SHEIN: IS IT WORTH IT?

I asked a few weeks ago on Instagram if you guys would want me to do a little review of Shein and say if I think it’s worth buying from or not, so here we are today chatting about the pros and cons of this popular (and cheap) online clothing site.

If you aren’t aware of what Shein is, here’s a link to their website. Basically, it’s an online clothing and accessory store that has a too good to be true price range. Shirts can be as cheap as 6 dollars, which might have some people question the quality and if they’re getting the actual product they’re showing. In the past few months, I’ve compiled about ten different items from Shein and I can honestly say I have mixed reviews. Below, I have a brief explanation about each product I purchased, but if you don’t really care to read all the reviews, moral of the story is that it all depends on the product. You’re ultimately paying for quality, and shouldn’t expect the best material on let’s say a $10.00 pair of shoes.

S H I R T S

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The shirts that I purchased are probably the best quality things I have purchased from this website. Though the quality is not ideal, they look great in pictures. I’m not one to care about if something is made with a certain material or not, as long as it’s (somewhat) comfy and cheap I’m content.

L E G G I N G S

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Okay, these are great and all, but if you wear the wrong pair of underwear everything shows. I mean, you should kind of expect that seeing they were priced at $14.00, but if you only like high-quality leggings, Shein would definitely not be your place to buy them. I liked these leggings because 1. they were purple and 2. I’ve been looking for leggings that wrapped at the bottom like these did and all of them were way over $50.00. I don’t like to splurge on things that might be in style for only a few months, so I resulted in these. I wear them pretty consistently, but they aren’t my go-to pair at all.

S W I M W E A R

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Out of all things I have purchased from Shein, swimwear is probably the worst thing to buy (and honestly not worth your money). Unless you’re a perfect size in both tops and bottoms, none of these will work. I’m normally a small/medium in tops and always a medium in bottoms. Shein doesn’t give you the option to order different sizes in tops and bottoms, so that was already a con. I even had my mom measure me to see what size I would fit into based off the chart they included, but it still didn’t end successful. The material is horrible (expected), the sizing is not close at all, and the bra pads are so noticeable that I take them out right when the swimsuits arrives. After that whole spiel, I can be lenient and say that it’s a hit or miss. I’ve bought four suits from Shein and 2 out of the 4 I can say are good enough that I’d feel comfortable wearing them on the beach. The other two would be cute for a picture or two, but not at all for a whole day in the sun.

D R E S S E S

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I laugh every time I see the dresses I’ve gotten from Shein. They’re mostly either in the back of my closet, hidden somewhere, or thrown away. I took pictures of two of them, which are categorized under the “hidden somewhere” category. I tried to show how horrible the fit was, and it was almost impossible to get a shot without me laughing in embarrassment thinking why buying these was a good idea. I know I said earlier that i’m not one to complain about quality, but these were bad quality. Taking a complete 180 from that statement, I just purchased a maxi dress from them right before writing this post for spring break and I think my mouth about dropped to the ground when I saw how beautiful it was on. Check out my Insta if you want to know how the dress looked! Moral of the story is that I wouldn’t say not to buy their dresses, but to just check reviews and if the price seems too good to be true, it is.

 

Hopefully y’all were able to get (somewhat) of a better idea on how to shop on Shein. If I had to rate my experience on their website, I would honestly give it a 8/10. I know my reviews were pretty harsh and don’t equal up to the rating, but from the things I have liked and some of my friends experiences as well, It isn’t a horrible website. I would just say to be a tad bit cautious and always. check. reviews. Measure yourself in your bust, hips, and waist so you absolutely know you are getting the right size. Their sizing is a lot different than what you would buy in a normal store, so what you think is a medium might fit like an extra small.

If any of you have ever shopped on Shein and have an experience or opinion to share, please feel free to comment below! I’m just one voice, so seeing what other people think might help others that are hesitant about shopping on the popular site.

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FAVORITE INSTAGRAMS/BLOGS THIS MONTH

This month I feel like I have been discovering more and more “Insta bloggers” and have completely fallen in love with them. Whether It is their aesthetic, the way they present themselves, or how fashion-forward their looks are, they’re all just so much fun to admire and look at! It’s also a plus when I can get a little inspiration from them.

This week I’m a little busy with wedding editing (a blog post on that is coming soon!) and school so I thought instead of just skipping this week I’d compile a little list of my top ten Instagram’s of the month! Enjoy and have a great week !! 🙂

 

Ashley (@therichmondprepster)
I think I love this blogger because her style is probably closest to mine. I also love all of the bright and bold colors on her profile and the fact that she lives in Richmond (which is a place I so want to travel to.) If you love a classic preppy look, I’d go give her a follow!
IMG_0347Abigail W. (@belleoftheball45)
Abigail is definitely one of the reasons why I wanted to get into blogging in the first place. Like, circa over a year ago when Touch of Blush was basically inexistent. I remember always stalking her Instagram wondering how I could possibly have a similar style to hers, and still to this day she’s one of my favorite bloggers. If you love the New England style like myself, I would one hundred percent recommend looking at her profile!
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Aspyn Ovard (@aspynovard)
I found Aspyn through youtube like four years ago and she’s been my favorite ever since!  Her Instagram is everything I wish mine was, too, but like better. I’d love to travel when I get done with school, so seeing all of her travel posts inspires me even more to go out and explore! If you don’t already follow Aspyn, do it. Like now.
IMG_0349Caitlin (@cmcoving)
Caitlin is all thing Insta goals. First, her hair is so. voluminous. like I wish my hair looked like that (don’t we all?) And I love how bold and fun her pics are. She makes me want to go on vacation everyday and wear cute little bathing suits. This profile is the one for you if you love southern charm, bold styles, and a girly flair.
IMG_0350Allison Schaper (@allisonschaper)
Allison’s feed and aesthetic is so fun and pink I could stare at it everyday! Some reasons why she’s one of my fav Insta girls is because she is Disney obsessed (as am I), loves taking pics of her food and coffee, and loves the color pink (I mean, my blog is called a Touch of Blush so..) If you love all-things aesthetically pleasing and girly, Allison is the gal for you!
IMG_0351Taylor Eldridge (@allthingstaylored)
I just discovered Taylor’s account not that long ago and her posts have gotten better and better since! She’s started to merge into the whole aesthetic game and has taken an orange and blue-tinted theme. Her pics are also super crisp and bold and her style is kind of what inspires my posts. She may not be that big of a blogger now, but give her some time and she’ll be killin’ the game with the big dogs!
IMG_0352Olivia Rink (@oliviarink)
I can’t even describe how obsessed I am with Olivia’s profile. First, she’s a petite fashion and lifestyle blogger, which is 110% me because #shortlegscrew. She was also a former University of Kentucky cheerleader, and seeing that I spent over half my life cheering, I gotta support another fellow gal. Her city style is also so cute and trendy I’m in love! Her photographer is another reason why I love her pics, especially recently. Her Insta is @aesthetiica and her pictures are like no one else’s! So moral of the story is check both of their accounts out!
IMG_0353Emily Herren (@champagneandchanel)
Emily is another gal that I had just discovered recently. I just love how her Instagram is specifically for her everyday styles and it doesn’t seem super posed or anything like that. Sometimes I just want fashion inspiration without the heavy edits and stuff, and Emily gives her followers just that. It’s one thing that we have the same names, but her Texas accent and southern roots wins me over! Go follow her!
IMG_0354Jaci Marie (@jacimariesmith)
I think ever since I got big into the Instagram game, I’ve been following Jaci. Her posts are just so freaking awesome I admire them every time I’m scrolling through my feeds. Her and her husband are hashtag goals and she’s best friends with another one of my faves, Aspyn! Their feeds are really similar so if you’re already following Aspyn, go follow Jaci, too!!
IMG_0355Krystal Faircloth (@apinchoflovely) 
Krystal is probably the closest profile to my own style. I have bookmarked most of her photos so I can look back at them for inspiration. Her pastel Insta and girly trends are spot on for what I hope to be like in the future with my own profile! If you don’t follow her now, you’ll definitely regret it!
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WORK-FRIENDLY OUTFIT IDEAS

If someone asked me to do this blog post a year ago I would literally laugh at you because my work attire would usually consist of leggings, an old t-shirt with espresso stains on it, and a warn out pair of white converse high tops. I know, I know… I had a great fashion sense. I would try to wear cute-ish clothes, but then by the end of the day I would be wearing every ingredient available. But, here I am today writing this post because I’m finally at a job where I can finally dress like myself!

If any of you didn’t know, I currently work at a local bridal shop a few days a week and absolutely love it. I’ve been able to become a little more creative when it comes to my fashion sense and I’ve decided to share a little bit of my business-casual outfits with all of you!

Most of these pieces were bought years ago so I’ll try my best to find and tag whatever I can find! And also shoutout to Riley for being awesome and letting me bombard her closet and borrow some of my fav pieces of hers,  you rock.

I’ve decided to categorize the four outfits based on different styles, so therefore:

OUTFIT 1: The Preppy/Classic Girl

OUTFIT 2: The Sophisticated/ Glamorous Girl

OUTFIT 3: The Flirty/ Easygoing Girl

OUTFIT 4: The Dressy/ Edgy Girl

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Blazer |Striped Shirt (Similar) |Jeans | Shoes   O U T F I T  O N E

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Sunglasses | Jacket (Similar) | Pants (Similar) |   O U T F I T  T W O

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Sunglasses | Shoes (Similar) | Shirt: Borrowed | Earrings     O U T F I T  T H R E E

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O U T F I T  F O U R Skirt: Borrowed | Blouse: JC Penny | Shoes: Local Boutique 

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SEASONAL WISH-LIST

So I was thinking it could be really cool if I posted a seasonal wishlist every season of the year! And then the next time I post a wishlist I reflect and see if I actually ended up investing in one or more of the items below! Everything that I have in the picture will also be linked below if any of you guys like what I like this season! Also, comment down below what your faves this season are, too! I’d love to see what all of you guys love!

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Gucci Belt | Ray Bans | Mules | Kate Spade Bag | YSL Lipstick | Burberry Scarf | Pandora Princess Ring | Adidas Sneakers | Trench Coat | Bell-Sleeve Sweater | Kendra Scott Ring | Mini Ark Handbag | Blush Fur Coat |

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CASUAL TO CLASSY

Time management is not a subject that I succeed in. I always end up scheduling things two seconds apart from each other and eventually turn into a wreck, both physically and mentally. Some days, when I’m booked from when I wake up to when I fall asleep, I have to pack a quick outfit change with me that won’t take up much room. I thought it’d be beneficial for all my fellow time management slackers out there to list a couple key pieces that you can bring along with you to make a day look easily into a night look!

  • statement jewelry: For me, my everyday casual look consists of a couple Alex and Any bracelets and my favorite Kendra Scott necklace. But, when I want to dress up a look, I usually add either a statement necklace or a pearl necklace like I did below! I’m also super lazy when it comes to putting on earrings, so when I’m not wearing my pearl studs, I  like to dress it up by switching it out for some dangly rhinestone-studded ones or little crosses, pictured below!
  • switch up the shoes!: I will admit, I very much lack in the shoe game. But, I was still able to easily dress up my outfit by adding a piece that nearly every girl has in her closet, flats! The best part about flats is that they’re versatile and comfortable, meaning that you can virtually wear them with anything!

 

 

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Old Navy Flats ($20.00)

Wristology Watch (customized)

Vineyard Vines Hat ($20.00-40.00)

Sperry Duck Boots

JUST THE BASICS

On gloomy days, instead of wrapping myself up in a blanket and watching YouTube videos (which is so tempting), I try my best to just walk around if anything. This specific day was actually warmer than usual, so walking around downtown seemed perfect! I found so many little shops and picture-perfect backgrounds that I never even knew existed!

I tried to make my outfit a combination of all the basics in my closet, aka things that everyone needs.

A plain-colored sweater: You can probably make a thousand different outfits just from one sweater. Layering is super easy, you can dress it up or dress it town; the options are endless!

Button down/ Chambray top: This is another item of clothing that can virtually be used for anything! A simple button-down top is great to have for multiple reasons: first, you can wear it any season! Pair it with a pair of fun shorts or with a pair of jeans and a sweater over it (like what I did below!) Second, It can even be dressed up tucked into a tutu or a sparkly skirt.

A Pair of Distressed Jeans: If you don’t own a pair of distressed jeans, you need to hop on the bandwagon now! These Gap jeans specifically that I found at a secondhand thrift store are so comfortable and form-fitting! I’m a relatively curvy girl with very short legs, so having jeans that fit me perfectly are a rare find! Even though I still had to fold the ones I was wearing (please tell me some of you guys relate), I still give these distressed jeans a solid A+!

Check out my outfit below!!!

 

 

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Alex and Ani Bracelets ($28.00-$50.00)

Warby Parker Glasses ($145.00)

Chambray Shirt ($78.00)

Kendra Scott Necklace ($65.00)

Kate Spade Purse ($298.00)

(Sweater is from H&M & I customized my watch at Wristology Watches!)

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