Thursday, June 20, 2013

Bellas QTique Etsy Shop - Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*

Last Christmas, my daughter received this funky and fashionable Vintage Flower Top from Bellas Qtique as a present from a dear family friend.  She found it at the Overton Square Indie Style Market in Memphis, Tennessee.

As soon as we laid eyes on it, we fell in love with the bright, bold coordinating prints and the chic styling.  The top- which can easily be worn as a dress- is incredibly well-designed and expertly sewed.  There is ruching and elastic on either side at the hem with button accents there and along the empire waistband...and ruffles galore!  We packed it for our January family trip to Puerto Rico, and my daughter wore it to a very trendy fusion restaurant in Old San Juan, Marmalade.

My daughter received countless compliments on her dress as well as her good behavior during the three hour tasting menu at Marmalade!

I am happy to introduce Joanie Loves Tchotchkes readers to Bellas Qtique!  

Bellas Qtique is an Eads, Tennessee-based Etsy Store that specializes in handmade children's clothing, jewelry, and accessories crafted by a mother-daughter team.  The garment sizes range from 12 mo. to size 8, and custom orders are welcome.  Each expertly-made, boutique quality item is affordably priced.

Summer is here!  Wouldn't your Little Miss Firecracker look adorable in this

Spark up the 4th with this Patriotic Plaid Shirt $20 for your handsome little Yankee Doodle!

Deck your daughter out in the Circle of Daisies Skirt $25!

And no summer picnic would be complete without a watermelon-- or this Sweet Summer Dress $35, found on Bellas Qtique Facebook page:
What an eye-catching combo of colors and patterns!
Fabric Detail
For fun, we've styled the Vintage Flower Top $32 with coordinating sunglasses from Gymboree and Miss Trish by Target sandals:


Mary Pat at Bellas Qtique is generously offering a $25 Etsy gift certificate to her shop for one lucky Joanie Loves Tchotchkes reader!  

This contest closes on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST.

Fill out the Giveaway Tools form below to be entered to win.  Please note the mandatory entries!

This review is based solely on my opinion.  Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product(s) listed above. No monetary compensation was received for this review.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

First Giveaway! $20 Talking Friends Gift Card *CLOSED*

We love Talking Ginger and her friends, Talking Tom & Talking Angela!  Based on the popular Talking Tom app, these adorable toys talk, sing, and interact with each other and your app-enabled phone or tablet!
For my very first blog giveaway, I am offering $20 to the Talking Friends Shop where you can choose from so many items!

Good luck!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

$40 off for New Customers!

Use my coupon code ADRI2DRS to get $40 off when you purchase with eShakti for the first time! OR CLICK HERE!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

eShakti Review Part Deux!

I reviewed an eShakti dress in a previous post, and I am back to showcase another gem from their extensive line of "Real Fashion for Real People"!  

After hours of pouring over gorgeous garments and careful consideration, 
I went with the Shawl Collar Large Check Dress 
in Sky Blue/Olive/Navy/Cream:

From the site: "A shawl collar frames the V-neckline of this cotton check dress, nipped in at the waist with piped trim and flared out to a full circle skirt."

  • Slips on over head; partial side zip closure.
  • Short self-button front.
  • Dolman cap sleeves with partial elastic cuffs.
  • Princess seamed to shape.
  • Side seam pockets.
  • Below knee length.
  • Lined in cotton voile.
  • Cotton, woven check, no stretch, midweight.
  • Machine wash.

Upon ordering, I chose the custom option to select a "Deep V" neckline in lieu of the dress's more modest V-neck.  I also elected to submit my measurements for a custom-sized garment, just as I had done with the dress in my previous review.    I would have loved the option to lengthen the sleeves on this dress to a true short sleeve - or even a 3/4 - but, alas, t'was not an option for this frock!

As per usual, eShakti's shipping was quick and convenient.  The garment was expertly folded and packed so flat it belied the dress's fabulous, voluminous skirt!  After a once-over with some light starch and the iron, I stored my dress in a garment bag and headed off to my hometown with my family to visit with friends and celebrate my 6th wedding anniversary.

I was struck by the ease with which I slipped into the dress and admired the weight of the fabric that is also fully lined.  The color combination in the plaid is very striking and evokes the mid-60s Mad Men era.  I chose to play up the dress's vintage appeal with Texas-big, roller set hair and shimmery green eyeshadow with winged liner.  Paired with white jute-soled sandals, a gold bangle, and pearl studs with a matching pearl necklace, I was ready to celebrate with my husband at the place where we met and fell in love, the Cadieux Cafe.  

This amazing dress received compliment after compliment!  It is my new favorite summer frock, perfect for anything from a picnic in the park to a night out at a rock show.  
I am even considering getting this one in Rust/Brown/Cream/Gray:

eShakti has knocked it out of the park again with this dress design; retro enough to pass for true vintage, but modern in its sturdy construction, availability, and size range from 0 to 36W.  
Finding hip, feminine, quality clothing to fit *any* body has never been so easy! 
 And the custom options give you the power to be the designer- 
which is simply unheard of at eShakti's competitive prices.

If you are a new shopper with eShakti, you are entitled to save $25 with your first order when you register with them.  So start browsing for your next favorite wardrobe item, gurl!

Disclosure statement- I was provided with a sample garment from eShakti in order to 
complete this review.