Thursday, September 12, 2013

What I Wore - with Nectar Jewelry

Summer has flown by and with it my resolution to wear dresses more often. I bought two eShakti custom dresses back in the spring in preparation for summer. But September arrived and I had yet to wear either of them.

We went to the Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival this past Sunday and I seized upon my last chance to wear this eShakti orange gingham summer frock. After lots of rain on Saturday, Sunday turned out to be a lovely day for the festival, which takes place at the picturesque harbourfront.

I usually stick to the same handy black purse, but I figured this was also a good opportunity to take out this thrifted orange purse.

There was a bit of a chill in the air, so I threw on an Old Navy jean jacket that's been hanging around in my closet for several years.

I also accessorized with this lovely Coin Pearl and Cotton Necklace from Nectar Jewelry by Rachel Vanatta. I think it is so delicately pretty with its simple coin pearl set with a Swarovski crystal. The waxed cotton chain looks like leather, but it's lighter in weight, water resistant, breathable and animal-friendly! Matching Coin Pearl Earrings and a Coin Pearl Crystal and Cotton Bracelet are also available. I'm thinking Christmas present from the husband?

Based in Atlanta, jewelry designer Rachel Vanatta is influenced by elements of nature - trees, coral, mountains and sand. Each of these is made up of smaller components that Rachel tries to capture in her jewelry line. She combines varying textures, organic shapes and colours with contrasting elements such as crystal and refined metals.

"The goal I aim to communicate though my jewelry is that simple beauty surrounds us; that even the tiniest, seemingly insignificant creations hold an integral part to our planet," Rachel says. Several of her designs pay tribute to the bee, which she sees as an example of magic in this world and of the interconnections between all living things.

Personalized Love Tag NecklaceBee Bangle BraceletCast Geode Earrings

Get 20% off at Nectar Jewelry by Rachel Vanatta!

Rachel is offering Woman in Real Life readers 20% off one gorgeous item under $100 with the coupon code WomanInRealLife until September 30, 2013. Visit Nectar Jewelry now to have a little look see.

Get $25 off your first order at eShakti!

eShakti offers a wealth of vintage-inspired, affordable and, unbelievably, custom-sized dresses. If you register for their emails you can get $25 off your first order at eShakti offers regular sales and coupon codes too, meaning you can get great deals on very pretty dresses! For example, until September 15th, they are offering 20% off fall styles, and I'm pretty sure you can combine that with your $25 coupon. I love a good deal!

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Linking up with What I Wore Wednesday at The Pleated Poppy and Casual Friday.

*I was provided with jewelry for review purposes. All opinions are my own.


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you Keith! Maybe I can wear it a bit longer then. ;)

  2. join the club and wear dresses all year round - it's just a matter of accessorising to keep warm during winter

    1. Okay! I will give it a try. Thanks. :)

      The other problem is I don't really go anywhere to wear dresses though!

  3. Replies
    1. Thank you Nikki! I appreciate your kindness. :)

  4. What a beautiful dress and it looks great on you. The bag is perfect with it.
    Also love that jewellery, so feminine.


  5. The dress is so cute on you. Such a great colour! I busted out a summer dress I hadn't worn all season on Tuesday and wondered why I hadn't. I think summer flew by too quickly and we thought we had more time!

    1. Thank you! I agree with you. We kept waiting for the rain to go away and then suddenly summer was over!

      I will be wearing those dresses next year I suppose. ;)

  6. Ack!!!! I have that dress too!!!! You look so pretty & sunny & sweet-- it is just perfect on you!!!

    1. So funny. I'm not surprised we have the same taste! :)

      Thanks girl!


  7. oooh my favourite colour! You and the dress are lovely!

  8. You look so pretty in that colour Jo! Love the snappy little handbag too ;) Wendy

  9. Lovely Dress <3 :)

    Happy Weekend ,big Hugs!

  10. You look lovely in that dress! Love the jean jacket, and jewelry, too!

  11. That dress is adorable! I love everything about it.

  12. Very cute dress, especially with the jean jacket. I love wearing dresses. i wore them all summer. I am your newest follower, Linda