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Dezzal review: Fanice Leather Tote Bag

I’m no stranger to Dezzal.com. I’ve been reviewing their items since the beginning of this past summer, which you can find here. I am a fan of their dress selection, but I was curious about the quality of their purses, which I would consider expensive yet intriguing. They come in a range of quirky and sophisticated styles, and can cost anywhere from $18 to $458, their most expensive bag being a modern tan leather backpack.

I was able to pick a bag from their website for an honest review and I chose a leather tote bag by Fanice, which is unfortunately now sold out.

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The bag arrived well-packaged in a dust bag situated between cardboard and wrapped in plastic with the designer’s logo. The website doesn’t have a summary of this designer like they do for many others, but I assume it is based in China if I rely on packaging clues.

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It also came with this card inside an envelope, which I assume are care instructions simply based on the numbered list.

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The bag is completely free of any blemishes and looks exactly as it does on the website, which is a step above what I’ve experienced regarding loose threads and unattractive details that were easily overlooked with clothes I’ve received from Dezzal. However, my least favorite part about the bag, which I was already unsure of when I picked it, is the visible stitching. I think it cheapens the look.

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Though it does feel like real leather, I have no way of proving so besides taking it to a specialist. I don’t intend on doing that, because the bag suits my size needs and isn’t crinkled and caving in like the mess I received from Sammydress. It has heavy hardware, and plenty of pockets and slots for a phone, makeup, and change in the middle zipped pocket, and extra space in the buttoned sides of the tote.

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I took this bag for a test run while shopping in Düsseldorf, and was thankful for how much room I had for small items I purchased since Germany rarely gives you a bag unless you ask and pay for one. I know. But I have to admit that the biggest and most aggravating part of this tote is the zipper. For some reason the full zipper is attached to the bag even though it should have been cut to fit the length. This results in a three inch flap of zipper that needs to be tucked into the side of the bag. It’s not noticeable when it’s closed, but it requires both hands to be zipped, and often twirled itself inside out because of its length.

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The bag itself sits comfortably at my hip when worn on my shoulder, or near the end of my torso when worn as a crossbody. I was worried the handle straps would get in my way when trying to open the bag, but I barely notice them. I’m not sure if I will ever use the handles much, but I like how they look on the bag.

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Overall, the bag is functional, simple and attractive. I am trying to step away from fast fashion and add more basics and timeless pieces, and this style of tote has been around for decades. I am not thrilled about the visible stitching and zipper malfunctions, but they’re not bothersome enough to dislike the bag.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Happy October.

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.

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.

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.

Thank you to Dezzal for sponsoring this post.