I always love getting a great deal, especially when it is for my kids. Some deals are just better than others, and I like to know as much as I can before purchasing. My mother, the original “Deal Queen” of my family, always told me to “Buy the best, but buy smart.” In the age of mass manufacturing, we have access to “cheap” clothing. It is made to be disposable, with the intent to keep us buying, lasting long enough to wear until the next growth spurt begins, that is if we are lucky! I have collected vintage clothing since I was very young, and have sold it for two decades. In previous generations, clothing was meant to last, and to be handed down through multiple family members. Every garment was made with care, why there is so much vintage still around today. While I do not expect the same quality in today’s market, I am always disappointed when I purchase something, only to get it home and find out that it didn’t even survive the first wash.
When I first saw the deal for FabKids clothing on Swagbucks, I wasn’t so sure if I should try it. The FabKids line is by Christina Applegate, and to be honest, I do not necessarily equate her with “fashion.” Yes I realize actors are only acting, but I will painfully admit that visions of “Kelly Bundy” definitely danced in my head momentarily. I wasn’t quite sure how FabKids clothing would be. Then when I read that it was all made in China, I really was not sure. I searched for reviews prior to purchasing, but I couldn’t find any. After receiving my purchases, I wanted to do a short review in case others are on the fence like I was.
****Before anything else, DO NOT click on the deal link on Swagbucks unless you are ready to order. If you do, it disappears from your offers list, and you will not be able to use it!
Here are the two outfits I ordered:
- Ice Princess Outfit
Ice Princess Dress (available in multiple colors)
Gold Bow Clippie
- Striped Pretty In Pink Outfit
Lace Babydoll Dress
Fab Striped Legging
My order arrived quickly. I placed my order 3/31 in the evening, and it arrived 4/4. Shipping was totally free, and it arrived all together in a medium sized Tyvek style bag. I have always shipped clothing in Tyveks, but I know that some people do prefer boxes. All of the clothing and accessories I received were indeed made in China.
ICE PRINCESS OUTFIT:
Blue Ice Princess Dress-I was the most most excited to see this “Ice Princess Dress.” It is the same dress as in the FabKids ad, which is called “Orange Princess Dress,” or “Fire Princess Dress Outfit” when paired with leggings. It is also available in pink. The Ice Princess is a really pretty blue. The first thing I noticed after removing the dress from the packaging was how it felt. The dress is a very soft, light, 100% cotton fabric, that flows nicely while worn. It will be great for our hot southern Summers, but It will also be cute paired with a little shrug for cooler weather as well. There are no buttons or closures, it simply slips over the head. The front of the bodice is plain, and the back has elastic smocking which gives a great fit. The skirt is really unique, and definitely my favorite part of the dress. It has vertical ruffles from the waist to the hem, with the ombre style dye getting darker towards the bottom. Due to the elastic smocking, the straps stay up and it will fit various body types. I was eager to get my review up, so I didn’t have time to steam the garment after traveling in the Tyvek. It really is cuter in person than in my quick photos. My daughter absolutely loves it, and as soon as she did the telltale twirl, I knew that she truly felt like a little princess while wearing it. This is definitely a piece I recommend in whichever color you prefer.
Gold Bow- While I love the dress, I could definitely do without the bow. I think the idea and intention were good. However, this bow in my opinion just was not the best choice, especially with this particular dress. It is a cheaply made gold lame type fabric, that just looks a bit too heavy with the light flowing feel of the garment. At least for my personal preference. One plus is that the clip is lined with a piece of grosgrain ribbon. But, no matter how comfortable it is to wear, It is probably not a bow I will ever use. They do offer the dress as an outfit with leggings for $10 more. This deal is so amazing, that I can donate the bow, and am still more than thrilled with the dress!
STRIPED PRETTY IN PINK OUTFIT:
Lace BabyDoll Dress– This is so much cuter in person, as it is difficult to capture the fabric detail on my phone. While the top is a classic babydoll style dress, I ordered in a size larger than my daughter actually wears, and it falls about an inch and a half above her knee. I think it is best worn with leggings, or at least a little ruffled pant or cover if wearing alone. It has two layers, a 100% cotton liner, and a sheer 100% nylon layer over the top, with 100% cotton embroidery. There is no liner in the sleeves which allows you to see the floral details in the sheer fabric. It’s soft and comfortable, even the sleeves which are not lined. Something very important for anything worn by my children. If something isn’t soft, it then becomes “itchy,” and will remain in their closets. You can pair this with all kinds of things to create a totally different look.
Fab Striped Legging- These leggings are paired with several different pieces on the FabKids site, and they truly are versatile. They are 95% cotton, with 5% Spandex. I love that there is just enough Spandex stretch for a perfect fit, but mostly cotton so they are breathable. I have already washed these, and they did surprisingly well. A lot of leggings I have purchased for my daughter seem to look worn after the first wash, no matter how careful I am. I always turn things like these inside out, wash in cold, and add a little vinegar to the water for anything new to prevent the dye from fading. These still looked new when they came out. They can be worn with so many different colors, and are a great staple piece to have in a child’s wardrobe.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised, and the pieces I chose really exceeded any expectations I had when placing my order. The clothing is better in person than in photos, and everything is washable. Something really important to me when choosing clothing for my kids. To be honest, I assumed I was just getting an amazing deal, $74.05 worth of clothing for only $9.80, and probably wouldn’t continue to use FabKids. While that is okay as there is no obligation, I am definitely excited to choose my next outfits, and will continue to purchase from them. This truly is an AWESOME DEAL that you don’t want to miss!!
DEAL INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS
Christina Applegate has a new line out called FabKids. They offer a full line of clothing for both boys and girls, plus shoes, and accessories. Right now they are having a sale, buy TWO outfits for $19.95! If you have not seen her clothing line, it is REALLY CUTE!
But, it gets better!!!!! Thanks again to Swagbucks, an awesome deal just got almost too good to be true!! Thankfully though, it is! Swagbucks is giving you $0.15 (15 Swagbucks) for just signing up with your email for a free account, and $10.00 (1000 Swagbucks) when you purchase your first outfit!!! You end up getting $74.05 worth of clothing for only $9.80! This means a total savings of $64.25!
The Swagbucks you earn can be cashed out via Paypal, basically the same as cash, or for a plethora of store gift cards. I have used them for years without having any issues. They have excellent customer service, so if in the rare event a problem were to arise, they are very quick to take care of it.
How to get your two outfits for only $19.95, plus get the cashback rebate:
- Sign up for your free Swagbucks account by clicking here.
- Click on the “Swagbucks” logo on the top left of the tool bar. This will bring you to the featured offer page. Go to the “Sort By” box on the right, and click on “Highest Payout.”
- Scroll down to the offer, then click on it. Make sure you are ready to purchase when you click on it though, as you won’t be able to go back and do it again, it will close it out. The offer looks like this:
- Once on the FabKids page, sign up for your free email account first, which will show a $10 credit afterwards.
- Click on the “BOGO Outfit” under offers (where I chose mine,) and choose your two outfits. Don’t worry, the outfits I chose were marked as $24.95 each, but it all ends up as two outfits for $19.95 in checkout. It will also show a $10 credit on first purchase, this will slash the deal down in the end.
- Make your purchase. Shipping and exchanges are FREE. Here is the total again for mine
- Swagbucks will credit your account with a total of 1015 Swagbucks, the equivalent of $10.15 within 30 days. (They always pay me way before their projected date, but all depends on how quickly Fabkids confirms your order with them)
FINE PRINT*** When you purchase these outfits, you are enrolled in the monthly FabKids program. HOWEVER, you can cancel ANYTIME with no obligation. You can also visit your account before the 5th of each month, and skip as many months as you wish without any charge. Whenever I do deals like these, I set an alarm on my phone to make sure I do whatever I need to do within the time frame.
Swagbucks offers all kinds of ways to both save and make money, Don’t forget to take advantage of the $10.10 rebate when you spend $20 at Zulily deal, and the $20 rebate for spending $20 at The Body Shop deal.
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