Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Summer Style

Those of you who have been long time followers of my blog know that I tend to go for classic, timeless staples. I'm a work at home (for the most part) and stay at home mom so truth be told, I do not get dressed up every day, and my summer uniform usually consists of a basic tank and cotton shorts. However, when we leave the house I like to look polished and put-together but my outfit still needs to be functional. 

Here's the other thing about shopping and being a mom- I don't have a lot of time when I do make it into a fitting room so I do most of my shopping online. I really don't enjoy playing the guessing game when it comes to buying dresses or pants/shorts online though. Some items you just have to try on unless you find a brand that you love that has consistent sizing (thank you J.Crew!). 

There is actually an online retailer that allows you to not only customize your clothing but you can also have it made to your exact measurements. Seriously, the best idea. Ever. eShakti contacted me about their fresh look including new styles, product lines, and website. I was so excited to check it out and their new styles did not disappoint. Previously, eShakti was known for their dresses and skirts but they now offer shorts, pants, jumpsuits, and lots of really pretty tops too. 

I'm all about scallops.
These designs are so simple, yet polished and that describes my style in a nutshell.
I love this chambray jumpsuit, I think the rolled cuffs and belt really make it for me. I'm not sure I could pull off a jumpsuit because I think they look better on a taller frame (I'm only 5'2") but it's such a great piece that I had to share it.

There have been a lot of baby showers, sprinkles, bridal showers, and weddings on my calendar lately. I love that there is a good mix of both casual, work, and special occasion dresses to choose from. The yellow dress reminds me a little of a Lilly style dress and it seems to scream summer to me. 

I'm typically not one for the Boho look. I love it on other people but it doesn't always look right on me. However, I'd be willing to try this pretty pink Boho top out. It might even make a nice cover up too! My last pick is so sweet and so simple but I think it would be perfect for a 4th of July celebration.

What do you think about my style picks?
See anything here that you like?

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*This post is sponsored by eShakti. All opinions expressed here are my own and I promise to always be honest with my reviews regardless of whether they are free or purchased on my own.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

The Perfect Invite

It's party central over here. I'm in the midst of putting together our 1st Annual Swine and Dine summer kickoff party which is happening just two short weeks from now. 

Next month is my best friend's bridal shower. This is huge, huge in a very exciting, very nerve-wracking kind of way. You see when it comes to parties, I'm a total perfectionist and I am all about the little details. I'm so thrilled to begin planning out this bash though and I know it's going to be beautiful. 

The theme for her shower is "Garden Party." I have a little inspiration board that I put together and will help guide me while planning out all of her decor but let's be honest the first step is picking out the invitations. There are so many amazing options out there that it can be a bit overwhelming. I spent a ridiculous amount of time on etsy and a few other stationary sites searching for the perfect invite and I found a few possibilities. 
Literally, the next day a game changing email landed in my inbox- I was contacted by Minted. I've heard of Minted before but for whatever reason I didn't think to check out their selections. I browsed through their bridal shower invitations and immediately found a handful that I absolutely loved. I'm one of those people who believes in the cliche saying, "everything happens for a reason" and as silly as this may sound, it's surreal how this all fell into place.

I feel like the invite that you choose to send out will set the tone for your party so it's a huge decision. The design should inspire your decor selections. The paper quality, the print quality, the envelope and/or liner, that all makes in impact on the recipient. I know it's just paper, but to me, that piece of paper influences how people are going to feel about your event and influence such things as how dressy or casual your event is. Anyway, enough rambling- you get my point, right? Let's get on to my top 4 picks for a Garden Party Bridal Shower.

Beautiful Bouquet 
Elegance Illustrated 
White on Kraft
Spring Shower

In addition to offering beautiful designs, Minted allows you to make some customizations as well. For example, there are up to 8 different silhouette shapes to choose from- anything from scalloped edges, to rounded edges, to a tag shaped design. Many of the designs are available in different color schemes too, so if you like a design but it doesn't include your colors you can customize it. You can choose a coordinating envelope liner, select your paper, and brace yourselves- they offer free recipient addressing! Not only do they address them for free but you also get to select the design/format of your addresses. Very clever, Minted. I'm impressed.

It's going to be a tough decision but I think I am leaning toward "Spring Shower."

Which design is your favorite?

*This post is sponsored by Minted. All opinions expressed here are my own and I promise to always be honest with my reviews regardless of whether they are free or purchased on my own.