Italians Do It Better – A GIVEAWAY from Shabby Apple!
I grew up a military brat, and when I was 16-years-old, my parents decided that they wanted to road-trip it from our old station in England to our new station in Turkey. We drove down through Europe, seeing the sights, watching World Cup soccer, and generally being angsty and unappreciative of what an awesome opportunity this was for a teenager (that last one was just me, not my parents). For most of the trip, we stayed on military bases, but for the last leg of our trip, we stayed in a teeny tiny little town in Italy so that we could take a ferry across the Mediterranean to Turkey. It was the first time on our trip that we were really immersed in another culture, not surrounded by other Americans. Nobody spoke English, there was no fast food, people were passionately yelling at each other in the streets and nobody would even glance over to see what was the matter (no kidding), and there were more bikes than cars on the little rocky roads. I loved it. And even though it was half a lifetime ago, and I can barely recall the details of our one night stay, I have always wanted to go back.
When Steve and I were first married I gave him a piggy bank. Not the kind with a cork at the bottom that you can steal out of, but a real ceramic piggy bank that you have to smash open with a hammer. We had this idea that we would go to Italy on our spare change. We would rent a Vespa and scoot from the Sistine Chapel to the Trevi Fountain to the Colosseum. We’d eat real pizza that didn’t have tomato sauce on it and we’d hold our noses high in the air and say sophisticated things about Art that we vaguely remembered from our state college Art History classes. And we’d conceive our first kid on the Amalfi Coast.
We filled up three or four piggy banks with this romantic goal in mind. Then we started using debit cards, and rarely use cash and therefore rarely have spare change. And then our first kid was conceived in our cold little grad-student apartment because we just couldn’t wait for Italy anymore-not when the Italy Fund had to become the Laundry Fund out of necessity! I still put change in the piggy banks whenever I can, and some day when we are very old I still think we will make it there.
So! Why all this waxing nostalgic about Italy? Because I have been asked by the lovely people over at Shabby Apple Women’s Dresses to host a giveaway to help promote their new Italian-inspired spring line called Roamin’ Holiday. These vintage style dresses are virtually guaranteed to make you feel like a bella donna! They are generously offering one of you lucky ducks the choice of either the Spanish Steps dress or the Da Vinci dress. Detail on how to enter are below.
(And if you don’t win? You can use the coupon code hideousdreadfulstinky10off to get 10% off your purchase! Expires April 28, 2011.)
Like Shabby Apple on Facebook then come back here and leave a comment letting me know you’re a fan.
What?! You’re not on Facebook?? That is SO SAD! How are people supposed to know what you had for lunch? Alright, I’m not completely heartless, so I’ll still let you enter if you go visit Shabby Apple and leave a comment here telling me your favorite dress from their Roamin’ Holiday line.
Of course, it totally rolls my cannoli when you “Like” Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky! on Facebook, but that won’t get you any extra entries, so only do it if you love me 🙂
I will select one winner from the comment pool using random.org. The winner will have a choice of either the Spanish Steps dress or the Da Vinci dress.
Make sure I have a way to contact you if you win – an email address or a username to message you via Facebook, Twitter, Etsy convo, Blogger, etc.
Giveaway is open to US residents only.
Giveaway ends Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at noon PST.
Giveaway closes on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at noon PST. Comment datestamps must be recorded by that date/time to be eligible. Winner will be chosen by random drawing and will be announced on the same day the giveaway closes. The giveaway is open to US residents ONLY and must be shipped to a valid address within the US. Minors under the age of 18 must have parental/guardian permission to enter (if you are under 18, we will need to contact your parent(s)/guardian if you win and make sure they said it was okay-so ask permission before you enter). I will announce the winner on my blog and make every attempt to contact the winner. You may wish to leave your email address in your comment, or a place where I can message you via Facebook, Twitter, Etsy, etc. If the winner doesn’t respond within 10 days, a new winner will be chosen. Winning item will be shipped for free directly by Shabby Apple via standard shipping according to Shabby Apple Shipping Policies. Expedited shipping may be available for purchase by the winner for an additional fee. Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky! (Marigold Haske) is not responsible for loss/damage and/or disputes concerning the winning item. If there is a concern about the giveaway itself, please contact Marigold. Once a winner has been selected, all concerns will be handled between Shabby Apple and the winner. All Shabby Apple Policies apply to the winning item as if it was a purchased item from shabbyapple.com. Please familiarize yourself with shipping, returns and faqs before entering the giveaway. By entering this giveaway, you are complying to the official rules as they have been laid out here 🙂
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