SheIn

Hey y’all! Sorry for my absence lately, I’ve been slammed at my day job with some big court news. Keep up with me on Twitter if you’re interested in that!

But, I wanted to pop in and talk to you about one of my favorite activities— shopping! Y’all know I’m on a budget, and I think most of you are too. And, even if you’re not, why spend more money if you don’t have to?

Here are some of my favorite places to shop and some of my best tips per store.

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Happy shopping!

TJ Maxx: TJs is my goldmine and I could talk about it for days. But I’ll keep it short and sweet- check out every department, including the beauty and jewelry, for items up to half off store prices! You will find brands you never expected to be there, and save your wallet some pain.

H&M: My favorite leggings are from H&M. It’s one of the only places I can find leggings that are long enough and don’t shrink up past my ankles! Again, don’t forget their beauty aisle! Their makeup products are surprisingly high quality.

Old Navy: This is a great place for comfy basics like cardigans and workout clothes, and they also have an awesome selection of jeans. They have a huge variety of sizes, and their pants come in petite and tall. The Rockstar 24/7 jeans are my favorite!

Forever 21: I love keeping up with current trends, but I don’t want to spend a lot of money on something I’ll probably only wear for a year. Forever has the trendiest clothes, with a huge selection, and you don’t have to shell out money that you’d rather spend on a year-round item. Also, they have some amazing sandals for summer!

Belk: If you don’t have one, Belk is a southern department store that carries brands like Free People, Ralph Lauren, Sam Edelman, Jessica Simpson, French Connection and more. They sell shoes, makeup, accessories, and home goods. The best part— like most department stores— is they’re always having sales and giving our coupons.

Target: I have a love/ hate relationship with Target’s clothes. I always feel like they look so cute on the rack, but not so much on my body. Lately though I’ve really been loving their new brands A New Day and Universal Threads. I got two great work dresses from AND for just $7 and $13 a piece on the clearance rack! I also have two great button down shirts from UT that are so light and comfortable for summertime.

SheIn: I have a lot of thoughts on SheIn, but read more about that here. Overall, I think they *can* be a great source of cheap, cute clothes, especially for summer!

This post is not sponsored; all opinions are my own.
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If you’re like me, you always see those ads for sites like Romwe and SheIn and wonder if it’s a total scam. Because let’s face it— it looks like a scam. The websites are not professional, the prices are too good to be true, and there are thousands of products to browse through on the site. I just couldn’t resist though, and earlier this summer I bought several things from SheIn. They got me with the unbelievable prices!

The first thing I noticed about SheIn is that there is virtually no way to know if you’re getting the right size. I figured (since they are made in China) that they would run small, so I ordered a size up in everything I purchased. For reference, I’m a 4-6, 5’6, and usually a medium– but I bought larges. That proved to be a good idea!

I made two orders from the site over the summer. The first one I used the regular shipping, and the second one I bought the expedited shipping. Let’s just go ahead and say, the expedited shipping was a total scam and it took just as long. Both packages took about 3-4 weeks to be delivered, which was annoying because half the summer was over by the time I got my super-summery outfits. I can’t say I was totally surprised by the shipping delays though– when you pay so little, you know the process isn’t going to be perfect.

I also checked my credit card after purchasing to make sure I wasn’t overcharged. It didn’t overcharge me, but I still think its a good idea to make sure.

Two-piece striped set with skirt and an off-the-shoulder crop top $31

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First, the positives: The skirt has shorts built in, which I love. The outfit overall is pretty comfortable, and very cute for a special event. My event had passed by the time this was delievered, so I haven’t worn it yet, but I’m still going to keep it. You could also wear the skirt separate from the crop top with a white tank and sandals to dress it down and get more wear out of it!

And the negatives: The crop top is huge, but the skirt’s band at the top is super tight. It’s almost like they sent me a smaller size skirt and a larger size top than I ordered… but there are no labels in the clothes, so it’s impossible to check for that. Also, the construction isn’t perfect, but its okay– again, what I expected. Overall, I’m pretty happy with the purchase.

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set with gingham shorts and matching off-the-shoulder top $15

Positives: I think this set is super cute. I love the arm ties and the little matching ties on the shorts. It’s also insanely comfy! I love that I can wear this to a casual event or for a dinner date and it will look trendy, but I won’t be dying to run home and change into loose PJs.

Negatives: The shorts fit okay in the waist, but the crotch area is a little baggy. It’s not really something that I think most people would notice, but it does bother me. I also wish the elastic band on the top wasn’t so snug– I definitely think it would be more flattering. Overall though, I think this set is precious and it looks cute on for a night out, so I’m keeping it.

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Graphic tee, “We should all be feminists” $9

I couldn’t resist this top. (Because… right?)

Positives: I love this shirt. It’s a good size (I bought a large). It seems like it might shrink a little bit in the wash, which I would be ok with. The lettering is printed on and none of the letters are falling off or anything. It’s also super comfy.

Negatives: Really no negatives here! I wish it was 100% cotton, but let’s keep ourselves grounded.

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I think SheIn can work, if you keep your expectations reasonable. Getting it is a hassle, and I would order at least a size up in everything. Nothing I got was wonderfully made, but I do think most of it fits pretty well and looks like it was shown in the website pictures. I will order from SheIn again— I actually just placed an order today for this pair of shoes!

If ya’ll want an update when I get future orders, or want me to try out another sketchy site, let me know in the comments! 

This post is not sponsored; all opinions are my own.

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