A basic woman wearing white before Labor Day

I didn’t plan this, really.

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I wrestled with buying this skirt because I really like how it fits, but knew it would be difficult to style for fall. I’m actually trying to figure out some outfits and put them together into a YouTube video that I will finish….sometime.

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Skirt: H&M
Top: Forever 21
Jacket: American Eagle
Shoes: ZARA
Necklace: Forever 21

Enjoy the long weekend back in America, y’all.

A lot of old, something new

I rarely buy new clothes, which is why this outfit is a repeat of stuff I bought at least 3-5 years ago. I am a top-notch up-to-date blogger, you should follow me -_-

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An old Burberry rip-off dress from ASOS, a maroon cardigan that I bought at Forever 21 during a lunch break back at one of my first jobs out of college and a scarf that I bought for $7 at Target for Fall 2012.

But the booties are new! I saw these while my cheap ass was browsing Primark on a Saturday afternoon. Fighting my way through older Turkish women and teenage American tourists, I finally decided to buy this last pair (which happened to be in my size) after admiring them for a couple of weeks and slowly watching their stock disappear.

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Primark shoes may be cheap (these were 25 Euros) but they are ridiculously comfortable. I don’t know what they’re putting in the cushion of their shoes, but my granny feet don’t get sore nearly as fast as they do in my nicer footwear.

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Dress: ASOS
Cardigan: Forever 21
Scarf: Target
Boots: Primark

I want to build a new Fall wardrobe, especially now that Germany has given up its weak attempt at a summer. I’ve given in to the world of Pinterest and started gathering ideas for this season. Just getting tired of the same ol’ same ol’ you know?

Straight into Fall: Sammydress review

Since I am currently living on a part-time salary in good ol’ Deutschland, I can’t say no to companies when they contact me asking me to review their clothes. I mean, they give you money to spend on their website, it’s one of the most fun parts about blogging.

I picked a dress, bag, rings and a bitchin’ Shiba Inu cap at Sammydress.

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The patch is perfect and just as expected, and the cap is adjustable. It has an embroidery of the words “Hachi-ko” on the back, which is backwards and best read in a mirror. Odd stuff, but it adds to the quirkiness of the hat.

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I’m beginning to realize that I navigate towards this dress type a lot. I have several others like it in my closet, BUT THIS ONE IS PLAID. Germany and I have Fall on our mind, so I chose this girly piece to layer.

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Perhaps my least favorite part about shopping at Sammydress is having to filter the clothes by size 4XL to 5XL. The sizes cater to petite figures, so of course this dress still had its downsides. For starters, it’s too short. Thankfully the weather is in the upper 60’s at the moment so tights are commonplace.

But it also had this weird opened gap at the bottom of the buttons that was too revealing for my taste. I also didn’t like the button closures on the arm, so I removed those two buttons and sewed them to the end of the skirt.

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It also ties at the waist, and I couldn’t think of a style to tie it in besides a bow, but I’m not feeling it. I may remove it and replace it with a belt because I really do like this dress.

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I paired it with a denim moto jacket to give it a somewhat summer feel.

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The bag was perhaps the biggest disappointment. What can you expect from a $6 satchel though?

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I like the style, but the craftsmanship ruins it. The material arrived wrinkled, and the corner of the bag is caving in. It doesn’t quite have the same clean look as the product photo. I would also prefer a longer strap, or at least the option to remove this one and add my own. It’s too long to wear as a shoulder bag but too short to wear as a crossbody.

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I was much more impressed by the rings. They come in a variety of sizes and actually feel durable. I’ve bought my share of rings from Forever 21, Primark and H&M, and these are rather similar, if not a bit nicer.

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Dress: c/o Sammydress
Bag: c/o Sammydress
Rings: c/o Sammydress
Cap: c/o Sammydress
Jacket: Gap
Shoes: Sam & Libby

As I mentioned in my previous reviews of low-cost fast fashion sites such as Sammydress, it’s a realistic option for those wanting to refresh their wardrobe on a limited budget. I highly recommend measuring yourself and comparing it to the size charts for the items you’re interested in, and to remember that the quality may suffer a bit. I made a few quick fixes to make this dress more wearable and I am absolutely terrible at alterations, so it’s possible.

Thank you to Sammydress for sponsoring this post.

Just try it on

So I downloaded the app “Prisma” that lets you apply art filters over your photos. I’ve grown bored of my blog content, so I edited a few of my photos with the “Gothic” filter.

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Alright, cool. Maybe this could work. I have a few photo concept ideas in mind because the standing-in-the-middle-of-the-shot-with-bokeh blog photo look is getting oooooooooooold.

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But I did it anyway.

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I found this dress a few months ago at Mango and immediately had my doubts about it before trying it on. The color, the belt, the material, the cut, all of it seemed wrong. It looks more straight and narrow when on a hanger, so when it slipped on comfortably and revealed its flirty feminine silhouette I was glad I put my insecurities aside and gave it a try.

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After this find, I couldn’t help but wonder about all the other clothing items I put back on the rack because I had convinced myself that there’s no way it could look good on me.

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Dress: Mango
Shoes: H&M
Earrings: H&M
Ring: Forever 21

Always try it on, I guess.

Dezzal, an updated review: Dress 3

This is the final dress I am reviewing for Dezzal.com, a new clothing site with modern designs. You can read my first two dress reviews here and here.

This is the only polyester dress I picked, and that came back to bite me. It’s a beautiful design, but the sleeves were too narrow and tight. My boyfriend’s mom fashioned a new sleeve from the fabric of the old ones, which were a 3/4 length. She did a wonderful job, but it was a shame to have to alter it since the overall Asian feel of the design is what drew me to it.

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The dress is fully lined and has a textured material. It also has pockets, but they are awkwardly sewn on the front part of the dress instead of near the hips. However, there are thoughtful pleats on the sides of the dress that keep it from resembling a tent. It looks like a shift dress from the front, but has more shape when viewed from the side and back.

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I rarely button-up shirts or dresses to the top, but I thought it was necessary for this dress. It fits snug against my neck, which was pretty uncomfortable by the end of this shoot. But much like the other two dresses I picked, this one is very loose but feminine and doesn’t sacrifice style for comfort.

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I paired it with a simple pair of black flats and fox earrings as a nod to Japanese culture.

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Dress: c/o Dezzal
Flats: Steve Madden
Earrings: Aeropostale

To wrap up the week of reviews, I have to say that I was a bit too hasty with my initial review of the website. While I still think it’s odd to list a US size 8 as a 2XL, I have to take into consideration the different body sizes from culture to culture. I was skeptical in the beginning so I’m glad I had a chance to try the clothes.

Dezzal’s selection is still out of my current price range (though they’re having a Flash Sale at the moment!), and figuring out measurements and crossing fingers hoping that the order will fit may be stressful for some. But here in Cologne I felt like I stood out among the sea of women in H&M and Primark clothes who all start to look the same after a while.

If you’re interested in purchasing from Dezzal, use the code “morningink” to receive $3 off $30, $6 off $50 or $15 off $100!

Thank you to Dezzal for sponsoring this post.

Dezzal, an updated review: Dress 2

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This is the second dress I received from Dezzal.com, a website I reviewed a few weeks ago and had my doubts about based on the size range of their clothing. Dezzal let me pick items from their website to review so, yeah let’s do this.

Alright, this is the softest dress I picked, and the most forgiving. I have to admit there were times when I felt a bit like I was wearing a Muumuu, but it has a pleating in the back and is sewn in towards the waist, so my shape isn’t completely lost.

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I was drawn to the floral embroidery, its bright colors and pattern reminding me of Mexican peasant dresses. This is something that my teenager self would have totally rejected, but feels so exotic to wear in Germany. I’ve dealt with a few problems since moving here concerning the color of my skin and hair, so to wear a dress that pays a slight homage to my Mexican American heritage feels good.

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My only problems are with the frayed edges of the dress. It’s consistent on all the hems, but I had to cut a few long stray threads and a small part of the collar looks sloppy. It wasn’t something that a few scissor snips couldn’t fix, but for being $132.99 I would have expected a cleaner hem.

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I paired it with statement earrings and lace-up mustard flats since the design is rather large. To add even more shape to the look, I wore a jean jacket when it started to rain.

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Dress: c/o Dezzal
Shoes: Zara
Earrings: H&M

As for the packaging, my dresses came in thick plastic bags with a ZIP LOCK. I mean, I can totally reuse these.

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I’m used to receiving clothes in disposable thin plastic with adhesive, so this was a bit of a luxury. The dresses were folded neatly inside but needed ironing and steaming when removed.

tl;dr Dress is soft and wide, which allows room for ample burrito eating and field twirling, but has a delicate hemline.

If you’re interested in purchasing from Dezzal, use the code “morningink” to receive $3 off $30, $6 off $50 or $15 off $100!

Thank you to Dezzal for sponsoring this post.

Dezzal, an updated review: Dress 1

A few weeks ago I reviewed the website Dezzal.com, a new clothing site with unique items in a wide style range by a multicultural group of designers. I was impressed by the overall uniqueness of Dezzal’s clothes, but the prices and size range were beyond my reality.

The most key judgement I made was on the sizing. I noticed that a size 2XL actually meant a size 8 US, and this immediately lost my interest. How was I supposed to take this site seriously if they don’t even carry clothes in my size and call a size 8 2XL? Well, I spoke too soon.

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Tape measure in hand, I consulted Dezzal’s size charts, which actually does have measurements up to a US size 16, and measured myself according to the length and width. I chose dresses in a shift style so that I was guaranteed a bit more fabric around the middle. Each dress was different than the last, which was to be expected since it ranged from designer to designer, fabric to fabric. I used the filter tab to narrow down my choices to size 2XL dresses, and sifted through my favorite designs based on their measurements.

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Picking my items was more work than I’m used to since I am someone who likes to shop at the same places where I know my size. I made sure I picked pieces made from real materials, like this silk dress. I was drawn to its tuxedo-like front and simple black and cream colors. It’s something that could easily work in the summer and fall.

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It has the look of a shirt dress, but feels expensive. Its sleeves have the option of being 3/4 or rolling up halfway with a button closure, and the length is perfect on my 5’6″ size 12 frame. My only complaint is that it’s sheer and requires a slip.

I paired it with a statement ring and buckled patent flats, but I can also see it working well with tights, boots and a wool coat later this year.

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Dress: c/o Dezzal
Flats: Topshop
Ring: Rebecca Minkoff

This is the first part of a three-part review of Dezzal’s dresses, craftsmanship and soon packaging and ordering experience.

If you’re interested in purchasing from Dezzal, use the code “morningink” to receive $3 off $30, $6 off $50 or $15 off $100!

Thank you to Dezzal for sponsoring this post.