Jan 15 2015

wear.

A few months ago I was contacted by a company called “eShakti” to try out one of their dresses and write about my experience with them.  eShakti is a unique clothing site that offers beautiful clothes with completely customizable sizes, and options (adding sleeves, pockets, changing necklines, etc.)  They have sizes from 0-36W, which is pretty awesome.  I was pretty excited when I read about what they did, and was even more excited when I saw the dresses.  When I did this, it was just before Thanksgiving and so I picked a very Autumn-y type dress (and I REALLY should have blogged it then…sorry!)  When the dress came I was so impressed with the quality, as well as the fit.  My only complaint is my own fault and that is that I changed the hemline from the default (because I usually find most dresses too short) but it ended up being a touch too long.  Because the dress is finished off so beautifully (fully lined!) it’s not an easy task to take the hemline up a bit.  Anyway.  What I LOVED about the website is that I can customize a dress to my measurements exactly.  I purposefully picked a more fitted dress because that is the kind of dress that I can never seem to find just off the rack.  Usually anything that fits the hips is gigantic everywhere else.

They offer amazing sales, and had I been a responsible blogger, you could could have taken advantage of a coupon code they gave me…that expired at the end of the year.  Oops.  BUT…the sales are fantastic.  And the non-sale prices are really great too.

I was so impressed with the company, I just ordered my second dress (like this one, but it’s navy with white trim) a week ago and it’s due to come any day now.  Honestly, there are so many cute dresses that it will be difficult to not order a whole boatload of dresses.  Like I need it…

COMMENT.


Aug 14 2014

Product Review: First Baby Shoes

A while back I was contacted by “First Baby Shoes”, a Polish company, to review a pair of their baby shoes.  What’s unique about them, is that it’s a shoe making kit that they send you with all the materials and instructions!  I decided on the yellow “Karo” shoes, because I thought the colour would be nice in the autumn for Lucy.  One thing to note right off the bat– they are only made in one size.  They have picked the average size of foot for a baby who starts walking, which is 12cm long (I’ll talk more about this later).

The shoes arrived very fast!  I was surprised, considering how crummy Canada Post is.  Usually they end up losing my stuff or forgetting to tell me that it’s at the post office.  They are great that way.  But this isn’t about Canada Post.  I digress.

They came in a cute little box all perfectly packed with all the necessities.  I was pretty excited to start, but I had to wait for Lucy to go down for a nap before I could get anything done.  Once I started, I quickly realized (surprise surprise) that I’m terrible at reading instructions.  This was never my strong point in school…I learnt by doing, never by reading.  Thankfully, they have video tutorials on their website that show all the separate steps.  Those were lifesavers for me.  I’m pretty sure the shoes would have gotten sewn backwards if not for that.

The first shoe took me about 45 minutes to sew, but keep in mind I was also learning and following video instructions.  Once I figured it out, the second shoe only took me about 15 minutes to sew.

Below is the finished product!  Aren’t they flippin’ adorable?!

Here are a few things that I have to say about the shoes now:

PROS:

1. The obvious: They are adorable.  The colour is perfect and the styling is classic but still unique.

2. The leather is very high quality and soft.

3. They have a nice rubber sole, so that when Lucy starts walking her feet will be protected.

4.  Also, there’s a padded insert for extra comfort.

5.  They were fun to make!  I would definitely recommend these to other crafty mamas.

CON:

1.  Poor Lucy has teeny feet.  These actually won’t fit her probably till late winter.  My face was very sad when I put the shoes on her feet and they just flopped off.  I kind of wish they had different sizes…at least 3 to cater to small babies, average babies, and big babies.

That’s about it!  I can’t wait till they fit Lucy and I will be sure to post a picture of her wearing them as soon as they fit.

Visit their website here for more information: “First Baby Shoes”

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Mar 21 2014

we ♥︎: minimocs

I want to start a new series, reviewing products that we love in our home.  I’m not sponsored by anyone, so you can be assured–this is purely an organic review.  No one is paying me to say this. :)

So without further adieu, my first review is of a local company that I am head over heels in love with (and Lucy is too!)– Minimoc.  This company was started by a friend of mine a little over a year ago, after she had been making moccasins for friends babies and the interest in them just kept growing.  Since then her little company has exploded with popularity and has gained fans all over.

Aside from the fact that they are locally made, we also love that they are made from ethically sourced leather–something that seems to be hard to come by these days.  They are sturdy little moccasins, and fit SO well.  Lucy is a major kicker and I have yet to see her get them off her feet.  She also has teeny tiny feet, and Minimocs are the only shoes that I have found that have sizes that fit since she came home from the hospital.  They come in 15 different colours, and also have just come out with matching hair bows and bow ties!  We are so excited to see their company grow, and I eagerly await when Dave will let me buy another pair for Lucy.

Check out their website to see all the awesomeness: www.minimoc.ca  OR like them on Facebook to get updates on new colours and products!

[BELOW] Lucy’s well loved mocs–the gold ones were a prototype size that didn’t fit normal baby feet–but my little preemie fit them well.  She’s in size 2 already! We LOVE the white ones for springtime.

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