eShakti Dress Review {and Giveaway!}

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I’ll be changing things up a bit with today’s post. Instead of baking I’ll be talking about clothing. Specifically, I’ll be reviewing a dress I got from eShakti, a vintage inspired woman’s online clothing store, specializing in customizable pieces ranging from sizes 0 to 36W, contacted me to ask if I was interested in reviewing a piece of clothing for them. So, wait, I get to review a cute piece of clothing, and I get to keep it? Uh, yes please!

Thus began a long drawn out process, all of which was my fault. I knew they were offering to give me free customization on the piece I was to review, but not being familiar with such an opportunity, I chose one of their standard sized dresses, because the measurements where pretty close to my own. That was a mistake. Why get a dress that’s “pretty close” to your size when you can get a dress that is exactly your size?!? Yeah, I don’t know why I didn’t think it through better.


Her Fifties Sundress in poppy red. image ©

After browsing their many pieces, I decided on the Her Fifties Sundress in crimson (I don’t think this color is available anymore but the “poppy red” looks similar). The first dress I received (the standard sized one) was too big in the bust which made everything fit all wrong. I could have reviewed this dress, but I really wanted to see what the dress would be like if it fit right. Luckily, has amazing customer service, and allowed me to return the item and order the same dress with my customized measurements this time. Generally, customization only costs an extra $7.50, which is an amazingly affordable price. You can also choose to change the neckline shape or alter the sleeves or hem length if available for the piece you want to buy. Find out more about their customizeable options here.


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A few weeks later, after receiving the ill-fitting dress, returning it, and receiving the better fitting dress, I finally had a great piece to review. I have got to thank eShakti for working so closely with me to get me a product that I would love! Here is all the good and bad about the dress I received:


Bra strap snaps


  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Cute retro style
  • It fit well with my customized measurements
  • The dress is well made
  • It has snaps under the dress straps where you can attach your bra straps to hide them (refer to the picture to the right).
  • There is an invisible side zipper to give you more room to get the dress on (although it was a little difficult to zip up).
  • It has pockets (but you can get it made without pockets if you like).

Sorry for the pit shot!


  • Wrinkles easily
  • It shows sweat stains very easily and also my deodorant really liked to rub off onto the dress (if you got this dress in black, the sweat problem may not be as noticeable).
  • Without a petticoat, the skirt is a little limp.

Overall, the pros outweighed the cons. I really love this dress, though I might have to wear a cardigan over it to cover those pit stains!

eShakti has so many styles to choose from. With their spring line just released, you have a lot of new pieces to browse including dresses, skirts, and tops. Also, for any upcoming brides out there, they have a great bridesmaid dress section set up to help you find the perfect fit, color, and style for all your bridesmaids!

Besides having great clothes, I really like that everything on eShakti is very affordable, the shipping is quick (even for customized pieces), they can make items in so many sizes, and the customer service, in my experience, has been quick to reply and helpful.


Now for the fun part!

BUY IT: They are offering my readers 20% off with the coupon code SHNESKLLER (expires 3/20/13).

UPDATE (3/4/13): Good news! Due to a glitch, some blogger coupon codes did not work when people tried to use them, so they’ve fixed the issue and have extended the 20% off offer until March 20th!

Note: (*conditions apply)
Code has to be entered in the ‘Promotional Code’ box. No Minimum Order Value. The discount code is not case sensitive. The code can be used any number of times until the validity period. This code can be clubbed with any other gift coupon or gift card in the same order. This discount code is not applicable on our Overstock category. Not applicable on previous purchases.

According to the website, if you’re new to you can save $25 on your first order if you register with their site! Not sure if this is stackable with the coupon code above but it’s worth checking out.


WIN IT: On top of all of these great discounts, they are also giving away to one of my readers one item of choice under $75 from! Fantastic!

To Enter: Fill out the Rafflecopter widget below. The only mandatory entries are to enter your name and email address and to follow eShakti on Pinterest. If you don’t have a Pinterest account, you can sign up for one here for free.

Time period: Giveaway begins on 3/1/13 at 12:01am EST and will end on 3/22/13 at 11:59pm EST.

The Prize: One item of choice under $75 from

Giveaway is open to all legal residents of USA and Canada who are 18+ years of age.

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* This review is my honest opinion. I received a dress from eShakti for the purposes of this review. I was not compensated in any other way. I have styled the dress with my own cardigan, belt, petticoat, and shoes in the above photos. 
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My Fave: Betty Crocker Decadent Supreme Chocolate Mousse Cake Mix

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IMG_2921Sometimes I’m too pressed for time, or too lazy, to make cupcakes from scratch, so I’ll turn to box mixes in my time of need. In general, I prefer Duncan Hines cake mixes, but this cake mix above, Betty Crocker’s Decadent Supreme Chocolate Mousse Cake, is a winner.

I found a bunch of boxes of it for $0.99 each at Grocery Outlet a while ago and stocked up. I think it’s still sold in regular grocery stores, but the box might look a little different now. It comes with the cake mix and a packet to make the chocolate mousse topping. Both are super easy to prepare, and if cooked right, the cupcakes will turn out moist and delicious (I cook the cupcakes for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees F, checking them at 15 minutes).

I have not tried making it into a layered cake like the box suggests, but I have made it into some great cupcakes multiple times. I like to add chocolate chips or other candy to the batter before cooking.

The mousse topping is light and fluffy, almost pudding-like, and very tasty. It’s easy to make too! All you have to do is add some milk to the packet of mousse powder and voilà!: mousse topping! It would be a good dessert all on its own.

This was my last box, I hope I can find it at the store next time. Doubt I’ll find it for $0.99 again though.


***This review was my idea and I was not compensated by Betty Crocker or any one else. ***
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Win Ad Space on Shane’s Killer Cupcakes

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To kick off my Sponsors section of my blog, I’m offering two readers a 150×150 px ad space that will run for 30 days. Along with that, I will also mention you on Facebook and/or Twitter at least once during the month. This is a perfect opportunity to advertise your blog, website, Etsy store, Facebook page, Youtube channel, etc.

This giveaway is a part of Happily Rambling‘s 3 Days of Giveaways.

To Enter: Fill out the Rafflecopter below. The only mandatory entry is to leave a comment about what you would like to advertise if you win. All other entries are optional. There will be two winners.

Must be 18 or older to enter. Open world wide!

Giveaway beings 2/22 and will end on 2/27 at 11:59pm.

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$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway (Ends 3/2, WW)

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Giveaway brought to you by

The Frugal Batavian, The Frugal Free Gal, Saving with Diana, Life in a Breakdown, and Money Saving Lisa.

I’ve teamed up with a bunch of great blogs to bring you an amazing $100 Amazon gift card giveaway! I’m sure this money could come in handy for almost anyone, so enter for your chance to win below! Here’s some info:

  • Prize: $100 in the form of an Amazon eGift Code that will be e-mailed to the winner.
  • Event Dates: Starts at 9PM EST on Saturday, February 16, and ends on March 2 at 11:59 EST.
  • This event is open WORLDWIDE.

To enter to win, just do everything in the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!
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$200 Have It Your Way Giveaway (ends 3/17, WW)

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I have teamed up with a bunch of great blogs to bring you a fantastic giveaway this month! If you win, pick whatever you want with the $200! Isn’t that great? I know I could use an extra $200 right now.

Have It Your Way Giveaway ButtonWelcome to the Bloggy $200 Have It Your Way Giveaway!

This wonderful event is brought to you by

Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog, Happy Home and Family and Pink Ninja Media!


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About the Giveaway:

  • One lucky winner will get ANYTHING they want valued up to $200! You got it! If you win, get anything you want and we will order it for you. Kindle, Gift Cards, Paypal Cash, Gas Cards, Toys for the Kids, Handbag for Mom, Jewelry, ANYTHING!
  • This fabulous giveaway will begin on 2/16/13 at 12:01am EST and run until 03/17/13 at 11:59pm EST.
  • Must be 18+ to enter
  • Giveaway is open WORLDWIDE!

Special thanks to for helping Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog make this event possible: lists daily updated giveaways, contest, sweepstakes, promos and deals. Enter your email here for a chance to win $500 in cash. If you host a contest or a giveaway submit your listing at Emperola for free.

One Lucky Person Wins ANYTHING valued up to $200. Use the Rafflecopter below to enter. GOOD LUCK!

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Disclosure: I am not responsible for shipping prize to winner, nor did I accept any type of payment for this event. This event is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media network. Winner needs to know that if they choose an item that requires shipping payment it must be included in the $200. See Rafflecopter for full disclosure or contact Jenn at

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Advertise on My Blog!

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That’s right! You can now advertise your blog, website, Youtube profile, Facebook page, Etsy store, etc. on my blog. I’ve got three different sizes for sale at very reasonable prices.

All ads run for 30 days at a time and will be displayed in my right-hand column under subscriptions. If you want to keep your ad up for longer than a month, you’ll be able to renew it at the end of your term.

For those who want the most exposure, for just $6 you can display a 200×200 pixel ad. For $4 you can buy a 150×150 pixel ad and for $2 you can buy a 100×100 pixel one. Anyone can afford an ad at these prices!

As an added feature, I will also give a shout out on my Facebook and Twitter to anyone who buys an ad at least once during the month.

And right now I’m offering 20% off* all ads as an introductory offer! Make sure to use promocode skc20off when checking out!

What will I do with the ad revenue? I love having giveaways on here and will use every bit of money I make from ads for future giveaways or other blog expenses.

What are you waiting for? Go to my new Sponsors page and order your ad right now!


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