Monday, March 25, 2013

Sunshine and bicycles



Dress: Bicycle Print Sash Waist Dress, c/o eShakti (here)
Denim Jacket: JC Penney (not available online)
Shoes: Target
Hair scarf: Vintage

I've written a poem in honor of this beeeeeeautiful dress that eShakti sent me for review:

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
This bicycle print dress,
Is a dream come true!

No, seriously. This dress is amazing. The fabric is soft, the skirt is full, and... drum roll please... the dress has pockets. I have a place to keep all my secrets now, you guys.

For those of you who don't know anything about eShakti, allow me to blow your mind. All of their designs comes in sizes 0 to 36. And if you're like me, and you fall between sizes, you don't need to worry; anything on the site can be custom made to your exact measurements for a mere $7.50. Even better, eShakti has been expanding their custom offerings. Depending upon the item, you can alter the neckline, the length of the sleeves, and, in the case of some of their strapless dresses, you can opt to have straps added. My personal favorite service that eShakti offers: you can choose to have the length of almost every dress altered to suit your tastes. From short, to knee length, to calf length, you can alter items to flatter your body type and make you feel good about yourself.

I opted to have my new bicycle dress altered so that it was both sleeveless, and lower cut... shocking, given that I have the sensibilities of a Victorian spinster. But because the dress was made to fit my body, I figured I didn't have too much to worry about. I was right. The dress falls perfectly. The waist sits where it's supposed to, the skirt flairs in a really feminine way. I think it's safe to say this dress is going to be popping up constantly on the blog.

I may or may not have just purchased this skirt. Don't tell Mr. CP. I'm currently in the process of weeding old items out of my closet. Out with the old, in with the new, I always say, but not everyone can be as enlightened as I am, coughcoughMr.CPcoughcough.

*eShakti was kind enough to send me this item free of charge. This in no way affected my opinion of the item or the company. I'm an opinionated beast of a woman, so you can be sure that if I hadn't liked the item and/or company I would have said so. For serious.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Who got a fringe?

This girl!!!!!!!



Outfit Details
Blouse: Banana Republic
Denim and necklace: maurices (here)
Shoes: Rocket Dog (here)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Ready for lilacs and buttercups


Blouse: Coldwater Creek (similar, similar)
Denim jacket: Gap Outlet (similar)
Skirt: Kahanu Maxi Skirt, Anthropologie
Shoes: Target
Purse: Target
Sunnies: Target
Necklace: DIY

When I woke up the morning I wore this outfit and looked out the window, I was absolutely convinced spring had officially arrived. I ran to the back door, pulled it open, stepped outside... and nearly froze to death. The only way I could think of to cope with the absolute desolation I felt over the 20 degree weather was to throw on this beautiful skirt that Mr. CP got me as a wedding gift. It may not have been entirely appropriate for the weather, but it did manage to temporarily alleviate my depression over the too-cool temperature.

Incidentally, this skirt met one of my other requirements: it has a stretchy waistband. Go stretchy, or go home, I say!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Our wedding day! Hooray!

We finally received our wedding photos in the mail, and I couldn't wait to share them with you! For those of you who don't know -- or need a refresher! -- Mr. CP and I got married in beautiful Maui, Hawaii on February 6th. It was a wonderfully special day full of laughter, conch shells, and beachy goodness.

The day didn't go exactly as planned. We woke up to rain, wind, and surprisingly chilly weather. However, having lived in Seattle for years, Mr. CP and I weren't about to let a little rain stop us from getting married on the beach. So what if my hair got wet? I'd be a frizzy bride! So what if it was shockingly cold? I'd be my something blue! Come hell or high water, we were getting married on that beach at sunset.

I hadn't planned on wearing a cardigan for the ceremony. Thankfully, I had packed this teal beauty just in case the evenings got chilly. So, I threw it on over my dress, buttoned on the bug brooches that Mr. CP got me for Christmas, and off I went to get married! To be honest, I'm thankful for the twist of fate that forced me to don one of my trademark cardigans for our wedding. I felt like me in a way I don't think I would have had I just worn a plain old strapless dress.

A few details about what I wore:

Dress: Justin Alexander 8645 in Coffee (there's a funny story about how I found this dress. I'll share soon!)
Cardigan: J. Crew
Brooches: Anthropologie and vintage
Bouquet: Morgann Hill Designs via Etsy
Head piece: Mignonne Handmade via Etsy
Necklace and earrings: DIY