Saturday, May 24, 2014

Wedding Bell Blues

Outfit Details:
Dress: c/o eShakti (other colors here)
Hat: moving sale (c/o my voice teacher)
Gold flats: Marshall's (old)
Petticoat: eBay




It's no secret that I am a huge fan of eShakti.  Not only does eShakti provide incredibly high-quality garments at affordable prices, but they offer a vast range of customized options for making their pieces one-of-a-kind and uniquely suited to each customer.  I'm always impressed with all the different styles they carry (they have virtually everything from boho to retro to preppy), and the fact that they can make any of their styles in sizes 0-36W is truly an incredible business model.  It's obvious that they care for each customer, and want to make each woman's experience a positive one.  In my experience, their customer service is top-notch, their shipping is fast, and the workmanship is always fantastic.  I own two other dresses by eShakti (seen in posts here and here), and I was over the moon when they reached out to me to see if I'd like to work with them and offered to send me a piece to review.  I was even more thrilled (if that's possible!) when I received this dress and put it on for the first time -- man, oh man, it is a thing of beauty!




I want to go on record as saying that I would have bought this dress myself in a heartbeat.  It's in the same style as the denim dress I have from eShakti (neither color seems to be currently available on their site), but this fabric feels much more luxurious.  Anything with scalloped detailing is always up my alley, and I love the fact that the skirt is full enough to look great with a petticoat.  Plus, I think the silhouette is incredibly flattering and works really well for my shape.  There's also some stretch to this dress, which gave slightly more "give" than I really need, but I'd much rather have some breathing room.  AND this dress has pockets!  What more could you possibly ask for in a dress?  I'm eager to try styling this dress in other ways; the fabric is heavy enough that it can span the seasons, and I think it'd be adorable with a cardigan, too.




The color in these photos actually looks a little more off-white than the dress does in person (the true color has a slightly pale yellow hue -- it's almost a buttermilk color, I'd say), so these shots ended up looking more wedding-esque than I had planned.  I used to think about my wedding all the time; my ex and I had talked about marriage in terms of "when," not "if," and our future together seemed definite.  I had an idea of my dream wedding dress in my head (something blush pink) and my Pinterest wedding inspiration board was always expanding.  I started thinking a lot about weddings while taking (and editing) these photos, and it's still surreal to me to not think about my own wedding as something on the horizon.  I kind of get upset watching wedding shows now.  Logically, I can believe that it'll still happen someday, but like many things in my life thus far, it won't be how I initially imagined or expected.  And I guess that's okay.  It's not like I want to get married right now, anyway... but adjusting to a different way of thinking about one's future is never easy.  I'm just eager for the day to come when thoughts of wedding bells aren't wrapped up in the painful memories of my breakup.  It'll happen, obviously.  But I'm impatient.  Anyway, if nothing else, I now have a gorgeous dress I could conceivably wear for my own wedding festivities (rehearsal dinner, etc.) -- for whenever they should happen... and for lots of other occasions, too!




The kind folks over at eShakti are offering my readers a 10% discount through June 9th!  Just enter the code brunettes in the promotional code box during check-out.  It can also be used in conjunction with other promotional offers and gift coupons (which eShakti is pretty generous about giving -- for instance, if you're a new customer, you can sign up and get a $25 gift coupon!).  If you're interested, you can follow eShakti's social media outlets via Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter, too.


Have a beautiful Saturday!
xox Sammi

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post, but did receive a product for review purposes. All opinions are completely my own, based on my experience. Any company or product endorsed on this blog is one I fully believe in and support, and would continue to do so, regardless of whether items are gifted or paid for by me.

15 comments:

  1. Oh, you look do gorgeous! That hat works so perfectly with this and what is not to love about petticoats and skirts! Also- very generous of eShakti!

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  2. Man, I can only imagine it's prettier in the actual buttermilk color! ;) Truly, though, you look like a beautiful blushing bride. Truth be told, I've been away from the blogging world for about a week now, and as soon as I saw this picture and the post title I thought something terrible had happened when I was out of the loop, But I'm glad to see it's just you being clever and looking gorgeous. :D

    love,
    a

    www.missdecaf.blogspot.com

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  3. I love that dress on you! So gorgeous. And anything that's a buttermilk colour is automatically divine in my books.
    Also, I understand how you feel on the someday-wedding. I went through that as well. It will happen, and with someone more deserving of you than your ex :) Be patient, and live your life for you.
    xo
    jana

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  4. Oh that is so so lovely. I see the wedding references in the shoot but I actually thought it was just very spring like! I've been wanting to try eShakti for so long now so its really nice to have that promo code! Sorry to hear about your bad breakup, sounds like things are serious but I'm a firm believer in everything happens for a reason. So as much as it may not feel like it at times I believe there is someone wonderful waiting to meet you because you are just so wonderful yourself!

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  5. That dress is stunning on you! I just got my first eShakti dress and I MUST get more. They fit so well! I love the scalloped edges, and it would be such a pretty, pretty wedding dress someday! I love your hat, too. So pretty.
    xo
    Kristina
    www.eccentricowl.com

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  6. lovely post :) I really enjoy reading your blog! haha keep in touch x Peach

    http://momomoworld.blogspot.com

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  7. I love the neckline on your dress!!
    www.amemoryofus.blogspot.com

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  8. You look positively stunning! I can only imagine what your future wedding gown will look like when the big day comes! I can't wait for you to share that day with us. Keep your head up!

    ♡ Sarah
    http://petitepixieblog.blogspot.com/

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  9. This dress is so pretty! eShakti is so great. I love the pretty scalloped detailing on this dress and how you styled it. I agree it would be great for a rehearsal dinner. That day will get here someday! Probably sooner than you think!

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  10. You are a serious VISION in this dress! Love, love, love! x

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  11. Lookin like a complete angel!!

    Rachel

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  12. This dress is perfection on you! You look like a gorgeous vintage bride. If I had to do it all over again (hopefully not though lol) I would definitely use this as inspiration :). P.S. Not trying to be a perv but your bust looks awesome in this dress!

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  13. I am swooning! This dress is amazing on you. I've always admired their dresses and I think its about time I get one myself c:

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  14. Hi! I adore your blog and I'm now a follower! I would be ever so grateful if you'd follow me as well. <3

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