August 28, 2014

Win a gift credit from eShakti!


I mentioned in recent posts that although there are no students in my household at the moment, I still love "back to school" shopping. And I figured there must be others who do too! That is why I have partnered with eShakti to give away not one but TWO $25 gift credits to eShakti to two lucky winners. This credit is akin to a gift card that you can stack on top of the other promotions offered by Eshakti. This means you can really stretch those gift dollars!

I love that eShakti caters to a range of sizes and body types, enabling women to access cute, reasonably priced merchandise with equal opportunity. My favorite thing about the site is the incredibly affordable "mass customization" option. This is something to be celebrated! You can read here my review of the custom size experience. And check out eShakti's new arrivals here!

Terms of the giveaway:
You must be located in the US to win
You must leave a comment on the blog
You can enter in any other number of ways and submit multiple entries per day
The draw will be done randomly via rafflecopter
I will notify the two winners via email and eShakti will furnish them with their gift credits

Thank you again to eShakti for providing the prizes! Good luck! 

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August 25, 2014

Mad for Plaid OOTD



I'm making a sour face in this photo but the purpose of the photo is to show the outfit so I'm letting it fly. I wore the Burberry Brit Kristie dress to Alphalab for the biweekly cycle 13 teams' check-in meeting, our Covey company meeting (heads up, it's where I've been blogging about motherhood, etc.), and a one-on-one meeting with our CEO.

I then wore it home to my parents' house where Emilia, Speck the dog, and I stayed overnight because Chris had another work trip and I can always use the extra help. The next morning my parents took us to breakfast so (like a true secret dirt bag) I put the dress back on for that too.

I plan to wear it back to school (classes start today! Oh where oh where did my summer break go?!) this month when the temperature cools enough again to wear tights. I find this dress to be a touch short for me to feel comfortable with bare legs. And it obviously does not look on me the way it does on the model but I still think it is a great piece and I am glad to have found it on such a big discount at the Burberry Outlet.

Outfit details:
Burberry Brit "Kristie" checked shirt dress (also available for way too much money here)
Spanx tights
Marc by Marc Jacobs Owl flats (on sale in many colors here!)
Gifted David Yurman Circle Necklace; Necklace from Chris (unknown origin/brand); Michael Kors Horn watch; random bracelets

August 20, 2014

Custom Fits with Eshakti!


Even before I was a mom, I worried about the impact that negative body image can have on the self esteem of girls and women. Through my own body image struggles I have tried to remind myself that "all bodies are 'good' bodies" and to be positive and grateful. No matter my quibbles, the body I have is able and healthy. That is something to celebrate, not chide. But despite these efforts, negativity can seep in whenever I encounter fit issues with a type of garment, a brand, or a style. For example, I've long had trouble finding pants which is why my wardrobe tends to rely on dresses.

Shopping in person these days is also a challenge. Not only do I lack the time necessary to be thorough, Pittsburgh lacks brick and mortar locations of many of my favorite stores. I order a lot of things online but that convenience comes at a price (to the environment and my pocketbook) when you are stuck paying for shipping and/or returns.

This is why I was so drawn to the customizable measurement options offered by Eshakti. Eshakti specializes in "mass customization" for women's clothes, while offering a range of sizes from 0-36. I love that their size options extend to include many many bodies. But I was even more excited about the opportunity to have a garment made to measure without costing an arm and a leg!


So when Eshakti contacted me to review a garment of my choice and encouraged me to try their customization feature I jumped at the chance. I chose the Ceramic Tile Print dress which appears to be sleeveless on the website. I chose to add sleeves and inputted my measurements per their measuring guidelines. A few days later I had this amazing made-to-measure dress that I can't wait to wear for teaching. I was pretty pleased with the fit and the quality, especially for the retail price point.

You can shop Eshakti for yourself and use an exclusive coupon code created for my readers:
CONSUMES will get you an extra 10% OFF and can be stacked with other discounts. The code is valid from 08/20/2014 – 09/20/2014. And there is a site-wide promotion going on right now where items are BOGO!!!

In a few days I also will be posting a back-to-school giveaway from Eshakti and Consume or Consumed! Thank you so much, Eshakti! 

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