Showing posts with label Featured Shops. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Featured Shops. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Review: 2 Legged Mermaid Custom Hats

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During the hot 4th of July weekend, I got to really test out my 2 Legged Mermaid trucker hat. I know that this hat was made with love because it was designed and created by one of my best friends, Tia May. She sells her custom designed hats on Etsy.

Even though I love the creator, I can also unabashedly say I am obsessed with my Wave Heart hat. I wear it everywhere - the pool, weekend jaunts to the coffee shop, the beach, trips to Target. What I like about it best is that the hat sits perfectly above my ears. Some ball hats seem to ride up on my head, like they are perched on my noggin rather than resting comfortably over my face. The glitter on this hat really sparkles, too! I feel dolled up even when my hair underneath the hat hasn't seen a shower in a day (or two). Hey, it's summer...don't judge.

2 Legged Mermaid will custom design your color combo, whether it is made in a solid or glitter design. She also makes hats in infant and youth sizes. I have so many hats that I want to get - my next one will be the surfing bear with a color combo of a gray hat and red solid.

2 Legged Mermaid is offering a special deal to Teal In Motion readers. Enter the promo code TEALIM15 at checkout and received 15% off. The offer is good for the entire month of July!

Just because you were born with legs doesn't mean that you aren't a mermaid - happy shopping!


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Disclosure: I received a free hat from 2 Legged Mermaid in exchange for this review, but my thoughts and opinions are real. Just like the struggle I have in deciding which hat I want next. The struggle is real.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Four Ways To Find Balance During Morning Chaos

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When you are a mom, every moment is precious. We all beat ourselves up for not fitting all of our plans and desires into the day. Between work, blogging and motherhood, I'm still working on finding a healthy balance between what needs to be done and what I want to do. With Mother's Day on the horizon, I salute all of the moms out there for keeping all the plates spinning.

I'm a very hands-on mom. If my daughter wants to dance with me in the morning while holding a banana and a leaky water bottle, I'm always up for it. If my son says he needs extra cuddles, I drop everything to grab him in my embrace. But my desire to spend quality time with my kids while knowing that I need to get out the door in time for my commute to work is never easy. It requires a lot of preparation and planning.

Here are my tips for balancing work and play in the morning:

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1) Be thoughtful about your morning routine, down to the last minute. We have to get the kids fed, dressed and out the door before 7:00 AM. Lunches need to be prepped the night before and we tend to think about breakfast options before going to bed. Since none of this involves my own morning readiness, I try to think about what I'm going to wear before ending my day - that involves which dress, what hosiery, which shoes, etc. Eliminating these tiny decisions adds extra minutes that help you get out the door quickly and smoothly.

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2) Put down your phone. Whether it is early morning or late evening, I fall victim to checking my work email. And if that wasn't bad enough, I have my blog email to check, as well as a personal email, and all my social media on Facebook and Twitter, and so on. The few minutes I gain answering an email or commenting on a friend's photo are not worth the many precious moments I lose that could be spent playing pretend cooking with my kids. The work can wait for work and when it can't, it can wait until after bed time.

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3) Give yourself a couple minutes for a once-over. Most days, I'm lucky if I can get out of the door smudge-free. Something is always snagged or stained. I find that if I give myself two minutes for a last check, I won't discover a small peanut butter finger print on my behind mid-meeting.

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4) At the end of the day, take some time for yourself. Find small ways to pamper yourself, whether it is a quick at-home pedicure or relief for tired eyes. This is one I'm not as great at completing. I'm fortunate that L'eggs, the brand responsible for the hosiery seen in this post and the brand that has been in my life since my mother wore them when I was a child (fresh out of the plastic eggs!), recognized this need and sent me a sweet care package with goodies for my own personal pampering.

The point is this: with a little bit of planning and a lot of relaxed breathing, you can do this, mama.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by L'eggs and the opinions and thoughts expressed here are my own. And if you want my thoughts on L'eggs hosiery, I can tell you that they are the silkiest, smoothest nude sheers  you will find at an excellent price point. Like I said, my mom wore them and now so do I! You can follow L'eggs on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Review: 2 Legged Mermaid on Etsy

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When I was a kid, I would pretend that I was The Little Mermaid by flying out of the pool by pushing my arms up against the pool ledge, just like Ariel on her rock, and sing the crescendo of "Part of your woooooorld!" (Don't pretend like I'm the only person who has done this at one point in time.)

Full disclosure: I am no mermaid. In fact, I'm contemplating taking some swimming lessons this summer because I am so weak in the water. But guess what I'm really good at? Pool and beach side lounging while wearing a sweet hat.

I'm fortunate enough to be a close friend with Tia, the creator of 2 Legged Mermaid (that's her with the gorgeous purple hair.) She has created a new line of hats for those of us with mermaid fantasies, using her adorable designs, bright colors and even her original photography!

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If I had my way, I'd be on a beach every day. Whether it is while watching my kids play in the sand or sitting near rolling waves while the sun sets, long, sun-filled summer days are my dream. However, I'm an Irish lass with fair skin, so protection from the suns harsh rays is key. These hats offer both protection and style. Here are a few of my favorites:

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I bought two of these for my pool-dwelling nieces for their birthdays and I had a chance to try on the hat. I can attest that it is super comfortable, sitting snugly on my head and resting just at my ears. With the adjustable back, it fit the heads of both my 11-and-7 year old nieces as well. The brim is fairly deep, which for me makes it the perfect summer lounging accessory while I shade my freckles.

Whether you want to let your inner mermaid loose or whether you just want a cute hat to coordinate with your summer swimsuit, you should check out 2 Legged Mermaid. You can find your hat on Etsy or follow along for latest designs on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

And if that isn't enough to convince you, then check out her dog. How can you say no to this face?

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Disclosure: I was compensated in the form of discounts and a free hat (soon to be modeled on this very site), but more so, I believe in small business entrepreneurship and I believe it Tia, who is an awesome, creative woman that loves to quote movies with me to the point where it probably annoys others, but we don't care because we are laughing so hard. For example, I've fought the urge to say "Mer-man. Mer-man!" about ten times in this post.)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

12 Weeks of Awesome Family Adventures with Red Tricycle


Typically, when Wednesday hits, I work myself into a little panic. I have two toddlers who are not willing to sit idle on the weekends. With so much to explore in the greater Bay Area, a plan must be put into place. Without a plan, the Saturday morning that started with cheerful greetings devolves quickly into this:

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The question always remains: What the heck are we going to do this weekend?

My go-to source for local, kid-friendly events and information is Red Tricycle. They list everything from a calendar of events to family-friendly eateries to tips-and-tricks for travel. Everything you need to know is all in one place. Red Tricycle will save you from Google overload.

Red Tricycle also has your spring time plans covered. They have just partnered with some Bay Area events and venues and launched 12 Weeks of Awesome Family Adventures.

You can pick from the following fantastic, affordable options:

I've already booked in to attend the date night at de Young Museum. Time alone with my husband, culture, wine and childcare all in one location? Sold.
For every ticket sold, Red Tricycle will donate $1 to KaBOOM!, a non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. 
Tickets are going fast for #12WeeksOfAwesome, so book now! You can reserve your adventure through the website or through the Red Tricycle mobile app. So, come join me in making a plan for some great springtime adventures!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Red Tricycle and yes, I visit Red Tri no less than 2-3 times per week. It's a lifesaver, I promise you.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Recreating My Youth Through Vintage Tees

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Last week, I dug a photo of my seven year old self out of the archives, sharing my mission to find the adult size version of my favorite childhood t-shirt. I'm back to report my success!

I haven't aged a day, right? Riiiight. Though I may be a few feet taller and blonde (although my roots tell the true story), the look of determination I employed while skating in the '80s is the same one I had today when I searched for my new Thriller iron-on vintage tee.

And may I say, it is, like, totally awesome.

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My new rule of thumb is when in doubt, go to Etsy. It was there that I discovered Dazed and Vintage, a store that specializes in vintage tees from the '70's and '80's. My childhood icons and favorite bands leaped out at me in tee-shirt form. Wonder Woman! Pat Benetar! Ghostbusters! All of the iron-on decals of my youth were laid out before me.

And there was my beloved Michael Jackson decal on a perfectly sized ringer tee. I was sold before I could say "Sch'mon". I want to give an extra shout out to Monica at Dazed and Vintage (who you can follow on Twitter, along with following Teal In Motion!). There was a hold up in the shipping due to big southern storms and Monica was ready and willing to replace the missing shirt at no extra charge. She was so quick to communicate with me and for that, she has earned a repeat customer. Fortunately, the original package came through and I ended up with this happy face:

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I'm not sure if I'm moonwalking or trying to get up on my tip toes here, but I do know that this tee is just the right dose of nostalgia needed to bring happiness to the heart of this P.Y.T.

Disclosure: I was not compensated or gifted for this post. I am simply spreading the word about an awesome product. In other words...Dazed and Vintage is not my sponsor. It's just a store that sold me my faaaaaaaa-vorite shirt! But my opinions are my own. (See what I did there?)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Schoola: #HolidaysR4 Giving Back to Education



There are certain things that strike right at my heart. Squishy bulldog faces. Discount children's clothing. Educational philanthropy. I've learned that I can fulfill two out of these three joys with Schoola.

You may have recently read about Schoola, a Bay Area start-up, in a recent San Francisco Chronicle feature. Schoola sells donated name-brand children's clothing at discounted prices and donates $2 of every $5 of the proceeds back to schools. You donate the clothes, you get to choose which school receives the proceeds. Buy without remorse and know that almost half of the proceeds will benefit today's youth.

What a perfect option for shopping as we approach the holidays! Schoola has asked me to consider what I think the holidays are for and I believe that their mission sums up exactly what I love about the holidays. In fact, I'll break it out into hashtags for you:

#HolidaysR4...Dressing up your kids for lifelong memories through perfect holiday photos without breaking the bank.

#HolidaysR4...Giving back to your local community and embracing the true spirit of the holidays.

Want to try to win some Schoola cash? Use the hashtag #HolidaysR4 to Tweet or Facebook your own holiday moments. Schoola will randomly choose entries to win one of three $25 gift cards to Schoola. Enter as many memories as you want before November 16 to win!

Don't forget to visit Schoola to look for fantastic holiday clothes. There are Baby Gap holiday dresses for under $6 and boys holiday sweaters from Gymboree for $4! My readers get 25% off your first purchase with the code TRYSCHOOLA at checkout.

Check out Schoola! It is consignment online with a philanthropic twist.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Review: Boden Activewear - Fashion and Function!

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When Boden contacted me to review their new Activewear line, my response was: "Perfect timing!" After two kids who are now both walking, my last excuse keeping me from working out is that I don't have any new running gear. I've signed up for a 10K in November and I have a sweet new outfit to sport while I train. I love the dynamic pattern and the leg lengthening stripe down the side.

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I'm not joking when I say that this is the most comfortable gear I've ever worn. With most work out gear I own, I face two common issues - shirts that ride up over my belly button and the length of the pants. With Boden Activewear, I had a perfect fit.

In my jog around the neighborhood, the shirt stayed put. It has a built-in bra, though busty gals can easily double up with a sports bra. I'm comfortably wearing a racer back bra in this photo. And the leggings actually go to my ankles! The ankle zippers are tight and the material is thick and very high quality. Plus, there is a hidden zipper on the back just below the waistband that opens to a large pocket. If you need to carry a key, cash or even a cell phone, it provides the perfect space.

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The Run Faster Sweatshirt is going to see heavy rotation this fall, from my training runs to my weekend jaunts out to get coffee. Like the pants, it has a thick, heavy feel that is perfect for warming up against the fall wind. One of my favorite things about this jacket and the entire line is that it is sized 2-18, rather than your typical S-M-L offerings, which can be hard to fit. I am wearing my current true size and the fit is spectacular.

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And guess what? You can pick up your own gear at 15% off between now and November 9! Just use the promo code YOGA at checkout when you visit Boden Activewear. I enthusiastically recommend this line. It is priced right - the same that you would pay for Nike or Adidas - and you know you are buying a quality product for the long-term in a fashion-forward style. If you aren't into patterns, Boden is adding basic black to the collection in a few short weeks, so stay tuned!

Thank you, Boden, for letting me try out your gear!

Disclosure: Boden hooked me up with this fantastic gear, but the opinions expressed are my own and totally legit. I love this line!

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Littlest Model

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There are lots of things I really like in this world. Beautiful photos of my kids, for one. I also appreciate a great consignment store. I love a good bargain. When you combine these things, you have the perfect storm that leads to me jumping, clapping and laughing in place.

Recently, a new baby and kid consignment store opened up in Marin County: Ella Bunbee. The store is still in the process of opening, slowly rolling out hours and collecting gently used treasures for moms to take advantage, so get in there early! Ella Bunbee enlisted in the talents of Capturing Grace Photography, a San Francisco-based family photographer, to build out their website. They had an open contest for little models to take part and keep some of the professional photos afterward. Guess who couldn't resist submitting? This mama right here, who was proud when her little lady was chosen.

Sutton was dressed up in the role of "rocker", complete with a handmade handkerchief top and a tiny leather jacket. I squealed in delight at the leather jacket since I have one in Sutton's closet I've been saving for this winter. Even with no afternoon nap (because, of course kids don't take naps when you need them to), Sutton got past her initial confusion with the situation and lit up after a few rounds of the Hot Dog song and some Frozen sing-alongs. I simply cannot wait to see the final prints which, of course, I will share here later.

Check out Ella Bunbee and Capturing Grace Photography!

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**Disclosure: while I will be receiving some prints, they were not a condition of this post. I wrote this simply because I am a fan and obviously, I'm bragging about my cute little lady.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Shopping Warby Parker Spring 2014

Did you know your eyesight can change after a pregnancy? I found that out during a recent eye exam. My vision has gotten worse. Ugh. I'm telling you - the wheels seem to be falling off of this train.

What better excuse do I need to go shopping for some sweet new frames? I've talked in the past about how I love Warby Parker's home try-on process so I thought I might give it another go. Their Spring 2014 line just came out and I'm digging the bright colors and modern shapes. Here are three frames that I'm considering:


Finch in Grenadine- I've been wanting a pair of red frames for a while. Think modern day Sally Jesse-Raphael. Oh man, did I just date myself with that reference?



Seymour in Whiskey Tortoise - I love a classic square shape and the tortoise color goes with everything.



Walker in Canton Blue - These are look-at-me glasses and I feel that they need to be on my face.

What frames are you loving from Warby Parker right now? They also have a new collection called Palm Canyon that brings a woodwork finish to some of their classic frames. I'm going to have to check that out next.

Disclosure: I was not compensated by Warby Parker for this post - I'm just a fan of the company.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Giveaway: $25 Boden Gift Card

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When pinning away on Pinterest recently, I came across a lot of pins for Mini Boden. Adorable, fashionable kids clothes that looked really high in quality and perfectly on trend kept catching my eye. Boden Clothing, originally a UK based company, offers British-style clothing for women, men, kids and babies. I have partnered with Boden to bring you a sweet giveaway and an offer code for all your shopping desires. Shop for the kids or treat yourself!

Since my whole world is toddlers and babies right now, I focused in immediately on the clothing for the little ones. Go ahead and check out some of my favorites:

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I can't handle the cuteness. But you can handle it, I'm sure! And to set you on your way, Boden is offering my readers a great deal. Visit Boden by clicking this link to get 25% off and free shipping through December 13th. In fact, Boden is offering 30% off Cold Weather Clothing (think knitwear, outerwear, boots, cold weather accessories...everything you need for the coming months) for men, women and kids alike from Thursday, Nov. 21 to Sunday, November 24.

Now the best part - Boden and I are giving away a $25 gift card. It is so simple to enter and win - how can you pass it up? To enter, take action on the following:

1.  Visit Boden and then share your favorite item in the comments on this post.

For additional entries, you may do any of the following and leave a comment for each action taken:

2. Like Boden Clothing on Facebook.

3. Follow Boden on Twitter.

4. Follow Boden on Pinterest.

5. Like Teal In Motion on Facebook.

6. Follow Teal In Motion on Twitter.

7. Follow Teal In Motion on Pinterest.

The winner will be chosen by random.org and must have a US-based mailing address. I will announce the winner on Friday, November 29, just in time for Black Friday shopping sprees!

Good luck!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Boden, but as always, thoughts and opinions are solely my own. I'm mean seriously - look how cute these clothes are!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Stella Blu Clothing Co., Reviewed


I've been doing a lot of baby girl shopping as of late. Only recently, after giving away a lot of my son's outgrown clothes, did I realize that he is running low on clothing supply. That's why I was excited when I was approached by Stella Blu Clothing Co. to try out one of their kid's tees. Stella Blu combines original artwork, created by designer Erin Raymer, and non-toxic ink that is silk-screened onto soft tees.

The 1980's graffiti rock style of the line really appealed to me.  Where my husband is more of a polo shirt-and-plaid shorts kind of a guy, I love a good rock tee. My son couldn't care less about what we care about, but he does know one thing - he loves cars. When I showed him the shirt I chose, he demanded that he wear it immediately. "Cars! I want to wear it! I want to wear the car!" He and his buddy Lambie were all smiles that morning. (Well, he smiled. Lambie's well-loved face is a mess, so it was hard to tell, but he seemed thrilled to be along for the ride.)

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At around $25, the shirts are a little bit pricier than what you might find at Target or Carter's, but they are no more expensive than tees being offered at Gymboree or Baby Gap. The fabric is thin, soft and comfortable, perfect for the hot summer months.  Plus, the designs are much more original and cool.  Some of them, like the Blu Rainbow, I wanted for myself!

All in all, I would definitely recommend this company for fun, vintage graphic tees for the little ones. You can find them in some specialized boutiques or their online store. Thank you to Stella Blu Clothing Co. for the chance to get to know you!

Disclosure: Stella Blu provided a sample shirt for my review, but the opinions (and I have lots of them about oh-so-many things) are my own. I'd also like to thank my models, Keagan and Lambie.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Week 24: My ASOS Maternity in Austin

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I'm working the magic light in my new favorite dress.

Dress: c/o ASOS Maternity
Necklace: LOFT (similar)
Sandals: Target (similar)

Last weekend, I headed to Austin for an annual girls' trip with some of my best college friends. It is always an added bonus to travel with a friend in the group who is a professional photographer. She snapped some photos in what she called "the magic light" as we strolled near a park near downtown Austin. Considering I felt like I was floating on air in my new dress from ASOS Maternity, I thought the lighting was appropriate.

As you can see, I chose the ASOS Maternity Maxi in Dip Dye out of the dresses I was eyeing in recent online shopping. This dress was perfect for the humid Austin weather. The white cotton comfortably reflected the heat and the pink dip-dye gave it a punch of current style. The liner underneath, as you can see from the shadows, is shorter, so the dress was very airy and cool rather than clinging to my skin as some maxis have a tendency to do. I ordered it in my pre-pregnancy size and it fit like a glove. My friends commented that I might even be able to wear it post-pregnancy because they said I barely looked pregnant! (And trust me, I'm looking mighty pregnant these days.)

Magic light, magic dress. And a little bit of magic goes a long way when you are entering your third trimester and want to feel your best!

Disclosure: Thank you to ASOS for supplying the dress, but it should be noted that all opinions are my own. And I kept shopping at ASOS on my own as well - more pics of other purchases to come!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Let's Go Shopping - ASOS maternity dresses

I'm heading out of town for a girls' trip at the end of the week and I've been in search of maternity clothes appropriate for warm early summer days. I'm in desperate need of dresses for my trip. ASOS has been my go-to shop for stylish and affordable maternity clothing. Here are some of the items I've been eyeing...


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ASOS Maternity Bandeau Maxi Dress in Dip Dye - The dip-dye ombre makes this maxi feel more modern and formal. I'm obsessed!

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ASOS Maternity Midi Dress in Vintage Floral Print - I love the versatility of this dress. It could work for weekend shopping or be dressed up for the office. It is a classic style in a universally flattering print.

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ASOS Maternity Dress in Blocked Scarf Print - Love the simple shape, love the print, love the colors, love it all. I only doubt if it would be long enough for me. At 5'11", this dress might have me tugging it downward all day, but I would definitely steer shorter ladies in this dress's direction.

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ASOS Maternity Ovoid Shift Dress - Basics are right up my alley. You could change this dress up depending on shoes, purses, jewelry, hair and makeup. And it is currently on sale at just over $40.

Is there anything you are obsessing over at ASOS?

* Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, but guess what? I truly do love ASOS's maternity collection. Like, crazy love.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Cool Kitty - eShakti Review

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I'm purring over my custom-made dress.

Dress: c/o eShakti
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban
Heels: Ralph Lauren

eShakti, an online women's apparel store, has given me the pleasure of reviewing their store and shopping process. It is not your run-of-the-mill online store. They do custom sizing and custom changes to the style of the garment you select. Want a shorter hemline? Just request it. Want long sleeves? Bam. They make it happen. Now, they even add embellishments.

When choosing a dress, I wanted to find something that was a bit different than my usual style. I typically go for solid colors in classic shapes and lines. But this cat-and-houndstooth print spoke to me. The long lines and the bell sleeves felt very Mad Men to me, like nothing I have in my closet.

For someone like me, who is tall with a decent-sized bust (not bragging, just stating a pain in the rear fact), I find it hard to find properly fitting clothes. I feel like I'm always in between sizes and way too long for anything provided off the rack. I provided my measurements and received a custom fit dress. And I love it. This dress is fun - vintage, yet modern. Most importantly, it fits me like a glove.

The pricing is extremely reasonable as well. For a dress that is custom-tailored to your liking, it is worth spending between $50-$90 rather than buying a dress of the rack that might end up in your Goodwill pile sooner rather than later. If you register with their site, they give you a $25 off code as well. I'm definitely going to go back to eShakti for more dresses in the future. Have fun shopping!