We're in the height of summer and this year I came to a sweaty realization ... I packed the wrong tees to visit southern Europe. It's no secret that it's been especially blazing hot this year and I learned the hard way that choosing the right tees depends on a combination of fabric, weight, and weave.
This try on will include a brief first impressions Mott & Bow review of each of the following items:
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What is slub cotton?
The slub fabric tees are new for Mott and Bow this summer 2023. These tees are 100% cotton slub jersey fabric. I really prefer natural fibers these days as much as possible, so I was happy to see this 100% cotton summer tee available!
What is slub cotton? It's a particular cotton weave style that adds a feathering effect to the finished garment due to added texture on the reverse side of the fabric. Since the fabric isn't one solid weave, but has variations in it (you'll see what I mean in the pictures), it makes a great option for summer because it is super lightweight and breathable!
Let's get to the try on!
Mott & Bow Classic Crew Slub Tee in Bone XS
TL;DR: Mott and Bow's Classic Crew Slub Tee is a dream, lightweight summer t shirt for women that's timeless with quality finishings, and not too sheer!
First I would like to draw attention to the detailed finishing of the classic crew slub women's tee from Mott and bow. Notice the flat laying, thick (but not too thick) neckline of this tee and the neat double row of stitching. Also notice the lovely stitching on the sleeve.
TBH, I don't know a lot about sewing and the names of these stitches/finishes, but the more garments you look at and review the more readily you recognize quality finishes that are well executed.
The shape of the sleeve is a detail I am particularly a fan of. It has room, but it's also tailored to be at an angle. I feel this is a really flattering sleeve shape for me. Further when t shirts have longer and baggier short sleeves, not only do my little twig arms look like they are drowning in fabric, but also it can be harder to dress them up, imo.
This is a classic women's light blue jean and white tee outfit, tucked and untucked.
Things to notice:
Mott & Bow Relaxed Slub Tank Tee in White XS
TL;DR: Very relaxed fit, large arm holes. If you're the sporty type, this is all you girl!
This style oftank tee is a departure from my usual style. Of course the fit is relaxed and a bit boxy. I appreciate the slight angling of the sleeves! (which.. this is a sleeveless tee, but you know what I mean right?)
The finishings of this slub tank are on par with the classic crew slub tee. I like to see that consistency in a brand. In terms of my style, I like the look of this best with a little angled twist through the belt loop. What do you think? I like the added shape it gives!
When will I wear this slub tank tee? You'll probably catch me in this summer t shirt when I'm chilling outside this summer, to the pool or beach. Also would be great with leggings or bike shirts for a jog! This tee is breezy baby!
This is a casual women's outfit - white tank with light blue high waisted skinny jeans.
Things to notice:
Mott & Bow Fitted V Neck Marcy Tee in Olive XS
Mott and Bow's Marcy Tees are a crowd favorite and available in a ton of colors both as a V neck and crew neck. I thought it would be helpful of you to see a comparison if you're trying to decide which Mott and bow t shirt is best.
TL;DR: Love. This. Tee. Perfect everyday tee, but a step up!
First of all, the color is chef's kiss. A light olive that is a perfect neutral and I think it's a great color that goes well with the leopard print shoes, no? :)
And once again, note the finishings. Loveeee!
The composition of the Marcy Tees is different than the slub tees. The Marcy tee is 50% pima cotton and 50% modal. This means two very important things.
1. These tees are delightfully soft. Soft as a cloud. They feel so so so nice on your skin and I think the fabric blend makes them feel a step up. They aren't just a "basic tee", they are worthy of your date night out!
2. There is a possibility that they could pill sooner than your cheap cotton tees, depending on your use case. I can't say for sure because I haven't had these long enough yet, I'm just speaking from experience with other modal tees. Let's see!
This summer outfit idea is simple and elevated - an olive v neck modal tee with blue denim, rolled at the ankles, and leopard print slip on sneakers for character!
Things to notice:
A Note on Sizing
I found that XS was the right size for me in each of these tees.
Pro Tip: Always consider the combination of recommended size and fit when you ordering your clothing! For instance, if something is an oversized fit and they recommend on size, but you prefer a less oversized look - you may size down. Or if something is a fitted style, but you prefer a less fitted look, you may choose to size up.
I also thought you may find it interesting to see the shapes and lengths of the shirts, sleeves included, when compared to one another. :)
A Note on Opacity
Finally a note on opacity. Are these slub tee shirts see through? Are they sheer?
The slub cotton is a lightweight, breathable material perfect for summer. The slub style gives an irregular/feathering fabric finish where some spots are thicker and others thinner, creating that cool textured look. I would always recommend a skin toned bra with light colored clothing. Here is a comparison from skin toned to black for your info.
Huge thanks to Mott & Bow for gifting these pieces to share with you and help you decide which are the right fit for your life, style, and wardrobe!
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On this page you will find my honest reviews of my personal Nisolo collection.
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Nisolo Dari Boot Review
TL;DR - Definitely Recommend. True to size but size up for wide feet or thick socks.
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My first pair of Nisolo shoes are these beautiful Black Dari Commuter Boots!
I have been eyeing this pair of black leather ankle boots with a heel for the longest time, probably going on about 2 years, in fact. One of my In Search Of items has been a pair of versatile black ankle boots to wear casually and with dresses and skirts.
The unboxing experience was exciting and felt so special. Each boot comes in it's own protective bag which is testament to the love that went into making these leather ankle boots.
Why was I interested in Nisolo Dari Commuter Boot?
The Dari Boot is an elevated black ankle boot with a 2.5" heel - High enough to make for a polished finish when wearing dresses and skirts but low enough to wear every day and be comfortable - even travel days! The commuter edition of the Dari Boot has a rubber sole which I thought would fit my lifestyle well - no matter the weather or how much walking, I think they will be more comfortable than a stacked wooden heel.
Breaking in Leather Boots
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Uber, Lyft, Bolt, rental cars... they're all great when you're traveling. But there's a certain charm about local public transportation that can't be replicated. It's often a little bit inconvenient, sometimes a bit uncomfortable, maybe it's warm? maybe it's packed? Whatever it is.. I kind of love it. It feels authentic. It's a glimpse at the day to day life of real people living their lives in the place you're a visitor in.
Our first train ride in Portugal started at Boliqueime station. Okay.. actually it started with an Uber to the station. One of those uber rides where you semi fear your life and question how easily you hop into a car with a stranger whose driving you've not previously assessed, but I digress..
Boliqueime Station is a quiet little train station in Algarve, southern Portugal. This is not a manned station which means you will need to purchase your tickets in advance. How do you buy train tickets in Portugal?
How do you buy train tickets in Portugal?
Visit the official website for Portugal's train system - Comboios de Portugal and select "comprar bilhetes" (buy tickets). You'll be able to enter your starting point and end destination and see choices for train times and prices. Our ticket from Boliqueime to Portimão was 4.15 euro per person. This trip is about an hour long. Your ticket will be emailed to you and you can print it or show it on your phone and it will be scanned on the train. If you can't purchase a ticket in advance, you'll be happy to know you can pay with exact change on the train. After boarding and once the train departs, someone will walk through each car to verify tickets of all new passengers.
Waiting for a train is an excellent time to catch up on reading, studying, or just take a moment to really be present and observe the little things. On this particular day I took a moment for this outfit combo that I have been gravitating toward all summer so far:
It's one of those outfits that feels comfortable, effortless, yet put together. Super functional with the cross body purse with magnetic closure and the linen skirt with pockets.. No wonder I keep reaching for it.
Can't forget the shadow-engulfed shoes...
Boliqueime station is super quiet and there is not much around the immediate area, however right at the station there are beautiful citrus trees!
And a lovely view to appreciate as you wait.
Trains in Portugal - What if I miss my train?
If you cancel in advance you can get a refund and rebook. If you are at a manned station, you can talk to someone in person about exchanging your ticket. In our case, the station was unmanned and we missed our train so we couldn't cancel it in advance. We tried to buy a new ticket for the next train online but the purchase window had closed. So we were prepared to pay again on the train if necessary. We showed our ticket for the previous train to the man and he maintained silence and a bit of a stern expression in response to our apologetic tone and willingness to repay. Finally he said next time, be sure to exchange your ticket and walked away. In Portugal, things are always possible. :)
Tradlands Meadow Linen Skirt Review
Tradlands Meadow Linen Skirt in Olive, shown above, is a new release for 2022 from Tradlands and it is definitely a hit. With a size range from XXS-5X, almost everyone can find their perfect summer skirt in the meadow skirt!
When I say perfect summer skirt, I truly mean it. This linen skirt is perfect for summer. It has a comfortable elastic waistband, two generous pockets, an ideal length and gather so you don't have to worry about gusts of wind, all in an elevated fabric blend of linen and tencel. It's true a stunning piece and easily one of my favorites in my entire wardrobe.
For sizing, I went with the size chart recommendation of a medium with a 27" waist. This is definitely a comfortable size for me, though I feel I could have sized down to a small to wear it higher without needing a belt. The olive color is gorgeous and if you can save up for one olive and one black of this skirt.. you'd be set for life girl.
This is a skirt that you can wear with flip flops, tennis shoes, or heels. Dress it up or down, wear it constantly, live your life in the comfort and effortless style of tradlands meadow linen skirt!
Thanks so much to Tradlands for gifting the meadow linen skirt to review and share with visitors to the blog!
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It's time for one of my favorite brands to have their sample sale! YAY!
Encircled is Kristi Soomer's slow fashion brand with incredibly high quality standards. If you're a regular around here you've probably read tons of my encircled clothing reviews! Did you know if one of encircled's small batch design garments doesn't quite make the grade they save them for the next sample sale?
It's no secret that slow fashion is more costly than what most consumers are used to - and for all the right reasons (better materials, better quality, better work wages and working environments, more thoughtful and timeless design, giving back to the community etc)
Selling these pieces at a discount is a responsible solution that also provides an opportunity to add a sustainable and ethically made piece to your closet at a discount, perhaps enabling you to try a great brand like encircled for the very first time!!
When is Encircled's Sample Sale?
What kind of flaws do the sample sale items have?
Common flaws include fabric slubs, yarn pulls, sewing imperfections, small stains, pinholes. You can see some examples on encircled's website, but before you go there here are two items from the encircled sample sale as a first hand example!
I'm glad for the tiny piece of tape to help me locate the flaws because otherwise I may not have found them at all! I tried to take a picture so you could see them as apparently as possible. This is the Effortless V Neck in Emerald (US/Global or Canada) and the Dressy Mockneck in Brass (US/Global or Canada). Both were in the sale for a fabric "slub".
What is a Fabric Slub?
"A slub appears as a thick grouping of yarns within the fabric of a garment and is only visible due to the textural difference." -encircled
Is the Sample Sale Worth It?
YMMV and some imperfections may be more noticeable than these. I can only share from my personal experience and I have to say getting these pieces at 30% off for such minute "flaws" is pretty special and definitely worth it!
Remember, you're supporting a small, ethical, slow fashion brand. Truly a 30% discount is like an 75% discount at a fast fashion store. (No scientific/mathematical calculation there, I'm just saying discounts are a big deal because costs are sooo much higher!)
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The Nico Linen Dress is available in gingham, Sedona, cactus blossom (love), dried tobacco.--^
^-- Check availability and read Tradlands Nico Linen Dress (with pockets!) reviews here.
^-- The Birdie Linen Dress is a reversible, sleeveless midi dress in 2 colors.
Check availability and read Tradlands Birdie Dress Reviews here.
The Chalet Tiered dress in gorgeous Birch and Olive.
Check availability and read Tradlands Chalet Tiered dress reviews here.
A new sweater has been released in place of the Jude pullover sweater. It's called the canyon V neck sweater made of lightweight cotton.
Check availability and read Tradlands Canyon sweater reviews here.
The coast camp shirt is a fresh twist on a classic, short sleeved boxy button up. Casual or dressed up, you'll be ready with this one.
Check availability and read Tradlands Coast camp shirt reviews here.
The 102 Box T-shirt is a classic striped shortleeve tee and pairs well with the Glen Long shorts which are a tencel-linen short!
Check availability and read Tradlands 102 Box Shirt reviews and Tradlands Glen Long Short Reviews here
The Paloma linen pant is back in 3 colors!
Check availability and read Tradlands Paloma Pant reviews here
Finally, a new Tradlands skirt called the Meadow Midi Skirt is a lightweight, linen, midi length skirt available in 2 colors. (If you're closer to 5 foot, it may be more a maxi fyi)
Check availability and read Tradlands Meadow Midi Skirt Reviews here
My picks from the Tradlands Spring 2022 Collection would probably be the Nico Dress in Cactus Blossom, the Meadow Midi Skirt in Olive and the Coast Camp Shirt.
Can you tell I'm a color girl? I keep trying the whole neutral thing and I like it a lot, I often feel very classic and polished, but when I see colors like this... my heart of hearts can't help but sing!
Sometimes I wear clothes based on how I feel, other times based on how I want to feel.
Do you know what I mean? I think these are happy clothes! I dare say they would lift anyone's mood, whether the wearer or passersby! Congrats Tradlands on another gorgeous launch!
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