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Outfit: military jacket, white lace dress and fiddler cap

Outfit: military jacket, white lace dress and fiddler cap
Outfit: military jacket, white lace dress and fiddler cap
Outfit: military jacket, white lace dress and fiddler cap
Outfit: military jacket, white lace dress and fiddler cap
Outfit: military jacket, white lace dress and fiddler cap
Outfit: military jacket, white lace dress and fiddler cap
Outfit: military jacket, white lace dress and fiddler cap
Outfit: military jacket, white lace dress and fiddler cap
Outfit: military jacket, white lace dress and fiddler cap
Outfit: military jacket, white lace dress and fiddler cap
 military jacket: Only - white lace dress: c/o Vero Moda - boots: Zalando - fiddler cap: Esprit - cross body bag: Mango - necklace: c/o Lobogato - rings: Diamanti Per Tutti

Friyay! The sun is back in Belgium and you can't believe how giddy that makes me. Out come the nude nylons, which is totally my favourite transitional weather solution for when you want to wear your light and bright coloured spring dresses but it's still too cold for bare legs. Black tights just provide too harsh of a contrast against whites or pastels, and your grandma knew best when it came to nude hosiery. H&M has some nice ones that are light enough for fair babes, I'm wearing their matte nylons in "london" which is the palest beige.

I was super happy to provide this romantic white dress with a sunny backdrop, because a dress like this deserves more than grey, overcast days. It's part of Vero Moda's There She Glows collection, which is absolutely lovely btw: feminine and romantic, totally up my alley. Romantic white dresses always pair so well with "harder" or more masculine pieces like this military jacket, and the whole outfit gives off some delightful Woodstock/Vietnam protest vibes. And if there's any look to emulate these days, it's an anti-war one.

Hope you like the look, and have a lovely weekend!

Review: Zaful swimsuits

Review: Zaful swimsuits

Hi guys! If you're on Facebook, you have undoubtedly spotted those Zaful FB ads. Gorgeous babes in super cute swimsuits, what's not to like? Well, for one, Zaful has been getting some mixed reviews. I've heard of long shipping times and low quality, but also very positive impressions of customers. I have quite some experience with Asian webshops (as a blogger, it sort of comes with the territory), so when Zaful contacted me for a collaboration, I figured I could do an honest, thorough review of my experience with Zaful to help you guys decide whether to take the gamble!

So, full disclosure: they sent me a document with a list of suggested bathing suits I could pick three options from. Now, this suggests one of two things: either that these are the styles they want to promote to a prospective audience because these suits are very on trend, or that these are the suits that they know are better quality than some of their other items. I can't give you a breakdown of which of these two it is, but I have seen bloggers feature cute pieces that were not listed in the doc I received, so I'm guessing that the promo-of-trendy-styles angle at least plays a part here.

I picked three tropical print suits: one bikini, and two onepieces. Two of these had a shorter shipping times, and the order was split up automatically so that I received two first (about two and a half weeks after ordering), and then the last one a week or so later. All three suits were professionally packaged in a ziplock bag, and delivered by Bpost.

Now, let's move on to the actual product.

First suit I ordered is my favourite out of the three, this palm tree print onepiece with mesh cutouts. I ordered this in the size I usually pick in swimsuits: a medium/EU38. Zaful shows measurements of every clothing size in inches, if you hover over the sizes, but since swimsuits are stretchy to different extents going on measurements still doesn't make it easy to figure out what size to get.  However, I lucked out by going for my usual size because this palmtree onepiece fits me pretty perfectly.

Review: Zaful swimsuits
Review: Zaful swimsuits

It looks exactly like the pictures on the webshop, it's lined and comes with removable foam cups, and it fits comfortably and flatteringly. I could have sized down, but medium fits me fine. Such a cute suit! 

OK, one down, two to go.

Second, I got this low cut palmtree print onepiece. I liked how the cut was different from the swimsuits I already owned, I enjoy a swimsuit that is cut high along the legs and reveals some cleavage, and you can't have enough palm tree prints. Again, I picked a size medium, however, the sizing posed some issues here.

Review: Zaful swimsuits
Review: Zaful swimsuits

As you can see, the suit is really cute and super sexy. However, it is also wayyyyy too short for my torso, despite fitting fine overall. Being so short makes it pull in the back instead of following the curvature above my butt, and it also poses coverage issues in the boob area. Just a bit too much sideboob for me to feel comfortable in if I pull up my hair. Too bad, since the suit is really cute! I'm going to try and find a way to fix these issues, any creative suggestions? Apart from this suit being made for a much shorter torso (something I often experience with onepieces), the quality is absolutely the same as regular, good quality highstreet brands. Lined, removable foam cups, stitched nicely. No issues.

Finally, I picked this leaf print keyhole bikini. I liked it because, yeah, another tropical print, but also because these types of bikinis can be worn in multiple ways depending on how you cross the straps etcetera, as you can see in the pics. Again, I ordered a size medium.

Review: Zaful swimsuits

The size of the bikini is perfect, the pieces are lined and the quality is fine. One issue I had with this bikini, however, is that the stitching on the bottom is not stretchy enough, or less stretchy than you'd imagine in a swimsuit. Almost as if they used a stitch that wasn't meant for stretchy fabric? I don't know, it just means the bottoms feel a bit more "stiff" than I would ideally like, but it's not really a big issue. I only tell you guys about it because this is the only piece of the three that felt a bit cheaper in construction.

Review: Zaful swimsuits

So! Zaful, what are my thoughts? The quality ranges from great to fine, so if you buy one of these three suits you will be getting exactly what the pictures in the webshop show you. However, I can't vouch for all of the pieces, of course, so my advice still stands: stick to those items that have been reviewed by others, just like I'd do with any Asian webshop. 

The sizing is listed correctly, but when it comes to onepieces you obviously run the risk of having the garment be too short or too long for your torso. Not that big a deal normally, you can obviously just return it, but Zaful is located in China, and unless they mess up your order you will have to pay for the return shipping yourself. Not very convenient, so that's a gamble you take since the webshop doesn't list the length of the onepiece swimsuits.

All in all, Zaful has some really cute stuff on offer if you shop wisely. I would advise you to always pay with paypal so you have buyer's protection in case items don't show up, but keep in mind that most Asian webshops go through a time period where they're still developing, making their service feel a bit more "amateur". However, if you look at Shein, for example, I've seen the website evolve to the point where they have live chat and a warehouse in Belgium so return shipping has become so much cheaper, easier and quicker. 

People are always quick to yell "scam" when dealing with Asian webshops because there is some amateurism and cultural difference there when they first start out, but I personally don't think this is a scam website or that there's reason for distrust. However, you'd do best to be critical of bloggers that give rave reviews because obviously they get these products for free, and because may be getting items from a selection of "approved" products that are higher quality. Be smart, and you won't get burned.

Anyway, I hope this was informative, and if you have any questions about Zaful or Asian webshops in general: shoot!

Outfit: Beatnik inspired professional in perfect boyfriend blazer

Outfit: Beatnik inspired professional in perfect boyfriend blazer

Outfit: embroidered Torfs espadrilles

green coat, red tripes, pleather skirt and embroidered espadrilles

Outfit: floral blouse and first blossoms

wide brim hat, floral blouse, high waisted skinnies and pointy toe flats
wide brim hat, floral blouse, high waisted skinnies
wide brim hat, floral blouse
wide brim hat, floral blouse, high waisted skinnies and pointy toe flats
wide brim hat, floral blouse, high waisted skinnies
wide brim hat, floral blouse
wide brim hat, floral blouse, high waisted skinnies and pointy toe flats
 floral blouse: Think Twice - high waisted skinnies: Vero Moda - ballet flats: Texto - cross body bag: Mango - hat: H&M - necklace: c/o Lobogato - sunglasses: c/o Polette

The past week has been nothing short of amazing, weather-wise. Nothing refuels my batteries like some time in the sun, and these first spring days were just what I needed. I'm still stressed out with a million things on my to-do list in this last stretch of finishing my PhD, but I have a bit less anxiety when the sun is out ;-) And look at those first spring blossoms! I love seeing the seasons change in my outfit pictures - just a couple of weeks before the magnolias in full bloom again, and I always look forward to that so much.

Friday night, my sister and I took the train to Brussels to go to the Beauty and the Beast avant première and had an absolutely lovely time. Great movie, gorgeous venue, good company - unforgettable experience. I can't recommend the movie enough btw, if you love that Disney magic ;-)

I hope you're having a lovely weekend! Btw, I might blog a bit more inconsistently over the next couple of weeks, since I'm so busy at work right now, but I'll still do my best to drop by regularly.