I got this cute dress from H&M 20% off! I can imagine wearing it on vacation to Italy. For the price, you can’t go wrong. It’s good quality for H&M and it’s super wearable. I can wear this dress while cooking dinner! And that’s the goal. To look pretty all the time at an affordable price.
The hat is also from H&M and the best purchase I have made there in my ENTIRE LIFE. The hat is so amazing I tried to buy another one, but this was the last one they had. I even checked other stores! I was so lucky, I paid $7 bucks or something.
The espadrilles are from Boden.co.uk. I love everything at Boden and they have the greatest customer service I have ever dealt with. Such lovely people, such a lovely store. I enjoy visiting Boden in Sloan Square when I go to London. Americans, check this store out! Europeans, shipping to Europe is only 7 pounds.
When I first bought this dress, I could barely button it up. Well, I was able to button it up the other week. That’s not a big deal, but it’s a weight loss goal achieved. My next goal is to have this dress fit ‘Loosely’ which I think will happen after 5 kg weight loss. I’m 137 lbs right now, so I need to get to 133, then 127, then 123, and finally 120! Let’s keep going!
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.
- 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
- Look at the pictures in the reviews…if the dress looks nice on other people…go for it!
- Remember, sizes run small! Suck up your pride and get the bigger size. Learn to sew.
- Don’t pay more than $30 for a dress, $20 is ideal
- Have $100 dollars play money…consider it gambling, entertainment money…it’s all about the thrill of What May Come
- Find a reputable store, stick with it
- Ask the seller questions about sizing, they are very friendly
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Google is ad-attacking me with BB Dakota clothing. I’m sorry to say it is working. I want the blue dress shown below…and have added it to my list of ‘Sale Stalking’ items.
But I know from purchasing off of AliExpress and from years of sale-hunting that everything appears to be 40-50% overpriced on the website. $88+ tax….for that dress? No honey. It’s crepe/polyester. It’s a super easy piece to create. I’m looking to get this dress for under $50 including tax. Another point of note is that on the Instagram page everyone looks a bit ‘unkempt’ and wrinkly so the fabrics are not high-quality.
But since Google has spammed me non-stop with ads…I have spent some time making a list of my favorite pieces. Enjoy the pretty, but wait for the sale! Remember, clothing options are unlimited, you pay what you WANT to pay.
We went on a road trip from Southern California to Zion National Park. It was amazing! It only takes 2 full days to see most of Zion (the non-scary hikes), which is nice because you can keep heading up to Bryce Canyon and Monument Valley. We hit up Bryce Canyon but it was snowing pretty heavily (see instagram) so we didn’t see much.
Vi tog en biltur fra sydlige Californien til Zion National Park. Det var fantastisk! Det tager kun 2 hele dage at se de fleste af Zion (de ikke-skræmmende vandreture), hvilket er godt, fordi du kan fortsætte op til Bryce Canyon og Monument Valley. Vi så Bryce Canyon, men det snoede temmelig tungt (se instagram), så vi så ikke meget.
In Zion, we did all of the hikes that did not involve heights…which means no Angel’s Landing. We saw deer, waterfalls, and avalanches. The avalanches occurred high up on the mountains and sounded like thunder echoing through the entire valley. There were no crowds in winter when we went and the weather was adequate (some rain, but not bad.)
I Zion gjorde vi alle de vandreture, der ikke involverede højder … hvilket betyder ingen Angel’s Landing. Vi så rådyr, vandfald og laviner. Lavinerne skete højt op på bjergene og lød som torden ekko gennem hele dalen. Der var ingen folkemængder om vinteren, da vi gik og vejret var tilstrækkeligt (lidt regn, men ikke dårligt.)
The one hike we didn’t get to do is ‘The Narrows’ which is on the list for next time. If you live in Socal, visiting Zion is a must. The drive was not that bad! We did L.A. to Vegas, and Vegas to Zion.
Den ene vandring vi ikke fik at gøre er ‘The Narrows’, som er på listen til næste gang. Hvis du bor i Socal, er besøget Zion et must. Drevet var ikke så slemt! Vi gjorde L.A. til Vegas og Vegas til Zion.
My wardrobe on the trip was from Ann Taylor Loft. The marled sweater is wonderful and still available, also in cardigan form. The top is cute and sold out, but Loft always has a great selection of cute tops. I prefer v-neck because of my long face. I love being able to wear cute, inexpensive clothes on trips. It makes me feel fresh and happy!
Min garderobe på turen var fra Ann Taylor Loft. Den marlede trøje er vidunderlig og stadig tilgængelig, også i cardigan form. Toppen er sød og udsolgt, men Loft har altid et stort udvalg af søde toppe. Jeg foretrækker v-hals på grund af mit lange ansigt. Jeg elsker at kunne have søde, billige tøj på ture. Det får mig til at føle mig frisk og glad!
I’m buying the brown leather sling-back ‘Up-High‘ right now. I want to get the ‘Birdwatcher‘ heeled mules in white, and the more I look at the cute little ‘Downtime‘ flats with the gingham print the more I want them! Aerosoles has never disappointed me, I trust them to provide me with comfortable shoes. I own a pair of white heeled sandals that I wear with dresses all time time in the summer. So this is my Wensday Wants…an Aerosoles hopping Spree!
Hvis du bor i Danmark, kan du bestille Aerosoles sko fra deres hjemmeside og derefter sende skoene via shopusa.com or myus.com.
I am so grateful that I got to go on an Ann Taylor Loft shopping spree earlier this year before we went on our road trip to Utah. I went to the Ann Taylor store at Irvine Spectrum here in California. The girls were so wonderful! Nick dropped me off at the store and left me there for close to 5 hours. They had a nice petite section, and I tried on everything. The girls working there were very amused that I was there for so long. By the time I left, every girl knew my name. Nick thought that was hysterical, and was very amused when everyone said ‘Bye Christine’ when we left.
I was able to buy an entirely new wardrobe for the trip, at amazing prices. I spent $250 in total at Ann Taylor Loft. I cannot recommend this cardigan sweater enough, I loved the sweater so much I bought 2! It’s sold out in cream, but available in all sizes in blue. Buy it, best purchase of 2019 so far!
I also bought two pairs of Ann Taylor Loft Curvy jeans size 27, wonderful jeans for a fraction of the price!
Jeg er så taknemmelig, at jeg skal gå til en Ann Taylor loft shopping spree tidligere i år, før vi gik på vores biltur til Utah. Jeg gik til Ann Taylor-butikken i Irvine Spectrum her i Californien. Pigerne var så vidunderlige! Nick faldt mig i butikken og forlod mig der i tæt på 5 timer. De havde en dejlig petit sektion, og jeg forsøgte alt. Pigerne der arbejdede der var meget trætte. Da jeg forlod, kendte hver pige mit navn. Nick troede, at det var hysterisk, og var meget travlt, da alle sagde ‘Bye Christine’, da vi forlod.
Jeg kunne købe en helt ny garderobe til turen til fantastiske priser. Jeg tilbragte $ 250 i alt på Ann Taylor Loft. Jeg kan ikke anbefale denne cardigan sweater nok, jeg elskede trøjen så meget jeg købte 2! Det er udsolgt i fløde, men fås i alle størrelser i blåt. Køb det, bedste køb af 2019 hidtil!
Jeg købte også to par Ann Taylor Loft Curvy jeans størrelse 27, vidunderlige jeans til en brøkdel af prisen!