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Zaful review: Pointed ankle boots

I am on a review roll, please bear with me.

Zaful is an affordable clothing site with trendy unique pieces. Similar to Dezzal, the site is focused on providing clothes from new designers without a middleman, as is claimed at the bottom of their “About Us” section. I was impressed with the site’s shoe collection since finding timeless shoe selections on most fast fashion sites is becoming a chore. I am not in the market for furry sneakers, thanks.

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I picked these pointed ankle boots with elastic sides because they resemble a pair I’ve had my eyes on at Zara, BUT MAN DID I SCREW UP. I wear a size 40 and the closest size available is 39…but I got them anyway. They, well, they hurt, but it’s not the shoe’s fault. I put a lot of faith into them fitting since I sometimes wear a 39 at Primark, Zara and H&M. But no, these are true to its size.

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The shoes arrived within three weeks, which has been the average shipping time for foreign goods I’ve reviewed previously. They were shipped in a standard box with what I assume is the design label’s name, “Nuo Mei Deng,” which I actually didn’t know before they arrived. The name is not listed anywhere on the product description, but it wouldn’t have affected my decision anyway.

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Everything was appropriately packaged with foam inserts to maintain the shape and wrapped in soft packing material and plastic. The shoes were completely unharmed from shipping and are exactly as they appeared on the website.

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The heel is exactly 8 centimeters, as listed in the description, but something I wish I had paid more attention to. I didn’t think the heel looked that tall in the photo, but it’s quite high in person. I’m probably just a wuss.

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I wore these shoes briefly around my apartment and for these photos, and they immediately started to crease. This is expected with leather, but there is a part on the front of the shoe that curves up near the elastic part when I put them on, but it may be because my foot is curled inside of it and therefore distorting the shape.

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I have short legs, so I appreciate the length these boots add to my legs and feet, and how slimming the ankle is. I aim to add more timeless pieces to my wardrobe, and can see these staying in style for years…if they fit. Man, what was I thinking?

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Boots: c/o Zaful
Sweater: Forever 21
Skirt: Forever 21

If you’re new to Zaful like I am, check out their Facebook page and Instagram feed for giveaways and style inspiration!

Sammydress review: Mustard and black and winter white

I have been actively searching for more dark mustard pieces to add to my wardrobe. I used to hate the color, but much like my love for guacamole, which I also hated as a kid, I have developed an extreme taste for it.

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Sammydress gave me the chance to pick a few items from their website for review, so I immediately chose this semi-trench coat piece. I say “semi” because it’s not a true trench coat, much less a coat. It’s unlined, and is made from a thin faux suede material. It’s extremely soft, but would need to be layered with a sweater for any kind of warmth in Fall.

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I especially like the drape front, but wasn’t sure how to tie the belt. I always resort to a bow because I am an uncreative asshat. I didn’t expect this coat to have any actual structure, but it actually looks interesting when belted or left open. At $18.84, it’s an easy piece to wear when you want the layered look while shopping or running errands without feeling like a sweaty mess if you’re stuck in a warm city.

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I also chose this striped black scarf despite already having an extensive scarf collection. But not a black one!

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It’s thick, it’s cozy, it’s long and it’s only $8.47. This is the only piece I received that had an odd smell, which I have come to expect when ordering from Sammydress. It was fine after a quick wash, but I highly recommend washing all your items before wearing them.

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Coat: c/o Sammydress
Scarf: c/o Sammydress
Pants: J.Crew
Top: Zara
Boots: Michael Kors

The third item I picked is a white dress, which I planned to wear with the trench and scarf but it completely covered up the playful hem.

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This is the closest I have come to a “knee length” dress from Sammydress being long enough for me. In my past reviews I have had to layer a skirt underneath, or just completely gave up and wore it as a top. I felt comfortable enough to step outside and take photos, but I think I will need to buy a slip and wear it with thick leggings and taller boots if I want to venture anywhere besides my neighborhood.

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Because it was too cold to take my jacket off outside to show more details of the dress, here are a few photos showing the sleeves and back of the dress.

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I noticed that flared sleeves are currently a rising trend, but I doubt these will see much sun now that Germany is entering Winter temperatures. I find them fun nonetheless. It’s like a little circus tent for my forearm.

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I had to wear a white undershirt because the dress is not completely opaque, and for added warmth. I can slip this dress over my head just fine, so the button closure is useless for me, but I appreciated the look of it, as well as the oxford shirt-style detail on the back.

The dress is only $16.46, and also comes in red, which I am tempted to buy for the upcoming holidays. I dig the flouncy skirt a lot, despite it being an inch or two too short.

Dress: c/o Sammydress
Jacket: American Eagle
Scarf: Zara
Boots: Urban Outfitters

Having worked with Sammydress a couple times before already, I’ve noticed that the shipping times have decreased. I went from waiting three weeks to almost a month for my item to only a week or two. If you live in Europe, expect to pay taxes to receive your items since the EU charges a fee for ordering foreign items. This has nothing to do with Sammydress or any other Eastern clothing store, just your region.

If you’re curious or interested in seeing more from Sammydress, check them out on Facebook for their main page and their promotional site where you can enter contests and see the latest items added to the store. If you order anything, be sure to show it off on their website under #Buyer’s Show. I’m adding my photos there too!

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.