Monday, May 23, 2016

Eshakti Dress Review

If you are an avid blog reader like I am, you have probably read 2,356 reviews of Eshakti before. And I have to say I was very skeptical. 99% of the reviews were done by bloggers who had received the product free for review purposes. Now I am not saying that the majority of bloggers would let that reflect in the review, but it does always make me wonder. So I decided to bite the bullet and BUY a dress to review. Ok. I actually bought TWO dresses to review. One for me and one under my mothers account. And I have ONE of them to review today for you. The other one is not going to make it to me. 

Now for those of you unfamiliar with the brand, Eshakti is an online clothing retailer (mainly dresses). They ship out of India and are delivered via DHL (which almost prevented me from ordering in the first place) and surprisingly arrive quite quickly even though they ship from halfway across the world. My first dress which I have not gotten yet (I will explain that at the end) was ordered on a Thursday and the second dress ordered on the following day, Friday. And this second dress arrived 12 days after ordering. Now what makes this company any different than the 23,433,434,424 other clothing retailers online? This company CUSTOM CUTS every dress to your size specifications. For someone like me who has a size 6 waist and a size 12 hips this is music to my ears. Not only do they custom make the dress to fit your measurements (not just hips and waist, but you have to give about 10 measurements including the circumference of your arms!) but once you choose the dress you want, you then start customizing the STYLE! You can change the neckline (about 10 options), you can change the sleeve length (sleeveless, cap sleeves, inset cap sleeves, elbow length, 3/4 length, bracelet length, long sleeve) and then you can choose the length (mini, above knee, at knee, below knee, midcalf, maxi, or maxi plus 3 inches). You also provide your height so the dresses actually fall where they are supposed to. If you are super short like me (a hair under 5'3) long things drag on the ground, short things fall way too far down the leg or the proportions are just off. For my cousin who is 5'9 everything is too short for her. No issue any more. 

So this was the second dress I ordered. Its a knit dress and I wanted just a comfy maxi dress I could run errands in and that would just be comfy. 

I changed the neckline to the jewel neckline, moved the sleeves from elbow to 3/4 and made it a maxi. Now I do not LOVE the fit. I will be honest. I like my maxi dresses to be LONG and I was worried the ankle length would be too short and so I said I was 5'4 figuring I would want the extra inch. While the dress fits great and I will wear it, I do wish the dress was yet another inch longer. In the future I will say I am 5'5 when ordering maxi length. Again, the length is fine, and I will wear it (any shorter at all though and I would not have) but lesson learned. The knit is really really heavy. So much so it surprised me. The quality really did shock me. And while the sun was blazing and the pictures don't do the colour of the dress any justice it really IS the colour of the stock pictures. 

And of course, I have to wear my new Petra necklace with it. I am determined to get my wear out of it and I freaking love it!

Here is a better shot as to the colour of the dress. I am still off heels since my accident hiking in New Jersey 3 weeks ago so maxi dresses and flats seem to work.

Now the second dress I ordered was a cotton poplin. It was this dress:

I ordered it once more with the 3/4 length sleeve, changed the neckline to the same jewel neckline as the knit maxi I ordered and the length I put at just below the knee. The tracking worked for it right up until it got to Cincinnati (why it would go there to come to me, I have no idea??) and then it just stopped. DHL claims its Eshakti's fault because they mislabeled the customs form and put jacket instead of dress. But even if that is true, how does that cause the company to LOSE the dress? DHL has asked me to send them a picture of the dress to help them in finding it. I phoned eshakti back and the woman I spoke to (Nicole) was very helpful. She said its rare that DHL loses an item but when they do its weeks before they find it (IF they find it). She said it was not my fault and I should not have to wait for weeks to hear back and that they would recut and reship the dress. When ordering from the brand, you can follow your dress through the process. Pattern Creation, Fabric and Kit Creation, Cutting and stitching, Quality control and then finally packing and shipping. The redo of the dress is already done packing and shipping and should be shipped out tomorrow. Now screw ups happen anywhere. And everywhere. Its how a company deals with the screw up that tells me what I need to know about the company. I have been told if DHL locates the dress to tell them to return to sender. What more can you ask for from a company? I will keep you all updated when I get the second dress (formerly described as the first dress). 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

DevaCurl SuperCream Coconut Curl Styler

So while on a cruise my mom ran in to a slight problem. She found that her current haircare was NOT working in the super humid climate she found herself in. So her solution was to pick up the DevaCurl SuperCream Coconut Styling Cream (I can only assume at an American Sephora store, but who knows?). So being that I LOVE LOVE LOVE the DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel I figured I HAD to try this. And what better way to try a product than to steal it from someone so you don't have to pay for it yourself?

Now, it was raining (actually SNOWING/RAINING) on this day and I got wet trying to take these pictures. That being said, I can say the product wasn't bad. My hair while damp in these pictures is really not frizzing out the way it normally would. But it also was kind of....... limp. All in all I certainly didn't hate the product. Had I bought it I probably would have eventually used it all up. Which in my world is a big deal. I am embarrassed to admit how many hair products get used once then given away or trashed because they just don't float my boat. So I guess in the scheme of things an OK product is pretty good in my book.

And because I am just so in love with the Lulu Frost Petra Mosaic necklace here is a close up of it. I drooled over it and put it in my shopping cart 1000 different times but could not at all justify $525USD for it. It did go down to $273 though at Neiman Marcus and well...... All I can say is the Club Monaco shirt I am wearing (with leather trim pockets at the hip) was a thrift store find I managed to score for $4 instead of its original $250. That balances out insanely priced purchases, doesn't it??

Monday, November 30, 2015

Online Shopping - Expectations VS Reality

The other day I showed you all a great deal on a Kendra Scott Necklace that was on sale at Neiman Marcus. It arrived quickly, but I have to say how let down I was.

Now don't get me wrong. I love the necklace. And for $40 instead of $295 I really can't complain. But on sale or not on sale, I expect when I buy items brand new from a department store that they will come in a certain condition. This came without the Kendra Scott pouch and not even in a Kendra Scott box. Just in a generic Neiman Marcus box.

Would this bother all of you? I have shopped flash sites before and when shopping at Gilt or Zulily or Beyond The Rack or any of those sites, they come with the brand packaging. I keep most of my jewelry in the pouches, and even those I don't I always keep them for travelling or the like. Would you guys be upset about a necklace coming this way?

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Make Up For Ever Cyber Monday Artist Shadow Collector’s Palette for Cyber Monday

An Artisan Brush #226 Medium Eye Shader Brush and 30 of the brands best selling amazing Artist Shadows? YES PLEASE!!! Exclusively on the MUFE website and only on Cyber Monday this is going to be a hot commodity I am sure. But at $280 (USD) this is going to set you back a pretty penny! The value is there with each shade clocking in at under $10.

Shades include: M-626, D-652, M-664, M-536, S-114, S-502, M-546, I-544, S-642, I-628, D-826, M-928, M-100, ME-554, ME-302, S-832, M-608, ME-512, I-514, M-126, D-926, I-922, S-748, ME-230, ME-338, M-846, I-858, I-722, D-236 and M-408

I wish I could say I have a lot of these shades making it easier to pass on this palette, but I only own D-652, ME-512, I-514 and I-544.

What do you guys think about this palette? Is it tempting you?

Zoya Black Friday Deals

Black Friday starts NOW – Get a head start on your holiday shopping with some of the best deals we’ve ever offered! Dream Boxes are back and better than ever, PLUS see our newest deals on Naked Manicure, Qtica and MORE! See them all below or click HERE to start shopping!

All deals include FREE Shipping!
Valid through 11/30 (11:59pm EST)

$30 – Build Your Own 6pc Dream Box ($54 retail value)

$50 – Build Your Own 12pc Dream Box ($108 retail value)

BOGO – Zoya Lips & Tips Quad Sets($18ea)

$20 – Qtica Nail Necessities Gift Box ($30 retail value)
$20 – Qtica Lips & Tips Gift Box ($32 retail value)

$20 – Dream Box Trios (pre-made)($25 retail value)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

M·A·C Berry Black Friday

Celebrate the busiest shopping day of the year with M·A·C Berry Black Friday, featuring a limited-edition Patentpolish Lip Pencil in a luscious blackberry hue. Exclusively online on November 27th, 2015

A Little Kendra Scott Anyone?

I interrupt this barrage of Cyber Monday and Good Friday deals to tell you about a deal going on RIGHT NOW! I have to say I completely cracked and purchased this, and my only regret is that I maybe got the wrong colour?

Let me introduce you to the Kendra Scott Maddox Necklace. I have to say, I really do need some statement necklaces, but I can never seem to part with the money required to pick up ones that I like. This one, retailing for $295 (USD) was something I looked at, said "nice, but not for $400" and moved on with my life. But when it showed up on the Neiman Marcus Last Call website for $50 yesterday I had to have it! Now its only $40! BAH! I did use the code NOVWLC10 to get an additional $10 off meaning you can now get this necklace for only $30!!! (I think you may need a $50 min to use the coupon, but with the holidays coming up, you can easily find something else to get! one for me, one for you!).

I am obsessing over the Harlow necklace below (either shade) but at $120 I just can't justify right now. That being said, if it goes down in price anymore I will likely cave! If you want the Maddox necklace you can pick it up HERE!!

Bath & Body Works 2015 Joyful Favorites VIP Tote

Black Friday - and just in case you didn't have enough on your beauty wishlist, the Joyful Favourites tote is $20 with a $40 purchase!! Online and in store!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Sephora Black Friday Deals!

In previous years I want to say the black friday deals were $12 here and $10 in the USA. I could be wrong, but I feel fairly certain of that. This year, they are still $10 in the USA but they are $13 here. To be fair, our dollar is much weaker than it was in the last few years so I can't complain about that. And here are all the sets. There are a LOT of them this year!

So the big question is, what are you guys getting?


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