Monday, March 1, 2010

eShakti Review & Giveaway!

After writing this first post about eShakti, an online store that offers customizable clothing in an array of sizes and styles, their marketing department contacted me and asked if I'd like to do a review of their site.  To be honest, I could barely contain my excitement!  They sent me a dress similar to this one, but as you can see,  mine is mustard instead of canary yellow.

sweater: design history, via ross
dress: courtesy of eShakti
belt & tights: target
shoes: ???,via ross

The things I like about the dress:  For the most part, I absolutely adore the dress.  It's made of cotton satin, which is light, machine washable, and has a subtle sheen.  {It's also not as wrinkly as it looks -- it was very windy outside the day these pictures were taken.}  It's fully lined, which I love, and of very good quality.  The details are truly beautiful; I especially love the way the pleats around the neckline and the empire waist give me an hourglass figure.  I plan on wearing it almost constantly.

The things I like about their site:  Although I have touched on some of these points before, I wanted to mention again the amazing policies that eShakti has, including the fact that all styles are available in all sizes {0 - 26W} at all times.  All orders {even custom orders} ship within three days, and even custom orders are returnable.  New visitors to their site can receive a $15 gift card, just for registering.  Truly, a very customer-friendly store.

The one thing I dislike:  The item description stated that my dress had a cap sleeve, but when I received it, it was more like a very wide strap.  In general, the website offers several ways to customize each item, but little information as to what those customizations actually mean.  For example, I wish that they had more specific descriptions {and pictures} of how the sleeve types differed from one another, and that each product page linked to that information.  If you plan to buy from their website, and you're unsure of how you would like to customize an item, I would suggest calling their customer service number and asking.

And now, I'm pleased to announce my first-ever giveaway!!  One lucky reader will win $40 in gift cards to spend at eShakti!

Rules:  Each entry to the giveaway must be in the form of a comment.  The winner will be determined by giving each entry a number and using random.org to select the winning number.  Anyone can enter, and everyone has eight opportunities to enter.  Just comment below {one entry per comment}, and be sure to include your first and last name and a valid email address so I can contact you if you win.

Mandatory entry:
  • Visit eShakti and leave a comment, telling me your favorite item from their site.
Bonus entries:
  • Become a follower of my blog, and comment to let me know {or let me know you're already a follower of my blog}.
  • Post about the giveaway on your blog, and comment with a link to the post.
  • Facebook or Tweet about the giveaway, and comment with your username.
  • Become a fan of my blog on Facebook, and comment to let me know.
  • Add my blog to your blogroll, and comment with a link to your blog.
  • Become a fan of eShakti on Facebook, and comment to let me know}.
  • Follow eShakti on Twitter, and comment to let me know.
Note:  If you comment more than eight times, or leave invalid or irrelevant comments, your comments will be deleted and you will no longer be eligible to win.  If your comment is selected as the winning comment, but your e-mail address is invalid or you don't respond to my e-mail within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

This giveaway will end Sunday, March 7th, at Midnight {ESTime}.  Thank you all, and good luck!

127 comments:

Catherine said...

This is Catherine Ratledge (ktplautz@yahoo.com), a loyal follower of your blogs (you're on my blogroll too), saying that without a doubt my favorite dress is the eggplant wrap dress in the day-to-evening section. #1 I am a sucker for dresses! #2 I am an even bigger sucker for wrap dresses!! #3 Ruffles are the cherry on top. I love that they made it in a different color that would work for both day and night. Fun website!

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

oh i LOVE LOVE that dress on you--it's gorgeous!!
i hope you'll permit me to keep my last name a secret still, but you can reach me at:
whatwouldanerdwear@gmail.com
i love their mock two-piece dress the best (though so many others of these dresses are seriously beautiful!)

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

and of course i follow--loyally!
whatwouldanerdwear@gmail.com

Shelby said...

I love the dress you reviewed except in the salmon color. I haven't had a new Easter dress in years, and I am definitely eyeing this one!

Rochelle said...

You just became the very first blog I officially follow (don't tell Joel), though of course I've always followed this blog! This is so cool, your first giveaway! I'm going to enter more times, but I'm at work now (shhh).

Ashton said...

cool. Way to break into the blogosphere of coolness. :) I'm pretty sure I follow - and I wouldn't mind a contribution to a new dress. I assume you have my e-mail already - count me in!

Angela said...

I like the tulip hem wrap skirt. You are on my blog roll.

http://methodclothe.blogspot.com/

hilary said...

I think the dress you reviewed and the dot embroidered stretch poplin dress are both so cute!

Hilary Lauchner
hlauchner@gmail.com

hilary said...

I'm also a follower of your blog!

Hilary Lauchner
hlauchner@gmail.com

Belinda W. said...

Love your blog, and I LOVE the Ruffle trim cotton satin dress!

barinda@gmail.com

Maria Beketskaia said...

The beautiful Taffeta silk strapless sheath dress is my favorite. Its a must have for this summer.

mbeketsk@ucalgary.ca

Maria Beketskaia said...

I'm following your blog!

mbeketsk@ucalgary.ca

Maria Beketskaia said...

I'm a fan of eShakti on Facebook!

mbeketsk@ucalgary.ca

Kari said...

The Twist front dot print blouse is soooo cute.

Thank you for the opportunity!

:)

Kari
kari{dot}latte{at}gmail{dot}com

Rich and Mallory said...

My name is Mallory Robinson mallory1031(at)gmail(dot)com

I absolutely love your blog and love this giveaway. I actually never knew of this website before you mentioned it and now I have my own wishlist of all the dresses I want :)

Thanks for spreading the word. LOVES

Rich and Mallory said...

Of course I am already a follower of your fabulous blog :)

Mallory Robinson
Mallory1031(at)gmail(dot)com

Rich and Mallory said...

I have your button on my website.

Mallory1031(at)gmail(dot)com
Malrich.com

Rich and Mallory said...

I am a fan of eShakti on FB

Mallory1031(at)gmail(dot)com
Mallory Robinson

Abby said...

Ah goodness... the green graphic print cotton skirt is so beautiful. I would wear it nonstop from March to September.

Abby Wood
abscratch at gmail dot com

Silcox Stories said...

There are so many to chose from. I love the box pleated embroidered skirt, but I think I would choose the same dress you have, but in poppy red!

Jennie

jennifersilcox at sbcglobal dot net

carmen said...

My favorite item is Floral print racer back top!

junkforcarmen at gmail dot com

carmen said...

I'm a Google Connect follower

junkforcarmen at gmail dot com

carmen said...

Following eShakti on Twitter (atlantagalknows)

junkforcarmen at gmail dot com

carmen said...

Facebook fan of eShakti

junkforcarmen at gmail dot com

Rochelle said...

I love the belted linen weave dress, all for the sleeves. I've never seen anything about them. And I love the pleated inset waist dress in plum, for the millions of darts and cuts and the color. So can you request a specific color from them, or just the color the picture shows?

Vittoria said...

i love the mock two-piece dress!

Vittoria Vignone

DolphinV27@aol.com

Vittoria said...

I follow your blog with google friend connect!

thanks xx

DolphinV27@aol.com

Vittoria said...

I follow eShaki on Twitter @DolphinV27!

thanks xx

DolphinV27@aol.com

DG said...

Scallop trim Empire waist blouse

- I love the color - so rich!

dreamzz12{at}aol{dot}com

DG said...

http://deegee13.xanga.com/722797125/marys-wishlist-giveaway/

blogged!

dreamzz12{at]aol{dot}com

DG said...

I follow you through google connect as DG

dreamzz12{at]aol{dot}com

DG said...

I follow you on networked blogs as Dee Gee

dreamzz12{at]aol{dot}com

DG said...

I follow eshakti on twitter @deegee13

dreamzz12{at]aol{dot}com

DG said...

I fanned eshakti on facebook as Dee Gee

dreamzz12{at]aol{dot}com

DG said...

I posted this giveaway on facebook as Dee Gee

dreamzz12{at]aol{dot}com

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?v=feed&story_fbid=337623465527&id=1449584700&ref=mf

Kim said...

I love the cotton satin wrap dress in the day to evening section (in eggplant)! I have some weddings to attend this year and that dress would be perfect! I'd love to pair it with one the adorable necklaces on the site, like the double strand pearl necklace. Also, love the site. I keep it bookmarked to check every day!

Kim Dobbin, kimdobbin82@gmail.com

Mullzigatani said...

I love the Sequined illusion mesh dress!

Danielle said...

became a fan of eShakti on facebook
urbanfoxjewelry gmail.com

Danielle said...

became of fan of Mary's Wishlist on facebook
urbanfoxjewelry at gmail.com

Danielle said...

I love the Silk panels tunic. very sexy :)
urbanfoxjewelry at gmail.com

merrittgade said...

It was hard to pick one favorite, but I would totally snatch up the Poplin stretch surplice dress, ProductID:CL0018314. So cute!

Merritt Gade
merrittgade(at)gmail(dot)com

Cindy said...

Congratulations on your first giveaway! My favorite is the gorgeous embroidered peony dress. Thank you so much for giving us the chance to win such a generous gift. :)

http://www.eshakti.com/clothpdpage.asp?catalog=Clothes&cate=day+dresses&productid=CL0018566&pcat=dresses

Cindy Aiton
clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

Cindy said...

I'm following your blog

Cindy Aiton
clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

Cindy said...

I'm following eShakti on Twitter via @hellcatvintage

Cindy Aiton
clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

Faith J. said...

Hi there,

My fave piece from the site is the Embroidered motifs cotton tunic. It's hard to resist it's blue-and-orange combo.
-Faith Thoma
fjthoma@hotmail.com

Kelly said...

My favorite thing on their site is their Ikat top.

Also, FYI when I use the drop-down box to choose a sleeve length, there is a little pop-up box that shows pictures to explain what the different descriptions mean.

proficiscamur {at} gmail {dot} com

Helena Qi said...

I really like the pleated yoke cotton satin dress!

uminohikari [at] gmail [dot] com

chris said...

hey, mary. i thoroughly searched the eshakti site and found several beautiful things that i would like to have. i agree with faithj about the emboidered motifs cotton tunif, though i liked the black and white one. also the pleated kimono sleeve blouson.

i don't twitter, etc., but i'd follow you to the ends of the earth. does that count?

Catherine said...

Mary! Look out many comments you have! This is working out awescredibly! You know I posted the giveaway on my blog! I gotta find something else to love to enter again!

Kristie said...

I'm a follower and would love a chance to win!


Kristie Honeycutt
jhoneycutt16@msn.com

STYLEEZTA said...

I love the layered tiered skirt :)

STYLEEZTA said...

im a new follower

STYLEEZTA said...

tweeted

http://twitter.com/styleezta/status/9892655493

STYLEEZTA said...

eshatki fan on facebook

STYLEEZTA said...

follow eshatki on facebook
:)

ipehishere said...

enter me!

i love this lovely dress Belted floral embroidered dress

ipehishere said...

im new follower
my email : ipehishere @ gmail.com

ipehishere said...

following your twitter ! my twitter name ipehishere :)

ipehishere said...

tweeted bout your contest here :
http://twitter.com/ipehishere/status/9893713613

ipehishere said...

i put your giveaway on my sidebar : http://lollibunnie.blogspot.com/

May said...

I love the Floral applique knit tank!
May Shum

musicxisxlovex19(at)aim(dot)com

May Shum said...

I'm a follower

musicxisxlovex19(at)aim(dot)com

hilary said...

I became a fan of you on facebook!

Hilary Lauchner
hlauchner@gmail.com

hilary said...

I also became a fan of eShakti on facebook!

Hilary Lauchner
hlauchner@gmail.com

hilary said...

I'm a follower of eShakti on twitter! (my username is thehilaryousone)

Hilary Lauchner
hlauchner@gmail.com

hilary said...

I also tweeted about the giveaway! (my username is thehilaryousone)

Hilary Lauchner
hlauchner@gmail.com

Valerie said...

Tulle rose cutwork top-cute
KawaiiNeko2008 at aol dot com

Vittoria said...

i tweeted!

http://twitter.com/DolphinV27/status/9907719219

DolphinV27@aol.com

Vittoria said...

i added you to my blogroll!

http://tiam0.blogspot.com/

DolphinV27@aol.com

Madeline P said...

As I said, I love that dress on you. The color is perfection!

My favorite thing at eShatki is the assymetrical ruffle skirt.

Madeline P said...

I follow your blog and have since the beginning ;)

Madeline P said...

facebooked it on the uberchic wall.

megara said...

i am in love with this
Ruffle trim cotton print dress from their website! awesome giveaway!! did i mention how much i love your blog?

Cindy said...

I love Ruffled dot print tunic, Sash waist gathered skirt, and Cotton satin rosette trim dress. Thanks for the giveaway.

Cindy said...

follower

Anonymous said...

I follow (RSS) and am a fan of eshakti on facebook. I love their taffeta strapless dress.

ressie at gmail dot com

megara said...

uhh.. thought this was the model for the dress...it's you! same thing, you look gorgeous!

Camila Faria said...

I love the Carnation hair clip, it's so romantic and sweet!

Emily said...

I love the Cotton satin rosette trim dress. Love the pictures! Emily Huber emilyhuber123@yahoo.com

Emily said...

I follow your blog! Emily Huber emilyhuber123@yahoo.com

Emily said...

I like the ruffle trim cotton satin dress. thanks for the informative review and chance to win. emmillee@gmail.com

Emily said...

I just found your blog and it's great stuff. I'm a follower so I won't miss anything! emmillee@gmail.com

Guada said...

I really LOVE the Beaded yoke sheath dress, it´s amazing! Love your blog
guadablanco@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I like the lilies-of-the-valley cotton satin dress. It'd be perfect of a spring day wandering the city!

Anjali

spamforanjali@gmail.com

Elaine said...

I love the floral ruffle neck dress in canary yellow!

elainehearn@live.com
clothedmuch.blogspot.com

Coral Gibbons said...

I think the pleated poplin stretch dress is adorable.
Coral Gibbons
laroc13 at hotmail dot com

Coral Gibbons said...

I'm now following your blog!
Coral Gibbons
laroc13 at hotmail dot com

Catherine said...

I love the wood block printed tulle layers skrit. Yellow and paisley is super fab!

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Catherine said...

Catherine Ratledge
ktplautz@yahoo.com

Wouldn't it be funny if you did this whole contest for everyone, but you SIL won? No, it won't be funny...just awesome.

How about that dot embellished felted scarf? Can't beat the pink dots!!

Catherine said...
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Catherine said...

Catherine Ratledge
ktplautz@yahoo.com

Are you even reading all of these posts?

I love that they have pins and brooches (is that how you spell it?) Anyway, I liked the Natural jute flower pin.

Catherine said...

Catherine Ratledge
ktplautz@yahoo.com

This is keeping me busy on this Friday afternoon (at work)...Thanks!

Check out the pleated ruffle neck top. Love that pink color!

Catherine said...

Catherine Ratledge
ktplautz@yahoo.com

I really did look at all of these things and picked ones I liked. I didn't just choose things.

Have you seen the floral applique neck print top? Very springy!!!

Caitlin McDonald said...

I really love the poplin stretch surplice dress! It is very retro, perfect for spring!

Caitlin McDonald
cait.mcdonald@hotmail.com

Caitlin said...

I just became a fan on facebook!

Caitlin McDonald
cait.mcdonald@hotmail.com

Catherine said...
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Caitlin said...

I am now following your blog...

Caitlin McDonald
cait.mcdonald@hotmail.com

Caitlin said...

Ok, also just became a fan of your blog on facebook.

Caitlin McDonald
cait.mcdonald@hotmail.com

Caitlin said...

Posted about the giveaway on my blog!

http://cmcdon.blogspot.com/2010/03/fun-giveaway.html

Caitlin McDonald
cait.mcdonald@hotmail.com

Tori B said...
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LuLu said...

Love the Lilies-of-the-valley cotton satin dress, looks comfy and stylish! Would love to have it!

Laura Major lmajor9@gmail.com

Shelly said...

I love the Embellished Poppies Dot print dress, love the vintage charm!!

Shelly said...

I tweeted! @LifeAsWeKnowIt

Shelly said...

I follow eShakti on Twitter! @LifeAsWeKnowIt

Shelly said...

I'm already a fan on Facebook!

GB73 said...

Wow, thanks for the giveaway! I love the tapestry stripe woven wool shawl- there's so much to choose from at the eshakti site, but I kept coming back to this one.

gdbinvt{at}gmail{dot}com

GB73 said...

I follow your blog.

gdbinvt{at}gmail{dot}com

Maggie said...

I am COMPLETELY in love with the brushed plaid bib-front knit top!!
It's totally my style (;

throwawayit@gmail.com

Maggie said...

I am now a follower of your blog!

throwawayit@gmail.com

Maggie said...

I am also, now following your blog on Facebook!
Name: Maggie Kuang

throwawayit@gmail.com

Maggie said...

I am following you on twitter!
@mintymaggie

throwawayit@gmail.com

Maggie said...

I am also now a fan of eShakti on facebook!
Maggie Kuang

throwawayit@gmail.com

Maggie said...

I have added a link to your blog in my sidebar!
http://mintboxed.blogspot.com/


throwawayit@gmail.com

hofken said...

My favorite item is the Paneled two-tone sheath dress

Cynthia.Richardson@azbar.org

mim said...

miriam dot nussbaum at gmail
(1st and last names above)

i really like this site! i like the Pleated cotton satin dress
http://www.eshakti.com/clothpdpage.asp?catalog=Clothes&cate=little+black+dress&productid=CL0018172&pcat=

and Pleated cotton satin dress
http://www.eshakti.com/clothpdpage.asp?catalog=Clothes&cate=day%2Dto%2Devening&productid=CL0017219&pcat=dresses

and also the Rosette trim lightweight denim jacket and Asymmetric collar twill jacket...hard to pick one favorite!

mim said...

miriam dot nussbaum at gmail
now following your blog!

l + j said...

i am a follower!

l + j said...

you're on my blogroll

l + j said...

my favorite is the belted floral embroidery dress

l + j said...

i'm a fan of eskakti on facebook

LoveCharlesVintage said...

I just adore so many of their dresses! my favorite being the Paneled two-tone sheath dress.
http://www.eshakti.com/clothpdpage.asp?catalog=Clothes&cate=day+dresses&productid=CL0018397&pcat=
I also really like this Embellished scoop neck tank
http://www.eshakti.com/clothpdpage.asp?catalog=Clothes&cate=blouses&productid=CL0015774&pcat=
This site is seriously amazing! I can see why you like it so much.
Thanks for the chance to win.
-Lily
lilygreig at gmail.com

LoveCharlesVintage said...

I am also now a fan of eShakti on FB.

-Lily
lilygreig at gmail.com

Meli22 said...

I just found you via Uber Chic of Cheap, and added you to my blog list :)

I have this dress in red... ;) It looks better on oyu, must say!

I would LOVE to buy with the gift card another dress, the navy Lillies of the valley dress.

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