Thursday, October 30, 2014

on a thursday in october

"i'm so glad i live in a world where there are octobers."
-anne shirley, anne of green gables

Friday, October 24, 2014

you can always go downtown

when you're alone and life is making you lonely,
you can always go downtown.

when you've got worries, all the noise and the hurry,
seems to help, i know - downtown.

just listen to the music of the traffic in the city,
linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty.
how can you lose?

the lights are much brighter there;
you can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares.

so go downtown, things'll be great when you're
downtown - no finer place for sure,
downtown - everything's waiting for you.

{lyrics from downtown by frank sinatra}

so awhile back, my sweet friend, sadie, told me that she was excited because eShakti was sending her a dress to review on her blog - for free.
i got so excited for her (free dress? hello!) and then she told me that i should contact them and ask if they'd do the same for me. i was like, no way would they say yes, i mean, i don't have that many followers and i am not good at blogging regularly (as you all well know by now.. oops).
but i thought, hey, if they say no, i have no less dresses than i have now..... so i contacted them through their website, and within a matter of hours (or maybe the next day? i don't really remember now. point is, it didn't take long at all) i heard back, and they said yes..!

talk. about. excited.

i'd wanted a dress from them for a long time and had yet to order one, so to be able to pick one out, and get it customized (which happens to be their specialty and part of what makes eShakti so unique!).. i was over the moon.

i loved all.of.the.things., of course. but i wanted something that would be comfortable, yet look dressy if i wanted it to, and something versatile that i could wear easily year-round.
so after much debating and going back and forth and indecisiveness, i finally decided on this loverly green number. :)

as you've seen, it's easily worn with a winter coat, or just my trusty cardigan, looks great with boots (and leggings, of course, when it's extra chilly!), and adorable as-is, as a short-sleeved spring/summer favorite.

eShakti did  a m a z i n g  tailoring it to my measurements to make sure it would fit me just right - if you're an odd size or just want the perfect fit, i highly recommend going with the "customize" option when you're ordering. seriously. it's so hard to know how something is going to fit when you're buying it online and aren't able to try it on first, and with eShakti's custom-sizing options - right down to sleeve length, dress length, and pockets/no pockets!! - you'll know every time that it's going to fit perfectly when it arrives!

i love it all, obviously, but my very favorite feature?

the pockets.
they blend perfectly with the dress (betcha didn't even notice that i was carrying things in my pockets throughout the shoot, did you?) ;) and they are SO handy. i can't tell you how many times i've wished for pockets in all of my pocketless skirts and dresses.

i believe this was snapped right after a rather unexpected "marilyn monroe" moment.. haha!
thankful for leggings. ;)
but the material is heavy enough that the wind really wasn't a problem (other than that one gust..hehe) - and in kansas, that is saying something, trust me!

remember how i just said the material is heavy enough it's not a problem in the wind?
well it's also light enough that it's not too hot for summer, and that it blows with the wind just enough to be feminine and fun.

waiting. on an imaginary someone. ;)

we were losing our daylight so fast, but had to throw in just a couple with this pretty scarf, too, to show yet another side of this dress - spring/fall outfit done in a snap! though in spring i'd wear flats instead of leggings and boots. i didn't bring a change of shoes with me when we were taking pictures, haha. ;)

BIG thank you to my beautiful sister, nicole, for being gracious and braving the chilly evening with me and taking all of these amazing pictures!!!!
you bless me, sister.

so real quick before i go chase the sunset - outfit details:

dress - eShakti (duh. haha.)
but for real. check them out. if you need a dress for a special occasion, they're your people!!
follow them on instagram, pinterest, and twitter
plaid coat & ivory cardigan - kohl's (got them cheap on black friday last year)
gray sweater - goodwill (my fave.)
leggings & boots - also kohl's, also black friday. (also my fave, obviously.)
earrings - kreations by design (this listing)