My Love Affair with eShakti

*This is an unpaid review*

If you have followed my blog or my Instagram account for any amount of time, you’ll know that I hold a deep love and appreciation of eShakti garments. I’ve been buying from them and wearing their garments for many years now. I’ve watched the company change and grow and have very much enjoyed seeing the different concepts they have come up with.

Although they aren’t a traditional vintage reproduction clothing company, they do offer many vintage-inspired items with beautiful details and fabrics that are very reminisent of styles from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s.

In a moment I will run down the list of why I love eShakti so much, but first I want to talk about a feature that I’ve recently tried and want to tell you all about it. It’s called Fabric Customization. They’ve had this option for a while now, but I’ve just come around to using it. You can choose a style of garment and change the fabric of that garment to something that suits you best.

Here’s an example. I love the style of the dress on the left, but I’m not keen on the cotton poplin fabric. So I had it made with the crepe fabric on the right.

And here’s the result.

 

And the second dress I customized.


When I first decided to buy a dress from eShakti, I have to admit that pockets were my main objective. I am a staunch proponent of proper pockets in dresses and skirts. For far too long clothing companies have reduced the size of pockets in women’s clothing or have eliminated them all together. So when I heard that a clothing company made dresses and skirts with pockets STANDARD, I was ecstatic! And the pocket sizes are deep, you can hold just about everything you need in there. And most of the pockets are placed so well, that you don’t even know that they are there, so what you carry in your pockets are safe and secure. 

So let’s run down some other of the reasons I love eShakti.

It’s all in the details

Sometimes you don’t realize how important certain garment details are until they are presented to you. eShakti is always adding new details that come standard that I never knew I was missing. Such as bra loops (or bra keeps). I hate it when you have a lovely boat neck or sleeveless dress and your bra keeps showing! That’s where a bra loop comes in handy. This little detail can really make you so much more comfortable in your outfit. It’s just a few snaps and a bit of fabric sewn into the shoulder seam, but it really makes a difference.

Another detail that seems to be a fairly recent (in the last few years or so) addition to button-down shirts and shirtdresses are extra hidden buttons that help keep gapping from happening. As a curvy gal with a larger bust, button-down shirts have always been an issue for me and I typically sew up the front to stop gapping from happening. But eShakti has added these small clear hidden buttons on the inside to help with this modesty issue.

Of course eShakti is known for its customization options. You can change the neckline, hem length and sleeve length on every garment. You can even put in your measurements and have the garment customized to your size if you don’t fall into their standard sizing. I highly recomed you use this option. You really get to “create” your very own custom garment. Their standard sizing fits me well for almost all items. I use the custom measurements for items like trousers, sheath dresses or anything that might be a bit more form-fitting. But I always customize my garment by changing either the neckline, sleeves or hem to suit my preferences.

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Happy shopping!

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“Life and survival in the postwar period”

Last month when I visited Amsterdam, my friend Birthe Weijkamp told me about an event held at a living history museum about an hour from me. It’s called “Leben und Überleben in der Nachkriegszeit“ or “Life and survival in the postwar period”. It’s a weekend-long event commemorating the years immediately after WWII. There are a few of these events around Germany, but this was the first time that I attended one. I knew that I would probably be the only attendee to dress up, but that’s ok. I had a great time and really enjoyed seeing the reenactors and learning a bit about what life was like in this area after the war.

Dress ~ eShakti 
Brooch ~ Vintage (I can’t remember where I got it)
Shoes ~ Thrifted
Purse ~ Vintage from a flea market
Umbrella ~ Vintage from a flea market
Hat ~ Vintage from My Vintage Hat Shop on Etsy

The event was fascinating, some many wonderful things to look at and learn about. There was a table set up showing the daily rations of food for each person, I was ashtonished at how little it was. There were samples of various baked goods, marmalades, and mustards that were made from ingredients found nearby, such as dandelion marmalade, carrot marmalade, a coffee substitute made from roasted roots and chicory.

Daily food rations for a normal consumer during the postwar period.

They even demonstrated how they boiled and washed laundry.

 

Tulip Fever

We are in the Netherlands again, this time we are here to visit the Keukenhof Gardens. Tulips are my favorite flowers and I’ve been wanting to visit these gardens ever since we moved to Germany. This year my husband’s mom is here visiting us so we thought she’d also like to visit these gardens as well.

It was everything that I dreamt of and more! So many spectacular flowers arranged in stunning color combinations.

Dress ~ eShakti
Hat ~ Vintage from an antique mall in Baltimore
Shoes ~ Soft Spots

The Beauty of Spring

Spring and Autumn are my two favorite seasons. I would be entirely happy if we just switched back and forth between them. Spring reminds me that there are always new beginnings and new adventures around the corner. I recently celebrated the Spring Equinox (Ostara) as well as my 43rd birthday, usually we take a trip to Paris for my birthday, but this year my husband had a work trip planned to the Dutch city of Utrecht and I got to tag along. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Utrecht and we even took the train into Amsterdam a few times to explore the city. This was my first time visiting the Netherlands and I very much enjoyed my time there. We are actually going back next month to see the Keukenhof gardens when my husband’s mom comes to visit, so I will have tons of photos of beautiful tulips then.

On our last full day we visited the Hortus Botanicus, Amsterdam’s Botanical Garden. It’s one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. It was established in 1638 by the city municipality as Hortus Medicus, an herb garden with medical plants for Amsterdam’s doctors and pharmacists. The reasons for establishing a specialized medical garden were very serious: at that time the cities of Leiden and Utrecht experienced the plague epidemic (1634-1637) with thousands of victims. Additionally, several monasteries moved out of the quickly growing city and there was not enough space in Amsterdam to plant herbs.

Of course I had to wear a floral print dress to visit a botanical garden. I love botanical gardens and this one did not disappoint. If you are in Amsterdam I recommend you take a few hours and stroll through these gardens.

Dress ~ eShakti
Belt ~ Amazon
Shoes ~ Soft Spots 

Shot to the heart

It’s been quite a while since I got all glammed up just for a photo shoot. When this dress from eShakti arrived, I immediately started planning out how I wanted to style this dress. However the weather clearly didn’t get my request for clear skies. But it’s ok, we made the best of it.

Normally I shy away from anything with cutesy hearts on it, but this hearts and arrows dress is so reminiscent of the iconic sweater that Ginger Rogers wore in the 1938 movie Carefree as well as the dress that House of Schiaparelli came out with in 2014, that I just couldn’t resist. I’m a sucker for garments with embroidery and this dress did not dissapoint.

 

Dress ~ eShakti
Velvet Hat ~ Vintage, purchased at an antique mall in Maryland
Corset purse ~ Hot Topic
Gloves ~ Vintage, gifted from my godmother
Umbrella ~ Vintage, purchase at a flea market
Shoes ~ Cheslea Crew

 

 

Plaid Perfection

On cold days in winter, I love visiting our weekly Farmer’s Market. It helps remind me that delightful color still exists and the foods that are available during the colder season can be quite cheerful. Winter can be very grey and bleak at times, but we had a beautifully clear and sunny day today, although it was quite cold outside, so off to the market we went.

I love the Farmer’s Market in Kaiserslautern, we have our favorite stalls/sellers and usually grab a yummy krustenbraten sandwich or bratwurst as we walk around and shop.

Knit Beret ~ Lord & Taft
Blouse ~ Emmy Design
Cardigan ~ Yemak bought on Amazon
Earrings ~ Chez PouPoule in Paris
Necklace ~Vintage bought from Ivy Cottage 2 U on Etsy
Skirt ~ Voodoo Vixen
Coat ~ Hell Bunny
Shoes ~ Rockport Cobb Hill Aria 

I wanted to try and be as colorful as the fruits and veggies today. I saw this skirt on my friend Sarah Baker Day and absolutely fell in love with it. I jumped over to the Voodoo Vixen website and bought it immediately. I’m so glad I did, it’s a wonderful heavier weight wool and the colors are spectacular; and of course it has pockets!

I love plaid so much because you can pull from all the different colors in the pattern and even wear complementary colors that aren’t actually in the pattern itself. That’s what I did here today. My cardigan is a teal color, however there isn’t teal in the pattern, but it compliments it so well. I also matched the mustard and orange colors with my beret and necklace.

Here is my favorite cheese lady. She is always so kind and helpful, gives out samples and she knows exactly what cheeses we should take home with us.