Since I always get SO many questions about Shein, I wanted to remind all of you that I have an entire post on what you need to know before buying anything from their website. The post can be found here.
Long story short, the answer is YES- they are reputable. That being said, make sure you read my post before purchasing anything just so you know what you are getting yourself into. I have several pieces from Shein that I absolutely love. Most of you think of Shein when you are wanting trendy, weekend wear pieces, but I’m here to tell you that they are also great for work attire if you aren’t wanting to spend an arm and a leg. I have several dresses, pants and tops that I wear to work on a regular basis. My one tip for work wear since the quality is not the absolute best is to try to wash the garments as little as possible aka only when actually needed.
If you like this dress as much as I do, I encourage you to check out some of the other Shein dresses that I own or are on my wishlist for work below!
Over the years working in a corporate job, I’ve accumulated a LOT of work clothes. Something that I have come to find as of recently is that I have far too many items hanging in my closet that only serve one purpose. Either they are strictly for the office or strictly for the weekend (aka there is no justifying making it office appropriate). I don’t have a happy medium of outfits that could swing both ways which is both annoying and not efficient. The solution? I’ve started buying items that can serve more than one function. I’ve found that a pretty safe bet to know if it passes the test, is if you know it can take you from work to happy hour without having to swing by the house for an outfit change.
After going on the hunt for items that could fit both of these scenarios, I had a couple of takeaways I think anyone looking for work wear should do as well. First off, you can make almost any sleeveless, strapless or even backless dress work appropriate by throwing on a cardigan or blazer (I list a few favorites here). If you do not have at least a few staple color cardigans, you are doing it wrong! I have cream and black colored cardigans in my car at all times. You know for emergencies and what not. This way depending on my outfit, I always have a sure source of coverage or an Antarctica (because what office isn’t?) protector if need be.
Secondly, shoes can totally change the occasion of any outfit and make it more wearable. My favorite way to take a dress from work to drinks is to throw on a strappy pair of heels. Want to wear the same outfit for a more casual look? Throw on a pair of sneakers. As long as you have at least one pair each of pumps, strappy heels, sneakers and maybe a pair of flats. You are set!
For those of us riding the single train this Valentine’s Day, I think I speak for all of us when I say that it’s not a holiday we care to give too much recognition to. Being single on the day of love is like a huge freaking reminder that everyone else (or so it seems) is happily in a relationship, engaged, or married. As if your grandmother dropping not so subtle hints about your relationship status wasn’t enough, stomaching all of the mushy-gushy romance on this day can be rough to say the least.
This will be my first Valentine’s Day alone in close to 8 years and I’m not sure how I feel about it. On one hand I am pretty excited that I am not having to buy a Valentine’s Day gift for anyone besides myself. And you can bet that I WILL be buying myself something because I have somehow convinced myself that that is how the world should work. My logic goes a little something like this: if I were in a relationship, I would be spending a hefty amount of mula on the one I love. Since I would have spent the money anyway, I might as well spend it on someone that I love just as much… MUAH! So thank you nonexistent boyfriend for that!
So to all of my single ladies out there, instead of spending February 14th feeling sorry for ourselves and our lack of romance, I say we celebrate this special time in our lives! On a day that makes us question “Why am I still single?”, “What’s wrong with me?”, “Will I die alone?”, I’m here to tell you that you are exactly where you are supposed to be and you should celebrate the fact that some day you will look back on this time alone and wish you would have lived it up a little more. So here are a few ways stay happy this love day and to be your own damn Valentine.
Stay off of social media– As if most days besides Valentine’s Day weren’t big enough reminders of just how single you are, social media will surely do the trick. You already know that everyone and their mother will be showing off on social media of just how great their significant other is. Do yourself a huge favor and just stay off of your phone for the day. Nobody wants to see the thousands of Instagrams showing off expensive gifts, romantic gestures, and cliche acts of love (as cute as they might be).
Don’t “play hermit”– It might be easy to burry yourself into a hole of self pity complete with Netflix while you drown your tears into a tub of ice cream but don’t succumb to this ladies! The world is not completely out to get you on this day so embrace being single and know you are not alone!
Splurge on something for yourself– Take the money you would have spent on a Valentine”s Day present for your ex and buy yourself something really nice. Maybe it’s a couple boxes of chocolate (you do you girl) or maybe it’s a new bag. Just do it!
Buy yourself flowers– I’m a big proponent that you should always buy yourself flowers. They don’t have to be a romantic gesture from a guy. For something that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg but brings instant happiness, seems like a no brainer to buy them for yourself!
Pamper yourself– Ain’t nobody going to love you better than you can love yourself! Just like you would have spoiled that special Valentine, you deserve a little loving too! My personal favorite pampering sesh goes a little something like this: a bubble bath, face mask, candles and BIG glass of wine. Don’t mind if I do!
Cheers to all of the single ladies out there this Valentine’s Day and may you be your own best damn Valentine out there.
I know, I know Valentine’s Day seems like it is forever away right? Well normally I’m not very proactive and it always bites me in the butt, especially around the holidays or event season. I’ll wait until the last minute to get an outfit and then Nordstrom will be out of my size and then it’s like you might as well just give up if Nordstrom of all places doesn’t have anything!!
So in order to prevent you from going through this traumatic process, I’ve rounded up 10 dresses right at or below $100. Several are less than $75 and a few are even less than $50. I feel like there are very few times that us girls get to dress up throughout the year and Valentine’s Day is one of those days so take advantage! Maybe splurge just a bit and pick something out that you are going to feel HOT in! Even if you aren’t celebrating with a hot date this year, I think we can both agree that you deserve a little present to yourself. Need a little justification? Think about the money that you are saving not having to buy your significant other a gift. BAM! Now go ahead and click purchase on that little red dress you put in your basket but weren’t actually planning to buy 😉