3.19.2012

DownEast Basics review + giveaway

boots: hand me down from mom; dress: c/o downeast; cardi: panache; headband: handmade

(i can never resist a shot of my favorite boots)

today i'm excited to review a dress from the nice folks over at downeast basics!

i chose the reporter dress, although i did so nervously because, in case you hadn't noticed...i'm about 9 months pregnant over here. i was worried it wasn't going to fit and then i'd have to either wait to wear it or enlist the help of a non-pregnant friend to model for me. i'm impatient and i like wearing cute clothes, though, so you can imagine how excited i was when it came in the mail AND IT FIT! it's not a maternity dress, so it is a bit snug around my rear, but it worked plenty well enough to wear to work on saturday...and again to church on sunday...and i'll probably just keep wearing it every day from here on out, if you want the honest truth.

i was really happy with the quality of the fabric (it's soft and comfortable, but thick enough that i didn't need a slip) and the flattering cut of the dress. i think i'm going to love it even more than i already do after i have my baby! so if you're expecting and don't want to spend money on clothes you can only wear for a couple months, maybe you should give this dress a try.

they've also offered to give a cats & cardigans reader the item of their choice!
they just got their spring line in, which includes colorful tops, skirts, dresses, modest swim suits, denim...yep. lots of cute stuff to choose from. happy browsing!

you can enter using ONE of these two ways:
1. check out downeast's new arrivals page. choose your favorite item and pin it to one of your pinterest boards. leave me a comment with the link to your pin and your email address so i can get in touch with you should you win.
OR
2. 'like' downeast's facebook page, then leave a comment on this post with the name your facebook account is under as well as your favorite item from the new arrivals page and your email address so i can get ahold of you if you're the winner.

i'll leave this giveaway open until this thursday, march 22, at 10 pm MST, and announce the winner here on friday morning! good luck everyone, and thanks again to downeast basics for the fun giveaway!

one entry per person, please. if you enter more than once, i'm gonna have to delete the extra comments. 
so please play nice :)

57 comments:

  1. I totally adore this top.

    pinned it here: http://pinterest.com/pin/156851999492071398/

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. Pinned this dress! Looks nice and light for the summer in Texas!

    http://pinterest.com/pin/183873597256308324/

    sarah.f.mcpherson@gmail.com

    Thanks!

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  3. Pinned that cute West Indies top!
    http://pinterest.com/pin/35888128250719937/

    faith(at)sweetenedstyle(dot)com

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  4. this skirt is to die for!

    http://pinterest.com/pin/254594185154871390/

    msaffell@gmail.com

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  5. LOVING this dress!: https://pinterest.com/pin/36943659413388330/

    deveny.downer@gmail.com

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  6. Love this dress! You an adorable pregnant gal. I am positive I wasn't so cute:)

    creamyclothes.blogspot.com

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  7. I want the jeans! http://pinterest.com/pin/230809549622784164/

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  8. tiniest/cutest pregnant lady award goes to you, deary!

    http://pinterest.com/pin/40602834110565666/

    mckhampton@gmail.com

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  9. I would definitely love this top for a hot date night! :) http://downeastbasics.com/frontrowtop.aspx

    I like their page via my simplyserra etsy page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Simplyserra/323382264199?ref=tn_tnmn

    thanks for the fun opportunity!

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  10. All of my favorite dresses are from DownEast.
    This pink color polka dot one is especially adorable!
    http://pinterest.com/pin/123778689728584969/
    Thanks!

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  11. i checked out the swimsuits: http://pinterest.com/pin/153755774748229139/ but i also put the reporter dress in my online cart--i love it!

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  12. Liked them on fb (http://www.facebook.com/DownEastBasics#!/profile.php?id=1554986768)and the Oceanfront Dress in either floral print is to die for. My email is altonsbiz(at)gmail.com Thanks! And you look adorable in that dress!

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  13. this is the cutest shop!! i switched my closet from winter to summer wardrobe this weekend, and noticed i could use a few new casual summer dresses. and honestly, i don't think there are any i like more than your reporter dress! it's officially on my {want} pinboard... http://pinterest.com/pin/113504853078618157/

    fingers crossed! xo meg

    curlsandcoffee(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. The Rain or shine dress http://pinterest.com/pin/151011393725304561/ It's so Eastery and Springy and...an exposed zipper? Sold.

    Cambra.h.gordon@gmail.com

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  15. You are so freaking cute, I'm almost sad to see you NOT pregnant! That was a joke. And it was funny. Anyway, I like them on FB (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=193303245) and I have been trying to save up for the reporter dress too (I feel cooler knowing we have the same taste in Downeast dresses), but from the New Arrivals page I'd probably say I like the blanket of flowers dress.
    My email is cuzitsfunny@hotmail.com

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  16. I like this shirt cause it is like maternity-ish and postpartum when I'll be dealing with the muffin top hahah.
    you look great, and I am shocked that that dress isn't maternity cause you look awesome.

    Sara

    http://pinterest.com/saraorton/products-i-love/

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  17. i like them on facebook! my account name is Erin Long

    this striped skirt is my favorite:
    http://downeastbasics.com/arborskirt.aspx
    i'm so glad that stripes will never go out of style!

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    1. forgot the email:
      lon09002@byui.edu

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  18. I LOVE the Atreyu skirt/West Indies Top! I don't have pinterest (I know, can you believe it?) but I've liked them on FB!

    shewriteshome @ gmail

    p.s. you look HOT.

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  19. i pinned the arbor skirt to my "basics" board because it would make a perfect casual outfit.

    http://pinterest.com/mahal/basics/

    Erin Long
    lon09002@byui.edu

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  20. I love the Slouched Chiffon Dress! Here's my pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/252412754085361878/

    email: tori.marostica @ gmail.com

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  21. I have that dress and I love it! Here is a link to my pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/146015212888663047/

    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    Modern Modest Beauty

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  22. I love the Sunday Brunch Skirt! I pinned it! http://pinterest.com/pin/192880796511133236/

    mrslukehale@gmail.com

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  23. I really like the sun soiree dress!

    I like DownEast on facebook. My facebook name is Andrea Martin Wyss

    andrea.lynn.martin@gmail.com

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  24. I love the two tone skirt, but it was so hard to choose! Anyway, I pinned it here: http://pinterest.com/pin/176695985350209308/

    here's my email: paintchipmadness(at)gmail(dot)com

    p.s. I love your new favorite(?) hairstyle. I can't to try it myself someday.

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  25. I love the Everyday Cardi - can't get enough cardi's!!

    http://pinterest.com/pin/28851253832884979/

    allywhitaker3(at)gmail(dot)com

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  26. http://pinterest.com/pin/1970393557014762/

    sjclark07@yahoo.com

    I want a maxi skirt sooo bad! being 29 weeks pregnant it just looks comfy and cute

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  27. http://pinterest.com/pin/132222939029885584/

    brettyr@gmail.com

    pockets on a skirt = best mom invention ever!

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  28. I have been loving this maxi skirt! so adorable with cute sandals.

    http://pinterest.com/pin/211598882462300017/

    Thanks for the giveaway! shelleybobelly28@gmail.com

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  29. My facebook account is under the name Maddie Allred, and I LOVE the atreyu skirt. My email is maddie.allred@gmail.com

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  30. I pinned this lovely Spring Retreat dress!
    http://pinterest.com/pin/3729612161395482/

    geminicalli at yahoo dot com

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  31. Love the Spring Retreat dress! I "liked" them on facebook and my account is under the name Shauna Amondson. Email is: shauna.amondson@gmail.com

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  32. I like DownEast Outfitters on FB under the name Lindsay Law Wilcox. I love the Oceanfront dress! I'm tall, so I need long dresses. :)

    lindzlou_love[at]yahoo.com

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  33. I really like this skirt
    http://pinterest.com/pin/33847434669542340/

    slice.of.life@hotmail.com

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  34. I am LOVING the sloched ciffion dress. http://downeastbasics.com/slouchedchiffondress.aspx

    I have been eyeing it for weeks! I pinned it to my id.wear.that board on pinterest under Eryka Ann Clark! && I posted it on Downeast Basics site under Eryka Ann Clark!!! Thanks for an awesome giveaway!! :)

    ~Eryka

    erykaann88@gmail.com

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  35. What an awesome giveaway!
    I liked their FB page under Ashley C. Feller.
    And I like the Spring Retreat Dress! So cute.
    ashley.ch7@gmail.com

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  36. http://pinterest.com/pin/104990235033133799/

    This is just way too cute!!! What an awesome giveaway :)

    ivorygiraffes@gmail.com

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  37. http://downeastbasics.com/printshopskirt.aspx like this
    like Downeast basics on fb Julie A Scott Laws
    thankds
    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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  38. pinned! http://pinterest.com/pin/33495590948589301/

    Adelyn
    randomnessfromtheaddiecorner@gmail.com
    Randomness from the Addie Corner

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  39. Khristy Kielman3/21/12, 5:33 AM

    Long Love Maxie skirt in Iron. Size L.

    Facebook is Kay-Elle kielman
    Kl.kielman@gmail.com

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  40. pinned it! http://pinterest.com/pin/183240278558704588/
    love the just dance skirt.

    http://gingersnapit.blogspot.com

    sonja.lise.carlson@gmail.com

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  41. I LOVE the Just Dance skirt in Amberlight!
    http://pinterest.com/pin/118712140147812417/

    What a great giveaway!

    breerush@comcast.net

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  42. I have always wanted to own something from DownEast!
    http://pinterest.com/pin/3377768440649434/

    carly.chiesa@gmail.com

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  43. I liked the downeast Facebook page. My user name is Marianne Rainey Ackermann. I really like the sun soirée dress. My email is raineymari13@yahoo.com. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  44. http://pinterest.com/pin/222928250274949296/
    Downeast has so many items that would be beautiful for my engagement photos!

    Shanelle Baxter
    shanellebaxter14@gmail.com

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  45. my fingers are crossed!
    http://pinterest.com/pin/282460207849174577/
    lishab.ak@gmail.com

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  46. My Facebook account is under Manda Hanzon. And I really like the delicate desires top!
    email is- mandaraew@msn.com

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  47. Liked them on facebook. And my account is under Sonja Lise Carlson. I really really LOVE the just dance skirt!
    email is sonja.lise.carlson@gmail.com

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  48. I like them on face book. You know where my account is!
    kellymhess@gmail.com

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  49. I love the arbor skirt!
    My name is under Hillery Matel Brown.
    hillery.matelbrown@hotmail.com
    I JUST WANNA WIN!

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  50. I'm such a sucker for pink right now! I have been loving their spring dresses and the COLORS! wow :) My favorite: Sun Soiree Dress
    http://pinterest.com/pin/201113939579820907/
    ckinger2817@yahoo.com

    http://www.cornersweetheart.blogspot.com/

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  51. Here is my pin! http://pinterest.com/pin/105342078754066925/
    I LOVE down east..this shirt is so feminine and perfect to add to my wardrobe! Thanks Down East and thank YOU!
    here is my email ehlert.sarah@yahoo.com

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  52. I love this dress!!! Here is the link to my pin:
    http://pinterest.com/pin/131800726564849655/

    I love your blog! I think your style is so cute!

    tararoo15@gmail.com

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  53. I LOVE the print shop skirt! I liked them on facebook (Nicole Lybbert)
    My email is lybbertfamily@hotmail.com. :)

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  54. I like the sunday brunch skirt the best and I pinned it. :)

    http://pinterest.com/missy152/love-the-look/

    cdavis152 at gmail dot com

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  55. I love the Flowering Petals Skirt from their New Arrivals! I pinned it here: http://pinterest.com/pin/201465783300764198/

    aprilgilbertson(at)gmail(dot)com

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  56. Cute,they make me think of something happy,and I also loving emu boots clearance !

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