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ELB Handmade Lingerie: Review! by Allyse Francis

ELB Handmade Review!!!

Humming Bird Bralette- ELB Lingerie

Humming Bird Bralette- ELB Lingerie

Tictail has put me in the way of some fantastic brands since I've discovered their e-commerce site this year. I've already bought a  couple things from there, so far I've been 3/3 well beyond satisfied.

ELB Handmade is one of the first stores I've stumbled upon. The lingerie designs were simple but unique, and I loooooved the fabrics the person chose to make them from. Their stand out pieces were the embroidered bralette and panty sets, and they were absolutely divine. What stood out even more was the price point: In a world with sets going $100+ for something handmade, ELB Handmade made bra and panty sets for $25.

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Usually when that happens it is WAY too good to be true, right? It was why I didn't click the "buy" button immediately, but I'm SO glad I did. Also, a moment of silence for all the bra and panty sets I missed out on because I waited too long.... 

I ordered two items: The Hummingbird Bra, and the BlueBell High-waisted Set. The Hummingbird Bra was on pre-sale so I knew that I would have to wait a little bit for it to get to me, so I waited... and waited........ and waited (for a month and a half). I sent several emails with no return.

Bluebell High Waisted Set- ELB Lingerie

Bluebell High Waisted Set- ELB Lingerie

 

Frustrated, I freaked out and reported my purchase to Tictail. They can't do anything, really, because they aren't the ones selling the goods... however if there's enough complaints then they can drop the store from their site. I've gotten burned a couple times in my venture for online goods and lingerie, so I tend to go hard and merciless when it comes to either getting my money back or getting the goods I paid for.

ELB Handmade got back to me swiftly, and courteously. Turns out my stuff got lost in the mail (our mailing system suuuuuucks) and sent me a replacement package with a tracking number.

I got my package a little bit ago, and I am in LOOOOOOVE. It's exactly as pictured. The bralettes fit like a dream as does the underwear! ELB Lingerie also gave me an additional white bralette as an apology (I'M WEARING IT AS I TYPE!!!). Everything was true to size, and made of great high quality materials. No loose threads, not wonky sewing. The bralette lay flat against my my breasts even though there was extensive embroidery on it. It wasn't stiff or anything! I can even wear them under some of my blouses without the ridges peeping through! AMAZINGGGGGGGG!

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Even though there was a rough patch in the delivery (something that was out of both our hands) I am definitely going to buy from them again, because they're a genuinely great company, and supporting small businesses is more important than ever! I can't wait to shoot these pieces so I can buy more! They even have a little button where you can add adjustable straps etc to your purchase. As it stands, the bralette fit is perfect for me, but I'll definitely try it out and report back on it later.

TL;DR- ELB Handmade is the business, and hell yeah I would buy again.


Below are some of my favorite pieces from the ELB Handmade store, be sure to check them out on Tictail!:

Do you have a favorite item of their??? List them below and be sure to follow me on Tictail for all my fashion favorites!!!!

Hot Tictail Stores You Need to Recognize- July Round Up by Allyse Francis

If you know me in real life (or social media) then you'll probably know that I love clothes. My personal style is currently evolving, and I'm making the closet transition from fast fashion to pieces of clothing that are more ethically sourced.  That means recycled/upcycled clothing from thrift stores and clothing from small brands! I discovered TicTail through Instagram, and was instantly thrilled with the whole concept of the online marketplace.

Tictail is an Ecommerce site that houses up-and-coming brands and small business from all over the world. They house products ranging from clothing pieces, to accessories, to home goods, to artwork. If you want a better rundown of Tictail and why it's so damn amazing check out my post here. Otherwise, just take my word for it (or don't) and I can just jump into my favorite stores of July

 

Christina Ledang

This brand is like heaven on a stick to me: Streetwear mixed with minimalism that's way out of my price range, but it doesn't stop me from fantisizing about their amazing coats. Christina Ledang is a Norgwegian high fashion label with clean designs. They include staples that every person should have in their closet: tank dresses, long sleeve tops, and chunky knit sweaters. Christina Ledang also has some incredible statement pieces like the Drown Me Scarf, a beautiful and incredibly long and thick wool scarf that reminds me of this iconic Lenny Kravitz moment:

 

Photo by Esquire

Photo by Esquire

So while it doesn't have that fringe bottom, nor is it as long, The Drown Me Scarf is definitely something you should check out if you want to give some fall/winter realness and flair.

Photo by Christina Ledang on Tictail

Photo by Christina Ledang on Tictail

Probably their most well known piece is their Bubble Long coat. It's a double layered puffer coat that has the length of a duster, over-sized pockets, and it comes in millennial pink. So basically it's everything I live for. The Bubble Long was worn by Gigi Hadid, who also wore a cropped pink sweater by Christina Ledang as well.  All this warmth and funky color can be yours to the tune of $1,103... Which is actually not too bad considering that it's thicc af and waterproof, both are qualities you'll need to get through a NYC winter.

Most of their products range from $30-$100, and don't let their shipping fee scare you: they created a blanket shipping price and will refund you the leftovers if it comes out to be cheaper than that.

Photo by N.Ignatovich/ BACKGRID

Photo by N.Ignatovich/ BACKGRID

Photo by Christina Ledang on TICTAIL

Photo by Christina Ledang on TICTAIL

 
 

Other Theory

**Fun Fact: I actually am putting aside money just so I can go on a shopping spree here.**

Other Theory describes itself as a progressive European brand that offers original and high-end womenswear.  They definitely offer that. it's a unique blend of femininity and architecture-like ridgedness. Other Theory has a knack of creating seperates that are statement pieces, but are wearable enough so that you can get some pretty incredible looks from them. This label pushes limits in creating clothes with unexpected cutouts, playing with shapes, and draping. 

 

Yard & Blue

Okay so please forgive me if I get this wrong (their bio was in Portuguese, and google butchers all translations), but Yard & Blue is a line formed by two women, and I'm quite sure if it's thrifted/upcycled clothing or their own work. Either way this Tictail store is filled with bright and easy pieces that would make every influencer cry with envy. Seriously, if you want an instragrammable outfit then you should head to this store. They only sell limited qualities of each piece, which sucks because I would definitely sell my first born for a couple of their already sold out clothing items. However, there's still plenty of amazingness to go around, especially dresses and dusters. They have a knack for finding/creating sack dresses that don't look frumpy, but are instead chic and relaxed. If you insist on having a waistline then these dresses can be easily belted to create more of a shape. Honestly, oversized looks never looked so easy, or beautiful.

 

MaxJenny!

This store is basically print heaven.

MaxJenny! is a store in Denmark that has a keen eye for creating wild and wonderful prints that captivate the eye, and works harmoniously with the silhouette its on. They're bold, bright, and some are just plain weird (in the best way possible). If you want head-turning wardrobe then this store is perfect for you. Their eye for color and creating textiles is wacky, fun, and fabulous. Their clothes run from $300-$800, but it's well worth the price for a piece of art in your wardrobe.

I flipping love this online venture, and am definitely well on my way to becoming obsessed. What about you?  See anything you like? Have a favorite brand at Tictail?? Should I do a monthly product round up of my favorite things> Let me know in the comments below!!

 

Tictail is a Fucking Treasure. Here's Why. by Allyse Francis

I'm not exactly sure how I stumbled upon Tictail (Instagram most likely), an e-commerce store, but I'm glad I did. It's filled with incredible brands from all over the world, and puts you in the way of some incredible designers. Tictail is pretty easy to navigate, each store inside the side has a lot of autonomy, and they have an amazing philosophy.

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Tictail History

As a fairly recent venture, Tictail was founded in 2012 by a group in Stockholm, Sweden (bless these people). The team was headed by CEO, Carl W. Rivera who wanted to create an online space that would help to business owners to launch global brands.  It's a hub for small creators that want to make a global impact, and I for one am eternally grateful.

Their mission is rooted in the fact that it is so easy to start your own shop. It's free to sign up, there's no hidden fees or charges, and the shop gets to keep 96.5% of whatever you sell. It sounds insane whenever you compare it to other e-commerce websites.


 

Shopping Experience

SALES

With the gloriousness of having shop autonomy. You, as a shopper, are blessed with the opportunities to shop sales. You choose the between 15%, 30%, or 50% off or more. You can narrow down the price range, look within categories, and also change the settings so items can be sorted into "Lowest price." Shops are also allowed to give out coupons and special deals, so if you follow a store and sign up for the Tictail emails you'll be getting a notification whenever a store decides to have a percentage off sale. 

Follow/Like Feature

When you create a Tictail profile you have the option of following stores and other users. It keeps everything pretty streamlined, and you get a notification on the bell towards the top of your screen whenever a store you've followed has added a product.

 

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It's a great way to stay up to date on the latest goodies you can splurge on.

If you click on your profile name, and then click on the "New for You," then you're taken to a page where you can view all the newest arrivals from the brands that you follow.

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One thing that could possibly be improved is how you find the complete list of how you can find the brands and products that you have liked and followed. So far it seems like the only way Tictail allows you to do this is by clicking on "My Profile" and going from there. It's an itty-bitty pitfall, but worth noting.


 

Phone App

I can only comment on this as a a droid user (I know... roast me), but the main reason I love Tictail is because of the ability to shop on the go. The app is nowhere near the ease of going on a desktop, but it's serviceable enough so that I can browse with *relative* ease and discover new items.  

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It functions fairly similarly to the desktop site: has the likes feature, you can visit your profile to look at a list of the brands/shoppers you follow, and can buy from it was well. However, you lose the ability to look at specific reviews on a brand, which is often crucial when wanting to buy something from a relatively unknown entity. 


Ease of Transactions

Buying Tictail is super easy, and therefore makes it incredibly dangerous. I buy through my Paypal account, although they do accept major credit cards, apple pay, and assortment of other options

Future shoppers be aware! Since each shop has such autonomy, they have their own return policies, and shipping costs. Before you purchase make sure that you read and understand their policies before taking the plunge and checking out.  If you're buying from multiple stores then you'll have to check out multiple times as well.

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Tictail is an overall wonderful venture into e-commerce. They house incredible brands that range from artwork to home goods, and men and women's fashion. It brings together small brands so that they can have a global reach.

Did I tempt you to check it out? If I did then you can check out my profile here. Definitely take a look around you can find some gems. Let me know some of your favorite stores in the comments below!