Don't worry, I would have too... I usually really don't like to read reviews about free things other bloggers are offered (that I'm not getting) when you know the review is usually nothing but rainbows and sunshine. I mean, really have you ever read a blog who promoted a product they didn't L O V E ?? I haven't either. And fortunately for eShakti, I will also fall under the category of "L O V E" with the product I received. :D
So about a month ago I was contacted by Jane from Media Relations department and she asked me if I was interested in writing a post on my blog about eShakti and as a "thank you" they were happy to offer a product of my choice to style. Obviously I accepted their offer or else I wouldn't be writing about this as we speak. So if you aren't into gooey, mushy, "I love this product!" reviews, just skip to the bottom so you can see how adorable the Old Havana Print shirtdress is ;)
I will tell you that I had a hard time finding something that I wanted to review. A lot of the items were previously reviewed so my choices were limited. I personally knew that I wanted to review a dress because as a petite little lady (5'3) with long legs (strange, right?) I sometimes have a hard time finding dresses that fit me properly. You know the drill, they are either too long and drag on the ground, and as a klutz you know I'm falling on my face or too short and look, well, not age appropriate (to put it nicely). But in comes eShakti, who customizes clothing to make women look their absolute best.
Like I said, there were many options and choices were limited, but I decided to really step out of my comfort zone and choose something I would normally NEVER wear or consider buying had I seen it in person. Shirtdresses were always a mystery to me, I've tried them on but they would just look sort of whacky in the upper area (material too large for my chest) or the sleeves would be too poofy, the skirt portion would be to flarey. I found the Old Havana Print shirtdress and thought that it was kind of an odd print, but something about it I loved. Probably the color and the little clouds on the dress.
eShakti offers custom sizing, but I was just a little too lazy to take specific measurements on myself, and winged my size based on what I normally buy, and knowing what my hip and bust size are (there are two options per size category and I was worried I chose too small, luckily I didnt!!). This dress was supposed to be "below knee length" but I chose the "mini" option instead. I'm happy to report that it wasn't super short (thank goodness!) It didn't take long to receive, about 14 days or so, and when the DHL man finally arrived, I ran out to the truck and he looked at me like I was a complete weirdo, and I just told him that I was expecting him. Haha. He just gave to me and left. (P.S. If you order from them, they ship via DHL and require signature!)
I opened the package and was immediately SO excited I couldn't wait to put it on. Of course my hair wasn't done and I had 800 pimples so obviously I wasn't going to take my fashion photo shoot that day, and I also wanted Mike to help me take the pictures. Well I finally got around to it yesterday. And can I just step on my high horse for a minute, I received SO many compliments on this dress at work, it made me feel awesome! It was a nice way to brighten my day after such a crappy Sunday night. Now, onto the pics!
So how do you think I did styling this dress? With the bright pops of color on the bottom, I feel as if this could be very versatile....Pink, blue, orange or yellow! It's summertime so the yellow was calling my name. I will say the onnnnllllly downside to this dress is the material (cotton) is VERY prone to wrinkles. This would be perfect for an occasion with minimal sitting (because you don't get wrinkles obviously but the dress flares out so cute!). Since I wore this to work and sit the majority of the day, my bum could have used a good iron by the end of the day yesterday.
Other than that (really minute) con, this dress couldn't be more perfect and I would not hesitate to order from eShakti again. Right now they have their summer clearance at 35% off (which is pretty awesome) and if you are new to their site, you get a $25 gift coupon. If you were considering ordering, now would probably be a great time to do it so you could get the clothing for really affordable! A major thanks to Jane for making this happen!!
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And even though it isn't Wenesday, I can't help but be early for the WIWW link up with Sarah. This outfit was too cute not to share!