Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A Giveaway to Make Swim Suit Season (a little) Easier


I don't know how it is in your neck of the woods but here in Sunny So. Cal we are climbing up to the 80's which means the dreaded "getting your winter booty that you hid in long pants back into shape for the beach" time.

No big secret, I am taller. Not amazon tall, just 5'9" have a hard time finding tops long enough tall. For me, one pieces are just a big no-no. They never fit me right , unless they are meant to pull at me like a rubberband so that the only way to be comfortable is to slouch like a humpback. A lot of tankinis are too short or they ride up exposing the dreaded spare tire, muffin top....you get my drift. I gain my weight in my mid section so the last thing I need is a tankini riding up and drawing attention to it, as if even the tank could not possibly contain my tummy flab.

Last year, after hearing rave reviews from friends, I tried out DownEast Basic's swim line and it did not disappoint. So for this GIVEAWAY, I am going to offer you what I grabbed from this summer's swim line. First up, the Oceanside Tank in Hot Pink. It is hard to tell from this picture but the chest portion is actually two layers with two straps. This gives extra support and security (no wardrobe malfunctions here) but also makes for a really cute design element. I chose hot pink because, well, pink looks so good with a tan! I love how it also has ruching on the sides which is slimming and helps define the waistline. The length  is perfect and guess what? It stays there! I found the top TTS, mine is a Medium.
Since I like to mix and match bottoms I had plenty that would coordinate with this tank so I opted for a swim skirt. I mean, the odds of me NOT spending most of the time with a swimskirt on while I chase after the toddlers is very low and I couldn't resist the femine details of the Malibu Swim Skirt in the taffy pattern. I found the sizing in the skirt a little different. If you wear the skirt up at your natural waist it fits TTS. This makes the skirt really short which is fine, it's a swimsuit afterall and it is like an adorable ruffly bottom. To make it longer (like in the picture) it is worn lower at the hips. I have curvy hips, for me the medium (my normal size) hit a little too tight here to be super flattering. If you have some extra padding here that can be, let's say er...squeezed... like me then you may want to size up one to wear it lower.
So, now that I have told you about my new swimwear I guess you'd like to know how to win one for yourself.

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES-three chances to win!!!


1. This giveaway is open to anyone who hasn’t won a DownEast Basics blog giveaway on THIS blog within the last 90 days.

**for each possible entry, leave a seperate comment so they they will be counted as individual entries (versus one)**
2. Visit DownEast Basics website and let me know what your favorite swim item is. 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. Become a DownEast Basics Facebook Fan and leave a comment letting me know. If you are already a fan, let me know that too!


**last day to enter is Monday, May 10th at 6:00pm. Winner will be announced the following day**

80 comments:

Elaine said...

i really like the Oceanside Tank in Clover.

Enter to win a photo session in Utah!
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FB @ FabulouslyBroke.com said...

My favourite is DEFINITELY the Riviera Tank & Skirt suit from DownEast Basics.

The print is fun and modern :)

http://www.downeastbasics.com/rivieratank--comingsoon.aspx

Elaine said...

I am already a follower!

Enter to win a photo session in Utah!
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FB @ FabulouslyBroke.com said...

I am following you! :) Via Google Followers.

Oh and P.S. you can contact me here:

http://www.fabulouslybroke.com/contact-me/

(I love your blog)

FB @ FabulouslyBroke.com said...

I also liked them on Facebook. That's the same as being a Fan right? I couldn't find any other link or button.

Steph said...

I'm a follower!! :)

http://goobergrapemonkeyman.blogspot.com

(and I'm 6ft1" so I know the pain of being tall)

Steph said...

The oceanside tank and the Bodega Bay bikini...swoon!!!

Kelsey Kim said...

I like the Riviera top and the bodega bay bottoms.
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Kelsey Kim said...

Already a follower. ;)
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legalstyle said...

I really like the Sausalito halter (I used to live there!)

legalstyle said...

I follow you on google reader.

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Jennifer said...

I really like the Mediterranean tank in spinach

triciathomas said...

I am a follower! You can reach me at

http://tricias-take.blogspot.com/

mollywaffles said...

I like the Mediterranean Tank in Spinach. (Guess it goes with the Waikiki bottom in Spinach?

Amanda, email: alundberg23 (at) gmail (dot) com

mollywaffles said...

I am also a blog follower

mollywaffles said...

I have also just become a D.E.B. facebook fan.

MMM said...

WOW~ Fanbulous giveaway! :)
All of their swimwear is adorable but I really like the Oceanside Tank in Clover.

~Holly
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MMM said...

I'm already a follower of your blog! ;)

~Holly
holly(.)leiskau(@)gmail.com

MMM said...

Just became a Facebook Fan of DownEast Basics!! YAY!! =D

~Holly
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AppGal said...
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AppGal said...

Great giveaway! I am LOVING the sunset swim dress--OMG, so cute!

AppGal said...

Already a follower

AppGal said...

...and I became a fan on facebook! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

Jan Russell said...

Um, SO CUTE! The swimsuit you chose is perfection, love the combination!

I am ALL ABOUT concealing my tummy flab this Summer. My favorite is the blue Hollywood Tank. Loveth.

Jan Russell said...

I am a follower. With tummy flab. PLEASE random generator have pity on me!

ifky12 said...

I love, love, love the oceanside tank and malibu skirt you chose - gotta love hot pink!

Kari
ifky12@yahoo.com

ifky12 said...

I'm already a follower!

ifky12 said...

Just became a Facebook fan of DownEast Basics!

Ashley said...

Great giveaway! My favorite is the Sausalito Halter. So dang cute! :)

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Ashley said...

I'm already a follower! ;)

Ashley said...

Just became a fan of DownEast Basics on facebook!

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Jan Russell said...

Ok - I *think* I became a fan. I clicked on the "like" button, and it now shows up on my pages in my profile. Is that right? Is liking the same thing as being a fan? I'll do whatever it takes for more chances to win this cute suit ;)

shivaya1972 said...

lov lov the sunset swim dress in floral - the yellow flowers mixed with polka dots is too cute. :))
thanks for the chance to win. :))
teri
shivaya1972@yahoo.com

shivaya1972 said...

just became a followers of your blog. :))
teri
shivaya1972@yahoo.com

shivaya1972 said...

I "liked" DownEast Basics on FB so I think I am a fan now....thx!

teri
shivaya1972@yahoo.cm

Bianca said...

Entry 1: Sign me up!!

Bianca said...

Entry 2: I am a FB fan of DEB

Bianca said...

Entry 3: My fav piece is the the Malibu swim skirt. So cute!

Angel said...

I'm thinking second to your choice would be the Rivera tank with the Santa Cruz skirt. I just came across DownEast Basics and have been happy with the shirts I have bought!

Angel said...

FYI...Became a follower too!

T said...

I like the Mediterranean Tank
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T said...

follower
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T said...

Down East facebook fan
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Liz said...

My favorite is the Oceanside Tank in pink. The swim skirt is adorable too.
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Liz said...

I became a follower of your blog. =)
elizabeth_jaggi@hotmail.com

Liz said...

Also, I'm a Facebook fan of DEB. Thanks!
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Nicole said...

I love love love the Sausalito Tank set! Super cute!

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Nicole said...

I am also a follower of your blog and love it!

nicole.m.ochs@gmail.com

Nicole said...

I am also a new fan of DownEast on Facebook!

nicole.m.ochs@gmail.com

Rae said...

For the top I love the Sausalito Halter in ocean stripe and for the bottoms I like the Crystal Cove Bikini in spinach polka dot. Great giveaway! Thanks!

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Rae said...

I'm also a follower!

handbags*n*pigtails said...

Ive loved your blog since the early days Debye!:)Im a follower of course. Thanks for a chance to win!
Sarah
HandbagsnPigtails.blogspot.com
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handbags*n*pigtails said...

Didnt realize they were on Facebook. Im now a Facebook fan of theirs!:)
Sarah
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jillw said...

I am a new follower! I love the Malibu Swim Skirt in Black. For the top, the Santa Barbara halter in black and white. Thank you!
jillnweber@comcast.net

handbags*n*pigtails said...

I love all the suits but think the Oceanside Tank(hot pink) would best suit my top half. For the bottom portion, Im at a loss but Id probably go with a skirt to hide as much as possible:)
Sarah
esgutierrez4@msn.com

Norma said...

I really like the riviera tank!

Aynna banahna said...

I love the giraffe top and the malibu swim skirt in bronze. I usually stay away from animal prints, but that top is way too cute!
Aynna
aynnae@gmail.com

Norma said...

ps. im a follower already :)

Aynna banahna said...

I'm already a follower of your blog!

Aynna banahna said...

and I'm already a facebook fan

Nancy said...

I think I like the Santa Barbara Halter the best, but in truth it is a really hard choice. Thanks for the fab giveaway.
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Nancy said...

I'm also a FB fan of Downeast. Thanks again!

Nicole Q said...

Love the Hollywood Tank - very retro looking.

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Nicole Q said...

I'm also a follower.

Anonymous said...

I really like the Hollywood tank. Too Cute!
I'm Jaime ... yeimilynn @ yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I am now a fan on DEB facebook page! :)
Jaime at Yeimilynn@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

And now I am your follower too!
Jaime at yeimilynn@yahoo.com
pick me pick me pick me!

Heather Feather said...

My favorite is the riveria tank!

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Heather Feather said...

I am a follower!

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michelle said...

Riviera tank in flower/leaf is my fave.

Sara said...

I'm a follower!

Sara
aras1221@yahoo.com

Sara said...

My favorite is the Oceanside Tank in hot pink!

Sara
aras1221@yahoo.com

Ashleigh said...

I am a new follower of your blog!

Ashleigh said...

The sausalito halter is super pretty. I like that one!

Allie said...

I love the Riviera Tank...may have to buy it if I don't win!

Allie said...

I am already a follower of yours! Love reading your blog!

Emily said...

I like the Mediterranean Tank in a small. Also in the girrafe print. Thanks

Emily said...

Never mind my comment. I didn't know when it ended. sorry

amber said...

just found your blog after seeing sets on Polyvore. Keep the ideas coming.

amber said...

I also like the hot pink and taffy combo.