October 24, 2013

eShakti & the Provisional Tea

I have a provisional tea coming up for my chapter of Junior Auxiliary.  Basically, we hold a tea for prospective members...and I'm in charge of it all.  I am more than up for the task, actually.  I love party planning!  I get to plan it all: the appetizers, drinks, desserts, decor....I can't wait!   

Since I'll also have to speak at the tea, I want to look nice.  I want to look put together and presentable, but likeable at the same time.  I decided on a dress for the tea from eShakti called the Belted Print Cotton Dress.  I'm going to pair it with a pair of spectator pumps, a black belt, black cardigan and some simple, tasteful jewelry.  I think this look will make me seem approachable, classy and fun.

I fell in love with the classic pin-tuck pleats on the white top and the flared panels on the coral print skirt.  The dress came with a navy belt but for this occasion I think black would be better.

Here's how I plan on styling my dress:

 eshakti belted print cotton dress
I'll try to remember to update once the tea is over.  Hopefully it will be a huge success!  I'm a little nervous, but I hope once everything is ready that I'll feel confident.  Wish me luck!

**UPDATE** 11/5/13
The provisional tea was a smashing success!  We had over 50 ladies show up.  Everyone loved all the hors d'oeuvres that I made plus the ladies praised the decorations and presentation so much that they asked if I could host it next year as well!  I don't know if they were joking but I'd totally take them up on the offer!  As for my dress...whew!  One word.  Compliments.  So many compliments!  It was hard to be nervous when people say nice things!  In all the madness I didn't get a chance to take any pictures but here's one of the dress on after the event:



Oh, if you're interested in this dress, it can be found here on the eShakti website.  It retails for $99.95 and the style is #CL0028376.  Personally, I can find a single thing wrong with this dress.  It's perfection!
CL0028376
CL0028376
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CL0028376





Pintuck pleats on the front and back of the white cotton top create tactile texture while the soft print bottom is detailed with flared panels for a full skirt. A contrast belt nips in the banded high waist for retro feminine styling.

  • Slips on over head; partial side zip closure.
  • Self-button front closure.
  • Mandarin collar, split V-neck.
  • Sleeveless.
  • Princess seamed bodice.
  • Side seam pockets.
  • Knee length.
  • Lined in cotton voile.
  • Cotton, woven, no stretch, midweight.
  • Machine wash.
- See more at: http://www.eshakti.com/product/CL0028376#sthash.yEVFVU8q.dpuf

Pintuck pleats on the front and back of the white cotton top create tactile texture while the soft print bottom is detailed with flared panels for a full skirt. A contrast belt nips in the banded high waist for retro feminine styling.

  • Slips on over head; partial side zip closure.
  • Self-button front closure.
  • Mandarin collar, split V-neck.
  • Sleeveless.
  • Princess seamed bodice.
  • Side seam pockets.
  • Knee length.
  • Lined in cotton voile.
  • Cotton, woven, no stretch, midweight.
  • Machine wash.
- See more at: http://www.eshakti.com/product/CL0028376#sthash.yEVFVU8q.dpuf

Pintuck pleats on the front and back of the white cotton top create tactile texture while the soft print bottom is detailed with flared panels for a full skirt. A contrast belt nips in the banded high waist for retro feminine styling.

  • Slips on over head; partial side zip closure.
  • Self-button front closure.
  • Mandarin collar, split V-neck.
  • Sleeveless.
  • Princess seamed bodice.
  • Side seam pockets.
  • Knee length.
  • Lined in cotton voile.
  • Cotton, woven, no stretch, midweight.
  • Machine wash.
- See more at: http://www.eshakti.com/product/CL0028376#sthash.yEVFVU8q.dpuf