NYE! (Yep, four months late)

Happy New Year, y’all!

What’s that, you say? It’s been 2k10 for four months now?

Oh. Well. My bad.

What really happened? I had planned on doing an outfit post for a while, and I finally got the photos from my sister’s camera. Like, two days ago. So here it is now. Apologies! Clearly, I was tardy for this party.

When I went home for the holidays, I was lucky to bring some things that could easily mix-and-match for an excellent party such as the Eve of the New Year. Out for some live music and dancing, I wore:

  • Jersey-Tunic dress from Jens Fashion Plus (it is SO comfy and probably my favorite thing ever!)
  • Short-sleeved cardigan from Jens Fashion Plus
  • Ruched lace leggings (how ’80s!!) from Torrid
  • Blue flats from Target
  • Waist tie from another dress

(Jen also has a blog. You should follow it!)

So yes, it’s pretty late, but I still run around in this outfit, so I think it’s still relevant.

In other news: Spring break is over. SAD!


Win a $50 alight.com gift card!

Wow, you guys! What a busy month it’s been so far. Thanks to everyone who participated in my giveaway sponsored by Jen’s Fashion Plus! And because you guys are so awesome, I’ve got another super fantastic giveaway for you today, sponsored by the folks at alight.com.

The prize? Win a one-time-use $50 gift card! What I love about this giveaway is that not only are alight.com’s products totally affordable (most are $50 or under!), but you can peruse the site and find something you really, really love. They’ve got literally hundreds of fantastic dresses and more, a wide array of brands, and a good selection of sizes.

Josh, a site representative, sent me the gorgeous Blue Plate dress you see above. Since it’s getting cold here already, I’m going to have to wait until the spring to get the most use out of it (I love the designs, but it’s going to be hard to dress this one for snow!). Alight.com has TONS of Blue Plate boho-chic clothing! It’s only one of the many possibilities for you to spend your $50.

Okay, I’ll stop talking now. You want to know how to enter.

To enter, all you need to do is comment on this post. You have until midnight (EST) on Friday, 2 October, to enter, and a winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Monday, 5 October. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.

You want extra entries? No prob!

You may earn up to FIVE extra entries by doing one or more of the following:

  1. Re-Tweet: By tweeting this, I am entering to win a $50 gift card from @alightcom and @daniellepdx! Enter here: http://wp.me/phyW5-9Z
  2. Follow us on Twitter: Follow alight.com (@alightcom) and myself (@daniellepdx), and then comment back here letting me know you’ve added yourself.
  3. Become a fan of alight.com: Add yourself to alight.com’s Facebook fan page, and then comment back here.
  4. Add yourself to alight.com’s mailing list: While I don’t normally encourage people to do something like this, you will totally receive a discount code for your first order when you sign up, then comment back here.
  5. Feature the giveaway in a blog post: If you own your own blog, mention and link to this giveaway for an extra entry!

Good luck to everyone, and thank you for entering!

Jen’s Fashion Plus winner!

Thank you to everyone who entered my most recent giveaway, sponsored by Jen’s Fashion Plus. While you’re all winners in my book, there’s unfortunately only one winner for this contest.

The random numbers have spoken.

Congratulations, Asrah! You will be hearing from me momentarily. You’ve got 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.

Thanks for playing, and stay tuned! I’ve got another superfantabulous giveaway coming up soon!!

Win apparel from Jen’s Fashion Plus!

Over the last several months, I’ve started to learn the joys (and credit-card horrors!) of eBay. Hands-down one of my favorite places to go and peruse is Jen’s Fashion Plus.

I’ve acquired several pieces from the store, including several dresses (a fab black-and-white buffalo check halter dress, a gauzy summer dress, and a short button-breasted pocket dress), lots and lots of the ultra-comfy cardigans in many colors and lengths, and even a great satiny belted top.

The clothing is high quality and very, very affordable, and the shop specializes in sizes 1x through 5x.

Have you shopped there yet? Well, if not, today’s your lucky day!

The adorable and ultra-sweet Jen, owner of the eBay boutique, is sponsoring today’s giveaway! One lucky Elle in Wonderland reader will win one clothing item of her choosing from Jen’s Fashion Plus.

Now, you may be wondering right about now how you can enter. Well, let me tell you:

How to enter

  1. Go to Jen’s Fashion Plus, and check out what she’s got to offer.
  2. Come back to this post, and leave a comment telling me: what item(s) you liked, where you would wear it, and how you would accessorize.
  3. Don’t forget to leave a valid email address in the comment form!

So you want extra entries? That’s great! Here’s how you can have up to three extra entries:

  1. Tweet about the giveaway! Simple Re-Tweet this phrase: I entered to win awesome apparel from Jen’s Fashion Plus @daniellepdx at Elle in Wonderland! Enter here! http://wp.me/phyW5-9o
  2. Spread the word. Write about the giveaway on your own blog, including a linkback to this post, for another extra entry.
  3. Become a MySpace fan. Simply add Jen’s Fashion Plus to your MySpace friends, and comment back here.

Giveaway mumbo-jumbo

Some other important things to keep in mind:

  • Entries for this giveaway will end on Friday, September 11, at midnight, EST. Enter before then! One winner will then be chosen by random, and will be announced the following Monday. I will personally email the winner, and s/he has 48 hours to respond before I move on to the runner-up.
  • Anyone may enter. Jen has so graciously extended this giveaway to international commenters!
  • Because of the nature of eBay, the item that you originally chose may not be available in your desired size or color. In this case, we will work with Jen to give you an item of clothing you love just as much.

One more thing!

Although I wish we could give you all clothing, we cannot. Jen has graciously decided to offer Elle in Wonderland readers free shipping on all orders through her eBay store through the end of the giveaway, 11 September. Her clothing is already very modestly priced, so get to it! To redeem, all you need to do is email Jen through eBay and mention this giveaway.

Good luck to you all!


Frothy, fabulous sitcomic genius at its best

I don’t have a TV. It’s actually the first time since, well, ever that I’ve never had a TV. I didn’t watch it in college, but I had the option. And then my parents got super-duper-extended-cable, so I’ve been spoiled. And I kind of miss it.

Thank God for Hulu!

Anyway, a few weeks ago, I was talking to my mom on the phone, and she started telling me about this new show she was watching on–hold it–Lifetime, and how I should watch it, and how I’d like it. “Drop Dead Diva” she said, and I could even watch it online.

After much hesitation–mostly coming from the fact that I adamantly avoid everything Lifetime–I decided to watch the show. Aside from the ridiculous amount of ANNOYING Aquafresh commercial breaks, the show at first had me at “meh.”

Really, I have to say, the pilot episode had me rolling my eyes. The premise of the show is this: Skinny and vapid blonde model Deb (Brooke D’Orsay) and plus-sized curmudgeon lawyer Jane (Brooke Elliot) die simultaneously. Deb, meeting the pearly gates, presses the “return” button, and comes back to earth, as Jane. Literally thin girl in fat girl’s body. Commence eye rolls and stereotypes.

I had my reservations, and I was quick to point out to my mom that the only reason she thought I’d like it was because I was fat. Did it get any better, I asked her, or was it just going to be a feast of fat jokes?

I watched more. And I sort of got addicted.

Not only is our heroine fat (not obese, but definitely large compared to the size-zero castmates), but her character is complex and hilarious. Too often, characters that are portrayed as slovenly are played by petite, conventionally pretty actresses. Elliot gives a really great performance as the dual ditzy Deb inside the brainy lawyer Jane. I was really floored that something like this could even come out of Lifetime.

Yes, there is the ocassional box of doughnuts, cupcakes, and non-Splenda’d mojito, but Jane ultimately shows us that a person’s beauty isn’t only what you look like, but the good deeds that mark one’s life. And by being a good person, inner beauty–no matter how corny that sounds–shines through.

Not to mention the stellar lineup of guest stars. The utterly fabulous Margaret Cho has a recurring role as Jane’s assistant, and thus far into the season, we’ve also seen Rosie O’Donnell and BIG DADDY TIMM GUNN(!!!!). Rumor has it, Paula Abdul will also make an appearance.

One more point for consideration…when model wannabe Deb died, she also left behind hunky boyfriend Grayson, who, as fate happened to have it, now works at Jane’s office. It’s pretty obvious by now where the storyline is going, but the question is, can Jane become confident enough in herself that she can nab Grayson? Or will thin and vapid beauty prevail?

This show is a delight to watch, and I’m not embarrassed to say it anymore. It’s sitcomic genius, and I hope it’s on for a few more seasons.

Watch episodes on MyLifetime.com.

WLC Winning Post!

Another awesome pair of WLC tights!
Another awesome pair of WLC tights!

Hi, all!

I wanted to go ahead and announce the winner of the We Love Colors giveaway.

After a record number of Elle in Wonderland commenters, the Random.org generator has spoken…

randomgenerator…and the winner is…


integer44Comment number 44!

Congratulations to Ms. Brigid Keely! You’ve been contacted, and we’re looking forward to seeing you in some awesome black-and-scarlet striped tights by We Love Colors! Yippee!

Thank you to EVERYONE who entered my very first giveaway. Hopefully we’ll get more on here soon!

xoxoxoxoxo, danielle