Summer Style {Giveaway!}

As I type this, my students are working on their final exams.  When the bell rings at 11:15am today, it will be SUMMER VACATION!  WOOT!

Summer means I don’t have a dress code to follow.  I know that sounds like I am going to go all shorty shorts and tube tops, but no.  It means I don’t have to sweat in slacks and a short-sleeved sweater because we can’t wear anything sleeveless and we don’t have air-conditioning (ok, I do in my classroom at the high school, but in my classroom at the Jr. High, not so much. Or the rest of either building).

What I’m getting at here is that when school’s out? Skirts and dresses become my uniform.  No really. They do.  I can’t stand to wear yoga pants in the summer because when I leave the house for any reason I die of a heatstroke. So skirts and tanks it is!

On the days when I know I will leave the actual property and venture into public, I like to kick the look up a notch to something more than just a fold-over cotton skirt or a maxi dress and wear something pretty.

The Picnic Park Skirt

The Picnic Park Skirt from Shabby Apple

Do you guys know Shabby Apple?

Shabby Apple is an online dress boutique that specializes in vintage and retro dresses.  Click Here: vintage dresses

to see our selection!  I LOVE the style/look of all their clothing.  It’s flirty, retro, romantic, and  just adorable!

I think what I love most about the style of Dresses from Shabby Apple is that even though I have always felt that I have an inner rock n roll chick living inside me, I don’t feel like I am betraying her by loving these clothes.

Gondola Dress from Shabby Apple

Gondola Dress from Shabby Apple

They remind me of Gwen Stefani or Fergi or that chick who used to play bass for Coal Chamber and looked like a china doll.  Ok, maybe that is a stretch since she also wore torn fishnets.  But you get my point.  I wouldn’t feel weird wearing a dress from Shabby Apple and still blaring Danzig.  Or Madonna.  Whatever.

Toe the Line Dress from Shabby Apple

Toe the Line Dress from Shabby Apple

It’s funny because I am not an overly dressy person, but when I look at my summer wardrobe, or I go shopping for summer clothes, I rarely even glance at shorts or capris.  It’s not that they aren’t cute on some people…and maybe would be on me too…but I like the comfort I get with skirts and dresses that bottoms with zipper and snaps and fastens can’t give me.

Lemon Drop Skirt from Shabby Apple

Lemon Drop Skirt from Shabby Apple

And let’s be honest, a skirt gives you a better breeze on hot days than shorts do.  AmIRight?

Do you like what you see?  Well then you will be excited to learn that one lucky reader will win a $50 gift card to Shabby Apple!

To be eligible to win, you must complete the necessary entries in the Rafflecopter widget below, and must provide a USA shipping address when you win.

As a special bonus to Sluiter Nation readers, you can ALL receive 10% off all polka dot dresses from Shabby Apple for the month of June!  Just enter the code polkadot10off at checkout to apply the 10% discount!

Update: Want to double your chances of winning? My friend, Jessica is ALSO having a $50 Shabby Apple giveaway!  Go enter on her blog too!

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Disclosure and terms: I was not compensated in any way for this giveaway. I love Shabby Apple and was happy to give one of you the joy of shopping there too! Some links may be affiliate links.  Shabby Apple is providing the spoils of this giveaway.  Giveaway runs from today 5/31/13 until Saturday, June 8 at midnight est (so, Friday night for some of you). Winner will be contacted via email.  If winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. I love the Elizabeth Islands dress.

  2. The Gondola Dress is my FAVE!!

  3. I love that yellow skirt you posted, but is also love a sundress for my SIL’s July wedding!

  4. Christina C says

    I love the Joyride dress.

  5. Too many! I think I like Eye Candy the best.

  6. I’ve always loved the Toe the Line dress!

  7. I LOVE Riptide!!!

  8. Krista W. says

    I love the I’m Late! I’m Late! Dress.

  9. I love Gondola or Golden Afternoon!

  10. I love the lemon drop skirt!

  11. I love the Garden Isle.

  12. Love the Admiral dress

  13. I LOVE their new Mellow Yellow dress!

  14. i love the blue racer skirt

  15. love the Gondola dress!

  16. I am SERIOUSLY lusting after that gondola dress!!

  17. I need that lemon drop skirt for my vacation.

  18. Joyride dress!

  19. Kimberly R. says

    I love the Vineyard Sound dress.

  20. I really love either the At First Sight or Something Blue dresses. Can’t decide on the color both the purple and blue are colors I like to wear! Cute. Cute. Cute.

  21. The gondola dress. I think I could get the most wear out of it and I LOVE navy and green together. 🙂

  22. That lemon drop skirt is really cute!

  23. I like Eye Candy

  24. Trisha Visel says

    Love summer!!! And…. Love the striped skirt green top dress. I want it!!!

  25. Gondola!

  26. ELIZA ELLIOT says

    I love the Ms Porter dress…so cute with the zipper down the back..thanks for the chance to win!

  27. I love the Jacob’s Pillow dress! This is actually the first I’ve heard of Shabby Apple. Apparently I live under a rock. Thanks for introducing me!

  28. Courtney Horne says

    AHH! I love all of their stuff, i just can’t decide!! haha 🙂

    courtneyr11558 at gmail dot com

  29. I love the Picnic Park skirt!

  30. Samantha says

    I love the wrap dresses!!!

  31. I love every single thing about Shabby Apple, Tracy (Sellabit Mum) introduced me to them and I have two gorgeous skirts (so worth the money) from them, but I’d love to win that gift card to buy one of the dresses that I have been drooling over (and just can’t afford right now)

    summer is for Shabby Apple clothes for sure.

  32. Becky Richied says

    My most favorite is the Star Studded at the moment 🙂

  33. I cannot pick just one – they are all so fabulous! I’m obsessed with polka dots…so the fact that the site has an entire SECTION dedicated to that print blows my mind.

  34. LunaRaven says

    I love the Tea Time dress

  35. I love Shabby Apple. My favorite right now is the Calliope skirt, but I also LOVE the Bon Voyage dress. If I could always dress “vintage” I would… I think it better suits my shape. (or lack there of)

  36. I really like the Lemon Drop Skirt of Blue Eyes dress 🙂 What a fun chance to look around their site!

  37. love the Marco Polo wrap dress.

  38. I could wear the living daylights out of this dress!

  39. Holly Wert says

    the dipper skirt

  40. nicole kammeraad says

    I love the yellow polka dot skirt!!!

  41. That lemon drop skirt is amazing! I also am really digging the Debutante dress!

  42. I ADORE the Gondola dress!! So perfect for summer!

  43. Gondola dress would be such a fun date night dress!

  44. I have loved Shabby Apple for years! I wore one of their dresses for my wedding. Currently, I’m in love with Bon Voyage.

  45. I love the “I’m Late! I’m Late!” dress and also the “Red Queen” dress! So many cute choices!

  46. One of my favorites is the Debutante.

  47. Bonheur and Gondola are so girly and feminine, I would definitely choose either of those as a favorite.

  48. I like the Gondola dress. Super Cute!

  49. Bon Voyage!! But I love that Dipper Skirt, too cute.

  50. I would probably pick out something from the gondola collection. Pretty classic & hot!

  51. Too many to choose from! Eye Candy was a favorite! Thanks!

  52. Liz Chatwell says

    I love Shabby Apple!! Enter me please!!

  53. I love the wrap dress called “At First Sight” in purple.

  54. wasnt_serious says

    I like Full Steam ahead…truthfully, I am not a dress girl. I prefer the skirts and shirts.

  55. hard to choose – love the polly hill dress, the elizabeth islands dress, highland light dress…

  56. Henria O. says

    The Gondola dress is my favorite! I also like the G. Cooper dress!
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

  57. Nicole Vosburgh says

    I’m loving the Cider dress!

  58. nadya kotik says

    I love One for My Baby Dress

  59. Danielle W says

    I love the Rootbeer Float dress, so cute!

  60. I love the wrap dresses – I don’t have one yet, but they seem like they’d be so versatile!

  61. Gondola dress all the way. Can I get a gondola with that, too?

  62. Martina W. says

    I love the Elizabeth Islands dress. It’s a wrap style maxi that is perf for summer!

  63. Never heard of Shabby Apple and I’m in love!!

  64. I would love the Gondola dress! It would make my summer to win 🙂

  65. Bon Voyage – love the crisp blue dress!


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