All Dressed Up and Going Somewhere (with eShakti)

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Thank you, eShakti, for sending me a dress. No other compensation was received for this post.

Cutomized dress from eShakti |

I don’t dress up very often.

I might put on a dress for church – mostly because I like very feminine clothes – but I’m just as likely to wear jeans and boots to Sunday service. My husband and I don’t go out very often, but when we do, it’s the same casual dresses and skirts. And that’s fine.

But now I need somewhere fancy to go.

eShakti, a company I’ve worked with before, e-mailed me and asked if I wanted to participate in their “Look as Good as You Feel, Feel as Good as You Look” campaign. I’ve said no to almost every sponsor the last year or so, but I really do adore eShakti and what they do. They offer affordable, really amazingly well-made, gorgeous clothes that are customized to you (and me)!

I have a very, very hard time shopping for dresses. My chest is very large, my waist is short, I am on the shorter side (5’3″), and right now I’m teetering on the plus size/not plus edge. I absolutely have no problem with my size and shape – it’s me! – but my body type does make it harder to find clothes that fit well and make me feel great. I’ve also lost about 25 pounds this year, so my clothes are starting not to fit, and I want to replace them with pieces I adore.

The exact dress I chose doesn’t appear to be available any longer, but it was very similar to this Leaf Wool Embellished Tulle Layer Poplin Dress ($59.95). I love the greenish underlay, which is one of my favorite colors. I have green eyes, so wearing green definitely makes them pop.

I know I don’t love cap sleeves on me, though, so I asked to have the sleeves altered to elbow-length. I submitted that change along with my measurements rather than a size to eShakti, and they sent this dress right to my door! The customization is $9.95 per garment, which I think is very reasonable to have something made to measurements. The shipping time is 13-17 days, so if you order something now, you can still have it in plenty of time for Christmas parties and New Year’s fetes.

The feel of the fabric, the little snap pieces that allow me to hang up this boatneck easily, and the gorgeous packaging all come together to make me feel like a princess going to a ball.

I truly do not work with very many companies, but I vouch for eShakti 100%. If I do lose more weight, I intend to have this dress altered, too (but I bet it will cost me more than $10!).

Where should I go in my new party dress?

A Few Fun Deals

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You all may or may not know that I am a cloth diaper enthusiast. (I no longer use BumGenius exclusively, but a mix of BGs, FuzziBunz, GiggleLife, Flip and Thirsties covers, and Flip or Chinese prefold inserts. Shew!)

Zulily has a great deal on Trend Lab-brand cloth diapers today. They are covers with inserts, which we REALLY love as opposed to all-in-ones lately.

$6 for two subs or salads at Quiznos sounds like a fun lunch date to me! Groupon says 90% of the Quiznos stores are participating; you can check if it’s available at one near you here.

Happy Wednesday!

Yes, I get some small credit if you purchase either of these. Think of it as about me making .00004 cent per hour of blogging time. 😉

Domino’s Groupon

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Need a night off from cooking? Groupon is having a deal for Domino’s Pizza today–nationwide! Order online and get a large pizza with up to 10 toppings for $8 (carryout). Not a bad deal, especially if you have some Groupon bucks saved up! (Right now you can even get $20 Groupon credit for referring a friend! That’s awesome!)

Mr. V and I tried the new Domino’s pizza with his parents and found it to be more than satisfactory. Pretty tasty, if I do say so myself! We don’t indulge in non-homemade pizza too often … but I may make an exception.


Ten Ways You Can Help Japan

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There are probably thousands of ways to help aid Japan in their current situation. Having been to Thailand an entire year and four months after the tsunami hit them, I can tell you that rebuilding–both physical and emotional–takes a very long time after a disaster.

Here are just a handful of ways you can help support the relief efforts in Japan. A lot of these are from Etsy. If you search on Etsy for “Japan relief,” you will find hundreds of other sellers donating percentages to relief funds.

1. Pray. PRAY. PRAY!! Pray that people will get the relief they need. Pray that this disaster will turn people’s hearts toward Jesus. I have to tell you, my prayer life has been drastically changed by reading Heaven is for Real. I highly suggest you all read it.

2. Buy a Stamped Penny from Heaven necklace in this heart design from Wired Whimsy. She will donate $5 to WorldVision for Japan Relief for each necklace purchased. (Thanks Mary for letting me know about it.)

3. Sew t-shirts for Japan in this sew-along. (If you can sew. Unlike me.) Thanks MoneySavingMom for the link!

4. Buy a Blessed hand-stamped necklace from The Rusted Chain. Beki will donate $10 to World Vision for each necklace sold.

5. Donate directly to Japan Relief through Samaritan’s Purse–an organization I love and trust.

6. Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone.

7. Etsy shop Meneut Designs is donating 20% of all their sales to the Japan Red Cross right now. They have some beautiful pieces.

8. According to the Huffington Post, “Judy Chang, head of PayPal’s nonprofit group, announced that transactional fees incurred by money transfers to US 501(c)(3) organizations (or charities registered with the Canada Revenue Agency) between March 11 and April 10 will aid relief efforts in Japan.” In layman’s terms, I think that means if you donate money somewhere through PayPal, the fee that they usually take off for transfer will at least be donated somewhere and be put to use!

9. I’m not exactly a Lady Gaga fan, but I think it’s great she’s using her fame for a good purpose. She designed this “We Pray for Japan” bracelet. You can buy one for $5 and 100% of the proceeds will go toward Japan disaster relief.

10. If you buy some beautiful handmade soap hearts from soflart, they will donate a percentage of the sale to the Japan Red Cross. They ship from Italy, but I think the shipping is still very reasonable.

This is a great article from WorldVision on the “Do’s and Don’ts of Supporting Disaster Relief.”

Added to Top Ten Tuesday at OhAmanda.

Just in Case You Haven’t Heard…

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… Through Tuesday night you can get 3 Redbox rentals for $1 at Groupon. Great deal for 3 movie rentals!  You may have to click on the box above your normal deal that is advertising the Redbox deal.