Thursday, December 15, 2011

Jane By Design: Style Challenge #1


so last monday, i received the biggest package of my life (next to the bike i got in Christmas 1994). i'm pretty sure, the poor Fedex guy was out of breath after lugging it to my front door. i received an email from ABC Family the week before letting me know that i would receive "a trunk full of goodies" but i didn't expect a literal trunk - so it was definitely a fun surprise! i continued to be surprised when i opened up the trunk and found the most random items (fabric markers, pretzel, an ugly christmas sweater) tagged with numbered challenges, yet no instructions. 


basically, ABC Family's newest show Jane By Design has selected number of bloggers to take up the Jane By Design Style Challenge, a 3-week fashion challenge. every Tuesday and Friday, we will receive a challenge from Gray Chandler Murray of Donovan Decker (the fictional fashion company we are "interviewing" for a blogger position). we have no clue what we'll be asked to do (gasp - the suspense!) but we know we have to impress Gray with our creativity, sense of style, and personality. 

challenge #1 arrived from Gray Chandler Murray via email earlier this week - which involved a $50 gift card to go shopping with and then this here video to present my shopping haul. so here i go with round one of the interview...


as mentioned in the video, here are the two dresses i purchased (from Belk) with the $50 gift card and modeled with my own personal touch to each of them.

outfit #1 - leopard print dress, wrap belt: belk / necklace: c/o Le Mode Accessories
shoes: Madden Girl / outfit #2 - lace dress: belk /red tights: c/o We Love Colors / shoes: Madden Girl 

so *crossing my fingers* that i impress Gray with these finds! and you can cheer me on in this Fashion Challenge by making your own shopping haul videos and posting them over HERE, letting them know that Much Love, illy sent you! and if you need some inspiration for your own video, check out the video that Gray provided me right over here.

so here we go, folks.
bring out the pom-poms, the crazy face paint, and huge poster board signs.
oh, and be sure to yell loud - i need some hardcore cheerleaders.
you guys ready to join this crazy ride with me?!
bring it.

much love.
[happy thursday, friend.]

44 comments:

  1. LOOOOOOOOOVE the leopard dress!!!! i want one!!! you are soo stylish girl!!! :D

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  2. AWESOME! This is so cool! Cannot wait to follow along. You are so dang adorable!

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  3. That leopard dress is gorgeous.
    I saw one at forever21 made out of different material but much too short. This is just the perfect lenght.
    You look beautiful!

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  4. No way! You're famous! So very famous! EEEKKK!

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  5. Eeek! So exciting! Love your finds! I've got the pom-poms ready to cheer you on!! ;-)

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  6. How cool that you got chosen to do this!! I am dying over that leopard dress!

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  7. That is so amazingly awesome they selected you!!! LOVE the dresses too:-) So excited to see more!!

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  8. Loving both of those dresses, you look faaaaaabulous! :)

    -Ashley
    http://breakfastatsaks.blogspot.com

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  9. How fun - can't wait to see more of this challenge! Love the dresses you chose and you look fab in both of them! Good luck! xxx

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  10. So cute! I especially like the way you spiced up the leopard print one - very fun. :) Can't wait to see what comes next in this array of challenges!

    Love,
    ~Bree

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  11. How cool is that!! Love the two dresses. :)

    <3

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  12. Ate ilene, i love everything about your outfit. :))))

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  13. That's so fun! Love that lace dress paired with the red tights- so cute!

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  14. Love the first dress. Absolutely love it. Can't wait to see what you come up with next.

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  15. Wow...love the way you've styled both the dresses!! Specially the black+red+florals! <3

    I'm sure gonna cheer for you.....real hard! :)

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  16. Oh I just loooved seeing the video of you! ANd love your purchases. They're absolutely perfect and I would wear either in a heartbeat. What a fun thing to be a part of :) xoxo

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  17. Um, this is SOOO cool, right?! I'm excited to hear what happens!!!

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  18. want the lepoard. (i love belk.) you go girl!
    (memory)
    southernpinky.blogspot.com

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  19. oh my WORD girl! big time.

    LOVE IT! excited for you. YOU ROCK
    (and i love hearing your voice - in a no creepy way)

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  20. I'm making you a HUGE sign! YAYAY so excited for you! (and maybe a tad jealous?!) SOO cool!

    and great dress pick!

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  21. you did such a great job! (i wish i would have explained the challenge better like you did!) i've never even heard of belk before, but i'm about to scour that website for that leopard print dress!

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  22. Ilene that is SO cool! I love both those dresses, you did an awesome job!

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  23. are you even kidding me?! you got a trunk from ABC Family?!?! That is SO cool.

    I LOVE that leopard dress on you. amazeballs!

    but the real question is....can i be in the background of your next video? ;)

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  24. This looks so fun! And I looooovveeee that leopard print dress on you, especially with a turquoise necklace!

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  25. OK, so who do you know to snag such a great trunk of goodies?

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  26. What a fun challenge to take part in - congrats! I'm lovin' that leopard dress!

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  27. Sounds like so much fun. I'm in love with that leopard dress!

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  28. You got it lady! I am your biggest fan!!

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  29. THAT"S SO COOL! Very good style. I'm a bit jealous that you got picked for the style challenge :)

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  30. wow what a fun little challenge!!!and an actual TRUNK that's so cool!!
    I love your picks and that black lace dress has me swooooning!
    xox dana
    thewonderforest.com

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  31. that leopard dress is AMAAAAZING!!!

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  32. um, i want that package at my door!

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  33. Oooh, awesome!! What a fun challenge! Can't wait to follow along with you! :)

    The video was cute! It's so fun to get to put a voice to a face/blog! hehe.

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  34. it's amazing that you can get two gorgeous dresses with $50! each dress could look like well over $50!!

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  35. Good luck with your fashion challenge! That is so exciting!

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  36. Great post girl! Love both of those dresses :)

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  37. What an amazing opportunity! Both your dresses look amazing :) And love that it was an actual trunk!

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  38. What fun! Both of these dresses are freaking fantastic finds. Divine!

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  39. Congrats, this is so awesome!! Also, I am in love with that leopard dress!

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  40. wow that is such a neat challenge...and i love that you're participating! those dresses are amazing & you did a great styling them for YOU <3
    can't wait to see the other challenges!

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  41. I have never seen you so dressed up. Look at your in a leopard dress and super high heels. You look great!

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