eShakti: The Perfect Fit for Petite to Plus

eShakti dress customization

Before I jump in to why I love eShakti, I have to share one more wedding shower photo. I promise it’s relevant!

Jordan's wedding shower bridal party

Left to right (all of us squinting horribly in the sun): Beata, Brittany, Jordan (the bride!), me, and Kelsey (Jordan’s sister/Maid of Honor). See my adorable green dress? I got so many compliments on it at the shower! It’s the Brooklyn Dress with a halter top from eShakti. Remember them from my bridesmaid dresses roundup? You know how I said they offer customization and custom sizing? Because of this, I thought eShakti deserved a little more time in the spotlight.

eShakti dress customization

Shopping is difficult for pretty much every woman. None of us are the same shape, or exactly proportionate, so it’s hard to fit into almost anything factory-made. And sizes are a total joke. Why am I a 4 at H&M and J.Crew’s 0 is often too big for me? It’s ridiculous! So when I found out that eShakti offers custom sizing and styling for only $7.50, I fell in love. Here’s how it works:

eShakti Brooklyn halter dress

First, you pick a dress. It looks like the Brooklyn dress is currently sold out in green, so I picked the black one.

eShakti standard sizing options

Next, pick a standard size if it closely matches your bust, waist, and hip measurements. Then, enter your height.

eShakti custom sizing

Not down with the standard sizes? Click on the “custom size” tab and enter your measurements. If you give them your email address, they’ll keep your sizing on file for future orders. Super convenient!

eShakti customizing dress length

Want your dress a little shorter or longer? You can customize the dress length, too!

eShakti cutomizing sleeves and neckline

You can also customize the sleeves, straps, or neckline of many dresses. I’m telling you: serious customization, ladies!

eShakti dresses one print three ways

Here’s an example of one dress customized three ways. Now you can see why I recommended eShakti for bridesmaid dresses right? But even for non-bridesmaids, eShakti is a great find for all shapes and sizes. It’s like having an Internet seamstress!

Where have you had success shopping for your size? I’d love to check out your recommendations in the comments!

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DIY Teacup Candles

DIY Teacup candles via @poorandpretty

Now that Jordan’s wedding shower is over, I can finally share these! She wanted a tea party theme, so I bought a few mis-matched vintage teacups from Goodwill and Savers and made these candles to use as centerpieces.

poured mica gold teacup candles via @poorandpretty

Just follow the instructions for my mason jar soy wax candles and use teacups instead! For four teacups of various sizes, I used about 5 cups of soy wax (measured prior to melting), 3-4 tbs of fragrance oil, and 2-3 dye chips.

poured mica gold teacup candles closeup via @poorandpretty

I was shooting for a golden color with the above candles; I used a pretty gold mica to create the glittery swirls…

Finished teacup candles via @poorandpretty

…But as you can see they turned out to be much more cream-colored. Candles are much harder to dye than soap!

Teacup candles via @poorandpretty

They did turn out to be beautiful centerpieces though. I paired them with a few sprigs of lavender or butterfly bush that grows outside of our building at work, and tied them up with ribbon.

vintage doilies and handkerchiefs

Rachel gave me some vintage doilies and handkerchiefs, which really added to the decor. Here are a few shots from the shower:

Wedding shower gold teacup candle via @poorandpretty

Though parts of the room were darkly lit, you can see a bit more of the shimmer in this photo.

Wedding shower purple teacup candle via @poorandpretty

This was supposed to be a bit more purple, but I actually like this color better!

DIY heart tag teabags via @poorandpretty

Of course, it ain’t a real tea party without tea! The other bridesmaids and I got together for a craft night to make these homemade tea bags, using a tutorial from A Beautiful Mess. It was a lot more work than we thought it would be, but they came out so cute and Jordan (and the guests!) loved them, so it was worth it. ♥

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20 Bridesmaid Dresses They’ll Actually Wear Again

Jordan’s wedding is just over a month away, so my bridesmaid duties are in full swing. We’re doing lots of fun DIY things for her upcoming shower (I’ll share details next week ;). I’ve heard bridesmaid stories, and seen the movie, but I gotta say, I love being in Jordan’s wedding party. She’s just as frugal and crafty as I am and has a great sense of style. To ensure we didn’t spend money on unflattering dresses we’d never wear again, she picked out a color and a general style, and we picked our specific dresses. I’m so in love with mine:

Jordan's Bridesmaid Dress

So in the wedding spirit, I rounded up a few dresses that I think any bridesmaid would be happy to wear more than once! Let’s start with a few from BHLDN, Anthropologie’s wedding line:

BHLDN bridesmaid dresses via @poorandpretty

1. Chloe Dress. 2. Annabelle Dress. 3. Harlow Dress. 4. Ainsley Dress.

ModCloth bridesmaid dresses 5-8 via @poorandpretty

Of course, I found plenty at ModCloth: 5. Baklava Beauty Dress. 6. Peach and Every Guest Dress. 7. Content to Curtsy Dress. 8. With Only a Wink Dress.

eShakti bridesmaid dresses via @poorandpretty

eShakti has a great variety of dresses in lots of different colors. Plus, they offer customization and custom sizing for only $7.50! 9. Megan Dress. 10. Alice Dress. 11. Florence Dress. 12. Grace Dress.

Ruche bridesmaid dresses 13-16 via @poorandpretty

And a few from Ruche: 13. Julie Lace Accent Dress. 14. Seaport Town Colorblock Dress. 15. Ray of Sunshine Lace Dress. 16. Miriam Colorblock Dress.

Shabby Apple bridesmaid dresses 17-20 via @poorandpretty

Shabby Apple has fun vintage/romantic style dresses: 17. Cherish You Dress. 18. Lyle Dress. 19. Alice Dress. 20. Nutcracker Dress.

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Maker Takes: Honey Nectar & Makena

Since I was on a road trip for a good chunk of last month, I missed a lot of crafting time (totally worth it though!) So this is a double-whammy Maker Takes for both June and July’s kits. Let’s start with June / Honey Nectar:

Honey Nectar collection via For the Makers

I was so excited about the Honey Nectar collection! I love the sun kissed palette of gold, copper, and peachy pinks. It came with pretty iridescent lamé fabric and vinyl covered fabric for the adorable Foxtail Twist Scarf, chain and embroidery floss for the Marmalade Bracelet (which I haven’t yet made), a gold plated base and peach and pink rhinestones for the Linden Ring, and my personal favorite: organic coconut oil, beeswax, honey, beet root powder, and a gold tin for the Wild Pollen Lip Balm. Love!

For the Makers Honey Nectar collection - Linden Ring

I made the ring first, which was pretty easy. I substituted super glue for the E6000 glue as I usually do because the E6000 glue has these warnings all over it that it is known to cause cancer. Yikes! I’ve been wearing chunky cocktail rings more lately, so I’m happy to add another to my collection.

For the Makers Honey Nectar collection - Wild Pollen Lip Balm

I’m a pro at making lip balm, so I had no trouble with this one, and I love how it came out. It leaves your lips with a pale pink shimmer, which I love. I will say, it’s very difficult to mix in the honey. I found this out while I was making my own soy-based Coco Balms, which is why I sweetened those with Stevia extract rather than honey. Plus, I wanted my Coco Balms to be purely vegan, and many vegans do not eat honey.

For the Makers Honey Nectar collection - Botched Foxtail Twist Scarf

Because I was watching Saved by the Bell while working on the Foxtail Twist Scarf, I totally botched cutting and sewing the fabric. I did the complete opposite of what you’re supposed to do and ending up making a flag or banner of some kind. But the head scarf is SO CUTE that I’m going to buy the solo kit so I can do it right. I’d better turn off the TV the second time around.

Makena collection via For the Makers

The Makena Collection is inspired by richly colored African prints and tropical paradises. I was most excited about making the Zozo Eye Pillow.

For the Makers Makena collection - Zozo Eye Pillow

I chose not to use the pom pom trim because it’s so fun, I’d rather save it for something else! The pillow took me quite a while because I forced myself to do it on the sewing machine. The only part I sewed by hand is the left seam, to close up the pillow. After it was filled, I didn’t trust myself not to mess it up on the sewing machine, which would have probably resulted in lavender, chamomile, and rice stuck in the machine.

For the Makers Makena collection - Dory Pinch Pot

The Dory Pinch Pot was very easy — all I had to do was paint! (So easy, I did this while watching SBTB and didn’t mess up ;) It’s great for storing rings, little charms, buttons, or other tiny things we tend to lose if we don’t put them somewhere safe.

For the Makers Makena collection - Sapeurs Bangle

I haven’t made the West Cape Hoops or Sapeurs Bangle yet because I can’t wear normal earrings (I’ve got orbitals, remember?) and I kind of like the bright blue bangle by itself. Maybe I’ll use the fabric for a headband.

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Full disclosure: This post is not sponsored by For the Makers, but if you sign up for a subscription using the link above, I will receive a small discount off of my next box. (Collection images ©For the Makers.)

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Outfit: Nifty Neons

nifty neons outfit featuring @modcloth via @poorandpretty

I love wearing new clothes as soon as I get them, don’t you? I just picked up these summery neon hues from ModCloth.

nifty neons arm party jewelry closeup via @poorandpretty

Though I’m not usually much of an “arm party” person — bracelets get in the way of my typing — I did find that I had quite a few fun arm accessories to wear with this outfit, including the fabric-wrapped bangle I made from a For the Makers box and my favorite Timex.

bear ears hair buns hairstyle via @poorandpretty

Also: my hair is getting really long. It is now past my shoulders. It hasn’t been this long since high school! So, I’ve resorted to a few of my favorite high school hair styles, like the above “hair buns.” I used to wear these all the time when I was too lazy to straighten my hair. I also affectionately call them my “bear ears” because they remind me of the cute round ears of my favorite animals.

nifty neons outfit modcloth via @poorandpretty

Outfit details: Rita-ing Club Top: ModCloth, $17. Right on Cue Capri Pants in Orange: ModCloth, $17. White Crochet TOMS: White Crochet Women’s Classics, $59. Watch: Timex Originals Classic Round, courtesy of Timex. Bracelets: neon bangle: handmade with For the Makers; white & gold braided bracelet: ModCloth (similar); orange yoga ponytail holder: ModCloth (similar). Blue & gold ringCarla Nichols Boutique (now closed), $8.

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