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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

If you ask me, chambray and chambray dresses in particular are so versatile! Depending on the occasion, you can easily dress them up or tone them down, with the proper styling, or course! For this outfit, I paired my pintuck pleat shirtdress with simple accessories to create an effortless (and oh so comfortable) outfit for Sunday service. 

A fews weeks ago, the brand eShakti reached out to me, asking me to review one of their *lovely* dresses! I, of course, jumped at the opportunity as I appreciated the brand's customization options and dress collections! What girl wouldn't love a new dress, one that she could tailor to her preferences?! With this site, you can customize the dress/skirt length, the sleeve length as well as plug in your exact body measurements to create a piece that will fit you to perfection!
After scouring their site for a few days (#TooManyOptions), I decided on this dress. Simple yet timeless are the words that come to mind when I consider my option. I feel as though this dress will become a staple in my closet and because of it's color, the styling option are endless!

I especially loved that the zipper was on the side of the dress as opposed to on the back of the dress. For me, it's more a matter of aesthetic than anything else.
And can we talk about that gorgeous detailing across the shoulders and along the bottom of the skirt! I love how, despite this being one of eShakit's simpler dresses, these details jazz up the dress's overall look.

 dress: c/o of eShakti
shoes: Old Navy 
watch: Betsey Johnson

Overall, I was very pleased with my eShakti experience! Within about a week and a half, my dress was delivered and the custom alterations I made, like dress length and sleeve length, were very well executed! I also found the dress to be of excellent quality and should become an essential piece in my wardrobe. I can easily picture this dress with leggings, boots and a fun infinity scarf during the fall and winter months.

When I ordered my dress, I chose the size that I thought would best suit me. I had measured myself but wasn't confident in the accuracy of my measuring skills so just tossed my numbers to the side. When  you order your dress, measure yourself! There are just three main areas to measure, but it will make a world of difference in the way your dress fits! Now I know for next time to use the customization options to their full capacity as my dress was a little loose at the waist and bodice. NOTHING MAJOR!

If you want your own eShakti dress, which I know that you do, head on over to their site and use coupon code "kiannarose" for 10% off your order! I know you'll have a hard time picking just one piece from their collections, so here are some of my favorites. 
Valid from 09/21/2015 – 10/21/2015. Code has to be entered in the ‘promotional code’ box. It is not case-sensitive. Code can be used any number of times until the validity period. It can be clubbed with any other promotional offer, gift coupon or gift card in the same order unless explicitly specified otherwise in the offer conditions. This discount code is not applicable on clearance, gift cards & overstock categories. Not applicable on previous purchases

I paired my chambray dress with a simple hairstyle. Very quickly, I curled my hair using the Remington curling wand and added a few quick sprays the Batiste dry shampoo in Blush for added volume and oil-control.  Then, after creating a side part, I twisted up one side and secured it with bobby pins. Easy!

For accessories, I have on my beautiful Betsey Johnson watch in rose gold. It seems like the exact style I have is no longer available, but you can find a similar one here and here. I am also wearing the covenant ring my parents gave to me this week. Eek! It's just so pretty!!!

Do you like the idea of custom clothing? Do you think it's worth the price? Also, how would you style a chambray dress for summer/spring or winter/fall?
And don't you just love waterside photos?!?

Kianna Rose


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

What? I can hardly believe that I'll be starting college tomorrow! A little less than a year ago, I had just begun the college application process and tomorrow, I have my first two classes! It's been journey, for sure (would you like to hear the WHOLE story? Let me know and I'll do a post on it!); a journey where I've learned a lot about my self and grown in my relationship with Jesus. I've heard a plethora of stories, some good and some bad, about the victories and struggles of a first semester, freshman. Everything from making new friends to the dreaded Freshman 15 has been told to me, but I'm not worried at all! In fact, I'm excited for all that is to come, even if it's difficult at first. 
Want to know all abut my college plans? Read below for the 411:
What is your major? Minor? Why?
My major is Childhood Education, with a concentration in TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages). As of my right now, I am doing a double minor in Communications and Bible. This particular degree plan may change come spring semester as I am interested in adding Communications on as a double major to Childhood Education. 

Ever since I was a little girl, being a teacher was always my "dream job." Sure, I'd teeter between being a fashion designer or a wedding planner, but teaching was always the most prominent passion. I hope to teach children in urban, immigrant communities and ultimately, in third world countries like China, India and countries in Africa. My passion lies in helping children develop academically and foster a love for learning in them as well as sharing the love of Christ!

As far as my minors, at my school, it is mandatory for all students to take on a Bible minor. I've decided to add on Communications (which I hope to later convert into a double major) as a way to grow in my second passion, writing!

How many classes are you taking? What class are you most excited for?
This semester, I'm taking 7 classes and honestly, I'm excited for them all... Well, maybe all of the classes, except for math. At around 8th of 9th grade, math became my least favorite subject, the one I'd tip toe around and avoid whenever possible. 

Introduction to Spiritual Formation and Foundations of Education are the two classes that I'm looking forward to the most! At an open house at my college, I had the opportunity to meet my professors for these two classes. Their heart for God and for training the next generation of leaders was obvious and contagious! And, they (my professors) are husband and wife! #TeamVelez! Woot! Woot!

How long is your commute?
Thankfully, on a good day, my commute, by subway will be about an hour! I know, you're probably thinking that an hour will be an absurd amount of time spent riding the rails, but to a New Yorker (especially to one who has spent more than two hours on a train) it really isn't all that bad! I'll have plenty of time to study, read and people watch. JUST KIDDING! You never, ever, under any circumstance should engage in people-watching in New York city, on the Subway!

Lunch? Taking or buying?
I intend on taking lunch with me, for two reasons. One: I'm a college kid now. Translation: I shouldn't spend money on Chipotle and Starbucks when I have $200 textbooks to purchase! Now, that's not to say that I'll never buy lunch! I actually plan on buying something for my first day. It's a momentous occasion, so the purchase is justified in my mind. The second reason is that I am a health conscious eater. I'd take a salad over a burger any day (when I take into consideration how I'll feel afterwards).

I hope you enjoyed that short Q&A! I came up with these questions myself, based on what I thought may be the most frequently asked but, if you have any other questions regarding my college journey, feel free to ask! I'd love to hear... er... read them :)

Are you starting college this semester? Are you a freshman or senior? Or if you aren't planning on attending college at all, what have you been up to lately?

Kianna Rose