Friday, June 22, 2012

Surprise!

It's been a really great week!  Here are five highlights from the last seven days:


Clockwise from top left:

1.) I now use my Peter Pan (circa 1994) mug at work, and it brightens my day.  Big girl office, big girl suit, Peter Pan mug.  I'm forever a Disney kid (even though my adult brain disagrees with some of the ideals those movies teach, but that's neither here nor there right now).

2.) Mr. TBS surprised me when he stole a kiss in the hallway at work!  (We work in the same building but for different companies.)  I got butterflies!

3.) I've realized that I must be allergic to mosquitoes.  When I get bitten (which is often here in Texas), I get golf ball-sized welts.  That is not fun, or attractive.  However, I looked up natural bug repellent recipes, and although I didn't have all of the ingredients, I did have one.  Vanilla extract.  I read that bugs dislike the scent of vanilla.  I dabbed some straight onto my arms, and guess what?  I never got bitten over the weekend.  Thank, Buddha!  I now love the scent of vanilla even more!

4.) I had wonderful phone dates with my friends Erin and Caitlin and with my dad!  It was so great to hear their voices and catch up.

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Surprise! 

My last highlight is actually for YOU, my lovely readers!  

It's a giveaway day, y'all!  Now is your chance to win a...

$75 SHABBY APPLE GIFT CARD!

Shabby Apple is an online boutique specializing in gorgeous women's clothing and fun accessories.  I love their dresses!  But let's be honest, I usually leave their site wanting 20 things.  Here are a few things I've had my eye on:








So what are you waiting for?  
Enter the giveaway and snag the gift card all for your beautiful self!

And in the spirit of spreading the love,
use promo code TRIALBYSAPPHIRE10OFF until 7/20/2012 
for a 10% discount.  How kind of them!


RULES:
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You must have a U.S. shipping address to enter this giveaway (per Shabby Apple's request).
The giveaway will close next Wednesday, 6/27/2012, at 12:01am CST.
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GOOD LUCK, and happy weekend!

As always, I'm linking up with Lauren for High Five For Friday!
This post is sponsored by Shabby Apple.

51 comments:

Rhiannon said...

I always get bitten by mosquitos! I will try Vanilla extract when Summer rolls around here in Aus.

Happy Weekend (almost!)

Amy said...

I love the Maple dress!

Empirically Erin said...

My husband is allergic to mosquito bites also!! Thanks for the tip. He will be smelling wonderful! :) Also, I am loving those flats! I need some simple silver ones.

Angie said...

Did not know vanilla helped repelled bugs. Definitely remembering that one.

Meg Cady said...

I loveeeee wearing vanilla!! I didn't know it helped with those stupid peskey bugs!! Sooooo gonna try it!!!

And yeah I love ya even more for your peter pan mug!!

And YAY for giveaways!!

XO

still being [molly] said...

love it! happy friday!!! and oh my goodness - i have been dying to get the A+ dress from shabby apple forever!

Sam said...

Love the malt shop dress you have featured. And vanilla? Thanks for the tip!

Jill said...

I love the new Lighthouse collection Tees

Jessica @ Lovely Little Things said...

I love that mug!
When you posted in on Instagram I texted Adam and told him that I needed to watch Peter Pan. I have never seen the original! AH WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?

I love you a whole lot and I hope that you get some QT with your man this weekend :)

WHOOOOPPPP!
xo

Alyssa Lianne said...

I didn't know that about vanilla! That's going to be my new perfume for the summer haha. I LOVE the Hyannis skirt (plus everything else Shabby Apple sells).. adorable!

Kerrie said...

I love that forbidden city dress! I've never seen that one before! Plus, basically ALL of their bathing suits!

Phil and Darby Hawley said...

I had no idea about vanilla and mosquitoes! Thanks for sharing that tip!

What a great giveaway! I love all of their vintage swimsuits right now!

Gesci said...

Girl, you need to make your own vanilla extract! It's easy as pie- get a bottle of vodka (I use Absolut but that's personal preference- you do want better quality, though), slice 10-15 vanilla beans (or more if you like strong flavor) lengthwise, drop them in. Agitate it every now and then (I had mine in a North-facing window over my sink, and just gave it a shake whenever I washed dishes) and in about 6 weeks you'll have vanilla extract. As you use it, you can keep adding vodka to the top with no additional wait time, unless you're using it super-fast. You can make flavored vanilla extract with flavored vodka, as well. It's cheaper in the long run and better tasting!
Also- love the giveaway- you've made it in the big leagues now :)

Gesci said...

Oh, and the Martha's Vineyard dress is fantastic... but really I wouldn't turn down anything from Shabby Apple!

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Shane said...

$75?! Woo! Love the alice dress!

Kayla fromSealedWithAKay said...

Thanks for the vanilla tip! The mosquitoes are awful right now! Wishing you a great weekend!

xo Kayla

Bree said...

I loveee shabby apple! Their swimsuits are adorable, and I love the alice theme. :))

Jenn said...

Yay for finding relief for those pesky mosquitos!

I love the look of shappy apple. My favorite by far is the francine skirt.

Whitney said...

I'm so in love with their white dresses... any of them! So classic and gorgeous. I totally wanna hear your opinions on Disney movies! You definitely peaked my interest with that one.

Danielle said...

I have never heard of vanilla, but I always put clear nail polish (or Chigarid) over my bites and that helps tremendously!

As for Shabby Apple, the serenade dress is my favorite!

Julie S. said...

I love their desert maxi dress!

Jelli said...

Love that ahoy dress.

Michelle said...

I get ginormous welts too! I'm going to try the vanilla...that's genius! I swear mosquitos are attracted to me. I still love that story of you and your husband. I wish I worked in the same building as mine!

Annelise @ Aunie Sauce said...

honestly? I love their workout gear! i can't pick a specific piece. i would have SO MUCH fun with this giftcard.

Jane said...

I love the Lake Titicaca Dress - so classic!

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Marie said...

I love the Champs Elysees dress!

Katie said...

i love the elizabeth islands dress!! (and i'm allergic to mosquitos too! and how fun that you and your husband work in the same building!) Happy weekend!!

M'ris said...

the carnival dress!

tara said...

i want the HYANNIS SKIRT!

deertale said...

I love the overboard dress. I would probably live in it. What a fun giveaway!Also vanilla,genious, I have to try that. Have a wonderful weekend!

Kate said...

Those silver flats are adorable! Happy Friday, Lindsay!

Tara St said...

I love the Summer Wind dress.
Tara
Penniless Socialite

Julie said...

the bacaami dress
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thanks

EdieB said...

Too many pretty frocks to choose one favorite...5th Ave, Ingrid, Primavera, Bellissima, Cayenne, Freshwater Pearl...I can't choose, I'm sorry! Thanks for all the wonderful insight, tips, suggestions :)

Alaine88 said...

The Overboard dress!
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Natalie said...

Their skirts! It's so hard to choose from!!

And I am IN LOVE with that Peter Pan mug! If you only knew I am a big huge coffee mug collector HAHA

Simone said...

What a great High Five! I love the simple things like using a great mug at work and a sweet kiss in the hall! How bout an award to add to the list! You have been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award by lil ol me! Enjoy and congrats!

http://busyasahoneybee.blogspot.com/2012/06/wowie-zowie.html
-Simone

Emily @ Emmy June said...

I like the Andes skirt :)

Aubrey S. said...

I love all the cute retro swim suits.

Katie Price said...

LINDSEY: I feel like I have to shout through all the giveaway comments! Are you serious that the vanilla really worked?? You didn't use anything else? I'm going to have to try that. I'm constantly fighting the Battle of the Mosquito here.

Ok, and I would also like to enter the contest.. I could use ALL of the dresses because I will prob be going back to work soon.

KB @ kiss, laugh, and dream said...

I love the malt shop dress!
KB @ kisslaughanddream.blogspot.com

Kristen @ Confessions of a GDS said...

I have a wedding to go to in September and I have my eye on that beautiful Casablance dress! Ooh la la!

Gina said...

i adore the alice dress;) gina at hiyaluv dot com

Jesse said...

picnic ready shoes!

Nilda said...

I love necklaces (hence the name of my blog being laughter, love and necklaces!) so any of the necklaces would be welcome in my jewelery box.

Jami @ Somewhat Domesticated said...

That mug is super cute! I'm not a huge Disney fan, but I love the 'classics'.

Love the Puca Pucara dress too!

Amy Lynn said...

I love the SHOES!!! Especially the new A Preppy Lady! Also I love using essential oils to keep bugs away~ It works awesome! amylynnbee22 at gmail dot com

Holly said...

You know how indecisive I am! How can I pick just one favorite. But I will. for you. I love the rosso dress :)

Lynn said...

That is so cool Vanilla keeps bugs away! I had no idea~ plus I have it in the house:)
I love the Ahoy Dress and * HIGH FIVE* back at 'cha Lindsay ;)

Devon @ TheMermaidChronicles said...

I love the twin palms dress!