OOTD :: of once upon a times and happy endings




Once upon a time, there was a style blogger who just wanted to fit in.

She read and researched, lurked and longed, and soon she realized a few things – to be a bona fide style blogger she needed to:

  1. be nominated for at least one bloggy award
  2. participate in and/or create her own linkup
  3. be approached by a reputable retailer to sample their wares aka the freebie

Well, this style blogger was an overachieving sort and she didn’t believe in waiting for magic. She decided she would make the magic happen all on her own. Within months, she had successfully accomplished #1 and #2 on her list but since #3 was dependent on external forces, she despaired of ever fulfilling it.

Then one day, out of the blue, the style blogger opened her inbox. And lo and behold! There appeared a majestic email from the much-coveted eShakti – that glorious online retailer of bespoke garments that had been touted by all and sundry all over the blogoverse.

The style blogger had often perused their catalogue, lured there by links from other bloggers who had received their own eShakti summons. She had never thought herself worthy enough of their attention and yet here it was – an invitation to the ball!

She perused and pondered long and hard; it was truly a monumental task, deciding which design would suit her best. She wanted the spectacles print but feared it too whimsical; she desired the avian offering but alas! They were out of stock.

Finally, at long last, she made her decision. She loved the versatility of the deep navy blue, knowing she could adapt the summer cotton to the mild SoCal fall and winter by virtue of the color alone. She loved the subtle tiers and green piping that lent visual interest to an otherwise austere design. She loved the deep V neckline that was a perfect canvas for a multitude of neck candy. She loved the stiff self-tie sash that belted into a perfect bow even under her rather inept bow-tying fingers. And she loved the pockets. Oh, the pockets!

She braved the humiliation of measuring herself, sent the information winging its way into the ether, and then awaited her prize. Within a mere weeks, the style blogger became the recipient of her first ever eShakti frock and her heart leapt in ecstasy. Her very own eShakti! For free! Imagine that!

It was a dream come true. It was a fairy tale. And she lived happily ever after.

P.S. How fortuitous that this week is Fairy Tale week over @ SpyGirl, eh? Just kidding; no fortuity was involved. I totally planned this so the copy would coincide with the theme. Hope you like. And a multitude of thank yous to the folks at eShakti for extending, unsolicited, this offer to me. You guys are rock stars!

*** eShakti can also be found on Facebook, Pinterest & Twitter. ***

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – eShakti
Pumps – Janine @ Payless

:: Linking ::
52 Pick-me-up @ SpyGirl
Visible Monday @ Not Dead Yet
Style to Inspire @ Rhea Et Cetera
Summer Trends @ Elegance & Mommyhood

It’s T3 time this week, folks!
This month, dress like your favorite literary villain.
Or not.
But come join the fun this Thursday and share your book-inspired fashions!






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34 thoughts on “OOTD :: of once upon a times and happy endings

  1. […] I developed an obsession with eShakti after they generously allowed me to review and keep this dress, but even though I’m working to get out of my “quantity over quality” shopping […]

  2. […] bonus? I’m remixing. Remember when I first showcased the dress? I don’t think I mentioned it, but I was a little unhappy with the button at the bodice […]

  3. Very lovely tale πŸ™‚ I reviewed for eshakti too and was thrilled about the opportunity as well. I never saw my feature on their site though. Lovely dress, you look cute in it. Visiting from Ada and Maria’s link up. Please stop by sometime, I have a giveaway going on now and for the next two weeks if you want to check it out on the blog. Rachel xo http://garaytreasures.wordpress.com/2014/07/18/my-recent-purchases-a-sale-dxmall-giveaway/

  4. jangrahammcmillen says:

    Hello, O Gorgeous One. You did well for eShakti. Killer fit and flare … of course I like your design! So pretty. Congrats.
    I’m so sorry I ‘m so behind … I’m struggling to get to everyone over at Vis Mon, and am depending on your sweet nature to allow me some time with your so kind nominations! I’ts been a stressy month, and is getting better, but I’m backed up like … something that backs up a lot (all images there are less than attractive. Fill in the blank, if anything acceptable comes to mind!)

    • mtsedwards says:

      Oh, no! Don’t feel obligated at all! Take your time with the nomination. Or not at all. I know it can seem like a blogger equivalent of a chain letter and I only nominate to honor you, not give you more work. I’ve been following you, of course, and know all about your RL stresses. Relax. Breathe. And come back and play when things get un-backed up. xxoo

  5. Maria says:

    I love this dress! eShakti is pretty awesome! I was so excited when I got an email from them too a couple months ago. Made me feel like I finally made it in the bloggy world haha πŸ™‚ Thanks for linking up with us!

    • mtsedwards says:

      No problem. When ADA invited me, I was honored. Have you featured your eShakti dress on your blog? I’d love a direct link. πŸ˜€

  6. Dawn Lucy says:

    I was also so excited to get a dress from eshakti! Love your pick and you look lovely!
    Dawn Lucy

    • mtsedwards says:

      Oh, I’d love to see your eShakti dress! Have you featured it already? Perhaps you could honor me with a direct link?

  7. ADA says:

    OK Maricel I love this dress, especially the color & the contrast piping. It is fun, girly, unique & a little retro. =)

    I am doing a link-up featuring Summer Trends every day this week and one of those trends is the Statement Necklace, Midi Dresses or Skirts (like the one you are wearing here), Graphic Tees, etc. I’d love for you to join my link up with this outfit. If you do, please include a link back to my blog. Thanks girl. You have time to join a different outfit also, as the link up will stay open until the end of the day on Tuesday of next week.

    Happy Hump Day!! Ada. =)

  8. Rhea says:

    omg i thoroughly enjoyed reading your post! and i am totally with you! i loved loved my eshakti sponsored dress too — one of my favorites! you’ve picked such a great eshakti dress — love the bow! my favorite is your twirling pic! πŸ™‚

    rhea @ rheaetcetera.com

    • mtsedwards says:

      Aww, thanks, Rhea! I wish they had the Bird on a Wire dress available, though. Now I have to save up and blow my entire month’s budget on it. Sigh…

  9. You look gorgeous in this dress, love it ! (^_^)

  10. Val S says:

    Ah, a happy ending! Lucky you, and what a gorgeous dress! I love how you wrote the fairy tale, and I’m so happy that all your dreams have come true πŸ˜‰

  11. Blue is truly your color girl, rock it!

  12. Marsha Banks says:

    Oh, you keep pushing me ever closer to a blog…I’ve got a name and everything…just too lazy to take a pic or two!

    You look spectacular in that dress! I have come so close to ordering…maybe, I should “borrow” your blogging bucket list!

  13. Yay! Congratulations! I, too, often peruse the eShakti goods…I’m so glad you had the opportunity to represent them on the blog πŸ™‚

  14. Lorelei Ortega says:

    Wooh! Sponsor! You are a real style blogger now!

  15. Del says:

    Love the dress! The piping is adorbs!!

    • mtsedwards says:

      WHAT?! Is this KS #1 back from the dead?! LOL! Just kidding. Thanks for the comment, and yeah, we made a good choice with this one.

  16. I like the dress you ended up with. πŸ™‚

  17. Patti says:

    Love this dress – and I really enjoy eShakti’s philosophy of customer satisfaction, too. You look marvelous, ans thanks for linking up to Vis Monday!

  18. How cool!!! You’re first retailer gift…yay! And you picked well my friend. I love the details on this dress…beautiful!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Isn’t it just? And I can totally see wearing a collared shirt or turtleneck as a second layer when the weather turns cooler.

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