Saturday, November 19, 2011

Project Runway's Christopher Straub, Maurices & A Giveaway!!

Raise your hand if you're familiar with the show, Project Runway

Oh, wait, of course you are!  I mean, we're all fashion bloggers here, or followers of fashion blogs or girls that are at least interested in fashion. So, we all know about Project Runway! I've seen an episode of it here and there, but I don't watch it regularly. A) I don't have cable anymore. (*gasp* I know! That's crazy, right? But really, that's a topic for another blog post.) And B) I just don't have time to watch TV anymore. Trust me, I wish I did!

Anyways, all of that to say that Christopher Straub from season 6 is collaborating with Maurices to launch a designer line!!  Maurices is a hometown store that sells trendy apparel to the hometown girl with a twenty-something attitude and spirit. Hey, that's me! I may not be twenty-something anymore, but I sure do act like it. ;)  Y'all know that I love Maurices. I wear something from their store at least once a week! lol  Christopher is from Shakopee, Minnesota, and very proud of his hometown roots, which is one of the reasons Maurices knew he would be a perfect match for them.  I'm so excited about this collaboration!! The collection launches online Tuesday and in stores on Black Friday. These party frocks are gorgeous and most definitely worth breaking my shopping ban for! ;)  Everything from the lush cropped fur jacket to the elegant burgandy dress to the sparkly jewelry is reasonably priced to keep you and I dressed to impress and stay on budget. It's the best of both worlds really. =)

I had the opportunity to interview Christopher via skype on Friday and let me tell you, it was a pleasure!  Here are a few of our Q's and A's. =)

Me: I went to your website and saw all of your gorgeous bags.  Where do you get your inspiration?
Christopher:  Most of my inspiration comes from nature.  Most of my inspiration comes from nature. I’m always in tune with the seasons and with what’s happening. I love floral and water and air and leaves and those elements and they’re really important in my design. I try to incorporate them in my designs whenever possible.

Me: Who is your favorite designer?
Christopher: Oh, there are a couple. One of my favorites is Alexander McQueen. He also drew his inspiration from nature and likes the art and showmanship of it.  But I also like Betsey Johnson. She has a lot of fun with fashion and that's fantastic.

Me: What trends do you see being big for 2012?
Christopher: Sequins aren’t leaving us quite yet! It’s great because a couple of  years ago everything that was sequined was shiny silver sequins.   And now we’re really playing with texture and proportion and going into matte sequins and other colors and even printing on top of sequins. I think that that’s still going to be an important trend maybe for the next couple of years.

Me: In your opinion, what is the "must have" fashion piece or trend for the holidays?
Christopher: For the holidays?? I have a list of must haves! Do you only want one or can I give you a few.
Me: Yes, give me your list! lol
Christopher: I’ll give you a few because I just did a whole article about this! I would say a jacket or what I call a topper that gets you from home to the car and from the car to the party.  Don’t throw an athletic jacket over that cute little dress. Something that’s textured or furry or like a bolero.  Change up the proportions a little bit, too. It doesn’t have to be a huge jacket.  I call that just a topper. And the other big thing for me is a clutch. A clutch that coordinates with your outfit that’s just big enough to hold everything you want, but it’s not a purse.  Those are probably my two must haves for the holidays.

Me: If you were told that you could only shop at one clothing store for an entire year, which store would you choose?
Christopher: I live in MN and we have the Mall of America., which has like 500 stores.  And every time I go, I always go into this one store called Heritage.  It’s parent company is Forever 21.  It’s like Forever 21 for men.  They have like cool jackets and t-shirts and skinny jeans.  For someone like me who has to make appearances, I have to buy pieces that are going to have a short life span because I can't show the same things over and over again.  So, I go to places that are more accessible.

Me:  Out of all the celebrities in the world, who would you most like to design for?  
Christopher: I think Lady Gaga. It’s not just that she’s a star. She has fun and she pushes fashion to the breaking point. She doesn’t pinpoint herself to one specific style. She does everything from high end fashion to truly art pieces. And then also because of how immensely famous she is. If you put a piece on her, everyone is going to know about it.

Me: What do you like most about being a fashion designer?
Christopher: The thing about being a fashion designer is that it’s about being an artist and getting things out of my head.  What  I enjoy most is that I’m able to get the thought in my head out and onto a body or whatever and then I’m able to move on to the next idea.


That pretty much sums it up! He was such a sweetheart and so incredibly patient with my lack of interviewing skills. lol I felt like more of an interrogator because I wasn't so great with transitioning from one question to the next. I'll have to work on that for my next big interview! ;)

You can go here to view the lookbook for Christopher's collection with Maurices.  Or you can drool over these photos. =)

I absolutely love the skirt on this LBD! I could totally see it with a little red sweater and some red accessories to really Christmasify it. =)

This cropped fur jacket and dress? GOR-geous!!

Now, for the truly exciting news? Maurices wants to give you, one of my lucky readers a $50 gift card to their store! If you don't have a Maurices nearby, no worries, they have a website where you can shop to your heart's content! 

This giveaway is now closed!


Here's how you enter:

Go to Maurices' website, pick out your favorite item and then leave me a comment telling me what you'd like to purchase with the gift card. And that's all you have to do!!  This giveaway is open to US residents only. 

Now, for some additional entries, you can:

Follow me via GFC (+1, Leave additional comment)
Follow Maurices via twitter (+1, Leave additional comment)
Follow me via twitter (+1, Leave additional comment)
Like Maurices on facebook (+1, Leave additional comment)
Like me on facebook (+1, Leave additional comment)
Share this giveaway on twitter or facebook (+1, Leave me a comment letting me know that you did!)

That gives you a total of 7 chances to win!  The only thing I ask is that you make sure you leave a separate comment for each entry because I'll only be able to count you once if you only leave one comment.  Please make sure that either your email address is attached to your user name or that you leave me your email address in the comment!

This giveaway will end Thursday at midnight and I'll announce the winner on Friday, November 25th!  Thanks, y'all and good luck!!

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Maurices. I received free product in return for the review.  Any opinions, however, they're totally honest and completely mine!

113 comments:

Christina Gould said...

I would like to buy the Rosette Heart Strappy Dress. Thanks for the giveaway!

Christina Gould said...

I followed your blog.

Christina Gould said...

I did this: Follow Maurices via twitter (+1, Leave additional comment).

Christina Gould said...

I did this (BabyNeedsShews): Follow me via twitter (+1, Leave additional comment)

Christina Gould said...

I did this: Like Maurices on facebook (+1, Leave additional comment).

Christina Gould said...

I did this: Like me on facebook (+1, Leave additional comment).

Christina Gould said...

I tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/BabyNeedsShews/status/137877681491542017

Whitney said...

I love Maurices, too. They have awesome pencil skirts and professional wear. I think I'd go with one of their adorable blazers they have now--they have a super cute purple one!

Whitney said...

Following your blog.

Whitney said...

Following Maurices via twitter.

Whitney said...

I liked you on fb!

Whitney said...

I like Maurices on fb!

Whitney said...

Following YOU on Twitter.

Melissa said...

I think I need to give Maurice's a second look! Seems their styles may be to my liking again. I would love to get the Lace Belted Ponte Dress - so cute!

Melissa said...

Yes, I follow you on GFC! :)

Melissa said...

I like Maurices on Facebook √

Melissa said...

And I like YOU on Facebook! ♥

Melissa said...

I shared your giveaway on Facebook, too. Thanks for the chances to win!

Jessica Welton said...

I followed you on Twitter and now leaving my comment lol. I would love to buy a new dress, shoes, hand bag... The list goes on and on! :-)

Jessica Welton said...

I shared you contest on Twitter. Thanks for providing such a great contest for everyone to participate in. Can't wait to see who wins! Will you post the winner on Twitter???

Keely said...

I want the Pleated Shimmer Dress with Glitter.
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Keely said...

I follow you on GFC.

Keely said...

I follow maurices on Twitter.

Keely said...

I like maurices on facebook.

Keely said...

I follow you on twitter too!

Teddi said...

that was a great interview tiffany! my fave thing at maurices was the paisley button front top. :)

Danielle Villano said...

Great interview! I'd love to buy the Lace and Lurex sweatshirt! :)

Best,
Danielle
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loveandlookpretty@gmail.com

Danielle Villano said...

I follow you via GFC! :)

Best,
Danielle
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Danielle Villano said...

I follow you on Twitter as @daniellevillano!

Best,
Danielle
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Danielle Villano said...

I like your page on FB as Danielle Villano! Thanks!

Best,
Danielle
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Danielle Villano said...

I like Maurice's page on FB as Danielle Villano!

Best,
Danielle
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loveandlookpretty@gmail.com

Chelsea said...

I need jeans SO bad... I would definitely have to pick up a cute pair :)

Chelsea said...

I follow your blog via GFC :)

Chelsea said...

I follow Maurices on Twitter!

Chelsea said...

I follow you on Twitter!

Chelsea said...

I like Maurices on Facebook!

Chelsea said...

I like your blog on Facebook :)

Anonymous said...

Belted Cowl Neck Dress with Rosettes hands down! Thanks for the giveaway, Tiff!
Emily L.
jewelldaystables@yahoo.com

Meagan said...

I would love to get these mocassins:http://www.maurices.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11969674

-Meagan
www.spunkychateau.com
meaganlawson@hotmail.com

Meagan said...

I'm also a follower on GFC!
-Meagan
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meaganlawson@hotmail.com

FireMom said...

My favorite thing currently is the Belted Cable Knit Tunic Sweater (http://www.maurices.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11697776).

Contact email: firemom@stopdropandblog.com

FireMom said...

I follow Maurices on twitter (@FireMom).

Contact email: firemom@stopdropandblog.com

FireMom said...

Following you via twitter (@FireMom)

Contact email: firemom@stopdropandblog.com

FireMom said...

I like Maurices on Facebook (Jenna S* Hatfield)

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J9 STYLE said...

That's so cool that you got to intervew him! It's hard to pick only one item, but I love the Glitter tube dress with feather. So flirty and fun!

sarah said...

the pin dot ruffle button up shirt is my fav.

thanks.

sarah said...

i follow your blog.

Tara said...

Oh, I'd have a hard time choosing just one...I love the sweater dresses. And the button up sweater skirt. And the floral bubble skirt.

But maybe, mostly, the floral bubble skirt?

I just don't know :)

Tara said...

I also follow your blog on GFC.

Tara said...

And I follow you on twitter!

(Fun give-away, by the way :))

Bravoe Runway said...

I follow you on GFC and would use my giftcard towards the brown cowlneck belted sweater

Bravoe Runway said...

I am stalking you on facebook

Bravoe Runway said...

I also find you very tweet-o-licious...ok this is getting weird hehe!

Claire said...

okay, i would so get that two button faux fur jacket or either the shearling vest or a fur vest!

i remember you talking about Maurice's before and yes, they have the cutest stuff!!!

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Claire said...

i liked you on facebook :)

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Claire said...

and of course i follow you on GFC! this is such a great giveaway!

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heidi said...

what a great giveaway, and great interview too. i haven't checked out maurices in a while, but they have some cute stuff!! i love the belted marled short sleeve sweater! -heidi

heidi said...

i also follow through GFC! :)

Style Journey said...

Great giveaway! We would buy the Faux Fur Vest from the Ice Collection!

Style Journey said...

We also follow via GFC :)

AubreyLaine said...

I'd get the Crew Neck Button Up Cardigan.
Thanks for the chance!
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AubreyLaine said...

I follow via GFC
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AubreyLaine said...

I like you on facebook
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AubreyLaine said...

I like Maurice's on FB
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AubreyLaine said...

I follow you via Twitter
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AubreyLaine said...

I follow Maurices on twitter
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Michelene said...

I love pretty much everything from Maurices! I need a new dressy/casual jacket now & I love the Ruffle Bottom Pea Coat! So, I guess that's what I'd buy!

Michelene said...

I like Maurices on FB! :)

Michelene said...

I like & follow you on FB!

Michelene said...

I shared your giveaway on FB. Good luck to all!

Christina said...

That is so cool you got to interview him!

Anonymous said...

I liked you on FB!
Emily
jewelldaystables@yahoo.com

Kristine @ JandMs Eye Candy said...

AMAZING collaboration! Can't wait! LOVING his floral one shoulder dress in RED! H.O.T.T.!!!

Kristine @ JandMs Eye Candy said...

I follow you via GFC

Kristine @ JandMs Eye Candy said...

I follow you via Twitter :)

Kristine @ JandMs Eye Candy said...

I like Maurices on FB

Kristine @ JandMs Eye Candy said...

And of course I LIKE you on FB too!

Rainbow Bekah said...

What a cool giveaway! I would use my card towards the petal print dress, love the cut of it!

Rainbow Bekah said...

I liked Maurices on FB!

Rainbow Bekah said...

I didn't know you had a FB, but now I like ya on it! ;0)

Erica said...

I really like Christopher Straub's faux fur cropped jacket!

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Erica said...

I follow you via GFC!

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Erica said...

I follow Maurice's on Twitter!

@theprettyfactor

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Erica said...

I follow you on Twitter! @theprettyfactor

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Erica said...

I like Maurice's on Facebook!

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Erica said...

I like your blog page on Facebook!

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Erica said...

I shared your giveaway on Twitter! @theprettyfactor

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Callie said...

Tiffany, this is such a great giveaway! Super excited! I love this cropped sweater from Maurices (http://www.maurices.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11956387). The color is absolutely wonderful and I think it would be great for just about any season.

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Callie said...

I follow you via Google Friend Connect!


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Callie said...

I just started following Maurices on Twitter. @calliegisler

Callie said...

I follow you on Twitter! @calliegisler

Callie said...

I liked Maurices on Facebook!
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Callie said...

And I just "liked" you on Facebook as well. I didn't even know Breakfast with Tiffany was on Facebook. So happy!

unladylikeblog.blogspot.com

Callie said...

I shared your giveaway on Twitter. @calliegisler

Laurie said...

The Madden Girl Frontier Hiker Bootie NEED to be a part of my closet.

Laurie said...

Also I follow Maurices on twitter from @laurieruth

Laurie said...

I tweeted about it from @laurieruth

Ashley said...

Yay! The Maurices HQ is located in my hometown of Duluth, MN, so it's always fun to see them in the blogosphere! They have some great basics. I really dig this vest: http://www.maurices.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11697765

Ashley said...

I follow you on GFC!

Ashley said...

I follow you on Twitter, too! @2ysub2ysur

Ashley said...

Annnnnnd, I follow Maurices on Twitter. @2ysub2ysur

nicole said...

I would buy the Christopher Straub Floral Jeggings!!! :)

Nicole
nicoledixonfoster@yahoo.com

nicole said...

I followed maurices via twitter!!
Nicole
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nicole said...

I followed you via twitter!!
Nicole
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nicole said...

I like maurices on facebook!
Nicole
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nicole said...

I liked Breakfast with Tiffany on facebook!!

Nicole
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nicole said...

I liked Breakfast with Tiffany on facebook!!

Nicole
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nicole said...

I shared your giveaway via twitter!!

Nicole
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Dee said...

I'd get the Asymmetrical Lace and Sequin Beaded Top :)

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Dee said...

I like maurices on fb as Dee G

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Dee said...

I follow you via gfc as Dee

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Dee said...

I like you on fb as Dee G

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Dee said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/DeeGee13/status/139923410036858880

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