My Favorite Thing About Eshakti

It’s not the sales, the fact that I can get dresses with long sleeves, the fact that I rarely even need to customize the offered dresses to have them be long enough for me, or even the quality.

It’s these little doo-dads right here:

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What are those? I’m glad you asked! You snap them around your bra strap and that little loop keeps your straps in place all night, no matter what. For someone who can only get about two wears out of a bra before the straps decide “too saggy” and “too tight” are the only adjustment options, this has been a god-send. I wish all my shirts and dresses had this feature.

So simple, and so very wonderful*

*Just make sure you unsnap them before trying to pull the dress off from over your head.

Irreverent Reviews: Nadine West

As we all know, I don’t have a lot of disposable income. This means I have to seriously curb my love of subscription boxes. That’s why I was so thrilled when I heard about Nadine West from the blog In a Pretty Package. I’ve wanted to try a clothing sub for a long time, but the cost is absolutely prohibitive- but Nadine West is FREE to receive the shipment you ONLY pay for what you keep. Like many (all?) clothing subs you first fill out your style quiz which helps personalize your shipments. You DO have to leave your credit card information with them- so they can charge you for anything you decide to keep- before you can receive the sub.

My first box arrived right before we went away for my birthday, giving me just enough time to try things on and make decisions. You do have an ample amount of time (ten days, if I’m remembering correctly) to make your decisions and send everything back. Fortunately this month my decisions were easy. Let’s see how it went:

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Nadine West sends out the items in a pink bubble mailer, the same mailer you get to use if you need to make returns (the stick on label is inside, ready to help you reuse the mailer).

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The items were in a plastic baggie and wrapped up in nice pink tissue paper.

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The first thing I looked at was the info sheet, which included the names and prices of the items, as well as space to leave feedback about them. There were also comprehensive instructions for keeping/returning your selection.

The first Item on the list was the “Party in the Back” tank top. This had a sheer, flowing back that was lower than the front. The fabric was very lightweight but when I tried it on my bright blue bra didn’t show through at all in the front.

Front

Front

Back

Back

This was a fun, flowy top and I did like it, but I didn’t love it, and I’m trying to steer clear of adding unnecessary casual pieces to my wardrobe. I opted to return this piece, even though I wouldn’t call it a miss.

The next item was the blue bubble drop earrings. I was cautious about allowing them to send me earrings. None of the jewelry/fashion subs I’ve created profiles for have had the options to select a preferred earring back, and I will not wear stud earrings, making this feel like a gamble. Well, the back of these earrings were my usual hook style, but these big blue balls (yup.) just did not appeal to me.

Jokes abounded

Jokes abounded

I tried to get my fingers in there as a size compassion- these earrings were larger than my thumb and just far too large to appeal to me. Blue is my favorite color though, so had these been smaller I probably would have kept them.

The “Deep Sea Treasure Statement” was the most intriguing piece on the slip and I was so excited to see it. When I finally saw it, I was blown away. Even though this was the most expensive piece in the box it is 100% my style, a look I’ve been coveting, and just absolutely perfect for me. I kept it.

The Deep Sea Treasure Necklace

The Deep Sea Treasure Necklace

Detail

Detail

I want to wear this everywhere, it is so amazing.

My first Nadine West box was a huge success, even though I only kept one item. Seriously I love that necklace so much, it was the perfect birthday present to myself. I feel that even with my low income I can still justify getting one (maybe two) really nice pieces a month, and this necklace was definitely that thing.

Many people I’ve told about this question there ability to exercise self control. With the items sent this month I found it very easy to send back the two items I didn’t absolutely love though I imagine some months might be more of a struggle than others. This is something I definitely encourage everyone who likes subscription boxes and fashion to check out, after all you have almost nothing to lose! You can sign up through there website proper, or use my Affiliate Link

Happy Birthday to Me!

If you’re reading this, I am not here right now because I am out and about actually celebrating my birthday and spooning with the always fluffy, never watered down Quiche the Kees (and having adventures with Quiche’s owner, my best friend of almost ten years!). And what better way to celebrate that clock creeping closer to 30 than by talking about this year’s Sephora Birthday Present! (for the record, nothing is more wrong than the Sephora horoscope for Taurus).

Last year’s Makeup Forever lipstick and mascara combo was nice (the lipstick was great, but we all know my thoughts on mascara). This year though was a win all around. Two amazing lip pencils from NARS, a brand I hadn’t previously had the chance to try. If the lip pencils are any indication of the quality though, then I am impressed!

The colors are Cruella, an awesome, flattering red, and Rikugien, a pinky/nude that is also very flattering. Nude lips are not a thing I can typically do as they make me look more “iZombie” and less “glamorous celeb.” On me this ends up as a “my lips but better” color.

A helpful inforgraphic lovingly crafted in MS paint

A helpful inforgraphic lovingly crafted in MS paint

These are a little bit drying, I  have to admit, but they are very creamy to apply and long lasting. Given that there are more drying products out there that are less spectacular to wear, this seems like a fair trade off to looking awesome. If you’re a Beauty Insider+ and haven’t hit your birth month yet, you have something awesome to look forward too!

Cruella on my lips

Cruella on my lips

And a very happy 215th birthday from this Library Science student to the Library of Congress! You don’t look a day over 95.

What to Shoe?

My parents are moving.

At some point, I will be moving too. I don’t know when, or where, but as an apartment dweller I know the time will come to pack up our current place and carry everything back down those three narrow flights of stairs. I’ve moved a ton in the past 5 years, and lemme tell you, it’s a pain in the ass. But for some reason, knowing that my parents house is no longer my own personal storage locker (though they have built an above-garage storage space and promised I can stash things there) I am taking a cold, hard look at my collecting and my nostalgia and taking a scorched earth policy to my belongings.

Some things are harder than others, as I cried packing up my stuffed tiger collection my mom said “you’re not dying, you are allowed to keep things you like.” and Manbeast said “for the love of god you can keep your fucking tigers.” (note: I did. There is a garbage bag just FULL of tiger in our backroom now. I love it). Some things are long overdue. My book collection was slashed to maybe a quarter of what it once was (helped by the fact that Manbeast and I share an alma mater so I was able to cut the overlap from our collective collection). My ideal situation with the clothes I bagged up is drive them all in to one of the Buffalo Exchanges in Boston and let them trim my collection for me. I’m sorting out shoes, jewelry, and there are a couple of mugs I’m secretly hoping will break before we know if we’re packing them up. H&M will accept bags of worn clothes for store vouchers.

The problem is shoes. The Buffalo Exchange will accept shoes that can be resold. Charities accepting “gently used” footwear are a dime a dozen. Nike has an amazing program where they will recycle your used-to-hell athletic shoes.

No one I know of offers any kind of recycling for beat to hell non-athletic shoes. I have three pairs of boots that I have just trashed. Possibly a cobbler could fix them but I think it’s time to just cut my losses and move on with trimming my shoe collection. I don’t want these things to just wind up in a landfill though! And if Nike can grind up the soles of running shoes, why can’t they take the thick rubber soles from my ankle boots? This is incredibly frustrating- I don’t want to just blindly donate them to someplace like Goodwill and have THEM trash them. I know that once they are out of my hands I’ve relinquished control but I’d like to be told that someone will at least try to make it work.

This is a post about a problem without a solution, and I’m actually quite frustrated. You can recycle sex toys for goodness sake, why is it so hard to keep a used up shoe out of a landfill?

So Many Posts to Write and So Many Homework Assignments!!

Just wanted to stop in and note that for my “Information Access and Resources” course I have to create a “flat file” of something, anything, that is somehow related. After hemming and hawwing all through our viewing of Guardians of the Galaxy (And Manbeast’s unhelpful suggestion to just make a database of my grudges) I remembered something I have a lot of and is all related and easily categorized.

So now I have a file cataloging most of my non-eyeshadow makeup products.

Grad school.

Plated Review 2: Peruvian Lomo Steak Stir-Fry

This was both great and a miss. As far as veggies go, Manbeast and I aren’t incredibly found of peppers and onions. We love a good carrot, broccoli, or pea, but peppers and onions? Nah. So while we wish there had been more variety in this, we really appreciated the steak and potatoes part, and that was truly delicious.

The steak is marinated in “aja amarillo” and a spice packet which gives it just a little bit of a chili kick, but didn’t taste too spicy to Manbeast (he has a lower threshold for spice than I do, I did live in Korea afterall). This was like, really super-delicious perfectly seasoned steak.

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I overcooked the potatoes though. But I didn’t destroy any cutting boards this time.

Alas, I forgot to get a picture of the finished product.

So a fact about Plated, that is going to be good or bad depending on how you look at it, is that when they say two servings, you get two servings. None of the dishes have had a lot of leftovers (if any), and as someone who loves to take leftovers for lunch (and hates homemade sandwiches)… it’s not the end of the world though, it saves us from overeating, and it saves our fridge from having an absurd amount of food in it that always seems to get pushed to the back and forgotten. Yes, we are the worst adults. Tomorrow: Adventures with gnocchi!