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Shabby Apple and the “Power of the Dress” (and a GIVEAWAY!)

Shabby Apple Micha Maxi Dress

When you think of vintage clothing, what comes to mind? For me, it’s the romantically unapologetic feminine way of dress – a tea-length skirt paired with a modest top and perhaps even a scarf around the neck. Back when gender lines were clearly defined and a woman’s style included a pretty dress – that vision of America is still so special to me.

And being a woman is a very special thing! Sometimes we forget just how powerful it is to be female, and that’s why I loved working with Shabby Apple. Shabby Apple is an online store with designs that focus on the vintage looks from the past, just modernized and made suitable for today’s woman. Think of a mix between hipster and retro with a touch of prep – that’s Shabby Apple. Although they sell a variety of fabulous accessories and chic clothing, I am especially smitten with their dresses. For me, feminine pieces like dresses garner a certain amount of power and prowess, like, “I am woman, hear me roar!” 🙂

I was given the opportunity to utilize the “power of the dress” with the Micha Maxi Dress from Shabby Apple, a piece that immediately radiates poise and style. A little bit ‘70s with a graphic techno-age pattern, this dress combines all kinds of fun and artful style elements. There was just something about wearing this maxi that made me feel imminently more feminine and confident. You don’t need to show a ton of skin to feel beautiful, and it’s great to be reminded of that! I liked that it was bold but not too flashy, so I decided to head out to a historic mountain park near where I live for an impromptu shoot. It was the perfect, natural backdrop – unassuming yet scenic, and the perfect muse for an afternoon shoot.

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Isn’t it amazing the feeling that a great piece of clothing can bring? I love when companies like Shabby Apple share their visions with the world, especially through really cute clothes. Rocking fab clothes with a dose of feminine fearlessness is something I can definitely endorse… And that’s not shabby at all. 😉

And I have exciting news for one lucky reader! I’m hosting a $50 gift card giveaway for Shabby Apple! In order to enter, all you need to do is comment below and let me know where you would wear your Shabby Apple! Would you strike a power pose at work, or would you save it for a special occasion like a baby shower, a wedding, or a weekend getaway? Let me know in the comments to be considered for the giveaway! And let me know how you would #ShowYourShabby!!!

Nikka Shae The Undercover Socialite

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  • Reply GlamKaren February 19, 2016 at 9:43 am

    I shopped Shabby Apple years ago but then forgot about it for some reason. Not sure why, as they have amazing things! I really love your dress and the 70’s vibe. The yellow necklace goes PERFECTLY with it!
    Karen |

  • Reply latanya t February 19, 2016 at 10:50 am

    I would #ShowYourShabby by wearing it to work.

  • Reply Sarah @ Foxy's Domestic Side February 19, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    I love Shabby Apple, although haven’t gotten anything from them yet. I’m more drawn to the dresses and I would probably try to get one that I could wear to a baby shower and then maybe to a GNO and date with my hubby. Like to get versatile pieces so I can maximize it. 🙂

  • Reply Denise M February 19, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    I mainly wear dresses at work and jeans at home but it might be nice to mix it up and wear a dress for a meal out with the hubby

  • Reply Roxanne February 19, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    I love how that purple pops against that yellow! It works so well with the color mix in the dress! Beautiful!

  • Reply colette @ restyle it wright February 19, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    omg! I LOVE Shabby Apple! They are my go to when I’m looking for a fun dress to wear to a wedding…and I have one coming up in May that would be perfect! You rocked that dress 🙂

  • Reply sandra February 19, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    I would wear a Shabby Apple dress to church!

  • Reply CoCo February 19, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Love how you brought even more color in with your nails and lips! I cannot pull off that pattern but it looks awesome on you!

  • Reply Allie February 19, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    I’ve never heard of Shabby Apple, but your dress is super cute! And your confidence just jumps out of your photos!! Great look on you!

  • Reply Amanda Love February 19, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    You are totally rocking that dress. I’ve heard of Shabby Apple in the past but never really paid much attention to them. I will have to check them out now.

  • Reply Beeb Ashcroft February 19, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    I love how vintage has come back but with its own new flair! You rock that dress, girl! I don’t do well with bright colors and I wish I did!

  • Reply momssmallvictories February 20, 2016 at 12:19 am

    I’ve never heard of Shabby Apple, I will have to check them out. You look great, vibrant and chic!

  • Reply Amber NElson February 20, 2016 at 12:22 am

    I don’t think I would look good in it, but this looks amazing on you!

  • Reply Debra February 20, 2016 at 3:17 am

    What a gorgeous dress! I love it so much! I am a huge shabby apple fan! Gorgeous!

  • Reply jillconyers February 20, 2016 at 5:40 am

    Those colors look great on you. This reminds me of how ready I am for spring.

  • Reply Shawanna February 20, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    I love Shabby Apple but haven’t bought anything yet. I’d pick something that was versatile enough to wear to work, dinner, church or an outing by dressing it up or down with accessories, shoes and hairstyle.

  • Reply Gina M February 20, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    You look beautiful! I would #ShowYourShabby by wearing one of their beautiful dresses to a wedding I have coming up in April.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  • Reply Hannah Adkins February 20, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Girl, I would wear my Shabby Apple just about anywhere! To work, or to a night out. I love their clothes. Always so unique and fabulous.

  • Reply Heather February 20, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    What a beautiful dress! I love the bold colors and pattern. I am so plain jane, but I would love to incorporate more colors and patterns.

  • Reply butterandbeats February 20, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    This Shappy Apple dress it too cute. I would really rock something like this at an event. It would really be memorable and easy to rock!

  • Reply manda February 20, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    I would wear my dress to work.

  • Reply Pam February 22, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    I love that they mix retro with modern! That dress looks great on you and I definitely get the 70s vibe from it!

  • Reply Suzanne Spiegoski (@SSpiegoski) February 23, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Yellow is definitely a great color on you, any bright color for that matter! I love this 70s vibe, so vivaciously rad and groovy. Suz |

  • Reply serena February 24, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    Totally would wear my dress to church and make everyone turn their heads.

  • Reply Sarah February 29, 2016 at 10:56 am

    This is such a pretty dress and the material looks like it would be so comfortable!

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