Custom Clothing with eShakti

eshakti_dress2We recently got to try out a clothing company called eShakti that specializes in custom clothing. It’s a pretty fun concept- you select the style you like and then adjust the sleeves, length, collar, and more to your liking. You can order your selection using standard clothing sizes (anywhere from 0-36W) or input your measurements to get a piece made just for you. We each got to pick something we wanted to try and here are our experiences.

eshakti_dress7Molly: I really like the idea of customizable clothing. Far too often I find something that I like only to have it be too short, with an awkward fit, or just not quite what I was expecting. eShakti eliminates those feelings because I can pick out just what I want. I was really excited to order something. I figured it would end up being really great or a total disaster, I wasn’t sure which.

eshakti_dress5Lucky for me, it turned out really well. I ended up choosing this Plaid Print Georgette Shirtdress. This isn’t a style that I would have usually picked out but I thought the plaid was perfect for fall and it would be fun to try something new. I customized my dress quite a bit- not only did I make a lot of style adjustments but I also used my measurements instead of selecting a preset size.

eshakti_dress3I changed the collar to a shirt collar style and turned the sleeves into long sleeves. I also eliminated the pockets that come standard on all eShakti dresses. I kept the length as above knee, which to me is actually knee length, so keep that in mind if you order from them. The process was really fun and I like how they ask for your height so they can make the right length just for you (I’m 5’9″ so knee length for me would be quite different than someone who’s 5’2″).

eshakti_dress9I was really happy with the dress I received. I got it in less than two weeks and it fit perfectly, like it was made just for me! The quality was also a lot better than I was expecting. I’m really happy I kept the length, I think it’s perfect for this style of dress. I love the shirt collar and I’m glad I took out the pockets, I think they would have been too bulky for this dress. I’m very happy with my sleeve choice. I don’t have any other long sleeve dresses and I love how this one looks if I bunch the sleeves up.

eshakti_dress10I was really happy with my eShakti experience although there are a few changes I would make. eShakti has a big target market so not all of the styles suited my taste, although plenty of them did. I wish they offered more fabric selections for each style (there were a few dresses that I really liked but I didn’t like the color or print). I also think it would be super helpful to have an interactive feature that allowed you to see what your design would actually look like- for example I could see a picture of this dress on a model and see how it looked if I changed the length. Overall, I loved my experience and I’m so happy with the dress I got! I will be ordering from eShakti a lot more in the future, especially since they have such great sales (buy two get one free and buy three get two free seem to come up a lot).

stacie_eshakti3Stacie: I was really excited for the opportunity to try eShakti. They had so many options from fancy dresses for weddings to casual sundresses to jackets and pants – they really had something for every occasion. With so items to choose from, it took me forever to select this Floral Lace Back Ponte Dress. I ultimately went with this style because it seemed versatile enough to dress up for a night out or throw on a cardigan and wear to work! Plus who doesn’t love a little black dress! This style’s not currently available on the site but they have a few other little black dresses to choose from.

stacie_eshaktiThe style of this dress was pretty simple in the front with a small cut out but the detail in the back was quite intricate. I loved the floral design on the back – it adds a fun touch to an otherwise classic little black dress. Since this dress was pretty simple, I didn’t have as nearly as many customization options as Molly did. I selected the option to shorten the dress to “above knee length” which I felt really was more of knee length. I would have preferred the dress to be just a couple inches shorter. I opted to keep the standard pockets because I LOVE dresses with pockets! I also went with a standard size because I was nervous about being able to take my measurements correctly! The site did give really specific directions on how to take your measurements so I think next time I would attempt to order by my measurements. The dress fit really well except for the floral sleeves in the back which were a little loose- which if I had fully customized the size probably would have fit a little better. Even with choosing a standard size, I still included my height so they could alter the proportions of the dress just for me!

stacie_eshakti6My dress also arrived within two weeks – seemed pretty quick for being shipped internationally! I thought the quality of the dress was also really nice. My dress was made with thick material, was fully lined, and there were no loose threads or zipper problems. I also thought their standard sizes were true to size.

stacie_eshakti5I’m really happy with the dress I received! Ordering online from a new company can sometimes be hit or miss for me but this worked out really well! I thought the dress fit really well and is a fun little black dress to add to my collection! I can’t wait to dress it up for my company holiday party next month!

stacie_eshakti1Overall, I had a great experience ordering with eShakti! My dress was high quality and fit great. The ordering process was simple and I loved all the customization options. The site does seem to cater to women of all age ranges so some of the options were not my style but the site had quite a few items I really liked. I would definitely order from here again.

On Molly: Dress: eShakti Plaid Print Georgette Shirtdress, similar styles here, here, and here // Sunglasses: Forever 21 // Belt: J. Crew, similar here, and here // Boots: BCBGeneration, similar here and here // Clutch: Target, similar here (on sale!) // Necklaces: Gorjana, similar here, Macy’s // Earrings: similar here // Bracelet: Gorjana Leather Wrap Bracelet // Lipstick: Maybelline Vivid Rose // Nail Polish: OPI DS Lapis

On Stacie: Dress: eShakti, similar styles here, here, and here // Jacket: Target, similar here // Boots: Sole Society // Leather Tote: Street Level // Bracelet: Jewelmint // Lipstick: YSL Rouge Pur Couture in 19 Fuchsia Pink

-Molly and Stacie

We received both of these dresses for free from eShakti but all opinions in this post are our own. This post contains some affiliate links.


Try the World Paris Box

try_the_world_paris_boxI recently discovered a new subscription box called Try the World. The premise is really interesting- every two months you receive a box with at least seven food items. Each box is curated with a new city or country in mind, so you get to try new foods from around the world. It seems a little pricey at $39 per box (plus small discounts if you purchase 6 or 12 month subscriptions) but it sounded like so much fun that I wanted to try it. I was able to get my first box at a discount (and you can use my referral link here to get $15 off your first box) and I was so excited to get the Paris Box in the mail!

try_the_world_paris_box3Each box comes in a beautiful Tiffany blue box and it includes a Culture Guide that tells you about the country and their food. The box also includes a handy card that tells you a little about the products you received. I was happy to see my box filled to the brim with tasty goodies. This box was nice and heavy and everything felt very luxe- exactly what I would expect for how much it costs.

try_the_world_paris_box4My first product was Saunier de Camargue’s Fleur de Sel. I really like finishing salts but I don’t have any fleur de sel so I was really happy to see this in my box. It’s a good size that will last me quite a while. I was surprised by how fresh this salt smelled- it smells just like the ocean! I’m going to enjoy sprinkling this on everything I make from now on.

try_the_world_paris_box5Next was La Maison d-Armorine’s Veritables Caramels Tendres au Berre Sale. These salted butter soft caramels have a very deep and rich flavor. These are a great little treat and I love that they were included.

try_the_world_paris_box6I also received Peche-Abricot Jam from Charles Antonia. Growing up, I was never really a fan of jams or jellies but now I like them in moderation. I think this peach-apricot jam will be really good on a grilled brie sandwich.

try_the_world_paris_box7My fourth product was another sweet treat- La Mere Poulard’s Palets Cookies. These were really good and we’ve already eaten them all. These shortbread cookies have a great butter flavor and a nice crunchy-but-not-hard texture.

try_the_world_paris_box9I also received a large jar of French spices. This herb blend from Un Brin Sauvage is perfect for seasoning fish, meat, and vegetables, and it’s made with organically grown herbs. Plus, it smells really good. I can’t wait to try this out.

try_the_world_paris_box8Next was a tea sampler. I get to try three different teas from Palais des Thes, a famous French tea company that uses premium ingredients. I love tea so I was happy to get this sampler.

try_the_world_paris_box10My final product was Domaine des Vignes’ Dijon Mustard. I hate the taste of mustard so I won’t be trying this but it will make a nice gift.

try_the_world_paris_box11For the most part, I really like the products I received in my Try the World Paris Box. Besides the mustard, I will use everything and I love the items I’ve tried so far. Although this subscription box is a little pricey, I think it’s such a fun concept and I liked getting this in the mail. For now I’m going to keep my subscription and I can’t wait to see what country’s food I get to sample next! If you would like to Try the World, you can sign up using my referral link here to get $15 off your first box!

Have you tried Try the World?



Urban Decay Urban Vices Palette

urban_vices2Last year, Sephora released a 500-point perk from Urban Decay. It was a super cute mini palette called Urban Obsessions that contained four shadows, a mini 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, and a sample of their Primer Potion. It was easily one of my favorite point perks from Sephora and I’m so happy I picked it up. I’ve been using it all year (it even made my monthly beauty favorites in February) and I recently hit pan on one of the shadows. I was so excited to see another 500-point perk this year, the Urban Decay Urban Vices mini eyeshadow palette, and I immediately grabbed it.

urban_vicesThe Urban Decay Urban Vices palette is the same style as last year’s perk: four shadows, a mini 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, and a Primer Potion sample. I was happy to see that the colors were similar to last year but different enough that I could justify picking up this perk. I love the sturdy case this comes in. The top has a magnetic closure and the palette is small enough that it’s perfect for travel (it’s roughly the length of my hand).

urban_vices5Urban Vices includes four eyeshadow colors: Dope, Hoodoo, Derailed, and Smokeout, and a mini eyeliner in Smokeout. All of the colors are new to me but not to the Urban Decay Line. Dope, Derailed, and Smokeout are all from the Vice 2 palette and Hoodoo (not to be confused with Voodoo) is from Vice LTD. The Smokeout eyeliner is from Urban Decay’s Ten set. The Primer Potion sample is a tiny foil inside the top of the box, not really worth counting if you ask me and I’m pretty sure I never used the one from last year.

urban_vices6I love the range of colors in this palette. Dope is a pretty warm ivory highlight shade. It’s fairly light but I like how it pairs with the darker colors in this set and I know I’ll get a lot of use out of it. Hoodoo is a gorgeous medium purple shade. I’ve found that a lot of purples lean too pink for my liking or are more blue than I want. Hoodoo is the perfect purple shadow and I love the slight shimmer. Derailed is a brown-leaning taupe shimmer. This is another beautiful shade and I’m really glad it was included. Smokeout is a very dark brown satin. I initially thought this was another black shadow and I wasn’t happy about it so I was very pleased to find out it was a brown. It’s pretty dark but it’s definitely wearable for me. The Smokeout 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil is the same rich dark brown shade. I’m really happy with all of the colors in this palette. They have nice pigmentation and great formulas and they are all easy to wear.


Urban Obsessions, Urban Vices

The colors in this palette are similar to last year’s Urban Obsessions but they are different enough that I’m happy I own both point perks. Dope isn’t quite as yellow as Skimp, Derailed is darker and more shimmery than Bust, Hoodoo is a great purple that replaces last year’s pink Guilt (a shade that I absolutely loved), and Smokeout is a refreshing deep brown compared to the glittery black Oil Slick. The Smokeout eyeliner is also dark brown while Urban Obsessions included Zero, a black color.

urban_vices_vs_urban_obsessions1I loved last year’s perk but I think I might like Urban Vices even better. When I initially saw this year’s palette, I thought it would be a lot darker and less of an everyday palette but it’s actually the opposite. Dope is close enough to Skimp that I don’t have a preference for either. I loved Bust (you can see where I recently hit pan) but I think I will like the slightly darker and more shimmery Derailed better. Guilt was so pretty but Hoodoo is also really nice and I like purple shadows. I never wore Oil Slick so I will definitely get more use from Smokeout. I also never wore Zero as I’m not a fan of black pencil eyeliners but I love dark browns so Smokeout is useful for me.

urban_vices1I am so happy I picked up the Urban Decay Urban Vices mini eyeshadow palette from Sephora. I loved last years palette and I wish Sephora made more of these mini palettes with different brands. I love how the size is perfect for travel and it’s easy to create looks with the colors in the palette. I’m really excited about using Hoodoo and Derailed and the other colors are great also. The Urban Decay Urban Vices 500-point perk is currently out of stock online but you can see if your local store has it!



Perforated Leather

ootd_leather_cutout_skirtI have an affinity for leather, especially during fall and winter. I love how instantly cool it makes you look and there are so many different ways to wear it. At this point I’ve acquired quite a few leather (or at least faux leather) pieces and I’ve gotten to the point where I have all of the basics covered (jacket x 2, pencil skirt, full skirt, leggings). Now I’m after more interesting items. This perforated leather skirt has a lot of fun details like cutouts and a scalloped hem but it’s also really comfortable to wear.

ootd_leather_cutout_skirt3It’s rare to come across a leather skirt that feels light instead of stiff but doesn’t look super cheap. This skirt is heavy enough that it doesn’t automatically scream “fake leather” but the swingy shape and perforations make it easy to wear.

ootd_leather_cutout_skirt5The weather was pretty nice last week when we went out so I wore this skirt with a nice tee, boyfriend cardigan, and flats along with fun accessories like a leopard-print belt and a necklace made from watch parts. I think it will also look great with tights, a cozy fisherman sweater, and boots when it gets colder.

ootd_leather_cutout_skirt4I love the detailing on this skirt and the scalloped hem is so cute. I liked wearing it so much I’m even considering buying it in another color (and it’s on sale, so even better).

ootd_leather_cutout_skirt2aSkirt: Forever 21 (on sale!), also available in black // Cardigan: Banana Republic, similar here // Tee: BP, similar here and here // Flats: Gianni Bini, similar here and here // Belt: Banana Republic, similar here // Clutch: Target, similar here // Sunglasses: J. Crew Factory // Necklaces: Lizard Thicket, Jewels by Nature // Watch: Betsey Johnson, similar here // Bracelets: Kate Spade Heart of Gold Bangle, handmade // Rings: Tiffany, Colby June // Lipstick: YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in 8 Pink in Confidence // Nail Polish: Zoya Dot


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DIY Advent Calendar

diy_advent_calendar5I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet but we are so ready for Christmas! We’ve started to pull out a few of our Christmas decorations (too soon?) and this year I’m adding this super easy DIY advent calendar to the mix. I wanted to post about it early so you had time to order the supplies if you wanted to make one for your home. Growing up, Stacie and I had candy cane Christmas advent calendars that hung from our mantle. Basically, every day in December we got to eat a candy cane. I have to be honest, I don’t even really like peppermint but it was always fun to see them disappear from the calendar as Christmas got closer and closer! G is a HUGE fan of Christmas (I mean, singing Christmas songs in July, that kind of superfan) so I thought it would be fun for us to be able to open a small gift each day and countdown the days until Christmas.

diy_advent_calendarThe supplies were easy enough- I knew I wanted something pretty enough to hang on the wall so I went with a gold and silver theme. I ordered a mix of gold patterned treat bags from The Bakers Confections (I ordered two sets of 12) and some fun holiday washi tape from Chicky Doddle. Then I picked up a piece of 12″ x 12″ silver glitter cardstock and two sets of mini clothespins from JoAnn and added some white ribbon from home.

diy_advent_calendar1I’ve been collecting small items to use as presents in my DIY advent calendar. Mostly I’ve been saving promos and GWPs but I’ve also picked up some of our favorite items in travel size. We really like skincare and masks and I’m a fan of mini lipsticks. Chocolate or candy is always good for these calendars as well. G will probably find a few goodies from Birchbox Man boxes and I’ve got a few small items saved from makeup trades I’ve done. Some of my ideas for gifts: sheet masks, mini lipsticks, lip balm, mini cleansers, small candles, hand lotion, shaving cream, razors, small gift cards, movie tickets, sweet treats, etc.

advent numbersThe longest part of this whole process was making the numbered tags so I’m sharing mine with you to save you the time. Just click on or save the images and print them out on 8.5″ x 11″ paper. I’ve seen some advent calendars start with 24 so you have a countdown until Christmas but I prefer to start at the beginning so the numbers correspond to what date it is.

advent numbersI also enlarged the tags to make cutting out the glitter backing easier. You’ll need to print two copies of this and you’ll have a few extras.

diy_advent_calendar2I just cut the numbers out of plain white paper but you can use colored paper if you prefer. I glued the sheets of blank tags to the back of the glitter paper to make it easier to cut them out. Once I had all of my pieces, I glued the numbered tags to the front of the glitter ones.

diy_advent_calendar3aOnce the tags were done, I was ready to put my calendar together! I used three strips of ribbon and hung five bags on the wall at a time as I didn’t want the calendar to become too heavy. Plus I can place a few bags on different walls around the apartment to really make the place feel festive!

diy_advent_calendar4aOnce I filled each bag with goodies, I folded the top over (folding it towards me with the ribbon in between). Then I taped them shut with the washi tape. Finally I used the clothespins to attach the tags!

diy_advent_calendar8The clothespins don’t really hold much weight so make sure the bag is securely taped around the ribbon.

diy_advent_calendar9Then I stapled the ribbon to the wall and that was it! A fun, easy DIY advent calendar that looks so cute! Even though I already know what I’m getting, I can’t wait to open each bag. It will be a fun way to countdown to Christmas.


diy_advent_calendar6Do you have an advent calendar? Have you gone overboard and started decorating for Christmas already?