May 31, 2011

Shabby Apple Dress Giveaway Winner

I meant to announce the winner before now, but I've been battling headaches and sinus junk for the last five days. I actually turned my 3-day weekend into a 4-day weekend when I called in sick today. Alka-Seltzer Cold, Tylenol and Season 1 of Ally McBeal have been keeping me company. Unfortunately, my kids didn't get the memo. They've been misbehaving quite a bit today. I want to pull my hair out, but will refrain since it's so pretty. I still have a raging headache, but I'll have to go in to work tomorrow. Being an adult sucks sometimes.

So, the winner of this amazing dress from Shabby Apple is...

Mighty M

Congrats! Email me your info so they can send you this gorgeous dress.

Jo Totes Camera Bag Review

I've been meaning to review my Jo Totes camera bag ever since I received it on my birthday. My bestie gave it to me. Yes, she's the best bestie ever. Ever since I started taking pictures on a regular basis, I've wanted a cute and fashionable bag to hold all of my camera equipment. I've tried several different brands, but most were practical and not fashionable. Obviously, the safety of my camera is most important, but there's nothing wrong with not wanting to carry around an ugly bag. This is where Jo Totes comes in. I've envied their bags for quite some time. Terri knew this. We'd even discussed what color to get if we ever got one. My birthday came around and... voila!

I love this bag for multiple reasons.

1. It's super cute.
My Rose bag is pewter. I love the color because it goes with most anything.
Most of all, I love that it doesn't look like a camera bag. It looks like a purse!

2. It's large.
Even though I don't usually take all of my equipment with me at one time, it all fits. I can fit my Nikon D90 body, 4 lenses, external flash, extra battery, battery charger, and Lightscoop in there. I currently use my Rose tote as a camera bag slash purse slash diaper bag. I put my camera, two lenses, keys, wallet, phone, a couple diapers, and some wipes in there. They each have their own compartment. The bag comes with handles and a shoulder strap so it's easy to lug around, even at its heaviest.

3. It comes with 5 adjustable pads.
You can arrange the velcro pads on the inside of your bag to fit your equipment needs.

4. It's priced right.
This bag isn't exactly cheap at $89, but it's worth every penny. It's sturdy and made well. I can see this bag lasting for years and years. Besides, $89 doesn't seem like a lot when I have a little over $2000 worth of equipment inside.

This review is not sponsored by Jo Totes.
I just really love my bag. And, my best friend is pretty fabulous too!

May 30, 2011

Memorial Day 2011

I hope each and every one of you is enjoying a nice holiday with your family and friends. Today, we remember the men and women who have died for our freedom. We thank the soldiers who are currently away from their loved ones as they give the ultimate sacrifice. I thank you today and all other days.

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." -- John F. Kennedy

May 27, 2011

Red, White + Fashion

I'm linking up with Kori from Blonde Episodes for Fashion Fridays.

I'm also linking up with Terri from Peace, Love & Applesauce for Friday's Shoegasm.

I'm currently loving all things white, navy and red.

The nautical look is so in right now.

I'm loving the clothes, the shoes and the accessories.

How cute are these Juicy Couture sea shoes from Zappos?

I want them in both colors!

May 23, 2011

The Talk of Tinseltown
2011 Cannes Fashion

Eva Herzigova
hot shoes

Bar Rafaeli

Freida Pinto
not a fan of the dress, but she's so pretty

Elisabetta Canalis
can't believe she's kept Clooney this long

Michele Rodriguez
should have worn pants

Mischa Barton
much improved

Jamie-Lynn Sigler
casual, but chic

Janet Jackson
don't like the hair

Milla Jovovich
love her; nice ass

Cheryl Cole
would have been better without the gaudy embellishment

Goldie Hawn
better with age

Rachel McAdams
stunning even if the dress is... weird

Gwen Stefani
killin' it

Uma Thurman
classic, elegant

Sean Penn

Charlotte Gainsbourg & Kirsten Dunst
char - not the cutest way to sport a baby bump
kiki - great hair, makeup, dress & shoes

Penelope Cruz & Johnny Depp
her - the dress is too frou frou for me
him - always a doll

Jude Law
could have picked a better suit

Ryan Gosling
yes, please

Adrien Brody
should shave & ditch the hat

Jon Hamm & Jennifer Westfeldt
love that they match

Zoe Saldana
very funky, but she pulls it off

Sarah Jessica Parker
looks like a stained glass window

Diane Kruger & Joshua Jackson
ridiculously cute

Antonio Banderas & Salma Hayek
one's dressed down, the other's not - dumb

Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt
aj - bored
bp - as cool as ever

The Talk of Tinseltown is brought to you today by...

George Clooney

May 20, 2011

Shabby Apple Dress Giveaway

I'm teaming up with Shabby Apple to give away a fabulous dress to one of my readers. If you haven't heard of Shabby Apple, they're an online dress boutique that carries women's dresses, skirts, swimwear, apparel, and accessories. Here are just a few of my current favorites.


Lost at Sea


They carry little girls dresses too!

I could see Little Bit in any one of these.


Ruffle My Feathers

Fields of Gold

One of you has a chance to win this gorgeous dress from Shabby Apple.

Two pleated, spiraling rosettes adorn the bodice of this surf-colored North Shore dress, while the simple,
elastic-drawn waist gives a perfect fit to every shape. Falling just below the knee, the straight skirt has a retro feel.

The Rules
This giveaway is open to US residents only.
(Please leave a separate comment for each entry.)

Mandatory Entry:
You must be a follower of Handbags & Handguns &
leave a comment telling me your favorite item from Shabby Apple.

Extra Entries:
Follow Handbags & Handguns on Facebook and/or Twitter (1-2 entries)
Tweet and/or Blog about this giveaway (1-2 entries)
'Like' Shabby Apple on Facebook (1 entry)
Make a purchase from Shabby Apple (10 entries)

Use code handbagsandhandguns10off
for 10% off your Shabby Apple purchase!

The winner will be announced next Friday, May 27.

This giveaway has now ended.