Shopping Confessions, Looks to Love & an Altar’d State Giveaway! (Giveaway Closed)

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Altar'd State Giveaway on FOLK Lifestyle

When I go clothes shopping I’m like a kid in a candy store. That probably rings true for a lot of fashion lovers, but my trips to beloved boutiques generally go something like this: walk in and stand at the front for a blessed moment while taking in all the gorgeous eye candy, make a bee-line for the prettiest display and proceed to touch everything at least once, slowly but steadily pull the must-have pieces off the racks and hang them over my free arm until that angel of a salesperson notices the customer trapped beneath the leaning tower of clothing and offers to start a dressing room for me — then I spend at least an hour trying everything on, snapping cell phone pictures of my favorite things and tallying up what I can and can’t actually afford. It all ends in an emotional parting with the stuff I wanted but couldn’t responsibly purchase, a sigh of relief that the most expensive piece didn’t fit me right at all, and a cool-down session also known as standing in line at the cash register.

Look to Love #1 on FOLK Lifestyle (featuring Altar'd State)

Look to Love 1: The Camille Headband in Gold & a top from Altar’d State

I have a decent lineup of brands that play gracious host to this shopping ritual, but I’m extremely picky about that lineup. In order for me to call a new shop a “favorite”, it has to have the eye candy, the atmosphere, variety, friendly (and strong) salespeople, ethical business practices, good quality and a really pretty dressing room. I was on my way to lunch one day when I caught sight of a beautiful window display I’d never seen before. It was a new shop that had just opened in the corner spot at an outdoor mall I frequent and I excitedly popped in to see what it was all about. Eye candy and atmosphere? CHECK! There was even a table at the entrance decorated with muffins and juice so I could snack while I gawked! I started to browse and was quickly greeted by a very friendly salesperson who I bombarded with questions about the store. I found out that the place was called Altar’d State and the special thing about Altar’d State, aside from the tasteful and trendy clothing, is that they donate part (or all) of the profits from a good portion of their items to a variety of amazing causes. Awesome people and ethical business practices? CHECK!

Look to Love #2 on FOLK Lifestyle (featuring Altar'd State)

Look to Love 2: The Skylar Headband in White & a dress from Altar’d State

I explored every inch of the shop and noticed that they carried some brands I was already in love with like Free People, Blu Pepper, TOMS, Frye and more! I was starting to think my first visit couldn’t get any better when I entered the dressing room. Best dressing room ever. They had the coolest pallet ceiling with bird cage chandeliers, little vintage-framed mirrors on the doors of each room where they write the customer names in dry erase marker, and cozy chairs where you can take a much needed water break — don’t judge me. After exiting the dressing room with some great DIY ideas, I paid up and left with a pretty little armload of clothing without breaking the bank. Success!

Look to Love #2 on FOLK Lifestyle (featuring Altar'd State)

Look to Love 3: The Brooke Headband in Blue & a necklace, bangles, dress and cardigan from Altar’d State

Over the next few weeks, I was in contact with them about working with FOLK and they were thrilled to do a giveaway for our subscribers! So now that you know how amazing Altar’d State is, one lucky subscriber will win their choice of any of the gorgeous headbands found on their site, here! The winner will be able to pick one headband, values ranging from $20-$28. I have to tell you, these headbands are amazing. The bead work is beautiful, the quality is so good and my favorite touch is the colorful fabric on the back side of the beaded strips. They thought of everything!

To Enter

Subscribe to our blog here and leave a comment on this post with a link to your favorite headband from Altar’d State.

It’s that simple! The winner will be chosen Sunday, January 13, 2013. We’ll be announcing the winner here on the blog, on Facebook and on Twitter, so follow us to stay in the loop!

Congratulations to Lori (loro908@…) for winning the giveaway! Please send an e-mail to with your complete mailing address before Friday, January 18th to claim your Skylar Headband in White! Thanks to everyone that commented with your shopping stories and favorite Altar’d State headbands! It was so fun looking at all of your choices!

Please share your shopping rituals/stories with your entry! I’d love to hear them! (Sharing is not required to enter the giveaway, but it would certainly make my day.)

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126 Responses to Shopping Confessions, Looks to Love & an Altar’d State Giveaway! (Giveaway Closed)

  1. What a fun giveaway! :D I think all the headbands are pretty, but my favorite is the Grace headband in pink.

    Here is the link:

    I prefer shopping in smaller boutiques, and I tend to have in mind what I want when I enter a store. But then I get sidetracked. Being an artist I can’t help but be drawn to color first, and then to texture. So I find treasures I can’t possibly live without, and then remember why I’m there in the first place and find those items, too. This is why I don’t shop often because I’m always a shopping overachiever! :/

    Thanks for hosting such a generous giveaway! I’m a subscriber to your blog.


  2. Scott Hansen says:

    I checked them out, and I would love to win the Grace headband in pink …not for myself of course, but to give to my lovely wife. She is the one I love shopping with. When it is just the two of us shopping it feels like 22 years ago when we were newlyweds and life had a lot less stress (mortgage and kids…love my home and kids dearly, but it was less stressful back then). We love to check out antique malls and little places like this….. yup….best dates are just shopping with my bride….

  3. Lynne says:

    i love the veronica headband in gunmetal. i love your confessions. as i get older and have more time to shop, i find i am much more picky about where i shop. i like to support local businesses and I love when they seem happy i am in their shop. muffins sound wonderful and a comfy chair for water breaks. over the top.

  4. my favorite today is this one
    perfect way to happy up a Monday! Thanks for the chance to play :)

  5. Julianne says:

    My favorite headband is the Lizzy in Gold

    But I really love all of them!!

  6. Gloria says:

    Heading to Hamburg this week to check this out! Loved browsing their website. My fav is the Audrey in gunmetal. Already a subscriber. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Melissa Frances says:

    Oh wow these are so cute…!!

    i would love to wear the Ashley Gold Crystal band… I already subscribe.

    thanks for an opportunity to win!

  8. Mary says:

    Sounds like an amazing shop! I’m with you, a nice fitting room is the icing on the cake. Hard to pick just one, but this may be it:

  9. [...] giving away one of these beautiful headbands which are SO pretty and so fun to style! Check out my post on FOLK Lifestyle for the full story, some looks I created with the headbands + new pieces from Altar’d State [...]

  10. michele says:

    I just love them all…..bit, Brooke strikes my fancy most.

  11. Ii like the Brooke in blue, and the Lauren. They are truly beautiful.

  12. Emily Evans says:

    This is my favorite! I have been wanting to go to Altar’d State forever and now I must to pick up one of these!

  13. Autumn says:

    It’s so hard to choose just ONE headband as my favorite, but I think I have to go with the Ashley Headband in Gold/Crystal:
    It’s just so pretty and versatile – I can think of SO many outfits it’d work perfectly with!

  14. Heather says:

    The Audrey Headband in Gunmetal is very pretty.

  15. Danzel B. says:

    I think this one is my favorite. I always look for green!

  16. Krystn says:

    They’re ALL gorgeous, but Abby and Grace speak to me!

  17. Sara says:

    If I had the time, money and location, I would be spending it in a lot of smaller boutiques. I always feel so spoiled when I go to larger cities and they have little places that you cannot get at home. I guess I better start doing my shopping online then!

    Mine happens to be this one: The Grace Headband

  18. Ana says:


    They’re all so cute! I’m totally going to buy another one anyway!

  19. Leah F. says:

    The Grace Headband in Pink is super cute! I love this store! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  20. Shawna says:

    Ooh, love the Audrey in Red… and I am already a follower of the blog.

    Thanks to Altar’d State for such a lovely giveaway.

  21. Blair Vorbeck says:

    The headbands are gorgeous!!! I am love, love, LOVING the gold Ashley!!!

  22. Renee Clifford says:

    I love this one
    It would be perfect for a quick up do when I’m rushing to class in the morning!c

  23. Kris Brugger says:

    I would love to win the The Skylar Headband in Light Blue
    the headbands are soooo pretty!

  24. Nicole says:

    I love the Brooke in Blue!

  25. Bethie says:

    I simply love the Rosanna headband. Yes, I subscribe to your blog. Here is the link to the one I’d choose:

  26. Love, love, love your style and these gorgeous headbands which are perfect for my long hair!! Especially the Callie in gold!

  27. Rebecca Reavis says:

    They are all beautiful but This is my favorite.


  28. trish says:

    I really like the Grace Headband in Turquoise

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  29. jo says:

    I like the Kaitlyn Headband in Turquoise and Orange

  30. Susan M. says:

    Recently subscribed :-) … They’re all lovely, but I like the Brooke in Bronze.

  31. Katie says:

    I LOVE these beautiful headbands. I wear them ALL the time. My favorite is The Audrey Headband in Gunmetal :)

  32. Kim says:

    Oh so many beautiful Ones to choose from!!!! I think the Lauren in Gunmetal is my choice. It looks regal!

  33. Loved looking at these beautiful headbands and so hard to pick one that I know my daughter would just love to wear. She would love one of these. Thank you for this generous giveaway and here is the one I picked out for her….

  34. All of the outfits and headbands are gorgeous. I would take any. I agree the fabric on the back is the perfect touch!

    For anyone who doesn’t win you could use this tuorial to make a very similar band for cheap and easily!

  35. Shira says:

    Awesome giveaway:)
    They’re all so pretty but this one is one of my favs:

  36. Elena Vo says:

    How cute! I really like the Veronica Headband in Gunmetal, found here:

    I’d style it with a simple white sweater dress, navy shoes and a lot of eyeliner :) 1960s all the way!

  37. Laura S says:

    Love all the headbands…they’re an updated blast from the 70′s! I absolutely love the Veronica in Gunmetal.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win such cute headbands, They’re Fab!!

  38. Addielyn says:

    I love all of them so much! Altar’d state sounds so cool! I love all the headbands. Why do I have to chose one? Well luckily, I found my favorite- the chleo in gold. LOVE IT!

  39. Melinda Martin says:

    I love the grace headband in turquoise!!

    It’s gorgeous!!!

  40. Jeanne says:

    I have been a headband freak since I was in my teens! Love them…. And REALLY love these. Especially this one ;)

  41. Mary says:

    I love the blue because it is really a pretty color.

  42. Shawn Johnson says:

    I like the grace headband in pink

  43. Angie Lavendar says:

    Lovin’ the Audrey in gunmetal, In all seriousness, there are so many that are too cute for words!

  44. Diana Johannesen says:

    I love the gold one

    I feel like I am looking at the best treasures!
    I could wear it when I read my Folk Magazine…quality all the way!
    thanks again for the give away…

  45. Char says:

    I’m with you, great displays and wonderful dressing rooms make a shop special! I love this headband: It is beautiful and would contrast nicely with my dark hair! I am a subscriber as well.

  46. Kim L. says:

    I love the The Grace Headband in Turquoise!

  47. Heather Johnson says:

    I love them all but this one is my favorite so far..

  48. Maria Adama says:

    I adore this one it will look fab on me as a 60 yr old platinum the almost victorian vibe it gives..thank you for showing this to me.

  49. Chhavi says:

    I am your newest subscriber all the way from India. I eagerly await your posts in my inbox everyday and learn something new, something charming, something holistic and different everyday. Even though I may not be able to try some of the things mentioned immediately or due to lack of availability, its such a pleasure to read them and look at the beautiful pictures.

    Like you, I love creative dressing rooms in stores that don’t make me want to leave empty handed and if the store has friendly and welcoming staff than it becomes even more pleasurable to be there although vice versa is also true. I’ve been to beautiful stores with extremely impolite sales staff and stormed from there.
    So below is my favorite choice, its super cute, will go with most outfits and extremely practical in this weather! Would love to add this stylish practical accessory in my winter wardrobe :)

    Looking forward to more fashion posts! xx

  50. Kathryn Rose says:

    You make shopping sound so excitng! I have always had many children with me when I go for myself or anytime… It sounds like a dream! The headbands are beautiful.

  51. KathyG. says:

    My favorite is the Grace headband in Turquoise. I have already visited their site. So impressed with the unique items and contribution to the community.

  52. Tammy Lance says:

    My fav is The Abby in Black. Love them all though!

  53. Julie B says:

    I LOVE this one. I have a feeling that my daughter would try and steal it from me though.

  54. Nanci says:

    There is no way to choose a favorite! They are all beautiful headbands. would love to have one!

  55. Katelyn H. says:

    This headband is just gorgeous! Love them all, though!!

  56. Susan Phelps says:

    They’re all so pretty, but my favorite is the Grace (in turquoise). Here’s the link:

  57. Chhavi says:

    Oh and If I have to choose one of the beaded ones then it’d be this !
    Have a great day!

  58. Anita says:

    So many beautiful choices, but my favorite is the Grace in Turquoise!

  59. Diane says:

    I LOVE wearing headbands! I’d be thrilled to win, sign me up!

  60. Aimee J says:

    I like the abbey headband in black. Headbands are awesome!! They help me to fancy up my normal pony tail and add volume to my updos :D

  61. I would love the white skylar headband. It’s really hard to pick. All of them are cute outfit inspirations!

  62. My favorite is the Ashley in Jet. If I have time and nothing that I HAVE to buy, I love browsing through boutique shops. When looking for something I need, though, it’s not nearly as fun!

  63. JH says:

    I’m a fiber-artist and I make hand-knitted hats etc. I love to mix texture and color, and I often add beads to my work. So it’s no surprise that one of my favorite headbands is this one… The Audrey Headband in Gunmetal… Thank you for the GiveAway!

  64. Jen D says:

    I love the Ashley headband in god/crystal. –

    I am the same – when the most expensive item I try on doesn’t fit, I breathe a sigh of relief. Otherwise I will stand in the dressing room for another 20 minutes arguing with myself whether or not I really need it. The no side usually wins, unfortunately. :)

    Thanks for the fun giveaway! :)

  65. Joan W. says:

    Grace headband in pink for my almost-19 year old daughter! It is beautiful!

  66. kate phelps says:

    I like a lot of them, but I’d have to say this is my favorite:

  67. Emily K. says:

    I love the Camille headband in gold! So lovely! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  68. Nancy Carr says:

    I love the Lauren in gunmetal headband. Beautiful designs.

  69. Pamela says:

    Love the blue headband!

  70. Renee says:

    Love love love Veronica in gunmetal!

  71. Joanna says:

    Those headbands are just beautiful. It was hard to choose but my favorite would be the grace headband in turquoise.

  72. 3beachgirls says:

    The Tanya Headband in Turquoise and Black

    It was difficult to choose… they all look beautiful. Thank You for sharing this offer.

  73. Gerri says:

    These is an AWESOME giveaway. Those headbands are just beautiful. I love all of them, decisions, decisions, decisions…. but I’d have to say this is my favorite…
    Thank you and have an fabulous day.

  74. Carol Vice says:

    Would make a great gift! Very pretty and enjoyed Altar’d State web site.

  75. Amy says:

    I adore how tasteful & dainty Altar’d State lineup is — how can I choose just one! But, if you insist…
    The Ashley Headband in Gold is a TOTAL GEM (in jet is equally swoon-worthy):

    I’d love to sport it daily! ;)

  76. Pam McNaughton says:

    J’adore the headband “brooke”.

    I have shared, twittered, face booked and told friends to join too !

  77. Therese Green says:

    Loving the Camille look – will feel like royalty in the Camille Gold ! ;-)

  78. Judy says:

    I love the Sally headband in cobalt. There’s not one that I didn’t like, though!

  79. Judy says:

    I subscribed to your blog! Thanks for the opportunity to win one of these gorgeous headbands.

  80. Cindy says:
    Confess that I love MOST of them, but if I have to choose one, this is THE it! Fun giveaway, thanks!

  81. Sarah says:

    I love all of the head bands, but this one caught my eye with my favorite bright blue color! =]

  82. Theresa Koch says:

    I love them all but The Kristen Headband in Multi is my favorite hmmm I think they are all so pretty

  83. Oh gosh! These headbands are darling!
    My favorite is, super sparkly and feminine!

    Thanks for having such a fun giveaway!

  84. Sheila says:

    Hello!!! I love the headbands!!! I’ve always loved the look of a headband and am so happy to see them making a comeback! My favorite is the grace headband!!!


  85. lori says:

    I love EVERY ONE OF THEM!!! but to choose one!…. SKYLAR IN WHITE!!! GORGEOUS GIVEAWAY!

  86. Kellie says:

    Love these! Perfect for me and my gdaughters to share.

  87. Natalie M. says:

    I had trouble picking just one headband… but finally decided on this one: Sooooo pretty! :)

  88. Kristina K says:

    My favorite is:
    I prefer to shop on sales and in smaller boutiques, and also in Second hand shops ;)

  89. Ginnie says:

    I like them all but I pick the Macy and the Ashley. I subscribe already.

  90. Just subscribed and the blue is lovely!

  91. Cyn M. says:

    Here’s my pick for the giveaway: “Audrey” in Red :) But I love all of them!

    I like to shop small, crafty, artistic businesses, RL and online :)

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