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Frugal Chic: A SammyDress Review

My best friend Shanice pointed out how people who have money tend to spend it less freely and people who don’t have money spend it like they have it. Unfortunately, I’m of the latter (but I’ve actually been pretty good about not buying super frivolous things this year… so far anyway). If you happen to be like me, and strive to find your fashion on the frugal side, you might enjoy SammyDress. They’re an online wholesale clothing and accessory store based in Asia. Not too long ago I was approached by them to review a couple of their products on my blog, and since their site was full of super cute accessories, I delightfully obliged! I picked the horse tote pictured above and a pink dress that looks more like a blouse on me.

SammyDress’ photo of the horse tote.

The site’s photo of the bag looks more like an apricot color, but in person it’s actually beige, and the cross body strap it comes with isn’t dark brown like the trim, but the same beige as the body of the bag. I’m slightly bummed about that since I think it looks much more aesthetically pleasing with the darker strap. I still think it’s super adorable though and I love the design of the horse with the tasseled tail and harlequin print. I think the quality of the bag is Forever 21-ish, which is decent considering that it retails for $13.70 (what a steal, right?!). Oh, and it’s extremely sturdy — I was able to fit all my usual necessities inside of it, including my clunky camera (always a plus). There’s also a couple of slots on the inside and a zipper closure. I got quite a few compliments when I went out with it too! 🙂

I got the dress/blouse in the shade of pink on the left.

Since the store is based in Asia, be mindful of the sizes since they run small. It’s a safe bet to order one size up. The blouse/dress I got, which is pictured on the left,  is a 2xl and I figured it might be okay since I can fit into an XL most of the time (curse these big boobs of mine). It really depends on the brand (again, curse these big boobs of mine). It fit me quite snuggly, and I would’ve taken a picture of myself in it to show how it looks, but I really don’t feel comfortable doing so since I didn’t find it to be flattering on me at all. The sides are sheer which I couldn’t tell from the site’s pictures, so you’d need to wear a camisole underneath it and the front and back aren’t completely attached to the garment in the middle. Perhaps it’s one of those pieces that looks nicer on petite ladies. SammyDress does offer a few garments in larger sizes from xl-4x, and I tried to request some of those items, but they weren’t available to review (not sure why).

Overall, I’m quite happy with the tote and I think SammyDress is an ideal place to look for fun accessories on the fly for yourself or as gifts for friends. As for clothes, I’d just be extra careful about the size. Some pieces have reviews so you can get a better idea of it, but others don’t, so it’s a bit of a gamble if you’re game.


purse: c/o SammyDress (buy here) // dress + belt: BCX Dress // cardigan: H&M // glasses: Brooks Brothers (buy here) // shoes: Juicy Couture (Crossroads Clothing Co. find) // magnifying glass necklace: American Rag // Sherlock necklace: Le Fancy Geek Boutique (available soon)

This is a sponsored post courtesy of They sent me a couple of products to review as compensation. All opinions expressed are my own. 


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Last night I finally watched Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole. I really wanted to watch it when it came out last fall, but never made it out to the theater. It was pretty entertaining, visually pleasing, the little owls were adorable, and the fight scenes even had Zack Snyder’s famous slow-mo shots. I damn near forgot I was watching a Zack Snyder film until those parts came up. For the record, I think his fight scenes are alright, but I seriously think he needs to cool it with the slow-mo… but that’s just me.

I’d also like to note: owls look fantastically majestic and fierce in armor!

[courtesy of Warner Brothers]

Now I want a pet owl and I want it to wear bad ass armor. Maybe a snow owl like Harry Potter! Speaking of Harry Potter, I just bought a tie to go with my Gryffindor school girl outfit (which I will be wearing when I watch the movie at 3:30 am (because that crowd is less rowdy than the midnight show)), and my friend is nearly done knitting my scarf. 😀

Today I let The Owls of Ga’Hoole influence a bit of my outfit, which is pretty damn obvious as there is an owl plastered across my shirt, and then I just wore lots of browns and golds. I ended up switching shoes later on in the day when I went to Berkeley to run some errands, but the ones pictured here are Juicy Couture and I found them at Crossroads for $13! I normally don’t like Juicy stuff, but these were too cute to pass up, and they’re actually pretty comfortable. I prefer wedges to heels since they’re more stable.

That’s all for now, today has been exhausting!

outfit details:

  • cardigan: Target
  • shirt: H&M
  • necklace: purchased at a street faire
  • ring: hand-me-down from my mom
  • skirt: don’t recall (got it on sale at Macy’s last year)
  • shoes: Juicy Couture
  • purse: Louis Vuitton (another hand-me-down from my mom)