Sunday, August 24, 2014

Add Some Color This Fall: Monroe and Main Review & Giveaway #MMFallFashion

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 Element. 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.

We're at the end of August, nearly into the first of September which will quickly be preceded by the coming of the Fall season and all I can think to myself is HOW?!

How did it go from the beginning of Spring to the beginning of Fall almost instantaneously? While I'm not thrilled about what comes after, Fall is by far my favorite season so while I'm still stunned it's nearly upon us, I'm thrilled at the same time.

Monroe and Main wants to welcome the upcoming Fall season in style (pun definitely intended) by embracing and celebrating color. In their own words, "Color never goes out of style and at Monroe and Main you'll find the latest pops of rich, saturated shades, tones, and moods showing up as chic accents and making bold statements.

Adding a little splash (or a lot) of color to any wardrobe adds depth, style, and sometimes a little silliness to any outfit; it just depends on what look you want to achieve. With the Fall season fast approaching, I can't think of any better time to add some color to my own wardrobe!

Thanks to Monroe and Main, I was able to do just that! I was sent one of their newest Fall catalog additions-the Studded 3-in-1 Tote in what else but my absolute favorite color: Purple!

As soon as I saw this purse on their Pinterest board, I knew. I knew this beautiful perfectly-studded purple-colored 3-in-one tote bag/cross body purse would be mine. When that box came to the door and when I saw that the little return address label in the upper left-hand corner of the box said 'Monroe and Main', I carefully opened the package. 

And fell in love.

You know this purse was meant for me when the first thing that my boyfriend said when he initially laid eyes on the tote was, "That purse was made for you."

I feel bad because as soon as I got the tote in the mail I had a health setback and was bedbound for about a week, so unfortunately I wasn't able to use the 3-in-1 bag as much as I would have liked before this review went live and the pictures could have been better but you work with what you're given!

Initially when I received the bag, or bags in this case, I was truly amazed. Amazed that not only is this 3-in-one tote so versatile, but it's extremely well thought out! Both the tote and the bag have rings to attach a cross body strap (adjustable cross body strap included of course) which is very important to me as I can't stand shoulder bags. Not only that, but inside the larger tote there are snaps (yes snaps) on each side that secure the smaller bag into place so you can easily store without worrying about losing one or the other.


The bags themselves, including the large tote, the smaller cross body purse, and a small attached coin purse, are all very luxurious and chic looking with their leather-like appearance and perfect amount of bordering metal studs to make it look classy as opposed to gaudy.

The purple hue the bags come in is beyond gorgeous and perfect for the upcoming Fall season! I can see this going with many different things in my wardrobe so again, I appreciate this product's  versatility.

And I'm not just saying that because purple is my favorite color. Promise.

The only qualm I have about this bag is the material is a little bit thin and I'm one of those people who like to pile stuff into her purse until I'm hunched over so I'm not quite sure how this purse will fair with the 'Kayla Treatment'.  That being said only time will tell!

As always, Monroe and Main's customer service is unparalleled! Even though I didn't order the bag through the website personally, my order arrived safely packaged and extremely fast. Plus, not only was I able to receive the 3-in-1 studded tote, but upon further inspection inside the smaller purse I found yet another bag, this time a little extra gift in the form of a reusable cloth bag. 

This is my second experience with Monroe and Main and I have no problem saying I'd keep going back again and again!



{The Giveaway}


Win a studded 3-in-1 tote in your choice of black or purple!! ARV $99.95

{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, August 25, 2014 through to Monday, September 8, 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 + 77 possible extra entries which = 79 entries total!

Good Luck!


Don't forget to check out the 25 other Monroe and Main 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 Monday, August 24, 2014 11:01pm CST until Wednesday, September 8, 2014 10:59 pm central standard time. The winner will be chosen through and be contacted within 24 hours of the drawing. You'll then have 24 hours (1 day) 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.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Win It Wednesday(8/20)

Win It Wednesday is a day for showcasing, browsing, entering, and linking up contests-Have a contest that needs a little extra exposure? Feel free to link it up!

NOTE:: Linking up your contests on my Win It Wednesday linky below automatically puts them on my Ongoing Contest Linky.

DOUBLE NOTE:: You only have to submit your contest link ONCE because I manage the ongoing list myself, deleting contests as they expire.


 Win a YumEarth Organic Candy Prize Package!!

Ends August 29, 2014

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Win a Pair of Lavender Alexandrite Stud Earrings!! 

Ends August 30, 2014

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Win 1 of 2 Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Players!!

Ends August 31, 2014

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Health Update Thursday(8/14)

To say the past few months have been hard would be the understatement of the century. Since I last left you, several things have happened, all of which I can't quite consider to be the greatest.

My health has been yo-yoing and doesn't seem to stand still enough for me to enjoy a reprieve. Of course I still have my good days, my goodish days, and my not-so-good days, but I'd like a few weeks of good and goodish days instead of two good days, a bad day, a goodish day, several bad days, and so on.

It's quite exhausting these days trying to keep up with my own body!

With Fall drawing near, I can't help but wonder if my continual ups and downs are just an early relapse, especially now that we're getting closer and closer to it hitting Fall and the days seem to be more bad than good.

Lately the worst has been my draining fatigue, insomnia, and pain. Oh dear, how much pain I'm in on a constant basis! The unfortunate part of that is pain medications don't work for me so I have to suffer through it. A lot of crying and swearing has been involved. In fact, I just tried Percocet the doctor prescribed me this past Sunday and I'm JUST now getting over the migraine it caused, four days later. Needless to say we will not be doing that again.

I've been dealing with applying for social security for the past two years and early this year I sought out a lawyer when I received my third denial. They've been doing their best to help me and after a year of waiting I was out to lunch with my mom when I got the call: a date was finally set! For August 5th which, then, two weeks away.

Fast forward to a week before the court date and I received another phone call, this time letting me know there was a scheduling conflict and my hearing had been pushed back. To October 28th. I thought I'd be more frustrated than I was but I realized there's no point in getting my knickers in a knot, upsetting myself, and ultimately putting myself into more pain; I've waited nearly 2 years, I can wait 3 more months.

I've been going to myofascial therapy twice a week for the past several months but I haven't seen much of a difference, good or bad. I'm going to finish up the appointments that I've booked through August and hopefully by then we can find an acupuncturist that is in network, which I've been wanting to do for at least a year or two. 

Essentially you know things are bad when you end up stopping blogging and working because of said things. I have several things backed up and am crazily adding more to the list but I'm hoping things will look up and if not, that I can push through at least some of this.

In the mean time, I'm still plugging away. One day at a time and all that jazz.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Win It Wednesday(8/13)

Win It Wednesday is a day for showcasing, browsing, entering, and linking up contests-Have a contest that needs a little extra exposure? Feel free to link it up!

NOTE:: Linking up your contests on my Win It Wednesday linky below automatically puts them on my Ongoing Contest Linky.

DOUBLE NOTE:: You only have to submit your contest link ONCE because I manage the ongoing list myself, deleting contests as they expire.


 Win a $100 Walgreen's Gift Card!!

Ends August 15, 2014

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 Win a GoPro HERO3 + Black Edition Camera!!

 Ends August 17, 2014

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 Win Your Choice of VIPARO Leather Jacket!!

Ends August 29, 2014

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