Tried And Tested. SheInside Review

Thursday, 28 August 2014

SheInside review

You've probably heard about, the popular online shop with incredible clothes at affordable prices. Their stunning outfits and clothes are literally found on any decent fashion blog - you just can't escape this on-trend website in the blogger-sphere.

Anyway, I've spent a while silently watching the online shop and lusting over some dresses and their luring prices. Through a recent, very upsetting online rip off on jewellery I got careful with buying from the internet and check now more than twice if it is worth buying online or not. So, I researched and came across numerous disappointing reviews, ranging from 'the clothes are cheap quality' via 'the clothes have weird sizes' to 'the parcel never arrived, my money is gone and the customer service only replies in broken English'. Great - clearly a sign to stay away.

However, my curiosity had no limits so I spent more time on reading reviews and voilà, also came across positive and recent reviews. I found a compromise with my inner self and ordered two dresses for only £20 from their website. It's basically one dress but in two sizes as I wasn't sure about the measurements which were given online. So in the case of a scam, the financial loss wouldn't have been too painful.

The Ordering Process works like any other online shop. You place your order, set up an online account with them and pay via PayPal. Quick and easy. You can then see and follow the status of your order, which comes with free tracking.

It took over a week for Sheinside to update the status of my order. During that time the information provided only said 'processing'. I got slightly worried, but in hindsight Sheinside is a shop that receives most of their stock from China, so long waiting times were inevitable. I received a confirmation a week later that my order has been shipped and a tracking number. The package arrived on the 25th July, so overall it took two weeks, which I think was fine and quick.

SheInside cut out dress

The Dress: Black Cut Out Chiffon Mini Dress

I've seen the dress on a few fashion blogs and loved it straight away. I think the cutout feature around the neckline is unusual and extremely stylish. If you are tall (like me) the dress is rather short, however, size small sits very comfortably. It feels light and summery. If only it wasn't that short! I probably have to wear it with tights or mid-length leggings and will combine it with a leather jacket for cooler days. I've styled it with a Mango belt for the pictures.

SheInside cut out dress review
SheInside clothes

In general, I'm quite pleased with my purchase. The dress looks great, the fabric is ok. I would compare it to Primark quality and for that price, it is totally fine by me. However, I still feel a bit reserved about hauling their website, as the negative reviews and my experience echo in my head.

Have you ordered from SheInsde yet? What was your experience? If you've blogged about it, leave me your links in the comment section. Oh and let me know what you think of the dress.

Thanks so much for reading and till next time,

Disney Films Alice In Wonderland 2 in Gloucester

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Alice in Wonderland 2 filming in Gloucester

A Disney film crew shot scenes for the new 'Alice in Wonderland 2: Through the Looking Glass' movie in Gloucester last night. Unfortunately, Tim Burton will not direct the sequel but Mia WasikowskaJohnny Depp and Anne Hathaway reprise their roles in the extravagant adaptation of Lewis Carroll's novel. Mia Wasikowska, who plays the lead role as Alice, was spotted on set filming probably the opening scene of the film.

Dog Treats For Dogs (And Humans)

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Jarvis King dog

In June I was dog-sitting Jarvis, our family labradoodle. He is a handsome chocolate coloured life-sized Teddy bear with a very gentle and kind character. Last time when he saw me working on a blog post, Jarvis seemed very fascinated by it. I told him that people read and like my blog and sometimes I get nice things sent to review. He asked me 'Do you think people would like me to do a post?' and I said 'Yes sure, people are fascinated when they meet you in public, so why not give it a try ?'.

Said and done. I wrote a polite pitch to some pet brands explaining that my dog and I were looking for some support for the post. Pooch & Mutt and Salty Dog replied and kindly gifted some products to us to try out and review. We both had no idea what to expect and how this blog post will turn out in the end.

First Treat: Salty Dog*

Salty Dog crisps

I found Salty Dog after an online search and I liked their website a lot with their comic dog mascot and pet-friendly jargon to navigate the site. They won a Cool Brands Award in 2012/2013 and I found the product, crisps for dogs, intriguing and thought this might be an unusual pet snack. Usually, crisps are a no-go for dogs, as the salt somehow gives them a chemical imbalance and the potatoes affect their digestive nervous and urinary systems. I was under the impression that these crisps were designed for dogs, so my pitch about us looking for some dog products went straight to Salty Dog's email address.

After a few days, Jarvis and I received various crisps samples. We had a range of different flavours to chose from, e.g. sea salt, ham and wholegrain mustard, sweet chilli, jalapeno and coriander, flame-grilled steak. So we opened the grilled steak sample first and the wrapper rustled nicely, which attracted Jarvis's attention immediately. It took less than a minute for him to have his nose stuck into the packaging. I can't blame him for that as the crisps smelled delicious.

Jarvis and crisps
Jarvis labradoodle
Don't give your dog crisps
Salty Dog crisps and Jarvis

I tried the sweet chilli sample and liked the crunchy texture and flavour of the crisps, though the snack was slightly greasy and a look at the nutrition table revealed that they were not the healthiest. Anyway, whilst I was munching one crisp after another my family joined me and we recognised that Jarvis was gone for a good 30 minutes. We found him in our stream, drinking the water hastily and this was the first time since I reached out to Salty Dog and my pitch stating that I was looking for a pet product, that I realised those crisps might not be for dogs, but for humans (!!).

My family had a look at the website and checked. The crisps were indeed crisps for humans which was an awkward and embarrassing moment for me. My family found the whole incident hilarious and it made them laugh at me for the entire afternoon, which is fair enough. I'm always happy to contribute to everyone's entertainment. Jarvis luckily didn't have any funny reactions and we all sat down later in the evening to finish the samples and started laughing all over again when thinking about the misunderstanding. What a great start to a blog post and story to tell!

Salty Dog crisps are not for dogs, but for humans. They are very rich in (artificial) flavour and probably not the healthiest snack, but they'll definitely guarantee a fun family time. You can get their hand-cooked crisps online at a price of £19.20 for a box set of 30 x 40g.

Second Treat: Pooch & Mutt*

Pooch & Mutt are DEFINITELY a pet brand, just to avoid another embarrassing misunderstanding. I found them through Twitter and their products have been awarded a European Design Award for their practical, but decorative tube packaging. The brand responded within a few days and sent two tubes of their Charity Chicken and Brain & Train snack.

There are 150 gluten-free, hand-baked mini-bone treats per package. Made of chicken and mixed herbs with no added sugar or salt, this is a low calorie and healthy supplement for Jarvis.

Pooch & Mutt treats
Pooch and Mutt treats and Jarvis
Greedy doggy
Pooch & Mutt review

As you can see, he absolutely loves those biscuits. Whenever I shake the tube, Jarvis comes running to me as he knows exactly what this rattling noise means: a delicious treat for him. The use of natural ingredients won’t harm his delicate digestive system and I feel that I'm giving him the right snack to enjoy in between his main meals. Though the bones are a bit small for such a big boy, the package lasted for a while. We still have some Brain & Train bones made of Ginkgo biloba and coconut oil to support memory and concentration, leftover. So no more crisps :)

You'll find the colourful Pooch & Mutt tubes at Waitrose for £2.99 and the range includes a great selection of healthy treats, f.ex a parsley-based version for fresh breath or chamomile bones to calm and relax your dog. The brand has also launched a new range of grain-free foods.

Jarvis and I had a fun time working on this post, as we didn't expect such an outcome. I hope you've enjoyed reading today's piece as much as we did review the products.

Thanks so much for reading and till next time,
Carolin & Jarvis

*PR sample. Thank you so much, Woof!

Design Your Own Magnum At Selfridges In London #MagnumxSelfridges

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Magnum Selfridges

I have a very delicious lunch break treat for you in today's post. Yesterday I strolled casually around London and stopped at Selfridges to take pictures of their beautifully decorated window. The massive Magnum caught my eye so I took several shots and noticed that Magnum invited shoppers to the Ground Floor of the luxurious department store to enjoy a very special treat.

Magnum Pop-Up London
How to design your own Magnum
Magnum pop-Up Selfridges

The Magnum Pop Up Store At Selfridges

During the Olympics two years ago, Magnum had a pop-up store at Westfield in Stratford. The store at Selfridges is very similar, though bigger and truly amazing! It has lots of space and Magnum is everywhere. The spacious bar provides countless choices for toppings and there's a screen showing delicious ice cream variations. The staff is extremely chillaxed and friendly. Queuing takes around 20-45mins so bring a bit of time with you when you visit the Magnum experience.

Magnum ice cream experience
Magnum screen
Magnum Selfridges screen
Magnum screen ice cream variations
Magnum ice cream

How to create your Magnum

You can choose either a blank vanilla or caramel ice cream, then it will be dunked into white, milk or dark chocolate and covered with three toppings of your choice. For £4.50 you can create your own Magnum and enjoy the atmosphere amongst other ice cream lovers.

Magnum ice cream bar London
Magnum ice cream toppings
Magnum toppings
Magnum toppings London
Magnum coating
Magnum at selfridges London
Magnum logo

Your Magnum Could Look Like This

Magnum customised ice cream
Magnum ice cream personalised with toppings

So, if you are in London and you are not at Selfridges, then you are in the wrong place. Head over to the department store at Oxford Street as the store will only be there until the end of the month (30 August). You'll find the Magnum room at the Ground Floor at Selfridges, Oxford Street. If you come from Marble Arch direction, the room is just on the corner. If you come from Bond Street direction Magnum is on the other end of the store so you'll have to make your way through the beauty and handbag section.

DIY Magnum

Have you been to the Magnum Experience at Selfridges yet? Did you see the pop-up store in 2012 at Westfield? What do you think of customised ice cream?

Thanks so much for reading and till next time,
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