Thanks To The Frenchman, I’m Shook On eShakti–More Dress Talk!

OK—so we are now familiar with the search for the Mother-of-the-Bride dress.  And we have a couple of other weddings coming up.  Basically, I need a few new dresses.

My constant complaining must’ve hit a nerve with Bonaparte because shortly after our trip to Lord & Taylor, he took it upon himself to peruse the internet to find some place, any place where I could order a dress to customize to my measurements and taste.

Remember the dress with the floral bottom and the black knit top that I liked but A. it was too short and B. Oona thought it too casual for the wedding.  Well, I loved that dress and apparently, even though it was a bit short for the husband’s liking, he found a similar dress.

Remember this dress from my MOB post?

What he found was a site, eShakti—their motto being, We Design.  You Customize.

Not gonna lie.  The dress he found was stunning.  But—could this be a reliable site?

Here’s the eShakti dress Bonaparte found–leave it to a Frenchman–huh??  It’s similar but not the same as the dress above it!

With Bonaparte paying, and me handing him a tape measure, we went to it with measuring and customizing.

By the way, this came as a freebie with the dress I ended up ordering–read on…

Dress chosen, I added measurements and my height.

For the faint-of-heart when it comes to measuring–the site has step-by-step instructions!

I changed the neckline, the sleeves and the length of the dress—all to my specifications.

The height inquiry really piqued my interest—that’s something that dress manufacturers never take into consideration!

We placed the order and waited!

Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect.

The dress arrived much earlier than anticipated—less than a week, in fact.  The box large but not huge. It was an excellent example of pragmatic packaging.  I carefully opened it and when I took the dress out—I was shocked at how beautiful it was.

Here’s the box the dress came in–this pic was taken AFTER I practically destroyed it.  But I’ll tell you, I was impressed that there was no wasted space in the box the dress was delivered in!

It wasn’t shoddy. It was well-constructed.  The zipper was sewn in perfectly.  The detailing was fine!

And when I tried the dress on, I felt like a princess.  Have a look why doncha!!

I really should have changed my hair but I was just so excited about the dress!  The fit is gorgeous.  You can see how I changed the dress a bit.  I made the length a bit shorter, and I changed the deep-V neckline to a boat neckline..

The dress pictured on eShakti’s site has the sash tied in the back. I prefer it tied in the front!

The top comes down at my proper waist.  I love that because way too many dresses are made for the short of waist!

I am seriously in love with the sleeve length–and I love the look separates in a dress!

The length of the dress is below the knee and with a higher heel, I’m feeling very vintage!


Pockets!!!!!!!!!!  I think I’ll wear my Jamison wig with this delightful party dress!  Or perhaps a longer wig in an updo!

At a price of around 69.00 including shipping and customization, this was well-worth it!

Here’s a sampling of more dresses–there are a ton of dresses on the website to choose from–in  fact, eShakti offers shirts and skirts too!  Click on the link to the site–but pour yourself either a glass of wine, or a cuppa tea or a mug of coffee because you’ll be looking for a while!

This is on my wishlist.  I would change the sleeves to just above elbow and I would definitely wear pointy-toed heels!

Got a party?  Or a special event?

I tell you, if Oona was getting married in the fall or winter, THIS would be my Mother-of-the-Bride dress!  It’s tons nicer than the dresses I saw at Nordstrom and over $100 cheaper!

Today I received an email from eShakti containing a $20 coupon to be used toward my next purchase—and I can assure you that coupon will be used very soon!

Now that Winter is over and Spring is officially here, I’m somewhat making the transition to springtime clothing.  That means bare legs and, as my daughter calls it “badly faked tanned legs”. As far as the legs go, I don’t care if they are a bit streaked because I’m always in a hurry when I apply the product.

My St. Patrick’s Day outfit.  I’ve worn this sweater every year since my Da passed away.  It was his favorite and he got it in….Ireland!  I even wore ginger hair!

However, my pasty-white legs do look better with some color!

I went with Ocean Potion self-tanning lotion fron Walmart this week!  

Here’s what I wore so far this week with the farewell to Winter!

I wore black velvet pants and my plaid J. Crew Lady Jacket on Monday. I kept my Irish hair!  

Tuesday I went red and gray–and the red matched my bloodshot eye. I think I’m allergic to a new skincare product that I started using last week.  Either that or I’m working too hard!! 

Yesterday I went with an old reliable outfit–my leopard-print skirt!

And today, I shopped in my closet and wore this J.Crew dress that I’ve had for years!!!!

This was last Saturday’s ensemble and I think I’ll wear it for Jeans Friday tomorrow!

And on a last note, eShakti sent me a referral code so if you would like to order, just follow the instructions below then when you order you can get a referral code and so on.  It’s a good deal if you decide to make a purchase!

Say mah name, say mah name–and get an additional 15% off your initial order!  The code is my name in caps!

Easy-to-follow instructions –at the end of your order look for the Apply box and add the CATHERINELARTIGUE code!

A nice party dress–or any decent dress for that matter is a daunting search but thanks to my husband, I was able to find a dress that I love and it’ll be appropriate for Oona’s wedding shower!

If you check out the site, let me know what you think in the comments below!  We’ll talk about it!  XOXOXOXOXOX

About Catherine

Far from perfect, but enjoying life as a non-perfect and flawed individual at 60 years young. I'm still wondering what I'll be when I grow up! The characters in my life's screenplay include my better half. He is a refined Frenchman who grew up in Paris and summered in St. Tropez. I grew up in Long Island and summered in Long Island. I am not refined. My three grown children are also a big part of my life. For their sake, they happily live where their careers have taken them! But I can still mother them from a distance! I write about the mundane. I write about deeply shallow issues. But whatever I write or muse about--it'll always be a bit on the humorous and positive side! It's all good!
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15 Responses to Thanks To The Frenchman, I’m Shook On eShakti–More Dress Talk!

  1. Michelle Schmitt says:

    Hi Catherine, I have to tell you, you look stunning in your new dress.  Actually, you can pull off pretty much any look (I’m jealous).  What are you doing to lose your weight.  Not that you need to lose anything, but your waist looks so tiny!  Good choice (to the Frenchman) for picking that dress.  You go girlfriend! Michelle S/St. Louis, MO

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Michelle! Thank you so much for your compliments! I’m back on the wagon to lose weight. Seriously–I’m so stressed at work that I can’t even eat right–so I come home and chow on bread and cheese and it’s wreaked havoc on my innards and the scale. It hit me that Oona’s wedding is less than three months–so with April beginning tomorrow, I’m in discipline mode. No bread or cheese or sweets. When I go off the wagon. I go off badly and it’s all stress-eating!! XOXOXOXOXO

  2. Margaret says:

    Lovely uplifting post as usual. So many things to comment on. First, belated St Patrick’s day wishes & love your outfit & custom.
    I do think the dress length compliments your legs as sows slimmest part.
    Need to catch up on Oona’s wedding outfit post.
    Will pursue this website for brother’s upcoming university reunion dinner which requires formal dress. Do you think long dresses are still required these days?

  3. Nancy says:

    Oh dear, that is such a elegant dress! Love it! And I do love the fact that you can look like a true Parisienne, but also look fab in jeans! Hope to see you on my Fancy Friday linkup party!

  4. Miss Bougie says:

    Ohhh, they send to France! I have to investigate. Merci Vincent!
    The dress looks lovely on you.

  5. Oh my goodness, that dress is fantastic and I cannot believe the price! Worth it’s weight in gold!

  6. Momcat says:

    Wow! I hate to admit but glad your Frenchman agreed to let you be the canary in the coal mine. I have been checking out this site for months, ever since it popped into my FB feed. They have a lot more then dresses too! Since I am going to be MOG this fall I am curious about this company. Thank you for answering so many of my questions! You look stunning in the dress, it actually suits you better than the one you tried on in store! Just lovely!!

  7. vavashagwell says:

    I think this is great! In your MOB post, I suggested you have a custom dress made and this is right there. I’m a seamstress and so I favor things made to fit and often times off the rack garments do not. Bravo!!

  8. Juliet says:

    That dress looks fabulous on you – it is really pretty. Well done that Frenchman of yours – he did very well 🙂 I’d employ him as MOB dress consultant (not that you need help) … Anyway, there are some future posts for sure in “Dressed by my Frenchman” – they would be a fun read to compare and contrast as you both have great style. Loving the outfits and we havent had a perfume post for a while (oooh get me – little miss bossy putting her requests in!)

  9. Denise says:

    As soon as I read your MOB shopping saga I checked out the site – they just couldn’t provide custom fitting clothing with quality material at the prices quoted, they just couldn’t! OMG this Doubting Thomas is a convert! Now need to go back and order. Please give the Frenchman a kiss from me.

  10. Maryellen Reardon says:

    I love that dress even more beautiful than the similar MOB dress. Beautiful! And that long one? I so wish I had an event where I could wear it. Maybe my son will get married…..I can always wish!

  11. Hi Catherine! I’m new to your blog, but wanted to pop in and say you look fabulous in that dress! Really enjoy your posts!

  12. emjayandthem says:

    You always look so great, and that dress is gorgeous on you, thank you! I am the Mother of the Groom this summer, and it’s hard to find a dress that’s in the middle of Hoochie Mama and Estelle Getty at a Funeral. Good Grief!! Thanks again 🙂 MJ

  13. I am jealous that dress looks perfect on you. I want that dress.

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