Dress (c/o eShakti), Nude Pumps (Macy's, $23)
It’s no secret, that over the years, I have struggled trying to gain weight. I’ve always been very petite at a rounded-up 5’5” and 102 pounds at my highest (except for when I played LAX in high school, making it to a whole 118 lbs! Woohoo!!). I’ve never really had a personal problem with my body-image, but it’s always been rough playing defense, when good-intentioned friends and family members criticize my weight with comments about the burgers I ought to eat. Thank you, but I’m not anorexic. I just can’t gain weight.
As a girl who can still fit some of the clothes she wore in grade school (see: the first grade sweater), I was slowly beginning to lose hope that I might ever get out of my skinny jeans. I could honestly say, that as I headed towards college, I was really hoping to find that freshman-fifteen I had heard so much about! And while it didn’t happen that first year…or at any point in college, as a matter of fact, it did finally happen!! Shortly after graduation, everything changed. I ditched my three other jobs (or most of them, anyway) and began teaching full time. And with this new job came a new lunch. And macaroni and cheese every day. And a changing metabolism. And let me tell you, I have never been happier.
It’s bitter-sweet, not fitting into many of my old clothes; I went from a size 0 to a size 5, in 10 months. And as new as this feeling is, I feel so much healthier and so much more comfortable in my new skin. Besides, it’s been an excuse to go shopping. And I sure do love to shop. ;)
How cool are these pockets?!!
Speaking of finding the perfect fit, Eshakti kindly sent me this beautiful dress – just in time for the summer season! Eshakti is online brand specializing in custom women’s clothing. Of course, I headed straight for their latest dress collection, and it was so hard to pick just one dress to start, but they offer such a wide variety of clothing styles: from boho blouses, to nautical skirts! And the best part, is their custom sizing; Using your measurements and design-specifications, they create clothing that is unique for your perfect fit.
Right now, Eshakti is offering a $25 Gift Coupon for first time shoppers. I’ve already got my eye on a few more dresses for my summer wardrobe.
Be sure to check out their latest summer styles, here.