NOW CLOSED win a beautiful dress for my birthday

You can find the giveaway winner at the bottom of this post

So it’s my 27th birthday today. Philosophical, angsty post to follow in a couple days, of course. But first, I thought it would be fun to do a giveaway for the occasion. You know, because giving gifts is just as good as getting them, and I really appreciate you guys reading this blog and participating in the little ETDC community. Thank you!!

I’m giving away a $100 gift card for Shabby Apple, because they have some seriously, seriously beautiful stuff and when I’m being fully girly, I admit to myself that winning a pretty dress/amazing earrings would just about always make my day, no matter what.

(black lace party dress…so delightfully fancy)


Here’s the deal: like the Shabby Apple FB page and then leave a comment under this post to enter the contest. (If you don’t use Facebook but want to enter, let me know and I’ll talk to Shabby Apple and see if there’s a way to get around this.) In your comment, let me know what item you have your eye on, if any, or you can just tell me why you want to win or why you like Shabby Apple’s stuff. But don’t feel any pressure to make your reasons amazing- I’ll pick the winner randomly.

Even if you don’t win, all Eat the Damn Cake readers can use the following code to get a 10% discount off of any Shabby Apple product for a month, until April 6th: eatthedamncake10off


The sad, dark underbelly of all this: I’m noticing that there isn’t a huge size range on the site. If you can’t find your size, please accept my apologies– I wish all of the awesome clothing sites were inclusive– and consider checking out the accessories or bags or shoes or anything else.

(extremely pretty pearl hoop earrings)

Also: Only people with US mailing addresses can receive stuff from Shabby Apple. But if you want to enter anyway and are planning a trip to NYC anytime soon, you can always have the prize forwarded to me and I promise I’ll only try it on once or twice while saving it for you :-) OR: as Caitlin just suggested in the comments, you can paypal me some shipping money and I can get the gift to you. I know it’s an extra step, but if you think it’s worth it, we can definitely make it happen.

I’ll run the giveaway for a week, until Weds the 13th. Which is the day after my anatomy scan ultrasound, when I find out the baby’s gender and holy shit, that feels like such a big deal right now I’m a nervous wreck/thrilled out of my mind/I forgot about my birthday completely because I was thinking about the 12th so much. Anyway. I can’t even believe that this is happening. But not the point. Win a dress! Or shoes!

(strappy flowery heel with buckle. If I could wear a heel this high and not kill myself, I would go with this.)

Good luck!!

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Unroast: Today I love the way I look in a tanktop with that slight padding. I never want to wear a bra again.

P.S. Thanks to Shabby Apple for doing this for my birthday! This was really fun to set up.



Kate on March 6th 2013 in Uncategorized

148 Responses to “NOW CLOSED win a beautiful dress for my birthday”

  1. Ksenia responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 10:50 am #

    Dear Kate!

    Happy yummy Birthday to you from Germany!

  2. maggie responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 10:50 am #

    Sooo I don’t have anything from Shabby Apple, but I love the looks of their stuff! I would really like to buy a dress. I don’t know which one, but I never wear dresses anymore and I would like to buy a new one :) And maybe some snazzy dangly earrings.

  3. Mary Tracy responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 10:55 am #

    Happy Birthday, Kate!

    Well… I wanted to join this giveaway because… I don’t actually own a dress, due to a weird combination of low funds + difficulty finding the right one. For a while I’ve been thinking I kinda need one, even though I don’t know why. And this dress ticks all my boxes: it’s not too short, it doesn’t show cleavage, etc. So yay!

    All that said, I live in the UK (boo), though I would happily pay for delivery.

    Once again, happy birthday and good luck on the ultrasound scan!

  4. Emmi responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 11:02 am #

    A joyous natality to you!

  5. Anna-Marie responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 11:08 am #

    Happy Birthday! Eat lots of yummy cake!

    I left a like on the Shabby Apple FB page.

    I would love to win a dress from them, because they are just so girly. And I’m finally at the age where I miss being girly and the “grown-up-ness” of life imposes on me.

    I have a three year old and a one year old. I see little girls wearing all the fun tutus out and about and I ask myself, “Where’s the tutus for adults?” :)

  6. Kelli responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 11:10 am #

    What a lovely giveaway. Funnily, I just turned 27 LAST wednesday!

  7. Kelli responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 11:11 am #

    (Oh and happy birthday of course :)

  8. Kate responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 11:12 am #

    Happy birthday back!!

  9. teegan responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 11:12 am #

    happy birthday!

    i live in nursing tanks and cardigans these days.

    and whoooo! for the scan. we waited to find out, but seeing baby’s face and spine and hands and wiggling was still awesomely exciting.

  10. Kate responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 11:12 am #

    @Mary Tracey
    If you win, I’ll have them send it to me and we’ll work out a way to get it to you.

  11. Catalina responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 11:29 am #

    Happy Birthday day Kate!!

    You’ll have a baby for your next one, isn’t that CRAZY? In a good way :)

  12. Jennifer responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 11:37 am #


    I love the “Knave of Hearts” dress and the “West Coast Swing” dress.

    I also love a lot of the accessories. :)

  13. D responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 11:39 am #

    Happy, happy birthday! I look forward to your upcoming philosophical post.

    I liked the facebook page. I love the navy lace knave of hearts dress, but they have a lot of beautiful things!

  14. Cait responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 11:49 am #

    Happy birthday!! (And the ultrasound will reveal the baby’s sex, not his/her gender. That one is up to them :) )

  15. domestic diva responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 11:50 am #

    I would LOVE to enter (such fab dresses — especially the aphrodite dress), but don’t do FB. Is it still okay?

  16. Sheryl responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 11:54 am #

    Happy birthday. Such a sweet celebration to host a giveaway for the occasion.

  17. Sarah responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    Hello & Happy Birthday! Thank you for setting up the Shabby Apple giveaway. I love the Shabby Apple and like them on FB. I’ve been reading your blog for ages…I love it! And I want to enter the contest because I just (emphasis on “just”) found out that I am pregnant too!!! I have really, really appreciated the posts you have done about your pregnancy. Thank you. And I have my eye on the Aphrodite Maternity Dress in a Small…because I want to feel pretty and also celebrate my soon to be belly. It would be my first piece of maternity wear! Yikes!

    Best wishes and lots of birthday love! SP

  18. Lucy responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    Feliz Cumpleaños!! *High Five*

    I love A-line skirts and their selection is like no other I have seen. It’s icing on the cake if the skirts have pockets too and who doesn’t like icing?!

  19. Liv responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 12:21 pm #


    I love your blog btw, from a longtime lurker and fellow homeschooler and NYC resident!

  20. Christine responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    Nice! Happy Birthday, great giveaway~

  21. Kae responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Kate – many happy returns! : )

    (I live in Europe, so I won’t enter the give-away, buut it sounds really fun & Shabby Apple is uber-gorgeous, so good luck! to everyone else! : ) )

  22. K.C. responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    Happy birthday! Love Shabby Apple. I’d get a cute short sleeved dress for spring, and walk around feeling like a lady. :)

  23. M.C. responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    Happy birthday! I love the honesty and bluntness in your writing; it’s so refreshing. Have a fabulous birthday!

  24. Also Kate responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 1:01 pm #

    Happy birthday! I hope the ultrasound goes well.

    I love Shabby Apple. Although their sizes *are* pretty restrictive and I think my curves would only fit into certain styles (some of their dresses seem geared for smaller-chested women. Which is fine… just doesn’t work well for me). They have such lovely taste, though – I love all of the vintage styles.

  25. Kayla H responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    I love almost every single thing on their website and have shop-stocked them for years now. But they’re a little out of my price range, so I just wait for them or the bloggers I follow to run contests… :-)

    today though, I am especially hoping for a purple dress, or possibly one from the Alice in Wonderland-esque collection!

    Are you going to share the baby’s gender with your followers or will that be kept secret until the little one arrives??

  26. J responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 1:11 pm #

    I just checked out the website and love the vintage style clothes and accessories! Thanks for introducing me to Shabby Apple :)

  27. Kari responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    Happy birthday, Kate! I’m 27, it’s not so bad. Actually this was one of the few recent birthdays where I didn’t feel like it was a thing to notice at all. 26, 27, same thing, right?

    I’ve been reading your blog since the very first post, I think, back when it was a shared venture, so I kind of feel like we’re friends. That’s normal, right? I’m getting married this summer and we’re thinking of having kids sooner than later so I’m loving this new era in your blog. Good luck on the ultrasound!

    I liked Shabby Apple on Facebook, I would love to add a new dress to my wardrobe since I am a poor medical student who can’t afford anything ever, and also I have so many weddings coming down the pike.

  28. Sarah S responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Kate!

    If I truly bought into the astrology thing I’d say, “But of course you’re a Pisces! Some of the wisest, most-grounded women I know are Pisces.”

    Ok, so I’m a little too pragmatic to buy into the wisdom of the cosmos, and I don’t really know you, for that matter. STILL, I think you are incredibly wise and grounded. :)

    Enjoy some cake (I really hope you feel well enough to eat cake!).

  29. Morgan Kate responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    Happy Birthday Kate! I love all of the fun a-line skirts over at Shabby Apple (and I just have to say, the adorable settings of the pictures really sell the pieces well). Hope you have a marvelous day – you deserve it.

  30. morgaine responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    Officially entered.

    Happy birthday, Kate! Thanks for giving us gifts on your birthday. :)

  31. Ashli H. responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 1:20 pm #

    Happy happy birthday! & congrats on the new addition to your little family!

    Shabby Apple is the cutest! Ive never heard of them before. So thanks :) I love the Va Va Vista Top & the Falling Star dress!

  32. Beverly responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    Have an ABSOLUTELY Wonderful Birth Day!

  33. Ashley C responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    I already like Shabby Apple on fb – they have the cutest stuff! I really adore the Candied Apple Top or the Animalia dress :)


  34. Melissa St Michaels responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 1:33 pm #

    Kate – I liked Shappy Apple and then checked out their site and ADORE their things.

    I totally have my eye on the Jacobethan dress! I might have to buy it regardless of whether I win or not!

  35. Carolyn C responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 1:38 pm #

    Ummm… holy crap, thanks for that. Love. These. Dresses.

    I liked Shabby Apple with a quickness on Facebook, and signed up for their newsletter. I want too many of the models to narrow it down to just one yet – but for starters: I would be adorable in the Knave of Hearts, the V.P. is just my style, the Mulholland wants to go out to dinner with my hubby and me, I wish I would look great in the Elizabeth Island, and I’d love to wear the Brampton any day of the week.

    Happy birthday!

  36. joan responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 1:38 pm #

    Happy birthday kate

  37. Rapunzel responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    Happy birthday Kate! Erin Lee and I will be turning 27 too on the 16th!

  38. Liz responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    Bon anniversaire, Kate!!!!

    I desperately need maternity dresses. This would be great to win!

  39. Jen Fisher responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    I love Shabby Apple! I’ve had my eye on several pieces for quite a while now.

    27 was great for me–that was the age I was when I got married. I just turned 30 on the 24th, and it wasn’t what I expected. I thought that I wouldn’t be as affected by it, but the week leading up to the day was pretty rough. Enjoy this time–you’re still in your twenties, you’re pregnant with your first baby, and you have a husband who adores you. Happy happy birthday, Kate!

  40. Abby responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    Happy Birthday Ms. Kate!!!

    Consider the page liked and myself entered–chances are I wouldn’t fit into their clothing, but as you mentioned, there is lovely jewelry in addition to shoes and bags, so it’s worth a try!

  41. Nicole Power responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    I feel weird because this was like the first dress listed, but I’m a sucker for lace, so I really love this one:

    also, it’s tempting to claim I live outside the US so I have an excuse to visit you in NYC :P

  42. Vicky responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    Lovely Kate, happy birthday!! I look forward to the angsty post– but for now just have a ridiculously good time, okay? Actually have a ridiculously good time all the time. Getting existential does not have to be incompatible with smiling, right? ;) For some reason that made me think of Monty Python.

    Anyways. Liked Shabby Apple on Facebook! Fingers crossed!

  43. Ashley T. responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    Happy Birthday!! Why do I want to win a hundred bucks to an awesome dress store? Because after having six kids in the last six years I REALLY need to wear something non-maternity!!! Of course if it looks really good, it may just get me pregnant with number 7… ;)

  44. T.K. responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    I’m breaking my rule of never “liking” product pages on facebook cause I really like (no quotes!) their product. If I win, I will have a serious dilemma, picking just one dress.

  45. rowdygirl responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    Happy Birthday Kate !
    I “liked” Shabby Apple on Facebook and I think everyone else did too, because their website is now really slow :)

    I would like to win something because they have vintage stuff, and I’m vintage too, since I’m 51 :)


  46. marie responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    Happy Birthday! What a fun way to share the excitement!

    I love Shabby Apple, but I’ve never been able to risk spending that much money on a dress I can’t try on beforehand, so I would love this gift certificate!

  47. J responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    Happy birthday!
    Such a great giveaway :D . I think my favorites are maybe the Mulholland and Rodeo Drive dresses…maybe? They’re all so lovely!

  48. Deborah responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    Happy Birthday.

    I stumbled upon your page today and just want you to know you have given a 27 year old jewish bulimic girl the inspiration to finally go buzz her hair off after toying with the idea for years.

    Fuck the self loathing. Fuck the internal scrutiny. Fuck waiting until I lose another 5/10/15 lbs and am thin enough.

    Just fuck it.

  49. Caroline responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    I liked the page, I WANT A WRAP DRESS SO BAD. So bad i will use terrible grammar to express it. PICK ME PICK ME

  50. Beanie Pink responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    lol out of every blogger whose giveaway posts I’ve read, I appreciate all of the disclaimers that come with yours the most.

    i liked this dress because it was (on sale which is where I always look first and also because) the sleeves are long which is SO hard to find on a dress and i’m tired of wearing cardigans over all of my dresses. but then i saw that it was called “Dressage” and now I feel the need to find a new favorite. THanks for the giveaway, happy early birthday and good luck with the ultrasound!

  51. R responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 5:18 pm #

    Happy birthday! You have a few years to go before 30 though. You’ll just have to wait. Thirty is totally awesome, and the closer you get to it the better.

    I’d get this dress, not just because of the horse:

  52. Michelle responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    Now that I’m finally done breastfeeding (at least during the day) it would be so much fun to wear a dress that looks like it’s from another era!

  53. Donella Demma responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    Happy birthday, Kate! Thanks for giving gifts on your day!!

  54. Amanda H responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    I already like them on Facebook. I love that their stuff is feminine but sophisticated.

  55. Gaby responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    Happy birthdaaaaaaay! I’m not in this for the Shabby Apple giveaway (though as an Aussie who’s travelling in the USA, I’m finally eligible for all these cool things on US blogs…) just wanted to wish you a happy birthday, and hope that your upcoming angsty post isn’t too weepy and “Oh I’m feeling so ooooold”, and hooray for upcoming exciting milestones with your little baby bear :)

  56. SandyJo responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 7:04 pm #

    I liked the facebook page……no idea how I am going to pick a dress! Too many choices!

  57. Tayla Anne responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    Happy Birthday. I hope you had a nice day! I would love to win because there’s so many good things to choose from! I love the park hills shoes! So cute! I liked their facebook page too! <3

  58. Brittany Ann responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 8:19 pm #

    Happy birthday!! Much love to you and your little growing family. <3

    So sweet of you to do a giveaway for your birthday! I liked the FB apge…too many awesome dresses to choose from on the site, but I love the Animalia and the Tigris dresses! I want something I can maybe get away with wearing while teaching, so it has to be comfortable. :)

  59. Jenifer responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    Happy happy Birthday (of what remains!)!!! Thank you for being so great, I hope you have a fantastic day!

    And thanks for introducing us all to Shabby Apple, those are some super cute clothes!

  60. Liz responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    I really like that you can search by silhouette!

  61. Lisa responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 9:05 pm #

    I liked their page. Happy birthday!

  62. rachel responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 9:12 pm #

    Happy happy bday! I’m a FB fan, too.

  63. miliet responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    It’s your birthday! 27 sounds like a very wise age. Very very wise.
    I like… the yellow dress. Because yellow makes most things happier.

  64. kelly responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 9:32 pm #

    I adore shabby apple. Thanks for introducing me to them last year.

    Happy b-day. Have a wonderful day.

    Can’t wait to hear all about your ultrasound.

  65. Molly Elwell responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 9:46 pm #

    I like them on fb – my fb name is Mollie Elwell
    I love the alice and sea breeze dresses…so cute! Great giveaway, thanks!

  66. Ainsley responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 9:54 pm #

    Happy Birthday!

    I would love the North Shore dress to cheer myself up. Unfortunately I can’t get pregnant naturally like you have, and it’s really getting me down.

  67. Gabriele responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 10:04 pm #

    Happy Birthday! I still can’t believe you’re going to be a mom soon! So exciting :) And I’m sure Shabby Apple has plenty of beautiful things to wear as you glow!

  68. Anna responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 10:13 pm #

    Happy Birthday!! : ) I had never heard of Shabby Apple before – so many exciting, beautiful things!

  69. Janae responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 10:14 pm #

    Hi Kate,

    I’m not interested in the giveaway (but it’s an awesome offer!); just wanted to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY and I hope it is/was full of delicious cake. I just discovered your blog this week and have been poring through the archives, seriously impressed with your writing style and the topics you choose to take on. Thank you for your honesty, and for sharing a piece of your world with the rest of us!


  70. Ophelia responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 10:36 pm #

    You’re 27?? Wow. You’re so amazing, I thought you must be old. If that makes sense. All awesome women are older. Evidence: Meryl Streep.

    I love that Calliope Skirt. It has a certain madness I love and am deeply attracted to. I think my mum and I would have fights over it. But that’s okay – a communal wardrobe is useful at times like that.

    Also – never commented, but I absolutely love your work. You say a lot of the things I don’t realise I think, or do but don’t like to admit to myself. It’s nice to share – or at least, know that there are people at least as crazy as me out there. Happy birthday :)

  71. emily responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 10:37 pm #

    I like them on FB — and would love to win one of their dresses; it is SO hard to find dresses with sleeves that are also knee length. It seems that if a dress has sleeves, it (too often) hits mid-thigh. :/

    But Shabby Apple makes the most beautiful dresses! I’ll have to keep my fingers crossed!

  72. zoe responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 10:45 pm #

    eep, i don’t have facebook! gets me into trouble at moments like this, when a beautiful dress is coveted!

  73. zoe responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 10:46 pm #

    wow, um, also, the first thing i thought and wanted to say: HAPPY 27TH BIRTHDAY, KATE! hope you had a wonderful day, little pisces :)

  74. Stephanie responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 11:06 pm #

    Happy Birthday to beautiful, smart, funny, creative Kate! Your life seems magical to me. I am so, so excited to hear about you learning the gender of your baby! You’re going to have a son or a daughter! I hope I am in a similar place in my life when I get to 27 as you are now. <3

  75. Andrea responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 11:23 pm #

    Happy birthday, Kate! What a kind thing to do for your birthday! I have also been eyeing Shabby Apple dresses for a while, but have been trying to save money and so haven’t taken the plunge. But my best friend from college is getting married in September, and the “I’m late! I’m late!” dress would be perfect to sing to her in…

  76. Madison responded on 06 Mar 2013 at 11:26 pm #

    Everything’s so amazing!

  77. Karoline responded on 07 Mar 2013 at 12:43 am #

    I follow Shabby Apple in Facebook and feel like I’m on their site at least every couple weeks. But I have yet to actually buy anything I out in my cart…my budget is tight and I just deliberate for so long I get overwhelmed. Silly, but true. I’d love the chance to try one of their gorgeous dresses, guilt-free!

  78. Caitlin responded on 07 Mar 2013 at 7:53 am #

    I’m not entering with this comment, just a suggestion – maybe international folks could paypal you the money to ship the dress to them?

  79. Amy responded on 07 Mar 2013 at 8:07 am #

    Happy Birthday, Kate! I am so glad you did this. I had never heard of Shabby Apple until today!

  80. Alpana Trivedi responded on 07 Mar 2013 at 8:16 am #

    Happy Birthday, sweetie!!

  81. Raging Leftie (@ragingleftie) responded on 07 Mar 2013 at 9:17 am #

    Me I’m just a long time lurker. Have a good one!

  82. Trish responded on 07 Mar 2013 at 9:25 am #

    Shabby Apple is amazing!! Dont have the kind of money to spend on clothes at the.moment though being just fresh out of college lol but I am in dire need of a.dress!!
    Thanks for the contest Kate!!

  83. Kai responded on 07 Mar 2013 at 9:51 am #

    The more usual terminology is you’ll find out the baby’s sex. Sex = biological; gender = identity, presentation, perception of self by self and others.

  84. Stephanie Ivy responded on 07 Mar 2013 at 9:53 am #

    I already like their FB page — their dresses are so gorgeous, and I’d love to get to own one. I’ve been feeling a little down lately, for a lot of reasons, and maybe new pretties will help pick me up.

  85. Kate responded on 07 Mar 2013 at 9:54 am #

    Yes, yes, I KNOW!! But god. We all know what I meant here. Sometimes I feel like I’m still in gender studies class!

    I’m sure you’re trying to be helpful, but a comment like this sounds really condescending without some sort of disclaimer. And it’s hard to write all the time in public without getting something a little politically incorrect sometimes. So some slack being cut in my direction would definitely be appreciated.

    Annnd….this reaction is probably what’s going to happen whenever someone says something that annoys me about how I talk about my baby. MAMA BEAR!

  86. Jana responded on 07 Mar 2013 at 9:56 am #

    Ooh – pick me! If I won, I might get the Tiber dress, but I can’t decide!

  87. Kate responded on 07 Mar 2013 at 9:58 am #

    LOL! Well, I’m older all the time. And if I could be even close to as cool as Meryl Streep one day, I will die happy. Thank you for being crazy with me! :-)

  88. Julie responded on 07 Mar 2013 at 10:00 am #

    This poor grad student would love some pretty new clothes! (Or, if the sizes don’t fit me maybe one of my bridesmaids could wear something from here!)
    Either way our birthdays are about a week apart! Happy Birthday!

  89. Kate responded on 07 Mar 2013 at 10:00 am #

    haha!! I was thinking of actually starting with that line “I’m soooo olllld now…”
    Nah– I’m in my twenties! It’s just that birthdays do that thing where they make you think about the past year and your whole life and your whole future and time and existence and god and the universe. you know. the usual.


  90. Kate responded on 07 Mar 2013 at 10:02 am #

    That’s amazing that you’ve seen this from the beginning. Also, I sort of want to apologize to you for how silly I’ve sometimes sounded. But since you stuck around, maybe it’s OK? Anyway, THANK YOU! And so exciting about the summer!! Congratulations!!

  91. Kate responded on 07 Mar 2013 at 10:03 am #

    Also, I should get off this thread and let people enter the giveaway. I just keep wanting to comment back. Oy. But someone said something about how people in other countries can always paypal some shipping money to me if they win the giveaway, and I’m totally on board with that, just so you guys know. Wait– I’ll put that in the post. Hang on

  92. Maura responded on 07 Mar 2013 at 10:05 am #

    Happy Birthday! I like almost all of their dresses– I would be excited to win the giveaway because I banned myself from spending money on clothes this year but I really like to shop.

  93. Kristin responded on 07 Mar 2013 at 10:45 am #

    Happy birthday, Kate! I wouldn’t say no to a new gorgeous dress…

    Super exciting news about the ultrasound! I can’t wait to hear which you’re having. Seriously, you are going to be such a wonderful mother. Being philosophical and angsty is what’s going to make you awesome. Hang in there! And yeah, I don’t wear a bra when I’m pregnant whenever I can get away with it.

  94. CJ responded on 07 Mar 2013 at 10:47 am #

    I don’t know Shabby Apple at all (so don’t pick me!), I just wanted to send a happy birthday wish! Celebrate all the fabulousness that is you today :)

  95. Marylou responded on 07 Mar 2013 at 10:48 am #

    Happy Birthday! :)

    Yay! Lots of cute dresses. I think I have my eye on El Capitan:

    I love the older styles.

    It would be awesome to win the giveaway because I have sort of banned myself from shopping for a while. Mostly out of necessity. :-P

  96. Meg responded on 07 Mar 2013 at 10:50 am #

    I liked it! I’d love to get a new dress. We’re on a tight budget, so it would be awesome.

    And happy birthday! Exciting!

  97. Cari Ellen responded on 07 Mar 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    Happy Birthday Kate!!!!!!!

    I remember my (32nd) birthday when I was pregnant with my first child. It was sooooo strange to be celebrating the day of my own birth while awaiting the birth of this new being. Talk about exciting.

    And what great energy to give away a gift on your special day! I would love to have a new dress from that super hip place, Shabby Apple, to wear to my brother in law’s wedding in the Bahamas next month!

    Also, 27 is my lucky number.
    You rock!


  98. Melissa responded on 07 Mar 2013 at 1:01 pm #

    I love Shabby Apple’s clothing, but they don’t release anything above a 16 anymore, which makes me batty because the Ferris Wheel collection is SO FLIPPING CUTE. They still have a few pieces in WS for me, though, so I’d go with either the Boss or the CEO–same dress, black or red. As for the rest of the whimsical, colorful things I love and can’t have, I guess I’ll just have to sew myself some knockoffs. Sno-cone blouse, you will be mine!

  99. Melissa Eve responded on 07 Mar 2013 at 1:20 pm #

    Have an absolutely wonderful birthday Kate! I love reading your articles and first discovered your blog through The Frisky. I always look forward to your posts!

    I love the retro-style that most of Shabby Apple’s collections have. I’m an avid swing dancer, and when I can get the time off from being a responsible adult, I travel the east coast Lindy Hopping. I’m having the time of my life dancing, and Shabby Apple’s dresses fit right in with the swing era. I’ve had my eye on the Arripidae dress for quite a while, but am really digging their new Ferris Wheel collection as well!

  100. Laura responded on 07 Mar 2013 at 1:28 pm #

    Happy birthday! I would love to win the West Coast Swing dress. Thanks so much!

  101. Lindsey responded on 07 Mar 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    Happy birthday Kate! I haven’t had a chance to peruse the Shabby Apple site but I’m almost positive I could find some cute shoes (a girl can never have to many, I’ve heard) to enjoy.
    Also, I just want to say, I’m pretty much addicted to your blog. I just happened to stumble across it about a week ago and now all I seem to do in my spare time is read your posts. Every time I read one, I also add all of the links within it to my reading list, so I never know the dates of the things I’m reading. You are an amazing writer; very relatable. Anyway, I look forward to (hopefully) getting all the old posts read so I can start reading the new ones. Oh, and congrats on the baby! Take care.

  102. Helen responded on 07 Mar 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    Happy birthday!!! Shabby Apple is so lovely. :D

  103. katilda responded on 07 Mar 2013 at 4:50 pm #

    I just completed my 12th round as a bridesmaid, and 13 (and possibly 14) are coming up this year or next. I could totally go for a gift card to get a hot dress for these occasions, haha

  104. Farida responded on 07 Mar 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    Kate.. im a big fan of you , i love ur writing style and im so happy for you for being pregnant :)

    I d love to win a dress cuz i delivered my baby before 2 months and now my body is getting back to normal , so it will b awesome to have a new dress , feeling sexy again !

  105. Azar responded on 07 Mar 2013 at 7:00 pm #

    I would get the Frankie… I’ve got 2-3 weddings to go to this summer and could use a little black dress.

  106. bethagrace responded on 07 Mar 2013 at 7:47 pm #

    I honestly don’t know how I will pick, but I’m spending a chunk on traveling to my friend’s wedding and would love to have a new dress to wear!

  107. Rachel responded on 08 Mar 2013 at 2:00 am #

    Happy birthday! I hope everything goes well at the ultrasound. It’s so fun to see the baby swimming around, but I always get nervous before hand, too.

    I was looking around at the site just now, and I really like the Serenade dress. It looks like it would be forgiving and easy to nurse in.

    Thanks for putting together this give-away!

  108. Shanda responded on 08 Mar 2013 at 2:13 am #

    I love Shabby Apple’s dresses! But I love dresses, period!

    Happy birthday, Kate!

  109. Miriam Eber responded on 08 Mar 2013 at 5:59 am #

    This stay at home mama who lives in mostly comfy skirts, jeans and bra free tank tops would love a dress for a nice night out with the deserving husband. The dresses and skirts are so sweet. I wouldn’t mind one of those vintage swimsuits too!

  110. Sara responded on 08 Mar 2013 at 9:01 am #

    The Ms. Porter dress is amazing! I hadn’t heard of the Shabby Apple so it was fun to look around!

    Happy birthday!

  111. norcalgirlinmia responded on 08 Mar 2013 at 11:17 am #

    I have been stalking Shabby Apple for so long! I’m so excited for the chance to actually try one of their DARLING dresses!! I love the Aquaria.

  112. Kai responded on 08 Mar 2013 at 11:59 am #

    Kate – sorry! In my defence, I typed that after a somewhat grumpiness-inducing day, and was low on energy but wanted to say something anyway, so typed the shortest possible message. Which I think was a poor judgement call on my part.

    I wasn’t meaning to be rude, but had assumed it was just something that you hadn’t come across, which in hindsight was a bit daft as I do get that you’re usually really on it with this kind of thing. (Like I said, was tired.) Sorry for coming across as it did though. :(

  113. Kate responded on 08 Mar 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    Oh god, now I feel like I was really snippy at you in return! Sorry if that was the case. Thanks for explaining. I totally understand. I’m glad we cleared it up!!

  114. Kim responded on 08 Mar 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    Yay! Happy Birthday, Kate!!!

  115. Julie responded on 08 Mar 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    Happy Birthday :)
    like sa fb Julie A Scott Laws
    love their clothes
    thanks for the giveaway

  116. Charise responded on 08 Mar 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    Happy, happy day to you!

    I already like Shabby Apple on fb. I’m a fan of their dresses bc they are cut generously, so are flattering on us not-so-thin types.

  117. Stephanie responded on 08 Mar 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    I love the way you tell stories, Kate. I’d love to hear the story of what you did for your birthday! Also, have you thought about names for your baby? So curious about you!

  118. Kirsten responded on 08 Mar 2013 at 6:36 pm #

    I love, LOVE Shabby Apple stuff. All of it – a choice would be so difficult, but I’m willing to take that risk.

    I hope I didn’t weird you out with that long and rambling post about my pregnancy/birth experience a couple posts ago.

    Also, my birthday is the 7th. So happy birthday to you!

  119. Heather responded on 08 Mar 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    Happy birthday and good luck with the appt next week! I like em on facebook- I really like the I’m Late, I’m late dress- it looks really similar to a pattern that I want to make, but haven’t yet since its hard to find the time to sew and intimidating for a beginner to sew with lace.

  120. Kate responded on 08 Mar 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    Happy birthday back!!
    And you didn’t AT ALL. I was actually reading it just now, and I really appreciated the whole thing. Seriously. I was trying to figure out what to say back, because it was so honest and refreshing and awesomely vulnerable. And I totally drew a blank. So thanks for bringing it up here.

  121. Amber responded on 08 Mar 2013 at 8:00 pm #

    Happy Birthday! My birthday is March 18th! Yay for March girls! :) Thanks so much for the fun giveaway. I really like the pretty Santa Monica dress. I like Shabby Apple on Facebook (Amber H).

  122. natalie jane responded on 09 Mar 2013 at 12:22 am #

    Happy Birthday!
    Huge Shabby Apple Fan. I’m pregnant and I totally want the odyssey dress!!!

    I have a giveaway going on too!

  123. Meg responded on 09 Mar 2013 at 12:47 am #

    Hope you had a lovely day, Kate! (With lots of cake, of course.)

    I love the Mad Hatter dress for some reason…just a whimsical day I guess.

  124. Arien responded on 09 Mar 2013 at 1:50 am #

    I already have Shabby Apple liked and I’m eying the Red Carpet dress. Totally not what I would normally wear, but I borrowed a wiggle / sheath dress from a friend recently and unexpectedly loved rocking the Joan Holloway look.

  125. Alice responded on 09 Mar 2013 at 4:50 pm #

    These dresses are absolutely beautiful!

  126. Mary Rose responded on 09 Mar 2013 at 6:04 pm #

    Hi Kate! Just wanted to say love your blog and that we have the same birthday :) Enjoy your day!

  127. Allyson responded on 09 Mar 2013 at 7:48 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Kate! I’d love to win so I can by a new dress to celebrate my big 3-0 in a couple months! The West Coaster and Estate are both adorably vintagy(yep, I’ve decided that’s a word), and I love the color of the Headliner. The Bijou would make a really nice casual weekend afternoon dress. Regardless of whether or not I win, thanks for turning me on to this site; I had never heard of it and they have some really cute stuff!

  128. Iris responded on 09 Mar 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    Liked them on FB. Never heard of Shabby Apple before but I’m checking them out and loving their lace dresses!

  129. Jess responded on 10 Mar 2013 at 4:00 am #

    Happy Birthday Kate! Eat as many cakes as you like because it is your day!

  130. Christina responded on 10 Mar 2013 at 4:43 pm #

    You have the same birthday as my mom! No wonder I like your writing so much. Happy Birthday! I have recently decided that I am not really a dress person. This frees up more of my fabric stash to become quilts instead of lovely dresses that will sit in my closet unused. However, Shabby Apple has a lovely swimsuit collection, and I could easily justify adding any of their jewelry to my collection. Thank you so much, and best wishes on your pregnancy.

  131. April responded on 10 Mar 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    Hi! First of all, happy birthday! :) I hope it is a wonderful day.

    I would want a Shabby Apple dress because all of their things are absolutely adorable!

  132. Eat the Damn Cake » little girl on the big ice responded on 11 Mar 2013 at 11:10 am #

    [...] and the giveaway is still happening, if you want to enter to win $100 to spend on gorgeous, gorgeous stuff at Shabby [...]

  133. Jess responded on 11 Mar 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    Happy Birthday & congrats on your baby!

    I’m so overwhelmed by the beautiful things on Shabby Apple! Thanks so much for sharing!

  134. Molly responded on 11 Mar 2013 at 12:56 pm #

    Oooh, I love everything in the Fit & Flare and Polka Dots categories! I’ve liked Shabby Apple on Facebook and am glad to have discovered them through you.

    Happy (belated) birthday!

  135. Amanda responded on 11 Mar 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    I liked the page! And I’d like to win because I’ve just gone on a self-imposed frugality kick and this looks like a delightful way to get around it.

  136. Laura responded on 11 Mar 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    Thanks for the chance to win- and happy birthday! :) Love your blog.

  137. Lora responded on 11 Mar 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    I liked the page, and I would love to win the I’m Late I’m Late dress – the color is lovely!

  138. RachelEve responded on 11 Mar 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    Okay, Okay. You’ve made me come out of lurkdom for this one. Little did I know that I’d discover a new little treasure when I visited Shabby Apples website. I spent far too much time there, adding things to my Amazon wish list. But, I maintain, that I was doing it for you in celebration of your having traversed around the sun another year.
    I’m willing to admit that I’m in need of some more feminine touches. Much of my growing up years I was wearing hand-me-downs from my big brother. And when I did get new clothing, we always purchased it just a bit too big – because, you know, I’d grow into it, right? And I want to have this thing for years to come, of course. But I never did grow into them. I never did fill out all those baggy clothes. Yet, I’ve still got a representative sample of them in my closet. Slowly, slowly, now that I’m 29, I’m replacing them with clothing that fits, that bespeaks my style (as I figure out what that is).
    Methinks I’ve starting to feel guilty about spending too much time on Eat the Damn Cake and not enough time writing new sections of my thesis. Ok, let’s get productive, folks. Here I go.

  139. Staci responded on 11 Mar 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    Happiest of Happier Happy Birthdays, Kate! :]

    I love reading your blog so much. It helps me through my “icky” days and those just kinda blaaah ones too.

    I do not have a FaceBook, so I am entering the contest right here!!

    I absolutely ADORE that black dress from Shabby Apple (above, in the blog)!! Ahhhh!!!
    I grew up declining “girly” things all my life, and proceeded to hang out with “the guys” and never with the girls (since they were kinda catty for a while..). Then, at some point, when girls became nicer, and I realized the girly items didn’t all have to be sparkly pink, I grew in to loving more lace, and more silk, and adorableness. :]
    I love pieces with detail and subtle lace. Especially dresses!!
    Dresses can make a girl feel so beautiful, because each girl truly is (in or out of that dress). :]

  140. Rochelle responded on 11 Mar 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    Happy Birthday! I’d love to win the dress in your post above! The amazing choices are overwhelming…maybe the V.P., Jacob’s Pillow, or even the Ski Bop. Or, upper eastside, or el capitan… Or, all of them?

  141. Erica responded on 11 Mar 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    Happy birthday! And thanks for the chance to win!

  142. Jenn responded on 11 Mar 2013 at 6:14 pm #

    Item One: They have a collection called Highclere Castle.

    Item Two: Highclere Castle is where Downton Abbey is filmed.

    Item Three: !!!!!!!

  143. Ceci responded on 12 Mar 2013 at 5:16 am #

    Happy Birthday! Hobbits would approve of your giving a gift on your birthday. I’m looking for my wedding dress ($50 maximum), so I’ll check out the site.

  144. Susan Banka responded on 12 Mar 2013 at 9:35 am #

    I read your blogs religiously – not sure how I came across it, but I love it and feel connected to you. Would love the chance to spend $100 at Shabby Apple. Best of luck with your pregnancy!!

  145. lauren responded on 12 Mar 2013 at 11:10 pm #

    the overboard dress. because it’s so awesome. obviously.

  146. a marie hj saver responded on 13 Mar 2013 at 2:38 am #

    I love the Truman dress so much. These are all adorable.
    I follow Shabby Apple on FB as A marie hj saver.

    creep4ward at hotmail dot com

  147. Lyssa responded on 13 Mar 2013 at 9:08 am #

    I just stumbled across this post… hope I’m not too late to enter, even though there are so many comments that I doubt I’ll win!

    The Red Fox dress and the Red Queen dress are calling out to me. I’ve always wanted a sexy red dress, but never found one that fit me well AND was affordable. I’d love to take my husband out on a date and surprise him with either of these new dresses!

    Oh, and happy late birthday : ) I hope you had a good one!

  148. Pam S responded on 13 Mar 2013 at 10:50 am #

    Happy Birthday! I like the Ms. Porter dress, primarily because of the name! It also reminds me of old movies.