Monday, July 14, 2014

simply timeless with a hint of romance


I’ve been thinking a lot about my style lately. Whether it’s decorating our apartment or shopping with the best friend, how do I decide what colors, patterns and silhouettes work best for me? Am I a slave to trends or do I tend to navigate toward similar designs? Which items tend to be my favorites and which get quickly tossed?

So I did some real soul-searching - a.k.a. I went through my Pinterest style boards, closet and favorite fashion blogs, looking for trends in my favorite pieces. I actually did a thorough cleaning of my “wannabe closet” board, stopping to ask myself at each pin, “Would I actually wear this right here, right now?”

What trends did I notice?

1. Simple. My style certainly isn’t too “out of the box.” I love clean lines and simple silhouettes. Needless to say, Carrie Bradshaw’s not only out of my league, but playing a completely different sport. 

2. Classic. My favorite pieces are almost every other person’s favorite pieces. The striped shirt. The white tee. The little black dress. These are timeless for a reason, and they’re my favorite things to wear.

3. Romantic. Though I love the basics, I’m a sucker for unique details - especially if those unique details include lace. Florals, flowy fabrics and lace trim. Add some dangly earrings and color me smitten.

I still have a long way to go in determining my style {it’s on the bucket list}, but this is a good place to start. With these ideas in mind, I had been searching for the perfect floral dress. That’s when eShakti.com contacted me {and Robyn and Amanda and Jayda} to see if I would write about my shopping experience with them in exchange for a dress {well, of course}. 



I spent a lot of time on their website, deciding which dress best fit my style and would be the most versatile. When I saw this floral dress, it was love at first sight. And - if you didn’t know - eShakti.com is completely customizable. I was able to tell them that I wanted pockets, a high neckline and a different length for my short legs. 

The beautiful watercolor print will be able to be paired with a variety of cardigans and jewelry, and I know just a simple shoe-switch will take it from work to wedding to weekend. 



And - because I promise to be completely honest with you - I only had a couple of complaints. The top of the dress wasn’t as flattering as it could have been, but that happens when you order clothes without trying them on. And the bottom of the dress wasn’t as short as I wanted - it’s easy to drown in clothes when you’re 5’2”! 

All in all, my experience with eShakti was a positive one. Their website was user-friendly and included plenty of options for a simply timeless style with a hint of romance. And if you don’t like what you buy, you can return it for a gift card with the cost of your order + 20% to try again.



And right now eShakti is offering Pretty Is As Pretty Does readers a 10% off discount from now until August 12th by using the code: PRETTYFASH. Be sure to check out their Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages for their newest arrivals and fashion ideas from bloggers like you and me!


What three words would you use to define your style?

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