I’m many things but an online shopper is not one of them. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve ordered an article of clothing online. Two times I can think of off the top of my head is the time I ordered two pairs of the same gap maternity jeans in two different sizes knowing one would probably fit and the other wouldn’t. I didn’t have to pay shipping because the total cost was over a certain amount. Second, Target used to carry what are my all-time favorite tees and now that they don’t, I’ve been known to order them off eBay (here!). Is that crazy, especially since we live in a technology-saturated world and it would be so much easier than packing up three kids to get to a store? Are you an online orderer? Here’s the thing, I have a paranoia that whatever I’ve ordered and paid shipping costs for won’t fit so I’ll end up returning it, possibly paying more shipping and end up having paid shipping costs for something I didn’t keep. It’s a real fear people. So tangible clothing shopping it is for me. Enter eShakti - the only online women's fashion apparel company offering sizes 0-36W & custom clothing. When they contacted me a few weeks ago asking if I’d like to customize a dress to fit me, it was like they were in my head and knew exactly how to quell that fear. I jumped at the opportunity, hoping for a good outcome and wasn’t disappointed. I chose the Scallop Neck Faux-Wrap dress in prussian blue:
I threw on my leopard heels (Target, two years ago) and couldn’t decide on a necklace because I didn’t want to take the show away from the scallop neckline, which had me at hello.
And the pockets! I love me a dress with pockets and appreciate them even more now that I have three chicklets who need stuff stowed every once in awhile so they had me at hey, how are ya?
The quality of the dress is outstanding! Their prices aren’t too different from higher end clothing stores like J. Crew (unless you shop sales, in which case they’re a lot more affordable) but the fact that you’re getting a quality-made garment that’s specifically made for your body is genius and a great (dare I say better?) way to spend your money, in my opinion. The customization process was very simple – measure all the places on your bod they ask you to measure, insert said measurements, and wala. I also got to choose the dress length – above or below the knee or mid-calf - and the type of sleeves I wanted on it – none, short, cap, or elbow length. I choose below the knee and loved the cap sleeves the dress had in the online image so I kept those. I had the option of subtracting the pockets too but I’m not that crazy. ;) I felt so regal constructing this dress online. It was like I had my own personal tailor for five minutes! My only, very small, complaint is that the measurements in the drop-down boxes where you could choose your number were only whole inches; no half-inches. There were a few times I came up with half-inch measurements, one being my waist size and, for fear that rounding down to the nearest inch would yield me no breathing room, I rounded up. I wish, now that I have the dress, that I would have rounded down instead because the dress fits me in the waist for sure but it could stand to be a little more snug. Lesson learned for next time. And speaking of next time, I’m crushing on any and all of these (Christmas is coming y’all!):
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Just a budget-conscious girl’s tip: For registering with eShakti, you get a free $25 credit towards your first purchase. (Just be sure to register right before you buy because I think the credit expires not too long after you register!) Also, there’s a $7.50 fee to customize a dress (which is nothing when you’re talking a dress that’s made for YOU) but your first customization is free, so take advantage of that! AND, last but not least, eShakti generously is offering a 10% discount to all Bean In Love readers! Just enter code ‘beaninloveblog’ at checkout! (P.S. The reader discount is only good until 12/04/2014, needs to be entered in the ‘promotional code’ box, can be used as many times as you want, and can be combined with other offers unless otherwise specified in other offer conditions, but can’t be used on clearance/sale, gift cards, or overstock categories.)
Have you ever purchased from eShakti? If so, what was your experience like?
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