Romwe Cat Themed Haul Review

While I’ve done some hauls in the past this is the first that I’m reviewing and sharing with you. It’s also the first time that I’ve purchased items (with my own money of course I’m no influential YouTuber or Instagrammer) from Romwe.

What is Romwe?

It’s an online fashion store that features clothing,  accessories, etc. for cheap prices. Per their About Us page (emphasis mine):

ROMWE has been a global online stop for fast fashion since 2010. Our aim is to always provide high value trendy pieces at incredible prices while ensuring high quality service to our customers. We design, source, market and sell clothing, accessories and home & living products. We target our items to young fashionable consumers through localized mobile and web platforms. We deliver from our warehouses in the US, Europe and China to nearly every country in the world.

I’ve heard about Romwe for a while now and while I was skeptical and leery about the site, I was also curious. So I did my due diligence and researched. I viewed Romwe Hauls on YouTube, and read a couple of articles about the site. There were many valid complaints ranging from the store selling fast fashion, inaccurate sizing, shipping taking way longer than expected, etc. While I wasn’t fully sold on the site, I came to the conclusion that I still wanted to make a purchase… and that’s what I did.

A few things to note: 

  • I am aware that site sells fast fashion clothing and I’m aware of the issues surrounding that. If you want to learn more about fast fashion here are a few links to help you out:

Fast Fashion (via Wikipedia.org)

What is Fast Fashion? (via goodonyou.eco)

  • Because this was my first time using the site, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money (I normally don’t to begin with since my finances are limited anyway).  I only spent a total of $63.45. You can see the Order Summary below:
  • Since I knew shipping takes forever, I ordered everything exactly a month ahead (March 7th) of my birthday (April 7th). Tracking information shows that my packages (2) were coming via USPS. And my shipping was free-US shipping is free with orders over $49.00. Otherwise $4.99 with 6-8 business days.
  • I wanted to have a little fun and decided to have a theme for this haul. So I typed in Cats in the search button and bought some of the products featured in the search results.
  • Due to the many sizing issues other customers have had, I ordered all the clothing items in a large. I normally wear a medium or small but since these were mostly sweaters and a pjs I ordered everything in a large.
  • Finally I apologize for the quality of my personal photos. I don’t have a cool camera yet but I did the best that I could with my flip phone (yes you read that right-I don’t really need a smartphone) and my Kindle Fire 7 so please bear with me.

Now let’s return to to shipping.

Upon viewing Romwe’s Shipping page it states the following under Processing:

Most items will ship out within 24-48 hours of ordering (weekends and holidays not included).
You will be informed if an item in your order is not available for immediate shipment. Therefore, the order may be separated into different shipments (for no extra charge), and items ordered together may not be shipped out on the same day.
My order was divided up into two packages, the first of which I received on March 12th-six days after I made my order! I checked the status of the second package that has the remaining items in it the next day after I received the pj’s and it and it showed that on March 8th it was processed and left the warehouse and on March 9th it was shipped. It arrived in the U.S. from China on March 11th. I received the second package on March 21st, 15 days later. (In addition Romwe’s customer support contacted-with no initiation from me- me to apologize for the shipping delay and gave me 200 points (Every 100 points can be used as one US dollar so this wasn’t a huge thing)).So that wasn’t a bad turnaround at all. Given what others have stated about shipping issues I was thinking I wouldn’t receive my items till next month. So that’s good.

What I bought:

Clothes:

Cat & Butterfly Print Pajama Set ($8.95). I paid $8.06 with the discount code I used.

Size range: S M L XL as I stated previously I sized up for all the clothing items I ordered. So I got a L.

Material: 95% Polyester and 5% Cotton.

Thoughts: The pajama looks exactly as it does in the picture and I’m glad I got a large. Both the shirt and pants fit well on me and it’s not a tight fit nor is it a loose fit, it’s a just right fit. The material’s not scratchy nor does it smell (there’s been complaints of items having a type of smell).

Expectation vs. Reality

Overall this is a keep for me (whether I like it or not I have to keep it Romwe’s return policy (which I encourage you to read over) does not allow for the return of sleepwear). This pj also came in a light yellowish color and there are other pjs that are around the same price.

Up next are the four cat themed sweaters:
(White)Cat Print Sweatshirt ($4.95) I paid $4.46 with the discount code I used.
Size: S M L XL as I stated previously I sized up for all the clothing items I ordered. So I got a L.
Material: 97% Polyester, 3% Spandex
Cat Print Sweatshirt ($8.95) I paid $8.06 with the discount code I used.
Size: S M L XL as I stated previously I sized up for all the clothing items I ordered. So I got a L.
Material: 97% Polyester, 3% Spandex
Expectation
Reality
1Plus1 Girls Cat Print Pullover ($7.95) I paid $7.16 with the discount code I used.
Size: S M L as I stated previously I sized up for all the clothing items I ordered. So I got a L.
Material: 95% Polyester, 5% Spandex
(See You)Letter And Cat Print Sweatshirt ($8.95) I paid $8.06 with the discount code I used.
Size Range: S M L XL  I stated previously I sized up for all the clothing items I ordered. So I got a L.
Material: 97% Polyester, 3% Spandex

Thoughts: I wore these sweaters each day to work (see pictures below). I’m glad I did for it was a bit breezy, chilly and rainy throughout the week (I live in Florida btw). Each one has a different feel to it and the material off each sweater varies. I like them all but my favorites are the 1Plus1 Girls Cat Print Pullover ($7.95) and the Cat Print Sweatshirt ($8.95) Out of the four the (White)Cat Print Sweatshirt ($4.95) was the thickest while the (See You)Letter And Cat Print Sweatshirt ($8.95) was the thinnest (it also didn’t have any pockets). Overall I’m satisfied with my sweaters. You can wear them with or without a tee underneath and you’ll still be comfortable.

For my final clothing item purchase I present you with these cute Cat Pattern Invisible Socks 5Pairs ($3.95).

Expectation vs. Reality

Size: One size

Material: 64% Cotton, 36% Polyester

Thoughts: With the discount, I paid $3.56 and wasn’t disappointed. These socks look exactly as they’re featured in the picture and not only are they cute, but they’re also comfortable.  There were other options for cat socks so it was hard to choose but these were the ones I ended up purchasing.

That ends the clothing portion of this haul review. Now it’s time for the accessories!

First up is the Cat Pattern Floor Mat (13.95) 

With the discount code I paid $12.56. Out of everything that I bought, this was my favorite. First off I was a little skeptical about it, but when it arrived all of that disappeared. It’s exactly as it looks in the site’s picture and it’s a little bigger than I thought it would be.

Reality vs. Expectation

 

This Cat Print Makeup Bag ($1.95) I is cute but yet it was the biggest disappointment.  It’s smaller than how it’s presented in the site’s picture. You can only hold a few-and I mean a few-lipsticks and maybe one compact mirror. It won’t be able to hold anything else. I did pay $1.76 and that’s a good price for this cute tinier than thou makeup bag.

Expectation vs. Reality

 

I haven’t attempted to place this Cat Decora Hook 1pc ($2.95) on my wall…I’ll wait till I move into a new place. For now I’ll say that the item looks exactly like the picture. It’s large and adorable and I look forward to placing it in a nice spot in my new home. With the discount I paid $2.66.
Expectation vs. Reality
Moving onto the Cat Overlay Print Cushion Cover ($2.95)  I love it. And I only paid $2.66 I have no regrets!
Expectation vs. Reality

All that leaves us with are the Gold Hollow Out Cute Cat Pattern Dangle Earrings ($1.95) and the Butterfly & Cat Tattoo Sticker Set 5pcs ($1.95) which I paid $1.76 each for thanks to the discount. Both look exactly as they do in their pictures. I haven’t used the tattoos yet, but plan on doing so soon. I’m not sure if the earrings have real gold but I do like them. They were light as a feather on my ears and they’re just simple and stylish.

Expectation vs. Reality

Final Thoughts:

Overall I’m quite pleased with my first haul from Romwe. Would I purchase from the site again? I’m planning on ordering a few more items later this month and that will be it for a while. And I’ll post a review of my haul for you. If you do order from this site, make sure to do the following:

  1. Read the reviews for the items
  2. Be aware of the shipping and return policies.
  3. Keep in mind that Romwe has a similar site called Shein which sells similar clothes for higher prices.
  4. Check out these Romwe hauls from the following YouTubers which inspired me to give Romwe a try:

That’s it for now! Have a great week.

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A Guide to Sustainable Fashion

I originally wrote this for Uncanny Pop

Everyday, the environment is a topic that is discussed daily from how our actions can have a negative affect on our planet to what we can do to repair the damage and bring about change. One way that we can do that is by being environmentally conscious towards clothing. It’s important to know how and where the clothes on your back are made and that is what sustainable fashion is all about. Sustainable fashion is part of sustainable design and is where a product-in this case clothing-is created and produced with the consideration to the environmental and social impact it may have throughout its total life span which also includes its “carbon footprint.

Here is a guide of common natural and eco-friendly fabrics and a list of sustainable fashion lines that will help you create a wardrobe that’s not only eco-friendly but also fashionable.

Fabrics

Silk: Made by silk worms there is no chemical-based synthetic processing. The only drawback is that after creating the silk,  the worms are thrown into a vat of boiling water in order for us humans to get the silk fibres.  May vegans won’t wear silk due to this, but there is an alternative: peace silk or vegan silk. Clearly labeled, this silk is made from the worm casings that are gathered after the moths have emerged and flown away. In addition, look for silk that has been dyed naturally and is as local as you can get.

Cashmere: Be luxurious and eco friendly at the same time with this fabric which comes from combing out the under-hairs of Kashmir goats.  The fabric is also long-lasting but beware of cheap cashmere as it may have been treated with chemicals and dye with carcinogenic dyes. The fabric may also be mixture with other types like polyester. Real eco-friendly cashmere clothing is expensive but it’ll last a lifetime. As the saying goes, “you get what you pay for.”

Linen: Real linen is made from flax-a crop that requires very little pest-controlling chemicals. Look for this fabric in natural shades or natural dyes and make sure to purchase linen that’s from an eco-certified clothing or fabric company. Beware the linen blends or those that are cheap and chemically treated.

Alpaca: This fabric is from Alpaca sheep that are raised naturally. That means no hormones or chemical treatments. Since this fabric comes in over 52 naturally occurring colors, there‘s no need for dye! Alpaca also keeps you warmer than wool and is long lasting. The only downside is that the fabric most likely will have been imported.

Soy: This fabric is easy to care for and is made from the byproducts of soil oil processing. This fabric is great for underwear and bras due to its long fibres which make the fabric feel soft and silky.  Make sure that the soy products you buy are certified and try to avoid “soy blend” fabric. This fabric is less eco friendly and is a mixture of soy, polyester and inorganic cotton.

Hemp: This fabric is strong, durable and naturally wrinkle-resistant. Clothes made from hemp also offer the cool hand of linen and the softness of cotton. Requiring no chemicals to grow, hemp is often regarded as the ulitmate eco-friendly fabric.  However, hemp farming is not well regulated. There is no monitoring of where its grown nor what types of  chemicals the plant may have come into contact with it.

Merino: The softest of all wools, comes from merino sheep who are bred not for their meat but for their wool. It‘s extremely soft and lacks the itchiness of other wools, which means you can be warm and comfortable. Merino wool offers temperature regulation, moisture control and anti-microbial properties.

Organic cotton: This type of cotton does not have chemicals or toxins added to it during the farming and manufacturing stages. In fact the farming of organic cotton reduces the mass use of pesticides and chemicals. Organic cotton is also becoming more popular and has been seen in stores such as H&M and the Gap. The cons are that the organic cotton you purchase isn’t also assured to be fair trade. In addition, it could be processed using conventional dyes, or treated with chemicals to keep it from wrinkling when its sent overseas. That is why whenever possible buy this fabric in the shades that its naturally grown in: cream, pale, green, and light brown. Purchase clothes that have been coloured using natural or vegetable-based dyes, and look for credible labels that indicated that the product is certified organic, sustainable, and eco-friendly. One example would be be Eco-Cert.

Tencel aka Lyocell: A new fabric that has wonderful qualities. It‘s made with wood pulp from sustainable tree farms (which makes it biodegradable and recyclable) and created with nanotechnology. There are a variety of clothing made from this fabric and it‘s very comfortable. It has 50% greater moisture absorption than cotton and it has a smooth and soft surface. It’s also wrinkle-free. However not all lycoell fabric comes from sustainable wood so be sure to check the labels. Also try to find fabric that’s been dyed with a low-chemical or vegetable colourant.

Bamboo: It is great for both hot and cool climates-bamboo clothing offers built-in temperature control. It keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It‘s also a durable fabric that is antibacterial. Unlike synthetic fabrics, bamboo repels order. It‘s also anti-static so the static won‘t stop you! The only downside is that there is a toxic chemical aspect to the manufacturing of the fabric and that’s when the bamboo loses its eco status.

Ingeo: A new fabric requires almost half the energy it takes to make cotton-inorganic and organic. The only downfall is that the fabric is made from fermented plant sugars usually derived from corn. As  we all know, growing corn takes a lot of pesticides, water, and land.

Polyester: The normal version of this fabric is made from petroleum and is way of the map in terms of eco-friendliness. However companies are finding ways to create the fabric out of recycled plastic bottles and recycled polyester fabirc! Until then, the only green polyester is vintage and let’s face it, vintage is always in style.

Now that we’ve talked about the fabrics, here’s a list of eco-friendly fashion brands.

Fashion Brands

Jonano: the clothes are made of certified organic bamboo, hemp, and their popular ecoKashmere blend-at an affordable price. The clothes are made using Fair Labor practices, their fabrics use low-impact dyes, and their packaging and mailings are printed on recycled paper.

Loomstate: isn‘t inexpensive; they‘re reasonably priced. You can find bargains on their clothing by going to websites like Greenloop and Bluefly.com

Levi Strauss: has been in the jean making business for a long time, so who better than them to lead the way in eco-friendly denim. They use organic cotton, recycled zippers, buttons, and natural indigo dye. They also donate to environmental causes on a regular basis. Levi also encourages their customers to treat their clothes in an environmentally responsible manner. In 2010, their clothes began to carry new tags that encouraged people to wash their clothes in cold water and dry them on a line. When the clothes are no longer needed, they donate them to Goodwill. Levi also works on worker rights, HIV/AIDS, Equality, and Community Engagement.

American Apparel: has clothes for the whole family at affordable prices

To see more list of eco-friendly fashion brands, click the links below:

Buzzfeed’s 13 Eco-Friendly Fashion Brands For A Cruelty-Free Closet

Elle: 7 Eco-Friendly Fashion Labels To Know Now

Eco Fashion World

Fashion Set: Uhura 1.0

Fashion Set: Uhura

 


Pencil dress
rotita.com

Thick-heel pumps
cicihot.com

George J Love handbags purse
$26 – yoox.com

Mac cosmetic
macys.com

Fashion Set: Kirk

Fashion Set: Kirk

 

Brown top
$22 – boohoo.com

Oasis high waisted flared trousers
$25 – oasis-stores.com

Side zip boots
romwe.com

Lime crime lipstick
dollskill.com

Fashion Set: Uhura

Fashion Set: Uhura

 


Mini dress
rotita.com

Black shoes
cicihot.com

George J Love man bag
$26 – yoox.com

Panacea hoop earrings
lastcall.com

Mac cosmetic
macys.com