks great on you and the outfits are great -- I especially like it with the navy cardi!

Heather Feather said...

Riveria tank swim suit top and He loves me dress

Thanks!

Heather Feather said...

I'm already a follower!

Peggy said...

Whoo- hoo! I just blogged about DownEast Basics! Super cool! My favs right now are Centerpiece Dress and Breathtaking Beauty Skirt! Thanks for the giveaway!!

Peggy said...

I'm already a follower! I love how you styled that skirt 3 ways - AND I went to Macy's and got my lip stuff and free gift! Thanks for the tip!

ShyGirl said...

What cute items! I love the Breathtaking Beauty skirt and the Lace Tee!

Morgan, morganbstewart@gmail.com

ShyGirl said...

And already a follower :)

Anonymous said...

The free form and stroke of art skirts are my favorites - I'm all about colourful, spring looking skirts these days. I must be getting ready to emerge from my winter hibernation.

you (dot) r (dot) it @ gmail (dot) com

PS I LOVE your blog. It's one of a small handful I check each day. And as an adoptive mom who has considered fostering another child, you're inspiring.

Lauren Tarpley said...

Great giveaway!
My favorite DEB items right now are Falling Star skirt and Smell the Roses top!

Lauren, ltarpley2008@yahoo.com

Lauren Tarpley said...

And I am now a follower of your blog!
:)

marlene said...

That skirt is definitely one of my picks. Also the Crystal Clear Skirt.

Jenni said...

I love Downeast!!! My two favorites right now are:
1. Spring Scarf Cardigan in pink
2. Miss Slim Skinny Crop

what a fun giveaway! You look so cute in your new skirt!!
-Jenni

Jenni said...

I'm now officially a follower! I thought I already was! All well. Important thing is I am now! =)
-Jenni

starla729 said...

what cute affordable stuff! love the skirts, especially the one you are wearing and the Spring A Ding Ding Skirt

starla729 at yahoo dot com

starla729 said...

i'm a follower too :)

spiffy said...

wow, what a great giveaway. I am a big fan of the Kaleidoscope shirt and the falling star skirt- and a bunch of others! I am also a follower... btw you look so gread in that skirt- super flattering!

E Hayes said...

wow, I'm so glad I became a follower last night! I've actually never really looked at DownEast Basics, but I'm so golad I have now so cute and amazing prices!

The skirt is amazing. I love the Rose Garden Cardi and the trolley tee in berry...

Ashley said...

I am loving the spring scene skirt and also made in the shade dress! I love all the ways you have styled the skirt! So cute!
Ashley, ashjones7@gmail.com

E Hayes said...

... ok follower follow up comment :)

Ashley said...

I am already a follower!

MMM said...

WOW~ what a fantastic giveaway! I had never heard of DownEast Basics until I saw you feature some of their items here on your blog! :)
As hard as it is to just pick 2 favorites, I'd have to say I like the:
1. Spring Scene Skirt (you sold me on that one)
2. Kaleidoscope Top

Their swimwear is calling to me too though!! =P

MMM said...

I am already a follower!!

holly(.)leiskau(@)gmail.com

Norma said...

I am loving loving the He Loves Me dress and the Grape Escape skirt. How cute are they?! Great giveaway!

Norma
erosa17(at)gmail(dot)com

Norma said...

P.S. I'm a follower too :)

Norma
erosa17(at)gmail(dot)com

Chloe said...

Loving the spring scene skirt for sure! Second choice would be the falling star skirt - simple and still so cute!

Chloe
chloewang25@gmail.com

Chloe said...

Follower!

Chloe
chloewang25@gmail.com

Aynna banahna said...

I love the sunday best dress and watercolor top.

Aynna banahna said...

Already a follower

aynnae@gmail.com

AppGal said...

Oh my goodness, such cute things for Spring! and so reasonably priced, too! It was hard to narrow down to 2 items...but I am really loving 1) the Razzleberry skirt and 2) Flower Shop dress. Awesome giveaway!

AppGal said...

Also, am a follower already! :)

Lisa_Groves said...

I'm so glad that you introduced me to DEB! I love the Spring Scene skirt that you're wearing...it looks fantastic on you. I'm also loving their Breathtaking Beauty pencil skirt. I noticed that they also have great, inexpensive jewelry as well! Just wanted you to know that I am a 35 year old mother of 4 (3 boys, 1 girl) who loves fashion and was thrilled to discover your blog. I look forward to reading it while I'm having my coffee and bagel in the morning. Thanks again!
Lisa email: lisa_groves@msn.com

jcrewphd said...

I'm already a follower!

Kelsey Kim said...

I really want just the "He loves me" dress.

Kelsey Kim said...

I follow your lovely blog of course.

jcrewphd said...

I like the Flower Shop Dress and your Spring Scene Skirt! Love the colors and prints!

jcrewphd at gmail dot com

Amy said...

Hi Debye! I found DEB through your blog and I love their clothes and especially the prices! I have a cardigan and 2 skirts and a necklace (none of which are online anymore) and I love the fit and quality--esp. when they are so affordable! My top pick is the Spring Scene skirt which looks fab on you! I've been eyeing it for a few weeks already! Love all the ways you styled it. My second pick is the Breathtaking Beauty skirt. Thanks for doing the giveaway!

Amy said...

And I'm already a follower! Love your blog!Thanks!

robyn said...

I've never seen Downeast Basics before, but looks like a great line - great price points, too.

My top picks are the Spring Scene skirt (your pics sold me) and the Kaleidoscope Top (the floral print looks pretty - wish they had a bigger swatch!)

Thanks for a great contest. My email is robyn.brewer1(at)gmail(dot)com

robyn said...

I'm a follower, too! :)

Anonymous said...

I just starting reading your blog! Love it.

I haven't heard of this site before so I'm glad that you highlighted it today. My wish list items are:
--Kaleidoscope Top (Floral)
--Mini Flower & Bead Necklace

Linda Williams
lwilliams2009@sbcglobal.net

Anonymous said...

And, I'm following you too, on My Yahoo!

Linda Williams
lwilliams2009@sbcglobal.net

Nic said...

Love the Key Lime and Razzleberry skirts! So cute for spring/summer!

Nicole
nicole.m.ochs@gmail.com

I am a new follower! Love your blog!

amy kelinda said...

Oh wow, that skirt is amazing! And how have I never heard of this brand before?! I love their skirts! I'd love the Spring A Ding Ding skirt (haha, adorable name!) and the Wild Cherry Dress. They're so funky and adorable!

Of course, I'm also a follower, teehee!

amy.kelinda AT gmail.com

Rae said...

Great giveaway!

I love the Made in the Shade Dress and the Perfectly Pretty Skirt.

grygier44[at]yahoo[dot]com

Rae said...

I am a follower!

handbags*n*pigtails said...

Ive been one of your followers since the early days and have loved you since:)
Sarah
HandbagsnPigtails.blogspot.com
esgutierrez4@msn.com

handbags*n*pigtails said...

Ok so this may make you gasp in horror but I dont (yet!) own anything from DownEast Basics. After hearing you rave about them I requested a catalog and am in love with everything! But I dont yet own anything from there. So I think I should win!Wink wink;)
If I could choose two pieces itd be the Free Form Skirt & the Black Bead & Ribbon Necklace.
Sarah
handbagsnpigtails.blogspot.com
esgutierrez4@msn.com

Janiece said...

Can I just say I'm obsessed with the All Hands on Deck skirt in navy??? Also totally love the kaleidoscope top!! So many beautiful things to choose from!!!!

janiece.reinhardt@gmail.com

Janiece said...

thank goodness i'm also a follower!!!! yay!

Dancing as Fast as I Can! said...

HI, wow what a great giveaway! I love the Stroke of art skirt and All Hands On Deck skirt in navy. My name is Meg and my email is dmbever@yahoo.com

Dancing as Fast as I Can! said...

I'm also a follower! Thanks

Nicole Q said...

My wishlist items are: First in Line top in pastel turquoise and the Miss Slim Skinny Crops.

email: nquirico@hotmail.com

Nicole Q said...

I'm a follower - I absolutely love your style Debye!

Pamela said...

Wow! I love that skirt! So definately, the Spring Scene skirt is #1 on my list and the coordinating Corsage tee in navy is#2. I can't believe how inexpensive the pieces are. Why didn't I know about this!!?

Please enter me in this fab giveaway and of course, I'm a follower :)
Thank you!!

red_head4242(at)msn(dot)com

Southern Belle said...

I love the kaliedoscope top and the Pacific paisley skirt. The spring scene skirt is divine as well--I love all the ways that you styled it. I also can't believe the prices! Wowza!

morgan(dot)kiser(at)gmail(dot)com

overcaffeinated said...

So hard to choose. My faves are:

He Loves Me dress
Key Lime skirt

overcaffeinated(dot)mail(at)gmail(dot)com

overcaffeinated said...

I'm also a follower!

gina said...

So hard to choose just two! Narrowed it down to:
Gray Scale Skirt
Razzleberry Skirt

gnabeana at gmail dot com

gina said...

Also a follower!
gnabeana at gmail dot com

ifky12 said...

Great giveaway! Like many, I had never heard of DownEast basics before, but will definitely be checking them out in the future! My favorites are the key lime skirt, and the rose garden cardigan.

Kari
ifky12 at yahoo dot com

ifky12 said...

Now officially a follower!

gigiofca said...

I really like the grey scale skirt & the spring scene skirt. Backup likey is kaleidoscope top.

Awesome giveaway :-)

gigiofca said...

I've been a follower from the early days. ;-)

gigiofca at gmail

mollywaffles said...

From Downeast Basics, I love the 1. breathtaking beauty skirt and 2.
all hands on deck skirt is cute too.

I've been an unofficial follower for a while, but I officially signed up to follow your blog today.

alundberg23 (at) gmail (dot) com

Kristie said...

I really LOVE this skirt and Key Lime too!

jhoneycutt16@msn.com

Kristie said...

I am also a follower! I really enjoy reading your posts! They are such an inspiration!

jhoneycutt16@msn.com

Kim & Devin said...

I'm wanting the full bloom top and the watercolor top. I love the colors and patterns. I love downeast basics because they actually sell skirts that arent super short. Im 6 feet tall and so it's very very difficult to find modest skirts and they have such a great selection!

-kim welker
kimw37@gmail.com

Kim & Devin said...

im a follower :)

onomahimah said...

What fun contest...I never heard of DownEastBasics before...thanks for introducing it to me!

Wishlist items:

*SPRING SCENE SKIRT
*CORSAGE TOP navy

Hope I win :)
Elizabeth
onomahimah@aol.com

Annie said...

This site has such pretty things! Thanks for the giveaway!

My two favorite items are the breathtaking beauty skirt and the real romance bag. I wish I had enough money to purchase both!

Thank you!

anniequach25(at)yahoo(dot)com

Annie said...

I became a follower!

anniequach25(at)yahoo(dot)com

ERay said...

Wow they do have a lot of cute clothes, and the prices are fabulous! I like 1. the Sun and Sand Skirt and 2. the Spring Scene Skirt. Thanks!

eralel83@hotmail.com

ERay said...

I am also a follower of your blog!

eralel83@hotmail.com

Rachel said...

I love the way you styled that skirt, awesome! My top 2 picks would have to be the Rose Garden Cardi and the Spring Scene Skirt, both so pretty! Thanks for the giveaway!

Rachel said...

I am already a follower of your blog :)

Rachel
Rach1718@yahoo.com

Debra said...

I like the Rose Garden Cardigan and the Kaleidoscope Top.

Debra said...

I'm a follower.

Lisa_Groves said...

I forgot to leave a comment telling you that I have officially become a follower! Thanks Debye! Love your blog!!

sophiebee said...

my top two are the spring scene skirt & the adorable falling star skirt!

sophie (srochmes at gmail.com)

sophiebee said...

aaand i just became a follower : )

heidi said...

my faves are the rasta ruffle dress and the garden glam skirt. love them!
he3idi at yahoo dot com

Jennifer said...

I love the Spring Scene Skirt and Grey scale skirt - so cute!

szmom said...

Thanks for the giveaway! My favorites are the empress top and the razzleberry skirt.
Doreen
harriedwith2angels@yahoo.com

szmom said...

I am a follower!
Doreen
harriedwith2angels@yahoo.com

Jen said...

Wow, I've never heard of this brand before but I love the clothes on their site!

My favorites are:

Razzleberry Skirt
Top Tier Skirt

Jen :)
jenpawmeow at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Gray Scale & Key Lime are my favs!

SK
smilingfish75 at yahoo dot com