Sunday, April 20, 2014

Monroe and Main: Mother Daughter Spotlight & Giveaway #MMBloggerSpotlight


Disclaimer: This is a Fashionista Event Opportunity, and is hosted by Still Blonde after all these YEARS and Modly Chic. I was provided product courtesy of Monroe and Main in order to facilitate this honest review on The Eclectic Elembent. All opinions expressed below are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. Please do your own research on a product or service before purchase as your results may vary. Giveaway details are located at the bottom of this post. 




Mother's Day is about to sneak up on us once again-do you have anything planned for that special mother figure in your life? Regardless of whether you have a biological mom, a step-mom, a friend you look up to as a mom (shout out to my Cyber Mommy!), a grandmother who is a mom-like figure to you or all of the above, May 11th is designated to be their special day!

Although really, every day should be their special day considering what they contribute to the world day in and day out, but I digress...

The folks at Monroe and Main get that, and that's why they provide some amazing misses and plus sized clothing and accessory options for that special person in your life and beyond. From dress up to dress down, relaxing to business-worthy chic, and everything in between, you can find whatever look you might be going for at Monroe and Main!

Being chosen to be a Monroe and Main blogger for this particular Mother's Day mother/daughter spotlight campaign was not only an extraordinary opportunity (I've been a fan of theirs since I became a Fashionista a year or so ago), but it also has a very special meaning and provided me an opportunity I might not have been able to achieve on my own; not only did I get a dress to review, but I was also extended a second dress for my mom and we were able to spend some quality time together at our local state park bonding over a mother/daughter photo shoot.

See, the thing is my mom rarely shops for herself, let alone takes the time for herself to get all dressed up. 9 out of 10 times she uses her money to buy things for my sister and I whether we need them or just happen to want them. As far back as I can remember she's always been like that and to be given the opportunity to give HER something back meant the world to me, as did the fact that we found her a dress she actually likes!  











Dress: Paisley Flutter Dress from Monroe and Main
Shoes: Thrifted ()
Earrings: Target Clearance
Bracelet: Thrifted


From the moment I first laid eyes on this dress it was love at first sight! When I initially saw the stock photo on the Monroe and Main website, everything about this dress drew me in; the femininity of it, the pop of color the pattern of the skirt adds, the flattering silhouette... 

Then the dress actually arrived at my door and I fell in love all over again! I immediately went to try it on, you know, to make sure if fit properly (the fact that I ended up twirling around the house for the next 15 minutes is completely irrelevant) and aside from being slightly big, something that's incredibly simple to fix, it literally felt like the dress was made for me. 

Like the pictures on the website, the physical dress itself was very feminine and the fit was extremely flattering! The material the dress is made out of is so silky soft and flowy that wearing the dress was such a pleasurable experience. And last but not least, the fact that the top actually fit (I have a lot of issues when it comes to being somewhat endowed up top) was a miracle in and of itself. All in all the dress and the way it made me feel left me one extremely happy and satisfied customer!








Dress: Hand-Crocheted Jacket & Dress from Monroe and Main
Shoes: Burlington Coat Factory
Necklace: Thrifted 
Bracelet: Thrifted



My mom will be the first to admit she hates dresses. I can count on one hand the number of times I've seen her (or at least remember her) wear a dress for whatever special occasion called for it at the time, but other than that she's more of a dress slacks kinda gal. She admitted that because she's a bigger girl (more to love in my opinion), dresses never really fit her right; "I'm always tugging things down and adjusting myself because they never fit right and they're just very uncomfortable," she told me. 

However, when it came to Monroe and Main's hand-crocheted jacket and dress, she had nothing but positive things to say! The dress itself is made of a very comfortable material that's both soft and stretchy which makes for a non-binding, breathable, not to mention enjoyable fit. The days of worrying over what's riding up or going awry are over! In fact, the only thing she had issues with was the dress might have been a wee bit big and she thinks she could have opted for a smaller size. If that even counts as an issue ;)

Aside from the comfort and fit, my mom thinks the best thing about this dress is its versatility. You can dress it up fancy if you chose or you could dress it down for a casual get together. You can adorn it with splashes of a variety of different colors in all sorts of accessories including jewelry, purses, scarves, shoes...It really is a dress for the imaginative fashionista!

Regarding Monroe and Main, I was extremely satisfied with not only their products, but with the company itself. You can tell they pride themselves on delivering quality products at reasonable prices as well as giving their customers a simple, easy, and enjoyable ordering experience. 

I haven't dealt with their customer service this time around but I have no doubt that's top-notch, too! 








{The Giveaway}

 

Win a Monroe and Main Mother's Day 
Gift Basket ($108 Value)!!






{The Rules}


1. You MUST use the name and email you want to be contacted with in the Rafflecopter.

2. Contest will run from Monday, April 21, 2014 through to Sunday, May 4, 2014.

3. Open to individuals 18 years or older.

4. Open to US residents only--Sorry everyone else!





a Rafflecopter giveaway





That's 2 mandatory entries + 65 possible extra entries which = 67 entries total!

 
Good Luck!


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Don't forget to check out my fellow Monroe and Main Spotlight Bloggers and enter their giveaways-the more you enter the better your chances of winning ;)








Giveaway Disclaimer: This giveaway is open to US residents only, 18 years or older and will run from Sunday, April 20, 2014 11:01pm CST until Sunday, May 4, 2014 10:59 pm central standard time. The winner will be chosen through Rafflecopter.com and be contacted within 24 hours of the drawing. You'll then have 48 hours (2 days) to claim your prize and send me all applicable information-If I haven't heard from you within that time frame, I will be forced to choose another winner. The Eclectic Element and all related parties are in no way liable or responsible for unfulfilled or damaged prizes.



154 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great pictures! Love them all, but I especially like the final shot. Really touching!

Latsyrc728 said...

I would get her the Family Embrace Birthstones Pendant because it is pretty and it would remind her of me everytime she looked at it.

Heather Hayes Panjon said...

I'd Choose The Charlotte Slide by Spring Step (Sandal/ Wedge) For My Mom, I Think She Would Love The Design And Detail.


Ellen said...

I love the Indira Pompano Sandal by Clarks because they’re unique!

Patty Woodland said...

I like the lucky charm tee. You two look just beautiful. I love the last shot.

AMBER EDWARDS said...

I absolutely love the Draped Waist Dress!

I think you two look so amazing. I love all these Mommy & Me shots. :)

Crunchy Frugalista said...

I love the paisley dress you are wearing. That is what I would pick as well.

Lena B said...

Hi-Lo Print Dress looks like a great one for my sling mood

lil_lady_dz said...

I would get my mom the Strapless Bead Maxi cause I love the beaded waistline and think it would accent her beautifully.

Daisy B said...

You both look beautiful! I would get the same paisley dress that you have because I have a similar figure and think that it would fit great. I also love the colors.

Dominique Cloutier said...

Aw! Happy Mother's Day to you and your mom! You both look beautiful and I love your dress! The photos are great and I'm sure the memories are just as wonderful. Great giveaway too!

Keikilani Jackson said...

Awe! You and your mom look so great! Fantastic pictures.

Kelsey Apley said...

What great pictures by the way!! Very sweet memories to remember for a lifetime!! I love both dresses they are SO pretty!

Kristin said...

I love the Nerice Wedge Sandals by Naturalizer. They're the perfect height and they have a nice ankle strap so I don't feel like I'm falling out of my shoes! They're so cute!

dropastitch@yahoo.com said...

http://www.monroeandmain.com/Clothing/Dresses/stripe-sundress-94.pro?fpi=116471&catCd=WI&prefixCode=WI

Love me a good maxi dress!!!!



I'd get this dress and sadly I am estranged from my Mother so I can't choose anything for her :-(

vickie morgan said...

I love the selection of sandals

Rodney Jackson said...

mom would enjoy the flipflop anklet in their jewelery dept.

Amanda A said...

Those outfits are adorable! Great for Mother's Day!

Clair Boone @ www.mummydeals.org said...

Those are both really cute dresses and you guys look great!

Stacey @ miscfinds4u.com said...

I would love the Stripe Sundress for myself - perfect for summer!

Ellen said...

I would choose: http://www.monroeandmain.com/Accessories/Handbags/triangle-lock-envelope-bag.pro?fpi=113849&catCd=WI&prefixCode=WI because I love the colors.

Angela said...

You and your Mom both look fantastic! I love that they have beautiful, age appropriate clothes for moms and daughters. This makes me want to go shopping with my Mom!

Barb Webb said...

Great dresses! You both look very lovely! This totally makes me want to call up my mom and go shopping!

Mama to 5 said...

what cute photo's! Love the sun type dress, perfect for our florida weather. Love the colors!

Pam said...

I love both those dresses! They look so comfy and stylish.

Kristen @ My 3 Little Kittens said...

You ladies look absolutely fabulous! Who would think black would be such a standout spring colour, but impressed!

Jaredamy said...

Amy Desrosiers-

I love your dress so much! I would choose the 3-Pair Large Hoops Earrings for my mom and I.

Mary Jenkins said...

I'd get the animal print maxi dress with shelf bra. I love maxi dresses because they accentuate movement and look amazing on a longer torso like mine.

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Sandra McCollum said...

Super cute outfits, and great giveaway.

Heavenly Savings said...

Those dresses are beautiful! You both look stunning!

Jennifer S. said...

AWE!!! I love this so much!!! You both look just adorable and what a great way to get some fabulous photos of the two of you. That last one is just priceless!!!

Linette said...

Love the paisley flutter dress, so cute for spring!

BrettBMartin said...

look how beautiful you and your mama are!! i love this!!

Shelley Zurek -- Still Blonde after all these YEARS said...

I love the beading on this one: http://www.monroeandmain.com/Clothing/Dresses/beaded-sheath-dress-120.pro?fpi=116481&catCd=WI&prefixCode=WI

Dawn Lopez said...

Oh my goodness, what awesome photos of the two of you! Your clothes are just amazing, so fresh & pretty! You are both ready for spring ;)

Kathleen Garber said...

Those outfits are beautiful! You guys look great. I love my mom but I'm horrible at planning ahead for a gift.

Greta said...

I love that Paisley scarf hem dress you have on!

Nicole Bangerter said...

Mother's Day will be here before we know it. I want the Flutter dress!

The Rebel Chick said...

You and your mom both look so great! Those dresses are so pretty!

Kathy M. said...

My Mother has long passed, but she would love seeing me happy and swinging in The Nicoletta Satin and Chiffon Layer Gown. I love the layers and the,’ flattering surplus bodice, with sparkle sequin and bead detail’. Perfect for ‘formal’ nights and jacket required restaurants. Pretty style and details all-around!!! Ps. I adore your Mom, she rocks <3 Thanks for the giveaway.

Liz Mays said...

No wonder you love it so much. It's styled so cute from the cut to the colors! The lace crochet dress is also very pretty!

Cheap Is The *New* Classy said...

You two look so cute in the pics. I especially like the last picture labeled "Happy Mother's Day." How sweet. :)

Jeanine B said...

I love the Blue Tropics Maxi Dress because it makes me think of cruising in the Bahamas!

Sarah @ Must Have Mom said...

Great pictures of you and your mom. I love the dress!

Tammi @ My Organized Chaos said...

Awe, those are both such beautiful dresses, what great photos too. heartwarming!!!

NPC said...

You both look beautiful. I love the skirt, it's gorgeous. :)

Lisa Weidknecht said...

I'd love the Lily Flower Thong by Stefani because they remind me of Hawaii.

JanD said...

I like the Nuwlywed Loafer because of the color and it looks comfortable.

helen may said...

I like the wonderous bootie! They like so cute!

Courtney B said...

i like the fiora slingback shoes! perfect for summer!

Glenn Woods said...

I would pick the crochet back sundress because its gorgeous!

Have Kids Will Coupon said...

You both look great! I really love that skirt.

Veronica Valdez said...

I like the hi-lo back dress in blue because it is perfect for the beach.

Marina@EBMR said...

I love the pics and isn't it great to be able to shop at one place for both?

Amy Ditmore said...

I fell in love with that Paisley dress the other day when I saw it on this post! I BOUGHT IT lol, and I'm so excited to get it. It looks great on you!

Chisum Crew said...

I adore the Watercolor Dress. It is so colorful and chic.

mkjmc said...

Melinda Cowl Neck Dress i love the color and style

latanya t said...

I love the beaded sheath dress because it is pretty and can be worn to church and work

Caitlyn said...

I like the hi-low animal dress. It looks flowy and comfortable.

Peggy Johnson said...

I Like the fit and flare dress because it looks comfortable and classy

jerseygirl137 said...

I really like the Fleur De Jacquard Suit because it is very pretty and can be dressed up or dressed down.

buzzd said...

Polka Dot Mesh Dress for me as it is cute

firstinlinetobuyyourbook said...

i love the floral top w the white shorts

Natosha Zachary said...

You both look so pretty! If I could pick something for my mom, I would get her the Color Me Pretty Dress. It has a bold colorful print and that would suit my mom just fine.

Marian said...

I would select the red and black dotted roller bag for our upcoming family vaction.

nickieisis3 said...

I would get her the Family Embrace Birthstones Pendant my mother loves heart jewlery

Natalie said...

I would get my mom the bouquet sheer top because it is so colorful!

FIBERONE said...

I like the Isla Pocket Dress
because the style appeals to me.

jdine said...

I would get us both the Nerice Wedge by Naturalizer because they look nice and comfortable for summer.

heather baker said...

I like the striped sundress. I would be a perfect addition to my summer outfits.

chris z said...

i would get the Blue Tropics Maxi Dress for myself it looks comfortable and stylish

Lisa Breece said...

I'd choose the figure slimming swim wear, because I need a new bathing suit.

Lisa Breece

Crystal H said...

I would get the Crystal-Ball Post and Hoops Set. My mother would love it!

Ali Goff said...

I would get the Ciao Bella Crochet Dress. It's so pretty. I would love to wear it.

Bev Henry said...

Tropical Sundress for both of us

Janice said...

I would love to get the Stripe Tie Front Top. Thanks for this fun giveaway!
tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

mickeyfan said...

I like the Juliette cardigan.

Jennifer Blanton said...

I love the dot dress because it is pretty

annabee818 said...

If I could afford it, I would get her the Diamond Round Hoops!
Carly D.

Bebemiqui said...

I'd get my mom the Hedge Neenah slide by Clarks because she loves comfy shoes.

Jennifer Hayden said...

I love the Trimmed Heel Sandal by Monroe & Main.

RICHARD HICKS said...

I would choose the Blues Bracelet for Mom as she loves jewelry and it is her fav. color

janell said...

I love the Crochet Back Sundress!

juliemurphy said...

I like the embroidered top.

Maryea said...

My mother has been gone many years ago, so I'm the mother of our family now. I like the Bouquet Sheer Top.

jill said...

I absolutely LOVE the pictures of you and your mom!!! I have never heard of Monroe and Main and loved looking at all their clothes! i love the perfect pattern dress. It's a totally updated version of the 'little black dress'! happy mothers day all!

Unknown said...

I like the beaded sheath dress

kristin sims said...

I would pick my mother out the Versace Crystal Noir perfume because that is her favorite fragrance, thank you!

kim keithline said...

I would get the Tropical Sundress for myself and the Melinda Cowl Neck Dress because they are both very summery and the dress I chose for my mom is a little longer because she likes a longer dress

Tamar said...

The Hi-Low Animal Dress is really elegant.

sweepmom said...

I like the Rainforest Flutter Hem Dress because I think it would flatter my figure.

CHRIS HOEY said...

I just love the hi-low animal dress it is beautiful

Esperanza Garcia said...

I would choose the embroidered caftan blouse for my mother and I would choose the embroidered kurta for myself. My mom looks good in a caftan style shirt and I think that black and gold would look outstanding on me next fall! Thanks!

Lorina Padgett said...

We both love the Zulima Block Print Dress and I would like the Pitch Vienna Wedges by Clarks.

Missy said...

I love the Oh Dot V-Neck Triple Tier Tankini for me and my mom! We are fuller figured and it is so cute!

Darlene Carbajal said...

I like the Double Wrap Crystal Bracelet. It's very pretty!

luckyphillydad said...

I'd get my wife the Studded Multi Strap Tote because she is always carrying so much around for the kids.

Christy DuBois said...

I like the Tie Die Dress. I could use this as a swimming suit cover up or throw it on to run errands. I could see me wearing this often during the warm months.

bbrittbrat1398 said...

I love the Zulima Block Print Dress because it's totally my mother's style and she can wear it to work.
Brittney House BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com

Chris B said...

My mother would love the city chic bag!

lissa crane said...

I would choose the Zebra Ballerina flats for both my mom and I! They are so cute and you can dress them up or just wear them with jeans! Adorable!

Mrs. Kristina said...

These shoes are just so cute! Flats have been my go to shoes, and I'm trying to ease myself back into heels! These would be the perfect combination for me!

http://www.monroeandmain.com/Shoes/Wedges/feri-espadrille-by-soft-style.pro?fpi=115520&catCd=WI&prefixCode=WI

Sherrie Cruson said...

SHERRIE C.

I would choose the Embroidered Detail Top because I love the purple color and gold embroidery and the Wildfire Feather Embroidered Top because of the pretty feather design on the front and flowing fabric that covers the tummy.

callawishes(at)hotmail(dot)com

jennifer57 said...

I love the Pin Dot Stripe Swimdress. I think it would look flattering on me.

Natalie Yeoman said...

we would both love the Stripe Sundress because its beautiful and we both are in love with maxi dresses

Erica C. said...

We would both look great in the Lynx street thongs by Clarks.

Teresa Thompson said...

Mom would love the Drawstring Colorblock Bag. She loves bold colors.

Tracy R said...

I would choose the Watercolor Dress because I love bold, fun colors and the dress is a real eye catcher!
cardprincess(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

TampaPalmsGirl said...

Family Name Bracelet would be great for a gift.

TampaPalmsGirl said...

Family Name Bracelet would be great for a gift.

Lauren said...

I like the Crystal Necklace and Earring Set, it would go with just about anything!

Lauren Eggers said...

I'd like to win the Auriela Lasercut Swimsuit for myself. I really need a new swimsuit for this summer.

Colette S said...

You are both so lovely! Beautiful photos!

My favorite dress is the Sheer Attitude Dress. It's perfect for summer here

Brandy said...

I would choose http://www.monroeandmain.com/mobile/Clothing/Dresses/border-dot-dress-44.pro?fpi=116473&catCd=WI&prefixCode=WI.. it is very classy

Karen said...

I would love the watercolor dress - it's beautiful :)

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Bakersdozen said...

I would love the Moroccan Panel Dress for myself because I think it is romantic and pretty. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

Gigi Sweeps said...

I'd choose the Royal Rose Maxi Dress because it's beautiful, breezy & reminds me of vacation!!

Gail Williams said...

I like the Wendy River Shoe by Clarks. It is a flat shoe part close toed, part sandal. I want to wear them to Italy!

Anonymous said...

id pick the Mixed Zigzag Scarf for my mom becuase it looks so stylish

joe gersch

megan said...

I would get the purple Ruffle Tankini and Skirt bottom

Danielle Oyen said...

I would choose the Adobe Top because it is perfect for summer and I like the longer length

samdaleo said...

I love the Hi-Lo Print Dress. I would love to wear that!

Samantha (samdaleo)
jamesmadison1974@gmail.com

yellowlabs said...

I like the Lucky Charm Tee because I like the color and the design. This fits my kind of style.

Tammy Shelton said...

I like the Tropical Sundress. I live in Florida and this a perfect dress for Summer.

Breanne said...

i like the Tandy Sandal by Carlos Santana

Tara W said...

I would choose the Elizabeth Taylor 4-Piece Mini Fragrance Coffret for my mom, because this is one of her favorite scents.
Tara Woods

blew415 said...

My mother would like the Sonja Suit. She loves pantsuits and that one looks comfy

Kathy Burton said...

I like the Crystal Necklace and Earring Set and would keep it for myself

Sky Evans said...

I'd get the Moroccan Panel Dress since it's elegant for my mom.

Rita A said...

I adore the Color Me Pretty Dress! I will be attending lots of summer events and this will be lovely!

scottsgal said...

I like the high seas maxi dress - perfect for a day out on the water

LesleyfromWI said...

I like the Indira Pompano Sandal because they would be super cute to wear in summer

Karrie Millheim said...

I love the flutter dress for us

Clover Leigh said...

I would actually love to get the Toile Tote,because my mother has an outfit that matches it,and she'd love to receive it as a gift!

Ashley said...

I love the Bold Direction dress. My mom would love all the accessories that are on the site.

Linda Kish said...

I would choose the Moonlit Isles Tunic for myself. I love the colors.

Karen Drake said...

I would choose the Family Name Bracelet for my Mom so she could have all us kids and grandkids names engraved on it.

carissa joslyn said...

There are a lot of cute items on their site, but I think I would choose to get my mom the Family Embrace Birthstones Pendant.
I am a Only Child, but I have two boys & She's been wanting a necklace that has all of our Birth Stones on it! This would be perfect for her!

Denise said...

The Paradise cardigan totally looks like my mom's style. I'd get it for her

Dede said...

We swim every day in the summer, so I need a great swimsuit. I'd love to try the Gypsy Nights suit. It looks like it would cover the places I want to hide!

jules mcnubbin (buttmuffin) said...

i like the Bubble Wrap Dress

Jenn Mitchell said...

I like the Hawaiian Sunset Maxi Dress.

kathy dalton said...

i would get the
New Paisley Flutter Dress

SexyBrat said...

I love the Multistone Wedge by Midnight Velvet. I think they are cute.

Denise S. said...

I like the Couple’s Birthstone Ribbon Pendant because my anniversary is coming up.

tina reynolds said...

I really like the buckle bangle bracelet for my mom her style for sure. I love the Cores Quarter Strap Sandal by Hush Puppies a little height but looks so comfy

Cálaeb Temple said...

i'd get her the Clog Slippers by Country Door. her feet has a tendency to get cold.

Lorena said...

I like the Bright Print Sweater Cardigan, it is mom's color.

lmurley2000 said...

I would love to have the New Border Dot Dress

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Karen said...

I'd choose the Dot Sundress, because it looks perfect for summer events!

Emily Eldridge said...

I would get the Posey Lace Pump From Dolce by Mojo Moxy. because I need to heels, I got rid of old ones.

Laura Smith said...

I would love to have the Softly Draping Top for me and my daughter because it looks comfy

Kimmy Stebbins said...

I would get the Peasant Dreams Dress because its nice and flowing. Very cute.

cassandra said...

I would pick the two toned bag because we both need new bags and it would be a cute idea to have matching bags.

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