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!
Check out tradlands meadow skirt here and support this amazing brand!
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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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This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own. I was gifted these pieces, with no obligation to create this post.
How to Style a Black Turtleneck Sweater
A black turtleneck sweater can be worn so many ways and is an excellent layering piece for winter, let alone a staple for many in a modest capsule wardrobe. In this petite style blog post I will share some of my favorite ways to style a black turtleneck sweater!
Black Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater Outfit - Skinny Blue Jeans & Riding Boots
Black Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater Outfit - Skinny Blue Jeans & Leather Ankle Boots
Black Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater Outfit - Knotted over Maxi Skirt (Rifle Paper Co Fabric)
How to Care for Cashmere Sweaters
With any garment, you should always check the label and adhere to it for the best outcome and greatest longevity. Some say dry clean only. Others say hand wash. It's generally best to lay them flat to dry if you are washing at home.
Protect Your Sweaters With This Undershirt
Decreasing the need to launder sweaters definitely helps extend their lifespan. One way to do that is to wear a layer beneath them. I especially recommend these sweat proof undershirts. My initial review of them is here. They definitely make a huge difference, although they are a bit of an investment. Save a few bucks on them here.
Maintain Your Sweaters With These Tools
Over time it is natural for your sweaters to obtain "pills". Friction causes the fibers to bunch up into little balls that can be unsightly. But wait! Don't get rid of that sweater, it's still good!
Try one of these tools (carefully!) to extend the life of your sweaters.
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But then something happened. Let's call it ... winter. Let's call it dark, dreary, damp, cold days.
I wanted to combat the external mood with some lighter denim - Mott and Bow's High Rise Skinny Beekman Jean in Light/Medium Blue.
Mott And Bow Women's High Waisted Skinny Jean Review - Beekman
Mott and Bow Beekman Jeans Styled w/ Encircled Comfy Button Up & Nisolo Huarache Sandals
Light Blue Denim with Brandy leather Accessories from Nisolo
- Mott and Bow Beekman High Rise Skinny Jeans 27x28 - c/o Mott & Bow
- Encircled Clothing The Comfy Button Up XS - Encircled.ca or Encircled.co
- Numi The Signature Crop Sweatproof Undershirt Almond XS
- Nisolo Huarache Leather Sandals in Brandy 8.5
- Nisolo Noemi Belt Brandy Extra Small
- Nisolo Cleo Convertible Crossbody in Rosewood
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Check Out The Mott & Bow Sale Section Here For Amazing Discounts
Mott And Bow has kindly provided a discount code for your first order!
Simply enter discount code TRIPDONTFALL at checkout to save!
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It's that time, it's that time!
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are upon us.
Now let me be straight with you, personally I don't buy into the whole obligatory gifting frenzy. I find it a lot more fun to be spontaneous with gifting and intentional about what I buy for who and when.
Still, I really appreciate a good sale especially now that I am trying to spend more time planning purchases and investing in quality items that will last me and my loved ones for a long time.
So without further adieu, here are some of the great sales going on and a few of my picks!
Table of Contents:
Butcher Box Black Friday Sale
Encircled Clothing Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sale
Mott & Bow Jeans Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sale
Nisolo Shoes Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sale
Pact Clothing Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sale
Tradlands Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sale
Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales
$200 cash back when you spend $500 Chase Freedom
(Chase has my favorite everyday + travel credit cards)
Two 10 oz, 100% grass-fed New York strip steaks free in every box for a year!
No Butcher Box coupon necessary.
A few of the things I repurchase again and again from butcher box are:
See all Butcher Box reviews, best price list, and related posts here
20% off select styles in their Black Friday Collection
No encircled coupon code necessary.
Plus Flash Deals Friday - Monday!
All I can tell you is I highly recommend Friday & Monday's deals from first hand experience as I have purchased what will featured both days. One has already been reviewed on this blog... ;)
- The Comfy Paper Bag Shorts (I bought these this year - review here)
- The Comfy Button Front Dress (Bought this in Olive Grey and really like it. Styling for Fall/Winter post coming soon)
- The Renew Scrunchie ( I have 3 of these now and wear them nearly every day)
- The Everyday House Dress looks so comfy and classy and only $75!!
(Free shipping over $150)
Last Swab / Last Tissue
Mott & Bow
Spend $75 get free Marcy Fitted V Neck Tee or (new!) Second Skin Boxer Brief
Shop Mott & Bow Black Friday Cyber Monday Sale here
PS Use Mott & Bow Discount Code TRIPDONTFALL any time!
- Bond Black High Waisted Skinny Jeans
- Emma Cotton/Cashmere Crew
- Light Merino Wool V Necks
- Jeans Jeans Jeans!
25% off Sitewide with Nisolo coupon code FRIDAY25!!
Shop Nisolo Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale Here
Up to 40% off entire site
No Pact Coupon Code Needed
Shop Pact Clothing Black Friday Cyber Monday Sale Here
30% off with Tradlands discount code BF30
30% off with Tradlands discount code CYBER30
You can get the famous Shelter Cardigan (review here, I have it in Birch, but the emerald is LOVE)
I also keep dreaming about their new Chalet Tiered Dress - belted for some waist definition while enjoying the free flowy-ness of those pretty tiers and POCKETS! The Field Chore Coat, Cotton Beanie, Portland Boatneck and Cottage Crewneck Sweater all come in a gorgeous green hue!
Black Friday / Cyber Monday
Closet Audit Capsule Wardobe
Comfy Button Up
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