Saturday, August 30, 2014

Fashion Review: Americana Dress by

I rarely buy clothes online. I do a lot of wistful window shopping through fashion blogs, but don't trust anything but t-shirts to fit without trying them on first. Even while shopping in person, I have a tough time finding a dress to flatter my hourglass figure. Hence why I wear skirts almost weekly when the weather's nice, and dresses only at weddings and holiday parties. Dress shopping can be such an ordeal.

You might have heard my shriek of excitement when, only a week after reading La Vie En May's Customization Made Easy blog post about, they contacted me to write a review! After browsing the available dresses for bloggers, I finally chose an Americana dress of navy blue fabric embellished with white polka dots, white stripes and a red belt because I thought it'd be cute to wear on patriotic holidays. Plus, I live near the ocean so the nautical trend is always in style.

Then came the big decision of what size to order. Dresses are usually too long for me at 5'5", so it was a nice surprise to read the size chart description that their standards are proportioned for women 5'4" to 5'7", where hips are slightly larger than the bust. My bust, waist and hip measurements were surprisingly similar to a standard size 14 (they offer sizes 0-36!), but if they weren't, I could have submitted custom size measurements, which is a free feature for the first order and $7.50 for future purchases. Step 2 was to input my height, which gave me hope that maybe the length would actually end at my knees like it did on the model. Step 3 was an optional upgrade to custom styling. Had I not loved the design so much as is, I could have added sleeves, changed the length or even deepened the V neck. I also could have removed the pockets, but as I haven't ever owned a dress with pockets, I thought it'd be fun to keep them, even if I probably won't use them.

Even with all the impressive detail when ordering, I was doubtful that the dress would fit perfectly, given my track record with fitted dresses and trying to tug so many over my chest in drab dressing rooms. But eShakti's package arrived three weeks later and tada, it did!

Retro Dress by eShakti
A partial side zip closure and elastic smocked back waist made it easy to slip over my curves.

Nautical Dress by eShakti
Okay, my hair's a hot mess in this one from the wind, but I thought it was the best example of the knee length because my Ogre took the photo from far enough away that him being a foot taller than me didn't distort my legs.

Poplin Dress by eShakti
The cotton poplin fabric is comfortable to sit in, but still heavy enough that it doesn't accentuate belly rolls when doing so.

Polka Dot Print Dress by eShakti
The retro-inspired silhouette of the polka dot print dress makes me feel like a 1950s movie star! But I'm not and don't have any modeling skills, so only now did I realize that I should have shown off the pockets by putting my hands in them for this pose.

V Neck Dress by eShakti

After this experience, I won't be so quick to turn my back when ordering dresses online. Granted, I'm a frugal fashionista and still wouldn't treat myself without an occasion, a discount and an eyelash wish that another design would fit just as attractively - but it's nice to know that eShakti is an option. If you're like me and refuse to buy almost anything but eggs at retail price, eShakti is offering my readers a 10% off coupon, which cannot be used on clearance / sale, gift cards and overstock categories or previous purchases. Just enter "aquarianns" into the promotional code box at checkout before September 22, 2014. You can also follow eShakti on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter to get updates on special sales.

Disclaimer: I received this free dress in exchange for an honest review. If you think your product would harmonize with my whimsical ramblings, please request a review using my contact form.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Giveaway Linky of Treasure

Ahoy, me hearties! Instead of burying yer treasure, add it te me giveaway chest so entrants can battle over winning yer prize. This be an ongoing giveaway linky, so me mates don't waste time anchoring down the same sweepstakes to enter more than once. I be updating the giveaway list every Saturday te feature a new booty of the week and remove expired giveaways, so please follow this format when typing the Name: Giveaway Prize Description (Month/Day It Expires) Shipping Restrictions

Featured Booty
Featured Booty of the Week: Organic Sunshine Giveaway
Prize: Body Scrub Sampler Kit
Available: U.S.
Deadline: September 8, 2014

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Friday Finds: Batgirl Costume Accessories

Since it's almost September, I'm excited to blog about Halloween costume possibilities and hope my readers won't hit me with a KAPOW! for starting too soon. Comic book characters are an increasingly popular costume choice, as more and more movies and television shows are available to fans that don't collect comics. If you can't sew but don't want to show up to a party in the same sexy superhero costume as someone else, piece together your own one-of-a-kind version by buying handmade costume creations. These unique Batgirl costume accessories bumped boring options out of way with a BAP!

Batgirl Costumes on Etsy
1. Batwing Headpiece Leather Crown by Beadmask

2. Batgirl Costume Yellow Gloves by MJCREATION

3. Batman Superhero Running Tutu by Shelly Rio Boutique

4. Movie Madness Shoes - Batman 2 by Strolling Canvases

Disclaimer: This post was inspired by Beadmask, a wonderful blog sponsor that pays for advertising space and featured listings like above. If you think your items would fit in with my whimsical ramblings, please consider supporting my blog and becoming an advertiser.