Finding yourself, a dress, and a perfect fit {an eShakti dress review}

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Wanna know what’s so great about losing over 60 pounds?

All the shopping you get to do!!! For real!!

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Since having Autumn in November of 2013 I’ve lost over 60 pounds. Just about 65 actually. And I’m not talking baby weight either. That’s a whole other story. But the point is when you put in the hard work you need to reward yourself. Plus, nothing else fits anymore.

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And I fall into the super special category of women that are short (5′-1″ish) with curves. Curves= big butts and hips. It’s the Italian genes I have. I used to have boobs but I tend to lose weight on the top first so they said ‘bye-bye’ after nursing.

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Anyway, what does that mean for me? It means that I get the pleasure of struggling to find clothes that fit. Petite pants are great for length but don’t handle the curves well. And then regular pants are too damn long. Like I’ve gotten 6″ hemmed off pants before. Damn you tall ‘normal’ people!!! And dresses are a pain too!! Man, don’t even get me started on Maxi dresses! Who are these amazon women that they make these dresses for?!?!?

And tailoring is a pain. A royal pain to go to the tailor, try stuff on, get measured, wait, go back, and test it out there. Plus it’s expensive. It can be $8-12 to get pants hemmed and $15+ for dresses.

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But I’ve discovered a solution to all of that! eShakti!!!

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eShakti is an online retailer that has a large selection of dresses, pants, and tops that you can customize. For example, you can change design elements of dresses, like add pockets, change the style of the neckline or sleeves. You can take that all a step further by providing them with your measurements, which they keep on file, to get the clothes to fit your perfectly.

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I really enjoyed the process of shopping for a dress as there were so many to pick from. I was on the look out for summery dresses as I don’t have many of those that fit me anymore. I cam across “Her fifties piped trim dress” ($59.85) which seemed like a great shape for me, it has great detail, and would be a great dress to wear to work or just around Boston in the summer. It would be a great summer time staple.

I had considered doing the custom measurements but I wanted to test out the ‘standard’ sizing to see how it fit me. Plus, I as doing Whole30 program at the time , which specifically says not to weigh or measure yourself during the 30 days so I was committed to sticking to that. The risk paid off as the size I ordered fit me well, especially since it has no stretch as it’s 100% cotton. I actually could have ordered a size down, but that’s basically only as a result of completing the Whole30. I will order the next size down for future orders.

I did make the dress shorter as it was designed to sit “below knee-length”. I think $7.50 charge is well worth it because you can get something that fits and looks great on you. I decided to go with “knee-length”, which I think works well for me.

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I am so happy with this dress as it fits me well, looks flattering, and is made really well. It made me feel great wearing it. And I think that is pretty important.

The construction of the dress is really good with neat seams and piping. The ‘piping’ actually is made from a serger with the stitching pretty tight. From afar it looks like piping but in reality it is not, this might annoy someone but I have no problem with it. Plus, it’s cotton. I love cotton dresses. It’s breathable and wears well.

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I’m actually ordering a Maxi dress next. Those are the toughest for me to shop for as, I said before, I am just a smidgen taller than 5′-1″ so they are generally way too long for me as things are designed for woman 5′-4″ to 5′-7″ (according to eShakti’s site). By giving eShakti my measurements I will get to avoid all that. Super excited.

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Now it’s your turn to get SUPER EXCITED!

Here is a coupon code ‘iamahoneybee’-  exclusively created for you guys to get 10% OFF when they shop at eShakti – valid from 04/01/2015 – 05/01/2015!!!!

Please note:

Code has to be entered in the ‘promotional code’ box.   It is not case-sensitive.  

Code can be used any number of times until the validity period. 

It can be clubbed with any other promotional offer, gift coupon or gift card in the same order unless explicitly specified otherwise in the offer conditions.

This discount code is not applicable on clearance / sale, gift cards & overstock categories.

Not applicable on previous purchases.

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I received this dress from eShakti free of charge in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.

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