December 10, 2018

eShakti FX Review



Hello friends! I know I have been silent for too long but when eShakti reached out to me about reviewing their new website feature called, FX I couldn't resist. I promise to update on personal things and outfits, shortly! But in the meanwhile, I wanted to share some cool things that you can do with eShakti FX.

eShakti FX is a visual customization tool that allows customers to see what their specifications will look like when the dress is finished being manufactured. FX is offered on hundreds of styles on the website and it's fun to play around with the various options that they have available for viewing.

To test the FX feature, I selected a cute Penguin print shirt dress because quirky animal prints have long been favorites of mine. The shirt dress style is work appropriate (at least for my workplace which is fairly casual). And my girls will love the cute penguins, which will result in them asking to coordinate with me in their own penguin-themed clothing because we love the match. The final reason I chose this style is because I am from Pittsburgh where we root for the Penguins NHL hockey team and although I am not that engaged with sports culture at the moment, I do like a regionally coordinated theme!



The first thing I did was configure the dress to have different sleeve length options just to see how it looked. Both are very cute but penguins are wintery so a longer sleeve makes sense. I settled on 3/4 length so it would be versatile and allow for some bracelets to show.



Next, I wanted to test different hemlines. There was a mini skirt option (not pictured) that was a bit risqué for my own modest and work-friendly preferences but still very fun especially with a cute print. I loved the kind of 1940s inspired midi look but because I am only 5'3" I stuck with knee length. The style on the right is the one I plan to choose! I really enjoyed testing eShakti FX and hope it makes the customizable options for eShakti styles more easily visualized prior to purchase. Thank you to eShakti for the invitation to review and the chance to be compensated with a website credit.

May 23, 2018

Winter Water Factory Wildcats OOTD

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Winter Water Factory Wildcats tunic dress

I have been wearing this Cheetah tunic (called Wildcats) from Winter Water Factory with a lot of frequency. It's a little short to wear as a dress so I pair it with leggings or capris for school pick up/drop off, zoo trips, casual dinners, and even a faculty meeting. It is a fairly bold print so it yields a lot of commentary but all of it has been positive. Winter Water Factory makes matching or coordinating prints in children's clothing styles but I haven't yet bought matching options for the girls. We do have matching pieces from them that I've worn for Mother's Day. I'm waiting for a good sale before I buy more because the items are pretty pricey at retail.

Chris bought me this piece for my birthday. It's a new-to-me style from this brand and I might try to snag some in other prints. I am wearing a medium and it runs generously. I have collected a decent amount of Winter Water Factory pieces at this point, thanks to clearance sales. Some prints have held up better than others. The dark colored pieces I have show significant wash wear and fade, pretty easily. I've learned not to stick them in the dryer and to spot clean and hand wash to launder. It's kind of high maintenance for cotton jersey but I am willing to do it for a good print.

I'm wearing J.Jill leggings, some Nordstrom Rack flats from a brand I can't recall, and a French Terry zip jacket from Caslon. Thanks for reading!

May 07, 2018

Date night OOTD

By Malene Birger dress, Burberry bag, C-Label ankle strap wedges
I wore this old favorite By Malene Birger dress on a date with Chris. We went to Superior Motors which is Kevin Sousa's newest restaurant in Braddock. The food was really amazing and the space was very cool. I'm glad we checked it out. We went in celebration of my birthday, though we had gone to the Whitfield the night prior and Choolah on my birthday day (the night before that). So much going out! Anyway, I decided to wear this dress because it is incredibly delicate and I worry it won't last much longer. The silk chiffon is beautiful but not necessarily durable. And since it is another on that is about 10 years old, now seems like the time to enjoy it.

I don't know if that designer still releases lines but I always loved their aesthetic when I paid better attention to such things. I believe I bought this from Net-a-Porter or perhaps the Outnet. It was on a good sale, as usual. The Outnet may not have existed yet so it was probably Net-a-Porter. It has an open back so I usually pair it with a black cardigan because I am not about to go braless (even pre-motherhood). It's incredibly sheer and the slip it came with is still extremely revealing so I always pair it with one of my own slips. I'm sure it is outdated but I did get a few compliments from others in the restaurant.

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