Changes, Awards, A Zara Pan Collar, Lace And A Sprinkle Of Glitter.

2 February 2012

Do you notice anything different today...? Do you see that little white toolbar at the top of your screen...can you see what's in there?

Yep, Ugly Duckling is growing up! I decided that a serious blog (ha, yeah...it's deep and meaningful stuff we do here!) should have a serious domain name. And so we have...ducklingtoswan.com!! Woooo! Although I didn't need it (story of my life) I am very excited to have it!

Anyway, on with the serious business now....clothes!

Last week I mentioned I had a few more things I'd ordered to show you. They arrived in a nice little package from good old Zara! First and foremost was the sheer lace top with a contrasting pan collar, just so sweet don't you think?! I've been wanting a pan collared top for so long and the lace gives it a romantic feel. I also ordered some sandals, ready for summer - the season that is still about five months away, yep, that's right. Nothing like preparing early is there! They were in the sale though for a huge, eye-watering £3.99! How could I not?!
Lace top with peter pan collar.
Lace top with contrasting peter pan collar - Zara - Link!
Gold glitter sandals - Zara
My first thoughts were 'wow this top is so pretty and what a bargain for the sandals, they'll be amazing for summer with a maxi dress'. Sadly it was all downhill from there
Despite ordering both in my usual size, neither fit me! In fact, they weren't even close! The shoes feel like their at least one or two sizes too small and the top had odd sized sleeves. Both items have to go back. I would have exchanged them but neither are available in bigger sizes now. Overall it was a bit of a disappointment. I've always thought Zara sizing was a bit hit and miss so I don't usually order online from them. I do love Zara's clothing but I'll be sticking to shopping in the store instead from now on.

It got me wondering what you ladies think of Zara's sizing? Do any of you have problems with their sizing or find they're much smaller than you get in other stores?

Now On To A Thank You To Some Blog Friends.

Recently a few people have given me blog awards. I'm so happy whenever someone thinks of me when choosing who to tag next! It's so flattering and it makes me feel great to think that these people really like my little blog. I wish it was possible to answer each of the blog award posts with the answers to the questions or the random facts. Unfortunately if I answer one it doesn't feel fair not to answer all of them and that would be quite A LOT of random facts and answers about me. I know this is my personal blog but I'm really not that interesting, haha!

Of course I still want to say thank you to the lovely ladies for the awards recently! I like reading all of their blogs so go check them out and see if you like them too! I'm sure you will :)

Schnelle @ Schnelle Couture
Pauline @ Instinct of Style
Tori @ Cotton Candy INK
Em @ She. Is. Mary.
Clare @ C-A-T Make-up and Beauty
Claudia @ Claudia - Beauty & Fashion
Lauren @ All Things Beauty, Make-up and Shopping


Finally, I want to let you know that for a few days there will be SOME ELEMENTS OF THE BLOG THAT ARE NOT WORKING. I do know about them, it's because of the domain change, blame Blogger not me! One such thing that won't be visible for a few days is my lovely followers box. You are still all here though, don't worry. If you are new here you can follow me using the 'follow' tab at the very top of the page window or..

...click HERE to follow Ugly Duckling!

xxx



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80 comments:

  1. hey gorgeous!
    that sucks! i hate when you are waiting
    for a package so bad .. then you try it on
    and turns out its not the right size!!
    that's why i am always scared to buy online
    and the only shop i buy online is Forever21
    one ..because i always get the right sizes
    and two ..if it doesn't fit i can always go
    to the store and exchange it ...



    are you going to return the items?




    xoxo
    Melina ♥
    www.onlyaflightaway.blogspot.com

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    1. Yep unfortunately I have no choice except to return them :(

      I often buy stuff that I sort of want but in this case I actually reeeeally, really liked and wanted these two things! Maybe I'll find the top in the store next time I'm there but I'm pretty sure the sandals will all be long gone!

      Thanks for the comment hun!

      x

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  2. Congrats on the domain!!!! And thanks for mentioning my blog:)

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    1. No problem. Thanks for the award! :) x

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  3. I love the Zara top, such ashame it didn't fit! I find that Zara sizes can be quite funny too! Gillian x

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  4. congrats on the .com!!! and i love the lace top ;-)

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  5. I love the shirt, It's so romantic!

    kisses

    Silvia in FashionLand

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  6. those are both gorgeous!! i love the lace! that is so sad that they did not fit. online shopping can be tricky :(

    xoxo, megan

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  7. That Zara top is so pretty aswell :( I do find that Zara can be a bit hit and miss, such a shame though :(

    Laura xoxo
    http://call-of-beauty-xo.blogspot.com/

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  8. I've never ordered anything from Zara online, I'm walking distance to both stores in downtown Chicago. So sorry to hear all these items had to go back! That's always a bummer, the glitter sandals are beautiful, I'm sure you'll find something similar. Scrolled down...love your new miumiu bag and chloe sunglasses :)

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    1. Thank you, I love my new bag and sunnies!

      Walking distance to Zara = Dangerous! Haha!

      x

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  9. I came across your blog today and I LOVE IT!!! would love you to check out mine as im a newbie and would really appreciate your feedback! what a shame about the sandals as they were such a bargain!!!xx

    http://ltlyl-fashionandbeauty.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks for your comment! I checked out your blog, it's cute, love the tuxedo nails you'd done. I'm following you now and I'm looking forward to seeing your blog grow.

      x

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    2. Ah thanks so much!!! :) x

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  10. Zara sizes are just mean. I try to pick up what I THINK looks like my size, and try not to look at the label, but yep, normally a couple of sizes bigger than other shops!

    next2mee.blogspot.com

    x

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    1. Lol, agreed! Why do they DO that?

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    2. Yeah Ive always thought that too! I thought shoes would at least be sized the same as other places though!

      There's nothing like a bit of shopping in Zara to make you feel fat though is there?!! Ha!

      Thanks for the comments ladies :) x

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  11. Love that top, especially the collar. It's so feminine!

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  12. um, have you seen the new zara collection? to die for!

    xo the egg out west.

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    1. Yeah I have, so many gorgeous things I have my eye on. Probably a good job I no longer dare to order anything online!

      x

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  13. Love the top so much, adorable!
    xx


    The Urban Umbrella
    xoxo


    http://urbanumbrella.blogspot.com/

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  14. Those sandals are so beautiful!

    http://onestilettoatatime.blogspot.com

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  15. Gorgeous picks from Zara! That is the worst when you buy things in your usual size and they don't work :( Congrats on the domain name! I think it is very exciting to own one, it kind of makes it officially yours :)

    www.rachelslookbook.com

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    1. Yep, exactly! I feel very official now, shame I don't act it :( Hehe!

      x

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  16. With anything made by Zara I must always try it on - i cannot trust their sizing !

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  17. Awesome post! And great stuff. You've got a new follower =) xx

    http://jessicabow.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you, glad you like it. Thanks for following too :)

      x

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  18. Them sandals are GORGEOUS! That's the problem with online shopping is knowing whether it's all going to fit ... :( x

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  19. that top is amazing! i have been looking all over for a peter pan collar shirt. this one is pretty perfect!

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  20. Ooo I love the collared lace top from Zara.. That store is extremely addicting. Have a great day!

    XX Hilary

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  21. thats such an adorable blog handle! LOVE IT

    <333

    hugs, xoxo
    *BARBIE-BOMBSHELL.BLOGSPOT.COM
    Barbie Bombshell

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  22. I am loving both those pieces!! Such a bummer neither of them fit :(

    I've never purchased anything from there though so I'm not sure about sizing!

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  23. your blog is phenomenal:) I look! I invite you to me and to follow:) and commenting:). kisses

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  24. Such a pretty purchase! ;p
    http://lifewidmorbid.blogspot.com/

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  25. Oh, I was just thinking how cute your purchases were and then I read about the sizing. How rubbish, sounds like my kind of luck :(
    The blog changes sound exciting though!:) Love your new address, instantly catches the imagination. x x

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    1. We obviously both have bad luck then :(

      Glad you love the new address, I quite like it too :)

      x

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  26. YES! Zara sizing is so strange on me too! :(

    Glitter and Glaze Blog

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    1. Good to know it's not just me then! :)

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  27. Love the sandals!! A little glitter makes everything better :)

    Love,
    Jen

    http://www.iloveluxe11.com

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  28. those sandals are to die for! and love your blog hun x
    http://www.theblondesalad.com/

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  29. These are great buys. Glitter is forever.


    www.justpatience.com

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  30. Love the Zara lace top! No I don't have problem with Zara sizes! xoxo from rome

    CHANEL GIVEAWAY (last day) on WWW.ROCKANDFROCK.COM

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  31. Such a chape they are both lovely...Congrats on the domain...:) Exciting times
    xxx

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  32. I just found your blog and WOW! <3
    I also have problems with zara-sizes.. too bad.

    Would be happy about a visit on my blog! http://saritschka.blogspot.com :)

    XX, Saritschka.

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  33. I don't trust their sizing either. Especially when ordering some pants.. UK 6 size is small, size 8 usually big lol annoying

    View From Heels

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  34. Love the new domain name! It isn't just cute or fun, it has meaning. I like it!
    I also loooove that lace top! I usually loathe Peter Pan collars and think they aren't versatile enough, but I love the one you bought for some reason. Maybe it's the black and white contrast?

    Love your blog! New follower.
    http://myeverydayrunway.wordpress.com/

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    1. Aw thanks :) I'm kind of the same about some peter pan collars but yeah, this one reaaally appealed to me. So annoying it's the wrong fit!

      Thank you for following too.

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  35. omg totally love those sandals...but then again I LOVE anything that sparkles! haha
    Come on over to win and ONA camera bag!
    colorissue.blogspot.com

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  36. the lace top is so pretty!! I love the collar :D

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  37. You have been nominated on my blog in "your blog inspires me award". I love you blog and I thought you had to know it!
    XOXO sweetie (:

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    1. Aw thank you so much that's so nice of you! :)

      I'm heading over to have a look now.

      x

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  38. i love your new acquisitions , especially the lace top ! Sooo chic !
    you now have a new follower ! xo
    www.dreamingofchanel.com

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  39. lovely blog! and beautiful miumiu bag! thanks for sharing

    elisa's blog
    Giveaway:http://www.theivenothingtowearcloset.com/2012/02/giveaway-n2.html

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  40. aaaaaaaaaw!
    I really love your shirt! looks amazing!
    Hope you have a nice day!:D
    xxx

    http://www.livelymixture.blogspot.com

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  41. Love love love the lace top with collar! Never really been a proper zara fan but I love their pieces recently!
    Kavita @ shewearsfashion <3

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    1. Me too. Lately they have reeeally stepped up their game. I pretty much always see something I want when I visit which is good and bad!

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  42. That dress is really beautiful!

    I like Zara, and I don't have a problem with their sizing, but their cuts are a bit crazy sometimes!

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  43. Love your blog, especially your 'About Me' section!

    That top is right up my street, but in total agreement about the sizing. I've stopped shopping in Zara as it is just too small! Makes the changing rooms a depressing experience

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    1. Yep, I know that feeling!

      So happy you like my blog and my about me :)

      Thanks for reading. x

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  44. Stunning lace top and sandals you've got there dear! XO

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  45. umm,,i like that lace top and glitter sandals! Nice post dear! Please visit my blog, and please follow if you like it. I hope you do it. HAVE A NICE DAY!

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  46. WOW Love the dress it's amazing!!! Stunning blog, wanna follow each other?

    http://themefashion.blogspot.com/

    FB page:

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/ME-Fashion/161055157298001?ref=tn_tnmn

    xoxo
    Greets from Italy <3

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  47. Hi, Loving the new domain name! how did you transfer everything? I have a domain name but am not sure how to divert everything to it???

    http://www.allthingsbeautymake-upandshopping.blogspot.com

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  48. OMG, I love white.
    I love your sandales and top
    lovely
    nice blog, i am following it
    plz follow back
    thanks
    http://stylishworldblog.blogspot.com/

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  49. Hi, I can't find the Google Friend Connect, I thinks its not working on your blog.
    I liked your Facebook page.
    I would have loved to follow you, but sorry can't find it.
    And by-the-way, you are very very pretty.

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  50. I just tried the Follow button above, right at the top. It worked, but its not showing on your blog:(

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  51. So pretty! Adore the glittery sandals here! They're too amazing!

    PS. We've a DORIS giveaway on our blog! Check it out!

    ox from NYC!
    -Davie+Erica

    LPFashionPhilosophy

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  52. love those sandals! i think i need them. xoxo

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  53. Nice blog and I love those sandals!
    xx
    http://christineannan.blogspot.com/

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  54. I really love the shirt and the sandals honey!!
    beruvery cool vintage :)
    And a lovely blog, visit me!

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  55. This Zara top is so gorgeous! Btw, there is an award in my blog for you!

    www.superclementina.blogspot.com

    xx

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  56. I have to say.. I'm a little obsessed with those gorgeous Zara sandals! Love your blog!

    cocovanabeauty.blogspot.com

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  57. THOSE SHOES ARE AMAZING. oh my gosh.

    you are so freakin' cute. seriously.


    love, rach.
    www.so--hi.blogspot.com

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  58. awesome items and i like your blog!

    i would be very happy, if you could check out mine!

    XOXO,

    wiebkembg.blogspot.com

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