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Words – Nathalie Palud

Picture – Nathalie Palud

Everything is slowly starting to change. From the weather to life in general, the next few months are going to be a rollercoaster of emotions.

Let’s rewind a little to 2010. I just graduated high school and decided I needed to travel. Coming from a half Filipino family, going to the Philippines was one of the options. It was supposed to be only for a few months and here I am now, exactly 7 years later, getting ready to pack my bags and start all over again.

I have decided to move back to France for a little while and start a new life in Paris. I know you might think that it will be easy since I am French after all. Well, yes and no. Yes, because it is true that I will not have all the complications I might have had in a country where I would need a working visa or I wouldn’t speak the language. No, because starting a new life even home is still rebuilding everything. The thought of it can be quite intimidating and scary.

This December, I am packing the whole life that I have built in this country in a suitcase not exceeding thirty kilograms and getting a one-way ticket back home.

Moving from my little tropical island to winter Europe is also going to be challenging in the wardrobe department. I have no winter clothes. No jacket, sweater, coats, scarfs or gloves are very necessary for a weather that never drops under twenty-five degrees Celsius and I am pretty sure that the clothes that my eighteen-year-old-self decided to pick back in 2009 to 2010 will match my taste now that I am twenty-five. So when the online store Romwe contacted me, I jumped on the occasion to start rebuilding my winter closet.

I usually say no to working with cheap Asian brands like them because, to be honest, we all know that the quality isn’t a priority. You can’t expect much for such a low price and I don’t like working with companies I already know won’t match the quality I expect to share with all of you. But the circumstances this time around made me say “why not?” and they ended up sending me the sweater seen on the picture above for review.

Well, as I expected, the sizings are terrible and the quality isn’t that great. If you are looking for a cheap way to upgrade your wardrobe, make sure you pay very close attention to the sizing chart and to lower your expectations when it comes to clean finishing on the garment itself. I would actually recommend sticking with accessories and jewelry to play it safe. There are still tons of cute little items you can get for a very low price.


So in approximately 63 days, it is going to be my last day at work and in 76 days my last day in the Philippines.

New closet, new city, new life, new adventures to come.

Wish me luck!


If you wish to purchase the sweater, click here

Romwe Off the Shoulder Blouses


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