February 2, 2011

WIWW - discussing jeans - and a SUPER giveaway!!

Anyways, here's a Flower Box Top. I bought from them when everything on sale was 50% off (after Christmas) so it was $15.  I love it - I think it's a little out of my comfort zone with the embellishment, but not too crazy.  (And I might venture to say it does the impossible task of making me look a bit voluptuous - humor me people...)
I wore it for dinner out with Trevor - dressed up, but not all out - perfect. 

I wore those garage-sale trouser jeans and look what I found in my closet - fashionable (right!?) flats - I had bought them a few years ago for a Christmas party (sale, $5, JC Penney?) and hardly ever wear them because I never thought they were daily-wear-with-jeans type of shoes - but I'm embracing it.  And no socks - you should be proud.
And here we are back home, ready to watch never-ending past episodes of The Office - we're party animals.  Love when the kids invite themselves to spend the night with their Grandparents! (And no, my head isn't double the size of his - I'm holding the camera and hence my head is closer to it - oh, and he's always making weird faces in pictures I insist on taking -  )

And so I learned - jeans are supposed to fit snug.  Did you know that?? I didn't.  So here's both pair (bigger pair on the left, smaller on the right) - in the end, I was worried about the waist fitting too tight on the smaller pair - but it didn't.  What did happen was with the smaller pair, the legs/thighs fit a lot better. (Ignore the length on the big pair - I was going to hem them.)

After being washed and dried (yes, I dry everything, jeans included) - picture from one of my kids - I didn't really notice a size difference after washing:

Now, I need to discuss jean length - any opinions??  The pair I have is a little long, but I don't want to hem them, because what if I wear shoes with a heel/wedge - then they need to be long.  But when I wear flats, they're a tad too long - what do you do? Do you have a long pair and a short pair of the same jeans??


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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

138 Fabulous Comments:

Love the chic shirt dress. I bet I could still nurse my baby in that with the buttons.

I am going to admit something..I have never heard of Downeast Basics. Really! And I am IN LOVE!! I love those jeans you picked out!
And as far as the new arrivals, I love the Pearl girl shirt!

and just followed them on twitter too

i like it all, but the quaint cardi is especially cute. i'm looking forward to updating my wardrobe once my baby is born next month!

I love that chic shirt dress. Super cute for a date night with the hubby.

I am with you with jeans... to hem or not to hem??? I end up hemming because I end up in flats more often than anything with a heel.

I love the Draped and Dazzle top from DownEast basics!

I like the Chic Shirt Dress. Adorable!

I 'liked' DownEast Basics on facebook! :)

I also love the well read cardi! Very cute and could be dressed up or down.
As to your question about length of jeans. I do one of two things. I have some jeans that are almost the same exact jean, one hemmed shorter and one for taller shoes. Or, I also have one darker color pair of jeans that are a bit dressier that I have for tall shoes and end up having most of my other relaxed style jeans hemmed for flats or tennis shoes. Good Luck!

I would get the Real Ruffle Tee!


Quaint Cardi was one of my favorites.

I love the chic shirt dress!

I like the sculpture tee.
As for jeans, I have some flat length and some heel length, so I let the pants dictate the shoes.

The Perfect Pleats Top
is very cute.

I love the perfect pleats top! I've never heard of Downeast Basics, but they have some great things!

Perfectly Pretty Skirt...very sweet and retro feeling! As far as jeans go, I loooove your new jeans, I always err on the side of a little too tight since they do stretch out with wear. I also have a variety of jean lengths so I can select based on my shoes. If I happen to find a pair I really love, I sometimes buy two pairs just for this reason. Just an FYI I dry everything too...and I don't hand wash (IMO that's what the gentle cycle is for!), I am a laundry rebel ;)

I love the Chic Shirt Dress. If it is still sold out then the Passport Dress. Alaina, got me hooked on their clothes a while back=)

I'm new to your site, and I'm so glad I have stumbled upon it! Love some of your sewing ideas for my two little girls and now a giveaway - perfect! :) I've never heard of Downeast before, but they have super cute stuff with such reasonable prices!! The Chic Shirt Dress might be my favorite of their new arrivals, but there are a lot of cute tops to choose from!

What a fabulous post -- and a fab giveaway!!! :) I would so get this ruffle tee:


See you are inspiring me to get out of my comfort zone!!

WOW!! I have never heard of DownEast Basics. I was hooked when I saw the jeans you modeled. BTW...You have such a great figure!! These jeans remind me of the MISS ME jeans but have such a better price. I would love the Quaint Cardi in the new arrivals section. My fingers are crossed.

Love that Real Ruffle Tee. The jeans look great! I've looked at their jeans several times but have never ordered. I need to be able to try them on before I buy. Thanks for the giveaway!=)

The Real Ruffle Tee and the Chic Shirt Dress are both darling!

LOVE the full bloom top! Thanks so much for the giveaway.

I like the sculptured T. But I am not sold on the ordering clothes online. ONly for my kids. The things that I like and the things that fit my actual body are usually VERY DIFFERENT!

i am loving the quaint cardi!

I want the passport dress. WANT, WANT, WANT!

I love the jeans...and would be thrilled to have some! I've lost weight and everything is a bit baggy...I need to try on a smaller size, too! lol Love your pretty top with flowers! ♥

So many cute things! But I love the Full Bloom top.

I love love the chic shirt dress!! So sheek! :)

I love Downeast Basics! (I'm still a little afraid to buy jeans online, though!) I just bought the Miss Maiden top, and I *love* it. I also have my eye on the Blooming Beads top, and the Draped and Dazzle Top (a little out of my comfort zone, but that's half the fun, right?)

Chic shirt dress! Love Downeast!

http://www.downeastbasics.com/wellreadcardi.aspx for me how neat with those sleeves. scg00387 at yahoo dot com

i follow them on twitter @desmoinesdealin scg00387 at yahoo dot com

Definitely the chic shirt dress!

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I love the Drapped and Drizzle top!! So cute! Thanks

Fan of DE on Facebook now! Thanks.


I love the Sculpture Tee!


I follow DE on twitter!


I'm a fan of DE on facebook!


Love the Chic Shirt Dress!

Also a fan of DE on Facebook

I love the new real ruffle tee

I like the sculpture tee in baja blue. Actually, I would take all of their new arrivals in all the colors available;)

Ooh I think the Perfect pleats top would be great.

So many cute choices! I love the sculpture tee, the ruffle tee and the quaint cardi.

I have to choose just one!?? I Love the maui maxi dress and also the drape and dazzle top. All of their stuff is cute!

I love the Perfect Pleats Top.

I love the ballroom skirt and the reflections top - simple but fantastic!

I love the anniversary cardigan.

I'd love to try out the real ruffle tee, it's so cute! Thanks for the great giveaway!

Modest clothing! Wow I am impressed. I love the real ruffle tee and pearl girl top!

I just got their catalog in the mail today, and there are so many things I would love to order...but overall I love the Chic Shirt Dress. Thanks for your review of their jeans Mandy. I have been hesitant to order jeans from them, because I have never ordered jeans online.

Very cute, Mandy!

I looked at their new arrivals and love the "Pearl Girl" top!

Following Down East on Facebook

I love the new chic shirt dress!! OH my, I hope I win!!!


I "liked" them on Facebook too!

I follow DE on twitter! I hope I win! :)


I like DE on facebook!


I love the pearl girl top! And with a baby due in a few short weeks I could really get good use out of it.

I follow down east on facebook.

And I wanted to tell you I love the new top,especially the color it looks great on you, jeans look better with flats and your flats are oh so cute. You are becoming more comfortable with your style choices, and your hair cut is so cute, does not look like old lady hair.

I am loving the Real Ruffles Tee and have since I got their new catalog, so cute and stylish!

I like the Chic Shirt Dress!

I follow DE on twitter!

I liked DE on FB

i realize i wear a lot of downeast clothes also...i love the chic shirt dress!

I like the Blooming Beads top!

I love the Perfect Pleats top. I think it would look great under a cardigan or alone. What a fun giveaway!

blooming beads and perfect pleats are my fav...I love downeast! I don't go into that store cause I leave WANTING EVERYTHING!!!!


I saw these on tv....the advertise being able to use and reuse them to hem your pants for flats and remove when you wear higher heels. just what you want for your jeans. I want to order some myself. btw love the jeans and the top off clearance. but you know you always look fab!

I love the "real ruffle tee". I think it would be great with jeans or a skirt. I am going to have to try some of their stuff out!

i love, love, love the ruffle shirt in choclate brown!

I love the Perfectly pleated top. It is just simple but very flattering. Thanks for the giveaway.

What a fantastic giveaway! Thank you for sharing with us.

I love the Real Ruffle Tee. It's so feminine and lovely.

I really like the Draped and Dazzle Top (http://www.downeastbasics.com/drapedanddazzletop.aspx). It's a great site, thanks for letting us know about it!

Love the statuesque shirt!!


I am a downeast basics facebook fan!


the maui maxi dress is my fave!

I LOVEEE the blooming beads top! Super cute! (I NEEEEEED cute, I only own t-shirts. sad!)

I follow Down East on facebook :)

I follow Down East on twitter :)

Follow your blog on GFC.


And... I'm going with chic dress. Super cute!!


Oooh...love the resort dress. so spring-y and bright!

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Loved the Anniversary Cardigan. DE is a fun site. Love to browse their catalog in the mail.

Love all of their jeans and the ruffle top!

Chic Shirt Dress
--Lizzy Snith

I'd get the pearl girl top.

I love the Real Ruffle Shirt! So pretty! Thanks for the chance to win!!


I absolutley love the classic wrap dress!! Downeast is one of the cutest and afordable stores in my little town!

love the white blossom t shirt!!!
best regards,

I LIKED DE on Facebook!!!
best regards,

I love the Classic Wrap dress.


I liked DownEast Basics on FB.

Followed DownEast on twitter as well.

Love the Full loom Top. The clothes are easy yet sophisticated!

Love the splendor skirt!! :)

Following DE on Twitter too. Thanks!

Pretty much everything in my closet is from DownEast. It's by far my favorite store. I'm loving the new Resort Dress!

And liked DownEast on Facebook.

Love the cinch it skirt and going glam dress!

i'm loving the quaint cardi! so fun.

How cute is that mini-bouquet cardi??!! Love the embroidered flowers and the mint green color!

I love the bias stripe cardigan, and the lace lover tee! I just got my DE February catalog in the mail and I am excited to look through it. Thanks for a fun giveaway!

I just "liked" DownEast Basics on Facebook.

And I am following DownEast Basics on Twitter now!

I love love love it all! But at the moment, I'm liking the Draped and Dazzle Top.

I "like" DownEast Basics on FB.

I LOVE the quaint cardi. It is too cute and would definitely look great on me.


Already a follower of Downeast Basics on Twitter.


Already a friend of Downeast Basics on Facebook.


I love the ribbon cardigan!


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