Everything you need to know about ZAFUL South Africa and my brutally honest opinion

From ordering to shipping, customs and exchanges, I’ve got all the details…

 

 

I’ve been receiving a number of questions on social media about my experience with ZAFUL South Africa. To my surprise, I even had a recruitment agent ask me about my experience because she saw that I had done a video on it! I love helping out wherever I can so I’m going to try my best to leave all the questions you’re dying to know right here where you can read if you’re not really into YouTube videos. Feel free to watch the videos instead if you’d like to see what some of the items look like.

What is ZAFUL?

Zaful is an online fashion retailer with a wide variety of clothing items such as tops, bottoms, denims and swimwear at reasonable prices (I say reasonable because in my honest opinion, they are not cheap but compared to South African prices they’re a lot better).

Ordering process

The ordering process is relatively simple, but checkout can be a bit of a pain. Once you’ve added all your items to your cart, you simply add a discount code (if you sign up with your e-mail, you’ll get tons of them and they’ll definitely come in handy) and then proceed to check out. For some reason, ZAFUL doesn’t pick up South African currency on their site so it converts it to U.S Dollars, which is the same amount but just a different currency. Once you’ve reached the payment process, you can go ahead and pay with credit card, debit card or PayPal (I’m unsure of the paypal method but checkout is safe even though I paid with debit card).

Shipping to South Africa & Customs

Yikes. This was definitely not the quickest process, but really not too bad. I believe that I received my first order 3 weeks after I purchased it and it was delivered to my house because apparently there is a South African warehouse somewhere in SA. The first time I ordered, I had no problems and the courier dropped it off with no charge whatsoever, but the second time I ordered more items (it was a bigger parcel than my first), my package was flagged by customs. I’m not sure how it worked the first time but the second time really got me fired up because it was a hassle to get in touch with the post office, find out why my parcel was flagged and then on top of paying R1700 for my second ZAFUL order, I had to pay a R1300 customs charge on top of that. Guys, when I tell you that it was the final straw for me, I meant it. Customs did me so wrong, on my intern salary, mind you. Just beware of ordering more than 5 items because I’m really not sure how the size issue works.

Quality & Sizing

I’m going to be really honest and say that ZAFUL’s swimwear is to die for. I’ve only ever had one issue with a swimsuit and that was the stitching that was sticking out (it looked messy, like it was coming apart), but I fixed it and now you can hardly notice it. Their clothes are a different story. I would highly recommend not ordering ANYTHING in white, because from my own experience, it is see-through as hell. Some of the clothing items look so cute in photos and once it arrives, it isn’t the best quality. For some reason, ZAFUL charges so much more for their clothing pieces than their swimsuits, which I don’t understand. Their sizing? Absolutely WHACK. I’ve had to order almost all my items in large even though I’m a medium. Their clothing and two pieces run small but their monokinis run true to size. I hate to say it but I really wasn’t impressed with their small clothing pieces, especially because they look so cute on their site.

Returns

I decided to return 3 items that did not fit and this is where I realized how bad ZAFUL’s customer support service is. It takes them 24 hours to respond to each message, which is really ridiculous and can be really frustrating. When I asked about their returns process, I was told that the returned items need to be sent to HONG KONG. Wow, I was at a loss for words. Then they said they’ll refund me the full amount for the clothing, but only a partial amount for the shipping. It cost me about R350 to return the package via airmail to Hong Kong and this could only be done through the post office (they ask you not to use DHL or other courier services, please do not ask me why). They also ask for a website to trace the parcel, an image of the receipt and details of the items. I only received my money a month later and this was after I had to follow up with them a few times.

The verdict

Would I recommend ZAFUL? Yes, if you’re going to buy their swimwear, please go crazy, just read the reviews before you purchase an item so you know what the sizing is like. The reviews are found below each item to give the customer an idea of what others are thinking. As for their clothing, just be careful with sizing and don’t be too excited about the quality. I feel like the only thing I can really complain about are the clothing items I’ve received, their customer support and crazy returns process. Other than that, I’m really happy with some of the swimsuit items.

Have you ordered from ZAFUL before? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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California Dreaming.

There’s nothing I love more than looking good, but feeling comfortable at the same time. Although student budget doesn’t always allow me to go out and purchase the most expensive clothing, I still like to make the most of what I have available. Last week Tuesday, my best friends and I rounded up a photographer (who just happened to be my best friends cousin) and took a few shots in the streets of Ocean View Drive. For those of you who don’t know, Ocean View Drive is situated in Seapoint and overlooks the ocean from the top. Palm trees are aligned along the picturesque hills, which makes it look like the streets of California.

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Hi, my name is Deeanne and welcome to my crib (I wish)

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Outfit Details:

Sunglasses: Supre

Creme de la Creme Body Suit: Factorie

High Waisted Shorts: Mr. Price Fashion

Shoes: Adidas Stan Smith in Baby Pink

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Huge Back To School Affordable Try-On Clothing Haul!

–♡ CLICK PLAY TO WATCH THE VIDEO, PLEASE LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE ♡–

 

 

Shopping is cheaper than therapy.

I recently went on a bit of a shopping spree for my second semester of varsity and I saved all the gifts from my birthday to make this affordable and collective haul for my viewers and readers! My previous back to school clothing try on haul which went up earlier this year has over 700 views which means I am so close to hitting that 1000 mark! I love when people interact with my content

I’m not sure if most of my readers know this but I live in the Southern hemisphere which means that we are approaching Spring and Summer soon so I made this both a summer and a winter clothing haul, so I could accommodate all the seasons approaching, wherever you are in the world !

Featured below are all the items in my video for those who don’t like watching YouTube videos. If you do watch my video please don’t forget to give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel so I can create more content for you!

Starbucks Shirt (Purchased in Thailand) ♡

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I recently featured this post in an OOTD which if you missed it, you can find here. I love printed tee’s and tank tops because I feel that it adds so much to a simple outfit. What I love most about this is that it’s a piece of Thailand that I brought home with me and I’m a coffee lover so it’s no surprise that I cannot wait for Starbucks to get to Cape Town! At the moment we only have one in Johannesburg which is in a different city and a bit of a bummer. I love that the colours are simple and not too overboard as I feel that sometimes crazy prints can kill an outfit as a whole.

Dusty Pink Choker Bodysuit (Mr. Price) and Denim Shorts (The Fix) ♡

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I’ve mentioned in my videos that I am not a fan of the choker trend simply because I don’t like the way chokers look on me particularly. Mr. Price has recently came out with a new choker neckline for their shirts which I feel adds such a nice touch to an outfit. I wasn’t 100% sold on the body suit at first but after a while I realized that I liked the way it looked on me. Paired with this shorts which I purchased from The Fix, I love how the cut on the legs is different and almost a zig-zag pattern. If you go to The Fix on Thursdays and you are a student, if you present a valid student card you will get 20% off your purchase! Who doesn’t love a good deal?

Pink Rose Detailed Bomber Jacket (Exact) ♡

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As I mentioned before, I’m currently still feeling the effects of Winter so this bomber was such a cute addition to my wardrobe! I love the rose detailing on it and I feel that it’s such a cute colour. I have a green bomber from The Fix but I feel that this one is much warmer and more durable for Winter time. I would usually pair this with black tights or skinny jeans and sneakers or my black booties featured in the video!

Dusty Pink Adidas Stan Smith (Sportscene) ♡

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For my 21st birthday I decided to add to my shoe collection by buying myself a new pair of sneakers. I have always been in love with the Stan Smith and I feel that it is so much more comfortable than the Superstar. I originally wanted the all white Stan Smith but when I saw this one I had to have it! Anyone that knows me knows that I love pink and gold and white so this was right up my alley.

Unfortunately I did not photograph all the items in my haul so if you would like to see the rest of my items then you can watch the video!

 

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OOTD: Starbucks At Sunset [Street Style]

“I’m nicer when I like my outfit”

I’ve never been the type of person who willingly dresses nice for university. The type of university I go to is extremely laid back, so much so that if you do dress “over the top” it’s really weird so I would never “over-dress” for campus. As much as I would like a minimalistic wardrobe, I tend to gravitate towards printed shirts that look good for days when I don’t really feel like dressing up. I feel that printed shirts are such a great statement piece that can make any outfit cool no matter how basic the other pieces are. I picked up this Starbucks shirt when I went to Thailand and I love Starbucks, so it’s no surprise that I have this shirt. I would say that I do have a coffee addiction and I cannot get through the day without a daily dose! I took a few photos of my outfit I wore two days ago and I am obsessed with how they turned out even though the sun was already setting.

 

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To be honest, this is the first fashion post I’ve done in such a long time because in the past, I always used to have someone take photos for me and now I have to take all my photographs myself. I’m really happy with how my photographs turned out. In case anyone was wondering, I paired this outfit with white low cut converse. I asked my mom to take a full length photo but she’s still working on her skills!

Top: Purchased in Thailand

Shorts: Mr. Price

Sunglasses: gifted from a friend

Watch and Bracelet Set: Lovisa

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My 2016 Winter Lookbook & Where Have I Been?

Hello beautiful, happy Sunday!

If you’re still subscribed to me then you’re probably wondering where I’ve been and why on Earth have I not posted in almost a month. I spent a lot of my holidays just relaxing and not pressuring myself to do blog posts because I feel that when I have to put up content, it’s not always my best. For those of you who don’t know, August 8th is my birthday so I have some great content coming next month and I am just really happy to be blogging again in general.

About 2 weeks ago I uploaded my 2016 Winter Lookbook video which you can find on my channel by clicking the play button down below, if you do then don’t forget to give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel x

 

Now I know that some of you don’t always have internet access which is fast enough to watch or you’re not able to watch at all due to country restrictions. No worries, I have taken photographs and I am more than happy to share it with you!

OUTFIT 1:

Top: Woolworths

Jersey/Throw-over: Mr. Price

Jeans: Mr. Price

Boots: Mr. Price

Necklace: Zando

Watch: Lanco

Bracelet: Foschini

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OUTFIT 2:

Jersey: Legit

Tights: Foschini

Boots: The Fix

Necklace: Mr. Price

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OUTFIT 3:

Jacket: Edgars

Tights: Foschini

 

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OOTD: Winter Pinterest Inspired Black and White

Hi everyone!

The other day I was scrolling through Pinterest looking for some outfit inspiration as we are heading into the winter season here in South Africa. To my surprise most of the outfits were not winter appropriate and some models even wore shorts or skirts. I understand that not every country experiences winter like we do here in South Africa, but our winter can sometimes drop to 10 degrees Celsius and I don’t know about you but I definitely don’t want to wear a shorts in the middle of a thunderstorm on my way to my next class at varsity! I hope you enjoy my selection of pieces and please take note of the photography, I’ve been working on my editing skills and I hope it is getting better.

 

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Outfit Details:

Jacket: Truworths

Jersey: Mr. Price

Skinny: Edgars

Shoes: Converse

Sunnies: Cotton On

I will be back on Sunday with a brand new post x

Take care and enjoy the weekend!

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30 Day Blogging Challenge Day 27 – OOTD Date Night & Goodbye Mini Cooper!

Hi everyone! I trust that you all had a great Easter weekend. I’m still recovering from my chocolate overload and as a result I’m in bed today working on the blog. Today I thought I’d show you a quick OOTD I wore on Monday when my boyfriend and I went out for burgers. I wanted something casual but still wanted to be girly. I recently started driving so I had to swap out my gold sandals for white Converse!

P.S This week I said goodbye to that gorgeous Mini in the background so she couldn’t be left behind x

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OUTFIT DETAILS:

Dress: Legit

Shoes: Converse

Gold Watch: Lanco

Hope everyone had a great weekend, I am so excited that I finally completed my 3 month trial at work, so I’ll be posting on my YouTube channel. Please do keep a lookout and subscribe. You can simply search JustDeeanneDIY on YouTube!

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 14 – Classy Couture 01

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So my ear is ringing and keeping me up so I thought I’d add a new segment to my blog called Classy Couture. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a huge fan of sites like Tumblr and Pinterest and I always go there for fashion inspiration and just to look at amazing pictures and photography in general. I really wanted to add that to my blog where I will post pictures that cought my eye or pieces I’ve been loving. It will vary but I was inspired to do this by a fellow blogger!

Recently I have been OBSESSED with skirts. I just love the girly look it gives and the fact that you can just take it and make it your own. You can wear it and not look girly at all. I decided to edit them in Polaroid form because I think it looks cute. The following pictures are not my own and all credit goes to the respective owners, I found most of these on Tumblr.

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Did you like any of these outfits? I couldn’t pick a favourite!

Also, don’t forget to follow me on my Instagram & Twitter:

My username for both is Just_Deeanne

 

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 7 – OOTD Rainy Day In Kalk Bay

Is it okay to confess that my internet connection is so slow that I was on the verge of tears because I was afraid this post wouldn’t go up? Crisis averted, the create post page has opened and now I can go ahead with day 7.

Today was quite an eventful day as my boyfriend and I decided to have a photo shoot in Kalk Bay Harbour. We took a walk and went for brunch at Kalky’s, a restaurant right on the harbour with the freshest seafood there is. I loved their calamari and the prawn samoosas. If my stomach wasn’t so sensitive to heartburn, I would have probably eaten 5 or 6 but I only had 1. Next we moved onto the shoot where I realized I had forgotten my SD card at home. It’s okay because Matthew took the followig on his phone and they turned out just as amazing!

Photo Credits: Matthew De Kock (Follow him on Instagram: @Just_MatthewDK and yes we have matching Instagram names so don’t forget to follow me too! @Just_Deeanne and you might find a post about the delicious seafood we had today)

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Shirt: Jet

Flannel: Ackermans (If I’m not mistaken I think this is a men’s one. I’m really big around the chest areas so I feel that shirts with buttons from the men’s section fit me better and I don’t have that horrible hole revealing everything under my shirt!)

Jeans: Edgars. Love the light wash look but my mom bought this for me and purchased a size too big so my pants tend to fall down a lot but don’t worry, I’m going to buy a new one before I go back to campus)

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Shoes: Nike Blazer in Black. Love these for when I go walking around because they’re comfortable yet stylish. I grew up as a tomboy and I’d say it does have an effect on my style but I know when to tone it down and be more girly.

 

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Gold Flower Ring: Mr. Price

Silver Diamond Ring: American Swiss, this was a Christmas gift from my boyfriend 2 years ago.

Gold Watch: Lanco – Truworths/Foschini I’m not too sure this was a gift from my mom for my birthday.

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My bag was a gift from my boyfriend’s mom for my birthday. I think it’s from Accessorize. I can’t begin to tell you how much I love this bag, it’s different and I love the vintage style it adds because of the cassette on it. A lot of people always compliment me on it and ask where it’s from.

To end off my post I thought I’d show you this cute picture Matthew took of me posing with a seal. He’s cute and I named him Theodore x

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Matthew ran into a bit of car trouble on the way home and then we sorted it out and he gave me a driving lesson. I’m not going to lie, I did pretty well. Then we ate Mc Donalds because I was too lazy to make dinner, oops.

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