Tuesday, 29 May 2012

I indulge, you indulge! A Giveaway thanks to Skinny Cow

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A little bit of what you fancy is something I absolutely agree with when it comes to clothes shopping. There are always more things that I want than I can actually have, and I am pretty sure I am not alone in this! Choosing carefully is of course the sensible plan – yes, the sequin silk vintage party dress is very pretty, but just many times will I wear that, compared with the several cotton day dresses? Yep, sometimes it's not fun, exactly, at the time, but such is life. Having nothing to wear on a day-to-day basis isn't going to be so much fun, either!

Last Spring, I decided that I definitely needed – well, really wanted and could really do with, if not exactly need, but you know what I mean – some summer shoes. I had one or five pairs that were warm weather appropriate and nice and yes, I liked them, but they weren't perfect. They weren't what I wanted to wear for the next 8 or so months. The shops were full of enormous, colourful and strappy platforms with chunky heels, my all time favourite kind of shoes. Temptation and opportunity? I'm going shopping!

As most of you know, though, I didn't go completely nuts. In the same week, I found a pair of red wedges, and a pair of floral wedges – and I bought them both. Ok, I'm not going to break any banks or retail fun times records, but I don't really like to buy all that much all the time, and this shoe-getting felt pretty damn good. I felt really pleased, too: they were both comfortable, perfect with my summer dresses, and comfortable to wear, and have lasted for the next summer too. I am also wearing my red wedges now with stocking or tights – definitely a good investment! For that tiny little retail indulgence, I have had soooo much reward. Very happy! And it was really fun to post them for you, too. I think those red wedges are my most complimented shoes – online and in real life – ever!

When I was given the chance to be sponsored to review cookies, I laughed and said yes – obviously! To be honest, I never bother with low fat or diet foods. If I want a biscuit, which I often (oh, so very often) do, I just have one. Or three. I do eat really well. I love salad and vegetables and I love cheese too; everything in moderation, including moderation!

I am actually rather surprised – pleasantly! – to report that my work cookies, Skinny Cow Ice Cream Cookies, don't taste like the low fat treats they are – 129 calories per 97% fat free cookie, with no artificial sweetener (which is one of the things that out me off low fat treats in the first place) and, the package says, not loaded with extra sugar (another thing that puts me off low fat thingies) to make up for for the lack of those delicious tasty fats. They are actually really very nice and I have found myself eating bits of them when I get home from work. They are also apparently now 15% bigger, but this is wasted on me as I eat about a third of one, feel satisfied and pop it back in the freezer for another time. It's terrible, I'm turning into my mum. Before you know it I'll be doing the same thing with chocolate bars..! I must say I'm not a fan of the packaging; I personally find the boney bovine with the measuring tape utterly (see, friends, I didn't pun there, be grateful) off putting. It's a shame, really, as they're nice biscuits. They come in chocolate, vanilla and caramel flavours. My pick is the caramel. Yum.

But, now I've enjoyed my cookies, I want you to enjoy something, too! I have a $150 Westfield Voucher up for grabs!

Just tell me your biggest, or best, indulgence, and NuffNang and Skinny Cow will pick their favourite story so YOU can go shopping for free!

This offer is open to Australian Residents only, and closes on Friday 8th June 2012. Good luck!
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27 comments:

Ahka Vintage said...

Can't wait to try them! I'm a sucker for anything sweet!

My biggest and BEST indulgence may not count because both my better half and myself indulged in this... my wedding ring! sounds strange but we ALWAYS do EVERYTHING together. The ring was no exception. I found the perfect ring - a gorgeous designer ring with a cool price tag of around $13,000 - I emailed a picture to the boy and promptly got a reply that said "As if" (his words not mine!!)

After hounding and badgering for a month or so he finally relented - he found a jeweler that crafted the ring with a couple of extra personality traits to make it our own, and a little cheaper. It was perfect! It was and still is our biggest indulgence - but hey - love is forever - and so are the diamonds! xx

Peachy Keen said...

Those shoes are amazing and I love your cat.

Jade

Meg Eileen Carroll said...

Such a great giveaway. I love skinny cows ice creams, great for a guilt-free summer treat. Here's my entry:

Once my family had a French food party. I spent all day cooking up a storm dressed in pearls like Julia Child making coq au vin and boeuf bourguignon. we stuffed ourselves full of french casseroles, and for dessert there was creme brullée, eclairs and a spectactular croquembouche. It was a very indulgent night.

Bethiesee said...

ahhh I have too many indulgences, it's hard to name a biggest or best! But I'll give it a go - margherita pizza. I've been known to head to Queen Margaret in Fitzroy North so that I can order a variety of margherita pizzas! When I'm sick, or tired, or cranky, or hungover all I want is pizza. Cheese, tomato, bread, how can you go wrong?! It cures all that ails me!

Tara said...

To easy! Nutella straight off a spoon. Strangely decadent despite the obvious slobbery of standing stealthily by the pantry, spoon at the ready.


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Miss Directions said...

I have to agree with your comment about artificial sweeteners, I really wish companies would stop attempting to put them in everything!

My biggest indulgence is not food related (though if it was it would definitely involved milk chocolate) but actually allowing myself time to read all the blogs and forums I love. Before doing housework and those things I really should get to. It's a big indulgence for me because it's so regular, you can't do it once a month or you'd get so far behind!

That Brunette One said...

What a fab giveaway! My favourite all time indulgent is .. I know its lame but drinking hot chocolate through a Tim tam!!

alittlevintagestory said...

My biggest indulgence this year has been a gorgeous 1950s mint green satin dress. It was a choice between the beautiful (and slightly impractical) dress or a new pair of work shoes. I of course picked the dress. Now everytime I spy it in my wardrobe, it brings a smile to my face. I doubt the shoes would have done the same!

Misha said...

Esme my darling, besides the amazing furball cameo in these photos, and the drool-worthy shoe finds, I am in awe over how you manage to have pretty plants in your pretty nest and not have the vicious but cuddly cute cats nibble on them!

Rusty Hoe said...

Okay my biggest indulgence of late is pretty dorky. I managed to find medical compression stockings in bright colours (see told you it was dorky). Unless you're under 40 and have to endure the indignity of hideous granny stockings of beigeness, you have no idea how exciting this is. I now have them in violet, cranberry, jade and chocolate, and wear them every day. They are ridiculously, hand over a kidney or first born child, expensive and a mega indulgence, but they are bright and cheerful and perhaps more importantly look like regular stockings. Dodgy body or not, I rock them. ;)

PS I still have total shoe envy over that red pair. Love them.

suburban prep said...

While I too wear compression stockings, mine are the beige color and just on one leg. I agree they are hideously expensive. my big indulgence is yarn for knitting. If I am making something for myself I do look for good yarn that is wonderful to feel through your fingers and I knit.

toni said...

My biggest indulgence has been my Nespresso Coffee Machine.
I would buy the gigantic tin can that was on discount but I LOVED coffee.
One day I went into Nespresso and got the machine as a present to myself. Every month I go to the store and get the capsules in the lush brown bag and I feel special.
When I spend the money and feel a little rise of self doubt at my purchase, I have to tell myself that I am worth those 3 cups a day. It is better to have something super special than enjoy a whole heap of nothing special.

Jessie said...

Great giveaway! I would say that my biggest indulgence is a tie between my gorgeous 50's blue lace tea dress - which I love! - and my more regular indulgence of buying magazines!

Catherine said...

Hi Esme

My biggest and best indulgent is my mum’s cooking; I always stuff myself full when I have my mum’s cooking. Even though I follow my mum’s recipes to a “T” (this means even buying the same brand of ingredients) the food never comes out the same, somehow my mum’s always taste better.

ourdailydress said...

"I must say I'm not a fan of the packaging; I personally find the boney bovine with the measuring tape utterly (see, friends, I didn't pun there, be grateful) off putting."

Devastated that you did not go for the pun. It would have been puntastic!

My biggest indulgence is actually what inspired my blog. See, I love to shop. And my favourite thing to buy is of course, pretty dresses. But I overindulged in them so much that I now have more clothes than I can possible wear. In fact, I could wear something different from my wardrobe every day for a year without repeating - so that's what I'm doing. I've been documenting my journey through my blog and instead of spending my money on clothes, I've been donating it to a charity that helps girls in third world countries that don't have too many dresses. It' been difficult though - I'm nearly out of winter appropriate clothing and the season hasn't even begun!

Anonymous said...

Hi! May I ask what is your height?

esme and the lane way said...

Anonymous: about 5'4" at the most.

Lisa @ .Simply Me. said...

My indulgences tend to be small, but they provide a BIG amount of satisfaction :) Scented candles, bubble baths, blocks of chocolate, funny DVDs and couches full of colourful hand-picked cushions are my idea of bliss. Combine them all and you've got one very happy lady :)

Rubyjude said...

My daily indulgence is lighting fragrant expensive candles every night after I get home from work, especially in the boudoir, oops, I mean bedroom. Worth every penny. I just need the voucher to buy more!

Nina said...

buying a new lipstick then having a big bubble bath with a glass of wine, a pile of chocolate and a book. I'm so happy it's winter again.

oh and buying dresses off etsy

nessbow said...

My biggest and best indulgence is massages. I am a sucker for a good massage. Once, I finished a job interview that had gone horribly, and just walked right into the nearest massage parlour and plonked myself on the table. I couldn't really afford it, but it certainly did make me feel happier.

Maria said...

Miss Dior Cherie! Whenever I spray it, I feel like a big burst of butterflies has been unleashed onto my clothes. It smells so beautiful and delicate!
xx Maria
avenuemblog@gmail.com

Erin said...

My biggest and best indulgence is - and will always be - travel. Sometimes it's the indulgence of time, rather than money that's the most important.

Lilian Harlow said...

My biggest indulgence is my recently purchased wedding dress! I fell in love with the design online about three years ago. Two years ago whilst on a working trip to NYC I made a booking at a bridal salon purely to find this dress and see and feel it. In a store of about 1,000 dresses, it was the only one I tried on. I came home and filed it securely on my wishlist.

After literally almost two years of deliberating and trying to find its equal, I realised that nothing else compared and I ordered it.

It was certainly an indulgent purchase, but it is also my most exciting purchase. Sometimes the indulgence really is well worth it!

Anonymous said...

Oh, wow. Those cookies look fab! Indulgences!!! Mine is definitely lingerie shopping ahaha. I love getting cute new bras and underwear sets. Lace, frills, satin,i love them all! xox
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Anonymous said...

Hi Esme,
I am a big admirer of your blog!
I would have to say my biggest (and best!) indulgence in my life so far would be buying the VIP Trenchcoat from Dita Von Teese's Muse range at David Jones. Seeing as I was 18 at the time of purchase, a $899 coat bought with my own money (from my part time job, NOT the parents!!)is quite the indulgence.
Amelia B. x

Debs said...

My biggest indulgence was when hubby and daughter went out for the evening and I had the whole house to myself. I made a simple but yummy dinner for one, drank wine, watched what I wanted on tele without interruption, had a loooooong bath, drank more wine, played what music I wanted without comments, and read a book (and drank more wine)
My best night ever!

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