My new red satchel from Chicnova arrived just in time for me to take it for a spin. I went to the movies with some friends and I decided to wear something warm, but stylish. The red satchel was the cherry on top. =)
I have a lot of black bags, a couple yellow bags, a brown bag and a mint bag. Needless to say, I really needed some more colorful bags. This red satchel is the perfect size and the perfect hue. On the Chicnova website it looks like an almost fluorescent cherry red. I was afraid that it would look cheap in person, but it's not. The camera flash brightens it, but it is a classic red.
The price was quite reasonable at $47. I did get 20% off that, though, as a first time customer. In addition to the red satchel, I also bought a black fringe bag with braided handles and a brown sweater. I'm very happy with the quality of these items and I'll most likely show off the fringe bag and sweater in future posts.
Prior to this, the only overseas on-line store with which I had done business was Chicwish. I wrote about that experience in a previous post. I did some research on Chicnova and I found several blog posts and Youtube videos about them, but they didn't strike me as totally genuine reviews. I think many of those bloggers received free items or some monetary compensation. So, I took most of what they said with a grain of salt.
After viewing many photos and videos, I took the plunge and made an order. It shipped in three business days and arrived in about one week. None of my items had any product tags or brand information, so I'm not really sure where exactly these items were made. That being said, the items I received appeared to be well constructed. My red satchel, for example, is very sturdy. That night, I used it as I would any of my other bags (i.e. - the typical abuse heh). I packed it with my iPod, cell phone, wrist warmers and gloves. It didn't feel fragile or weighed down. It held up quite well!
I'm also happy to have had another excuse to wear my polka dot dress. I last wore it at a wedding in Texas in the summer of 2011. It has a smocked bust and an adjustable bustle. I can let it out, I just have to untie several bows that lie underneath the lining. I've never untied them, though. I kinda like it gathered up. It's rather Victorian. I thought the fingerless arm warmers were a nice touch. I'd wear a bodysuit to get that effect, but I didn't want the top of the lace suit to show. This would have to do. =)
I'm in my scary attic, by the way! Hehe. It was too dark and too cold to go outside, so I just popped into the attic. Every wall in the apartment is filled. I have absolutely no plain wall space. The attic on the other hand? Lots of wall space. The downside? Scary at night, creaky wood, thirsty spiders, unfinished flooring and peeling walls. Not the best circumstances for photos, but certainly not boring, either. :P
Thrifted - Black Fingerless Lace Gloves, Sheer Black Tights & Black Over-the-Knee Socks
TIL Darling - Vintage Bicycle Pendant & Gold/Cream Bangles
ModCloth - Polka Dot Lace Trimmed Bustle Dress
Tobi - Slouchy Black Cardigan w/ Toggle Buttons
Chicnova - Cherry Red Satchel w/ Buckles
UrbanOG - Short Black Boots