White Plum Giveaway‏ | Win Free Clothes for A Year!

WP Free Wardobe Giveaway

White Plum Boutique is giving one lucky winner free clothes for a year (you can see some of my favorite items here & here)! Simply follow this link to enter by signing up for their mailing list to keep up to date on the latest boutique arrivals. The contest is running February 11-February 22! Good luck!

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The Fine Print: The contest begins on Wednesday, February, 11th 2015 and ends on Sunday, February, 22, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. PST. The contest is open only to legal residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older as of the beginning of the contest period. You may only enter the contest once. You may enter the contest by subscribing to the White Plum newsletter. By subscribing, you agree to receive promotional emails from White Plum. All current email newsletter subscribers are automatically entered into the contest. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on this webpage. In order to claim the prize, the winner must contact us at customerservice@whiteplum.com within five (5) days after the end of the contest. If the winner does not claim the prize within five (5) days of the end of the contest, a new winner will be randomly chosen and announced.

One (1) Grand Prize: one winner will receive 12 free outfits (consisting of one top, one bottom, and one accessory) from White Plum, to be distributed at once. The total value of the prize to be awarded for the contest is limited to $1,200 retail value. The contest winner will select the outfits from White Plum’s website. The prize is not transferable or redeemable for cash. All prizes returned, unclaimed, abandoned, forfeited, or otherwise disputed remain the property of White Plum.

Once delivered to the recipient, the outfits cannot be returned or exchanged, unless received in damaged condition. Product that has been received by recipient in damaged condition must be returned within 14 days of receipt of the product. By participating in and accepting the prize, you agree to be bound by its official rules. Noncompliance with any of the rules and/or terms of this contest will result in immediate disqualification from this and any future White Plum contests.

LuLu*s The Great Galentine’s Giveaway: Win Free Dresses for a Year!


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My outfit:  Cameo Dress  c/o Lulu*sFur Jacket (Similar)  /  J.Crew Necklace  /  Jessica Simpson Heels (Steve Madden – Similar)  /  Maui Jim Sunglasses

My blogger bestie, Katelyn, and I are teaming up with our go-to favorite online shop, Lulu*s.com! Forget the flowers, treat yourself to fab frocks for Valentine’s day! Lulu*s giving away an entire year of free dresses to one lucky gal (and her best pal) for all of 2015!! Lulu*s is giving away an ENTIRE YEAR of free dresses to one gal (and her best gal pal) for all of 2015! All you have to do is subscribe to their email newsletter by entering your email address at the link below! You’ll get a coupon code for immediate shopping upon entry and kept up to date on all the latest looks and chic styles! Want an additional entry (and a better chance to win)? Refer a friend! The winner will be announced at blog.lulus.com on Valentine’s Day. Good luck!




Mint Julep Giveaway

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Another week, another cozy sweater. Some would call it an obsession, I just call it my uniform! Mint Julep Boutique kindly gifted me this color-block cardigan (man, do they have quite the collection – hop on over to their site and see for yourself!) and we are teaming up to give one reader a $25 gift card! All you have to do is enter the giveaway below! Good luck! A winner will be announced on 2/3!

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Sunday Musings


It’s been a few weeks since my last post. It’s not without reason, but reason just happens to be life. We found a house (!knock on wood!) and they accepted our offer. So now comes the fun: more inspections, final approvals, walk-throughs, and oh yes, eventually packing up our townhouse and moving across town. In addition to house hunting the past few months (we had an offer on a house that we ended up pulling out of before Christmas…something about a new roof and siding can really put a damper on savings and the joys of home ownership…which pushed back our initial moving plans), my full-time job has become increasingly busy. At a start-up you do what it takes to get the job done, and often that means working some crazy hours and on the weekends to make sure we are hitting numbers and answering client emails, etc., but I won’t bore you with those details.

And while life has taken over, life hasn’t left much time for much else, especially this blog (I sound like a broken record). I’ve prided myself over the past four and a half years of the time and dedication I’ve allowed for The Brunette One to thrive and lately I feel I haven’t done it much justice. I have grandeur plans for this space, including a redesign that I’m going to do myself (coding and all…I just got an awesome new logo, I can’t wait to debut). Some may ask, but “Sam, you just redesigned it last summer….?” And while yes that is true, I feel like I didn’t give myself enough time and focus on it while I was busy planning, designing, crafting, and getting married. My five year anniversary comes up this summer and I want to embody the past five years of what this blog has done for me and my life since I first hit publish on that first blog post – I’m just not quite sure yet how it will all shake out.

That’s not to say I’m done blogging by any means, maybe just a break for a bit while life continues to happen over the next month or so. I have a few scheduled style posts and DIYs coming up over the next few weeks, but don’t mind the minimal updates until we are finally in our new house and things are better managed on the work/life balance side of things.

Until then, stay tuned for updates and follow along on Instagram – @_thebrunetteone!

PS. A couple of unrelated links for your viewing pleasure:

  • I went in for a trim last Sunday and spontaneously chopped my hair off and haven’t one single regret about it!
  • My latest styling collaboration with Katelyn, this wedding shoot for the unconventional bride.

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My Style: Callina Sweater

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gifted Callina Sweater & Hat | J.Crew Pants | Converse

So, this is it guys, my first attempting to take my own outfit photo and it will only get better from here (so please don’t judge!). It will take some time to figuring which lenses to use and figuring out this whole tripod business!

But anyways, back to the outfit. I was gifted this Callina sweater & hat during the holidays and suffice to say it has become a favorite layering piece as mother nature arrives in full force (negative temps, blizzards, and a polar vortex…love midwestern winters). This sweater, in my book, is the perfect mix of slouchy and chic and I can’t help but support a company who believes in creating timeless clothing for women who seek quality, strive for perfection, and never settle. #truth

Callina is offering readers 50% off when you use code brunetteone50! 

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