Favorite website? When the prompt came up for our Where Bloggers Live group, I really struggled with what I would post. Because just like everything I talk about, it’s never just one thing, right?
So while I will concentrate the first half of my post on fashion (because, duh, I’m a fashion lover), I will round it out with other favorites so I don’t seem one-dimensional.
Quote of the day: “There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.” Freya Stark
One thing I will say is that everything I talk about is really what I do and say. If you follow me on my social sites, you’ve probably seen most of these sites from time to time.
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Eshakti is a fashion clothing site that should be bigger than it is. Why? Because it’s so customizable yet inexpensive that everyone should be singing it’s glories.
Insider info: If you go through my link you will get $50 off your first purchase and I get $25 as a gift card. This is not only for influencers. Like many companies, it’s a referral program that anyone can sign up to participate in. BTW, if you use my $50, you have a minimum charge of $25. I still think that’s a good deal for any of their pieces.
The reason you don’t see it all over blogs and influencer feeds? It’s because they don’t have an affiliate marketing program. So professional bloggers that are doing this “job” to make money have no interest in promoting it. I don’t say that in a bad way, because I know it’s a lot of work to create content and post the things we use.
Trust me, I wish they had an affiliate program because I don’t NEED more clothes. But it’s not my call.
I’m just explaining why Eshakti isn’t a company that most people have heard about. Because it can be amazing. It’s not perfect, but then again, what is?
I mean, how often do you go shopping for a dress for a special occasion, but then it needs to be altered? Or if you happen to be petite but can’t find the selection you want.
These are the issues that Eshakti can solve. Even if you choose one of their newer dresses that aren’t on sale, approximate cost of $70, and then add the customize size fee of $15, it’s still less than most of the dresses at the big box stores especially if you need alterations.
Let me give you the reasons this ended up as my favorite fashion site.
1-The best part is how you can customize parts of the item to make it work for your preferences. Want 3/4 sleeves? Prefer a shorter/longer skirt? Even the neckline is customizable (see below)
2-They have 2 options for sizing: standard sizes which goes from 0 to 36W and custom sizes which you put in your exact measurements. If your measurements don’t align with the standard, it’s worth it to use the custom sizing. Otherwise, it won’t fit.
4-First three orders are covered under their Fit Guarantee Program. I did have one friend return a dress and it’s not a fast process. But it happened and she was reimbursed.
Let me show you how cool this is
It’s almost like having my seamstress mom at your own disposal. Granted it might look like a lot of work to order your item, but that’s the thing. You’re buying a piece that was made for your body measurements.
It’s like haute couture for us normal people.
If I wanted to purchase this top (and oh yeah, they have tops, skirts, pants, jumpsuits, as well as dresses), I could change the neckline to many different shapes as shown below.
I could also change the sleeves and the length of the overall shirt.
Oh, and I forgot to say how ALL dresses come with pockets (unless you ask them to be removed).
Can you see why I think this is the coolest site ever?
But let me give you some of my insider tips since I have over half a dozen items from Eshakti
1-There is a sale tab and the items are still customizable
2-Many times there is an overstock tab where things are even more inexpensive. I bet these are the items ordered and then canceled because they only come in one size.
Therefore, if you look at this tab, make sure to filter by your size.
3-Check the product details for the type of material and if there is any stretch. They are fit to your size, so if there is no stretch, you might want to add an inch around any areas that you don’t want tight.
BTW, don’t buy this dress! It’s so shapeless that I’m still trying to remake it. I love the material but it needs help. I didn’t return it because I had used reward points for it.
My friend, Lesley, has a site called Fabulesley where she not only talks about fashion but also food. I have made a bunch of her recipes that are delicious as well as nutritious.
If you get my emails, then you know that I share some great recipes I’ve seen on Instagram too. But the hard part is you can’t just print those recipes. It’s one of the reasons, I love checking out Fabulesley.
Fitness-The Yoga Collective
I have been using The Yoga Collective since 2019 when I joined a yoga challenge with virtual friends. I wrote about it here, and have kept the membership. Even though I realize there are free videos on YouTube and such, I just like having this available and I have favorites that I do over and over.
Considering it’s only $3.99 a month, I think it is a wonderful deal. I know they have a 15-day free trial, but I don’t know their pricing structure anymore.
What I love (and Rob too) is the option about what types of classes AND the variety of shorter classes. Many times we aren’t in the mood for a long session, so we pick a 15-minute stretch class, or 30-minute class.
Insider tip: There are chair yoga classes too.
I remember when Ravelry first came on the scene and all of us women in my knitting group were atwitter. Seriously, it was the best thing since sliced bread, and I still love it to this day. Granted there aren’t quite as many free patterns on the site, but I think it’s only fair to pay designers for their work.
If you crochet or knit, this is the place for you.
You can keep track of your projects, look for a skein of yarn because you don’t have enough, or just grab a pattern. Even though I have a ton of knitting books, I still go to Ravelry first. It’s just organized better.
Social media has a good and bad side, but it is part of a blogger’s life. So if I had to pick a channel that is my favorite, I would say Instagram at this point (and I would love it if you follow me there). That can always change but I’ve met a ton of women both virtually and then in person from this site.
I do love TikTok and can get caught up in all of the cute cat videos, but I haven’t “connected” with women on that platform yet.
In fact, when I moved to Arizona, I reached out to some of the ladies on Instagram who also lived in AZ, and we have since met up.
Plus I get a ton of inspiration about silver hair, healthy food ideas, embracing our aging, as well as ways to style what I have.
Where Bloggers Live
What is Where Bloggers Live? It’s kind of like HGTV’s “Celebrities at Home,” but…Bloggers! Who doesn’t like to peek behind the scenes and hear all about the personal backstories and interesting details? Go take a gander at everyone else’s favorite website. This should be a good one.
FYI, we don’t all post at the same time since we all have different schedules and live in different parts of the country.
Bettye at Fashion Schlub
Daenel at Living Outside the Stacks
Em at Dust and Doghair
Iris at Iris’ Original Ramblings
Jodie at Jodie’s Touch of Style
Leslie at Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After
Sally at Within a World of My Own
We’ve been doing this fun series for a long time as you can see by all of the prompts below from just the last year. Feel free to visit any that might strike your fancy.
Favorite Piece of Furniture
Top 5 Favorite Movies
Memories of NYC Trips
Hairstyles from my Childhood
The Truth About How I Blog
A Day in the Life-Field Trip
Food: My 2 Favorite Gluten-Free Breakfast Options
What’s in my Kitchen Pantry
My Favorite Website(s)
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