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My 3 goals for this summer!

It’s officially summer and I wanted to write and share with you my goals for the 2021 summer season which promises to be fruitful and not at all restful!

  1. Enjoy 

One of my goals is clearly to enjoy this season. Going on vacation, squatting on the terraces (by the way, that’s where this article is being written from 😉 ), spending time with family and friends, having fun, and decompressing! 

After almost half a year spent in lockdown, this summer will be an opportunity to reconnect with all the things we’ve been deprived of over the past few months: restaurants, movies, gatherings,… What a pleasure!

  1. Learn & work

Yes! It’s not because we’re “on vacation” that work is going to stop as well. I rather intend to use this time to work more and smarter in order to save money, finance some projects and especially… LEARN (one of my biggest goals for 2021)! 

And what do I plan to learn? 

Based on the fact that we never run out of new things to discover and that we never master everything, in each field of my life where I would like to excel, I make sure to always learn, whether it is through personal research, training or even through practical experience: any opportunity is good to seize. Besides, I believe that from every circumstance in life, there is always a lesson to learn!

This summer in particular, I have planned to take part in several events that will allow me to learn more and I look forward to it! 

  1. Preparing for the beginning and end of the year 

I have set some big goals for this year 2021, and I’m not losing sight of them for i intend to achieve them! So, this summer will certainly be about having fun, while keeping in mind the beginning of the school year in September too. Indeed, the last quarter of the year will require a certain amount of preparation and planning so that on December 31st I can check off my list of goals set at the beginning of the year.

In a few words, if there’s one thing I’m sure of, it’s that these vacations will be more than eventful (even if I’ll make sure to start September refreshed!). 

Of course I intend to share with you my adventures here as well as on social networks, I invite you to have a look! 

– My Instagram account: @the.christianista

– My YouTube channel: The Christianista

I already wish you a wonderful summer and great vacations, hoping that the goals I shared above will give you some ideas to make it even better! 

Take care of yourself,

The Christianista

Where to shop online

Hey everyone,

As a big fan of online shopping, I was asked to write this article in order to recommend the right sites to order clothes from. It is true that I go less and less in store, and that the ¾ of my shopping are done online, so I hope I will be able to give you the best recommendations!

So this article is about online stores other than the ones we are used to due to their physical presence (Ex: Zara, h&m, Bershka, etc…). The first part of this article includes sites on which I usually make my purchases, the second part presents sites that I have never tested but for which I have made inquiries from different consumers.

1. Asos

I could not dare to start with a website other than my precious “Asos”. My favorite site; and you surely know it, the ¾ of my orders come from this website, and I recommend it 2000%. Why do I recommend it?

The great diversity of items: There are really all kinds of styles, for all occasions, from casual to chic, from street to gala. It’s obvious that they’ve thought about every category of people, especially with their “Plus Size” category, “Maternity” and even a “modesty” category and even more.

Brand diversity: On Asos you will not only find “ASOS” items, you will also find items from several other brands.

Fast Delivery: I personally paid €18.99 to get the express delivery option for one year, which means that I can receive all my orders in express (the next day generally) for one year. 

But in general, they usually deliver quickly when using standard delivery, between 3 to 4 days. The shipping fees are 4€, and the delivery becomes free once you reach 42€. For an express delivery, the fees are 15€. The other positive point is that there are no fees for returns, and the refund is quite fast; it usually takes between a week and a week and a half.

2. Zalando

There was a time when I used to order there all the time, but not with the same frequency as at Asos. I only order shoes there, and especially heels. I think half of my heels collection comes from Zalando. And to be honest, I’ve never ordered anything else there as I’ ve never been personally interested in their clothes.

Diversity of brands: Their diversity of brands is, I believe, even wider than Asos, which allows you to have many more choices without necessarily going to each brand’s website. This enabled me also to discover new brands that I didn’t know before.

Fast delivery: In terms of delivery, it’s just as fast: a 2-3 day delivery with the option “express delivery” available. And the good thing is that there are no delivery costs for regular deliveries.

Payment option: I must admit that on this point, they offer an excellent advantage at Zalando: there is no obligation to pay at the time of the order. You can indeed order without paying, and receive the bill at the same time as the package. What I particularly appreciate in this option is that the return of an order becomes very simple because you don’t have to initiate any refund procedure, you just have to send the items back.

3. Boohoo

Unlike Asos and Zalando, Boohoo only sells its own brand. However, it also offers great diversity, including several different categories, identical to those mentioned above for Asos. One can also mention the categories for small and large sizes.

In terms of quality, I must admit that it is not necessarily the best, it depends a lot on the type of items but given the very affordable prices they offer, there are no surprises. Moreover, they often make great discounts on their articles, which makes it possible to really find clothes at very low prices.

As for the shipping, I have always chosen shipping in Belgium (when ordering on Boohoo France) and the option offered costs 9.99€ and I always receive my orders within two working days. There is no free delivery available in Belgium. Similarly, when you want to return ordered items, fees are charged; I personally had to pay 5 euros to return an order via DPD.

Please note this! I insist on the fact that I order on, i. e. in France, because from now on if you order on Boohoo UK, expect to pay customs fees due to Brexit.

4. Shein

I have never purchased any of the items of this brand before, so the following reviews are reviews that I have collected from various consumers that I have asked to give me feedback.

Regarding delivery timing, Shein delivers within 10 to 20 business days and offers free shipping for purchases over 45 euros. An amount of 2.50€ is charged if the total order varies between 25€ and 45€ while you have to pay 4.99€ for delivery for any order below 25€.

The quality of the clothes is not the best, and just like Boohoo, this brand offers trendy clothes at such affordable prices that it is recommendable for anyone who wants to shop with a small budget. The other positive point is that they also offer a lot of discount codes throughout the year!

One remark that has been made more than once and that I will surely take into account if one day I decide to order on this website is the fact that the clothes are generally in the small size, and that it is therefore recommended to order one size up.

5. PrettyLittleThing

I have also never ordered on this website, so I based my order on the opinion of a regular consumer.

As far as quality is concerned, it depends again on each piece of clothing, depending on whether the tissue is thin, transparent, etc. She advises us to take a good look at the photos and videos available on the website to get an idea of the appearance of the cloth and its quality. 

As for the prices, they are very affordable and the website provides very often promo codes, which offers a good alternative to the customer: buying large quantities of clothes at very affordable prices.

In terms of delivery, it is done quite quickly. You will find on their website that the regular delivery to Europe is between 5 and 10 days but it has been attested that in general, the package arrives within 5 days. Be careful, PrettyLittleThing being in the United Kingdom, it should be noted that with Brexit regulations, customs fees should now be charged, which would be quite high! And this, my dear people, is a piece of information to keep in mind if you want to shop there!

Well, I hope this article will have been helpful! Of course, these are not the only online stores where you can do your shopping, but they are well known and we often hear about them. Don’t hesitate to give me feedback if you order for the first time on one of these sites, and here is my Instagram account “@the.christianista” if you need more information about ordering!

Lots of love,

The Christianista

Know your why

I still remember long before I was convinced of it myself, I had already been declared a blogger. I was already told at the time that I would create a blog, and if it wasn’t proclaimed yet, then I was asked if it wasn’t at least part of my plans. I surely felt flattered, but above all, I told myself that I didn’t want to do it just for the sake of doing it or to please people, but because I felt that I MUST do it.

And when the right moment came, believe me, the vision and the plan followed. I still remember the time I had to stay up all night, a sleepless night during which I wrote the whole vision and my blog’s mock-up. Afterwards, realizing that it couldn’t have just been my imagination, I prayed for this project and I especially remember asking God to place the right people all around me. And that’s when the adventure began, from the conception of the blog to its launching, until the present moment, a year later. (By the way, I realize that He has answered my prayers beyond my expectations, and to this day I am grateful for every single person who has been involved in this project and who has brought his or her contribution to it).

Why am I telling you all this? Because the belief that I have to do what I am doing, and having a clear vision of what I need to accomplish is my why. Why did I start a blog? Why am I sharing this article? Why am I investing my time and money in it? Why am I taking pictures? Why am I sharing my lifestyle? Why am I sharing playlists ? Why? Why? Why? Behind each one of my actions, my posts, my projects are hidden answers to every “why” you might ask me.

Knowing my major “WHY” and all my minor “whys” is what allows me to move forward, what allows me to keep dreaming, what allows me to persevere and not stop when facing all that awaits me despite all the changes, detours, falls, and other obstacles that could have already stopped me.

“Know your why” is really a message that I will carry with me for life, and with which I will never stop encouraging people. And I pray that you who read me, may not only know it and especially remember it in your daily life, in each of your actions, but that it may also be useful to you in every thing you would like to achieve. There is in this why, an extraordinary strength that allows us to move forward, to set goals and reach them, to keep on dreaming; an extreme strength that allows us to hold on no matter the adversity and difficulties we may encounter; there is behind this why, the accomplishment of a plan, a life tailor-made for us.

Why do you do what you do? Why does it matter? Why is this goal important to you? Why? Ask yourself all these questions!

And on that note, happy first anniversary to my blog, the adventure goes on and I’m sure that the best is yet to come. Thank you to all of you who read me, who believe in me and who encourage me every day. May God bless you and accompany you in everything you undertake,

Lots of love,

The Christianista