I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! Mine consisted of lots of errands, getting caught in the rain a couple of times, a migraine that I really didn’t need, a glass or two of wine (but no pina coladas, lol), snuggles and family time, and a fabulous barbeque with friends. Naturally, I did not want Monday to come so quickly, in part because the next few weeks are going to be sooooo busy, and also because uh, Monday, but time never stands still and so here we are – at the start of another work week.
Today’s post features an off-the-shoulder top I recently picked up from Zaful and love, thanks to the embroidered sleeve details and comfortable, loose fit. I paired it with my favourite Ariztia vegan leather leggings ($135, so I’ve linked a few more affordable options in the Shop The Post section below), my go-to Sam Edelman heels (the PERFECT dressy sandal for summer) and my Rebecca Minkoff Love Crossbody for a look that would be great for a summer date night (preferably without the rain that threatened this photo shoot!).
Did you notice that I ACTUALLY DID MY HAIR for this shoot? If you haven’t been following along on Instagram or Twitter, I haven’t used heat tools on my hair for nearly a month, this day being the only exception and only because of the photo shoot I had planned, so of course, it rained. I have to say that I am loving not using heat tools, even if it means trying to be a bit more creative with my up-dos (I have yet to master perfectly air-dried hair that you can leave down long – any tips from my readers on how to do so are soooo welcome!). Although I’ve been air drying my hair for months and months, I usually use a curling wand or iron to get my waves and curls when I wear it down long, but I really wanted to give my hair some time to recuperate from the damage that comes with heat styling.
Ok, back to the statement top – although I dressed it up a bit, this one would look so cute with cut-off denim shorts and my favourite black Tory Burch Miller Sandals and Street Level reversible tote for a casual look, which I may have to try out this coming weekend. If you haven’t shopped with Zaful before, you may be wondering about the quality/pricing/shipping etc. Zaful is very similar to SheIn, in that it is a fast-fashion (and no, that does always have to be a bad word, in my opinion) retailer specializing in popular trends at a budget friendly price. I’ve had success ordering from the before (see this post) and I will say that they ship much quicker than SheIn (more here), which is a plus. The quality of products I have ordered has been better than I expected to date, though I do recommend checking sizes very carefully because as with many overseas retailers, returns aren’t the easiest. This top runs a bit on the larger size; I am wearing a size S and probably should have ordered an XS, but the difference really wasn’t worth sending it back. (I may try to shrink it, but I’m also a bit chicken to do so – will keep you posted if I try).
As an aside, with summer holidays just around the corner, I wanted to share that I’m going to be doing my best to blog as much as possible, but I do plan on taking some downtime this summer to live in the moment a bit more than I normally do. Blogging is my most cherished creative outlet, but it really is a second (nearly full-time) job that I take very seriously. With my little guy getting older much faster than I want him to, I need to be sure I savour every moment while he still wants to hang out with his momma and sometimes that will mean putting my writing and editing on hold for a few days. I hope you will all understand and be patient with me if I’m not posting as often as I normally do – I promise it is only temporary (not to mention that I do have some amazing services and blog features I can wait to share with you over the coming weeks, including the follow up to my microblading experience). I love sharing all the pretty things that distract me with all of my readers and will keep doing so for a long time to come!
Enjoy the pretty things in life,