So its been a while, huh?
I’ve taken a break from blogging for the past month for a few reasons – (a) the mouse on my laptop hasn’t been working, so I haven’t been able to edit any pictures. (b) I was feeling a bit out of sorts about my love for blogging (c) and so I went back home to India and sort of ‘found myself’ about all the things throwing me off balance. And while that really helped me figure out exactly what I wanted in certain respects, with other things, the lines seem a bit more blurry now I’m back in the UK.
Anyway, here I am. I’ve just got myself a new phone, a new laptop and a renewed sense of optimism. Its been wonderful to get behind the screen again and edit and write, but more importantly, its been so, so lovely to see all of your sweet comments on posts past. I can’t tell you how much they make my day, so thank you for taking the time put of your busy days to tell me what you think.
James and I are finally back on the same continent and, more importantly, home together for the forseesble future following four months of being seperated due to work. And while he’s still recovering from jet lag and we’re spending quality time just relaxing with the dogs, friends and family who haven’t seen him in the longest time are excited to make plans, filling up our social calender with barbecues, double dates, concerts and weekends away.
Which is precisely why, my shopping list recently has comrpised solely of on-the-go makeup palettes and multi-tasking dresses like this adorable gingham number by SheIn which has this retro, 50s housewife feel to it that I just can’t get enough of, especially when paired with cat-eye sunnies, a bold red lip and a little vintage-inspired bag. Something about it just screams ‘summer picnic’ to me, and for some reason, it just feels incomplete without a glass of lemonade in my hand.
Now I know some of you have been asking about what SheIn is like to order from as a website after you saw my last post with them here. And so, purely for the purpose of research (ahem) and because I believe it is important to give you guys the full picture when working with a brand, I went ahead and bought a couple of things off their site because it is so much easier when they send you things as a blogger, but a whole different ballgame when it comes to making a purchase and dealing with customer service, right?
In all honesty, I once ordered a coat from their website when I first moved to the UK three years ago. The company was still fairly new then, and obviously had some teething issues. The coat took over thirty days to arrive, wasn’t great quality and was far too small. To the point that I couldn’t even be bothered returning it, because I thought that if it took that long to send in the first place, how long would it take to even get a refund?
However, my friend Nicola has been shopping on their website a lot lately and highly reccomended it. So when they approached me to work with them, I decided to say yes, purely because I wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt and the opportunity to prove that they had learned from their mistakes and had grown in time, and I’m so glad I did!
The t-shirt they sent me last time round and this dress have both proven to be really good quality and fit well. I also bought a top and a dress from their website and while the top didn’t fit, the dress was a dream and both were made of good quality fabric. Im also happy to report that my items were delivered in about 5-7 days, which is pretty standard, although they also offer an express delivery service if required (at an additional cost, like everywhere else). This is all probably possible now they appear to have a warehouse in Europe and aren’t shipping things over from wherever in Asia their warehouse was three years ago, which probably would’ve been a logistical nightmare.
Now the thing with SheIn is, the prices are absolutely ridiculous. And by ridiculous, I mean ridiculously cheap! I haven’t seen such cute, on-trend clothes for these prices anywhere! Although I have seen exactly the same items for five times the price at places like Zara. So its great for things like trends you’re not sure whether you should try or aren’t sure if they’re going to be around very long. They’re also great for easy-breezy pieces to throw on when you’re on holiday, but it isn’t the sort of place you’d invest in closet basics to last you a lifetime, if that makes sense?
The other thing with SheIn that they openly state on their website is that they don’t do standardized sizes. Each item is a different size, but they provide detailed, accurate measurements per item so if you don’t measure and wing it saying you’ll fit in your usual size, you may get away with it, or you may be disappointed. For example, I ordered two dresses and a top in the size ‘L’. The dresses fit me like a dream, but the top was so tight, neither me nor my friend who is a size 12 could fit into it. It fit more like a UK 10 than 12-14 that I normally wear. But hey, its a small price to pay for the small proce you pay, if you know what I mean.
You can always choose to return at item, and customer service is very helpful while you do. They respond very quickly when you open a ticket to return an item and advise you on how to do it, although you do have to pay a cheap, standard rate for a return.
On the whole though, I am very impressed with how much they have improved their service. The quality of clothes is on par with brands like Boohoo and Missguided and you’ll see a lot of similar if not identical pieces at Zara. I’d definitely recommend shopping here and am planning on buying a few fun and frothy pieces to throw into my suitcase for a holiday to Greece we have coming up soon.
Have you bought anything from them yet? Share your experience with me in the comments below! See you at the next post!