SHEIN: An Online Shopping Review

I was never really one to try online shopping mainly because I’m the kind of person that needs to try on everything before I buy it. Even if it’s just a plain cami. So I was a little skeptical giving any online shops a try. BUT I am so glad I did because I am now the owner of several cute fashion pieces that were definitely a bang for my buck!

After starting up my blog and connecting with other fashion bloggers via Instagram I saw people raving about SheIn, a one-stop online shop that offers stylish clothing and accessories for every occasion.

I started reading online reviews and came up with the conclusion that this shop has gained sort of a negative rep. Many complained of long shipping times, lost items, inaccurate sizing, and the quality of the products. So I decided to see for myself.

I downloaded the app, which is actually very user friendly and most of the items contained multiple reviews that included photos so you could see what the product actually looks like being worn. I ended up placing a lot of items in my wishlist because the styles on their are so chic and modern for such a great deal! Finally, I decided to place an order for black knee-cut-out jeans, a graphic print tee, and a striped trim V-neck top. All of these items had totaled up to $31 altogether (standard shipping is also FREE if you’re in the United States… Score!). That counts as a steal in my book!

Now came the worst part of online shopping: waiting for my pieces to arrive. I’ll be honest I was expecting a very long turnaround time since they were being shipped from Asia. But just as their shipping policy promised I received all of my items intact and on time (only a week after my purchase!).


So let me be the one to rid of these myths about SheIn! Each item fit me like a glove, the quality was similar to what you’d find at most retailers, and the shipping was quick and even a day earlier than what was estimated!


I can’t promise you that you’ll receive the same experience I was given but I would recommend that you try it out for yourself! Who knows. You might discover that this is your new favorite go-to shop as well!

Let me know what your favorite online shop is!

Sincerely,

Savanna

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We’re One Month Old!


It has officially been a month since I started my fashion/lifestyle blogging venture!!! And I must say that it’s been such a fun and eye opening experience! In my naïve, pre-blogging stages I didn’t realize that it is more like a full-time job. I thought that this creative outlet was just that: a creative outlet. Little did I  know that blogging is actually about creating a brand and a business! So here I was… thinking that I would just throw some outfits together and post about them on a weekly basis. But now I’m finding myself (and my inner ‘girl boss’) pitching to boutiques and creative professionals, researching marketing strategies, and collaborating with other fashion bloggers. I’ve loved every second of it! And I’m pretty sure I missed my calling as an entrepreneur (never too late though!).

So in this first month I’ve collaborated with multiple boutiques, grown my brand following, and joined Style Collective, an online community of fashion/lifestyle bloggers that have provided amazing resources! The blogging and fashion community is such a tight knit group that strives to eliminate competition and is so focused on working together to create a powerful impact on its followers. I’ve also noticed that most of these businesses and creative professionals are working to not only bring you the latest styles and trends but to also use their influence to help the community as well!

The fashion magazine, The Volk, is one of these companies that uses their brand to raise money and awareness for the Allina Mental Health facilities. And… You are currently looking at one of their newest fashion journalists!!!! I was approached earlier this week by fashion editor-in-chief, Meghanlee, to join The Volk and provide information on the latest and greatest styles of the season! I cannot wait to expand my horizons and be a part of something so big! I’ve been following The Volk for the past few years when I was dabbling in modeling (I know, I’ve literally done everything) and their work has skyrocketed to becoming some of the best that I’ve seen! So of course, I had to jump at this opportunity!

All in all, this first month has been crazy but I’m just getting started! Thank you to those that have been following my work and supporting me!!!!

Sincerely

Savanna

What to Wear For Your Engagement Photos

If you’ve taken the time to click on this post then first of all, congratulations!! Getting engaged is such an exciting time in your life and, of course, you want everything to run as smoothly as possible. The last thing you should stress about is your engagement photos because it should be a time to focus and truly capture the relationship between you and your significant other.

I’m currently a part of a Facebook brides group and I realized that there were a lot of ladies asking for fashion advice so what better way to kick off my last month of being engaged than to share with you some of my engagement photo fashion tips. Plus it’s another chance to show off my engagement photos before I’m able to start over-sharing my wedding photos!


-First and foremost, this shoot is about the both of you! Don’t feel like your engagement photos should reflect something that could grace the cover of Vogue. If you’re both quirky or silly that’s fine! Let your photos reflect that.


-My suggestion is to have at least one formal (or dressier) look and one casual look during your time with your photographer.


-Keep your partner in more neutral colors. This gives you more leeway with what you can do with your outfits. I know it’s not just all about you but you are the bride-to-be and this is the time for you to stand out!


-Matching does not mean you need to be wearing the same colors (says the girl that matched her dress with her fiancé’s outfit as well as the background. See photo below). Just try and keep it all within the same color scheme OR just keep all the tones neutral with at least one bold accessory or clothing piece.


-Wear neutral colored pants (black, white, jeans, etc.) and shoes. Then, keep a plain shirt on throughout the entire shoot and just keep switching out of different tops. For example, I wore jeans and a plain black long-sleeve and just threw a sweater over it. In between shots I would switch out of that sweater and throw on a cardigan or a vest. This gives you multiple different looks in a short period of time. Plus, no changing rooms necessary so that’s a definite plus!

-Props! I know this isn’t necessarily a fashion tip but I think sometimes props are completely forgotten about because people spend their time worrying about the outfits. Balloons, bubbles, streamers, flowers, confetti, etc. All of these add so much movement and originality to your photos. Plus, if you’re one of those people that doesn’t know what to do with your hands during a photo then these will be a lifesaver.


-This one isn’t necessarily a fashion tip either but during your session don’t feel the need to be so posed. I know as future brides, we spend hours (or days!) on Pinterest scrolling through the most perfect engagement photos and hoping to mimic those exact looks. But I guarantee the photos you’ll love best are the shots that were taken in between when you didn’t realize the photographer was shooting. So while you’re in front of the camera just keep moving, laughing, and joking around with each other.


Also, don’t sweat the small stuff! I had gotten my hair done the morning of our engagement photos. I told the stylist I wanted voluminous waves and I walked out of there with tight Shirley Temple curls. I complained to my fiancé during the entire two hour drive to our photo shoot all the while he was assuring me I look great no matter what. I could tell I was really putting a damper on this experience for the both of us so I finally just sucked it up and pretended that I didn’t look like a poodle (luckily my hair can’t hold curls anyways so it fell flat before we started shooting).

In the end, the goal is to get nice pictures to show off but the engagement photos are also a small part of the whole ‘being engaged/wedding’ experience and you’ll want to remember it as a fun one that you can cherish when you look back at these photos.

Have fun and be yourselves!

P.S. These photos were taken by the amazing Cassandra Oldenburg with Narrowleaf Photography and you can check out more of her work here!

Sincerely

Savanna

 

New Boutique Alert!


Ever since I’ve started up my blog I’ve had the chance to discover so many stylish and original boutiques! I love that many of the clothing pieces that are sold at these shops can’t be found anywhere else. Also it’s great to know that your money is going towards small businesses and creative professionals that rely solely on you in order for them to continue their fabulous work!

This week I’m raving about SoTaupe Boutique! Their clothing and accessories are edgy and make some serious statements!


Currently I’m loving my clear lens round glasses from SoTaupe! I remember back in middle school I was mortified to learn that I needed glasses. I only wore them when I needed to out of fear of being dubbed ‘four eyes’ and I presented the idea of contacts to my parents every day for the next five years until they caved. Who knew that glasses would become my favorite fashion accessory?!


Whenever I pair these glasses with my ‘GIRL BOSS’ tank from SoTaupe I feel like I can rule the world. I’ve noticed in my short time as a blogger that blogging is a full time job and it really is like running a business and being your own ‘boss’! I love the strength and empowerment that I’ve found in blogging and in meeting others with the same passion. Every girl needs a ‘GIRL BOSS’ shirt whether you really do oversee a business/brand or not. Because we all have dreams that we’re trying to reach and the work we put in to that dream every day is means enough to be recognized.


So… Are you looking for the latest power statement piece to add to your closet? Check out SoTaupe Boutique’s website here!

Sincerely

Savanna

You Wear What You Eat 

I’m not really sure when it became a thing to wear fruit but I’m actually loving this new trend! It makes a statement with its bold colors and patterns. 


I’ve been getting a lot of compliments on this lemon patterned dress that I scored at H&M! I love that the fit is so flattering and you can dress it up or down depending on the shoes and accessories you pair it with. I also love the price! I was able to snag this piece for under $10! 


I probably won’t be rocking avacado leggings anytime soon. But as for this lemon dress I am completely sold! 

Let me know what you think about this new trend! 

Sincerely,

Savanna