*Shabby Apple* Giveaway!

Hope you had a lovely weekend! We headed up to the cabin with friends for a few days of board games, hot chocolate and relaxing. It was a great way to wish winter farewell.

I’m really excited for today’s giveaway! Shabby Apple, an online boutique which offers a wonderful selection of classic and stylish dresses, is offering one of three featured dresses to a PDB reader.

Love these three styles:

Above, the Bali Ha’i’ dress – a classy shift dress in a deep purple which features plenty of petal-like folds around the neck.

Below, the Baja dress – a playful navy and white striped jersey blend that’s perfect for the upcoming summer.

And finally the North Shore dress with its big, beautiful pleated rosettes and cinched waste.

Shabby Apple features vintage-inspired dresses for women, kids and even in maternity sizes. I love their ever-changing selection, including their various boutique lines, and admire their commitment to charity and improving the living standards for women abroad through production of the dresses.

I’ve been a huge fan of Shabby Apple for some time and I’m thrilled to partner with them to share a giveaway!


Giveaway: Your choice of the Bali Ha’i’, Baja or North Shore dress (please visit the above link to each dress for more specs and images). Please note, you must have a US shipping address to enter this giveaway.

To Enter: Since Shabby Apple is all about bringing classic and stylish dresses back to everyday wear, feel free to share your ‘go-to’ wardrobe staples for spring!

For Additional Entries: Become a fan of PDB and/or Shabby Apple on Facebook and be sure to leave a separate comment(s) to share that you’ve added us.

Giveaway ends Friday, March 18 at midnight PST, winner will be chosen randomly and announced the following Monday. Good luck!


Don’t worry if you’re not the winner, Shabby Apple is offering a discount for all PDB readers so be sure to check back next Monday for the promotional code!

Office Makeover: Desks Under $300

I’m back on the hunt for the future work space! Earlier this week I posted a round up of ideal bookcases under $300 to fit the new office. Now it’s on to the desk… There are so many great options out there that I’ve found it easiest to narrow the selection down based on the ideal size, color and design.

A bit more on the criteria…

Size: The standard desk is about 44-48″ wide and 18-22″ deep, but my ideal desk would be either wider or deeper than this so that I can stretch out multiple projects and still feel organized.

Color & Design: I’d like the material/color of the desk to be different from the bookcases (so that we don’t get too matchy matchy over here) while still complimenting each other. And you know, if one is more French-inspired (with the ‘x’, for example) it would be nice if the other was a different design, say more modern or more rustic.

I took this dilemma to Craigslist hoping for an awesome makeover project that would be perfect for the space. Alas, no results to be found. So, here’s my favorite resource round up for desks under $300!

That first one is near an exact copy of the inspiration board desk I used for San Diego Magazine’s Office Organization article. I mentioned how much I lovvvveedd the Layla & Grayce option but loathed the $2,000+ price. And now there’s a $200 option!

This  round up includes options from JC Penny’s, Home Decorators Collection, Ikea, West Elm & World Market. I’d throw in a few from Overstock as well (always a great resource) but I couldn’t find any that I loved that beat the prices of these stores, the above range being from $99-$299.

Some these are a bit smaller than I’d prefer, but I’m going to pair them up with the bookcase round up from Tuesday and see if I can’t find a good set nonetheless. There may be more options for extra storage to make up for the lack of desk space…

Back to the drawing board I go.

For more Office Makeover posts, check out: bookcases under $300, inspirational rooms, room layout options, demo part 1 & demo part 2.

A Time for Reflection

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. I’d like to use the next 40 days as an opportunity to reflect on the wonderful gifts I have been entrusted with.

I am blessed. I am abundantly blessed.

And for that I am truly grateful.

Update: Don’t worry – one reader thought that I might be taking a 40 day break. I’ll be fasting from other *areas* in my life, but this blog won’t be one of them. :-)

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