"Dance as though no one is watching, Love as though you have never been hurt, Sing as though no one can hear you, Live as though heaven is on earth."
- Audrey Hepburn
Have you ever found a dress that just makes you feel FABULOUS!!! A dress that makes you feel as if you could conquer the world, take on any challenge, and have the courage to embrace Carpe Diem (Seize The Day)!! Well...I think I found that dress!!!
When eShakti contacted me over a month ago and asked if I wanted to review one of their products I was absolutely ecstatic and honored at the chance! eShakti has quickly become one of my favorite brands for classic, one of a kind dresses that you can customize to your own specifications. Furthermore, with the personal customization options, eShakti is a bonus for tall people (...like me) who all to often need to add length to dresses, skirts, or pants.
After accepting the chance to review one of eShakti's dresses, I spend an entire day browsing all of the different styles and trying to decide which one I wanted to order. I finally settled on this darling LBD that reminds me of Audrey Hepburn and who can get more classic than that. This dress is "Practically Perfect In Every Way" as Mary Poppins would say and is everything classic is supposed to be. From the princess seamed bodice, thick waistband, light tulle skirt, side zipper, handy pockets, and easy to care for fabric. This "Alexandra Dress" is everything all wrapped up into one !!
Of course, I cannot talk about classics without pointing out that literally everything I am wearing in this ensemble is a classic....from the pearl necklace, to red lipstick and nail polish, LBD, black sunglasses, and swing shoes. This ensemble is "Never Going Out Of Style"!!!
Picture overload ahead
(The day was to perfect and the ensemble to pretty)
For those of you who are just now hearing about eShakti for the first time, forewarning you are about to be in Love:) eShakti is a unique brand that focuses on delivering unique and custom garments to all of its customers, in sizes 0 to 36W. The coolest thing is that every garment is made to order! As soon as you place your order the eShakti team makes your design from scratch, creating the pattern, optimizing fabric waste, and skillfully sewing the details together. I can't help but admire and appreciate the process that each design goes through at eShakti, especially since I am in an apparel production class this semester and have been learning how the apparel and garment construction industry works. Their process is top notch!
1) You pick out your favorite design (be it a dress, skirts, pants, or blouse)
2) Tell them your measurements. Whether you choose to give custom measurements or choose from the size options you always have to give your height.
3) Customize your design to suit your style! You can choose from different sleeves, hems (lengths), and necklines.
4) Then your design will be hand crafted and delivered to your door:)
5) Whala.....your custom one of a kind design is ready to show the world!!
Now, lets talk a little bit about my dress shall we!! Like I said, as soon as I saw this dress I knew it was the one I had to choose (unfortunately I do not think it is still available). However, the dress was originally sleeveless and had a slit neckline. I on the other hand, wanted to make it more of a 50's style dress so I opted to customize it with short sleeves, and a boat neckline. Thankfully this dress was already designed with a long skirt so there was no tweaks needed there.
Lastly, I had to choose my size. I had ordered an eShakti dress before with princess seams in a size 6, however I had to alter it due to it being a bit to large in the top. Therefore, this time I decided to go with a size 4 as the measurements on their size chart were almost identical to mine. I will say that next time I order a dress I will probably choose to enter all of my own custom measurements because even ordering a size 4 it was still a bit big and I could have gone for a size 2.
Nonetheless, it still fits nearly perfectly and is the comfiest dress EVER!! The top fabric is of a spandex blend so it is stretchy and cool. Since the rest of the dress is made of fabrics that are not extremely delicate, like other tulle skirt dresses, it can easily be a wash and wear, which is super helpful!
Oh...and I can't forget to mention that this dress is Twirliffic (twirl + terrific = Twirliffic). The light weight of the fabric is perfect for spinning, dancing, jumping, and whatever else you might feel like doing in such a perfectly perfect dress!!
I had such a fun time creating this ensemble! As soon as I received the dress in the mail I knew that I wanted to create a look inspired by Audrey Hepburn (she is the ultimate definition of "Classic"). Not only does the dress remind me of Audrey, but my sunglasses were an added inspiration as I call them my "Audrey Hepburn Sunglasses!" Since I was home on this particular weekend from college I took the opportunity of coaxing my sister into taking my pictures and I must say she did a splendid job!!! It was so much fun to twirl around, be goofy and maybe just a little bit sassy with gloves, sunglasses, pearls, and red lipstick:)
|Dress: c/o eShakti: similar #1, similar #2, similar #3|
Shoes: Swing Shoes
Necklace: Sam Moon
Earrings: Sam Moon
Gloves: Vintage (grandmothers)
Lipstick: Estee Lauder "Parallel Red"
The "Alexandria Dress" is unfortunately no longer in stock. However, I put links to three similar styles above.
In closing, let me just say that eShakti comes highly recommended by me! If you have never checked out their fabulous designs go do that right now Here! Maybe you are still looking for that perfect holiday dress.....well I guarantee eShakti will have just what you are looking for. You can even check out their party dresses Here.
Also, eShakti sometimes has a super great deal where you can get $25 to $30 in which to put towards one of their products when you first sign up with them (if you don't already have an account). Make sure to keep an eye out for that, but apart from this deal eShakti is always having amazing sales where you can but 2 get 1 free, and they always have old styles for super reasonable prices in their overstock or sale.
Until next time dear readers! Thus, I leave you with the words of Audrey Hepburn:
Have you heard of eShakti Before?
What do you consider "Classics"?
Have you ever dressed like Audrey Hepburn?