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My eShakti Custom Top

I’m so glad to have had the chance to product test an item from eShakti. All of the eShakti line is customizable and cut when ordered, which means this top was made just for me.

top and shawl

Top: c/o eShakti
Pants: Just USA
Shoes: Seychelles
Scarf: NYC street vendor
Cuff: Greenbelts
Earrings: Cost Plus World Market

Their line of women’s clothing includes tops and dresses, skirts, jackets and coats–and the variety is huge! It was hard to choose, but I like stripes and I need more tops to balance out all the pants and skirts I have, so the choice quickly became clear.

striped top and skinnies

Even among one type of garment, for example dresses, you’ll find lots of styles: retro, glitzy, wrap–and a whole section devoted to the LBD! Sizes range from 0 to 36 and are reasonable priced. eShakti would be a great option for a bridal party. Luckily, there’s a whole section of their website devoted to wedding wear.

For over seven years, eShakti has focused exclusively on customizable women’s wear. They saw the Internet as a great tool and an opportunity to let women customize and personalize their clothes. That means you can choose your sleeve type, neckline and length. Here’s one dress, cut three ways:

eshakti examples

Photo courtesy of eShakti.com

Customizing your order is really reasonable (about $7.50–seriously). Amazingly, custom items are returnable (but I bet you’ll want to keep yours).

I love the idea of customizing clothing. We’re all unique and we all have different fashion needs: work wear, weekend wear, meeting the parents. Even though I didn’t customize my top, it was still made for me. I included my size on the order form, but I also gave my height. I’ve never done that before when placing an order! The result is a top that sits right and is well proportioned.

green and purple

My top arrived in just a few days. I’m glad a chose this one. I don’t often wear embellished items but the beautiful beading on the shoulder makes a simple top so unique. The gathers and ruching make this more special than an ordinary T.

details of top

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Glazed Denim and Velvet

I’ve been digging the glazed denim that’s hit the stores recently. And when I saw these at Zara in Vancouver, I snagged them. Glazed denim looks almost leather and is a great vegan alternative. It’s more affordable than leather too. Plus it stretches and is machine washable. And an added bonus: chocolate wipes off it in a snap (don’t ask).

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Blazer: Doki-Geki
Shirt: Loving Eco
Glazed jeans: Zara
Shoes: Old Navy
Purse: Crystalyn Kae
Rubber bangles: eBay

Coincidentally, my purse is made of glazed fabric too. It has a leathery sheen, but it isn’t (making this 100% vegan outfit!).

I wore my new glazed denim skinnies with an old velvet blazer and an asymmetrical striped shirt I bought last winter. Have you heard of glazed denim? Do you have/want some?


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Leopard and Denim

I’ve joined WIWW at The Pleated Poppy. Check out what all the others are wearing on a Wednesday!

Look what I found in the vaults: A couple of photos that never made it into my blog. You can tell this isn’t current because a) the rhododendrons are blooming and b) my hair is a bit shorter. That means that my hair is actually growing! I’m trying to grow it but it’s a slow process.

leopard and denim

Shirt: Old Navy
Tank: Target
Jeans: Earnest Sewn
Boots: Urban Outfitters
Bag: SNAP Design
Earrings: Amy Bengston

I wore this sheer leopard shirt over a tank and paired it with skinny jeans and booties. I wanted casual, not sexy. And a sheer, animal print top can easily veer into sexy if you’re not careful. Not that there’s anything wrong with sexy. But if memory serves me correctly, I wore this on a Saturday for running errands. I was going for casual and fun.

yellow and red with leopard

Even though this picture is a few months old, it’s a current look. I wore it in spring, and I’ll wear this shirt in fall too. In fact, I keep most of my clothes for a long time and they make appearances season after season.

Does your wardrobe have a high turnover or do you keep pieces year after year?


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Thrifty Thursday: Plaid Jeans

I hit the Goodwill jackpot a few months ago and brought home several great pieces, including these gray and black plaid jeans.

plaid skinnies

They were $5 and fit perfectly. They’re YMI brand. I’d never heard of the label so I don’t know if they’re originally $20 or $200 (I suspect closer to the former), but I liked them.

I recently wore them car shopping with hubby. We weren’t in the market for a car, but window shopping for vehicles is one of his favorite pastimes. Here, I found neat, old Chevy station wagon.

Jean and the Chevy

Top: Swapped
Pants: Goodwill
Purse: Target
Sunglasses: Old Navy
Necklace: eBay
Shoes (not shown): Payless

I dressed up an otherwise simple outfit with this neat star necklace I found on eBay. There’s a lot of fun costume jewelry to be found it you have the time and patience. All in all, not bad for a $45 outfit, including shoes and accessories).

star necklace


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Rock ‘n’ Roll Look

After all these years, I haven’t narrowed down my look. I like boho, quirky, gothic, punky, or even preppy-inspired outfits. I dress for my mood. Still, there are certain outfits that I feel good in, and certain looks that make me feel tough. This is one of them.

yellow and black

Top: Swapped
Blazer: Laundry by Shelli Segal via thrifted
Jeans: See by Chloé
Boots: Old Navy

It’s chic, with a rock ‘n’ roll vibe. It has masculine qualities, but is very much a woman’s outfit. Even if it doesn’t look badass, it makes me feel badass. It’s Joan Jett and Chrissy Hynde all rolled into one.

rock and roll collage

It has a lot of my favorite pieces (blazer, heels, jeans) but it’s a new take on those items (embellished, booties, yellow).

What types of clothes do you feel best wearing?


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Wanna Know a Secret?

A few weeks ago I was on my way to lunch with my friend Dianne when we saw a sign in front of an office park that read “Sample Sale.”

Needless to say, we stopped to take a look. What we found was Best Kept Secret, a store in Kirkland, WA that sells samples. Garment salespeople buy one of each item so they can show–and sell– to department stores and boutiques. Buying one of everything cuts into their profits. Best Kept Secret sells the one-offs at 15% above wholesale. The goods are consigned and when they sell, the salespeople recoup their costs. Best Kept Secret keeps the 15%.

best kept secret

Top: Best Kept Secret
Pants: YMI via Goodwill
Boots: Old Navy
Cuff: Greenbelts
Earrings: DIY
Cat: Petfinder

The store was huge so we took our time. I bought an olive-green cardigan, a plum drape-necked top with ruching, and a statement ring. I recently wore the top and I love it. It’s super soft and really comfortable.

The store includes a wide variety of styles and brands–from juniors to, well, seniors! They have men’s, women’s, and kids’ clothing, shoes, and accessories. Most women’s samples are in the size 6 range, but fit varies so if you’re between 4 and 10, take a look. You’ll find things that you’d see in Nordstrom and Macy’s, but for about half price.

Have you ever been to a sample sale?


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Saying Goodbye to my Red Jeans

Here I go with my red jeans again. It’s funny: In university, I briefly dated a guy who wore red jeans all the time. At first I thought they were cool pants but they were in such heavy rotation, it got kinda old. I’m afraid I’m doing the same thing.

red jeans with a blue coat

Jacket: Thrifted
Top: Forgotten
Jeans: Just USA
Booties: Old Navy
Watch: Street vendor in Florida

So, I promise you that this is the last you’ll see of my red jeans until fall. I’ll give them–and you–a break. However, in this last shot, I’m looking at my watch thinking, “how long until I can wear these again?”

black and white and red all over


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Love Will Tear Us Apart Heart Sweater

Here’s another challenge for Red and Black week at Sophistiqué Noir.

Red and Black Week

I saw this sweater at a flea market in Florida this past winter. Nothing had price tags but the clerk said it was $50. I was on the fence about it. Loved it, but $50? I talked myself into it and went back the next day. A different clerk said it was $120. What? I skipped it.

Then, last month in Vancouver, I found it at Plum, a little boutique on Granville. It was $30. Yay! I didn’t think twice.

heart collage

Sweater: Plum
Tank top: Old Navy
Jeans: Banana Republic
Shoes: Mea Shadow
Recycled bicycle tire braceletPRFM
Ring: Handmade from buttons by my friend Misha
Earrings: DIY

I used to name my clothes when I was a kid. In the spirit of youthful creativity, I’m calling this my Love Will Tear Us Apart sweater. One day, when I have an extra $160 lying around, I might get this Ian Curtis dress. Until then, this top will do.


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Stripes and Red Skinnies

Who knew I’d wear these red skinny jeans so often? They were money well spent and I consider them a neutral. They go with almost everything.

red denim

T-shirt: Old Navy
Jeans: Red Light Vintage
Shoes: Qupid

Today, I wore them with a long, striped T from Old Navy. If you recognize it, it’s because I have the same one in cool tones too. If I like something, I often buy multiples. It’s an affliction I picked up from my mom and oma.

I have the same pair of Flexx sandals in black, sand, and lilac. I have two of these tops, three pairs of the same style of Aerosoles (in tan, purple, and yellow), and I have the same turtleneck in wine, gray, and teal. If I like the fit and cut, why not get a few? Do you ever “stock up” on favorite things?

stripes and skinnies


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Dress Up, Dress Down: Skinny Jeans and Purple Scarf

Seattle is a casual city, more known for fleece and hiking boots than satin and stilettos. I don’t find most fleece jackets very stylish, though. So when I found this black fleece jacket that looked more moto than mountain, I bought it. It’s my first fleece jacket and I have to admit: Fleece is warm!

fleece jacket

Jacket: Old Navy
Scarf: Gifted
Jeans: Ernest Sewn
Boots: Wanted

I wore the fleece with skinny jeans and flat boots so I could comfortably walk my dog. Perfect for a cool, spring morning. The scarf added a pop of color. It’s from my aunt. She sent it to me in a care package–all the way from Germany!

Later, I wanted to grab a bite with hubby and thought I needed to dress up just a bit. So I swapped the fleece for a military-style jacket and the boots for stacked heels.

military jacket

Jacket: H&M
Shoes: Seychelles

Everything else about the outfit stayed the same. The little changes really changed the look of the outfit. Do you have any tricks for changing the look of an outfit?


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