Back To Black

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When you're in a huge rush and don't have time to sift through your closet, the easiest thing to do is throw on a bunch of black clothing, amirite?? This was my strategy last Friday, when I had about an hour and a half to get home from work, meet a friend on the UES and then shuttle down to Brooklyn for a play. My work look was totally blahhh (as are most of the outfits I try to put together in a foggy pre-8am haze!), so during my limited time at home, I grabbed the first black-hued items I could get my hands on.

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I started the look off with a black skirt with sheer panels, which was one of my $1 finds from the recent Buffalo Exchange $1 Sale, and added a black top, which I snagged at the Depop Closet Sale for $5. I topped it off with a black vintage coat ($10, from last year's Thrift Disco) and a funky necklace ($0, hand-me-down from a friend!). With a pair of $6 street vendor sunnies and my $45 Dorothy Perkins boots, the whole last minute look came out to $67.

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Saturday Sun

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Cheers to the freakin' weekend! Got a lot of fun stuff to look forward to, and I'm super excited about tomorrow's Spring Fashion Swap in Bushwick, hosted by the Ethical Writers Coalition. (It's not too late to nab tickets! You can get 'em here.) Last weekend's Saturday--which I spent at the Depop Closet Sale--was pretty much perfect weather-wise, and I'm hoping for some of the same. I only needed my thrifted Calvin Klein denim jacket ($5, from Unique Thrift Store) to stay comfortable, and fingers crossed that the warmer weather is here to stay.

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budget fashion blogger

My last-weekend look also included a fluffy gray sweater ($1, from the Buffalo Exchange $1 Sale earlier this month), my favorite gray hat ($30, from a street vendor) and a new pair of black pants, which I scored on sale from J.Crew for $35. I finished off the casual look with my Dorothy Perkins boots ($45), a gifted white leather bag and a pair of $6 sunnies, bringing the whole outfit to $122.

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Cute + Custom With eShakti

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Hey guys! I'm super excited to share this adorable dress, which was sent to me c/o eShakti, an online clothing retailer. If you haven't heard of them, they specialize in customized clothing, meaning that each item can be perfectly tailored to fit your size and style preferences. Which also sounds pricey, right? Wrong. eShakti is actually surprisingly affordable--the vast majority of pieces are priced well under $100, and there are a ton of selections under $50, which is definitely a steal when it comes to custom-made clothing. Another bonus: the site caters to a range of body types, also offering standard sizes 0-36W.

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It was tough to pick just one eShakti piece to order, since there are a TON of options, but I eventually settled on this abstract tulip-print dress, which seemed perfect for spring. Before checkout, the site prompts you to put in your measurements for a custom order, asking for your height, bust, hip and waist measurements, etc. (Luckily, eShakti also offers instructions on HOW to measure everything properly, since I was clueless!) For this dress, I was also offered the option to change up the neckline, sleeves and length, though I opted to keep it "as pictured."

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The dress arrived super fast, and the printed fabric looked even brighter and more vibrant in person. Plus, it came fully-lined AND had pockets, which was a nice surprise. Oh, and it fit like a dream. I could definitely get used to this customized clothing business! I took my eShakti dress out for the first time last week, pairing it with a vintage lavender belt ($0.99 from Goodwill), my nude heels ($5, Cauz for Pawz) and minimal accessories to balance out the funky print.

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If you wanna try eShakti out, now's as good a time as any--the site is currently offering up to 40% off sitewide, and if you're a new customer, you can register to their email list and get a $40 gift card in exchange. (I'm already eyeing a couple of potential purchases, including this graphic print dress and this adorable gingham dress!) Happy hunting! xoxo

Disclosure: Financial compensation was not received for this post. Opinions expressed here are my own.