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Yes. Investment. Tradlands pieces (for most people) are an investment. The upfront cost may be higher, but you’re getting a quality garment that is going to last longer and is ethically made. But enough about that! TBH, you already know that and you probably have been looking for tradlands clothing reviews or even tradlands shelter cardigan reviews for that exact reason. I commend your diligence! I, too, am an avid googler of regular-people reviews of everything from spaghetti sauce to sustainable fashion. I always find everyone’s opinions or pictures are helpful in their own way. So let’s try on the Shelter Cardigan!
Oh hey! Cozy chunky knit sweater, anyone? Yes please! The Shelter Cardigan has a loose, gently oversized fit with drop shoulder and light balloon sleeves. This is a 100% cotton cardigan, which can be surprisingly hard to find.
BTW, I ordered XXS • 5’2” - b 33” w 27”
Take note of how beautiful the knit is and how sort of vibrant? the color is even though it’s basically just off white? I’ve seen this vibrancy in the other Tradlands knits and I think it’s one of the many reasons these sweaters scream quality to so many people.
If you’re looking for fit reference, note where the birch shelter cardigan xxs hits between waist and hips on a petite body. Also note the drop sleeve and overall sleeve length. Some pics I have rolled the sleeves a bit to give you an idea. This is easily a sleeves-over-fingers cozy kind of sweater for someone with my arm length! How do you like it with just the top button done?
Maybe you like the idea of buttoning all 3 of the buttons and doing a little cardigan tucked into high rise jeans look? Here ya go:
While many people love to wear the Shelter Cardigan as a top in itself, I think I would find it too low for comfort. I would at least want a cami or even a numi top (which will also protect the sweater from sweat) underneath. Here you can see the fit difference if you pull it back from the shoulders to make the neckline more modest or if you pull it forward. Which do you prefer?
Do you like to tuck in chunky knit sweaters and cardigans? Here’s a look with the Tradlands Shelter Cardigan tucked in to Mott And Bow High Waisted Black Skinny Jeans and finished with a red leather skinny belt. (Mott & Bow Bond Jean review here)
Are you the spunky wear-it-in-reverse type to get the most versatility out of every piece in your capsule wardrobe? Here’s the Tradlands Shelter Cardigan in reverse. I kind of loveee that diagonal knit at the shoulder, don’t you?
The Tradlands Shelter Cardigan is a beautiful and high quality, ethically made cotton knit cardigan with buttons. FYI The Shelter Cardigan does not have pockets, if that’s something you’re looking for in a cardigan. I chose the color birch because I wanted this piece to work with literally anything I’m wearing, no matter the color spectrum, but Tradlands has some really gorgeous new fall colors out like jam and also emerald green (I think that was released in summer, but still) so if this style if your jam (ha, jam.)… you may want to go big with another vibrant hue!
This slightly oversized slouchy cardigan is a huge departure from my historical style, but it’s actually a pretty awesome addition. When deciding between the Shelter Cardigan vs Cottage Crewneck Sweater, I opted for the shelter cardigan because it is a sweater with buttons. You see, my temperature fluctuates so much. One minute I’m hot, the next I’m cold. Then I’m hot, then the AC kicks on and my teeth start chattering… I have a hard time staying comfortable so I’m constantly putting on a layer and take it off which is much easier to do with an open cardigan or button cardigan than an over-the-head sweater. (Although those sweaters are great for true winter when I’m just gonna be cold no matter what until spring haha.)
Tradlands Shelter Cardigan is now my go-to cardigan for Fall and Winter layering.
Huge thanks to Tradlands for gifting this sweater! Stay tuned for more styling ideas featuring xxs tradlands shelter cardigan in birch.
In the mean time you can see all available sizes and colors of the Shelter Cardigan on the Tradlands website.
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Tags - Tradlands • Shelter Cardigan • Cardigan • Cotton • Sweaters • Fall Style • Winter Style • Style • Review • Petite Style • Petite Pear
Proud to be an encircled affiliate. All opinions are my own.
As many people slowly start or continue to return to the office after abruptly working from home for possibly a year and a half or more, one thing is for sure: Uncomfortable workwear is out! At the same time, we want to look and feel put together and bring our best self to work, even if we are still working remotely.
Enter the new performance workwear line from encircled clothing.
The Performance Pencil Skirt.
The Performance Pencil Skirt from encircled clothing features a comfy waistband, hidden pocket, and marries the comfort of activewear with the timeless look of a pencil skirt.
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The Performance Pencil Skirt, $168
XS-XXL • Bordeaux, Black, Slate Blue
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Encircled Clothing Review: The Performance Pencil Skirt Review
I absolutely love the look of the performance pencil skirt. It’s totally up my alley as a regular skirt wearer. I know this has been thoughtfully designed to not be a constricting pencil skirt, but a comfortable pencil skirt that you can actually move in. While I appreciate the incorporation of the slit for easy movement, I really have to see this piece in person to decide if it’s right for me. The model is a good 5” taller than I am, so it’s possible that the slit would be okay for me, but I really prefer not to have slits above the knee. There are some really elegant ways to add movability into a pencil skirt via slits/splits without showing more skin based on how the slit is designed and constructed. I do also have pencil skirts that offer plenty of movability without having a slit at all, so I think it’s more of a style and design choice and I’m really curious to see one in person and see where/how that slit falls on me!
This is a pencil skirt with pockets. Well, a pocket. I think the hidden pocket is so cool, but I honestly haven’t used it at all in my other encircled pieces, so I’m not sure I would use it on this performance pencil skirt either. Of course, I get that everyone wants pockets in everything and it’s really hard to make a pencil skirt with pockets that are useful and flattering, so… good compromise.
Will you be trying the new Performance Pencil Skirt from Encircled? Let me know what you think!
The Performance Work Dress.
The Performance Work Dress from encircled clothing is a boatneck dress with 3/4 sleeves, A-line silhouette, and a work dress with pockets!
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The Performance Work Dress, $248
XS-XXL • Bordeaux, Black
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Encircled Clothing Review: The Performance Work Dress Review
The Performance Work Dress is another piece that is totally up my alley. I’m excited to try the new fabric for this performance workwear line because I think it maybe the key to really being comfortable in encircled dresses and skirts! Let me explain… All of Encircled’s dresses and skirts that I’ve tried are comfortable. Their usual fabrics are amazingly soft, making them instantly comfortable. But comfort isn’t just the feel of fabric on your skin, it’s how you feel when you wear a peace, including the feeling of being at ease. Sometimes with beautiful modal fabrics while they certainly drape beautifully, they can also cling in ways you don’t necessarily want.
The Previous All Day Work Dress from encircled was amazing and is one of my favorite dresses to this day. It was a thicker micromodal/Lycra blend than other garments from the brand and had an under layer which really helped reduce the clinging affect on a slim fitting dress style. All that to say.. I think this new fabric blend may offer just the right amount of structure to put me at ease while retaining some flowy movement, and who doesn’t want that?
My personal hesitations with the piece: I love a boatneck style, but often times find them to be too wide for my frame. Or, even if the width is okay, bra-straps poking out drive me crazy and take away from the refined boatneck style. (Love when a garment has those little snaps to keep your bra straps in place!) So for The Performance Work Dress , I’d definitely need to try it on to see how the neckline sits on my body and, of course, I’m always interested in the length being at the knee or below. Personal preference :-)
Encircled Performance Workwear Line Overall Thoughts.
I’m really excited to see this new line from encircled and can’t wait to see what other pieces they release. Dying to find the perfect structured blazer. (And, incidentally, still on the fence about what a perfect blazer means for me and my wardrobe / personal style)
I imagine this new fabric which contains polyester, has been a tough call for the brand which focuses on eco friendly materials, ethical labor, and overall sustainability. But… that’s just it. Overall sustainability…. The most sustainable clothing pieces are the ones you wear and love year after year. And sometimes the most eco friendly fabrics don’t hold up as well and as a result you may not get as many years of wear out of those pieces. That’s part of the picture to consider as well. Pieces like the Performance Pencil Skirt and the Performance Work Dress have timeless designs and if the fabric blend holds up longer, provides structure, and resists wrinkles… you have to factor that in for sure. ;)
Congrats on the new launch, encircled! I know it’s going to be a hit!
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It's Fall, ya'll! Today is officially the first day of Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and we're kicking it off with a try on from Mott & Bow.
This try on will include a brief first impressions Mott & Bow review of each of the following items:
Look for future styling of these affordable elevated basics for women under Mott & Bow Reviews
Mott & Bow High Rise Skinny Jean - Bond Black.
Mott & Bow's Bond Jean is a black skinny jean for women available in High-Rise and Mid-Rise. I grew up in the time of the low rise jean and I am just coming around to high waisted styles. High waisted styles are very flattering for petite pear shaped women and I love a defined waist in dresses or skirts, so here I am giving it a try with jeans and I have to say.... I'm in love!
This pair of black high rise skinny jeans is definitely going to stay in my closet for many years to come.
Mott & Bow Light Ribbed Cotton/Cashmere Crew - Emma Black.
The Emma Crew Neck Cotton and Cashmere Mott and Bow Sweater is basically my dream everyday long sleeve shirt / lightweight sweater. I got the XS and I love the way this piece fits me! This is a piece I will reach for at least once a week because it's such a wardrobe staple.
The blend is 85% Cotton and 15% Cashmere. With that much cotton it feels durable, yet snuggly because of the cashmere addition. The ribbed fabric creates some textural interest and I forgot firsthand how much I love this. Many of my basics are smooth and super soft which makes them comfy as anything, but also makes it really easy to see any little line and it's an unreasonable pet peeve of mine when bra lines etc are overly visible through a shirt. Completely avoiding that issue here and couldn't be more pleased.
Please note: The neck opening on this sweater is on the narrower side and doesn't stretch, so be sure to put it on with care! I actually love where it sits so I wouldn't change the design at all.
Mott & Bow Light Ribbed Cotton/Cashmere V Neck - Emma Ivory.
This ivory lightweight sweater is the same as the previous Emma, only in Ivory and the V neck option.
Shown below with a quince silk cami underneath, as I find the V neck just a bit too open for my comfort.
As with most light colored and light weighted sweaters and tops, it's not going to be as opaque as the black... obviously! If this has an impact on purchasing decisions, take a look at my shoulder in the photo. You'll be able to see the cami and a dark strap beneath. With a flesh toned bra, you'll always do better!
Ivory V Neck Sweater over Chambray Button Up Shirt from Tradlands. I love this look and the color combination of the ivory and light blue. What do you think?
Mott & Bow Cashmere Oversized V Neck - Willow Oxblood.
The Cashmere Oversized V Neck Sweater from Mott and Bow in Oxblood is just stunning. It's hard to capture the color accurately on camera, but check for more Mott & Bow Styling posts for cashmere sweater outfits in different settings. The oversized fit coupled with lightweight nature if the cashmere makes it easy to tuck and drape. Below you'll see the cashmere sweater tucked into black high waisted skinny jeans - the same pair from mott and bow mentioned above (bond jeans).
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!
Mott And Bow has kindly provided a discount code for your first order!
Simply enter discount code TRIPDONTFALL at checkout to save!
Tags - Mott & Bow • Cashmere • Cotton • Sweaters • Cashmere Sweater • Fall Style• Winter Style • Style • Emma Sweater • Willow Sweater • Jeans • Skinny Jeans • Petite Style • Review • Try Ons • High Rise • High Waisted
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As someone who has been using Butcher Box’s meat delivery subscription service since the start of the pandemic to order grass fed beef, free-range organic chicken, humanely raised heritage bred pork, and sustainable wild caught seafood…. I think I have qualified to share some insights, opinions, and a general Butcherbox review for anyone looking for honest opinions about if butcher box is worth it. Let’s get started!
What is Butcherbox?
Butcherbox is a meat delivery subscription service. Butcher box offers beef, chicken, pork, turkey, as well as seafood like cod, salmon, shrimp, scallops, and lobster. Butcherbox also has prepared items available like the Niman ranch bbq pulled pork and other fully cooked beef, chicken, and pork perfect for quick meals.
How does Butcherbox Work?
Butcher box is a subscription meat delivery service. You can choose from 4 curated boxes or create your own box. I do a custom box so I can pick each cut of meat and seafood I get delivered. I start out with the classic box. The classic size butcher box includes 6 meat choices. Once you have ordered the base box, you can add on member deals throughout the month. You can also adjust the frequency and change the dates anytime you want. So it doesn’t have to come on a certain day every week or every month. You can literally click on the calendar which day you want the charge to come through (maybe after your paycheck deposits!?) and see the associated delivery window.
How much does Butcherbox Cost?
What are Butcher box prices like? How much does a Butcherbox cost? Those are good questions and probably the #1 question asked about Butcherbox subscriptions.
As I mentioned, I order a customized Classic Size Butcherbox. The base price of that box is $159. I get to choose 6 items for that price. Depending on which items you choose, this may seem reasonable, or it may seem really expensive. The fun (and value) really starts when you get into the add-Ons and member deals. See below for Butcherbox tips and hacks!
Butcherbox Free for Life & Other New Member Deals
Butcherbox runs some amazing promotions. Maybe you have heard of some of them:
• Butcherbox Free Bacon For Life
• Butcherbox Free Ground Beef For Life
• Butcherbox Free Lobster
• Butcherbox Free Steaks
• Butcherbox Free Ribs
• Butcherbox Free Wings
When you see promotions like this you may wonder “Is Butcherbox Legit?” Like.. how are they giving me free ground beef for life? Is this real? Yes. It’s real. If you sign up on one of these promotions, for instance the free ground beef for life deal, you will get 2 free pounds of 100% grass-fed, grass-finished ground beef in every single Butcherbox order you make for the entire duration of your membership. It’s amazing. Another tip on this below in the Butcher box tips and hacks section…
Butcherbox offers tons of different cuts of meat and they vary throughout the year. Sometimes you want to try a new cut of meat but aren’t sure what to do with it. No worries. Butcherbox has a growing library of recipes you can access any time. I always refer back to their St Louis Style BBQ Rib Recipe and it’s one of my favorite cuts to order from Butcherbox.
Can I Order Butcher Box As A Gift?
What an amazing and practical gift idea! Since you may not want to indefinitely sponsor your loved one’s meat delivery subscription (understandable) you can check out the Gifts section on the Butcherbox website. They have some great curated meat gift boxes that you can send your friends and family. Currently here are a few of the meat gift box themes:
Butcher Box Customer Service
I did have to interact with ButcherBox customer service when a ham was grossly undersized and when a package of chicken wings arrived damaged. I used the live chat feature on ButcherBox’s website and it was a great experience. They were really empathetic and understanding. I received a partial refund for the ham. (Know that weights are approximate, but in this case it was an accident because the ham was literally half the estimated size) I was perfectly satisfied with that resolution. As for the chicken wings, they sent me a whole order of chicken wings (3 packages ~5lbs total!) in my next box, which I thought was really great of them. So definitely I’ve been pleased with Butcherbox customer service.
Does Butcherbox Offer Gift Cards?
Butcher Box gift cards or gift certificates are available exclusively by phone at this time. They hope to expand access to purchasing gift cards soon. In the mean time, if you’d rather send a butcherbox gift certificate instead of a one time gift box, reach out to this Butcherbox Phone number 1 (855) 981-8568 (Press 1)
Does ButcherBox Have a Refer A Friend Referral Program?
Yes! Butcherbox has a great refer a friend program. Right now you can give your friends free ground beef for life when they sign up and you’ll get a $30 credit on your account by using your Share Link.
Butcherbox Negative Reviews
I truthfully can’t say I’ve had a negative review to share about butcherbox so far. Unlike other grocery delivery services that have poor packing, leaking gel packs, and other issues… Butcherbox has amazing and conscious packaging. Everything has always arrived frozen for me, and when I had the aforementioned minor issues, customer service was great. If this changes in the future, I’ll update this section to let you know. The biggest con of using Butcherbox meat delivery subscription service for most people would probably be the cost. Even if the meat etc is high quality, money is money for most of us and it’s hard to spend more sometimes. SO… here are some butcherbox tips and hacks.
Butcherbox Tips & Hacks
Butcher Box can be a really reasonable alternative to buying your meat at the grocery store. If you’re used to buying organic, grass fed, and so on then butcherbox can be very competitive in price. If you buy conventional meat and seafood, you’ll definitely be paying more, but if you play the game right it may not be as much more as you’d think. It does require a little effort.
Is Butcherbox Worth It?
For me? Yes. Because I buy periodically it allows me to add deals and later decide which ones I really want when I actually need to complete my order and stock my freezer again (please don’t ever do away with this butcherbox!) I get better quality meat from ButcherBox than I can find at my local grocery store, theoretically help support smaller farmers, and I don’t have to go to the grocery store during a pandemic! Total win for me. Will I keep ordering from butcherbox indefinitely? At this time I don’t see myself changing my meat ordering system. As long as I’m living in this country, I’ll probably keep my butcher box subscription along with my free bacon and 2 pounds of ground beef for life in every box ;)
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What is Imperfect Foods?
So you’re wondering what is Imperfect Foods, exactly? Imperfect Foods is a weekly grocery delivery service that helps prevent food waste. You can have Imperfect Foods curate your order every week or you can select each item just as if you were at the grocery store yourself. As the name implies, many of the items available are imperfect in some way. It could be that the produce is a little too small or a little to big to fit in with the rest of the bunch. Maybe it has some scarring on the skin or is comprised of the leftover ends and pieces of, say, bacon. Other times there was overstock of an item or the end product is made with up cycled ingredients or has an imperfection in the weight. Rather than discarding all of this perfectly good food, you can rescue it (often times at a real nice discount) and have it delivered right to you! !
Imperfect Foods Cost
How much does Imperfect Foods Cost?
Imperfect Foods does not have a monthly fee / monthly subscription model. At this time you purchase individually priced items just like you would at the grocery store. You pay $4.99-$8.99 for shipping.
This gives you great control over your grocery spendings. There are a lot of interesting items and treats you can pick up if you have extra wiggle room in your grocery budget that week.
Oh and great news - you can skip a week any time.
Imperfect Foods Login
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My First Imperfect Foods Order:
Here’s a quick few shots of my first imperfect foods order:
This combination of produce, meats and veggie meals, and a hearty helping of treats I couldn’t resist was $124 including shipping. Since i have $20 off my first 4 imperfect foods orders, that took it down to $104.
Imperfect Foods Customer Service:
Imperfect Foods invites you to reach out if anything doesn’t look right. Unfortunately I had to let them know that one of the meat packages in my order had been punctured. The replied promptly, apologizing, and refunded the meat as well as the shipping charge on the order. I was happy with the speed and resolution of this matter.
That brought my total down to around $92.
Imperfect Foods VS Misfits Market
I’ve ordered tons of boxes from Misfits Market (discount here) and so far I have just received 1 order from Imperfect Foods (Discount Here)
My first impressions are: Misfits Market is potentially a bit cheaper for the groceries that I buy. Naturally, this will be different for every household based on your purchasing habits.
Imperfect Foods, however, seemed to have more pantry staples that Misfits Market didn’t carry or doesn’t consistently carry. The downside is my shipping fee for Imperfect Foods was more expensive than Misfits Market. I imagine that each week I will continue to get a Misfits Market box for my primary produce needs and a few other snacks/pantry items and every other week or so I will probably get an Imperfect Foods grocery delivery to fill in the gaps and try some items exclusive to Imperfect Foods.
By the way, Imperfect Foods carries meat and seafood as well as vegetarian/vegan options. Misfits Market also carries meat, seafood, and vegetarian/vegan options. Imperfect foods has dairy items which Misfits doesn’t have at the moment and that’s another reason I’ll probably continue to get Imperfect Foods grocery delivery every other week or so.
Is Imperfect Foods Worth It?
Save a trip to the grocery store in a pandemic, save food from being wasted, try new items many of which are organic… Yes! I’d say it’s worth it! You’re probably going to spend a little more over all, but remember the time you’re saving is valuable! (Unless you spend way too long browsing all the choices each week lol) Even still, you have time driving to the store and back and time at the store and the dreaded checkout line. Just saying..
Imperfect Foods Discount
Save $80 on Imperfect Foods! That’s $80 in free groceries… this way you can give the service a try and see if it’s for you. If not, no problem. Cancel any time!
How to Cancel Imperfect Foods Grocery Delivery
If you need to cancel your imperfect foods grocery delivery service subscription, simply log in to your account.
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