Thursday, February 23, 2017

Purple eShakti Wrap Dress

Hey, look, I'm posting an actual outfit post! It's been awhile... But I wanted to share this beautiful dress I recently got from eShakti! I did a collaboration with them a few years back and I was excited to do one again, especially since my body is much different now, post-baby. (Can I still claim that 15 months later??) 

eShakti is an online company specializing in women's fashion clothing. Their sizes range from 0-36W as well as doing custom pieces made to your measurements. You are also able to customize your item to your specifications: you can change the neckline, sleeve length, overall length of the dress, and remove pockets and other embellishments

The last time I ordered a dress from them, I ordered a custom size, but this time I just went with a straight size. Being that this is a wrap dress, it should hopefully still fit once I finally lose the rest of the baby weight, plus it is nursing-friendly, should the need arise while I'm wearing the dress (yes, I'm still nursing). The only change I made to the dress when ordering was to shorten the sleeve length from 3/4 to short-sleeves, that way I can get more wear out of it once the weather gets warmer.

For this particular instance, I wore it to a dinner at my husband's parents' church for married and engaged couples. I threw a cardigan on in case it got cool and kept it simple with flats and earrings. 

Today I am also helping my dear blog friend, Ada, celebrate the one-year anniversary of her link-up, Thursday Moda! Ada and I have collaborated a couple times over the years (here and here) and I'm excited to be back to blogging so I can help her celebrate! So make sure you head over to her blog to leave a congratulatory note and link up an outfit of your own! (you can also link up at the bottom of this post too)

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Currently~ February

Hello, again blog friends! Can you believe it's February already? Although, honestly, I can't believe it's 2017 already, haha :) I thought it would be fun to link up with Anne and share what's going on lately!


I'm so embarrassed, I made a list of all the shows I'm (or hubby and I are) watching or have started between Netflix and Amazon Prime and I came up with a list of 14 different shows!! Yikes... but I'm sure you understand different shows fit with different moods. 

I have shows I can have on in the background and don't really have to pay my full attention to:

Haha don't laugh! I find his voice to be very relaxing- I put it on if I want to de-stress

I love watching cooking shows but I'm very sad of the lack of them on Netflix and Amazon!

Funny, half-hour comedies:

My hubby watched the whole series a few years ago and I finally got around to it too. I've binged most of it within the past few months and am on the final season. So funny!

Hubby and I always have a comedy series going. I've watched many episodes of Frasier at one point or another, but it's been fun watching it from the beginning!

To more 'serious' fair:

The Crown
I've been a little slow in watching this show, but it's so good!

Hubby and I love a good SiFi (that most, unfortunately, get cancelled after a season or two...) and this one has proven good so far! 

Hubby and I also really like "Lord of the Rings" and this show has the same, mythical-like feel to it.


I used to read a ton, but lately I struggle to just get through a book! I don't know what it is! Although over the weekend during afternoon nap time, hubby and I both sat on the couch and read. It felt so good! Here are a few I've read lately/are reading now:

I, and I'm sure many of you out there too, are obsessed with all things Chip and Joanna Gaines! I was super excited to hear they had a book coming out (and may have pre-ordered it on Amazon MONTHS before it came out...). It did not disappoint! I loved reading about how they got to where they are today. Definitely a story that shows God's timing is always perfect!

If you love Gilmore Girls, you will love this book! Lauren Graham talks about her journey to break into acting and shares some fun, behind-the-scenes looks at her beloved show!

I just started this book over the weekend, but it's a very good read so far! 


Monthly meal planning!

Hubby and I are really trying to crack down on our finances, particularly so we can pay off our car ASAP! One way we are cutting back on spending is to re-evaluate our food budget and try to get better at how much we spend at the grocery store each month. I've tried monthly meal planning a couple times before, and wasn't extremely successful in the past, but I'm coming into February with renewed excitement and vigor to make it work! I might do a separate post on this, but basically I first made a list of food/meals we need to use in our pantry and freezer, made a list of other meals I wanted to make or things that were on sale in the weekly ads, and filled in the month based on our schedule. I'm planning on doing the bulk of our shopping this weekend at 4 different stores, plus doing smaller trips each week for things like fresh produce, bread, milk, etc. I will update you later this month on whether or not this was a successful venture! Also, let me know if a post on monthly meal planning is something you'd be interested in reading. I know for me, those are some of my favorite videos to watch on YouTube ;)


Hubby and I are celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary this spring (!!!!!) and right around that time, Wicked is coming to the Twin Cities for a 5-week run! I last saw the show probably 10-11 years ago (when I was mildly obsessed with listing to the soundtrack on repeat...), so I'm super excited to see it with hubby and see it with fresh [older...] eyes :)

I am also anticipating an almost week-long stay with friends in Door County over the 4th of July. It's definitely one of my favorite places in the midwest :)

How about you, bloggy friends, what are some of your currentlies for February?

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