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eShakti Review: Anastasia Dress

eShakti provides custom-made items for sizes 0-36W. Customization can be made on sleeve length and type and hem length. Their customization feature has led me to some great custom-made dresses. My previous reviews here and here.

The Anastasia Dress from eShakti has intricate detailing around its neckline with a flattering boat-neck and a fit and flare silhouette.

eShakti Anastasia Dress

 eShakti Anastasia Dress (c/o) / Clutch (gift) / F21 shoes (old) / Earrings (SoHo Boutique, New York New York Casino)

When I first received the dress, I was impressed that the dress came wrinkle-free. This communicated to me that eShakti seriously takes feedback from its reviewers and makes changes where it can, as the first time I reviewed a dress for eShakti, the dress had arrived with wrinkles. Upon reading my review, the Head of Marketing had told me that they would take my thoughts under consideration and make changes…and I can see they did!

eShakti Anastasia Dress

The dress fit right out of the box as I used the customization feature available through eShakti. This feature is an additional $7.50 and requires providing measurements including waist, hips, over bust, bust, and under bust. eShakti kindly included measuring tape in my dress package as well.

Note that many of the dresses from eShakti are made with a cotton poplin material and after wearing that type of material for awhile, wrinkles will undoubtedly appear. This time around, though, I did not have any wrinkles even after wearing the dress for a prolonged amount of time, and I received many compliments with nary a comment on wrinkles. Instead, friends said they really liked the design of the neckline, and like me, appreciated that the dress comes with pockets.

eShakti Anastasia Dress

Although cotton is a more casual type of material, I immediately envisioned wearing this frock to a wedding or formal dinner setting, so I dressed it up with mauve satin heels, a grey clutch, and some sparkly earrings.

Brides looking for customization for their bridesmaids and for different dress styles in the same color or for different colors in the same style might like to check out eShakti’s wedding and events collection:

Navy Red BlueeShakti Virginia Dress in deep navy, peacock green, and formula one red

As a more casual winter to spring transition outfit, I wore the Anastasia Dress with a green cardigan, gold belt, and blush-colored flats.

eShakti Anastasia Dress

H&M Cardigan (old; this season’s version in mint green here) / eShakti Anastasia dress (c/o) / F21 belt (old) / BR Carlie flats (not available in the blush color, but currently available for 40% off in a black-and-white floral print and a beautiful rose gold metallic here) / Ross Crossbody / Coach Crystal Stud Earrings (no longer available, but in black and gold here)

eShakti has a new spring time collection available, which includes fresh floral prints and vintage patterns. The Anastasia Dress in Black worn above is available in a variety of colors, including spring-is-calling pastels like pink, lilac, and light blue:

eShakti Anastasia Dress eShakti Anastasia dress in cameo pink, radiant orchid, placid bluesunkist coralformula one red, and deep navy

If you are new to eShakti, you will get a $25 gift coupon for registering and if you are already registered on eShakti, Quest for Fashion Sense readers can get 10% off when using the promotion code QFFES.***

Disclosure: This dress was provided for my review without charge by eShakti. I received no monetary compensation to write this review. All opinions expressed within this review are my own. In this post, as in previous posts, no affiliate links were used. Clicking on any of the links above does not result in any monetary compensation to me. Future disclosure will be made should this policy change.

***Note that the QFFES code has to be entered in the promotional code box and is not able to be combined with any other promotional offer unless otherwise stated. The code is not applicable on clearance, sale, gift cards, overstock categories, or previous purchases. The code is not case-sensitive and can be used through April 20, 2014. 

Black & Brown

Very simple outfit below, but I loved it nonetheless. This LBD is one of my favorites: it’s comfortable, flattering, easy to wear, and can be dressed up or down.

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Outfit: Gap Outlet LBD (2006), Talbots Wedges (2011)
Accessories: Belt (Masque Boutique, 2009), Jade Shoulderduster Earrings, Assorted Bracelets (tan stud wrap bracelet was complimentary from BaubleBar for signing up; BaubleBar’s now offering $10 off when you sign up for an account)
Occasion: Running Errands (and hanging out with friends)
Vibe: Relaxed, but put together

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Close up of bracelets:

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I wore this outfit when I went to get a haircut and to visit a friend’s baby. Her baby’s adorable, but while my other friends held the one-week old baby, I refused.

I have a huge fear of dropping babies, so I’d rather not have any potential liability issues. Also, I am known for having some pretty questionable child-raising techniques.

In any event, I was lucky. The baby peed on the mother and tooted three times while being held by another friend.

I, on the other hand, was able to admire and coo from afar.

The Virtual LBD Party and My LBD Take Two

On Friday, I attended Kasmira of What I Wore 2Day‘s Virtual LBD Party. I also took my previously worn LBD out for another spin.

This time, I added my coral and black bead necklace (gift) and my white pearl strand necklace (bought in the Philippines), my pearl and moonstone earrings (Dasha Boutique), my black lacquer flower ring (gift), my silver painted wooden cuff and rhinestone bracelet (NYC’s Chinatown), and my Aldo silver d’Orsay peeptoe pumps (my wedding shoes!).

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My husband said I had one too many accessories on and that I had to remove an item.  I ended up switching my flower ring from my right hand to my left hand.  That’s kind of like removing an item.

I also added color!  Note the coral wrap (borrowed from my mum) inspired by Olyvia of KmartVogue in this post.  I tried to style it with a knot in the back as she did, but I wasn’t able to get it to look quite right, so I settled with the casual drape.

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I got a compliment on the wrap and couldn’t resist saying, “Thanks, I borrowed it from my mom!”  There’s a strange kind of look that I receive when I say something like that, but I always want to give credit where it’s due.

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Also, Lola complimented me on my eye shadow application.  I spent a good twenty minutes on it, so I was pleased that she had noticed (the green smoky eye takes a lot of skill!).

One of my favorite parts of the night was when we were drinking wine and I made a pseudo Kalimotxo.  I’m not a huge fan of wine (I prefer beer), but I do like mixed drinks.  I did a 1:1 ratio of red wine and Coke, then added a splash of 7-Up (no lemons/limes were available).  It was pretty darn tasty, if I do say so myself.

Although we wanted to stay back and dance with the youngins, we decided that we just couldn’t hang and called it a night.  Good thing, too, because my husband and I had to get up bright and early for the next event: my cousin’s wedding.