5 Tips for Shopping Online

It's pretty often that, in person, I'll get asked where I've bought something and more often than not, my answer is "online". Living in a small-ish city on the east coast of Canada, shopping is very limited. I do a lot of my shopping online, as the selection is endless and you can find unique pieces that not everyone else is going to have. 

It's something that I've feel I've gotten pretty good at over time, and I know a lot of people find online shopping a little intimidating, so here are some tips that will help make the process a whole lot easier!

1. Know Your Measurements - Knowing your actual measurements is essential to your online shopping success. Some sites will give you exact measurements of the garments and others will give you a general size guide. Please remember that size guides are just that - guides. A lot of online shops carry many different brands, so the sizing isn't going to be exactly the same across the board.

2. Be Honest With Yourself - If there's something that always tends to give you some difficulty when you're out shopping or trying clothes on, be honest with yourself about it. Do you have a larger chest that usually leaves blouses gaping, or find that fitted dresses are difficult to fit over your hips compared to your waist? Unless you're willing to take the risk, avoid ordering items that give you a hard time online, and go shopping for those in person instead!

3. Read The Reviews - Reviews can be a great source of information. It can give you a better idea of overall fit, quality, and likeliness to the photos. However, don't just look at the star rating. Some reviews are really poorly done and will give a dress 1 out 5 stars because the dress is navy and they thought it was black - even though the description says it's black. There's nothing wrong with the dress, the buyer just didn't read the description carefully. Which brings me to my next point...

4. Read The Descriptions Carefully - Descriptions often hold vital information. The fabric the item is made of, the color, whether it's sheer, has stretch, etc etc. Read this carefully to make sure you know what you're getting.

6. Understand The Shipping Policy - So you find the perfect item, and go to check out, only to discover it costs $40 to ship it to your country. Or worse, that they don't ship to your country at all! Before you dive too deeply into an online shop, check out their shipping costs and whether they ship to your country.

Looking for some great online shops? Check out Zara, ASOS, Shopbop, J.Crew, Modcloth, Sosie and Anthropologie! (I've ordered from all but Anthro personally and all have great Canadian shipping rates!)

And be sure to check out my giveaway with a brand new online shop for your chance to win a dress of your choice!

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Win 3 Dresses From Millie Meno!

Coral Swing Dress with Bow Back
Coral Swing Dress with Bow Back
Coral Swing Dress with Bow Back
Coral Swing Dress with Bow Back
Coral Swing Dress with Bow Back
Coral Swing Dress with Bow Back
Coral Swing Dress with Bow Back
Dress: c/o Millie Meno, Shoes: Zara, Necklace: H&M, Bag: Rebecca Minkoff c/o Eluxe, Sunglasses: c/o Sunglass Warehouse

Who doesn't love summer dresses?! Today I am teaming up with an adorable Canadian shop called Millie Meno to give THREE of you your choice of dress from their shop! 

I'm wearing their Mako dress, which I am totally in love with - it was the perfect choice for this super hot day! If you know me at all, you know that simple & feminine are what I strive for and this dress is just that! It's swingy and airy and I got a lot of random stranger compliments on this day, which is always a good sign! ;) 

To enter just follow the steps on the rafflecopter below - like us both on facebook & leave a comment on this blog post with which dress you'd choose if you won & you're good to go! Don't forget to check out the bonus entries as well. Good luck!! 


Glitter & Stripes

black and white striped peplum, kate spade glitter keds
black and white striped peplum, kate spade glitter keds
olivia and joy clutch
Top: Smart Set, Jeans: Gap, Shoes: Keds x Kate Spade, Clutch: c/o Olivia + Joy, Watch: Michael Kors, Bracelet: Stella & Dot, Necklace: c/o Calico, Sunglasses: c/o Sunglass Warehouse

Hey, Monday! I'm not quite ready for you yet. I had mostly a really great weekend filled with summer things - watching my guy play rugby, drinking beer in the sunshine, bbq-ing, going to the farmer's market, eating ice cream and strawberry shortcake, and going to the beach with some of my best girls. I was battling a subtle headache though which decided to hit full force Sunday afternoon which left me unable to sleep for much of last night and has left me pretty darn groggy today. Poppin' advil and hoping for the best. 

This was just a casual outfit I wore last week. It was "office cleaning day" so we were allowed to dress comfy and casual, which almost always means these distressed jeans and a pair of keds for me! It's my "comfy uniform"! 

I hope you all had wonderful weekends!