When I reviewed this eShakti LBD 3 years ago, I got a lot of flack for it. eShakti doesn’t have a very transparent supply chain, but their rep had told me that they paid two times the minimum wage, which, at the time, seemed about on par with many fair trade brands I’d been reviewing (to be honest, that’s still true). So, the problem wasn’t with the information I received, but with the fact that I was using a bare minimum standard as my litmus test for “ethical.”
Still, this dress has proved to be a real work horse in my closet. It’s extremely flattering, comfortable, and the proportions are right for my frame (I often have issues with fit and flare dresses sitting too high at the waist). For that reason, I don’t regret reviewing it. It’s a #30wears item for me.
I wore this outfit to an outdoor, country wedding last Saturday. The boots were essential to walk through the field to the big oak tree it took place under. I ended up switching out the blazer for a shawl because the wind was cold, but this makes the whole look feel more polished. And, as promised, the Amalou purse made its public debut to great acclaim!
I wore this Moon Phases necklace because the song I sang in an ensemble during the ceremony contained the phrase, “the moon in a clear blue sky,” and when we were rehearsing, one of the brides’ mothers pointed out that the moon was, in fact, gently radiating from a clear blue sky. It was serendipitous.
Here’s the full text of the Rumi poem:
May these vows and this marriage be blessed.
May it be sweet milk,
this marriage, like wine and halvah.
May this marriage offer fruit and shade
like the date palm.
May this marriage be full of laughter,
our every day a day in paradise.
May this marriage be a sign of compassion,
a seal of happiness here and hereafter.
May this marriage have a fair face and a good name,
an omen as welcomes the moon in a clear blue sky.
I am out of words to describe
how spirit mingles in this marriage.
The other pieces I’m wearing here are from various blog collabs, proof that I actually use them in my wardrobe (quite frequently, actually).
We’ve been having the perfect fall weather lately. I always savor the short season when all the leaves are the color of fire.