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Nisolo is an ethical shoe and accessory brand known for high quality, sustainable leather shoes, boots, and accessories made by skilled craftsmen who are paid a living wage. Nisolo as a shoe brand is perfect for a curated, capsule wardrobe or anyone looking to shop more intentionally.
On this page you will find my honest reviews of my personal Nisolo collection.
Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions or to share your favorite Nisolo piece!
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
Leather boots and leather shoes always require a little bit of breaking in as leather starts out a tad stiff and then learns to move with you!
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Nisolo Dari Boot Fit Review
How To Wear Black Heeled Leather Ankle Boots: Nisolo Dari Boots Outfits
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• Nisolo Black Dari Commuter Boot
• Maxi Skirt - Handmade from Etsy with Rifle Paper Co Wildwood Garden Party Fabric
• Mott & Bow Bond Black Skinny Jeans (discount TRIPDONTFALL)
Thanks to Nisolo for gifting these beautiful boots so I can review, style, and share them with you.
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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!
Check out tradlands meadow skirt here and support this amazing brand!
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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When I was a teen I wore shorts allllll the time. I cringe at how tiny those shorts seem to me now, lol. Anyone else? As time passed, though, I stopped wearing shorts. It wasn’t a conscious choice, it just happened naturally. I think it was a combination of not loving how I felt in them and being a person who gets cold very easily!
More recently I would stick to skinny jeans, capris, or eventually stretch-jean Bermuda shorts all summer.
Thus I deemed summer 2021 the year to try shorts again!
How To Wear / How To Style Paper Bag Shorts
Paper Bag Shorts White Crew Neck Short Sleeved Tee
Paper Bag Shorts White Crew Neck Short Sleeved Tee
Paper Bag Shorts Solid Crew Neck Short Sleeved Tee
Paper Bag Shorts Comfy Button Up Black Leather Belt
Paper Bag Shorts Comfy Button Up Twisted
Paper Bag Shorts Red Leather Skinny Belt Crew Neck Tee
Paper Bag Shorts Black Silk Cami Red Leather Skinny Belt
Encircled Comfy Paper Bag Shorts Review:
Are paper bag shorts hard to style? Hmm. Well, I can see how they might be challenging to style. The Paper bag waist draws attention and adds a little bulk to your front. I prefer the look of something fitted and more plain underneath since these shorts have that extra volume and design detail and I’m all about that rule of volume. (Something fitted up top with something flowy or voluminous at the bottom orrrr fitted bottoms with something flowy or voluminous up top)
These paperbag shorts are undeniably comfy, ethically made, and allow you to look polished and high end with ease. Swap the enclosed belt for a skinny leather belt with some gold hardware to elevate these paper bag shorts some more and dress up your paper bag shorts outfit!
I’m really happy with this purchase. I will still be looking to add some chino shorts for next year though. I think chino shorts + jean shorts + these paper bag shorts would cover any shorts outfits for summer that I could need! What do you think? Am I missing something? What color chino shorts should I look for? I’m thinking white, olive, or khaki?
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As mentioned in a recent post, my previous collection of cotton crews that I wore every day and had in almost any color imaginable are reaching their end-of-life phase… so I ordered some new basic V neck tees (review here) and now some crew necks to replace them. I snagged a 3 pack of Encircled’s Fair Crew Neck Tee which included White, Navy, and a lovely shade of Green!
Encircled’s Fair Crew Neck Tees are made from a blend of organic cotton and rayon from Bamboo! While these crew neck shirts are not sheer, this material blend makes them lightweight and cooling - ideal for the warmer months!
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