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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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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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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Friday Beach Faves: 20 Bikinis & Swimsuits Under $45

Sad fact: I was so caught up in my road trip this summer that I have not yet been to the beach! I need to remedy this. And possibly buy a new suit for the occasion. Here are a few of my favorite one pieces and bikinis under $45. In the words of Barney Stinson, “Swimsuit up!”

 

Friday Faves Swimsuits Under 45 1-4

1. Scallop and Down the Beach One-Piece. 2. Rocker Chic Swimsuit. 3. Lovely at the Lake One-Piece in Seafoam. 4. Polka Dot High-Waisted Pin-Up Bikini.

Friday Faves Swimsuits Under 45 5-8

5. Ruffle Teal Bustier Bikini. 6. Strappy Neon Bikini. 7. Marina Del Ray Swimsuit. 8. Cool in the Cove bikini bottom – mix and match this with lots of fun tops!

Friday Faves Swimsuits Under 45 9-12

9. Pool Party Picnic in Blue Gingham: Top & Bottom. 10. Marlene One-Piece11. Bow Accent Color Block Bikini12. Dot Bow Bandeau High-Waisted Bikini.

Friday Faves Swimsuits Under 45 13-16

13. Mast from the Past One-Piece14. All Day Aquatics: Top & Bottom15. Anchor Values: Top & Bottom16. In Print: Top & Bottom.

Friday Faves Swimsuits Under 45 17-20

17. Frill-Trim Bikini with Skort18. Floral & Cherry Print Bikini19. Queen Bay One-Piece20. Floral Midkini.

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Outfit: Confetti Color Poppin’ Peasant

confetti color pop peasant outfit via @poorandpretty

Wow. It is really heating up, huh? I’m so glad I picked up this peasant top over the weekend — it’s the perfect combination of breezy and work-appropriate.

confetti color pop peasant top via @poorandpretty

Plus it’s got a fun confetti design!

confetti color pop peasant timex weekender watch via @poorandpretty

… which goes very nicely with my color poppin’ Timex Weekender Slip-Thru watch.

white crochet women's classic toms via @poorandpretty

And also matches my pretty new white crochet TOMS (a birthday present to myself).

confetti color pop peasant outfit with purse via @poorandpretty

…Also, I’m kind of freaking out because I leave for my road trip on Saturday!!! Eeek! Have you thought up a clever hashtag for my journey yet? If you do, I’ll send you a postcard. Deets here.

Outfit details: Confetti Woven Peasant Top: Target, $25. Book Shop Stop Jeans: Angry Rabbit, ModCloth, $55. White Crochet TOMS: White Crochet Women’s Classics, $59. Pistachio Crossbody Bag: Rosetti, Burlington Coat Factory, $15 (similar, similar). Watch: Timex Weekender Slip-Thru, courtesy of Timex.

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