Tips and Tricks for Shopping with SHEIN and ROMWE

Two of my favorite places to shop when I am on a budge is SHEIN and ROMWE. These are both amazing sites that have great deals, super cute clothes, and fun, unique pieces. The biggest thing about these two sites is that most of the clothes are made in China. Because of this, people are often asking me about sizing and quality. To help you out, I am putting together a post of all of my tips and tricks to help you shop these websites like a pro!

IMG_1321

IMG_1334

My first piece of advice would be to remember where you are shopping from. This is not a place that I would recommend buying basics that you think are going to last. To be able to sell these pieces at the prices that they do, the material is usually not a super high quality. I would not recommend buying your business suits or evening gowns. This is definitely a place to buy trendy items that are usually only in-style for a season. With their amazing prices, even if I only wear an item once or twice, I don’t feel bad because I did not break the bank!

IMG_2044

IMG_2050

My next piece of advice would be to always check the size charts. Both sites are great at giving you very in-depth measurements. Because of the way the items are made, a size is not going to be generic across the platform. You may need a large in one top and a medium in another. I always check the charts before I even consider ordering a piece. Some things just will not work for me and, while I am alright with that, I definitely want to know before I order. If any of the measurements seem like they will be tight, I will order one to two sizes larger. Chinese sizes typically run a lot smaller so do not let it discourage you if you need a bigger size. This is true for most people!

IMG_2084

IMG_2092

Along with the size charts, I would also recommend reading reviews on the item your are hoping to purchase. There are usually quite a few reviews on every item so your take time and read through what people have to say about the item. A lot of people add pictures and this is great because you can see how the item will fit on an actual person and not just a model. Most everything looks good on a size 00 model so I definitely prefer to see the item on someone who is an actual size. If an item does not have any reviews it is mostly likely because the item is brand new. Unless you absolutely are in love with the item, I would not recommend purchasing without first reading a review. The reviews tell you about fit, quality, material and overall appearance of the item and people are usually very honest.

IMG_2184

IMG_2202

My next piece of advice would be to use those coupon codes! Both sites always have some sort of deal happening so it is very beneficial to check those out when you place your order. I usually only order when I know that I am able to spend $50. That is usually the starting point for the best deals and it is the point that you need to spend to get free shipping. Because the prices are so low, you can usually get a few items so it is definitely worth hitting that point. Search through the earrings and handbags to help add items to your cart and really make the most of your purchase. The statement earrings are gorgeous and usually only $5 a piece and there is a ton of “inspired” handbags that are super budget friendly.

IMG_2131

IMG_2159

My final piece of advice would be to just have fun. Order something that you many not otherwise have bought. The prices are so good that you do not have to worry about feeling guilty. I like everything that I have ever ordered from SHEIN and ROMWE. No complaints. Almost everything is good or great quality and the pieces are just so unique that I really stand out in a crowd. I get more compliments on my pieces from this site than anything else in my wardrobe.  Many items I have had for a few years and I still continue to wear. They are fun, unique and trendy, and with a little care on my end, they have become some of my favorite items in my wardrobe.

IMG_2869

IMG_2877

Hopefully you found this post helpful! I can honesty tell you that I love shopping with SHEIN and ROMWE and I know you can find something you love. Just remember my tips and tricks and it is sure to be one of your favorite, trendy pieces! If you end up making a purchase, let me know in the comments below! I always love to hear from you!

Featured Items:

Floral Check Ruffle Top | Black Ruffle Hem Top | Pink Kimono

Floral Embroidered Button-Up | Floral Kimono | Fur Trimmed Utility Jacket

blog-signature

Disclaimer: Many of these items that are featured I received for free in exchange for a post. All opinions are my mine and I really do love shopping at both sites. Affiliate links are also used in this post so I may receive a small commission.

Photography courtesy of Magnolia Blossom Photography.

Advertisements

A Love Letter from Being Mrs. Fowler

I am going to be perfectly honest with you, today was rough.

IMG_4657

My engagement has been terrible on Instagram, my students were a little on the wild side, and I am getting sick again. Second time losing my voice this year. I am just done.

In moments like this, it is so easy to get down, depressed and discouraged. I found myself dwelling on so many things that I really didn’t have control over. Things that, in the grand scheme of things, really don’t matter.

IMG_4686

IMG_4707

I don’t know why I care so much about little things like engagement on my Instagram posts or how many people comment on my pictures, but I do. I am only human and we live in a society that is literally run by social media. It is no wonder we get frustrated. I saw a quote today that really got my wheels spinning. It said, “Social media is training us to compare our lives, instead of appreciating everything we are. No wonder why everyone is depressed.”

Wow…

How true is that statement?

IMG_4723

IMG_4703

We are comparing our lives to people’s best days. To people’s perfect pictures.

Do you really think that is how their life is the majority of the time? I can promise you that their lives are not even like that on a daily basis. They are staged, brightened, smoothed and edited. And even though I know this, I still find myself comparing my life to everyone I see. I get frustrated when I don’t have as many followers, jealous of their designer handbags, and just envious of their “perfect” lives.

The great Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”

Again I will say it… Wow!

How easily we let ourselves forget this quote from just a truly inspirational leader. I can say this because I am constantly forgetting. I am constantly comparing myself to others. It is no wonder we get down and depressed.

IMG_4669

IMG_4672

So now I get to the love letter portion of this post. I am here to tell you that I think that you are enough. I think that your life is beautiful in all of its messy glory. I love your sink full of dishes, your pile of unfolded laundry, and your no-makeup face. And do you know why I love all of these things? Because my life is the same way!

Truth time!

I maybe wash clothes once a week but, more often than not, it is really like every two weeks. I wash my hair only once a week and only look decent because of dry shampoo. On an almost daily basis I put myself in bed at a decent time but don’t fall asleep until 11 because I am surfing the internet, and then I proceed to hit snooze 17 times the next morning because I am too tired to wake up. I never make up my bed and I put Vivi in bed with me on Saturday morning so she can watch cartoons while I sleep. It’s not bad parenting or bad adulting, it is just real life. A real life that, amidst all the mess, is beautiful because it is all mine.

IMG_4725

IMG_4741

The same can be said for you and your life. It is beautiful, in all of its messy glory, because it is all yours and nothing or no one can take that away from you. I love it and you should as well! I love everything about you and I am so thankful for your support. I love that you take time out of your busy lives to like and comment on my pictures. I love that you take the time to read my blog posts. I love that you view my Instastories. You know what? I just love you!

You are the reason why I continue to post. You are the reason why I press on. You are what makes all the hard work, time and effort so worthwhile.

This Valentine’s Day I am so thankful for you. I encourage you to show yourself a little love today because your definitely deserve it!

IMG_4763

Outfit details and similar styles:

Button-Up | Romper (c/o) | Earrings | Sandals | Handbag

blog-signature

Photography courtesy of Magnolia Blossom Photography.

Disclaimer: Affiliate links are used in this post and I may receive a small commission.

 

BlogMas: A Coffee Cozy Christmas

BlogMas is almost coming to an end but don’t fret, I still have a few more giveaways to add a little extra holiday spirit to your day.

IMG_2609

Today I have teamed up with one of my absolute favorite small businesses, Lynn Girl Designs. The shop owner, Lori, makes the absolute cutest coffee cozies to adorn your coffee cups. She is constantly coming out with new designs so that you your coffee can be festive for what ever season you happen to be celebrating. Whether it is a clover at St. Patrick’s Day, a flag on the 4th of July, or a pumpkin on Halloween, this shop really does have something for everyone during every time of the year. I love using them on my hot drinks to keep my hand from getting burnt and on my cold drinks to keep the moisture off of my hands. They are all a sturdy crochet base that is adorned with an adorable crochet patch. They are well made can handle being thrown in the bottom of a handbag (guilty)!

IMG_2596

IMG_2617

IMG_2601

The cozy that we are giving away features the cutest vintage red truck, complete with a Christmas tree. Personally, I think it is cute enough to use year round. It has just a touch of Christmas spirit that is sure to bring a smile to your face and help you to remember the joy of this special time of the year.

While the main portion of this giveaway is taking place over on my Instagram, @beingmrsfowler, you can earn an extra entry by participating in a little fun here on the blog. To earn your extra entry, simply comment below with your favorite thing to order from Starbucks! My personal favorite is a Venti Iced Almond Milk Chai Latte with 6 Pumps of Pumpkin Spice Sauce. Unfortunately, I can’t get that drink all year long so I fill in the time until I can get my fix with Iced Almond Milk Caramel Macchiatos and Iced Almond Milk Chai Lattes with other added flavors. I can’t wait to see what you order and potentially get some other ideas!

IMG_2607

IMG_2620

IMG_2602

I have you have been enjoying all of these fun giveaways! It has been so much fun, and really a joy, to give back to all of you! Without you, my little blog would not be possible. I am so appreciative for your kinds words and commitment to my work. These giveaways are the least that I can do to show you just how thankful I am to you for joining me on this journey.

Make sure that you are following me on Instagram so you don’t miss out on all the giveaway details! Remember, the main portion of the giveaway is taking place on Insta so you must complete all of those steps in order to be considered as a winner! I hope you are all enjoying this holiday season. Just 4 more sleeps until the Big Guy makes his appearance!

IMG_2605

blog-signature

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary coffee cozy from Lynn Girl Designs to promote and photograph for this giveaway. All opinions are my own.

20 Random Facts About Me!

When it comes to blogging, this was a crazy month for me!

While 5 DIY costumes was a lot of fun, it was a huge undertaking and I am beyond proud of myself that I was able to get it all accomplished. Add into that the fact that I decorated my trunk for two Trunk-or-Treats, dressed up like Elsa, with complete hair and makeup, for both events, and still did my normal job and responsibilities, I felt like Super Mom! I figured with all of that, I deserved a fun break. With that being said, I present to you, 20 Random Facts About Me! Enjoy!

IMG_1984

1. I am Starbucks obsessed. If I had to choose between and actual meal and Starbucks, I would, hands down, pick Starbucks every time.

2. Growing up in a small county, I have a group of friends that I have known almost my entire life. I would consistently be in the same classes with them so we literally grew up together. It is nice because it is fun to catch up when we see each other now and look at how far we have come

3. The wrinkles of my left thumb make a smiley face.

4. I was very active in pageants when I was in high school. Growing up in the South, you are constantly given opportunities to compete in them. I loved it but, I would never force Vivi to be in one. I will wait until she is old enough to ask.

5. Speaking of being old enough to ask, my husband and I made the decision to not pierce Vivi’s ears. We wanted her to be able to decide for herself if that was something she wanted. If she asks one day, then we will take her.

IMG_2044

IMG_1992

6. I love any and all Reese Witherspoon movies. She is a Southern Girl, just like me, so I feel drawn to her bright smile, blonde locks and bubbly personality. I also love that she still says “Y’all!”

7. I am a HUGE horror movie buff. A few years ago, Bravo released a list called Bravo’s 100 Scariest Movie Moments and 30 Even Scarier Movie Moments. I made it a point to own every single movie on the list. I have quite the collection when it comes to scary movie marathons on Halloween!

8. I can probably recite all of the words to the movie Spice World. When watching, my sister and I use to act out all the lines. I was always Baby Spice.

9. I actually have my own etsy shop! I make and sell Kawaii and Kitsch jewelry. I have not been as active lately but I actually enjoy making all of the pieces. Hopefully one day soon, I can update and revamp! Check it out at Meg-E-Mays on Etsy!

10. I probably only wash my hair once a week. My hair does better when I go longer between washes. Luckily, a thing like dry shampoo exists so no one ever knows!

IMG_1997

IMG_2000

11. The month that I started my blog I found out that I was pregnant with Vivi. While I had every intention of posting about fashion, “bumpdates” took over the blog. I love looking back at those original post and seeing how far I have come in my journey as both a Mom and a blogger.

12. I first met my husband when I was asked to tutor him in High School. He was a Junior and I was a Freshman. He needed help in Geometry. I helped to bring his failing grade up to an A! When didn’t start dating till almost ten years later when we reconnected on Facebook.

13. I have actually been married once before. I don’t talk about it much but, through that period of my life, I learned so much about who I was as a person, who I wanted to be, and what I wanted for my life. While it was not always happy memories, I am grateful for that period of my life because it helped to mold me into who I am today. Everything truly does happen for a reason.

14. I am a huge Potter head! I did not start reading the books until the fall of 2007 so I was able to read every book in order without having to wait for the next one. I started reading them while I was going through my divorce with my first husband. It was a dark time in my life and those books helped me to escape. They offered me a reality that I was able to escape to, if only for a brief time. In a way, they saved me. I owe them so much and will forever count them as my favorites.

15. I was actually a Nursing major before I was an Education major. I had finished all of my Core classes and was about half-way through the Nursing program. I hated it though, and would hide in the bathroom during my clinicals at the hospital. I figured that was a good sign that I needed to make a change.

IMG_2007

IMG_2008

16. When I first started dating my husband, I told him that me and my dog Millie were a package deal. Good thing he accepted that deal!

17. I try to eat Vegan a majority of the time. I do still have cheat meals, but I feel so much better when I stick to the Vegan diet.

18. I have four tattoos. One on my ribs, one on my wrist, one on my collarbone and one on my hand. The one on my hand I got with my sister. She has the same thing on the opposite hand.

19. I have had my nose, belly button and tragus pierced but, over time, I took them out and they have all closed back up.

20. And finally, I have taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. I have to say that my favorite is Kindergarten. I love the littles and their excitement for life. It makes my job so much more rewarding!

IMG_2022

IMG_2048

And that’s it! Any thing else that you would like to know? Just ask! I love hearing from you!

Shop my look and similar styles:

Shirt | Jeans | Slides | Bag | Sunglasses | Necklace 1 | Necklace 2 | Watch | Quilt

IMG_2020

blog-signature

Photography Courtesy of Magnolia Blossom Photography.

Disclaimer: Affiliate links are used in this post and I may receive a small commission.

Blog-O-Ween: DIY Starbucks Frappuccino Costume

Ask anyone who knows me really well and they will tell you that I am a Starbucks junkie! While searching for ideas for my Blog-O-Ween series, I was beyond excited to see an idea for a Starbucks Frappuccino! It looked simple enough so I began gathering everything I needed to make this costume a reality. Lucky for me, I found the perfect brown dress at my local Goodwill! Besides the dress, I picked up a few things from my local craft store and a few thing from around my house. With just a little bit of work, the costume was complete!

IMG_0882

Here is what you will need to get started:

A Brown Dress, Tunic or Long T-Shirt (Goodwill)

A Large Sheet of Green Felt (Michaels)

A White Feather Boa (Michaels)

A Paper Towel Tube

A Plastic Headband (Dollar Tree)

IMG_0883

IMG_0884

Step 1: Put a line of hot glue on the toilet paper tube. Continue adding lines of glue, rolling the felt around the tube to secure. Do this until the tube is completely covered in felt. Secure any loose ends with hot glue and trim off any excess felt. Cut a piece of felt to cover the bottom of the tube. Secure it to one end of  tube with hot glue. This piece will serve as your straw.

IMG_0885

IMG_0886

Step 2: Once the tube is dry, secure it to the headband with hot glue. I used a BUNCH of hot glue to ensure that “straw” was not going to fall off. Allow this to completely dry. Once dry, cut a small piece of the feather boa and secure to the base of the “straw.” Make sure it is the end that is attached to the headband. The feather boa will serve as your whipped cream.

IMG_0888

IMG_0889

IMG_0890

Step 3: Using the rest of the feather boa, glue the boa to the neck of the dress. I continued gluing until I had completely covered the neck. I had enough of the feather boa to go around the neck twice. Make sure that you secure the end of the feather boa with a lot of hot glue so that it will not come unattached.

IMG_0891

IMG_0892

IMG_0893

Step 4: To create the Starbucks logo, I searched on Google for a black and white Starbucks logo. Once I found the one that I liked, I saved it to my computer and inserted it into a Word Document. I was able to adjust the logo to the size that I needed in the Word Document. I then printed the logo and colored it using a green Crayola marker. Cut out the logo and attach it to the rest of the felt using hot glue. Once dry, cut the logo out, making sure to leave a little bit of felt around the edge.

IMG_0941

IMG_0943

IMG_0945

Step 5: Attach the logo to the front of your dress. I attached it using hot glue but, if you want a more secure, permanent logo, you can attach it with a fabric glue. Also, if you are planning to wear this dress out and fear that the logo may get wet, you may want to laminate it after you have colored. This will prevent the colors in the logo from running if it should happen to get wet. Allow your dress to dry before you put it on. This will ensure your costume is secure!

And that’s it! Five easy steps and you will look good enough to drink!

The total cost of this costume was only $12! Cute, budge friendly and totally unique!

IMG_0946

IMG_0952

IMG_0958

blog-signature

Blog-O-Ween: DIY Dust Bunny Costume

 

A fun fact about me is that I absolutely love Halloween! I love the spooky decorations, I love a good horror movie and I really love dressing up for the night! To celebrate this festive night, I am celebrating with a fun week of blogging that I have entitled Blog-O-Ween! Join me over the next five days as I share with you 5 fun, DIY costumes that are easy, budget friendly and found at your local Goodwill!

Let’s kick off the week with my first costume, a Dust Bunny!

IMG_0833

For this costume you will need the following:

An Oversized White T-Shirt (Goodwill)

1/4th of a Yard of Tan Tulle (Hobby Lobby)

1/4th of a Yard of Brown Tulle (Hobby Lobby)

A Large Sheet of Light Brown Felt (Michaels)

A Sheet of Pink Felt (Michaels)

4 Tan Pipe Cleaners (Michaels)

A Plastic Headband (Dollar Tree)

Scissors and a Hot Glue Gun

IMG_0836

IMG_0838

Step 1:  Lay your t-shirt flat on the floor. Cut your tulle into small pieces. Once cut, bunch the tulle up and hot glue it onto the shirt. I alternated the color of the tulle so it looked “dirty.” While you can glue it onto the shirt in any pattern that you like, I did two different placements on my shirt. DO NOT use on the tulle on the shirt. I saved a few small pieces for my ears.

IMG_0839

IMG_0843

Step 2: Cut a small strip of the light brown felt. Make sure that it is wide enough to wrap around the headband. Glue the end of the headband to the felt. Continue gluing around the headband to the felt. Once glued, trim off the extra felt and then wrap and edges around the bottom of the headband.

IMG_0845

Step 3: Use the remainder of the light brown felt to cut your ears. I did not use a guide but rather guesstimate the size and shape. I folded the felt in half so that I was able to cut the front and back at the same time. Once I had cut one set of ears, I used one as a guide to make sure that the ears were the same size.

IMG_0847

IMG_0848

Step 4: After your ears have been cut, hot glue a pipe cleaner to the edge of one of the ears. After it has been glued, attach the other side of the ear, sealing the pipe cleaner inside. Once the base of the ear has been made and sealed, use the pink felt to cut a middle for the ear. I guesstimated on my pink felt as well but, if it would make you more comfortable, you can always measure and mark where you need to cut. Hot glue the pink to the center of the ears.

IMG_0850

IMG_0854

Step 5: Fold the bottom of the ears to create a base. This is how you will attach the ears to the headband. I used a TON of hot glue to make sure that it was attached well to the headband. I then used a clip to hold the ear in place while the ear dried. I left the clips on for 24 hours so there was no chance of the ear falling off!

IMG_0855

IMG_0856

IMG_0857

Step 6: Attach the last few pieces of tulle to the ears to complete your “dusty” look! You can attach them wherever you like to give your ears their own personality!

And that’s it! Super easy! Total cost of this costume was less than $7!

To complete my look even further, I used a lot of blush on my nose to give it that bunny pink color and I used a black eyeliner to draw whiskers. Once completed, have fun with your costume! Hang out with all of your other dust bunny friends under a chair, in the corner of the room or under the bed! Just try not to get swept away!

IMG_0910

IMG_0912

IMG_0916

blog-signature

GroopDealz Girl

It is no secret that I absolutely love shopping.

IMG_1398

IMG_1426

IMG_1407

I love the thrill of online shopping. I love getting new clothes in the mail. I love the sound of a tag popping off of a new item and I really love making new outfits. A shopping obsession can become very expensive very fast so I am thankful for websites that make shopping both budget friendly and fun. My personal favorite is GroopDealz.

GroopDealz is a website that brings lots of amazing items, from many different small business boutiques, together on one website. While they have housewares, kids clothes, monogrammed goodies, and gifts, my favorite thing to shop for is the clothes! They always have amazing deals and are constantly getting new items.

The top pictured is a recent purchase and I love how on trend it is for fall. It has great embroidery detail and the cutest little ruffle trim on the sleeves. It was only $20 and can easily be worn throughout all of the seasons, depending on what I pair it with.

My little burgundy loafers were also a GroopDealz find and they were less than $6! Can you believe that deal?! I couldn’t resist and also bought them in an off-white color. They are super comfortable and were made really well, especially for the price.

IMG_1627

IMG_1678

IMG_1634

My cardigan was a perfect purchase, especially for the coming cooler months. Since I live in South Georgia, our winters are very mild. Usually a thick cardigan or sweater is all that we need to stay warm. I have to admit that I have quite a few in my closet, but I could not resist this great cognac color. It will go with everything and is so cozy. Prepare to see it in abundance over on my Instagram.

Another great purchase from GroopDealz was these amazing olive booties. They were only $28 and the color is  fabulous! I paired with this amazing tulle dress but they will also pair with skirts, booties, skinnies and leggings, all season long!

IMG_1681

IMG_1687

IMG_1703

This romper is probably one of my favorite GroopDealz finds of all time! I cannot even begin to express just how comfortable this little number is to wear. Best part? It has pockets! I purchased it in the olive color but it was also available in a few other colors. I have easily dressed it up for a night out with friends and it is perfect for staying comfy and lounging around the house.While it is not currently available, I have seen this exact romper, as well as similar styles, available at different times over the past few weeks. It is important to check GroopDealz frequently because they are always getting new items!

IMG_1806

IMG_1819

IMG_1821

Another favorite find is this simple knotted tee. As a busy Mom, I need clothes that are both functional and comfy. Chasing a two-year old is not easy work, but shirts like this make it a lot more comfortable, and a lot more stylish. They always have similar tunics available in different styles. They are usually long enough to wear with leggings and, of course, your favorite skinnies!

I highly encourage you to check out GroopDealz and add some fun, functional pieces to your own wardrobe. You can definitely get some goodies without breaking the bank! Check them out and let me know what you think! I would love to see what GroopDealz goodies make their way into your own wardrobe!

blog-signature

Photography Courtesy of Magnolia Blossom Photography.

Disclaimer: I received a credit to GroopDealz in exchange for my honest opinion and styling of my items. Affiliate links are used and I may receive a small commission.