Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Outfit of the Day: eShakti

About three weeks ago, Rebecca and I were contacted by eShakti.com to see if we would like to work with them and review an item of clothing.  Having seen examples of eShakti dresses floating around the web for a while now, and always liking what we saw, we of course jumped at the chance.

In case you haven't heard of them yet, eShakti.com is the only online women's fashion apparel company offering size 0-36W & custom clothing.  They have an amazing array of clothing, especially dresses.  Their dress selection is huge, and I love how many classic and retro-inspired pieces they offer.  I also love that many of the pieces can be customized; not only can you send in your measurements and have the dress cut to fit your body, you can also, on many of the pieces, choose the length and the sleeve style.  I love that addition, as sometimes you see a dress that would be perfect, if only it were a little longer/shorter, or if the sleeves were a little bit different.
  I went custom with the dress, and sent in my measurements.  My only warning here- make sure you know how to properly take your measurements (and have someone help you!) before you go this route.  The process is relatively simple, and the website gives you clear instructions on how to measure yourself for the perfect fit.
The belt that came with the dress was a simple string belt, made out of the same material as the dress.  I changed it up a bit with a brown and gold belt.  I also tucked the dress up a little bit to make it just a tad shorter, so that it hit right above my knee. (If you want the dress to come with an above the knee cut, it's totally doable- you just have to ask!)

dress c/o eShakti.com
shoes Dillard's
belt H&M
Here is the dress, styled again with my own belt, but at the normal, below the knee length.  I like that I can change it up and go a little shorter if I want to.
It was such a pleasure working with eShakti.  The turn around time on the dress was really quick, especially considering the dress was literally made just for me!  Clothes are processed and shipped within 7-9 working days.
Right now eShakti is having a sale- up to 70% off and free customization (if you order by 7/31).  You can also sign up to receive $25 off if you are a new customer.

With school starting back up next week (eek!), there are plenty of pieces that would be a welcome addition to my wardrobe.  The quality is fantastic, and the service really can't be beat!

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Monday, July 28, 2014


I'm thinking that most of you out there have used a product like neuLash before, but if you haven't you need to check it out!  I have had wonderful results with this product.  As a teenager, I had amazing eyelashes and I have noticed through the years they gradually lost length and thickness.  I am thrilled that there is now a product that can re-capture what I once had naturally.  I posted a photo on Instagram and NeuLash regrammed it (as you can see in the above image).  
neuLash Lash Enhancing Serum 0.2 fl oz.
I got my neuLash through Amazon but nordstrom.com is also a good source. 
Remember to do your research on side-effects.  I didn't have any myself, but it is good to be aware if you decide to use a product like this.  
Happy Monday to you! 

Friday, July 25, 2014

What I'm Wanting: Office Edition


Now that my vacation is winding down, and I have to be back in the classroom (starting Monday, I think), my mind has been shifting over to work mode. And that shift means I have been thinking about home offices, and office supplies, and redecorating my home office. Hey, it's a process, alright?! Getting back into work mode takes a little time, but a fun new office space with some sparkly/shiny accessories can help ease the transition, you know?
I can't believe it is already Friday!  Any big plans for the weekend?  We are planning on going to the Renegade Craft Fair on Sunday.  Originally we were going to go to the Anthropologie pop up market on Saturday (at the Grove, for all you Southern California readers), but plans changed, and now we are going to the craft fair on Sunday.  I can't wait, as I have never been.  Fingers crossed that I find some amazing goodies!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Designer Nam Dang-Michell House Tour

Today I thought we could visit Calgary based designer Nam Dang-Michell's house.  I first came upon her work after I found the above image of her kitchen on Pinterest.  I felt that it had that perfect contemporary and traditional balance.  I found that the rest of her gorgeous home has the same mix and it is obvious that every design choice was very deliberate.

You can visit houseandhome.com to see more of this lovely home and to view other rooms designed by Dang-Michell.  
We are spending the day at the lake today.  It will be lots of fun except that my husband will be with his mother as she undergoes a biopsy of a suspicious spot on her lung.  We are very sad about this because she has been cancer free for a few years now.  Here's hoping that it is not cancer again.
Have a beautiful day friends!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Brand We Love: Maileg

The Cat, my mom and I are spending a couple of days in Ventura. Yesterday we headed down to Main Street to do some thrifting and antiquing. I had no luck, but the Cat found a couple of cute things at the Buffalo Exchange, plus she got a new bathing suit since she went off and left her new one at home! (This happens every year. Maybe she does it on purpose? Crafty little devil.)
We popped into one of my favorite stores out here, Copperfield's, and found these ADORABLE little stuffed animals.  They have a home made feel to them, and the Cat really wanted the elephant.  (She is in love with elephants, as of late.) She settled on a bookmark that looks like a Persian rug, but maybe that little elephant is in her future.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Gorgeous Grey

Kitchen Villa Kalos Ithica Greece | © Robbert Koene | Est Magazine

Like the rest of the world, I've been in love with deep charcoal grey tones.  For that matter I love any shade of grey.  I am all about contrast, though.  I think it takes an unimportant space and makes it look far more special and dramatic.  

{window nook}


Chic living - back to black

master bedroom

I could move right into any of these rooms or outdoor spaces!  I love how intensely modern and cozy they all feel. 
The wedding I was preparing for has come and gone and it was a success!  Like all events there were things that didn't get accomplished and things that didn't happen just like I might have hoped, but...it turned out gorgeous and when the bride cried when she saw her bouquet I was making her, well, let's just say that's all the reward I needed.


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