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This isn't the Jacket Stable or the Slacks Cabin, ladies: It's a Dress Barn GIVEAWAY! - Evolved Mommy

This isn’t the Jacket Stable or the Slacks Cabin, ladies: It’s a Dress Barn GIVEAWAY!

Not really sure what I was getting myself into, I dragged my husband Steve (@scratic) over to the Dress Barn in the Pinnacle Hills Promenade to do a little shopping. We had a limited amount of time between work and going to the A-M-A-Z-I-N-G new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opening. Our family pictures were scheduled for 9:00 a.m. the next morning, which meant that if I didn’t find the perfect outfit there would be no time to find something else for the pictures, and my whole master Christmas card plan would fail. FAIL!

If you’re just getting here read yesterday’s post for the back story.

Long story short:

  1. I got a PR email from Dress Barn
  2. I’ve never been in a Dress Barn because the name alone is horrendous, which must mean the clothes are horrendous.
  3. The pictures in the PR email were super cute and the PR rep was wonderful to talk to (none of that “Oh… you’re in Arkansas. Let me slow down and use words with fewer syllables).
  4. I needed something to wear for our family Christmas card pictures.
  5. I went shopping and you’re going to have a chance to go shopping, too.


Dress Barn Rogers AR

Our local Dress Barn in Rogers, Arkansas (I’d use the state abbreviation of AR, but most people assume that is Arizona. It’s AZ people)

Dress Barn shopping trip in arkansas

Wait… it’s locked! Just kidding.

Terrie Benson Personal Shopper at Dress Barn Rogers Ar

This is Terrie, who probably just lost when they drew numbers to see who the was going to “handle” the blogger today. Lucky for me she was my very friendly and quite bedazzled personal shopper.

Funny sales clerk at Dress Barn Rogers AR

You can have anything here except THIS shirt!

Funny sales clerk at dress barn rogers

Not really. My husband just happens to be the king of taking unflattering pictures. This associate was super nice. Everyone was.

Terrie really was skeptical of my no bling policy

Terrie really was quite skeptical of my “no bling” fashion policy. Here I am saying something shocking like, “so…um… no bling.”

Me explaining to Terrie at Dress Barn why I'm not crazy about bling

“It’s just that I have a more understated style.” I’m pretty sure Terrie was shocked to learn that there are unbedazzled people walking around everyday.

Shopping at Dress Barn Rogers AR

Let’s get this party started!

Jeggings at the dress barn

Don’t be distracted by the sweater cape y’all. Those are… JEGGINGS!

To be “real” I’ve decided to post pics of each outfit, even if they aren’t flattering. This is huge leap for me, so be kind. Thanks!

Sweater cape and jeggings from Dress Barn rogers

This is the first of many pictures where you’ll see me checking my butt in the mirror. This is a critical step in the fitting room process for me. Also, this is the same little sweater cape, but with a cami. I like it much better here.


Interior Dress Barn Rogers AR

I thought you could use a little visual break from the initial shock of jeggings. Beware: more jeggings coming up…

snowflake sweater from Dress Barn Rogers AR

I love this snowflake sweater WITH JEGGINGS, but I feel like there’s a small window for seasonal sweaters. Basically, you get the week before Christmas. Then it’s over until next year.

Checking my butt in the mirror at Dress Barn Rogers AR

And… here I am checking out my butt in the mirror. Remember, it’s important.

Brown sweater with jeggings from Dress Barn Arkansas

This was the moment when Terrie told my I had a tiny waste and I decided that she would be my new best friend.

Brown sweater with belt at the Dress Barn in Arkansas

Upon further inspection, this sweater IS NOT flattering on me. Moving on.

Head, shoulder, boobs and...

Head, shoulders, boobs and…

Grey sweater with jeggings at dress barn

Butt. Head, shoulders, boobs and butt. Boobs and BUTT!

Prince style shirt at Dress Barn

Prince wuz here

Dressing room at Dress Barn Rogers AR Promenade

Shut the front door! I’m levitating. And I don’t even remember this happening. Oh, one more thing… I DO NOT have fat rolls on my feet. Blame the crochet Ugg boots.


Steve had an absolute blast during the whole shopping experience. He just couldn’t stop talking about it the whole way home.

iPhone panoramic pictures

In the middle of all his wild excitement Steve figured out how to take panoramic pictures with his iPhone. I’ll post directions for that next week.


Black sweater dress at rogers pinnacle hills promenade dress barn

I really want to love this dress, but there was something else I loved even more…

Fitting room mess at rogers pinnacle hills dress barn

Time to start editing the selections

Wardrobe edit dress barn rogers ar pinnacle hills promenade

Getting close…

Wardrobe edit at Dress Barn at Rogers Pinnacle Hills Promenade

Rachel Zoe would be so proud of this edit

Fur lined jacket shopping at Pinnacle Hills Promenade Dress Barn in Rogers AR

And here it is! My favorite look.

Terrie and Tracy personal shoppers at Rogers Pinnacle Hills Promenade Dress Barn arkansas

Thank you Terrie and Tracy for making this a fabulous experience! (More panoramic fun for Steve here)

This was right before Tracy busted out her signature saying about the duo:

“T ‘n T. Together we’re DYNAMITE!”

Oh lordy!

Leaving Dress barn shopping at Rogers Pinnacle Hills Promenade Rogers Arkansas

All done. Thanks Dress Barn!

I just got a preview of our family Christmas card pictures from Kim at Sweet Portrayal. No words. They are perfect.

Family Christmas Card Portrait 2011 by Sweet Portrayal in Rogers ARkansas

Merry Christmas y’all!


My experience couldn’t have been any better. Some of the clothes in the Dress Barn were exactly what I thought they would be, but Terrie and Tracy kept me safely in the contemporary casual section where I was comfortable.

Side note: I wore my new jacket to the Women In Networking Holiday Extravaganza lunch this week. As I was getting comfortable with my lunch and awkwardly introducing myself to the others at my table, local KNWA anchor Neile Jones (@neilejones), who was emceeing the event, came over (we’ve met once before briefly), and said, “You have GOT to tell me where you got that jacket!”

How flattering is that??? Neile has to put her pretty self on TV every night, so she knows what looks good. I was more than happy to tell her it came from the Dress Barn.

Now you’re thinking, “Stephanie! I want to go to the Dress Barn!”

Of course you do. Well, guess what? I’m giving away a $25 gift card so that you can create the perfect look for Thanksgiving, Christmas or just fall in general.

To enter leave a comment below telling me what three things you are most thankful for this year. On Tuesday I will select a winner using

You can earn extra entries by emailing a link to this contest/post to your friends. Just cc info (at) evolved mommy (dot) com and I’ll give you an extra entry for every person you share it with. I’ll also give you extra entries for tweeting and facebooking this contest. Just be sure to let me know you did it in the comments below.

Dress Barn is on Twitter @dressbarn and Facebook /dressbarn


  1. Jennifer

    Loved the pics and the captions!
    I’m thankful for health, family, and friends.

  2. Matt Norwood

    The three things I am thankful for:

    I’m thankful that I’m allowed to enter this contest for my wife. The other two things I’m thankful for is bacon (bacon counts as two things).

  3. Mandi Beesler

    I am thankful for my beautiful healthy children, I am thankful for supportive family, and most of all the mercy and grace of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!!

  4. Awesome! =-) Tweeted and added to Facebook!
    My 3 things: Ben, Jack & Emma. LOVE my kiddos!

  5. I love how *real* you were about the shopping experience. I have to admit I forget about dress barn all the time. The jacket/sweater you picked is AWESOME!! Good luck to everyone who is entered and the winner. For the rest of us… we just need to go shopping!! :)

  6. Thankful for life, liberty and the pursuit of happyness :)

  7. So cute!! Like you, I have never been to Dress Barn, but after seeing their cute clothes…I may need to go soon!

  8. I shared this on fb. :)

  9. I tweeted about the contest @sunegrl.

  10. This year I’m thankful for the love and support of my family and friends, I’m thankful that I have two adorable cats to share my home with and most of all I’m thankful that I will hopefully have two foster children living in my home by Christmas. What a gift that will be!!

  11. Just tweeted too! Fun post! I may have to step into the dress barn soon!

  12. 1. My family. 2. A home I love. 3. Coffee

    • I gave up coffee last January, but couldn’t resist a pumpkin spice latte in October and then a gingerbread latte last week.
      Have to admit, after a year off the sauce I was wound tighter than a three-day clock!

  13. Shared it on Facebook, too. (On my blog’s page)

  14. I’m thankful for that I’m healthier than I was this time a year ago, for my new nephew, and for Nutella. Okay, fine, friends and family who have made a fairly hard year much easier to handle.

    • Nutella for life! I love that stuff so much I get chills just thinking about it. Thank you God for Nutella. Amen.

  15. Thankful for new friends here in Ark {bloggers & not}, a job that I am good at & enjoy, and family back home in Michigan <3

  16. I’m thankful for my beautiful girls, a husband who works hard and is supportive of me, and my loving friends.

    • Kara, you are a great friend to have. :)

  17. I shared on FB!
    amy eidson clark

  18. You’re my favorite comedian. I sooooo needed this laugh today. You have no idea.
    Besides the obvious, like my kids, I am thankful for forgiveness, new starts, and other mothers, the hardest working women on earth. And mini Butterfingers.

    • I’m so glad you laughed some today! I’m thankful for mini Reese’s Peanut Butter cups. ;)

  19. Doesn’t every woman check her butt in the mirror multiple times when trying on clothes?

    Love it, girl. You are so very talented. I’ve tweeted it and will post it on my FB next.

    I’m thankful for being so richly blessed in friends and for my amazing children & grandchildren. Life is sweet.

  20. Steph,
    I count it all joy that you are in my life!! I laughed and laughed, even though I kind of heard the story as it went.
    I am thankful for an awesome family, fantastic staff & business and God’s daily grace.

  21. Tenille

    I have a lot to be thankful for. Very most importantly I’m thankful for my dad. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer about 3 weeks ago. He could’ve chosen to lay around and feel sorry for himself, but I think he has a better attitude than anyone about it. Secondly, I’m thankful for my family who is supporting us throughout all of this and keeping me strong. Lastly, I am so very thankful foru God who can heal my dad if he sees fit, can provide for us to pay these doctor bills and comfort us when we are feeling down. So this year, I have a lot to be thankful for, but those are three of the most important. Hope everyone has a fantastic Thanksgiving!

  22. Julie

    I forgot to add that you look amazing! You do have a tiny waist, so show it off more.

  23. Julie

    This had me giggling through the entire read. You crack me up! 3 things my 2 year old told me he’s thankful for: “Myself, my heart and red crayons.”
    Simple enough.

  24. Angela

    I need a dress for a wedding in 3 weeks and this would be perfect!! I was on the hunt today and not successful. I’m thankful for my husband, 2 sweet girls, and my awesome family!

  25. Thankful for 1) Laughter, while reading this post; 2) New friends; and 3) a new, Stephanie-approved place to look for clothes!

  26. You done good! Love it, Dress Barn buddy ;)

  27. Ginger

    Love it! I am most thankful for:
    1. Healthy kids
    2. Great jobs for my hubby and I that allow for lots of quality time with our kids!
    3. Wonderful friends! ;)

  28. Star

    I’m thankful for my husband, my family and my son’s MDO program (esp. his teacher Beda) they have really helped him come out of his shell.

  29. Ha! Great post… and the jacket is so cute! Great family picture too!
    I’m thankful for a loving & supportive family, great friends and a job I love to go to every morning.

  30. Adorable. You do have boobs and you do have a butt, but, girl, they look amazing in high waisted belt. So glad you are satisfied with your look. And the photos, of course, are gorgeous! Woot woot!

    I am thankful for: Kaylee Presley (our baby sitter), a healthy marriage, and a my passion for good food (which on our budget mean creativity!).

  31. Great post and maybe I’ll actually have to give Dress Barn a try. Three things I am thankful for – my faith, my family and living in a land of opportunity. Best to you and yours in the holiday season!

  32. Love it! Would it be wrong to say I’m thankful for daycare? I”m gonna go ahead and say it anyway and hope your comment readers aren’t too judgey.

  33. I LOVE this! You are just so cute… and you levitate! Who knew! And you are so right about the name… why did they think women would want to shop in a barn? Other than that…. 3 things: My daughter is alive and well after her dreadful bike accident (helmets people, helmets), the friends I have met (including YOU) this year (just feel so honored to get to know so many great women), and, seriously, coffee. I wouldn’t have been able to get through the year without copious amounts of coffee.

    • Clarification: This comment was meant to be applied to Jacqueline Wolven’s entry comment. Sorry for the confusion.
      Everybody tell Jacqueline congrats. (And please don’t throw things at me – I’m totally new at the whole giveaway thing)
      “CONGRATS!!! You’re the winner of the $25 gift card!”

  34. Terri B

    That is a great Christmas Card pic!
    I’m thankful for Family, Friendship & Food

  35. Thank you for posting ALL the pictures. That IS brave and totally awesome. Now, for what am I thankful? That I haven’t lost my sense of humor, sanity, or hope this year despite: divorce, layoff, 2 pets dying. And, completed my first half marathon in March and will have completed my first full marathon in December. BAM!

  36. Steph, you are just hysterical. You might even be someone I could shop with. I really dig the sweater jacket you picked out and it makes me want to go check it out. Your family picture is just gorgeous!

  37. Congrats Steph! I think you are hilarious!

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