A Belated Blog Birthday & Dr Martens Giveaway

Ship-Shape turns fiveFive years. That’s how long this little blog has been running for. It seems baffling to me that I’ve kept writing, photographing and editing the posts you’ve been reading for half a decade, and how Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion has been there through career changes, house moves and serving as documentation of my ever evolving style choices.

I’ve met some wonderful people through blogging, had some exciting experiences and been lucky enough to enjoy the occasional perk that comes my way. Blogging has changed so much since I started, hidden away in my bedroom and not even interacting with the blogging community for the first year of Ship-Shape’s existence. Now it seems like every other person I meet has a blog about one topic or another. That in itself isn’t necessarily a bad thing (I’ve encouraged many of my friends to start their own), but sometimes it can be hard to feel heard in the throng of Twitter chats, Bloglovin feeds and other internet noises.

It’s also hard to fit in blogging around a full time job, and I want to high five everyone else like me who finds themselves writing posts on their commute to work or working till the wee hours of the morning editing photos. It takes hard work and commitment to blog, and I know that that’s poured into the blogs I love reading by the bucketload.

Dr Martens birthday giveawayShip-Shape actually turned five back in August, but I was in Africa so this is a bit of a belated celebration. Nevertheless, a birthday wouldn’t be the same without some gifts, and fortunately Dr Martens have stepped up to the plate to offer you lovely lot a chance to win a pair of shoes (or boots) from their Rugged and Casual collections, worth £150!

Regular readers might know that I collaborated with DM on their #STANDFORSOMETHING campaign this summer, and when it comes to blogging, I definitely stand for passion and determination – without these qualities it would be impossible to have kept Ship-Shape going for all these years.

Now the tables are turning and I want to know what you stand for. Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to visit the Dr Martens website and tell me which pair of shoes from the Rugged and Casual collections is your favourite! Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form to be in with a chance of winning, you know the drill!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

P.S. For all you Bristol-based readers, your nearest Dr Martens store is 16 Broadmead, Bristol BS1 3HH.

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  1. October 17, 2014 / 6:26 pm

    I stand for positivity! I always try to remain positive and encourage others, even when everything seems to be going wrong, I try to look for a silver lining! I love the cherry red Serena’s. :)

  2. October 17, 2014 / 6:40 pm

    I stand up for reading – I love reading, and books, so I’m always pleading the case for paperbacks and hardbacks in this forever digital world! I love the 2976 shoes, they’re gorgeous.

    October 17, 2014 / 6:49 pm

    I stand for honesty. No matter how hard it is, honesty is definitly the best way forward. The cherry red Gayle are stunning!

  4. Cat Culmer
    October 17, 2014 / 7:15 pm

    I stand for standing up for yourself.
    The BRIELLE boots are beautiful.
    And happy belated blogiversary

  5. winnie
    October 17, 2014 / 7:26 pm

    i stand for peace. there are too much violence in this world nowadays. i love the red charla :)

  6. October 17, 2014 / 10:16 pm

    I stand for equality regardless of the nationality and i like DR MARTENS DORIAN SHOE

  7. Anna
    October 17, 2014 / 10:47 pm

    I stand for knowledge and freedom to knowledge. Without it how can people be expected to stand for what they believe in? How can people be able to make informed choices about their life? I love the Flo boots <3

    • Anna
      October 17, 2014 / 10:51 pm

      just seen it was rugged or casual haha i also love the tan serena’s

  8. October 18, 2014 / 12:02 am

    Happy blog birthday!!! Congratulations on 5 great years!
    I stand for creativity. There is no need for life to be boring.
    I love the Serena boots in shiraz, they look ever so cosy. Hx

  9. Judymoodyful
    October 18, 2014 / 7:02 am

    i stand for family and encouraging your loved ones to follow their dreams and be fulfilled. The dark brown Lauren boots caught my eye. Congrats on Ship Shape’s 5th birthday xx

  10. kim neville
    October 18, 2014 / 7:31 am

    I stand for Honesty. Hate liars! I like the Kathlena boots

  11. Liam Bishop
    October 18, 2014 / 7:39 am

    I stand for respect. Got to give it and got to get it back :) I always buy their brown shoes. They are the best!

  12. Emily OMara
    October 18, 2014 / 8:00 am

    love the soho shoes. I stand for creativity and allowing people to express themselves freely

    • Jayne T
      October 18, 2014 / 10:44 am

      Sorry in all the excitement of picking some lovely Dr Martens, I forgot to wish you a happy blog birthday and thank you for the lovely giveaway. x

  13. October 18, 2014 / 11:44 am

    I stand for FUN!

  14. tracy steer
    October 18, 2014 / 2:56 pm

    these look fab .hope i win so much needed please

  15. Amanda Hart
    October 18, 2014 / 3:07 pm

    I stand up for single parent working mums, was on my own with my son for many yrs and work was the best way forward for for confidence an empowerment. I love the boots DR MARTENS BRIELLE BOOT

  16. Jessica Powell
    October 18, 2014 / 3:37 pm

    Congratulations! I stand for looking on the bright side – even if I don’t always manage it… :) My favourites are the DRENCH boots.

  17. Lynsey Buchanan
    October 18, 2014 / 3:41 pm

    I stand for Hard Work. If you want something you have to work hard to get it

  18. Victoria Gooch
    October 18, 2014 / 4:12 pm

    I stand for being myself. I love the Serena boots in black.

  19. Andrew Petrie
    October 18, 2014 / 4:20 pm

    I would lave a pair of Cambridges from the Casual collection.I stand for fairness because the World is full of unfairness.

  20. Rishona Taylor
    October 18, 2014 / 4:25 pm

    I stand for living in the now, a more mindful way of life. I would love the DR MARTENS TRIUMPH 1914 W BOOTS if I won :)

  21. Jo Jones
    October 18, 2014 / 4:37 pm

    Honesty is what I stand up for & the BRIELLE boots are my fav.

  22. Amy Beckett
    October 18, 2014 / 4:45 pm

    I stand for progression for everyone. Currently learning to skate at age 28. I would love the Lauren boots.

  23. October 18, 2014 / 4:51 pm

    I stand up for myself

  24. claire harrington
    October 18, 2014 / 5:06 pm

    I stand for being true to myself…by thr way happy 5th b day….and im loving the DMs

  25. Katrina
    October 18, 2014 / 6:47 pm

    Congratulations on the 5 years! That’s an amazing achievement, you should be so proud. I stand for accepting people for who they are.

    The brown Lauren boots are pretty darn lovely x

  26. Anne Thompson
    October 18, 2014 / 7:29 pm

    I stand for honesty, and love comfy footwear-love these Dr Martens.

  27. Lisa Evans
    October 18, 2014 / 7:43 pm

    I stand up for good manners, I can’t stand it when people are so rude and don’t bother with please and thank you!

    I love the 4960 boots flowery purple ones for my lovely daughter x

  28. sam bailey
    October 18, 2014 / 8:15 pm

    I stand for honesty and loyalty, without that you have nothing

    I adore “Drench”

  29. Emma Birley
    October 18, 2014 / 8:26 pm

    I stand for kindness, and the consideration of others. There is too much abuse in today’s world; both physical and mental. It is not big to make someone else feel small; you never know the long term damage you could be doing to them if they do not have the ability to brush abuse aside. I always try to go out of my way to make someone feel loved and good about themselves :)

  30. Warren Large
    October 18, 2014 / 8:32 pm

    I stand for the belief in youngsters and encouraging everyone to reach their potentials.

    Rugged collection# 2976 are my favs! :)

  31. Sarah Pelham
    October 18, 2014 / 9:16 pm

    I would love to win the triumph 1914w boot in black :) they’re beautiful and fab quality!

  32. Sarah Pelham
    October 18, 2014 / 9:18 pm

    Oops forgot to say I stand for equality. Don’t look down on anyone unless your helping them back up.

  33. Stuart Brown
    October 18, 2014 / 11:44 pm

    great boots

  34. LG
    October 19, 2014 / 12:45 am

    Honesty & inner strength

    • LG
      October 19, 2014 / 12:46 am

      SERENA boots


  35. Rachel Roach
    October 19, 2014 / 8:29 am

    i stand up for manners! Would like the serena boots

  36. Kelly Dudley
    October 19, 2014 / 9:55 am

    I stand for progress! I have just spent/wasted a long time cooing over the boots on the site, and have decided that a pair of Aliysa boots need a home in my wardrobe :)

  37. Charlotte Foy
    October 19, 2014 / 11:31 am

    I stand for acceptance. Of EVERYONE. I am a support worker for individuals with autism, and they have opened my eyes to the amount of intolerance there still is towards differences. Whether it is skin colour, gender, disability or any little piece of uniqueness, we should accept everyone as the individuals they are.

    I would love the Aimilie boots :)

  38. zeeshan
    October 19, 2014 / 11:36 am

    i stand for justice and equality for all!

  39. Amandab
    October 19, 2014 / 12:10 pm

    I stand for fairness

  40. Caroline H
    October 19, 2014 / 12:41 pm

    I stand for treating others as I’d like to be treated myself. I love the Black Gayle boots.

  41. maxine m partridge
    October 19, 2014 / 1:42 pm

    the purple gayle look ace. i love dms. iv been wearing them since i was about 7!! they are just so comfy and last so long!!

    October 19, 2014 / 2:05 pm

    I stand for comfort as much as possible and for not worrying about what other folk think of me.

    My preferred boots are “Viola” from the womens casual collection.

  43. Lorraine Bell
    October 19, 2014 / 3:44 pm

    I stand for courage, I love the BRIELLE boots

  44. Laura Jeffs
    October 19, 2014 / 6:21 pm

    I’ll always stand up for animals and animals rights!
    I love the GAYLE BOOTS, in PURPLE :-)

  45. Janice
    October 19, 2014 / 6:39 pm

    I like the Lauren boots

  46. Chris Michael
    October 20, 2014 / 3:07 pm

    I stand for no nonsense.

  47. Felicity Kelly
    October 20, 2014 / 10:18 pm

    I stand for honesty and commitment. I love the Karin boots. happy blogversary x

  48. Filipa Alexandre
    October 21, 2014 / 7:08 am

    I stand for equality

  49. hannah rachel welsh
    October 21, 2014 / 12:56 pm

    I stand for animal rights.

  50. Heather T
    October 21, 2014 / 2:56 pm

    I stand for womens rights
    Dr Martens 2976 Boot

  51. Melanie Gregory
    October 21, 2014 / 5:35 pm

    I stand for love not hate


  52. Michael
    October 22, 2014 / 1:11 pm

    I Like The Bart Boots

  53. October 23, 2014 / 4:57 pm

    I stand for love, truth and maximum gratitude! And if I could, I’d do it in pink Triumph 1914w boots.

  54. Amanda Milton
    October 24, 2014 / 3:54 pm

    I stand for honesty and truth,I always think it’s far better to be honest and truthful than to lie,the hurt you do do people if you lie,is far worse than if you are honest with them. I love the Hackney boots

  55. Amy Hickman
    October 24, 2014 / 5:43 pm

    I stand for being yourself, enjoying it and encouraging others to do the same. Just started reading your blog! It’s so nice to read Bristol based blogs as I’m living in Southville/ Bedminster area!
    Happy belated birthday and congratulations! My favourite boots are the oxblood Amelie’s!!

    Amy xx

  56. laura jayne bates
    October 24, 2014 / 7:02 pm

    i stand for doing the right thing and i love the kathleena boots

  57. Grace Tyler
    October 25, 2014 / 2:45 pm

    I stand for honesty and being true to yourself. I would love to win a pair of TRIUMPH 1914 W from the rugged collection.

  58. Jim Milligan
    October 25, 2014 / 4:03 pm

    I stand for Truth, and I like the brown Barnie boots

  59. Trudi Walsh
    October 25, 2014 / 11:01 pm

    I stand for family, they are the most important people in my life.

  60. Maxine
    October 26, 2014 / 9:59 am

    I stand for kindness and compassion. Loving the Karin boots – perfect for winter

  61. leanne weir
    October 26, 2014 / 11:40 am

    i stand up for anti-bullying

  62. Clare H
    October 28, 2014 / 8:52 am

    Being true to yourself.
    I love the Karin boots

    October 28, 2014 / 9:36 am

    Stand for something

  64. October 28, 2014 / 9:48 am

    We are loving all of your Dr Martens photos. Keep up the good work guys!

  65. Katherine Coldicott
    October 28, 2014 / 12:24 pm

    I stand up for politeness, thank you for the giveaway.
    I think I’d get a pair of the GAYLE boots if I won, great for when I’m walking my dogs.

  66. jodie crossley
    October 28, 2014 / 12:27 pm

    I stand for honesty. love the karin boots

  67. Julie
    October 28, 2014 / 1:06 pm

    I stand for a while and then I sit

  68. mel
    October 28, 2014 / 3:15 pm

    I stand for honesty ! And I would love the Mix boots in gorgeous hot pink !!

  69. Beth
    October 28, 2014 / 5:02 pm

    I stand for telling the truth. And having hair as colourful as possible

  70. leigh
    October 28, 2014 / 6:06 pm

    I stand for equality no matter what gender/race/sexulaity whatever you are. And i love the Viola black boots

  71. Helen Garner
    October 28, 2014 / 7:34 pm

    I like the Mayen boots

    I stand for older mums

  72. Chantal
    October 28, 2014 / 9:58 pm

    I stand for acceptance & being honest – having been in hospital again this year for my bipolar I’ve decided to talk about it instead of hiding & realising that those who accept me as I am are probably the best people to have in my life while those who couldn’t accept it are not the best people to have around! I have to say that the Kara shoes are lovely.

    Happy Blog anniversary by the way :)

  73. Keeley Atkinson
    October 28, 2014 / 10:53 pm

    I love the Viola boots in the casual collection.

  74. conrad edwards
    October 29, 2014 / 3:11 pm

    1460 Womens for my wife and daughter to fight over’
    Personally, as a gentleman, I stand for women.

  75. Jane Middleton
    October 29, 2014 / 5:41 pm

    I would pick ZACK 3 EYE GIBSON SHOE for my husband
    I would stand up for anybody who is treated unfairly

  76. October 29, 2014 / 6:33 pm

    Congratulations on being five. I stand for being unique. I love the Brielle boots

  77. Karen R
    October 29, 2014 / 10:27 pm

    I love the Karin in cherry :)

  78. Vikki D
    October 29, 2014 / 10:37 pm

    I like the viola boots in brown
    I stand for having fun with family and friends and not to let life get you down

  79. Sarah Ballantyne
    October 29, 2014 / 11:32 pm

    I stand for resilience and determination, having the inner strength to battle your way through any hurdle. I’d love a pair of Mayen boots.

  80. October 30, 2014 / 9:54 am

    I stand for positive thinking at all times! And I’d choose the Hackney boots – beautiful!

  81. October 30, 2014 / 10:37 am

    I stand for ‘Honesty is the best policy’ – can’t stand lies or people being untruthful. I would loveeeeee the Lette boots. Classic and would look great paired with jeans and a oversized tee or some proper cosy tights and little dresses this A/W.

    Great giveaway! and I’m from Bristol! :)

  82. Jennifer Ball
    October 30, 2014 / 1:11 pm

    I’d love any but especially the 1460s in green!

  83. Barbara Handley
    October 30, 2014 / 3:01 pm

    I stand for caring for other people. My granddaughters like the http://www.drmartens.com/uk/
    JIFFY KIDS BOOT in pink.

  84. October 30, 2014 / 11:18 pm

    I stand for that happiness is a choice and so we can choose how we react to life’s ups and downs, whether we turn our experiences into positives and see joy in the small things. After all, life isn’t a dress rehearsal.

    I think the Ben boots are beautiful! As are the Allisa shoes!

    Happy Blogiversary lovely! xx

  85. Natalie Crossan
    October 30, 2014 / 11:19 pm

    I stand for honesty :)

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