Sunday, February 15, 2015

Monroe & Main: Spring Fashion, Palazzo Pants, & $110 Giveaway #MMSpring

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. 
 
 
 
 
When it comes to fashion, I'm a girl that appreciates value and versatility. Even when I was younger and through my teenage years I never understood the importance of throwing down your hard earned money on a several-hundred dollar designer bag or $1,000 or more on a single pair of designer shoes. A good majority of the time they only go with a certain amount of items in a wardrobe anyway and, if you're anything like me, it would be hard to wear them out for fear of ruining them or having them snatched! 
 
Yes, I'm somewhat paranoid but that's besides the point ;)
 
Why spend that much money on a single item that you'll only be wearing every now and again when you can be more thrifty and make that hard earned money of yours last longer, all the while filing up your closet, jewelry box, and or shoe rack? 

With their newest Spring clothing and accessories hitting the shelves, Monroe and Main wants to help bring out YOUR inner fashionista while offering you some fantastic value and versatility. Take for example the pants I received-Monroe and Main's new Stargazing Palazzo Pant
 
 
 
 These gorgeous eye-catching pants are available in misses and plus size and are definitely quite elegant when you first look at them. Featuring a black background with a reoccurring petite white colored floral design, the fit of the pants can only be described as breezy with their wide flowing pant legs and lightweight silky-soft rayon material. The best part about these pants is they can be both dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion. 
 
Created to make the wearer look trim in the waste and long in the legs, these pants are the perfect addition to any fashionista's collection.
 
Plus they have pockets and you all know how much I love pockets! *squee* 
 
 
  Jean Jacket: Old Navy
Shirt: Target (clearance)
Pants: Monroe & Main
Necklace & Earrings: Thrifting
Sandals: Goodwill
Vintage Purse: Goodwill



I know when I received these pants I wanted to create several different looks to showcase the versatility of them. The ideas just flowed through my brain as I raided my closet looking for choices! It was deceptively easy to come up with them, too; with the help of my mom of course, we came up with 3 different outfits (accessories and all) in the span of 5 to 7 minutes. 

How's that for record breaking?

In look #1 I wanted to dress these pants down. At first glance and by themselves, the pants definitely take on a more sophisticated quality that scream "fancy" but being the versatile girl I am, I want to be able to wear these often regardless of whether I'm going out to the mall to shop with friends or going to a fancy dinner with my boyfriend or fellow blogging associates.




Sweater: Old Navy
Pants: Monroe & Main
Boots: JC Penny
Jewelry Set: The Eclectic Element: Handcrafted


Look #2 is another leisurely comfy outfit that can be worn anywhere, from doing errands to going out to lunch with friends. Since Spring in Illinois is still pretty cold, a nice warmer sweater paired with the pants is just perfect!

Standing at nearly 5' 6" I'm somewhat shorter in appearance so I will admit one of the drawbacks of the pants for me is they were a little bit longer on me than, say, a taller person such as my sister who stands at 5' 9". While I still love, love, LOVE them, I think a taller person would definitely reap the many benefits of this particular fashion option.

For me, this just gives me a valid excuse to buy more heels ;)

Aside from us shorter people problems, I've always wanted a pair of pants like these. The material is a little stretchy and super soft so they're extremely comfortable to wear and fit my body perfectly! Plus the black and white color scheme goes with so much it's hard to narrow your many, many choices down.



Sweater: Kohl's
Pants: Monroe & Main
Heels: Charlotte Russe
Belt: Kohl's
Necklace: Thrifting
Earrings: Burlington Coat Factory



Look #3 is my dress up outfit. Note the black heels, fancy charcoal sweater, and chunky stretch belt that all three match the pants with a splash of color from the green in my necklace and earrings. While I love look #1 for its fun and flirty flair, #3 has such a sophistication about it.

Did I mention there were pockets?!
 
Speaking of the pants, while they may be a wee bit pricey by some people's standards, in my mind you really can't put a price on quality. I'd rather pay a little bit more for one quality pair of pants that are versatile enough to go with many different things and last a long time than spend money on many poorly made pairs of pants that may go with a lot but are uncomfortable to wear and don't last that long. 
You're really saving yourself money in the long run if you think about it! 

Monroe and Main was, yet again, the biggest pleasure to work with. While I didn't place my own order my items came extremely fast, were of high quality, and perfectly as described. Not only that, the ordering process itself was a pleasure to go through; complete with very accurate measurement charts, I never had to guess the size of an item I needed to get.

Monroe and Main delivers quality clothing and happiness once more!


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{The Giveaway}

 

Win a Monroe and Main Stylish Prize Package!!
ARV $110






{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, February 16, 2015 through to Monday, March 2, 2015.

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 + 82 possible extra entries which = 84 entries total!

 
Good Luck!



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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, February 16, 2015 11:01pm CST until Monday, March 2, 2015 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 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.


 

113 comments:

Nancy said...

I think I'd pair these pants with a white shirt for a crisp and classic look.

Nancy
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rochelle said...

I like the pants with a black plain top

Amanda B. said...

I'd pair them with a fitted top to balance the bottoms.

Kristin said...

I have a pretty powder pink sweater that I can't seem to pair with anything. These pants would be a great complement!

Maryann D. said...

Today I am so cold, so I would probably pair these pants with a pretty white turtle neck sweater and lovely necklace. I think it would look stylish.
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heather baker said...

I have a red shirt that would go perfect with these. They look so stylish and comfortable.

Hannah said...

You look simply beautiful!! :-) Thanks for hosting the giveaway! Those pants look super comfy (and fashionable! Added bonus!)

-Hannah

Ellen said...

Not only are they as cool and comfy as pajamas, palazzo pants can pair with most any look.

Tammy Schweitzer Catterton said...

I would pair it with black tank top & black overshirt or red one

Jeanineitsme said...

I have a sleeveless top with embroidery around the neck that would go wonderfully with them.

Alice F. said...

I would pair a sleeveless black sweater turtle neck with a thick black belt.

sohamolina said...

I have a long jacket I would pair with it because it would look good.

A Martin said...

I think a leopard-print blouse would look fabulous!

Elizabeth J. said...

I have a yellow cardigan that would look cute with these. I agree with adding color to the black pants. It needs color for spring.

Chisum Crew said...

I would pair them with my fitted emerald green top and large gold chain.

Dede said...

I've always wanted a pair of pants like this! I'd pair it with a lightweight silky boat-neck top.

Rebecca Xavier said...

I would pair these pants with my bright red shirt.

Marie Moody said...

Well I have a pull over red sweater with some glitter threads running through it for a holiday look or I have a black sweater just like my red one, but that one is a turtle neck.. Yep that's what I'd do. :) Great give-away Girlfriend! Thanks for the wonderful opportunity. Woo Hoo spread the word!!

wigget said...

I might try the hat strategy

Kortney Lah said...

I would most definitely pair this with my brand new black/white/gray sweater I received for Christmas and some stunning jewelry.

Vivacious Ramsey said...

livivua...id pair them with sandals and a black scoop neck top

Leah Meray said...

I would pair these palazzo pants with a fitted short-sleeve white blouse and a thick black belt. I would then do a retro makeup look with red lips and cat-eye!

alona y said...

I love palazzo pants, I never knew what they were called! I would pair these with a fitted black sweater.

Alice Isis Serraon said...

I love these palazzo pants! I've only had plain black ones in the past but I can see myself pairing this with a fitted solid color top :)

Jennifer Blanton said...

I have a black gauzy top that would look pretty with the black pants- love them

M Clark said...

I would pair the palazzo pants with an orange top and a hat, because orange is a nice bright color and I always wear hats.

chris z said...

i would pair them with a pink scoop neck top

Deborah W said...

I would pair them with a bright colored top or sweater. It's important to draw the eye upward and give details at the top. Also wearing some jewelry will help draw the eye upward.

hhkaufman78 said...

I would pair them with a cute coral shirt I have.

Joely Smith said...

I learned that you can balance the fullness of the pants with a shorter top.

Jo said...

The Auriela Lasercut Swimsuit because I need a new swiwsuit for the shore!

puye said...

I will pair with a silk white shirt
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Jan Lee said...

Although it doesn't come in my size, I think the To The Limit Jean Jacket is a must have for spring :)

niborm said...

I'd love the Fall Peacoat because it would go with everything in my closet

Tiffany Weikel said...

I like the floral starburst dress.

Lisa T said...

I really like the Jacquard Jacket because I love leopard print!

the crazy persian said...

The pants would be fun with a boho crop top for a festival

Kelli A said...

I classic flowing white blouse would be my choice.

bbrittbrat1398 said...

I would love the workin it dress. I could wear it to work or out and would pair it with some nice black heels and bold jewelry.
Brittney House

Xty C said...

I like the print of Preda Pattern Skirt

Cristy Ridey said...

I love the Print Maxi Dress. It is gorgeous and I can wash it at home!

mecarolks said...

I like the Scuba Peplum Top because it looks nice.

Anita Duvall said...

I love the Royal Rose Maxi Dress that is in the New Arrival Section. Such pretty, feminine colors!

Anonymous said...

I love the One of the Boys Pencil Skirt! It looks like a throwback to the 1940s!

Lana Bradstream said...

I like the Print Maxi Dress because I would rock it!

helen may said...

I like the sheer attitude dress. You can accessorize in many different colors.

Da- HedgeHogi said...

I love the Ruffle Dot Top. Its so cute!

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K Davis said...

I would love to have the Moroccan Panel Dress.

Melody said...

I like Scuba Peplum Top. It has nice waist details and shaping that are very flattering.

mandala said...

I would pair it with the Lace Trim Cascade Twin Set - stylish but still looks comfortable.

Ken Ohl said...

love the moroccan panel dress. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

Kristi C said...

I need the Preda Pattern Skirt because I love the design and I need new clothes for work.

juliemurphy said...

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Crochet Mesh Ombre Top because I think it is cute.

Marilyn said...

My have to have piece is their Black Seasonless Stretch Skirt. A basic black skirt is a wardrobe staple and I need a new one. This one looks perfect.

mickeyfan said...

I like the Got it Going tunic.

Seyma Bennett Shabbir said...

I need the Got It Going Tunic, very colorful and comfortable looking. I love this!

Heather Smith said...

The pants look soooo comfortable, but the skirt is very cute too!

jlee said...

I love the print tube pencil skirt. It looks fun and fashionable but still comfy!

Trisha B said...

I love the Front & Center Tunic because it has a really pretty and colorful arc of flowers that highlight the bodice while an asymmetrical hem carries the eye on a lengthening glide downwards.

Terra Heck said...

I like the Pay Attention Pointe Pant. I could wear them to work or out on a night on the town. I like the style of the pants and they look flattering. Thanks.
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Kim said...

I love the Soft Sophisticate Top. The style is flowy yet fun and flirty. It is perfect for me!
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Ashley C

lynz said...

I love the golden girl dress! Love the colors and need some new dresses

Kassie Brown said...

I love the season less stretch dress. It is the perfect little black dress for any occasion.

Haydensmommy05 said...

I love the sheer bliss top Trisha Burgess

Ashley said...

I would love any of the scarves! That is a must accessory for my spring look.

Dawn Monroe said...

I like the paisley flutter dress because of the color, neckline and I think it would be flattering.

Sharon Kaminski said...

I can't live without the Ruffle Front Tank top. It would go with a lot of my things.

Alison H said...

I really like the flaterille top, it looks very breezy and springy!

Linda Bradshaw said...

I would like to have the Stretch Cotton Bright Jacket. I have a maxi skirt it would go good with.

Andrea Darst said...

I need the Dottie Top in my Spring wardrobe - so easy to pair with so many things!

Cherie Montorio said...

I would love to have the Lace Front Babydoll because showing off your shoulders just feels sexy in Spring.

Debbie said...

I love the Miss Only Me Pencil Skirt. The colors would be great to wear with so many things.

Karen F said...

I like the Wrap me up top. I love the styling and print.

Nipa P said...

I like the Wowi Maui Skirt

Samantha Hill said...


I love the Mirrored Skirt because it's the perfect non winter skirt

deanna said...

I can't live without the Jenna Embroidered Tunic because of the pretty embroidery. ;)

Leela said...

Awning Stripe Maxi Dress.. it's pretty.

kathy dalton said...

I love the Maasai Dress because it is great for Florida summers

tina reynolds said...

I love the super cute Stripe Pencil Skirt great color and length

tina reynolds said...

I love the super cute Stripe Pencil Skirt great color and length

Jessica said...

I love the front and center tunic! It is simple and classy.

LesleyfromWI said...

I like the Preda Pattern Skirt which would be perfect for work

Michele P. said...

I love the A Stone's throw top because of the cinched waist, it is sleeveless which is perfect for the warmer months, and is not tight around the bottom... plus I could wear it for an evening out, or to work.... very versatile.

SexyBrat said...

I love the Boardroom Jacket. I cannot live without it because I am a businesswoman.

Lynne said...

Is the banded jersey top from the spring collction? No matter, it is my favorite. I love the unique cut and the draping - also, it is sleeveless, which means when winter comes I can just throw a blazer over it!

Cathy Kemp said...

I love the flaterill top love thecolors and lines real need for spring

Cathy Kemp said...

I love the flaterrill top cool breezy, love color, lines and flow

imaclutz89 said...

I really love the Party or Not Blazer! It's so versatile!

Erica C. said...

I like the Ruffled trim suit.

Linda Kish said...

I would like the 'A Stones Throw Top'. I love the color and the style. I would probably wear it often.

Lisa Voyce said...

I really like the Front & Center Tunic. I could use some color for my Spring wardrobe.

nape said...

I'd love to have the Colorblock Dress from Monroe and Main.

Thanks for a great giveaway!

blew415 said...

To The Limit Jean Jacket looks so comfy

hannahkate22 said...

The wowi mowing dress because bits perfect for work

Laurie Murley said...

I would love to win the Audrey Dot Dress because its more like I would wear

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BeeCute said...

I love the Great Estate Top. The beading is gorgeous!

Melissa Vaught

Jenny foose said...

Loving the palazzo pants! You have some great looks!

Cheryl R said...

The Green scene tunic is the item I would choose from the spring collection. The colors and the vibe are endearing to me!

Missy said...

I love the Weekend Palazzo Pant and can think of so many different outfits I could make with them!

barbara stenby said...

Weekend Palazzo Pant

Brooke Boyd said...

i ADORE THE SHEER BLISS TOP

Robyn Donnelly said...

I love the leggings and jackets because they are trendy.

Kristin Duncan said...

I love both the Preda Pattern Skirt and the Print Tube Skirts. I love the pattern and design.

Darby Elizabeth said...

I think that the gala lace skirt is very classic

Jennifer Herman said...

Fire and Ice Dress

jdine said...

I love the Stretch Bootcut Pant because they would be comfortable and versatile.

Peggy Rydzewski said...

Print Maxi Dress

Jay said...

I love the Roman Holiday top!

Brooke Boyd said...

lOVE THE SHEER BLISS TOP

Buddy Garrett said...

My wife loves the Fly Me to the Moon Top. She says it would be great for Spring.

Shea =) said...

I like the Front & Center Tunic.. looks so pretty and figure flattering

Clair Freebie said...

I would really love one of the pencil skirts!

Melanie Montgomery said...

I love the Animal Stripes Handbag by Marc Chantal! I could wear it with everything.

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