5 year blogiversary giveaway #1 – Riffraff $500 Shop Credit

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5 years ago today, I wrote my first blog post on Easy Peasy Peanut Butter Cookies.  I had no idea what I was getting myself into and how my life would have changed ever since that first post.  That post has 37 comments and they were all my friends that I begged to leave some love for me.  πŸ˜‰  Funny thing about blogging is that my “real life” friends never comment on my blog but it’s my “blog friends” that do the commenting, ones that I’ve never actually met before in real life but have become my community, my family, my friends through the blog.  Blogging is really funny that way, that you can hide behind a computer for hours at a time, yet cultivate some of the best friendships from it.

The meaning of “Sandy a la Mode” 5 years ago was a play on the word “a la mode” to explain the fact that I love ice cream on the side (hence writing recipes), but also with the meaning that I would be sharing all the things in my life that I do “on the side” besides work and family life.  Fast forward 5 years and “a la mode” also means trendy and fashionable which this blog has evolved into a fashion blog most the time, yet I still do post things little tidbits about my life, kids, home, etc.  There’s been many ups and downs through the years of blogging.  Many times I would find myself so busy with life that I just wanted to give up blogging all together, but somehow, I would always pull it together and sit down and curate content for and write the next post.  I’ve held myself to the standard of posting at least 4 times a week pretty consistently but this is my passion, my side job, my happy place.  Blogging in and of itself has changed, where more recently I am blaming Instagram for decreasing my pageviews and comments as I feel like most people’s attention spans are getting shorter and shorter and just a picture or two to describe a post would be just fine.  And I have to admit that, I, myself, read blogs less just because time is precious and reading an Instagram post and liking a picture is just so much faster.  Yet, I still don’t want to give up blogging because it’s a place where I can write more, express my thoughts and document our lives to look back on in the future.

But all that aside, I think the best part of blogging for me is all of the friendships and relationships I have made with other bloggers and amazing brands.  I’ve worked with a TON of brands throughout the years, and for those who are just starting out and wanting to work with brands, I’d say focus on your content first, and then either brands will come or you can start reaching out to brands yourself.  And don’t get discouraged or beat yourself up if you don’t hear back or get some “no’s”, just keep at it and good things will come if you work hard and are consistent.

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Outfit Details:
Cardigan c/o Riffraff
Jacket c/o Riffraff
Pants c/o Lee Jeans
Boots: Hunters via Shopbop
Bag: Mansur Gavriel
Earrings: Nickel & Suede

Photos by Rachel Laukat Photography

One of my absolute favorite brands to work with is Riffraff.  I can’t even begin to count how many things I own from that shop and how many times a week I look at their site.  They have daily arrivals all the time and every time I look, I fall in love with another piece. Their items are always in style and so affordable!!  The girls that work there are the absolute sweetest and they deserve the award for best customer service, foreals!  They have been so good to me throughout the past few years and we have partnered together to give back to one of Sandy a la Mode’s readers, in a BIG way!!


riffraff giveaway

One lucky winner will win $500 shop credit to Riffraff!! 

Yes you read that right, FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS TO THIS AMAZING STORE!  You could pretty much buy many month’s worth of clothes with that money!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway ends on 1/19/15 at 12:00AM MST. Good luck, friends!!

This is the first of FIVE AMAZING GIVEAWAYS I will be hosting on my blog this week to celebrate my 5 year blogiversary!  So make sure to come back tomorrow… and the next few days!!


  1. Starla B
    January 12, 2015 / 9:09 pm

    Such a pretty look Sandy. I love your bag so much! PS-do you have any share buttons? xo

  2. Linda Shen
    January 12, 2015 / 9:10 pm

    I love the dark for days quilted dress!

  3. January 12, 2015 / 9:15 pm

    LOL! I laughed at your question because you said to state 1 item. Okay, if I must, I would have to say the scarves because I am looking to grow my collection! Thanks for sponsoring the giveaway and Happy Blogversary!!

  4. January 12, 2015 / 9:17 pm

    Congrats on 5 years! So amazing and excited to be part of it πŸ™‚ Also, all the wildfox sweaters from riffraff-crushing on so hard haha!

  5. Kathy Cheng
    January 12, 2015 / 9:19 pm

    I like the “After Party Invite Lace Dress”.

  6. Jordan S
    January 12, 2015 / 9:26 pm

    I love the dark for days quiltequilted dress!! So cute!!

  7. Katie Wroblewski
    January 12, 2015 / 9:30 pm

    I can’t pick just one thing. I love just about every sweater, every necklace, and every pair of boots! πŸ™‚

  8. Marie
    January 12, 2015 / 9:30 pm

    Love the dresses.

  9. Ashley Bree Perez
    January 12, 2015 / 9:35 pm

    I love the After Party Invite Dress. πŸ™‚

  10. shaunie
    January 12, 2015 / 9:37 pm

    I am a wedges girl and these brown wedges have caught my eye – MIDNIGHT SNACK SHOE

  11. Shani
    January 12, 2015 / 9:39 pm

    Love your style and your disposition! Congrats on five years! Here’s to five more!!

  12. Rebecca Graham
    January 12, 2015 / 9:53 pm

    So much to love! Love the casual class braided sweater

  13. Carman
    January 12, 2015 / 9:57 pm

    Yeah congrats

  14. Megan rohde
    January 12, 2015 / 10:01 pm

    The new Gwen folktale fringe cardigan caught my eye, totally something I would wear over everything!

  15. ashlee
    January 12, 2015 / 10:02 pm

    Love the “Putting on the Glitz” top!

  16. Karen
    January 12, 2015 / 10:12 pm

    Love the Reinvented boot!

  17. Deena Briseno
    January 12, 2015 / 10:17 pm

    Are you kidding me?! This is a DREAM! I’ve only become a recent follower throughout the middle/end of your pregnancy and adore seeing your precious family and how you all interact together! My most favorite recent post was the mommy and me sparkle outfits. I can totally relate, my 21mo old LOVES to shine (and so do I if I may say so myself

  18. January 12, 2015 / 10:47 pm

    I love the much love braided sweater in wine!

  19. karen wu
    January 12, 2015 / 11:52 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! Don’t know if you remember meeting me (I’m married to Jon [your parents are family friends]), but when we met I didn’t know you were a blogger. I stumbled upon your blog through other blogs I follow πŸ™‚ Congrats on the new baby (She’s adorable!) and thanks for the giveaway. Loving the braided sweaters.

  20. Amanda
    January 13, 2015 / 1:30 am

    Congratulations on 5 years! I am so excited for you .

  21. Rowena
    January 13, 2015 / 4:23 am

    congratulations. Happy 5 years!

  22. jillian
    January 13, 2015 / 5:38 am

    awesome giveaway sandy and happy 5 years!!! πŸ™‚ so happy for you!

    my husband grew up in fayetteville, arkansas so it’s fun to see a shop from there with tons of great stuff! i love the stripe it down top. xo jillian

  23. Blair
    January 13, 2015 / 5:52 am

    Happy Anniversary!!! Cheers to 5 more!! This is such an awesome giveaway!

  24. Blair
    January 13, 2015 / 5:54 am

    Oh and I love the longsleeve state tees on the Riffraff website!

  25. Tarah
    January 13, 2015 / 6:14 am

    I love the teachers pet cardigan

  26. Emily
    January 13, 2015 / 6:17 am

    I love the Shades of Autumn Coat

  27. Emily
    January 13, 2015 / 6:18 am

    btw so jealous of your Mansur Gavriel bag. I think that’s going to be my next bag once I track down the color I want.

  28. Jodi
    January 13, 2015 / 7:33 am

    Love the braided sweater!

  29. Lindsay
    January 13, 2015 / 7:52 am

    I just love the Comforts of the south cardigan!

  30. Raine
    January 13, 2015 / 7:54 am

    A huge congratulations! I love so much but the Stars and Stripes sweater caught my eye first, and I love the City Search leather jacket in chestnut! I’ve never heard of them before, what a great store.

  31. January 13, 2015 / 7:57 am

    Congrats!!! I am in love with their Long Ways away cardigan!!!

  32. Kim Pincombe Cole
    January 13, 2015 / 8:09 am

    Happy Blogiversary!!!
    The 1st thing that has caught my eye at RiffRaff is the DEER TO ME SWEATER – love it!!

  33. Katie
    January 13, 2015 / 8:24 am

    Congrats!! I love the never a dull moment heels πŸ™‚

  34. January 13, 2015 / 9:00 am

    Many congrats on five years! So exciting!
    I really love the Let’s Snuggle Knit Sweater! It looks so cozy.

  35. Aubry Lybbert
    January 13, 2015 / 9:05 am

    Happy Blogiversary! What a fun week and great ShopRiffRaff giveaway. I LOVE the ‘a bit of chill blanket scarf’ in red. So cute.

    Finding Beautiful Truth

  36. Rachel
    January 13, 2015 / 9:13 am

    This is so exciting, Sandy! Congratulations!! πŸ™‚ Big 5 is great!

  37. Petra V.
    January 13, 2015 / 9:40 am

    I really like the SHADES OF PAISLEY KIMONO DRESSβ™₯
    Happy Blogiversary and thank you for the amazing giveaway.

  38. January 13, 2015 / 9:46 am

    love the haku bootie! πŸ˜€

  39. Sean C
    January 13, 2015 / 9:47 am

    Love the rainey mini dress – rajah. It’s GORGEOUS!

  40. Alina
    January 13, 2015 / 9:47 am

    I love the starlet crystal necklace on their website.

  41. Jessica Ashcroft
    January 13, 2015 / 9:56 am

    I love any of the beanies! I’ve been wanting one lately

  42. Vicky
    January 13, 2015 / 10:22 am

    Caiden boots are cute

  43. Amanda
    January 13, 2015 / 10:32 am

    I love the “race to finish aztec sweater”

    Thanks for the chance and congrats on 5 years!!

  44. Josie
    January 13, 2015 / 10:55 am


  45. January 13, 2015 / 11:28 am

    Congrats on 5 years, Sandy! We are so thankful for our relationship with you! Thank you for spreading the #riffrafflove and being such a joy to work with!! We couldn’t be happier for you, and we’re proud to have you as a member of our Riffraff family! πŸ™‚

  46. molly c
    January 13, 2015 / 12:37 pm

    i love the lets cuddle knit sweater!

  47. January 13, 2015 / 1:02 pm

    All of those dresses are gorgeous! Happy 5 years!

  48. Sandy M
    January 13, 2015 / 1:24 pm

    Congrats on 5 years!! Wow. I love the aztec cardigan. Sure could use it here in this cold Texas chilly weather!!

  49. Liesel
    January 13, 2015 / 1:41 pm

    Love the Haku bootie!

  50. Hope C.
    January 13, 2015 / 1:56 pm

    Love the starry eyed gem necklace – copper

  51. Holli
    January 13, 2015 / 4:14 pm

    Oh my gosh..how did you get that bag? I am hoping to snag one in March when its in stock.

  52. January 13, 2015 / 4:34 pm

    Congrats on 5 years! That’s amazing πŸ™‚ I love the North Pole Tie Cardigan

  53. Heather D
    January 13, 2015 / 5:57 pm

    I love the Deer to Me Sweater as well as the Much Love Braided Sweater! Thank you for hosting this great giveaway!

  54. latanya
    January 13, 2015 / 6:44 pm


  55. Kenny Hall
    January 13, 2015 / 6:47 pm

    Love the black comfort zone knit beanie!

  56. Christy Peeples DuBois
    January 13, 2015 / 8:59 pm

    Another item that really catches my eye is the Professional Leopard Blazer. This could be worn with so much.

  57. Brooke Simonson
    January 13, 2015 / 9:04 pm

    Love the Trevor slit boots!!

  58. Diana
    January 13, 2015 / 9:34 pm


  59. Stephanie Y
    January 13, 2015 / 11:19 pm

    I’m really into vests right now so I would love that buffy flannel check vest!

  60. January 13, 2015 / 11:25 pm

    Sandy! You are so right, it definitely can be tough keeping up with the weekly posts. But your encouragement is right on. It’s all about building your voice and brand so they can trust you and know what they will get from you:) And I love being your blog friend! You are definitely a breathe of fresh air in the blogging world! Happy 5 years love! xo Cait

  61. susan
    January 13, 2015 / 11:34 pm

    Love the back to basic tee – grey.

  62. Kimberly
    January 14, 2015 / 1:09 am

    I liked the polka dot pearl peplum tunic.

  63. nadya kotik
    January 14, 2015 / 4:04 am


  64. January 14, 2015 / 5:17 am

    I love the classic braided sweater!

  65. Joanna Murnan
    January 14, 2015 / 7:13 am

    The Haku boots are too cute!

  66. Franny
    January 14, 2015 / 7:29 am

    Congrats on your 5 year Blogiversary!! I like the properly poised wool wrap coat and the let me be fancy shift dress.

  67. April Crisafulli
    January 14, 2015 / 7:36 am

    I love everything with deer prints so I would probably pick the DEER TO ME SWEATER!

  68. Emily Bier
    January 14, 2015 / 8:11 am

    Such cute outfits from that store!

  69. Angela W
    January 14, 2015 / 8:38 am

    I love the royal blue crochet romance dress!

  70. Kayla Andrews
    January 14, 2015 / 8:40 am

    So fun! I’m loving the “Prestiged and Polished Vest” among many other pieces. Thanks for introducing me to them!

  71. Sarah B.
    January 14, 2015 / 8:41 am

    I love the “all I want is plaid dress”

  72. Erin G.
    January 14, 2015 / 8:50 am

    I love the Girl Boss tee…casual but perfect for me!

  73. January 14, 2015 / 9:10 am

    I love the out of the woods vest in olive!

  74. Robin Canter
    January 14, 2015 / 9:20 am

    Girl boss t-shirt, crystal starlite necklace and gem necklace please.

  75. Katie
    January 14, 2015 / 9:29 am

    I love the Haku Bootie.

  76. January 14, 2015 / 9:30 am

    Eek happy blogiversary!

  77. Amanda Buccieri
    January 14, 2015 / 9:33 am


  78. Jackie G
    January 14, 2015 / 10:02 am

    Congrats on your 5 year blog anniversary!


  79. Mallory Tuttle
    January 14, 2015 / 10:14 am

    I am new to your blog but I am loving it. I’ve didn’t the morning going back through dine of your older posts πŸ™‚ I had the same question that was already asked, do you have any share buttons?

  80. Mallory Tuttle
    January 14, 2015 / 10:20 am

    Just kidding I found it πŸ™‚

  81. Ann
    January 14, 2015 / 10:51 am

    I am really eyeing the Contour to Belief Top!

  82. Chely
    January 14, 2015 / 11:12 am

    The Carly bootie is so cute

  83. leah wall
    January 14, 2015 / 12:01 pm

    I love the Big Cedar hooded cardigan!

  84. Jenni Forman
    January 14, 2015 / 12:12 pm

    I love cardigans!!

  85. Michelle Salais
    January 14, 2015 / 2:25 pm

    Happy blogiversary! And I love the mink pink don’t cross me dress in black.

  86. Jenesse
    January 14, 2015 / 3:59 pm

    I like the Starstruck necklace

  87. Sarah
    January 14, 2015 / 4:12 pm

    Love the bags! love the cardigans! love it all!

  88. Chantelle Walker
    January 14, 2015 / 6:23 pm

    Love the “BEACH BOUND CROCHET TOP” would be first thing in my shopping bag πŸ˜‰

  89. Deb Jackson
    January 14, 2015 / 7:29 pm

    I would get the urban moto faux jacket

  90. Cindy B
    January 14, 2015 / 9:53 pm

    I like a lot of the things I saw but across the pond plaid top was definitely one of my favs.

  91. natalie
    January 15, 2015 / 7:43 am

    I love the Haku booties!

  92. Kim
    January 15, 2015 / 9:59 am

    The double crossed knit sweater is very pretty.

  93. Carla
    January 15, 2015 / 11:14 am

    This is awesome!

  94. Colleen Boudreau
    January 15, 2015 / 2:58 pm


  95. January 15, 2015 / 4:22 pm

    So Cute. It would be fabulous to win this!

  96. Kelley Larsen
    January 15, 2015 / 4:29 pm

    Love the after party dress!

  97. Illy Junus
    January 15, 2015 / 5:16 pm

    I love Walk the line sweater-red, thank you for the chance and congrats

  98. January 15, 2015 / 7:42 pm

    Oh my gosh, TONS of great stuff on this site. I love their dresses, especially the Set Fire to Rain Maxi & the Maggie May Floral Dress. Oh, the things I could do with a $500 gift card!

    Happy five-year blogging anniversary, Sandy. You’ve come a long way. xoxo

  99. Edie
    January 15, 2015 / 11:35 pm

    You go!!! Congrats on 5 years and love all the giveaways! I love the Pleasant evening lace jumpsuit from Riffraff.

  100. Deadra V
    January 16, 2015 / 12:11 am

    Professional piped top in ivory

  101. sarah ann dela cruz
    January 16, 2015 / 12:37 am

    loving the harvest festival hat!

  102. Mai T.
    January 16, 2015 / 1:08 am

    ANTIGUA SUNSET MAXI DRESS is definitely my favorite from the shop!

  103. Ash Yap-Chung
    January 16, 2015 / 6:20 am

    the hazy shade crotchet dress and the all i want is plaid dress. Congrats on 5 years!

  104. Anel
    January 16, 2015 / 2:19 pm

    The AVENUE CROSS-STRAP BOOTIE are so adorable! I love that color tone! Congrats on your 5 years! May you have many more! On a side note, on the IG entry, my IG name is winney04 and I accidently typed winney4! Hope that does not void my entry! Thanks!

  105. danielle
    January 16, 2015 / 7:41 pm


  106. Jennifer Reed
    January 16, 2015 / 9:27 pm

    One item that catches my eye from Riffraff is the total package plaid tunic.

  107. Francis
    January 16, 2015 / 10:14 pm

    World of warmth cardigan and sparrow peep toe bootie

  108. Laura Royal
    January 17, 2015 / 8:27 am

    I really love the COWL BE THERE FOR YOU SWEATER – PLUM! so gorg!

  109. Kimberly
    January 17, 2015 / 2:45 pm

    I love the hood and cowl neck on the Mountain Ridge Puff Jacket.

  110. Jessica
    January 17, 2015 / 2:50 pm

    I love the After Party Invite Lace Dress.

  111. Mariaelena
    January 18, 2015 / 11:48 am

    Is get some shoes! So hard to choose!

  112. January 18, 2015 / 5:17 pm

    Ok, this is my new favourite site (thanks for introducing me to it!)- I had so many tabs opened! Hmm, if I had to pick one thing, it would be the new world aztec jacket! xx

  113. ET Pruitt
    January 18, 2015 / 7:29 pm

    I love the Others Follow Belted Stripe Dress.

  114. RJ
    January 18, 2015 / 7:31 pm

    I like the Vintage Goldmine lace dress. It would be cute for a date night.

  115. Tina McCallum
    January 18, 2015 / 7:49 pm

    My fave item is the favorite hoodie and I love charcoal. You can never have too many of those types of shirts. Love the loose fit!

  116. Miriam Schwartz
    January 18, 2015 / 8:35 pm

    I love their statement necklaces!

  117. January 18, 2015 / 9:06 pm

    I am in love with their In Between the Lines Sweater – purple. They have everything I love though this is too hard to choose hah!

  118. Annette
    January 18, 2015 / 9:39 pm

    I really like the SPARROW PEEP TOE BOOTIE.

  119. Alex T
    January 18, 2015 / 10:34 pm

    I love the classic state love tee for louisiana!

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