I live in the south of France. That sounds pretty cool, right? Laurent got a job in Montpellier, and we are thrilled – and surprised! Long story short, I went home for Christmas, which was awesome, and when we got back to Lyon, we had 2 days to pack up our entire appartement. It was crazy, but so exciting!
For those of you who might have been wondering, I’ve been spending most of social media time building up my French channel recently. I don’t have a ridiculous amount of followers or anything, but I’ve been getting SO much support. It’s crazy. But I wanted to share with you a little something special from an online jewellery store I’m crazy about right now.
Recently, the Happiness Boutique reached out to see if I’d like to feature one of their necklaces on my French channel. A quick look around their site and I was in love. So many pretty things!!!! Plus free international shipping?!! Pretty cool, right?
After much hesitation, I went with the Art Deco Style Statement necklace and I love it!!! They didn’t ask me to write about it here – they aren’t even aware of this blog as far as I know. But I just want to share because I’ve become slightly obsessed with their boutique and thought a few of you might be interested as well!
The Happiness Boutique: Click Here
Art Deco Style Statement Necklace: Click Here
My ELF Orange Dream Studio Lipstick: American site here – French site here
The Happiness Boutique is based in Germany, and I found the shipping to France was reasonable (about 5 days).
Ready for the fun part?!! They also gave me a promo code for my viewers/readers, which makes me feel pretty darn fancy. You get a 10% discount on any order over 19€ from now until March 8, 2016.
Coupon code: patricia01
And for my French speaking buddies, I featured this necklace in a recent haul video. You can check that out here:
Have a wonderful weekend friends!!
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I’m not interested. Thank you for thinking of me.
A few weeks ago Younique announced they were coming France, and I received a ton of emails, tweets, and insta messages from enthusiastic sellers asking to send me products or trying to get me to join their selling team. The first two were flattering, and the rest were a bit annoying if we’re being honest. None of these people had been following my blog previously, so I’m 99% sure they’re not reading it now.
I don’t approve of Younique’s business model and find their products too expensive given the quality.
This is a post asking you to please to stop emailing me.
As always, I love you. I just don’t want to sell your stuff.
P.s. This is what I look like now, when I pose awkwardly with my hand on my neck and desperately need to pluck my eyebrows.
I’m SO excited about today’s post! This month I’m teaming up with a bunch of really awesome French bloggers for an #instantcouleur post. I’ll link to all of those bloggers down below so you can check out their posts as well! Instant Couleur is a blogger project, where every month is a assigned a color – this month it’s navy blue. Swoon, right? We’re supposed to let the color inspire and follow where ever it leads us. The only no-go is makeup. We can talk about anything other than makeup.
Navy blue leads me right to France’s summer sales, two years ago. Skimming through last seasons poorly cut striped greige tops and foundation-stained white dresses (the left over bits nobody wanted) at Zara I stumbled across this beauty.
A classic, navy blue coat. I wanted it. I needed it. It was head over heels, call your girlfriends to gush, love at first sight. Is that over the top and a ridiculous way to feel about a coat? Especially a coat so unsensational? Absolutely! But it’s still in my closet, and I still get that little spark of joy each time I put it on.
Isn’t it funny how things, people, and places can have that effect on us? There’s just an instant connection, a feeling of belonging that you can’t quite explain.
My thing is that blue coat.
My person is Laurent. He wore a navy blue Armani t-shirt the first time I ate at his mother’s and it’s so weird that I remember that.
My place is Bowen Island, surrounded by navy blue ocean waters. I imagine it’s changed since I went to visit my Aunt there as a teenager. But I remember feeling this peace and connection with the island that I haven’t quite felt anywhere else since.
Make sure you check out the other girls’ posts through this Facebook page – Especially if you’re a Francophone or Francophile! 🙂
Les carnets de Zélie coptaire – Georgina Edith – Avenue des rêveries – Patricia b in france – Estelle heart –Beautiful law – Flavour beans – The beauty and the brunette – Et si welinty – Bien dans sa peau – Singulier féminin – Autour de Cia
If you spend too much time on Youtube or scanning blogs, you’re probably aware that super, duper cheap Asian clothing websites are popping up all over. One of the most well known is Dresslink. The big concept behind this type of site is that it cuts out the middle man. You buy directly from the factory and pay wholesale prices. I don’t know how many actual stores get their stock from Dresslink, but regardless, the prices are awesome. In fact, they’re so awesome, you should probably be a bit sceptical.
Dresslink contacted me back in September and asked me to pick a few things. At first, I said no. But then I read SO many mixed reviews. People either loved it and had super cool stuff, or they hated it and received some really crappy pieces. Looking over their orders, I started to notice a few patterns in the orders where the customers were satisfied, and decided to test my theory took Dresslink up on their offer.
And I’m pretty stoked with the results!
Nothing in my order was perfect (except the sunglasses). Each item had a few small flaws. But overall I’m very happy with my purchase. This cardigan, for example, has a bit of a strange boxy cut and the stitching’s not perfect. But it’s oversized, so you don’t really noticed the cut, and it’s perfect on a chilly day.
This white sweater had a few stitching imperfections that I was able to fix super quickly, and it’s freaking comfy. I wear it pretty much every other day. Sometimes everyday. It’s just so warm and cozy!
The sunglasses? Pretty much the exact same quality as you find at Forever21. They’re fun, but by no means channel quality and the lenses are clearly made from low-budget plastic.
The only thing that I was truly disappointed with was a set of makeup brushes. I’ve heard great things about their brushes but this pack was just a no go for me! They controlled my eyeshadow application so poorly, I’m not even sure I’d save them for Amelia to use as paint brushes down the road. I’ll still include the link though, just in case you’re curious.
What I ordered:
♔Dresslink Home Page♔ http://bit.ly/1je1g0B
✿Dresslink✿ Sweater (Gilet) http://bit.ly/1je1g0A
✿Dresslink✿ Pullover Jumper (pull blanc) http://bit.ly/1OZxrOe
✿Dresslink✿ Sunglasses (Lunettes de soleil) http://bit.ly/1OZxtWm
✿Dresslink✿ Brush Tool (pinceaux) http://bit.ly/1OZxrOd
Without further ado, I’ve come up with a list of tricks for avoiding disappointment when ordering from Dresslink:
Tips & Tricks for Ordering from Dresslink
- Delivery – It took my clothes one month to get from China to France with the cheapest delivery option. Not gonna lie – I was worried they’d never show up.
- Quality – Some products are definitely better than others. You get what you pay for. That being said, they’re are a few real bargains. And sometimes you don’t need things to look designer or high quality. Simple will do. I’ve seen worse at H&M (I’ve also seen much better at H&M). It’s pretty hit and miss. Be prepared not to love everything.
- Customs – If you place a small order (you’ll have to check the price limit for whichever country you’re living in), you shouldn’t have a problem. Plus Dresslink charges shipping by weight, so placing several small orders won’t cost you more than placing one big order if you’re worried about customs fees.
- Sizing – The review section under each item is actually super helpful for this. But in general you’ll want to size up, because Dresslink sizes run fairly small. Make sure you check the reviews. A lot of reviewers give really good sizing advice for individual items.
- Images – The clothing you get doesn’t always match the photos, which can be super disappointing. But Dresslink does have an awesome feature where you can see pictures that people who’ve bought from the site have uploaded. It gives you a much better idea of what the final product will look like.
- Read the Reviews – Pretty much all of their clothing has 5 stars, despite the site being known for incredibly mixed quality. So I’m 99.9% that they heavily monitor their comments/reviews. That being said, a lot of the reviews have super useful information. Also, I noticed that a few of the commenters caught onto the censorship and give a product five stars, but then say the product sucks in the review. Definitely useful.
- Shipping – You don’t save on shipping buy ordering in bulk. You pay for the weight of your package. This means that you’re better off buying several small orders so that you don’t end up paying expensive customs fees. Every country has a different cut off limit for how much you can order before you have to pay extra – Google will be your friend here.
- Material – Just say no to anything thin and gauzy looking. These fabrics are often a miss, even in regular stores, but so far everyone I’ve seen who’s purchased the chiffon-type clothing has been sorely disappointed. Poor stitching shows up much more easily on this type of fabric, and it’s more likely to rip.
So is Dresslink worth the hype?
It can be, if you’re careful. I’m very happy with the items I received, and if you’re on an extremely tight budget, I think it’s worth it to do your homework. Not being able to try things on sucks, and you can’t see the quality of the item beforehand, so there’s always an element of risk.
However, most well known clothing ensigns buy their clothes in large quantities from companies like this, quality check them, and then resell them for higher prices to cover the costs of running a proper store. A lot of people like the idea of cutting out the middle man and paying a whole sale price. Dresslink is definitely a site where you’ll want to weigh the pros and cons before diving in.