Customizable Dresses from eShakti

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I love online shopping, it’s a little addiction of mine. Sometimes there is nothing better than the anticipation of a new order arriving on your doorstep any day.

The problem with online shopping is an obvious one, not being able to try it on. I’ve received many items of clothing in the mail that simply looked atrocious on or didn’t fit my body type. A size 6 at one store is the equivalent of a size 10 at another store. Confusing and difficult.

In steps eShakti to the rescue.

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 A little while ago eShakti offered me a dress of my choice in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

eShakti is an online dress shop that offers fully customizable dresses and tops for all women sizes 0 – 36. Yep, you read that right, they completely customize your order taking your height, bust, waist measurements as well as asking what type of straps, sleeves, or length of dress you’d prefer. 

And it’s not crazy expensive! Yep, you can order a customized dress at an affordable price (they also offer a lot of great deals each week like BOGO right now!). 

I picked out this lovely green dress with pretty white embroidered detail. I did not have any green dresses in my wardrobe and I loved the bright color. 

After inserting my measurements and placing my order the dress arrived within 9 days. 

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It fits me perfectly in the chest, waist, and hip area. As someone with a small chest and with hips that are larger than my waist, dress shopping can sometimes prove to a be a little difficult.

Dresses that fit in my hips are often way too big in the chest area, leaving a gap where my supposedly larger breasts are supposed to be. If I get it to fit my waist and chest the hip area is way too tights or sometimes won’t even zip up. You get the picture.

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That wasn’t the case here. Since eShatki made this dress to my measurement it fit wonderfully.

The one thing I would change is the length. And this is my bad. I did not know that I could request that the dress be made a shorter length. (Currently the dress is a past my knees in a matronly tea length).

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They really will make the dress to order! So speak up! Want cap sleeves? Full short sleeves? A maxi length? A longer torso? You got it!

Check out the variety of their dresses, many of them vintage themed with classic cuts. Stop making guesses with cut and style and get a dress that is made for you!

Shop eShatki and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

 

 

xoxo katie

A Call for Help! Addiction to Things

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I have a problem. Two actually. Number one: I’m addicted to shopping. I know many of you share my compulsion to spend.

There’s the high of finding a dress or a purse on a spectacular sale. There’s the high of walking into the store full of clothes begging to come home with you and knowing that you’ll find something that suits you perfectly. There’s the dependency to have something new for each event or to commemorate a special event.  Don’t even get my started on online shopping. After a stressful day my hands can’t help put find their way to the keyboard, pounding out the keys to the url of my favorite shop and just buying something, anything.

Truly it’s an addiction. I’ve come to depend on the joy that overcomes me when buying something new. And along with the addiction to shopping comes the addiction to things.

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Oddly, this is the only picture I could find of myself holding a shopping bag

Frankly, it’s disgusting. Like any other addiction, the need to spend money on new things in order to calm yourself or to feel happy is a little repulsive.

I’ve been trying to cure myself since this past Fall and I’ve done a pretty spectacular job on the shopping portion of my problem. Starting in September I started putting myself on a spending freeze. I  managed to not by a single article of clothing, shoes, or accessory from mid September until the end of November. It was refreshing. And you know what? I never wanted for anything. Yes, there were days when I found myself what I now like to call “online window shopping” where I browse websites, give myself an imaginary budget and go to town. I was never allowed to hit “Submit Order” though. Going inside a mall was out of the question. That would have been like an alcoholic burning for a buzz going into a bar.  It was forbidden.

Once I went through my period of fasting I was able to ease myself back into shopping. Buying here and there and mostly classic pieces that would be used on a more every day basis (compared to the party dresses, heels, and I’ll buy this just because it’s 80% off tops). I began to realize that I own tons of clothes that I never even wear.

But now I need to cure my second problem. My emotional attachment to clothes that I no longer need. I hold on to articles of clothing that will no longer fit me, are way out of style, or are too worn to be seen in public because of the sentimental value I have for them. If I’m being honest, I wear about 20% of the clothes that I own. 20%! Just take a look at my closet.

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(and this is just one of two closets. There’s also three dressers. And tubs under neath the beds….)

Most days I stand in front of my  mountain of clothes and think that all too familiar thought, “I have nothing to wear”. I usually find myself pulling on my favorite jeans and one of my few favorite sweaters.

This is caused by two things.

1. I give up on finding possible outfits because my closet is stuffed to the max and cluttered. 

2. Most of my clothes don’t fit my current personal style or lifestyle.

Like the addiction to shopping, the attachment to things is equally bad and restraining. I’m so attached to clothing and the false joy I believe they bring me that I can’t bring myself to get rid of certain things. I come up with hundreds of excuses, my most favorite are:

“Well this will fit once I finally lose 10 pounds”

“What if this comes back into style?”

“This would be perfect for _____ theme party or Halloween party”

I’ve read time and time again that de cluttering your life and opening room for new energy is liberating and leads the pathway to more happiness. Yet, I continue to let sentimental things define me.

I can’t get rid of the size zero jeans from ten years ago that I know my current size 8 – 10 self will never again fit into. That two sizes two small little black dress that I wore to a favorite night out with friends will never zip up nor will I ever have a place to wear it to. Old emo band t-shirts and sweatshirts collected on trips fill my dresser drawers to the brim. There is absolutely no reason why a grown woman needs to own 25 plus bathing suits. Yes, you read that correctly. I own over 25 bathing suits, that obsession started in my life guarding days where I basically lived in a bikini. Do I really need 3 pairs of pink pumps, or mini skirts made for 22 year old’s, or purses from college that are still full of receipts, movie ticket stubs, notes, and dried up lipstick.

I keep these items because they tell a story of my past. But are they preventing me from living with purpose in the present?

I’m feeling the urge to purge. It’s time. This weekend I’m throwing on my figurative hard hat and diving head first into my closets ready to get rid of anything that fits these rules:

1. Does it fit? (like truly fit, not “oh this will fit when I lose 10 pounds”)

2. Have I worn this in the last 12 months?

3. Is this in style or does it fit my current lifestyle? (ie 30 year woman who works in a very casual office who spends more nights at home than at trendy bars)

4. If I was shopping right now, would I buy this?

Here is where YOU come in. I need some support. I know this is going to be a hard weekend. I know I’m going to be paralyzed in my closet for hours, trying on countless items of clothes trying to find any reason to not say goodbye to old friends.

How do you purge your closet of unnecessary items? What tips can you give me? Have you gone through a complete closet overhaul and come out emotionally unscathed and in one piece?

Help me!!!

xoxo Katie

 

 

 

 

2014 Oscar Party Bingo, Trivia, and Ballot Printables

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If you know anything about me, you know that I love any reason to throw a theme party and celebrate! The Academy Awards, broadcasting live this Sunday, are no exception.

I adore award ceremonies. I love judging and ogling the gowns on the red carpet, hearing award speeches, tearing up at montage series, and rooting for my favorite stars and films – all while toasting with some champagne.

For the past few years a group of my friends has gathered for a Oscar Party complete with themed food, drinks, trivia, and prizes.

This year I decided to add Red Carpet Bingo!

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It works like this:

Gather your friends around the TV to view the fun of the Red Carpet prior to the awards ceremony.

Each participant gets their own board (I’ve created 8, download and print your them below!).

Every time something occurs on the red carpet that coordinates with a spot on their card they get to put an X through that spot.

First person to get 5 spots in a row wins!

If you have a smaller group you can keep playing, just hand out new cards.

Next up, Trivia!

The trivia game is a fun way to test your knowledge on the history of the Oscars. Since I’m such a huge nerd, I love researching these questions. How much do YOU know about the history of the Academy Awards?

Here are some sample questions off of my 2014 Trivia Quiz (download it below!)

What year were the Academy Awards first televised?

Today the Oscar statue is made of britannium. The outside is gold-plated. But, during the war yeas, what was the Oscar made of? Wood, Tin, Brass, or Plaster?

When Vivien Leigh made “Gone With the Wind” she was paid $15,000. In 1993, her Oscar for Best Actress was auctioned off for how much? $150,000, $275,000, $400,000 or $500,000?

It’s a fun way to learn some fun new facts and have a little competition!

Finally, it’s time to vote!!

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Prior to the start of the ceremony, give everyone a 2014 Oscar Ballot and have them vote for who they believe is going to win for each of the major categories.

At then end of the night, tally up how many correct wins each person had. The one with the most correct wins receives the biggest prize of the evening! (acceptance speech not required).

Will you join in on the fun?

I’ve included links below for you to download my 2014 Oscar red carpet bingo, trivia questions (and answers), and 2014 Oscar Ballot.

What stars and movies are you going to be rooting for?

 

Downloads:

Click to open a PDF versions of my bingo cards, trivia questions and answers, and ballot. (links will lead you to a new window in which you will be able to click and download the PDF)

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2014 Oscar Trivia Questions

2014 Oscar Trivia Answers

xoxo Katie

Sweet Treat For Yourself: beso handbags

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One of the worse things about winter is the fact that style pretty much goes out the window (or hidden under layers upon layers). My hair and skin are dry and my clothes feel boring and over worn. I’m desperate for some new style and some new feminine touches. Anything besides snow boots and puffer coats!

That’s why I was so happy when I stumbled upon the shop beso handbags. These adorable handmade handbags add a much-needed pop of color to your winter wardrobe (and can be used throughout the spring and summer too).

Johanna, the owner of beso handbags, combines modern style with vintage inspired fabric to create one of a kind bags. They come in various shapes and styles and an array of fabric designs that is sure to fit many personal styles.

I fell in love with this Roxy wristlet in coral and white chevron print with aqua ruffle detail. I think it’s the perfect piece to make my outfit pop in the Winter but it will also transition perfectly into Spring and Summer. 

beso hand bags Johnanna’s craftsmanship is suburb and the fabric is high quality.The inside is lined with a soft yet rich feeling teal faux suede. I don’t use a lot of wristlets because I worry that they won’t fit anything. But this size was ideal – I could fit my wallet, iPhone, lip stick, keys, and mini brush. The wrist strap is also detachable so it can used as a basic hand-held clutch as well.

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beso hand bags petite bloom necklace  I love the bright teal color of the Petite In Bloom pendant and the way it makes an outfit of winter neutrals complete. The rose pendants is about the size of a dime and hangs on a 18 inch antiquated brass chain.

Why not treat yourself this week? To help you to add some new life into you winter wardrobe beso handbags is offering you 20% off any purchase with the code ADVENTURES20

Better yet, enter to win a   $30 credit to the online shop to buy whatever you want!

The 20% off code is good through Friday February 14, 2014

Enter the giveaway below – you must enter to win by the end of the day February 14, 2014.

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Caring Cowls – a special discount for you!

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I’m so excited to share this post with you today! A few weeks back I linked to the amazing online shop, Caring Cowls, highlighting it as a shop offering perfect gifts that gives back.

Last week I received my cowl and am thrilled with the quality and craftsmanship. All cowls are handmade by Sarah. She was the sweetest person to work with and replied to all my questions in a very timely matter. I can’t get over how beautiful this handmade item is.

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All cowls are handmade by Sarah. She was the sweetest person to work with and replied to all my questions in a very timely matter. The quality is amazing and it is so soft. I can’t wait to bundle up with it under my coat this winter. The best part? 100% of the proceeds go to charity! 

From Sarah – the founder and owner of Caring Cowls:

“Caring Cowls is a nonprofit organization that raises money for various charities and organizations. All proceeds from sales are donated (minus material and shipping costs). So far, Caring Cowls has donated $300 to the American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Action Against Hunger, and the International Rescue Committee. Currently, Caring Cowls is funding for the Polaris Project. Caring Cowls offers a large variety of styles, colors, and patterns, and you can view them on our Etsy Store, blog, or contact Sarah at caringcowls@live.com

Caring Cowls is offering all my readers a 20% discount off all cowls with the code: ABLA20

Any of these cowls would make a great gift for any special females in your life.

Check out all the cowls here:
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xoxo katie

Five Friday Favorites, Fashion Fails – October 4, 2013

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Because I am bogged down with allergies I’m making this post short and sweet.

Here are 5 Fashion Trends that we really must dispense of immediately:

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Graphic Leggings

No.

The ones in the first photo make me feel like I’m looking into one of those crazy drawings. The ones that if you stare at it long enough a crazy face appears. No need to draw extra attention to your cellulite ladies.

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Platform Shoes

Like these from Chanel Resort 2013. Who is real life if buying these? I don’t know. I just don’t know.

 

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Excess of Sheer

In a constant debate over whether or not you should show more skin? Just wear sheer! There has been an excess of sheer lately, the long sheer skirts make me the most uncomfortable. Also, am I the only one that excessively sweats when wearing sheer fabric? Gross.

This just looks like Spanx covered in tulle. Granny panties don’t even look good on Julianne Hough. Jenny Packham, You’ve disppapointed me.

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Crop Tops

These only look good on anorexic 16 year-olds. Please make it stop!

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Harem Pants

No No No. Who looks attractive in these? They look like something I’d find deep in the Halloween costume box in my parent’s basement. To me, this would be the same as wearing your printed pajama pants out.  DOUBLE fail as these harem pants are worn with a crop top! Also, whenever I wear hats I feel like I’m playing dress up.

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Have a nice weekend!

xoxo katie

Five Friday Favorites

Dedicating Friday’s to a list of 5 of my favorite (totally frivolous) things from this week. And because I love alliteration so much, they all must start with F.  Fun!

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most heartbreaking winnie the pooh comic

Are you ready to cry?

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Suri Cruise

Suri Cruise shares her disappointment with the rest of young hollywood

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Keratin Complex RX

  – A new “must have” product. I couldn’t live with out this stuff! Makes my hair feel so glossy and “salon” fresh. (by the way my salon sells this for $41 and I get it only for $12….)

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You guys, Blair and Seth are still dating! Caught holding hands in NY. You don’t know how happy it makes me to see two of my favorite tv friends from two of my favorite tv worlds (shows) collide in love! I think they should write a new show. The laid OC clan goes to NYC and battles the royals of the upper east side. Oh Gossip Girl how I miss thee. Ok, I probably lost a few (er all) of you there. I hope a few of you understand.

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Jeans and Top: J. Crew Factory

Pearl and Rhinestone Bracelets and Rhinestone Necklace: Forever 21 you gotta add some glitter and glam to this preppy country look.

xoxo katie