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Alight Clothing So Fashionable – Giveaway!

Hi everyone, I hope your all doing well! Have you been searching for beautiful, stylish plus size clothing for yourself, a friend or family member? I was so lucky to be contacted by Alight to do a review and giveaway as they have such a great variety of clothing and accessories.

Alight long sleeve dress

Ladies, I must say, don’t do what it’s tempting to do… don’t neglect yourself as you are trying to lose weight or hope to, treat yourselves right, dress yourself nicely no matter what your weight is! I gained a lot of weight on the steroids (Prednisone) for my Lupus SLE and I went years neglecting to treat myself to nice clothing, hoping I could get off my meds and get my weight down. Please don’t do this to yourselves, check out Alight Plus Size Clothing for some of the most Trendy Plus Size clothing and cloth yourself, you’d be so surprised at how great you can feel by dressing in stylish clothing!

Alight Charmback Jeans

The examples I am showing below are to show that you can find many choices for a large variety of  tastes and budgets.

Alight Long Sleeve Blue Ocean Dress

And  you can also help those friends and family members feel good about themselves to, it’s not too early to purchase gifts for the Holiday Season either. 🙂 Do like I do and set up a gift box, for those up coming celebrations, Holidays and for one of those “oops, I need something for a gift” times. And this doesn’t have to be just clothing, either as Alight has the most wonderful accessories and jewelry.

Alight Bracelet

Now Alight has just about anything in clothing that you could wish for, and the sales are fantastic… you can look for Jeans, Tank Tops, Blouses, T-shirts and from casual dresses to prom and bridesmaid dresses. I haven’t gotten bored looking around their site still, and I keep coming back to look around, I have picked out a couple of Turquoise and teal shirts that I want to pick up one of these days to replace  the one that I just noticed is wearing out. I just love turquoise and teal with my red hair… so lovely together, so for me it’s a must have color in my wardrobe. I am also looking at some clothing there for some friends that can sure use a pick me up, being that I used to analyze what colors work best for people (Color Me Beautiful) and that Alight has so many styles from Empire Waist to sinched at the waist and ruched styles, there are styles to enhance and camouflage any body type.

Alight  beautiful top with pictures printed on it

 

I received a dress from Alight and it’s very lovely, nice thin lightweight material for summer wearing and not to fear this dress has a built in lining, also a nice lightweight fabric so that your skin can breath. If you sew, like I do you would appreciate that the tension we perfect on this dress as the needles top and bottom tension is perfect. There was only a slight imperfection  (not a straight line) in a part of the stitching but nothing you’d notice, especially if you don’t sew or examine the seams like I do. lol Yes I have sewn my clothing for years and I tend to be overly critical in my examining the seams, tension and technique. The seams are nicely finished in a serge and the hems are doubled up to a nice finish and no buckling in the hems, the lining layer hangs down nicely with an added  bit of material just below main (outside) hemline, in one of the colors that is in the main part of the dress, this adds a nice finishing touch to the dress.

Alight Jacket so flattering

The dress is also 100% cotton, which is perfect for summer time (my camera acted up when I went to transfer the picture to my computer, so sorry I lost the picture of myself in it, with my shawl on top, to hide the bra straps). To keep myself from doing too much ironing, I take this dress out of the drier while still slightly damp and place it on a hanger straighten out some by hand and let it hang dry… this way the trusty iron only has a few places to touch up and I don’t have to iron the whole dress. 🙂 Also, if you forget to take the cotton item out of the drier while still a little damp… you can do one of two things, one dampen a towel and put it in with just the dress and it will help get rid of some wrinkles… and you can invest in a “Wrinkle Release” product, I love to have some sitting around for those times that I must wear something but don’t have time to iron. 🙂

The dress that was chosen for me is just as lovely as lovely can be, I do have to say that I will want to wear a shawl, a shrug or some sort of cover up over it as I am too large chested to go without a bra and I don’t care for my bra straps to show in spaghetti strapped dresses or shirts. That is the only down side to me with this dress and it’s really not a big deal, I just need to keep in mind, in the near future, that I need to purchase of a good strapless bra to go in this so that I can show off the lovely slimming shape this dress gives to me. 🙂

Now for the fun part! Enter to Win! This drawing will be over in 30 days, so you have plenty of chances to win! Alight will take your size and choose a piece of clothing for you. The giveaway is available to US and Canadian Residence and will end on 9/21/11.

Good Luck to all our friends!

9/11 Update: Sorry this Giveaway is Over, I wish I could tell you to watch for the next promised of the 3 monthly reviews, but Alight notified me that there was a stop on these promised giveaways for the time being. *sigh*

 
Disclaimer: 
Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, Alight provided me with a free sample of this product to review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by Alight. 

 

Crazy Dog T-Shirts – Win a Gift Card for a Comfortable TShirt

Written by: Riah

I would like to introduce you all to Crazy Dog T-shirts, I was invited to pick out one of their T-Shirts to test out. I have to say I had a rough time deciding as they have so very many T-Shirts to choose from. They have many catagories of TShirts to choose from and I found myself laughing at some very silly T-Shirts as well as looking at the Video Game T-shirts… I really got a hoot out of the T-shirt of protection +6 Defense and the Invisiblity T-shirt (currently deactivated). lol

I also had a good laugh at the “About Us” Link at the bottom of their Home Page as I waited for my t-shirt to arrive and did my research. You really must read the “About Us” to read how CrazyDog TShirts got started, that’s the part I laughed out… good for you “Mom” for putting your foot down. lol And it’s so reassuring to know that if your unhappy with your T-Shirt you can just send it back and pick a new one! How cool is that? 🙂

I suppose I should tell you what T-Shirt I settled on the Merlottes Bar T-Shirt, yes I watch True Blood on Cable and I love the show. I found that shirt under the Category of Cool T-Shirts. I am quite happy with the T-Shirt and glad that I went a size up in that shirt, as it is a nicely shaped women’s T-shirt that fits pretty snugly as it follows the curves. The description on the t-shirt had, at the time of my ordering it had said “slim fit”… I noticed it no longer says that, so perhaps they are not going with the same fit in the t-shirts for this one any longer and are going with the usual boxy t-shirts. Anyway be sure to read the descriptions on the T-shirts so that you know if there is any adjustments to make for  your size etc. 🙂

The T-shirt is so soft, that I love how it feels against my skin, the tshirt is so soft and comfortable that it’s like wearing an old pair of jeans, you know the ones that you don’t want to throw away? Yup, except it’s a t-shirt. lol And the print on the shirt is perfectly done… I’ve seen shirts at these prices where the t-shirt was nothing but ordinary and the print messed up or a smudge on the t-shirt of the print and I’ve seen the print not perfectly set one color on top of the other.

Thank you so much to Crazy Dog T-shirts for my lovely T-shirt and because of you I found yet another place that I can recommend to my readers, friends and family for their T-shirt purchases. And I know I shall be back to order from you soon, as I already know my husband needs a couple of these shirts for himself as he sat looking over my shoulder and laughed at the great t-shirts as well as I did.

Time now, for a giveaway, oh yes! 🙂

Sorry the Giveaway is Expired!

 

Disclaimer: 
Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review,Crazy Dog T-shirts provided me with a free sample of this product to review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by Crazy Dog TShirts.

Susan Howard Designs – Comfort Wear Necklaces Review & Giveaway

I would like to introduce you to Susan Howard Designs, she has designed a beautiful line of jewelry that she calls her Comfort Wear and when you read the statements on the jewelry you will know just why the name is perfectly suited. This woman has been truly touched by the hand of God in her life and her calling to share her creations with us.
Closeup of the Overcoming Difficulties Dear Lord you have seen my anger and my tears you know my heartach and my fears I will trust in  you forever more grant me eagle wings so I may soar.
Overcoming Difficulties the back, a beautiful prayer.

I was fortunate enough to have been asked by Susan to receive a piece of her jewelry to review as my partner Joan had suggested it. I feel so fortunate to have this beautiful piece of jewelry and mine is the comfort necklace dedicated to “Overcoming difficulties”… as some of you know I suffer from Chronic Pain from Fibromyalgia, Lupus SLE and herniated discs in my neck and in my lower back. As a result of this, though I try to remain positive and hand my pain up to God, it does get very frustrating and it’s impossible to know from one day to the next what just how bad my pain level will be.

 
The statement on the back of the necklace spoke to me (see the pictures) and so when my blog partner, Joan came to me and let me know that Susan and her would love to have me review one of Susan’s faith inspired, Sterling Silver Necklaces, I knew exactly which necklace would help. The necklace helps to remind me that no matter how alone I feel God is always with me and knows my suffering and frustrations.
 
Front of Overcoming Difficulties Necklace Eagle and Cross Design
Front of Overcoming Difficulties Necklace

The necklace arrived in a beautiful box… and as I opened the box I realized that not one picture would EVER do these beautiful works of art justice! Maybe a part of that for me is also the sentimental value that such a remarkable gift was made with such thought and giving to me knowing what I go through each and every day for over 25 years of my life…. but to me it’s one of the most beautiful pieces of jewelry that a person could ever own. A reminder of the Lord above and for the memorial comfort jewelry a reminder of those we’ve loved and have passed on. A prayer of sorts for them and comfort for us.

 
These would make perfect gifts for yourself and loved ones who have lost someone and is having a rough time dealing with their lose. Remember this shop too for friends and family that are experiencing difficulties in their lives, whether is be sent to them with a sympathy card as gifts for family planning a funeral or any of life’s difficulties.

a picture of my Overcoming Difficulties Necklace in the box it came in
a picture of my Overcoming Difficulties Necklace in the box it came in
 
On the lighter side of things are many of the Susan Howard Designs Inspirational Jewelry, do you have a wonderful friend or co worker who has touched many people and is an inspiration and a blessing? Do they have an event coming up? A birthday? Do you have a child with a birthday coming up or holiday, what about graduations, confirmations, baptisms? A gift like these can be giving for some many of the events in life just to remind someone that they are loved, appreciated etc.
 
Does someone just need their spirits lifted? I am sure you will find something that will touch that person just right in her lovely collection of jewelry. This artist has truly been inspired by the lord and events in her life, and I cannot do this beautiful person, nor her wonderful work justice in my words here.
 
Thanks to Susan Howard for offering one of our readers a beautiful piece of jewelry in Sterling Silver as a Giveaway, may you or yours be as touched with the jewelry as I have been… you will have a choice from her Memorial Jewelry Collection. Thank you so much Susan Howard your Jewelry does touch the heart and soul at least for this blogger!
 
Good Luck to you all…Entries End 07/01/11 at 11:59pm ET.
 
Go for it folks, the rules are as follows:
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A) your favorite item (other then the item I received)
or
B) what you learned about the beautiful woman!
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Good Luck to all our friends!
Disclaimer: 
Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, Susan Howard Designs provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. . All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.The photo’s used in this review were provided by Susan Howard Designs and myself.