Outfitted

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As I mentioned here, the dress I wanted to wear to last weekend’s wedding didn’t allow the luxury of breathing room. Upon this discovery, I may have flung myself on the bed in a fit of dramatized despair before I took it to the Internet and weighed my options: a girdle or a new dress.

A new dress.

I looked at hundreds of dresses and each time the selection left me underwhelmed, I increased my budget and began again. (At one point, I decided $500 would be absolutely reasonable to spend on a panic purchase.) Obviously it was a long night, but I finally found this Erin Fetherston dress on Amazon. It’s everything a cocktail dress should be: feminine, whimsical and irresistibly sweet.

Lemons into lemonade. 

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Featured: Erin Fetherston dress // vintage bracelets // gifted ShoeMint heels* // no name clutch from T.J. Maxx

*I actually wore silver flats to the main event. My dance moves can’t be encumbered by stilettos.

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Friday Find Under $50

Ruche dress, $48.99

Look poised and polished in this easy-to-wear print dress. I have a hard time not introducing color into a black and white ensemble, so I’d add cobalt sandals. Perhaps this pair

Congratulations to Andrea D. for winning the NOVICA giveaway! And a huge thanks to everyone for entering and continuing to support this blog! There’s another giveaway coming up that you won’t want to miss.

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Friday Find Under $50

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LOFT dress, $47.70
(use code LOVEMOM to take 40% off the original price of $79.50)

This shift dress has a lot going for it: pockets (!), a bias-cut inset that creates flattering lines, and it comes in saturated hues of violet or navy. It’s under $50 with the current promotion, which is a steal for a dress that goes from the workweek to the weekend with ease. 

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Friday Find Under $50

Dorothy Perkins dress, $29

If my love for scalloped edges wasn’t obvious by the sunglasses in this post, this dress should make it even more evident. The texture on this darling frock is made up of little scalloped edges. 

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Review: eShakti

Monday was the swinging sixties and today I feel like a ’50s housewife in this dress from eShakti. eShakti offers an array of vintage-inspired designs that are fully customizable. 

Every item on the site can be altered to fit your exact measurements. You can also alter hemlines or remove pockets (although, I’m not sure why anyone would forgo pockets). I actually chose a standard size on the site instead of entering my measurements, which probably wasn’t the best idea. While it fits perfectly around the waist, the bust is too large. (I have this problem in many items, so it’s not a surprise.) 

The cotton dress is light and airy with a thin cotton voile lining. Given that eShakti prides itself on customized tailoring, I didn’t expect the construction issues that I discovered. There was some puckering along the seams that I couldn’t iron out and the black waistband wasn’t perfectly aligned at the sides, which could have been avoided with a back zipper instead of a side one.

These are small criticisms, however. I do think eShakti is a great option for those who want a customized fit without the high price of a bespoke piece. It’s also the ideal e-shop for ladies with a feminine, ’50s aesthetic. (I’ll admit that this tunic is more my style if I’m going for a retro vibe.)

Exclusive Discount! Take 20% off your order with code BKANDB through April 30, 2013. If you’re a new customer, register on the site first to receive a $25 coupon. These discounts can be stacked together. 

Featured: gifted eShakti dress // Kate Spade shoes // vintage bracelet // Forever21 rings // Kate Spade earrings

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Outfitted

I remember coveting this coat from Deborah Lloyd’s tenure at Banana Republic back in 2004. Even though I had my Gap employee discount, I couldn’t justify the purchase on my modest college budget. But some things are meant to be. I stumbled across the coat on eBay a couple of weeks ago and scored it for $40.

Featured: Banana Republic coat // J.Crew dress (similar) // gifted Julie Vos bracelet // Banana Republic ring // Ann Taylor shoes

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Right now, I’m coveting:

  • A swimsuit in my favorite Liberty print would be a fun splurge for our upcoming vacation
  • A pair of delicate earrings made of Mother of Pearl and blue topaz
  • This carefree dress
  • A cheerful iPhone case
  • A colorful clutch that will go with just about everything you wear this spring and summer
  • A pair of emerald side chairs - I can’t afford this set, but it serves as inspiration for scouting garage sales
  • A white belt with a gold metal bow for under $14
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