• Fashion

    AliExpress is Everything!

    I admit it! I buy clothing off of Aliexpress.com, and I love it! I’ve bought four items so far: a sweater for fun that smelled like formaldehyde, this lovely dress that had great reviews (it was worn by the actress who played Meghan Markle in the Lifetime movie Harry & Meghan,) a black dress which was too small but nice, and a very nice sweater that is a bit tight because I need to lose weight…sizing is fine. That doesn’t sound like a very good success rate does it? Well, as I told my girlfriend, remember those ‘mystery grab bags’ as a child where you don’t know what you are going to get but that’s half the fun? Exactly! That’s how I feel about clothing off of Aliexpress. However, there are ways to increase your ‘hit’ rate.

    1. Type in the dress you are looking for such as ‘Black off the shoulder dress’ in the search bar and then press the ‘Orders’ button so you can see which dresses have the highest numbers of orders
    2. Look at the pictures in the reviews…if the dress looks nice on other people…go for it!
    3. Remember, sizes run small! Suck up your pride and get the bigger size. Learn to sew.
    4. Don’t pay more than $30 for a dress, $20 is ideal
    5. Have $100 dollars play money…consider it gambling, entertainment money…it’s all about the thrill of What May Come
    6. Find a reputable store, stick with it
    7. Ask the seller questions about sizing, they are very friendly
    8. And most importantly…Control yourself! Buying a Kooples dress for $150 or an A.L.C dress for $200 that looks great on you is a better deal than buying off of Aliexpress. Aliexpress is Gambling Fashion, it’s a form of entertainment. Treat it as such.
    9. Accessories off of Aliexpress are a different beast…hair-clips and earrings SHOULD be bought from Aliexpress because they are the exact same product in stores

    I will create an Aliexpress buying guide soon. Until then, enjoy pictures of my dress. It’s a nice dress for Winter paired with my blue coat. I wore it to an event with my husband (pic here) and we took a group photo…I looked awesome! It photographed really well. The silk on the skirt is insanely low quality, but I’ve gotten a lot of joy out of the dress. It feels good to wear it on a coffee date and not stress about ruining it or spilling things. Sometimes, you need clothes that don’t cost that much.

  • Advice

    Being a Stay-At-Home Mom

    This was an amazing comment I read on The Transformed Wife. I thought I’d share it on my blog because it was so good!

    Dette var en fantastisk kommentar fra bloggen The Transformed Wife om at vaere et husmor. Jeg troede, jeg ville dele det med dig, fordi det var så godt!

    Lori, I don’t know what it is like with older children because mine are still 10 and under, but I know that even if we didn’t homeschool, I should like to be at home when they returned because my children have a short term approach to processing life and if my husband and I miss a window to instruct them it will be a very long time before we get the same opportunity again or never at all. For example, when they are curious about something or highly interested in something, in their view, it’s urgent and important. If I am busy or tired or distracted and selfishly brush them off or ignore them, it is forgotten and the next time I bring it up (if ever) they listen out of obedience but without the same enthusiasm. Whereas when I answer their questions in real time, with as much enthusiasm, they hang on my every word, they don’t forget my instruction and they are able to paraphrase my words accurately to their father when he comes home at the end of the day. It’s surprising how profound some of their little questions can be. Some have driven me to searching the Word of God for answers. Others have driven me to repentance.

    I pray for the wisdom to recognize these precious moments and to rise above any selfish tendencies within me, in order to respond to the umpteenth “Mama, mama….” even at the end of the day.

    Having a job outside the home would have me running on empty and unable to minister to my children beyond the physical needs yet it is their precious souls that will never die.

  • Advice,  Exercise,  Fashion

    Don’t Stop Looking in the Mirror

    Looking at these photos was hard. I’ve gained so much weight, my body is becoming a middle-aged square box, and my face is one big giant puffball of fat. Truly hideous. But sometimes to solve a problem, you have to confront it head on. So that’s what we are doing today.

    A famous Japanese facialist said that as women age, they stop looking in the mirror. But her opinion was that as you age, you should look at yourself in the mirror even more because so much of ageing is preventable.

    But it’s hard. Very hard. I have no excuses. I’m a self-employed housewife with a very flexible schedule, the only stress I have in my life is from our struggle to conceive. In fact, my weight gain is now the source of most of my stress and that’s not good.

    Anyways, enough about my weight….I bought some new clothes! I got this lovely eyelet top from Vince Camuto. I think it is quite old, I just found it randomly on the rack for a very big discount. French Connection has a similar blouse that looks even better on me than this one, I am waiting for a sale. The sweater is from Lolly’s Laundry (Love it!) and the headband is from H&M (Love it also!) I got some cheap navy shorts from H&M to tie me over until I lose weight and can purchase something a bit more chic.

  • Fashion,  Travel

    My London Shopping Trip

    Next weekend, Nick and I are going to London! It’s just for 3 days. The first day we are exploring Windsor and hopefully getting a glimpse of Meghan, Harry and the new baby at Frogmore Cottage. The second day is half-Windsor, half-London. And the third day is all about shopping in London! I have one whole day for shopping all by myself. So I have to make a game-plan. Here is my list:

    Selfridges London, Oxford St.

    My goal with Selfridges is to hit up the food department. It’s like Whole Foods on steroids. Kombucha, organic everything, and the best small farm french yogurt in the world. I’m really into high-quality yogurt…it’s weird but great.

    My second goal is to try on clothing from Claudie Pierlot, JBrand, Paige, Theory, and Reiss. I make a list of everything that looks good on me and then scoop it all up during the June/July sales.

    GOAT Fashion, Mayfair

    I would love to have a dress from Goat Fashion. I can’t afford full-price, but I’m sure I could manage a sale item. The plan is to go to the shop, figure out my size, style and color and wait for the sale.

    Boden

    Oh I can’t wait to shop at Boden! They have the best customer service in the entire world. Their clothes are wonderful. I have had only positive experiences with Boden. I can’t wait to shop, shop, and shop some more! I hope there is a sale, but if there isn’t, I’ll just make a list and buy everything on offer. The best thing about Boden? The petite section!

    J.Crew, Regent St.

    I need to hit up J.Crew to double check some sizing for some U.S. orders I want to place. If there is a sale, and the prices are close to American prices, then I may buy something.

    The White Company

    The White Company is another wonderful U.K. store, almost equal to Pottery Barn in the U.S. I love everything they have, although they are pricey. But the sales are great, and if you have the patience you can get really nice things at a good discount. I’m looking for home decor and clothing.

    French Connection, Oxford St.

    And finally, my old-fave…French Connection. I just want to pop on in and see if there are a few items that tickle my fancy.

  • Fashion

    My Purple Dress

    Jeg købte denne lilla, mønstrede kjole fra det Baum und Pferdgarten Lagersalg for tre hundrede kroner! I mange måneder, kiggede jeg på den kjoler på Boozt.com hvor det koster 700 kroner. Jeg var meget glad for at finde den i lagersalget.

    I bought this dress from Baum und Pferdgarten for $40 at their sample sale! I had seen the dress on Boozt.com for around 700-750 dkk which is double. I was so glad to find the dress, I rarely look good in patterns but this one is not so bad. It is jersey and so comfy!

    Above I have included some styles available to American audiences. I recommend any dress from Stine Goya and Baum und Pferdgarten in order to get a similar look.

  • Fashion

    Snow Canyon Utah

    I’m so excited to share these amazing photos we took with Arika from Zion Adventure Photography! The next time me and Nick are in the area we are going to take photos in The Narrows! The landscape photos are from Nick’s iphone.

    Jeg er så begejstret for at dele disse billeder fra vores rejse til Utah! Arika fra Zion Adventure Photography gjorde en fantastisk arbejde.


  • Exercise

    Quitting Hot Yoga

    I made the mistake of going to two hot yoga classes…one barre class and a ying class so we are talking super easy. I immediately began having coughing and lung issues at pilates reformer classes. I’ve sat in saunas and had no lung issues, yet after 1 hot yoga class I have issues? That’s not good.

    I tend to be prone to lung issues, so I’ve decided not to take the risk and quit my hot yoga classes.

    I’ll just hit the sauna instead! I’m thinking of trying an infrared sauna when Nick and I go to London.

    Jeg begik fejlen i at gå til to hot yoga klasser … en bar klasse og en ying klasse så vi taler super let. Jeg begyndte straks at hoste og lunge problemer ved pilates reformklasser. Jeg har siddet i en sauna og havde ingen lungeproblemer, men efter en varm yogaklasse har jeg problemer? Det er ikke godt.

    Så jeg har besluttet ikke at tage risikoen og afslutte mine varme yogakurser.

    Jeg vil bare slå saunaen i stedet! Jeg tænker på at prøve at få en sauna også, da Nick og jeg kom til London.