Dezzal review: Kenviky Peacock Dress + FAQ

My Dezzal reviews have been my most popular content in the last few months, which has resulted in more comments and emails than I have ever received in my nearly four years of blogging. I wanted to clear up any confusion people may have about my previous Dezzal reviews (which will be listed at the end of this post) and answer a few questions I receive often.

Dezzal is a new clothing website that features collections created by primarily Asian clothing designers. Many of the items are different from what is commonly found in the Western clothing market, yet there are still a lot of questions about the validity of the company and the clothing quality. I can only speak from my personal experience.

  1. Do the clothes smell bad when they arrive?: Everything I have received smelled fine. A few items were wrinkled, and I had one dress with a few stray threads that were simple to cut off without ruining the piece. The clothes had a department store smell, as if it came from Macy’s or Dillard’s.
  2.  How is the quality really?: I was honest in my review about each of my items being the quality I expected from the fabrics they were made out of, but I can best compare it to the Zara Trafaluc items, or J. Crew.
  3.  Why should I trust your review if Dezzal paid you?: Dezzal emailed me asking if I would like to review their website. I agreed, and was paid a small sum. Despite writing about being annoyed by their sizing charts and multiple listings for one item, they approached me again soon after and asked if I would like to review their clothes. I picked the three dresses shown in my review, and was not limited with how honest I could be. I am amazed they even asked to work with me again after critiquing the website, but I admire that they did. I only received the clothes, not actual money.
  4. My clothes arrived yesterday and nothing fit and the quality was terrible. I tried to return them but can’t! Avoid Dezzal everyone!: My blog is not a forum for your troubles with a website. I am also not customer service for Dezzal. It’s unfortunate that there are people who have had a difficult time with the store, but that doesn’t mean it’ll happen to everyone. And since I do not work directly for the company, I do not owe anyone an apology on their behalf. I will delete comments written in caps warning others to not shop at Dezzal. Don’t waste your time.
  5. You’ve got to be kidding, that looks awful on you: Don’t be an asshole. Tell me how I can improve the look, don’t resort to being shallow. I’m sure you’re better than that.

You don’t need to approach this blog with your guard up. I am too much of a nobody blogger to screw you over, and will probably insult myself and the companies I work with before you can. With that said, let’s talk about how my thighs suffocate in the Kenviky Peacock dress.


Kenviky Peacock Long Sleeve Dress: $64.99

I’ve abandoned my irrational dislike for Pinterest and started using it regularly, and I’ve noticed this dress getting pinned a lot. This is the first dress I’ve seen that makes a peacock print look elegant and work friendly, and I was excited that Dezzal had a size that matches my measurements, even if it’s XL, which is more realistic than the 3XL items I had to choose in the past.



I should mention now that I did not edit these photos beyond resizing them and some light cropping. I took photos of the dress in natural night to show the colors and craftsmanship better.


This dress is a true emerald green, but the fabric has a slight sheen to it which gives it a glittering aqua tone in direct sunlight.


It also has a cinched elastic waist detail and a velvet collar with gold embellishments and two button closures in the back.




The dress is also fully lined, but that’s where the trouble begins. Despite the outer shell of the dress being a true midi length on my 5’6″ figure, and fitting fairly loosely, the lining is extremely tight and much shorter than the rest of the dress.




It’s such a big tailoring difference that it almost feels like a mistake. The skirt part of the lining is not attached to the dress so I could easily remove it and wear a slip. However, the top half layers are completely sewn together and stretches across my chest so tightly that it looks like I made a crap attempt at bandaging my boobs.


The sleeves are also too tight at the top and make me feel like one stretch away from bursting out of this dress Hulk style.


This of course makes it nearly impossible to fasten the collar buttons by myself. I could barely bend my arm, much less reach around behind my neck.


I think I may use this dress as a measurement for weight loss, but for now it’ll just look pretty in my closet. I will first attempt to attach a new skirt lining to see if it improves the fit, and maybe try a few different bras to see if it helps with the bust line. It’s such a shame that my linebacker body doesn’t quite fit in it, because this is truly such an elegant piece. I never thought I’d gravitate towards a peacock print!

I’d recommend this dress to those with a small bust line and narrow hips. At $65, I think it is one of the more affordable and unique items at Dezzal. The dress is exactly as it’s shown in the product photo, and I find it suitable for work and a night out. It’s not a warm dress, but it’s nothing a long coat and tights can’t fix.

My previous Dezzal reviews: The website, and Dress 1, Dress 2 and Dress 3.

If you’re interested in purchasing from Dezzal, use the code “morningink” to receive $3 off $30, $6 off $50 or $15 off $100! I don’t receive a commission from this, it’s just a nice thing Dezzal is offering for readers.

Comfortable as f**k

My friend Nina invited me over to her apartment to go through her closet and help her figure out how to style items she likes, but rarely wears. Nina’s go-to outfit consists of pants, t-shirts and sneakers, so I was surprised to see a closet full of colorful skirts, long cardigans and sundresses.

We played around with a few of her skirts, particularly a midi jacquard style one she scored for hella cheap at H&M.  We paired it with nude shoes and a gray sweater borrowed from her roommate for a comfy yet feminine look. We also played around with a chambray dress and a few of her cardigans and decided on this fall outfit.







Dress: Esprit
Cardigan: Urban Outfitters
Shoes: Cox
Belt: H&M

But okay, she agreed that she liked this look but it wasn’t her typical style. We started coming up with ideas on how best to incorporate her impressive sneaker collection (they are literally taking up four shelves on the shared shoe rack) and mix and match her blouses, t-shirts and pants.



Colored denim makes my short legs look like two melted crayons, but Nina is statuesque and wears this forest green pair well. Her white structured top is also an upgrade from a standard white tee, with its thicker fabric and collar detail.



I explained to Nina and her roommates that I found it surprising that so many Germans wear athletic shoes now, because it was considered a “typical American” thing when I first visited Germany in 2009. Her roommate cleared this up for me by saying, “Germans figured out that they’re comfortable as fuck.” Word.


Jacket: Superdry
Top: COS
Pants: Zara
Shoes: Asics Gel Lyte 3

Thank you to Nina for inviting me to dig into your closet and judge your clothes! I don’t consider myself qualified to give style advice, but I do like playing around with what I already own instead of relying on keeping up with the newest trends.

Nina just started her own blog that focuses on her experience with health and life struggles. She is well-versed on dry skin and cosmetics, and will cover topics on digestive health, living with roommates, music, beauty, style and more. The blog is written in German and can be found at

It’s not street style if it’s not on a street

What kind of style blogging photos are most appealing to you? Simple white backgrounds with plenty of light, curated dreamy nature photos or city shots? Are you more drawn to a person’s outfit if they are standing on a New York sidewalk or walking down a grassy pathway surrounded by apple trees?

Two of my favorite bloggers are Rebecca from A Clothes Horse and Wendy from Wendy’s Lookbook. They are completely different from one another, but are very talented at what they do. Wendy’s luxurious style shot against street scenes bathed in golden hour light inspired me to start my blog. She tests and reimagines feminine silhouettes, and eloquently explains her outfits and style ideas. Rebecca self-shoots whimsical nature photos with rich color and a careful focus on details. I was heavily inspired by her to take my own photos but I don’t have half of her eye for backdrops and settings.


I often complain about not having simple access to an attractive sidewalk in the city for shooting blog photos. For the nearly four years I have had this blog, I’ve never shot photos in a city center despite the setting being popular among the most well-known bloggers. I realize how unoriginal I am being, but it’s not difficult to see that a simple gray or white background really helps an outfit pop.


I typically bike around my neighborhood and depend on the scenery outside of my apartment to suffice. This has led to more unrealistic forest shots than I would like, and a complete misrepresentation of the life I live. I don’t spend a lot of time among trees and farms, but it has become my “style.”



I don’t like to give in to the pressure of making my blog into something that sells, which is why I abstain from white-washed backgrounds and excessive affiliate links. I admit that true “street style” is more appealing to the current masses than my romps in the forest in clothing repeats, but it’s what I’m working with.

This sweater and necklace are not repeats though, and they’re the epitome of fall for me. My cardigan is basically a wearable blanket, and my necklace is eye-catching enough to stand out against the large plaid print. I was looking forward to wearing this cool Dezzal find because it looks like the kind of jewelry I wish I could have made in my college jewelry-making class. It plays a trick on the eye, because it is a bit thicker in real life than how it appears in the photo, and is earthy yet modern with the geometric wood and white shapes.




Sweater: Primark
Dress: Forever 21
Boots: Michael Kors
Necklace: c/o Dezzal

I took Coco Chanel’s advice today and removed one accessory before leaving the house to take these photos. My new wool fedora made this outfit look like trendy trash, so I’ll save it for another blog post.

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

October 1st

I didn’t experience a noticeable shift in seasons while growing up in Texas. Summer lasts well into September, and the leaves seemed to go from green to brown overnight. I remember eagerly watching the weather report at the start of October to see if a cool front was headed our way. I longed for the smell of autumn, wearing my hoodie to school and having hot cocoa at home. It was even more exciting when it was cold enough to light the fireplace in our living room and sit comfortably in pajama pants and sweaters.


It wasn’t until I started college in Indiana did I really get to see what Fall is supposed to look like. The trees looked like the ones I had seen in movies and calendars, and the chill in the air came sooner. I replaced my hot cocoa with coffee and pumpkin beer, and actually had a reason to buy a proper coat.


I moved to Germany last December and have had the pleasure of experiencing a proper shift in seasons for a full year (and hopefully many years to come). Pumpkin lattes are also a thing here, but so are hedgehogs as decorations and drinking mulled wine, something I am not accustomed to. Halloween is not popular and is overshadowed by Oktoberfest, but this isn’t stopping me from decorating our balcony with a giant spider and web.




To celebrate the haunting yet festive spirit of October, I wore this Gothic-style feminine dress with a pair of Blucher shoes I bought too late into Winter this year. This dress is definitely an upgrade from my black hoodies, but still captures a dark feel with its lace detailing on the bodice and haunting print. It’s lightweight with elastic lace at the end of the sleeves and is fully lined. This is probably my favorite Dezzal piece so far.



Dress: c/o Dezzal
Shoes: Zara
Rings: Forever 21

Happy October.

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

A crappy poem about pants

What is this crease in the middle of my gut?
Tis a mark from where the pants cut.
Along the middle, through the thighs
This woven material is my demise.


Can’t walk, legs constricted
Tapered cut, ankles evicted.



I want to like you, pants, I really do
But when it comes to basic life activities, what’s a girl to do?
You’re stiff, expensive, can’t be washed every day and more
I just had to throw away two pairs recently that tore.



This is my last pair, but not for a while


If I had a son, his name wouldn’t be Kyle…


But look, I wore you today
You’re still incorporated into my wardrobe no matter what I say.

Top: Primark
Cardigan: Primark
Jeans: Topshop
Shoes: Urban Outfitters
Watch: c/o SammyDress

A basic woman wearing white before Labor Day

I didn’t plan this, really.





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 here it is!




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 -_-


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.


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.





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?