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OOTD :: of beauty, beast and books

11.13.14

11.13.14

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My favorite Disney princess is Belle from Beauty and the Beast.

I am definitely not a Disney person – my American animation tastes lean more toward Pixar – but if compelled to showcase one for Cartoon week, I’d have to admit to having an affinity for Belle.

Because this:

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and this:

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and this:https://myclosetcatalogue.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/69e8e-bellebooks.jpg

and the fact that she’s got dark hair and an indefatigable go-getter personality and a penchant for blue. Sound like anyone you know?

So yeah. This dress from eShakti – all $5 of it after multiple gift certificates and coupon codes – is all kinds of Belle goodness. Just look at that fit and flare construction! That modest neckline that allows for a crisp white button up underlayer! The pockets! Swoon!

And I don’t even need a princely beast to make my life complete. Just gimme more books!

 

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

:: Linking ::
Style to Inspire @ Rhea Etcetera

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OOTD :: of birds, bell sleeves, and brass buttons

10.28.14

10.28.14

10.28.14

The story behind this dress:

So 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 mentality, I just couldn’t see myself plunking down a couple Benjamins for a single item. I did vow that I would purchase at least one of their frocks per season, however, and when they offered a Buy One, Get One 50% promo in the summer, I knew I had to take advantage of that business.

This particular dress took the place of the original bird print one I wanted only because they’d sold out of my color (I wanted it in TARDIS blue, of course). I paid the extra $7 to get it bespoke according to my personal measurements, and I waited with bated breath for my goodies to come.

When they finally arrived – this and the Havana – I was disappointed to discover that this one was one inch too short. Which was odd since the Havana was the perfect length and I’d ordered both together using the same measurement info. Now normally I’m so vertically challenged that I don’t worry overmuch about too-short things, but the generous cut of the skirt made this dress bell out and emphasize that one-inch deficit.

I emailed eShakti and was promptly contacted by a rep who offered me these options: keep the dress and a gift certificate for the price of it, or send the dress back and receive a full refund. I figured I could just wear stockings/leggings/jeans with this dress to make it more modest so I chose the former option and set out to style it so I wouldn’t regret my choice.

Apparently, wearing flats works just as well as stockings/leggings/jeans to mitigate the dress’ risqué length. And pairing it with a substantial yet cheeky wool jacket also helps ground it. Bonus points for the jacket being blue, and Victorian-esque in vibe because the entire outfit suddenly becomes TARDIS Tuesday ready. I feel like a seasonally incongruous Clara Oswald a là The Snowmen episode.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – eShakti
Jacket – Alice Temperley for Target
Flats – American Eagle @ Payless

:: Linking ::
Sophisticated Style @ Fashionably Employed

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OOTD :: of navy, green and serendipity

9.11.14

9.11.14

9.11.14

I have always liked the color pairing of navy and green.

To me, it’s such a classic yet unsung combo. It’s kinda like my husband’s name. Greg. Everyone’s familiar with it. Comfortable with it, even. But very few people have that name anymore. And so it goes with navy and green. It’s like the no-brainer of color pairings and yet it’s not seen very often in retail these days.

The last I spotted it was in 2012 when The Webster did a designer collab with Target and I picked up this navy and green trimmed cardi. I have never worn it until now. It still had the tags on it when I pulled it out of the depths of my cardigan bin. Yeah, more proof of the validity of my 90-Day Spending Fast.

Anyhow, part of the reason I couldn’t style the cardi was its length – too short to be worn comfortably with skinnies or pencil skirts and a bit too sporty to wear with trousers. I suppose I could’ve worn it with any one of my skater skirts but, frankly, I’d quite forgotten about it by the time my love affair and subsequent amassing of skater skirts occurred.

So how serendipitous – my absolute fave fashion word, right? – is it that my gifted eShakti dress happens to go with the cardi as if made for it? And lookit, lookit! My thrifted Seychelles pumps go with it too! It’s almost as if this entire outfit had been bought all together. Mwahahahaha!

Added 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 – when fastened, I felt I was wearing scrubs; unfastened and I felt I was flashing the world. With this cardi, however, I am thoroughly stoked (anyone use that word anymore?) about the dress and foresee it being worn multiple times now that I’ve expanded its remix potential.

And how back to school preppy do I look in this ensemble? The contrast trim really does make that cardi pop.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – eShakti
Cardi – The Webster for Target
Pumps – Seychelles

:: Linking ::
52 Pick-me-up @ SpyGirl
The Lovely Lookbook @ Greater than Rubies

 

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OOTD :: of once upon a times and happy endings

7.14.14

7.14.14

7.14.14

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

HEAR YE, HEAR YE:
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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