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Does this hat make me look like the boot scootin’ Texan I am?

I found this hat at Primark for like, 8 Euros, I don’t know, but was excited to see that it was 100% wool, not obnoxiously huge and came with a small simple buckle. I was sold on this style of hat from Instagram and other bloggers I follow, despite it being something I wouldn’t normally buy.

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BUT COULD I LOOK MORE TEXAN? I didn’t even see the resemblance until I was editing these photos and realized how much my jean jacket and wannabe cowboy hat make me look prematurely prepared for the rodeo.

I MEAN

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I can pretend to look pensive while staring at the ground all I want but it does not erase the fact that I should be on a dance floor somewhere doing the Boot Scootin’ Boogie.

Maybe I’m overreacting.

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Just maybe.

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I really like this outfit though. I bought these black jeans as a replacement for my cheap ass Forever 21 pair I ripped when squatting at work. They’re super soft and warm, but attract my dog’s hair like a magnet. He doesn’t even shed that much, but nope, everything that does come off of him lands on my pants.

Top: H&M
Pants: Clockhouse
Jacket: American Eagle
Boots: Michael Kors
Hat: Primark
Scarf: c/o Sammydress
Rings: c/o Sammydress

I miss Texas.

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!

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.

A comfortable combo

I’ve been feeling winter fat lately, so in addition to cutting back on the Reibekuchen and Kroketten and exercising more regularly, I have been wearing things that don’t make me feel like a sausage trying to squeeze into a wine bottle.

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Ah, my happy place. A weightless skirt with a thick elastic band, a loose-fitted sweater, a long coat that covers my hips, boots that accentuate one of the smallest parts of my leg and a scarf that covers my German bakery double chin.

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I wear this silhouette a lot because it’s comfortable for me. I can even see a difference in my stance and posture when editing photos from a shoot. I have more photos to work with because I felt more confident and less like I had to stand a certain way to appear longer and less pudgy.

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Coat: Forever 21
Sweater: Forever 21
Skirt: Aeropostale
Boots: Michael Kors
Scarf: Zara
Ring: c/o SammyDress

Going for a run now.

My neighbors are suspicious of me

I take my own blog photos, which results in me stomping around in my outfit looking for a decent place to stand around and snap photos. My equipment simply consists of a tripod, my DSLR and a small remote. To me, this is minimal and harmless but to my neighbors it is “OMG ARE YOU AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT TAKING PHOTOS OF OUR HOMES AND POSTING OUR ADDRESS ONLINE AND EXPLOITING OUR CHILDREN?!”

Okay, maybe not that entirely, but it’s what I thought the past couple of times a concerned neighbor questioned me while setting up for blog photos. The common theme was, “Are you working for the city and taking photos of our homes?”

And my camera was facing this background:

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No, no I am not. I am facing a tall fence covered in leaves, not the inside of Frau Müller’s Badezimmer, nor her brick-framed address number.

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And now my face, not your street name nor your children.

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Are these bricks in the ground giving away too much information too? Will someone be able to figure out the exact coordinates of your tacky yellow house and rock garden?

I’m a little bitter.

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Let’s observe this vanilla-ass outfit too. Oma’s oatmeal sweater, a c/o dress I’m wearing as a top because my body is currently a lava lamp, a basic blanket scarf I bought because it’s warm and was cheap as hell at Primark and a pair of black booties I have been wearing since Morning Ink’s conception.

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Top: c/o SammyDress
Cardigan: Hollister
Jeans: American Eagle
Boots: Urban Outfitters
Scarf: Primark

My boyfriend and his parents assured me that people are taking advantage of the refugee situation as a chance to question anything suspicious in their area. Fine, I get that, especially after the sexual assaults in Köln on New Year’s. However, we all agreed that it is foolish to stop and boldly question a young woman in normal clothes standing in front of a camera, and to then talk about it with the neighbors as if I am some domestic threat.

“We’ve seen you around the neighborhood with your camera and want to know what you’re doing.”

I am not one to assume racial profiling, but I couldn’t help but ask my German boyfriend if they’re maybe stopping to talk to me because I have dark skin and features. The only other time I dealt with racism was in Germany. Is there a chance that it’s happening again?

I’m maybe saying too much and jumping to outrageous conclusions, but I am now just as suspicious of them as they are of me.

Who wore it better? Moses Edition

It was actually warm enough today to skip on a coat and instead wear a large scarf. But just as I was feeling cozy and confident in my accessory choice, I realized that I maybe stole this look.

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Scarf: Zara (similar)
Top: Primark
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Converse
Watch: c/o SammyDress
Bag: Primark (very similar)

Moses kept it less douchey with a tunic instead of my try-hard turtleneck. He also accessorized with a sweet wooden staff and a beard. But is it a match for my tote bag and looking into the distance and pretending the camera isn’t there?

You be the judge.

Winter in Germany feat. SammyDress

This is my first post since moving to Germany two weeks ago. I will soon make a post about my transition, but to get back into the groove of blogging and reestablish some normalcy, I am pleased to write about my experience with the clothing company SammyDress.

I had a lot of fun browsing their site because there’s so many unique styles to choose from that I don’t often see in American clothing stores. Judging by the models used in the photos and other blogger’s posts, I knew that whatever I picked had the chance of not fitting as it should, even if I ordered a size up. I picked pieces that I could work with if it didn’t fit how I imagined. I received my safely packaged items in less than three weeks, which is longer than I’m used to, but understandable considering it came from overseas.

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This sweater fit the model as a dress, but despite ordering a size up, it was still too short on me. I wore it instead as a tunic, and I especially liked the look of it under my coat. The sweater material is thick enough for winter, but the sheer material at the hem adds playfulness and femininity to an otherwise typical winter look. I paired it with a simple black watch with a gold bezel that complemented the gold hardware on my boots and my new leaf ring.

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Sweater: c/o SammyDress
Coat: Forever 21
Pants: Forever 21
Boots: Michael Kors
Watch: c/o SammyDress
Ring: c/o SammyDress

SammyDress offers fashionable clothing for very low prices. Much like other fast fashion stores, it offers high- and low-end pieces with the common goal of being stylish. Just from my first impression, the regular selection of clothes on their site seem better suited for petite women, not my 5’6″ apple frame. The next time I order from SammyDress, I will take advantage of their Plus Size section, which offers the same styles in extended sizes.

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The sweater is warm, but requires some kind of undershirt. The black dress has a lining, but it’s sheer and may need a slip, skirt or proper undergarments. Both pieces maintain their shape and style well, and only need minor adjustments, such as making sure that the frilly hems are not tucked under.

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Dress: c/o SammyDress
Jacket: American Eagle
Boots: Sam & Libby
Scarf: Target
Ring: c/o SammyDress

I wear a size 7 ring, and the rings I chose came in one size. They only fit my pinkie, but that’s not a problem for me since I enjoy wearing rings on each finger. The watch has a very classic design and is a rather sophisticated looking piece for being less than $3.

I recommend SammyDress to those who want interesting pieces to wear during the seasons that are unlike items sold in most conventional stores. It is also for the shopper with a limited budget who would like to refresh their wardrobe without having to spend more than $50.

Thank you to SammyDress for sponsoring this post!

Phew, blogging again. This feels good.