Aislynn “Ais” — Aislynn’s World
Ais is a part-time student, housewife, and blogger from Copenhagen, Denmark. She also belongs to a demanding Pekingese. Her eclectic blog, Aislynn’s World (formerly Couture for Curves), covers beauty, DIY, Geek stuff, home improvement, photography, and fashion featuring her size 18/20 frame.
What is your greatest concern about online shopping? I have three major concerns when it comes to shopping online:
1) Will it fit? Different brands cut differently, but sometimes the same item of the same size from the same brand fits entirely different. It’s terribly frustrating.
2) Will I like it in person? I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve seen a picture and loved an item, but upon receiving it, felt bitterly disappointed.
3) Can I find it on an EU-based website? That way, if I need to return the item, at least I won’t have to pay non-refundable customs fees on top of shipping and handling.
What is your greatest concern about shopping locally? I feel pretty lucky to have a few stores that I trust, but there are some stores that disappoint time and again. The H&M nearest to my place, for example, has a “plus size” section that is not only tiny, but also pretty messy and usually very little of any interest. If they made even half of their “straight sized” clothes in plus sizes, I’d be thrilled.
What is your favorite store to shop locally? Zizzi — Unlike stores like H&M, Zizzi loves and embraces curves: they celebrate them with beautiful, well-made pieces. There’s something for everyone–trendy, boho-chic, classic–it’s all there, and they’ve got three stores, all just a few minutes from my place. If that wasn’t enough, they also put on fashion shows and host blogger events where the designers themselves can get unfiltered feedback. Can you tell I love this brand?
Another shop that deserves an honorable mention is Marina Rinaldi. I haven’t purchased anything from them, as their prices don’t fit within the boundaries of my rather limited budget, but if I had the funding, I would most certainly splurge on their 100% silk tunics and elegant dresses; they’re beautiful.
What are your top three online stores to shop?
Etsy: Not really a store, more an online mall. It’s the perfect spot for all things vintage or handmade.
Curvety: They’re based in the UK and they carry brands like Igigi and Kiyonna.
Amazon.co.uk: Great for browsing, and much more affordable blu-ray prices than I’m able to find locally.
Your shopping weakness? I’m a scarf hoarder. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve talked myself out of buying a scarf that I like, simply because I have so many. They’re such an easy way to accessorize or pull an outfit together, so aside from the purely financial aspect, it’s tough to justify not buying every single one that catches my fancy.
Fave color: Depends on my mood. Right now, I’m going to say green.
Fave trend: I recently rediscovered my love of bohemian style: it’s comfortable, whimsical, and you can get away with just about anything.
Three things your blog readers might not know about you are:
- I love music, and when I’m alone, I sing and dance around while doing chores–whistling while you work really does make it more enjoyable.
- Painting is incredibly relaxing for me, but I don’t have any of my pieces up on the walls.
- I’m 5’9″ and secretly wish I was 5’4″. What can I say, the grass is always greener.