Thursday, September 29, 2011

eShakti Review and GIVEAWAY!

Isn't she a beauty?  She was carefully chosen when eSkakti asked me to review an item from their website.

There were so many great styles to choose from, but the moment I laid eyes on this dress in that glorious sunshiney color, I knew she was the one.

I opted for a custom fit, providing eShakti with measurements for my bust and waist.  I also specified my height and chose an above the knee length.

eShakti is all about options.  Their customer can ask for the fabric, color, body, styling and sizing that she likes

As promised, she arrived at my doorstep less than a week later.

The color = perfection.  Even more beautiful in person than in the picture.

The fabric = quality.  This is not cheap, dainty material.  It's surprisingly weighty, crisp, and well-constructed.

The fit = bummer.  Here's where it all goes wrong for me (thus, right for you).  For having provided my custom measurements, the fit was so. way. off.  I knew the moment I held it up from the package.  What should have been something around a size 4, is probably closer to a 10.  The arm holes = too big.  The bust = close, but not quite.  The waist = much too large.  The length = not above the knee.  What happened!?  We may never know the real answer.

Though I was not able to return or exchange the dress, eShakti did provide me with $25 toward another item.  I have my eye on several great blouses, but haven't settled on what to try next.  Regardless, I will probably opt out of their custom fitting and see if I have better luck with standard sizing.

Since it was of no cost to me, I offered to proceed with the review. But instead of pictures of me wearing it, loving it, keeping it...I'm offering it to one lovely reader to wear, love and keep.  Maybe this is your size, or maybe you're willing to have it altered.  You won't be sorry for adding this adorable dress to your wardrobe.  I envision it worn so many different ways, even in fall/winter
  • layered under a blazer or cardigan
  • layered over a fitted turtleneck or oxford
  • accessorized with a belt, scarf, tights and boots
So many options!

How to win this dress:
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Monday, September 26, 2011


Necklace:  Francesca's
Tunic:  Target
Cape:  Paul & Joe for Target
Leggings: Nikibiki via Hot Mama
Booties:  Minnetonka Moccasin via Hot Mama
Bag:  Thrifted via Arc's Value Village

Yep, I went all MIA on ya.  Didn't intent to, it just happened.

Hot Mama-Woodbury had a spectacular grand opening.  Steve and I are making great strides on the housing front.  The clothes-swap planning is really coming together.  Miles is doing ok - not great, but ok.

Not blogging feels weird.  I'll get back in a regular groove ASAP.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Barely Operating

Shirt:  Hot Mama
Pants:  H&M
Boots:  Target

In the days since my iPhone was stolen, I have really come to resent my reliance on technology.  It's that whole 'you don't know what you got till it's gone' thing.  I used to make lists, take notes, keep a calendar, check email, respond to texts, and self-entertain with ease.  My life operated well that way.  Without it....not so well.  Can I really wait until October 21 for the iPhone5? 

I think I can.  I think I can.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Here Comes the Guest Post

A day late and (always) a dollar short, but I didn't want to forget to tell you about my guest post at Oranges and Apples

Weddings - gah!  Love 'em or hate 'em, here are a few tips I picked up over the course of my short engagement.

Be chill.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Phase 1

Shirt:  Gap (outlet?)
Necklace:  Target
Jacket:  Gap, thrifted
Skirt:  Hand-me-down from Sis-in-law
Shoes:  Target

Hello, Friday.  You sweet, sweet day, you. (MUAH!)

Let's see here.  If all goes according to plan, my weekend will consist of:
  • my last 2 days with the Hot Mama, St. Paul family (sniffles)
  • Target shopping
  • haircut/color
  • fast-food eating
  • open house(s)
  • church
  • garage clean-out, phase 1
  • training for Hot Mama, Woodbury and meeting the new team (yeh!)
  • catching up on blog writing/reading (highly unlikely)
  • family snuggling  

See you next week.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Big News

Blouse:  Vintage, thrifted
Cardi:  Target
Skirt:  Vintage, thrifted
Shoes:  Vintage, thrifted

About the big news that I mentioned the other day...
Not this one, the other one.
Hot Mama is opening in Woodbury (MN) next week and I am the new Assistant Manager!  I am beyond ecstatic.  Like, all I want to do is dance around and eat cake and celebrate until I pass out.

But there's no time for that.  Between fulfilling my 2 weeks at soon-to-be old job, starting a new job (new store!), planning the clothes-swap, finding a house, renting our condo, looking for a car, keeping the dog alive, lovin' on my Stevie, and blogging...I'm busier than EVER (maybe?), and loving every minute of it!

The clothes-swap just keeps getting better and better.  I already have a garbage bag FULL of donations, and plan on getting rid of a TON more.  I'm ready to trade in my corporate casual for Hot Mama chic!  And what better cause to do it for!


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Outfit Pic: Doggy Style

You don't want to see this pug naked.  It ain't pretty.  But it's getting better.

Miles got a new shirt.  I've spent way too much time and money trying to find a good pug-fit at the local pet stores.  It seems nothing is made for neck rolls of this magnitude.

I found Patty on Etsy who outfits her Boston Terrier (Molly) in custom t-shirts to help with her grass allergy.  Realizing that Bostons and Pugs have similar body types, I thought I'd give it shot.

This is by far the best fitting tee I've tried on Miles.  It covers all of his owies, but is loose enough for his skin to breath and heal.  The turtle neck can be flipped up or down and sits high and tight so the sores on his neck are not exposed. 

Love the baseball style and color combination.  Love that it doesn't get in the way when he goes potty.   And love that he looks like a little man-pug.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Stars Aligned

Remember Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants?  I have to wonder if those jeans were a Michael Stars  one-size creation (j/k. jeans don't come one-size IRL - that'd be terrible).  But it sure seems to work for Michael Stars tees.  I was introduced to the brand at Hot Mama (where else?), and am continually amazed at the range of sizes and body types that they fit.  It has to do with the dolman sleeves and intentional slouchiness, I'm sure.

And the fall/winter lookbook?  To die for. 
How much do I appreciate the fabulous use of head-wear?  Way much.  

Some big news and a giveaway comin' up this week if I can manage it.  Stay tuned.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Something Better

Shirt:  Vintage, thrifted
Vest:  Hot Mama
Necklace:  Hot Mama
Pants:  The Limited, thrifted
Boots:  Madden Girl via

Well.  We didn't get the house we wanted.  Disappointing, but it must mean that there is something better out there somewhere, we just need to find it.  And I bet it has bigger closets.  So it's definitely worth the search.

Steve had a birthday yesterday.  He resisted celebration, but it ended up being a great day - even got in a round of golf.  I think some of the best birthdays are those with no plans or expectations.

Lots going on in general, so I feel really behind and disconnected from blogging.  It's only temporary, I know.  But I miss you bloggy friends. 

Friday, September 9, 2011


Blouse:  Banana Republic, thrifted
Sweater:  Banana Republic, thrifted
Necklace:  Target
Poncho:  Paul & Joe for Target, thrifted
Pants:  J. Crew
Shoes:  Bandolino, thrifted

Wowzers.  What a week.  By way of several divine happenings, Steve and I have decided to look for a house.  It's a little nerve-wracking with no solid plan for what to do with our studio condo, but we're more optimistic than we've ever been.  We took yesterday off work for house hunting.  Saw 13 properties, and made an offer on one!  

Miles is doing well, all things considered.  He saw the vet on Wednesday.  They agreed to reduce his Prednisone and provided us with some methods of treating some of his issues in the meantime.  It was a huge relief.  Little dude is acquiring quite a wardrobe.  Mama won't have her baby be the doggy freak of the neighborhood.  

As for my stolen iPhone situation, I have resorted to using one of Steve's old phones that isn't exactly...'smart'.  So it may take me a little longer to approve comments and respond to emails.  No Instagram pictures for while (tear).  Major Sudoku withdrawal.  The thing barely holds a charge.  It's scratched and grimy.  But it's better than nothing.

The weather has been beyond lovely.  Sunny with a slight chill is exactly how I like it.  And the cape/poncho trend - bring it.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Chloe Shorts

Short + tights, my favorite combo for fall/winter, is back and better than ever. 
Chloe shows us how it's done.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Really Good

T-shirt:  TJMaxx
Vest:  Hot Mama
Jeans:  c/o Lee Jeans
Shoes:  Target

My iphone was stolen yesterday.  Right out of the front pocket of my purse.  While I was wearing my purse.  I don't feel like rehashing all of the stupid details.  No, I didn't have the Find My iPhone app.  I didn't have a lot of apps, but that one might have been helpful, darn it.  Seems like I'm always getting stuff lost or stolen.  Maybe I look like an easy target?  Or maybe I'm just too careless and/or trusting.  In any case, it sucks.

My 3 day weekend felt like one really long day.  All good, except the phone part.  Oh, and weird mystery stains appeared on several of my whites when they came out of the washer/dryer.  And my puppy is still sick.

But other than that, it's all really good.  Really.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Affiliate Sale: Go Jane (Go!)

Particularly fond of how the left 2 would fit into my fall wardrobe.  Shoot.

Pants on the Ground

Shirt:  Gap
Necklace:  Francesca's
Jeans:  clothes-swap 2010

As in, these pants are too long (paired with the shoes you cannot see) and drag on the ground.  Remedy:  taller shoes.

Ya know the great thing about clothes-swaps?  Zero buyers remorse.  These jeans came from last year's swap.  They fit great when I first put them on, but as the day goes, so does the elasticity in the denim.  Maybe if I had paid for the pants I'd feel obligated to take them to a real tailor for a proper fitting.  But since I made no financial investment in them, I took my chances with a DIY.  Scoot those buttons over an inch or two, ignore the now slightly off-center zipfly, and ta-dah!  A much better fit.

Ghetto fabulous or brilliant it what you will.

It's a 3-day weekend for us 9-5ers in the USA!  Enjoy!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

For the Locals: 1 Month From Today

I'm pretty stinkin' excited about this.  We're going rogue this year, gals!  Not only will it be the first time that this swap has taken place somewhere other than my church fellowship hall, but this is also the first time we've officially partnered with a non-profit - Dress for Success!  Shopping and do-goodery all in one magnificent barn of funkiness.  I can hardly contain myself.

You can get all the deets and updates by RSVPing on the Facebook event.  Do it.  And by all means, share with your galpals.  You know you want to.

Oily Cargo Pocket

Jewelry:  Target
Bag:  Thrifted via ARC's Value Village
Shirt:  Forever 21
Belt:  Thrifted
Pants:  H&M

Don't ya hate it when you forget a chapstick in your cargo pocket, and then you wash the pants and wonder where those oily spots came from?  Me too.  I hate that.  So never mind that one pocket is darker and has a weird texture now (it didn't wash out).  If anyone asks, "I bought them that way".