(Because I'm so far behind, but regardless, to you all it will just seem like a big clump of exciting stuff.)
I get an insane amount of email from people with products to review (and videos and kickstarter campaigns and websites and services and shows). I know that seems like a nice problem to have but it is very overwhelming at times, particularly if I'm not sure what is being offered will be of good quality or relevant to our interests. I feel lucky enough that any of you care to read the mundane story of my life--I'm not going to go risking that fortune for a freebie. I only accept if I'm confident I can write about the product honestly, and sometimes I feel a bit of dread as I wait for the package because what if I hate it? Awkward.
I was contacted by a line of children's clothing called Peekaboo Beans and was intrigued but also hesitant, as usual. Boys clothes are often awful, being either obnoxious or babyish. Also, I don't know if I get choosier about clothing quality as I age or if it is really getting progressively worse. There are a few places I've shopped at for years, justifying the higher prices with the fact that both boys got wear out of the clothes since they lasted so long but they don't hold up like they used to. It's stupid stuff like buttons popping off and seams unraveling but for someone who can't sew, that's as good as dead in some cases. The Peekaboo Beans representative compared the clothes to Lululemon and I thought that was a bold claim that would be difficult to live up to. I decided I would do them a favor and not mention that they said that since it was probably pretty unlikely.
They asked for a list of items that I liked and as I looked through the catalog, it was hard to narrow it down. All of the clothes--for babies, boys, and girls were classic and simple but modern and looked practical, comfortable and stylish. I loved the baby boy stuff in particular, since cool clothes that are baby appropriate is a challenging find for boys.
When the clothing arrived, I was really impressed. I could find a million ways to tell you that it was fine if it was just fine...it is really nice. The materials were soft but durable and everything was constructed beautifully. Mr. Ashley saw the items hanging over a chair and asked where they came from, seeming suspicious. I explained and he said, "Those look really expensive. Are you sure you didn't buy them?" Nope, but little does he know, I'm going to buy more and they aren't really expensive.
Both items passed the test of being left to cool in the dryer and the wrinkles fell out immediately (they went from wrinkled in the cold dryer to photos with no fluffing or intervention). Excuse the cell phone pics, I'm an incredibly lazy person and I feel bad about it:
I like how the collar can be worn either way. The "Hang Loose" jacket also has pockets on the inside.
Most importantly, the boys loved the clothes. little kid refuses to wear cotton or athletic shorts to school but deemed these "fancy" enough for school or home. He looks adorable in them, I love the length and plan on buying more of the "At Ease" shorts because they're so versatile.
So this worked out awesome for me, but just as nice, it's going to work out nicely for one of you too because Peekaboo Beans is offering a $50 gift certificate for a giveaway! And they weren't full of hot air with their Lululemon-like claims, I guess one of the founders of Lululemon is an investor and is on their Board of Directors and the clothes are so nice I would've made the comparison without that additional information.
You can look through their Fall catalog or the website linked above. Enter to win the giveaway below--rafflecopter is easy. You can win another entry by tweeting about the contest if you're into that sort of thing (and if you are, you better follow me @ashleyfrankly because I swear everyone on twitter hates me):
a Rafflecopter giveaway