I can hardly believe it, but my 1-year blog-iversary is coming up on October 27th! It’s having me reflect a lot on what has happened over the last year.. how I’ve changed and what’s stayed the same. It’s also making me look towards the future. I had such a set idea of what I was going to be doing after I graduated, but blogging has opened my eyes to so many different career choices that I could potentially go after. It’s an exciting time, y’all! But I’ll save that gushy post for my actual anniversary post, and get to some exciting stuff in this one.

A week ago I found out that I had won a Shop Translated giveaway from Pasazz! Let me be clear here.. I entered the giveaway BEFORE Shop Translated contacted me about reviewing, so I wasn’t being greedy ;). The winner was selected randomly by Pasazz, not Shop Translated. It just happened to be a coincidence that I won around the same time I got in touch with Shop Translated. (Had to make sure my ethics were clear!). I was able to select another great piece, and I went out on a limb again and chose “Oh? This ‘Ol Thing?

I didn’t know what to expect. The dress looked like it had a printed pattern, and I wasn’t sure it was exactly for me, but I was so happy when I saw the dress in person

In all of my weird posing glory.. I originally had a circular sack bag, but it was getting too difficult to take pics by myself with it, so I had to toss it to the side. Love it! And it was only $12 in the Nordstrom Junior’s section!



Blurry, but wanted you to see how it fits from the side!


The textured overlay is really beautifully made, and it has inter-weaved strands sparkly silver to capture the eye.

Shop Translated again surprised me with how much I ended up loving the dress. I think their designs are a little more “loud” than I typically look for, but I’ve been nothing but pleased and excited by the things I’ve gotten. I guess this is ANOTHER lesson to step out of my typical choices.

So now to the REALLY, REALLY exciting parts! SHOP TRANSLATED is celebrating my 1-year blog-iversary by sponsoring a giveaway! TWO readers will each win a piece from Shop Translated! I will announce the winners on the anniversary of my blog, which is October 27th. Open INTERNATIONALLY!

To enter you MUST do the following:

1.Visit ShopTranslated.com and leave a comment telling me which item you’d pick if you won.

You may ADDITIONALLY enter by doing the following:

2. Follow me on twitter @theplussideofme AND follow Shop Translated on either Twitter or Facebook, and tweet/post “I’ve entered to win the @shoptranslated giveaway from @theplussideofme Have you? https://theplussideofme.com/2011/10/08/8/” Leave a SEPARATE comment with where you are following and by what name.

3. Tell me what your favorite post has been over the last year–Long time readers, I’m looking for you here :).

I REALLY hope that actual readers of the blog will enter. My usual commenters tend to disappear for giveaways, and I hope you will take use of this one. Just FYI: Shop Translated goes from sizes 10-30 (sometimes 32)

Good luck to everyone! Giveaway closes on 11:59 PM October 26th, and winners will be announced on the 27th!

*Shop Translated is giving the winnings free of charge. If an international reader wins, the item will be shipped to me first, and then I will pay for the shipping costs for international delivery. Any questions, please e-mail theplussideofme@gmail.com